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Under the Galactic Republic
Pong Krell was a Besalisk Jedi Master during the final years of the Galactic Republic. During the Clone Wars, Krell held the rank of Jedi General in the Grand Army of the Republic and took over leading the 501st Legion after Anakin Skywalker was called away during the Battle of Umbara. As the battle progressed, his reckless tactics led to ever-escalating conflicts between him and the clone troopers under his command. The clone troopers soon discovered that he was trying to lose the battle, having fallen to the Dark Side and planning on defecting to the Separatists.
- 0% Approval Rating: The clone troopers that Krell commands hate him for being a terrible commander and a colossal asshole, and that hatred is so strong that they refuse to comply with his orders to execute Jesse and Fives for insubordination. Literally only one clone is genuinely loyal to him, and Krell loses Dogma, that one genuine follower, when he laughs at him for being an easily-manipulated boob.
- Arc Villain: Krell is the main antagonist of the Umbara arc. He has been secretly working to undermine the Republic's effort to capture the planet the entire time.
- Asshole Victim: No one objects to Dogma's shooting of him. However, it does catch everyone off guard.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: An accurate summary of his strategy. Although, this is at least partially because he's a traitor and so trying to screw things up for the Republic.
- Ax-Crazy: It really shows once he reveals his true colors, taking pleasure in killing many clones up close and personal, both to help the Separatists and for his own sadistic amusement.
- Badass Baritone: He has a very deep, bass voice.
- Badass Beard: He has a trimmed, pointed one that doesn't manage to cover his massive, frog-like jaw.
- Bait the Dog: Krell appears to show some respect for Rex after he stands up to him, and even comes close to complimenting him. However, after acknowledging the clone's opinion, he immediately dismisses it, and later turns out to be a traitorous dark side acolyte.
- Bastard Understudy: He wanted to become Count Dooku's apprentice once he defected to the Separatists. Stopping the Republic from capturing Umbara would've been his ticket.
- Beard of Evil: He has a beard, and proves to be quite evil.
- Blood Knight: His tactics are extremely aggressive. At one point while fighting Rex and the clone troopers, Krell deliberately puts away his lightsabers in favor of killing several clones with his bare hands. Exploited by Tup, who leads Krell into an obvious trap as he's so consumed by his insane bloodlust.
- Call-Forward: When the clones finally turn on him, he says "It's treason, then", which is exactly what Palpatine will say to the Jedi Council when they try and arrest him in Revenge of the Sith. Both Krell and Palpatine play a similar game, pitting different sides including his own against one another, trying to kill as many of his own allies as possible, all in a bid for power, and both being dark side users pretending to be on the side of good, though Krell is much less talented/interested in hiding his true nature.
- The Chessmaster: A small-scale version, but his efforts at playing the clones are highly effective, especially when he sets two battalions against each other.
- Control Freak: He has no tolerance for having his orders disobeyed or defied, even if he (ostensibly) benefits from the result. When Fives and Jesse repeatedly go behind his back to carry off risky operations that prove to save hundreds, if not thousands of lives, he orders their execution by firing squad as "thanks".
- Death by Irony:
- It's implied that he thinks the reason the Jedi will lose the Clone Wars is because the clones are incompetent. Aside from being completely wrong about this, Krell himself is killed by one of them.
- He foresaw the demise of the Jedi Order, and yet his actions lead to him being one of the first (fallen) Jedi to get executed.
- Death Glare: He gives one to Rex, bending over to get right in his face. Rex returns it.
- Double Weapon: He uses not one but two double-bladed lightsabers, one green and one blue.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: He claims to have had a vision of the Republic's downfall, which leads him to switch sides and deliberately try to sabotage his own war effort in hopes of impressing Count Dooku.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: He gets so hooked on massacring the clones that he fails to realize that Tup is clearly luring him into a trap.
- Dual Wielding: With double-bladed lightsabers.
- Dumb Muscle: Subverted. He seems to be a thick-headed idiot whose battle plans boil down to throwing as many Clones as he can at problems until they're solved, no matter how many casualties he racks up. However, as the 501st learn the hard way, he's actually deviously intelligent, having intentionally sent those clones to their deaths in hopes becoming a turncoat.
- Establishing Character Moment: Krell is first shown to have a respectful meeting with Anakin, before showing his bigotry towards clones by insulting and demeaning Rex as soon as Anakin leaves.
- Evil All Along: Having foreseen the Republic's eventual collapse, he intends to defect to the Sith. In hindsight, all of his idiot strategies make sense.
- Evil Is Hammy: When Krell reveals his true loyalties, he does it with a big, hammy speech.
- Evil Laugh: Once he reveals that he's evil, he laughs deeply in every single conversation he's subsequently in.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Krell's already deep voice becomes almost demonic after he's revealed to be a traitor due to his sinister delivery and booming, hammy dialogue.
