Top Ten Most Intelligent Star Wars Characters

The Top Ten
1 Darth Sidious Sheev Palpatine (also known by his Sith identity Darth Sidious and publicly as Senator Palpatine, then Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, and later Emperor Palpatine) is a fictional character and one of the primary antagonists of the Star Wars franchise, mainly portrayed by Ian McDiarmid.

This man almost single-handedly brought down a government stable for 1,000 years. He manipulated everyone, including Yoda, and made the galaxy destroy itself through a war just to get rid of democracy. If this was a list of who has the most wisdom, I think Yoda would definitely be in the top three, but this is a list of who is the smartest.

He took down the senate, made Anakin turn evil, initiated Order 66, and caused wars. Honestly, there's no surprise that Palpatine is the smartest character.

He is the creator of all the events from the first movie to the last movie. And of course, the most intelligent character, Our Emperor Palpatine, is back to surprise us another time in the conclusion of the saga.

2 Grand Admiral Thrawn Grand Admiral Thrawn is a Chiss male from the Star Wars universe created by Timothy Zahn. He first appeared in Star Wars Heir to the Empire, serving as the primary antagonist of the Thrawn trilogy. Thrawn has more recently appeared in Star Wars Rebels, and has been the central focus of several novels... read more

Love him. Always have. Always will. He is intelligent beyond human possibility and much more sophisticated and aristocratic than any other character in the franchise. Sidious might be the only character more intelligent... but I'm not so sure.

I mean he fooled everyone else, except the rebels and Grand Admiral Thrawn, into believing that he was the good guy, but since Thrawn chose the "bad" side willingly and fully aware, it's possible that he's smarter than even Sidious. It's possible. Not definite. To me it is... but I don't handle criticism very well, so I'll just say that it's possible.

3 Snoke Supreme Leader Snoke is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. Snoke served as the mysterious leader of the First Order. Supreme Leader Snoke is a CGI character voiced and performed by Andy Serkis.
4 Grand Moff Tarkin Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. Tarkin served as Governor of the Outer Rim territories, and eventually earned the rank of Grand Moff. Tarkin also oversaw the production of the Death Star. Tarkin was portrayed in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope by Peter... read more

Another brilliant commander.

He is smart enough to not fail and be killed by Darth Vader like pretty much everyone else.

5 Yoda Yoda is a fictional character in the Star Wars space opera franchise created by George Lucas, first appearing in the 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back. He is portrayed by Frank Oz.

Yoda is the smartest character who thinks before he does anything and teaches Luke.

Yoda is the smartest, but everyone had to go and ruin the list by voting for Jar Jar.

6 Qui-Gon Jinn Qui-Gon Jinn is a fictional character in the Star Wars saga, portrayed by Liam Neeson and is one of the main protagonists in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

First one to become a force ghost and the only one who believed Anakin to be the Chosen One from the start! Should be second in my opinion.

Without him, there was no Anakin, and without Anakin, nothing would happen.

7 Darth Maul Darth Maul is a fictional character in the science fiction franchise Star Wars. Trained as Darth Sidious's first apprentice, he serves as a Sith Lord and a master of wielding a double-bladed lightsaber. Darth Maul debuted in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and has made subsequent appearances... read more

Maul was obviously a very smart person. One thing I think about a lot is how people tend to overlook Maul when considering intelligent Star Wars characters. In his final battle with Obi-Wan, from just a few minor details, he deduced that "Ben" was there to watch over a person. That just shows his attention to detail and just how smart he was before he then died.

He is clearly the most intelligent character because of his ability to see that neither the Sith nor the Jedi could have control. Plus, he was struck down by both many times but was still able to lead his own team (Death Watch). He also seems to be very persuasive, as he teamed with the pirates, Death Watch, the Jedi, the Sith, and many more.

8 Obi-Wan Kenobi Obi-Wan Kenobi is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, played by Sir Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor.

Jedi master who somehow managed to survive 20 years after Order 66, while living within the territory of the Galactic Empire and encountering Inquisitors every week. Yet, despite only changing his first name, he was not found out as a Jedi. Either everyone on the planet and in the sector of the Empire that hunts down Jedi is stupid, or he is too smart for the Imperials.

A general is the highest rank for a Jedi in the military. They don't exactly gift that rank. Also, him being ranked lower than a psychopathic Jedi killer is terribly wrong. He literally outsmarted him in the Clone Wars and in Rebels.

9 Jar Jar Binks Jar Jar Binks is a fictional character from the Star Wars saga created by George Lucas. A major character in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, he also has a smaller role in Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and a one-line cameo in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and the television series... read more

Jar Jar Binks is above pretty much everybody when it comes to cunning if you believe in the "Darth Jar Jar" theory. He was able to trick even the most adept tricksters, such as Palpatine, into doing what he wanted and ultimately removing themselves from his path towards whatever his goal may be.

He has such knowledge of the force that he can mind control powerful Jedi such as Qui-Gon, and even Palpatine himself. He plays the part of the fool skillfully, and in doing so allows himself to slowly eliminate his enemies and seize power from the shadows. He is the ultimate shadowy manipulator of Star Wars...and the REAL phantom menace.

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11 Mace Windu Mace Windu is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by actor Samuel L. Jackson in the prequel films.

