Characters: Star Wars
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Characters in the Star Wars franchise and its new Expanded Universe are sorted according to their main allegiance within the canon films, animated series, novels, short stories, video games, and comics. All canon appearances of these characters will be listed at the top of their profile.For the characters introduced in the movies that are also prominently included in Star Wars Legends, see here. For information on characters that exclusively appeared or debuted in the Legends setting, go here.
- Rebel Alliancenote
- Galactic Empirenote
- The Jedi Ordernote
- The Galactic Republicnote
- Separatist Alliancenote
- Trade Federationnote
- Bounty Huntersnote
- Planets and Racesnote
- Other Force Users and Beingsnote
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Characters Introduced In The Force Awakens
Portrayed by: John Boyega
Appears in: The Force AwakensA Stormtrooper who wishes to turn his life around, meets up with Poe Dameron and crash-lands on Jakku. He had the callsign "FN2187", which his name "Finn" is derived from.
"I was raised to do one thing... but I've got nothing to fight for."
- Aerith and Bob: Continues the proud Star Wars tradition of mixing real-sounding names with Space Opera ones. We've got Rey, Kylo Ren, Poe Dameron, and Finn. However, given his callsign, it is likely that this is simply an alias and that his real name may be more complicated.
- The Atoner: His Heel-Face Turn is motivated partly by regret for having served the First Order.
- Bloody Handprint: Has one on his Stormtrooper helmet during the second trailer.
- Child Soldier: If the above line is anything to go by.
- Cool Sword: Through the course of events, the lightsaber of Anakin Skywalkernote ends up in his hands and he uses it against Kylo Ren.
- Dangerous Deserter: Leaves the First Order and joins the Resistance.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Inverted. He goes from just another faceless Stormtrooper to a hero fighting the entire First Order.
- Heel-Face Turn: He ditches the First Order early on.
- Heel Realization: As included in the above quote, he makes it clear that he thinks that working with the First Order made him the "bad guy".
- Jump Scare: In the trailer, a still shot of the Jakku desert is interrupted by him popping up in shock.
- Line-of-Sight Name: Finn seems to be derived from "FN", the first two letters of his callsign.
- Mook: He was a Stormtrooper for a while.
- Mythology Gag: His operating number, 2187, is also the cell number Princess Leia was held in aboard the Death Star in A New Hope.
- Overly Nervous Flop Sweat: Several scenes show him sweating profusely.
- Redemption Promotion: In the First Order, he was an interchangeable Mook. On the side of the Resistance, he's becoming a hero.
- Resignations Not Accepted: The First Order wants to kill him for his desertion.
Portrayed by: Daisy Ridley
Appears in: The Force AwakensA self-sufficient scavenger on Jakku, who is something of a loner before meeting BB-8 and Finn.
"I'm no one."
- Ace Pilot: Much to Finn's surprise. It's a prerequisite if you want to fly the Falcon.
- Action Girl: Rey utilizes her staff as a weapon in a style similar to the real-world martial art of bōjutsu. She also appears to be the most central of the three new protagonists to the plot, speaking more of her ability as a badass lady.
- Cool Car: Her speeder counts as a futuristic variant.
- Disaster Scavengers: She lives in a fallen AT-AT and most of what she owns is scavenged from the wreckage of a great battle between the New Republic and the Empire.
- Gender-Blender Name: Rey, which sounds like Ray.
- I Am Very British: Speaks with a Received Pronunciation accent.
- Internal Homage: Like Anakin and Luke before her, Rey is a major character living a hard-scrabble life on a desert planet, and has dreams of leaving of her world behind to explore what lies beyond in the galaxy.
- Mythology Gag: Her home is an AT-AT shell. Player characters in Star Wars: Galaxies could also live in these.
- Parental Abandonment: According to an Entertainment Weekly article, Rey was "ditched" on Jakku by her family when she was five-years-old, has no idea why, and is still waiting for them to return for her.Rey: I know all about waiting...BB-8: [beeps question]Rey: For my family.
