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"You wonder why I keep a rabid cur in such a place of power? A cur's weakness, properly manipulated, can be a sharp tool."
―Snoke, on Armitage Hux, to Kylo Ren[src]

Armitage Hux was a human male general in the First Order military during the cold war and subsequent conflict with the Resistance. A member of High Command, Hux answered directly to the First Order's ruler, Supreme Leader Snoke, granting him far greater authority than his rank would indicate. He was a young, ruthless military officer who rose through the chain-of-command but his ambitions extended far beyond his present status. Believing he was destined to rule the galaxy, Hux longed to see the day when his technological innovations brought about the fall of the New Republic and the Resistance, allowing the armies of the First Order to establish an era of military rule not seen since the Age of the Galactic Empire.

Born around the time of the Battle of Yavin in 0 BBY/0 ABY, Hux was the illegitimate son of Commandant Brendol Hux, an Imperial Academy instructor who sired Armitage with a kitchen woman. In the years following the Empire's defeat in the Galactic Civil War, the younger Hux followed in his father's footsteps by becoming an officer as well as a proponent for the training of soldiers who were conscripted at birth. As a result, Hux oversaw the rise of a new generation of stormtroopers, the training of which drew inspiration from the Republic clone troopers and the original stormtroopers. In addition to an army programmed for absolute loyalty, Hux revived another idea behind Imperial doctrine—establishing military superiority through technological terror, this time in the form of the planet-killing superweapon known as Starkiller Base.

The era of the New Republic ended in 34 ABY; with Starkiller Base operational, Hux persuaded Snoke to authorize its use against the Core World Hosnian Prime. Both the planet and its neighboring worlds in the Hosnian system were annihilated by the power of Starkiller, resulting in the destruction of the Republic capital, the Galactic Senate, and a large portion of the New Republic Defense Fleet. Although the base was lost in a subsequent battle with the Resistance, Hux was confident that, without the Republic, the galaxy would fall to the military might of the First Order. Although Hux secretly aspired to succeed Snoke as Supreme Leader, his plans were obstructed by the accession of his rival Kylo Ren, a dark warrior who seized power in the aftermath of Snoke's assassination. Hux initially opposed Ren's claim on the throne, but was forced to pledge his allegiance to him after the new Supreme Leader almost asphyxiated the general by way of the Force.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

"He has a child—a bastard boy, as I understand. Not born of his wife, Maratelle, but of some…kitchen woman."
―Gallius Rax, on Armitage Hux's conception[src]
Brendol Hux

Brendol Hux sired a bastard son, whom he named Armitage Hux, with a kitchen woman.

Armitage Hux[8] was born on the planet Arkanis[1] around the time of the Battle of Yavin, approximately 0 BBY/0 ABY, during the reign of the Galactic Empire.[2] Commandant Brendol Hux was his father, although Brendol's wife, Maratelle Hux was not his mother, making Armitage the bastard son of Brendol—a consequence of an extramarital affair between his father and a kitchen woman.[8] Even as a child, Armitage harbored notions of grandeur, believing it was his destiny to rule the galaxy.[9] His father, on the other hand, had a low opinion of Armitage, whom he regarded as a frail and weak-willed boy.[8] Knowing that Brendol disliked his own son, Grand Admiral Rae Sloane suspected that Armitage was abused psychologically and even physically by his father.[6]

Armitage was living on Arkanis when the armed forces of the New Republic besieged his homeworld[8] in 5 ABY,[10] attempting to secure control of the Arkanis system. At the behest of Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax, Sloane ensured that neither Armitage or Brendol became prisoners of the Republic. She therefore employed the services of the bounty hunter Mercurial Swift to facilitate their evacuation before Arkanis fell to the Republic.[8] Unknown to the Grand Admiral, Rax was in the process of carrying out the Contingency—a secret plan devised by the Emperor Palpatine to destroy the Empire in the event of his death. Rax also intended to see the Empire reborn in the Unknown Regions, and therefore, regarded the Huxes, Armitage in particular, as valuable assets in his plans for the future.[6]

Fall of the EmpireEdit

"You will lead these children. They will serve you. And one day soon your father will pass down his teachings to you, and you will learn to do what he did. It will be your life's work to take children like these savages and hammer their malleable minds into whatever shape you so require. They will be tools built for the work at hand. This is my gift to you, boy. One day your father will die. One day soon, I fear. And you will take his place."
―Gallius Rax, to Armitage Hux[src]
Rebellion Arrives at Jakku

Counselor Gallius Rax summoned Hux and his father to Jakku, where the Empire made its final stand against the New Republic.

