Star Wars: Every Movie’s Best Plot Twist, Ranked

Ever since Darth Vader told Luke Skywalker, “I am your father,” the Star Wars saga has been famous for its use of mind-blowing plot twists. Some subsequent twists have risked ripping out the classic carpet pull from The Empire Strikes Back, but others have brought more effective and original surprises to the table.

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Every movie in the Star Wars The saga, also known as the Skywalker saga, has at least one major plot twist, dating back to the episodic telling of the old space series that inspired George Lucas to create a galaxy far, far away in the first place.

eleven Chewie’s Fake Death (The Rise Of Skywalker)

Chewbacca in The Rise of Skywalker

There are two big plot twists The rise of Skywalker: “Somehow, Palpatine came back”, and the fake death of Chewbacca. The second is the best by default because it actually makes sense, but it doesn’t really work.

Rey tries to stop the Imperial transport taking Chewie away with the Force, but accidentally fires a beam that explodes it. She believes that she has killed Chewie and has to live with that guilt, but JJ Abrams instantly reveals that Chewie is not really dead and that he was on the other transport, so all the suspense is gone.

10 Sifo-Dyas commissioned the clone army (attack of the clones)

Obi-Wan visits Kamino in Attack of the Clones

When Obi-Wan finds a planet missing from the Jedi Archives, he travels there and finds a giant cloning facility that creates an army for the Republic. He is surprised to learn that the army was commissioned by a dead Jedi named Sifo-Dyas.

Although the mysteries of Kamino’s cloning operations are intriguing, Sifo-Dyas had never been mentioned before and the plot point ended unsolved.

9 Kylo Ren is the son of Han and Leia (The Force Awakens)

Snoke's hologram in The Force Awakens

Halfway The awakening of the force, the mysterious new villain Kylo Ren is revealed to be the biological son of Han Solo and Leia Organa. Like many of the things in this movie, the twist is derived from previous Star Wars media – particularly, The Empire Strikes BackIt’s the “I am your father” twist.

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The twist is not delivered with nearly the same impact. He pops into the conversation in a very direct way when Kylo is speaking to a 30 foot hologram of Snoke.

8 Qi’ra Betrays Han (Solo)

Qi'ra at the end of Solo A Star Wars Story

The final twist of Solo: A Star Wars Story, in which Qi’ra betrays Han, is pretty predictable. But it gave the film a surprisingly bleak ending that hints at why Han is so reluctant to accept his feelings for Leia in the original trilogy.

Darth Maul’s cameo is great too. It’s a shame audiences never got to see Maul’s relationship with Qi’ra and her role in Han’s backstory unfold in a sequel.

7 Padmé Is The Real Queen

Padme Amidala in The Phantom Menace

On paper, Padmé has a really fascinating role in The Phantom Menace. She is the queen of Naboo, but often disguises herself as a maiden and allows a decoy to take her place as monarch.

Unfortunately, the execution is somewhat confusing. Still, Padmé being the true queen created a fun dynamic with Qui-Gon, who does a lot of things behind the queen’s back without realizing that the queen has been by his side the entire time.

6 Luke’s Force Projection (The Last Jedi)

Luke's Force projection onto Crait in The Last Jedi

During the Battle of Crait at the end of The last jedi, the First Order has cornered the Resistance in an old base and their arsenal of weapons is about to take them to the kingdom. And then Luke Skywalker does exactly what he said he wouldn’t do: go out with a lightsaber and take on the entire First Order.

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By the time a vengeful Kylo Ren realizes that his uncle isn’t really there and that it’s just a Force projection, the Resistance has managed to escape and will be able to fight another day.

5 Ben Kenobi allows Vader to take him down (Star Wars)

Darth Vader fighting Obi-Wan on the Death Star

Viewers were first introduced to lightsaber combat when Ben Kenobi reached the Death Star and faced his fallen apprentice Darth Vader for a fateful rematch.

Kenobi doesn’t just lose the fight; allows Vader to take him down. Having passed the torch to Luke and mastered the ability to return from the grave as a ghost, he doesn’t mind losing to his former Padawan this time.

4 All Heroes Die (Rogue One)

Jyn and Cassian die in Rogue One

Obi-Wan’s death is shocking, but not as shocking as that of the entire cast of Rogue one. After the spinoff featured a ton of exciting new characters who could have been given their own sequels and solo movies, it surprisingly killed them all in the grand finale.

The rebels successfully bring the Death Star plans to Leia in Tantive IV, but it turns out to be their last act as the Empire uses the semi-functional battle station to decimate the war zone.

3 Vader’s Redemption (Return of the Jedi)

Sebastian Shaw as Darth Vader unmasked in Return of the Jedi

When Darth Vader was featured as a faceless symbol of pure evil in the original Star Wars movie, no fan ever expected they would feel sorry for the ruthless Sith Lord.

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But lo and behold Return of the Jedi, it is revealed that he is under the spell of the puppeteer Emperor Palpatine. When the Emperor tries to kill his son, Vader decides that is the last straw and throws his manipulative overlord into the core of the Death Star reactor. He dies from his injuries, but he saved Luke, defeated the Empire, and effectively achieved redemption.

two The Great Jedi Purge (Revenge of the Sith)

Palpatine executes Order 66 in Revenge of the Sith

Fans entered the prequel trilogy knowing that something really bad would happen to the Jedi because only Obi-Wan and Yoda remained of the order in the original trilogy, but the fact that Palpatine used the Jedi’s own clone troopers to massacring them was completely unexpected.

Apparently, the Great Jedi Purge sequence in Revenge of the Sith originally it was even darker and more violent and Lucas had to cut it off. The final piece is still pretty heartbreaking.

1 “No, Luke, I am your father.” (The Empire Strikes Back)

Darth Vader tells Luke he's his father in The Empire Strikes Back

Darth Vader’s revelation that he is Luke Skywalker’s father isn’t just the biggest plot twist in the Star Wars saga; It could be the biggest plot twist in movie history.

The final twist of The Empire Strikes Back wonderfully set the stage for the next movie, Return of the Jedi, to conclude the saga with the redemption of Vader.

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