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The Imperial Court
The true rulers of the Empire, the Imperial Court consists of Emperor Palpatine's closest advisors. At the top of the hierarchy sits the Emperor, Darth Vader, and the Imperial Ruling Council, while below them are dozens of bureaucrats responsible for overseeing the Empire's vast military, political, and economic operations.

Imperial Leadership

    Sheev Palpatine 

Emperor Sheev Palpatine (Darth Sidious)

See his separate page.

    Darth Vader 

Darth Vader

See his separate page.

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Imperial Ruling Council

    In General 
  • Canon Immigrant: Originally a part of the Legends Expanded Universe, Council Members Sate Pestage, Janus Greejatus, Ars Dangor, and Kren Blista-Vanee was brought back into the mainstream canon in Tarkin.However, Sage's origins in particular go back to some of the earliest drafts of The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Character Death: Janus Greejatus, Kren Blista-Vanee, and Sim Aloo accompany the Emperor to the Second Death Star, and while their deaths are not exactly confirmed (in the Legends Expanded Universe, it was), things don't look very good for them.
  • Hat of Authority: All of Palpatine's advisors wear fancy hats to denote their high status.
  • Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: Judging by Tarkin, the Imperial Ruling Council spends a lot of time arguing with other high-ranking Imperials while the Emperor watches on, highly amused by their bickering.

    Mas Amedda 

Grand Vizier Mas Amedda

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"We all do our part for the Empire."

Species: Chagrian

Homeworld: Champala

Portrayed by: Jerome Blake (The Phantom Menace, Revenge of the Sith), David Bowers (Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith)
Voiced by: Stephen Stanton
Appearances: The Phantom Menace | Attack of the Clones | The Clone Wars | Catalyst | Revenge of the Sith | Dark Lord of the Sith | Tarkin | Rebelsnote  | Lando | Life Debt | Empire's End

"Order! We shall have order!"

The Vice Chair of the Galactic Republic to both Valorum and Palpatine. After the establishment of the Empire, he became Grand Vizier and head of the Imperial Ruling Council.


