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General Hux (The Force Awakens)
When introduced in The Force Awakens, General Hux appeared to be the sequel trilogy’s equivalent to Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin.
While Supreme Leader Snoke lurked in the shadows and Kylo Ren threw temper tantrums, Hux was the face of the First Order and their military machine. He was the one who gave the command for Starkiller Base to obliterate the Hosnian System and by extension the New Republic.
His speech before the destruction of the Hosnian System inspired fear into the masses and instilled a further sense of fascist fervor into the First Order.
The Last Jedi mostly turned Hux into a joke as Supreme Leader Snoke and Kylo Ren used the Force to toss Hux around like a rag doll every time he displeased them. He was outsmarted by Poe Dameron at the very beginning of the movie, and again by Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo when he realized too late what she was about to do with the Raddus.
Other than being taunted, thrown about, and outsmarted, Hux’s only other significant contribution to the story is that he made tracking the Resistance’s fleet through lightspeed possible, which became one of the Resistance’s biggest obstacles in the film and nearly led to its demise.
As a whole, though, Hux’s character felt like a much more threatening and competent antagonist in The Force Awakens. If Hux pulls off a successful coup and dethrones Kylo Ren in The Rise of Skywalker, his time as Kylo’s punching bag might pay off, but for now it’s a bit of a letdown.