10 Best Star Wars Legends Characters That Should Be Canon

war of stars is a vast universe full of colorful characters. From heroic Jedi Knights to charming smugglers to ruthless Sith Lords, there’s never a shortage of compelling characters to follow. However, when Disney Having bought the rights to Star Wars in 2012, many characters from the novels and comics unfortunately didn’t make the leap into the new canon.

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Over the years with content likeThe Mandalorianand rebels, Disney has brought some of the old Legends characters back into the new canon with a fresh new twist. However, many of Legends’ best characters haven’t crossed over yet and are still waiting for their story to be told.



Darth Vader’s secret apprentice was an extremely powerful Force expert who could use the Force to rip Star Destroyers from the skies. Galen Marek, better known as Starkiller, was the son of a Jedi during the Great Jedi Purge. He and his father hid from the Emperor on the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk, where they were eventually found by Darth Vader.

Vader killed Galen’s father and then raised the boy into a powerful weapon that Vader would one day use against his master. Starkiller became an efficient killer, hunting down surviving Jedi. Starkiller was an intriguing character in the Legends canon who went toe-to-toe with Vader and won and helped start the Rebellion, making him a crucial part of the Empire’s eventual downfall.

Darth Nilus

There are some villains out there who are just plain frighteningly evil. Darth Nihilus is one of them. A Sith Lord completely corrupted by the dark side, where he is nothing more than a shell of a man. His body has been consumed by the dark energies he craves. Darth Nihilus ravaged the galaxy, consuming all the power energy he could find.

With his insatiable appetite, Nihilus was able to devour an entire planet and snatch its power from it, with devastating results. With his incredible power and mysterious appearance, Darth Nihilus has become a cult icon in the Legends Canon. He is unlike any Sith previously shown on screen and would make a murderous villain for an upcoming movie/show.

Exar Kun

Exar Kun was a fallen Jedi who betrayed the Order and started the Great Sith War. Kun was a warrior who trained four thousand years before the Death Star was destroyed. Kun was a confident and capable Jedi Knight who sought knowledge. Forbidden Knowledge. He soon discovered Sith’s teachings and became corrupted, calling himself the Dark Lord of the Sith.

Kun would destroy the Jedi, corrupt their followers, and attack their homeworlds. Kun would be defeated by his friend and protege Ulic Qel-Droma on the planet Yavin 4. Kun reflects the story of Anakin Skywalker, once a great Jedi Knight who was corrupted by the forces of the dark side, and shows that the battle between light and dark is an ancient battle.


The tell-how-is assassin bot HK-47 quickly became a fan favorite when it was first introduced Knights of the Old Republic as an accompanying character aboard the Ebon Hawk. HK-47 was created by his master, Darth Revan, to help the Dark Lord train and take out specific individuals across the galaxy.

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There are many droids in the Star Wars universe but not like HK-47. The hunter-killer droid proves extremely competent in his abilities and also fiercely loyal to his creator, aiding the dark lord Revan even after he has turned to the light. HK-47 would be a major threat to any meatsack that got in his way.

darth sion

If there’s something to say Knight of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords it’s that it’s full of big villains. Darth Sion is one of the three dark members of the Sith Triumvirate, a group of three Sith Lords united to destroy the last Jedi Knight. Known as the Lord of Pain, Sion roamed the galaxy in search of the last Jedi, the Exile.

Having once fought in Exar Kun’s Sith army in the Great Sith War, Sion was killed in battle and then revived by the Dark Side. Consumed by hatred and excruciating pain, Sion made it his mission to slay every Jedi in his path. Trapped in his agony, Sion finally found peace the last time he looked into exile and saw the price of his immortality and blind hatred, finally being able to let go of him in the end and die forever.

Dash Rendar

Cocky, daring smuggler Dash Rendar was first introduced as a “Han Solo replacement” in the Legends book Shadows of the Empire. To help Luke and Leia against the crime syndicate’s evil boss, Prince Xizor, when Han was still frozen in carbonite.

Dash is usually viewed as a cheap copy of the real deal, occasionally differing from Han Solo. Dash harbors a lot of grudges against the Empire after the Emperor exiled Rendar’s entire family after his brother crashed into an Imperial museum. Dash, the more somber and brooding of the two, would be a fun addition to the team of a young Han Solo showing his “friendly” on-screen rivalry.


There are many wise old Jedi Masters who yearn to teach their young students the mysteries of the Force in the world war of stars Universe, but none as interesting and complex as Kreia Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. Kreia is wise, cryptic and constantly philosophical – unlike any Jedi you’ve seen before.

Having walked both lines of power, Kreia has learned all about the mysterious energy that holds the entire universe together. During her studies, Kreia despised everyone’s power and trust in her and believed herself to be a slave of fate, thus plotting to exterminate her completely. This highly complex character would be a real game changer for the Star Wars universe if he were ever accepted into canon.

Kyle Katarn

Kyle Katarn did it all. First an Imperial officer turned Rebel hero, Katarn eventually became one of Luke Skywalker’s greatest Jedi Knights in the New Jedi Order. Eventually, he fights alongside the New Republic against the terrifying alien invaders, the Yuuzhan Vong.

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Given that there isn’t much background on Luke’s new academy in canon, Katarn could easily be introduced as a Jedi Knight helping to train Luke’s new students. Maybe even cross paths with a young Ben Solo?

Mara Jade

Not introducing Mara Jade to the new canon might be one of Disney’s biggest missteps with Star Wars. Mara Jade was a highly skilled spy, smuggler turned Jedi Knight and once the mysterious right hand of the Emperor. Mara was a staunch supporter of the Empire, even after the death of her dark master, until Luke Skywalker showed her the light and turned her to good.

Mara Jade and Luke’s relationship would grow from there, and the two would eventually marry and have a child together, Ben Skywalker. Mara would later become a great Jedi Knight, having fought for the New Order in countless battles. Sadly, Mara and Luke’s relationship never materialized with the new canon, but given her compelling character, it would be a shame for her never to get the spotlight she deserves.

darth bane

There are always two there. No longer. Not less. The Sith have had a long history of rule, war, and betrayal, but none has changed their history more than the dark lord Darth Bane. Creator of the rule of two that only allowed two Sith in the galaxy, one master and one apprentice, Bane wiped out the ancient Sith and made his own.

Now Darth Bane technically shows up in the new canon as a force spirit in a vision for Yoda during the Clone Wars, but Bane’s true story hasn’t been touched on. His struggles as a young miner to eventually become a great and powerful Sith Lord would make a fascinating film or series dealing with the darker aspects of the Sith war of stars Universe.

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