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Mandalorians were a warrior people who once waged wars and crusades of conquest against other regions of the galaxy. During these periods of conflict, the Mandalorians often battled the Jedi Order and became known as some of the only warriors in the galaxy capable of defeating Jedi Knights. This near-constant warfare resulted in the devastation of many Mandalorian worlds, which eventually resulted in a schism that erupted into a civil war between those who wished to continue Mandalore's warrior ways and the New Mandalorians, who sought to transform their society into a more peaceful one. Although the New Mandalorians prevailed for some time, they were eventually overthrown during the Clone Wars, with many Mandalorians once again turning to war as their primary occupation.
The homeworld of the Mandalorians, it was devastated during their many wars to the point of nearly becoming uninhabitable. Most of the population now lives in Domed Cities to protect themselves from the inhospitable conditions of their world. During the Clone Wars, the New Mandalorian government held much respect amongst the neutral systems and served as a key site for peaceful negotiations. However, the rise of the Death Watch once more embroiled the planet in conflict, with the pacifist New Mandalorians eventually being overthrown. At the end of the Clone Wars, the Empire held sway over Mandalore with the aid of former Death Watch members.
- Adaptational Wimp: In Legends, ancient Mandalorians had utterly massive numbers and resources, with fleets capable to threaten the entire Republic without the help of any other race or collective, and they only lost this position when Revan and his Jedi defeated them in the aptly named Mandalorian Wars, after which the Mandalorians were forced to disarm and dismantle their military hardware. The defeat caused a deep fragmentation between the clans, which became petty mercenaries and bounty hunters, and initiated a sharp decline and cultural change that ended with the state seen in the Republic era. However, this background doesn't exist in The Clone Wars and by extension canon, where the Mandalorians never were that powerful in the first place and mostly limited their activities to the planet Mandalore and its colonies due to becoming pacifists, as shown in "The Mandalore Plot" (although there are hints that some aspects of their story from Legends might be still canon).
- Ancestral Weapon: Although Mandalorian armors are apparently reforged by every new wearer, they're still considered the same set, and their historical and cultural significance is great enough that Mandalorians would rather risk death by a weapon designed specifically against it, than use other armors.
- Animal Motif: Birds, specifically. Satine's iconic dress looks like a peacock, the Vizsla/Death Watch insignia is the shriek hawk, the Nite Owls, Sabine Wren, Rook Kast, etc.
- It's revealed in The Mandalorian that a Mandalorian's signet or symbol is based on an animal that played a significant role in that Mandalorian's life. The Armorer first suggested a mudhorn as Din's signet because it did serious damage to his chest plate when he fought it.
- Arch-Enemy: In their long past, they were fierce enemies with the Jedi, seeing themselves as the warriors fighting against the sorcerers. The big irony is that the famed Darksaber belonged to a Mandalorian who was also a Jedi, and that both factions end up being driven to the brink of extinction thanks to their common enemy, the Sith and the Galactic Empire that they secretly ruled.
- Asskicking Equals Authority/You Kill It, You Bought It: During their warrior past, Mandalorians believed in following the strongest fighters, and so leadership was settled through ritualized fights, presumably to the death. Any warrior who thought they could be a better leader could take over, if they were capable of defeating the old leader.
- Badass Normal: Mandalorians aren't super-strong or super-fast aliens, nor are they Force-wielders with metaphysical powers like the Jedi or Sith. What they are is a people who have mastered the art of war and entrenched that mastery deep into their culture. The average Mandalorian warrior is worth a dozen ordinary soldiers, and their most skilled fighters can go toe-to-toe with Jedi Knights in single combat. While individually they may never reach the heights of strength and power that a Jedi Master or Sith Lord can reach, in great enough numbers they can present a major threat to either — indeed, the ancient Mandalorian Empire once sacked the Jedi Temple on Coruscant.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Satine, the pacifist duchess, is blonde; Bo-Katan, the Proud Warrior Race Girl loyal to Pre Vizsla, is a redhead; and Rook Kast, the Proud Warrior Race Girl loyal to Death Watch's ideals of Asskicking Equals Authority and thus to Darth Maul, is a brunette.
- Broad Strokes: Some of the commentary in The Clone Wars and Rebels implies that certain aspects of the Legends canon remains true, though to what extent is never made clear. For example, Mandalorians used to be a highly militaristic society and used to have a particular rivalry with/enmity for the Jedi: in the Legends continuity (especially when it is not written by Karen Traviss), Mandalorians were brutal war-worshipping conquerors who fought on the side of the Sith in every Sith/Jedi war for centuries.
- Child Soldier: During the reign of the Empire, Imperial Academies have always existed with at one in each sector and there being a junior cadet program that you can enroll in once you're fifteen years of age. On Mandalore, the local Imperial Academy has been compared to MIT by Word of God and has accepted child prodigies younger than fifteen, like Sabine. Said child prodigies and other skilled intellectuals have been used as "living weapons", i.e. to help develop weapons. Sabine ended up helping develop weapons that were ultimately used against the Mandalorian populace, and while doing so, she has also heard of some experimental projects such as the gravity wells in Star Destroyers (which would be developed into the Interdictor cruisers). Going off of Sabine alone, it would also seem that they were trained for other things like learning other languages for espionage.
- The Clan: Like Legends, Mandalorians come from different Clans, or families, like Clan Wren. Clans with high political ties or power over other clans are called Houses, like House Vizsla and House Kryze. There was also the Great Clan Wars prior to the Clone Wars that ended with Satine and the New Mandalorians in charge.
- Combat by Champion: Conflicts are settled in death by combat, and can be entered even without invoking it, as shown in Rebels. Once two conflicting Mandalorians enter combat, no one is allowed to intervene until combat is over.
- Conflicting Loyalties: The thing about an ancient warrior culture that revolves around honor is that advances in the society make the definition of "what's 'honorable'" very open to interpretation. Turning to pacifism due to being tired with the costs of war? Either it's practical and sensible, or an act of cowardice. Your loved ones and your people, or tradition? There are numerous times when Mandalorians call other Mandalorians as 'traitors' or the like in The Clone Wars and Rebels, both the 'good' guys, 'bad' guys, and in between.
- Continues in Rebels. The Empire enlists Mandalorian warriors (many are Death Watch and/or Shadow Collective veterans) into its ranks to control the sector. Some, like Saxon, believe the Empire will make Mandalore stronger than it was ever before; others, like Sabine and Rau, see these soldiers as traitors, lustful for power.
- Cult of Personality: Portraits of current Mandalorian rulers are prominently displayed (including in their own throne rooms, as is the case with Satine Kryze and Ursa Wren).
- Deconstructed Trope: The post-Legends canon for Mandalorians in many ways is a deconstruction of the Proud Warrior Race Guy trope and its frequent attendant trope of Asskicking Equals Authority. With a culture built around war, Mandalore simply does not know how to keep its internal politics stable when not united against a common enemy, and when those tired of war's costs try to stop it, the warrior caste inevitably rebels and forces a return to the status quo. There are also hints that, outside of the sphere of territory they directly control, Mandalore is essentially a non-entity on the galactic stage, as the other racial powers and mini-empires either aren't interested in Mandalore or are simply rejected by the Mandalorians while at the same time being willing to band together to curb-stomp the Mandalorians if they try to return to attacking the rest of the galaxy. Meanwhile, as they are used to determining their leadership through strength of arms, many are willing to submit to a brutal outside power like the Empire simply because, if the Empire is strong enough to beat them, then that means it's also a worthy leader.
- Divided We Fall: Thanks to the Enemy Civil War (as described below), Mandalore is left vulnerable and politically unstable when the Empire comes in not too long after. People easily accept the Empire's rule for the seeming stability it brought, after a failed rule of pacifism that led to said bloody war (and aforementioned pacifist rule was an attempt to rebuild from an earlier civil war).
- Domed Home Town: Sundari, the capital city of Mandalore, is covered by a huge metal dome because the planet surface is uninhabitable.
- Enemy Civil War: As Death Watch gets splintered into at least two major factions in "Shades of Reason", Bo-Katan's Nite Owls loyal to the late Pre Vizsla against Darth Maul's Shadow Collective, Mandalore falls into one of these. Once Republic forces come in to help the Nite Owls, it just so happens to be on the eve of the Republic's descent into the Empire, meaning that Mandalore was liberated only to fall into Imperial rule. Word of Saint Paul seems to suggest that there's still a power struggle going on by the time of Rebels, the comparison used being Game of Thrones.
- Family Honor:
- As it's typically rolled in with the package of clans, this is so far implied but has yet to be explored. The Clone Wars has some throwaway lines about Clans Vizsla and Kryze, while it seems that it was a theme in Rebels as part of Sabine's story, being a child of House Vizsla and the seemingly ordinary Clan Wren.
- It seems that the Empire takes advantage of Mandalorian cultural beliefs including this to encourage the populace to be compliant and more than happy to serve the Empire. As the ISC and apparently numerous others seem to believe, they view Sabine's defection as cowardice due to not honoring her obligations to the Empire (which is supposedly going to make Mandalore stronger than it was ever before) and thus also shaming her family's reputation.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: As noted below, they have many parallels with Jewish culture, both in their history and some aspects of their ancient culture.
- Mandalorians also have more than a few parallels with the Norse Vikings. They're hardened warriors who have a deeply religious culture that highly values honor, for good and bad, and believe strongly in Might Makes Right. They also notably assimilate others they find and adopt into their ranks, and during their peak, were known to as a war-waging colonizing people.
- Feudal Future:
- The Clans and Houses are always fighting each other for power, only united by a Mand'alor who is usually in the possession of the Darksaber after it was retrieved from Coruscant. The New Mandalorians tried to end the conflict and usher in a new age of peace, but it didn't last long after Death Watch started causing trouble. Things went From Bad to Worse when Maul caused a divide, starting the Mandalorian Civil War between the Mandalore Resistance led by Bo-Katan, Maul's Shadow Collective, and the New Mandalorians, who had to call for back-up from the Republic. When the Republic transitioned into the Empire at the end of the Siege of Mandalore, Satine's efforts were reverted back to square one, except with Imperial law exacerbating the situation.
- There's also a nobility system going on, with at the very least, Satine (and her late father) being a part of the duchy, Saxon being a viceroy, and Ursa being a countess. Clans and Houses also have chiefs, which are implicitly hereditary.
- Great Offscreen War: Due to decanonization of Legends, this is every war or battle that ever gets brought up that isn't the Clone Wars (barring the Siege of Mandalore at the time of this writing). Nine out of ten times, it was probably the Mandos and Jedi fighting again. Considering Maul's takeover arc takes place towards the end of the second year of the Clone Wars, the siege to liberate Mandalore only happened about a year after, and from the descriptions we have of it from Ahsoka, we at least know that the city of Sundari was turned into a complete warzone (no word on the rest of the planet) with all sorts of things set on fire and destroyed, and it gets implied that there are still citizens hiding out and trapped in Sundari, considering someone has to make those burial sites and gravemarkers in the ground.
- Honor Before Reason: Many Mandalorians have their own specialized creed and traditions that they follow in honor of their culture. However, those traditions end up creating more trouble for the Mandalorians as different factions have different sets of traditions, causing them to accuse each other as not "true" Mandalorians, and many Mandalorians struggle greatly when faced with situations that require them to break their creed.
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: Many Mandalorians are happy to serve the Empire, not so much for its stabilizing influence as for the fact that it's strong enough to have defeated them, and so that means it must be worth following. It's a pretty logical extension of their choosing internal leadership based on fighting abilities, after all.
- Klingon Scientists Get No Respect: Although the precise cultural breakdown pre-Clone Wars is never clarified, Mandalorians were originally divided between warrior and non-warrior groups. Eventually, the non-warriors got so sick of the warriors that they exiled them to the moon of Concordia.
- Magically Inept Fighter: Just like the Wookiees, it appears that the rate of Force-sensitive Mandalorians is very low. Tarre Vizsla is said to be the first Mandalorian ever inducted into the Jedi Order, back in the age of the Old Republic.
- Given the long-standing enmity between the Mandalorians and the Jedi, it's possible that many Force-sensitive Mandalorians simply never joined the Order — especially after it instituted its famous "no attachments" policy, given the importance of family in Mandalorian culture.
- Given that anyone can become Mandalorian if they subscribe to the ideals of the culture and find a clan willing to initiate them, it's not so much that Force-sensitivity is rarer amongst Mandalorians than others, but those Mandalorians who are Force sensitive are heavily discouraged from ever using the Force because to the Mandalorians — a Spirited Competitor Proud Warrior Race — using it in battle essentially makes you a Crutch Character who will die the first time using the Force fails you as you cheated instead of going through Training from Hell like the rest of them.
- Military Academy: The Mandalorian Imperial Academy. It used to be the Sundari Royal Academy, where Korkie and his friends attended. Worth noting that this academy is very serious in comparison to other Outer Rim academies like the one on Lothal; if you're someone important like Sabine and you try to call it quits, they actually will use up resources to hunt you down, and if you manage to get out of dodge, they put a bounty on you.
- A Nazi By A Ny Other Name: A nation of mostly white blonde humans who value war and xenophobia until a bloody war forces them to adopt a weak and pacifistic government that frowns upon the extremists who try to revive the war-like way. Yeah, sounds like they were going for a New Zealand parallel.
- No True Scotsman: A recurring trend among Mandalorians is their tendency to accuse one another of being traitors or pretenders. The New Mandalorians consider their opponents to be violent extremists who can't accept that changing times have made them irrelevant, Death Watch and the Mandalorian Resistance consider their opponents gutless appeasers who sold their people out to the Republic and/or the Empire, and the Children of the Watch consider their opponents faithless apostates whose abandonment of the ancient tenets of Mandalorian religion brought ruin to their people. Any interaction between Mandalorians of opposing ideologies or factions will inevitably devolve into accusations that the other side isn't a "true" Mandalorian.
- Our Weapons Will Be Boxy in the Future: Thanks to their culture's love affair with straight lines and angles as a whole, the fact that most of their personal weapons looks like rectangles with grips and triggers shouldn't be surprising.
- Parrying Bullets: Nowhere near as consistently or as good as Jedi or Sith, but sufficiently trained Mandalorians can do this. Satine's Honor Guard is seen blocking droid blaster shots with their staffs, Saxon is shown blocking one of Ezra's shots with his gauntlets, and Mandalorian gadget-vambraces come with a small circular ray shield that they can stop blaster bolts with.
- Primary-Color Champion: Well, there has yet to be a character that exhibits all three colors at once without any secondary colors taking up a major role alongside them in the color scheme, but the groups that join together under the Mandalorian Resistance against the Empire are Sabine's mother and her clan (yellow), the Journeyman Protector(s) of Concord Dawn and Bo-Katan's original Resistance (blue), and Sabine herself and the Rebellion (red/orange).
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Mandalorians have a long history of being among the best warriors in the galaxy, and using those skills to wage bloody wars of conquest. Duchess Satine led a push towards pacifism and her rule officially ended the warrior traditions on Mandalore but splinter groups like the Protectors and the Death Watch terrorists rejected this decision. Ultimately, when Mandalore itself came under attack from the Shadow Collective, the general public demanded a violent reprisal instead of Satine's pacifism. The shift in power put an end to Satine's ideals and a return to their warrior ways; the Empire now uses Mandalorians as elite commandos.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: The Death Watch is perfectly willing to carry out terrorist activities against their own people to overthrow Duchess Satine's pacifist government.
- Schrödinger's Canon: Much of Mandalore's history was confused even before the reboot, as Lucas deliberately diverged from now-Legends EU material in The Clone Wars, most famously attempting to retcon Jango and Boba Fett's Mandalorian heritage. Still, there's a few things that haven't been fully contradicted or retconned yet:
- In Legends, the original Mandalorians were the Taung, an ancient warrior species from Coruscant that fought the local humans (known as the Zhell) for control. After being driven off the planet, a great warrior they called "Mand'alor" ("The One Ruler" in their language) led them to a faraway world which they named after him, and subsequent rulers would take the name in his honor. As adopting war orphans and assimilating conquered peoples was a core tenet of their philosophy, the Taung eventually assimilated many races, primarily humans and near-humans, into their empire, eventually going extinct.
- A couple of murals depict Mandalorian Crusaders and Neo-Crusaders fighting Jedi, and Garnac from the Trandoshan hunting arc also owned a Neo-Crusader helmet. In Legends, the Crusaders and Neo-Crusaders were a great horde raised by Mandalore the Ultimate after a powerful Sith convinced him to attack the Old Republic. The subsequent "Mandalorian Wars" devastated both the Old Republic, the early Jedi Order, and the Mandalorians themselves, allowing the Sith to gain significant power.
- The Great Clan Wars that led to Duchess Satine's rule were, in Legends, a three-way conflict between the extremist Deathwatch, the traditionalist True Mandalorians, and the reformist New Mandalorians. The True Mandalorians nearly won, but were framed for a massacre by surviving Deathwatch members, forcing the Jedi to intervene against them and leaving the underdog New Mandalorians as the victors.
- Curiously, Fantasy Flight Games released a reference book titled Friends Like These that mixed aspects of both the new EU's Mandalorians and those of Legends. This book recanonized various clans that had not been mentioned in the new EU, namely Clan Beroya and Clan Awaud.
- Several Mandalorians, including Fenn Rau, were hired by Kaminoan cloners to train Jango Fett's clone army. In Legends, this group was known as the Cuy'val Dar (Mando'a for "Those Who Cease to Exist", as the job was extremely confidential and would require them to secretly remain on Kamino for years without contacting the outside).
- One of the most significant questions of canonicity is the heritage of the Fetts, especially Jango Fett. All that is currently confirmed is that he is from the planet Concord Dawn (in Mandalorian space, but not exclusively populated by them) and was renounced by Prime Minister Almec as "a common bounty hunter" who didn't earn his armor.
- Legends established that the name "Fett" was derived from the Mandalorian word for farmer, "vhett," and referred to a Mandalorian Clan. Clan Fett had existed for thousands of years, dating back to Cassus Fett of the Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders. However, Jango was not a member by blood, instead being adopted into the clan as a child after his family was killed by Deathwatch.
- The Legends comic Jango Fett: Open Seasons established that he was raised by the True Mandalorians and fought in the Great Clan Wars, becoming the organization's sole survivor. After being captured and sold into slavery by allies of Deathwatch, he became a ruthless bounty hunter and assassin and was un-personed by the ruling New Mandalorians, thus explaining the claims that he is "not a Mandalorian." Notably, Clan Vizsla originated from this comic series.
- In The Mandalorian, "Chapter 14: The Tragedy", Jango's Mandalorian heritage as a foundling raised by Jaster Mereel is recanonized, and adds that he fought in the Mandalorian Civil Wars. The side he fought for isn't mentioned, opening up a No True Scotsman rationale for Almec's denunciation. Boba's status, on the other hand, is more of a gray area — while he's Jango's son, he couldn't care less about the Mandalorian creed, and claims his armor on the basis that it used to be his father's.
- Shout-Out: Mandalore itself is loaded with shout outs to the works of Pablo Picasso. Most two-dimensional art evokes his works even if it they aren't a direct reference to a specific painting. Some of the locals, like Almec, even have slightly exaggerated proportions like a Picasso.
- Space Jews: In a sense: they're an ancient culture that stands apart from mainstream galactic society (and famed as warriors like Old Testament Jews), who have been forcibly integrated with the rest of the galaxy after a series of exhausting wars with the Galactic/Roman Republic - after which there was considerable debate among Mandalorians about whether or not they should assimilate to galactic society or try to hang on to the old ways.
- The internal debate later fragmented over to exactly what extent they should embrace the ancient ways, across a spectrum (similar to splits between Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox Jews, not to mention all of the more specific sects in between). For example, Death Watch are paramilitary extremists mainly concerned with restoring their people's ancient system of government, while the Children of the Watch are an ultra-orthodox religious group that seek to restore all of the ancient traditions, including ones that even Death Watch considers antiquated and extreme.
- The analogy is even stronger after the Great Purge of Mandalore by the Empire, after which Mandalorian enclaves were scattered across the galaxy in a great diaspora.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Supercommando? Super-Commando? Super Commando? Not even official sources seem sure.
- Spirited Competitor: Mandalorian warriors pick fights with the biggest, meanest, nastiest factions, beasts, force-wielders, gunslingers, and more. Why? To prove they can come out on top/survive the ordeals should they need to.
- Standard Royal Court: Has shades of it. Satine is the ruler who implicitly inherited her position from her father; a council; a number of Clans under Houses with nobles leading them; children are being taught to become good leaders (including her nephew, Korkie, from an unnamed sibling, which kind of makes him an heir); Rau was the military leader of her forces, to some extent; a Praetorian Guard; a variation on The Consigliere position was held by Merrik, Almec, and Vizsla at different points, but the latter two then became rival leaders against Satine; Bo-Katan was also a rival leader against Satine and was Korkie's Evil Aunt in a way, until she did eventually become a relatively suitable leader, but was 'overthrown' by a foreign power that was previously an ally and replaced with Saxon as a Puppet King after defeating a rival group that was also led by a foreign power.
- Technical Pacifist: The New Mandalorians do have some weaponry, restricted to their law enforcement operatives, but aim for non-lethal subduement in that field and in external matters prefer diplomacy over violence.
- Unobtanium: Mandalore, and its moon Concordia, are the only known places where one could find the blaster- and lightsaber-resistant metal beskar.
Mandalore the Great
A legendary warrior-king from ancient Mandalorian history, whose battles with the Jedi Order have been sung of in Mandalorian epics for thousands of years.
- Schrödinger's Canon: According to Legends, the title of Mand'alor, later mutated into Mandalore, is a Mando'a word meaning "The One Ruler". It is derived from the first ruler of the Mandalorian people, who united the warring clans and delivered them from a terrible war on Coruscant to a harsh but resource-rich world that they named in his honor, with his successors forsaking their pasts to take up his identity. Which of the ancient Mandalores from the Legends continuity Mandalore the Great correlates to, if any, is unclear. Its possible, due to the similar title, that hes meant to represent Mandalore the Ultimate, who notably led the Neo-Crusaders against the Jedi during the Mandalorian Wars.
- Shrouded in Myth: Who was Mandalore the Great? Why did he battle the Jedi? The details are lost to the annals of history, remembered only in heroic sagas of the Mandalorian people.
A powerful Mandalorian clan that is the head of House Kryze. Members of the house include the late chieftain who died during the Great Clan Wars, the late Duchess Satine Kryze, Death Watch lieutenant and later Mandalore Resistance leader Bo-Katan Kryze, and royal academy cadet Korkie Kryze.
- It's Pronounced "Tro-PAY": In The Clone Wars, it is either pronounced like "Chris" but with a hard "Z" sound, or it sounds like "crisis". Bo-Katan (Katee Sackhoff) says it like "Kreeze" (rhymes with "cheese").
- Family Extermination: Bo-Katan says that she is the "last of her line", implying that Clan Kryze was wiped out following the Great Purge.
- Schrödinger's Canon: In Legends, Satine and Bo-Katan's father, Adonai Kryze, was the chieftain of Clan Kryze as well as the Duke of Mandalore before being killed by Death Watch in the Great Clan Wars.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Presumably, the house isn't doing so well under the Empire, as the most active clans seen so far are from House Vizsla. In addition, Mandalore ends up falling into another civil war, so while clans from House Vizsla are combat-capable, the same has yet to be said of House Kryze, which Satine likely desired to be actual pacifists.
- "Heroes of Mandalore" seems to point that at least some Kryze members joined Bo-Katan as warriors.
Duchess Satine Kryze
A devoted pacifist, Satine is the ruler of Mandalore. In her youth, she was targeted by political adversaries and was put under the protection of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi. During the year they spent on the run, Satine and Obi-Wan had deeply fallen in love with one another, but ultimately Obi-Wan chose the Order. The two were reunited during the Clone Wars when the actions of the Death Watch drew the Senate's attention to Mandalore.
