9 Times Chewbacca Helped Save the Day in Star Wars

Is Chewbacca the greatest movie sidekick ever? Quite possibly – and, for a walking carpet, that's quite the achievement. As Han Solo's friend and co-pilot, he's had many adventures and seen every corner of the galaxy as a result.

This also means he's been in the thick of the action – and through eight appearances in live-action Star Wars movies, he's saved the day more than once.

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

Revenge of the Sith

In Revenge of the Sith, Chewbacca helped Yoda to escape Kashyyyk after Order 66 was executed with extreme prejudice by the Clone Troopers. This simple solitary act ultimately meant that Yoda was able to train Luke Skywalker 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. It happened in Solo: A Star Wars Story and he showed he had a true, selfless heart, and then he turned the dial once more by deciding to go with Han Solo. Having freed the Wookies, he wanted to focus on his new “tribe” – that being himself and Han.

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A New Hope

Chewie flew the Falcon while under attack from a Tie Fighter during the escape from the Death Star in A New Hope. He returned to the Rebel's attack with Han to give Luke the assist in the trench run, which ultimately saved the Rebels on Yavin.

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The Empire Strikes Back

In The Empire Strikes Back, Chewbacca discovered that C-3PO went missing on Cloud City, rescued him, and then put him back together – albeit, somewhat incorrectly arranged (that wasn't the first time that had happened to Golden Rod, though…).

And although it wasn't quite “saving the day,” choking Lando as revenge for his “betrayal” must have felt pretty good.

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The Return of the Jedi

The rescue of his dear friend Han Solo was one of the riskier gigs he had undertaken. In Return of the Jedi, Chewbacca helped to infiltrate Jabba the Hutt’s stronghold by pretending to be the prisoner of Bosch – that's 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 fakeout and signaled that effectively the Rebels were gonna win.

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The Force Awakens

In The Force Awakens, after Kylo Ren killed Chewie's best friend, Han Solo, he went on a rage kill rampage. He took out countless Stormtroopers, which allowed Ren and Finn to escape. He was also able to set off the bombs to do enough damage on Starkiller base so that Poe Dameron could do his mission. This was perhaps the first time in a Star Wars movie that we had seen the true “warrior” skill we thought he had.

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

The Last Jedi

In 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

In The Rise of Skywalker, Chewie led the Falcon into battle against the Emperor's army  – leading from the front into impossible odds was heroic – he even managed to stop and pick up Jannah and Fin!

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

More favorite Chewbacca moments:

  • Complaining about being cold when outside the Starkiller base
  • The infamous space chess scene with C-3PO and R2-D2.
  • When Chewbacca is about to lose Han Solo 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 means 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 messing around Luke, I’ve been through a lot of crap. Time to talk! He's actually very quotable!

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