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Ezra Bridger
"We can't just run!"

Species: Human

Homeworld: Lothal

Callsign: Spectre 6

Voiced by: Taylor Gray
Voiced in Latin-American Spanish by: Memo Aponte
Voiced in Japanese by: Kenji Nojima
Appearances: Adventures in Wild Space | Ezra's Gamble | Rebels | Rebels Magazine | Servants of the Empire | Kanan | Forces of Destiny | Adventures

"How we choose to fight is just as important as what we fight for."

A street smart con artist and small-time thief who joins the Ghost crew and learns the ways of the Force from Kanan. Left on the streets after his rebel parents were arrested when he was seven, Ezra continues their legacy in the Rebellion, fighting for his loved ones and those in need.

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  • Ace Pilot: In "Secret Cargo", he ends up flying a Y-Wing, mentioning that Hera's been giving him lessons recently. He proceeds to prove it, being able to keep up with the more experienced Y-Wing pilots, and surviving where most of them get shot down. Of course, the Force does help with things like this. Now he has his own ship — the Gauntlet, formerly Maul's Nightbrother.
  • Adorkable: He's one of the few clumsy Jedi in the series, utterly hopeless with flirting, and bounces happily when he finally masters the Jedi mind trick.
  • Aerith and Bob: His name and surname don't sound out of place in Real Life.
  • All for Nothing: Ezra spent the first and second season trying to find and rescue his parents from imprisonment but would soon learn that they both died during a prison outbreak.
  • Amazon Chaser: Given his crush on Sabine and the Ship Tease with Leia, it seems Ezra has a thing for strong, independent, women of action.
  • Ambiguous Situation: In the Grand Finale of Rebels. He ends up disappearing with a Purrgil, and while he's not dead, it isn't clear where he went. Sabine and Ahsoka seem to be under the impression that he's alive, based on how the final scene of the show plays out.
    • Episode 13 of The Mandalorian confirms that, at the very least, Thrawn, who Ezra pulled with him into hyperspace, is still alive, but what this means about Ezra's fate is still unclear.
  • Animal Motifs: Strongly associated with loth-cats. On more than one occasion, following a loth-cat has paid off for him. And the helmet he wears in the later seasons resembles a stylized loth-cat from the top. The mural Sabine paints of the Ghost Crew has Ezra with a loth-cat on his shoulders.
  • The Apprentice:
    • Ezra becomes Kanan's Padawan learner as to hone his skills in the Force.
    • He has a more complicated one with Maul. The latter is eager to make Ezra his Sith apprentice, even if it means killing Ezra's loved ones. And while Ezra does learn from Maul, he comes to hate the former Sith for his heinous actions to his friends, namely, blinding Kanan.
  • Artful Dodger: Definitely gives off this vibe, especially at the beginning. His intro short has him robbing a crashed Imperial TIE fighter of everything not nailed down while the pilot is still inside.
  • The Atoner: Deconstructed in the beginning of Season 3, where his desperate attempts to make up for what happened on Malachor and prevent it from happening again are a key part of his corruption.
  • Badass Adorable: He's a clumsy, dorky kid who holds up pretty well despite being a common street rat. Up to Eleven when he becomes a Jedi.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Downplayed. His use of the Sith holocron leads to his corruption, but he retains the ability to connect with and use it even after he quits using the Dark Side, something that a lightsider is supposedly incapable of doing. From what the Bendu says, this is because Ezra knows how to think like a darksider, not necessarily the use of the Dark Side itself. May also apply to him closing the Lothal gateway, since he needed to connect to the Son, a personification of the Dark Side, in order to do it.
  • The Beastmaster: Early on, Kanan teaches him to connect with other lifeforms through the Force. Ezra takes that to heart and later has several occasions when he communes with various animals (loth-cats, loth-wolves, fyrnocks, purrgils) and saves the day.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When the Grand Inquisitor taunted him a bit too much in "Gathering Forces", Ezra's anger let him tap into the Dark Side and summon a giant fyrnock.
  • Birthday Hater: It's the anniversary of the day his parents were taken and he was thrown out onto the streets, as well as the anniversary of the Empire's founding. As he puts it, it's never a good day for him.
