These Are the Most Popular Star Wars Characters

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20. Count Dooku
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> Star Wars movies appearance: Episodes II, III

Count Dooku is one of the most treacherous characters in Star Wars history. A one-time Jedi master and political leader in the Galactic Republic, Dooku turns to the Dark Side. He declares himself an emperor and leads an army of battle droids as well as an army of clone troopers in an attempt to overthrow the Republic. Dooku was portrayed by the iconic British actor Sir Christopher Lee.

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19. Jabba the Hutt
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> Star Wars movies appearance: Episodes I,IV, VI

Jabba the Hutt is the leader of his own criminal gang, which controls most of the illegal trade in the galaxy, including piracy and human trafficking. He employed Han Solo, and put a large bounty on his head when Solo lost a load of goods he was supposed to be smuggling. Princess Leia strangles him to death after he had her imprisoned.

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18. Jar Jar Binks
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> Star Wars movies appearance: Episodes I, II, III

Though Jar Jar Binks is one of the most researched and noteworthy Star Wars characters, it is fair to say that the Gungan falls more into the “least popular” category of Star Wars characters. Designed as comic relief for the prequel trilogy, Jar Jar was despised by fans. Many said Binks was cartoonishly silly, while others criticized the character as a racist trope. Actor Ahmed Best, who played Jar Jar, said the reaction was so bad it had a huge negative effect on his mental health.

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17. Lando Calrissian
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> Star Wars movies appearance: Episodes V, VI, IX, Solo

Lando Calrissian is perhaps one of the coolest characters in Star Wars history, if not cinema history overall. Calrissian is a suave, classy character, who has worked as a gambler, hustler, and smuggler in his early life, often alongside Han Solo.

He eventually becomes the administrator of Cloud City, where he double crosses Han Solo to save his citizens, before redeeming himself by helping the Rebellion in “Return of the Jedi” and later the Resistance in “The Rise of Skywalker.” Calrissian is played by Billy Dee Williams in Episodes V, VI, IX, and by Donald Glover in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

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16. Grand Moff Tarkin
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> Star Wars movies appearance: Episode IV, Rogue One

Grand Moff Tarkin is one of the primary commanders of The Death Star in the original Star Wars film, “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.” Though not sensitive to the Force, he takes orders directly from Darth Vader. He is perhaps best remembered as the one who gives the order to destroy Princess Leia’s home world of Alderaan. Initially, Tarkin had only appeared in the original film. Yet the character was resurrected somewhat controversially for “Rogue One” through CGI as actor Peter Cushing, who portrayed the character, died in 1994.