Why So Great? He's in one scene. He exists solely to dramatise Darth Vader's ruthlessness and the Force's backstory. And yet, Admiral Motti has become an unlikely hero for being that rarest of breeds: an Imperial officer with a sense of humour, and a braggart cocky enough to take on Vader.
Character Trivia: Motti's cousin Thalassa was married to Grand Moff Tarkin. Sounds like nepotism to us.
Behind The Scenes: Lucas officially christened Conan Antonio Motti on a 2007 appearance on Conan (Antonio) O'Brien's chat show.