Top 10 Best Star Wars CharactersHailed as one of the most iconic and lucrative franchises ever to grace the silver screen, Star Wars is a force to be reckoned with in global pop culture. It's not just a movie series. It's a way of life for legions of fans who declare their undying love for the galaxy far, far away. So, who's your ultimate Star Wars hero? Cast your vote and let's find out which character reigns supreme in the Star Wars pantheon.
Everything about Darth Vader is iconic: the mask, the breathing, the force, the lightsaber. I could go on and on. But not only that, the whole saga is pretty much centered around him. From the first movie, where you see him as a little kid, to when he's a powerful Sith lord who is more evil than any villain in any movie series, to when, at the very end, he turns back to the good side, thanks to Luke. He is the roundest character in the series as well, and the series covers pretty much every aspect of him. Even though he's a whiny teenager, I think that's okay because it makes him become this iconic villain that most of us (I saw the original 3 movies before the prequels) are used to. Star Wars would not be Star Wars without him.
People don't give him enough credit, but this character had some of the best dialogue and scenes in the entire franchise. Hayden was able to pull off great emotion with just a look, and he portrayed the character's fall exponentially well. Was he whiny? Yes, but he was also a teenager who was looked down upon by the entire order, treated like a child at 19 by his master, and knew his skills were beyond anyone else's. Then he has to witness his own mother die.
As for the complaint about him falling too quickly, that was a huge buildup, as we saw since Phantom (you can see even as a child, he had anger when the Jedi council spoke down to him). As for why he fell the way he did, he was being told by someone how the Sith and Jedi are not that different, then witnesses one of the masters do exactly what a Sith would do. At that point, everything he had learned from the order appeared to be nothing but a lie to him, so it makes sense why he fell.
I think it's a good thing he's whiny. There's supposed to be a resemblance between him and Anakin - always believing the grass is greener on the other side. Plus, in the fourth one, he's only, what, seventeen? I think it adds to his character.
And, on top of all that, he's supposed to be impatient when Yoda tries to trick him into thinking Yoda is an idiot. You see, Yoda was testing him. He obviously is like his father, so that's why they worry so much about him when he goes to face him. Also, I would be whiny too if I lived on a moisture farm and couldn't go out and see the world. Can't we all relate to this?
Luke Skywalker is the template that all heroes aspire to follow, I feel. He starts out being basically a nobody from nowhere (we all love those underdog stories, am I right?!), who finds he actually has a great power that few possess. We see him grow so much from Episode IV to Episode VI, from a whiny kid just wanting to get out in the galaxy and be a pilot, to a hero, a commander, a loyal friend, an expert combatant, and a Jedi. And yes, he becomes a pilot, just like he originally wanted.
He grows so much and he even tells Yoda so. Things aren't easy for Luke; he gets clobbered by Tusken Raiders and Darth Vader, gets captured by a Wampa, gets shot down on Hoth, and tries over and over with the training Yoda has for him. He also never knew his parents, lost his aunt and uncle, lost BOTH his mentors, and eventually lost his father to death as well. Yet despite everything he goes through, Luke plugs along and keeps going.
He doesn't make life about himself but about others, determined to be the best he can be. So to those who say that this guy is a Gary Stu, it personally makes me quite sad. I find that those who make such baseless arguments are the people who adore Rey, saying she's not a Mary Sue - which she is - and that Luke is supposedly not as good as she is because she literally learned everything in seconds that took Luke years to learn.
Luke's character progression and everything else good about him was thrown away in the ridiculousness that is the sequel trilogy, all so some OP chick can be hyped up and made to look better than she is. George Lucas himself said that Luke is the most powerful Jedi, and I will believe the creator of the franchise over Disney any day!
Luke is a phenomenal character, and if you don't believe me, you clearly need to watch the saga again!
Obi-Wan Kenobi: never quite the hero of his own story but always a quiet counterpoint and stabilizing influence of another's, he is one of the most subtly nuanced, genuinely good, and ultimately tragic characters in the Star Wars series. He does his duty, tries his hardest, is celebrated and remembered for his serenity and wisdom, and, when necessary, can be cunning and even ruthless.
