Star Wars Original Trilogy is a trilogy that I love, and even though my favorite trilogy is The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, I would fight anyone who says Star Wars sucks. Star Wars movies are some of the most influential in the history of cinema, with George Lucas visionary and innovative technicques raising and inspiring a generation of filmmakers to come. In this article, I will be covering my ten best characters from the Original Trilogy. There will be spoilers, so if you do not wish to see too much, watch the movies before reading. Enjoy!
10. C3PO (Anthony Daniels)
C3PO is a protocol humanoid droid, who is trained to assist in etiquette, customs and translation, as he understands over six milion forms of communication. He moves slowly, and is not suitable for combat. In the war times, this does make him seem useless, however there are times when he provided usefulness. He makes a great pair with fellow droid R2D2, as he constantly complains about R2D2, but when R2D2 isn't around, he misses him. C3PO does provide a good comic relief, so he narrowly earned a spot on my list.
Memorable Quote: We're doomed! (Star Wars)
Okay, it is not a character, it is multiple characters. However, considering that they are always presented as a unit, how there is not any individualism or personality given to any of them and how mannerisms are similar between all of them, I had to give them a spot on this list. Stormtroopers are awesome! They are also one of the most iconic things about Star Wars in general. They are mocked for being inaccurate, however I felt that in Star Wars they were inaccurate on purpose and in The Empire Strikes Back they defeated the Rebels on planet Hoth. Only in Return of the Jedi they are inefficient, which was one of the flaws of the movie for me. Still, Stormtroopers are one of the coolest things about Star Wars and they are a good combination of threatening and funny. Stormtroopers rock!
8. The Emperor (Ian McDiarmid)
The Emperor is the person who, through first two movies of the trilogy, is a mysterious figure operating from the shadows and ruling the Galactic Empire. He finally appears in Return of the Jedi, where he is shown as a person whose physical appearance is deformed from many years of using the Dark Side. Also, he is Vader's Sith Master, and he planned to replace Vader with his younger, stronger and more controllable(or so he thought) son Luke. However, Luke refused to kill his father because he knew his father was once seduced like that as well. When Emperor started striking Luke down with his Force lightning, Vader kills him. The Emperor is a truly evil character, devoid of any empathy or love, determined to rule the galaxy with fear. He is also a very powerful Force user, which explains why he could keep someone like Vader "on a leash". You want to see him defeated so badly, that he earned a spot on my list.
Memorable Quote: The hate is swelling in you now. Take your Jedi weapon. Use it. I am unarmed. Strike me down with it. Give in to your anger. With each passing moment you make yourself more my servant. (Return of the Jedi)
7. Obi Wan "Ben" Kenobi (Sir Alec Guinness)
Obi Wan Kenobi is a Jedi who lives on Tatooine in hiding from the forces of the Empire. He is a skilled and a wise Jedi who shows Luke his first steps as a Jedi. He also carries a weight on his shoulders, it being that Darth Vader was once his pupil who turned to the Dark Side. He helps shutting the tractor beam in the Death Star down, however he dies in a duel with Darth Vader on purpose. He then emerges as a Force Ghost, helping Luke in his time of need with advice. Obi Wan also has a close relationship with Yoda and he gives Luke the lightsaber which Luke's father (later revealed to be Vader) used to use.
Memorable Quote: You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine. (Star Wars)
6. R2 - D2 (Kenny Baker)
R2 - D2 is an adorable droid who only speaks in "bleeps", and yet you do get the feeling what it is saying. It is amusing how everybody knows what it said whenever he bleeps something out. R2 - D2 proves his worth on a number of occasions, once saving Luke, Leia, Chewbacca and Han from crushing to death in a trash chute. R2 - D2 fits some of the best things about Star Wars in general. Although he may not seem like much of a character, I love him and for me he is well worth the sixth place on this list.
Memorable Quote: *bleep* *bleep* (Every movie)
5. Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher)
Okay, time to bring out the big guns! What do you think of when you hear the word princess? You probably think of some fairy tale type princess waiting on the balcony for her prince to save her or something like that. Well, Leia is an atypical princess. She isn't afraid to take the blaster and blast anybody away, neither is she afraid to make sarcastic remarks or having a big mouth.Princess Leia is a leader of the Rebels in the war against Galactic Empire. She is revealed to actually be Luke's sister and Vader's daughter, which means she has potential in the Force as well, even though she doesn't explore it in the movies. She also forms one of the best couples in cinema history with Han Solo, actually they are probably my favorite couple in cinema history, because of their chemistry and their interactions(and insults!). She also sports the iconic hair fashion and she was in the slave outfit in Return of the Jedi which was the source of, ahem, many boys fantasies.
