Characters: Star Wars – Classic Era
For the main Star Wars Expanded Universe character index, click here.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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A Jedi ghost Luke meets in a computer on an old ship, Callista and Luke fall in love immediately. But when she finds a body, she loses her connection to the Force. She sees how powerful Luke is, and can't be around him because it hurts too much.
- Brought Down to Normal
- Dark Is Not Evil: She can still use the dark side, but she doesn't do anything typical of dark side users.
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Robosexual: In a way: Luke falls in love with her while she's still in the computer.
- Sapient Ship
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Devoured by Abeloth offscreen.
- Yandere: Abeloth corrupts her feelings toward Luke.
Mander ZumaA human Jedi Master trained by Tionne, Mander is a Jedi Archivist and The Protagonist of Scourge. After his former padawan Toro Irana is murdered on a mission, Mander investigates and gets caught up in a plot involving the Hutts and a new type of spice.
- Awesome by Analysis
- Badass Bookworm
- Combat Pragmatist: He's not that comfortable with a lightsaber, so he relies on trickery and careful planning to win battles.
- Insistent Terminology: He is an archivist, not a librarian.
- Laser Blade: Uses a green lightsaber.
- The Mentor: To Toro.
- My Greatest Failure: After Toro's death, Mander thinks he must have been a awful teacher for his padawan to die in the circumstances that he did. He eventually realizes that there is a lot more to the situation than meets the eye.
- Technical Pacifist
Mara Jade SkywalkerSee the Star Wars – New Jedi Order and Legacy Eras: Jedi Order character page.
Kyp DurronSee the Star Wars – New Jedi Order and Legacy Eras: Jedi Order character page.
CilghalSee the Star Wars – New Jedi Order and Legacy Eras: Jedi Order character page.
Kam SolusarSee the Star Wars – New Jedi Order and Legacy Eras: Jedi Order character page.
Tionne SolusarSee the Star Wars – New Jedi Order and Legacy Eras: Jedi Order character page.
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: Thrawn is polite and would rather subjugate enemies than kill them. Despite this affability, he is also evil and is willing to decimate planets if need be, he'd just rather not.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: He is often regarded- both in-universe and by the fandom (and even by his creator, to a point) as one of the nicer, fairer and more well-meaning Imperials, whose honestly thought the galaxy would be more secure and better off under an autocratic empire than a democratic republic. While all of this may be true, he was still an extremely ruthless military conqueror at the end of the day, perfectly willing to terrorise populations, manipulate cultures, kidnap children and in at least one off-hand mention, commit xenocide if it means achieving his objectives. His own species- a culture of isolationist, xenophobic fascists- regarded him as a dangerous extremist. Thrawn may be a pragmatic villain, but he is still definitely a villain.
- Alien Arts Are Appreciated: He weaponized this trope, using the psychological insights he gained from studying a species's art to figure out what tactics they'll try to use during battle.
- Anti-Hero: A Pragmatic Hero during his early days, though was already leaning to...
- Anti-Villain: Type III (Pragmatic Villain and Well-Intentioned Extremist). He wants to bring order and safety to The Galaxy, but is willing to engage in some pretty shady business in the process.
- Anti-Magic: A Ysalamari nutrient frame is built into his command chair, and he repeatedly put the creatures to use to protect himself against Force users.
- Arch-Enemy: The Unknown Regions warlord Nuso Esva (whose name is a cipher for "Moriarty").
- Awesome, but Impractical: A lot of his strategies boil down to this. Pellaeon even points out that the Force-coordination and clones are awesome, but relying on an insane dark Jedi for them is not worth the trouble.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: His battle plans are made by studying alien art and using it to determine exactly how he can make them submit to his forces.
- Badass Bookworm: His decimation of enemies has nothing to do with his physical prowess, no: he just studies their art and from that he's able to come up with brilliant tactics to swiftly defeat them.
