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Born out of the Commission for the Protection of the Republic, COMPNOR is a Imperial political and intelligence agency responsible for spreading Imperial propaganda and monitoring Imperial citizens and the military for any signs of treason and rebellion. After the death of Emperor Palpatine, it was reorganized into the Office of Imperial Promotion, Galactic Truth, and Fact Correction.
- Academy of Evil: The ISB have their own academy on Coruscant, and the Sub-Adult Group has SAGEducation.
- Canon Immigrant: COMPNOR was a major element of Legends that Tarkin made canon again.
- Child Soldiers: Kind of. If COMPNOR is equivalent to the SS, then it's pretty obvious that the Sub-Adult Group would be analogous to Hitler Youth/Hitlerjugend. It's even an alternative to the Imperial Academy.
- Irony: Despite the fact that they're supposed to be the Imperials that keep their fellow Imperials and civilians loyal by monitoring them, they have about the same risk of being incompetent, having Skewed Priorities due to self-serving ambitions, or becoming a rebel as other Imperials. Jenkes murdered his superior, Herdringer, so that he could impersonate him and not get in trouble for his criminal activities, Kallus has a HeelFace Turn and becomes a Reverse Mole until later becoming a rebel officer serving Alliance Command, and Sinjir becomes a rebel officer directly under Chancellor Mon Mothma.
- Light Is Not Good: They are one of the few branches of the Imperial government to use white uniforms for their officers. They are also one of the Empire's most ruthless and sinister organizations.
- The Rival: ISB and Imperial Intelligence, the military's own intel service, are in constant competition with each other.
- State Sec: It is the Empire's equivalent of the SS. Known divisions are:
- Coalition of Progress: Propaganda and social engineering group, controls the Ministry of Information, the Sub-Adult Group, and HoloNet News.
- Imperial Security Bureau (ISB): National law enforcement agency that is officially described as equal parts FBI and military police. Or if you'd rather stick with Nazi analogies, think of them as the Empire's Gestapo; even their relationship with Imperial Intelligence mirrors the Gestapo's with the SD.
- Ubiqtorate: Intelligence gathering and special operations.
- Advanced Weapon Research Division: Military research and development group responsible for the development of most of the Empire's advanced military hardware. Amongst other things over saw the design and construction of the Death Star.
- Comp Force: The military wing of COMPNOR, created to provide Emperor Palpatine with an army of utterly loyal soldiers separate from the regular Imperial Army and Navy. Consisted of two sub-branches, Assault and Observation. Assault was COMPNOR's active military units, separate from the regular army and naval units of the Empire. Observation units were embedded within the regular army and naval forces serving as spies and commissars to ensure that the regular military remained loyal to the Emperor.
- Token Nonhuman: COMPNOR is mainly human, like other groups in the Empire, though it does have a couple of exceptions, such as "Bracchia", who is a Koorivar spy for the ISB, and ISB Agent Barrisk Favvin, who is a Gotal.
Director Armand Isard
The director of the Commission for the Preservation of the New Order, or COMPNOR, which encompasses many of the Empire's intelligence and internal security services under its umbrella leadership.
- Canon Immigrant: Like COMPNOR, Armand Isard was a part of the Legends Expanded Universe, though he was the Director of Republic and later Imperial Intelligence, and brought into the mainstream canon in Tarkin. It remains to be see if his daughter, Ysanne, will be included as well.
- Minor Major Character: Despite being one of the most powerful men in the Empire, Armand has yet to play a large role in the rebooted canon. He does not even speak in his single appearance.
- Schrödinger's Canon:
- His last name is pronounced "eye-sard", sounding similar to "ice-heart".
- He has a daughter, Ysanne. She killed him and became one of the Big Bads of the Imperial Remnant, though as of this writing, the lack of her presence suggests that either she doesn't exist or she isn't as prominent as she was in Legends.
- He is a Social Darwinist and one of Palpatine's closest allies.
- He was killed (by Ysanne) shortly before the Battle of Yavin, which would explain why there hasn't been anything about him during the Empire's decline after the Battle of Endor despite his high importance.
Imperial Security Bureau
One of the many intelligence agencies under the umbrella of COMPNOR, the Imperial Security Bureau was larger than its rival agency Imperial Intelligence. Additionally, the Advanced Weapons Research Division falls under their control.
Colonel Wullf Yularen
Species: Human (Coruscanti)
A native of Coruscant, Yularen served as Anakin Skywalker's second-in-command of his fleet and the admiral of the Republic cruiser Resolute during the Clone Wars. He later became an intelligence officer of the Empire, at first serving as liaison between the ISB and Naval Intelligence before being promoted to Deputy Director of Military Intelligence, although he was eventually transferred back to the ISB. He was stationed aboard the first Death Star.
- Affably Evil: Even as one of the leaders of the ISB, Yularen remains the same friendly and polite man he was during the Clone Wars.
- Anti-Villain: He either does not know that the Sith run the Empire or fails to understand the Unfortunate Implications that suggests- that the Clone Wars were engineered by Palpatine, that the Jedi were never traitors, and that the regime he is serving is evil. From his point of view, The Empire is the legitimate government and the "good guys" in this situation, forced to take extraordinary measures in these desperate times.
- Ascended Extra: He appeared in A New Hope in the scene where Tarkin has a meeting with the generals and admirals on the Death Star (he's the one in a white uniform), but had no spoken lines. He received a fleshed out expanded role in The Clone Wars.
- Badass Mustache: He still has it as an elderly Imperial officer.
- Broken Pedestal: Averted. While Kallus has had a HeelFace Turn and is the spy everyone has been looking for, his opinion of Yularen doesn't change. In fact, he almost geeks out when they meet again in Season 3, though Yularen is disappointed to learn in private with Thrawn that his old student is a traitor.
- Canon Immigrant: In a way. A Legends card game expanded on his character, named him, and gave him his job as an Imperial Security Bureau officer. He would not be further expanded on until The Force Unleashed Campaign Guide (a roleplay game) and The Clone Wars.
- Character Death: He was on the first Death Star when it blew up.
- Deadpan Snarker: He often displays a dry wit toward the situations that Anakin and Ahsoka get him into.
- Demoted to Extra: In Seasons 3 to 6 of The Clone Wars, he had a total of six cameos, two each in Seasons 3-4, and one each (with a new character model) in Seasons 5-6.
- Disappointed in You: At the end of "Through Imperial Eyes", he's notably disappointed to learn that Kallus, one of his best students, has become a rebel spy.
- Early Installment Character Design Difference: While he's memorably known as the old guy in the white tunic at the meeting aboard the Death Star, he is seen briefly passing by an undercover Han, Luke, and Chewie while wearing a black cap with another ISB officer that is also wearing a black cap. Why he's wearing a cap (whereas him not wearing one can be excused as him being a high-ranking officer like Tarkin, Motti, Tagge, Krennic, and so on; Beck and Kallus are also known to not wear caps.) is never explained.
- His voice actor, Tom Kane, compared his character during Imperial times to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel of Nazi Germany in World War II. Rommel's opposite number, Lieutenant General Bernard Montgomery of Britain, respected the German commander and said that even though Rommel wore the Nazi uniform, he wasn't a Nazi. Kane believed that Yularen, being a strict military officer, was merely following orders when the Republic became the Empire.
- When he debuts in Rebels, he serves as an Expy of Captain Pellaeon to Thrawn, especially at the end of the episode when Thrawn reveals the cover up in a monologue.
- FaceHeel Turn: Not that he had a choice when the Republic was transformed into the Empire. At the very least, he doesn't seem to have changed otherwise.
- Government Conspiracy: He knew about Gallius Rax and personally read his reports (and was in fact, the only one allowed to read his reports; it was for his eyes only), bypassing even NI Vice Admirals Rancit and Screed.
- Headbutting Heroes: Like Tarkin (though to a lesser extent, since Yularen has a Hidden Heart of Gold that occasionally shows), he isn't fond of the Jedi, viewing them as problematic to the operational security of military operations due to their maverick nature on the chains of command.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: He rarely shows it, but he does care for Anakin and his friends.
- One particular occasion is in "Storm Over Ryloth", after Ahsoka's recklessness and disobedience led to him getting sent to the medbay. She apologizes to him under the assumption he was still knocked out, and he later returns to the bridge when she begins to doubt herself as the leader of the operation to back her up.
