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Star Wars Original Trilogy: 5 Endings That Fans Completely Reject (& 5 They Think Were Perfectly In Character)

The Original Star Wars Trilogy is an exciting amalgamation of universal themes, brilliant special effects, and confusing narrative choices. Amidst its audacious world-building from the sands of Tatooine to forests of Endor, some inconsistencies in character and plot development allow for a creative license that isn't always congruous. While some characters end up where they should, others aren't so lucky.

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By now, most fans know that the production of the trilogy was heavily impacted by studio involvement, budgetary restrictions, and creative differences. Despite that, even in-universe there were certain heroes and villains that got the sort of endings they deserved, while others might as well have been Sarlacc food.

10 Completely Reject: Boba Fett

At the time that Return of the Jedi premiered, Boba Fett had been built up as a sizable threat, a bounty hunter with a heart of beskar, who wouldn't let his prize–the frozen body of Han Solo–go without a fight. And yet, the fight the fearsome mercenary puts up in the movie is paltry, ineffective, and quite frankly embarrassing.

Rather than have a final duel with newly minted Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, he decides to take on a freshly unfrozen Han Solo still suffering from carbonation sickness, a terrible plan which backfires, when his jetpack gets hit and he goes hurtling into the Pit of Carcoon like a chump and screaming like a newborn Bantha.

9 Perfectly In Character: Luke Skywalker

At the conclusion of Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker is the protagonist that has reached the end of Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey; the quest has taught him the skills he needs to combat the evil he must face, he has emerged a changed man from the undertaking, and the callow youth on Tatooine has turned into a sagacious mentor by its end. Facing Vader again, he isn't the farmboy who lost his cool on Cloud City, but a mindful, serene Jedi Knight.

It wasn't Luke's belief in himself that made him go into the lion's den because hubris was a tool of the dark side. It was faith in his father, not the mechanical scourge he'd become, that compelled him to go to the Emperor's throne room. He faced his greatest fears, looked upon the face of his father, and determined his own destiny.

8 Completely Reject: Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi might have known what he was doing when he faced Vader in A New Hope, but fans were caught completely off-guard when he let himself be slain by his former pupil without so much as a final Force push.

The confrontation between Vader and Kenobi is the first lightsaber duel seen in the entire franchise, and it's one of the worst. What's supposed to be a climactic moment between the Dark Lord of the Sith and his former master (who haven't seen each other in decades) feels underwhelming, especially given the context of their relationship in the Prequel Trilogy, and the fact that Kenobi is a truly master swordsman. Kenobi needed a much more epic sendoff worthy of his rank and abilities.

7 Perfectly In Character: Han Solo

By the time the Original Trilogy ends, Han Solo is a reformed reprobate, having turned his back on smuggling in favor of a worthy cause, and become an indispensable help to the Rebel Alliance. He gets to destroy the second Death Star, and even "gets the girl."

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Han learning to be part of something larger than himself is a crucial turning point in his character development, and after he helps Luke blow up the first Death Star, he can't help but slowly march towards embodying the archetype of a classical anti-hero – a man with moral failings for whom altruism doesn't come naturally, but is pursued all the same.

6 Completely Reject: Biggs Darklighter

Biggs Darklighter is an old friend of Luke's from Tatooine who, after going off-world to join the Academy, later defects to the Rebel Alliance. Luke reunites with him on Yavin 4, and the two are overjoyed to be flying together again "just like old times." Unfortunately, because Biggs is a character that needs a lot more screen time, their relationship isn't developed enough to make their reunion very emotional.

Biggs dies rather unceremoniously during the trench run on the first Death Star despite being one of the best pilots in Rogue Squadron. He serves as an obvious plot device to reaffirm the stakes and give Luke emotional turmoil. Next to Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru, Biggs knew Luke the best, and yet fans get no insight into the Jedi hopeful from his interactions with Biggs (who was supposed to be in several deleted scenes on Tatooine).

5 Perfectly In Character: Jabba The Hutt

There's hardly a more satisfying ending in the entire Original Trilogy than the demise of Jabba the Hutt, which might as well have been turned into a ballad and sung throughout the galaxy. That the crimelord dies by the hand of his subjugated prisoner is the purest form of comeuppance.

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Leia uses the chains of her imprisonment against him, and he's choked on the institution he continued to perpetuate, going all the way back to Anakin and Schmi Skywalker and every other indentured life on Tatooine.

4 Completely Reject: Leia Organa

After keeping the fighting spirit of the Rebel Alliance alive through her fierce leadership, Leia Organa isn't made the leader of the task force down to Endor. In fact, she isn't promoted to the rank of general – Han Solo is. She brings her usual arsenal of skills; resourcefulness, quick-thinking, and marksmanship, but still gets reduced to someone without a lot of character development while her love interest and her brother get meatier parts.

She should have been commanding troops, providing debriefings, and doing the sort of duties she already had well in hand in the previous two movies. Her ending up with Han Solo is a pleasant part of her ending, but for a more well-rounded character (and to connect to the Sequel Trilogy), Leia should have been beginning her Jedi training.

3 Perfectly In Character: Yoda

After having survived the Clone Wars and combated countless Sith Lords, Yoda's final act in life is to train the last Jedi and urge him to pass on what he's learned. He becomes one with the Force knowing that the destiny of the Skywalker family is out of his hands, but that the fate of the galaxy will be shaped by his teachings.

Yoda made a conscious effort to mend his tutelage over time. Where first he had told a young Obi-Wan Kenobi to be "mindful of the future", he cautioned Luke from "looking away to the future, to the horizon", much like his father before him. At the end of his life, he knew that what mattered was the moment, and finding peace within it, because a Jedi that could do that would be calm, collected, and serene when faced with any insurmountable task, even death.

2 Completely Reject: Grand Moff Tarkin

Despite being a Machivalian mastermind who had a firm grip on Darth Vader's leash, Grand Moff Tarkin is killed by his own hubris. That he can't perceive what is happening during the initial run on the first Death Star is a focal point that undermines the character's status as a brilliant military tactician.

That a compelling character like Tarkin is killed after only a few scenes, when he could have made a dynamic foil for Vader as he becomes conflicted over the sudden appearance of his son, is a waste of talent and creative license. That he's outsmarted some of the most prominent strategists in the galaxy, only to be killed in such a cavalier way, is to totally rob the character of any of his sagacity and menace.

1 Perfectly In Character: Darth Vader

Even if fans never knew about the Dark Lord of the Sith's tragic backstory, there was enough character development in the final moments he spent with his son to entreat sympathy. His love for his son allows him to defeat the Emperor, banish the shadows from his heart, and finally gives himself permission to see the good that Luke knew was buried all along.

Darth Vader's redemption arc culminates in some of the most emotional scenes in the entire trilogy, and very possibly in the whole franchise, thanks to the universally relatable themes of familial reconnection, the earnest desire for an emotionally safe harbor in a maelstrom of pain, and of course, good conquering evil.

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