With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the United States, and the release in India to take place December 25th, the Star Wars fans are all ecstatic! But not everyone is a Star Wars fan so we’ve got a guide to help those non-Star Wars fanatics keep up with their friends! Check out our list of key vocabulary to know for the film!
The Force: Here’s how the movie explains it: “The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.” Basically, certain people can use their mind to move objects, to control what people do and think, and more, all using microscopic organisms called midi-chlorians. Not everyone can use the Force, but those who can can use it for good or evil. The Jedi use the light side, the Sith the dark side.
Jedi: Long ago, there used to be many Jedi Knights who kept the peace and fought the Sith. Eventually, however, the Sith took over and killed all but a few Jedi. In episodes IV, V and VI, the Jedi join forces with the Rebellion to defeat the Empire. Someone in training to become a Jedi, known as a Padawan or a Jedi apprentice, trains one-on-one with a Jedi Master.
Lightsaber: A blade made of pure energy wielded by those who can use the force. Generally speaking, Sith use red blades.
Death Star: A space station that Darth Vader uses to blow up planet. The Rebellion destroys it at the beginning of Episode IV, but the empire builds another one for Episode VI (which the rebels also destroy).
The Millennium Falcon: Han Solo’s dirty but awesome ship.
Stormtrooper: These are soldiers in white body armor who work for the Empire.
Droid: A robot with artificial intelligence.
Clones: Soldiers of the Republic, the governing body in episodes I, II and III.
Luke Skywalker: Luke Skywalker rose from humble beginnings to becoming one of the greatest Jedi knights the galaxy has ever seen. Along with his friends Princess Leia and Han Solo, Luke battled the evil Galactic Empire and discovered the truth of his parentage, thus ending the tyranny of the Sith.
Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader: Once a heroic Jedi Knight, Darth Vader was seduced by the dark side of the Force (because they have cookies). He became a Sith Lord and led the Empire’s eradication of the Jedi Order. He changed his name to Darth Vader (meaning Shadow warrior) from Anakin Skywalker and is the father of Luke and Leia!
Princess Leia Organa: Princess Leia is one of the Rebel Alliance’s greatest leaders, fearless on the battlefield and dedicated to ending the absolute power of the Empire. Daughter of Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker, sister of Luke Skywalker, Leia ranks amongst the galaxy’s greatest heroes.
Yoda: Yoda was a legendary Jedi Master. Small in size but very wise and powerful, he trained Jedi knights for over 800 years, playing important roles in the Clone Wars and the instruction of Luke Skywalker, thus unlocking the path to immortality.
Han Solo: Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, was one of the great leaders of the Rebel Alliance. He and his co-pilot and friend Chewbacca joined Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa in the fight against the Empire. He’s a hero.
Chewbacca: Legendary Wookiee warrior and Han Solo’s co-pilot, Chewbacca was part of a core group of Rebels who helped restore freedom to the galaxy. Known for his short temper, Chewie also has a big heart — and is unswerving in his loyalty to his friends.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: A legendary Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi was a noble man and gifted in the ways of the Force. He trained Anakin Skywalker, served as a general in the Republic Army during the Clone Wars, and guided Luke Skywalker as a mentor. Youthful Kenobi remains a figure of moral and physical courage, despite being clearly doomed by dark events to bitter loss and solitude.
Darth Maul: A deadly, agile Sith Lord trained by the evil Darth Sidious, Darth Maul was a formidable warrior and scheming mastermind. He fell in battle against Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Zabrak from Dathomir would prove to be much harder to destroy than originally believed.
R-2 D-2: 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.
C-3PO: Built by the heroic Jedi Anakin Skywalker, and a constant companion to astromech R2-D2. Over the years, he was involved in some of the galaxy’s most defining moments and thrilling battles — and is fluent in more than seven million forms of communication.