New heroes like Rey, Finn, and Poe. Old ones like Han and Leia. New foes like Kylo Ren. The Force Awakens is packed with great characters, but the Internet has chosen one above all: A Stormtrooper with a stun baton. Now this icon has been given an official backstory... because it’s bloody Star Wars, and everyone has a backstory.
There are some incredibly mild spoilers for The Force Awakens ahead. You’ve been warned!
You might already be familiar with the totally rad trooper that the Internet has dubbed “TR-8R” (for his sole line, an angry cry of “TRAITOR!” to get Finn’s attention) in the movie; he’s the riot-shield-and-baton-wielding Stormtrooper who goes toe-to-toe with his former fellow Stormtrooper after the First Order attacks Maz’s castle on Takodana. He manages to hold own against a lightsaber-toting Finn, and nearly delivers a fatal blow before Han Solo emerges out of the rubble and blows him away with his blaster pistol.
But despite his short-lived nature, TR-8R has become the target of adoration for everyone looking for the next Boba Fett, especially after Captain Phasma’s minimal screentime left people disappointed. There’s been fan art, memes, the whole shebang, and even his merchandise has attracted wild attention.