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- "The starfleet is a sea. It is endless, cannot be beaten, and given enough time turns even the strongest rocks to sand."—Grand General Cassio Tagge
Born out of the Republic Navy, the Imperial Starfleet focuses on the superiority of capital ship firepower over all other considerations. Most Imperial ships have a dagger shape designed to strike fear into the hearts of those who see them. Starfighter squadrons are given little consideration by the rest of the navy, being viewed as disposable assets designed to overwhelm the enemy with numbers rather than technological superiority or skill.
The Death Star
The Death Star II
A partially complete space station that served as the successor to the original Death Star. Similar to the first Death Star, this station was designed to terrorize planets and star systems. However, it also served another purpose which involved luring the Rebel Alliance into a battle which would annihilate them once and for all.
- Deflector Shields: The new Death Star is protected by one, generated by a station on Endor.
- Obfuscating Disability: It's designed to look not-quite finished, with massive gaps in the superstructure (and technically speaking, it isn't actually finished by the opening of Return of the Jedi). As Luke, and then the Rebellion as a whole, learns, the second Death Star is fully armed and operational.
- Retcon: Legends materials originally gave the second Death Star's diameter at 160km, before this was retconned to 900km. The new Canon sources have firmly set the diameter at 200km.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Once the Endor Shield array is destroyed and the Emperor is killed, Imperial crewmen, guards, stormtroopers, officers, and pilots begin to flee the doomed Death Star.
- Serial Escalation: Although the Death Star was not complete, it was bigger and far more powerful than the original Death Star.
- Taught by Experience: No easily overlooked and exploitable exhaust ports this time. Had it not been for the ewoks, the Rebellion would've been unable to get in.
- Wave-Motion Gun: The Death Star II is armed with a cannon just as powerful as the first planet-destroyer, except this one only needs a few minutes to charge up and fire, though this could be from not charging to full power, as they are only shooting at ships. At full power, the superlaser would probably not just destroy any rebel ship, but punch straight through, keep on going, and possibly take out one of their own Star Destroyers behind them.
Rear Admiral/Moff Tiaan Jerjerrod
Homeworld: Tinnel IV
Jerjerrod was the commanding officer of the second Death Star and a member of the Imperial Navy's Joint Chiefs. An architect and logistics officer, he was responsible for overseeing the construction of the second Death Star.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the film, he's merely one of Vader's flunkies, not necessarily evil, but more concerned about doing his job and keeping his head. In the novelization, he's a sociopathic, self-important, arrogant, petty, sadistic bully who relishes the prospect of killing the Rebels. Whereas deleted scenes from the film have him hesitate when ordered to fire on Endor, in the book he shows no such qualms.
- All There in the Manual: His first name and homeworld were established in the reference guide Ultimate Star Wars.
- Beleaguered Bureaucrat: This is the most characterization he receives in the film, where he desperately tries to finish the Death Star II before the Emperor finds fault with him.
- Bullying a Dragon: Attempts this in a deleted scene, in which he smugly tells Vader that he may not enter the Emperor's Tower. However, once Vader begins to Force-choke him, Jerjerrod clarifies that it's the Emperor's command, to which the Sith Lord agrees to wait.
- The Cameo: He appears in a non-speaking role at a meeting of the Empire's Joint Chiefs during Tarkin.
- Commanding Coolness: Referred to as "Commander" in the film, despite being credited as a "Moff". His actual rank, given in Tarkin, is Rear Admiral, although it's possible he got promoted by the time of Return of the Jedi. Him being refered to as Commander was due to him being in charge of the second Death Star.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In deleted scenes, the Emperor orders Jerjerrod to blow up the moon if the Rebels manage to destroy the shield generator. Jerjerrod tries to object, noting there are still several Imperial battalions on the moon, but is forced to comply when further ordered. Once the shield is deactivated, you can see that Jerjerrod is extremely hesitant to turn the station on the moon.
- Middle-Management Mook: Moff Jerjerrod is in charge of completing Death Star II and completely beleaguered by the task, and thus forced to explain to Vader, his boss, why work has stalled.
- Mook Lieutenant: The commander of the second Death Star. He is responsible for its construction and directs it during battle.
- Oh, Crap!: His reaction to learning the Emperor is personally coming to oversee the Death Star's construction progress, knowing that the Emperor does not tolerate failure or slow progress very well.
- Punch-Clock Villain:
- He doesn't get any Kick the Dog moments and just follows Vader and Palpatine's orders. This goes even further in the deleted scenes when Palpatine orders him to blow up Endor if the rebels manage to destroy the shield. He protests the decision since they have several forces on the moon, but reluctantly complies when ordered further. You can clearly see the regret on his face.
- The new novelization for Return of the Jedi, Beware the Power of the Dark Side, expands on Jerjerrod's character. It reveals that he was an architect in civilian life and believed that the Death Star would merely serve as a deterrent against rebellion, never having to fire its weapon.
- Villainous Virtues: In the contemporary novelization of Return of the Jedi, contrary to other qualities described here, a couple pages have Jerjerrod quietly brood that he'd been a patient, loyal, clever and hard Imperial officer, and now it's all coming down like this; it becomes clear that temperance is not reliable here as he orders the Death Star II to fire on Endor as "gratuitously, meanly" making a last destructive act.
Joint Chiefs of the Navy
Admiral Conan Antonio Motti
An admiral and member of the Empire's Joint Chiefs of the military, Motti commanded the Star Destroyer Steel Talon. An ally of Grand Moff Tarkin, Motti was a technocrat from Seswenna who believed in using advanced military technology to dominate the galaxy. He demonstrated overwhelming pride in the first Death Star, on which he served as Head of Naval Operations.
- Agent Scully: He doesn't believe in the power of the Force, even though he is clearly old enough to remember the Jedi Order. This ties into his belief that technological marvels such as the Death Star were the main source of power in the Empire, not an outdated mystical order.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Makes fun of a seven-foot-tall nightmare of a man who can strangle people with his mind, and gets just that inflicted upon him.
- Digging Yourself Deeper: With absolutely no self-awareness, he writes up a long tirade in which he further criticises Vader for force-choking him and demands an apology.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Schemes with Tarkin to use the Death Star to stage a coup against Palpatine.
- Early Installment Weirdness: His Hollywood Atheist tendencies are the result of this. In the original backstory, the Clone Wars were at least forty years before the events of Star Wars and the Jedi were less common and more secretive. Additionally the powers granted by the Force were more subtle without outward displays of power like Vader's Force choke being very rare, to the point where even people who knew the Jedi wouldn't necessarily believe the Force was real. The army of highly visible knights using flashy space magic less than twenty years ago was one of the many prequel series retcons that doesn't quite mesh with the original Star Wars.
- Evil Brit: Averted — he's one of only a few named Imperial officers (except Thrawn, who's not human) yet seen in the movies and cartoons not to have a British accent.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: He mocks Darth Vader for his "sad devotion to that ancient religion [the Jedi Order]", and calls the Force "sorcerer's ways". Vader decides to punish him for this.
- Hate Sink: He is introduced dismissing General Tagge's concerns about the threat of the Rebel Alliance despite a major victory, declaring the Death Star the "ultimate power in the universe". When chastised by Darth Vader for his arrogance, Motti proceeds to insult Vader and his adherence to the Force, prompting Vader to strangle him from across the room with only Grand Moff Tarkin stopping him from killing Motti. Unbowed, Motti spends the rest of the film willingly complying with Tarkin's orders to commit genocide and his pronouncements are proven wrong when Luke Skywalker drops a proton torpedo into the Death Star's reactor, killing all onboard the Death Star including Motti. A figure portrayed as Trigger Happy and pompous by his actor and subsequent material, Admiral Motti stands as a reminder to those who doubt the power of the Force.
- Hollywood Atheist: Admiral Motti is the Recycled IN SPACE! equivalent of this, as far as expressed contempt for religion goes. He even openly ridicules Vader's belief in the Force, and gets (albeit temporarily) Force-choked for it. And this is particularly egregious because not even twenty years ago in the Star Wars canon timeline, thousands of Jedi served the Republic faithfully, and he would have definitely been alive to see it.Darth Vader: I find your lack of faith disturbing.
- Jerkass Has a Point: The force doesn't help Vader locate the rebel base, nor retrieve the stolen plans.
- Karmic Death: Like Tarkin, he had full confidence in the Death Star and dismissed the possibility of an attack posing any threat. He was standing on the overbridge with Tarkin when it was destroyed.
- Number Two: Serves as Tarkin's immediate subordinate in Death Star operations. For instance, Motti reports directly to Tarkin that the station is fully operational and then directly accepts the order to set course for Alderaan.
- Smug Snake: He clearly took the whole "be assertive at work, the higher ups like that" way too seriously.
- In Tarkin, he is mentioned to have an air of perpetual sarcasm. Special mention goes to this guy for snidely insulting the power of the Force in comparison to the Death Star's technological firepower. He gets strangled for his trouble.
- Admiral Motti's "any attack made by the Rebels would be a useless gesture" remark comes across as fairly presumptuous in any context, but especially in light of what happened near the end of the movie.
- Especially in light of the rebels' recent heavy victory just days ago.
- Some of My Best Friends Are X: In his incident report, he writes that he's not religiously prejudiced for criticising Vader's "ancient religion" because he commands troops of all different religious backgrounds.
- Too Dumb to Live: Openly mocking and insulting Darth Vader results in him being Force-choked. Vader likely would have killed him for his idiocy had Tarkin not intervened.
- We Can Rule Together: Suggests to Tarkin that with the power of the Death Star, they were the ones truly in control of the Empire and could utilize the station to get rid of the Emperor. He offers to serve as Tarkin's second, and while the Grand Moff does not agree to the plan, neither does he report or arrest Motti.
Admiral Kendal Ozzel
Admiral Nils Tenant
A military officer of the Republic during the Clone Wars, Tenant became an Admiral in the Empire following the conclusion of the conflict and was later promoted to be one of the Imperial military's Joint Chiefs. He is a friend of Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin.
- Ascended Extra: He appeared for a few seconds in The Clone Wars with no lines. Tarkin establishes him an old friend of Tarkin since early in their military careers.
- First-Name Basis: He is close enough to Tarkin to address him as Wilhuff instead of as Moff Tarkin.
- Rank Up: At the end of Tarkin, the shakeups in the Imperial military lead to Tenant being elevated to the Joint Chiefs thanks to Tarkin's influence.
- Villainous Friendship: It is unknown exactly how villainous Tenant is, but Tarkin is certainly villainous yet genuinely friends with Tenant.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He is among the highest-ranking Imperials whose ultimate fate is still unknown, having had no appearances after Tarkin.
Imperial Death Squadron
Grand Admiral Sloane and Staff
Grand Admiral Rae Sloane
An ambitious and talented officer who is among the first generation of new young officers entering the Imperial navy. After serving aboard Grand Moff Tarkin's Star Destroyer Executrix, Sloane was assigned as the temporary captain of the Ultimatium while the regular captain served on a committee and given the task of assisting Count Denetrius Vidian on a mission to Gorse. Following the events at Gorse, Sloane rose through the ranks of the Empire, becoming an Admiral in command of the Vigilance. In the aftermath of the Battle of Endor she attends a gathering of Imperials on Akiva to determine the future of the Empire, which was in fact a test set up by Gallius Rax to determine her worthiness. Passing his test, Sloane is promoted to Grand Admiral and becomes the public face of the Empire while Rax gives her directives that make her increasingly uncomfortable and suspicious of his motives and tactics.
- Academic Athlete: At Prefsbelt Fleet Camp, she held a high class rank and was also a skilled (though never champion) boxer.
- Anti-Villain: Sloane's always presented as the lesser evil in most of her appearances, in some cases just A Lighter Shade of Black, in others downright heroic. She's one of the few high level officers who actually believes in the "greater good" philosophy of the Empire and while she isn't against some of the harsher treatments the Empire enacts, she draws the line at hurting civilians and innocents, at least when doing so has no benefit (she's perfectly willing to order her people to chase down survivors of Alderaan).
- Arch-Enemy: Becomes one to Kanan Jarrus, going so far as to call him "My Hobby" during her appearance in Kanan.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. She gets banged up a couple times in fights.
- Benevolent Boss: Shows a lot of concern for any competent officer under her command, forming a friendship with her longtime shuttle pilot Morna Kee and being very protective of her attaché Adea Rite.
- Black Boss Lady: She's a dark-skinned woman who holds a rather prestigious rank in the Empire.
- Boxing Battler: She participated in Naval Corps Boxing, or NCB, as a cadet at Prefsbelt Fleet Camp, and was good at it despite never winning a championship. After becoming an officer, she maintained her skills in that area.
- Broken Pedestal: Towards her commander, Gallius Rax, post-Endor. The events of the Aftermath trilogy see Sloane go from loyal subordinate to Rax to planning to kill him in the wake of the events on Chandrila and eventually succeeding during the Battle of Jakku.
- The Cameo: Appears in the short story "Orientation" as an officer cadet aboard a training cruiser.
- Consummate Professional: While Sloane is ambitious and wants to advance in the Imperial military, her primary concern is carrying out the Empire's will and enforcing its laws while acting composed and efficient. Thus, she gets rather frustrated by Count Vidian's ruthless and seemingly random actions, Chamas' constant gossiping, Deltic's obvious insanity, and her repeated interactions with Kanan, who enjoys trolling her immensely.
- Dark Action Girl: Despite her prestigious role as de facto leader of the Empire post-Endor, she isn't above getting in a scrap. See Four-Star Badass.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments.Ottkreg: We're under attack!
Sloane: That's a common hazard during space battles.
- The Dragon:
- To Vidian during the mission to Gorse, and he ensures her loyalty by promising support in getting her captaincy of the Ultimatium made permanent. Later he even offers to help her become the youngest Admiral in the fleet, which tips Sloane off on the fact that he's lying to her since the idea of her being a Admiral under thirty is ridiculous.
- At the end of Aftermath, Sloane is revealed to be reporting to Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax, who appoints her as Grand Admiral and issues orders to the Empire with her as his mouthpiece.
- Enemy Mine: At the end of Life Debt, Sloane teams up with Bentin Wexley to reach Jakku and get revenge on Rax. She later extends this alliance to Norra Wexley to reach the Observatory and stop Rax from destroying Jakku.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- She may be ruthless and ambitious, but she's taken aback by Vidian's plan to destroy Cynda to mine the thorilide easier, although this will destabilize Gorse and put the population at risk. She's willing to go through with it if it does benefit the Empire, and when she discovers that Vidian altered the tests to show the thorilide wouldn't be destroyed she calls off the destruction of the moon and orders Vidian arrested. She's also creeped out by Lieutenant Deltic, who's far too eager at the prospect of blowing up Cynda.
- Sloane also finds herself becoming increasingly disgusted with Rax, who has her taking out Imperial officers who might oppose his plans to reorganize the Empire. She approves eliminating deserters or officers who make blatant power grabs, but is angered that Rax often takes out the crews of those officers who're blameless. When he arranges, in Sloane's name, for a Star Destroyer to be destroyed by the New Republic just to eliminate its captain for once attending the same academy as a potential rival, Sloane is infuriated and begins to set up potential plots against him. She finally breaks with him completely after she realizes he allowed the prisoners from Kashyyyk to be rescued so their brainwashing could kick in and slaughter the New Republic leadership. Sloane finds no honor in his tactics and resolves to eliminate him before he can corrupt what remains of the Empire further.
