‘Star Wars’ Heroes vs. Villains: Who’s Cooler?

Star Wars has been a classic tale of good versus evil since it arrived over four decades ago in the form of A New Hope. You had the lovable heroes; Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Ben Kenobi, and the droids, C-3PO and R2-D2. And then there was the ultimate villain, Darth Vader, who emitted menace as soon as he walked in a room.

Over the years the Star Wars franchise has kept up that narrative of the heroes versus the villains in new, exciting ways. Lately, the movies have tried to blur the divisions between the protagonists and antagonists to keep viewers guessing but at the end of the day, there is still the dark side and the light. It’s fascinating stuff.

But then there’s that constant question: who’s cooler? Well, that’s what I’m here to find out. Enjoy!

The Villains

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Who are the characters that are marketed to the public the most? The villains! Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, the Stormtroopers, those are the characters you immediately can attribute to the Star Wars brand. And why does this happen? Because they’re really, really cool! Their outfits and personas are so awesome you can’t help but like them.

They’re sometimes scary and yes, they fight the good guys, but they look so darn good being the frightening antagonists that they are. Darth Maul with his red and black skin and his yellow horns. Darth Vader, with his haunting breathing problems, is one of the most iconic characters ever to appear in cinema because he’s that memorable. Kylo Ren is awesome 24/7. Captain Phasma is seriously the coolest stormtrooper ever created. And then there are plenty of other Star Wars antagonists that are just as fascinating.

As a Star Wars fan, I love the villains. What can I say? They’re cool. Unapologetically, undeniably cool.

The Heroes

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And then you’ve got the heroes who are just as mesmerizing in their own ways. They may not wear the captivating black robes and fascinating masks but their strength comes from their inspiring stories. I love Star Wars heroes because they constantly face so many personal obstacles and yet continue to find ways to prevail in the face of evil. Whether you’re a Jedi, a rebel fighter, a scoundrel, a scavenger, a stormtrooper, a mechanic, a princess, there are so many types of heroes and we can latch onto those characters in ways that we can’t with the villains.

Rey is my favorite Star Wars hero because she represents a strong woman. And being a strong woman doesn’t mean you can’t be vulnerable, as Rey shows her vulnerabilities many times in both Star Wars films, but her strength is also highlighted countless times as well. She’s more than simply a fictional character, she is a role model that girls can look up to and for the longest time I didn’t have that heroine that I could really root for.

I grew up with the prequels and Padme definitely wasn’t the role model type. Princess Leia was awesome but at the end of the day, I was still a Luke Skywalker fan. Now the “chosen one” is a woman in the form of the fabulous Rey and I love it!

I’m Totally a Heroes Girl!

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As cool as the villains are with their incredible outfits and intimidating personas I’m a fan of the heroes. They’re just simply the best. Luke, Leia, Han, Rey, Finn, Poe, Rose, Cassian, Jyn, you get the point. So many of these heroes have brought a smile to my face and I always am excited to see which new heroes this franchise will debut.

I’m particularly looking forward to seeing newcomer Jannah in The Rise of Skywalker. I already have a feeling she’s going to be a particularly interesting character.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day. May the Force be with you.

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