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My Top Ten Favorite Jedi and Sith

Originally I was gonna make this top ten favorite Star Wars characters, but the Son of Mortis wasn't a list option, and I've considered doing top ten favorite Sith lists before, but Kas'im and Sarasu Taalon also don't exist as options, and after a while of being frustrated by Comicvine's restricted list options, I finally found a list I could actually make. My sudden urge to do this was inspired by KJ27's favorite star wars character's list that I recommend you all check out.

List items

  • If you know me at all... this one should be pretty obvious. Darth Bane is a Sith Lord who piques my interest and is at the peak of this list for a variety of reasons. First off is the fact that he consciously chose the Dark Side because its philosophy of strength made sense to him, rather than being born a sociopath, raised in Sith culture, or manipulated to the Dark Side. This decision sets the philosophically driven tone for Bane's character as his trilogy is centered around him first trying to adjust the Sith philosophy of the Brotherhood, then becoming disillusioned with it and forming his own philosophy from a variety of sources in his life, then setting out to apply that philosophy to the Sith Order so one day it can be applied to the Galaxy at large. Darth Bane's Rule of Two was a mechanism designed to turn what once made the Sith weak (infighting), into something that would make them strong (a mechanism for evolution). That idea is integral to Bane's very character, as reflected by the fact that he chose his abusive father's cruel nickname as his own Sith name to take what once made him weak to make himself strong. And lastly what makes Bane so compelling for him is that unlike every other Sith his devotion from the Dark Side stems from philosophical perspective rather than egotistical selfishness, and that his ultimate loyalty is to the principles of the Dark Side rather than himself. He did after all create a philosophy he knew would one day lead to his death.

  • Luke is for the Jedi what Bane is for the Sith, a reformer who rebuilt his order around a philosophy more in keeping with the Light Side of the Force. Where the old Jedi Order (namely the Jedi Council) ultimately failed due to arrogance (blinding them to the machinations of the Sith) and a philosophy of emotional detachment (which lead to Anakin's fall since there was no place in the Order for him to handle his feelings with Padme), Luke embraces both love (which I believe motivates all good) and humility (which I believe allows one to counteract arrogance, which I believe motivates all evil), using love to redeem his Father where both Obi-Wan and Yoda thought it impossible, and rebuilding the Jedi Order with less centralized power, and more allotment for individuality and emotional connection. Philosophy aside, his character arc is still a quintessential example of maturation, going from a farm boy, to a student, to a Jedi who could see what some of the greatest Jedi before him could not, to the wisest Grand Master in the history of the Jedi.

  • Much like Bane, Plagueis represents an evolutionary take on the Dark Side, however Plagueis's pursuit is more self centered, and what makes his perspective so compelling is that it holds an element of scientific practicality not often seen among Force users (probably due to fan backlash at midi-chlorians). Plagueis is able to take that scientific perspective on the Force and make it interesting, pragmatically seeking to tap into midi-chlorians, the Force's mechanism for life and the source of his connection to the Force, in order to evolve beyond weakness and death, and become a transcendent being. Tragically, Plagueis failed to escape his own mortality, and died the same way as his master; blinded by his belief in his own invincibility and cheapshotted by an apprentice who falsely believes he can escape the same fate.

  • Darth Sidious is the quintessential example of a Sith completely devoted to himself. Basically born a complete sociopath, Sidious is completely ruthless in getting what he wants, and a master of manipulation, manipulating his master, his apprentices, and the Senate, and shamelessly casting each aside when he no longer had any use for them. Each of his apprentices is a remarkably different take on his manipulative abilities, as he manipulated Maul through an upbringing of indoctrination, Dooku through his prideful need to see himself as important and superior to those around him, and Anakin through his fear of losing everything that mattered to him. Another aspect of Sidious that's so compelling is the sheer joy he takes in his evil, and all of these attributes are perfectly expressed through Ian McDiarmid's portrayal of him, particularly in Revenge of the Sith.

  • Admittedly, Mace Windu is a flawed character, but that doesn't keep him from being a complete and utter badass. Though he can certainly be too harsh and emotionally aggressive at times, he recognizes this flaw and created Vaapad, arguably the coolest lightsaber form of all time, in order to control his greatest flaw and turn it into his greatest combative asset. He is also ultimately driven by a fierce loyalty to his friends, the Jedi Order, and to the Republic. With this in mind, the traditional flaws of the Old Jedi Order Windu possesses seem almost justified, as his emotional detachment seems a proven method by the way he doesn't let his inner darkness touch him through his use of Vaapad, and his hubristic authoritarianism seems earned to him by his belief in the Order and Republic he has pledged his service and life to.

