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Lothal Sector Government
Governor Ryder Azadi
Governor Arihnda Pryce
The Imperial governor of the Lothal Sector and a close ally of Grand Admiral Thrawn. Having hailed from her family-owned mining company on Lothal, she sold the company to the Empire, allowing the Empire to exploit her homeworld in order to advance her career, starting as a senatorial aide to Senator Renking.
- Ambition Is Evil: She forwent her people to the rule of the Empire, and time and time again, she tries to get away from her homeworld by attending to things like meetings with Palpatine and Amedda. The only reason why she shows up later on is because the lack of action on the rebel insurgency in her sector and the very cell that caused all of it is ruining her reputation, so not only did she eventually go back some time between "A Princess on Lothal" and "Steps Into Shadow", but she figures that going after the Ghost crew herself will finally put an end to the Empire's (and her) rebel troubles once and for all.
- Antagonistic Governor: She allowed the Empire to build a base on Lothal to further her career and doesn't even care about her people or planet.
- Arch-Enemy: For Ryder Azadi, as she ousted him as governor and the emnity between them is very personal.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: She gives Sabine a pretty good fight in "The Antilles Extraction", though Sabine still wins for obvious reasons.
- Badass Bureaucrat: Despite being a politician, Pryce still goes toe-to-toe against Sabine, a Mandalorian commando, in a fistfight. Sabine still wins, but it's a near thing. Pryce later bests Rex in a fistfight.
- Bad Boss: Gives no effort in hiding her dislike for Konstantine and his fleet, preferring to listen to Thrawn over him.Konstantine: We're letting them get away? I don't understand.
Pryce: I know you don't.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: One of the two main Season 3 Imperial villains alongside Thrawn, with Tarkin as the Greater-Scope Villain and their main subordinates being Kallus and Konstantine. By Season 4 though, she is nothing more than a puppet governor under Thrawn.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The first book of Servants of the Empire shows her as friendly and conversational. Later books reveal that she's been approving questionable acts like keeping a massacre in Westhills hush-hush, and Season 3 has her finally appear in the show proper, showing that she definitely isn't a nice lady. Thrawn reveals that she found returning to Lothal boring and irritating.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: In "Zero Hour", Kallus taunts her and she orders him thrown out the airlock. This was a huge mistake, because had she ordered him executed where he stood, Kallus wouldn't have fought his way out while being dragged to the airlock.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: She's basically Cate Blanchett in cartoon form.
- Dark Is Evil: Has dark hair, a dark uniform, and is a loyal member of the Empire.
- Defiant to the End: She refuses an offer by Ryder Azadi to come with them and join the rebellion, and remains onboard the exploding command center with a look of pure hatred on her face.
- Dirty Coward: She is exposed as this in "A Fool's Hope", reduced to a quivering, sniveling wreck by the Loth-Wolves. The humiliation this causes her is part of what motivates her to Face Death with Dignity in the series finale rather than flee for her life.
- Driven to Suicide: In the series finale, with her career and everything she's built on Lothal going up/down in flames, Pryce refuses a chance to flee with the Rebels and stays in the exploding command centre.
- Electric Torture: She tries to inflict this on Sabine, only to end up the victim of it herself when Sabine fights her way free. She later inflicts some on Hera, mostly for fun.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While she does want to get off Lothal and could care less about its people, she has a soft spot for her parents and their mining company. She had to jump through hoops to get her mother freed from custody when she got framed for embezzlement, and holds a grudge against Renking, Azadi and Uvis for costing her parents' company because of their rivalry and wanting to take the company for their own.
- Expy: She resembles Colonel Irina Spalko in both appearance and demeanor.
- Face Death with Dignity: She keeps a poker face as everything explodes all around her at the end of the series finale.
- Foil: To Governor Azadi, her predecessor. Azadi is warm and fatherly, as well as wanting the best for his people, while Pryce comes off more as an Evil Matriarch and is clearly much more concerned about Imperial matters than her people. Both of them even have an Orange/Blue Contrast (as well as blue eyes).
- General Failure: Despite the uniform she likes to wear and her proficiency in hand-to-hand combat, she has no military training whatsoever. This means that every time she takes personal command of ships or troops in the field she manages to completely bungle everything up.
- The Ghost: While she is mentioned as early as "Droids in Distress", the third episode of the series, she doesn't appear in person for the first two seasons, with her name only being brought up sporadically. Seems that she's often offworld, apparently having gone to Coruscant at least twice and extending a visit to Eriadu. She makes her proper debut in Season 3. Ezra, who has been on Lothal for his entire childhood, apparently isn't aware that she is his planet's governor when he first meets her in "An Inside Man".
- Hate Sink: She's a total bitch, even by Imperial standards, with few redeeming qualities. However, she doesn't really solidify into this trope until the second half of Season 4, in which she's shown torturing Hera mostly For the Evulz instead of interrogating her, and even more so when she kills Kanan in a move that completely compromises the entire Imperial operation on Lothal, and then tries to cover it up by throwing a parade that the Empire clearly doesn't have the resources to support, which a furious Thrawn makes sure to call her out on.
- Hero Killer: Deconstructed: She performs an action that kills a hero (namely, Kanan Jarrus gets blown up in a Heroic Sacrifice) but she never gets to obtain the rep because Thrawn is instead pissed at how colossally stupid her act was, explains exactly how much damage she did to the efforts of the Empire to keep control over the sector, let alone win the war, in exchange for killing a single man (and the fact that the man was a Jedi is something Thrawn cares absolutely jack about) and tells her that he'll make sure she suffers for her incompetence.
- Honor Before Reason: She refuses an offer by Ryder Azadi to leave the exploding Lothal command ship with them, saying that she'd rather die than join the Rebellion. And she does.
- Hypocrite: Her irritation at Konstantine's incompetence for being "more politician than soldier", considering the fact that she herself is a politician with no military training whatsoever.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Has very light blue eyes, and responds to the threat of the Rebels by immediately bringing in someone she knows can stop them.
- Karma Houdini:
- As far as we know. Neither her bosses or subordinates call her out on her absences nor shift the blame for the rebellious activity to her, resulting in the Co-Dragons getting told off and her own second-in-command gets killed for it as well. Justified, because she seems like an important figure in the Empire's plans for Lothal.
- She was the true perpetrator of the massive massacre of civilians during the Battle of Batonn, which she carried out to cover up the fact that she murdered an ISB Agent. Thrawn and Eli Vanto are the only ones who even suspect it but they have no evidence, so she gets away with it completely clean.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: After a novel and three full seasons of not suffering any political repercussions, she suffers a string of humiliations, starting with getting verbally chewed out by Thrawn (whom she, ironically, pinned the casualties on Batonn on) for compromising the TIE Defender project and later gets captured by the Lothal insurgents.
- Locked Out of the Loop: By the end of "Through Imperial Eyes", Thrawn and Yularen know that Kallus is the mole. However, they don't seem intent on telling Pryce about this anytime soon. She was only informed later.
- Make an Example of Them: After Sabine's first escape attempt with Wedge's group is foiled by Pryce, she orders one of their disabled fighters to be destroyed, killing Wedge's friend Rake.
- Never My Fault: More subtle than usual, but underneath her pragmatism, she blames everyone else for every terrible thing she does. She says her best friend betrayed her but then turns around and has her arrested, says the people of Lothal would be happy if they just shut up and followed orders, and says it's the ISB's fault that she killed thousands of civilians to cover up one murder to committed in an attempt to get her parents out of danger.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
- Considering Tua (who had to stand in for Pryce as acting governor) ultimately couldn't do anything about the rebels during Season 1 due to lack of military experience, one has to wonder how much of the crew's efforts would've failed had the much more experienced Pryce been present instead of ignoring her responsibilities on her homeworld and continuously being offworld to serve her ambitions.
