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The aftermath of the battles of Endor and Jakku reduced the once-mighty Galactic Empire to a rump state hemmed in by strict disarmament treaties and punishing reparations. Unbeknownst to the New Republic, however, many former high-ranking Imperials retreated into the galaxys Unknown Regions, which had been secretly colonized by the Empire during the time of the Galactic Civil War. Rebuilding military forces in secret, this Imperial Remnant faction became the First Order.
In 34 ABY, the First Order declares war on the New Republic by destroying the entire Hosnian System, which housed their current capital and most of their fleet, with the superweapon named Starkiller Base.
In the aftermath of the cataclysm, most of the Republic-controlled systems immediately capitulate to the demands of the First Order and disband their remaining military forces, leaving Leia's Resistance to be decimated by the First Order in the Battle of Crait.
A year later, after solidifying their control over the Core Worlds and the Inner Ring, a mysterious message is heard across the known galaxy, claiming to be the thought-to-be-dead Emperor Sheev Palpatine, announcing his return...
- 0% Approval Rating: Due to them being the remnants of the Galactic Empire, corrupting Ben Solo, and using a Death Star like weapon to slaughter a whole star system, everyone has a good reason to hate the First Order. Even some of their own members are known to engage in in-fighting or have defected from them. Even Kylo Ren, who was corrupted by Snoke and the First Order, treats many of the First Order members (such as Snoke and Hux) with little to no respect.
- All There in the Manual: Who the First Order is, what they represent, their relationship to the Galactic Empire is, and so on is found primarily in the supplementary material. A short summary.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: To an extent as Kylo and Hux are of approximately equal rank in the First Order, even though Kylo isn't a part of the First Order's normal chain of command the way Hux is, and the two are constantly jockeying for position and Snoke's approval. But when Kylo really wants something (such as BB-8), he subtly reminds Hux that he's a telekinetic martial arts master with a lightsaber while Hux is a Non-Action Guy within arm's reach. Hux is smart enough to realize that the argument is over at that point.
- Badass Army: While the total standing forces in their military are minuscule compared to the original Empire, they pack serious firepower in their battles and they don't screw around about defending or capturing critical resources. Even run of the mill mooks are given melee combat training on the off chance one of them should encounter a Jedi.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: In a way, the First Order is what the Empire was always accusing the Rebel Alliance of being; a comparatively small terrorist organization fighting for a departed past, spreading disorder throughout the Galaxy.
- Believing Their Own Lies: More like completely divorced from reality. According to the novelization, the First Order genuinely believes the New Republic is an anarchic hellhole that is on the verge of collapse at any moment, that they were driven to the dark of the universe by terrorists, and that the New Republic is using every method possible to destroy them, from levying harsh reparations to funding the Resistance.
- Big Bad Wannabe: They have managed to defeat the New Republic with a single decapitation strike using Starkiller Base, leaving them essentially as the rulers of the galaxy. The problem is that leading up to this, they were still a hermit kingdom on the fringe of the galaxy, controlling only a small fraction of its population and infrastructure. They made efficient use of what they had, building up a disproportionately powerful and well-trained fleet, but the sheer scale of the galaxy they conquered in a matter of weeks means they've over-extended themselves:
- At the beginning of The Rise of Skywalker, after the time jump between movies, Kylo Ren openly remarks to his military council that the First Order still isn't a "true empire" unless they get a vast new amount of ships in a short time period.
- Tie-ins such as the Resistance cartoon show rounded this out in more detail, but the First Order couldn't possibly hope to conquer the entire galaxy so quickly, in terms of a direct military occupation. They had the most powerful remaining fleet, which they used to basically just bully all the local planetary governments into following their orders - but outright replacing all the local governments and militaries would have been logistically impossible.
- The result was a tenuous position in which the First Order would lose if every system in the galaxy revolted against them at the same time. Ruthlessly crushing a few local revolts was enough to scare everyone else back into line for a while, but fundamentally, the First Order hierarchy was still scared that the Resistance would inspire a general revolt against them, by proving that they're just a junta of schoolyard bullies - IN SPACE! - who are still drastically outnumbered by the good people in the galaxy (much like the real-life Nazis).
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The three main leaders under Snoke (who's bald) are the blond-haired Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), the black-haired Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), and the red-haired General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson). Captain Phasma is The Faceless, but the novel Phasma confirms her as blonde (though she doesn't resemble her actress other than her hair and eyes, according to Word of God).
- Captain Ersatz: The First Order is one for the various Imperial Remnant factions of the Legends universe. It is also one for the Separatist alliance as of Star Wars: Bloodline.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: While the Galactic Empire was a full-fledged superpower with vast resources, ships, and manpower at its disposal, the First Order is considerably smaller, having gone into hiding in the Unknown Regions out of the prying eyes of the galaxy in order to wait for a chance to strike, eschewing the We Have Reserves mentality of the old Empire in favor of advanced training and weaponry. In addition, while much of the Empire's leadership were either opportunists looking to increase their own power or Punch Clock Villains, the ranks of the First Order are comprised of total zealots who are dedicated to restoring the Empire no matter the cost. In The Last Jedi, the First Order boasts gigantic starships that actually dwarf Imperial starships.
- The Dark Side: This is Star Wars, after all. This time, the First Order has risen in the aftermath of the Empire. Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke are both Dark-Side-affiliated Force-sensitives, and everyone in the First Order knows it (whereas the fact that Emperor Palpatine was also the Dark Lord of the Sith was not widely known until after the Rebel Alliance won).
- Decapitated Army: With the fall of all the major leaders in Rise of Skywalker, the First Order was unable to effectively maintain their hold across the galaxy, and they fall easily at the hands of their enemies. Every. Last. One. Of. Them.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?:
- The First Order arose from the ashes of the Empire after a punishing treaty and economic warfare resulted in it being taken over by a group of die-hard fanatics. It's also populated by second- and third-generation ideologues who are completely devoted to their Glorious Leader while Believing Their Own Lies even as they claim the outside world is completely decadent while its reconquest is inevitable. Essentially, they are the sci-fi equivalent of North Korea by becoming a hermit kingdom slowly rebuilding their strength for 30 years.
- Their combination of unbridled fanaticism and strict military hierarchy, usage of child soldiers and terror tactics, and their ultimate goal of rebuilding one of the most powerful empires in world history are eerily similar to modern Jihadi terrorist groups like al-Qaeda or the Islamic State. Meanwhile, the fact that they're ruled by a religious figure who answers to the title of "Supreme Leader" brings to mind post-revolutionary Iran.
- Their near-unstoppable power, sheer military might, the unshakeable loyalty of their troops, the belief that they are saving everyone, expectation to have every single order carried out, frequent use of torture and willingness to bomb planets and wipe out all civilians, Resistance sympathizers or not, as well as having three leaders sharing power (Kylo Ren, General Hux and Supreme Leader Snoke) also resembles the National Reorganization Process. The Order severely damaging and pursuing the practically decimated Resistance in the final act of The Last Jedi also reflects the situation between the Argentine junta and the Montonero guerrillas, the latter whom were practically annihilated by the regime. The persistent infighting and jockeying for power from Kylo and Hux, as well as the First Order's high command in general, also reflects a common flaw of military juntas, which breeds infighting and the creation of rival cliques.
- Their approval of war crimes, near-religious devotion to their goals, treatment of their supreme leader as a god, inability to realize that they are harming others and being an unstable military junta all resemble Imperial Japan during the "Dark Valley" of 1930-45. The very fact that they are a remnant brings to mind the notorious Japanese refusal to surrender during World War II, especially holdouts like Hiroo Onoda and Teruo Nakamura, who continued fighting decades after Japan had surrendered. Most obviously, their logo bears a passing resemblance to the Rising Sun war flag.
- The Dreaded: Nobody who knows their business wants to mess with them except the Resistance. Just dropping a hint that they may be after something in the local area is enough to get folks running scared (or prepared for a fight to the death), and it doesn't help that they have spies everywhere.
- The Empire: Their goal is to recreate the fallen Galactic Empire but for the time being they call themselves "the First Order" and avoid most of the titles from the old regime (such as Emperor, Darth, Grand Moff). After the destruction of Hosnian Prime and their victory in Crait, they reign supreme.
- They do have an organized power structure, a standing army, and clear ranks, and they initially run a swath of territory in the Unknown Regions and parts of the Outer Rim.
- The reason for "First Order" is because they lack political legitimacy since the first empire was officially and legally, licensed by the Senate as a confirmation of Palpatine's indefinite Emergency Authority. Palpatine had no clear successornote with the only remote example being Kylo Ren, grandson of the guy who stabbed their Emperor in the back, and he himself became "Supreme Leader" by pulling a shadow coup on the current guy Snoke.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: In contrast to the Empire being mostly made up of male, white humans (at least onscreen), both men and women of various ethnicities (and species) are visible within the First Order's enlisted troops and officers, and Supreme Leader Snoke himself is distinctly nonhuman.
- Evil Is Bigger: Snoke, Kylo Ren, and Captain Phasma all tower over the protagonists; Snoke, in particular, is over seven feet tall. Even General Hux, while not quite as tall as his peers, is still fairly tall at 6'1". Their ships are also ridiculously big, even compared to those of the Empire, hundreds to thousands of times as voluminous as the capital ships of their enemies.
- Evil Wears Black: The Empire had some variation, with officers wearing olive-grey tunics and enlisted crew wearing light grey. The First Order has black as the preeminent color for its officers, from General Hux to hangar controllers.
- Freudian Trio: By the 3 most prominent figures from the First Order.
- Humongous Mecha: The First Order has inherited the Empire's love of the All-Terrain series, with their own AT-ATs and AT-STs, along with the newer All-Terrain Heavy Assault Walker (a bigger AT-AT with a giant cannon on top), the six-legged All-Terrain Heavy Scout Walker, the All-Terrain Mobile Artillery, and the All-Terrain Patrol Droid, to name a few.
- Hijacked by Ganon: Like the Neo-Nazis of the The Twilight Zone, the First Order is revealed to be nothing more than a pawn of the resurrected Emperor Palpatine. After revealing himself to the galaxy, Palpatine quickly took control of the First Order through an alliance with Kylo Ren and later General Pryde after Kylo Ren's defection.
- Knight Templar: The members of the First Order often seem even more fanatic than the Imperials. Finn's desertion is treated with total disgust by his former fellow stormtroopers, and everyone present enthusiastically salutes Hux's speech about destroying the Hosnian system.
- Large and in Charge: Every First Order higher-up seen so far has been at least six feet tall.
- The Supreme Leader is about seven feet tall, meaning he is roughly the same height as Chewbacca. His projection takes it to a new level, making him look closer to fifty feet tall when seated.
- Phasma is played by the 6'3" Gwendoline Christie and appears to be of elite status to boot.
- Kylo Ren is played by the 6'2" tall Adam Driver.
- Not to the extent of Snoke, Kylo, or Phasma, but General Hux is played by the 6'1" Domhnall Gleeson and is the de facto leader of the First Order army.
- The Man Behind the Man: Prior to the events of Bloodline they kept their main forces in the Unknown Regions and operated through proxies and fronts like the Centrist Party in the New Republic Senate, the Nikto crime cartels and paramilitary groups like the Amaxine militia.
- Meaningful Name: In The Rise of Skywalker, we finally find out why they're called "the First Order". From tie-ins, even most of their own members thought it was because they were preserving Emperor Palpatine's "first order" to restore the Empire, as in it was their "first and foremost objective". In TROS, it turns out that the real meaning is that the "First Order" was basically the vanguard for the "Final Order" - keeping the New Republic distracted for thirty years, thus allowing the returned Palpatine's Sith cult to secretly build up their own forces to even greater strength in the Unknown Regions (it was sort of like calling them "Phase One" - hinting that Those Were Only Their Scouts).
- Moral Myopia: Unlike Tarkin and the Emperor, who created the Empire to increase their own personal power, the First Order believes that they are the good guys in the conflict with the New Republic. They also claim the New Republic has justified the First Order's attacks on it by funding the Resistance, despite breaking the peace treaties first by rearming. For example, Expanded Universe materials make clear that development and construction of the new Resurgent-class Star Destroyers alone violate multiple arms control treaties. Really, the New Republic should have already been at open war with them.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: The First Order is the Star Wars version of the Neo-Nazi movement as well as the original Nazi Germany, complete with a very similar history and origin. Abrams compared them to Nazis who fled to South America after the war, but if said Nazis reconstituted themselves into a functional state.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In Bloodline, the actions of the First Order conspiracy come perilously close to getting Leia elected as First Senator. Sadly, it doesn't work out.
- No Mere Windmill: Prior to the events of The Force Awakens, the New Republic viewed them as inconsequential.Major Lonno Deso: The First Order is a remnant born of a war thirty years gone. Yes, they persist, yes they continue, but by all accounts they do so barely. They are, at best, an ill-organized, poorly equipped, and badly funded group of loyalists that use propaganda and fear to inflate their strength and importance.
- No OSHA Compliance: They still haven't gotten around to incorporating handrails for the bridges over gigantic pits, or at least any that don't stop after about three feet across.
- Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: The First Order is consistently presented as having arbitrarily infinite resources. Back in the Clone Wars series (and prequel films), fleets seldom were larger than ten to thirty capital ships like cruisers and dreadnoughts (around 600 to 1,200 meters) supported by smaller (200-500 meters) ship types like corvettes and frigates, and the loss of a few cruisers was considered major in the context of a war between the two galactic superpowers. Even the Galactic Empire, despite being militarized enough to dwarf either the Republic or the Confederacy, did have limits, to the extent that EU works depict their Star Destroyers fleets as thinly-spread post-Yavin, and building the first Death Star took them decades and costed them both enormous resources (mined from the whole galaxy) and the opportunity cost of making their fleet effectively unstoppable by building tens of thousands of regular Star Destroyers and associated fighters instead of the Death Star (as Cassio Tagge proposed). The First Order builds Starkiller Base in less time, Starkiller Base being sixty times larger than the Death Star,note while still possessing a fleet powerful enough to roll over the galaxy effortlessly after they use Starkiller to take out a single New Republic solar system. The Mandator IV-class dreadnought they lose at the beginning of The Last Jedi is 7.8 kilometers long, making it equivalent to over a hundred Star Destroyers, yet its loss is not treated as a big deal at all. Their flagship and de facto capital city, the Supremacy, probably outmasses the Imperial Fleet at its height on its own,note and contains factories within it to build more dreadnoughts... and again, its loss is shrugged off in the following film, while presents the First Order as still comfortably in control.
- Planet Looters: They've been going around the Unknown Regions attacking planets and strip-mining them to get resources to build weapons. Which they then test on the planets they've just looted.
- Power Trio: Hux, Ren, and Phasma form an unofficial triumvirate, at Starkiller base according to the Force Awakens Visual guide. They do form the classic breakdown, resembling a typical military junta:
- Hux is the highest ranking member of the regular First Order military, but is also an example of Armchair Military and has no real-world command experience until The Force Awakens opens, making his confidence seem more like arrogance. He's also a confirmed Non-Action Guy.
- Kylo Ren exists outside the formal command structure of the First Order, in emulation of Darth Vader, and reports directly to Snoke, making him view Hux as The Rival. He's also a walking, talking case of Asskicking Equals Authority while demonstrating his own immaturity.
- Phasma marks the middle ground between the two; she's the general commander of all stormtroopers, but acts as a Frontline General. The Visual Dictionary also states that she holds some contempt for Hux's visual command history and automated military idea, but she respects the chain of command too much to push it.
- Propaganda Hero: Strangely, they make Vader one for the cause. He's the only senior figure of the Empire they refer to on-screen rather than Grand Moff Tarkin (overseer of the Death Star and destroyer of Alderaan) or Emperor Palpatine (who single-handedly toppled the Republic, purged the Jedi, converted Anakin to his puppet, though he himself was a rallying symbol for the loyalists his homeworld). This is odd because Vader ultimately stabbed Palpatine in the back and turned over to the light cause, which only emphasizes their detachment from reality even further.
- Putting on the Reich: The First Order uniforms are based on the SS, which they wear at a rally while standing at attention before General Hux as he announces the Order's glorious triumph with a gigantic red-&-black banner, the speech itself being given in a psychotic, over the top, shrieking style. Those same stormtroopers cap off the speech by delivering a barely-modified Nazi salute◊.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Their banners are painted in these colors, and they're the sequel trilogy's antagonists.
- The Remnant: They were founded by die-hard loyalists of Palpatine's Empire.
- The Social Darwinist: A key element of the First Order's ideology, at least in the military, is the idea of "survivial of the fittest", that only the best soldiers survive and the weak should be left to die. In his backstory novels, Finn AKA FN-2187 was routinely reprimanded by his trainers and mocked by his fellow stormtroopers for helping out his less-capable teammates, especially poor FN-2003.
- Much of season 2 of Star Wars: Resistance deals with this subject, when main character Tam Ryvora joins the First Order as a TIE pilot candidate. Her trainer Lt. Galek chews her out for helping her friend Rucklin surive an accident during a drill, flat out telling her to focus only on killing the enemy and leaving her squadron mates to die if necessary. Ironically, Galek would later die in combat when two members of the Resistance Jade Squadron demonstrate proper dogfight tactics by teaming up against her.
Kylo Ren: The First Order does not tolerate the weak, Agent Tierny.
- And at the end of the series, Kylo Ren himself cites this philsophy when he executes FOSB Agent Tierny for her repeated failures against the Colossus.
- Much of season 2 of Star Wars: Resistance deals with this subject, when main character Tam Ryvora joins the First Order as a TIE pilot candidate. Her trainer Lt. Galek chews her out for helping her friend Rucklin surive an accident during a drill, flat out telling her to focus only on killing the enemy and leaving her squadron mates to die if necessary. Ironically, Galek would later die in combat when two members of the Resistance Jade Squadron demonstrate proper dogfight tactics by teaming up against her.
- Space Cold War: The First Order clearly considers itself to be in one with the Republic, which presumably turns hot again with the use of the Starkiller.
- State Sec: Just like they are an Imperial successor state they have a successor to the Imperial Security Bureau, the First Order Security Bureau.
- Taught by Experience: While hinted at and partially shown in the films, the Force Awakens Visual Dictionary and Incredible Cross-Section make it clear that the First Order learned many lessons from the Empire's military shortcomings.
- For starters, the First Order wiped out all forms of animal life when they began work on Starkiller Base. In addition, while the base does have an exploitable weakness, it's both heavily armored and defended by thick anti-air coverage. The weapon was also built into a planet, rather than a shell constructed around it, so that fighters couldn't fly inside before its completion — and it is also much cheaper than building a whole metal planetoid.
- The new Star Destroyers lack the looming bridge tower of the Imperial era. They no longer have the exposed bridge that doomed the Executor and ensure that their backup bridge is running at all times.
- The First Order also now fully appreciates the role of the starfighter. Their Star Destroyers are equipped with multiple missile launchers that track fighters much more easily than turbolasers. In addition, First Order ships possess many more fighter bays with increased capacity for rapid deployment.
- The latest generation of stormtroopers include riot troops with melee gear, ensuring no Rock Beats Laser moments with native populations rising up against them. This melee gear is also capable of resisting lightsabers, just in case a Jedi happens to be around.
- AT-M6 assault walkers have cable cutters on their legs and a simian-like forward fingers structure that stabilizes them much better than the AT-AT of old that proved their vulnerability during the battle of Hoth.
- Teens Are Monsters: Downplayed, especially if you look at named characters canon ages, but the First Order personnel are as a rule far younger than their counterparts in the Empire. They also tend to be impulsive and less mature than the normally collected Empire.
- Those Were Only Their Scouts: The First Order at first was a remnant of the old Empire that has conquered the galaxy at a fraction of their strength. It turns out that their leader Snoke was a creation of the resurrected Emperor Palpatine to launch a military campaign to restore the Empire. Even though the First Order was successful in their dominance, Palpatine was just getting started; The Sith Eternal had more than enough Star Destroyers and military forces to fully secure the creation of a new empire.
- Took a Level in Badass: The First Order has improved on the Empire's formula in a number of ways. Justified as a matter of necessity; without the resources of a galaxy-spanning empire, they can't afford to just throw away lives and equipment.
- The First Order's Stormtroopers are a cut above the Empire's. They're reasonably better shots and avert Hollywood Tactics for the most part. Expanded Universe materials show that Empire opted for numbing routine in its training while the First Order's training simulations and live-fire drills encourage improvisation on the battlefield. Before the Awakening also shows they are trained in melee weapons combat in case they end up facing Jedi in battle, and carry electrobatons which can block lightsabers. But, unfortunately, they still are susceptible to the Jedi Mind Trick.
- They use a new-model TIE Fighter that features a number of improvements. For starters, they are now shielded, unlike old TIE models, which were flying weapon platforms that valued being cheap to build over keeping the pilot alive.
