My Top 10 Favorite Star Wars Characters

I must be in a Star Wars mood, since I just wrote about it last week. But hey, I just watched season 7 of Clone Wars and with the weekly Mandalorian episodes, how could you blame me?

Today I will attempt to pick 10 out of the countless Star Wars characters who I believe to be my favorite. This is going to be really tough, but here goes.

 

#10

Han Solo

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He’s easily one of the funniest characters in the Star Wars universe thanks to his reckless courage, crude/sarcastic personality, and tendency to tick off the wrong people. Yet he always pulls through, and while he’s a jerk to most people, he will sacrifice everything to help the ones he cares about. Whether portrayed by Harrison Ford, or the guy from Solo, he is a whole lot of fun to watch.

#9

Darth Maul

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The first time I saw this guy I was blown away. Seriously, how much cooler could someone look? Plus a double-sided lightsaber? Awesome acrobats? This guy is nuts. I was devastated when he died, but thrilled when he came back. It wasn’t until Clone Wars/ Rebels that we got to really see his personality. His is a cunning, manipulative, and hugely angry son-of-a-gun who constantly gets shat on to the point where you feel bad for him.

#8

Yoda

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I think a big part of Yoda that intrigues me is the mystery around him. We know so little about him, other than he is likely the most powerful Jedi to exist in the timelines exposed to viewers. Sadly the only time we really see just how grand he is in episodes 2 & 3, and they are two of the best scenes in the films. He proves he can easily match and overpower even the mightiest of Sith Lords, both with his saber and force abilities.

But he’s a strange guy. I’m pretty sure he knew everything that was going on with Palpatine’s grand scheme and just let it happen. I suspect he wanted to retire when he was on top…

#7

Darth Tyrannus

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This Sith Lord is interesting for he is a well-respected retired Jedi. But what the movies don’t show is just how powerful he truly is. Sort of. He easily defeats Anakin and Obi-Wan in Attack of the Clones, and even stands his ground for a bit against Yoda, but it isn’t until Clone Wars that we see just what a power house he is. His feats in that show are more or less astounding, proving he is one of the most powerful Jedi/Sith ever.

Plus Christoper Lee has one of the coolest voices ever, so that makes him even more awesome.

#6

R2-D2

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He started out as this adorable, charismatic, loveable droid, and remained a big part of the series until he’s replaced by BB-8. But why I like him so much is because he’s a frickin’ bad-ass. This droid does not give a f$&k. He will fight anything that stands in his way. He’s defeated numerous battle droids, dodged hundreds of lasers, and even led a mission of his own during the Clone Wars. I don’t know what’s stored inside his trash can of a body, but you can bet he’s got a tool or weapon to help you out in any situation.

#5

Rex

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Wielding 2 pistols rather than the more standard rifles, this guy is the most bad-ass Clone out there. Serving under Anakin during the Clone Wars, this guy has been a key part of many highly dangerous and equally important missions. He is as loyal as can be, bred and trained to be the perfect soldier. He even sticks around to do his part in the civil war, for there is nothing this guy does better than war.

#4

Anakin Skywalker/ Darth Vader

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I really like the whole story behind Anakin. The chosen one, born of the midichlorians, a ridiculously powerful Jedi turned Sith turned proud father. As a Padawan, he’s a cocky immature prick, but once he is promoted and mature, he’s a very powerful warrior and incredible tactician. He is a key player in the success of the Clone Wars, both in the fact that he is an unstoppable powerhouse and helps the republic beat the separatists, and also taking down the republic and starting an empire which was why the Clone Wars was started in the first place. So like I said…key player for both sides.

The Clone Wars shows how truly powerful he is as a Jedi. As a Sith Lord, we don’t get to see too much of him, other than he is angry and ruthless. Knowing the events that led up to him becoming Vader in his scary suit and all, you can’t really blame him for being angry. I actually feel bad for the guy. His life pretty much completely sucks. He lost everything he loved simply because he feared to lose them, and is forced to live for several decades with this knowledge eating away at him. Not to mention he has to live in that miserable suit as practically a machine because he had to pick a fight with his best friend/ father-figure.

