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The First Galactic Empire

"In order to ensure our security and continuing stability, the Republic will be reorganized into the first Galactic Empire, for a safe and secure society!"
Emperor Palpatine's Declaration of a New Order

Established by then-Supreme Chancellor Palpatine (AKA Darth Sidious) at the end of the Clone Wars as a successor-state to the collapsing Galactic Republic, the evil Galactic Empire ruled the galaxy through fear, intimidation, and tyranny. With its vast military force and arsenal of terrifying superweapons, few dared to challenge Emperor Palpatine's regime, save a few pockets of resistance that converged to form the Rebel Alliance.

Following the death of Palpatine and the Imperial military's devastating loss at the Battle of Endor, the Empire fractured into multiple bickering factions vying for control, with some military leaders outright seceding to rule as warlords. Most of these remnants either collapsed to infighting or were defeated by the New Republic; those that did not fled to the Outer Rim and the Unknown Regions, where they reorganized into a military junta known as the First Order.

    In General 
  • Adaptational Diversity: In the original trilogy, Imperials were played exclusively by white British men. In Legends, women in the Stormtrooper Corps and positions of authority was rare but not unheard of, but eventually became more common over time as the Empire began morally reforming itself. Following the 2014 canon reset, women and people of color have received an increased presence in the Empire from the beginning, especially in positions of authority.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Compared to its depiction in Legends, the First Galactic Empire collapsed far more quickly in the New Canon, with what was left of the Empire surrendering to the New Republic a little over a year after Endor, rather than 15 years later in Legends. Word of God states that afterwards, the Empire crumbled and split into numerous small successor states, so that by the time of The Force Awakens the original Empire no longer exists. Justified as Palpatine designed the Empire to fall upon his death in this continuity.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Downplayed, but in Legends, the Empire slowly became less dictatorial over the decades and even began working alongside the New Republic and Galactic Alliance, to the point they were able to co-exist in relative peace for around a century before things escalated again. Admittedly, the Moff Council still had several diehards who were eager to go to war, and the new royal family were occasionally willing to preform questionable actions. But in the end, the New Empire and the Alliance ended up merging alongside the Jedi and together they managed to defeat the Sith. In the New Canon, by contrast, the Empire and the First Order remained just as tyrannical as ever and never truly made peace with the New Republic, and likewise remained under Sith control until falling during the Battle of Exegol.
  • All There in the Script: Most of the Imperial officers' names are only given in the film credits.
  • Antagonistic Governor: The Moffs of the Empire. In many works a local Moff is usually a source of trouble for the Rebels. Particularly Tarkin, who was one of the main villains in A New Hope and ordered the destruction of Alderaan.
  • Appeal to Force: This is literally part of their manifesto, the Tarkin Doctrine; the Empire rules through fear via building enormous weapons and ships of war, demonstrating what they can do and then routinely parading them around so people are always aware of the threat of being obliterated if they step out of line. Deconstructed, however, in that many of these weapons and ships look intimidating but are not nearly as invulnerable as they look, which dilutes the fear aspect in those who are aware of and able to exploit said weaknessess and only truly works against those who are powerless in the face of them.
  • Armchair Military: Many of the planetary governors and Moffs are civilian political appointees, but nevertheless have the authority to command the local Imperial garrisons. Their level of competence in using those forces sometimes leaves much to be desired.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • The Empire devotes much of their resources to making their weapons of war as big and terrifying as possible, relying on shock and awe to subjugate their opponents. But this comes at the cost of their vehicles having many inherent weaknesses that the Rebels are able to exploit, the most notable examples being the Death Star, the AT-ATs, and the Executor.
    • On the whole, the Imperial military would probably do well in a proper war against a conventional enemy. However, they are more often engaged in counterinsurgency operations against guerrilla groups that employ hit and run tactics, something that neither their ships or their troops are equipped to defend against. The heavy-handed tactics that the Imperial military is built to use only sew more discontent and help the Rebels in the long run.
  • Bad Boss: Killing your own men or letting them die is common practice amongst the Empire, whether it be because they've failed, outlived their usefulness, become a liability to their commander's ambitions, to prove a point, or because their commanding officer just felt like it. It's lampshaded in The Mandalorian by AP-1982 and JS-1975, two of the troopers under Moff Gideon's command.
    AP-1982: Did he just say that Gideon killed his own men?
    JS-1975: Oh, who knows. These guys like to lay down the law when they first arrive into town. You know how it is.
  • The Battlestar: The Imperial-class Star Destroyer, their iconic mile-long, wedge-shaped vessels. They have enough firepower to rip apart nearly any vessel and carry a complement of TIE Fighters for additional strike abilities and to bolster defenses. In addition, there are enough Stormtroopers and ground vehicles on board to pacify any world once the defenses have been blasted from orbit. To a lesser extent, there are also loads of other Star Destroyer models of various shapes and sizes, several even much larger than the normal ISD.
  • Bigger Is Better: Mile-long starships are already fairly common in the galaxy, but the Empire goes even bigger. The Super Star Destroyer Executor is nineteen kilometers long, and both Death Stars are large enough to be mistaken for a small moon.
  • Boring, but Practical: The TX-225 GAV Combat Assault Tank is a relatively conventional tracked assault gun that is puny in comparison to even the AT-ST and certainly doesn't evoke the same imagery as the Empire's walkers, but is no less dangerous than its legged contemporary.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Many high-ranking Imperial officers will often betray one another, by means of planting false evidence against them for some crime, attempted assassinations, or taking credit for another officer's accomplishments (while shifting the blame for failures). All of this is encouraged by the Emperor himself, to ensure that no one can usurp his position. There is some Truth in Television: As the Galactic Empire was based on the Nazi regime, the Emperor's tactics are based on what Hitler did to his officers, ensuring that the bickering between themselves keeps them busy from threatening his position of power.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Imperial officers wear uniforms in different colors to denote their branch or status: olive green and dark gray for standard Army and Navy Officers, light grey for enlisted personnel and technicians, black for pilots, security, and stormtrooper officers, and white for intelligence officers (and for that matter Grand Admirals as well).
  • Cool Starship: The above mentioned Star Destroyer.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: The Galactic Empire's military, born out of the dying embers of the Clone Wars, is designed to combat a peer military force in a conventional war and would in all likelihood be highly successful in such a conflict. However, its ships and vehicles lack the tactical flexibility to properly deal with the guerilla war waged by the Rebel Alliance and its superior fleet of starfighters.
    • For example, the Imperial Star Destroyer was a deadly capital ship killer, but its paltry complement of poorly armored TIE Fighters leaves it unable to take down the Rebels' fast-moving X-Wings. In contrast, the Republic's Venator Star Destroyer was a multi-role capital ship, with sufficient fire power to serve both as a gun turret but also could serve as a carrier for a diverse set of starfighters.
  • Crushing the Populace: The Galactic Empire rules by fear, as expressed in the Tarkin Doctrine and exemplified by the destruction of Alderaan. Deconstructed, however, in that they can only do this so much for so long before people snap and fight back.
  • Decapitated Army: Emperor Palpatine organized the Imperial system in a way that it would only properly function if he was in charge. When the Emperor perished at the Battle of Endor, not only did the Empire collapse within a year thanks to confusion and faction infighting but Palpatine also left a contingency plan where his loyal followers would help accelerate the Empire's demise on the grounds that any empire that fails to protect their emperor deserves to die.
  • The Dictatorship: One of the most well-known examples in science fiction. Its predecessor, the late Galactic Republic, had already become a People's Republic of Tyranny before the change in name was made official. It is ruled with an iron fist by Emperor Palpatine, his Moffs who act as regional governors, his powerful subordinate Darth Vader, and his army of Stormtroopers and powerful starfleet. The Empire primarily rules by fear, as laid down in the Tarkin Doctrine, prescribing overwhelming punishment by means of Earth-Shattering Kaboom for any planets that have gotten too far out of line, and using the fear of being next to bring other systems in line. Unfortunately for the Empire, their strong-arm tactics have tended to backfire more often than not; the destruction of Alderaan proved only to galvanize the Rebellion by proving what monsters they truly were.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: They dish this out like nobody's business. If anyone or anything defies, disrespects or inconveniences the Empire in any way or is simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, the hammer comes down hard. Peacefully protest confiscation of land without compensation? Massacred by stormtroopers. Refuse to accept unfair regulations? Your world is occupied and your entire species enslaved. Get caught showing a little more interest than usual in a commotion? Six years in prison that's quickly commuted to a lifetime sentence. Saying things were better before the Empire came around? Arrested for treason.
  • The Dreaded Dreadnought: The Executor-class Super Star Destroyer, which is essentially a fleet in and of itself. It's even shaped like a giant sword, making it little wonder why Vader would pick one for his flagship.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness:
    • The novelization of A New Hope tried to cover some background of the Empire. This included the implication that it had actually existed for a long time, with several emperors having reigned and Palpatine being the latest weak-willed ruler. The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi however firmly established that Palpatine was a powerful Evil Sorceror who ruled with an iron fist, and the prequels further portray him as a politically savvy Manipulative Bastard who created the Empire himself nearly two decades earlier through some very complex and sophisticated scheming to get himself elected Supreme Chancellor of the Republic and to make himself a dictator by engineering a galactic civil war to justify establishing the Empire.
    • The rank insignia in A New Hope consisted predominantly of a single row of red, blue, or orange/yellow tiles in various combinations, with Grand Moff Tarkin having the only insignia with two rows and all three colors. Empire Strikes Back would introduce the much more familiar two-row red-blue insignia. Later sources try to explain this away by stating that the two-row insignia system was introduced after many promising officers were killed in the first Death Star's destruction, forcing many imperial cadets to finish training early to fill the void, and that prior to this only very high ranked officers such as Grand Moffs or Grand Admirals wore two-row insignias. And true to this, most Imperial officers in productions set prior to the Death Star's destruction, such as Rogue One and Andor, also wear single row insignias.
    • Following the Disney canon reset, women and people of color have an increased presence within the Empire, with many holding positions of authority from being captain of a Star Destroyer (Rae Sloane) to a sector moff (Pryce and Gideon). None of this is evident from watching the original trilogy, in which all of the Imperials were played by white British men.
  • The Empire: Obviously — it's commonly cited as the Trope Codifier, and probably one of the most memorable examples across all media.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Downplayed. The Galactic Empire is xenophobic towards non-humans and perfectly willing to trample on peoples' rights no matter the race, but for all its faults it does show some slivers of this in its workforce. Unlike in Legends, in which women and nonwhites were an extreme rarity in the Imperial military (at least until after Palpatine died), gender and race are no issue for employment within the Empire. Female stormtroopers have appeared, along with women being in command of Star Destroyers. Lords of the Sith features a lesbian Moff and establishes that same-sex marriage carries no negative stigma in the Empire. This isn't immediately obvious from watching the Original Trilogy however, in which the list of Imperials not portrayed by a white man begins and ends with "Darth Vader's voice".
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Many Imperials were appalled by certain actions the Empire took, especially the destruction of Alderaan, which made some even defect afterward.
  • Evil Brit: In the original trilogy, this trope was invoked intentionally, and in fact was created in the editing room. Aside from the lead actors (who were mostly Americans), all of the small parts and background extras in the three films were played by Brits. This was natural, since the trilogy was shot at a studio just outside London. Most of the "good" or "neutral" characters in the films (such as the Rebel pilots, or the cantina bartender) later had their voices dubbed over by American actors, but the sound editors retained the natural English accents of the Imperial mooks for dramatic effect.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Some media make it clear that the Empire is doing its best to oppose the organized crime and corruption that were so prominent during the days of the Republic, which explains why so many people actually applauded its creation. Other times, though, it's clear that the Empire is just as corrupt as its predecessor, if not more so (Justified, since the Emperor doesn't actually give a damn about making anything better).
  • Fantastic Racism: Non-humans are looked down upon by the Empire, even though a few aliens are Imperials as well. It's not yet clear if the Empire treats them as being exceptional in spite of being aliens or if they hold them in a degree of contempt.
  • Fantastic Rank System: The Imperial Military follows a pretty straight-forward ranking system based on real-world navy and army hierarchy. At the top are the Moffs, who serve as a sort of military governor of a sector, and Grand Moffs, who command regions of the galaxy; both are answerable only to the Emperor. After the destruction of the Death Star and deaths of the rest of the Joint Chiefs, Cassio Tagge is promoted by the Emperor to the rank of Grand General, making him the supreme commander of the military.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Much has been made of the Empire's intentional resemblance to Nazi Germany, from the iconography to calling their troops "stormtroopers," but they also have parallels with the British Empire (a vast colonial power who dominate the galaxy with their unsurpassed navy, which in the OT is commanded almost exclusively by white men with English accents), as well as the Roman Empire (a former republic in which the democratically elected leader extended his rule and held onto power until it collapsed into totalitarianism, and a senate which used to control things but diminished into irrelevancy), and according to George Lucas himself they were partially inspired by the USA during the Vietnam War with the rebels standing in for the Viet Cong ("a large technological empire going after a small group of freedom fighters", and with Palpatine being partly based on Richard Nixon).
  • Fascist, but Inefficient: Their military really doesn't come off well when compared to their predecessors in the Grand Army of the Republic. Stormtroopers are notoriously less skilled than the Clone Troopers (and apparently not as well armored, according to Rex), and infighting and political power plays sometimes lead to Imperials spending more time killing each other than Rebels. Just look at Interservice Rivalry and their numerous redundant intelligence agencies to understand how a military capable of building and manning a planet killer could fall to a handful of Rebels. On the other hand, the Imperial Military is much larger than that of the Republic's, and all of their stuff is bigger, so if nothing else they're quite efficient at producing and mobilizing assets, if not using them.
  • Final Solution: More like only solution, as it quickly becomes the Empire's most favored way of dealing with any potential threat. Starting with the Geonosians, whose technological expertise had grown to the point that the Empire thought it better to eradicate them than risk them growing too powerful to control.note  Next were the Jedi and Mandalorians, warriors that through either the Force or sheer skill would be more than a match for the Empire's armies,note  same with the Kaminoans who could build clone armies that while smaller in number more than made up for it with skill and expertise, even the peaceful planet of Alderaan would eventually be destroyed just for being a potential haven for Rebels.
  • Galactic Conqueror: It controlled the majority of the known Galaxy at its height.
  • General Failure: Most commanding officers in the Empire are this, to the point it seems like a prerequisite. While some are genuinely competent, the average Imperial officer is unnecessarily brutal, incompetent, petty, overly ambitious without the talent to back it up, and mistreat and murder their own men at the drop of a hat.
  • Guilt-Free Extermination War: Not long after the Clone Wars ended, the Empire sterilized Geonosis, killing all its queens and hives.
  • Hobbes Was Right: Officially, the raison d'etre of The Empire is that the weak, ineffectual Galactic Republic collapsed into a bloody and destructive civil war that killed hundreds of billions, and the Empire was created to enforce Peace and Order on the galaxy by any means necessary, no matter how draconian or genocidal, so that such a war can never happen again. Unofficially, The Empire is riddled with amoral, cutthroat careerists and led by a megalomaniac who actually engineered the civil war in the first place, and the whole "bringing Order to the galaxy" business is just an excuse to amass as much personal power as possible- however, from top to bottom there are many in the Empire (including Darth Vader) who honestly believe that the Empire is- or at least can be- a genuine tool for peace, and sincerely want to make the thing work for the sake of peace.
  • Hover Tank: Despite the Humongous Mecha being more iconic, the Empire still uses these a lot, like the 2-M Hover Tank in Commander. An Imperial version of the Trade Federation and Separatists' AAT also shows up in Star Wars (Marvel 2015).
  • Humongous Mecha: The Empire is a huge fan of these, including the All Terrain Armored Transport (heavy armor/troop carrier), All Terrain Scout Transport (reconnaissance), and All Terrain Defense Pod (anti-infantry). Hell, their first walkers they used during the second year of their reign were the All Terrain Armored Cannons, the next evolution towards the aforementioned All Terrain Scout Transports, first seen in the Season 2 finale of The Bad Batch.
  • Hypocrite: Many, many Imperials are this. They regularly claim their goal is to bring peace and order to the galaxy, and denounce their enemies as "extremists", but their extreme methods show that, at the end of the day, all they really care about is securing their own power. Any actions committed against the Empire are regarded as unforgivable acts of terrorism whilst any actions committed by the Empire, up to and including total planetary destruction and genocide, are righteous because they're in the interests of peace, law and order.
  • Interservice Rivalry:
    • The "mystics" — Dark Side users like Darth Vader, other agents such as the Inquisitors, etc. — and the regular Imperial military don't get along well: the mystics treat the regular military as expendable lackeys, and the regular military isn't happy about this, or about being ordered around in general by Dark Side users outside the regular chain of command. Some of them can get along on an individual basis, though: both Vader and Tarkin respected each other as men who could get results. Despite this, Dark Side Imperials are so feared that the regular military's hands are tied once they show up.
    • Unsurprisingly, there is also rivalry between the Army and Navy (albeit it isn't nearly as pronounced as between the "mystics" and the regular military). Both even have their own TIE Fighter units (the Navy's are for space superiority and the Army's are for planetary combat); the pilots of those respective units do not get along well, to say the least.
    • Also extends to the regular military and the intelligence services (and between the various intelligence services and each other).
  • Keystone Army: The Empire's reliance on the Death Stars for total control over the galaxy ends up being their downfall. They drain an extensive number of resources that could have been made into more Star Destroyers, are meant to be the replacement for the Imperial Senate to keep order, serve as a base of operation for the Imperial leadership, and can easily be blown up with a few small starfighters. So when the second Death Star gets destroyed (along with the Sith Lords that ruled the Empire), it took the Rebels just one year to defeat the rest of the Empire.
  • Kick the Dog: Prevalent to the point of being almost a standard procedure.
  • Machiavelli Was Wrong: The Empire takes the rule through fear part far too literally; they rule the galaxy by virtue of having a massive amount of powerful ships and weapons that can cause untold destruction and are more than willing to use them on anyone who steps out of line or simply because they can. Very rarely do they attempt to win people over via diplomacy, kindness and displays of competent and reasonable governance, preferring instead to waltz in with their big fleets and armies and tell everyone that they're in charge and they'll have to live with it or else. The Death Star is the pinnacle of this, keeping everyone cowed via fear of planetary annihilation or horror at how far the Empire is willing to go to stay in power that rebelling doesn't even occur. They miss the part about never letting themselves become hated and pay dearly for it as the countless acts of cruelty committed against people causes hundreds to rise up against them because they hate the Empire far more than they fear what it can do to them.
  • Moral Myopia:
    • Many Empire loyalists were disgusted by the destruction of the Death Star, seeing the millions of lives killed as a Moral Event Horizon for the Rebels. This is overlooking the fact that the Empire destroyed Alderaan, a planet inhabited by billions of innocent pacifists, with said Death Star, and were planning to blow up more planets with the Superweapon if the Alliance failed to destroy it.
    • Generally, a large portion of people legitimately loyal to the Empire have a bad case of this. In their eyes, the Empire can casually carry out genocides, torture, brainwashing, and a litany of other horrific crimes. But if anybody harms the Empire in any way, even in self-defense, it's absolutely heinous and unforgivable, and anyone expressing disgust in what the Empire does will earn a "deserved" bullet to the head for their "treachery".
  • invokedMusic to Invade Poland to: The Imperial March. Originally serving as Darth Vader's theme in The Empire Strikes Back, Rebels officially establishes it as the Imperial Anthem during "Empire Day" — though the version they use is rather more upbeat than normal.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Star Destroyers cannot actually destroy stars, nor do they actually qualify as destroyers.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Much of the Imperial brass is made up of human supremacists. Palpatine himself is not necessarily, if only because he probably sees everyone but himself as pawns.
  • Putting on the Reich: The outfits of Imperial Officers are distinctly Nazi-inspired.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: The Empire's mantra is very much "Live for the Empire, die for the Empire". Any attempt at defection is punished with extreme prejudice.
  • Standard Sci-Fi Army: Definitely to be expected from the Imperial Army. Stormtroopers serve as elite troops, being the first to smash through enemy positions. As mentioned, Humongous Mecha fill the tactical niche for armor and mechanized units and are supplemented with more conventional vehicles such as Hover Tanks. When available, TIE fighters and bombers provide air support. The Imperial Army and Stormtrooper Corps also boast multiple battalions which are specially trained for specific environments, such as Blizzard Force (a cold assault unit) and Tempest Force (which is trained for thick forest combat).
  • Standard Sci-Fi Fleet: With the Imperial Navy being so vast, this is to be expected. Star Destroyers are battlestars, carrying enough fighters and troops to subjugate any system, and are specifically designed for Orbital Bombardmentnote  in order to make planetary subjugation relatively cheap. Every Space Fighter variant is present, with TIE line fighters, bombers, and interceptors; TIE Defenders serve as fighter-bombers. The Super Star Destroyer Executor serves as a banner ship and dreadnought. Even freighters are well-armed and carry a handful of TIE Fighters that deploy in case there's trouble. In Rebels, it's shown that the Empire is still using ships inherited from the Republic Navy, with a light cruiser serving as a communications ship.
  • Superior Successor: Some people In-Universe, particularly from human Core worlds that were never subjected to its worst brutalities, viewed the Empire as better than the Galactic Republic, since it got rid of the corruption that allowed corporations like the Trade Federation to thrive and had a military to stamp out "evil" wherever it may be found, which the Republic failed to do. Of course, what those people would rather not acknowledge was that the Emperor orchestrated the Clone Wars and brought about his Empire through fear, fueled the corruption and ineffectiveness of the senate, replaced the corporations with its own ones like Tagge Co., and routinely committed genocide that it covered up.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Those with morals, but who still serve the Empire, usually excuse its evil actions as For the Greater Good. Many come from worlds that had been so overrun with crime and lawlessness that even the tyranny of the Empire was a welcome relief. At least a police state has police.
  • We Have Reserves: A core principle of the Imperial military. Stormtroopers, TIE pilots, officers, walkers, even Star Destroyers (massive expensive warships crewed by tens of thousands of people), are all treated as expendable by the Imperial High Command, as they have a galaxy to build their manpower pool and gather resources from. On the other hand, in Lords of the Sith, it's suggested that a Star Destroyer has enough escape pods and evacuation shuttles for all aboard; in Legends, an Imperial starship only carried enough for essential personnel (roughly a tenth of the crew). It's also often Deconstructed as this attitude meant that the higher ups never placed much value on the lives of their soldiers and thus often never gave them adequate equipment and armaments. The empire was all about Quantity vs. Quality to the point where their standard TIE-fighters had no energy shielding or lightspeed capability whereas the rebel fighter vehicles had this as a minimum. It's been cited time and again that if the empire had armed their troops better and valued their infantry forces more over their big shiny super weapons, the rebellion would have lost.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer…: The Empire's default solution to any issue and maintaining its power, ranging from simple vocal dissent to outright militarised rebellion, is to ruthlessly crush it with as much force as possible ranging from arresting and executing people who show even slight discontent to blowing up whole planets in order to remind people who's in charge. Even when this doctrine proves itself a hindrance time and time again, they simply cannot fathom trying to develop any other solution.

