- "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, formerly designated FN-2187 ("Eight-Seven"), was a Force-sensitive human male stormtrooper who served the First Order until his desertion and subsequent defection to the Resistance during the First Order-Resistance War. Though trained since birth to be a loyal and obedient soldier, FN-2187's conscience conflicted with the methods of the First Order. For a time he was unwilling to support the Resistance, hoping to escape the galactic conflict instead of fighting for a cause he believed was doomed to fail. As the galaxy became consumed by war, the renegade trooper was ultimately forced to decide where his true loyalties lay.
Born in 11 ABY during the New Republic Era, FN-2187 was part of a new generation of stormtroopers—human children conscripted into the military forces of the First Order—modeled on the Republic clone troopers and Imperial stormtroopers of the past. He originally trained with Batch Eight before joining the FN Corps, a sub-branch of the Stormtrooper Corps, and although his potential was recognized by his commanding officers, FN-2187 lacked the ruthlessness that had become common in the ranks under the influence of Captain Phasma. In the waning days of the Cold War, he hesitated to kill civilians during his first mission and consequently decided to desert after witnessing the massacre of Tuanul. Lacking experience as a pilot, FN-2187 freed a Resistance prisoner, Commander Poe Dameron, who coined the nickname "Finn" to supplant the renegade stormtrooper's alphanumeric designation. He then sought his own freedom while forming friendships with the Jakku scavenger Rey and the droid BB-8, as well as the Rebel war heroes Han Solo and Chewbacca.
After the destruction of the New Republic, Finn provided the Resistance with the information they needed to destroy the First Order's superweapon, Starkiller Base. During the attack, he was defeated and nearly killed by the dark warrior Kylo Ren. Rescued by Rey and Chewbacca, Finn recuperated from his injuries and by the time he awoke, the Resistance was forced to evacuate their base on D'Qar. Despite attempting to escape from the conflict once more, a mission with Rose Tico convinced Finn to truly join the Resistance to the extent where he nearly sacrificed his life for their cause during the Battle of Crait in 34 ABY. In 35 ABY, Finn continued assisting the Resistance by joining Rey on the quest to find the Sith wayfinder and destroy the malevolent religion once and for all, eventually becoming a general along with Poe after Leia's passing, with his first mission as a general being spent leading the ground forces during the Battle of Exegol.
- "We'll see each other again. I believe that."
- ―Rey to Finn, as heard by Ezra Bridger
In 0 BBY, over a decade before Finn's birth, the Jedi Padawan Ezra Bridger heard the voice of Rey swearing to Finn that they would see each other again, during his visit to the World Between Worlds—a realm that existed beyond time and space.
Serving the First Order
Cadet of the military
- "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 at the age of three 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. During FN-2187's childhood, FN-1971 was somehow able to sneak in Kade Genti comics. Even though they were not regulation and the First Order would have sent the children to reprogramming if they learned about the contraband, FN-2187 enjoyed the comics.
FN-2187 served under Phasma 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.
A little rebellion
- "This is stupid. Why do we always have to land on mud planets?"
- ―Finn to himself on GUHL-JO387O
Following this aboard the Finalizer, groups of stormtroopers went on Atmospheric Assault Landers to investigate GUHL-JO387O, a planet in the Outer Rim Territories. GUHL-JO3870 was known to be muddy and FN-2187 complained about scrubbing assault landers. While scrubbing the assault landers, a creature from the surface of GUHL-JO387O, came aboard one of the assault landers. Finn chased the creature all around the Finalizer, preventing its discovery even as it disrupted a formal meeting with Kylo Ren, General Armitage Hux and other First Order officers. FN-2187 later went to the length of impersonating Phasma in order to fool Kylo Ren in the process of tracking the creature in Phasma's quarters. He would later finally get a chance to release back on GUHL-JO387O.
Sometime after, FN-2187 and a group of stormtroopers were deployed on a jungle planet. While patrolling, 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. At some point later C-3PO told this story to some visitors and described it as "comical."
