Celebrating Women’s History Month With The A-Z Of Star Wars Female Characters

These days the Star Wars films and television series are blessed with female characters but of course any fan who grew up with the original trilogy will know that back then there was only one major female character and a couple of other minor ones. To commemorate Women’s History Month as well as Girls Day (a.k.a. Hinamatsuri a.k.a. Doll’s Day) in Japan on March 3rd and International Women’s Day on the 8th, Tokyo Fox has cobbled together 26 female characters with each one representing a letter of the alphabet. To make it a bit easier, either the first name or the surname can be used, and as you’d expect there are many candidates for some letters and barely any for others. Without further ado, lets get into it…

A is for Asajj Ventress (Species: Dathomirian)

There were a lot of possibilities here but I’ve chosen Asajj who is an incredibly skilled wielder of two lightsabers. This villain is not one to be messed with, especially Jedi who she loves to kill. First appearance: Clone Wars Micro-Series (2003)

B is for Beru Whitesun Lars (Species: Human)

The wife of Owen Lars but more importantly the guardian of Luke Skywalker who she realises just is not a farmer as he has too much of his father in him! First Appearance: A New Hope (1977)

C is for Captain Phasma (Species: Human)

A character with much promise due to her very cool chrome armour. Phasma is the commander of a Stormtrooper unit but was sadly a little underused in her two films. First appearance: The Force Awakens (2015)

D is for Duchess Satine Kryze (Species: Human)

Strong-willed and ambitious, Kryze dedicates her time to improving Mandalorian society. She had a very special relationship with Obi Wan Kenobi. First Appearance: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 – 2020)

E is for Lyra Erso (Species: Human)

The fact that Jynn’s mum is being used for this letter gives a hint for what is to come when we get to J! Director Krennic described her as being troublesome and sadly that led to her demise. First Appearance: Rogue One (2016) 

F is for Jaina Sol Fel (Species: Human)

A real struggle to come up with anything for this letter and the best I could do was Han and Leia’s daughter who was an ace pilot and eventually married Jagged Fel in the Fate of the Jedi series (2009 – 2012). First Appearance: The Last Command by Timothy Zahn

G is for Ann Gella (Species: Twi’lek)

Along with her twin sister, she is a slave of pod-racer Sebulba and can be seen in the Boonta Eve Classic race on Tatooine. I’m not sure if she is the one filing Sebulba’s toenails or the one massaging his shoulders in the hangar pre-race. First Appearance: The Phantom Menace (1999)

H is for Hera Syndulla (Species: Twi’lek)

The leader of the Ghost and its crew. She is the mother figure to some of them and selects which missions they undergo. She is a smart and tactful pilot who is warm and compassionate. First Appearance: Star Wars Rebels (2014 – 2018)

I is for Izrina (Species: Wistie)

Oh ok I admit that I had to use Wookieepedia to find a character for this letter! She was the queen of the Wisties, the glowing, fairy-folk of the forest moon of Endor. I only re-watched this movie a few months ago but can’t recall such a character! First Appearance: Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (1984)

J is for Jynn Erso (Species: Human)

Used to operating alone until she found the larger purpose of taking on a desperate mission for the Rebel Alliance. She is impetuous, defiant and eager to confront the Empire. First Appearance: Rogue One (2016) 

K is for Maz Kanata (Species: Unknown)

She is Force sensitive but probably stands out more for her crazy goggles. The vaults in her castle on Takadano planet are full of antiques and trinkets with the most notable item being Luke’s lightsaber. She was great in episode VII but her role in the next one seemed rather unnecessary. First Appearance: The Force Awakens (2015) 

L is for Leia Organa (Species: Human)

The most iconic of all. End of. If you don’t know about her then you probably shouldn’t be reading this post! A key member of the Rebel Alliance from an early age, she is dedicated to the cause and goes through a lot, including her son turning to the Dark Side. First Appearance: A New Hope (1977)

M is for Mara Jade (Species: Human)

Introduced in Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn Trilogy, she is quite possibly the most famous female created in the Expanded Universe (now known as Star Wars Legends). She may have trained as the Emperor’s Hand but she saw sense and rather than kill Luke she actually married him. First Appearance: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn (1991)

