It's safe to say that Darth Maul was one of the redeeming features of the prequel trilogy. Not only is he a really freaking cool bad guy with a unique fighting style that actually fun to watch, but he holds the unique distinction of being one of the few people in fiction to have ever managed to successfully kill Liam Neeson. Something hordes of wolves, legions of terrorists and even Greek Gods have tried and failed to do in the past. So kudos to you, Darth Maul, we don't think we'll see someone pull that off again until they reboot Taken.
Speaking of Liam Neeson, despite his character being responsible for saving Jar Jar Binks' life, he still managed to break into the top ten, which we think speaks volumes about how much people both love and fear Liam Neeson's fist. Along with being pivotal to the story of Star Wars, seeing as he's the the one who originally championed the idea of training Anakin Skywalker in the Jedi arts in the first place, according to some sources, Liam Neeson's massive frame also cost the production crew upwards of $150,000 because they had to build sets specifically to accommodate his height. In other words, Neeson's very presence on set sucked money out of the budget, man, it's no wonder his character felt like he had to save Jar Jar Binks, the guy playing him nearly eroded the budget that brought him to life just by standing there.
With the sole exception of Anthony Daniels, everybody loves R2-D2, because, well, why wouldn't they? R2-D2 is a plucky comic relief character, plot device and merchandising goldmine all wrapped into one sassy robotic body. He hasn't got a single line in any movie and he still has more character development than every role (insert actor you hate here) has ever had. The fact that R2-D2 placed a clear 12 places higher than C-3PO just goes to prove that not only can the little guy win sometimes, he can actively be instrumental in saving the day.
At the start of the original trilogy Luke Skywalker was just some dumbass kid living on Tatooine as a moisture farmer, by the end of it he was being hailed as a hero by practically the entire universe and he was so fundamentally kick-ass that everyone around him conveniently forgot that time he kissed his own sister. He also managed to live every child's dream and best his father in one-on-one combat while a creepy guy in a hood watched. He may not be the most popular character from the series, but we'll be damned if he isn't the one who lived up to his potential.
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