Memorable Quote: Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper? (Star Wars)
4. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)
Luke Skywalker is the main character in the Star Wars Original Trilogy. He is the one who goes through most development throughout the three movies, both in his Jedi powers and as a person. Depicted at first in Star Wars as a whiny boy who lives with his uncle and aunt and who has no parents, he develops into this badass in Return of the Jedi who can take on anybody. In Empire Strikes Back,he gets trained by Yoda and he discovers that Darth Vader is actually his father, which was a great emotional turmoil for him. Still, he is determined to find that spark of good left in his father, and refuses to kill him when the Emperor urges him to. Eventually his determination was rewarded, as Vader killed the Emperor and redeemed himself, eventually dying in peace. Luke Skywalker also destroyed a Death Star, held his own against Darth Vader twice, endured the Emperor's Force lightning and yet he always had that sense of good and evil in him which helped him make it to the end like a true Jedi.
Memorable Quote: Never. I'll never turn to the Dark Side. You've failed, your highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me. (Return of the Jedi)
3. Han Solo (Harrison Ford)
Han Solo is one cocky bastard, I can tell you that, but he is also a really loveable bastard with some guts. He has the charisma, the wittiness and the skill with the blaster like no one else does. As I have already mentined, he and Leia are one of the greatest couples in movie history. Han Solo is a scoundrel and a smuggler who knows how to survive and is constantly on the wrong side of the law, which is what makes him meet with Luke and Obi Wan in the first place. He seems like he is only about the money, but he actually has a well hidden heart of gold, and he helped the Rebels a great deal in the war. He is the pilot of another iconic thing, the Millenium Falcon ship, which he tuned to be one of the fastest ships around and he is a great pilot. Han Solo is one of the greatest Star Wars characters, period.
Memorable Quote: Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid. (Star Wars)
2. Yoda (Frank Oz)
Yoda is a masterful work of pupeteering, and I much prefer the Original Trilogy Yoda to the Prequel Trilogy CGI Yoda. Yoda is an old, old Jedi Master who is 900 years old, so he is endless in his wisdom and knowledge. He trains Luke at a critical point in the story and tells him about the dangers about the Dark Side. Through his speaking we learn very much about the differences in emotions between the Light and the Dark. I have actually thought hard whether Han Solo was better character than Yoda or not, but what won Yoda over for me was his influence. If you would ever list the 5 most iconic things about Star Wars series, Yoda and his teachings would be among them. He is depicted at first as some silly and childish creature in the swamp of Dagobah, but he soon presents himself to Luke for what he is. Thanks to his teachings, Luke survives the first encounter with Darth Vader and eventually manages to bring his father into the Light Side again. Yoda goes to eternal sleep in Return of the Jedi, later showing up as the Force Ghost, looking satisfied with Luke. Yoda rules.
Memorable Quote: Do or do not, there is no try. (The Empire Strikes Back)
- Lando Calrissian
- Grand Moff Tarkin
1. Darth Vader (David Prowse - appearance, James Earl Jones - voice)
Darth Vader. One of the best, if not the best, villains in the cinema history and one of the most recognizable figures in cinema history. In my mind, he is the greatest Star Wars series character of all time. When one of the admirals tells Vader that he should preach his ancient religion nonsense elsewhere and Vader uses his Force choke for the first time, you knew he is something else. Darth Vader was more of a sidekick in Star Wars, but The Empire Strikes Back gave him a pivotal role and elevated him as a merciless villain, until the greatest plot twist of all time came along, that he is Luke's father, and from then on out, in Return of the Jedi, he is given a human side and then while Emperor was torturing Luke, he makes up his mind and kills the Emperor, later dying himself as well, unmasked. So, he had the guts, he was a constant threat, he had a frightening and menacing presence. In The Empire Strikes Back, whenever he shows up, you knew the Rebels were in trouble. He had an inner conflict, because the Emperor was actually the person who held him on a leash, the Emperor was the only person he had to kneel to.Darth Vader was truly a tortured soul and he had more machine than human parts. Vader is also a pretty strong Force User, having the abilities of Force push/pull, Force choke, sensing things and he was really skilled with the lightsaber. I loved how even though he killed so much of the good guys, it was still shown that no man is beyond redemption and when he killed the Emperor, he redeemed himself. All of those things are what makes him my favorite Star Wars character. I noticed since Star Wars VII came out, a lot of people dismiss him and say that Kylo Ren is better than him. Just no. Darth Vader is the original Sith that the audience feared, when he showed up, it was like Death itself showed up to chase the side of good. Darth Vader is a character who is, after all, human. And that is what makes him endearing.I am looking forward to seeing him in Rogue One.
Memorable Quote: I am your father. (The Empire Strikes Back)
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