- Actual Pacifist: Deconstructed, as her stubborn insistence to absolute pacifism left Mandalore vulnerable on innumerable levels, which was exploited by Vizsla's Death Watch and Maul's criminal empire.
- Action Girl: During her first appearance, she ends up saving Obi-Wan's life. Her later examples include disarming someone holding her hostage and had a blaster pushed to her temple, finding the evidence that saved Mandalore from being invaded by Republic troops, and investigating the cause of a mass food poisoning personally.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: As she's held hostage, she confesses to Obi-Wan that she has loved him ever since they first met. Obi-Wan then returns it. She affirms it for the last time in "The Lawless".
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Obi-Wan while destroying the small assassin probes in "Voyage of Temptation".
- Badass Normal: She has no Force powers, but she is still capable of defending herself.
- Badass Pacifist: She's a Mandalorian pacifist. She may not be a Proud Warrior Race Girl like her ancestors, but she's still got the Mandalorian determination. She won't let others try to assassinate her either.Satine: Just because I'm a pacifist doesn't mean I won't defend myself!
- Battle Couple: Zigzagged. While she and Obi-Wan had mutual feelings for each other, both didn't follow through on said feelings due to their respective duties. As for the "battle" part, Obi-Wan is a master on the lightsaber, and while Satine is a staunch pacifist, she has proven handy with a blaster.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Obi-Wan. They can barely spend five minutes together without snarking at each other, but both admit to still being in love, even if their respective duties prevent a relationship.
- Beware the Nice Ones: A Mandalorian pacifist she may be, but she's still a Mandalorian, so get her furious at your own risk:
- In "Voyage of Temptation", when Merrik was distracted, Satine head-butted him and actually grabbed his blaster and aimed it at Merrik's head.
- In "Corruption", once a group of smugglers is exposed and tracked down she arrived at their warehouse with guards and flamethrowers. She doesn't have the smugglers burned alive, just to drive home a few messages: once the smugglers are arrested she tells the obstructionist customs' captain to burn it down or she'll consider him an accomplice (and that's after the captain risked his life capturing the smugglers), to make sure everyone knows not only that she won't tolerate the corruption that allowed the smugglers to show up with toxic tea that poisoned dozens of children, she's utterly fed up.
- Birds of a Feather: She and Obi-Wan are Deadpan Snarkers, with a strong sense of duty, compassionate, brave, and pacifistic (but to different extents).
- Bodyguard Crush: During Obi-Wan's Padawan learner days, he and Qui-Gon were assigned to protect Satine from insurgents of Mandalore. As such, he and Satine grew close over their time together and their feelings became romantic. However, nothing came of it as they chose their duties over their feelings. Nonetheless, when they see each other more than a decade later, they admit to still loving each other.
- Classical Anti-Hero: Satine is a good, heroic person, but her flaws cripple her ability to truly fulfill her dream of a peaceful Mandalore, ultimately bringing ruination to her world, her people, and herself.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: According to Dave Filoni, Satine was designed with Cate Blanchett in mind.
- Cool Aunt: Even when busy with her royal duties, Satine takes the time to listen to her nephew, Korkie, about his suspicions about something and genuinely takes what he says to heart.
- Cosmic Plaything: The sheer level of suffering and pain levied against this woman is staggering.
- Dark and Troubled Past: According to Obi-Wan, most of Satine's people (including her father) were killed in a civil war and she spent a year on the run from Mandalorian insurgents and bounty hunters alongside Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon. The trauma she experienced is the direct reason she became a stern pacifist.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially towards Obi-Wan.
- Deconstruction: Her character is essentially a deconstruction of pacifism and why it doesn't work in a galaxy at war, where everyone wants to exploit the weak and will take advantage of this vulnerability. Darth Maul probably put it best when he referred to Satine learning the "burden of peace".
- Demonization: A victim of it after Death Watch's successful coup in "Shades of Reason". Bo-Katan claims that she "fled in cowardice" (Vizsla had her thrown in prison) and Almec later claims that Satine murdered Vizsla (it was actually Maul who killed him).
- Didn't Think This Through: She insists that her "speeder accident" was an attempted murder. Mas Amedda agrees, saying it proves Death Watch really is a significant threat to the Mandalorian government. This undermines Satine's earlier claims that they were an insignificant splinter group.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: She passed away in Obi-Wan's arms after being stabbed by Darth Maul.
- Dumb Blonde: Inverted. Satine is a blonde, but is an intelligent, decisive woman.
- Dying Declaration of Love: With her last breath she reinforced her earlier Love Confession to Obi-Wan.
- Face Death with Dignity: After Maul stabs her with the Darksaber, she calmly tells Obi-Wan before succumbing to her wounds that she's always loved him and always will, even in the afterlife.
- Fatal Flaw: Her devotion to pacifism and democracy above all else. It leaves her helpless to defend against Darth Maul and Pre Vizsla's plot to topple her government and conquer Mandalore, which ultimately results in her own death.
- The Fettered: Deconstructed. Satine's dedication to her morals and beliefs prove to be a major liability in her conflicts with the likes of Vizsla and Maul.
- Foil: To Padmé. They're both royalty, who came into power at a time of crisis to their homeworld, and as a result, they're both pacifists, both fell in love with a Jedi sent to protect them, and both of their deaths are directly linked to the Jedi they loved. They're both quite similar, particularly in their political values and beliefs, but also differ in a few areas.
- Padmé was elected in a time of peace and resigned after her term was up, Satine seems to have gained the throne for life, as the sole survivor of a civil war with a rightful claim to it.
- They're both dedicated to peace at any cost, but while Padmé will fight back if given no other choice, Satine is almost completely devoted to pacifism, even in life-threatening situations.
- Padmé remains faithful to the Republic in spite of its increasing corruption, while Satine is adamant about keeping Mandalore neutral during the Clone Wars.
- Both Padmé and Satine fell in love with a Jedi who had been assigned to protect them, but while Padmé gave in to her love for Anakin and secretly married him, Satine chose to focus on her respective duty and chose to love Obi-wan from afar. As did Obi-wan.
- Padmé is indirectly killed by a Dark Side user - her own love interest in fact, who had specifically turned to the dark side in a misguided attempt to save her. Anakin falsely believes she had betrayed him, though she is remembered fondly by her people and her death causes Anakin to embrace the Dark Side fully. Satine is eventually overthrown and murdered by a Dark Side user named Darth Maul to torment her love interest and is then unfairly remembered as a 'traitor' to her people. Obi-Wan refuses to give into hatred and despair in spite of this and remains a good man.
- Both Padmé and Satine's last words involve the men they love -Padmé asserts her belief there's still good in Anakin, while Satine declares her love for Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan is present at both their deaths.
- Freudian Excuse: Most of Satine's people died in a civil war, giving her a deep aversion to violence.
- Good Is Not Soft: Satine is a pacifist, but she's far from a pushover. This is best seen when she nearly loses it over innocent children being poisoned by criminals.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: With her love interest, Obi-Wan. While she uses a small blaster in self-defense, he uses his lightsaber.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Satine is blonde and, despite her flaws, she is a good person at heart.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Satine's main love is the heroic, auburn-haired Obi-Wan Kenobi.
- Hopeless Suitor: Zigzagged. Satine's love for Obi-Wan is definitely reciprocated, but he can't bring himself to abandon his commitment to the Jedi to be with her and she is also committed to her duties as Duchess of Mandalore. It's implied that Satine may want to renew her past relationship with Obi-Wan (she's visibly disappointed when Obi-Wan describes the two of them as "friends" in "Duchess of Mandalore"), but their relationship remains platonic until Satine's death.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Not always (she did fall in love with Obi-Wan Kenobi, after all), but she was fooled by Vizsla, Merrik, and Almec, believing each of them to be loyal allies.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Darth Maul, with the Darksaber.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Satine can be quite self-righteous and defensive, although the latter is largely due to stress, and neither stops her from ultimately being a good person.
- Lady and Knight: She is the Lady to Obi-Wan's Knight.
- The Lost Lenore: She was Obi-Wan's main love interest and he plainly states that had she said it, he would've left the Jedi Order for her. However, she is tragically killed by Maul and Obi-Wan is deeply saddened by her passing.
- Mama Bear: Children getting hurt is her most notable Berserk Button.
- MuggleMage Romance: Satine (the human Duchess of Mandalore) had mutual feelings with Obi-Wan (a Jedi Master skilled in the ways of the Force). However, they don't act on said feelings due to their respective duties and their relationship doesn't go anywhere romantic due to her death.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Leia's signature blaster is a model called Satine's Lament.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: She heavily resembles Cate Blanchett. Filoni even admitted to basing Satine's looks on the actress."To my mind, I kinda riffed off of Cate Blanchett' Elizabeth for the performance of Satine and some of the design. I just loved the way she carried herself in that film, and it was a big inspiration for how to do this character because to have a female character that' I wanted her to stand right there with Obi-Wan Kenobi and be every bit as smart. Stand toe to toe with him and even be a bit wiser perhaps, and I think she does that really nicely."
- Not So Stoic: She breaks down in tears during Obi-Wan's fake funeral.
- OOC Is Serious Business:
- When children got food poisoning from toxic tea, bought by officials on the black market, she went into such a rage she completely abandoned her pacifist views, and threatened a suspect with physical violence if he didn't start talking.
- The normally collected and regal Mandalorian Queen openly weeps at Obi-Wan's "funeral".
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Shes the blue (a staunch pacifist) to Bo-Katan's red (a staunch warrior traditionalist).
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Not that her efforts do much good or succeed in the end.
- The Scapegoat: It isn't given much attention, but after Maul kills Vizsla, he has Almec claim that Satine is Vizsla's killer, which serves the dual purpose of explaining Vizsla's death without Maul exposing his presence on Mandalore and gives a reason to keep Satine in prison so that Maul can use her as bait for Obi-Wan.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: After all her efforts and all that she endured in her quest to free Mandalore of corruption and rededicate it to peace, Satine's story ends with her mission as a total failure and with herself being murdered by Darth Maul for the sake of torturing the man she loves.
- Shout-Out: She shares a name with Satine from Moulin Rouge!, another romantic interest to a character played by Ewan McGregor who dies in his arms.
- Shrine to the Fallen: Disturbingly, it's Maul, the man who killed her, who has a painting of her hung up on his wall at the Nightsister lair on Dathomir. For maximum creepy effect, it's been severely slashed up and hangs above the Darksaber, the thing he killed her with.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Bo-Katan; Bo-Katan is a redheaded soldier with no title who is willingly subservient to Vizsla, while Satine is a blond pacifist with an aristocratic title who rules Mandalore.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Satine never stopped loving Obi-Wan, the Knight in Shining Armor gentleman who has protected her numerous times.
- Slave to PR: Satine is a politician so she cares a lot about having the public on her side. When the people of Mandalore eventually flock to Vizsla's banner she surrenders control of the government almost without a fight. Part of this of this is practical since without popular support she would never be able to implement any of her policies. However, her unwillingness to take actions that risk losing the support of the people leaves her looking weak and indecisive.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Obi-Wan. He's a Jedi, sworn to protect the Republic and its peace and to not form personal attachments. She's the duchess of a ruined planet which she tried to rebuild by turning her people's Proud Warrior Race Guy culture into a pacifist society. In the end, theirs was a love that could not be, however much they might have cared for each other.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Darth Maul tries to invoke this trope when he murders Satine in front of Obi-Wan, hoping that her death will break him. This is ultimately defied by Obi-Wan, as while her death causes him some sorrow, he doesn't cross the Despair Event Horizon or vow revenge against Maul for it and only continues to oppose Maul on the grounds of the threat he poses.
- Suicidal Pacifism: She just cannot bring herself to kill someone, period. Best shown when Tal Merrik is gloating to her about how he's going to kill her and everyone aboard the Coronet while nothing protects him from her but the fact that he's a living being. Despite knowing that it would result in her, several close friends, and plenty of innocent bystanders being killed, Satine can't bring herself to pull the trigger.
- Tragic Dream: A Mandalore dedicated to peace, free of corruption, and devoid of the scourges of war. This is tragic because nearly all of Satine's apparent advisors turned out to be secretly against her, and her every attempt to purge corruption from her government and defend Mandalore proved to be fleeting successes at best, resulting in Pre Vizsla (followed swiftly by Darth Maul) conquering the planet, leaving Satine in prison, and ultimately, her death and Mandalore being consumed by a civil war.
- Tragic Hero: Her life's work is completely undone by Pre Vizsla and Darth Maul, and she is posthumously considered a traitor to her people.
- Trauma Conga Line: All of her speaking appearances involve Satine suffering in some way, but it's taken Up to Eleven in "Shades of Reason": Darth Maul uses his criminal empire to destabilize Satine's government and turn her people against her, allowing Satine's enemy Pre Vizsla to take over with the public's support (by staging a magnificent defeat of Maul's forces, which had been planned in advance by Vizsla and Maul) and throwing Satine in prison for supposed "treason". Maul then murders Vizsla and uses Satine as a scapegoat, allowing him to rule Mandalore through a puppet Prime Minister (another enemy of Satine's, as well as a black marketeer responsible for poisoning numerous innocent children), all while Satine rots in prison, unable to do anything about it. It reaches its peak in "The Lawless", where she's murdered by Maul just to make Obi-Wan suffer.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: In almost every episode she appears in, she puts up a new kind of dress or other type of apparel.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: It's pretty clear (especially to Anakin), that she and Obi-Wan have romantic feelings for each other, but neither one acts on them due to their respective duties. Unfortunately, it gets cemented after Satine is killed by Maul.
- Unwitting Pawn: She is ultimately used by Maul to lure Obi-Wan, and to act as the instrument of the Sith Lord's vengeance.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Bo-Katan. Which makes sense, considering that they're sisters.Satine: There was a time we weren't enemies. Perhaps that time has come again.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Her New Mandalorian pacifistic utopia façade conceals a failed state where everyone is corrupt, a governor is secretly a terrorist leader, the Prime Minister plots a coup d'etat with his Secret Police, food shortages are constant since the beginning of the war (from which Mandalore stays away), and generally she's the only one who really believes in her utopia, remaining oblivious until the trouble's knocking on her door.
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: She fits this trope to a T.
Lady Bo-Katan Kryze
Pre Vizsla's lieutenant in the Death Watch, and leader of a small commando force known as the Nite Owls and later the Mandalore Resistance. She is also Duchess Satine's sister. Nearly two decades after the rise of the Empire, Bo-Katan led Clan Kryze as part of the Mandalorian resistance against the Empire and was proclaimed the new leader of Mandalore.
- All for Nothing: Her quest in finding the Darksaber becomes for naught when Din Djarin defeats Moff Gideon in battle, and thus becomes the new owner of the lightsaber and the new ruler of Mandalore. Although Din was more than willing to relinquish the Darksaber to her, she refuses to accept it without challenging him to combat first.
- Ambiguously Gay: The closest thing to romantic interest shes shown in someone is when she slapped Ahsokas bottom.
- Animal Motifs: Owls.
- Anti-Hero: Although she turns into an Anti-Villain in The Clone Wars' fifth season and is one of the "good guys" after that, she still has her moments of moral questionability.
- In The Clone Wars, Bo-Katan never denounces the late Vizsla's violent views (and in fact, his death at the hands of Maul was what spurred her to break off into her own group as opposed to realizing the implications of handing an entire army to a former Sith) despite the fact that Death Watch turns into a "heroic" resistance movement. She also doesn't quite take up responsibility for her part in Death Watch's crimes, as shown in "Old Friends Not Forgotten" when she claims that the whole coup on Satine was solely Maul's fault.
- In Rebels, she nearly does Sabine in upon learning she made a genocide-level superweapon targeted at Mandalorians, although shortly afterwards, she comes to respect her for taking up responsibility for it in working to have been destroyed.
- In The Mandalorian, she takes advantage of Din needing her to tell him where to find a Jedi by dragging him into a resistance-related mission in exchange for the info, then alters the deal midway through in spite of the dangers and essentially tells him to suck it up since he has little choice in the matter.
- Anti-Villain: She starts out as a straight villain in The Clone Wars, evolves into an Anti-Villain in Season 5, then undergoes a HeelFace Turn by Season 7 and Rebels.
- Art-Shifted Sequel: She's probably one of the best demonstrations of the differences between the art styles of The Clone Wars and Rebels, with her facial design, hair, and helmet being the most notable design changes.
- Ascended Extra: In "A Friend in Need" (her first appearance), she was originally just supposed to be a Death Watch lieutenant. However, the writers decided to expand her character by having her be Satine's estranged sister (which was apparently planned all along by Filoni) and becoming the next leader of Death Watch/the leader of the Mandalore Resistance, including the creation of a backstory involving the Kryzes.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Pre Vizsla's second-in-command, and easily (at least) the second best fighter of Death Watch.
- Badass Boast: When questioned on how the ship she was on with its weapons disabled could defend itself, she responded "A Mandalorian with a jetpack is a weapon." She then proved it by blowing up a pursuing TIE fighter—not even using the built-in missile found on Mandalorian jetpacks but rather by catching the TIE, opening its cockpit, and throwing a thermal detonator in before flying away.
- Badass in Charge: Of the Nite Owls branch of the Death Watch, later the Mandalore Resistance after Darth Maul takes over.
- Badass Normal: She fought Ahsoka hand-to-hand, and initially had the upper hand. For the record, Ahsoka is skilled and strong enough to fight Trandoshans hand-to-hand.
- Blood Knight: A given for any Mandalorian warrior.
- Bolivian Army Ending: In "The Lawless", she's last seen engaged in a desperate shoot-out with the Mandalorians loyal to Maul. It turns out she ended up relatively fine, since she and the other loyalists were to return in the Siege of Mandalore arc, and presumably Rebels as well.
- Boyish Short Hair: She sports a chin-length bob-cut.
- Bullying a Dragon: Belittling a Sith Lord when he's standing right next to you. The end result is predictable.
- Cain and Abel: Implied with Satine, although by the time they share any screen time, they have a common enemy in Darth Maul.
- Cool Helmet: A variation on the Mandalorian standard; her's is modeled after a bird of prey.
- Custom Uniform: Has more white on her armor than other female Death Watch members.
- Dark Action Girl: A highly skilled and dangerous member of Death Watch.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Implied. Obi-Wan stated in "Voyage of Temptation" that most of Satine's people were killed in a civil war. Since Bo-Katan is Satine's sister, it can be assumed that she went through much of the same ordeals. Given that she wound up with Death Watch, Bo may have even had it worse than Satine. Apparently, it goes all the way back ever since they were six years old.
- Deadpan Snarker: After seeing Vizsla, Maul, and Savage emerge from their meeting with the Hutts under fire.Bo-Katan: I see negotiations went as planned.
- Designated Girl Fight: In "A Friend in Need", she had to fight Ahsoka.
- Divergent Character Evolution: She originally was just a Death Watch lieutenant, but Lucas and Filoni liked her enough to expand her character beyond that, including making her the sister of Satine.
- The Dragon: She seems to be Pre Vizsla's top lieutenant. She wasn't the only lieutenant, however, as there were at least two or three others (though only one out of them all had a speaking role).
- Dragon Ascendant: After Maul kills Vizsla, Bo-Katan takes over command of the Death Watch soldiers who refuse to follow Maul.
- Easily Forgiven: In her first appearance, "A Friend in Need", Bo-Katan gleefully took part in burning down a village of innocents, an atrocity Ahsoka witnessed first hand, and almost got killed after she tried to stop it, and exposed herself as a Jedi in the proccess. While not addressing her role in Satine's death and Maul's coup (which could be explained by Ahsoka not knowing about it), there is the fact that Ahsoka sees Bo as a trustworthy mentor by the end of the Siege of Mandalore without ever even acknowledging the genocide is rather jarring, especially because Ahsoka's much less understanding with the Jedi Council (who's worst sin is being gullible and tactless) and her entire reasoning for teaming-up with Death Watch is to protect innocent lives.
- Enemy Mine:
- With Obi-Wan Kenobi and Satine against the Mandalorian Death Watch loyal to Darth Maul. She even lampshades it with the classic "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" line.
- Lucasfilm's post-Season 6 spoiler dump shows that she and Ahsoka would have become associates during the Siege of Mandalore. This is presented in the seventh season of The Clone Wars due to the fact that she and her Mandalore Resistance join forces with Ahsoka and her 332nd Company to initiate the Siege of Mandalore in order to fight against Maul and his Mandalorian Supercommandos.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
- Her sister Satine, whose death clearly saddened her.
- "Loved one" may be pushing it, but she's clearly horrified at Pre Vizsla's defeat and death at Maul's hands.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Subverted. She condemns Maul and Savage as "monsters" and is clearly uncomfortable aligning with them. However, this seems to be more for racist reasons than true moral standards.
- Originally, she almost tried to help Vizsla up after he was defeated by Maul and, according to the Legends novelization Darth Maul: Shadow Conspiracy, she would've attempted to interfere earlier in the fight between Maul and Vizsla by firing at the former, but is stopped from doing both by another supercommando, because it is forbidden.
- She considers the Children of the Watch to be nothing more than religious zealots, evidently unimpressed with their desire to restore Mandalore to the ancient ways.
- Evil Redhead: Before her face was even revealed on-screen, a supplementary drawing by Dave Filoni had already revealed Bo-Katan to be a redhead. This makes her quite a rarity among the blond-haired Mandalorians.
- Fantastic Racism:
- In The Clone Wars, she claims that Darth Maul has no right to the Mandalorian throne because he is an outworlder despite that not technically being an essential element to the Mandalorian warrior tradition of the strongest shall rule.
- As shown in The Mandalorian, she looks down on Jango clones, especially Boba. She dismisses Boba as a "real Mandalorian" and claims that his father is "his donor". Interestingly, she seemed neutral about clones back in The Clone Wars Siege of Mandalore episodes, which implies its a grudge stemming from clones helping the Empire subjugate Mandalore.
- Fiery Redhead: Even though she's usually calm, she's still rather aggressive due to being part of a Mandalorian splinter group.
- To her sister, Satine. They're opposites in almost every way, from appearance (Satine is blonde and dresses regally, while Bo is a redhead who wears body armor) to personality (Bo's Blood Knight vs. Satine's Actual Pacifist). Also, while Satine rules her people, Bo-Katan loyally serves Pre Vizsla until his death. However, they're both strong-willed women dedicated to their ideals (which are not necessarily compatible with Mandalorian tradition) who find themselves in leadership positions on Mandalore and becoming allies with Jedi (they've even fought alongside the same Jedi, Obi-Wan, at different times). They also both prove to be affectionate towards children; Satine is infuriated, almost to the point of violence, when she realises that innocent children have been harmed by black market goods, while Bo takes the time to comfort two frightened children during Death Watch's staged defeat of the Shadow Collective.
- To Sabine. Both have a Dark and Troubled Past that consists of a well-known noble family being broken apart when they were at a young age due to Mandalorian politics, which results in the both of them joining an enemy faction in the shape of terrorists in an attempt to cope and in belief that the current leadership of Mandalore is inappropriate to Mandalorian standards. However, Bo-Katan was from the Big Good family and had a FaceHeel Turn, while Sabine was from a Big Bad family and had a Heel Realization/became a Defector from Decadence. Sabine also reconciles with her family when she personally meets them again (with their siblings initially not recognizing them with their helmet on), Bo-Katan and Satine only met once again on Enemy Mine terms and were unable to reconcile before the latter's death. Bonus in that both Bo-Katan and Sabine are presumably the youngest children of their family, one of their parents is their clan's leader, and their sibling became a prominent figure against them.
- To Din Djarin. Both of them are of Mandalore, but he was adopted into the creed, while she was born into it. Both of them do fight for their people, but Din is far more concerned with upholding the traditions of his people, while Bo, while initially fighting to restore Mandalore to its warrior roots, ends up fighting against those who have taken the planet for their own ends (first Maul, then the Saxons, then Moff Gideon). His creed comes from the Children of the Watch, a religious extremist group, so removing his helmet in the presence of others is practically a sin, whereas Bo has no qualms about taking it off in front of others. Then, by Chapter 16 of The Mandalorian, he happens to end up with the Darksaber, making him the ruler of Mandalore when he clearly has no interest in being such, while she, who has wielded it twice and lost it twice, cannot take it back unless she fights him for it.