- Trying to have Kallus Thrown Out the Airlock gave him an opening, as he overpowered his escorts and left in an escape pod, then was picked up by the rebels before they jumped to hyperspace. Which was exactly what he was counting on.
- Firing on the Rebels in "Jedi Night" resulted in the destruction of Lothal's fuel supply, which set back her and Thrawn's TIE Defender project and, as lampshaded by Thrawn, handed the Rebels a victory they'd been unable to achieve on their own. The project never recovered, the Empire never did close the fighter gap, and the Rebels' superior fighters were decisive in every major battle of the war.
- No-Sell: Don't bother trying to use a Jedi Mind Trick on her. She'll just cut you off midsentence and have you immediately shot.
- Not So Different: From Minister Tua. Both suffered from Ambition Is Evil to some extent, in that they both entered Imperial service in an attempt to escape from their boring lives on Lothal in exchange for something grander. Because of wanting to serving their own ambitions, Tua ended up getting assassinated for not doing her job well enough and Pryce now has to deal with the rebel force that has grown from Lothal because she neglected her duties, forcing the less competent Tua to make attempts to deal with them to no avail.
- Pet the Dog:
- Compliments Kallus and Lyste on a job well done on apprehending a shuttle thief from Lothal.
- She thanks Kallus for catching Lyste when it seems that the lieutenant was The Mole and stunned her during a fight.
- Her camaraderie with Thrawn may or may not be genuine from both parties. Thrawn reveals that it's likely one-sided since Thrawn knows she secretly caused the large amount of civilian casualties at the Battle of Batonn.
- Perpetual Frowner: Doesn't appear to be the smiling sort, though she does smile in her appearance in Edge of the Galaxy.
- Pyrrhic Villainy: In "Jedi Night", her actions result in the death of Kanan Jarrus, one of her biggest enemies. However, in the process she's destroyed Lothal's fuel supply which has severely compromised the TIE Defender project she and Thrawn had invested so much time and resources in, handed the Rebels a victory that they'd been unable to achieve on their own, and earned her a promise of vengeance straight from Thrawn himself for her stupidity, all of which leaves the Governor cowering in fear.
- Reality Ensues: Pryce is a politician first and a military leader second, consequently, her actual military command record leaves quite a lot to be desired. Her impulsive decision-making and need to assert her power and dominance frequently leads to her making massive strategic blunders like inadvertantly letting Kallus escape to join the rebellion and blowing up the entire Lothal fuel depot just to kill Phoenix Squadron with Kanan as the only casualty. Furthermore, in the latter case, when your superior officer is someone as smart as Thrawn, you will not be able to escape repercussions for your actions by throwing a parade to distract from and cover up what you did wrong.
- She Who Fights Monsters: She sacrifices all of her principles over the course of her rise to power in order to survive in the cut-throat world of Imperial politics. By the time she makes planetary governor, she has become just as ruthless as the people she had gone into politics to fight, was fully aware of it, and did not care.
- Sinister Schnoz: It's rather brick-like, in fact.
- Shout-Out: Pryce's uniform, facial features, and combat prowess means that she's basically a Star Wars reskin of Irina Spalko.
- Sole Survivor: After Slavin's death early in the fourth season, Pryce becomes the only survivor left from Thrawn's inner circle, that is if you exclude Agent Kallus.
- Summon Bigger Fish: When asked by Tarkin to deal with Phoenix Squadron, she summons Grand Admiral Thrawn to spearhead the operation.
- Start of Darkness: Sort of. The Thrawn novel reveals that she was always ambitious, wanting to bring her parents' mining company on Lothal to the Core Worlds, but it required selling the company. Around the same time, a rival named Arik Uvis tries to take the company and Pryce's mother is arrested under the charge of embezzlement. Pryce suspects Uvis had something to do with the arrest of her mother, so she brings the case to Senator Renking. Renking says he can free her mother and also give her a job as his assistant at his office on Coruscant, but in exchange, Pryce has to sell the company to the Empire. She agrees, and things go from there.
- Stealth Insult: After listening to one of Leo's ramblings about how grateful he and his wife are for the Empire, she compliments him by saying he should be a politician instead. Come her debut in Season 3, and something she discloses to Tarkin is her irritation at Konstantine's incompetence for being "more politician than soldier". While it may also be a shot at the late Minister Tua, Thrawn reveals that it's mainly out of her disdain for Azadi, Renking, and just about every other politician she's met.
- Stupid Evil: In "Jedi Night", she orders her AT-ATs to fire on Lothal's fuel depot to try to kill the Rebels. While the attack successfully kills Kanan, it also compromises the TIE Defender project she and Thrawn had been working on and resulted in Thrawn practically swearing to kill her as soon as he gets back. Even worse? One subordinate actually lampshades this, but she stubbornly blows him off — then, after proving him right, thinks throwing a parade can hide such a glaring Didn't Think This Through from someone she knows is a master of Awesomeness by Analysis.
- Torture for Fun and Information: In "Jedi Night", she's first seen using Electric Torture on Hera, complimenting her voice while listening to her scream. When Thrawn walks in, Pryce admits she hasn't even begun asking questions yet.
- Underestimating Badassery: According to a bonus Rebels Recon of "Steps Into Shadow" on Twitter, Pryce is someone who believes that she can control a powerful force (that is, Thrawn) that she brings to the table. Obviously, Pryce doesn't question Thrawn's abilities at all, but she does seem to think that he'll always comply to her word...
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: "Sweet" isn't really the word, but Pryce, while wanting to leave her hick planet behind and rise into the Imperial elite, was fairly open and trusting, and there was a point where she was nicer and unprejudiced as a kid. Then the corrupt society on Coruscant took effect...
- Villainous Breakdown: Towards the end of "Zero Hour", when the Mandalorians flank them from behind with intent to destroy the Interdictor, which is the only thing keeping the rebels from making their way out of Atollon. Leads into a Nice Job Fixing It, Villain! when she decides she's sick of Kallus' smartass comments in regards to what is about to be a Pyrrhic Victory, so she tries to have him Thrown Out the Airlock, which instead gives him an opening to make his way out of dodge and join up with the rebels.
- Villainous Friendship:
- Downplayed. She and Tarkin are colleagues and clearly have respect for each other, to the point where they seem almost casual when they interact in "Steps Into Shadow", but they're more focused on attending to their duties to the Empire. Turns out the reason for their casualness at that point is because it was only one of many previous ones, as we see in Thrawn.
- She and Thrawn have one of these, though it seems to be limited. The Thrawn novel reveals that he had to gain her respect in order to attain her allegiance (which eventually grows into their "friendship" in Rebels), and the show creators suggests that to themselves, they see the other as someone they could use to further their own objectives. It also turns out that Thrawn's not entirely happy with her causing heavy civilian casualties on Batonn, so it's more sour than he lets on. But after her Stupid Evil in "Jedi Night" ruins his TIE Defender project, his remaining goodwill toward her seems all but gone.
- To a lesser extent, she's also on relatively good terms with Yularen. We get to see a glimpse of this in "Through Imperial Eyes", which was later expanded on in Thrawn.
- Villainous Valor: Surprisingly, despite being previously portrayed as an opportunistic Dirty Coward, in the series finale Pryce finally shows some courage in her final moments, as she refuses an offer to join the Rebellion and remains aboard the flying Lothal command center, never panicking, cursing the rebels, or trying to run but merely staring stoically ahead with a look of pure hatred on her face.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Loth-wolves terrify her, and with damn good reason.
