- “I was raised to do one thing... but I've got nothing to fight for.”
General Finn (formerly known as FN-2187) is the deuteragonist of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. He was a First Order Stormtrooper, but after learning about the evils that the order has committed, he decides to desert it. He saves the Resistance pilot Poe Dameron from the First Order, and meets the scavenger Rey on Jakku. However, he becomes wanted by the First Order for defecting and ends up joining the Resistance.
- 1 Background
- 2 Appearances
- 3 Video games
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Gallery
- 6 Trivia
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Raised to be a soldier, Finn is inexperienced to the world outside of the First Order, and knew nothing else but to be dutiful to his officers and trust in the First Order's goals. Compared to most Stormtroopers, he is still protective, intelligent, and strong enough that at one point he was considered to be one of the best Stormtroopers. Despite this regard, Finn is friendly and cared about his comrades enough to risk his own life for their safety. But Finn's loyalties changed when he witnessed his first field operation on Jakku watching the destruction and massacre of many innocent villagers by the First Order, including the death of a fellow Stormtrooper he had known personally. Seeing the true nature of his superiors caused Finn to start questioning who he was and wanted to abandon the life he had with the Order from this disillusion.
This decision, among most of his negative actions, stems from Finn's greatest shortcomings; the fear and stress that he had sustained from the First Order. These traits can lead him to sudden panic, deserting others out of cowardice, or refusal to keep fighting a conflict where he knows how dangerous the First Order can be.
However, Finn is good-natured and has a sense of justice, honor and empathy. Though he can be influenced by his past fear, Finn goes out of his way to rescue others who are less fortunate, including Poe Dameron and Rey when the two were captured by the First Order. When learning of the bravery of the Resistance in the face of the First Order's brutality along with the influence of his friends' altruism, Finn becomes more confident in himself and officially joins the Resistance to protect the galaxy from the First Order.
Powers and Abilities
- Power of the Force: Although Finn's in Force skills were barely developed, he was soon discovered to be Force-sensitive, having come to recognize his initial decision to disobey the First Order to have been influenced by the Light side, which allowed him to resist the mental conditioning undergone by stormtroopers and eventually defect to the Resistance.
- Force Sense: Finn can sense another sentient being's emotions, the future, ripples in the Force caused by momentous or traumatic events, impending danger and the presence of other light or dark side Force-users. He was notably able to instinctively identify Kylo Ren's ship as the source of the signal controlling the Final Order fleet on Exegol and, after the battle was over, felt Rey's brief death inside the Sith Temple.
- Expert Marksman: As a former Stormtrooper, Finn is extremely skilled in utilizing blasters.
- Weapons Proficiency: As a former Stormtrooper, Finn is extremely skilled in utilizing several different types of weapons; such as riot batons and blasters.
- Expert Melee Combatant: As a former Stormtrooper, Finn is extremely skilled in melee combat.
- Expert Hand-To-Hand Combatant: As a former Stormtrooper, Finn is an extremely skilled hand-to-hand combatant.
- Skilled Lightsaber Duelist: Despite Finn's lack of training and his untested Force-sensitivity at the time, he is a gifted duelist. Finn was able to able to hold his own against a stormtrooper with a riot baton, despite being defeated and was even able to hold his own against the weakened and injured Dark Jedi Kylo Ren, despite the latter being far more skilled and experienced in lightsaber combat then he was. He was able to hold his own reasonably well for a relatively short period of time, even managing to lightly wound Ren's right shoulder. However, ultimately, Finn was defeated by Ren, who disarmed him of Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber and dealt him a severe wound to his back.
Weapons and Equipment
- Blaster rifle: Finn utilizes a Blaster rifle as his weapon of choice.
Former Weapons and Equipment
- First Order stormtrooper armor: Finn utilized First Order stormtrooper armor to protect himself from his enemies in battle.
- F-11D blaster rifle: Finn utilized a F-11D blaster rifle as his weapon of choice.
- Lightsaber: Finn first used Anakin Skywalker's (later Luke Skywalker's) lightsaber against a stormtrooper with a riot baton, he later used it against the Dark Jedi Kylo Ren, Anakin's grandson, but he was disarmed of this lightsaber (albeit Kylo did not destroy or damage it).
