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Staff Roundtable: Which Star Wars Character Are You Most Like?

One of the things that makes Star Wars so enjoyable and accessible to the hearts of fans all over the world is the balance between escaping the sometimes harsh realities of the world in which we live and showcasing characters that we truly can relate to. Although the stories presented to us are naturally unrealistic, the emotions and motivations of the characters we’ve come to love are not. It’s not hard to imagine ourselves populating that galaxy far, far away. So, we here at SWNN would like to pose this question to you… which Star Wars character do you feel most similar to? Read on after the jump to find out what the staff have to say.

 

 

 

Darth Zloi (Chip Riordan)

Anakin Skywalker

 

It may come across a bit arrogant comparing oneself to the most powerful Force-user of all time, not to mention the centerpiece of the Star Wars saga. I assure you that my choice of this particular character has nothing to do with a massive ego. Nor does it have anything to do with the fact that I felt I should have been cast in this role, when I was an actor in high school. In fact, I made this selection due to some of my character flaws.

 

Anakin Skywalker could at times be light-hearted and jovial, only to have his anger flare up at the drop of a hat. These moments didn’t just come and then subside, they often drove him. A fire often raged inside him, long before he donned the Vader mask. In the Revenge of the Sith novelization, Anakin would have dreams/visions of a dragon that tormented him, consuming his soul with a tremendous fear. Unfortunately, he came to realize that the dragon was in fact himself. Sad to say, I’ve battled much of my life with a terrible temper. On my good days, I try to put others before myself and do my part in making the world a better place. However, I’ve also been known to explode with anger in an instant. Often due to seeing someone I care about hurt or feeling betrayed by people close to me. This duality exists within us all, yet I’ve always felt a special kindred connection to Anakin’s personality.

 

Anakin was also not the best with women, often coming across as very cheesy in his courtship with Padmé. Yet again, this is something that I’ve suffered with, knowing how to talk to women. I’ve had girlfriends and am married now, but it took me a long time to get in my groove.

 

Anakin was also impulsive often rushing into situations without giving any forethought to the potential consequences of his actions. While, this is something I’ve been improving on, it’s still definitely one of my weak points. In addition to being stubborn, Anakin displayed a special disdain for authority. This also rings true with yours truly, often costing me jobs when I was a younger because I couldn’t stop myself from saying what was truly on mind.

 

While I’ve definitely made a lot of strides in improving these negative qualities, I still have some way to go before I come one with the Force like Mr. Skywalker.

 

 

 

Rebo (Tim Levers) 

R2-D2

 

The observer.  The Analyst.  It may seem strange that out of all the varied characters in the Star Wars universe, that I would most identify with a bucket of bolts like “Artoo”, but it is the truth.  While there are many characters that I see different aspects of myself in, it is R2D2 that speaks most to the fundamental nature of my personality.

 

I like to see myself as a problem solver.  Someone who, like a certain astromech droid, is reliant on logic, waits and observes silently, analyses, and then acts decisively only after careful consideration of the problem.   And like R2D2, I am content to not be the center of attention, to value good work for the sake of good work.

 

On the other side of this comparison, I am a severe introvert who sometimes needs someone who understands “my language” to translate my true thoughts to others.  Also like R2, I have a short fuse and a “suffer no fools” mentality when things aren’t going to plan or people get in the way.  Some might even call me a little bossy.

 

But in the end, just like R2D2, I feel like I am trying to do good things, even if the manner in which I do them may come off cold and at times a bit stubborn.

 

 

 

Hard Case (Jordan Pate) 

Leia Organa

 

As with any fantasy story, I believe a lot of what people actually find so endearing about the characters in Star Wars actually comes more from those character traits that people aspire to rather than those that they actually possess.  All of the characters in the saga, especially the heroes, have qualities that resonate with most fans.  I mean, don’t we all want to be strong like Vader, cool like Han, loyal like Chewie, tough like Leia, brave like Luke, calm like Obi-Wan, wise like Yoda and smooth like Lando?  For this reason, I found it extremely difficult to narrow it down to just one character that I relate to the most.

 

So casting aside what I would like to believe about myself, I am forced now to confront the reality of my own personality to discover which Star Wars character most emulates my own. To answer this question truthfully, I had to forget about all the days I spent as a boy placing the kitchen chairs side by side to create my own “cockpit” as Chewie and I took on the galaxy.  Or the times I slashed down imaginary foes (and living room lamps) with my toy lightsaber.  I had to forget about who I wanted to be as a kid.  I even had to look past my own gender.

 

When I do that, looking solely at the qualities of the character, I have to say that I identify with Leia Organa more than any other Star Wars character. Like Leia, I have a fierce loyalty to my ideals, my loved ones, and my friends. I also have a desire to help those who can’t help themselves and to stand up for what’s right. On the other hand, I am equally stubborn, and my mouth can get me into trouble at times as I don’t always have a good filter when I’m dealing with what I deem as stupidity or willful ignorance.

