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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6. Luke Skywalker

Han Solo is the bigger badass, but the original trilogy's actual hero is the franchise's most stealthily fascinating character. Talk all you like about the Joseph Campbell-style "hero's journey," but what makes a restless farmboy such a strong anchor for this space opera is that even after he's mastered The Force, he still seems like one of us. The pivotal player in a decades-old interplanetary struggle for democracy, Luke is both compassionate and temperamental — and never sure if he's using his powers the right way. Anyone who thinks of Star Wars as a simplistic story of good and evil needs to look more closely at the young Skywalker, who always seems to be on the brink of turning dark, even when he's saving the day. NM

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