Senator Domus Renking
Minister Maketh Tua
Imperial Army Officers
Commandant Cumberlayne Aresko (LRC-01)
An officer in charge of supervising Imperial Operations on Lothal.
- A Day in the Limelight: The "Assessment" comic centers around him and Grint.
- Brains and Brawn: He's the brain.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: After having broken the news about Dhara's "disappearance" to the Leonises and a couple other interactions, he forgets that their son joined the cadet program a couple of weeks later.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He actually encourages this behavior in the cadets training at his academy.
- Disproportionate Retribution: A fruit merchant he's harassing for ID tells him that things were better before the Empire. He decides to have the guy arrested for treason. However, he doesn't seem to take the charge too seriously, letting him go when he is led to believe something more important is happening.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Well he is the commandant of a military academy after all, and he is a rather unpleasant person.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: He is noticeably paler than any other human on the show.
- Evil Brit: Has a very stereotypical snob British accent, like most Imperial officers.
- Evil Is Petty: He spends his time on Lothal harassing citizens and threatening to arrest fruit vendors for treason.
- Fat and Skinny: He's the skinny.
- Jerkass: He is described as being unsympathetic, even to his allies.
- Lean and Mean: Very skinny, very tall, and very mean.
- Off with His Head!: Tarkin has him decapitated, along with Grint, for failing to stop the Rebels on several occasions.
- Sadist Teacher: He runs the Imperial Academy on Lothal, and he gets a kick out of putting his students through misery.
- Sacrificial Lion: His and Grint's deaths are meant to showcase both Tarkin's ruthlessness and brutality, along with showing the Empire is done playing games on Lothal and is kicking things up a notch.
- Schrödinger's Canon: In Legends, his insignia plaques and code cylinders are the same amount as the rank of commander, which makes sense, as he's a commandant.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Alongside Grint. He serves as the "brains" of the duo.
- The Unfettered: What he wants his cadets to become; encouraging ruthless behavior and a willingness to climb over others to get results along with prioritizing victory. Take a look at the above the quote for an example.
- You Have Failed Me: Tarkin has him and Grint executed for their incompetence and to serve as a warning to Tua and Kallus.
Taskmaster Myles Grint
An officer in charge of supervising Imperial Operations on Lothal.
- A Day in the Limelight: The "Assessment" comic centers around him and Aresko.
- Brains and Brawn: He's the brawn.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Amongst other things, he "corrects" students who perform poorly at the Imperial Academy on Lothal.
- Dumb Muscle: He's considered to be less intelligent than a typical Imperial Officer, but makes up for that shortcoming with his size and brute strength.
- Enemy Eats Your Lunch: When he makes an attempt to confiscate a farmer's harvest, he takes a bite out of one of the fruit as a way to be petty.
- Evil Brit: His stereotypical Cockney accent enhances his brutish persona.
- Fat Bastard: He's considerably portlier than his fellow officers, and he's certainly not any nicer.
- Fat and Skinny: He's the fat bastard part of the equation.
- Happiness Is Mandatory: He's more than a little forceful when encouraging civilians to celebrate Empire Day.
- Off with His Head!: Tarkin has him decapitated, along with Aresko, for failing to stop the rebels on several occasions.
- Sacrificial Lion: Same as Aresko.
- Schrödinger's Canon: In Legends, his insignia plaques and code cylinders are the same amount as the rank of commander, which makes him the same rank as Aresko. Possibly alleviated by the fact that he's Co-Dragons with and only slightly below Aresko and his position.
- Stout Strength: In spite of being overweight, he's able to intimidate others with his height and stature.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Alongside Aresko. He serves as the "brawn" of the duo.
- You Have Failed Me: Executed along with Aresko on Tarkin's orders after failing to apprehend the Lothal rebels one too many times.
Captain Piers Roddance
A ruthless officer who values technological advancement and utter loyalty as the keys to military strength, as well as an official of the Empire's Security Ministry on Lothal, Roddance is suspicious of Zare Leonis' presence in the Lothal Academy, noting his numerous connections to rebel elements.
- Ambiguous Situation: His fate after the events of Servants of the Empire is unknown. It is possible that he was killed when Protocol 13 is enacted at the end of Rebels.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He tries to be this. He's one of those people that talk about things as if they were there when it happened, when really they're just "well-informed" of them. For example, he gets embarrassed when Ames asks him if he took part in the raid on Galpos II, only for him to admit he merely just read about it.
- Fantastic Racism: He has no respect for droids, and takes a lot of pleasure in destroying a decommissioned protocol droid during a live-fire training exercise, and encourages cadets to do the same.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He talks about the raid on Galpos II as if he were there, but shrinks when Ames asks if he was actually there himself.
- Rank Up: Promoted from lieutenant to captain in between Edge of the Galaxy and Rebel in the Ranks. After Aresko and Grint were executed, he became the temporary head of the Imperial Academy on Lothal.
- Vague Age: The way he speaks seems that he might be older than his twenties at the very least. He's apparently around the same age as Chiron.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It can be assumed that he's still doing his job on Lothal as the temporary head of the Imperial Academy there after the Siege. As far as we know, he was running the Academy up until the liberation of Lothal in the Rebels finale, less than a year before the beginning of the Original Trilogy.
An Imperial officer stationed on Garel. He was an old friend of Kallus back in the Imperial Academy on Coruscant. Due to playing the Imperial system to secure wealth for himself, this gets him charged with treason and taken to the nearby world of Lothal, where, coincidentally, Kallus is currently stationed.
- '70s Hair: It seems messy for standard Imperial dress code. Rather amusingly, Kallus takes on a similar hairstyle after he has a HeelFace Turn.
- The Ace: Back in the Academy. Or, he at least won better places in the simulations in comparison to Kallus.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When Kallus finally corners him.Kallus: [holds him at gunpoint] You should have listened to me for once and surrendered when I told you to.
Jovan: You wouldn't shoot an unarmed man, would you? Have some mercy...
Kallus: [stuns him] There is no mercy, "friend".
- Always Someone Better: Kallus was apparently a terrible student back in the Academy, who according to Jovan always lost to him in their academy exercises. Only under Jovan's wing did he manage to graduate at all. This becomes Jovan's downfall, as Kallus manages to outsmart him, getting him in prison.
- Big "NO!": When he crashes his TIE into a rock.
- Chekhov's Skill: Or lack thereof. During his dogfight with Kallus, it is noted that piloting was never Jovan's forte. After Jovan takes out Kallus's blasters, Kallus manages to trick Jovan into getting too careless and he crashes into a rock.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: His shaggy hair and eyepatch give him a certain resemblance◊ to Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's also less formal in speech than Kallus (ex. says "gotta" instead of "I've got to".
- Dramatic Irony: "The Honorable Ones" reveals that Kallus had other friends. Their deaths by rebels is what prompted him to join the ISB. Jovan might've been his only other friend left, and because of Kallus's duty to the Empire, Kallus willingly lets the Empire take him away, too, under the strong assumption it was the right thing to do.
- Foil: To Kallus. Mainly their motivations. Kallus was in it to protect the galaxy from chaos and tyranny, achieved by bringing order to the people; Jovan was in it for the money. Kallus then also implies that Jovan's vision was initially the same as his, further contrasting with Kallus.
- Foreshadowing: The brotherhood Kallus had with him during their Academy days foreshadowed that Kallus's backstory involved the brotherhood he had with his first unit before they met their untimely deaths.
- Graceful Loser: As he is taken into custody, he admits to Kallus that he didn't expect him to actually go all the way and asks to enlighten him on how he managed to defeat him, just as how the opposite happened often in the past. He and Kallus then bid farewell until next time, to which Jovan notes that he hopes that they do.
