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.

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

This man almost single - handedly brought down a Government stable for 1,000 years. Manipulated everyone(including Yoda) and made the galaxy destroy itself through a war just to get rid if democracy. If this was who has the most wisdom I think Yoda would definitely be in the top 3, BUT this is a list on who is the smartest.

He is the Creator of all the Evenements 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 written by Timothy Zahn. He is portrayed by Lars Mikkelsen.

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. Its possible. NOT definite. Too me it is... but I don't handle criticism very well, so I'll just say that it's possible.

If you had an idea, Thrawn could thwart it. He was masterful, and even though he knew the Empire was evil, he chose it because it was the best choice. Thrawn was so smart that he didn't even need a backup plan (although I'm sure he always had one) because he already knew what you were going to do.

Grand Admiral Thrawn wins almost every time. He is perfect strategist. He knows his enemy, not simply their battle tactics, but their history, philosophy and arts. He rarely fails, because of thing he couldn't possibly know.

3 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 more.

Another brilliant commander.

The best military commander.

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

4 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.

Dude snoke's an idiot! He couldn't even predict that Kylo wasn't going to kill him

Snoke isn't dead for he is the embodiment of evil, evil seeks bodies to fulfill destiny

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.

I hate Jar Jar. Yoda should be 2nd if not 1st.

He has 900 years of knowledge.

Yoda is wise and smart

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 2nd 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 in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Maul was obviously a very smart person. One thing I think about a lot when people think about smart star wars character they seem to forget Maul. In his final battle with Obi Wan, from just a few minor details he was able to deduce 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 so 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 galactic empire and seeing inquisitors every week, yet despite changing his first name only, he was not found of being Jedi. Everyone on the planet and in the sector of empire that hunts down Jedi is STUPED or he is too smart for imperials.

General is highest rank for Jedi in military. They don't exactly gifting that rank. Also him being lower than psychopathic Jedi killer is terribly wrong. (he literally outsmarted him in clone wars and in rebels)

Obi-Wan below Jar Jar?! What? Okay first of all Obi-Wan is a true hero and second he is proven to be smart.

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 Star Wars: The Clone Wars... 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 of 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 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.

I believe that Jar Jar was a Sith in the shadows, cunningly manipulating all of the events are around. But even someone who doesn't believe he is a force-user should be able to recognize his intelligence. He was quickly able to go from being banished to becoming Senator of Naboo in the Galactic Republic. If Jar Jar had been stupid, Naboo would have been ruined by his Senatorial position, but Naboo remained strong. Jar Jar, while clumsy and a tad annoying, was a pure genius.

10 Mother Talzin

Definitely number 3

The Contenders
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. He adopted the name Darth Vader, and was placed in a suit after his legs were cut off and his body was... read more

Did Padme make plans and fix things? Thought so!

Vader should be higher he built C-3PO and can fly he also exploded the villains base at the age of 10!

Smartest of them all!

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

Was probably more gifted in intelligence and beauty than any other person maybe except her beautiful daughter but still she was an queen at 14, and an powerful politician who was loved by many simply due to her loving her people of all races which was the reason she made sure everyone had equal rights.

She became an queen as a young adult and helped end the clone wars politically.

14 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 also is one of the most respected beings and is the most respected bounty hunter along his is son, Bossk, and Bane.

Underrated, needs more credit for his intellect.

You underestimate him

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 and he can fly well and he has great communication skills plus he has made many good battle plans.

Formulated many successful strategies for the republic with CT-1409 "Echo", strategies 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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Fives proved himself

Fives is underrated

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

17 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.

18 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 Force, possessing the ability to save others from death and to utilize midichlorians to create life. Darth Sidious eventually murdered his master in his sleep. Plagueis is first mentioned in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Plagueis served as the primary focus of a 2012 novel, Darth Plagueis, written by James Luceno.

Darth Plagueis THE WISE. If you hear the story that Emperor Palpatine said then you know that he was the smartest sith

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 easy 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.

Nope! She is stupid. And secretly an antagonist

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 voiced by Corey Burton in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Clone Wars.

His fighting moves are amazing and uses both dark side and 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.

Killed so many jedi

He was The Leader of an entire army and had to organize the Clone Wars aside of Count Dooku

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 trained at Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy, but turned to the dark side under the influence of Supreme Leader Snoke. In the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Kylo Ren is portrayed by Adam Driver.

Ben is smarter then Rey!

24 Anakin Skywalker Anakin Skywalker is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas. He appears in the original trilogy as a main and pivotal antagonist serving the Galactic Empire, while his past as Anakin Skywalker and the story of his corruption are the focus of the prequel trilogy. Skywalker is portrayed by Jake Lloyd in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Hayden Christensen in Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. He is voiced by Matt Lanter in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

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

He killed two sith and wasn't bad at first. He only joined the dark side to protect padmé. And I also can't see why anakin and darth Vader are both on this list. They're the same person!

He was a child prodigy in the field of engineering.

25 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 more.
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