Finally, I can find out what it means to identify with a mercenary, and so can other Star Wars fans.
The Telus World of Science’s new exhibit, Star Wars Identities (Oct. 27- Apr. 1) features props, costumes and artwork from the famous sci-fi franchise, but also explores the characters developed by George Lucas, and how their identities were shaped by their circumstances and personality traits.
Visitors can even take a personality test where they choose from several components including traits, such as narcissism and neuroticism, resulting in a tailor-made completely unique “Star Wars identity.”
Michel Groulx, chief of research and content for the exhibition, organized the team of biologists and psychologists behind it, and says these traits and characteristics are what determine whether a person who faces a tragedy joins the dark side like Darth Vader, or becomes a Jedi and spreads peace, like Luke Skywalker.
So, what’s my empathy to Boba Fett say about me?
“Boba Fett is interesting because he’s so popular, yet only says maybe 20 words in [Empire Strikes Back],” Groulx says. He says that many people are drawn to the character because in the comic and novel series he’s very independent and never picks a side in the galactic war. Considering I have both the Empire’s and the rebels’ symbols tattooed on my legs, it sounds about right.