Star Wars: 7 Forgotten Female Characters

Star Wars has many popular characters, but many of these heroines are little known and underappreciated.


  • Queen Jamillia, a dedicated monarch, believes in democracy and ensures the safety of her senator amidst impending war.
  • Cato Parasitti, a shapeshifter, outwits Jedi and aids in stealing a Holocron, showcasing her vital role in covert missions.
  • Omera, a skilled fighter and caring mother, impresses the Mandalorian with her abilities and courage during a village attack.

From the Jedi and Sith to countless mercenaries and bounty hunters, the Star Wars franchise boasts a large range of well-written and popular characters. Since A New Hope in 1977, the franchise has featured a large presence of strong female characters, from Princess Leia and Mon Mothma in the original trilogy, to the main character Rey in the sequel trilogy.

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Star Wars is filled with a history of great Jedi Knights, but there are fewer than there should be when it comes to truly great female warriors.

However, there are some underrated Star Wars heroines, both from the main canon and Legends continuity. Even if their appearances are brief or little known, these overlooked female characters stand out for having an impact on others. Showcasing a lot of skill and authority, they deserve to be more memorable and appreciated.

Queen Jamillia

A Capable And Kind Monarch

picture of Queen jamillia from Attack of the CLONES

First Appearance: Star Wars: Episode 2 – Attack of the Clones

  • Release Date: May 16, 2002
  • Director: George Lucas
  • Runtime: 142 mins

After the iconic Queen Amidala, but before the Clone Wars’ Queen Neeyutnee, there was a lesser-known monarch, seen in Attack of the Clones. Though only in a single scene, this Queen, Jamillia, proves herself a dedicated and caring monarch. She genuinely believes Padme’s concerns that war is imminent, despite Governor Sio Bibble claiming that idea is “unthinkable.” Jamillia shows she has faith in both the Republic and her senator’s negotiation skills, and encourages her to make peace with the Separatists.

Jamillia’s inspirational line “the day we stop believing democracy can work, is the day we lose it” deserves to be more memorable. The queen really cares about and prioritizes her senator’s safety, and thus proves she is a strong monarch of Naboo.

Cato Parasitti

Used Her Skills To Get Past Jedi Security

Cato Parasitti glaring, from Star Wars the clone wars

First Appearance: Star Wars: The Clone Wars S2 E1 “Holocron Heist”

  • Release Date: Oct 2, 2009
  • Director: Justin Ridge
  • Runtime: 21 mins

Cato is a similar character to Zam Wesell, a Clawdite bounty hunter and assassin who can take any humanoid form. However, Cato succeeded where Zam failed, using her changeling powers to even fool high-ranking Jedi like Jocasta Nu. She was hired by the ruthless Cad Bane to help infiltrate the Jedi Temple and steal a Holocron. Cato was the inside agent, taking the form of Jedi Ord Enisence, and managed to get into the Jedi Archives. Even Jocasta and Ahsoka were fooled by the clever use of her abilities.

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Thanks to Cato, Bane was able to retrieve the Holocron. When she was eventually discovered by Ahsoka, Cato, now in Jocasta Nu’s form, fought with Nu’s lightsaber, holding her own for a good while. Though the Jedi captured her, Cato managed to eventually escape. Cato proved herself a vital part of any secretive mission. Nothing is known of her whereabouts after the Clone Wars, rendering her a forgotten character.

Jyl Somtay

Instrumental During Many Rescue Missions

jedi master jyl somtay alongside anakin

First Appearance: Death In The Catacombs – Star Wars Insider 79

  • Release Date: November 23, 2004
  • Author: Mike W. Barr

Master Jyl Somtay appears in a handful of short stories and comics set in the Clone Wars. With a sense of humor, she was a close friend of Anakin for many years, even participating in starfighter practice with him. In The Starcrusher Trap, she rescues Anakin and Obi-Wan from a Separatist factory on an asteroid and is selected to join the assault team to destroy the Starcrusher. Jyl tries to befriend Ahsoka, who at first rejects her, but Jyl earns her trust throughout the story. She proves to be another older female Jedi Master who gently instructs and relates to the Padawan, just as Aayla Secura and Luminara Unduli previously did. Jyl’s skills and cooperation with Ahsoka help the team find their way off the Starcher and destroy it for good.

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After a diplomatic mission to Geonosis, in the comic Jedi Masquerade Jyl protects a senator from an assassination attempt by the deadly bounty hunter Aurra Sing. After capturing her, Jyl puts herself in a risky situation, disguising herself as Aurra Sing to find out more about why the assassination was attempted. This unconventional plan succeeded, and the bounty hunter was captured. Jyl undertakes the same risky, unconventional practices as her friend Anakin often does. Sharing a similar personality to him, Jyl also proves herself noble and selfless. It’s unclear what happened to her after the events of Order 66.

