When the original Star Wars hit the movie theatres in 1977, few people imaged it would spawn a series that would become so influential in pop culture. Soon after the 1977 release, toys were everywhere and people even knew all the catch-phrases that would become so well associated with the galaxy far, far away. The original trilogy did really well in theatres and became a cornerstone of American sci-fi.
The launch of the prequels starting in 1999 sought to recapture the spirit and momentum that was so obvious in the late 70s and 80s. While these movies made money, over-reliance on CGI, combined with pretty bad writing and some below average acting on the part of some of the cast made the prequels a distant second to the original trilogy. With the upcoming launch of the next series of Star Wars films, and associated stand-alone projects, expectations are high and many fans are hoping the franchise can get back on track and rejuvenate the spirit of the earlier releases.
Of course, over the last almost 40 years, the films have been accompanied with a range of toys, clothing, books and video games related to Star Wars universe. Some are related closely to the films while others branch out into a realm known as ‘The Expanded Universe,’ a fictional world which we don’t see in the films but exists to provide back and side stories to plotlines and characters we are familiar with. From all of these, we are introduced to a range of characters who all play their own role in the Star wars Universe.
The following list looks at 15 of the hottest Star Wars characters. The vast majority come directly from the films and most people will be very familiar with them. Just for fun we’ve also added a couple extra characters from the Expanded Universe and the upcoming Episode VII film. You won’t find Emperor Palpatine or Chewbacca ahead, but we’ll think you’ll agree that the following women are some of the hottest characters to exist in the far off Star Wars galaxy.
10. Aunt Beru
When we first met Aunt Beru she was working away in her kitchen and yelling at Luke to remind Uncle Owen about something – probably to pick up more blue milk at the local store. But wait, that Aunt Beru was older and not exactly attractive. While some of you may be into the older ladies, the Aunt Beru we’re talking about is the one played by Bonnie Piesse in the prequel films. This Australian actress hasn’t been in a lot of other films and her role in the Star Wars franchise is pretty small. Nonetheless, considering there’s not much else to look at on Tatooine, Beru deserves a place on this list.
9. Shaak Ti
This rather exotic looking Jedi Master made a brief appearance in Episode II: Attack of the Clones. If you look closely during the battle in the arena on Geonosis, you’re sure to spot her. While some guys might not be into the crazy costume and colors, the fact that Shaak Ti is played by the very attractive Orli Shoshan definitely makes her one of the hottest characters. Shoshan was also a member of the Israeli Defence Forces and qualified in hand-to-hand combat – making her as deadly in real life as her character was in the Star Wars universe. Fans who like her would have seen more in Episode III, but George Lucas opted to cut out two scenes which both involved her getting killed with a light saber.
8. Mara Jade Skywalker
The Star Wars franchise enjoys an extensive Expanded Universe full of characters not included in the films. Coming in at #8 and the only comic character listed here is Mara Jade Skywalker. If you’re not familiar with her, think of Catwoman crossed with the Avengers’ Black Widow. The red hair and tight black clothing makes her an obvious candidate for any list of hot characters. Throw in the ability to use the Force and wield a lightsaber and you have the icing on the cake for sci-fi hotness. Will she make some sort of appearance in the next releases of Star Wars films? We don’t know but we think a lot of fans will be hoping so.
While not a lot of Star Wars fans actually know her name, Oola was probably one of the best known Twi’leks (those colorful people with the tentacles coming from their heads) in the original trilogy. If you don’t remember, she was the green-skinned slave girl who ends up making Jabba the Hutt angry. After hearing enough, Jabba sends her down into the pit where she gets eaten by the Rancor. She was rather attractive and fans everywhere probably wore out their VHS copies of Return of the Jedi rewinding and pausing the scene where one of Oola’s boobs pops out while struggling with Jabba.
A lot of people are pretty excited about the new Star Wars film coming out this December. Although little has been released concerning characters and storyline, one main character that we know something about and can qualify as ‘hot’ is known as Rey. What do we know about her? Well, we know she is played by Daisy Ridley, a 23-year-old English actress who is easy on the eyes. We’ve also been told that she is a solitary character and self-sufficient. For Star Wars geeks everywhere this will automatically qualify her as hot.
A relatively small character that many people probably never really noticed, Dorme was Princess Amidala’s Handmaiden. If look closely during various scenes in Episode II: Attack of the Clones, you’ll notice this loyal servant is always hanging around either in the background or beside Natalie Portman’s character. Dorme is played by Australian actress Rose Byrne who has appeared in other films such as Bridesmaids and X-Men: First Class. Unfortunately, we don’t see any more of her after she agrees to stay behind on Coruscant as a decoy while Padme and Anakin head off to perform a lot of bad and awkward acting.
4. Ann and Tann Gella
These Twi-lek’s had only a tiny role in The Phantom Menace, but played a much bigger role in the advertising and lead-up to the film. They were even given their own card for a 1999 Star Wars collectable card game. In the film, Ann and Tann were twin sisters who lived on Tatooine. They didn’t really live there by choice as they were actually slaves of the despicable pod-racer Sebulba. In real life, Ann and Tann are actually Nifa and Nishan Hindes, twin sisters who have gone on to become professional models and named to various ‘beautiful’ and ‘sexiest’ lists around the world.
3. Aayla Secura
Yes, we clearly have some sort of Twi’lek fetish here at The Richest. Aayla Secura was a Twi’lek Jedi Master who featured most notably in Episodes II and III of the prequels. Originally an Expanded Universe character, she was written into the prequels after George Lucas saw some comic art involving the character. Whether into strange looking girls, blue skinned people or cleavage – Secura had it all and is mentioned prominently in any discussions about hot Star Wars characters. Unfortunately, her hotness could not save her from her own Clone Troopers who killed her on the exotic world of Felucia.
2. Padme Amidala
Padme Amidala was definitely a hot character of the Star Wars universe. Sure, getting through certain scenes listening to her deliver lines could be like running a cheese-grater across your face, but she was still hot. Played by Natalie Portman, Padme got better looking with every new release. Unfortunately, she didn’t get any smarter and couldn’t see her baby-daddy was pretty evil – and rather robotic when it came to line delivery. Despite her role in pushing Anakin to the Dark Side, Padme is deserving of taking her place among the other hot Star Wars cast.
1. Princess Leia Organa
Gold bikini. Really not much else needs to be said but our editors want more, so here it comes. Feisty, independent and able to handle a blaster, Princess Leia was ahead of her time when it came to strong women on the big screen. We couldn’t really get past the bagel hair in the first film. In the second, she was turning into quite a woman and rebel leader. Return of the Jedi, however, was the crowning moment in Princess Leia hotness. While a slave to Jabba the Hutt, Leia was forced to wear the gold bikini – something which propelled the character to immortal levels of sci-fi sexiness and provided a staple character present at every Comicon and sci-fi convention. Jabba, we salute you.