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First Order Stormtrooper Corps
The military infantry units of the First Order. With their stark white armor, inspired by older designs utilized by the clone troopers of the Old Republic and the stormtroopers of the Galactic Empire, this new generation of stormtroopers is one of many symbols that the First Order derived from the fallen Empire.
- Ascetic Aesthetic: Their armor design splits the difference between the ultra-sleek look of their Clone Trooper predecessors with the chunkier but far more uniform design of the Imperial Stormtroopers.
- Bedtime Brainwashing: The trainees are given subliminal messages as they sleep about how loyalty is everything and how the First Order is the only salvation in the galaxy. To make it creepier, the kids know it's happening and seem to think of it as comforting, with Cardinal remembering it as "a mother's voice".
- Brainwashed and Crazy: It is mentioned several times that they are men and women conditioned from an early age to follow the First Order completely. Anyone who falters is sent to "reconditioning". Phasma reveals that there are mandatory "briefings" everyday in which the troopers are shown news from the New Republic, which is filled with criminals, rebels, and terrorists who wreck havoc and destruction everyday.
- BFG: The Megablaster Heavy Assault Trooper, a heavily armed variant of the First Order Stormtroopers, carries the FWMB-10 repeating blaster, the blaster equivalent of a light machine gun with a long, thick barrel.
- Child Soldiers: They are orphans or children forcibly taken away from their families rather than clones, volunteers, or conscripts.
- Cool Helmet: Their helmets look better than ever, with a sleeker design representing the First Order.
- Crazy-Prepared: Despite the fact that there have been almost no Jedi the last few decades (to the point that most people believe them to be just a myth), Riot Stormtroopers are equipped with electric batons in order to fight lightsaber-wielding enemies, although they're primarily used for non-lethal crowd control.
- Everything Is an iPod in the Future: The new Stormtrooper design is much more sleek and streamlined than in the original trilogy. It is more evident on both Flametroopers and Snowtroopers.
- Faceless Goons: Very few of them are seen without their helmets, with Finn being a notable exception. Phasma even implies they're forbidden to remove their helmets without permission, at least while on assignment or patrol.
- Failed a Spot Check: The Stormtroopers sent to search Poe's X-Wing for signs of the MacGuffin completely fail to notice BB-8's massive track in the sand leading away from the ship, and report that nothing of importance was found.
- Helpful Mook: When they're the victim of the mind trick, like Rey used on some in The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Averted. They actually have a more reasonable accuracy rating than the Empire's stormtroopers. Instead of poor accuracy, their drawback is that the good guys are protected by Plot Armor. But these troops fire dangerously close to any of main characters.
- Individuality Is Illegal: They are indoctrinated to the First Order's ideologies from birth. Anybody who strays even slightly from that gets sent to "reconditioning". Captain Phasma even implies that Stormtroopers are forbidden from so much as removing their helmets without permission, at least while on assignment or patrol. The visual dictionary goes even further, suggesting the First Order will weed out any trooper who is likely to complain about their assignment.
- Informed Ability: Despite Hux's boasts about these Stormtroopers being trained and conditioned as children, which would lead one to assume they're more dangerous than the run-of-the-mill conscripts that composed many of the Empire's Stormtroopers, as the Sequel Trilogy goes on they don't really show themselves to be much more competent than their predecessors, at least when it comes to dealing with the main heroes. The Rise of Skywalker in particularly has them getting cut down in droves by Finn, Poe, and Chewie, plus they find themselves falling just as often to the Jedi Mind Trick. Furthermore, Finn, alongside Jannah and her allies, also indicate that the conditioning doesn't prevent defections from happening in their ranks.
- Kill It with Fire: Specialized branches of Stormtroopers exist call Flametroopers, armed with flamethrowers for this purpose.
- Mook Carryover: Justified since the First Order was created by Imperial remnants.
- Tyke-Bomb: Stormtroopers are established to have been recruited, conditioned and trained as children. They aren't even given names, just numbers. Finn is one of the few who breaks his conditioning and decides to defect to the Resistance.
- You Are Number 6: Stormtroopers of the First Order are only assigned numbers with a prefix such as "FN".
A First Order Stormtrooper Officer responsible for training troopers and overseeing vital missions for the First Order. She hailed from the devastated world of Parnassos and was recruited into the First Order by General Brendol Hux after he crashlanded on the planet.
- Action Survivor: As revealed in her comic series. She managed to escape from the trash compactor on Starkiller Base, delete any record suggesting she had a role to play in the superweapon's destruction, and hitch a ride to escape the imploding planet — all in the span of six minutes.
- Advertised Extra: She was prominently featured in the ad campaign for The Force Awakens and the merchandise, only to have literally two minutes of screentime in the film itself. In the finished film she only appears in the climax to capture and fight Finn. Her status as this is given a Lampshade Hanging in Star Wars: Poe Dameron issue 11.First Order Agent Terrex: You really are a First Order commander through and through, Phasma. You threaten, and whine, and wail, but you never do anything.
- Almighty Janitor: Supplementary materials suggest that her role is much higher than a mere "Captain" rank, but that she prefers to operate under said rank.
- Arch-Enemy: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi set her up as Finn's.
- Armor Is Useless: Notably averted; unlike that of her troops, Phasma's chrome-plated armor deflects blaster bolts without a scratch. A shock baton still rips through it pretty effectively, though.
- Ascended Extra: Zig-zagged. Prior to release her role in The Last Jedi was said to be greatly expanded upon, and to be fair she does get into an impressive, albeit brief, fight with Finn. Nevertheless, her total screentime in the film isn't greatly expanded upon from The Force Awakens.note Then it was announced she would be getting her own novel and comic series.
