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MFF Lists: 5 Moments in the ‘Star Wars’ Films That Feature Characters Looking Fatigued

June 4, 2018

The world has been blessed with 10 Star Wars movies over the last 41 years (and four since 2015) but somehow we are just too tired of watching them already. With all the talk of Solo underperforming at the box office because of Star Wars fatigue” (and other reasons) I decided to pull five moments from the 10 films that feature somebody looking fatigued. These moments feature characters we all know and love taking a breather after a battle, or taking a breather during a battle (Qui-Gon is the bomb). This list isn’t proving anything or making a statement, it’s just a list that provides moments of characters looking exhausted. It makes about as much sense as the whole “Star Wars fatigue” thing does.

Yoda Looking Beat After Battling Darth Sidious – Star Wars: Episode III – The Revenge of the Sith

I get tired watching Yoda battle Darth Sidious in Revenge of the Sith, so I can imagine how he felt after this extremely acrobatic fight. If any Star Wars character ever earned the right to look fatigued in a movie it is Yoda. The guy pulled off triple-flips, quadruple back-flips, and engaged in a force lightning battle that must’ve burned thousands of calories. He gets added gangster points for looking like a boss when he knocks out the two Royal Guards at the beginning of the clip.


Luke Skywalker Looking Exhausted While Training on Dagoba – Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

Dagoba is probably the best/worst planet to train because you need to be focused at all times to prevent running into lake monsters, snakes, and giant carnivorous birds. The rough terrain would make for a perfect Tough Mudder or Spartan Race location with its lakes, intricate tree systems and copious amounts of vines. Nothing would have to be built for an intense 5K because everything is already there and ready to hurt people.

I totally understand why Luke looks fatigued after a long day of running through muck, mud, and murk. Also, he had Yoda on his back which must’ve added about 40 pounds and thrown off his balance when doing front-flips.


Qui-Gon Jinn Takes A Breather – Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

I love when Qui Gon Jinn takes a breather during his lightsaber battle with Darth Maul. His moment of zen makes a lot of sense because he needs to save his energy and refocus his powers to survive against a more powerful foe. The Phantom Menace is a mixed-bag of quality but the finale lightsaber brawl is almost universally beloved because it’s exciting, beautifully choreographed and features Jedi Knights taking breathers. When watching this clip you 100% buy that he has a particular brand of skills and taking a quick breather is one of them.


The Mask Comes Off Darth Vader – Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi

The dude looks totally fatigued at the end of Return of the Jedi and I understand why. It took all his power to pick up Emperor Palpatine over his head and throw him into a reactor chute. Also, the guy isn’t young anymore and is probably tired of the all the supernatural crap and labored breathing. It was a bit of a shock to see Vader’s face at the end, but I love that it was an older guy who looked really tired and he seemed happy to see his son during his final moments. After many years of killing people (and children), Vader could finally rest and enjoy embracing something good.


Leia Becomes Super Leia – Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi

It took a while for Leia to use the force, but when she did it was INSANE! I remember sitting in the theater and hearing people “gasp” when Leia came back to life after she got sucked into space. I’m pretty sure nobody saw the moment coming and I’m still having a hard time believing she went full CGI-force Mary Poppins and floated back to her spaceship. Everyone can agree she needed a nap afterward because it took a lot of power for Leia to save herself.


What is your favorite moment involving a tired Star Wars character?


3 Comments leave one →
  1. John Leavengood permalink
    June 4, 2018 12:38 pm

    Not nearly as fun as your picks, but when Han was released from the carbonite suspended animation he was as wiped out as me the morning after a bachelor party bender.

    • June 4, 2018 12:48 pm

      Great choice! I bet it reminded him of his nights drinking alcoholic sea beast milk with Luke and Chewie the night before

      • John Leavengood permalink
        June 4, 2018 1:03 pm

        That would be the nastiest hangover. Instead of a white Russian, is that drink called a Green Hut? Because that’s what you’re energy level will be like in the morning!

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