Characters: X-Wing Series
Characters from the X-Wing Series
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Wedge and X-Wings are the one absolute constant to the series. Wedge appears in almost every part of the series.
- Ace Pilot: He's pretty much the best X-Wing pilot in the galaxy. Even Jedi pilots have a hard time against him.
- A Father to His Men: Very much so. Wedge cares a lot for his pilots, and hurts a lot with every casualty.
- Ascended Extra: From the films to the Star Wars Expanded Universe, and from there to here. (Between the three, he may be on more character sheets than any other Star Wars character.)
- 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 Cameo: Nearly in an example of a book version of Stunt Casting, Wedge shows up for one quick scene in Mercy Kill, despite appearing in the dramatis personae, whereas several members of Wraith Squadron didn't get billed.
- Colonel Badass: Of the Commander variety.
- Commanding Coolness: Spent much of his career as Rogue Leader as a Commander, after Luke went off to be a Jedi.
- Day in the Limelight: The series itself is one, 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: He's eventually promoted to this, and proves himself to be as good a General as he is a pilot.
- Good Is Not Soft
- 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. He's promoted multiple times over his career.
- Machine Empathy
- Mauve Shirt: By definition in the original films—a common alternative name for this trope is "Wedge-type character". Of course, this series is his Day in the Limelight.
- Military Maverick: Wedge's tactics and approach can be very unconventional, such as assembling Wraith Squadron from a Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits, or how he was intentionally trying to lose the Siege of Borleias during the Vong War.
- Neck Lift
- Platonic Life Partners: He and Leia Organa, in the one scene they have alone together.
- Sergeant Rock: He can be, anyway.
- 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.
- Troll: Enjoys lying to his friends and enemies. Leia's learned to see through him, but Han sometimes believes every word.
- The Heart
- The Captain
- The Chains of Commanding: Oh, so very much.
- Phrase Catcher: "Yub, yub, Commander!" At least until he turns it around in his epic revenge scheme.
- Power Trio: With Wes and Hobbie.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
Alderaanian pilot whose family died when the Empire destroyed his homeworld. He's a very different character in the novels than he was in the comics, with his character going from a Hot-Blooded
pilot to one who is endlessly patient and seems to have no temper whatsoever is usually attributed to the time he spent on the Lusankya
being tortured by Isard.
- The Ace
- Ascended Extra: one of the very few characters in this franchise who ever appeared in the movies (and even then, his two seconds of screen time were something of a Retcon).
- Awesomeness by Analysis: When Corran has to fly against him (see below), he sees Tycho's fighting style through the Force as being like a computerised box of possible actions around Corran's craft, which gets smaller and smaller as Tycho meticulously eliminates all the possibilities and hunts him down.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: No, but it does change his character. Compare Tycho in the comics to Tycho in the books. In the comics he's a hothead, sometimes flirtatious, and prone to cracking wise. Come the novels - after extensive torture in an attempt to make him a Manchurian Agent - and he's far more reserved, calculating, and never shown displaying any temper.
- Berserk Button: Alderaanians are pacifists, Endor never happened.
- The Cape: If he resents being under so much suspicion, he never shows it.
- Clear My Name/Decoy Trial
- Colonel Badass: Post Thrawn Trilogy, Tycho is promoted to Colonel.
- Continuity Snarl/Retcon: The first arc of the comics had Winter, who'd read up on him, telling another Rogue that he'd lost a fiance, Mia, on Alderaan and that he'd been drafted into the Imperial military, since he was a man of peace at heart. Two problems: it had already been decided that his fiancee's name was Nyestria, and he'd joined willingly and enjoyed his job. This was retconned by means of him correcting her at a party and saying that his records had been scrambled.
- Dogged Nice Guy: His pursuit of Winter Retrac.
- Doomed Hometown: He's from Alderaan.
- Four-Star Badass: In the later EU.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness
- Improbable Piloting Skills: In I, Jedi Corran Horn, undercover as a pirate, flies against him, and barely survives despite being a Jedi drawing on the Force to stay alive. He later calls it the most difficult thing he's ever done in his life - Corran, who just a few chapters back was beaten physically and emotionally to a pulp by the spirit of Exar Kun. It's actually implied that Tycho may not have been trying to kill him, since Corran got a kind of message off suggesting that he wasn't a pirate—though given that the "message" was rather vague (a vision consisting of a "clutch" starfighter morphing into Corran's green X-Wing), and that Tycho still launched two proton torpedoes at him, it's rather unlikely.
- Number Two: Wedge's ever-reliable partner.
- Rank Up: Starts out as a Lieutenant in the comics, is a Captain through the novels and for much of his career, then promoted to Colonel, and finally retires as a General.
- The Stoic: Even when he isn't sad, he looks sad. Janson notes that this makes women want to comfort him.
Another long-time Rogue, and a temporary Wraith, Wes is a prankster and an excellent gunner. During the Yuuzhan Vong War, he led his own squadron of volunteers called the Taanab Yellow Aces. He later assisted the Jedi during the Second Galactic Civil War.
- Ascended Extra: Wedge's Guy in Back during The Empire Strikes Back.
- Beware the Silly Ones
- Continuity Snarl: One of the Marvel Star Wars storylines was Wedge's anguished tale, told to Luke, of losing his gunner on Hoth. It's since been retconned to a story Wedge would tell people before Wes would walk in, just to shake them up, and they even fooled Luke.
- Friendly/Cold Sniper: Depends on whether or not he's on duty.
- Fun Personified: Official Wraith Squadron Prank Master until Wedge gets in on the act.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: He's the best shooter with a blaster pistol in the entire series.
- Majorly Awesome: He's promoted to Major after the Thrawn Trilogy, and pretty much spends the rest of his career as a Major.
- Man Child: Sometimes. He can be mature and serious when he wants, but he also believes that you can't look dignified if you're having fun - and you have to have fun. It helps prove that you're alive.
- Naked People Are Funny: As seen in Wedge's epic revenge scheme... yes. Yes, they are.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He's very good with his fists.
- Oh, Crap: Unspoken. Wedge planned to work with Chewbacca on a mission; Wes remembered that Wedge can't speak Wookiee and went to every pilot in or related to Wedge's command, taking bets about what Wedge would do or say when he realized his mistake. Wedge realizes, arranges for a protocol droid to come with him and Chewie, and finds out what Wes did.
"You know, you've finally earned my gravest revenge."
"You don't ever take revenge. That's beneath Wedge Antilles, Hero of the New Republic."
Wedge gave him a smile, one full of teeth
, and Janson's own grin faltered. "Dismissed."
Derek "Hobbie" Klivian
Biggs' friend from the Academy. Hobbie is a long-time member of Rogue Squadron, where he serves as the resident cynic. Crashes a lot
The last surviving member of Eiattu IV's royal family, she didn't tell her squadron of her royal heritage until people from her world came looking for her. Her story was loosely inspired by the myth of Anastasia.
- Action Girl: Stands out as such even in a series where most of the female characters are fighter pilots.
- Amazonian Beauty: Particularly in the Duty and Honor story arc where she spends the entire arc wearing a very tight-fitting Bare Your Midriff athletic outfit which brings her closer to Ms. Fanservice territory than the more conventionally beautiful female characters in the series such as Winter, Feylis Ardele and Elscol Loro ever get.note
- Badass Princess: Potential poster girl for the trope.
- Bald of Awesome: Until she started letting it grow out, anyway.
- Berserk Button: Mechanics, don't screw up while maintaining her X-Wing.
- Boisterous Bruiser: A rare female example.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: After The Reveal of her backstory.
- Jerkass Façade: She's suspicious of strangers, hates incompetence, and likes to say insulting things about them and friends alike, rarely makinhg the effort to be nice. But looking at the panels, her body language is usually more sympathetic - pulling out a chair, sitting close to someone hurt or distressed, acting as medic. Plourr truly cares about her friends and the "common people" of her world, understands fears about family, and can tone down the snark if she has to.
- Kissing Cousins: Marries her second cousin Rial, who she'd been engaged to since an early age.
- Overly Long Name: Her full name is Isplourrdacartha Estillo.