- Brendol Hux's treatment of his young son Armitage also disgusts her and she makes a deal with the boy to protect him from his father.
- Expy: Currently shaping up to be one of Gilad Pellaeon, as she ordered the Imperial Navy's retreat from Endor.
- Four-Star Badass:
- Sloane gets hands-on with the violence a few times in Aftermath. First, when she notices Jas watching the satrap's palace, Sloane immediately goes to the shuttle's weapons station and opens fire on her instead of ordering a stormtrooper to do it. Later, she personally leads a group of stormtroopers to capture Norra, Jas, Sinjir, and Temmin in the sewers, and is the one who finishes off Mr. Bones when it tries to free them. Lastly, she effortlessly kicks Pandion's ass, gutshots him with a blaster, and leaves him for dead in a exploding shuttle while she commandeers his Star Destroyer.
- Sloane beats up and almost kills Norra Wexley in a fight in Life Debt.
- In the climax of Empire's End she has a brutal fistfight with Gallius Rax and takes her share of lumps.
- The Heavy: In the Aftermath trilogy, she serves as the most visible threat to the New Republic, to the point that they believe her to be the Big Bad, while Rax hides in the shadows.
- Just Following Orders: She does not care what the Empire has done to its enemies, and simply keeps carrying out what she believes are it's orders no matter what happens. There are certain actions she won't take, but she never seems to show remorse for any of the more questionable actions she does undertake.
- Kick the Dog: When the Imperials are evacuating Akiva, she refuses to allow the governor and his guards to come with them, even though there's room aboard the shuttle and the locals will likely kill them in revenge for the governor's pro-Imperial policies, simply because he's no longer of any use to Empire now that Akiva is falling to the Rebels.
- Klingon Promotion: She personally kills Rax, and takes over the fleet to lead it into the Unknown Regions.
- Knight Templar: She fully believes in the Empire and its mission to bring order to the galaxy. Even after the Emperor's death, she's determined to see the Empire restored and continue its mission.
- Know When to Fold Them: As the ranking admiral at Endor following Piett's death, Sloane recognized the course of the battle as communications were lost with the Endor garrison and the Death Star. She recalled TIE Fighters and ordered a retreat to Annaj.
- Lesbian Jock: Bisexual, actually, but she otherwise fits. As a cadet, she competed in boxing, and still trains in the sport years later.
- Only Sane Woman: Of the Imperials who gather on Akiva, Sloane is the only one who really tries to stay on task with finding a way to hold the Empire together while the others are more concerned with power plays, protecting their wealth, or offering non-solutions to the problems they face.
- Pet the Dog: After capturing Wedge, she provides him medical treatment and apologizes for shooting him. Sloane is also disturbed by Tashu torturing Wedge. When she encounters him again on Chandrila during the peace talks, she's sad to see that his injuries continue to plague him.
- Pragmatic Villainy:
- She has no problem blowing up a damaged mining transport (along with its crew) since getting a replacement vessel is quicker than the repair time. But she sees no point in and is disgusted by Vidian's plan to destroy Cynda, especially once his lies regarding the thorilide surviving are revealed. Sloane is angry that he would sacrifice thousands of lives for his own personal gain and the detriment of the Empire (although she's more pissed that he was planning to pin the blame for everything on her).
- In Aftermath, she's infuriated when she sees stormtroopers shooting into a crowd of angry civilians and forces them to stop, knowing that such violence will only further weaken the Empire's image and encourage more rioters.
- Predecessor Villain: By the time of The Force Awakens, as she helped found the First Order.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Wears her hair in this style, which is fitting for a no-nonsense, pragmatic, and highly official Imperial officer.
- Puppet Queen: After the events of Aftermath she becomes the "official" leader of the Empire, though Rax is the one pulling her strings. She's fully aware of this, and spends Life Debt and Empire's End trying to wrest control back from Rax. Ultimately she succeeds and becomes leader of the Imperial remnant that would later become the First Order.
- Rank Up:
- At the end of A New Dawn, her temporary captaincy of Ultimatum is made permanent as a reward for her actions throughout the novel.
- By the Battle of Endor, she's an Admiral. Gallius Rax promotes her to Grand Admiral after the Battle of Akiva.
- Skunk Stripe: By the time of the Aftermath trilogy, she has a white streak in her hair.
- Surrounded by Idiots: In Aftermath, the crew of the Vigilance aren't exactly the brightest in the Imperial navy, leaving Sloane very frustrated with their poor performance and panicking at non-threats.
- Sympathetic P.O.V.: Her POV contrasts nicely with Vidian's, showing two different kinds of Imperial: Sloane, who is a true believer in the Empire and avoids kicking the dog (most of the time, anyway), and Vidian, who uses the Empire to advance his own interests and Kick the Dog all the time. This continues in Aftermath, where she's shown to give medical treatment to captured Rebels and despises several other Imperials who are far worse than her.
- Tranquil Fury: Nonchalantly shoots her Political Officer when he smugly comments about how the Rebels are running away at the Battle of Endor. They're actually getting away from the Death Star, which is about to explode.
- Uncertain Doom: She helps found the First Order, but by the time of The Force Awakens, Snoke is indisputably in charge and Sloane is utterly nowhere to be seen. The novelisation of The Last Jedi makes it clear Sloane was alive when Snoke made his grab for power.
- Unwitting Pawn: Notices that Gallius Rax is trying to mold her into one by leaving key details of his plans out. In turn, she plans to get rid of him and retake the Empire from his grip.
- Villainous Rescue:
- When she orders the Stormtroopers to arrest Vidian and fires on his ship, this allows Kanan, Hera, and Zaluna the opportunity to escape from him and the ship, and also saves Gorse from destruction.
- Turns out as a child, she ran away from home and nearly got herself in danger due to some thugs, but was saved by Imperial Stormtroopers. Thanks to this, she came to be a staunch believer in the Empire.
- Villainous Valor: Has this in spades, but it really shows in Empire's End. On the run from both the New Republic and Rax's forces with no one to help her but a formerly brainwashed rebel agent who despises her, Sloane survives on Jakku and comes close to uncovering Rax's plan and stopping him. Later, while badly wounded, she fights Rax to the death and stays behind in the Observatory while letting Norra escape, risking her life to prevent the destruction of Jakku.
- Worthy Opponent: She has a lot of respect for Wedge Antilles. He, however, hates her and blames her for his injuries that kept him out of action for months.
- You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good: She's a very influential Imperial leader whose won some respect and appreciation from various Rebellion/New Republic figures, but that doesn't change the fact that she will not make any attempts to peacefully reintegrate the Empire into a new system which can clearly work, and instead focuses on trying to preserve a culture and government she knows is capable for irrational mass murder.
Attaché Adea Rite
Hailing from Corellia, Rite served as an attaché to Admiral Rae Sloane following the Battle of Endor.
- Conflicting Loyalty: Between Sloane and Gallius Rax. While she has personal loyalty to Sloane, she agrees with Rax about his ideas to reforge the Empire.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Sloane is gutted when she realizes Rite was in on Rax's plan to slaughter the New Republic's leadership with brainwashed prisoners. Rite pulls a blaster on her when she realizes Sloane will not come around to their viewpoint.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Sloane notes that despite Rite not even being a formal Imperial military officer, she conducts herself with more guile, tact, and common sense that most of the officers under Sloane's command.
- The Mole: While Sloane is trusting Rite with details into her investigation into Rax, she is secretly telling him all of Sloane's movements and the information she has gathered.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Empire and Sloane in particular. Ultimately her loyalty is to Gallius Rax, who seduces her and convinces Adea that his ideas about the functioning of tactics and the Empire are correct over Sloane's.
- Unholy Matrimony: She was in an intimate relationship with Gallius Rax.
The Chimaera and the Seventh Fleet
Grand Admiral Mitth'raw'nuruodo
- See his page.
Commodore Karyn Faro
The captain of the Chimaera, having served under Thrawn ever since he was ranked as Commodore. Faro quickly becomes Thrawn's protégé, as he recognizes her skills and quick ability to learn from his own tactics.
- Ambiguous Situation: Since she was re-assigned to the Eleventh Fleet on Thrawn's recommendation and sent to Coruscant for training, it is unknown whether she had the chance to do so since the show ends with the Chimaera, the Seventh Fleet, and the Lothal blockade being snatched and hyperspace-jumped away by purrgils. It is also unknown if she would've had the same chances of surviving as Thrawn and Ezra did. Zahn refuses to clarify if she was, though has also stated that he has plans for her.
- Deadpan Snarker: She makes a lot of aside comments.
- The Dragon: She was Thrawn's First Officer, meaning she was literally ranked as his second-in-command. Whenever Thrawn is absent or cannot directly command a battle, it is her duty to carry out his plans.
- Rank Up: She is promoted to Commodore shortly after the Battle of Atollon and promised her own task force to command.
- Took a Level in Badass: After several years of serving as Thrawn's First Officer, Faro has gained the skills to not only outthink her enemies, but even anticipate some of Thrawn's needs and requests.
- Undying Loyalty: Like most of Thrawn's crew, she was wary of him at first before becoming utterly loyal with complete faith in his abilities. Faro even files anonymous reports of Thrawn's activities, like interacting with the Chiss, to Grand Moff Tarkin's office, with the intention of stating they were sent or ordered by Thrawn himself, knowing that him failing to do so due to his political blindness could have gotten him charged with treason.
- The Watson: Takes over this role to Thrawn from Eli in Alliances after he joins the Chiss.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Presumably, she's there in the background of Rebels, even if her presence isn't explicitly stated onscreen. At the end of Thrawn: Treason, Faro is scheduled to depart via shuttle from the Chimaera upon its arrival at Lothal to assume command of the Eleventh Fleet, but it is unclear if she had the opportunity to do so before the Purrgils attacked.
Commander Eli Vanto
A young man from Lysatra, a world that had established contact with the Chiss in the past for trade. When his class from the Imperial Academy on Myomar took a briefing aboard the Strikefast, the crew had an encounter with an exiled Chiss named Mitth'raw'nuruodo the same day. Due to Eli's connection through Lystran-Chiss relations, he became Thrawn's most trusted aide. As the Chiss officer made his ascension through Imperial ranks, he began to school his aide in the arts of combat and leadership, as well as the secrets of obtaining victory.
- Almighty Janitor: Was in this position for a long time as Thrawn's personal aide, being held at the rank of Ensign for many years due to the spitefulness of high level officials in the Imperial hierarchy, while developing experience, leadership skills, and tactical knowledge that could rival many fleet admirals. Eventually he gets promoted to a rank that reflects his accomplishments.
- Ambiguously Brown: The Thrawn comic depicts him as having tan skin, darker than that of Deenlark or Parck.
- Ambiguous Situation: The epilogue of Thrawn takes place at an unknown time after the events of the book, so it is unknown when he left to join the Chiss Ascendancy.
- Audience Surrogate: For the events of Thrawn. Similar to Pellaeon in Legends, he is there as The Watson to Thrawn's Sherlock, only knowing as much as we do and asking questions to further understand Thrawn's thinking.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Not to the same degree as Thrawn, but close enough that most folks who don't know Thrawn well enough can't easily spot the differences. It turns out Thrawn himself cultivated this ability in Eli after learning just how adept he was at spotting logistical patterns.
- Commonality Connection: His people having been trade partners with the Chiss in the past, as well as preservation of their lingua franca into the present despite having cut ties with each other gains Thrawn's attention when the two first meet.
- The Cynic: He is perfectly aware that being an Outer Rim hick or an alien from the Unknown Regions is the worst thing in the galaxy to be when you want to work for the Empire in a position of leadership. Knowing this allows him to guide Thrawn away from any actual career-killing incidents.
- Honest Advisor: One reason Thrawn values him so much. Without breaking chain of command, Eli has his moments of being blunt with shades of deadpan snark with Thrawn.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: In the beginning he wants nothing more than to return to his fully plotted path to a perfectly mediocre position on a line ship as a supply officer. It takes a long time for him to fully embrace the path that Thrawn steers him onto.
- Naïve Newcomer: Having recently graduated and become an ensign (which is one of the junior ranks in the navy), he does let his inexperience, curiosity, and irritation overrule his professionalism a bit.
- Put on a Bus: The reason why he doesn't show up in Rebels is because he left to join the Chiss Ascendancy in the Unknown Regions.
- Rank Up: Starts Thrawn as a cadet, then graduates and becomes an ensign (the lowest rank in the Imperial Navy), which his career stalls out at for years due to pissing off powerful Imperial officials who wanted to get rid of Thrawn. After those officials are removed from power, he is promoted several ranks from ensign to lieutenant commander, and then a commander by the time of Rebels Season 3.
- Southern-Fried Genius: The audiobook gives Eli a pronounced drawl to denote his Wild Space roots. Those from the Core Worlds look down their nose at what they consider a deep-space hick when in reality Eli is intelligent and capable in his own right. Enough that Thrawn takes him under his wing.
- Token Good Teammate: Out of the three main characters in Thrawn, he's the nicest one (or as nice as an Imperial officer that wants to ascend the ranks can be) and has no sinister ulterior motives, or he's at least just a man simply serving the Imperial military because he believes it's a force of good, similar to Ciena and Yularen. When he signed up, all he wanted was to organize logistics from a base somewhere.
- Villainous Friendship: It was a rocky start on his side with Thrawn, but the Grand Admiral implies in his journal entry he leaves for Eli that yes, he does see his former aide as his friend, and presumably, Eli would admit the same. Eli also gets along fairly well with Pryce and Yularen, although his opinion of Pryce sours after her actions on Batonn resulted in massive civilian and Imperial casualties.
Captain Gilad Pellaeon
A captain in the Seventh Fleet, serving in the blockade over Lothal in the eve of the Galactic Civil War.
- Ambiguous Situation: Though Word of God states that he probably survived the end of Rebels, he's still lost somewhere in space with Ezra, Thrawn, and the rest of the Seventh Fleet.
- Canon Immigrant: Captain Gilad Pellaeon was Thrawn's right-hand man in Legends continuity. Word of God confirmed that this Pellaeon is supposed to be him.
- It's Pronounced "Tro-PAY": His name is pronounced "PAL-e-un".
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Thrawn has his crew attempt to get a hold of him to find out what was going on when it gets reported that unidentified objects have broken through the blockade. Pellaeon gets a few words in before communication is cut by the purrgils. Word of God states that he probably survived, however.
- Last Episode, New Character: He gets re-canonized in the very last episode of Rebels by a mere namedrop.
- Schrödinger's Canon:
- He has a Badass Mustache.
- He is an Anti-Villain and a Token Good Teammate.
- He is a Corellian-born Coruscanti.
- He was friends with Captain Rex (and also met Ahsoka and Anakin) during the Clone Wars, as seen in The Clone Wars: No Prisoners.
- Shout-Out: He is named after Pelleas, a Knight of the Round Table.
- Sequel Hook: Word of God states that his namedrop in the Rebels finale was to make way for possible appearances from Pellaeon in future Star Wars works.