  • Bond One-Liner: He has a very dark sense of humor from his days as a street rat and will occasionally joke about someone dying in a gruesome manner like the Grand Inquisitor or Seevor.
  • Book-Ends: At the beginning of Rebels, he was alone and didn't believe that anyone would come for him, believing that people are inherently selfish and that his family is dead since they would've came back for him if they weren't. At the end of Rebels, he is alone, but he will wait for his family to find him and bring him home alive.
  • Brats with Slingshots: He's a bit older than most kids who fit this trope, but he had an energy slingshot mounted on his left wrist as his first weapon. It's hardly useful, and shots are weak against Stormtroopers. In one early battle he did significantly more damage by abandoning the slingshot and throwing fruit. He stopped using it once he had a lightsaber.
  • Broken Bird: Things really go south for Ezra over the course of the series; his parents are dead, he loses Ahsoka after Malachor, and lastly, he loses Kanan, so now he's on his own.
  • Casanova Wannabe:
    • Towards Sabine. More or less disappears by the end of season 1.
    • Has another such moment with Leia when he tries to show off to her by disarming two Stormtroopers with the Force... he forgot to take into account that he needs both his hands to grab one rifle, and winds up getting smacked in the head by the other. She at least humored him and assured him it was impressive.
  • Catchphrase:
  • Character Development:
    • Ezra started off as an uncaring boy only looking out for himself and not understanding why people would help complete strangers. His time with the Ghost crew allows him to become more selfless and empathetic to others to the point of becoming an All-Loving Hero.
    • The combination of his parents' deaths, Maul blinding Kanan, and Ahsoka's disappearance, took an emotional toll on Ezra. He began adopting a darker mindset in protecting his friends, even if it meant doing Sith-like actions. And he also grew more arrogant and reckless. But, some humbling failure and mistakes helps him realize he can't turn to revenge or other Sith-like actions, but has to learn to trust his friends. In "Rebel Assault", for the first time ever, Ezra is the one comforting Kanan when Hera is in danger and later lets him go back to find her alone, trusting that both of them will be okay.
    • When it involved his parents, Ezra was very reluctant to learn what happened to them when they were jailed, as he was terrified of hoping they were okay. However, he soon decided to search for and rescue them from whatever imprisonment they were in until he sadly discovered they were already dead. In the final episode, Palpatine tempts Ezra that he could be with his parents again, but the latter tearfully explained to the images of his parents that while he would always treasure them, he had to let them go.
  • Character Name Alias:
    • His go-to cover name in the first two seasons is Jabba, as in the Hutt. The ISB even lists this as one of his aliases in their dossier on him.
    • He's also introduced himself as "Lando Calrissian" on a few occasions.
  • Character Tics: He tends to prop his feet up on nearby objects when sitting, swivel around in chairs, and occasionally sits on the back of the bench or on the table in the Ghost's common room. The kid could compete with Riker in terms of not using furniture properly.
  • Chick Magnet: Downplayed. It doesn't amount to anything other than Ship Tease, but he's given a lot. These include moments with Sabine, Moreena, Leia, and Reann.
  • Childhood Friends: With Moreena.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: A fatal flaw of Ezra as pointed out by his friends is that he will not think twice to rush in to save anyone in need, even at the cost of the mission or his life. This trait of his is exploited by Maul in "Twin Suns" to trick him into finding Obi-Wan Kenobi.
  • Combat Parkour: Since he's small and not skilled in Waif-Fu, he tends to use this to get around and above his opponents. Even after he has his growth spurt and learns hand to hand, he still incorporates parkour-style rolls, twists, and wall runs into his fighting.
  • The Confidant: Due to his skill with connection and being a good listener overall, people tend to tell Ezra their problems and fears. Kanan outright tells him that those qualities would prove to be the most important as his final lesson to Ezra.
  • Contagious Cassandra Truth: He strongly suspected that Saw was right about the Imperial superweapon, but he left for Lothal and subsequently disappeared for the rest of the war before he could share this with anyone but the crew.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: This and some subversions, to Anakin and Ahsoka. He and Anakin are both The Corruptible, but otherwise initially friendly and believe in doing the right thing. The latter two traits are likewise for his similarity to Ahsoka, as well as them both having Chronic Hero Syndrome due to their naivety. However, Ezra refuses to follow the same path that befell Anakin, and is similar to Ahsoka in being an Incorruptible Pure Pureness/Magnetic Hero, thanks to the ideals he's learned from the Ghost crew and as a member of the Rebellion.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: He has no parents to speak of, and spent much of his life on his own. Later subverted.
