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|“||You're making a big mistake. You can't be so stupid as to think this would be easy. My troops will storm this block and kill you both.||„|
|~ Captain Phasma to Han and Finn after they force her to deactivate the shields of the Starkiller Base.|
|“||You were always scum!||„|
|~ Captain Phasma's last words to Finn before her apparent death.|
Captain Phasma is a major antagonist in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. She was an officer of the First Order Stormtrooper Corps under Hux's command. She was the commander of the squad of which FN-2187, later known as Finn, deserts. She appears as a major antagonist in both Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.
She was portrayed by Gwendoline Christie, who is best known for her role as the much more noble Brienne of Tarth on HBO's hit series Game of Thrones.
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
Captain Phasma is the commander of the Stormtrooper squad that accompanies Kylo Ren to Jakku in search for the missing part of the map leading to the location of Luke Skywalker, who has not been seen for almost thirty years. Her stormtroopers attack swiftly, rounding up the villagers and burning down their huts.
After Kylo Ren murders the village elder Lor San Tekka, Phasma asks how they should fare with the villagers. Ren tells her to kill them all and Phasma gives the order, causing her stormtroopers to slaughter every villager.
However, stormtrooper FN-2187 does not participate in the massacre. After returning to their flagship, Phasma speaks to 87, who is having a panic attack and took off his helmet. She tells him to have his blaster checked, referring to him not following her orders on Jakku, and tells him to put his helmet back on.
After FN-2187, now known as Finn, has deserted the First Order she is called before Hux. She tells them that it was the first time that Finn defied orders and that no one could have expected this betrayal. Phasma is present when Hux addresses the First Order before using Starkiller Base to destroy the Hosnian System.
When the Resistance later starts their attack on Starkiller Base, Han Solo, Chewbacca and Finn infiltrate the base to shut down the base's shield generator. As none of them has an idea how to do that they ambush the next best stormtrooper who turns out to be Finn's old captain Phasma. Finn mocks her for him now being the one in control and they force her to deactivate the generator. To prevent her from alarming anyone, Han, in reminiscence on his adventures on the Death Star, proposes to throw her into the base's trash compactor which the group supposedly carries out.
Phasma was eventually found and evacuated before the destruction of the Starkiller Base and the planet itself, avoiding being blown up like many of the First Order officers. She erased evidence of her lowering the Base's shields from the computers and framed another First Order officer, Leutenant Rivas, for her crime before hunting him down and killing him.
Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Finn, along with Resistance Mechanic Rose Tico, Astromech Droid BB-8 and hacker DJ boarded the First Order's Command Ship the Supremacy and disguised themselves as First Order Officers in order to disable the tracking device enabling the First Order from tracking the movements of the fleeing Resistance Fleet as they jump to hyperspace. However the trio were spotted by the Astromech droid BB-9E who sounded the alarm, and when the Resistance infiltrators entered the device's control room they were ambushed and surrounded by Stormtroopers led by Captain Phasma, who greeted Finn with his stormtrooper designation FN-2187.
Finn and Rose where then promptly taken to a hangar. DJ then betrayed Rose and Finn to save himself (and in exchange for payment) by revealing that the Resistance intend to abandon their last remaining ship in escape pods to a hidden resistance base on Crait. After paying DJ for his betrayal, Phasma ordered that Rose and Finn be executed, and that it be done by beheading, reasoning that being shot by blasters is too merciful.
However before the executions could take place, the ship was torn apart after the Resistance Flagship Raddis which Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo commandeered, rammed the Supremacy under lightspeed which destroyed the entire right side of the Flagship, bisecting all of the First Order ships as well killing majority of the First Order personnel in the hangar including Holdo who sacrificed herself to allow the Resistance to escape. In the disarray, Finn and Rose attempted to flee to a shuttle but were blocked by Phasma and the surviving stormtroopers.
Before they could kill the Resistance members, the entire stormtrooper squad was massacred by BB-8, piloting a stolen AT-ST, leaving only Phasma standing. Phasma, calling Finn a "bug in the system", then engaged in hand to hand combat with Finn, the latter using a Z6 baton taken from one of the dead troopers. After a short duel, Phasma gained the upper hand as her superiority over Finn began to show. Rose distracted Phasma into shooting at her, allowing Finn to surprise Phasma with the delivery of a debilitating blow to her helmet which knocked her into a pit and rendered one of her eyes visible through the damaged helmet. Phasma glared at Finn and told him that "[he was] always scum."
The former trooper acknowledged that he was "rebel scum", before the deck beneath Phasma gave way and she fell into the burning remains of the ship's interior. It's completely unknown if Phasma survived this ordeal or not.
|“||You really are a First Order commander through and through, Phasma. You threaten, and whine, and wail, but you never do anything.||„|
|~ First Order Agent Terex to Phasma.|
However, Phasma also embodies the First Order's brutality, treachery, and venality, being fiercely position-conscious, killing so-called "allies" who knew information that could damage and threaten her standing, and being exceptionally vicious and merciless in her dealings with others, even her own men (as she chastised FN-2187 for trying to look after FN-2003, and then forbade him from continuing to do so).
And, while usually emotionless, cold-blooded, and unsympathetic, she did occasionally showcase sadism, such as when deciding to use Executioner Stormtroopers on Finn and Rose because she wanted it to hurt, as opposed to a quicker death by blasters. In a further display of her inherently manipulative and treacherous nature, after being defeated by Finn, Phasma claimed that he "was always scum", even though she had earlier acknowledged that, prior to his defection, his record had been perfect, with no signs of trouble or disobedience.
- She is touted as the first major Star Wars villain to be female, however this claim is in fact in error, as even granting that many of the preceding female Star Wars villains were not part of Disney's Canon, there are a few who were (Mother Talzin, Asajj Ventress, and Zam Wessel).
- Her chrome armor was based on concept armor for Kylo Ren and was an outfit originally intended for him.
- Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy claimed that Captain Phasma would return for The Last Jedi and that she has "big plans" for the character. "She's an important character, a baddie in the best sense of the word". However, she appears only for 10 minutes of the film.
- According to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary, Phasma's armor is constructed from the chromium remains of a Naboo yacht once owned by Emperor Palpatine. This explains why it was able to shrug off direct blaster bolts (as a ship's hull would be able to), when the same direct hits from blaster bolts punch holes in most other Star Wars armors.
- Her name is derived from the horror film series Phantasm; her silvery armor is a reference to the deadly silver spheres which are the weapons of the series main antagonist, the Tall Man. Phasma's armor's polished finish helped reflect harmful radiation.
- Just as Snoke, Kylo Ren, and Hux are, respectively, analogous to Original Trilogy villains Palpatine, Darth Vader, and Tarkin, so too could Phasma be seen as vaguely analogous to Boba Fett.
- It is unknown, as of right now, if Phasma survived and will return in Star Wars Episode IX. However director Rian Johnson, Gwendoline Christie, Mark Hamill and costume designer Michael Kaplan have implied that she survived the events of the film. Johnson even joked that she is the "Kenny" of the Star Wars sequel saga.