- Uncertain Doom: No ship debris are noticed after the battle, and the Chimaera was pulled into hyperspace by the purrgils, so Pellaeon's fate is unknown. Word of God is that he survived.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets barely one line in before his ship is taken or destroyed by the purrgil. Subverted, as Word of God has confirmed that his story is not over, or at least that's the intent.
- Wham Line: As the purrgil begin their attack against the Seventh Fleet in the climax of the Rebels finale, Thrawn orders his men to get a certain someone on the line to report what exactly is going on...Thrawn: Get Captain Pellaeon!
Captain Vult Skerris
An Imperial TIE Interceptor pilot, based around the Skystrike Flight Academy. He was subsequently transferred the Chimaera and given command of the experimental TIE Defender squadron.
- Ace Pilot: A requirement to be given command of a TIE Interceptor Squadron, and he goes on to prove it in his introductory episode by delivering a brutal beatdown to a Rebel fighter squadron and transport. This skill is why Thrawn chose him for the TIE Defender project.
- Ascended Extra: As the test pilot for the TIE Defender, he starts to appear more in Season 4 as the plot starts to focus more on stopping Thrawn's production of the TIE Defenders on Lothal and waging war on Lothal.
- Badass Mustache: He has a rather impressive one.
- Boss in Mook Clothing: As the first TIE Defender pilot. He destroys most of Gold Squadron in a Curb-Stomp Battle, forcing Ezra and Vander to come up with a way to get him off their back. The duo lead him into the heat of a baby star, but even then, he still manages to fly away (though he is forced out of the fight).
- The Captain: Held the rank of Captain.
- Disaster Dominoes: Hera tricks him into a situation where his fighter's shields are taken offline, whereupon she causes this by shooting two of his Defender's wings off, causing him to crash into and take out a cruiser, which promptly shears off the bridge superstructure of a Star Destroyer.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: He is rather hard on the cadets he is instructing, as befitting an instructor at the Empire's equivalent of Top Gun.
- Elite Mooks: Him and the rest of his Squadron serve as this for Governor Pryce and Grand Admiral Thrawn.
- Expy: Has a Badass Mustache and flies a TIE Interceptor decked out in red stripes, much like Colonel Soontir Fel.
- Meaningful Name:
- Vult, for vulture.
- His last name is one letter away from Skerrit, as in actor Tom Skerrit, who played in Top Gun.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: He trades his TIE Interceptor in for a TIE Defender.
- Mook Lieutenant: While a formidable pilot he is only the commanding officer of a TIE Interceptor Squadron and stands significantly lower in the chain of command compared to the likes of Pyrce, Thrawn, or even Kallus.
- Shout-Out: His appearance and name is one to Top Gun actor Tom Skerrit. And maybe one of the pilots from the fanmade TIE Fighter Short.
- Unfriendly Fire: While dogfighting the X-Wings over Lothal, he tails Hera and refuses to fall back when Thrawn has the Chimaera fire at Hera, as the Grand Admiral is well aware that Skerris is playing into Hera's trap and may get other Imperials killed. Of course, Thrawn is right, and although Skerris isn't killed by the friendly fire, his shields are taken down, allowing Hera to shoot off two of his Defender's wings and send him careening into an Imperial cruiser.
- Villain Has a Point:
- He and Commandant Relik point out to Wedge and "Ria" that hesitating in combat because you're feeling particularly merciful won't be reciprocated by the enemy, as standard in rules of engagement.
- He also tells Wedge and Ria that that the rebels will use any ships and any means necessary to undermine their authority, and insubordination will get them killed. This point is proven rather prudent in "Zero Hour", when Admiral Konstantine disobeys Grand Admiral Thrawn's orders to stay put and attempts to capture Commander Sato, only for Sato to ram Phoenix Home into the Interdictor, and Thrawn makes note of that.
- And as shown in the Cold Opening, while shooting down the Rebel transport is seen as ruthless even when he is pleading for mercy and claiming to be unarmed, often times in real life scenarios, they could easily be lying, and said transport was from the Rebel military, so the Imperials had all the right to fire on them.
A Noghri bodyguard and assassin under Thrawn's command.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: While he's no grand prize winner to say the least, he's a lot less hideous-looking and more humanoid here than his Legends counterpart ever was. Granted, his appearance always was Depending on the Artist, with the books providing little concrete detail beyond him being small and wiry.
- Adaptational Villainy: Kind of. There's no indication that he has some sort of honor code or standards he obligates himself to and seems to have no problem following Thrawn's orders (and seems to relish in it), whereas in Legends, he was trying to keep his people safe and ended up killing Thrawn when he found out the Empire wasn't going to keep their promise to not hurt his people. He's killed while trying to kill the rebels under Thrawn's orders, but we're not given a chance to see him question Thrawn at any time.
- Adaptational Wimp: In Legends, he was a master of the Stealth Hi/Bye using his own skills, but here he just uses a cloaking projector.
- Badass Normal: He can hold his own in a fist fight against Ezra, however briefly, but he can easily take on a Jedi Knight and his electrostaff can parry a lightsaber.
- Canon Immigrant: He's originally from Legends, and his presence may have some serious implications on the plot if it follows what originally happened to Thrawn in Legends... Except it didn't.
- Combat Pragmatist: He knows he can't take on Zeb alone, much less Zeb and Sabine together, so he uses a cloaking device to make himself invisible and knocks Sabine's helmet off so she can't track his heat signature. Of course, that does little to affect Sabine's ability to fight him while cloaked.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Zeb traps him in Lothal's shield generator as it's being activated, resulting in Rukh being electrocuted to death. The cruel part comes from the fact that he doesn't die instantly and his screams can be heard for a few seconds before eventually going silent.
- Death by Adaptation: He dies nearly an entire decade earlier in the canon than he did in Legends.
- Disney Villain Death: Rukh never actually dies this way but the number of times Rukh is momentarily defeated by seemingly falling to his doom, only to save himself at the last minute is almost comical.
- The Dragon: Rukh serves as both Thrawn's bodyguard and enforcer.
- Evil Counterpart: His choice of weapon, fighting style, and even appearance to some extent resembles Zeb. They fight at least twice, and Zeb is the one that winds up killing him.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He's Thrawn's personal assassin and his voice is a very deep and sinister growl.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Zeb traps Rukh's leg in the electrical conduits of a shield generator right as it's turning on, and the last we see is the electricity rushing towards Rukh with an expression of complete and utter panic on his face. We don't get to see what happens to him, but considering how Zeb flinches away in disgust (and we can still hear Rukh screaming for several seconds afterwards), it cannot have been pretty.
- Guttural Growler: In conjunction with Evil Sounds Deep, he growls as he talks.
- Humiliation Conga: After nearly being beaten to death by Zeb, Sabine spray-paints him to look ridiculous and sends him back to the Empire on a speeder bike.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: With the exception of Thrawn, everyone else views Rukh as a monster, referring to him as an "it". Zeb goes so far as to compare him to a baby rancor.
- Meaningful Name: A rook is a chess piece. Thrawn is The Chessmaster, and Rukh is his loyal bodyguard, after all.
- Mysterious Past: In his debut in Rebels, everything about him outside of being Thrawn's loyal assassin is currently unknown. Even his role in Thrawn: Alliances reveals nothing about his origins aside from the fact that his cloaking device is Chiss technology.
- Mythology Gag:
- Thrawn uses his name as an override code for his personal sentry droids, which he's certain to trust it will work but ultimately fails at one point when Kallus makes an attempt on his life through them, almost like how Rukh was Thrawn's personal bodyguard, who the Grand Admiral trusted with his life...
- In Thrawn: Alliances, he has a habit of eavesdropping on conversations while cloaked, like he did in Legends.
- No Sense of Personal Space: A lot of Imperial troops can't stand him, as he'll sometimes get up close and check them for scents without their consent. He also has a habit of listening in on conversations while his cloaking device was active.
- Not His Sled: In Legends, he's the one to kill Thrawn after learning of one of the Grand Admiral's dark secrets. In Rebels, he gets killed by Zeb before the thought of betrayal could cross his mind.
- The Nose Knows: His first scene has him easily finding the rebels by picking up the smell of a Lasat (Zeb), and his sense of smell is highlighted in nearly every other appearance.
- Oh, Crap!: He gets a huge one seconds before he's electrocuted to death by being caught in Lothal's planetary shield generator.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's noticeably smaller than adult humans, not even taller than the teenage Ezra, but he proves himself a powerful and deadly opponent nonetheless. His kicks are enough to stagger Zeb, whose at least twice as big as he is.
- Primal Stance: He uses his knuckles to help him run faster.
- Running Gag: The amount of times that Rukh gets thrown off a cliff but survives by grabbing onto the wall would make a rather unsafe drinking game. He eventually gets killed when Zeb catches wise to this, and traps his leg in the wiring of a massive shield generator right as Rukh realizes it's turning on.
- Running on All Fours: The gorilla type thanks to his longer arms and shorter legs making it more viable.
- The Unpronounceable: Downplayed in that it is from a human language, but the "kh" sound is difficult for English speakers. Even in-universe, Pryce struggles with it.
- Wall Crawl: He's capable of doing this, which is lucky for him given the number of times he's had to stop himself from falling to his death.
A commander in the Seventh Fleet who often reports directly to Thrawn.
- Bearer of Bad News: Most of what he has to report to the Grand Admiral is never good, such as informing him of a rebel ship that escaped the blockade of Atollon during an attack on the rebel base. Luckily for him, Thrawn is a Reasonable Authority Figure.
- Noodle Incident: Was assigned to work with Grand Moff Tarkin after the Battle of Atollon to search for escapees while Thrawn was on a mission with Vader in Thrawn: Alliances. No explanation has been given on what happened during this period.
- Reused Character Design: His character design was utilized three times for three unrelated Imperial officers, including Captain Wells, an officer under Captain Slavin.
- Uncertain Doom: While it is likely he was aboard the Chimaera at the time of the purrgil attack, it is unknown whether he survived it.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Woldar is never seen or mentioned again after he informs Thrawn of the rebels breaking through the blockade of Lothal, nor is he confirmed to have been in the purrgil attack.
Other Grand Admirals
Grand Admiral Balanhai Savit
Commander of the Star Destroyer Firedrake and the Third Fleet. Savit hails from a wealthy and influential family well known for its patronage of the arts, particularly music.
- Overranked Soldier: Although he does have some military skill, Savit, like many of his fellow Grand Admirals, gained his position through political influence garnered by his family's influence among Coruscant's elite through their music.
- Uncertain Doom: At the end of Thrawn: Treason, Savit is on his way to Coruscant to face an official inquiry into allegations of treason. However, the two primary witnesses will become unavailable to testify - Assistant Director Ronan is forced to take refugee with the Chiss after Darth Vader becomes involved with Project Stardust, as he would be unable to hide his disdain for the Emperor from the Sith Lord, while Thrawn will vanish along with most of his fleet due to Ezra Bridger and the Purrgils. This leaves it possible for Savit to perhaps beat the inquiry.
- Underestimating Badassery: While he holds a healthy respect for Thrawn and supports the TIE Defender project, he believes that his fellow Grand Admiral's abilities are exaggerated. Savit also discounts the skills of Commodore Faro, believing he can easily defeat her, but Thrawn's protégé not only has instructions from the Grand Admiral to aide her, but has learned much from her superior and adds her own tactics to the plan that leads to Savit's arrest.
- Villainous Breakdown: When he realizes that Thrawn perfectly predicted every move he would make and left instructions with Commodore Faro on how to counter them while Thrawn confronted him on the bridge of the Firedrake, Savit loses all of his composure and attempts to shoot Thrawn, failing only thanks to the intervention of Ronan and Agent Dayga.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He is extremely loyal to the Empire and will do anything to ensure it remains secure from all threats. He regards the Death Star as one of those threat, being a huge resource sink that he is convinced will be destroyed eventually and render all the work put into it worthless, so Savit begins to hijack and steal transports meant for the battle station so that not all the supplies being directed to the project will go to waste.
- Wicked Cultured: Composes operas, which he also conducts and plays instruments in. He was once a solo artist, but switched to composing operas after learning of the then Chancellor Palpatine's fondness for them.
Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax
A mysterious and respected Fleet Admiral of the Imperial Navy whom Rae Sloane has served under. Following the Battle of Akiva, he rules what is left of the Empire from behind the scenes, ordering the formation of the Shadow Council and eventually taking on the title of Counselor to the Empire.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Gallius Rax is suitably a badass name for an Imperial Warlord.
- Badass Cape: In Empire's End, he wears a blood-red cape with his admiral's uniform.
- Badass Long Robe: In addition to his Admiral's uniform he also wears a floor-length blood-red robe.
- Big Bad: Of the Aftermath trilogy, establishing control over the majority of the remaining Imperial forces and ruthlessly eliminating opposition to his leadership and new vision for the Empire.
- Born into Slavery: He started life as a slave on Jakku.
- Character Death: Ultimately, he's done in by Sloane during their climatic battle on Jakku.
- The Chessmaster: He orchestrated the events of Aftermath, all to purge the weak from the remaining Imperial leadership.
- Contemplative Boss: About half the time Sloane comes to report to him, his back is turned to the door, hands clasped behind his back, as he listens to classical music.
- The Corrupter: He corrupted other orphans on Jakku to do his bidding and he also corrupts Sloane, though she was already a ruthless Imperial officer, and Armitage Hux.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Life Debt reveals that Rax was an orphan living on Jakku, where he spent most of his childhood in slavery. In an attempt to escape the planet, he stowed away on a ship. Unfortunately, said ship was Palpatine's private yacht.
- Despotism Justifies the Means: Rax wants a more efficient, more streamlined, more ruthless Empire and he doesn't care about what methods he has to use to make it happen or who he has to destroy in the process.
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Feeds information to the New Republic to further his above plans.
- Dragon Ascendant: He was one of Palpatine's best military officers in addition to being his personal agent on Jakku. Now, he's the de facto commander of the Imperial Remnant.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Rax tries to blow up Jakku to destroy most of the Imperial Remnant (except for his loyal followers) and New Republic militaries. Luckily, Norra and Sloane manage to prevent it.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Described as pale in complexion with black hair and dark eyes that seem to suck in all light.
- Evil Mentor: To Rae Sloane. Then a little later, he serves as one for Armitage Hux.
- Evil Orphan: Well, he is an orphan, and just looking at all the tropes associated with him should tell you that Rax isn't a nice man.
- Expy: The author, Chuck Wendig, refers to him as a "mysterious Thrawn-like figure". Though given his backstory, affinity for the Dark Side, and connection to Palpatine, he also bares a resemblence to Nial Declann.
- Faking the Dead: Sloane informs the other Imperials that he's dead, but he appears at the end of Aftermath alive and well. He eventually emerges from the shadows to take direct control.
- Four-Star Badass: As an Imperial Fleet Admiral, this is a given.
- The Generalissimo: In fact, if not name. He was one of the Imperial Navy's highest ranking officers at the time of the Battle of Endor. Six months after Endor he has seized control over most of what is left of the Empire.
- Just the First Citizen: Rax has a tendency towards taking titles that avoid overtly displaying just how much power he wields. He refers to himself as an "adviser" to Sloane, despite the fact he is her commanding officer, and towards the end of Life Debt he takes the title of Counselor to the Empire, even though some of his more die-hard supporters are calling him Emperor Rax.