 

Contrary to Leia, I don’t get much into politics, but I always felt like Leia (although a skilled politician) only used her skills in that arena in attempt to bring about real social change, using her platform to provide a voice for those who had none. She definitely had skills that I do not possess, but underneath, I feel that we are kindred spirits, having similar dreams and aspirations.

 

Leia was never my favorite character growing up, but as an adult, I am coming to view her as one of the most fascinating characters in the saga. She has such great emotional depth, and more seems to come to light about her with every new film, novel and comic book.

 

It’s funny though – perhaps someone even more like Leia than myself is my wife.  She is strong, confident, and beautiful.  She is kind-hearted and loyal, and she is the toughest woman I know. But man is she stubborn.  With her mouth she can utter such sweet words, and yet, from the same lips can come words that will cut you down to your knees in an instant. Sometimes I wonder how a “princess” like her and a guy like me could ever have ended up together, but then I watch Star Wars again, and it all makes sense. We are actually more alike than we are different.

 

I confess to having a little bit of Luke in me as well (which tempers my Leia qualities a bit), but her – she’s all Leia.  Maybe that’s why I have grown to love the character so much in recent years. Regardless, Leia is definitely one of the greatest characters in the Star Wars universe, and I aspire to portray that kind of spunk, tenacity, compassion, and confidence in my own life.

 

 

Obi-Wan

 

Kyle (Kyle Larson) 

Obi-Wan Kenobi

 

Obi-Wan Kenobi, kneeling down to examine Luke’s condition after scaring away a horde of Tusken Raiders, is the first memory I have of Star Wars.  As the film continued, we learned this sage of a man was a warrior from a forgotten time, lost in a self-imposed exile on a desolate planet.  The only purpose left in a galaxy where every foundation of Obi-Wan’s existence crumbled was to watch over the only one who may be able to save it.

 

Now, I don’t have anything that dramatic to identify with, but I’ve always had a voice in the back of my mind that sounds a lot like Alec Guinness’ wise inflection.  What I take away from Obi-Wan’s character was that he served as a conscience for a good portion of the existing Star Wars films.  My conscience guides me through every moment of my life.  I often ask myself exactly how I should embrace challenges, or walk away from something that might be bigger than I’m capable of handling.  Obi-Wan could have continued to fight the Empire and the Sith.  He could have given in or attempted to train Luke aggressively.  Instead, he chose patience over haste, and recognized the galaxy was not ready to rebel against the evil forces that now shadowed it.  He recognized his failure to save his friend and pupil, and that if he were to ever train Luke as a Jedi, it would have to be when Luke came to him.

 

I find grace in Obi-Wan’s actions, and it’s the same grace I try to carry out in my everyday life.  There is a time to take challenges head-on and a time for action.  Those are important things I often keep in mind.  The alternative approach, which is to wait for a solution to a difficult and complex problem to present itself, is also equally important.  There are things in my life I would like to change.  Many of them, and I’m sure you readers feel the same.  We can’t change them all today, or tomorrow, or maybe even next year.  If we remain mindful of them, accept what we are capable of in the moment, and trust that small steps in the right direction will get us to where we are going, and that these challenges will become successes.  That’s what I feel Obi-Wan did and that’s why the character is so endearing to me.

 

 

 

DEKKA129 (Patrick Russell) 

Obi-Wan Kenobi 

 

Okay, here’s the thing – I hear this question and the perpetual ten year-old in me immediately hollers, “Han Solo! Han Solo!!”

 

And, really, there is something to that. For one thing, I’ve always been a bit of an iconoclast. Even going back to the weeks and months in summer of 1977 before Dad finally took us to see Star Wars, my response to the neighborhood kids Star Wars mania was, “It’s just a MOVIE, for cryin’ out loud!” For another, I do have an innate urge to “travel light” on a personal level, though I’m always a softie when it comes to a friend in need. And I’ve been told that have a bit of a knack for smooth talking.

 

But the older I get, the more I tend to feel more like poor old Obi Wan. I’ve always had the best of intentions, tried to do what I felt was right, and then in the end something always seems to come along to turn the whole thing on its head. And, as the world continues to descend into ugly chaos, with the powerful exploiting the weak at every turn and small-minded people stoking the coals of bigotry and hatred (often to thunderous applause) I often find myself wishing that I could retreat to a simple life far away from everyone and everything.

 

Bottom line, I think it’s time for me to seek out my inner Solo again. That part of me is always a helluva lot more fun and energetic!