Following the Attack on Chandrila, Armitage followed his father Brendol to the planet Jakku. Gallius Rax had proclaimed himself Counselor to the Empire and brought the Imperial remnants to the desolate world for a final showdown against the New Republic. In the months leading up to the Battle of Jakku, Armitage kept away from Brendol, who physically and psychologically mistreated him. Brendol trained 24 local orphans into Rax's personal guard of child soldiers.[6]

After the Battle of Jakku had commenced, Armitage traveled with his father, Counselor Rax, the Adviser Yupe Tashu, and the child soldiers aboard a transport to the Jakku Observatory. The Observatory was a secret facility in the Plaintive Hand plateau which was instrumental to the later Emperor Palpatine's Contingency plan. Rax planned to detonate the planet Jakku along with the New Republic and Imperial forces. He planned to take Armitage and his father Brendol into the Unknown Regions to rebuild the Empire.[6]

Battle of Jakku

The Battle of Jakku precipitated an Imperial exodus to the Unknown Regions, where Hux and his father would oversee the Empire's rebirth as the First Order.

During the journey to the Observatory, Hux found himself alone in the transport hold with the child soldiers. Hux was intimidated by the older children, who had been trained into ruthless killers by his father. Counselor Rax then entered the room and asked Armitage if his father had explained anything to him. Armitage confirmed that this was not the case and indicated that his father did not like him. Taking pity on Armitage, Rax told the boy that he, his father, and the other children would be traveling far away. Rax also hinted that Armitage would have a special destiny to play in the future.[6]

Gallius Rax informed Armitage that he was giving him command of the child soldiers as a gift. Rax told Armitage that he would succeed his father in training the children into tools of warfare. Rax then addressed the child soldiers and instructed them they were bound to serve Armitage and should be willing to give their lives for him. Armitage thanked Counselor Rax, who told the boy that the future of the Empire needed him. After Rax had exited the transport hold, Armitage ordered one of the boys, who had dark hair and freckled skin, to strike his comrade, a lad with sandy hair and sallow cheeks.[6]

Admiral Sloane-SWGA

Grand Admiral Rae Sloane befriended and protected Hux from his father Brendol.

After landing at the Jakku Observatory, Rax instructed the Huxes and the child soldiers to board a replica of the Emperor's yacht Imperialis while he and Tashu entered the Observatory to initiate Jakku's destruction. Ultimately, Rax was killed by Grand Admiral Sloane, who managed to stop Rax from destroying Jakku with the help of the rebel couple Norra Wexley and Brentin Lore Wexley. Seeking an opportunity to rebuild the Empire in her own image, Sloane accompanied the Huxes and the child soldiers on their journey into the Unknown Regions.[6]

During the journey, Sloane befriend Armitage and struck an agreement to protect the boy from his father if he kept her safe from the children. Sloane subsequently beat Brendol into submission and forced him to stop hurting his son and to teach the boy everything he knew. For several months, the Imperialis traveled through the Unknown Regions in order. During the journey, Armitage and his father trained the children. He became more vicious during those months, which Sloane regarded as unusual even for such a small boy. After months of traveling through space, the Imperialis rendezvoused with the Emperor's Super Star Destroyer, the Eclipse.[6]

The First OrderEdit

"Your son. Armitage. I know you don't like him. I suspect you hurt him—psychologically or physically, I don't know, and I don't care. You will leave him alone. And you will teach the boy everything that you know. Are we clear?"
―Rae Sloane, to Brendol Hux[src]
Hux on the bridge

Rising to the rank of general, Hux became a powerful man in the First Order.

