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|“||Today is the end of the Republic! The end of a regime that acquiesces to disorder! At this very moment, in a system far from here, the New Republic lies to the galaxy, while secretly supporting the treachery of the loathsome Resistance! This fierce machine which you have built, upon which we stand, will bring an end to the Senate, to their cherished fleet! ALL REMAINING SYSTEMS WILL BOW TO THE FIRST ORDER! AND WILL REMEMBER THIS, AS THE LAST DAY OF THE REPUBLIC!||„|
|~ General Hux's speech to the assembled First Order before destroying the entire Hosnian system.|
General Armitage Hux is a major antagonist in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. He is a high-ranking military leader of the First Order, acting as the supreme commander of the organisation's armed forces and the commander of Starkiller Base before its destruction, and is bent on having the neo-imperialist junta conquer the galaxy and defeat the Resistance.
He appears as the secondary antagonist of the first installment of the sequel trilogy Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, a major antagonist in the second installment Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi and a supporting character in the final installment Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker. He also serves as one of the two overarching antagonists (alongside Kylo Ren) of the animated television series Star Wars Resistance, serving as the overarching antagonist of Season 1 and a minor antagonist in Season 2.
Along with Kylo Ren, Hux is one of Supreme Leader Snoke's most trusted minions, though he secretly plans to take control of the First Order. However, when Ren kills Snoke and usurps his title, Hux is forced to work with his most hated rival and under the authority of Allegiant General Pryde, eventually leading him to betray the First Order and becoming an informant of the Resistance solely to ensure Ren's defeat.
Armitage Hux is the illegitimate son of Commandant Brendol Hux, a high-ranking Imperial Officer who headed the Imperial Academy on Arkanis, and a kitchen maid. When he was young, he and his father fled to the Outer Rim to escape the Republic, which won the Battle of Endor. There, he started to help create the First Order with the guidance of Supreme Leader Snoke.
Born in the dying days of the Galactic Empire, through military prowess Armitage Hux managed to become a high-ranking figure in the First Order despite his relatively young age. Hux is the military commander of Starkiller Base, and is thus essentially responsible for both maintaining the superweapon as well as the various stormtroopers (which have been conditioned from birth to follow orders as opposed to being cloned) in its control. Captain Phasma answers directly to him and Kylo Ren. One of the highest-ranking members of the First Order, Hux is directly next to Supreme Leader Snoke's apprentice Kylo Ren in rank and takes orders directly from the Supreme Leader.
A Machiavellian sociopath who desires absolute power, Hux is eerily reminiscent of the Galactic Empire's former Grand Moff Tarkin. Hux makes it his duty to utterly crush the New Republic using the power of the Starkiller Base, a planet-converted superweapon capable of harvesting energy from the sun to fire a weapon capable of destroying entire star systems, something Hux proves he is willing to do upon firing on the Hosnian system. That said, unlike Tarkin, he does have some redeeming traits. He even betrayed the First Order although him becoming a turncoat was not out of moral standards, but because he hated Ren so much.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Hux is the secondary antagonist of the film, who, despite his similar powerful rank, often argues with Kylo Ren as he considers him too childish to be in command. Hux takes orders directly from Supreme Leader Snoke.
After Kylo Ren interrogates Poe Dameron and finds out that the map leading to Luke Skywalker is with the droid BB-8 on Jakku, he tells Hux and leaves it to the general to send troops to Jakku and retrieve the droid. When Dameron escapes from the First Order with help from the deserting stormtrooper Finn, Hux is alerted. After Ren has arrived on the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer Finalizer's bridge, Hux briefs him on the situation, also telling him that Dameron had help from the inside. Ren immediately knows Finn to be the culprit and tells Hux so. Hux later calls Phasma, the captain of Finn's unit, to him to be informed about the deserter.
After Hux has sent his troops to Jakku, Ren asks him whether he is confident in the capability of his soliders. Hux replies that he won't have his methods questioned by Ren. Ren implies that he does not trust the stormtroopers capacities as Hux, stating that a clone army would be more efficient than Hux' soldiers, who are indoctrinated to the Order at birth. Hux then warns Ren to not let his personal interests interfere with orders from the Supreme Leader.
