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- Affirmative Action Legacy: By their actors, the core heroes of both the original and prequel trilogies were two Caucasian men and a Caucasian woman; the original trilogy also had an African-American man as a Sixth Ranger. Here we have one Caucasian woman as the lead, a Vietnamese woman, a Grenadian-British 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, a black female and a robot.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Rey (phlegmatic), Finn (melancholic), Poe (choleric), Rose (sanguine), and BB-8 (eclectic).
- The Friends Who Never Hang:
- Poe and Rey. They are part of a Power Trio along with Finn, but they don't actually meet until the final minutes of The Last Jedi, the second film of the Sequel Trilogy. In The Rise of Skywalker they barely interact one-on-one and when they do, they tend to argue or criticize each other (and it's insinuated this is a regular thing), with Finn as a mediator. The creators were likely going for a Vitriolic Best Buds dynamic, but seeing how little they interact, it can come off more that they only tolerate each other because a) they're fighting on the same side and b) they're both best friends with Finn. The ending alleviates it a bit by having them share a heartfelt hug with Finn, but overall the films don't portray them as being especially close.
- Rose becomes close to Finn and allies with Poe in The Last Jedi, but only interacts with Rey in the Expanded Universe. And then in The Rise of Skywalker she's Demoted to Extra and barely interacts with any of them.
- Jannah has minimal interactions with Poe and Rey, spending most of her time with Finn, although in fairness they don't meet Jannah until over halfway through the final film and they have other things to focus on besides having a friendly chit-chat, like stopping Palpatine and his planet-destroying space fleet.
- Gender-Equal Ensemble: Two boys (Poe and Finn), two girls (Rey and Rose/Jannah) 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. The group is together for most of The Rise of Skywalker (except for Rose, who has been Demoted to Extra), later joined by another Sixth Ranger, Jannah. Rey ends up going off by herself in the third act and they're all reunited following the Battle of Exegol.
- Recurring Element: They each have composite and decomposite 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; The Rise of Skywalker also reveals he used to smuggle spice. 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.
- Two Guys and a Girl: The Rise of Skywalker mostly focuses on Rey (the girl) and Poe and Finn (the two guys), unless one also counts Chewbacca and BB-8.
- Working-Class Hero: While the main protagonists of both the Prequel and Original Trilogies had at least one member who came from an upper-class background, all the heroes of Sequel Trilogy seemingly have humble roots; Rey is a Randomly Gifted scavenger, Finn is an ex-stormtrooper who worked in sanitation, Rose is a maintenance worker and Poe is a pilot. Poe is potentially a downplayed example, as he holds a reasonably high rank in the Resistance and both his parents were heroes of the Galactic Civil War, but none of them are royalty, nobility, politicians or anything of that ilk. Rey subverts this when it's revealed she's actually the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine, but her parents chose to be ordinary junk traders, and she herself was raised in poverty and rejects her heritage.
General Poe Dameron
Homeworld: Yavin IV
Callsign: Black Leader
Voiced by: Lex Lang (Battlefront II) Hugo Serrano (Latin American Spanish dub), Guillermo Romero (European Spanish dub), Fuminori Komatsu (Japanese dub), Benjamin Penamaria (European French dub)
Appearances: Rebels note | Poe Dameron: Free Fall | Age of Resistance | Before the Awakening | Adventures | C-3PO | Poe Dameron | Resistance | Join the Resistance | The Force Awakens | The Last Jedi | Resistance Reborn | Allegiance | The Rise of Skywalker
The 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.
- 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".
- Amusingly, as The Rise of Skywalker shows, Poe has a little trouble with helming the signature Cool Ship of the series, the Millenium Falcon.
- Actually a Good Idea: His reaction when he is finally told all of Holdo's plan to secretly evacuate the Resistance to Crait and call for help from a defendable base.
- 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 the third act. 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.
