Characters: Star Wars
aka: Star Wars The Clone 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.
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- The Jedi Ordernote
- The Galactic Republicnote
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- Bounty Huntersnote
- Planets and Racesnote
- Other Force Users and Beingsnote
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Characters Introduced In The Force Awakens
Portrayed by: John Boyega
- 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.
- Bloody Handprint: Has one on his Stormtroopers helmet during the second trailer.
- Cool Sword: Wields Anakin Skywalker's blue lightsaber for a duel with Kylo Ren.
- 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.
- Jump Scare: In the trailer, a still shot of the Jakku desert is interrupted by him popping up in shock.
- Mook: He was a Stormtrooper for a while.
- 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.
Portrayed by: Daisy Ridley
- 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.
Portrayed by: Oscar Isaac
- Ace Pilot: Oscar Isaac describes him as the "best frickin' pilot in the galaxy".
- 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.
Portrayed by: Lupita Nyong'o
The First Order
Supreme Leader Snoke
Portrayed by: Andy Serkis
- 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 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.
- Token Non-Human: The infamously speciesist Empire/First Order has a non-human at its reigns.
Portrayed by: Adam Driver
- 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.
- Cool Sword: An unstable lightsaber that is distinguished by its crossguards, refereed as the "Junk Lightsaber".
- An earlier version of said lightsaber was a more traditional single beam one with a Wampa claw hilt◊.
- Darth Vader Clone: Concept art and early molds of Ren's action figure make it appear as though he's trying to model himself after Darth Vader in some fashion, complete with a mask. New images show that he has a perfectly normal human face under the mask, meaning that unlike Vader, he doesn't need it to live.
- It's also justified, as Kylo Ren is obsessed with the man.
- Evil Counterpart: A recent Entertainment Weekly article pretty much spells out he is a Dark Side, pro-Imperial version of Luke Skywalker.
- 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.
- Large and In Charge: Is played by the 6'4 ft tall Adam Driver.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Well, he is blond and Domhnall Gleeson summed up his character's motives with the words "I'm evil".
- Coat Cape: Sports this look in the promotional image released.
- 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.
- Putting on the Reich: His First Order uniform is about one step removed from an SS uniform.
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.
- Large and In Charge: Is played by the 6'3" Gwendoline Christie and appears to be of elite status to boot.
- Mook Lieutenant: She is a stormtrooper officer after all - but it remains to be seen if she averts this.
- 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.