- Princess Incognito: The huge, angry, bar-brawling mechanic-turned-fighter pilot is the rightful ruler of Eiattu IV, and in the arc Warrior Princess she takes her throne and saves her world.
- Princesses Rule: Called Empress at the end of her arc, then oddly Princess again later.
- Rightful Princess/Empress Returns: The plot of The Warrior Princess story arc revolves around her reclaiming her throne.
- Royally Screwed Up: Most of her family qualifies. Not her, though.
- Shoot the Dog: Killed her brother when they were both children, because the rest of her immediate family was being slaughtered in a revolution and he was trying to call the revolutionaries' attention to where she had escaped.
- The Bus Came Back: The arc after she left the Rogues to rule her planet she returned with a squadron of fighters to pull a Big Damn Heroes moment - and the arc after that, she was with them again.
- Tomboy Princess: Taken Up to Eleven.
Baron Soontir Fel
Soontir Fel was a Corellian starfighter pilot of great skill, like Wedge, but he worked for the Empire until he executed a Heel-Face Turn
. Married Wedge's sister.
A Quarren pilot who joined the squadron just before the campaign to restore Plourr as ruler. Initially clashed with Mon Calamari pilot Ibtisam, but the relationship developed into a tragic romance
- Fantastic Racism: His relationship with Ibtisam intially begins this way, as the Mon Calamari and Quarren species traditionally detest each other.
- Took a Level in Badass: Though not known for his ground combat skills during the comics, when he reappears in Isard's Revenge, he wades in with two very large blaster rifles looking like an avenging water monster. As Tycho puts it, "You haven't seen Nrin in a firefight."
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: When the Rogues are trapped on a dark-side-infested moon and ambushed at night by bizarre natives, he runs off, initially seeming cowardly to Ibtisam. However, he had run to the landing zone, where he fights off a large number of natives to bring back his X-wing, which he then proceeds to use in pulverizing the opposition.
A Mon Calmari pilot who joined the Rogues shortly before the campaign to restore Plourr. Initially hostile to Quarren pilot Nrin Vakil, but their relationships develops into something more romantic.
- Death by Sex: Ibtisam dies in the same arc that she and Nrin finally become a couple.
A human female pilot who was with the squadron briefly during the beginning of the post-Endor campaign. Widowed by the Empire, she later becomes a hazard to her squadron mates when her last friend is killed, and Wedge is forced to fire her. However, he pairs her up with a betrayed Imperial Special Forces soldier, and together they liberate worlds (reappearing in The Bacta War
- Heroic BSOD: occurs in The Phantom Affair, when the mysterious "Jedi" popping up around the city reveals himself as her dead husband. It's not really him, but a mathematician/musician working against the Empire. She also later has one when her Wookie friend Groznick is killed, leading to reckless flying and an ejection from the squadron by Wedge.
Human female pilot who joined shortly before the Plourr-restoration campaign. Was originally part of an Imperial-allied militia, and nervous about her standing with the other Rogues as a result. However, as Tycho, Hobbie, and several other Rogues had served with the Empire, her fears were soon allayed.
- Action Girl: Feylis particularly distinguishes herself as a very cool fighter, both in the air and on the ground.
- Battle Couple: When new pilot Avan Beruss joins during the Brentaal IV campaign, she is immediately attracted to him. Though initially hesitant because of her grief at losing two squad members in the previous campaign, she warms to him, saying she was pleased to save his life.
Human male pilot who joined during the Brentaal IV campaign. The nephew of one of the New Republic's Provisional Councilmembers, he is well versed in political maneuvers, but not as experienced in maneuvers in a snubfighter.
- Battle Couple: With Feylis Ardele. He is immediately attracted to her upon joining the squadron, and later owes her his life in battle. They eventually become a couple, and he proclaims, "You keep me safe when we fly, I'll keep you safe when we swim."
- It's All My Fault: When the Rogues are trapped by an Interdictor cruiser on Ciutric, Avan tells Feylis that because his aunt is on the Provisional Council, she will not send reinforcements to avoid the appearance of Nepotism. She makes a no-dying-pact with him, however, and they both survive.
A university student introduced in The Phantom Affair
, this Twi'lek later became a mechanic for Rogue Squadron.
- Continuity Nod: Stackpole's novels don't have much to do with her, but she did appear in one of Allston's, angered by a Fantastic Racism policy that was due to the efforts of Warlord Zsinj. Allston later noted that Komad had married Nrin Vakil, further tying into Vakil's interspecies romance pattern.
- Off Model: Her one-panel cameo appearance in Masquerade was... something.
The real main character of the Rogue Squadron books, Force-sensitive, and Michael Stackpole
's golden boy. See the character sheet for the New Jedi Order and Legacy eras
for his full entry.
Related to Biggs Darklighter, Luke's Mauve Shirt
friend from A New Hope
. See the character sheet for the New Jedi Order and Legacy eras
for his full entry.
- Badass: Not only is he one of the better pilots in his generation of Rogue Squadron — tied with Corran and Bror for first to become an ace — but he's also insanely competent on ground missions, to the point of actually being scary on Talasea.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: When Wedge is asked whether Ooryl can see in the ultraviolet range, his first thought is "I wouldn't be surprised. He doesn't breathe or sleep and can regenerate severed limbs."
- A Day in the Spotlight: After being a marginal character in the first three books, he manages to get nearly as much focus as Corran in The Bacta War.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: He loses an arm in Rogue Squadron. By The Krytos Trap, it's grown back. Slight subversion in that the regeneration takes a realistic amount of time, but still.
- One Gand Army
- Spell My Name with an "S": There's been a fair amount of debate over whether his last name is "Qyrgg" or "Qrygg".
- Third-Person Person: Done for different reasons than human versions of this trope who refer to themselves in this way to be arrogant. Ooryl's doing it out of humility, because he doesn't feel he's important enough to warrant first-person pronouns. Apparently, this is his species' hat.
- Faking the Dead: He is reported dead during an ambush on the way back home to Thyferra at the very end of the first book. It was in fact a set-up arranged by The Mole Erisi Dlarit to eliminate the best pilot in the unit (and her business rival among the bacta cartels), but Jace managed to survive and fake his death so as to show up later to help out during the La Résistance phase of The Bacta War.
- By 'managed to survive', he was faking his death by completely different means.
- Improbable Piloting Skills: In the first book of the series, he has three "ace missions" — five or more kills in a single mission — and scores a total of twenty-two kills in only five missions, including NINE in the book's last mission.
- Note: He beats out Corran Horn! Guy with YMMV Canon Sue mark.
- Jerkass: In Rogue Squadron, he's just a puffed-up, arrogant ass with no redeeming qualities other than his piloting skills.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In The Bacta War, he gets better.
- Pride: His homeworld of Thyferra's hat.
- Punny Name: Corran lampshades the fact that his last name rhymes with ace. He also has many elements of another trope with "ace" in its name.
- The Rival: To Corran, in the first book where they're measuring their piloting abilities against each other. He beats Corran by one kill, perhaps softening Corran's arguable Canon Sue status a bit in the process.
- Artificial Limbs/Career-Ending Injury: Loses a leg to a micrometeorite after ejecting from his doomed X-Wing in The Bacta War. In Star Wars this normally wouldn't be an issue, but his nervous system has just enough trouble interfacing with the prosthetic to make operating an X-Wing's rudder pedals tricky.
- Batman Gambit: The way he played Dr. Edda Gast in Solo Command definitely qualifies as one of these.
- Chekhov's Skill: Once he mentioned that he used to be a lawyer in the first book of the series, we all just knew there was going to be a trial of some sort eventually. He has shown up in several other EU works defending main characters.
- Crusading Lawyer: Several times, notably for Tycho in the X-Wing books and Tahiri Veila, along with the rest of the Jedi Order, in Fate of the Jedi.
- Interspecies Romance: With Rhysati Ynr, a Mauve Shirt who manages to go the whole series with about ten lines and yet survives.
Lara Notsil / Gara Petothel / Kirney Slane
Lara is an Imperial spy who specializes in creating false identities. She infiltrates the Wraiths, but starts to have doubts about her allegiance...
