9 times Chewbacca helped saved the day in Star Wars

Oct 17, 2019
Is Chewbacca the greatest movie side-kick ever?

Is Chewbacca the greatest movie side-kick ever?

For a walking carpet, Chewbacca is arguably one of the best ever sidekicks in movie history. As Han Solo's friend and co-pilot, he's had many adventures and seen most sides of the galaxy as a result.

This also means he's been in the thick of the action - and through 9 Star Wars films, he's saved the day more than once.

Here are a few occasions where the world's coolest Wookie has turned things around for our heroes

Revenge of the Sith

When Chewbacca helped Yoda escape Kashyyyk after Order 66 was executed with extreme prejudice by the Clone Troopers. This single act ultimately meant that Yoda was able to train Luke in the ways of the Force.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Freeing the Wookie slaves from their confines under the Pyke Syndicate was a defining moment for Chewbacca as a character. He showed he had true, selfless heart. And then he turned the dial once more by deciding to go with Han Solo because having freed the Wookies, he’s now going to focus on his new ‘tribe’ - Han.

chewbacca covered in mud in solo

A New Hope

Chewie flew the Falcon while under attack from the Tie Fighter attack during the escape from the Death Star

Returned to the Rebel's attack with Han to give Luke the assist in the Trench Run, which ultimately saved the Rebels on Yavin.

chewbacca han solo cantina

The Empire Strikes Back

Chewbacca discovered that C3PO went missing on Cloud City and rescued him and then put him back together, albeit, slightly miss-arranged. Not the first time that had happened to Golden Rod though…

Not quite saving the day but choking Lando as a revenge for his 'betrayal' must have felt pretty good.

The Return of the Jedi

The rescue of his dear friend Han Solo was one of the riskier gigs he had undertaken. Chewbacca helped infiltrate Jabba’s stronghold by pretending to be the prisoner of Bosch - no mean feat when you know you are walking into certain death if all parts of the plan do not come off.

A classic moment was when Chewie turned up in an AT-ST at the bunker to help open the door - it was a nice fake out and signaled that effectively the Rebels were gonna win.

chewbacca commandeers a walker

The Force Awakens

After Kylo Ren killed Chewie's best friend, Han, he went on a rage kill - he took out a million Storm Troopers which allowed Ren and Finn to escape, he was also able to set off the bombs to do enough damage on Star Killer base so that Poe Dameron could do his mission. This was perhaps the first time in a Star Wars film that we had seen the true 'warrior' skill we thought he had. 

That heavy shot on Kylo Ren with his Bowcaster ultimately helped Rey beat Kylo in their saber duel

The Last Jedi

Working the Falcon alone, Chewie took on Kylo Ren's considerable air forces on Crait to give the Rebels a fighting chance. His actions drew away the Tie Fighters which pretty much allowed every Rebel a second chance at life. 

The Rise of Skywalker

Chewie and Han Solo flew and led the Falcon into battle against the Emperor's army  - leading from the front into impossible odds was heroic - they even managed to stop and pick up Janna and Fin! 

Indeed, the sequel films really gave Chewbacca a chance to stand out more than he ever had in the films. 

More favorite Chewbacca moments:

  • Complaining about being cold when outside the Star Killer base
  • The infamous space chess scene with C3PO and R2
  • When Chewbacca is about to lose Han to carbonite - Han says ““Save your strength. There’ll be another time. The Princess. You have to take care of her. You hear me? Huh?” Chewie is able to get over his personal distress and see the wisdom in what Han was asking him - and he did just that - which mean Han knew that no matter what happened to him going into that frozen block, his love would be looked after by his best friend. And Chewbacca did just that.
  • The hug Chewie gives Han on their reunion in the prison cell in Jabba’s Palace is one of the most heartwarming moments the two have shared on screen.
  • “Chewie, we’re home” Need we say more?
  • Busting down Luke’s door in The Last Jedi. Enough pissing around Luke, I’ve been through a lot of shit. Time to talk! He's actually very quotable!

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