Meanwhile, the New Republic signed the Galactic Concordance with the defeated Empire, ending the Galactic Civil War and dissolving the Empire.[6] Growing up in exile, Hux was raised by his father on stories of great Imperials and how the Empire saved the galaxy from the chaos of the Clone Wars. Due to his upbringing, Armitage believed that the New Republic was weak and would never live up to the supreme power of the Old Empire. Many other Imperial officers also fled to the Unknown Regions along with the Huxes, where they would create the First Order, a military and political junta that rose from the ashes of the fallen Empire and followed its imperial ideology. Using technological terror, Hux achieved military superiority throughout the Order, eventually gaining the rank of General.[9]

As General, Hux had complete confidence in his troops, training methods and weapons. His soldiers, who were often trained on capital ships, underwent vivid simulations to create the most loyal soldiers for the Order. This system was an extension of the ideas of his father's Commandant's Cadets, from the Arkanis Academy.[9]

Mission to ParnassosEdit

Around twenty years after the Battle of Endor, Hux ventured to Parnassos to respond to the distress signal sent by Brendol from the crash site of his ship. Hux arrived at the crash site personally, greeting his father, Phasma, Siv, and Frey impersonally and accepting Phasma and Frey into the First Order. Hux told his father that his disappearance had caused concern in the higher ranks of the First Order and that he needed to return immediately, as the Supreme Leader had many things to discuss with him.[11]

As he rode with Brendol, Phasma, and Frey to the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer Absolution, Hux bore witness to Brendol's orbital bombardment of Parnassos. Footage recovered from the shuttle that transported them to the Absolution was later recovered by Resistance intelligence agents. One of these agents, Vi Moradi, viewed the recording and said that the look she saw Armitage giving Brendol was one of pure loathing.[11]

Dealing with BrendolEdit

Hux and Phasma

Hux committed patricide with the help of his ally Captain Phasma, who poisoned Brendol with the toxin of a Parnassos beetle.

Sometime after Phasma's recruitment and Brendol's return from his shipwreck on Parnassos, Phasma and Hux met and conspired to assassinate Brendol. Both agreed that the time had come for Brendol to die, and Hux left the actual killing up to Phasma with his only instruction being that she make it untraceable. Phasma went on to kill Brendol with the toxin from the bite of a Parnassos beetle.[11]

Brendol dead, Hux gave a brief address to Captain Cardinal and the First Order stormtrooper corps to inform them of Brendol's death. Formalities aside, Hux ascended to his father's role in the First Order military, and took his father's suite on the Absolution as his own.[11]

Years later, Cardinal met with Hux to discuss the circumstances of Brendol's death. Cardinal reported to Hux that Phasma had killed his father, information he had gotten from interrogating Resistance spy Vi Moradi, but Hux merely laughed in his face. Hux admitted to his role in Brendol's assassination, telling Cardinal that he had wanted his father dead. After affirming Cardinal's loyalty, Hux let him go, fully expecting Phasma to eventually finish the job of silencing him.[11]

Cold warEdit

General of the First OrderEdit

"Supreme Leader, I take full responsibility for th—"
"GENERAL! […] Our strategy must now change."
―Armitage Hux and Snoke[src]
Phasma Hux Ren

General Hux and Kylo Ren, each of whom represented a different side of the First Order, were bitter rivals who competed for the Supreme Leader's approval.

Thirty years after the Battle of Endor, Hux was the general who commanded Starkiller Base, the primary base of operations of the First Order, as well as the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer Finalizer and answered to Supreme Leader Snoke. Deeming Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi, to be a threat to the First Order, Hux, along with Kylo Ren, were given the directive. Though First Order possessed maps from the Empire that would lead them to the planet where Skywalker was hiding, they lacked a final piece. To that end, the Finalizer traveled to Jakku and dispatched a group of stormtroopers to attack the settlement of Tuanul, where Ren captured a Resistance pilot named Poe Dameron, who already acquired and hid the final piece of the map. After Ren interrogated Dameron, he informed Hux that the prisoner had entrusted the map to a BB-8 unit. Hux dispatched stormtroopers back to Jakku to search for it and posted a bounty on the droid.[3]

Subsequently, Dameron was freed by a stormtrooper and the pair attempted to escape on a TIE/sf space superiority fighter, disabling the Finalizer's turbolasers. Hux ordered the ventral cannons to shoot down the fighter, causing it to crash-land on Jakku. Upon informing Ren of the incident, the dark knight deduced that the traitorous stormtrooper was FN-2187. Hux checked with Phasma, who noted that this was FN-2187's first offense.[3]

Subsequently, Supreme Leader Snoke ordered BB-8 captured or destroyed if necessary. When Hux informed Ren, the latter questioned the competency of their stormtroopers, given that one of them committed high treason, and suggested that the First Order instead appropriate a clone army like the Galactic Republic and early Empire before them. Hux assured him that his stormtroopers were trained from birth to succeed and reminded Ren not to let his obsession with Skywalker interfere with their mission.

