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The Commission for the Preservation of the New Order

Born out of the Commission for the Protection of the Republic, COMPNOR is an 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.


    In General 
  • 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, Supervisor Lonni Jung is Luthen’s inside man at the ISB, Kallus has a Heel–Face Turn and becomes The 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, though the name reflects the FBI's infamous (and illegal) COINTELPRO. 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.
    • 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 paramilitary 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.

    Armand Isard 

Director Armand Isard

Species: Human

Appearances: Tarkin

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.

    Harus Ison 

Deputy Director Harus Ison

Species: Human

Appearances: Tarkin

Second-in-command of the Imperial Security Bureau, later transferred to the Ubiqtorate (the organization in charge of Imperial Intelligence).


  • 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.

    Wullf Yularen 

Colonel Wullf Yularen

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Species: Human (Coruscanti)

Homeworld: Coruscant

Portrayed by: Robert Clarke (A New Hope), Malcom Sinclair (Andor)
Voiced by: Tom Kane
Appearances: Age of Republic | The Clone Wars | Dark Disciple | Thrawn | Tarkin | Rebels | Andor | A New Hope | Life Debt note 

"The criminals responsible for last night's atrocity on Aldhani think they've taken the Empire by surprise. We know better. We know the real shock will be when they discover how ready and eager we are to respond."

A native of Coruscant, Yularen served as an admiral during the Clone Wars alongside Anakin Skywalker, commanding from the Republic cruiser Resolute. He later became an intelligence officer of the Empire, becoming the head of the ISB and eventually the Deputy Director of Military Intelligence. He was later stationed aboard the first Death Star, perishing in its destruction.


  • Affably Evil: Even as one of the leaders of the ISB, Yularen remains the same friendly and polite man to his friends and allies that he was during the Clone Wars.
  • Anti-Villain: He either does not know that the Sith run the Empire (which granted, not a lot of people do) or he fails to understand the 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.
  • Broken Pedestal: Averted. While Kallus has had a Heel–Face 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.
  • Characterization Marches On: Subverted. He is notably colder and more eager to use harsh methods against dissenters in Andor, coming across as a much more overtly villainous character than we've ever seen him before. This requires a viewer to remember where we had last notably seen him - helping his allies, the Jedi, in The Clone Wars, and helping his Imperial allies in Rebels, one of whom was a close personal friend and the other a star pupil of his. It's not so much Yularen being written differently from past appearances so much as finally seeing how Yularen treats his enemies or subordinates he thinks are not worth his time.
  • 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 5-7.
  • 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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In an oddly brutal moment, Yularen is seen giving a speech to the ISB promising that they will have no limit to resources to lock down threats to the Empire in which he mentions "revisiting" prison sentences, swiftly cracking down on systems loosely associated with rebel activity, handing out absolute authority to arrest accused anti-Imperialists, and so on.
  • The Dreaded: His subordinates in the ISB in Andor are shown to be intimidated by him. Even Partagaz looks a bit unnerved when Yularen addresses the ISB after the Aldhani heist. Later, Dedra's nerve begins to fail her when she's reporting directly to him, and Partagaz begins backing her up when Yularen's patience begins to wear thin.
  • 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.
  • Expy: 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.
  • Face–Heel 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 much as a person otherwise...at least until Andor, where he proves much more willing to use harsh and brutal authoritarian tactics in response to the Aldhani heist.
  • Fallen Hero: He's a genuinely heroic Reasonable Authority Figure throughout The Clone Wars, but he sticks with the Republic even after Palpatine reforms it into the Empire. By the time of Andor, Yuularen has become just as ruthless and cold as any other Imperial officer, though Thrawn and Rebels shows that he's kind to his Imperial allies and only mean against his enemies.
  • 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.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Serves as this for Andor alongside the more immediately-present Partagaz. As the head of the ISB, he is the one who orders the crackdowns that Meero and the other sector supervisors carry out, indirectly causing most if not all of the show's conflict.
  • 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: invokedWord 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.
  • Karmic Death: Tragically, buying into the Imperial regime and desire for order - and after previously expressing some disdain for Anakin's cavalier ways - he ends up perishing aboard the Death Star, meant to be the definitive show of Imperial strength and order, at the hands of Anakin's son Luke.
  • Mean Boss: In Andor he is dismissive of Dedra's requests, appearing bored. It actually begins to demoralize Dedra, forcing Partagaz to step in to back her up.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: 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.note  Kane believed that Yularen, being a strict military officer, was merely following orders when the Republic became the Empire.
  • 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 behavior of The Empire is simply a Necessarily Evil security measure, that the Rebels are in the wrong for trying to destroy the peace and prosperity Palpatine worked hard to achieve, 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. And then white by the third and final year of the Clone Wars.
  • 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 just for 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.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Seemingly around the time of Andor and his tenure as head of the ISB, showing a casual willingness to resort to some incredibly harsh and cruel crackdowns on the galaxy's general populace as a response to the heist on Aldhani. Prior to the Imperial Era, his solution to Trace accidentally flying the Silver Angel into military airspace during "Deal No Deal" was to send a boarding party to arrest her, Rafa, and Ahsoka.
  • 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 AT-TE walkers to board Cad Bane's frigate.

    Lio Partagaz 

Major Lio Partagaz

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"Security is an illusion."

Species: Human

Homeworld: Coruscant

Portrayed by: Anton Lesser
Appearances: Andor

"We are healthcare providers. We treat sickness. We identify symptoms. We locate germs when they arise from within or have come from the outside. The longer we wait to identify a disorder, the harder it is to treat a disease."

A high-ranking officer stationed at ISB headquarters on Coruscant who oversees the reports of sector supervisors.


