Characters: Star Wars Classic Era
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This page is for characters introduced during the Classic Era of the Star Wars Expanded Universe
, from 0 ABY to 25 ABY. Many of these characters cross over with several other eras and character sheets, and may be found on them due to being more promenient in those eras.
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Grand Admiral Thrawn
Mitth'raw'nuruodo (aka Thrawn) was perhaps the greatest military mind the Galactic Empire ever knew. Promoted to the rank of Grand Admiral (the only nonhuman to hold that title), he was sent to the edge of the galaxy to bring new territories under Imperial rule, only to return to find the Emperor dead and the Empire shattered. Taking command of the Imperial Starfleet, Thrawn devoted himself to rebuilding the galactic order, and though he was still evil, he was notable for leading through respect, rather than fear. He was assassinated by his own bodyguard in mid-battle, but it is possible that a clone of him survives…
- Affably Evil
- Alien Arts Are Appreciated: He weaponized this trope.
- Arch-Enemy: The Unknown Regions warlord Nuso Esva (whose name is a cipher for "Moriarty").
- Awesomeness by Analysis
- Big Bad
- Bond Villain Stupidity: A more mitigated example than most, but all his losses can be traced back to not killing someone when he should have. Niles Ferrier's screw up with the smugglers, C'baoth's control of the cloning facility, Rukh's Bodyguard Betrayal, and Mara Jade assisting the New Republic could have been avoided if he were a tad more ruthless.
- The Chessmaster
- Cloning Gambit: He might have one out there.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Especially in The Last Command. The New Republic is planning to attack a heavily defended shipyard, but planting false intel to suggest they're going after an easier target, because no one would be crazy enough to attack that shipyard. But Thrawn knows they're exactly that crazy, that's the kind of crap the rebels usually pull. And he hits them with everything he's got.
- The Dreaded: In the Hand of Thrawn duology, the possibility of his return has everyone scared.
- The Exile
- Expansion Pack Past
- Expy: If Sherlock Holmes was a ruthless alien military strategist working for The Empire, he would be Thrawn.
- Famous Last Words: "But... it was so artistically done".
- A Father to His Men
- Four-Star Badass
- Know When to Fold 'Em: While most Imperial commanders would rather go out in a blaze of glory than admit defeat, Thrawn actually will order a retreat if he's starting to lose. The problem is getting him to that point.
- Man in White: His uniform.
- Monochromatic Eyes
- Military Maverick
- Outside-Context Villain: No one in the New Republic and few in the Empire even knew he existed before he began his campaign, and it was years before anyone found out more about his past, his species, or even his full name.
- Paranoia Gambit: His reputation has made all his plans partially this by default. No matter what he's planning, everyone aware of his involvement is unsure what to do, since he's probably planned for all possible outcomes.
- The Plan: Absolute master of this list.
- Pragmatic Villainy: What sets him apart from other Imperial leaders.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Right Hand Ysalamari
- The Starscream: Implied. He had his own empire out in the unknown regions, and someone has to be Emperor after La Résistance is crushed.
- The Stoic: Rarely emotes, and doesn't even flinch at a Jump Scare that alarmed Pellaeon.
- The Strategist
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: It's eventually revealed he allied with the Empire to use their military against the Yuuzhan Vong.
- Wicked Cultured
- The Unfought: None of the main heroes even speak to him, much less fight him directly.
- Uncanny Valley: In-Universe, his glowing eyes and minimal expression are described as unsettling.
Captain (later Grand Admiral) Gilad Pellaeon
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Admiral Natasi Daala
Daala was once the lover of the infamous Grand Moff Tarkin, and through him acquired command of an elite Star Destroyer armada dedicated to protecting Maw Installation, storehouse and producer of superweapons. Resurfacing two years after the Thrawn crisis, she led her warships on a crusade of vengeance against the New Republic, notable for inflcing massive casualties on her own side
. After hovering around the edges for a few years and causing minor havoc, Daala vanished. She resurfaced several years after the Yuuzhan Vong invasion in command of a rag-tag fleet of ships equipped with prototype superweapons. She then somehow
become Galactic Alliance Chief of State, but became so bad at her job that nobody so much as batted an eye when the Jedi overthrew her.
- Ax-Crazy: Or at least, she used to be. She still is.
- The Baroness: Sexpot when she was younger, Rosa Klebb as an older woman.
- Character Development: In the Fate of the Jedi series, she is completely different in terms of personality and competence level than her earlier incarnation. Then cracks start to show as public pressure against her mounts. She ends the series as being back to her old self.
- Chief of State Evil
- Corrupt Politician: Her administration was so rapaciously corrupt that the Alliance began the practice of installing triumvirates after her ouster, because she showed how badly the Chief of State post could be abused, even in peace time.
- Evil Redhead
- The Generalissimo
- General Failure
- General Ripper: Her "tactics" boil down to throwing everything you have at the enemy until they are dead. Which was fine when the Empire had unlimited resources, but she is never able to adapt to that change.
