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Heroes of the Resistance
As a Group
- Affirmative Action Legacy: By their actors, the core heroes of both the original and prequel trilogies were two white men and a white woman. Here we have one white woman as the lead, a Vietnamese woman, a Guatemalan man and a Nigerian man.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The main cast is quite affable, but also quite vicious. Finn does not hesitate to shoot both combatants and non-combatants to escape from the First Order, Rey nearly kills Kylo Ren to avenge her loved ones, Poe holds Admiral Holdo at gunpoint because of her perceived incompetence, Rose tasers Finn for seemingly trying to desert the Resistance, and even BB-8 amasses a bodycount to complete its mission and protect its friends.
- Five-Token Band: A white female, a black male, a Latino male, an Asian female and a robot.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Rey (phlegmatic), Finn (melancholic), Poe (choleric), Rose (sanguine), and BB-8 (eclectic).
- Gender-Equal Ensemble: Two boys (Poe and Finn), two girls (Rey and Rose) and a genderless robot (BB-8).
- Nice Guy: Each one in the whole group is one. While the previous guard of heroes were all cynical, bitter, weary and sarcastic to varying degrees (with the exception of the then-innocent and idealistic Luke) every hero on this page is warm, idealistic, kind-hearted, compassionate and sincere.
- Party Scattering: Rey leaves the Resistance base on D'Qar at the end of The Force Awakens to find Luke on Ach-To while Finn is in a coma and Poe and BB-8 stay to protect the fleet. The party is scattered further when Finn and Sixth Ranger Rose Tico leave the fleet to find the code-breaker in Canto Bight. The heroes are all reunited on Crait just in time to leave the planet onboard the Millenium Falcon at the end of The Last Jedi, although with Rose wounded and unconscious.
- Recurring Element: They each have composite and decompsite aspects of their predecessors in the original trilogy.
- Rey is mostly in the Luke seat as a desert outcast with high force potential that gets recruited into the rebellion/resistance in the first film, and spends the second film training with the most powerful Jedi from the previous saga on a secluded planet while being courted to turn to the dark side by the enemy. As the leading woman she takes some aspects of her personality from Leia, and is also an Ace Pilot like Han.
- While early marketing made it seem like he would be in the Luke seat (wielding his lightsaber) Finn spends more time in the Han seat. He's a man on the run from vengeful bad guys, and initially is more interested in saving his own hide than helping the greater good, but when he sees his friends are in danger stages a daring rescue. In the second film, he's about to leave the rebellion/resistance to take care of his own unfinished business, but instead ends up on a solo mission with a woman to a ritzy location where they meet a new companion that aides, betrays, and finally joins them at the end. The girl also gives him a love confession, but unlike Han's response to Leia, Finn doesn't give a solid answer to Rose. While he fills many of Han's broadstrokes story beats, it should be noted that his personality couldn't be more different.
- Poe also shares Han's role as an ace pilot flyboy with roguish good looks, who is being groomed for leadership. However his eagerness to fly for the resistance more mirrors Luke in the Rogue Squadron than Han in the Falcon. Ultimately, though, he serves as a successor to Leia, being the catalyst for the first film's plot and a prominent leadership figure in the Resistance. Additionally, he is the one who interacts with Leia the most of the main four.
- Rose shares some rough similarities to Lando, being the only main character not to be introduced in the first film and shares a connection with Han's successor, Finn.
- BB-8 is a direct stand in for R2 only without a corresponding 3PO. He's a small cute robot carrying important information for the resistance, chased by the empire/first order and ends up in the custody of the desert outcast before being escorted back to the front lines. In the second film he acts more like R2 in the prequel era, actively defending himself and others from danger. Like R2 for both Anakin and Luke, BB-8 is Poe's astromech and sidekick who helps him pilot his personal fighter.
Portrayed by: Daisy Ridley, Cailey Fleming (young)
Voiced by: Livier Zúñiga (Latin American Spanish dub), Sandra Villa (European Spanish dub), Chiaki Nagatomi (Japanese dub), Jessica Monceau (European French dub)
Appears in: Star Wars Rebels note | Before the Awakening | The Force Awakens | Forces of Destiny | The Last Jedi | Episode IXA self-sufficient scavenger who spent a large part of her life on Jakku. She was something of a loner before meeting BB-8 and Finn and joining the Resistance in their fight against the First Order. Her first encounter with Kylo Ren revealed she is Force-sensitive, and she went on to seek the teachings of Luke Skywalker.
"Something inside me has always been there... but now it's awake, and I'm afraid."
- Abusive Parents: A case could certainly be made for her parents, who abandoned her on a desert junkyard in the middle of nowhere. If her conversation with Kylo is to believed, they sold her off to Plutt for booze when she was a little girl, leaving her to eke out a miserable existence on a Crapsack World before dying who knows when in unmarked graves she will never be able to find beneath the sands she walked every day.
- Ace Pilot: She gets into the pilot's seat of the Millennium Falcon, a vessel which needs a co-pilot at the best of times and manages to fly it well enough not only to escape two TIE Fighters, but to enable Finn, with a broken gun, to shoot them both out of the sky. And this is when, by her own admission, she's never flown a ship offworld. Although to be fair, the only dogfight she gets into is planetside, so we don't know how well she'd do in space.
- Action Girl: Rey utilizes her staff as a weapon in a style similar to the real-world martial art of bōjutsu. She is also the best melee fighter of the three new protagonists. Then she's revealed to be Force-sensitive and quickly picks up how to use it, culminating in her using Luke's lightsaber to best Kylo Ren in a desperate duel. In The Last Jedi, she not only outwits Luke in a brief duel by using her Force powers after being disarmed but also neatly destroys Snoke's Praetorian Guard with the help of Kylo Ren.
- One of the first things we see her do is eat her dinner while wearing an old Rebel pilot's helmet.
- She displays barely contained childish glee when she tells Han that she bypassed the compressor to fix the Falcon.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played with. She's willing to overlook Kylo's 'bad boy' demeanor and try to pull him back to the light side, but she forms a bond with him because of his good traits, ie his understanding and empathy for her loneliness, not his bad ones.
- All-Loving Hero:
- In The Force Awakens she is quick to come to the defense of BB-8, after witnessing two other scavengers trying to scrap the droid for parts.
- Likewise in The Last Jedi after learning the full extent of his past, begins to sympathize and connect with "Ben Solo", and makes it her personal mission to bring him back to the Light after feeling the conflict within him.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Rey is a constant target of hostility in Jakku despite being the best scavenger. She never fights back though, and after she leaves the planet to help BB-8, she wants to go back.
- Always Someone Better: She is this to Kylo Ren. After Kylo's Mind Probe backfires and Rey learns Force techniques from his mind, she is able to pull them off with much more success and damage, even defeating him on a lightsaber duel without previous experience.
- Ancestral Weapon: Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber, built half a century ago, that was also owned by Luke Skywalker.
- Anywhere but Their Lips: She kisses the comatose Finn on the forehead as a gesture of farewell. In the novel, she is described as kissing him, but it doesn't specify where.
- Ascended Fangirl: She's a fan of the main characters from the original trilogy, Luke in particular. To her, they are legends. She gradually meets them in her first appearance. Her most favorite is even implied to be her new mentor. Having Han offer her a job serving on the Falcon within a day of teaming up with him and Chewie makes her light up.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: She teams up with Kylo Ren to take on Snoke's Praetorian Guards. At one point, she even jumps onto his back to give herself leverage to kick a Guard away.
- Badass Adorable: Cute as a kitten and tough enough to single-handedly take down both of Unkar Plutt's thugs in close combat, and that's before her Force potential awakens. And much like Luke, she is an endearingly childlike dork with a kind heart and an insatiable lust for adventure, who is able to derive her own effective personal Lighsaber-Form from bojutsu (staff-combat) within days of even holding one for the first time and defeating a dark-lord with it.
- Badass Bystander: Despite being The Hero, she starts the movie as this. Finn tries to save her from an attack and is surprised when she's able to fight back and kick ass.
- Battle Cry: She utters a surprisingly guttural and savage one before facing off against a Praetorian Guard.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Rey is the only main character in The Force Awakens not to suffer any serious injuries or show visible wounds. Her right shoulder gets grazed by a Vibro Weapon in The Last Jedi, but that does nothing to detract from her looks, either.
- Believing Their Own Lies: Rey constantly tells other people (and herself) that her parents are coming back when it's obvious that this is not true. Maz Kanata calls her out on it, and she is forced to face the truth.
- Beneath the Mask: Rey keeps up a somewhat stoic demeanor and insists that her family is coming back for her, but, as her interactions with Maz Kanata and Kylo Ren reveal, she suffers from terrible loneliness and knows, deep down, that her family is never coming back to Jakku.
- The Berserker:
- When fighting Kylo Ren in the climax of The Force Awakens, she goes from scared to vicious. In the novelization, Kylo Ren is surprised by her raw power and aggressive behavior. Rey is so involved in the combat that the only thing that stops her from killing Kylo Ren is the ground splitting open between them.
- In The Last Jedi, this comes up again as she clearly displays rage in all of her fight scenes, but special credit has to go to when she forces Luke to the ground in a fit of rage, and later utters a frankly terrifying Battle Cry before engaging a Dual Wielding Praetorian Guard.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Case in point, she leaves a nasty scar on Kylo Ren's face after the latter injures Finn without remorse and murders Han Solo. In The Last Jedi, the first thing she does when she sees Kylo again is to pull out a blaster and shoot at him. This didn't hurt or kill him, as he wasn't actually present, but it's still a rather jarring shift from her usual demeanor. She also goes so far as to physically attack Luke after finding out about his role in Kylo's fall to the dark side. Later, during the confrontation in Snoke's throne room, she gets downright vicious in fighting the Praetorian Guard after Kylo has killed Snoke.
- Big Eater: Finn can only marvel at the amount she eats at Maz Kanata's castle in the novelization. Not surprising considering she's been used to barely eating all her life.
- Brainy Brunette: Not so much in the manner of books this trope implies, but Rey's quite handy with mechanics. Kinda of required given her means of survival was searching crashed starfighters for vital parts to sell for food.
- Broken Bird:
- Being an abandoned child made her one. Despite her naïve optimism, she clearly has abandonment issues, judging by the look on her face when Finn announces his plan to leave and the vision it triggers.
- Despite being exceptionally proud of having fixed the Falcon, when Han gives her a non-response, her glee turns on a dime to almost abject disappointment.
- Broken Pedestal: Played with. A big portion of Rey's story in The Last Jedi is that her expectation of what she'd learn from Luke Skywalker is noticeably different than what he actually teaches her, and she's flabbergasted that he's not immediately willing to become the hero the Resistance needs. However, given that Luke is still her mentor, it's not likely that she's completely lost faith in him. Indeed, when she confronts Snoke, she declares that he underestimates Luke and her faith in him seems to be restored when he turns up on Crait to help save the Resistance.Daisy: As a lot of people know: it's difficult when you meet your heroes, because they might not be what you expect.
- The Cameo: Her voice, specifically her speaking to the unconscious Finn at the end of The Force Awakens, can be briefly heard alongside many other pivotal characters in the Star Wars canon as Ezra walks through the World Between Worlds in Star Wars Rebels, about 16 years prior to her birth.
- Cardboard Box Home: Not your "traditional" cardboard box, though. Rey lives in a half-destroyed AT-AT walker.
- Changeling Fantasy: She and Kylo Ren reveal in Last Jedi her entire thing about "waiting for her parents" was nothing but an excuse to ignore the fact her actual parents were a couple of jerkass junk traders who sold her for drinking money and ended up buried in a pauper's grave god knows where ages ago.
- Character Development: She starts out as a loner intent on waiting for her family to come back, and she maintains this mindset in insisting she has to go back to Jakku once she helps BB-8 complete his mission. Even after Maz Kanata flat-out tells her that whoever left her on Jakku is never coming back and she has to go forward, she refuses to accept it to the point of running away. It takes the discovery of her Force powers to convince her of her destiny and to find Luke, the person she realizes she has to go to. Over the course of The Last Jedi, she struggles with, but ultimately comes to term with the fact that her parents were nobodies who never cared about her, and that, as much as she wishes otherwise, she was just the Right Man in the Wrong Place, rather than a destined hero like Luke. Accepting this helps her to start forging her own path as a Resistance hero and the last of the Jedi after Luke's death.
- Chekhov's Skill: Climbing and scavenging through destroyed military equipment means she knows her way around Imperial/First Order technology/architecture, and it helps her twice: when piloting the Falcon through a crashed Star Destroyer to escape two TIE Fighters, and when escaping the Starkiller Base by herself.
- Also, her skill in staff-fighting, given that she ends up wielding another kind of melee weapon.
- The Chosen One: How she's portrayed in The Force Awakens. Maz Kanata feels a strong connection to the Force from her when she touches Luke's lightsaber. She is also the one sent to look for Luke himself, at the end of the first film. Subverted in The Last Jedi, where it's revealed she's just a Force-sensitive nobody whose desire to do the right thing put her in the right places at the right times. But just like Finn or all the others who will soon rise to form a new Rebellion, that made all the difference.
- Cinderella Circumstances: After being abandoned on Jakku for unknown reasons, Rey was adopted by Unkar Plutt and forced to work as a scavenger since she was a child. Word of God even compared her journey to Cinderella's.
- Composite Character:
- Rey has features of Luke, Leia, and Han. From Luke she gets her poor, desert-dweller upbringing, her kind heart, and her special destiny and Force powers. And his lightsaber. From Leia, she gets a somewhat forceful, standoffish personality and her identity as an assured, self-reliant woman — and is the woman of the trio. From Han, she gets her Ace Pilot skills (although Luke is no slouch in that department either, her piloting is specifically contrasted to Han's), some snark, mechanical skills, and the Millennium Falcon.
