The #StarWars saga is full of spectacular characters that lead these films in a fantastic way. Protagonists Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia along with some menacing villains such as the ruthless Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, and Boba Fett make the films shine. The prequel trilogy expanded on the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker across three blockbuster hits while also broadening other characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Palpatine. Even The Force Awakens managed to introduce new characters that were instantly iconic: Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and Kylo Ren.
While we anxiously wait for the weekend to come so we can experience Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to add on even more great characters to the never-ending list, we can shine a light on some supporting characters as some of them are equally amazing to the main characters.
There are hundreds of supporting characters a part of Star Wars lore and because of that, it may be a little difficult to narrow down the best secondary character of them all. However, I think I may have picked the very best of them all!
Lando Calrissian Is Star Wars' Best Supporting Character
I hope this isn't too much of a shocker, as Lando Calrissian is such a classy and lovable character. Star Wars fans were first introduced to this smuggler in arguably the best Star Wars movie to date: The Empire Strikes Back. He appears to be a friend to our protagonists at first but in the end, it turns out that Lando was working alongside Darth Vader to trick the Rebels into luring Luke Skywalker into his grasp.
Originally, Vader promised to leave Cloud City without an Imperial presence but as time went on, Calrissian became so fed up with Darth Vader altering the deal that he decided to break free of his leash as he ordered an evacuation of the city and helped the Rebels try and save Han Solo from bounty hunter Boba Fett. T
his was a great character arc to see play out on screen, which was similar to Solo's character change in A New Hope where Lando goes from being a smuggler who only cares about himself and money to realizing his selfish doings and rising up against Darth Vader and the Empire. That alone made Lando a very strong character, but alas, it was not the last we heard from him.
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After the events of The Empire Strikes Back, Lando tagged along with the Rebellion with the goal of saving his friend Han Solo in a very dangerous mission of breaking into Jabba the Hutt's palace on Tatooine. After they saved Han, Lando went even further and helped the Rebels destroy the second Death Star and the entire Empire once and for all. Also, he had a small appearance in the early drafts for Star Wars: The Force Awakens with Billy Dee Williams set to return, but obviously, it didn't end up happening.
The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi were not the only two times where Lando appeared in canon material. First of all, he made an appearance in a few episodes of Star Wars: Rebels. In one episode, he ended up winning the Rebel crew's droid, Chopper, in a gambling game. It was great to see Lando appear as a supporting character in another way but it is not my favorite appearance. In fact, I fell in love with his character even more last year with the Lando 5-issue comic series. For once, Lando wasn't a supporting character anymore with the book it focused on him and his good friend Lobot, a character briefly featured alongside Lando in the original trilogy.
The comic book takes place before he events of Empire and shows the story of how Lando and Lobot owe money due to some swindles and they attempt to steal a luxurious ship to pay their debts. They soon find out that the ship belonged to Emperor Palpatine himself and that it carried some very ancient Sith artifacts. This was easily my favorite limited series Lucasfilm and Marvel released as part of the new canon because it really focused on Lando as a character as it explored his smooth strategics and powerful leadership skills along with the fact that deep down inside, he is a good guy trying to stay afloat who cares about his friends.
What do YOU guys think? Is Lando a worthy secondary character? Who is YOUR personal favorite non-main character? Tell me below!