In The Last Jedi, Finn and Rose are tasked with finding "the master code breaker" by Maz. They travel to the city of Canto Bight and after searching

think they found him by the unique lapel pin he wears.

However, they are then apprehended by the local security and thrown into jail where they meet

another character (played by Benicio del Toro, I think the character is DJ?) who seems to fit the role of master code breaker based on his actions.

Then later once aboard the First Order ship

DJ betrays Finn and Rose by selling them out. Which seems out of character for someone loyal to Maz.

So my question is who was the "real" master code breaker that Maz has told Finn and Rose about? The one they thought (based on lapel pin) or the one they actually ended up with?

  • This seems pretty unclear
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 18:57
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    The answers below are comprehensive, but I will share my speculation: I suspect DJ is the actual Master Code-Breaker, and he used to be the owner of the lapel pin. But the lapel pin was somehow stolen (or lost) and ended up with the player in the casino. Again, just speculation, we won't know for sure till Episode IX.
    – Sam
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 23:08
  • @Sam I was thinking the same thing... that DJ would say "Oh yeah lost that pin in a bet". Hence this question.
    – Skooba
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 12:41
  • That would be some hell of a coincidence, no? Whereas, randomly finding a code-breaker who is 'good enough' to get the job done is well within the themes of the movie.
    – Möoz
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 1:30
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    I've protected this question since it seems to have attracted a number of worthless answers from drive-by users.
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 17, 2018 at 20:08

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The real Master Codebreaker is a genuine person, at least according to the film's Visual Dictionary. His true identity is apparently concealed behind layers of (unbreakable?) encryptions but there's no reason to assume that he isn't who he says he is or that he can't do the things he claims to be able to achieve.


Known only by his intriguing title. Master Codebreaker keeps his real identity a secret. He has posted his personal data in a public network node, wrapped in quantum-spread biohexacrypt code. It is an open invitation: anyone who can crack his code is welcome to take over the mantle of Master Codebreaker. To date, no one has come close. The Canto Casino only lets the Codebreaker play dice games and forbids him from any electronic forms of entertainment.

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By comparison, DJ is merely a skilled slicer. He's not in the same league as the Master Codebreaker but he does possess sufficient knowledge of the First Order to be able to get them into the ship

but insufficient knowledge to get them into the highly guarded vault at the end of their journey

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    Regarding your final note in spoiler tags, I believe it's BB-9E's intervention that prevents that outcome, not DJ's skill level. Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 21:56
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    Maz said that “only” a master codebreaker could get them onto the star destroyer - not that merely any skilled slicer could do so.
    – Ralph J
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 23:23
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    It does seem odd that Maz claims she knows of only one person who can do it yet Finn and Rose stubble upon another random guy who apparently can also do it. Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 16:48
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    @MattBurland Actually Maz said she only knew one person that she trusted to do it, not that there was only one person capable of it.
    – Zeus
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 22:05
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    Just seeing this question / answer now. The part about DJ reads strangely. You mention that he got Rose and Finn aboard Snoke's ship, but then say that he wasn't skilled enough to get them into the "highly-guarded vault" (which was the power breaker access point for the active tracker). That's not at all what happened in the film. He did get them inside the access point, but as jeffronicus tried to tell you, BB-9E had already spotted their unusual activity and so a small garrison was awaiting them inside the vault. Have you seen this scene or are you relying on secondary material?
    – Praxis
    Commented Jan 1, 2018 at 4:17

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