- Expendable Clone: He doesn't care the least about the casualties his "right in the middle of it" tactics cause, purely because his troops are clone troopers. It turns out he wanted there to be casualties.
- FaceHeel Turn: He secretly turns to the dark side sometime prior to his introduction, when he foresaw the fall of the Republic.
- Fallen Hero: He's a Jedi Master, so he must have done something right before the FaceHeel Turn.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: It's not quite as bad as some of the series' more gruesome ends, but being shot In the Back military execution-style by one of his own men, while unarmed and kneeling, is not exactly your typical cartoon villain death.
- Fantastic Racism: He treats clones with nothing but utter contempt, at one point dehumanising them completely by referring to them as nothing but "creatures grown in some laboratory".
- Fatal Flaw: Arrogance and Wrath are his undoing. While his plan of undermining the Republic's war effort by sending the clones on suicide missions is clever and might have worked if he'd led less experienced clone regiments, he fails to anticipate the ability for independent thought and improvisation of the more experienced clones of the 501st Legion. He also lets himself get hooked in massacring the clones, which leads to him getting captured and eventually executed.
- Faux Affably Evil: He was reasonably polite towards Anakin, and, while he was generally just a Jerkass, Krell manages to show a few shreds of respect to Rex and Sergeant Appo. Even this small affability proved to be a complete lie to cover Krell's true monstrous nature.
- For the Evulz: He manipulated his clones into being slaughtered and into killing their own comrades because he could. Even if it was part of his plan to defect to the Sith, he obviously enjoyed the clones' deaths.Rex: Why, General? Why kill your own men?
Krell: [chuckles] Because I can. Because you fell for it. Because you're inferior.
- General Failure: The way he commands, you'd think he's trying to lose. Which, as it turns out, he was.
- General Ripper: He has a reputation for getting good results at the cost of ridiculously high casualties on the Republic's side, and for generally being stern, dismissive and vicious towards the clone troopers under his command.
- Genius Bruiser: The genius part only comes into play when his true plans are revealed. Once he gets into the action, he tears things up.
- Good Is Not Nice: Subverted. Initially, it seems he's just a Jedi that puts more emphasis on "no personal attachments" and a lot less on being compassionate. Then, it turns out that he's just plain evil.
- Hannibal Lecture: When Rex tries to execute him, Krell gives a speech about how he's too scared to pull the trigger. It actually works on Rex. However, he wasn't counting on Dogma to be the backup executioner.
- Hate Sink: He is one of the most detestable characters in the canon. He orders the clones around harshly, tries to have Fives and Jesse executed without trial, and tricks two clone regiments into killing each other. He even slaughters half of them when escaping. It's extremely satisfying when he is shot and killed by Dogma.
- He Knows Too Much: While they had every reason to want to kill Krell, the 501st's decision to execute him ultimately came down to the risk of him leaking sensitive intel to the Umbarans if they managed to spring him.
- Hoist Hero over Head: He does this to a clone after revealing his true colors, even breaking his spine on his knee in a manner similar to Bane.
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: He fights for who he believes will win. When he foresaw the fall of the Jedi, he decided to betray the Republic.
- Informed Ability: He is said to be a highly successful military strategist, but mostly just gives orders that seem intended to get as many clones killed as possible. Not surprisingly, he's also stated to have the record for highest clone casualty rate. It's later revealed that Krell truly is a brilliant strategist: all of his battle plans were intended to kill as many clones as possible.
- Insane Admiral: Krell invariably chooses the most straightforward, violent approach, resulting in massive casualties. This might seem like part of his corruption, but it's mentioned early during the Umbara arc that he has a long history of suffering great casualties. Either he's been planning to defect for quite some time, his Fantastic Racism is really that strong, or he's just that ruthless a tactician.
- Insane Troll Logic: When Rex and his squad try to arrest him in his guard tower, he puts up a bloody fight and shouts "You dare to attack a Jedi!" But only a few minutes later when they finally do arrest him, he says "I'm no longer naïve enough to be a Jedi."
- In the Back: After capturing the traitorous Jedi Master, Rex intends to execute Krell while the treacherous Besalisk was facing the wall of his cell. When Rex hesitates, Dogma intervenes and shoots Krell in the back.
- It's All About Me: Krell foresaw the eventual fall of the Jedi Order, so he decided to betray the Jedi, the Republic, and the clones, all just so that he could join what he believed was the winning side. Even before being outed as a traitor, Krell is a ruthlessly controlling leader who insists that his commands be followed above all else, even threatening Fives with his lightsaber for questioning him.
- Jerkass: Status as a treasonous sadist aside, Krell is a complete and utter asshole who never misses a chance to bully and belittle the Clone battalions he commands.
