Hello Star Wars fans! This week, we’re going to look at some of the most popular Star Wars characters from the movies. It was a difficult task figuring out which ones should make the list, but through rigorous study, seven winners emerged:
Certainly the most famous female character in the films, Leia Organa, daughter of the Queen of Alderan, is one of the central characters of the original trilogy and one of the starting points of Episode IV. She is one of the leaders of the rebellion, and is willing to sacrifice everything to see the Empire destroyed.
Leia is portrayed by Carrie Fisher in all three original movies. It would be Fisher’s biggest role. While Leia’s actions in the movie are standard fare, along the lines of Han Solo, in the expanded universe, Leia is shown to have developed force powers, and even becomes a Jedi.
6: Boba Fett
No character is more of a cult favorite than the famous Mandalorian bounty hunter Boba Fett! Portrayed by Jeremy Bulloch in the original trilogy and Daniel Logan in Episode II, Boba Fett is a silent, formidable mercenary under the pay of the Galactic Republic. His notable involvement is capturing Han Solo in Episode V, and bringing him to Jabba the Hutt. He is seemingly eaten by the sarlacc in Episode VI, but expanded universe stories reveal that he escaped.
Boba Fett’s silent and dangerous demeanor, adapted from Clint Eastwood’s character in A Fistful of Dollars, has made him a fan favorite for years, and rumors of a Boba Fett film are rushing around the internet.
The main character of the original trilogy and one of the silver screen’s foremost heroic characters, Luke Skywalker – played by Mark Hamill in his most famous role – is the galaxy’s most famous hero, and the man that would go on to bring the Jedi back to power and destroy the Sith’s rule of the galaxy.
George Lucas based the character of Luke after the “hero” from the Hero’s Journey, which lays out the prototypical journey of a mythological hero. In condensed form, this is: Meet with a mentor, learn a great power, lose mentor, travel through darkness, resist evil, and defeat evil. An examination of the original trilogy reveals these steps and more as plot points in the movies. This is just one of the reasons Luke is seen as such a memorable character from Star Wars. From dreaming farm boy to powerful Jedi master, fans of all ages love watching Luke’s transformation.
First Met in Episode V on the swampy planet of Dagobah, the diminutive Jedi master Yoda (No last name given) is one of the few surviving Jedi left when the Empire takes control. He eventually meets and trains Luke Skywalker, and gives him the strength needed to defeat Darth Vader. In the prequel movies, he is a Jedi Master and leader of the Jedi order, the oldest Jedi on the council – his age is estimated at 900 years – and a powerful warrior. He is one of the youngling trainers, and he fights both Count Dooku and Darth Sidious in lightsaber battles during the prequel movies. He nearly beat Dooku, and fought Sidious to a stalemate.
In the original trilogy and Episode I, Yoda is portrayed by a puppet performed by Frank Oz. In Episodes IV-VI, only the puppet is used, while in Episode I, CGI effects were added to make it more lifelike. In Episodes II and III, a fully-CGI version is used, which allowed Yoda to participate in elaborate fight scenes and more.
Obi-Wan Kenobi was the Jedi Knight responsible for training both Anakin Skywalker and his son, Luke Skywalker. Portrayed by Alec Guiness in the original trilogy, he helps Luke realize his destiny, before sacrificing his life to let him escape the Death Star in Episode IV. In the prequels, we first meet him as an apprentice to Qui-Gon Jinn, before becoming a Jedi Master and beginning to train Anakin. He is played by Ewan McGregor in the prequel movies.
Alec Guinness is the only actor for a Star Wars role to be nominated for an Oscar, and was a knight of the United Kingdom. His role gained him world-wide stardom, but he famously grew to dislike the films, the fans he gained because of them. Ewan McGregor had achieved a small amount of fame from movies like Trainspotting, but gained greater popularity for his portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
2: Han Solo
Who can deny the pervading cool of Han Solo? This great Star Wars character is first introduced when Luke and Obi-Wan meet him in the Mos Eisley Cantina. He immediately became a starring character, returning for all three original movies. Classic lines and undeniable charisma are the trademarks of this classic character. Just like Boba Fett, a movie is rumored to be in production focusing on the character.
Harrison Ford’s very first acting job was playing Han Solo. Before this, he’d struck up a friendship with George Lucas while doing carpentry for him. Harrison Ford would end up being the most famous new actor to come out of Star Wars, going on to star in the Indiana Jones films, Blade Runner, The Fugitive, American Graffiti, Patriot Games, and many more.
Our number one Star Wars character of all time is Darth Vader/ Anakin Skywalker. With all the power he has on screen, it’s easy to see why. From the very first moment he steps into the Rebel ship in Episode IV, the film world knew it had a classic character on its hands. Darth Vader used to be a Jedi named Anakin Skywalker, and the entire series of movies is based around his development and character, starting from his discovery at the hands of the Jedi to his death on the destructing Death Star at the end of Episode VI. George Lucas has gone on record saying that Anakin / Darth Vader is the main character of the series even during the original trilogy. Anakin Skywalker’s “Tragic Hero” arc is the story that the entire series tells.
David Prowse, a 6’ 5” bodybuilder, played Darth Vader in the original series. James Earl Jones supplied the voice, something that Prowse wasn’t aware of until the first movie came out in theaters. David Prowse starred in some other films, notably A Clockwork Orange, and James Earl Jones is well known as one of America’s most distinguished actors, including parts in The Lion King, Field of Dreams, The Hunt for Red October, The Sandlot, and more. Jake Lloyd plays Anakin in Episode I, though the experience has been a negative one for the actor. Hayden Christensen played Anakin in Episodes II and III, and has been in several other movies such as Jumper and Takers.
So there you have it; the top seven Star Wars characters. Of course, this is a non-scientific ranking. What characters were missed? Was one of your favorites left off the list? Were there any characters that you don’t think deserved to be listed here? Let us know!