FN-2187 was also once in charge of sanitation duties at Starkiller Base. At one point, he and another trooper were cleaning the Base, and Kylo Ren and Phasma passed by. Finn saluted with the mop. He was then ordered to help a group of stormtroopers clear out an infestation in a tunnel. He saved the captain by using a flamethrower against the tunnel bats. After questioning the captain, he was ordered to trash escort duty, which took three weeks. Once at the junk planet Garbage Moon of Maher, he revealed to the pilot, Marialew, that he had smuggled the tunnel bats out of the Base. She decided not to turn him in, saying that compassion was dangerous to a stormtrooper, but a little rebellion was good.
While 2187 was stationed aboard the Finalizer, his destroyer occasionally docked with the First Order's massive spacefaring capital, the Supremacy. While aboard the Supremacy after his defection, Finn would feel guilty that he was unable to tell the Resistance that the First Order possessed a ship with capabilities as deadly as the Supremacy's. While serving the First Order, FN-2187 was selected a few times for executioner duty, and hoped he would never be ordered to carry out any executions.
Mission to the Pressylla system
- "While I am entirely in support of unit cohesion, General, a stormtrooper's loyalty must be higher, as you know. It must be to the First Order, not to one's comrades."
- ―Captain Phasma to General Armitage Hux, regarding FN-2187
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 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.
Massacre on Jakku
- "FN-2187 reported to my division, was evaluated and sent to Reconditioning."
"No prior signs of non-conformity?"
"This was his first offense."
- ―Phasma and Hux
After FN-2187 and his fellow troopers were assigned for a mission to the desert planet Jakku, where Lor San Tekka, a former explorer and devout member of the Church of the Force, allegedly held part of a map that would lead to the location of Luke Skywalker, the last of the Jedi.
FN-2187 was onboard the Star Destroyer Finalizer, heading towards Jakku, when he underwent another training program in a simulation room, accompanied by fellow Stormtroopers FN-2199, FN-2003 and FN-2000. The program was set in a village in Jakku, setup to prepare them for their oncoming mission. During the course of the program, FN-2187 managed to take out most of the enemy targets that presented themselves, with his whole squad making jokes about his perfect marksmanship and how he wasn't leaving anything for the rest of them to do. The simulation finally came to a stop when FN-2187 ordered them all to get down upon wrongly believing that one of the 'targets' had been holding a grenade, when in fact it had been a civilian holding a harmless object. Most of them showed relief that they had not fired upon the civilian as they considered that it posed no threat. A nameless voice then sounded over the intercom ordering them to assemble in the hangar for deployment.
FN-2187 was deployed 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, of which Ren took note.
Deserting from the First Order
FN-2187's new name
- "FN, huh? Finn. I'm gonna call you Finn! That all right?"
"Finn... yeah. Finn. I like that!""
- ―Poe Dameron renames FN-2187
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 discovered and subjected to reconditioning 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 hangar, and then disabling the Finalizer's turbolasers.
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-series astromech droid, 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 hit immediately afterward by a missile, sending it spiraling down to a crash landing in the Goazon Badlands.
Meeting Rey and BB-8
- "I don't know your name."
"Finn. What's yours?"
- ―Rey and Finn
Finn ejected from the TIE when Dameron triggered the ejector seat. Unfortunately, Dameron's jacket was caught in the ejector mechanism for the ship, which prevented him from escaping. Left with no choice, Dameron piloted the TIE to a crash landing in the aftermath of which he was thrown clear of the crash and knocked unconscious.
Making his way to the crash, Finn found Poe's jacket, but no other sign of the man, and the fighter sank into the sand. Believing Dameron to be dead, he discarded his armor and eventually arrived at Niima Outpost, looking for BB-8 to carry on Poe's mission.