  • Affably Evil: He doesn't go out of his way to Kick the Dog, at least to his team, and usually speaks in a brisk, military fashion befitting a leader of the ISB. Only when he's alone with someone he genuinely values like Dedra does he soften a little more and show genuine politeness, but he still stays brisk and professional.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: Prior to Yularen's arrival, he was the highest ranked Imperial seen on Andor, and had seemed firmly in charge as far as all ISB scenes went. Yularen speaking to the ISB at the beginning of "Announcement" and the way Partagaz acts around him both then and when Dedra presents her theory about "Axis" makes plain as day who the real top brass is, and that for all the power and control Partagaz has, he is ultimately closer to middle management.
  • Being Personal Isn't Professional: Even before her rise to prominence, Partagaz noticed Meero's hard work and dedication and favored her, but he didn't tell her as much until they were one-on-one. Even then, he stays as brisk as possible to maintain professionalism.
  • Benevolent Boss: By Imperial standards. He shows a certain amount of glee in publicly humiliating his subordinates, but he discourages petty bickering between them, rewards competence and initative as opposed to cruelty, and makes sure to hear them out even when they criticize the system he personally built - all of which are rarities in the average Imperial officer. As Dedra continues to impress him with her efforts, he slowly starts praising her more often in public, even throwing his authority behind her requests to Yularen.
  • Dare to Be Badass: He politely gives Meero valid pointers and asks her to continue to apply herself, informing her she has a great career ahead of her if she gets her act together.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Often has a dry tone of voice when he's annoyed with someone or is imploring them to hurry up and do something. After the demotion of Blevin and the promotion of Dedra, he has a wry grin as he thanks the group for another spirited discussion.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first scene sees him churn through his employees' reports rapid-fire, showing he runs a tight ship; and his scolding of Dedra's verbatim quote from ISB protocol shows he doesn't value employees who are fanatically loyal to their guidelines and can't think for themselves. Even all the while, he's not going out of his way to be cruel, but is merely showing how professional he is and how seriously he takes his job.
  • Evil Virtues:
    • Partagaz is, on paper, an excellent boss. He hears out his employees when they have disputes and issues fair judgement based on facts. He also doesn't praise Dedra until they're alone, knowing the tight situation she is in, and even then keeps it as professional as possible so as to not coming across as showing favoritism. Praising Dedra at all is a good way to keep up morale of one of his most valued employees, while still insisting she follow the rules.
    • Partagaz's adherence to solid facts is a terribly useful doctrine. Even if Dedra is correct, the Empire cannot afford to make a move on a supposed organized rebellion until they have sufficient evidence lest public approval be lost. The Senate, after all, doesn't get disbanded until Palpatine tries to replace them later with the regional governors and the Death Star.
    • When Dedra quotes the ISB mission statement verbatim, he chides her for it, showing he has no real love for people who are so tightly wound they live and breathe their guidelines (like say, Syril Karn). He prefers employees who think for themselves and apply themselves, which is why later he praises Dedra's hard work in private and eventually in public.
    • Adding to this, while he can be cold and biting when he critiques his employees, he's providing genuine guidance and encouraging them to apply themselves in the process. He tells Dedra he knows she has potential for an extraordinary career, and it's clear he wants to build up all his employees if he can.
    • He has no interest in allowing intra-office friction and feuds since the Empire cannot run with a house divided.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Serves as this for Andor alongside the more distant Yularen. As the manager for the ISB's sector supervisors, he is the one who directs and authorized Meero's actions throughout the series.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Well, as gold as a loyal Imperial can get. He shows a softer side to Dedra when they're alone to make it clear he values her, but he remains clinical and professional in front of all of his subordinates.
  • Mean Boss: He dips into this with his subordinates who are too foolish or lazy to provide anything useful to the ISB.
  • Meaningful Name: His first name "Lio", is fitting since he's a powerful leader within the ISB. His hair also rather looks similar to that of a greyed lion's mane.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Played With. As noted in Always a Bigger Fish, despite his power and leadership over the main ISB characters of Andor, he's more of middle management for the ISB since he's completely outranked by someone like Yularen. However, Partagaz has no interest in trying his hand at playing above his work station like the average ambitious Imperial and thus doesn't flaunt or boast about his power like the trope usually invokes.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Heavily downplayed given he's so efficient the other 90% of the time, but in the Season 1 finale he's forced to concede to the orders for no quarter during the raid on Kreegyr's forces since the ISB needs to please Palpatine after Aldhani. When Dedra calls him out for the lack of prisoners, he shows clear reluctance, knowing she's right but is unable to argue any different with his superiors.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • He tells Dedra he's impressed with her work and asks her to keep it up after she had just been denied her request in front of her smug co-worker. He also implies that he's aware she's at an immediate disadvantage as a young woman in the ISB and expresses sympathy for her having to put up with Blevin, who he knows is a pain to work with.
    • After publicly praising Dedra and casting down Blevin, he takes a quick private walk with her to order her to watch her back, knowing her actions, while noble as far as Imperials go, will only continue to attract trouble and hate from her fellows.
    • When Dedra seems to be floundering in front of his superior Yularen, he steps in to back up her claims.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: A keen enforcer of this, knowing there's no place for foolishness in the ISB of all places. He refuses to allow further bickering between Blevin and Dedra once it's clear the former is just trying to remove the latter from power, while the latter is actually trying to focus on the task at hand. And he later sympathizes with Dedra's insistence that prisoners be taken to interrogate, but his hands are tied thanks to the ISB needing to placate Palpatine.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's perhaps the most reasonable Imperial we've ever encountered, on a par with Thrawn, praising subordinates for good work, demoting those who focus on politics over effiicacy, and refusing to let his own ego (or anyone else's) get in the way of doing the job.
    • He is quick, efficient, and fair to a fault. He denies Dedra's jurisdiction request due to her stepping outside her lane, having no time for internal squabbling; has no time for her hunch that an organized rebel movement is on the rise, citing insufficient evidence; but when they’re alone he assures her in a polite, brisk way that he sees her hard work and potential and encourages her to keep it up.
    • He is well aware Blevin is a pain in the ass to work with and admits as much to Dedra, but since Blevin's papers are orderly and he does his job and meets his deadlines, there is no room to criticize him at the time. It's not until Blevin starts letting his grudge against Dedra affect his work that he takes action against him (see below).
    • When Dedra not only proves that she has devoted substantial brainpower and effort to the Imperials' hunt, but Blevin shows that he's become driven to tear her down a peg, he solves the problem by rewarding Dedra with more direct control of his sector while demoting him, since it's clearly become a distraction for him.
    • When Dedra criticizes the Imperial Sector system, which Partagaz himself devised, he simply asks her to make her case for a more effective system moving forward. "Thesis, please."
    • He's open to any and all suggestions from his subordinates. When Jung has a good idea on the eve of the confrontation with Kreegyr's forces, Partagaz allows him to voice it and quickly agrees to it.
  • Slave to PR: In the season 1 finale he notes that the ISB has had to work hard to satisfy Emperor Palpatine after the Aldhani heist. Even when Dedra points out they need survivors to interrogate, Partagaz reluctantly disagrees since the ISB has accomplished its' mission as far as Palpatine cares after successfully routing Kreegyr's forces.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: His first scene implies he has little patience for all the young, power-hungry people in his council. He's next shown snippily demanding Blevin and Dedra lay out their grievances, clearly annoyed with having to step into a work dispute among his employees for trivial matters.