- Jerkass Has a Point: The one smart thing Krell does during the Umbara arc is correctly point out that Dogma was "the biggest fool of them all" and that his plan would never have worked without the blind loyalty and order-driven mentality of Dogma and those like him. He outgrew that mentality rather quickly.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Krell is first seen showing respect toward Anakin, but as soon as he leaves, he wastes no time demeaning the clone troopers, but still comes off as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold for the most part. Then, it's (unsurprisingly given his earnest hostility) revealed that he's deliberately killing off his own troops so he can defect to the Separatists.
- The Juggernaut: Nothing that the clones throw at Krell is enough to stop him. Even when a vixus has Krell in its grip, he still manages to kill a few clones before he's stunned long enough for Tup to knock him out.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: He initially seems to be sacrificing clones for the good of the Republic. Then he orders Fives and Jesse executed for disobeying orders, even though they saved the day by doing so. Then he tricks two squads into killing each other and reveals himself as a Separatist and Sith supporter.
- Jump Scare: This is how his death plays out: he's abruptly and loudly shot in the back while monologuing with no warning whatsoever. It can be quite startling the first time watching it.
- Karmic Death: He receives one at the hands of Dogma, the one clone who was utterly loyal to him out of duty.
- Kick the Dog: His mistreatment of the clones in general, but the standout moment would have to be ordering Fives and Jesse to be executed. First of all, both of whom had just risked their lives to secure a victory on Umbara and had to witness Hardcase's Heroic Sacrifice, but that still counts as insubordination to Krell since they didn't follow through with his stupid plan to blindly walk into a bunch of missiles. And secondly, he didn't even give them so much as a trial. Had it not been for Fives standing up to the firing squad, both him and Jesse would have died right then and there over basically nothing.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Dogma shoots Krell right in the middle of his Hannibal Lecture to Rex.Krell: Eventually, you'll have to do the right thing and [fatally shot]
- Knight Templar: Krell starts out seeming like an exceptionally brutal, rude Jedi who is nevertheless dedicated to the Republic. The truth, however, is that he's only out for himself.
- Lack of Empathy: Even before he's revealed to have been Evil All Along and to have fallen to the Dark Side, he takes the "no personal attachments" part of the Jedi Code way too far and doesn't even focus on the part about being compassionate, treating the clones serving under him as expendable.
- Large and in Charge: Krell towers over the clones, indicating his role as a military authority and his power as a Jedi.
- Large Ham: From the start, Krell is a dramatic, forceful personality. Once he reveals himself to be a traitor, Krell revels in delivering almost every line with as much malice and smug superiority as he can with a few Evil Laughs thrown in for good measure.
- Laser Blade: He wields two double-bladed lightsabers. One of them is green-bladed and the other one is blue-bladed.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He harshly insults Dogma, the one clone that was consistently loyal to him up until his true nature became apparent. Said clone is the one that kills him.
- Lightning Bruiser: Krell is incredibly fast for his size, can lift fully-grown and armored soldiers over head, and can block hundreds of rapid fire shots at time with his lightsabers.
- Manipulative Bastard: He used Rex to secure the loyalty of the clones in the 501st, despite the resistance his obviously flawed strategies met, and tricked two clone battalions into fighting each other. All of this to cripple the Republic offensive on Umbara, which he intended to use as a ticket to become Dooku's apprentice.
- Meet the New Boss: Very much Defied. General Krell is introduced as General Skywalker's temporary replacement as leader of the 501st Legion during their siege of Umbara. Krell is immediately introduced as having a totally different approach to command with his dispassionate dismissal of the clones serving under him. Whereas Anakin is genuinely friends with the clones, particularly Rex, and leads them through mutual respect and loyalty, Pong Krell leads his troops through fear and subordination, forcing them all to act with military discipline they were originally trained for and refusing to call them by their names.
- Mole in Charge: What he's revealed to be by the end of the Umbara arc.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Like all Besalisk, he has four arms, and he puts them to good use in battle - two for holding his lightsabers, and two free for punching, grappling, using the Force, and doing whatever else an immensely strong Jedi Master might be inclined to do in combat.
- Multicultural Alien Planet: One of the things that The Clone Wars managed to do was take races that were previously shown as friendly or antagonistic and flip that around. In this case, Pong Krell is a Besalisk, one of whom, Dex, was previously shown in Attack of the Clones as a friend of Obi-Wan who was friendly, boisterous, and not out to kill anyone.
- Mythology Gag: He appears to be based on the "Jedi Brute", a type of mook from the Revenge of the Sith video game adaptation who also wields double-bladed lightsabers.
- The Neidermeyer: Even before he was revealed to have been Evil All Along, the clones hated him.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Initially he justifies his brutality by saying that he is doing what is necessary for the republic to win this war, but in the end he reveals himself as a vile traitor.
- Oh, Crap!: The look on his face right before getting stunned by Tup screams of this.
