8 of the best original Star Wars characters ranked from weakest to strongest

Let's take a look at some iconic characters from the original trilogy and see how they rank among each other.

"Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi (Alec Guinness), and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in the Millennium Falcon. ? Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved."
"Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi (Alec Guinness), and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in the Millennium Falcon. ? Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved." /
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5. Princess Leia Organa

Princess Leia Organa, our space-bun-wearing, blaster-wielding, rebel leader, and Queen of Sass lands at number 5 in my Star Wars strength-o-meter. Why number 5, you ask? Well, for starters, Leia isn't just your run-of-the-mill princess waiting to be rescued. Nope, she's the one doing the rescuing, leading rebellions, and spitting sass like it's her job. She's got a sharp mind for strategy and isn't afraid to jump into the middle of the action, blaster in hand. But when it comes to Force powers, Leia's like that student in class who's super smart but hasn't quite finished all the reading. She's got the potential, but we don't see her lifting X-Wings or mind-tricking Stormtroopers in the original trilogy.

Leia's as tough as they come. She strangles Jabba the Hutt with a chain while wearing a teeny bikini, for crying out loud. That's not just brave, that's hardcore. But in the grand scheme of things, where lightsabers and Force-chokes are the name of the game, she's more of a boots-on-the-ground kind of girl. She's the planner, the motivator, the heart of the rebellion. But when it's time to face down Sith Lords or duel with a lightsaber, Leia steps aside for the Jedi and Sith to do their intergalactic glow-stick dance. So, she's our number 5 - not because she isn't awesome, but because in a universe where your opponents can do backflips and control your mind, being a badass leader with a blaster just puts you right in the middle.