Did your favorite character make the list? Ranking of the best Star Wars Characters

Ranking Of The Best Star Wars Characters

Admiral Akbar

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Admiral Gial Akbar is single handedly responsible for destroying both Death Stars, defeating Darth Vader in combat, mastering the force and inventing the modern internet. Without Akbar, we might not have even heard of the “Star Wars” series. Catapulting Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher’s careers resulting in iconic films/shows such “Indiana Jones”, “The Blues Brothers” and “Batman:The Animated Series”, Akbar deserves thanks from essentially all of Hollywood.  The only thing Akbar does poorly is identifying traps, as he’s almost always a few moments too late, thereby ensuring the trap has its intended result. Having been killed unceremoniously in “The Last Jedi”, I wanted to pay my respects to this titan of entertainment. RIP Akbar, we’ll miss you!

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All jokes aside, Admiral Akbar is responsible for one of the most quoted lines in any of the “Star Wars” films. Proclaiming “It’s a trap” during the Battle of Endor in “Return of the Jedi”, the line has taken on a life of its own. Being memed into submission, just googling the three words with nothing else added results in thousands upon thousands of jokes. There is even a “Family Guy” episode parodying “Star Wars” simply named “It’s a Trap”.

Padme Amidala

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I’m sure a lot of you are pretty upset seeing Padme on this list being that she inadvertently caused Anakin’s entire plummet to the dark side resulting in his transformation into Darth Vader further culminating in the murder of millions and the destruction of entire planets but before you get too enraged, you have to hear me out. I think Natalie Portman is really good looking…you now have my permission to be as angry as you’d like. Just remember this is my list and I gave myself permission to do what I’d like.

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Maybe the most heartbreaking scene in any “Star Wars” film, Padme confronts Anakin one last time after she lands on Mustafar in an effort to tear him away from the Dark side. Crying, she tells Anakin “I don’t know you anymore…Anakin you’re breaking my heart, you’re going down a path I can’t follow”. Anakin screams at her, accusing her of lying and claiming she’s on Obi-wan’s side now. He then force chokes her until she passes out, signaling his full and unbridled decent to the Dark side.

Qui-Gon Jinn

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Played by pre “Taken” Liam Neeson, this soft spoken Jedi is responsible for training Obi-Wan Kenobi and finding his  kidnapped daughter in Paris. To be completely transparent, no matter what movie Liam Neeson plays in, I just see the guy from “Taken”. That is to say the type of person who can kill someone just by looking their way. For that reason,  him dying in “Star Wars” has always confused me . The only explanation for his death at the end of “The Phantom Menace” is that the movie was shot years before “Taken”, therefore Liam wasn’t completely invincible yet. If “The Phantom Menace” was filmed today, I’m pretty sure Qui-Gon could’ve prevented the fall of the Jedi Order all by himself.

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The three way duel between Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan and Darth Maul is definitely his most iconic scene. It shows how unique of a character he is in how he approached and executed the fight. While the energy gates have separated all three character, we have a small pause in the fighting, and Qui-Gon uses those seconds to meditate with Darth Maul essentially snarling at him feet away. Moments later, Darth Maul mortally wounds Qui-Gonn but never does his face change from it’s calm demeanor .

Finn

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We have our first entry from the new trilogy! Finn used to be a Stormtrooper but found a way to unbrainwash himself and become allied with the very thing he was raised to destroy, much to the dismay of the First Order. Having spent his whole life training to be a Stormtrooper, Finn has really been living it up since abandoning the First Order. He flies fighter jets, wears other people leather jackets, uses light-sabers and even tries flirting .

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Finn using a lightsaber was one of the most memorable scenes from “The Force Awakens”. After the Stormtooper, who fans have lovingly named TR-8R, throws away his shield and blaster while calling Fiin a traitor, he pulls out this crazy whizzing Stormtrooper weapon which Finn combats with Luke’ ligthsaber. Having never used a lightsaber before, Finn gets overpowered pretty quickly, luckily Han is there to save the day and shoots the trooper before he can cause any more harm to Finn.

