Star Wars fans have ranked Han Solo as the greatest character in the entire franchise, with The Empire Strikes Back’s iconic “I am your Father” scene also listed as the greatest moment.
Harrison Ford’s character beat off stiff competition from fellow front-runners Chewbacca and Yoda to claim the coveted top spot with R2-D2 and Darth Vader rounding off the top five.
The study also found the standard Star Wars fan spends around 63 hours and 48 minutes watching films from the hit sci-fi fantasy series, which equates to around two days.
Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back, was also named as the most popular film in the series, having been watched more than any other.
Dean Cross, Film Content Manager at Vue, which commissioned the research, said: “Star Wars continues to be a sell-out success as we prepare to welcome hordes of fans through our doors over the coming weeks.
“Our research revealed that Star Wars is the favourite film for over a third of the public and we’re thrilled to help fans from all generations enjoy the latest instalment.”
A total of 2,000 Star Wars fans were polled as part of the research, which also revealed that Darth Vader Empire Strikes Bac revelation is considered the greatest moment of the entire series.
That moment came in just ahead of the Death Star attack from A New Hope and the Battle of Hoth seen in Empire Strikes Bake.
In a surprise twist, The Phantom Menace’s pod race made the top five along with the scene introducing Han Solo and Chewbacca also made the cut.
The OnePoll.com research also revealed that The Empire Strikes Back was the most popular film, just ahead of Return of the Jedi and A New Hope.
According to the study, these three films have been watched an average of five times each by Star Wars fans, while one in ten admitted to watching all of the films in order, in one sitting.
The Top 20 favourite Star Wars characters rank as follows – and yes, before you say anything, that is Jar Jar Binks ranked ahead of Darth Maul:
1. Han Solo
5. Darth Vader
6. Luke Skywalker
8. Princess Leia
9. Obi-Wan Kenobi
10. Anakin Skywalker
12. Jabba the Hut
13. Boba Fett
14. Wicket the Ewok
15. Jar Jar Binks
16. Darth Maul
18. The Emperor
19. Admiral Ackbar
20. Padme Amidala
The Top 5 scenes were:
1. “Luke, I am your father” (The Empire Strikes Back)
2. The Death Star attack (A New Hope)
3. The Battle of Hoth (The Empire Strikes Back)
4. The Pod Race (The Phantom Menace)
5. The Cantina Bar (A New Hope)
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.