After Finn, now accompanied by Rey, has escaped Jakku with BB-8, the First Order is informed. Hux and Ren are called before the Supreme Leader, where Hux claims full responsibility for the failure. He tells Snoke that he thinks it would be time to destroy the Republic, because its government is supporting the Resistance. As the Republic's destruction would make the Resistance vulnerable, Snoke orders Hux to oversee the preparations. He then dismisses Hux and after victoriously glancing at Ren, Hux leaves the room.
Hux's defining moment in the film is when he makes a rallying speech to the stormtroopers about the capability of Starkiller Base and the destruction it will bring to the Republic. As ordered by Snoke, Hux commands Starkiller Base to fire a beam directly into the Hosnian system, causing it to split and obliterate several planets within the system, including that housing the New Republic's capital.
After Ren captured Rey but failed to extract information from her, Ren and Hux are again called before Snoke. When Snoke asks whether BB-8 has already been obtained, Hux responds that Ren deemed the droid irrelevant after he captured Rey and stopped the search for it. Knowing that the droid would soon fall into the Resistance's hands, which would ultimately lead to a new generation of Jedi, Snoke orders Hux to prepare for Starkiller Base to destroy the the planet D'Qar, where the main base of the Resistance is located. However, the shield generators of Starkiller Base are deactivated by Finn, Han Solo and Chewbacca and the Resistance destroys Starkiller Base. Hux scrambles to escape the exploding planet, and before its ultimate destruction, Hux is ordered by Snoke to evacuate the base as well as to bring Kylo Ren to him in order to complete his training.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
General Hux is in command of the First Order fleet sent to eliminate the Resistance main base. He and his fleet arrive in the middle of the Resistance's escape efforts. Hux is distracted when he is informed that a single fighter is approaching his ship. The fighter is revealed to be the Resistance pilot Poe Dameron who contacts General Hux. Hux replies that Poe and all of his comrades are war criminals and rebels, that they will all be annihilated and that no surrender will be accepted. However, Poe only taunts him by acting as if he cannot hear Hux. After toying with him for a moment, which allows the Resistance enough time to finish their evacuation. When Hux orders Captain Canady in the Mandator IV-class Siege Dreadnought Fulminatrix to eliminate the enemies, a battle ensues which results in heavy losses for the Resistance and the destruction of Canady's dreadnought.
Nonetheless, the Resistance cruisers are able to jump to lightspeed and escape the system. Simultaneously, Hux is informed that Supreme Leader Snoke wants an update on the situation. Hux states that he will accept Snoke's call in his private chamber but then, Snoke's hologram projection appears onto the bridge. In front of all his subordinates, Snoke chides Hux for his failure to annihilate the rebels and throws him to the floor using the Force. However, Hux actually has a plan because after their jump to hyperspace, the Resistance ships have almost no fuel reserves. Meanwhile, Hux is able to track the rebel ships even through hyperspeed, so that the Resistance simply cannot escape. Hux later meets Snoke in person and tells this to him, and Snoke forgives Hux, telling him to make preparations for another attack. As Hux leaves, Kylo Ren enters the room. Knowing that he had pleased Snoke with his plans while Ren has fallen from grace due to his defeat at Rey's hands, Hux throws an evil smile at Kylo.
Hux's fleet keeps pursuing the remaining rebel ships. When the Resistance fighters realize that jumps to hyperspeed will only cost them fuel without throwing off the First Order, they simply try to outrun the First Order fleet. Hux is not alarmed; although the Resistance ships are slightly faster, they cannot get away and have only fuel for some more hours. Thus, Hux simply orders his fleet to pursue the rebels and keep firing until their fuel is gone and their shields are down. One by one the main ships in the Resistance fleet run out of fuel and are destroyed by their pursuers, until only the MC85 Star Cruiser Raddus remains.
Meanwhile, the crew of the sole remaining Resistance ship has boarded U-55 orbital liftloaders and retreat for Crait, a nearby mining planet, where an old defunct rebel base is stationed, with the intend to hold out until they can signal their allies scattered throughout the galaxy. Having learned about this ruse from the traitor DJ, Hux gives orders to ignore the sole Resistance ship and instead opens fire at the small, shieldless ships - picking off one after the other. However, Vice Admiral Holdo piloted the Raddus to ram the Mega-class Star Dreadnought Supremacy, under lightspeed. By the time Hux discovers what Holdo is doing and orders all fire to be directed to the Raddus, it is too late - Holdo sacrifices herself by ramming the Supremacy under lightspeed, destroying both the Raddus and the entire right side of the Mega-Destroyer, along with several escorting Resurgent-class Star Destroyers, resulting to massive causalities for the First Order. Hux is among the surviving.