- Badass Normal: Easily the most dangerous antagonist of the entire franchise whose abilities have nothing to do with the Force. What elevates him beyond the Emperor and the Yuuzhan Vong is that when the other antagonists tend to swarm the good guys with superior numbers and firepower, Thrawn is most adept in decimating his opponents with a vastly inferior force. He's even aware of his Force disadvantage and takes steps to work around it, resulting in him and his men using ysalamiri to protect themselves from Force attacks.
- Batman Gambit:
- Thrawn is a master of understanding the workings of someone's mind and takes advantage of this by correctly predicting the New Republic's surprise attack of his most fortified base, as opposed to a smaller, easier target, when they even leaked signals they would be going for the former.
- This is also how his "knowing cultures by their art" thing works, it's all about spotting conceptual blind spots. His introduction involves him knowing that the leader of the task force he's facing will make exactly the wrong maneuver when facing a disorganized fighter swarm. His gambit of shooting "through" planetary shields revolved around targeting a race especially vulnerable to that kind of illusion; once a video of the attack leaked off-world the trick is figured out instantly.
- Benevolent Boss: Is the nicest and most open-minded Imperial to serve under, even refusing to punish failure. Just don't get too insubordinate with him or try to pin your own failings on someone else.
- Big Bad: Of The Thrawn Trilogy, where he causes conflict by seeking to usurp the galaxy's new alliance and restore the empire with himself in charge.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: He's the more prominent half of one with Joruus C'baoth.
- Bodyguard Betrayal: He's finally done in when his personal guard discovers that he poisoned their home world and stabs Thrawn in the chest, killing him.
- 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.
- Boring but Practical: Other than his aforementioned Awesome, but Impractical reliance on an Ax-Crazy Dark Jedi for support, Thrawn follows this trope to a T. He, unlike villains such as Tarkin and Palpatine, doesn't believe in grandiose superweapons, preferring to conserve as many resources as possible for more sensible strategies. However, many of the ways he uses them are creative enough to fall into Simple Yet Awesome territory anyway.
- Character Shilling: He gets a sizable amount thrown his way. Even Mara Jade, the reigning queen of sarcasm, has some good things to say about him. By the Hand of Thrawn series his enemies and even his protege are pointing out how out of hand this has gotten.
- The Chessmaster: His calculation and planning skills make him one of the most dangerous foes the New Republic has ever faced.
- Cloning Gambit: Ten years after his death, a clone of him was ready to be born, but was destroyed by Luke and Mara Jade. He might have another out there.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Can be considered this to Emperor Palpatine, since The Thrawn Trilogy was the first novel series to continue the story after Return of the Jedi. While Palpatine was an ominous black-cloaked card-carrying human villain known for his sadism and his vast Dark Side powers, Thrawn is an impeccably cultured Officer and a Gentleman known for his strategic brilliance and his love of art, he's an alien, and he habitually dresses in crisp white military regalia.
- 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: It's very rare for Thrawn to engage in any humor, but when he does, it's this, particularly when interacting with C'baoth.
- Dragon Ascendant: He was a Grand Admiral under Emperor Palpatine and after the Emperor's death, he returns to try and restore the regime with himself heading it.
- The Dreaded: In the Hand of Thrawn duology, the possibility of his return has everyone scared.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: Unlike the Empire proper, the Empire of the Hand will hire nonhumans.
- The Exile: The Chiss basically exiled him for being the only one willing to Shoot the Dog.
- 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: Thrawn can be ruthless to his subordinates when he feels it's justified, but he prefers to encourage respect rather than demand absolute obedience.
- Foil: To Darth Vader. Black/white clothing contrast, overwhelming power vs subtle manipulation, leading through fear vs leading through respect. Vader will kill his subordinates for any failure, Thrawn encourages creativity and punishes stupidity, not failure. Vader engages enemies in battle himself and uses the Force as a source of power, Thrawn displays little, if any, skill in personal combat and has no connection to the Force. Both take the title of Supreme Commander of the Imperial Fleet at different points, Vader working to crush the Rebellion, Thrawn working to restore the Empire.
