Lucasfilm Confirms Star Wars: The Force Awakens Stormtrooper TR-8R's Identity

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Everyone's favorite First Order stormtrooper, lovingly dubbed TR-8R by meme-making fans, has an official designation now.

As suspected, TR-8R is in fact FN-2199, Lucasfilm confirmed on StarWars.com. The soldier was part of Finn's training squad, as detailed in Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka, a book released the same day as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The book contains three novellas, one each giving a little backstory to Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron.

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(Photo: Phil Noto / Lucasfilm)

Due to his designation, he's called "Nines" by his pals, and has red hair, as revealed in this Phil Noto art (the guy on the bench on the left). The character is part of an elite riot control squad, hence the electrified Z6 baton. Nines and Finn were paired with Zero and Slip during training. Slip was the stormtrooper killed at the start of the movie who streaked his own blood down Finn's helmet, very much a turning point for the hero.

The backstory explains why the call of "Traitor!" sounded quite so personal. It'll make fans look at Finn's face when he ignites that lightsaber and responds to Nines quite a bit more carefully in future viewings, too.

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Lucasfilm teased that despite the shot from Chewbacca's almost impossibly powerful bowcaster blaster, there could be a rematch between Nines and Finn. "Let’s hope we haven’t seen the last of Nines. Or TR-8R. Who wouldn’t want to see Round 2…and all the memes it could inspire?" they say.

Even better, what if the next match is between Finn and Zero, the final two members of the squad?

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  1. I'd love there to be a 1138th MASH unite out there putting all those injured Stormtroopers back on their feet. Retcon the apparent uselessness by the armor so that it actually DOES save their lives (I mean seriously, those blasters are hitting with at LEAST the power of a .50cal BMG. No body armor we have today can even stop that round, much less keep it from knocking you down).

    • OGCream
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    I liked it better when he was just a nameless storm trooper. I find it hard to believe they were allowed to socialize and having them be old friends just seems like a made up cheap trick to stir up the internet.

  2. OGCream said ... (original post)

    I liked it better when he was just a nameless storm trooper. I find it hard to believe they were allowed to socialize and having them be old friends just seems like a made up cheap trick to stir up the internet.

    Cause it's actually a cool story beat, got nothin to do with the net, and is great for this new film expanded universe.

  3. So you don't think that over a literal lifetime of training and fighting together from early childhood that ANY comraderie at all would have developed between any of the stormtroopers?

    Granted, Finn and Nines aren't exactly friends. In the book the article mentions, most of the stormtroopers have nicknames based on their designations (Nines, Zero, Slip, etc). Finn doesn't have a nickname when he meets Poe, just his designation. In the book, that's because nobody likes him enough to give him one. Even Slip, who's a terrible stormtrooper and who Finn goes out of his way to help until he's chastised by Captain Phasma and ordered to stop (leading to Slip's death at the start of the film and Finn's defection).

    So it's less a "how could you betray us like this" moment and more of an "I always knew you weren't one of us" moment, really.

  4. Stop being a downer, people like you are depressing

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