- Quest for Identity: Her lack of family, and her dialogue with Maz suggests this will be her main Story Arc.
- Scavenger World: Rey lives on Jakku, the site of a major battle between the New Republic and the Empire, that left plenty of wreckage for scavengers to live off of.
- Simple Staff: She is seen wielding one in the second teaser.
- Shout-Out: The character's production name, "Kira", was a nod to Akira Kurosawa, a major influence on the movies. "Rey" is likewise a nod to the longtime publisher of Star Wars books, Del Rey.
Portrayed by: Oscar Isaac
Appears in: Shattered Empirenote | Moving Targetnote | The Force AwakensThe son of Rebel Alliance Spec Force soldier Kes Dameron and A-Wing pilot Shara Bey; Poe Dameron is an X-wing pilot sent on a mission by Princess Leia. He eventually meets up with Finn and Rey.
"All teams, give it everything you got!"
- Ace Pilot: Oscar Isaac describes him as the "best frickin' pilot in the galaxy".
- Big Brother Instinct: Stops to give Finn a reassuring pat on the arm at the Resistance base, which the former Stormtrooper appears to appreciate.
- Bilingual Bonus: The (upside-down) lettering on his vest reads "Pull to Inflate."
- Cool Starship: Pilots one of the quintessential examples, an X-wing.
- Distressed Dude: He is captured by the First Order, interrogated and tortured by Kylo Ren, before escaping with Finn's help.
- Expy: He's the Sequel Trilogy's Wedge Antilles.
- Generation Xerox: He is a Resistance soldier and hand-picked agent of Princess Leia whose parents fought with Han and Leia in the Battle of Endor thirty years ago.
- In the Blood: His mother was an A-Wing pilot who fought at the Battle of Endor, so piloting fighters for the Rebels is literally in his blood.
- La Résistance: His uniform and X-wing mark him as a member of the Resistance.
- Military Brat: Both of his parents were Rebel Alliance / New Republic military.
- Mind Probe: He is seen reacting with agony when Kylo Ren's hand is waved over his head.
- Wing Man: He flies with several.
- Cute Machines: He's small and nearly as adorable as his predecessor is.
- Deliberately Cute Child: Robot variety. In this article, BB-8's designer implies that he knows how cute he is and uses that to manipulate people and accomplish his missions.
- Do-Anything Robot: BB-8 is a next-generation astromech droid, a more advanced successor to the model line that R2-D2 is from.
- Kid-Appeal Character: Small, cute, and makes a popular toy.
- Mix-and-Match Critter: Has the head of an R2 droid floating on a rotating sphere.
- Mythology Gag: His design is based on an early concept of R2-D2 that was scrapped due to the technological limitations of the time at which the original movie was made.
- Robot Buddy: The droid apparently serves as this to the new Power Trio.
Portrayed by: Lupita Nyong'o
Appears in: The Force AwakensA female space pirate.
"The Force, it's calling to you. Just let it in."
- Amazing Technicolor Population She has orange skin.
- Cool Old Lady: She's quite old, and she encourages Finn or Rey (or both) to become heroes and embrace the Force.Kanata: I've lived long enough to see the same eyes in different people. I see your eyes. I know your eyes.
- Expy: The trailers set her up as the Sequel Trilogy's Yoda.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: JJ specifically says there is something odd about her eyes and those goggles she wares have a special purpose.
- Miniature Senior Citizen: She is a very old lady and she is barely taller than R2.
- Really 700 Years Old: By the time of the The Force Awakens she is over a thousand years old.
- Serkis Folk: The character model is CGI, while the acting is motion-captured on-set/site by Ms. Nyongo.
- Space Pirates: She leads a crew of them.
Jessika Pava/Blue Three
Portrayed by: Jessica Henwick
- Action Girl: One of the very few female pilots seen in the movies.
- Aerith and Bob: Like Finn, she has a relatively normal sounding name, even if it's spelled with a k instead of a c.
