Best Star Wars Characters

25 Best Star Wars Characters Ranked (2023 Updated)

Aside from spaceships and laser weapons, every character makes Star Wars globally intriguing.

The Star Wars series offers a plethora of characters, from heroic to evil to somewhere in the middle.

With new TV shows like the Andor and Obi-Wan Kenobi, it’s time to familiarize yourself with the top characters from Star Wars movies.

Find out if your favorites made it in our list of the best Star Wars characters.

Top 25 Star Wars Characters (Ranked)

1. Luke Skywalker

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The Star Wars franchise centers on a young boy from Tatooine named Luke Skywalker, the original protagonist from A New Hope [1].

Luke Skywalker is a legendary Jedi Master who fought against the Galactic Empire and married Mara Jade, an assassin who uses force abilities.

He is also the son of Darth Vader as revealed in The Empire Strikes Back.

2. Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Obi-Wan Kenobi is another Jedi Master loved by Star Wars fans for his loyalty and calm demeanor, making him a noble mentor and father figure of Luke [2].

Moreover, Obi-Wan mentored Anakin Skywalker before he turned to the dark side as Darth Vader and displayed his wisdom in battles throughout the Clone Wars.

3. Yoda

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A wise and powerful Jedi Master, Yoda has piqued the hearts of many Star Wars viewers for his force power despite his size.

For 500 years, Yoda served the Jedi Council before it crumbled during the end of the Clone Wars.

He also trained powerful Jedi, including Luke, Obi-Wan, and Count Dooku.

4. Darth Vader

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Star Wars movies won’t be complete without the most iconic villain Sith Lord Darth Vader.

In the prequel trilogy, he is Anakin Skywalker in the past, which is considered the main character of Star Wars movies.

Vader is believed to be one of the most powerful Jedi who will bring balance to the force.

5. Han Solo

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In the original trilogy of Star Wars movies, Han Solo is probably the coolest hero, a former smuggler who helped lead the Rebel Alliance to fight against the Empire.

Despite being a rogue, Han Solo has a heart of gold and is loved by fans for his funny and realistic insights.

No wonder he has his own film, Solo: A Star Wars Story.

6. The Mandalorian

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One of the newest Star Wars figures under the Disney TV series, The Mandalorian or Din Djarin is a prime example of a hardcore yet benevolent bounty hunter.

Mando is a lone warrior exploring beyond the lawless galaxy who serves as Grogu's protector and also appeared in The Book of Boba Fett.

7. R2-D2

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Besides C-3PO, R2-D2 is another fan-favorite character, a clever and reliable astromech droid that served the Naboo Royal Starship of Queen Padmé Amidala.

The iconic duo of C-3PO and R2-D2 from the original trilogy to every Skywalker saga will surely bring sass and comedic relief, serving as the franchise mascots.

8. Chewbacca

Although acting in a secondary role, Chewbacca is undeniably one of the best characters from Star Wars movies.

Also known as Chewie, the legendary Wookie warrior is the most trustworthy friend in a galaxy filled with dictators.

He is also the co-pilot of Han Solo on Millenium Falcon and even witness his final moments.

9. Leia Organa

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Princess Leia Organa is a fearless leader of the Rebel Alliance and like his twin brother Luke, she is also a powerful Jedi Padawan in the Star Wars universe.

She first appeared on Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), known for her gold bikini, and became a General of her Resistance army in The Force Awakens.

10. Darth Maul

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First appeared on The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul is one of the most terrifying, scheming, and fatal Sith Lords known for his crazy facepaint.

Maul was once an apprentice of the wicked Darth Sidious, trained to hate and bring down the Jedi Order.

He also built his empire by commanding the criminal underworld.

11. Grogu (The Child)

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Grogu or known as Baby Yoda, is a popular Star Wars character for his charming and child-like features, the same species as Grand Master Yoda.

The Child endured the Great Jedi Purge and was rescued by The Mandalorian.

His possibility of becoming a Jedi, also makes Grogu a lovable and interesting character.

12. Ahsoka Tano

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Ahsoka Tano first appeared on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a Padawan of Anakin who left the Jedi Order due to its flaws.

Also known as “Snips”, Tano is one of the force-wielders who withstand battles against Darth Vader and Maul and becomes a respected leader as she matured over time.

13. Captain Rex

Formerly known as CT-7567, Captain Rex is Anakin’s close friend introduced in the animated film Clone Wars (2008). He is an efficient captain who looks after his men.

He is a veteran Captain of the clone troopers 501st Legion of the Grand Army of the Republic and second-in-command to Jedi General Anakin.