    Other Galactic Empire Character Pages 

Imperial Governors

Under Imperial rule, most sectors were ruled by a military governor, or "Moff", who held absolute authority over the region's politics through force of arms.

Grand Moffs

    Wilhuff Tarkin 

Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin

See his separate page.


Grand Moff Randd

Species: Human

The Grand Moff in charge of the Exterior, a remote region of the Outer Rim. He is recruited by Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax to be a part of the Shadow Council, a group of high-ranking Imperials who effectively run the Empire six months after the Battle of Endor.

  • Bald of Evil: There is not a single hair on his cruel head.
  • Beard of Evil: Combined with his baldness, his beard grants Randd a classic and intimidating villainous look.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He first appeared with a minor role in Lost Stars, with his appearance in Life Debt being more substantial and explaining his role in the remaining Imperial hierarchy.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Post-Jakku, Randd is in command of one of the few Imperial remnants who did not surrender to the New Republic or receive the contingency message containing the coordinates of the Eclipse in the Unknown Regions.
  • Lean and Mean: Described as being thin, rigid, and sharp as a needle physically, which combined with his mirthless nature and utter loyalty to the Empire make him a haunting figure.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Like the rest of the Shadow Council, Randd has no clue about Rax's ultimate endgame and the Contingency.
  • No Sense of Humor: At one point he reflects that his own wife had noted how humorless he is and that he laughs maybe once or twice a year.
  • Only Sane Man: Shares this role with Borrum on the Shadow Council after Rax engineers Sloane's disappearance. Odbur is a delusional propagandist, Hux is a child-abusing monster, and Rax is a Insane Admiral planning on burning most of the galaxy down around them. Randd is slightly saner than Borrum as well, who honestly thinks the Empire could win at Jakku while Randd harbors deep concerns over the power of the New Republic and the mental state of the Imperials who have been stationed there for months.
  • Overranked Soldier: He is not a tactician or experienced fleet commander, yet is given command of the Super Star Destroyer Ravager and the Imperial fleet at the Battle of Jakku. Randd relies on a number of expert tacticians to assist him, but as the battle turns against him he thinks that Grand Admiral Rae Sloane should be in command instead of him.
  • Properly Paranoid: He keeps many of his thoughts to himself and carefully guards his expression around Rax and the rest of the Shadow Council, clearly having reservations about Rax's honesty and intentions for them. Sloane even notes that he does not eat anything at the initial meeting of the Council, which she judges a wise, if ultimately unnecessary, precaution. Since Rax later thinks that all of the Shadow Council sans Brendol Hux are ultimately expendable, Randd is smart to be cautious.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: As the Battle of Jakku begins to turn against the Empire and the Ravager is being dragged down to the surface of Jakku, Randd quietly slips away from the bridge and flees the battle in an escape pod.
  • Sensing You Are Outmatched: He clearly knows that Admiral Ackbar is a far more skilled fleet commander than himself and relies on tactical advisors during the Battle of Jakku, but that plan unravels when several of the captains in the Imperial fleet fall prey to their Sanity Slippage and break formation in suicide runs against the New Republic fleet.
  • The Stoic: Keeps his face clear of emotion and holds his true thoughts on the Shadow Council back, instead questioning the other members to get an impression on their role and thoughts.