- Ascended Fangirl: She's been a huge admirer of Luke Skywalker since she was a child.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She appeared in the Framing Story of the novel The Weapon of a Jedi ahead of her appearance in the movie.
- Hero-Worshipper: Of Luke Skywalker, and she freaks out a bit when she meets C-3PO and realizes who he is and that he served with Luke.
- Twofer Token Minority: In addition to being a woman, she's one of the very few notable Asian characters in the franchise (the others being Commander Sato and Sabine Wren from the Rebels animated series).
The First Order
Supreme Leader Snoke
Portrayed by: Andy Serkis
Appears in: The Force AwakensA mysterious figure tied to the First Order.
"There has been an awakening...have you felt it?"
- Big Bad: As the Supreme Leader of the First Order, he is bound to be the primary antagonist of the Sequel Trilogy - although The Force Awakens places a much larger amount of focus on Kylo Ren.
- The Chessmaster: Entertainment Weekly says that Serkis describes his character as "a long-range schemer."
- The Corrupter: Snoke was critical in seducing Kylo Ren over to the Dark Side of the Force.
- The Emperor: The Supreme Leader designation suggests he holds this position in the First Order.
- Evil Cripple: Serkis describes him as having suffered a lot of damage and that there is a strange vulnerability to him which belies his true agenda.
- Evil Is Bigger / Large and in Charge: Quoth Serkis, "He is large. He appears tall."
- Evil Sorcerer/Sorcerous Overlord: The "Awakening" speech heavily implies he is a Force-user.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is heard in the first teaser.
- The Man Behind the Man: Kylo Ren appears more prominently in the story, however, Snoke is the Big Bad, while Kylo Ren is merely The Heavy.
- Meaningful Name: Snoke is an Americanized form of Dutch Snoek, a nickname meaning ‘pike’, a type of carnivorous fish.
- Serkis Folk: Unsurprisingly, given that the Trope Namer often is cast in these kinds of roles.
- The Un-Reveal: Early footage openly shows Serkis in costume as Snoke, but gives only rudimentary hints of what he would look like in the final film.
- Token Non-Human: The infamously speciesist Empire/First Order has a non-human at its reins.
Portrayed by: Adam Driver
Appears in: The Force AwakensA Knight of Ren serving the First Order whose true name and origins are shrouded in mystery. He wields a crudely made crossguard lightsaber and is obsessed with Darth Vader and his legacy, seeking to emulate him.
"Nothing will stand in our way. I will finish what you started."
- Black Cloak: He wears one that appears to be a bit tattered and torn.
- Black Knight: Much in the same way as Darth Vader before him, and Kylo actually was part of the Knights of Ren before joining the First Order.
- Co-Dragons: He and Hux are this to Supreme Leader Snoke.
- Companion Cube: Keeps Vader's half-melted mask close to him, and speaks to it with deep reverence.
- Cool Sword: An unstable lightsaber that is distinguished by its crossguards, referred as the Junk Lightsaber".
- Dark and Troubled Past: Adam Driver implies that this drove Kylo to the Dark Side.
- Darth Vader Clone: Invoked. Kylo Ren is obsessed with Vader, to the point he has tried to emulate the Sith Lord's appearance and mannerisms.
- Evil Counterpart: A recent Entertainment Weekly article pretty much spells out he is a Dark Side, pro-Imperial version of Luke Skywalker.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His mask slightly augments his already-deep voice - much like Vader himself, but with a more natural, soft-spoken standard American accent rather than Vader's theatrical, booming voice
- From Nobody to Nightmare: It's heavily hinted that Kylo comes from no means and rose from obscurity to his present status in the galaxy.
- The Heavy: Shots from the second teaser show him leading Stormtroopers. Promotion materials make him out the major force of evil in the film, but not the ultimate; again, much like Vader.
- Knight Templar: The trailer shows him saying to Darth Vader's melted helmet, "I will finish what you started.", i.e. hunting down and destroying the Jedi Knights and/or imposing order upon the galaxy.