Commanding Starkiller BaseEdit

"Today, is the end of the Republic. The end of a regime that acquiesces to disorder. At this very moment in a system far from here, the New Republic, LIES TO THE GALAXY! While secretly supporting the treachery, of the loathsome Resistance. This fierce machine which you have built, upon which we stand will bring an end to the Senate, to their cherished fleet. ALL REMAINING SYSTEMS WILL BOW TO THE FIRST ORDER! AND WILL REMEMBER THIS... AS THE LAST DAY, OF THE REPUBLIC!!"
―Armitage Hux, announcing the fall of the New Republic[src]
Hux and Starkiller Base

Using Starkiller Base's superweapon, Hux destroyed Hosnian Prime and killed billions of people in his quest to topple the New Republic.

After BB-8 fled Jakku aboard the Millennium Falcon, Hux and Ren returned to Starkiller Base, where they spoke to a hologram of Supreme Leader Snoke. Snoke was not happy that they let the droid slip through their fingers and stated that the Jedi would rise again if the map got to the Resistance. Hux humbly took full responsibility for his failure, but the Supreme Leader interrupted him, declaring that their strategy had to change. Hux suggested testing the superweapon and destroy the New Republic for supporting the Resistance, leaving their enemies vulnerable. After receiving authorization for the undertaking, Hux then assembled the First Order army at Starkiller Base and gave a grand speech, proclaiming that the destruction of the Republic would be the beginning of the First Order's rise to power in the galaxy. At his signal, the base's weapon fired and destroyed the Hosnian system, which at the time hosted the Republic's capital and Senate, wiping away its leadership and fleet.[3]

Hux Tells Snoke Starkiller Base is Finished

With Starkiller's destruction imminent, Supreme Leader Snoke ordered Hux to evacuate the base and return to him with Ren.

Subsequently, the First Order received a tip from an informant on Takodana that BB-8 was there, so Ren led an attack squadron. However, Ren instead captured BB-8's accomplice, the Jakku scavenger Rey, because she had seen the map, and ordered the division to retreat as the Resistance engaged them. Ren brought Rey back to Starkiller Base and attempted to extract the map from her mind, only to learn that the girl was strong in the Force and turned his own mind probe against him. Hux later walked in a conversation between Ren and Snoke, the latter asking what happened to BB-8. The general humiliated his colleague by telling the Supreme Leader that Ren decided the droid was not longer valuable to the First Order's mission, and that the girl was all they needed. He then informed Snoke that they tracked the Resistance scout ship performing recon on Starkiller Base back to the Ileenium system. Snoke ordered Hux to use the superweapon to destroy the Resistance before they could find Skywalker.[3]

However, while its weapon was charging up, the Resistance led a starfighter assault against Starkiller Base, which resulted in the base's oncoming collapse before it could fire on D'Qar. Hux was then ordered by Snoke to evacuate the planet and to take the defeated Kylo Ren with him,[3] something that Hux, having a very low opinion of Ren, was all too eager to accomplish knowing that Ren suffered a humiliating defeat.[12]

As he was making his way out of the base, Hux's path took him into proximity with the quarters of the Jerjerrod couple, which had been hit by falling debris from a crashed Tie fighter. There, he briefly witnessed the ongoing fight between First Order forces and members of the Resistance's J-Squadron. Officer Jul Jerjerrod requested aid from him, which Hux affirmed, assigning several of his accompanying stormtrooper detachment to aid in the capture of the squadron. [13]

First Order–Resistance warEdit

Rendezvous with Captain PhasmaEdit

"I should have known that even an exploding planet could not kill you, nor impede your devotion to the First Order."
―Armitage Hux, to Phasma[src]

A few days after the Assault on Starkiller Base, Hux greeted Phasma personally on his ship, the Finalizer. He questioned Phasma's late return, to which she replied that she had been preoccupied with chasing down and dispatching the true culprit behind the one who had turned off the shields at Starkiller Base. She named Lieutenant Sol Rivas as the perpetrator. Hux complimented her and promptly left, leaving Phasma to stare off at the sight of the First Order fleet gathering in large numbers.[14]

Leading the Siege of D'QarEdit

"I have my orders from Supreme Leader Snoke himself. This is where we snuff out the Resistance once and for all."
―Armitage Hux[src]
The Last Jedi Space Battle

Although the Resistance evacuated D'Qar, Hux's hyperspace tracker ensured they could no longer escape the First Order through hyperspace.