- Becoming the Mask
- Blondes Are Evil: Played straight early on in Wraith Squadron, subverted in several ways after that. While serving as Gara Petothel, she hides her blonde hair under a black wig. She was born with black hair, but underwent the Star Wars form of cosmetic surgery to make it "naturally" blonde. She did have the hair color changed to blonde while she was infiltrating the New Republic as Chyan Mezzine...just before she made the betrayal that wiped out Talon Squadron.
- Communications Officer: She plays this role in her first mission. She spots an ambush placed by Zsinj via transmissions, and warns the Wraiths of it before they get there. It's during the subsequent dogfight that she comes to an important realization that triggers her Heel-Face Turn.
- Dark Secret: The reader is every bit as aware of it as she is, but Gara Petothel / Lara Notsil is a Deep Cover Agent who's gone through a private Heel-Face Turn, and is unhappily aware that the badly damaged pilot who she's falling in love with is damaged because of her actions.
- Double Consciousness: Imperial intelligence agencies demand results first, with the agent's mental well-being somewhere down the list near their physical well-being and properly groomed nose hair.
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: It's not easy on her.
- Even Evil Has Standards/Heel Realization: While she's still The Mole, she has an internal monologue with herself about how Zsinj is a noble villain and Trigit... not so much. What causes her to first consider switching sides is the realization that Zsinj is actually just like Trigit, and therefore not worthy of her services. The actual decision to make her Heel-Face Turn was made easier by further tropes below, though...
- Faking the Dead: As Kirney Slane. Though "Mercy Kill" implies this is an Open Secret among the older Wraiths.
- Good Feels Good: Along with The Power Of Trust, it's what causes her to become the mask and make a Heel-Face Turn.
- Happily Married: Mercy Kill reveals that she and Donos got married and had children.
- I Have Many Names: Between the personas she assumes during the series and the ones she adopted off camera that are mentioned at various points in the novels, she has four identities that we know of. It's quite possible that there are others.
- Kick the Dog: Talon Squadron was wiped out because of information she discovered. When Myn falls in love with her (and she starts reciprocating), this rapidly becomes problematic.
- Kill Me Now or Forever Stay Your Hand: She gets Wedge Antilles in her sights, but The Power Of Trust gets to her. Not only does she not kill him, she becomes the mask.
- Loss of Identity: She was trained from an early age to create a personality and a life, fully immerse herself in it, complete objectives including forming and betraying the closest of connections, and shed it without a qualm. To the point where later she can't even remember if her previous identities had friends and interests. At some point the handler who saw her between missions died before she came back into a splinter of Imperial service. There Gara became disgusted with her commanding officer's handling of his crew and arranged for his escape craft to be spotted by New Republic forces, then assumed a new identity and waited to be contacted, getting put into a New Republic fighter squadron. But something was different this time - she was affected by the Power of Trust and genuinely defected. She tried to throw away who she'd been and just be Lara Notsil, pilot, but she couldn't, and eventually her past came crashing in on her.
"All the furniture that made up the way I'd thought and felt about things all my life started coming loose in my head. Nowadays it slides around and breaks into pieces and I have no idea what parts of it are real and what aren't. It hurts, and a lot of the time I don't know who I am anymore."
- Mama Bear: During her cameo in Mercy Kill, she makes it very clear to Vorrt that under no circumstances is he to recruit her children.
- Master of Disguise
- The Mole: And then not. And then she's a Reverse Mole.
- Power of Trust: Sitting in her new X-wing in flight on her first mission with Wraith Squadron, she sees that Wedge Antilles, Ace Pilot and hero of the Rebellion, is flying ahead of her, no shields. For years she'd been going out in false identities and betraying her comrades at the behest of her handlers, but now her handlers were dead, and she discovered that she could not stand treachery. Her resulting train of thought is what first triggers her Loss of Identity, Double Consciousness, and attempts at Becoming the Mask.
Such an odd feeling. Wedge Antilles was under her guns, yet he trusted her with his life.
He had no reason not to, of course. But he did. No one had in-how long? Forever.
She could eliminate him with a twitch of her finger.
It should have been tempting. Yet, somehow, it wasn't.
Such an attack would be treacherous.
- Sanity Slippage: She slowly goes through one as she becomes the mask after infiltrating Wraith Squadron. It turns out that Imperial Intelligence was... lax in concerning themselves with what would happen to an agent after having so many different identities swirling around in their head. She manages to never show it, but some of her inner dialogue is downright depressing as she fights between her two /three different identities in order to stay with her Squadron.
- Secret Identity Identity: In this case, rather than being a result of past trauma or a secret superhero identity, her problem stems from a very real conflict between who she wants to be be, and who her Imperial intelligence instructors have trained her to be. The rigorous, cruel methods used by her teachers, the constant assertions to assume her roles flawlessly because nothing else was of consequence, and the dictum to abandon everything, including emotional attachments, that would interfere with her fulfilling her mission is enough to mentally unbalance her for a time. Not only does there come a point when she is (briefly) no longer certain who she is, Lara or Gara Petothel, but she even finds herself missing Kirney Slane, a practice identity from her early days at the Academy, because Kirney's life was so much simpler and more carefree. This same identity is later adopted by her when her identity is exposed and she must take refuge with Zsinj, because she views Lara as having "died".
- That Man Is Dead: "Gara Petothel is dead. Lara Notsil is dead. I will answer to those names, but they are no longer mine. I am Kirney Slane. I have no life yet. I will make one, or I will die in the attempt."
- Thoroughly Mistaken Identity: A particularly old and addled man at a museum confuses Lara Notsil for someone else he once knew. In typical Star Wars fashion, he actually confused her for her mother, an Imperial Intelligence agent, like Lara/Gara/whatever-her-name-is-today herself. This confusion puts another Wraith on the trail to discovering her identity, no less.
- We Will Not Use Photoshop in the Future: When Gara Petothel becomes Lara Notsil, she carefully edits all remaining records of the dead woman - there aren't many - to show Gara's fingerprints and genetic structure, Gara's image. When the Big Bad contacts her through Lara's brother, there are family holos in the background, and the Lara in them looks like Gara.
- Note that it is unclear if she did the latter, or if Zsinj arranged for the latter... though given that the original Lara Notsil's brother was involved, it certainly wasn't an accident.
- What You Are in the Dark: In Gara/Lara's first mission with the Wraiths, her X-wing is positioned behind Wedge's and he puts all his shields forward. She realises that she could take him out with one shot, flee and then be feted for the rest of her life by Zsinj or the Imperials as the pilot who shot down Wedge Antilles. But then she starts thinking about just what it means that Wedge trusts her enough to put her in such a position...
- Would Not Shoot a Good Guy: Lara Notsil gets discovered to be the woman who caused the deaths of Talon Squadron, and she's well aware that the fact that she became the mask and went through a Heel-Face Turn doesn't change her history. Despite being shot at by her love interest, the only surviving member of Talon Squadron, all she does is flee. She goes to the enemy, Warlord Zsinj, as a Fake Defector, and when she actually has to face the squadron she powers down her lasers. Suspecting the situation, Wedge Antilles orders that she isn't to be fired on.
Donos was a hot-blooded Corellian, until the squadron he commanded, Talon, was destroyed in an ambush just after they were fully instated. He was the only survivor through little more than luck. The ordeal has left him with heavy psychological scars.
- Ace Pilot
- Angst Coma: After Shiner, his astromech, is destroyed, he cracks and "goes away" into his own head because Shiner was the last Talon - the only thing he had left from his old squad. As long as Shiner survived, he hadn't completely failed them.
- Cold Sniper: Even before the destruction of his squadron. Yes, he has looked down a scope at people completely unaware of his existence and pulled the trigger. No, he doesn't much like doing that. It's why he transferred to flying X-wings.
- Dating Catwoman: He falls for Lara during the events of the Wraith Squadron series.
- Defrosting Ice King: Part of his Character Development, though his initial coldness isn't rude, so much as emotionally shut-down.
