41 years after the premiere of the first installment, we have gathered the best Star Wars characters. Little did George Lucas imagine in 1977 that he had started one of the most profitable film franchises : 10 films released to date (11 if we consider the 2008 3D film, which we will ignore here), several television series and a “Expanded Universe” in the form of books and comics, not counting two titles that are on the way and another live action series.
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The 5 main characters of Star Wars in the first trilogy
The vast majority are true icons of popular culture, so they hold a special place in our hearts. Others, on the other hand, do not enjoy the same public affection… Who is who?
1. Luke Skywalker
The main hero of the first trilogy. Raised with his aunt and uncle on a farm on Tatooine, he never knew his parents. It was not until he crossed paths with Obi-Wan Kenobi that he began training him to be a Jedi Knight . Along the way, he blew the Empire’s most powerful weapon to smithereens, discovered the truth about what happened to his father, and was about to turn to the Dark Side shortly before finally defeating him.
Three decades later, in the new episodes, the one who was once the most important of all the Star Wars characters, has chosen to live in anonymity after blaming himself for the resurgence of a power that he believed had already been suffocated.
2. Leia Organa
An activist for the rebel cause since she was young, she would meet Luke and Han, who would rescue her from the clutches of the Empire. Leia would end up being an active member of the Rebel Alliance, participating in some of the most important campaigns that would lead to the defeat of the enemy. From her we will also discover an unexpected secret …
Already in the (for now) last trilogy, we will find a Leia promoted to the rank of general of the Resistance, very sorry for having lost her son, seduced by the sinister Snoke. Not that there have been many female Star Wars characters, quite the contrary, but no one has managed to overshadow Carrie Fisher, who enthralled us with her peculiar hairstyle since we saw her in Episode IV .
3. Han Solo
The most brazen smuggler in the entire Galaxy would experience one of the most spectacular evolutions in the saga: from working for the mobster Jabba ‘the Hutt’, he would end up being a prominent war hero, leading the secret operation on the moon of Endor that would allow the Rebel fleet to blow up the second Imperial space station.
Both you and I know that the first shot…
4. Darth Vader
The villain of the first episodes, recognizable even to those who are not fans of the saga (yes, there are people like that) because of his black armor, his red lightsaber and, especially, his asthmatic breathing .
Ex-Jedi fallen from grace, Darth Vader was one day Anakin Skywalker, an ambitious boy but afraid of losing his loved ones and unable not to let himself be carried away by his emotions. The dark Darth Sidious took advantage of this weakness to his own advantage to seduce him with false promises and convince him to join the Dark Side . Blind with ambition, Anakin did not hesitate to betray the entire Jedi Order, causing, without knowing it, his own tragedy.
The 3 main characters of Star Wars in the prequels
The main plot of Episodes I, II and III will focus on the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker, something that we already knew from the original movies.
5. Obi-Wan Kenobi
Not many Star Wars characters participated in the ‘Clone Wars’ during the prequels and lived to tell about it in the following episodes. In fact, save for Yoda and himself, the rest of the Jedi Order would be annihilated during the conflict . As a result of the rise of the Empire, both survivors would be forced to live in exile: Obi-Wan would retire to the dunes of Tatooine, to closely monitor the young Skywalker, whose mentor he would become in the Jedi arts for a brief time. weather.
Queen of Naboo who, due to her age and for her own safety, must use a decoy to perform her duties as regent. She will establish a close friendship with Anakin that will be narrowed in the following titles and we will see her again as a senator of her planet.
7. Anakin Skywalker
Slave of Watto, a small time scavenger from Tatooine. Due to his innate ship piloting skills, his boss employs him to run in dangerous pod races , the most money-moving pastime on the planet.
The prequels will work as his own black chronicle, whose debacle will begin when he is freed by Qui-Gon and begins training to be a Jedi, although from the first moment he will show qualities of a Sith.
The 4 main characters of Star Wars in the new trilogy
With a movie pending to close this new cycle, fans are impatient to know what the fate of these heroes and villains will be…
Among the ranks of the First Order, a soldier (whose identification code is ‘FN-2187’) decides to desert and flee, risking his life . As luck would have it, he meets Poe, a fearless Resistance pilot whom he freed from the clutches of his superiors; and Rey, a Jakku scavenger with exceptional ship-piloting skills. Despite being wanted and captured, Finn has become a key player in the fight against the First Order. That he has destiny in store for him?
