Fan Favorite Stormtrooper "TR-8R" Gets a Canonical Name

Thursday, 07 January 2016 - 5:33PM
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Thursday, 07 January 2016 - 5:33PM
Fan Favorite Stormtrooper "TR-8R" Gets a Canonical Name
Like Boba Fett before him, the Stormtrooper who called Finn a "Traitor!" before having an epic lightsaber vs Z6 Riot Control Baton fight has become a fan favorite in spite of having approximately five minutes of screentime (or maybe because of it). Fans affectionately named him TR-8R (a play on "traitor"), because they didn't know his actual name, or even if he had one. It turns out, he does, and courtesy of the official Star Wars website, we now know the name and backstory of the internet's favorite Stormtrooper.

Nines

His name is FN-2199, or "Nines" to his friends in the know. As revealed in Greg Rucka's young adult Star Wars tie-in novel, Before the Awakening, Nines trained with Finn and they served on a Stormtrooper squad together, which explains why he takes Finn's defection so personally. He's part of the riot control sector, and generally uses his baton to quash civilian uprisings.

He can be seen without his helmet in the Before the Awakening artwork below, the sitting Stormtrooper with the red hair:

Nines

You'll never see Nines the same way again.
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