- All-Loving Hero: Has shades of this, accepting Finn without hesitation when the latter breaks him out of the Finalizer, pleading with Kylo openly to spare the residents of the Jakku village (if you listen closely when Poes being dragged away, hes openly saying, No, no! and struggling against the stormtroopers grip), accepting Huxs Enemy Mine moment in The Rise of Skywalker quicker than Finn does, and even in The Last Jedi he does what he does because he cares deeply about the Resistance and doesnt want any more loss of life. One could say that Poes love of and faith in people is his greatest strength and greatest weakness. Another example is in Freefall, when he spares the life of a Republic officer who hates him. Its an unusual example, showing how this trope can go overboard if youre not careful. But it is one of the most beautiful, and most overlooked, things about Poe.
- Ambiguously Bi: 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 and admitted he'd be open to gay storylines. It helps that he has an easy chemistry with Finn. However, one scene in the The Force Awakens novelization (loosely copied in The Last Jedi), gives him some Ship Tease with Rey and it's strongly implied in The Rise of Skywalker he was once in a relationship with Zorii Bliss, to whom he is still attracted to an extent.
- Analogy Backfire: Played for Laughs in The Rise of Skywalker. When Rey and Finn express shock that he used to smuggle spice, Poe becomes defensive and states they used to be a scavenger and stormtrooper, respectively, with the implication being they aren't in a position to judge him. However, Finn never had a choice about being a stormtrooper (and quit the moment he was ordered to kill civilians), while as far as is known, scavenging isn't an illegal or morally questionable profession (and like Finn, Rey never had a choice in the matter).
- Anti-Hero: Poe is usually just a straight-up hero, but in The Last Jedi he starts to slide towards being a Pragmatic Hero, using increasingly risky and ruthless methods to combat the First Order and outright rebelling against Admiral Holdo due to a disagreement in leadership. He tones it down by the end of the film, though, becoming unwilling to sacrifice his comrades for a slim chance at victory.
- The Apprentice: Poe is being trained as a leader by General Leia Organa, with some implication that he will act as her successor.
- 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.
- The Atoner: Following his mutiny against Admiral Holdo leading to the deaths of most of the Resistance, Poe works to regain the trust of those who remain as they rebuild, particularly new recruits who served with Holdo during the Galactic Civil War and learn of Poe's actions after joining.
- Backstory of the Day: The Rise of Skywalker reveals he used to smuggle spice on Kijimi and thus knows someone there who can hack C-3PO so he can translate a Sith dagger's inscription. This had never been mentioned or implied before, not even in his prequel comic. Prior to this film, he's consistently been depicted only as being a New Republic pilot before joining the Resistance.
- 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.
- Bratty Teenager: In Poe Dameron: Free Fall, he constantly argues with his father and sometimes L'ulo and he runs away from home.
- Bullying a Dragon: His behavior once brought before Kylo Ren, complete with complaining that the mask makes him hard to understand.
- 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 Rebels, about three years prior to his birth.
- 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.
- Characterization Marches On: His status as a hot head who plays by his own rules is central to his role in the second installment, but his portrayal in the first film doesn't really hint at anything like that, with Poe being very agreeable and perfectly following the orders given to him. Then the last film plays up his confrontational side, with Poe indulging in quite a bit of bickering in contrast to being an exceedingly Nice Guy in he first film.
- 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); in Poe Dameron Leia promotes him back to Commander.
- 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. Also to Han Solo. While they're both cocky and hot-headed Ace Pilots, Han starts out as a cynical smuggler who's Only in It for the Money, while Poe is already a devoted and high-ranking member of the Resistance, who helps others out of altruism. It's also revealed that Poe used to smuggle spice but gave it up after being recruited by the Resistance.
- Cool Starship: Pilots a unique black X-wing appropriately codenamed Black One, until it gets blown up by Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi .
- 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.
- In Rise of Skywalker instead of a New Republic pilot it's revealed he was a spice smuggler before joining the Resistance.
- Despair Event Horizon: He begins to cross it during the Battle of Exegol, as the Resistance fleet is hopelessly outnumbered by the First Order. As his comrades frantically ask him for orders or are shot down around him, Poe can only apologize for failing them, sounding nearly tearful. It doesn't last long though, as Lando soon arrives with a massive fleet to aid them.
