Ranking Star Wars Sequel Trilogy Characters Based on Their Wasted PotentialThe sequel trilogy wasn't good for many reasons, but it had the opportunity to be good. This list ranks all the characters that had the potential to be very cool, but were just written/used poorly.
Snoke should have been the main antagonist of the Sequel Trilogy. Honestly, if they made his actual size the giant version of the hologram we saw in VII, then he would have been so much cooler. Imagine a lightsaber duel against a giant, who has a giant lightsaber. But, they ruined him in VIII, and then just deleted all of his importance by making Palpatine his puppet master.
Not cool, Disney.
Remember when Hux ordered the execution of billions of people on Starkiller Base, only for him to then turn around and join the side he hated simply because he hated Kylo Ren more? That was a bad choice on Disney's end. I feel they just wanted to throw a surprise spy in, and just chose the character everyone would suspect the least. If they had stuck with Hux's original design as he was in VII, then he might have been a better character.
Ah yes, Kylo Ren. What a shame. A new generation "sith" who idolizes his grandfather, Kylo Ren had the backstory that could have made him great. Sent away by his parents to train with Luke, only to wake up and see him standing over his bed with a Lightsaber activated. Sounds like enough motivation to turn to the Dark Side. But, in all seriousness, Kylo Ren had a unique lightsaber and had the motivation to be different. His rage made him a very different character than Vader, which is something that I appreciate. If Disney just committed to this character becoming "Darth Ren", then he could have been a pretty good character.
A runaway stormtrooper, Finn had the potential to be cool, and he was a good character in VII, but he got worse as the movies went on. Unless the point was that his battle with Kylo altered his mind in some way, this was a hit and a miss.
The dollarstore stormtrooper equivalent of Din Djarin, Phasma is known for just showing up, doing nothing, and then dying. They sort of redeemed her character in VIII with that fight against Finn, but it just wasn't enough.
They really just looked at Luke Skywalker, copied him, but made the character worse. A Jedi abandoned on a sand planet in order to keep their location a secret from the dangerous sith lord? Control C, Control V. Not to mention the Sith relative reveal. Not only is Rey one of the *weakest* Jedi characters ever, they have no character development that makes them unique.
What even were these characters? We first see them in VII, only for them to not show up at all in VIII, and then make a surprise appearance in IX where they get destroyed faster than the younglings by Vader's hand. An army of rewritten inquisitors, they were just lazily thrown in without much design at all. So much potential gone to waste.
From a figure almost as old as Yoda, we should have seen more from her character. She made a brief appearance in VII, having the Skywalker Family Lightsaber, and then she disappears. This character could have been used better.
We all saw the Ghost in IX, right? We should have had some explanation, or at least something more than just a cameo. The Mandalorian sort of explains things with Zeb, but that is pretty much it.
Can someone please explain to me her importance? It would have been cool if the loss of her sister made her step up as a leader and actually do something, but all she really did in the sequels was... well nothing. The biggest thing she did was stop Finn from destroying the cannon in VIII, resulting in Luke having to step in.