  • Ascended Extra: In post-Republic set works, Amedda has had a lot more presence in Canon than he did in Legends, with him even becoming the Empire's Grand Vizier (while he still had little power, was a substantially higher position than the Sith artifact collector he was demoted to in Legends).
  • Authority in Name Only: After the Emperor's death, Amedda is technically in charge of Coruscant but the Imperial Security Bureau (ISB) holds true control, as it is their ships and troops that protect the former capital. Leia and Mon Mothma won't even accept his surrender to them as it gains them nothing, since Amedda has no power to deliver Coruscant to them.
  • Corrupt Politician: He's one of the bureaucrats who keep Chancellor Valorum from acting on his best judgment against the Trade Federation during the Naboo crisis, and is believed to actually be accepting bribes from the Federation. Amedda also assists Palpatine in overthrowing the Republic and establishing the Empire.
  • Driven to Suicide: Plans on killing himself after Palpatine dies and Leia and Mon Mothma refuse his surrender since he has absolutely no power in what remains of the Empire and he wants to at least have control over how he dies. Rae Sloane coming to strike a deal with him changes that plan.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Following the death of the Emperor and Darth Vader, Amedda is left in charge of the loyalist Imperial forces who still answer to the Imperial Ruling Council. He desperately tries to hold the Empire together from Coruscant, but a growing New Republic, defecting Imperials, and rogue Moffs and officers becoming warlords or declaring themselves Emperor has severely limited his resources and resulted in Coruscant becoming a battleground against New Republic supported insurgents. Ends up being completely subverted when the ISB quickly usurps all his real authority and barely ever even bothers to trot him out for public appearances.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Downplayed, but he is momentarily taken aback by Palpatine's suggestion to kill the seemingly defenseless Zillo Beast and asks him if he is sure he wants to do that, though he later defends this decision to Padmé as a course of action demanded by "the greater good."
  • Horned Humanoid: Has four long horns, two of which are draped over his shoulders.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: He was unaware of Operation: Cinder, so when he heard about the Emperor being alive and using droids as messengers with the order to attack certain planets, he dismissed it as nothing more but rumors.
  • Mouth of Sauron: After becoming Grand Vizier of the Empire, he meets with government and military officials in Palpatine's stead whenever the Emperor is not available (which is always) and oversees the Empire's daily affairs so that Palpatine can focus his time on Sith experiments and business.
  • Number Two: He's the Vice Chair and Speaker of the Senate for both Valorum and Chancellor Palpatine.
  • Overly Long Tongue: A deleted scene in Attack of the Clones reveals him to have a long forked tongue.
  • Rubber-Forehead Alien: He's a Chagrian with blue skin and long horns.
  • Secret Keeper: According to Word of God, he is aware that Chancellor Palpatine is secretly Darth Sidious. This makes sense considering how he refers to him as "my master" and not "my lord" in Revenge of the Sith.
  • Smug Snake: Tarkin reveals that Amedda is incredibly smug and demeaning, and that he enjoys playing the games of power within the upper echelons of the Empire by trolling other high-ranking Imperials.
  • Staff of Authority: He is nearly always seen in the senate with a large staff that he bangs on the ground to restore order with. He continues to use one in his role as Grand Vizier, starting and ending meetings of high ranking Imperials by pounding the staff on the ground and quieting arguments with it.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Mas Amedda lacks any real charisma, sucking up to whoever has more charisma in the hopes of getting a piece of their power. After Palpatine dies, he futilely tries to hold what's left of the Empire together and ISB takes away what little power he had already.
  • Token Minority: He is the only non-human on the Imperial Ruling Council.
  • Troll: Shows signs of this in Tarkin when he asks the titular character to return to Coruscant, with Tarkin initially refusing until Amedda says he will let the Emperor know that Tarkin refused his request. When an irritated Tarkin asks why Amedda did not just say that the Emperor was the one who wanted him to come in the first place, Amedda tells him it was because It Amused Me.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Undergoes one post-Endor, as serving as the Emperor's top lackey and running the Empire for him was all he lived for. Amedda never once considered his boss could be killed, leaving him at a total loss at what to do without him and any authority on an ISB-run Coruscant. Sloane offering him the chance to have his old job as Grand Vizier once she secures her hold on the Empire pulls him out of his breakdown.

    Sate Pestage 

Sate Pestage

Species: Human

Appearances: Catalyst | Tarkin

A senior advisor to Emperor Palpatine and member of the Imperial Ruling Council.


    Janus Greejatus 

Janus Greejatus

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Species: Human

Portrayed by: Michael Josephs

An advisor to Emperor Palpatine and member of the Imperial Ruling Council.


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    Ars Dangor 

Ars Dangor

Species: Human

Appearances: Catalyst | Tarkin

An advisor to Emperor Palpatine and member of the Imperial Ruling Council.


    Kren Blista-Vanee 

Kren Blista-Vanee

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: ???
Appearances: Tarkin | Return of the Jedi

A senior advisor to Emperor Palpatine and member of the Imperial Ruling Council.


  • Ascended Extra: Originally just one of the figures that arrive to the second Death Star with Palpatine.
  • Bold Explorer: One of his main assets to the Emperor is his exploration and knowledge of new hyperspace routes into the Deep Core star systems, which helped establish the Deep Core Security Zone.
  • Hat of Authority: He and Palpatine's other advisors all wear fancy hats to denote their high status, although Blista-Vanee's fondness for flamboyant hats stands out in particular.
  • Wicked Cultured: Palpatine notes that Blista-Vanee is fond of going to the opera.

    Sim Aloo 

Sim Aloo

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Species: Human

Portrayed by: Anthony Lang
Appearances: Return of the Jedi

An advisor to Emperor Palpatine and member of the Imperial Ruling Council.


