Ever since "Star Wars" first hit theaters in 1977 and became an instant international phenomenon, fans have been arguing over who the coolest character is. And considering its been over 30 years now, we figure it's about time to settle it once and for all. So who will get to pass final judgment on the most important pop culture debate of our time?
Yes, to celebrate the September 16 release of the entire series on Blu-ray, it's the ultimate "Star Wars" poll, where you get to decide who the most awesome "Star Wars" character of all time is. Love yourself some Luke Skywalker? Can't resist the cosplay possibilities of slave Leia? Still besotted with the greatest action figure of all time, Boba Fett? Cast your vote -- and may the Force be with your favorite.
Actor: Mark Hamill
Notable Moment: Saving the universe would usually top the list, but having his hand chopped off in the same scene in "The Empire Strikes Back" where he learns Vader is his dad actually beats it.
The Force: From a whiny teen just looking to skip the farm and gets his rocks off, to the calm, composed and deadly master of the Jedi arts, Luke Skywalker's story is the "Star Wars" story. Heck, even his impending birth helped tip dad Anakin over the edge, while his devotion later redeemed the seemingly irredeemable Vader. Face it: Luke Skywalker is the man.
Actor: Harrison Ford
Notable Moment: Shooting Greedo first in "A New Hope" will always be the signature Han Solo moment that instantly defined his character. Are you listening, George?
The Force: Men want to be him, and women want to be with him. That's pretty much all you need to know about Han Solo, the baddest cat in the known universe. He's got the fastest ship in the galaxy and an even faster trigger hand. His cucumber-cool response to Leia's declaration of love on the moment of his seeming execution -- "I know" -- remains one of the best lines in cinema history.
Actor: Carrie Fisher
Notable Moment: Not to harp on that whole metal bikini thing, but Leia strangling Jabba the Hutt with the same chain he used to enslave her in "Return of the Jedi" is a pretty badass moment.
The Force: This is one princess who is no damsel in distress. Not only is Leia the heart of the rebellion, keeping Luke, Han and the others emotionally grounded, she's also the brains of the operation as well. Not to mention its most important political leader. Plus she's a courageous warrior who braves danger without a second thought. In fact, why did Lucas even bother having other characters at all?!
Actors: James Earl Jones, David Prowse and Hayden Christensen
Notable Moment: We're partial to the scene in "The Empire Strikes Back" where Vader strangles one of his minions via webcam. "You have Skyped me for the last time, admiral!"
The Force: True story: When "Star Wars" hit theaters, the mattress industry immediately saw a huge spike in sales owing to widespread bedwetting by terrified children. Okay, that's not actually a true story, but we'd believe it, because Vader isn't just the most iconic figure in the Stars Wars" franchise, he's arguably the greatest villain in film history.
Actor: Frank Oz
Notable Moments: Our jaws are still on the floor from Yoda's crazy pinball attack mode during his duel with Count Dooku in "Attack of the Clones."
The Force: What happens if you give an immortal Muppet the combined powers of Professor Xavier and Wolverine? You end up with a Jedi master whose knowledge of the Force and convoluted words of wisdom not only guide the Rebellion but also continue to inspire millions of terrible impressions around the world. Do or do not vote for Yoda; there is no try.
Actor: Peter Mayhew
Notable Moments: Chewbacca's unlikely chess match with R2-D2 in "A New Hope" provided the world with a vital nugget of wisdom: Let the Wookiee win.
The Force: Half hyper-intelligent bear and half man's best friend, Chewbacca somehow manages to get his personality across even though his vocabulary is limited to a series of howls and roars. He's the cutest deadly mercenary rebel in the galaxy, and his devotion to Han Solo through thick and thin is one of the most admirable aspects of the whole series. We're getting misty-eyed just thinking about it. Not bad for a walking carpet, huh?
Actor: Anthony Daniels
Notable Moments: Aw, poor C3-PO. We hate to say it, but his most iconic moment isn't when he was acclaimed as a god by the Ewoks -- it's when Chewy had to tote his dismembered body around in a backpack in "The Empire Strikes Back."
The Force: C3-PO is essentially the comic relief of the series, but while his fussy asides and nebbish comments are both funny and exasperating, his casual ability to slip important narration and exposition into his dialogue truly makes the series go. We wouldn't expect anything less from someone who speaks over six million languages, though. And we're just going to pretend that whole "Anakin built him as a kid!" thing never happened, okay?
Actor: Kenny Baker
Notable Moments: Almost too many to count, but we like the moment on Jabba's skiff in "Return of the Jedi" when he sidles up to the railing and shoots a lightsaber to Luke to kick off the revolt.
The Force: If C3-PO is that annoying friend you keep around only because you've known him since first grade, then R2-D2 is the much cooler, mellow buddy who always seems to know exactly what's going on even when nobody else does. He may be a robot made out of a trash can, but he's got more personality than most people we know.
Actors: Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor
Notable Moments: Young Obi-Wan briefly giving in to the Dark Side to hack down Darth Maul in "The Phantom Menace" just edges out old Obi-Wan letting Darth Vader kill him to prove a point in "A New Hope."
The Force: Funny thing: Despite the fact that he got killed off in the very first "Star Wars" movie, it turns out that Obi-Wan Kenobi, aka Old Ben Kenobi, is actually the main character of the whole series. Sure, Anakin/Vader get a lot of screen time and Luke is the supposed hero of the original trilogy, but it's Obi-Wan who anchors the whole thing from start to finish and provides some of the most emotionally complex moments in the franchise.
Actors: Jeremy Bulloch and Daniel Logan
Notable Moments: Boba Fett: the only person in the galaxy cool enough to talk smack to Darth Vader.
The Force: Either you're in the cult of Fett or you're not. Despite having only a couple of lines and being unceremoniously eaten by a giant desert sphincter, Boba Fett remains the "Star Wars" character with the most mystique and the highest cool factor. They retroactively made his dad, Jango, the template for the Stormtroopers, but no mere clone can hope to match the sui generis of Boba Fett.