After the Assault on Starkiller Base, Hux led a First Order fleet, including a Dreadnought, to the evacuated main Resistance base on D'Qar. He was, however, briefly distracted by an insulting transmission from Poe Dameron, who repeatedly referred to Hux by the mocking term "General Hugs" and implied that Leia wanted to send a message about Hux's mother. Hux responded that he would not negotiate with the Resistance, but Poe responded as if he couldn't hear him. After a few more attempts which made Hux increasingly angry, he ultimately ordered the dreadnought to destroy the Resistance base, and afterwards, the main fleet. When Resistance bombers came to destroy the Dreadnought, Hux quickly dispatched all but one bomber, which promptly blew up the dreadnought and bought time for the Resistance to escape. However, Hux had a plan to track the Resistance ship through hyperspace, which he presented to Supreme Leader Snoke on his command ship, the Supremacy.[15]

Pursuit of the Resistance FleetEdit

"Keep up the barrage. Let's at least remind them that we're still here."
―Armitage Hux[src]
Hux on the bridge

Hux took command of Snoke's flagship, the Supremacy during the First Order's pursuit of the Resistance fleet.

During the assault on the Resistance fleet, Hux ordered the Star Destroyers to keep at a distance and continue firing at the Resistance flagship Raddus. After the Resistance's medical frigate ran out of fuel, Hux ordered it destroyed the second it was in range, though the ship was successfully evacuated prior to its destruction.[15]

When Finn and Rose Tico were captured while trying to disable the tracker on the Supremacy, they were led to an assembly area of stormtroopers in the hangar, led by General Hux. Hux then struck Finn on the cheek, showing his disdain for him.[15] After insulting the people of the Otomok system, Tico's home system, she bit Hux on the hand.[16] Shortly after, Hux left the pair to be executed by Captain Phasma, having figured out the Resistance's plan to escape via thirty U-55 orbital loadlifters, thanks to DJ divulging this information to the First Order. He also proceeded to have the fleet pick off any and all escape ships one by one. Focused on the annihilation of the transports, Hux brushed off the news that the Raddus was preparing a hyperspace jump as a failed ploy to distract them, unaware that Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo was intending to jump the Raddus to lightspeed directly at the Supremacy. Upon seeing she had turned about face, Hux frantically ordered all firepower concentrated on the Raddus, but it was too late. The faster-than-lightspeed collision sliced the Supremacy in two, also annihilating at least six Resurgent-class battlecruisers as well.[15]

After Holdo's suicide attack, General Hux went to the throne room, where during the battle Kylo Ren had killed Snoke. Discovering an unconscious Kylo Ren near the body of the Supreme Leader, Hux tried to take advantage of the situation to kill his rival but Ren woke up before he could act. After he expressed disbelief at seeing Snoke's dead body, Kylo told him that Rey killed Snoke and ordered him to move the men to Crait, to crush the Resistance once and for all. Hux protested, stating than Ren had no rights to command him or his men but Kylo Force-choked Hux until he acknowledged him as the new Supreme Leader.[15]

Battle of CraitEdit

"That's enough. That's enough! Do you think you got him?"
―Armitage Hux, to Kylo Ren[src]
Long Live The Supreme Leader

After the assassination of Snoke, Ren resorted to strong-arm tactics in order to secure Hux's allegiance as the new Supreme Leader.

Hux was in Kylo Ren's command shuttle during the Battle of Crait. Once Kylo Ren gave the order to advance, Hux also attempted to issue the command, resulting in a sidelong stare by Kylo. After Kylo Ren fired on Luke Skywalker's force projection with All Terrain MegaCaliber Sixes and First Order All Terrain Armored Transport walkers, Hux shouted at the pilots to stop firing, thinking that Skywalker had been completely destroyed by the barrage. Hux asked if Ren thought he got him, but was startled when the smoke cleared to reveal Skywalker completely unharmed. Ren ordered the command shuttle to land only for Hux to protest that Ren was getting distracted. In response, Kylo Ren hurled Hux against a wall with the Force, temporarily knocking him out. By the time Hux regained consciousness, the Resistance had already fled and reorganized itself into the Rebellion. He was present as Kylo Ren and the First Order Snowtroopers searched through the now-abandoned base.[15]

Personality and traitsEdit

"You. Do you agree to do as I say? I want you to hit the boy to the right of you. Hard."
―Armitage Hux, exercising power for the first time[src]
Armitage Hux TLJ

General Armitage Hux was an ambitious officer who craved power and promoted technological innovation.

