The excitement for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" seems to have no end. The seventh episode in the franchise has cleared the $1 billion mark in worldwide grosses as it sits in the No. 10 spot on the all-time list, and is eyeing the domestic box-office crown currently held by "Avatar" ($760.5 million) as soon as New Year's Day.
What really makes "The Force Awakens" work so well, at the end of the day, are the characters — some we've grown up watching and others we're meeting for the first time but who've already left an indelible mark.
Here we analyze all the characters in the movie and rank them, moving up to the best.
It should be noted that we're judging how good the characters are only within the context of "Force Awakens."
Warning: spoilers for the movie follow.
24. General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson)
There always has to be a sniveling evil henchman, and General Hux is that in "The Force Awakens." But outside of trying to one-up Kylo Ren and giving bombastic speeches to the troops at Starkiller Base, there isn't much to Hux. Guess there's always the next movie ...
23. Admiral Statura (Ken Leung)
Admiral Statura is among the heads of the Resistance who figure out how to take on Starkiller Base. Jury is still out if this was just a role for an actor director J.J. Abrams likes to use — he was in "Lost"— or if there's more to the character beyond "Awakens."
22. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)
Yes, the whole story revolves around trying to find Luke, but it was kind of a bummer when we finally saw him. All we got was a stare. He will have more of a presence in the future movies, but there wasn't much payoff for all the buildup — and media hype around his role here.
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