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The Force was an energy field that connects all living beings. Those who were sensitive to the Force had the ability of using its power as a result of being tapped through Midi-chlorians.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Those who pass away will become one with the Force and can even become a Force Ghost.
- Combat Clairvoyance: How Force-sensitives can perform seemingly impossible feats of Super Reflexes — they're already reacting to things before they actually happen. At least when the Force is feeling like giving them a heads-up...
- Crystal Dragon Jesus: The Force. Although it's the Crystal Dragon Tao (or Dao, depending on which transliteration you prefer). The Force, the Jedi, and the Sith are space-Taoism. The Jedi become one with the Force, and live in Harmony with the nature of the universe. The Sith reject this and disrupt the harmony of the Force. Thus, Anakin was to restore balance by restoring harmony, by eliminating the disruption of the Dark Side.
- Full-Contact Magic: While it is possible to use the Force without moving, such as when a user is tied up, most Jedi, Sith, and assorted Force users use hand motions to control the energy field that binds us all. It helps the audience understand what they're trying to do and can end up looking pretty sick.
- Functional Magic: While the films generally depict the Force in a manner analogous to Psychic Powers, the Expanded Universe frequently diversifies Force powers into more explicitly magical forms, such as "Sith Sorcery", which involves actual spellcasting and the creation of unusual effects not normally available to conventional Force wielders such as the Jedi. There are also many examples of magical items and Magitek. As a rule of thumb, Force traditions originating from pre-industrial societies, such as Dathomir and the ancient Sith, tend to have the "magic" look and feel, and the "ultra-modern" ones tend to be Psychic Powers.
- Harmony Versus Discipline: The Force = The Way of Harmony and The Dark Side = The Path of Discipline, in theory with Jedi trying to be one with the Force and the Sith trying to control it by channeling their desires. In practice, the Jedi believe in only using The Force with a focus on self-control, while the Sith seek domination through discipline.
- Healing Magic Is the Hardest: While it is possible to use the Force to heal, it is apparently a very specialized skill, possibly requiring innate aptitude on the part of the healer. Most Force users, Light or Dark side, never seem to exhibit this ability to any significant degree. Anakin goes over to the Dark Side specifically because he thinks that he will need such a power to save Padmé from dying in childbirth, and yet despite his extraordinary potential, he does not believe that he can learn the necessary technique from the Jedi Order.
- Magic by Any Other Name: This is one of the most famous examples.
- Monochrome Apparition: Force ghosts are blue.
- Psychic Powers: The Force contains many of these, most notably telekinesis, empathy, precognition, and mind control. It also includes telepathy (as when Vader is able to talk to Luke telepathically, or when Luke is able to call for help to Leia on Bespin).
- Randomly Gifted: Force sensitivity can run in families but is essentially random.
- Sentient Cosmic Force: It's an energy field, it gives powers. It has a Chosen One (and in-universe was believed to have caused his virgin birth, though it was revealed out-of-universe that he might have been the product of Sith meddling with life). It has a will of its own, but nobody fully understands it (and it might be impossible to do so). The Jedi and their evil counterparts the Sith, along with a variety of lesser groups from the Star Wars Expanded Universe and Legends, each have their own belief systems about the true nature of the Force, but out-of-universe it's generally presumed that the Jedi are closest to the truth. The Sith believe that the Force is something that can, and should be, controlled and exploited for all its worth. Given the horrible fates that befall nearly every Sith, the Force apparently disapproves.
- Strong as They Need to Be: The powers granted by the Force can be rather vague and ambiguous in their use. Sometimes it can allow someone read a person's mind and other times people can lie straight to their face without them realizing it. Sometimes they can sense people who are planets away and other times people can hide from Force users in the same room as them. It can allow Jedi and Sith to move around spaceships, but they still have to fight their opponents with lightsabers and blasters instead of just lobbing them into a wall (though this is mostly due to a lack of Combat Pragmatists.
- Super Reflexes: Force Users have powerful reflexes such as deflecting blaster shots with their lightsabers all the time or sense a few seconds into the future, meaning they're beginning to react before the danger is even present, which allows them to react so quickly.
- Agony Beam: One of the most powerful abilities someone can gain from using the Dark Side of the Force is Force Lightning, a continuous lightning bolt used for extreme torture and painful executions.
