Five Underrated but Important Dark Side Star Wars Characters

Five Underrated but Important Dark Side Star Wars Characters

Written by Ensign Pavel Chekov


Most Characters have an important role to play in the movies, and their presence is plot changing. These characters are the ones who have important roles that change the course of the movie and have little screen time. They are the minor characters in Star Wars, and of course are on the Dark Side, so this won’t include villains like Darth Vader, The Emperor, and Kylo Ren. The Characters are in order of movie screen time.


1. Darth Maul

Now Darth Maul may stem from the Prequel Trilogy and then into the Clone Wars Series and Star Wars Rebels where he had more screen time, but his part in the Phantom Menace is important, as he was the one who killed Qui-Gon Jinn, which led to Obi-Wan Kenobi taking on Anakin Skywalker as an Apprentice, maybe if Qui-Gon had survived we wouldn’t have a Darth Vader or we wouldn’t have the snarky comments between Kenobi and Skywalker. Darth Maul had a total of six minutes of screen time in the Phantom Menace...

2. Grand Moff Tarkin

Grand Moff Tarkin had only Five Minutes and Thirty Seconds of Screen time, so you may ask what did he do that changed the plot of Star Wars. Well, while on the Death Star he blew up a planet which was Princess Leia’s homeworld, causing her to want to fight for the rebellion even more. Unfortunately he was killed on the Death Star in A New Hope, but he had a crucial role for setting up Leia Organa’s future roles and how she acted later on.

3. Boba Fett

Now, Boba Fett is a popular character, and he has little screen time (five minutes to be exact, not including his first appearance in the Holiday Special in 1978) but has an important part to play in the capture of Han Solo in Empire Strikes Back. With little spoken words and a helmet to cover his face, he is a formidable Bounty Hunter and you do not want him hunting you down if you have a bounty on your head. In the Canon universe not much is known about Boba Fett except that he is the clone son of Jango Fett. In the Attack of the Clones, Boba watched his father be murdered by Mace Windu, which could be called character development. I think we can agree if Boba Fett wasn’t in the movie, Empire Strikes Back wouldn’t have been as awesome. Still awesome, just not as much.

4. Jango Fett

Now I know, another Fett, but Jango Fett, wether you like it or not is crucial to the plot. You wouldn't have the Clone Troopers without Jango Fett, well they could have found someone else, but if we didn’t have Jango Fett there wouldn’t be a Boba Fett. Jango Fett had only four minutes and forty-five seconds of screen time in the Attack of the Clones, which was disappointing but we had that fight between Jango and Obi-Wan Kenobi, that then ended up leading to Geonosis.

5. General Hux

General Armitage Hux. My favourite character in all of Star Wars, though he only had three minutes and fifteen seconds of screen time. Hux is a brilliant tactician and strategist. Now what crucial role did he play with such little screen time? In his three minutes he ordered a TIE Fighter to be shot down to the Jakuu Surface, allowing Finn and Rey to meet and Finn to take Poe’s jacket, he also blew up a Solar System, you know the one with the entirety of the New Republic leaving the Resistance without crucial support from their Allies. He designed Starkiller Base. He designed the base that destroyed the Solar System. He also outed Kylo Ren for taking the ‘Girl’ Rey over the droid, for reasons still unknown. What was Kylo going to do if he got the map? Hux is so brilliant, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next movie (they better not kill him off...)


What do you think of the characters I’ve chosen? Do you think I could have chosen better?

In all honesty, I do not regret picking Hux and Boba Fett. With Rouge One fast approaching, I hope Director Orson Krennic will get the screen time he deserves.


Thanks to Ensign Pavel Chekov for writing this blog and Prodigy for designing the banner

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