  • Cool Helmet: He has a thing for collecting Stormtrooper helmets. He keeps a painted Academy cadet helmet, but when he grows out of it in Season 3, he switches to a painted Scout Trooper helmet.
  • Cool Starship: Ezra gets Maul's Mandalorian gauntlet, the Nightbrother, as his own personal fighter.
  • The Corruptible: Has a lot of fear and anger over the Empire and the loss of the people close to him. He channeled the Dark Side briefly in Season 1, and by the end of Season 2 he's opened a Sith holocron which, thankfully, gets destroyed. The Grand Finale proved to be his ultimate test—by learning to cope with and accept the loss of his loved ones, it made him stronger.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Ezra lost both of his parents on his seventh birthday (which he shares with Empire Day) when they protested against the Empire, causing him to develop a (temporary) "look out for number one" mentality and some abandonment issues.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When he's stressed (either by battle or just being fed up with someone) he responds by snarking.
    Ezra: Is getting blasted out of the sky part of the plan too? Because, if it is, then the plan's going great.
  • Death Glare: When he's angry enough, he has a genuinely intimidating glare. Best examples are when watching the broadcast in "Empire Day", telling Sabine to go to the guns in "Gathering Forces", and the final shot of "Twilight of the Apprentice".
  • Declaration of Protection: When asked by Yoda why he wants to be a Jedi, Ezra replies that he wants to protect himself and his friends before admitting he wants to protect everyone.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He tends to be very impulsive and often bites off more than he can chew. Especially notable in season 3 when he's trying to destroy the Sith, and walks into one bad situation after another in pursuit of that goal. He and Obi-Wan talk about it in "Twin Suns", so time will tell if he'll grow out of this flaw.
  • Die or Fly: As lampshaded by Kanan in "Gathering Forces", Ezra seems to learn best when his survival is on the line.
  • Dueling Scar: His cheek scars are from his first lightsaber duel, making this a nonvillainous "rite of passage" version of the trope.
  • Escape Artist: Has a combined time in captivity of about 20 seconds or so despite being captured a good 5 or 6 times.
  • Fainting Seer: The first time he has a Force vision, he passes out.
  • Famed in Story:
    • He's well-known as far as Alderaan and the most secure detention facilities for his broadcast from "Call to Action". Though many don't know his name, seeing that if a mere boy (not knowing that he's a Jedi) can stand up against the Empire, then so can they.
    • In the novelization of Return of the Jedi (eight years after Rebels), Threepio recounts to the Ewoks of a group of rebels that spread their word from planet to planet, and how "one boy sent a message across the worlds that ignited a spark of rebellion."
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: He wears a small strip of armor on his lower right leg. His season 3 outfit doesn't have it anymore, though.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Ezra wears a pair of green colored ones.
  • First-Person Peripheral Narrator: The series is mostly told through his eyes as he follows the Ghost crew and witnesses the true horrors of the Empire firsthand.
  • Freudian Excuse: His attitude toward teamwork in the beginning is revealed to stem from losing his parents at age seven. They spoke up against the Empire and just vanished one day, so naturally Ezra concluded that pure altruism is for suckers.
  • Friendless Background: After his parents were taken by the Empire, he grew up alone.
  • Friend to All Living Things: In addition to his Beastmaster tendencies, Ezra seems drawn to animals and they to him.

  • Gaining the Will to Kill: The events of Malachor were a wake-up call to him about the Empire—his indecision to act on the Seventh Sister when she was in Maul's grasp nearly cost him his life, and it made him realize the Empire will get more and more persistent, to the point that it will be "kill or be killed". By the Season 3 premiere, Ezra doesn't have a problem killing if it is practical.
  • Genre Blindness: Yes, Ezra, let's trust the Satanic Archetype dude hanging around an area strong in the Dark Side. What Could Possibly Go Wrong??
