“He never felt more so himself than when he was manipulating things to his satisfaction.”
erhaps the slimiest crime lord to ever grace the under levels of coruscant, Prince Xizor leads the Black Sun in the less-than-scrupulous activities around the galaxy. Slavery. He’s your guy. Drugs? Xizor manages the market. Black market weapons? You guessed it. On top of all that, the Falleen uses his pheromones to cause females to lust after him against their wills (yep huge yikes) and do his bidding. . . That part didn’t age so well but is believable in its own way. Needless to say, it’s not hard to dislike the green-skinned, purple-clad crime lord with a top knot. He is, after all, a predator in every way.
In addition to his appearance, prestige, and general unsavoriness, Xizor’s character is defined by his relationships with the other characters of the Star Wars universe. His rivalry with Darth Vader is not too dissimilar from that of Dwight Shrute and Andy Bernard competing to be Michael Scott’s right-hand-man in The Office (which of course makes the Emperor Michael Scott in this analogy). Or, to use another analogy, this kind of petty backstabbing is largely akin to Mean Girls. Beyond Vader, Xizor becomes enamored with Princess Leia in a super creepy way, obsessed with killing Luke Skywalker, and secretly hated by Dash Rendar. Talk about drama.
It’s easy to see why Xizor hasn’t caught on compared to the likes of Thrawn, for instance. On the one hand, it is due to the fact that Thrawn had a singular author in Timothy Zahn to shepherd his character across multiple eras of Star Wars storytelling, whereas Xizor’s creator, Steve Perry, penned one and only one Star Wars book in its entirety, plus a few others in partnership with Michael Reaves (the MedStar duology, Death Star, and a short story). On the other hand, it has to do with Xizor’s manipulation of individuals through the use of his powerful pheromones being a little less savory than Thrawn’s art appreciation skills. . . Regardless, Xizor’s story did extend beyond his grand entrance in Shadows of the Empire. A handful of Legends appearances give weight to Xizor’s dominance in the criminal underworld. Shadow Games, from the aforementioned Michael Reeves and Maya Katherine Bonhoff, pays homage to Shadows of the Empire with a Xizor and Dash Rendar-centric prequel story. Xizor functions as an adequate villain throughout Legends whenever Black Sun’s criminal gang serves the story, such as Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn, or Reeves & Bonhoff’s Coruscant Nights series.
Xizor even appears to have popped up as an animated Easter Egg in the Clone Wars revival alongside other shady characters such as Dryden Vos. The mere existence of Maul and Vos alongside a Falleen in a Canon show begs the question if they will reappear in more stories to come. The future is unclear but exciting nonetheless! Xizor would certainly fit alongside Maul, Q’ira, and the Pikes if the Crimson Dawn syndicate is further explored. That being said, maybe having Donald Glover’s Lando and Xizor in the same frame would be too much charisma for the pixels to contain.
What do you think of the Purple Prince? The one with the pheromones, not the musician. How does he stack up alongside other proprietary villains from the Expanded Universe? Be sure to check out our massively collaborative Shadows of the Empire crossover event over on Youtube.com/youtini.
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Books in this Collection
Shadows of the Empire
The Empire Strikes Back was a big hit, as was Return of the Jedi. But many fans wondered what our heroes were up to in preparation for Han’s rescue at Jabba’s palace. Shadows of the Empire fills the blanks in between the two films and gained enough popularity to be released in various media like comic adaptations, video games, and action figures.
Scoundrels is a classic heist story involving none other than Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian.
After Han’s reward for helping the Rebellion at the Battle of Yavin is stolen, he finds himself in desperate need of credits. So, when he is approached about a job stealing back hundreds of millions of credits from a crime lord on the planet Wukkar, he jumps at the chance. However, more than a few twists and turns along the way threaten to derail the entire operation and leave Han wondering which of the people standing by his side can be trusted…
Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight
The Order may have fallen, but not all the Jedi are gone. Jax Pavan is just one such Jedi who was lucky enough to survive the Purge. Living in the seedy lower levels of Coruscant, Jax now works as a private investigator. However, whispers from his past soon pull him into a mission that only a Jedi could carry out successfully—assuming he can survive the wrath of Darth Vader along the way.
Michael Reaves delivers a delightful story with a main character in Jax Pavan that is sure to quickly win over fans. As only the first book in a three-part series, the story is only just beginning.
The Last Jedi
In the third installment of AC Crispin’s Han Solo trilogy, the final threads of Han’s backstory are expertly weaved together. After coming into possession of the Millennium Falcon, Han is looking for smuggling jobs. When he accidentally reunites with Bria Tharen, he is pulled into a mission with the Rebellion. However, not everything is as it seems, and Han soon finds himself on the wrong side of the Hutts, the Empire, and even supposed friends.
With Rebel Dawn, Crispin once again delivers a phenomenal story that not only serves as a perfect ending for her own trilogy, but a seamless springboard for the events of the Original Trilogy. Readers are in for an absolute treat as this fantastic trilogy comes to a close.