As Star Wars: Episode VII -The Force Awakens is on the horizon, I thought it would be fun to revisit the originals and this got me thinking about the greatness of these trilogies and also its weak points. I grew up with the “original” trilogy and since that day back in 1977, I’ve been hooked.
While the originals will always hold a special place in my heart, unlike some fans, I also enjoyed the newer films. George Lucas did a great job filling in the back stories of the events which led up to the destruction of the Emperor and redemption of Darth Vader. Drama, action and special effects at its best.
Over the years I’ve watched all of the episodes many times and still haven’t bored of them. The movies contain all the great elements of a good storyline with interesting characters and conflicts. Unfortunately, with the good sometimes come the bad, and a few of the Star Wars characters are no exception. Many of the characters came full circle, other grew, while others, well just came and just wouldn’t leave. The latter I felt were nothing more than a nuisance and interruption to the main plot points.
Most Annoying Star Wars Characters According to Leigh
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Jar Jar Binks
Without a doubt, in my not so unbiased opinion, Jar Jar is undoubtedly the worst and most annoying Star Wars characters ever written. The character was not only annoying, but really served no plot purpose at all except to fill in some key moments with his utter stupidity. His dullard existence is not even remotely an integral part of the story and, after watching the newer Episodes, I still can’t figure out why he’s even on the screen? If it was supposed to be comic relief, it failed miserably; if he was supposed to be interesting, it was even more of a malfunction.
The “Star Wars” trilogies are still some of the best movies ever made in my book, but since Lucas decided to do so much tweaking anyway, he could have easily gotten rid of Jar Jar and it wouldn’t have taken any of the brilliance away from the episodes at all.
Jabba the Hutt
OK, as a kid, I didn’t find Jabba so bad, but as I re-watched the movies years later, the blob began to grate on my nerves and I’m possibly in the minority on this one. There were a million other plot points where Han Solo could have had his conflict in owing money, but to be captured by a large splotch who did nothing but eat gross things and babble incoherently wasn’t entertaining; even worse when the subtitles were removed in the “touched up” scenes. At least earlier we knew what he was saying, listening to it through C-3PO was pretty grating too. Even his death I couldn’t muster myself enough to cheer, it was more a sigh of relief. Good riddance.
Speaking of C-3PO I’m a little torn on this one. A useful character, but his irritating know-it-all attitude and tendency to non-stop babble sometimes made me want to pull his circuits short and stick him in the recycle bin.
Whine, Whine, Whine.When I was younger, I thought Luke Skywalker was great and the best thing since sliced bread. Han Solo was the second in my book, but years later as I watched him in the original movies I couldn’t help but want to smack Luke silly. I don’t know why some of the other characters didn’t; Yoda should have given him a swift kick in the pants in the swamp scenes. For a powerful guy, he was also pretty whiny . . . it was only after being privileged to the back story in “The Phantom Menace” and “Attack of the Clones” I realized Anakin was not much better.
Whining on and on about how Obi-Wan is jealous and holds him back; clearly like father, like son – no doubt in determining Luke’s paternity! However without Luke, or Anakin, there wouldn’t have been a story at all, so I’ll take them both, flaws and all and quit whining myself. This is a minor point about these movies.
Padme was a great character to start off, a real strong female. I felt Padme had just the right balance of kindness and confidence. The problem was, by the time the Revenge of the Sith rolled around, she was sort of written into a corner and kind of wimped out. When re-watching “Attack of the Clones” and I got to the part where Dooku said “Patience, Viceroy, patience. She will die”, when she fighting off those creatures in the arena, I was thinking to myself he was right, but in the wrong context. Her character was slowly killed during the next installment (III) which ended in her real death as she was giving birth to the twins.
That being said, I’m really looking forward to the next installments. But now with Disney in the mix, can’t help but wonder how much, if anything, will change with Star Wars: Episode VII -The Force Awakens? Admittedly, I haven’t been following news on much or looking for spoilers and I’m thinking I want to see it fresh without any information when it is released later this year.
Who did you find to be the most annoying Star Wars characters and why? Who are your favorites?
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Leigh has been writing on the web since 2007. She has a high interest in business, tech, higher education, and Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia travel, but loves to write about a variety of topics. In addition to writing on Writedge, she also runs a blog about the Washington DC Metro Area and a photography blog Photos by Leigh Goessl.