- Large and in Charge: Is played by the 6'4" tall Adam Driver.
- Loony Fan: He admires Vader's legacy to point of putting his charred helmet and mask on display while commenting about finishing the work he and Palpatine started, likely unaware of the actual circumstances behind Vader's death.
- Mascot Villain: Like Vader before him, Kylo Ren is the face of the Sequel Trilogy as well as the new face of fear in the galaxy.
- Malevolent Masked Men: He wears a mask that shares similarities in design with Darth Vader's mask and Stormtrooper helmets, as well as the one worn by Revan.
- Meaningful Name: His name signifies that he is, or was, a member of the Knights of Ren.
- Mythology Gag: Possibly. His name is very similar to a Villain of the Week from the old Droids cartoon, who was named Kybo Ren.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Not so much him personally as his lightsaber, it being one of the few featured in any Star Wars work to have a cross guard and due to the fact that the blade and hilt look cobbled together and barely functional compared to the sleek blades and shiny finishes seen on most other ones.
- Obviously Evil: Cloaked in black, masked, skulking about, and wielding a red lightsaber, it's not subtle at all that he's a bad guy.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: In stark contrast to his insanely violent behavior, he talks in a quiet, soft-spoken manner.
- Torture Technician: He uses the Force to interrogate and torture Poe Dameron aboard the Finalizer.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Kylo is at the very least competent in the Force, however, he lacks formal training, hence why the crossguard lightsaber he built is slightly unstable and shoddy.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Is stated to be a "hero" from the perspective of the First Order.
Portrayed by: Domhnall Gleeson
- Ambition Is Evil: Hux has thrown quite a few people under the bus in order to reach a General's rank in his early thirties.
- Coat Cape: Sports this look in the promotional image released.
- Co-Dragons: He and Kylo Ren are this to Supreme Leader Snoke.
- Evil Redhead: Well, he is a ginger and Gleeson summed up his character with the words "I'm evil".
- Expy: Is currently shaping up to be a younger, more ruthless version of Tarkin.
- Doesn't Like Guns: According to Gleeson, Hux doesn't carry any weapons as he prefers to have other people do the dirty work for him.
- Good-Looking Privates: For a professional soldier and a general he is rather young and Domhnall Gleeson has a large female fanbase for a reason.
- Klingon Promotion: It is explicitly stated that Hux didn’t get that high up in his life that quickly without being pretty ruthless and that he put a few people down on the way to get there.
- Putting on the Reich: His First Order uniform is about one step removed from an SS uniform.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He and Kylo Ren do not get along, with Gleeson describing him as the opposite of Kylo.
- We ARE Struggling Together: Both Kylo Ren and Hux are vying for power within the First Order and both are willing to acquire it at the expense of the other.
Portrayed by: Gwendoline Christie
- Badass Cape: A real nice black one with red trim.
- Chrome Champion: Well, she has chrome armor and she is a cut above the regular stormtroopers.
- Dark Action Girl: If the idea of six-foot-three Gwendoline Christie in stormtrooper armor coming to wreck your shit doesn't scare you, what does?
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: She's the first ever confirmedly female stormtrooper to appear in the films.
- Large and in Charge: Is played by the 6'3" Gwendoline Christie and appears to be of elite status to boot.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: Althrough chrome rather than red, her unique color scheme clearly marks her out as superior to the standard rank and file stormtroopers.
- Machine Monotone: When not utilizing strong emotion, her regular voice sounds machine-like through her helmet creating a reverberation.
- Mook Lieutenant: She is a stormtrooper officer after all - but it remains to be seen if she averts this.
- Samus Is a Girl: Just like the Trope Namer, due to her imposing figure and completely concealing armor, many viewers wouldn't expect that she's female at first glance.
- Shout-Out: In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, J. J. Abrams mentioned that Phasma is named after the Phantasm film series, with the chrome armor reminding Abrams of the Tall Man's spheres.