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DS-1 "Death Star" Orbital Battle Station

"Both as impregnable fortress and as symbol of the Emperor's inviolable rule, the deep-space mobile battle station was an achievement on the order of any fashioned by the ancestral species that had unlocked the secret of hyperspace and opened the galaxy to exploration."
Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin

A massive mobile space station the size of a small moon, the Death Star is considered the ultimate technological achievement of the Galactic Empire's Imperial Intelligence division. With a crew of nearly a million officers, soldiers and technicians, its most prominent feature is a superlaser capable of destroying an entire planet. It serves as the seat of the Imperial Joint Chiefs and a testament to Governor Tarkin's "Rule Through Fear" doctrine.

    In General 
  • Achilles' Heel: The Death Star is a moon sized space station capable of destroying a planet, with only one significant weakness: a two meter wide exhaust port that leads directly to the station's reactor. Even then, the port is ray shielded, so only proton torpedoes have any chance of getting through, and it's still a very slim chance at best. However, according to one analyst, if those torpedoes do manage to enter that hole...the station would be no more.
  • Activation Sequence: The Death Star needs about twenty seconds from "Commence primary ignition" until it fires its superlaser upon Alderaan.
  • Converging-Stream Weapon: The superlaser has eight tributary beams that feed the main weapon. Currently serves as the trope image.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Even several people within the Empire have this opinion of the Death Star. Thrawn thinks just building more star destroyers and cruisers and better fighters would solve the Empire's problems. Other admirals felt humbler "siege breaker" like the Onager class star destroyer or the Torpedo Sphere would be more cost effective. The Empire even already had chemical weapons capable of committing genocide on a planetary scale. But none of those were quite as spectacular as the Death Star.
  • Death by Irony: Many members of the crew advocated for construction of the station over more practical projects. One such being Thrawn's Tie Defender program, intended to close the fighter gap between the Empire and Rebellion. The Death Star would be destroyed, taking its crew with it, largely because of said fighter gap. Never mind that they were atomized in an explosion large enough to destroy a celestial object.
  • Doomsday Device: The Death Star is a space station that can destroy planets with its massive laser. Grand Moff Tarkin hopes to use it to eliminate the Rebellion and to scare the rest of the galaxy into submission.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: The superlaser on the Death Star is capable of destroying entire planets with Alderaan as its first victim. A Million to One Chance attack on its Achilles' Heel from a Tatooine boy in a tiny space fighter causes the station to have a taste of its own medicine.
  • Evil Is Not Well-Lit: The interior of the Death Star, the villains' secret base, is drab and monotone.
  • Failsafe Failure: Including one of the most famous in all media:
    • The Death Star, a battle station the size of a small moon, can be completely destroyed by a small fighter firing a couple of missiles down a thermal exhaust shaft that leads directly to the main reactor. Imperial designers apparently recognized the problem to the extent of ray shielding the shaft to protect it from blaster fire, but for some reason cannot stop projectiles. The Empire can be forgiven for this, since you would have to be some kind of space wizard who is also a fighter pilot to actually hit a target that small. Rogue One addresses the weakness: the film would retroactively reveal that the weakness was installed on purpose as an act of sabotage, and that a lot of bloodshed and grief went into making that little detail, and the discovery of it, possible.
    • All the doors on the Death Star. If you shoot out the control panels for them on one side, the controls on the other side no longer work either. This proves to be both a feature and a bug for Luke and Leia during their escape.
    • Further demonstrating the Death Star's shoddy design, the tractor beam system has seven separate power junctions feeding it. This is apparently not for backup and failsafe purposes, as the disconnection of any one of the junctions will disable the entire system.
  • No OSHA Compliance:
    • The Death Star either fired their safety inspection team or have complete disregard for the safety of their staff, because the inside of the station is a giant death trap. You have massive chasms with very tiny bridges that can be retracted, and they have no railings or support at all. The tractor beam's power is controlled through a panel perched on a tower over a bottomless pit, and the catwalk to access the controls is about a foot wide. There are giant doors that slam shut in the blink of an eye. Their hangar bay has a giant, open elevator pit right next to where the ships would land. Heck, the superlaser cannon has two crew members perched on the itty bitty platform right next to the gigantic superlaser beam!
    • The blast doors. These are quadruple-section doors that close in from the corners, leaving an increasingly-shrinking square in the middle. Yes, in the event of decompression or a firefight, these doors need to close quickly for the safety of the onboard personnel (and to prevent pesky intruders from escaping, natch). But if a body (organic or mechanic) gets caught in the opening and mulched by the doors, that's a whole lotta cleaning up involved, and that's if the doors don't jam from all that matter caught in them.
    • Elements from the expanded universe which may no longer be canon made it clear that, despite the enormity of the task of building the Death Star, it was a rushed project from start to finish, which would explain if corners were cut to make sure that it was done on time.
    • The now legends book bearing the Death Star's name made it clear that the station was not 100% finished when it set out on its fateful voyage. It was fully combat operational, but a lot of the finishing touches hadn't been carried out yet (which, horrifyingly, meant that civilian work crew was still on board when it exploded). While this has yet to be expressly stated in canon, the Imperials wasted no time using the station after the superlaser was installed. It's still probable that things like railings hadn't been installed yet.
    • Given Rogue One revealed that Galen Erso was the one responsible for the thermal exhaust port that ultimately lead to the destruction of the first Death Star, it's not entirely unreasonable he may have created other ways to get back at the Imperials for all the pain they caused him.
  • Point Defenseless: Justified in that the Empire didn't think that fighters could possibly threaten the Death Star on their own, so their static defenses were designed to fight off capital ships. In fact, Tarkin is so arrogant about his station's invincibility that he doesn't bother scrambling the vast fighter fleet available to deal with the Rebels' fighters. Unfortunately, Darth Vader is not so stupid and had his personal squadron launch on his own authority with himself in the lead to deal with them.
  • Space Base: The Death Star is a moon-sized space base capable of blowing up whole planets.
  • Superweapon: Nothing in the setting can effectively fight the Death Star in a straight-up fight, and it completely invalidates ground armies by way of Earth-Shattering Kaboom. The only way it's destroyed is by a Million to One Chance shot on its Achilles' Heel.
  • That's No Moon: Trope Namer
  • Wave-Motion Gun: The Death Star's main weapon is a superlaser powerful enough to cause an Earth-Shattering Kaboom.

