Revan

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Revan
Star Wars character
DSRevan.jpg
First appearanceKnights of the Old Republic (2003)
Created byDrew Karpyshyn
Voiced by
In-universe information
Species
GenderMale
Occupation
Affiliation
SpouseBastila Shan
ChildrenVaner Shan (son)
Relatives
Masters
  • Multiple Jedi Masters, including Kreia
Apprentices

Revan (/ˈrɛvən/) is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise, created for BioWare's 2003 role-playing video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Players may choose Revan's gender, appearance, and what path he follows throughout the game, but canonically the character is male and follows the light side of the Force.[1] Within the game's narrative, Revan is a former Jedi hero who lived during the Old Republic Era (roughly 4,000 years before the original Star Wars film trilogy). After turning to the dark side and becoming a Sith Lord, he took on the name Darth Revan and formed a Sith Empire to conquer the galaxy, contending with the Republic's armies. During a battle, Revan was betrayed and left for dead by his friend and Sith Apprentice, Darth Malak, who sought to usurp him. Subsequently captured by the Jedi, Revan had his memory erased and was given a false identity, as part of the Jedi's plan to have Revan rejoin their ranks and help defeat Malak and his Empire. Revan's true identity isn't revealed to the player until later in the game, prior to which their custom character lacks any predefined identity and "Darth Revan" is believed to be dead.

Revan's history is expanded and continued in related comic books and novels, as well as the game's sequels. Drew Karpyshyn's 2011 novella Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan details the events of Revan's life after the events of Knights of the Old Republic, and his attempts to recover his lost memories from the period of the Mandalorian Wars and from his travels alongside Malak to discover the hidden Sith Empire. It is ultimately revealed that both Revan and Malak were captured by the Sith Emperor prior to the first game's events, and brainwashed into becoming his Sith servants. Although they managed to escape his control, the pair remained loyal to the dark side of the Force and went on to form their own Sith Empire.[2] In the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars: The Old Republic, a corrupted remnant of Revan serves as the eponymous antagonist of the Shadow of Revan expansion.

The character was voiced by Rino Romano in Knights of the Old Republic and by Jeff Bennett in The Old Republic. Revan quickly became a fan favorite, and is among the most popular non-film characters in the Star Wars franchise. His character arc was met with very positive reviews from critics. Although all works depicting the character became part of the non-canonical Star Wars Expanded Universe (also known as Star Wars Legends) in 2014, Revan has had a few canonical references in recent years.

Appearances[edit]

Legends[edit]

In April 2014, as a result of its acquisition by The Walt Disney Company, Lucasfilm rebranded most of the licensed Star Wars novels, comics, and video games produced since the originating 1977 film Star Wars as Star Wars Legends and declared them non-canon to the franchise.[3][4][5]

Knights of the Old Republic series[edit]

Revan is depicted as a former Jedi who, along with his best friend Alek (later Darth Malak), left the Order to lead the fight in the Mandalorian Wars due to the Jedi's inaction. One year after the end of the Mandalorian Wars, Darth Revan and Malak returned to Republic space at the head of a massive invasion fleet. Calling themselves the Sith, they declared war on the Republic. Since their intention was to unite the galaxy under one ruler so they could attack the ancient Sith Empire, they avoided attacking key places such as Coruscant, Onderon, and Dantooine. The Sith won the battle, but as Revan prepared to duel with the Jedi who boarded his flagship, Malak, in the hopes of destroying both Revan and the Jedi, betrayed his Master, ordering the ships under his command to fire on Revan's flagship's bridge. Though Malak believed himself to have been successful in killing Revan, he survived. Revan, severely injured from the turbolaser blasts, was then taken by Bastila Shan and her Jedi strike team to the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine where the Jedi Council members chose to wipe Revan's memory, and imprint him with a false identity that the player creates at the beginning of the game, choosing the character's gender and appearance (canonically, Revan is male).

Knights of the Old Republic begins with Revan awaking on a starship under attack. Throughout the game, Revan learns of his forgotten history and assembles a band of followers as he searches for "Star Maps" to lead him back to the Star Forge, which Revan used to make his army. Revan eventually encounters Malak, who reveals his former identity as a Sith Lord. Malak later captures Bastila and turns her to the dark side. Her ultimate fate depends on player's choice to follow the light side or the dark side throughout the game. Canonically, Revan remains loyal to the light side, defeats Malak, and destroys the Star Forge. The last scene of the game's canonical ending shows the main characters, including Revan, being honored by the Republic at the site of the temple on Rakata Prime; a picture of later events has emerged from subsequent games and novels.

The sequel Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords reveals that a year after the defeat of Malak, Revan recalled a threat from his time as a Sith Lord, and left known space to deal with it. Clues to the nature of the threat emerge from in-game dialogue with non-player characters (including Canderous and Kreia); this varies according to the player character's alignment and gender.