Advanced Weapon Research Division

    Orson Krennic 

Director Orson Callan Krennic

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"The power we are dealing with here is immeasurable."

Species: Human

Homeworld: Lexrul

Portrayed by: Ben Mendelsohn
"I delivered the weapon the Emperor requested. I deserve an audience to make sure that he understands its remarkable... potential."

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.


  • Apocalypse Wow: Views the destruction of Jedha as such.
    • Subverted with the test on Malpaz during Catalyst, since the test of Galen's research went wrong, but played more straight with the successful test firing on the Hero Twins, an isolated black-hole binary.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: The novelization suggests that he didn't really want to kill Lyra, noting that he had given her several chances to stand down rather than immediately ordering his men to fire. He also tells Galen that she will be given a funeral on Coruscant. In the film itself, he doesn't seem to have any qualms about having her gunned down.
  • 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. His Badass Cape could also be a reflection of the adage "Dress for the job you want".
    Vader: "Be careful not to choke on your aspirations, Director."
  • Arc Villain: While completely outranked by Tarkin and Vader, Krennic is nevertheless the main antagonist of Rogue One, being directly responsible for the kidnapping of Galen Erso, was the one behind the construction of the Death Star, and is the most consistent threat throughout. Until Tarkin takes control of the space station.
  • 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 DT-29 heavy blaster pistol, 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.
  • Badass Cape: He has a very fancy one, making him one of the few Imperials 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 any other Sith Lords, and highlights his Smug Snake personality.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Krennic's smart enough to gather the resources and team to build the Death Star, such as playing on Poggle's need for his species to do some work and Galen's research into kyber crystals. He is undone by his desire for speed, since Poggle has his drones go crazy to ruin the work they've just done and escapes to rejoin the Separatist Council on Utapau, while Galen quickly works out that Krennic doesn't need him and stalls the work long enough for him to implement his flaw in the Death Star.
  • 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.
  • 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 to 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: At Galen's farm, Krennic is as snarky as they come. Alas, after sixteen years of Death Star construction stress he no longer has this quality.
    Krennic: 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 Brit: Zigzagged. While all the other Imperial officers have Received Pronunciation British accents, Krennic speaks with a mix of a British and Mendelsohn’s own Australian accent, making him seem more like a "working class" outsider compared to Tarkin's "upper class" circle.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Foil:
    • 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 construction 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, mostly irrelevant in the grand scheme of things, and only exists so there's someone to root against. Apart from his personality, there's also his heinous actions that 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:
    • His desire for speed and results resorts to him bringing back Galen Erso, who quickly works out it was unnecessary and allows him time to slow down the work and add his exhaust port flaw.
    • 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 in Valt just because they were Separatist-aligned.
    • In Rogue One, after he learns that someone leaked the information about the 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, or even General Tagge's desire to just simply build more Star Destroyers, and use it on the Death Star. This in effect killed many developments that would've 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 its 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.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He's appalled at the destruction of the Celestial Power facility on Malpaz, not because of the deaths of tens of thousands of the planet's people, but because the kyber energy output needed for the Death Star wasn't properly contained.
  • 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. Unlike Tarkin, Krennic's project wins due to the TIE Defender program already shut down on Lothal because of Governer Pyrce blowing up the fuel depot to kill Kanan.
  • A Sinister Clue: Aims his DT-29 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, such as the Republic Center for Military Operations note  where Ahsoka Tano was imprisoned. 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.
  • Skeptic No Longer: In the novelization of Rogue One, he doesn't think much of Darth Vader's "dead Sith cult" — until Vader puts the Force-choke on him.
    The Jedi were dead but their power persisted. Mad cultist or not, the Sith Lord's sorcery was real.
  • 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 Salient, a minor system in the Corporate Sector.
  • 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: At least twice:
    • After the successful Death Star test on Jedha, Tarkin swoops in and effortlessly steals the credit and Krennic goes ballistic:
      Krennic: We stand here amidst MY ACHIEVEMENTS! NOT YOURS!
    • After getting 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.
      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 points a gun at him and has no problem ordering his men to shoot, even though it results 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 Erso 

Galen Walton Erso

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"We call it the Death Star, and there is no more fitting name. And the day is coming soon when it will be unleashed."

Species: Human

Homeworld: Grange

Portrayed by: Mads Mikkelsen
Appearances: Catalyst | Rogue One

"Jyn, whatever I do, I do it to protect you."

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.


  • Age-Gap Romance: He's nine years older than Lyra; she was around 22 while he was around 31 when they got married.
  • 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. Over the years he spent working on the Death Star, however, Galen, in his own words, "learned to lie", stringing Krennic along for years, making him think Galen was indispensable, all while building the Death Star's vital weakness into it's design right under Krennic's nose.
  • 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.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: He finally sees his daughter again after thirteen years and it's when Jyn is holding him as he dies.
  • 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.
    • Has similarities to Qwi Xux, a scientist from the Expanded Universe who designed the Death Star and its successor, the Sun Crusher after being told they'd only be used on uninhabited planets.
  • 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.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: During the events of Bloodline, Galen is viewed as such by one of the Centrist senators during a reception in Ransolm's office, commenting on the unlikelihood of the first Death Star's weakness and speculates that it was actually a deliberate betrayal on his part, most likely due to his "unwillingness" to help Krennic on the verge of greatness. note  Given what we see in Rogue One, that Senator was right on the money...
  • 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.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: He was partly inspired by Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, and Niels Bohr, whose work in theoretical physics led to the creation of the atomic bomb.
  • 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.
  • Shoot the Builder: Is well aware that, at some point, he'll become surplus to the Empire's needs, so makes himself indispensible to avert this trope. It only fails because he convinces the Rebels that he's indispensible, too.
  • 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.
  • Spanner in the Works: The glaring weak spot of the Death Star was put in by him intentionally.
  • 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...

    Brierly Ronan 

Assistant Director Brierly Ronan

Species: Human

Appearances: Thrawn: Treason

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.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: After noticing Vah'nya's Force-sensitivity, Ronan theorizes that Thrawn is colluding with the Emperor to eliminate Force-sensitives among the Chiss. In reality, Thrawn has a vested interest in protecting Force-sensitive Chiss from the likes of Palpatine.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: For all his arrogance and unpleasantness, he outright pleads for Grand Admiral Savit to halt his traitorous campaign and seek a more diplomatic solution to his issues with Project Stardust before Imperial officers who have nothing to do with the ordeal are caught in the crossfire.
  • 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.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Zig-zagged; Ronan has moments of genuine insight, managing to (eventually) see the value of Thrawn, Eli, and Faro, but he also idolizes Krennic, considering him above the Empire's power-hungry elite, totally blind to Krennic's own extreme arrogance and ambition. He also regards the Emperor as nothing but a wisened tyrant who plays his minions against each other for fun, which, while not entirely inaccurate, proves that Ronan has no idea just how dangerous the Emperor really is.
  • 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.