- One-Man Army: He managed to cut through dozens of clone troopers without much difficulty.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: Well, he is correct about the Republic "being ripped apart from the inside". It just wasn't because the Separatists won, or because the clones were incompetent. Quite the opposite, in fact.
- Sadist: Krell positively revels in slaughtering clones as brutally as possible. He doesn't limit himself to physical suffering, either; as when he destroys Dogma's illusions of righteousness, Krell has a big smile on his face, and he clearly enjoys delivering a Hannibal Lecture to Rex.
- Slasher Smile: He sports one once he reveals his true colors.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: His robes have no sleeves on them, likely because of how he has four arms.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Even if his plan had worked, it's rather unlikely he would have been able to convince someone like Count Dooku to take someone as slimy and overconfident as Krell for his apprentice.
- Smug Snake: Even when Rex has a gun aimed at his head, Krell remains absolutely confident that he would come out on top. Dogma proves him wrong.
- The Sociopath: Krell displays politeness whenever he has to, but has no empathy whatsoever, callously manipulates even the clones who were unquestionably loyal to him, and actively enjoyed massacring them once his duplicity was revealed.
- Stereotype Flip: The only other major Besalisk character we know in the Star Wars universe is Dexter Jettster, the funny, homely greasy-spoon restaurateur from Attack of the Clones. What little we know about the rest of Besalisk culture indicates that Dexter is typical of his race. General Krell is about as far opposite to Dex as one can be, being a deadly serious, officious, and intimidating Fallen Jedi who can effortlessly defeat a room full of clone troopers in five seconds flat.
- Strong and Skilled: His natural Besalisk strength combined with his Jedi combat training makes Krell an extremely deadly combatant both with a lightsaber and unarmed.
- Super Window Jump: Does one out of the control tower when the clones begin their attempt to capture him.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: They're indicative of his alien nature and his status as a Dark side user.
- Token Evil Teammate: He treats his clone troopers worse than any other Jedi in the war. It is hardly a surprise when he is revealed to indeed be evil.
- Too Dumb to Live: Telling Captain Rex that You Wouldn't Shoot Me while he's unarmed, bound, kneeling, and has his back to Rex was perhaps not the smartest thing to do, even if Dogma was ultimately the one who did the deed.
- Unfriendly Fire: He is executed by one of his own clone troopers, and afterwards there was much rejoicing.
- Ungrateful Bastard: He has no respect for the clones, even for Dogma, and taunts Dogma by calling him "the biggest fool of them all".
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: His eyes are yellow and his true plans are extremely devious. This may be a case of Fridge Brilliance because "yellow eyes" are often a sign of deep immersion in the Dark Side if it's not his natural eye color, then it might be an early sign of his true allegiance.
- You Are Number 6: Krell refers to the clones by their alphanumeric designations instead of their nicknames as a way to avoid attachment.
- You Wouldn't Shoot Me: Krell tells Rex that he's too scared to pull the trigger. He's right... but Dogma sure wasn't.
Barriss Offee was a female Mirialan who trained under Jedi Master Luminara Unduli as a Jedi Padawan during the Clone Wars. Offee was a survivor of the Battle of Geonosis and was extremely loyal to her Jedi Master. She also preferred studying ancient Jedi texts to fighting and was a bit older than most Jedi Padawans. During her time as a Jedi Padawan, Offee began a friendship with Ahsoka Tano, the Padawan of Anakin Skywalker. Though rather different in personality, the two bonded through shared experience in combat. She led Ahsoka and herself through the catacombs of Poggle the Lesser's main droid factory during the Second Battle of Geonosis and together they destroyed the facility, becoming close friends along the way. However, during the course of the war, she became embittered with the Jedi Order and eventually turned to the Dark Side, which resulted in her bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar.
- Adaptational Alternate Ending: In the early era of Legends, Barriss remained part of the Jedi Order until being killed by the Order 66 on Felucia, where Commander Bly had her blown up by an AT-TE during a mission against the Commerce Guild. In canon, as well as in Legends as a result of her appearances in The Clone Wars, she turns to the Dark Side during the final year of the Clone Wars, a significant amount of time before the execution of Order 66, and her last appearance features her being taken away to prison. Her ultimate fate has not been revealed yet, but the fact that later works set in the era of the Empire don't feature or mention Barriss at all implies she didn't get any better.
- Adaptational Job Change: In Legends, Barriss was a Jedi healer and even starred in a medic-themed book duology aptly named MedStar. In canon, Barriss is no longer a Jedi healer and she ironically becomes a terrorist instead in The Clone Wars.
- Adaptational Villainy: In Legends, she was a Jedi to her very death, and there's no hint that she ever harbored ill feelings towards the Order. In canon, she falls to the Dark Side, accuses the Jedi Order of having lost sight of its ideals, and frames Ahsoka for bombing the Jedi Temple hangar, which results in Anakin ultimately discovering her plot and Barriss getting arrested. She is also implied to have been tempted by the Dark Side in a more conventional way, as she claims that Ventress' red lightsabers suit her.
- Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed. In The Clone Wars (and by extension the canon), Barriss is still a dangerous opponent and even defeats Ahsoka in a duel. However, Barriss in Legends was not only a great fighter, but also an expert healer who had also mastered the rare (and impressive) Floating Meditation technique. It's telling that, when it came the time to execute Order 66, Bly preferred to obliterate her by artillery fire while she was distracted rather than risking his troops in a more orthodox approach.
- Ambiguously Gay: Barriss has a lot of subtext with Ahsoka. Behind the scenes, Giancarlo Volpe even says it was deliberate: "You have no idea how hard I secretly pushed this agenda in 'Weapons Factory'." And, unlike Ahsoka, Barriss never shows an interest in any male characters.
- Anti-Villain: Of the Well-Intentioned Extremist variety. The motivations she has for bombing the Jedi Temple hangar are somewhat justified, but her actions in pursuing them are just unforgivable.
- The Apprentice: Of Luminara Unduli. She is even of the same species and shares similar mannerisms with her.
- Arc Villain: Barriss is revealed to be the mastermind behind the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar and thus serves as the main antagonist of The Clone Wars' Fugitive arc.
- Ascended Extra: Just like her master (along with many of the other members of the Jedi Order), she receives a fleshed-out and expanded role in The Clone Wars after being featured in the Prequel Trilogy as a peripheral member of the Jedi Order with small screen time and zero lines.
- Badass Adorable: Barriss is a very positively adorable and beautiful Jedi Padawan learner who is skilled to the point where she manages to bomb the Jedi Temple hangar, frame Ahsoka for the crime (along with defeating her in a lightsaber duel), and briefly hold her own against an enraged Anakin.
- Badass Bookworm: She is extremely intelligent, as proven by her intensive studies of the Geonosian hive system and later her manipulations after secretly bombing the Jedi Temple hangar.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: No one suspects that anything is wrong with her until she is revealed to have bombed the Jedi Temple hangar.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She continues to act as a Jedi after secretly betraying the Jedi Order through bombing the Jedi Temple hangar.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: She allows Ventress to live after knocking her out and stealing her lightsabers. Just killing Ventress would have silenced the last possible witness to Ahsoka's innocence. Befitting the trope, failing to eliminate Ventress led directly to Barriss' exposure and downfall.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: When she gets infected by a Geonosian brain worm, she is forced to attack Ahsoka.
- Break the Cutie: This is what fighting in the Clone Wars did to her.
- Broken Ace: Barriss is initially a perfect, reliable Padawan learner who was trusted by her Master to complete missions on her own. But, she slowly breaks down over the course of the Clone Wars without anyone noticing, culminating in her turn to the Dark Side.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Sort of. When Anakin snarls that she should have gotten rid of Ventress' red Sith lightsabers, Barriss cryptically responds, "I think they suit me."
- The Chessmaster: She is the mastermind behind the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar. First, she convinces Letta to feed explosive nanodroids to her husband, who worked in the Temple, using him as the bomb. When evidence led back to Letta (purely by chance), she arranges for Letta to ask Ahsoka for help, at which point Barriss Force-chokes her while Ahsoka is in the room to pin suspicion on her. Then, she arranges for Ahsoka's escape, knowing that she is looking for proof of her innocence. Barriss pretends to provide that proof in order to frame Ahsoka for the bombing as well as stealing Ventress' lightsabers and Cool Helmet to deflect the suspicions of anyone who might believe Ahsoka's story. If not for the fact that Anakin decides to hear Ventress out, her plan would have worked perfectly.
- Combat Pragmatist: She ambushes Ventress by hurling a heavy piece of metal at her before knocking her out with a pipe. Later, she uses the Force to throw heavy barrels at Ahsoka during their duel and detonates containers of high-pressured gas in her face.
- Commanding Coolness: As with every other Padawan learner, she was given the rank of Jedi Commander when the Clone Wars began.
- Consummate Liar: She manipulates Ahsoka with a completely straight face, giving no indication that she isn't just helping out a friend. Her responses to Anakin's interrogation sound perfectly genuine. Once he makes it obvious that he knows she's guilty, her mask starts to slip rapidly.
- Crazy-Prepared: She memorizes all two hundred junctions of a Geonosian hive in advance for a stealth infiltration.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: First, she successfully ambushes Ventress. Then, she easily defeats Ahsoka in a duel.
- Curb Stomp Cushion: She doesn't stand a chance against Anakin, but does manage to hold out for quite a while and even destroys one of his two lightsabers.