The prequels also show us that Obi-Wan too can fall victim to the same human weaknesses which cost Anakin Skywalker dearly. Love blinds him to Anakin's fall. Attachment prevents him from killing Vader on Mustafar. The difference between the two of them is that Obi-Wan's inner strength allows him to carry on and keep hope for the future, even when faced with the loss of everything he's ever known and almost everyone he's ever cared for. That is what makes him a great man and a fascinating character.
I'm the same person who wrote about Han having all the best lines that I like and listed all that he is. I might write one on another computer too. Anyway, more things to add is that Harrison Ford did a phenomenal job with the role of Han Solo. What he did in every movie is just so cool to me. For example, during the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi, him tricking the stormtroopers and the way he fought the Imperials was so sick and cool. I just love him as a character!
Harrison Ford truly excelled in this role because it was written for him! He told George Lucas he didn't want to be some overpowered character with superpowers or anything, but just a regular ordinary guy, and that's what George did. A lot of Han's lines were improvised, making his character all the more fun and believable. His temper, his roguish ways, and his sarcastic humor make him such a memorable character, one that is a favorite among all Star Wars fans!
Yoda is one of the few fictional characters I can look up to as inspirational. While he may be a great warrior, his best quality is his sage-like wisdom. This can be seen through numerous quotes, which can be applicable in real life, such as:
- "Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is."
- "Do, or do not. There is no try."
- "The greatest teacher, failure is."
- "Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter."
- "Truly wonderful the mind of a child is."
Yoda views the other Jedi as his family, and this is why he feels responsible for being unable to detect and stop Darth Sidious. However, he ultimately accepts that it is up to someone else to stop Sidious and that he has a duty to train them and pass down his wisdom.
Yoda is one of the wisest Jedi to ever live, having trained multiple Jedi Knights over the years and provided guidance even after they were no longer his students. When we first saw Yoda, he was the lovable Muppet that we all grew to recognize. In the prequel trilogy, he became much more prominent, shining in more ways than one!
The reason Yoda is a good character is that he, too, is flawed. He warned Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon about training Anakin but still allowed it, despite his fears about what the training would bring. Moreover, he didn't sense Darth Sidious, despite being right next to him, indicating he was probably becoming complacent in the Force. Don't get me wrong, Yoda is awesome, but his complacency and wariness make him flawed and, therefore, more realistic, which is what makes him even better.
Yes, but the actions Sidious/Palpatine took were different from each other.
Take Palpatine, for example. He was kind and gentle, but he manipulated people to gain power and become Supreme Chancellor. Heck, even Jar-Jar was technically the one to help him rise to power.
On the other hand, Sidious was addicted to the Dark Side, much like a drug addiction. He had three Sith apprentices who ended up dying by the time he died, and he created the Galactic Empire from the Republic. He also built the Death Star (with Krennic and Galen's help) and killed a bunch of people (the people of Alderaan, Jedha/Scarif, Padme, soldiers from the Rebellion, and even Darth Vader, though Vader sacrificed himself.
So even though they are the same person, the actions they take are very different!
He is the most powerful Force user to ever live (would beat Snoke), and I love his evil cackle. The best lightsaber combatant, he is very manipulative. Even Yoda couldn't defeat him in a duel, and he managed to toy with one of the most powerful Jedi ever, Master Mace Windu. He is known for taking out three Jedi within five seconds and has at least eight nearly identical lightsabers (crimson). He managed to transfer his essence into clone bodies after his 'death' by a redeemed Anakin. He possesses the most powerful Force lightning ever, which could burn you into ash. He was so powerful with this that he could use weak lightning as a teaser and gradually work up to his full power lightning, like he did with Luke in ROTJ.
He's so much better than C-3PO. That guy just whines, complains, and the like, but R2-D2 is so brave, resourceful, and loyal. He should even stand up to C-3PO once in a while.
Since he's a droid, people don't really look at how amazing he really is. He saved Padme in Attack of the Clones, and if she had died, Luke and Leia wouldn't have been born. Anakin probably would've turned bad sooner because he was mad his mom and the girl he likes died. Obi-Wan was captured and Anakin and Padme wouldn't have been there. He also saved Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewy! They would have been smashed without him. R2 is awesome and smart!
