Why Lego Star Wars Game Is the Most Popular Meme on TikTok

Lego Star Wars is finally getting the recognition it deserves, and it’s coming from the most unlikely and chaotic power the world has to offer, TikTok. For those of you who are unaware, TikTok is basically a new Vine featuring lip-syncing, dancing, goofs, and gafs beloved to all hip teens. (I may be considered a baby around the Esquire offices, but I’m still too old for TikTok, so forgive my limited knowledge.) And it’s there that the plastic-brick version of everyone’s favorite space war is rearing its head again.

Lego Star Wars took the world of gaming for children by storm nearly 15 years ago with the release of Lego Star Wars: The Video Game, a co-op, hack n’ slash, Lego-styled adventure that preceded the release of Revenge of the Sith in theaters. The game was charming and easy enough (save for that damn pod race), with couch co-op and plenty of collectibles and extras to keep it going. More importantly, it paved the way for what would become a massive empire of Lego-ized games, from Marvel to Lord of the Rings, all vastly varying in quality.

But Lego video games have been vastly overlooked, classified as “dumb baby games,” despite having shaped a whole generation of gaming. Finally, it’s become clear just how many folks grew up playing them, as TikTok erupted with jokes, memes, and most importantly, profile pictures in honor of this true classic. The Tok Gen has the most compassion for Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, which released two years after the original and included Episodes I-VI in classic Lego form. There are videos featuring sad music over Lego Ben Kenobi’s in-game death captioned “real ones cry every time,” jokes about that impossible pod race, brags about how many copies of the game you owned, and general gatekeeping culture—all of which act to lovingly put Lego Star Wars up on a pedestal, while poking fun at the goofy nature of the games. The teens are fully engulfed in Lego culture. Which, to be fair, is much better and safer than Juul culture.

More importantly though, this shows how these Lego games, for better or for worse, were a generation’s nostalgic game. Lego Star Wars is to these teens what Pac-Man, Super Mario World, Final Fantasy, Ocarina of Time, Mario 64, and GoldenEye were to past generations. It’s the game they remember staying up late to play, trying to find every secret or cheat code while eating junk food with their friends.

I should mention, the Lego Star Wars love is coming just in time for Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, a new, built-from-the-ground-up title with a heavier emphasis on smooth and interesting gameplay along with world exploration that is releasing later this year for all the major consoles. It promises gorgeous visuals, tons of characters, and a combat system that’ll work for skilled gamers re-entering the Lego zone and button-mashing kids alike.

Lego Star Wars is to these teens what Pac-Man, Super Mario World, Final Fantasy, Ocarina of Time, Mario 64, and GoldenEye were to past generations.

While I may be an ancient 24-year-old, I started out playing the first Lego Star Wars iteration at the age of 9 with my twin brother and have had Lego General Grievous as many of my profile pictures for years now, which gives me the right to pretend to understand these teens, in the service of all you old folks who need to be briefed on what your children are up to. Plus, we at Esquire could also use some youngbloods to check out and subscribe to our Twitch (sorry). Beyond all that, everyone loves lists, quizzes, and learning about themselves based on arbitrary images, so here goes nothing. Or rather, here goes my explanation of what the most popular Lego Star Wars characters chosen as profile pictures on TikTok actually mean.

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Character options from Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga.Courtesy

Lego Anakin

You like Star Wars enough and have seen each movie once. You played the game a little bit and wanted in on the TikTok fun, so you picked the first character you saw. You also probably try way too hard in gym class.

Lego Jar Jar Binks

You think you’re hilarious. You’re not. You picked Jar Jar because he’s the obvious funny pick, but in this time of “ironic” funny, you are wrong. Bad choice. Change it, nerd.

Lego Boss Nass

This is the vibe those Jar Jar folks were really trying for. With this one, you prove you have a good handle on Lego Star Wars and real Star Wars, and are a comedic genius. Deep cut, funny cut, and a great choice.

Lego Ben Kenobi

You have beaten every level, gathering all studs and collectibles. You’ve got the new one pre-ordered. You’re a true Lego Star Wars fan. You’re probably really cool and chill, but when it’s time to buckle up and find all the mini kits, your fire and passion are seen.

Lego General Grievous

You’re one sexy space robot-human. You’ll give everything and anything up to excel at your passion. You’re charming and wildly cool. You’re great at Lego Star Wars and beat the pod race the first time. You are a true treasure; never lose that spark.

Lego Mandalorian and Baby Yoda

You’re an idiot poser and never played the game. Change your picture. You’re trying to make way too many jokes.

Lego Bobba Fett

You like The Mandalorian, and maybe you understood what was going on, maybe you didn’t. Regardless, you’re going to act like you’re a Kenobi, but you’re a Fett.

Lego Jango Fett

See Bobba Fett, but you prefer the color blue over green.

Lego Ahsoka Tano

You’re a badass through and through. You love Star Wars, and you’re kicking ass in life. You’re going to be successful, and you’re not taking shit from no one.

Lego Yoda (any form, but probably Force Ghost)

You took a wicked hit before playing, and you’ve been trying to figure out how to beat the cantina for four hours.

Lego C-3P0, Gonk, R2-D2, or any Droid

You either don’t know how to play and your friend needed a droid to get through doors, or you think it’s funny to be a slow, worthless dumb dumb who’s wasting our time.

Lego Darth Vader

You’re an edgelord through and through. You’re probably very excited about the My Chemical Romance reunion.

Lego Leia (Slave)

Stop. You’re what’s wrong with this industry.

Cameron Sherrill is a designer and writer for Esquire.com, where he covers technology and video games.

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