- Rey's hairstyle, accent, facial features and weapon of choice (the staff) are very similar to Bastila Shan. On top of that, their main themes even share the same notes. Also like Bastila, she develops a Force Bond and romantic connection with a fallen Jedi.
- Rey's ability to quickly bond with other people, her fluency in Droidspeak and several alien languages, and her Power Copying/Instant Expert abilities are similar to Meetra Surik.
- She also has a bit of child-Anakin, by being a desert-dwelling slave/scavenger who works on behalf of a weird, alien guy who's sort of a corrupt "parental" figure (though Plutt has none of Watto's redeeming attributes).
- She's even got a bit of Padmé in her. Her initial outfit is reminiscent of Padmé's outfit on Mustafar (especially the arm bindings) and they even look rather alike physically. They're both deeply compassionate but will still kick your ass if they have to and face a lot of responsibility and tough decision-making at a young age (Rey's been taking care of herself since she was a child and is barely an adult during the events of The Force Awakens, whilst Padmé was elected Queen of all the Naboo at just fourteen and is a senator by the time she's in her early twenties). They're also both 'involved' with their trilogy's resident 'bad boy'; Padmé was married to Anakin Skywalker, whilst Rey forms a complex bond with Kylo Ren Anakin's grandson. Both also try unsuccessfully to turn the aforementioned bad boys back to the light, after turning down an offer to rule the galaxy with them.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character:
- Unlike the previous female leads Leia and Padme, Rey doesn't have a privileged background, starting out as a poor scavenger on a backwater world.
- Unlike the previous Force-sensitive heroes, Luke and Anakin, Rey doesn't jump at the call. In fact, she rejects it until the final act of the movie. Where Luke and Anakin both dreamed of a greater adventure, Rey's greatest hope was for her family to come back for her. She also grew up mostly alone, unlike the two Skywalkers (Luke was raised by his aunt and uncle, and Anakin was brought up by his mother). There's a visual contrast between them as well: Anakin and Luke were both light-haired men, while Rey is a dark haired woman.
- Unlike the Skywalkers, she did not lose her hand near the second chapter of her trilogy, making her the first Force-sensitive protagonist to keep her hand throughout the second film.
- Also, unlike the Skywalkers, she's The Unchosen One. She doesn't come from a Mystical Pregnancy, and her parents weren't war heroes or royalty or Jedi masters. She's just a nobody from nowhere who through wanting to help people rose to become a hero.
- Contralto of Danger: Rey has a low-pitched voice and proves herself early on as someone who can take care of herself.
- Cool Bike: Her speeder counts as a futuristic variant.
- Cool Starship: In a sad example, Rey inherits the Millennium Falcon after Han's death, taking it on her mission to find Luke.
- Cool Sword: She feels the Force calling her towards Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber, and later uses it to fight Kylo Ren.
- Costume Evolution: By The Last Jedi, Rey has gone from her white and tan outfit to a grey and dark brown one, to visually reflect her growing conflicted feelings over her abandonment on Jakku and the suffering the First Order has caused the people she's come to care about.
- Crazy Survivalist: In Rey's Survival Guide she talks about gathering resources and layering traps around her AT-AT walker to protect herself from other scavengers.
- Cute Bruiser: Don't let her looks fool you. She's more than capable of handling herself in a fight and WILL kick your ass if you mess with her or her friends.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She was abandoned by her family when she was only a child and has spent her life alone, fending for herself.
- Damsel out of Distress: She uses the Jedi Mind Trick on a stormtrooper in order to free herself from Kylo Ren's clutches. Finn finds out she's one of these when he finds her under attack by a group of thugs on Jakku and rushes in to help her, only for her to soundly beat them all before he can even get there.
- Averted in The Last Jedi; she’s utterly helpless against the far more powerful Snoke, who subdues her with a flick of his wrist and orders Kylo to kill her. Luckily for her, Kylo has grown rather fond of her by this point and kills Snoke instead. Played straight when she fights the Praetorian guards, though.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not as much as Han Solo, but Rey throws around her fair share of snark. One of her first remarks, in response to BB-8 citing his origins as "classified", is a dry, "Classified, really? Me too. Big secret."
- Determinator: Rey doesn't seem to know how to quit. She spent years on Jakku stubbornly maintaining that her family would come back for her, and in The Last Jedi, she keeps on trying to attack Snoke despite being hopelessly outclassed against him. Even Snoke is impressed by her grit and determination, complimenting Rey on having "the spirit of a true Jedi".
- Disaster Scavengers: She lives in a fallen AT-AT, and most of what she owns is scavenged from the wreckage of a great battle between the New Republic and the Empire.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy. She starts out as an impoverished orphan on a desert planet, is swept up into the war thanks to an astromech droid she salvages, later discovers her proficiency in the Force, and eventually even uses Luke's old lightsaber and seeks training under a previous-generation Jedi (Luke himself) on a remote planet. By the end of The Force Awakens, it's clear that she's The Hero of the sequel trilogy, just as Luke was to the original trilogy.
- Dreaming of Things to Come:
- When Rey touches Anakin's lightsaber, she has visions of Kylo Ren before meeting him. Word of God confirmed that they never met before The Force Awakens.
- It’s implied in The Force Awakens and confirmed in The Last Jedi that the island she saw in her dreams was actually Ahch-To.
- Dude Magnet: Downplayed. The series doesn't delve too heavily into romance, but she has been ship teased with three men — Finn, Kylo Ren, and Poe.
- Eating the Eye Candy: Played for laughs, but even she gets a little flustered while taking in the sight of a shirtless Kylo Ren.Rey: (To Kylo Ren, slightly embarrassed) Don't you have a cowl, or something you could put on?
- Establishing Character Moment: She needs rations and could sell BB-8 for a ton of them. She doesn't. This is a droid she has just met and has no connection to, so the gesture should tell you a lot about what kind of person she is.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In The Last Jedi, Rey has switched to a new hairstyle where more of her hair is down, to reflect her growing Action Girl abilities. It also signifies that she's stopped waiting around for whoever left her on Jakku to come back, and is ready to move on.
- Falling into the Cockpit: Rey proves surprisingly adept at flying the Millennium Falcon and evading TIE fighters even though by her own admission she has limited piloting experience. She's not quite perfect out of the starting gate though, as she initially has some trouble with handling and tends to scrape the ship along the ground a lot. It is implied that her potential with the Force is part of this, as even she expresses astonishment that she did as well as she did.
- Fatal Flaw: Stubborness. She wastes years of her life on Jakku for the sake of being there when her family comes for her, and when she is forced off the planet she is still adamant about going back (despite becoming a wanted fugitive). She refuses the call multiple times because she cannot accept the fact no one is coming back for her. And even in The Last Jedi, she clings to her goal of reuniting with her parents, which leads to her attempting to use the dark side for answers. She also comes to firmly believe that Kylo Ren can be changed. A mindset that, in spite of Luke's warnings, lead to her getting captured, tortured, and nearly killed by the First Order. Ultimately, it takes extreme circumstances in order for her to change her mindset.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Escaping from stormtroopers in a piece of "garbage" with Finn leads to them becoming quick friends.
- Fish out of Water: Having spent her whole life on a desert planet, Rey, unlike Anakin and Luke, is awestruck when she sees a forest for the first time, even putting her hand underneath the rain to catch it.
- Foe Romance Subtext: Heavily with Kylo Ren, particularly in The Last Jedi. They have a Force Bond which they use to communicate, argue, and eventually confide and empathize their personal problems. She gets flustered when she inadvertently sees him shirtless through said bond, they outright hold hands, and he re-extends his We Can Rule Together offer in a way that sounds like a proposal.
- Rey and Kylo Ren have a number of interesting parallels and contrasts. While he is an infamous enforcer for the First Order who began as a Jedi student, she is a seemingly random scavenger who becomes aligned with the Resistance and becomes a Jedi student at the end of The Force Awakens. They both have rather stoic exteriors that give way to strong emotion (glee and sorrow for Rey, rage and angst for Ren), hiding deeper insecurities and fears (Rey has abandonment issues and has lived a very lonely life; Kylo fears never living up to the image of Darth Vader and is tempted by the Light Side). They both saw Han Solo as a father figure, but to opposite results: Rey bonded quickly with Han, and mourned his death while Ren saw Han (his biological father) as a disappointment and, although conflicted before and after the fact, murdered him. Ren embraces the Dark Side, while Rey follows the Light, but both struggle with inner Light and Dark. Rey wears white, Ren wears black. They were both sent away by their families, are both strong in the Force, and they each had/will have Luke Skywalker as a teacher in the ways of the Force. Even their roles in the story contrast, but are equal in importance; she's The Hero, while he's The Heavy. The Last Jedi introduces another contrast between them: Kylo's parents were Living Legends who sent him away to be trained by Luke. Rey's parents were nobodies who sold her for drinking money.
- Taking it to the almost literal extreme, the Star Wars Oxygen podcast, in their breakdown of the The Force Awakens soundtrack, noted that when you play the notes in Rey's theme in reverse, you get Kylo's theme.
- Rey and Finn are both effectively nobodies who are dragged into the Resistance's war with the First Order and initially just want to get away from it, but grow to become loyal and dedicated Resistance heroes. Rey is a Force-sensitive who learns to become a Jedi, whereas Finn is a Badass Normal ex-Stormtrooper. Rey's family abandoned her and she longs for their return, while Finn was taken from his by the First Order and doesn't seem overly concerned about the family he never knew.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The phlegmatic. Kind and optimistic, but also stubborn and naive.
- Fragile Speedster: She prefers fighting using her agility. She struggles if she's forced to fight using strength. She overcomes this enough in the climax to overpower Kylo Ren in a struggle over their lightsabers.
- Friendless Background: Rey was alone on Jakku for over a decade, and appeared to spend most of her time scavenging the wrecks old ships. Based on her initial reaction to having her hand grabbed by Finn, she was not used to being touched either.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: The child of lowlife scavengers who sold her off for drinking money, and who spent most of her life on a planet that's essentially a junkyard in the middle of nowhere, Rey grows to become a Jedi Knight and a powerful enemy for the First Order.
- Gadgeteer Genius: According to supplemental materials, she built her speeder herself, and deliberately made it top-heavy and difficult to fly so that no one would want to steal it. Plus, she makes a living scavenging ship parts, so she'd naturally have some facility with machines. She even booby-trapped the area surrounding the AT-AT she lives in to keep rival scavengers out.
- Gamer Girl: The novelisation of The Force Awakens claims she spent her free time on Jakku, playing flight simulators on a computer she had salvaged.
- Gene Hunting: Somewhat in The Last Jedi. She enters the Dark Side cave on Ahch-To and asks it to show her parents to her …only to be presented with an image of herself, to her disappointment. It’s later revealed that deep down, she knew all along who her parents were and that they never cared about her.
- Gender-Blender Name: Rey is Spanish for "king" and is a common male name in Spanish speaking countries as well as the United States. Rey sounds like the English male name "Ray", and also coincidentally the Japanese androgynous name "Rei".
- Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: In The Last Jedi, Rey admits that she can't understand why Kylo Ren would murder his own father. Having longed for her family for her entire life, Rey struggles to comprehend why Kylo would forsake and destroy his own.
- Good Counterpart: To Kylo Ren. Snoke even describes Rey as the light that rises to match Kylo's darkness.
- Good Is Not Soft: Rey is nice to everyone, except the bad guys (as Kylo Ren can attest). Or people she mistakes for bad guys (as Finn can attest).
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted. They can adjust, but Rey prefers to fight using her Simple Staff, while Finn prefers to fight using blasters.
- Hairstyle Inertia: She's shown to have her trademark three buns in a flashback as a child of five. In Rey's Survival Guide, it's explained that she keeps the same hair in the hope that her family will recognize her after over a decade. Notably, by the end of The Last Jedi she's started wearing her hair down, symbolising her acceptance that her family is long gone and it's time for her to carve out her own destiny.
- Hates Being Touched: Rey actively dislikes it when Finn tries to hold her hand twice while running, and is not pleased when he uses her head as a support in the Millennium Falcon. She grows to move past this, reaching out to take Finn's hand twice while fleeing enemies, taking the initiative by hugging Finn when he comes to rescue her, and cradling him while holding his hand near the end of The Force Awakens.She also offers her hand to Kylo Ren so they can touch hands, or as much as they can via Force-bond, and embraces Finn happily in The Last Jedi.
- Heartbeat Soundtrack: Rey's signature Force sound is a heartbeat, in contrast to Kylo Ren's feline growl.
- The Hero: After a film's worth of hero-hopping, Rey takes up the mantle for real when she awakens her Force powers, takes up the Skywalker family lightsaber, and brings down Kylo Ren.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.:
- Understandable, after watching her first real friend "abandon" her, being shown a traumatic Force Vision of loss and death, forced to confront the truth that whoever left her on Jakku is never coming back for her, and encouraged by someone she just met to give herself over to the Force and fight the Dark Side (a frightening thought for someone plagued with doubt, fear, and abandonment issues). She gets better on seeing that Finn, Han and Chewbacca came back for her, and that it was Finn's idea to mount a rescue.
- She can barely move when Kylo Ren kills Han, and Finn has to pull her away before Stormtroopers fire on them.
- Has a minor one in The Last Jedi when she realises Kylo is still on the dark side and is finally forced to face the Awful Truth about [[spoiler: her parents and past, standing there sobbing for a few moments before snapping back into action.