- 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.
- Expecting Someone Taller: When he meets Holdo for the first time, he is surprised and openly states she's "not what I expected". Having heard of Holdo's previous feats in battle, he obviously wasn't expecting an ethereal, purple-haired woman in a floor-length gown to be a Vice Admiral.
- Fatal Flaw: Poe has two: his first flaw is his pride and his second flaw is his 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-Star Badass: Leia field-promotes Poe before her final act and his return to the base.
- 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.
- The Good Captain: After Leia demotes him from Commander to Captain in The Last Jedi, he's still one of the good guys and doing whatever he can to save the Resistance and the galaxy, although his some of his methods do end up being misguided. However, his heart is definitely in the right place and he eventually gets promoted back to Commander again.
- Hated Hometown: Hates his home planet of Yavin 4- calls it a dead-end boring moon.
- Heel Realization: Has this throughout Poe Dameron: Free Fall. Runs away from home, accidentally joins the Spice Runners of Kijimi, fakes his kidnapping and later realizes this isn't the life he wanted. He fixes this by foiling Zeva Bliss's plan and abandoning the Spice Runners of Kijimi.
- 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.
- Holding the Floor: Most apparent in The Last Jedi when he stalls Hux for time via an extended prank call. His Defiant to the End taunting of Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens also keeps Ren's attention on him and not on the escaping droid.
- Hot-Blooded: Poe is confident (sometimes to the point of arrogance), impulsive, enthusiastic and a passionate supporter of the Resistance. This is deconstructed in The Last Jedi by showing the consequences of jumping into action without thinking 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.
- The Leader: Downplayed, as he's not the overarching leader of the Resistance (though it's implied Leia is mentoring him for the position), but he is the commander of the Resistance's pilots. He also briefly takes control of the Resistance in The Last Jedi after staging a mutiny. He is types Headstrong and Charismatic, inspiring a great deal of loyalty and confidence in those under him, throwing himself into the front lines and pulling off crazy stunts to win battles. This is deconstructed to an extent in The Last Jedi, where his more reckless actions cause those who follow him to be unnecessarily endangered or even killed. He starts to realise this by the end and seems to be trying to incorporate more Levelheaded traits. By the third act of The Rise of Skywalker he officially becomes the Resistance's main leader after Leia's death.
- Leader Wannabe: In The Last Jedi, after Leia is rendered unconscious and Holdo takes command. Poe views her as being incompetent and untrustworthy and starts coming up with missions behind her back to try and save the Resistance, even staging a mutiny late in the film.
- Leitmotif: Since he is the field leader of the Resistance, March of the Resistance often plays when he performs a heroic feat.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: Kes wants Poe to live a peaceful life on Yavin 4, but Poe wants adventure.
- Magnetic Hero: Poe very quickly befriends Finn and is clearly well-loved and trusted in the Resistance. The other pilots look up to him and follow him without question. In The Last Jedi, he is actually able to pull off a mutiny against Holdo with the amount of supporters he has.
- 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.
- Messy Hair: The Visual Guide explicitly mentions "tousled hair" as a character trait of his. Given he's a fighting a war, he doesn't really have a lot of time for personal grooming and it fits with his bold, headstrong personality.
- 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.
- Missed Him by That Much: Lampshades this in the comics — since he, Finn, and Rey were all on Jakku at roughly the same time, the three of them could have all met much earlier had the timing been just a bit different at certain points.
- 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.
- Nepotism: Poe's first act as general of the Resistance is to promote his best friend to general as well. In fairness to him, Poe trusts Finn with his life and Finn has previously proven himself in combat.