  • Evil Sorcerer: Like Janus Greejatus, he was stated to be a Dark Side Adept in the Legends Expanded Universe. It's unclear if he's this in the Disney canon.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Wears a very distinct purple robe when visiting the Second Death Star.

    Verge 

Prelate Verge

Species: Human

Appearances: Twilight Company

A young official who was raised to serve as a member of the Advisory Council, Verge is tasked shortly before the Battle of Hoth with hunting down former emissary and governor Everi Chalis after she defects to the Rebel Alliance.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: After Seitaron shoots and kills Verge, he feels saddened and nothing but pity for him, noting that Verge's madness was inflicted upon him by his father, who raised him to do nothing but serve Palpatine.
  • Loony Fan: Very much so for Palpatine. It was said he even tries to mutilate his face to make it look more like Palpatine.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He is in his very early twenties, and having grown up under the Empire's reign he worships Palpatine, and some characters note he has almost a childlike look to him despite his disturbing actions. His belief in the Empire has given Verge some very odd ideas about how to instill loyalty and show dedication to the Empire, which includes torturing subordinates who fail in even the most minor ways as a way to redeem them of their momentary "treason".
  • Villainous Breakdown: Suffers one after Chalis messes with his ship.
  • You Have Failed Me: He interprets failure as being akin to treason, so he punishes failure with torture and other punishments usually reserved for actual treason. This is also why Verge is so scared about failing to capture or kill Chalis, as he believes that doing so would be betraying the Emperor, and thus his only deserved fate should be death. This is ultimately what forces Seitaron to kill him, as Verge decides that Chalis has caused too much havoc before they captured her, and that the only solution is to crash the Herald into the rebel forces on Sullust instead of escaping back into the atmosphere.

The Royal Guard

    Imperial Royal Guard 

Imperial Royal Guard

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Emperor Palpatine's elite bodyguards. They wear red robes that conceal their formidable red armor and a large amount of weaponry. Also known as the Red Guard.


  • Bodyguarding a Badass: They may be elite soldiers, but the two people they're sworn to defend are both Sith Lords vastly more powerful than them.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: They are barely affected by a Force Push from Ezra Bridger and they aren't Force users themselves.
  • Elite Mooks: The Royal Guard is chosen from among the best and most loyal soldiers in the Empire.
  • Praetorian Guard: A detachment accompanies the Emperor everywhere he goes. Darth Vader, as the head of the armed forces of the Empire, has his own contingent of Red Guards at his castle on Mustafar.
  • Retcon: In Legends, it was established that some of them were Force-sensitives trained in the Dark Side. In the Canon, they are merely fanatically loyal regular humans.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Due to their robes, it's hard to tell what their genders are and Star Wars: Lando reveals that there's at least one female Imperial Guard who is implied to have a history with Lando.
  • Secret Keeper: They are among the few beings in the galaxy who know the true nature of the Emperor and his powers. They likely also know of Darth Vader's former identity, considering how the Emperor often mentions Vader's past in front of them. They know better than to ever discuss any of this with anyone, including amongst each other.
  • Undying Loyalty: They are utterly loyal to only the Emperor, and will not even heed the orders of Darth Vader without approval from him.
  • Walking Armory: Underneath their robes, the Royal Guard have a ton of weapons, including stun poles, heavy blaster pistols, vibroblades, grenades, and many other weapons.

    Erstin Deez 

Sergeant Erstin Deez

Species: Human

Appearances: Lords of the Sith

A member of the Royal Guard who protected the Emperor on a mission to Ryloth a few years after the Clone Wars.


  • Facial Markings: His face is covered in numerous tattoos. Vader thinks that if Deez had been a clone his nickname would have been Ink.
  • Sole Survivor: He is the only member of his Royal Guard detachment to live through the Ryloth mission.

Other members of the Imperial Court

    11-4D 

11-4D

Appearances: Tarkin

A droid formerly in service to Darth Plagueis, 11-4D now serves Darth Sidious as his personal assistant.


