Stars Wars is a multibillion-dollar franchise that has millions of fans worldwide. This cultural phenomenon has branched into multiple games, movies, TV shows and other media. This article is a guide to the basic story of the original movies and its characters.
The story of star wars takes place in ‘a galaxy far far away’ and despite it being considered science fiction, it’s just pure fantasy. The universe is the love child of George Lucas who is responsible for creating most of its story and characters. The original trilogy namely Episode IV through VI takes place in the midst of an interplanetary war between the evil Empire who are modeled after the Nazi Empire and the heroic Rebel Alliance. But more than the war, at the core of the plot, it’s a melodramatic family story about the Skywalkers. The secret sauce that defines the story to give the protagonists and antagonists is The Force. People who have the gift of the force fall into either the good or the bad side of the force. The good side is referred to as the Light Side while the bad side is referred to as the Dark Side. The Jedi are an elite group of knights who uses the force and an epic laser beam sword called a lightsaber.
The Main Characters
Luke Skywalker: The main hero of Lucas’s original trilogy. He was a scrawny boy who grew up on a desert planet named Tatooine and then realized he had the gift of the force. He trains to become a really cool Jedi knight and tries to take down the Empire.
Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker: Darth Vader is one of the most recognizable characters in pop culture. He is the main protagonist of the Prequels (Episodes I, II, III) as Anakin Skywalker and the main protagonist of the Sequels as Darth Vader. He is also responsible for delivering the most misquoted line in movie history when he reveals that he is Luke’s father.
Leia Organa: Leia is one of the leaders of the Rebel Alliance and later finds out she is Luke’s twin sister. Leia started out as the damsel in distress but really comes into her own as a powerful influence in the story.
Han Solo: Han Solo is probably everyone’s favorite character and is the pilot of the Millennium Falcon, a spaceship that the main characters use to progress through the story. He started out as a scoundrel with a huge debt who later turns out to become a Rebel leader along with Leia. Leia and Han Solo eventually fall in love as well.
Chewbacca: A non-human character who speaks through his signature growl. He is also the co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon and best friend to Han Solo.
There are so many more compelling characters in the series like Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Lando Calrissian, etc. With more movies coming down the pipeline for the series, the vastness of this multibillion-dollar franchise is only more apparent.