Full disclosure, this is a really fun post for me to write. Not only am I obsessed with all things Star Wars but this is the first time where I’m able to rank my Top Ten Female characters in ONE movie! Usually there’s barely any ladies in a Box Office hit, let alone the ability to rank my favorites?!?
If you love or hate Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there’s no denying that each one of these women kick some ass in a galaxy far, far away.
Here’s my Top Ten Favorite Ladies of The Last Jedi:
1. Leia Organa
Leia went from our tenacious Princess to fierce General, all the while never backing down from a fight against the dark side. In The Last Jedi we get to see her in action, directing the Rebels in one of their hardest battles. All these years, Leia remained a strong symbol of hope for the galaxy. While the Star Wars world will never be the same without her, this was the sweetest final film fans could have with Carrie Fisher.
Growing up as a little girl who loved Star Wars, Rey feels like the heroine my Rebel heart needed all these years. In this installment, she’s fierce and determined. Forcing Luke to not only listen to her, but to help her understand this new world she’s been catapulted into. Rey, like Leia, serves as a beacon of hope. While she grapples with the dark side more in this film, her light is what keeps the Rebellion going in the end.
3. Captain Phasma
Say what you will about Phasma, but that woman is GREAT at her job. She’s the female Dark Sider Star Wars fans have deserved- intense, savage, and willing to fight til the end. Also, she has the coolest costume of this new trilogy, maybe even in the entire Star Wars universe. Nah, never mind, Best Dressed of Star Wars should alway go to Lando.
4. Vice Admiral Holdo
Another woman who is great at her job! Holdo is promoted at the worst possible moment but does that stop her? Hell no! She takes charge of the Rebels, even when toxic masculinity (looking at you, Poe. You beautiful, cocky man!) tries to knock her down. Her final act of helping the alliance was unexpected and amazing. With out her bravery and wit, the dark side could’ve done even worse.
5. Lieutenant Connix
I love that I live in a world where a Star Wars Lieutenant is a 20-something woman! It was beyond exciting to see a female Rebel my age. I feel like Connix and I would get brunch when she’s taking a break from work! Also, seeing Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, in this character is beyond sweet. Star Wars runs in their family too! Celebrities, they’re just like us.
6. Paige Tico
Poor Paige. While facing certain death she made sure to detonate the last of the Rebel’s bombs on the First Order. This girl is put in one of the worst scenarios imaginable but makes the most of it. We didn’t get to see Paige for very long but her scene is absolutely memorable. That girl had me squirming in my chair while she was trying to kick that detonator down. R.I.P. Paige, thank you for your service!
7. Commander D’Acy
D’Acy is new to the Star Wars universe and right away assumes the role of Rebellion Den Mother. She keeps her cool while everything is in peril, and spread the comfort when she can. I want her to give me a hug while she tells me everything will be fine as we ride off to safety on the Millennium Falcon with the rest of the Rebels.
8. Maz Kanata
We barely had any Maz in The Last Jedi. While we did we got helpful advice, a sex joke, and some sass, all while she’s deep in an alien shoot-out. I don’t think I could’ve asked for more.
9. A-Wing Pilot Tallie
Don’t judge me, that’s her name listed on IMdB! She has an unfortunate demise early on but the little we see of her, she’s a daring pilot. She kept her strength behind the wheel while being a kick-ass team player. We finally got the female Rebellion pilot we deserve!
10. Rose Tico
Oh, Rose, how badly I wanted to like you! Before The Last Jedi premiere, Rose was arguably the most well-known newest face. The marketing for her was stronger than any other new character. So it was beyond disappointing to actually see her in action. To be fair, Rose is not a weak character. Quite the opposite actually. She’s bold and unapologetic. Her tenacity to take down corrupt characters is relatable. However, Rose felt misplaced and forced on us. For all the build-up, she adds very little to the overall plot and doesn’t live-up to expectation. It’s not that I dislike Rose, I just dislike most of what she does in The Last Jedi. But hey, Stars Wars made a Woman of Color a lead so I won’t complain too much!
Honorable Mention: Kate Dickie (otherwise known as Lysa Arryn from Game of Thrones) plays Hux’s no-nonsense First Order Monitor. Another way Star Wars and Game of Thrones is connected!
Whether or not you’re a fan of The Last Jedi, I think we should all be fans of the female representation in this film! More big-budget films need to aim for this level of kick-ass women and as Star Wars has shown, it’s not hard to achieve.