"Search him."
"Nothing, sir."
―Kylo Ren orders FN-3181 to search Poe Dameron — (audio) Listen (file info)[2]

FN-3181 was a human male stormtrooper who served the First Order. In the year 34 ABY, he was deployed to the planet Jakku as part of a First Order attack on the village of Tuanul in an effort to obtain part of a map showing the location of vanished Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.

After the stormtroopers killed or captured the village's residents, Kylo Ren, the leader of the Knights of Ren, arrived and executed villager Lor San Tekka. This prompted the Resistance pilot Poe Dameron to try and attack Ren, who used the Force to freeze Dameron. FN-3181 and another trooper then dragged Dameron to Ren and searched the prisoner, before carrying him aboard an Atmospheric Assault Lander to be taken away.


Attack on Jakku[]

FN-3181 (right) helped capture Poe Dameron during the First Order's attack on Jakku.

FN-3181[2] was a human[1] male[2] who served in the FN Corps,[3] a stormtrooper unit in the First Order's military during its conflict with the New Republic–backed Resistance.[2] In the year 34 ABY,[4] he was was one[2] of eighty troopers[5] deployed from the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer Finalizer[6] to the planet Jakku in four[2] Atmospheric Assault Landers.[6]

The soldiers were led by Captain Phasma and landed at night outside the village of Tuanul, which they had orders to attack in order to obtain part of a map that led to the vanished Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. The village's occupants fought back against FN-3181 and his comrades but were quickly overwhelmed, with those not killed being captured and rounded up into the village's center.[2]

Capturing Poe Dameron[]

"Put him on board."
―Kylo Ren orders FN-3181 to put Poe Dameron on an Atmospheric Assault Lander — (audio) Listen (file info)[2]

FN-3181 (foreground) escorted Poe Dameron onto an Atmospheric Assault Lander.

The Force-sensitive leader of the Knights of Ren, Kylo Ren, then arrived in the village in his[2] Upsilon-class command shuttle,[6] and village resident Lor San Tekka, who had owned the map piece but was no longer in possession of it, was brought before him. The two briefly exchanged words before Ren killed the villager.[2]

The Resistance pilot Poe Dameron, who had been in the village to meet with San Tekka and had received the map piece, witnessed the man's death from his hiding place and opened fire on Ren in anger. Ren froze both the blaster bolt and Dameron in place using the Force, after which FN-3181 and another trooper ran up to the pilot and grabbed him, each taking an arm and dragging Dameron before Ren.[2]

Ren had FN-3181 search Dameron,[2] while the other trooper scanned him with a personal scanner.[7] After they found nothing on the pilot, the pair and another trooper escorted Dameron to one of the[2] Atmospheric Assault Landers[6] so that he could be taken back to the[2] Finalizer.[6] However, Dameron no longer had the map piece, as he had given it to his astromech droid, BB-8. The droid escaped from Tuanul and eventually delivered it to the Resistance.[2]

Personality and traits[]

When FN-3181 searched Poe Dameron, he did so with thuggish delight, smacking the pilot instead of patting him down. When the trooper found nothing, he was disappointed.[7]


FN-3181 wore standard First Order stormtrooper armor and carried[2] an F-11D blaster rifle.[8]

Behind the scenes[]

"By the way, that stormtrooper on the right, in that uniform, umm, behind Poe, is Michael Giacchino, composer of fine film scores everywhere."
―J.J. Abrams points out FN-3181 during his director's commentary of The Force Awakens[2]

Michael Giacchino, who composed the musical score for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, portrayed FN-3181 in The Force Awakens.

FN-3181 first appeared in the 2015 sequel trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.[2] The character was portrayed by Michael Giacchino,[2] a long-time musical collaborator of the film's director, J.J. Abrams. Giacchino has provided the musical score for several of Abrams' other works,[9] as well as the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.[10] FN-3181 is not referred to by name in the film itself but is identified in the credits.[2]

In the novelization of The Force Awakens, written by Alan Dean Foster, FN-3181's actions are slightly altered. After the trooper searches Poe Dameron, the pilot sarcastically compliments him and winks, prompting FN-3181 to kick his legs out from under him.[5]

In 2018, Giacchino voiced a First Order stormtrooper in the film Ralph Breaks the Internet and later identified the trooper as FN-3181 on Twitter.[11] In the film, FN-3181 and several other First Order stormtroopers discover the heroine Vanellope Von Schweetz in the Oh My Disney website. As Von Schweetz is not allowed on the site, they begin to chase her, but Von Schweetz touches FN-3181 with a video link and sends him to BuzzzTube, causing him to yell the Wilhelm scream. Von Schweetz then hides in a room containing all of the Disney Princesses in order to escape the other stormtroopers.[12]



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded states that the stormtroopers of the First Order were all humans. As Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens establishes that FN-3181 is a stormtrooper, he must therefore be human.
  2. 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 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  3. 3.0 3.1 Before the Awakening establishes that First Order stormtroopers with "FN" in their designation are part of the FN Corps.
  4. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, which includes FN-3181's actions, to 34 ABY.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens novelization
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Incredible Cross-Sections
  7. 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: A Junior Novel
  8. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  9. Sciretta, Peter: 'Force Awakens' Cameos Revealed: Michael Giacchino, Daniel Craig, and Radiohead's Nigel Godrich (2015-12-18). /Film. slashfilm.com. Archived from the original on June 19, 2017.
  10. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  11. TwitterLogo.svg Michael Giacchino (@m_giacchino) on Twitter: "Pleased to announce that I got to reprise my @starwars Force Awakens role as @TheReal_FN3181 in the new @wreckitralph movie! Thanks @_rich_moore for inviting me along!" (screenshot)
  12. Ralph Breaks the Internet