50 Best 'Star Wars' Characters of All Time

From Mos Eisely aliens to the most dangerous Jedi ever, our updated ranking of the heroes and villains in a galaxy far, far away

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12. C-3PO

Boasting that he is "fluent in over six million forms of communication" (even though the only language you ever hear him speak is overly affected stage British), the protocol droid that Anakin Skywalker fashioned from rusted Tatooine junk immediately assured his place in Star Wars history: He's the very first character to appear onscreen in A New Hope. A constant staple of George Lucas' space saga ever since, the metal worrywart jerks around the galaxy like a robot Woody Allen ("We're doomed! We'll all be destroyed for sure"). But that human element is precisely what's made Threepio such an inextricable part of the franchise, the droid's pristine moral compass forever imbuing the Star Wars movies with their vivid sense of life. DE

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