  • Canon Immigrant: Originally a part of the Legends Expanded Universe (specifically, the Darth Plagueis novel), he was brought back into the mainstream canon in Tarkin.
  • Multi-Armed Multitasking: He has two regular protocol droid arms, but Sidious has upgraded him with several appendages designed for specific tasks, like interfacing with a computer.
  • Robot Buddy: He functions as Sidious' confidant and primary aide.
  • Satellite Character: He served as this to Darth Plagueis. In fact, his appearance is more-or-less a confirmation that certain events of the Legends novel Darth Plagueis occurred in Broad Strokes.
  • Secret Keeper: He is the only being allowed into the ancient Sith shrine below the Jedi Temple, which even Darth Vader does not know about, where he helps Sidious with his research into the Dark Side.

    Denetrius Vidian 

Count Denetrius Vidian

Species: Human (cyborg)

Homeworld: Corellia

Appearances: Bottleneck | A New Dawn

The Empire's leading efficiency expert eight years after the Empire took power. A ruthless cyborg who believes in efficiency over safety, he arrives on Gorse to boost thorilide production, although he may have some ulterior motives.


  • And I Must Scream: He was bedridden in a hospital for two years while Shilmer's syndrome ate away his body and trapped in his own mind. He threatens to do the same to Kanan and Hera, and for even longer for experimentation purposes.
    Count Vidian: Can you imagine what it is to live without senses, without any means of interacting with your environment?
    Kanan Jarrus: After a few drinks.
    Count Vidian: The mind is a dynamo in the dark, an engine endlessly running, powering nothing. It thrashes in the night, seeking daylight, inventing its own. Controlling nothing. Consider that! The youngling and the aged experience it — the struggle with ineffectuallity. Controlling nothing is the true death.
  • Artificial Limbs: All four of his limbs are artificial, and he essentially has super strength that allows him to beat beings much stronger than a human to death and jump great distances.
  • Attack Reflector: His body can deflect blaster shots thanks to a cortosis graft. Zaluna learned this the hard way.
  • Axe-Crazy: He may claim not to enjoy beating people to death, but he sure seems to do it an awful lot in the name of "efficiency".
  • Badass Transplant: His cybernetics make him incredibly deadly in a fistfight.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: His Electronic Eyes can receive information from the security cameras and computers systems of whatever facility he is in so he can always know what his workers are up to.
  • Body Horror: He lost the majority of his body to a flesh-eating disease called Shilmer's syndrome, which came as a result of too much exposure to toxins and other chemical agents in the industries he explored.
  • Catchphrase: "Forget the old way."
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: His ideas for increasing work efficiency includes killing "inefficient" workers and neglecting health and worker safety. Ironically, he used to be a safety inspector for the Interstellar Thorilide Guild — and not a military whistleblower as claimed by his official biography — when he was Lemuel Tharsa, and it was because of other Corrupt Corporate Executives that he decided to stop playing by the rules.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Several characters note that there is nothing seemingly human about Vidian anymore aside from his face, both on the physical and spiritual level. As described from Kanan's perspective, he looks like "a war droid playing a human at a masquerade party."
  • Cyborg: He contracted a disease that robbed him of his limbs and ate away his flesh, which resulted in him getting cybernetic limbs. He also lost his eyes, and had them replaced with cybernetic ones that he can use to play back anything he saw that day, receive feeds from security cameras and computers, and receive electronic communications privately. His voicebox is also in his throat, so his lips do not move when he speaks. He specifically selected the baritone of the voice based on research regarding the most authoritative and inspiring voice tone. Near the end of the story, it's revealed that even the face under his synth-skin is robotic. And there are several aides that he made like himself as well.
  • Darth Vader Clone: Deconstructed. Vidian has many of the superficial characteristics of the Darth Vader archetype, however, he seves almost as a foil to Vader, and comes up short in almost every respect. Vader was given his cyborg body to become the Emperor's enforcer; Vidian bought his cyborg body, which is ludicrously overpowered for an industrial tycoon. Vader is a Sith Lord who kills his underlings with brutal efficiency for overwhelming incompetence; Vidian is a brutish thug who will kill people who annoy him in horrifying and needlessly cruel ways. Vader is second only to the Emperor and a keen tactician, Vidian is manipulated by his own underling and not as clever as he thinks he is. In short, it's like if they started with Vader and took out anything that made him interesting, tragic, or even just cool.
    • Also, they both have noble titles and their names both begin with V.
    • In fact, Captain Sloane at one point compares Vader and Vidian's voices, noting that the former's sounds more human.
  • Dramatic Irony: It's mentioned early in A New Dawn that he never believed in the Force. Apart from working for a Sith Lord, there are two occasions in the book where Kanan nearly uses the Force on him.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is noted to be quite deep several times throughout A New Dawn. He chose it based on research to sound authoritative.
  • Facial Horror: During the final battle aboard the Forager, his synth-skin face is melted off to reveal a metallic face underneath.
  • Faux Affably Evil: A seemingly charismatic businessman who's actually a temperamental sociopath underneath.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's because of other Corrupt Corporate Executives, spending two years bedridden due to a flesh-eating disease and feeling "useless" at that time that he strives for efficiency at all costs.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He went from being a simple safety inspector to a sociopathic business tycoon so obsessed with work efficiency that he eschews safety regulations.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: He spent two years bedridden from a flesh-eating disease, unable to communicate with anyone for the majority of that time. This likely explains some of his... less pleasant traits.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He gets set off very easily, and ends up killing at least one person simply for being there when he got annoying news. Commander Chamas notes that his stateroom was completely trashed.
