The '70s-era wispy haircuts in the original Star Wars may no longer be cool, but there’s one thing in that galaxy far, far away that will never ever go out of style: facial hair. You might not realize it, but your mind has been controlled by interstellar facial hair choices since the start of the Star Wars saga.
With Solo: A Star Wars Story bringing back Lando’s excellent mustache in a huge way, here’s a definitive list of all the facial hair in the Star Wars saga, ranked from the dark side of the razor to the light side of the Jedi beard.
Count Dooku's evil little beard in Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Count Dooku’s beard in Attack of the Clones feels like actor Christopher Lee just trimmed down his beard from Lord of the Rings into a little goatee. Sure, it makes Dooku look evil, but this is by far the worst facial hair in Star Wars. The only reason why it gets a pass is because you can’t imagine anyone with the title of “Count” in a Star Wars movie to not have an evil-person tiny beard.
Obi-Wan's beard in Revenge of the Sith (2005)
It’s not actually Obi-Wan’s best beard, but we have to include it because it’s so iconic. At this point in the saga, Ewan McGregor is transitioning into a look that is supposed to remind viewers of Alec Guinness's portrayal of old Ben in the original films. For this reason, this beard looks a little bit more kempt than perhaps it should. It’s the middle of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars, when the hell does Obi-Wan find the time to make this beard look so svelte?
Uncle Owen's 5 o'clock shadow in A New Hope (1977)
Underrated! Uncle Owen rocks the ultimate farmer dad stubble in the first Star Wars movie ever. Sure, he’s got a little Eric Clapton neckbeard action here, but hey, he’s working outside long hours and his nephew is basically the child of Satan! Let’s give Uncle Owen a break. He makes this stubble work.
General Dodonna's Old Man Santa beard in A New Hope (1977)
One would be remiss if they forgot about the big Santa Claus beard from this Rebel general in A New Hope. It’s like after Obi-Wan dies in this movie, they needed someone else with a much bigger white beard to take over. However, General Dodonna’s giant beard explain does not explain why he pronounces Leia’s name “Lee-ah” instead of “Lay-ah.” But there’s got to be a connection.
Obi-Wan's beard in Attack of the Clones (2002)
Well, hello there! This is more like it! Obi-Wan’s beard in Attack of the Clones is actually his best beard. It’s huge, and it quickly conveys that’s he’s doing way too much cool stuff to take the time to shave. But more importantly, the big Obi-Wan beard in Attack of the Clones works so well because it’s paired with giant Jedi mullet.
Han Solo's stubble in The Force Awakens (2015)
One of the riskiest moves of The Force Awakens wasn’t actually to kill Han Solo off, but to subtly give him a little bit of stubble. This actually works for Han in a huge way. Though, thank god it’s not the size of his giant beard in the Star Wars video game, Battlefront II.
Cassian Andor's stubble and mustache in Rogue One (2016)
You didn’t think we’d forget about this guy, did you? The slick Rebellion intelligence officer has not only rocks cool-guy-I-don’t-really-care-I-just-woke-up-like-this stubble, but also a badass mustache to match. Let’s not forget, Diego Luna’s turn as Cassian Andor remains one of the most effortlessly cool Star Wars performances, and that’s probably because it seems like Diego Luna just played himself.
Lando's mustache in Solo (or Empire Strikes Back) (2018) (1980)
Is it blasphemous to say Lando Calrissian’s mustache in Solo might be better than his mustache in The Empire Strikes Back? Look, we’re not going to make you choose between Billy Dee Williams and Donald Glover, so we’ll call this a tie. But Glover’s Lando ‘stache in Solo is LIT.
Luke's beard in The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017)
Though this concept would have been unthinkable a decade ago, Luke Skywalker’s beard in the new Star Wars sequels might be the best Star Wars facial hair of all time. Combining the best elements of all the Obi-Wan beards, Luke succeeds in having the most convincing Jedi-beard in the saga. Part of that is because he’s not afraid to get it a little messy with some green alien milk, but the other reason is that it just suits him. Don’t let anyone tell you differently: Luke Skywalker aged well and he looks great with a beard.