- Asshole Victim: Her death in The Last Jedi was more than deserved considering all the things she did in her self-titled novel and comic.
- At Least I Admit It: She believes that deep down everyone is a monster like she is, but she is the only one who not only admits but even embraces it. It is common for sociopaths to believe this.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Despite her cowardly streak and penchant for backstabbing, Phasma can handle herself in a fight, handily dominating her fight with Finn before letting her guard down and being defeated.
- Badass Cape: A real nice black one with red trim. It's also fairly practical as well since it's resistant to blaster fire and the comic shows she can manipulate it in a fight to serve as a shield.
- Bad Boss: Due to her Social Darwinist outlook, she is more than willing to let stormtroopers she considers weak die. This is most blatantly shown in Age of Resistance, where she throws an injured stormtrooper against a detonator to shield herself from the explosion. Later, she leads her forces against the enemy's gates and after the enemies come out to face them, First Order TIE-fighters bombard the area under Phasma's orders. The only one to survive was Phasma herself, who had stayed in the rear and retreated to a safer location in order to not get hit and without even bothering alerting her soldiers, and killed the only surviving one after the latter begged her to stop the bombardment, even calling her a nameless fallen gun.
- The Baroness: Ticks several boxes under this trope. She's mostly a Rosa Klebb type—although Gwendoline Christie is quite an attractive woman and Phasma herself is said to be rather physically beautiful, we never actually see this because she's constantly wearing her stormtrooper armour and helmet, which is designed to be practical, not sexy. She's intimidating, icy cold, utterly apathetic to the violence and killing around her, commands the First Order's stormtroopers with an iron fist and is devoted to the First Order's cause—or at least, that's what she wants them to think.
- Blade on a Stick: Adds a spear to her arsenal in The Last Jedi. Phasma shows that this was her preferred weapon on her homeworld of Parnassos.
- Brains and Brawn: Back on Parnassos, she was the one leading the Scyre warriors, while her brother acted as the intellectual leader.
- Breakout Villain: Much like Boba Fett before her, Phasma has made an indelible mark on the Star Wars franchise purely by not actually doing anything, standing around and looking cool, saying about 10 lines across two movies, and then maybe dying.
- Broken Faceplate: Her helmet breaks during her fight with Finn after Snoke's flagship has been badly wrecked by Vice Admiral Holdo's lightspeed kamikaze attack, revealing one of her eyes.
- The Captain: Her rank, as this is how Finn addresses her. According to the visual dictionary, she's actually the commander of all of the First Order's stormtroopers, but refuses to take a more suitable rank.
- Card-Carrying Villain: When Cardinal calls her a monster, she not only admits it but even proudly embraces it.
- Chrome Champion: She has chrome armor, a customized chrome blaster, and she is a cut above the regular stormtroopers. Supplementary material states that her armor is coated in chromium, the metal used to construct the ultra-sleek and shiny Naboo ships seen in the prequels. In fact, her armor was made out of Palpatine's personal yacht.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Phasma is really just out for herself and sees the First Order as a means to end. So far, she has betrayed her parents, her brother, her tribe, Brendol Hux and the entire First Order to stay alive.
- Clear My Name: Inverted Trope - Captain Phasma is all about her hunting down the officer that could confirm she took down Starkiller Base's shields.
- Cornered Rattlesnake: Phasma may be a Dirty Coward and place her own survival above all else but that also means she can be very dangerous when forced into a confrontation. Afterall, if your primary goal is survival then of course your going to make sure you have good combat skills even if you aren't in the First Order because surviving where Phasma grew up and indeed in the outer territories of the Galaxy after the Empire's fall means you ability to fight might be all that's between you and death.
- Dark Action Girl: She's a high-ranking soldier aligned with the Dark Side. Unfortunately she receives Faux Action Girl status in The Force Awakens and gets no chance to show off her skills. Her novel and comic series at least give her the chance to kick some ass, and The Last Jedi shows her throw down with Finn in an intense, albeit brief, confrontation aboard the Supremacy.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Phasma grew up on a mining colony that had been nuked and abandoned by the corporation that set it up and the survivors ended up living in a Mad Max style society.
- Deadpan Snarker: In a The Comically Serious way.
- Decoy Antagonist: Phasma is set up as the main antagonist of Star Wars Resistance, as the one directing proxy forces like Kragan Gorr's pirates to act on the First Order's behalf during the ceasefire with the New Republic. Since the show is Simultaneous Arcs with The Force Awakens, however, she leaves halfway through the first season, with Pyre taking over as The Heavy. And since Season 2 goes past The Last Jedi, she's long dead by that time.
- Defiant to the End: Before she dies, Phasma tells Finn he's always been scum. He cheerfully corrects her with, "Rebel scum."
- Dirty Coward: At least in The Force Awakens. After being captured by the main heroes, she immediately complies with their order to turn off the shields to the Starkiller base, essentially selling out everyone in her base to save her own skin, despite being at the control panel and thus able to alert Starkiller Base to the presence of the Resistance. Clearly, Finn wasn't the only soldier in the First Order with loyalty issues. Unlike most forms of this trope it's that she just places her survival as the top priority in a way that's more pragmatic and doesn't degenerate to Villains Want Mercy or Inelegant Blubbering. She makes her decisions coldly and is more like an animal trying to survive than a sniveling weakling with heart of jelly."I am no coward. I am not afraid to do what needs doing. Nor am I a fool or a zealot. I do not lead from the front. I lead as all great leaders do... from behind a disposable shield of patriotic idiots."