- 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.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Twice in The Last Jedi, both to tragic results. At the start of the film, he ignores General Leia's direct orders to call off an attack on a dreadnought: while the attack manages to eventually take out the dreadnought, the entire bombing fleet dies in the attempt. The second time is equally tragic: despite being demoted, Poe takes it upon himself to question Vice-Admiral Holdo's plan, and when he is Locked Out of the Loop, he creates his own secret plan and then further stages a mutiny. When he does learn of Holdo's plan, he blabs about it to Finn over the radio, which DJ overhears, which leads to the First Order learning Holdo's plan (which is to evacuate the entire alliance on transport ships with cloaking devices while Holdo herself acts as a distraction) when DJ sells them out. Armed with this knowledge, the First Order begins slaughtering the defenseless rebels onboard the transport ships until Holdo's Heroic Sacrifice - which she would never have had to make if Poe hadn't inadvertently given her plan away to the enemy. Poe's interference and insubordination leads to even more deaths. It's clear he learns this the hard way, at the very moment he realizes what Holdo intends to do: the horror on his face says it all.
- Not So Stoic: As seen in Resistance, Poe Dameron, Ace Pilot and unflappable man of action, absolutely despises Kowakian monkey-lizards. Not that you can blame him for it.
- Percussive Therapy: Upon learning of Holdo's plan to evacuate the Resistance onto transports (where they'll be defenceless against the First Order), he blows up and starts kicking things and throwing chairs.
- 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.
- Rank Up: One of Leia's final acts is to promote him to the rank of general.
- "Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives Vice Admiral Holdo one when he learns her plan to save the Resistance seemingly just involves evacuating everyone onto tiny, unarmed transports, calling her a coward and a traitor. He eats his words later though, after he discovers this was only one part of Holdo's plan; the transports have been fitted with cloaking devices to get everyone to a nearby Rebel base to call for help, while Holdo stays behind to distract the First Order. Upon learning this, Poe actually develops some respect for Holdo.
- 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. He eventually takes Leia's place as the overarching Resistance leader."We're with you Poe!"
- Replacement Goldfish: Possibly for Leia, in regards to her lost son, with Oscar Isaac describing Poe as being "in some ways a surrogate son". Poe is roughly the same age as Kylo Ren (Kylo's about 29, Poe is slightly older at 32), is also an Ace Pilot and is one of Leia's most trusted agents. She appears to be mentoring him for a leadership position in the Resistance and is clearly fond of him. He likely fills the roles she'd have given to Ben Solo if he hadn't fallen to the dark side.
- Ring on a Necklace: Poe wears a ring on a necklace, though it's not clearly shown. The Visual Dictionary states that the ring is his late mother's wedding band and that he's "waiting to share it with the right partner someday".
- 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, he 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.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: In The Force Awakens, Poe is seen in either his light brown jacket or his bright orange flight suit. The flight suit sticks around in The Last Jedi, but his jacket is now much darker, reflecting that he's no longer the unambiguously heroic character he'd previously been. He's now a more flawed character whose decisions, right or wrong, cost many Resistance lives.
- 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.
- Stuff Blowing Up: His favorite way of dealing with problems is to jump in a X-Wing and blow something up. Also, when he learns that the First Order flagship is capable of tracking Resistance ships through hyperspace, his first thought is to blow it up.
- 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 numerous escape pods while he's powerless to stop it; and leads another mission where most of the soldiers die. Miraculously, he's still going strong by the end.
- In Poe Dameron: Free Fall, he crashes his mother's A-wing beyond repair, gets into a huge fight with his father, runs away from home and accidentally joins the Spice Runners of Kijimi, is stabbed in the side by Ledesmar, after his father and L'ulo track him down, Kes is bitten by a poisonous alien and is possibly dying, his mentor is killed in front of him, Zorii becomes emotionally and physically abusive towards him, gets beat up by Zorii after he refuses to take part in Zeva's plan, his only friend EV-6B6 is destroyed, he is almost strangled to death, gets sliced up like a turkey by Zeva, then he finally runs away from the Spice Runners as Zorii screams after him angrily, then he went on the run.
- 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. His comic tells a similar story, except it's the scavenger's friend who helps him fly offworld, and he borrows the ship to reach the Resistance.
- 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.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Both Sela Trune and L'ulo L'ampar give him this speech in Poe Dameron: Free Fall after he joins the Spice Runners of Kijimi.