- Continues into his days as an Imperial. He's cordial to his star pupils in the Royal Imperial Academy and keeps tabs on them after they graduate, like Kallus for example.
- Just Following Orders: Word of God is that he was this during the reign of the Empire. We don't know his stance on the conflict, but presumably he simply believes that he's just doing his job.
- Obliviously Evil: Seems to have bought into Imperial propaganda hook, line and sinker- that the Jedi tried to overthrow the Republic, that the formation and behaviour of The Empire is simply a Necessarily Evil security measure, that the Rebels are in the wrong etc. He does not Kick the Dog like many other Imperial agents and is genuinely a decent if gullible man who happens to be working under an evil regime- his biggest crime is ignorance and naivety.
- Officer and a Gentleman: He is noble in both his service to the Republic and to the Jedi. He's implied to still be this during his service to the Empire instead of becoming cold and detached like most other Imperials.
- Politically Correct Villain: Unlike other Imperials, Yularen has no prejudices towards aliens and non-Core Worlders and shows disdain towards those who do.
- Prematurely Grey-Haired: Well, he's middle-aged enough to have a few stripes by the first year of the Clone Wars, but it becomes fully grey after the Time Skip, in which the story was only in the second year of the war.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He doesn't seem to have changed that much under the Empire.
- Rank Up: Averted at first in Tarkin, as it is revealed that he gave up his frontline military career after the emergence of the Empire and took a demotion from admiral to colonel when he joined the ISB. However, at the end of the novel he is promoted to Deputy Director of Military Intelligence.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: This guy deserves a medal for just having to work with Anakin and Ahsoka.
- Schrödinger's Canon:
- Regarding Yularen's stance on the Empire according to Legends, he was boundlessly personally loyal to Emperor Palpatine and had good connections to his inner circle despite not being a part of it. He also would add a touch of pro-Imperial bias to his intelligence reports and became increasingly obsessed over improving intelligence security and rooting out corruption.
- In The Clone Wars All There in the Manual, Yularen was raised on Anaxes, and his father, Thull Yularen, was a legendary and highly-esteemed officer of the Republic Judicial Forces, entering the Republic Navy to follow his father's footsteps.
- State Sec: According to his Databank biography, one of Yularen's responsibilities as part of the ISB was rooting out sedition within the Senate.
- The Stoic: He's able to handle Anakin and Ahsoka without losing his cool.
- Tempting Fate: A rare positive use. Yularen tells Thrawn that he'll welcome him with open arms into the ISB if the Imperial Navy rejects Thrawn, betting that the other man would look good in white. Palpatine promotes Thrawn all the way up to Grand Admiral, and the uniform for that rank has a white tunic not unlike the main ISB uniform.
- Villainous Friendship: Gets along swimmingly with Thrawn and Pryce. It's expanded on in Thrawn, which reveals that he helped Thrawn fight several court martial attempts and bonded with him during the hunt for Nightswan. He met Pryce during the same period, helping her bring down a rebel cell on Coruscant, which tied the three together due to a connection to Nightswan. However, after the Battle of Batonn, he ends his friendship with Pryce due to rightly suspecting she is responsible for murdering an ISB agent to rescue her parents and then killing hundreds of civilians and Imperials to cover that up.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: His reaction to Anakin's idea of using walkers to board Cad Bane's frigate.
Advanced Weapon Research Division
Director Orson Callan Krennic
The Director of the Advanced Weapons Research division of the Imperial Military prior to the Battle of Yavin. He is an instrumental part of the Death Star project and ensures the space station's security.
- Ambition Is Evil: Described by the creators as an "ambitious Imperial apparatchik". His ambitious nature is warned against by Darth Vader, who Force-chokes him to make a point and pun about it.
- Asshole Victim: He committed many atrocities throughout his career such as killing a lot of Imperials and civilians. As a result, he's one person Tarkin kills off who you don't feel sorry for.
- Awesome, but Impractical: His modus operandi. On top of the Death Star project, he definitely has an attachment to how things look rather then how practical they are. Examples include his antique three-shot blaster, his personal Delta-class Imperial Shuttle that he keeps using through out his time as Director rather than upgrade to the plainer Lambda model, and his cape.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He is very good at reading people and he is also very good at data analysis, something that allows him to keep a genius like Galen wrapped around his finger or to stay one step ahead of rivals like Tarkin.
- Bad Boss: He only comes off any better due to being compared to Tarkin. When he is informed that there is a leak in his department, he has his team of engineers brought out and threatened with mass execution if the mole doesn't reveal himself. When Galen confesses to being the source of the leak, Krennic executes the innocent engineers anyways, out of spite. He also has a tendency to yell at his subordinates, a lot. In the movie, Krennic tells Tarkin that the Imperial evacuation of Jedha is complete. In the novelization, the narration points out that it's actually only 97 percent complete by the time the Death Star fires, but Krennic doesn't care because 3 percent of losses in a military operation is well within the limits of acceptable.
- Badass Cape: He has a very fancy one, making him the only Imperial with a cape who isn't a Sith Lord. Subverted, though, because Krennic's cape moves realistically with wind and rain rather than billowing in a dramatic or theatrical fashion. It makes him come off as markedly less badass than Darth Vader or other Sith lords, and highlights his Smug Snake personality.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Tarkin, until the latter decided You Have Outlived Your Usefulness.
- Big Bad Wannabe: In Rogue One. He tries to ascend in the Empire's ranks, and while he's been successful in the years leading up to the Death Star's completion, he simply can't outclass the likes of Wilhuff Tarkin and Darth Vader. It doesn't make him any less of a threat, though.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: He comes very close to stopping Jyn from transmitting the Death Star plans, but chooses to gloat over her failure rather than killing her on the spot. His hesitation gets him shot by Cassian, just in time for the Rebels to punch a hole through the shield so Jyn can transmit the plans.
- Break the Haughty: Both Tarkin and Vader serve him large servings of humble pie by bringing up his security failings.
- Bullying the Dragon: He openly trades snide with Tarkin and even plotted to eliminate him as a rival for authority. Tarkin proved better at power plays however and ultimately usurped his life's work, the Death Star, as his own. A livid Krennic roars vitriol at Tarkin and vows to have Vader deal with him. Tarkin is quite content to let him do so, knowing what he's setting himself up for, and later on gets the final laugh by making Krennic collateral damage by his own super weapon.
- Butt-Monkey: Many of his scenes have him attacked, humiliated, or suffering from bodily harm. He gets shot by Jyn's mother in the film's opening, Tarkin takes over as the commander-in-chief of the Death Star (his life's work), Vader is uncaring of his complaints and force-chokes him, he is almost killed during a rebel raid on a kyber crystal refinery, his archives on Scarif are attacked, he is shot by Cassian during his confrontation with Jyn, and finally he dies a Karmic Death when the Death Star he helped create fires its laser and completely destroys his base along with him.
- The Cameo: Makes one in Princess of Alderaan.
- Composite Character: Based on the events of the novel, Krennic appears to be a combination of Thrawn — specifically sharing the same Awesomeness by Analysis, strategic planning and manipulative traits — mixed with Tarkin's sheer ruthlessness and ambition. It proves to be something of a overstatement in the movie, as he's severely outmatched by both Tarkin and Vader. His flamboyant caped uniform and personal cadre of uniquely uniformed special troopers are also reminiscent of Warlord Zsinj.
- Consummate Liar: Goes hand-in-hand with his manipulative traits, and it takes years before Galen finally wises up to the fact.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: All of the other Imperials from Tarkin to Piett are rather emotionally reserved and dressed in drab, dark uniforms. Krennic on the other hand is more than willing voice his opinions to anyone he encounters and dresses in a flamboyant white uniform.
- Custom Uniform: His all white, caped attire stands in stark contrast to the drab, dark tones worn by his fellow Imperial officers - particularly Grand Moff Tarkin, who wears a standard uniform.
- Deadpan Snarker: "Oh, look! Here's Lyra, back from the dead! It's a miracle!"
- Death by Irony: He manages to combine this with Death by Looking Up. He looks up to see the Death Star he spent years building just before it fires down upon him.
- Death from Above: He orders the Death Star superlaser to be test-fired on Jedha, killing Saw Gerrera in the process.
- Doom Troops: He is the creator and commander of the Death Trooper units.
