On the 4th of July while I was driving to Idaho with my family, my seven-year-old son asked all of us to name our three favorite Star Wars characters. It was such a simple question, but it led to a lot of fun discussion. He was the first to answer and said his three favorites are the Inquisitor, Darth Vader, and Darth Maul. Three evil, murderous characters with definite anger problems. He also tries to Force choke me occasionally. Should I be worried? My three-year-old son was the next to answer and he only had one favorite: “Woda”. I’m pretty sure he meant Yoda, but he may have also meant Rotta the Hutt. Who knows? He is about as tall as either of them and speaks almost as clearly so he may have an affinity for both. My nine-year-old son’s favorites are the puffer pig from Star Wars Rebels, the cow-like shaaks from Attack of the Clones, and General Grievous. He loves animals and unique characters, and he may be the only person to ever say a shaak is one of his favorite characters.
After our kids were done answering they wanted to know my wife’s and my favorites. My top three are Darth Vader, Han Solo, and Obi-Wan Kenobi or Luke Skywalker depending on my mood, and my moods can change as fast as Anakin’s at a Tusken Raider camp. My wife’s favorite character of all is Emperor Palpatine, and her other two favorites were Han Solo and Chewbacca. So she likes two rebellious scoundrel smugglers and the ultimate bad guy? I’m a geeky redhead who talks a lot about Star Wars, loves the Utah Jazz, and looks in mouths all day. Not exactly the prototypical bad boy. But this lead me to a bigger question: Who are my three favorite redheads in Star Wars?