• Russell Levin

Top 10 characters who NEED a Disney+ show!

With the release of Disney+ in just a few days, as well as the release of The Mandalorian, the potential for new stories set in the Star Wars galaxy has never been higher! Now new stories featuring familiar characters such as Obi-Wan and Cassian Andor, as well as brand new characters like the Mandalorian, whose true name remains ever elusive, are only the push of a button away! There is no doubt that the future of Star Wars TV is on Disney+, and there are plenty of characters from Star Wars' rich mythos that deserve their own story, whether that story be told in live action or animation. Here's our top 10 list of characters who NEED their own Disney+ series!

#10: The Inquisitorius

The Inquisitors, first brought into the Star Wars canon by Star Wars Rebels, are fierce warriors who serve the Sith, though they are not Sith themselves. Most, if not all of them, were former Jedi who had fallen to the Dark Side of the Force before Order 66. They hunt the Jedi survivors across the galaxy after the fall of the Jedi Order, as well as hunting Force-Sensitive children to train as new Inquisitors. These Dark Side Adepts are PERFECT for a Disney+ show! I imagine that it would have a Game of Thrones-esque vibe to it, where not only are the Inquisitors hunting Jedi, but fighting each other to gain favor in the eyes of Darth Vader and The Emperor. What's better than watching a bunch of villains stab each other in the back repeatedly to get ahead? In addition to seeing the Inquisitors that we've met through the Rebels TV show and the Darth Vader comic series, we would definitely be treated to some brand new Inquisitors. We could also see what happened to Barriss Offee after her terrorist attack against the Jedi Order. Did she become an Inquisitor? Or did she see the errors of her ways and fight back against the Empire, and become a target for the Inquisitors to hunt? We could even see Starkiller aka Galen Marek reintroduced to the Star Wars canon as an Inquisitor. As for the Jedi they could hunt, Charles Soule's Darth Vader comic run established several Jedi survivors of Order 66, including Oppo Rancisis and Coleman Kcaj, who both served on the Jedi High Council and could serve as significant foils for the Inquisitors. This series could be both animated or live-action, though I lean toward live-action, as it would attract a wider audience.

#9: Anakin and Obi-Wan

Sure over the years we've gotten a lot of Anakin and Obi-Wan content, but one area that's always been lacking is the time between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, when Anakin is just a young kid on a foreign world, training to be part of a magical religious Order. Yes, we did get an Anakin and Obi-Wan comic a few years back, but it was just a five-issue miniseries and there are plenty more adventures to be had. Personally, I want to see the transition of the young hopeful boy we meet on Tatooine to that hate filled machine who served the Emperor. Sure, the death of his mother was a major turning point for him, but I refuse to believe that was the ONLY turning point. As for who would play young Anakin, Tom Holland could be the perfect choice, as he has demonstrated time and time again he has the emotional range is necessary to portray Anakin's complex mental state. This series could be only a limited series, maybe 6-8 episodes, but there is plenty of story to fill a multi-season long series.

Honorable Mention: Enfys Nest

Erin Kellyman's Enfys Nest was by far one of the best parts of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Honestly, I wouldn't be shocked if she is mentioned or appears in the as-of-yet untitled Cassian Andor series, but she definitely could hold her own series. As Solo's poor box-office performance makes it very unlikely that we will ever see a sequel, a series (or several) could be next best thing. What makes Enfys so interesting is that she isn't directly a rebel. Sure she has the makings of a great rebellion leader, but she isn't fighting the Empire. Instead, she is fighting anyone who is taking advantage of the downtrodden and oppressed. That could be the Empire, Crimson Dawn, or anyone else. An interesting idea is that she could end up in conflict with Saw Gerrera's partisans, due to their lack of concern for civilian casualties. Enfys Nest is such a great character, but Solo's poor box-office results keeps her in the honorable mentions and off the main top 10 list.