- Happily Married: Mercy Kill reveals that he and a woman named Kirney Slane married and had children.
- Heroic BSOD: He pretty much lives in one after the destruction of Talon Squadron. He gets better.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: He pulls off some very impressive sniping tricks in the series, and the only times he seems to miss are for very difficult shots. A particularly notable instance is when he uses his sniper rifle to transmit a vislight detonation signal from ship to ship—he doesn't get it until the third shot, but that he made the shot at all....
- Madness Mantra: "Shiner's not responding."
- Survivor Guilt: It's telling that he's more protective of his droid than his own life.
Garik "Face" Loran
As a former child star of propaganda holodramas, Face inspired many to join the Imperial army. Now, he attempts to atone for his childhood by flying for the New Republic. In 44 ABY he becomes the head of Galactic Alliance Security.
- Ace Pilot: He begins the series with a few kills under his belt, and crosses the magic five-kills mark during the first book. He also has the second-highest score of the flight officers during training (only Kell did better).
- The Atoner: He thinks he needs to pay back for helping the Empire when he was young.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: An expert at reading Body Language. He can tell what planet you're from by the way you walk.
- Beware the Silly Ones
- Former Child Star: For the Imperials. Everyone but him thinks this is hilarious.
- Four-Star Badass: By Mercy Kill.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: A large one over his face, marring his boyish good looks. Phanan actually forces him to fix this in his will. However, afterwards, Face uses stage makeup to simulate having one anyway. It's implied via dialogue that Face didn't actually have the procedure done until immediately after his almost-death at the battle with Razor's Kiss, though; if this is so, he only had the fake scar for one chapter anyway.
- By Mercy Kill, and possibly Solo Command, he has ditched the makeup.
- Glurge: The only one of his old roles for which we get a synopsis features Face as a loyal Imperial child who ends the film being shot by his pro-Rebellion father as he runs to meet the Emperor, and begs Palpatine to destroy Rebels like his father as he dies in Palpatine's arms. Imperial holodramas aren't big on subtlety.
- Happily Married: To Dia by the time of Mercy Kill, although it appears they broke up at some point and she had a daughter whom Face adopted.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Phanan.
- Interspecies Romance: With Dia.
- Large Ham: He plays one remarkably well.
- Master Actor
- Master of Disguise: And improvisation. He tutors the rest of the squad.
- Never Live It Down: How he feels about being a child star for Imperial propaganda movies.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: This is something of a theme with Wraith Squadron members.
- Sherlock Scan
Ton is a bitter, sarcastic doctor who is allergic to Bacta, and thus ended up half-cybernetic when the medship he was serving on during the Battle of Endor was attacked. He became a pilot after deciding that he'd rather kill people than heal them.
- Artificial Limbs
- Captain Crash: By his own admission, he's not that great at landing. He also loses three starfighters in the books, though the first time it was due to circumstances beyond his control. He doesn't survive the last one, though he does at least get a chance to talk to Face one last time before he goes.
- Casanova Wannabe: He hits on most of Wraith Squadron's female members. If he got shot down by TIE fighters as much as he gets shot down by women, his career would be over. Not always played for laughs, though.
- Combat Medic/Deadly Doctor: Being a doctor can come in handy when you're asked to surrender your weapons. He cut a guy's throat with a laser scalpel at one point when everyone had been relieved of their blasters or vibroknives, because their captors hadn't realised his equipment could re-purposed. He's a good guy, but he's a little creepy about it.
"It's a tool of medicine. I wasn't asked to turn over my bandages, bacta treatments, disinfectant sprays, or tranquilizers either, but I can kill a man with any of them, under the right circumstances."
- Collector of the Strange: Likes bugs (he was that kid who liked making girls shriek with them) and winds up keeping some as pets. They are bequeathed to Face when Phanan dies, on the grounds that Phanan thought they were cute and "cuteness should be preserved".
- Cybernetics Eat Your Future
- Death Seeker
- Dies Wide Open. Subverts Eye Lights Out, too.
- Drowning My Sorrows: It gets easier every year. Less meat, more machine.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Face. The first day they met, they were finishing each other's sentences and annoying the hell out of everybody else within hours.
- Improvised Weapon: When the Wraiths are captured at the beginning of Iron Fist, the Imps confiscate their weapons... but they don't touch Ton's medical bag. That turned out to be an oversight on their part.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- The Medic
- Sad Clown/Stepford Smiler/Stepford Snarker
The Wraiths' demolition expert, Kell's father was in the Rebellion during its early days, but panicked and tried to flee during a critical mission and had to be shot down to avoid it being compromised. He was Wes Janson's first kill. Kell is attempting to make up for his father's failure, but blames Janson just as much. In later series, he is married to Tyria and has two kids with her, Doran, who became a Jedi Knight, and Jesmin, a lightsaber-wielding Antarian Ranger who joined Wraith Squadron.
- Ace Pilot: He's the most skilled pilot in the squadron except for Wedge (and possibly Janson).
- Alternate History: He actually uses this as his backstory for one infiltration mission, calling himself Kell Doran (his birth name) and being a civilian shuttle pilot...basically just being an alternate version of himself, if he had decided to pursue a civilian career rather than join the Rebellion.
- Badass Normal: In addition to his demolition skills, he also has martial arts training, which he uses to good effect in the field at least Once A Book. See also Ace Pilot.
- Bad Liar: Although it may be a double bluff...
Cubber Daine: You play sabacc, son?
Kell: A little. But I'm not very good at it.
Cubber: Do I look stupid? 'I'm not very good at it', indeed. My six-year-old daughter is a better liar.
Kell: Well, I lie a little, but I'm not very good at it.
- Battle Couple: With Tyria.
- Brick Joke: His last real mission in Wraith Squadron goes much the same way as his first simulator run near the beginning of the same book. Five kills, instant ace. Only this time, Runt doesn't get all his points.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: Is mentioned to have very pale blue eyes, very slightly too dark and narrow which can make him look like a bit like a madman.
- Cowardly Lion: Constantly deals with a strong performance anxiety that he mistakes for cowardice. It nearly overwhelms him in the final battle against Implacable, but he's eventually able to overcome it. The fear never completely disappears, but it's never more than a nuisance for him after Wraith Squadron.
- Demolitions Expert
- Good-Looking Privates: Everyone's first impression of him is that he'd look great on a recruitment poster.
- Grease Monkey
- Happily Married: To Tyria in later EU works.
- Heroic BSOD: After failing to save Jesmin.
- Improbable Piloting Skills: In his first simulator mission, he scored "instant ace" (five kills in one mission). He repeats the feat for real in a mission at the end of the book.
- Loving a Shadow: His feeling for Tyria, at first. She calls him on it, forcing him to confront and admit it. Eventually, he comes to love her for real.
- Mad Bomber: Not really, but the others often joke about him being this.
- Model Couple: With Tyria.
- Out of Focus: He's the main protagonist of Wraith Squadron, but has barely a scene to himself in the latter two Wraith books. TNot a bad thing, as he had finished his Character Development arc and this allowed Allston to look at the other characters in more detail.
- Phrase Catcher: Other people, mostly Tyria, tell him "Set Honesty to On".
- Stuff Blowing Up: Bound to happen when he's around. Lampshaded by Falynn.
Kell: I don't have to blow up everything I see. I just like to.
- You Killed My Father: Which makes things somewhat awkward for Wes Janson, considering that Kell is a relatively large man with high proficiency with both unarmed combat and explosives. It turns out that rather than completely hating him, Kell is terrified of Janson, seeing him as a deadly and unforgiving taskmaster. This could not possibly be less true.
A human female pilot from Toprawa, a planet viciously subjugated by the Empire. Blackmailed by a training officer, her career is flaming out in a combination of poor piloting skills and black-market pressure until Wedge picks her for the Wraiths for her dual talents of minor Force-sensitivity and experience as a Toprawa Ranger, an elite anti-Imperial guerrilla force that had once served the Old Jedi Order before it was destroyed. She eventually becomes a Jedi Knight and marries Kell, with whom she had two children: Doran, who became a Jedi Knight after she trained him, and Jesmin, who joined Wraith Squadron.