  • Insane Troll Logic: His idea of boosting production efficiency is "removing all barriers". However, due to a combination of an extreme aversion to uselessness, an excessive amount of cybernetic modifications and a Lack of Empathy, he's come to the conclusion that pure organics would be more efficient workers if they didn't have breaks, health and safety regulations. In actuality, all it does is make the workers feel overworked and unsafe after being protected by these regulations for years, make work slower by making them cautious for their own lives and generate mob protests.
  • Karmic Death: He gets killed by Skelly, the same guy whom he got the idea to destroy Cynda from and gave several fatal internal injuries to.
  • Lack of Empathy: If he ever had it before, he lost it along with most of his body. He's willing to murder and neglect organic needs for the sake of efficiency. At the beginning of A New Dawn, he orders the destruction of a damaged freighter just because it would be faster to replace than to repair it.
  • Made of Iron: Thanks to his excessive cybernetics, he is difficult to kill, to the point that he survived a mine collapse on Cynda. He also has cortosis grafts in his skin that can conduct the energy dissipated from blaster bolts (even though it isn't shown in A New Dawn, it also gives him lightsaber-resistance). He dies for real when Skelly blows up the Expedient with both of them onboard.
  • No OSHA Compliance: It's more accurate to say if an industry has any safety regulations, chances are that Vidian will remove some of them for his idea of efficiency if he takes control of it. Ironically, he used to be a safety inspector himself.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He tried to kill Okadiah Garson just because he was elderly and not as fit for physical labor as the younger miners.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: In Bottleneck, he is shown to disagree with Tarkin's endorsement of collective punishment, only executing the ringleader of the Ithorian strikers on Gilvaanen after they were halting the production of stormtrooper armor. He gives the other workers a second chance, but not without warning them that they would be killed if they failed to meet the production quotas.
  • Shout-Out: His name, in combination with the disease that destroyed much of his flesh and organs and required them to be replaced, is a clear reference to the Vidian alien race from Star Trek.
  • Smug Snake: He's very overconfident and thinks he can gain the loyalty of anyone serving under him, such as promising Captain Sloane a position as the youngest Admiral in the Imperial Navy when he really finds the idea laughable. He also tries to sabotage his rival, Lero Danthe, by falsifying a report on the half-life of exposed thorilide. It comes as a shock to him when Sloane tries to have him arrested. That said, he's still dangerous in a fight and it still takes a lot to kill him. Even when Sloane orders his arrest, he just curb-stomps the stormtroopers carrying out the order. The only two times he's been successfully put down was when Skelly drugged him and, later, blew him up (and killed him for real) on the Expedient.
  • Social Darwinist: He sees any worker who isn't at their potential or "ordinary" as useless, and will see fit to dispose of them. For example, he tried to kill Okadiah just because he was too old for physical labor. Kanan counters his idea by pointing that his knowledge is what still makes him useful.
  • The Sociopath: He's in charge of part of the Empire's production and business division, but he has very little to no regard for the lives of workers for the sake of "efficiency" and shows very little emotion aside from anger and cold satisfaction. As a lot of characters note, there's barely anything human about him anymore, and not just because of the excessive cybernetics.
  • That Man Is Dead: Subverted. After he became Count Vidian, he treated Lemuel Tharsa as a separate entity and used the name to validate his own plans.
  • Uncanny Valley/Uncanny Valley Makeup: Invoked. The only part of him that looks human is a synth-skin face (and underneath that is a metallic skull). However, it barely even moves and he doesn't even move his lips to talk (that's done with a vocoder on his neck). The most human-like thing he even does is breathe. As Kanan describes him, he looks like a droid wearing a human-like rubber mask instead of a run-of-the-mill cyborg.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He loses his cool almost any time Baron Danthe reports the Emperor's demands for unrealistic production increases. He has another when Captain Sloane tries to have him arrested for treason against the Emperor.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He has one during his brawl with Kanan and Hera in his operating room on Calcoraan. His torso is shown artificial as well.
  • Workaholic: Vidian is both a deconstruction and an example of what happens when a workaholic is a boss in a fascist regime. His business mantra of "Keep moving, destroy barriers, see everything" sums up his philosophy of business efficiency. Unfortunately, this philosophy partially stems from his trauma of being bedridden and trapped in his mind for two years, which developed into an extreme aversion to ineffectuality. In addition to that incident, Vidian is so nearly purged of his humanity (both physically and spiritually) he's come to see basic organic labor needs such as breaks, health and safety regulations as undesirable inconveniences. Once the Emperor starts raising his already unrealistic production expectations, Vidian starts seeing those inconveniences as barriers and gets rid of them to meet the Emperor's quotas. However, Vidian is easily enraged by not only the increasing quotas, but also being confronted with whatever sounds like a barrier to meeting them, and he will try to destroy that barrier (often in the literal sense).