    Lozen Tolruck 

Grand Moff Lozen Tolruck

Species: Human

Appearances: Life Debt

The Imperial governor of Kashyyyk. Following the death of the Emperor, he became an independent warlord who kept minimal communications with the remaining Imperial fleet.
  • Addled Addict: He is addicted to a tree sap called hragathir, a narcotic that has severely affected his mind and sanity. The tree walls of his office excrete the sap so he always has a steady supply.
  • Ax-Crazy: Enjoys hunting sentient beings and torturing prisoners. When Sinjir is exposed as a spy in the middle of his fortress, Tolruck has his attaché Odair Bel-Opis fight him one-on-one with all his people watching, with the indication that this sort of death match is a common occurrence.
  • Beard of Barbarism: Grew out a wild beard because he considered Kashyyyk to be a wild place. Many of his subordinates followed suit.
  • Blatant Lies: Insists the Emperor is alive, although he is well aware Palpatine is dead, and has his followers do the same in order to keep morale up.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: Hunts Kashyyyk's dangerous creatures, which he extends to Wookiees. He also repeatedly refers to the New Republic operatives on the planet and prey and wants to go out hunting for them. When he realizes that "Jorrin Turnbull" is in fact Sinjir Velus, he grows quite excited that his prey came to hunt him but got caught instead.
  • Fantastic Racism: Considers Wookiees to be little more than beasts of labor that can be hunted for sport.
  • A God Am I: He comes to think of himself as the "god" of Kashyyyk as he has total control over the planet's inhabitants and the Imperial garrison there following the Emperor's demise.
  • Going Native: Thinks he has done this on Kashyyyk. He hated the planet at first, but then decided to embrace its wildness and become a brutal and sadistic hunter that murdered sentiments for sport. Tolruck's office even has a throne carved out of a tree, and he carries a Wookiee kishakk blade. In truth, he is nothing but a monster who has gone insane, not native.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: He hunts down Wookiees for sport. What infuriates him the most about the insurgency on Kashyyyk is the fact he can no longer go out hunting personally and has to use drones instead.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: In addition to hunting sentient species for sport, he also eats them. He is quite receptive to a subordinate's suggestion to breed excess Wookiee slaves with Talz to improve their taste since he considers Talz to be "delicious".
  • Insane Admiral: Likes hunting Wookiees for sport, pretends the Emperor is still alive, willing to completely level the planet when it becomes clear he is losing.
  • Neck Snap: By "Cracktooth", the Wookiee slave he considered his most docile and respectful servant.
  • The Nicknamer: Gives nicknames to the Wookiee slaves in his fortress and to those he hunts down.
  • Psycho Knife Nut: An insane cannibal who hunts his subjects for sport, Tolruck is also quite skilled with knives. He used one to cut out Jom Barell's eye, and can also throw a kishakk blade with great accuracy.
  • Sanity Slippage: The stress of keeping Kashyyyk under his rule post-Endor and his addiction to hragathir take a heavy toll on his mental state. Han and Chewie's campaign to free the world sends him into an even deeper spiral of madness as he can no longer leave his fortress.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: While he may be a Grand Moff, his power post-Endor only extends to Kashyyyk and the small fleet around it. Yet in his drug-addled mind, Tolruck thinks he has a chance of becoming Emperor.
  • To Serve Man: Inverted. Tolruck's a human who eats Wookiees, a sapient alien race, and considers crossbreeding them with Talz to improve the taste.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After the kill switch that could kill all the Wookiees implanted with a biochip is deactivated, Tolruck completely loses it and decides to order his fleet to bombard the surface of Kashyyyk until nothing is left. He then proceeds to get extremely high on hragathir and laughs madly.
    Tolruck: If I can't have this world, then nobody can. Not the New Republic. Not the Wookiees. Certainly not the Empire.



Moff Ghadi
"Welcome to politics, Ms. Pryce. Welcome to the real Coruscant."

Species: Human

Appearances: Thrawn

"Let's see how high and mighty Grand Moff Tarkin is when I'm shoving his dirty little secrets down his throat."

Governor of the Tangenine sector in the Core Worlds, Ghadi was a political rival of Grand Moff Tarkin.

  • Ambition Is Evil: Desires to usurp Tarkin's status within the Empire, to the point where he spends more time on Coruscant scheming than actively governing the Tangenine sector.
  • Evil Is Petty: After Eli Vanto refuses Ghadi's offer of a promotion and position on a Inner Rim defense force in order to remain by Thrawn's side as an aide, Ghadi uses his influence to ensure that Eli is never given another promotion.
  • Fantastic Racism: Despises non-humans and attempts to sabotage Thrawn's career, despite never having even met him, because he is a alien. Ghadi also views non-Core Worlders, especially those from the Outer Rim or Wild Space, as little better than savages.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His attempt to blackmail Arihnda Pryce and use her as a spy against Tarkin and his other rivals gives her the information she needs to bring him down by presenting her evidence of his blackmail to Tarkin.
  • Jerkass: Even in the Empire, everyone despises Ghadi for being such a obvious manipulative and petty jackass, including Tarkin. He constantly attempts to bully or demean everyone he meets, which eventually comes back to haunt him when his target is Pryce.
  • Properly Paranoid: When it comes to Domus Renking and the Higher Skies advocacy group, Ghadi was one-hundred percent correct to not trust either one. However, his paranoia about Pryce being in on both the senator and the groups schemes was unfounded, as she was just a (mostly) innocent pawn in both cases.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: His exact fate is left unclear after Pryce provides Tarkin with proof that Ghadi was conspiring against him, but at the very least his political and military influence dried up since Eli got two promotions at once shortly afterwards. And given that the person he crossed was Tarkin, whose exact words were that he would have, "the satisfaction of removing Moff Ghadi from the face of the galaxy," Ghadi's future looks rather grim.


Moff Gideon

See his entry on the Imperial Remnant page.

    Tan Hubi 

Moff Tan Hubi

Species: Human

Moff of the Calamari Sector, Hubi was the true power on Mon Cala during the reign of the Empire and kept a tight leash on the inhabitants of the sector. He is targeted for kidnapping by the Alliance in order to access an Imperial prison where Mon Cala King Lee-Char is being held.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Stormtroopers he summons to save him care more about preventing the Rebels from escaping with King Lee-Char's final words, and thus shoot straight through Hubi to try and kill them.
  • Overly Long Scream: Lets loose one while the submarine he and his Rebel captors are in is being chased by a giant sea monster. Chewie has to restrain him to get him to stop.
  • Smug Snake: Spends his time as a captive telling the Rebels they have no hope of using him to break into the Imperial prison on Strokill Prime and that they should surrender to him. Naturally they succeed and he ends up dead in friendly-fire.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Ultimately, Hubi was just one more pawn sacrificed in Darth Vader and Queen Trios' plan to end the Rebellion.

    Valco Pandion 

"Grand" Moff Valco Pandion

Species: Human

Appearances: Aftermath

"An Empire needs a leader. An Empire demands an emperor."

A powerful Imperial Moff in command of the Star Destroyer Vanquish. Several months after the Battle of Endor, Pandion attends a conference of high-ranking Imperials on Akiva to determine the course of the Empire.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He has ambitions to become Emperor, but all he has is one Star Destroyer and most of his fellow Imperials can't stand him.
  • Dirty Coward: Abandoned most of his soldiers to save himself when the Battle of Malastare turned against him.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: His thin skin and ego makes him very easy to set off, with Sinjir easily baiting him by insulting his title of Moff. Pandion also threatens to break Crassus's hand when his fellow Imperial's habit for banging his hand on the table while speaking irritated him.
  • Hypocrite: Often calls his fellow Imperials cowards, while he ran from the battle of Malastare as his garrison was overrun.
  • Insistent Terminology: Corrects anyone who refers to him as Moff by angrily declaring that he's a Grand Moff.
  • Jerkass: Hardly surprising, since he's an Imperial Moff, but even the other Imperials find him extremely unpleasant to be around.
  • The Rival: Considers Admiral Rae Sloane to be one, since she's the only other Imperial at the conference who has more power and resources than him.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He's just a regular Moff in command of a single Star Destroyer, but promotes himself to Grand Moff in the aftermath of Endor as a way to raise his station.
  • Smug Snake: Sloane quickly gets tired of the simultaneously scornful and smug expression Pandion has constantly and his arrogant assumption that he will become the leader of the Imperial remnants.
  • Too Dumb to Live: While attempting to escape the battle above Akiva on a shuttle with Sloane and her pilot at blasterpoint, Pandion remains standing instead of strapping into a seat in order to not look weak. Sloane knocks the flight stick so Pandion loses his balance, at which point she easily overpowers him, shoots him in the gut, and locks him in the back of the shuttle, which she then ejects with the self-destruct armed.

    Derrek Raythe 

Moff Derrek Raythe

Species: Human

Appearances: Battlefront II

"Now more than ever, power is the only way to peace. Admiral Versio will cleanse the galaxy, Commander. To remind them who is really in control."

The commander of the Dauntless and one of the high-ranking Imperials chosen by Palpatine to lead Operation: Cinder.
  • Insane Admiral: He is one of the architects of Operation: Cinder, a plan designed to "punish" the galaxy for the Emperor's death and defying the Empire by killing billions of citizens without regard for their loyalty to the Empire.
  • Jerkass: Treats Iden and Inferno Squad with thinly veiled contempt during the Battle of Fondor due to her asking too many questions.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Disappears from Battlefront II's campaign after the Battle of Fondor.


Moff Ssaria

Species: Human

Appearances: Lando

"I am an extension of the Emperor's will. My actions here simply execute his directives. The Emperor is the mind. I am his tool. Is a tool responsible if it is used to kill someone?"

A Moff and Governor of Castell and its surrounding sector.
  • Cultural Posturing: Dismisses a priceless Castellian artifact as "some local artisan's best effort" and claims it would not even turn one head in the Core Worlds.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: She could care less about her reputation and she's loyal to the Emperor. She can do whatever she wants and no one can stop her except for maybe the Emperor.
  • Just Following Orders: She calls herself a tool of the Emperor, all of her actions being of his will. Borders into Never My Fault (and certainly not her problem).
  • Older Than They Look: She's likely in her thirties, but she looks rather youthful by the way she dresses and looks barring wrinkles.
  • Red Baron: The people of Castell call her "the fiend of Castell" and "the burning Moff" for her infamous brutality.
  • Pet the Dog: Allows Lando to leave with one of her stolen artifacts after he admits he seduced her to steal it and manages to manipulate her into letting him go. He later comments that Ssaria only did it in an attempt to convince herself that she is a person instead of a murderous thing.

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Advanced Science Division

A clandestine organization within the Empire's science divisions that was established shortly after the Clone Wars ended. Headquarted in a top-secret lab within Mount Tantiss on Weyland, the Advanced Science Division was responsible for continued research into cloning after the destruction of Kamino. Amongst its most important operations was Project: Necromancer, which held great interest to Emperor Palpatine.


    Royce Hemlock 

Dr. Royce Hemlock

Species: Human
"Make it possible."

Voiced By: Jimmi Simpson
Appearances: The Bad Batch

"You are here because I intend to give you a clean slate. And all you have to do in exchange is tell me how to find Clone Force 99."

A scientist who is appointed to head the Imperial's cloning operations at Mount Tantiss on Weyland.

