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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 under the command of Admiral Rae Sloanne and Brendol Hux until a mysterious dark-side user only known as "Snoke" took over, the First Order was born.
By 28 ABY, this Imperial remnant was using mercenaries, pirates and criminal groups to undermine, sabotage, or even take control of the New Republic itself by using the elitist, conservative and more authoritarian faction of the senate known as the "Centrists" (as of centralized government). However, their attempts to take control of the Republic through getting a sympathizer elected as First Senator would fail, causing many Centrist planets to seceded from the New Republic, join with Snoke's Imperial remnant and announce the public formation of the First Order.
In the following years, the First Order began invading and occupying various systems in the Outer Rim and stripping them of resources needed to build their fleet. Their actions would led to the formation of the Resistance — a private paramilitary force led by General Leia Organa — specifically to stall them until the New Republic declares war on them.
In 34 ABY, the First Order officially 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 while others decide to abandon the rest of the galaxy to protect themselves, leaving Leia's Resistance to be decimated by the First Order in the Battle of Crait.
A year after the Resistance's defeat, they solidified their control over most of the populated systems but lacking the fleet and manpower to completely take control of the most important systems causes their advance to stall. Then, out of nowhere, a mysterious message is heard across the known galaxy, claiming to be the thought-to-be-dead Emperor Palpatine, announcing his return, revealing plans to turn the First Order into a new empire known as the Final Order, and creating a galaxy where rebellion is impossible, under threat of planetary destruction...
- 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. Tellingly, the First Order collapses almost immediately after the second death of Emperor Palpatine.
- All There in the Manual: What the First Order is, what they represent, their relationship to the Galactic Empire is, and so on is found primarily in the supplementary material — whereas viewers who stick to the movies are naturally just left to assume that they're what's left of the Empire, only bigger and badder in spite of having fewer resources to work with. 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.
- For all their claims about the New Republic being weak and ineffective, the First Order proves to be no better when they took control of the galaxy. The Resistance is able to rebuild itself from a handful of survivors to a fully-functional organization on par with the original Rebel Alliance in less than a year, and the First Order has spread itself too thin to maintain control of the galaxy thanks to the reckless losses of Star Destroyers and Starkiller Base at the beginning of their reign. The First Order then makes the fatal decision of putting all their eggs (such as their entire leadership) into a secret fleet of Star Destroyers hidden on Exegol... which promptly gets destroyed by the Resistance fleet in the final battle, causing the First Order to collapse in the same manner as the New Republic.
- Believing Their Own Lies: More like completely divorced from reality. According to the novelization of The Force Awakens, 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, thought unlike the somewhat more benevolent Fel Empire, it remained a primarily villainous faction until the end. It is also one for the Separatists from the Clone Wars 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).
- Deal with the Devil: Though some of his officers have reservations about this plan, Supreme Leader Kylo Ren agrees to ally the First Order with Palpatine's Final Order to solidify rule over the galaxy. And like many deals with the Sith, it ends with the First Order becoming completely subservient to Darth Sidious with Kylo Ren written out of the equation, as well as destroy any falsehood that the First Order is anything but pure evil due to the Emperor's final plan to rid himself of all rebellions.
- 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.
- Depending on the Writer: Is the First Order an illusive Imperial Remnant that nobody takes seriouly because people believe it's just a small terrorist group? Or an expanding Galatic State that openly controls at least a third of the known galaxy including many cosmopolitan planets before the events of The Force Awakens? The writters of The Force Awakens and Star Wars Resistance lean on the former while many of the Sequel Era tie-in books lean on the latter.
- 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.
- Their military strategy of launching overwhelming force across the galaxy in a short amount of time after incapacitating the New Republic's capital bears resemblance to the Nazi's blitzkreig campaigns in the early years of the war. Like Nazi Germany, the First Order seems to be an unstoppable, almost invincible force poised to take over everything... only to then suffer thinned out forces and supply lines being sabotaged by the resistance. Eventually, their rule crumbles quickly as the Resistance begins building up superior numbers.
