The Stormtrooper in The Force Awakens that calls out Finn “traitor!” and challenges him with his vibroblade has become sort of an Internet phenomenon. There are memes flooding the Internet calling this trooper “the most loyal First Order Stormtrooper”. Captain Phasma was thought to be the sequel trilogies’ new Boba Fett, but this trooper whom fans have labeled “TR-8R” has taken that spot.
Now, Lucasfilm has come out and confirmed that this trooper’s true identity is “FN-2199”, the red headed trooper known as “nines” in the novel “Before he Awakening” by Greg Rucka. In this Novel which covers trooper FN-2187’s (Finn) experiences prior to The Force Awakens shows Finn and his three trooper buddies FN-2199 (nines), FN-2003, and FN-2000 as they prepare to serve the First Order. FB-2199 is Finn’s red head buddy he fights along side with and trains with, specifically with the vibroblade!
Lucasfilm had this to say about “nines”
“There’s a reason that nines gets to use an Aerosmith weapon (which is called a Z6 baton) he’s riot control, and part of an elite squad that enforces order or squashes uprisings. While their weapons are non-lethal in theory, the Z6 can definately cause harm or kill an opponent or cause brute force. Look, if a lightsaber can cut it, you know it ain’t good news.”
Now the interesting thing that has going around is the rumor that Nines could now return. Starwars.com says this about the rumor:
“Let’s hope we haven’t seen the last of Nines. Or TR-8R. Who wouldn’t want to see round two? And all the memes it could inspire.”
So there you have it. Nines could be the new Boba Fett escaping from the sarlaac pit type of survivor. Come to think of it, both fan phenomenons were killed by Han Solo. Or were they? Time will tell.
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