- "I'm not Resistance. I'm not a hero. I'm a stormtrooper. Like all of them, I was taken from a family I'll never know. And raised to do one thing. But my first battle, I made a choice. I wasn't gonna kill for them. So I ran. Right into you. And you looked at me like no one ever had. I was ashamed of what I was. But I'm done with the First Order. I'm never going back."
- ―Finn, to Rey
Finn was a human male who served as a First Order stormtrooper, designation FN-2187 and known to his fellow soldiers as Eight-Seven. He was considered one of the group's best stormtroopers before he deserted to join the Resistance in their struggle against the First Order. Having left the First Order, he took on the name "Finn" at the suggestion of Resistance pilot Poe Dameron, based on his stormtrooper designation, having never been given an actual name. After leaving the First Order, he reluctantly became involved in the droid BB-8's quest to rejoin the Resistance, and escaped the desert planet Jakku with BB-8 and a female scavenger named Rey.
Along with the famed smuggler Han Solo and Wookiee Chewbacca, Finn joined the Resistance's efforts to destroy the First Order's superweapon Starkiller Base after Rey was captured. However, after Solo's death at the hands of Kylo Ren in the assault on Starkiller Base, Finn was seriously injured in a lightsaber duel with the more experienced Kylo Ren. After Finn was disarmed, Rey regained consciousness and defeated Kylo Ren. He was taken by Rey and Chewbacca to the Millennium Falcon, and was left in intensive care at the Resistance base while under a coma.
Serving the First Order
- "You have great potential, 2187. You are officer corps material. Your duty is to the First Order above everything. Nothing else comes before that."
- ―Captain Phasma
The boy who would become Finn was taken as a child from his family to serve the First Order. Finn later reflected that he had been too young to even remember who his family was. The child received the designation FN-2187 and was made a stormtrooper of the First Order, a military junta that continued the ideals of the fallen Galactic Empire in the decades after the Galactic Civil War. FN-2187 served under Captain Phasma and, as a cadet, alongside fellow troopers FN-2199 ("Nines"), FN-2000 ("Zeroes"), and FN-2003 ("Slip"). FN-2187, known to his fellow troopers as Eight-Seven, was seen by his comrades and superiors as an ideal First Order stormtrooper, and consistently scored top marks as a cadet. Finn was also once in charge of sanitation duties at Starkiller Base.
On one occasion, Eight-Seven and a squad of stormtroopers were deployed on a jungle planet. While patroling, a Kowakian monkey-lizard got on Eight-Seven's shoulders and pulled off his helmet, which made Eight-Seven lose the grip on his blaster and the other stormtroopers from the squad look at him. The monkey-lizard laughed furiously from the prank he made, while Eight-Seven looked uncomfortable. C-3PO later told this story to some visitors and described it as "comical."
During his time as a cadet, Eight-Seven and his fellow troopers underwent a training simulation in which they assaulted a New Republic bunker, with the intention of destroying a heavy repeating blaster manned by Republic soldiers. During their advance on the bunker, Slip fell behind—a common occurrence—and Eight-Seven intended to rescue him. Over the objections of Zeroes and Nines, who wanted to complete their objective and felt that rescuing Slip would lead the Republic to take them all out, Eight-Seven ordered them to rescue their fellow soldier. Eight-Seven sent Zeroes and Nines in different directions in order to divide the Republic's attention, while Eight-Seven himself went for Slip and successfully rescued him. Though Zeroes and Nines were pinned down, their diversion gave Eight-Seven a clear path into the Republic bunker, into which he threw a grenade and destroyed the blaster before the Republic could react to his attack.
The simulation was monitored by Captain Phasma and General Armitage Hux. After the training session ended, Phasma spoke to the troopers and told them that their performance was adequate. Each was given a review of their performance, with Eight-Seven being commended on his kill rate and the completion of his objective. She further said that his fellow soldiers should follow his example. The other troopers were dismissed, but Eight-Seven was ordered to stay so Phasma could question why he rescued Slip, as it was not the first time Eight-Seven had to help him. Phasma ordered him to stop, as she said the First Order was only as strong as its weakest link. Rather than fixing the problem, Phasma said he was allowing it to persist and weaken the group. Phasma sensed hesitation on his part, but he assured her that he would stop helping Slip.