Poe Dameron

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Poe is an expert pilot for the Resistance and also a very good looking man. Being played by Oscar Isaac, Poe was awarded certain tendencies that other characters, who were not played by as charming an actor, weren’t allowed. First of which is being very cool, second is being the conventional hero, third is being entrusted with an extremely important, secret map that reveals the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker, and fourth is having cool leather jackets which he can give to people. Sometimes we all just need a little Poe Dameron.

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While it’s not exclusively his scene per-say, being a main aspect in the opening scene of any “Star Wars” film earns an iconic scene nod. After being handed the map of Luke’s whereabouts, the New Order quickly arrive and Poe is forced to intrust BB-8 with the responsibility of not losing the map. He then attempts to kill Kylo Ren, who holds his blast in mid air with the force while holding Poe in place as well (I know, it’s pretty baller), allowing him to be captured and subsequently tortured for information. Although it doesn’t end well for Poe, it’s still a pretty iconic scene.

Mace Windu

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A lot of “Star Wars” purists don’t like the fact that Mace Windu simply has a purple lightsaber because Samuel L.Jackson asked George Lucas for it but in his defense, if Samuel L. Jackson asks you for something, you get it done. No matter how you look at it though, Mace Windu is definitely one of the coolest characters in the “Star Wars” prequels. From his no BS attitude to his seemingly higher understanding of the Force, it’s not surprising that Mace was the Jedi Council member to finally uncover and confront  Emperor Palpatine about his true intentions.

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Windu’s aforementioned confrontation is by far his most iconic moment. After tearing down the three other Jedi that Windu had brought with him, the fight turns into a 1vs1 duel with Windu more than holding his own against the Sith Lord. Mace eventually overpowers Palpatine and knocks his lightsaber away, effectively winning the duel. Just as he is about to end Palpatine’s life, Anakin walks in, and not knowing how far down the path of the Dark side Anakin is, Mace regards him as an ally. Before Windu can finally end Palpatine’s life, Anakin cuts off his lightsaber arm and Palpatine uses his Force lightning to kill Windu and throw him out of the building, leaving him with a tragic ending.

Jabba the Hut

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Whether you prefer the original costumed Jabba or the weird CGI Jabba from the re releases (there’s probably someone out there, even if that someone is George Lucas), there’s no denying that Jabba is one of the most tantalizing characters in the “Star Wars” films. He’s essentially a giant slug who has control over the sleazy underworld of Tatooine. His palace is also home to one of the most iconic set pieces in cinema history, Han Solo frozen in carbonite. Jabba is also responsible for enslaving Leia and putting her in that iconic bikini which nerds everywhere have been fantasizing about for over 30 years now.

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Jabba capturing Leia is part of a much more iconic sequence not involving our favorite Hutt, but were going to count the whole scene as his moment. After leaving us with Han being frozen in carbonate in “Empire Strikes Back”, “Return of the Jedi” opens with Leia sneaking into Jabba’s palace and unfreezing her love. As Leia gathers Han, an ominous laugh starts in what Leia thought was an empty room. A curtain then pulls back revealing Jabba and all his weirdo buddies (with C3PO). Han immediately tries to reason with Jabba, Jabba drops some evidently hilarious one liners, guards grab Leia and the plot for the final movie in the original trilogy is off!

Bobba Fett

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Bobba Fett is a bounty hunter who was hired by Darth Vader to capture Han Solo in “Empire Strikes Back”.  He’s got  pretty cool backstory revealed in “Attack of the Clones” being  one of the many clones of Jango Fett but having been  raised as his son and taught the ways of Bounty hunting. Apart from his inclusion in the films, Bobba’s appearances in comics, books, and other forms of media have garnered him a “cult hero” status. He also has some of the coolest armor in “Star Wars” which is extremely important when it comes to “Star Wars” characters.