Among his stormtrooper comrades, Finn is deployed into a battle on Jakku as his first field mission to find information on the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker through a map. In the dawn of the battle, one of the stormtroopers is shot down, Finn seeing this holds up the dying Stormtrooper in his arms before the soldier passes away. Panicking, Finn becomes overcome with stress over the heat of battle and finds himself unable to fire at the captured villagers. Back on the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer Finalizer, Finn suffers from the trauma but is ordered by Captain Phasma to return to his duties. Knowing that he will be sent to re-evaluation and his loyalty in the First Order broken, Finn chooses to rescue the hostage pilot Poe Dameron to desert the Order. The two manage to steal a TIE/sf fighter, during which Poe gives the trooper the new name Finn, but the TIE fighter is shot and spirals down to Jakku's surface.
Surviving the crash thanks to the TIE's ejection seats, Finn witnesses the TIE imploding with no trace of Poe to be found. Believing Poe to have died from the explosion, Finn discards his armor and treads through the desert, eventually finding his way to a settlement. There, he finds the BB-8 unit that belonged to Poe along with Rey, a desert scavenger. Immediately, the First Order appears and targets them, forcing the trio to escape the planet aboard the Millennium Falcon.
Once in space, Finn convinces BB-8 to tell him where the Resistance base is to continue his facade. After the Falcon breaks down, they are abducted in a larger ship by the Falcon's previous owners, Han Solo and Chewbacca. Rey accidentally releases some rathtars which prove useful in their escape, as Han's dealings with a couple of gangs did not go so well, though she did rescue Finn at one point from one of the monsters. Han explains to them that Luke Skywalker attempted to rebuild the Jedi Order, but went into exile after one of his students turned to the dark side and destroyed all that Luke built up.
Han and Chewbacca take the trio to Takodana to meet with Maz Kanata. When Finn refuses to help the Resistance, Finn reveals his true identity as a stormtrooper to Rey and asks her to leave with him so they can escape the conflict. When Rey declines, Finn wishes her luck and prepares to leave with a pirate away from Takodana. However, the First Order locates and attacks the group on Takodada, with Kylo Ren capturing Rey as well. Maz gives Finn the lightsaber that once belonged to Luke Skywalker and his father, and instructs him to give it to Rey. Finn, Han, and Chewbacca then travel to the Resistance base on D'Qar, where he discovers Poe alive and well, having survived the crash on Jakku. Due to his knowledge of the Starkiller Base superweapon, Finn gives vital information on planning the attack. To rescue Rey and disable the shield generator, Finn infiltrates the base with Han Solo and Chewbacca and capture Phasma, forcing her to deactivate the shields.
When the trio reunite with Rey, she and Finn plant thermal detonators inside the base while witnessing Han confront Kylo, who is revealed to be Han's son, Ben Solo. After seeing Kylo murder his father, Finn and Rey fire at Ren in rage and try to escape, but are confronted by Kylo in the woods. After Kylo uses the Force to knock Rey unconscious, Finn uses the Skywalker lightsaber and engages in a fight against Kylo, much to the latter's anger. This also reveals to Kylo that Finn has defected. Finn holds his own for much of the fight, but Kylo defeats and grievously injures him with help from his crossguard, but not before getting a shoulder wound. Rey claims the lightsaber and continues the fight for the unconscious Finn; she ultimately defeats Kylo and leaves him for dead as the planet falls apart. They are rescued by Chewbacca and escape to D'Qar.
Due to his severe injuries, Finn is put onto intensive care at the Resistance base while under a coma. Before leaving on her journey to find Luke Skywalker, Rey wishes him a heartfelt goodbye and kisses the comatose Finn, thanking him for everything.
When Finn wakes up from recovery, he calls Rey's name, thinking he is still on Starkiller Base. He finds himself that he is in the MC85 Star Cruiser Raddus and wearing only a Flexpoly bacta suit. After freeing himself, he wanders unto the Raddus' hanger and meets Poe who he asks, where Rey is. Poe replies that she left to find Luke Skywalker. When Poldin LeHuse destroys the Raddus' primary bridge, many Resistance members are killed, including Admiral Ackbar. Finn, Poe, and Kaydel Ko Connix help Leia who only survived due to her Force abilities taught by her brother, and bring her to the infirmary. Finn finds Leia's beacon which indicates to Rey their location.
Finn made his way to the escape pods, but he was intercepted by Rose Tico. She intended to turn him over for attempted treason, but Finn revealed to her that the First Order was tracking the Resistance through lightspeed. Shocked, Rose tells Finn that she might be able to disable the tracker, and Finn says that, having worked aboard a Star Destroyer, he would be able to find where the tracker is. Rose and Finn run their plan by Poe, who contacts Maz Kanata for help, but she claims that she is too busy and instructs them to find a "master code breaker" on a casino on the planet Canto Bight. Operating against Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo's wishes, Finn and Rose, along with BB-8, steal a ship and go to Canto Bight.