- Hidden Depths: Frequently dismissed as “the girl from Jakku” and “the scavenger”, Rey turns out to be a powerful Force-sensitive who, for unknown reasons, was dormant.
- Hope Bringer: Despite ultimately being The Unchosen One, Rey's presence somewhat gives hope to Luke that the Jedi Order will rise again.
- Humble Goal: Far from the grand dreams of adventure that defined both Anakin and Luke Skywalker, in The Force Awakens, all Rey initially wants is for her family to come back for her. Sadly, this is an impossible dream; both Maz Kanata and Kylo Ren come to realise that Rey's parents would never return for her, and Rey herself finally accepts in The Last Jedi that her parents were nobodies who never cared about her, and who likely died long ago.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: In the novelization, this is the main reason why Rey doesn't kill Kylo Ren at the end of their duel.
- I Just Want to Be Loved / I Just Want to Have Friends: Her defining character trait is her desire to be needed and loved, like the Rebel heroes she heard about in stories, after spending years abandoned on a desert junkyard in the middle of nowhere. This has negative sides to it. For instance, she deludes herself into a Changeling Fantasy, and attempts to refuse the call multiple times because she thinks a "nobody" like her is less worthy of it than others, like Luke or even Kylo Ren. But, it also drives her to help BB-8 and Finn reach the Resistance, be willing to stand up to the First Order regardless of odds, volunteer to try to bring Luke back, and constantly try to do what's right.
- I Knew There Was Something About You: In the novelization, Kylo Ren feels something strange about Rey in the Takodana woods and kidnaps her. In the climax, after Rey summons the lightsaber, Kylo Ren says "It is you." almost in awe and implying that he knew something about her all along. Word of God says he recognizes her as the "awakening in the Force" he felt.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: According to supplemental materials, most of her pre-movie piloting experience came from a flight simulator she salvaged.
- I Will Wait for You:
- She spent fifteen years waiting for her parents on Jakku. Even though she knew they were never coming back, she still waited out of misplaced hope and delusion that they would.
- The novelization for The Last Jedi establishes that this is why she spares Kylo; although she knows things would be easier if she killed him, she also realizes she made a mistake by expecting him to be ready to reject the dark side just because he turned on Snoke. So she'll wait, and let the future unfold however he—and the Force—wills it.
- Implausible Deniability: She keeps saying that her family will return for her, even though she's been stranded on Jakku for years and has had to learn to survive with little to no help. Maz tells her bluntly that her parents aren't coming back, and she needs to learn how to move forward.
- Improbable Piloting Skills: Rey is able to do pretty bold acrobatics with the Millennium Falcon even without formal training.
- Incompletely Trained: Luke didn't have time (or much will) to teach her much in The Last Jedi before she left Ach-To to confront Kylo Ren and Snoke. She's a powerful Force user in her own right, if in a rawer way than the Jedi of old, but still needs more lightsaber practice at the very least, and she will have to make do with the sacred Jedi texts she took with her, with possibly a bit of help from Luke's Force ghost, if he shows up at all.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: While she does show some of the visceral rage normally associated with the Dark Side of the Force, Rey never shows any signs of being truly tempted by it. In The Last Jedi, she even goes into a cave practically drenched with the dark side, and, although she's shaken by what she sees there, she emerges no worse for wear, much to Luke's astonishment. Snoke realizes this when she's brought to him, and his intent pretty much instantly changes from trying to turn her to his side to killing her himself. Later, despite her feelings for him, she rejects Kylo Ren's offer to turn to the Dark Side and join him, standing firm in her commitment to the Jedi.
- The Ingenue: She often acts very naïve towards the world around her, and can even come across as somewhat childish when interacting with others. It's justified, since she has been more-or-less alone since she was five.
- Instant Expert: Much like Anakin and Luke before her, Rey is shockingly good at lot of things despite having spent her life disassembling junked starships on a lawless desert planet.
- Even before Rey is aware of her Force powers, her conventional abilities are pretty astounding. She's able to expertly fly the 30+ year-old Millennium Falcon after just doing repairs on it for Unkar Plutt, and later she efficiently operates the internal systems of Han's transport ship to save Finn during the fight with the Alien monster, despite never having seen them before, much less used them. To be fair, she built her own speeder, so it makes that she has some mechanical skill.
- She's able to figure out and reverse a Mind Probe from Kylo Ren after being exposed to it twice. Subsequently, she's able to manage the Jedi Mind Trick on a Stormtrooper (after two failed attempts), do a Force pull, and wield a lightsaber with some degree of skill in short order, all without formal training or even time to practice on her own. Even she's shown to be surprised by this, telling Finn after she pulls off the mind trick that he wouldn't believe what she did to escape. According to the creators the reason she's able to do all of this so quickly is because Kylo Ren's mind probe basically passed part of his understanding of the Force into her, someone who could actually utilize those experiences (unlike say Poe). In the novelization, Kylo Ren is even extremely agitated and concerned not only due to Rey resisting him, but because she acquired an unknown amount of knowledge from his mind.
- Internal Homage: Like Anakin and Luke before her, Rey is a major character living a hard-scrabble life on a desert planet, and has dreams of leaving of her world behind to explore what lies beyond in the galaxy. Like Anakin, she also has a natural talent for technical skills, piloting, and the Force, which makes her something of a Gender Flip.
- I Work Alone: She declined offers to work with scavengers' groups because she liked being alone.
- Journey to Find Oneself: At the beginning, she just wants to help BB-8 and deliver the map to the Resistance. By the end of the movie, she figures out about her Force powers and decides to find more about it, finding herself in the process.
- Journey to the Center of the Mind: In the novelization, this is what Rey does when finds herself inside Kylo Ren's mind.
- Juggling Loaded Guns: Downplayed example, more than once she unthinkingly points a blaster at someone with Han hurriedly pushing the barrel in a non-dangerous direction.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Rey is astounded when she's told that Luke Skywalker is real, and she's quite bowled over when she realises that the scruffy old man who has captured her ship is legendary smuggler Han Solo, and more so when she realises that the ship in question is none other than the Millennium Falcon.
- Last of Her Kind: With Luke's passing, Rey officially inherits his title as the last Jedi.
- Leeroy Jenkins: In The Last Jedi, Rey cuts her Jedi training short and goes straight to the Supremacy to try and turn Kylo to the light and defeat Snoke. She fails on both accounts—Snoke is killed, but by Kylo; Rey herself is telepathically thrown around and tortured, highlighting just how unprepared she was. She was minorly impulsive in The Force Awakens as well, like attacking Finn because BB-8 said he had Poe's jacket instead of just asking why he had it.
- Leitmotif: Rey's fairytale-ish Establishing Character Music is present whenever she fights or searches for purpose.
- Light Is Good: Rey is one of the nicest characters of the saga, and constantly associated with the Light side. Her name can be interpreted as "ray of light", she always wears white-ish clothes and Maz Kanata tells she has "the light" within her.
- Literal-Minded: During her first lesson with Luke, when he tells her to "reach out", Rey physically holds her hand out as far as she can. After Luke messes with her for a moment, he makes it clear that he meant for her to reach out with the Force.
- Lonely Doll Girl: A doll dressed as a Rebel pilot is seen at Rey's house back in Jakku. Considering her Friendless Background and her loneliness, it's implied that the doll was her only company.
- Lonely Together: Kylo isn't the only one she has, but he is the only one who understands and shares her deep loneliness, which they end up bonding over.
- Loner-Turned-Friend: Rey's instant connection with Finn is made more poignant by the fact that he might be the first human being to take an active interest in her in over a decade.
- Machine Empathy: She has a feel for the Millennium Falcon's temperamental maintenance needs before she even realizes it's the Falcon. It impresses Han as well, convincing him to give her a job offer as second mate. She also learns the Falcon's flight handling quirks quite quickly after some early mishaps (also caused by a groggy Falcon that hadn't flown in years).
- Magnetic Hero: Rey is able to persuade several people during the events of The Force Awakens. She convinces BB-8 to show her the map to Luke Skywalker. Finn becomes her friend almost instantly. Han Solo helps her with BB-8 and offers a job to her in the Millennium Falcon despite barely knowing her. By the end of the movie, even Kylo Ren is impressed by her Force powers to the point where he asks to be her teacher. In The Last Jedi, she restores Luke's faith in the Jedi and helps him in forgiving himself for his past failures.
- McNinja: In her first appearance, she's mostly dressed like a shinobi and does Le Parkour when scavenging.
- Meaningful Name: Rey, as in ray of hope and/or light.
- Meditation Powerup: Rey briefly meditates during her duel with Kylo Ren, which allows her to turn the tide of the battle and win.
- Meet Cute: Downplayed; she first met Finn after BB-8 mistook Finn for a thief that robbed Poe of his jacket. Then she chased down Finn, who was coming to help her fend off attackers, and beat him to the ground. Their subsequent interactions are much smoother and they soon become very close friends, though according to Word of God their bond is strictly platonic.
- Mentor's New Hope: What she hopes to be, and what Leia Organa desperately needs her to be, by training under Luke Skywalker. Just before Luke dies, he proclaims her a Jedi.
- Mind over Matter: After Finn is defeated and Kylo Ren tries to claim it for himself, Rey summons Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber to her hand to fight Ren. By the end of The Last Jedi, she's grown powerful enough with this ability that she can clear an entire landslide's worth of rock away from a passage to clear an escape route for the survivors of the Resistance.
- Minor Living Alone: Rey is around nineteen, and survived alone on Jakku since she was a child.
- Morality Pet: In The Last Jedi, she tries to be this for Kylo Ren, but while he does have a great deal of affection for her, he's so devoted to the Dark Side that Rey is ultimately unable to turn him.
- Mundane Object Amazement: Rey is very touched when she sees trees for the first time in her life when she arrives at Takodana.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: This lean young woman won in a grapple with Kylo Ren in the final moments of their lightsaber duel by forcing her lightsaber into his, destroying it and leaving him defenseless to a rake across the face. In real life, Daisy Ridley is in pretty good shape and can dead-lift 80 kilos, though this still is nowhere near enough to explain how the character was able to grapple with a heavily built, 6'2 man. That is Justified by the Force, which has been shown to be able to enhance physical strength before (cf. Luke making 20+ foot vertical jumps in both his fights with Vader, and later sending the 300 pound cyborg flying with a kick).
- Mysterious Waif: Rey is a girl abandoned by her parents on a desert planet during her childhood, living in a state of extreme poverty. She also suffers from a serious case of Mysterious Past, where nobody, not even her, knows about her background and who her parents are. She also displays strong psychic Force powers, unknowingly. In the novelization, Kylo Ren constantly asks who she is, feeling something really odd about Rey and becoming interested in her. Also in the novelization, when Kylo Ren tries to Mind Probe her deeper, he is unable to progress due to a barrier in her memories. Subverted in The Last Jedi, where it's revealed Rey had just invoked this trope, wanting to believe she had a mysterious past and blocking out her childhood memories as part of her own personal Changeling Fantasy: Her parents were filthy junk traders who sold their own child for drinking money and eventually died in a ditch. No one knows about her past because she really is a nobody with "no place in this story" before her decision to help BB-8, and Rey didn't want to admit it to herself.
- Neutral Female: Justified and then subverted. Kylo Ren tosses her into a tree and knocks her out, rendering her unconscious and unable to intervene during his fight with Finn. It's subverted when she gets up after he defeats Finn and takes him on herself.
- Nice Girl: Even as a loner at the beginning, she's kind enough to be willing to rescue a droid she's never met before from a net, keep him rather than sell him for a large profit, and defend him from thieves. She even shows compassion to Kylo Ren, a mass murderer who killed his own father, believing that she can turn him back to the light and being heartbroken when she fails.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In The Last Jedi.
- She goes to the Supremacy hoping to turn Kylo Ren back to the light. This only gives Kylo the help he needs to kill Snoke and the Praetorian Guard and take over as the new Supreme Leader.
- Snoke also managed to extract Luke's location from her mind once she was brought to him and intended to destroy Luke and the entire island on Ahch-To (including the civilian caretakers and all those cute little porgs) once the Resistance had been dealt with. Kylo's assassination of him and the subsequent events were the only things that prevented this happening.
- The Nicknamer: Initially bestows the nickname "Classified" on BB-8, but later starts using his proper name. Of course, this is only after she actually hears said name, so it was probably more out of necessity than anything.
- No Social Skills: Given that she lives alone and rarely interacts with others, it's understandable she is not very polite to Finn when they first meet, until they become Fire-Forged Friends at least.
- Omniglot: She knows Droidspeak and at least a few alien languages, a useful skill to have on a Scavenger World.
- Only Friend: For a brief time in The Last Jedi, she effectively serves as this for Kylo Ren. Everyone else in Kylo's life has either let him down (his parents, Luke), exploits and abuses him (Snoke), hates him (Hux, the Resistance), or simply has no strong feeling towards him (Phasma, the stormtroopers). Rey, on the other hand, once she gets to know him, sees Kylo as someone worth saving, showing him compassion, calling him by his birth name, and imploring him to be a better person. Kylo, for his part, treats Rey with a great deal more respect and kindness than he shows to anyone else. Their feelings for one another are heavily implied to go deeper than friendship, but their respective convictions see them stay on opposite sides, and likely to remain enemies for the foreseeable future.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Possibly. Her name is suspiciously similar to, and pronounced the same as, "Ræh", the last name of the Rebel pilot who was the original owner of the old pilot helmet she has, and which is written on said helmet.
- Only One Name: She's only known as "Rey".
- Only the Chosen May Wield: Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber calls for her twice, even when Kylo Ren, Anakin's grandson, is trying to summon it.
- Parental Abandonment: Rey was left on Jakku by her family when she was five years old, has no idea why, and is still waiting for them to return for her.Rey: I know all about waiting.
BB-8: [beeps question]
Rey: For my family. [smiles] They'll be back. One day.
- The Last Jedi, reveals that her parents are ordinary junk dealers who sold her for money and were buried in unmarked graves. Ultimately, she's finally decides to let go of her past and moved on.
- Le Parkour: She's very comfortable jumping over large distances and climbing through walls.
- Platonic Declaration of Love: She promises a comatose Finn that she'll come back to him before kissing his forehead.
- Platonic Life-Partners: Despite some Ship Tease she had with Finn in Force Awakens, Word of God describes their relationship as this.
- Plucky Girl: Despite being abandoned by her parents in a desert planet, working as a slave for Unkar Plutt, and going through several traumatic events in The Force Awakens, Rey stays very brave and optimistic. She is hopeful that her parents will come back for her, and also tells a comatose Finn that she believes they'll see each other again.
- Possession Implies Mastery: It only takes her a few shots to become a passable marksman with a pistol she's never used. She also has some natural skill with a lightsaber from the moment she picks it up, but isn't as good as the formally trained Kylo Ren.
- Poverty Food: Rey works as a scavenger to exchange mechanical parts for very few portions of unappetizing and bleak breads.
- Power Copying: Kylo Ren tries to probe her mind, and she blocks him, then reverses it. Then she uses the Jedi Mind Trick. Later in the film, she uses a Force Pull right when Kylo is trying to do the same.
- Protagonist Title: She is the eponymous Last Jedi, after Luke passed away.
- Psychic Block Defense: When Kylo Ren probes her mind to find the missing star chart, she manages to block his attempts, and eventually gets into his mind.
- Psychic Link: Has a Force Bond with Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi, which they use to communicate.
- Quest for Identity: Her lack of family and her conversation with Maz suggests this will be her main Story Arc. Resolved in The Last Jedi: She's The Unchosen One who chooses the light and chooses to do good. Her parents were just some lowlifes who sold her for a few coins.
- Rage Against the Mentor: After Luke disrupts a bonding moment between her and Kylo and she learns that he had contributed to Kylo's fall to darkness, she finally has enough and outright attacks him, even managing to overpower him, and demands to know the truth. She calms down pretty quickly once she hears Luke's side, though.
- Recurring Element: Like Anakin and Luke before her, Rey is a Force-sensitive outcast in the desert who joins the heroes in the first film of a trilogy.
- Refusal of the Call: It is heavily implied that she's The Chosen One of the Sequel Trilogy, but she doesn't want to be, preferring to return to Jakku to wait for her family. The horrifying vision she experiences after finding Luke's old lightsaber doesn't help. It takes seeing Han Solo die at the hands of his own son to finally snap her out of it.
- Replacement Goldfish: Implied. When Han sees how capable Rey is at flying and repairing the Millennium Falcon, he offers her a job as a member of his crew. If Ben Solo had not become Kylo Ren, the ship would have been his birthright. Rey ends up flying on ship when Han dies, as Chewbacca defers the pilot's seat to her.
- Reverse Grip: She alternates between using her lightsaber this way and a standard grip, which is actually Justified, since she's used to fighting with a Simple Staff (where she would be using a standard and reverse grip simultaneously). She puts this to marvelous use in The Last Jedi, when she escapes from a Praetorian Guard's armlock by dropping her lightsaber from one hand, holding it in a standard grip, to her other in reverse, quickly dispatching him.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Kylo's slaying of Han Solo and severe injuring of Finn prompts this — during their fight, Rey is very visibly furious. Then subverted, as she decides to resist the lure of the Dark Side and spare him.
- Room Full of Crazy: Rey scratches marks into the rusty wall of her AT-AT walker home, one for each day passed, probably as a way to hold on to sanity. By the time the story begins, there are thousands of scratches, and in the novelization she admits not even bothering with the correct number anymore.
- The Scapegoat: After Snoke's death and Rey's escape from the Supremacy, Kylo Ren claims that Rey had murdered Snoke in order to cover up his own assassination of the Supreme Leader.
- Screaming Warrior: Rey comes out with some downright visceral noises in battle.
- Series Mascot: Following the release of the The Force Awakens and a well-received role, she's been recognized as the true protagonist of the Sequel Trilogy and is front and center in most advertisements after the film, which is quite impressive considering the other Series Mascot is Darth Vader himself.
- She-Fu: She prefers using her agility in combat, sometimes incorporating her Le Parkour skills.
- Ship Tease:
- With Finn. They develop a close friendship in a short span of time, Finn asks her at one point if she has a boyfriend, Rey is heartbroken when he tries to leave, Finn goes deep into enemy territory to rescue her, they reunite with a long embrace, and she kisses him on the forehead in the end while he's in a coma.
- There's also a bit in the novelization with Poenote :Poe: Uh, hi. I'm Poe.
She nodded slowly, searching his face and finding she liked it.
Rey: I recognize the name. So you're Poe. Poe Dameron. The X-Wing pilot. I'm Rey.
Poe: I know. Nice to meet you.
- With Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi. They communicate through their Force Bond, empathize with each other's loneliness, she sees Kylo Ren shirtless and is flustered by it, they briefly hold hands, etc.
- Shout-Out: The character's production name, "Kira", was a nod to Akira Kurosawa, a major influence on the movies. "Rey" is likewise a nod to the longtime publisher of Star Wars books, Del Rey. In Sanskrit, Kira (or Kiran) means "beam of light". See Meaningful Name above.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Kylo Ren is mind probing Rey and starts to read her dreams and feelings aloud, she fights back with ferocity and tells him to get out of her mind. Then she gets into his head and silences the Knight of Ren by revealing his worst fear.Rey: You're afraid... that you will never be as strong as Darth Vader!
- Simple Staff: She is proficient in wielding a staff, both for combat and for exploring wrecks of questionable structural integrity.
- Skilled, but Naïve: A downplayed example, as Rey has a broad range of useful skills, is from a rough, backwater place, and has a degree of ignorance of the wider galaxy that this trope usually embodies. However, unlike this trope being played straight, she adapts quickly, doesn't do anything dangerous out of ignorance, doesn't display much social ineptitude, and has some knowledge of outside events (even if they are passed to her as legends/myths).
- The Southpaw: She can be seen doing many things throughout the film left-handed. She eats with her left hand, she carries her staff in her right hand when not using itnote , carries FN-1824's stolen blaster left-handed, holds Luke's lightsaber left-handed when she fights Kylo Ren, and holds Luke's lightsaber out to him with her left hand.
- Stepford Smiler: This is implied to have been a coping mechanism for her Parental Abandonment — she claims that she hasn't given up hope with a smile on her face to BB-8 — but when Maz bluntly but gently tells her that she's known all along that they're never coming back (see Believing Their Own Lies above), she is driven to tears. She eventually lets go of this and stops insisting that she has to get back to Jakku.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She is quite used to being alone, but defends BB-8 from getting scrapped for parts. Nor does she sell the droid even when offered an incredible amount of food in return.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Eventually towards Kylo Ren, to an extent. She comes to empathise with his sense of isolation, disappointment and abandonment, assuring him he's not alone and tries to turn him back to the light, promising she'll help him. During their battle against Snoke's guards she openly expresses concern for his well-being and even saves his life by throwing him her own weapon when he's disarmed. However, she quickly ditches him when she realises he's still on the dark side. Though she does sympathise with him, she makes it plain she doesn't agree with what he's doing in the slightest.
- There's No Place Like Home: Rey's main goal until being kidnapped by the First Order is to go back to Jakku.
- Tomboy: Especially when compared to the previous female leads. Rey never wears dresses, she has a deep voice, her hairstyle is three messy buns that are practical in combat, her face is described as "grimy" in the novelization, she is very interested in mechanics and piloting, and she's also very good with flight simulators. On top of that, she is also able to defend herself pretty well and kick ass.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Despite her tomboy mannerisms, in Rey's Survival Guide it's mentioned that she likes flowers and in-universe fairytales.
- Too Hungry to Be Polite: Rey eats her food the same way you'd expect any person who spends most of their time eating alone to—chewing with her mouth open, eating with her hands, licking the plate.
- Took a Level in Badass: As she uncovers her potential in the Force, she goes from tough scavenger to self-taught beginner Jedi. She takes another over the course of The Last Jedi, growing from a would-be Jedi Padawan to the last of the Jedi Knights in her own right, clearing a path for the Resistance to escape from Crait and live to fight another day.
- Tranquil Fury: After she taps into the Force properly in the middle of a duel, her face is eerily calm. Then she uses her newfound power to beat down Kylo Ren.
- The Unchosen One: When all is said and done, Rey really is a no one from nowhere. Her parents were just some junkers who sold their kid off for a pittance, and died years ago in a desert junkyard. Despite this, her unfailing optimism and Chronic Hero Syndrome led her to be the Right Man in the Wrong Place.Luke: Where are you from?
Luke: No one's from nowhere.
Luke: All right, that is pretty much nowhere. Why are you here, Rey, from nowhere?
- Unkempt Beauty: In the novelization, Rey is described as a beautiful young woman with a "grimy" face.
- Unskilled, but Strong:
- How Kylo Ren describes her to Snoke after she resists his Mind Probe and pushes it all the way back into his mind. Despite being untrained in the use of the Force or lightsaber combat, she not only manages to beat Ren's at his own game, but is also able to use the Jedi mind trick to escape the interrogation room. Finally, she holds her own against Ren (who is admittedly badly wounded and emotionally-unbalanced) and by the end of the duel knocks him on his ass, with a nasty scar across his face as icing on the cake. She also is able to use the Force Pull.Kylo Ren: She's strong with the Force! Untrained, but stronger than she knows.
- Her ability to use a lightsaber as a weapon is somewhat understandable, given her experience with melee weapons, but her form is fairly reckless and amateur (she uses several awkward thrusts when lightsabers are more suited to swings and slashes) — at least until she taps into the Force.
- Furthermore, in The Last Jedi, she falls to a brief moment of anger that puts her at odds with Luke who she then fights: her form is all right but for all her raw power, Luke disarms her of her staff with a stick - she only manages to best him when she Force pulls Anakin's lightsaber and breaks his stick. Then a bit later, when fighting alongside Kylo Ren after killing Snoke, her still somewhat clumsy lightsaber form gives her issues with Snoke's elite guard.
- How Kylo Ren describes her to Snoke after she resists his Mind Probe and pushes it all the way back into his mind. Despite being untrained in the use of the Force or lightsaber combat, she not only manages to beat Ren's at his own game, but is also able to use the Jedi mind trick to escape the interrogation room. Finally, she holds her own against Ren (who is admittedly badly wounded and emotionally-unbalanced) and by the end of the duel knocks him on his ass, with a nasty scar across his face as icing on the cake. She also is able to use the Force Pull.
- Unpleasant Parent Reveal: Her parents have apparently not only been dead for years but also sold her for drinking money and never intended to come back for her. Downplayed in that it’s implied Rey knew this deep down, but was in denial. When Kylo finally spells it out plainly for her, she’s reduced to a tearful mess.
- Worthy Opponent: To Kylo Ren. In their final duel, he's impressed by her power and instead of killing her while he had the upper hand, he offered to be her teacher.
- Also to Snoke. who was positively delighted with admiration when she not once but twice drew sword (first Anakin's, then Kylo's) to defy him, complimenting her courage with sincere respect before ordering Kylo to execute her.Snoke: Ooh. And still that fiery spit of hope. You have the spirit of a true Jedi! And because of that... you must die.
- Also to Snoke. who was positively delighted with admiration when she not once but twice drew sword (first Anakin's, then Kylo's) to defy him, complimenting her courage with sincere respect before ordering Kylo to execute her.
- Wrecked Weapon: Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber, which Rey had been using as her own, is torn apart when she and Kylo Ren struggle over it in Snoke's throne room.
- Wrench Wench: Her technical skills impress Han Solo, and she gets irritated when Finn has no idea what tool she is looking for.
- You Are Not Alone: On the giving and receiving end in The Last Jedi. Kylo, after listening to her pour her heart out about how alone she feels, tells her she isn't. She then looks softly at him and says he isn't either.
Portrayed by: John Boyega
Voiced by: Abraham Vega (Latin American Spanish dub), Nacho Aldeguer (European Spanish dub), Kenji Sugimura (Japanese dub), Diouc Koma (European French dub)
Appears in: Before the Awakening | The Force Awakens | The Last Jedi | Episode IXA stormtrooper who wished to turn his life around and leave the First Order. A chance encounter with Poe Dameron and later Rey on Jakku sends him on the path to becoming an Unlikely Hero. His First Order callsign was "FN-2187", which his name "Finn" is derived from.
"I was ashamed of what I was. But I am done with the First Order. I am never going back."
- The Ace: Back in the Stormtrooper Academy, Finn was in the top one percent of the class. He still got assigned to sanitation, for all the good his grades did him. Given that his first battle turned him into a deserter and he seems to only know how to use a blaster, that might say more about the academy, but then again, his skill with blasters is indeed fantastic for a stormtrooper.
- He tends to be pretty nervous and uncertain in a very endearing way. How does he answer when Rey asks if he's with the Resistance? Dust himself off and say "Obviously. Yes, I am. I'm with the Resistance, yeah. I am with the Resistance." Then he asks BB-8 where the base is in hushed tones.
- Later while fighting stormtroopers on Takodana, he cheers while watching Poe in his X-Wing shoot down TIE fighters when the Resistance forces arrive.
- Affectionate Nickname: Poe calls the then-nameless FN-2187 "Finn" as a sign of friendship. Finn then decides to adopt the moniker for good after he ditches the First Order completely.
- All of the Other Reindeer: FN-2187 never fit in with the rest of his squad. First Order Troopers often nickname each other, and his unit refused to nickname FN-2187 as a way of ostracizing him. Just goes to show that bullying is alive and well even in totalitarian space armies. It's also no wonder he becomes attached to Poe Dameron so quickly, since Poe nicknames him immediately with his only question being if Finn likes the nickname.
- Almighty Janitor: Finn states that he worked in sanitation on Starkiller Base and the Supremacy when he was stationed at each location. It's Truth in Television—low-ranking enlisted personnelnote in various military specialties, especially infantry, also handle whatever menial labor needs to be done, and troops with any kind of disciplinary problem will get the most menial and undignified ones. In this case, it blows up in the First Order's faces, as Finn's knowledge of the installation is invaluable to the Resistance. What's more, he's the best marksman in his class and is capable on going toe-to-toe with Kylo Ren with a weapon non-Force users are not familiar with.
- Always Save the Girl: Finn convinces the Resistance that he knows how to destroy Starkiller Base in order to rescue Rey. In reality, his knowledge about the base was just from his work assignment in sanitation, and he wasn't privy to more sensitive information about the weapon. Lampshaded by the fact that he and Rey do manage to save the day, at a price.
- Amazon Chaser: Finn has a look of awe after he sees Rey take down a couple of thieves by herself.
- Ambiguous Situation: Canon hasn't made it clear if Finn is Force-sensitive, or just a Badass Normal with a good heart.
- The Atoner: As his caption says, he's trying to start anew after having served the First Order.
- Badass Adorable: A painfully sincere and kind-hearted young man who uses his lifetime of First Order training to fight against their tyranny.
- Badass Normal: No (known) Force powers to speak of, but manages to hold his own with a lightsaber against other Stormtroopers and then again, if only briefly, in a duel with Kylo Ren. Justified as the lightsaber is an Absurdly Sharp Blade laser-sword and Finn is an infantryman trained to fight with a variety of ranged and melee weapons, and because an amateur really can give a trained professional problems simply by being unpredictable due to a lack of classical training.
- Bad Liar:
Poe: Why are you helping me?
- Finn's Resistance fighter act is so transparent that it doesn't fool Han for a minute. Before that, Poe calls bullshit on his motivation for helping him escape even more quickly. The only person fooled is Rey, and only because she's nearly as naïve as he is.
Finn: Because it's the right thing to do.
Poe: You need a pilot.
Finn: I need a pilot.
- When he tries to come up with a lie to Rose about why he's at the escape pods in The Last Jedi, he noticeably stumbles over his words. She sees through it almost immediately and realizes he's trying to desert.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Poe's warmness to Finn and treatment of him as a human being is why the two became fast friends.
- Becoming the Mask: He initially pretends to be a Resistance member to avoid admitting to being an ex-stormtrooper. He eventually becomes the real thing.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Finn is actually dangerous because he is a nice person and will fight for the people he bonds with. As Phasma notes, Finn doesn't respond to the brainwashing that would make him a coldblooded killer. Case in point:
- Busts out Poe with a Bavarian Fire Drill, bonds with him quickly, and completes his mission to deliver BB-8 to the Resistance when he thinks Poe is dead. It doesn't matter that most of that was by accident or not his intention; that was a lethal blow.
- When Finn and Rey thinks the First Order's caught them and are about to board the Millenium Falcon, Finn gets the idea to re-route the life-support system and poison the Stormtroopers.
- Blood-Splattered Innocents: After getting the Bloody Handprint, he is immediately ordered to kill innocent civilians. His not firing makes other Stormtroopers suspect his gun was jammed (Captain Phasma and Kylo Ren were suspicious, but the slaughter helps along his Heel Realization nonetheless).
- Bloody Handprint: He gets one on his Stormtrooper helmet during the opening battle, and it seems to trigger a Heel Realization.
- Brainwashed: Subverted. After displaying blatant signs of nonconformity, Captain Phasma has him evaluated and sent to reconditioning, but it seems to have no effect whatsoever.
- Character Development: He eventually stops running away from the First Order and decides to fight against them. You can even see his "wants to run" eyes turn into "Let's Get Dangerous!" eyes when Kylo Ren hurts Rey. His arc in The Last Jedi sees Finn grow from someone who mainly looks out for himself and his friends to a proud Rebel, willing to risk giving his life to defeat the First Order.
- Child Soldiers: He was "recruited" at such a young age that he can't remember his family or his name (if he ever had one), and he implies that this is the standard for the First Order. They "recruit" very young children and infants and brainwash them, programming them to be fanatical and violent loyalists.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: He has a knack for risking his life for others regardless of his own well-being.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Like Han, Finn has a dark past, is on the run from vengeful bad guys, and initially is more interested in saving his own hide than helping the greater good. But unlike Han, who was always a self-serving loner, Finn spent his life in zealous devotion to a cause. Also, he has moral compunctions about shooting first.
- Convenient Coma: Falls into one at the end of The Force Awakens after getting stabbed In the Back in his duel with Kylo Ren.
- Cool Sword: Through the course of events on Takodana and Rey's own Refusal of the Call, the lightsaber of Anakin Skywalkernote ends up in his hands and he uses it against Kylo Ren. When he loses the duel, the lightsaber passes to Rey.
- Costume Evolution: By The Last Jedi, Finn has removed the last vestiges of his Stormtrooper armor, becoming a full fledged member of the Resistance.
- Cowardly Lion: Due to his background as a Stormtrooper, he's seen what atrocities the First Order is capable of, and believes they are too powerful to ever defeat. At first, his only goal is to get as far away from them as possible. Only after Rey is captured does he resolve to join the Resistance.
- Crippling Overspecialization: As Finn lampshades, he was trained from birth to do exactly one thing: be a Stormtrooper, which means point and shoot a blaster. He's not a pilot, he has no mechanical skill, and he has little if any melee combat training. When he is stuck with a melee weapon, he does bravely try to defend himself with it, but is always over-matched, and always searches for a blaster to switch to at the first opportunity. Once he manages to take a blaster rifle from a dead Stormtrooper, he's a very effective marksman with it (being the first major case of a Stormtrooper actually averting the Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy). In addition, being raised from birth as a child soldier, he has only the vaguest of knowledge about the overall galactic political situation. This is underscored by his teamwork with Rey, as marksmanship is one of the few things she isn't highly skilled at, otherwise being a jane-of-all-trades. She's been a scavenger for her whole life so she knows machine parts and how to repair them, she's a naturally skilled pilot, and from holding her own against street toughs on Jakku she's a good melee fighter.
- Curb-Stomp Cushion: While he's ultimately outmatched in his duel against Kylo Ren, Finn still manages to wound Kylo Ren in the arm, which helps Rey defeat him later. John Boyega has lampshaded that Finn shouldn't have lasted that long in an interview with MTV.
- Dangerous Deserter: Leaves the First Order and joins the Resistance.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was taken from his family when he was only a baby and was forced to undergo stormtrooper training.
- Deadpan Snarker: Finn has some lines humorously pointing out the sheer absurdity of what's going on around him.
- Decoy Protagonist: While he's The Hero for most of the movie and a co-lead alongside Rey by the time he crosses blades with Kylo Ren, he gets heavily injured, leaving Rey to take Kylo on and claim her role as the main protagonist. Also notable in the advertising of the movie, which shows Finn with the lightsaber and makes him out to be the new lead character/protagonist of the series. He's not. Rey is.
- Defector from Decadence: He leaves the First Order after witnessing their massacre of innocent people in the beginning of the film.
- Depending on the Writer: The film, novelization and Before the Awakening comic provide different versions of Finn's character and backstory within the First Order. The former two state that Finn was an unremarkable soldier who displayed no signs of nonconformity before his defection. The latter states that Finn was an elite recruit with a clear reluctance to shoot civilians during training simulations, and was thus ostracized by members of his own squad.
- Determinator: He keeps trying to fight off Kylo Ren after having one of Ren's crossguards slowly burned into his shoulder.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": His Heel–Face Turn is cemented by not wanting to be called FN-2187, eventually adopting the name "Finn."
- The Dulcinea Effect: He runs to Rey's defense the moment he sees her in danger.
- Establishing Character Moment:
- First seen stopping to help a mortally wounded stormtrooper. This simple act underscores both his humanity and how out of place he is as a stormtrooper, who never grudge casualties or assist the fallen.
- His storyline in Before the Awakening and a deleted scene similarly set during the raid on Jakku also adds on to his humanity the point that even through fear and First Order training, he'll still try to do what is morally right (stall for time to allow a fellow stormtrooper to catch up and regroup during a battle simulation in the former storyline, and sparing a random villager's life in the latter).
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Rey and Poe. The former bond after their escape from Jakku and the later have their Friendship Moment in a TIE fighter escaping from the First Order's base.
- Firing One-Handed: Uses a two-handed stormtrooper rifle one-handed on during the fight with Takodana, and scores kills with it near effortlessly.
- Fish out of Water: Having been raised from childhood to serve the First Order, he is clueless about how a lot of the world works once he leaves.
- Foil: Finn is one for Kylo Ren. He was raised in an abusive environment by the First Order and came out of it with his sense of morality intact, defected after refusing to kill innocent villagers on Jakku, and eventually joined the Resistance. Kylo Ren, meanwhile, was raised as part of a loving family but chose to be evil and destroyed Luke's fledling Jedi Order, joined the First Order and killed his father as a way to embrace the Dark Side even more.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The melancholic. Prone to anxiety and low self-esteem, but also empathetic and has a strong sense of justice.
- Geeky Turn-On: When cobbling together a plan to save the Resistance with Rose, she starts discussing mechanical terms and Finn jumps in with his own knowledge, both looking rather excited/impressed that someone else understands what they're talking about.
- Good Costume Switch:
- After escaping from the First Order, he gradually sheds his stormtrooper armor and completes his Heel–Face Turn by wearing Poe Dameron's jacket.
- By the time of The Last Jedi, Finn has switched from the black undershirt of his stormtrooper armor to a white open collar shirt, along with continuing to wear the earthy brown leather jacket Poe gave him.
- Good Is Dumb: Not dumb by any stroke, but he is very naive, despite being an incredibly nice guy.
- Guile Hero: What he lacks in Force affiliation and experience with fighting he makes up for by thinking on his feet. Case in point, he busts out Poe with a quick Bavarian Fire Drill. He only shows off more smarts from there.
- Guy in Back: When he and Poe steal a two-man TIE fighter, Poe flies while Finn takes the gunner's chair. Poe gives him a hurried crash course in shooting as they fight off their pursuers. Later, when he and Rey steal the Falcon to escape Jakku, he takes one of the turrets while Rey pilots.
- Heel–Face Turn: He ditches the First Order early on.
- Heel Realization: He makes it clear that he thinks that working with the First Order made him the "bad guy," even if it was only for a brief period of time and he ditched them after his first combat mission. The exact moment that this hits is when Phasma orders the other Stormtroopers to gun down innocent villagers.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Takes to wearing Poe's leather jacket. Poe thinks it suits him.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Stormtroopers have never been shown taking their helmets off (Phasma states that they're forbidden from doing so, at least while in action). So, the instant he takes his off, we see that he is becoming one of our heroes.
- Heroic Sacrifice:
- In The Force Awakens, he attempts to do this in the climax when Kylo Ren knocks out Rey before she and Finn can run to the Falcon. Knowing he is outmatched and will probably be killed, Finn nevertheless turns on Luke's lightsaber and goads Ren into fighting him, to buy time for Rey to recover and escape, and puts all his combat training into use. He loses, but not before giving Ren a long fight. Rey saves him, however, after she knocks out Ren, so that he lives.
- Attempted on Crait, when he tried to destroy the massive cannon. But Rose crashes into his speeder so he can't go through with it.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Played with: while he prefers blasters as his trained weapon, he takes up the lightsaber in the middle of the film when he decides to stand and fight against the First Order instead of running away. He's also heavily associated with the sword in most of the marketing, though this is a Red Herring, as Rey claims the lightsaber after he gets injured by Kylo Ren.
- Hidden Depths: Finn (then FN-2187) is first introduced as a Stormtrooper, but is quickly revealed to be a good person who wants nothing to do with serving as the First Order's tool.
- Honor Before Reason: His attempt at what he believes to be a Heroic Sacrifice on Crait, would have proven fruitless had Rose not intervened, as the Cannon would have decimated him before he even reached the shaft.
- Hope Bringer: Rose Tico in The Last Jedi sees Finn as a hero for what he did in the previous movie.
- Humble Goal: He wants to stop fighting and start a new life with Rey, in either a platonic or romantic relationship. With that said, he will put that goal aside if someone needs him.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Amusingly, Finn might very well be the most accurate Stormtrooper put to film. During a firefight, he is constantly on the run and fires his blaster while moving, several times with only one hand. Regardless, almost every shot lands dead in the center of his target's chest. He was top of his class, so his exceptional marksmanship is justified.
- In-Series Nickname:
- His old stormtrooper unit used to call him Eighty-Seven.
- Han takes to calling him "Big Deal" when Finn initially pretends to be a member of the Resistance.
- Insistent Terminology: Rather understandably, once he defects from the First Order, he insists on being called "Finn", not "FN-2187".
- Indy Ploy: Finn's greatest tactical asset is his ability to improvise. It's a hastily executed plan on Finn's part that ends up kicking off the plot of the movie, and he manages to figure out a way to disable the shields on Starkiller base even though he admitted not minutes before that he didn't personally know how.
