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The Holdo maneuver[3] was a suicidal tactic[1] named after Resistance Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. The name was based on Holdo's sacrifice[4] during the First Order's attack on the Resistance navy, which consisted of Holdo ramming the cruiser Raddus against the Supremacy at lightspeed to buy the surviving Resistance members time to escape to Crait.[1] One year after the Battle of Crait, Beaumont Kin proposed to use the Holdo maneuver against the Sith Eternal fleet, but the former stormtrooper Finn dismissed it as a "one-in-a-million" shot. The maneuver, however, was later used to destroy a Final Order vessel above the forest moon of Endor.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

The Holdo maneuver first appeared in the 2017 film Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, the second installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy.[1] It was first identified in the 2019 sequel Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker[3] and its accompanying reference book Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary.[4]

In a discussion about the nature and precision of the Holdo maneuver, Lucasfilm Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo cited a similar maneuver that appeared in an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and that Holdo's maneuver was under unique circumstances[5]—echoing a 2018 comment made by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson to /Film: "The fact that Hux doesn't see it coming means it's probably not a standard military maneuver. I think it was something that Holdo pulled out of her butt in the moment".[6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
  2. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens in 34 ABY. Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi takes place immediately after the end of The Force Awakens.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
  5. TwitterLogo Pablo Hidalgo (@pablohidalgo) on Twitter "When this first came up, we figured something made it exceptional since it wasn't common, and the one instance of something similar happening (Clone Wars, season one) had enough of the requisite factors that it counted as precedent. But all of that pales to, 'Does it look cool?'" (screenshot)
  6. Pearson, Ben (January 24th, 2018). Rian Johnson Talks About The Holdo Maneuver, One of 'The Last Jedi's Most Breathtaking Moments. /Film. slashfilm.com. Archived from the original on January 28, 2018.
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