Star Wars March Madness Bracket Settles Galaxy's Most Popular Character

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterMarch 18, 2013

March Madness and Star Wars do indeed go together perfectly. released a bracket that will no doubt be debated well after an actual NCAA Champion is crowned this season. 

Good and hope embark in a March Madness war against The Dark Side, and we have thoughts, like, a lot of them. 

First, a word from the man who suffered heartbreak so intense he went and messed up a perfectly good galaxy. 

It's quite simple, you vote for your favorite character until we finally settle which side of the force is more powerful and which character is most popular. Jar Jar Binks is strangely absent. 

Results will be aired live on UNITE, ESPN’s late-night entertainment show airing weekdays at midnight ET on ESPNU. 

There are so many pop culture brackets bandied about at this time of the year. I have no problem ripping off another nerd universe in saying this is the one bracket to rule them all.  

Now, let's take a closer look at each region. 



Region One - Light Side

"Hello, what do we have here?" Lando Calrissian was not helped by seedings in what is really a typical No. 1 vs. No. 16 game. I guess when you let your BFF freeze in carbonite you should expect some backlash. 

Luke Skywalker should handle Wedge Antilles very easily, and I am only sad that Porkins wasn't offered as a play-in game. 

While we are on the subject, you have to feel sorry for the guy who had to deal with the humiliation of being so rotund his character's name was Jek Tono Porkins

Back to the bracket, Obi-Wan Kenobi handled Darth Maul so he moonwalks past Qui-Gon Jinn, but I fear he loses in the next round. You just can't get past the smoothest smuggler in the galaxy. 



Region One - Dark Side 

First off, Darth Vader has some work to do in his first vote. General Grievous is a handful, rather four handfuls. Still, there is no way Darth Vader doesn't breeze to the finals easily after this matchup.  

Aside from a possible pirate upset by Hondo Ohnaka, I like Salacious Crumb to move on past Jabba the Hutt. 

I never like my villains to be so sedentary, because it just hits too close to home as I enjoy marathon sessions of Star Wars while stuffing my face with food. Maniacal laughs are always a plus with me as well. 



Region Two - Light Side

I really hate to do this to Wicket, because I so enjoyed The Ewok Adventure as a kid, but he gets smoked by Chewbacca. Cuddly never did anyone favors in a March Madness bracket. 

Really, this comes down to an Elite Eight battle between Princess Leia and R2-D2. This is the kind of absurd debate you lose friends over. 

While Leia may be the favorite of most men around the world, including Ross from FriendsI say R2-D2 continues to be one of the most important characters in the entire series. I may just be biased towards random beeping noises though. 



Region Two - Dark Side 

You want a battle? Well the region will no doubt get decided between Boba Fett and Emperor Palpatine. You can take all your dark force sorcery and diabolical political tampering and shove it. 

Boba Fett is still damn cool. 

By all means, let your own nerd voice be heard in the comments section below, and make sure to vote at the Star Wars - This is Madness page. 

I would also like to hear your opinions on other possible bracket showdowns.

A Star Wars vehicle March Madness bracket may be in order, if only to one day debate with fervor the qualities of an AT-ST versus a speeder. Then again, nothing beats a snowspeeder equipped with the AT-AT-annihilating tow cable. 

As for this bracket, I think we can all agree that Darth Vader has this thing just about wrapped up. Although, I should refrain from dealing in absolutes

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