- Flirtatious Smack on the Ass: In her debut scene when she first meets Lux and Ahsoka, she slaps Ahsoka's bottom when Lux claims they're fiances.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: As is common among Mandalorians, her armour seems to have been built to match her figure.
- Freudian Excuse: Bo-Katan's backstory is implied to similar to Satine's, losing most of their people in a civil war. However, it seemingly has the opposite effect on Bo that it did on Satine; while Satine become a staunch pacifist, Bo-Katan became an equally dedicated Blood Knight.
- Guns Akimbo: While covering Obi-Wan's escape in "The Lawless".
- HeelFace Turn: By Rebels, Bo-Katan has gained a more moral mindset when it comes to being a warrior. Back then, she was just a ruthless Blood Knight who violently opposed her sister's pacifistic ways. Now, she finally understands that her sister Satine was an honorable person, a virtue that she starts to emphasize. As such, Bo-Katan will go as far as to honor her sister's memory by making sure the revived Resistance fights with honor against the Empire.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Until "The Lawless", in which she joined the "good guys", she had never been shown fighting without her helmet on. In that episode, she was almost never seen wearing it.
- She condemns the Mandalorians who side with Maul as "traitors" when, in Mandalorian tradition, slaying the old boss makes you the new boss. Technically, she and her Nite Owls are the traitors. This is addressed in the episode commentary, which explains that Bo-Katan's loyalties are towards Pre Vizsla and Mandalore as a planet rather than the Mandalorian code of honor, which is why she kicks off the Mandalorian Civil War.
- Even before that, she looks down on the Shadow Collective for being criminals. While she is right, it's pretty rich coming from someone who took part in the slaughter and burning of an innocent village because the timid natives dared to ask for their kidnapped women back.
- And again in Season 7, when she goes to the Republic for aid in the Siege of Mandalore, she calls out Obi-Wan's reluctance to take part by reminding him that Maul murdered Satine - the woman he loved. While this is true, she herself served Pre Vizsla with Undying Loyalty until his death and he made many, many attempts on Satine's life.
- She mocks Din Djarin's sect of Mandalore, noting that they were nothing more than extremists trying to force the planet back into its ancient ways. She herself was part of a terrorist group that tried to force Mandalore to end its reign of pacifism and return to its historic roots as warriors. Then comes Chapter 16, where their positions are flipped — Bo-Katan feels obliged to fight Din for the claim to the Darksaber, and after spending the whole season questioning his beliefs, Din just wants to give it her. Neither of them are happy with the idea of fighting each other.
- She often talks about uniting Mandalore, yet spends a significant amount of time mocking any Mandalorians who dont fit into her view of what a Mandalorian should be (just look at Din and Maul's examples).
- Ink-Suit Actor: Her appearance is based off that of her actress, Katee Sackhoff. It's more noticeable in Rebels. This trope, plus having a lot of screen-acting experience, made it very easy for Sackhoff to reprise her role in The Mandalorian.
- It's Pronounced "Tro-PAY": "Katan" is either pronounced like the katana weapon (rhyming with "baton"), or "ka-" pronounced like "duh" and "-tan" pronounced like the word "tan".
- Jet Pack: Standard issue for Mandalorian warriors.
- Kick the Dog: Upon meeting Boba in The Mandalorian, she dismisses him as a "real Mandalorian". When he counters that his father was one, she maliciously corrects him, saying Jango was his donor. She also lumps him in with the other clones she knew, something that's a Berserk Button for him.
- Last of His Kind: She reveals to Din when they first meet that she is the "last of her line". What this means is not clear, but as she fought in the Great Purge, this may mean that the rest of Clan Kryze had been wiped out.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Obi-Wan finds out that she's related to Satine after the latter's death.
- Mysterious Past: It is currently unknown exactly how the pacifist Duchess' sister wound up as a loyal member of Death Watch. Satine also references "a time when we weren't enemies", a line that has likewise yet to be clarified. According to Word of God, Satine and Bo-Katan's backstories go all the way back to when they were six years old.
- Noodle Incident: "Heroes of Mandalore" hints that she and Rau have previously worked together in the past, due to their familiarity with each other.
- No True Scotsman: In a way, Bo-Katan represents the biggest problem with Mandalorian society, and that is shes the ideal Mandalorian in her own mind. Anybody that has an opposing viewpoint is fair game, from Dutchess Satine, her own sister whose pacifism she opposed, Maul, who was an outsider but won the Darksaber in ritual combat, to Din Djarin, whose sect of Mandalore she dismissed as a cult, to Boba Fett, who was the son of a foundling and thus Mandalorian, but she dismissed as just another clone trooper and a disgrace to his armor. By the time of The Mandalorian, shes preparing an offensive to retake Mandalore, but shes awful quick to dismiss potential allies, and come Chapter 16, she even refuses to take the Darksaber from Din peacefully because of tradition, yet she badmouthed his traditional upbringing just five episodes ago.
- Not So Different: Bo-Katan and Satine, despite the drastically different paths their lives took, both prove willing to go against Mandalorian tradition in favor of their own ideals. They're also both fond of and protective towards children.[[labelnote]] Or at least preteens. [[/labelnote]]
- Older Than They Look:
- When she appeared in Rebels, she looked barely any different than she did in The Clone Wars, despite the fact that The Clone Wars takes place nearly 20 years before Rebels.
- Likewise, in The Mandalorian, she looks pretty spry for someone who is apparently in their sixties — her actress was forty years old at the time of filming.
- Pet the Dog:
- She takes the time to reassure two scared children in "Shades of Reason". Death Watch was in league with the reason those children were scared in the first place, but it's still a kindness she didn't necessarily have to show.
- She smiles as Sabine and her father reunite after they rescue the latter from Imperials.
- After Din Djarin helps her and her crew capture a Gozanti cruiser, she uses the Watch mantra "This is the way" as means of thanking him for his efforts. However, she puts unsubtle emphasis on "This", ie: that her way is actually "the way", and not that of the Watch, like Din has been led to believe up to that point.
- Proud Warrior Race Girl: She's a Mandalorian warrior. It's part of the package.
- Psychotic Smirk: A couple times in "Eminence" and once in "Shades of Reason".
- Rebellious Princess: House Kryze is the pacifist duchy of Mandalore, yet somehow, she threw in her cards with the warriors of Death Watch and became one of their top lieutenants. As it ends up, being a leader of Death Watch and the daughter of a Kryze duke seems to be the perfect resumé for uniting the Mandalorians against Maul's leadership and the Empire. The Mandalorian even has her debut episode titled "The Heiress" and Boba sarcastically calling her a "princess".
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red (a staunch warrior traditionalist) to Satine's blue (a staunch pacifist), since it was revealed that she was Satine's sister. It also helps that she has red hair.
- Scars Are Forever: Has a scar on her forehead, above her right eyebrow.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Satine; Satine is a blond pacifist with an aristocratic title who rules Mandalore, while Bo-Katan is a redheaded soldier with no title who is willingly subservient to Vizsla.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She stands out as one of the few Mandalorians who isn't blonde, even though her sister is.
- Slave to PR:
- Subverted. While her sister Satine was more of a politician and so cared a lot about having the support of the people Bo-Katan couldn't care less about what the people think of her. When she is warned that trying to overthrow the current Mandalorian government with Republic help would lead the people of Mandalore to see her as an enemy her response is "I'm fine with that". For Bo-Katan, achieving her goals matters more than being popular.
- This is implied to have bitten her back in the ass, as by the time of Rebels, she laments that her claim to leadership was stolen by Gar Saxon and she was unable to rally the Mandalorians, with The Mandalorian later adding another layer that she needs to win the Darksaber in proper combat or else people will still see her rule as illegitimate as they may have did when Sabine merely gave her the Darksaber.
- Smug Smiler: Most noticeably shown in The Mandalorian. Bo has a tendency to curl her mouth into a shit-eating grin whenever she speaks in an arrogant, condescending manner, which happens quite often.
- Uncertain Doom: In season one of The Mandalorian, she goes unmentioned despite Moff Gideon wielding the Darksaber that was last seen in her possession. Season 2 reveals shes alive and well, hunting down both the Darksaber and Moff Gideon.
- Undying Loyalty: To Vizsla; when he's killed, she's visibly horrified and refuses to serve his killer even though he earned the title of Mandalore fair and square.
- Waif-Fu: She largely depends on her agility when fighting, and with great success, given how easily she dispatched two Death Watch soldiers of Maul's section.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Word of God is she led the remaining members of Death Watch into battle with Ahsoka and the 332nd in The Clone Wars to take back the capital city of Sundari from Maul during the Siege of Mandalore. It seems that Ahsoka appointed her as provisional leader of Mandalore after their victory, but no comment is made on what happened to her when the Empire rose almost immediately afterwards. She's apparently still alive almost seventeen years later in Rebels. However, judging by lack of comments on any Mandalorian Resistance before the main Rebellion reaches Mandalore, either it isn't active or they're underground, which also suggests Bo may be in the same state. Come Rebels, and it's explained that she had a Heroic BSoD after losing her leadership to the Empire.
- It played further into the future when The Mandalorian revealed that the entire planet was laid asunder by the Empire, with most of her people being wiped out and her prized weapon, the Darksaber, falling into the hands of Moff Gideon. Nothing was ever said of what became of her until Season 2, when it was revealed she was fighting against the Empire with a small group of warriors to try and take Gideon down and reclaim her weapon.
- Would Hurt a Child: She fights Ahsoka and Sabine (and at least one more Padawan in The Clone Wars supporting material in Legends), though said youths happen to be teenage warriors. She may have a soft spot for younger children, however, as seen in "Shades of Reason".
- Your Tradition Is Not Mine: During her first appearance in The Mandalorian, she makes it quite clear that she does not follow the ancient Mandalorian traditions of not removing your helmet like Din Djarin does, who only removes his helmet out of necessity, and even scoffs at those who does. This naturally enrages Din since he was raised by fundamentalist Mandalorians whose code is to never remove one's helmet in front of anyone, unless they are by themselves, or in front of family.
Nephew of Satine and Bo-Katan, Korkie was a cadet at the Mandalorian Royal Academy of Government.
- Alliterative Name: Korkie Kryze.
- The Ghost: Not Korkie himself, but his parents. Satine is explicitly referred to as Korkie's aunt and Bo-Katan appears to be too young to be his mother. Rebels later revealed that if a partner's clan is more significant, then the other partner takes on their clan name instead of their own, like with Ursa and her husband, who are officially Clan Wren through Ursa, so this makes the gender of Korkie's parent through House Kryze unknown. However, neither of Korkie's parents have appeared or even been mentioned in the series. Hidalgo later tweeted that Satine has more than one sibling than Bo, and that sibling is the parent of Korkie.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Like his aunt, Korkie is a blonde (well, reddish-blonde) Mandalorian and a noble individual.
- Snooping Little Kid: In "The Academy", he and his classmates investigated the artificially bloated food shortages on Mandalore, and with the help of Ahsoka, exposed Almec as the head of the whole incident.
- Took a Level in Badass: In "The Academy", he was just a kid in over his head in trying to investigate corruption. In "The Lawless", however, he's breaking his aunt out of prison and gunning down Death Watch commandos.
- Unknown Character: There's no information regarding which of his parents is a member of House Kryze.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In "The Lawless", he was knocked out by a Death Watch commando during an attempt to break Satine out of prison. While later in the episode Almec claimed that Satine's accomplices had all escaped, this is highly unlikely in Korkie's case since he was right beside Satine when she was attacked. Nothing further is known about him. His fate following Satine's death and the outbreak of the Mandalorian Civil War is likewise unknown. In The Mandalorian Bo-Katan states she's "the last of my line," though it's unclear if Korkie's branch of the family is included in that.
Clan Vizsla controls House Vizsla, of the oldest and most powerful houses in known Mandalorian history, as well as the birthright of famous figures including the first Mandalorian Jedi known as Tarre Vizsla, at least one Mand'alor, and Death Watch leader Pre Vizsla. During the Dark Times, Pre Vizsla formed the Death Watch out of clans aligned under House Vizsla, including Clan Saxon and Clan Wren.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: Pre is an extremist that wants Mandalorians to fight just because they can and should, Gar Saxon is an Opportunistic Bastard, Rook Kast is a bit of an Undying Loyalty loco, the Wrens were willing (though somewhat reluctant) to let one of their children fend for themselves, Tarre was a White Sheep by becoming a Jedi, and so on and so forth. Everyone in this House has divided opinions on what side of the conflict they should choose, and picking any of those sides often results in bad things like bloody civil wars.
- Defector from Decadence: Ironically, Clan Vizsla's GCW incarnation is pledged to support Bo Katan, who is now head of Clan Kryze. The clan that formed the Death Watch to overthrow Satine's rule now bows to her sister.
- Distinguishing Mark: The predatory bird known as the shriek-hawk, or jai'galaar in Mando'a, the specific shape being it diving for its prey. Its shape likely inspired the designs of Mandalorian starfighters and Sabine's starbird insignia.
- This has changed by the time of the Galactic Civil War in Rebels; their new symbol is a branch with red flower petals on it... On a still rather intimidating black and white paint job.
- Evil Power Vacuum: The House, especially the Death Watch faction, ascends to the top of the Mandalorian food chain thanks to Darth Maul's False Flag Operation, and by and large have total, and stable, control over the planet for a short time. Then Pre Vizsla is killed by Maul, triggering a civil war between the Resistance and Maul's Super Commandos.Then the still ostensibly neutral planet is dragged into the Clone Wars, with the Separatists attacking and routing its forces on distant planets, sending Maul running as well, while the Republic eventually begins the Siege of Mandalore.
- The issue continues in the Dark Times of the Empire. Gar Saxon and Tiber Saxon get a Rank Up by becoming The Quisling for the Empire, but his Blood Knight tendencies lead to Gar starting a fight with the Protectors and Clan Wren, with his resulting death immediately heralding a free-for-all between all the remaining clans, and allowing the Rebel Alliance to get involved as well.
- In the Blood: Not all of the members are blood-related, but for the ones that are, many of them are warriors and blood knights to some extent.
- Schrödinger's Canon: Their new insignia and color scheme during the reign of the Empire is similar to the armor of the Death Watch leader before Pre Vizsla—Tor Vizsla (though he wore Red and Black and Evil All Over without white).
The first and only known Mandalorian Jedi, and ancient ruler of Mandalore. He forged the Darksaber, a lightsaber with a unique handle and a black blade. After his passing, his House would loot it during the fall of the Old Republic and it would be passed down from generation to generation as a symbol of leadership and unity against adversity.
- Ambiguous Situation: Judging by Pre Vizsla and Fenn Rau's different accounts on the theft of the Darksaber, we can assume that there are polarizing views on Tarre's status as a Mandalorian Jedi that have also caused some information bias about him. Also, judging by Rau saying that Tarre was the first Mandalorian Jedi, it can be inferred that that there may have been multiple Force-sensitive Mandalorians in the past, some even becoming Jedi. But we don't know how Tarre became a Jedi nor has it been explained why there seem to be no Force-sensitive Mandalorians in the present era.
- Ancestral Weapon: He crafted the Darksaber, which, after his death was taken from the Jedi Temple by members of his clan, and became a symbol of their House and Death Watch, passed down through the generations.
- Badass Cape: In Rau's story, Tarre is portrayed in full Mandalorian armor, complete with a flowing cape to create a hybrid between Mandalorian and Jedi aesthetics.
- Black Swords Are Better: The Darksaber is indeed powered by a kyber crystal. For whatever reason, Tarre's kyber crystal became black instead of the more common green or blue when he chose it, presumably because he is partially influenced by a hybrid of Jedi and Mandalorian philosophy. Although it could also be because the kyber crystal is unusual in some way, which is also possible, as the Darksaber will generate electric sparks if the holder doesn't have the right mindset while using it.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He built the black-bladed Darksaber, which is as unique as his title as the first Mandalorian to become a Jedi.
- Deface of the Moon: The Empire put a military outpost on his statue on Mandalore, giving the obvious message, that the planet and its warrior-culture are enslaved to them.
- Dramatic Irony: He built a lightsaber and as a member of the Jedi Order, he was likely devoted to keeping peace in the Galaxy, and peace between the Jedi and the Mandalorians. After his death, his descendants would steal the weapon and use it to rule Death Watch and Mandalore as vicious warlords, and to kill numerous Jedi.
- Mythology Gag:
- His name is one syllable away from being "Tor Vizsla", the name of the previous leader of Death Watch before Pre Vizsla in Legends. Might also be worth noting that "Tor" means "justice" in Mando'a, which fits Tarre a lot more than it fits Tor.
- His armor resembles that of the Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders of the Old Republic era from Legends.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Mandalorians are a Proud Warrior Race, who wear high-tech armor, wield a ridiculously wide-range of both meele and ranged weapons. Jedi are Kung Fu Wizards, wielding Laser Blades and using The Force. Tarre belonged to both factions at once.
- Our Founder: Since he is an important historical figure, he has a several stories high statue somewhere in the deserts of Mandalore.
- Posthumous Character: He lived in the age of the Old Republic.
- Priest King: He was both a member of the Jedi Order, and the ruler of Mandalore.
- Schrödinger's Canon: While the chances of this being true are low since color association to Mandalorian ideals has hardly ever been addressed in canon (except for Sabine's artistic flair possibly being a nod to this), but in Legends, justice is associated with the color black. It says something for a Mandalorian Jedi that wields a lightsaber that is uniquely & naturally black-bladed.
- Small Role, Big Impact: For now, all we know is that he was the first Mandalorian Jedi and he forged the Darksaber, a weapon that would be used by Mandalorians in the present era of the timeline.
- White Sheep: Considering House Vizsla isn't particularly known for being nice people or fond of Jedi, as well as solely basing off the fact that Tarre was a Jedi, he was this to his House.
Unnamed House Vizsla member
A member of House Vizsla. During the fall of the Old Republic, they and the rest of House Vizsla stole the late Tarre Vizsla's Darksaber from the Jedi Temple on Coruscant.
- Ambiguous Situation: "Rashomon"-Style. There seem to be different views on history. Pre claims his ancestor 'stole' the Darksaber and implied it was stolen as war booty. Rau claims they 'liberated' it, also saying that they and House Vizsla snuck into the Jedi Temple, which was not specified by Pre Vizsla.
- Jet Pack: Possibly, if their depiction in the abstract vision was accurate.
- No Name Given: We're not sure either if their clan is even Vizsla.
- Posthumous Character: Obviously, since they're from the Old Republic era.
- Schrödinger's Canon: As a Mandalorian of Clan Vizsla who raided the Jedi Temple during the "fall of the Old Republic," they appear to be the canon identity of or an analog to Shae Vizla, an important NPC in the Star Wars: The Old Republic video game.
- Small Role, Big Impact: For now, their defining feature is stealing the Darksaber, thus, giving the Mandalorians a symbol of power that would later be used by Pre Vizsla, Darth Maul, Sabine Wren, Gar Saxon, Bo-Katan, Gideon, and Din Djarin.
- Unknown Character: It seems that the identity of the looter of the Darksaber other than it was a member of House Vizsla was lost to time.
Other Mandalore Residents
Prime Minister Almec
Mandalore's prime minister, and another false ally of Satine's.
- Arc Villain: Of the "Corruption" and "The Academy" two-parter.
- Asshole Victim: He was killed by Gar Saxon under Maul's command in the Siege of Mandalore, but given he was a corrupt and sleazy individual whose actions poisoned many children, betrayed Satine, and willingly served as Puppet King when Maul took over Mandalore, don't expect anyone to feel the least bit sorry for him anytime soon.
- Beard of Evil: He sports a typical bad guy goatee.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Satine seems to attract a lot of these into her inner circle.
- Blatant Lies: Tells Obi-Wan that there are no more warrior Mandalorians. Even ignoring the Death Watch, the Protectors were a group of Mandalorian warriors that were currently fighting for the Republic.
- Corrupt Politician: He used his power to bloat the food-shortages on Mandalore, and used the black market to profit from it. He claims he was buying supplies on the black market, but the lengths he goes to in order to cover up the whole thing leaves little doubt that he was lying.
- Death Equals Redemption: Despite being an evil bastard with next to no redeeming qualities, Almec's last words to Ahsoka ironically changes the fate of the galaxy for the better.
- The Dog Bites Back: After Maul orders his death, he single-handedly ruins most of his master's plans by whispering a critical detail to Ahsoka, which prevents her from joining him.
- Evil Chancellor: He is eventually revealed to be a corrupt politician that seeks to undermine Satine's peaceful rule. It gets even worse when he regains power as Darth Maul's Puppet King.
- Evil Virtues: Despite his abundant flaws, he was loyal enough to have Maul rescued from the Spire prison by Death Watch, and openly stated that he was repaying Maul out of gratitude for freeing himself from prison, even though he could likely have just cut his losses and left Maul to rot there.
- Faux Affably Evil: Once the protagonists discover that he's a sleazebag, he doesn't bother with being earnestly polite.
- He Knows Too Much: Maul orders Saxon to kill him before he reveals too much.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He looks a somewhat like his voice actor. He shares this trait with Admiral Kilian (who looks a lot more like their voice actor).
- Karma Houdini Warranty: He was placed in prison for his black market operation, but was broken out a year later when Darth Maul was looking for a Puppet King to use after taking the Mandalorian throne from Pre Vizsla, a position he's content with. Come the Siege of Mandalore arc, he ends up being captured by Bo-Katan's forces, thrown in the same prison again, interrogated for Maul's agenda, and then suddenly executed by Gar Saxon.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: After being a Non-Action Guy in all of his previous appearances, Almec dons a suit of Mandalorian armor and goes out on the frontline to fight during the Siege of Mandalore. He even actually manages to briefly hold his own against Bo-Katan.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims that his black market dealings were to help maintain the security of Satine's government. No one's convinced given all the harm it caused and his keeping most, if not all, of the gains for himself.
- Pretend to Be Brainwashed: During his black market operation, he trained his corrupt Mandalorian cops to resist Jedi Mind Tricks and play along with them when necessary.
- Puppet King: He acts as Darth Maul's public face, allowing Maul to rule Mandalore without publicly exposing himself. He is aware of this.
- The Quisling: He willingly submitted to Darth Maul, and became the public face of his rule.
- Smug Snake: He gets to acting pretty smug after his true allegiance becomes apparent.
- Spanner in the Works: Before he's executed by Gar Saxon, Almec is able to leak a very important name to Ahsoka: Skywalker. As it turns out, Maul wanted to lure Anakin to Mandalore to kill him and deny Sidious his apprentice. This one bit of information is what ultimately prevents Ahsoka from siding with Maul.
- Undying Loyalty: When Darth Maul is captured by Sidious, Almec returns the favor for Maul releasing him from prison. He even recovers the Darksaber for him. That said, he subverts this before his assassination by choosing to unmake his boss rather than go down quietly.
- Unreliable Expositor: For a long time, he was the only person who shed light on Jango's relations with Mandalore, claiming that Jango Fett was not a Mandalorian but rather a common bounty hunter who somehow got a hold of Mandalorian armor. This claim was made in response to Obi-Wan's skepticism to the idea that the warrior Mandalorians have all but died out, and said-idea got disproven anyways when footage of a Death Watch Mandalorian was captured and the conspiracy against Satine was unveiled. In The Mandalorian, Boba Fett sets the record straight by showcasing Jango's armor lineage, which states that Jango was a foundling adopted by Jaster Mereel, an actual Mandalorian, and actually fought in the Mandalorian Civil War that led to the warriors' exile from the planet in the first place.
- White Hair, Black Heart: He has light blond hair and is a deeply corrupt individual.
- Would Hurt a Child: His actions poisoned numerous children, and he threatened to kill Satine's nephew to gain her cooperation.
Captain Patrok Ru-Saxon
A police captain of the Mandalorian Guard who was in charge of overseeing Sundari's shipping docks.
