Or could a well written story about them in like a comic about a gungan jedi or gungan mercenary gang, turn things around ? I don't think they are battle-droid levels of bad. Granted, they were only in one movie.
One of my Star Wars original characters is a gungan jedi who wields a gungan energy shield alongside his lightsaber, maintaining the cultural warrior traditions of his people alongside the ataru style he was taught as a jedi to become a formidable duelist. I chose ataru largely because of the incredible leaping power gungans already have. Just imagine one with the Force amplifying his leaps and acrobatics even further.
There is definitely room for solid gungan characters. They have an incredibly interesting design and culture, and I enjoy seeing them any time it isn't Jar Jar specifically. Roos Tarpals, the Gungan warrior we saw in the movie, was a badass. Especially in the Clone Wars series where he sacrificed himself to bring down General Grievous.
It is unfortunate that Jar Jar Binks had to be the representative for the entire species to the fandom. If we had Roos instead of Jar Jar, I feel gungans could have easily become as beloved a figure in the Star Wars mythos as wookies.
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