I haven’t done this in a while because I actually haven’t cared to. I want to make a top ten Marvel heroes list but there are so many shows and movies these days it’s constantly changing (I’ll probably still write one next anyway.)
Star Wars on the other hand is a lot easier to decipher when it comes to ranking my favorite characters because there aren’t as many that I truly love. I think the last time I shared a ranking it was before The Rise of Skywalker and The Mandalorian had come out so…this should be interesting. Enjoy!
There was a time when Rey was my favorite Star Wars character hands down but thanks to Abrams and Johnson’s clashing visions of the character she was dumbed down into a chosen-one type of hero with no clear inclinations as to why.
I liked Rey as a nobody, then she became a somebody, and now she’s a Skywalker. It’s draining. Plus, I love Daisy Ridley but it seemed like she was trying just a bit too hard to convey all of this emotion in Rey for the finale and ultimately just came across as a kind of annoying emotional wreck.
The only reason why I still have Rey in my top ten is because if they announced a Rey Disney+ series right now I would lose my mind so I definitely still harbor some love for the character.
9. Kylo Ren (Pre-The Rise of Skywalker)
And who surpassed Rey as my favorite character for quite a long while? Kylo Ren. It was The Last Jedi that did it as Rian Johnson fleshed out his character by making him a victim of Luke’s failure rather than just a crazed baddie. I loved the character development and was super into Kylo Ren’s story and his potential to return to being Ben Solo.
Then The Rise of Skywalker happened and suddenly he was no longer cool, he was no longer interesting, and he literally got no lines to speak as Ben Solo except for, “Ow.” What type of mess is that?
I remember leaving the movie theater after having watched The Rise of Skywalker the first time asking myself, “What did they do to my boy, Kylo?” I was furious, and still am in fact.
So, while I did love Kylo Ren a whole heck of a lot before The Rise of Skywalker it’s his story in the finale that ruined his character for me. It is only because of his role pre-The Rise of Skywalker that he’s on this list.
8. Darth Vader
Vader’s pretty cool, obviously, but there are characters nowadays that I find far more interesting than the original Star Wars bad guy.
Chopper is undoubtedly my favorite droid. He’s so rude and hilarious but when the Ghost Crew needs him he’s always there. I’m going to have to get myself a Chopper figurine eventually.
6. Obi-Wan Kenobi
I love Obi-Wan. He was always my favorite character in the prequels, I love his role as a mentor in the original trilogy, and now that he’s getting his own series, I am beyond elated.
5. Baby Grogu
Who doesn’t love this little cutey-patootey who waltzed into our lives and made us forget about Yoda? Grogu is the cutest thing that has ever been created in Star Wars and I don’t think The Mandalorian would be what it is without this little cutey to gush over every week.
4. Kanan Jarrus
Kanan Jarrus has such a compelling story. He goes from Jedi Padawan to classic scoundrel. He evolves from a scoundrel who’s scared to use the Force to becoming a rebel Jedi fighting against the Empire. And then, upon meeting Ezra, he grows from being simply a Jedi Knight to eventually becoming a Jedi Master.
Kanan is one of the most interesting Star Wars characters there is and I’m so glad he exists in this universe.
3. Ahsoka Tano
Ahsoka is as about as fleshed out a character as you can write in a franchise. She’s been around for literally thirteen years with so much content written to make her one of the most fascinating characters in any story that I’ve seen…and her story isn’t even over yet!
To think that we’re getting that Ahsoka series is so fantastic!
2. Mando/Din Djarin
Ah, The Mandalorian, the coolest masked hero since…actually I don’t know who. Din Djarin grasped my attention from the moment I first heard his voice and ever since, he has undoubtedly been of my favorite characters ever in any medium.
Ezra is one of those characters that can rub people the wrong way but Bridger’s story touched me so deeply. He went from being this rascally orphan picked off of the street to becoming a full fledged Jedi who was willing to sacrifice himself for his planet and people.
It’s very possible that we’ll see Ezra Bridger in the Ahsoka series and when he does show up I. Am. Going. To. LOSE IT!
So there are my ten favorite Star Wars characters.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day. May the Force be with you.
4 thoughts on “My Ten Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Characters: Updated”
Darth Vader is never not going to be my favorite character in any franchise. I grew up with the original Star Wars, and nothing else is ever going to quite get there.
I’ve come to appreciate Rey and Kylo more, and as you’ve read my recent post on them, I think the two actors did their best with the constantly shifting ground underneath them. Kylo will never top the original, even if there’s a hilarious meta game going on with even his character’s personality obsessing about that.
I’d say Ahsoka, Mando, and Baby Yoda are near the top for me. I haven’t watched all of Clone Wars, but she’s probably still my favorite character in it. And of course the odd couple from Mandalorian are awesome in their own right.
Obi-Wan is an interesting character, but I never quite got to the meme territory with him like some did. That said, if I were going to ten I’d probably have to put him there.
