Don't get me wrong, I love the guy as much as anyone else, but it seems controversial to me that his character even existed, except for some minor plot points. The only thing that he was really good for was providing some comic relief to the first episode of the saga. He drew in many younglings to the Star Wars universe, and made them into fans. BUT, all he really contributed to in the story was by proposing that the senate grant emergency powers to the Supreme Chancellor in order to deal with the issue of the seperatists. Could this not have been done much easier? In the first story, all that he really does is to get all of the gungans to fight in the ground battle against the droids. Couldn't this diversion have been done a lot easier by some other characters. The main reason that I d not think that the Gungans are of any importance is because they are not even mention in AOTC? Not having Jar-Jar could hae saved Lucas 1, 000s of dollars in CGI, and the lost time could have been put towards a longer sabre fight, or a better setup for AOTC. If you disagree with any of these ideas please try to persuade me otherwise. Tell me your thoughts on this subject. Peace out.