- Greed: He was investigated for embezzlement. When Kallus confronts him about it, he defends his belief that the Empire is about gaining wealth and securing your own future.
- I Shall Taunt You: Exploits Kallus's determination to his advantage. Once Kallus gets over it, he gains the upper-hand against Jovan. He also doubts that Kallus actually can and will go the whole way to capture him and when he does, he asks if he would even go so far to gun down an unarmed man, especially one he considers a friend. Or considered, to be precise.
- Last-Name Basis: Not that this isn't common in the Empire and other similar workplaces, but considering that Kallus and Jovan have been friends for years, it's rather glaring that neither of them ever refer to the other by their first name.
- The Mentor: To Kallus.
- Pet the Dog: In his confrontation with Kallus, he offers him a chance to walk away and not go after him, though Jovan uses it in a condescending manner, saying that Kallus knows that he's right about prioritizing one's own wealth and power for their own future.
- Rank Up: In a Series Continuity Error, strangely, Jovan is referred to as a lieutenant in his debut comic. Later, in "Assessment", he is referred to as a commander. Possibly, likely due to suspicious activity, Jovan was demoted shortly before "Kallus' Hunt", explaining why no one seemed to bat an eye when he was referred to as Commander Jovan, as the demotion was a recent development prior to his arrest and he was more commonly well known as a commander.
- If his title of commander is indeed a rank and not a position (like how Hera is the captain of the Ghost or how Han is the captain of the Millennium Falcon), then this seems to suggest that Jovan may actually be an Imperial Navy officer instead, as there is no such thing as an army commander (though there is commandant, but there is no indication that he is the same rank as Aresko, who is also featured in Jovan's comic).
- Rival Turned Evil: Or "rogue". Inverted and downplayed. Jovan helping Kallus in their youth is more akin to The Ace helping those who struggled in class, but he has no problem with rubbing it in Kallus's face when Jovan goes rogue. He was still a Friendly Rival to him though, although a little bitter with his defection.
- Skunk Stripe: He's a brunette, but his bangs have grey streaks.
- Uncertain Doom: Imperial imprisonment usually either means that he's being left in prison to rot or facing execution, likely through firing squad. Consider that he's being charged with embezzlement and evading arrest, especially being an Imperial officer, so the question of how the Imperial law chooses to penalize him remains up in the air.
- Underestimating Badassery: His arrogance costs him in the end. Taunting Kallus and raising his ire only lasted long enough for Kallus to start ignoring them and manage to catch Jovan.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His escape from the Imperial Complex is used as one of the many examples of the Lothal garrison's incompetence and used against Aresko and Grint, who get the chop because of this bad report.
- Vague Age: His hair is graying and he's presumably the same age as or slightly older than Kallus (who is in his late thirties at the beginning of Rebels) if they had the same classes and graduated at the same time.
- Villain Has a Point: He claims to Kallus that the reason why he played the system was because he wanted wealth and power to secure his own future, which, by that reasoning, isn't entirely wrong; in reality, you really do need to have enough 'power' (such as job security) and have enough money to take care of yourself.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Kallus.
- Worthy Opponent: This and a little bit of Villain Respect. Kallus is appreciative of Jovan's teachings, admitting that he never would've been able to get to where he was today, but most of that respect has been lost due to his defection.
An enthusiastic officer transferred from the Marleyvane Imperial Academy to Lothal's Academy for Young Imperials with Sergeant Currahee. He befriends Zare Leonis, a young cadet secretly infiltrating the Empire to discover the fate of his older sister.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Zare is saddened by Chiron's death, knowing that he was one of the few honest and idealistic Imperial officers. He takes the time to close his eyes before leaving.
- Character Death: He is reluctantly killed by Zare and company, who unleash Dhara's Force powers on them so that they can escape.
- Meaningful Name: Chiron is The Mentor in Classical Mythology. Lieutenant Chiron is as good as a mentor he can be to Zare in spite of his loyalty to the Empire and the cadet's true intentions.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Agrees with Zare that the circumstances behind his sisters disappearance are suspicious and attempts to help him out in his investigation. Chiron also suggests actually informing Lothal's citizens of changes in Imperial tax codes before arresting them for violating the newly changed laws.
- To Be Lawful or Good: He believes that the Empire as a whole is reasonable and benevolent, and that acts committed by them that seem to suggest otherwise are isolated and can be discussed with the higher-ups. In The Secret Academy, him choosing the former ends up costing his life unintentionally by Dhara.
- Token Good Teammate: One of the few Imperials on Lothal who is not a Jerkass and is actually trying to enforce the positive law-keeping virtues of the Empire. Chiron frequently opposes the harsh tactics of his fellow officers when it comes to dealing with dissent on the planet.
- Vague Age: The way he speaks seems that he might be older than his twenties at the very least. He's apparently around the same age as Roddance.
Lieutenant Yogar Lyste (LS-MO3)
Hailing from the neighboring Outer Rim world of Garel, Lyste is the overseer of inventory and distribution of weapons and supplies on Lothal.
- '70s Hair: Like many Imperial officers, he has rather prominent sideburns.
- Adorkable: His plucky, hapless determination to protect Leia's cargo, and later to help find the mole ("[Thrawn] can count on me!") are rather endearing.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Kallus is forced to frame him as Fulcrum so that he, the true Fulcrum, can continue his operations in the Empire. The rebels don't care because he's been nothing but trouble for them and his fellow Imperials are disgusted at his supposed betrayal. The only one who knows the truth and seems to care is the same man who framed him, as he was the only other Imperial up to that point that Lyste had amicable relations with. It really stings when you watch Lyste get dragged away as he pleads his innocence and calls Kallus's name for help, only to realize that he's not going to do anything about it. Even worse when Kallus says earlier on that if a officer commits treason, they'll be executed for their crimes against the Empire, and since there's enough evidence against Lyste, this means that things aren't going to look bright for Lyste's future unless Thrawn and Yularen let him live in spite of their plans for the true mole, Kallus.
- Ambiguous Situation: His fate after being arrested is unknown. How Thrawn may deal with him is uncertain, though Yularen's reasonableness may lend credence to the possibility of Lyste being secretly discharged... though Garel is stated in All There in the Manual to be subject to a rebel attack after the events of Rebels. But if he was jailed, then hopefully(?) he wasn't at the Lothal Imperial Garrison during the Liberation of Lothal.
- Ambition Is Evil: He manages to keep it under control for the most part, but it is most prominent in "Through Imperial Eyes" when he tries to get on Thrawn's good side.
- Ascended Extra: He gains a slightly more major role in Season 3, and he's featured in its promotional art alongside Kallus, Konstantine, Pryce, and Thrawn.
- Blackmail: He has informants, and if the pseudo-canon All There in the Manual is any indication, at least of some of them are blackmailed into it, often for protection from him (as in, Lyste will prevent other trigger-happy Imperials — likely including himself — and other undesirables from getting to them).
- Butt-Monkey: Becomes this after his debut episode. First, Aresko and Grint get mad at him when Ezra pretends to be him and calls in a code red emergency, which is followed up by the rebels stealing his cargo. Next, he's bossed around by Leia because he amped up security, thus actually ruining her plan to secretly give her ships to the rebels and subsequently humiliated when he loses her ships anyway due to the rebels working their way around his precautions. Then a season later, he tries to gain some brownie points from Thrawn by snuffing out the traitor and ends up listening to Kallus's advice because the agent is the traitor, which backfires on him and causes the other Imperials to believe he is The Mole.