Following this incident, FN-2187 and his fellow troopers were deployed to a mining colony in an artificial asteroid field known as Pressy's Tumble in the Pressylla system of the Outer Rim Territories. Captain Phasma informed the Stormtroopers there that the purpose of their visit was to 'restore order' after Republic agents had allegedly infiltrated the mining operations, sabotaged equipment and created dissent among the miners there. In reality, the miners had staged a strike to protest the harsh working conditions. Upon arrival, Captain Phasma took FN-2187's unit to a room of negotiators. Captain Phasma then gave the order that the troopers execute the negotiators. FN-2187 aimed his rifle at an Abednedo negotiator, yet couldn't bring himself to shoot—Slip attacked the negotiator instead. Upon returning from Pressylla, FN-2187 and his fellow troopers were officially recognized as full-fledged Stormtroopers. Captain Phasma decided that FN-2187 ought to be deployed in an upcoming battle on Jakku, thinking that he would understand what it meant to be a Stormtrooper and fight back when brought face-to-face with those attacking him back.
First Order-Resistance conflict
Deserting from the First Order
- "I'm done with the First Order. I'm never going back."
After Eight-Seven was deployed, he and his fellow troopers were sent on a mission to the desert planet Jakku, where a man named Lor San Tekka allegedly held part of a map that would lead to the location of Luke Skywalker, the last of the Jedi. Eight-Seven was deployed from the Star Destroyer Finalizer, along with 4 elite First Order squadrons of Stormtroopers, to the village of Tuanul. The First Order assaulted the village where the man was in hiding, and during the fighting his friend FN-2003 was killed by Resistance pilot Poe Dameron, wiping his blood on FN-2187's helmet. This incident affected the Stormtrooper deeply, and when ordered by Kylo Ren to kill the villagers, he refused to fire.
Returning to the Finalizer, Eight-Seven felt significant stress from the mission, and Captain Phasma noticed his distress. She told him to submit his blaster to be checked, making sure he fired a shot. Knowing he would be re-evaluated and discovered for not firing on the villagers, and with his faith severely shaken in the First Order, he decided to desert. He freed the captured Poe Dameron from his cell, and the two stole a Special Forces TIE Fighter. FN-2187 manned the guns, killing several of his former comrades in the hanger, and then disabling the Finalizer's turbolasers.
FN-2187's new name
- "FN, huh? Finn. I'm gonna call you Finn! That all right?"
- ―Poe Dameron
During the escape, Dameron asked the Stormtrooper his name, to which he replied with his number. Not content with calling a man a number, Dameron named the trooper Finn, from the FN in his number. Finn liked the name, and went on to use it. Dameron also told him that the map vital to the Resistance was located in his white and orange BB-unit, BB-8. Finn demanded not to return to Jakku, insisting that they would be killed, but Dameron pressed on, revealing to Finn that the map led to Luke Skywalker. The TIE was soon after hit by a missile, though, sending it spiraling towards the planet below.
Meeting Rey and BB-8
- "I don't know your name."
"Finn. What's yours?"
- ―Rey and Finn
Finn and Dameron ejected from the TIE shortly before it crashed, each landing separately some distance from the wreck. Making his way to the crash, he found Poe's jacket, but no other sign of the man, and the fighter sunk into the sand. Believing Dameron to be dead, he discarded his armor and eventually arrived at the nearest settlement, looking for BB-8 to carry on Poe's mission.
Once at the settlement, he found BB-8 along with Rey, a desert scavenger, after witnessing her save the droid from two thugs. Soon after, BB-8 pointed him out to Rey, identifying Dameron's jacket, prompting the woman to chase after him. Finn attempted to outrun her but Rey outflanked him. Held under questioning and accused of stealing Dameron's jacket, Finn falsely claimed to be with the Resistance to get them to trust him. The three were immediately targeted by the First Order, looking for Finn and BB-8, but they managed to escape Jakku aboard the Millennium Falcon.
Once in space, the Falcon was in need of major repairs, so Rey and Finn attempted to fix the ageing ship. Finn then confessed to BB-8 that he wasn't with the Resistance and tried convincing the droid to tell him where the Resistance base was. At some consideration, BB-8 revealed that the Resistance base was in the Ileenium system. Just after Rey had completed the repairs, the ship was caught in a tractor beam. Finn initially believed them to be captured by the First Order, and thus had Rey undo her repairs to flood the Falcon with poisonous gas, explaining that stormtrooper helmets filter out smoke, not toxins. Putting on breather masks, Finn, along with Rey and BB-8, hid in the maintenance duct.