- Cute and Psycho: She is very adorable, soft spoken, well-mannered, beautiful, and overall one of the nicest members of the Jedi Order... then she turned out to be a mass murderer, a terrorist, a highly capable Chessmaster, and Manipulative Bastard of her own right.
- Dark Action Girl: Anyone who can successfully sneak up on Ventress, curb-stomp Ahsoka, and briefly hold her own against an enraged Anakin deserves the title.
- Deadpan Snarker: Barriss shows a few hints of this.
- Distressed Damsel: A variation: Ahsoka has to save Barriss' life while Barriss was possessed by a Geonosian brain worm and trying to kill her.
- Dual Wielding: She uses Ventress' lightsabers during the separate duels she had with Ahsoka and Anakin.
- Easily Forgiven: While not at all absolving her for killing people and framing her for it, Ahsoka seems to have forgiven Barriss relatively quickly. It probably helps that Barriss was right about the situation in hindsight, despite her wrongful methods.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Ahsoka's reaction when Anakin reveals her betrayal is simply and softly asking her if it was true.
- Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: She curtsies to Ahsoka when they first meet.
- Evil Former Friend: She and Ahsoka were very close before Barriss used her as a scapegoat for her own terrorist plot.
- Evil Genius: She masterminded a plot that completely fooled and cornered the Jedi Council.
- The Extremist Was Right: Despite how wrong her actions were, Barriss has a very good point about the increasing militarization of the Jedi Order. She is also right on the money, although probably not for the reasons that she believed, when she claimed that the Republic was failing and that the Jedi had become "an army fighting for the Dark Side". Even Ahsoka admits that Barriss was correct in her thoughts about the Jedi, if wrong in her actions.
- FaceHeel Turn: She becomes disillusioned with the Jedi Order, believing that they've become a corrupt shadow of their former self. This prompts her to act against them.
- Facial Markings: She has a set of cultural tattoos across her nose and on the backs of her hands.
- Fallen Hero: She went from a heroic Jedi to a hypocritical terrorist.
- The Ghost: In the Ahsoka novel, Ahsoka mentions Barriss a few times.
- Good Girl Gone Bad: Barriss was initially extremely polite and kind in addition to practically being the poster image for a proper Jedi apprentice. Two years of the Clone Wars pass and she has become an unhinged Knight Templar and mass murderer.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: This is standard for female Mirialans. However, just like her master, she's more classically beautiful than sexy.
- Hypocrite: She was disgusted by how the Jedi have become warmongers and, as she put it, "an army fighting for the Dark Side". How did she fight against this? She did it with terrorism, deception, and betrayal, which are the exact methods the Dark Side favors. She also claimed every Jedi should be tried, yet she framed Ahsoka specifically to avoid being caught. She at least seems to acknowledge it in her Motive Rant and when she says that she kept Ventress' lightsabers because she felt that they suited her. Red lightsabers are usually seen as the signs of a Dark Side user.
- Hypocrite Has a Point: While she is in no position to judge due to being a fallen Jedi herself, Barriss is right in saying that the Clone Wars has seriously corrupted the Jedi Order.
- In the Hood: She almost always has her hood up.
- Knight Templar: Her reasoning against the Jedi's involvement in the war is sound and just, but resorting to terrorism and deception to get her point through made her even worse than what she claimed to have been fighting against.
- Lady of War: Her fighting style is rather graceful, just like her master's own.
- Laser Blade: She wields a blue-bladed lightsaber. Eventually, she wields two red-bladed lightsabers.
- Manipulative Bastard: While Barriss was pretending to be helping Ahsoka, she manipulated her moves to incriminate her even more.
- Moral Myopia: Barriss considered the Jedi Order to be corrupt and violent, yet saw nothing wrong with using violent, destructive methods to try and end their involvement with the war. She was so obsessed with trying to end the Order's corruption that she didn't notice it in herself until the end. Although, she still blames her own corruption on the Jedi Order.
- Most Common Superpower: She has very buxom breasts.
- Motive Rant: She delivers one to a courtroom full of people after her crimes are uncovered.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: This is her approach to the clone troopers infected by Geonosian brain worms. After she is infected herself, she begs Ahsoka to kill her.
- Necessarily Evil: This is what she appears to see herself as. The reality is far different, as her methods end up preventing anyone from truly listening to her valid point.
- Nice Girl: She is a very good friend to Ahsoka. The friendship was genuine at first, but it became a façade after Barriss started going down the path of the Dark Side, with her new idea of friendship being manipulating, framing, and harming Ahsoka.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: An Anti-Villain example. Her confession attacking the corruption of the Jedi Order ends up planting a seed of doubt in the mind of one of the Temple Guards escorting her. That guard later turns to the Dark Side, becomes the Grand Inquisitor, and executes Luminara Unduli.
- Put on a Prison Bus: Her fate after being imprisoned is unknown, though it was stated by Word of God that she was not executed, and per Dave Filoni she was not made into one of the Inquisitors.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: She is the blue to Ahsoka's red. She even has the eye and lightsaber colors to match.