- Dramatic Irony: His rivalry with Tarkin ends up being the Death Star's undoing. Had he not tried to screw his superior over, then Tarkin wouldn't have been inclined to fire the Death Star on Scarif as a way of getting rid of him, which would have spared Krennic getting bullseyed by the Death Star's laser. And if Krennic hadn't been blown to smithereens, then he could have told Tarkin about the presence of a crippling design flaw on the Death Star because Jyn told him that it was in the plans. Krennic doomed himself, Tarkin, and everyone on the battle station because of his own ambition. This is directly acknowledged in the From a Certain Point of View story, "Verge of Greatness" when it shifts to his POV during his last moments, but he also sees it as getting the last laugh against Tarkin.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Supervised the largest engineering project in centuries, and when it was finished, instead of being rewarded, was shunted aside and control of his creation given to his hated rival Tarkin. Once that happens he spends the rest of the film trying to reclaim the status he thinks he deserves.
- The Engineer: Specifically started out in the Republic Engineering Corps, where he designed or helped design several large military and civilian installations.
- Evil Former Friend: Serves as this to Galen Erso by the time of Rogue One because they were on friendly terms in Catalyst.
- Evil Genius: Like Galen, he was part of the Futures Program, implying he was something of a science and engineering prodigy when he was young. Now he's a military engineer in charge of building a superweapon, the Death Star, that'll reshape the galaxy.
- Evil Gloating: He indulges in a spot of this when he thinks he has Jyn beaten. Unfortunately, all it does is buy Cassian a few seconds to shoot him in the back.Krennic: The shield is up, your signal will never reach the rebel base. All your ships in the air will be destroyed. I lose nothing but time. You, on the other hand, will die with the Rebellion!
- Eviler Than Thou: Falls prey to this when trying to stake a position of greater power within the Empire. When the Death Star is proven to be functional, his rival Tarkin nonchalantly seizes control of Krennic's life's work with a single sentence. Krennic then reports to Lord Vader to try to reestablish control. Not only is it clear that Krennic is terrified of the Sith Lord, but Vader verbally slaps him down and then Force-chokes him to drive home the message: You're out of your depth. This is made worse by the fact Tarkin and Vader are both strong allies. And then Tarkin demonstrates the fatality of the trope on Krennic when he orders the Death Star to fire and destroy the Scarif base, which leads to Krennic getting a Death Star Superlaser to the face.
- False Friend: He serves as this to the Erso family; posing as a friend but truly using them to advance his career.
- Faux Affably Evil: He feigns politeness throughout Catalyst. It doesn't hide his true colors in the slightest. He also offered Galen Erso the opportunity to have his family by his side for the Death Star's construction in a seemingly gracious gesture, but is perfectly willing to murder Galen's family and co-workers alike just to break him.
- To Tarkin. Both are ambitious and manipulative, but where Tarkin keeps his emotions in check — making him coldly terrifying — Krennic is often unable to hide his anger. Contrast Tarkin's offhanded "You may fire when ready" to Krennic's impatient "Fire!" when each orders the superlaser used. Similarly, Tarkin shows nothing but absolute confidence in his command authority, and is even described by Leia to be "holding Vader's leash." Krennic, in contrast, is constantly worried about gaining or retaining power, and Vader views him as merely another underling whom he has no issue choking to make a point.
- To Moff Tiaan Jerjerrod. Both oversaw the construction of a Death Star and have contruction related backgrounds. Jerjerrod as a architect and Krennic as a engineer. The difference was that Jerjerrod was a Punch-Clock Villain who hoped the new Death Star would serve as a deterrent, without having to use its weapon and objected to the order of shooting the Endor moon, as they had several imperials down there. Krennic, on the other hand, is a psychopath who is more than happy in firing the weapon.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Imperial leaders who favor the Death Star project like Tarkin and Vader consider him a useful idiot and sideline him at the first opportunity. Most of the navy leadership doesn't even give him that much respect.
- The Ghost: In Rebels. His men are fought by the rebels during "In The Name of the Rebellion" and they manage to report the events of the incident back to him, and his Project Stardust is mentioned to be in competition with Thrawn's TIE Defender project in "Jedi Night". However, Krennic doesn't make a physical appearance during the course of the series.
- Hate Sink: He's uncharismatic, pompous, arrogant, irrelevant, and only exists so there's someone to root against as the other villains, Tarkin and Vader, are iconic and well-loved characters who's outcomes were already known. Apart from his personality, there's also his heinous actions that make it easy to root against him. His actions lead to Jyn Erso's life going to hell with the death of her mother and her father Galen being forced into the employment of the Empire. His role in the book Catalyst goes out of its way to show he was even worse than just all that.
- The Heavy: Of Rogue One and Catalyst. He drives the plot in both works, but is ultimately subservient to the Imperial leadership, especially Tarkin and Vader.
- Hey, You!: Consistently refers to Jyn as "the child" in Catalyst — the one time he does use her name, it's in the context of a thinly veiled threat to Lyra. Continues in the opening scene of Rogue One:Krennic: They have a child. Find it!
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Tarkin orders the Death Star to be fired on Scarif in order to stop the Rebels while Krennic is on the planet. Krennic is then killed by the weapon he spent the better part of the last two decades of his life building. In fact, while most of the Rebels and Imperials at the battle are simply killed at a distance by the shock wave, Krennic is hit directly by the beam. No kill like overkill indeed.
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Kick the Dog aside, this appears to be why he has all the other Death Star scientists killed even when Galen confesses he was the traitor.
- Jerkass Has a Point: It's still the Death Star we're talking about, but Krennic is rightly angered when Tarkin hijacks the command away from him. He had been overseeing the project for decades.
- Karmic Death: Tries to take all the glory for the Death Star's construction. Ends up getting vaporized by it.
- Kick the Dog:
- During the Clone Wars, much to Lyra Erso's horror, he targeted a harmless civilian-filled city just because they were Separatist-aligned.
- In Rogue One, after he learns that someone leaked the information about Death Star to the Rebel Alliance, he summons the team of engineers who helped design the Death Star and held them at gunpoint to determine who's responsible. When Galen Erso admitted that it was him who's responsible in order to spare his colleagues' lives, Krennic orders his soldiers to fire on the engineers anyway, even though he has no reason to think they're anything other than loyal to the Empire.
- Large Ham: As loud as his uniform is white.
- Laser-Guided Karma: LITERALLY. Tarkin gets back at him for screwing him over in Catalyst by firing the Death Star on Scarif while Krennic is trapped on the surface, and Krennic is bulls-eyed by the beam.
- Leitmotif: A dramatic and intimidating theme that sounds vaguely similar to "The Imperial March". It does not have its own song to itself, unlike "The Imperial March", but plays whenever he appears on screen and makes up the second half of the "Imperial Suite".
- Light Is Not Good: He's a senior officer of the fleet and wears a pristine white uniform, similar to those of the Grand Admirals.
- Made of Iron: He takes a lot of punishment over the course of Rogue One. On two separate occasions, he survives a shoulder hit from a blaster. In addition, he walks away unscathed from a Rebel bombing run. Ultimately, he is only killed when the Death Star laser vaporises him when it targets the communications tower he is currently bleeding on.
- Mad Scientist: He's the Empire's chief weapons engineer and overseer of the Death Star project, and while more composed in comparison to other examples of this trope, he seems to regard his planet-killing creation as akin to a work of art. When test-firing the Death Star's superlaser on Jedha, Krennic admiringly refers to the mass destruction caused by the firing as "Beautiful".
- Manipulative Bastard: He is a manipulative social climber with the intent of getting on Palpatine's good side. He proves extremely adept throughout Catalyst at achieving this goal and getting most people to dance to his tune. But in the end he proves to be out of his depth against the likes of Tarkin and Vader.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
- His callous, cruel, and completely unnecessary mass execution kills off all the scientists that might have been able to find a way to find and fix the Achilles' Heel Galen placed in the Death Star's design.
- Rebels reveals that Krennic lobbied the Emperor hard to divert funding away from Boring, but Practical projects like Thrawn's TIE Defender and use it on the Death Star. This in effect killed many developments that wouldve helped the Empire crush the Rebellion through conventional means.
- Nightmare Fetishist: He finds the Death Star's test shot on Jedha to be beautiful.
- Not Enough to Bury: His body is completely vaporized by the Death Star beam.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Claims that the Death Star project is about "providing peace and security for the galaxy", but quickly reveals their real motive is gaining status from it in the Imperial hierarchy, and he has an interest in it's destructive power that his allies reprimand as excessive.