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Having only had around 5 minutes of screen time in the original trilogy it’s hard to pick a super iconic scene but his “death” (it was later revealed that he might have actually survived) at the hands/mouth of the Sarlacc is pretty memorable. Han solo is still blind after being unfrozen and Luke is doing front flips of diving boards for fun. Seeing his opportunity to capture Luke for Darth Vader, Bobba tries to shoot him before his blaser gets cut in half, then subsequently attempts to  rope  Luke up who easily escapes. The bounty hunters eventual downfall comes at the hands of blind Han swinging a pole backwards, hitting his jetpack and launching him into the mouth of the Sarlacc.

Emperor Palpetine/Darth Sidious

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Being an expert politician and a Sith Lord, Sheev Palpetine was an extremely powerful individual before his death at the hands of his apprentice, Darth Vader. Turning Anakin to the dark side single handedly and outfitting him in the now ubiquitous costume, Palpetine is responsible for turning Ani into Darth Vader both mentally and physically solely by saying “Do it” in the most menacing way possible. The leader of the Empire, Darth Sidious was the driving force behind all of their evil doings and the true antagonist of the original trilogy.  He’s also really good at making lightning come out of his hands which is terrifying.

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Having the most iconic death in any “Star Wars” film, the final battle between Darth Vader and Luke has to slot in here. After defeating his father in combat but electing not to kill him, Luke surrenders himself to Darth Sidious hoping Darth Vader will see the light side of the force and save him. After torturing Luke using his force lightning with Darth Vader standing beside him, Sidious announces “Now young Skywalker, you will die” before smirking and upping the power of his lightning. Luke screams until Darth Vader finally sees the error of his ways, picking up his master and throwing him over the ledge to his death.

C-3PO

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Being one of two characters (along with his best bud R2-D2) to appear in every theatrical “Star Wars” release besides for “Solo”, Threepio is synonymous with “Star Wars”. Originally created by a young Anakin Skywalker out of scrap parts to assist his mother, C-3PO  went on to become Princess Leia’s personal droid and somehow find a way into almost every important cinematic “Star Wars” moment. While he may be whiny and extraordinarily paranoid in every situation, he’s still very lovable, even if he does look like a walking Oscar award.

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While there are dozens of scenes to choose from, this is the rare situation where I’m going to pick a scene from the prequels in place of many possible choice from the original trilogy. This is  only due to the fact that  there aren’t many scenes that are entertaining solely because of C-3PO whereas this one is. In “Attack of the Clones”, C-3PO finds his head attached to the body of a battle droid after having it knocked off his own body in an assembly line. He is then dispatched to attack the Jedi in “The Battle of Geonosis” where we hear some top level one liners on Threepio’s part before being taken out by a Jedi who goes by the name of Kitt Fisto. R2 finds his buddy lying on the ground, detaches his head from the battle droid and then reattaches him to his original body after dragging him through the sandy battlefield. Don’t worry, I’ll try to make this the last I mention “Attack of the Clones” and sand. It’s just so rough and coarse and irritating…

Rey

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Rey is the main character in the much maligned “Star Wars” sequels. Originally from the desert planet of Jakku, Rey has become one of the leaders of the Resistance against the New order. She is Force sensitive and after being trained by Luke Skywalker himself for around 5 total minutes, she is now a fully fledged Jedi who can challenge Kylo Ren, another Force sensitive person with years of training! All the plot holes of the sequels aside, Rey is actually a pretty cool character and a bright spot for the new movies. She’s got spunk, pizzaz and all the other traits you want in an untrained Jedi tasked with defending herself against and Imperial fleet headed by a very powerful and emotional young man who has a personal vendetta against you. Sorry, couldn’t stay away from the plot holes

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Rey and Kylo Ren teaming up to defeat Snokes Praetorian guards will always be a cool scene to me. The red backdrop and enemies combined with the reflective floor creates a very unique aesthetic. Add that to the stakes of Kylo Ren killing Snoke moments before in order to team up with Rey and you have yourself a pretty awesome fight scene. Rey and Kylo Ren initially start fighting back to back but eventually get split up into individual fights, with Kylo Ren taking on a few more guards thanks to being much stronger then Rey. With a bit of teamwork the pair defeat the guards but revert back to being enemies moments later as Rey won’t commit to controlling the galaxy with Kylo.

