When the news was revealed that DICE's Star Wars: Battlefront would indeed include playable heroes - Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, etc - like Pandemic Studios had done with the original, fans were understandably overjoyed. Who wouldn't want to choke the life out of some rebel scum with Darth Vader like we had in Battlefront II?
But, because 2015's Battlefront only included the original trilogy at release, the heroes list was...mediocre at best. What was EA thinking, only including Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, and Boba Fett at launch? Ah, right - money!
Though more heroes have been added through DLC, Battlefront's heroes roster remains fairly disappointing. At least this is something Battlefront II, by including the prequel and sequel eras as well, is looking to fix. Let me slice through Stormtroopers with Darth Maul if I want to!
Today, we're going to look back at heroes that have fought in the Battlefront games. Now, I'm sorry to disappoint those that saw that picture of Luke fighting Vader, immediately turned on their PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, and loaded Battlefront up to check the heroes list.
Nope, we're talking about the first two Battlefronts, not unlike what we did with the map quiz. Because we already mentioned using Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in those games, they're automatically off the list, but other heroes from that game are eligible.
If you're ready to revisit some of the greatest battles in Star Wars history with some of the franchise's greatest heroes, let's do it!
We start our list off with...Darth Vader? Well, technically, but not quite. I know we said Darth Vader is a hero in both of the original Battlefronts, but do we ever get to use Anakin Skywalker before the most computer-generated lightsaber battle ever to be computer-generated? True, The Chosen One - along with Obi-Wan Kenobi - really got their own 'Revenge of the Sith' game to shine, but did they ever get a chance in the original Battlefronts?
Our first non-movie character on this list, Ashoka Tano may be a surprise here because...well, she originated during the Clone Wars. But, as you'll either find out later or remember fairly well, there were a couple of non-movie characters in the original Battlefronts, dominating with their lightsabers and how broken heroes could be if used right and on the right maps. Anakin Skywalker's Padawan and a future major contributor to the Rebellion that would take her former Master down, was Ahsoka in Battlefront?
Speaking of Obi-Wan Kenobi, I'd have to think him leading the Grand Army of the Republic into battle after battle during the Clone Wars is what we originally expected when we heard Battlefront would also include prequel battles. Who wouldn't want to fight alongside Obi-Wan? Well, Qui-Gon, but he died because of the plot; video game shooters like Battlefront are different. But as all of the side media shows us, the clones loved fighting under General Kenobi. Was he a hero in Battlefront?
While I think we can all agree that the romance in Attack of the Clones was horrifically written - there are reasons to defend Anakin's behavior, but not the writing - and people are torn about Padmé Amidala's character. Is she a strong leader, or an idiot too easily manipulated? Did she really fall in love with Anakin before getting married, or was that her doing what she thought was right? I'm still not sure on those, but maybe you can be surer on this: Were we able to use Padmé Amidala in Battlefront?
Emperor Sheev Palpatine
That ominous music you hear in the background isn't your brain playing tricks on you. Whenever Emperor Palpatine - or, as we know now, SHEEV Palpatine - spins around in his chair, you know that Ian McDiarmid's charisma and intelligence is bound to make an appearance as well. Affectionately called Palpy by some fans and one of the prequel's only redeeming qualities (aside from having a lightsaber, which made no sense), Palpatine is cruel, heartless, and manipulating. Did we get to see that in Battlefront?
Strong with the force, Yoda is, but was he ever in Battlefront? A unique perspective with his size and force abilities, Yoda would provide, especially on close-combat maps. Yoda's green lightsaber, unfortunately, would have to appear because George Lucas decided to give him a 'laser-sword.' That's despite every single thing that Yoda said in Empire about how "wars not make one great." If Yoda was in Battlefront, we could at least hope his force powers would be unparalleled. Was Yoda in Battlefront?
Princess Leia Organa Solo
As we mentioned earlier, many of the heroes in the Galactic Civil War (the original trilogy) during the original Battlefronts either stretched across both eras or, for a small few, were exclusive to the GCW. That small few, as you'll soon see, really is a small few, especially on the Rebellion side. With all of that said, was Leia a hero in either of the Battlefront games? Some will say she's not hurt by being a Jedi or a gunslinger, but did she still appear?
You know, given all of the fantastic work Liam Neeson has done - Schindler's List, the Christopher Nolan Batman movies, Taken, Fallout 3 - it's hard to watch him as Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace again. Now, Neeson works as Jinn and was the perfect casting, but the writing and some of the decisions he makes are just frustratingly stupid. Remember him suggesting he and Obi-Wan split up when going down to Naboo? Sigh. Were we able to use Qui-Gon in Battlefront?
Speaking of Han Solo, I'd have to think you'd want to use him in the Battlefront games solely for what he could do as a pilot. With those games featuring vehicular combat - Battlefront having air-to-ground while Battlefront 2 had ground vehicles and space combat - Han and the Millennium Falcon would be an ideal choice, but we never got the Falcon. Why? Thankfully, Battlefront 2015 added the ship, but come on, Pandemic Studios. We may never have gotten his ship, but did we at least get to use Han?
Wherever Han Solo goes, Chewbacca is bound to follow. Unfortunately pointlessly shoehorned into the prequels so that they could sell more merchandise (we're in the money!), Chewbacca was such an awesome warrior in the original trilogy - and, let us not forget, The Force Awakens. Throwing stormtroopers into one another like it was no one's business? Check. Seriously damaging Kylo Ren with his bowcaster? Check. Oh, and willing to sacrifice himself to save Han? We love you, Chewie. Was he in Battlefront?
One of Chewbacca's best moments, by far, is choking Lando Calrissian following his betrayal of Han and the others. Now look, we like Lando a lot and we certainly don't blame him for what he did - and we respect the hell out of him joining the Rebellion - but Chewie standing up to Lando like that? Awesome. Lando was a hero in DICE's Battlefront as part of the Cloud City DLC, but with Bespin being in the original Battlefronts, was Billy Dee there as well?
Earlier, we mentioned Han Solo would be an ideal hero to use just because of his expertise as a pilot. Without a doubt, the same should go for Wedge Antilles, the Rebel Alliance's ace pilot and Luke Skywalker's second-in-command for Rogue Squadron. Would you have guessed Wedge is the only Rebel member not of the main group that partakes in all three movie's big battles (Death Star, Hoth, Death Star II) and survives? Not bad! Do we get to use him in Battlefront?
Jar Jar Binks
Do you guys remember that insane, crackpot theory about how Jar Jar Binks was secretly a Dark Lord of the Sith manipulating everyone by acting like an idiot. Did you guys know Robot Chicken made that joke years in advance? Look, I think we can all agree Jar Jar was hard to watch, but he has the most coherent story arc of The Phantom Menace - oh no, I'm defending Jar Jar. Am I being manipulated? With the Gungans appearing in these games, did Jar Jar show up as well?
KEEEEEEEL HIM! Oh, General Grievous, your accent and nonsensical decisions really add nothing to your character. Unlike Count Dooku (more on him soon) that had some backstory in the films that maybe made you care, Grievous is just a CGI creation that lacks motivation or enthusiasm about anything. Grievous remains beloved by fans, however, for his four lightsabers and his expertise at Jedi killing from the original Clone Wars series, which...yeah, that should have been shown in the films to get us to care! Was Grievous in the original Battlefronts?
Before The Old Republic MMO went and ruined some of the best parts from Knights of the Old Republic, Darth Revan was an indisputable legend. Now, he's still a legend, but he's more of a legend if you only look at KOTOR and KOTOR II: The Sith Lords as the canon stories. We're not spoiling anything about those games if you haven't played yet, but we will ask if you were able to use Revan and his terrifying mask in Battlefront.
Say what you want about how the plot in Attack of the Clones is rushed, lazy, and has the worst romance we've seen in movie history, but at least we got Count Dooku out of it. An ex-Jedi Master who once had Qui-Gon Jinn as his padawan, Dooku resurfaces ten years after his apprentice's death as the leader of the Separatist Movement. Secretly, Dooku is a rising Sith Lord under Darth Sidious and tries to recruit Obi-Wan - Qui-Gon's padawan - to his side. Was Dooku in Battlefront?
