38 major deaths in the ‘Star Wars’ movies, ranked from saddest to completely deserved

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It’s May the Fourth, and “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is coming to theaters in a few weeks (May 25), so the galaxy far far away has been on our minds a lot lately. 

“Star Wars” is literally about war in the sky, which means that a lot of lives have been lost along the way.

But somehow, General Hux is still alive.

Some of the characters lost throughout the “Star Wars” films have been in our lives for decades, like Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. And some had small but powerful roles in just one movie that made us shed a lot of tears despite their brevity, like Amilyn Holdo in “The Last Jedi.”

But with some characters, we couldn’t wait for them to die. So when they did, we were cheering (Jabba the Hutt, Palpatine).

We ranked 38 notable deaths from the movies, from the porg Chewie cooked to Obi Wan Kenobi. We chose the deaths of characters who had names, had more than a few lines, and/or had some kind of impact on a major plot point or a major character.

Here’s the Star Wars deaths ranked, from least tragic to most tragic:

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38. Jabba the Hutt

When: “Return of the Jedi”

Cause of death: Leia chokes him with the chains he bound her in. 

Jabba was awful, and we’re glad Leia was the one who got to end his days. 

37. Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious

When: “Return of the Jedi”

Cause of death: Falls down the reactor shaft of the second Death Star when Darth Vader turns on him to save Luke’s life.

Finally! It was about time Palpatine fell down a reactor shaft. His death was not sad, but it was an emotional moment for the Skywalker boys. 

36. Grand Moff Tarkin

When: “A New Hope”

Cause of death: He’s inside the Death Star when the Rebel Alliance destroys it. 

Tarkin served his purpose. He was an example of an evil person within the Empire that isn’t Vader or the Emperor. His death was karma getting back at him for destroying Alderaan with such enthusiasm. 

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