- The Cameo: He gets mentioned in Servants of the Empire as one of the Imperial attendees at the Leonises' party for Dhara in the beginning of the first book, and later mentioned by Roddance for having his agents/informants investigate a warehouse for suspected rebel activity before contacting him for a raid on the building later.
- Co-Dragons: In Season 3, he becomes this to Thrawn and Pryce whenever they visit Lothal, alongside Kallus and Konstantine.
- Crazy-Prepared: Unlike most Imperial officers, Lyste doesn't underestimate the rebels and consistently has extra security forces or other precautionary measures in place. When Leia's ships land on Lothal, he notes that Alderaanian vessels have an unfortunate habit of being stolen by the rebels and immediately has gravity clamps attached to their landing struts, has a garrison present to guard them, and drops off a couple AT-ATs just to be safe.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appears very briefly in "Spark of Rebellion" before he makes his first prominent appearance in "Fighter Flight".
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- He's shocked when Thrawn allows Mr. Sumar to die in an explosion caused by a speeder bike Sumar purposely sabotaged himself. He gets back to business afterwards though.
- He's also shocked when Kallus refuses to back him up when Lyste gets arrested for being the supposed traitor, likely realizing at that moment that Kallus is the very traitor they were looking for this whole time.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Downplayed. Unlike Thrawn and Kallus, he doesn't seem to see why anyone would be interested in art, especially graffiti by rebels. Fortunately, it isn't as bad as Slavin's view on the subject.
- Fantastic Racism: He looks down on the citizens of Lothal, especially the poorer civilians and the rebellious ones.
- Fatal Flaw: His own simple-mindedness and the fact that he's too trusting of others. Lyste is just so simple-minded that he will easily trust any Imperial officer and any Stormtrooper he first sees. As a result, three ships disappear under his watch and a season later, he easily takes Kallus's advice that Pryce could be the mole, and believed that Pryce was attacking Stormtroopers. It really works against him when he attacks Pryce, leading Kallus to out him and have him arrested.
- Funny Background Event: He clenches his fist as if to Facepalm himself when he gives Thrawn a Captain Obvious and Epic Fail answer as to what Thrawn was observing (a starbird graffiti logo on a stone wall; Lyste ignored the graffiti and flatly answered it was a wall), while Kallus gives an informed and correct answer.
- Frame-Up: In order for Kallus to keep up his cover as Fulcrum, he frames Lyste by having an undercover Ezra disguise as the lieutenant, taking Lyste's code cylinder when he isn't looking, and manipulating him into believing Pryce may be The Mole they are looking for. Lyste attacks Pryce under the mistaken belief that she was attacking their own men, which only implicated him further. However, Thrawn figures out that Kallus is the true Fulcrum thanks to other evidence, so it doesn't quite work. Whether or not Lyste will be freed from custody remains in the air, but Thrawn isn't going to tell the other officers the truth and will likely maintain the frame-up so Kallus doesn't suspect Thrawn has him pegged.
- Icy Blue Eyes: He's not exactly the kind of cold that people like Pryce are, but they do fit in with his callousness at points.
- Jerkass: In addition to his supply job, he oversees the seizure of land from Lothal farmers. He does this by opening fire on the farms while the farmers are standing right next to them, then capturing the farmers for relocation.
- Laser-Guided Karma: It's not like Lyste didn't deserve what Kallus did to him either; he was such a jerk for the most part and threatened to destroy a poor man's farm, so maybe you can't feel too sorry for him.
- Lawful Stupid: He will take anything at face value to the point that if it looks like treason is taking place, he will assume it is so and act on it. It ends up costing him when Kallus tells him he believes Pryce is the rebel spy, and when he sees her fighting stormtroopers (really Kanan and Rex in disguise), he blasts her and was likely relieved of duty for his supposed lunacy.
- Mook Lieutenant: He is in charge of a lot of the day-to-day Imperial military activities on Lothal.
- Not Helping Your Case: Relatively minor, but when reporting to Thrawn about two factory workers that fled the scene under his watch, Thrawn first asks for his opinion of an image of the starbird logo on a stone wall. Lyste plainly states it's just a stone wall. Disappointed in his response, he then asks Kallus, who answers correctly by explaining the logo. Lyste clenches his fist in the background when he realizes he screwed up.
- Off-Model: It's hard to spot because it's from a distance, but in his very first appearance in "Spark of Rebellion" (when Ezra watches Aresko and Grint get mad at Lyste for supposedly reporting a false emergency), his hair is white-blond. When he's seen again a few minutes later in the same episode, his hair is its usual black.
- Pet the Dog:
- He smiles while watching Kallus and Yularen meeting each other again.
- After stunning Pryce under the belief she is The Mole, he asks if the troopers and officer (actually Kanan, Rex, and Ezra) are okay.
- Rank Up: By "A Princess on Lothal", he has been promoted to Lieutenant from Supply Master. Due to the death of several of his superior officers, this makes him one of the highest Imperial authorities on the planet.
- However, see Schrödinger's Canon below.
- Schrödinger's Canon: He's always the amount of rank insignia plaques and code cylinders of the lieutenant rank in Legends, though he never calls himself as one until "A Princess on Lothal". It may be interchangeable with supply master.
- The Spymaster: He has informants in the civilian populace. He gets them by blackmailing them, claiming that they'll be protected if they give him information. This doesn't come up in Rebels, but is stated in All There in the Manual and does come up as having been partly responsible for a situation in Servants of the Empire.
- Uncertain Doom: Kallus states in the same episode that Lyste gets arrested that treason by an officer is punishable by death. Thrawn and Yularen are the only ones who know that Lyste is innocent, but the question is if they'll pardon Lyste, because there's no indication that they'll free him with the Fulcrum situation still going on, risking Kallus knowing that his cover is busted if the supposed mole walks free (unless they keep Kallus and the other Imperials involved in the situation unaware of Lyste being pardoned). Even if Lyste walks free, there's still a chance he may see the Empire as a Broken Pedestal and the likelihood of him returning to service may be decreased (or he'll just look awkward) considering he stalked & attacked a high-ranking officer without actual permission to do so from reliable superiors.
- Villainous Friendship: In Season 3, he can be seen occasionally accompanying Kallus. In "Through Imperial Eyes", Lyste works with him to find The Mole, but unfortunately, he ultimately ends up being a victim of Kallus's manipulation, so subverted.
- Worthy Opponent: In her journal, Sabine Wren expresses some respect for him when she notes that Lyste is much more competent than the average Imperial officer on Lothal, since he actually takes the time to make preparations and increase the number of guards on his operations in anticipation of Rebel attacks.
- Wrong Genre Savvy:
- Considering he's rather smart in comparison to most of the other Imperials shown, when Thrawn asks him what he's looking at (one of Sabine's graffiti starbirds on a piece of the wall), Lyste plainly says it's a piece of the retaining wall rather than focusing on the starbird. Considering Lyste's reaction when Kallus addresses the starbird and explains what it is, it seems that either Lyste thought there was nothing special about the starbird and dove right into the materialistic features of the exhibit or thought Thrawn was another Imperial like Aresko or Slavin that thought materialistically and ignorant of the bigger picture.
- He believes in Kallus's suspicions that Governor Pryce may be The Mole, due to him being an Imperial Security Bureau agent that hasn't given Lyste any reason to believe his loyalty has faltered. The problem is that Pryce is above suspicion, and Kallus was manipulating him so that he'd have a scapegoat. This results in Lyste getting arrested.
An officer transferred from the Marleyvane Imperial Academy to the Lothal Academy with Lieutenant Chiron, in charge of training cadets.
