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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 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 seceeding 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.
- Adaptational Wimp: Compared to the Empire from Legends, the First Galactic Empire collapsed far more quickly in the 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.
- 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.
- 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 Battlestar: The Imperial 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.
- 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 Galactic Empire was based on the Nazi regime, the Emperor's tactic is based on what Hitler did to his officers, ensuring that the bickering between themselves keeps them busy from threatening his position of power.
- Cool Starship: The above mentioned Star Destroyer.
- Crushing the Populace: The Galactic Empire rules by fear, as expressed in the Tarkin Doctrine and exemplified by the destruction of Alderaan.
- The Dreaded Dreadnought: The 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.
- 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: Unlike Legends, in which women and nonwhites were an extreme rarity in the Imperial military (except in later works), 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 the destruction of Alderaan and some even defected 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 vs. 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.
- 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.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Much has been made of the Empire's intentional resemblance to Nazi Germany, 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 based on Richard Nixon).
- Galactic Conqueror: It controlled the majority of the known Galaxy at its height.
- Guilt-Free Extermination War: Not long after the Clone Wars ended, the Empire sterilized Geonosis, killing all its queens and hives.
- 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's AAT 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).
- 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: 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.
- Kick the Dog: Prevalent to the point of being almost a standard procedure.
- 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 with said Death Star, and were planning to blow up another planet with the Superweapon if the rebels failed to destroy it.
- Music 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.
- 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 over run 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 star-ship 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 adiquate equipment and armaments. The empire was all about Quantity vs. Quality to the point were 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.
- Imperial Army
- Imperial Navy
- Inferno Squadron
- Imperial Garrisons
- Imperial Academies
Intelligence Agencies and Special Projects
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 Moff Wilhuff Tarkin
Grand Moff Randd
- 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.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Like the rest of the Shadow Council, Randd has no clue about Rax's ultimate endgame and the Contingency.
- 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.
Grand Moff Lozen Tolruck
- 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.
- Axe-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.
- Knife Nut: Quite skilled with knives, and used one to cut out Jom Barell's eye. Tolruck can also throw a kishakk blade with great accuracy.
- 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.
- 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 an 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.
- 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.
- See his entry on the Imperial Remnant page.
Moff Tan Hubi
- 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.
"Grand" Moff Valco Pandion
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The 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.
The following officers are only those who don't fit in other categories.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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/Villain 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.
- 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
- Adaptational Villainy: Almost nothing is known about what Tag and Bink were up to between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope in the original comic universe, but Solo shows them serving directly under the Empire. In the comic, they were usually playing villain roles because they were undercover rebels. If Tag and Bink creator, Kevin Rubio's word is to be taken, they're only working desk jobs in the Imperial Navy due to Tag's limited skillset and to get out of his dad's hair, and they would join the Rebellion years later.
- Canon Immigrant: A special case, since they were actually from Infinities rather than Legends—a designation for non-canon comedy or simple What If? stories diverging from established canon.
- Creator Cameo: Jon Kasdan co-wrote Solo with his father, Lawrence Kasdan, and Toby Hefferman is the film's first assistant director.
- Race Lift: They were both Ambiguously Brown in the comics (although Tag was lighter-skinned than Bink, their likenesses were based on Kevin Rubio's brothers, Craig and Brian, respectively, implying they are Hispanic), but are portrayed in Solo by Jon Kasdan and Toby Hefferman, who are Caucasian.
- Schrödinger's Canon: They are from Corellia and Alderaan respectively.
- Bad Boss: She's likely fully aware of what happens to officers that receive a talk from Tarkin, and all she cares about her officers is if they can do their jobs effectively or not.
- Exact Words: After Aresko and Grint report that Dunum is a traitor, she compliments them on a job well done and says that some things will change in her report. She reports to Tarkin that the garrison and its leadership is complacent.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gave one to Aresko and Grint before Tarkin did.
- Villain Has a Point: If a leader can't handle their job proficiently enough, then clearly, they don't know how to do their job proficiently.
- 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 Sentry Droids
- 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.
- Elite Mooks: The Sentry Droids are definitely a cut above regular stormtroopers in terms of threat to the Rebels.
- 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
- 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
- The Brute: They're big, strong, and as Jedi Fallen Order demonstrates, 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.
- Mecha-Mooks: They're robots, they serve the Empire and oppose the heroes, though they're not the frontline soldiers of the Empire, acting more as security guards instead.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Weaksauce Weakness: They're droids, which means that they can be hacked, as BD-1 demonstrates in Fallen Order.
- 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.
IT-O Interrogation Unit
- 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 Princess Leia, the Empire brings in an ominous black droid with all types of needles to torture the princess for information.
- Schrödinger's Canon: A lot of facts about the Interrogators may or may not be canon, thanks to the Legends shift.
- These droids would interrogate their victims in a flat and emotionless monotone.
- Some sources state that IT-O droids often attack their victim's genitals. You may cringe now.
- This droid has a very terrifying reputation among its prisoners. Some inmates would start reciting their sins if they see the droid floating into their cell.
- 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
Viper Probe Droids
Specialist Ralsius Paldora
- Audience Surrogate: He spends much of his screentime fanboying about getting to meet Han Solo and ride the Millennium Falcon.
- Dirty Coward: Played for Laughs. Once the Empire arrives to reclaim the data he stole, he mostly just hides behind Han while shouting encouragement, refusing to actually put himself in danger.
- Doesn't Like Guns: He carries one, but claims it's "for show" and has no idea how to use it.
- If My Calculations Are Correct: Dips into this fairly often, as befitting his job as a statistician.
- Innocently Insensitive: He unwittingly insults the Millennium Falcon right to Han's face. Han, who is already fed up with Ralsius as is while being busy dogfighting Imperials, decides this is the last straw.Ralsius: "This YT-1300 freighter you've got is something, but it's hyperdrive fails 1.22 times more often than the 2400 model."Han (greatly annoyed): "Chewie, get him out of my cockpit!"
- The Load: He can't help Han in shootouts because he has no experience with shooting a blaster.Han: Hey, make yourself useful!
Paldora: What? Oh, this? It's a fake blaster, I just wear it to intimidate people.
Han: Oh. Great.
- Miles Gloriosus: After his defection, he fancies himself a heroic, swashbuckling scoundrel just like Han - despite the fact that he's an utter coward who doesn't even know how to shoot.
- Motor Mouth: This guy makes Jar Jar Binks seem reserved. He never shuts up about everything thats going on around him. Han quickly comes to find him grating as a result.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Fills this role nicely, earning a lot of snark from Han in the process.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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. The look on his face when he does it is one of indifference or perhaps melancholy. It's reasonable to assume that the nurse reminded him of things he doesn't like to think about and he could also most likely sense her mind and emotions with the force, realizing that she was both mentally disturbed and being completely honest. He may have felt a rare moment of pity and simply put her down as opposed to slaughtering her.
- Monster Fangirl: In stark contrast to other Imperials, she is infatuated with Vader, to the point of having romantic fantasies about him.
- 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. Interestingly, Vader kills her quickly with a simple stab with his lightsaber. His expression was one of indifference with perhaps a twinge of sadness. She probably reminded Vader of some unpleasant things and he probably felt that she just wasn't worth his rage but only pity.
- No Name Given: The nurse is never named, showing how unimportant she is to Vader.
- 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 officer 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 confession.