Special Report

50 Most (and Least) Popular Star Wars Characters

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20. Qui-Gon Jinn
> Role: Jedi Master
> Appears in: Episodes I, II
> Screentime: 1 hour, 50 minutes

One of the main protagonists of “The Phantom Menace,” Qui-Gon Jinn discovers the young Anakin Skywalker and vows to train him as a Jedi — a task that Qui-Gon’s padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi, carries out after Qui-Gon’s death. Qui-Gon can be heard briefly in “Attack of the Clones,” crying out to Anakin through the Force as the young Skywalker begins to massacre a tribe of Tusken Raiders.

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19. Lando Calrissian
> Role: Administrator of Cloud City
> Appears in: Episodes V, VI
> Screentime: 1 hour, 22 minutes

After being forced by the Empire to betray his friend and turn Han Solo over to Boba Fett, Lando Calrissian assists in Han’s rescue and is eventually made a general in the Rebel Alliance.

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18. Kylo Ren
> Role: Commander of the First Order
> Appears in: Episode VII, VIII
> Screentime: 53 minutes

While Kylo Ren is the son of Han Solo and Leia Organa, Ren’s personality and aspirations are more in line with that of his grandfather, Darth Vader. In the year following the film’s release, 245 newborn babies in the U.S. were named Kylo, six times the amount in 2015 and 30 times the amount in 2014.

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17. Finn
> Role: Resistance fighter
> Appears in: Episode VII, VIII
> Screentime: 1 hour, 35 minutes

A stormtrooper turned Resistance fighter, Finn is one of the six characters introduced in “The Force Awakens” that rank among the 25 most popular Star Wars characters. In the year following the release of “The Force Awakens,” 2,277 newborn boys were named Finn, a 20% increase from 2015 and a 44% increase from 2014.

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16. Grand Moff Tarkin
> Role: Grand Moff of the Galactic Empire
> Appears in: Episode III, IV, Rogue One
> Screentime: 39 minutes

Due to the discomfort caused by the snug riding boots provided to all actors portraying Imperial officers, late English actor Peter Cushing played the role of Grand Moff Tarkin in his slippers. As a result, most of Grand Moff Tarkin’s scenes in “A New Hope” were filmed in a medium shot, showing the character from the waist up.