With how bad the writing was for Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace, maybe it's a good thing Darth Maul killed him in the movie's final act. Unfortunately, for as awesome as Maul and his double-bladed lightsaber is, the fight means nothing because we knew absolutely nothing about him. The Clone Wars and Rebels did a nice job remedying this, but come on - you can't introduce him as the villain (at least, the on-screen one) with no character. Nice work, George. Could we use Maul in Battlefront?
At first glance, calling Mace Windu a parallel to Darth Maul may not make much sense, but let's explore this idea. Both have unique lightsabers - Maul's was double-bladed, while Mace has the purple one - and both are loved by fans despite having no character. Why was Samuel L. Jackson cast in this role again? I know it helps sell tickets and raises interest among his fans, but I'll direct you to RedLetterMedia's analysis in their Episode II review. Were we able to use Mace in Battlefront?
How can we find a way to include Boba Fett in the Star Wars prequels? Well, why not make him the cloned son of a famous bounty hunter whose armor and ship will be inherited by Boba? On paper, this actually isn't the worst awful idea - and Temuera Morrison did a pretty nice job! - but again, the writing makes Jango Fett so uninteresting prior to his death on Geonosis by Mace Windu's lightsaber. Still, could we use Jango in Battlefront?
Many have asked why Boba Fett is so popular among fans, but I'm guilty of really liking his character because, at least in the old Expanded Universe, there WAS a character. Underneath the armor, Boba is a simple man trying to make his way in the galaxy; he has a moral code and, as The Force Unleashed II's comic shows, still has plenty of emotion left in him after all his killing. Hopefully, the new canon can bring him back in a fair and right way. Could we use Boba in Battlefront?
When Dengar was introduced as part of the Cloud City DLC pack for DICE's Battlefront, I'm sure some fans were confused on...well, why Dengar? A heavily bandaged bounty hunter who made his on-screen debut in The Empire Strikes Back, Dengar has received some further development in The Clone Wars and other works, but he's no Boba Fett. Still, that design was pretty badass and we're excited to see what the future is for Dengar in the new canon. Could we use him in the old Battlefronts?
Before The Clone Wars turned him into a Rastafarian that held nothing to Little Jacob from Grand Theft Auto IV, Kit Fisto was loved by fans for being a quiet Jedi Master that could do all the talking with his signature smile. Fisto is still loved by fans and we don't blame them, but he's best when his only words come from that awesome grin. Unfortunately slain by Palpatine during Revenge of the Sith, were we able to use Fisto in Battlefront?
We're in the home stretch, which is unfortunate because there's not really much to say about Aayla Secura. Nicknamed "Jedi Master Hotness" by the fandom after her introduction in Attack of the Clones, Secura is one of the Jedi Knights and Masters shoehorned into Revenge of the Sith's Order 66 montage. The original Clone Wars gave her some more screentime, especially with her taking on General Grievous and surviving, but there's not much else to say about her. Can we use her in Battlefront?
On the Republic's side, Aayla Secura uses two lightsabers. On the Separatist's side - and, later on, just as an enemy of the Republic - Asajj Ventress takes that role. Introduced in the original Clone Wars miniseries as an arc villain that would help push Anakin Skywalker closer to the Dark Side, Ventress was so loved by fans that she became a central character in the most recent Clone Wars series. Being that dangerous of a female Star Wars character will do that. Was she in Battlefront?
Like Secura, Ki-Adi-Mundi - who also fought against Grievous when the Kaleesh soldier debuted in the Clone Wars miniseries - was included in that Order 66 montage. But unlike Secura, Mundi at least had major screen-time before, including his insistence that the Sith couldn't have returned in ThePhantom Menace because they'd been extinct for millennia. He also shot down Padme's theory that Count Dooku was behind her assassination. Way to go, man. Could we have used Mundi in Battlefront?