- All There in the Manual: In The Clone Wars, he isn't named in "Corruption". However, his name is established in the Scum and Villainy reference book, which also establishes his connection to Inspector Tan Divo of the Coruscant Security Force.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's unknown if he has any connection to Clan Saxon.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While he does come off as unintentionally sleazy during the black market ring in "Corruption", he does have a point that Satine's orders to burn down the smuggling warehouse would be destroying valuable evidence to an investigation.
- Police Are Useless: Deconstructed. He is genuinely loyal to Satine's administration, but due to Mandalore being rampant with corruption at the time, his overconfidence about his ability to keep the docks secure leads to Satine accusing him of being a Dirty Cop and an accomplice in the smuggling ring. With that said, he made a point to investigate the Moogans' ship after the incident and learned that they planned to set up a smuggling ring on Coruscant, prompting him to tip Inspector Tan Divo about it.
A student at the Royal Academy of Government on Mandalore during the Clone Wars.
- Bald of Awesome: When he reappears in "The Lawless", he has shaved his head bald and takes part in the breakout of Duchess Satine.
- Butt-Monkey: In "The Academy", he has the most difficulty out of all the students, falling down repeatedly when entering the warehouse, and he accidently alerted Prime Minister Almec and his fellow conspirators to their presence.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He looks like a racebent version of his voice actor (and we're leaving it at that).
- Snooping Teen: Alongside his classmates, although he was reluctant about the whole thing once he realized how dangerous it was.
- Took a Level in Badass: In "The Lawless" alongside the other students.
Another student at the Royal Academy of Government, she aided Korkie, Amis, and Lagos in their investigation of corruption on Mandalore.
- Brainy Brunette: She is the most technically savvy of the students, proving to be a skilled hacker over the course of their investigation. Her dark hair also makes her something of a rarity on the primarily blond Mandalore.
- Fanservice Pack: Like Lagos, her reappearance in "The Lawless" revealed that she was hit by puberty rather hard over the Time Skip after her appearance in "The Academy" through developing a large bust and voluptuous yet athletic body.
- Ink-Suit Actor: She looks like her voice actor.
- Playful Hacker: She happily and easily hacks into the warehouse the students need access to in order to investigate the supposed food shortage on Mandalore.
- The Smart Girl: She is a skilled hacker and likes working with technology, having several devices that helped the students investigation.
- Snooping Little Kid: Alongside her classmates.
- Took a Level in Badass: In "The Lawless" alongside the other students.
A young student the Royal Academy of Government on Mandalore during the Clone Wars. She was friends with Korkie, Amis, and Soniee.
- Fanservice Pack: Her reappearance in "The Lawless" revealed that she was hit by puberty rather hard over the Time Skip after her appearance in "The Academy" through becoming very buxom and having a more voluptuous yet athletic figure.
- Ink-Suit Actor: She looks like her voice actor, except with her blonde hair in a ponytail.
- Snooping Teen: Alongside her classmates.
- Took a Level in Badass: In "The Lawless" alongside the other students.
A Mandalorian clan that aligned with Death Watch during the Clone Wars and the First Mandalorian Civil War. It was one of the clans that splintered between Bo-Katan's Mandalore Resistance and the Shadow Collective after Darth Maul executed Pre Vizsla and claimed his right to leader of Death Watch. Members include Death Watch members Rook Kast (who would later become second-in-command to the Shadow Collective) and the late Veraslayn Kast, a propaganda artist.
- All There in the Manual: The only reason why we're assuming there is a Clan Kast is because in Propaganda, a Veraslayn Kast is mentioned as having been a member of Death Watch. Therefore, there's likely a connection between her and Rook Kast, though this has yet to be clarified.
- Ambiguous Situation: We can assume it exists, considering Veraslayn Kast must be related to Rook Kast.
- Schrödinger's Canon: There just so happens to be a Mandalorian imitator in Legends named Jodo Kast, who joined the Rebel Alliance to make some quick credits but deserted and decided to pretend he was Boba Fett, who was a Mandalorian (a clone of one, but still) in Legends.
A Mandalorian clan that aligned with the Empire in the eve of the Second Mandalorian Civil War after the death of one of their prominent members, Viceroy Gar Saxon, who was leader of the Imperial Supercommandos.
- 0% Approval Rating: From what we see, the Journeyman Protectors and even fellow Death Watch clans like Clan Wren came to immensely dislike Saxon, the Imperial Supercommandos, and Clan Saxon after they overthrew Bo-Katan in favor of the Empire.
- The Starscream: At some point after the Siege of Mandalore, they overthrew Bo-Katan as ruler of Mandalore.
A Mandalorian clan. In the eve of the Galactic Civil War, they chose to stand alongside the Mandalorian Resistance under Bo-Katan Kryze.
- Ambiguously Brown: The Rook that we see in "Heroes of Mandalore" has dark skin.
- Animal Motif:
- They seem to have some sort of lizard or snake as their clan insignia.
- A rook is a type of bird (related to crows and ravens), continuing Mandalore's motif with birds.
- Canon Immigrant: There was a Clan Rook in The Old Republic, but they weren't a true Mandalorian clan, so this might be more of a Mythology Gag than anything.
- Palette Swap: A Rook that appears in "Heroes of Mandalore" is a model reuse of a female rebel pilot incidental.
- Purple Is Powerful: Their main colors are purple and grey, with yellow accents.
A Mandalorian clan. In the eve of the Galactic Civil War, they chose to stand alongside the Mandalorian Resistance under Bo-Katan Kryze.
Another inhabitable planet in the Mandalorian System.
- Meaningful Name: It appears to have been named after The Kalevala, a nineteenth century epic poem and the national epic of Finland and Karelia. Fitting for a Proud Warrior Race with a rich history such as the Mandalorians.
- Schrödinger's Canon: It's apparently another wasteland like Mandalore, being a toxic desert as a result of years of war.
Prince Tal Merrik
Representing his homeworld of Kalevala in the Galactic Senate during the Clone Wars, Prince Merrik also served as a member of the Council of Neutral Systems. However, he secretly aligned himself with Death Watch, a radical faction of Mandalorians who disagreed with the pacifist ways of the New Mandalorians, and sought to usurp Duchess Satine Kryze. Merrik attempted to assassinate Satine during a meeting of the Council of Neutral Systems, but was stopped by the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, perishing on the latter's lightsaber.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Yet another "ally" of Satine's who was working against her. The woman either had terrible luck with friends, or was a Horrible Judge of Character.
- Break Them by Talking: In "Voyage of Temptation", he actually does a good job of demoralizing Obi-Wan and Satine while presenting his Sadistic Choice.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Satine dubs Merrik a "horrid monster", to which Merrik simply replies "get used to it".
- Deadpan Snarker: Fond of a little villainous snarking. Especially evident when pointing out to Kenobi that he'd be seen as a hero by everyone if he simply killed him, as he's done to many others in battle, and saved the people on the ship. Except by the woman he loves that is.Merrik: And you, General Kenobi, you're no stranger to violence. You'd be hailed as a hero by everyone on this ship! Almost everyone.
- Evil Gloating: Really likes to twist the knife into the heroes. Though he's killed immediately after gloating one time too many.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Anakin's lightsaber.
- In the Back: He didn't know Anakin was behind him, leaving himself open to be stabbed.
- Jerkass: He cruelly mocked Obi-Wan and Satine's feelings for each other.
- The Mole: For Death Watch.
- Sadistic Choice: He presents one to Obi-Wan and Satine: either kill him, which would either ruin Obi-Wan's standing with Satine, or prove Satine a Hypocrite (depending on who did the deed) or let him go and allow him to blow up the ship. Fortunately, Anakin intervened.
- Schrödinger's Canon: Apparently, he was also a prince of Kalevala, according to All There in the Manual before the Great Decanonization.
- Smug Snake: He was extremely confident that neither Obi-Wan nor Satine would kill him. Lampshaded by Satine when he mocks her and Obi-Wan's feelings for each other.Satine: You have the romantic soul of a slug, Merrik! [stomps Merrik in the foot with her high-heel] And slugs are so often trod upon!
- Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred: He's quite happy to goad either Satine or Kenobi into killing him and proving themselves hypocrites, though he's fairly certain they won't. Anakin then kills him without so much as a second thought due to pragmatism.Anakin: What? He was gonna blow up the ship!
- Tempting Fate: Moments before his death he taunts Obi-Wan and Satine because they won't kill him over principle.Merrik: Come on then! Who will strike first and brand themselves a cold-blooded killer?
[Cue Anakin skewering Merrik with his lightsaber.]
- You Monster!: He receives this reaction from Satine after he murders the Coronet's bridge crew, especially the captain, who begged for his life.Satine: Monster! You're a horrid monster!
Merrik: Get used to it.
Another inhabitable planet in the Mandalorian System.
- Schrödinger's Canon:
- It's a gas giant.
- It has a Meaningful Name in Mando'a; shu or shuk- seems to mean "crush", judging by multiple Mando'a words such as shukur ("to break"), shukla ("crushed, broken"), mishuk ("pressure"), and so on, which would befit Shukut's nature as a gas giant.
A Mandalorian world shattered by the near constant warfare of its inhabitants, Concord Dawn is home to many famous warriors. While the world is seemingly uninhabitable, it is orbited by at least three moons, the third moon of which contained a base of the Journeyman Protectors in the eve of the Galactic Civil War.
- Schrödinger's Canon: On the off chance that Concord Dawn is still inhabitable, it's been an agricultural & wild-west type of world in recent years, fitting with how the Protectors are basically Mandalorian space-cops.
- Shattered World: The planet itself was shattered through unknown circumstances — it's only known that it was a result of constant Mandalorian warfare. It doesn't seem to be a Death World like Lola Sayu (whose core was still active at the time of the Clone Wars), at least from what we've seen of it from a distance so far. However, since the Protectors set up their base on one of the planet's moons, it's unknown if the planet is even capable of supporting life anymore (whereas Lola Sayu still had a breathable atmosphere).
The Journeyman Protectors
An ancient order of Mandalorian warriors sworn to uphold the will of the Mandalore. By the time of the Clone Wars, the Protectors had fallen into decline, mostly replaced by the New Mandalorians' Royal Guard and police forces. Following the conquest of Mandalore by the Empire, the Protectors reluctantly cut a deal with the regime, establishing a base on the third moon of Concord Dawn under the leadership of Fenn Rau, but eventually aligned themselves with the Rebellion.
- Always Someone Better: Well, by Imperial standards. They would be considered the bodyguards of the Mand'alor (and quite possibly the Duke/Duchess and whoever else is the official leader of the Mandalorians), but during the reign of the Empire, it appears that their role was taken by the ISC (remnants of Death Watch under Vizsla and/or Maul), rendering the idea of the Protectors moot.
- Always with You: When swearing fealty to Bo-Katan, Rau swears the Protectors' loyalty to her in their absence as they were killed before they could do so.
- Ambiguous Situation: The Protectors are said to be enemies of House Vizsla, yet in the past, they served the Mand'alor, and at least one Mand'alor was of House Vizsla. This feud may be more recent considering we don't know how old the Protectors are and it might be stemming from Death Watch's actions in the past decade or so.
- Ancestral Armor: Rau's armor is said to be traditional Journeyman Protector armor according to Word of God. It would appear that this is what the Royal Guard based the design of their attire off of.
- Badass Crew: They are Mandalorian warriors, after all. It's mentioned in Season 3 that the Protectors pull from the best fighters of all the clans.
- Bloodless Carnage: We see no bodies when Rau, Sabine, and Ezra come across the base's wreckage, though they make it pretty clear that everyone there died. Kind of subverted when Rau finds a stray helmet with dried blood smeared on it.
- The Cameo: A Protector helmet and a flag bearing the Protector insignia can be seen in Aunt Z's tavern in Star Wars Resistance.
- Canon Immigrant: They seem to be based on three Mandalorian groups from Legends continuity: the Journeyman Protectors, a group of Mandalorian lawmen who guard Concord Dawn (they appear to be the main inspiration); the True Mandalorians, a group of reformist Mandalorian mercenaries who fiercely opposed the Death Watch; and the Mandalorian Protectors, a group of Separatist-aligned Mandalorian warriors who eventually allied with the Rebel Alliance and New Republic. With their appearance in Rebels, they are part of the canonical EU again.
- Cool Helmet: They wear their own version of Mandalorian helmet.
- Cool Starship: The Protector ships, the Fang fighters (or the Protectorate starfighters), are smaller versions of the Gauntlet fighter and have a gyro-stabilized cockpit while the wings can rotate freely, allowing the ship to change the orientation of its blaster fire at will.
- Everyone Has Standards: They don't like Death Watch, nor even the Empire unless they're paid well.
- Feuding Families: They are mortal enemies of House Vizsla.
- Godzilla Threshold: Since diplomacy did not fare well, and the rebels were in serious need of hyperspace passage and allies, the rebels had to force the Protectors to ally with them, which is normally against their principles.
- Hired Guns:
- Assuming there were other Protectors beside Fenn Rau in Skull Squadron, then they may have worked for the Grand Army of the Republic as mercenaries during the Clone Wars.
- They're only allied with the Empire for money, and back in the days of the Clone Wars, they were among the mercenaries (like Rau) that were hired to train clones like Rex and Bacara.
- Killed Offscreen: In "Imperial Supercommandos" thanks to the titular antagonists, as their base has burnt down and they are nowhere to be seen right before the events of the episode.
- Punch-Clock Villain: The Mandalorian Protectors are working as mercenaries for the Empire. They have no great love for them, and possibly even hate them, but don't see any reason to get in a fight with them either.
- Revision: The Mandalorian police and Royal Guard in The Clone Wars were later stated in Rebels Recon to have been other fields in the Journeyman Protectors.
- Praetorian Guard: Their original purpose was this, before the New Mandalorians reformed their society away from its warrior past, leaving them as a relic of an earlier time. In response, they struck out on their own and established a base on Concord Dawn, to continue to live by the old ways. In the behind-the-scenes video for their appearance in Rebels, the writers state that in Game Of Thrones terms, the Protectors were like the Kingsguard to the ruler of Mandalore.
- Schrödinger's Canon: In a rather unique example, despite Legends being officially shut down, Fantasy Flight Games is one of the two worksnote that continues to publish under the Legends banner, though accurately, it's more of a pseudo-canon due to using properties from both Disney's Expanded Universe and Legends. So now, this version of the Journeyman Protectors now has information that somehow only exists in the Legends universe due to FFG creating a book about them, including things like the group being known as the Concord Dawn Protectorate to differentiate from the original Journeyman Protectors they were based off of. For sake of sanity, information from that book, Friends Like These, will be considered pseudo-canon and will be checked on a case-by-case basis.
- It also says that the Protectors are grouped under the Old Mandalorian faction, which is about the same thing as the True Mandalorians, in that both groups are followers of the Mandalorian honor code and are mercenaries.
- A former Journeyman Protector was one of the mentors for the clones at Kamino, one of his students having been Bacara. In Legends, this man is named Cort Davin, a constable of the Journeyman Protectors.
- Jango's father was a Journeyman Protector constable and was killed for it. Whether or not this is canon depends on Jango & Boba's statuses as Mandalorians or not.
- Token Good Teammate: Out of all the known Mandalorian warrior groups, the Protectors are probably the less problematic ones, being similar to a police force. The Mandalorian Resistance is more in the morally ambiguous/grey area, due to having stems as Death Watch. If anything, they were more moderate, being able to balance warrior tradition with pragmatism.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Or rather, where was the mouse during the Clone Wars, particularly during the Mandalorian conflict? As Skull Squadron appears to be a squadron of Protectors, it's possible that the Protectors recognized the New Mandalorian rule on the homeworld as legitimate and respected it by leaving Mandalore for Concord Dawn to continue their practice as warriors.
- Word of God explained that the Protectors were present in the form of the Mandalorian Police and the Royal Guard. Though considering how useless these subgroups would've been in an outright civil war without a definite leader, they either pulled out and got the Supercommandos of the group to come instead (which still doesn't answer where the Protector Supercommandos were) or dispersed in the chaos.
Callsign: Skull Leader
The Protector of Concord Dawn, Rau is a veteran mercenary who helped train clone troopers prior to the Clone Wars, and fought for the Republic as the leader of Skull Squadron during the conflict. Following the war, he returned to Concord Dawn and became the leader of the Protectors. Rau and his men were paid by the Empire to enforce their will in the system.
- Ace Pilot: He is a extremely skilled pilot, leading Skull Squadron during the Clone Wars. When his fighters clash with Phoenix Squadron, Rau shoots down two A-Wings and badly damages Hera's, with her barely escaping him and ending up severely injured.
- Arch-Enemy: To Gar Saxon.
- Badass in Charge: Of the Journeyman Protectors, which comes with the special title of him being the Protector of Concord Dawn.
- Badass in Distress: Gets captured by Kanan and Sabine, forcing him to order his men to allow the Rebels to use the Concord Dawn system safely and not report their presence to the Empire, who would not look kindly upon Rau's imprisonment and increase their presence in his system.
- Big Damn Heroes:
- He saved Kanan and his master, Depa Billaba, in the Third Battle of Mygeeto.
- After deciding not to run away anymore, he shows up on the scene with the Phantom II when Sabine, Ezra, and Chopper get cornered by the ISC.
- When Sabine, Ezra, Kanan, and Clan Wren get cornered by Saxon and the Imperial Supercommandos, he flies through the glass wall and gives the disarmed Jedi their lightsabers that were confiscated earlier. The sudden arrival throws everyone into confusion and chaos, allowing the captives to overpower the Imperial Supercommandos.
- Blood-Splattered Warrior: Downplayed. His second helmet is stained with the dried blood of his men, but not completely drenched or anything like that, being more like a Bloody Handprint.
- Blue Is Heroic: His armor is light blue and white/grey.
- Brave Scot: A rare sci-fi example. More due to his voice actor than anything else, but still a Proud Warrior Race Guy with a Scottish accent. Considering he's voiced by none other than John "Soap" MacTavish, it's no surprise. If you listen carefully, McKidd uses the same exact tone for both Fenn Rau and Soap.
- Captain Ersatz:
- Of Fenn Shysa, both being Scottish-themed blond Clone Wars veterans and leaders of a "friendly" clan of Mandalorians. Word of God is that this is intentional and they just changed his last name.
- He also seems to be one of Jaster Mereel from Legends work Jango Fett: Open Seasons as well, both being Journeyman Protectors with strong moral grounds and leadership skills, in addition to being a Reasonable Authority Figure, The Mentor to a youth who would become an important figure (Jango for Mereel, Sabine for Rau), and being an honorable mercenary.
- Character Development: He initially hates Sabine for being the daughter of a Death Watch operative, but comes to respect her and becomes one of her closest allies, seeing past her lineage. He also becomes more open to helping others, such as joining the Rebellion (befriending Ezra and Kanan) and later personally working together with the Wrens (specifically Ursa, who is said Death Watch operative).
- Conscience Makes You Go Back: He initially ditches Ezra, Sabine, and Chopper with the ISC, going back on his word to Sabine on helping them escape after they learned that the Protectors would have been killed anyway, but he changes his mind and saves them.
- Cool Old Guy: He's older than most of the main cast, probably somewhere in his forties, and while he and the Rebels get to a rough start, he's come to see that they're actually pretty decent people that can hold themselves up (especially Sabine) by the time we see him again after the half-year Time Skip.
- Custom Uniform: His first helmet has a red insignia depicting a creature to show that he is the leader of the Protectors. Later, he bears armor that resembles the uniform of the Mandalorian Royal Guard, but this has yet to receive an explanation.
- Dark Is Not Evil: His jumpsuit is dark grey/black, but he's one of the good guys (eventually).
- Deadpan Snarker: His response to Sabine invoking one of the warrior codes to challenge him right after Kanan offers him a choice to willingly join the Rebellion.Rau: I've got to admit this is an interesting development. One of you came here to befriend me, one of you came here to kill me.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Subverted. As Kanan puts it, it isn't a hostage situation or a friendship, it's more of a... reluctant recruit. It takes a lot more than defeat to win over Rau's respect and willing alliance, which Sabine and Ezra manage to get later on. The loss of his men also probably has something to do with it.
- Defrosting Ice King: After the Time Skip. From what is seen in the initial Season 3 trailer, Ezra and Sabine have gotten on his nicer side after dealing with the Imperial Super Commandos. He even admits to Sabine that she's earned his respect, and Word of God is that he becomes her mentor the way Rex is to Ezra.
- The Dog Bites Back: In "Imperial Supercommandos", we learn that Rau was never fond of Saxon or the ISC due to them being former extremist terrorists that are legally supported by a tyrannical government that is deliberately assimilating and taking advantage of Mandalorian culture for their own benefit and treating it as a triviality, as well as the ISC becoming the new Mandalorian lawmen, replacing the Protectors and forcing them into retirement. And then the ISC massacre to the Protectors, with Saxon mentioning it would've happened anyway, which ends up being the last straw for Rau.
- Dynamic Entry: His Big Damn Heroes moment in "Legacy of Mandalore" involves him flying through the Wren stronghold's glass wall, completely smashing it, allowing the room to go into chaos and the heroes to overpower the Imperial Supercommandos that were about to execute them.
- Everyone Has Standards: Despite initially being Imperial-aligned and having called out Sabine for apparently having no sense of loyalty, he is shocked and saddened when Sabine reveals in a Motive Rant that she's ashamed in helping create Imperial weapons of mass destruction that were used to hurt their people on Mandalore to insure their loyalty and obedience.
- FaceHeel Turn: During the Clone Wars, he was among the many Mandalorian mercenaries that helped train clones, later also providing air support against the Separatists during the Third Battle of Mygeeto. He ends up aligning the Protectors with the Empire to avoid hostilities and earn money, though getting stuck with the Rebellion manages to snap some sense back into him.
- Foil: To Saxon. Both of their debut episodes in Rebels are named after their jobs ("The Protector of Concord Dawn", "Imperial Supercommandos"), they wear contrasting colors in Rebels (Rau wears blue/black, Saxon wears red/white), Saxon willingly joined the Empire for power and his ambitions while Rau reluctantly did so out of pragmatism, Saxon was a terrorist while Rau was a soldier of the royal army or law enforcement, and so forth.
- A Father to His Men: Implied in "Imperial Supercommandos", where he's driven near-speechless when he discovers that the Protectors were apparently killed by the Imperial Supercommandos while he was gone.
- Gun Twirling: When he meets Kanan, this is how he puts away his blaster.
- HeelFace Turn: He ends up becoming someone for Sabine to consult about Mandalorian matters, and comes to acknowledge to her that he has come to admire her belief in the old ways, something he has lost himself in the years of the Empire.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Subverted. He wears his helmet in his scene at the Third Battle of Mygeeto in Kanan and when has a dogfight with Phoenix Squadron over Concord Dawn, but he ends up helmetless for the rest of that episode. Justified, because Sabine taking off her helmet when she invoked the code of combat through justice and him not bothering to get his seems to suggest you're supposed to fight helmetless, and Rau had no time to retrieve his helmet from the bar when he fled. He ends up having to use a new one as a Tragic Keepsake.
- Hero of Another Story: Sometime between "Imperial Supercommandos" and "Trials of the Darksaber", he got a hold of a new armor set and Mandalorian equipment for Sabine. When Sabine asks where he got the vambraces, he doesn't answer, implying this trope.
- Heroic BSoD/Villainous BSoD: When he discovers that his men are dead and their base has burnt to the ground.
- Hired Guns: What he and his men are. He fought for the Republic during the Clone Wars and now he's on the Empire's payroll.
- Honorary Uncle: If Kanan is Sabine and Ezra's surrogate father, then Rau is their honorary uncle. Noticeable in that he claims himself as the kids' protector when he has his HeelFace Turn, and he spoils Sabine with new gear and encourages her to knock Ezra down a peg or two, much to the chagrin of Kanan. He's also a bit of one to Tristan.