Love the dude! But the sequels totally disrespect him. Also, want proof that he's the most iconic Star Wars character? Walk up to one of your friends who doesn't know anything about Star Wars and say, "Name all the Star Wars characters you know." Chances are, R2-D2 and Darth Vader will be at the top of their list.
I was 6 when I watched Star Wars for the first time, and a girl of 6 years old is almost always obsessed with princesses. I fell in love with Leia not because she was just a princess, but because in "A New Hope," she gets rescued by Luke and Han only to rescue them three minutes later. She knows how to hold her own, she knows how to lead, and she knows what it takes to be a general. I remember that from that moment on, I'd say that my favorite princess was Leia Organa from Star Wars.
Princess Leia is my favorite Star Wars character, yes, I'm a girl. She's a good influence on girls because she's both girly and brave, and shows that you can be both at the same time. She's also funny and sarcastic. She's definitely different than your average princess. She's a leader, a lover, a friend to many, and very caring. No female character in Star Wars will ever take the place of Princess Leia. She's officially a Disney Princess now, too.
Chewie is my favorite. I'm new to Star Wars, so I'm just going to say a few words.
In the movies, particularly in Episode 4, Chewie is a bit intimidating. He hates being touched and often comes across as an angry boy, but in Episode 5, he hugs Luke... Not going to lie, I squealed. Yes, he gets frustrated about fixing the Millennium Falcon, but that's only a minor incident. Chewie is a protective sweetie who loves his friends. He gets angry sometimes, and that noise he makes is cute. I see myself as being a little like Chewie, which is probably why he's my favorite.
Chewbacca might not be a really powerful Jedi or anything, but him being a Wookiee is, in my opinion, really cool. I mean, look at the guy. He is a giant, hairy human with a blaster that looks like a crossbow, so how could you not like him!
When I was a little girl, I did not carry a doll. Rather, I carried with me a stuffed Wookiee. My mom said they could not take it away from me, or I would throw a fit. He got so matted, I would just brush out his fur. I always felt safe because I just knew a Wookiee would kick anyone's ass if they messed with me.
You can't get any better than Darth Maul. We seriously need more of him in the saga, especially in live action. He has the coolest design for any character in the saga, and fits the role of a Sith perfectly. He is highly skilled and has a very interesting personality. His ability to always stay alive makes him simply awesome. There's no way someone like Darth Vader can compete with this awesomeness!
I have to admit he is overrated. But he's still a really cool character. And yes, I know, his only purpose was to kill Qui-Gon. I also think it's stupid that they decided to put him in Clone Wars, because Obi-Wan ended up killing him anyway! The reason they brought him back in Clone Wars was because the public wanted to see more of him, but again, it was completely useless. What I would have liked to see is him escaping in Episode 1 and then, finally, in Episode 2 he could have replaced Dooku. Then, finally, in Episode 3 he could have replaced Grievous. Then Obi-Wan finally would have killed him in the scene where he kills Grievous, but instead of Grievous, it's Maul.
He was a young clone, good at fighting, flying, and using weapons. Then he went onto bounty hunter missions with his father. Saw his death and buried his body. He worked with other bounty hunters and soon-to-be best friend Bossk! And he got revenge on Mace Windu. After getting put in jail with Bossk, while Aurra left them, Bossk and Boba formed a team of new bounty hunters and used his DNA to make clones. He became one of the most badass bounty hunters alive, ruthless in bringing in Han and collecting his payments. He also worked with Bossk. Later, he befriended Fennec and Mano, fighting together.
With four lines of dialogue and a badass-looking suit of armor, he is one of the best-looking and most well-scripted villains in Star Wars. He was the reason that Han Solo was captured, one of the biggest plot points in the movies! Everybody praises Jango Fett, yet he was a remake of Boba (since the prequels came after the originals). Also, Jango never really did anything besides fight. He killed some lame secondary characters and stuff, and Boba would've done that too, given that there were more than just one Jedi. Jango couldn't even take down a young Obi-Wan... Boba stood up to Vader and made such a good reputation for himself. His death scene was bull, though...
Kylo Ren should definitely outrank Maul, R2-D2, and the late Han Solo. Kylo Ren added much-needed emotional weight to Episode 7. Instead of having a one-dimensional villain like Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace, JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan created a unique character that people could connect with.
