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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Qui-Gon Jinn

25. Qui-Gon Jinn

All the scorn heaped on The Phantom Menace obscures how good Liam Neeson is as an honorable Jedi knight who mentors young Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) in the ways of the Force. In Qui-Gon Jinn, we can see the wise-elder warrior that Kenobi would grow to become, and Neeson (who had yet to make the transition to avenging-angel action star) brought just the right amount of Zen gravitas to his ass-kicking role. Although the prequels were about Anakin's character arc, the first installment really belongs to this character, who's trying to maintain a fragile peace across the galaxy while unseen forces are conspiring to tear it apart. That's what makes his death at the hands of Darth Maul especially tragic: It's not just Qui-Gon who's dying but also his era's sense of nobility. TG

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