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RAIDER NATION: BEHIND THE MAKEUP

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Charles Ybarra Jr., 41

Photograph By Matthias Clamer for ESPN The Magazine

AKA: Darth Raider
South San Francisco, Calif.
Quality assurance engineer at Fanhattan
Character est.: 1994
Prep time: 10 minutes

"I was inspired by the original Darth Raider, from the '70s, who gave me his blessing. I'm still waiting for that call from Lucasfilms, but they know I'm not profiting off this -- any money gained goes to lung cancer research and charity. I did have a few close calls with security, though: At the '02 Super Bowl, a guard tried to take my lightsaber. I said, 'C'mon, you know what this is -- it's not real!' Thankfully, his boss's boss let it through."