- Oh, Crap!: Upon seeing the Death Star approach Scarif.
- Old Soldier: By the time of Rogue One he's approaching sixty and has been a member of the Republic and later the Imperial Military for the better part of three decades.
- Politeness Judo: Earlier in his career, when he was a Republic engineer of low status still in the ascendant, Krennic used this trope to get ahead. Later in life, under the full pressure of Palpatine, Vader and Tarkin variously, he's far more blunt and officious.
- The Rival: To Tarkin, as Krennic thinks he should be the one in command of the Death Star once it is operational. He also doesn't think twice about trying to sabotage Tarkin's career. According to Rogue One's visual dictionary, they're proxies for a rivalry in the Imperial Court over who will command the Death Star, between Vader, who supports Tarkin, and Mas Amedda, who supports Krennic.
- In Rebels he's one to Grand Admiral Thrawn, as the Death Star project is competing with Thrawn's TIE Defender program for funding.
- A Sinister Clue: Aims his blaster pistol with his left hand.
- Sinister Geometry: Krennic has a fondness for this aesthetic. Supplementary materials note his use of brutalist architecture when designing military bases during the Clone Wars. In the film, Krennic's master creation was the Death Star, the iconic sinister sphere of the Empire. Krennic's transport is a black trapezoid with wings that he chose specifically because he appreciated the ship's design and opted to fund its development.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He considers himself to be Tarkin and Vader's equal in the Imperial hierarchy for overseeing the Death Star's construction. Both are quick to remind him of his actual importance or lack thereof.Vader: [after nearly Force-choking Krennic to death] Be careful not to choke on your aspirations, Director.
- Smug Snake: He's not quite as important to the Empire as he thinks he is, which both Tarkin and Vader demonstrate.
- The Sociopath: Krennic certainly demonstrates many of the disorder's traits, including a decided lack of empathy for anyone that isn't Orson Krennic, a great deal of superficial charm, a grandiose sense of self-worth and self-entitlement, and a need to get what he wants no matter what.
- The Starscream: He has been plotting against Tarkin for years, and sought to eliminate him early on by arranging for him to be bogged down in a war for a minor system.
- Surrounded by Idiots: When the Rebels begin their diversionary attack on Scarif, Krennic is stunned and aggravated to see all the present Imperial garrison officers simply staring at the explosions in the distance instead of responding to an attack on their base.Krennic: Are we blind? DEPLOY THE GARRISON! MOVE!
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Being on the planet that is shot at by the Death Star is one thing, but he gets directly hit by the beam itself. Not a single molecule would survive that.
- Trauma Conga Line: His presence in Rogue One seems to consist primarily of him going to different places and having something horrible happen to him there. For instance, the very first scene he appears in ends with him getting shot. Culminates in him getting vaporized by a direct hit from his own pet superweapon — which wasn't even aiming at him specifically!
- Underestimating Badassery: The novelization of Rogue One indicates that Krennic believed that if someone as "harmless" as a former senator of Naboo could control Darth Vader, then he could find a way to manipulate the Dark Lord himself. He is very quick to realize how wrong he is.
- Villainous Breakdown: Krennic. His life's work stolen by Tarkin, slapped down by Vader and forced to scan thousands of documents to uncover the scope of Galen's betrayal. He finally explodes when the rebels attack Scarif and the gormless Imperials stand around.Orson Krennic: Are we blind?! DEPLOY THE GARRISON! Move!
- Villainous Valor: About Krennic's only admirable quality is his bravery; especially since it makes him a dangerous foe in person, despite being a middle aged man wielding an old pistol who's not technically a soldier.
- He doesn't blink or flinch when Jyn's mother pointed a gun at him and had no problem ordering his men to shoot, even though it resulted in a blaster bolt to his shoulder.
- When Tarkin takes command of the Death Star from him, Krennic has the balls to go and plead his case to Darth Vader himself, and in spite of the Dark Lord's clearly intimidating impact, still negotiates with him.
- When the Rebels attack Scarif Base, he's the one to tell all the base officers to get their rears in gear. Out-of-movie sources tell us the officers (but not the men) had become complacent, which is why an engineer has to light a fire under them.
- When directly confronting the Rebels near the end of the movie, Krennic outlasts two of his men and shoots Cassian, even though he's using a low-capacity weapon and has minimal cover.
- We ARE Struggling Together:
- Krennic and Vader aren't friends. They're barely allies and Krennic feels understandably threatened by the Sith Lord. During their meeting in Vader's palace he's obviously scared out of his mind being alone with the Sith Lord and though he never says so it's clear Vader can tell.
- He and Tarkin don't get along either. In fact, Krennic deliberately engineers a small war to keep Tarkin out of his hair. Tarkin, however, figures out what Krennic did and starts looking for a way to return the favor.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Galen Erso, though his end of the friendship wasn't genuine (while Galen's was). In any case, it appears as though he thought that he was a genuine friend to Galen, and when he walks away from the dying Galen, he appears to look back for a moment, looking like he regrets his death.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He pulls this several times in Catalyst. In fact, he's probably killed more Imperials than most Rebel generals. He ends up on the receiving end when Tarkin decides to use the Death Star on the planet he's on.
Galen Walton Erso
Galen was identified as a prodigy from a young age and recruited into the Republic Futures Program. Becoming a theoretician, mathematician, engineer, and experimental physicist, he emerged as the galaxy's leading expert on using crystals to provide power. During the Clone Wars, his wife Lyra gave birth to their daughter Jyn, but unfortunately for Galen his expertise on crystals led to the Empire becoming interested in his work for the Death Star, kidnapping him and compelling Galen to work on its weapon systems.
- All for Nothing: Zigzagged. Galen ingratiated himself with the Empire, not only so that he could design a subtle weakness in the Death Star's design beneath the Empire's notice for the Rebels to exploit, but also to help ensure Jyn's well-being. While he ultimately succeeded in the former, the cost for getting the information to the Alliance was his daughter's life.
- Bad Liar: He attempts to lie about having brain damage of some kind preventing him from doing more work on the Death Star, but Krennic doesn't fall for it at all. He doesn't seem too surprised to learn that Lyra is alive after Galen tells him that she died, either.
- Break His Heart to Save Him: Familial usage. When the Empire finally tracks him down on Lah'mu, his parting words to Jyn are that everything he does is to protect her. While he probably was anticipating some resentment from her since she was too young to understand what was going on beyond him leaving with the Empire, Lyra decided to stay for the confrontation, and unbeknownst to both, Jyn was watching the entire ordeal go down including Lyra getting killed while Galen was helpless to do anything, which traumatized her even further and thus deepening her grudge. Though she comes around years later when she comes to learn the exact reason as to why he left.
- Call to Agriculture: Attempts this in order to get out of working on the Death Star, but the Empire tracks him down and drags him back.
- Expy: Of Bevel Lemelisk, the Legends chief designer of the Death Star. The main difference is that Galen is reluctant to collaborate with the Empire and works to undermine it from within.
- A Father to His Men: He's visibly distraught when Krennic threatens to kill his team of engineers, and then does so anyway even after he admits to leaking the plans.
- Forced into Evil: Krennic tells him what he discovered was "something beautiful", and the Imperials tracked him down so that he could help make the Death Star. He had fled his life in the Empire because the implications of what he'd discovered was something he wanted no part in.
- Guile Hero: Because his actor is more known for his villain roles, it had to be pointed out that this time he's playing a "heroic" character. While Galen doesn't do much physical fighting, his trickery and sabotage play a critical role in bringing down the Death Star.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: The Rebel Alliance believe he's one of the most dangerous Imperial scientists and collaborators. He is rumoured to be developing weapons of untold destructive power for the Empire, and news of his involvement in the "planet killer" does not help dissuade this assertion. Ultimately Galen made a very difficult choice not just for his daughter but for the galaxy. His actions arguably make him one of the greatest heroes of the Rebellion and are the only reason they stand a chance, and the weakness in the Death Star he deliberately installed is used by Luke Skywalker, with the chain of events after ultimately leading to the death of Emperor Palpatine and the Empire, earning the now-dead Erso family more revenge than Galen could have possibly imagined.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Initially Galen couldn't bring himself to commit suicide out of fear Jyn would suffer the reprisal and that he hoped to see her again. However, as the years went by, he came to see a much greater purpose in his continued survival.
- Kidnapped Scientist: Galen is abducted by the Empire and forced into work on the Death Star project. See Forced into Evil above.
