George Lucas’ earliest and most essential influence when first mapping out the Star Wars saga and scripting the first movie was Joseph Campbell’s writings about the “Monomyth,” better known as the “Hero’s Journey.”
These movies are all about heroism, and how nobodies from desert planets – whether their name is Anakin, Luke, or Rey – become heroes after being called to adventure and whisked away to join the titular cosmic battles. Every main character in this franchise has enjoyed their fair share of heroic moments. So, here is The Most Heroic Thing Each Major Character In The Star Wars Saga Has Done.
10 Han Solo: Returning to help the Rebels blow up the Death Star
All throughout the original Star Wars movie, Han Solo established himself as a selfish space pirate who was only helping to save Princess Leia to collect a reward from the Rebel Alliance. He insisted that he didn’t believe in the Force and he didn’t have any political allegiances.
However, by the end of the movie, he’s been turned around and sees the values in doing the right thing. As Luke Skywalker has TIE fighters on his tail and it’s looking like he might not make it to the exposed air shaft to blow up the Death Star, Han heroically shows up in the Falcon to give him a hand.
9 Anakin Skywalker: Sacrificing himself to save Luke from the Emperor
Anakin Skywalker did a few heroic things in the prequel trilogy before falling to the Dark Side of the Force, like destroying the Federation droid control ship and slaughtering the Sandpeople that kidnapped and tortured his mother. But arguably, his most heroic act came after he’d fallen to the Dark Side.
It was when he came back to the Light Side. He saw that his son, Luke, was getting blasted with Force lightning by Emperor Palpatine and he couldn’t bear to watch anymore. So, he picked up the Emperor and tossed him down a reactor core shaft, giving his own life to save his son’s.
8 Poe Dameron: Destroying Starkiller Base
Some Star Wars fans, and George Lucas himself, were disappointed when The Force Awakens reused the Death Star plot from A New Hope, just changing the name to Starkiller Base, but it’s undeniably spectacular when Poe Dameron swoops in to blow up the First Order’s own superweapon.
Rey and Finn were preoccupied with fighting Kylo Ren in the snowy forest on the planet’s surface, so the burden fell on Poe to be the hero to destroy Starkiller Base in true Skywalker fashion. Using unorthodox techniques that would rub Holdo the wrong way in The Last Jedi, he did it with no trouble at all.
7 Yoda: Bringing the Clone Army to Geonosis
One of the plot points in the prequel trilogy that make the original trilogy denser and more interesting is the revelation that the Stormtroopers were all cloned from Boba Fett’s father to create an army to help the Jedi. When Palpatine assumed power, he told the Clone Army to “execute Order 66,” which was basically to kill all the Jedi as he began forming the Empire.
Before the Clones turned on the Jedi, they actually did help them. This is on display when Yoda brings the cavalry to the battleground in Geonosis to fight against the Separatists’ armies of Battle Droids and Super Battle Droids.
6 Finn: Leaving the First Order
The beginning of Finn’s long journey to becoming a hero still remains his most heroic act to date. When he saw action for the first time as a Stormtrooper and witnessed the brutality of the army he’d been raised from birth to fight in, he decided to leave the First Order, despite the immense risk involved.
And not only did he exit, pursued by the tyrannous empire that had been rapidly dominating the galaxy with unparalleled weapons of cosmic destruction; he freed one of their prisoners, Poe Dameron, on the way, and the two gloriously escaped in a TIE fighter.
5 Obi-Wan Kenobi: Trying to bring Anakin back to the Light Side
Chopping off Anakin’s arms and legs and leaving him for dead was the last thing that Obi-Wan wanted to do when he confronted his Padawan on the molten plains of Mustafar. The outcome he was really hoping for was to save Anakin from falling to the Dark Side of the Force and salvage his prospects of heroism.
However, throughout the duel, and even possibly before it had even started, it dawned on Obi-Wan that this wasn’t going to happen, and he would inevitably have to strike down the young man he thought of as a brother. But at least he tried.
4 Princess Leia: Killing Jabba the Hutt
Throughout the first act of Return of the Jedi, Princess Leia is held as a slave by Jabba the Hutt. She infiltrated the sluggish gang lord’s palace to save Han, but she was caught in the act before they could get away. When Jabba takes the other Rebels who came to save Han out into the desert to ceremoniously sacrifice them to the Sarlacc Pit, Luke had a few tricks up his sleeve.
While he was taking care of the skiff guards, Leia took the opportunity to brutally murder her captor. She wrapped her chains around the Hutt’s neck and choked him to death.
3 Chewbacca: Putting C-3PO back together
In the third act of The Empire Strikes Back, the Rebels really got screwed by Lando Calrissian. He invited them into Cloud City and turned out to be delivering them to Darth Vader. Along the way, C-3PO got abducted and taken apart.
As the Rebels fled, Chewie could’ve just left Threepio behind, but he bundled up his pieces and strapped them to his back, then later reassembled him from the parts. The latest trailer for The Rise of Skywalker seems to spell tragedy for C-3PO, but if Chewie hadn’t been so heroic in Empire, that tragedy would’ve come a lot earlier.
2 Rey: Freeing the Resistance on Crait
Early in The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker tells his new protégé Rey, “The Force isn’t about lifting rocks.” However, when this is paid off later in the movie, lifting rocks still turns out to be an important part of mastering the Force.
As the Resistance flees from Crait through the salt caves, while Luke distracts the First Order out on the salty plain, they come across a barricade of rocks that they can’t get through. That’s when Rey arrives to save them all, using the Force to lift the rocks and allow the Resistance passage to safety. There’s hope for the Jedi after all.
1 Luke Skywalker: Projecting himself onto Crait to save the Resistance
Although a lot of plot points in The Last Jedi proved to be controversial among Star Wars fans, the death of Luke Skywalker is undeniably beautiful. He triumphantly arrives on Crait and challenges Kylo Ren to a lightsaber duel. His arrival doesn’t quite make sense, since he didn’t have a ship on Ahch-To.
Plus, he doesn’t actually take a swing during the duel – he just dodges Kylo’s swings. As it turns out, he never left Ahch-To, and is projecting himself onto Crait to distract Kylo long enough to allow the Resistance to escape. The Force projection turns out to be so strenuous that it kills him, but he looks at peace when he becomes one with the Force.