  • Good Counterpart: Ultimately, to Anakin. He goes through many of the same trials, comes from a similar background of poverty and lost family, and has many of the same flaws, but overcomes them in the end whereas Anakin never could. In the finale, Palpatine even tries to manipulate him in the same way he manipulated Anakin, offering him a chance to save his family, but where Anakin fell and turned on the Jedi, Ezra refuses the power and saves his world.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He gets a pair of light scars on his cheek after being grazed by the Grand Inquisitor's thrown lightsaber in the first season finale.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: He has black hair, but the mop-top he has in the first 2 seasons of Rebels often looked blue in the right light. The shorter cut he has in season 3 brings an end to this.
  • The Hero: In the great tradition of Star Wars heroes, he's a poor kid who's lost his parents, gets caught up in an adventure with a Jedi, and resolves to stay with them to learn the ways of the Force. If he was on Tatooine, he could pass for a Skywalker.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A non-lethal example, but Ezra summons a flock of Purrgils to restrain Thrawn and take him and his ship into hyperspace, keeping Thrawn out of the war long enough for the Rebels to win, with Ahsoka and Sabine leaving after the Battle of Endor to find Ezra and bring him home.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Beneath that cockiness is a lot of insecurity, something that gets revealed over time. He tells Kanan that he's no one special, and if it hadn't been for the crew he'd just be another victim on Lothal. After Kanan's death, he feels completely hopeless and lost, feeling like he can't be brave or strong anymore without Kanan.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: While it was unlikely that Ezra would ever become a Sithnote , after opening the Sith Holocron, he was well on his way to falling to the Dark Side, consumed by anger, a desire for revenge against the Empire, and fear of being unable to protect his friends. After much soul-searching, Ezra rose above his vengefulness, making peace with what he had lost in order to move forward.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight, Hidden Weapons: While Kanan has his lightsaber in a partially disassembled state on his person to hide its true function, Ezra designed his lightsaber to be passable (and usable) as a stun blaster. He doesn't bother with his second lightsaber, wearing it in plain sight.
  • Hope Bringer: He follows in his parents' footsteps and is the voice on the airwaves in the episode "Call to Action" when the group hijacks an interstellar comms tower for a broadcast.
  • Hope Is Scary: He says that if he had ever let himself hope that his parents were still alive after they were taken, he wouldn't have survived all those years on his own.
  • Horrible Judge of Character:
    • He actually trusts Maul. Played with in that he only trusted him after Maul told him about his past, and he empathized with him after that. The creators have noted that he tends to see the best in people, sometimes to his detriment.
    • He is also kinda obstinate when it comes to trusting Hondo. In that case, he was ultimately proven right.
  • I Am Who?: He is Force-sensitive, but he never knew it until Kanan told him. He always attributed skills related to his latent Force powers as pure luck, or even an adrenaline boost.
  • I Choose to Stay: He is given the option to leave the Ghost crew and live at his hideout on Lothal, but he ultimately chooses to stick with the team due to his curiosity about the Force and his need for a family.
  • I Got Bigger: Hits his grown spurt in season 3, becoming taller than Sabine and filling out considerably.
  • Important Haircut: In season 3, he's traded his long hair for a crew cut. Along with a growth spurt, it helps to establish him as more mature, and possibly somewhat hardened by the experiences of last season.
  • In a Single Bound: He may not be formally trained, but he can leap like a Jedi.
  • The Infiltration: He infiltrates the Lothal Imperial Academy as a cadet so he can get the location of a kyber crystal shipment. After he succeeds, he keeps the uniform for other minor infiltration missions like the Imperial lockdown and retrieving Leia's ships.
  • Innocence Lost: Whatever was left of his innocence was destroyed on Malachor.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Ezra inherited his mother's blue eyes and grows into a heroic, if somewhat naive, hero.
  • Innocently Insensitive:
    • Accuses Kanan of not knowing what it's like to lose his family in "Legacy". Kanan says he's right; he never knew them. Ezra immediately apologizes. And the thing is, Kanan does know what it's like to lose his family; he lost the Jedi Order, the closest thing he had to one as Caleb.
    • In "Steps Into Shadow", he gets into an argument with Rex, Sabine, and Zeb about changing the recon mission for the Y-Wings into a recovery op, he yells at the former that That's an Order!, completely unaware that his story arc in The Clone Wars was about To Be Lawful or Good and faced similar situations. Rex begrudgingly backs down.