- Hostage for MacGuffin: Is taken captive (or reluctantly recruited, depending on who you ask) by Kanan and Phoenix Squadron so that the Rebels can use their hyperspace lane. Since Kanan and Rau both know that sending Protector reinforcements to save the latter would raise questions for the Empire as to why they are spending resources instead of contacting the Imperials, leading to them discovering the situation and deciding to takeover Concord Dawn territory, since obviously the Protectors can't take care of themselves and there's a power vacuum to fill in Rau's absence. The same would happen if Rau was killed (and make unnecessary enemies between the Rebellion and Protectors), so using Rau as a hostage until further notice and keeping it a private matter between the Rebels and Protectors by not having the latter confront the former about it was the best option at the time.
- I Choose to Stay: He chooses to stay behind with Sabine on Krownest to help her and Clan Wren rescue her father and find someone who can lead the Mandalorian Resistance. He also stays behind after Bo-Katan is deemed leader while Sabine leaves to rejoin the Rebel Alliance.
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: Works for the Empire since they pay well and he views them as far too strong for the Rebellion to defeat.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He looks like an older version of his voice actor, Kevin McKidd.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Sabine after "Imperial Supercommandos". Also with Ezra as well, to a lesser extent.
- Irony: His greeting and introduction to Depa and Caleb is a reassurance that not all Mandalorians have forgotten their honor and obligations, unlike what's going on in the original home-world. Years later, he and his men have lost their pride and morals by bowing to a corrupt government that promises them credits and to not turn on them, him already believing fighting against them would be futile.
- It's Personal: To Saxon for wiping out the Protectors.
- Kick the Dog: There are a couple of subtle and easy-to-miss moments in his debut episode.
- He may not actually be aligned with the Empire (or the Rebellion either for that matter), but he's pretty apathetic to letting two of Phoenix Squadron's pilots burn and nearly Hera as well.
- He decides to make a run for it after Sabine "wins" their match and blows up all their ships except his, and orders his men this:Rau: Capture them alive! I want them to watch their fleet burn!
- Last-Name Basis: In "Imperial Supercommandos", except to Sabine. Everyone also refers to him by his clan name. He starts going into First-Name Basis when referring to other rebels after "Imperial Supercommandos", though Ezra is the only exception so as to make it clear he likes picking on him.
- The Last of His Kind: He is the last Protector of his generation, though as far as we know, he could begin the group anew with new members.
- The Mentor: Grows into this role for Sabine.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Switches from his pilot armor to bulkier armor akin to the Shadow Collective Supercommandos' armour but with a design resemblance to the Mandalorian Royal Guard, as well as getting a Jet Pack. He's also refurbished his second helmet.
- Neutral No Longer: Sides with the Rebellion after the Imperial Supercommandos eliminate the Mandalorian Protectors.
- Noodle Incident:
- It has yet to be explained how he got a hold of a traditional set of Protector armor and Mandalorian vambraces before "Trials of the Darksaber".
- "Heroes of Mandalore" hints that he and Bo-Katan have previously worked together.
- Not So Different: In "Imperial Supercommandos", he suffers from Skewed Priorities and wants Revenge for the people he loved, like Sabine back in his debut episode.
- Old Soldier: He fought in the Clone Wars, a good sixteen years before his introduction episode and looks to be in his mid-to-late forties.
- Only in It for the Money: What Sabine thinks at first and why he and the Protectors work for the Empire rather than stand against it, but Kanan points out that Rau also doesn't want the Empire getting on Concord Dawn's back.
- Pet the Dog:
- After spending the episode butting heads with Sabine and Ezra, as well as trying to ditch them, when he confronts Saxon and his remaining squad members, he makes it known that 'those kids are under [his] protection'.
- What he tells Sabine after his HeelFace Turn. The both of them even exchange smiles, which is saying something both ways:Rau: You have not forgotten our ways; that has earned my respect.
- To drill in his HeelFace Turn even further if you weren't sure before, when he returns in "Trials of the Darksaber", he's completely supportive of Sabine receiving training from Kanan to use the Darksaber and becoming the leader of Mandalore.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He is not a big fan of the Empire, but still works for them since they pay well.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He is a lot more level-headed and friendly than what you would expect from a Mandalorian warlord.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He sports blue while Saxon sports red. Saxon has also had black/white in his color scheme at different times, making their rivalry a bit like blue/black vs. red/black during the Clone Wars, or blue/black vs. red/white during the reign of the Empire.
- Retired Badass: Downplayed. While it's a definite truth that he hasn't lost his piloting skills, it is implied that he hasn't seen ground action (or at least enough of it to not get rusty) in years, so him being out of practice is what allows Sabine to defeat him.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: So much for honoring his obligations.
- Bails when Sabine changes up the code by blowing up almost all their present fighters and declaring that she won't kill any of them (contrary to the code - it's supposed to be a battle to the death). In all fairness, she dumped the rules first.
- Once again tries to make a run for it in the beginning of "Imperial Supercommandos" when Sabine and Ezra take him with them on their investigation on the Protectors suddenly going silent, attempting to get to his men so that they can turn against the rebels, believing they went silent due to setting up a trap. That's not the case, and Rau is left speechless by this twist of events.
- Happens again when the ISC show up on the scene, trying to persuade Sabine to leave Ezra (who is unarmed thanks to Rau stealing his lightsaber, as well as cornered) behind so that they can hideout. It also seems that he left with the Phantom II after Sabine refused to do so. In all fairness, though, it's quite justified, since the ISC are The Dreaded (if wiping out the Protectors wasn't any indication already) and the trio are outgunned and outnumbered, and it's clear that the ISC are specifically looking for Rau. Don't worry, he goes back.
- Sole Survivor: Of the Protectors, by virtue of having been absent during the Imperial Supercommandos' massacre of them... though his absence was the exact reason why the ISC was sent to Concord Dawn. Additionally, he's the sole survivor of any moderate Mandalorian we've seen so far.
- Tragic Keepsake: His second helmet is from one of his fallen men.
- Tuckerization: His clan name, Rau, is taken from Brad Rau, who is a director on Rebels.
- Uncertain Doom: Given that the Empire was able to enact "the Great Purge" against Mandalore and force the survivors into hiding, it's unlikely he and the other Mandalorian rebels were successful in their campaign.
- Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: More like a car ride in space, but it still applies. He sits across from Ezra while Sabine pilots the Phantom II. Ezra is clearly uncomfortable by trying to avoid eye contact much harder and whistling, while Rau just silently looks straight ahead in what may be slight annoyance. Ezra decides to get out of it by making small talk about what happened to Concord Dawn and leaves his seat, leaving Rau open to taking him and Sabine down from behind and hijacking the shuttle.
- When He Smiles: In the ending of "Imperial Supercommandos", he's in a better mood and tells the kids that he's joining the Rebellion. Bonus for the chuckles he gives and the civil exchanges he has with Sabine and Ezra.
- Would Hurt a Child/Would Hit a Girl: Is willing to kill Sabine and Ezra before his HeelFace Turn.
A former Journeyman Protector and the adoptive father of Jango Fett. He fought and died in the Mandalorian Civil Wars.
- Hero of Another Story: His adoption of Jango and battle against the early Death Watch during the Mandalorian Civil War makes him this The Mandalorian.
- Parental Substitute: He adopted Jango, who was orphaned by the Mandalorian Civil War.
- Schrödinger's Canon: Jaster was a fairly major character in the Legends continuity (specifically from Jango's backstory, Jango Fett: Open Seasons), and was recanonized in Chapter 14 of The Mandalorian (though he does not actually appear or get mentioned, a man named Jaster is listed in Boba Fett's chain code as a relative). His story is indicated to be more or less the same as it was in the old EU, but a lot of the concrete details (such as his own backstory on Concord Dawn, his conflict with Clan Vizsla and Death Watch, and his death) aren't directly brought up.
A snowy Mandalorian colony world, and the seat of Clan Wren. In the distant past, Mandalorians conquered the world and its citizens were absorbed into the Mandalorian warrior culture, including the predecessors to Clan Wren.
- Meaningful Name:
- Crow nest. This seems to be a nod to the Red Herring that Rook Kast was the mother of Sabine (rooks being related to crows), but also fits with the Mandalorian bird motif.
- A crow's nest is the lookout point on the upper part of a ship's mast. A legend tells that the origin of the name is that navigators would put birds (ravens or crows) at the top of the mast, then when navigation becomes hard to see, a bird was released and it would fly towards land, giving the sailors an idea of where they are and where they will go. This might be a reference to how Sabine will have a hand in leading her clan and the rest of her people out of their predicament by the Empire.
- Snow Means Death: By the end of the same episode it debuted in, Saxon is killed.
A clan under House Vizsla, they are a group of former Death Watch supercommandos located on the Mandalorian colony world of Krownest. Years after exiling Sabine for her collaboration with the Empire against Mandalore and subsequently deserting the Empire, she later returned as a member of the Rebellion in an attempt to recruit them into the cause. As a result, they would become the roots of the revived Mandalorian Resistance against the Empire.
- Always with You: When swearing fealty to Bo-Katan, Ursa swears fealty for Clan Wren in their absence because many of them died in battle earlier that day and the remaining members couldn't attend the coronation.
- Badass Family: All of them (or at least the ones we see in their debut) are supercommandos and warriors by their own merit.
- Distinguishing Mark: The Supercommandos have similar helmet markings to Sabine's and Rook Kast's. They're Sabine's extended family through her mother, which also raises the question if Rook Kast may be related as well.
- The Cavalry: They come to help the rebels escape from Chopper Base when it gets seized by Thrawn and the Seventh Fleet, thanks to the persuasion of Ezra and Sabine.
- The Clan: Well, duh.
- Creator Cameo: Dave Filoni himself voices a male Wren incidental.
- HeelFace Turn: They reconcile with Sabine, resulting in them finally fighting against the Imperial occupation of Mandalore and helping the main Rebellion such as during the Battle of Atollon.
- Jet Pack: Like their armor, they have the non-Imperial version of the jetpack as well. And like the other non-Imperial supercommandos, they can fire rockets from them.
- Kill 'Em All: At least a great many of them are killed while trying to rescue Alrich, courtesy of the Duchess. At the end of "Heroes of Mandalore", Clan Wren is not among the clans that gathered to bow to Bo-Katan.
- Light Is Good: Considering Sabine manages to recruit them, it would appear that their white and gold color schemes mean that they mean well. It would also seem that this is so to camouflage with the snowy environment they're based on. Behind the scenes info indicates there's also bit of symbolism in it, to show that their color has been washed away under the rule of the Empire, making them more indistinct and lifeless compared to the colorful and rebellious Sabine. The next time we see them however, they at least now have different paintjob designs on their armor.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The ruling couple, Ursa and Alrich. Ursa is a stoic, harsh warrior that believes in tough love while Alrich is the gentle more nurturing parent who's an artist rather than a fighter.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": Not necessarily in the frightened way, but everyone is silenced when they see Sabine with the Darksaber.
- Meaningful Name: Not only is "Wren" a nod to the bird motif with the Mandalorians, but in addition, in Europe, the wren is considered the "king of birds", referencing how Sabine is in a position to become leader of the Mandalorians and how Clan Wren is the first clan to join the Mandalorian Resistance against the Empire, which in a way, makes it 'leader' of the insurgency. Killing a wren or harassing its nest is also considered bad luck—and you really don't want to mess with any members of Clan Wren.
- Incidentally, there's a species of wrens called the house wren, like a Mandalorian noble house, though that probably isn't anything more than a nod unless Clan Wren becomes powerful enough to become House Wren.
- One Steve Limit: They likely have nothing to do with the Knights of Ren, who they share a certain homophone name with.
- Ruling Couple: Maybe. The throne has space for two people, as Ursa places her helmet in the empty space where her husband would probably be sitting. However, as Ursa is the one from Clan Wren, she is undoubtedly the true leader of the clan.
- Would Hurt a Child: They exile Sabine after she tries to make up for helping develop anti-Mandalorian weapons. Upon discovering Sabine is returning home, they try to kill her.
Countess Ursa Wren
A member of House Vizsla and chieftain of her clan, the Wrens, in addition to being a former Super Commando in Death Watch as well as the mother of Sabine and Tristan Wren. After Sabine ran away from the Imperial Academy on Mandalore, Ursa allied her clan with the Empire and disowned her daughter until she returned to recruit the clans to the Rebellion.
- Action Mom: She's a warrior, and she's a mom of two. Pretty self-explanatory.
- Ambiguous Situation:
- By the time of "Imperial Supercommandos", we're not sure if her alliance with the Empire was because she was forced into taking up arms again, chose out of her own will to do so, just doing it to look for Sabine and bring her home, and/or was a Broken Bird with nothing left when Sabine left. Judging by Saxon's and Sabine's comments, it sounds like it was reluctant — which is confirmed in "Legacy of Mandalore".
- Sabine reveals in "Trials of the Darksaber" that her family ditched her for the Empire. Either she was willingly disowned because she disgraced the family name or disowned out of fear of the Empire's wrath. If it was the former, then either Saxon was lying about her mother wanting her back or she changed her mind.
- "Legacy of Mandalore" reveals that Saxon wasn't completely telling the truth earlier. For all intents and purposes, Sabine's mother never wanted to see her face again.
- And then it turns out that Ursa did want to look for Sabine, but ultimately chose not to because then the Empire would become aware that Clan Wren still loves Sabine and could thus use the Wrens as a hostage to bring Sabine back home, as well as inadvertently helping the Imperials find Sabine if the clan does.
- Ancestral Armour: According to the Official Fact File, Sabine's helmet was inherited. It would appear that it was originally her mother's, back from her days as a Death Watch soldier. It also states that Sabine didn't paint it until Season 2, meaning that it was already burgundy (Word of God says it's not pink, but burgundy) when she received it.
- Anti-Villain: She may have been a part of Death Watch in her younger days, but by the time of Rebels, she's just trying her best at keeping the clan, her family, stable and safe from the Empire. Unfortunately, it also leads into Honor Before Reason to keep Clan Wren's honor intact, and she gets trapped in ugly situations with few options that result in happy endings.
- Badass in Charge: Bit of a given, considering she's the chieftain of Sabine's clan as well as a former Death Watch operative.
- Break Her Heart to Save Her: She reluctantly abandoned Sabine and didn't bother searching for her. While it may seem that it's all because she's angry with her for betraying Mandalorian customs, it's actually mostly because the Empire would've taken advantage of Clan Wren's search for Sabine to hurt both her daughter as well as the clan.
- The Cameo:
- She is retroactively stated to be present during the throne room fight between Maul and Pre Vizsla.
- She is one of the Nite Owls with Bo-Katan in "Dangerous Debt", identified only in the credits. She also shows up in the subsequent episode, "Together Again", and is a side character for the Siege of Mandalore arc.
- Cool Helmet: It has wings that look like the ear tufts of a horned owl, distinguishing it from the more standardized helmets of her clan. Might function as a Cool Crown given that she is a chieftain and countess.
- Custom Uniform:
- In The Clone Wars Season 7, her armor has highlights with the yellow of Clan Wren on top of the blue of the Nite Owls.
- In Rebels, she has a battle skirt akin to a kama, a winged helmet, and unique designs on her armour.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Retroactively stated to be present in the throne room when Maul executed Vizsla in The Clone Wars.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: We're not sure of the extent of how 'evil' she was, but despite having Skewed Priorities with her beliefs, it's clear she does love her husband, her children, and her people.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Again, if anything, she's an Anti-Villain, but she wants the best for Sabine and Tristan. One of her talks to Sabine after her return has shades of So Proud of You and has the typical mother spouts ("Always immature, so selfish..."), and has Tristan try to uphold Clan Wren's reputation. She was saddened when Sabine left and when it seemed that Tristan was about to turn against the clan.
- Good Reason For Parental Abandonment: Inverted. She allied the clan with the Empire for an unknown reason, though one could be to find Sabine. Though we don't know if it was inverted regarding Sabine running away, as we don't know what her reaction to that was. She also apparently was not with Sabine and Tristan when Maul took over Mandalore, choosing her duty to Death Watch over taking care of her infant daughter and young son.
- Subverted when we find out she and the rest of Sabine's family abandoned her when she tried to rebel for the first time, either because they were genuinely ashamed of her or were afraid of the Empire. We also find out in the next episode that Saxon was lying, because for all she cared, Sabine could rot in a cell for her betrayal. Nothing short of having the Darksaber would've changed that.
- Then double subverted in that Ursa and the Wrens didn't search for Sabine due to the Mandalorians being closely monitored by the Empire, so there wasn't much they could do without getting anyone in deeper trouble. Though they did seem to still disown her, they didn't seem to anticipate her running away from home.
- Subverted when we find out she and the rest of Sabine's family abandoned her when she tried to rebel for the first time, either because they were genuinely ashamed of her or were afraid of the Empire. We also find out in the next episode that Saxon was lying, because for all she cared, Sabine could rot in a cell for her betrayal. Nothing short of having the Darksaber would've changed that.
- HeelFace Turn: She and Sabine at least reconcile after the latter returns, though Ursa then betrays Kanan and Ezra by turning them in to Saxon for being rebels under the condition that Saxon and the Empire will leave Sabine alone. Saxon doesn't hold up his end of the bargain, leading to Sabine proving herself by defeating Saxon in lightsaber combat, Ursa shows a change of heart by shooting Saxon first before he can shoot her daughter In the Back after she refused to grant him an honorable death. While she politely rejects Clan Wren joining up with the main Rebellion until a Mandalorian Resistance can form, she and the clan become valuable allies that they can call on from time to time.
- Heroic Ambidexterity: Referenced. When her right hand is severely injured in a fight and Fenn Rau tries to keep her out of it, she responds that she's just as good with her other hand.
- Honour Before Reason: Being a staunch Mandalorian traditionalist, and honour/reputation becoming a much more reinforced idea during the Age of the Empire, she is prone to this. Leads to Kanan asking her an Armor-Piercing Question if she would place honour over the life of her own daughter during the lightsaber fight between Saxon and Sabine.
- Ice Queen: Not just because her clan is on a snow-world and are giving Sabine the cold shoulder, but she's cold and distant even to her own children, especially to her daughter.
- I Have No Daughter!: Sabine seems to believe this is what her family thinks of her. By "Legacy of Mandalore", this proves to be true. The fact that she only stood down at the sight of the Darksaber shows she doesn't treat Sabine like a daughter.
- Subtly, she does seem a bit hesitant when she orders the clan to arrest Sabine. Later in the episode, it turns out that she didn't want to abandon Sabine, but considering the circumstances, she believed it was the best way to protect her from the Empire so that the Imperials don't tag along on a hypothetical search party or something worse like a hostage situation.
- I Have Your Wife: Gender Inverted. Her husband was taken hostage by the Empire to insure Clan Wren's loyalty.
- Jet Pack: All of the women present in the throne room during the Death Watch split had jetpacks, and she was one of those women. Presumably, she also has one years later.
- Lady of War: Again, it's bit of a given, considering she's a Mandalorian warrior, and, well, a woman.
- Mama Bear: Harming someone from her family is not a wise choice, no matter what the reason. This is best proven when she kills Saxon for attempting to shoot and kill Sabine In the Back with his blaster. Further proven in the season 4 premiere, when the Night Owls threaten to kill Sabine for making a superweapon, Ursa heavily injured by that very weapon calmly tells the Mandalorians pointing weapons at her daughter that any attack on Sabine is an attack on Clan Wren at which point she pulls out her blaster.
- Meaningful Name: Ursa is Latin for bear, befitting her strength as a leader and a warrior as well as a mother, even though she's a bit of an Ice Queen to her children and family. And, when push comes to shove, she does step up to the plate where it matters and kills Saxon to protect Sabine.
- Mysterious Parent: The audience was unaware of her identity until "Legacy of Mandalore", though Sabine was apparently aware of what her mother had done, and was also reluctant to reveal her identity according to the Official Fact File. We know even less about her husband.
- Number Two: She seems to have been Bo-Katan's right-hand woman during the Mandalorian Civil War that broke out in The Clone Wars. She was not only serving by Bo-Katan's side, but handling key assignments while Bo-Katan was handling other matters.
- One Degree of Separation: During the final months of the Clone Wars, she worked with Ahsoka and Rex during the Mandalorian Civil War. Her daughter Sabine would later work with them in the Rebellion.
- Parental Abandonment: When Sabine attempted to take back her support for the Empire by speaking out against the weapons she made for them, her family did not stand behind her out of shame (at least from Sabine's perspective), leaving her to die. However, her mother is now looking for her, though again, also for unknown reasons, though likely because she wants Sabine to come home. If Sabine telling Ezra "Don't believe him" is of any indication, it may not be true or she refuses to believe so. However, Saxon did lie about her looking for her daughter because she stated she didn't search for her because it would be impossible to do so without getting in trouble with the Empire.
- Parents as People: As the head of the clan, having to choose between the well-being of your clan over your own young daughter is a very ugly situation. Her debut episode also shows that she was torn between being upset with Sabine for causing trouble by being involved in the making of Imperial weapons used against Mandalore and everything that ensued including joining a seemingly suicidal Rebellion, but also relieved and proud that she managed to survive the Galaxy without her and has become a strong & clever warrior.
- Red Herring: Before the airing of "Legacy of Mandalore", it was heavily speculated that she was Rook Kast due to her winged helmet, Asian features, both women's relationships to Saxon and Death Watch, and Kast's similar appearance to Sabine and Ursa. Both women are different characters.
- Retired Badass: Implied to have been out of action for a while, at least nothing heavy like the Mandalorian Civil War and other Death Watch shenanigans.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Judging by Mandalorian culture, you have to be someone who can hold your own ground, and that's usually by being a warrior (though Satine and her father were combat-capable politicians at the very least). Sabine's mother being chieftess as well as a Supercommando makes her this.
- Sadistic Choice: Leave your daughter for the wolves and refuse to acknowledge her, with at least the chance that she can survive on her own and find somewhere safe, or stand by her, but risk the lives of not only your daughter, but yourself and the clan if your efforts aren't enough to successfully fight against the Empire.
- Sins of the Father: Gender Inverted. Sabine doesn't seem to hold anything against her mother and presumably has come to terms of what she did during the Clone Wars, but she's savvy enough to know that revealing the name of her mother or her previous allegiance isn't such a good idea (for example, even just declaring her family was House Vizsla and therefore Death Watch aligned didn't do so well with Rau and the Protectors), though this also presumably because she doesn't want anyone putting two and two together and turning in Sabine to her family/the Empire.
- Strong Family Resemblance: In this image◊, you can see that the only difference between her facial structure and Sabine's are their different noses, different eyebrows, and different head shapes (though similar angles, which are slightly harder to see on Sabine in this image). While not pictured, Sabine's natural hair color is dark brown, like her brother's. Sabine and her mother also noticeably have the same eyes.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's aloof, demanding, and cold. Even to her own children, especially Sabine. But when push comes to shove, she does show she loves her family, including Sabine.
- Would Hurt a Child: Including her own, via abandoning her own daughter when she was couldn't have been older than fifteen. She later tries to have the clan kill her when she comes back and almost sends her to a cell to rot until Sabine shows her the Darksaber.
The father of Sabine Wren and Tristan Wren, and the husband of Countess Ursa Wren. When Sabine attempted to atone for creating anti-Mandalorian weapons for the Empire, Alrich and the rest of her family rejected her and exiled her from their clan. He was taken hostage by the Empire shortly after to insure Clan Wren remains loyal to the Empire.
- Adult Fear: Your wife and her clan are former terrorists. They're defeated and humiliated when Order 66 cuts off the Mandalorian Civil War without a proper ending and a tyrannical foreign galaxy-spanning dictatorship (but a strong one, and therefore worthy of your loyalty according to your culture) is subsequently put into place. Years later, your son becomes one of their soldiers and your talented daughter joins the special academy program, but the latter ends up helping create weapons of mass destruction to be used against your people to keep all of you in line. She ends up feeling remorseful and tries to stop the production, hoping that her family will support her. Because this makes her a traitor according to your ideals and she's ultimately been nothing but trouble, you and the family agree to disown her and effectively leave her for dead. Now your only daughter is seemingly gone forever, and you and everyone is loyal to the Empire but bitter after these turn of events. Oh, and now you're being held captive to make sure that your wife and her family stay loyal to the Empire.
