Top 10 Best Star Wars Characters

Hailed 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.
The Top Ten
1 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

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.

2 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.

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?

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

Obi-Wan Kenobi is never quite the hero of his own story but always a quiet counterpoint and stabilizing influence on 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.

4 Han Solo Han Solo is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. In the original film trilogy, Han and his co-pilot, Chewbacca, become involved in the Rebel Alliance which opposes the Galactic Empire. He is primarily portrayed by Harrison Ford. Han Solo served as the focus of the 2018 film Solo: A Star... read more

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!

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 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.

6 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.

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. 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 many 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!

7 R2-D2 R2-D2 or Artoo-Detoo is a fictional robot character in the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas, who appears in the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, and the sequel trilogy.

Since he's a droid, people don't really look at how amazing he really is. He saved Padmé in Attack of the Clones, and if she had died, Luke and Leia wouldn't have been born. Anakin probably would have turned bad sooner because he was mad his mom and the girl he likes died.

Obi-Wan was captured and Anakin and Padmé 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!

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.

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

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.

9 Chewbacca Chewbacca, nicknamed "Chewie", is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. A Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk. Chewbacca is the co-pilot of the Millenuim Falcon alongside his best friend Han Solo. Chewbacca was portrayed by Peter Mayhew in the Original Trilogy.

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.

10 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

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.

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11 Boba Fett Boba Fett is a fictional character in the Star Wars series. In The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, he is a bounty hunter hired by Darth Vader and also employed by Jabba the Hutt.

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...

12 Kylo Ren 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

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. He 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.

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

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.

14 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.

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 of 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!

15 Rey Rey is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise, portrayed by British actress Daisy Ridley. First appearing as the central character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rey is a scavenger who was left behind on the planet Jakku when she was a child, and later becomes involved with the Resistance's... read more

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.

16 C-3PO C-3PO is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. A protocol droid, interpreter, and best friend of R2-D2, C-3PO was built by a young Anakin Skywalker, later serving alongside Anakin's children, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa. C-3PO appeared in each film of the Skywalker Saga, portrayed... read more

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!

17 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.

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.

18 Ahsoka Tano Ahsoka Tano is a character in the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas and Dave Filoni. Introduced as the Padawan of Anakin Skywalker, she is a central protagonist of both the 2008 animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the subsequent TV series. Ahsoka Tano was voiced by Ashley Eckstein... read more

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.

19 Captain Rex

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.

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, and he's brave. He is a great leader and friend, and he always helps his brothers.

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

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.

21 Lando Calrissian Lando Calrissian is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. He is portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker. Lando Calrissian was portrayed by Donald Glover in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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.

22 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.

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!

23 The Mandalorian (Din Djarin)

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.

24 Finn FN-2187 (Finn) is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. He first appeared in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens in which he is a stormtrooper for the First Order who flees and turns against it after being shocked by their cruelty in his first combat mission. He is portrayed by English... read more


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. 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 Expanded Universe to explain all this.

25 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

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. I used to dislike him myself but like him a lot more now. And he was played by the late and great Sir Christopher Lee (rest in peace).

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