Commander Poe Dameron is widely known
as the best pilot in the Resistance, and acts
as General Organa's right hand man. He is
accompanied on most assignments by his
trusty astromech droid, BB-8. Poe's
reputation is bolstered by incredible skill at
the helm of just about any ship he can get
his hands on, but his lightning-quick
reflexes have a habit of making him not the
most forward-thinking of soldiers.
Essential to the campaign against the First
Order, Poe was one of the first major
heroes recruited by Leia to form The
Resistance, and was the agent selected
with retrieving a map that would lead them
to the hiding place of Luke Skywalker.
While locating the map though, Poe was
attacked, and hid the map within BB-8 to
keep it out of the First Order's hands. He
was captured by the First Order, and
endured torture at the hands of Kylo Ren
himself before being freed by deserting
Stormtrooper FN-2187, whom he dubbed
After their ship crashed during their escape,
Poe was separated from Finn, and
eventually made it back to the Resistance
on his own.
All plans were put on hold though, as the
New Republic itself was decimated by the
First Order's super weapon, Starkiller Base.
In retribution for this horrendous act, Poe
led Black Squadron in the defense of
Takodana, while Finn, with the help of a
scavenger named Rey, Han Solo, and
Chewbacca successfully delivered BB-8 to
Poe went on to lead Black Squadron in the
attack on Starkiller Base, and personally
flew inside the Thermal Oscillator to destroy
it. Starkiller Base was crippled, and ripped
itself apart from within, taking out the First
Order's base, as well as their super weapon
along with it.
The First Order's vengeance would come
swiftly, and Poe's hot-headed flyboy
mentality would find its limitations as it
came. He successfully took out all the
turrets on the enemy's Dreadnought,
paving the way for their bomber fleet to
engage and destroy it. Acting against Leia's
orders, Poe went ahead with his plan, and
succeeded in destroying the capital ship,
but in the process cost the Resistance the
lives of their entire bomber squadron.
Demoted to Captain for disobeying Leia's
orders, Poe continued to struggle with his
shoot first think later attitude, and when
Leia was incapacitated during a fighter
attack on their cruiser, Poe had no one to
reign him in.
He sent Finn and Rose off on a secret
mission to destroy the enemy's ability to
track the fleet through hyperspace, and
nearly staged a coupe against Vice Admiral
Holdo, whom he believed to be a traitor.
Luckily, Leia regained consciousness, and
stopped him before it was too late.
Upon learning to truth about Leia and
Holdo's plan, Poe realized what a fool he
had been, and thus learned his lesson
about the difference between heroism and
He would be forced to put this lesson to use
soon after, as The First Order tracked the
devastated Resistance forces to an old
Rebellion stronghold on Crait. Leading an
attack against the enemy's battering ram,
Poe saved many lives by ordering a retreat,
rather than fighting to the bitter end, and
even managed to locate a hidden way out
of the stronghold, evading the First Order
entirely in the process.
Once the few remaining Resistance fighters
were safely away from Crait, Poe learned
that his surviving fighter squadron mates
were in danger, and pledged to risk his own
life to go save them. Upon explaining his
"no man left behind" reasoning to Leia, she
once again promoted him to Commander.
With the Resistance so small, and the fight
against The First Order just beginning, Poe
will have to put his newly acquired
perspective on leadership to good use, as
he will likely become even more important
to the Resistance leadership than ever.
In The Last Jedi, Poe spends most of his
time in a brown flight jacket with a
mandarin style collar, and a
Resistance/Rebellion emblem stitched to his
left shoulder. He also wears reinforced
olive-colored trousers, an asymmetrical,
off-white bib style tunic, and calf-high
boots. Finally, he carries a Glie-44 sidearm
blaster, in a drop-down style holster with a
leg fastener, worn on his right side.