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Top 10 Star Wars Video Game Characters

VO: Dan Paradis
Script written by Kurt Hvorup May the Force be with all these wonderful characters. Join WatchMojo.com as we countdown our picks for the Top 10 Star Wars Video Game Characters. As the title suggests, our focus is primarily on Star Wars characters who originated in or got their spotlight in gaming – with much respect to all the iconic folks from the core films and Expanded Universe. Special Thanks to our user "Marc Magma" for suggesting this topic on our Interactive Suggestion Tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Kurt Hvorup

Top 10 Star Wars Video Game Characters


May the Force be with all these wonderful characters. Join WatchMojo.com as we countdown our picks for the Top 10 Star Wars Video Game Characters. From the franchise's early days to its most recent history, we'll be glancing at the characters that have most impressed, engaged and entertained us in Star Wars games.

As the title suggests, our focus is primarily on Star Wars characters who originated in or got their spotlight in gaming – with much respect to all the iconic folks from the core films and Expanded Universe.

#10: Jan Ors
“Star Wars: Dark Forces” series (1995-2002)

An ordinary pilot this is not. Jan, a long-time spy for the Rebel Alliance, eventually came into her own as a full-fledged field operative. While her friend and ally Kyle Katarn conducts his mission on the ground, she keeps the engines hot on their ship The Moldy Crow. Over time, her dedication to the mission, her loyalty to Katarn, and her steadfast courage have made her an endearing presence in the franchise.

#9: Mission Vao
“Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic” (2003)

The streets are tough for a kid – so pure idealism is appreciated. Meet Mission Vao, a young Rutian Twi'lek living in poverty on the city planet of Taris. Mission's existence has been one of hardship and strife: she's never known her parents, her older brother Griff deserted her, and her only friend is a Wookiee in exile. Fortunately, Mission maintains an upbeat and idealistic attitude; even in the face of violence and turmoil, she never loses hope.

#8: Jerec
“Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II” (1997)

Treachery knows no bounds. Take this ex-Jedi Master for example: when the evil Galactic Empire came knocking with the choice of death or serving them, Jerec eagerly joined their ranks as an Imperial Inquistor. He quickly assembled a unit of Dark Jedi disciples, cultivating a reputation for being both ruthless in his pursuits and obsessed with knowledge. It makes sense, then, that his endgame is to conquer the ancient Valley of the Jedi and take its wellspring of power for himself – and that he would go to extreme means to achieve this goal.

#7: Sev
“Star Wars: Republic Commando” (2005)

Just another clone trooper, or something more? We feel it's the latter with regards to RC-1207, better known as Sev. This elite sniper is one of four members of Delta Squad, a commando unit cloned from the legendary bounty hunter Jango Fett. Sev distinguishes himself from his fellow clones through his temperament; he is quick to anger and even quicker to take the violent solution to a problem. To say nothing of his hatred of the bug-like Geonosians – yikes.

#6: Starkiller
“Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” (2008)

Whether hero or villain this guy has our attention – and our sympathies. Galen Marek was just a boy when his father, a Jedi Knight, was killed before his very eyes by Darth Vader. Taken in by the Sith Lord, Marek was granted the codename Starkiller and trained for fifteen years to be the ultimate assassin. Initially sent to kill Jedi, Starkiller soon found himself drawn to a more altruistic path, which based on player choice can end in noble sacrifice... or a fate worse than death. But either way, you technically give birth to the Rebel alliance, so how bout that?

#5: Bastila Shan
“Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic” (2003)

Appearances can be quite deceiving. Such is the case with Bastila Shan, a Padawan learner with equal helpings of loyalty and arrogance. Her old-fashioned dedication to the Jedi Code may seem like blind obedience, but as events progress it becomes clear that Bastila is not blind to the failings of the Jedi. She carries more than a little emotional baggage – feelings of repression and resentment being the most prominent – making her later shifting of loyalties all the more interesting. On top of that, her use of the twin-bladed lightsaber is something to be admired.

#4: Dash Rendar
“Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire” (1996)

There's a reason why classic archetypes still work, and Dash Rendar underlines it. A former Imperial officer turned smuggler by a family tragedy, Dash shares the self-centred ideology of Han Solo... while also balancing nobility and self-interest. Despite working for the Rebel Alliance and engaging with their battles, Rendar's greatest concerns are getting paid and living to see tomorrow. While he'll sneak around canyons and battle assassin droids for the right amount, Dash isn't above making a quick exit. Though he does have a point about martyrs.

#3: Revan
“Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic” (2003)

A charismatic extremist with a twist – what's not to find interesting? This self-appointed Sith Lord started out as a Jedi with a dream: to rid the galaxy of the invading Mandalorian armies. Upon achieving victory in the Mandalorian Wars, though, Revan shifted from galaxy-renowned hero to power-mongering conquerer – leading an armada of fallen Jedi and rogue soldiers against the galaxy. Unfortunately for Revan, an unexpected betrayal left him without memory... right in time for players to make him an upstanding savior or an unrepentant monster.

#2: HK-47
“Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic” (2003)

Meatbags beware – this droid's armed and dangerous. HK-47 began his existence as an assassin built by Darth Revan, carrying out secretive missions during the Mandalorian Wars. Even after losing his master and suffering a loss of memory himself, HK remained a devious and utterly sociopathic machine. The joy HK-47 gets from killing organic beings and committing acts of violence is matched only by his willingness to troll people with his iconic catchphrase. We'd complain, but he's just so endearing for being so cruel.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
Juno Eclipse
“Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” (2008)

Maarek Stele
“Star Wars: TIE Fighter” (1994)

Desaan
“Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast” (2002)

Jaden Korr
“Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy” (2003)

Darth Nihilus
“Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords” (2004)

#1: Kyle Katarn
“Star Wars: Dark Forces” series (1995-2003)

Soldier, mercenary, Jedi, and all-around cool guy. That's Kyle Katarn in a nutshell, a man who's worn more than a few hats in his time. Initially an officer of the Galactic Empire, Kyle left upon learning his so-called allies killed his father – embarking on a series of adventures that have pushed him from pragmatic heroism to genuine interest in doing good. He has the distinct honor of guarding the Valley of the Jedi, battling the Empire on a regular basis, and standing among the finest teachers in the New Jedi Order.

Do you agree with our list? What’s your favorite character from a Star Wars game? For more game-centric Top 10s published daily, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.

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