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After the fall of the Galactic Republic, Republic Intelligence was reorganized into the Galactic Empire as Imperial Intelligence. The Naval Intelligence Agency was briefly formed at some point as a technical cutaway from Imperial Intelligence. However, after an attempted rebel campaign led by Berch Teller, NIA officer Vice Admiral Rancit was found to be guilty of treason and was swiftly executed, and as a result, Naval Intelligence was folded back into Imperial Intelligence. Additionally, the Advanced Weapons Research Division falls under their control.
- Interservice Rivalry: Against COMPNOR branches, often butting heads with the Imperial Security Bureau. That's why they had Wullf Yularen act as a liaison to ensure mutual cooperation.
- Schrödinger's Canon: In Legends, the Imperial Inquisition was a branch of Imperial Intelligence.
Imperial Death Troopers
The elite soldiers of Imperial Intelligence, the Death Troopers are responsible for guarding key installations and personnel of the organization.
- Advertised Extra: The Death Troopers feature heavily in Rogue One's marketing and merchandise, but as opposed to the hordes of Stormtroopers, they are only seen in serious action twice (though they certainly make the most of their limited screentime). Rebels, however features them more prominently. They are also set to show up in The Mandalorian.
- Ambiguously Human: They're at least partially cybernetic, dangerously efficient, speak in a distorted inhuman robotic growl, and are named in-universe after a project that apparently created zombies.
- Armour Is Useless: Averted and justified. They can take several shots, but when they go down, they go down fast. Cassian's blaster probably had sufficient armour piercing and the second one he shot fell down a shaft as well. Baze used a BFG capable of taking down vehicles (the only thing that didn't die in one shot from his gun was an AT-AT), so it's not surprising he could one-hit the Death Troopers.
- Badass Crew: The squad seen in Rogue One is rather small, but they're highly efficient, and far more skilled then any of the regular Stormtroopers.
- Bio-Augmentation: The Visual Dictionary states that they undergo classified medical procedures that make them "somewhat beyond human".
- Black Speech: Their transmissions to one another are extremely distorted and inhuman-sounding to the point where it resembles this. The Mauve Shirts featured in Rebels however, have intelligible speech.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: At least when they're with Thrawn. Krennic, however, could probably use the assistance.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Apparently cybernetic, and definitely soulless.
- Darth Vader Clone: Tall, dark, evil, cold and cruel, menacing postures and voices; they fit the bill.
- Doom Troops: They wear sleek jet black armor, helmets with green headlights and they have a Navy SEAL-like appearance. The Death Trooper Specialist wears a tactical vest geared with three grenades as well.
- The Dreaded: It's telling that when they show up on the battlefield of Scarif in Rogue One, all the Rebels stop fighting and immediately run for cover.
- Elite Mooks: There's only a handful of them, but they're much better shots than their regular counterparts and inflict much higher casualties on the rebels as soon as they enter any battle. They also seem to be significantly heavier armored, forcing Baze to use his BFG in some sort of overcharged single shot mode instead of relying on More Dakka when he engages them. They're only assigned to officers and projects that are part of the Tarkin Initiative, such as Thrawn or Krennic, or the operation on Lothal. Then there are some who are loaned to higher ranking ministers while acting on behalf of the Emperor.
- Evil Is Bigger: All the actors playing Death Troopers are at least six feet tall. Even in Rebels, the Death Trooper character models positively tower over regular stormtroopers and imperial officers alike.
- Evil Wears Black: In contrast to regular Stormtroopers, the Death Troopers wear jet black armor.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Even with their vocal scramblers turned off, their voices are scarier and colder than regular Stormtroopers.
- Expy: To the Dark Troopers from Dark Forces as dark armoured Elite Mooks during the time when the Death Star plans were stolen. They also bear a resemblance to Storm Commandos (black-armoured elite Stormtroopers), Novatroopers (also black-armored elite Stormtroopers), and Black Hole Stormtroopers (the colour again, along with their status as personal bodyguards for a high-ranking official).
- Faceless Goons: Like their Stormtroopers counterparts, their faces are concealed by their intimidating armor with green headlights.
- Hero Killer: They are directly responsible for killing two members of Rogue One's main cast, Baze and Chirrut, not to mention Lyra Erso, as well as scores of regular rebel soldiers.