- Their having an enemies list of various people who called it quits with the Empire, people who supported the Rebellion, survivors of the illegitimate New Republic government and military, and potential recruits for the Resistance who can stop the First Order's rising legitimacy, while shipping them off to labor camps is similar to Josef Stalin's NKVD Purges where he would ship off anyone who upset him in any way or he even liked to the Gulags.
- 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.
- Fascist, but Inefficient: The First Order is more militarized than even the Galactic Empire, with bigger weapons and fanatic soldiers trained since childhood. But the top of the hierarchy is run by power-hungry individuals seeking to undermine each other out of spite or self-preservation. This consequently leads to crippling losses even in their early victories, such as the destruction of Starkiller Base thanks to Phasma's actions. Once the leadership is decapitated on Exegol, the First Order immediately caves to the local populace of each star system, with their reign over the galaxy lasting for only one year at best.
- 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 Twilight Zone (1959), 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.
- Karmic Death: The First Order established itself as the new galactic superpower by destroying the New Republic government and its main fleet on Hosnian Prime, decapitating the central leadership and making every star systems easy picking for the First Order to conquer in a matter of weeks. A year later, the First Order met its end in the same manner, with the leadership decapitated and the main fleet destroyed on Exegol, allowing the local star systems to overthrow their conquerors in mere days.
- Keystone Army: After losing the Starkiller Base and several Star Destroyers in their opening act of war, the First Order throw their lot with the Emperor's Sith fleet on Exegol to maintain control of the galaxy. Said-fleet requires a navigation guide to get out of Exegol's unique atmosphere, leaving the fleet sitting ducks when the Resistance arrives with a massive fleet. When the Battle of Exegol ends with the fleet destroyed and the major leaders dead, the once-thought unstoppable First Order collapses overnight, overthrown by the very people they sought to oppress.
- 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.
- Lamprey Mouth: Invoked. As a circle lined with several thin triangles on the inside, the First Order's logo resembles a lamprey mouth. This is fitting for how aggressive and murderous they are.
- 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 (of course, many Imperial diehards and citizens believed the same thing). 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 the enlistment of stormtroopers as well as the 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.
- Nebulous Evil Organization: Within the context of just watching the three movies of the Sequel Trilogy and not reading any of the expanded source material, very little is known or discussed about The First Order such as how the rest of the Galaxy actually views them or what even their motivations really are as they tend to fluctuate from being somewhere between the descendants of Imperials that are hiding out in the Unknown Regions and have very little power to fight and take over the Galaxy with without a superweapon or just straight up The Empire.
- 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.
- Their battle strategy of chasing the Raddus down until it runs out of fuel (rather than planning a pincher ambush to surround the fleeing ship) literally blew up in their face as the Raddus managed to reach to Crait for the Resistance survivors to abandon ship, thus giving Holdo the chance to perform a Hyperdrive ram maneuver on the Supremacy, which not only destroyed their captial ship but also several Star Destroyers trailing behind it. In The Rise of Skywalker, it's revealed that the First Order is unable to become the new Empire because they now have far fewer resources thanks to their reckless, avoidable losses.
- 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.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: After a year in power, it becomes clear that the only leader who actually believes the First Order is a force for good is Supreme Leader Kylo Ren. The rest of the First Order leadership has become the very same, corrupt Imperial bureaucracy that plagued the Empire, with some members like Hux secretly undermining Kylo Ren's reign by leaking out intel to the Resistance out of spite, and others indulging in tyranny and terror across many occupied planets. When Darth Sidious announces his return and reveals that the First Order is a mere puppet government preparing the galaxy for eternal enslavement under the Final Order, it didn't take long for the First Order leadership (minus Kylo Ren) to pledge loyalty to the Sith Emperor despite knowing that he is openly and unabashedly evil.
- 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 has a fleet powerful enough to roll over the galaxy effortlessly after they use Starkiller Base 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. However, in TROS it's stated that the damage to the Supremacy's fleet building capabilities has cause their fleet to strech too thin as trying to keep the Mid and the Outer Rim under control have made it harder to roll over take over the remaining Republic worlds.