Armitage Hux was a male human with red hair and pale skin. When he was a young child, his father Brendol Hux regarded him as a weak-willed boy.[8] In his childhood, Hux was frequently belittled by his father. Despite Brendol's disdain for his own child, both Gallius Rax and Rae Sloane recognized that Armitage had the potential to become a military commander of the First Order. Under Rax's influence, the boy grew more vicious and was willing to order his father's child soldiers to hurt each other in order to assert his authority.[6] From childhood, Hux was raised on stories of heroic Imperials and how the Empire had brought peace and order to the galaxy following the Clone Wars. Hux believed that the the galaxy needed to be saved from chaos and that the New Republic was too weak to rein in these problems.[9] Because he was born out of wedlock, he also held some incense against references to his mother, especially those done in a mocking light, which was best evident during the Evacuation of D'Qar, where Poe Dameron's insinuation that Leia wanted to give a message about Hux's mother was enough to have Hux angrily order for the ship to open fire on Dameron's squadron.[15]

As an adult, General Hux was a methodical commander who continued his father's program of training stormtroopers from infancy. Hux was a scientific and technologically-minded man who had little patience and understanding for Force-wielders like Kylo Ren. Hux had an acrimonious relationship with Kylo Ren and the two competed for the favor of the First Order's Supreme Leader Snoke.[9] Hux was rankled by Kylo Ren's questioning of his faith in his men and methods. He also tried to deflect blame onto Kylo after First Order forces on Takodana failed to recover BB-8 and the map to Luke Skywalker.[3]

Hux Starkiller Speech

Remorseless and driven by the desire for power, Hux caused the deaths of billions by giving the order to fire the Starkiller at the Hosnian system.

He likewise hated Kylo Ren, to the extent that he secretly derived pleasure from whenever Kylo failed his mission or whenever Snoke reprimanded him, and also was glad that Kylo needed rescuing from the Starkiller Base after he was beaten by Rey, a lightsaber novice.[12] His disdain for Kylo was such that after Snoke was prematurely killed, he initially considered assassinating Kylo on the spot while the latter was still unconscious prior to his stirring forcing him to abandon that plan, and shortly afterward made clear he had zero intention of acknowledging Kylo as the new Supreme Leader, and only ended up acknowledging it after Kylo telekinetically strangled him. Even afterward, however, he made subtle jabs at Kylo's expense, as after the walkers attacked what appeared to be Luke Skywalker himself with a rain of blaster bolts on Kylo's orders, Hux proceeded to sarcastically ask if the blasts killed Skywalker before the cloud dispersed and revealed he was still present.[15]

Due to his upbringing, Hux believed that he was destined to rule the galaxy. He regarded the New Republic as an illegitimate government that had to be destroyed in order to usher in the First Order. Hux believed that Starkiller Base held the key to retaking the galaxy from the New Republic.[9] Hux never saw the First Order as the restoration of the Empire, but rather a new and improved faction.[16] While Hux was distressed by the Resistance's destruction of Starkiller Base, he nevertheless complied with Snoke's orders to recover Kylo Ren and bring him to the Supreme Leader.[3]

First Order Military

Hux prided himself on the new generation of stormtroopers, all of whom were exceptionally trained and programmed from birth.

He also showed some degree of sadism, as evidenced during the late stages of the attack on the Resistance fleet, where he had the Supremacy pick off the various escaping U-55 orbital loadlifters.[15] He also was highly ambitious, wanting to have direct control over the Supremacy, although he was smart enough to know he should keep such desires buried lest he get negative attention from either Kylo Ren or Snoke.[12]

Kylo Ren had always wondered why Snoke would keep Hux around. When this was brought to his attention, an amused Snoke revealed that for all his supposed weaknesses, Hux would always be a reliable asset.[15] Snoke, who used Hux as a tool, was unaware that Hux had ambitions of usurping him to take the title of Supreme Leader for himself.[16] Unfortunately for Hux, Ren had the same idea and took the position of Supreme Leader after killing Snoke, leading Hux to serve him.[15] However, as Hux was known to have ordered Phasma to kill his own father, Ren brought him wherever he went, like Crait, to supervise him and prevent any potential act of treason.[16]

