There’s no doubt that one of the best things to grace our screens in 2020 was the hit TV show, The Mandalorian. This extension of the Star Wars franchise took the world by storm, taking the audience on a journey with a lone warrior after the Empire had fallen. The series brought back a number of familiar faces, as well as some new ones, and, after conducting some research, we can finally spill the beans on which character truly stole the fans’ hearts! Here are the top 5 fan favourite Mandalorian characters (in reverse order):
#5 – KUIIL
Coming in 5th, Kuiil, the wise and old, Ugnaught vapour farmer living on the planet, Arvala-7. Fans praised the character for his willingness to help strangers in times of need, even though he wasn’t the most affectionate character in the show:
“One of my absolute favourites is Kuiil, despite not surviving into the 2nd season. He was the classic wise, older side character that you expect from the universe. Not exactly affectionate or especially friendly, yet consistently selfless and caring” said Meg, Film Reviewer and Star Wars Collector from @madmoviemeg.
Some fans found Kuiil so interesting, they even want a spin-off! We’ll have to see what Disney thinks about that one!
“I could watch a whole series about this dude”, added Erynne Zhang, Public Affairs Director and Star Wars Fanatic.
#4 – MOFF GIDEON
In 4th place is the resident villain of the show, Moff Gideon. Coming from the same universe as Darth Vader, Moff G has obviously hit home for many fanatics. Although he isn’t necessarily a character that fans adored, there is a certain level of respect he gets for his evil and mysterious nature. Many fans are praising actor Giancarlo Esposito for his depiction of the character.
“Honestly, I have loved any villain role that Giancarlo Esposito has played since Breaking Bad. He really carries a stoic and logical aura to him... Also, I love the way that this character brings forward the Darksaber, and has a history with Mandalore, as well as Bo-Katan... It really drives home that this show is connected to Clone Wars in a very real way”, said Michael Sum, SEO Specialist and Film/TV Lover.
#3 – BOBA FETT
A fan-favourite from the original Star Wars franchise, coming in 3rd is our favourite bounty hunter, Boba Fett. Even as a secondary character in The Mandalorian, Boba’s revived presence in the new series got fans excited and they were pleased to see the franchise develop his story a little more in this series!
“I think that he is a minor character in the films that deserved much more screen time, so his story arc in the Mandalorian was super satisfying as a fan”, revealed Joe Flanagan, Founder of 90s Fashion World and Star Wars superfan.
Fans also nodded to the fact that Boba is getting his own show very soon and allowing fans into his character a little more in the Mandalorian was a smart move by producers.
“His character has long been a fan-favorite in the Star Wars universe and to see his character revived on screen was a rewarding and exciting experience for Star Wars fans everywhere. (Plus, he's getting his own show!)”, explains Paddy Lusk, Editor at Prime Publishing and Self-Proclaimed Geek.
#2 – DIN DJARIN (The Mandalorian)
At number 2 is the Mandalorian himself, Din Djarin! The show’s namesake was without a doubt taking a spot in the top 5 list. Not only are fans in awe of Pedro Pascal’s portrayal of the character (considering he was in a helmet for most of the series!), they also love the overall characterisation of Din and his ability to use his skills rooted in violence to protect others.
“Mando embodies the spirit of Clint Eastwood’s ‘Man With No Name’ from the Dollars Trilogy movies. He is cool and mysterious with very little background given on his past… It is a testament to how great a character he is that despite mostly wearing a helmet throughout the series, his emotions still shine through”, according to David Delouchery, Digital Content Creator & Movie Fanatic.
One contributor went so far to say he wanted Din Djarin to be his own dad! Who wouldn’t after the way he cared for little Grogu?!
“Pedro Pascal’s performance as the Mandalorian is spectacular and honestly I want him to be my dad. Is that weird? There’s something lovely about someone plated in beskar having a soft spot for a teeny wee green goblin boy”, confessed Matthew Dow, Media Account Manager and Star Wars Nerd.
#1 – GROGU
In first place, the character that stole every single fan’s heart was of course Grogu. It’s no surprise that this character has swept the title after fans went wild seeing the cute little baby Yoda take over their screens.
“It's his surprise inclusion that made the Mandalorian series instantly compelling. Boom! It took just one second. I mean, there are plenty of cool characters in the show, but which one is sitting on more shelves looking cuter than any other?” We can’t disagree with Andrew Girdwood, from top geek culture website Geek Native.
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