Characters: Star Wars

aka: The Phantom Menace

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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.

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Characters Introduced In The Force Awakens



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. He had the callsign "FN2187", strongly implying that "Finn" is simply an alias.
  • 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.
  • Bloody Handprint: Has one on his Stormtrooper 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
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: Moving Targetnote  | The Force Awakens

The 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wing Man: He flies with several.



Appears in: The Force Awakens

A droid that rolls on a ball.

    Maz Kanata 

Maz Kanata

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

A female space pirate.

The First Order


Supreme Leader Snoke

Portrayed by: Andy Serkis
Appears in: The Force Awakens

A mysterious figure tied to the First Order.

    Kylo Ren 

Kylo Ren

Portrayed by: Adam Driver
Appears in: The Force Awakens

A 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.
  • 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".
  • Creepy Monotone: In stark contrast to his insanely violent behavior, he talks in a quiet, soft-spoken manner.
  • 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.
  • 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 loud, theatrical Southern accent.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


General Hux

Portrayed by: Domhnall Gleeson
Appears in: The Force Awakens

A General in the First Order military and the man in charge of the troops attached to Kylo Ren. Also the commander of Starkiller Base.
  • 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.


Captain Phasma

Portrayed by: Gwendoline Christie
Appears in: The Force Awakens

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

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, Lords Of The Sith