Enter Han Solo
- "This was a mistake!"
- ―Finn and Rey
Instead of the First Order, the Millennium Falcon was boarded by the smuggler Han Solo and his Wookiee co-pilot Chewbacca, who reclaimed their vessel after it had been stolen from them years earlier. Solo initially mistook Finn and his companions for thieves and questioned them. Finn and Rey quickly recognized Han Solo as the Rebellion general and the famous smuggler and owner of the Falcon. Having found his stolen ship, Solo told Chewbacca to put Finn and his traveling companions in an escape pod and drop them off in the nearest inhabited system. However, Finn and Rey convinced Solo and Chewie not to do so by explaining that they needed his help to take BB-8 to the Resistance because the droid had a map that would lead them to Luke Skywalker.
Unfortunately, Han's freighter, the Eravana had been boarded by two notorious criminal factions, the Guavian Death Gang and Kanjiklub, whom Solo was indebted to. Not wanting Rey and Finn to be involved, Han placed both of them in the lower corridors of the freighter while he and Chewie went to meet with the criminals, with BB-8 accompanying them. The smuggler tried but failed to convince both parties that he would fix things eventually.
The Guavian Death Gang negotiator Bala-Tik recognized the BB-8 astromech droid from a First Order bounty placed on it and demanded that Han hand over the droid and any stowaways he might have on board. As the scuffle continued, Rey accidentally released three rathtars while trying to separate the gangs from the smugglers using the blast doors. They successfully escaped the gangs and jumped into hyperspace in the Falcon. Bala-tik then ordered his men to inform the First Order that Han Solo and the droid unit had fled aboard the Falcon.
While traveling through hyperspace, Finn tended to Chewbacca's injuries with the Wookiee proving a challenging patient to treat. During the journey, Solo got BB-8 to display the map that he was carrying. However, the map was incomplete and turned out to be a portion of a much larger map. Finn and Rey learned from Solo that Luke Skywalker had been trying to rebuild the Jedi. However, a male apprentice had turned against Skywalker and undone his efforts. Skywalker had since disappeared for parts unknown. Solo believed that Luke had gone to find the legendary First Jedi temple. Not wanting to deliver Finn, Rey, and BB-8 to the Resistance directly, Solo planned to take them to the planet Takodana where he could find suitable transportation for them.
- "I'm looking at the eyes of a man who wants to run."
"You don't know the First Order like I do. They'll slaughter us. We all need to run."
- ―Maz Kanata and Finn
After landing on Takodana, Finn and his companions visited the pirate and tavern keeper Maz Kanata's castle, which served as an inn and bar for space. Finn also managed to meet Maz herself, who counselled him to stop running and fight. Finn was then asked to join the Resistance in its struggle against the First Order, but Finn initially refused, believing the First Order to be too powerful. He then confessed to Rey his true identity as a stormtrooper and stated that he was never going back to the First Order. After she declined his offer to join him in escaping the conflict, he wished her well. He planned to leave with pirate Captain Sidon Ithano.
Before he could depart with Captain Sidon, Finn witnessed the Hosnian Cataclysm and realized that the First Order had launched its attack on the New Republic. After reuniting with Han, Chewbacca, and BB-8, Finn and his companions went to find Rey. Venturing into the basement of Maz Kanata's castle, they instead found Maz, who gave Finn the lightsaber that had once belonged to the Jedi Knights Anakin and Luke Skywalker. She instructed Finn to pass the weapon to Rey, who had previously discovered the object and fled into the surrounding forest after experiencing a Force vision.
Shortly later, Maz Kanata's castle was attacked by the First Order, who had been alerted to the presence of BB-8 by the spy Bazine Netal. During the ensuing battle, Finn wielded the lightsaber, killing at least one stormtrooper and engaging in a duel with FN-2199, who brandished a Z6 riot control baton. He was unable to defeat Nines, who was shot by Han Solo wielding Chewbacca's bowcaster. Finn, Solo, and Chewbacca were captured, but made an escape when the Resistance counterattacked. Finn witnessed Kylo Ren carrying off Rey into his command shuttle and ran to rescue her, but could do little to help as Ren left the battlefield.
Return to Starkiller Base
- "What do we do with her?!"
"Is there a garbage chute? Trash compactor?!"
