BB-8 is a BB unit astromech droid owned by New Republic Commander Poe Dameron, flight leader of Rapier Squadron and known as the Resistance's best pilot. BB-8 operates as Poe's astromech droid copilot.
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
Class: Astromech Droid
Model: BB unit
Gender Programming: Male
Language: 27th generation droidspeak code
Height: 0.67 meters
Color: Orange and white
Sensor color: Black
Plating color: Stainless inoxium
Equipment: Holoprojector, Welding torch, Arc welder, Cable launchers
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!
Please do NOT read past this point if you have not yet seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens! I did my best to omit as many spoilers as possible but BB-8's story reveals key plot points so some were unavoidable. Read at your own risk!
When Poe's X-wing is damaged while trying to escape the First Order on Jakku, he entrusts BB-8 with the map leading to the location of Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. BB-8 flees into the desert to protect the map and await Poe's return.
Unfortunately, BB-8 is captured by Teedo, a scavenger who wants to scrap him for parts. Rey, another scavenger, saves him from Teedo and tries to send him on his way to town. BB-8 eventually wins Rey over and the pair make their way to Niima outpost together.
I know all about waiting.
Rey and BB-8 bond over the fact that they are both waiting for someone to come back for them.
Meanwhile, Kylo Ren finds out that Poe had entrusted the map to BB-8. FN2187/Finn, a Stormtrooper defector, helps Poe commandeer a TIE fighter and they both escape the First Order.
He's a BB unit! Orange and white! One of a kind!
Poe, determined to retrieve BB-8, makes his way back to Jakku but the TIE fighter is damaged and crash lands in the desert. Finn awakens but finds no sign of Poe except for his jacket. The TIE fighter sinks into the sands. Believing Poe to be dead, Finn takes Poe's jacket, discards his Stormtrooper armor and eventually finds his way to Niima outpost.
Finn stumbles upon Rey fighting off two thugs trying to kidnap BB-8. He heads over to help but Rey proves quite capable of defending herself and quickly dispatches the thugs and saves BB-8 yet again. BB-8 spots Finn wearing Poe's jacket and informs Rey that it was stolen from his master. Rey charges at Finn and he tells them of Poe's fate. BB-8 is noticeably heartbroken by this news. ☹
Finn claims to be part of the Resistance to gain their trust. The three are spotted by the Stormtrooper squad ordered to take BB-8 but they manage to evade capture on what they later find out to be the Millenium Falcon.
Han Solo and Chewbacca find BB-8, Rey, and Finn aboard the Millenium Falcon but things get a little hairy when two gangs — the Guavian Death Gang and Kanjiklub — board the Eravana, Han's freighter. Han tries to negotiate but the gangs are unconvinced. Bala-Tik of the Guavian Death Gang recognizes BB-8 as the droid that the First Order is looking for.
In an effort to trap both gangs, Rey mistakenly disables the fuses of the compartments holding rathtars instead of the doors. The rathtars take most of the gang members out while the five make their way to the Millenium Falcon and jump into hyperspace. Han leads them to Maz Kanata's castle on the planet Takodana in the hopes of finding a "clean" ship to take BB-8 home to the Resistance base in the Ileenium system.
While at the castle, BB-8 is spotted by the mercenary Bazine Netal who informs the First Order of his location. GA-97, a servant droid, also alerts the Resistance. Maz tries to convince Han to return to the fight and take BB-8 back to the Resistance base himself but Han believes that Leia does not want to see him. Rey hears something from downstairs and wanders off with BB-8 at her side. She finds Luke's lightsaber which Maz had kept safe and has frightening Force visions of Luke and R2-D2 with the Knights of Ren. Maz tells Rey to take the lightsaber as it is obvious that it has chosen her but she rejects it and runs away from the castle. As she catches her breath, she realizes that BB-8 has followed her. She tries to convince BB-8 to return to the castle as he is much too important but BB-8 is determined not to leave her side.
The First Order charges the superweapon on Starkiller Base and destroys the Republic to cripple the Resistance.
Rey spots TIE fighters overhead and tries to get BB-8 to safety but the Stormtroopers are everywhere. She tells BB-8 to head farther west into the woods while she holds them off. Kylo Ren gives chase and tries to wrangle information about the map out of Rey but his initial attempts are unsuccessful. A Stormtrooper Commander informs him of the Resistance counterattack and the need for reinforcements. Ren orders his men to pull back, thinking that they no longer need BB-8 since Rey has seen the map. He abducts Rey and takes her back to Starkiller Base to interrogate her. BB-8 sees the TIE fighters retreat and heads back towards the others.
General Leia Organa arrives with C-3PO and they take BB-8 and his companions back to the Resistance base on D'Qar. Finn spots Poe. BB-8, ecstatic to find his master alive, makes a beeline for him. BB-8 tells Poe of Finn's efforts to help him and Finn asks Poe for help rescuing Rey. They discuss strategy with General Leia.
BB-8 shows them the map in his possession but it is incomplete. BB-8 removes the cover off of R2-D2 and asks him if he happens to have the rest of the map. C-3PO tells him that Artoo has been in low power mode ever since Master Luke went away and that it is unlikely that he would have the rest of the map in his backup memory.
The Resistance prepares to launch an attack on Starkiller Base. BB-8 accompanies Poe on his custom Black One X-wing during the Battle of Starkiller Base. Poe and BB-8 lead the attack on the base's thermal oscillator after Han, Chewie and Finn disable the shields. They fail to do any significant damage and the First Order sends out all TIE squadrons to counterattack. Han, Chewie and Finn, having just rescued Rey, see that the X-wings are in trouble and decide to stay and help. Rey and Finn find an access panel to help Han and Chewie get to the oscillator. Han and Chewie detonate explosives along the oscillator and create a new hole. Poe and BB-8 lead the remaining X-wings in a final attack. Poe fires several proton torpedoes into the regulator and does enough damage to cause the planet-weapon's core to become unstable. The Millenium Falcon and the remaining X-wings jump into hyperspace while the planet is destroyed.
Upon their arrival back in D'Qar, R2-D2 wakes up from his low-power state. BB-8 is elated! C-3PO informs General Leia that Artoo has some much-needed good news. Artoo reveals that he indeed has the rest of the map, with only BB-8's piece missing. BB-8 projects his piece onto Artoo's and Luke's location is revealed.
BB-8 HAS SAVED THE DAY!!! ❤❤❤