Tag and Bink
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|Tag Greenley and Bink Otauna|
|Star Wars character|
Cover of Star Wars: Tag & Bink Are Dead #1 (October 2001).
Art by Lucas Marangon.
|First appearance||Tag & Bink Are Dead (2001|
|Created by||Kevin Rubio|
|Affiliation||Rebel Alliance, Galactic Empire, Jedi Order|
Tag and Bink are the main characters in a Star Wars spoof series of comic books that parody the films. The characters were created by writer Kevin Rubio and artist Lucas Marangon. Tag and Bink are the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of the Star Wars universe, a pair of minor characters who deliberately or accidentally influence the events seen in the first and second film trilogies. Their meddling also explains some of the inconsistent and illogical events of the series. The title of their initial appearance — Tag & Bink Are Dead — is a direct reference to the Tom Stoppard play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
Tag is from the planet Corellia and Bink is from Alderaan. The two first meet when they are found to have Force potential. The comics illustrate how these two Jedi in training haphazardly cause all the pivotal events in the Star Wars universe. Like other Star Wars comics of the time, Tag and Bink was published by Dark Horse Comics, the holder of Star Wars-licence from early 1990s (taken over from Marvel Comics). The whole Tag and Bink series was collected in Tag & Bink Were Here. While their original appearances were meant to be parody comics not intended to be taken seriously, a reworked and more grounded version of the characters was later added into the canon, in a scene from the novelaization of the film Solo: A Star Wars Story. The scene was filmed but deleted from the film due to passing issues.
- 1 Appearances
- 2 First appearances in parody comics
- 3 References
In October 2017, director Ron Howard suggested he might use the characters in the 2018 film Solo: A Star Wars Story. It was later confirmed that the film's screenwriter Jon Kasdan and first assistant director Toby Hefferman would portray Tag and Bink in the film. However, their scene got cut from the final film as it was deemed unnecessary. Supposedly, the two were supposed to appear in a scene where the two escort Han Solo from a hearing after he is kicked out of the pilot academy.
In a Reddit AMA in October 2017, original creator of the characters Kevin Rubio, supported the fan theory stating that the two stormtroopers who back up to avoid the wrath of Kylo Ren following him discovering Rey has escaped in Star Wars: The Force Awakens are an elderly Tag and Bink. However the theory has not been confirmed or denied.
Novelization adaptation of Solo
"Why don't you tell us what allegedly happened here?" he continued, indicating a screen that had lit up. It was flanked by two Imperial guards, Lieutenants Tag Greenley and Bink Otauna. Once upon a time, Han had attempted to befriend them, but they turned out to be such colossal screwups, Han started to avoid them before they got him or themselves killed. Still, he needed all the friends he could get. He gave them a little wave and a grin. They looked back at him wryly and said nothing.
Tag & Bink Awaken
The Second and Third Last Jedi
Tag & Bink Got Milk
In his Reddit AMA in January 2018, Rubio stated that a Tag & Bink story titled Tag & Bink Got Milk, was in development, which would serve to conclude his canonical Tag and Bink trilogy.
First appearances in parody comics
In the works were they first appeared, both characters were not part of the continuity of the Saga. But rather, their works meant to be parodies of the films that weren't intended to fit into the storyline. Despite the parodical nature of the characters, due to their popularity, the filmmakers decided to create a canonical version of the characters.
Tag and Bink Are Dead (#1)
Tag and Bink are two soldiers aboard the Rebellion flagship Tantive IV when the Star Destroyer Devastator captures it. After almost being captured, they dress up as stormtroopers and are transported to the Death Star. They try to leave by stealing TIE fighters... twice. Darth Vader realizes his need for two TIE pilots as wingmen for his fight against the Rebel starfighters attacking the space station. As the comic illustrates, it is not the Millennium Falcon's fault that Vader is almost killed in the trenches of the Death Star, but due to Tag and Bink's lousy piloting.
Although the two TIE fighters they appeared to be in were destroyed, the next comic states they were in fact in the background when Vader selected two pilots, and that they stole an Imperial landing craft and escaped from the Death Star moments before it exploded.
Tag and Bink Are Dead (#2) and The Return of Tag and Bink
The adventures of Tag and Bink continue as they venture through the events of the Star Wars original trilogy, meeting up with allies such as Lando Calrissian, and villains such as Boba Fett and Emperor Palpatine. Tag and Bink eventually find themselves trapped on the second Death Star dressed as the Emperor's Royal Guards. After the confrontation between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, the Rebels destroy the space station, killing Tag and Bink in the process (hence the title). Tag and Bink live on as Force ghosts.
Tag and Bink: Revenge of the Clone Menace
This issue is a prequel to the previous Tag and Bink Are Dead issues. Tag and Bink are shown as children, haplessly trying to become Jedi under Master Yoda's tutelage. They find Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala in a restaurant, as seen in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, and later secretly gives tips to Anakin on how to romance Padmé. Anakin eventually leaves Tag and Bink stranded on Naboo when he goes to Tatooine. It takes them three years to get back to the Jedi Temple, just in time to see clone troopers destroy the Jedi Order. They are confronted by Anakin, newly rechristened Darth Vader; he spares them due to their past association but warns them to abandon their Jedi training. They do so. Tag and Bink Are Dead takes place about 20 years later.
- Ramos, Dino-Ray (October 14, 2017). "Star Wars: Ron Howard Teases Fan Favorite Characters For Han Solo Spinoff". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
- Orange, B. Alan (May 29, 2018). "Why Tag and Bink Were Cut from Solo". Movie Web. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
- I'm The Creator of Tag and Bink -- AMA About Them