One of the missed TIE variants in the TIE fighter game is the TIE(ad) Avenger. I had a lot of fun flying these ships in the game.
Sienar Fleet Systems TIE Avenger CL 10
Init +14; Senses Perception +8
Defenses Ref 23 (flat-footed 15), Fort 24; +3 armor
hp 90; DR 10; SR 30; Threshold 34
Speed fly 16 squares (max. velocity 1,450 km/h), fly 6 squares (starship scale)
Ranged laser cannons +8 (see below) or
Ranged proton torpedoes +8 (see below)
Fighting Space 3x3 or 1 square (starship scale); Cover Total
Base Atk +5; Grp +29
Atk Options autofire (laser cannons), fire-link (proton torpedoes)
Abilities Str 38, Dex 26, Con --, Int 16
Skills Initiative +14, Mechanics +8, Perception +8, Pilot +14,
Use Computer +8
Crew 1 (expert); Passengers none
Cargo 70 kg; Consumables 2 days; Carried Craft none
Hyperdrive x2, limited navicomputer (10-jump memory)
Availability Military; Cost not available for sale
Laser cannons (pilot)
Atk +8 (+3 autofire), Dmg 6d10x2
Proton torpedoes (pilot)
Atk +8, Dmg 9d10x2, 4-square splash
The TIE Avenger is the direct result of the TIE Advanced prototype research that was performed with the TIE Advanced x1 most notably driven by Darth Vader. That ship's capabilities were measured against how well it performed in combat, leading to the development of this vessel.
This ship broke the standard Imperial starfighter doctrine by having a hyperdrive and shield generators, greatly enhancing the survivability of the pilot. With the increased weapon load-out and engine capabilities, this became a very powerful weapon in the hands of a good pilot. This ship was given to loyal, elite fighter squadrons who could operate independently from carrier vessels and strike deep into Rebel-controlled territories.
The TIE(ad) Avenger is a huge step up from the TIE(in) starfighter. Only the best pilots could use the ship to its greatest potential, and was given only to the best pilots. It is much faster than an X-Wing and more heavily armored than an A-Wing, combining the best of both in one package. It could be used in a variety of roles, to include superiority starfighter, interceptor and strike vessel. With the included hyperdrive, this fighter can be deployed independently of parent units and provide critical flanking capabilities in combat.