- Long Game: His plans to get his revenge on Krennic are decades in the making. To wit, he spends years making himself indispensable to the Death Star project and then uses that influence to sabotage the design and plant the weakness that would eventually lead to the destruction of Krennic's life's work.
- Love Is a Weakness: Krennic has zero qualms using his wife and child as hostages to force Galen to cooperate. Even when Jyn escapes, she is still leverage against her father at least for a few years, who is frequently told that they will find her eventually and he'd best behave if she is to be taken alive.
- Meaningful Name: He shares a first name with Galen Marek, who was nicknamed "Starkiller". Rogue One reveals that he intentionally built the weakness into the Death Star that allowed the Rebels to destroy it, thus making him a "Starkiller" in his own way. And like Starkiller, he's ostensibly loyal to the Empire, but secretly performs a Heroic Sacrifice that ensures the Rebellion's ultimate victory.
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: He's a research scientist that get forcibly recruited to construct a super-weapon for the Galactic Empire. That super-weapon turns out to be the original Death Star of A New Hope. Resenting the fact that he has been taken from his family, he secretly plants a weak spot, a thermal exhaust port leading directly to the main reactor, which would easily be destroyed by even a small starfighter.
- The prequel novel, Catalyst says that he was hired to design an energy source based on the Kyber crystals and wasn't told it would be used as a weapon.
- Significant Anagram: Downplayed. You can form his name from letters found from "George Walton Lucas", although it's unknown how intentional this is and you'll have a ton of leftover letters.
- Socially Awkward Hero: Lyra thinks he's socially awkward, but she overlooks that in favor of respecting his knowledge.
- Stockholm Syndrome: This is how he made himself appear to the Empire. He made them believe he found a sanctuary in his work and had accepted his role there. In truth, Galen fought the only way he knew how, and that required his captors to believe he was fully dedicated to the task, if not the Empire.
- Tuckerization: He was originally called "Walton", after George Lucas' middle name. Even after the name was changed, you can still rearrange the name "Galen Erso" from "George Walton Lucas", although with a ton of leftover letters.
- Vetinari Job Security: Invoked. At some point, Galen realized the Empire was capable of finishing the Death Star without him. He therefore made himself seem indispensable, so no one would question any "unusual" design choices on his part...
Assistant Director Brierly Ronan
The Assistant Director on Project Stardust. During the final year of construction, Ronan is assigned to work alongside Grand Admiral Thrawn to solve supply line issues to the Death Star.
- Badass Cape: Played with. Krennic issued the capes as part of the uniform for the high level staff of Project Stardust, and they're considered a pompous affectation by most of the Imperial military. However, at a crucial moment Ronan uses the cape to save Thrawn's life when Grand Admiral Savit tries to shoot him on the bridge of the Firedrake.
- Blind Obedience: As far as Ronan is concerned, Director Krennic is the single greatest man who ever lived, and his entire worldview begins and ends on the altar of Krennic's infallibility.
- Character Development: He ends up finding a lot to admire in Thrawn after initially dismissing him as just another grasping and vain officer seeking to promote his TIE Defender project over Krennic's.
- Hidden Depths: At first he appears to be nothing more than a pompous jackass hellbent on obstructing Thrawn's mission. But he turns out to be observant enough to correctly figure out Vah'nya is Force-sensitive because of a fraction of a second reaction, street-smart enough to play along with Eli's improvised cover story when they encounter the pirates on Tiquwe and brave enough to use his cape to deflect Savit's blaster and thus save Thrawn's life.
- Jerkass: Despite some positive qualities, Ronan takes too much after his boss, being a pompous, entitled jackass who holds everyone not involved with Stardust in absolute contempt.
- Mildly Military: He is technically a colonel under the Advanced Weapons Research program, and thus in the military, but has no combat experience.
- Mook Lieutenant: As Assistant Director of the Death Star project, he is one of Krennic's most trusted lieutenants, and is entrusted by him to sabotage Thrawn's efforts to solve the gralloc problem.
- Put on a Bus: Ends up having to join the Chiss Ascendancy after Darth Vader is assigned to join the final stages of Project Stardust, as working so closely with a Sith Lord would reveal Ronan's deep and utter contempt for the Emperor and likely result in a swift execution.
Captain Dunstig Pterro
Director Krennic's aide.
- I Call It "Vera": He is the pilot of Krennic's shuttle, ST 149. The official guide noted his fondness for the starship, even naming it Pteradon.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: When the Rebels attack the facility on Eadu, he tells Krennic they need to get out of there.
A secret Advanced Weapons Research facility on Dandoran was working on an experiment to revive necrotic flesh, known as Project Blackwing. Using a combination of Sith alchemy and scientific knowledge, it was intended to create the key to immortality. Instead, they had accidentally created an infectious virus that killed its hosts and turned them into cannibalistic zombies, overrunning the entire facility. Fortunately, Saponza and his gang put a stop to the Sickness before it could further spread beyond the facility, but rumors hold that third parties had gotten a hold of surviving samples for weaponization or trade purposes...
- Canon Immigrant: They're pretty much a copy-and-paste of the Death Troopers from Legends, but with their name changed to prevent confusion with the new Death Troopers introduced in Rogue One.
- The End... Or Is It?: The Player Character presumably destroyed all traces and carriers of the virus in that facility on Dandoran... presumably.
- Flesh-Eating Zombie: Part of the type they are.
- Hive Mind: The virus can communicate with itself, allowing zombies to act as a single entity. So yes, if one finds you, then it can tell others where you are so that they can gang up on you.
- It Can Think: The virus knows how to use starship controls and weapons, so they don't have to just shamble around and hope you're offguard like most zombies.
- Our Zombies Are Different: They have a Zombie Gait, but are more resilient to damage than living humans. They're also by no means stupid: the virus allows the Undead Troopers to communicate telepathically and learn, act in a Hive Mind, launch coordinated strikes, and even reprogram and hack turret controls and security measures.
- Plague Zombie: Formed from "the Sickness."
- Playing God: Trying to gain immortality by using space-satanic methods and scientific knowledge? Sounds a bit like you're asking for trouble here.
Admiral Garrick Versio
The father of Inferno Squad's Commander Iden Versio, who oversees the unit's operations. After the Battle of Yavin, he was promoted to Admiral, given command of the Eviscerator, and became an integral part of Emperor Palpatine's contingency plan, Operation: Cinder.
- Canon Immigrant: By the Battle of Endor and afterwards, his Star Destroyer is the Eviscerator. At one point in the X-Wing Rogue Squadron comics (which take place post-Endor), the 181st was briefly stationed on a Star Destroyer of the same name. On one hand, this may be a coincidence. On the other hand, consider that both Inferno Squad and the 181st are elite TIE pilot squads.
- Disappointed in You: When Iden (and Del, but mostly Iden) deserts from the Empire so she can save the people of Vardos from Operation: Cinder. Though later, when they meet again for the last time, he bears no grudge against her and instead encourages her to live her life, having realized in his remaining time that he wasted his life serving the Empire.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: However neglectful he is of Iden, he does genuinely care about her and is proud of her. He also cared about Zeehay for a while, but it unfortunately didn't last.
- Before his death, he urges Iden to leave him and have a happy life instead of making the same mistake as he did in dedicating his life to a doomed cause. Comes with the closest thing we'll get to a hug from him onscreen; holding hands.
- Everyone Has Standards: Though he's less obvious about it, he walks Iden away from the Sentinel droid after they get surprised by droid's Jump Scare.
- Face Death with Dignity: He declines Iden's attempt to rescue him, saying that for all he's done in his life for the Empire, it's only right that he dies with it.
- Foil: To Hask. Having been raised in military families, they both dedicated their lives to the Empire to the point that they are specialized in their own fields—Hask being a special forces operative, while the Admiral is a high-ranking State Sec officer. They both lose or lost their families at some point—Hask's Dark and Troubled Past is that they were killed by rebels, while the Admiral is bitterly divorced and loses his daughter's allegiance. After reuniting with a defected member of Inferno Squad, the Admiral acknowledges as the Empire is dying that he wasted his life and urges his daughter to have a happy life, while Hask—having joined the transition to the First Order—is still bitter and blames his former brother-in-arms for leaving him for a happy life.
- Going Down with the Ship: He stays on the Eviscerator as it falls during the Battle of Jakku, dying with both his ship and the Empire.
