10. Kylo Ren “Let the Past Die. Kill It If You Have To. It’s the Only Way to Become What You Were Meant to Be.” 

The Vader of the sequel trilogy. His glorification of his grandfather showed just how desperate he was to become a powerful sith lord. Adam Driver’s portrayal of Ren in episodes seven to nine far outshines those of his peers.  

9. Ahsoka Tano “You don’t have to look tough to be tough.” 

Throughout the Clone Wars animated series, we see her character develop from a whiney padawan to a competent Jedi. She fought against notable sith, from Darth Maul and General Grievous to even Vader himself. She was an early supporter of the Rebel Alliance.  

8. Boba Fett 

“He’s no good to me dead.” 

As the clone son of legendary bounty hunter Jango Fett, the trade is engrained in his genetics. His reputation exceeds those of his peers because of his capture of the esteemed smuggler and rebellion general Han Solo. 

7. Han Solo 

“It’s the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs!” 

The anti-hero of the Star Wars movies. In his character arc, we see him progress from a brash, cocky smuggler to a valuable general for the Rebel Alliance. His unmatched pilot skills have saved his friends on many occasions; From saving Luke from Vader in Episode IV, to flying out of a giant space worm.  

6. Darth Revan 

“This is the way of the Dark Side, Malak – all things end in death.” 

Revan was a powerful Jedi Knight who betrayed the command of the Jedi order and fought against the Mandalorian threat. He was captured and turned to the dark side, finding the ancient “Star Forge” which allowed him to fabricate whole battle cruisers and an army. He was later assumed to have died after an attack from the Republic. This was not the case however as he was converted back to the light side of the force, ultimately defeating his former sith apprentice and ending the old Republic’s war against the sith. 

5. Starkiller/Galen Marek 

“If I let him live, he’ll haunt me forever.” 

As a boy, he saw his father brutally cut down by Darth Vader. Vader saw Marek’s potential and took him as his secret apprentice. Marek was re-christened Starkiller by lord Vader, going on a galaxy wide manhunt for leftover Jedi, his most notorious kill being jedi master Shaak-Ti on Felucia. He was later convinced to become a jedi after being betrayed by Vader.  

4. Obi Wan 

“I have the high ground.” 

Obi Wan’s witty charm and superior light saber skills places him at number six in our ranking. Whether it be the prequel movies or the originals, Obi Wan’s reputation precedes him. He trained two generations of Skywalkers in the ways of the force, and more or less ending the clone wars with his victory over General Grievous. 

3. Darth Maul  

“There is only one way to get the attention of the Jedi. Slaughter of the innocent. Mercilessly and without compromise.”  

Our first introduction to Maul’s abilities was his two on one battle against Qui-Gon Jin and Obi Wan. It was during this fight we saw him cut down experienced master Qui-Gon almost seamlessly. Unfortunately, it was his hubris, his overconfidence, that led him to being sliced in half and left for dead. After his humiliating defeat, he recovered on Lotho Minor, until he was found by his brother. Hungry for revenge, he quickly rose back to power through his conquest of Mandalore and took the legendary Mandalorian “Dark Saber” as his prize. 

2. Luke Skywalker 

“But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!” 

Seeing Luke at the start of the films, we see him develop from a whiney farm boy on uncle Owen’s farm, and like most other characters arcs we see him progress into the quintessential hero. When he later finds out that Vader is his father, he attempts to convert him back to the light side… And in true hero fashion, he succeeds. 

Honorable Mentions 

  • “Darth” Jar Jar “Gungans no dyin’ withouta fight. Wesa warriors. Wesa got a grand army.” 
  • Abeloth “Nothing can hold her… Fool to think I could use her… What is she?” 
  • Mace Windu “The senate will decide your fate” 
  • Darth Sidious “Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design.” 

1. Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker “No, I am your father” 

Similar to Luke’s origin, we see Vader start of small and develop into a powerful jedi knight. Similar Luke, he brought up padawans and developed relationships with them, with one of Star Wars most entertaining pairings being his padawan Ahsoka. In episode III, we see his fall from grace when darth Sidious bends his perception. From this we feel real empathy for his character, and understand that he’s not just pure evil villain, but the most tragic personality in all of Star Wars lore.

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