- Slasher Smile: In a Freeze-Frame Bonus, she has one for a brief period at the beginning of her duel with Anakin.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the Legends continuity before The Clone Wars, Barriss was said to be on Felucia during the execution of Order 66 and met her demise by an AT-TE cannon. The Clone Wars' Fugitive arc renders it non-canon via a cruel twist: Barriss had turned to The Dark Side in the later days of the war and is the mastermind behind the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar and Ahsoka's fugitive status. Barriss confesses to her crimes before the tribunal and gets taken into Republic custody, but not before calling out the Jedi Order's increasing militarization and dogma. According to Dave Filoni, she was not executed.
- Teen Genius: To memorize two hundred junctions of a literal bughive requires one to be this.
- Took a Level in Badass: Barriss' skill in lightsaber combat initially isn't exceptional, and Ahsoka is able to handle her without too much difficulty when Barriss is possessed by Geonosian brain worms. Two years later, she utterly curb stomps Ahsoka and manages to briefly hold off an enraged Anakin.
- Uncertain Doom: Her final fate is left nebulous; Word of God has stated she was neither executed nor indoctrinated into the Inquisitorus, so it's unclear whether she is still rotting in a cell, got wasted by Order 66, or is still alive somewhere.
- The Unfettered: Manipulating innocent civilians, killing innocent people and her own friends alike, framing Ahsoka and letting her be almost executed... Barriss proved that nothing was beyond her in her attempt to end the growing corruption of the Jedi.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Ahsoka saved her life twice, yet she was perfectly fine with using her as a patsy for her own crimes, which nearly resulted in Ahsoka's execution, although granted Barriss didn't intend for that part... she hoped Ahsoka being branded a criminal would draw her to her side of terrorism against the Republic.
- Vague Age: Her exact age is unknown. Nalini Krishan, the actress who played her in Attack of the Clones, is four years older than Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin. In The Clone Wars, Anakin is much taller and seemingly older than her, considering that her character model seems to be designed to look around Ahsoka's age.note
- Villain Ball: As Anakin points out, the smart thing to do would have been to dispose of Ventress' lightsabers after using them to attack Ahsoka. Barriss admits that she kept them out of vanity.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She believed the Jedi Order was degenerating from peacekeepers into warmongers and believed they should be punished for it, but this doesn't justify a bombing that killed many innocent people.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Barriss was last seen being escorted away by the Jedi Temple Guards presumably to be incarcerated and later put on trial... but what exactly happened to her afterwards is still completely unknown in canon.
- You Are What You Hate: She hates the Jedi Order because she thinks they've betrayed their principles and fallen to the Dark Side... which is exactly what she did. To her credit, she seems to be aware of this as she includes herself when she says the Jedi have fallen.
A Miraluka Jedi Knight. In place of his species' lack of physical sight, his intuition and insight have made him valuable to the Jedi Order to the point he was acknowledged as such by Mace Windu and the Jedi Council. Because of his skill, Master Windu recruited him on a reconnaissance mission to Hissrich.
For info on the Tenth Brother, see his entry on the Inquisitorius character page.
- Blind Weaponmaster: Like other well-known Miraluka characters before him, he qualifies as this.
- Canon Immigrant: He is the first known Miraluka to be introduced into canon.
- Conspiracy Theorist: He ultimately came to the conclusion that the Jedi Council was profiteering off of the Clone War, and encouraging the ensuing desolation for their own benefit - which, while the Jedi did go adrift in other ways thanks to the war, never even approached being true. Ultimately, this belief enrages him so much that he tries to kill Mace and happily joins the Inquisitors years later to hunt down Jedi survivors of the Purge.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a dry quip every now and then.
- Face Framed in Shadow: Since Miraluka (at least according to Legends) don't have eye sockets, they usually wear something over where it would be so that other people don't get disturbed by it or that part of their body isn't really important to show. Prosset's hood is shorter than what we've seen so far from previous Miraluka, so whenever art shows where his eyes would be, they're scribbled in shadow.
- FaceHeel Turn: Frustrated with the Jedi Order's inability to protect others and maintain peace as a result of taking up military titles in the Clone Wars, he blames the Jedi Council for this and fights Mace. Though he voiced the intent to leave the Jedi Order to follow his own path, Mace apprehends him and sends him to the Council to be processed. The Council would've sentenced him to death had Mace not vouched for him to work probation in the Archives instead. Somewhere along the way, it leads to him joining the Inquisitors.
- Foreshadowing: While arguing with Mace about whether or not the Council is corrupt, Mace dismisses his claims as "bold accusations" and "grand inquisitions". Huh.
- History Repeats: Later in the Clone Wars, Barriss would have similar views to Dibs and would lash out against the Jedi Order as well.
