Background: Luke is Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker’s son (and Leia’s twin brother). He rose from humble beginnings as a farm boy on Tatooine to be the greatest Jedi the galaxy has ever known.
Iconic look: A white/beige kimono and trouser set – or his orange X-wing pilot gear.
Background: Leia is Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker’s daughter (and Luke’s twin sister). Impatient, opinionated and completely self-assured, Princess Leia is often dismissed as bossy. But she is the boss. She is a princess, senator and leader of the Rebel Alliance.
Iconic look: Two plaited buns on the sides of her head.
Background: Smuggler, scoundrel, hero. Solo is surly, wisecracking, dismissive, a dab hand with a blaster, the best pilot-smuggler in the galaxy, married to Princess Leia and best friends with a Wookiee.
Iconic look: black waistcoat, white shirt and tight dark trousers (he also often has a gun)
Background: a legendary Wookiee warrior and Han Solo’s co-pilot aboard the Millennium Falcon, Chewbacca is known for his short temper and accuracy with a bowcaster. Chewie also has a big heart
Iconic look: dishevelled facial (and body) hair and a smart ammo sash.
Background: Small in size but wise and powerful, he trained Jedi for over 800 years. He is technically dead and has become one with the force. Yoda is the only one of his kind in the series. His race is unnamed and often referred to as ‘Yoda’s species’. Iconic look: small, green, and backwards-talking, he is.
Relationships: a legendary Jedi Knight and mentor to Luke and Anakin Skywalker. He is dead, but appears to Luke in spirit form thanks to the power of the force.
Iconic look: brown and cream hooded robes.
Background: Scheming, powerful, and evil to the core, Darth Sidious restored the Sith and destroyed the Jedi Order. This central Star Wars antagonist becomes the last Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic and the first Emperor of the Galactic Empire.
Iconic look: Black cloak. Pale face. Bad teeth.
Background: A Jedi turned-bad, Anakin becomes Darth Sidious’ apprentice. He is Luke and Leia’s father. Vader dies protecting his son and dies as Anakin Skywalker.
Iconic look: black skull-helmet, cape and clothes. Voice like an asthmatic diver.
Background: A resourceful astromech droid, R2-D2 served Padmé Amidala, Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker in turn, showing great bravery in rescuing his masters and their friends from many perils.
Iconic look: this little ‘bot rocks a white and blue body with a silver/blue rounded cap.
Background: C3-PO was built by Anakin when he was a child on Tatooine. He’s smart (six million languages), loyal, sensitive, occasionally says the wrong thing at the wrong time but always has his heart in the right place
Iconic look: more gold than Slick Rick.
We had to include these last two, based on looks and personality.
Background: a leader of the alien species Mon Calamari (really!), Ackbar becomes the foremost military commander of the Rebel Alliance.
Iconic look: Looks like the offspring of a fish and a turd, sports a slick white space-suit.
Background: A 600 year-old, 12-foot-long crimelord slug so grotesquely bad-ass he demands his court jester makes him laugh at least once a day or he’ll eat him. Strangled with a chain by Princess Leia.
Iconic look: large and slug-like. Naked.