Obi-Wan is not just a skilled warrior in his own right but has also inspired some of the greatest heroes the galaxy has ever known, guiding Luke, mentoring Anakin and Ahsoka, and even putting his life on the line for Leia. Of all the Jedi in the franchise, his journey is perhaps the most-well documented, the narrative through line that binds the whole film saga together. His portrayal in animation and on the page has only further endeared him to audiences.
Whether it’s in The High Republic, Prequels, Sequels, or the Original Trilogy, Yoda has been a constant source of knowledge and wonder in almost every era explored in Star Wars. He may not look it but he’s a worthy opponent in both the use of a lightsaber and the Force. But that’s not why he has become such a mainstay on the big screen as well as the books and comics.
He’s a hero builder, pointing Rey (indirectly) and Luke on the right path. He has always fulfilled the trope of the wise old wizard, but has built up such expertise from years of experience. He’s always been a force for good, always trying to see the light in others, no matter how dark the shadows might be. That’s what fans respect most about the character, besides his way with words. Even when taking his age into account, there’s an innocence to Yoda, a consistent wonderment at the galaxy around him and an optimism that things will always get better.
2. Ahsoka Tano
When she was first introduced in The Clone Wars animated movie, viewers were taken aback by Ahsoka Tano. Introduced as Anakin Skywalker’s own Padawan, she was a surprising — and even divisive — addition to Star Wars lore that fans of all ages eventually grew to love. Today, the fact that Ahsoka has successfully made the jump to live action is not just a testament to what a well-written character she is but her massive popularity only a few years after her debut.
She might have begun her Jedi journey as a naive and willful child too eager to jump into the Clone Wars, but she learned from the great Jedi around her, picking up plenty of mentors along the way. She would leave the Jedi Order eventually, but despite all that, she was more of a Jedi than most within the Order could attest to. She represented the core values of the religion and has continued to pass it on to the next generation of Knights. Fans were thrilled by her live-action appearance in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, and her own spin-off Disney+ show is well deserved. Ultimately, she has one of the most detailed and exciting arcs in Disney canon.
1. Luke Skywalker
Luke Skywalker is the classic archetype for a hero in Star Wars. Every Jedi since has taken elements from this original model, Rey being perhaps the most notable example. The farm boy who dreamed of epic adventures in space is a what drew audiences in 1977. To be sure, Luke is the perfect point of view character, thrust into situations he doesn’t quite understand in new corners of the galaxy that are unknown to him, developing fantastical powers and coming to terms with a heritage he never knew. It’s wish fulfillment for children and adults in the audience from start to finish.