- Ace Pilot
- Action Girl: Even more so than other Wraiths, as her background was one of fight, die, or be viciously humiliated just to survive on Toprawa. Even more so when her Force abilities improve.
- Always Second Best: Despite being a Force-sensitive with no small amount of combat experience, her low scores as a pilot are a constant source of insecurity for her. For instance, initially she can't even use her Force Powers consciously; she just gets suspiciously accurate and life-saving hunches every now and then. She gets better about it as the series continues.
- Battle Couple: With Kell.
- Genre Savvy: In her earliest appearance:
- She also calls Kell out on Loving a Shadow when he first professes his feelings for her. When he later came back to address the issue after having thought it over at length, she admits that she's returned those feelings all along.
- Happily Married: To Kell in later EU works.
- Laser Blade: Uses a green bladed lightsaber.
- The Mentor: To her son, Doran, while training him to be a Jedi Knight.
- Spider-Sense: Thanks to her Force sensitivity. It saves the Wraiths on a couple of occasions.
- Took a Level in Badass: Initially the weakest pilot of the group, she obsessively trains, gains confidence, and becomes one of the most solid members of the Wraiths. After some time, her Force powers even develop enough that she leaves the military and becomes a full-fledged Jedi.
Voort "Piggy" saBinring
Piggy is a Gamorrean who was a result of Imperial experimentation. As a result, his intelligence surpasses by far that of his species, and even most humans. After being forced to Mercy Kill Runt during the Yuuzhan Vong War
, Piggy retired and became a professor before Face managed to recruit him again fifteen years later to investigate a rogue Galactic Alliance General.
- Ace Pilot
- Alone in a Crowd: He doesn't make a huge deal of it, but the point is poignantly made that he is unique - and therefore alone, as only a totally unique being can be. To him, other Gamorreans are brutish and dull. To humans and most alien races, he is physically repulsive (and suffers from the stigma associated with his species). His washing out into Wraith Squadron had nothing to do with his competence as a pilot or any bad choices on his part.
- Beware the Nice Ones: One of the most mild mannered and polite Wraiths, he can and will pick up a desk and beat you to death with it if you shoot him.
- BFG: The two-meter long guts of an X-wing's wing cannon jury-rigged to be portable.
- The Big Guy
- Codename: "Math Boy"
- Do Not Call Me Paul: After the incident with Runt in the Yuuzhan Vong War, he refuses to use the nickname "Piggy" again throughout Mercy Kill until the end.
- Fantastic Racism: He suffers from this a lot, but he also has it towards Yuuzhan Vong. When he is forced to work with one in Mercy Kill, he is constantly expecting to be betrayed, even though Scut was a Shamed One and raised by a human couple after being liberated when he was five.
- Fatherly Scientist: Indeed, Piggy knew him as "father". He loved his creations like children. Unfortunately, most of them weren't psychologically equipped to handle their new intelligence and took their own lives; stricken with guilt, their creator followed them into death. Of all his "children", only Piggy chose to live.
- Piggy mentions that he doesn't quite understand why they died...if he did, presumably he would join them.
- Genius Bruiser: How much of a genius? He's considered a living tactical computer, able to increase the efficiency of pilots he flies with thanks to his mental calculations allowing him to call shots and maneuvers for them. How much of a bruiser? He picks up a desk and slams a ship bulkhead (and an assassin) with it so thoroughly he nearly knocks someone out in the next hallway over from the resulting dent. All while being gutshot from a blaster.
- And at one point, he single-handedly captures a Corellian corvette using an X-Wing's blaster cannon. That he fires like a rifle. He kind of, uh, melted the ship's captain.
- His defense against the false charge that got him in the Wraith selection pool—striking a superior officer—is that none of the people he did hit (during well-moderated challenge matches) were able to speak coherently within a half hour, the time it was filed.
- Good with Numbers: This is often useful. He has a habit of trying to control all aspects of a skirmish by transmitting recommendations to his squadmates. He also makes an excellent spotter for snipers since he can calculate numerous variables and give them the information. He's often called upon to plot hyperspace courses; it's implied he can mentally do the complex calculations necessary to plot one without a navigational computer (though he might only be using this capability to check the computer results).
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Among his own kind, who are more inclined to violence than cognition.
- The Leader: Takes over command of Wraith Squadron halfway through Mercy Kill following Bhindi's death.
- Mission Control: He can serve as this for other pilots while flying and shooting down other fighters himself.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: He was originally given the nickname as an insult and tolerated it dispassionately, but Wedge tells him that Jek Porkins, a friend of his and Wes' who died in the Death Star trench run, was also called Piggy, and the name carries no stigma to him.
- Playing with Syringes: His backstory.
- The Smart Guy
Hohass "Runt" Ekwesh
Runt is a Thakwaash pilot who was on the verge of washing out due to his species multiple personalities. As a member of Wraith Squadron, he learned to control his personalities and created new ones that helped him develop more skills.
Jesmin is the niece of Admiral Ackbar. This caused her to constantly be placed by her commanding officers onto safe assignments for fear of her dying under their command and suffering Ackbar's wrath. She joined Wraith Squadron because she knew this would not happen under Wedge. She is the first casualty of the squadron.
- Communications Officer: And good at it.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Not in Wraith Squadron, but in Iron Fist she is mentioned, once, with her name misspelled as "Jasmin". Solo Command doesn't mention her at all, even though Falynn and Grinder get namedropped as among the squadron's losses. In Mercy Kill, one of Tyria and Kell's children is named after her, though.
- One possible explanation is that the main character that was affected by her death was Kell as he failed to save her. Iron Fist and Solo Command mainly focus on Face and Myn/Lara respectively and Kell is rarely a viewpoint character in those books. Falynn was a much more important loss to Myn who is the one that mentions her in his segment.
- Noodle Incident: Before the unit was named or the roster finalized, one of the prospective Wraiths, a Quarren - a species that does not traditionally get along well with Mon Calamari - slapped her.
- Sacrificial Lion
- Signature Laugh: Twice noted as breaking out in "gales of laughter".
- Ace Pilot: Even before joining Wraith Squadron, she was an ace as a Y-Wing pilot.
- Always Second Best: She feels this way about her position in the unit: she has a lot of skills, but at least one person in the unit is better than her at each of them. Her desire to prove herself and do things that no one else has done causes her to take a lot of risks, and eventually gets her killed.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: Some of the other Wraiths speculate that her interest in Donos comes from romantic attraction to him, others feel she wants to fix him, Grinder thinks it'll start with the latter and she will fall for him while helping.
- Glory Seeker
- Jack-of-All-Trades: What she actually is to the squadron.
- Master of None: How she sees herself.
- Sour Supporter: Like Luke Skywalker, she's from Tatooine - and she's never met Luke, she wishes she's never heard of him. Falynn is often charged with insubordination because she just doesn't respect most superior officers, or famous Rebels, just because she's supposed to. She does come to respect Wedge... eventually.
- With Due Respect: Falynn would probably like Ashley's quote about the phrase, it is how she likes to use it.
- Wretched Hive: As revealed in her anecdote about Bunkard Sewer Disorder, the Trope Namer is her hometown.
Eurrsk "Grinder" Thri'ag
- Action Girl: She's a better hand-to-hand fighter than Kell Tainer, which really says something. Zsinj's best hand-to-hand combat instructor, when asked about a claim that she could kill a Wookiee hand-to-hand, stated that while he didn't think it was possible for a human to pull it off, she came closer than anyone else he'd seen. He gave this assessment with his nose broken, after Shalla nearly kicked his face in as a demonstration. Her one "quirk" is that she has trouble keeping still.
- The Big Girl
- The Smart Girl: Not only is she an effective combatant, she is also skilled at sifting intelligence reports. Which makes sense, once you learn that her father was likely an Imperial Intelligence officer who went into hiding. As a result, she also does quite a bit of the analysis of the group.