- 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.
- Puppet State: What the First Order ended up becoming by The Rise of Skywalker. Their losses in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi had reduced their power to a barely stable military occupation over the galaxy that is on the verge of collapse, and then Emperor Palpatine announces his return with his Final Order forces, revealing himself to be a Sith and that the First Order was actually his pawn to soften up the galaxy for his conquest.
- 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 "survival 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 survive 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 philosophy 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 survive 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.
- Stupid Evil: The First Order's plan to conquer the galaxy via invasion showcases why Palpatine had to take over the Old Republic from within through legal politics. note Although they successfully wiped out the capital system of the New Republic and subsequently scared the rest of the galaxy into submission, the First Order has no legitimacy as the new superpower and has to use their occupying fleet to keep the star systems in line, stretching their resources to the breaking point. Additionally, they never learn the lesson that, like with Alderaan, destroying planets for merely showing support for the Resistancenote would eventually form a ferocious backlash and uprising amongst the galactic denizens, culminating into a huge Resistance fleet that put an end to the First Order on Exegol.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: They took out the New Republic's leadership and main fleet in an opening decapitation strike, then conquered the entire galaxy in a matter of weeks, achieving a complete military victory. Problem is, Palpatine created the Empire from within the Republic (by orchestrating a civil war with the Separatists, so the galaxy would want to give up freedom for security), while the First Order tried to impose a new Empire on the galaxy from without. Palpatine also simply had to turn the Republic's galactic-scale wartime military into the Empire's military. In contrast, the First Order was a disproportionately well-armed hermit state on the fringe of the galaxy. The result is that they bit off more than they could chew and too fast: by the final movie, one year after Starkiller Base, their forces are spread thin across the galaxy, which is filled with planetary governments who fear them when their ships are in orbit, but would turn on them as soon as they shift forces elsewhere. They're spread so thin that the Resistance, which had been reduced to a single ship of their key leadership, managed to reconstitute itself in a single year while the First Order was too busy trying to hold on to what they had taken.
- Taught by Experience: That all said, along with being 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 and electrobatons, ensuring no Rock Beats Laser moments with native populations rising up against them. Thirds batons are 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 finger 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 Supreme 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. Another group of pilots also chased the Falcon across hyperspace until they were eventually picked off.
- 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 were some desertions and at least one high ranking officer who chose to obey the enemy or defect 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 (at least some) members of the New Republic had been financing the Resistance for some time. It doesn't remotely begin to 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.
- It's stated in Star Wars: Resistance Reborn that many Mid and Outer Rim systems immediately joined the First Order after the Hosnian Cataclysm due to their hatred for the New Republic senate for their constant political-infighting and for not being able to restore stability and order outside of the Core Worlds, leaving many pirates and other criminal groups to prey on the small communities in the Outer Rim.
- 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.
- Deconstructed in The Rise of Skywalker, where it's revealed that the First Order is unable to become a "true empire" because they wasted nearly all their resources on Starkiller Base and their fleet is not big enough to actually enforce their rule upon the galaxy, likely as a result of losing the Supremacy and several Star Destroyers in the Holdo Maneuver. These losses force the First Order to make a deal with the revived Emperor Palpatine, who promises them a fleet of planet-destroying Star Destroyers in return for their servitude.
- 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 he's 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 it's 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
- See his separate character page.
- 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.
- Didn't See That Coming: Much like their charge, they didn't see Kylo's betrayal coming until it was far too late to do anything.
- 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.
- 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
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.
- Admiring the Abomination: He greatly admires Kylo Ren's ambition, ruthlessness and fighting prowess and comments to Hux that he is "beautiful" when he cuts through waves of enemies on Mustafar in the Novelization.
- 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.
- Cruella to Animals: Has a fur coat made from a couple of Ewoks.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a few shades of this. When Hux is whining to him about how the First Order suffered "losses" thanks to the Knights of Ren, going on about a transport and a few Stormtroopers, Pryde is completely unimpressed and cuts him off, well aware of Hux's petty hatred of Ren. Later, his offhanded murder of Hux screams the trope due to how he barely seems interested in what he just did.
