The annual Starwars.com “This Is Madness” tournament has come to an end! Whether or not your bracket was the winner, it was certainly a month of upsets and letdowns.
Every year, Starwars.com has a bracket of Star Wars characters, both famous and infamous. Separated in eight distinct light and dark side conferences like “Republic,” “Jedi,” “Sith,” or “Bounty Hunters,” saga titans like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader match up against each other, as well as relative unknowns like Hondo Ohnaka and Admiral Piett. Users on the site can vote on which character they like better, culminating in a battle between the most popular light side character and the most popular dark side character.
On the Dark Side, the wheat was separated from the chaff quickly, knocking out Piett, Asajj Ventress, Greedo, Cad Bane, Darth Maul, Count Dooku, Salacious Crumb, and Mother Talzin. The final two in the division, Darth Vader and Boba Fett, both had a tough road to the finals.
Boba Fett passed over Greedo with ease, but the battle with his father Jango wasn’t so simple. Things got worse against General Grievous, until meeting Vader in the semifinals. Vader beat Maul in the first round, and trounced Palpatine in the second. The quarterfinals put him against Jabba the Hutt, his easiest matchup, winning with ninety-three percent of the votes. Vader defeated Boba Fett with sixty seven percent to become the Dark Side champion!
The Light Side wasn’t as cut and dry. Famous characters Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian were knocked out in the first round, facing titans like Obi-Wan and Chewbacca. The Semifinal ended up with Obi-Wan against Han Solo, and neither had an easy path.
Honda Ohnaka fell to a pounding from Han Solo in the first round, who then went up against his furry co-pilot. He triumphed with a two-to-one difference, and then faced Captain Rex of the Clone Troopers, winning with more than three-fourths of the votes. Obi Wan went against Luke in the first round, and two-time champion Yoda in the second. This was undoubtedly the closest match of them all, with Obi-Wan getting ahead by the edge of his beard with fifty-one percent of the vote. He finished his march to the final four with R2-D2, and defeated Han to become the Light Side champion with sixty-three percent.
The final battle! Obi-Wan Kenobi against his apprentice, the powerful Darth Vader. It’s a matchup that happened more than once in the Star Wars movies, and proved to be an exciting event. Obi-Wan emerged the victor and grand champion for the first time, besting Vader with fifty-nine percent of the overall vote!
We hope you enjoyed the Star Wars This is Madness recap! While Official Star Wars wonders why Jar-Jar Binks wasn’t on the bracket, tell us if you agree that Obi-Wan is the most popular! Any early predictions for who will win next year in 2015?