- Hell Is That Noise: In contrast to other Stormtroopers and even Vader, these guys speak in an incomprehensible robotic growl that sounds like heavily distorted rocks in a blender, and when you hear it, it's time to run.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Averted, these guys know how to shoot. They retain the brutal efficiency of how a Stormtrooper is supposed to be, and have hit numerous rebel soldiers. One notable case involves them shooting one rebel fighter dead the instant he breaks from cover. If they don't hit a target, it's usually because the target dodges in time, or their shots get blocked.
- Lean and Mean: The casting call for them in Rogue One called for six-footers, which is taller than the average Stormtrooper.
- Mascot Mook: They serve as this role for most of the Rogue One merchandise.
- Mook Lieutenant: The Death Trooper Specialists are better equipped than their subordinates, and they often serve as squad leaders.
- Mysterious Past: We don't know anything about them. They're incredibly coordinated, loyal, Lean and Mean, and mysterious. Rumor has it that they're an Imperial supersoldier project that attempted to bring necrotic flesh back to life. It wouldn't be too much of a stretch if this is similar to what people in-universe think about Vader.
- Mythology Gag: To the Legends novel Death Troopers. Supplementary materials pay tribute to the novel by suggesting they are at least partially zombified.
- Mutual Kill: The last one sets off a grenade as he lies dying on the ground next to a heavily wounded Baze.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Even their name spells death.
- Obviously Evil: They're called "Death Troopers" and wear all-black armor with creepy, distorted voices. When they show up at Galen's homestead, do they look like they're going to be good guys?
- Putting on the Reich: Their position and color scheme have a loose resemblance to SS Officers, and the Death Trooper Specialists have three MP-40 ammo pouches attached onto their left shoulder. Additionally, firearms enthusiasts and history buffs will notice that their blaster rifles are cosmetically-modified German MG-34 light machine guns.
- Praetorian Guard: They serve directly under officers of the Tarkin Initiative (such as Krennic and Thrawn) and answer only to them.
- The Remnant: Several show up in The Mandalorian under the command of an Imperial Warlord played by Giancarlo Esposito.
- Samus Is a Girl: Like Stormtroopers, Rebels has indicated that there are female Death Troopers.
- Suddenly Voiced: In Rebels, their voices are not scrambled. This can be attributed to Rule of Perception, as the only people who respond to them are Imperial officers that they report to and fellow Death Troopers, which is hinted at when the only one who directly addresses Sabine and Ezra gives off a distorted "Who's that?". However, The Occupation seemingly contradicts this with a Death Trooper commander who gives off an audible "out of the way!" towards Ezra, implying they can turn on or off their vocal scramblers.
- Super Soldier: They may not be the resurrected dead, but they have undergone extensive Bio-Augmentation.
- Taking You with Me: As Baze kills the last one, he sets off a thermal detonator that ensures that the wounded warrior will go down with him.
- The Unintelligible: To the audience, anyway. Unlike regular stormtroopers who are perfectly understandable (if filtered through helmet speakers), the Death Troopers have distorted voices that sound like garbled radio static whenever they talk. Justified, as it's supposed to be a form of vocal encryption through their higher-end gear. Rebels, however has them with their vocal encryption turned off, with only one having distorted speech.
- Voice of the Legion: Their vocal scramblers give off this vibe.
- Worf Effect: After wiping out rebels with ease and killing Chirrut and Baze in Rogue One, Rebels has Ezra and Sabine easily killing an entire group, presumably to show the difference between a highly trained Warrior Monk like Chirrut and an actual Jedi like Ezra, or a skilled bounty hunter like Baze and a Mandalorian warrior like Sabine.
The head of a detachment of Death Troopers assigned by Orson Krennic to covertly escort a large Kyber crystal for the Death Star project.
- Character Death: She perishes when the Kyber crystal explodes, destroying the freighter carrying it.
- Dark Action Girl: Being a Death Trooper, she is more skilled than most Imperial troops and actually manages to give Ezra, Sabine, and Saw a more difficult fight than usual.
- Expy: She acts similarly to Captain Phasma's characterization in The Force Awakens (so probably not counting the Chronic Backstabbing Disorder part).
- The Faceless: She is never seen without her helmet on.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: When she realizes the Kyber crystal has become unstable, she leads her surviving men to a shuttle to try and escape, but is foiled by Ezra and Sabine, who escape on it instead with several freed prisoners. Despite this, her message about their stunt still got out to Krennic before she perished.
Advanced Weapon Research Division
Director Orson Callan Krennic
The Director of the Advanced Weapons Research division of the Imperial Military prior to the Battle of Yavin. He is an instrumental part of the Death Star project and ensures the space station's security.