    Lero Danthe 

Baron Lero Danthe

Species: Human

Homeworld: Corulag

Appearances: A New Dawn

Count Vidian's underling and main political rival in the Imperial Court, Danthe is constantly attempting to sabotage his superior's work by manipulating large increases in the demand of resources Vidian needs to acquire.


  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Unlike Count Vidian, Danthe is an actual aristocrat, born into a powerful droid-manufacturing dynasty from Corulag.
  • Smug Snake: Every scene with him has him smugly assuring Vidian that he is sure he can meet the new material quotas, all while plotting the Count's downfall.
  • The Starscream: He is plotting to discredit Vidian and take his position. To this end, he convinced Commander Nibiru Chamas to serve as his spy on the Ultimatium and gather information on Vidian.

    Everi Chalis 

Everi Chalis

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Species: Human

Appearances: Twilight Company

A skilled artist from a colonial backwater, Chalis' talents caught the attention of Count Denetrius Vidian, who recruited her as his protégé. She rose to become one the Empire's top efficiency experts and was named an emissary to the Imperial Ruling Council. Following the destruction of the Death Star, Chalis was caught in the purge of officials connected to the disaster and was reassigned as governor of Haidoral Prime. Knowing her days were numbered, she took the opportunity to defect to the Rebel Alliance after they invaded the planet, offering her knowledge of the Imperial military's infrastructure to the rebellion's Sixty-First Mobile Infantry.