    Dunstig Pterro 

Captain Dunstig Pterro

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"Commence primary ignition."

Species: Human

Portrayed by: Tony Pitts
Appearances: Rogue One

"Director, we have to evacuate!"

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.
  • Satellite Character: He is always at Krennic's side and lacks any agency of his own in the story, serving no other purpose than to be Krennic's aide and Mook Lieutenant.

    Mich Matt 

Mich Matt

See his entry on the Rebel Alliance page.

    Undead Troopers 

Undead Troopers

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Appearances: Commander

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 the same Death Troopers from Legends, being created from the same virus and sharing the same basic background, 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.

Inspectors

    Garrick Versio 

Admiral Garrick Versio

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"You take orders from me!"

Species: Human

Homeworld: Vardos

Portrayed by: Anthony Skordi
"I gave my life to this Empire. Fought hard to keep it strong. Hard to believe this is all that's left..."

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.


  • Arc Villain: Of Battlefront II.
  • 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.
  • 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 with 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 COMPNOR personnel, 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).
    • Despite Versio being disappointed that Inferno Squad were not able to interrogate the Dreamers for intel on the Rebel Alliance, he issues commendations for Del, Gideon, and Iden for destroying the last of the Partisans, thus cleaning up Anakin/Darth Vader's mistake during the Clone Wars.
    • 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.

    Bozeden Jeems 

Inspector-General Bozeden Jeems

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Species: Human

Portrayed by: ???
Appearances: Rogue One

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.

Supervisors

    Dedra Meero 

Lieutenant Dedra Meero

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"Systems either change or die."

Species: Human

Portrayed by: Denise Gough
Appearances: Andor
"You're in my net. Are you a fish, or are you a thief?"
An up-and-coming supervisor in charge of security in two sectors, Dedra suspects that rising cases of theft from Imperial facilities suggest the formation of a large rebellion gathering supplies to fight against the Empire.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: She's the first person in the entire ISB to notice something suspicious out of several seemingly unrelated cases of theft throughout the galaxy and rightfully suspects that these may be signs of a growing rebellion rising up against the Empire.
    Dedra: We're treating what happened at Aldhani like a robbery.
    Heert: What would you call it?
    Dedra: An announcement.
  • Bait the Dog: Dedra has a number of admirable traits, being determined, intelligent, and capable. Her perseverance in a frustrating workplace makes her relatable as she butts-heads with the smug Blevin. While it's clear she has a number of Villainous Virtues, episode 9 really hammers in the "villainous" part. Dedra oversees the torture of Bix and Paak, even allowing the latter to be executed, showing an angrier and crueler side to her character and establishing very firmly she's not some Punch-Clock Villain but a firm believer in the evils of the Empire.
  • The Baroness: Has many characteristics of the "Klebb" variant, being a domineering, emotionless sadist who zealously believes in the ideals of the Empire, albeit lacking the combat skill often associated with this trope.
  • Beneath the Mask: Despite all her cool, calculated attempts to look like a professional, once she's interrogating Bix she shows she's just as sadistic and monstrous as any Imperial worth their salt.
    Dedra: The very worst thing you can do right now is bore me.
    Bix: You're not gonna believe me anyway, are you?
    Dedra: No, I suppose not.
  • Break the Haughty: Her attempt to catch Andor during his mother's funeral goes completely wrong and she ends up being hit with a brick to the head and nearly torn to pieces by an angry mob. By the time Syril saves her, she's trembling and on the verge of a breakdown.
  • Dirty Coward: Once she's on the receiving end of violence, it becomes abundantly clear that Dedra is a coward at heart and completely incapable of handling the stress of combat; the riot breaking out sends her into a terrified nervous breakdown that nearly gets her killed by letting the Ferrix townsfolk swarm and beat her into the ground, forcing Karn to rush in and pull her out of the metaphorical fire.
  • Dramatic Irony: During the Narkina 5 arc, she's working hard to track down Cassian, unaware he's already being detained under a different name and for different charges.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Dedra puts on a capable professional front and can be quite polite, but when she takes to the field in search of Luthen Rael, she guiltlessly resorts to some very nasty lengths in pursuit of her goal, as Bix and Paak unfortunately find out.
  • Friendless Background: Dedra is always seen in a workplace context, and never shown to have a social life. Arguably the closest thing she has to a friend is Attendant Heert, as he volunteers to help her outside of work hours. Her actress Denise Gough notes this parallels Dedra to Luthen, as both of them have sacrificed their personal lives for the cause, unlike Luthen though Dedra doesn't seem to regret cutting off any opportunities for love.
    Denise Gough: She’s sacrificed everything. She doesn’t have friends. She doesn’t have a life. She’s prepared to be despised. She ices her life. Everything is iced out. Everything. Luthen burns it – there’s an energy to that. But Dedra’s is just as painful. She’s frozen everything.
  • Gut Feeling: She cites this as part of her reasoning for suggesting that a larger rebellion is forming, which causes her concern to initially be dismissed by Major Partagaz due to not having enough evidence.
  • The Heavy: Dedra is subordinate to Partagaz, who actively leads their branch of the ISB and is the closest the show has to a Big Bad. However, Partagaz' attentions are divided among his various other duties, and while every action Dedra takes is done so with Partagaz's approval, Dedra is the character most dedicated to catching Andor, and it's her investigation that is the most active and direct threat to him and the rest of the supporting cast.
  • Mirror Character:
    • Role-wise, Dedra's character is parallel to Syril Karn, the former Deputy Inspector of the Pre-Mor Security Inspection Team. Both of them are pro-Imperial and dedicated to their duties to a fault, putting them into conflict with their fellow colleagues in their organizations. However, Dedra is able to navigate through the Vast Bureaucracy of her agency to get what she needs without outright stepping beyond her station, which ultimately earns the approval of her superior Partagaz and she is promoted for it. Meanwhile, Syril's need for justice for the two dead Pre-Mor workers led to his misguided and unsanctioned raid on Ferrix, which caused even more Pre-Mor casualties that achieved nothing since Syril's target was able to escape and Syril got fired because of it.
    • Dedra also has a number of similarities to Luthen Rael, the man she's trying to find and catch. Both of them are intelligent blonde characters who constantly try to play chess and use unscrupulous methods to get what they want to defeat their enemies. They also both are great when it comes to manipulating others and setting up plans, but have sacrificed their social lives to their causes and quickly lose composure when actual violence breaks out around them. The only difference in their operations is that Luthen is a spymaster, and thus one of the highest authorities in the Rebel Alliance, whereas Dedra still answers to her ISB supervisors at the end of the day.
  • Paper Tiger: She's a smug, sadistic bully beneath her professional demeanor and has no issue ordering violence on anyone she deems a threat to the Empire. But once she ends up on the frontlines herself at Maarva's funeral, it swiftly becomes apparent that Dedra has never been in a fight, let alone one where her opponents can actually fight back, and she near-immediately goes into a histrionic panic attack, waving her blaster around uselessly and being effortlessly overpowered and beaten by the angry townsfolk. Only Karn's intervention saves her from being lynched.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Only a few times we even get to see her with so much as an understated smirk.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite warning Syril Karn that she can arrest him if he doesn't stay out of her investigation, she genuinely thanks him for saving her life from the mob on Ferrix.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Disapproves of some of the Empire's more "scorched-earth" tactics and much prefers capturing Rebels alive — so she can wring as much information out of them as possible.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: The bun she wears at the back of her neck is as tightly-wound as she is.
  • Rank Scales with Asskicking: Nope. Despite being an officer on an upwards career trajectory, she is an intelligence analyst, thus she is completely useless in a combat situation even when she has a blaster in her hand and she is up against an unarmed civilian mob.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: She believes that the stolen Starpath device is part of a bigger rebel plot. There is a bigger rebel plot but the Starpath device has nothing to do with it. It was stolen by Cassian before he joined the rebels for purely monetary reasons, although his ability to steal such items is what attracts the attention of rebel recruiters.
  • The Rival: Her dedication to her duties put her at odds with Lieutenant Blevin, who believes that Dedra is just being ambitious and is trying to supersede his authority. By "Announcement", he's on the losing side of the rivalry as Partagaz recognizes he is mostly interested in upstaging her, and thus takes control of the Morlana sector and gives it to her.
    Blevin: You've been here, what, just over a year? You might want to steady the ladder before you start climbing.
    Dedra: I'm not looking for career advice.
  • Showing Up Chauvinists: In the early episodes she's positioned almost sympathetically: she's as a woman in a roomful of male colleagues whose hard work is often overlooked by them. One of her first triumphant moments is pulling one over the male Blevin, who was looking down on her efforts to track down "Axis". However, it becomes clear that Dedra succeeding and being given more authority isn't a good thing, since she is all too happy to uphold the cruelty of the Imperial regime.
  • Teacher's Pet: A non-school example. Her hard work and dedication slowly endears her to Partagaz who begins openly praising her and also privately warns her to watch her back, presumably out of some concern for her safety.
  • That's What I Would Do: In a private discussion with Heert, her assistant, they both agree that Dedra believes that the cases of theft throughout the galaxy "are too random to be random". She reasons that if it was her, she would have done something similar and hit numerous targets throughout the galaxy and never hit the same target twice, widening the Empire's search area for perpetrators and fooling them into believing that the attacks are unrelated.
  • Villain Protagonist: Along with Karn, she is a supporting protagonist in Andor, but a firm fascist member of the Empire.

