Throughout human civilization, there have been stories told which involve otherworldly individuals, with some of the oldest of these stories being the mythological gods of ancient times. Over the millennia, stories have changed drastically, but one thing that has managed to remain virtually the same over all that time, is the creation and inclusion of characters who possess various personalities, accomplishments, evil deeds and unique appearances. In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, some writers have produced some incredible stories which are lined with droves of detailed characters and creatures that most people could not even dream of creating. Many of these stories have been made into feature films and television franchises, so that their worlds and vast array of different looking characters can truly be brought to life and showcased to a wide audience.
Star Wars is one of those franchises, and it happens to be one of the most beloved and popular franchises in the world, and has been ever since the first movie was released in 1977. As a whole, Star Wars has now released eight full length movies, three television shows, and multiple specials, and there is no sign that this classic tale of good versus evil has any plans of slowing down. Throughout the nearly forty-year history of Star Wars, audiences have seen some of the most iconic characters in film history, like Princess Leia, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, but we have also been introduced to a trove of minor characters, created through the use of either practical or visual effects. Many of these characters look great, but there are also those whose appearance can be described using one word, and that word is ugly. With that being said, here is a list of 15 of the ugliest characters in Star Wars.
15. Cornelius Evazan
In A New Hope, we were introduced to many different looking alien and human characters, especially during the famous cantina scene on the planet Tatooine, and one of the characters we meet in the cantina is Cornelius Evazan. Now Evazan may only appear briefly on screen where he offers a few words, but his appearance is still memorable because he and his friend got into an altercation with Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Evazan and his friend Baba, were smugglers/pirates, and during their scene, the two friends tried to pick a fight with Luke and Obi-Wan, where the two took out their blasters after Evazan pushed Luke away. The result was Obi-Wan using his lightsaber to cut off Baba’s arm and slashing Evazan’s face, but that slash was not what gave Evazan his hideous look. Before the events of the movie, he was a cosmetic surgeon who went mad and started performing “creative surgery” on patients which left them terribly disfigured. As a result of these surgeries, a bounty hunter went after Evazan, and during this encounter, his face became permanently scarred.
Another character who viewers were introduced to in the original trilogy was the bounty hunter known as Dengar who first appeared in The Empire Strikes Back, and then again in Return of the Jedi when Luke comes to Jabba the Hutt’s palace to rescue Han Solo. Now as far as actual screen time is concerned, Dengar barely appears in the movies for more than a few seconds, but he was given more focus in books and the animated show, The Clone Wars. Despite not having any real screen time in the movies, Dengar is still considered to be an incredibly dangerous bounty hunter, which is why he was hired by Darth Vader to capture Han Solo, and was under the employ of Jabba. He is known for his appearance, which includes body armor made from combining the armor of stormtroopers, sandtroopers and snowtroopers, as well as a white turban which he now uses to help conceal his cybernetic implants and the scar tissue that covers his face.
13. Jar Jar Binks
The prequel trilogy is not very well received by fans for a variety of reasons, including the overuse of CGI, and the way in which they handled Anakin Skywalker’s journey into becoming the iconic Sith Lord Darth Vader. One of the worst things to come out of the prequels is the character Jar Jar Binks, and that is a statement that nearly every Star Wars fan can agree with, because as a character, Jar Jar is simply the worst. Binks is a Gungan, a sentient amphibious species that can be found on the planet Naboo, and when we first meet him in The Phantom Menace, he is a bumbling fool who manages to become a war hero and then enters into politics. Aside from being a terrible character because of his actions in the movies and his horrible voice and dialogue, Jar Jar is an ugly looking character who serves as a prime example that CGI is not always needed. His extraordinarily long ears, and his duck-billed dinosaur look just do not meld well together with his gangly body.
12. Sy Snootles
In A New Hope, we were introduced to a band playing one of the franchise’s most iconic songs in the cantina scene, and in Return of the Jedi, we were introduced to another band in Jabba’s palace known as the Max Rebo Band, and one of that band’s lead singers is without a doubt one of the ugliest characters in the franchise. Sy Snootles is known for her singing in the movie, but she has actually been around since before the events of the original trilogy, when it was revealed that she was once a part-time bounty hunter and spy for Jabba the Hutt during the time of the Clone Wars. Sy is a female Pa’lowick, which is a species of long-limbed reptilian humanoids, and like other members of her race, she possesses four long, thin limbs, and a round body that is yellow in color with blue spots; she also has a large pair of lips that can be found at the end of a long, trunk-like snout with two round eyes sticking out of her head.