"Yeah, there is."
- ―Finn and Han Solo discuss what to do with Captain Phasma
Finn traveled with Solo, Chewbacca, and BB-8 to the Resistance base on D'Qar, where he was reunited with Poe Dameron, who had survived the crash on Jakku. Finn also met General Leia Organa who praised him for renouncing the First Order and helping Poe escape. Finn was also present during the meeting held to discuss the attack on Starkiller Base, and his knowledge of the superweapon proved invaluable in planning the attack. He volunteered to go with Solo and Chewbacca to destroy a shield generator on the planet's thermal regulator, but was more interested in rescuing Rey.
After crash-landing on the planet, Finn revealed to Han and Chewie that he used to work on sanitation on Starkiller Base, much to Solo's annoyance. Finn devised a plan to lower the shield around the planet, which would allow the Resistance pilots to attack the oscillator and destroy the weapon. Chewbacca captured Captain Phasma, and the three, including an overly confident Finn, forced her to lower the shield. She warned them that her troops would storm in and kill them all, but Solo shrugged off her warning, asking Finn if there happened to be any convenient trash compactors in the base and they were able to dump her into one via garbage chute.
The three then discovered Rey, who had escaped by herself. Rey and Finn went to set charges on part of the oscillator, and upon their return, witnessed Han Solo confront Kylo Ren, who was revealed to be Han's son Ben Solo. After witnessing Kylo murder his father, Rey and Finn attempted to escape, but were met with Kylo again in the woods. Rey attempted to use her blaster against Kylo, but he threw Rey back with a Force push and knocked her out. Finn, enraged, ignited the lightsaber and engaged in a duel against Kylo Ren. Finn briefly held his own, even with him having no training with a lightsaber. 
Finn used his emotions to drive his fight against Kylo, even managing to inflict a shoulder wound on him. But in the end, Finn sustained wounds in his shoulder and across his spine and was disarmed. Badly injured, Finn was overcome by pain, his muscles going weak and limp. He thought he could hear lightsabers clashing around him, but as the pain increase, he could no longer fight the darkness overcoming him. As he fell into unconsciousness, his last thought was of Rey. After Finn was disabled Rey regained consciousness and used the Force to retrieve the lightsaber and defeat Kylo. Finn was taken by Rey to the Millennium Falcon, which was piloted by Chewbacca, and was left in intensive care at the Resistance base while under a coma. Rey wished him a heartfelt goodbye, kissing his forehead, thanking him for everything, and declaring that they will meet again, before departing to find Luke Skywalker.
Personality and traits
- "I've had a pretty messed up day, alright?!"
- ―Finn on his escape from the First Order
Finn was a male human. During his time with the First Order, he wore the standard-issue stormtrooper armor. Following his desertion, he discarded his armor, but continued to wear the armor's body glove and shoes, and took to wearing Poe Dameron's jacket as a way to remember him. Upon discovering that Dameron was alive, Finn offered him his jacket back, but the pilot insisted he keep it.
While in service to the First Order, Finn was seen by his training cadre and his fellow soldiers as one of the best stormtroopers that the First Order had to offer. His instructors saw him as loyal to the First Order, as well as dutiful, brave, intelligent, and possessing the strength necessary to be a great stormtrooper and perhaps even eventually one of the group's officers. Finn was trained to believe that the New Republic was depraved and that the First Order was necessary to bring law to a lawless galaxy, and everything he had seen of the galaxy was filtered through his training; the First Order showed him only what they wanted him to see, but he did not doubt its truth. Nonetheless, though as a cadet he was eager to be deployed and see the galaxy so he could serve the First Order and Supreme Leader Snoke, he was plagued by doubt. That doubt came to a head on Jakku, when he refused to fire on the villagers and deserted from the First Order.
Despite his training and education by the First Order, Finn had a good heart and empathy for others. While deployed on Jakku, after witnessing his friend FN-2003 killed by Poe Dameron, he refused to fire on unarmed villagers. These two events shook his belief in the First Order, inspiring him to desert and free Dameron, and eventually help Rey and BB-8 and side with the Resistance.
Finn was also protective of those he cared about. He risked jeopardizing a training mission in order to save FN-2003, and when seeing Rey being carried off by Kylo Ren, ran desperately to rescue her. He later accompanied Han Solo and Chewbacca on a mission to destroy the Starkiller Base's shield generator in order to rescue Rey.