- Downplayed. He calls out Rey in The Rise of Skywalker for spending all her time training, as he believes she's their best fighter and thinks she should be on the front lines. He's also dismayed when Rey flies off by herself following her duel with Kylo on Kef Bir, though in this case Finn gently chastises him, saying Poe doesn't understand what Rey is fighting against (not just physically but within herself).
- When All You Have is a Hammer : He's an Ace Pilot. He's phenomenal at blowing stuff up from a ship, and tends to default to that as his first course of action.
- You Are in Command Now: In The Rise of Skywalker, he unexpectedly discovers that Leia has died and her final order was that he succeed her as the Resistance's main leader. Poe ends up leading the Resistance and their allies in their final battle against the First Order.
Voiced by: Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz (through a voice synthesis app)
Appearances: Age of Resistance | Before the Awakening | Adventures | C-3PO | Droids Unplugged | Poe Dameron | Resistance | Join the Resistance | The Force Awakens | Forces of Destiny | The Last Jedi | Resistance Reborn | Allegiance | The Rise of Skywalker
Poe 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 flagship.
- 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. There's some debate as to whether BB-8 or R2-D2 is the cuter droid.
- 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.
- Demoted to Extra: BB-8 has significant roles in The Force Awakens, where he's carrying the map to Ahch-To and so is hunted by the First Order, and The Last Jedi, where he gets Finn and Rose out of some serious scrapes. In The Rise of Skywalker he still tags along with the heroes on their quest, but doesn't contribute anything important and is mostly relegated to the background.
- 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.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The eclectic, given his lack of a defined personality.
- 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.
- Official Couple: With Ivee in the "Legend Found" arc of the Poe Dameron comic. It doesn't last due to Ivee performing a Heroic Sacrifice, although BB-8 seems to be moving on to CB-23 in Resistance.
- 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) The Force Awakens. 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.
Commander Rose Tico
Homeworld: Hays Minor
Voiced by: Annie Rojas (Latin American Spanish dub), Ainhoa Martín (European Spanish dub), Kelly Marot (European French dub)
Appearances: Age of Resistance | Cobalt Squadron | Adventures | Adventures: Forces of Destiny | The Last Jedi | Resistance Reborn | Allegiance | Forces of Destiny | The Rise of Skywalker
A maintenance worker in the Resistance. She is the younger sister of Paige Tico, a Resistance gunner in Colbalt Squadron. After meeting Finn during the evacuation of D'Qar, Rose joins him on a mission to deactivate the First Order's hyperspace tracking device. Following the Battle of Crait, Rose was promoted to the head of the Engineering Corps as the Resistance rebuilt from its losses and continued the war against the First Order.
- Aborted Arc: The Last Jedi sets up a possible romance arc between Rose and Finn, however in The Rise of Skywalker any romance between them is completely unacknowledged and they barely even interact beyond professional courtesy. The novel Resistance: Reborn briefly mentions that Finn and Rose ultimately decided not to pursue a relationship, but beyond that it isn't addressed at all.
- Action Survivor: Unlike the other main protagonists, Rose is not a trained combatant, but a maintenance worker. However, she still tases would-be deserters, accompanies Finn on the mission to find a codebreaker, manages to escape the local security on Canto Bight, escapes Stormtroopers on the Supremacy and joins the Resistance fighters to defend the base on Crait. In The Rise of Skywalker she also participates in the final battle on Exegol, where the Resistance need every fighter they can get.
- Advertised Extra: She is featured on theatrical release posters for The Rise of Skywalker, gets her own character poster and shows up in some of the trailers, but has only a handful of scenes in the movie itself (amounting to less than two minutes of screen time) and does nothing significant.
- All Love Is Unrequited: She develops a crush on Finn in The Last Jedi, but while they become friends he never truly reciprocates her romantic feelings (he looks quite surprised and doesn't respond when she kisses him). Finn mentions in Resistance Reborn that after talking with Rose about it, they decided to just stay friends and they never bring it up again. A year later, Rose is still friendly with Finn and so presumably has no hard feelings over it.
- 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 perhaps the bravest of them all when in the defense of the innocent and helpless.