  • Almighty Janitor: She is a fairly high-ranking Imperial bureaucrat, but she's still just another cog in the machine. She's so indistinguishable from anyone else that the Imperials essentially didn't care that she defected, sending only a single Star Destroyer commanded by Verge, the joke of the Imperial Ruling Council, after her. However, she's such a logistics expert that she and Twilight Company are able to plan a complex Batman Gambit against the Empire that could potentially put a significant dent into their manufacturing capabilities.
  • Karma Houdini: Most of Twilight Company regards her as one, particularly the recruits from Haidoral Prime who lived under her rule. Although she does help save Twilight Company, Chalis ends up abandoning the Rebellion and decides to adopt a new identity to pursue her art, and thus never truly pays for or redeems herself for all the crimes she committed under the Empire.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Holds no loyalty to the Rebellion and only defects because she knows that eventually the Empire will find some petty excuse to execute her. Chalis' only desire is to secure a Rebel pardon and bring down the Empire so she can live safely.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: She was sent to Haidoral Prime to be its governor for her role in the Death Star's destruction. Chalis notes she was spared from execution due to her limited role in the project, which she had disapproved of.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Namir abandons the plan to attack Kuat in favor of freeing Sullust, Chalis steals a shuttle in the middle of the battle to kill Verge and disable his Star Destroyer in order to get him to stop chasing her and allow the rebels to win and ensure that the Empire has more important things to worry about than her. Chalis then promptly heads off in her shuttle to parts unknown, uncertain about what to do with herself but positive that she is completely done with both the Rebellion and the Empire.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: She is a logistical genius that was the protégé of one of the Emperor's advisors, claiming that she was sent to Haidoral Prime for her role in the destruction of the Death Star. Come Hoth, when she comes face-to-face with Darth Vader himself, she is prepared to Face Death with Dignity... only for Vader to not even care who she is, instead demanding to know where Luke Skywalker is. This turns out to be a rather big blow to her ego, though she attempts to not let it show. Learning that Verge was the one sent after her is another blow to her ego.
  • Token Evil Teammate: For Twilight Company. She holds little regard for civilians who may be hurt or killed by the units actions and tries to manipulate them into going along with her schemes.
  • Wicked Pretentious: While she may be a talented artist and skilled logistician who can fake a Core accent with the best of them, the rest of the Empire's elite never forgot or let Chalis forget her origins and inability to truly fit in amongst them no matter how hard she tried. The realization of this drives her further into a spiral of revenge.
  • Woman Scorned: Namir starts to think that the Kuat mission is in truth a complicated revenge scheme by Chalis against the Empire for never showing appreciation for her talents.

    Veris Hydan 

Minister Veris Hydan

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"I would never consider myself an artist, but more a critic, perhaps."

Species: Human

Portrayed by: Malcolm McDowell
Appearances: Rebels

An advisor to Emperor Palpatine and Imperial minister who investigated the archives at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, and led the excavation of the Jedi Temple located on Lothal on Palpatine's orders.


  • Affably Evil: Though he comes off as pleasant and affable, like offering a captured Sabine tea and talking to her about art, when she refuses to cooperate his friendly demeanor mostly vanishes and he turns to physical persuasion in an attempt to get her to cooperate. However, he does make it clear that this is because she is refusing to co-operate, and he warned her earlier not to confuse his hospitality with weakness, so it is likely that the affable nature was not an act so much as he simply has limits.
  • All There in the Manual: His first name is only provided in episode guides and his Databank entry.
  • Bookworm: He studied the archives at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant and is highly knowledgeable about the history of the Jedi, Sith, and the Force.
  • Disney Villain Death: He falls into the Jedi Temple on Lothal as it collapses.
  • Hat of Authority: Like all other Imperial advisors, Hydan wears a fancy hat, although his is decidedly smaller and less fancy than some of the other advisors' headwear.
  • Secret Keeper: His high status in the Imperial Court makes him privy to many Imperial secrets, not least of which is the fact that the Emperor is a Sith Lord who desires to control the World Between Worlds.
  • Wicked Cultured: He is an art critic, whose job includes interpreting Jedi artwork.
  • Worthy Opponent: Expresses admiration for Sabine and Ezra and their success in opening the portal to the World Between Worlds, which he had failed to do.