  • Acquired Poison Immunity: He's developed a special gas which can knock out clones. He's exposed himself to it before, and is therefore immune.
  • Asshole Victim: After mocking Tech's death, manipulating Crosshair, torturing who knows how many clones for his experiments, and having no qualms about kidnapping children, holding them prisoners and experimenting on them as well, it's pretty much impossible to feel bad for him when he is swiftly shot to Death by Crosshair and Hunter.
  • Baddie Flattery: He will flatter his prisoners for their actions but it’s just a ruse to get them to do what he wants.
  • Big Bad: Following Rampart's sacking by the Emperor at the second season's halfway mark, Hemlock fills in as the primary Imperial antagonist of The Bad Batch to deal with the Clones. In Season 3, he becomes the primary enemy of the Bad Batch due to heading Project Necromancer, which is of great interest to Emperor Palpatine.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: In the finale of The Bad Batch, he has Crosshair, Hunter, and Wrecker at his mercy and has the CX troopers engage Echo and the escaped clones in a losing firefight. Instead of just allowing them all to be killed and continue his work with Omega, he chooses to try and convert them into CX troopers themselves, which gives Omega the chance to free the Batch, who defeat the CX troopers and pursue him in a final fatal confrontation.
  • Cassandra Truth: When Tarkin tells him the funding needed for his science experiments is very high and costly, Hemlock tells him that science isn't something to be rushed, since it takes time to be perfected. Tarkin does not take him seriously, and just considers Hemlock's research a waste of resources, ultimately shutting it down after Hemlock's death. Given that Palpatine's clone body would be degenerated by the time of the Sequel Trilogy, despite there being decades more to research and perfect the process, it seems that no one actually heeded Hemlock and put in the required effort.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To Admiral Rampart. Both are high-ranking Imperials tasked with consolidating the new regime and directly report to Tarkin, but are otherwise very different. Rampart heads Project War-Mantle, a Boring, but Practical replacement of the clones with enlisted soldiers, and seeks to phase out the clones entirely. Hemlock, by contrast, deals almost entirely in cloning, and surrounds himself with clone commandos, and advocates repurposing the clones rather than fully decommissioning them. Rampart is a career military officer with political aspirations who sets his headquarters up either on his flagship or on Coruscant, while Hemlock is a Morally Ambiguous Doctorate who resides in the top secret Mount Tantiss laboratory. Lastly, Rampart is seen in public and serves as a face of the new Empire and its security apparatus, while Hemlock's record has been practically erased and he himself remains anonymous to all but a few high-ranking Imperials.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: His eyes are noticeably light blue and add to his disturbing affect.
  • Creepy Monotone: His dialogue is mostly in a soft, creepy tone. He only raises his voice in the Series Finale when he's facing death, having lost all of his research and minions and knowing that, even if he survives Hunter and Crosshair, he'd still have to face the Emperor's wrath for the destruction of Project Necromancer.
  • Disney Villain Death: After being shot repeatedly by Hunter and Crosshair, Hemlock falls from the platform he's standing on to the jungle below. One of Tarkin's subordinates confirms his death.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In the season 3 finale, he mocks the clones' loyality for each other and deems it a weakness, which is promptly proven wrong when it is in fact their loyality that results in the destruction of the Tantiss base and his demise.
  • Fantastic Racism: As is typical of Imperial officers, Hemlock absolutely hates clones, but goes even further by referring to them as Imperial property instead of human beings. He views them as inherently weak and uses the most painful methods possible to experiment on them.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He is very soft-spoken and he makes a token effort at politeness, but Nala Se has his number, refusing to help him. Hemlock also takes a moment to remind Lama Su of the loss of his title. In "Tipping Point", once Crosshair refuses to cooperate for the last time, he finally loses his temper a bit and demands more aggressive treatment from the interrogation droid.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Royce Hemlock was actually behind the Clone X Troopers, which means he assisted Admiral Rampart by lending him Clone X's services to silence anyone who knew the true fate of Kamino. On top of that, he was also keeping tabs on Crosshair for a long time.
  • Hate Sink: Following the precedent set by Rampart, Hemlock is a psychopath with a bloodthirsty streak and an irrational hatred of clone troopers. It’s very telling that even most Imperials think he’s too much.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The clandestine nature of his operation and how closely he keeps his research to his chest eventually leads to his downfall. As his research is kept in a single databank on Tantiss, Nala Se is able to destroy it with a single explosion, forcing him to try and escape with Omega to have a chance to salvage his efforts and keep the Emperor's wrath off him, which leads to him finally being cornered and killed.
  • Human Resources: Uses what's left of the clone army as fodder for his experiments on Project Necromancer and the creation of Clone X assassins. Of course, he doesn't see them as people, but property.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: A sadistic sociopath with strikingly bright blue eyes.
  • Mad Scientist: He's not only an Imperial scientist in charge of cloning operations, he also performed some hideously immoral experiments while serving the Republic before being removed.
  • Meaningful Name: Hemlock is a highly poisonous plant that can kill in small doses, fitting for a mad scientist who has developed a gas he is immune to.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Naturally, given that he is a scientist in service to the Empire. He is overseeing experiments involving the creation of deadly monsters and whatever dark designs Palpatine is seeking. It turns out he was actually fired from the Republic for his amoral experiments, but was happily hired back by Palpatine once the Empire was founded.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Hemlock is the name of a poisonous plant found in Europe and North Africa.
  • Nerves of Steel: Hemlock may be a ruthless scientist of Empire, but there are times in which he never loses his cool.
    • He stays seated when Krennic, Romodi, and Coburn stand up in fear that Saw Gerrea and the Partisans are about to bomb them, while Tarkin is trying to reassure them that the Summit will continue.
    • When Omega is firing energy arrows at him and his men to save Hunter and Wrecker, Hemlock manages to keep her talking long enough for Scorch to snatch her.
    • Even when Tarkin is threatening him about the extra funding going into Project Necromancer instead of other Imperial projects like the Death Star, he calmly states that it's of personal interest to Palpatine and it's classified.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: A man of science who has no significant combat ability and barely even leaves Mount Tantiss. Despite this, the CX troopers he employs to act as executors of his will and his sheer determination to complete his experiments with Omega makes him one of the most threats the Bad Batch go up against.
  • Not So Stoic: When Omega and Crosshair escape from the Mount Tantiss facility on Weyland, he's seething with rage and orders the stolen Rho-class shuttle to be neutralized, though when Emerie tells him that Omega's blood was capable of merging perfectly with high M count samples, he calls off the chase.
  • Pet the Dog: Surprisingly, he promotes Emerie Karr to Nala Se's former position of Chief Scientist when she asks for the job. Though how much it truly indicates care is questionable given that he directly threatens to punish Karr for failure, with no affability, after Omega and the children escape the vault in the finale.
  • Pragmatic Villainy:
    • The Emperor and Tarkin insist on decommissioning the Clones from the Empire’s military, but Dr. Hemlock feels full decommissioning is problematic for clones who respond with defiance. Instead, he advocates they be repurposed as lab experiments where their accelerated aging would be of little consequence, guaranteeing that it will not only get them out of the Empire’s hair, but also advances the Empire’s goals, which the Emperor is completely on board with.
    • He reluctantly orders the pursing V-Wings off the pursuit on Omega and Crosshair when he learns that Omega's blood is key to cloning a high M count.
  • Red Right Hand: Keeps his left hand gloved at all times; he tends to squeeze it with his right hand when stressed, suggesting chronic pain.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Hemlock barely speaks more than above a whisper, and is a Mad Scientist who happily conducts unethical experiments on the clones or tortures them to bend their wills.
  • Shout-Out: Wears a single black glove on his left hand, like Dr. Childress from The Fury.
  • Viler New Villain: Vice Admiral Edmon Rampart was merely the standard level of evil for the Empire. Dr. Hemlock is one of the few villains in this series whose cruelty, ruthlessness and ambition matches that of the Emperor's. It's little wonder Palpatine has started to take a liking to him already.
  • Villainous Breakdown: An extended one over the course of Season 3, as Project Necromancer runs into problems and Tarkin starts breathing down his neck. It culminates in the series finale, as his plans unravel and his base collapses around him, breaking his calm exterior. He is reduced to trying to hold Omega hostage and screaming at Hunter and Crosshair to let him go.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Following the recapture of the Zillo beast on Silla, he sends Scorch and the commandos to round up the entire population, including children. Scorch later says they have been detained and will be dealt with.
    • After capturing Omega and bringing her to the facility where Nala Se is being held, Hemlock makes it clear to Nala Se that if she still refuses to cooperate, or fails at what she's been tasked with doing, then Omega will suffer for it.
    • He is later revealed to be actively experimenting on Force-sensitive children.

    Emerie Karr 

Dr. Emerie Karr

Species: Human (clone)

Appearances: The Bad Batch

One of Dr. Hemlock's assistants at the Mount Tantiss facility and another Opposite-Sex Clone of Jango Fett.

  • Accent Relapse: She starts speaking in a Kiwi accent (her actress' natural one) right before revealing herself as Omega's sister.
  • The Atoner: After Omega has been rescued and the Tantiss operation dismantled, she joins up with Echo to help take down the Empire, noting that she has a lot to atone for.
  • Blaming the Victim: While Emerie does express some sympathy for the unconscious Crosshair's state, she attributes it to Crosshair not cooperating with Hemlock rather than putting any blame on Hemlock himself.
  • Emotionless Girl: Emerie always speaks in a calm, detached demeanor and doesn't reveal any emotion. Makes sense if you consider she's a clone and has lived her entire life in labs.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • She has some sympathy and kinship with the clones due to being one herself, and on at least one occasion privately expresses disgust with Hemlock’s utter lack of empathy.
    • She's deeply disturbed by what she finds in the Vault, that Force-sensitive children are being experimented on, at least one of which is an infant. It's enough to cause her to question the Empire's motives and eventually side with the Bad Batch.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: Emerie Karr uses a familiar pronunciation of "Omega" (emphasis on the 'e') before she reveals her true nature.
  • Foil: To Omega. Emerie and Omega are both female clones who were raised and mentored by scientist figures. However, where Omega was raised by Nala Se, who is rather morally ambiguous but genuinely cares about Omega and has taken great measures to protect her from the Empire, Emerie's mentor, Dr. Hemlock, is flat-out evil, and while civil, doesn't show the same sort of fondness towards Emerie that Nala Se displays towards Omega. Additionally, while Emerie identifies Omega as her sister, Word of Saint Paul suggests that the two have very different viewpoints of the concept of sisterhood, since Omega has been in the loving company of the Bad Batch and knows what having siblings, being loved, and being part of a family actually feels like, whereas Emerie doesn't have such experience.
  • For Your Own Good: Insists her treatment of Omega, including preventing her from leaving Tantiss, is this.
  • Friend to All Children: She tries to be this with Omega, as well as the children in the Vault, but can't do much to actually help them until she defects from the Empire and takes them to Pabu.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Or at least resignation to being one in all but name. While she is apparently disgusted with Hemlock's behavior, she still goes along with it, and forces Omega to endure the same. This changes after she is shown what goes on in the Vault.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Echo calls her out for being a clone yet helping the Empire to experiment on clones, she finally turns her back on the Empire and chooses to help him free Omega and the other children held in the Vault.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Willingly assists in the torturous experiments Hemlock performs on her clone brothers.
  • Karmic Jackpot: Treating Crosshair with respect and kindness during his incarceration results in him sparing her life alone when he kills the other guards present. Finally choosing to turn on the Empire and help Echo, Omega, and the other children imprisoned in the Vault results in her escaping the Empire with them, and getting to atone for her sins.
  • Lack of Empathy: While not truly evil, her sense of morality is deeply skewed. While she does consider Omega her sister, her treatment of her is utterly cold and detached, keeping her in a tiny, featureless cell (which she insists is a room, but Crosshairs rightly calls a cell), depriving her of any sort of personal items and forcing her to work in the Tantiss medical facility day in, day out, all while somehow believing this is for her own good. Downplayed as she eventually returns Omega's confiscated makeshift doll, despite earlier stating that she would dispose of it. And in "Identity Crisis", she is clearly uncomfortable with the Empire holding young children (one of which being a mere baby) and eventually decides to do the right thing.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Initially played straight and then subverted. Even Emerie isn’t allowed to see what’s in the Tantiss Vault, hence why Dr. Hemlock had her take over Nala Se’s duties during the Emperor’s visit. When she finally gains access to the Vault after being promoted to Chief Scientist, however, she finds out it's full of Force-Sensitive children getting their blood drawn for Project Necromancer and is visibly shaken by it.
  • Opposite-Sex Clone: One of three known female clones of Jango Fett.
  • Pet the Dog: Played with, in that the gesture and attempt at kindness is genuine, but still shows how warped Emerie's worldview is given how little it actually means. When she sees Omega acting oddly, she thinks she's sick and gives her the day off... in a facility where Omega can't leave, has nothing to do and no-one else to talk to.
  • There Is Another: It turns out Omega isn't the only female Jango clone, though she obviously is the only one that ages naturally.note 
  • Token Good Teammate: She expresses a small amount of kindness towards Crosshair during his capture, addressing him by his chosen name and asking him to cooperate for his own safety. It’s far better treatment than Hemlock is giving him, and is why when Crosshair makes his attempt to escape, he only stuns her when he had just murdered his other guards present.


Dr. Scalder

Species: Human

Voiced By: Helen Sadler
Appearances: The Bad Batch

One of the scientists at the Mount Tantiss facility.

  • Baddie Flattery: Praises Nala Se for her work on cloning.
  • Gracefully Demoted: She was in charge of operations at Tantiss until Dr. Hemlock arrived and took over. She doesn’t seem to mind though.
  • Lack of Empathy: Unlike Emerie, Scalder follows Hemlock's approach with the Force Sensitive children. She doesn't show any care at all, refers to them by their numbers rather than their names, calls them specimens, and dismisses their claims of being hungry or not feeling good.
  • Properly Paranoid: Scalder criticizes Emerie's decision to let Omega interact with the other Force Sensitive children imprisoned in the Tantiss Vault, but her initial concerns are well-founded, since Omega is starting to plan a breakout and will take the children with her, which indeed comes to pass in the Series Finale despite Scalder assuming afterwards that Omega isn't up to something.
  • You Have Failed Me: After the "specimens" escape and she's found unconscious, Hemlock has her taken into custody and implies she will be executed.
  • What Ever Happened To The Mouse: It is unknown if Hemlock managed to have her punished or executed before Tantiss base is ruined.

    Penn Pershing 

Dr. Penn Pershing

For information on him, see here

X Troopers


After the Clone Wars, a select few clones were taken by Doctor Royce Hemlock for reconditioning into fanatical, mindless assassins loyal to the Empire. Many didn't survive the reconditioning, but the few that did proved to be deadly adversaries for any who resisted the Empire.