- Better as Friends: In Resistance Reborn, Finn says that after talking about Rose kissing him on Crait, they ultimately decided they just wanted to be friends, or at least that's what Finn says (we don't hear Rose's side).
- 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. Turns out to not be such a bad thing, however, as it gives her a chance to know him for real.
- The Cutie: She is socially awkward, yet generally friendly and sweet-natured.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She and her sister Paige grew up in an impoverished mining colony on Hays Minor, where their people were forced to mine resources for the First Order, who then used the colony to test their weaponry. The loss of her home and people motivated Rose to join the Resistance.
- Defiant to the End: Though she ultimately doesn't die, after being captured by the First Order she simply glares at Hux and even tries to wrestle off her guards to attack DJ upon learning he sold the Resistance out. In a deleted scene, she takes it up a notch and bites Hux's finger when he touches her chin, then spits at his feet.
- Demoted to Extra: She gets significantly less screentime in The Rise of Skywalker compared to The Last Jedi, doesn't do anything of note and isn't directly involved with the central quest.
- Dressing as the Enemy: She dresses as a First Order officer to sneak onto the Supremacy.
- 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.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: A year after The Last Jedi she's grown her fringe out and now wears her hair in a bun rather than a ponytail, giving her a more mature and professional look.
- Fatal Flaw: Rose has two: her first flaw is her naivety and her second flaw is her impulsivity. Rose is a very good-hearted and well-intentioned young woman, but a bit too trusting and inexperienced at times. She rather blindly goes along with Poe's plans, despite the great risk involved (it actually eventually leads to her and Finn being captured and nearly executed by the First Order). She also hero-worships Finn so much despite never having actually met him - she doesn't even notice at first he's trying to get to an escape pod; she then furiously stuns him without giving him a chance to explain himself. Finally, it is her and Finn's decision to trust DJ that nearly causes the entire Resistance to be wiped out when he betrays them.
- Fighting for a Homeland: Age of Resistance reveals that she and Paige originally joined the Resistance to try and help save their homeworld from the First Order., as they realized they couldn't drive them off without help. Unfortunately, Hays Minor ended up destroyed before they ever had a chance to make a real difference. Rose subsequently became determined to prevent this from happening to anyone else.Rose: Our world is gone. Others need saving.
- Foil: For Finn. While he is a recognized 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.
- The Heart: Can be seen as this to Finn throughout The Last Jedi. While Finn wants revenge on the First Order for their atrocities, Rose is more concerned with saving the people they target. In a notable example, after freeing the fathiers on Canto Bight to escape and inadvertently trashing the place, Finn remarks that it was worth it to make the rich scumbags pay. Rose, however, replies that freeing the abused fathiers was what made it all worth it. This is also reflected in her page quote.
- 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.
- Hypocrite: She explains to Finn that true victory comes from saving what they love, not fighting what they hate. This is despite the fact that her job at the start of the film was tasering would-be deserters, including Finn himself note , and therefore forcing people to stay in the fight against what she hates.
- Improbable Age: At just twenty-four years old, she's a Resistance commander and head of engineering. This is justified as the Resistance tend to go for skill over age or other factors, especially after The Last Jedi.
- 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. It becomes even more personal after her sister Paige dies fighting them.
- Meaningful Name: Rose is sweet and soft-looking...but watch out for the thorns.
- 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.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: She helps come up with a plan to disable the hyperspace tracker on the Supremacy so the Resistance can escape, then accompanies Finn to Cantonica to find a slicer who can hack the ship for them. She and Finn hire DJ after being unable to get to the codebreaker Maz Kanata recommended. They then get caught by the First Order and DJ tells them about the Resistance's secret escape plan to save himself, which ends with nearly the entire Resistance being wiped out.
- 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 and is handy with a taser.
- Now or Never Kiss: It's heavily implied this is the reason she kisses Finn on Crait. She has just been seriously injured saving him and the First Order are on the brink of wiping the Resistance out, so she impulsively kisses him before falling unconscious.