Once at the settlement, he found BB-8 along with a scavenger named Rey, after witnessing her and the droid be attacked by a pair of thugs. He attempted to aid them but stopped when the young woman was able to defeat them with her quarterstaff. 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 caught up to him and smacked him with her quarterstaff. Held under questioning and accused of stealing Dameron's jacket, while also being on the receiving end of a couple of electric shocks from BB-8's arc welder, Finn explained that he and Dameron had escaped from the Finalizer, and falsely claimed to be with the Resistance to get them to trust him. The three were immediately targeted by the First Order and fled, initially hoping to commandeer a quadjumper, but after the quadjumper was destroyed by orbital fire from First Order TIE fighters, decided to commandeer an old freighter: the Millennium Falcon. Finn operated one of the Falcon's quad laser cannons while Rey piloted the ship. Despite the cannon getting stuck in forward position, Finn managed to destroy one of the pursuing fighters after Rey managed some clever maneuvering.
Once in space, the Falcon was in need of major repairs, so Rey and Finn attempted to fix the aging 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. After 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 that Solo had been transporting for King Prana while trying to separate the gangs from the smugglers using the blast doors. Finn was briefly captured by one rathtar and dragged off, but Rey managed to sever the rathtar's tentacles by closing a blast door on it. 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 restore the Jedi Order. However, a male apprentice had turned against Skywalker and undone his efforts. Skywalker had since vanished from the galaxy completely. 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 counseled 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, who offered him transportation to the Outer Rim Territories in exchange for work.
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 find his friend 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 then discussed the details of Starkiller Base to Admiral Ackbar.
Finn was later 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 thermal 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 by using her burgeoning Force powers. 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, horrified, rushed to Rey's side while Ren angrily called him a traitor. An enraged Finn then ignited the lightsaber, which Ren claimed rightfully belonged to him. Finn challenged him to "come and get it" before engaging him in a duel. Though Finn briefly held his own, even with him having no training with a lightsaber, he was ultimately no match for the dark warrior, though he did manage to stab Ren in the arm. In his defeat, Finn was disarmed and suffered wounds to his shoulder and spine. Badly injured, Finn was overcome by pain and his muscles went limp. He could hear lightsabers clashing around him, but as the pain increased, 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. Rey took Finn to Chewbacca aboard the Millennium Falcon, and left him in intensive care at the Resistance base in a coma. Rey wished him a heartfelt goodbye, kissed his forehead, thanked him for everything, and declared that they would meet again before she departed to find Luke Skywalker.
First Order/Resistance war
Recovery and meeting Rose
Finn awoke in a flexpoly bacta suit onboard the star cruiser Raddus after the Resistance fled D'Qar. Greeted by Poe, he asked where Rey was, and learned that she had gone to Ahch-To to retrieve Master Skywalker. The First Order intercepted the Resistance fleet when it emerged from hyperspace in the Crait system, attacking and destroying the bridge. General Organa survived, but was gravely injured and taken to the medbay. Finn picked up the transponder beacon that Organa was using to let Rey know their location, and decided he was going to flee so she would not get caught up in the First Order's attack. He then made his way to one of the escape pods where he was intercepted by Rose Tico, a former flight engineer and current maintenance worker whose sister Paige had perished in the First Order's attack, and had been assigned to guard the pods from deserters.
Rose was initially enamored with Finn, who she saw as a Resistance hero, but noticed that he had packed a bag and realized he was planning to desert. Rose stunned Finn and placed his body on a cart to try to haul him to the brig. When Finn awoke, he told Rose about Rey and that the First Order could track the fleet through hyperspace. The two then began to devise a plan to shut down the tracker aboard the Supremacy and allow the fleet to jump away, saving both the Resistance and Rey.
The two presented their plan to Poe, who agreed to sanction it without the knowledge of the fleet's new commander, Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. Needing clearance codes to board the Supremacy, they contacted Maz Kanata, who directed them instead to the Master Codebreaker, who they would find at the casino in Canto Bight, a city on the planet Cantonica. Finn gave Poe Leia's tracker.
