14 Star Wars Characters We Want To Know And Love As Much As TR-8R
If there’s one thing Star Wars is known for—other than the lightsabers and the spaceships and the droids and just generally being the best ever—it’s the franchise’s ability to take the teensiest, tiniest cameo or minor character and make them endlessly compelling, and then spin them off into comic books or regular books or even other movies (hello, rumoured Boba Fett movie!)
And now that The Force Awakens is literally the most popular movie of all time, it’s introduced us to a whole bunch of new characters we know almost nothing about—but we definitely want intricately researched George R.R. Martin-style family trees for each one.
Case in point? The beloved meme of a Stormtrooper, TR-8R, who captivated audiences with his sick spins and his ability to yell “TRAITOR.” Last week, StarWars.com joined in the fun with an official name and bio for the bit character: turns out he’s FN-2199, AKA “Nines,” a member of Finn’s Stormtrooper unit in the First Order.
But he’s not the only one with a cool name and a compelling screen presence—there are plenty of people in the movie we want to become huge fan favorites, such as:
1. That Stormtrooper Who Dies And Gets His Blood All Over Finn
Poor dead stormtrooper, you died too soon. Who were you? Why didn’t you get a cool meme name like TR-8R did? You should have one. Let’s call you DE-4D.
But of course, like TR-8R he has a real name too: this is supposed to be FN-2003, a member of Finn’s unit nicknamed “Slips” (because he always slips up and is terrible at stormtrooping). In the Before The Awakening prequel novel, Finn feels obligated to protect Slips despite the fact that he is ordered not to by his superiors, so his death would certainly pack a huge punch. But who is he beyond that? How did he become a member of the First Order? These are questions we want answered, Lucasfilm.
2. This Guy Who Tries To Steal BB-8
Rey calls him “Teedo,” but “Teedo” is actually the name of his species, not his individual given name (so that’s kinda like running up to someone and yelling “HEY HUMAN,” which… would probably happen in “Star Wars,” actually). So what’s he got going on, specifically? Maybe he just wanted a friend!
3. Bazine Netal
You know that awesome-looking lady who told the First Order where BB-8 was and is 100 per cent indirectly responsible for blowing up Maz Kanata’s bar? She’s a mercenary with her own short story tie-in, where she delivers a package (probably Darth Vader’s head, according to one prevalent theory) from Endor to Kylo Ren. Let’s get her a cartoon series of her very own, or something.
4. Also, The Alien Bazine Netal Is Sitting On (Yes, It’s The Same Picture)
Who is that guy? What’s his deal? What species is he? What’s Bazine trying to steal from him and/or manipulate him into doing? These are the mysteries the EU must now solve for us.
5. Lieutenant Connix
I got so happy ???????????? you go lieutenant Connix pic.twitter.com/VtPcZwztdj
— CC-7 (@Cxsaur97) December 22, 2015
She’s played by Carrie Fisher’s real life daughter, Billie Lourd, but who is she? Also, she’s totally wearing those hair buns because General Leia is her hero, right? Please say yes.
If you read the Star Wars prequel book Moving Target—or if you just noticed the giant blue droid with the awesome neck in TFA—then you know that Peazy is tight with General Leia Organa. She’s also a female-identified droid, canonically, so take that, gender-based BB-8 rumors! We’ve got a female droid even if you are a dude, but also gender is a social construct and you’re all genderless beings! Anyway, we’d definitely like to get to know Peazy more either way.
7. The Kanjiklub
— ☺︎DARTH KINDNESS☺︎ (@darth_kindness) January 3, 2016
They’re probably dead from the giant tentacle ball monsters in Han Solo’s ship, but they seemed like good people. Well, good gang members.
8. The Guavian Death Gang
So were these guys! Look at their cool helmets! And did you hear that one dude’s Scottish accent? Clearly they need their own spin-off movie.
9. Jessika “Testor” Pava
She’s the first on-screen female rebel pilot in all of Star Wars, and we need to know EVERYTHING ABOUT HER. She appears a bit in Moving Target, but definitely not enough.
10. Korr Sella
Korr Sella Commander in the New Republic pic.twitter.com/Pi6iu7x5zN
— Tolvo (@MaxwellTolvo) December 25, 2015
Right before Hosnian Prime and the New Republic got blown the heck up by the Death Star, there was that shot of a bunch of people looking on worriedly as they faced their imminent death. One of them was Korr Sella, who—as we learn in the novel adaptation of the movie—was a member of the Resistance sent there by General Leia. Poor girl had literally three seconds of screentime before her death, and she clearly deserves better.
11. Constable Zuvio
This dude got so far into the Star Wars universe that he has an action figure and a short story, but he got cut from the movie at the last possible second. Poor Zuvio. What are you hiding under that giant hat?
12. Snap Wexley
— Kleid-G-88 (@neilkleid) December 26, 2015
Have you ever heard a more beautiful, Star Wars-y name than Snap Wexley? Just sound it out loud. Snap Wexley. He appears as a 15-year-old in Aftermath, the Star Wars story by Chuck Wendig, but we could see him carrying on a bunch of his own adventures.
13. Baba Joe
He had maybe three seconds of screen time on Jakku, but before that he was the star of a J.J. Abrams-hosted Unicef video and the Star Wars panel at Comic-Con in 2015. He is a mystery that we want to solve. How does he even work? Who is he? Reveal your secrets, Baba!
14. Captain Phasma
Yeah, I know, there’s a bunch of merch of her and she’s got a cool name that everyone knows, but what did she really get to do in the movie? Nothing, that’s what. In 2017, I would like copious amounts of backstory for this cruel and beautiful asymmetrical powerhouse of badassery, please.