- Heel Realization: He realizes as the Empire loses the Battle of Jakku that he wasted his life committing to the Empire and that he took down people with him, then urges Iden to not be one of those people by continuing to live on and living a happy life.
- I Did What I Had to Do: According to Word of Saint Paul, Garrick hopes Iden understands what it takes to be a leader of a military.
- I Will Find You: Iden vows to bring him to justice when she joins the Alliance, partly out of anger towards him as well as genuine moral, though by the Battle of Jakku, the motive becomes more of wanting to give him a second chance or at least finding closure wit him.
- Like a Son to Me: Has shades of this towards Hask, who is also Like Brother and Sister to Iden.
- Married to the Job: Considering his distant personality and how dedicated he is to serving the Empire, it's implied this is why he and Zeehay divorced.
- Meaningful Name: The name Garrick means "one who rules with a spear". He's the technical leader of Inferno Squad, but it also doubles as an Ironic Name because he's a Non-Action Guy and only participates in battles from a distance in the ship's command deck.
- Mission Control: To Inferno Squad.
- Opposites Attract: Both Garrick and Zeehay are loyal Imperial Security Bureau workers, but Garrick is The Stoic while Zeehay is more emotional. Their relationship doesn't last, meeting a bitter end.
- Parental Neglect: While he does care about Iden, he prefers to keep things as impersonal as possible and the only reason why he & Iden get to interact often is in military circumstances, due to Garrick being seriously dedicated to his job. Iden had to work hard to become a high-ranking Imperial so that she could get her father's attention.
- Pet the Dog:
- When a young Iden cries about her parents' divorce, her father comforts her and says that she'll be strong like a Versio should be (though he puts down her mother while doing so).
- After his Sentinel droid Jump Scares Iden for being unauthorized to ask anything about Operation: Cinder, Admiral Versio pulls her away from the droid instead of just standing there coldly and/or scolding her for invoking it. Probably in part because he didn't know the droid could act that way either.
- Rank Up: Shortly after the Battle of Yavin, he is promoted from Inspector General to Admiral.
- Redemption Rejection: He rejects Iden's rescue for him, stating that he's gone too far to be worthy of saving.
Inspector-General Bozeden Jeems
An up-and-coming ISB officer, Jeems is responsible for security at the Imperial Citadel on Scarif, where many of the Empire's darkest and most dangerous secrets are kept.
- The Political Officer: As the ranking ISB officer on Scarif it is Jeems' duty to ensure the security of the Empire's secrets from internal dissent.
- Skewed Priorities: When the Rebel assault on Scarif begins and the breach of the data vault is reported, Jeems' priority is to find a way to save his career instead of preserving Imperial secrets.
- Uncertain Doom: Some Imperials managed to evacuate the Citadel before the Death Star destroyed it. Whether Jeems is one of them is unknown.
An agent of the ISB that worked with now-Governor Arihnda Pryce in the early years of the Empire's reign over the Galaxy.
- Jerkass: He is extremely terse and rude while working with Pryce, making it clear that he resents having to work with a civilian operative.
- Lack of Empathy: Has no regard for any of the civilians on Batonn who could get caught in the crossfire between the rebels and the Empire. He expects Pryce to leave her family to potentially die in the warzone and tries to eliminate her when she refuses.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Him threatening the Pryce family causes Governor Pryce to kill him, then she blows up a rebel bomb on Batonn to destroy the evidence of his murder, which is what caused the heavy civilian casualties that everyone assumes Thrawn was behind, unknowingly souring her friendship with Thrawn and Eli.
Agent Romwell Krass Junior
An ISB agent stationed at a black-site/top-secret Imperial prison on the Hyborean moon. After the Battle of Endor, Krass's family was killed in a New Republic attack to storm and liberate the Hyborean prison, causing him to flee. Grieving, he wandered aimlessly throughout the Galaxy and came across Maz's Castle on Takodana. After engaging in a fight with a New Republic pilot and his girlfriend at the tavern, the two were scolded by Maz, who then advised Romwell to find peace within himself before warning him to not return to her castle.
- Drowning My Sorrows: He gets drunk at Maz's Castle, which gets him into trouble when he starts a fight with a New Republic pilot that also happened to be there.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His family were among the civilian casualties of a New Republic attack.
- Fantastic Racism: He's a bit xenophobic, but he decides to listen to the advice of the non-human Maz.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Maz points out that being an ISB agent, Krass has hurt people in the past, and now that he's lost things of his own now, "the scales are balanced". However, she urges him to not share his pain with others but rather find inner peace, and things will get better from there.
- One-Shot Character: Only appears in one of the many interludes throughout the Aftermath trilogy.
Agent Andressa Divo
Species: Human (Coruscanti)
An ISB agent who has compiled information on various individuals associated with the rebellion and the galactic fringe. She is the daughter of Tan Divo, a detective for the Coruscant Police.
- Ambiguous Situation: After Tarkin had Alderaan blown up, Agent Divo's notes on Bail Organa for that day mysteriously disappeared, and that day was also the last known time she spoke with her father. It's not clear why, since she's still loyal to the Empire afterwards, but presumably, the Empire put a lockdown on information about Bail and Alderaan, and the destruction of Alderaan strained Agent Divo's relationship with her father.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She finds Kallus's anecdotal experience with the Partisans horrifyingly vicious, and she isn't sure if she should put that kind of information in file.
- Framing Device: Scum and Villainy is an outside perspective narrating on Agent Divo's files about the Empire's enemies.
- One Degree of Separation: Being co-workers, she knows Agent Kallus and is acquainted enough with him that she figured the information she found on Ketsu that she was going to use for something else would be something he'd appreciate having for his own task regarding Phoenix Squadron. He's also spoken to her about his traumatic meeting with the Partisans.
Senior Commander Alecia Beck
An ISB officer assigned to the Star Destroyer Vehement. Shortly after the destruction of the first Death Star, Beck hunts down the Rebel unit known as the Shrikes, who have knowledge of all potential base sites for the Rebellion.
- Bad Boss: Orders the Vehement to capture the Millennium Falcon in a tractor beam even though two TIEs are in the way and they would be ripped apart by the beam. Captain Hove and the rest of the bridge crew are stunned by this, but Hove complies due to his fear of Beck.
- Electronic Eyes: Her left eye is a bright red implant, replacing the one she lost fighting a corrupt ISB officer wielding a laser cutter. When Shara Bey attempts to impersonate her in Shattered Empire she is exposed due to lacking the implant.
- Fantastic Racism: She dislikes alien species, particularly Rodians after a Rodian member of the Shrikes killed her four captured teammates and herself to prevent Beck from getting information out of them.
- Red Right Hand: The giant glowing red eye is a pretty big indicator of her moral stance.
- The Starscream: She became the head ISB agent on the Vehement after confronting her superior in the docking bay with evidence that he had been selling secrets and taking bribes. The two fought, and while Beck lost an eye she won the fight and received a promotion and commendation.
- Stealth Pun: As one of the only ISB officers that has had a main role in EU material, the other officer is Kallus. Beck and Kallus. As in, beck and call.
- Villainous Breakdown: When she realizes that she cannot risk using the tractor beam to capture the Falcon without also destroying the dome protecting the city of Motok on Cyrkon (which would result in thousands of deaths in front of millions of witnesses, many of whom would likely become rebels in response), Beck cannot even bring herself to speak and simply walks off the bridge of the Vehement.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Shara impersonates her in Shattered Empire, and the only reason why it doesn't work is because she doesn't have an electronic eye, rather than someone obviously impersonating a dead officer if Beck is already dead by this point.
An ISB officer assigned to the Star Destroyer Devastator. He was later transferred to Darth Vader's new flagship, the Super Star Destroyer Executor.
- Jerkass: Even for an ISB officer he is unpleasant, treating everyone he encounters with equal disdain and suspicion.
- Lack of Empathy: He views Ciena Ree's mother being accused of treason as an excellent opportunity to test Ree's loyalty, which he considers her to be failing when Ree puts in a request for leave in order to attend the trial. Her returning and claiming she believes her mother was guilty has Ronnadam suggest her for promotion.
- The Political Officer: His job is to monitor the crew of the Executor for signs of disloyalty or distractions to their duty to the Empire.
- Uncertain Doom: He was most likely killed when the Executor was destroyed at Endor, but no specific mention of his fate is ever given.
Colonel Emarr Ottkreg
A ISB agent and loyalty officer stationed aboard the Star Destroyer Vigilance.
