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Ezra Bridger
"I knew I could count on you!"
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Species: Human

Homeworld: Lothal

Callsign: Spectre 6

Voiced by: Taylor Gray Foreign VAs 
Portrayed by: Eman Esfandi
Appearances: Adventures in Wild Space | Ezra's Gamble | Rebels | Rebels Magazine | Servants of the Empire | Kanan | Forces of Destiny | Adventures | Ahsoka

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

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

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  • Abhorrent Admirer: Ezra's attempts to flirt with Sabine in the first season of Rebels are met mostly with indifference. Starting Season Two he backs off from the overt flirting attempts and settle into a comforable Vitriolic Best Buds bond instead.
  • Ace Pilot: In "Secret Cargo", he ends up flying a Y-Wing, mentioning that Hera's been giving him piloting lessons. 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. The Empire even comments on his surprising piloting skill. Of course, the Force does help with things like this. Now he has his own ship — the Gauntlet, formerly Maul's Nightbrother.
  • 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 seasons trying to find and rescue his parents from imprisonment, only to learn that they both died during a prison outbreak fairly recently.
  • Ambiguous Situation: In the Grand Finale of Rebels. He ends up disappearing with the Purrgil into places unknown. While he's confirmed to be alive, it isn't clear where he went or what happened to him. Sabine and Ahsoka both firmly believe Ezra is waiting for them to find him, based on how the final scene of the show plays out.
    • Episode 13 of The Mandalorian (which takes place five years after the Battle of Endor) confirms that Thrawn, who Ezra pulled with him into hyperspace, is still alive and causing trouble for the galaxy. What this means about Ezra's fate is still unclear.
    • Ahsoka is focused on finding him and Thrawn in another galaxy. Episode 6 of that series reveals he is alive and well.
  • Animal Motifs: Strongly associated with loth-cats, who often follow him around. On more than one occasion, following a loth-cat has paid off for him as they often give him much needed answers. 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. Loth-cats are common on Lothal and viewed by the Empire as a simple nuisance. Ezra was born there, and boy does he become a nuisance.
  • The Apprentice:
    • Ezra becomes Kanan's Padawan learner as a means 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.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: His lightsaber-blaster hybrid proves to be this. Similarly to the Inquisitor lightsaber, its knuckle guard (which is the blaster part of the weapon) is a huge target which if damaged can destroy the lightsaber and render it useless as shown during Ezra's duel with Darth Vader on Malachor. It's implied that this is the reason why his second lightsaber is more like a standard Jedi lightsaber and not a lightsaber-blaster hybrid like his first one.
  • Badass Adorable: He's a clumsy, dorky kid who holds up pretty well despite being a common teenage street rat. In the pilot, his surprising ability in causing trouble for the more professional Ghost crew is what made Hera interested in adding him to her team.
  • 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 use 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.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: He refuses his old lightsaber when battling some bandits in Ahsoka, instead employing his fists and the Force to subdue them.
  • The Beastmaster: Early on, Kanan teaches him to connect with other lifeforms through the Force. Initially, Ezra struggles with it but soon makes the connection. Soon, this becomes a trademark talent of his. He has several occasions when he communes with various animals (loth-cats, loth-wolves, fyrnocks, purrgils) and saves the day by using them on their missions. He becomes quite skilled in connecting to animals and using them in battle, which gets lampshaded by the Ghost crew. This is especially shown in the Grand Finale when he summons a whole army of purrgil to defeat Thrawn and his army. To say everyone was amazed at this would be an understatement.
  • 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. No one was expecting that, especially given Ezra's then-abilities weren't the greatest.
  • Birthday Hater: It's the anniversary of the day his parents were taken and he was thrown out onto the streets as a small child. It's also the anniversary of the Empire's founding; the very people responsible for it. As he puts it, it's never a good day for him.
  • Blue Is Heroic: He wields a lightsaber-blaster hybrid that emits a blue blade when used as a lightsaber until Darth Vader destroys it during their duel on Malachor after which he replaces his destroyed lightsaber with a green one that has a regular hilt. After finally being found in Peridea, he builds a third lightsaber that has a blue hilt like his first one and this blade color and hilt design makes it look similar to Kanan's lightsaber.
  • 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. Kanan comically remarks how this worries him.