- Defiant Captive: While being escorted to be executed in Sundari, he makes snarky comments to his Imperial captors.
- Distressed Dude: "Legacy of Mandalore" reveals that after Sabine left Mandalore, the Empire took him as a hostage to insure Clan Wren's loyalty.
- Foil: To Thrawn. Both are soft-spoken, prominent figures, enjoy art and are well-educated in it, see war as an art, and are ultimately committed to their people. However, Thrawn is willing to take advantage of others' culture as appropriation (and even in his own culture, he went against their honor code), while Alrich is definitely not flattered by it.
- The Ghost: He didn't appear until the Season 4 premiere.
- It Runs in the Family: There's a painting above their throne depicting a younger Ursa, likely having been created by Alrich. And he and Sabine go off on some art technobabble when they first reunite.
- Lineage Comes from the Father:
- Inverted. Due to him having married into Clan Wren, a more prestigious House than his own family, he and his children take Ursa's family name, not his.
- Played straight in another aspect — Sabine gets her artistic proclivities from him.
- The Maiden Name Debate: He took his wife's surname, as Clan Wren is a more prominent family than his own.
- Meaningful Name: His name has roots in High Germanic as meaning something along the lines of being a noble leader that rules over all or "all powerful", befitting his status as a high-status Mandalorian figure that is married to a clan leader as well as being the father of an influential figure in the Mandalorian Resistance. Also doubles as Ironic Name, because he's a Non-Action Guy.
- Alaric I was the first king of the Visigoths. He led the Sack of Rome, which was a significant and decisive event that would ultimately lead to the decline of the Roman Empire, once again fitting how Alrich is the father of an influential anti-Imperial figure.
- Non-Action Guy: Unlike his in-laws and his own family, he's not a fighter. Doesn't stop him from being in the war room and providing tactical support, and he's supportive of Mandalore's warrior culture, and it's possible that he may at least know basic combat. Despite this, he is still an admirable figure in Mandalorian culture for being able to fight through his art and words.
- Parental Abandonment: He and his wife's clan left Sabine to fend for herself when she tried to make up for what she had done to help the Empire, since the damage was already too late as everyone was forced to pledge allegiance to the Empire by then.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: According to Sabine, he has connections in high places.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Maybe. His children didn't seem to inherit their brunet hair from their mother, so it was likely from him.
The youngest child of Ursa Wren and her husband Alrich, as well as the brother of the exiled Sabine Wren. Due to Sabine tarnishing the Clan Wren name by acting cowardly, Tristan was forced to conscript into the Imperial Supercommandos in an attempt to regain honor for the clan. He would be present when his sister would recruit the Wrens into joining the rebel cause.
- Adult Fear: Your mother is a former terrorist and now the leader of your family. Both you and your big sister join the Empire, but she ends up helping make anti-Mandalorian weapons to keep people in line and these weapons are deployed at least once with frightening results. Your sister tries to atone by speaking out against the Empire's usage of these weapons, expecting you and the rest of the family to stand with her, but your mother, father, and clan refuse. You don't have much of a choice in the matter, because either you didn't want to get in trouble either or your opinion got overruled, and ultimately, your sister runs away indefinitely until she decides to return to earn her family's approval back so that she can be leader of a local insurgency. In the meantime, to try to earn back the clan's dignity, you conscript into the Imperial military as well.
- Big Little Brother: He's a full-head taller than Sabine, but as revealed in Forces of Destiny he's at least three years younger than she is, as he was only a baby, when their father took Sabine on a trip to the statue of Tarre Vizsla, that she remembers well enough to know a path across the hills surrounding it.
- Custom Uniform: The shoulder tips of his Imperial supercommando armor are painted yellow to show alignment with his clan.
- Good Costume Switch: As of "Zero Hour", he has ditched the Supercommando armor for clan armor that was painted by Sabine.
- Headbutting Heroes: Downplayed. He and Ezra argue like how Ezra argues with Sabine, leading to Rau telling them to knock it off.
- Jet Pack: As per usual.
- The Lancer: He appears to be this to his mother.
- Meaningful Name: The Latin word tristis means "sadness", likely referring to the dilemma between Sabine and her family. Tristan is also the name of a character from a tragic Arthurian tale, though it is likely just a reference to how Sabine's homecoming story evokes medieval tales and thus would make those involved into legendary historical figures.
- For his original name, Jona, in Hebrew, Jonas means "dove", once again another reference to the Mandalorian's Animal Motif of birds. Jonas was originally derived from the Greek word that meant "sign", as it was believed that doves were signs from the gods as well as a sign of peace. In addition, it may have originated from the Greek word, Ionas, a term for a singular member from the Greek tribe of Iones/Ionians, who colonized western Asia, similar to how Sabine's name is derived from a group of Roman people.
- Also, Tristan was originally written as Sabine's twin sister named Sacha. It is a diminutive of Aleksander/Aleksandra, which mean "defender of/against man(kind)", likely referencing how she would've been a Mandalorian warrior.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He tries to be the mediator between the Imperial Supercommandos and everyone else when the former arrive to kill them all.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Saxon orders him to help the Imperial Supercommandos apprehend Sabine and the rebels. He hesitates and initially chooses to be lawful, but immediately changes his mind and chooses to help his family.
- Token Heroic Orc: He's still with Clan Wren, despite wearing the armour of an Imperial Supercommando. After defeating the Imperial Supercommandos, he changes back into his Clan's traditional Mandalorian armor.
A Mandalorian splinter group that opposed the pacifist government of Mandalore (the New Mandalorians), led by Duchess Satine Kryze, during the Clone Wars. After failed attempts at taking over Mandalore, they became part of Darth Maul's Shadow Collective, which successfully took control of the planet during the war. However, when former Darth Maul defeated and executed their leader, Pre Vizsla, the group began to split into numerous factions from then on, including the short-lived Shadow Collective loyal to Maul (which was succeeded by the Imperial Super Commandos following the Siege), Bo-Katan's Mandalore Resistance against Maul's leadership, and clans such as Sabine Wren's regaining warrior power.
- Adaptational Heroism: Downplayed. In their original appearances from Legends, the Death Watch were little more than raiders and criminals who gladly attacked civilians. While the Death Watch in The Clone Wars started out the same at first in the canon, the remaining Death Watch Mandalorians under the Mandalore Resistance and the Death Watch member who saved Din Djarin seem far more friendly.
- Badass Army: They repeatedly prove their worth as Mandalorian warriors.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: Two separate Death Watch bombers commit suicide rather than be arrested and interrogated.
- Black-and-Grey Morality: The alliance between Death Watch and the Shadow Collective falls apart when Vizsla dies, dividing Death Watch into who were the warriors that genuinely wanted to follow tradition to a T or just wanted to fight their own way, dividing the group into the Shadow Collective and the Mandalore Resistance respectively. The Mandalore Resistance is considerably more grey than the Shadow Collective, as we only get to see them fight mainly to liberate Mandalore, though this doesn't excuse the fact that they still committed rather questionable acts prior to the split.
- Blood Knight: They are made of this trope. As shown in "A Friend in Need", they torment droids by taking potshots at them, and they torch unarmed settlements.
- Bullet Dancing: In "A Friend in Need", they made a bunch of droids "dance" by firing under their feet.
- The Cameo: A couple of Death Watch mercenaries appear in Battlefront: Twilight Company, months after the destruction of the first Death Star.
- The Clan: The House, actually. Clans that align themselves under House Vizsla (including Clan Wren, implicitly Clan Kast, and many others) instantly become the Big, Screwed-Up Family with each other.
- Cold Sniper: A Death Watch sniper assassinated an informant whom Duchess Satine was having a meeting with.
- Conflicting Loyalty: After Vizsla gets executed by Maul, either you join the Mandalore Resistance, join the Shadow Collective, or neither. Or the Empire...
- Cool Helmet: Their version of the Mandalorian helmet is colored dark grey and blue.
- Cool Starship: The Kom'rk-class fighter, also known as the Gauntlet starfighter.
- Custom Uniform: Some of them in their last appearance in The Clone Wars.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: A bunch of blonde-haired, white-skinned soldiers seizing control of a demilitarized society with a very martial history, while promising to restore order through the reintroduction of a warrior ethos in pursuit of a supposed destiny as imperial conquerors? What does that remind you of?
- Enemy Mine: Those who stay loyal to Bo-Katan after Pre Vizsla's death fought alongside Obi-Wan against Shadow Collective, which is loyal to Maul.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones/Villainous Friendship: Undoubtedly, they're evil, but in breaks between battles, you can see them just hanging out (like the aforementioned trope of finding entertainment in droids Bullet Dancing) or have their arm around their lover. You can imagine how well it goes when Vizsla loses to the outsider, Maul.
- Evil vs. Evil: A few of these happen involving them in The Clone Wars during the Mandalore arc in season five. Sith/Death Watch vs. criminals, Sith and Death Watch vs. each other, and Death Watch vs. Death Watch.
- Frame-Up: In "Duchess of Mandalore", a Death Watch assassin shot an informant Duchess Satine was having a meeting with, and subsequently framed her for the murder.
- Jet Pack: Standard-issue for all Mandalorian Death Watch.
- Leitmotif: A methodical, foreboding tune that gradually becomes more bombastic.
- Logical Weakness: Their belief that Might Makes Right means there's absolutely nothing stopping a random warrior from walking up to them, challenging and killing their leader, and taking over the group. Which is exactly what Darth Maul does.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: In "The Mandalore Plot", they strap Obi-Wan to a Conveyor Belt o' Doom in order to make his death look like an accident.
- Might Makes Right: One of the main tenants of the Mandalorian traditions they ascribe to. Only the strongest deserve to rule Mandalore.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Death Watch" is a name that is obviously enough for everyone to tell that they are bad guys.
- One-Man Army: A nameless Death Watch commando from the beginning of the Mandalore arc in season two of The Clone Wars single-handedly attempted to take a Republic cruiser out of commission. He does not quite succeed, but kills himself rather than be captured and interrogated, and it is implied he came within a hair's breadth of completing his mission.
- What You Are in the Dark: Whoever side each of the members chose after Vizsla was executed and Maul rose to power. Those who are the "loyalists" (often the Mandalore Resistance under Bo-Katan) are the ones who were just in it because they solely wanted to be warriors and this isn't what they signed up for (often because Maul isn't Mandalorian), or were just sane enough to realize Maul is worse than Vizsla. Those who chose Maul (usually Shadow Collective) are the ones that prefer the winning team (in the case of Saxon), and/or are actually aware of Mandalorian traditions and are willing to follow those rules. It revealed everyone's priorities.
Leader of the Death Watch, a Mandalorian terrorist group that seeks to overthrow Duchess Satine's peaceful government and return the Mandalorians to their warrior roots. Initially aligned with Count Dooku and the Separatists, Vizsla had a falling out with the Count, resulting in Dooku slashing into Vizsla's face with his lightsaber, disfiguring Vizsla and leading the Mandalorian to seek vengeance against Dooku, as well as maintaining his goal of reclaiming Mandalore.
- 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: Of a sort, given that The Clone Wars is already CG; compared to everything else, the Darksaber looks very strange when activated and looks even more so when it's being waved around. But that's probably the point: to illustrate just how unusual the device is.
- Animal Motif: To fit with the bird motif for Mandalore, House Vizsla, and Death Watch's insignia is the shriek-hawk.
- Arch-Enemy: To Satine.
- Arc Villain: Of the Mandalore arc in Season 2 of The Clone Wars. He's also the lesser member in a Big Bad Duumvirate with Maul for Season 5's Shadow Collective arc.
- Asshole Victim: He's a complete jerk who was perfectly willing to put innocent lives at stake just so he could rule Mandalore. He also killed a girl and burnt down her village for trivial reasons. It goes without saying he deserved every second of his death at the hands of Maul, a man he betrayed as quickly as possible.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He's such a firm believer of this that he accepts his defeat at the hands of Maul graciously, simply stating that "only the strongest shall rule."
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He is the leader of Death Watch and the most badass fighter of the group.
- Ax-Crazy: When Vizsla reappears in "A Friend in Need", he clearly has some serious screws loose over Dooku dismissing him and scarring his face, threatening Lux Bonteri with the same scar for supposedly calling his honesty into question while making some unsettling facial expressions. Later, he murders an entire settlement of natives and burns down their village because the chief complained about his presence there taking up the food and bullying his people around.
- Bad Boss: Subverted. He executes one of his men for the audacity of losing to Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, with his barbaric warrior principles in mind, this is technically justified. For all his flaws, Vizsla is shown to otherwise be a rather cordial and benevolent boss, enough to cultivate loyalty strong enough that a large group of Death Watch does not join Maul even after he proved his right to lead the organization.
- Badass Cape: Complete with dramatic removal prior to dueling Obi-Wan.
- Badass in Charge: Of the Death Watch.
- Badass Normal: He managed to hold his own against a Jedi Master, a dual-wielding Padawan, and finally a Sith Lord in a lightsaber fight despite not being Force-sensitive himself (though this doesn't appear to be particularly unusual for Mandalorian warriors). His ability to leap roughly his own height while wearing full body armor and a jetpack is rather impressive as well. Downplayed because he's not quite as good as he thinks he is.
- Bald of Evil: He starts rockin' the bald head in season four.
- Bait the Dog: Downplayed. The audience and Ahsoka know he is quite crazy and very evil already, but he seems to make a genuine gesture of moving out of where Death Watch is stationed when the locals complain, causing Lux to believe he's not a bad guy despite Ahsoka's objections. He promptly murders all the locals and razes their settlement instead of leaving, wildly shouting he can't be bossed around.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: He and Darth Maul form one in "Eminence", although by the end of the episode, he's demoted to being The Starscream, plotting to betray Maul as soon as they've reclaimed Mandalore. In "Shades of Reason", the whole affair ends rather badly for him (although he takes it quite well).
- Big Bad Wannabe: Vizsla regards himself and Death Watch as a powerful group that stand as a major threat to the Mandalorian government, but compared to the big guns of the Clone Wars, he's a virtual nobody; Dooku dismisses him as a neophyte while Maul manages to outplay Vizsla at every turn and ultimately kill him.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In "The Mandalore Plot", he poses as a loyal advisor to Satine. After his duplicity is revealed, Vizsla never bothers with such a facade again.
- Blood Knight: The point of the Death Watch movement is to restore Mandalore's warrior culture, and Vizsla himself has shown a definite taste for battle, which Count Dooku derided as a weakness.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: He decided to imprison Maul and Savage instead of executing them immediately. Worse yet, despite being familiar with force sensitives, he simply has them thrown into ordinary holding cells and without any extra restraints. The brothers escape the moment they feel like it.
- Towards the end of his fight with Maul, he shoots his lightsaber out of his hands. Rather than gun him down on the spot, he charges at him with his Darksaber screaming. What results is Maul easily disarming him and ending the fight.
- Combat Pragmatist: He may agree to a one-on-one duel, but don't think for a minute he'll fight fairly. Guns, bombs, flamethrowers, his jet pack; anything's fair game in his book. To be fair, he is often dealing with foes who have access to what are superpowers. His weapons and gadgets are all he has to even the odds.
- However, Viszla's dirty fighting style is actually explored and deconstructed harshly far into the future. In a training session with Sabine Wren tutored under Kanan Jarrus, she grows frustrated with pure sword fighting and pulls out the same tricks Viszla did against Maul to gain an upper hand against Jarrus. Infuriated, Kanan easily subdues her in response and lectures her on how such tactics will not prevail against skill and discipline; a direct callback to how Maul prevailed solely with honor and martial skills to Viszla's arsenal of gadgets and tricks in "Shades of Reason".
- Cool Sword: His "Darksaber" lightsaber is so unique among lightsabers that it comes off as cooler than those carried by most Jedi or Sith. This is due to its unique blade, which is shaped like a traditional metal sword blade, as well as having a unique color scheme of a black blade with a white, unstable, crackling, glow. Even its sound is different from a traditional lightsaber, having a much higher pitched hum or whistle sound when activated, swung, or impacting a solid object or lightsaber blade.
- Custom Uniform: His final appearance features him with a helmet that is more "horned", the Vizsla insignia above his visor, a re-design of his chest plate, and overall looks much more worn out.
- Death by Irony: He was determined to return his people to their warrior ways at any cost, only to ultimately die partaking in one of his people's old traditions. Not that he seemed to mind.
- Devil in Plain Sight: Even before he was revealed to be the leader of Death Watch, he made a number of suspicious remarks toward Satine (albeit remarks disguised as humor), including one statement where he says she should be honored to be considered important enough to be a target for assassination.
- Dirty Coward: Zig-Zagged. In "Shades of Reason", he surrenders to Maul and accepts death at his hands as he failed to defeat him in trial by combat. However, when he was losing to Obi-Wan Kenobi in "The Mandalore Plot", he retreated and ordered his men to fire on the Jedi. In "A Friend in Need", he gleefully bullied a defenseless village and proceeded to massacre its inhabitants For the Evulz too.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Vizla's reign of Mandalore doesn't last long after he betrays Maul, with the former Sith Lord killing him and taking over.
- Disproportionate Retribution: When he callously murders an innocent teenage girl in front of her father and then orders his men to torch the whole village. Why did he do all of this you ask? Because that aforementioned father and his people had demanded that the Death Watch give them back those among them who they had taken as slaves.
- Evil Gloating: Upon earning popular support, Vizsla takes a moment to rub his victory in Satine's face before having her imprisoned.
- Evil Is Petty:
- He burned down a village and tried to murder it's people simply because the chief dared to stand to him and it also amused him.
- After winning the support of the Mandalorian people, Vizsla takes the time to gloat to Satine's face, and later, has her thrown in prison and smears her reputation.
- It's implied that the reason Vizsla didn't kill Maul after betraying him is out of spite for the Sith Lord treating him like a subordinate.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His voice sounds deep only with his helmet on, though.
- Evil vs. Evil:
- He and Dooku had a falling out that lead to Vizsla trying to locate and kill Dooku since Dooku made Vizsla an example of Scars Are Forever.
- Vizsla plotted against Darth Maul during their alliance, which lead to Vizsla betraying him in "Shades of Reason", and dueling him later in the same episode, a fight that ends in Vizsla's demise.
- Face Death with Dignity: To his credit, he does acknowledge that he deserves to die under his own philosophy since Maul has proven himself to be his superior.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: He sets himself up as the savior of Mandalore, his forces delivering it from the scourge of crime. On a more specific level, Vizsla makes something of a show out of "besting" Savage Opress in a lightsaber duel. In truth, he was in league with the criminals in question, and while he's no slouch in combat, Savage could probably tear Vizsla limb from limb in an actual fight.
- Fatal Flaw:
- Pride. Vizsla's arrogance leads him to make some costly mistakes, such as attempting to engage a Jedi Master in a lightsaber duel (which Vizsla likely survived only because Obi-Wan didn't want to kill anyone in front of Satine), and forging an alliance with Count Dooku. The trope name becomes literal in "Shades of Reason"; Vizsla's sense of warrior pride causes him to face Darth Maul, a superior warrior, in single combat, which results in Vizsla's own death.
- Short-sightedness; Vizsla's alliances with both Dooku and Maul were made with little foresight, and in both instances, Vizsla paid dearly. Further, he fails to consider the possible consequences of his actions, failing to recognise on his own that Death Watch cannot hold Mandalore by force of arms, and foolishly alienating Lux Bonteri, who might have been a powerful ally. During his alliance with Maul, Vizsla is repeatedly criticised for his lack of vision, and he ultimately betrays Maul without killing him, failing to consider the folly in betraying a Sith Lord and allowing him to live.
- Faux Affably Evil: He speaks politely enough, but it falls completely flat once he shows what he's really capable of.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He gets some nasty scars after his failed attempt to get the Separatists' help and they are quite evil.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Unsurprisingly, we're not shown the image of his head being separated from his body, but the Director's Cut version of the episode does provide a shot of his headless corpse.
- Graceful Loser: He does not attempt to beg for his life or escape his fate, but is simply resigned to it when he loses to Darth Maul. He reiterates Maul's beliefs that the strong shall rule before he is beheaded.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Double dose. Not only does he get decapitated by his own Darksaber, but it was by someone whose life he had previously saved and then entered an alliance with.
- Possibly subverted, as his own code of honor calls for the strongest combatant to lead Mandalore. In a way, this was all according to his plan.
- Honor Before Reason: His ultimate undoing is ironically the very traditions he upholds, particular the tradition that the strongest combatant shall rule Mandalore. Maul exploits this and publicly challenges Vizsla into a duel for leadership, and Vizsla couldn't refuse lest he be called a Hypocrite and fights a losing battle against the former Sith Lord. And the tragic irony is that Maul has no real respect for Mandalorian traditions, only seeing it as a means to get legitimate power.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: He wields the Darksaber, a black-bladed, lightsaber katana looted from the Jedi Temple centuries ago by one of his ancestors. After besting Vizsla in a duel, Darth Maul takes the weapon for his own, using it to execute Vizsla.
- Insane Troll Logic: Vizsla initially has open reservations about Maul recruiting the Black Sun crime syndicate to take over Mandalore, skeptically claiming they're just criminals and incapable of successfully instigating a militaristic movement. Not only is the Black Sun one of the most powerful underworld organizations in Star Wars mythology, far outstripping Death Watch itself in might, but Vizsla himself is a criminal thug that has proven many times over that he can't take over Mandalore with his organization alone.
- Ironic Name: Vizslas are known for being gentle mannered, very loyal, and caring towards their owners and getting along with children greatly. This guy betrayed his monarch, is a terrorist, aims to be a dictator, and burns down villages for fun (where he stabs a teenage girl).
- Jerkass: Vizsla is a callous, smug, self-righteous thug with delusions of grandeur and no qualms about gloating to a helpless enemy or acting out of petty spite.
- Jet Pack: Which has a habit of getting damaged whenever he agrees to a duel.
- Knight Templar: He views Death Watch's campaign to conquer Mandalore as a righteous cause and believes that executing a Jedi (traditionally enemies to the Mandalorians) is "justice".
- Laser Blade: He is one of only two non-Force sensitives in the Canon to regularly use one. It's black-bladed and of an ancient design.
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen:
- He gives Obi-Wan his Lightsaber back so that they can fight more evenly.
- Averted when he just planned to execute Ahsoka on the spot after he captured her. She didn't have her lightsabers at the time, but he didn't even give her a fighting chance.
- Played with when Maul challenged him to fight one-on-one: due to the very traditions he believed in, he couldn't refuse the challenge.
- Meaningful Name: There's another interpretation for his name, besides the ironic one described above. Since vizsla hounds were the definite pointer-retrievers in Hungary, in Hungarian the verb "vizslat" was crafted to describe the act of "searching for, looking for something intently (like a vizsla)". "Pre" is a prefix in english meaning "prior", "before". So Pre Vizsla's name can refer to his quest to restore the Mandalorians to what they were before Satine.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Dooku dismissed Death Watch as useless after a failed attempt to deal with Duchess Satine. Vizsla even got a scar courtesy of Dooku (he doesn't explain exactly how he got it). Now, he's dedicated to taking Dooku down.
- The Napoleon: He is about the same height as Maul yet commands a terrorist group with a lot of muscles.
- New Era Speech: He delivers one upon seizing power on Mandalore.Vizsla: The violence is over! The last of the parasites infecting Mandalore has been caught. The Duchess has abandoned her duty to protect Mandalore. Her political dream only encourages aggression against our planet! We have learned from this beast the consequences of pacifist principles. It's now time to restore the traditions of Mandalore! No one will ever threaten us again!