- He is also this to typical Imperial commanders as depicted in the original trilogy. Where typical Imperial doctrine is to rule and command through fear, Thrawn prefers to do so with respect. Typical Imperial tactics rely on the application of overwhelming force and a reliance on superweapons. Thrawn frequently obtains victories through creative and novel tactics with much more limited resources and even while outnumbered. Finally, where most Imperial commanders would press on, even in hopeless situations (most likely because of how failure is rewarded in Palpatine's Empire), Thrawn is willing to admit defeat and retreat if he can't see a way to pull off a win.
- Four-Star Badass: Thrawn believes in rewarding good work and while he does execute lazy soldiers, he also promotes a man who failed to capture Skywalker because the soldier attempted to do so using a new, innovative tactic and admitted to his failing. He also detests uselessly sacrificing his men and reprimands his commanders for being careless with their soldiers.
- Frontline General: In Outbound Flight - he goes into combat with his troops while boarding an enemy vessel, as this is a requirement of all Chiss commanding officers.
- Greater Scope Villain: In Hand of Thrawn his reputation alone is a source of trouble for the entire New Republic, and a clone of him is nearly ready to take control of the Empire of the Hand.
- Honor Before Reason: Isn't fond of You Have Outlived Your Usefulness at all, unlike most villains. While this makes him easier to sympathize with, it also leads to multiple Spanners in the Works ultimately causing his final defeat and death — which could've been prevented had he indeed killed those characters after manipulating them.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: The only soldier whom Thrawn is shown invoking You Have Failed Me on turns out to be something of a Jerk Ass who keeps invoking Never My Fault. Had he been more honest and respectful, he likely would've kept his head, let alone his job.
- 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. It also makes him much harder to kill.
- Light Is Not Good: Bright uniform, glowing eyes, and a prominently holographic art collection, but he's still a dangerous antagonist.
- Man in White: He wears the all-white uniform of an Imperial Grand Admiral.
- Military Maverick: Unsurprisingly, the historical inspirations for Thrawn included Erwin Rommel, Robert E. Lee, and Hannibal Barca.
- Monochromatic Eyes: Depictions vary between red irises, red irises and sclera with visible pupils, and uniformly glowing red eyes.
- My Greatest Failure: A rare villainous example. At one point, he was unable to understand a species through their art, forcing him to win through sheer force and destroying their world.
- Non-Action Big Bad: During The Thrawn Trilogy. Thrawn is a schemer, not a fighter but that doesn't make him any less dangerous.
- Officer and a Gentleman: He is sophisticated, urbane, and polite in all of his dealings.
- 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."As to [Talon Karrde's] would-be rescuers, I want them also alive if possible. If not—" He paused. "If not, I'll understand."
- Reassigned to Antarctica: The story goes that he made enemies in the Imperial Court, and was sent to the Unknown Regions of the galaxy as a result. Really, he was doing work for the Emperor conquering the region and dealing with potential threats.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His status as the villain is emphasized by the book describing his red, glowing eyes, painting an unsettling picture of the man.
- Right-Hand Cat: Frequently drawn with a ysalamari, though in the novels it's mounted onto a "nutrient frame" on his chair.
- 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: The finest in the Empire. With the possible exception of Revan, he's the best example in the entire franchise.
- Uncanny Valley: In-Universe, his glowing eyes and minimal expression are described as unsettling.
- The Unfought: None of the main heroes even speak to him, much less fight him directly.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: It's eventually revealed he allied with the Empire to use their military against the Yuuzhan Vong.
- Wicked Cultured: Thrawn is not only an admirer and collector of art, he actually works it into his battle strategy by studying the works of enemy races, so as to psychologically analyze the species he's up against and determine their weaknesses.
- Xanatos Gambit: Thrawn attacks multiple enemy planets, knowing he can conquer them if the New Republic fails to send back up and that his true target will have thinner defences if they do.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Thrawn is tasked with taking down a political enemy of Darth Vader and does so by manipulating a pair of policemen he happens upon into arresting the man. Later on, Thrawn actually admits this had not been his initial plan for taking down Vader's enemy but realized the opportunity and took advantage of the police.