- Kick the Dog: This might just be Rax's favorite past-time given how often he does it. To give a couple of examples, he orchestrates the destruction of one Imperial Star Destroyer and most of its crew by the New Republic Navy just so he can get rid of the warship's commanding officer. He also kills his fellow orphans on Jakku to keep the Observatory a secret.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: But Rax also takes it upon himself to start cleaning the Imperial house post-Endor, ordering the deaths of several corrupt and brutal high-ranking Imperials.
- The Man Behind the Man: He serves as Sloane's commanding officer, though few people realize it and most think he is dead.
- Manchurian Agent: Rax ordered the use of the same sleeper technology that was used on the clones for Order 66 on several prisoners rescued by Han and Norra's team in an attempt to decapitate the New Republic leadership. It fails to kill Mon Mothma and Leia, though several other high-ranking politicians and military officers are killed.
- Manipulative Bastard: And a first class one at that. Even Sloane knows he's manipulating her, and though she has major reservations about Rax's goals and methods, even she can't help but dance to his tune.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His flagship is called the Ravager.
- No Name Given: He's never referred to by name, only his title, in Aftermath. Averted in Life Debt, where his real name is revealed fairly quickly.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Rax is a schemer and a military strategist, not a front-line soldier. He spends most of his time on-board his flagship, the Super Star Destroyer Ravager. Though he proves to be a rather skilled fighter when Sloane, Brentin, and Norra confront him, which he attributes to his rough upbringing on Jakku.
- Obliquely Obfuscated Occupation: Most of his peers in the Empire wonder what Rax's job was. He just suddenly appeared one day as a high-ranking officer whom was trusted by Palpatine with a long list of accomplishments that other officers were skeptical of.
- Start of Darkness: Being an orphan slave on Jakku made sure Rax had a hard life, but it was a chance meeting with Palpatine when Rax stowed away on the Imperialis that started him down a dark path.
- Shadow Dictator: By the end of Life Debt, Rax has seized control of most of the Imperial Remnant, but continues to remain in the shadows while making people like Sloane the public face of the Empire.
- The Social Darwinist: Probably his most defining character trait, though given his background and who he was mentored by, it's not hard to see why he holds to this philosophy.
- Start My Own: His goal is to destroy the old Empire, then retreat into the Unknown Regions with a band of loyal followers to start a new one free of the weaknesses he saw in its previous incarnation.
- The Strategist: One of the Empire's best, too. He proves frighteningly competent at getting what he wants.
- The Rival: He has a rivalry going on with Grand General Kenner Loring over who should control the Empire post-Endor. By the end of Life Debt Rax is very much the top dog in the Imperial Hierarchy.
- Taking You with Me: Rax is in charge of Palpatine's contingency plan. Not only did Palpatine want to destroy the Rebellion and other civilians in the event he dies by having Rax lead the Imperial Remnant in his place, but to also destroy the Empire itself, because he wanted the Galaxy all to himself and no one else. Had Rax succeeded, it's possible that he would've taken at least half or two-thirds of the Galaxy down with him. This was touched upon in Shattered Empire.
- Uncanny Valley: His physical appearance, coupled with his ice-cold personality, is repeatedly described as unsettling.
- The Unfettered: Rax will do anything to win and dominate, there is no tactic or strategy for him that is too cruel or under-handed. He even orchestrates an attack under the cover of peace talks.
- Visionary Villain: Rax intends to reform the Empire into something more efficient, more capable, more effective in the aftermath of the Battle of Endor. By Life Debt, it's clear that he's one of the central driving forces, if not the central one, behind the creation of the First Order.Rax: This is how it must be. The Empire became this ... ugly, inelegant machine. Crude and inefficient. We needed to be broken into pieces. We needed to get rid of those who want to see that old machine churning ineluctably forward. It's time for something better. Something new. An Empire worthy of the galaxy it will rule.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: Rax rarely appears in the flesh and spends most of the time contacting his subordinates and proxies via hologram. Sloane even describes him as "if she is meeting the hologram of a dead man made to pass as real".
- Undying Loyalty: He's still faithfully carrying out Palpatine's plans. Everything Rax has done since Endor has been in accordance with Palpatine's contingency plan in case he died at Endor, even using his last breath to make sure his killer, Sloane, carried on the Emperor's legacy.
- Walking Spoiler: Reading about his character bio spoils what happened to the Empire after Endor and how the First Order came to be.
- Would Hurt a Child: Rax convinced other orphans on Jakku to do his bidding, then killed them to keep what he was doing for Palpatine a secret.
- Wicked Cultured: A dangerous leader in the Empire, and also appreciative of classical music.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He tries to do this to most of the Empire, under Palpatine's orders, on the logic that an Empire that failed to safeguard its Emperor isn't worthy of continued existence.
Admiral Kassius Konstantine
An admiral and commander of the Imperial Star Destroyer Relentless, the personal vessel of the Grand Inquisitor. He oversees the blockade of Lothal during the hunt for the Ghost and commands several military operations against the growing Rebel network.
- '70s Hair: Sports rather long sideburns like many of the Imperial officers in A New Hope, although the addition of Konstantine's Porn Stache takes this trope even further than any of them.
- Alliterative Name: Kassius Konstantine.
- Always Someone Better: Thrawn. And it would appear that Thrawn knows it, and Konstantine is envious of it to some degree.
- Ascended Extra: Becomes a part of the main cast of Imperials from the second season of Rebels onwards.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: The awesomely alliterative Kassius Konstantine.
- Bad Boss: He reassures his tractor beam officer that he knows it was not his fault that he caught Darth Vader's TIE in the tractor beam instead of the Ghost. Then he notes that Vader will not know that.
- Beauty Mark: Has one on his cheek.
- Blatant Lies: In "Iron Squadron", when Sato and the rest of Phoenix Squadron show up to help the Ghost crew retrieve Mart, he orders his men to contact Thrawn for reinforcements. When his cruiser gets demolished and the rebels leave, Thrawn just so happens to show up right then and there. Konstantine claims that he was trying to contact him about the mission's initial success... but Thrawn sees through it like glass and doesn't hesitate to explain that he was a pawn in his Wounded Gazelle Gambit, meaning that he didn't care if Konstantine won anyway.
- Butt-Monkey: Not Played for Laughs.
- In "Steps Into Shadow", Pryce shows clear disdain for his lack of successes (Kallus at least has justifications and a number of successes) by mocking him in a private meeting with Tarkin (who appears to agree) and later in his face, and he is caught off guard by Thrawn being a Grand Admiral, as well as his tactics.
- Continues in "Iron Squadron", where Thrawn uses him in a Wounded Gazelle Gambit to learn if Sato is willing to go back for family or not, no matter if Konstantine wins or loses. Thrawn has Konstantine leave with only a light cruiser, two transports, and some TIEs, which is practically considered going into battle naked and bare when their opponents are the Ghost crew, Phoenix Squadron, and the Iron Squadron crew. When Konstantine questions it, Thrawn asks if he's too chicken to do it, and after the rebels escape, Thrawn makes it clear he knew Konstantine failed and always knew despite what he may claim what happened.
- Co-Dragons: With Kallus to Thrawn in season 3.
- Does Not Like Magic: He dislikes working with Inquisitors, dismissing them as "mystics". He doesn't share the same opinion about Darth Vader, but that might just be because he's justifiably terrified of him.
- Everyone Has Standards: He's more than a little creeped out by the Inquisitors.
- Glory Hound: In "Zero Hour", he chafes against Thrawn's orders to keep his Interdictor cruiser at the back. This leads directly to his death, as Commander Sato lures him out by pretending to make a run for it and then rams his carrier into Konstantine's Interdictor.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He's clearly jealous of Thrawn's rank and influence, which is a major factor in his death, as he's resentful of Thrawn's orders to stay at the back with his Interdictor, and thus when Commander Sato's ship appears to be making a run for it, he takes the bait.
- Hate Sink: Not only is he incompetent and a Glory Hound, but his screw-ups lead to his more competent superiors' plans failing and letting the rebels get away. In addition, when he became an Ascended Extra starting in Season 2, it at least seemed that he had a Villainous Friendship with Kallus... then later, after Kallus has a Heel Realization but still wants to see if there's any good in the Empire, Konstantine never acknowledges his return beyond what is basically a "Hi", meaning that the admiral isn't actually that concerned about Kallus and never seemed to have considered him a "friend".
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He has a TIE Bomber discreetly plant a magno-mine on the Iron Squadron's freighter after Mart loses. The rebels find out, though, and have R3 and Chopper stick it on one of Mart's cargo so he can do his explosives trick again, badly damaging Konstantine's light cruiser and making him look bad in front of Thrawn when he shows up right after.
- Hypocrite: After practically doing a Spit Take when Thrawn sends him underequipped to apprehend the rebels over Mykapo, Konstantine then sees the Iron Squadron alone and says that Thrawn overestimated the rebels... but Phoenix Squadron and the Ghost end up coming back and causing a real dogfight.
- Informed Attribute: Tarkin says Konstantine has one of the best fleets in the Navy and is considered one of the best Admirals, but he's hardly done anything successful as far as capturing the rebels goes. This is probably an Invoked Trope to show how incompetent Konstantine really is — that the problem isn't the fleet, but Konstantine himself.
- It's Pronounced "Tro-PAY": At one point, Kallus pronounces his name "constant in" rather than "constant-een".
- Kick the Dog:
- Pins (or at least intended to; we have no idea if Vader bothered to find out or anything) the blame of catching Vader's TIE instead of the Ghost on his subordinate.
- Apparently never noticed that Kallus went MIA/KIA for a day or two or never cared in the first place, nor does he show concern about his well-being.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Konstantine disobeys Grand Admiral Thrawn because he's tired of being a part of his "games" and wanted the glory of taking Commander Sato himself. This bites Konstantine in the ass.
- Meaningful Name:
- Cassius means "empty, vain" in ancient Roman.
- Constantine means "constant" or "steadfast", the latter often being used to describe loyalty. Konstantine is loyal to the Empire. Alternatively, if you put the meanings of both his first and last name together, it basically means he's constantly useless/selfish.
- It's worth mentioning that the last king of Greece, Constantine II, rose to power after a military junta turned Greece into a dictatorship (though he might as well have been considered a puppet king, because he didn't have any loyal military personnel to depend on and the restless civilian populace believed him to be incompetent). This led to a counter-coup and the abolition of the monarchy, forming the Third Hellenic Republic (otherwise known as modern day Greece). Sounds a bit familiar...
- Historically, Constantine XI Palaiologos was the last Emperor of the Byzantine Empire, and by extension, the last Emperor of the Roman Empire.
- Mook Lieutenant: The Grand Inquisitor's, and later Agent Kallus', senior-most subordinate. However, he's proven to be a credible threat on his own without the Grand Inquisitor and Kallus involved (provided he's not facing off against Hera's piloting skills or other Imperials are sabotaging him).
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
- Making it seem like he and Kallus had a Villainous Friendship, then later not showing concern for him, ends up causing further doubt in Kallus' faith in the Empire.
- Disobeying Thrawn's orders to stay put in his Interdictor because the Grand Admiral knows that the rebels are relying on someone on the enemy team making a dumb move results in said Interdictor getting destroyed with Konstantine on board and allows Ezra to call for reinforcements.
- Oh, Crap!:
- Gets a look of utter horror on his face when told that Darth Vader's TIE was caught by their tractor beam, not the Ghost.
- When Thrawn calls him up after the rebels escape Mykapo, since that was under his supervision.
- And then when he realizes that Sato is about to ram the Phoenix Home into his Interdictor, which happens after he disobeys Thrawn's orders to stay put.
- Pet the Dog: In "Academy Cadets", despite their failure in apprehending the crew, he still commends the cadets in their efforts and will specifically send a recommendation to Imvur for Jeken's leadership.
- Porn Stache: To go along with his distinctive sideburns.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: While he dislikes all the Inquisitors, Konstantine seems to have a particular dislike of the Fifth Brother. Unsurprising, since it is the Fifth Brother's fault that he was called away from an operation that had a very good chance of finally killing the Ghost crew.
- Too Dumb to Live: Thrawn orders him to hold his position during the assault on the Rebel base at Atollon, but Konstantine disobeys to intercept Commander Sato's ship in order to claim the glory and because he resents Thrawn ordering him around, not realising that Sato was baiting him to do just that, leading to Konstantine not only dying but losing an entire ship in the process.
- Underestimating Badassery:
- When he shows up on the scene over Mykapo, he only sees the Iron Squadron's lone ship, and sneers that Thrawn overestimated the rebels. But Konstantine isn't underestimating Iron Squadron, as he actually does manage to defeat Mart; he's underestimating Thrawn.
- If he had complied with Thrawn's orders in the season finale, then the Imperials could have won decisively.
- Undignified Death: Konstantine dies attempting to flee Commander Sato in pure terror like the Dirty Coward he is the moment the rebel commander changes course.
- Villainous Friendship: Seemingly at first with Kallus, but the ending of "The Honorable Ones" reveals that this is actually averted. While they both are against the Inquisitors (he even freely rants to Kallus about the Fifth Brother at one point) and are Co-Dragons after the Ghost crew, he shows no concern when an injured Kallus returns from a mission after being practically pronounced KIA by the Empire roughly a day ago. He might not have even known he was gone. It seems that Kallus really did think they were friends, considering he looks let down after Konstantine simply greets him as if nothing happened.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: In another Star Wars tradition, he has a normal name, Cassius Constantine, that's been jazzed up with fancy spelling to make it look more exotic.
Admiral/Commander Brom Titus
An Admiral in the Imperial Navy and the commander of an experimental Interdictor cruiser and its escorts operating in the Del Zennis system.
- Affably Evil: He shows a degree of reverence for the person Rex was before deserting the Empire, even referring to him by his actual name. Once Rex makes it clear that he's not going back to the Empire, Titus gets serious and drops any kindness he showed earlier.
- Back for the Dead: His next major role after "Steps Into Shadow" is when his ship gets shot down by rebels in "In the Name of the Rebellion".
- Benevolent Boss: From what we see of him so far, though he's not without temper and arrogance, he's not a complete douche towards his men. Namely, he tells them to evacuate when Reklam Station begins to fall before he himself gets out of dodge, and his lieutenant in "Stealth Strike" does seem to reciprocate this respect towards him (notice that he waits for Titus to get up after he trips while escaping the nearby Interdictor explosion).
- Butt-Monkey: Titus has his ship or command center destroyed in every episode he appears in, the last time with him on board.
- The Cameo: Appears briefly in "Through Imperial Eyes" with Slavin and Brunson coming from a meeting with Thrawn.
- Deadpan Snarker: Engages in Snark-to-Snark Combat with Ezra when he tries pulling the "My name is Jabba the Hutt" card again. Titus comments that he's rather short for a Hutt before revealing that he's well aware of his previous attempts at the trick, thanks to Kallus.
- Dirty Coward: When Kanan shows up to save Rex and knocks out every other trooper in the room, he stumbles back to the other room. Although in his defense, there's not much he can do when he's outmatched by a Jedi.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He has trouble understanding why Rex would turn his back on the Empire, and is surprised when Rex turns down his offer to have the clone trooper reinstated into the Imperial military in exchange for giving up his friends.
