5. Galen Marek (Starkiller)
A few years back, I was a huge Star Wars fanatic and I was even one of those rare guys who knew Leia’s cell block number on the Death Star in A New Hope. I read many an Expanded Universe novel (X-Wing series was my favorite) immersing myself in the universe; but, that was before the dark time, before the Empire (prequels). When I first saw the prequel trilogy, I didn’t think it was too bad; however, repeated viewings have shown me the error of my ways. I stopped caring about the Star Wars universe altogether and starting getting back into superhero comics, the Halo series, and Star Trek. In 2008, my outlook on the series changed with the release of a game called Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
The game was one of the best written I have ever played as it really made you care about the story and the characters. It also helped that each character in the game was played by and resembled a real life actor. The Force Unleashed instantly made me a fan of Sam Witwer, a prolific genre actor, as he portrayed my fifth favorite Sci-Fi character of all time, Galen Marek or better known as Starkiller. Marek also happens to be my favorite character in the whole Star Wars saga.
Why would a video game character beat out movie and book characters such as Wedge Antilles, Kip Durron, Mace Windu, or Luke Skywalker? Well, as I mentioned before, the writing in the game is superb, but that is only half the story. The Jedi in the movies tend to be very weak with special pathetic focus on those in the prequels as the Sith seem to outsmart them on every turn. In addition, their rules were very strict and were broken by almost everybody. Gelen Marek is a Jedi who just let loose and was extremely powerful and this is what attracted me to the character.
Marek was a Jedi who had to find his own way to light side of the force because he started out as Darth Vader’s apprentice and ended up founding the Rebel Alliance (I am following the canon story, the good ending). His history turned out to be beneficial because Galen was able to harness powers from both sides of the force. Let’s just forget about the sequel.
Best portrayal: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Greatest moment(s): On Raxus Prime, Starkiller takes down a Star Destroyer with the force.
He beats the crap out of Darth Vader in one of the final boss fights of the game.