  • Ironic Birthday: Not only does Ezra's birthday fall on Empire Day, a day celebrating the founding of the Empire he is rebelling against, but it is also the day he lost his parents.
  • I Will Wait for You: At the end of Rebels, he entrusts the Ghost crew and the others to take care of Lothal after the purrgil take him away, while also telling Sabine that he's counting on her to help find and bring him home once the war is over.
  • I Work Alone: He's reluctant to trust people after years of living on his own.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Initially. Despite the fact that he was normally looking out only for himself, he was willing to save a fruit vendor from being arrested for talking negatively about the Empire, but not without taking more jogan fruit than the vendor rewarded him with. However, once he joins up with the Ghost's crew and sees them helping people without being rewarded for it, he starts to deviate from the jerk part and follow a similar path.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: He first attempted it in "The Siege of Lothal", and failed. He finally masters it in "Homecoming".
  • Kid Hero: Deconstructed. Ezra is a 15-year-old freedom fighter with a strong sense of justice. However, the audience is painfully reminded that such responsibilities place heavy burdens on him because he is still a child, and his parents were taken away from him. With all odds against him, Ezra constantly wonders if what he's fighting for is worth it.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: At first because he's a child and later when he starts being corrupted, he becomes prone to this as he gets more selfish and stubborn. He grows out of it as he matures.
  • Leonine Contract: He enters into one with Vizago in exchange for a lead on where Tarkin is keeping Kanan.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Surrogate parent, to be precise. Both Hera and Ezra are Magnetic Heroes because they see the good in people and want to bring it out. Though for Hera, it's partly to manipulate some (at least according to Word of Saint Paul), while Ezra does it because it's the right thing to do, and he has attempted to use it for manipulation once or twice (like on Maul to learn what was in the holocron fusion through Nightsister magik).

  • MacGuffin Super Person: Due to a number of factors, he's the only one who can access the Lothal gateway to the world between worlds, where all space and time can be accessed and possibly manipulated. Palpatine tries to use him to enter it but he manages to escape and then destroys the gateway altogether.
  • Mage Born of Muggles: Ezra's parents were ordinary people who fought against the Empire. Ezra himself is Force-sensitive and was trained in the Jedi ways by Kanan.
  • Magnetic Hero: Just like Hera, Ezra being an All-Loving Hero (most of the time) is what brings the best out of people he meets, even if everyone else believes those people are lost causes. It works on numerous characters throughout the show and supporting material. In the finale, the majority of characters answering the call for aid aren't there because of the Rebellion or Lothal, but because Ezra was the one asking.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • His first name, Ezra, means "help" in Hebrew and Ezra is also the name of a prophet in the Old Testament and the author of the Book of Ezra.
    • His last name, Bridger, is refers to his innate talent of connecting to others through the Force. In a meta-example, it's also symbolic of the fact that his story, Rebels, bridges the events of the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy. Ultimately, it gains resonance when Ezra sways Rex, a Republic veteran, and the war-droid Kalani, a Separatist relic, to work together to escape the Empire. And as of "Wolves And A Door", he's the only one who can access the world between worlds, which bridges all of space and time.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: He switches out his energy slingshot for his lightsaber-blaster hybrid about halfway through Season 1.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: The lightsaber he constructs is actually a lightsaber-blaster hybrid, hence why the hilt looks like a staple gun. This allows him to use it without exposing himself as a Jedi in every battle . . . though Kanan later demonstrates another use: firing off stun blasts as a distraction during a lightsaber duel with the Inquisitor. After it's destroyed by Vader in the season 2 finale, he takes a page from Kanan's book and goes for a blaster/lightsaber pair.
  • Morality Pet:
    • Strangely, to Maul. Not that they have reciprocal affection or Ezra makes Maul a better person, but the fact that Maul has a visible attachment to Ezra allows Ezra to exploit this and gain the answers he wants from Maul and ward him away for the safety of the rebels.
    • He also becomes one to Hondo Ohnaka. They bond over being more similar to each other than they first thought with Hondo even having an Undying Loyalty to the young boy.