#8: Doctor Aphra

Doctor Chelli Lona Aphra, is, without a doubt, one of the BEST creations of the new Star Wars canon. Her appearances on the Darth Vader comic series as well as her own ongoing comic run have been consistently incredibly. Her personality is always entertaining and her psychotic antics time and time again show that she truly is one of the best written characters in the Disney canon. She without a doubt deserves a show on Disney+. The only issue is, her familial relations are very important to her storyline in the comics, and seeing as how Star Wars is a multimedia story, where each part is important no matter what medium, none of those storylines could be touched. Another issue would be the timeline: The Doctor Aphra comic series is linear with almost no time skips, meaning a Disney+ series featuring her would have to take place before A New Hope. That could work, however, as her character has been barely touched in that era. I imagine it to be a 10 episode limited series showing Aphra on some grand, one-off adventure. We could have appearances many characters including, but not limited to Lando Calrissian, Hondo Ohnaka, Sana Starros, Maz Kanata, and even the Ghost crew from Star Wars Rebels depending on how the timeline lines up. I imagine she could be played by Jamie Chung, who previously portrayed Mulan on Disney's Once Upon a Time.

#7: Delta Squad

Clone Commandos are really cool. 'Nuff said. But, seriously, Delta Squad had some of the coolest stories in Star Wars Legends, and its a real shame their only appearance in canon is a small cameo in a single episode of The Clone Wars. Seeing an entire show based on them would be AMAZING! Whether it be animation or live-action, it would be incredible. The icing on the cake would be if Lucasfilm could get Karen Traviss to return to Star Wars to help tell this story.

#6: Boba Fett

Boba Fett is without a doubt a fan favorite character, and its pretty widely known at this point that the cancelled 2020 Star Wars Anthology film was going to be centered on him. That means there is a story out there that was planned to be told that now may never see the light of day, and turning it into a Disney+ limited series may be the only way we will get this story. Its the same thing they did for the scrapped Obi-Wan movie. Many fans want a story showing Boba escaping the Sarlacc pit, but whether this is the scrapped story or not, anything featuring Boba Fett is something that will be successful.

Honorable Mention: Galaxy's Edge

This idea is kind of weird, which is why its an honorable mention and not on the top 10. Basically, I think it would be cool to see a drama series based on the citizens of Batuu and Black Spire Outpost. Heck, it could even be a comedy! Really I think it would be interesting to see a Star Wars show in a completely different genre than what we're used to. Sure, there would be action, I mean, its still Star Wars, but the action wouldn't be the main focus. I imagine it would be like The Office but on Batuu and with lightsabers and spaceships. Maybe they could go for a more serious approach and have it be like a suspenseful cop show a la Law and Order or Chicago P.D. but set in the Star Wars galaxy. I also think it should be set in the Prequel Era, as we have seen very little of Batuu in that era, but the actual timeline could be anywhere.

#5: Qi'ra

Solo had amazing set up for a sequel that we may never see. Characters like Enfys Nest would make for an awesome TV show, but the character that needs her story told the most is without a doubt Qi'ra. Her time working for Maul is something I think EVERY Star Wars fan wants to see. Having this series run alongside other potential series including but not limited to an Enfys Nest series could lead to grandiose crossovers like the Arrowverse or Chicago P.D., Med, Fire, and Justice. This series could also lead into Star Wars Rebels, with Qi'ra stranding Maul on Malachor.

#4: Vi Moradi

Due to Vi's continuing presence in Sequel trilogy media, this would likely have to be a limited series as opposed to a multi-season, ongoing series, so as to avoid potential contradictions or conflicts with established canon, but either way, Vi is an awesome character who could definitely hold a mini-series, especially if there is a way to get Captain Cardinal in it, though that would depend on the timeline. I personally believe Vi would be best suited for animation, but seeing Alex Marshall Brown, the actress who portrays Vi at Galaxy's Edge, suit up as the Resistance spy for a Disney+ show would be awesome as well.

Honorable mention: Dooku and Qui-Gon

Count Dooku hasn't always been a fan favorite character, but in recent years, his popularity in the fanbase has risen dramatically. His recent popularity spike makes it the perfect time to start exploring a part of this characters history that has hardly been touched, aside from a few throwaway mentions and a few flashbacks in Claudia Gray's novel Master and Apprentice. Obviously this series would have to be animated, as Sir Christopher Lee has passed away, and I can't think of anyone who they could recast as Jedi Master Dooku. Either way, this series has so much potential for stories and seeing how Qui-Gon acted as a Padawan that led him to act so headstrong as a Jedi Master is something I'd be incredibly excited for. And any chance for stories featuring Rael Averross is something that many people would get excited for.