 

 

 

Pomojema (Grant Davis)

Luke Skywalker

 

I hope not to sound too cliché, but there’s always something that I’ve felt has always made me empathize with Luke Skywalker more than any other character in this franchise’s history. Luke isn’t the first character we meet in Star Wars (heck, he doesn’t show up until nearly twenty minutes after the Opening Crawl) and he certainly isn’t the coolest (since he spends more time onscreen whining than I’d care to admit, and everybody else says that they wanted to be Han – Mark Hamill included), but there was just something about the idea of this character having big aspirations for a larger world when it seems like his destiny is just to lead a mundane life. This might just be a bit of wish-fulfillment that my three-year-old self caught onto when I was seeing the Special Editions on the big screen for the first time, but I really liked the idea that Luke was able to learn that he was a crucial part of something so much bigger than himself – and that when push came to shove, Luke embraced his role as a Jedi and took on the Empire even when success seemed impossible.

 

Like Luke, I’ve felt that it’s best to believe in the best of people – sometimes, against your better judgment. While my optimism is frequently tested and I’ve often found myself in difficult situations, I choose not to take the easy way out, as I know Luke would not. But I make sure to do what I feel is right, and more importantly to make sure that the people I care about aren’t in harm’s way – even if that means that I have to put myself in peril in the process. As a little kid, I also had a degree of admiration for Jake Lloyd’s take on Anakin, so idolizing the boy who would grow up to become a Jedi Knight – and later, Darth Vader – is also something I share with our hero.

 

As it stands, I feel as though Luke is one of the best representations of the classical heroic archetype, and Luke’s characterization was presented in a way that made it easy for me to look up to him and aspire to be like him. The simplicity and basic goodness of his personality is what has drawn me and others across generations to the character. Perhaps, then, I’ll really be interested in seeing where they take this character in the Sequel Trilogy given that his experiences have placed a much greater degree of depth upon him than before. From the sound of things, we’re going to be dealing with a character that has a much different outlook on the Galaxy than we’re expecting, but one who is still fundamentally the same person he always was at his core. Perhaps I’ll find that the decades of difference between who Luke was in the Original Trilogy and who he is in the Sequel Trilogy might make me reflect on how much I’ve changed since I was a little kid in a theater, seeing these movies for the first time – gazing towards the Binary Sunset toward a future of promise.

 

 

 

Bluestreaking (Robert Wright)

Kylo Ren

 

I am most like Kylo Ren. I feel I am in a constant struggle with what I desire to be vs what I actually am. Kylo’s internal struggles are struggles I myself have dealt with, and the external way he reacts is akin to my reactions. Minus angrily flailing a lightsaber about, mostly because I suffer from a debilitating lack of lightsaber to flail around with. But really, to my mind Kylo’s story is a story of feelings of internal disappointment and the feeling, either real or imagined, of external disappointment as well along with the natural human reactions. The constant human struggle of attempting to reach one’s potential and struggling with the right path in order to reach it, the call to the light or the call of the dark.I like to hope parts of me also resemble Thrawn. The desire to view the world through the cold lens of logic and an almost tranquil yet dispassionate understanding of the world around me. Like Thrawn I like art, and to learn about people through their art. You could argue that I view myself as a Kylo Ren where the goal is Thrawn vs the goal being Darth Vader. At times the connection is as palpable as the Vaderesque menace Kylo Ren displays on Jakku, while at other times the connection may appear frayed or lost such as when Kylo throws a futile tantrum in Starkiller Base. In the end I am an individual with a goal in mind, and the only unknown is the path through which I will take.

 

 

 

Sen Cosmicflight (Chad Stevens)

Qui-Gon Jinn

 

I am most similar to Qui-Gon Jinn. I do not always follow the rules and I’m always trying to find a better way. I don’t like things that I can’t change or that appear to be set in stone. Following traditional values is not really in my DNA. I’m am a man of honor that will stand by his good word and a word you can count on. 
 

 

 

 

Darth Lexor Kai (Justin Skeen)

Supreme Leader Snoke

 

I am most like supreme leader Snoke. Secretly in charge of everything and very mysterious. People are always trying to guess what I’m up to and rumors have begun to spread that I might even by the dead grandfather of one of my most loyal employees. Though these rumors persists, I do not deny them which leads to more confusion about my true intentions. Another rumor that keeps the ladies (and the press) busy is whether or not I really am THAT big. Do you remember when Dorothy looked behind the curtain? What a disappointment that must have been.For the record, I am officially stating that I am most certainly not force sensitive.

 

On another note, I asked Jill, my girlfriend, what character I am most like. She said – without hesitation – Jabba. I’m not gonna be asking her for advice for a while.

 

 

 

So, there you have it, the characters that members of our staff feel the most connected to. Now, it’s your turn. Which Star Wars character do you feel most like? Feel free to take a serious approach or a more humorous one like DLK (maybe he wasn’t joking ;). Also, check out our meet the staff section to see if any of our staff actually look like their counterparts. We look forward to hearing your choices in the comments below.

 

 

 

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