- Disney Villain Death: She dies in The Last Jedi when the First Order's dreadnaught is damaged and she falls through the collapsing floor into the blazing inferno below.
- Distress Ball: She made no attempt at fighting off her captors, even though she's supposed to be a military leader and was carrying a gun at the time. May be partially justified, however, as Chewbacca tackles her by surprise. However, as she didn't fight back or raise the alarm, the trope remains.
- Dramatic Unmask: In The Last Jedi, Phasma is partially unmasked when Finn strikes her in the face with a stun baton.
- Dying Declaration of Hate: Before falling to her apparent death, she tells Finn that she always thought him as scum. Finn actually takes this as a compliment.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: She's the first ever confirmed female Stormtrooper to appear in the films.
- Evil Brit: Gwendoline Christie uses her natural British accent, but it isn't Phasma's original. After meeting Brendol Hux, she copied his speech patterns and was speaking like a First Order officer within a few days.
- Evil Counterpart: Like Finn, she's a First Order Stormtrooper with loyalty issues, but whereas he uses them to get out as soon as he realizes how bad the First Order's atrocities are, she uses them to align the First Order's agenda with her own as much as she can until the First Order is no longer of any use to her. It's only fitting that her climactic showdown would be with Finn.
- The Evils of Free Will: Seems to hold to this philosophy and uses this as justification when forcibly converting Terex into a cyborg to strip him of his free will and make him a much more obedient soldier.
- Evil Sounds Deep: She has a deep voice and serves the First Order.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: According to Gwendoline Christie, Phasma is actually mindblowingly gorgeous under the helmet, to show a contrast between an angelic face and Phasma's black, dead heart. Though considering that Gwendoline Christie is herself a mindblowingly gorgeous woman... this one might be a bit hard to argue with.
- Face Framed in Shadow: How she's (mostly) depicted in Age of Resistance comic. The most part we can see are her blonde hair and one of her blue eyes, along with a small part of her face.
- The Faceless: Enforced.
- Her face is not revealed at all in The Force Awakens. In a photoshoot for The Last Jedi that featured Gwendoline Christie in-costume without the helmet, Lucasfilm confirmed that Christie's appearance without the helmet was not what her character looked like without it. In the film itself, Finn strikes off a portion of her mask, exposing an eye. It's the only part of her face the audience ever sees.
- The Phasma novel actually takes this a step further and clarifies that nobody in the First Order has ever seen her without her helmet. Although Brendol Hux did see her face once, he died not too long afterward.
- In a comic, she does show her face to a stormtrooper named KM-8713. Said stormtrooper later took part in a suicidal attack and got killed by Phasma after surviving. So basically Phasma showing her face willingly to someone means that said individual's fate is already sealed. We see what she looks like in the comics.
- Faux Action Girl: In The Force Awakens, at least. In spite of seeming to be a formidable badass, she doesn't get to fight anyone or fire a single shot, being ambushed by Han, Chewie, and Finn. They force her to lower the shields of Starkiller Base, then toss her into the nearest trash compactor.
- Four-Star Badass: Her position, as described in supplementary materials suggest her role in the First Order is more akin to a general than a captain, making her this in all but title.
- Hate Sink: As of the Journey to The Last Jedi series, what's been established about Phasma makes her far worse than one would imagine a Stormtrooper officer would typically be, and one that the First Order likely wouldn't take kindly to if they knew the full truth about her. She's directly responsible for the deaths of her parents, her brother, and multiple First Order operatives (including her superior, Brendol Hux) to either further her own ambition or to protect her secrets. Furthermore, she's demonstrably disloyal as an individual if it means she can survive a bit longer, with her most egregious offense being her willingness to disable the shields to Starkiller Base when held at gunpoint (when any other stormtrooper would have let that knowledge die with them); she subsequently put the blame on another Stormtrooper so she could get away with her unprecedented betrayal. And to top it all off, in spite of being presented as being A Mother to Her Men, Phasma shows cruelty to her own soldiers and shows little concern for their lives, as she would willingly have them die if it meant that she could live to fight another day (as the aforementioned incident at Starkiller Base clearly demonstrates). Dark and Troubled Past aside, Phasma is far from being the ideal First Order soldier that she likes to present herself as, and lacks the kind of character that the soldiers she's trained possess.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: She has her sights set on occupying the Colossus refueling station in Resistance for an unknown reason, and is pulling a lot strings to do so.
- Supplementary materials paint Phasma as someone who would allow her subordinates to die if she considers them too weak to serve the First Order properly, but in The Force Awakens she herself gets captured by the heroes - without a struggle - and complies with their demands to disable the shields to Starkiller Base, thus endangering her entire organization. In a deleted scene showing an alternate take of her fight with Finn, he calls her out on this in front of several of her Storm Troopers. It's noteworthy that the troopers find this accusation believable, even coming from a notorious traitor like Finn, implying she has a 0% Approval Rating even among her own brainwashed troops.
- In The Last Jedi, she calls Finn a traitor. This is coming from the same person who's betrayed her own tribe, her own family, and the First Order itself. Finn actually calls her out on this in the deleted scene mentioned above.
- In a new comic, she tells one stormstrooper that sometimes in a war sacrifices must be made to achieve victory. Later, she sends her own troopers in order to draw the enemy out of their base and then orders the TIE fighters to bombards the area, sacrificing her own soldiers, but not before Phasma has backed away enough from the battlefield to avoid being hit by the explosions. Basically, Phasma does believe in making sacrifices to achieve victory, as long she doesn't have to sacrifice herself of course.