- Ambiguous Situation: Her fate after Servants of the Empire is unknown. She may have been killed when Protocol 13 was enacted at the end of Rebels, though since she is an instructor, it's possible that she survived by being on the base level of the Imperial Complex.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: She can be a brutal and punishing training sergeant, and Chiron notably disagrees with how harsh her training methods are. However, Currahee is noted to produce extremely capable soldiers, so her training works.
- Meaningful Name: Her name is a Shout-Out to Currahee Mountain, made famous by Band of Brothers. It is the training site of American paratroopers at the nearby Camp Toccoa, running up and down the mountain. Sure enough, Currahee's first scene is barking at cadets during a morning run.
- Pet the Dog: While she is rather harsh in degrading her students, she apparently does care for them even if she doesn't show it. She seconded Chiron's recommendation to transfer Zare to Arkanis and gave him a smile when it was accelerated by the Grand Inquisitor's support (unaware of Zare's true intentions and that it was also part of the Grand Inquisitor's investigation on him as well).
- Vague Age: Judging by the insults about her and the description of her from Zare's perspective, she's probably older than her twenties.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It can be assumed she's still doing her job on Lothal after the Siege.
An Imperial officer that attempted to defect with Swain after the Siege of Lothal.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: Left the Empire presumably for the same reasons Swain did; out of disgust of the Empire's actions. They get arrested before they can reach the Klonoid rebel cell.
- Schrödinger's Canon: According to Legends, he has the same amount of rank insignia plaques and code cylinders as a commander (junior commander, possibly), but this would mean he and Swain are the same rank as Aresko and Grint.
- Static Character: The comic is more or less centered on Swain and Kallus, leaving us with very little information to work off of before he gets arrested with Swain.
- Uncertain Doom: Kallus has him subjected to interrogation. If Cogon survives that, he'll either be thrown in prison or executed.
Imperial Navy Officers
Admiral Kassius Konstantine
Captain Hiram Zataire
Imperial Security Bureau Officers
An Imperial Security Bureau lieutenant. In actuality, Herdringer is dead. The man that claims to be him is his subordinate, Lieutenant Jenkes, who killed him and stole his identity.
An Imperial officer that underwent ISB training under Agent Kallus's tutelage, but after witnessing the horrors that the Empire was willing to commit in the time between and during Grand Moff Tarkin and Darth Vader's presence on Lothal, she attempted to defect soon afterwards with fellow officer Cogon, with the assistance of the rebel sympathizer, Senator Tural.
- Ambiguously Brown: She's more tan than Cogon and Kallus, who are both lighter-skinned.
- Beauty Mark: Has two on the lower right of her cheek.
- Broken Pedestal: She realized the Empire wasn't worthy of serving and protecting due to its actions against its own citizens, leading to Cogon and her attempting to run off with Imperial intel.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: She's a tan redhead.
- Deadpan Snarker: This little side comment to herself as she pretends to flee from Kallus to lure him into a trap.Swain: He told me, "you have potential. A part of you is like me when I first started out." I didn't know this much running was a qualification.
- Disappointed in You: Kallus's reaction to Swain's attempted defection.
- Dramatic Irony: Like Minister Tua, Swain was a defector carrying information that would've been vital to the Rebellion, but was apprehended by Kallus. After "The Honorable Ones", Kallus is the one with a Heel Realization, and in Season 3, he helps Wedge and Hobbie (just as how Swain and Cogon were accompanying each other) escape to the Rebellion, and he's become a Fulcrum.
- She's rather similar to Tua (both failing to reach a rebel cell after finding they disagree with the Empire and getting caught in the act by Kallus, except Swain genuinely wanted to do good by passing the information to the rebels, while Tua did it as a bargain) and Sabine (young, skilled, but disillusioned Imperials). She's also one of Jovan, the both of them having a close relation to Kallus that ends negatively when they go rogue.
- She's also a bit similar to ISB Major Oniye Namada from the Legends oneshot, Purge: The Tyrant's Fist, if Swain exchanged her sense of morality for Ambition Is Evil.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: Realizes the Empire does not want what's best for its people, but is caught by Kallus before she can get Imperial intel to the Klonoid rebel cell.
- A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: Inverted. Kallus believes she foolishly threw her life and future away.
- Schrödinger's Canon: According to Legends, she has the same amount of rank insignia plaques and code cylinders as a commander (junior commander, possibly), but this would mean she and Cogon are the same rank as Aresko and Grint.
- Surpassed the Teacher: She managed to best Kallus in single combat. She only loses because she didn't expect him to pull out a stun blaster from under his cuirass.
- Uncertain Doom: Kallus has her subjected to interrogation. If Swain survives that, either she'll be thrown in prison or executed.
- You Remind Me of X: Kallus once remarked to her that "a part of you is like me when I first started out."
- It's worth noting that at the end of the Clone Wars (and likely to have joined the Imperial Academy a little later), Kallus was in his early 20s, which is probably the same age range Swain is in, so the age might contribute to that comment.
Baron Valen Rudor (LS-607)
A famed TIE fighter pilot from Corulag, Baron Valen is currently stationed on Lothal, testing TIE products produced by the local Sienar Fleet Systems factory.
- '70s Hair: His civilian clothes are not only 70's style, but so is his hair.
- Ambiguous Situation:
- It's unknown if he's an actual baron from Corulag (which does have a nobility system, including barons), or is just a flight baron because he's good at being a TIE pilot.
- His fate at the end of Rebels is unknown, with Protocol 13 killing almost every Imperial on Lothal except for anyone on the base level of the Imperial Complex and possibly anyone who didn't get recalled in time.
- Butt-Monkey: You can guarantee that if this man appears, he's going to lose his TIE fighter to the crew of the Ghost in some fashion. In "Empire Day", he just so happens to be named the pilot of a TIE Advanced v1 Prototype Fighter which is blown up before he can so much as touch it. The next time we see him way later in the show, where he's the bartender for an Imperial hangout and is not on active duty, though he doesn't seem to mind.
- The Bus Came Back: He doesn't return until in Season 4 episode, "The Occupation".
- Custom Uniform: As a baron, his dress flight suit has red stripes on the arms and legs.
- Disproportionate Retribution: See Evil Is Petty below.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Gets one in "Entanglement", and then again in "Property of Ezra Bridger". It isn't until "Empire Day" that we learn his real name when he's named as the demonstrating pilot for the Tie Advanced v1 Prototype.
- Evil Is Petty: Ezra steals two components from Rudor's run-of-the-mill TIE/LN, as well as his helmet. Rather than drawing his sidearm and firing at Ezra for it, he proceeds to open fire with the laser cannons of the downed TIE.
- Failed a Spot Check: He didn't bother to check if the sewer hatch next to his new bar was sealed so that fugitives wouldn't go through it. Look what happens when the Ghost crew comes along.
- Fantastic Racism: Refers to Zeb as a monster.
- Have We Met?: Four to five years later after meeting Ezra, he doesn't recognize him as the same boy, though feels like they've met somewhere.
- Informed Ability: He's been described as one of the Empire's best pilots. Now, if only he could hold onto a ship long enough to prove it. He always seems to have the worst luck with the Ghost crew (justified in that he's a pilot and not a soldier). Also, the claims to fame have so far come only from HoloNet News and Minister Maketh Tua.
- Jerkass: When Ezra is pretending to help rescue him from his crashed TIE fighter, Rudor arrogantly tells him he doesn't need any help even though he is trapped in his cockpit.Ezra: Hey, don't say thank you or anything.
Rudor: Thank you? Please! I'm an officer of the Imperial Navy. I didn't need your help!
- Kick the Dog: When he returns in Season 4, it turns out that Old Jho was executed and he got ownership of his bar.
