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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Obi-Wan Kenobi

9. Obi-Wan Kenobi

Though Ewan McGregor put the "wan" in Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequels, the Jedi Knight personifies the patience, wisdom, and discipline required to harness the Force. Alec Guinness' well-known contempt for Star Wars aside, his gravitas as "Old Ben" Kenobi in the original film defined what Lucas felt a hero ought to be — a standard for courage and decency that Anakin and Luke Skywalker followed to widely varying degrees of success. For all their faults, the prequels gave the elder statesman for the Force a backstory that legitimately deepens the character, explaining why he's so cautious in bringing Luke along and why he carries such regret for his failures with Anakin. All that's missing is a how-to on the "Jedi mind trick." ST

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