However, Finn was seen to be susceptible to his fear and stress at times, such as during his desertion of the First Order. He seemed desperate to escape their attention and would rather fly across the system than entertain the thought of facing his pursuers. At Maz Kanata's castle he almost abandoned Rey, Han Solo, and Chewbacca in an attempt to escape the conflict, but changed his mind and was later pulled into the battle anyways. He also panicked multiple times during his and Rey's escape from Jakku onboard the Millennium Falcon.
Skills and abilities
- "FN-2187, your targeting was exemplary. According to the simulation, you fired your weapon only thirty-six times, scoring kills with thirty-five of those. You deployed one explosive, which resulted in the achieving of the objective and another six enemies killed. All of you should take your example from FN-2187."
- ―Captain Phasma to FN-2187 and his team
As a stormtrooper, Finn consistently scored top marks in his training and was seen as someone who could become an ideal First Order trooper. His First Order training made him an effective marksman with a high kill rate.
This skill with a blaster apparently translated well into skills as a gunner. During the escape from the Finalizer aboard a stolen TIE, Finn managed to kill dozens of stormtroopers, destroy the contents of the Finalizer's hangar bay, knock out several turbolaser batteries and ventral cannons on the underside of the ship, and even destroy an incoming missile despite having no experience with flying starfighters. In fact, it was only Finn's distraction by an argument with Poe Dameron that led to the stolen TIE being struck by an incoming missile and disabled. The next day, Finn would man the ventral quad-laser cannon turret aboard the Millennium Falcon during the escape from Jakku, destroying one TIE on his own and one with assistance from Rey.
Despite a lack of training, he had the ability to wield a lightsaber in combat. He was able to hold his own against a stormtrooper with a riot baton, and despite being defeated, managed to inflict a shoulder wound on the more experienced Kylo Ren.
Behind the scenes
Finn is portrayed by John Boyega in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. Boyega's casting in the film was first made known on April 29, 2014, and his character was first revealed in the first teaser trailer for the film on November 28, 2014. His first name was revealed by Entertainment Weekly in an exclusive digital trading card. The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams stated prior to the film's release that it was "completely intentional" that no last name was provided for the character, the film itself revealing that "Finn" was a name given to the character following his desertion from the stormtrooper ranks.
The writers of Episode VII decided to make Finn as a deserting stormtrooper as Lawrence Kasdan felt it would be "incredible" to have their protagonist be from a group of previously "faceless, indistinguishable automatons". Co-writer Michael Arndt remembered that an exasperated Kasdan blurted out his idea when they were struggling to decide on a unique background for their male lead. Boyega, whom Abrams described as one of the biggest Star Wars fans in the cast, auditioned nine times for the role. Unlike his costar Daisy Ridley, Boyega performed with an American accent as Abrams felt his London one was not right for the role.
Boyega said he considers Finn to be the audience's surrogate, explaining, "During the auditions I found that my niche for this character was definitely in the more humor and fear. So he just represents us in the film — just finally having a Star Wars character that goes, 'This is really dangerous.' Finn is a part of myself, just magnified a tad." Conversely, he also feels Rey is the lead who gets stressed out by her journey, while Finn is the one having fun.
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Notes and references
- ↑ Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
- ↑ The Force Awakens: Head-to-Head
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 Before the Awakening
- ↑ —Star Wars Adventures Ashcan
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 The Force Awakens: Finn's Story
- ↑ Breznican, Anthony (December 11, 2014). 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' character names revealed (in coolest way possible) -- exclusive. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on December 11, 2014.
- ↑ Nissen, Daniel (August 13, 2015). How J.J. Abrams Picked Star Wars: The Force Awakens Character Names. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on August 20, 2015.
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey (Chapter 1)
- ↑ EW Podcast: Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Entertainment Weekly (2016-01-16). Retrieved on May 2, 2016.
- ↑ If Star Wars Was British - The Graham Norton Show. YouTube (2015-12-22). Retrieved on May 2, 2016.
- ↑ Ross, Dalton (2017-08-03). Star Wars: John Boyega on the 'different energy' of The Last Jedi. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on August 23, 2017.
- ↑ Keslassy, Elsa (May 13, 2016). John Boyega: New 'Star Wars' Is 'Darker, Bigger' Than 'Force Awakens'. Variety. Retrieved on May 13, 2016.
- Finn (FN-2187) on Wikipedia