20 Awesome 'Star Wars' Characters that Came From Games

From the guy who originally stole the Death Star plans back in 1995 to the meanest droid in 'Star Wars'

Dash Rendar
Dash Rendar, resplendent in his shoulder pads LucasArts20/20

Dash Rendar

Just because Han Solo was encased in carbonite for a while doesn't mean Leia, Luke, and Lando didn't need an ace pilot to help them out between the events of Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Enter goofy, third-rate Solo-wannabe-in-shoulder-pads Dash Rendar – a character created to fill that gap for the 1996 Nintendo 64 game Shadows of the Empire. While never officially declared "canon" since Disney turned the Star Wars universe upside down in 2014, Rendar's ship the Outrider was actually added into the 1997 Special Edition of A New Hope in a brief CG cameo, so you could argue that he's already been retconned into the lore. More recently a subtle nod was made in the "Iron Squadron" episode of Rebels when a freighter looking exactly like the Outrider was featured, although director Dave Filoni has since said that the ship in question was not actually Rendar's – the artist responsible just originally worked on Shadows and wanted to slip a reference in. Despite not being particularly loved by fans, Rendar has actually appeared in a lot of Star Wars media since 1996 including the 1999 flight sim X-Wing Alliance, Galaxies expansion Shadow Syndicate and the Clone Campaigns expansion to Ensemble Studios' 2002 strategy game Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds. Most recently he showed up as a bodyguard in the 2011 Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff novel Shadow Games where he's charged with watching over Javul Charn – "he most famous pop star in the galaxy."

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