Lando Calrissian

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Forcefully betraying your friend by threat of Darth Vader? Just call Lando, he’ll keep you calm. Watching your friend get frozen in a block of carbonite? Lando’s been there and knows what to do. Feeling guilty about betraying your frozen friend and now you’ve decided to rescue him and join his Rebel cause? Just hit up your friend Lando, he’ll talk you through it.Look, Lando is just a straight up cool guy, there’s no other way to put it. His voice is as smooth as butter and he essentially Pimp My Rided’d the Millennium Falcon, being the owner of the ship before losing it to Han Solo. The man just always appears calm and collected, no matter the situation.

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Similar to Bobba Fett, Lando doesn’t have a ton of screen time throughout the original “Star Wars” trilogy. That’s not to say we don’t have what to work with here though. I’m going to go with Lando’s introductory scene, it’s not that anything especially unique occurs during the sequence, the scene is special solely because of how smooth and confident Lando is compared to every other “Star Wars” character. Han lands the Falcon on Cloud CIty, and watches as Lando comes out to greet him with an entourage. Lando immediately challenges Han just to reveal he’s joking, says hello to Chewy and starts flirting with Leia from the moment he lays eyes on her. It doesn’t sound like much but it really leaves an impression.

R2-D2

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R2-D2 is really a testament to character creation. R2 is a droid with no ability to express itself aside for a single circular light on its front and a series of beeps and boops it can create. Yet R2-D2 is one of the most beloved and recognizable characters in all of “Star Wars” and somehow has more personality than many movies have with all their characters combined! Artoo is sassy, smart, brave and is always in the right place at the right time. In addition to all of this, R2 has also been in almost every “Star Wars” film to date, making him a constant throughout “Star Wars” lore.

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The scene that started everything. Darth Vader storms the Rebel ship killing everyone in his path while C3PO and R2-D2 run away avoiding constant blaster fire from Stormtroopers. They then bump into Princess Leia, who records a message for Obi-Wan Kenobi and stowes plans for the Death Star on R2-D2. Leia gets caught by Darth Vader, R2 and C3PO leave  on an escape pod to deliver their message and the earth altering franchise titled “Star Wars” is off with a bang. It doesn’t get more iconic then this.

Yoda

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Yoda is diminutive in stature alone. Coming from a mysterious race, Yoda was the Grand Master of the Jedi Order in the prequels and  trained Luke in the ways of the Jedi during “Empire Strikes Back”. We’ve all heard of Yoda and we all know how ridiculous he looks/sounds but that doesn’t change the fact that he is extremely powerful. Typically very calm and reserved, the few times we see Yoda go full out in the films during lightsaber battles, it feels like your watching a green bouncy ball jump around. A bouncy ball that could kill you in a million different ways if it wanted to.

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As much as I’d like to give Muppet Dagobah Yoda the nod here, his lightsaber battles are too cool to pass over. Of the two duals to choose from, the stand off with Darth Sidious at the end of “Revenge of the Sith” just has an epic factor that Yoda’s fight with Count Dooku from “Attack of the Clones” doesn’t have. After witnessing  the Jedi Council’s demise, Yoda confronts Emperor Palpetine, now known as Darth sidious, and a duel of Force power we’ve never seen commences. Yodas flipping all over the place and Sidious is Force throwing Senate pods at him seemingly by the dozens. Yoda eventually realizes he can’t possibly defeat Sidious and escapes through the ventilation into exile, not to be seen or heard from again until Luke finds him years later.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Obi-Wan trained Anakin as his Padwan and viewed him as a brother. Being on the Jedi High Council, Obi-Wan was pretty powerful himself, even though he was constantly having to reel in his young apprentice. After Anakin’s transition into Darth Vader, Obi-Wan fled and changed his name to Ben because Ben is about as generic as a name you can get and no one would suspect someone named Ben to be Obi-Wan (I apologize to all you Ben’s out there but you know it’s true). No matter what you call him, Mr. Kenobi will always seem like the “dad” character in “Star Wars” after having a special kind of relationship with the two most synonymous characters in the series, Anakin Skywalker/ Darth Vader and his son Luke Skywalker.