- Deceptive Disciple: Turns out that despite his admiration for Ren, his first loyalty is to the cloned Palpatine and he has been in contact with him on Exegol for quite some time behind his back (and presumably Snoke's). Despite this, he still genuinely seems to like Kylo Ren.
- 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.
- Drowning My Sorrows: During his time as an embedded operative within the Corporate Sector Authority, Pryde takes to drinking from a flask to cope with missing the Empire and how boring his job normally is.
- Evil Is Bigger: Like other First Order leaders, General Pryde stands taller than his troops at 6'2".
- Fantastic Racism: According to The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary, he wishes for a return to the "High Human" culture of Coruscant under the Empire, in which humans were held as superior to other species. His appearance in Shadow of the Sith has him being disgusted to work with an alien agent like Ochi, which he views as a necessary evil as the Empire rebuilds in the Unknown Regions.
- Final Boss: For the non-Jedi members of the Resistance in the Sequel Trilogy, as upon his defeat the Final Order crumbles overnight.
- Foil: To General Armatige 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.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Like his actor, he has piercing light blue eyes. Can verge into Creepy Blue Eyes on occations, as the blue lights on the Star Destroyer he's on reflects to his eyes.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: When Hux comes up with an 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: He spends most of the movie being a No-Nonsense Nemesis but he visibly loses his cool on a few occations.
- Even he's startled when Kylo abruptly chokes Domarc who was sitting next to him.
- He freaks out 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 who was presumably part of another invading First Order force in the aftermath of the destruction of the Hosnian System. 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. Shadow of the Sith mentions he also present at the Battle of Endor, making a fur coat from the skin of Ewoks while waiting for the Rebels to fall into Palpatine's trap.
- Replacement Flat Character: In some respects, Pryde is presented as being a First Order loyalist that Hux was portrayed as in The Force Awakens. Though from The Last Jedi onward, Hux evolved into a more ineffectual villain with comic relief and Starscream traits to balance out his fanaticism to the cause, Pryde's loyalty to the Emperor and his cause is steadfast throughout.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Shadow of the Sith shows his displeasure of working with the Corporate Sector Authority as their High Colenel, with the book mentioning the insurgents took days for their forces to beat, when the problem could've been solved with a few Incinerator Troopers.
- 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.
- He has some similarities to the original idea for Moff Jerjerrod from Return of the Jedi, where Jerjerrod was a grand moff and conspired with Palpatine to turn Luke to the Dark Side behind Vader's back. Although little if any of this is evident in the film, the Novelization confirms he'd been conspiring with the cloned Emperor to get Rey to him without Kylo Ren's knowledge.
- 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 used to 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.
- Awesome McCoolname: "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 pompous 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. And for extra bonus points, he shot the First Order Stormtroopers that were ordered to execute Finn, Poe, and C-3P0, Stormtroopers that had his father's training methods dating back to the Commandant's Cadets program.
- 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: He 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, General Armitage 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?!
- Demoted to Comic Relief: When introduced in The Force Awakens, Hux was an intimidating Badass Normal who was roughly equal to Kylo Ren in the First Order hierarchy — his most notable scene has him give an angry speech before a Nuremberg-esque assembly as Starkiller Base's superlaser is activated. In The Last Jedi, however, he is largely reduced to being a Butt-Monkey at the hands of Snoke and Ren, with his cowardice and sycophancy as he is hurt by their Force powers reinforcing the comedy of the situation. This ends up being deconstructed in The Rise of Skywalker; Hux is so tired to getting tossed about and mistreated that he defects to the Resistance just so he can get back at Ren.
- 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 Kylo's 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 doesn't 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.
- 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 behest.
- 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 an arrogant 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's flagship Supremacy and is preparing to jump to lightspeed, he briefly goes completely apeshit in an unsuccessful attempt to avert disaster.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 for 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. It eventually goes back to the initial flip by the time of The Rise of Skywalker, bar a moment in which he doesn't hate Kylo's rebuilt mask and is still professional when dealing with Pyre and Tierney during Season 2 of Resistance.
