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Building off of this great question, does any character both survive and make an appearance in all seven Star Wars episodes? For example, we know that Chewbacca is certainly alive for the entire time, but he doesn't show up in prequels 1 and 2. The only character that I can think of is R2D2, but I feel like there must be at least one more.

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R2-D2 and C-3PO – Valorum Feb 28 at 20:57
@Richard That was not C3PO, this protocol droid had a red arm! – Fatalize Feb 29 at 19:54
@Fatalize He mentions that his arm was shot off at one point. – Bellerephon Feb 29 at 19:56
@Fatalize - I suspect that Jar Jar Abrams used much the same argument to try to underpay Anthony Daniels. – Valorum Feb 29 at 19:58
One not mentioned would be Anakin (as a jedi in 1-3, sith in 4-6, and his helmet in 7) – OldBunny2800 Mar 1 at 0:13
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Assuming you include droids then there are only two characters who appear in all seven films, C-3PO and R2-D2. Obi-Wan Kenobi also makes a brief voice cameo during Rey's flashback bringing the total to three.

The actor Sheb Wooley has voice cameo appearances in all 7 films and we also see Anakin's fancy hat in the the latest film, but the general impression is that it's empty.

Out of universe, Anthony Daniels is the only actor who has actually acted in all seven films.

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The fancy hat was not in I & II. – Wikis Feb 28 at 21:16
@Wikis no, but the wearer was. – SQB Feb 28 at 21:22
+1 for fancy hat. I will always see it slightly differently now. – ThruGog Feb 28 at 21:38
Wait, but Anakin's fancy hat doesn't appear in episodes 1 or 2? Unless I'm remembering it wrong. – DJ McMayhem Feb 29 at 1:16
1138 / "I have a bad feeling about this" :) – David Banner Feb 29 at 8:08

Obi-Wan Kenobi

He appears alive in Episodes I-IV, as a Force ghost in Episodes V and VI, and he appears vocally in a vision had by Rey when she grasps the Skywalker lightsaber.

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One answer per answer, particularly if you don't want people downvoting overall for the iffy part. – ThePopMachine Feb 29 at 6:16

Separately, I would also suggest the Force as a character:

  • Qui-Gon Jin tells Obi-Wan to be mindful of the living Force.
  • Also, Yoda refers to the Dark Side of the Force as being seductive.
  • Episode VII is The Force Awakens, which implies awareness.

And the one not like the others: The Force is Anakin Skywalker's father.

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It's an energy field. – Valorum Feb 29 at 6:43
@Richard an energy field that is capable of intentional action, including seduction. Seems like a non-corporeal entity to me. Though, I guess I could just take refuge in the Legends continuity, and reference the West End Games rules for the Dark Side being specifically sentient. – pcurry Feb 29 at 6:51
I think "seductive" is linguistic personification, not literal personification. Many things that are clearly not living entities are described as "seductive". Examples: "The Seductive Ideology of Craft" Source, Three Seductive Ideas (book title) Source, Seductive Poison (book title) Source – Todd Wilcox Feb 29 at 14:49
@pcurry A chocolate cake could be described as seductive, or a factory of robots could be described as waking when they are turned on. Also, a 'character' in a story doesn't actually need to be alive to play a significant part; look at Wilson in Castaway. – 182764125216 Feb 29 at 16:49
There's some credence, though. Yoda and others refer to the Force constantly as a guide and ally. The Father even tells Obi-Wan of "letting the will of the Force take shape." Qui-gon advises Obi-Wan to "be mindful of the living Force." It may be an energy field, but the Force is constantly being given characteristics to the point where it's not clear if it may or may not be alive and/or intelligent. – Ellesedil Feb 29 at 17:51

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