  • The Musketeer: Thanks to his Mix-and-Match Weapon, he alternates as a pistolero and a duelist.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He has jeopardized his team on more than one occasion because of his Chronic Hero Syndrome, naivety, hotheadedness or a combination of all three.
  • Not So Different: Word of God explained his Odd Friendship with Hondo is this, stating that Hondo is exactly who Ezra would've been had the Ghost crew not come along.
  • Older Than They Look: He's 14 at the start of the series (15 by the time season 2 starts), but has been mistaken for a preteen and is shorter than his crush, Sabine. As of Season 3, this no longer applies.
  • Opposed Mentors: Rex and Kanan both clash a bit over Ezra's training as a combatant. Kanan focuses more on "Use the Force", while Rex is more "Use your wits". In a far more direct example, he gains a Dark Side mentor in Maul and the Sith Holocron, contrasting with Kanan's Jedi teachings.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Losing his parents badly traumatized him, something he learns to live with but never fully recovers from.
  • Parental Abandonment: His parents were anti-Empire activists who were arrested on his seventh birthday. Trayvis's statements in "Vision of Hope" heavily imply that they were executed for their subversive broadcasts after refusing to become ISB informants, although Hera implies that Tseebo said that this was not the case. "Legacy" confirms that they were still alive at the time, but then they were killed during a prison escape sometime after Ezra's broadcast in "Call to Action".
  • People Puppets: In Season 3, the Sith holocron has taught him a technique to completely take over the mind of another. He uses this to hijack an AT-DP pilot, force him to fire at his allies, and then commit suicide by walking off a platform into an abyss.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: His crush on Sabine fading was the beginning of their bond, and growing up together on the battlefield made them brother and sister in all but name.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: The first time he taps into the Dark Side he passes out, and when he comes to he doesn't remember what happened and feels cold. He also blinks out for a moment when practicing blaster bolt deflection and has a particularly intense Force premonition... during which he deflected every single stun bolt shot at him into the stormtrooper helmet serving as a target.
  • Rank Up: He's promoted to Lieutenant Commander in the beginning of Season 3, though Hera suspends his command by the end of the episode for deviating from the plan and causing several unnecessary risks. By "The Antilles Extraction", however, it seems that he's back to being in charge of missions again. Starting in "Zero Hour", Mothma and Kallus have started addressing him as "Commander" rather than "Lieutenant," suggesting that he got promoted again offscreen.
  • Rebel Leader: Near the end of the series, Ezra takes charge of the effort to liberate Lothal.
  • Rebel Relaxation: Incredibly Lame Pun aside, he does this a fair bit. Proper posture is, apparently, not something he's big on.
  • Recognizable by Sound: Since his first lightsaber was made out of whatever the crew could salvage and had a blaster built into it, it had a very distinctive sound.
  • Replacement Goldfish: It becomes very clear early on that Maul wants Ezra as his apprentice and surrogate brother as a way to fill the void of his previous apprentice and surrogate brother, Savage.
  • Rousing Speech: He gives one to the people of Lothal via a hijacked Imperial communications tower.

  • Scars Are Forever: From "Fire Across the Galaxy" onward, he has a pair of scars on his cheek from being grazed by the Grand Inquisitor's lightsaber.
  • Secret Keeper: As of "Twin Suns", he knows that Obi-Wan Kenobi is alive and living on Tatooine, but is keeping quiet about it.
  • Ship Tease:
    • From Ezra's Gamble, there's Moreena Krai, whom Ezra has been nicer to than others. He also doesn't try any flirts with her, unlike with Sabine, though he does try to do nice things and show off a little like how he does with Leia.
    • Flirts with Sabine early on, but backs down some by season 2 though it's obvious he still has a crush.
    • With Leia in "A Princess on Lothal".
    • Reann from the magazine comics.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    • He gives a really good one to Thrawn in the Grand Finale, deconstructing his self-image as a cultured expert of art by pointing out that Thrawn does not make, earn, and or even understand the art he treasures, and at the end of the day he's just a thief taking from actual artists. Notably while he's speaking, Thrawn's musical motif conforms to Ezra's higher, lighter style.
    • Followed up by his response to Palpatine's attempt to control him. "I don't need anything from you."