- Evil Is Petty: Disregards Kallus' orders to triple guard Ezra, which results in him escaping and running around in the Interdictor. He panics and puts out orders to shoot to kill him on sight, because he doesn't want to admit Kallus was right.
- Going Down with the Ship: Inverted twice, as he's the only confirmed Imperial survivor of both the Interdictor and Reklam Station. Played Straight the third time with the light cruiser.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He looks a bit like his voice actor, Derek Partridge.
- Interservice Rivalry: He has a low opinion of the Imperial Security Bureau and he specifically gives the kill order on Ezra Bridger mainly because he doesn't want to admit Agent Kallus was right to be so cautious.
- Mook Lieutenant: As with all Imperial Admirals.
- Pet the Dog: After it turns out Ezra is perfectly fine with committing a Sadistic Choice to let Reklam Station fall, risking both Imperial and ally lives if they don't escape in time, Titus gets on the intercom to tell everyone to evacuate ASAP before running off.
- Punny Name: His name sounds very similar to the word "Bronchitis".
- Reality Ensues: He screws up big time and loses one of the Imperial Navy's newest and most advanced warships in the process. He is no longer an admiral with a prestigious command the next time we see him.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Losing an experimental, new model Interdictor cruiser to a small group of rebels he had already captured is not something the Imperial High Command approves of. He is subsequently demoted to Commander and put in charge of a military junkyard responsible for recycling old Clone Wars-era equipment. And then that gets destroyed.
- Smug Snake: He is pretty damn arrogant and tends to seriously underestimate the Rebels, especially Ezra. His win-loss ratio is definitely nothing to brag about.
- To the Pain: He tells Rex that his death will be excruciating and that he's an Expendable Clone.
- Tuckerization: His first name is derived from Scott Bromley, a producer on Rebels Recon and The Star Wars Show
- Underestimating Badassery: The key reason for his defeat with the Interdictor is due to underestimating Ezra's abilities and not sending enough guards to keep him captured.
- Would Hurt a Child: Despite initially dismissing Ezra Bridger as a mere child to Agent Kallus, the moment Ezra escapes from his flagship's brig he issues a kill-on-sight order for Ezra, if only because he doesn't want to admit his mistake to Kallus.
Admiral Garrick Versio
Vice Admiral Perwin Gedde
A officer tasked with leading one of the Empire's most brutal biological warfare programs. Following the Battle of Endor, he deserts the Empire and goes into hiding using stolen Imperial credits.
- Addled Addict: Becomes addicted to spice during his stay at Slussen Canker's fortress.
- He Knows Too Much: Gallius Rax considers him a loose end that needs tidying up, so he has Rae Sloane send Mercurial Swift to poison Gedde before the New Republic can capture and interrogate him.
- Insane Admiral: Spent his career unleashing biological weapons, ancient plagues in particular, onto worlds the Empire conquered to test their effects.
- Karmic Death: Spent his career testing biological weapons and ends up dying by being poisoned.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After the disastrous loss at Endor, Gedde steals a hefty sum from the Empire and buys safety on the planet Vorlag at the fortress of the slaver Slussen Canker.
- Smug Snake: Thinks he can trade Norra and her team for a full pardon from the Empire, wildly overestimating both their value to the Empire and his. By that point, Rax has already sent a bounty hunter to poison his spice supply and eliminate him.
The commander of a battlegroup of three Star Destroyers, Idel is dispatched by the Emperor to retrieve his personal yacht, the Imperialis, after it is stolen by thieves from a shipyard.
- Driven to Suicide: After the Imperialis causes Conro and Shan's Star Destroyers to crash into each other and then escape, Idel pulls out his pistol and shoots himself in the head, knowing the Emperor would likely kill him in a far worse manner for his failure.
- Face Death with Dignity: When he shoots himself, he conducts himself in a very calm manner while suggesting to one of his officers that he should probably join the Rebellion to avoid the same fate.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Kills himself in his very first appearance.
A highly respected and feared Imperial officer in command of the Tributum. He oversees the strip-mining of what remains of Jedha alongside Queen Trios following the Death Star's test fire.
- Ambiguously Human: He appears to be a human of above average size, but his distinct forehead ridges suggest otherwise.
- Arc Villain: He is the primary Imperial antagonist of two arcs in the Marvel comic series.
- Artificial Limbs: His left arm is a mechanical replacement that ends in a giant claw rather than a regular hand. He can also turn it into a vibro-axe, and it has a built in flame-thrower.
- Beard of Evil: Has a neatly trimmed goatee.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Admits he has no clue as to why civilians continue to live on the dying surface of Jedha, stating that it is annoying trying to figure out who are civilians and who are the remaining Partisans.
- Eyepatch of Power: In addition to his lost arm, he's missing his right eye suggesting he's been through a lot.
- Famous Last Words: Chokes out "I don't understand" when Vader executes him, unaware that he had just nearly killed the Sith Lord's son during a battle and that his vow to hunt Leia and her team down interfered with Vader's own plans to capture and turn Luke to the dark side.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: As he menaces Luke Skywalker with the various weapons in his mechanical arm, Luke lures him towards an ion torpedo and uses it to disable his cybernetics, enabling him to knock Kanchar unconscious.
- Kick the Dog: Declares anyone still on Jedha to be an insurgent and shot on sight in order to speed up operations on the planet.
- Large and in Charge: He is one of the largest humans seen in the series, easily towering over his subordinates.
- Locked Out of the Loop: He is entirely unaware that the operation at Jedha is intended to get the Rebellion to believe Trios is one their side as a spy to lure them into a trap. He's later brought up to speed, and claims not to hold a grudge against Trios... but he clearly does....
- Pet the Dog: Subverted. When not enraged at his subordinates he acts creepily kind towards them, despite a very clear threat of death.
- Psychic Strangle: Vader uses the Force to choke Kanchar to death after he nearly kills Luke with an Orbital Bombardment and vows to hunt down the Rebel heroes and kill them all.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Laments that trying to bring order to the galaxy is difficult when surrounded by clowns in white armor and clerks in caps, wishing that he had someone like Saw Gerrera to work with.
- Testosterone Poisoning: He's an overtly macho hulking giant of a man with all the careful grace and tact of a sledgehammer. He belittles his subordinates for their lack of toughness, and clearly doesnt take Trios seriously at first. At one point he even mocks lightsabers as being feminine.
- You Have Failed Me: Breaks the neck of his predecessor when relieving him of command at Jedha due to the officer's incompetence. He later reassures another officer that he only punishes multiple failures or particularly spectacular ones, not delivery of bad news that the officer has nothing to do with.
- Worthy Opponent: Express a lot of admiration for Saw Gerrera, remarking that he was "impressively efficient" in disrupting Imperial operations on Jedha and that his competence should be admired despite opposing the Empire.
Commander Ellian Zahra
The commander of the Star Destroyer Tarkin's Will, Zahra is tasked by the Emperor and Darth Vader with hunting down elements of the Rebel fleet following the Battle of Hoth.
- Avenging the Villain: Zahra vows to kill Leia, holding her responsible for the destruction of the Death Star and the death of her mentor.
- Big "NO!": Lets one out as the Falcon destroys one of the ships maintaining her blockade, allowing most of Rebel fleet division four to escape her trap along with Leia Organa.
- Contrived Coincidence: Zahra just so happen to leave the Death Star to carry out a personal mission, moments before the space station is destroyed.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Takes manual control of a turbolaser battery to destroy a fleeing X-Wing that the regular gunners could not hit with their assisted targeting programs.
- It's Personal: Vader mentions that he is aware of Zahra holding a personal grudge against Princess Leia, the person she holds responsible for the death of her mentor, Wilhuff Tarkin. Upon seeing the Millennium Falcon during a battle, Zahra orders an entire TIE squadron plus all available turbolasers to focus on destroying it based on Leia having been reported aboard recently, which a subordinate notes is excessive.
- Moral Myopia: Zahra holds a grudge on the Rebel Alliance for the destruction of the Death Star and murdering countless of Imperial staff member including her mentor Tarkin, ignoring that the Death Star is a planet killing space station and has already destroyed Alderaan and every single living being on it.
- Tempting Fate: Like Tarkin, Zahra believes that the Rebels has little chance in destroying the Death Star. Just a few panels after she made this comment, the Death Star is destroyed. Fortunately for Zahra, she just so happen to leave the Death Star before its destruction.
Commander of the Star Destroyer Optima, where Tarkin Initiative experiments are conducted.
Captain Ciena Ree (LP-888)
Ciena grew up in the rural valleys of her homeworld in a culture that valued loyalty and honor above all else. She and her best friend and love Thane Kyrell join the Imperial Academy on Coruscant, where they graduate at the top of their class as pilots. From there, their lives take two very different paths as Ciena stays in the growingly tyrannical Empire while Thane defects to the Rebellion.
- Adaptational Villainy: A very minor and Zigzagged example. In the manga adaptation of Lost Stars after learning Thane joined the Rebellion Ciena vows to kill him but can't bring herself to do it when she finally confronts him for joining the Rebels. In the book Ciena is meerly dumbfounded by Thane joining the Rebels.
- Ace Pilot: She is one of the best TIE pilots to ever graduate from the Imperial Academy on Coruscant, and after becoming a commander and officer aboard the Executor she is still sent on missions due to her skills.
- Break the Cutie: By the Battle of Endor, she is a jaded cynic and her early idealism is completely destroyed.
- The Captain: Of the Star Destroyer Inflictor, which she is given command of following the Battle of Endor. She ends up crashing into Jakku during the battle above that world in order to prevent its capture by the New Republic.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Ciena and Thane. They meet when they're little ship-nerd 8-year-olds. They fall in love about a decade later.
- Death Seeker: Even she isn't sure if she becomes one, telling Thane she does not know if she is glad he saved her life during the Battle of Jakku, which led to her being in the custody of the New Republic.
- Empty Shell: After realizing the true nature of the Empire and the fact that her code of honor means she could never desert it, Ciena simply begins going through the motions, doing her duty but hoping that something will come along to end her service.
- Fate Worse than Death: She starts to consider Imperial service this as well as a Ironic Hell due to how evil they've become. Her code of honor prevents her from ever stopping serving it.
- The Force Is Strong with This One: It is implied by her reaction on first meeting Darth Vader, as well as her reaction when she sees the Emperor, that Ciena is on the lowest rung of Force sensitivity, similar to Kaeden Larte — she can feel the Force around its users, but has no chance of being able to use it herself. This further adds to the irony of her situation.
- Friendly Enemy: What Ciena and Thane morph into.
- Heel Realization: After having already started to become uneasy with the Empire, Ciena begins to understand how truly evil it is when her mother is framed by an Imperial official for corruption to cover up his own illicit doings and she gets a promotion for claiming to agree with her mother's sentence. Her realization that the Empire is not what she thought it was is cemented upon seeing the second Death Star.
- Honor Before Reason: The valley culture of Jelucan places a massive emphasis on never violating an oath, even if it may be morally wrong not to do so. This belief is ingrained into Ciena, so even after she realizes the Empire is evil she continues to serve it as best she can, even though she is utterly miserable doing so.
- Horrible Judge of Character: She has a major case of this regarding the Imperial higher-ups. She always thinks the best of them and their motivations, even when it becomes abundantly obvious most of them are only out for themselves or sadistic bullies. Ciena even thinks that Tarkin is an admirable man who could become her mentor.
- Hypocrite: She unwittingly becomes this as she continually focuses on her loyalty to the Empire while becoming disgusted with Nash for doing the same. Ciena's own rationalizations about why to continue to serve the Empire despite it personally destroying her life are Not So Different from Nash's.
- Improbable Age: Given command of a Star Destroyer at only twenty-five, which she realizes is a total joke since it means the Empire is simply that desperate for competent officers in the wake of losing so many at the Battle of Endor and in the months afterwards during the Empire's rapid disintegration while she was recuperating.
- Minion with an F in Evil: A highly competent and well-regarded Imperial officer who... saves civilians, watches out for her damaged wingmates, covers up for fellow officers' mistakes or weaknesses, and takes time to reassure her scared subordinates that things will be fine.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Ciena swore an oath when she joined the Imperial Navy and she continues to abide by it long after she loses faith in the Empire as a nation.
- My Sibling Will Live Through Me: Ciena's twin sister Wynnet died mere hours after birth, so she keeps a traditional Jelucan bracelet as a way of sharing her experiences with her, thus allowing her sister to live on through her. When the bracelet is destroyed by Imperial medics after Endor, this proves to be the last straw for Ciena, who had already become disillusioned with the Empire at this point.
- Odd Friendship: With Thane due to their different and opposed cultures. The fact that it grows into a romance that continues even after Thane joins the Rebellion only increases how odd it is.
- Rank Up: She is promoted several times throughout her career. The first is from Lieutenant to Lieutenant Commander alongside a transfer from the Devastator to the Executor, due to the need for new competent officers in the wake of the Death Star's destruction. Ciena's next promotion to Commander occurs shortly before the Battle of Endor after several years of exemplary service and passing a loyalty test. Lastly, she is promoted in the wake of Endor to captain and given command of the Star Destroyer Inflictor.
- Token Good Teammate: Among her friends who stay in the Empire after Alderaan's destruction, she is the only one who is not an Imperial fanatic and attempts to do good, which includes rescuing civilians without orders.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Empire, even after understanding its true nature due to her culture demanding that she honor the oath of loyalty she swore.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Acknowledges the Empire can be harsh and cruel sometimes, but justifies it by its creation of order. She rationalizes the destruction of Alderaan as a failed effort to stop the Rebellion before all-out war could erupt, but later realizes that is wrong and that there is no excuse for the Empire's actions.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: She cannot see the Empire for what it really is for a long time, even after the destruction of Alderaan.
Captain Tabor Seitaron
A teacher at the Imperial Academy on Carida, Seitaron is brought back into active service as commander of the Star Destroyer Herald shortly before the Battle of Hoth by Prelate Verge of the Advisory Council in order to assist in the hunt for Everi Chalis, a former Imperial advisor who defected to the Rebellion and whom Seitaron had dealt with in the past.
- Affably Evil: Although a loyal servant of the Empire, Seitaron is friendly and protective of his subordinates.
- Everyone Has Standards: He is often disgusted by Verge's methods of punishing failure or mistakes, which includes torture.
- A Father to His Men: Cares a great deal for those under his command, and does his best to raise the morale of the Herald's crew, who often suffer under the eccentricities of Verge. Seitaron also murders Verge for their sake, after he decides that crashing the Herald into the rebels on Sullust is the only way to redeem himself and the crew for their failure to capture Chalis before she did too much damage to the Empire.
- I Did What I Had to Do: How he feels about murdering Verge, who had just ordered the Herald be allowed to crash into Sullust rather than escape after Chalis detonates an ion bomb aboard it. Seitaron could not stand the thought of allowing thousands of Imperials to die avoidable deaths just to satisfy Verge's twisted sense of loyalty, so he shot him, ordered the two loyal witnesses to go to the bridge and order the crew to withdraw from Sullust, and then allowed Chalis to escape so blame would fall on her for Verge's death.
- Number Two: To Verge, who is officially in command of the Herald but selected Seitaron to captain her because of his experience and former connection to Chalis, which aids in the hunt for her.