Skills and abilitiesEdit

As a General in the First Order, Armitage Hux commanded the First Order's armies and Starkiller Base.[9] He was familiar with the operating systems of a Resurgent-class Star Destroyer and Starkiller Base.[3] Although his technical rank was General, he commanded more authority in actuality than a standard general, though Snoke refused to promote him to the more appropriate rank of Grand Marshal.[12]

EquipmentEdit

General Hux wore a charcoal grey general's uniform, black gloves, a polished officer's buckle, traditional flared-hip breeches, and insulated boots. He also wore a crested command cap emblazoned with the insignia of the First Order and a gaberwool officer's greatcoat. Hux believed that a tidy appearance was essential to maintaining discipline. When addressing his men, he wore a parade uniform designed to broadcast his authority as a First Order General.[9]

After the Battle of Starkiller Base, Hux would carry a cross draw holstered SE-44C blaster pistol and a monomolecular dagger hidden in his sleeve.[12] He would conceal the pistol by beginning to wear the greatcoat nearly always when in public.

Behind the scenesEdit

DevelopmentEdit

"I think General Hux would just like a little bit more order in the universe. Whatever it takes is where he's at."
―Domnhall Gleeson, on General Hux[src]
General hux - SW Card Trader

Domhnall Gleeson portrays General Hux in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.

The character of General Hux was created for the 2015 film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, in which he is portrayed by Domhnall Gleeson.[17] Gleeson was cast in the movie in April 2014, just one day before appearing in a publicity photo of the cast doing a table read of the script. He afterward rented a screening room in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland, and watched all three installments of the original Star Wars trilogy to prepare for shooting the new film[18]—he has described arriving on the set of a Star Wars movie on his first day of shooting as a breathtaking, "pinch me" moment.[19] Details of Gleeson's character, including the name General Hux, were first revealed to the public at the San Diego Comic-Con[20] in July 2015.[17]

While developing Hux's character, Gleeson and the film's production team posited that he was an obsessive character who does not get a lot of sleep. They created his look with that in mind: pale with dark eyes, and dead-set on his goals.[21] The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams has called Hux a merciless character,[19] and Gleeson has described him as someone who enjoys having authority and holding onto it at all costs.[21] He has also stated that Hux "would just like a little bit more order in the universe" and would do whatever it takes to achieve that order. In the leadup to the film's release, he joked that Hux was obviously an evil character due to his British accent, a trait shared by numerous Star Wars villains.[22] Gleeson was excited to play such a character, as it was unlike any acting role he had previously done[19] and allowed him to explore the notion of authority.[21] StarWars.com then confirmed that Gleeson was to return in Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi.[23]

FirstOrder

Hux's speech to the First Order has been compared to Adolf Hitler addressing a Nuremberg Rally.

During filming of The Force Awakens, several different versions were shot of a scene where Hux addresses the troops of the First Order, as J.J. Abrams hoped to try it at various levels of intensity. He ultimately "wanted it big," and he and screenplay writer Lawrence Kasdan believed that it was Hux's major moment in the movie. Although the amount of stormtrooper extras present for the scene made Gleeson nervous, he also felt like it gave him a sense of the number of people his speech was intended to affect.[24] The speech has been compared to Adolf Hitler speaking at a Nuremberg Rally[24][25][26] and has been described by reviewers as being an over-the-top[26] and random moment in the film.[27]

ContinuityEdit

"I'd imagined Zare catching sight of a red-haired baby in a hover-pram pushed by a sinister nanny droid, but that wound up feeling like a reference for a reference's sake, which I've come to believe undermines storytelling instead of supporting it."
―Jason Fry, on writing Servants of the Empire: The Secret Academy[src]

Prior to The Force Awakens's release, a character named Brendol Hux was introduced in Servants of the Empire: The Secret Academy, a young readers' book by Jason Fry that serves as a tie-in to the television program Star Wars Rebels. In the book, Brendol Hux reveals his ambition to create an army of soldiers loyal to the Galactic Empire from birth.[28] A StarWars.com Databank entry later revealed that Brendol Hux is General Hux's father,[4] and Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary went on to confirm that Hux's army of stormtroopers in the film—trained from infancy to be loyal to the First Order—are an extension of his father's group, the Commandant's Cadets.[9]