- Choke Holds: The Force Choke is a slow, unpleasant, unstoppable choke from a distance that uses the telekinetic power of the Dark Side of the Force.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: It's part and parcel of a Sith's power in the first place — as opposed to the Jedi, who control the Force through serenity and self-discipline, a Sith unleashes it through raw, destructive emotion — and as such, even a normally self-controlled Sith like the Emperor will go straight to Large Ham mode when using his powers. Add to this the chronic justified paranoia about everyone around you due to their Chronic Backstabbing Disorder and Klingon Promotion as standard operating procedure. This also explains a lot as to why almost every Sith in the Canon acts (and looks) like they snorted a mountain of cocaine (or, in-universe, spice). It is even considered a legitimate strategy among the Sith as a whole.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: It shown to be physically destructive to those who use it past a certain point. Using Force Lightning caused Palpatine to be disfigured into the familiar, warped condition of the Emperor from the original trilogy, and Anakin's skin and eyes were severely discolored before his final duel with Obi Wan. It's possible that it may have also had something to do with Snoke's deformities, many of which don't seem to be battle scars.
- Eye Color Change: There's the phenomenon of "Sith eyes", related to the Dark Side of the Force. They usually aren't permanent and usually manifest when the dark Force-user is enraged (Count Dooku, always calm and collected, never manifests them). Only Darth Maul, who is more or less always belligerent, sports permanent Sith eyes.
- Passion Is Evil: The Dark Side of The Force embodies passion—specifically rage, lust, and similarly selfish desires. But, this trope is subverted according to Lucas. Contrary to how some writers portray it, the Light Side does NOT embody stoicism and cold logic. Jedi can feel positive emotions like love, duty, honor, and joy, but must be careful not to let them overcome them and twist them into the darker emotions that lead to the Dark Side. This only makes sense, as an order of protectors so superior as to somehow never go through the same feelings, motivations, temptations, etc. as the people they're meant to protect would make them too detached and unrelatable to be very uplifting as heroes either in-universe or out.
- Greater-Scope Villain: The Dark Side is a textbook example; is the ultimate source of evil in the Galaxy, but is an impersonal, metaphysical power rather than an actual character.
- The Corruption: The Dark Side of the Force has shown itself to be a corrupting influence. Giving in to the Dark Side makes for easy short-term victories but relying on the Dark Side too much can eventually corrupt a Force-user into evil, upon which there's no turning back.
- The Dark Side: Pretty self-explanatory.
The World Between Worlds
A cosmic plane that exists outside of the space-time continuum. It contains numerous gateways to different points in space and time. At least a couple gateways exist on Lothal, Malachor, and Coruscant.
- Ambiguous Situation: As to whether or not a portal to Kanan's death actually existed. After Ezra and Ahsoka reject using it, Palpatine appears in the same portal, suggesting that he was trying to bait them in. In addition, it seems strange as to why there would be a portal in the middle of a city rather than a temple or another Force-centric area like the other known portal locations.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The portal at the Lothal Jedi Temple is destroyed via activating the mural of the Son. Given the circumstances at the time, it wasn't an act of evil.
- Early-Bird Cameo: It isn't properly introduced until Rebels episode "A World Between Worlds".
- This is where Ezra received his kyber crystal in "Path of the Jedi", though he never wondered about what was going on presumably because he thought it was just for aesthetic.
- This is also where Yoda and Ezra have their conversation in "Shroud of Darkness".
- As seen in "Kindred", the lothwolves use the World Between Worlds to travel halfway across Lothal in a short span of time.
- The Topps cards in regards to Ahsoka's fate revealed that she entered this realm after the end of "Twilight of the Apprentice". This wasn't explained until "A World Between Worlds".
- Eldritch Location: It looks like a giant star map that you could walk into.
- Narnia Time: Zigzagged. When Ezra discovers it for the first time, at best, he spent an hour or so inside and about the same amount of time passed in his timeline. When he pulls Ahsoka inside, she also spent about an hour inside, but it is implied a couple of hours passed in her timeline.
- No Man Should Have This Power: Ezra and Ahsoka decide that its space-time manipulation is too dangerous to use, especially if it gets into the wrong hands, leading to Ezra destroying one of the Lothal portals before the Empire can find a way to access it.
- No Name Given: It is never given a proper name, but the closest we have is Ahsoka calling it "a world between worlds".
- Only the Chosen May Wield: Implied. Ezra can access it, but Stormtroopers can't. However, anyone inside the World Between Worlds can pull in others, like how Ezra pulled in Ahsoka. It is implied that Palpatine has to use Sith alchemy to force a portal open, and even then, he can only stick his hand in, which is why he attempts to capture either Ezra or Ahsoka so that he can force them to help him enter the realm. The Force seems to only choose people that it trusts to use the realm wisely.
- Place Beyond Time: And space for that matter.
- All Powerful Bystanders: They are the most powerful Force-users ever, such that their very presence in the galaxy would be devastating. The Father thus keeps them trapped on Mortis, where they can do no harm.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: They represent the three major Force disciplines: Light (the Daughter), Dark (the Son), and Balance (the Father)
- Badass Family: Their powers in the Force are above and beyond anything previously shown in the canon.