Finn is initially entranced by the lavish lifestyle of the casino, but becomes disillusioned when Rose tells him that most of the people there have become wealthy by dealing arms to the First Order. While they find the master code breaker, they are unable to recruit him as they are arrested and jailed for a parking violation. In their cell they meet DJ, an otherwise unnamed thief and codebreaker who offers to help them; they refuse, but he nonetheless breaks them out of their cell. Finn and Rose escape from the prison where they set free a horde of horse-like racing creatures called Fathiers, escaping atop one of them. Outside the casino they are greeted by BB-8 and DJ, having stolen a ship together. DJ agrees to help them, and while Finn is untrusting of his shady nature, DJ tried to insist to Finn that there isn't such thing as "good guys" and "bad guys" in a war.
Eventually, Finn, Rose, and DJ arrive aboard the Mega-class Star Dreadnought Supremacy and disguise themselves as First Order officers; Finn finds the location of the tracker and DJ breaks them in, but before Rose is able to disable the tracker they are caught by Captain Phasma. Upon being captured, DJ, having overheard the Resistance's plan of escaping to Crait via transports, secretly tells the First Order of the plans in exchange for money and a ship for freedom, and Finn and Rose are to be executed. Before they are, Holdo rams the Resistance cruiser into Snoke's flagship at lightspeed, damaging the ship and sending it into chaos. Finn has a one-on-one fight with Phasma, ending with him proudly declaring himself "rebel scum" before Phasma falls to her demise. BB-8, aboard a First Order AT-ST, rescues Finn and Rose from stormtroopers and the three of them very narrowly escape to Crait aboard a damaged shuttle.
As the First Order prepares an attack on the formerly abandoned Rebel base on Crait, Finn recognizes the weaponry that they plan to use to destroy the blast doors and leads a small strike on the First Order with the intention of disabling the superlaser siege cannon. The attack goes poorly, and Poe orders all fighters to retreat, but Finn is determined to destroy the cannon and flies directly into the blast, planning to sacrifice himself to defeat the First Order. At the last second, Rose stops him by ramming her speeder into his, pushing him out of the blast. Finn asks her why she stopped him, and she tells him that wars are won "not by fighting what we hate, but saving what we love;" she then kisses him before falling unconscious. Finn brings her body back to the Rebel base and summons a medic for her. When Luke Skywalker presents himself on Crait, Finn's first instinct is to send forces to help him, but Poe realizes that Luke is stalling to give the Resistance time to escape from Crait. Finn and Poe lead the Resistance off the planet, and Finn finally reunites with Rey, and embraces her before boarding the Millennium Falcon. Finn is last seen putting a blanket over the still unconscious Rose.
After Darth Sidious' broadcast of revenge announcing the Final Order, General Organa sent out agents to uncover information. Poe 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.
When 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 Sidious 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 Kylo 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 Steadfast, 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, but then they were captured by stormtroopers and brought before General Hux to be executed. Instead, 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 decisive battle, Rey, Finn, Poe, 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 second Death Star in the moon's seas. The group was 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 second Death Star ruins anyway. Finn and Jannah decided find Rey when she fought Ren in a duel among the second Death Star ruins; Finn and Jannah tried to intervene, but Rey pushed them away.
Finn, Dameron, Chewbacca, the droids, and 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 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, but General Pryde had the source of the navigation signal switched to his ship to guide the Sith fleet out themselves. Finn realized that the communications signal was transferred to the Steadfast; Dameron and the air team covered the ground team as they made landing on Pryde's command ship to knock out the tower. The ground team boarded the hull of the Steadfast 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 Final Order.
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. 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. 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.
The Resistance returned Ajan Kloss to celebrate the victory against Sidious and the Sith Eternal where Finn embraced both Poe Dameron and Rey.
- Prior to John Boyega's casting in the film, Finn was portrayed as Caucasian in many pieces of pre-production concept art.
- During the global casting call for Episode VII, Finn was referred to as "Thomas" in the audition scripts.
- Finn's stormtrooper name FN-2187 is a reference to the cell serial number that Princess Leia was imprisoned in in Star Wars: A New Hope and the short film 21-87.
- In an interview regarding Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Director J.J. Abrams revealed that Finn was trying to tell Rey that he is Force-sensitive.
- John Boyega on his twitter account, and Naomi Ackie (Jannah's actress) in an interview, confirmed that Finn and Jannah have a romantic interest in each other in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
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- "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Naomi Ackie Knows What You’re Thinking About Jannah and Finn". Vanity Fair (December 23, 2019).
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