- Informed Ability
- New Old Flame: Despite the fact that a huge part of her backstory is having been Grand Moff Tarkin's mistress, Planet of Twilight suddenly introduces kindly old pilot and programmer Liegeus Vorn (who just so happens to be working for Seti Ashgad) as a long-lost lover Daala left behind when she went to the Imperial Academy; presumably this was done to a) make her more sympathetic and b) provide her character with a happy ending and closure. However, when the writers decided to have Daala reappear again later with the Imperial Remnant, and then eventually become Chief of State, this plotline was rendered null and void, and no mention is ever made of what happened to him, either...until sometime later during Legacy of the Force when it is revealed that they married offscreen, had a son, and then he died saving Daala from a thermal detonator, an assassination attempt made by the Moff Council.
- Skewed Priorities: Her very public murder trial of Tahiri Veila, while based on a well-founded premise, is mired in hypocrisy because she's not nearly as focused on justice in any other matter. Contrast Cha Niathal, who was going to be given a show trial and acquitted. A woman who willingly collaborated with a Sith Lord, created a dictatorship, and committed treason was going to get let off, while a woman who committed at most two murders was being subjected to a highly politicized trial. It makes it very easy for the Jedi to sell her actions as being politically motivated against them, rather than out of a true sense of justice.
- Smug Snake
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: When she rules the whole galaxy by the end of Legacy of the Force.
- Dark Lord: Manages to briefly hold this position.
Wedge Antilles is a starfighter pilot, and one of the few characters on this page to actually appear in any of the films. The fact that he is the only man to survive both the Ep.4 and Ep.6 Trench Runs is generally why other characters describe him as the greatest starfighter pilots in the galaxy, though he cares more about keeping his people alive
. Traditionally leader of the elite Rogue Squadron, he later was promoted to general and led the New Republic/Galactic Alliance fleet against the Yuuzhan Vong. Wedge is currently retired, but his daughter Syal continues the family tradition.
- Ace Pilot: Almost to the point of Improbable Piloting Skills.
- A Father to His Men
- Ascended Extra: Surprisingly, the first of these to appear on this page. After all, Star Wars EU is infamous for this trope.
- Asskicking Equals Authority
- Badass Normal: Though the normality is sometimes questioned. By Starfighters of Adumar, his nearly-inhuman reflexes, situation awareness, and experience add up to a level of skill that some regard as supernatural. In the narration he once mentions precognitive warnings - in the sense of pattern recognition serving that way, but still. At the end of the book he actually ignores his targeting computer and feels his awareness flow from his X-Wing into his opponent, knows what the other will do ahead of time, fires without looking, and disables the enemy craft. Wedge is explicitly not Force-sensitive, though; he was tested in two different ways in the Jedi Academy Trilogy and came up as a normal human both times.
- The Captain
- The Chains of Commanding: Oh, so very much.
- Colonel Badass: Of the Commander variety.
- Day in the Limelight: The X-Wing Series, but specifically the comics arc The Phantom Affair and the entire novel Starfighters Of Adumar.
- Embarrassing Nickname: In The Phantom Affair, we learn that as a child and teenager, he was called "Veggies" by his parents and friend Mirax Terrik.
- Expecting Someone Taller: He's about an inch shorter than Luke Skywalker - about five foot six inches. Pilots tend to be smallish. They're more comfortable in cramped starfighter cockpits.
- Four-Star Badass/Frontline General: When he becomes a General. The reason he refused promotion to general for so long was because he didn't want to be taken off the front lines. And he ends up not having to be, commanding New Republic forces in the field in several books and series, including an incident in the New Jedi Order series where he destroys a whole wing of coralskippers by himself, in an X-Wing that doesn't have an astromech.
- It Never Gets Any Easier: And he doesn't want it to.
- Jerkass Façade: To new recruits who are rude or overconfident or mess up, he can be incredibly cruel, and to the rest he's generally a bit distant and not particularly friendly. But he cares deeply and honestly about his people, and when they prove themselves trustworthy, he'll back them to the end of the galaxy.
- Limited Advancement Opportunities: Subverted. For a while, people kept trying to promote him and he kept refusing (mostly because being promoted would deprive him of the ability to fly starfighters). He eventually accepted when he realized that his pilots were doing the same in order to not outrank him.
- Machine Empathy
- Military Maverick
- Neck Lift: To Sate Pestage.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Technically a Smile/Slasher Smile: He's fond of flashing smiles with no warmth or humor to them, giving them to his enemies and various politicians.
Borks Fey'lya is a Bothan, a species known for its cunning and vicious politics. He has made it quite clear on numerous occassions that he feels that he would be the best choice for running the Republic, and often resorts to less-than-legal means to achieve this. Ultimately he was legally voted Chief of State, only to have the Yuuzhan Vong War dropped in his lap. During the fall of Coruscant, he sacrificed himself to destroy an entire Vong battle group.