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: If there is a stronger side, Phasma will do anything to join it. She crippled her brother and led her parents to their deaths in order to join the Scyre when she was young. When Brendol Hux landed on Parnassos, she immediately began mimicking his speech patterns and the other stormtroopers, declaring she would become one.
- Icy Blue Eyes: A glimpse at her face in The Last Jedi shows Phasma's eyes to be a light shade of blue, which goes well with her cold-blooded, sociopathic personality.
- Immune to Bullets: Phasma's shiny chromium armor isn't just for show: Rose manages to grab a blaster and take a shot at her, and it bounces off her armor with utterly no reaction from her.
- It's All About Me: Phasma's first and only priority is her well-being and no one, not even her own family, her superiors in the First Order or all her men on Starkiller Base are exempt from this.
- Iron Lady: Besides her armor, she's a prominent leader for the First Order that seldom shows any emotions. Later subverted, for all her stoicness, she is a Dirty Coward.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: She helped Armitage Hux by poisoning his abusive father Brendol to death.
- Knight of Cerebus: She and her crew use their first appearance to show just how dark the Aftermath Trilogy will be by revealing that even the Stormtroopers are a serious threat now. Their scene quickly establishes how dangerous they have become and serves to act as the first sign that the new films will be darker than the previous ones, leading to a shift in tone for the rest of the movies.
- Lady of War: She remains very poised even when their base is being attacked. Or when two Resistance fighters are holding her at gunpoint, for that matter.
- Large and in Charge: Just like Vader, she's an almost 7 foot tall supreme Stormtrooper commander.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: Her unique color scheme — chrome armor, black cape, and red trim — clearly marks her out as superior to the standard rank and file stormtroopers.
- Machine Monotone: When not utilizing strong emotion, her regular voice sounds machine-like through her helmet's reverberation.
- Mook Lieutenant: She is a stormtrooper officer, after all.
- A Mother to Her Men: The First Order likes to present her as being this, but it's subverted like you wouldn't believe throughout the Star Wars canon.
- She's memorized the numbers of every stormtrooper under her command and walks dozens of kilometers each day, patrolling Starkiller Base like a regular trooper to keep spirits up and make sure her men remember who's in charge... Until her Dirty Coward tendencies get the better of her, and she sells them and everyone else on Starkiller Base out to save her own skin.
- The Phasma novel actually takes this further and reveals that the reason she memorizes her soldier's names is not out of personal connection to her inferiors, but because she wants to be able to quickly remove any potential problems down the line.
- In the Captain Phasma comic series, Phasma deliberately uses her reputation as this trope to convince some stormtroopers to stay behind in a collapsing Starkiller Base, for no other reason than that it gave her fewer evacuees to compete with and a better chance at survival.
- In a deleted scene from The Last Jedi, when Finn calls her out for being the one who lowered Starkiller Base's shields, leading to its destruction, her retinue of troops starts to hem and haw at the possibility that their commander might be a traitor. Rather than try to explain her way out of it, she instantly draws a pistol and shoots all of them before they can turn on her.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Phasma means "ghost" in Greek, and the name is also derived from a horror movie franchise.
- Nerves of Steel: She's completely unfazed when Han, Finn, and Chewie have her at gunpoint... Until they decide to throw her into the trash compactor, which gives her a moment of pause.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Not that she had much of a choice, but she lowered the shields on Starkiller Base. Had she not done that, then the Resistance base on D'Qar would have been destroyed and the First Order would have had a much easier time conquering the Galaxy afterwards.
- No-Sell: Her unique chrome armor is not just for look, it was shown deflecting a blaster shot effortlessly in The Last Jedi.
- Not Helping Your Case: In a deleted version of the confrontation between Phasma and Finn in The Last Jedi, Finn calls Phasma out for being a self-serving coward, citing her willingness to lower Starkiller Base's shields when threatened. Phasma scoffs at the idea, asking who would believe it, since she deleted the records...then she remembers that her Stormtroopers are still there, listening. She kills them all, completely proving Finn's point.
- Not So Stoic: Her otherwise unflappable demeanor breaks ever so slightly when Han suggests dumping her into a trash compactor. It's not verbal, but the quick turn of her head says it all.
- Pet the Dog: A very minor example, but the only time Phasma ever shows the tiniest flake of humanity is when she respectfully closes the eyes of TN-3465, a Stormtrooper she killed by her own hand to leave no witnesses. And then promptly subverted when she coolly refers to TN-3465 as just a tool that was 'destroyed.'
- Poisoned Weapons: Phasma is quite fond of these and uses one on Cardinal.
- The Political Officer: Possibly part of her duties within the First Order. When she notices Stormtrooper FN-2187, who almost immediately afterwards defects to the good guys with the new name "Finn", hesitating and failing to assist in the execution of civilians, she orders him to report to her "division" for an assessment. She later states that her division had psychologically examined him and ordered "re-conditioning". She also commands troops in the field as well, and her silver chrome armor with a cape lets you know she's no ordinary soldier.
- Recurring Element: Gwendoline Christie compared Phasma to Boba Fett with regards to the character's role in The Force Awakens — not in terms of characterization but in the fact that the two make a great impression for having very little screen time. And like his father Jango, she goes down in a climactic one-on-one showdown.
- Self-Made Orphan: Phasma is directly responsible for her parents' deaths and she also shot her brother dead.
- Shout-Out: In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, J. J. Abrams mentioned that Phasma is named after the Phantasm film series, with the chrome armor reminding Abrams of the Tall Man's spheres.