- Ambition Is Evil: Described by the creators as an "ambitious Imperial apparatchik". His ambitious nature is warned against by Darth Vader, who Force-chokes him to make a point and pun about it.
- Asshole Victim: He committed many atrocities throughout his career such as killing a lot of Imperials and civilians. As a result, he's one person Tarkin kills off who you don't feel sorry for.
- Awesome, but Impractical: His modus operandi. On top of the Death Star project, he definitely has an attachment to how things look rather then how practical they are. Examples include his antique three-shot blaster, his personal Delta-class Imperial Shuttle that he keeps using through out his time as Director rather than upgrade to the plainer Lambda model, and his cape.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He is very good at reading people and he is also very good at data analysis, something that allows him to keep a genius like Galen wrapped around his finger or to stay one step ahead of rivals like Tarkin.
- Bad Boss: He only comes off any better due to being compared to Tarkin. When he is informed that there is a leak in his department, he has his team of engineers brought out and threatened with mass execution if the mole doesn't reveal himself. When Galen confesses to being the source of the leak, Krennic executes the innocent engineers anyways, out of spite. He also has a tendency to yell at his subordinates, a lot. In the movie, Krennic tells Tarkin that the Imperial evacuation of Jedha is complete. In the novelization, the narration points out that it's actually only 97 percent complete by the time the Death Star fires, but Krennic doesn't care because 3 percent of losses in a military operation is well within the limits of acceptable.
- Badass Cape: He has a very fancy one, making him the only Imperial with a cape who isn't a Sith Lord. Subverted, though, because Krennic's cape moves realistically with wind and rain rather than billowing in a dramatic or theatrical fashion. It makes him come off as markedly less badass than Darth Vader or other Sith lords, and highlights his Smug Snake personality.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: With Tarkin, until the latter decided You Have Outlived Your Usefulness.
- Big Bad Wannabe: In Rogue One. He tries to ascend in the Empire's ranks, and while he's been successful in the years leading up to the Death Star's completion, he simply can't outclass the likes of Wilhuff Tarkin and Darth Vader. It doesn't make him any less of a threat, though.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: He comes very close to stopping Jyn from transmitting the Death Star plans, but chooses to gloat over her failure rather than killing her on the spot. His hesitation gets him shot by Cassian, just in time for the Rebels to punch a hole through the shield so Jyn can transmit the plans.
- Break the Haughty: Both Tarkin and Vader serve him large servings of humble pie by bringing up his security failings.
- Bullying the Dragon: He openly trades snide with Tarkin and even plotted to eliminate him as a rival for authority. Tarkin proved better at power plays however and ultimately usurped his life's work, the Death Star as his own. A livid Krennic roars vitriol at Tarkin and vows to have Vader deal with him. Tarkin is quite content to let him do so, knowing what he's setting himself up for, and later on gets the final laugh by making Krennic collateral damage by his own super weapon.
- Butt-Monkey: Many of his scenes have him attacked, humiliated, or suffering from bodily harm. He gets shot by Jyn's mother in the film's opening, Tarkin takes over as the commander-in-chief of the Death Star (his life's work), Vader is uncaring of his complaints and force-chokes him, he is almost killed during a rebel raid on a kyber crystal refinery, his archives on Scarif are attacked, he is shot by Cassian during his confrontation with Jyn, and finally he dies a Karmic Death when the Death Star he helped create fires its laser and completely destroys his base along with him.
- The Cameo: Makes one in Princess of Alderaan.
- Composite Character: Based on the events of the novel, Krennic appears to be a combination of Thrawn — specifically sharing the same Awesomeness by Analysis, strategic planning and manipulative traits — mixed with Tarkin's sheer ruthlessness and ambition. It proves to be something of a overstatement in the movie, as he's severely outmatched by both Tarkin and Vader. His flamboyant caped uniform and personal cadre of uniquely uniformed special troopers are also reminiscent of Warlord Zsinj.
- Consummate Liar: Goes hand-in-hand with his manipulative traits, and it takes years before Galen finally wises up to the fact.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: All of the other Imperials from Tarkin to Piett are rather emotionally reserved and dressed in drab, dark uniforms. Krennic on the other hand is more than willing voice his opinions to anyone he encounters and dresses in a flamboyant white uniform.
- Custom Uniform: His all white, caped attire stands in stark contrast to the drab, dark tones worn by his fellow Imperial officers - particularly Grand Moff Tarkin, who wears a standard uniform.
- Deadpan Snarker: "Oh, look! Here's Lyra, back from the dead! It's a miracle!"