Prior to the events of the sequel, Revan bade farewell to the nine comrades who had accompanied him on his quest, knowing that none of them could safely accompany him in the places he had to go to; the only NPC with a certain knowledge of where and why Revan left (his navigation droid, T3-M4) won't divulge the information. Also, at the ancient tomb of Ludo Kressh in Korriban, the Jedi Exile fights a silent vision of Darth Revan, in which he appears to wield two lightsabers, one red and one violet. The game lists the color crystal of the lightsaber the player obtains from them as a unique red color. This is Revan's only physical appearance in the entire game. Additionally, the Jedi Exile can speak with several companions and non-player characters within the game to learn more about the history of Revan, and his journey into the Unknown Regions.

The Old Republic: Revan[edit]

Revan appears as the primary focus of Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan, a tie-in book to Star Wars: The Old Republic that was released by Bioware and EA on December 20, 2011.

The Old Republic[edit]

Revan re-emerges in Star Wars: The Old Republic after a team of Republic heroes manages to rescue him from the Emperor's Maelstrom Prison with the help of the ghost of the Jedi Exile. It is revealed that Revan was kept alive for centuries as a prisoner by the Emperor to channel Revan's strength in the Force. Revan's link with the Emperor was two-way, however, and he was able to keep the Emperor's darker urges in check, thereby preventing the Emperor from unleashing his full power upon the galaxy before the Republic and Jedi Order had grown enough again to be able to stand a chance against the Sith Empire. Though thankful to the Republic for rescuing him, Revan decides to fight the Emperor on his own terms and takes control of a Rakatan installation called "The Foundry" and engineers a droid army (led by HK-47) programmed to identify and eliminate any target with Sith DNA, which not only included Dark Lords of the Sith but also the majority of citizens of the Empire. Revan's plan is thwarted when a group of Imperials manages to infiltrate the Foundry and destroy the droid army and HK-47 before confronting Revan. After a vicious battle, Revan is defeated but disappears before a killing blow can be delivered.

Revan appears again in the "Legacy of Rakata Prime" flashpoint as the mastermind behind the conspiracy in the "Forged Alliances" plotline. He is the primary antagonist of the fourth digital expansion to The Old Republic, entitled Shadow of Revan, in which he returns to destroy the Republic and Empire. He leads a group of followers known as the Order of Revan or "Revanites", into infiltrating both galactic powers and influencing them into annihilating each other. Some Republic and Imperial forces also declare themselves loyal to Revan. Revan then draws the Empire and Republic into a battle with his Revanite ships over the planet Rishi, so that neither the Republic nor the Empire can interfere when he confronts the Emperor. However, his plan is thwarted when the player character sends a communication to Republic and Imperial ships informing them of Revan's plan and telling them to cease all fire.

Revan is later cornered on Yavin 4 where he tries to raise the Emperor but is confronted and defeated by the player and an alliance of Republic and Imperial characters. After the Emperor makes his presence known and leaves Yavin 4, an apparition of Revan appears and reveals that when he was defeated in the Foundry, only his light side became one with the Force, while his dark side, fueled by hate for the Emperor, survived, setting off the "Forged Alliances" plotline. The two sides of Revan, one Jedi, the other Sith, then reunite, with his now-whole spirit warning the player and his allies that they must undo what he has done, lest otherwise the Emperor will see his evil plans through and everything will be lost.

In the Echoes of Oblivion story, Revan's spirit returns to aid the player character in defeating the duplicate spirit of the Sith Emperor before he can possess Satele Shan.

Other appearances[edit]

In Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, Revan appears as a holographic avatar for a holocron discovered by Darth Bane.

In celebration of KotOR's 15th anniversary, Electronic Arts added the Jedi Knight variant of Revan to Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes as a playable character on October 18, 2018.[6] Months later, the Sith version, Darth Revan, was included in the game as the first unlockable Dark Side mythic character, followed by Darth Malak.

Canon[edit]

Revan was originally slated to appear in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In the third-season episode "Ghosts of Mortis," Revan would have appeared as a Sith Lord alongside Darth Bane as advisors to the Son, a dark side embodiment. Revan was cut from the episode in late production since their presence would conflict with Lucas' view of the Force at the time.[7][8][9]

The visual dictionary guide for the 2019 film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker contains a reference to one of the Sith Eternal's legions being named after Darth Revan.