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If there is one area in which “Star Wars” fans are willing to praise the prequels, it’s the fight scenes and oh boy did they create a douzy for Anakin and Obi-Wan’s finals standoff. Located on the volcanic planet of Mustafar, the intensity of this dual matches that of the flowing lava backdrop. Both men know each others fighting style in and out after having spent years side by side and it shows as they match each other blow for blow. Starting inside and eventually making its way onto floating debris on the lava river below, this fight is a blur of emotion and speed. The fight ends with Obi-Wan famously acquiring the high ground and chopping off Anakin’s legs and arm. Emotion then explodes out of both men as Obi-Wan screams “ You were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them…”, and Anakin is only able to screech “I hate you!” in reply. Obi-Wan then shouts while crying “You were my brother Anakin, I loved you!” before turning around and leaving Anakin to burn in the lava.

Chewbacca

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We’ve all participated in competitions to see who can do the best Chewie roar but this hairy fellow is much more than just his unique form of communication. Standing at over 7 feet tall, Chewie and his Wookie relatives are an intimidating race. Being part of the one two tag team with Han solo, Chewie was also extraordinarily loyal to his friend and their ship, the Millennium Falcon. Juxtaposed to his rather frightening exterior and liberal use of violence, Chewie was also a big ol’softie, evidenced throughout the films. I’ve also heard people who have never seen “Star Wars” before (yes they exist) refer to him as dog which makes me visibly angry and upset.

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Chewie is in every “Star Wars” film aside from the first two prequels. He’s one of the most beloved characters in the whole franchise but because of us not being able to understand his dialogue, his iconic scenes are mostly up to what Han tells us he’s saying. That’s why I’m picking Chewbacca  playing holo-chess with R2 and Threepio. After having one of his pieces taken away, Chewie screams which prompts Han to explain to the droids that it is unwise to upset a Wookie as they are prone to pulling arms out of sockets. We then get a great shot of Chewie chilling with his hands behind his head followed by C-3PO memorably suggesting R2 to “Let the Wookie win”.

Luke Skywalker

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According to names.org, between the years 1880 and 1977 (the year the original Star Wars premiered), the total number of children named Luke was roughly 17,800. In 2015 and 2016lone there were approximately 19,153 given the name Luke. This doesn’t surprise me and I’m sure it doesn’t surprise you. Luke is the main hero in one of the most successful and valuable franchises in history, it makes sense that his character would be able to popularize a name all on his own. There isn’t much that can be said about Luke that hasn’t already been said. From farm boy to Jedi knight, the original trilogy is essentially his story of maturation into the man that saved the galaxy.

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I kind of want to put the entire original trilogy in this spot because it seems unfair to single out one scene when there are so many. While every scene Luke is in could be described as iconic, I’ve decided to put Luke destroying the first Death Star here, as the moment is solely his and no one else’s. His fellow pilots have already been shot out of the sky and Darth Vader is on his tail. His one chance to destroy the Death Star mere moments away, Luke begins to hear Obi-Wan’s voice from beyond the grave telling him to use the Force. He then turns off the aiming system, and takes his one shot using only the Force, hitting the mark and destroying the Death Star. Badabing badaboom we’ve got ourselves an ending to the most famous movie in history.

Leia Organa

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Not holding to the general needing to be saved stereotype, Leia more than holds her own throughout the “Star Wars” films. Whether it’s killing in her captor Jabba with the chain he used to enslave her, shooting at and killing stormtroopers throughout the films, or attempting to rescue Han after being frozen, Leia doesn’t just sit back and let other people do the work for her. Not to mention she’s Force sensitive and FLOATS THROUGH SPACE WITHOUT DYING. I don’t need to explain to you why Leia is integral to “Star Wars” just like I don’t need to explain why bread is integral in creating a sandwich, you just can’t have one without the other.