- Death by Irony: He manages to combine this with Death by Looking Up. He looks up to see the Death Star he spent years building just before it fires down upon him.
- Death from Above: He orders the Death Star superlaser to be test-fired on Jedha, killing Saw Gerrera in the process.
- Doom Troops: He is the creator and commander of the Death Trooper units.
- Dramatic Irony: His rivalry with Tarkin ends up being the Death Star's undoing. Had he not tried to screw his superior over, then Tarkin wouldn't have been inclined to fire the Death Star on Scarif as a way of getting rid of him, which would have spared Krennic getting bullseyed by the Death Star's laser. And if Krennic hadn't been blown to smithereens, then he could have told Tarkin about the presence of a crippling design flaw on the Death Star because Jyn told him that it was in the plans. Krennic doomed himself, Tarkin, and everyone on the battle station because of his own ambition. This is directly acknowledged in the From a Certain Point of View story, "Verge of Greatness" when it shifts to his POV during his last moments, but he also sees it as getting the last laugh against Tarkin.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Supervised the largest engineering project in centuries, and when it was finished, instead of being rewarded, was shunted aside and control of his creation given to his hated rival Tarkin. Once that happens he spends the rest of the film trying to reclaim the status he thinks he deserves.
- The Engineer: Specifically started out in the Republic Engineering Corps, where he designed or helped design several large military and civilian installations.
- Evil Former Friend: Serves as this to Galen Erso by the time of Rogue One because they were on friendly terms in Catalyst.
- Evil Genius: Like Galen, he was part of the Futures Program, implying he was something of a science and engineering prodigy when he was young. Now he's a military engineer in charge of building a superweapon, the Death Star, that'll reshape the galaxy.
- Eviler Than Thou: Falls prey to this when trying to stake a position of greater power within the Empire. When the Death Star is proven to be functional, his rival Tarkin nonchalantly seizes control of Krennic's life's work with a single sentence. Krennic then reports to Lord Vader to try to reestablish control. Not only is it clear that Krennic is terrified of the Sith Lord, but Vader verbally slaps him down and then Force-chokes him to drive home the message: You're out of your depth. This is made worse by the fact Tarkin and Vader are both strong allies. And then Tarkin demonstrates the fatality of the trope on Krennic when he orders the Death Star to fire and destroy the Scarif base, which leads to Krennic getting a Death Star Superlaser to the face.
- False Friend: He serves as this to the Erso family; posing as a friend but truly using them to advance his career.
- Faux Affably Evil: He feigns politeness throughout Catalyst. It doesn't hide his true colors in the slightest. He also offered Galen Erso the opportunity to have his family by his side for the Death Star's construction in a seemingly gracious gesture, but is perfectly willing to murder Galen's family and co-workers alike just to break him.
- To Tarkin. Both are ambitious and manipulative, but where Tarkin keeps his emotions in check — making him coldly terrifying — Krennic is often unable to hide his anger. Contrast Tarkin's offhanded "You may fire when ready" to Krennic's impatient "Fire!" when each orders the superlaser used. Similarly, Tarkin shows nothing but absolute confidence in his command authority, and is even described by Leia to be "holding Vader's leash." Krennic, in contrast, is constantly worried about gaining or retaining power, and Vader views him as merely another underling whom he has no issue choking to make a point.
- To Moff Tiaan Jerjerrod. Both oversaw the construction of a Death Star and have contruction related backgrounds. Jerjerrod as a architect and Krennic as a engineer. The difference was that Jerjerrod was a Punch-Clock Villain who hoped the new Death Star would serve as a deterrent, without having to use its weapon and objected to the order of shooting the Endor moon, as they had several imperials down there. Krennic, on the other hand, is a psychopath who is more than happy in firing the weapon.
- The Ghost: In Rebels. His men are fought by the rebels during "In The Name of the Rebellion" and they manage to report the events of the incident back to him, and his Project Stardust is mentioned to be in competition with Thrawn's TIE Defender project in "Jedi Night". However, Krennic doesn't make a physical appearance during the course of the series.
- Hate Sink: He's uncharismatic, pompous, arrogant, irrelevant, and only exists so there's someone to root against as the other villains, Tarkin and Vader, are iconic and well-loved characters who's outcomes were already known.
- The Heavy: Of Rogue One and Catalyst. He drives the plot in both works, but is ultimately subservient to the Imperial leadership, especially Tarkin and Vader.
- Hey, You!: Consistently refers to Jyn as "the child" in Catalyst — the one time he does use her name, it's in the context of a thinly veiled threat to Lyra. Continues in the opening scene of Rogue One:Krennic: They have a child. Find it!