- Asshole Victim: He is executed by Sloane as she gives the order for the Imperial fleet to retreat from Endor in order to prevent him from interfering with her command. Since he is from the ISB, nobody cares.
- Captain Obvious: When the Rebel fleet attacks the Imperial fleet, Ottkreg offers some helpful commentary.Ottkreg: We're under attack!
Sloane: That's a common hazard during space battles.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Sloane notes one of the most annoying things about Ottkreg is that he gets way to close to other people, particularly superior officers.
- The Political Officer: He is assigned to the Vigilance to monitor Sloane and the crew's performance and reaction during the Battle of Endor to see if there are any signs of disloyalty or incompetence.
- Smug Snake: As is typical of most Imperial officers, particularly ISB agents. His repeated idiotic comments about the Rebellion and total lack of understanding military tactics annoy Sloane so much that she finally just shoots him to stop them and prevent Ottkreg from countermanding her orders.
Sinjir Rath Velus
Model: RA-7 protocol droid
A protocol droid with feminine programming who served as an administrative assistant in the Imperial Security Bureau's office in the Galactic Empire's Citadel Tower, located in the Imperial security complex on the planet Scarif.
- All There in the Manual: Most informations about her are from Character Encyclopedia and Ultimate Visual Guide.
- Always Someone Better: Her databanks were protected from electronic or other forms of intrusion. This led to her developing a conceited attitude and acting in an insufferably arrogant manner to the other droids of a lower station.
- Character Death: She was in the Citadel Tower on the day Scarif was destroyed by the Death Star.
- Evil Counterpart: She's colored black and the same model as AP-5, and unlike AP-5 she remains with the Empire.
- Fem Bot: She has feminine programming.
Model: RA-7 protocol droid
A protocol droid with feminine programming who worked at the Imperial Security Bureau's Killun-71 base.
- Distaff Counterpart: She's the same model as AP-5, but with feminine programming. He's rather embarrassed to be the same model as her.
Deputy Director Harus Ison
Second-in-command of the Imperial Security Bureau, later transferred to the Ubiqtorate.
- Interservice Rivalry: With Vice Admiral Rancit, the head of the Navy Intelligence Agency.
- The Spymaster: He runs many of the Empire's intelligence gathering operations.
- Underestimating Badassery: When Moff Wilhuff Tarkin's state-of-the-art personal cruiser Carrion Spike is stolen by dissidents, Ison dismisses their threat, agreeing with Admiral Antonio Motti that they can do limited damage with the resources on the ship and that redistributing the Imperial fleet to find and destroy them is a waste of time. Grand Vizier Mas Amedda quickly reproaches him for this view, noting that any attack on Imperial assets that goes unanswered will only encourage similar actions. The dissidents also quickly prove to be a larger threat when they carry out several highly successful raids on Imperial facilities and broadcast footage of their attacks for the galaxy to see.
Coalition for Progress
Minister Pitina Mar-Mas Voor
The chair of the Coalition for Progress, which serves as the propaganda division of COMPNOR. After Doctor Aphra creates a political nightmare for her on Milvayne, Voor begins tracking the destructive archeologist to use as a pawn in her own schemes.
- Ambiguous Situation: Given Voor's comment that Palpatine seemed to know or suspect that she'd intentionally orchestrated her husband's death to take his place, but let it slide, it's entirely possible (but never made explicit) that Palpatine knew a lot more about her and her plans than she believes, keeping her around as one of his many Unwitting Pawns because she was useful.
- Ambition Is Evil: She manipulated her husband into committing suicide by spreading rumors that Darth Vader suspected him of sedition. While she suspected that the Emperor likely knew of this, Voor speculated that he still approved it because of his belief that such ambition is strength.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: She describes herself as being "barely a middle ranking princess".
- Arranged Marriage: Her family married her off to a senator when she was eighteen.
- Belated Backstory: She reveals her backstory in issue 36 of Doctor Aphra, explaining why she's been tracking Aphra. It's also revealed that Voor unwittingly played a huge role in Aphra's backstory, namely around the murder of he mother.
- Big Bad Wannabe: It's revealed that she has concocted an elaborate scheme to assassinate and replace Palpatine as the leader of the Empire. It's a Foregone Conclusion that this doesn't happen; she ends up being tricked into publicly revealing her plot by Aphra and is then executed by Darth Vader.
- The Chessmaster: She is experienced in manipulating events and making use of the results afterwards based on her uncanny prediction of how people will act and think. In fact, this was the modus operandi for her Engineered Heroics.
- A Day in the Limelight: Majorly subverted. The single issue of Doctor Aphra in which Voor's background, motivations, and goals are revealed, and which provides insights into her character, and all for the very first time, is then the issue where she is unceremoniously and ignominiously taken down.
- Didn't See That Coming: She never realized that Dr. Aphra's mother was an innocent casualty of her own Engineered Heroics, treating it as just business as usual. Voor's attempt to use Dr. Aphra as an Unwitting Pawn for her plan to murder the Emperor backfired because of a daughter's wish to avenge her dead mother. Even when she realized it, Voor still treated Aphra's mother like one of countless nobodies whose existence meant nothing in the face of the Empire's prosperity.
- Engineered Heroics: As leader of the Coalition for Progress, her job is to promote the benefits of joining the Empire to the galaxy. Voor did this by showing planets the destruction and suffering brought about by chaos, sometimes by eliminating pirates and other hardened criminals but mostly by creating incidents using Imperial military in disguise. She also promoted the Empire's order by quietly encouraging fake smiles or murdering those who stubbornly refused to accept the Empire. To Voor, her approach was far better than the simple conquest and We Have Reserves mentality adopted by many Imperial commanders, including her late husband.
- Engineered Public Confession: Aphra brings her down by secretly recording and publicly broadcasting her detailing her plot to kill Palpatine, which Voor thought was a private conversation between her and Aphra.
- Hat of Authority: As is typical among the ostentatious elite of the Imperial court, Voor wears large, fancy, and impractical headwear.
- Hidden Depths: At first, she appears to be little more than another one of the Empire's ruthless and brutal ministers. Then she reveals she is plotting a coup against the Emperor.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: You know how Voor's plan to expand the Empire involved staging criminal attacks to encourage people to support the Empire for protection? And how there were some innocent people who got killed as a result of this, but in Voor's mind it was nothing compared to the benefit to the Empire? Turns out one of those innocent people who Voor got killed is the mother of Dr. Aphra, who was scarred for life by this and is the same person Voor has manipulated into helping her assasinate the Emperor...who she then informs of this under the impression Aphra will see things her way and keep it quiet. It doesn't end too well for Voor.
- Large Ham: Fittingly for the head of the Empire's propaganda division. Anytime Voor isn't in private, she is putting on a dramatic show about the power and safety the Empire provides to its subjects.
- The Man in Front of the Man: She thinks she's this to Palpatine, claiming that she's the only thing keeping the Empire together because of Palpatine's incompetence. She's actually clueless as to how Palpatine operates and gets killed off with little consequence; the Empire lasted for a another couple of years without her and only lost at Endor by the skin of their teeth, and they still kept fighting for another year and then managed to more or less rebuild as the First Order within thirty years, all without Voor's input or influence.
- Make an Example of Them: When Aphra's broadcast causes a large amount of unrest amongst the population of Milvayne towards the Empire, Voor orders an orbiting Coalition ship to "correct" the situation by opening fire on the city with a railgun to remind the population about who was really in control.
- Meaningless Villain Victory: Even if she had succeeded in assasinating Palpatine, his Contingency plot in the event of his death - of which she is apparently completely unaware - would've really buggered things up for her in the long-run.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Had she not ordered the bombardment of Milvayne, Aphra and Triple Zero would have been captured and in Imperial hands.
- Not So Different: From the Rebel Alliance, which also preferred to win the hearts and minds of people through ideals. The difference is that Voor promotes the security offered by the Empire and is much more ruthless in doing so.
- Off With Her Head!: Her final fate at Darth Vader's hand, accompanied by a Big "NO!".
- Oh, Crap!: Voor's face when Aphra reveals a camera is recording her confessing to high treason is an absolute picture.
- Purple Is Powerful: She wears purple clothing as a symbol of her high position.
- Small Name, Big Ego: As far as she's concerned, she's the one really keeping the Empire running and would make a much better leader than Palpatine. While she's undoubtedly clever and skilled at manipulation, she greatly overestimates her importance and underestimates Chelli Aphra.
