A distraught Finn in Stormtrooper armor

Finn grew up known only as FN-2187, a product of the First Order’s quest to create super-soldiers by training them from birth. He proved a capable soldier in simulations, though he lacked the zeal for combat shown by some of his squadmates. The First Order’s raid on Jakku awakened FN-2187’s conscience, and he decided to desert and make his own way in the galaxy. 

Finn and Rey being pursued by Stormtroopers on Jakku

FN-2187 lacked pilot training, so he freed the Resistance pilot Poe Dameron from captivity. The two stole a TIE fighter – with Poe giving the stormtrooper the nickname Finn – and crash-landed on Jakku. Thinking Poe had died in the crash, Finn joined forces with the scavenger Rey and the astromech BB-8 in search of a way off the desert world.

Finn witnessing the destruction on Takodana

Posing as a member of the Resistance, Finn escaped Jakku and made his way to Takodana. There, he faced a choice: leave Rey and seek his fortune in the Outer Rim, or join the Resistance and fight the First Order he had once served.

Finn, Rey, Chewbacca, and Han Solo on Starkiller Base

When the First Order kidnapped Rey, Finn swore to rescue his friend. He helped the Resistance plan the attack on Starkiller Base, accompanying Han Solo and Chewbacca on a dangerous mission to bring down the superweapon’s shields. They succeeded, but Finn was badly injured in a lightsaber duel with Kylo Ren.

Finn and Rose in the casino on Canto Bight

Finn awakened to find Rey gone and the Resistance fleet being hunted by the First Order. Certain that the Resistance was doomed, Finn decided to desert, absconding with the homing beacon that Rey would follow after her mission to Ahch-To. But he was caught by maintenance tech Rose Tico, who helped him figure out a plan that might save the fleet.

Finn piloting a Resistance ski speeder on Crait

Finn and Rose’s plan failed, but the former stormtrooper discovered that he could no longer stay on the sidelines. He and Rose fought for the Resistance on Crait, with Finn seeking to sacrifice himself for a cause he now believed in.