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There are plenty of scenes where Leia shows her value as a leader and while all those scenes are amazing, known of them are as memorable as her previously mentioned killing of Jabba the Hut. With chaos ensuing around her after the attempted execution of Luke and Han, Leia seizes the opportunity to choke out Jabba using the chain with which he enslaved her. Aside from killing a truly disgusting and cruel character in Jabba, this scene represents a lot more. There are plenty of movies that put women in scantily clad outfits just to show some skin and “Return of the Jedi” definitely employs this tried tactic. However, not many films somehow flip that outfit around into empowering that female character which “Star Wars” does by having Leia kill Jabba with part of the outfit. It’s a pretty cool scene in my opinion.

Han Solo

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Han is who everyone wanted to be. A cool guy living on his own terms, he’s kind of the grounding source for the crazy sci-fi adventure that is “Star Wars”. At first only tagging along for the ride after being promised  a boatload of money, the originally skeptical Han soon found his way to believing in the Force. Forming one of cinemas best bromances with Chewie and one of the best romances with Leia, Han is a main factor in some of the movies best relationships and his untimely death at the hands of his son Kylo Ren was one of the most devastating scenes in any of the sagas films because of that. Again, we’re at that point in the list where I don’t really have to explain the characters too much  because there isn’t much I can tell you that you don’t already know.

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Maybe the most famous improvisational line in the history of film. Han saying “I know” after Leia proclaims her love for him is as Han as it gets. To follow that up by freezing Han in a block of carbonite, not knowing if he’s going to live and to leave it on a cliffhanger until the next film is movie crafting genius. This scene is just so iconic in every way. From Darth Vader merely testing if a person can survive carbonite freezing to Chewie going crazy before realizing there isn’t anything he can do. This really is one of the best scenes in any “Star Wars” movie.

Jar Jar Binks

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Could it have been anyone else? Jar Jar is “Star Wars”. The best cinema character ever created, Jar Jar is one of the main reasons for the prequels immense success at the box office. I’m not even sure why I’m writing this, if you’ve ever heard of “Star Wars” you knew Mr.Binks would be placed at the top without a second thought. Is Jar Jar a Jedi master? Probably. Is he also a Sith lord? Also probably. I think George Lucas didn’t put scenes of Jar Jar’s power on screen to keep up with the illusion that there was a struggle for power. Jar Jar is power and therefore, as previously mentioned, Jar Jar is “Star Wars”.

Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader

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Alright, no more jokes. Darth Vader is by far the most compelling character in any of the “Star Wars” films. He is the consummate film villain, menacing, powerful, and destructive to no end. In addition to all this, by the end of the “Return of the Jedi”, the audience is somehow feeling sympathy for a man who’s murdered millions.  Every scene of “Return of the Jedi” in which he’s in you can practically feel the internal struggle. I haven’t even mentioned his character in the prequels. While Hayden Christensen’s performance  was highly criticized, watching his character fall to the dark side was the entire premise of the sequels. Could it have been done much better? Yes, many things in the prequels could have benefited from some  rethinking but  it was still amazing to watch as a “Star Wars” fan. As interesting as every other character is (aside from Jar Jar), this spot really couldn’t have gone to anyone else.

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While I know it doesn’t belong in this spot, I have to give that scene at the end “Rogue One” a shoutout, it’s just too amazing to ignore but the choice here is obvious. “No, I am your father”. Probably the most famous movie quote ever. Probably the most famous movie twist ever. The revelation that Darth Vader is Luke’s father, was just as shocking to viewers as it was to Luke himself. Just to put this into context, this scene happened significantly before “Game of Thrones” killed of every character you’ve ever loved and desensitised you to all human emotion. Basically this scene  was a big deal, a very big deal.

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