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Tarkin orders the Death Star to be fired on Scarif in order to stop the Rebels while Krennic is on the planet. Krennic is then killed by the weapon he spent the better part of the last two decades of his life building. In fact, while most of the Rebels and Imperials at the battle are simply killed at a distance by the shock wave, Krennic is hit directly by the beam. No kill like overkill indeed.
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Kick the Dog aside, this appears to be why he has all the other Death Star scientists killed even when Galen confesses he was the traitor.
- Jerkass Has a Point: It's still the Death Star we're talking about, but Krennic is rightly angered when Tarkin hijacks the command away from him. He had been overseeing the project for decades.
- Karmic Death: Tries to take all the glory for the Death Star's construction. Ends up getting vaporized by it.
- Kick the Dog:
- During the Clone Wars, much to Lyra Erso's horror, he targeted a harmless civilian-filled city just because they were Separatist-aligned.
- In Rogue One, after he learns that someone leaked the information about Death Star to the Rebel Alliance, he summons the team of engineers who helped design the Death Star and held them at gunpoint to determine who's responsible. When Galen Erso admitted that it was him who's responsible in order to spare his colleagues' lives, Krennic orders his soldiers to fire on the engineers anyway, even though he has no reason to think they're anything other than loyal to the Empire.
- Large Ham: As loud as his uniform is white.
- Laser-Guided Karma: LITERALLY. Tarkin gets back at him for screwing him over in Catalyst by firing the Death Star on Scarif while Krennic is trapped on the surface, and Krennic is bulls-eyed by the beam.
- Leitmotif: A dramatic and intimidating theme that sounds vaguely similar to "The Imperial March". It does not have its own song to itself, unlike "The Imperial March", but plays whenever he appears on screen and makes up the second half of the "Imperial Suite".
- Light Is Not Good: He's a senior officer of the fleet and wears a pristine white uniform, similar to those of the Grand Admirals.
- Made of Iron: He takes a lot of punishment over the course of Rogue One. On two separate occasions, he survives a shoulder hit from a blaster. In addition, he walks away unscathed from a Rebel bombing run. Ultimately, he is only killed when the Death Star laser vaporises him when it targets the communications tower he is currently bleeding on.
- Mad Scientist: He's the Empire's chief weapons engineer and overseer of the Death Star project, and while more composed in comparison to other examples of this trope, he seems to regard his planet-killing creation as akin to a work of art. When test-firing the Death Star's superlaser on Jedha, Krennic admiringly refers to the mass destruction caused by the firing as "Beautiful".
- Man in White: Wears the white tunic and black trouser uniform of Imperial Intelligence with a white cape added. In fact, in the novelization, Jyn, who never learns his name, simply calls him "the man in white."
- Manipulative Bastard: He is a manipulative social climber with the intent of getting on Palpatine's good side. He proves extremely adept throughout Catalyst at achieving this goal and getting most people to dance to his tune. But in the end he proves to be out of his depth against the likes of Tarkin and Vader.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
- His callous, cruel, and completely unnecessary mass execution kills off all the scientists that might have been able to find a way to find and fix the Achilles' Heel Galen placed in the Death Star's design.
- Rebels reveals that Krennic lobbied the Emperor hard to divert funding away from Boring, but Practical projects like Thrawn's TIE Defender and use it on the Death Star. This in effect killed many developments that wouldve helped the Empire crush the Rebellion through conventional means.
- Nightmare Fetishist: He finds the Death Star's test shot on Jedha to be beautiful.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Claim's that the Death Star project is about "providing peace and security for the galaxy", but quickly reveals their real motive is gaining stature from it and interest in destitution that his allies reprimand as excessive.
- Oh, Crap!: Upon seeing the Death Star approach Scarif.
- Old Soldier: By the time of Rogue One he's approaching sixty and has been a member of the Republic and later the Imperial Military for the better part of three decades.
- Politeness Judo: Earlier in his career, when he was a Republic engineer of low status still in the ascendant, Krennic used this trope to get ahead. Later in life, under the full pressure of Palpatine, Vader and Tarkin variously, he's far more blunt and officious.
- The Rival: To Tarkin, as Krennic thinks he should be the one in command of the Death Star once it is operational. He also doesn't think twice about trying to sabotage Tarkin's career. According to Rogue One's visual dictionary, they're proxies for a rivalry in the Imperial Court over who will command the Death Star, between Vader, who supports Tarkin, and Mas Amedda, who supports Krennic.