Finn, along with Rose and BB-8 departed for Cantonica. As they began their descent near the planet's atmosphere however, they were interrupted by the passing of an unknown floating tentacled alien that emitted electric currents around its body. As it ascended above them, some of the tentacles hit the shuttle, causing a surge of electricity to travel within the ship and temporarily disable BB-8, who had been helping steer the shuttle. Rose then asked Finn to take over as she busied herself with the task of fixing the droid. Finn voiced his concerns regarding his own piloting abilities, but Rose pointed out that they didn't have much of a choice. As they descended further, Finn then saw and pointed out to Rose that there appeared to be more of the unknown alien creatures. As he did his best to navigate them through the flock, Finn saw one of the creatures quickly appear on an apparent collision course. Finn called out to BB-8. Luckily for him, Rose was just about done fixing the droid. BB-8 then resumed control of the ship which allowed them to avoid coming into contact with any of the creatures. As they floated off into safety, Finn inquired about BB-8's condition, which the droid replied to by way of extending his built-in torch. Rose and Finn then complimented the droid as well as each other before proceeding to the rest of their mission.
They crashed their shuttle on a private beach and entered the casino, despite an Abednedo businessman named Slowen Lo trying to stop them. Finn was amazed by the luxury of the casino, but Rose showed him the animal abuse, child labor, and war profiteering that went on behind the scenes. Rose told Finn that she and her sister came from the Otomok system, which was used as a testing ground by the First Order, and that many of the casino's patrons had become wealthy selling weapons to the First Order.
BB-8 located the master codebreaker, but Slowen Lo reported them to the police for parking illegally, and Finn and Rose were arrested and stunned. Finn tried to pick the lock to their cell, yet his actions only succeeded in making another panel slide over the mechanism. Hearing their debate about their plans, their cellmate, DJ, offered to help them break onto the Destroyer, but Finn refused, believing DJ to be a mere pickpocket. DJ then used a manufactured passkey to open the cell door, allowing Finn and Rose to escape as well.
Finn and Rose escaped into the Canto Bight stables, where the stableboy Temiri Blagg helped them escape, riding on the back of one of the casino's fathiers. They initially guided the fathiers towards their shuttle, but the police officers destroyed it. The fathiers rampaged through the casino and town, causing major damage, before losing the police by running through tall underbrush. Rose and Finn were then picked up by BB-8 and DJ aboard the stolen yacht Libertine. 
The Supremacy and capture
- "FN-2187. So good to have you back."
- ―Phasma "welcomes" Finn upon his capture
DJ demanded Rose's medallion as a deposit. Despite Finn's objections, Rose gave it to him. DJ showed Finn that the yacht's previous owner was an arms dealer who sold weapons to both the First Order and Resistance. DJ attempted to convince Finn that the entire galaxy was a machine, and that he should stay away from causes and live free.
DJ partially lowered the Supremacy's shields, allowing the Libertine to slip aboard. Finn, Rose, and DJ stole uniforms to disguise themselves as First Order officers in order to sneak through the ship and reach the tracker. They also encountered 926, a stormtrooper who recognized Finn, as they had been in the same stormtrooper batch together. However, 926 was unaware of Finn's defection, and believing that Finn had been promoted to officer, congratulated him and told him that he didn't think the former stormtrooper was captain material.
Finn, Rose, and DJ made it to the tracker, but they were captured by Phasma, who feigned delight at seeing Finn again. However, DJ cut a deal, exchanging information about the Resistance's escape plan he had gleaned from Finn and Rose, which was to use cloaked transports to reach the surface of the mineral planet Crait, for payment and his freedom, much to the fury of both Finn and Rose. The First Order began to fire on the Resistance transports, destroying most of them .
Phasma ordered Finn and Rose executed, deciding to make them suffer and have them executed via laser ax, but before the executioner troopers could deliver the killing stroke, Holdo used the Raddus to ram the Supremacy at light speed, causing the hangar to erupt in flames, and knocking Finn unconscious. Finn and Rose attempted to reach a Xi-class light shuttle to escape the heavily damaged Supremacy, but they were cut off by Phasma.