- Balance Between Good and Evil: The Father keeps the Daughter and the Son from fighting each other, as such a confrontation could tear the fabric of the universe.
- Flight: The Son and the Daughter are able to fly by transforming into a gargoyle and griffin, respectively, while the Father is a Winged Humanoid.
- The Hermits: Although the Son isn't happy about it, they live in complete isolation on Mortis.
- Humanoid Abomination: They are manifestations of the Force in a humanoid form.
- Mind over Matter: As is to be expected of Force-users, they are all telekinetic.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: The only thing capable of hurting one is the Dagger of Mortis, or another one of them.
- Offscreen Teleportation: All three of them are capable of just appearing without warning. The Son takes it Up to Eleven in "Altar of Mortis", as he appears on a Jedi shuttle in mid-flight to abduct Ahsoka.
- Outside-Context Villain: Well, only one of them is outright villainous, but nonetheless, their very existence means that the Jedi don't know as much about the Force as anyone thought they did.
- Physical Gods: They're embodiments of different aspects of the Force. Or so they claim. It's more likely they're just exceptionally powerful aliens, especially since they clearly treat the Force as something far greater than them.
- Power Trio: The Daughter is the Superego, the Father is the Ego, and the Son is the Id.
- Schrödinger's Canon:
- They are the only known members of or are related to an ancient civilization known as Celestials/Architects. The Celestials came long before the other civilizations of the Galaxy came to be, and are said to have shaped the Galaxy and perhaps even guide the Force. The only way people know about them today is because of xenoarchaelogical studies and some of the constructions (such as space stations and artifacts) they left behind.
- In Fate of the Jedi, the Mother did exist. Originally their Servant, she was accepted into their family, but out of fear that she'd lose her family due to being the only one that aged, she basically took some Forbidden Fruit, which instead turned her into a monster named Abeloth. Since the Ones were supposed to make sure she stayed as a Sealed Evil in a Can, she broke free decades after the end of the Galactic Civil War and became the antagonist of Fate of the Jedi. Though considering that entire ordeal ended up becoming a whole 'nother story on its own, it's possible that at least this part of her story is viable in canon.
- Time Abyss: They are all extremely old, and had lived in isolation on Mortis for so long that the newest Jedi distress Code the Father knew was over two-thousand years old.
- Voice of the Legion: They all have supernatural echoes to their voices, although the Father's reverberation is deeper than those of his children.
The embodiment of the Balance in the Force.
- Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: Apparently, it's possible even for the anthropomorphic personification of balance: upon death he fades and becomes one with the Force- much like Yoda and Obi Wan do in the Original Trilogy- where by contrast his children's bodies remain. This was very, very likely intentional.
- Badass Baritone: His Voice of the Legion is quite deep.
- Badass Beard: One reminiscent of stereotypical wizards.
- Badass Longrobe: Befitting his wizard-like appearance.
- Deadpan Snarker: His reaction to Anakin threatening him with a lightsaber in the middle of the night?Father: Cannot sleep?
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: The Father, the embodiment of the Balance of the Force, lets Anakin sleep over at his house on a stormy night and generally wants nothing more than to protect people from his children.
- Face Death with Dignity: He calmly accepts the fact that he's going to become one with the Force.
- Fisher King: After he dies, Mortis itself seems to destabilize and collapse.
- Grandpa God: The cosmic authority over the essence of the Universe is an old man with a white beard. To a culture familiar with the Sistine Chapel, the Father's look immediately makes the audience associate him with the authority and power of the other "Father."
- Handicapped Badass: Despite being near-death (though the details aren't really explained), the Father is still powerful enough to separate his battling children, as well as perform the aforementioned feat of gripping a lightsaber blade with his bare hand.
- Heartbroken Badass: After the Daughter's death, and compounded by the Son's death.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He stabs himself through the chest with the Dagger of Mortis. He is also impaled when Anakin ignites his lightsaber through the Son's back, but this doesn't seem to bother the Father.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He is torn up when his actions in bringing Anakin to Mortis result in the Daughter's death.
- Nice Hat: A pointed wizard-style one.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He brings Anakin to Mortis in the hope that Anakin would take his place after his death. Anakin refuses, however, and the Son sees his chance at escape, ultimately resulting in the deaths of all three Force-wielders.
- No Body Left Behind: The Father becomes one with the Force as he dies, his body disappearing.
- No-Sell: His earliest demonstration of power is doing this to Anakin's lightsaber.
- Offing the Offspring: He reluctantly commits himself to killing the Son after the Daughter's death. With Anakin's help, he succeeds.
- Our Angels Are Different: He is a Physical God taking the form of a Winged Humanoid.