- A Sinister Clue: Aims his blaster pistol with his left hand.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He considers himself to be Tarkin and Vader's equal in the Imperial hierarchy for overseeing the Death Star's construction. Both are quick to remind him of his actual importance or lack thereof.Vader: [after nearly Force-choking Krennic to death] Be careful not to choke on your aspirations, Director.
- Smug Snake: He's not quite as important to the Empire as he thinks he is, which both Tarkin and Vader demonstrate.
- The Sociopath: Krennic certainly demonstrates many of the disorder's traits, including a decided lack of empathy for anyone that isn't Orson Krennic, a great deal of superficial charm, a grandiose sense of self-worth and self-entitlement, and a need to get what he wants no matter what.
- The Starscream: He has been plotting against Tarkin for years, and sought to eliminate him early on by arranging for him to be bogged down in a war for a minor system.
- Surrounded by Idiots: When the Rebels begin their diversionary attack on Scarif, Krennic is stunned and aggravated to see all the present Imperial garrison officers simply staring at the explosions in the distance instead of responding to an attack on their base.Krennic: Are we blind? DEPLOY THE GARRISON! MOVE!
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Being on the planet that is shot at by the Death Star is one thing, but he gets directly hit by the beam itself. Not a single molecule would survive that.
- Trauma Conga Line: His presence in Rogue One seems to consist primarily of him going to different places and having something horrible happen to him there. For instance, the very first scene he appears in ends with him getting shot. Culminates in him getting vaporized by a direct hit from his own pet superweapon — which wasn't even aiming at him specifically!
- Underestimating Badassery: The novelization of Rogue One indicates that Krennic believed that if someone as "harmless" as a former senator of Naboo could control Darth Vader, then he could find a way to manipulate the Dark Lord himself. He is very quick to realize how wrong he is.
- Villainous Breakdown: Krennic. His life's work stolen by Tarkin, slapped down by Vader and forced to scan thousands of documents to uncover the scope of Galen's betrayal. He finally explodes when the rebels attack Scarif and the gormless Imperials stand around.Orson Krennic: Are we blind?! DEPLOY THE GARRISON! Move!
- Villainous Valor: About Krennic's only admirable quality is his bravery; especially since it makes him a dangerous foe in person, despite being a middle aged man wielding an old pistol who's not technically a soldier.
- He doesn't blink or flinch when Jyn's mother pointed a gun at him and had no problem ordering his men to shoot, even though it resulted in a blaster bolt to his shoulder.
- When Tarkin takes command of the Death Star from him, Krennic has the balls to go and plead his case to Darth Vader himself, and in spite of the Dark Lord's clearly intimidating impact, still negotiates with him.
- When the Rebels attack Scarif Base, he's the one to tell all the base officers to get their rears in gear. Out-of-movie sources tell us the officers (but not the men) had become complacent, which is why an engineer has to light a fire under them.
- When directly confronting the Rebels near the end of the movie, Krennic outlasts two of his men and shoots Cassian, even though he's using a low-capacity weapon and has minimal cover.
- We ARE Struggling Together:
- Krennic and Vader aren't friends. They're barely allies and Krennic feels understandably threatened by the Sith Lord. During their meeting in Vader's palace he's obviously scared out of his mind being alone with the Sith Lord and though he never says so it's clear Vader can tell.
- He and Tarkin don't get along either. In fact, Krennic deliberately engineers a small war to keep Tarkin out of his hair. Tarkin, however, figures out what Krennic did and starts looking for a way to return the favor.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Galen Erso, though his end of the friendship wasn't genuine (while Galen's was). In any case, it appears as though he thought that he was a genuine friend to Galen, and when he walks away from the dying Galen, he appears to look back for a moment, looking like he regrets his death.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He pulls this several times in Catalyst. In fact, he's probably killed more Imperials than most Rebel generals. He ends up on the receiving end when Tarkin decides to use the Death Star on the planet he's on.
Galen Walton Erso
Galen was identified as a prodigy from a young age and recruited into the Republic Futures Program. Becoming a theoretician, mathematician, engineer, and experimental physicist, he emerged as the galaxy's leading expert on using crystals to provide power. During the Clone Wars, his wife Lyra gave birth to their daughter Jyn, but unfortunately for Galen his expertise on crystals led to the Empire becoming interested in his work for the Death Star, kidnapping him and compelling Galen to work on its weapon systems.