Captain (later Grand Admiral) Gilad PellaeonSee the Star Wars – New Jedi Order and Legacy Eras character page.
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.
- Board to Death: Seemingly overlooked in most views of her—for all her battlefield failings, Daala is the lone officer to end the post-ROTJ warlordism period (by inviting the competing warlords to meet and reconcile, and then killing them when they fail to). Doing this probably saved the Imperial Navy, and the Empire, from extinction and without a doubt extended the conflict by many years. Just to prove the point, when she is defeated (like every single post-ROTJ Imperial commander before her), she quietly resigns from her commander without firing a shot (making her another first).
- 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
- Evil Old Folks: She's in her seventies and going gray by her final appearances.
- 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.
- Jerkass Has a Point: When she became the Galactic Alliance Chief of State, she did have some generally sound grievances against the Jedi Order such as how Jedi have a habit of cutting off limbs of people who antagonize them and the fact that the Jedi appear to be complacent in their position as law enforcers, cooperating little with local authorities in certain matters. Even Luke himself agreed that some of her concerns are justified.
- Informed Ability
- Karma Houdini: Annoyingly, she's one of the few major Star Wars villains to escape any kind of punishment, with Boba Fett saving her from prison and her disappearing to parts unknown. Whether this was intended to lead to anything will likely remain unclear due to the 2014 Continuity Reboot.
- 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.
- Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain: He is a fanatic Palpatine loyalist, but he hunts down Imperials who he considers traitors to the true goals of the Empire.
- Bounty Hunter: One of his main disguises is as the bounty hunter "Kenix Kil".
- One-Man Army: He effortlessly cuts through dozens of opponents at a time.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Hunted down all those in the Empire he blamed for Palpatine's demise, as well as other Imperials who abused their power or betrayed what Kanos considered the Empire's true ideals.
- Sole Survivor: He was the only member of the royal guard to escape Carnor Jax's betrayal and destruction of their order. He eventually hunted down and killed Jax, becoming the last member of the order to survive.
- Undying Loyalty: To Emperor Palpatine. There are some hints that he was beginning to understand that the Empire he thought he served did not exist at all and that the Emperor was evil, but he kept hunting down Imperials he believed deserved punishment in the name of that Empire.
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.
Wedge shoved aside the targeting computer. He didn't have the Force, as Luke did, but he had something else, something just as important. Faith in his own abilities.
- He survived both Death Stars without Character Shields. He's not Force-sensitive, and was just a Mauve Shirt, but he survived.
- The New Rebellion has this moment, before he makes an impossible shot.
- 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.
- That's Truth in Television by the way.
- 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
- Comic Book Fantasy Casting: His portrait shows him to be modeled after Sean Connery, specifically from Highlander.
- 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.
- And Then What?: C'Baoth's original question to Thrawn as to why he should help him conquer the galaxy. C'Baoth states that he has no desire to rule over millions of people he will never meet, preferring a smaller and more intimate society that he can micromanage down to the last shirt button. Subverted when C'Baoth's rapidly expanding powers allow him to take control of people's minds from great distances. And Then What? gets thrown out the window, as now he has the means to mentally dominate everyone in the entire galaxy. In a way, his victory would be far worse than Thrawn's, as C'Baoth would control everyone in the galaxy, mind, body, and soul.
- Ax-Crazy: Before joining forces with Thrawn, his hobbies included killing anybody who arrived on Wayland and using his subjects as playthings. It escalated from there.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Thrawn, very tensely.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Can be considered this to Darth Vader, since The Thrawn Trilogy was the first novel series to continue the story after Return of the Jedi. Vader was a tragically corrupted Dark Jedi known for his stoicism and his physical discipline, and he ultimately turned against Emperor Palpatine in a Heel-Face Turn; C'baoth is the deranged clone of a legendary Jedi Master who's simply brought down by his own insanity, and Grand Admiral Thrawn ultimately turns against him when it becomes clear that he can't be controlled.
- Evil Sorcerer
- Evil Mentor
- Kneel Before Zod: He wants Mara to kneel before him. She did, and struck him dead.
