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The Best Dads in the ‘Star Wars’ Galaxy

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Jun 20 2022
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Okay, so Vader won’t be getting any Fathers Day cards this or any year. But there are actually some great ‘Star Wars’ dads in the galaxy.

Father’s Day was yesterday and dads everywhere celebrated with their families. While Star Wars seems disproportionally high number of absentee fathers, there are also a whole bunch of stand-up dads. This week let’s talk about the Galaxy’s best dads and all of the fatherly advice we can glean from them.

Din Djarin

It’s a bit of a joke in the Star Wars fandom that Din Djarin is Grogu‘s unofficial adopted father, but Din Djarin is absolutely Grogu’s unofficial adopted father. I don’t know what galactic paperwork has to get filled out to make somebody a legal parent or guardian. Din likely doesn’t either. And even if he did, it wouldn’t change their relationship. Over the course of The Mandalorian and Boba Fett, we watch Din grow to love The Child. This leads him to make choices that, though hard and heartbreaking, were best for the little guy. And then when sleep-away Jedi school wasn’t right for Grogu, Din was ready with a baby seat in his brand new spaceship. Din Djarin and Grogu also perfectly exemplify a lesson Star Wars teaches us over and over again: love makes a family more than blood.

 

Galen Erso

Galen Erso, father of Jyn Erso, is the dictionary definition of “just doing his best.” Unfortunately the Empire was working pretty hard against that goal. And the Empire was generally better funded. Galen took his family on the run to try and keep them safe from Imperial wrath. And when the Empire found them anyway, he made sure that his daughter would be safe even if he wasn’t. It didn’t turn out great for any of them, but his closeness with Jyn persevered for years. He was even able to sneak her a secret message to the secret in finding the Death Star‘s plans.

 

Owen Lars

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Until the premier of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru got a bad rep. They were portrayed as boring and stuffy, not letting Luke Skywalker leave the moisture farm to join the academy or spend time with old Ben Kenobi next door. But in retrospect, Uncle Owen is a good father figure who’s doing his best to raise his step brother’s kid. So much of Owen’s rigidity comes from knowing who Luke’s biological dad really is and what the Empire truly is. Of course he doesn’t want Luke to join the Imperial Navy or get involved in the Rebellion. And of course he wants the boy to stay safe and live a quiet, safe life. Just how fiercely protective and brave he is has only recently been highlighted for us. But it’s clear that he’ll do just about anything to keep Luke safe.

 

Cut Lawquane

Cut doesn’t show up often in Star Wars, but he’s primarily featured in The Clone Wars and The Bad Batch animated series. A former clone trooper, he decided that fighting somebody else’s war wasn’t the life that he wanted. Instead he settled down with Twi-Lek Suu Laquane. Together they’re raising Shaeeah and Jek on a family farm in the outer rim. Every time somebody discovers Cut, he has to re-defend his life and family. But in the end, all he really wants is to be there for his family. He wants his kids to grow up relatively safe and happy.

 

Bail Organa

Bail Organa somehow balances being a senator, leading a budding revolution, and raising a child who he knows is subconsciously using the Force all of the time. He’s a loving dad who has probably had to have the “you are a real Organa” conversation a dozen times. And it seems like he’ll have the same chat a dozen more times if that’s what it takes to put his daughter’s mind at ease. Leia Organa has the combined tenacity of Padme Amidala and Anakin Skywalker. But Bail Organa is more than happy to show her how to use it for good.

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Who is your favorite Star Wars Dad? Do you think we left anyone off of the list? What do you think Father’s Day is like in the galaxy far far away? Let us know in the comments!

May The Force Be With You, Adventurers!

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