Prime 10 Star Wars Moments that Made Us Cry

Everyone knows worry results in anger, anger results in hate, and hate results in struggling. However you recognize what else results in struggling? Loving Star Wars.

Via an ever-expanding roster of Star Wars characteristic movies, TV reveals, novels, comics, anthologies, and extra, we get hooked up to the characters we meet in a galaxy far, far-off. And once they’re unhappy, we’re too. (In spite of everything, fiction builds empathy!) However regardless of what number of rewatches we have performed, we nonetheless want to interrupt out the tissues and name a pal to deal with the emotional fallout of those scenes. Ugly criers unite; listed below are ten moments in Star Wars that’ll fill a star destroyer with our tears.


1. Kanan’s Loss of life (Star Wars Rebels)

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No Star Wars fan is identical after watching “Jedi Evening,” the tenth episode of the fourth season of Rebels.

There’s not a demise in Star Wars extra affecting. Prompted by the Pressure to organize for the tip, Kanan Jarrus, Jedi Knight, demonstrates within the truest sense what makes a Jedi nice: not by rejecting love, however by embracing it to the purpose of sacrificing himself for his household. It is a devastating departure, and the ripple results carry us by means of the emotionally explosive finale of the present.

Kanan’s unforgettable closing moments deepen the tragedy. He lastly hears Hera declare her love, reveals true mastery of the Pressure as he retains the explosion at bay, and miraculously recovers his imaginative and prescient in time to maintain his promise to Hera (“we are going to see one another once more”). And in contrast to different deaths in Star Wars, we get time to mourn alongside the Ghost crew as they work their approach by means of the phases of grief. Add Kevin Kiner’s heartbreaking rating into the combination, and also you’re in for an ugly-cry marathon.

2. Anakin Burns (Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith)

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I used to be eleven after I noticed Revenge of the Sith in theaters and sobbed into my mother’s shoulder as Anakin Skywalker burst into flames. I am virtually thirty now, and whereas I can resist the urge to name my mother throughout a rewatch, the scene hasn’t gotten any much less tragic.

Regardless of the atrocities we have seen him commit, there’s one thing about Anakin’s ugly defeat on Mustafar that makes it clear there is not any going again: Vader is right here to remain, and the kindhearted boy from Tatooine is gone. Plus, Anakin and Obi-Wan’s character improvement by means of seven seasons of The Clone Wars and novels like Brotherhood offers this dramatic battle between brothers a brand new stage of emotional stakes. I am suspicious of any dry eye I spy when the stoic Obi-Wan tearfully cries out that he liked him, understanding it’s far, far too late.

3. Ahsoka Leaves (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

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Ahsoka Tano strolling into the sundown of Coruscant, leaving Anakin Skywalker and the Jedi Order behind, rapidly grew to become one of the evocative photos of The Clone Wars period. Betrayed, confused, and questioning every thing she ever knew, our favourite Padawan’s selection to go away her beloved grasp was a Dave Filoni masterstroke many people won’t ever recuperate from.

It is arduous to know what made us cry more durable: her slumped shoulders as she walked away, or the look on Anakin’s face as he watched her go, the darkness deepening round him. Figuring out what’s in retailer for him and the Jedi offers the scene a fateful fringe of not solely misplaced innocence however misplaced hope. 10/10 on the emotional wreckage scale.

4. Mando Removes His Helmet for Grogu (The Mandalorian)

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Din’s option to take away his helmet so Grogu might see his face is with out query one of many tenderest scenes we have ever gotten in any Star Wars medium.

As a Youngster of the Watch, Din Djarin’s faith and tradition imply every thing to him. Eradicating his helmet means sacrificing all of it. Apart from, it was one factor to take it off underneath duress a couple of episodes earlier on Morak; it’s fairly one other to voluntarily present his face as an act of affection and belief. A fearsome hunter keen to be his most weak self for the sake of a kid? Take our cash. Plus, when will Grogu’s tiny hand on Din’s cheek NOT ship us diving into our tissue bins? By no means. The reply is rarely.

5. Leia’s Loss of life (Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker)

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The demise of Leia Organa would have been a sucker punch regardless of the way it occurred, however after “House Mother” Carrie Fisher’s passing a couple of years earlier, the onscreen second grew to become much more important. The outpouring of grief for her – R2-D2’s mournful beeps, Poe’s disbelief, Rey’s tears, and Chewie’s wail of lamentation – echoed our personal.

Beloved from the second she first appeared on a doomed starship with a white gown and area buns, Leia meant a lot to her galaxy and ours. She was the final of the unique trio to develop into one with the Pressure, and her demise was each the tip of an period and a ravishing full-circle second for the saga. It was an act of religion that despatched her calling for Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope, and it was an act of religion that despatched her calling her son again to the sunshine in The Rise of Skywalker, understanding she wouldn’t survive the try. Even when we knew it was coming, none of us had been able to say goodbye.