- Their "special forces" TIE fighter is further improved: though still fast, it's larger to accommodate a two-person cockpit, one for the pilot and the other for a gunner. As for armament, it carries both forward and rear blaster cannons, missiles, and ECM. It also has proper life support and ejector seats.
- Their pilots, too, are much improved: capable of keeping up with the Millennium Falcon in a high-speed chase inside a crashed Star Destroyer and refusing to fall victim to the Wronski Feint like their predecessors once did.
- The new Resurgent-class Star Destroyers are roughly twice the size of the old Imperial-class ships, mounting three thousand gun emplacements, carrying a full Stormtrooper Legion and two full wings of fighter craft. Also, their guns use a new kyber crystal (as in the same crystals in lightsabers or, more ominously, the Death Star's superlaser) focusing system that packs a punch and a significantly increased rate of fire over older Imperial turbolaser weaponry. Since they can't match the old Empire's fleet numbers, they intend to make it up in the quality of the warships they do build.
- Starkiller Base. Not just because it's ten times the size of the Death Star and uses a sun to power itself. But one shot can travel across the galaxy, then split apart into smaller beams, and each one still has the power to destroy a planet in one go. It doesn't just destroy a planet, it destroys a star system.
- Two Guys and a Girl: Snoke's three highest-ranking underlings are Kylo Ren (male), General Hux (male), and Captain Phasma (female).
- Uncertain Doom:
- We don't know if Datoo, Rodinon, or most of the Order escaped the Base before it imploded.
- It is unclear if Thanisson survived being blown away by laser fire.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Imperial ideology. The First Order is populated by people who continue to follow it well after the New Republic crushed it militarily, economically squeezed its remnants, and tried to otherwise force it out of existence. Although there is one desertion and one high ranking officer who chose to obey the enemy over dying.
- Unskilled, but Strong: They have weapons making the Empire's army look cute, their Force wielders can do feats like freezing blaster shot and creating psychic bond between Force sensitive people and annihilated the Republic in one shot while leading the Resistance in disarray. Yet they lose multiple high value weapons, ships and personnel because of infighting or some higher up leading the army to traps or distractions because of their short temper. The First Order's higher ups are people who are better alone and want to strike on their own which leads to a strong army with poor tactics.
- Unwitting Pawn: They believe to be building a stronger, better version of the Empire and under Kylo Ren's rule, it would be a regime with no ties to its past. It's then revealed in The Rise of Skywalker that they have been unknowingly softening up the galaxy for the resurrected Darth Sidious to take over with his secret Sith Star Destroyer fleet and the First Order's inability to govern the galaxy with their insufficient-sized forces meant they have little choice but to accept his offer.
- Villain Has a Point:
- The First Order points out the New Republic has been financing the Resistance for some time. It doesn't justify blowing up their capital, but it is an act of war.
- While replacing it with a fascist empire is far from ideal, the First Order's belief that the New Republic is weak and ineffective comes off as rather accurate, especially in the Expanded Universe and The Mandalorian. As well as being plagued by constant in-fighting in the Senate, repeating many of the Old Republic's mistakes and being generally incompetent, they all but turned a blind eye to the First Order, dismissing them as harmless fanatics and thus allowed them to build up a new military, terrorize planets in the Unknown Regions and Outer Rim, and infiltrate the Senate itself. The only person actively trying to do anything about it was Leia, and for that she was dismissed as a Windmill Crusader and all but pushed out of the Senate simply for being Darth Vader's daughter. The First Order manages to completely dismantle the New Republic by taking out the Hosnian system, at which point a lot of worlds accept First Order rule without a fight even after Starkiller Base's destruction; even before that the Republic was viewed as a joke by some worlds with no real power. The Old Republic lasted around one thousand years before finally succumbing to corruption and division; the New Republic barely lasted thirty before going the same way.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Before the Awakening says that the New Republic can't openly attack the First Order because they can't prove they're doing anything illegal and have to settle for secretly funding the Resistance.
- We Are Everywhere: The First Order is shown as relying on a relatively large network of informants, spies and sympathizers to expand its reach far beyond its actual size.
- We Have Reserves: Played with. On one hand, they aren't shown executing soldiers that fail to perform their duties, but on the other hand, those that perish fighting for them are seen as "too weak" for the First Order. Probably a case of Pragmatic Villainy, they really don't have enough reserves to throw so many troops.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The First Order, unlike the Galactic Empire, is led by people who genuinely believe in its ideology. Not that the Empire didn't have a few of those as well, but almost everyone in the First Order believes they're actually the good guys of the story, restoring order and prosperity to a chaotic galaxy either because their parents and/or grandparents were Imperial supporters, or because they were brainwashed (sometimes from birth).
- You Have Failed Me: Ironically, not playing this trope straight comes back to haunt the First Order in a big way. Finn's reluctance to engage in the Jakku village massacre is noted not only by Captain Phasma, but Kylo Ren himself. Whereas Vader would have remedied the problem with a Force choke before it became an issue, Phasma merely has Finn tagged for reconditioning, and he's apparently allowed to continue his non-combat duties in the meantime (as she notes, it was his first "offence"). As a result, Finn is given the opportunity to defect and kicks off the chain of events that ultimately destroy Starkiller Base. And Snoke not punishing Kylo Ren means he lives to kill him off and make himself the new Supreme Leader.
- Younger and Hipper: Essentially a younger and hipper version of the Empire. Most of them are young adults, and some are even teenagers. Their oldest member (excluding Snoke) is in his fifties, which is still younger than a good deal of the Imperial officers and hes an outlier. They are also far more diverse and tend to be cast from "hipper" Americans versus the British Stuffiness of the Empire. Unfortunately for them, their lack of experienced and emotionally mature members seems to be their biggest weakness, as its often easy to goad them into traps.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: From the First Order's perspective, they are the heroic Rebel Alliance seeking to overthrow a corrupt and illegitimate Republic and restore order to the galaxy. Complete with a powerful Force-user of Skywalker lineage, whose father is a major player for the other side.
Supreme Leader Snoke
Species: Artificial humanoid
The Supreme Leader of the First Order military junta, Snoke commands General Hux and the rest of the resurgent Imperial military. Snoke is also a powerful wielder of the dark side and the teacher of Kylo Ren. He has no permanent base of operations, preferring to contact his underlings via hologram from his gigantic ship, the Supremacy.
- Abusive Parents: As a Parental Substitute to Kylo Ren, Snoke is physically, emotionally and psychologically abusive, exploiting Kylo's vulnerabilities and mental instability to both motivate and control him. This ends up coming back to bite Snoke in a major way, as it provokes Kylo into forsaking his loyalty to Snoke and murdering him to save Rey, who notably doesn't mistreat him.
- Actually a Doombot: Snoke is actually an extension of Palpatine, serving as his eyes and ears while the Emperor recovers from his injuries.
- Adaptational Jerkass: In the film version of The Last Jedi, he laughs and praises Hux for tracking the Resistance through light-speed. Meanwhile, in the novelization, he sneers at Hux's methods (which is Boring, but Practical brute force calculation).
- Ambiguously Human: Although he is confirmed to be an alien, he can be mistaken for a malformed-looking human—as the proportions of his hands, legs, eyes, and nose are similar to human standards. However, his height, his coloring, and the fact that even without the scarring, his face just looks wrong suggests otherwise. Of course, it turns out he actually is human to an extent since he's basically Palpatine's puppet.
- An Arm and a Leg: After being fatally bisected by Kylo Ren, the still-ignited lightsaber cuts through both of his arms, severing him from his already-detached torso.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Although physically frail compared to fit and youthful Kylo Ren, in Age of Resistance Snoke slaps Kylo so hard he draws blood and Kylo immediately follows his order to leave behind his helmet.
- Asshole Victim: Snoke's death is portrayed as rather satisfying; he's killed by Kylo, the apprentice he abused and manipulated since before he was born, to save his Morality Pet, whom Snoke had been gleefully torturing and humiliating just moments before.
- Bad Boss: For all that Snoke doesn't needlessly kill his underlings, The Last Jedi shows that he has no qualms about treating them like dirt. When the Resistance manages to take out the First Order Dreadnought, Snoke calls Hux from his flagship and uses the Force to mop the floor with Hux for allowing this to happen. He also mocks Hux behind his back to other underlings like Kylo. He later viciously chews out Kylo Ren for the latter's defeat at the hands of Rey and electrocutes him with Force lightning when an angry Ren tries to lash out. This mistreatment ends up biting Snoke in the ass, as Ren gets fed up with it and kills him.
- Bait the Dog: At first the new trilogy seems to be painting him as A Lighter Shade of Black to Palpatine and being genuinely Affably Evil. Toward the end however, it's revealed that he's really a Bad Boss who's just as cruel as his predecessor.
- Bald of Evil: He has no hair and has wiped a solar system clean of life.
- Big Bad: Everything related to the conflict of the Sequel Trilogy can be traced back to Snoke. He founded the First Order and remains its Supreme Leader with the goal of conquering the galaxy, he's the most powerful known dark side practitioner left in the galaxy, he is responsible for the destruction of the Hosnian System and his turning of Kylo Ren to the dark side resulted in the deaths of dozens of innocents, the fall of the burgeoning new Jedi Order and the death of Han Solo. The Force Awakens places a much larger amount of focus on Kylo Ren, making Snoke the Man Behind the Man. Subverted when Kylo Ren betrays and kills him and takes his place as the Supreme Leader. And then The Rise of Skywalker reveals that he was a puppet of Palpatine the entire time and was never actually the true Big Bad.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He sees himself as the second Palpatine but is in fact the second Darth Plagueis, complete with being usurped by his apprentice when he grows too smug and vain in thinking his powers make him invincible. Kylo Ren with a bit of Exact Words side-steps the Telepathy Snoke thinks makes him invincible. And as if twist to knife even further, The Rise of Skywalker reveals that he was always meant to be killed by Kylo Ren as Palpatine had foreseen.
- Black Cloak: Snoke wears a robe like his predecessor, but it has a high collar, no apparent hood, and is light-colored.
- Body Horror: Aside from the obvious problems with his face (as mentioned below), the actual structure of his torso, arms, and legs are clearly warped in such a way that is clearly not normal for his species, described by Serkis as being a result of a kind of Osteoporosis. Some of his damage gives the effect of his skin and muscles being blurred, most clearly on his neck, which has what looks like gaps between muscular cords, but made of regular skin.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Despite clearly being able to kill Rey himself, he orders Kylo Ren to do it to demonstrate his conviction and loyalty. Kylo, who has forged a bond with Rey (thanks to Snoke's manipulations), instead chooses to kill Snoke.
- Break Them by Talking: After Kylo Ren's defeat at Rey's hands (largely due to his own, earlier injuries, which Snoke leaves out, and his emotionally-unbalanced state, which he does mention), Snoke tells his student that he will never be like Darth Vader, a person he aspires to emulate. Throw in a bit of Force Lightning, and Kylo Ren's motivations completely shift after this confrontation. Problem being that instead of re-doubling Kylo's efforts to emulate his grandfather and please Snoke, it makes him realize both ventures are useless and inspires him to take matters into his own hands.
- Bright Is Not Good: Wears a golden robe and is the touted as the Big Bad of the Sequel Trilogy.
- Bring Him to Me: Snoke commands Kylo Ren to bring the captured Rey to him after being informed of Rey being powerful in the Force. Rey escapes before Ren has a chance to comply. At the end of The Force Awakens, he also commands General Hux to bring the wounded and incapacitated Kylo Ren to him as Starkiller Base explodes so that Snoke may complete Ren's training.
- Broken Pedestal: Snoke's callous treatment and manipulation of Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi end up killing the reverence that the fallen Jedi once had for him. By the time Snoke orders Kylo to kill Rey, Kylo has come to see Snoke as his enemy and strikes down his former master.
- The Chessmaster: Snoke is, as Andy Serkis describes him "a long-range schemer" — and he doesn't seem to be all that fazed when Starkiller Base is being destroyed, given that he already accomplished one of his major goals — throwing the Republic into complete chaos — and is now shifting his attention to his next objective.
- Cloning Blues: The Rise of Skywalker reveals that Snoke is simply an extension of Emperor Palpatine and there are more of him in Bacta tanks next to the Dark Lord's throne room.
- Cold Ham: He's rather dramatic with how he speaks, but he rarely raises his voice to the point of shouting. He starts getting a little hammier in The Last Jedi.
- Composite Character: He has a few elements of various Legends characters:
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Much like Kylo Ren, he shares superficial similarities with his predecessor, Emperor Palpatine. Palpatine was a careful and cautious man who was able to cultivate a civilian identity as senator and chancellor and put on a convincing Mask of Sanity, whereas Snoke is an open cult leader with No Social Skills. Palpatine was also cunning and shrewd in undermining the Republic from within, whereas Snoke depends on the violent and unpredictable Kylo Ren radicalizing after his fallout with Luke for his chance to form the First Order. Palpatine was Master of All, his skills in the Force being a match for Yoda, a genius military and political strategist, and an organizer without parallel, whereas Snoke depends greatly on Kylo Ren and General Hux for his military and technological power. Ultimately, Snoke proves to be Darth Plagueis to Palpatine's true successor, Supreme Leader Kylo Ren, when he grows overconfident and complacent in his telepathic Force abilities only to blind himself from the fact that his apprentice is a better student than he gives credit for.
- Cool Starship: Snoke made his home aboard the Supremacy, flagship of the First Order Navy. The only Mega-class Star Destroyer in existence, it is roughly three times the size of Darth Vader's Executor and functions as a mobile shipyard and mobile base. It can perform every function that a planetary base can and dwarfs pretty much every interstellar vessel ever made other than the Death Stars.
- The Corrupter: Snoke was critical in seducing Kylo Ren over to the dark side of the Force, a process which he was working on before the latter was even born which also makes it More Than Mind Control.
- Covered with Scars: His face has a large gash on the forehead, smaller cuts in other places, a real nasty burn scar on his left cheek and more scars on his chest and neck.
- Crazy-Prepared: He spent well over 20 years trying to corrupt Kylo Ren before he actually succeeded — he did this for so long, in fact, that he was actually using the dark side to manipulate the future Dark Lord while he was still forming in his mother's womb.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: His staring, pale blue eyes add to his overall creepiness.
- Creepy Monotone: Snoke has a slow, deliberate way of speaking, and he seems to struggle pronouncing some words, likely due to a mouth injury. He rarely raises his voice.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: To the point that there wasn't really a battle at all and Snoke didn't even have to get out of his chair. In The Last Jedi's climax, Snoke very easily subdues Rey using telekinesis and seems quite amused by her repeated attempts to attack him; he admires her spirit, but it's made clear that she was woefully unprepared and isn't perceived as much of a threat. Unfortunately for Snoke, he underestimates Kylo and ends up on the receiving end of this trope.
- Deadpan Snarker: Surprisingly enough, he has a streak of dry wit in The Last Jedi, mocking both Kylo Ren and Rey alike.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: In the films, nothing about Snoke's origins and rise in power as Supreme Leader of the First Order are established. He's merely said to be an immensely evil person, a dark side Force user of incredible power, and most importantly, the man responsible for Kylo Ren's corruption and thus the Sequel Trilogy's new conflict. After his apprentice murders and usurps him, it becomes clear his role in the story wasn't to be the Big Bad, only to undo the happy ending of the previous trilogy and help explain the origins of the true main villain: Kylo Ren.
- Didn't See That Coming: Both figuratively and literally; he had no idea that Kylo Ren had turned on him until it was too late to save himself, and he didn't see Anakin's lightsaber turning in his direction because he was too distracted by gloating over his apparent victory. His expression as he feels the blade piercing his side practically screams this trope.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He just toys around with Rey instead of actually fighting her, and then gets bisected by Kylo Ren halfway through The Last Jedi.
- The Emperor: Comes with being Supreme Leader of the First Order.
- Enlightened Antagonist: In contrast to Palpatine, he is calm, collected, and wise. While he heads the First Order, The Remnant of The Empire, he does not think that the ideal is pure focus on The Dark Side. In fact, he considers his disciple Kylo Ren to be the "ideal embodiment of the Force, a focal point of both light and dark side ability," showing that he sees the Balance Of Good and Evil as the best course to power, rather than abandoning one for the other altogether. These traits, combined with his position as the Big Bad, paint him not only as a successor to Palpatine, but also as an Evil Counterpart to Yoda.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He seems to genuinely appreciate Kylo Ren as an apprentice, even going so far as to call him the best student he ever taught in the novelization. After the emotionally abusive treatment he gives him in the The Last Jedi however, it's likely this another one of his manipulation strategies; the novelization even indicates he was planning on getting rid of Kylo once he had no more use of him, as Han warned Kylo in the previous film.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In the novelization of The Force Awakens, Snoke mentions how he doesn't feel any pleasure using mind-reading techniques on people. Again, in the The Last Jedi he spends a large portion of his big monologue reading the mind of Kylo Ren just to show Rey how powerful he is, it doesn't go over well.
- Evil Counterpart:
- To Luke Skywalker in the Sequel Trilogy. Where Snoke is the Greater-Scope Villain, Luke is the Greater-Scope Paragon. Both are survivors of past decades, and both were teachers of Kylo Ren. While Snoke heavily relies on the Force to carry out his sinister goals, Luke has shut himself off from the Force out of an erroneous belief that he can't then cause anymore harm as a Jedi.
- Snoke's Enlightened Antagonist tendencies and use of meaningful jokes make him this to Yoda as well. The difference is that Snoke mentors people as tools to maintaining his own power, while Yoda believes that the teacher has truly succeeded when the apprentice has surpassed the teacher. This is made explicit in his Age of Resistance comic, where some of his training of Kylo mirrors what Yoda taught Luke, albeit from a warped, Dark Side perspective. He even takes Kylo to Dagobah and gets him to enter the Cave of Evil.
- To Maz Kanata as well. Both of them are Force-Sensitive aliens who have lived long enough to witness the rise and fall of the Galactic Empire. Despite being helpful toward the heroes, Maz is not a Jedi, while the dark side master Snoke is not a Sith. They are both criminals, with Maz being known as the "pirate queen" and Snoke being the Supreme Leader of the remnant faction of the Galactic Empire.
- Evil Cripple: Through a combination of the ravages of time, what appears to be multiple injuries and possible medical conditions (Andy Serkis described Snoke's twisted posture as a result of osteoporosis), Snoke's body is quite badly damaged, giving the impression that, despite his formidable powers in the Force, his lack of personal involvement in combat is less from disinclination and more from lack of capability.
- Evil Former Friend: Both the movie and the novelization of The Force Awakens imply, and Pablo Hidalgo later confirmed to be true, that Leia and Snoke used to know each other on a personal level.
- Evil Gloating: Snoke spends his confrontation with Rey in The Last Jedi bragging over his success in luring her, how deeply he has corrupted Kylo Ren, and his impending victory over both the Resistance and Luke Skywalker. As it turns out, Snoke was counting his chickens before they hatched.
- Evil Makes You Monstrous: Word of God is that Snoke was once handsome, with the physique of a Greek statue, but years of drawing on the dark side turned him into the ghoulish husk we see in the films.
- Evil Overlord: Downplayed. He is not a Sith Lord like Palpatine and his predecessors, and he is more of a Glorious Leader military junta type that also happens to be a powerful Dark Side user himself.
- Evil Sorcerer: Snoke is very powerful in the Force, being the one who seduced Kylo Ren to the dark side.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His deep and booming voice is terrifying even in hologram.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: Due to his disfigurements.
- Expy: Initially, of Palpatine, as a creepy old man with Force powers who wants to bring the Galaxy Far, Far Away under his control. The Last Jedi makes him one for Darth Plagueis. He's an arrogant but powerful user of the Force whose abilities lead him to unlock new possibilities, chiefly in telepathy, and he's so blinded in his mastery of the same that he underestimates his apprentice, who acts on his hidden ambition, and ultimately kills and usurps him.
- Face Framed in Shadow: In The Force Awakens, his face is partially-obscured most of the time. Mostly to hide the more mangled side of his visage, but the damage is still visible.
- Facial Horror: Snoke's face is hideously twisted and disfigured. Behind the scenes, the character designers have noted that Snoke was considered handsome prior to his scarring.
- Fatal Flaw:
- Much like Palpatine before him, Snokes overconfidence and pride prove to be his downfall. Hes so assured of his victory and of Kylo Rens loyalty that he doesnt even realize Ren is planning to kill him, despite reading his mind and knowing exactly what hes thinking.
- Snoke's cruelty also proves a terribly costly flaw; his abuse of Kylo Ren and shameless exploitation of his apprentice's inner conflict and feelings for Rey end up being the last straw that turns Kylo from a faithful servant to Snoke's enemy and killer. Likewise, his desire to kill Rey with "the cruelest stroke" (having Kylo execute her) backfires badly, as it gives Kylo the perfect opportunity to betray Snoke, ending with Rey living to fight another day, Snoke meeting a violent end, and Kylo assuming power over the First Order.