- Smug Snake: She has an extremely high opinion of herself, seeing herself as the one who is keeping the Empire together while Palpatine and other Imperial leaders run it into the ground with their warmongering. She's confident enough in her skills at manipulation and persuasion to plot to assassinate the Emperor and take his place, but her arrogance is her undoing; she lowers her guard and tells Aphra pretty much her entire plan to the last detail, unaware that Aphra is recording the whole thing.
- The Social Expert: She has an uncanny knack for figuring out a person's motives and how they'll react to situations, which is a big part of her success as a politician.
- Til Murder Do Us Part: Played with. Voor didn't directly murder her husband, but she spread false rumors that Darth Vader suspected him of sedition, which prompted him to hang himself out of terror of what Vader would do.
- Unwanted Spouse: She detested her husband, who she had no choice about marrying, describing him as "bloviating" and "useless at anything except saying 'yes'". She eventually arranged his death to be rid of him.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Her ideas for the Empire revolve around it being peaceful and prosperous, and she's not too concerned about how she achieves this as long as it doesn't threaten the Empire's infrastructure or make them look bad.
- Villain Has a Point: It is true that the We Have Reserves mentality adopted by many Imperial commanders before the Battle of Yavin is a Stupid Evil, given that the Empire has to adapt to having limited resources after the Battle of Endor.
- Villain with Good Publicity: She aims for this for the entire Empire, orchestrating things and spreading propaganda to make it seem that the Empire is a strong, benevolent government that protects its citizens from chaos and lawlessness.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Aphra publicly reveals her treachery, Voor completely freaks out (not unsurprisingly), demanding to know why Aphra did it. Aphra's response? "You killed my mom."
- Visionary Villain: Her ultimate goal is to guide the Empire into a new era of peace and unity, with people willingly supporting it as a government that provides security and facilitates progression.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Voor sees herself as a hero who has saved the lives of many Imperial soldiers who would have otherwise died in pointless, avoidable conflicts. Her Engineered Heroics are meant to expand the Empire in a more peaceful way.
- White Hair, Black Heart: She has white blonde hair and is a ruthless, scheming Imperial politician.
- You Killed My Mother: Voor's Engineered Heroics resulted in the death of Dr. Chelli Aphra's mother. Aphra realized this when she saw the helmet of her mother's killer in Voor's private museum.
Ministry of Information
Minister of Information Pollux Hax
An Imperial bureaucrat who served as COMPNOR's Minister of Information. He was tasked with keeping journalists in check so that their reports corroborated with Imperial propaganda.
Bureau Chief Eris Harro
An individual who served as Bureau Chief for the Outer Rim Node of the HoloNet News Agency in Phelar. During the uprising on Lothal, they worked with their boss, Minister Hax, to create wanted posters for the rebels known as the Ghost crew.
- Ambiguous Gender: Due being a mere namedrop so far, not much is known about them. In Legends, however, Eris is a woman.
- Canon Immigrant: They were originally from a oneshot short story from Legends called "The Guns of Kelrodo-Ai".
- Schrödinger's Canon: In her Legends short story, back in the early days of the Empire, Eris was a reporter for the Eriadu News Service. At one point, she and her team were sent to report on a campaign to rid Kelrodo-Ai of a Separatist holdout as a part of the Western Reaches Operation. Eris ended up marrying the leader of that campaign, Imperial pilot Captain Shea Hublin.
Imperial Press Corps
An Imperial reporter that discusses current events regarding the Empire's presence on Lothal on the planet's HoloNet News.
- '70s Hair: Rocks a nice combed hairstyle with puffy sideburns.
- Blatant Lies: Predictably with the Empire, the news he reports on is obvious propaganda. For instance, two of his earliest reports mention that the Empire is helping business through regulation, and that they are peacefully buying land off of farmers. The reality: the Empire is bullying non-human businesspeople and threatening their livelihoods, and they are forcibly evicting people from their land to take it and any resources they own.
- The Bus Came Back: After last appearing in the Rebels season 2 premiere "The Siege of Lothal", he makes an appearance in the late season 3 episode "Secret Cargo". He also shows up in Inferno Squad to report on Iden's trial.
- Coincidental Broadcast: The events described on the website usually relate to events that are shown on Rebels in some capacity.
- Local Angle: A Lothal angle, to be specific. Events relating to the planet are given greater precedence than events relating to the Empire as a whole, though they are discussed.
- News Broadcast: Given that HoloNet News is obviously a news station.
- Pompous Political Pundit: Surprisingly subverted - while he clearly does have an Imperial agenda to promote, he's more subtle about it than most people involved with the Empire.
- Propaganda Machine: HoloNet News, which he runs a piece of, is quite obviously one.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He reports the news for an oppressive government, but it's strictly business.
- Show Within a Show: He runs the Lothal news station.
- The Voice: For most of the first season of Rebels and all of the HoloNet News updates. He is seen briefly in "Call to Action" while conducting an interview.
A popular investigative reporter before HoloNet News was absorbed into the Empire. Under the Empire, she was assigned instead to cover events and other casual things in an attempt to produce positive public relations, much to Calliope's displeasure. After Mandora announced her retirement, Calliope's new editor, Eridan, promoted her to senior reporter and dubbed her the "Voice of the Empire".
- She's supposed to be an investigative reporter, which means she exposes lies and other conspiracies. The Empire wants her to make them look good instead, and she realizes the irony of the situation.
- Mandora convinces her to gather information for rebels through her reports rather than reporting on things to make the Empire look good, making her less of a "voice of the Empire" and more like ears of the Rebellion.
- Reverse Mole: Her former editor Mandora Catabe recruits Calliope as a spy for a rebel group she joined.
An old modified recorder droid owned by Mandora Catabe. After her retirement, she passed down her droid to Calliope. X-0X was embedded with a message from Mandora to Calliope, asking her to stay with HoloNet News in spite of its newly-found Imperial loyalties and take advantage of her job as senior reporter, as it will allow her to find information that may prove of use to the Rebellion. Due to age, X-0X was prone to glitches and other bugs.
- Robot Buddy: To Calliope and previously Mandora, though it isn't very chatty or eccentric as most examples.
A pro-Republic artist who worked for a Corellian holographic media conglomerate during the Clone Wars, she joined the Republic's successor, the Empire, and mentored young Imperial propagandists for COMPNOR. A propaganda artist herself, she made multiple pieces of Republic propaganda and Imperial propaganda, before her last piece that attempted to copy the pro-rebel graffiti art of Sabine Wren. This was not well received by Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, who had Dunivee arrested on charges of treason and erased information on her from Imperial records.
- Follow the Leader: In-universe. Used a similar artstyle to Sabine's in one of her artpieces to attract the same audience as Sabine's. Of course, it being unorthodox and too inspired by the rebels, Tarkin had her "disappear".
- Uncertain Doom: Treason by an officer is punishable by death, and Tarkin really doesn't like Imperials that he thinks can't do their job right, so things aren't looking so bright for Dunivee.
- Unknown Rival: In response to growing rebellion and the popularity of Sabine's art, she tried to make an Imperial piece that tried to appeal to the same audience that enjoyed Sabine's, but as you can tell, it doesn't go over well with Tarkin.
- Unperson: There's a lesson to be learned here: if you want to stay in one piece, don't make anything that seems remotely rebellious and unorthodox to Imperial protocol, especially when Tarkin is watching.
A self-taught artist with an AJ^6 cyborg construct attached to her head. During the Galactic Civil War, she made at least one propaganda poster, Join the SAGroup, based on a concept by Minister Pollux Hax of Information. Her career ended when pro-Alliance slicers hacked into her headpiece and revealed she had anti-Imperial sentiments.
The wife of Admiral Garrick Versio, and the mother of their child, Iden Versio. Like her husband and daughter as well as the rest of their world, she was an avid supporter of the Empire, contributing to the cause as an propaganda artist. She and Garrick divorced when Iden was five, and though she and her former spouse maintained tension, Zeehay still kept contact with Iden.
- Betrayal by Offspring: She perceives Iden as having betrayed her after finding out she supposedly turned on the Empire, not realizing her daughter was actually undercover.
- Death by Despair: Implied to be how she died after learning Iden supposedly betrayed the Empire.
- This Is Unforgivable!: She tells Iden that she's not sure she can ever forgive her after learning she allegedly betrayed the Empire.