Duel with Phasma
- "You were always scum."
- ―Phasma and Finn
Finn dueled Phasma with a baton, but he could not hold out against her for long. Phasma beat him back and eventually knocked him off the platform. However, a rising platform below him saved his life. This allowed him to get behind Phasma and deliver a blow that cracked her helmet and sent her tumbling to unstable footing. Finn proudly identified himself to Phasma as a rebel before her platform gave way, sending her to her demise into the fire below.
BB-8 and Rose gave Finn a lift to the shuttle with a hotwired AT-ST. As the shuttle took off, Finn remarked that they were going where they belonged, and they turned towards Crait to reunite with the Resistance.
Battle of Crait
- "Why would you do that, huh? I was almost there! Why would you stop me?!"
"I saved you, dummy. That's how we're gonna win. Not by fighting what we hate. Saving what we love."
- ―Finn and Rose after Rose stopped Finn's suicide run
Pursued by two TIE fighters, Rose barely managed to pilot the shuttle under the closing bunker door of the abandoned Rebel outpost where the Resistance was hiding out. The Resistance opened fire on the shuttle, but Finn convinced them to stop.
The Resistance planned to lay low in the bunker until they could send a signal to their allies in the Outer Rim. However, the First Order quickly deployed All Terrain MegaCaliber Sixs, AT-ATs, and a weapon Finn recognized as a battering ram cannon to infiltrate the bunker. Finn suggested to Poe that they use the base's complement of speeders to launch an assault against the siege cannon, in order to buy the Resistance time to get the message out.
Finn piloted one of the speeders in the battle, and was able to exercise more control over the speeder after dropping his monoski. The First Order deployed TIE fighters which destroyed many of the speeders. However, the timely arrival of Rey and Chewbacca in the Millennium Falcon drew the fighters away from the Resistance speeders.
Finn's speeder drew near the cannon, but Poe called off the attack, realizing that they were too late: the cannon was about to fire, and the cost of life was already too high. Finn disobeyed Poe's orders, but before he could sacrifice himself for the Resistance by flying his speeder straight down the barrel of the cannon, Rose crashed her speeder into his, knocking them both out of the line of the cannon's fire.
Finn confronted Rose, asking why she stopped him. Rose told him that the Resistance would win the war by saving what they love, not by fighting what they hate. Rose kissed Finn and collapsed unconscious as the siege cannon fired, destroying the bunker door.
Finn dragged Rose's body through the obliterated bunker door and turned her over to Resistance medics. Finn witnessed the projection of Luke Skywalker going out to confront the First Order, and believed that they should help him. However, Poe convinced him that Skywalker was distracting the First Order so the Resistance could survive.
Poe and Finn then realized that the vulptices that had previously infested the base had disappeared. Finn, along with the rest of the Resistance, followed Poe through the caverns of the outpost until they reached an unmapped natural entrance that was blocked by boulders. However, Rey, on the other side of the wall, used the Force to move the boulders aside. Finn shared an embrace with his friend Rey and the Resistance survivors finally escaped aboard the Falcon .
The Final Order
Rebelling against the return of Palpatine
After Darth Sidious' broadcast of revenge announcing the Final Order, General Organa sent out agents to uncover information. Dameron, Chewbacca, Finn, Klaud, and R2-D2 took the Millennium Falcon to Sinta Glacier Colony. Finn manned one of the Falcon's turrets to shoot down TIE fighters as they escaped.
Rey then decided to journey off and find a Sith wayfinder in order to locate Sidious. Rey and her friends then went to Pasaana, where they found Ochi of Bestoon's dagger. Chewbacca and the blade were presumed lost during the mission when a First Order transport he was believed to be on was destroyed by Rey's Force powers during a confrontation with Kylo Ren.