Shu Mai

A Ruthless Character Who Doesn’t Feature In The TV Series

Separatist leader Shu Mai

First Appearance: Star Wars: Episode 2 – Attack of the Clones

  • Release Date: May 16, 2002
  • Director: George Lucas
  • Runtime: 142 mins

Though Shu Mai makes a brief appearance in both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, her first appearance was in the novel The Approaching Storm. The events of this novel are referenced at the beginning of Attack of the Clones. Working behind the scenes, Shu Mai was entrusted by Dooku to manipulate events on the planet Ansion, a strategically vital planet for the Republic. Shu Mai influences Ansion’s senators, and even gets a Hutt to attempt to kill the Jedi sent there to negotiate. Obi-Wan, Anakin, Luminara, and Barriss find themselves in a risky situation, but when Barriss heals and befriends two Ansionians, the Separatists’ plans are eventually foiled.

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Shu Mai stands out as a ruthless individual, who, through her hard work (and merciless tactics), was able to rise through the ranks and become the President of the Commerce Guild. As such, she is the longest-serving female representative on Dooku’s high council. Though she was a key Separatist leader, she doesn’t feature in either the 2D or 3D Clone Wars TV series. However, her determined spirit and aggressive personality should be more memorable.

Bera Kazan

A Mercenary Who Harbors A Kind Heart

bera_kazan looking out behind green laser bars in Star Wars the clone wars 2002 video game

First Appearance: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (video game)

  • Release Date (Initial): 28 October 2002
  • Platform(s): PlayStation 2, Xbox (Original), GameCube
  • Developer: Pandemic Studios

Bera is a smuggler and mercenary, who first appeared in the 2002 video game Star Wars: The Clone Wars. After being hired by Separatist leader Count Dooku, Bera traveled to the remote junk planet of Raxus Prime. It was there she discovered the Force Harvester: a device of the ancient Sith. However, Bera faced betrayal from Dooku and was imprisoned. It wasn’t until she met Anakin Skywalker, a fellow prisoner of Dooku, that the two could work together to escape.

Aside from her shady dealings, Bera was a resourceful and confident woman who also had a lot of compassion for other life forms. She pleaded with Anakin to free the Wookiees and not just themselves from Dooku’s prison. It was thanks to Bera that Anakin was able to tell the Jedi about Dooku’s plans, and thus put an end to them. Whereas fellow mercenary Aurra Sing may be remembered for her line “a girl’s gotta make a living,” these words were actually said first by Bera.


A Resourceful And Skilled Fighter

screenshots of omera holding her daughter winta, and lifting the mandalorian's helmet up

First Appearance: Star Wars: The Mandalorian “Chapter 4: Sanctuary”

  • Release Date: 29 November 2019
  • Director: Bryce Dallas Howard
  • Runtime: 41 mins

Hailing from a peaceful village, Omera was a young widow with a daughter, Winta. After her village is attacked by marauders, Omera risks her life to protect her daughter, hiding neck-deep in a pond under a basket. After Cara Dune and the Mandalorian agree to protect her village, Omera opens her home to him, willingly providing all he needs, and develops an attachment to him. She’s able to get through to him, and he opens up to her about his past. Omera is also firm, standing her ground when Dune tries to convince the villagers to leave. She’s also the only one of the villagers who has skill with a blaster, and the Mandalorian is impressed with her degree of ability.

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After assisting in the fight against the marauders, Omera tries to convince the Mandalorian to stay with her and settle in the village, something Cara Dune suggests after witnessing her feelings for him. She even tries to remove his helmet. Instead, the Mandalorian entrusts Grogu to her care. Due to their possible romance, and how the Mandalorian settles down at the end of Season 3, it seems there is still a place for this underrated heroine in the series.


Jango Fett’s Dependable Ally

screenshots of rozatta the Toydarian , with bounty Hunter Jango Feet

First Appearance: Star Wars: Bounty Hunter

  • Release Date (Initial): 19 November 2002
  • Platform(s): GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
  • Developer: LucasArts

An underrated heroine, Rozatta was one of Jango Fett’s closest friends. She always looked out for him and assisted in his bounty-hunting career. However, she wanted more for him: to give up this dangerous life and settle down. She cared for his safety and encouraged him not to take up Dooku’s offer: to capture the Bando Gora leader, with the reward of five million credits. Though Jango ignored her pleas, she continued to support him.

Sadly, Rozatta is attacked by Jango’s rival, Montross. Her emotional last words, telling Jango to “find something besides the money… You deserve more” come just before her Outland Station blows up. She manages to reveal where the Bando Gora leader is, thus Jango couldn’t have completed the mission without her aid, though she gave her life for it. After Jango was successful, he became the clone template but decided to honor Rozatta’s wishes for him and raise one clone as his son, Boba Fett.

Rozatta has faded into the background, especially as both Jango and his associate, Zam Wesell, die in Attack of the Clones, so there are no characters left to honor her legacy.

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