Fry originally conceived of the cadets to advance a plotline in his story, but he was struggling to find them a goal or a purpose that would eventually come into fruition. The idea to connect them with General Hux came in November 2014 when he met with Lucasfilm Ltd. about another project, Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Incredible Cross-Sections, and was privy to concept art, stills, and a synopsis of the upcoming movie. He then proposed to Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm Story Group that the idea of training children to be stormtroopers began with Hux's father in the era of Star Wars Rebels, and when Hidalgo ran it up the chain of command, the answer came back in the positive. Fry considered inserting a "red-haired baby" Hux into his book, being cared for by a sinister nanny droid, but he ultimately felt that it was a reference for the sake of a reference and cut it from the final draft.[29]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  2. 2.0 2.1 TwitterLogo @pablohidalgo (Pablo Hidalgo) on Twitter "Hux is 34 in the script." (screenshot) (in response to "How old are Rey, Kylo, Finn, Poe and Hux?")
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  4. 4.0 4.1 StarWars-DatabankII General Hux in the Databank (backup link)
  5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Head-to-Head
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 Aftermath: Empire's End
  7. Before the Awakening
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Aftermath: Life Debt
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  10. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Battle of Endor to 4 ABY and the events of Shattered Empire, Part IV, which take place three months after the battle, to 5 ABY. Furthermore, the novel Aftermath states that months have passed since the Battle of Endor, while Aftermath: Life Debt begins two months after the end of Aftermath. Therefore, the events of Aftermath: Life Debt begin at least four months after the Battle of Endor, which corresponds to 5 ABY. Additionally, Galactic Atlas dates the Battle of Jakku, as depicted in Life Debt's sequel, Aftermath: Empire's End, to 5 ABY as well, thereby firmly placing Aftermath: Life Debt in 5 ABY.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Phasma
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
  13. Join the Resistance: Attack on Starkiller Base
  14. Captain Phasma, Part IV
  15. 15.00 15.01 15.02 15.03 15.04 15.05 15.06 15.07 15.08 15.09 15.10 Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition
  17. 17.0 17.1 TwitterLogo @starwars (Star Wars) on Twitter "General Hux! Join us in our liveblog for more #StarWars #TheForceAwakens updates http://strw.rs/1HrY9q3  " (screenshot)
  18. James Mottram (December 14, 2015, 18:22 BST). Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Domhnall Gleeson on playing the villain and how JJ Abrams inspired the cast. The Independent. Archived from the original on December 14, 2015. Retrieved on February 16, 2016.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Josh Wilding. Domhnall Gleeson Teases "Merciless" General Hux In Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We Got This Covered. Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved on February 16, 2016.
  20. Brent McKnight. Who Domhnall Gleeson Is Actually Playing In Star Wars Episode 7. Cinema Blend. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved on February 16, 2016.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Amy Kaufman (February 18, 2016, 8:00 AM). Domhnall Gleeson, on playing gentle and evil and surviving the harsh shoot for 'The Revenant'. Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 21, 2016. Retrieved on February 22, 2016.
  22. "The Stars of Star Wars: Domnhall Gleeson." People Magazine December 2015: 59. Print.
  23. SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: Episode VIII Now Filming on StarWars.com (backup link)
  24. 24.0 24.1 Orlando Parfitt. Domhnall Gleeson Talks About THAT General Hux Speech In Star Wars (Exclusive). Tumblr. Archived from the original on February 16, 2016. Retrieved on February 16, 2016.
  25. Imagery of the Third Reich in the First Order. Star Wars in the Classroom. Archived from the original on January 18, 2016. Retrieved on February 16, 2016.
  26. 26.0 26.1 Matt Zoller Seitz (December 18, 2015). Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. RogerEbert.com. Archived from the original on January 19, 2016. Retrieved on February 16, 2016.
  27. Charlie Jane Anders (January 8, 2016, 6:00 PM). Everything That's Wrong With Star Wars: The Force Awakens. io9. Archived from the original on February 7, 2016. Retrieved on February 16, 2016.
  28. Servants of the Empire: The Secret Academy
  29. SWCustom-2011 The Force Awakens Secret Inside The Secret Academy on StarWars.com