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The Saddest Deaths In The 'Star Wars' Movies

Updated February 11, 2021 44.3k votes 4.1k voters 106.3k views24 items

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Spoilers, Spoilers, SPOILERS, SPOILERS! This is a list of the saddest Star Wars deaths in all the films - from The Phantom Menace to The Rise of Skywalker. You've been warned.

The Star Wars universe is crazy dangerous. There are just so many ways to die in that place. With giant man-eating creatures around every turn, blasters that can kill in one shot, lightsabers, and the power of the Force, Star Wars death scenes abound. Some you're okay with - one fewer Stormtrooper to get past isn't a bad thing for our heroes - but then there are the tragic scenes you'll find on this list of sad Star Wars deaths, the ones that make you feel the feels.

From broken hearts to betrayal by family members, lightsaber duels to old age, the saddest Star Wars character deaths come in many forms.

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  • Qui-Gon marched to the beat of his own drum and we loved him for it. Sure, without him there probably never would have been a Darth Vader to tear the galaxy apart, but we'll let that slide and mourn his passing nonetheless.

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    The Younglings

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    This was truly heartbreaking. The little guy trusted Anakin, coming out of hiding because he thought Master Skywalker was there to save them. Nope. Anakin slayed them all. It's easily one of the darkest sequences in all the films.

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    This is one of those tragedies that got way sadder after watching Episode I, Episode II, and Episode III. Sure, it was sad when old Ben Kenobi perished, but when you realize that Obi-Wan's life was ended by the man who used to be his best friend, having watched their antics toegether for three movies, his demise hits you right in the feels even harder.

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  • Luke Skywalker used the last of his strength to do what he always did best: restore hope to the galaxy. In The Last Jedi, he Force-projected himself into a face-off with his onetime student Kylo Ren, holding him off long enough for the remaining members of the Resistance to make their escape. His peaceful final moments were spent staring into the glow of the sunset, much as he did on Tatooine as a young man.

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