- Faux Affably Evil: Snoke is well-spoken at all times and comes across as fairly respectful when addressing his underlings; it's little more than an act, and comes across as him twisting the knife by allowing his underlings or enemies to imagine they're safe. Even his praise is little more than a method of manipulation. This is perhaps best seen in his first shared scene with Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi. He opens by casually remarking to Kylo about how he's using Hux as a tool and little more, leaving it open for Kylo to be unsure if Snoke is disparaging Hux or both Hux and Kylo himself. He then switches to a place of concern, asking about his wound. From there, things escalate. He approaches slowly, speaking softly of Kylo's potential and how much faith he had in Kylo, describing him as "truly special" and heir to Darth Vader. Then he starts truly admonishing Kylo in a way that goes beyond mere anger at Kylo's previous favor. He strikes at his apprentice's weakest spots, calling him a child in a mask and essentially saying that despite everything Kylo sacrificed to get where he is, Snoke's belief in him was mistaken. Soon enough he's screaming that Kylo was bested by a girl who'd never even held a lightsaber before zapping him (albeit in what seems to be self-defense due to Kylo rising so quickly) with force lightning and letting Kylo go with a final, devastating tone of not rage, but disappointment, even regret and sadness. Snoke knows how to give someone a serious talking-to.
- Genre Blindness: For all his Manipulative Bastardry, he somehow fails to see Ren's inevitable betrayal, considering Ren's idolization of the Sith Order and his empathy for Rey.
- Gold Makes Everything Shiny: As an effect of his confidence in his power and arrogance from his achievements, Snoke wears a simple yet luxurious outfit of a golden robe and slippers, with his ring being golden as well. This makes him stand out in his very red throne room, which contributes to his presence.
- Gone Horribly Right:
- Wanted to corrupt Ben Solo into a incredibly powerful and evil warrior who would betray anyone (even his own flesh and blood) to serve the Dark Side. He probably should have thought a little more about the possible ambitions of such a figure once he'd succeeded.
- Specifically, Snoke attempted to push Kylo Ren to stop longing for his past life and sever his ties with the past in The Last Jedi. It worked, but rather than making Ren turn on Leia, it made him turn on his attempt to become the new Darth Vader, and drove him to seize power for himself.
- His plan to use Rey and Kylo's Force bond to get them to empathize with each other and give Rey hope she could turn him ends up being this. It works so brilliantly that Kylo decides he can assassinate Snoke, take out his guards with Rey's help and then rule the galaxy with her instead. Oops.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: His face is horribly disfigured, and he is Covered in Scars, most prominently a large curved scar on his forehead.
- Graceful Loser:
- He orders Kylo and Hux to obtain the map to Luke if they can, but Snoke is okay with the map being destroyed if they have to do so, if it means Luke is not found by the Resistance.
- Keeps it completely cool when he hears that Starkiller Base is going down, a disastrous defeat for the First Order by any measurement. He hardly even seems bothered, instead ensuring that Kylo Ren is returned to him for further training.
- Greater-Scope Villain: According to the novelization of The Force Awakens, he's been around long enough to remember the rise and fall of the Galactic Empire, has had some involvement in the Original Trilogy, and has great knowledge of the Skywalker family (including Vader's identity). He also had a large role in Ben Solo's turn to evil. This turns out to be because he is a puppet created and employed by Palpatine, the true Greater-Scope Villain of the Skywalker Saga.
- Guttural Growler: How he usually talks, though not always.
- In his first appearance talking to Kylo and Hux, his voice sounds like he's saying it through gritted teeth and growling at the same time.
- It pops up again when Kylo reveals that Rey (or as Snoke calls her, "The Scavenger") was able to resist his telepathy, and Hux only adds insult to injury when he reveals that Kylo abandoned BB-8 on the basis that Rey was all they needed to find the map to Luke Skywalker.
- When Hux reveals that Starkiller Base is ready to fire, Snoke puts on the growl again when he orders its activation.
- He actually drops this later on and uses a regular speaking voice in The Last Jedi, but he returns to discussing the matter later.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Kylo Ren bisects Snoke with Anakin's lightsaber and the Force, without him noticing.
- Handicapped Badass: Snoke's damaged and decrepit body does nothing to impede his power with the Force, which he handily demonstrates by casually putting both Hux and Kylo Ren in their place and by throwing Rey around like a ragdoll, laughing off her attempts to attack him.
- Hate Sink: What's been established about Snoke in The Last Jedi makes him far worse than before. For all his mystery and gravitas, it slowly but surely becomes clear that he is little more than a vile Smug Snake who emotionally manipulates and abuses Kylo Ren for his own selfish gain. Later on, he arrogantly toys and tortures Rey, making her watch the destruction of Resistance fleet, before forcing Kylo Ren to kill her to complete his training. His sudden Undignified Death at the hands of Kylo Ren all but cements him as a Big Bad Wannabe who has all of Emperor Palpatine's cruelty but with none of the charm or intelligence that the Sith Lord was best known for.
- The Heavy: The Rise of Skywalker reveals that he was created by Palpatine to rule the First Order in his stead, making him this for the first half of the New Republic Era.
- Hijacked by Ganon: Turns out to be created by Palpatine, who used him as proxy-ruler of the First Order while the Sith Lord recovers from his injuries.
- High Collar of Doom: He sports one, fitting of his character.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In The Last Jedi, Snoke boasts that he was the one responsible for stoking Rey and Kylo Ren's connection, bringing them together with the intent of Rey handing herself over to the First Order for a chance at redeeming Ren, and Ren bringing Rey to Snoke so Ren can confirm his true allegiance by "striking down the true enemy." Unfortunately for Snoke, by boosting that connection, both parties ended up empathizing with each other, and by the time Snoke calls for Rey's execution, Ren decides to usurp and kill him instead, and offer Rey a chance to join him.
- Huge Holographic Head: Has a variant, in a unnecessarily massive holographic chamber for him and his throne to tower over his reporting subordinates. It is so big, the projector and platform are apparently installed in a natural cave. Almost makes you think he is Compensating for Something despite the fact that he's the tallest member of the major First Order members.
- Iconic Outfit: He's well-known for his shiny gold robe and slippers, which he was first seen wearing in The Last Jedi and has worn in almost all his appearances since then.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Though you can't really see it most of the time because of the shadows, the artbook, VFX video and the novel show Snoke has cobalt blue eyes. The Last Jedi shows Snoke in better lighting conditions, giving us a better look at them.
- If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: Orders Kylo Ren to kill his father as a way of proving his commitment to the Dark Side. He does, and then admonishes his student for still being conflicted about it. So later, when Rey is at his mercy, Snoke orders him to kill her. Oops.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Word of God is that Snoke was considered beautiful in his youth before he became decrepit and scarred with age.
- Jerkass: While in The Force Awakens he was portrayed as Affably Evil, The Last Jedi makes it clear that he is a cruel, unpleasant Bad Boss, exposing his earlier demeanor as a façade.
- Karmic Death: Ends up being killed by Kylo Ren, the very apprentice he had corrupted.
- Kick the Dog: He spends most of his final scenes doing this non-stop. Once he's got Luke's location from Rey's head, he could just kill her because he has no more use of her. But, no, he's just gotta rub it in her face that the Resistance is about to be wiped out and all hope is lost for her, while throwing her about the room with the Force simply because and calling her a "pathetic child". He tops it off by forcing her to her knees and making her face Kylo Ren, the man she befriended and hoped she could redeem, so that him killing her will be the last thing she'll see. Ends up as a Deconstructed Trope, as Snoke's cruelty towards Rey is the final straw for Kylo.
- Lean and Mean: He is very thin, almost anorexic looking. Though whether this is due to the dark side withering his body or just the way his race is we aren't sure .
- A Lighter Shade of Black: In general Snoke isn't quite as horrible as Palpatine. For example, when the Starkiller Base is about to explode he makes sure it's evacuated, whereas Palpatine would probably just let them die. Then again, this could just be out of pragmatism as the First Order really can't afford to throw away personnel and resources willy nilly like the Empire.
- Light Is Not Good: Unlike the Sith, who typically wear black, Snoke wears a bright gold robe. Word of God states that this is meant to symbolize his materialistic nature.
- Love Is a Weakness: In the novelization, Snoke accuses Kylo Ren of feeling compassion for Rey, voicing his belief that such emotions make one weak. He also believes that sentiment is the thing that brought down the Empire, citing Darth Vader's compassion for his son as being the thing that led him to kill Palpatine and himself as a reason why it should be done away with. It's also why he has Kylo Ren kill his father.
- Manipulative Bastard:
- Snoke's modus operandi is to exploit his minions' vulnerabilities to both control them and get the results he wants, taking advantage of Hux's ambition to fuel his drive to succeed, and using Kylo Ren's mental and emotional issues to corrupt him and maintain his loyalty. He also makes use of the bond between Rey and Kylo to capture Rey and get Luke's location out of her, deliberately building up their feelings for one another to get what he wants.
- The novelization of The Last Jedi shows some of his manipulative abilities: The corruption of Ben Solo, and his fall to the Dark Side, was all part of a ploy to trick Luke and then wipe out any chance of the Jedi Order rebuilding.
- Mean Boss: In The Last Jedi, he berates and attacks Hux with the Force after the Fulminatrix is destroyed, and derides Kylo Ren for his failure to defeat Rey in the previous film.
- Metaphorically True: While restraining her with the Force, Snoke goes out his way to taunt Rey, with seeing Kylo Ren strike down a Force wielder with a light saber. However it was his death at Kylo Ren's hands he foresaw, not Rey's.
- Mind over Matter: In The Last Jedi, Snoke demonstrates some impressive telekinetic abilities, throwing Hux around like a ragdoll from many light years away and easily subverting Rey's attempts at attacking him before torturing her into submission, all without so much as standing up.
- Modest Royalty: Subverted. In The Force Awakens, he's only seen wearing a modest cloak akin to what Palpatine wore during the Empire's reign when he speaks to Kylo Ren and Armitage Hux. However, come The Last Jedi, he starts wearing gold robes, albeit ones that are also muted in color.
- Multiple-Choice Past: The novelizations to the previous two movies say he was alive during the original trilogy and had never met Palpatine while The Rise Of Skywalker says he was a clone that Palpatine created and controlled.
- Mysterious Past:
- Very little is revealed about Snoke's background in The Force Awakens. Interestingly, both Han and Leia speak about him with a degree of familiarity, suggesting they originally knew him in a different context. In the novelization, Leia tells Han that she knew Snoke was watching Kylo when he was a baby, so she was aware of him not too long after the Emperor's defeat. Snoke's own comments about the fall of the Sith imply that he spent some time watching the greater galaxy from afar, but aside from that, we know next to nothing about the enigmatic Darksider. The Visual Dictionary gives him further background as one of the key figures in helping the Imperial remnants settle in the Unknown Regions to become the First Order, but even then, nothing major about his actual early life. The Last Jedi doesn't give anything on who he is, leaving supplemental material to give hints, such as the fact he gradually back-stabbed his way to the top of the First Order, without elaborating much on when and how he met them.
- Among Snoke's very scarce pieces of backstory is his ring, which is made of gold and obsidian from Darth Vader's castle on Mustafar and inscribed with glyphs from the Four Sages of Dwartii according to Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary. The Four Sages are described as "controversial" philosophers and lawgivers (read: demagogues who pioneered study of The Dark Side) from the early days of the old Republic — Sidious/Palpatine kept statues of them in his office on Coruscant. The Star Wars Legends novel (not canon) Darth Plagueis links them to its eponymous Dark Lord of the Sith. He's also stated in the Visual Dictionary to be the leader of the Attendants, the race of humanoid aliens inhabiting the Unknown Regions and who helped the Empire's remnants survive there and reorganize themselves into the First Order. The novelization for Last Jedi also gives a few small glimpses into his backstory.
- In The Rise of Skywalker, it's revealed that he was genetically engineered by Palpatine to serve as a sort-of-decoy/puppet and to organize the imperial fleet that would become the First Order and corrupt Ben Solo.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Snoke is clearly a believer in the direct approach; in The Force Awakens, he's fine with BB-8 and the map he carries being destroyed as long as it prevents Luke's return, orders the complete destruction of the Republic's capital to neutralise its threat and tries to do the same with the Resistance's base. In The Last Jedi, he orders a sizable assault on D'Qar after Starkiller Base fails, then personally leads the pursuit of the Resistance fleet. After Rey is brought before him, Snoke doesn't bother trying to turn her to the dark side, simply shutting down her attempts at attacking him and torturing her until he has the information he wants, then ordering Kylo Ren to kill her.
- Non-Action Big Bad: While he is adept in the Force and uses it frequently in The Last Jedi, he does not actually partake in any major battles due to his frail condition.
- Not So Invincible After All: Snoke's great power certainly gives off the impression that he's virtually untouchable. Even Snoke himself believes that he cannot be beaten. In The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren proves him wrong through a little trickery and a nearby Jedi lightsaber.
- Obviously Evil: With a scarred appearance and a booming voice, he qualifies.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: Snoke's Leitmotif is a choral theme based on a Rudyard Kipling poem translated into Sanskrit and sung by a 24-voice mens chorus.
- Opportunistic Bastard: The novelization of The Last Jedi makes clear that Snoke is more prone to improvisation than Palpatine and that the First Order's rise and Snoke becoming Supreme Leader were less of a grand plan and more of Snoke seizing opportunities as they presented themselves.
- Orcus on His Throne: While Kylo Ren appears more prominently in the story, Snoke is the more powerful Big Bad, while Kylo is merely The Heavy. During The Force Awakens, Snoke only appears via hologram, sitting on his throne, addressing Hux and Kylo. And while he actually gets off of his throne in The Last Jedi, he stays far away from the front lines.
- Our Homunculi Are Different: His ultimate nature is revealed to one of the latest number of Sith created beings, acting in place of the Emperor.
- Parental Substitute: In a twisted way, Snoke seems to be this for Kylo Ren. In addition to rejecting his father and birth name, Ren praises Snoke to others, turns to him for guidance, and fears disappointing him. Notably, this contrasts Darth Vader's deep loathing for the Emperor. However, their relationship ultimately goes the way of Ren's previous father-son relationship.
- Powers Do the Fighting: When he finally comes face-to-face with Rey, she visibly stands even less of a chance than Luke did against Palpatine. Snoke just calmly sits in his throne as he knocks her around like a ragdoll. He doesn't even deign to use Force Lightning on her.
- Pride: Snoke is extremely confident in his abilities, though not unjustifiably so. Nevertheless, this proves to be his Fatal Flaw; his absolute confidence in his own invincibility and his control over Kylo Ren blinds him to Kylo's newfound hatred for him, which leaves him vulnerable. This is to the point that even when he reads Kylo's mind, he misinterprets what he finds based on these assumptions, so that he fails to see Kylo's intent to kill him until he's already been impaled by a lightsaber.
- Puppet King: The Rise of Skywalker reveals he was but another pawn of the Emperor, ruling the First Order in his stead.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In The Last Jedi, he takes Kylo Ren to task for the latters unbalanced emotional state and failure to defeat Rey, pointing out that he lost to a girl whod never held a lightsaber in her life.
- Recurring Element: Like Darth Sidious, Snoke is an old, wizened, pale-skinned, bald, and scarred master of the dark side of the Force, the leader of the new version of The Empire, and the master of the new version of Darth Vader.
- Revenge: Stated to be one of the reasons he has it in for the New Republic and the Resistance. For what is anyone's guess.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons:
- He does a play-by-play commentary of Kylo Ren twisting his saber into position to strike down his true enemy. While he's referring to the impending execution of Rey, he doesn't notice the altered position of Anakin's saber beside him...
- One other thing he was right about, in the same speech: Rey wasn't going to turn Kylo Ren away from the Dark Side simply because the two were empathetic to one another.
- Serkis Folk: Snoke is portrayed by Andy Serkis himself via motion capture.
- Shock and Awe: He rebukes Kylo Ren with a blast of Force lightning during his first scene in The Last Jedi.
- Shrouded in Myth: He's very mysterious and very powerful. All that's known about him, aside from the fact that he's the Supreme Leader of the First Order and that he's able to tap into the dark side, is that he knew Han and Leia on a personal level as a way to get close to their son and corrupt him.
- Slouch of Villainy: He spends much of The Last Jedi slouching in his throne, rarely sitting up straight. It's possible his deformities actually prevent him from sitting straight for too long.
- Smug Smiler: He can barely wipe the grin off his face as he torments and tortures a helpless prisoner, telekinetically tossing said prisoner around the room while chortling at their pain.
- Smug Snake: Although he is possibly one of the most powerful Force wielders in the series, he underestimates everyone else. He constantly and publicly belittles his Co-Dragons while showing everyone else less respect than even that. He is so sure of his victory and Kylo's loyalty, and so confident in the belief that his immensely strong Force powers render him essentially untouchable, that he is utterly blindsided by Kylo's betrayal.
- Smug Super: Snoke's supreme confidence is born from his truly immense power. His defeat doesn't come from overestimating his own power level nor from underestimating that of others, but from his overconfidence allowing him to be caught so utterly off-guard that it doesn't matter.
- The Sociopath: Snoke's generally calm demeanor hides a callous monster who has no qualms about ordering the deaths of billions. He's extremely manipulative and controlling, sports an inflated sense of self (evidenced by his line "I cannot be betrayed, I cannot be beaten"), and demonstrates a sadistic streak when he telekinetically brutalises Hux and tortures Rey.
- Squishy Wizard: Snoke is an incredibly powerful telekinetic and telepath, but also a frail old man who needs to wear things like slippers for comfort. His frailty and reliance on his Force powers mean that Kylo just needs one well-placed sneak attack to bring him down.
- The Starscream: The little explanation given for how he ended up in charge of the First Order explains that when Snoke and the Order first met, there were several other people around to be in charge. One by one they either died or were removed, leaving Snoke as undisputed Supreme Leader.
- Stealth Insult: In The Last Jedi, he explains to Kylo how a "rabid cur, properly motivated" can be useful. At the time, he seems to be refering to Hux, but the metaphor works even better for Kylo himself.
- The Stoic: He doesn't seem the least bit scared or angry when Starkiller Base is destroyed.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!:
- The usual relaxed and sedate Snoke suddenly stands and bellows "GENERAL!" when Hux speaks out of turn.
- As he gloats over Rey's impending execution, Snoke goes from a steady voice, revelling in his victory, to snarling as he declares Kylo's intent to kill his true enemy. These turn out to be Snoke's Famous Last Words.
- In The Rise of Skywalker, Palpatine speaks to Kylo Ren in a combination of his own voice, Snoke's voice, and Darth Vader's voice. When he speaks as Snoke, he's loudly screaming "you have ever heard" (out of the complete sentence "I have been every voice you have ever heard inside your head").
- Telepathy: The Last Jedi shows Snoke to be a very powerful telepath, with him creating a psychic connection between Rey and Kylo Ren without either of them being aware of his involvement, and later probing Reys mind for the location of Luke Skywalker. Its not infallible, however, as shown when he reads Ren's mind and fails to realize that Kylo is about to kill Snoke thanks to some Exact Words in their Conveniently Coherent Thoughts.
- Tempting Fate: He proudly proclaims that he cannot be betrayed or beaten, and that he can see Kylo Ren's intentions, to ignite his lightsaber and "kill his true enemy". Little did Snoke realize that Kylo's "true enemy" was him.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill:
- Snoke's preferred method for defusing the threat of the Resistance and preventing the return of Luke Skywalker is to destroy the star system where the Resistance is based. In the novelisation of The Force Awakens, when Hux questions this plan on grounds of Pragmatic Villainy, Snoke responds that destroying the system would bring pause to anyone else who would challenge the First Order, as well as kill almost everyone who would get any use out of the map to Luke's whereabouts. That said, Snoke reserved this for a last resort, having previously ordered that the map be recovered or destroyed, only deciding to destroy the system after it had definitely reached the Resistance.
- Reflected in his choice of command ship, the utterly gargantuan Star Dreadnought Supremacy. Weighing in at a staggering 60 kilometers in length, it's larger by an order of magnitude than any ship used by either side, and is clearly meant to overawe and overwhelm opponents.
- Some of his last words are a plan to do this, telling Rey that once she's dead, and the Resistance destroyed, he'll take his troops to Ach-To and glass the island Luke's on.
- Done to Snoke himself eventually. First Kylo impales him directly through the gut with Anakin's lightsaber, which is already an instant kill, then Ren pulls it through him with the Force, cutting Snoke's torso in half.
- Tom the Dark Lord: "Snoke" is a rather odd sounding name for a Big Bad.
- Token Non-Human: The successor regime to the infamously speciesist Empire has a non-human at its reins.
- Too Powerful to Live: His control of the Force is so great he can exert the Force on targets light years away, defeat people with only a finger, and read people's mind so naturally he dies the moment he grabs the Villain Ball so things are more even.