- Rank Up: A year after the events of The Last Jedi she has been promoted to head of the Resistance's engineering corps, bearing the rank of commander.
- Revenge Before Reason: After finding out Hays Minor had been destroyed by the First Order (resulting in the deaths of their parents as well), she and Paige tried to fly off to find the "biggest First Order target" they could and blow it up, even though it wouldn't do all that much damage to the First Order in the long run and would cost them their lives. Luckily, Leia - who knows all too well what it's like to have your entire planet and family taken from you - is able to talk Rose and Paige out of it.
- 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. The ship is sunk in Resistance Reborn though, with Finn saying they decided to just be friends. The Rise of Skywalker sinks it further; Finn and Rose only speak a handful of times about their missions and he gets a new Implied Love Interest in Jannah.
- Shoo Out the New Guy: A downplayed example. After being introduced in The Last Jedi as a Sixth Ranger and Finn's love interest, Rose is barely present in The Rise of Skywalker, mostly staying behind at the Resistance base to study ship blueprints rather than joining the heroes on their quest. Chris Terrio stated they intended for Rose to have more scenes with Leia, but due to the limited footage available after Carrie Fisher's death they had to cut these scenes, although scenes with just Rose and Rey were also cut and Rose was removed from merchandise (as opposed to her being rewritten with a larger role not tied to Leia).
- Sibling Team: With her older sister Paige in her Age of Resistance issue.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She fangirls over Finn and later develops a full-blown crush on him because of how brave and heroic she finds him.
- Sixth Ranger: She joins the team of Resistance protagonists that was established in The Force Awakens in its sequel, The Last Jedi.
- Sole Survivor: As of the end of The Last Jedi, she's the only surviving member of her family (her parents and sister have both been killed by the First Order). She may also be one of the only surviving Haysians, as she was offworld when Hays Minor was blockaded and "ripped apart" by the First Order for resources, killing everyone else.
- This Cannot Be!: Downplayed. When Poe delivers the spy's report that Emperor Palpatine is alive, she desperately asks "Wait, do we believe this?". However, she quickly accepts it's true.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Rose is an overalls-wearing Wrench Wench and keeps her hair tied back in a small ponytail.
- Tragic Keepsake: Her necklace, which was part of a matching set with her sister's. It's one of the only mementos she has of her homeworld after it was decimated by the First Order and is also all she has left of Paige after she's killed early in The Last Jedi.
- 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.
- Uncertain Doom: Much like Finn in the last film, she's badly injured in the final battle, and it's left uncertain if or when she'll recover from her injuries.
- Undying Loyalty: She's loyal to the Resistance, as shown when she explains having to taser deserters trying to escape the Raddus.
- Unlikely Hero: Tran describes her as someone who never expected to be a hero.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She is furious with Finn when she realizes he's trying to abandon ship, wordlessly stunning him and angrily rebuffing his attempts to explain. Although Finn's motivation isn't completely self-centered as he's trying to prevent Rey from being captured (and he isn't even really a member of the Resistance to begin with), Rose still calls him a selfish traitor and scathingly points out that her sister just died defending the fleet, so her reaction is understandable.
- Wrench Wench: She's a Resistance maintenance worker, making her good with machines.
A former First Order stormtrooper who lives on Kef Bir, the water moon of Endor where the main remnants of the second Death Star have crashed. She joins the heroes of the Resistance.
- Action Girl: She's an ex-stormtrooper and is skilled with a bow, fighting with the Resistance and helping Finn take down the First Order flagship.
- Ambiguously Related: To Lando. According to the Visual Dictionary and the film's novelization, Lando had a daughter who was taken by the First Order in 15 ABY when she was two years old, and it further states Jannah is in her twenties in 35 ABY. The timelines match up, but aside from Lando quickly forming a bond with her and deciding to help her discover where she came from, nothing is ever elaborated on.
- Badass Cape: She wears an ankle-length yellow cape as part of her outfit.
- Defector from Decadence: Like Finn, she's a former Stormtrooper who decided to call it quits when ordered to massacre unarmed civilians.