  • Black Eyes of Evil: Their helmets have eye-holes, but are completely blacked out, giving them this look.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: They were once normal clones, but Hemlock converted them into dangerously fanatical goons who've lost any loyalty to their brothers, and are conditioned to remain loyal and serve the Empire until the end.
  • The Brute: Two later operatives are geared toward being physical muscle, with one wielding an electro-lance and the other packing special knuckles. The lance operative, in particular, can No-Sell multiple stun rounds and both take a good few shots before being put down.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: They appear to have an inhuman ability to know when they’re spotted, even from a large distance, coupled with lightning fast reflexes and reaction times.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Troopers are programmed to chomp their cyber-implant to kill themselves if they are captured. In the event their captor is wise to the implant and removes it, the trooper has a tracker in them that normal scanners can't reach (much like the inhibitor chip) that the Empire will see and realize their trooper is still alive, and thus send a team to take care of it.
  • Cyanide Pill: They carry a cyber-implant in their teeth that they can clamp down on if they've been captured or otherwise compromised. Rex gets wise to this after his first encounter with them and when he captures one, he removes the implant to keep him from offing himself.
  • Death of Personality: Any personality they had prior to their reconditioning is long gone, replaced with cold, fanatical loyalty to the Empire.
  • Elite Mooks: Formerly Regs, individual operatives can put up good fights against even the most experienced clone troopers. They may lack Crosshair's Improbable Aiming Skills, but they make up for it with a combination of quick reflexes, consistency, and muscle memory that Crosshair can barely keep up with. If you end up spotting them from a distance, chances are they spotted you too. Later operatives appear to have been physically augmented, allowing for increased strength or speed.
  • Fragile Speedster: One operative is notably leaner than the rest, leveraging their agility to close the distance and use their vibroblades. Once Wrecker gets his hands on him, though, he's fatally plugged into a wall headfirst.
  • Godzilla Threshold: They’re very dangerous, and Hemlock makes exclusive use of them. Clearly, Admiral Rampart had to have been so desperate to request an operative from Hemlock in order to silence any clone who knew the truth about Kamino.
  • Hunter of Their Own Kind: The first assassin we see kills two clones in his first episode, and the next ones in Season 3's "Infiltration" and "Extraction" has no qualms continuing the slaughter.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Whenever they're around, it usually means that things are either going to get serious or take a dark turn.
  • Meaningful Name: They have the Greek letter "X", an ancient letter that has many meanings.
    • It's associated with death, fitting for deadly assassins who have suffered a Death of Personality, which the Empire is trying to have happen to all clones. By default, it's associated with endings, and Clone X's youthful appearance compared to other clones strongly implies some of them were the final batch of Jango clones produced.
    • It's the first letter in the Greek letter for Christ that was used as a secret symbol among Christ's followers to indicate their membership in the church, fitting for such secretive assassins who are also fanatically loyal to their employers.
  • Mook Mobile: They have CX Dagger Vessels to help them get from one place to another, and can operate them even from outside.
  • Ninja: The first three we've seen were snipers, but the others utilize weapons and fighting styles reminiscent of ninja, wielding electro swords, polearms and bolas. And true to the idea of ninja, they don't care about fighting fair.
  • The Psycho Rangers: They take over this role from the Elite Squad of Season 1. They're an elite division of highly specialized super soldiers for the Empire, but unlike Clone Force 99, they're heavily conditioned into fanatical obedience with no room for individual thought or deviance from orders. Likewise, although they work well together, they have no camaraderie or care for their fellow brothers, and would kill each other without question if ordered.
  • Stealth Expert: All of them are assassins first and trained to evade detection as long as possible and strike from the shadows.
  • Tracking Chip: It’s heavily implied they are implanted with tracking biochips, which are undetectable like their inhibitor chips. Their trackers only function while alive, hence if Tantiss suspects that an operative got compromised but still alive, the operative can be tracked.
  • Training from Hell: It is mentioned they are put through a rigorous training to make them the optimal Clones in combat and espionage. Most of the recruits do not live to see active service.
  • Unperson: Their CT numbers are purged from Imperial databanks to help them remain anonymous.
  • We Have Reserves: Should one die or be captured, then the Empire just activates the next one to complete the mission.

    Clone X 

Clone X
Appearances: The Bad Batch

Clone X was a sniper ordered by Rampart to silence anyone who learns about Kamino's true fate.

  • All There in the Manual: His name is only mentioned in the Star Wars databank, but not in the episode itself. Justified, since the Empire wiped his operating number in the event he would be questioned by enemies.
  • Cold Sniper: X is pretty handy with a sniper rifle just like Crosshair, though he doesn't have the former member of Clone Force 99's Improbable Aiming Skills, which costs him the chance to kill Chuchi when Rex stuns him.
  • Cyanide Pill: He kills himself by chomping an electric one so Rex won’t get information from him.
  • The Dragon: Replaces Crosshair as Rampart's agent in "The Clone Conspiracy", though he doesn't stick around for long.
  • Driven to Suicide: Chomps down an electric cyanide pill to avoid giving Rex information.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: When wearing the helmet, he speaks in a deep voice.
  • Foreshadowing: His identity as a clone commando is hinted at by his rifle: it’s a DC-17m blaster rifle in sniper mode with added scope, wooden stock attachments, and an ace Dion cable built in.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: He hunts down Clones that were going to squeal about Rampart's destruction of Kamino and its cities, which he chilly displays with Cade and later Slip. His targets are not limited to Clones however, as Senator Chuchi and her guards learn the hard way.
  • Let X Be the Unknown: His real name/operating number is unknown, since the Empire wiped it.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite murdering Cade and attempting to shoot Slip, he spares the Clones who were looking for the assassin who shot him.



Appearances: The Bad Batch

"They are coming. For all of you."

CX-1 was a major Clone Officer during the early days of the Empire.

  • Defiant to the End: Even when under interrogation and his Cyanide Pill removed, he mocks the Clone Underground's chances of survival saying that the Empire is coming for all of them, since another Clone Assassin, CX-2, has infiltrated the Clone Underground's Teth base and successfully kills him.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Appeared in "Shadows of Tantiss" overseeing a group of Clones being escorted by Clone Commandos.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Moreso than all the Empire's current Clone Troopers and Clone X combined.
  • He Knows Too Much: CX-2 is dispatched to eliminate, not rescue, him after he is captured by the Clone Underground due to his knowledge of the program and the location of Mount Tantiss. Unlike other examples, CX-1 is fine with his coming death.
  • Let X Be the Unknown: Just like Clone X, his real name/operating number is unknown, though his designation is more distinctive.
  • Mauve Shirt: He's sent to assassinate Senator Avi Singh and then retrieve Omega, though he gets captured by Rex and the Clone Underground, who removes his suicide shocker so he doesn't have a repeat of Clone X. This doesn't stop his replacement, CX-2, from finding and killing him, though.
  • Not So Stoic: He immediately drops his stoic emotions upon recognizing Crosshair and patronizingly addresses him as "brother".


"Why have I been activated?"

Appearances: The Bad Batch

"You had your chance to be one of us. You chose the wrong side."

CX-2 was a Clone Assassin during the early days of the Empire.

  • Bad Boss: When Hunter attempts to commandeer a Low Altitude Assault Transport mid-flight during the Empire's invasion of Pabu, he simply snipes the Imperial pilot right through the cockpit to ensure his target will not escape.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: He successfully tracks down Omega to Pabu and recaptures her, while crippling the rest of Clone Force 99 by destroying the Marauder and leaving them at their lowest point.
  • Cold Sniper: A frigid assassin who proves to be a scarily accurate shot at a distance.
  • Devious Daggers: He keeps a heated vibroblade among his arsenal, which he uses both for the sabotage of enemy systems and when he is forced to engage in melee combat.
  • The Heavy: Of Season 3 of The Bad Batch. While Hemlock still serves as the overarching Imperial antagonist, he is a man of science who barely leaves Tantiss. Instead, CX-2, his subordinate, serves as the main physical force of the Imperial might pursuing the Bad Batch across the galaxy. Once Omega is captured, his business is done until he's called upon again in the finale to deal with Clone Force 99 infiltrating Mount Tantiss.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He's fatally skewered by Hunter using a electric Lance in the Grand Finale of The Bad Batch.
  • Implacable Man: Damn near unstoppable. Crushed by rocks? Knocked down a shaft by a close explosive detonation? Falls over a miles-high waterfall? These barely slow him down, and he just gets right back up again, hardly worse for wear.
  • Kick the Dog: During the Series Finale, he cuts off Crosshair's right hand, even though Crosshair has already been subdued and he has been given orders to bring him in alive, just to spite his PTSD over the place.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The third season was already heavy and dark to begin with, but X-2's debut marks the point where things really go downhill for Clone Force 99. He's responsible for the destruction of the Clone Underground, the recapture of Omega, the subjugation of their safe haven in Pabu, and ushering in the series' Darkest Hour that kickstarts the final arc of the series.
  • Near-Villain Victory: His initial efforts to capture Omega slow Rex and the Batch enough they are cornered by Wolffe before their backup method of escape can arrive. If not for Wolffe's change of heart in his loyalties, Omega would have been captured and the rest of the Clones executed. However, he makes up for it later by leading an occupation force to Pabu, securing Omega's capture, and preventing the Batch from following him by blowing up the Havoc Marauder.
  • One-Man Army: He proves to be more of a threat to the Batch and Rex's men alone than two squads led by Wolffe, one TK troopers, the other clones. He manages to successfully slow them down at every turn while staying alive and scores several kills while the TK and Clone troopers are subjected to a Mook Horror Show the moment they land.
  • Replacement Flat Character: In general skillset, and in his predecessor's role of pursuing the Bad Batch, he quickly replaces Crosshair following his defection from the Empire. Both possess an uncanny sniping ability, a cold disposition, and similar dark armor, their main difference lies in CX-2 lacking any of the Character Development Crosshair goes through, being even more mindlessly loyal.
  • Shadow Archetype: He embodies the complete mindless loyalty to the Empire Crosshair learned to grow beyond. He has become a tool of the Empire fully willing to kill his brothers without a second thought, while Crosshair ultimately chose to fight for the people in his life who cared about him. This is made even more apparent by them both being dark-armored Cold Snipers.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Wolffe, since he disregards orders to bring Omega back alive during the attack on Teth. Averted with the occupation force he brings to Pabu, since they have no problem following his orders and the only trooper he kills is the Imperial pilot of the Low Altitude Assault Transport Hunter attempts to commandeer.
  • The Un-Reveal: His prior identity is never revealed, despite his prominence in the back half of Season 3 and speculation about who he is.

Imperial Academies

Scattered throughout the galaxy, the Imperial Academies are responsible for providing the Empire its next generations of soldiers, pilots, and officers, as well as brainwashing the human youth of the galaxy into Imperial service. On remote Outer Rim planets like Lothal, the academies produce troopers and pilots for local sector garrisons, with promising recruits being sent to the more prestigious academies. The most prestigious academy of them all was the Royal Imperial Academy on Coruscant, which only accepted the best cadets from across the Empire. A large number of Rebel Alliance recruits come from the Imperial Academies, as they take the opportunity to learn how to be soldiers and defect soon after graduating.

Royal Imperial Academy (Coruscant)



Commandant Deenlark

Species: Human

Appearances: Thrawn | Lost Stars

The commanding officer and President of the Royal Imperial Academy.

  • Bald of Evil: His appearance in the manga adaption of Lost Stars revealed that he was bald.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: His appearance is clearly based on Jonathan Banks.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite being speciesist, Deenlark was outraged by several cadets attacking Thrawn and Eli in an ambush and was determined to see them punished, despite their families all holding political influence on Coruscant, as he felt he had tolerated their antics long enough.
  • Fantastic Racism: He really despises aliens and non-Core Worlders, and his reaction to meeting Thrawn and Eli is anger at having to tolerate their presence at his academy.
  • Jerkass: During his first meeting with Thrawn and Eli, he questions if Eli knows words like "rhetorical" and muses on whether he knows how to turn on a computer. Then he asks Thrawn what his excuse for living is and only gives him three months to graduate (Thrawn, being Thrawn, excels and graduates with honors).
  • Hidden Depths: Although he is racist and beholden to the Imperial elite on Coruscant, Deenlark is quite pleased and amused by Thrawn's solution to punish the cadets who attacked him and Eli by discreetly transferring three to Skystrike Academy and leave the other two terrified of whatever mysterious fate their fellow conspirators met.
  • Uncertain Doom: If he was still the head of the Royal Imperial Academy after the Battle of Endor, his fate during the rebel insurgency and Imperial infighting on Coruscant probably is not pleasant.


    Ved Foslo 

Ved Foslo
From the Manga Adaption.

Species: Human

Homeworld: Coruscant

Appearances: Lost Stars

Son of a general in Imperial Intelligence, he was a roommate of Thane Kyrell and Nash Windrider at the Royal Imperial Academy on Coruscant. After graduating, he worked in developing new kinds of weaponry.

  • The Bus Came Back: In the novel's last scene, it's mentioned that he's survived to join Grand Moff Randd's Imperial Remnant, and is the one who developed the new cannons fitted on the TIE fighters of the Garrote.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: The author imagines him being played by Harry Shum Jr.
  • Flat Character: Out of all of Thane and Ciena's roommates, he's the one with the least page time and development.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Invented a new kind of starfighter cannon.
  • Put on a Bus: After their graduation from the Academy, he's assigned a posting far away from the other characters.


Skystrike Academy (Montross)



Commandant Goran

Species: Human

Voiced by: Corey Burton
Appearances: Rebels | Rebels Magazine

An Imperial flight instructor at Skystrike Academy.

  • Ace Pilot: He's a flight instructor at a prestigious flight academy, so presumably he's this.
  • Benevolent Boss: Unlike the other Imperial instructors shown so far, he hasn't done anything that would be considered overkill on his cadets.
  • Continuity Snarl: There is some confusion over just what his last name is.
  • Mythology Gag: His voice actor previously appeared in the original 2005 Battlefront II as the Imperial team's Mission Control.
  • No Name Given: His name isn't stated in the episode, but credits list him as "Goran". However, at the time of the episode's release, the Databank referred to him as "Argin Relik", though this was later changed to his name in the credits.
  • Tuckerization: "Goran" is derived from Goran Josic, a model artist on Rebels.
  • Villain Has a Point: He and Captain Skerris point out to Wedge and "Ria" that hesitating in combat because you're feeling particularly merciful won't be reciprocated by the enemy, as standard in rules of engagement.


    Rake Gahree 

Cadet Rake Gahree

Species: Human

Voiced by: Corey Burton
Appearances: Rebels | Rebels Magazine note 

A classmate and friend of Wedge Antilles and Hobbie Klivian at the Skystrike Academy, an Imperial TIE pilot academy. He attempted to defect with them with the help of Sabine Wren, but they fail on their first attempt, costing Rake his life.

    Alumni/Defected students 

Arkanis Academy


    Brendol Hux 

Commandant Brendol Hux

See his entry on the First Order page.


