It’s that time of year again. Star Wars Day is here once again. This is one of my favorite times of the year where we get to appreciate a franchise that has changed the lives of countless fans. There is a mountain of different characters in this rapidly growing universe and I’m here to rank my top 5 characters of the Star Wars galaxy. This is where the fun begins.
5. Bo-Katan Kryze – “I accept this sword for my sister, for my clan, and for all of Mandalore.”
One of my favorite lines from any character I’ve come across. She shows incredible leadership skills with the Nite Owls, Death Watch, and later becomes the leader of Mand’alor. She has won me over with her authoritative direction and jurisdiction. And accepting the Darksaber and uniting several Mandalorian clans is always a plus.
4. Rey – “I didn’t know there was this much green in the whole galaxy.”
I fell in love with Rey the minute I saw her on the silver screen. The Force Awakens was her movie as much as it was Han Solo’s. I adore what she stands for. She is someone who uncertain of her place in the galaxy and will search the far reaches of the cosmos to seek the truth.
3. Darth Vader- “I find your lack of faith disturbing.”
Of course, the enforcer of the galaxy would be on this list. He is the definition of what the dark side of the force is all about. He is ruthless, cold-blooded, and merciless Darth Vader represents the anger, fear, and loss of the man who was once known as Anakin Skywalker
2. Ahsoka Tano – “Maybe, But I Have To Sort This Out On My Own, Without The Council, And Without You.”
It was so hard to place her as the number 2 on my list because she is the perfect Star Wars character in every sense of the word. She is kindhearted, thoughtful, and a skilled warrior. She is Dave Filoni’s masterpiece and she was meant to be Anakin’s north star. And she went toe to toe with Darth Maul.
1. Anakin Skywalker – “Something’s happening. I’m not the Jedi I should be. I want more. And I know I shouldn’t.”
This would not be a proper Star Wars top 5 list without acknowledging the chosen one himself. He is the most complex character in the galaxy next to his grandson Kylo Ren. Anakin is a legendary Jedi Knight who starts of as a good-natured individual that loses his trust in the same organization he once held dear. His constant struggle with the Jedi code and eventual fall to the Darkside makes for an enthralling character arc.
Christian is a film critic and founder of the Film Optix Podcast. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association. You can find him on Twitter @Musiccitynerd