5 Star Wars side characters we’d love to see in Battlefront 2

With Battlefront II freshly revealed, along with the exciting prospect of new playable heroes to control, we thought it’d be fun to think about how some of the Star Wars saga’s most memorable side characters would fit into the madness of multiplayer.

Jar Jar Binks

First appearance

Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace

Race

Gungan

Occupation

Bombad General; Gungan Representative to the Galactic Senate; Boob.

Weapons and abilities

Great swimmer, and can breathe underwater. Throws blue plasma balls with little skill but a surprisingly high chance of success. 

Why he should be in Battlefront II

Look, hear me out. Loathe him or hate him, Binks has an extremely significant role in the Star Wars universe. Let’s not forget that this tragic outcast rose from humble beginnings to become a general at the Battle of Naboo, and eventually, the Gungan Representative in the Galactic Senate. It’s an inspiring story, especially if you don’t mention the part where his deciding vote gives then-senator Palpatine the emergency executive powers he needs to raise an army, kick-start the Clone Wars and plunge the galaxy into darkness and tyranny.

Yes, he’s probably the least popular (and least racially sensitive) of the Star Wars saga’s side characters, but he could be a real lark to play as in Battlefront II. Think of it this way: is there a greater way to troll your opponents than beating them down using the most inept fool in the galaxy, clumsily flopping around and then ‘accidentally’ hitting them with one of those blue globules, then delivering the most humiliatingly gangly tea-bagging imaginable?

See, I knew you’d be on board.


Wicket W. Warrick

First Appearance

Star Wars: Episode VI Return Of The Jedi

Race

Ewok

Occupation

Warrior/scout

Weapons and abilities

Inherent cunning. Inquisitive nature. Handy with a spear. Employs guerrilla tactics, with the ability to set deadly traps for unsuspecting enemies.

Why he should be in Battlefront II

The first Ewok Leia encounters on Endor’s forest moon, this ‘jittery little thing’ ends up being instrumental in the Battle of Endor, despite being young at the time.

Probably the biggest effect Wicket has on the Star Wars saga is when he somehow decides not to skewer Leia to death after meeting her in Return Of The Jedi, despite her persistent condescending behavior towards him and insistence on treating him like a pet or small child the entire time. I mean, yes, he is small and he is cute. But how dare you just pick him up and sit him on that log like that! He’s a savage alien warrior, not your fluffy toy!

In Battlefront, Wicket would fit the flexible support hero class perfectly. A master of guerilla warfare, he could set traps for taking out unsuspecting stormtroopers and be especially effective against AT-STs, using swinging logs to squish them like they’re made of wet cardboard.


Mace Windu

First Appearance

Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace

Race

Human

Occupation

Jedi Master; Member Of The Jedi High Council.

Weapons and abilities

Grim demeanor. Badass saber-skills. Force powers. 

Why he should be in Battlefront II

Yes, he’s played by Samuel L. Jackson, so he’s automatically cool. But Windu is most notable for his lack of tolerance for the endless political scheming of the Senate. In fact, his BS-detector nearly saved the galaxy a lot of years of strife when he confronted Palpatine after figuring out he was actually Darth Sidious. Windu had the dark lord on the ropes too and probably would’ve finished him had it not been for the interference of the soon-to-be Emperor’s young apprentice, Anakin Skywalker. Bah!

Time for Master Windu to live again, and take revenge for his untimely demise. He’s known for his supreme dueling ability, even amongst the skilled ranks of the Jedi, so his hero in Battlefront 2 would have to be particularly handy with a laser sword. And maybe some secondary force powers are thrown in there too. Why not.


The Wampa

First appearance

Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back

Race

Er…wampa

Occupation

Vicious, carnivorous snow-predator.

Weapons and abilities

Huge claws and teeth. Tremendous strength. Hulking mass. Able to knock out and drag its prey away to its frosty ice-lair with ease.

Why he should be in Battlefront II

The great thing about the Wampa from The Empire Strikes Back (and, I guess wampas in general) is that it’s totally and utterly unconcerned with the Galactic Civil War, the Force, or any of that other nonsense. The Wampa serves to remind us that in a galaxy where an epic struggle between good and evil is continuously ongoing, there are still some pretty ferocious beasties just going about their business, unaffected by the grand machinations of the universe at large. Originally not much more than a disembodied claw, the Special Edition version of Empire gave the Wampa a suitably menacing form and a really memorable couple of scenes.

In the game, the Wampa’s bulky mass and thick hide would make it resistant to damage, and its huge claws and teeth would make it a great non-Jedi close combat specialist. And what about a special ability to immobilize an enemy and move them around wherever you please? Yes, it might be hard to justify why this animal would even be involved in the conflict, let alone decide which side to take. But hey, Battlefront’s multiplayer isn’t canon. Let’s go crazy.


General Grievous

First Appearance

Star Wars: Clone Wars

Race

Kaleesh/cyborg

Occupation

General; leader of the Droid Army of the Confederacy of Independent Systems

Weapons and abilities

Trained in the art of lightsaber combat. Carries multiple lightsabers. Has extensive cybernetic enhancements (including windmill arms!)

Why he should be in Battlefront II

A shrewd and triumphant leader; a cunning, ruthless strategist; a feared warrior who bested numerous Jedi in combat, taking their lightsabers as trophies. These facts, coupled with the fact that he chose to augment his fleshy Kaleesh body with killer cybernetics and a ludicrously menacing skull-shaped mask, mean General Grievous really should have been one of the Star Wars universe’s most enduring villains.

As it turned out, he was really just a pawn of Count Dooku (himself, Sidious’s pawn) who ended up meeting his end in a sadly uninspiring way, killed by his own blaster. In short, he was a disappointing waste of what was a pretty decent character design. At least the equally cool-looking Darth Maul got an epic fight scene before he bought the farm, contributing to that character’s enduring fan-favorite status.

Grievous’s inclusion in Battlefront 2 would be the sweetest form of redemption. He could finally live up to the promise of his fearsome appearance and spread melee chaos everywhere with his multiple lightsabers, slicing through infantry like warm butter in a nimble dance of death, before carefully slipping back under his cloak once the battle was over for a breather.

Honorable mentions:


Bib Fortuna; Admiral Ackbar; K2-SO; Mon Mothma


We’ve gone with canon-only choices, but there are plenty of Extended Universe characters that could make great Battlefront heroes. Let us know which of your favorites deserve the Battlefront hero treatment in the comments!