Happy (late) Father’s Day everyone! To celebrate the day where we honor our fathers, I’m going to talk about some of the fathers and father figures of Star Wars. Yes, even Darth Vader! So let’s get to it!
When you think of Star Wars dads, the first thing that comes to your mind is most likely Darth Vader. Of course, he might not be the most wonderful father in the galaxy, but I just had to put him on this list. You can never forget that moment in The Empire Strikes Back when Vader revealed to Luke Skywalker that he was, in fact, his father. Vader might not have been there for his kids all the time, and he may have tracked Luke down across the galaxy so he could either turn him to the Dark Side or kill him. Can you imagine your dad doing that to you? But if you look back at the prequels, no matter how terrible you think they might have been, Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) was actually excited to be a father, and I’m thinking he would have made a pretty great one. But then, with the death of his wife, and everything else that went on, Vader turned bitter. But in the end, Darth Vader turned from his evil ways and saved his son from being killed by The Emperor, and was killed instead. So Darth Vader was not always there and taking care of his kids, but it turned out that he really did love them.
Galen Erso was the father of Jyn Erso in the latest Star Wars movie, Rogue One. This movie was a wonderful work of art, and one of my favorite things about it was the relationship between Galen and Jyn. But of course, Star Wars is known for tragic family stories. Like, I literally only know at least two people who’s family is together and intact (Eli Vanto and Arihnda Pryce from Star Wars: Thrawn). It’s sad, really. Anyway, Galen’s wife is killed in front of him, and he is forced to construct the Death Star for the Empire. Later, when Jyn is an adult, Galen is mortally wounded in an explosion. That’s when Jyn finally meets back up with him before he dies. Trust me, it’s one of the saddest parts in the movie besides K2-S0’s goodbye. Galen Erso was a father who truly cared about and loved his daughter. It’s sad that it all had to end the way it did.
Of course, we can’t forget about this duo. The Bounty Hunters Jango Fett and Boba Fett are some of my favorite characters. Jango Fett was never married (as far as I’m concerned), but apparently wanted a son. When he was hired by Count Dooku to give his DNA to the Empire so they could create a clone army, he requested that one of the clones be given to him. This clone had to be unaltered so that Jango could raise him himself. Jango’s request was fulfilled, and he named his son, Boba Fett. These two were like two peas in a pod. Jango taught his son everything that he knew, and Boba Fett became one of the greatest Bounty Hunters in the galaxy. Though, when Boba was young, he witnessed his father’s death in the battle of Geonosis. Like I said, Star Wars families end tragically.
Next up is Cham Syndulla. In the Clone Wars, Cham was a renowned freedom fighter. He fought for his planet as well as his family. Though things turned bitter when Cham’s wife was killed in the war and he was left with his daughter, Hera Syndulla. In Star Wars Rebels, we see that Cham and Hera’s relationship is not in good shape. The two never really saw things eye to eye and argued a lot. It only got worse when Cham betrayed his daughter and her team and almost got all of them killed. Thankfully, Cham ended up apologizing to Hera for everything that happened, and the two began to mend their relationship. The next time we saw Cham in Star Wars Rebels, there was barely any argument between the two. Cham even went as far as turning himself into the Empire to make sure Hera would be safe. Hopefully, we get to see these two together again before Rebels ends this year.
Now we get to the father figures. Owen Lars was the husband of Beru Lars, and the half-brother to Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader). Owen never had any children of his own, but he adopted his nephew, Luke Skywalker, when Anakin turned to the Dark Side and Padme died. Owen was worried that Luke would turn out like his father and turn to the Dark Side as well, so he didn’t really let him go anywhere and did not tell Luke about his past. This all frustrated Luke, who wanted to be more than just a farmer. After Owen is murdered by Stormtroopers, Luke ends up going with Obi-Wan-Kenobi to become a powerful Jedi.
Another father-figure is Kanan Jarrus. Kanan is an ex-Jedi who went into hiding after Order 66. If you read the book A New Dawn, then you saw what happened to Kanan. He was a depressed alcoholic traveling from place to place. That all changed when he met Hera Syndulla. She convinced him to join the Rebellion and help out people in need. They eventually became known as the Ghost crew. Later, in the Star Wars Rebels series, Kanan met Ezra Bridger, who was strong with the force, and got him to join the crew. Kanan taught Ezra how to be a Jedi as well as a good person. Kanan took care of the team as if they were his own children (and in case you’re wondering, yes, I view Hera as the mom, who wouldn’t?) Even though none of them are blood related, the Ghost crew is my favorite Star Wars family. And Kanan is a wonderful father figure.
So there they are! Do you have any favorite fathers or father figures of Star Wars? Let me know in the comments below. Oh yeah, Father’s day might have been yesterday, but why don’t you go ahead and tell your dad you love them. Happy (late) Father’s Day!