Characters: Star Wars

aka: Star Wars Original Trilogy

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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.
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Characters Introduced In The Force Awakens

    Finn 

Finn

Portrayed by: John Boyega
Appears in: The Force Awakens

A Stormtrooper who wishes to turn his life around, meets up with Poe Dameron and crash-lands on Jakku.s

    Rey 

Rey

Portrayed by: Daisy Ridley
Appears in: The Force Awakens

A self-sufficient scavenger on Jakku, who is something of a loner before meeting BB-8 and Finn.
  • Action Girl: Rey utilizes her staff as a weapon in a style similar to the real-world martial art of bōjutsu.
  • Cool Car: Her speeder counts as a futuristic variant.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Rey is a name befitting to a woman who has masculine traits.
  • Internal Homage: Like Anakin and Luke before her, Rey is a major character living a hard-scrabble life on a desert planet.
  • 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.

    Poe Dameron 

Poe Dameron

Portrayed by: Oscar Isaac
Appears in: The Force Awakens

An X-wing pilot sent on a mission by Princess Leia. He eventually meets up with Finn and Rey.
  • Ace Pilot: He is described as the best pilot in the Galaxy by Oscar Isaac.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The (upside-down) lettering on his vest reads "Pull to Inflate."
  • Cool Starship: Pilots one of the quintessential examples, an X-wing.
  • La Résistance: His uniform and X-wing mark him as a member of the Resistance.
  • Wing Man: He flies with several.

    BB-8 

BB-8

Appears in: The Force Awakens

A droid that rolls on a ball.

    Kylo Ren 

Kylo Ren

Portrayed by: Adam Driver
Appears in: The Force Awakens

A mysterious figure wielding a crossblade lightsaber. Although he appears to be involved with the Dark Side of the Force, he is not a Sith (or, at the least, he is not a Darth). He is also involved with the First Order, the remnants of the Empire after the Battle of Endor.

    Captain Phasma 

Captain Phasma

Portrayed by: Gwendoline Christie
Appears in: The Force Awakens

A First Order Stormtrooper Officer and a lieutenant to Kylo Ren.

    Maz Kanata 

Maz Kanata

Portrayed by: Lupita Nyong'o
Appears in: The Force Awakens

A female space pirate.

    Snoke 

Supreme Leader Snoke

Portrayed by: Andy Serkis
Appears in: The Force Awakens

A mysterious figure tied to the First Order.

  • 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 Emperor: The Supreme Leader designation suggests he holds this position in the First Order.
  • Evil Sorcerer/Sorcerous Overlord: The "Awakening" speech implies he is a Force-user.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is heard in the first teaser.
  • 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.
  • Token Non-Human: The infamously speciesist Empire/First Order has a non-human at its reigns.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Snoke is a pretty innocuous name for the Supreme Leader of the First Order.

Alternative Title(s):

A New Hope, Star Wars Original Trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Revenge Of The Sith, Attack Of The Clones, Star Wars The Clone Wars Main Characters, Star Wars The Clone Wars Third Side Parties, Star Wars The Clone Wars Nonaligned, Star Wars The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Blade Squadron, Darth Maul Son Of Dathomir, Star Wars Tarkin, A New Dawn, The Force Awakens, Star Wars Darth Vader, Star Wars Expanded Universe