    Blevin 

Lieutenant Blevin

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Species: Human

Portrayed by: Ben Bailey Smith
Appearances: Andor

"It took the combined ingredients of idiocy, ineptitude, and total disengagement for this farce to have reached the full apex of incredulous disaster."

A supervisor in charge of four sectors, including the Morlana Sector.


  • Badass Longcoat: When out investigating, he wears a noir-detective style longcoat that is visually very distinct from any of the other uniforms imperials wear in and out of the series.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has a tendency to give these out when someone does or says something stupid in his presence.
    Tigo: Could I be made Prefect? The title. I know it doesn't come with extra pay.
    Blevin: You can wear a ball gown if you'd like. Just get this up and running before my next staff meeting.
  • Failed a Spot Check: He believes that Mon Mothma's funding for the Rebellion is covering her husband Perrin's gambling debts, thus explaining the missing money, when in reality, she fooled the ISB spy posing as her chauffeur to throw off suspicion.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He tries to publicly castigate Dedra for "overreaching" during her investigation into the stolen Starpath unit and the Aldhani robbery, only for Major Partagaz to take Ferrix out from under his authority and reassigning it to Dedra. His embarrassed and defeated expression during the meeting says it all.
    Partagaz: Ferrix is of great interest to her and has clearly become a distraction for you.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: He's the main indicator of disharmony within the ISB, prioritizing jockeying for position at the expense of investigation.
    Blevin: She's overreaching to increase the size of her portfolio. She should spend more time on the security at her bases and less furthering her career.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After the disastrous raid on Ferrix, Blevin takes control over the police system there and fires all the staff, due to believing the group was too unfocused and incompetent to continue working there. He later loses Ferrix to Dedra Meero because of his own smug attitude and selfish desire to assert authority over her.
  • Smug Snake: He clearly enjoys denying Dedra jurisdiction over a case and technology that originated from her sector and gives her a very self-satisfied smirk when Major Partagaz sides with him. He has the usual overconfidence, and his attempts to use control of the sector against her end with Partagaz taking it away and giving it to Dedra, saying that it had become a "distraction" to him.
  • Social Climber: His actor certainly views him as such
    Ben Bailey Smith: He's an Empire guy. He's a bad guy. He's a very weaselly, slimy dude who's trying to climb the ranks at the expense of anybody and everybody else. He's that kind of guy who will stab you in the back if it means going up in the world. In the Empire, it's like the mafia, because the higher up you are, the less likely it is that you might just get whacked.

    Lonni Jung 

Supervisor Lonni Jung

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Species: Human

Portrayed by: Robert Emms
Appears in: Andor

A sector supervisor who has his own secret agenda.


