Trying to determine the best Star Wars characters is no small feat. For one, it’s not exactly an objective science. Everyone’s going to have varying opinions on their favorite Star Wars characters. It’s also fraught with possible anger, and we all know where that leads. Some of the best Star Wars characters have defining attributes, dialogue, and stick around in our minds long after the credits have rolled. They don’t necessarily need tons of screentime either. They could just be iconic, memorable, and honestly, downright awesome looking. Ready to go to a galaxy far, far away? Here are 25 Best Star Wars Characters.
Within the frame of the films, we know little about Mon Mothma other than she resisted Emperor Palpatine at the end of the Republic. In Rogue One, she recruited Jyn Erso to find her father, Galen Erso, in hopes of getting the plans for the Death Star. She also told us that “many Bothuns died to bring us this information” in Return of the Jedi, and arguably, that’s what we’ll always remember her for.
While many didn’t like the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi, Wicket has to be the exception. This cuddly little alien bear befriended Princess Leia and helped aid the Alliance in The Battle of Endor against the Empire. Just admit it, he’s adorable.
A veteran warrior, Admiral Ackbar fought in the Clone Wars and later helped lead the Alliance to victory at the Battle of Endor to destroy the second Death Star. But, above all, he said those three beautiful words that’ll forever be cemented in history, “It’s a trap!”
This Jedi Master’s stalwart confidence and maverick sensibilities distinguished him among his monotone Jedi peers. He also liberated Anakin Skywalker from slavery, and while that unleashed a whole lot of suffering for the galaxy, Jinn saw potential in the boy and had noble aspirations for his future before the Jedi Council shot him down. One wonders what might have happened if he’d got the chance to train him instead of Obi-Wan.
Other than being a scavenger abandoned by her parents at a young age, we know little about Rey, including her last name. She also is a bit of a Mary Sue protagonist with no character arc in sight. Still, it’s easy to empathize with Rey’s innocence, courage, and her endless search for a connection with a parental figure.
A hot-headed, cocky, and arrogant pilot with a tendency to go rogue, Poe Dameron helped lead the fight against Starkiller base and led a small mutiny against Admiral Holdo in The Last Jedi. Eventually, he learned that to be a leader sometimes you have to put aside self-serving heroics and rather be self-sacrificial for the benefit of others.
Trained to be a stormtrooper since an early age, FN-2817 was nicknamed Finn by Poe Dameron after Finn rescued him from the First Order. His character has a decent arc. He went from being a stormtrooper to renouncing it, trying to flee, but eventually helping the Resistance to save his friend Rey. He’s a likable, child-like character that will do anything for his friends.
First appearing in Rogue One, this Rebel intelligence officer does whatever necessary to serve the cause, including gunning down informants and potentially assassinating Galen Erso. He’s been through plenty of tough trials in his life and has become hardened because of it. However, his relationship with Jyn Erso helps him realize rather than following orders all the time, he needs to follow his heart, listen to hope, and do the right thing.
Unlike many of the typical evil and elite Star Wars officers, Director Orson Krennic is more of a blue-collar type, working his way up and doing everything he can to earn respect. His friendship with Galen and Lyra Erso helped humanize him and made him slightly more empathetic. Of course, their paths diverged when Galen refused to serve the Empire while Krennic doubled-down on his devotion.
Hear us out on this one. While DJ, played by Benicio Del Toro, didn’t get much screen time, we learned plenty about his beliefs from his words and actions. He’s a talented thief and hacker, but he also doesn’t believe in taking sides, knowing they both feed the war machine. Much like Han Solo, he serves himself first rather than a cause, but he also has a heart, giving Rose her pendant back. He’s a complicated character that deserves a little more attention.
This feared bounty hunter is a man of few words but that doesn’t stop us from loving him. While we know little about him, part of his allure is secrecy and mystery. To some degree, removing that would only be to everyone’s detriment. As a side note, he also has some pretty awesome armor.
Much like Boba Fett, we know little about Darth Maul, but his dark and ominous presence makes him an intriguing figure. In many ways, he was the Boogey-Man archetype in The Phantom Menace. Plus, you can’t really beat the double light-saber reveal and the Duel of the Fates lightsaber battle at the end of that movie. Fighting two Jedi at once is no small feat.
