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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16. Chewbacca

The quintessential loyal buddy and irascible sidekick, Chewbacca is the Wookie you want next to you in the foxhole — or, more likely, as your copilot in the Millennium Falcon. The fact that no one in the audience knew what Chewie was ever saying was part of the character's appeal: Everybody in the Star Wars universe understood his moans and growls, which helped make the movies seem exotic, multicultural and inclusive in a deeply comforting way. Of course, the irony was that the franchise's tallest, most fearsome wild animal was, in actuality, the biggest softie at heart. It's his anguished cry when Han Solo gets put into carbonite that makes that indelible sequence from The Empire Strikes Back so gut-wrenching: He's losing his best friend, and you feel his pain. TG

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