    Anya Razar 

Cadet Anya Razar

Species: Human

Homeworld: Coruscant

A cadet at the Imperial Academy on Arkanis. After arranging fellow cadet Xan Lanier's death, she was inducted into Commandant Hux's secret Commandant's Cadets program.

  • Ambition Is Evil: She'll do whatever it takes to ascend the Imperial ranks, including killing other cadets.
  • Ax-Crazy: If looking at her other trope entries here wasn't obvious enough, what kind of kids kill others to serve their ambitions?! Clearly, the Commandant's Cadets...
  • Kids Are Cruel: If the book hadn't stated she was the same age as Zare, then you'd think she was another adult Imperial officer with that typical self-serving and homicidal attitude. She's even willing to kill other cadets to get where she wants.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: She makes Xan's murder look like a training accident, per the rules of the Commandant's Cadets.
  • Social Darwinist: The Commandant's Cadets were encouraged to look down on the worst-performing students in the Arkanis Imperial Academy, then eventually killing them and Make It Look Like an Accident to prove their mettle.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Even though she's an adolescent herself. It's like Aresko's words about no camaraderie and encouraging Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, but exaggerated.

    Penn Zarang 

Cadet Penn Zarang

Species: Human

Homeworld: Syngia Station

A cadet at the Imperial Academy on Arkanis. After the death of his parents by Zygerrian slavers, Penn joined the Empire, believing that his family's lack of input in politics was what caused them to be defenseless, so he hoped to bring stability and security to remote sectors such as his own after graduating. However, his poor performance at the Imperial Academy made him a target of the Commandant's Cadets, but with the help of fellow cadet Zare and Lieutenant Chiron, he faked his death.

  • Dark and Troubled Past: His parents worked on a depot in Syngia Station, wanting a quiet life uninvolved in politics. When the station was visited by Zygerrian slavers, the Zygerrians decided to Leave No Witnesses. Penn managed to hide, but his parents were captured. He later learned that his parents died en route to Zygerria.
  • Faking the Dead: Chiron had a nerf get buried on Academy grounds, then had Zare claim it was Penn's corpse.
  • Sacrificial Lion: In order for Zare to be initiated into the Commandant's Cadets, he was told to kill Penn and Make It Look Like an Accident. Instead, Zare and Chiron managed to pull some strings together so Penn could survive and make the Commandant's Cadets think Zare killed him.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Possibly Uncertain Doom. After faking Penn's death, Chiron promises to bring an investigation of the Commandant's Cadets up to Tarkin personally if needed and to get Penn reassigned to another Imperial Academy. There's no indication that Chiron managed to file a report before his death and since Commandant Hux managed to stay in the Imperial ranks all the way to the end of the Galactic Civil War (in addition to the fact that if Tarkin knew about what Hux was up to, he'd be pissed about Hux not following standard procedure and would put a halt to it immediately), we can assume that Penn never rejoined the Empire and stayed in hiding for an indeterminate amount of time.

Lothal Academy

Other Academies



Instructor Lassar

Species: Human (clone)

Homeworld: Kamino

Appearances: TK-462

"You're short, farm boy. You'll be outta here in a week."

An instructor at the Imperial Academy on Eriadu. A veteran clone trooper, he saw the enlisted soldiers of the Empire as weaker and inferior.

  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: An aged clone trooper who subjects the stormtrooper cadets (including TK-462) under his instruction to Training from Hell.
  • Jerkass: Unlike the clones we saw in The Clone Wars, Lassar is a complete a-hole. Even if it's likely out of possible bitterness about the entire outcome of the Clone Wars like other aged clones like Rex and Wolffe, it doesn't justify him supporting abuse on the young Imperial cadets.
  • Old Soldier: An aged clone veteran turned Drill Sergeant Nasty.
  • Training from Hell: Mostly on the cadet that became TK-462, including encouraging the other cadets to beat him up every morning and making him run with broken glass in his boots for several meters before he let him graduate.




Species: Human

Appearances: Rebels Magazine

Among one of the cadets bound to the Imvur system until a schematics failure crashed their ship's systems, stranding them in space until the Ghost crew came across their S.O.S. After the cadets were let on board, Jeken persuaded his fellow classmates to use the opportunity to capture this highly-wanted rebel cell, but thanks to defecting cadet Reann's intervention, the attempt fails, but they are sent on their way back to the Empire.

  • Ambition Is Evil: Knowing it could get them commended, Jeken persuades the others that this is the best option.
  • Expy: Of Oleg. Both are condescending, self-serving jerks that serve as the Token Evil Teammate in their unit, in opposition to the Token Good Teammate that also receives equal attention (Oleg and Ezra, Jeken and Reann).
  • Fantastic Racism: Believes that Stormtroopers are more superior than clones, a fact that he tries to rub into Rex's face.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: How the story would've gone if Reann didn't save the day. Considering how meek the other cadets were and how Reann immediately took up the leadership position, the situation could've gone a lot better had Jeken not been there, though the Empire probably wouldn't think the same if they found out a rebel cell on their most wanted list could've been caught using that opportunity as a Trojan Horse than, say, some passing trader ship.
  • Last-Name Basis: Konstantine refers to him as "Cadet Jeken" at the end, meaning that it's his last name.
  • Smug Snake: As aforementioned, he smugly states to Rex that Stormtroopers are better than clones, and later, while he may have failed at capturing the crew thanks to Reann, he and the others get commended by Konstantine for their efforts and courage as well for Jeken in the line of duty, something he's more than glad to hear.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Since everyone else minus Reann is a Bumbling Sidekick, they go ahead with his plan to betray the crew.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: He persuades the other cadets to betray the crew for ambition, even though the alternative of them not getting saved would've meant death or worse. Also, considering his face at the beginning of the comic, it looks like a Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like type of facial response.

  • Filia Rossi on the Imperial Navy page, graduated from the Imperial Academy on Raithal.
  • Maketh Tua on the Lothal Sector page, graduated from an unidentified Imperial Academy.
  • TK-462 on the Lothal Imperial Garrison page, graduated from the Imperial Academy on Eriadu.
  • Ved Foslo listed above under Imperial Cadets, graduated from the Royal Imperial Academy on Coruscant.
  • Biggs Darklighter on the Red Squadron page, graduated from an unidentified Imperial Academy.

    Washed out/Ran away/KIA during attendance 
  • Han Solo was expelled from the Imperial Academy on Carida after numerous acts of insubordination.
  • Sabine Wren on the Crew of the Ghost page, ran away from the Imperial Academy on Mandalore under a charge of treason.
  • Ketsu Onyo on the Bounty Hunters and Mercenaries page, ran away from the Imperial Academy on Mandalore.
  • Zare Leonis on the Lothal Sector page, washed out from the Imperial Academy on Arkanis under a charge of treason.
  • Reann Tomvig on the Rebel Cells page, ran away from an unidentified Imperial Academy under a charge of treason.
  • Beilert Valance on the Bounty Hunters and Mercenaries page, medically discharged from the Imperial Academy on Carida due to losing an eye and a leg to combat injuries.

Cylo Directive

In the aftermath of Darth Vader's injuries on Mustafar, Emperor Palpatine began looking at alternatives for his chief enforcer. Impressed by Dr. Cylo's work on cybernetics and biotechnology, he appointed Cylo to build him potential replacements.


Dr. Cylo

Species: Human (biologically modified)

Appearances: Darth Vader

"The universe is old. We are running out of time. I desire progress..."

A scientist affiliated with Emperor Palpatine. His presence was so secretive that not even Darth Vader knew who he was, causing him to begin investigating. He discovered that Dr. Cylo was creating cybernetically enhanced agents for the Emperor, and that Cylo himself had undergone significant enhancements and was in fact a succession of clone bodies which activated upon death.

  • Arc Villain: His group is Vader's primary opposition during the events of Darth Vader.
  • Badass Normal: Say what you will about his methods, but the guy pulled off the same Cloning Gambit as good ol' Sheev in Dark Empire and The Rise of Skywalker, entirely without the Force.
  • Beard of Evil: Both Cylo-IV and V have beards.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Desires to rival Palpatine and overthrow him, but his schemes never had a chance of actually succeeding against the Emperor.
  • Cloning Gambit: He clones himself and uploads a personality and memory matrix into each successive clone when one is destroyed.
  • Creator Cameo: Salvador Larroca designed Doctor Cylo's appearance after himself.
  • Cyborg: He has several cybernetic implants installed into his face.
  • Flesh Versus Steel: His cybernetically-augmented soldiers are Steel, and Vader's devotion to the Force is the Flesh. Vader regards Cylo's work as near-heretical.
  • Mad Scientist: He is creating cyborg super-soldiers with the intent to replace Vader. He also considers that the cybernetic and biological modifications he has done to himself makes him more than human.
    Cylo-V: I've created a personality map small enough to be simulated efficiently. Add memory banks and plug-in calculation systems, and I am an immortal system. I am something new. And far from human.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Turns out he's a geneticist.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He's no physical threat whatsoever, relying on his cyborgs and other creations to do his dirty work for him.
  • Noodle Incident: The fate of the original Cylo and his first two clones is currently unknown.
  • Pragmatic Villainy:
    • He is incapable of caring about revenge, considering it to be an "illogical grudge" and thus not worth programing it into his personality matrix. As such, Cylo-V harbors no hard feelings toward Darth Vader over his predecessor's death.
      Cylo-V: Be grateful I did not program myself to be capable of holding an illogical grudge. You did nothing I would not do.
    • Despite this, Cylo-V clearly does not like Vader, at one point pettily complaining to Tagge about Vader not even using the honorific "Doctor" when addressing him. It's unclear if he's merely lying about not holding a grudge, if Vader's continual dismissive attitude towards him, the fact that Vader is showing up his creations, or all of the above.
  • Red Right Hand: He has part of a Rodian face transplanted onto his own, with the eye easily being his most striking feature.
  • The Rival: During the construction of the Death Star, Palpatine realized he made a mistake giving Cylo so much authority and free reign, as it allowed him to forge a web of connections and influence through the Empire's military and science divisions that could be a threat to the Emperor should Cylo ever turn on him. However, he simply couldn't have Cylo killed as that would anger all his allies, so the Emperor had to manipulate him into a situation where Cylo would be declared a traitor and safely eliminated.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Cylo is one of the people who designed Darth Vader's suit and helped Palpatine save his life after Mustafar. He's also one of Palpatine's closest advisers and confidants, as he knows all of Palpatine's secrets and provides advice for many of Palpatine's schemes.
  • Smug Snake: He's utterly confident that his creations are the logical next step after Darth Vader, and that the Lord of the Sith is obsolete compared to them...despite none of them having Vader's connection to the Force. Vader ends up wiping all of them out, with only a brief challenge here and there.
  • The Starscream: Planned all along to use his creations to overthrow the Emperor.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: His human eye is similarly colored to Palpatine's, and this suits him, considering how enigmatic he is.
  • You Are Number 6: His "incarnations" refer to themselves by number.

Tropes applying only to Cylo-IV:

  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Vader has Triple-Zero torture him to find out what Palpatine hired him for. Cylo-IV eventually cracks and reveals the location of his research base and dies from his injuries.

Tropes applying only to Cylo-V:

  • Cutting the Knot: How does he go about facing Vader when the latter finally catches up to him? The reveal of hidden combat cybernetics? Revealing a hitherto-unknown Super Prototype to fight for him? Nope. He just shuts off Vader's cybernetics by remote, having built a killswitch into them when he rebuilt Vader.
  • Mr. Exposition: Explains to Vader his origin and the cloning process that extends his life. Later he provides the Emperor information on the background and ability of his test subjects during the demonstration against Vader.
  • This Cannot Be!: Cylo-V's horrified reaction when Vader, after having his life support deactivated, stands back up through sheer determination.

Tropes applying only to Cylo-VI:

Test Subjects

    Morit Astarte 

Morit Astarte

Species: Human

Homeworld: Celanon

Appearances: Darth Vader

"That's the last thing I'd want to be. Jedi? Sith? They're history."

A product of one of Palpatine's secret research programs, Morit is a human cyborg engineered and trained by Dr. Cylo alongside his sister Aiolin to potentially serve as Vader's replacement.

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He considers himself superior to Vader specifically and to the Jedi and Sith in general. Despite only surviving his battle with Vader on Shu-Torun thanks to his sister, he very much wants a rematch.
  • Blood Knight: Has shades of this since he jumps at the chance to fight Vader and later he kills the informant Inspector Thanoth handed over to him.
  • Brother–Sister Team: Works alongside his sister Aiolin. Until he shoves her into lava.
  • Cain and Abel: Like Aiolin he knows Palpatine will only want one of them in the end in regards to his sister. He ensures he is the one who lives by pushing his sister into lava after she saved him from death at Vader's hands.
  • Cyborg: And a rather advanced one at that if what Cylo hints at is true.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His family supported the Separatists during the Clone Wars and were almost entirely wiped out. He and his sister wound up in Cylo's care and became part of one of Palpatine's pet projects.
  • The Dragon: He is Cylo's strongest and most devious creation, and is the last one to be killed while confronting Vader during Cylo's attempted coup.
  • Kick the Dog: Gives his sister a lava bath after she saved him from Vader.
  • Kill It with Fire: He has a cybernetic flamethrower built into his arm.
    • Vader uses the force to shove him off the Executor, and he is seen burning up on atmospheric re-entry.
  • Laser Blade: Wields a yellow lightsaber.
  • The Rival: Is competing with Vader for the position of Palpatine's top enforcer.
  • Shout-Out: His last name is Astarte. Like a certain other group of genetically enhanced warriors.
  • Smug Snake: Morit is a violent punk with delusions of grandeur. He and Aiolin utterly fail in their mission to stop the Plasma Devils with their unthinking brutality, while Vader and Thanoth discover and defeat them almost incidental to their unrelated investigation. Vader notes that while effective, he and his sister's bladework with their lightsabers is not particularly great. When he and Aiolin betray Vader, he is not genuinely threatened by either, and only Aiolin's interference saves Morit, who repays her by throwing her into lava and believing he's "thinning the herd". And despite this, he still clings to the idea he can defeat Vader, who easily disables him and throws him off the Executor.
  • Super-Soldier: Trained from a young age to be the Emperor's enforcer? Check. Cybernetically enhanced? Check. (Mildly) Force-sensitive? Check.
  • Technopath: He is capable of remote-controlling machinery.
  • Tyke Bomb: Since he was little both he and his sister have been raised on a steady propaganda diet that consists of "Hail Palpatine!"
  • Villainous Rescue: Played with as both him and Vader are on the villainous side of the saga but since he was intended by Palpatine and Cylo to be Vader's replacement, his saving Vader when the cyborg Trandoshian has him cornered comes off as this. Vader claims that he was about to finish off the Trandoshian without Morit's assistance and was angry to have been robbed of the kill.