  • Beard of Evil: Inverted. He has a mustache, while most Imperial officers (save Yularen) are clean shaven, hinting at his true nature as a Rebel spy, many of which tend to have facial hair.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He is initially presented as just one of several other supervisors at the ISB who regularly attends meetings with Dedra. Then he is revealed in One Way Out to be a spy for Luthen with no hints prior to his true allegiance.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Luthen points out to him that suddenly retiring out of claimed health related concerns right as the Empire was conducting what is essentially a test to see if they have a mole in their ranks is a terrible idea.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He is horrified that Luthen plans on sacrificing Anto Kreegyr's Rebel group just to ensure that the ISB has no idea that there may be a mole amongst their ranks.
  • The Mole: He is secretly a deep-cover member of Luthen's rebel cell and has been feeding information to him for at least six years.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: He wants to leave the ISB to spend more time with his daughter and due to the stress of being Luthen's agent within the organization. However Luthen refuses to allow him out and makes a not-so-subtle threat towards Lonni's daughter. Luthen also points out even if he did let Lonni leave, a sudden resignation from ISB would make Lonni a target of suspicion/surveillance for ISB as well, so poor Lonni is stuck.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Being aware of his true motivations casts some of his actions in a different light. For instance, Major Partagaz chides him for falling behind on his arrest quotas, which may have been Lonni attempting to keep the authoritarian crackdown of the Empire from being as bad as it could be in his sectors. Then during Yularen's speech on how the Empire will retaliate for the Aldhani heist Luthen's Axis Rebel cell pulled off, he's the only one who's worried about how his sectors would fare from the punishments that would be inflicted on them. Later on, when a trap is set for Anto Kreegyr, Lonni suggests the Empire do an inspection of the trap site, on the theory that it would be expected and routine, and he argues Kreegyr's group would be more likely to notice something is wrong if they change from their usual routine. This may have been Lonni's attempt to scare off Kreegyr and his men, but unfortunately they didn't catch the hint.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's almost impossible to talk about Jung without tripping over multiple spoilers about him, the ISB, and his role within it.

    Lagret 

Captain Lagret

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Species: Human

Portrayed by: Michael Jenn
Appears in: Andor

A sector supervisor who seems to have more excuses than solutions.


  • Incompetence, Inc.: From what it's worth, his staff aren't very good at their jobs, as evidenced by Major Partagaz's response to him trying to justify why he hasn't finished his memorandum.
    Lagret: [weakly] My staff is awaiting an assessment from Arvala-Six's Ministerial Director.
    Partagaz: [completely unimpressed] Because they've done such an excellent job so far, hmm?
    Lagret: [has no response]
  • Lame Comeback: Any excuse he makes, Partagaz sees right through.
  • Never My Fault: Supervisor Lagret tries to pass the responsibility for dealing with a conflict in his sector off on lower ranking Imperials, claiming he's waiting on reports before he can do anything himself. His own superior is unimpressed with this attempt to shirk responsibility.
  • Right Hand Versus Left Hand: Lagret doesn't like Dedra, making snide comments about her and seeming to ally himself with Blevin in their rivalry. This means he dismisses suggestions Dedra makes that would aid the Empire.
  • Taken Off the Case: He gives Major Partagaz one too many excuses and vague answers and Partagaz reassigns the memorandum on the Arvala-Six conflict Lagret had been working on.

    Heert 

Attendant Heert

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Species: Human

Portrayed by: Jacob James Beswick
Appears in: Andor
"It's too random to be random."
Dedra's loyal and competent assistant.
  • Chessmaster Sidekick: Extremely good at research. He notably steps in one episode with evidence to back up Dedra when she withers under Partagaz's inquisition.
  • Co-Dragons: Along with Corv.
  • Middle-Management Mook: Handles Dedra's research and aids her in her investigation.
  • The Reliable One: An excellent investigator in his own right who backs up Dedra when she needs it.
  • Satellite Character: Appears more or less always at Dedra's side.

    Corv 

Attendant Corv

Species: Human

Portrayed by: Noof Ousellam
Appearances: Andor

An ISB agent working under Supervisor Dedra Meero. After assisting her in her duties on Coruscant, he is assigned to go undercover on Ferrix, where he performs surveillance on Cassian Andor's friends and family, hoping to find a clue that will lead him to Andor.


  • Can Always Spot a Cop: His attempt to go undercover as a Ferrix native isn't outright bad, and he looks different enough from his normal self that viewers might not even realize that he's the same guy seen tailing Dedra in various scenes, but Cinta makes him right away and in a Close-Knit Community like Ferrix, his attempt to pass himself off as a local is only going to have limited success. Cassian's friends and family seem to suspect him too, since they go to pains to fool his surveillance efforts and Brasso manages to slip away from Corv's surveillance.
  • Character Death: During the riot on Ferrix, Cinta Kaz uses the confusion and chaos to tail him. When he becomes aware of her, she lures him into a doorway and stabs him with a hidden knife.
  • Co-Dragons: Along with Heert.
  • The Dragon: For Dedra Meero. In the later episodes of Season 1 of Andor, she is either seen giving him various tasks or he (or Meero's attendant Heert) is reporting to her about various issues Corv is working on. She eventually sends him to Ferrix to be her eyes and ears there.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Does a version of this with Bix along with Lieutenant Keysax from Ferrix Garrison. Keysax is the "good cop" who supports a deeply traumatized Bix while on the way to the interrogation room and speaks more gently to her, while Corv threatens to call in Doctor Gorst again if she isn't cooperative.
  • The Handler: Employs Ferrix local Nurchi, who hates Cassian, to report to him about word on the street and to give him insight into local Ferrix customs and matters.
  • Spy Versus Spy: He arrives on Ferrix looking for clues to find Cassian at around the same time that Cinta Kaz, an operative for the proto-Rebellion cell of Luthen Rael, comes to Ferrix for the same reason. While she quickly realizes who he is upon encountering him, it's unclear if he ever does the same. It's clear that he's suspicious when he notices Cinta tailing him during the Ferrix riot, but not as suspicious as he should be if he knew she was an opposing spy, and he seems caught completely by surprise when she guts him with a hidden knife.

