10 Most Relatable Weaknesses In Star Wars’ Heroes

The Star Wars cinematic saga features a handful of truly exceptional interstellar heroes. These characters have saved the galaxy many times and inspired moviegoers with their incredible courage, strength and kindness, but even they have weaknesses and flaws. Such weaknesses don’t ruin the best Star Wars heroes, however. Instead, these flaws humanize them and make them more sympathetic.

Star Wars‘ best heroes don’t have to be perfect to save the day from the Dark Side. They’re wise enough to face those flaws and weaknesses, mental and physical, and overcome them. That is what makes the best Star Wars heroes like Luke, Anakin, and Rey so inspiring, and it makes for a better, more engaging character arc as the sci-fi action unfolds.

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10 Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker holding a Green Lightsaber ready to fight

The original trilogy’s hero, Luke Skywalker, had many relatable flaws as a Jedi in training. Luke was a noble and brave person, but he was also surprisingly juvenile at times, and he was known to be a rash, highly emotional hero as well. Luke’s wild emotions often got the better of him, and he often paid for it.

This flaw was most notable in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back. In that movie, Luke rashly departed Dagobah to rescue Princess Leia on Cloud City, meaning he was stumbling right into a trap. Then, in 1983’s Return of the Jedi, a furious Luke attacked Darth Vader in anger and nearly lost himself to the Dark Side.

9 Leia Organa Solo

Princess Leia on Endor in episode VI return of the jedi

Princess Leia Organa, later Leia Organa Solo, had many strengths as a hero in the original trilogy. Like her brother, Leia was a strong-willed and idealistic person who had to help others at any cost. Unlike Luke, Leia was already aiding the Rebellion in her teens, and she did well.

Leia’s most notable weakness — which was certainly not her fault — was her lack of proper training. Leia was raised to be a diplomat and princess, not a warrior, so she had to figure it out herself. Her lack of training also meant Leia couldn’t recognize or use her Force talents until much later, which held back her potential for years.

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8 Rey Skywalker

Daisy Ridley as Rey in the middle of a battle on the Death Star in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Rey Skywalker was the next generation’s hero in the sequel trilogy. Just like Luke Skywalker before her, Rey grew up in obscurity on a miserable desert world before she got swept up in a great war and found her destiny as a Jedi Knight.

Rey’s main weakness was her attachment to the past, which was connected to her hope for a future that would never happen. Rey was desperate to see her parents again, and this held back her potential — a weakness that even the troubled Kylo Ren could see. It was Kylo Ren who helped Rey finally let go her past in 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, allowing Rey to focus on the present at last.

7 Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi as an old man in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

There was a lot to love about the charismatic Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequel movie trilogy and 1977’s A New Hope. Obi-Wan was like an older brother to Anakin and was a quintessential heroic Jedi Knight. He also vanquished General Grievous before defeating Anakin/Vader on Mustafar.

For all his accomplishments and virtues, however, Obi-Wan also had some personal flaws. His biggest weakness was his attachment to others, which made him miserable. Upon seeing Qui-Gon get impaled, Obi-Wan attacked Darth Maul in a fury, skirting close to the Dark Side. Later, Obi-Wan realized he loved Anakin like a brother, making him too slow to recognize and stop Anakin’s fall to the Dark Side.

6 Master Yoda

Yoda sitting down in the prequel Star Wars trilogy

Jedi Master Yoda was a central pillar of the old Jedi Order, and in his prime, Yoda was widely respected and highly influential. It seemed Yoda had it all as a Jedi, but he also had a major weakness that most Jedi Masters shared: complacency. Yoda and his peers were too used to the Jedi Order’s success.

Yoda’s complacency meant he was too late to take on the Dark Side until it was too late, and Darth Sidious had already risen to power. Sidious also clouded the Force to hide his true nature, but even so, Yoda was too comfortable with how things were, and wasn’t ready for disaster when it arrived.

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5 Anakin SkywalkerAnakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) glowers in Jedi robes with his scar prominently visible

The prequel trilogy’s fallen hero, Anakin Skywalker, was enormously gifted with the Force and was also an ace pilot. His skills and talents made him a great hero in the Clone Wars, but his personal flaws and weaknesses ensured his downfall as a corrupted Jedi Knight.

Anakin’s biggest weakness was his attachment to others, but to a more extreme degree than Obi-Wan. Anakin’s attachment to his mother Shmi started his fall to the Dark Side, and Anakin’s fears of his wife Padmé Amidala dying in childbirth gave Sidious all the leverage he needed to turn Anakin into his Sith puppet.

4 Poe Dameron

Poe Dameron with a scar in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The ace pilot Poe Dameron dominated many space battles in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, starting with his battle on Takodana to rescue Rey’s group from the First Order. He also cleared all the turrets on an enemy dreadnought to save the Resistance fleet. It was a gutsy risk that paid off, much to General Hux’s horror.

The Last Jedi also revealed Poe’s single biggest weakness: his reckless streak. Poe was a complete X-wing jock who thought no one can touch him — a maverick who could break all the rules. That made Poe cool, but it also cost him greatly in The Last Jedi, which Leia and Holdo both called him out on.

3 Han Solo

Han Solo using his blaster in Star Wars episode IV a new hope

The lovable rogue Han Solo became a vital addition to Luke’s team of heroes in the original Star Wars trilogy, and he also helped out Rey and Finn in 2015’s The Force Awakens before he met his end on Starkiller Base. Han Solo did well for himself as a smuggler turned galactic savior. However, he couldn’t keep outrunning his problems forever.

Han Solo had some personal flaws, such as his selfish streak, but his primary weakness was his sheer bad luck. Unfortunately, no amount of training or studying can overcome such a weakness, and Han’s misfortune cost him dearly in five different Star Wars movies.

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2 K-2SO

K-2SO the droid in rogue one on jedha

K-2SO was a dryly hilarious and memorable droid from 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He was introduced as Cassian Andor’s robot friend, a reprogrammed Imperial droid who did whatever he could to support the Rebellion.

K-2SO was built tough and could interface with almost any Imperial computer console or program, but he couldn’t do it all. K-2SO had pretty weak charisma, meaning he struggled to convince people like Jyn to do things his way. Even by droid standards, K-2SO had trouble talking his way in or out of anything with that attitude of his.

1 Jyn Erso

jyn erso in star wars, lookng over her shoulder in jedha city

Jyn Erso was the antihero of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the daughter of Galen Erso, an ex-Imperial scientist. In her girlhood, Jyn lost her mother and ended up a rogue for years on end, fighting to survive all over the Empire. She had it rough, and her attitude didn’t help.

Jyn, like some of her squadmates in Rogue One, had weak charisma and had a tough time convincing anyone to see things her way. It wasn’t entirely Jyn’s fault, given her unpleasant upbringing, but it still held her back and was definitely her biggest weakness during the fight for freedom against the Empire.

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