    Aiolin Astarte 

Aiolin Astarte

Species: Human

Homeworld: Celanon

Appearances: Darth Vader

Morit's sister and fellow test subject.

  • Alliterative Name: Aiolin Astarte.
  • Arm Cannon: Has missile launchers hidden in her arm.
  • Brother–Sister Team: Works alongside her brother Morit.
  • Cain and Abel: She is aware that at some point the emperor will only want one of the twins, so she secretly asks Vader to train her so she will be that one. Vader thinks it's pointless since both will be dead soon anyway. In the end she proves to be the Abel. While she made plans against her brother they were towards fighting him fairly, but he takes the quicker way and just pushes her off a cliff.
  • Character Death: Morit pushes her into lava. Vader pulls her out and gives her a quick death after she gives him the information he wants.
  • Cyborg: And a rather advanced one at that if what Cylo hints at is true.
  • Dark Action Girl: She has been shown to be capable of briefly going toe-to-toe with Darth Vader and is an agent for the obviously evil Emperor.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The Astarte family supported the Separatists during the Clone Wars and were almost entirely wiped out. She and Morit were given into Cylo's care and became part of one of Palpatine's pet projects as a result.
  • Fangirl: Unlike her brother, she admits to being a big fan of Darth Vader, although she also thinks of him as now being outdated in comparison to them.
  • Kill It with Fire: She has a cybernetic flamethrower built into her arm.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After a skirmish against Vader where she has to destroy a bridge to separate him from her and Morit, Aiolin realizes that they just can't beat him. Unfortunately, Morit takes the opportunity to backstab her.
  • Laser Blade: Wields a green lightsaber.
  • Muggle with a Degree in Magic: While she is hardly an expert, she does admit that she is fascinated by and has studied old Force-based beliefs, despite seeing them as outdated and not being force sensitive herself (or if she is, it is severely underdeveloped).
  • The Rival: Against Vader and the rest of Cylo's cybernetic agents for the position of Emperor Palpatine's chief enforcer.
  • Super-Soldier: Like her brother, she's a mildly Force-sensitive human upgraded with cybernetics to serve the Empire.
  • Technopath: She is capable of remote-controlling machinery.
  • Tyke Bomb: She and her brother have been raised since childhood to be utterly loyal to Palpatine and serve as his agents.
  • Worthy Opponent: Despite wanting to supplant him, Aiolin respects Vader and the history he represents.

    Tulon Voidgazer 

Tulon Voidgazer

Species: Human

Appearances: Darth Vader

"I have no interest in your superstition. I trust in science."

A scientist who worked in research and development for the Empire before joining Dr. Cylo's project. Like her fellow subjects, she has been heavily modified with cybernetics, allowing her to control numerous spherical drones.

  • Affably Evil: During her confrontation with Vader, she begins by politely greeting him and proceeds to calmly chat with him about her projects as they fight.
  • Badass Bookworm: She's primarily a scientist but still quite useful in battle.
  • Cyborg: Heavily modified like the rest of Cylo's subjects. Voidgazer's enhancements seem primarily focused on her head, with several cybernetic parts added to her head, including a total replacement of her eyes.
  • Drone Deployer: Able to mentally control several hovering drones.
  • Evil Genius: She's a brilliant scientist in her own right. Her reputation leads Tagge to assign her to aid in upgrading the Executor, which is vital to Cylo's coup attempt.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Has shades of this, given she refers to the Force as a "superstition".
  • For Science!: Displays this attitude. When Vader defeats her, she even takes comfort in the idea that she'll be a "Martyr for science".
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Vader defeats her by turning one of her own drones against her and then having it shoot her.
  • Mad Scientist: She's a scientist, but also cold and violent enough to work with Darth Vader.
  • Revenge: She is particularly eager to get revenge on the Rebels for the destruction of the Death Star, since many of her friends from her time in the Empire's research and development division were stationed onboard the station when it was destroyed.
  • The Rival: To Darth Vader and Cylo's other subjects for the position of Palpatine's top enforcer.
  • Worthy Opponent: Holds a great deal of respect for Darth Vader and his abilities, although that does not stop her from assuming that science will trump the Force.


Commander Karbin

Species: Mon Calamari (cyborg)

Appearances: Darth Vader | Vader Down

"I'm glad you didn't die without knowing it was Karbin who engineered your doom. And who shall rise ascendant from your ashes."

A Mon Calamari who fought for the Separatists in the Clone Wars. After being grievously wounded near the end of the war, Karbin spent eighteen years on life-support before being found by Cylo and recruited as a subject for his project, undergoing significant cybernetic enhancement.

  • Arc Villain: He's the main antagonist for Vader and the Rebels in the Vader Down arc. He set everything in motion by using an informant to give Aphra info on Luke's whereabouts without mentioning the large Rebel military presence on the planet. Then, after Vader had wiped out most of the Rebel forces on planet, he swooped in with an army to mop-up what remained of the Rebels. He also planned to kill Vader so he could have all the credit.
  • Bullying a Dragon: He's very dismissive of Vader and goes out of his way to mock him. He also thinks he's more than match for the Sith Lord in lightsaber combat. Vader ultimately proves him wrong.
  • Character Death: Vader kills him in a duel on Vrogas Vas.
  • The Chessmaster: He indirectly tricked Aphra with the whereabouts of Luke, which she immediately reported to Vader. What the informant he used forgot to mention to her, is that Luke wouldn't be alone, but with several Rebel squadrons.
  • Cyborg: He's enhanced with technology similar to that of General Grievous.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's the first of Cylo's creations Vader kills, but has the longest fight with Vader; albeit he momentarily flees after losing an arm. Vader even requests Aphra's help in fighting him, although it was more to save time rather than fear.
  • Evil Gloating: Cannot resist the urge to gloat over his superior intellect. To Darth Vader, face-to-face.
  • Expy: Explicitly said to be the "next step" from General Grievous. His appearance is essentially a Mon Calamari head and mangled body in a shell similar to Grievous and his backstory is similar. He additionally shares Grievous's use of lightsabers and his lack of defense against force powers. He also counts as an Evil Counterpart to Admiral Ackbar.
  • Fish People: He's a Mon Calamari, the same species as Admiral Ackbar.
  • Laser Blade: Has at least four lightsabers.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Like Grievous, he has four arms and carries a lightsaber in each.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain:
    • He launches his attack by shooting down a bombing run of Rebel fighters, saving Leia (and Vader) from death.
    • His leaking Luke's location triggers a battle on Vrogas Vas that drives Luke from the planet before he can investigate the Jedi temple there. Between Luke feeling cold while at the temple and Obi-Wan's spirit warning him that he shouldn't have come, the temple was almost certainly corrupted by the Dark Side.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: He was on life support before Cylo found him.
  • Xanatos Gambit: He tried to engineer this on Vrogas Vas by luring Vader into a fight with a sizable chunk of the Rebel Alliance Army. Didn't quite work out the way he had planned.


Cyberanimate Trainer AI

Appearances: Darth Vader

An AI designed by Cylo to operate the bodies of various organisms.

  • Attack Its Weakpoint: Vader kills its Rancor body by stabbing through the roof of its mouth and severing the link between the AI hardware and the organic brain.
  • The Berserker: Its Rancor body featured adrenal implants to incite this state.
  • The Brute: Out of all of Cylo's creations, it's the only one that doesn't have a real personality beyond killing.
  • Cyborg: In order to host the AI, the organism must first receive various enhancements to their brain and nervous system. Naturally, Cylo takes the time to add various upgrades in the process.
  • Demonic Possession: It overwrites the mind of its host when installed, though it keeps some useful elements of the original mind. Vader first encounters it wearing the body of a Trandoshan and it later appears controlling a Rancor.
  • Feels No Pain: The AI removed its host's ability to feel pain, allowing it to function through normally incapacitating wounds.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: As a Rancor it pulls this off against Vader.
  • Genius Bruiser: Its basic purpose is to meld an intelligent mind with bestial instincts.
  • Hot Blade: Replacing its claws and powerful enough to match a lightsaber without damage.
  • In the Back: Its Trandoshan host was killed when Morit stabbed it from behind.
  • Near-Villain Victory: It nearly vanquished Vader in their first battle, though his actions afterwards indicate that he may not have been as threatened as he seemed.
  • No Name Given: Cylo never mentions a real name for it. He may not have even given it a serial number.
  • No-Sell: Its initial Trandoshan body was capable of shrugging off a direct lightsaber strike with nothing more than cosmetic damage. While its later Rancor body lacks that particular feature it does have subdermal armor that render it immune to being Force-choked.
  • Resurrective Immortality: One of its strengths as lauded by Cylo. As an AI, it could easily be downloaded into a new host after a death or even recreated. This allows it to return in a new body after being killed in its first battle with Vader.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Its host is killed in its first appearance though the rest of Cylo's projects survive.

Imperial Officers

The following officers are only those who don't fit in other categories.


Overseer Aggadeen

Species: Human

"Outer Rim scum. I can smell them already. Be on the alert. If anything seems even remotely suspicious... kill them all."

A high-ranking Imperial officer in charge of Weapons Factory Alpha on the moon Cymoon 1.
  • Asshole Victim: He's the leader of an imperial weapons factory that uses alien slave labor. It's hard to feel bad for him when he's tortured to death for his failures.
  • Bald of Evil: He hasn't got a hair on his head. Either he's naturally bald or shaves it.
  • Dirty Coward: After being captured by the Rebels infiltrating the weapons factory, he refuses to tell them where the main power core is. Artoo quickly flashes a spark of electricity, and Aggadeen caves immediately before he is even shocked.
    Aggadeen: I am a sworn officer of the Empire. I will never tell you.
    R2: KZZZT
    Aggadeen: That way.
  • Non-Action Guy: While his stormtroopers are being killed or knocked out by the Rebels, he simply stands there completely stunned by their actions and does not even try to fight them. Leia knocks him out with one punch after he gives them the information they need.
  • You're Insane!: His reaction to the Rebels attacking his stormtroopers.
    Aggadeen: Oh my... this is... this is insanity.
  • You Have Failed Me: Vader brings him back to Coruscant, where he is subsequently tortured to death for his failure to protect the weapons factory.



Species: Human

Appearances: Rebels Magazine

"My only goal is the smooth running of the Empire and its facilities. After seeing the mess [Grint] and Aresko have made, and if the opportunity arose, why wouldn't I want to make this a great facility again?"

An officer from the Lothal Imperial Garrison. At some point, he left and became Assessor Potalla's aide on Coruscant. When he returned to Lothal to help Potalla evaluate the local garrison, he was framed by Aresko and Grint for sending an Imperial access code to the Ghost crew during a break-in on the Imperial Complex.
  • Ambition Is Evil: He doesn't actually care about other officers; he just wants to climb the Imperial ranks, and being an assessor's aide is a step to ascending the ranks, despite what he may say otherwise.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He points out that the teaching and discipline methods used in the Lothal Academy are a bit much; they could turn recruits off and cause them to join the Rebellion instead; though, then again, whether he's aware of it or not, the Empire doesn't really care what happens to its recruits as long as they join the Empire in the end. He also points out that Aresko and Grint's leadership have made the garrison incompetent, and in all fairness, from what we see of him in the comic, he's fairly competent and does seem qualified to run the garrison himself.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After rubbing it into Grint's face about how the Lothal Garrison sucks because of them, Aresko and Grint frame him for treachery and he gets arrested.
  • Noodle Incident: Dunum used to be stationed on Lothal, but ended up getting stationed on Coruscant for apparently doing a good job.
  • The Rival: To Aresko and Grint.
  • Smug Snake: He enjoys watching Aresko and Grint get chewed out by Potalla, and has no problem rubbing it into their faces that he'll be the one that fixes the garrison back into competency.


Commander Earll

Species: Human

Appearances: Rebels Magazine

"The Senate has no jurisdiction here, especially in matters relating to treason. Just be grateful you're still alive."

An Imperial military officer. Upon receiving a distress call from Senator Nadea Tural, the commander and a squad of Stormtroopers boarded the Ghost in a rescue mission. She ordered an immediate execution of the rebels aboard the ship, but this would come into conflict with Tural, who demanded for a fair trial of the crew, which was rebuffed by Earll. This caused the senator to reconsider her loyalty to the Empire and she turned against the commander.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Telling Tural that the Empire doesn't care about the Senate's demands caused Tural to screw up the execution of the Ghost crew. The crew would continue their rebel operations and Tural would become a rebel sympathizer. If Earll hadn't gotten that arrogant, she could've won and ended a threat to Imperial security.

