Adorable Annihilation



The Star Wars character, BB-8, has rolled into the hearts of fans all around the world.

Claire Jackering, Sports Editor

Every year, the world is introduced to new characters from all sorts of platforms such as TV shows, movies, and other various sources. However, more recently characters have been created with uniquely adorable traits that completely captivate the minds of its viewers. 

The beginning of the craze seems to have begun with Baby Groot from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2. This character started out as a tall, robust, tree-like creature who only spoke three words, always in order. However, for the second edition of the film series, Groot changed to a small sprout who loved to dance. With his newly heightened voice and miniature size combined with his dance moves, Baby Groot became a new fan favorite. Little did anyone know how much merchandise and products would be sold with Baby Groot on it. 

Lately, Star Wars has been a source for adorable and loveable characters including BB-8, Porgs, and most recently The Child, aka Baby Yoda. In 2015, when Star Wars released the first movie in the new trilogy, The Force Awakens, the audience was introduced to a new loveable droid called BB-8. This character with a sphere-shaped body rolled its way into the hearts of Star Wars fans all around the world and quickly became a fan favorite. 

In the second movie of the Star Wars trilogy, The Last Jedi, the species of Porgs was introduced. These puffin-like creatures lived on the island of Luke Skywalker exiled himself from his family and friends. In fact, these characters were not originally planned for the film until shooting had already started. While shooting, the directors noticed actual puffins flying around the island and taking up room in some scenes. Instead of completely taking out the animals, they were changed into CGI Porgs. 

Most recently, the Disney+ original Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, introduced a character who has taken over with its level of adorableness. The Child, otherwise known as Baby Yoda, is a force-sensitive creature from the same species as the original Yoda. This small, green, wrinkly baby may seem super young and cute but it is actually 50 years old because of their species ages very slowly. Baby Yoda is the newest source for some of the greatest memes so far in 2020 ranging from all sorts of themes and categories including multiple songs being written about it.

Adorable characters such as Baby Groot, BB-8, Porgs, and Baby Yoda have all made an immense impact on today’s culture with influence on merchandise, memes, and what can be seen throughout various films.