- 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: In The Rise of Skywalker, he sells out First Order secrets to the Resistance to spite Kylo Ren at worst or completely undermine his agenda at best. While he attempts to stay in the First Order's good graces, Hux is killed by Pryde for his insubordination.
- 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 and uptight punching bag, 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 Domaric 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.
- Board to Death: Thrown up against the ceiling and choked to death during a meeting of all the high-ranking First Order generals and admirals.
- 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.
- Composite Character: To Admiral Motti and General Tagge, which is ironic, as the two were bickering. Like Motti, Domarc dislikes the force and demeans force users to Kylo's face, which results with a Force Choke. And like Tagge, he's the Only Sane Man during the meeting. But instead of warning against underestimating their enemies, he asks what Palpatine really want with the Star Destroyer fleet while the others are too awestruck with their new arsenal. It's Palpatine, he isn't doing a charity.
- 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. At least in the movie. In the Novelization, it's confirmed that not only does the force of being slammed against the ceiling fatally wound him, but Kylo holds him there until he finishes choking to death.
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.
- Asshole Victim: Unlike Phasma's other victims, the reader is unlikely to feel bad for Brendol, considering his abuse of his son, his Would Hurt a Child moments, and his bombardment of Parnassos, destroying any semblance of civilization.
- 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).
- The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: Cause of death listed as "mysterious causes". Admittedly, not everyone could recognise a Parnassos beetle's bite, and Brendol was such an arse nobody was going to investigate very hard.
- 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.
- Played more straight with CD-0922, aka "Cardinal", who he treats nicely, making him a captian in the First Order's Stormtrooper Corps and his personal guard, even offering him a glass of water.
- 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.
- Foil: To Admiral Rampart. Both are Imperial Officers that have ambitious projects that define the Imperial Army involving its soldiers. (Project War-Mantle, Commandant's Cadets) While Rampart's project involves slowly replacing Clones with Stormtroopers, Brendol's project has children trained from birth to fight like the Clones while having unquestionable loyalty to the Empire. Furthermore, both projects are reviewed by Tarkin, who has different opinions on them. (Tarkin not liking the project due to it operating outside the chain of command, when Brendol was trying to help the Empire fight Rebel Scum better, while Tarkin likes Rampart's project due to its efficiency of recruitment for the Imperial Army)
- 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.
- Screw the Imperial Chain of Command! I'm Doing What's Right!: Brendol wishes to make effective Stormtroopers who have total Undying Loyalty to the Empire and trained from birth, just like the Clone Troopers. note Since none of the Imperials liked his idea despite the Clones defeating the Jedi and the Sepratists while estalbishing the Empire, he follows his own advice and creates the Commandant's Cadets program, hoping to achieve this goal for the Empire.
- Thicker Than Water: Although he treats his son horribly, Brendol did publicly 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. Given that Tarkin shut down the Kaminoan cloning facilities at the end of the war in favor of natural-born human conscripts, he plans to replicate what the clones were capable of for his Stormtrooper cadets, minus their genetic weaknesses.
- 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.
Senior Ground Commander Bellava Parnadee
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.
- 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 Baron 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".
- All There in the Manual: Flavor text in the helmet customization for the Imperial player character in Star Wars: Squadrons reveals that he hails from a family of nobles loyal to the Empire and that members of the Vonreg family have served as Imperial pilots.
- 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.
- Meaningful Name:
- 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. The titles of his animation models even call him "Red Baron".
- Sacrificial Lion: He serves as Kaz and Poe's main adversary in dogfights, but doesn't do much outside of that. Throughout Season 1, they have difficulty fighting him, and Kaz's lessons from Poe culminate in him defeating Vonreg at the end of the season.
- Shout-Out: His status as a Baron Ace Pilot of the First Order, as well as his red uniform and TIE fighter, hearkens to Manfred von Richtofen, a World War 1 German pilot infamously known as "The Red Baron".
