Poe Dameron

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Character
Name: Poe Dameron
Occupation: Resistance pilot
Title/Rank: Black Leader
Location: space
Status: alive
Relationships: Leia Organa(Superior & mentor),
Finn(Friend & ally), Rey (Ally), and father to BB-8
Fandom: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Other: Portrayed by Oscar Issac
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Poe Dameron is a major character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He is played by American actor Oscar Isaac.

Canon Background

Poe was born on Yavin 4 to Rebel fighters. He is charming, daring, a hell of a pilot and one of Leia Organa's most trusted operatives. In The Force Awakens, Poe is tasked with retrieving a piece of he map to Luke Skywalker's location, but he is captured and tortured by the First Order. Poe escapes with the help of a Stormtrooper, Finn, who wants to defect. Although they crash land on Jakku, Poe makes his way back to the Resistance and plays a key role in destroying Starkiller Base.

In The Last Jedi, Poe defies his superiors to orchestrate a mission aimed at destroying the First Orders ability to track the Resistance through lightspeed, but the mission fails. At the end of the film, Poe's desire to strike back against the First Order is tempered by his need to preserve life and build the Resistance.

Following the release of The Force Awakens, there was some media and fan speculation that Poe is gay (or at least that Isaac intentionally plays him that way) but there has been no official confirmation.[1]

Fandom

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On AO3, the most popular Poe ship is Finn/Poe, followed by Finn/Poe/Rey.[2] The gen pairing Finn & Poe Dameron is also popular. Some TFA fans have noted that Finn/Poe is not as popular overall as it ought to be given that it is a slash ship of the main protagonists. See Star Wars: The Force Awakens#Racism In and Outside The Fandom.

Other pairings for Poe include Poe/Rey, Poe/Kylo Ren, and Poe/Luke Skywalker.

Poe Dameron is the Captain Jack of Star Wars: I ship him with everyone.[3]

Common Storylines & Tropes

  • PTSD - Poe is sometimes shown to be suffering symptoms of PTSD as a result of been tortured while in First Order custody.
  • Pre-canon - Many works featuring a young Poe, pair him with Kylo Ren, although this is a rare pairing within the fandom. In some works, Poe was friends with Ben Solo before he was sent to Luke's Jedi Academy. They often met as a result of their resistance parents. In AU works pairing these two, Dark!Poe and Senator!Poe works appear.
  • Modern AU
  • Force Trees - Poe grew up on Yavin IV with one of two Force trees planted in his backyard. Fanworks frequently depict Poe as bonding with "his" tree and/or showing it to romantic partners.
  • Spymaster or Secret Agent - Poe often goes undercover on missions for the Resistance.
  • Leia's protege - Poe often has a close relationship with Leia, and looks to her as a mentor.
  • Sexually Experienced - Poe is frequently shown as sexually experienced and uninhibited, especially in contrast with Rey and/or Finn.

Reaction to TRoS

Some fans were unhappy with Poe's portrayal in the third installment of this trilogy. Some disliked the inclusion of a heterosexual love interest, in what they felt was an attempt to make the character straight. Others were unhappy with the apparent retconning of Poe's backstory.

So they took Poe Dameron… the first Hispanic Star Wars character… and made him a former drug dealer… even though his original backstory was that he had always been a pilot for the republic… and his parents were resistance fighters…

What the fuck[4]

Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Fanfiction

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Archives & Fannish Links

References

  1. ^ See Hypable, Is Star Wars setting up Poe Dameron as its first queer protagonist?, 24 December 2015
  2. ^ Poe Dameron works on AO3 sidebar as of 13 December 2016
  3. ^ Tumblr post by potion-approaching999
  4. ^ Tumblr post by rose-2d2, posted December 27th 2019. As of January 2 2020, the post has 6,624 notes