  • 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 come back for him if they weren't. At the end of Rebels, he is alone, but 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 even Stormtroopers. In one early battle, he did significantly more damage by abandoning the slingshot and throwing fruit. He gets rid of it once he creates his 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 (whom he admits to seeing as a father-figure), so now he's on his own. It's clear that while he can move on from these traumatic losses, he will never truly emotionally recover from them and the mental scars will always be there.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Despite having flirtatious moments with Sabine and Leia, he never really accomplishes anything with any of them.
  • 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, who even pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to save everyone in the grand finale.
    • 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 help 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 learning the truth. 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.
  • Childhood Friends: With Moreena, in the book material.
  • 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. It's implied to be something he learned while living on the streets as a survival method. Even after he has his growth spurt and he learns hand-to-hand combat, he still incorporates parkour-style rolls, twists, and wall runs into his fighting technique.
  • Combat Pragmatist: During the time of Ahsoka he no longer carries a lightsaber due to having lost it years ago, preferring to use the Force as his sole ally. But in a pitched battle (particularly against multiple opponents with no sense of Mook Chivalry), he will pick up weapons discarded by opponents he has disarmed, including blasters.
  • 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. Additionally, while Anakin rubbed elbows with the elite of the Republic and was trained by some of the greatest Jedi Masters to ever live, Ezra's friends are a Ragtag Band of Misfits in Perpetual Poverty and the only person available to train him is an Incompletely Trained former padawan himself.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: He has no parents or family to speak of, and has spent most of his life on his own. Later subverted.
  • Cool Helmet: He has a thing for collecting Stormtrooper helmets. In his old tower, there is a collection of them on his shelf. In his Ghost bunker, he keeps a painted Academy cadet helmet as well as a small shelf of helmets he's collected from missions. In Season 3, he switches to a painted Scout Trooper helmet and wears it on missions or in battle.
  • Cool Starship: Ezra gets Maul's Mandalorian gauntlet, the Nightbrother, as his own personal fighter.
  • The Corruptible: Has a lot of fear and anger towards the Empire and the loss of the people close to him, which makes clear he's possibly on the road to being corrupted. He channeled the Dark Side briefly in Season 1 and by the end of Season 2 his anger over losing Ahsoka and Kanan's blinding allows him to open a Sith Holocron. Thankfully, it gets destroyed and loses its influence on him. 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 and a more fitting hero.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Ezra lost both of his parents on his seventh birthday (which he shares with Empire Day) due to them being anti-Empire activists, causing him to (briefly) develop a "look out for number one" mentality. His family friend Tseebo was supposed to care for him, but gave in to fear and abandoned him. (This caused him to have abandonment issues, believing people are inherently selfish with no true good.) Consequently, Ezra was forced to grow up on the streets all alone, accepted no one was coming to save him and he had to survive on his own. As a result, he became a thief and con artist in order to survive the streets.
  • 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 Empire broadcast in "Empire Day", when Sabine kept pushing him to find out what happened to his parents and he tells her to go to the guns in "Gathering Forces" (basically saying to drop the subject now), and the final shot of "Twilight of the Apprentice". He also gets a full-on Kubrick Stare whenever he edges closer to the Dark Side.
  • 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 this flaw of his in "Twin Suns", and he takes it to heart. By the finale, he thinks of every scenario Thrawn may put him in during their final battle and proves to have a grand plan that even Thrawn didn't see coming.
  • 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 dual cheek scars are from a near-fatal fight with an Inquisitor, who slashed his face with his lightsaber, making this a nonvillainous "rite of passage" version of the trope.
  • Emerald Power: Similarly to Luke, he replaces the blue-bladed lightsaber he lost fighting Darth Vader with a green-bladed one when he Takes a Level in Badass.
  • Escape Artist: Ezra has a way of easily escaping captivity, even throwing his guards into his prison cell once doing so. Kallus, when working for the Empire, had even demanded a captured Ezra be put under triple security measures due to his escape history. Despite being captured a good 5 or 6 times in the series, he often escapes fairly quickly. Kanan also lampshades how, despite repeatedly being captured, Ezra has a way of freeing himself without any needed assistance.
  • 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 for seasons 1 and 2. His seasons 3 and 4 outfits don't have it anymore.
