Star Wars: 10 most disliked storylines, ranked

Despite differences of opinions, there are some subplots and "creative choices," that unite Star Wars fans in a collective facepalm. Let's talk about them.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Luke Skywalker lightsaber duels Darth Vader. Image Credit:
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Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace /

3. Jar Jar Binks (The Phantom Menace and subsequent appearances)

Jar Jar Binks, the character who stumbled his way into the heart of the Star Wars saga, only to find that heart wasn't exactly welcoming.

Imagine a galaxy filled with epic lightsaber duels, mysterious Force wielders, and battles that decide the fate of the universe. Now, throw in a gangly Gungan who trips over his own feet and talks like he's got a mouthful of space marbles. It's like adding a clown to a knight's quest - sure, it's different, but maybe not the "different" that the audience signed up for. Jar Jar's slapstick antics and peculiar speech pattern were meant to bring a dash of humor and appeal to the younger fans, but for many, it felt like a misstep in a saga that's known for the heavy drama and complex characters.

Instead of comic relief, Jar Jar became a distraction, pulling viewers out of the immersive experience of a galaxy far, far away.

And then there's the matter of Jar Jar's role in the grand scheme of things. In an epic tale of heroes and villains, where every character's journey seems intertwined with the fate of the galaxy, Jar Jar's contributions... well, let's just say they're controversial. His most significant act - helping to give Chancellor Palpatine emergency powers - unintentionally leads to the rise of the Empire. Oops. While some argue this adds depth to his character, showing how even well-intentioned actions can have dire consequences, for many fans, it was too little, too late. For some of us theorists, it only cements the fact that he could also be a Sith Lord or at least a Sith apprentice even more.

Jar Jar's presence became a symbol of the prequels' perceived missteps, turning him into the scapegoat for anyone looking to point out where the beloved franchise might have gone astray. In the end, Jar Jar's leap into the Star Wars universe was as clumsy as his steps through the Naboo swamps, leaving fans divided and a bit bewildered.