C-3PO's programming forbade him from translating the Sith inscription on Ochi's dagger, which revealed the location of another Sith wayfinder device leading to Exegol, so the team traveled to Kijimi, where Poe knew a droidsmith. They were caught by Zorii Bliss and the Spice Runners of Kijimi, which Poe used to be a member of, but Bliss agreed to help them after a brief scuffle with Rey. The droidsmith Babu Frik bypassed C-3PO's forbidden databank, and they learned that the Emperor possessed a wayfinder device in his throne room on the second Death Star in the Endor system. Meanwhile, the Knights of Ren tracked down the Resistance to Kijimi, and Ren with his Resurgent-class Star Destroyer Steadfast and launched a massive manhunt for the Resistance in the city. Rey sensed Chewbacca through the Force on the Star Destroyer, so the team decided to mount a rescue.
Using a captain's medallion provided by Bliss, Poe, Rey, and Finn infiltrated the Steadfast. Poe and Finn rescued Chewbacca until they were captured by stormtroopers and brought before General Armitage Hux to be executed, but Hux saved their lives, revealing himself to be the spy. Hux brought them to the Millennium Falcon. Rey escaped aboard the Falcon with Poe, Finn, Chewbacca, and the droids.
In the waning hours leading up to the final battle, Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Chewbacca, and the droids C-3PO, BB-8, and D-O crash landed on Kef Bir, the ocean moon of Endor. Upon finding the ruins of the Death Star in the moon's seas. The Resistance members were surrounded by Jannah and her tribe of Orbak riders, but after learning they were with the Resistance, Jannah agreed to aid them in their mission. She warned that they would need to wait until the next day for the tides to calm, and the team went to repair the Falcon, during which time Finn learned that Jannah and her tribe were actually a company of First Order stormtroopers who refused to fire on civilians and promptly deserted like he did. Rey impatiently took a skiff and piloted to the Death Star ruins anyway. Finn and Jannah decided to find Rey when she fought Ren in a duel among the Death Star ruins; Finn and Jannah tried to intervene, but Rey pushed them away.
General of the Resistance
- "They've have taken enough of us. Now we bring the war to them."
- ―Finn, to the Resistance before the battle of Exegol
Finn, Dameron, Chewbacca, the droids, Jannah, and her tribe returned to the Resistance base on Ajan Kloss, where they learned of Organa's passing away and that Poe was named acting general in her stead. Dameron named Finn general with him, and—through the information Finn found was contained within D-O—the Resistance gathered enough intel on Exegol to develop a plan of attack while Calrissian and Chewbacca were sent to the Core Worlds on the Falcon to call out for allies.
During the Battle of Exegol, Finn opted to launch a ground assault over an air assault in order to disable the navigation tower while at the same time avoiding Sith Eternal tracking. Unbeknownst to the Resistance, General Pryde had had the source of the navigational signal switched to his ship to guide the Sith fleet out themselves. Finn, through the force, realized that the communications signal was transferred to the Steadfast and decided to lead the ground team to knock out the signal tower before help arrived; Dameron and the air team covered the ground team as they landed on the Steadfast to knock out the tower. The ground team boarded the hull of Pryde's command ship, with the Orbak Tribe covering the Resistance troopers as they exchanged fire with Sith troopers and Sith jet troopers sent from the Xyston-class Star Destroyers of the Sith fleet. Finn and Jannah shut down the beacon by tossing thermal detonators down a reinforced hatch, but the setback was only temporary as Pryde's crew reset the antennae. Realizing that they had to destroy the Resurgent Star Destroyer, Finn and Jannah stayed on board the vessel's hull while Rose Tico, Beaumont Kin, Kaydel Ko Connix, and the rest of the ground team retreated. While they chose to stay, Sidious was just overpowering Rey and Ben, using force drain to return him to his former self. When Lando brought in a huge fleet to take on the Sith Eternal forces, Finn began to realize this and proclaimed that Lando did it. Finn and Jannah took control over the turbolaser cannons on the command ship and fired them at the bridge of the Steadfast, killing Pryde and destroying the tower just as Rey harnessed powers of the past Jedi to kill Sidious once and for all. The Steadfast began to explode and descended towards the ground of Exegol with Finn and Jannah still on board, but they were rescued by Calrissian and Chewbacca on the Falcon. On the Falcon, he sensed Rey's death through the Force but found out she was alive when the latter used Luke's X-wing to fly out of the ruined Sith Citadel after being revived by a redeemed Ben Solo. He later informed Poe that people were rising against the First Order and that they finally did it.
