20 Awesome 'Star Wars' Characters that Came From Games

Maarek Stele
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Maarek Stele, the hero of 1994's fantastic 'Star Wars: TIE Fighter' LucasArts15/20

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

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

Maarek Stele

Stele is a lot like Farlander: a flight sim protagonist characterized through a novella (The Stele Chronicles, in this case) who would eventually find himself with a front-row seat for some of the most pivotal events of the Star Wars universe. As an Imperial pilot, Stele faced challenges Farlander never did, having to tackle enemies from both outside the Empire and malevolent forces within. Much like The Force Unleashed's Juno Eclipse, he was someone with clear moral values that frequently conflicted with his duties as an officer and this consequently provided an unexpectedly sympathetic view into life as an Imperial. He later made a cameo appearance in the Jump to Lightspeed expansion for the 2003 MMO Star Wars: Galaxies, and most recently showed up in the 2009 Aaron Allston novel Fate of the Jedi: Outcast. Like his counterpart Keyan Farlander, he was also featured as a pilot in Fantasy Flight's X-Wing Miniatures tabletop war game.

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