- Broken Bird: Sold into slavery as child to be a dancer, she harbored a polite hatred for others of her species for doing this, and is generally ruthless and sort of hostile to her teammates. She is then forced into Shoot Your Mate with Castin Donn (he seems dead, she tells us she thinks he was dead, but it's ambiguous) while undercover and has a Heroic BSOD in which she tries to commit suicide. Face stops her, and eventually ends up in a relationship with her, and she defrosts.
- Compressed Lekku: When Dia and some of the other Wraiths are disguised as Stormtroopers, another member of the squad guesses that Dia is extremely uncomfortable with her sensitive Lekku scrunched up.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Once Face helps her get over some of her issues.
- Double Consciousness: Borders on Split Personality due to her trauma. This comes to the forefront after being forced to (maybe) kill Castin.
- Happily Married: To Face by the time of Mercy Kill, although it appears they broke up at some point and she had a daughter whom Face adopted.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He is very eccentric, but is also a very good medic.
- Large Ham: "Elassar Targon, Master of the Universe!"
- The Medic
- Token Religious Teammate: He's strongly superstitious, and when Runt sneezes during a meeting, he takes it as a sign they'd forgotten an important detail in the planning.note Just before the mission, Wedge spots Targon putting charms all over Runt's fighter, to the latter's annoyance.
Sharr is a human male who was a member of Wraith Squadron during the Yuuzhan Vong War, and led a team of Wraiths fifteen years after the war that investigated General Stavin Thaal. He specializes in psychological warfare.
Second daughter of Wedge and Iella, she followed in her mom's footsteps and became a spy. She is an expert in disguises and gambling.
- Action Girl
- Codename: "Gamble Girl".
- Daddy's Girl: Implied in Mercy Kill. She refers to Wedge as "Daddy" while referring to her mother as "Mom," takes after him to some degree with many of her skills and participation in Wraith Squadron, and when she calls him for an evac when the Wraiths are in trouble, he comes as soon as is physically possible.
- I Am Not My Father: Averted: She's perfectly happy with being well known because of the accomplishments of the rest of her family, but she also wants to make a name for herself so that when people hear her name they'll stop telling her that she "must be proud" of her father/mother/sister.
- Professional Gambler: As a young teenager during the Vong War, she grew up in the Errant Venture's casino, and her first job was a dealer.
- Technical Pacifist: She always has her blaster set on stun, and dislikes it when another Wraith kills when they don't absolutely have to. However, she is still willing to kill if nessecary.
Turman is a Clawdite actor who joins Wraith Squadron to bring down rogue General Stavin Thaal.
- Butt Monkey: Throughout Mercy Kill he is subjected to various discomforting situations, all Played for Laughs. These include being accidently drugged (and gagged so the others don't have to hear his non sequitur theatrical soliloquies) as well as being stuck in a artificial (and living!) sea creature suit for days, which left him screaming for a shower.
- Codename: "Stage Boy".
- Large Ham: Over-acts in almost every chapter he's in.
- Master of Disguise
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: As a Clawdite, he can impersonate several species, though he notes that his human features are rather bland, so he uses neoglith masques a few times instead.
- The Big Guy: Trey dwarfs the majority of the reformed Wraiths.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He is always flirting with Jesmin.
- Codename: "Muscle Boy", but unwillingly. He argued that it didn't cover all of his talents and did not show him in a comprehensive light when assigned it, but accepted it after Myri offered the suggestion of "Pretty Boy" instead.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Demolitions Expert
- Genius Bruiser: He's used as the units enforcer, but he is also their mechanic, demolitions, and technology guy.
- Grease Monkey
Jesmin is the force-sensitive daughter of Kell and Tyria, and chose to become an Antarian Ranger instead of a Jedi.
Viull "Scut" Gorsat
A Yuuzhan Vong Shamed One who was rescued by Galactic Alliance Intelligence when he was just five years old. He was raised by a human couple alongside human siblings, and his father told him stories of Wraith Squadron, who had rescued him from an Imperial Admiral. He jumped at the chance to join the legendary unit, and uses his bio-fabrication skills to create neoglith masques for them.
"Let's finish this operation and get off this world of spindly little trees."
A female Wookiee member of Sharr's team. Quickly forms a close partnership with Jesmin.
"Don't call me Doctor. You only get that honorific if you're licensed to practice medicine."
The medic (not a doctor) of Sharr's team. Devaronian.
New Republic / Galactic Alliance
Iella Wesseri Antilles
Corran's former partner during their time at C-Sec and later romantic interest/wife of Wedge.
An Alderaanian intelligence agent and best friend and adopted sister of Princess Leia Organa. She eventually marries fellow Alderaanian Tycho Celchu of Rogue Squadron.
- Actually That's My Assistant: She would often be mistaken for Princess Leia by visitors to Alderaan, who thought the stoic, dignified, and regal looking Winter seemed more like the Princess of Alderaan than Leia did.
- Blessed with Suck: Her Photographic Memory. She's Alderaanian and remembers the destruction of her homeworld with as much clarity as if it happened yesterday, as well as a number of other unpleasant incidents in her life. However, during the Yuuzhan Vong War, Luke reflects that Winter's memory also allows her to recall so many wonderful things as well, including his deceased nephew Anakin, and is comforted that someone will always be able to recall him.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Princess Leia and Admiral Gial Ackbar.
- Photographic Memory: She can recall with perfect clarity everything she has ever seen or heard, and can even remember her exact emotions from any point in her past. While a very useful skill (Leia essentially uses her as a living data recorder during meetings, and they are both amused by what the potential reactions of the other people in the meetings would be if the knew), it also has its drawbacks since she can remember terrible events with fresh clarity every time she thinks of them.
- The Stoic
- Sugar and Ice Personality: This is one of the few works in the EU where she gets enough screetime for the softer side of her personality to show, revealing her to be much more of a Kuudere than a true Ice Queen (despite her at times Meaningful Name).
- Ace Pilot
- Ascended Extra: He was one of the Y-Wing pilots in Return of the Jedi.
- Bait-and-Switch Tyrant: Not Wedge's immediate superior, but otherwise resembles the trope pretty well.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: He gets annoyed with Rogue Squadron being turned into a propaganda symbol, as it means the more average-skilled squadrons he trains are trying to compete with them and will get themselves killed.
- Four-Star Badass
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: After complaining for several chapters about the Rogues ignoring the rules whenever they feel like it, he goes against orders and brings his own squadrons back to a battle in order to rescue the Rogues. He insists afterward, however, that Wedge not merely gloss over the fact that Salm had disobeyed a direct order.
- Cool Manoeuvre: Creates one in the climax of "Wraith Squadron" to take out both of Admiral Trigit's escorts at once with his A-wing.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Eyepatch of Power: The result of losing an eye to a bombardment by Warlord Zsinj. Wedge suspects he has a mechanical eye replacement that can see through the patch.
- Fragile Speedster: He flies an A-wing.
- Four-Star Badass
- Heel-Face Turn: It's mentioned as part of his backstory that he was a defector from Imperial service.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: General Crespin plays a very similar role in the Allston books to that which General Salm does in the Stackpole ones.
- Bait-and-Switch Tyrant: Inverted. He first appears as an officer investigating an attack on the Wraiths and is actually a Reasonable Authority Figure who accepts Face's rather odd explanation for how he knew who the attackers were after seeing some evidence. It's only afterwards that Face discovers he's the same guy who ruined Tyria's career.
- Fell Off the Back of a Truck: He has a clever money-making scheme—claim to be an ace teacher of remedial pilots while actually fiddling their test scores to make them better, then only let the pilots keep the new scores if they will go on smuggling runs for him that involve selling 'lost' military equipment to the black market.
- Greying Morality: He's one of the few people from EU books from this era who is both a bad guy and a loyal member of the New Republic military, not simply working undercover for the Empire or anything.
- Would Hit a Girl
- Defector from Decadence
- Four-Star Badass
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a excellent one to Isard upon defecting from her forces, which is so good her closest advisor barely stops himself from appaluding during it:
"Madam Director Ysanne Isard, I regret not being able to bring you this message personally, but not that much. In the time I have been associated with you I have found you to be sociopathically self-centered, prone to irrational and impulsive reactions to situations, and prey to a preference for appearance over substance. I have no doubt these affectations were seen as skills by the late Emperor, and indeed may have enhanced your ability to comply with his orders, but by no means are these traits that make for great, or even adequate leadership."