11. Darth Sidious
In Star Wars, the emperor was the personification of the evil and the dark side in the Star Wars universe, but it was not until the prequel trilogy that viewers finally learned that his birth name was Sheev Palpatine, while his Sith name was Darth Sidious. As far as evil plans go, Sidious’ plan was well thought out and complex, which saw him, as Palpatine, go from a senator on Naboo to the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic, all while simultaneously being the mastermind behind the separatist movement as Darth Sidious; a movement that started the Clone Wars which ultimately led to the fall of the jedi and the rise of the empire. For most of his life, Palpatine was not that bad looking, it was only after he was discovered to be a Sith Lord that his face became the disfigured symbol that he is known for. In truth, Sidious was the cause of his own disfigurement, because during his duel with Mace Windu in Revenge of the Sith, he was disarmed and knocked to the floor, and when he attempted to use force lightning to attack Windu, the Jedi Master blocked the attack and deflected the lightning into Sidious’ face. Apparently he must have liked his new look, because as the emperor of an entire galaxy, he would have definitely been able to afford plastic surgery to repair a self-inflicted disfigurement.
10. Ephant Mon
Ephant Mon may have only appeared very briefly at the beginning of Return of the Jedi, but that does not take away from the fact that he is still one of the ugliest characters to appear in the Star Wars franchise. In case you missed him, Mon was actually present at Jabba’s palace when Leia and Luke went to rescue Han, and for many of you who might not know, he was actually a long time friend of Jabba who also served as his head of security. Ephant Mon is a male Chevin, which is a species known for their incredibly big elephant-like heads that manage to stretch the entire length of their bodies. Like other members of his species, Mon has grey skin with some blond hair, and black eyes, as well as relatively large hands and small feet; but unlike them, he also wears a rather ragged looking cloak. Jabba had some pretty ugly guards who looked like literal fat pigs, but the ugliness of those Gamorrean guards pale in comparison to that of their superior officer.
9. Bib Fortuna
For those of you who have watched The Godfather, you have heard the term consigliere, which is a word to describe a trusted individual who represents a crime boss when in the presence of others, and that is sort of what Bib Fortuna was for Jabba the Hutt. Fortuna is a male Twi’lek which is a rather tall humanoid species from the planet Ryloth, and they have oftentimes been forced into slavery, especially the women. Twi’leks actually come in a variety of colors that includes blue, red, purple, green, and like Fortuna himself, pink; and he also possesses his species’ distinct pair of prehensile tentacles which emerge from the back of his head. What really makes Fortuna an ugly character is his overall look, as his skin looks particularly rough, his teeth show that he needs a dentist, and his head as a whole is covered with multiple odd looking bumps and protrusions which are quite noticeable even amongst his own people.
8. The Ugnaughts
In The Empire Strikes Back, we were taken to Cloud City on the planet Bespin, where audiences were first introduced to the character known as Lando Calrissian, a former gambler and smuggler who betrayed Han, and ultimately went on to become a hero in his own right. Lando was not the only person that Bespin introduced to us however, as the gas giant also showcased a new species of alien known as the Ugnaughts. In Episode V, the Ugnaughts worked as gas miners who dealt with the production of carbonite, and were involved in freezing Han Solo, but besides that, the most memorable thing about this species is their rather unappealing appearance. They are known for being short and having pink skin with white hair, and they also possess upturned noses, boar-like teeth, and cheeks with thick layers of skin. There may be some who consider this pig-like species to be cute, but the reality is that they are not really that nice to look at.
7. The Quarren
Be forewarned, this list entry may cause some of you to develop a craving for seafood. In Return of the Jedi, we were introduced to Admiral Ackbar (the fish-like character famous for the line “it’s a trap!”), who is a male member of the Mon Calamari species, and who comes from the oceanic planet known as Mon Cala. Ackbar’s people are not the only civilization who call Mon Cala home however, as the Quarren live there as well. The Quarren are a humanoid, squid-like species who are often referred to in a derogatory manner as Squid Heads, and for the most part, they are peaceful. They possess four facial tentacles which extend from their lower jaw, their eyes are sunken and turquoise in color, and their hands are also finned in nature, with the tips of their fingers being suction cups; and as a defense mechanism, they are capable of shooting out ink.
