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Damn, and I was hoping for some sort of tactical plan that didn't involve martyrdom.

- After hearing the Na'vi's seemingly suicidal plan to attack the RDA with bows and arrows

Trudy Chacon
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Trudy Chacon was a SecOps pilot, whose primary task was flying sorties for science teams. She piloted a Samson that she used for transportation and for battle.


Meeting Jake SullyEdit

Trudy met Jake Sully shortly after his arrival at Hell's Gate in 2154 and flew him, along with Norm Spellman and Dr. Grace Augustine, on an expedition deep into a Pandoran forest. Trudy stayed behind with Lyle Wainfleet to guard the Samson and, when Jake was missing, she helped search for him. They were forced to abandon the search for Jake's avatar as Colonel Quaritch had deemed night operations too dangerous.

Trudy also flew the trio to a temporary science station in the Hallelujah Mountains, known as Site 26, when Dr. Augustine wanted to continue her research away from Hell's Gate and military personnel.

When the RDA attacked the Hometree, Trudy refused to join in the assault and broke out of combat formation to return to base just after the first salvo. She stated that "I didn't sign up for this shit!", which effectively switched her allegiance in the conflict. She was able to rescue Jake, Norm, and Grace from the cell they were being held in with the help of Dr. Max Patel. After they escaped from Hell's Gate, she airlifted their link container at Site 26 away from the RDA's reach and to a site near the Tree of Souls.

The Assault on the Tree of SoulsEdit


3D Version: red/cyancross-eyedTrudy fighting against the RDA

Trudy assisted Jake and the Na'vi during their final stand against the RDA armada, which had mobilized once more to attack the Omaticaya clan's most sacred ground, the Tree of Souls. Piloting her Samson, which had been painted in Na'vi war paint and named "Rogue One", she engaged Colonel Quaritch's Dragon Gunship in order to distract him from his pursuit of Jake astride his toruk. Quaritch then turned the Dragon's formidable firepower on Trudy's Samson, and despite being able to inflict minor damage on the more powerful gunship, Trudy was easily outgunned. The Dragon knocked out one of the Samson's engines, sending it into an uncontrollable spin. Trudy tried frantically to disable the engine after being struck but didn't have much luck. The Dragon finished off the critically damaged Samson with a missile, killing Trudy in the explosion.

Personality and traitsEdit

As a pilot for the RDA, Trudy was supposed to be loyal to Colonel Quaritch, but she possessed a rebellious personality and eventually turned against him and the rest of the RDA. Trudy was a strong-minded woman and refused to let others push her around, instead following her own conscience. Trudy played a vital role in banishing the RDA from Pandora. She was very loyal to her friends and freed Jake, Grace and Norm from prison, and later saved Jake from the Dragon Gunship during the final battle. Trudy also acted affectionately towards her Samson nicknaming it "Rogue One" and sometimes calling it her "baby".

Trudy was also very brave, fearlessly facing up against the larger and more powerful Dragon Gunship during the final battle to help Jake evade it, though her bravery cost her her life.


Trudy was a skilled pilot and flew a Samson aircraft, which she affectionately called her "baby" or "Rogue One". She piloted her samson during the attack on the Tree of Souls, managing to inflict some damage on Colonel Quaritch's powerful Dragon Assault Ship before being overwhelmed and shot down.


Jake SullyEdit

Trudy first met Jake when she told him that Colonel Quaritch wanted to speak with him. She took a liking to him and was assigned to fly him, Grace and Norm into the forest. Later, she flew them to the Hallelujah mountains. Trudy was very loyal to Jake and freed him, Grace and Norm from imprisonment. During the final battle, Trudy died helping Jake escape Quaritch's gunship.

Norm SpellmanEdit

Trudy and Norm seemed to have a mutual fondness for each other and often joked during their flights. Shortly before the final battle for the Tree of Souls, they both agreed that they were likely no match for Quaritch's forces though they stood by Jake and the Na'vi regardless.

Lyle WainfleetEdit

Lyle Wainfleet was a door gunner on Trudy's Samson and they appeared to have a comradely relationship. However, during the destruction of the Hometree, their relationship changed as Lyle was eager to join the assault but Trudy could not bring herself to fire upon the Omaticaya's home and returned to base. While she defected to the Na'vi's side, Wainfleet joined Quaritch's forces in the assault on the Tree of Souls.

In Game appearanceEdit

Trudy and Ryder

Trudy as she appears in the video game.

Trudy also appears in James Cameron's Avatar: The Game. Trudy was working for the RDA at least two years before the arrival of Jake Sully, and was introduced to Lance Corporal Able Ryder during a mission in the Needle Hills [1]. Commander Falco assigned her as a pilot for the duration of his mission to search for the Well of Souls. Trudy gave Ryder advice before he went into battle and had a few brief conversations with him. Trudy only appears in the game if the player chooses to side with the RDA, rather than fight for the Na'vi.


  • Her confrontation with Quaritch is reminiscent of Chinese art portraying the Dragon vs. Tiger; Quaritch flying a Dragon Gunship (he also has a dragon painted on the side of his ship) and Trudy having a tiger painted on her Samson.
  • In the original script, Trudy was romantically linked to Norm Spellman. Despite some of the scenes being filmed, as shown in the deleted scenes of the Extended Collector's Edition, they did not make it into the film.[2]
  • Interestingly, the film showed no clear consequences for her returning to base during the RDA's assault on the Hometree.
  • In the original script, Trudy also survives the Assault on the Tree of Souls and returns to Earth, as she sees no place for herself on Pandora anymore.[3]

Memorable QuotesEdit

"You should see your faces!"

- Upon seeing Norm's reaction to the Hallelujah Mountains.

"Thank you for flying Air Pandora."

- After arrival to the lab in Hallelujah Mountains.

"I didn't sign up for this shit!"

- Disillusioned, after refusing to fire on Hometree.

"Damn, and I was hoping for some sort of tactical plan that didn't involve martyrdom."

- After hearing the Na'vi's seemingly suicidal plan to attack the RDA with bows and arrows.

"We're going up against gunships with bows and arrows."

- While discussing how to fight against the RDA.

"You're not the only one with a gun, bitch."

- After shooting the Dragon Assault Ship from which Colonel Quaritch was monitoring the battle.

"Rogue One is hit. I'm going in. Sorry, Jake."

- Trudy's last words.


  1. James Cameron's Avatar: The Game
  2. Avatar Scriptment, retrieved 16th November 2010
  3. Avatar Scriptment, retrieved 16th November 2010
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