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Regularly does her work while wearing a 3PO protocol droid head (named Whitecap) on her shoulder.
- Intrepid Reporter: Her sense of ethics puts her solidly here, even if she uses some "sludgenews" techniques at times (see Paparazzi below).
- Obfuscating Stupidity / Clark Kenting: She uses Whitecap to divert people's attention from her own features, so that she can record more discreetly by taking Whitecap off.
- Paparazzi: She knows all the techniques of this type of journalism (called "sludgenews" in-story). She got out of sludgenews because she decided it didn't really make the universe a better place, but she's kept some of the techniques handy.
- Stop Copying Me: When Whitecap malfunctions partway through the novel, it does this.
Effective leader of the Empire for the first two Rogue Squadron novels, originally being the Director of Imperial Intelligence. Later led an Imperial remnant based on Thyferra. After that it gets... complicated.
- Appropriated Appelation: The nickname "Iceheart" is one she's taken to using herself.
- Badass Boast: In Wedge's Gamble:
Kirtan Loor: I warn you that playing with Corran Horn is playing with fire.
Isard: I am Iceheart, I do not burn.
- Bad Boss: So very, very much.
- The Baroness
- Big Bad: For Rogue Squadron, Wedge's Gamble and The Bacta War.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
- Cloning Blues: Isard's Revenge has both the original Isard and a clone. They don't get along.
- Duality Motif: One eye is red and one is blue, evoking fire and ice to suggest her tendency towards both cold intellect and raging fury.
- Foreshadowing: In the Wraith Squadron books, Face has a theory that the Rogues didn't kill her when they destroyed her shuttle in The Bacta War. He turns out to be right.
- General Failure: Isard's a talented spymaster, but she's out of her depth when it comes to warfare.
- Klingon Promotion: After arranging for her father Armand, her predecessor as Director of Imperial Intelligence, to be falsely fingered as a Rebel sympathiser.
- The Plan: Rather than trying to defend Coruscant, she arranged for it to be infected with the manmade Krytos Plague (affecting aliens only) so the New Republic would conquer a poisoned chalice and be open to accusations of not doing enough to live up to its alien-friendly reputation. However the Rogues' activity did mean that Coruscant fell earlier than she wanted and the plague was less bad than she'd hoped.
- She comes up with another one in The Bacta War, with shades of Xanatos Gambit. She orders the gathering of a certain number of Vratix per day, with the understanding that at the end of thirty days they would all be executed, at which point she starts gathering twice that per day. If Wedge reacts to it, he's forced into the open; if Wedge doesn't, she rids herself of a labor surplus. She doesn't realize that Wedge has quietly been assembling an attack force to travel to Thyferra, and by the time she even comes up with the idea, he's nearly ready. All her threat does is set his timetable.
- Punny Name: She's known as "Iceheart", similar to how 'Isard' is pronounced.
- Self-Made Orphan
- Skunk Stripe
- Villainous Breakdown / Motive Decay: Over the course of the series she goes from trying to destroy the Rebellion with ruthless but effective tactics to trying to destroy Rogue Squadron with what amounts to random acts of genocide that alienate her supporters more than they actually achieve anything. Justified in-universe after her plan was less effective than expected, and then after she resurfaced only a few ships joined her, with the Empire no longer recognising her authority.
- Also, her most Stupid Evil moments are later chalked up to her going partially insane due to the frustration Rogue Squadron causes her.
- Isaard's motivation is not "save and strengthen the Empire" (that's more Thrawn and Pellaeon) or "enhance my own power" (as with Zsinj) but rather "destroy the Rebels!" Thus she is perfectly willing to do things that seriously damage the Empire if they also damage the Rebellion/New Republic.
Old enemy of Corran Horn from when he was an Imperial Intelligence overseer on Corellia, and ensured the killer of Corran's father got Off on a Technicality
. Serves under Isard and is tasked with leading the pro-Imperial resistance after the New Republic takes Coruscant.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Generally not capable of this, but after Isard criticises him in the first book for being overly reliant on his memory and not performing sufficient analysis of data, he does manage to figure out where Rogue Squadron's secret base is based on not much information.
- Celebrity Resemblance: In-universe — Loor believes he looks like a "taller, handsomer Grand Moff Tarkin" (and, as other characters indicate, he's not far wrong) and plays up the resemblance. In actuality he is neither as intelligent and masterfully manipulative, nor as evil, as Tarkin was.
- Distaff Counterpart: In one short story, Corran Horn helped a Rebel sympathiser infiltrate a facility by using his knowledge of Loor's backstory to create the identity of "Kirtana Loor" for her. The real Loor showed up soon afterwards and it's implied he did not find it as funny as Corran.
- Evil Is Petty
- Good Counterpart: In I, Jedi Corran meets a kid called Keevy Spart who reminds him of Loor if he had a better nature, but still with the same awkwardness.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
- It's All About Me
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Thinks he's much cleverer than he is, and the reader knows it. He realizes it too... seconds before bleeding out.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: He made a mistake when editing the criminal Zekka Thyne's arrest file which prevented Black Sun from getting him off Kessel where he'd been imprisoned; Corran calls it the only good thing Loor ever did.
- Photographic Memory: Which he relies on too much at the expense of developing other skills, ultimately resulting in his doom.
- Revenge/It's Personal: Loor only gets up to really nasty stuff when plotting against his old enemies from the Corellian Security Force, such as Corran Horn and Gil Bastra. The rest of the time he's a more sympathetic character who is repulsed by a lot of Isard and Derricote's plans.
- The Starscream: To Isard, and later Vorru as well.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Likes to think this. While he's certainly not as clever as he thinks himself, it does sometimes happen—in Rogue Squadron Loor figures out where the Rogues are based and, had the Imperials sent a full assault force as he asked, the squadron would have been completely wiped out, but Admiral Devlia only sent a few stormtroopers with the result that only a handful of pilots and guards were killed or injured.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child/Even Evil Has Standards: Balks when Fliry Vorru orders him to bomb a school. He does do it eventually, but seems rather repelled by the idea.
Hailing from Ciutric IV, Sate Pestage is one of Emperor Palpatine's oldest and most ruthless advisors, aiding in his rise to power during the days of the Old Republic. Following the Emperor's demise, Pestage made a bid for power, only to be outmaneuvered by Ysanne Isard and killed by Dalak Krennel. However, another Pestage made his way Byss, where he aided the reborn Emperor in his bid to reclaim power, only to be killed when the planet was destroyed by the Galaxy Gun.
- Continuity Snarl: Which Pestage was the clone: the one killed by Krennel, or the one who died on Byss? Multiple sources contradict each other on the issue.
- Fantastic Racism
- Mouth of Sauron: As Grand Vizier of the Empire, he was the head of the Imperial Ruling Council and often appeared in the stead of the Emperor at public events.
- Neck Snap: Krennel snaps his neck with his prosthetic arm when he deems he has no more use for him.
- Secret Keeper: He was the first person to learn the truth about Palpatine's true identity as a Sith Lord, and aided him in his rise to power and overthrow of the Republic.
Admiral Delak Krennel
- Affably Evil: He seems to be genuinely courteous to, or at least diplomatic with, other people.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He can be pushed too far, however. Zekka Thyne learned this the hard way. (Or perhaps, failed to learn; it's implied this isn't the first time Vorru's done that to Thyne.)
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: As Moff of Corellia, he was responsible for turning it into a Wretched Hive—though according to Corran's father, the criminals at least stuck to a certain code, not committing collateral damage against civilians etc., which went out of the window when Prince Xizor overthrew Vorru and sent him to Kessel.
- I Coulda Been a Contender: He was a political rival of the Emperor himself in his youth, and thus doesn't take people like Isard as seriously as others.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Even his most evil acts (such as ordering the school bombing) have a practical purpose behind them. In The Bacta War, he repeatedly shows himself to be more level-headed than Isard, which highlights the latter's ongoing Villainous Breakdown.