- Mind Control
- The Starscream: To Thrawn.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
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.
- See the X-Wing Series character page
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…
- The Chessmaster
- Continuity Snarl: The creative process that went into this character was exceptionally confusing. Originally, Blackhole, Cronal, and Shadowspawn were separate characters, briefly appearing in the comics and two RPG reference books respectively. Reference writer Abel G. Pena, a man known for his Arc Welding skill, had intended to conflate Blackhole with Shadowspawn, but as this would've created a continuity error decided to use Cronal for his true identity instead. Later, Shadows of Mindor revealed he was Shadowspawn anyway, and killed him off at the end... except he'd previously been established in yet another work as surfing at least to the Yuuzhan Vong War. Finally, the Star Wars Blog article "The Imperial Warlords" settled the whole thing by giving a complete narrative of Cronal's life, revealing he had survived his death using Mechu-deru (Force Technopathy) to build himself a new body and identified him with yet another minor comic villain, Mechu-deru master Perek, allowing the bastard to finally be killed off right before the 2014 Continuity Reboot.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Luke severs Cronal's connection to his Shadow Crown, and then liquid metal seeps out of his pores, essentially turning him and his entire ship to stone, after which he is literally ripped apart, atom-to-atom, by hyperspace. And is conscious for all of this.
- Evil Sorcerer
- I Have Many Names: Cronal, Blackhole, Lord Shadowspawn.
- Nietzsche Wannabe
- The Man Behind the Curtain: He's really a frail old man hiding behind body doubles and holograms, but half-subverted by the fact that he's still a scarily powerful Darksider.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Decides to go this route at the end of Mindor, but then he gets killed.
- Punny Name: See if you can spot the double meaning in 'Lord Shadowspawn'.
- Squishy Wizard: See above.
Nuso EsvaA warlord from the Unknown Regions who opposed the Empire, attracting attention from and war with Grand Admiral Thrawn.
- Arch-Enemy: To Thrawn.
- The Chessmaster: Necessary to fight Thrawn on equal footing.
- Manipulative Bastard: In both of his appearances, he manipulates his allies by promising them power.
- Meaningful Name: Shift the letters in his name and you get "Moriarty".
- Thanatos Gambit: He claims his followers will kill Thrawn eventually, but nothing ever comes of it. On the other hand, it's this threat that convinces Thrawn to employ the bodyguard that eventually kills him, making it an indirect success.
- Villainous Breakdown: He loses his cool after realizing he's been beaten once and for all.
A member of Jorj Car'das criminal organization, which he took over when Car'das disappeared. Following the death of Jabba the Hutt, Karrde took over many of his less vile operations and became the head of the most powerful smuggling and information organization in the galaxy.
- Benevolent Boss: He gives big rewards to his people for performing their jobs well, although he punishes betraying his trust with death.
- Cultured Badass: More than capable of holding his own in a firefight while having an appreciation for the finer things in life.
- Default To Good: He tries to resist being brought into the war between the New Republic and the Empire, but after Thrawn targets him and his organization, Karrde assists the New Republic in fighting him and convinces many other smugglers to do the same after exposing how Thrawn was trying to pit them against each other. He continues to side with the New Republic even after Thrawn is dealt with and even helps forge peace between the two sides.
- Fluffy Tamer: keeps a pair of vornskrs, Sturm and Drang, as pets. Note that vornskrs are incredibly dangerous predators who hunt using the Force. Karrde had to get their more dangerous traits removed to safely keep them.
- Heroic Neutral: He doesn't much care for politics; he just wants to run his shipping business/smuggling ring in peace. When The Empire keeps threatening his crews, breaking business deals, and eventually tries to turn the other members of his smugglers' coalition against him, he takes it kind of hard.
- Loveable Rogue
- Knowledge Broker: The most successful one in the galaxy.
- Neutral No Longer: He eventually decides that yes, the Empire does need to be fought and provides assistance against Thrawn and C'baoth - for a fee, of course.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: Even after he begins assisting the New Republic, he insists it is just out of personal interest, although he does seem to be protesting a bit much.