Programmed and built for etiquette and protocol by Anakin Skywalker, C-3PO became the constant companion of R2-D2, Luke Skywalker, and the Rebellion. His neurotic and cowardly personality made him the perfect comic relief character.
There’s something ingenious about an astromech that looks like a soccer ball with a tiny head. This speedy little guy is the companion of Poe Dameron and later, Rey, helping the Resistance against the First Order. Humorous, brave, and loyal, BB-8 is a great droid we all wish we could have at our side.
Known to pull arms out of sockets when he loses, Chewbacca is the loyal and lovable companion of Han Solo, serving as a co-pilot on the Millenium Falcon. He fought with the Republic on Kashyyyk before being enslaved by the Empire. Once freed, he became a smuggler and eventually a rebel against the Empire. While he’s got a short temper and occasionally shows signs of cowardice and being “a big baby,” Chewy is a loyal friend to those closest to him.
Smooth, confident, and charming, Lando Calrissian was a known smuggler, gambler, and captain of the Millenium Falcon before becoming a respectable administrator of Cloud City. After one too many alterations to the deal he made with the Empire, Calrissian turned to the Rebellion, becoming a famed war hero and leading a fleet at the Battle of Endor.
The Legendary Jedi Master who trained and failed Anakin Skywalker, Obi-wan “Ben” Kenobi eventually retired on the planet of Tattooine to keep watch over Luke Skywalker. Of course, he later trained Luke before facing Darth Vader one last time. Even in death, Obi-Wan helps guide Luke to become a Jedi Knight.
With a strong will and sharp beep, this astromech droid plays by its own rules to get the job done. Skilled in starship mechanics and being a fighter pilot’s assistance, it proves itself time and again to be a loyal and trusted counterpart to C-3PO and the Alliance.
Also known as Darth Sidious, Emperor Palpatine single-handedly orchestrated the demise of the Republic, dismantling the Senate and being sole emperor of the galaxy. His scheming and evil knows no limits and only craves more power.
As a wise, old Jedi Master, Yoda trained generations of Jedi for over 800 years before eventually becoming exiled to the Dagobah system. His kind, quirky, and silly demeanor can quickly become stern and contemplative, and of course, his knowledge of the force is almost unmatched.
Strong, confident, wise, and occasionally having a sharp tongue, Princess Leia Organa was a great and fearless leader of the Rebellion and the Resistance. Falling in love with the scoundrel Han Solo, together they had a son, Ben Solo. As a character, Leia grew from a snarky young warrior to a wise matriarch of the entire Resistance.
From a farmboy on Tatooine to one of the greatest Jedi Masters the galaxy has known, Luke Skywalker is definitely one of the best characters of Star Wars. He grew up from a naive boy seeking adventure to a mature Jedi Knight, forced to face his evil father, Darth Vader. His arc to a cynical old hermit wanting to flee the conflict between good and evil was unexpected but understandable, making his character even more complex than before.
Few Star Wars villains are as complex as Kylo Ren, also known as Ben Solo, making him one of the best characters in the entire film saga. As the son of Han Solo and Leia Organa, and Grandson to Anakin Skywalker, he sits in the shadow of greatness and wishes to be better than Darth Vader, finishing what he started. But he’s torn, constantly pulled to the light, wanting to start new and let old things die. Only time will tell where Ren’s arc will lead, but we’re assuming it’ll be a good one.
Growing up on the mean streets of Corellia, this notorious scoundrel became a pilot for the Empire before being kicked out for having a mind of his own. A notorious smuggler with a big heart, Solo went on to help the Rebellion against the Empire. He’s cool, confident, and for a time only believed fate was in his hands until he met a young farm boy that turned all that around. And of course, he always shoots first.
With a menacing voice, an awesome black suit, and fierce determination for control, Vader is iconic in the Star Wars mythos. Yes, he’s an evil Sith Lord that murdered countless numbers of people, but as a character, he also has one of the most tragic and best arcs in Star Wars. A slave boy terrified of death and ripped from his mother at a young age, he became the most powerful Jedi in all the galaxy before turning to the Dark Side in hopes he could control death. But, it was not to be. Eventually, after seeing his son in peril, Vader made the right choice by killing Emperor Palpatine and turning back over to the Light Side.