- The Sociopath: Phasma's a high functioning example in that she's able to hide behind a Mask of Sanity while making intelligent and well thought out plans to secure her future. She's also absolutely ice cold as she's able to willing straight up murder countless of her own men (Starkiller Base's population is classified, but it could've been hundreds to millions) and her entire own family just for her survival, and also pin the former on an innocent person just to save her skin.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Well, Phasma is a soldier and she displays many of the disorder's traits. She lacks empathy, she is devoid of conscience, etc...
- The Starscream: As quoted above, she will betray the First Order the moment their goals no longer align with her own.
- The Stoic: She's always calm and authoritative. Even in the face of death, Phasma doesn't lose her composure, simply spitting a final insult at Finn.
- Straight Edge Evil: Befitting her perfectionist, pompous attitude, she disapproves of Terex's hedonistic lifestyle of sex slaves and expensive brandy. Which is a bit hypocritical, seeing how she drinks wine in her free-time.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: She stands at almost 6'7" and can be very blunt. According to Phasma, however, her hair is blonde, although we never see it in the visual media.
- Treachery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Phasma has betrayed and killed her family, her brother, joined a rival faction's tribe in her planet to become a member of the First Order, had her own planet Parnassos's population decimated, played a role in killing a surviving member of her planet, Frey, who also happened to be her niece, abandons many of her troops to die, directly killed her own superior and killed a TIE pilot, all just to cover her tracks and save her own skin. Phasma has no loyalty to anyone besides herself and is happy to backstab and betray anyone if it means attaining her goals.
- Uncertain Doom:
- Within the context of The Force Awakens. The last we see of her, Han has supposedly dumped her down a garbage disposal pit, just as he was forced to flee into one way back in A New Hope, less than an hour or so before the planet blows up. She does ultimately return alive and well in The Last Jedi.
- In The Last Jedi, she is ambiguously killed off again. The last time she's seen she's falling into an inferno aboard the exploding Supremacy, which under normal circumstances would be enough to do some one in. However: A.) it was shown earlier that her armour can deflect blaster fire and B.) enough First Order personnel survived for an attack on Crait. She doesn't show up for the final battle, but running away when things get tough isn't exactly out of character for her. It's also possible that she survived serious injuries, even if it didn't kill her. An unused take on her final scene has Finn preform some Literal Disarming on her and then blast her into the fiery chasm with a heavy weapon. It is slightly more apparent that she meets her doom in this version, but the aforementioned factors are still in play to make it ambiguous. Moreover, as it is a deleted scene it is non-canon anyway. She makes no appearances in The Rise of Skywalker, lending heavy credence to the idea that she did indeed die on the Supremacy, with reference books tied to the movie seemingly confirming her demise. That being said, tie-in material to Galaxy's Edge also has one character express doubt that she actually died.
- The Unfettered: She herself proclaims she's "not afraid to do what needs doing" to ensure her survival and success, be it sacrificing dozens of her own troops, murdering her own family members and screwing over the First Order itself. She does all of this without any apparent remorse or hesitation.
- Villain Protagonist: Of the comic mini-series Captain Phasma, which depicts her actions to cover up her involvement in Starkiller Base's destruction after the events of The Force Awakens.
- What You Are in the Dark: Phasma puts on a show of devout loyalty to the First Order, but after being taken captive by Finn, Han and Chewie, it becomes very clear she's actually a Dirty Coward whose only true loyalty is to herself, complying with their demands to lower Starkiller's shields with little to no resistance. She subsequently goes to a lot of effort to make sure this stays in the dark, too.
- Where I Was Born and Razed: Phasma is directly responsible for the destruction of her childhood home and tribe along with just about every remaining piece of civilization on the planet.
- Wine Is Classy: Like all the other high-ranking First Order officers, she drinks space wine in her free-time.
- The Woman Behind the Man: In Resistance, she's the one directing Kragan Gorr's pirates to attack the Colossus station so that she may garrison an occupational force there to "protect" them from said raiders.
Captain Cardinal (CD-0922)/Archex
One of Brendol Hux's original recruits from Jakku who became the first Stormtroopers of the First Order. Cardinal served as Brendol's bodyguard and was appointed as the trainer for new troopers aboard the Absolution, until Phasma arrived and took over the later stages of training.
- A Father to His Men: He truly loves the children he trains, memorizing their numbers and nicknames and keeping track of their progress through the First Order. Part of the reason he despises Phasma is that she does not share the same care for their troopers as he does.
- Affably Evil: At heart, Cardinal is a decent man who hopes that the First Order will spread its dominance over the galaxy peacefully so that it can improve everyone's life. Even Vi, whom Cardinal tortures, comes to like him and believes that he can be brought over to the Resistance.
- Ambiguously Brown: Word of God imagines him to be portrayed by Kalani Robb, who is Hawaiian.
- Hypothetical Casting: Kalani Robb of Forgetting Sarah Marshall fame.
- The Rival: To Phasma, whom Cardinal is convinced cares nothing for the First Order and is a danger to its survival.
- Token Good Teammate: So far he is the only decent member of the First Order besides Finn, although unlike Finn he believes in it and its mission.
- Uncertain Doom: Phasma ends with Cardinal poisoned and Vi trying to get him to a proper medical facility. We do not know currently whether he lived or died.
- Undying Loyalty: To Brendol, whom Cardinal believes he owes everything to. Even when his faith in the First Order is nearly broken, Cardinal won't hear a word against Brendol.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He believes that the First Order will save the galaxy from the corrupt and violent New Republic, and that once he proves what a danger Phasma is she will be removed from her post. The revelation that the First Order knows exactly what she is, and that Armitage helped her kill his own father, shatters most of his faith in the First Order, but he still clings to the shards of it to try and stay sane.