Later he, along with the rest of the crew on the Falcon, returned to Ajan Kloss to celebrate their victory over the Sith Eternal and the death of Sidious. Walking around he was pleased to see everyone happy and reuniting with other people. He reunited with Poe Dameron and they hugged. When Rey arrived afterwards, she, Finn, and Dameron embraced each other, Finn becoming overwhelmed with emotion as they held onto one another. Later, Finn and Dameron discussed the possibility of Sidious' return; they concluded, however, that even if he did return one day, it would not be for a long time.
An artist—possibly the Ithorian Gammit Chond—drew Finn, along with many others who had played an important role in galactic history, and his actions during the hunt for Luke Skywalker into a series of planetary maps. The Graf Archive published the maps—including the images of Finn and descriptions of his actions—long after the conflict against the First Order.
Personality and traits
- "I've had a pretty messed up day, all right?!"
- ―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. 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 nevertheless plagued by doubt. His confidence in the First Order was severely shaken after his squad's execution of miners on Pressy's Tumble. His doubt came to a head on Jakku, witnessing his friend FN-2003 killed by Poe Dameron and refusing to fire on unarmed villagers. This destroyed his faith in the First Order, inspiring him to desert and free Dameron, and eventually help Rey and BB-8 and side with the Resistance.
At his core, Finn was a righteous, caring, empathetic, fundamentally good person despite how he'd been raised. He was protective of others, such as nearly jeopardizing a training mission in order to save FN-2003. This empathy extended to strangers; he ran to help Rey when he witnessed Unkar Plutt's thugs attack her, stopping when he saw her quickly handle them by herself. He was not afraid to stand up for himself, pointedly telling Maz Kanata that she had no right to judge who he was.
The most important friends in Finn's life were Poe and Rey. They were his first real friends, and as such, he developed an unbreakable bond with each of them. Finn helped Poe escape the First Order as his first act of defection and Poe was the one who gave him a new name. Finn formed a bond of deep trust and care with Poe, and they showed to be great partners working together. After their crash in Jakku, Finn was relieved to see that he had survived as the two of them ran to embrace each other.
While they were infiltrating the First Order's Star Destroyer to rescue Chewie, Finn immediately stopped firing at the group of stormtroopers at the corridors out of concern for Poe after he was shot in the crossfire, and went to check if he was fine, which led them to be surrounded and captured. Likewise, Finn also developed a strong bond with Rey, and the two of them trusted each other implicitly. His plan to infiltrate Starkiller Base was driven by his desire to rescue Rey, and, as soon as he awoke from his comatose state, he shouted her name in concern, and inquired Poe about her wellbeing.
He remained concerned for her until they were reunited on Crait, hugging her tightly upon their reunion. Finn was also able to feel her death and subsequent revival through the Force because of their bond. After the end of the war against the First Order, Finn was reunited with his two best friends and embraced them both tightly as they celebrated the Resistance's victory.
Due to a lifetime of abuse at their hands, Finn feared going back to the First Order in the days after his desertion. He was reluctant to join the Resistance; he believed that it was a lost cause, and it would soon be destroyed by the First Order. He initially planned to escape to the Outer Rim and disappear, which he almost achieved at Kanata's castle on Takodana. His conscience won out, however, after seeing the destruction of the Hosnian System, inspiring him to join the subsequent battle against the First Order.