#3: Darth Sidious

James Luceno's 2012 novel Plagueis is definitely a fan favorite rivalling the Thrawn trilogy when it comes to Star Wars literature. One of the main reasons for that is it provides extensive backstory to Sheev Palpatine, as well as finally formally introducing the fandom to Darth Plagueis. This novel is now unfortunately noncanon, but we could have something better. A Disney+ series featuring Darth Sidious as he undergoes his training by Darth Plagueis would be amazing. Getting deep into Palpatine's psyche as a teenager and young adult could be one of the most exciting things imaginable! This series could really highlight the differences in Jedi training vs Sith training. Using James Luceno's novel as source material, there is plenty of story to tell a multi-season long story, although I believe the show would also work as a limited series. Just imagine how interesting the story could be, and just imagine how cool it would be if Tom Hiddleston portrayed young Palpatine. Or James Spader as Darth Plagueis?

#2: Ahsoka Tano

If there is one character fans have been begging to see in live action more than any other, its Ahsoka Tano. Personally I believe that Ahsoka is going to have at least some appearance or mention at the very least in the Cassian Andor series, but an entire series based around her is something most Star Wars fans would love. Without a doubt, this series would be successful, and there is plenty of stories they could tell or directions they could go with the character. One story they could tell is Ahsoka running from the Empire across the galaxy, helping people along the way. This idea would likely have to be a limited series rather than an ongoing show, so as to not conflict with E.K. Johnson's Ahsoka novel. Another story that could be told is Ahsoka leading the blossoming rebellion prior to Rebels and A New Hope. Seeing Ahsoka work behind the scenes to bring about the Rebel Alliance as Fulcrum is something many Star Wars fans would love. An additional option for the story of this series could have it take place after Return of the Jedi and the Battle of Jakku, and have it be based around Ahsoka and Sabine's hunt for Ezra Bridger, though I personally would rather see this story be told in a novel by Timothy Zahn. Currently there are rumors about Ahsoka being the main character in Kevin Feige's Star Wars film, and that she will be portrayed by Brie Larson. I would much rather see Ashley Eckstein play Ahsoka. Many people don't even consider her when thinking of who could play a live-action Ahsoka Tano, but Ashley is the only one I'd accept. Plus, Ashley has done an amazing cosplay of Ahsoka that looks like it could be from the films. There's no reason to recast when you literally already have the perfect actress in the role.

#1: Quinlan Vos

Here we are at the number one spot, and its occupied by a character who was only barely mentioned in Revenge of the Sith, appeared in a single episode of The Clone Wars, and had a role in a single novel? There's no surprise that Quinlan Vos is not the most recognizable name when it comes to Star Wars characters. So why exactly is this incredibly minor character in the number one spot? Quinlan Vos is a unique Jedi. His personality is very different than any of his peers. He's incredibly laid-back, carefree, and one could even say irresponsible, but after the events of the novel Dark Disciple, all of that changed. He became depressed. At the end of Dark Disciple, we learn that Quinlan is in rehab with Yoda, and we know from the mention in Revenge of the Sith that he eventually returns to an active combat role. We also learn from Charles Soule's Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith comic series that he survived Order 66. I think it would be very interesting to see a Jedi who lost everything, then recovered, and then lost everything again would react to the rise of the Empire. Seeing a show about a surviving Jedi would be awesome on its own, but the timeline of when this show would take place brings even more potential. This show could lead to an Arrowverse-esque series, which could include the Qi'ra series, the Enfys Nest series, the Ahsoka series, and the Inquisitorius series. Imagine massive 5 episode crossover events once a year, as well as several smaller scale crossovers. Obviously the writing would have to be very careful, as certain characters, such as Maul and Ahsoka, can't see each other at this point in the timeline. However it would definitely be doable, and I think Quinlan Vos is the perfect choice for a show about a Jedi survivor.

Whether it be mini-series like the Kenobi series or multi-season shows like The Mandalorian, it's clear that the future of Star Wars is streaming shows. There are so many characters who could hold their own shows beyond the characters on this list, including Saw Gerrera, Lux Bonteri, Inferno Squad, or many more. I can't wait to find out what shows are coming next!


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