    Lank Denvik 

Commander Lank Denvik

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Species: Human

Portrayed by: Gideon Emery
Appears in: Jedi: Survivor
"I know what you're capable of, and what you're not."
A chief supervisor who served as administrator of the ISB's Satellite Station in the Nova Garon system.
  • Affably Evil: He's fairly polite when he meets Cal Kestis, and even when Cal tells him that Vader raided Cere's base on Jedha, he tries to fix his mistake before Cal has him tell his men to stand down.
    Denvik: I'd assumed the first time we met you'd be strapped to an interrogation chair.
    Cal: I've heard that before. It's still weird.
  • Ambition is Evil: His primary motivation is to rise in the Empire's ranks and raise the ISB's standing over the Inquisitorious. This is why he agreed to look the other way when Bode came to him, deciding it was better to have a former Jedi as a pet assassin to find bigger game for his goals.
  • Asshole Victim: A vile Imperial who ends up killed by Vader; he not only suffers karma for his actions against Cal and the rebels, or his manipulation of Bode, but for trying and failing to play above Vader's level by stealing Jedi kills out from under him.
  • Bald of Evil: Is mostly bald, and a cruel, ruthless Imperial.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He fancies himself a clever chessmaster since he managed to get a Jedi to act as his own personal ninja assassin. But once he loses control of this powerful asset, he proves to not be much of a threat, nor is he the genius he thinks he is.
  • Deal with the Devil: He forces Bode Akuna into one. If Bode does his dirty work, Denvik will protect Bode from the Inquisitors. Unfortunately for Denvik, he ends up on the receiving end when Bode sets him up to be killed by either Cal or Vader.
  • Dirty Coward: Quickly shows himself to be one when he has to fight on his own.
  • Evil Mentor: A hidden Force Echo indicates that he worked with Bode under the Republic during the Clone Wars, and was the one who first taught him spycraft.
  • Evil Old Folks: An aging man who's your average corrupt Imperial agent.
  • Evil Virtues: For what it's worth, he does uphold his end of the bargain and shields Bode and Kata from Vader... then it's subverted when it's revealed in a post-game Force Echo that he had no problem Moving the Goalposts in his missions for Bode, smugly threatening his daughter's life each time.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Went from heroic Republic Intelligence operative to villainous Imperial spymaster.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Him roping Bode into his services and having Kata as ransom leads to the events of Jedi: Survivor. As a result, his actions contribute to Koboh being invaded by the Empire and the deaths of Koob, Lizz, Gabs, Bravo, Eno Cordova, and Cere Junda. Then this is subverted when Denvik starts playing an active role, only to be revealed to be far more pathetic and average of a threat than Bode, getting easily incapacitated by Cal and then killed by Vader as if he meant little-to-nothing.
  • Hate Sink: Of all the villainous major players in Survivor, Denvik is easily the least sympathetic one, his only desire being to rise up in the ranks of the Empire even if it means going behind Vader's back in doing so and him furthering Bode's corruption playing a hand in Cordova and Cere's death without remorse. Rayvis, Dagan, Vader, and Bode are more dangerous and mentally unstable, but they do have noble and tragic characteristics and/or motivations, all of which Denvik lacks. At the end of the day, he's just a smug, condescending, and craven asshole with no redeeming qualities or combat capability.
  • Hypocrite: He has the gall to ask for a quick death from Cal rather than one from Vader, when his work has unquestionably seen countless poor souls slain at Vader's hands, or wishing Vader would kill them already.
  • I Have Your Wife: Not that Bode had much of a choice, since he willingly went to Denvik and asked for him and his daughter's safety as the price of his services. Denvik quickly grew to use this to smugly force Bode to do whatever he asked, happy to dangle her life in front of him.
  • Karmic Death: His main goal is to rise up in the ranks of the Empire through using Bode and incredibly underhanded tactics whilst also going against the rules of the Empire and Darth Vader. In the end, Vader repays this in kind by telekinetically choking Denvik to death.
  • Killed Offscreen: According to a Force Echo found by Cal after the credits, Denvik was eventually Force choked to death unceremoniously by Darth Vader.
  • Mercy Kill: He tries to press Cal into giving him one rather than living to face Darth Vader's wrath, but Cal lets him live as a Cruel Mercy instead, so he can get his Just Desserts from Vader, as heard in a post game Force Echo.
    Cal: Give the Inquisitors my regards.
  • The Mentor: To Bode when they served in Republic Intelligence.
  • Moving the Goalposts: A Force Echo reveals that he changed his demand from Bode to simply find Cere to bring her before him, dangling the safety of Kata over his head. It's implied this is far from the first time Denvik has strung Bode along while smugly gloating how he has no choice but to obey, so it's no wonder Bode turns on him and sets him up to be killed by Vader. It also informs much of why Bode became a paranoid wreck given Denvik constantly did this to him after already suffering the trauma of the Inquisitors killing his wife.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Subverted. Treating Bode like crap results in Bode eventually leaking his location to Cal, leading to his ultimate death when Cal leaves him exposed for Vader to eventually come and kill. However, this excursion only buys Bode the time he needs to escape to Tanalor, meaning Cal gains nothing from helping engineer Denvik's demise.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Once he realized that Bode leaked his Hidden Path intel to Darth Vader, who acted on it before Denvik could launch his own operation against them, his confidence quickly turns into fear.
    Denvik: Can't you see? Bode lured you here to destroy me!
    • In a Force Echo found after credits, we can hear his fear before Vader force chokes him to death for his treachery.
  • Paper Tiger: Like Dedra Meero, Denvik is a smug, sadistic bully hiding behind a professional demeanor, who has no problem ordering violence on anyone who stands in the way of his ambitions. However, when he is on the receiving end of violence himself, he proves himself to be a coward with no real combat prowess.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: In the past he realized that it would be much more useful to use a former Jedi he knows is good at his job to root out more powerful Jedi and entire rebel cells than to simply turn him in like he's supposed to.
  • The Starscream: He is clearly acting above his station, working against Vader and the Inquisitors, and probably also against Colonel Yularen and Major Partagaz as well. This comes back to bite him when the primary "weapon" he was using to achieve his ambitions turns against him and exposes his insubordinate power-jockeying.
  • Villainous Valor: He does try to shoot Cal on two occasions, perhaps out of overconfidence, but he does try. Subverted later when he asks for Cal to kill him, only to spare him from Vader inevitably doing it, showing he's still a coward through and through.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • While Cal is angrily chewing him out for his actions (both his legitimate ones and the ones he's not directly responsible for), Denvik quickly puts things together that Bode is playing a larger game that is only further playing Cal for a fool. Cal eventually realizes that Denvik was correct when Bode escapes to Tanalor, with his entire mission to Nova Garon nearly having been a wild goose chase just to slow him down.
    • He ends up being proven correct that the ISB will outlive the Inquisitorious, since normal intelligence operations running the Empire are always going to be needed.
  • Would Hurt a Child: More than happy to turn Kata over to the Inquisitorious if Bode doesn't complete his missions.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Against a "normal" Rebel like Cassian Andor or Saw Gerrera he would likely be a very cunning and dangerous opponent. But against a Jedi like Cal Kestis, he's just a minor annoyance.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Ends up on the receiving end of of this trope. Once Bode has gotten Tanalorr's compass from the Mantis crew and Kata out of the Satellite Station, he leaves him at the mercy of either Cal Kestis, Darth Vader, or the Inquisitorius, the second of which does the job of killing him, as heard in a Force Echo postgame.