- Anti-Hero: Type V throughout much of the Bantam era. Rises to a Type IV in New Jedi Order.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: This is a hat of the Bothan people that he wears proudly.
- Dirty Coward: Played with: he'll do whatever he can to avoid being involved in a battle, but if the circumstances require it, he will fight extremely competently.
- Heel-Face Turn
- Heel Realization: In Star By Star, he finally realizes what his power grabbing and paranoia about the Jedi has cost both him and the galaxy in the face of the Yuuzhan Vong invasion. He promptly throws all his support behind them, but it's sadly too little, too late.
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Smug Snake
- Manipulative Bastard
- The Starscream: If he was trying to take over an evil government instead of a good one, he'd be a textbook example.
- Those Wacky Nazis: Surprisingly, a non-human one. He wrote a (presumably autobiographical) novel called My Ar'kai. In it, he specifically rails against human political involvement. Ar'kai is the Bothan word for struggle of annihilation and the title brings another political treatise to mind.
- Redemption Equals Death
- Ungrateful Bastard: In most of his appearances. No matter how many times the Skywalker/Solo family and their friends/allies save his ass (both literally and figuratively), he rarely treats them as anything besides political rivals who must be crushed and humiliated. (And he never stops expecting them to save his ass, either.)
Garm Bel Iblis
- A Father to His Men: Most definitely. It was part of why he disliked Mon Mothma so much — he thought she didn't put enough value in the soldiers they were ordering into battle. During the Rebellion's early days, Bel Iblis received intelligence that an Imperial base Mothma was planning to attack was actually an Ubiqtorate base and thus a direct attack would have led to the slaughter of his men. He strenuously objected, and left the Rebellion in protest.
- Combat Pragmatist
- Conspiracy Theorist: Thought Mon Mothma was looking to make herself Empress, which was farthest from the truth.
- Cool Old Guy
- Good Counterpart: To the Corellian nationalists from The Corellian Trilogy and Legacy of the Force.
- Headbutting Heroes: With Bail Organa and Mon Mothma.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Methuselah Syndrome: The chronologically earliest works in which he's referenced date back to the Clone Wars. The latest was during the LOTF series, and he hasn't been confirmed to have died, meaning, his involvement in galactic affairs stretches through some sixty-five years.
- Military Maverick
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Even though he's one of the good guys; all three of his names are taken from evil figures in real life religion or mythology (possibly a red herring to make his first appearance more suspenseful).
- Rebellious Rebel: A mild example. The rebellion he rebelled from, and the rebellion he started himself were both good.
- The Rival: To Mon Mothma.
Dark Side Elite
Jorus C'baoth was one of the greatest Jedi Masters of the Old Republic, and a raging egomaniac. Joruus
C'baoth, his clone, possessed both traits, and was spectacularly insane to boot. Recruited by Thrawn to perform battle meditation
for his forces, it quickly became apparent that C'baoth would be satisfied with no less than complete galactic domination. He also desired to turn Luke, Leia, and Leia's children into his soulless puppets, and foresaw that Mara Jade would kneel before him. She did... in order to strike him dead.
Brakiss was a Force-sensitive Imperial spy sent to infiltrate Luke Skywalker's restored Jedi Order, although Luke saw through his cover immediately. After Luke attempted to get him to undergo a Heel-Face Turn
, Brakiss fled the Jedi Academy and became a Dark Jedi, eventually coming into the service of the Second Imperium and a supposedly reborn Emperor Palpatine. After starting the Shadow Academy, which trained Dark Jedi, he led an attack on Yavin IV. After discovering that he was serving four surviving Imperial Guards impersonating Paplatine, he was killed by them when they blew up the Shadow Academy as he attempted to kill them.
Admiral Zsinj was once one of the Empire's most dangerous soldiers, and when the Emperor died he became one of the galaxy's greatest warlords. Introduced in The Courtship of Princess Leia
, Zsinj was conceived as a buffoonish Harmless Villain
who only presented a threat because he possessed a Super Star Destroyer and had access to an experimental superweapon called a Nightcloak. He then died uncerimoniously at the end of the book. He and his forces were reimagined via Cerebus Retcon
in the X-Wing Series
as a master of misdirection
and enough firepower to fight the New Republic and the Empire at the same time.
Cronal, alias Blackhole, alias Lord Shadowspawn, was a dark side sorcerer who rose high in the Emperor's favor, earning the elite title Emperor's Hand. Following the Emperor's defeat, he concocted an elaborate Batman Gambit
that would have allowed him to seize control of Luke Skywalker's body, and through him, the galaxy. A true nihilist, Cronal was largely uninterested in ruling a peaceful galaxy, preferring to devote his efforts to speeding the end of all things. During a telepathic battle with Luke, his body was disintegrated, though other sources indicate that some part of Cronal yet survives…