Some characters in the Star Wars tale can proclaim turning up in all 3 trilogies – right below's each of them in addition to their responsibilities in each trilogy.
Each trilogy in the Star Wars globe focuses on numerous characters in addition to stories, nevertheless they have a variety of characters alike, which help web link these numerous ages in the Skywalker Saga – in addition to best below’s every character that turns up in all 3 Star Wars trilogies. The presently thorough Star Wars globe began as one movie in 1977 that was retroactively identified Star Wars: A New Hope, which along with the complies with up Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in addition to Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, develops what’s presently called the preliminary trilogy.
George Lucas took target markets back a variety of years in the Star Wars globe with the pioneer trilogy, released in between 1999 in addition to 2005. This new collection of flicks focused on the backstory of Anakin Skywalker, from his days as a young slave in Tatooine to his rise as Sith lord Darth Vader. Following the purchase of Lucasfilm by Disney, the workshop began dealing with a third in addition to last trilogy, this collection 3 years after the initial one, and also where brand-new personalities (both heroes and also bad guys) were introduced. The sequel trilogy brought the Skywalker saga to an end and also gave proper closure to some of this universe’s biggest characters.
Although each trilogy had a different focus – Darth Vader’s backstory, Luke Skywalker’s journey, and Rey’s story – they all share a couple of characters that ultimately help keep a connection between these different eras in the Star Wars universe, even if some of them only appear briefly in some trilogies and don’t have a prominent role in them. Here’s every character who appears in all three Star Wars trilogies and what their role in each one is.
The biggest presence in the Star Wars saga wasn’t Darth Vader, but his master Darth Sidious/Sheev Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid). During his rise to power, Palpatine led a double life as a politician from Naboo and a Sith, learning the arts of the dark side through his master, Darth Plagueis. The prequels saw Palpatine rising to power in the Republic Senate while also orchestrating the fall of the Republic through his work as Darth Sidious. Among his plans was the destruction of the Jedi Order, and he managed to lure Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) to the dark side, training him and transforming him into Darth Vader. Palpatine was also the one who gave the order of executing Order 66, which led to the death of thousands of Jedi, including younglings.
During the original trilogy, Palpatine had already installed a New Order in the Republic’s place, serving as Galactic Emperor with Darth Vader by his side. However, once he learned about Luke Skywalker’s skills and work with the Rebel Alliance, he tried to take him in as his new apprentice (though that went against the Rule of Two as Darth Vader was still alive), but his plan failed when Darth Vader returned to the light side of the Force in order to save Luke. Vader attacked Palpatine and threw him off a ledge down the Death Star’s reactor shaft, but the Emperor had one last trick up his sleeve as well as fired his lightning towards Vader, killing him.
However, this wasn’t the end of Palpatine, as he returned in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and was revealed to have been reborn through clones. Palpatine was also the puppet master behind the First Order, Supreme Leader Snoke, Ben Solo’s (Adam Driver) turn to the dark side, and the Sith Eternal. Palpatine was also revealed to be the grandfather of Rey (Daisy Ridley), who he unsuccessfully tried to turn to the dark side, and empowered by the ghosts of the past Jedi (including Palpatine's former apprentice, Anakin), Rey destroyed the Emperor for good.
The legendary Jedi Master Yoda (voiced and puppeteered by Frank Oz) was also present in all trilogies in the Skywalker saga and had a different role in each one. First, in the prequels he sensed great fear in young Anakin Skywalker (played by Jake Lloyd in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace), especially when it came to his mother, and foresaw grave danger in his training. As the Council rejected Qui-Gon Jinn’s (Liam Neeson) request for Anakin to be trained as a Jedi, following his death his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) was determined to train Anakin, and after telling Yoda about his plans, he made Kenobi a Jedi knight and allowed him to train Anakin.
Years later (still in the prequel trilogy), Yoda saved Kenobi and Anakin from the Separatists and defeated his former apprentice, Count Dooku, who by then was already a Sith lord. He then led the Jedi Council in pursuing the mysterious Sith lord Darth Sidious, who later on was revealed to be Palpatine. Yoda is one of the few Jedi who survived Order 66, and after fighting Sidious, he went into exile in Dagobah, which is where the audience met him in the initial trilogy. In Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker arrived on Dagobah seeking Yoda’s guidance, as well as after some hesitation, Yoda agreed to train him, but his apprentice left before finishing his training to confront Darth Vader. Yoda briefly returned in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, now sick and frail, and told Luke he had completed his training but wouldn’t be a Jedi until he confronted Vader, and confirmed that the Sith Lord was his father. He then passed away and returned as a Force Ghost at the end of the movie.
