This. Is. Madness!

Things are afoot. I promise. One of these days when I’m not crazy tired, I’m planning another refreshing revamp of the canon section, including 1) a modest defense of canon, 2) stronger definitions of what is not Star Wars canon, what is Star Wars canon, and what is personal apocrypha; also, an update to my most popular post ever, my simple list of sentients. (It’s come to my attention there’s some major gaps up in there.) Yes, I’m still simmering plans for an Orangecoat store, working on getting out wristbands for the masses, and other attention-grabby stunts. It’s all in my head and will soon be on the site. Really.

But right now, to kind of get things cooking again, allow me to toss out the following: I’ve been working on the idea of unified hashtags, something we can all remember and use whenever we want to call attention to the real Expanded Universe. #GiveUsMoreLegends is fine, but what if the cause isn’t continuation? What if the cause is just keeping it alive, in people’s hearts and minds? I’ve picked up #EUForever, #LegendsNeverDie, and also coined #realcanon. But I had an idea the other day for another one, #TREU, for true EU. Then a fan reminded me that treu is German for faithful and the appropriateness skyrocketed.

So in order to celebrate TrEU, I offer you . . . MARCH MADNESS. I don’t know the first thing about whatever sport is associated with March madness, but I do have a vague understanding of how a bracket works, but I have put one together and I believe I get the idea.

I’ve chosen 64 characters from the Expanded Universe — 16 heroes, 16 heroines, 16 villains, and 16 villainesses. I did not, on any level, try to be comprehensive. Some characters are more major than others. I tried to make sure I hit all the big names, and to be as fair as possible about including people I’m not familiar with who seem to be popular nevertheless. There are plenty of minor players as well, because apart from making sure the male : female and hero : villain ratios were equal, I wanted to make sure I had a decent representation of all sorts of people from the Era Before the Republic to the New Republic Era. (No, NJO and Legacy aren’t on here. It’s my website and I don’t have to acknowledge what I don’t want to acknowledge. Which is why no TCW, either. “15, Jabba, don’t push it.”)

The arrangement is slightly randomized. I organized them chronologically and then sorted them so that they would roughly be facing off with their own contemporaries without matching them against people they matched in their actual stories.

Your task is to pick the 32 characters worthy of making it to round 2! You can decide either who would win in a fight, who would beat the other in combat, or simply who you like better. Click the image to see it full-size. Print and fill it out for your own use, if you like. But far more importantly — in order for Round 2 to even happen, you must tell me who wins!


Depending on response, Round II will either publish on March 8 or a week from today. To find out more about your fighting characters, keep reading — I’ve provided the list for your convenience with Wookieepedia links.




  1. from the top left then going counter clockwise:

    Aayla Secura
    Kir Kanos
    Tycho Celchu
    Siri Tachi
    Barris Offee
    Bria Tharen
    Teneil Djo
    Kyp Durron
    Kuat of Kuat
    Talon Karrde
    Corran horn
    Jaina Solo
    Naga Sadow
    Darth Zash
    Aurra Sing
    Erisi Dlarit
    Gilad Pellaeon
    Thrackan Sal-Solo
    Leonia Tavira
    Natasi Daala
    Emperor reborn
    Ysanne Isard
    Prince Xizor
    Darth Bane
    Visas Marr
    Aleema Keto


  2. The Good guys:
    Aayla Secura
    Kir Kanos
    Kyle Katarn
    Tycho Celchu
    Bastila Shan
    Galen Marek
    Bria Tharen
    Voort SaBinring
    Mara Jade
    Anakin Solo
    Mirax Terrik
    Wedge Antilles
    Corran Horn
    Jaina Solo
    Callista Ming

    The Bad Guys:
    Freedon Nadd
    Darth Traya
    Darth Bane
    Prince Xizor
    Ysanne Islard
    Joruus C’Boath
    Exar Kun
    Admiral Daala
    Leonia Tavira
    Thracken Sal-Solo
    Erisi Dlarit
    Aurra Sing
    Darth Zannah
    Darth Nihlius


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