- Outliving One's Offspring: First, he watches his daughter die when she sacrifices herself to save him, then his son dies at Anakin's hand, a few minutes before the Father himself dies.
- Robe and Wizard Hat: His attire is very reminiscent of classic wizards like Gandalf or Dumbledore.
- Sadistic Choice: He orders his children to kill Obi-Wan and Ahsoka, and tells Anakin to choose which of them to save. However, the point of the test was to see if Anakin had what it took to Take a Third Option.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Albeit by choice; the Father willingly exiled himself and his children to prevent the conflict between the Son and the Daughter from tearing apart the fabric of the universe.
- Taking You with Me: He mortally wounds himself to weaken the Son, thus allowing Anakin to finish the job.
- Technicolor Eyes: Green irises with black sclera.
- Thanatos Gambit: He mortally wounded himself to weaken and distract the Son long enough for Anakin to kill him.
- Winged Humanoid: Unlike his children, the Father does not have a beast form (that we see, in any case) but instead simply gains wings.
- Wizard Beard: A braided beard that falls to the middle of his torso.
- Wizard Classic: His appearance and attire are clearly inspired by the trope.
- Your Days Are Numbered: The Father is dying by the time the Jedi arrive on Mortis (presumably of old age, although the exact details of his condition are unclear).
- You See, I'm Dying: His forthcoming death isn't described until late in his debut episode.
The embodiment of the Light Side of the Force.
- Absolute Cleavage: Her dress is open down to the middle of her stomach.
- Accidental Murder: The Son certainly didn't mean to kill her.
- Action Girl: She fights her brother to a standstill while he is boosted by being on the dark side of Mortis and drawing extra strength from Anakin and Obi-Wan's struggle against a Brainwashed and Crazy Ahsoka.
- All-Loving Hero: It is made abundantly clear with her last acts: throwing herself in front of a dagger to save her father, begging the Father not to hate the Son (who had fatally stabbed her not one full minute prior), and sacrificing what little strength she had left to save Ahsoka.
- Ambiguous Situation: Rebels suggests that she has something to do with Ahsoka's fate after fighting Vader on Malachor, namely because Ahsoka is seen multiple times with a convor that has the exact same color scheme as the Daughter and a similar convor appears in artwork depicting the Daughter. That the same convor is encountered above the portal in the World Between Worlds through which Ezra is able to save Ahsoka from Vader suggests this further.. Whatever this means currently remains up in the air.
- Angelic Beauty/Hot Goddess: She's the embodiment of the Light Side of the Force, who usually takes the form of a beautiful, young woman who visibly glows.
- Animorphism: She can turn into a griffin at will.
- Cain and Abel: With the Son. They continually oppose one another, although when the Son mortally wounded her, the Daughter bore him no grudge, even asking the Father not to hate her brother.
- Curtains Match the Window: She has green eyes and green hair.
- The Dutiful Child: Unlike the Son, the Daughter is very loyal to the Father and adheres to his wishes.
- Famous Last Words: "Do not hate him, father. It is his nature."
- Female Angel, Male Demon: The female angel to the Son's male demon.
- Gold and White Are Divine: Her dress is white with gold around the shoulders and neck.
- Green Eyes: Befitting her Color Motif.
- Hates Being Touched: By Anakin, if no one else.
- Healing Hands: She tends to the Father after the Son injured him. She also revives and cures Ahsoka with her last strength.
- Heroic Sacrifice: First by taking a dagger to the back to save the Father and again by sacrificing what little power she has left to save Ahsoka.
- Holy Halo: She visibly glows in both her humanoid and griffin forms. Fitting, considering that she's the Light Side incarnate. The glow disappears after her death.
- Humanoid Abomination: An arguably heroic example; the Daughter is the light side given form and substance, but she usually appears in a humanoid form.
- In the Back: The Son plunged the Dagger of Mortis into her back.
- Light Is Good/Light Is Not Good: Zigzagged between the two. She claims she's selfless by nature, a claim her actions tend to support. However, she was perfectly willing to kill Obi-Wan on the orders of the Father. Moreover, the Father implied that if the Balance between her and the Son was broken in her favor, it would've been just as catastrophic as the opposite.
- Light 'em Up: She's the embodiment of the Light Side.
- Mythology Gag: She's voiced by Adrienne Wilkinson, who also voiced Maris Brood in The Force Unleashed—a Fallen Hero who tried to defeat Starkiller (who shares his voice actor with the Son) to avenge her master, who he had killed.
- Our Griffins Are Different: She can transform into a griffin.
- Phosphor-Essence: She's so in tune with the light side of the Force that she innately glows. In fact, when she dies, one sign is that she stops glowing.