Han Solo would probably be there. The actual Yoda would be there. Maul is sort of there. Dooku is absolutely not there. Christopher Lee does a game effort at it, but he’s clearly a placeholder between Maul and Vader. Plus I just hate the name “Dooku.” It didn’t help that there was an Invader Zim episode that used “dookie” as a byword for, shall we say, untreated sewage, and I can’t unhear it when I hear “Dooku” now. But that’s always been the worst name for a major character in Star Wars, IMO. Although I’m still struggling with “Grogu” too, to be honest. (Heck, I even just called him Baby Yoda up above, I’m realizing.)
I have no real use for the main crew of characters from Rebels, to be honest. I imagine you probably kind of grew up with them yourself, so I suppose I have to take that into account, but to a grumpy old Star Wars fan like me, none of them is on my list. I’ve literally only had a slight interest in watching the episodes other than what Vader shows up in, and then the Obi-Wan v Maul final duel. Ezra and the rest just don’t do it for me. They’re completely overshadowed by Vader, Ahsoka, Obi-Wan, and Maul. I have so little interest in Ezra that I kind of wish the long anticipated duel between Ahsoka and Vader hadn’t had him in the middle of it, because I think that the fact that they were secondary characters in Ezra’s story forced Filoni into a box where it didn’t get the full treatment it deserved, and a lot of it even happens off screen because of it. I’d have been totally okay with it if they’d had Vader just kill him as too insignificant to live there, just to increase the gravity of Ahsoka’s reaction when she realizes it’s Anakin under the mask.
I’m actually hoping that they reenact the Vader-Ahsoka duel in her show, and I’d be totally okay with it if they retconned Ezra out of the middle. The whole temple setting was even kind of silly. It’s just a place that got used as an excuse to get those two together. If they’re putting in Ezra as a secondary character in Ahsoka’s series, I’m okay with them playing it straight as a reenactment, but refocus the scene on Ahsoka and Vader. There’s no way that fight ever should have left the screen the first time. It’s the most important duel in the animated content, where Ahsoka finally begins to realize what has happened to her old master. It absolutely has to get revisited when she gets her own show.
If I ever get a completionist urge to watch Rebels, maybe I’ll do it, but it’s behind Doctor Who, Clone Wars, Expanse, almost anything Marvel or Star Wars that gets put on Disney+, and maybe His Dark Materials and Good Omens on my priority interest list, and it’s possible I’ll find a few other things before I get there. If Ezra shows up in Ahsoka’s show maybe I’ll come around just so I know what happened, but Thrawn doesn’t really interest me as a villain either and I probably wouldn’t watch more than the minimum. It’s possible an Ahsoka show could sell it to me…. but I’d primarily be there to watch Ahsoka (and hopefully a bit of Vader in flashback or even a second meeting with Ahsoka) and not him. Even Q’ira from Solo interests me a little more than them.
Jyn Erso would probably make my top ten list. The crew from Rogue One was just more interesting than Rebels to me.
See, now you’ve got me thinking about it all.
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Well, you should definitely write a top ten characters post on your blog. In terms of His Dark Materials, it’s a pretty good show. I watched both seasons and found myself often very surprised by the darker themes of the series. I’m eagerly awaiting the third season which is set to come out next year…I think.
All in all, yeah, I’m just a different generation of SW fan. The first movies I saw were the prequels and I happen to really get invested in the cartoons and the characters within them (well, except for Star Wars: Resistance.) But that’s the great thing about this franchise.
It appeals to so many people throughout different generations. It’s one of the only franchises that does that.
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Star Wars Resistance? They made that? I don’t think that show actually exists. I keep hearing rumors, and maybe I saw an icon in there somewhere on Disney+, but I think they just included it there as a joke. 😜
More seriously… the way you regard Resistance is about how I regard Rebels as an older fan. Clone Wars was easier because it more directly tied into the main story of the prequels and actually helped them a bit. (Although it makes Anakin’s line in ROTS that his powers have doubled since the last time they met a little awkward. What, since last week on the cartoon show? The line doesn’t age well once they break the continuity that Anakin and Dooku have only met twice.) Ahsoka was a bit annoying when she first showed up, and then eventually came into her own.
Rebels is more removed. And frankly, even though Mandalorian is the same way, Mando is just better. Mando and Grogu are good characters in their own right. In a way, I find even Cade in Fallen Order more interesting, just based on the video clips of the boss scene with Vader. “You would be wise to surrender.” “…yeah… probably.” He gets two whole words in with Vader, and I already find him more interesting than Ezra.
I don’t know. I’m probably being too harsh and need to go watch it to make a fair call. That said, I’m probably going to play Fallen Order first.
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Fallen Order is very fun but here’s an idea. Watch the story campaign for Battlefront II on Youtube via TheRadBrad. It honestly is the best movie since Rogue One. In fact, here’s the link.
Give it a look. You won’t be disappointed.
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