- Villainous Legacy: Star Wars: Squadrons introduces Imperial TIE pilot Havina Vonreg, a Blood Knight who wants to avenge her brothers in the 181st and kill Imperial traitors. Given the game's ending sets up Havina as still working for the Imperial Remnant near the end of the war, Baron Vonreg is likely either her son or her nephew. Nonetheless, he comes from one of the many Imperial loyalist families that carried over into the First Order.
- 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 debt.
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.
- 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.
- My Greatest Failure: He's the poster boy for this, due to realizing the droids he saw on Mos Elsley WERE the droids the Empire was looking for. However, he bumps his head on Control Room 327's doorway while trying to stop Han and Luke. Later, he tries to shoot R2 and C-3PO, but a Moff escorts him away for discipline.
- Rank Up: Goes from a Stormtrooper in the Empire to a Commander in the First Order, its successor state. Overlaps with Mook Promotion.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Gets removed from his post on the Death Star and sent back to Tatooine for his failures. Ironically, this saves his life from the Battle of Yavin, which killed many of his comrades.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: Wanten had the designation number of 110, or "one-ten".
- Verbal Tic: According to a Stormtrooper who worked under him on Tatooine, he tends to say things twice: for instance, "Move along, move along".
- 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.
- Ascended Extra: He unexpectedly became one of the eleven playable Villain units in Star Wars Battlefront II (2017), in which he demonstrates the full range of offensive capabilities.
- 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.
- Small Role, Big Impact: It's attentiveness is a pebble that starts an avalanche that nearly wipes out the Resistance.
- Spanner in the Works: The only one to notice something off about the "mouse droid" accompanying three uniformed personnel, and it had the ear of someone high-ranked who took it's alert seriously.
A metalsmith and Sith alchemist aboard the Night Buzzard who was tasked 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Abusive Parent: Just as Yeager is a father figure to Tam, Tierny is something of an evil mother figure to her. Though she starts out kind to Tam, Tam is clearly grows to be intimidated of her as Tierny gradually treats her more like a soldier. Most notably, at the beginning of the series finale, she tells her that she she's become So Proud of You, but also sternly warns her not to let her down. It all culminates in Tam turning against the First Order, partly because they could never be her family just as Team Fireball was and that she spent Season 2 too afraid of Tierny to do anything until now.
- Early in Season 2, after Tam turns in her comm connected to Kaz, Pyre suggests mind-conditioning Tam like they do to their other soldiers. Tierny isn't entirely against it, but believes leaving Tam as she is will be more helpful in their pursuit of the Colossus.
- Actor Allusion: Her preferred method of fighting is Guns Akimbo, which is a reference to her actress's most well-known role as Arcee, making this another reference to Transformers: Prime in Star Wars Resistance.
- 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 darker-skinned 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.
- Evil Mentor: To Tam. Initially, she seems affable and understanding to Tam, but as Tam starts to realize that the First Order isn't as heroic as it seemed and comes to terms with her anger towards Kaz and Yeager, Tam becomes more intimidated of the agent and admits in the series finale that it took her so long to HeelFace Turn because she was afraid of her.
- Expy: Word of God compares her to Agent Kallus in character.
- Foil: To Yeager. Both serve as parental figures to Tam, and while Yeager is The Mentor and Team Dad while Tierny is the Evil Mentor and akin to an Abusive Parent, both fail her in some capacity. Best exemplified in their conversation in "Breakout", where they're both convinced Tam will prove her loyalty to their respective sides, but also call out the other for manipulating her (which is what turns or will turn her away from the both of them).
- 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.
- Tranquil Fury: Usually keeps her cool, even when angered. Most notable after Venisa's escape, where she has an intimidated Tam report to her about what exactly happened when Venisa apparently took Tam hostage.
- 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.
- 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.
- Death by Irony: She dies on Vardos, the same planet she was evacuated from during Operation Cinder, at the hands from the same man who rescued her: Gideon Hask.
- 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.