Yoda reappeared as a Force Ghost in Star Wars: The Last Jedi as Luke debated whether to burn down the tree that stored the Sacred Texts of the Jedi or not, and it was Yoda who summoned a lightning bolt that eventually burned the tree. Yoda gave a couple of valuable lessons to Luke during this visit, which led to Luke putting an end to his self-imposed exile in Ahch-To.
The iconic protocol droid (who got on the nerves of many), C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), is one of the few characters to appear in every movie in the Skywalker saga. C-3PO was created by a young Anakin Skywalker from spare parts, and later, along with his brand-new friend R2-D2, helped Anakin perfect his podracer as well as became part of his pit crew, but they parted ways when Quin-Gon Jinn freed the young slave as well as took him with him to be trained as a Jedi, and the droid stayed with Anakin’s mother. He reunited with Anakin in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, and following the death and funeral of Anakins’ mother, he accompanied him and Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) to the planet Geonosis to rescue Obi-Wan Kenobi. In Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, C-3PO mostly stayed by Padmé’s side and took her to safety after Anakin attacked her in Mustafar, and following Padmé’s death, he and R2-D2 became Bail Organa’s (Jimmy Smits) property who then gave them to Captain Raymus Antilles.
C-3PO’s role in the original trilogy was to lead Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi, as he and R2-D2 had an important message from Leia that they had to deliver. C-3PO accompanied Luke, Kenobi, and Han Solo on the mission to rescue Leia, and saved the trio’s lives while on the Death Star. In The Empire Strikes Back, he was dismembered after being blasted by a stormtrooper, but was later repaired. In Return of the Jedi, he was part of the plan to rescue Han Solo and then joined them in the Battle of Endor, where the Ewoks perceived him as a God. C-3PO returned in the follow up trilogy and appeared in all movies, but in a smaller role than before, serving as an assistant for Leia and later helping Rey, Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Chewbacca, and BB-8 translate the inscriptions found in a Sith dagger.
The famous astromech droid R2-D2 also took part in all trilogies from the Star Wars legend, always accompanied by C-3PO. R2-D2 belonged to the Naboo defense forces but after proving his worth, he joined Qui-Gon Jinn as well as through him met C-3PO and young Anakin. Since then, he stayed by C-3PO’s side and went on various missions together. After witnessing many kills by the hand of Anakin and knowing the location of newborns Luke and Leia, C-3PO’s memory was wiped, but R2-D2’s wasn’t, so he knows the entire story of the family. Years later, he carried an important message from Leia to Obi-Wan Kenobi, accompanied Luke to Dagobah, and played a key role in rescuing Luke, Leia, and Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt. Unlike C-3PO, R2-D2 had a bigger role in the follow up trilogy, where he kept the coordinates that led to Ahch-To and also therefore to Luke. Once there, he convinced Luke to train Rey, and in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, he was by Leia’s side when she passed away. He later restored C-3PO’s memory and joined the celebrations of Palpatine’s defeat.
The most famous Wookiee in the Star Wars world, Chewbacca, also appears in all trilogies, but not in all movies. His role in the prequels was very small, as he helped Yoda escape the clone troopers that were ordered to kill him. Years later, he accompanied his good friend Han Solo on various missions, most notably the rescue of Leia and the Battle of Endor, and he was a key player in the plan to rescue Han Solo. Chewbacca returned in the sequel trilogy, where he saw Han Solo die at the hands of his son, Kylo Ren, and so he joined Rey for the rest of the trilogy, traveling with her to Ahch-To, Pasaana (where he was captured by the Knights of Ren), and joining the Resistance in defeating the Sith Eternal forces. Chewbacca finally received the medal he didn’t get in A New Hope (though it was Han’s), a moment that some fans appreciated while others criticized it.
It can be debated whether Luke and Leia Skywalker appear in all trilogies or not, as in the prequels they appear right at the end of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith as newborns. Luke’s trip from farmer to Jedi was the emphasis of the original trilogy, along with Leia’s own trip as part of the Rebel Alliance. The sequels brought full closure to their stories by reuniting them after Luke spent years in exile as well as revealed that he trained Leia at some point in in between trilogies. Luke passed away in The Last Jedi as well as Leia in The Rise of Skywalker, yet they made a final appearance in the Star Wars tale right at conclusion of The Rise of Skywalker as Force Ghosts surveillance Rey.