- Sealed Good in a Can: She is kept on Mortis to prevent her conflict with the Son from having disastrous consequences on the galaxy at large.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With the Son. She even lampshades the contrast between them.The Daughter: It is my nature to do what is selfless. My brother's will always be to do what is selfish.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: To the point where even the Son mourned her death.
- Worf Had the Flu: She is visibly exhausted by her battle with the Son, so when he tries to stab the Father, all she can do is throw herself between them.
- Yin-Yang Clash: Her battle with the Son was a total draw, until the Father interfered.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair: Justified; whatever she is, human is most certainly not on the list, so any human biological restrictions on her hair colour simply don't apply.
The embodiment of the Dark Side of the Force.
- Affably Evil: When he's not trying to kill someone, he's rather soft-spoken and well-mannered.
- Animorphism: He can turn into a winged demon at will.
- Antagonistic Offspring: To the Father.
- Arc Villain: He becomes this in the second part of the Mortis arc.
- Badass Longcoat: His attire resembles one.
- Bald of Evil: He has no hair.
- Bare-Handed Blade Block: He blocks two lightsaber strikes from Anakin using just his arm.
- Black Eyes of Crazy/Black Eyes of Evil: He has black sclera and glowing red pupils with no irises.
- Brought Down to Normal: The Father's suicide had this effect on him, allowing Anakin to kill him.
- Cain and Abel: With the Daughter, although he's clearly torn up when he kills her by accident.
- The Corrupter: He brainwashes Ahsoka into serving him, and turns Anakin to the Dark Side by showing him the future he would help to create.
- Dark Is Evil/Dark Is Not Evil: He claims to be the latter, but in the end his actions prove the former.
- Dark Messiah: Implied by his comments towards Anakin. Whether or not he was being truthful is unknown.The Son: Join me, and together we will destroy this Emperor you see in your visions. Then, we shall end war, corruption, and suffering throughout the galaxy.
- Deadpan Snarker: He quips at his sister when she arrives at his tower to confront him.The Son: Sister. What a pleasant surprise. And you brought a friend.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in the Father's arms after Anakin stabs him.
- Emotion Eater: He feeds on the conflict between Anakin, Obi-Wan, and the brainwashed Ahsoka.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is clearly distraught when he accidentally kills the Daughter, and later admits she was the only one he ever loved when retrieving the Dagger of Mortis from her tomb. Also, the Father's suicide appears to drive him to despair.
- Notably, this is one of the most telling differences between him and Palpatine. He clearly shows grief and possibly remorse at seeing his family members actually die, whereas Palpatine never shows any sign of regret for ANY of his actions and is more than willing to kill his family. YMMV whether this is Heartwarming in Hindsight or Fridge Horror, but this means that even the embodiment of the Dark Side itself was less evil than Palpatine.
- Evil Laugh: Lets out a particularly hammy one after rubbing his victory in Obi-Wan's face in "Ghosts of Mortis".
- FaceHeel Turn: It's implied that the Son was not always so corrupt as he appears in the Mortis trilogy; the Father refers to him as having "chosen" the Dark Side, and claims that pride has gotten the better of him.
- Facial Markings: Red markings under his eyes that resemble tear tracks, and two slash-like red markings on his scalp and dipping into his forehead.
- Famous Last Words: "So you have betrayed me, Father."
- The Fatalist: As a contrast to his father, he is a big proponent of destiny (which may not be the same thing as fate). For example, he shows Anakin a future where he's a slave to the Dark Side and promises to help him avert it... by enslaving him with Dark Side powers. He does so because he's certain that these events are destined to bring about world peace. There's also this gem:"I'm sorry, Father. But [staying imprisoned on] this planet is not my destiny."
- Female Angel, Male Demon: The male demon to the Daughter's female angel.
- The Gloves Come Off: When he makes his move to take over instead of participating in his father's test he defeats and corrupts Anakin handily, charging himself on the Dark Side and using his powers in a more underhanded way.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes glow red.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Until he met with Anakin, he was a much bigger evil than the Sith, but never tried to influence the events of the galaxy, lived in isolation on Mortis, and Father even mentioned that the Sith were only one of many who sought to exploit his power. However, after Anakin defeats him and his sister, he gives in to his true nature, becomes the Arc Villain, and actively seeks to become the Big Bad by trying to escape Mortis. Naturally, and thankfully, it doesn't work. A Titan comic featured a "What If?" story in which the Son successfully escaped Mortis with Anakin, and the end result that he completely cowed and outclassed an Enemy Mine between Yoda and Palpatine, further hammering home just how dangerous this guy was.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: The Son's rages come out of nowhere. He completely lost it in Anakin's dream when Skywalker refused to join him. When the Father reminded him that while the old man was dying, he was not yet dead, the Son flew into a homicidal rage, screaming hatred for his father.