His only dumb moment was when he stood there practically asking to be killed.

12 Darth Vader Darth Vader is a Star Wars character and the main antagonist of the first three original Star Wars films and the main protagonist of the Star Wars prequel trilogy under his original name Anakin Skywalker. He had been trained as a Jedi but defected to the Sith lord and Galactic Chancellor Palpatine... read more

According to the animated series, Anakin was the most brilliant general in the Republic.

Did Padme make plans and fix things? I thought so!

He was a child prodigy in the field of engineering.

13 Jango Fett Jango Fett is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise, created by George Lucas. He made his debut in the 2002 film Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, where he was portrayed by actor Temuera Morrison.

Jango Fett knows how and when to fire and can get out of any situation he's in, besides his death. Jango is also one of the most respected beings and is the most respected bounty hunter alongside his son, Bossk, and Bane.

Underrated, he needs more credit for his intellect.

Jango survived all alone, then formed a team of bounty hunters. He's very sneaky and sly.

14 Padme Amidala Padmé Amidala is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise, appearing in the prequel trilogy portrayed by actress Natalie Portman.

Padme was probably more gifted in intelligence and beauty than any other person, maybe except her beautiful daughter. She became queen at 14 and was a powerful politician loved by many, simply due to her love for her people of all races. This was the reason she made sure everyone had equal rights.

She became a queen as a young adult and helped end the Clone Wars politically.

15 Captain Rex Captain Rex, designation number CT-7567, is a fictional character in the Star Wars science fiction universe created by George Lucas and a main character of the animated The Clone Wars 2008 film and the related television series of the same name. He is voiced by Dee Bradley Baker.

Rex is super smart. He is a great leader, can fly well, and has great communication skills. Plus, he has made many good battle plans.

Formulated many successful strategies for the Republic with CT-1409 "Echo." Strategies were only predicted when Echo was captured. A smart and caring leader.

Despite being programmed to merely follow and give orders, Rex was a quick and independent thinker.

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One of the smartest clones along with Wolfe and Echo, who should be on the list.

17 Darth Plagueis Darth Plagueis is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. Originally a Muun named Hego Demask, Plagueis trained under Darth Tenebrous. After he murdered Tenebrous, Plagueis, mentored a young Palpatine. Palpatine eventually joined Plagueis as his Sith apprentice. Plagueis was strong with the... read more

Darth Plagueis the Wise. If you hear the story that Emperor Palpatine told, then you know that he was the smartest Sith.

18 Luke Skywalker Luke Skywalker is a fictional character appearing as the central protagonist of the original film trilogy, and as a supporting character in the sequel trilogy of the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas. He is portrayed by Mark Hamill.

Luke was amazingly intelligent and wise. His intellect and wisdom rivaled that of even Yoda, Sheev Palpatine, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Anakin Skywalker. As a Jedi Commander and the leader of the New Jedi Order, Luke was a highly skilled tactician and a very capable leader.

19 Leia Organa Princess Leia Organa, later known as General Leia Organa, is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise, portrayed in films by Carrie Fisher.

Sure, Leia may be one of, if not the smartest Star Wars character. She was more intelligent than her friends which is why she was able to destroy Han easily in conversations. However, even though she was intelligent and especially stubborn at times, she still had great love for her husband Han Solo, and her brother Luke Skywalker and would do her best to help them.

She was the intelligent leader of the Rebels, who stole the Death Star plans. She also led the Resistance against the First Order.

20 Revan Revan is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise and the protagonist of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

IQ-wise he's probably not as intelligent as Palpatine but damn close. Although, when it comes to Battle IQ, that's Revan all the way.

One of the most brilliant Force users in the entire franchise. His teachings influenced decades of practices and institutions in both Jedi and Sith ideologies.

21 Count Dooku Count Dooku of Serenno, from the House of Dooku is a fictional character from the Star Wars franchise, appearing in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith as a primary and minor antagonist respectively. He was portrayed by Christopher Lee and... read more

His fighting moves are amazing, and he uses both the dark side and the light side.

22 General Grievous General Grievous is a fictional character and antagonist in the Star Wars franchise. He served as the Supreme Commander of the Confederacy of Independent Systems' Droid Armies during the Clone Wars. He is voiced by Matthew Wood.

He single-handedly led all military operations for the CIS and was known for his unpredictable battle strategies that even strategic geniuses such as Yularen and Obi-Wan had trouble with. Thrawn himself bought Grievous's facemask and put it in his private quarters, which he did only with artwork he respected and admired.

He admitted that Grievous would have been a tough opponent even for him due to his seemingly random but well-thought-out battle plans. This is Legends Grievous I am talking about.

23 Ben Solo Kyle Ren, also known as Ben Solo, is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. Kylo Ren commands the First Order with a temper as fiery as his unconventional lightsaber. Ren first appeared in 2015's Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Ben Solo, the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia, was... read more
24 Darth Bane Darth Bane is a legendary Sith from Star Wars. Darth Bane was one of the greatest Sith lords who ever lived in the Star Wars universe. Darth Bane's greatest accomplishment was creating the Rule of Two, making the Sith a secretive order with one master and one apprentice. The apprentice would learn everything... read more
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