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15 Things 'Star Wars' Fans Probably Didn't Know About Poe Dameron

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Vote up the coolest facts about the best pilot in the Resistance.

While there are plenty of fans who didn't like the Star Wars sequel trilogy released by Disney, there are some aspects of the movies that warranted few complaints. Chief among them is Poe Dameron, the Resistance pilot who became a central figure in the fight against the First Order. Poe's skills in the cockpit and his close relationship with General Leia Organa made him stand out among the plethora of new characters with whom he shared the screen.

The movies touched on Poe's past, but there wasn't a great deal of detail. Fortunately, Star Wars is hardly limited to feature films, and since his introduction, Poe has appeared in episodes of Star Wars: Resistance, numerous comic books, and many other places. These appearances have significantly expanded upon the character, providing information on who trained him, the Black Squadron, lightspeed skipping, and an explanation of exactly why Leia trusted Poe implicitly.

Despite Star Wars being one of the most exciting and impressive franchises of all time, there's still a lot the general fan base doesn't know about Poe Dameron. This list takes a look at the lore from as many sources as possible to uncover the things you didn't know about the Resistance's greatest pilot.

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    Poe Was Trained By Wedge Antilles And Was Considered By Many To Be His Best Student

    Once the Empire was finally defeated with all Imperial remnants either destroyed or captured, Rebel starfighter Wedge Antilles settled on Hosnian Prime. He established his own flight academy, where he took the time to train the next generation of starfighter pilots. He met some exceptional pilots during this time, but his best student, who could easily be called his protege, was none other than Poe Dameron.

    Dameron's parents were both members of the Rebel Alliance, and the young pilot wanted to follow in their footsteps. To this end, he joined the New Republic Defense Fleet, where he found himself under the tutelage of Antilles. He was easily the best student Antilles ever taught, and it wasn't long before Dameron rose through the ranks of the New Republic. Poe continued to serve in the New Republic Navy before leaving the organization to take up arms with the Resistance.

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    Poe Has A Deep And Profound Respect For Droids

    Droids make up an interesting class within the Star Wars galaxy. Some people see them as slaves, while others fear them for what they did during the Clone Wars. In Poe's case, he flat-out respects them, which is evident in how he interacts with BB-8 and the other droids featured in the sequel trilogy.

    While speaking with C-3PO, he's taken aback when the droid calls him "Master Dameron." Poe then asks him why he calls him that, saying, "All that 'Master' stuff. I know your story. Everyone knows your story. Every big event in the Galactic Civil War, you were right there. You were directly involved in bringing down the Empire, you and Artoo, so I don't know why you're calling me master. Seems like people should call you that."

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    He Is The Son Of Rebellion Heroes Shara Bay And Kes Dameron

    Poe was born in 2 ABY (After the Battle of Yavin) to Shara Bey and Kes Dameron. Both of his parents were members of the Rebel Alliance, and their ongoing fight kept them busy and absent from Poe's early life before and after the Battle of Endor. Poe's mother was a prominent pilot who flew in the Rebel Alliance's Green Squadron.

    Poe's father was a member of the Special Forces Tracker Unit, otherwise known as the Pathfinders. The Pathfinders were an elite special forces unit chosen by General Han Solo to join his strike team to take down the shield generator on Endor. Because Poe's parents were gone during his infancy, he was left in the care of his mother's father. Poe's parents left the Rebel Alliance to rejoin him about six months after the Battle of Endor. They all settled on Yavin 4, where they built a house among a colony.

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    Poe Was Born On Yavin 4 At Oscar Isaac’s Request

    Poe was born and raised on Yavin 4, a planet well known to fans of the franchise. Yavin 4 was featured in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope as the base from which the Rebel Alliance launched its assault on the Death Star. The planet was undoubtedly important, but the reason Poe was born there had little to do with its history within the franchise. Oscar Isaac requested that his character be from Yavin 4, which he explained in an interview with Fandango.

    "I was born in Guatemala, and one of Guatemala's biggest claims to fame is that Guatemala is featured in [sic] the end of A New Hope, At the medal ceremony, that was filmed... in Tikal, Guatemala. So I said, 'How cool would it be if that's where Poe was from?!' You know he's a Rebel fighter; that's where the Rebel base is; why wouldn't he be there? That's an incredible idea." Isaac pitched the idea to J.J. Abrams, and he thought it was a good idea, so the character's origin was written to fit.

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    Poe Formed Black Squadron With Four Of His Most Trusted Pilots

    When the search for Luke Skywalker intensified, Leia stepped up efforts by putting none other than Poe Dameron on the hunt. He was given command and told to recruit four pilots he could trust and a technician. Poe looked to his closest friends, recruiting Kun, L'ampar, Temmin Wexley, Oddy Muva, and Jessika Pava into his newly formed Black Squadron.

    Black Squadron's first mission was to locate Lor San Tekka on Ovanis, his last known location. Before long, Black Squadron was met with a First Order landing party, including Agent Terex. A fight ensued, but in the end, Poe and Tekka came to a stalemate. Poe was also able to learn the location of his quarry, continuing his mission to ultimately locate Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.

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    Leia's Plan For Poe Was To Have Him Succeed Her As The Leader Of The Resistance

    It's clear from their interactions in the sequel trilogy that Poe and Leia had a complex relationship. Leia saw her brother Luke in the young pilot, and in many ways, he was like a son to her. Leia argued with Poe that he needed to see the "bigger picture" and see beyond his skills as a pilot. She paved the way for him to rise through the Resistance ranks, and while it isn't clear in the movies, she was grooming him to replace her.

    This was revealed in the comics during a conversation between Poe and Leia. The general admits that she won't be around forever, and she'll one day pass into the Force. She implies that he'll be there to take over after she's gone. Oscar Isaac described their relationship as being one "with tough love, [she] wants to push Poe to be more like the badass pilot, to temper his heroic impulses with wisdom and clarity." Ultimately, she acknowledged that he was an amazing pilot, but the Resistance couldn't win on the merits of one person, and more pilots would be needed, and they would need a leader.

    20 votes