codenamed Starkiller (also known as the "The
Apprentice") is a disciple of Darth Vader,
who saw Starkiller's potential as a Force-user and trained him personally.
Starkiller's Soul Calibur IV storyline is as follows: As a covert operative, the Apprentice undertook many missions, but one
mission stood out from the rest. He was instructed to investigate an anomaly - a gate to another dimension
- and without hesitation, he entered the
Soul Calibur universe.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Galen Marek is an
extremely powerful force-wielder who lived during the era of the Galactic
Empire, Marek originated from the Wookiee home planet of Kashyyyk as the sole
offspring of two Jedi Knights - Mallie and Kento Marek - who deserted the Jedi
Order during the Clone Wars. Following the death of his mother, the young
Marek's father was killed in battle by Darth Vader. Though only a child, Marek
possessed an exceptionally strong connection to the Force that the Dark Lord
of the Sith sought to exploit.
Thus, Darth Vader
abducted Marek in order to train the orphan in the ways of the Sith Order.
Although the Sith were limited to only two members at any given time, Vader
nonetheless trained Marek as a secret apprentice during his own apprenticeship
to Darth Sidious, the Sith Lord who ruled the galaxy as Emperor Palpatine. The
physical and psychological trauma of Vader's unforgiving training regimen
resulted in Marek's immersion within the dark side of the Force as his Master
intended. With his childhood memories suppressed and his original identity
forgotten, Marek only knew himself as the Dark Lord's apprentice; a Sith
assassin who operated under the codename "Starkiller" and a living
weapon to be deployed against the enemies of Darth Vader.
Page Updated: May 4th, 2019
Apprentice's light-saber-based fighting style definitely has its cool moments... but to me, its
"cheap" moments might outweigh the coolness-factor by just a bit. Most Soul Calibur 4 players would be quick to tell you that this guy is considerably overpowered in
the game due to his projectile moves, air combos and quickness, but I wouldn't go as far
as to call him "god-tier" or anything... he can be stopped.
Anyhow, Apprentice's design isn't very exciting in my opinion... he looks like one of those kids who only play Call of Duty and nothing else. His boring buzzcut, plain outfit, and dry personality leave much to be desired for a Star Wars character. However, some of his
alternate outfits in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (like his Sith attire
and Stalker armor) are much better-looking than his original threads... but those
don't appear in Soul Calibur IV, unfortunately. In all honesty, I enjoy kicking
Apprentice's ass most of all - due to him being an OP character (and especially because of the way
he screams when he loses). Heh.
Style / Moveset