Rey is presented to us as a key element of which we still have much to know, especially in regard to her origins, being one of the best conceived new female Star Wars characters of this new generation : she has been able to pilot the ‘Millennium Falcon’ and wield a lightsaber without having been trained, facing a former student of Luke Skywalker and, narrowly, defeating him. Also, in an attempt to bring Luke back from his confinement, Rey ends up being his new ward, continuing the legacy of the Jedi that the hero had set out to extinguish.
But, who are Rey’s parents
? Did Kylo Ren lie with the revelation she made to him in Episode VIII
10. Kylo Ren
Now, if we talk about Star Wars characters misunderstood by the most hater sector, without a doubt Kylo Ren is at the pinnacle. Son of Han and Leia, Ben Solo was tutored by his uncle Luke for a time, but fate wanted him to end up joining the evil Supreme Leader Snoke and founding the ‘First Order’ with him . It seems that this nostalgic for the Sith and eager to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, Darth Vader, has already completed his transition to Evil, but his evolution may yet take another radical turn…
11. Poe Dameron
The most notorious pilot of the Resistance, at the head of the Rapier Squad, along with whom he managed to destroy the ‘Starkiller’ base of the First Order and leave it in check. Briefly relegated to the rank of captain for daring to question Leia’s orders, Poe is a clear candidate to be the future leader of his De him group.
Other Star Wars characters you should know from all the movies
Let’s meet the supporting cast that support our beloved protagonists.
Episode I: The Phantom Menace (George Lucas, 1999)
After the first trilogy concluded in 1983, and after 16 years of silence, George Lucas offered us a journey through time to learn about the prelude that led to the formation of the Galactic Empire, although the result did not quite convince the critics or the public.
Obi-Wan’s Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. By a series of coincidences, he meets the little Anakin Skywalker, in whom he perceives that the Force is powerful, so he will do everything possible to adopt him as a new pupil so that he too becomes a Jedi. In addition to owing the tragedy that entailed, Qui-Gon Jinn is also to be thanked for having to put up with the insufferable Jar Jar Binks from the very beginning of the film .
13. Jar Jar Binks
A native of a race of amphibians called ‘Gungan’, banished for his incredible ability to create chaos wherever he goes.Jar Jar Binks is one of the many reasons why Episode I is considered by many to be the worst in the entire franchise . If not the most, he occupies a place of honor among the most hated Star Wars characters, but fortunately, his presence will be reduced to the minimum expression in the coming parts.
14. Shmi Skywalker
Anakin’s mother and also a slave. In her dialogue with Qui-Gon, she reveals to us that her child was conceived without a father. In the sequel, Shmi’s tragic death will be the spark that ignites the fire of rage that will eventually consume her offspring De Ella.
Owner of Shmi and Anakin, a ‘toydarian’ whose downfall is betting on podraces. His ambition will make him lose to Qui-Gon, forcing him to free the boy.
16. Mace Windu
Honorary member of the Jedi High Council, reluctant to train Anakin because he perceives a growing fear that could lead to the debacle . His suspicions will materialize at the end of the triptych.
17. Lord Sidious
He is “the phantom menace” that gives this installment its name, the villain behind the entire plot. Darth Sidious is the hooded figure that motivates the invasion of Naboo and that will cause the start of the Clone Wars.
Only the most staunch already knew in advance which of the Star Wars characters was hiding under his hoodbefore it was revealed.
18. Darth Maul
Apprentice of Darth Sidious. Although his appearance in the movies is brief, his prominence is greater in the ‘Expanded Universe’, where he does justice to the abrupt ending he is given here . Incidentally, he stars in one of the most exciting three-way lightsaber duels of the entire series, already one of the few moments that the much-maligned prequels manage to save.
19. Nute Gunray
Viceroy of the Trade Federation who ordered, by order of Lord Sidious, to carry out the invasion of Naboo due to the rise in taxes on the trade routes. Unbeknownst to him, he will become one of the many puppets of the worst bad Star Wars characters to date.
Episode II: Attack of the Clones (George Lucas, 2002)
Despite being plagued by a love plot that undoubtedly played against him, with Hayden Christensen playing a twentysomething Anakin Skywalker who did not convince almost anyone; we still prefer this second part to his predecessor.
20. Count Dooku
New villain played by the eternal Christopher Lee, here become the Sith apprentice under the tutelage of Darth Sidious after the fateful end of his predecessor. In this case, he is the one who contacts the cloners of the planet Kamino for the preparation of the Republic army .
21. Jango Fett
Bounty hunter that the ‘kaminianos’ use as the original host for the creation of the clones that will fight the droids of the Confederation of Independent Systems. He is also the father of the bounty hunter Boba Fett, here a child , but whose appearance is greater both in the last two titles of the following trilogy and in the written and graphic novels.
Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (George Lucas, 2005)
This conclusion completely changed the childish tone that the first two episodes suffered from, which even though they introduced the seventh art in the digital age, to bet on a story with dyes of Greek tragedy that managed to redeem this trilogy in its last hour and a quarter .
22. Senator Palpatine
Secondary to which we had already seen on the two previous occasions and to which few paid attention. Sheev Palpatine has a dark ace up his sleeve that will mean the advent of misfortune that hangs over the Republic and the Jedi .
23. General Grievous
Leader of the Separatist Droid Army, who, unlike other bad characters in Star Wars, is not human (at least, in this trilogy), but is a bionic being, half ‘kaleesh’ and half android, after suffering an accident that cost him little life .
24. Commander Cody
Clone Commander in command of the 212th Attack Battalion that would fight under General Kenobi in various offensives of the Clone Wars.
25. Senator Bail Organa
First President and senator of his home planet, Alderaan, as well as one of the main opponents of the imperial regime . Friend of the Jedi survivors of the massacre that led to Order 66, he will be Leia’s adoptive father.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (Ron Howard, 2018)
The last spin-off based on the early years of Han Solo before becoming the most in debt smuggler in the Galaxy, came to light after a hasty shoot that would end with him dismissal of the two original directors. Even so, this is a highly commendable product, with no other pretensions than to entertain the viewer and serve as a tribute to classic films, not without giving up acquiring its own identity.
Childhood friend and first love of young Han Solo, with whom she grew up on the planet Corellia working for the ruthless Lady Proxima. How she managed to escape her captivity to end up being Dryden Vos’s right-hand man is still a mystery that we hope will be solved soon.
27. Tobias Beckett
Professional thief for hire hired by gangster Dryden Vos to carry out different heists on behalf of his organization . For his last assault, he will recruit Han into his raider gang , serving as his instructor.
28. Dryden Vos
Chief of the Crimson Dawn Syndicate without any qualms about ending the lives of those who fail in the missions he entrusts to them.
29. Enfys Nest
Side by side with his ‘Riders of the Clouds’, Enfys Nest is dedicated to sabotaging the plans of Vos and his gang, so these marauding pirates represent a serious threat to its stability .
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Gareth Edwards, 2016)
Despite several reshoots that meant it ended up having a very different tone from the one originally conceived, the result was a great movie that could well be placed on a par with the best of the saga .
30. Jyn Erso
A fugitive from justice who makes a living from petty theft. After several years avoiding joining the Rebel cause, Jyn will finally be an important part of the most important Star Wars characters in the fall of the Empire .
31. Galen Erso
Scientist who abandoned his job as an engineer for the Galactic Empire when he saw the organization’s plans to create a definitive weapon that would allow all systems to be subdued. However, to save his family from him, he will be forced to finish what he started.
32. Cassian Andor
Captain of the Intelligence Service of the Rebel Alliance who will join Jyn and several other allies to rescue Galen Erso from the clutches of the Empire.
Imperial android reprogrammed by Cassian Andor to serve the Rebels. Among the new Star Wars characters, the verbose K will become one of the funniest, rivaling the golden chatterbox, C-3PO.
34. Director Orson Krennic
Director of the ‘Death Star Project’, with which he hopes to finish off the insurgent systems once and for all. However, he will have to deal with Governor Tarkin, who intends to take credit with the Emperor.
35. Saw Gerrera
Leader of an independent faction of the Rebels that also fought against the Galactic Empire. Saw was a personal friend of the Ersos, so after Lyra’s death and Galen’s kidnapping, he raised little Jyn until she was old enough to run on her own. Fate would bring them together again for a transcendental task.
Episode IV: A New Hope (George Lucas, 1977)
The first movie released in theaters and that has elevated Star Wars to the category of mass phenomenon.
Anthropomorphic looking protocol droid, made with a beautiful golden cover. Throughout this saga, C-3PO will repeatedly remind us of his mastery of more than 6 million forms of communication .
Small astromech droid that 3PO affectionately calls “my little complement” or “bighead”, in charge of guarding the stolen plans of the Death Star . Until the premiere of Solo (2018) R2-D2 was the only one of all the Star Wars characters who had not missed a title.
Inseparable companion of Han Solo. He is a ‘Wookie’ with great skill with the crossbow who co-pilots the ‘Millennium Falcon’, the fastest ship in the Galaxy.
39. Grand Moff Tarkin
Imperial Governor in command of the Death Star, eager to find the Rebel Alliance base to crush it for good .
Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
Considered by many to be the best installment, this intermediate chapter is where we will hear one of the most mythical phrases in contemporary cinema.