Command Staff

    Wilhuff Tarkin 

Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin

See his separate page.

    Moradmin Bast 

General Moradmin Bast

Species: Human

Portrayed by: Leslie Schofield
Appearances: A New Hope

"We've analyzed their attack, sir, and there is a danger."

A general serving as station chief aboard the Death Star and aide to Governor Tarkin. He tries to warn the Grand Moff of the danger the Rebel attack poses to the station.

  • Character Death: He receives the order from Tarkin to fire on Yavin base right before the station explodes.
  • Ignored Expert: After Gold Squadron is shot down, Bast reports to Tarkin that their attack pattern poses a serious risk to the station. He offers to ready the Grand Moff's personal ship, but is rebuffed.
  • Mook Lieutenant: In a position of authority on the Death Star, as he's at the strategy conference with Tagge, Motti, Yularen, and Tarkin, but subordinate to the Joint Chiefs.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: In a deleted scene, he has no problem voicing his annoyances to Vader about Tarkin, believing the Governor's plan to break Leia is a foolish waste of time.

    Hurst Romodi 

General Hurst Romodi
"Shall I begin targeting their fleet?"

Species: Human

Homeworld: Virujansi

Portrayed by: Ian Selby (A New Hope), Andy de la Tour (Rogue One)

A general in the Imperial Military and ally of Grand Moff Tarkin. Although a member of the Death Star's command staff, he was not present aboard the station when it was destroyed. Romodi eventually came to serve aboard the Executor and commanded operations against Rebel cells and Crimson Dawn.

  • Ascended Extra: He gets a few lines in Rogue One after initially appearing as a background character in A New Hope, and then goes on to play a major role in the Crimson Reign storyline.
  • Bald of Evil: He is an Imperial officer and has male pattern baldness.
  • Canon Immigrant: He originated in the Legends novelization of A New Hope, replacing Admiral Motti. It was eventually decided he was one of the previously unnamed Imperial officers in the briefing room scene in the movie, but he has no lines. After being briefly referenced in Servants of the Empire, Rogue One is his first direct canon appearance where he actually speaks and has a role in the story.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Vader constructing a trap to lure Crimson Dawn's hidden strength into a battle against the Empire ends up with all of Romodi's soldiers dead, sacrificed by Vader to ensure the Dawn unit's destruction after Romodi had tried to order them to retreat. In the aftermath of the battle Romodi declares the Sith Lord's idea of "order" to be no order at all.
  • A Father to His Men: He is not pleased when several of his best soldiers and officers are killed by Vader and his operatives while purging Crimson Dawn spies from the Empire's ranks, insisting that they were innocent and reassigning some of his other soldier in a bid to keep them out of Vader's way. They were in fact framed by actual Crimson Dawn agent Sabé, who was seeking revenge for their participation in the destruction of the Amidalans, and Romodi is horrified when the soldiers he reassigned are sacrificed by Vader in a trap against Crimson Dawn.
  • Mook Lieutenant: He reports directly to Tarkin and carries out his commands. He is the one Tarkin orders to have the Imperial security complex on Scarif destroyed.
  • Number Two: In Rogue One, acting as one of Tarkin's aides.
  • Old Soldier: According to Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide, Romodi had already retired and was invited to return to the Imperial Military to help in the readying of the Death Star project. Tarkin even thinks of him as "the old warhorse" in the novelization.
  • Saved by Canon: War of the Bounty Hunters, occurring between Empire Strikes... and Return of..., reveals that he avoided Tarkin's fate on the Death Star.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Tarkin: the two served together during the Clone Wars and later jointly led the pacification campaigns in the Western Reaches in the years after the Empire was established. Tarkin personally invited him back to active military service to work with him on the final stages of the Death Star project.