A mysterious Stormtrooper commander in gold-chrome armor seen performing suspicious activities near the Colossus, earning the Resistance's attention.
- Actor Allusion: His actor is best known for playing a rebel leader against an evil empire built on slaves, the exact opposite of what Pyre is.
- Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Liam McIntyre.
- Big Bad: While he's technically Co-Dragons with Major Vonreg to Phasma, due to the fact that she becomes occupied with the events of The Force Awakens halfway through the first season Pyre is effectively the main antagonist. He settles into more of an official role after forming a Big Bad Duumvirate with Tierny in the first season finale, and Phasma is killed offscreen.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Pyre and Agent Tierny form one for the second season of Resistance as they hunt down the Colossus.
- Bling of War: Commander Pyre is a First Order stormtrooper officer with gold-plated armor.
- Catchphrase: "Ha, pathetic." Downplayed in that he's only said it twice.
- Chrome Champion: His very shiny golden armour. His blaster is also gold.
- Commanding Coolness: Holds the rank of commander and has some pretty snazzy armor to go with it.
- Don't Make Me Destroy You: He orders Kel and Eila to come quietly or be destroyed. It's subverted because he fully intended on killing them either way to keep the First Order's involvement in Tehar's destruction secret.
- The Dragon: He's Phasma's second-in-command in the Stormtrooper Corps.
- Dragon Ascendant: Phasma is taken out of the picture halfway through season one, elevating Pyre as the primary antagonist for the rest of the season. After Phasma perishes sometime within Season 2, Pyre starts taking orders from General Hux.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Maybe. In the The Last Jedi novelization, Phasma's Number Two, a Commander, is present with her at one point during the story. Word of God is that he didn't know Pyre existed yet and thus didn't write this Commander in with him in mind, although it could still be him by way of serendipity. However, what might put a wrench in this is that Pyre is supposed to be busy chasing after the Colossus in Season 2 and even has a scene in the first episode where he reports to her via holocall about what's going on.
- Everybody Has Standards: He's intimidated by Phasma and Kylo telling him and Tierny that they'll have their heads if they fail to deal with the Colossus. Kylo moreso when he makes Tierny and Pyre almost shoot each other to prove his point.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When asking Captain Doza about why he deserted from the Empire, Doza answers that it was a personal choice about something he doubts Pyre would understand.
- The Faceless: Never takes off his helmet, similar to Phasma.
- Gold-Colored Superiority: He's a high-ranking First Order soldier (specifically, Phasma's Number Two) and he has the armor to go with it.
- The Heavy: Because the series takes place a mere few months before The Force Awakens, Pyre does most of the grunt work for Phasma. And after Phasma got killed, it's General Hux he has to answer to.
- Killed Offscreen: In the Grand Finale, he's knocked unconscious by Kaz and left in the burning hangar as his Star Destroyer is destroyed by the Aces and Jade Squadron.
- Meaningful Name:
- Mysterious Past: His past is unknown.
- Mook Lieutenant: He's this in relation Phasma's Big Bad status as a fairly high-ranking but loyal officer who leads stormtroopers on her orders.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: He wears a similar suit of armor to Captain Phasma, except his is a gold-like chrome and the half-cape is replaced with an old-school pauldron.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: In the Grand Finale, tired that they've continued to let the Colossus slip through their fingers, Kylo Ren tells him and Tierny not to fail him again... or else. He then makes Tierny and Pyre pull their blasters on each other to prove his point.
- We ARE Struggling Together: Downplayed and generally averted. He and Agent Tierny occasionally make passive-aggressive snipes towards the other, but they otherwise get along and are able to work together without animosity, unlike many other villainous alliances in the Star Wars universe.
- Would Hurt a Child:
- In "The Children from Tehar", he's dispatched by Phasma to capture two children the First Order wants. Specifically, they want those kids dead, to prevent the truth of their planet's destruction from getting out. Later, when the kids fake their own deaths, Pyre considers his work done.
- He also has Kragan's pirates take Torra hostage as a part of a False Flag Operation.
- You Have Failed Me:
- At the beginning of Season 2, Phasma threatens to personally have Pyre executed if he fails to capture or destroy the Colossus before they reach the Resistance. She doesn't follow through with it since she dies a few days later.
- Likewise, at the start of the Season 2 finale, Tierny and Pyre report to Hux about their continued failures to apprehend the Colossus, and he has them explain it to Supreme Leader Ren instead, who shows them exactly could entail if they fail again. Pyre ends up dying in his last attempt to catch Team Fireball, which isn't much better.
A former Imperial Stormtrooper who served under Darth Vader and later joined the First Order, serving under Kylo Ren.
- Cool Old Guy: He's an old stormtrooper who was one of the only survivors of the Empire's battle with the Benathy, which includes surviving an attack by a Zillo Beast...which he is completely modest about. He's quite sarcastic and bluntly honest at times, even with Kylo Ren himself, though he's smart enough not to insult him to his face. Kylo even seems to respect him to an extent, even if he barely takes any of his advice.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's quite sarcastic at times, cranking it right up when he's out of earshot of Kylo Ren."Nice one, kid. Way to get eaten. I'm sure your granddad would be really impressed."