40. Lando Calrissian
Small time bookie, Han’s friend and former owner of his prized ship. After a life moving through the underworld as a smuggler, Lando became a successful businessman, becoming the leader of Cloud City , in the mining colony of Bespin. He will play a major role in the remainder of the trilogy.
41. Boba Fett
Bounty hunter in the pay of the Empire with the mission of finding the Millennium Falcon and its crew, to deliver it to Darth Vader. In exchange, Fett will bring Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt, the gangster who has put a price on his head .
Former Jedi Master of Obi-Wan exiled on Dagobah , a swampy planet to which Luke moved to complete his training, which by the way, never ended. He is the oldest Jedi in history, as well as one of the wisest, known for the particular way of speaking about him.
Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (Richard Marquand, 1983)
The long-awaited end of the Galactic Civil War resulted in an irregular movie in some sections but emotional in the conclusion of the Skywalker plot.
Gangster without scruples to whom Han Solo owes a significant sum of money after getting rid of his merchandise to flee from the imperial destroyers. He runs a huge palace on Tatooine with the worst scum from every corner of the Outer Rim .
Absolute Leader of the Empire. He will make an appearance to supervise the construction of his second space station and deliver the coup de grace to the Rebels.
45. Mon Mothma
Politics in favor of the Rebel Alliance in the Senate. She will be the strategist at the forefront of the offensive against the Emperor, and we will see her again in Rogue One (2016) alongside the new Star Wars characters , in a small nod to viewers.
46. Wedge Antilles Rogue
pilot whom we already met in Episode IV. This time, he will lead the Red Squadron in the attack on the second Death Star .
Ewok from the planet Endor who rescues Leia from the imperial soldiers and who would end up fighting alongside his congeners in the battle to destroy the space station’s protective armor.
Episode VII: the awakening of the force (JJ Abrams, 2015)
10 years had (we had) to wait for the premiere of new episodes of Star Wars, which would hit theaters around Christmas, a tradition that the solo movie of Han Solo would break.
Friendly rolling droid, companion of the pilot Poe Dameron. BB-8 will have a prominent role in Abrams’ movie as the custodian of the map that leads to Luke Skywalker , who remains missing.
49. Captain Phasma
Captain of the armed forces of the First Order. Tall, Phasma hides under custom soldier armor, chrome instead of white, and with a long cape. As much as we love sequels, we’re sorry to say that she’s one of the most underutilized Star Wars characters of this new generation , something we hope they’ll fix in the latest title.
50. Armitage Hux
General in command of the First Order, he is also responsible for the powerful Starkiller base, a planet converted into a deadly weapon capable of destroying several planets with a single shot. Despite his important military rank, General Hux will have several disagreements with Kylo Ren , who despite not being part of the military faction, has the authority to enforce the will of Supreme Leader Snoke.
51. Supreme Leader Snoke The
Internet was full of speculation about who this humanoid with a mutilated face could be, powerful of the Dark Side although not for that reason a Sith, with whom he shares his goal of destroying what remains of the Jedi Order. Many of us saw him as the main antagonist of this new triad, but it seems that little more remains to be said about him.
52. Maz Kanata
Native of the planet Takodana, sensitive to the Force and owner of an old Fortress where all kinds of fugitives from justice meet. Somehow, Maz Kanata got hold of Luke’s old lightsaber and gave it to the scavenger Rey .
During the publicity campaign prior to the film’s arrival, both Snoke and Maz were announced as new Star Wars characters to be created using the revolutionary motion capture technique.
Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson, 2017)
The movie of discord, the episode that has outraged a large part of the fandom and that for the detractors has only contributed to the fact that the much criticized Episodes I, II and III are now considered “cinematic jewels”. Discussions aside, the middle of this trilogy enjoys an impeccable technical invoice .
53. Admiral Holdo Taking over
from Leia as head of the depleted Resistance fleet. The controversial Amilyn Holdo will have to deal with Poe Dameron, who disapproves of the escape strategy that she has adopted and prefers to stand up to the First Order . However, Holdo’s tactic is not just that…
54. Rose Tico
Maintenance worker, sister of a Resistance bomber pilot. Together with Finn, she will embark on a mission that allows her group to escape the enemy’s tracking radar .
Without being excessive, it seems that after Jar Jar Binks, Rose occupies a dishonorable position among the least loved Star Wars characters , in the absence of a twist to her personality that allows her to reconcile with the most disenchanted.
Master Hacker whom Finn and Rose meet in one of the Canto Bight casino cells. This thief, loyal only to himself, will be the one to help them infiltrate the First Order’s main ship.and carry out the dismantling of the locator radar, which may give the Resistance a chance to escape the harassment that is destroying their ships.
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