6. Burying the Clones (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

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After seven seasons of attending to know the clones as people, troopers, comrades, and brothers, seeing the 501st Legion decreased to an unlimited expanse of an identical graves took my breath away. Ahsoka and Rex’s silent vigil appears hole and insufficient within the face of such loss.

With no dialogue and little music, the second is as haunting as it’s tragic—a becoming finish to a landmark collection that humanized the Star Wars universe to an unprecedented diploma.

7. Obi-Wan Apologizes to Vader (Obi-Wan Kenobi)

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For those who thought “You had been my brother, Anakin! I liked you!” was unhealthy, you most likely obtained knocked flat by the season finale of Obi-Wan Kenobi. In a shocking throwback (or foreshadowing) to Ahsoka’s showdown with Vader in Season 2 of Rebels, Obi-Wan apologizes to the uncovered left aspect of Vader’s face, burn scars glowing alternately blue and crimson. “For all of it,” he croaks out by means of tears.

Ten years of remorse, regret, and grief have introduced Obi-Wan to this second of apology. Ewan McGregor’s exceptional efficiency ensures that we really feel each little bit of that heartache with him. And shoutout to showrunner Deborah Chow for making us imagine for a second that possibly, simply possibly, his former apprentice will forgive him.

8. Han Seems to Ben Solo (Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker)

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I used to be too shocked to cry at Han’s demise in The Pressure Awakens. I used to be in a lot denial that I even waited for an end-credit scene to convey him again earlier than remembering this wasn’t Marvel. However I might accepted it by the point The Rise of Skywalker got here out, which made Han Solo’s look to his son an instantaneous tearjerker.

Is it the Pressure? Is it a hallucination? Is it merely a manifestation of what Ben Solo most wants to listen to? Who is aware of. However seeing our favourite scoundrel present up as a father, even from past the grave, was poignant and significant. Along with his signature catchphrase (“I do know”), Han assures Ben of his unconditional love the identical approach he (kind of) assured Ben’s mom on Bespin so a few years earlier than. It is a worthy finish for Han Solo and a ravishing reconciliation scene for 2 characters with a historical past of avoiding connection.

9. Nanta’s Loss of life (Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi)

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You realize who I am speaking about: the lovely Ewok who would not make it by means of the Battle of Endor. Seeing a fuzzy teddy bear get killed by an Imperial Walker was one in all my first onscreen heartbreaks. It was a wake-up name to the brutality of struggle, the cruelty of imperialism, and the truth that even the cutest creatures do not get a cross on the battlefield. Plus, his companion Romba’s gradual realization that his pal is useless is sort of an excessive amount of to bear.

Actually, it is on par with Simba realizing Mufasa is not going to get up. And I am not above fast-forwarding by means of it if I do not suppose my coronary heart can take it that day.

10. Order 66 (Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith; Star Wars: The Clone Wars; The Unhealthy Batch; Obi-Wan Kenobi)

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Each time we see Order 66 in a brand new Star Wars story, the magnitude of the bloodbath will get extra actual. The unique montage of clone troopers assassinating Jedi after Jedi in Revenge of the Sith was tragic in its personal proper.

However the chaos, carnage, and betrayal intensify with the 501st Legion turning in opposition to Ahsoka in The Clone Wars, the homicide of Depa Billaba in The Unhealthy Batch, and the sack of the Jedi Temple in Obi-Wan Kenobi. These people we have come to like, generally younger kids, are attacked by their very own mates. It would not get a lot darker than that.

Honorable Mentions

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  • Fives’s demise (Star Wars: The Clone Wars): The extent to which the clones have been manipulated and exploited turns into unmistakably clear as Fives dies in Rex’s arms, killed by his personal comrade.
  • Shmi’s demise (Star Wars Episode II: Assault of the Clones): After a lifetime of enslavement and separation from her son, Shmi Skywalker deserved so significantly better.
  • Qui-Gon’s demise (Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace): Anakin’s one probability at a father determine dies in younger Obi-Wan’s arms, and I die a bit bit, too.
  • Bloodbath of the Tuskens (The Guide of Boba Fett): I could not imagine the colourful neighborhood that gave Boba Fett new life met such a sudden, horrible finish.
  • Ezra bids farewell to his mother and father (Star Wars Rebels): After shedding his grasp, Ezra rejects the Emperor’s temptation to reunite along with his mother and father, one other merciless loss within the orphan’s life.
  • Luke and Leia’s closing assembly (Star Wars Episode VIII: The Final Jedi): Seeing the Skywalker twins reunite – and understanding they may by no means achieve this once more, onscreen or off – brings on the sniffles like Jawas to a parked Razor Crest.

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Jennifer Vosters is a author, theatre artist, and geek at the moment based mostly in Chicago. Verify her out on Twitter at @JAVosters or Instagram at @vostersjennifer.