The internet is filled with articles scoping out the most hated characters in beloved pop culture media. Usually, these articles round-up characters in sci-fi or fantasy on TV or in the movies. Star Wars is no exception, though maybe not as many are hated as you’d find in Game of Thrones where almost everyone seems despicable in some way.
Out of all Star Wars characters, there’s one continually hated, merely from being annoying rather than being evil. While we could think of others, Jar Jar Binks maintains complete chastisement.
How fair is this assessment of Jar Jar being so hated? When you look at the actor who played him, and a theoretical twist for the character soon, opinions could change.
Who is Jar Jar Binks?
Jar Jar Binks is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. An outcast, Jar Jar Binks is of the Gungan species hailing from the swamps of Naboo. The character appeared in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Was Jar Jar Binks just an annoying character, or a ruse for something more?
From the outset, the assumption has always been that Jar Jar Binks was just an annoying comic foil and a near racist one. Many pointed to the egregious West Indies type of language Jar Jar uttered and how inappropriate it was in a time with more racial sensitivity.
Others noted the fact that Jar Jar Binks just seemed out of place and a halfhearted attempt to get laughs from kids going to see the prequels.
Fans were even quick to assume because it was from George Lucas, there really wasn’t much depth to the character. By this time, Lucas was thought to have been running on automatic with the Star Wars saga and making it more cut and dry over digging deeper into plot possibilities. Jar Jar Binks was written off as another example of a Lucas character becoming too simplified for an intelligent audience.
When you look at this from the actor who voiced Jar Jar Binks, we see one piece of a seemingly larger misunderstood puzzle.
The silent torture Ahmed Best went through
No doubt you’ve heard about Ahmed Best and how he was almost driven to suicide when he had to endure longstanding criticism from the public voicing Jar Jar Binks. You can see where he’s coming from when you consider this was his first major acting role. The negative reaction ultimately hurt his acting career for years until he told his story to the media a few years ago.
Fans gave him massive support and love after realizing what he’d gone through all those years. What made the initial criticism worse was enduring the over-the-top marketing for the Jar Jar Binks character. The head marketers of the prequels even called Best to apologize for some of the lame-brained products being promoted at the time, like a lollipop.
If we can forgive Best for landing himself in one of the most hated roles in film history, many fans are wondering if Lucas had a lot more in mind for Jar Jar Binks than people think. It’s even led to theories latter will end up in The Rise of Skywalker to reveal himself as a Sith Lord in disguise.
Will Jar Jar make a cameo in ‘Episode IX‘?
Recently, Lucas revealed Jar Jar Binks was his favorite character, something many fans still found perplexing. We’ve also learned J.J. Abrams consulted with Lucas on the script for The Rise of Skywalker. In some minds, Lucas’ comment about Jar Jar Binks might have been a sly reveal on the character factoring into the final story.
Many theories have already been floated around of Jar Jar Binks being a Sith Lord all along and fooling everybody with his clownish behavior. What better surprise would there be than to have an older Jar Jar Binks make an appearance in Episode IX to reveal himself as a secret villain?
A few theories suggested he might have set the entire saga in motion in the prequels, making him a shocking figure that could change complete perceptions about the character and the early episodes as well.
With a more astute writing team at the helm, the chances of this or a similar shocker seem more than good.