- Humanoid Abomination: He is The Dark Side given form and substance. Were it not for his (usually) humanoid shape, he'd be an Eldritch Abomination.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Anakin mortally wounds the Son by stabbing him in the back with his lightsaber.
- Incest Subtext: He mentions that he loved his sister, but he does it in a way that seems like he thinks of her as The Lost Lenore.
- It's All About Me: According to the Daughter, he's selfish by nature. It even seems that this selfishness also applies to not wanting to lose his family despite his attempts to kill his father.
- Lack of Empathy: He considers the Father "selfish" for "taking too long to die". However, this only applies until he sees his family members actually die.
- Large Ham: He can be quite bombastic at times.
- Lean and Mean: The Force-wielders are all taller than the average human, but the Son is the most devious of the three.
- Made of Evil: He's the Dark Side incarnate.
- Manipulative Bastard:
- The reason he kidnapped Ahsoka and injured the Father? So he could A) make Anakin drift closer to the Dark Side by forcing him to fight her, B) force his sister to lead Obi-Wan to the Dagger of Mortis, and C) use Ahsoka to steal the Dagger for him, so he could kill the Father with it.
- He also showed Anakin his future, fully expecting that the vision would traumatize Anakin enough to join him in an attempt to change it.
- Metaphorically True: He has a tendency to not give straight answers:Obi-Wan: You are Sith!
Son: Sith? (chuckles) Yes. And no.
Daughter: What have you done, brother?
Son: Done? I've done what is right... or what is wrong. Depending on your point of view.
- Mind Rape: Showing Anakin visions of his future as Darth Vader certainly qualifies.
- Mood-Swinger: Constantly. In "Overlords", he even changes tone between two words in the same sentence.The Son: (angrily) Not... (calm) yet.
- More Than Mind Control: How he manages to turn Anakin to the Dark Side.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After he accidentally stabs the Daughter, and again, after the Father stabs himself.
- Obviously Evil: He has gray skin, red tattoos, black sclera, and glowing red pupils with no irises. And he's the personification of the Dark Side of the Force.
- Our Gargoyles Rock: He can transform into a bat-dragon-demon creature that's referred to as a gargoyle by the writers.
- Our Vampires Are Different: He turns into a strange-looking alien to bite Ahsoka, temporarily turning her into a kind of vampire.
- Power Nullifier: He's able to deactivate the Jedi's lightsabers with a wave of his hand.
- Pride: According to the Father, the Son lost his self-control because of his vanity.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Type C. His actions often come off as those of an angry child throwing a temper tantrum at his parents, only to be instantly regretful once he sees the damage he's done. For instance, he spends the Mortis arc trying to kill his father and calling him "selfish" for "taking too long to die", but outright begs the Father not to die when he takes his own life.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: The only part of his appearance that isn't red or black is his skin (a deathly light gray).
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has glowing red pupils with no irises.
- Satanic Archetype: Possibly, considering that he's the manifestation of the Dark Side and tries to overthrow the only authority over him.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Is trapped on Mortis.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With the Daughter. They are as different as night and day; he represents the Dark Side, she represents the Light; he hates the Father, she is devoted to the Father; he is selfish, she is selfless.
- Shock and Awe: And his Force lightning also happens to be red.
- Technicolor Eyes: Red eyes with no discernible pupils, and black sclera.
- Token Evil Teammate: To his father and sister.
- Touch of Death: He kills Ahsoka with a simple tap on the forehead, though she is brought back not long after.
- Tragic Monster: He is the personification of all of the Dark Side, which not only includes the willful destructiveness and selfishness of its actions but also the perverted good intentions underlying them. Son genuinely desires to do good, but his nature causes him to do evil.
- Villainous Breakdown: He undergoes three, two in "Altar of Mortis" and one in "Ghosts of Mortis":
- After Anakin refuses to join him when first asked (specifically, he rejected the notion of becoming a Sith) the Son loses his temper and screams that they would destroy the Sith and the Jedi.
- After accidentally stabbing the Daughter, he screams in horror and fury before fleeing the scene.
- When the Father stabs himself, the Son breaks down and begs his father not to die.
- Ironically, at his own death, his reaction is very downplayed and somber.
- Voice of the Legion: Sam Witwer even said that if the Son really is the personification of the Dark Side, then they should be hearing the voices of every major Sith character, and when he speaks the Son does indeed sometimes channel the vocal inflections of Palpatine, Vader, and others.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He is shown taking the form of the aforementioned gargoyle, Shmi Skywalker, Anakin Skywalker, and a strange little creature.