- Honest Advisor: Serves as one for Kylo in his Age of Resistance issue. Kylo asks Ruthford to accompany him on his mission specifically because of his previous experience with the Benathy. Ruthford almost always speaks his mind, though he's careful how he words things around Kylo so as not to set him off; surprisingly, Kylo doesn't seem to mind him disagreeing with him and listens to his advice (though he often chooses to ignore it). When Kylo asks him how he survived the previous battle with the Benathy under the Empire, he says he thinks it was "just dumb luck" and that he doesn't think there was anything glorious about it, "only wasted lives." And when Kylo goes charging off to take on the Benathy's god alone, Ruthford actually tries to dissuade him:"Hey! You asked me to accompany and advise. Here's my advice...You can't prove anything to a dead man." (after Kylo leaves) "Stupid kid..."
- Old Soldier: He literally calls himself this. He originally fought for the Empire and decades later he accompanies Kylo to negotiate with the Benathy (or subdue them by force) precisely because of his experience. He even insists on wearing his battered old Imperial armor over the newer First Order armor, because it's more familiar to him, if not "a bit snug."
- Rugged Scar: He has scarring on his head and one side of his face, presumably from previous battles.
- Sole Survivor: By the era of the New Republic, he's the only person still living who fought the Benathy and survived.
- Underestimating Badassery: He tends to dismiss Kylo as being far too stubborn, reckless and downright idiotic for his obsession with living up to or even surpassing Vader's legacy, against seemingly impossible odds. He's not exactly wrong about these things, but he underestimates just how powerful and crazily determined (not to mention creative) Kylo can be. Ruthford can't help but be impressed by him after witnessing him take down a Zillo Beast via Kill It Through Its Stomach and come out of it unscathed.
- Affably Evil: Despite that he's a First Order Stormtrooper, he proves to be surprisingly friendly when he takes the time to sincerely congratulate Finn on what seemed to be promotion to First Officer.
A random stormtrooper on Starkiller Base, tasked with guarding a prisoner.
- Brainwashed: Courtesy of Rey's Jedi Mind Trick.
- The Cameo: For Daniel Craig.
- Canon Immigrant: Not himself, but his designation number, FN-1824. It comes from the LEGO adaptation game of The Force Awakens. Despite the game being non-canon, story group member Pablo Hidalgo confirmed on Twitter that the names provided by the game for previously unidentified characters, including FN-1824, were considered canon.
- Deadpan Snarker: In a very blunt way, when Rey first tries a Jedi mind trick.Rey: You will remove these restraints and leave the cell with the door open.
Stormtrooper: I'll tighten these restraints, scavenger scum.
- Flat "What": His response to Rey's first (and failed) attempt at Jedi Mind Trick is a long silent stare before saying:"What did you say?"
- Jerkass: He's pretty nasty to his prisoner.
- No Name Given: Like most Stormtroopers in the movie, his call sign isn't given. He is unnamed and uncredited in the film, (as is the standard with cameo roles). He's identified as FN-1824 in the LEGO adaptation game of The Force Awakens, which is considered canon, despite the game itself being non-canon.
- Uncertain Doom: It is unknown if he managed to evacuate off the Starkiller Base before it implodes.
- Weak-Willed: He's susceptible to the mind trick, although it takes Rey a few tries due to her inexperience.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Disappears after Rey uses the the mind trick on him.
- You Rebel Scum!: Says a variant to Rey, referring to her as scavenger scum.
A stormtrooper who trained alongside Finn. Dedicated and no-nonsense, he knows better than to ask questions about his orders.
- Ambiguously Brown: Described as having "dark brown" skin.
- Blood Knight: Expresses eagerness when he suspects their first deployment is coming up.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: After a training exercise, Phasma tells him he is wasting ammunition and assigns him to the range.
- Nom de Guerre: His call sign Zeroes, based on his numeric designation, is a sign of an Affectionate Nickname from his fellow stormtroopers. It's pointed out that Finn didn't get a nickname because he is an outsider.
- Sole Survivor: Well, sole loyal survivor of the squad Finn trained with.
A stormtrooper that trained alongside Finn. Considered the weakest link of his squad, he and Finn bonded over their shared status as outsiders.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Was considered the weakest of his unit. Phasma chided Finn for helping him, believing that the weakest should be culled to strengthen the First Order. Subverted, amusingly, as Phasma's Drill Sergeant Nasty attitude resulted in Slip becoming a stronger soldier.
- Bloody Handprint: Leaves one on Finn's helmet after being mortally wounded at the beginning of The Force Awakens.
- Death by Origin Story: In a way, since his death is what kickstarts Finn's Heel Realization.
- Nom de Guerre: Got the Embarrassing Nickname "Slip" due to his tendency to fall behind during training exercises.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Was simply a random Stormtrooper that died at the start of the Force Awakens, but in doing so motivated Finn to defect to the Resistance. As a result, Finn has become a major player in the fight against the First Order.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies in the first few minutes of the film, which prompts the start of Finn's HeelFace Turn.
A stormtrooper who trained alongside Finn, who confronts him on Takodana. Cocky and itching for action, he is fiercely loyal to the First Order.
- Almighty Janitor: Most Stormtroopers are cannon fodder with really bad aim. This one actually can fight with someone that uses a lightsaber.
- Badass Baritone: The dude has a deep voice.
- Badass Normal: There's nothing to suggest that he's more than a regular stormtrooper, apart from the fact that his response to seeing Finn impale a fellow stormtrooper with a lightsaber is to whip out an electrified baton, engage him in a straight fight, and nearly win.
- Battle Baton: Uses an awesome electrified one to knock a lightsaber-wielding Finn to the ground.
- Boring, but Practical: This stormtrooper has riot control equipment that was intended for use on unruly civilian mobs, but which also serves as an adequate counter to lightsabers.
- Boss in Mook Clothing: A literal example: Nines has aesthetically unremarkable armor but has enough skill to defeat Finn, himself a former stormtrooper, while the latter is wielding a lightsaber which, even if he has zero training in using, can still cut through armor and people like butter.
