Special Report

50 Most (and Least) Popular Star Wars Characters

Most Popular Star Wars Characters

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25. BB-8
> Role: Astromech droid
> Appears in: Episode VII, VIII
> Screentime: 1 hour, 14 minutes

Thanks to director J.J Abrams’ conviction that “The Force Awakens” be shot without using much CGI to maintain the authenticity of the original Star Wars films, the droid BB-8 is portrayed by a rod puppet and a remote-controlled robotic unit.

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24. Jabba the Hutt
> Role: Tatooine crime boss
> Appears in: Episodes IV, VI
> Screentime: 31 minutes

Leader of the Desilijic-Hutt crime cartel, Jabba the Hutt controls much of the illegal trade, piracy, and human and alien trafficking on the planet Tatooine.

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23. Poe Dameron
> Role: Starfighter Corps commander
> Appears in: Episode VII, VIII
> Screentime: 45 minutes

One of Leia’s most trusted pilots in the Resistance fleet, Poe Dameron flies an X-wing and owns the astromech droid BB-8. Dameron is seen as the most recent incarnation of the swashbuckling archetype Han Solo from the original trilogy.

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22. Mon Mothma
> Role: Rebel Alliance leader
> Appears in: Episodes III, VI, Rogue One
> Screentime: 9 minutes

Despite having just nine minutes of screen time and 127 words of dialogue in the original Star Wars films, Mon Mothma has become relatively popular among the franchise fan base. The character’s Wikipedia page has an average of 794 visitors a day, more than main characters such as C-3PO and Qui-Gon Jinn.

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21. Jar Jar Binks
> Role: Gungan general
> Appears in: Episodes I, II, III
> Screentime: 2 hours, 12 minutes

Seen by many critics as the embodiment of the shortcomings of “The Phantom Menace” — overuse of CGI, the attempt to cater to younger audiences, and underdeveloped characters — Jar Jar Binks was originally poorly received. While the character’s popularity is largely the result of negative attention, the Jar Jar Binks Wikipedia page has more than 1,000 views a day, similar to that of Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian.