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An isolated desert world in the Western Reaches of the Inner Rim, Jakku was the site of the final major battle between the New Republic and Galactic Empire. Littered with the debris of that great conflict, the planet is now home to scavengers who eke out a living combing through the wreckage of hundreds of destroyed vessels for any salvageable technology.
- Ancient Conspiracy: Jakku is a major part of Palpatine's plans, including his contingency in the event he dies. It is home to one of the Observatories in the Galaxy, all of them looking beyond from the margins in different directions. Each of them have either ancient Sith artifacts, are meant to host powerful weapon designs or the weapons themselves, or are prisons for harnessing the life force of prisoners for unknown & strange purposes, but the Jakku Observatory is "part of the contingency". The Jakku Observatory is described as having computer mechanisms from an ancient civilization that was unidentifiable by Rax — he guesses either the Old Republic or the Sith Empire, with the computers holding a star chart that matches no known map, likely because it doesn't chart the known Galaxy.
- After the End: Palpatine states that Jakku used to be a green paradise until something happened...
- Interestingly, this is similar to the backstory of Tatooine back in Legends, which was glassed by the Rakatan Infinite Empire from a lush paradise to the dry and sandy desert planet we all know and love today.
- Crapsack World: The village of Tuanul doesn't seem too bad, but places like Niima Outpost are controlled by greedy scumbags like Unkar Plutt, who use access to food, water and other supplies to control the populace, forcing them to scavenge dangerous structures for parts to exchange. Due to the lack of ships, there's no real opportunity to get off the planet for a better life. Scavengers sometimes turn on each other to try and steal parts to get as many portions as possible and so people have some difficulty trusting or befriending each other, only looking out for themselves. Apparently, no one's got an issue with forcing little kids to be scavengers too and there is no real law or structure. The desert itself is quite dangerous, with Rey mentioning you can sink in the sand if you're not careful. Just about everybody thinks Jakku sucks:Luke Skywalker: Where are you from?Rey: Nowhere.Luke: No one's from nowhere.Rey: I'm from Jakku.Luke: Okay, so that pretty much is nowhere.
- Dug Too Deep: Intentional. Palpatine had a hole dug all the way to the core, and being inside that hole is a bit intense.
- Scavenger World: Most people living on Jakku make a living by scavenging the downed Rebel and Empire ships and equipment for parts that still function, in exchange for money, food or other supplies. Most of these were left behind in the aftermath of the Battle of Jakku, the final conflict in the Galactic Civil War. Rey, The Hero of the sequel trilogy, actually lives in an old AT-AT walker.
- Thirsty Desert: Rather like Tatooine, the planet seems to be all desert, with water supplies only to be found in populated areas. It's implied access to clean water is often controlled by junk traders like Plutt, along with access to food portions.
A isolated village in the Kelvin Ravine on Jakku populated mainly by the Church of the Force.
- All There in the Manual: Most of the info on Tuanul comes from the Visual Dictionary
- Hermit Guru: Not hermits as they are a village but they otherwise qualify. They live in a remote location, are highly spiritual, and emphasize simple lifestyles.
- Hidden Elf Village: It's not hidden but, according to "Rey's Survival Guide", Tuanul and other "sacred villages" are self-sufficient and have little contact with the outside world.
- Instant Militia: Many of the villagers are armed and fight back when the First Order attacks.
- Obligatory War-Crime Scene: The site of one in The Force Awakens.
- Thirsty Desert: They're located on a desert planet and are built around a vaporator cistern.
Lor San Tekka
An old ally of Leia's who is living in Jakku. San Tekka is a retired explorer and devotee of the Church of the Force who aided Luke Skywalker in gathering lost Jedi lore following the death of Emperor Sheev Palpatine.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: In his youth, he worked to recover Jedi knowledge suppressed by the Empire.
- All There in the Manual: His background is given in The Force Awakens visual dictionary and his Databank entry.
- Badass Baritone: An impressively deep voice, from a retired adventurer, loyal devotee to the Church of the Force, and a man who refuses to be intimidated by Kylo Ren, even unto his own death.
- Badass in Distress: He gets captured and imprisoned on Cato Neimoidia after breaking into a vault to examine a mysterious object crafted using the light and dark sides of the Force, causing the Resistance to launch a rescue mission.
- Cool Old Guy: He spends every second he is on screen exuding charisma and charm.
- Dead Star Walking: Max von Sydow appears briefly at the beginning of the film before his character is murdered by Kylo Ren.
- Defiant to the End: He refuses to be intimidated by Kylo Ren after his village is captured.
- Going Native: Poe Dameron learns that Tekka spent a couple years among the Crèche, learning their ways and earning the trust of the mostly xenophobic group.
- Good Shepherd: He is, if not a leader, then at least a member of the Church of the Force, a religion of non-Jedi dedicated to Jedi ideals.
- He Knows Too Much: He gets killed by Kylo Ren for having possessed the map to Luke Skywalker.
- Meaningful Name: In his youth, he worked to recover and preserve censored Jedi lore.
- Noodle Incident: He and Kylo Ren clearly know each other, with Ren commenting on Tekka's age and Tekka knowing Ren's true identity. Exactly when and how they met has yet to be established. Given that Tekka clearly knew Kylo Ren's mother and uncle, Leia and Luke, Kylo Ren would have had plenty of opportunities to meet him before he succumbed to the Dark Side.
- Remember the New Guy?: He's established as being a friend and ally to both Luke and Leia, but in his absolute first appearance (The Force Awakens), this is the first we've seen of him, and how he got to know either character isn't specified.
- Retired Badass: By the time of The Force Awakens, he has already retired from his life of exploration and adventure. The Poe Dameron comic reveals that he still does go on a few excursions to look at interesting artifacts.
- Small Role, Big Impact: In The Force Awakens, he shows up only to give Poe Dameron the MacGuffin before being killed by Kylo Ren, which sets the plot of the film into motion. The information given in other sources about his background guarantees he will be showing up in stories set before the film.
- Walking Spoiler: He's not in the film long enough to do anything that isn't plot-important.
- Wasteland Elder: He is the leader of the remote village Tuanul, being one of its eldest and wisest inhabitants.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: It isn't long before he's cut down by Kylo Ren.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Tries to convince Kylo Ren of this, remarking that, while the First Order rose from the Dark Side, Ren didn't. Ren disagrees.
A resident of Tuanul and a member of the Church of the Force. She is killed when the First Order attacks, looking for Lor San Tekka.
- Action Girl: Took up arms to protect her village from the First Order.
- All There in the Manual: She appears very briefly in The Force Awakens and has no lines but her character is expanded upon in the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary."
- Instant Militia: Not a professional soldier but grabs a blaster to defend her village from the First Order.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: She wears a "Sash of Balance" tied around her waist. It's unclear what exactly it is but it likely has some connection to the Church.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Wields a distinctive blaster pistol with a grip carved from a Dune Zaywar's tusk.
- Warrior Monk: Well, she is part of a Church that venerates Jedi ideals. She lives simply, rejecting comfort and luxury, and is willing to fight to defend her village.
An Abednedo who lives in Tuanul.
- All There in the Manual: Most information about him comes from the Visual Dictionary.
- Improvised Weapon: Part of his rifle is made out of a "salvaged industrial power shunt."
- Instant Militia: Joins the other residents of Tuanul in fighting a First Order attack.
- Pistol Whip: His rifle has a weighted stock designed to double as a club.
A female villager who takes up arms to defend Tuanul against the First Order. She is presumably killed in the attack.
A settlement filled with scavengers living off the wreckage of the Battle of Jakku.
A large Crolute, Plutt is the owner of a scrap business at Niima Outpost, which he has effectively taken control of through his provisions. He ruthlessly keeps the scavengers in line by being their only source of food and through the threat of violence by his thugs.
- Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: A variation - he gives food portions based on how much he needs them (or how desperate the scavengers are) as opposed to their actual financial worth.
- An Arm and a Leg: In the novelization, Chewbacca tears his arm off after he threatens Rey on Takodana.
- Bullying a Dragon: In the novelization, Chewbacca comes to Rey's aid when Unkar Plutt tracks her down on Takodana. He then taunts Chewbacca for only being able to use one arm, poking the wound. Let's just say that it's not too hard to imagine what happens next.
- Corrupt Hick: Alien version. According to "Rey's Survival Guide", he's the wealthiest and most powerful person in Niima Outpost.
- Dirty Old Man: Heavily implied in the novel about Rey's relationship with him. Plutt calls her a "lovely girl" constantly and touches her longer than necessary. On top of that, Rey is disgusted by his presence whenever she's near him and comments about his eyes being all over her.
- Expy: He's a fat alien crimelord on a desert planet, much like Jabba.
- Fat Bastard: A greedy, conniving cheapskate and the only inhabitant of Jakku who is well fed enough to be obese. He abuses his power with impunity and has his thugs try to steal what you refused to sell him.
- Hero Stole My Bike: Was the most current owner of the Millennium Falcon when Rey and Finn steal it in order to escape the First Order.Unkar Plutt: "THAT'S MIIIINE!"
- In-Series Nickname: It's revealed in Rey's Survival Guide that scavengers call him 'Blob Fish' behind his back. Appropriately, he resembles an anthropomorphized version of the Real Life blobfish (and like the blobfish, Crolutes are less flabby when in water).
- Jerkass: Plutt is a thoroughly unpleasant individual who exploits the scavengers.
- Lack of Empathy: His only reaction to a young Rey crying out for the guardian that has left her on Jakku is to simply yell "Quiet, girl!".
- Lesser of Two Evils: Between Unkar Plutt and Kryknod, the scavengers of Niima Outpost will go with the former.
- One-Gender Race: There are no female Crolutes; the only females on their native world are called Gilliands. This comes into play when two of his employees try to scam him using an AI claiming to be a female Crolute through a dating service.
- Only Shop in Town: Plutt rules Niima Outpost through his dealings alone, so his shop is the only place scavengers can get any food to survive.
- Parental Substitute: In a very loose sense, he was something of a corrupt parental figure to Rey, she having been sold to him as a child. Unlike Anakin Skywalker's owner Watto, Plutt doesn't seem to care for Rey beyond her ability to provide him with parts to sell and the novelisation has him act rather creepily towards her. Rey for her part spends most of her time wishing her real family would come back for her and grew up to be a kind and selfless young woman in spite of Plutt's influence.
- Pet the Dog:
- He had Roodown, formerly one of the best scavengers on Jakku, punished for a misunderstanding by cutting off his arms. Plutt later felt bad about what happened and allowed Roodown to get mechanical replacements so that he could do work for other scavengers around Niima.
- After Rey saves him from Zendiat's thugs, he pays her back the next day with thirty portions—enough to last her a while, having said earlier that he might as well since she's one of his best scavengers.
- Pragmatic Villainy: In Adventures, as Rey frees him from Zendiat and his goons, he makes it seem like he's about to ditch her, but he was actually distracting the gang and he escapes with Rey. When she asks why he didn't leave her behind, he cites that he needs Rey since she's his best scavenger.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Just a trader, who buys scrap metal from old starships... one of which is the Millenium Falcon.
- Villainous Breakdown: In the novelization, he takes almost getting Rey to trade him BB-8, then ("Conditions have changed.") losing him again, very badly.
A male Kyuzo who serves as a constable at Niima Outpost with his cousins Drego and Streehn.
- Ascended Extra: An unusual case. Zuvio was fully intended to be an important character, receiving promotional marketing, toys, and even a page in The Force Awakens' visual dictionary, but early in production he was heavily cut from the film, and in the final product, wound up as a barely-visible background character seen in only a couple of frames. He was thus Demoted to Extra in production, but he was reinstated into significance by virtue of having a short story about him.
- Blade on a Stick: His main weapon.
- Dirty Cop: Mildly. He has a sense of honor and justice typical for Kyuzo, and he and his men are decent guys and keep Unkar's thugs from going too far, but ultimately even they are in Plutt's pocket.
- Nice Hat: He and his cousins all wear Kyuzo war helmets, which given the western vibes Zuvio gives off, appropriately resemble cowboy hats to a degree.
- Quick Draw: One of his talents.
- The Sheriff: He's a constable on Jakku and his short story draws heavily from Western tropes.
A diminutive scavenger who travels around Jakku on a Luggabeast. He attempts to capture BB-8, but is stopped by Rey.
A male Nu-Cosian who wanders Jakku selling exotic animals.
- Ascended Extra: He is a background character in The Force Awakens but is the protagonist of his own short story.
- The Beastmaster: His collection pets helps him escape the Death Star.
- Been There, Shaped History: He tells a story in which he was a prisoner on the Death Star during the events of A New Hope and how he and his animal friends were the ones who truly destroyed the Death Star.
- David vs. Goliath: Tells a story about a small creature defeating a powerful enemy to calm villagers who were captured by slavers.
- Nice Guy: He's a kindly old storyteller, and as we see in an issue of Adventures, if Rey likes him enough to be concerned when he gets bullied by thugs, that says something about him.
- The Storyteller: It's even one of his nicknames.
A long-time rival of Unkar Plutt, who he wanted to steal the position of junk boss of Niima Outpost from. When Plutt got kidnapped by Zool Zendiat and his gang, Krynodd took the opportunity to dub himself the new junk boss, but proved to be unpopular enough for Rey to rescue Plutt and put him back in charge.
CZ-1G5 (a.k.a. Seezy)
A secretary droid from Niima Outpost who assists Constable Zuvio until he robs a banking transport.
- Big Bad Friend: The droid is the closest thing Zuvio has to a friend until he robs a banking transport and Zuvio has to hunt him down. Subverted when it's realized that Seezy was fitted with a restraining bolt and forced to rob the transport.
- Quick Draw: Though he's not programmed for combat, he can move extremely quickly due to his intended purpose as a secretary droid.
- Robot Maid: He's a secretary droid.
- Trapped in Villainy: He was secretly fitted with a restraining bolt, which forced him to do the bidding of the real bank robber.
A human scavenger in Niima Outpost who knows Rey.
- Anti-Villain: Despite conning Rey and stealing the vessel, Devi is just desperate to get off Jakku and means her no harm. Devi even suggested that she, Rey, and Strunk all leave together.
- Little Miss Con Artist: Acts friendly towards Rey, helps her fix up a ship, and saves her life. Then, when Rey leaves her and Strunk alone with the ship, they take off with it. They never wanted to sell the ship. They only wanted to get off Jakku.
- Wrench Wench: She helps Rey fix up a ship that she finds and intends to sell.
A human scavenger who partners with Devi.
A female Crolute who meets Unkar Plutt through a HoloNet dating service. Actually an AI created by two of Plutt's disgruntled employees to scam him out of his wealth.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: She's originally an AI created to pose as a potential love interest. However, she genuinely falls in love with Plutt and betrays her creators.
- Arranged Marriage: Tanandra claims to be forced into an arranged marriage. Plutt convinces her to accept his help by revealing where he stashes his wealth, including valuable chromium ingots. Plutt's wealth is a lie created to draw out whoever is trying to scam him.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Tanandra's creators repeatedly threaten to delete her if she doesn't produce results. Later, after their ruse is discovered, Plutt takes her as his own personal servant AI.
- Dating Service Disaster: Her creators use a dating service to make her into a pen pal to Unkar, hoping he'd fall in love with her and reveal where he stashes his wealth.
- Ignored Enamored Underling: Ends up as this to Unkar.
- In Love with the Mark: She was created to scam Unkar but genuinely falls in love with him.
- Spotting the Thread: Tanandra's creators claim she's a female Crolute. Unkar is immediately suspicious as Crolutes are a One-Gender Race. However, he plays along to draw out whoever's trying to scam him.
A male human who works for Unkar Plutt. He and Davjan Igo try to scam their boss.
- Dating Service Disaster: He and Igo create the AI Tanandra to pretend to be a female Crolute, get Unkar to fall in love with her, and get him to send her money.
- Involuntary Battle to the Death: His and Igo's fate. Unkar locks them in an old AT-AT with enough supplies for a month but only for one person. It's unclear which of them survives.
A male Trandoshan who works with Scoggan to scam Unkar Plutt.