A perfect analogy that expresses who Vader is in relation to Kylo Ren is who Superman is in relation to Spiderman. Superman can do anything he wants. He has all the powers and can now survive death. Spiderman, I believe, is the peak of what a relatable character should be. He was basically a nerd who was a superhero.
Darth Vader could do anything with the force in the original trilogy. Darth Vader could survive multiple things, and no one knew how to defeat him. Kylo Ren is also a relatable character. One could already see the past of Kylo Ren. One can already speculate how emotional and vulnerable Kylo Ren is.
What is also very interesting about his character is that he is going through the same trials a hero goes through. Kylo Ren killing Han Solo could be compared to Luke jumping off when Vader told him that he was his father. Both characters made decisions that would have a significant impact on their destinies. Both were tempted by the other side.
He is essentially the anti-Luke Skywalker. I am so excited for how this character will develop in the trilogy, and he is definitely my favorite character in general.
Best duelist in all the movies. He could and would have killed Palpatine if he hadn't believed in Anakin. He could have bested Anakin, too. He's so badass he probably, as long as he knew they were coming, could have defeated Anakin and Palpatine at the same time. He put up a better fight than Yoda against Palpatine. He uses Vaapad. He, at the beginning, foresaw that Anakin was trouble. He distrusted Palpatine. He could one-on-one every Sith in the movies and win. I could go on and on...
Ok, he is the only Jedi brave enough to have a purple lightsaber. He is such an awesome character. He beat Darth Sidious and Jango Fett... So that has to count for something. And I personally don't think he died. It's going to take more than a missing hand to take him down. And as for being force pushed out the window, he could have just grabbed onto someone's ship like Anakin Skywalker did.
Contrary to popular belief, he didn't outright beat Sidious. Sidious feigned weakness to sway Anakin (he could sense him coming). However, Windu developed his own form of Form 7 lightsaber combat, Vaapad. He utilized both the light and dark side of the Force and in legends, destroyed a ton of super battle droids with his bare hands! Not much more badass than him. And Samuel L. Jackson.
For years, (and I do mean years. Like, 10) Qui-Gon Jinn was my favorite Star Wars character EVER! He was smart, capable, talented, and had a fantastic understanding and link to the Force. He may never have been on the council, but I believe that was because he saw the flaws in it. He never allowed himself to become complacent, and I think that was why Darth Maul killed him, knowing he would be a threat if he were allowed to live. Liam Neeson was the perfect man for this role, and he performed so well! Qui-Gon is still one of my favorites, and always will be!
Awesome character. He is in the best Star Wars movie along with Jar Jar Binks. Qui-Gon is one of those characters where if you took him out of the movie, the darkness would win in the later movies. He even discovered the chosen one. He kind of plays by his own rules. Without him, Luke never would've been trained to be a Jedi because without Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan would've never been trained, and if Obi-Wan was never trained, then Luke never would've been trained. Qui-Gon Jinn should be number one.
Rey's character is phenomenally written. Depicted as the next Luke Skywalker, while having an incredibly mysterious past, is excellent screenwriting. Rey is easily the most relatable character in the whole series as a complete nobody who possesses the powers of the Force. That makes Star Wars so much more real and can make any kid dream of having the Force.
Also, the claim that she is a Mary Sue is completely wrong. She is not perfect. One of the biggest flaws any character has is in Rey always wanting to find the answer to her parents. There is plenty more I could write about Rey, but she is one of my favorite characters in the whole series, and I cannot wait to see her in IX.
18th place! And Darth Vader is in 1st! Rey is my favorite because the new ones ruined Luke for me, and I prefer heroes to villains. In the end, Rey has always been a hero. She is a natural but clearly has things to learn. She is smart, kind, brave, and beautiful. I love her so much and wish that more than 1% would vote for her.
She may not be as big of a pop culture icon as Vader and the others, but that's because she is new. Give it 30 years, when the 45th trilogy is done, and Rey will be a legend. Don't judge a character by their popularity. Judge by their quality on their own. Also, I would like to point out that Rey is a revolutionary character as she is the first female lead in a movie that normally has one female per movie.