- Insult Backfire: After he defeats Phasma in a fight, Finn takes his former commander's taunt as a badge of honor.Phasma: You were always scum.
Finn: Rebel scum.
- It Was a Gift: His jacket, which originally belonged to Poe. Technically he originally salvaged it from the wreck of their crashed TIE fighter, thinking Poe was dead, but when he tries to return it later Poe responds that it looks better on Finn.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: He's a good marksman, but not on the same league as Han and Chewie. He can wield a lightsaber, but not as proficiently as Kylo Ren or Rey.
- Line-of-Sight Name: Poe, not wanting to call him by a serial number, improvises "Finn" from "FN", the first two letters of his callsign. The former stromtrooper immediately takes a liking to it.
- Logical Latecomer: He starts out as this after his Heel–Face Turn; he's annoyed and shocked that anyone wants to return to the wasteland planet Jakku, and knows that one person alone can't stand against the First Order and its new weapon, which is why he wants to run. Towards the end he sheds this, as shown when he tells Han that the Force will guide them, and Han has to point out that the Force isn't omnipotent.
- Made of Iron: While it leaves him comatose, Finn survives the lightsaber wound to his back given to him by Kylo Ren.
- Meaningful Rename: Takes up the name "Finn" when Poe suggests it, signifying his rejection of You Are Number 6 and abandonment of the First Order.
- Minion with an F in Evil: He undergoes his Heel–Face Turn after his first mission. Supplementary material notes that he was an excellent team leader whose only fault during training was an odd reluctance to actually kill people.
- Mook: He starts out as just another stormtrooper before he defects after refusing to slaughter a village of innocent people.
- Mook–Face Turn: From faceless grunt to runaway to hero
- My God, What Have I Done?: Finn is horrified when he realizes that he indirectly allowed for Kylo Ren to capture Rey by leaving her. Even though he doesn't know the circumstances, he wasn't there when Ren threatened his friend and took her away.
- My Greatest Second Chance:
- Finn thinks that Poe died on Jakku. When he learns that BB-8 is Poe's buddy, and has the plans, he helps Rey as best as he can deliver BB-8 to the Resistance, only trying to leave when he thinks the mission is complete and he's not needed. He's very relieved to see that Poe survived the crash.
- He regrets leaving Rey to try and run from the First Order, which indirectly to her capture. Finn bluffs the Resistance so as to save her and take down Starkiller Base at the same time. Then when Kylo Ren prevents them from leaving, and he knocks out Rey, Finn refuses to run and leave her to Ren's mercy. He wields the lightsaber Maz gave him and prepares to die defending her.
- Mythology Gag: His operating number, 2187, is also the cell number Princess Leia was held in aboard the Death Star in A New Hope, which in turn was a Shout-Out to 21-87, an art film that inspired Star Wars creator George Lucas. Further, his call sign FN-2187 is based off the Fantastic Naming Convention in George Lucas' dystopian sci-fi film THX 1138.
- Neutral No Longer: Initially, after deserting from the First Order, all Finn wants is to get as far away from his former employers as possible. This changes when Rey is kidnapped by Kylo Ren, causing Finn to throw his lot in with the Resistance. Come The Last Jedi, he still prioritises his and Rey's safety over fighting the First Order, but meeting Rose and getting a greater sense of the galaxy around him ends up galvanising Finn to the point that he proudly proclaims himself a Rebel to Phasma, fully committing himself to the cause of the Resistance.
- Never Hurt an Innocent: Being ordered to kill innocent civilians in his first mission is what triggers his Heel Realization.
- Nice Guy: Astoundingly holding onto his sense of morality through a lifetime of abusive Child Soldier upbringing, Finn is a kind-hearted and compassionate soul who will unfailingly leap to the defense of a helpless innocent.
- No-Sell: Stormtrooper brainwashing doesn't affect him. Phasma is less than amused when she finds out.
- Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Whenever someone in the First Order called him a traitor, he would fight back in some form or another no matter who it was. Not even Kylo Ren.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: His initial motivation in The Force Awakens after defecting is to get as far away from the First Order as possible, but he decides to help the Resistance find BB-8 because he felt that he owed Poe that much—following that, he intends to get as far away from them as possible. Later on, his goal changes to something more noble, and he more or less admits on Starkiller Base that the key reason he agreed to take part in such a dangerous mission was due to his loyalty to Rey and nothing else. By the end of The Last Jedi, it appears as though he's fully committed to being a part of the Resistance itself.
- Odd Friendship: With Han, given how they interact with each other over the course of The Force Awakens. They both snark at each other, but Han makes it clear that he likes Finn and saves his life when he shoots Nines with Chewie's bowcaster. Following that, Finn is absolutely as horrified as Rey when they both witness Han's murder.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Justified, as his "real name" isn't really a name but a serial number/call sign.
- Overly Nervous Flop Sweat: Several scenes show him sweating profusely.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: He's a well-trained soldier, but he's not trained in the force or very skilled with a lightsaber, a common staple of the series. This almost gets him killed when he faces a foe with both lightsaber and force training.
- The Paragon Always Rebels: According to prequel material, Finn had the best scores of any Stormtrooper recruit and was singled out as officer material by Captain Phasma. His only flaw was his unwillingness and inability to shoot unarmed civilians, which becomes the reason he defects after he is forced to participate in a village massacre.
- Phrase Catcher: After his desertion, he is referred to as "TRAITOR!" by First Order members, including FN-2199, Kylo Ren, and Captain Phasma.
- Platonic Declaration of Love: To Rey: "We came back for you."
- Platonic Life-Partners: Despite some Ship Tease he had with Rey in Force Awakens, Word of God describes their relationship as this.
- Plot Armor: Not like the series never used it before, but the rathar scene in Force Awakens was probably the most on-the-nose case so far: the beasts immediately tear apart and devour everyone else they get a tentacle on, but when one catches Finn, for no apparent reason it just drags him along, giving Rey time to rescue him.
- Eagle-eyed viewers will notice one of the rathtars also dragged away one of the gangmembers before Finn was dragged away.
- Possession Implies Mastery: Despite not having any force powers or any training with the lightsaber, Finn is able to hold his own in a lightsaber duel with Kylo Ren.
- Precision F-Strike: In The Last Jedi, Finn utters the harshest language yet heard in a Star Wars film when he condemns DJ for betraying the Resistance to save his own neck.Finn: You murdering bastard!
- Properly Paranoid: Before entering Maz's castle, Finn asks Han if there's any chance there may be First Order sympathizers inside. Sure enough, they're recognized the moment they walk through the door.
- Redemption Earns Life: As a Stormtrooper, he would have died as a single Mook with no name or reputation. As a member of the Resistance, Rey saves him from dying and gives him a second chance.
- Redemption Promotion: In the First Order, he was an interchangeable Mook. On the side of the Resistance, he's becoming a hero.
- Resignations Not Accepted: The First Order wants to kill him for his desertion. Said desertion involved deciding not to slaughter innocent civilians, freeing the Order's prisoner, and killing other Stormtroopers in self-defence. By the time Finn crashed on Jakku the First Order had a lot more motivation to kill him than just him leaving their ranks.
- Rousseau Was Right: Twenty years of the First Order's brainwashing, and indoctrination was still not enough to destroy the fundamental decency of the little boy who grew up to be Finn.
- Say My Name: Screams Poe's name after their TIE Fighter crashes on Jakku, and does the same with Rey after she is kidnapped by Kylo Ren. He screams for Rey when he wakes up from his coma.
- Screaming Warrior: In his fights with Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens and Captain Phasma in The Last Jedi, Finn lets out a few aggressive shouts, either as battle cries or taunts for his opponent.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: His Character Arc in a nutshell; whether the "rules" are the First Order or simple self-preservation, Finn finds himself ignoring them when the chips are down. This is deconstructed in The Last Jedi, where his desire to help outside the rules puts a con artist in a position to betray him, Rose, and the entire Resistance.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
- He spends a significant part of The Force Awakens wanting nothing more than to get as far away from the First Order as possible. Maz eventually calls him out on it.
- Part of his story arc in The Last Jedi is based around him still having thoughts about whether he's really committed to the Resistance or if he wants to get as far away from the war as possible. His initial instinct after waking up is to find Rey and then run off with her.
- Ship Tease:
- With Rey. They develop a close friendship in a short span of time, Finn asks her at one point if she has a boyfriend, Rey is heartbroken when he tries to leave, Finn goes deep into enemy territory to rescue her, they reunite with a long embrace, and she kisses him on the forehead in the end while he's in a coma. In The Last Jedi, his first concern is how Rey is doing and making a safe place for her, and they immediately have a happy embrace upon reuiniting.
- With Rose in The Last Jedi. She fangirls over meeting him, they have a great teamwork and banter, shares several tender moments, and she even kisses him during the final battle. During the ending scene, he's also hovering over her comatose side, clearly worried.
- Spanner in the Works: Finn is the catalyst for the destruction of Starkiller Base and the discovery of where Luke is. His decision to defect and rescue Poe sets off a chain of events that puts the base schematics into the hands of the Resistance, it's his knowledge of the base's layout that allows the Resistance to exploit its weakness and destroy it, and it's his collaboration that leads to the Resistance getting the missing piece of the map. If it wasn't for Finn, the First Order almost certainly would have wiped out the Resistance and ran roughshod over the New Republic, and Rey would not have had a chance to discover she could use the Force.
- Supporting Protagonist: Initial advertising set him up to be the lead character of The Force Awakens, but the story is ultimately about Rey.
- That Man Is Dead: He wants to leave his past as the First Order Stormtrooper FN-2187 behind him. In the novelization, he even outright tells himself that "FN-2187" is dead.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: The novelization makes him out to be an unusual heroic example, where after the whole Jakku-Finalizer fiasco, the First Order considers him a traitor, and General Hux pores over everything they knew about Stormtrooper FN-2187, troubled that he had no clear "outbursts of individuality" before that day.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- Finn, the ex-stormtrooper, starts the film as a Cowardly Lion and remains one for much of it, but when Rey gets kidnapped, and later knocked out by Kylo Ren, he finally stops running. The change is complete when he ignites Luke's old lightsaber and duels Kylo Ren; he'd come quite a ways from thinking that running away was the only option.
- In The Last Jedi, he continues down this trajectory. After struggling with a standard Stormtrooper wielding a stun baton in The Force Awakens, he's able to best Phasma in a duel.
- Tragic Keepsake: Subverted in regards to Poe's jacket — given that Poe is the only friend he's had in his life at this point, and it's the only thing of his that he can find in the crashed TIE, it's set up to be a sad reminder of the apparent sacrifice he made. Then it turns out that Poe's alright after all, and he tries giving the jacket back, though Poe then tells him he can keep it.
- Tykebomb: He was raised by the First Order to be a soldier from a young age.
- The Unchosen One: Has no special lineage that we can see, doesn't have blatant Force sensitivity or a prophecy about him, as was the case with the Skywalkers. He didn't switch sides because he had to, but because he didn't want to be a mindless killer. Still wields a lightsaber when he needs a weapon, and deals a great blow to the First Order by rescuing Poe, BB8, and Rey. By the time The Last Jedi rolls around, the Resistance sees him as a Hope Bringer.
- Underestimating Badassery: Despite the fact that Finn rescued Poe and has rescued Rey, Kylo Ren doesn't see him as a threat. When Kylo Ren knocks out Rey in the climax, Finn drops his blaster to check on her, and turns his back. It's a prime opportunity to knock him out, Ren allows Finn to challenge him with a lightsaber, toys with him during the fight, and doesn't expect to get injured in the process. He still beats the former Stormtrooper, but Finn proves he doesn't go down easily.
- Unskilled, but Strong: It's established in-canon that lightsaber proficiency is something that doesn't come easily to most people — even those who are well-equipped in melee combat. Finn, however, is able to competently use the weapon in battle, and even though he's still outclassed by Kylo Ren, he's still able to singe his opponent.
- Villainous B.S.O.D.: Seeing Slip's death places him in a brief state of shell-shock that leads directly to his Heel Realization and Heel–Face Turn.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Han initially calls him out for lying to the Resistance and going to Starkiller Base just so he can rescue Rey. Fortunately, he more than makes up for it due to his knowledge of the installation.
- Would Hit a Girl: Finn gets into a brief but brutal fight with Phasma.
- Would Not Shoot a Civilian: In spite of the others having no qualms against killing Jakku villagers, he refuses to fire a single shot. Phasma mistakes this for his blaster being defective.
- You Are Number 6: "Finn" is a name only given to him by Poe. All his life, he's gone by his callsign FN-2187.
Commander Poe Dameron
Homeworld: Yavin IV
Callsign: Black Leader
Portrayed by: Oscar Isaac
Voiced by: Hugo Serrano (Latin American Spanish dub), Guillermo Romero (European Spanish dub), Fuminori Komatsu (Japanese dub), Benjamin Penamaria (European French dub)
Appears in: Star Wars Rebels note | Before the Awakening | Poe Dameron | The Force Awakens | The Last Jedi | Episode IXThe son of Rebel Alliance SpecForce soldier Kes Dameron and A-Wing pilot Shara Bey, Poe Dameron is an X-Wing pilot and commander of the Resistance Starfighter Corps. While serving in the New Republic Starfighter Corps, Poe was recruited into the Resistance alongside his squadron by General Leia Organa following an encounter with the First Order attacking civilian vessels that his superiors refused to follow up on. After uncovering information that the First Order is hunting for Lor San Tekka to locate Luke Skywalker, Poe is sent on a mission by General Leia Organa to find him before the First Order does. He is captured by the First Order, but is rescued by Finn, who needs a pilot to help him desert his post.
