Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is less than 100 days away and the latest movie of the saga has set the internet alight in recent times. Ever since the D23 footage dropped people have been theorizing about what lies in store when the movie releases this Christmas.
One of the biggest reveals of the footage was Rey wielding a Sith lightsaber with a dark cloak on her head and her eyes staring blankly ahead. This seems rather out of character for somebody who, so far, has resisted all urges to embrace the dark side. With this in mind, we now take a look at 10 times a hero of the franchise did something unexpected.
10 Obi-Wan Kenobi Lying To Luke Skywalker
Obi-Wan Kenobi was a Jedi who adhered to the code throughout his time on the council. He was somebody who would always do the right thing, never putting a toe out of the line and embracing the challenge of keeping the galaxy at peace. He was even loyal to Anakin Skywalker right at the very end and never had a problem with being brutally honest to his young apprentice.
It is, therefore, strange that he told Luke Skywalker that his father died in the Clone Wars. He may claim he was speaking ‘from a certain point of view’ but that doesn’t disguise the fact that he, simply put, lied to the former Tatooine farm boy. Given how Kenobi was during the prequel trilogy this certainly seems out of character.
9 Jar Jar Binks Venturing Into Politics
Jar Jar Binks was a clumsy character (to put it mildly) albeit a well-intentioned one during The Phantom Menace, often relying on Jedi Knights Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi to get him out of trouble. It was, therefore, rather shocking that he chose to venture into politics over the course of the other two prequel movies.
Predictably, Jar Jar isn’t exactly great at his job. It’s he who allows Palpatine to be given extra powers and, in doing so, paves the way for the villain to turn the Republic into the first Galactic Empire. Seriously, whoever thought the Gungan was suited for a job running the galaxy?
8 Luke Skywalker Shutting Himself Off From The Force
The Luke Skywalker of the original trilogy was always there for his friends when they needed him, always putting them first and often risking his life in order to ensure they escape sticky situations with their lives. He defies orders from Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda to come to their aid in The Empire Strikes Back and also intervenes to ensure Leia and Han Solo survive their time in Jabba the Hutt’s captivity.
But Luke in The Last Jedi, for the most part, isn’t interested. As the First Order tightens their grip on the galaxy he decides to shut himself off from the force, meaning he can’t be found by Han, Leia or anybody else during this moment of need. He later redeems himself but, even so, it’s something we couldn’t ever envisage the hero of the original trilogy doing.
7 Luke Skywalker Refusing To Train Rey
Luke Skywalker knows all about how stubborn Jedi can be, particularly during The Empire Strikes Back. Despite Obi-Wan Kenobi urging Yoda to train him to become a fierce warrior Skywalker has to practically beg the former Jedi Master into helping him learn the ways of the force.
Given that’s the case, you’d of thought Luke would be more accommodating when Rey travels to his hut on Ach-To. She wants to be trained, she wants to help the Resistance but yet she sees Anakin Skywalker’s old lightsaber discarded and has a door literally slammed shut in her face. And if Luke’s behavior isn’t bad enough, we later learn something that also seems out of character for him to do.
6 Luke Skywalker Tries To Kill Kylo Ren
The Last Jedi gives us both Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren’s viewpoints of their showdown during their time as Jedi Master and apprentice. But what both have in common is that, certainly, Luke at least contemplated killing his nephew in order to ensure he doesn’t take the same path down the dark side as Darth Vader.
It never crossed Luke’s mind to kill Vader, merely being interested in saving his father. It’s downright bizarre, then, that he contemplates murdering Ben Solo BEFORE he’d even done anything bad. This is an issue that has angered many Star Wars fans and left Disney under pressure to get things right in The Rise of Skywalker.
5 Han Solo Returning To The Fight
Han Solo was, at first, only in the fight against the Empire for the money. He spends most of A New Hope insisting that he doesn’t want any part of the battle to save the galaxy and merely cares about himself, acting impulsively in order to ensure he has enough credits to spend on whatever he wants.
It was, consequently, shocking when he performed a u-turn and returned to the fight against the Empire just as the Rebel Alliance come under fire. Han’s intervention prevents Darth Vader from stopping Luke Skywalker and allows the Rebels to destroy the first Death Star, eliminating the ruthless Grand Moff Tarkin and countless others in the process.
4 Poe Dameron Acting Up
When we first meet Poe Dameron in The Force Awakens, he makes it clear just how much he cares about The Resistance and Leia Organa in particular. He does whatever it takes to help them in their quest against The First Order, even attempting to dig in when Kylo Ren tortures him on Starkiller Base.
But Poe acts like a bit of a douchebag in The Last Jedi. Leia would no doubt have chosen Vice Admiral Holdo to step in should anything ever happen to her with good reason but Dameron can’t seem to understand that. The rebellious attitude he adopts in the movie divided fans and it did seem like something he just wouldn’t do.
3 Mace Windu Trying To Kill Palpatine
When you’re a Jedi you can’t just go around with your lightsaber killing every single bad guy because they’ve done something wrong. Anakin Skywalker knows this, which is why he feels guilty when he slaughters Count Dooku during the early stages of Revenge of the Sith.
And Mace Windu knows it too - but he doesn’t care. He has Palpatine at his mercy after a stunning duel on Coruscant yet despite being reminded of the moral code, he tries to assassinate the Sith Lord anyway. We understand his concerns over the villain surviving but, ultimately, his decision to do his own thing costs him his life.
2 Padme Amidala Giving Up
Padme Amidala, just like daughter Leia Organa during the original Star Wars trilogy, is more than just a Queen. She’s a warrior, somebody who never gives up, fighting in huge battles on both Naboo and Geonosis and approaching her political career with strength in abundance.
And while we understand how devastating it must have been to have love of your life Anakin Skywalker attempt to kill you, it’s still unfathomable that she dies just because she ‘loses the will to live’. Padme was a fierce warrior and loved Anakin and would, therefore, most likely have done everything to ensure he changed sides. But, instead, she not only gives up on her husband but her two children as well.
1 Anakin Skywalker Killing Palpatine
Anakin Skywalker dies when he becomes Darth Vader on Mustafar after being defeated by Obi-Wan Kenobi on the lava planet, losing both of his legs and one of his arms in the process. We then have to wait to see him again (chronologically, at least) for three movies before he returns to the fold in Return of the Jedi.
Anakin had spent the years before murdering everybody, acting as Palpatine’s puppet. It is, therefore, out of character when he throws the villain down the Death Star chute, appearing to murder his old master. This came as a huge surprise to viewers at the time and is the one and only moment we see Anakin do something good in the original trilogy.