I can't say he is my favorite, but this guy seriously needs more attention. Vader (after Anakin turned to the dark side) never notices him. Neither does any other villain. On the light side, when they give him attention, it's for five seconds max (unless you count R2-D2). For all his intelligence, he needs to be way higher.
Who doesn't love this droid? I mean, the guy can speak over 6,000,000 languages. Cut him some slack, Han! If it weren't for him, you wouldn't have known that you needed to replace the hyperdrive. Plus, why is he only number 14? Even R4-P17 is higher. How is that even possible? I hardly know who that is, let alone anybody else!
He is one of the only characters to stay alive until the sixth movie, and he is probably appearing in the seventh one too. He helps R2-D2, who is at number 8 on this list as of 8 September 2015. He was made by Anakin Skywalker, who is at number 9 on 8 September 2015. He also appears in the Lego Star Wars Yoda Chronicles and helps the Padawans, however naughty they may be and however much trouble they get him into. So, he's helpful.
Grievous needed to be better trained in the Jedi arts. I mean, he had four lightsabers against Obi-Wan, and he still lost. Such a weak fighter, but still a worthy opponent.
Grievous is probably the most infamous Jedi killer in the galaxy, complete with a murderous cybernetic wheeze that established him as the Vader before Vader became Vader. He is the villainous cyborg of the Clone Wars and the architect of the war atrocities of the Separatist alliance, and altogether very underrated in my opinion. Each lightsaber he collects is a trophy. A testament to all the Jedi he has slain in battle.
He is an unstoppable beast in Clone Wars and expanded material. He's less intimidating in TCW (The Clone Wars) and ROTS (Revenge of the Sith), but still an overall fun character with a strong presence. Also, literally everything this hulking mechanical monstrosity says becomes a meme, and I'm all here for it.
Why is she so low? I think she is a great character with an amazing backstory. I have loved Ahsoka for such a long time, and I will love her for a long time to come.
One of the best and most fleshed-out characters in the whole franchise. We basically got to see the whole journey of her growing up. And many of us fans grew up alongside her. A beautiful coming-of-age story. Her last scene in Clone Wars Season 7 kills me. There is no character more relatable. She was that kid fighting to find her place in the world. She made mistakes. She faced hardships, lost friends, struggled with authority. She made her own family out of her friends. She is that kid that we all were. Seeing her reach her full potential is one of the most satisfying things in all of Star Wars.
Ahsoka Tano is a brave, quick, independent, stubborn, interesting, and non-human protagonist. She is beautiful, intelligent, snippy, and represents the growth that the franchise needed in a female character. Ahsoka is special because she is one of the few former Jedi to recognize the faults of the Council and the Jedi Order. She significantly impacts Anakin's life, being akin to his adopted daughter or little sister.
Ahsoka Tano is innocent yet strong in the Clone Wars, having still been a child when she was leading troops. She is not afraid to speak up to her master, unlike most other Padawans. Ahsoka Tano is essentially the icon of the two sabers and the white-colored sabers. She is my favorite female character because she embodies the beautiful character development needed and is so independent compared to other female characters in Star Wars.
Rex is loved by a lot of people, and it's not hard to see why. He has a good personality, will do whatever it takes, he's caring, he's brave, he is a great leader and friend, and he always helps his brothers.
Rex was the first clone on this list besides Boba. But why this low? He is a nice, friendly, smart, and fearless clone who isn't backing down from a fight.
He's loyal, trustworthy, and yet fun and out-of-bounds adventurous. His ARC Trooper armor is awesome (oh, and 501st blue stomps 212th yellow. Rex is a million times better than Cody). As for my personal favorites, I'm at a three-way tie at first: Rex, Fisto, and Plo Koon. They are followed shortly by Yoda, Luminara, Obi-Wan, Mace, Maul, and maybe Vader and Ahsoka.
Padme played such a vital role before the birth of the Empire. Does Kylo Ren think as much about his grandmother as he does about his grandfather?
Padme is superior to Leia in my opinion and one of my favorite characters in Star Wars. For one, she is far more beautiful than Leia could ever be and is the best looking female character to ever exist. She is tougher than Leia too, as she has the durability advantage, such as when she fell on her back from 300 feet and was only knocked out for a minute, and is taller and stronger. She was so physically and mentally powerful that she survived battles that even Jedi knights and masters died in. Overall, she should be in the top 5.