    Tag Greenley & Bink Otauna 

Tag Greenley & Bink Otauna

Portrayed by: Jon Kasdan (Tag), Toby Hefferman (Bink)
Appearances: Solonote 

Those Two Guys originating from the Star Wars: Tag & Bink comics. They are working menial security detail at the Imperial Flight Academy on Carida.


Assessor Potalla

Species: Human

Appearances: Rebels Magazine

"I prefer to be on Coruscant where I'm kept very busy. But then I can't win every time."

An Imperial Assessor sent to evaluate her fellow Imperial officers. When she gets sent to Lothal to evaluate the local garrison, she concluded that Commandant Aresko and Taskmaster Grint had become complacent and reported this to Grand Moff Tarkin, suggesting he should intervene.



Species: Human

An Imperial officer whose unit discovered a cache of kyber crystals on Jedha, earning him a place under Director Krennic's command.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Without him, the creation of the Death Star would've taken longer, as well as not setting off a chain of events involved in the effort to destroy the Death Star.

Imperial Droids

    DT-series Sentry Droids 

DT-series Sentry Droids

A series of sentry droid utilized by the Galactic Empire aboard their cargo ships.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: The droids that take the appearance of the feared and powerful Dark Troopers. While not as heavily armed or as fast as Dark Troopers, unlike Separatist droids, not only can these sentries survive multiple blaster shots, they nearly kill Ezra and Zeb by shifting their targets from the Jedi with the lightsaber to the winch lifting them out of the ship.
  • Composite Character: In-Universe, these guys are based on the Super Tactical Droid of the Separatist Alliance and experimental droid plans that were abandoned.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Retroactively, The Bad Batch had them in black and white coloration, rather than the Red and Black and Evil All Over these droids were known for. Justified, since these versions were owned by Prime Minister Lama Su and the Kaminoans.
  • Elite Mooks: The Sentry Droids are definitely a cut above regular Stormtroopers in terms of threat to the Rebels, as well as Cal Ketsis.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The Sentry Droids in Jedi Survivor have the same voice for Super Battle Droids.
  • Mecha-Mooks: They are Imperial droids.
  • Mythology Gag: The Sentry Droids are deliberately modeled after the Dark Troopers from Dark Forces. Interestingly, the Dark Troopers were directly already canonized through Commander — which takes place shortly after the events of A New Hope, though Commander version of Dark Troopers are actually specialized human Stormtroopers instead of droids like the ones in Dark Forces.

    E-XD Infiltrator Droids 

E-XD Infiltrator Droids

Appearances: Rebels | Rebels Magazine

A new series of Imperial probe droids disguised like protocol droids in non-combat situations in order to infiltrate and perform reconnaissance on areas such as rebel bases. Upon entering combat, they transform into combat droids.
  • Arm Cannon: They have fold-out, dual-barrel blasters on each wrist.
  • Creepy Monotone: Especially E-XD9, who was damaged and starts reciting his assigned information when he starts remembering his mission after being The Quiet One to Chopper and AP-5.
  • Expy: Their true form bears some similarities to the KX-series security/enforcer droids in terms of melee and appearance. Word of God is that this was a coincidence and would've been a KX-series had more time been given to work on "Warhead". Also, their tactics are reminiscent of the HK-50s from the Knights of the Old Republic series. They were assassin droids that would infiltrate places as protocol droids and then activate their assassin protocols.
  • Lean and Mean: They're much taller than Zeb, who is 2.1 meters (roughly 6'10 or 6'11, when he's not slouching).
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In their true form. They're also multi-eyed.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: Equipped with a proton warhead that would activate in case of capture.
  • Telescoping Robot: Once they enter combat mode, they extend their limbs to grow several feet taller.

    KX-series Security Droids 

KX-series security droids

Also known as enforcer droids, these were a series of Imperial security droids tasked to bodyguard and protect items and individuals of high importance to the Empire, such as the Citadel Tower on Scarif due to its importance in the Death Star project.
  • The Brute: They're big, strong, and as Jedi: Fallen Order and its sequel demonstrate, their fighting style mainly revolves hitting someone really hard with their metallic fists, and they use their robotic nature and durable construction to shrug off whatever attacks an opponent can land on them.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The one Cassian has a run-in during Andor has a much deeper voice than the good(ish) K-2SO.
  • Lean and Mean: They're taller than six feet and are on the side of the bad guys.
  • Loophole Abuse: The company that built them got around the Empire's ban on battle droids by marketing them as security droids.
  • Mecha-Mooks: They're robots that serve the Empire and oppose the heroes, though they're not the frontline soldiers of the Empire, acting more as security guards instead. However, during the Night of a Thousand Tears, they're seen using blasters in a similar manner to the Separatist Droid Army.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Their eyes can turn red, as seen on the cover of The Rescue from Adventures in Wild Space and in Cassian & K-2SO.
  • Robo Speak: Unlike protocol droids, KX-droids weren't particularly proficient when talking to sentients, as seen by their more mindless and stilted speech patterns, which are not as expressive as those of other droids. K-2SO is a major exception due to his reprogramming.
  • Signature Move: Picking up opponents by their collar, lifting them effortlessly by one hand, and then power slamming them on the ground. Initially seen when K-2S0 restrained Jyn Erso this way in the opening of Rogue One, this exact maneuver has since unfailing appeared every time these droids appear, and is part of their standard moveset in the Star Wars: Jedi video game series.
  • Super-Strength: They're robots, and thus far stronger than any regular human. As a result, they're quite capable of throwing people like Cal Kestis across a room with what equates to a backhanded slap, or holding Cassian Andor against a wall on Niamos.
  • Super-Toughness: The average KX unit can take quite a bit of punishment, resisting concentrated blaster fire and lightsaber swings, though as mentioned below, this can be subverted with a good - or lucky - hit.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: In general, they tend to be quite tough, as the ones encountered in Fallen Order and Survivor are mini-bosses and require concentrated efforts to bring down, and during Rogue One, K-2S0 doesn't fall easily, taking many blaster rounds and a point-blank range explosion before he actually goes down, but on the other hand Jyn Erso one-shots one of them earlier on in the film, though it is possible that she accidentally managed to hit it in a vitally functional area.
  • Underground Monkey: Security Droid Enforcers, a variant introduced in Jedi Survivor, are tan colored KX Droids that wield electro riot batons to fight enemies with, in addition to training Stormtroopers in using those weapons.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: One KX-droid helping the Empire clean up the Amaxine Space Station after defeating Crimson Dawn in Hidden Empire picks up a device containing the Scourge, causing its corruption in addition to other droids throughout the whole Galaxy.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: They're droids, which means that they can be hacked, as BD-1 demonstrates in Fallen Order and Survivor.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite their role as security droids, they're absolutely nowhere to be seen during the Original Trilogy, even in areas where they'd be rationally expected to be present, such as the prison cells of the Death Star or following Imperial officers of high rank about.

    Sentinel Droids 

Sentinel Droids

A part of Palpatine's contingency plan in the event he is killed. They are to be sent to designated Imperial officers to assign them missions such as Operation: Cinder.
  • Blood Oath: They have a syringe needle that "verify" Imperial Officers who take part in Operation: Cinder.
  • Composite Character: They're designed with the body of Battle Droids and the robes of the Emperor's Royal Guard.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Their own voice is a deep menacing sound, as well as their Palpatine voice.
  • Mouth of Sauron: They have a pre-recorded voice of Emperor Palpatine himself to give orders to various Imperial Officers taking part in Operation: Cinder. Justified, since Palpatine himself is dead, or so it seems...

    IT-0 Interrogation Unit 

IT-O Interrogation Unit

"And now, your highness, we will discuss the location of your hidden Rebel base."
Darth Vader

Torture droids that were designed by the Imperial Department of Military Research. They were used to interrogate Leia into revealing the location of the Rebel Base.
  • Flaying Alive: One of the tools the IT-O has is called "Flesh Peelers".
  • Mind Probe: These droids were used to extract information from their victims, willingly or unwillingly.
  • Robotic Torture Device: In order to break enemies of the Empire, they bring in an ominous black droid with all types of needles to torture the prisoners for information.
  • Schrödinger's Canon: A lot of facts about the Interrogators may or may not be canon, thanks to the Legends shift.
  • Truth Serums: The droid can inject their victims with truth serum. However, as was demonstrated on Hera, it isn't guaranteed to make them immediately subservient or tell the truth. The least it will do is make them chatty and loosen their inhibitions.

    DRK-1 Probe Droids 

DRK-1 Probe Droids

See their entry on The Sith Order page.

    Viper Probe Droids 

Viper Probe Droids

A reconnaissance droid manufactured by Arakyd Industries. These droids were known for discovering the Rebel base on Hoth.

  • It's Probably Nothing: Its arrival to Hoth is marked by a meteor strike, which are already common in the system.
  • Mundane Utility: Despite being surveillance droids, they have other functions such as being hovering flashlights or communicating with people.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: The Imperial probe droid that discovers the Rebel base in the Hoth system has one, presumably to prevent anyone from capturing and identifying/analyzing it.
  • Underground Monkey: Viper Probe Droids can come in various types, such as Dwarf Probe Droids, 11-3K Viper Probe Droids, and Prowler 1000 seeker droids.

    Dark Troopers 

Dark Troopers

See their entry on Imperial Remnant page.

Other Imperials

    Ralsius Paldora 

Specialist Ralsius Paldora

Species: Human

Portrayed by: Oliver Vaquer
Appearances: Battlefront II

An Imperial statistician who defected in the waning years of the Empire. He provided the rebellion with critical information that would lead to many victories, including the liberation of Kashyyyk.

    Jenneth Pilar 

Jenneth Pilar

Species: Human

Appearances: Ahsoka

A goods broker who turned his skills to working for the Empire. He selected out-of-the-way moon Raada as an ideal place to grow a plant for nutrition supplements that leeches nutrients from the soil.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: As far as he's concerned, he's simply a freelance surveyor cataloguing planets that may be useful to the Empire. If those planets have people living on them who the Empire will enslave or relocate, that's not his problem.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: After the business on Raada goes lopsided, what with the sudden appearance of a Jedi, rebels, and the destruction of the crops the Empire was there for, Pilar flees before he can be punished for sending Imperial forces there in the first place.



Species: Human

A personal medical caretaker for Darth Vader who became obsessed and psychotically in love with him.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She falls in love with Darth freaking Vader, of all people.
  • A Death in the Limelight: She is the central character of the issue she appears in and winds up being personally offed by Vader in the end.
  • Cute and Psycho: She's psychotic for sure, but isn't bad-looking in the slightest.
  • Expy: Of Harley Quinn, being a mentally unstable, blonde medical worker who falls in love with a dangerous villain. Unlike The Joker, who's at the very least willing to string Harley along for his own amusement, Vader isn't having any of it and fatally stabs the nurse in the chest with his lightsaber.
  • Hopeless Suitor: The nurse pines for Darth Vader, who only ever loved one woman and is incapable of caring for anything or anyone else.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She falls in love with Vader and is deluded enough to think he feels the same about her.
  • Hospital Hottie: She's an Imperial nurse and is definitely not bad-looking.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: She develops a crush on Vader, who barely even knows she exists, then casually murders her and refers to her as garbage.
  • Loving a Shadow: She becomes infatuated with Vader and starts to fantasize about him and her getting together. Everything she believes about him is nothing more than fantasy based on what she believes him to be. Interestingly, she is right about some important things about him but at the same time becomes so delusional that she can't separate reality from fantasy. When she finally confesses her feelings to him, he promptly kills her and calls for her body to be taken away.
  • Mercy Kill: How Vader killed her when she intruded on him in his quarters unmasked and confessed her love for him. It's a mercy kill because he did it quickly and painlessly with a quick stab through the chest. Keep in mind that Vader has killed people in horrible and painful ways for less. When two Stormtroopers saw him accidentally without the helmet, he telekineticaly lifted them and then twisted their heads around backwards and that was just for accidentally seeing him without the helmet. Here, the Nurse intruded on him while in meditation without his helmet and then confessed to loving him.
  • Monster Fangirl: In stark contrast to other Imperials, she is infatuated with Vader, to the point of having romantic fantasies about him.
  • No Name Given: The nurse is never named, showing how unimportant she is to Vader.
  • Second Love: Defied. Even ignoring her clearly unstable mindset, her love confession meant nothing to Vader, who still mourns the woman he loved and whose death he caused.
  • Stalker Shrine: She keeps a collection of bits and pieces of Darth Vader's body (both mechanical and biological) that were discarded during his various surgeries in a drawer in her quarters. Needless to say, her superior officer is not happy when he finds out about it.
  • Stalker with a Crush: She falls in love with Vader and begins stealing bits and pieces of his cybernetic body and even his cape when he accidentally left it behind.
  • Stepford Smiler: Of the unstable variety. Her creepy grin is a huge red flag that she is not of a sound mind.
  • Too Dumb to Live: She falls in love with Vader, a man who kills his own subordinates over the pettiest possible grievances, and tries to confess her love by sneaking into his quarters while he has his armor off, the time when he feels most vulnerable - note the Imperial admiral who practically panics when he realizes he's just walked in on Vader with his helmet off in The Empire Strikes Back. No points for guessing how Vader responds to the nurse's intrusion and confession.

Alternative Title(s): Star Wars Empire, Star Wars Cylo Directive, Star Wars Imperial Academies