6. Dexter Jettster
The prequel trilogy added many new characters to the Star Wars Universe, and in Attack of the Clones, we were given a great peek at the big behind of a truly visually unappealing CGI alien who goes by the name Dexter Jettster. Dexter owned a diner on Coruscant, and happened to be an old friend of Obi-Wan, who he helped to identify the origins of a poisoned dart, and also mentioned to him the existence of the planet Kamino where the clones were being made. As a member of the Besalisk species, Dexter has a crest on his head, as well as four arms, and a very pronounced wattle (the hanging skin usually seen on the necks of roosters). To be fair, Dexter’s entire species is not exactly pretty to look at, but this diner owner is rather large and sloppy looking, even by his people’s standards, and the fact that audiences were forced to see his butt crack in the movie is an offence in its own right.
5. Jabba the Hutt
This list is filled with characters who either work for, or are in some way associated with the crime lord Jabba the Hutt, which makes sense when you think about it, considering that Jabba himself is also one of the ugliest characters in that galaxy. Originally, Jabba was referenced to in A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back, but it he was not until Return of the Jedi that he was properly introduced to audiences, and what an introduction it was. People likely thought Jabba would be a humanoid muscled brute, but instead he turned out to be a massive disgusting slug. This gangster and crime lord looks exactly like what other members of his species do, as he has a very large mouth with big watery eyes and sagging facial skin which goes along with his stubby arms. Jabba also possesses skin which is thick, muscular and tough, while at the same time being leathery, wrinkled and slimy. Based on all of the ugly individuals he has around him, it is actually quite fitting that Jabba himself be near the very top of the list.
4. Salacious B. Crumb
The last of Jabba’s known associates to appear on this list, happens to be the crime boss’ very own pet, who appeared very briefly in Return of the Jedi, and goes by the somewhat dignified name of Salacious B. Crumb. Now Salacious is what the Star Wars universe calls a Kowakian monkey-lizard, and as cute as that may sound, he is a prime example of the contrary. Like other monkey-lizards, Crumb has very thin limbs, and a triangular shaped head which includes a wide and hooked beak along with a pair of big floppy ears which tend to curve backwards. Unlike other members of his species, Crumb is a tad overweight, and the reason for that is because he had a deal with Jabba where if he managed to entertain the crime boss at least once a day, he would be allowed to drink and eat as much as he wanted; which is a good deal for a jester, except for the fact that if one day he failed to do something entertaining, he would be killed.
Among all of the CGI characters introduced in the prequel trilogy, the junk dealer and slave owner known as Watto, did not look half bad as a character made entirely using a computer, but that aside, he is still a very ugly character. Watto is a male Toydarian, which is a species of rather short, winged aliens, who aside from being able to fly using their relatively small wings, are well known for their long, fat snouts, and their webbed feet. Overall, Watto just looks like a dirty, greasy and visually unappealing character, with his mouth and terrible looking teeth doing him absolutely no favors. The one real good thing about Watto though, is that despite his appearance, he is able to remain unaffected by a Jedi whenever one attempts to use a mind trick on him.
In most cases in movies, practical effects simply look better than CGI, especially in regards to specific humanoid characters who appear on screen for whatever length of time, that fact is a big reason why people loved the original Star Wars trilogy so much. When it comes to the prequel trilogy though, there were many problems, with one of the major ones being the immense lack of practical effects; but even though the prequels used an excessive amount of CGI, there were still some characters made using practical effects. One of these characters is Gragra, and she happens to be one of the franchise’s ugliest characters, despite only appearing on screen for less than 20 seconds. Gragra is part of a species known as the Swokes Swokes, and like them, she has a pair of large lidless eyes set inside black sockets, and she also possesses a constant gaping grin filled with oddly shaped fang-like teeth. The head of this character is quite round in shape and it is covered in sets of horns; and her head is situated atop a neck that is covered in several layers of fat.
Rounding up the list of the ugliest characters to appear in Star Wars is someone who most people likely have never seen due to the fact that her scene never made the final cut of A New Hope’s original release. This character’s name is Wioslea, and her one brief scene involved her buying Luke’s landspeeder so that he could afford to gain passage on Han Solo’s ship the Millennium Falcon. Wioslea is a female member of the alien race known as the Vuvrian, who are an insectoid species known for their oval shaped heads which were supported by long, thin necks, and on their heads, they have twelve eyes with a pair of thin antennae. In the Star Wars universe, many other species consider the appearance of Wioslea and her people to be comical in nature, and who can blame them for thinking that way, since she literally has a face that only her mother can love.