10 Star Wars Characters With Most Wasted Potential

Even a galaxy far, far away isn't big enough to fit in some of these fantastic characters.

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Star Wars is a franchise that offers a lot of things to a lot of people, but one of its best features is its ginormous roster of memorable characters.

Some of the most enduring fictional creations in pop culture history have come from George Lucas' overactive imagination. Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, R2-D2 and C-3PO, and who could forget everyone's favourite green Jedi... Kit Fisto?

Rest in peace, king.

That joke does lead us nicely into this list's topic: characters who deserved a much better shake of the stick.

This list is all about the folk who were set up for great things, but never really got their chance to shine. Some had intriguing designs, incredible powers, and captivating backstories, but all of this was left on the table and that is a crying shame.

The following characters may have been expanded upon in novels, comic books, video games, etc., but this list will be focussing on the movies and major Star Wars TV shows only.

If the expanded universe was included, there'd only be a few Gonk droids left to talk about. And nobody cares about those.

10. Tarfful

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Quick refresher on who Tarfful the Wookiee actually is.

Remember towards the end of Revenge of the Sith, where Yoda has to leave Kashyyyk because the clones have turned on him? There's a scene where he says goodbye to his two Wookie guards - one of them is Chewbacca and the other is our boy Tarfful.

The hairy powerhouse actually made his first appearance in the video game Republic Commando, but his two major roles have been in Revenge of the Sith and a single episode of the Clone Wars animated TV show.

For a species that is so instantly recognisable, Star Wars hasn't really explored the Wookiees in its main cannon. Tarfful offered a great way for them to do that, as he was already tied to so many major characters.

Outside of the films and TV shows, it is confirmed that the dark-furred fighter ended up as an imperial slave who worked on completing the Death Star. This could have been a fascinating story to see play out, but one fans may never get to see.

Pour one out for the big guy.

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