The Star Wars saga may be known for its amazing space battles and crazy creatures, but it’s also packed with moments that can make your heart melt.
With the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, we take a look back at the magic Star Wars moments that gave us the major feels…
Baby Ewoks, Porgs, The Child, Oh My!
There are plenty of cute creatures in the Star Wars universe. When it comes to pure hug-ability, our top three would have to be the little fuzzball baby Ewoks in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, the big-eyed, penguin-like Porgs in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Child (nicknamed “Baby Yoda” by fans) from the Disney+ series The Mandalorian. Can we take home one of each, please?
K-2SO sacrifices himself
An Imperial security droid reprogrammed by Captain Cassian Andor to serve the Rebellion in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, K-2SO won us over with his hilariously blunt way of speaking to people. He proved to have a metallic heart of gold though when he selflessly sacrificed himself at the Battle of Scarif so that Andor and Jyn Erso could steal the important Death Star plans.
Luke gazes out at the Twin Suns
One of the most stirring moments from Star Wars: A New Hope is when Luke Skywalker gazes out at the twin suns of Tatooine. Although the binary sunset is stunning, the moment is imbued with sadness as Luke contemplates being stuck on the desert planet for good. The scene is memorably echoed in Star Wars: The Last Jedi when an older Luke looks out at a binary sunset one last time.
Leia confesses her love to Han
Watching Han Solo and Princess Leia’s love-hate relationship play out is easily one of the most enjoyable aspects of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. It all comes to an emotionally-charged head when an impassioned Leia says, “I love you” to Han moments before he’s about to be frozen in carbonite, the scruffy scoundrel replying with the iconic response, “I know.”
Anakin tells Luke he was right
Watching Darth Vader save his son Luke Skywalker from the evil Emperor at the end of Return of the Jedi is one of the most moving moments in the whole Star Wars series. It only gets more emotional when Vader takes his helmet off to reveal a scarred Anakin Skywalker underneath, whose one final wish is for Luke to tell his sister Leia that he was right - there was still good left in their father.
Han and Chewie come home
One of the best moments from Star Wars: The Force Awakens is when Rey and Finn see the Millennium Falcon for the very first time and use the hunk-a-junk to escape from the First Order. The real spine-tingling moment though comes when Han Solo and Chewbacca step back onto the Falcon for the first time since having lost her several years prior, Han wistfully telling his Wookiee pal, “Chewie, we’re home.”
Luke and Leia reunite
Having not seen each other in many years, twins Luke and Leia Skywalker finally get to reunite when Luke Force-projects himself to the planet Crait toward the end of The Last Jedi. It’s a special moment made all the more touching when Luke tells Leia, “No one’s ever really gone,” a bittersweet line that can leave you a little misty-eyed now that Carrie Fisher has passed away.
C-3PO says goodbye
There’s a moment in the trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker where Poe, Finn, Rey, Chewie, R2-D2, BB-8 and new characters Zorii Bliss and D-O gather around C-3PO, who has a tiny alien by the name of Babu Frik tinkering around with the wires in his head. When Poe asks Threepio what he’s doing, his response is guaranteed to put a huge lump in your throat: “Taking one last look, Sir… at my friends.” Sniff.