- Undignified Death: For all his power, gravitas, and grand plans, Snoke goes out with a whimper, outwitted by his once-submissive apprentice and brutally bisected. Adding to the indignity of it all, Snoke's body falls to the floor like a puppet with its strings cut, which is played for Black Comedy in the film itself. This is only emphasised when a close-up of Snoke's corpse is shown shortly after; he's left with his eyes half-open and his tongue hanging out like a dead dog, far from the seemingly all-powerful tyrant he'd been a few scenes prior.
- The Unsmile: Does a jovial smile improve Snoke's looks? No. No it does not.
- Unwitting Pawn: According to the The Rise of Skywalker visual dictionary, Snoke serves as one to the resurrected Palpatine, with the end goal of seeing whether Kylo Ren would kill him or not, and prove himself a worthy heir to the Sith.
- Villain Respect: While Luke's power may have made him the Jedi that Snoke feared, Rey's courage and determination makes her the only Jedi he admired and respected.
- Villainous Face Hold: Snoke uses the Force to drag a captive Rey towards him and hold her there so she's forced to look at him as Snoke mockingly reveals he was the one behind her connection to Kylo Ren. He does this again a few moments later, this time forcing her to look at Kylo Ren as Snoke orders him to execute her.
- Worthy Opponent:
- Regards Luke as the only person in the galaxy who could topple him and will do anything to keep his allies from finding him again. In Age of Resistance he even states he believes he could've conquered the galaxy long ago if he'd had Luke at his side. He does, however, grow to underestimate Luke just as he underestimates Rey and Kylo Ren.
- He sounds slightly impressed when Kylo Ren reports that Rey is actually strong with the Force and was able to resist and retaliate against him, and orders Rey to be brought directly to him. And Snoke 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.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He thinks he's the Evil Overlord and successor of Palpatine with Kylo Ren as the Darth Vader he can promote and/or replace at any time. In actual fact, he's Darth Plagueis, the chump who proves to be the stepping stone for the real Big Bad of the story.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: He originally sought Rey as a potential apprentice for the First Order's conquest of the Galaxy, but following the destruction of Hosnian Prime and all but destroying the Resistance Fleet after chasing them through Hyperspace, he sees her as a loose end to eliminate.
- You Got Spunk: Tells Rey this when they finally meet. Snoke being Snoke, he makes it sound super creepy.
- You Have Failed Me: He subverts this, much like the First Order in general. While he certainly has no concern for those who die, he also doesn't issue any major punishments for failures, and indeed wishes to preserve surviving soldiers rather than abandon them to their fate (he commands that Starkiller Base be evacuated). May be simply a matter of practicality, as the First Order doesn't have the sheer numbers that the Empire relied on. This bites him in the ass in The Last Jedi. By not punishing Kylo Ren for his failures during The Force Awakens, Kylo lives to kill him off and make himself Supreme Leader.
- See his separate character page.
Snoke's mysterious coven of bodyguards, clad in blood-red armor similar to their predecessors during the reign of Emperor Palpatine. Always by their master's side and fanatically loyal, the astounding combat skills resulting from Snoke's training made them fearsome warriors that were more than a match for the Jedi of The New Republic.
- Armor Is Useless: Averted, much like Phasma. Their unique red armor protects them against their weapons and glancing blows from lightsabers (though not from direct hits). The movie's companion book further elaborates that they can deflect blaster shots as well.
- Ambiguous Gender: Although all of them are played by male stuntmen, none of them actually speak and there's no indication what gender any of them are underneath the armor.
- Avenging the Villain: An interesting case where it's another villain against whom they're seeking vengeance - when Kylo kills Snoke, all of them fight to avenge their master like honorable samurai.
- Badass Normal: There was no indication whatsoever that any of them are skilled in the use of The Force during their on-screen battle with Kylo Ren and Rey in The Last Jedi; and yet their formidable skills pushed both Force-Sensitive warriors to the apex of their mettle and resourcefulness just to survive, much less defeat them.
- Barehanded Blade Block: One of the guards briefly blocks Kylo's lightsaber with the impervious armor on the backs of his gauntlets. Not quite barehanded, but against a lightsaber it's close enough.
- Bash Brothers: There are eight guards, each of whom is paired with a partner wielding the same weapon as him.
- Blade on a Stick: Two of the four weapons they are seen wielding are this.
- One of them is a vibro-voluge, possessing a compact ultrasonic generator that can create high-frequency vibrations across the long axe's cutting edge.
- The other is a bisento with an energy filament running along the weapon's blade.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: These are the elite personal bodyguards of a man who can already fry you into a crisp with sorcerous-lightning or throw you into the wall like a rag doll if he is feeling merciful, neither feat requiring him to even lift a finger.
- Combat Pragmatist: In spite of their elite training, they realize their innate disadvantage of lacking Force Powers, and therefore as a rule fight Jedi and Other Force Users with force of number, having no problem whatsoever with ganging up 4-on-1.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: When they start fighting, they noticeably become deadlier the more members they lose. Sure enough, the dual-wielding guard who ends up facing Rey alone for most of the fight is more than a match of the strong, but inexperienced Force user; in contrast, Kylo Ren manages himself just fine against three opponents.
- Dual Wielding: One of Snoke's Praetorian Guards has a double-ended blade that can split into two separate dagger-like blades.
- Elite Mooks: They are to Elite Riot Troopers (who are already trained to kill Jedi Knights) as Elite Riot Troopers are to normal Stormtroopers. In addition to their eliteness, they also have the "faceless mooks" part in spades, moreso than the actual stormtroopers in this trilogy, given that none of them are ever referred to by name and their faces are never shown.
- Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: The designs of their weapons alludes to Shaolin Weapons such as the Seven-section whip, the Guan-Dao Halberd, the Twin Butterfly Knives Set and Twin Hook-Sword Set (all of which are alchemically-tempered to be able to block and counter attacks from Lightsabers.) Even their fighting-style resembles that of Shaolin Monks, much like Darth Maul's was 66 years ago on Naboo.
- Everything's Better with Samurai: Whereas Palpatine's bodyguards were more like generic mysterious hooded cultists, the armor of Snoke's Praetorian Guard distinctly invokes the imagery of Samurai Armor, the shoulders in particular. And like good samurai, they all die in battle trying to avenge their sworn master.
- Eye Scream: Kylo Ren killed the last of them by igniting a lightsaber through his eye.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Interestingly, the second-to-last one of the guards fighting Kylo Ren appears to do this, when Ren has his companion at a disadvantage, the other guard charges in without a weapon and blocks Ren's lightsaber with his gauntlets for a few seconds while the other guard gets back to his feet.
- Honor Before Reason: You'd think the man you're sworn to protect being cut in half in front of you by his apprentice barely lifting a finger would be enough reason for a person to call it quits and leave. But then again, you're not the Praetorian Guard.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Because their armor is impenetrable to all but direct lightsaber thrusts, quite a number of them go down this way.
- Informed Ability: Their combat prowess aside, the fact that they only moved to their charge's aid in any way after his assassination doesnt give the best impression of them as bodyguards.
- Kill 'Em All: Every single one of them goes down trying to kill Kylo Ren and Rey.
- Kung Fu-Proof Mook: Against the Praetorian Guard's vibroweapons, a lightsaber strike isn't enough alone. One of them even tries to strangle Rey while their blades are locked, while another manages to lock Kylo Ren into a chokehold.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: Like the Emperor's Guards before them, they're clad in blood-red armor in contrast to the stormtrooper's white and the pilot's black, and are the deadliest mooks featured in a Star Wars movie, being able to engage in a brutal fight with two exceptionally strong Force users like Kylo Ren and Rey.
- Ludicrous Gibs: Kylo Ren impales one of them after getting out of a 3-on-1 standoff and throws the corpse into a nearby reactor, which then spits out the guard's armor like confetti.
- Mook Chivalry: Averted. The moment that Snoke's body falls to the ground, they all charge Kylo Ren and Rey at once. One of them does briefly duel Rey one-on-one, but that's only because the other remaining three are all ganging up on Kylo.
- Noble Demon: Serving Snoke, and attacking the man and woman who killed him, is the most evil thing we see them do. When the last two guards are in a 2-on-1 standoff with Kylo Ren, one of them even charges in unarmed when Ren has his battle-brother at a disadvantage.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: While their armor is the same, each guard has a different helmet design under that follows the same general look.
- Off with His Head!: Kylo Ren beheads the whip-wielding guard to break free of a 3v1 when the latter tries to stall him alongside a bisento-wielding guard.
- Power at a Price: Their armor uses a magnetic mechanism that makes it nearly impenetrable except for direct lightsaber thrusts, but leaves the armor's wielder exposed to that magnetism, resulting in a constant state of pain.
- Praetorian Guard: It's in their name. They are Snoke's personal bodyguards. Since they refused to serve their new supreme leader, Kylo Ren kills them and replaces them with the Knights of Ren.
- Silent Antagonist: None of them say a word, although some of them grunt or scream in pain as they are killed.
- Slashed Throat: Rey emerges victorious from her duel with the dual-wielding guard by creatively dropping her lightsaber and picking it back up with her other hand as she breaks free from the guard's chokehold, swiftly slashing them in the throat afterwards. They fall down from the throne room for good measure.
- Undying Loyalty: Even after Kylo Ren slew Snoke, effectively rendering them free, they fought fanatically to kill Kylo and Rey to avenge the death of their master. They also seem to have this to each other, as when Kylo has one of them at a disadvantage and is ready for a killing blow, one of them seems to briefly charge in almost as if he's trying to rescue his friend.
- Vibroweapons: All of their weapons are lightsaber-proof vibro-blades in different forms.
- Villainous Valor: Despite lacking any Force powers of their own, they don't hesitate to charge two extremely powerful Force wielders, after they've just seen their master sliced in half in front of them.
- Whip Sword: Two of them use Bilari electro-chain whips, which are this.
The Knights of Ren
Knights of Ren
A group of mysterious yet deadly knights aligned to the dark side who answer directly to Supreme Leader Snoke, and joined Kylo Ren after he had slain the new generation of Jedi.
- Advertised Extra: Their presence was teased in The Force Awakens, and early on when The Rise of Skywalker was being made with set photos, although they didn't get much focus in the marketing overall. In the end, they only have a couple of scenes in The Rise of Skywalker, zero dialogue and a grand total of one fight scene, and against their former leader following his HeelFace Turn at that. That leaves the comics The Rise of Kylo Ren to flesh them out.
- All There in the Manual: Multiple facts about them, including their names, can be found The Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary, such as Trudgen's mask being modified from the helmet of a Death Trooper he defeated.
- Ambiguously Human: While they're definitely humanoid, it's unknown if some or all of them are human. Ushar's helmet seems to be non-human, though the patchwork nature of the Knights means that this isn't necessarily an indication of his species.
- Ambiguous Situation: Some sources and dialogue in the movies suggests they only became an order after Ben Solo and the other of Luke's padawans turned to evil, while others, including The Rise of Kylo Ren suggest that they were already around established as an order when Ben was still on the side of good.
- Armor Is Useless: Whatever material their armor is made out of, it does nothing to protect them from a lightsaber, as Kylo effortlessly cuts through them in seconds.
- Ascended Extra: While being in exactly one scene in The Force Awakens and absent from The Last Jedi, they got more screentime in The Rise of Skywalker.
- Black Knight: As a whole, they fit this. They dress in dark uniforms and helmets, they are powerful Elite Mooks, and they follow Kylo Ren's commands without question.
- The Blacksmith: The metalsmith Albrekh is kept on their ship and tends to their armor. However, he is not a member of the Knights himself.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: They're Kylo Ren's Praetorian Guard in The Rise of Skywalker, but it becomes evident in his Curb-Stomp Battle of them in the climax that he hardly needed protection.
- Co-Dragons: They collectively serve as this to the Master of the Knights of Ren.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The Knights may have some connection with the Force and prove capable of defeating Death Troopers and Wookiees, but they fare extremely poorly against trained Force users.
- Their chronological first outing is against Luke Skywalker, who utterly embarrasses them while delivering a "Reason You Suck" Speech. They only escaped because Ren had threatened to suicide bomb everyone, otherwise the order would have ended then and there.
- Years later, after Ben's HeelFace Turn is fully cemented and he gains the Skywalker lightsaber, he proceeds to clean house and decimate the Knights in short order.
- Dark Is Evil: They're all Dark side users clad in black armor.
- Fake Ultimate Mook: Appearances aside, the Knights are little more than a gang of looters and thugs with a rudimentary grasp of the Dark Side that renders them ineffectual against trained Force users like Luke or Ben.
- The Ghost: The group as a whole is mentioned through The Force Awakens, but they only appear in a single flashback/vision of Rey's. Exactly where the other six Knights were during the film's events goes unsaid. Likewise, they don't show up at all in The Last Jedi, and are only possibly alluded to with a bit of dialogue suggesting that they were Kylo Ren's fellow Padawans, whom he left with after killing everyone else at Luke's Jedi school. They finally appear in person in Rise of Skywalker as his new Praetorian Guard.
- Informed Ability: Their threat level leaves much to be desired, as despite being apparent Jedi slayers, they have a total of one fight scene, in which they are rather easily disposed of once Ben gets a lightsaber.
- Kill 'Em All: They're wiped out by Ben in the climax of The Rise of Skywalker.
- Magic Knight: They're Force users who call themselves knights, similar to the Jedi.
- The Magnificent Seven Samurai: Inverted; not only are they all evil, but their first onscreen appearance as a group shows them killing a clan of villagers instead of protecting them.
- Malevolent Masked Man: All of them cover their faces with helmets to allow their victims to project their fears onto the blank faces..
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": All of them are taken aback when Ben whips out the famed Skywalker lightsaber.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: Unlike the stormtroopers, there's no real cohesion to their outfits beyond "black, masked and scary-looking".
- Oddly Small Organization: Counting Kylo Ren, there's a grand total of seven of them. Justified since their recruiting process consists of finding Force-sensitives who are already murderous.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: They were able to ambush and capture Chewbacca offscreen. Given Wookies are renowned for their strength and notoriously difficult to overpower, this is an accomplishment.
- One Steve Limit: Sort of. According to the Rise of Skywalker Ultimate Guide, the original founder of the Knights was someone named Ren, who Ben Solo renamed himself after on joining.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: All things considered, the Knights are fairly dangerous in combat, as they are shown massacring large swathes of normal opponents with ease and possess some decent coordination, but they often try their luck against opponents who far outstrip their power and skills through their better understanding of the Force.
- Paper Tiger: The Knights of Ren may look imposing but their connection to the Dark Side is rudimentary at best and their actual combat skills don't stack up. Luke Skywalker mops the floor with them and are only saved by Ren at the last minute. They only have one action scene on film, and it's against their own master after he returns to the light. Once he gets ahold of a lightsaber, they're soundly beaten in under a minute.
- Praetorian Guard: They become Kylo Ren's in The Rise of Skywalker. Justified, since Kylo had to kill Snoke's guards and thus was in need of Elite Mooks to fill their shoes.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Downplayed Trope. All of them are armoured in black and metallic colours, but their weapons all have dark red hilts as a possible reference to Sith lightsabre blades. They're also all Dark Side users and their armour is meant to look anonymous and intimidating.
- Rule of Seven: There are seven knights in all, including Kylo Ren.
- Shoddy Knockoff Product: All the Knights' equipment is meant to look battered and crude. Even the Night Buzzard has been crudely modified to be more powerful, at the cost of spewing noxious smoke.
- The All-Solving Hammer: Luke calls them on this in The Rise of Kylo Ren, treating the Dark Side of the Force as a mere blunt instrument. In fairness, most of them don't have the training or the skill for anything flashy.
- Unskilled, but Strong: All the Knights have latent Force abilities but little training. Vicrul, for example, mainly uses the Dark Side to strengthen the strikes of his scythe.
- Vibroweapons: Some of the Knights like Trudgen and Ap'lek utilize these weapons.
- The Voiceless: They never say a word throughout Rise of Skywalker. The most we hear are screams as Ben Solo slices them down. Vicrul and Trudgen do have a few very short lines in The Rise of Kylo Ren.
- Wizards from Outer Space: They probably would have become successors to the Sith, and in the days of the Empire would have been perfect Inquisitors.
- The X of Y: The Knights of Ren.
A scythe wielding warrior who views himself as a reaper of the fallen and targeter of souls.
- Blood Knight: Prefers to wade right into the middle of battle and cut down his victims up-close to fuel the Dark Side power within himself.
- Sinister Scythe: Wields a curved blade referred to as a "vibro-scythe" and sees himself as a harvester of souls.
- Supernatural Fear Inducer: His untrained Force powers cause his prey to feel increased fear and dread as Vicrul hunts them.
A collector of trophies, Trudgen wields his giant vibrocleaver into battle.
- Battle Trophy: Collects bits of armor and weapons from foes he defeats to modify and upgrade his own equipment. His helmet has pieces of a Death Trooper's included.
- Cool Sword: Wields a "vibrocleaver" which looks like a smaller version of Cloud Strife's Buster Sword from Final Fantasy VII. His actually has weight-reducing holes at the spine of the blade.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Is killed by Ben this way, getting his saber right through his chest.
The strategist of the Knights of Ren.
- An Ax To Grind: He wields a Mandalorian executioner vibro-ax that is made out of beskar.
- Disney Villain Death: Meets his end on Exegol when Ben Force pushes into a chasm.
- Smoke Out: His belt has a smoke dispenser that coats the battlefield so he can obscure his opponents vision. His untrained Force talents allows him to see through smoke without issue.
- The Strategist: Prefers to use cunning and deception to defeat his opponents.
Unlike his fellow Knights, Cardo forgoes melee and precision weapons and opts for leaving swaths of destruction on the battlefield.
- Arm Cannon: Has a cannon barrel covering his right arm.
- Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: He's the heavy weapons specialist and is the first of the Knights, alongside Kuruk, to fall to Ben after his HeelFace Turn. Since he and Kuruk were the Knights' ranged fighters, it made sense for Ben to take them out first.
- Fire-Breathing Weapon: One of Cardo's weapons is a flamethrower.
- Swiss Army Weapon: His Arm Cannon is equipped with a repeating laser blaster, a plasma bolt launcher and flamethrower.
- Walking Armory: He has an affinity for weapons and weapon modification, and is the most heavily armed of the Knights. He works alongside Albrekh to maintain and upgrade the Knight's weapons and armor.
The pilot and sniper of the Knights.
When the Knights of Ren take prisoners, they are given to Ushar to deal with for sport.
- Carry a Big Stick: Ushar's main weapon is a long club with a concussion field generator attached to the end.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Is killed by Ben this way, getting his saber right through his chest from behind.
- Torture Technician: His weapon is specifically design for heavy concussion blows, making him ideal for prolonged torture. When a prisoner begs for a quick death, they're turned over to Ushar.
- Villain Respect: His helmet bears a crumple mark inflicted by a prisoner that retaliated. Ushar showed them his respect by killing them swiftly.
- Worthy Opponent: Prisoners who beg for mercy get a slow, painful death from Ushar, but those who fight back are granted quick deaths.
The former leader of the Knights of Ren, who led the group prior to Ben Solo's fall to the Dark Side.
- Blood Knight: He lives for travelling around the galaxy getting into fights and causing mayhem. His idea of easing his boredom is going to find something to set on fire.
- The Corrupter: Served as this to Ben Solo in addition to Snoke, though Snoke was comparatively more subtle about it.
- Doomed by Canon: Ren is doomed since Kylo is the leader of the Knights of Ren before the start of The Force Awakens. Kylo ends up killing Ren in issue #4 of The Rise of Kylo Ren and is accepted as the Knights' new leader.
- Eviler Than Thou: He declares that Ben doesn't have what it takes to live in the Shadow due to his reluctance to kill people unnecessarily. Ben's response? "I am the Shadow." He then proceeds to show Ren who is stronger in the Force.
- Exact Words: After getting the information from the Mimban miners, Ren says to release them. The Knights of Ren then kill them all, "releasing" the miners from life.
- Exposed to the Elements: He doesn't wear a shirt even on a snowy planet and doesn't appear bothered by it.
- Kick the Dog:
- He and his Knights massacre a group of prisoners even though Ben already got the information they wanted using a mind probe, and Ren had promised to let them go.
- He kills Tai even though he's currently defenceless and not threatening him or Ben. It's this that makes Ben turn on him.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: After Luke beats the Knights of Ren, Ren knows they can't win and activates a kill switch on his lightsaber. He comments that if Luke takes the blade, it will explode and kill them all. Luke allows Ren and his Knights to escape.
- Laser Sword: He's the only member of the Knights to wield a lightsaber until Kylo joined.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Ren talks big but his Knights are little more than looters and thugs who can't even touch Luke and Ben with superior numbers.
- Smug Super: He's extremely proud of his ability to "touch the Shadow". He only accepts Force-sensitives into his ranks after they've killed a non-sensitive.