Padme Amidala is a very strong, independent, and intelligent woman. She became a Queen at just 14 years old. She has fallen off of ships and while she was stunned, it appeared to not even damage her. However, it killed the clone trooper with armor on, which proves how durable her body is.
She was also choked by her husband, which did not kill her as she was medically healthy. She was also heavily pregnant, so that's the reason she fell unconscious. It's also fair to note that Jedi/Sith aren't powerful against superheroes, etc., as Darth Vader has taken minutes to strangle imperial officers and couldn't kill Motti in A New Hope. This shows that Vader's choke is no trouble for Padme, especially if it was Episode 2 Padme.
Padme is also extremely fast, being at peak human levels to the point where she is as fast as Anakin who augments his speed to superhuman levels. She is also extremely intelligent and has an IQ possibly well over 200. She can outthink any opponent. She is great with a blaster, never missing.
Since force users can't kill her with their throat hugs and other force abilities, the only thing she has to worry about is a lightsaber. She has to dodge one, which she can do, which will get her a victory.
She is also a very attractive woman, being arguably more beautiful than even Leia. Her Episode 2 white tights are just as iconic as the slave bikini.
This guy needs more attention. He was a pretty important character in the Original Trilogy, but he's always in the shadow of other characters like Vader, Luke, Han, and Leia. I think it's because he's not in A New Hope.
Come on, he is awesome and even at over 60 years old is still a classic smooth-talking gambler.
I love this dude. We needed that shady, smooth gangster who is also a really true friend.
It's me again. I just wanted to say that I bought this Star Wars Galactic Battle Game figure online, and it came with a card. It said that his Force ability was 7, his battle skills were 16, then it said plus 4, which came to 20, the highest you can get. His intelligence was 12, his mechanical skills were 12, his leadership was 8, then had a plus 4, which came to 12, and his luck was 10. Altogether, he is 73 out of 100.
For Boba Fett, his Force ability is 8, then a plus 2, which makes it 10. His battle skills are 13, his intelligence is 12, his mechanical skills are 13 plus 1, which makes it 14. His leadership is 4, and his luck is 5. So altogether, it is 68 out of 100.
So in the end, we find out that Jango is better than Boba, so Jango should swap places with Boba on the leaderboard. But this does not mean that Boba isn't awesome at all. They are both still awesome. It's just that Jango is a little bit cooler and should not be put so far down on the leaderboard compared to Boba Fett, his son. Thanks for reading. Jango rocks!
I began to watch the show with high expectations, and it exceeded expectations! The main character is one of the most well-written characters in Star Wars. He's a badass, has a soft spot, a mysterious backstory, is intelligent, and follows the way of the Mandalorian. He's basically an almost perfect character. I have spoken.
The best episode of The Book of Boba Fett (in my opinion) was the one that Din Djarin was in.
I think Finn is my favorite new addition to the Star Wars roster. He is well-acted and has good synergy with the rest of the cast. Unfortunately, he suffers from having his arc rushed for the sake of the plot. For me, a character's actions must stem from their stated motivations. In the film, his defection from the First Order comes about really quickly and isn't well explained. This guy is presumably indoctrinated to believe the First Order are the good guys and the Resistance is some kind of terrorist organization.
So when in the first scene his friend is killed by armed villagers harboring a fugitive, I don't understand why that garners sympathy for the villagers from him. Yeah, they went on to massacre the villagers after that. I don't know if he left because he didn't like killing people or because he was afraid of being shot like his friend. Because if it is either of those things, then it makes no sense why he is so cavalier about killing scores of the people he grew up with (stormtroopers) throughout the entirety of the movie. I guess it will be up to the new EU to explain all this.
I love him so much! He actually understands politics and the importance of it. He has a way with words and is such a gentleman too! Too bad they killed him off. Would love to see more of him.
Wow, I can't believe he wasn't even on the list! This guy is awesome! Okay, maybe he got some bonus points because he was played by the amazing Christopher Lee, but Dooku really is a cool character.
Learn more about him, and you will find that he's pretty cool. Used to dislike him myself but like him a lot more now. And he was played by the late and great Sir Christopher Lee (RIP).