Things change for the First Order when Hux, alerted by chaos within Snoke's flagship, enters Snoke's throne room to find the Supreme Leader dead - cut in half. Hux finds the knocked out Kylo Ren nearby and, seeing his rival unconscious, tries to draw a gun to kill Kylo. However, Kylo regains consciousness and Hux is unable to go through with his murder attempt. Hux informs Kylo that the previously captured Rey has escaped with Snoke's personal shuttle and Ren falsely tells him that it was Rey who murdered Snoke, as Ren himself slew the Supreme Leader to save her. When Kylo orders Hux, Hux is outraged and claims that with the Supreme Leader dead, the First Order currently has no ruler and that Ren has no right to order him around. However, Kylo Force chokes Hux into submission and Hux is forced to acknowledge Kylo Ren as the new Supreme Leader.
The Resistance reaches the planet and due to the base's deflector shields being raised the First Order is prevented from bombarding the base from orbit, and are forced into a ground assault. Hux has several AT-M6 (All Terrain MegaCaliber Six) and AT-AT (All Terrrain Armored Transport) walkers sent down to the planet. He and Kylo Ren accompany the walkers within an Upsilon-class command shuttle. They also bring along a superlaser siege cannon, made using miniaturized Death Star technology, which they plan to use to burn open the shielded doors of the Resistance base. After the First Order ground forces repel an aborted Resistance assault using ski speeders, the superlaser siege cannon succeeds in breaching the main doors of the Resistance stronghold. However, ground troops can be sent in to wipe out the last remnants of the Resistance, Luke Skywalker appears in the salt desert before them. Agitated, Ren orders all cannons to focus on Skywalker. After several moments, Hux tells Ren that it is enough and sarcastically asks if he thinks they got Skywalker. However, when the dust clears, Skywalker is unharmed. Kylo then orders the shuttle to land and heads out to battle his uncle himself. Hux objects to this, to which Kylo angrily responds by Force pushing him into the shuttle cockpit wall (the shuttle pilot then immediately complies with Kylo's order to land). Unbeknownst to Ren, he is only fighting a Force projection created by Luke in order to distract the First Order. The ruse works and when Kylo realizes he has been tricked, the remaining Resistance members have already fled through a secret exit. Together with Ren and his soldiers, Hux later strolls through the abandoned base.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
One year following the Battle of Crait, Hux becomes disillusioned by Kylo's leadership, despite the fact that Kylo was able to get more worlds to submit to the rule of the First Order, and started developing a heated rivalry with Allegiant General Pryde. Hux is even more upset to hear that Palpatine has returned from the dead and that he was the one behind the creation of Snoke and the First Order, as Palpatine arranged for the Sith Eternal's massive fleet of Xyston-class Star Destroyers, the Final Order, that can wipe out planets for the First Order.
Kylo soon learns that there is a spy in the First Order sending information about Palpatine' return to the Resistance and informs everyone in the First Order to be on the lookout for the spy. When Chewbacca is captured along with a dagger pertaining the location of Palpatine' presence in Exegol, Poe and Finn were caught trying to rescue Chewbacca. However, when they are about to be executed by the stormtroopers, Hux shoots down the troopers, saving them and revealing that he is the spy. Stating that he didn't care if the Resistance would win as long as they take down Kylo, Hux arranges for the rebels to escape while allowing Finn to shoot him in the leg to provide a cover story.
After getting his wound bandaged, Hux lies to Pryde that the rebels overpowered him and escaped, but Pryde sees through Hux's lies and deduces that Hux is the traitor. With that knowledge, Pryde quickly executes Hux by shooting him in the chest with the blaster of a stormtrooper, killing him. Pryde would later take over as supreme commander of the First Order military, as Palpatine usurps full control of the First Order from Kylo, since the latter had ran to rescue Rey from the Sith Lord after severing his ties with the dark side and the First Order. Pryde would then take the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer Steadfast to Exegol and lead the Sith Eternal forces, including the Sith fleet, during the battle against the Resistance.