  • Anakin/Vader is arguably the central character of the Star Wars Saga, and even in his admittedly sketchy portrayal in Episodes II, it's somewhat redeemed by the fact that it's so bad it's legitimately entertaining. TCW makes him a likeable Jedi hero with an obvious internal conflict of emotions, and ROTS compellingly displays his fall to the Dark Side as Palpatine manipulates him with a fear of loss well established in the previous two episodes. The real tragedy is not only that he ultimately lost Padme and that he was manipulated by Palpatine, but that he was also manipulated by everyone (even Padme and the Jedi), and that his fall is as much the failure of the Jedi Order as it is his own failing. As Darth Vader, he is the iconic OG badass Sith Lord who embodied the Dark Side before anyone else did and set the tone for the Sith. A unique aspect of this Sith is that he's ultimately driven at this point by self-loathing, and his redemption is not only a huge character point for Luke and a catalyst for the end of the OT, but a fitting conclusion to the the broad character arc of Anakin Skywalker.

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi makes this list for the sheer and simple fact that he's just so damn likeable. He's inhumanly tenacious, taking physical beatings, enduring war, and experiencing one of the most depressing lives of any character ever without letting his pain and sorrow dominate his character and emotional state. He's friendly and compassionate, with all of his actors and voice actors bringing a certain warmth to the role that plays to his characterization and interaction with other characters. And he's suave, sarcastic, and bold in a very charismatic way that plays to his other personality traits. And lastly, Ewan McGreggor's portrayal of him in ROTS was absolutely amazing.

  • Zannah is a character defined by her learning to embrace Banite philosophy, and seeking to become worthy of carrying on Bane's legacy past his death, and the climax of her character arc is at the end of Rule of Two where she displays her manipulative talents, her devotion to the Dark Side, and ends the book with the declaration that she will one day surpass Bane, and this is the moment that she truly earns her place as a Sith and a member of Bane's Order. It's also her combative skillset that really intrigues me. She takes the defensive form Soresu, and incorporates the surface area of a saberstaff, the agile elements of Ataru, and the precision and footwork of Makashi, and gears them all towards maximizing defense. And lastly, I hold the belief that fear is the ultimate source of all negative emotion, evil, and emotional weakness and turmoil, so the concept of her sorcery overwhelming a person with the most twisted disturbing part of their own soul is particularly intriguing to me.

  • Darth Maul first earned his place as a badass warrior with his awesome physical presence and appearance, alongside his excellently choreographed martial devotion. Upon being brought back in TCW, I think his character was expanded in a good way and given more depth, which was portrayed excellently by Sam Witwer's voice work, whose one of my favorite voice actors in TCW. He was ultimately manipulated to the Sith ways by Sidious raising him through complete indoctrination, and Maul serving Sidious loyalty and defining his self-worth through that service. After being humiliated by Obi-Wan and cast aside by Sidious, Maul understandably went insane upon losing his source of purpose. Upon having his sanity restored, Maul redefined his purpose in life by paralleling Sidious rather than serving him, declaring himself the master, taking on an apprentice, becoming manipulative, and seeking galactic conquest, a path that ultimately cost him everything and left him in a rather tragic, but still kicking state in Rebels. And throughout all of his suffering, Maul obsessively seeks revenge against Obi-Wan, the man whose actions lead to him losing his place at Sidious's side and all of the loss and suffering that ensued because of that.

  • Given the unparalleled screen time of TCW and the fact that Ahsoka is the only one of the three main characters in the series to start off as a young inexperienced student, you get to see Ahsoka's character growth and maturation in a certain fleshed out depth that isn't matched onscreen by any other character in Star Wars as she goes from being a bratty naive student, to gradually learning lesson after lesson from experience and becoming increasingly self-sufficient and emotionally controlled, all the while keeping a certain wild conviction that sets her apart from many other Jedi. Her arc in TCW ultimately culminated with virtually everyone in authority screwing her over (which I really empathized and connected with since that basically embodies my middle school experience), her valiant but futile effort against such overwhelming odds, and her leaving the Jedi Order upon this betrayal in an impactful moment where she chooses self-respect over the easy secure path of returning to the Order, further setting the stage for Anakin's fall, and further illuminating the flaws of the Old Jedi Order. Her character in Rebels is a fitting continuation, and her confrontation with Vader was both the greatest duel and most satisfying emotional moment in that entire series.

    Huge shout out to King Joker/KJ27 for helping me to better appreciate this character.