Thanks to Messrs. Walt Disney and George Lucas, there will be more Star Wars movies headed toward your local megaplex. More Star Wars movies may mean more opportunities to see our favorite characters in the flesh more Han Solo, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Chewbaccabut it also means a possible chance to see much more of the lesser-known “supporting” characters that we might have only glimpsed in the existing films.
These are the ten characters that MTV News would be most eager to see again. All of them have extended stories in the Expanded Universewe may have read about them or seen them in animated form, but watching them come to life again on the big screen would be pretty awesome.
1. Admiral Ackbar
Those lips, those eyes, that sexy waterproof skin. The commander of the Rebel fleet may not be classically handsome by Earth standards, but he speaks with the authority and charisma of a true leaderand what’s more attractive than that?
2. Bib Fortuna
Bib’s a bad dude, Jabba the Hutt’s chief lieutenant. And he’s not even a good at it: his weakness leads to his boss’ grisly demise. But he does have two enormous tails coming out of his head. They’re the coolest of accessories.
3. Chief Chirpa
Little guy, big attitude. As the leader of his Ewok tribe, Chirpa isn’t intimidated by the full-size Rebels that he captures on the forest moon of Endor. He’s also brave enough to commit himself and his tribe to battling the Empire. If there was a Mount Rushmore for Ewoks, Chief Chirpa’s face would be on it.
For a guy with only about a second of screen time, this bounty hunter has an impressive legion of fans. Is it the menacing scowl that’s made him so popular? Or is it the fab headgear? We’d love to get a look under that towel.
5. Doctor Evazan
Another bad dude so bad that he’s got death sentences in 12 systems. After he and his buddy, Ponda Baba, were wounded by Obi-Wan at the Mos Eisley cantina, the doc is probably more bitter and boastful than ever.
Lando Calrissian couldn’t ask for a better assistant: he’s quiet, loyal and super-smart due to his upgrade from human to cyborg. Also, his ability to talk to computers proves to be extremely useful. In a perfect world, every household would have its very own Lobot.
A good man to have around if you’ve got pets that need pampering, Malakili is the keeper of Jabba the Hutt’s rancor monster until it’s dispatched by Luke Skywalker. We hope that Malakili was able to rebound from the loss and find a bit of happiness.
8. Max Rebo Band
The trio consisting of keyboard player Rebo, horn player Droopy McCool and lead vocalist Sy Snootles had a lifetime contract with Jabba the Hutt. Now that their contract is technically nulled, the band is free to perform at weddings and bar mitzvahs all over the galaxy.
9. Mon Mothma
This maternal Rebel Alliance leader helped plan and execute the destruction of the second Death Star. Even when she delivers sad news (“Many Bothans died to bring us this information”), Mon Mothma manages to be gentle and even comfortinglike a favorite blanket.
10. Nien Nunb
Adorable yet fierce when it comes to space warfare, Nien Nunb served as Lando’s copilot on the Millennium Falcon during the Battle of Endor. So what if he only speaks Sullustan and we don’t? Dependable copilots are hard to come by.
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