2. Luke Skywalker

Luke tells his sister the tragic truth of their parentage. (Image: Lucasfilm)

Luke Skywalker lost his aunt and uncle to the Empire. Then he rushed off to face Vader unprepared, only to learn that his enemy was his own father. He lost his mentor in Obi-Wan, watched his friends suffer, and ultimately succumbed to his own failures. Like Obi-Wan before him, he lost his apprentice to the Dark Side. It was that apprentice, his own nephew, that would betray the Light and murder Luke’s best friend Han Solo. From self-imposed exile, he witnessed the full force of his failure in Kylo Ren’s rage. And he paid for it with his life. There are few, more tragic Star Wars characters than Luke.

Most Tragic Star Wars Characters, #1: Leia Organa

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Luke’s tragedy is bested only by that of his sister. Her planet, parents, destroyed. Her father? Among those responsible. She fight the good fight for the good of all people, never once truly placing her own needs or desires before those of others. It cost her everything. Leia lost her people, friends like Ackbar, Mon Mothma, and Vice Admiral Holdo. Her Resistance crumbled, her own son murdered the love of her life, and led to her brother’s passage into the Force. As tragic as it may be to perish, it’s worse still to watch so much befall those around you. Leia Organa, most tragic of the tragic Star Wars characters, indeed.

So who would you add to this list?