Finn was courageous in battle. Even though he had witnessed Kylo Ren's power time and again, he would be more than willing to fight him if it meant saving Rey. He immediately ran to confront Phasma when he and Rose were faced with her contingent of Stormtroopers on board the Supremacy's hangar, using the first weapon he could find, a Z6 Riot Control Baton. Once he'd committed to the cause, he was ultimately willing to go into battle and die for the Resistance without regard to his own life; he would rather die than let the First Order win.
By the time of the Battle of Exegol, Finn had become a calm, confident, and collected fully-fledged member of the Resistance, dedicated to destroying the First Order once and for all. He showed himself to be quite level-headed, often having to mediate arguments between the more impulsive and stubborn Rey and Dameron. Finn remained the only one of his friends unshaken in the face of the Final Order. He believed fully in the Resistance and in General Leia Organa.
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 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. He further demonstrated his marksmanship against TIE fighters while escaping the Sinta Glacier Colony with Dameron and Chewbacca. He was also able to pilot a ski speeder during the Battle of Crait.
Finn's stormtrooper training included melee combat, which he similarly excelled in. This likely transferred into his skill with a lightsaber, despite a lack of training with this particular weapon. 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.
Aboard the Supremacy, Finn tested all his skill against his former superior officer, Captain Phasma. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough in a stand-up fight; he had only been able to knock her down with the element of surprise and the high ground.
Finn showed excellent leadership skills throughout his time with the Resistance, helping to take charge during operations and rally the troops with inspiring words. When Dameron became General of the Resistance, he promoted Finn to General as well, noting that he could not lead without Finn.
Though untrained, Finn was Force-sensitive, which was part of what fueled his defection from the First Order. By the time of the Battle of Exegol, Finn was able to sense people and objects with the Force; he sensed Kylo Ren's presence while on Pasaana, and later on knew where the Final Order's navigational signal was based on "a feeling." He also felt Rey's death and reached out to her with the Force to try to help her return.
Like most other First Order stormtroopers, Finn was trained in dealing with wounds incurred on the battlefield. He made use of this training to aid a wounded Chewbacca.
Prior to his defection from the First Order, Finn was considered officer material.
Behind the scenes
Finn is portrayed by John Boyega in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, Episode VIII The Last Jedi, and Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker. Boyega's casting was first made known on April 29, 2014, and his character was first revealed in the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens on November 28, 2014. His first name was revealed by Entertainment Weekly in an exclusive digital trading card. The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams stated prior to the sequel trilogy's start 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. During pre-production, Abrams used the placeholder name "Harry" up until they decided on the name "Sam," which was finally changed to Finn.
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, and it was only by switching his accent that Boyega was able to land more auditions. 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.
In The Rise of Skywalker, Finn proceeds to tell Rey something before they're swallowed by quicksand, and afterwards declines to bring it up again. Co-writer Chris Terrio commented, "There are some people who read it as Finn having feelings for Rey; there are some who read it as Finn trying to make that Force-related confession [that he's Force-sensitive]." Boyega himself appeared to have the latter interpretation of the moment, tweeting, "No… Finn wasn't going to say I love you before sinking!"
Terrio elaborated, "What's undeniable is that in the middle of the battle [on Exegol], when the source of the navigation signal is changed, Finn has a very strong sense of where it is, and that's knowledge he couldn't really have unless he was using the Force. So, the story is certainly pointing that way, and then, in the moment of Rey's death… I shouldn't use the word death because death is a complicated word there… But in the moment — it's not a death per se — when the life is going out of Rey, Finn can feel her and her last breaths. He stops and feels Rey. Chewie and Jannah don't understand it as they're in the frame behind him. When Rey is breathing what seemed to be her last breaths and almost all of the life is drained out of her, Finn can feel it." He also said the development was meant to reinforce The Last Jedi's theme that "you don't have to be a Skywalker or a Palpatine in order to be strong with the Force."
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