May the Fourth: Who Are the Coolest Unsung Star Wars Characters?
May the Fourth is right around the corner and that can mean only one thing... now we can talk about Star Wars without looking like nerds! Yay!
We’ve been waiting all year for May the Fourth so that we can overuse Star Wars puns, wear our hair in Princess Leia buns, and watch every Star Wars movie over and over again in the name of research. Star Wars has it all: a galactic love story, an epic battle between good and evil, and the inspiring tale of underdogs saving the galaxy.
But — as Star Wars nerds — we also can’t help but wonder about the untold heroes who made all those amazing feats possible too. It’s not always about a flashy Jedi or a handsome scoundrel; sometimes it’s just about the little guy in the background. In honor of our favorite Star Wars holiday, May the Fourth, let’s take a look at the characters who get lost in the bustle of hyperdrive. Just because they’re quietly drowning their sorrows — forgotten and alone — with a few drinks at the Mos Eisley Cantina doesn’t mean they don’t need a little love too.
1) Salacious B. Crumb
Jabba the Hutt’s jester, the Kowakian monkey-lizard hilariously named Salacious B. Crumb, is as underappreciated as they come in the Star Wars sagas.
So, we’re here to give that annoying floppy-eared monkey a shout out for all his selfless work. We know that being Jabba’s jester and personal pet couldn’t have been an easy gig, but he always managed to do it with a smile and a laugh (and what a laugh it was).
Jabba only allowed his pet to eat, drink, and live another day as long as he made his master laugh. Talk about a stressful job... If it hadn’t been for Salacious Crumb, Jabba the Hutt might have been in an even worse mood than he already was, and then he would definitely have fed more people to his Rancor.
In The Empire Strikes Back the smuggler Han Solo rescues a young Luke Skywalker from a terrible death on the icy planet of Hoth. We don’t want to downplay Solo’s heroics or anything...but do you know who really saved Luke Skywalker on that fateful night?! His Tauntaun! If it hadn’t been for that trusty horse-like snow lizard, Skywalker would never have survived to save the galaxy. So really the Tauntaun saved the galaxy, right?
And what sort of thanks does the Tauntaun get for its selfless act? Only insults and desecration! Not only did the Tauntaun die in the service of Luke Skywalker, but then Han Solo cuts it open and uses its dead body to warm Skywalker. And the only thanks Solo gives is, “I thought they smelled bad on the outside!” Um...rude.
3) Max Rebo
In Return of the Jedi, audiences are introduced to Jabba the Hutt’s personal band leader, Max Rebo. The blue elephant-like alien from Orto was not only the talented head musician in the band named after him, the Max Rebo Band, but he also played a mean red ball organ (sometimes with his feet too!) at Jabba’s Palace.
Like the underappreciated Salacious B. Crumb, Max Rebo kept the grumpy Jabba the Hutt happy and dancing and thus saved countless lives! A grumpy Jabba the Hutt definitely needs to stay far, far away.
4) Admiral Ackbar
The famous Admiral Ackbar of the Mon Calamari species may be famous for the “It’s a trap” quote, but no one really appreciates everything else he did for the Rebels. Admiral Ackbar was more than just a pretty fish face! As a fearless military commander for the Rebel Alliance, it was Ackbar’s quick thinking and military prowess that helped the Rebels destroy the Death Star!
Also, (spoiler alert) if you’re a fan of Admiral Ackbar, then bring some tissues to watch The Last Jedi because you might be in for an unexpected and anti-climactic surprise about how your beloved Admiral Ackbar ends up sleeping with the fishes…
5) Mos Eisley Cantina Crew
We think the infamous Mos Eisley Cantina — and all the rough clientele who frequents it — have gotten a bad reputation. The Tatooine bar might be known as a “wretched hive of scum and villainy” but we think some of the galaxy’s finest folks hang out there. I mean, one of the tavern’s rules is: “Make pleasant conversation and try to laugh at bad jokes." That seems like a pretty friendly place to us!
If it hadn’t been for the bar — and every weird alien enjoying a drink there — then Luke Skywalker may never have met Han Solo, Chewie, and the Millennium Falcon! Plus, only Star Wars’ coolest aliens make an appearance at the Cantina. We’re all about the adorable bat alien, Kabe (who can’t wait to get his paws on a drink) and the red-faced devil alien named Labria! Plus, the Cantina is where you can enjoy a beer, listen to some tunes by Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes, and learn to love every kind of alien in the galaxy!
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