  • 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 were abruptly taken from him one day, so naturally, Ezra concluded that pure altruism is meaningless.
  • Friendless Background: After his parents were taken by the Empire, he grew up alone on the streets.
  • Friend to All Living Things: In addition to his Beastmaster tendencies, Ezra seems drawn to animals and they to him. During a stakeout with the team, several loth-cats began cuddling everyone because they were drawn to Ezra and wanted his attention. Ezra even lampshades how they're just drawn to him, which the team said was obvious.
  • 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 costed him his life, and it made him realize the Empire will continue to persist 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 and necessary. He even tried to kill a rebel of who he saw him as Maul in his vision.
  • 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 shares similar flaws. They both have a desire for power for the purpose of protecting their family (due to having lost family before and not wanting to suffer loss again). However, their well-intended power-lust proves to be a gateway for the Dark Side. However, Ezra ultimately overcomes this flaw and rejects his Dark Side temptation whereas Anakin failed to. In the finale, Palpatine even tries to manipulate him in the same way he manipulated Anakin, offering him a chance to save his family. Whereas Anakin fell and turned on the Jedi (ironically costing him his family), Ezra refuses the power and saves his world and loved ones.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He gets a pair of 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's nothing without Kanan. It takes one final lesson from his late Master to realize he must be strong on his own now and to remember the lessons Kanan taught him to be a true Jedi and leader.
  • 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 just like regular Jedi do.
  • 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 upon meeting him. Played with in that he only trusted him after Maul told him about his past, and he empathized with him after that. And, to be fair, he didn't know Maul like Ahsoka (and the audience) did. 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, whom the others warn isn't that good of a person. In that case, he was ultimately proven right and Hondo is there for him when truly needed.
  • I Am Who?: He's Force-sensitive, but he never knew it until Kanan told him he was. He always attributed skills related to his latent Force powers as pure luck or 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 growth spurt in season 3, becoming taller than Sabine and filling out quite considerably.
  • Important Haircut: In season 3, he's traded his long, boy-ish hair for a crew cut. Along with a growth spurt that made him much taller and filled out, it establishes him as more mature and somewhat hardened by the traumatic experiences of the previous season.
  • In a Single Bound: Before he realized he was Force-sensitive, he was still able to jump just like a Jedi could. This was how both Kanan and Kallus realized Ezra was, in the very least, Force-sensitive before the boy himself did.
  • 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 and forever changed his character. He lost a measure of his goofy trait and became more mature and serious than he was before.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Ezra inherited his mother's blue eyes, which emphasize his youth and, once his innocence is lost and he grows past the Dark Side, his kindness.
  • Innocently Insensitive:
    • He accuses Kanan of not knowing what it's like to lose family (or more specifically his parents) in "Legacy". Kanan says he's right; he never knew his biological parents. 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 family as Caleb, and the loss still clearly haunts him.
    • 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.
  • 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. He learns to appreciate teamwork as he works with the Ghost team in season 1.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Initially. Despite the fact that he normally only looked for himself, he was willing to save a fruit vendor from being arrested for talking negatively about the Empire, but not without taking some jogan fruit from said-vendor himself. 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" and has no problem using it afterward.
  • Kid Hero: Deconstructed. Ezra is a teenage freedom fighter with a strong sense of justice. However, the audience is painfully reminded that such responsibilities place heavy burdens because he is still a child, and his parents were taken away from him when he was still very young. With all odds against him, Ezra constantly wonders if what he's fighting for is truly worth the pain and trauma.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: As a result of training ten years without his lightsaber, he actively eschews it when Sabine offers it in Ahsoka, instead battling some local bandits with only his fists and his new mastery of the Force.