- We Can Rule Together: Repeatedly makes this offer to Anakin, finally succeeding by Mind Raping him into compliance. The Father undoes the Son's efforts by wiping away Anakin's memories of the torture.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims that he wants to end suffering and conflict in the galaxy, but he's willing to brainwash (and then kill) Ahsoka, Mind Rape Anakin, and attempt to murder his own father to get a chance to do it.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Turns into one near the end of the Mortis arc.
- Yin-Yang Clash: His battle with the Daughter was a total draw, until the Father interfered.
Said to be the leader of the Ordu Aspectu, Rur either vanished along with the Citadel of Rur in an attempt to grant immortal life to all living creatures or perished in an attempt to sacrifice the lives of Jedi and his own followers to claim eternal life for himself.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: His Legends version looked zombie-like, but here, he looks like a regular guy with long-hair and an electrical spirit in a crystal.
- Always a Bigger Fish: What can stop a technopathic crystal with the mind of an insane Jedi? Darth Vader.
- Ambiguous Situation: His crystal looks very similar to a kyber crystal—in fact, a common color of kyber crystals that are too large to be used for lightsabers is green.
- Brain Uploading: Aphra and her father discover his corpse in the core computer room of the Citadel of Rur. After activating it, an image of Rur appears demanding to know what year it as and activates a droid body, declaring that he has left his shell behind and become "Eternal Rur".
- Canon Immigrant: He initially appeared in one of the original Marvel Star Wars comics from the Legends continuity as the last Shaman of the Order of the Terrible Glare.
- Evil Counterpart: Word of God states that the actual Rur died long ago, thus implying that the entity Aphra interacts with is just a ghost in the machine.
- Immortality Seeker: Turns out he sought it for himself, not all beings as Aphra's father had hoped. Rur appears to have accomplished his goal by turning himself into a droid with his mind intact.
- Sanity Slippage: He was apparently already a bit unhinged before he was uploaded, but when he finds out that he's missed a millennium at the minimum by the time he is reactivated, he freaks out about how all his ambitions have been ruined and takes his anger out on the people who reawakened him since he can't take it out on his long-dead enemies now.
- Time Abyss: His time was when the Domacion Accord was still used as the calendar, and Aphra states the last time it was used was a thousand years ago — before the Old Republic (that is, the Republic before it was reformed into the Galactic Republic) was founded.
The Force Priestesses (Serenity, Anger, Confusion, Joy, and Sadness)
A group of beings which Yoda seeks out to learn the secrets of retaining consciousness after death.
- Dead All Along: When the Serene Priestess takes off her mask for Yoda, she reveals this to Yoda.
- Expressive Mask: Subverted. All five of them wear a mask showing only a single expression and only slightly move, but their individual emotions match their masks.
- Fertile Feet: Though it only happens once, since they float everywhere, one touching the ground causes plants to spring up.
- Literal Split Personality: The five each embody an emotion.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: They exist in a state between the living Force and the cosmic Force, and can manifest themselves to the living at will.
- Pure Magic Beings: They're manifestations of the living Force, existing between the realms. They usually take the form of masked, cloaked female beings.
- Touch of Death: Another one-off power. With one touch, the living Force within a plant is released into the cosmic Force, killing the plant.
One of the tests Yoda had to face to be deemed worthy of being taught the secrets of immortality: he had to face his own hubris.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The more Yoda denies that Dark Yoda is a part of himself, the harder Dark Yoda kicks his little green butt.
- Enemy Without: Is the manifestation of Yoda's hubris, which puts even him at risk of succumbing to the Dark Side.
- Expy: He's a dead ringer for the Shadow Selves of Persona 4. He represents the negative parts of Yoda's personality that he tries to repress, grows stronger when Yoda denies him, and grants Yoda increased wisdom and power after he finally accepts him as part of himself.
- Fangs Are Evil: Like Yoda, he has a mouth full of pointy teeth. Unlike Yoda, he's not a good guy.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Has glowing red eyes.
- Laughing Mad: Takes Yoda's giggling and makes it sound very menacing.
- Living Shadow: Has jet black skin and is wreathed in black smoke.
- Oh, Crap!: When Yoda finally acknowledges Dark Yoda as being a part of himself, one that he suppresses through rigorous training and meditation, Dark Yoda tries to flee.
- Shout-Out: He looks like Gollum, which fits with being Yoda's evil personality.
- The Reason You Suck Speech: When the real Yoda refuses to acknowledge the dark one as a part of himself, Dark Yoda laughingly taunts the real Yoda about how he "spends his days in the decadence of war".
A very strange being on Atollon who is between the Light and Dark sides of the Force.
- Actor Allusion: One so obvious it barely needs to be pointed out: Tom Baker as an impossibly ancient, impossibly intelligent, incredibly powerful space alien with a detached understanding of the workings of the universe, who is also very playful and selfish... The character even has a sort of 'long floppy hat over wide staring eyes with a long scarf draped over both shoulders' look resembling the Doctor Tom played.