Merchandising[edit]

In 2007, Hasbro toys released an action figure of Darth Revan. Revan received the second-highest number of votes in the 2006 ToyFare Fan's Choice Poll to determine the most requested Star Wars action figure. The highest number of votes was for Quinlan Vos, a Jedi who appeared in comic books and who Hasbro had already slated to be released in 2007 before the poll was conducted.[10]

In 2009, Hasbro released a Darth Revan Mighty Mugg.[11]

In 2014, Lego released a Darth Revan Minifigure as a free-with-purchase promotional item from May 3–5.[12]

Revan won the 2015 Black Series Fan Choice Poll at San Diego Comic-Con; his figure was released in late 2016.[13]

A GameStop exclusive Black Series figure of Jedi Knight Revan from Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes was released in February 2020.[14]

Reception[edit]

Revan was chosen by IGN as the 12th greatest Star Wars character,[15] as well as also being chosen by IGN's Jesse Schedeen as, along with Darth Malak, the fifth best Star Wars villain.[16] IGN's readers chose Revan as their 7th top Star Wars character.[17] UGO Networks put the character as the ninth top Star Wars expanded universe character.[18] Jesse Schedeen listed Revan as one of the Star Wars character that she wanted in Soulcalibur, calling him "one of the rare Expanded Universe characters that unquestionably stands alongside the best of the movie characters."[19] Robert Workman, from GameDaily, listed the character as one of his favourite Star Wars video game characters.[20]

Although Revan ultimately did not make the cut, Game Informer staff considered his inclusion in their "30 characters that defined a decade" collection, with Matt Miller saying, "in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, the looming shadow of [Revan's] presence hangs over everything, and the Revan-centric twist at the heart of the story shocked the gaming world."[21]

Edge considered the revelation that the player character is Darth Revan to be one of the most jaw-dropping moments in video games.[22] GameDaily's Chris Buffa listed the moment as the fourth top video game spoiler,[23] and Robert Workman listed the moment as one of the eight BioWare moments that shocked him.[24] Connor Sheridan of GamesRadar described Revan on remake's trailer as "looking sinister as ever".[25]

Further reading[edit]

  • Straub, Josh (June 2, 2020). "Moments: Darth Revan's Fate Revealed". GameInformer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wallace, Daniel (25 October 2005). The New Essential Chronology to Star Wars. Del Rey. ISBN 978-0-345-44901-6.
  2. ^ Karyshyn, Drew. (2011) Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan. Del Ray, USA. ISBN 0-345-51134-4
  3. ^ McMilian, Graeme (April 25, 2014). "Lucasfilm Unveils New Plans for Star Wars Expanded Universe". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, California: Eldridge Industries. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  4. ^ "The Legendary Star Wars Expanded Universe Turns a New Page". StarWars.com. April 25, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  5. ^ "Disney and Random House announce relaunch of Star Wars Adult Fiction line". StarWars.com. April 25, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  6. ^ StarWars.com Team (10 October 2018). "Jedi Knight Revan Joins Galaxy of Heroes". Star Wars. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  7. ^ Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Complete Season Three
  8. ^ Britt, Ryan. "Here's the New Deleted Darth Revan Scene From 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'". Inverse. Retrieved 2021-09-24.
  9. ^ "Did 'Clone Wars' Just Confirm Darth Revan In Star Wars Canon?". That Hashtag Show. 2020-05-04. Retrieved 2021-09-24.
  10. ^ yo go re (24 May 2008). "Darth Revan SW: KOTOR". OAFE. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  11. ^ Toy Overlord. "Darth Revan - Star Wars Mighty Muggs Wave 7". Mighty Mugg. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  12. ^ Allen Tran (28 March 2014). "LEGO Star Wars Darth Revan is May the Fourth Promotion Minifigure". The Brick Fan. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  13. ^ StarWars.com Team (6 July 2016). "Vote For The Next 6-Inch Star Wars Black Series Figure!". Star Wars. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Star Wars The Black Series - Jedi Revan and Heavy Battle Droid at GameStop". The Toyark - News. 2019-11-10. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  15. ^ "Top 100 Star Wars Characters". IGN. Archived from the original on August 17, 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2010.
  16. ^ Jesse Schedeen (17 April 2008). "Top 15 Star Wars Villains: Episode III". IGN. Retrieved 2 December 2010.
  17. ^ Phil Pirrello (18 August 2008). "Who Is Your Favorite Star Wars Character?". IGN. Archived from the original on 8 November 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  18. ^ Adam Rosenberg (1 July 2008). "Top 50 Star Wars Expanded Universe Characters". UGO Networks. Archived from the original on 27 August 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
  19. ^ Jesse Schedeen (5 August 2008). "Players Wanted: Soulcalibur's Star Wars Fighters". IGN. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  20. ^ Robert Workman (11 September 2008). "Our Favorite Characters From Star Wars Video Games". GameDaily. Archived from the original on 13 October 2008. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  21. ^ Bertz, Matt (19 November 2010). "The Snubbed List". Game Informer. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  22. ^ Edge Staff (2 September 2008). "Oh. My. God!!!". Edge. Archived from the original on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  23. ^ Chris Buffa (13 March 2009). "Top 25 Video Game Spoilers". GameDaily. Archived from the original on 3 May 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  24. ^ Robert Workman (3 November 2009). "Eight Bioware Moments That Shocked Us". GameDaily. Archived from the original on 16 November 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  25. ^ "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake coming to PS5". 9 September 2021.

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