Agents

    Alexsandr Kallus 
See his page.

    Gudry 

Agent Gudry

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Species: Human

Appearances: Thrawn

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.

    Romwell Krass Junior 

Agent Romwell Krass Junior

Species: Human

Appearances: Life Debt

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.

    Andressa Divo 

Agent Andressa Divo

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Species: Human (Coruscanti)

Homeworld: Coruscant

Appearances: All There in the Manual*

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.

    Thorn 

Agent Thorn

Species: Human

Appearances: Squadrons

An Imperial agent embedded on Hosnian Prime.


  • Living Macguffin: Her entire role in Squadrons amounts to being the target of an entire mission to extract her from deep behind New Republic lines.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: An ISB Agent that managed to go undercover on Hosnian Prime, one of the worlds at the heart of the New Republic and eventually its capital, and she went undetected right up until she is extracted by Titan Squadron.
  • Spanner in the Works: For the New Republic, as her successful extraction leads to details of the Starhawk project being leaked to Admiral Sloane's portion of the Imperial remnant, allowing her to send Titan Squadron after it.

Naval officers

    Alecia Beck 

Senior Commander Alecia Beck

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Species: Human

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.
  • It's Personal: Developed a hatred of Han Solo after his actions in saving Caluan Ematt from capture caused her to lose out on a promotion. Discovering him on Madurs post-Endor makes her target Han over Leia, who is a higher priority target, because of their past encounter.
  • Red Right Hand: The giant glowing red eye is a pretty big indicator of her moral stance.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: At the end of the The Princess and the Scoundrel, she attempts to kill the entire population of the planet Madurs by blockading them until their unstable planet falls apart, all in attempt to make sure Han and Leia die with them.
  • 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?: She is captured by the New Republic at the end of The Princess and the Scoundrel and interrogated for Imperial secrets, but what happens to her during or after that is unknown, as well as what kind of information they were able to glean. 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 the Empire being aware of whether or not she's dead.

    Ronnadam 

Captain Ronnadam

Species: Human

Appearances: Lost Stars

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.

    Arliz Hadrassian 

Arliz Hadrassian

See her entry on the First Order page.

Army officers

    Herdringer/Jenkes 

Lieutenant Herdringer/Jenkes

See his entry on the Lothal Imperial Garrison page.

    Swain 

Swain

See her entry on the Lothal Imperial Garrison page.

Loyalty officers

    Emarr Ottkreg 

Colonel Emarr Ottkreg

Species: Human

Appearances: The Levers of Power

"The rebel assault was doomed from the start. One last insignificant tantrum thrown by their terrorist movement."

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 

Sinjir Rath Velus

See his entry on the New Republic Senate page.

Interrogators

    Gorst 

Doctor Gorst

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Species: Human

Portrayed by: Joshua James
Appearances: Andor

"There's nothing intrinsically physical about this process, but we've had some early trials that were a bit chaotic."
A cruel Imperial interrogator, Doctor Gorst uses his detailed knowledge of psychology and physiology to concoct new and horrific methods of interviewing persons of interest and compelling testimony from prisoners of the Empire.
  • Break the Cutie: His interrogation of Bix Caleen leaves her rattled and traumatized.
  • Brown Note: Dr. Gorst uses this technique to torture Bix.
    Gorst: There's an Outer Rim moon called Dizon Fray. There was a sentient species there, quite unusual. Extremely hostile to the concept of an Imperial refueling center that was being planned. I say "was" because they created such a stir that the local commanders were granted permission to use any means necessary. And, um, well, what's important for our purposes here today is that the massacre of the Dizonites was broadcast and recorded as proof of mission. They make a sound as they die. A sort of, choral, agonized pleading. It was quite unlike anything anyone has ever heard before. There were three communications officers monitoring the documentation, and they were found hours later huddled together in various states of emotional distress, in a crawlspace beneath the ship's bridge. We've taken the recordings and modified them slightly, layering, adjusting. And we found a section of what we believe are primarily children, which has its own particular effect. It doesn't take long. It won't feel that way to you inside.
  • False Reassurance: Tells Bix not to be concerned about the leather straps fastening her to a chair, suggesting instead that they are for her own protection.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Seems a rather personable fellow despite the unpleasant nature of his work and even gives Bix a friendly wave when Dedra introduces him. But he never shows any empathy for any of the suffering he causes his victims and seems to enjoy what he does. He smirks as he describes the Final Solution against the Dizonites and leaves Paak and Bix speechless and with a Thousand-Yard Stare.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Of course, it's not exactly surprising that the Empire would offer a PhD in "Torturing Rebel Scum".
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: An amicable, polite and well-spoken fellow who takes great pride in his work... That being, researching new and horrific horrific ways to torture people.
  • Torture Technician: Has particularly cruel methods of torturing his prisoners to get them to talk. He's very good at his job and disturbingly upbeat about it.

Droids

    4D6-J-A7 

4D6-J-A7

Model: RA-7 protocol droid

Appearances: Rogue One

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.

    PZ-7 

PZ-7

Model: RA-7 protocol droid

Voiced by: Vanessa Marshall
Appearances: Rebels

"I am PZ-7. I was not aware two inventory units were assigned to this level."

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.

Coalition for Progress

    Pitina Voor 

Minister Pitina Mar-Mas Voor

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Species: Human

Appearances: Doctor Aphra

"For we—we few! We cunning! We bold!—we are the Coalition for Progress! We—are public relations."

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.
  • 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 assassinate 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 assassinating 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.
  • 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

    Pollux Hax 

Minister of Information Pollux Hax

Appearances: Rebelsnote 

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.


    Eris Harro 

Bureau Chief Eris Harro

Appearances: Rebelsnote 

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

    Alton Kastle 

Alton Kastle

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Species: Human

Voiced by: Steve Blum
Appearances: HoloNet News | Rebels | Inferno Squad

"This is Alton Kastle for the only news you need: the HoloNet News."

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.

    Calliope Drouth 

Calliope Drouth

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Species: Human

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".


  • Irony:
    • 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.
  • The Mole: Her former editor Mandora Catabe recruits Calliope as a spy for a rebel group she joined.

    X-0X 

X-0X

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.

Propaganda Artists

    Coba Dunivee 

Coba Dunivee

Appearances: All There in the Manualnote 

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.

    Vanya Sha 

Vanya Sha

Appearances: All There in the Manualnote 

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.


    Zeehay Versio 

Zeehay Versio

Species: Human

Homeworld: Vardos

Appearances: Inferno Squad

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.


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