#3

Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Obi-Wan is one of the most powerful Jedi ever. He slays a Sith Lord when he’s just a Padawan, proves throughout the Clone Wars, both in the show and movies, that he’s a beast, and his “duel” with Darth Maul in Rebels shows he doesn’t stop growing in power after his isolation post-Order 66.

Ewan McGregor gives him a strong and hilarious personality that carries perfectly into The Clone Wars series, making him one of the most entertaining characters in the franchise.

#2

Sabine Wren

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Sabine is a master at like everything. She is incredibly acrobatic, to near Jedi levels, a master at hand-to-hand combat and all sorts of weaponry. But she’s also a tech genius, and explosives extraordinaire. Not to mention she’s a crazy good artist.

She even received training from Jedi to use the Dark Saber, which belonged to her, which is kind of a big deal. She’s got a deep backstory, and a wonderful, loving, not to mention loveable personality, and I hope very much to see more of her one day.

#1

Ahsoka Tano

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We essentially watch Ahsoka, the Padawan of Anakin Skywalker, grow up. Unfortunately her whole life is nothing but war, and because of this (and being apprenticed to an extremely reckless and powerful Jedi), she quickly becomes the ultimate warrior. Her acrobatic skills are unlike any other Jedi, making her a hard target to hit on the battlefield. Her lightsaber skills become very hard to rival as well, especially after she adds a second lightsaber, thus changing up her whole style to match her swift movements.

Ahsoka displays enormous power throughout the Clone Wars, which only grows along with her body. In season 7, we really see just how incredible she is. But even though she leaves the order, she is willing to help those in need, thus she gets dragged into the civil war, continuing the only life she knows, like some orange skinned Rambo, but with laser swords.

And there you have it! That’s 10 of my favorite Star Wars characters! Though I wouldn’t exactly say I’m certain on this, as there are so many. Definitely, without a doubt, Sabine and Ahsoka belong where they are. They hint that those two might go an adventure to find Ezra, and I wish they make a show or something about that. Seeing my two favorite characters in their own series would be a dream come true.

My Top 10 Live-Action Disney Movies

I was recently asked to do a list of my favorite Disney movies. If you know anything about Disney at all, you know there are more than a few handfuls of these, so I will be splitting them into two lists, one for live-action, and one for animated. I will be keeping it straight Disney, which certainly means absolutely no Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar, Fox, or whatever the heck they own nowadays. I’ve actually already done lists for Marvel and Pixar anyway. This list will also not include any of the recent live-action remakes of old animated movies, as I have not seen any of those.

 

#10 The Princess Diaries (2001)

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Okay, so I haven’t seen this movie in a long time…probably not since 2001 as a matter of fact. But I remember really liking it and watched it like three times in a week. I was also 12 at the time, so my opinion now could be vastly different. But I’m putting it on this list anyway, because there are very few movies, if any, where I can say I’ve watched it that many times in such a short period.

 

 

 

 

#9 D2: Mighty Ducks (1994)

d2 mighty ducks I have seen the first and third only once, but the second is the only one I ever owned, and I loved watching it. It’s funny and exciting. The hockey team is chosen to represent the US in some kind of tournament that I can’t remember, so off they go to a different country, while learning to work as a team. The wildly diverse cast makes everything a lot of fun to watch. This movie has given me an appreciation for hockey.

 

 

 

 

#8 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

homeward boundA movie about animals who can talk among themselves sounds cool enough, but when they think they’re abandoned and have to travel across a brutal and dangerous mountainside and return home miles upon miles away makes it sound even cooler. The main characters are diverse and likeable in their own ways. Each has strength and weaknesses, and they must use these strengths and make up for the other’s weaknesses to find their way home, even though if they just waited, they would have saved themselves the trouble.

 

#7 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Fransisco (1996)

homeward bound 2 These three animals tackled the treacherous mountain ranges, but how will they fare against the big city, where they must face dog catchers, blood-thirsty dog gangs…and love…again, all things that could have been avoided if they just stayed put. It’s amazing how these animals can be so dumb, and yet so awesome.