    Yupe Tashu 

Advisor Yupe Tashu

Appearances: Aftermath | Life Debt | Empire's End

"You chastise the Dark Side as if it is an evil path, laughable for its malevolence. But do not confuse it with evil. And do not confuse the light as being the product of benevolence."

A historian, cultist, and advisor to Emperor Palpatine. He is fascinated by the Sith and the Dark Side. Following the Battle of Endor, Tashu attends the conference on Akiva to help determine the course of the Empire. He is also one of the secret leaders of the Acolytes of the Beyond.


  • Card-Carrying Villain: An advisor to Palpatine who openly worships the Dark Side of the Force and admits to enjoying torturing people pretty clearly has no issues with how others see him.
  • Hat of Authority: As is typical of an Imperial advisor, Tashu wears a fancy hat, which is emerald.
  • Human Sacrifice: Oversaw the sacrifice of beings at ceremonies held by the Acolytes of the Beyond. During the Battle of Jakku, Gallius Rax loads Tashu up with Sith artifacts and shoves him down a pit in the Observatory that leads to the planetary core. Tashu hits a rock on the way down and dies, but the dark energy in the artifacts he carries activates the Observatory and begins the destruction of the planet.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Wears purple robes cut in a Naboo nobleman's style, like many of Palpatine's advisors.
  • Sanity Slippage: His mental state, which was never in the best shape, takes a sharp dive once he is in the New Republic custody. He spends most of his day laughing madly in his cell and drooling all over himself.
  • Secret Keeper: He was well aware of the Emperor's status as a Force-user and identity as the Sith Lord Darth Sidious.
  • Torture Technician: Apparently he learned all about Sith torture methods from Palpatine. He enjoys getting to practice them on a captive Wedge Antilles, even though he knows Wedge will not break.
  • Villainous Friendship: Said to have been friends with Palpatine, or at least being as close to friendship as one could get with the Emperor.

    Arsin Crassus 

Arsin Crassus

Appearances: Aftermath

"Set up a truce with these New Republic slime-dogs, allow them to go their way, and we go ours. We're already locked in something of a cold war with those ninnymanderers, so we make it official."

Formerly of the Trade Federation, Crassus is one of the primary monetary backers of the Empire who built his fortune on the misery of others, particularly through the slave trade. Several months after the Battle of Endor, he attends the conference on Akiva.


  • Bodyguard Babes: His personal guards are slave women who wear hardened-lacquer animal masks.
  • Butt-Monkey: Nobody at the conference takes any of his opinions seriously, being only interested in his money and not particularly caring if he is cooperative in letting them use it. Even Sloane threatens to kill him a couple of times.
  • Character Death: Dies in the crash landing of his ship into the hangar of the Vigilance.
  • Dirty Coward: Being a merchant instead of a warrior, Crassus is in a panic throughout most of the conference on Akiva about the New Republic potentially learning about them and attacking.
  • Fat Bastard: He's described as "large and round", having grown quite lazy and gluttonous off of his ill-gained wealth.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: His last name is quite clearly a reference to Marcus Licinius Crassus, the famous Roman who made part of his fortune off the slave trade and crushed Spartacus' rebellion.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: He runs quite a bit of the slave trade in the Empire, which has made him a major target for capture or elimination by the New Republic. Ackbar is noted to have a particular distaste for Crassus when talking about the Imperials on Akiva.
  • The Starscream: He was a minor official in the Trade Federation before selling out his bosses to the Empire so that he could plunder their fortunes and become one of the Empire's primary backers.


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