Eventually, Hux's death, along with the millions of deaths in the Hosnian system that he caused, was avenged when Rey defeated and killed Palpatine, allowing the Resistance to take down the Sith fleet and kill all the Sith troops inside the ships (including Pryde).
|“||My men are exceptionally trained. Programmed from birth.||„|
|~ General Hux revealing he and the First Order kidnapped lots of children, raising them and training them to be stormtroopers.|
|“||Careful, Ren, that your personal interests not interfere with orders from Leader Snoke.||„|
|~ General Hux to Kylo Ren.|
|“||Finish this? Who do you think you're talking to? You presumed to command my army. Our Supreme Leader is dead! We have no ruler!||„|
|~ General Hux just before being Force choked by Kylo Ren to accept him as the new Supreme Leader.|
|“||I don't care if you win! I want Kylo Ren to lose!||„|
|~ General Hux to Finn about his reason for betrayal.|
- General Armitage Hux's character seems to be a reference to Grand Moff Tarkin's; the scene in which Hux has Starkiller Base destroy the Hosnian system is similar to the scene where Tarkin has the Death Star destroy Alderaan. However, Tarkin just destroyed a city, a military base and one planet while Hux destroyed a system containing several planets, making Hux's crime even far more horrendous than Tarkin's. However, due his tragic background and the fact that he was raised from childhood to believe in the Galactic Empire's greatness, while Tarkin joined the Empire just for the sake of more power. Hux does appear to have some restrains such as calling out Kylo Ren for his mental instability.
- Whereas Tarkin dies in the first installment of the original trilogy, loyal to the Empire until his death, Hux dies in the third and final installment of the sequel trilogy, betraying the First Order in an attempt to cause Kylo Ren's fall, and then to take over the galaxy for himself.
- In the script of Colin Trevorrow, titled Duel of the Fates, General Hux has a different death: he does not betray the First Order, but seeing that the war was lost, he retires in his quarters and commits suicide with a violet lightsaber among the relics that he collected.
- Hux is the only character from the Sequel era who was not killed by Kylo Ren with Force choke. He was Force choked in The Last Jedi but wasn't killed upon accepting unwillingly Ren's rise to Supreme Leader.
- General Hux's speech to the Stormtroopers is an analogy of Nazi Germany. This is more evident when the Stormtroopers all raise their arm up in the air with a fist to him, which is a reference to the Nazi salute.
- Because of this, the fans gave him the nickname "Space Hitler".
- Hux is described in production to be a character more overtly evil than Kylo Ren. In several respects, this is true; Kylo Ren is shown to be chaotic, delusional, secretly afraid, and having been conditioned to the dark side by Supreme Leader Snoke, his master. Hux, by contrast, lacks empathy to the extent where he is perfectly willing to kill hundreds of billions of innocent lives to assert the First Order's power. Character-wise, Hux and Ren are polar opposites; while Kylo Ren is conflicted, prone to chaos, sympathetic, and operates on a more personal scale, Hux is more precise, collected, and certain of himself, completely devoid of Kylo Ren's sympathy, and operates on a scale even beyond that of Tarkin's (except that Hux has some honor). Even when he spied for the Rebellion, Hux did it out of hate towards Ren as he doesn't care about their cause as long as Kylo Ren loses. Meanwhile, Ren turned back to the light and fully redeemed himself out of love, having as goal to save Rey from Emperor Palpatine.
- Despite this, many fans believed Hux redeemed himself because of this, but in reality he remained evil until the end.
- Domnhall Gleeson (Hux) and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) starred together in the movie Ex Machina, also released in 2015 (except in Ex Machina, Gleeson played the protagonist and Isaac played the antagonist). Ironically, Ex Machina won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects over The Force Awakens.
- Despite being one of the main villains of the sequel trilogy, much like Captain Phasma and Allegiant General Pryde, Hux never interacted with Rey. The only protagonists who interacted with him were Finn and Poe Dameron, although Kylo Ren asked him to track down Rey several times throughout the three films. Ironically, the ninth film's novelization states that Hux's last thoughts upon dying were that he hated Rey, which is ironic as they never met.
- Domnhall Gleeson (Hux) and Daisy Ridley (Rey) also starred in the 2018 movie Peter Rabbit.