    Siward Cass 

Major Siward Cass

Species: Human

Portrayed by: Patrick Jordan
Appearances: A New Hope

"Our scout ships have reached Dantooine. They found the remains of a Rebel base, but they estimate that it has been deserted for some time."

A officer who serves as an aide to Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin.

  • All There in the Manual: His name and rank are given in Star Wars in 100 Scenes.
  • Mook Lieutenant: As Tarkin's aide, he acts as an intermediary between Tarkin and lower ranked officers and also delivers reports to him.
  • Old Soldier: He appears to be older than Tarkin, making him one of the oldest Imperial officers seen in the films.
  • Uncertain Doom: Most likely died aboard the Death Star alongside Tarkin.


    Edmos Khurgee 

Captain Edmos Khurgee

Species: Human

Portrayed by: Christopher Muncke
Appearances: A New Hope

"Get a scanning crew in here on the double! I want every part of this ship checked!"

A security officer who oversees the docking bays aboard the Death Star.

  • All There in the Manual: His first name is first given in Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy, which also reveals that he was used as the model for a COMPNOR propaganda poster entitled COMPNOR Recruitment. The poster's creator, Dasita Lyros, was the Art Director for COMPNOR and she also modelled in the poster, which led to rumors that Khurgee and Lyros were involved.
  • Mook Lieutenant: He inspects the Millennium Falcon once it's tractored in and reports the lack of anyone aboard to Darth Vader.

    Pol Treidum 

Lieutenant Pol Treidum

Species: Human

Portrayed by: Peter Sumner
Appearances: A New Hope

"TK-421, why aren't you at your post?"

A officer on the Death Star who oversaw the hangar in which the captured Millennium Falcon was held.

  • '70s Hair: Wears the long sideburns which were popular among Imperial officers at the time.
  • Character Death: After being knocked down by Chewbacca, he is subsequently shot and killed by the Wookiee.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Oversees one of the docking bays aboard the Death Star.
  • Oh, Crap!: He barely has time to start to panic upon opening a door to see a giant Wookiee standing in front of him before being knocked down and killed.

    Shann Childsen 

Lieutenant Shann Childsen

Species: Human

Portrayed by: Malcolm Tierney
Appearances: A New Hope

"Where are you taking this... thing?"

A Imperial officer on the Death Star in charge of the prison block.

  • Character Death: He is shot by Luke while attempting to retrieve his gun and return fire.
  • Fantastic Racism: Refers to Chewbacca as a "thing".
  • Mook Lieutenant: He is a minor Imperial officer on the Death Star who gets killed by the heroes.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets two lines to Luke and Han in disguise before a scuffle breaks out and he's shot by them.


Lieutenant Tanbris

Species: Human

Portrayed by: Andy Bradford
Appearances: A New Hope

"We count thirty Rebel ships, Lord Vader. But they're so small they're evading our turbolasers."

An officer on the Death Star who serves as Darth Vader's tactical officer.

  • Mook Lieutenant: A member of Vader's personal crew, upon reporting that the Rebel fighters are evading the Death Star's primary defenses, Tanbris is ordered to scramble the station's TIE squadrons.
  • Point Defenseless: Recognizes that the Death Star was designed to ward off an attack by capital ships, and thus the small and fast X-Wings are able to slip through the defense net.

    Jude Edivon 

Lieutenant Jude Edivon
From the manga adaption of Lost Stars

Species: Human

Homeworld: Bespin

Appearances: Lost Stars

"Science is the study of the entire material universe. Therefore everything is science -— whether you see it or not."

Jude was roommates with Ciena Ree and Kendy Idele at the Imperial Academy on Coruscant. Following her graduation, she was assigned to the Death Star and perished in the Battle of Yavin.

  • Ambiguously Bi: When she leaves the graduation ball with several young officers, both male and female, Thane asks Ciena which one Jude is going to get with, and is told that she is probably going with all of them.
  • Character Death: Dies in the destruction of the first Death Star.
  • Ignored Expert: She is the analyst who discovers that the Rebel starfighter attack on the Death Star does pose a threat to the station. While General Bast takes her warning seriously, Tarkin refuses to order an evacuation, which results in Jude and the rest of the Death Star crew dying.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: She is not evil, and considers the Empire to be an effective lawkeeping and orderly government. When Alderaan is destroyed, Jude struggles to come up with a rationalization for why it happened and the one she settles on, that it was to prevent a civil war from breaking out, is one she clearly recognizes as weak. Four years after Jude's death, Ciena notes that she would have been horrified to learn that another Death Star was built.
  • Sacrificial Lion: She is the first major character to die in Lost Stars, and her death has a lot of impact on Ciena and Thane.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Ciena is stunned when Jude shows up at the graduation ball not in one of her normal grey or otherwise dull outfits, but instead an orange dress that has cutouts that show off her belly and back, in addition to having her hair spiked up and long golden earrings. Ciena even finds herself thinking that Jude is extremely sexy in that outfit.
  • Shipper on Deck: Alongside Kendy, she also tries to help Ciena and Thane come together, especially after the two become estranged after the blaster incident.
  • The Smart Girl: She is highly adept with technology and computers, and is the most academically skilled of her friends at the academy. She is even ranked number one for a brief period after Ciena and Thane get demerits. Jude's technological skills lead to her being stationed on the Death Star.
  • The Spock: Jude tends to analyze things in a calm and rational manner, always with a scientific bent. It gets very odd sometimes, like her commenting while Kendy and Ciena are remarking about Thane looking cuter that yes, his physiology has progressed nicely.
  • Spock Speak: Jude mostly speaks with a clipped, very precise manner and often doesn't use contradictions, usually doing so in a scientific way.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's already naturally taller than most of her friends, but she shows up to the Imperial Ball in a pair of heels and absolutely towers over everyone else. Ved Foslo, her assigned dance partner, is not happy about this (he only comes up to her chest) and spends the entire dance demanding she bend down to make him seem less short.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To the academy personnel who set up the false sabotage of Thane's project in order to drive a wedge between him and Ciena. Without her discovering "evidence" that Thane might have sabotaged his own project to frame Ciena their plan never would have worked.

Flight Squadrons

    Kela Neerik 

Commander Kela Neerik

Species: Human

Callsign: Sigma Leader

Appearances: Inferno Squad

The leader of Sigma Squadron.

  • Uncertain Doom: After having responded to Iden's comm chatter throughout the Battle of Yavin, Iden finds that no one is answering anymore after the Death Star gets blown up, implying Commander Neerik was killed.

    Iden Versio 

Senior Lieutenant Iden Versio

See her entry on the Inferno Squadron page.

    Darth Vader's wingmen 

"DS-61-2" and "DS-61-3"

Species: Human

Portrayed by: ???
Appearances: A New Hope

Two TIE pilots stationed in Death Star and accompanied Darth Vader as his wingmen during Battle of Yavin.

  • Ace Pilot: They're slightly better than most other TIE pilots and handpicked by Darth Vader himself to be his wingmen.
  • Character Death: One of them was shot down by Millennium Falcon, while the other panicked and tried to avoid the freighter's laser fire, only to collide with Vader's TIE Advanced before impacted against the trench wall and exploded.
  • No Name Given: They're unnamed in their only appearance in A New Hope.
  • Schrödinger's Canon:
    • They're Only Known by Their Nickname, "Mauler" and "Backstabber", though "Mauler" had a family name. "Backstabber" was the one who was shot down by Millennium Falcon, while "Mauler" was the one who panicked and collided with Darth Vader's TIE Advanced before impacted against the trench wall and exploded.
    • "Mauler"'s designation number was DS-61-2 and his family name was Mithel. He had achieved twenty-seven Rebel kills prior to the Battle of Yavin, and he marked them by flames painted on the hull of his fighter. He had a son named Rejlii Mithel who became a tractor beam operator on the Chimaera.
    • "Backstabber" was a Corellian and his designation number was DS-61-3.
    • Their squadron was called Black Squadron.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Every Rebels' hope that Solo's ambush or the Death Star's detonation also killed Darth Vader was prevented because the last wingman accidentally collided into Vader's TIE.
  • Wingman: For Darth Vader during Battle of Yavin.