- Energy Bow: Her Weapon of Choice.
- Fingerless Gloves: She wears a single fingerless glove on one hand.
- Horseback Heroism: She, Finn and a group of other Resistance fighters ride horse-like creatures in on the flagship.
- Implied Love Interest: To Finn. There's never anything explicitly romantic between them, but Jannah becomes close to Finn quite quickly (to the point of being willing to die at his side) and spends more time with him than any other protagonist. For his part, Finn is excited and admiring when he learns he's not the only defected stormtrooper out there, and trusts Jannah enough to have her at his side in battle. According to Naomi Ackie, the romantic angle of Jannah and Finn's relationship was intentional.
- Last Episode, New Character: She is first introduced in the final film in the Sequel Trilogy and becomes a major supporting character.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Implied. After defecting from the First Order, she took the name Jannah, but it can be inferred this wasn't her birth name as she doesn't remember where she came from before.
- Quest for Identity: It's implied that this will be her next goal at the end of the film. After the Resistance's victory, Jannah remarks to Lando that she doesn't really know who she is, as she was taken by the First Order as a very young child. Lando smiles and says "Lets find out" and she smiles back, indicating Lando is going to help her uncover her past.
- Satellite Character: She's largely defined by her friendship with Finn; she doesn't interact much with the other characters and spends most of her screentime talking to or assisting Finn. Even her backstory serves to help her and Finn bond due to being near-identical to his.
- Ship Tease: With Finn. They bond very quickly over their shared background and she frequently sticks by his side for the rest of the film; she adamantly refuses to leave him in the final battle even though the chance of survival is slim.
- Sixth Ranger: To the group of heroes set up in the previous two films.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Rose to an extent; they're both young women with a personal grudge against the First Order, both join the pre-established group of heroes and both develop a friendship and Ship Tease with Finn. They also wear similar colors (Rose has dark yellow overalls; Jannah has a brighter yellow vest and cape).
- Third-Option Love Interest: To Finn. In the first two films, Finn gets a bit of Ship Tease with Rey (though they're mostly presented as Platonic Life-Partners) and The Last Jedi sets up a romance between him and Rose; he then meets Jannah in The Rise of Skywalker and soon becomes close with her, while Rey is paired with Ben Solo and Rose decided they were Better as Friends offscreen.
- Tyke Bomb: She was "conscripted" by the First Order as a young child, so young she doesn't remember who she was or where she came from before. The stormtrooper training didn't stick though, as she eventually defected during the Battle of Ansett Island.
- Undying Loyalty: She quickly develops this towards Finn; she insists on going with him on a potential Suicide Mission to destroy the Steadfast Star Destroyer during the Battle of Exegol.
- Would Not Shoot a Civilian: The moment she defected from the First Order was when she was ordered to shoot civilians. She refused and laid down her weapon, with her entire company doing the same.
- You Are Number 6: When she was a stormtrooper, her designated serial number was TZ-1719, which she ditched after defecting.
An old little droid that BB-8 revives and befriends.
- Break Out the Museum Piece: He's old and covered with dust when he's found. BB-8 revives him.
- Chekhov's Gunman: When he's first introduced, D-O just seems to be a cute yet insignificant droid, primarily there as a Kid-Appeal Character. Then Finn finds out D-O has highly sensitive information about Exegol and the Sith Fleet, which is essential to the Resistance's plan in the climax.
- Cute Machines: He's essentially a tiny beak on a wheel. Concept art shows that his design was influenced by rubber duckies.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Rey deduces from how nervous and stuttering he is around people that he was mistreated. Given his previous master was a Sith worshipper who worked for Palpatine, it wouldn't be all that surprising he didn't have a happy life.
- Hates Being Touched: When Rey reaches out a hand to him, he quickly wheels away, saying "No, thank you. No, thank you." This is part of what leads Rey to the conclusion that he was mistreated.
- Last Episode, New Character: First introduced in the final film of the Sequel Trilogy.
- Robot Buddy: He accompanies BB-8 after being revived, so he's a robot buddy to another robot buddy.