- Non-Indicative Name: The name Vizsla origins from Tor Vizsla, the leader of Death Watch from its original introduction in the EU, and who precedes Pre Vizsla in the timeline by several decades.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claimed to be freeing Mandalore from the corruption and incompetence of Duchess Satine despite actually being behind several of the attacks that discredited her rule and really just wanting power for Death Watch; more generally, he would like to think that he is reviving Mandalore's glorious warrior past, but in practice, he often comes off as a violent thug with warrior pretensions who isn't as good a fighter as he thinks he is and who enjoys terrorizing those weaker than himself.
- Off with His Head!: Just like Jango Fett before him, Vizsla dies via being decapitated by a lightsaber (one that belongs to him in fact).
- Out-Gambitted: By Darth Maul, who easily put him out of business when he was no longer needed.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He outright enslaves a little girl with his justification being he can do so since he is "strong" and the "weak" have no rights.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Essentially, his reason for being involved with the Separatists at all is disgust with Mandalorian society having distanced itself from its martial heritage. Deconstructed since in practice he is little more than a thug and a terrorist with delusions of being this trope; he revels in enslaving and then destroying a helpless village, secretly engineers attacks on Mandalore itself to discredit Duchess Satine (albeit with some reluctance) and isn't above ordering his men to shoot his opponents if they start to beat him in a one-on-one duel, not counting his final death at the hands of the murderous Sith Lord he allied with to take over his own planet.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Vizsla thinks quite a bit more of himself than is accurate. He sees himself as a grave threat to Satine, but Death Watch makes no headway in their attempts to overthrow her government without outside help. He's in over his head dealing with Dooku and Maul, but never realizes it until it's too late. Dooku sees through Vizsla's bravado with ease, dismissing him as a "neophyte" with little experience in war.
- Smug Snake: While a competent warrior, he's nowhere nearly badass enough in a universe full of Force-users, and when he enters an alliance with Darth Maul and Savage, he's clearly the least competent and creative of the trio.
- The Social Darwinist: He shows definite signs of this trope, burning down a village as a lesson to Lux not to "let the weak push you around", and calmly accepting his own death, claiming that only the strong prevail.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Although his name is pronounced as "Visla/Vizla" in the original dub, it's actually spelled "Vizsla" as he was named after a breed of Hungarian pointer hounds.
- Super Wrist-Gadget: Similarly to Cad Bane, his armor's wrist part contains at least a flamethrower, a grappling-cabel-launcher, and some sort of shuriken-launcher.
- The Starscream: To Darth Maul. He succeeds, briefly, but soon pays for his betrayal. A rare case where both halves of a Big Bad Duumvirate qualify as The Starscream.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the second and fourth seasons, respectively, he held his own against Obi-Wan and Ahsoka in combat, but they both prevailed without too much trouble. In the fifth season, he has a protracted one-on-one battle with Darth Maul (who is at least Obi-Wan's equal) and came a lot closer to winning than he ever did against those two.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He's become much more evil since the second season.
- The Unfettered: He will join forces with anyone who can help him reclaim Mandalore. Unfortunately for Vizsla, he doesn't temper this dedication with discretion; his alliance with Darth Maul backfires spectacularly.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He encourages extreme nationalists and traditionalists of Mandalorian culture ends up splitting Death Watch into at least two major factions; his loyalists (which becomes the Mandalore Resistance under Bo-Katan) and the Shadow Collective (the traditionalists under Maul). Mandalore ends up becoming heavily politically unstable and frustrated, leading to a bloody civil war that lasts months with neither side winning until Republic intervention. But due to the Siege being immediately succeeded by an Imperial occupation leads to many Mandalorians (including said Shadow Collective) joining its ranks, which arguably is hurting Mandalorian culture more than Satine or even Vizsla himself managed to do. Least to say, Vizsla didn't get what he wanted posthumously anyway.
- Villain Team-Up: With Darth Maul and Savage Opress in Season 5, with Maul promising Vizsla that he and his brother can help the Death Watch reclaim Mandalore. Vizsla quickly gets pushed to the sidelines, betrays Maul after taking Mandalore, and is eventually killed by Maul for betraying him.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He manages to become this in "Shades of Reason". He and his Death Watch deal with a criminal uprising on Mandalore, which Maul has engineered to make them look like heroes. He retains this status posthumously, with Maul's puppet Almec claiming that Vizsla had been murdered by Satine, allowing Maul (through Almec) to rule Mandalore in Vizsla's memory.
- Walking Armory: His arsenal includes a Lightsaber, at least two blasters, several hand grenades, the Super Wrist-Gadget and its hidden weapons mentioned above, a jet pack, with rocket-launcher on the top of it, and the armor itself.
- Would Hurt a Child: He stabbed a young girl In the Back and kicked Ahsoka hard enough to send her flying back several meters during their duel.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He knew better than to fully trust Darth Maul and planned on killing him once Maul's army had helped Death Watch reclaim Mandalore, but he didn't count on Maul counting on his betrayal.
- You Have Failed Me:
- Shoots one of his own men for failing to kill Obi-Wan and Satine. He even says "failure" as he does it.
- He even does it to himself. After failing to best Maul in a duel, thus failing to prove himself strongest, he allows himself to be executed.
A propaganda artist for Death Watch and a devout follower of Pre Vizsla during the rise of the Shadow Collective. She would be killed during the civil war after Maul took over Death Watch.
- Canon Immigrant: Her artpiece previously appeared in The Bounty Hunter Code in the Death Watch Manifesto section, accompanied by the caption, "Every resolute warrior brings the glorious future of Mandalore closer to reality."
- Famed in Story: Sort of. She made it into the Propaganda book made decades after her death. Her artpiece of Death Watch soldiers in battle was also apparently the first artpiece to depict Mandalorians in battle for quite a while.
- Red Herring: Viewers that have heard of her believed that she had something to do with the theory that Rook was Sabine's mother, due to being a Death Watch propaganda artist as well as a Kast.
- Unknown Character: Not much is known about her other than that she's likely related to Rook Kast.
During a Separatist attack on Aq Vetina, the warrior rescued the young child Din Djarin from a B2 super battle droid. As Djarin's parents had died while attempting to keep him hidden, the warrior flew out of the battle with the boy, taking him in as a foundling.
- Ambiguous Situation: Din mentions no one has seen his face since he was a child by Mandalorian Creed, and Bo-Katan revealing in Season 2 that Din's beliefs are of the Children of the Watch seems to point towards the Mandalorians that rescued him also being Children of the Watch. It is also currently unknown what the connection between Death Watch and the Children of the Watch is.
- Big Damn Heroes: He saved young Din Djarin from a B2 super battle droid.
- Casting Gag: He's portrayed by Brendan Wayne, one of stunt doubles for adult Din.
- Generation Xerox: Din Djarin, the kid he saved, would grow up into a Mandalorian warrior who saved a child after said child was almost killed by a droid. This image sums it up.◊
- No Name Given: He has yet to be named.
- Parental Substitute: Implied. He seems to have become Din's adoptive father after taking him in as a foundling, as him finding Din and carrying him away is compared to Din finding the Child and carrying him away.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears once in Din's flashbacks, but the events of The Mandalorian, right down to Mando's relationship with the Child, would have never happened had he not saved his life.
The Nite Owls/The Mandalore Resistance
The Mandalore Resistance
After the execution of Pre Vizsla by Darth Maul, Bo-Katan Kryze declared against Maul's rule as Mand'alor, for he was not of Mandalorian blood. Half of Death Watch was split in loyalties between the legitimate ruler (thus creating the Shadow Collective) and joining Bo-Katan against the outsider. During the Siege of Mandalore, the Mandalore Resistance joined forces with the Republic's 322nd Company led by former Jedi Ahsoka Tano to remove Maul from power.
As the Mandalore Resistance and Death Watch are separate entities, tropes for Death Watch specifically are listed in that folder.
- Anti-Villain: In The Clone Wars, they stop focusing on wanting to be Blood Knights when they were just Death Watch, because Mandalore is being torn apart by war again and no one is safe, so desperate times call for desperate measures (in other words, now is the time to do an Enemy Mine with the Republic and the Jedi).
- Fantastic Racism: In The Clone Wars, they rejected Maul not because he is Eviler Than Thou, but because he's not of Mandalorian heritage.
- Hypocrite: The ex-Death Watch members were fond of espousing a Might Makes Right philosophy, right up until someone they didn't approve of proved himself the strongest.
- Order Reborn: The Resistance broke up when the Empire occupied Mandalore after The Clone Wars, but by Rebels, thanks to Sabine, Bo-Katan revives the Resistance, bigger than ever in their fight against the Empire.
- La Résistance: In The Clone Wars, Bo-Katan and other members of the Death Watch are against Maul's rule on Mandalore.
- Still Wearing the Old Colors: They don't experience a change in armor, as they are loyal to the late Pre Vizsla for being of Mandalorian blood. They believe that Death Watch was always meant to be this way.
- Uncertain Doom: Their fate is not mentioned in The Mandalorian, but given that the Empire committed an act named "The Great Purge" against the Mandalorians and that Moff Gideon now owns the Darksaber, it's likely that their campaign was unsuccessful.
A Mandalorian and Nite Owl accompanying Bo-Katan after the Purge.
- Alien Lunch: She slurps up a tentacle of some living cephalopod in her meal at an inn on Trask, which is populated mainly by aquatic species, while the Child watches. It's a Brick Joke since the Child was having trouble with the same dish earlier.
- Fantastic Racism: Along with Bo-Katan, Koska talks down to Boba Fett because hes a clone. It gets to the extreme that she and Fett brawl in the cantina where they meet, destroying a good number of tables in the process.
- In the Hood: She's first seen wearing a hooded robe and watching Din Djarin from across the docks before disappearing when someone walks between her and the camera. It isn't until she shows up to help rescue him on the barge that we learn she's a Mandalorian.
- Meaningful Name: Koska comes from kosa, a word in Slavic languages that means "blade", specifically either "knife" or "scythe". Did you expect anything else from a Mandalorian Action Girl?
- Possibly unintentional, but this also gives a Weapon Theme Naming to Bo-Katan's group — bow (and/or katana), blade, and axe.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: She rescues the Child from the mamacore. We only see lights and explosions beneath the water before she emerges with the Child and his pod.
- Pet the Dog: Despite her general aloofness she's kind to the Child. After rescuing him she gently tells him he's safe as she hands him back to Din Djarin. While eating her lunch she playfully makes eye contact with him as she slurps her food.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Her first scene is mysteriously watching Din from a distance at the docks before disappearing as people pass between them. Downplayed as the small crowd ambling by gives her a more than generous amount of time for the trope.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Performs more than a few wrestling moves, care of her actress. Most notably, she pulls off a rocket pack assisted tornado DDT on Boba Fett in the second season finalé of the Mandalorian as well as a snapmare on a Stormtrooper later in the same episode.
A Mandalorian accompanying Bo-Katan after the Purge.
- Awesome McCoolname: Axe Woves?
- Meaningful Name:
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He isn't with Bo-Katan and Koska when Din and Boba find them in the Season 2 finale. Presumably, he was off on another mission.
Mandalorian super commandos
A group of human Death Watch soldiers loyal to Darth Maul's Shadow Collective during the Clone Wars. After the Siege of Mandalore, former members of the group were inducted into Galactic Empire as Imperial Super Commandos.
- Always Male: After the split, in The Clone Wars, female Shadow Collective Supercommandos are never seen in the red armor, even though at least one female Death Watch member (and surely more) joined and stood alongside Maul and Almec after Vizsla's execution but before the color change. However, in Son of Dathomir, Kast is shown as a female member wearing bulkier armor, and if you look closely in the first issue, you can see another female member. Subverted in Season 7, where more women can be seen in their ranks.
- Badass Army: Speaks for itself, really. They suffer from fighting the Separatists led by Grievous on Zanbar though.
- Blood Knight: If the profile quote was any indication. That's their chant. They're more on the barbaric side than Death Watch.
- Bloodless Carnage: Grievous escapes from his cell and practically starts tearing through every Mook he comes across in the hallways. He either crushes their heads in their helmets, shoves them, or stabs them with his claws, and there's one panel where his claws are bloody.
- Broken Faceplate: Upon investigating Ord Mantell after a battle in Son of Dathomir, a helmet is found and it is concluded that the Mandalorians were involved in the battle.
- The Cameo: In Rebels, among the stuff that Maul has hoarded in his hideout on Dathomir is a Shadow Collective helmet, similar to Saxon's. In fact, it may well be Saxon's, but we aren't given a good enough view of the helmet to tell if it is.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Death Watch is divided between two groups after Maul killed Vizsla. Those following Maul are indicated by red and black armor (one of the lieutenants has Zabrak-like horns on his helmet, too) while those loyal to Bo-Katan have the same color scheme they always had.
- Cool Helmet: Their Mandalorian helmets are colored red and black, and at least one commando had a helmet modified to incorporate horn-like growths in honor of Maul and Opress. Sabine admits she admires their fashion sense.
- Custom Uniform: In The Clone Wars, they bear different designs on their armor, before really amping it up later in Son of Dathomir, where no two supercommandos look the same.
- Fun with Acronyms: Shadow Collective and Supercommandos have the same initial letters to have the same abbreviation.
- Honor Before Reason: They follow Maul due to their warrior creed demanding them to recognize the victor of the Mandalorian throne as their new leader, regardless of Maul's actual feelings or plans for Mandalore as a whole. It never seems to occur to them that Maul would abandon them in a heartbeat if the tide turns against them, such as the Republic forces invading Mandalore in the final days of the Clone Wars.
- Horned Humanoid: Not a natural horn, but one of them had a helmet modified to incorporate horn-like growths similar to Maul's and Opress' horns.
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: This faction side with Maul after he killed their previous leader, Pre Vizsla.
- Large and in Charge: By Son of Dathomir, their armor has gotten much bulkier in comparison to how 'light' the armor of the super commandos from, say, the Mandalore Resistance or Protectors are. It gives off the impression that women like Kast and men like Saxon have more muscle than the average Supercommando, when they're actually roughly the same physique as Bo-Katan and Rau respectively.
- Obviously Evil: As if Death Watch wasn't evil enough, these guys wear red and black armor and helmet.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Their armors are colored red and black. Though by the time of Son of Dathomir, some sport yellow instead of red, for Maul's Supernatural Gold Eyes (and possibly Savage, though he wasn't around long enough during Maul's rule over these Mandalorians due to being killed at the end of the takeover arc, but the color scheme being a tribute to him as well is not out of the question).
- Red Is Violent: In comparison to the other Mandalorian characters, their red symbolizes their brutality and violence like the type Maul is known for.
- Undying Loyalty: They are among Maul's more fervently loyal allies (along with the Nightbrothers) due to him claiming the Mandalorian throne from Pre Vizsla. Even when the Shadow Collective's falling apart and the remaining two crime syndicates decide to desert (they're just mercenaries), the Mandalorians stay loyal.
The leader of the Supercommandos of the Shadow Collective, subordinate to Darth Maul, and fellow second-in-command with Commander Gar Saxon. Her status is unknown after fighting in the Siege of Mandalore against a team-up of Bo-Katan Kryze's Mandalore Resistance and Commander Ahsoka Tano's 332nd Clone Battalion.
- Ambiguous Situation: During the throne room scene between Maul and Pre Vizsla, there is at least one female Mandalorian that swears allegiance to Maul and fires at Bo-Katan after Vizsla is killed. A lone female Mandalorian is also seen at Almec's side in a later scene, implying she may be one of his Co-Dragons. It makes sense to believe that this woman could be Kast, given that The Smurfette Principle is in play when we see Kast in Son of Dathomir.
- Animal Motif: A rook is a type of bird in the same family as crows and ravens. She and Clan Wren are the only ones with bird names.
- Badass in Charge: She's the leader of the Shadow Collective Supercommandos, following Lord Maul.
- Badass Normal: She used to be one of Maul's Co-Dragons. This is a requirement for Mandalorian Supercommandos in general.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: In contrast to her counterpart, Saxon - whos face is covered in scars, Rook is completely smooth-skinned and injury free.
- The Brute: For Darth Maul.
- Co-Dragons: With Saxon. While Saxon is the one that personally commands the rest of Shadow Collective, she's the one that's at Maul's right hand.
- Custom Uniform: Her armor is mainly burgundy and similar to other Shadow Collective Supercommandos in bulkiness, and her helmet is depicted in Son of Dathomir as horned/winged like that of Rebels-era Ursa's. Like Saxon, her helmet visor also glows gold instead of black.
- Dark Action Girl: Comes with being a Mandalorian warrior under the command of a Sith Lord. She and Saxon manage to break Maul out of an infamous prison called the Spire without a problem.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Presumably was just another Faceless Goon that looked like every other female Death Watch member minus Bo-Katan before Maul took over, leading to her upgrading to bulkier armor.
- Ink-Suit Actor: She resembles her voice actress Vanessa Marshall albeit with short hair.
- Iron Lady: She's rather stoic and takes her role very seriously.
- Jet Pack: As is standard for Mandalorian warriors.
- Lady of War: She can stand her own quite well. She has yet to be seen losing any battles in any canon material so far.
- Meaningful Name: Described in Animal Motif above. Crows and ravens tend to symbolize death, that sort of thing. Fitting for a fiercely loyal and ruthless Blood Knight.
- Off-Model: In Son of Dathomir, her hair is black and her armor is burgundy, but later, she's a brunette and her armor is red like the others in Shadow Collective. The Clone Wars Season 7 would establish the former as her official look.
- Pet the Dog: Throughout Son of Dathomir, both she and Saxon express concern for Maul to the point where they both ask him if he's okay and healthy enough to walk when they break him out of the Spire, and we also get to see her and another Supercommando hold back Maul from trying to save Talzin from Grievous, the both of them telling him that they have to leave for his safety, as well as numerous times where she either tells Maul that she and the others were worried or threatens people if they try to go against Maul's wishes.
- Proud Warrior Race Girl: Like all Death Watch soldiers, Kast is a proud Mandalorian warrior, and is enraged when the Pykes and Black Sun desert from Maul's army.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Like all Death Watch troops under Maul, Kast painted her armour red and black as a sign of loyalty.
- Red Herring: Before the airing of "Legacy of Mandalore", it was commonly speculated and heavily implied that she was Sabine's mother, due to their helmets with eye decals (something that would later be retconned by The Clone Wars Season 7), the artstyle of Son of Dathomir giving Kast vaguely Asian features, both women's relationships to Death Watch, and similar appearance to Sabine (as Word of God established that Sabine's armor was deliberately modeled after Rook's). Gar Saxon's appearance on the show further helped with this line of speculation. However, the episode would establish that Rook Kast and Sabine's mother are different characters, the latter of whom is named Ursa Wren.
- Remember the New Guy?: May or may not have appeared before The Clone Wars Season 7 as a regular Mook when Maul took over. It seems that Maul interacted with her offscreen during that arc, as he is familiar with them by Son of Dathomir, which takes place some time after his capture.
- Retcon: Originally, in the Son of Dathomir comic, she had eye symbols above her helmet visor, but this is removed in The Clone Wars Season 7 as Rebels retconned them as the Clan Wren insignia.
- Shared Family Quirks: It would appear that her clan is also of House Vizsla, or was at least Death Watch-aligned. Propaganda mentions a Kast by the name of Veraslayn who was a propaganda artist for Death Watch during the rise of the Shadow Collective, and would die in the civil war leading up to the Siege.
- The Smurfette Principle: Unlike in Death Watch pre-split, we don't really see any women in the Shadow Collective, and Kast is the only identifiable one. Then again, considering these Supercommandos are wearing much bulkier armor than the other factions, it's quite possible that you just can't tell who's what gender.
- Stuff Blowing Up: She uses charges and has a missile launcher pack.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Gar Saxon, which makes it jarring when only Saxon seems to have survived the Siege and joined the Imperial Supercommandos.
- Two First Names: It turns out that not only is there a Clan Kast, but also a Clan Rook. There's also a couple of Star Wars characters in both continuities that use Rook as a surname outside of Mandalorian culture, like Bodhi Rook.
- Undying Loyalty: To Darth Maul, due to him claiming the Mandalorian throne from Pre Vizsla. Both she and Saxon show concern for his health when they recover him from Stygeon Prime and lose at Zanbar. Even when the Shadow Collective's falling apart and the remaining two crime syndicates decide to desert (they're just mercenaries), she and the other Mandalorians stay loyal, to the point that Kast actually threatens to hunt down and kill the Pykes' and Black Sun's leaders when they do desert.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: At the end of "The Phantom Apprentice", she's seen getting into physical combat with Bo-Katan and losing, but unlike Saxon, we don't see her getting arrested. At the beginning of the following episode, "Shattered", we see Saxon getting led away, but Kast is nowhere to be seen.
- When She Smiles: In "The Phantom Apprentice", she genuinely smiles when Maul chuckles sinisterly during his interrogation of Jesse on how clones are just being used as tools.
Fenn Rau: Worse. They're traitors; Mandalorians that serve the Empire.
With the brutality of Mandalorian warriors combined with dogmatic loyalty to the Galactic Empire, they are an elite group of Imperial stormtroopers meant not only to root out rebel activities in Mandalorian sectors, but were trained specifically to deal with their own race. Several members, including Gar Saxon, were previously soldiers in the terrorist organization known as Death Watch, given a second chance by the Empire to do good for their people once more.
- Cool Starship: They carried over the Gauntlet fighters from Death Watch.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: According to Propaganda, the ISC destroyed artworks of an artist from the Clone Wars era (though granted, she was a Death Watch propagandist). The Imperial Security Bureau was also known for doing this.
- The Dreaded: Rau fears them, and tries to avoid getting their attention, especially in their titular episode, considering they wiped his men out and are now looking for him so that he can be persecuted.
- Evil Costume Switch: On an institutional and cultural level; since the Mandalorians reforge their classic Armor for each new wearer and its revealed to hold true for the ISC, they must deliberately take their old armor and reforge it into a distinctly Imperial design, with a fully standardized design bereft of any clan markings, instead of the much more individualistic appearance of other Mandalorians.
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: Carrying over from Shadow Collective, it appears that several members joined the then-Republic/now-Empire after Maul lost.
- Internal Affairs: Since regular Imperials are no good against Mandalorians like the Protectors or Death Watch, the Empire realized Mandalorians could be trained in Imperial ways to fight their own instead. Especially former Death Watch members who are all about loyalty to the strong...
- Light Is Not Good: Per usual with Imperials, it signifies that this specific group of Mandalorians are with the Empire. Higher ranking ones like Saxon seem to be indicated with the addition of another color like red. It also strips them of their individuality, similar to regular Stormtroopers. Death Watch and the Shadow Collective Supercommandos had unique designs for almost every soldier (same goes for the Protectors to a lesser extent, due to being lawmen), something Sabine points out in her journal and snarks towards Saxon about.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Annihilating the Protectors while Rau was gone helps fuel Rau's HeelFace Turn to the Rebellion.
- The Quisling: Just about every Mandalorian except for Clan Saxon looks down on being an Imperial Supercommando, because it means you're willing to sell out your culture to dishonorable foreigners so you can serve your own ambitions. On the other hand, if people are doubting your clan's loyalty to the Empire, then you could join the Imperial Supercommandos as a liaison, but it still looks bad on you and your clan; ask Tristan and Clan Wren.
- Skeleton Motif: Following other Imperial troopers, their helmet looks like a skull.
- Red Is Violent: Carrying over from the Shadow Collective, but it is much more subdued by the color scheme mainly being white, symbolically showing that these Supercommandos are the Empire's leashed and loyal attack dogs.
- Undying Loyalty: Unlike the Protectors, these Mandalorians are not sided with the Empire, but rather, they are the Empire, meaning they're trained by them. They believe that it makes Mandalore stronger, and they find it dishonorable to side against Imperial law and order (and this appears to be encouraged through the Mandalorian populace as well), no matter how small the inconvenience.
Commander/Viceroy/Governor Gar Saxon
A Shadow Collective Supercommando from House Vizsla, subordinate to Darth Maul, and fellow second-in-command with Rook Kast. After losing the Siege of Mandalore, he went into hiding until enlisting into the ranks of the Imperial Supercommandos as Imperial Viceroy of Mandalore and the Emperor's Hand.
