Special Report

50 Most (and Least) Popular Star Wars Characters

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10. C-3PO
> Role: Protocol droid
> Appears in: Episodes I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, Rogue One, VIII
> Screentime: 5 hours, 59 minutes

A protocol droid built by Anakin Skywalker, C-3PO is one of the only Star Wars characters — including its brief cameo in “Rogue One” — to appear in all nine films. C-3PO has been party to some of the franchise’s most climactic moments. Fluent in over 6 million forms of communication, C-3PO speaks a total of 4,311 words in the Star Wars films, more than any character other than Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker.

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9. Yoda
> Role: Jedi Master
> Appears in: Episodes I, II, III, V, VI, VII, VIII
> Screentime: 2 hours, 14 minutes

One of the most powerful Jedi in the Star Wars universe, Yoda was the Grand Master of the Jedi Council and one of the only Jedi to have survived Order 66. Following his defeat at the hands of Darth Sidious, Yoda exiles himself to Dagobah, where he eventually trains Luke Skywalker in the ways of the Force.

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8. Chewbacca
> Role: Wookie warrior
> Appears in: Episodes III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII
> Screentime: 4 hours, 20 minutes

The most popular Wookie in the Star Wars films, Chewbacca is Han Solo’s lifelong friend and co-pilot of the Millenium Falcon. Based on Google search frequency, Chewbacca was the 201st most popular Halloween costume in 2017 and the sixth most popular costume of any Star Wars character.

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7. R2-D2
> Role: Astromech droid
> Appears in: Episodes I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, Rogue One, VIII
> Screentime: 6 hours, 50 minutes

An astromech droid that has served Padmé Amidala, Anakin Skywalker, and Luke Skywalker, R2-D2 is one of the only Star Wars characters to have appeared in all nine films. Based on Google search frequency, R2-D2 was 347th most popular Halloween costume in 2017 and the ninth most popular Star Wars costume.

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6. Obi-Wan Kenobi
> Role: Jedi Master
> Appears in: Episodes I, II, III, VII
> Screentime: 4 hours, 54 minutes

One of the only Jedi to survive Order 66, Obi-Wan Kenobi is a Jedi Master who becomes a mentor and friend to both Anakin and Luke Skywalker. Kenobi was portrayed by Alec McGuinness in the original trilogy and by Ewan McGregor in the prequel trilogy. McGuinness is the only actor ever nominated for an Oscar for a role in Star Wars.