  • Significant Birth Date: In "Empire Day", we learn he was born on the same day that the Republic turned into the Empire. Which also means he was born only two days before Luke and Leia.
  • Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: The pilot has it drilled into him that not everyone is just looking out for number one.
  • Sixth Ranger: For the Ghost crew; they even have his callsign lampshade it.
  • Slowly Slipping Into Evil: Although he's drifted a bit to the Dark Side before, his brief time with Maul and the events on Malachor establish that he's really going to struggle with the temptations of it in his future.
  • Small Steps Hero: While the rest of the crew is concerned with the fate of the galaxy at large, Ezra is concerned with the fate of his planet in particular. The rebellion slowly moving away from helping them causes some friction, and when it becomes clear that the Rebel Alliance has given up on Lothal, he decides to leave to help his people.
  • Solar and Lunar: It seems that he's the "moon" to the other protagonists, who are the "sun".
    • The theme that plays at the end of "Legacy" where he has a vision of his parents (who he discovered died the night before) in a happier Lothal is called "Twin Moons", in reference to the two moons of Lothal, also similar in name to Luke's "Binary Sunset".
    • "It's Over" was used in the final product, but "Where the Sun Sails and the Moon Walks" was a concept piece for the ending montage of "Twilight of the Apprentice". The "sun" is either referring to Ahsoka being presumed dead or once again emphasizing Anakin's fall, while the "moon", Ezra, lives on, though traumatized and corrupted.
  • Sticky Fingers: He was a small-time thief when he met the Ghost crew and he likes picking pockets when he can. It's faded as time goes on, but he still steals the occasional helmet and Maul's ship.
  • Street Urchin: Starts off as this, stealing and scamming others on his home planet just to get by.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Ezra looks like a younger, beardless version of his father, particularly in that they have the same nose. The only thing he inherited from his mother were her blue eyes.
  • Supporting Protagonist: While Hera is the leader of the Ghost crew, the inexperienced Ezra is the protagonist and central narrative character of Rebels.
  • Sword and Gun: Picks up a DL-44 blaster in season 3 and uses it alongside his new lightsaber, which isn't a Mix-and-Match Weapon like the previous one.
  • Tagalong Kid: His role on the Ghost crew, being a recent recruit who gets on everyone else's nerves.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • His training with Kanan paid off, and he took another level once he made his own lightsaber.
    • After the Time Skip at the start of Season 3, Ezra has taken it even further, being both more effective, and more lethal with his attacks, plus his new Force abilities.
  • Took a Level in Idealism: Ezra goes from only looking out for himself to actively suggesting to his friends to help anyone in need.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
    • Following learning of the death of his parents, he starts becoming more irate and prone to lashing out at people. The Sentinel says that Ezra has a strong chance of falling to the Dark Side, and given Ezra's actions in the second half of Season Two, we've no reason to not believe him.
    • It happens again in season 3, as he slips further under the influence of the Sith holocron and starts performing some distinctly dodgy acts that not only jeopardise the Rebellion's plans, but put his friends in danger.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • In contrast to his time living as a street rat looking out only for himself, he was willing to stay in the Imperial academy on Lothal a little bit longer just to make sure Jai Kell, a fellow cadet he had only known for a few weeks, is not taken in by the Grand Inquisitor for training and escapes from the academy, despite the fact that he was only infiltrating the academy at first to steal some intel on a kyber crystal shipment. He lampshades it in the same episode, blaming it on hanging around the crew for too long. However...
    • After the events of "Twin Suns", he gives up on revenge and chooses to prioritize his family over power, starting with genuinely apologizing to Hera and Kanan for running off.
  • The Unchosen One: Part of Ezra's character arc is about him realizing that it is not his destiny to destroy the Sith, but that his role still has value.
  • Warrior Therapist: While he's never used it in battle, he's a good listener and frequently helps the crew and others through their psychological problems.
  • The Watson: Many of his actions early on in the series reflect how someone unfamiliar with the Star Wars universe would react to seeing things in-universe for the first time, such as his display of wonder when he sees Kanan's lightsaber.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Of the student-teacher variety. He's not deferential and he'll complain and snark when he feels like it, but when it comes down to it he really doesn't want to let Kanan down.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Darth Vader destroys his first lightsaber.


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