- Pungeon Master: He is particularly fond of eye-related puns that poke fun of his lack of sight.
Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus
A Jedi Master that served as a distinguished general and tactician during the Clone Wars, he crash-landed in Dathomir after barely surviving his troops turning him on him during Order 66. During his stay on the planet, he succumbed to madness and now manipulates the locals in an effort to harness their magick.
- Actor Allusion: His fighting style is similar to that of his actor's most well-known role, Spartacus.
- Affably Evil: He's quite polite to Cal and even offers to become his new master. However, once it becomes clear that he can't sway him, he doesn't hesitate to try and kill him.
- And I Must Scream: He's alive when Merrin buries him under all that Dathomiran stone, screaming until he's completely smothered. Merrin confirms that he's in for a slow, cruel death when she and Cal talk after his boss fight.
- Arc Villain: For the Dathomir arc of Jedi: Fallen Order.
- Battle Trophy: He wears a long braid threaded with Nightbrother horns at his belt, implying that he took the horns from Nightbrothers he killed to cement his power, observing to Cal that "these savages only respect strength."
- Beard of Evil: A crazed grey-bearded Dark Jedi.
- Buried Alive: How Merrin kills him after his duel with Cal.
- Dual Wielding: Utilizes two red-kyber lightsabers during his boss fight.
- Evil Mentor: Tries to play the part of one to Cal, but he isn't having any of it.
- Evil Old Folks: Is old enough to have gone completely grey, but isolation on Dathomir has made him stronger than ever.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Even when he's pretending to be a harmless traveler and trying to manipulate Cal into embracing the Dark Side, his otherwise manipulative, silky voice has a distinct gritty deepness to it.
- Seems one for Joruus C'baoth as a grey-haired muscular crazy Dark Jedi who has a similar interest in gaining a young Jedi to mentor, willingly or not.
- His initial appearance and interactions with Cal also seem to be a Call-Forward to when Ezra Bridger first met Maul on Malachor. It's rather fitting when you consider that Dathomir was Maul's home planet.
- He also has some similarities to Darth Krayt, a Legends-continuity Jedi who was a human integrated into the Tusken culture on Tatooine who fell to the Dark Side after Order 66 and became a Sith independent of Sidious and Vader, foregoing the Rule of Two to instead practice the Rule of One; the Nightbrothers fill in for the Tusken Raiders in this analogy.
- Freudian Excuse: While he's indicated to have been an arrogant braggart during the Clone Wars, he was an otherwise good person before Order 66. Since he was unlucky enough to land on the terrifying hell that is Dathomir, him going completely insane was inevitable.
- Glory Hound: Cere, who knew Malicos before the purge, reveals that other Jedi were wary of the successful general, regarding him as vainglorious and overly eager to take credit for victories.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Being trapped for years in an Eldritch Location like Dathomir, a planet consumed by the Dark Side, left Malicos insane.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: When he takes off his robes, his bare chest is shown to have ritual scarring from throwing in his lot with the Nightbrothers.
- Manipulative Bastard: Controls the Nightbrothers through fear of his power, while simultaneously telling Nightsister Merrin lies about the Jedi (namely that they massacred the Nightsisters, when in truth, it was General Grievous) by feeding off her loathing of those who wield lightsabers, hoping to use her to keep others away while he establishes a power base for himself.
- Meaningful Name: "Malicos" isnt too far removed from "malicious", which suits his personality well.
- Obviously Evil: Before he removes his cloak, he is just extremely shifty. Once he removes his cloak, he shows off his ritualized scarring and admits to being the leader of the local Nightbrother tribe. Notably, as soon as he removes said cloak, all trust Cal may have had goes right out the window. Given a Lampshade Hanging by the Achievement/Trophy for defeating him: "I Knew He Was No Good."
- Pet the Dog: Tells Cal to run away when Merrin sends their undead sisters on them, staying behind to cover his escape.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: He's no Sith, but you'd be forgiven for mistaking him for one thanks to his red and black garb and red lightsabers.
- Villain Has a Point: When Cal declares his intention to rebuild the Order, Malicos rants that the Jedi were done before the Purge took place and that their actions led to it, an assertion that Cal doesn't completely deny.Malicos: Jedi fell long before the Purge. Stifled by tradition. Deafened by our past glories. Blinded by endless war.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He ditches his robes to stay shirtless for the rest of his appearance. It's not a pretty sight since his chest is covered in some kind of ritualized scars.
- We Can Rule Together: He offers to become Cal's master and draw from Dathomir's magick together to start something new and different from the Jedi. Even if Cal hadn't immediately rejected it, the fact that he had manipulated Merrin to try and kill him in the first place makes his argument untenable.
- You're Insane!: Has this pulled on him by Merrin.Nightsister Merrin: You are mad, Malicos. Dathomir has unmade you.