5'9" (1.76 m)
- "You don't know a damn thing about me. Where I'm from. What I've seen."
- ―Finn Panaka
Finn Panaka was born on the planet Sochi in 18 ABY to Nanda and Rudo Panaka, officers in the Galactic Empire during and after the Galactic Civil War. Something of a trouble maker as a child, Panaka and his older brother, Merlinn, were shipped off by their parents to the Imperial Naval Academy on Prefsbelt IV in order to learn some discipline.
Time at the Imperial AcademyEdit
Finn gained the designation of FN-2187, and, as a cadet, lived alongside fellow cadets FN-2199, FN-2000, and FN-2003. Finn consistently scored mediocre marks as a cadet and was seen by his comrades and superiors as an unideal future soldier. Captain Lyme Phasma believed he was too much of a prankster and didn't take things serious enough to have a life in the military. Finn was at one point in charge of sanitation duties as a result.
During his time as a cadet, Panaka and his fellow troopers underwent a training simulation in which they assaulted a New Republic bunker, with the intention of destroying a heavy repeating blaster manned by Republic soldiers. During their advance on the bunker, Slip fell behind and Finn intended to rescue him. Over the objections of Yang Accord, who wanted to complete their objective and felt that rescuing Slip would lead the Republic to take them all out, Finn told them to rescue their fellow soldier. Merlinn sent Yang and himself in different directions in order to divide the Republic's attention, while Finn went for Slip and successfully rescued him. Though Merlinn and Yang were pinned down, their diversion gave Finn a clear path into the Republic bunker, into which he threw a grenade and destroyed the blaster before the Republic could react to his attack.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "I'm a big deal."
- ―Finn Panaka