Monday, November 24
Top Ten Star Wars Ladies
10. Jaina Solo
If there’s one thing we learned about Jaina Solo, it’s that badassness runs in the family. Being the daughter of rouge pilot Han Solo and the tough leader Leia Organa, Jaina has some of the coolest genes in the galaxy. Jaina Solo was born a while after the battle of Endor and along with her brother, Jacen, and becames a badass Jedi Knight. She flew like no other when she was ‘Sticks’ in Rouge Squadron and kicked some alien ass during the Yuzaan Vong war. Also, her relationships with Jagged Fel, Kyp Durron, and Zekk keep us interested. Hooray for Jaina. She’s a badass.
9. Admiral Daala
Who’s that cat who can basically resurrect the Empire and bring the New Republic to it’s knees? Daala! You’re damn right. Noticed by Grand Moff Tarkin at an early age, Admiral Daala was a sharp woman from the get go. She was an excellent strategist, and in time, she became the leader of the Imperial Fleet and was a feared enemy of the New Republic. She was a great general but was eventually defeated. Although she was presumed dead at the end of the fight, the New Republic kept her name on the threat lists just in case the particular redhead decided to come back and stir up some good ol’ Empire militarism. Now that’s a reputation.
8. Nomi Sunrider
Sure she was a jedi thousands of years ago, but how many people can actually use the Force to strip someone of their Force powers? This single event has earned her a spot on this list. After Ulic Qul-Droma (a fully fledged Jedi Knight) killed his bro, Nomi was so outraged that she used some Force power to make Ulic lose all his Force powers. What a badass! She later went from Jedi Knight to Jedi Master. Not bad for someone who learned from a Tchuukthai Triceratops-lookin’ dude.
7. Shaak Ti
She has a small role in the films, but this horned vixen sure knows how to kick some ass in a time of war. She was in the group of Jedi that first encountered General Grevious and she survived. Months later, when General Grevious layed siege to Coruscant, she chased the bionic freak, fighting him the whole way until he reached his ship. She also faced scores of his guards and led the small rescue force. Unfortunately, she failed in killing Grevious. This awesome Torguta has survived death more than any Star Wars character, seeing that two scenes depicting her death were cut from Revenge of the Sith. (One can be seen on the Revenge of the Sith DVD, Disc 2) Her action figure for Revenge of the Sith was to have a hole through the middle of chest, but it was later filled in. Two Grevious encounters, two deleted scenes, and a plastic revival? That’s five times! I also believe that she survived the great Jedi Purge (which would be six), yet we do not know of her whereabouts.
6. Aayla Secura
If one Star Wars character has had a strange life, it has to be Aayla Secura. The blue Twi’lek served as a Jedi Knight in the great Clone Wars. She made her first appearance at the battle of Geonosis and has been a fan favorite since. In the Clone Wars cartoon, she is of the group who first encountered Grevious (along with Shaak Ti.) Although she was struck down, she survived. Further insight on her character grants that in the past she was seduced by the dark side, had her memory erased, fought Aurra Sing, and ‘made out’ with Kit Fisto. (Well, he used mouth to mouth to keep her alive under water, but still) Aayla has even earned herself a spot in the game Star Wars: Battlefront II, weilding two lightsabers. A likeable person, The Clone Troopers who dealt her death did so reluctantly. After her death, she was honored by the people of the worlds she served, and some sixty years later, they were still writing stories about her heroics and courage. Since her death in Revenge of the Sith, fans are desperately trying to think of scenarios where she could have survived. It is wishful thinking, but I doubt this chica will be resurrected after repeated shots to the back and head.
5. Jan Ors
Who better to accompany Kyle Katarn, the fast-talking, sarcastic rouge? Why, another fast-talking, sarcastic rouge! Jan accompanies Kyle during the Dark Forces/Jedi Knight games and always gets him out of sticky situation. When Jan is captured by Desaan in Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, she remains strong. When she is again rescued from her holding cell, her first words to Kyle are “took you long enough.” Ooh, sassy. Jan has proved time and time again that she can wield a blaster, maneuver the Moldy Crow like no one’s business, and burn out many interrogation driods without saying a word. Pretty cool chica, I say.
4. Mara Jade Skywalker
Now, whether you think Luke is a badass or not, we can all say that his wife is. Mara Jade began her Star Wars-ism when she was the right hand of the Emperor during the Galactic Civil War, and sent to kill Luke. She posed as a slave dancer in Jabba’s Palace during Return of the Jedi in hopes of finding the rouge Jedi Knight who was stirring up trouble. She could not find Skywalker on Tatooine, and when Death Star II was destroyed, she was enraged at her master’s death. She vowed to hunt down Skywalker and kill him for the loss of Palpatine. Her hunt for Skywalker ended in the most unpredictable way. Turns out in the end she married the Jedi bloke, becoming a badass Jedi herself. And although they planned to not have children, little Ben Skywalker was soon on his way. She killed Jorus C’Boath (or at least threw her saber through his chest,) and, in the end, tragically fell to the poison of Jacen Solo. She still remains an awesome addition to Star Wars lore.
3. Padme Amidala
Natalie Portman is gorgeous. She can also kick some serious robot ass, as seen in the Prequel Trilogy. Whether queen or senator, she never fails to get herself involved in ‘aggressive negotiations’ and other close calls. She was nearly assassinated, fell out of a moving vehicle (and didn’t get one scratch), and had to deal with Anakin as he was spiraling downward into darkness. This girl can hold her own, and from what she told Anakin on Naboo, she is a damn good swimmer.
2. Princess Leia Organa Solo
“Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?” This sassy princess kicks some ass. When we first meet her, she stands tall against the dark lord Vader, unafraid of what will happen to her. While facing countless interrogation driods and witnessing the loss of her home planet, she remains strong. When she is rescued, she has nothing but sarcastic remarks for her saviors. Girl’s got a quick tongue. Her and Han Solo kiss in The Empire Strikes Back, and later, we see her captured by Jabba the Hutt, wearing that oh-so-famous metal bikini thing. After the Battle of Endor, Leia leads the New Republic and marries Han, having three children with him. Whether it’s diplomatic meetings, rescue missions, or huge, intergalactic war, Leia is always there to rock our socks.
1. Bastila Shan
Wait, Princess Leia is not number one? Who could possibly beat the original Star Wars babe? Turns out one from 4,000 years before: Bastila Shan. That’s right, the leading lady from Knights of the Old Republic tops my list of favorite Star Wars females. A couple years before KOTOR, Bastila defeated the dark lord known as Darth Revan, putting him in a state of amnesia. When he awoke, he did not know who he was, or who he had been. Bastila was sent out by the Jedi Order to try and mold him into a great Jedi for the good guys. Bastila accompanied Revan through his quest to find the Star Maps throughout the galaxy, always by his side with her Jedi wisdom and personal opinions. Then, she was captured, tortured and manipulated by Darth Malak to turn to the Dark Side. In the end, she was turned back to the light side by the new Revan what do ya know, they even fell in love. And she wielded a double-bladed lightsaber, too! Awesome!
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