"Judge me by my size, do you?" Yoda
Played By: Frank Oz
Film: The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi
Why He's On The List: That there's barely a kid in the known universe who can't identify Yoda's quirky syntax speaks volumes. It's a stroke of genius to introduce the Jedi master, a two-foot high alien with what appears to be mild dementia (although you try keeping it together living alone of Dagobah for 20 odd years), well before revealing who he actually is, and he quickly goes from being cute, to integral, to unforgettable. A perfect cinematic creation.
Finest Hour: Lifting Luke's X-Wing out of the swamp.