10 Legends Characters That Were Later Reincorporated Into Canon

10 Legends Characters That Were Later Reincorporated Into Canon

The recent Obi-Wan Kenobi series was littered with several easter eggs hinting at older content made before the Disney merger. When Disney acquired the Star Wars license in 2012, most of the expanded materials were removed from canon in order to make way for the new stories being told.

Being branded “Legends,” these old stories were mostly ignored when creating the Sequel trilogy and other Star Wars media. However, a few characters have managed to sneak their way back into the Canon storyline. The plethora of Legends material allows for Disney to pick and choose to their liking who is lucky enough to be granted solace back in their new films, TV shows, books, and other media.

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Thrawn

Perhaps the most well-known example of a character jumping from Legends to Canon, Grand Admiral Thrawn was a notorious villain that led the Empire after Palpatine’s death. A deadly and tactical foe, Thrawn became a fierce challenge for Luke, Leia, and Han in his own trilogy of books released in the 1990s.

Thrawn was eventually reintroduced into Canon through Star Wars: Rebels, before receiving another trilogy of books written by original creator Timothy Zahn. Though primarily used in the Post-Original Trilogy timeline in Legends, Thrawn has mainly featured in the events leading up to A New Hope in canon. Despite this, he still remains a deadly, loyal servant to the Empire.

Rukh

Warwick Davis Cast as Rukh in Star Wars Rebels

Being linked heavily with Thrawn in both Legends and canon, Rukh first appeared in the 1990s Thrawn trilogy as a personal bodyguard to the Grand Admiral, before eventually betraying him and swapping his allegiance to Princess Leia. With his species worshipping Darth Vader, Rukh switched his allegiance to his daughter, deciding to kill Thrawn instead.

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Similar to his master, Rukh was also brought back into canon with Thrawn in Star Wars: Rebels. Now Thrawn’s Bodyguard, Rukh is very similar to his original Legends self, except for the fact that his species, the Noghri, lacks any substantial background information. Rukh was later killed, so his relationship with Darth Vader and Leia will never be expanded upon in Canon media.

Jaxxon

star wars lepi jaxxon

A fan favorite Legends character, Jaxxon the rabbit was a smuggler that was well acquainted with Han Solo. For a while, he acted as a mercenary during the Galactic Civil War, where he often clashed with his enemy, the cyborg bounty hunter Valance.

Due to his popularity, it is no surprise that Jaxxon has been reintroduced into the Canon Star Wars Adventures, a junior comic series. Like his Legends counterpart, he has a friendly rivalry with Han Solo and Chewbacca, whilst still looking visually the same. Unlike his Legends self, he has been much more helpful to the Rebels, fighting alongside them on multiple occasions.

Asajj Ventress

Asajj Ventress fighting.

First introduced in the Clone Wars micro-series, Ventress was an assassin that attempted to kill Anakin Skywalker on Yavin 4 but was easily defeated in battle. Desperate to become a Sith, Ventress became the apprentice of Count Dooku.

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With the success of the micro-series, the Canon Clone Wars series was created, where Ventress appeared once more. In the show, Ventress’ character is expanded upon, establishing a rivalry with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Ventress was a dangerous enemy and sometimes ally to the Jedi throughout the Clone Wars, constantly flicking between the light and dark side as she followed her own path.

Tag and Bink

Tag and Bink first appeared in their own Star Wars: Infinities comic series, which even from their first printing were stated as explicitly non-canon. The two hapless rebels would have their own harmless adventures in the background of the prequel and original trilogies, bumping into key characters and witnessing important events.

Later on, Tag and Bink were meant to show up in Solo: A Star Wars Story, but their brief cameos were removed from the final film. However, the pair are still referenced in the film’s official guide, ensuring that the pair still have a home in the Canon timeline. The deleted scene featuring the pair is also featured in the novelization of the book.

Malla

Described as the wife of Chewbacca and first appearing in the Legends Holiday Special, Malla remained a relatively obscure character that became such an important part of the backstory of everyone’s favorite Wookie. Along with her son, Lumpy, Malla rarely featured in any major Legends storylines.

Despite her obscurity, Malla was eventually reintroduced into canon in a retelling of A New Hope made for children, being referenced by Han Solo and Chewbacca. After being separated from his wife and son, Chewie was eventually able to reunite with his family after the Galactic Civil War.

Zorba The Hutt

The cover of Zorba the Hutt's Revenge novel.

The father of Jabba, Zorba The Hutt was another crime lord that was feared throughout the galaxy. After discovering about his son’s death at the hands of Leia, Zorba sought out the Princess to enact his own revenge. Interestingly, Zorba was one of the only Hutts who could grow any hair, making him immediately stand out against the rest of his family.

In canon, Jabba’s father has since had some backstory given to him through reference books written in the Disney era. Whilst not much is known about Jabba’s canonical father, it is assumed that it is still Zorba, who may or may not still be alive after his son’s death in Return Of The Jedi. Zorba has been directly mentioned in the Clone Wars series, but no distinct connection has been provided between him and Jabba.

Prince Xizor

Star Wars Prince Xizor

The Falleen Prince and ruler of the Black Sun crime syndicate, Xizor was a ruthless public figure that lived on Coruscant during the events of the original trilogy in the Legends timeline. Due to his exceptional wealth, he was often regarded as one of the most influential beings in the galaxy, only behind Palpatine and Darth Vader themselves.

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Despite nearly making it back into canon on multiple occasions, such as almost being included in the crowd for the pod race in The Phantom Menace, Xizor was finally referenced in a bizarre way. His namesake is given to a salad in the theme park Galaxy’s Edge, as well as in a cookbook. This is certainly a unique way for the famed prince to be brought back!

Naga Sadow

Naga Sadow

Naga Sadow was an ancient Sith Lord who led the Sith Empire in the Great Hyperspace War against the Jedi Order. In Legends, the rebel temple base on Yavin 4 was actually originally built thousands of years prior in memory of Naga Sadow, showing his status in the galaxy at that time.

The Sith Lord was referenced in a statue found in The Rise Of Skywalker on Exegol, the home of the Sith. Sadow also was one of the whispering voices that spoke to Kylo Ren as he entered the temple, hinting that he was around thousands of years ago in the canon timeline also, though his wider fate remains unknown.

Exar Kun

Known as the first ever Jedi to turn to the Dark Side and the founder of the Sith, Exar Kun lived thousands of years prior to the films in Legends. Exar Kun is notable for owning the first ever double-bladed lightsaber, long before Darth Maul’s first appearance.

In Solo: A Star Wars Story, the crime lord Dryden Vos owned an obsidian slab that he claimed to have stolen from a Sith temple. Inscribed on the slab was the name of Exar Kun. Whilst this is hard to see in the film, this writing is clearly shown in the film’s reference guide, where Exar Kun’s name is easily seen.

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