Top 10 Star Wars Characters Who Most Deserve TherapyAh, Star Wars. The tale of drama queens and kings screwing with an entire galaxy. A lot of the problems could probably be solved if characters just took better care of their mental health. Who do you think most needed professional help?
When it comes to characters who need/deserve therapy, not just Star Wars characters, Anakin "Hot Mess" Skywalker is one of the first that comes to mind. He was treated like property up until the age of nine, which was sure to be damaging to his mental health, then was separated from his mother, not taught how to process his emotions in a healthy way, and ended up falling down a path of manslaughter. Obi-Wan did the best that a grieving young man could do to help Anakin, and the council did what they thought was right, but ultimately, it would have taken serious mental health professionals to stop Sheev Palpatine from grooming that kid into Darth Vader.
Speaking of Darth Vader, he needs help too as he is quite the tragic character. Born into slavery and then finally given hope only to be rejected by the council. The only person who believed in him for quite some time was Obi-Wan, a 25-year-old with his own grief to process. Then he saw his mom die in his arms. Then he had do fight in the Clone Wars, losing many friends. Then he lost Ashoka. Then he lost Padmé. He lost himself, his brother, all of his real friends from the Republic, leaving him with no one but Palpatine. This tragedy is partially his own making, but some of it is not. Regardless, this guy needed some serious intervention from a trained mental health professional. Or several professionals.
Even though other characters on this list are more messed-up than Anakin/Vader, I decided that he deserved first place because if Anakin got therapy, then a lot of the other issues discussed on this list would have been solved/never existed in the first place.
He's over 30 years old and throws temper tantrums. I think that should speak for itself- but I'm going to continue to speak anyways. The only thing that kept him from getting the #1 spot is the fact that if Anakin had gotten therapy (and never become Darth Vader), then it is unlikely that Kylo Ren would have ever existed. In fact, I would argue that Kylo Ren is actually more terrible and/or mentally unstable than Anakin. (And that is saying something.)
Anakin is a product of Palpatine, his trauma, Obi-wan's (and even the other Jedi's) difficulties with helping with that trauma, and situations/institutions that lead Anakin to feel trapped and unable to reach out. Anakin is still responsible for his actions, but those actions have fair explanations. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren had every opportunity to be good. He was raised by heroes, and, despite what many might attempt to argue about Han and Leia's "bad parenting" (some have even gone so far as to call them neglectful or abusive), the fact of the matter is that Han and Leia are good people, and characterizing them as the kind of people who would cause their son to endure even a fraction of what Anakin did (remember, Anakin was seen as nothing but property for the first nine years of his life- he may have been portrayed as an optimistic little kid, but Phantom Menace is a PG-rated movie), is serious mischaracterization. Kylo was born into power and privilege. Anakin was born into slavery and then was forced to fight in a war. Anakin managed to remain a kind person for years despite having to go through all that, and yet Kylo turned into a terrible person with only the influence of Snoke. Most importantly, Kylo had the benefit of hindsight. He had history to tell him that he was doomed to fail, that the dark side only would lead to his own destruction, not to mention tragedy for countless others, and yet he still decided to say: 'Yes. We not only were all of those atrocities justified, we should do them again,... more
If you've seen the Clone Wars, you know what I'm talking about. If you've seen the Clone Wars as well as Rebels, you'll REALLY know what I'm talking about. He may have become powerful (and almost too cool to hate- almost), but his mind and soul were lost in the process.
Even if you put aside the war-trauma, Crosshair is a character with serious troubles. He took "good soldiers follow orders" and ran with it- losing much of his humanity along the way. Even after he defected from the Empire, he still had a lot to cope with.
The episode in which you see her backstory is one of the most riveting. Up until that point, she was just the "cool assassin who is almost too cool to hate", and then, suddenly, Dooku is throwing her away, and you find out that her darkness came from a place of bitterness at the world that had hurt her. While this does not excuse her actions, she certainly could have used a mental health professional. (A much healthier alternative to war crimes)
I shiver just thinking about what happened to Fives. He deserved so much better. Not only did he have to cope with the trauma of being born to fight and die, trained to see himself as expendable, he then saw the Clone Wars. He lost his brothers. Then he found out that everything he once believed in was a lie- and when he tried to speak up, almost no one believed him. Just thinking about his fate makes my heart break.
F in the chat for Fives, not only a great soldier, but a good person- a person who deserved professionals there to tell him he was worth more than what he could do for others, and there to listen to him when others said he was crazy.
You know, the one who accidentally killed one of his friends and wasn't able to find out it wasn't all his fault until he tragically died? Tup deserved better. (Well, all the Clones did, but this guy especially). Press F to pay respects.
At every point in the franchise (but particularly the Clone Wars), this guy is going through a huge mess. He may have risen up, but his grieving skills needed serious work.
Captain Rex is a survivor who was able to remain kind and sane even after years of - well- being a clone. He was tricked into killing his own brothers, he held them in his arms as they died on more than one occasion, he watched them kill each other, he watched his brothers turn against his Jedi friends, and, perhaps most traumatic of all, he had to continue to lead. This guy deserves so much better than the card he was dealt- and some good professional help. Captains need someone to rely on too.
I can only think of a few characters that have suffered more than Obi-Wan Kenobi (without going on killing sprees or becoming maniacs). Kenny McCormick? The guy in the movie Groundhog's Day? The only reason that I have him at #10 instead of much higher (feel free to challenge this) is that Obi-Wan was able to maintain on the light side and meditate (a healthy coping mechanism) instead of turning to murder. He may have had his issues, but he was able to be self-aware of those issues and remain rational even in his moments of greatest anguish.
Bro liked his own sis, and his father is Darth Vader what else can I say.
He should be numder 2 like the other comment said dang you need therapy.