 

 

 

 

#6 National Treasure (2004)

national treasure If Lara Croft was a man, who also wasn’t Indiana Jones or Nathan Drake, they’d be Nicholas Cage in this exciting and intense adventure..

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5 National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

Book_of_secrets_post Another clever journey, but with even more danger and excitement. Wahoo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4 Remember the Titans (2000)

Remember_the_titansposterFor some reason, my middle and high school had us watch this movie like 10 times in a variety of classes, and I never knew it was Disney. At first glance, this seems like a stupid football movie, but it is so much more. A bunch of racists have to play football with some black folk. They start out enemies but eventually become brothers. Then they go along their final year in school, dealing with all the troubles kids do back in the 60’s or 70’s I think it was, with all sorts of dramatics. It is quite emotional and entertaining.

 

 

 

#3 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

pirates 1Finally, an awesome pirate movie? But with undead curses, incredible action, and fierce, strong lead characters and high stakes? Damn…I was blown away by this movie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

Pirates_of_the_caribbean_2_poster_b This one just barely squeaks ahead of the first one. It’s a bit more intense and darker, and flippin’ nuts with a lot of cool effects on the characters.

 

#1 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

pirates 3 This is the most ambitious and thrilling of the three. There’s pirate wars, sea monsters, sea witches, violence, heartbreak, a not-so-happy ending. Just awesome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So yeah, obviously I really enjoy the Pirates series. I haven’t seen the last two yet, but I’m willing to bet they would take up two of these spots as well.

There are a lot of great Disney live-action movies, so this was a tough list to be sure, but these are probably the 10 that have brought me the most enjoyment in my life.

Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee-Bringing Families Closer Together

This new game has done what I thought not possible.

I am a huge gamer and was in third grade when Pokemon took over the world. I loved the cards, the show, and especially the games…that is…red, blue and yellow. I lost interest in the games a little after Silver and Gold came out, because like a dumb kid, I was like “How dare they expand upon something I love and insult my nostalgia!?!?!”

But a few years ago I picked up where I left off, reentering the games with HeartGold/ SoulSilver, and now have every mainline Pokemon game except the Sun and Moon ones. And I now love the series more than I ever did as a child.

Then Pokemon Go comes out, and I had no interest at all in playing it. But my wife, who despises everything about video games and yells out me regularly for my hobby, has been playing Go nonstop since it came out and absolutely loves it.

I appreciated the game for bringing her into something I have more or less loved my whole life. Suddenly, she became just as knowledgeable as me, if not more so, on the franchise.

So naturally, I tried to get her to play the mainline games, which she will never, ever do and gets mad every time I ask. At the same time, she always asks me to play Pokemon Go, which I still have no interest in doing either. This frustrates my wife, as she claims “You have a thousand video games, yet you won’t play the one I actually do!”

Enter Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee. Eevee happens to be my wife’s favorite Pokemon, and here comes this game that let’s you have one walk around with you.

When I first saw the trailer, I thought it looked very good, was a smart business decision and pretty fun looking. I had no interest in it for myself, but I wondered what my wife would think, and so I showed her the trailer, and she loved it.

I just recently got it for her birthday and it has changed our lives (slight dramatization there). Here we are, playing co-op in a remade game that I cherished as a kid (and still do, really) with my wife in control. I don’t always play with her, cuz I find it kind of boring being the second player, but I find it so much more fascinating to watch her travel through Viridian Forest, battle Brock and all that, sharing the same experiences I had 20 years ago, but now with better graphics and different gameplay. It reminds me of my first time playing the first Pokemon games as I watch her play through it for the first time.  What’s more is she loves it. She actually likes it better than Pokemon Go, which I would have never thought possible.

It is truly baffling to me that when I go to bed, she goes and turns on my Switch and plays Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee for hours. Thanks to this new rendition of Pokemon, our similar interest, but on branching paths, have been joined and we can actually enjoy one of our greatest passions together, and for that, Nintendo, I thank you.