- Ambadassador: If the title of "Viceroy" means anything (typically a political position), he's probably also this. He's also acting Governor of Mandalore and the Emperor's Hand.
- Ambiguous Situation: Sabine recognized his red armour, but had to be told who he was by Rau, and it is implied later by Ursa that Saxon was instated as Governor while Sabine was gone. This suggests that Saxon becoming public again and gaining his position were recent developments.
- His title of "Emperors Hand" is somewhat ambiguous- in Legends continuity, this title was to Palpatines' personal assassins like Mara Jade (who were unaware of the existence of others); it is unclear here if Saxon has been fulfilling similar duties for the Emperor or if the title just means that he is just Palpatines representative on Mandalore, another political / military position.
- Arch-Enemy: To Rau after he killed the other Journeyman Protectors.
- Arc Villain: The main villain of the Mandalore arc in Rebels, though he only sticks around for two episodes.
- Badass in Charge: He's presumably the leader of the Imperial Supercommandos, but we also know that he's the Imperial Viceroy of Mandalore, which is probably at least pretty high up in the Imperial Mandalorian hierarchy.
- Badass Normal: He used to be one of Maul's Co-Dragons and is now a Dragon Ascendant in the ISC. This is a requirement for Mandalorian Supercommandos in general.
- Big Damn Heroes: Well, 'hero' is pushing it, but after Maul takes out the command signal for the droids cornering Shadow Collective's ground troops, Saxon and the others corner Dooku just as he's about to execute Brother Viscus.
- Co-Dragons: With Kast. While Kast is the one at Maul's right hand, he's the one that personally leads the rest of the Supercommandos.
- Commanding Coolness: Almec addresses him as "Commander". He later becomes Viceroy as a part of the ISC.
- Contrasting Replacement Character: Takes the role of main Mandalorian Arc Villain that Pre Vizsla left behind, and is a Large and in Charge Oppurtunistic Bastard compared to Pres The Napoleon Small Name, Big Ego. He also proved himself a Sore Loser compared to Pres Graceful Loser, but tended to resemble a more conventional professional soldier than Pres occasional fores into Miles Glorgiosus behavior.
- Cruel Mercy: Sabine shows him this, refusing to kill him because he doesn't deserve an honorable warrior's death and that killing when an opponent is already defeated is no longer her way. Added by her gall to calmly walk away while happy with her victory and intending for the clan to just throw him in one of their cells instead, Saxon angrily tries to shoot Sabine In the Back. Fortunately, Ursa is there to stop that from happening.
- Custom Uniform: As a member of the Shadow Collective. He also has red on his Imperial Supercommando armor to signify that he is their leader.
- Defiant to the End: Even when he's missing several fingers and has two lightsabers scissored at his neck, he refuses to surrender and would rather die. When Sabine refuses, he tries to shoot her in the back.
- Delinquent Hair: Sort of. He has some sort of mohawk hairstyle going on, similar to Amis and Rau.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Of the Mandalorian arc of Rebels—while he's a major factor in establishing Fenn Rau's loyalty to the Rebel Network and getting Sabine to reunite with her family (both of which kick the story off), he gets killed in his second appearance.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Presumably was just another Faceless Goon that looked like every other male Death Watch member before Maul took over, leading to him upgrading to bulkier armor. Continues in Rebels in that he grows beyond being Those Two Bad Guys with Rook, becoming a high-ranking Imperial Supercommando years later.
- Dragon Ascendant: Following Maul losing Mandalore and the Empire taking it over, Saxon, who was first a subordinate to Vizsla, then to Maul, became the planet's Imperial Viceroy.
- Evil Gloating: Pleased that Ezra revealed he came to Concord Dawn with Rau, Saxon starts talking about how he's always wanted to kill the Protectors... while Rau is eavesdropping. It leads to Rau's complete HeelFace Turn. His monologue even literally starts with "You know, I've been wanting to strike this base for a while now."
- Et Tu, Brute?: In "The Phantom Apprentice", Maul reveals that he's ditching Saxon and his men to die, and Saxon calls out to him.
- Faux Affably Evil: Politely offers Sabine to Join or Die after telling her some of the consequences of her actions and shaming her (and it turns out that he was mainly lying about most of the former as we find out later on), and when he has the Jedi duo and Clan Wren at gunpoint, he tells Tristan that he's been fair to him and offers to spare him if he helps him and the Imperial Supercommandos against his clan.
- Fingore: The fingers of his right hand are severed at the first knuckle when Sabine defeats him in their duel. Being Rebels, this is a case of Gory Discretion Shot, although the wound can briefly be seen after he's been killed.
- Foil: To Sabine. While Sabine is willing to acknowledge her past and how that made her who she is, Saxon is an Opportunistic Bastard that will deny his past in favor of feeding his ambition.
- Freudian Excuse: In The Clone Wars, he was a violent terrorist who held some semblance of honor and loyalty. Maul uses that honor and loyalty to trick him and his comrades into being cannon fodder while he escaped seems to have disillusioned him of that, leading to the Opportunistic Bastard he was in Rebels.
- Hate Sink: Has fallen into this territory in Rebels. Out of anyone who would be called a traitor to his people, Saxon is one in the worst way possible. Saxon is a brutal backstabber who only cares about increasing his standing and political power by consorting with Mandalore's enemies and has no sense of honor or respect for anybody. For starters, he demonstrates his brutality by ordering a massacre on the Protectors of Concord Dawn. Then, when Ursa promises to hand him Kanan and Ezra for her clan's safety, he reneges by charging her clan for harboring rebels (despite him telling her to hold them until he arrived) and orders Clan Wren eliminated. When he fights Sabine in single combat and is beaten, he refuses to accept his defeat and proves to be a dirty cheater by drawing out his blaster to shoot her in the back. His death at the hands of Ursa is rather karmic and pleasing to watch, as his callousness, brutality and lack of integrity made him all the more despicable.
- Hoist Hero Overhead: He lifts Ezra by the collar off the ground.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Type II which is fitting for a Blood Knight Commander with a cold, distant, yet strong-willed personality.
- Ink-Suit Actor: His appearance in Rebels looks similar to his voice actor, Ray Stevenson.
- In the Back: He attempts to do this twice, the first time by sneaking up on Ursa with the Darksaber, the second time by shooting Sabine after she defeats him. The first time, Sabine stops him after Ezra loans her his lightsaber. The second time, Ursa sees him drawing his blaster and shoots him dead.
- Irony: In Son of Dathomir, he was honorable to his men. Following the loss of the Siege of Mandalore in The Clone Wars years later in Rebels, he's degraded into a Opportunistic Bastard who uses the Mandalorian honor system for his own self-serving ambitions.
- It Has Been an Honor: When the battle on Ord Mantell seems lost, Saxon says as much to his men, as well as complimenting them on a battle well-fought.
- Join or Die:
- Offers one to Sabine, threatening to kill her and Ezra if she doesn't swear her allegiance to the Empire and turn in Rau right then and there. Since the latter was impossible from what the duo knew given the circumstances and there was no way Sabine was ever going to swear allegiance, she bluffs the deal and makes a run for it with Ezra and Chopper. We later find out that Saxon probably would've turned her in anyway.
- Later offers one to Tristan when he decides to eliminate Clan Wren. After hesitating, Tristan chooses family.
- Large and in Charge: His Shadow Collective armor was bulkier than the average Supercommando armor, and with a model sheet to compare with other models for his Imperial Supercommando armor in Rebels, he's a little taller than the average Stormtrooper. In fact, he's about as tall as Thrawn, who is also one of the tallest humanoid characters in Rebels.
- Meaningful Name: His first and surname both fit for a Proud Warrior Race Guy such as himself.
- "Gar" means spear in Old English. It also means "You" in Mando'a, but it probably doesn't mean anything.
- "Saxon" means a sharp, short blade (such as a dagger). The Anglo-Saxons were Germanic tribes that fought and won battles with these weapons, and invaded and settled in England in the 5th century.
- Mook Lieutenant: He personally commands most of Maul's infantry. Carries over when he's an Imperial Supercommando.
- Mortal Wound Reveal: In a Bait-and-Switch Gunshot, he raises his blaster to shoot Sabine In the Back, but the camera cuts to a shaken expression on Sabine's face and Saxon looking angrily at her, then Sabine turns around to see Saxon looking down, seeing a shot through his chest, courtesy of Ursa. He drops dead.
- Neck Lift: Does this to Ezra a couple of times during his interrogation in "Imperial Supercommandos". It also helps show that Imperial Supercommandos are quite tall, taller than the average Stormtrooper, actually.
- Opportunistic Bastard: Word of God is that he's the type to switch sides to the winning team and refuse to acknowledge his past alliances.
- Pet the Dog:
- In Son of Dathomir, his behavior to Maul and telling his men that It Has Been an Honor when it seems that they've lost to the Separatists and are about to be executed seems rather genuine. It would seem that as long as you're a warrior that follows tradition (that is, even to the extent of following Maul, who legitimately earned the title of Mand'alor) and truly, strongly believe in those ideals, you're good with him. Otherwise, you can expect the usual out of an enemy Blood Knight.
- When he meets Sabine again in "Imperial Supercommandos", he offers her a chance to rejoin the Empire willingly out of respect for her family. It might just be him complying with Mandalorian honor (considering her family via her mother is also of House Vizsla, after all), but he did used to be colleagues with her mother, so he may still have some respect for her.
- Subverted in that it turns out he was lying to tempt Sabine into coming with him so he can turn her in, and he also didn't care much for any of the other Wrens either.
- Also, in an easy to miss moment, when Sabine rolls a smoke bomb into the room Saxon and another Supercommando are interrogating Ezra and Chopper, Saxon tells the other to get down right before it goes off.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: He offers to spare Tristan if he joins the Imperial supercommandos in the extermination of Clan Wren, but it is rejected.Saxon: Then Clan Wren ends here. [ignites the Darksaber]
- Ends up subverted, however, as he and all of his men end up getting killed.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: As is standard with Mandalorian warriors.
- Rank Up: As Shadow Collective loses its legitimacy, so does his rank of Commander. When they get absorbed into the Empire, however, he becomes Imperial Viceroy of Mandalore.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: When he was a Supercommando under Maul's leadership.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: When he's aligned with Shadow Collective and the Empire, he sports red. During the same time he's with those alignments, Rau sports blue. Also, while Rau always has mainly black as a part of his color scheme, Saxon switched from black to white in his color scheme in the transition, which gives off a black versus white color schemes between the two warriors.
- Remember the New Guy?: May or may not have appeared prior to The Clone Wars Season 7 as a regular Mook when Maul took over. It seems that Maul interacted with him offscreen during that arc, as he is familiar with them by Son of Dathomir, which takes place some time after his capture.
- Retired Badass: For a couple of years after the Siege, hiding from the Empire. He came out of it when the Empire was willing to take in even Republic war criminals into its ranks with the promise of restoring Mandalore to its former glory, maybe even more.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Apparently he went into hiding when the Siege was lost, according to Word of God.
- Sore Loser: After he gets defeated and humiliated by Sabine in a lightsaber fight (especially because he was wielding the Darksaber), further drilled in because Sabine doesn't even grant him the mercy of dying honorably in combat, he tries to fire at Sabine from behind. Luckily, Ursa saw and shot first.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Has a missile launcher pack, though he leaves the job of using charges to Kast.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Rook Kast. Which makes it jarring when it seems like only one of them survived the Siege and joined the Imperial Supercommandos.
- Undying Loyalty:
- One of the Death Watch soldiers who sided with Maul after his victory over Pre Vizsla. Both he and Kast show concern for his health when they recover him from Stygeon Prime. Unfortunately for him, Maul did not return that loyalty.
- This ends up carrying over to his stint as an Imperial Supercommando, calling out Sabine for breaking her loyalty to the Empire (and thus, Mandalore, because the Empire allows Mandalorians to be warriors... though Sabine points out that they're suppressing everything else that's not warrior-related and are taking advantage of the Supercommandos).
- Unreliable Narrator: When confronting Sabine for the first time, he claimed that her mother joined the Empire and implied she became an Imperial Supercommando. It's a case of Exact Words, as she's merely just aligned the clan with the Empire with Sabine's brother as a liaison. Considering Saxon starts actively trying to catch or kill Sabine after she rejects his Join or Die offer, he was probably just trying the easy way of catching her so he can further his ambitions.
- Villainous Valour: From what we see of him in Son of Dathomir, he doesn't really do anything that's against the Mandalorian warrior code and he does tell his men that It Has Been an Honor when it seems like they're about to be executed. However, his sense of honor gets perverted in Rebels to a point where it is nearly gone.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: There is no information on his whereabouts during the Siege of Mandalore or the aftermath. He is last seen on course for Dathomir and being told by Maul to keep a leash on the Pyke Syndicate and Black Sun, both of which ended up being for naught, as they lose in that battle and the Shadow Collective dissolves when the two organizations bail out. We also learn from Word of God that he went into hiding after losing the Siege, before later being welcomed into the Imperial ranks as Imperial Viceroy of Mandalore.
- White Hair, Black Heart: By the time of Rebels, his hair has gone full-on white, and he's a complete jerk, to say the least.
- Would Hit a Girl: As mentioned below, he has no qualms about killing Sabine. He also attempts to kill Ursa, and the rest of Clan Wren, of which half of the members are obviously women.
- Would Hurt a Child: Attempts to kill Ezra and Sabine, despite the latter being his former colleague's daughter.
Governor Tiber Saxon
The brother of Gar Saxon, Tiber became his brother's successor as Imperial Governor of Mandalore.
- Ambition Is Evil: He is willing to discard all of his Mandalorian heritage and sell out his planet to gain power in service to the Empire.
- Bad Boss: When Captain Hark questions for a second time the wisdom of granting the Empire a weapon that could destroy their armor, leaving the Supercommandos just as much at the mercy of them as the rebel Mandalorians, Tiber turns the Duchess on him at low power as a "lesson".
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Unlike other Imperial Supercommandos, Tiber wears actual stormtrooper armor, not traditional Beskar armor modified to look Imperial, as a demonstration of his loyalty to the Empire and abandonment of Mandalorian culture. When Sabine modifies the Duchess to target Imperial armor, Tiber is affected as well.
- I Am the Noun: Palpatine definitely showed him a few things.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He looks like his voice actor, Tobias Menzies, except blonde.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After being a Bad Boss to Hark and The Quisling to his people, Sabine briefly tortures him and leaves him for dead. Also, Hark—who he had tried to kill minutes ago for being the Voice of Reason—runs off and leaves him behind.
- Meaningful Name: Rome was built on the Tiber River. Doubles as a stealth Shout-Out to Rome, where his voice actor played a prominent role in.
- Non-Action Guy: He doesn't seem to have any fighting prowess beyond basic combat skills.
- The Quisling: To the point that even other Supercommandos allied with the Empire are disgusted by his disrespect towards Mandalorian culture. Thrawn notes that even Gar never fully abandoned his culture like Tiber has.
- Remember the New Guy?: Gar Saxon having a brother was never mentioned before, though in fairness, there wasn't much reason to bring it up beforehand. The real question is what people like him have been doing during the conflict between the New Mandalorians and Death Watch.
- Uncertain Doom: Sabine and Bo-Katan leave him to die to the Duchess. Since we see molten metal pouring down from where he was, it's not likely he survived.
- Up to Eleven: Unlike Gar, who at least had some semblance of Mandalorian loyalty (albeit really perverted), Tiber is a complete suck-up to the Empire to the point that he wears Imperial Stormtrooper armor over Mandalorian armor and brags about how good he's getting with the Empire.
- Villain Has a Point: While it's just an excuse for his own ambitions, he has a point about how Mandalore has spent generations fighting a pointlessly destructive Forever War that has stagnated them but that they can't seem to get out of, and someone has to break the chain.
An Imperial Supercommando that served Governor Tiber Saxon.
- The Faceless: Despite his role as a rather somewhat major character in his debut episode, he doesn't take his helmet off. Though since his animation model is similar to Gar Saxon and Tristan in that they have exposed necks unlike incidental characters, it's possible that we may see him without his helmet in the future.
- Meaningful Name: "Hark" means "listen", befitting that he is the Only Sane Man among the Imperial Supercommandos.
- Noble Demon: Despite being an Imperial Supercommando and against the rebels, he does seem to genuinely care about his people.
- Number Two: Serves as Tiber's second-in-command, overseeing important operations personally at the Governor's order.
- Only Sane Man: Between ambition of the Saxon brothers with Gar's loose hold on Mandalorian ideals and Tiber's complete abandonment of it, Hark just wants to keep the people of Mandalorian safe from both rebels and Imperials.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As much as an Imperial can be. He doesn't like the rebels, but he questions Tiber Saxon in using the Duchess, because it could be used against innocent Mandalorians.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Sabine destroys the Duchess, inadvertently freeing him, he runs off before the Star Destroyer blows up. Whether or not he managed to escape is currently unknown.
The Children of the Watch
The Children of the Watch
A fundamentalist religious cult that split off from mainstream Mandalorian society at some point during or prior to the Clone Wars. Like Deathwatch, they observe the warrior traditions of the Mandalorian people. Unlike Deathwatch, they do so through borderline-fanatical devotion to Mandalore's most ancient religious tenets — no matter how outdated or inconvenient — and hold themselves to a strict Code of Honor known as "The Way of the Mandalore", which commands them to be honest, righteous, and loyal. By the time of the New Republic, their covert was one of the last remaining Mandalorian enclaves following the Great Purge.
- 24-Hour Armor: They have a strict rule that they do not remove their helmets in sight of others. Removing one's helmet means you are no longer a Mandalorian, in their eyes, and can never put the helmet back on again. Taking off your helmet in private, so you can do things like eat or drink, is acceptable as is removing it around members of your own clan.
- Ambiguous Situation: By their similar names, it is currently unknown what the connection between Death Watch and the Children of the Watch is.
- Cult: Modern-day Mandalorians view the Children of the Watch as a cult of religious zealots, obsessed with reviving the ancient Mandalorian religion. They're so fanatically devoted to the old ways they won't even remove their helmets in the presence of others for any reason and having someone remove it is a grave insult. In contrast to Death Watch, their traditions seem to be focused on their own protection and the preservation of their culture, as opposed to battle for the sake of it.
- The Faceless: As a matter of course. It's explained that for the Tribe, to remove (or allow someone else to remove) your helmet in front of others is to forsake being a Mandalorian. Members are thus "faceless" from a young age.
- Faction Motto: "This is the Way."
- Friend to All Children: An aspect of the clan. Protecting and safeguarding children is one of their most sacred tenets. As part of their culture, if they come across an orphaned child, they must seek to either reunite said child with their family or culture, or raise them as a parent until they come of age to decide to take up the mantle of a Mandalorian for themselves. It's so important that the clan was willing to expose themselves, knowing it could lead to their death, all to protect a single foundling that wasn't even adopted by the clan at that time.
- Killed Offscreen: Aside from the Armorer, Chapter 8 reveals the Imperial Remnant found the Covert on Nevarro and massacred much of their numbers shortly after the events of Chapter 3. It is unknown if anyone survived, though the Armorer expresses hope that some successfully escaped off-world.
- Mysterious Past: It's not clear when the Watch came into being, although Din stating his face hadn't been seen by others since he was a foundling dates them at least back during the time of the Clone Wars.
- No Name Given: In the first season, they were given no name, only known as simply the Tribe. Season 2 would later reveal that they are known by other Mandalorian factions as the Children of the Watch.
- The Remnant: Its stated their lack of numbers and need to hide are the result of the Great Purge, some terrible event the Imperials oversaw that forced them into hiding, relying on foundlings for their future generations, and with much of their Beskar in Imperial hands.
- Renegade Splinter Faction: Bo-Katan Kryze reveals that the Children of the Watch are an extremely fundamentalist sect of the Mandalorians that split off years ago.
- See his sheet.
An expert Mandalorian blacksmith who serves as the spiritual leader of the Watch's Covert on Nevarro, chronicling their history and forging their weapons and armor.
- Ace Custom: Wears a customized Nite Owls helmet, symbolizing her status in the enclave while also hinting at her possible past.
- Action Girl: Five armed Stormtroopers find her alone in the abandoned Covert, and she easily takes them all out with a pair of tongs and a hammer. She hits two of them with enough force to shatter their helmets.
- Almighty Janitor: In addition to running the tribe of Mandalorians, she also knows the ins and outs of the catacombs very well, and continues to maintain them even after the tribe is forced out.
- Ambiguously Human: Because of The Armorers' 24-Hour Armor and the inclusion of horns on her helmet, it is largely debatable whether this is a stylistic choice or if The Armorer is actually a Zabrak like Darth Maul.
- The Blacksmith: Her role at the Mandalorian enclave. She made Din a shiny Beskar pauldron in the first episode. May or may not be an Ultimate Blacksmith since she also makes awesome weapons like the Whistling Birds and works with rare, powerful materials like Beskar steel.
- Drop the Hammer: Strikes stormtroopers using her smithing hammer with the same force that she strikes her Beskar crafts.
- High Priest: She carries herself in the manner of a high priestess, and her words of wisdom on the ways of their culture carries great weight with the titular character and all others in the Covert. After explaining the clear course of action in accordance with the culture, she emphasizes her point with the Catchphrase "This is the Way", which is usually echoed in compliance by whomever she was lecturing.
- I Choose to Stay: After the Covert is massacred by the Imperial Remnant, she declines Din's offer for her to join him and the others in escaping offworld, instead wanting to salvage and rebuild the Covert from the bottom up.
- No Name Given: The credits name her The Armorer.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Talks down Din and Paz Vizsla from fighting each other without even raising her voice, acting as the tribes elder. When talking about the rivalry that existed between Mandalorians and Jedi after Grogu was brought into the Covert by Din; who thought that he had inadvertently helped an enemy, she simply brushes it off.The Armorer: Its kind were enemies; this one is not.
A gruff Mandalorian warrior and devoted Child of the Watch.
- All There in the Script: The credits identify him as Paz Vizsla. Closed captioning calls him the Heavy Infantry.
- Ammunition Backpack: His massive gatling gun seems to be connected to a backpack attached to his jet pack.
- Big Damn Heroes: He leads many of the tribe's warriors in rescuing the Mandalorian from the bounty hunters guild following the Mandalorian rescuing the Asset from the Imperial Remnant.
- The Big Guy: The tallest and bulkiest of all the Mandalorians seen so far, and the one with the largest gun.
- Casting Gag: Favreau, a veteran of Mandalorian actors thanks to his voice acting time as Pre Viszla, gets to voice another Mandalorian.
- Creator Cameo: Voiced by the show's own showrunner, Jon Favreau.
- Gatling Good: Wields a massive gatling gun into battle, which is fitting for someone called "the heavy infantry" Mandalorian by the creators.
- Ironic Name: The word "Paz" translates to 'peace' in several languages. This mando is an ill-suited bearer for that name.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he's initially abrasive and antagonistic towards the Mandalorian for working with the Empire, he nonetheless joins the rest of the clan in aiding his escape at the end of the episode.
- Jet Pack: Utilizes one despite being twice the size of most other Mandalorians.
- No True Scotsman: He takes issues with Din working with (remnants of) the Empire due to the Empire's Great Purge upon Mandalorians. The Armorer sets him straight by pointing out that the Empire is no more, and that plenty of Empire-stamped beskar was reclaimed by them thanks to Mando's efforts.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Credits to Chapter 3 initially spelled his name as "Paz Vizla", bringing to mind the spelling with The Old Republic's Shae Vizla. However, this has since been corrected to "Paz Vizsla", suggesting this was merely a typo.
- Uncertain Doom: Chapter 8 reveals that the Covert has been massacred by the Remnant. Most have died, but the Armorer says that it is possible some escaped offworld, so Paz could still be alive.
- It should be noted that, when the pile of the fallen Mandalorian's armor is shown outside the Armorer's workshop, his helmet is not among those shown.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out the Mandalorian for working with remnants of the same Empire that subjugated their people and looted their Beskar.
See his page.