  • Laser Blade: In season 1, he constructs a blue-bladed lightsaber that's disguised and doubles as a blaster when the blade is retracted. After Darth Vader destroys it on Malachor, he creates a new green-bladed lightsaber that's more like the standard lightsabers the average Jedi uses. After leaving that lightsaber to Sabine, he constructs a new blue-bladed lightsaber in Ahsoka with which to battle Thrawn's forces; it even has the same model emitter as Kanan's did.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: At first because he's a child with no experience in war/combat and, later, when he starts becoming corrupted by the Sith Holocron. He becomes prone to this as he gets more selfish and stubborn under its influence. Thankfully, he grows out of it as he matures and realizes his errors.
  • 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).
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Understandably so given he's been trapped in another galaxy for several years, but he actually has to ask Sabine if his purrgil attack actually saved Lothal and their friends that day. She also brings him up to speed on the remainder of the Galactic Civil War, including Palpatine's death.
  • Looks Like Jesus: When Sabine finally reunites with him in Ahsoka, he has quite the full beard and sagely fashion sense to bring the appropriate vibes.
  • 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, which made him worth the Emperor's attention more than the other surviving Jedi. Palpatine tries to use him to enter it, but he manages to escape and destroys the gateway altogether to ensure no one can access its power again.
  • Mage Born of Muggles: Ezra's parents were ordinary people who fought against the Empire as activists. Ezra himself is Force-sensitive and becomes trained to be a Jedi 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.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Although he supposedly managed to get over his crush on Sabine by the end of the first season, during the third season he shows signs that he still has feelings for her, not helped by an awkward moment with Sabine's father. Although if the message he leaves Sabine (revealed in "Ahsoka") is any indication, he may or may not have moved on by the end of season four, yet Sabine smirked at his statement, implying she was not convinced he would ever feel she was just like a "sister" to him (Propably due to his flirtatious behavior towards her in Rebels), especially if his body language and seeming nervousness has indication how much of it is true to some extent.
  • 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, 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.
  • Mirror Character:
    • 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.
    • Ezra Bridger has a lot of similarities to Luke Skywalker. Both grew up on a planet in the middle of nowhere, and dreamed of adventure. Both join the rebellion and gain a Jedi mentor, both start out with a blue lightsaber before losing it and replacing it with a green one after a fight with Darth Vader, both struggle with the Dark Side but ultimately overcome its temptations, both are seen as a symbol of hope by the rebellion, and both have to step up to become a leader to their friends after the death of their mentor. Both are destined to help the rebellion, but Luke is The Hero of the entire rebellion and plays a vital role in defeating the Empire, while Ezra is The Unchosen One and accepts that his role is to protect his homeworld rather than directly challenging the Emperor or destroying the Sith.
  • 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. Hondo even develops an Undying Loyalty to the young boy and admits he has a soft spot for him.
  • The Musketeer: Thanks to his Mix-and-Match Weapon, he alternates as a pistolero and a duelist.
  • Nice Guy: While still quite childish and flippant at times, he's generally a much friendlier and more cheerful person in Ahsoka thanks to maturing over the years.
  • 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.
  • The Not-Love Interest: To Sabine in Ahsoka. Although many of Sabine's reactions to his disappearance may seem like the classic example of The Lost Lenore, she seems to see him only as a friend.
  • Odd Friendship: With the pirate Hondo. It takes him a while to learn that he can't trust Hondo with money, but that he can trust him with his life. Hondo has genuine affection for Ezra and admits to Undying Loyalty in the Grand Finale.
  • 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.
    • His post-season 2 version also applies, despite being taller and more filled out, he still looks younger than his actual age.
  • 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 severely traumatized him, something he learns to live with but never truly recovers from. When he loses Kanan, who basically became a surrogate father to him, he's hit with this trauma all over again and feels lost without his mentor. He eventually learns to let go of this pain, but to always treasure his memories of his loved ones.
  • Parental Abandonment: His parents were anti-Empire activists who were arrested on his seventh birthday due to speaking out and taken from him. 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". They heard his message and were extremely proud of him.
  • 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 mentally hijack an AT-DP pilot, forcing him to fire at his allies, and then commit suicide by walking off a platform into the abyss.