"We are the spark that will light the fire that will burn the First Order down."
- A Boy and His X: A man and his droid; Poe shouts, "BB-8 my buddy!" after they're reunited in The Force Awakens.
- The Ace: He has the personality and reputation to go with his Ace Pilot status; he's the best at what he does, and everyone knows it. The opening narration calls him "Leia's most daring pilot". Many of his interactions with Finn, especially later on, have Finn gushing over how awesome he is.
- Ace Pilot: He is the best and most daring pilot in the Resistance, a fact that is known even by Kylo Ren. He amply demonstrates it during the movie, picking up TIE fighter handling very quickly and making his next-gen X-wing dance: in a single, 20-second long shot, he scores 10 kills (enough to make him an actual ace twice over) all while flying more like an aerobatic stunt flyer, and strafing stormtroopers on the ground for good measure. His page in the Star Wars Character Encyclopedia has the header "Best Pilot in the Galaxy".
- Advertised Extra: In The Force Awakens, he helps Finn (and gives him his name), but then spends a sizable amount of the film as Chekhov M.I.A., only to come back meaningfully for three scenes. He has more to do in The Last Jedi.
- Aesop Amnesia: His arc in The Last Jedi is about becoming a true leader; he already learned that lesson in his own prequel series.
- The Apprentice: Poe is being trained as a leader by General Leia Organa, with some implication that he will act as her successor.
- Ambiguously Gay: He doesn't have a Love Interest and his romantic history is never discussed; The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary uses the unisex term "partner" to describe his potential lover; and Oscar Isaac, when asked about the character's sexuality, gave no definitive answer but admitted he’d be open to gay storylines. It helps that he has an easy chemistry with Finn, however one scene in The Force Awakens novelization (which The Last Jedi loosely copies), gives him some Ship Tease with Rey.
- Ascended Extra: Threefold. It started with J.J. Abrams revising The Force Awakens so that Poe survived the TIE Fighter crash. Afterwards, he starred in a prequel comic released between films. Finally, the character got promoted from a supporting role to the main cast of The Last Jedi – complete with a character arc.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Poe inverts this throughout The Last Jedi. Despite impressive flying which leads to the destruction of a dreadnought, Leia actually demotes him after the battle, as the attack accomplished little in terms of allowing the Resistance fleet to escape while costing the lives of numerous pilots and crewmembers. This is contrasted with the later battle of Crait, in which Poe displays newfound leadership traits in recognizing when not to press the attack at all costs.
- Badass Boast: Poe has no false modesty about his abilities as a pilot.Poe: I can fly anything.
- Badass in Distress: He was captured by the First Order early in his first film. Finn breaks him out.
- Bad Liar: According to supplementary materials.
- Band of Brothers: With the rest of Black Squadron, all of whom he considers more family than friend.
- Break the Haughty: He's very cocky and maverick in The Last Jedi, constantly rushing off against orders to get things done the way he wants. For this, he gets demoted, reprimanded multiple times, and his hot-headed attitude shoots the Resistance's escape plan in the foot. By the end of the film, he's learned his lesson.
- Bullying a Dragon: His behavior once brought before Kylo Ren, complete with complaining that the mask makes him hard to understand.
- Character Development: In The Last Jedi, Poe's Military Maverick attitude is deconstructed. His attempts to deal with the First Order quickly and end up causing more problems than intended. And he assumes Admiral Holdo's plans are cowardice and traitorous. He is proven wrong and is forced to realize how his hasty actions hurt the Resistance. As doing so, he begins to be more level-headed and act like a leader.
- The Cameo: His voice, specifically his defiant taunting of Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens, can be briefly heard alongside many other pivotal characters in the Star Wars canon as Ezra walks through the World Between Worlds in Star Wars Rebels, about 3 years prior to his birth.
- Chewing the Scenery: No part of his X-wing's cockpit is left un-gnawed during the battle on Takodana.
- Commanding Coolness: Poe's rank in the Resistance is Commander. He's very competent at his position, managing to demolish a First Order dreadnought that outgunned the entire rest of their fleet combined with only a couple dozen fighters and bombers, in the only unambiguous victory for the Resistance in The Last Jedi. Ironically, the latter accomplishment results in his demotion to Captain (he ignored Leia's orders to retreat and the attack cost the Resistance all of their bombers).
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Like Leia, Poe is a critical rebel agent whose capture is the inciting incident of the story, and whose rescue brings Finn into the conflict. But whereas Leia was a double agent, posing as an Imperial politician, Poe is already famous even among the bad guys as a daring Resistance hero.
- Cool Starship: Pilots a unique black X-wing.
- Danger Deadpan: Unlike previous Rebel squadron commanders Garvin Dreis, Luke Skywalker, and Wedge Antilles, Poe averts it. It's made very clear just how much he enjoys flying, and his dialogue in the cockpit is often quite excitable.
- Deadpan Snarker: He snarks at Kylo Ren constantly. The fallen Jedi doesn't appreciate it. A good example of Poe's snark comes after he's been tortured by the First Order to no avail, forcing Ren to take over.Kylo Ren: I'm impressed. No one's been able to get out of you what you did with the map.
Poe: You might want to rethink your technique.
- Decoy Protagonist: We're led to believe that he's The Hero of the story from the opening text to having a large chunk of the opening scenes be devoted to him, but he seemingly dies after he and Finn escape from the First Order, leaving Finn to become the protagonist. He turns out to have survived, but then plays a supporting role from then on.
- Defiant to the End: While he isn't killed, Poe refuses to show fear while being interrogated and tortured by Kylo Ren.Poe: The Resistance will not be intimidated by you...
- Depending on the Writer: A big problem regarding his characterization in the Expanded Universe and The Last Jedi, and one of the reasons why the film was so controversial following its release. In the former, Poe quit his job at the New Republic because he was tired of bureaucrats dismissing his comrades’ deaths. In the latter, Poe has no qualms about sacrificing dozens of people to destroy one enemy ship and justifying their demise as heroism.
- Disney Death: Finn presumes him dead when he can't find him in the wreckage of the TIE and the TIE is swallowed up by sand. It turns out later he's alive and back at the Resistance.
- Distressed Dude: He is captured by the First Order, and interrogated and tortured by Kylo Ren, before escaping with Finn's help.
- Easily Forgiven: Although his heart is in the right place, in The Last Jedi, the dude does stage a full-blown, blasters-drawn mutiny against his commanding officer. Leia and Vice Admiral Holdo simply chuckle over how spirited he is and consider it a lesson in command. Justified as Poe is still one of the Resistance's best soldiers and they can't afford to do much more to him.
- Establishing Character Moment: He's first seen receiving vital information for the Resistance, subsequently managing to send the information away by sacrificing his own safety and then snarking at his captor. It's made very clear to the audience that he's a brave, trustworthy, and cunning man who's loyal to the Resistance.
- Fatal Flaw: His pride and yearning to choose paths considered heroic for the Resistance. Leia however points out that means nothing to the resistance if they're dead, after the fleet loses all of their Bombers due to their "heroism".
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Finn. They have a Friendship Moment in a stolen TIE fighter while escaping.
- Foil: The Last Jedi presents Poe as one to Admiral Amilyn Holdo. They're both high-ranking Resistance officers who work closely with Leia, but unlike the more seasoned and restrained Holdo, Poe is young and often rash. While Holdo favours a passive strategy that she plays close to the vest, Poe prefers action and a more open style. Both of these end up having serious consequences for the Resistance; Holdo's secrecy leads Poe to mutiny against her, while Poe's impulsiveness costs many lives and inadvertently leaks the Resistance's plans to the First Order. They also strongly contrast in appearance; where Holdo prefers a stylish gown and dyed hair, Poe dresses in a simple leather jacket and doesn't seem to even style his hair. Their views on the Resistance show the similarity and contrast between them very well: Holdo, a strategist, sees the Resistance as the means of restoring the Republic, while Poe, a soldier, sees it as the means of ending the threat of the First Order. They see their goal differently, but it's still the same goal.Holdo: We are the spark that will light the fire that will restore the Republic.
Poe: We are the spark that'll light the fire that'll burn the First Order down.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The choleric. Charismatic and a good leader, but also impulsive and arrogant.
- Generation Xerox: He is a Resistance soldier and hand-picked agent of General Leia whose parents fought with Han and Leia in the Battle of Endor thirty years ago.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Starts out the film wearing a leather jacket. After believing that Poe had been killed, Finn takes it for himself, later keeping it with Poe's blessing after they reunite. In The Last Jedi, Poe has replaced it with a new, dark brown leather jacket.
- Heroic Lineage: His mother was an A-wing pilot who fought at the Battle of Endor, so piloting fighters for the Rebels is in his blood. His father was a rebel commando as well, and he's shown to be quite a rifle marksman like his father; the only shot he missed with his rifle was frozen in place by the Force.
- Hot-Blooded: Deconstructed in The Last Jedi by showing the consequences of jumping into action and exceeding orders.
- Improbable Piloting Skills: Poe is an unbelievably talented fighter pilot. At both Takodana and Starkiller Base he is practically a one-man squadron, taking a massive toll on First Order TIE Fighters and managing to fly into the weapon so that he can shoot out crucial systems from the inside and get back out alive! In The Last Jedi, he manages to take out a First Order dreadnought's surface cannons by himself.
- I Owe You My Life: Feels this way for Finn after the latter helps him escape from the First Order.
- It Runs in the Family: Like his parents before him, Poe is a devoted Rebel fighting against a dictatorial regime.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: He finally learns Leia's lesson of "there are problems you can't just solve by blowing things up" when he realizes the defensive skirmish on Crait against the battering-ram cannon is fruitless and orders his squadron to retreat.
- La Résistance: He is a major figure in the Resistance, and their foremost pilot.
- Large Ham: Poe is very enthusiastic, especially while he's flying.
- Leitmotif: Since he is the field leader of the Resistance, March of the Resistance often plays when he performs a heroic feat.
- Mauve Shirt: A subverted example—he's set up to be important only in the first twenty minutes of The Force Awakens only to apparently die in the TIE crash. However, it turns out that he was able to escape and meet with the rest of the Resistance forces on Takodana.
- Military Brat: Both of his parents were Rebel Alliance/New Republic military. His mother was an A-wing pilot during the Battle of Endor, and his father was a commando in Han's troop at the ground theater of that battle.
- Military Maverick: Poe is reckless and likely to disobey commands. This is deconstructed in The Last Jedi. In the opening, Poe leads a bombing run against the First Order dreadnought despite orders to retreat. This is successful, but results in heavy losses that the Resistance can't support. Next, Poe's far fetched plan to save the Resistance Fleet by disabling Snoke's flagship's hyperspace tracker completely fails, and only hamstrings Vice Admiral Holdo's more realistic plan to evacuate the fleet. Finally, he, Finn, and Rose lead a courageous sally against the First Order on Crait, which barely does any damage at all.
- Messy Hair: The Visual Guide explicitly mentions "tousled hair" as a character trait of his.
- Mind Probe: He is seen reacting with agony when Kylo Ren's hand is waved over his head. Despite his best efforts, the probe gives up the location of the map to Luke Skywalker.
- Missing Mom: His mother died when he was a child. He seems to have adopted Leia as a kind of substitute.
- Nerves of Steel: A requisite to be an Ace Pilot. Poe's coolness under stress is directly contrasted against Finn's trepidation as the two try to escape the First Order.Finn: Stay calm, stay calm...
Poe: I am calm.
Finn: I'm talking to myself.
- Nice Guy: A very warm individual and a loyal friend. This is demonstrated particularly with his interactions with Finn, who was working with his enemy scant hours before defecting—his friendship is genuine and unconditional.
- Pet the Dog: During the opening skirmish on Jakku, he manages to off several stormtroopers with blaster fire, but stops a moment when he spies a stormtrooper looking dazed and confused after his comrade is killed. Rather than shoot him, Poe chooses to let him live. That same stormtrooper is Finn, who would later help him escape.
- Raised by Grandparents: His maternal grandfather took care of him for the first few years of his life because his parents were busy with the war effort.
- Rebel Leader: As Commander of the Resistance Starfighter Corps, Poe is very much someone that the members, especially his pilots, look up to and trust. He lays out the plan for the attack on Starkiller Base, with the officers above him in rank assenting. As the leader of their X-wing squadrons, it is made clear that the other pilots, many of whom are less-experienced, draw a lot of confidence from having him in the air with them."We're with you Poe!"
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!:
- In the novelization, Poe disobeyed Leia's direct orders because he wanted to make sure the Millennium Falcon escaped from Starkiller Base before it exploded.
- In The Last Jedi stages a mutiny against Holdo and the other officers after believing they are fleeing like cowards instead of fighting like heroes, until Leia awakens and puts a quick end to it.
- Shout-Out: Poe's X-wing colors are Black and Gold and he is the best pilot in the resistance. This is the same as for Skull 1 in the Macross Universe.
- Strategy Versus Tactics: The Last Jedi has his character development focus on this idea, he's exceptional at seeing things on the ground level: taking his victories where he can and calls the ones who perish, heroes in the effort. However much of his planning is ill prepared for the long term, something Leia consistently hits him with; it's only in the finale where it finally hits him that he needs to start looking at the larger picture, especially when the force he's fighting with is so few in number as it is. Leia acknowledges his newfound perspective when he doesn't send what few soldiers are left to help with Luke's last stand - opting instead to trust him and in turn, lead the evacuation of the Resistance while Luke buys them time.