N is for Enfys Nest (Species: Human)

Nest’s skills as a pirate earned her a reputation as an infamous marauder. Nest and her Cloud-Riders actively fought against against the crime syndicate, Crimson Dawn. She wore a battle helmet passed down to her from her mother and at the end of ‘Solo‘ she broke with the custom of hiding her identity and age and removed her mask to reveal she was young. I never realised Nest was female until that point! First Appearance: Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) 

O is for Oola (Species: Twi’lek)

She was the green slave dancer in Jabba’s palace who got dropped through his trapdoor after resisting his advances. She has supposedly gained cult status outside of the movies by way of cosplay and comics. First Appearance: Return Of The Jedi (1983) 

P is for Padmé (Species: Human)

Elected Queen of Naboo at just 14 years old, she is a born leader with great intelligence. There’s far more to her than all the political stuff she’s involved in. First Appearance: The Phantom Menace (1999)

Q is for Qi’ra (Species: Human)

After growing up with Han she was captured and sold into slavery where she ended up with Dryden Vos who trained her in martial arts. She’s a complex woman who, despite growing up on the streets, was able to adapt to a more luxurious lifestyle and fit in with the Crimson Dawn gang. First Appearance: Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) 

R is for Rey (Species: Human)

Her skills as a warrior, pilot and mechanic are fully tested as Rey comes to discover she has abilities she never knew she had. Her fate is on a path far away from the dead-end desert planet of Jakku. First Appearance: The Force Awakens (2015) 

S is for Shaak Ti (Species: Togruta)

An exotic alien female who was a Jedi General during the Clone Wars and fought in the Battle of Geonosis where she rescued Obi-Wan, Padmé and Anakin. First Appearance: Attack of the Clones (2002) 

T is for Ahsoka Tano (Species: Togruta)

Many of us were a little wary of her when she was first introduced as Anakin’s young Padawan (to give him a greater sense of responsibility) but she soon grew to be a big fan favourite. Her growth and the subsequent story arc at the end of season 5 were compulsive viewing. First Appearance: The Clone Wars (2008 – 2020)

U is for Luminara Unduli (Species: Mirialan)

Quick witted and strong in the Force, she is incredibly talented when it comes to using a lightsaber. First Appearance: Attack of the Clones (2002) 

V is for Val (Species: Human)

Very secretive of her past, this no-nonsense and occasionally prickly woman was a crack shot with a blaster rifle. Another character that didn’t survive too long. First Appearance: Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) 

W is for Sabine Wren (Species: Mandalorian)

A Mandalorian warrior, bomb expert and graffiti artist whose customised armour reflects her creative and rebellious spirit. First Appearance: Star Wars Rebels (2014 – 2018)

X is for Xian (Species: Twi’lek)

Purple-skinned Xi’an is athletic, agile and highly-skilled with knives. She claims to be able to work professionally with people she doesn’t really like. First Appearance: The Mandalorian (2019 – )

Y is for Yaddle (Species: Yoda’s species)

Before Grogu (a.k.a. The Child a.k.a. Baby Yoda) the only other person similar to Yoda was Yaddle who sat fairly quietly alongside him on the Jedi High Council. First Appearance: The Phantom Menace (1999)

Z is for Zorii Bliss (Species: Human)

You don’t remember her from Episode IX? She and Poe Dameron were both spice runners in a past life, but Poe left the group and abandoned Bliss. The two were reunited when Poe led Resistance operatives to Kijimi to find the hidden world Exegol. Now you know! First Appearance: The Rise Of Skywalker (2019)

Honorary Mentions: Mon Mothma, Aayla Secura, Barriss Offee, Rotta the Huttlet, Vice Admiral Holdo, Rose Tico, Naare, Kordi Freemaker, Cindel Towani, Torra Doza, Tam Ryvora, Shmi Skywalker, Aurra Sing, Bo-Katan Kryze, Cara Dune, Jannah & L3-37.


So that’s my A-Z but who would you choose for each letter? Who is your favourite female character overall? Have I glaringly omitted someone? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter using @tokyofox

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