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Are these really the top 50 Star Wars characters of all time?

Posted May 8

May 4 is often considered the unofficial Star Wars holiday for fans.

After all, it rhymes with the classic send-off in the original “Star Wars” film — “May the Force be with You.”

Americans can find a number of deals to commemorate the holiday. TBS also plans to run an all-day Star Wars marathon, starting with “The Phantom Menace” at 4:40 a.m. MT and finishing with “Return of the Jedi” at 6:15 p.m. MT.

Rolling Stone honored the holiday by ranking the top 50 Star Wars characters of all-time.

“There are many reasons why George Lucas' story of a young man, an evil Empire and a galaxy far, far away captured the imaginations of the generation who grew up on that original trilogy, and why it still reels in younger viewers weaned on prequels, sequels and other canonical spin-offs,” according to Rolling Stone. “Yes, its archetypal tale of good vs. bad is mythic and timeless – but it's the vast universe that saga set up, full of alien races and oddball technology, that has arguably kept people coming back to dig into the far corners of Star Wars' worlds.”

The rankings include characters from all Star Wars movies, including those in “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One.”

The rankings are based on nothing but opinion.

There’s a lot to sift through, but here are some notable highlights from the list.

  • Padme Amidala, also known as the mother of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, ranked 45th on the list. Her low ranking comes because she “helps set in motion everything that befalls her.”

  • Han Solo placed first on the list. You would think Luke Skywalker, the hero of the series, would have topped the list, but Solo earned the top spot because of his catchy one-liners and “charm,” Rolling Stone explained.

  • Luke Skywalker placed sixth on the list. He sits behind sister Leia Organa, teacher Yoda, foe Boba Fett and his father Darth Vader on the list. Rolling Stone didn’t have a favorable view of Skywalker, saying, “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.”

  • Chewbacca lands outside the top 15. He ranked No. 17 on the list, behind villainous Jabba the Hut, bounty hunter Greedo and newcomer K-2S0, the robot from “Rogue One.” There’s no reason why he places so low.

  • The Emperor ranks 20. Emperor Palpatine orchestrates a lot of what happens in the Star Wars saga, and yet he barely makes the top 20,

You can see the full list on Rolling Stone.

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