*May contain Star Wars spoilers*
As a fan of Star Wars, I have always admired the diversity in characters. Literally, look at all of the non-human species – Twi’lek, Torgruta, Chiss, etc. One thing that really makes me happy is the fact that there are strong female characters. Everyone is familiar with Padmé Amidala, Leia Organa, and Rey. Those three are amazing women but there are others that don’t get the same kind of attention as them that are definitely deserving of it: Ahsoka Tano, Sabine Wren, Hera Syndulla, and Norra Wexley.
If you ever watched the Clone Wars TV series, you’ll know this character. Ahsoka starts off as a young togruta in the series and grows older each season. She is Anakin Skywalker’s padawan. Like him, she too can be a rambunctious scamp. This is what makes her an amazing character. She matures enough as she grows older and she still keeps her talent. Not only the boys get to be awesome.
Ahsoka is re-introduced in Star Wars: Rebels (SW:R) as Fulcrum (one of the many). She’s a full-fledged adult now and has dedicated herself to the rebellion. She, however, is no longer a Jedi and carries a white lightsaber. This represents the grey area – neither Sith nor Jedi. While her fate is unknown after the season 2 finale, she still has her brand new novel! Go check it out!
She is one of my favorite characters. Sabine is a Mandalorian in SW:R. She’s clever, knows how to use blasters, and can kick imperial butt in a fight. She likes her explosives and spray-paint – and did I mention she’s an artist? Each season, she has a new look, with bright colored hair.
Sabine — Clan Wren, House Vizsla. This is her official title, Vizsla. Sounds familiar, right? That’s because she’s related to Pre Vizsla, the Mand’alor of Mandalore. Mand’alor is the title used by the leader of Mandalore. Why does this matter you ask? Well, Vizsla, as Mand’alor, was able to fight the Jedi using what is known as a dark saber. It looks like a black sword. This matters because in the season 3 trailer of SW:R, Sabine is shown holding a dark saber. Possibly the same one that belonged to Vizsla.
There’s still a lot of mystery surrounding Sabine as a character, but we do know this: her mother is looking for her and is a member of the Death Watch. She used to be an imperial cadet but left to become a bounty hunter but ultimately joined the rebellion instead. Soon, she’ll have a dark saber and be able to fight Jedi or sith with it. Perhaps she’ll become the next Mand’alor.
Another character from SW:R, Hera is the captain/leader of the Ghost Crew and Phantom Squadron. She’s the daughter of Cham Syndulla and is in a relationship with Kanan Jarrus. Being awesome runs in her family.
Hera, like her father, was born a leader (she’s also been deemed the title “space mom” amongst her fans). She is an extremely talented pilot and is good at strategy. Hera gives the orders and missions. And even though she’s the leader and has responsibilities, she still makes it known how much she cares about her crew–they’re a part of her family. She is the one that ties the crew together.
Norra is introduced in Star Wars: Aftermath, a novel by Chuck Wendig. Norra is the wife of Brentin Lore Wexley; they have a son named Temmin. Now, most of you might not know Norra, but you probably know her son. He’s called Temmin “Snap” Wexley and is a resistance pilot in The Force Awakens (TFA). Norra is a very Han Solo-y type character. She’s not a smuggler, but she generally puts work first, leaving a son behind with anger issues.
What makes Norra awesome, however, is how talented she is. When Temmin was a child, Brentin was arrested by the empire. This happened in front of Temmin and Norra. After this, Norra dedicated her time to finding her husband and fighting the empire. She’s a talented pilot (like mother like son). In the novel, she’s able to maneuver all sorts of vehicles in tight pinches. She’s even gotten awards for her service.
So, if you’re ever re-watching the Star Wars films, pay attention to side characters. They might have a lot more going on than you realize. Or perhaps delve into the other mediums: books, games, and cartoons. You might find your new favorite character that way!