- The Social Darwinist: His motto. He doesn't hold to the concepts of good and evil, saying that strong take whatever they want and do whatever they want, and if you're not strong enough to defend yourself then it's hard cheese.
- Virtue Is Weakness: He believes showing mercy or a reluctance to kill is a weakness.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: The guy is never seen wearing a shirt. However, it's Fan Disservice, both because his torso is horrifically scarred and because it serves to underline how abnormal he is that he never seems to get cold or worry about getting injured.
- White Hair, Black Heart: He has silver-gray hair and is not what you'd call a good person by any stretch.
First Order Military
Allegiant General Enric Pryde
A First Order officer who once served in the Imperial Navy, he is appointed by Supreme Leader Kylo Ren as the head of the First Order's military and the Supreme Council. His flagship is the Steadfast, named in honor of the Star Destroyer he commanded under the Empire.
- All There in the Manual: His first name is not mentioned onscreen.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: He saves everyone the trouble of killing Hux by summarily executing him for high treason.
- Bond One-Liner: After he shoots Hux dead for his betrayal:Pryde: Get me the supreme leader. Tell him we found our spy.
- The Dragon: Serves as Kylo Ren's second in command after Hux's contempt became rather apparent. Then he becomes this for Emperor Palpatine after Kylo Ren pulls a HeelFace Turn and Hux is outed as a traitor. He once loyally served Palpatine in the Empire and gladly jumps at the opportunity to do so again.
- Dragon Their Feet: He outlives Palpatine by scant seconds, getting taken out aboard his ship after Palpatine is destroyed by Rey.
- Dragon with an Agenda: General Pryde served as The Dragon to Supreme Leader Kylo Ren, but ended up keeping tabs on him for Palpatine, especially after finding out the Emperor has returned.
- Evil Is Bigger: Like other First Order leaders, General Pryde stands taller than his troops at 62.
- Foil: To General Hux. Hux is young, hot-tempered and ultimately betrays the First Order out of spite for Kylo Ren. Pryde is an older veteran, even-tempered and remained loyal to Kylo Ren until his HeelFace Turn, and later to Palpatine and the First Order to the very end.
- Going Down with the Ship: Stands firm at the bridge of his flagship as it goes down in flames.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: When Hux comes up with a Lame Excuse (or rather, a Blatant Lie) to cover up his treachery, Pryde immediately sees through it and executes him on the spot. When Kylo Ren changes sides, it doesn't even put a dent into the First Order, because Pryde takes over and keeps the ship afloat. When the Resistance try to execute a strategy to stop the Final Order fleet from leaving, Pryde pragmatically counters their plan, which almost leads to their annihilation. There is no histrionic yelling or ham-fistedness with Pryde, only efficient, brutal action.
- Not So Stoic: After spending most of the movie being a No-Nonsense Nemesis, he visibly loses his cool as his Star Destroyer is about to blow up until he's vaporized with it. While his panicked reaction is fairly subdued compared to that of his crewmembers, he doesn't really Face Death with Dignity like Captain Canady did in The Last Jedi.
- Old Soldier: He once served in the Imperial Navy, over thirty years before the time of the Sequel Trilogy.
- Rank Up: Kylo Ren had him replace Hux as supreme commander when the latter clearly could not be trusted. For his years of loyal service to Palpatine, Palpatine rewards Pryde by giving him supreme command of all his forces, which Pryde merges the First Order with.
- Red Herring: We're introduced to him in the scene when Kylo announces that the Resistance has a spy within the New Order, and the camera focuses on Pryde's face in a very suggestive way. But the spy is actually Hux.
- Remember the New Guy?: He's General Hux's previously-unmentioned commanding officer. Furthermore, he's implied to have served in the Galactic Civil War and to have known Emperor Palpatine personally. The Visual Dictionary for The Rise of Skywalker reveals he was in charge of a reserve force that Kylo brought to the frontlines after the losses the fleet suffered at the Battle of Crait.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Pryde in many ways serves as this to Grand Admiral Thrawn, as both men are cunning strategists with Villainous Cheekbones on their faces, and both have completed objectives with such ruthless efficiency. Whereas Thrawn is a friendlier, more poetic alien officer when not executing his complex gambits, Pryde is a constant sour-faced human General who remains dour and speaks more bluntly while utilizing more simpler tactics. Also, Thrawn's ultimate loyalty is not to the Empire, and only sees it as a means to an end for his people, while Pryde swears Undying Loyalty with overwhelming zeal to his Emperor, first and foremost.
- Undying Loyalty: He was a zealous servant of Emperor Palpatine in his youth, and upon seeing him come back, places himself under his command once more.Pryde: As I served you in the old wars, I serve you now.
- Villainous Cheekbones: It's Richard E. Grant. This trope was inevitable.
- You Are in Command Now: He assumes de facto command of both the First and Final Orders following Kylo Ren's HeelFace Turn.
General Armitage Hux
The son of Commandant Brendol Hux, General Armitage Hux was born during the last days of the Galactic Empire. Shortly after his birth, his family fled to the secret Imperial colonies in the Unknown Regions following the signing of the Galactic Concordance peace treaty between the Empire and the New Republic. As a child Hux heard stories of how the Empire saved the galaxy from the chaos of the Clone Wars, eventually coming to believe that the New Republic was weak and would never live up to the supreme power of the old Galactic Empire. Following in his father's footsteps, he joined the First Order military and rose quickly through the ranks.
- Abusive Parents: Brendol Hux was not a nice man, and beat him for his weakness until Rae Sloane stepped in and made him actually teach him. Armitage later kills him for it.
- Ambition Is Evil: Hux has thrown quite a few people under the bus in order to reach a General's rank in his early thirties. In fact, his long term plan was to supplement Snoke as Supreme Leader prior to the events of The Last Jedi.
- Armchair Military: The Visual Dictionary makes clear that most of his strategic and tactical experience was gained in theoretical war games prior to the start of The Force Awakens. Despite this, ironically, he is the only member of the First Order Power Trio to not mess up with his job.
- Asshole Victim: He finally decides to help the Resistance, only to be very abruptly and coldly executed for it. Even though he betrayed the First Order, however, he was only doing it for his own selfish reasons. He ultimately feels nothing for the Resistance and killed trillions of people, showing no remorse for it.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: "Armitage Hux" is quite an impressive name, suiting a high-ranking military officer.
- Ax-Crazy: While he doesn't carry out the killings in person, Hux is clearly very enthusiastic about the deaths he orders. His speech as he orders the destruction of the Hosnian system, his attempted gloating to Poe over the impending defeat of the Resistance, and the enthusiasm with which he orders the destruction of any Resistance craft that drift into range of his fleet's weapons all thoroughly demonstrate the pleasure Hux takes in the deaths of his enemies. Snoke alludes to this in The Last Jedi, referring to Hux as "a rabid cur".
- Bastard Angst: Hinted at. Although he bears his father's surname, Brendol regarded him as utterly useless and frequently abused him. Hux greatly resents Admiral Brooks for laughing at his humiliation and making a snide comment about his mother's origins as a kitchen worker. And he goes completely berserk when Poe tries to crack a Your Mom joke, screaming for his staff to open fire on him.
- Bastard Bastard: He's a bit of a jerk, to put it lightly, and Life Debt reveals that Hux was born out of wedlock to Brendol Hux and an unnamed mother.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: Hux starts out as, while Hot-Blooded, a serious and cunning strategist loyal to the cause whose intelligence and ruthlessness have taken him to near the top of the First Order command chain and his men seemed to genuinely respect him, as well as calling out Kylo on letting his personal desires get in the way of The First Order's goals. By the end, he's the Butt-Monkey No Respect Guy who becomes so fed up with his mistreatment he decides to sabotage his own side just for the chance to take down Kylo Ren (acting out on his own personal desires over the betterment of The First Order) and ultimately dies a traitor found out and coldly executed by a fellow general. For bonus points, said general, Pryde, is effectively an Older and Wiser version of Hux's old self before his trilogy spanning Humiliation Conga set in.
- Berserk Button: He does not appreciate Your Mom jokes. Crack wise about his mother at your own peril.
- Best Served Cold: A firm believer in this, taking decades to plot his revenge against his father and other surviving Imperial officers within the First Order who abused him. Neither his father nor Admiral Brooks saw him coming and paid for it with their lives.
- Big Bad Wannabe: General Hux would dearly like to be Supreme Leader Hux. He comes close to pulling it off too when he walks into the throne room and sees Snoke dead and Kylo knocked out. However, Kylo wakes up before Hux can act and forces him to acknowledge Kylo as the new Supreme Leader. He is still a threat to the heroes, though.
- Boss's Unfavorite Employee: Out of all the First Order, Hux is the one whom Kylo Ren most frequently expresses open contempt for and abuses with the Force, probably because Hux is the only one daft enough to try and openly challenge or criticize him and he knows he would try to kill him given half a chance.
- Bullying a Dragon: Doesn't think much of Kylo and isn't shy of letting him know it. As soon as he loses Snoke's support as a safety-net after his death, Kylo Ren chokes him the instant he dares to belittle and yell at him again.
- Butt-Monkey: His high opinion of himself sets him up for quite a bit of comedy relief in The Last Jedi. After getting crank-called by a rebel pilot, he ends up getting Force-slapped to the ground by Snoke, choked by Kylo Ren, largely marginalized despite being the leader of the First Order ground forces, before finally getting his clock cleaned, being thrown into a console and knocked out after rightly telling Ren that he was going war-wacky.
- Chewing the Scenery: Let's put it like this: If you were to get your hands on the original film print and look over the negatives of his big speech, you'd probably see bite marks all over the print. You can feel the cameras just crumbling and obliterating under all that scenery chewing pressure.
- Child Soldiers: Although not subjected to the same level of training as the Stormtroopers, as revealed in Empire's End, he was still made to serve at a young age, even being put in charge of older child soldiers.
- Coat Cape: Sports this look on occasion.
- Co-Dragons: With Kylo Ren for Snoke in the First Order. Whereas Ren was Snoke's personal apprentice, Hux oversaw all military operations and they frequently worked together, much to their equal dissatisfaction.
- The Comically Serious: The guy is all business to the point where, when it seems like he's having communications problem with Poe Dameron, his assistant has to tell him that Poe's just trolling him.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: In contrast to Grand Moff Tarkin, who was an ice-cold seasoned veteran who had clear authority over Darth Vader, Hux is young, a lot more emotional, and butts heads with Kylo Ren repeatedly. The contrast only deepens when Kylo seizes power and chokes Hux into submission; Tarkin was able to order Vader to stop Force-choking a disrespectful Admiral Motti, while Hux is completely helpless in the face of Kylo's wrath.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was the product of his father's affair with a kitchen worker, which he's hinted to feel insecure about. Although his father acknowledged him and took him in, he was very abusive to him and regarded him as "weak-willed" and "useless", using cruel methods to try and toughen him up. His other parental figures were First Order officers who encouraged him to be cold and ruthless under their guidance, he came to see his peers less as potential friends and more as subordinates or tools for him to shape into whatever the First Order needed them to be. Oh, and when he finally got himself into a position of power, he wasted no time orchestrating his father's murder in revenge for his abuse.
- Deadpan Snarker: In The Last Jedi, he gets more of a character rather than the First Order villain who isn't Kylo Ren, and as such he has a sharp, snide wit.Hux: (after Ren has just ordered a fleet of vehicles to fire continuously on Luke) Do you think you got him?!
- Dirty Coward: Hux doesn't sully his hands in combat and only confronts his enemies when they've been rendered harmless. His Age of Resistance issue sees him confront Brooks with the intent of killing him for all the abuse he and his father put him through, but not before having Phasma disarm him, then taking her blaster to execute him while he's defenseless. Down the line, he abandons his attempt to murder a dazed Kylo Ren the instant that Ren starts to wake up.
- Didn't Think This Through: Apparently, it didn't occur to Hux that screwing over Kylo Ren also hinders the First Order and if the Resistance wins, he will be tried and likely executed as a war criminal. Even if he just dethroned Kylo, the First Order would be severely weakened and fractured as a result. At the very least, he had the foresight to have Finn shoot him to cover his tracks, but Pryde immediately saw through his lie and executed him on the spot. That being said, it also never occurred to him that he had to get through Pryde to get to Kylo Ren.
- Doesn't Like Guns: According to Gleeson, Hux initially doesn't carry any weapons, as he prefers to have other people do the dirty work for him. He's reversed his stance by The Last Jedi, where he carries a sidearm.
- The Dog Bites Back: After all the abuse his father and Brooks put him through, Hux gets the last laugh when has them both assassinated and usurps their authority. Later, it turns out he's The Mole for the Resistance, likely motivated by all the abuse he had to endure from both Snoke and Kylo Ren, and he helps Finn, Poe and Chewbacca escape purely out of spite against Kylo (not so much out of feelings for the Resistance, that being said). However, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished for him, as Pryde quickly figures out he was the mole all along and guns him down.
- The Dragon: Becomes this to Kylo Ren after the latter's ascension to Supreme Leader. Without Snoke to rein in Kylo's impulsive tendencies, Hux was left with little choice but to submit to his authority. Unfortunately, he doesn't stay this way for long, as Kylo brings Allegiant General Pryde on deck to play the role, and Hux is demoted to menial tasks such as inspecting refueling stations as shown in Star Wars Resistance, eventually leading him to turn into The Mole for the Resistance.
- Dragon with an Agenda: For all his devotion to the First Order, Hux planned to eventually usurp the position of Supreme Leader for himself and is willing to wait as long as it takes.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Shortly after he's revealed to be a mole for the Resistance, Hux is rather abruptly killed by Pryde, who quickly deduced he was a traitor.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Everyone from Poe Dameron to Snoke himself regards Hux as a joke despite the fact he is one of the highest ranking officers in the First Order military, particularly in The Last Jedi. He doesn't take it well and begins to meltdown more and more throughout the film over it. It comes to a head when Kylo Ren murders Snoke and Hux tries to take over the First Order and the army himself. It admittedly doesn't last long, considering Kylo Force Chokes him into submission, but Hux is clearly none-too-happy about this.
- Enemy Mine: He helps his own faction's opposition, the Resistance, purely because he doesn't like the First Order's new leader, Kylo Ren, and not because he's had some sort of change of heart or ideology. Hard to say how much farther he intended to go if the Resistance somehow succeeded in dethroning Kylo Ren.
- The Engineer: Hux has ran several military research and development projects that have given the First Order its technological edge.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He's irritated at Poe's Prank Call in The Last Jedi, but he doesn't snap at him until Poe turns it into a Your Mom joke. Those who have kept up with the lore can tell you that there's another layer to this joke — Hux is a bastard child, and as such he'd have reasons to take extra offense to someone attacking his mother's memory.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Possibly subverted: Even he's disturbed by Kylo Ren's ridiculously over-the-top attempts to end Luke, but this is likely because Kylos wasting time and resources more than anything else.
- Evil Brit: Domhnall Gleeson doesn't get to keep his Irish accent, but settles for a sinister English one instead.
- Evil Genius: The novelization of The Last Jedi reveals that one of the reasons Snoke tolerates Hux despite his ambition and Ax-Crazy tendencies is because Hux is damn good at running military research and development programs. Starkiller Base? Hux's pet project. The supercomputer that can track ships through hyperspace? Another Hux special. In fact, Hux is directly or indirectly responsible for most of the First Order's advanced weapon systems and when coupled with the facts that he is The Strategist in charge of their training programs and developing their tactical and strategic doctrine it is safe to say that Hux is the architect of the First Order military.
- Evil Is Hammy: It seems like he's channeling Adolf Hitler in his speech.
- Evil Is Petty: When he slaps Finn, most certainly. It also shows in his decision to betray the First Order and aid the Resistance as The Mole. He actually doesn't care who wins so long as Kylo Ren loses. This basically becomes his fatal undoing since the rest of the First Order pretty much knows Hux would want him to.
- Evil Mentor: When he was a kid two ruthless and high-ranking Imperial officers took him under their wing, Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax and Grand Admiral Rae Sloane. Given their role in the Empire's transition into the First Order it is no surprise Hux was put on the fast track for promotion.
- Evil Redhead: Well, he is a ginger and Gleeson summed up his character with the words "I'm evil." He likely inherited it from his father, Brendol. Servants of the Empire and Aftermath: Life Debt specifically state that his father, Brendol, had red hair.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: When he's entering Large Ham mode. Otherwise, he's mostly snooty and nasal-sounding.
- Fatal Flaw: While not fatal to him directly, Hux's major flaw is his desire to gloat, rub his victory in his enemy's face and show the whole galaxy he beat them. Which often means he'll hold off just shooting them in order to do that, giving those enemies the opportunity to give him a metaphorical kick in the pants. His pettiness in this regard is such that he's willing to betray the First Order and help the Resistance, just to stick it to Kylo Ren when he scuppers his ambitions, and this does end up leading to his death.
- Foil: To Kylo Ren. They're both high-ranking figures in the First Order who seek to rise even higher, and both were indoctrinated into serving the First Order from a young age. In almost every other way, they're total opposites; Hux relies on the First Order's advanced technology and armies to get ahead, while Kylo uses the Force. Hux is a Dirty Coward who doesn't challenge his enemies if there's any chance that they can fight back, while Kylo is more than willing to sully his hands personally. Hux is almost fanatically devoted to his side, while Kylo struggles with doubts and the better angles of his nature. This is, perhaps, best shown after Snoke's death: Kylo establishes his authority through force of will and power, while Hux, despite having a stronger control over the military, is essentially helpless, bending to the new Supreme Leader's will despite his barely-disguised hatred for him. Another difference is that while they both betray the First Order, Hux does it to stick it to Kylo Ren and doesnt abandon his murderous, homicidal tendencies, and does it simply for selfish reasons. Kylo Ren on the other hand, realises he was evil and defects because he cares about Rey and he wants to be a good person.
- Freudian Excuse: The fact that his father emotionally, mentally and physically abused him is one of the main reasons Hux is the way he is.
- General Ripper: A ruthless general with a strong hatred for the Republic and the Resistance for bringing disorder in the galaxy, and then orders the destruction of the Hosnian system.
- Generation Xerox: His father was a die-hard Imperial loyalist, and Hux even completed his father's vision of a new breed of stormtroopers.
- Good-Looking Privates: For a professional soldier and a general, he's rather young, and Domhnall Gleeson has a large female fanbase for a reason.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Downplayed with General Hux after Starkiller Base's laser beam is fired. Hux's eyes reflect the beam's light after his Rousing Speech to simulate this effect. His mesmerized facial expression enhances the effect.
- Greater-Scope Villain: In Season 2 of Star Wars Resistance, he's Commander Pyre's direct superior due to Captain Phasma's demise, which means Pyre is hunting down the Colossus at Hux's beheast.
- Hazy Feel Turn: He leaks critical information to the Resistance and helps Finn and co. escape, but he doesn't do it because it's the right thing to do - he does it to spite Kylo Ren.
- Humiliation Conga: In the span of just a few days, Hux loses a lot of valuable First Order assets, starting with Starkiller Base blowing up due to an oversight in security; then he fails to stop the Resistance from fleeing D'Qar, losing a Dreadnought in the process and getting publicly trolled by Poe; then, his attempts at shooting down unarmed transports only prompt Holdo to turn her ship around and completely wreck the Supremacy, along with a good portion of the First Order navy - and at least part of the reason it actually works is because he doesn't realize what Holdo is doing until it's too late. All the while, Snoke, then Kylo Ren, grow annoyed with his failures and repeatedly abuse him with their Force powers. It's telling when Hux is still getting the brunt of the conga even while Kylo Ren is suffering his own Humiliation Conga as an inexperienced and incompetent Supreme Leader. A deleted scene even has Rose biting his finger in defiance as he squeals in pain in front of legions of Stormtroopers.
- Hypocrite: Hux calls the Rebels war criminals. The only thing they've done that might count as a war crime is blowing up Starkiller Base, and that's really stretching the definition; even then, the First Order used that same base to blow up multiple planets, at Hux's own command, no less. It's pretty clear that Hux is just labeling his enemies war criminals to justify exterminating them.
- Icy Blue Eyes: His eyes are a pale, cold blue, matching with his cold and villainous outlook.
- Ignored Expert: He's The Strategist and far more competent at it than Kylo, however, Kylo ignores him at the end of The Last Jedi, leading to the Resistance escaping.
- Improbable Age: General Hux is in his thirties and a general with leadership over most of the First Order military. This is Justified because it's a military dictatorship where he's the son of a high-ranking official. One doesn't have to look far to see similar Nepotism in real life. Unlike many examples of it, General Hux does try to live up to the responsibility of his station.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Hux is a vain and petty villain who sees the members of the Rebellion as nothing but worthless scum, and that anyone who support their cause are trash he can destroy at whim. He also seem to think himself better than everyone else in the First Order, including Snoke and Kylo Ren, and dearly wishes to dispose of them so that he can take charge. However in Star Wars: Age of Resistance, Snoke describes Hux as someone who has "shame burning inside [him]", as his illegitimate heritage had made him a subject to mockery and abuse in his childhood.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: The revelation that Hux is the spy for the Resistance suggests that he's had a change of heart and is looking to redeem himself for his past crimes. He then goes on to coldly state that he doesn't actually care about the Resistance and is only betraying the First Order because he hates Kylo Ren.