  • Perennially Overshadowed 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. Who were taken away by the Empire and left him a street orphan.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Sabine Wren for the events of the fourth season. The two grew up together on the battlefield, and developed a true bond of friendship throughout the various trials they face. She's probably the second person on the Ghost crew he's closest to after Kanan, which is why he entrusts her with the task of bringing him home to Lothal after his Heroic Sacrifice in the Grand Finale, saying he knows he can "always count on her".
  • 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 only says that he feels cold. He also fazes 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. When he comes to, he doesn't remember doing it.
  • 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 off-screen.
  • Rebel Leader: Near the end of the series when Kanan dies and the rebels lose his guidance, Ezra takes charge of the effort to liberate Lothal and assumes leadership.
  • Rebel Relaxation: 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 biological 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 two facial scars under his left eye after 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:
    • Reann from the magazine comics.
    • Played With Sabine. He has a crush in the first season but it's subverted because it never goes anywhere. They eventually have more moments in the second and third season, but it seems that they disappeared for the fourth season.. And in Ahsoka, Sabine moves into his tower some time after Rebels and plays his last message to her, once waking up from a nightmare saying his name.
  • 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. This 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, baffled by the Ghost crew risking their lives to help him and various other people. He decides to take it to heart from that point on.
  • 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 (especially given that he vowed to save his homeworld). 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 himself.
  • 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. He implies that he would often steal various items and sell them on the black market as a means of income. 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 or to even score his next meal.
  • 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 was her blue eyes. When he makes his official return in Ahsoka, his Time-Passage Beard and much older appearance makes him look like a spitting image of his father.
  • 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.
  • Time-Passage Beard: He's grown a thick beard by the time Sabine reunites with him on Peridea in 9ABY.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • His training with Kanan pays off, and he takes another level once making his own lightsaber.
    • After the six-month Time Skip at the start of Season 3, Ezra has taken it even further. He becomes more effective and more lethal with his attacks, develops more combat skill and agility, plus his new Force abilities have become more refined. Hondo, who hasn't seen him in some time, is impressed and expresses shock at his improved performance.
    • Be the end of the series, he's stepped up as a significant leader in the Rebellion, and takes charge of the effort to free Lothal from the Empire. He even defeats Grand Admiral Thrawn, using his connection to the purrgil to disappear an imperial fleet.
  • 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, which even Kanan admits he fears may eventually happen. Thankfully, Ezra doesn't and rejects his Dark Side temptation.
    • It happens again in season 3, as he slips further under the influence of the Sith Holocron he is secretly using. He starts performing some distinctly extreme acts that not only jeopardize the Rebellion's plans but put his friends in danger. This side of him fades once Kanan finds the Sith Holocron and takes it away, in which Ezra returns to his normal state. Kanan later comments on this brief influence, saying how the Sith Holocron "nearly destroyed" Ezra.
  • 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.
    • After the events of "Twin Suns", he gives up on revenge and chooses to prioritize his family over gaining power. He starts by genuinely apologizing to Hera and Kanan for suddenly running off and saying he knows what he truly needs to do now and where he belongs.
    • He's much happier and more genial in Ahsoka as he's lost his cynicism and angst over the years.
  • The Unchosen One: Part of Ezra's character arc is about him realizing that it is not his destiny to destroy the Sith, no matter how badly he wants to be, but his role in the war still has value nonetheless.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: To a greater and lesser extent he has this relationship with Zeb, Chopper and Sabine.
  • 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. It is quite often that someone talking to him ends up venting out their pent-up feelings about something and he offers them valued insight.
  • 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 and admits to seeing him as a father-figure.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Darth Vader destroys his first lightsaber.

"I know what we have to do now. One. Last. Lesson."


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Ezra Bridger reveals the Rebel's base of operations to one of the Seventh Sister's ID9 seeker droids, which the Inquistor happily accepts...

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