- Odd Friendship: Eventually forms one with Verge. Although he considers the Prelate to be insane, he finds Verge's dedication to the Empire admirable, notes that he is indeed a capable commander and predictive thinker, and concludes that his madness is not his fault, but the fault of his father raising him to worship Palpatine.
- Old Soldier: Fought in the Clone Wars and subsequently helped establish the Empire's rule across the galaxy before becoming an instructor at the academy on Carida.
The captain of the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Shieldmaiden. Shortly before the Battle of Endor, Khione was dispatched to hunt down Princess Leia Organa and a team of Rebels operating in the Corva Sector.
- Arc Villain: Of Moving Target, being the leader of the hunt for Princess Leia and her team.
- Character Death: Dies when the Shieldmaiden is destroyed.
- Hoist by Their Own Petard: During her interrogation of Leia, Khione brings in a interrogator droid which is programed to treat the occupant of the cell as its current victim. After Khione is knocked out, she is left locked in the cell with the droid, which Leia hears coming back online as they leave.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Although only a Star Destroyer captain, she refers to herself as the Emperor's will in the Corva Sector and claims that anybody who knows her name should know about her reputation.
Captain Hiram Zataire
The captain of the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Lawbringer, stationed over Lothal. In the beginning of the Lothal rebel insurgency, Kallus, an agent of the Imperial Security Bureau, made a surprise visit to the Lawbringer. After blackmailing Zataire into submission, he ordered the ship to descend through the atmosphere over Lothal's Capital City as a show of power.
- Black Sheep: His son had expressed rebel ideals, in contrast to how the rest of the Zataire family are pro-Imperial and Imperial officers themselves.
- To Be Lawful or Good: He's trying to get his son to think more like an Imperial, but knowing that the Empire could hurt him, he sent him to hide on Alderaan rather than turn him in. Kallus, realizing that Captain Zataire will ultimately choose family over the law, deducts the location of his son and blackmails the captain, saying that as long as Zataire fully cooperates, he won't arrest his son.
Captain Visler Korda
An Imperial officer assigned to arrest the Grafs in order to use their knowledge of Wild Space for the Empire's plans. However, arresting Auric and Rhyssa Graf was not enough, as the valuable information was stored inside their droid, CR-8R, who was with the Graf children Lina and Milo during their parents' arrest.
- Break the Haughty: After the Graf siblings escape the Shade and it is discovered he hired her, he gets kicked out of the Imperial ranks and becomes a slave laborer on Kessel. He goes rogue and still chases the Graf siblings to a remote ice planet, wanting the maps instead so he can sell them. They once again escape, leaving him to die on the ice planet.
- Cyborg: He has a cybernetic lower jaw.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He's stranded and left to die on a remote snow world in the penultimate book, being succeeded by Tarkin as the "final boss" of the series.
- Godzilla Threshold: While he's off being Reassigned to Antarctica, since the regular Imperials he has are subpar, he secretly hires a bounty hunter named the Shade to go after the Graf siblings instead. This is against standard Imperial protocol and can get him in more trouble than he already is. It does, with the repercussions being he is stripped of his rank, kicked out of the Empire, and sent to work on Kessel.
- Evil Old Folks: He is an elderly officer who works for the Empire.
- Jawbreaker: Well, his actual lower jaw is replaced by a cybernetic one.
- Rank Up: Potentially: he appears in an Adventures issue set after the Battle of Endor with the rank of commodore, but the exact canon status of each Adventures story varies.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: He's been personally acknowledged by Tarkin and Vader, but now he's been reassigned to cataloging worlds in Wild Space, thanks to missing Lina, Milo, and Crater because he Failed a Spot Check.
- Uncertain Doom: He is left to die on the ice planet in "The Cold", and there's no signs that we are aware of that help is coming.
- Unexplained Recovery: Despite his fate at the end of Adventures In Wild Space, he shows up as the main villain in Adventures issue Annual 2019 with no explanation as to how he managed to escape. However, not all of Adventures is stated to have happened, so it's possible that his role in this issue was fictitious.
- Would Hurt a Child: He once set up a trap to capture Milo and Lina Graf.
An Imperial officer in charge of combating the Free Ryloth Movement in the Tann Province.
- Asshole Victim: When Chopper blows up Hera's house, Slavin is flung several feet by the explosion, apparently breaking his arm.
- Back for the Dead: In his next major appearance after "Hera's Heroes", he gets killed in "In the Name of the Rebellion" when his Star Destroyer gets destroyed by an exploding kyber crystal.
- Bumbling Sidekick: What the Twi'leks consider him to be, and he doesn't disappoint.
- The Cameo: Appears briefly in "Through Imperial Eyes" with Titus and Brunson, coming from a meeting with Thrawn.
- Fantastic Racism: He hates Twi'leks and considers their artwork "trash".
- Foil: To Pellaeon from the original Thrawn Trilogy, another Watson to Thrawn. Pellaeon was a competent and respectful Anti-Villain; Slavin is a Stupid Evil Jerkass.
- It's Pronounced "Tro-PAY": His name is pronounced no less than three different ways by three different characters.
- Meaningful Name: His name is "Slavin", and he and Thrawn are enslaving the Twi'leks on Hera's homeworld.
- Mook Lieutenant: To Thrawn.
- The Watson: To a large degree, he exists solely to give Thrawn someone to talk to and explain things to, helping us understand Thrawn's methods and mindset.
The captain of an Imperial light cruiser sent to apprehend the party investigating the surface of Geonosis, which turn out to be Saw Gerrera of the Partisans and the Ghost crew.
- Ambition Is Evil: Upon realizing that they're dealing with the Ghost, the first thing on her mind is killing them to get a promotion.
- The Cameo: Appears briefly in "Through Imperial Eyes" with Titus and Slavin coming from a meeting with Thrawn.
- Dope Slap: Does one to an Imperial officer when he says that the Rocket Troopers have suffered heavy losses — as in, All of Them.
- Expy: Visually, she's a dead ringer for Rae Sloane.
- Ink-Suit Actor: She looks a bit like her voice actor, Leslie L. Miller.
- Naïve Newcomer: While it appears she certainly knows of the Ghost's status as The Dreaded among Imperials, she doesn't seem to know why that is the case and why another ordinary officer like her won't be the one to apprehend them, nor will the next guy in line.
- Pet the Dog: While ambitious and inexperienced, she does seem to want her crew to get in on the same promotion she wants if they destroy the Ghost crew.
- Shout-Out: Her name is one to Jessica Brunson, the production assistant and coordinator on Rebels.
- Too Dumb to Live: She tries to have her cruiser block the hole the Ghost is in. The Ghost flies through her cruiser and cuts it in half instead and manages to flee. Hera points out that this is poor move shows how inexperienced Brunson is, both in how it is a poor strategic choice in general and that Hera and her ship are The Dreaded for a reason.
An Imperial officer overseeing the fleet guarding the contested territory Desevro during the rise of the New Republic.
- Asshole Victim: Nobody aboard the Overseer seems particularly unhappy he's gone, with Vonreg in particular saying that he deserved to go down with his ship for botching their mission for the sake of glory.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: His go-to strategy, which by the time Titan Squadron runs into him has cost him his entire fleet of Star Destroyers save for his own ship.
- Bad Boss: When Titan Squadron first arrives over Desevro, they hide amongst the wreckage of most of Amos' fleet, which was destroyed due to him continuously goading attacks from the New Republic he clearly couldn't handle. This ends up getting the man himself killed when he refuses to retreat and his ship, the Tormentor, is destroyed.
- Blood Knight: Relishes battle with the Rebels, to the point he deliberately provokes attacks from them and refuses to retreat, to the detriment of his fleet and ultimately his life.
- Famous Last Words: "But... But I won!"
- Spanner in the Works: Shows up to attack a convoy of New Republic ships ferrying engineers to the Starhawk project, which Titan Squadron was attempting to track undetected. This is in spite of receiving orders not to interefere in order to not jeopardize the mission.
- Too Dumb to Live: Ignores Captain Kerrill's pleas for him to retreat or take evasive action even as his ship is clearly getting overrun by New Republic forces and a disabled frigate is about to explode right next to his own ship, and he doesn't even seem to realize his mistake up until his ship literally explodes around him.
Captain Jan Dodonna
Other Imperial Navy Personnel
Crew of the Overseer
Captain Terisa Kerrill
An orphan from the streets of Coruscant, Terisa found salvation in the Imperial navy as a way to bring order and structure to her life and the galaxy. After her mentor Linden Javes defected while saving a group of Alderaanian refugees, Terisa was reassigned to backwater sectors of the Empire as punishment, but clawed her way into command of the ISD Overseer in the aftermath of the Battle of Endor under the direction of Grand Admiral Sloane.
- Black-and-White Morality: She's convinced that the Alderaanian refugees that Helix Squadron is sent after in the prologue aren't as innocent as the Rebellion claims because they've chosen to hide in a place where thieves and smugglers frequent.
- Create Your Own Villain: She was a TIE pilot under Javes command and learned from him. At the beginning of the game, when Javes expresses uncertainty about attacking Alderaanian refugees, Kerrill reminds him that he taught her that the idea that their targets are innocent civilians was merely rebel propaganda, something that Javes clearly regrets teaching her (especially since the Empire's reason for why Alderaan was destroyed was also propaganda). By time of the main story, theyre leaders of archenemy squadrons.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She grew up as a starving orphan on the streets of Coruscant and she joined the Empire to escape her life.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Her reaction to Javes defecting, and she quickly attempts to kill him.
- The Heavy: The leader of the imperial forces investigating Project Starhawk, though she reports directly to Grand Admiral Sloane.
- It's Personal: Invoked. Sloane puts her in charge of the investigation on Project Starhawk because the head of it is her former mentor, Javes, so Kerrill would be familiar with his tactics.
- The Mentor: Javes was her squadron leader and taught her to be loyal to the Empire. Possibly counts as Parental Substitute, given Kerrill grew up as an orphan and Javes is much older than her.
- A Mother to Her Men: It's unclear whether she is this or simply engages in Pragmatic Villainy, but compared to other Imperials, she takes care of her TIE pilots, possibly because she started her career as one. The penultimate mission where you fly into the Starhawk's bowls and have to escape the reactor explosion under her personal guidance stands out considering other Imperials would have probably left you to figure things out on your own or just die with your mission accomplished. Of course the Empire is also fighting the war on an at best even footage at this point, so its We Have Reserves tactics are no longer viable and Terisa is only quicker to realize this than most.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: After Javes' defection, she was reassigned to protecting fuel shipments in the Meram sector from pirates and scoundrels, a reassignment that she considered a disgrace and the end of her career if it weren't for Sloane putting her in charge of uncovering Project Starhawk.
- We Used to Be Friends: Her squadron leader and mentor was Javes before he defected to the rebellion.
- You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: She professionally refers to Javes as "sir", "captain", and "Javes", but when Javes's betrayal is revealed, they call each other by their first names.
LT-514, born Obon Yandro
An Imperial controller who left his quiet post following Endor to study the tactics of Titan Squadron on the frontlines, serving aboard the Overseer.
- Not So Above It All: He notes that observing Titan Squadron, in addition to being insightful for his reports, has also been 'fun', with him noting that he's enjoying the excitement of being in the field.
Captain Varko Grey
Callsigns: Titan Leader
The commander of Titan Squadron, an elite TIE unit assigned to the Overseer. Formerly a police officer on his homeworld of Parkella, Varko fought against corruption and injustice in the system. He eventually joined the Empire to help impose order on what he viewed as a choatic galaxy, rising through the ranks to establish himself as a famed Imperial ace.
- A Father to His Men: Unlike many Imperial officers he cares deeply for the pilots under his command. During the Battle of Var-Shaa he ignored order to retreat and ended up briefly stranded by trying to save one of his pilots and was devastated when they died. Even when Titan Three is given command of operations instead of him, Varko is simply proud of the skill and leadership qualities they are showing rather than jealous or defensive of his position.
- Hidden Depths: He displays a remarkable talent for inspiring and comforting those under his command, and he expresses a desire to leave the military and retire to a quiet, peaceful backwater one day.
- I've Come Too Far: Although he has serious reservations about many of the Empire's actions and express extreme discomfort with attacking civilians and a medical frigate to draw New Republic forces into a trap, Varko has seen far too many of his comrades and pilots under his command die in the name of establishing order to ever consider turning away from the Empire.
- The Leader: He's in charge of Titan Squadron, though in gameplay Titan-3 is the one calling the shots unless the mission explicitly calls for Grey to take the lead.
- Might Makes Right: Believes the Empire's power means that it and their soldiers have complete control over deciding who gets to live and die in its efforts to bring order to the galaxy.
- Pet the Dog: If Titan-3 chooses to prioritize military targets over civilian ones, Grey expresses a bit of relief at not having to attack civilians, hiding it behind a veneer of focusing on the actual threats on the battlefield and maintaining sight of the mission's objectives. He'll also occasionally come to the player's rescue if they get overwhelmed.
- Straight Gay: He has a husband, Emory.
- Token Good Teammate: While he's a loyal soldier of the Empire, Grey tries to keep some form of standards in battle, as he keeps the more bloodthirsty members of the team (Shen and Vonreg) in-check, and he visibly hesitates against attacking civilian targets. He also mentions that he has no intention of attaining power, wanting only to retire peacefully once the war is over, regardless of how it ends.
The daughter of two Imperial senators, Rella blames much of the current chaos engulfing the Empire on the dissolution of the Senate and longs to see it restored.
- Ambition Is Evil: She sees Titan Squadron's mission as a way to gain favor and influence with the surviving Imperial leadership, specifically Admiral Sloane, who she wants to become an aide too. Rella believes that having Sloane's ear would be the best way to restore the Senate and save the Empire.
- Hypocrite: She openly desires the restoration of the Imperial Senate, a relic of the Galactic Republic's devotion to democracy, but derides the Galactic Republic and the New Republic as "ten thousand squabbling voices" and seems to take a dim view of democracy as a concept. It's clear that she values the senate more as a way for wealthy elites like her family to advance their power and status than a way for the people to have a voice in government.
- Pragmatic Villainy: She wants to restore the Imperial Senate, not out of any idealistic desire for democracy, but because the feels the Senate as a body would have been more capable of exercising authority in the absence of the Emperor than the Moffs (who have largely split into dozens of warring sub-factions). Though the fact her parents were senators (and thus would get a share of this power if her plans came to fruition) probably had a hand in the idea.
- Pet the Dog: If Titan-3 takes too much damage in battle, she'll come to their aid with supplies and repair modules.
- Token Good Teammate: For a given value of "good". She disapproves of the Empire's transition to complete autocracy and would like to see the Imperial Senate restored. Of course, this is tempered by the fact that she comes from a wealthy family of career politicians who lost their status when the Senate was dissolved, adding a layer of aristocratic selfishness to that desire.
Hailing from a prominent Imperial noble family, Havina and her family have a strong military history.
- Blood Knight: She is the most aggressive member of Titan Squadron, and eagerly embraces orders to fire on civilians whom she considers legitimate targets for living under rebel rule. Varko has to reign in her anger a few times and remind her to keep her "fire" focused on the enemy instead of her allies.