- Karmic Death: Hux's abrupt, unceremonious death highlights how he lived, a cowardly rat undeserving of a dignified end.
- Klingon Promotion: It is explicitly stated that Hux hasn't gotten to such a high posting so quickly without being pretty ruthless, and that he put a few people down on the way there, including his own father. In the films proper, he very nearly pulls this when he finds Snoke dead and Kylo Ren unconscious nearby, but relents when Kylo begins to wake up. The novelization of The Last Jedi goes further in explaining that Hux has done this so often, and been so successful at it, that even Kylo is afraid to let Hux out of his sight for too long lest the General start coming up with ways to get rid of him.
- Knight of Cerebus: Once he destroyed the Hosnian system, it became clear the stakes were much higher in the new trilogy than in any of the previous films.
- Knight Templar: Fully believes that he's helping to bring law and order to a corrupt and decadent galaxy.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Unlike Tarkin, Hux doesn't stay around when Starkiller Base has begun collapsing unto itself, a sentiment quickly echoed by his subordinates.
- Lack of Empathy: He has no qualms whatsoever about destroying a star system and killing billions of innocent people. He even considers it a righteous act.
- Large Ham: His speech as he prepares to use Starkiller Base to destroy the Hosnian system is like something from Triumph of the Will and sounds like Hux is channeling Hitler during that speech. Hux might have taken his fashion and overall style from Tarkin, but his manner of public speaking would really do the Emperor proud. This is even more striking in the German dub. In The Last Jedi, it becomes clear that he simply can't stand around without hysterically screaming orders and threats on top of his lungs.
- Last-Name Basis: Only called 'Hux' or 'General' in the movie. In Aftermath: Life Debt, his first name is revealed to be Armitage.
- Lean and Mean: His skinny frame is mentioned by Poe.
- Magic Versus Science: Hux is very much aware that the Force is real; he has been thrown around enough times by Snoke and Kylo to knock any doubt from his mind. However, Hux views it as a relic of a bygone era that cannot compete with with the capabilities of modern weapons tech.
- Make It Look Like a Struggle: In The Rise of Skywalker, Hux has Finn shoot him in the leg after he helps the latter (plus Poe and Chewie) escape, to ward off suspicions of him being the spy. Unfortuately for Hux, General Pryde doesn't fall for it.
- The Mean Brit: Technically not British but otherwise fits the trope to a T.
- Military Brat: His father was Brendol Hux, commandant of the Arkanis Academy.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Tired of Kylo Ren's mistreatment towards him, Hux becomes a mole to the Resistance simply to get back at him.
- The Mole: He becomes one for the Resistance as of Rise of Skywalker, since he doesn't care if the Resistance wins, only that Kylo loses. It gets him a blaster bolt in the gut from Pryde for his trouble.
- Mole in Charge: He's the spy in the First Order - and he's commanding most of it, even though Allegiant General Pryde was his boss.
- Neat Freak: The Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary mentions that he despises the Knights of Ren for their "unkempt appearance" and for treading dirt in the hallways of First Order ships.
- Nepotism: How he got his job, along with what's implied to be Chronic Backstabbing Disorder.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The one good thing Hux does in three movies - helping rescue Finn, Poe, and Chewie, even if it's only to spite Kylo Ren - gets him killed.
- Non-Action Guy: He's a thinker and a commander, not a fighter. In The Force Awakens he doesn't even carry a gun. He does carry a blaster in The Last Jedi, but only briefly considers using it on a unconscious Kylo Ren and quickly changes his mind when Ren awakens.
- No Respect Guy: A villainous example rather than a heroic one. No matter what Hux does or how hard he tries to impress anyone (but especially Snoke), everyone regards him as an absolute joke. Considering Hux's ego, he doesn't take it very well.
- Nominal Hero: He becomes The Mole for the Resistance in Rise Of Skywalker, not out of nobility, but simply out of spite towards Ren.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: Hux became The Mole not because he wants the Resistance to win, but because he wants Kylo Ren to lose.
- Not-So-Badass Longcoat: Hux wears a trenchcoat as part of his uniform, but he has no personal talent in combat. By the time of The Last Jedi, he's become the local Butt-Monkey of the First Order.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: While Hux might end up playing the Butt-Monkey it is important to remember that he is still a ruthless and brutal fascist who destroyed the New Republic's government and the bulk of its military in a matter of minutes. Also, of the First Order Power Trio (Kylo, Hux, Phasma) Hux is the one who has actually made the fewest major mistakes in the sequel trilogy thus far.
- Oh, Crap!: When he sees that Holdo is aiming the Raddus straight at the First Order Dreadnought and is preparing to jump to lightspeed, he briefly goes completely apeshit.Hux: FIRE ON THAT CRUISER!!!
- Only Sane Man: Once Kylo Ren takes over in The Last Jedi, Hux seems to be the only officer aware of how Ren's emotional instability is a greater threat to the First Order's success than the Resistance — however all the other officers seem content to play sycophant to keep their lives. It's this that drives him to become The Mole to the Resistance.
- Opportunistic Bastard: When Hux enters the scene of carnage after Ren kills Snoke, he seems ready to draw his pistol and kill Ren as well. He thinks better of it when Ren gets to his feet. Had Kylo Ren not recovered so quickly it may have ended up being Supreme Leader Hux.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Played With in The Last Jedi. Hux himself isn't one for cracking jokes, but he ends up being one of the primary sources of comic relief in the film because of his status as the No Respect Guy to everyone else and his meltdowns over this fact.
- Pragmatic Villainy: In the novelisation of The Force Awakens, Hux briefly objected to Snoke's order to destroy the system where the Resistance base was located, believing that it would be wasteful to destroy the system just to keep the Resistance from finding Luke Skywalker (he commented that claiming the system for the First Order may have been a more prudent course), but was overruled by Snoke.
- Pretty Boy: He's slender and youthful, that's for sure.
- Punch-Clock Hero: He saves the heroes only to undermine Kylo Ren.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He delivers a pretty brutal one to Kylo in Age of Resistance."Vader wore his mask because he couldn't breathe without it. But you....you just play dress-up to hide the faces of your rebel scum parents!"
- Recurring Element: Hux was shaping up to be a younger, more fanatical version of Tarkin. Even their respective backstories are pretty similar, being Used to Be a Sweet Kid who become ruthless after abusive upbringings. Though unlike Tarkin, he survives the destruction of his superweapon. Also, while Tarkin and Darth Vader's relationship was one of mutual respect, or maybe even a Villainous Friendship, Hux and Kylo Ren are openly antagonistic and spiteful towards each other.
- Redemption Equals Death: Subverted. He gets shot dead shortly after we find out he's aiding the Resistance but he hasn't redeemed himself at all since he's doing it out of pure spite towards Kylo Ren, likely hoping he can take over the First Order in the aftermath.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni:
- The blue to Kylo's red. Hux is calm (except when making that Hitler-esque speech), intelligent, self-assured and bristling with self-confidence, more of a strategic thinker than a fighter.
- Zig-Zagged come The Last Jedi. Initially, the duo seems to flip over the course of the film, with Kylo growing less conflicted and more self-assured and relaxed while Hux gets more emotional, impulsive, and upset by his total lack of respect from anyone. However, this all goes out the window when Kylo sees Luke Skywalker and completely loses it, and Hux is the one who stays calm and rational.
- Removing the Rival: He's done it before, see Klingon Promotion above, and comes close to doing it to Kylo on at least one occasion. Doesn't quite succeed though.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: After helping Finn and his companions escape execution, General Pryde promptly shoots him dead.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Played With. When Starkiller Base is set to blow, Rodinon attempts to run saying that Hux has already done so. Except Hux only left to communicate with Snoke for a plan of action and only flees from the base after giving the order to retreat.
- Self-Made Orphan: He has Phasma kill Brendol.
- The Sociopath: While he was apparently a decent child, as an adult, Hux is a rabid fanatic who proudly exterminates billions of lives for the First Order, gloats over helpless enemies, has no empathy for anyone but himself, and has an inflated opinion of himself to match his low opinion of others. He was also an accessory to the murder of his own father, and was prepared to murder an unconscious Kylo Ren to seize power over the First Order for himself.
- Spanner in the Works: In The Rise of Skywalker he is singlehandedly responsible for ruining Palpatine's plans, by alerting the Resistance about the Sith fleet at Exegol and giving them time to do something about it. He very explicitly does this out of sheer spite against Kylo Ren.
- The Starscream: Hux is always conniving to ascend the chain of command, regardless of who he has to kill to do so. He's extremely adept at this, too, as even Kylo Ren is wary of leaving Hux to his own devices for any extended length of time, for fear of being next on his list. He very nearly succeeds in The Last Jedi, upon finding Snoke dead and Kylo Ren unconscious, he briefly contemplates killing Ren, but quickly hides his blaster once Ren comes to. The look he gives Kylo at the end of the film when Kylo's obsession with Luke Skywalker leads to the last remnants of the Resistance escaping also implies that he's got no intention of remaining a submissive underling. The novelization makes it clear he truly, honestly believes he could overthrow Snoke and become Supreme Leader himself.
- The Strategist:
- Background materials reveal he is one of the top military strategists in the First Order's High Command. In The Force Awakens, he convinces Snoke to use the new superweapon to take out the Resistance's backers in order to lure the Resistance out of hiding. The plan is mostly successful.
- He's also shown to be a step ahead of his underlings when Holdo makes her kamikaze ploy. The ship's captain panics; Hux goes straight to the gunnery officers. That said, it takes him a moment to realize what's happening.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: After General Pryde sees through his deception, Hux is shot in the chest and killed instantly, with his body being blasted across the room and the camera never lingering on his corpse.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He and Kylo Ren do not get along, with Gleeson describing him as the opposite of Kylo.
- Terms of Endangerment: Refers to Leia as the Resistance's "precious princess".
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill:
- His solution to the New Republic funding and supporting the Resistance? Use Starkiller Base to obliterate their capital and main fleet.
- The novelization for The Last Jedi shows that Hux's desire is to not only build another Starkiller, but dozens, nay hundreds, if he could. Just one was capable of destroying two solar systems from parsecs away.
- Trilling Rs: At least when it comes to the "loathsome RRRESISTANCE!"
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: When we first see him in Empire's End he is a scared, timid little kid who is referred to by his father as soft and weak. In a flashback in Age of Resistance he's shown desperately apologizing for accidentally dropping a tray of glasses and trying to fix it while his father berates him. Then he meets Gallius Rax.
- Villain Decay: Hux is introduced in The Force Awakens as a cold, hardened, intimidating military general. He acts as a Suspiciously Similar Substitute to Grand Moff Tarkin, even to the point of using a super weapon to blow up multiple planets. In The Last Jedi however, he's very quickly reduced to a pompous buffoon, and the lack of respect given to him by his enemies, superiors, and subordinates reaches comical levels. Poe humiliates him with the equivalent of a Prank Call in order to stall time; his own subordinate indirectly calls him an idiot when he comments that his fleet's fighters should have been scrambled "five bloody minutes ago", and this step not being taken directly leads to the destruction of an entire dreadnought; Supreme Leader Snoke uses the Force to smack him around for failure in front of his men when he tries to save face by taking the call in his office; and Kylo Ren continues to treat him with no respect, Force choking and throwing him around like a rag-doll for raising objections, with even his own subordinates not batting an eye at it anymore. By the time of The Rise of Skywalker, Hux is reduced to actively undermining his own side's war effort purely out of spite for his boss, an act that gets him killed when his cover story fails to cover his tracks. Oops.
- Villainous Friendship: Downplayed with Captain Phasma. Knowing Phasma, it was likely a one-sided friendship but she often colluded with Hux to eliminate individuals they mutually disliked or saw necessary to remove, like Brendol and Brooks. Hux even appeared happy to see Phasma had survived the destruction of Starkiller base, completely unaware that she was the one who shut down the shields.
- Villainous Rescue:
- After Starkiller Base is blowing up, he saves a defeated Kylo off-screen from death on orders from Snoke.
- He saves Finn, Poe and Chewie from execution and helps them escape, solely to stick it to Kylo Ren.
- We ARE Struggling Together: Both Kylo Ren and Hux are vying for power within the First Order and both are willing to acquire it at the expense of the other. As we see in the films, Hux has no qualms about disparaging Ren directly to Supreme Leader Snoke. Kylo Ren ultimately wins this small cold war between them with the death of Snoke, using brute force to establish his control. Hux, however, still despises Kylo and makes it as clear as possible without saying it outright.
- We Have Reserves: In the novelization, he orders Starkiller Base's surface-to-air missile batteries to fire into the dogfight overhead, despite being told the seeker warheads would have a hard time differentiating TIE fighters from X-wings, saying they can afford the casualties more than the Resistance can.
- We Win... Because You Didn't: His reason for becoming a mole in The Rise of Skywalker isn't love of the Resistance, but a desire to have Kylo Ren fail.Hux: I don't care if you win. I just need Kylo Ren to lose.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Part of the reason he doesn't get along very well with Kylo Ren is because the latter is favored by Snoke, and he knows it. Hux ultimately wants recognition from Snoke, who seems largely disinterested in him beyond his ability to manage the First Order.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Asks Finn to shoot him in the arm to make it look like to his superiors that he was trying to stop him and the others from escaping instead of the exact opposite. He gets shot in the leg instead, and Pryde doesn't fall for it, killing him instantly.
Admiral Frantis Griss
A member of the Supreme Council and fleet commander of the Steadfast and its supporting fleet.
- All There in the Manual: His backstory and first name are provided in The Rise of Skywalker's visual dictionary.
- Character Death: Perishes during the final battle at Exegol when the Steadfast's bridge is destroyed.
- Mook Lieutenant: A senior First Order officer and Enric Pryde's right-hand man.
- Scary Black Man: A tough-looking black First Order officer.
General Domarc Quinn
Once a junior officer in the Empire, Quinn has become a technocrat army commander for the First Order. He chafes under the leadership of the younger Kylo Ren due to his hatred of mysticism.
- Bullying a Dragon: Similar to Admiral Motti in A New Hope, Quinn openly expresses his distaste on mysticism such as the Force, calling them cults and sorcerers right in Kylo Ren's face. He really should've known better.
- Only Sane Man: He is the only member of the Supreme Council who is vocally insistent on mistrusting Palpatine and wondering what the Sith Lord really wants.
- Uncertain Doom: The last time we see him he is being Force choked and held to the ceiling by Kylo Ren.
Commandant Brendol Hux
The head of the Arkanis Imperial Academy, Commandant Hux is also the founder of a secret society called the "Commandant's Cadets", made up of handpicked cadets selected by Hux to undergo advanced tests and training to make them more loyal and effective for the Empire. Following the defeat of the Empire, Hux was a member of Gallius Rax's Shadow Council, which governed the remains of the Imperial fleet shortly before the Battle of Jakku. He eventually fled with his son Armitage into the Unknown Regions along with other loyalists, where he became one of the founders of the First Order and instituted a policy of raising children from birth to become stormtroopers.
- Abusive Parent: He views Armitage as a weak and useless child, and at the very least abuses him emotionally. Sloane suspects the abuse is also physical, and when they leave for the Unknown Regions after the Battle of Jakku she threatens him with death if he continues. Armitage eventually conspires with Phasma to kill Brendol in revenge for his prior treatment.
- Bad Boss: Has zero empathy or care for the soldiers under his command, viewing them as expendable assets with no names or lives outside of serving the Empire and First Order.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Not only is his name a Shout-Out to actor Brendan Gleeson, but Galactic Atlas also bases his depiction off of him (barring the beard that Brendan Gleeson has nowadays).
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Though he was a bastard, his death is pretty nasty. Due to the bite of a Parnassos beetle, he not only developed swelling and a fever, but in days, he was unable to even move due to illness. Ultimately, his body burst from the inside, and his innards liquified.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted. He had a wife, Maratelle, but he cheated on her and left her behind on Arkanis during a siege, so it seems he doesn't care all that much about her. He had an affair with a kitchen worker but he abandoned her, too. And he's an absolute jackass to his son.
- Evil Redhead: He is greying a bit, but his hair is still noticeably red and he is evil even by the standards of the Empire. His son would inherit this trait.
- Fat Bastard: In Life Debt, Sloane notes that Hux has grown fat, with the buttons on his uniform obviously straining. He does lose a bit of weight on the journey into the Unknown Regions.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: When we first meet him in Servants of the Empire, he seems like some overly ambitious Imperial whose plans are going to be found out soon anyway by his bosses that can actually bite, and then the Aftermath trilogy from then on starts to make it clear that his dreams of ruthless soldiers conditioned from birth are going to be a reality.
- Hypocrite: For someone determined to create the perfect utterly loyal and highly skilled soldiers, Brendol himself is out-of-shape, cowardly, and changes loyalties out of fear.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: Even under the Empire, many officers would be appalled at his tactics, and Lieutenant Chiron is assigned to investigate Hux's secret activities. However, since Chiron is killed during Zare's rescue of his sister, all the information Chiron gathered on Hux's crimes is lost and he continues his work, which eventually becomes the foundation of the First Order's stormtrooper training. However his warranty expires when his son decides he had enough of his father's abuses and has Phasma assassinate him.
- No Body Left Behind: He was killed with a Parnassos beetle specifically so a corpse wouldn't be left behind and his murderer couldn't be traced. What was left of him dissolved in the Bacta tank he died in.
- Thicker Than Water: Although he treats his son horribly, Brendol did publically acknowledge Armitage as his son, raised him and let him bear his surname even though he was the product of an affair. He also took Armitage with him when Arkanis fell to the New Republic, rather than leave him behind with his wife and lover.
- Tuckerization: "Brendol" is derived from Brendan Gleeson, the father of Domhnall Gleeson, who plays adult Armitage Hux.
- Villain Respect: He admires the dedication and valor of the Jedi, as well as the clone troopers, who are trained to serve a higher cause selflessly from a very young age, which helps inspire him to have children conscripted shortly after birth be trained and indoctrinated into becoming emotionless Stormtroopers that will unquestioningly serve the First Order.
- Villainous Breakdown: Is on the edge of one after the fall of the Arkanis Academy, as he is suddenly without his one great passion in life. Gallius Rax recruiting him to begin the training of the next generation of Imperials helps snap him out of it.Hux: The Academy was my life's work. I was good at it. The best of the Empire came out of Arkanis. The very best. And now what?
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: He frequently complains about his son, calling him weak and useless at everything, though he also thinks he "has potential." His idea of bringing out 'the best' in Hux is to berate and belittle him (and possibly beat him too).
- Worthy Opponent: Despite their status as the enemies of the Empire, he has a lot of respect for the Jedi's discipline, their skill in battle, and their bond with the clones which made them such an effective army.
- Would Hurt a Child: The test he gives to the cadets he selects to join the Commandant's Cadets is to murder a fellow cadet who he feels does not live up to his high standards. Those who refuse do not get the opportunity to share that secret.
- Your Cheating Heart: His son, Armitage, is the result of an affair he had with a kitchen maid at the Arkanis Academy.
An admiral during the Galactic Empire's reign and a friend of Brendol Hux. He was amongst the Imperials that fled into the Unknown Regions and was later an admiral in the First Order.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's unclear whether he was responsible for sabotaging Hux's shuttle. He claims that he had nothing to do with it, but he could easily be lying. In any case, Hux doesn't care and uses this as an opportunity to kill him as revenge for laughing at him.
- Asshole Victim: Though he may have not actually have been responsible for trying to assassinate Hux, he also knew Brendol abused him as a child and did nothing to intervene; in fact, he outright encouraged it because he found a traumatised child being humiliated by his own father funny. It's therefore difficult to feel too bad for him when Hux finally gets his revenge on him.
- Character Death: He is killed by Hux at the end of his issue.
- Defiant to the End: When it becomes clear that Hux is going to kill him, Brooks begins to insult him and tells Armitage that his father never loved him. He quickly loses his composure when Hux gleefully reveals he murdered his father, though.
- Jerkass: During his time in the Galactic Empire, he would mock a younger Armitage Hux for being a bastard. He also not only didn't intervene in Brendol's abuse of him, but found it amusing, laughing at Armitage being berated by his father and suggesting he lick up spilt drinks from the floor.
- Oh, Crap!: He goes from defiant and sneering to utterly horrified when Hux reveals that he had Brendol killed and he's clearly next.
- Villainous Friendship: He seemed to genuinely appreciated Brendol Hux's company, sharing drinks with him and he's horrified when Armitage tells him that he was responsible for Brendol's grisly death.