- Tragic Keepsake: According to the Visual Dictionary for The Last Jedi, Poe wears a necklace with his late mother's wedding ring attached to it.
- Trauma Conga Line: Given the brief timeframe between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Poe endures a lot of hardships without adequate time to cope. Altogether, he gets paralyzed by Kylo Ren; gets punched and frisked by Stormtroopers; witnesses the execution of war prisoners; gets physically and mentally tortured; has a near-fatal crash with a concussion and temporary amnesia; learns the New Republic was destroyed; loses comrades during an attack on Starkiller Base; sees Finn injured and comatose; leads a mission that causes the deaths of all his teammates; gets smacked, berated and demoted by General Leia; almost dies in an explosion that kills several more members of his squadron; gets belittled and dismissed in public by Admiral Holdo; gets shot by Leia; watches the First Order destroy mass numbers of escape pods while he's powerless to stop it; and leads another mission where even more people die. Miraculously, he’s still going strong by the end.
- Troll: He’s flippantly Defiant to the End when at Kylo Ren’s mercy, but he brilliantly vexes General Hux in the opening scene of The Last Jedi with a Prank Call in front of all of Hux’s staff. Of course, it’s a ploy to get the First Order to allow him to get close enough to the dreadnought to knock out its antiaircraft guns.
- Unexplained Recovery: It is unclear how Poe Dameron survived the crash and managed to return to the Resistance in such a short amount of time before he is seen leading the X-wing squadron during the Battle of Takodana. Finn asks that very question to Poe, but in the movie, Poe only gives a few details about where he landed before changing the topic to more important concerns. The novelization fills in the gaps: He wanders away from the crash just before Finn comes up to it, concussed and not hearing him. Poe helps a scavenger attacked by some thugs, and the man pays him back by flying him off planet where he can contact the Resistance for backup.
- Universal Driver's License: He's never flown a next-generation TIE Fighter before, yet figures its pilot controls and its gunner controls in less than a minute. In his own words, "I can fly anything".
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: A rare heroic example. Poe has a strong desire to do the right thing, and his ultimate goal is to protect the galaxy, but The Last Jedi shows that he's willing to use costly and ruthless methods to do so. The most blatant instances are disobeying Leia's direct orders and leading a Suicide Mission against a First Order battleship, and staging a mutiny against Admiral Holdo.
Performed by: Brian Herring, Dave Chapman
Voiced by: Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz (through a voice synthesis app)
Appears in: Before the Awakening | Poe Dameron | The Force Awakens | The Last Jedi | Episode IXPoe Dameron's astromech droid, BB-8 accompanies his owner and friend on his missions.
- Badass Adorable: Especially so in The Last Jedi. Namely, hijacking a AT-ST to help Finn and Rose onboard Snoke's flasgship.
- Beware the Cute Ones: BB-8 is a cute little droid but he demonstrates a ruthless streak and has no problem with inflicting pain.
- Big Brother Worship: He's "the new R2" and looks up to his predecessor, even insisting to project the final piece of the map himself just to show off to R2.
- Big Damn Heroes: Gets to be one in truly epic fashion in The Last Jedi, saving Finn and Rose at crucial times just as all hope seems lost.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To R2-D2. Visually, they're deliberately contrasting, with BB-8 as a small, basketball-sized sphere with orange accents, whereas R2 is a trash can-sized cylinder with blue accents. R2 is more of a mischievous prankster with limited mobility who stays out of combat and has little respect for anyone, while BB-8 is more of the Consummate Professional who's fast moving, combat-capable, and treats both his friends and predecessor with reverence. Finally, while R2 is almost always part of Those Two Guys with C-3PO, BB-8 usually works alone and has yet to be paired with a protocol droid partner.
- Consummate Professional: As stated above, he's much less prone to screwing with his colleagues than his predecessor R2.
- Cute Machines: He's one of the most adorable machines in fiction. Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment invoked as to whether or not he's cuter than his predecessor.
- Deliberately Cute Child: Robot variety. In this article, BB-8's designer implies that he knows how cute he is and uses that to manipulate people and accomplish his missions. He invokes this to get Rey to let him stay at her home.
- Do-Anything Robot: BB-8 is a next-generation astromech droid and thus a more advanced successor to the model line that R2-D2 is from. In addition to independent movement, he can maintain an X Wing, communicate, shock someone, and project information in holographic displays. As of The Last Jedi, he's also capable of hijacking and piloting AT-ST walkers, something even R2 could only dream of. BB-8's mechanics are thus intentionally left vague to allow for them to come up with different tools and functions for him when the plot or comedy demands it. The idea is apparently that he's being upgraded and changed behind-the-scenes, but that's not really important.
- Easily Detachable Robot Parts: BB-8's head isn't actually attached to him, just held there by magnets, so it comes right off with a good jolt and he's no worse for wear. His body just rolls over and puts it back on.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: While his predecessor had rocket boosters to propel himself where his wheels couldn't, BB-8's round body is limited to rolling on surfaces he can climb onto. How does he get around this limitation? By means of four grappling guns built into his chassis, which he can use to winch himself out of holes or swing over obstacles.
- Guy in Back: After he and Poe are reunited, BB-8 takes up his rightful place in the socket of Poe's X-wing during the attack on Starkiller Base.
- Improbable Weapon User: After being taken for a slot machine at Canto Bight, BB-8 weaponizes the coins inserted in him by rapidly firing them out at the prison guards.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Like R2, only talks in beeps, yet Rey, Poe and most of the others understand him.
- Kid-Appeal Character: Small, cute, and makes a popular toy.
- Meaningful Name: Abrams says that his name came from the fact that he resembled either two B's back-to-back or the number 8.
- Mythology Gag: His design is based on an early concept of R2-D2 that was scrapped due to the technological limitations of the time at which the original movie was made.
- Nice Guy: BB-8 is a sweet, demure, and loyal droid who will always be there for his master and his companions.
- One-Wheeled Wonder: He's essentially a droid head on a giant rolling sphere, and he rolls around on said sphere.
- Orange/Blue Contrast: When together with his predecessor and idol R2-D2, who uses the color blue, he provides this.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: The little guy single-handedly takes out three guards by himself in The Last Jedi.
- Plucky Comic Relief: BB-8 is a cute little guy who provides a lot of levity to the new trilogy, especially the rather dark (by Star Wars standards) Episode VIII. Rian Johnson called BB-8 "the Buster Keaton" of The Last Jedi due to his ability to inject humor into the film by just being the scrappy, adorable droid he is.
- Pulling Themselves Together: In The Last Jedi he gets smashed into a wall with enough force to separate his head from his body, but he rectifies this on his own some seconds later and comes out none the worse for wear.
- Punny Name: A ball-shaped character named "BB", as in BB-gun pellets? And "8", as in the best-known ball in pool?
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Does a robot version of this to get Rey to let him accompany her on Jakku.
- Recurring Element: A small cute unintelligible robot that rolls around like R2-D2.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Much like R2-D2 and C-3PO before him, he is able to show concern for his naturally living companions. In addition, he has some more expressive interactions than the average droid, including his method of doing a thumbs-up with his blowtorch.
- Robot Buddy: The droid serves as this to the new Power Trio, especially Poe and Rey.
- Shipper on Deck:
- Helps Finn as he tries to impress Rey.
- In "SaBBotage", a short story at the end of Poe Dameron Issue #1, BB-8 sabotages a Resistance pilot's X-wing to get him to talk to the tech officer he has a crush on.
- Shock and Awe: Like most astromechs, BB-8 has a taser, which he uses on Finn when he thinks Finn robbed Poe.
- Starfish Robots: A rolling sphere with a free-moving dome on top.
- This Is Gonna Suck: In The Last Jedi, he, of all characters, gets to say "I have a bad feeling about this..." right before a mission Poe is about to embark upon. Even General Leia, who has heard the line at least a few times before, agrees with him on that sentiment.
- Took a Level in Badass: He takes at least a hundred levels in The Last Jedi when he wires his cute little bubble body into the cockpit of a First Order AT-ST that's not quite suited for someone of his proportions and successfully pulls off a Big Damn Heroes moment that saves the lives of several other protagonists.
- Undying Loyalty: To Poe. When he sees that Finn is wearing Poe's leather jacket, BB-8 starts tasing him, infuriated at the idea of someone stealing from Poe.
- Use Your Head: A unique and hilarious non-combat example happens in The Last Jedi when Poe's X-Wing is hit by blaster fire that disables its weapons. BB's attempts to get the guns working again quickly spiral out of control when more and more subsystems start to fail. When he finally runs out of tools to poke them with, he headbutts the entire control panel in desperation. He gets zapped for his troubles but comes out okay, and the guns also come online again seconds later.
Homeworld: Hays Minor
Portrayed by: Kelly Marie Tran
Voiced by: Annie Rojas (Latin American Spanish dub), Ainhoa Martín (European Spanish dub), Kelly Marot (European French dub)
- Adorkable: Just try not to smile at the cuteness of Rose's eager excitement and glee at meeting her hero, Finn.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: When Finn asks her why she saved him at the risk of her own life, she repeats her character quote about how you win by saving what you love.
- Ascended Fangirl: She clearly fangirls over Finn when meeting him, before she realizes he's deserting. Later ends up joining her heroes.
- Badass Adorable: Though sweet, kind and cuddly, Rose's will is as iron-strong as her sister Paige's, and while not as well trained in combat as the other heroes on this page, is arguably the bravest of them all when in the defense of the innocent and helpless.
- Beware the Cute Ones: While looking as intimidating as her name, she reveals to Finn she already tasered three people who attempted to use an escape pod and desert before tasering him as well when she catches on he is attempting to leave as well (although he did it because he wants to find Rey).
- Big Beautiful Woman: Her round face and chubby figure only add to her cuteness.
- Big Brother Worship: The novelization establishes that Rose worships the ground Paige walks on.
- Big Damn Kiss: Plants one on Finn in the final battle, after throwing herself in the line of fire for him.
- Broken Pedestal: Her hero-worship of Finn can be practically heard shattering when she sees that he's trying to desert. Arguably not a bad thing, however, as it gives her a chance to know him for real.
- Establishing Character Moment: Twofold.
- She's introduced crying over her sister's Heroic Sacrifice while cradling her pendant, which is identical to the one Paige was wearing, but she quickly pulls herself together when she sees someone approaching the escape pods. This shows both her love for her sister and her professionalism despite personal grief.
- When she thinks that Finn is trying to desert the Resistance, she tasers him into unconsciousness without a moment's hesitation, despite gushing over him literally seconds earlier.
- Foil: For Finn. While he is a recognised hero of the Resistance, albeit one who's not wholly devoted to the cause, Rose is a simple maintenance worker who is extremely loyal to the Resistance. As demonstrated by their mission to Canto Bight, Finn is initially rather naïve about the greater galaxy, while Rose is much more experienced. They also contrast in their attitudes towards conflict; Finn remarks that it was worth trashing Canto Bight to get back at the war profiteers who reside there, while Rose only considers it worthwhile because the mistreated falthiers were freed, and later, when Finn attempts a Heroic Sacrifice to try and defeat the First Order, Rose intervenes to save him, believing that a conflict can only be truly won by saving lives, rather than sacrificing them.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The sanguine. Compassionate and very emotional, but also reckless.
- Geeky Turn-On: She warms back up to Finn when, as they start cobbling together a plan to save the Resistance, she starts discussing mechanical terms and he jumps in with his own knowledge.
- Good Is Not Soft: Rose is a sweet, kind young woman, but that doesn't stop her from tasing would-be deserters into submission when she needs to.
- Green-Eyed Monster: The novelization of The Last Jedi has her expressing resentment and jealousy over Finn's focus on saving Rey, though this is only partially because of her own interest in him—the other part is because he's willing to abandon the Resistance for it.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She saves Finn by crashing into his ship, injuring herself in the process.
- Hero-Worshipper: She's an absolute fan of Finn and sees him as a hero. She's downright wowed when he says "may the Force be with you" to her.
- It's Personal: She holds a grudge against the First Order because they kidnapped children from her home system to train them to be Stormtroopers, and then nuked the place once they had everything they wanted.
- Motor Mouth: Rose talks very rapidly when meeting Finn, blabbering excitedly about how much she's heard of him before switching topics to how she's already tasered deserters fast enough to give whiplash.
- Nice Girl: If her character quote didn't give it away, Rose is an absolute sweetheart, who despite her hate for the First Order cares more about saving and protecting even abused animals than getting back at them.
- No Social Skills: As she says, she stays behind pipes all day; "doing talking" is not her thing, and she noticeably stumbles and trips over her words when trying to initiate her first conversation with Finn.
- Non-Action Guy: She's a mechanic, not a soldier, and more or less useless in a fight. She'll still do her best when she needs to though.
- Second Episode Introduction: She's introduced in The Last Jedi.
- Ship Tease: With Finn in The Last Jedi. She fangirls over meeting him, they have a great teamwork and banter, shares several tender moments, and she even kisses him during the final battle. During the ending scene, he's also hovering over her comatose side, clearly worried.
- Sixth Ranger: She joins the team of Resistance protagonists that was established in The Force Awakens in its sequel, The Last Jedi.
- Tragic Keepsake: Her necklace, which was part of a matching set with her sister's.
- Tsundere: For Finn, especially in the novelization. She switches between snipping at him for his cowardice and admiring his more heroic traits. She even calls him "dummy" a few times in an affectionate manner.
- Undying Loyalty: She's loyal to the Resistance, as shown when she explains having to taser desertors trying to escape the Raddus.
- Unlikely Hero: Tran describes her as someone who never expected to be a hero.
- Wrench Wench: She's a Resistance maintenance worker, making her good with machines.