14. Qui-Gon Jinn

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Qui-Gon Jinn is a clever and well-respected yet free-spirit Jedi Master. He discovered the prophecy that Anakin is the Chosen One who will bring balance to the force.

Despite being given a seat in the Jedi Council, Jinn pursues his own path as a student of the living force.

15. Boba Fett

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First introduced in Star Wars Holiday Special (1978), Boba is a ruthless bounty hunter with a heart of steel who wanders the galaxy for dirty jobs.

Originally named Alpha, Boba wears a customized Mandalorian suit to clone his father, Jango Fett, and also appeared in the Disney TV series The Book of Boba Fett.

16. Lando Calrissian

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Another former smuggler, gambler, and entrepreneur, Lando Calrissian turned from a con man to a noble leader who fought against the Empire.

He first appeared in The Empire Strikes Back, as an intelligent and fearless leader who joined the Rebel Alliance. Lando also helped rescue Han and beat Jabba the Hutt.

17. Padmé Amidala

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One of the most notable characters in the franchise, Padmé Amidala is the ill-fated Queen of Naboo and a Galactic Senate member, promoting democracy and peace.

In Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the clones, Padmé shared a forbidden romance with Anakin, resulting in the birth of Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker.

18. Rey

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Rey Skywalker is the mysterious hero of The Force Awakens and a former Jakku scavenger.

She fought with the Resistance against the First Order and inherited Darth Sidious's connection to the force.

After helping BB-8, Rey turned from a nobody to uncovering the awakening force, making her seek training from Luke.

19. General Grievous

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A formidable Jedi hunter, General Grievous is known for his hacking cough and viciousness despite having a human heart.

He is a clever military strategist, melee combatant, and the Separatist Droid Armies Supreme Martial Commander.

Grievous is a huge skeletal droid with four arms, allowing him to wield four lightsabers at the same time.

20. Poe Dameron

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Poe Dameron is one of General Leia’s most trustworthy emissaries and serves as the commander of the Resistance New Republic Defense Fleet.

The dazzling commander was held captive and eventually escaped death at the hands of the First Order.

With his return, Dameron takes the lead in destroying the Starkiller base weapon.

21. Mace Windu

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Mace Windu is another notable Star Wars character known for his purple lightsaber and considered the second strongest Jedi, next to Yoda.

During the Galactic Republic's final years, he serves as a member of the Jedi High Council and Jedi Order’s champion.

Windu died with the betrayal of Anakin after learning Palpatine is Darth Sidious.

22. BB-8

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A jittery yet reliable astromech droid, BB-8 has a dome-rolling head like the R2 series. This white and rounded droid is owned by the Resistance pilot, Poe Dameron.

BB-8 accompanied Dameron on his flights and missions. He also helped Dameron track the Yissira Zyde freighter that had been hijacked by the First Order.

23. Emperor Palpatine

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Once served as a Naboo Senator, Emperor Palpatine is the wicked mastermind of taking control of the Imperial galaxy [3].

Sheeve Palpatine also kept a terrible secret as he is Darth Sidious who reinstated the Sith and demolished the Jedi.

Later on, he was killed by his granddaughter Rey Skywalker hidden by his parents Dathan and Miramir.

24. Kuiil

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Hailing from the Gentes planet, Kuiil is an Ugnaught introduced on the Disney TV series The Mandalorian. He worked to be free of slavery and became a vapor farmer.

During the New Republic, mercenaries and criminals invade his world and meet Din Djarin. Then, he helped The Mandalorian and Grogu to leave the planet.

25. Jyn Erso

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Jyn Erso is a former lawbreaker who appeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story [4]. She joined the Rebel Alliance to steal the Death Star's plans at the Battle of Scarif.

In addition, Jyn is the daughter of Lyra and Galen Erso, a scientist forced by the Galactic Empire to build the Death Star, making her a significant member of the Alliance.


Who is the most underrated Star Wars character?

Probably the most underrated Star Wars character is the Stormtroopers. Although they have a bad reputation for their efficiency, Stormtroopers only follow Emperor Palpatine’s order.

Who is the least-known Star Wars character?

Yarael Poof is probably the least-known Star Wars character who comically waves his head back and forth.

In The Phantom Menace, he appeared in several scenes but only in the background while Jinn and the Council discuss the future of Anakin.

Final Thoughts

If you plan to binge-watch galactic films from classic to the latest series, our guide to the best Star Wars characters will help you recall the most iconic figures from the far, far away galaxy.

From the original Star Wars film to the newest Disney TV series, our list covers one of the best the galaxy has in store.

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