Captain Tritt Opan
General Hux's personal aide and assassin.
- Advertised Extra: He got an action figure (simply called "First Order Officer") and it came in a two-pack with Admiral Ackbar, suggesting he'd be a featured character. In The Last Jedi, he just stands there looking mean.
- All There in the Manual: His name comes from the Visual Dictionary. In the movie credits, he's just "Hux's First Order Officer".
- Arsenal Attire: One of his code cylinders is fake and contains poison.
- Lean and Mean: Noticeably taller and thinner than Hux and Peavey, the two officers he spends the most time around.
- Old Retainer: He served under Brendol Hux before also working for his son.
- Mook Lieutenant: To Hux and his father before him.
- Satellite Character: He's never seen in a scene without Hux, and from a plot standpoint serves no other purpose except to stand around looking mean and being all... aide-ish.
- Undying Loyalty: He is completely loyal to Hux, albeit only because he knows Hux could have him killed just as easily as all the people whom Opan has eliminated for him.
Starkiller Base Garrison
Colonel Erich S. Datoo
The chief of fire control aboard Starkiller Base.
- Colonel Kilgore: He's responsible for the actual firing of the Starkiller's primary weapon.
- Honor Before Reason: Yells at subordinates to get back to their stations even when it is clear that the planet is about to be destroyed.
- Uncertain Doom: Given his attempt to keep his subordinates from fleeing, it is unclear whether he tried to evacuate Starkiller Base after it became clear the weapon was doomed.
An officer aboard Starkiller Base.
Lieutenant Sol Rivas
A First Order officer stationed on Starkiller Base. During the Resistance's attack on Starkiller Base, Rivas discovered through surveillance that Captain Phasma was captured by Resistance fighters and deactivated the shield. He opted to flee as the base was destroyed, prompting Phasma to go tail him in hopes of silencing him.
- He Knows Too Much: He knows that Phasma humiliated herself and ultimately resulted in the loss of Starkiller Base, so Phasma wants to kill him before he can snitch.
Crew of the Finalizer
Captain Edrison Peavey
The captain of the Finalizer and Hux's second-in-command during the hunt to snuff out the remnants of the Resistance.
- Funny Background Event: After the Resistance destroy a Dreadnought and flee the Ileenium System, prompting a furious Snoke to contact Hux, Peavey can be seen rolling his eyes behind Hux as the general desperately tries to remain calm.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: He realizes before Hux that Holdo intends on suiciding into the Supremacy and generally seems more competent at his job than his overconfident commanding officer.
- Little "No": He lets out a quiet but sudden "... No!" when he realizes to his horror that Holdo intends to ram the Raddus through the Supremacy.
- The Main Characters Do Everything: Despite being a senior naval officer and having a Star Destroyer to command, he is shown in the final third of the movie assisting Hux in directing ground operations.
- Mook Lieutenant: Delegates tasks from Hux to subordinates and gives Hux someone to talk to on the bridge.
- Old Soldier: Served in the Empire and was one of the officers who fled to the Unknown Regions to help found the First Order around three decades earlier. Like Canady, he has little respect for the pompous Hux, but knows better than to openly show his distaste.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Neither sneering like Hux or sadistic like Phasma. He is just a level-headed officer doing his job.
- Tuckerization: "Edrison" is a portmanteau derived from his actor's given name and surname.
Lieutenant Dopheld Mitaka
A tactical officer who graduated at the top of his class at the First Order's military academy and was awarded with a post aboard the Star Destroyer Finalizer.
- Adorkable: With a touch of Pretty Boy mixed with a bit of Hollywood Nerd.
- Face Death with Dignity: He's visibly terrified when he has to report their failure to recover BB-8 to Kylo Ren, and merely hopes to get it over with. Luckily for him, Kylo is simply a Mean Boss, and not a Bad Boss, so he lives.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He's short, boyish kind of baby-faced, and clearly nervous and terrified as Kylo Ren reprimands him for his failure to capture one robot. One might actually want to give the guy a big hug.
- Killer Rabbit: He may appear to be a meek, shy kid but he is a Weapons Officer and he is one of the guys who shot the Finalizer's artillery and he is the guy who blasted at Poe & Finn with the Ventral Cannons. According to the Visual Dictionary he graduated at the top of his class in a very tough and ruthless Academy of Evil... meaning that he is a competent military man who's probably sent a bit of people to their mortal doom.
- Mook Lieutenant: He's weapons officer aboard the First Order flagship and targets the TIE fighter stolen by Poe and Finn.
- Neck Lift: Ends up on the receiving end of one from Kylo Ren when he reports that Finn and BB-8 were accompanied by a girl (Rey).Kylo Ren: What girl?!
- Shoot the Messenger: Mitaka had nothing to do with the recovery effort besides failing to destroy the stolen TIE Fighter. However, he's the one who picked the short straw to report the failure to Kylo Ren. Averted, in that he isn't actually killed.
- This Is Gonna Suck: After seeing Kylo Ren slash apart a computer terminal in a fit of rage, Mitaka visibly gulps at being asked if he had anything else to report.
- Uncertain Doom: Despite other statements in this entry to the contrary. It is possible that Kylo Ren did kill Mitaka with a Neck Snap (like Vader did to Capt. Antilles in the opening of A New Hope). However, this isn't shown and we never see what happens next. It just switches to the next scene as soon as Kylo Ren asks "What girl?".
- You Have Failed Me: He approaches Kylo Ren with the full expectation that he'll be killed. He isn't, but a computer terminal is smashed.
Crew of the Fulminatrix
Captain Moden Canady
The commanding officer of the Dreadnought Fulminatrix
- Face Death with Dignity: Shows no signs of panic as his ship blows up, but instead gracefully acknowledges the bravery of the bomber's sacrifice with silent respect.
- Noble Demon: Unlike most First Order officers, he's honorable and dislikes being surrounded by the inexperienced yet arrogant individuals that make up a large part of the organization's leadership.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Captain Canady is far more competent than higher up First Order officers. He immediately sends out squadrons of fighters to go after Poe's one-ship assault, and bemoaned that the order to send the fighters out should've come five minutes earlier when Poe was distracting Hux. He realizes that Poe's goal is not taking on the whole dreadnought by himself, but rather taking out its surface guns to pave the way for a squadron of Resistance bombers to attack. When the bombers arrive, he immediately concentrates all fire on the bombers and successfully takes down all but one of them even without the surface guns. When the cannons are fully charged, he prioritizes firing on important targets like the Resistance Base on D'Qar and the flagship Raddus, successfully destroying the former and coming dangerously close to achieving the same with the latter. He only loses because the last bomber, manned by Paige Tico, drops its payload just in time, something he seems to acknowledge in his final moments.
- Old Soldier: Served in the Imperial Navy and is twice the age of anyone on his crew. His experience gives him an edge in planning ahead of time against the Resistance, but he's unfortunately held back by his crew, which consists of the typical inexperienced but overconfident First Order zealots.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Openly aggravated by the lack of experience and skill of his crew and that of the First Order as a whole. When the outcome he wanted to prevent happens anyway, no thanks to his overconfident subordinates, he rightfully snarls at them for their incompetence.
- Villain Cred: Supplementary materials note that he does respect the zeal and dedication that many of the younger First Order soldiers have; he just feels that they don't have the skill or discipline to back it up.
TIE Pilot Corps
First Order TIE Fighter Pilots
First Order TIE Fighter Pilots were skilled pilots who served the First Order, hunting down enemy vessels and protecting space around installations and warships in their advanced TIE/fo space superiority fighters.
- Ace Pilot: They are decidedly better pilots than their Imperial predecessors, as demonstrated when they relentlessly chase after Rey and Finn.
- Armored Coffins: Subverted. First Order TIE Fighters actually have advancements that include deflector shield for better protection.
- Continuity Nod: The First Order's TIE Fighters reuse the same aesthetic as the TIE Fighter targeting computers from A New Hope, but are more advanced looking in technology.
- Cool Helmet: A black helmet with two vertical red lines on the front side in the case of TIE/sf pilots. The standard TIE pilot's helmet lacks the red, but is no less cool for it.
- Cool Starship: The TIE/fo space superiority fighters. TIE/sf space superiority fighters are even cooler; they possess two seats back-to-back. The pilot sits in the front, while the rear seat accommodates a gunner.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Elite pilots have access to TIE/sf space superiority fighters, two-seater TIE craft equipped with enhanced weaponry and sensor systems.
- Evil Wears Black: The pilot suits are almost entirely black.
- Faceless Goons: None of them is ever seen without their helmets.
- Fragile Speedster: Played with. The TIE Fighters actually do have deflector shield, but they are not indestructible and can eventually be destroyed.
- Guy in Back: The TIE/sf space superiority fighter's a two-seated variant utilized by the First Order which allows an elite pilot on the front and a tailgunner on the back.
- Mook Mobile: They are just like Stormtroopers, but operate with TIE Fighters.
- Palette Swap: The First Order's TIE Fighters' color scheme is an inversion of the Original Trilogy's TIE Fighters. The Empire's TIE Fighters had gray hulls with black wings, the First Order's TIE Fighters have black hulls with gray wings.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- They use a new-model TIE Fighter that features a number of improvements. For starters, they are now shielded, unlike old Imperial TIE models, which were flying weapon platforms that valued being cheap to build over keeping the pilot alive.
- Their "special forces" TIE fighter is further improved: though still fast, it's larger to accommodate a two-person cockpit, one for the pilot and the other for a gunner. As for armament, it carries both forward and rear blaster cannons, missiles, and ECM. It also has proper life support and ejector seats.
- We Have Reserves: Subverted, while they are inevitably at risk of getting killed during space battles, the First Order has changed the treatment towards pilots, seeing them as critical assets rather than cannon fodder.
Major Elrik Vonreg
A skilled TIE pilot bearing red armor seen performing suspicious activities near the Colossus, earning the Resistance's attention.
- Ace Custom: His TIE fighter is also painted red.
- Ace Pilot: He's so good, he was one of only two people known to have scored a hit on Poe Dameron in a dogfight, something he himself notes in "The Recruit".
- Character Death: Major Vonreg meets his demise in "No Escape, Part II" when Kazuda gets the drop on his fighter.
- Determinator: He's very persistent when it comes to tailing his targets. In fact, in the dogfight outside Station Theta Black, Phasma has to order him to disengage at least twice or he would be killed in the station's explosion.Captain Phasma: Vonreg, break off your attack.Major Vonreg: I almost have them!Captain Phasma: If you don't break off, you'll die with them! Blow the station, now!
- The Dragon: For Commander Pyre after he ascends to the role of Big Bad when Phasma vacated the role.
- Engineered Heroics: In "The Doza Dilemma", Kragan is ordered to kidnap Torra Doza under the promise of triple payment. Vonreg arrives with said payment, only to attack the pirates and "rescue" Torra, in order to gain Captain Doza's trust.
- Evil Brit: Like many officers, Vonreg speaks with an English-sounding accent.
- Evil Counterpart: He's the First Order's answer to Poe.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: Wears red armour reminiscent of Captain Cardinal's. Also his T-shaped visor is reminiscent of a Mandalorian or Clone Trooper helmet.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Upon meeting Kragan with his "payment".Major Vonreg: Good evening, Kragan. Commander Pyre sends his regards.
- Red-plica Baron: Baron Elrik Vonreg: His unique red armor was designed so that he could stand out from other First Order pilots, as an indication of his superior rank and skills.
- Shout-Out: His red uniform and TIE fighter, as well the title of Baron, intentionally call to mind the Red Baron.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After Kragan kidnaps Torra Doza as a part of the plan, Vonreg turns on them to rescue her and earn Captain Doza's trust.
A TIE pilot officer who served under Commander Pyre as a squadron leader and flight instructor.
- Asshole Victim: Orders the deaths of innocent, unarmed recruits and doesn't bat an eyelid. Galek gets killed for it by Venisa Doza.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Galek is definitely cruel towards new recruits, even to the point of holding live fire exercises where recruits have a chance of dying.
- The Social Darwinist: Lt. Galek only believes in survival of the fittest, and that the objective takes priority over saving fellow TIE pilots who are unable to survive without assistance.
- Would Not Shoot a Civilian: Averted. Galek is willing to gun down even unarmed vessels containing unarmed people. Tam questions the order to fire on the transports containing the recruits, and Galek doesn't understand why that should even be a problem.
Lieutenant Poldin LeHuse
Formerly stationed at Starkiller Base, LeHuse was reassigned to Kylo Ren's personal squadron after the destruction of the superweapon.
- All There in the Manual: His name and backstory are given in The Last Jedi's Visual Dictionary.
- Character Death: Dies when he and Kylo's other wingman are destroyed by the Ninka.
- My Greatest Failure: He and the other surviving pilots of Starkiller Base feel responsible for its destruction and are thus doubly determined to see the Resistance suffer and be destroyed to make up for their failure.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He appears for just a few seconds, but fires a torpedo that destroys the bridge of the Raddus, killing Admiral Ackbar and several other high-ranking Resistance officers and putting Leia in a coma, sending the Resistance into a crisis of leadership.
- Revenge: He was motivated by a desire for vengeance against the Resistance for their destruction of Starkiller Base.
- Wingman: Serves as one of Kylo's two wingmen during their attack on the Resistance fleet.
Lieutenant Tamara "Tam" Ryvora (DT-533)
Cadet Jace Rucklin (DT-798)
Another young racer that Kaz befriends. However, he has an ulterior motive: becoming the best racer on the Colossus, and he'll lie and thieve his way to the top if he has to. After the First Order occupies the Colossus, Jace becomes a collaborator and eventually joins them as a TIE pilot alongside Tam Ryvora.
- Asshole Victim: After his ship is destroyed, he takes up a job as a servant in Doza Tower and he gets pushed around by the Aces, especially Hype. Does he deserve it? Yes.
- Butt-Monkey: He's treated as such by the Aces, particularly Hype.
- When he sees Kaz sneaking into Captain Doza's office, he runs off to tell Doza, who is in the middle of a professional meeting with the First Order. When they rush off to his office to catch Kaz, Kaz has disappeared. Doza, angry with Rucklin's behavior, tells him to throw away his trash if he's going to come in here.
- The Cameo: He and his friends are seen in the marketplace during "Synara's Score". Much later, in "No Escape, Part I", Rucklin and Lin are seen being escorted through Doza Tower by stormtroopers.
- Commonality Connection: In Season 2, he hangs around Tam because they've both been wronged by Kaz and struggled to make a better life on the Colossus. That said...
- Evil Is Petty: He wants revenge on Kaz for getting his ship blown up. When he sees Kaz and BB-8 sneaking into Captain Doza's office, he rushes off to tell the captain. Not because its what anyone else would have done, but because he wants to make Kaz look bad.
- False Friend: He and his teammates befriend Kaz just so that they can get access to Yeager's quarters. They dont really see him as a friend.
- To Kaz. Both of them want to be the best pilots around and their ambition can get lethal without someone else's minding, but Rucklin would rather seek the easy way out, like manipulating others, stealing hyperfuel, and removing safety features to make his ship fly faster, while Kaz is ultimately willing to work hard to achieve his goals.
- He also shares ambitions with Tam. Not unlike Tam, he's bitter at the cards the Colossus has dealt him. Unlike Tam, he drops any empathy for the Colossus's state.
- Glory Hound: He wants to be famous by doing daring things, initially through racing and later, after joining the First Order, by proving himself on missions.
- Hate Sink: He and his friends are toxic, self-serving, jerkasses. They're reputed as such on the Colossus, and it's not surprising that Rucklin and Lin (and not Gorrak) are seen collaborating with the First Order in the Season 1 finale. He's even more repulsive in Season 2, where not only has he been drinking the First Order's Knight Templar kool-aid (such as claiming the destruction of the Hosnian System was justified or that the people of the Colossus deserve to die for not joining the First Order), he seems to have almost no regrets about turning his back on the Colossus. In "Rebuilding the Resistance", he gleefully destroys one of the unarmed transports and only shows anger at Tam being promoted for the kill and not he.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He resembles his voice actor, Elijah Wood, but with blue eyes and blond combed hair.
- It's All About Me: Although he occasionally shows genuine flashes of concern for others, he ultimately seems to be only out for himself.
- Jerkass: He pretends to be Kaz's friend, and uses him to get the hyperfuel. After the stolen fuel causes his ship to explode, he blames Kaz for it, and attempts to exact revenge on him for it.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: He was never a nice guy when he lived on the Colossus, but after joining the First Order he becomes a murderous thug who's all too happy to shoot down civilians, and is eager for an opportunity to wipe out the station and everyone on it, especially Kaz.
- Killed Offscreen: Tam knocks him out during the Grand Finale, then the Star Destroyer they're on later blows up, presumably taking Rucklin's life along with it.
- Last-Name Basis: Usually addressed as "Rucklin".
- Les Collaborateurs: He and Lin are seen being escorted around Doza Tower with some stormtroopers, like Tam, meaning that they're unsurprisingly this. In Season 2, he's part of the First Order TIE pilot corps.
- Lethally Stupid:
- He used unstable hyperfuel without knowing how dangerous it was, or how to properly use it. Barely a few seconds after his ship's jets activated, the hyperfuel ignited, destroying his ship.
- He had the parachute removed from his ship's ejector seat in an attempt to make his ship faster. Kaz is quick to point out how foolish this was as he and Rucklin are falling out of the sky.
- Moral Myopia: He was a False Friend to Kaz, using him to steal the hyperful from Yeager, and sees nothing wrong with his actions in the least. He later makes it his goal to get payback against Kaz for the loss of his ship, even though Kaz saved him from being killed by his own short-sighted actions.
- Never My Fault:
- He blames Kaz for the loss of his ship, rather than admit his use of stolen hyperfuel was the true cause.
- Later, after joining the First Order and running into Kaz and Neeku aboard the Titan fuel station, he scolds Kaz for refusing the let the First Order take over the Colossus, and that the station's desperate state is their own fault.
- Not Helping Your Case: Maybe Captain Doza would have held him in higher consideration if Rucklin hadn't 1) interrupted him in the middle of showing the First Order out, and 2) upon entering the captain's office only to find Kaz had disappeared, he hadn't started touching Doza's personal stuff and just concluded the obvious that Kaz is either hiding or left.
- Pet the Dog: He's genuinely grateful to Tam for saving his life when a training exercise goes awry, and tries to stick up for her.
- Smug Snake: He's very smug when he confronts Kaz and Neeku on the Titan, claiming that them being caught is Kaz's fault for being a Resistance spy and not joining the First Order. Later, he tells Tam that he's sure to get a promotion for catching them... before Kaz and Neeku escape.Tam: There goes your promotion, Commander.
- Toxic Friend Influence: He and his team befriend Kaz just to take advantage of his connection to Yeager, then trick him into letting them sneak into Yeager's quarters under the claim that they would try to check out Yeager's ship while they were actually stealing his hyperfuel.
- Ungrateful Bastard: His reaction to Kaz saving him from his ship before it could explode due to the hyperfuel he stole is to blame Kaz for it, even though Rucklin was ultimately responsible, because he sunk all of his money into the ship and now he's lost everything. He then vows to somehow get back at Kaz for the incident.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He's not a particularly good influence on Tam when they become cabin mates aboard Tierney's Star Destroyer. However, there is a genuine rapport between them.
- What You Are in the Dark: When Venisa takes Tam as a hostage and dares him to shoot them both, he can't bring himself to pull the trigger, both from conscience and a lack of skill. The former, who already deduced this about him, takes this as a sign that he might eventually realize the truth about the First Order.
- With Friends Like These...: He and Lin evidently have ditched Gorrak because the First Order isn't looking for alien recruits, and he attaches himself to the hip to Tam but never mentions Lin or Gorrak ever again. Though he seems decent to Tam, he also gets upset with her whenever she refuses to let him go his way and/or be pro-First Order, eventually culminating with him throwing her under the bus when she tries to make him desert with her, soon leading to Tam realizing that she's better off ditching him.
Cadet Lin Gaava
A member of Jace Rucklin's racing team onboard the Colossus. She later joins the First Order along with Rucklin.
A TIE Fighter pilot that was stationed on Starkiller Base. During the attack on Starkiller Base, she was late to the fight due to a BB-series unit needing to perform a data update on her TIE. When Phasma decided to track down Lieutenant Rivas to silence him before he could inform First Order superiors about Phasma removing the shield, the captain came across TN-3465 and had her tag along as her ride while chasing down Rivas.
- Alas, Poor Villain: After she overheard that Phasma was the one who lowered the Starkiller Base's shield, Pilot practically whimpers, fearing that Phasma would kill her, too, and attempted to convince herself that she heard nothing. Unfortunately, Phasma knew that she knew, anyway, so Pilot begs to Phasma and promises that she won't tell anyone and she had nothing to threaten Phasma. But Phasma isn't convinced and shoots her in the back◊. Whether Phasma was regretful or not is ambiguous, as she takes time to close Pilot's eyes after she's dead.