    Ansin Thobel 

Corporal Ansin Thobel

Species: Human

Portrayed by: ???
Appearances: Rogue One

An Imperial Navy Trooper who operates the main computer terminal in the Death Star's control room and directs the superlaser's gunners.

  • All There in the Manual: His name comes from Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide.
  • Middle-Management Mook: Someone else (Tarkin, Krennic) gives the order to fire, and others actually fire the laser, but it's Thobel who relays the firing order.


"I should probably... butch it up a bit, though, right?"

Species: Human

Portrayed by: Stephen Bayley
Appearances: From a Certain Point of View | A New Hope

"I hate having to wear this helmet all the time. I mean, it's so so so so bad for the skin, G7, you have no idea."

A Stormtrooper stationed on the Death Star who likes working with his MSE-6 "Mouse Droid", G7. He entered into an affair with a high-ranking officer shortly before the Millennium Falcon was captured.

  • Adaptational Sexuality: There was no indication of his sexual orientation even in Legends.
  • Ascended Extra: He gets his own story in the From a Certain Point of View anthology.
  • Camp Gay: He shows quite a bit of... flair in his private conversations with his droid and his lover.
  • Day in the Limelight: He's the focus of the short story Of MSE-6 and Men in the anthology From a Certain Point of View. Given that his role in the films lasts about one minute, most of his characterization comes from this story.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Unlike his legends counterpart, he was killed by Luke and Han. In Legends, he and the other stormtrooper where merely incapacitated and taken to the infirmary before perishing in the Death Star's destruction.
  • Inappropriately Close Comrades: He enters an affair with ones one of his superior officers. His lover is never identified, but he's said to have Alpha-One security clearance; high enough to let him sidestep standard protocol. It's heavily implied to be Tarkin.
  • Morality Pet: For his lover, with TK-421 apparently being the only person with whom he can relax. Considering his lover is likely Tarkin that's really saying something.
  • Mugged for Disguise: He and another Stormtrooper are tricked into coming aboard the Millenniun Falcon, and get their armor stolen by Luke and Han. Luke wears his armor.
  • Retirony: He spends much of his pagetime talking about how much he wants to get a transfer to Coruscant and make a living off of droid races with G7. Thanks to Luke and Han, he never gets the chance.
  • Robot Buddy: G7, his heavily-modified mouse droid. He hopes to take him onto a droid racing circuit once his tour is over. After TK-421's death, his lover takes G7 in.

    Endo Frant 

Chief Gunner Endo Frant

Species: Human

Homeworld: Alderaan
Appearances: Age of Rebellion: Grand Moff Tarkin #1

An Imperial Navy Trooper who serves as the chief gunner aboard the Death Star.

  • Armor-Piercing Question: Tries this with Tarkin. When scolded for feeling guilty over blowing up Alderaan, Frant asks Tarkin how he'd feel if ordered to blow up Eriadu, his homeworld. Much to Frant's shock, Tarkin replies, "With pleasure!" complete with an Imagine Spot.
  • Career-Ending Injury: The scar on his leg from a grav-ball tournament at university. It's implied this is why he joined the Imperial Navy in lieu of having a sports career.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: In contrast to the heavily scarred Tarkin, he only has a scar on his leg from a sports injury.
  • Hit Me, Dammit!: After failing in the Rango Tan simulation, Tarkin challenges Frant to a knife fight in front of the whole crew. Frant refuses, but Tarkin tells him if he wins he'll get a promotion; otherwise he dies. Even then, it takes a lot of goading to make Frant attack him. Tarkin wins but it turns out to be an Imagine Spot, and he settles for blowing Frant out the airlock instead.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten!: Done to Frant and the rest of the gunnery crew with the simulated destruction of Rango Tan. Destroying Jedha and the Citadel on Scarif was one thing, but Tarkin wants to see if his chief gunner will willingly destroy an entire planet. Frant hesitates to fire.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: At least as far as Tarkin is concerned. He hesitates when commanded to fire on Rango Tan and later his own homeworld, Alderaan. Although he does actually blow up the latter, his hesitation disgusts Tarkin.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Tarkin threatens to destroy Alderaan if Leia doesn't cooperate. He's visibly relieved when she caves and explains that the Rebel base is on Dantooine... only to go Oh, Crap! again when Tarkin orders the gunnery crew to fire anyway. Although he obeys, his hesitation costs him his life.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Not only is he forced to destroy his homeworld Alderaan, but for displaying remorse over the act, he and other dissenting Imperials are jettisoned into space among the debris of his home planet. Harsh, Tarkin. Harsh.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: Along with other gunners and Navy Troopers who opposed the destruction of Alderaan and hesitated in their duties.