- Oh, Crap!: His reaction to Zeb demolishing a Stormtrooper squad by himself is to panic and desperately call for reinforcements.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Subverted. He was reassigned to Lothal, not as punishment (at least, not allegedly), but with the promise of getting to test some of the Empire's newest technology note . However, almost as soon as he was transferred, he hated his post, and that's without the troubles he got into with the rebel cell stationed there.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He's apparently somewhat well-known, but he acts like he's a bigger name than propaganda says he is.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After being last seen being thrown by an explosion in "Empire Day" with Tua and Aresko, he doesn't return for a long time until "The Occupation" in Season 4.
- Would Hurt a Child: He tries to shoot Ezra after he steals his helmet. With anti-vehicle weapons.
TK-626 is a stormtrooper who served the Galactic Empire on Lothal. TK-626 was a hardened school bully who was specifically recruited by the Empire due to his aggressive tendencies. He's partnered with MB-223.
- A Day in the Limelight: He was given a point-of-view chapter in the tie-in book Rise of the Rebels.
- All There in the Manual: His designation number, background, and personality are revealed in the tie-in book Rise of the Rebels.
- Armor Is Useless: Rare aversion for a stormtrooper. He survived the explosions in "Art Attack" and "Fire Across the Galaxy".
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: He subscribed to a "Shoot first, ask questions later" mentality. A bit subverted in "Fire Across the Galaxy", as he did call for reinforcements as soon as he recognized Sabine.
- Big Ego, Hidden Depths: He joined the Lothal stormtrooper corps because he hoped to be assigned to a Star Destroyer which would allow him to travel the galaxy someday.
- The Brute: The Empire recruited him specifically for his aggressive tendencies.
- The Bully: The tie-in book Rise of the Rebels describes him as a bully when he was in school. He also enjoyed bullying and intimidating natives on Lothal.
- Butt-Monkey: He and his squadmates just can't catch a break from getting humiliated by Sabine.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": He was not bothered when he lost his name and was given a stormtrooper designation.
- The Faceless: He's never seen without his helmet.
- Here We Go Again!: Either he or one of his squadmates can only said "Not again..." when Sabine once again humiliated them by destroying TIE Fighters they supposed to guard.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: His aiming skill is simply bad, as Sabine kindly lampshaded.
- Interservice Rivalry: He's irritated when he and MB-223 accidentally damaged several TIE fighters while hunting down the rebel Sabine Wren because they knew that the TIE pilots were very protective of their starships and enjoyed bullying the lower-ranking stormtroopers.
- Shout-Out: 626 is Stitch's experiment number.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He expected other sentient beings to automatically show him respect because he was a stormtrooper.
- Those Two Bad Guys: with MB-223, as both of them were relegated to night patrol duty in "Fire Across the Galaxy" for their failure to stop Sabine in "Art Attack".
- Undying Loyalty: He hated rebels and sought to prove his loyalty to the Empire by capturing one.
- Weapon of Choice: He wields an E-11 blaster rifle.
- You Are Number 6: His designation number is TK-626.
MB-223 is a Stormtrooper who served the Galactic Empire on Lothal. He's partnered with TK-626.
- All There in the Manual: His designation number is revealed in the tie-in book Rise of the Rebels.
- Armor Is Useless: Rare aversion for a stormtrooper. He survived the explosion in "Art Attack" and "Fire Across the Galaxy".
- Butt-Monkey: He and his squadmates just can't catch a break from getting humiliated by Sabine.
- The Faceless: He's never seen without his helmet.
- Here We Go Again!: Either he or one of his squadmates can only said "Not again..." when Sabine once again humiliated them by destroying TIE Fighters they supposed to guard.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: He doesn't aim any better than TK-626 and other stormtroopers.
- Those Two Bad Guys: with TK-626, as both of them were relegated to night patrol duty in "Fire Across the Galaxy" for their failure to stop Sabine in "Art Attack".
- Weapon of Choice: He wields an E-11 blaster rifle.
- You Are Number 6: His designation number is MB-223.
TK-462 is a Stormtrooper who served the Galactic Empire on Lothal. Originally from Eriadu, he ran away from home once he was of age to enlist in the Junior Academy on Phelar, wishing to avenge the death of his younger sister, Xea, caused by rebels. He would later graduate out of the Imperial Academy of Eriadu and eventually request a transfer to Lothal to deal with rebel activity that had sprouted there a year before his transfer to the world.
- Black-and-White Morality: Prior to his transfer to Lothal, he had expected action to be more like this, but found himself doing increasingly more grey actions such as burning down a village (which, to any other person is a rather dark shade of grey, if not flat-out black, considering the Empire typically doesn't seem to have that many good reasons to burn down a village besides it not being useful to Imperial interests).
- Character Death: He is fatally shot by the daughter of the thief he shot dead.
- Cycle of Revenge/History Repeats
- Dark and Troubled Past: His sister was crushed by one of their family's air scrubbers from their farm when one of the rebels' towing cable carrying an air scrubber snapped over the part of the house where she was sleeping. TK-462 never gets over this and develops an everlasting hatred for rebels.
- The Determinator: Despite all the relentless bullying from both classmates and his instructor (the latter of which went to the extent of making him run with shards of glass in his boots for five hundred meters before he would let him graduate) and lack of familial support, he uses his spite to get through it all.
- Disappointed in You: He seems to think that this is the reason why his father doesn't seem to bother trying to contact him. Not that TK tries to contact him either, so it's also possible that his father also refuses to contact him out of shame for not being able to save his son either.
- Go Out with a Smile: During his last moments, upon the realization that the little girl might grow up to be just like him, acting out of a thirst for vengeance and hatred against the people who took them away from their loved one, our Stormtrooper strangely finds himself to be proud of this fact rather than despairing about his own death, and manages to crack a grin to the girl before he succumbs to his wounds.
- Start of Darkness: He goes on a considerably darker path after Xea dies.
- Trauma Conga Line: First, his sister dies thanks to the actions of rebels. Next, he runs away from home to join the Empire and loses contact with his family since they no longer wish to do so for reasons he'll never learn. Then he becomes a subject of relentless bullying by everyone at the Imperial Academy of Eriadu. And after he graduates? He chooses to go to Lothal, where he kills a father and is killed by said man's young daughter, and he realizes as he's dying that this little girl will grow up to be a rebel, motivated by hatred, not unlike him. Notice that had our Stormtrooper not chosen to make decisions out of his vendetta against rebels, he wouldn't have had to suffer as much.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: And then Xea died when TK was twelve.
- Villain Protagonist: Of his titular story.
- Villainous Friendship: While on Lothal, he considers his squadmates to be good people, at the very least.
- You Are Number 6: His designation number is TK-462. We are never given information on what his name was before he enlisted.
Cadet Dhara Leonis
Cadet Zare Leonis
An Imperial cadet in Unit Aurek of Squad LRC077 at the Lothal Imperial Academy. He secretly hates the Empire, and is only operating as a Cadet in order to find out what happened to his sister Dhara (who was also an initiate to the academy, but disappeared under strange circumstances). He teams up with an undercover Ezra Bridger to rescue fellow Cadet Jai Kell, who is planned to be kidnapped by the Grand Inquisitor.
- Bad Liar: Showcased when he tries to distract Kallus by claiming that crates of used podracer parts are being delivered. Made even worse in Rebel in the Ranks, where we find out that Merei just threw the info together and he didn't look at it before talking to Kallus, accentuated with Zare's internal panic and awkwardness regarding having to stall an intimidating agent while "Dev" slowly levitates the decoder to the ceiling and trying not to look.