- The Starscream: To Isard, in The Bacta War.
- Zen Survivor: Though he seems to have been pretty cynical even before Kessel.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Until The Bacta War. In that one, she's just a bitch.
- The Mole
- Rich Bitch
- Yandere: For Corran. To such an extent that it could be argued her actions at the end of the second book — which led to his capture and attempted brainwashing — were designed with the ultimate goal of "Evil Corran" winding up with her after what she assumed would be successful brainwashing.
Admiral Teren Rogriss
An Imperial Admiral. He was Han Solo's Imperial opposite during the Zsinj campaign and worked closely with Han in trying to take down the warlord - despite the fact that it was technically treason for both of them. He was later in charge of the Imperial expedition to Adumar but switched sides when he was ordered to attack Adumar after having personally promised Adumar that he would honor a decision to not do so.
Leader of the 181st Fighter Wing. Was present on Adumar as the head of the Empire's pilot representatives on Adumar. He later became the military leader of the Confederation during the Second Galactic Civil War.
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.
- Affably Evil
- Alternate Company Equivalent: His official art makes him look much like Star Trek`s Harry Mudd.
- Badass Mustache
- Bad Boss: Zigzagged; he's capable of considerable brutality and cruelty stemming from emotion, but can also sometimes be pragmatic. For example, when the Imperial Stormtrooper Gatterweld offers to help him regain control of Razor's Kiss, we see in the next book that Zsinj rewarded him with an officer's commission, even though the attempt failed.
- Big Bad: Of the Allston books.
- Combat Pragmatist: His strategy is this on a grand scale. In the Stackpole books he hopes that the Rebels and Isard will exhaust each other and allow him to come out on top. When the New Republic plans their conquest of Coruscant, they decide they have to come up with a plan that lets them take it with its defences intact, as otherwise Zsinj will just come in and easily take the defenceless planet from them in turn.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: His warlord empire is funded and supplied by a slew of shadow companies across many worlds, owned by Zsinj under assumed names.
- In fact, this is the root of Zsinj's power: while he's far from a General Failure, he's no top-level tactical genius like Thrawn, either—overall, he's competent, but not spectacular. What distinguishes him is the corporate empire that he's constructed; it reinforces his military might, making him a major threat. When the Republic and Empire team up to bring down his corporate interests, his power becomes greatly reduced, ultimately leading to his downfall.
- Cunning Linguist/Omniglot: Can swear fluently in 60 languages, to Han Solo's greatest delight.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He's the main villain of the Allston books, but also appears as something of an Outside-Context Villain in the Stackpole books, intruding as a third party into the New Republic/Isard fight and being manipulated by Isard.
- Man in White: He wears an Imperial Grand Admiral's uniform, a rank which he never attained in the Imperial Navy.
- Meaningful Rename: He always renames his current flagship after his first command, an old Victory Star Destroyer where he made his name battling pirates: Iron Fist.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Cleverly used to excuse the cardboard villainy of Zsinj and Melvar in The Courtship of Princess Leia.
- Only One Name
- Pragmatic Villainy: For the most part, though he's not above kicking dogs, and he does have a bad temper at times.
- The Spymaster: He inherits much of Isard's former Imperial Intelligence operatives and surrounds himself with them: when studying Zsinj's psychology, the Wraiths speculate that he likes testing his Obfuscating Stupidity image against their skills.
- Take a Third Option: During the Stackpole books he was the third main faction of the galaxy besides the New Republic and the Isard-led remnant of the Empire, and both sides attempted unsuccessfully to court him, while he played both off against the other.
- Villainous Breakdown: At least twice during Solo Command. An epic one after Dr. Gast is captured by the Wraiths, and a more subdued one later when measures by both the New Republic and the Empire prove effective at chipping away bits of his economic empire.
- We Have Reserves: He's not shy about sacrificing his own troops' lives, but he hires pirates as a Redshirt Army of escorts to reduce his losses.
Admiral Apwar Trigit
- It's All About Me: About all we learn about him is that his ego was enormous.
- Miles Gloriosus: He had a captain's log recorded in full holo (in real-world terms, like using high-definition film for your private video blog) and boasted to it about fighting "the Rebels" like a cartoon villain - which makes his ignoble end before ever seeing any combat (or page-time) that much more morbidly hilarious.
- Out-of-Character Alert: Face's impression of him almost cracks when he fails to recognise an Imperial Intelligence expression used by Trigit that the real Darillian would have, as both men had Intelligence backgrounds.
- Posthumous Character: He only physically appears in the story as a mess of fried flesh splattered across the ceiling after Piggy blasted his way up to the bridge of the Night Caller with his laser cannon. All we see of him are holographic recordings.
An arrogant biologist at Binring Biotech on Saffalore. Worked on Zsinj's Project Chubar
Cheriss ke Hanadi
The Ground Champion of Adumar (meaning she's the best duelist) at the time of Starfighters of Adumar.
She's assigned as an escort to Red Flight during their stay on the planet. She later becomes a pilot after the chemical imbalance that caused her to suffer from vertigo was corrected.
- Action Girl: You don't become Ground Champion of Adumar any other way.
- Bad Ass: Fought three consecutive fights and won the first two before losing the third... after not sleeping the entire previous night.
- Combat Pragmatist: Her fighting style is specifically noted to be less elegant and stylistic than the way the nobility fights. It didn't get her many fans at first, but her ability to win her fights gradually overcame that. She's impressed by the fighting style of the four New Republic pilots for the same reason.
- Honor Before Reason: Several instances but most clear when she, completely exhausted from being up the previous night and having just completed two duels, and being convinced to cease her Suicide By Duelist, continues the duel anyways because she had already accepted it and would lose honor if she backed out of it now.
- Justified Trope: It's her planet's hat, but in the last instance, if she backed out, she would be committing career suicide.
- Proud Warrior Race Gal
- Spurned Into Suicide: When she learns that Wedge loves Iella, she tries to commit suicide-by-dueling. Wedge manages to convince her not to continue on that path.
Pekaelic ke Teldan
The Perator (Chief of State/Government) of Cartann during Red Flight's mission to Adumar.
Balass ke Teldan
Pekaelic's son, and his successor after he resigned following Cartann's defeat.
- Chekhov's Gunman: We first see this character as Balass ke Rassa, a pilot who has a brief discussion with Wedge on the definition of honor.
- Fanboy: To Wedge. Unfortunately for him, he cannot show this due to the restrictions of his office.
- Hidden Backup Prince: The prince was brought up as a commoner under an assumed name. It's implied that this is done with all Cartannese princes; no word on whether this is the case in other Adumari nations.
See the character sheet for the New Jedi Order and Legacy eras
for her full entry.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The "jerk" part can be seen in his general behavior, especially toward Corran Horn. The "heart of gold" comes into play where his daughter Mirax and adopted son Wedge are concerned.
- Papa Wolf: Very protective of his daughter Mirax, and also cares a great deal for his adopted son Wedge Antilles. He does not like Corran one bit at first, but eventually grows to respect and grudgingly like him.
- And in later series, don't you dare go anywhere near his grandchildren. Unless you want 500 of the top officials, business moguls, and stars held at ransom while he blows up military hardware demanding you let them go.
- It extends to pretty much all of Rogue Squadron. He beats the crap out of Borrsk Fey'lya with his bare hands ( Bothans are descended from lion-like predators, and have the teeth and claws capable of tearing a human to shreds to prove it) when the latter tried to manipulate one of the Rogues for his own political gain in Isaard's Revenge. This wasn't just a sucker punch, either. It was an all-out Curb-Stomp Battle.
A former pirate turned Imperial captain. During his criminal days, he was directly responsible for the deaths of Wedge's parents, Jagged and Zena Antilles.
- Body Horror: When a young Wedge Antilles blew up his pirate vessel in revenge for the deaths of his parents, Hask survived via spacesuit. However, a Corellian limpet had stowed away in his suit, and permanently grafted itself to the side of his face, leading to Hask's distinctly horrifying appearance.
- Red Right Hand: Anyone see the limpet?