- All for Nothing: Zigzagged. Galen ingratiated himself with the Empire, not only so that he could design a subtle weakness in the Death Star's design beneath the Empire's notice for the Rebels to exploit, but also to help ensure Jyn's well-being. While he ultimately succeeded in the former, the cost for getting the information to the Alliance was his daughter's life.
- Bad Liar: He attempts to lie about having brain damage of some kind preventing him from doing more work on the Death Star, but Krennic doesn't fall for it at all. He doesn't seem too surprised to learn that Lyra is alive after Galen tells him that she died, either.
- Break His Heart to Save Him: Familial usage. When the Empire finally tracks him down on Lah'mu, his parting words to Jyn are that everything he does is to protect her. While he probably was anticipating some resentment from her since she was too young to understand what was going on beyond him leaving with the Empire, Lyra decided to stay for the confrontation, and unbeknownst to both, Jyn was watching the entire ordeal go down including Lyra getting killed while Galen was helpless to do anything, which traumatized her even further and thus deepening her grudge. Though she comes around years later when she comes to learn the exact reason as to why he left.
- Call to Agriculture: Attempts this in order to get out of working on the Death Star, but the Empire tracks him down and drags him back.
- Expy: Of Bevel Lemelisk, the Legends chief designer of the Death Star. The main difference is that Galen is reluctant to collaborate with the Empire and works to undermine it from within.
- A Father to His Men: He's visibly distraught when Krennic threatens to kill his team of engineers, and then does so anyway even after he admits to leaking the plans.
- Forced into Evil: Krennic tells him what he discovered was "something beautiful", and the Imperials tracked him down so that he could help make the Death Star. He had fled his life in the Empire because the implications of what he'd discovered was something he wanted no part in.
- Guile Hero: Because his actor is more known for his villain roles, it had to be pointed out that this time he's playing a "heroic" character. While Galen doesn't do much physical fighting, his trickery and sabotage play a critical role in bringing down the Death Star.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: The Rebel Alliance believe he's one of the most dangerous Imperial scientists and collaborators. He is rumoured to be developing weapons of untold destructive power for the Empire, and news of his involvement in the "planet killer" does not help dissuade this assertion. Ultimately Galen made a very difficult choice not just for his daughter but for the galaxy. His actions arguably make him one of the greatest heroes of the Rebellion and are the only reason they stand a chance, and the weakness in the Death Star he deliberately installed is used by Luke Skywalker, with the chain of events after ultimately leading to the death of Emperor Palpatine and the Empire, earning the now-dead Erso family more revenge than Galen could have possibly imagined.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Initially Galen couldn't bring himself to commit suicide out of fear Jyn would suffer the reprisal and that he hoped to see her again. However, as the years went by, he came to see a much greater purpose in his continued survival.
- Kidnapped Scientist: Galen is abducted by the Empire and forced into work on the Death Star project. See Forced into Evil above.
- Love Is a Weakness: Krennic has zero qualms using his wife and child as hostages to force Galen to cooperate. Even when Jyn escapes, she is still leverage against her father at least for a few years, who is frequently told that they will find her eventually and he'd best behave if she is to be taken alive.
- Meaningful Name: He shares a first name with Galen Marek, who was nicknamed "Starkiller". Rogue One reveals that he intentionally built the weakness into the Death Star that allowed the Rebels to destroy it, thus making him a "Starkiller" in his own way. And like Starkiller, he's ostensibly loyal to the Empire, but secretly performs a Heroic Sacrifice that ensures the Rebellion's ultimate victory.
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: He's a research scientist that get forcibly recruited to construct a super-weapon for the Galactic Empire. That super-weapon turns out to be the original Death Star of A New Hope. Resenting the fact that he has been taken from his family, he secretly plants a weak spot, a thermal exhaust port leading directly to the main reactor, which would easily be destroyed by even a small starfighter.
- The prequel novel, Catalyst says that he was hired to design an energy source based on the Kyber crystals and wasn't told it would be used as a weapon.
- Socially Awkward Hero: Lyra thinks he's socially awkward, but she overlooks that in favor of respecting his knowledge.
- Stockholm Syndrome: This is how he made himself appear to the Empire. He made them believe he found a sanctuary in his work and had accepted his role there. In truth, Galen fought the only way he knew how, and that required his captors to believe he was fully dedicated to the task, if not the Empire.
- Vetinari Job Security: Invoked. At some point, Galen realized the Empire was capable of finishing the Death Star without him. He therefore made himself seem indispensable, so no one would question any "unusual" design choices on his part...
Captain Dunstig Pterro
Director Krennic's aide.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: When the Rebels attack the facility on Eadu, he tells Krennic they need to get out of there.