- He's gotten a bit better when we see him again in "Vision of Hope", where he lies that he was chasing Ezra for selling stolen goods with only a little hesitation.
- Black Best Friend: To Ezra, teaming up with Ezra when they learn that they both have a grudge against the Empire.
- Commuting on a Bus: He first appears in "Breaking Ranks", and then reappears six episodes later in "Vision of Hope", where he reveals that he's going to an offworld academy.
- Deadpan Snarker: It's subtle, but there. When Ezra is breaking into Kallus's office to steal the disk, he asks him how he's going to grab it from the air vent. Ezra's response is that he's training to be a Jedi.Zare: Yeah, right. Who isn't?
- The Dog Bites Back: After putting up two books with Oleg, not helped by the stress he's been under trying to maintain his cover, Zare calls out Oleg on being a Hypocrite for attempting to spare his uncles (who had been revealed to be rebels) from custody, resulting in the latter getting kicked out of the Academy and off Zare's back.
- Final Speech: His defense when he gets caught and tried for treason. At the time, he thought he was going to die, but he makes it out.Zare: [...] And every day, on every planet in the Empire, more people are realizing what I've realized and saying what I've said and doing what I've done. I'm going to be silenced. I'm going to be killed. I know that. But the Empire can't silence all the people like me. It can't kill all the people like me. Or it will be an Empire that rules nothing. That is nothing.
- Hero of Another Story: While the crew of the Ghost are off having adventures, Zare is operating within Imperial ranks to gather information and find his sister. These are detailed in the Servants of the Empire books.
- I Choose to Stay: After Ezra and Jai escape, he chooses to stay behind and operate as an informant for the Rebels instead of joining them, knowing that he still needs to find his sister. He also does this for pragmatic reasons, figuring that he can hone his skills before defecting from the Empire and acting as an informant toward the protagonists.
- I Will Find You: He's trying to find his sister, a model cadet who disappeared from the Academy under suspicious circumstances.
- Lampshade Hanging: He lampshades that the lessons taught in the Academy are contradictory.Zare: I mean, what kind of lessons does that teach? First they emphasize teamwork, but then they punish it and reward selfishness. It doesn't make any sense.
Merei: I don't get it either. Maybe it's a test.
- Though for the record, Merei was actually right to an extent; Aresko (who had stated "there is no friendship in war") later on was testing for Force-sensitivity for the Grand Inquisitor's investigation.
- Put on a Bus: At the end of Servants of the Empire he, Merei, and their families gain new identities and begin new quiet lives on Garel. We're not sure if they settled in Garel City, as the city gets demolished in "Legacy".
- Reality Ensues: Being a kid undercover as a cadet in a tyrannical government, with you trying to achieve a goal hardly anyone else supports doesn't do well to your psyche. And those who are helping you are risking their lives as well, and there are eyes and ears everywhere. And while Zare manages to elude most of the Imperial officers he's interacted with, there are some like Roddance, Oleg, and the Grand Inquisitor who have their suspicions.
- Reverse Mole: He helps the crew of the Ghost by giving them secret intel about the Empire while operating as a cadet.
- Significant Anagram: His first name is an anagram of Ezra's, signifying the dynamic between the characters.
- Undercover Cop Reveal: In The Secret Academy, a Brainwashed and Crazy Beck Ollet recognizes Zare and exposes him to the Imperials on Arkanis. Zare is expelled and sentenced to die, before being rescued by the crew of the Ghost and going on the run with his family.
Cadet Jai Kell
Cadet Nazhros Oleg
Homeworld: Eufornis Minor
An Imperial cadet from Eufornis Minor who attends the Lothal Imperial Academy and is a member of Unit Aurek of Squad LRC077, the same squad Ezra Bridger would be a member of when he infiltrates the Academy.
- Ambition Is Evil: Not unlike the ambition you'd find in almost every adult Imperial there is.
- Cassandra Truth: Oleg catches Zare speaking with Ezra in the "Breaking Ranks" novelization section towards the end of Imperial Justice. He confronts him after the scene, but it ends with Zare telling him that he could try and tell the Imperials, but who would trust a rebel sympathizer?
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: We don't get much about his relationship with his uncles besides him being grumpy, but since his parents are dead, he doesn't have anyone else. And then he ends up running into his uncles doing some rebel business . . .
- The Faceless: The only other named member of Ezra's squad, along with Jai Kell and Zare Leonis, and he's still never seen without his helmet.
- Hidden Depths: He really does care about his uncles, as evidenced when he tries to let them go when it turns out they're rebels.
- Hypocrite: He was loyal to the Empire and adhered to the law (mostly to get back at people), and then when he orders everyone in a warehouse to be arrested for apparently having smuggled goods, his uncles are among the arrested. He tries to let them go, but Zare uses it to kick him out of the Empire and get him off his back.
- Jerk Jock: Hotheaded, impulsive, and determined to beat Ezra at the training courses.
- Kick the Dog: Bullying Pandak is one of the contributing factors to his dropout.
- Kids Are Cruel: He's the only Jerkass cadet we see, and he's definitely comparable to the adult Imperials we've seen.
- Knight Templar: He follows the Imperial law because it allows him to do whatever he wants, but he'll make the occasional exception if you give him something in return.
- Last-Name Basis: Out of the four main cadets in "Breaking Ranks", he's the only one that everyone calls by his last name. He's also the only one that sticks to the Empire by the end of the episode and Servants of the Empire despite getting kicked out, so this choice is likely to reference how he's more of an Imperial officer than his own person, as all of the other Imperials in the show also go by this trope.
- Oh, Crap!: When it turns out his uncles are about to be arrested.
- Parental Abandonment: His parents died when he was young, resulting in Oleg being raised by his uncles. And then it turns out that his uncles are rebel sympathizers, and they get arrested.
- Pet the Dog:
- A night or two before Aresko substitutes Currahee, Oleg and the others talk with each other, like where they came from before joining the Academy. Oleg is a bit less hostile and a little more quiet, due to bringing up his dead parents in the conversation.
- He may be a jerk to his uncles, but even if they're rebel sympathizers, he definitely doesn't want to see them in jail.
- The Rival: To Zare Leonis.
- Smug Snake: Is apathetic and sadistic to others, like butting heads with Zare, and bullying Pandak and citizens. Jai is too laid back to be affected by Oleg, though.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Presumably, he's still living on Lothal, in spite of the Siege and everything that's happened since then.
Cadet Pandak Symes
The son of two Imperial Army officers, he was an Imperial cadet who attended the Lothal Imperial Academy as a member of Unit Aurek of Squad LRC077. However, due to being unable to handle the two week orientation before official training, he dropped out and was replaced by Dev Morgan, who was really an undercover Ezra Bridger.
- Extreme Doormat: Though subverted. He can't catch up with the others, and ruthless bullying from Oleg and Currahee discourage him from continuing his training.
- Heroic BSoD: He has a nervous breakdown a few kilometers away from an obstacle course's rendezvous point and Zare is unable to help him, forcing the unit to leave him behind.
- Meaningful Name:
- In Tagalog, "Pandak" means "less than the right amount". He ultimately didn't have what it took to become an Imperial cadet. It's also a derogatory term (so don't use it), which is a bit harsh on the guy.
- Symes is short for "Simon", substituted for the Hebrew word "Simeon", meaning "he who hears". For context, in the Bible, Simeon's mother, Leah, believed that God heard that she was hated/not favored by Simeon's father and her husband, Jacob, as much as her younger sister, Rachael. This choice of name might be in reference to how Pandak may now be in a situation where his parents are disappointed in him at the very least for not being able to become even an Imperial cadet.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He only joined the Imperial Academy to make his parents happy.