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'

Kyle Katarn
Before Disney rewrote the 'Star Wars' canon in 2014, it was Kyle Katarn who stole the Death Star plans – and he did it single-handedly LucasArts1/20

Kyle Katarn

Whereas most early Star Wars characters were firmly light or dark with predictable archetypal motivations, Kyle Katarn turned out to be a kind of blueprint for the more nuanced heroes and villains we've seen in recent years. Prior to his appearance as a gunslinging mercenary in 1995's Dark Forces – which was set just prior to the events of A New Hope – Katarn was actually an Imperial officer. He quit the jackbooted life after learning that the Empire was responsible for the death of his family, and started running errands for the Rebel Alliance. Over the course of five games in the much-loved Jedi Knight series – along with the spectacularly mediocre PSP game Star Wars: Lethal Alliance and a host of Expanded Universe novels including New Jedi Order – Katarn evolved from a wry, swarthy soldier of fortune into a fully-fledged Jedi Master. Unlike the new official canonical version of events depicted in Star Wars: Rogue One in which it's Jyn Erso and her gang that supply the Rebel Alliance with the Death Star plans, back in the good ol' days it was actually Katarn that stole them… single-handedly.