- Dark Action Girl: She's a woman who works for the First Order as a TIE Fighter pilot.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Subverted. While she has black hair and pretty pale skin, she seems pretty ordinary person.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Phasma insists on calling her "Pilot" even though she suggests that aliases might be practical while going undercover in a local village.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: Not only Phasma refused to give her a proper name or alias, but Phasma's report also mentioned that TN-3465 was "destroyed" rather than "killed in action", suggesting that Phasma saw her as nothing more than a tool.
- Nice Girl: Despite being a First Order soldier (which she never had a choice of being), she's pretty reasonable and has shades of idealism, something you'd see in youth with regular upbringings.
- Oh, Crap!: Panics when she overhears that Phasma was the one to lower Starkiller Base's shields, for good reason.
- Punch-Clock Villain: She seems pretty decent girl despite working for the First Order. She appears to genuinely like BB-K8 whom she pat on the head once and briefly had Like an Old Married Couple moment with it. She's also genuinely impressed by Phasma's Rousing Speech to people of Lupror, telling the captain that she would make a better life for them, before Phasma coldly dismiss it that she only needs them as cannon fodder for her.
- Samus Is a Girl: There was no indication of her gender until she removed her helmet in Issue #2.
- She Knows Too Much: Phasma kills her and her droid after they overheard that Phasma was the one who lowered the Starkiller Base's shield.
- Unwitting Pawn: Phasma enlists her company to hunt down Lieutenant Rivas for possible betrayal. She doesn't know that Phasma wants Rivas dead because she believes that he knows she's the one who deactivated Starkiller Base's energy shield. Sure enough, Phasma kills her after she learned the truth.
- You Are Number 6: Like many in the First Order, she only has her callsign, not a proper name.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Played with. Phasma initially pretended not knowing that Pilot knew about her lowering the Starkiller Base's shield and ordered her to prepare their TIE Fighter. After Pilot did so, Phasma points her blaster on her and kills her despite she begged and promised Phasma not to tell anyone.
- You Remind Me of X: Not explicitly stated, but Phasma accidentally calls her Siv—an old friend of Phasma—while warning her about rock-climbing.
Commander Jad Bean
- ".01 to moon target... Moon target in range. Sir! Moon target in range now!"
A former Imperial Navy Trooper sergeant who served aboard the second Death Star during the Battle of Endor. He survived the battle station's destruction and later joined the First Order, serving as commanding officer of Zeta Squadron.
- Colonel Kilgore: In a deleted scene, he's pretty gung-ho about destroying Endor per the Emperor's instructions in sharp contrast to the reluctant Moff Jerjerrod, even pressuring the hesitant Moff into giving him the order he wants.
- Commanding Coolness: He holds the rank of Commander in the First Order.
- In-Series Nickname: After joining the First Order, his comrades call him "Scorch."
- Middle-Management Mook: Like Ansin Thobel, he operates the main computer terminal in the Death Star's control room and directs the superlaser's gunners whenever Jerjerrod gives the order to fire. He's also in charge of directing incoming ships and accepting or rejecting their clearance codes.
- Toxic Friend Influence: In a deleted scene, Jerjerrod is ordered by Emperor Palpatine to fire on Endor. He hesitates due to all the loyal Imperials on the moon, but after the countdown, Bean keeps pressuring his superior to fire until he gives in and reluctantly commands Bean to relay the order to open fire to the gunners.
- Unexplained Recovery: Currently it's unknown how he managed to escape the Death Star's destruction when he was in the control room and likely wouldn't have been allowed to leave, especially in the deleted scene which shows both him and Jerjerrod remaining up until just a few moments before the whole thing goes kablooey.
Commander Gideon Hask
A high-ranking First Order officer who replaces Agent Terex as the leader of the First Order's hunt for Lor San Tekka. She commands the light cruiser Enshado.
- Brawn Hilda: Very tall and muscular, and it isn't presented as an attractive trait to anyone but herself.
- Expy: She looks similar to ISB Commander Alecia Beck.
- Fantastic Drug: Her size and physical strength is at least partially attributed to a drug that she injects into her eye. By her account, it also increases intelligence and slows aging. It also allows her body to withstand strain that it normally could not, like maneuvering a starfighter in atmosphere like it was in space.
- Faux Affably Evil: Unlike Terex, who is at least genuinely polite at times and respects his enemies, Malarus does not have a sincere bone in her body and just likes to torment people.
- It's Personal: The destruction of the Enshado at the hands of Black Squadron drives Malarus into a fury, and she becomes devoted to personally killing all of them.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Starts smacking Terex around when she gets furious, which ends up resulting in his brain implants being damaged just enough that he can start Fighting from the Inside at least a little. Thanks to this, he takes control just long enough to give Oddy Muva a chance to rescue Poe and Snap when they're captured by Malarus, spectacularly ruining her moment of triumph.
- Red Right Hand: The sclera of her left eye is completely black due to the drug she likes to take.
A First Order officer. He used to be a Stormtrooper that served under Darth Vader during the Death Star crisis. During that time, he was mind-tricked by Obi-Wan and later bumped his head on a doorframe.
- Butt-Monkey: The Stormtrooper who was mind-tricked and the one who bumped his head on a doorframe were long considered this by the fandom. With the revelation that they're the same person, it's become official.
- Composite Character: From A Certain Point of View reveals that the Stormtrooper who bumped his head and the Stormtrooper that got mind-tricked are the same person.
- The Ditz: He's most well-known by the fanbase for having bumped his head on a doorframe as a Funny Background Event.
- Fat Bastard: By the time he's a First Order officer, his body had gotten from athletic to fat.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: Wanten had the designation number of 110, or "one-ten".
- Weak-Willed: Obi-Wan easily Jedi Mind Tricks him due to this. The desert heat and disdain for his assignment were also contributing factors.
A BB series astromech droid in service of the First Order. He serves aboard Supreme Leader Snoke's personal flagship, the Mega-class Star Destroyer Supremacy.
- Advertised Extra: Despite having a fairly sizable presence in The Last Jedi's marketing, he appears for all of one scene and is only barely relevant to the plot.
- Do-Anything Robot: A next-generation astromech droid and thus a more advanced successor to the R2 model line.
- Enemy Scan: Detects BB-8's presence as he hides in a box while Finn, Rose Tico and DJ are infiltrating the Supremacy to sabotage the ship's hyperspace tracer.
- Evil Counterpart: The First Order version of the Resistance's BB-8 is a black and red droid who ends up indirectly killing hundreds.
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: While BB-8 is predominantly white and orange, BB-9E is black and grey with red sensors.
- Mix-and-Match Critter: Has a square domed droid floating on a rotating sphere.
- One-Wheeled Wonder: He's a droid head on a giant rolling sphere, and he rolls around on said sphere.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has red sensors, and works for an evil force.
- Robo Cam: The movie switches to this mode when BB-9E scans BB-8, Finn, Rose Tico and DJ.
A metalsmith and Sith alchemist aboard the Night buzzard who was taked with repairing Kylo Ren's broken helmet as Ren and his Knights watched. Albrekh had highly sensitive ears which allowed him to determine the heat of any metal by the tone it produced when struck.
- Alchemy Is Magic: Described as a "Sith alchemist".
- All There in the Manual: His name, species and role in the First Order are depicted in the Visual Dictionary of the film.
- Apes in Space: His species look like chimpanzees with goblin-like ears.
- Beast Man: Symeong like him are anthropomorphic apes.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Albrekh's elongated, pointy ears were highly sensitive and he could use them to judge the temperature of the metals he worked with by listening to the sound they produced whenever he struck them.
- The Blacksmith: This is his role in the First Order.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: A villainous example. He rebuilds Kylo's helmet so the new Supreme Leader can use it once again.
- Humanoid Alien: He's essentially a fully anthropomorphic, sentient chimpanzee.
- Killer Space Monkey: While he doesn't do anything aggressive onscreen, he nonetheless works out of his own volition for a militaristic junta that seeks out to violently subjugate the Galaxy.
- Meaningful Name: His name may be a Shout-Out to Alberich, a dwarf blacksmith from German mythology who forged the magical Ring of the Nibelungs.
- Pointy Ears: Has a pair of them.
- Punny Name: Not Albrekh himself, but the name of his species, Symeong, is a pun on "Simian", befitting his ape-like design.
- Token Non-Human: Similar to Gleb and the late Snoke, he is among the very few non-human beings that are part of the First Order.
First Order Security Bureau
A special forces officer with the First Order Security Bureau, and former stormtrooper, on the hunt for Lor San Tekka prior to the events of The Force Awakens. He is a rival to Poe Dameron.
- Affably Evil: Always polite and friendly, even to his enemies.
- All of the Other Reindeer: The First Order brass treats him this way due to his Mysterious Past. Subverted when it's found out he's also chronically insubordinate, corrupt, and barely follows orders and then he starts to outright disobey them.
- Berserk Button: Is normally confident and swaggering, but he has a couple.
- Bullying a Dragon: He is very disrespectful and insubordinate to Phasma, who didn't get to be a high ranking officer in a fascist military dictatorship by playing nice. He lives to regret this.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Lacks the militaristic formality of most First Order soldiers, but they tolerate it because he's so good at his job. Until he goes too far.
- Cool Starship: He somehow acquired Tarkin's Carrion Spike and refitted it to his tastes.
- Cyborg: Is forcibly converted into one under Phasma's orders to reign in those insubordinate tendencies.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not only is Terex sarcastic, but he often engages in Snark-to-Snark Combat with Poe. He tries this on Captain Phasma and finds it doesn't work.
- The Don: He became the leader of a criminal syndicate based out of Kaddak after the Empire's defeat until he stumbled upon the First Order.
- Evil Counterpart: Charles Soule has referred to him as an evil version of Lando.
- Facial Markings: Has a rather cool looking tattoo on his left temple.
- False Reassurance: Terex has a habit of giving these out.Terex: Don't worry. My men won't hurt you . . . Unless I tell them to.
- Friendly Enemies: Seems to be one to Poe.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has what appears to be a scar from a knife cut over his right eye. It helps give him a roguish look.
- After going completely rogue and fighting his brain implants, he's left with burn scars thanks to the repeated electrical shocks he subjected himself to in order to keep the implants inactive.
- I Have Your Wife: The leverage he has over Oddy Muva.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He repeatedly mocks the First Order officers for acting nothing like Imperial officers of Palpatine's order. They punish him for his insubordination in a suitably Vader-esque manner by being turned into a cyborg without free will, which is a very old school Imperial way of doing things.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Enjoys brandy, collects Imperial memorabilia, and keeps slaves.
- Military Maverick: Terex is lot more independent, and more willing to disobey orders from superiors like Phasma, then most First Order officers we have seen. He is still a very competent officer, though, and gives Poe and his squadron a run for their money every time he shows up. This finally gets him into trouble.
- Mook Promotion: He used to be an ordinary stormtrooper. Now he is an officer.
- Mysterious Past: There is something from his past that causes other members of the First Order to look down on him. It's unclear what this is, but he loses some of his characteristic swagger when Phasma brings it up. It is later revealed that between the fall of the Empire and the rise of the First Order, he spent years as a crimelord.
- Old Soldier: He served in the Imperial Military during the time of the Galactic Civil War and he thinks the First Order has a way to go before it can measure up to the Empire's standards.
- Reality Ensues: His chronic insubordination, insults to Kylo Ren (including unfavorably comparing him to his grandfather), association with criminals, and disobeying standing orders from Snoke get the First Order to crush his organization, as well as take him prisoner.
- Restraining Bolt: The brain implant that's eventually forced on him as punishment for his maverick behavior keeps him perfectly obedient.
- The Rival: He serves as one to Poe Dameron.
- Rogue Agent: Terex eventually disobeys direct orders and goes rogue, recruiting his old pirate fleet to help him wage his own private war against Poe Dameron and the Resistance. This turns out to be the final straw for the First Order's toleration of his insubordination and personality quirks.
- Smug Snake: He dramatically overestimates his importance to both Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma. He also underestimates their ruthlessness.
- State Sec: Part of being with the First Order Security Bureau.
- Space Pirates: He led a fleet of them in the years after the Battle of Jakku. He later recruits said fleet to help in his personal war against Poe Dameron.
- Tragic Keepsake: He still has his old stormtrooper armor, albeit heavily customized and patched up with whatever he could get his hands on post-Jakku. Yes, he really loved his time as a soldier in the Imperial Army.
- Underestimating Badassery: Has a big problem with this. He treats Poe like an annoyance, thinks his pirate fleet can defeat the Resistance by itself, and openly mocks Kylo Ren and Phasma as well as the First Order as a whole. The latter is what finally gets his fleet annihilated by what's implied to be Kylo Ren's flagship.
- Undying Loyalty: Even more so than the rest of the First Order. We find out in issue #8 Terex is completely dedicated to the idea of the Empire; to the law, order and unity it represents. In fact, we come to realize that his disdain for the First Order brass like Phasma comes from the fact that they are not Imperial officers.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: He's actually pretty good at this, and he ends up playing the game against Poe Dameron on many occasions. In fact, most confrontations between Poe and Terex generally have them more focused on outwitting and out-maneuvering the other than actively trying to destroy each other.
An agent of the First Order pursuing Suralinda Javos, a reporter who has learned something about the First Order.
- Faux Affably Evil: Introduces himself very politely to Javos, and then proceeds to murder an innocent bartender as his men massacre the rest of the bar's patrons.
An agent sent to the Colossus to investigate Resistance activity.
- Affably Evil: She is warm and welcoming to Tam after her capture, although Tam, being a Horrible Judge of Character and severely Genre Blind, doesn't realize Tierny has an ulterior motive.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: She and Commander Pyre are the main villains for the second season of Resistance as they lead a task force to hunt down the Colossus.
- The Corrupter: She manipulates Tam into believing Kaz, Yeager, and the Resistance are evil as well as using the fact that Kaz and Yeager hid their connection to the Resistance from her to twist Tam's perception of them into manipulative liars that were using her as a tool.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She confides to Tam that she grew up scraping by under the New Republic, whom she blames her troubles for. At some point, she was then recruited by the First Order.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: She's a black woman who works for the First Order's State Sec branch.
- Et Tu, Brute?: In the Grand Finale, she asks Tam how she had failed her, claiming that she had given her everything yet she chose to throw it all away.
- Every Scar Has a Story: She has a scar on her right cheek. The Databank calls specific attention to it, calling it "mysterious".
- Everybody Has Standards: She's understandably intimidated by Kylo Ren and is horrified and disturbed when he almost makes her do a Psychic-Assisted Suicide Mutual Kill with Pyre if they fail to capture the Colossus again.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When she asks Tam how could she betray her and the First Order after everything they've given her, Tam answers that Team Fireball gave her something they didn't: family, a response that Tierny mocks.
- Expy: Word of God compares her to Agent Kallus in character.
- Gory Discretion Shot: In the Grand Finale, as Kylo tells her that You Have Failed Me, she tries to answer that she understands, only to start struggling to breathe and getting her words out. The camera cuts away to another scene as we start to see her grab her throat.
- Guns Akimbo: She wields two blasters.
- The Idealist: She genuinely believes that the First Order is a force of good. However, it would seem that her idea of "good" is Good Is Not Soft (to say the least), which includes being manipulative and ruthless.
- Meaningful Name: Tierny is pronounced similarly to "tyranny".
- Morality Pet: Downplayed in regards to her relationship with Tam. She seems to carry a fondness for the young woman beyond her connection to the Colossus and reaches out to her more than with Rucklin or Lin. That said, she's still suspicious of Tam for her possibly wavering loyalty to the First Order. Near the end of the show, in a moment of proudness for Tam turning in her commlink from the Colossus and getting promoted, she confides to her about how she worked her way up from her Dark and Troubled Past. In the Grand Finale, she's angered when Tam betrays her, an act that Tierny wonders is a result of her failing Tam.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: In the series finale, Kylo Ren threatens to relieve her and Pyre of their jobs if they fail to find and take the Colossus again. To prove his point, he uses the Force to make them reach for their respective blasters and turn against each other... before letting them go. When she does end up failing again, Kylo gives her a Psychic Strangle.
- Psychic Strangle: After Team Fireball gets away, Kylo holocalls her again for failing one too many times and Force-chokes her.
- We ARE Struggling Together: She and Pyre make passive-aggressive takes at each other every now and then whenever the other party's newest attempt at retaking or destroying the Colossus doesn't pan out. Unlike most villainous examples in the franchise, they otherwise work with each other well and never attempt to sabotage the other.
- You Have Failed Me: In the Grand Finale, Kylo has run out of patience for Tierny and Pyre's failures to re-capture the Colossus, so he holocalls them and threatens to personally (in a way...) kill them if they fail one more time. He makes good on the promise for Tierny.
A former Imperial TIE fighter pilot and ISB officer turned businesswoman, Hadrassian was the secret leader of the Amaxine Warriors, a paramilitary organization that served as a front for First Order activities in New Republic space before it revealed itself to the galaxy.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Hadrassian is the public face of the villainous operation plaguing the heroes in Bloodline, while Carise provides the political support and intelligence from within the New Republic.
- Dark Action Girl: Being a former TIE pilot and ISB agents leaves her with a number of martial skills, including some skill with the Force pikes used by the Imperial Royal Guard, which her brother was a member of.
- Fall Guy: She allows herself to become one as well by murdering Tai-Lin Garr at a party to announce his candidacy for the position of First Senator, and then committing suicide, making it look like she was taking revenge for the destruction of her army, thus ensuring the New Republic doesn't bother investigating the matter any further.
- Hypothetical Casting: The author of Bloodline imagined her as being portrayed by Sônia Braga.
- Murder-Suicide: After Leia destroys the Amaxine Warriors headquarters, killing most of their members, exposing their plot, and ending any chance of them serving as the vanguard of the First Order, Hadrassian assassinates Senator Tai-Lin Garr during the middle of his first campaign rally for First Senator and then shoots herself in the head, which causes most of the galaxy to assume that the threat of the Amaxine Warriors is over and not investigate further, saving the First Order from being discovered too early.
- Tuckerization: Her name is a shorted form of Charlize Theron's first name, being one of the many shoutouts to Mad Max: Fury Road in Bloodline.
The headmaster of the Future Imperial Leaders academy on Vardos. She was evacuated from the planet as part of Operation: Cinder, after which she followed the Imperial Remnant into the Unknown Regions and joined the First Order, becoming the head of Project: Resurrection.
- Asshole Victim: She's Killed Offscreen by Hask in the Resurrection DLC. Considering that she indoctrinated children into the Empire, and was overall just unpleasant to Iden, it's hard to feel any sympathy for her.
- Being Personal Isn't Professional: Believes that Imperials shouldn't be friends amongst each other, but doesn't eliminate the notion that they should be allies and have a bond that is more than being colleagues.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She's mentioned as being a teacher to Iden back on Vardos in Inferno Squad.
- Jerkass: She is an extremely unpleasant being to say the least. Aside from willingly indoctrinating children into the Empire, Gleb takes great satisfaction in tormenting some of her former charges, including Iden Versio when she has to pretend to be a traitor to the Empire and is "sentenced" to work under Gleb, who is in on the ruse but takes every opportunity to demean Iden.
- Karma Houdini: Survives the fall of the Empire and continues to be a leading official in Jinata Security, and is secretly working for the First Order.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: Killed Offscreen by Hask in the Resurrection DLC.
- Hide Your Otherness: More like "mitigate your otherness," but during her stay on Vardos, Gleb keeps her lower eyes shut, likely so her face appears more humanoid.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: At the end of the main campaign of Battlefront II, it seems like we'll see more of her... only for the sequel DLC to reveal Hask killed her shortly afterwards.
- Translator Microbes: A much lower-tech and plausible example than most. Because her species is physically incapable of speaking Basic, she wears a large harness around her neck that translates her speech in real-time using a synthesized voice.
A First Order droid captured by C-3PO's team. He is believed to have information on the location of Admiral Ackbar, who has been captured by the First Order.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Gives C-3PO Ackbar's location and then walks out into acid rain to activate a homing beacon, destroying himself but allowing Threepio to be rescued.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Like most protocol droids, he's had his memory wiped at least once in the past. However, he still gets flashes of old memories.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: Serves the First Order because of his programming, not because he believes in its ideals.
- Poisonous Captive: Makes no secret of the fact that he plans to escape. However, he befriends C-3PO and changes his mind.
- Tragic Keepsake: He is the source of the red arm C-3PO wears in The Force Awakens.
A First Order mouse droid whom Tam befriends and later has him help her send a message to Kaz.
- Last Episode, New Character: His debut is in "The Escape", the Grand Finale of Star Wars Resistance.
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to Fievel Mousekewitz.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He never appears again after helping Tam send a message to Kaz, leaving his fate on the Star Destroyer ambiguous.