We rank the 50 best Star Wars characters of all-time

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27. IG-88

Major Appearances

  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Best Moment

His best moment wasn’t a moment at all — it was a sort of emotion. IG-88 was a droid, and later a software on the Death Star II, but he never took things too personally in the line of duty. He feuded most infamously with Boba Fett, but never once let this interfere with his bounty hunting business. That takes a special kind of emotion, to bury emotion itself, but leave it to a machine to be able to pull it off.

Worst Moment

IG-88’s worst moment was a series of bad moments — his continuous destruction. IG-88 was destroyed on a number of occasions, only to somehow reactivate and live on. He was a software conscious uploaded onto the Death Star II, and when it was destroyed, so too was IG-88. But not even this was the last time we heard from him, as it’s almost a weird Karma-like game being played where IG-88 just can’t die but always suffers death.


While officially a film character since he showed up in Empire Strikes Back, IG-88 is mostly a book and Legends character who fans fell in love with thanks to the Expanded Universe. It’s hard to be a background character in one of the movies and get the kind of run that IG-88 has had in terms of popularity and background, but then again there are few character in the galaxy like him.

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