- Breakout Character: He became wildly popular after the film's release, which is likely the reason that Starwars.com joked in his spotlight article that he may still be alive.
- The Brute: Of Finn's squad, employing relentless power and aggression in their training matches, as well as their battle when the former defected.
- Curbstomp Battle: While it is true Finn has absolutely zero experience with a lightsaber, it's still a weapon more than capable of cutting a fully-armored stormtrooper apart with ease and Finn is a trained soldier himself. "Nines" still absolutely beats his ass and easily blocks each lightsaber swing, only failing to kill Finn thanks to the timely intervention of Han.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: He's winning over Finn during their Curb-Stomp Battle until Han offs him in an intervention.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: His fighting style involves a lot of spins. It's part of the reason he became so popular.
- Evil Redhead: He is a First Order stormtrooper and is described as having red hair and blue eyes.
- It's Personal: His anger at Finn is obviously related to the fact that they trained together, and he likely feels personally betrayed.
- Large Ham: His one line in the movie, which also qualifies as an Incoming Ham moment: TRAITOR!
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Right after calling out Finn, he casts aside his blaster and shield in favor of his stun baton, indicating that he doesn't plan to fight Finn with any Combat Pragmatism. Then again, he may have been trained in anti-lightsaber combat, and known that in most cases with such combat the blaster and shield would have been utterly useless. Plus, Finn has absolutely no lightsaber training and it's all but certain he knows this given the familiarity which with he greets Finn.
- Lightning Bruiser: The official novelization specifies him as "big, strong, and agile", with what sounds like an unexpected awareness of what Finn's lightsaber is capable of.
- Near-Villain Victory: He beats Finn one-on-one, and would have killed him had Han and Chewie not intervened.
- Nom de Guerre: Similar to Zeroes (and Fives, from Clone Wars), "Nines" is an Affectionate Nickname derived from his designation number that he gets from his fellow troops.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: His one line in the movie Traitor! is said right before engaging Finn in a one-on-one duel.
- So Last Season: Shows us that lightsabers aren't necessarily the be-all-to-end-all when it comes to Mooks any more.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: He's on the giving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle until he's unceremoniously killed by Han and Chewie in a true Big Damn Heroes moment.
- This Is Unforgivable!: He really hates Finn for deserting the First Order.
- Undying Loyalty: He is extremely loyal to the First Order and despises Finn for his treachery.
- Weapon Twirling: Spins his baton in a stylish manner.
- Weight Woe: Mildly. Phasma has his meals modified due to weight gain.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Subverted. His only scene in the movie is his battle with Finn. He's given much more backstory in Before the Awakening.
A stormtrooper stationed on the Colossus. After discovering Kel and Eila without proper identification in the lower levels of the station, he intended to report them and turn them in to his superiors, but was knocked out and was impersonated by Kazuda for the rest of the day to prevent suspicion of his disappearance.
- Amusing Injuries: Kel and Eila throw flying fish at him in self-defense, knocking him out. Later, Neeku knocks him out with a wrench when he comes to, and Neeku knocks him out again by tasering him. Maybe getting reconditioned would be a good thing for once for this guy.
- Pet the Dog: While disoriented, he calls Neeku "nice" and his "green friend".
- Would Hurt a Child: He attempts to hurt Kel and Eila when they refuse to come with him.
An ambitious stormtrooper who looks up to Captain Phasma.
- 13 Is Unlucky: She has the number 13 in her name and she really doesn't have the best luck throughout her story arc.
- Ascended Fangirl: A villainous example. She is a huge fan of Phasma and gets to fight under her, even saving her life at one point. However, she finds out the hard way that being close to someone like Phasma can be bad for your health.
- Broken Pedestal: She starts out greatly admiring Phasma and wants to be like her, but she eventually becomes disillusioned when she realizes that Phasma doesn't give a damn about her troops and is willing to sacrifice dozens of them, then grab the glory for herself while staying out of harm's way.
- Dark Action Girl: She's a First Order stormtrooper who fights on the front lines, though she's actually quite a decent person by First Order standards.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She is close to a fellow stormtrooper named D8-7197 and attempts to help him after he's injured, even when Phasma orders her to leave him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She is a devoted stormtrooper, but she is disgusted by Phasma's cowardice, self-centeredness and hypocrisy when she sacrifices an entire platoon to lure out the enemy, even trying to kill her.
- Morality Pet: She is one of the few people Phasma has shown anything resembling affection towards; although Phasma reprimands her for disobeying her order to leave an injured comrade, she actually makes a genuine effort to mentor her, expresses gratitude to her for saving her life and encourages her leadership ambition as long as she remains useful. KM-8713 is also one of the few people Phasma has ever removed her helmet in front of. Unfortunately for KM-8713, Phasma isn't above manipulating her for her own ends and brutally disposes of her once she becomes a threat to her without a shred of remorse.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Like most stormtroopers, she's only known by her serial number. However, she aspires to climb the ranks of the First Order and get a proper name of her own someday.
- Please Don't Leave Me: After being fatally shot, she begs Phasma not to leave. Without looking back, Phasma coldly remarks that she can't see her goal if she's looking over her shoulder.
- Rank Up: Phasma promotes her to lieutenant mid-way through the comic.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: A literal example. KM-8713 learns the truth about Phasma and tries to execute her, even getting in a few good shots, but unfortunately Phasma's superior armour easily deflects them; Phasma then quickly turns the tables and shoots KM-8713 through the chest. She dies alone on a battlefield, "another nameless, fallen gun" for the First Order.