- Only in It for the Money: He charges everybody for pretty much everything he does, although he eventually works with the Jedi for free due to Mara becoming one.
- Privateer: During the Yuuzhan Vong War, he often raided Peace Brigade shipping to hurt their efforts to assist the Yuuzhan Vong while also making a bit of profit.
- Sacred Hospitality: After capturing Luke and hosting Han and Lando, he doesn't sell them out to Thrawn when he arrives because they ate under his roof and are thus under his protection.
Prince XizorHead of the Black Sun crime syndicate, Prince of the reptilian Falleen people, obscenely wealthy shipping magnate and secret advisor to the Emperor, Prince Xizor is the Big Bad of Shadows of the Empire where he tries to murder Luke Skywalker once he finds out he is Darth Vaders' son, as he holds Vader responsible for the death of his family, not to mention a dangerous rival. He fails, and Vader orders him killed, but he and the Black Sun pop up in various earlier-set works throughout the franchise.
- Arch-Enemy: Considers Darth Vader to be his; it is more or less mutual, since while Vader has many enemies he seems to regard Vizor as the most loathsome of the lot, though he is unaware that Xizor considers it to be personal.
- Badass: In a Brilliant, but Lazy kind of way; he is a skilled martial artist and can easily dispatch at least an untrained assassin by himself For the Evulz, but considers exercise to be boring, so he has a chair that exercises his muscles for him and occasionally spars; he is also a decent shot. In addition, in one of the Boba Fett novels, Vader strangles him with the Force, but he refuses to fall to his knees or even acknowledge it just to spite him, until an amused Palpatine orders Vader to stop.
- Co-Dragons: Considers himself to be this to Palpatine along with Vader, and ranks himself as the 3rd most powerful man in the galaxy after those two...and plans to replace both of them.
- Diabolical Mastermind: Head the galaxy-spanning Black Sun syndicate, the most powerful criminal organization in the galaxy.
- Faux Affably Evil: Acts polite and Sophisticated as Hell, but is really just a spiteful Sociopath.
- Green Skinned Space Guy: A tall, dark and handsome alien reptile.
- Hijacked by Ganon: Apparently the whole plan of Return of the Jedi- "The Emperor oversees the 2nd Death Star to use himself as bait to lure the Rebel Alliance to their doom"- was his idea, but in the actual movie Palpatine takes credit for himself. He also arranged (with Palpatines' approval) for the Rebels to find plans of the Death Star in the first place (meaning he is ultimately responsible for that "many Bothans died" bit).
- Love Is in the Air: His species are capable of producing pheromones in order to attract mates; Xizor has no compunction about abusing this to pick up (and later discard) beautiful women who catch his eye or- as he attempts with Leia- to manipulate them for personal gain (Leia only resists after being informed about this trait).
- Manipulative Bastard: Has no problem lying, cheating or stealing to get his way. Also doesn't mind doing the same to get women into his bed.
- No Sell: Played with. Vader's Force Choke affects him just like anyone else; he just manages to act like it doesn't, just to spite the former.
- Smug Snake: A high-functioning example; he orchestrates an elaborate plan to kill Luke Skywalker and nearly succeeds, but when he fails and the Rebels end up destroying his home he suffers a prolong Villainous Breakdown that sees him try and Kill 'em All very publicly and in revenge, which ultimately gives Vader all the excuse he needs to finish him off once and for all.
- The Spymaster: Black Sun has it's own intelligence operation that Xizor feels is better than any other in the galaxy, including Imperial intelligence and the personal networks of both Palpatine and Vader, though he concedes that the Bothan network employed by the Rebel Alliance might be "slightly better".
- Wicked Cultured: Secretly co-owns the most expensive restaurant on Coruscant; is very proud of a 600 year old Banzai plant someone gave him in lew of payment and carefully cultivates it (considering it more valuable than most of his personal wealth); regularly buys his ex-mistresses expensive presents (including a mansion) as a good-bye gift (and makes them "disappear" if they persist afterwards). Generally considers himself to be a Man of Wealth and Taste.