- Broken Ace: her dialogue with Shen hints as such.Vonreg: If youre the sensitive type you can only take so much before you overload. And when that happens, if you want to keep going, you find something — even if its just a target. Whatever gets you moving forward. Everything else has to be noise. To survive.
- Call-Forward: She's related to First Order pilot Baron Elrik Vonreg from Star Wars Resistance, though the nature of this relationship has yet to be revealed (fan theory is split on whether she's his mother or his aunt).
- Et Tu, Brute?: She's bitter about how many Imperials defected after Endor and vows that they will all be hunted down.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She despises the rebels because her brothers in the 181st were killed in the war.
- Foil: To Grace. Both are of noble families loyal to the Empire, but Grace realized how evil the Empire was and joined the Rebellion, while Havinas dedication only grew after her brothers died in combat and a number of her colleagues defected.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: She has extensive jagged facial scarring that has healed poorly.
- Meaningful Name: Vonreg is a Punny Name for Manfred Von Richthofen, otherwise known as the Red Baron of legend.
- Psycho Party Member: Havina is easily the most bloodthirsty member of Titan, to the point where Gray has to step in and restrain her on multiple occasions. She relishes open combat with the enemy and gets frustrated when forced to retreat.
- Pet the Dog: She has a sincere friendship with Titan-3 and casually remarks how they can "thank her later" when she comes to their aid in combat.
- Token Evil Teammate: Most of Titan Squadron is composed of professionals who see the war with the New Republic as business and treat it as such, occasionally demonstrating moral limits, like Grey openly hesitating to fire on civlians and Rella disapproving of the Empire's absolute, military-dominated autocracy. And then there's Vonreg, who revels in wholesale slaughter of anyone affiliated with the New Republic, delighting in shooting down civilian transports and attacking fleeing targets.
- Would Hurt a Child: Strongly considers executing several Imperial cadets stationed aboard a captured Rebel missile platform who failed to remove the station's auto-targeting system, which resulted in the destruction of an Imperial carrier. Shen manages to talk her down.Shen: They didnt kill your brother.Vonreg: You think Im too far gone to know that?Shen: You know it. Time to feel it.Vonreg: So what, then? They just get away with this?Shen: No, they live with the burden. Every day. Like we live with ours.Vonreg: I hate it when you talk sense.
A veteran pilot who has survived numerous battles against the Rebellion at great physical cost.
- 24-Hour Armor: Unlike his fellow Titan Squad members, Shen is always seen in full armor, even during non-combat situations.
- Darth Vader Clone: Downplayed as he lacks a cape, lightsaber and Force powers, but he's an Imperial dressed in all black armor, who suffered extreme injuries and is half-man, half-machine. He's also a talented pilot and has a deep, intimidating voice, which more or less makes him Vader if Vader was a grunt.
- The Faceless: He cannot remove his scarred helmet as it is part of his life support system, specifically keeping his broken neck stable.Shen: The helmet stays on.
- Guttural Growler: His voice is fairly deep and scratchy, possibly because of the injuries he's sustained over the course of his life.
- It's Personal: He is quite pleased when he learns that Titan Squadron will be fighting Anvil Squadron at Mon Cala, as they previously shot him down and cost him two vertebrae. Shen relishes in slaughtering them and the civilians under their protection for revenge.Shen: Anvil Squadron. Been a while. They shot me down, once.
- Made of Iron: He has survived crashes that would have killed any other TIE pilot, even prior to his enhancements.
- Major Injury Underreaction: During the events of Count to Three he is impaled by durasteel debris through his torso and doesn't even notice until Vonreg points it out. Even major injuries like that no longer bother Shen after all the abuse his body has suffered, and he tries to avoid treating his wound to avoid wasting resources.
- Noodle Incident: He has some serious beef with Anvil Squadron, openly relishing the chance to face them once more in combat and personally taking the lead in ship-to-ship communications with Anvil's leader, but the only thing he states about the incident that caused him to develop a grudge with them is that they shot him down at some point during the Galactic Civil War.
- Old Soldier: Shen has clearly been in the fight for a long time, though unlike his squad leader Grey, he doesn't physically show it as his appearance is always hidden behind his armor. He mentions that the cold makes his cybernetics ache and has fought the Rebellion for much of his life, indicating that he's one of the more senior pilots.
- Scarred Equipment: His helmet and breastplate have extensive damage, including pieces that look melted, as a result of his repeated crashes. Why he didn't have them replaced with fresh armor isn't explained, especially given that the Empire still has the resources to do so at this point in the timeline.
- Terse Talker: Shen is a man of few words, but when he speaks, people listen.
- We Can Rebuild Him: Most of his body has been repaired or replaced by cybernetics to replace what he has lost after being repeatedly shot down in battles.
The playable character of the Imperial campaign in Squadrons.
- Alliterative Name: One of the default names is Bly Basko.
- Mythology Gag: One of the random names is Maarek Steele, the playable character in the old TIE Fighter game.
- One Steve Limit: Bly Basko is not to be confused with Clone Commander Bly.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: After Javes' betrayal, they were reassigned to the Outer Rim.
- Sixth Ranger: Kerrill adds you to Titan Squadron as its fifth member.
- Villain Protagonist: You play a character that wholeheartedly believes in the Empire and the ideals it claims to stand for.
An Imperial mechanic serving aboard the Overseer who outfits Titan Squadron's ships for combat and keeps the Overseer itself operational.
- Non-Action Guy: He tells you that, while he has a great love for TIE Fighters and other Imperial craft, he wouldn't be caught dead operating one and instead is content to repair and outfit them in the safety of the hangar.
Crew of the Strikefast
An Imperial Crew who discovered an exiled Chiss named Mitth'raw'nuruodo, who would later become a Grand Admiral and a valuable asset to Emperor Palpatine.
- Canon Immigrant: The Strikefast's crew, including Captain Parck and Colonel Barris, also discovered Thrawn back in Legends. However, the Strikefast is now a Venator-class (otherwise known as a Star Destroyer from the Clone Wars era) rather than a Victory-class to further drill in how soon Thrawn was found by the Empire (Legends had it one week after the Declaration of the New Order).
Captain Voss Parck
The commander of the Strikefast. After discovering Thrawn and his capabilities, he brought him before the Emperor in hopes of a reward.
- Cultural Posturing: While not as bad as other Core Worlders, Parck clearly has some prejudice against Outer Rim and Wildspace inhabitants, regarding them as primitive and uncultured.
- Demoted to Extra: In Legends, Parck was a constant presence throughout Thrawn's career. His role as Thrawn's closest military ally is taken by Vanto.
- Small Role, Big Impact: His discovery of Thrawn and delivery of him to the Emperor as a gift is the complete extent of his involvement in Thrawn, but doing so provides the Empire one of its most brilliant tactical minds and alters the life of Eli Vanto considerably.
Crew of the Defiance
A training vessel for naval officers that has been in service since the Old Republic.
Commandant Pell Baylo
An officer in command of the Defiance, a training ship for the Imperial Navy.
- Badass Boast: He makes one to Vader after assisting a cadet with plotting a course for Hyper Space.Baylo: They don't learn right away, but they learn. I get results. You can tell your emperor that.
- Cool Old Guy: The man was in his 70s, but had been training cadets aboard the Defiance for nearly five decades. If that's not enough, the man had the courage to speak out against both Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine, verbally denouncing the Empire as a dishonorable force of destruction under the command of a tyrant.
- Defiant to the End: Shows no fear upon learning his plot to kill the Emperor and Vader has failed, and instead continues to rail against Palpatine until Vader kills him.
- Fate Worse than Death: Averted. Palpatine wanted to keep Baylo alive and force him to watch his beloved Navy be turned into something he hated and have the Defiance be melted down into cafeteria trays. In fact, he wanted to use Baylo, a man who was willing to kill his own students for a cause, for his own ambitions. But that plan ended when Vader killed him without the Emperor's say so. The Defiance is later renamed the Obedience as a final jab toward Baylo as well as a not-so-subtle hint toward Vader to learn his place.
- Handicapped Badass: Baylo suffered from constant back-pain due to an injury he received in the past, but never showed any signs of slowing down or letting his pain get between his duties.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Vader kills him in the middle of his "The Reason You Suck" Speech against the Emperor.
- Nerves of Steel: Big time. The man had enough courage to stand up to both Darth Vader, and Emperor Palpatine himself.
- Old Soldier: Served the Republic for nearly fifty years, and claims to be even older than Palpatine.
- The Remnant: Baylo still remains loyal to the Galactic Republic, rather than the government that succeeded it.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Palpatine tried to explain to him how the Senate voted for the Republic to be made into the empire, Baylo cuts him off entirely, stating that the Senate dissolved its pact with the people the very moment it allowed a tyrant to take over.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: When Baylo compares the Emperor's officers to mindless droids, Vader (who is a cyborg himself) immediately Force chokes the man to death.
- Thanatos Gambit: He attempts to assassinate Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader, and four navy chiefs by flying the Defiance into a star.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He is willing to kill all of his cadets if it means ridding the universe of Palpatine and Vader, and notes that he would prefer to see them die than watch them become mindless officers for the Empire.
Crew of the Blood Crow
A Gozanti-class cruiser. In the early years of the Empire, Thrawn served as second (later promoted to first) weapons officer aboard the Blood Crow alongside Ensign Eli Vanto.
Captain Filia Rossi
The captain of the Blood Crow, succeeding Captain Virgilio after his unexplained disappearance. Prior to her promotion as the ship's captain, she was first officer to aboard an ore freighter escort and other jobs in the Socorro system and its asteroid belt.
- Jerkass: Is very dismissive of Thrawn and Eli and assigns the most menial tasks to them, viewing them as an irritating presence that threatens her command and ignores any suggestion they make out of hand.
- Meaningful Name: Filia means "daughter" in Latin, and rossi means "red" in Italian. The red daughter of the Blood Crow, hmm...
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Eli is almost sure that the only reason why she's Virgilio's successor is because according to everyone else, she has connections.
Crew of the Garrote
An attack cruiser that was among the remaining Imperial fleet in hiding following the Battle of Jakku.
Commander Nash Windrider
A human male from Alderaan, Nash is roommates with Thane Kyrell and Ved Foslo at the Imperial Academy on Coruscant. After graduating, he is assigned to the Devastator alongside Ciena Ree.
- Ace Pilot: Although not as skilled as Thane or Ciena, Nash still graduated near the top of their class at the academy.
- Berserk Button: Mentioning Alderaan puts him on edge, but implying that its destruction was unnecessary infuriates him.
- Black-and-White Insanity: Develops a case of this after the destruction of Alderaan.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: The author imagined him being played by Tom Mison.
- Corrupt the Cutie: Started out as a nice easygoing idealist who was transformed by the Empire into a brutal fascist.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Nash believes that his close friend and secret crush Ciena is a loyal, willing Imperial officer like him, never realizing she hates serving them but feels she has no choice. He also never figures out she's in love with Thane, even after she goes out of her way to save him during a dogfight. May be a case of Selective Obliviousness given his feelings for her and his hatred of Thane.
- Important Haircut: He used to wear his hair in several long braids. After Alderaan's destruction, he cuts them off.
- Insane Troll Logic: Combined with Sanity Slippage: no one actually expects him to remain loyal to the Empire but he contorts his brain into a pretzel to make not only Alderaan's destruction justified but a moral sacrifice for the greater good. It makes him a terrifyingly loyal Imperial.
- Knight Templar: In order to cope with the destruction of his homeworld, Nash becomes an Imperial fanatic. He is even glad the Empire built another Death Star, claiming they should uses it again and again until no one would ever dare to challenge the Empire's authority.
- Luke Nounverber: One of many Star Wars characters who are named in such a manner.
- Rank Up: Like Ciena, Nash is promoted and assigned to the Executor several months after the destruction of the Death Star. He is later promoted again to Commander in the aftermath of Endor and placed in charge of the fighters aboard Ciena's Star Destroyer Inflictor.
- Revenge: After learning Thane is not dead and instead with the Rebellion, Nash wants nothing more than to kill him painfully. Swears vengeance upon the Rebellion after he thinks Ciena died crashing her Star Destroyer on Jakku.
- Stalker with a Crush: While his feelings for Ciena are not stalkerish at first, as time goes on he seems to become more and more obsessed with her, even managing to end up as flight coordinator on the Inflictor when it is assigned to her, with him happily noting it means they will get to see each other everyday from then on. Ciena, who by that point despises the Empire, is both creeped out by and grateful for his feelings, since they are the only thing preventing Nash from realizing she no longer believes in the Empire and turning her over to the ISB.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: He believes that once the Empire wins, the galaxy will know an era of peace and order unlike any other, and the Empire is thus justified in doing whatever it has to in order to crush opposition.
- We Used to Be Friends: Mourned Thane's death for years, but within seconds of learning he was alive and with the Rebellion, Nash attempts to kill him in furious rage. He later decides that Thane was clearly a master deceiver who was never truly friends with anybody at the academy and probably lied about his family and past.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: At first; he believed that one day the Empire would provide all of its citizens the high standard of living that could be found on Alderaan. After his homeworld's destruction, Nash trades his idealism for fanaticism.
Ensign/Lieutenant Dalven Kyrell
The older brother of Thane Kyrell, and the eldest son of Oris and Ganaire Kyrell. After the Battle of Jakku, he was assigned to the Garrote as a lieutenant and the assistant to Flight Commander Nash Windrider, who incidentally was a former classmate of Thane's.
- Ambition Is Evil: He wanted to join the Empire for all the prestige and power it comes with. Oris supported it enough that he managed to pull a few strings to get him into the Royal Imperial Academy.
- Big Brother Bully: Following his father's example, he always bullied Thane.
- Desk Jockey: While at the Royal Imperial Academy, Thane runs into him and discovers that he's only an ensign relegated to a desk job, which isn't what he'd claimed in the messages he sent home.
- Hate Sink: He doesn't have a single redeeming quality about himself. Even Nash, who is his superior by the time of the Battle of Jakku, finds his pompous attitude annoying (and he's also aware that Dalven is not fond of Ciena).
- Parental Favoritism: His father favored him over Thane... despite Thane being The Ace that gets into the Royal Imperial Academy on his own accord rather than Screw the Rules, I Have Connections! and becomes a high-ranking TIE pilot, while Dalven is stuck as a Desk Jockey with below-average skills after graduating with poor grades from the Royal Imperial Academy. Maybe their dad likes brawn/Jerkassery over brains?
Crew of Commander Dreed's Star Destroyer
An Imperial-class Star Destroyer under the command of Commander Dreed that proved an adversary to Princess Leia Organa's mission to rescue Alderaanian refugees that survived the destruction of their homeworld by the Death Star, after the Battle of Yavin which destroyed said superweapon.
Following the destruction of Alderaan, Dreed and his Star Destroyer are dispatched by the Empire to hunt down the remnants of the Alderaanian people scattered across the galaxy.
- Arc Villain: Serves as the primary antagonist of Princess Leia.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He cannot understand why Leia would give herself up for Tula, believing that there must be more to it than her simply being from Alderaan.
- I Gave My Word: During the exchange of Tula for Leia, Dreed appeared to be honestly keeping his word to allow the other Alderaanians to leave and is infuriated when he realizes that Leia is pulling a double-cross.