A secret Advanced Weapons Research facility on Dandoran was working on an experiment to revive necrotic flesh, known as Project Blackwing. Using a combination of Sith alchemy and scientific knowledge, it was intended to create the key to immortality. Instead, they had accidentally created an infectious virus that killed its hosts and turned them into cannibalistic zombies, overrunning the entire facility. Fortunately, Saponza and his gang put a stop to the Sickness before it could further spread beyond the facility, but rumors hold that third parties had gotten a hold of surviving samples for weaponization or trade purposes...
- Canon Immigrant: They're pretty much a copy-and-paste of the Death Troopers from Legends, but with their name changed to prevent confusion with the new Death Troopers introduced in Rogue One.
- The End... Or Is It?: The Player Character presumably destroyed all traces and carriers of the virus in that facility on Dandoran... presumably.
- Flesh-Eating Zombie: Part of the type they are.
- Hive Mind: The virus can communicate with itself, allowing zombies to act as a single entity. So yes, if one finds you, then it can tell others where you are so that they can gang up on you.
- It Can Think: The virus knows how to use starship controls and weapons, so they don't have to just shamble around and hope you're offguard like most zombies.
- Our Zombies Are Different: They have a Zombie Gait, but are more resilient to damage than living humans. They're also by no means stupid: the virus allows the Undead Troopers to communicate telepathically and learn, act in a Hive Mind, launch coordinated strikes, and even reprogram and hack turret controls and security measures.
- Plague Zombie: Formed from "the Sickness."
- Playing God: Trying to gain immortality by using space-satanic methods and scientific knowledge? Sounds a bit like you're asking for trouble here.
Vice Admiral Dodd Rancit
A Republic Intelligence officer during the Clone Wars, Rancit was appointed by the Emperor to head the Naval Intelligence Agency five years after the rise of the Empire.
- Ambition Is Evil: His only goal in providing information to Teller's group was to later destroy them himself so he could advance in the Empire.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Not only did he betray the Empire by feeding information to a group of dissidents who attacked and destroyed several Imperial outposts, he also planned on betraying those same dissidents by destroying them when they hit the next target on their list.
- Face Death with Dignity: After Darth Vader arrives on his flagship and reveals that Tarkin has figured out Rancit's plot, Rancit makes no effort to resist his fate and is calmly escorted to a escape pod, which is then ejected and destroyed on Rancit's own transmitted orders.
- Interservice Rivalry: With the Deputy Director of the ISB, Harus Ison.
- Out-Gambitted: Even without Tarkin figuring out his plot, Rancit would have failed in his goals since Teller and his group figured out he would betray them, so instead of hitting the last target they told him about, they abandoned the Carrion Spike and joined up with the rest of their group to attack an Imperial supply convoy.
- Passed-Over Promotion: He was a candidate to become a Moff and was initially in charge overseeing the construction of the Death Star, but Wilhuff Tarkin was promoted instead and took over his former post, while Rancit was placed in charge of Naval Intelligence. This contributed to his motivation in plotting to embarrass Tarkin by feeding information to dissidents to let them steal Tarkin's personal cruiser, which he would then destroy and be lauded as a hero for.
- The Resenter: Towards Tarkin in particular.
- The Spymaster: Comes with being the head of Naval Intelligence.
- Wicked Cultured: He is well-known on Coruscant for his fondness of art and opera.
Admiral Terrinald Screed
A Imperial officer in the Navy Intelligence Agency.
- Canon Immigrant: Originally a part of the Legends Expanded Universe, he was brought back into the mainstream canon in Tarkin.
- Character Death: Dies fighting pirates of the Iktari Circle at an unknown time.
- Electronic Eyes: He lost one of his eyes during the Clone Wars and received a cybernetic implant to replace it.
- Rank Up: Sometime after the Carrion Spike incident he is promoted from Vice Admiral to Admiral.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Rancit during the events of Tarkin. He had no idea his colleague was in league with Teller's dissidents, and supported every one of his suggestions without realizing he was aiding both Teller's and Rancit's schemes.
A Imperial officer serving as Moff Tarkin's second in command at Sentinel Base, where the Empire is building the Death Star.
- Commanding Coolness: He holds the rank of commander and is presented as extremely competent. When he has to leave to see the Emperor on Coruscant, Tarkin trusts Cassel enough to leave him in charge in his absence. He ends up having to fill this role for Tarkin for far longer than either of them originally thought, due to the Carrion Spike being stolen. Tarkin's eventual return saves him from becoming Regent for Life.