So, Ken Palpatine. The eponymous Jedi Prince. You know him, you, um, know him. Everyone in Lit has heard the memes and jokes by now - but do you think there's any remote possibility (setting aside the reboot for now) that he could ever actually be used again? This isn't a joke thread; it's actually something I've been curious about for a while. Abel G. Pena, our own Halagad_Ventor, mentioned in the notes to one of his Dark Forces article series that he specifically avoided a chance to kill off Ken via retcon in it because he felt that a character as significant to the universe as the grandson of Emperor Palpatine deserved better. And on the one hand, I can totally see that viewpoint. But on the other hand, well, just look at the name "Ken Palpatine". Everything about him and his source work is silly - in an endearing way, perhaps, but that still doesn't lend it credence to being taken seriously by readers. Sure, there have been plenty of cases where goofy or "lame" EU characters have been salvaged by later works - Warlord Zsinj is my personal favorite example, but he's probably not the most dramatic - but none of them were ever quite as much a running joke among the fandom as the Jedi Prince books. Even the various "SPIN Declassified"s and the like that did address the series were continuity-patching articles, not actual narrative works. Thus, I'm curious what your opinions are. Is it theoretically possible (again, setting aside the question of whether this would actually happen now that Legends is a thing) that someone could do a Ken Palpatine novel or comic and have it work well? Or would his origins make it forever impossible for fans to take him seriously enough to succeed?