- Worthy Opponent: He has a lot of respect for Leia. After a platoon of Stormtroopers are wiped out by her on Sullust, he allows her to escape both out of respect and to see which group of Alderaans she will seek out next.Dreed: Perhaps she can teach our so-called fearsome Empire a thing or two about combat!
A native of Alderaan, Tula was forced by Commander Dreed to use her twin sister Tace to gain information on Princess Leia Organa's movements across the galaxy.
- Beauty Mark: Has a big one on the right side of her forehead.
- Blind Obedience: She's obedient to the Empire's orders. But obedience is not loyalty.
- Just Following Orders: The only reason why she stayed an Imperial for a while, even after the Disaster.
- Undying Loyalty: Subverted. Tula is obedient to the Empire, but she is ultimately loyal to her family. Dreed anticipated her HeelFace Turn, as Imperial tests on her loyalty scored low, but obedience high.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Dreed arrests her to be processed when Leia figures out that she's The Mole that's ratting out information about the Alderaanian enclave she's been searching for.
204th Imperial Fighter Wing
- "Where shadows fall, all things die."
An elite TIE Interceptor known as Shadow Wing, the 204th is responsible for numerous atrocities and massacres during the Empire's reign, culminating in the genocide of Nacronis during Operation: Cinder. As a result, they became a high priority target of New Republic Intelligence during the last year of the Galactic Civil War. The 204th operated from the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Pursuer and the Quasar Fire-class cruiser-carriers Aerie and Allegiance.
Colonel Shakara Nuress
Commander of the 204th Imperial Fighter Wing and the Pursuer. Following the Battle of Endor and the death of the Emperor, Nuress was one of many officers tasked with carrying out Operation: Cinder.
- Alas, Poor Villain: As she lays dying after being shot by Nath, Nuress begs the Emperor's Sentinel droid to explain why Operation: Cinder had been ordered, but recives no answer and dies terrified that the Empire she had served and all that she had done in her life had been a mistake.
- Arc Villain: Of the first novel in the Alphabet Squadron trilogy, being the mastermind behind the starfighter raids that picked off dozens of New Republic ships and establishing a stronghold on Pandem Nai that could refuel entire Imperial fleets.
- Face Death with Dignity: Shows no fear while being held at blasterpoint by Nath and calmly accepts that once she has answered all his questions he will kill her.
- In-Series Nickname: Known as Grandmother by the pilots under her command, but it is a reference to her age and stern nature, not any motherly or nurturing attributes.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Carrying out Operation: Cinder on Nacronis took a toll on her, and she desperately hoped that the Sentinel sent to her would speak again with new orders that could contextualize it as something that was necessary.
- Old Soldier: She was a Republic officer and fought in the Clone Wars. Nuress frequently refers to the Rebels as Separatists, seeing no difference between them and viewing the Rebellion as a continuation of the Clone Wars.
Colonel Soran Keize
The Ace pilot of the 204th Imperial Fighter Wing, Soran leads the squadron into battle from the front lines. After the loss of Endor and the fallout of Operation Cinder, Soran tried to live a new life in hiding as a common laborer Devon Lhent, on the run from the New Republic and partisans that wanted to see him tried for his crimes against the Galaxy in service to the Empire.
- A Father to His Men: He cares very little for the Empire's goals and focuses just on the survival of his pilots and the avenging of their losses. This gets portrayed somewhat more negatively than usual though, often taking him to Moral Myopia lengths and the people he's so keen to protect are mostly war criminals who took part in Operation Cinder and think nothing of it.
- Arc Villain: Takes over as the main antagonist of the Alphabet Squadron series following Nuress' death in the first book.
- Moral Myopia: Shadow Wing carried out Operation Cinder, remained loyal to the Empire and for the most part unrepentant afterwards and hunted down and slaughtered Wyl and Chass's fellow pilots through multiple star systems, yet when Alphabet Squadron dares to take the fight to Shadow Wing (killing some, damaging their infrastructure and humiliating the group in general) he supports a vendetta against Hera Syndulla without a hint of introspection and festers this feeling among his men.
- Rank Up: After his command over Shadow Wing is restored, the squadron commanders all agree that Soran should be promoted to Colonel from Major.
- Red Baron: Soran is known for his kill count and extraordinary flying skill. Unlike most TIE Aces, he's also known for watching out for his copilots in combat, rather than focusing on his own life and limbs.
- Skewed Priorities: Deep down, he doesn't really regret the war crimes of Operation Cinder as much as he resents the Emperor forcing that burden upon its pilots.
- That Man Is Dead: Soran tries to move on from the Empire and live an honest life, running from his participation in war crimes under the name Decon Lhent.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: He does his damndest to live a good and honest life- he helps Yrica go AWOL after Cinder, he deserts the Empire to stop participating in planetary genocides, he even helps stops a young human supremacist from carrying out a terror attack aboard his new home ship. The New Republic and anti-Imperial elements won't let him live in peace, so he opts to return to Shadow Wing and take up command again.
Second Lieutenant Commander Teso Broosh
Commander of Squadron 5. Teso has a reputation for surviving at the expense of other pilot's lives, leaving many weary of serving under his command.
- Dare to Be Badass: He originally turned down command of Squadron 5, believing he was not leadership material and because of the rumors surrounding him. Major Keize challenged him to move past that and stated he saw in Broosh a commitment to the mission and his fellow pilots, tasking him with keeping them alive.
- Properly Paranoid: Keeps his own set of backdoor codes built into his Interceptor in case a higher-ranking officer ever turns traitor and attempts to lock him out of it. This proves a wise precaution when Admiral Gratloe tries to turn warlord and captures Squadron 5.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: He has no apparent qualms about serving the Empire in the aftermath of events like Alderaan and Operation Cinder, and speaks scoldingly towards Kreize for his attempt to provide an "honorable" alternative and Opt Out.
Senior Lieutenant Jeela Brebtin
Second-in-command of Squadron 5, Jeela is a skilled pilot and warrior who is unwavering in her dedication to the Empire and determination to kill rebels.
- Blood Knight: Relishes combat, to the point that her intensity disturbs her squadron mates.
- Dark Action Girl: She is the best shot and hand-to-hand combatant in the squadron, and easily helps them break out of their prison cell on Kudo.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Her eyes help contribute to her rather intense and somewhat disturbing nature.
- Knife Nut: Keeps a knife hidden in her boot in the event she is captured.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Her hair is much longer than normally seen amongst female Imperial officers, and she eschews the bun favored by those who do have longer hair in favor of a ponytail.
- Two Girls to a Team: With Zin and then Bansu Ro after Zin is killed and Bansu is sent as a replacement pilot.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She has not appeared or been mentioned in the Alphabet Squadron novels, making it unclear if she deserted because of Operation Cinder, was Killed Offscreen or simply has been present in the background. Jeela finally appears in the final novel of the trilogy.
Lieutenant Lyttan Dree
A cadet who trained at Cardia Academy alongside Han Solo and his twin brother Tamu. Sixteen years later, Lyttan had become a pilot in Squadron 5.
- Ace Pilot: Survived as a TIE pilot for sixteen years, earning his way into the elite Shadow Wing.
- Deadpan Snarker: Lets out frequent highly sarcastic comments.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: His TIE Interceptor is suddenly destroyed by Rebel fighters dropping out of hyperspace right as he is making a snarky comment.
- Older Than They Look: Despite taking place roughly sixteen years later, he looks the same in TIE Fighter as he did when introduced.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: During his training as a cadet, he and the rest of Onyx Squadron disobeyed order to rescue their commander after he was shot down over a hostile city. He also helped fake the death of another cade, Kanina Nico, so she could desert and return to her homeworld before the Empire invaded it for its resources.
- Sibling Team: Flew with his twin Tamu as cadets in Onyx Squadron until the Empire realized that Tamu was a skilled medic and transferred him out of the Starfighter Corps.
- Token Good Teammate: Most of his fellow Shadow Wing pilots are murderous, jerks, or deluded about the Empire. Lyttan is a good guy who cares deeply about his comrades and any loss of life who only joined the Empire with his brother because they were starving on their homeworld.
Flight Officer Ganem Kahi
The descendant of a long line of military pilots, Ganem harbors concerns over the Empire's actions but remains loyal to the military.
- Battle Couple: With Zin.
- Military Brat: Six generations of pilots preceded him in service to the Republic before it became the Empire, including his father, who perished in the Clone Wars.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Despite his misgivings over some Imperial actions and his belief that some of the Rebels might have legitimate grievences, Ganem is completely loyal to the Empire. He still views it as a continuation of the Republic, with the same worlds and citizens, and would never turn his back on the generations of his family that have served it.
- Sanity Slippage: After Zin is killed and is revealed to have been planning on defecting to the Rebellion, Ganem becomes a lot more aggressive and bloodthirsty while also insisting that she was innocent despite the evidence and vowing revenge upon the Rebels for her death.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He has not appeared or been mentioned in the Alphabet Squadron novels, making it unclear if he deserted because of Operation Cinder, was Killed Offscreen or simply has been present in the background.
Flight Officer Zin Graw
A pilot in Squadron 5.
- Ambiguously Brown: She appears to be of Space-Asian descent.
- Battle Couple: With Ganem.
- Character Death: She dies in third issue during a dogfight between Shadow Squadron and Rebel forces.
- The Mole: Shes secretly a spy working for the Rebel Alliance. Unfortunately for her, she had no way to communicate that to the Rebel fighters that shot her down.
- Two Girls to a Team: With Jeela.
Lieutenant Palal Seedia
A pilot in Squadron Four, she is known as "Blink" to the pilots of Alphabet Squadron.
- Hidden Depths: Studied astrology at the Institute for Quantitative Studies on Bothawui for a year, something which is not in her Imperial file.
- I Regret Nothing: She openly states that she sees nothing morally wrong with Operation Cinder and feels far more regret about a broken promise to her father and twin sister about working at the family business.
- Kick the Dog: Very fond of this, first when seemingly opening up to Wyl and sharing a story about the history of the Oridol Cluster, only to end by stating that he and all his squadmates will die there. While a "guest" of the Children of the Empty Sun a little girl attempts to give her a carved statue. In response, Seedia whispers something to the girl that makes her run away crying.
- Number Two: She is second-in-command of Squadron Four under Captain Gablerone.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Chass, when their both stuck in the camp of the Children of the Empty Sun, while flatly despising each other the whole time and working together to find a means of escape.
Spaceborne cousins of the Stormtroopers, these pilots fly the TIE-series of space superiority vehicles, including fighters, bombers, and interceptors.
- Ace Pilot: Only ten percent of TIE pilot applicants graduate, making them either the best starfighter pilots in the galaxy, or the luckiest.
- Armored Coffins: The pilots go into combat without deflector shields or even ejector seats. They even nickname the TIEs suicide sleds to reflect this.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: Like Stormtroopers, both men and women can serve as TIE pilots.
- Evil Wears Black: In contrast to the white-armored Stormtroopers.
- Fragile Speedster: Although unshielded and unarmored, TIE fighters are quite nimble, and more than capable of outrunning their Rebel counterparts (except the A-Wing) in straight-line acceleration.
- Inter Service Rivalry: The Army and Navy have their own respective TIE Fighter units, so naturally there's a lot of animosity between the two (Navy pilots tend to get all the glory, even though Army pilots have more skill). After the Battle of Yavin, all Army and Navy squadrons are merged.
- Macross Missile Massacre: The TIE Defender serves as a fighter-bomber, carrying a large complement of missiles and anti-fighter lasers.
- Mook Mobile: A squad of these fighters heading for you has the same image as a squad of Stormtroopers.
- Samus Is a Girl: Female pilots are only indicated by their voices.
- Space Fighter: The Sienar Fleet Systems TIE Fighter does not have hyperdrive, shields, or heavy armaments. It is built to be fast and cheap, able to smash enemy ships through sheer numbers.
- Stuka Scream: The very distinctive sound produced by the twin ion engine definitely counts.
- Suicide Attack: At Endor, a number of fighters that are not visibly damaged can be seen deliberately flying into Rebel ships.
- We Have Reserves: An embodiment of this principle in the Imperial Navy. The Empire emphasizes quantity over quality for their starfighter corps, using large squadrons of expendable fighters and pilots to overwhelm enemy ships. However, after the destruction of the Death Star, the Empire begins to put more emphasis on the quality of their fighters, upgrading squadrons to the improved TIE Interceptor and using better training. Their performance at Endor is a lot better.
- "The security deflector shield will be deactivated when we have confirmation of your code transmission. Stand by."
Soldiers serving in the Imperial Navy, they're almost as ubiquitous as Stormtroopers and serve a variety of functions from control room personnel to guards.
- Cleanup Crew: The ones aboard the Executor often find themselves serving this function. A couple of them are on hand to drag the dead body of Captain Needa away after Vader has finished with him.
- Cool Helmet: Their helmets resemble glossy black Samurai helmets.
- Elite Mooks: The ones serving on the first Death Star were hand-picked by Tarkin himself to guard the space station.
- Evil Minions: They're not usually front line troops and so they rarely actually get involved in any action. A few of them did get into a shootout with the disguised Han and Luke in the Death Star's detention center, though.
- Evil Wears Black: Their uniforms are black.
- Faceless Goons: Averted. In fact, they're one of the only kind of Imperial troops with visible faces. This is Deconstructed in the From a Certain Point of View story, "Change of Heart". They are expected to be as stoic and impartial as the Stormtroopers, but not having close-faced helmets means they have a much harder time hiding their feelings if they are uncomfortable about something.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: They don't aim any better than their counterparts the Stormtroopers.
- Mooks: They're essentially to the Imperial Navy what the Stormtroopers are to the rest of the Empire.
- Praetorian Guard: A pair of them are often shown in the background protecting Grand Moff Tarkin or Darth Vader.
- "Captain, Lord Vader demands an update on the pursuit."
The backbone of the Imperial Navy, these technicians man the consoles which control the vast starships.
- The Bridge: A Star Destroyer's bridge has the crewers working in sunken pits while the officers stand over them, indicating a sharp contrast in the Imperial hierarchy.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Enlisted crew wear light grey jumpsuits, while officers wear olive grey tunics and NCOs wear black.
- Evil Minions: They perform these functions admirably.
- Faceless Goons: Not in the films, but in Rebels, they have their cap visors tucked down so that their faces are partially obscured.
- Ghost Extras: The crewers rarely get any lines, but they're all visibly terrified of Lord Vader. After Captain Needa is killed, the technicians who were watching immediately scramble to get back to work when Vader turns in their direction.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Most of them. They look visibly afraid when Darth Vader strolls along the deck.
- "Commence primary ignition."
Operators of the Imperial Navy's heavy artillery, from flak cannons to the Death Star's superlaser.
- Anti-Air: One of their main duties is operating turbolaser cannons, which were the primary defense of the first Death Star.
- Cool Helmet: Their distinctive beetle helmets, which provide technical updates and shield their eyes from power discharges.
- The Engineer: Imperial gunners are a sub-group of the Starfighter Corps, as they are either pilots-in-training or applicants who failed for flight assessment but still possess keen eyesight and technological skill. Rebels shows gunners serving as engineers aboard an Interdictor cruiser.
- Evil Wears Black: They dress in black like the TIE Fighter Pilots and Navy Troopers.
- Faceless Goons: They're not frontline troops, but they are still armed and nasty to deal with.