- Above Good and Evil: He's utterly uninterested in the conflict between the Jedi and Sith, or between the Rebellion and the Empire. The only reason he helps at all is because Kanan accidentally woke him up and he'd like to stay asleep. He does have enough benevolence to mentor Kanan and Ezra for no other reason than they needed his help.
- Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Tom Baker.
- Berserk Button: When Kanan calls him a coward for not wanting to fight against the Empire, the Bendu turns into a giant storm cloud with glowing eyes and lightning shooting everything and everyone, Rebel and Imperial alike, unlucky enough to get hit.
- Blind Seer: He's apparently blind, but able to see through the Force. He later teaches Kanan the same skill.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Zigzagged. He's more of a servant of nature than of either side of the Force, and casually states that Ezra and Kanan will either discover their true balance or will be eaten. But given he frowns when Kanan's fear nearly provokes the krykna and smiles when he and Ezra reconcile, it's clear which outcome he would prefer. That said, he's vulnerable to emotional outbursts, as seen under Berserk Button.
- Cryptically Unhelpful Answer:
- In "Visions and Voices", when Kanan and Ezra go to him for help on Ezra's hallucinations of Maul, he says that cutting off midway while fusing the holocrons is even worse of a thing to do than just seeing the whole thing (but he never gets to explain it), then asks what Ezra wants to do (which is to stop seeing Maul), simply telling the duo that he's right behind them in person before disappearing.
- Double subverted when he met Ahsoka. He told her that much would change after her encounter with Vader, then said by change he meant death, but when she asked if she would die he admitted that he hadn't seen that and refused to elaborate on what he meant by "death".
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Is on the receiving end of this in the final episode of season 3. Whilst just how effectively Thrawn punched him out is debatable note , it's undebatable that Thrawn shot the Bendu out of the sky with his AT-ATs.
- Disney Death: Implied. Whilst he (offscreen) dissolves away before Thrawn's shot hits him in the season 3 finale, it's left ambiguous as to whether this is a case of conventional teleportation, Fighting a Shadow, or the Bendu dissolving into the Force in voluntary death, as Obi-Wan Kenobi did in A New Hope.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He introduces himself as "the Bendu" as though it were a title, but people call him "Bendu" like it's his name.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Defied. He takes the Sith holocron and messes around with it, calling Kanan out on how a simple object cannot make a person be evil. Kanan leaves the holocron in his care for this reason.
- Fighting a Shadow: Possibly. While he disappears right before Thrawn shoots him at point-blank range, it's unclear whether he actually became one with the Force like when Vader slew Obi-Wan, or whether his form on the ground was merely a Force projection like Luke Skywalker on Crait. The fact that we hear his mocking laughter echo after he vanishes implies the latter.
- Four-Fingered Hands: One aspect of his design.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: He refers to this when he warns Kanan and Ezra that once a secret is known, it cannot become unknown, mostly in reference to what happens if you fuse two Jedi and Sith holocrons together.
- Hypocrite: He claims to be Above Good and Evil, and either Lawful Neutral or True Neutral, but is clearly susceptible to emotional impulses. Notably, he claims that he is serving the will of the Force by driving everyone off Atollon, but it seems to be mostly motivated by Kanan calling him a coward.
- I Shall Taunt You: He mocks Thrawn for thinking he could be so easily defeated and foretells Thrawn's own defeat, unnerving him. When Thrawn tries to kill him, he vanishes and then laughs at him, seemingly just to unnerve him more.
- Kaiju: While intellectual and not immediately malevolent, he's giant, powerful and a force of nature that is not truly on anyone's side.
- King of All Cosmos: A large, wise, yet eccentric being who represents the center of the Force — although it's not clear if he is literally the embodiment of the Force, like The Family were in Clone Wars, or if he's instead just a very old and very powerful being who is neither on the Light nor Dark Sides.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Has a moose-like face and horns, a vaguely pangolin or turtle-like body, and a gorilla-like posture.
- Mysterious Past: There are several hints that he used to be far more involved in galactic affairs, such as him remembering the devastation a holocron fusion can unleash, and detailing what exactly can make a person evil or good suggests he wasn't always neutral. Where he came from, how and why he became a neutral Force-user, and what made him decide to settle on Atollon and stay away from the galaxy is deliberately ambiguous.
- Mythology Gag: His name is a reference to the name of the Jedi in the original Star Wars scripts, the Jedi-Bendu. Likewise, his opinion that you cannot truly unlearn something is reminiscent of how Yoda wanted Luke to unlearn what he had learned in order to grasp the Force. His huge, hulking size may also be a nod to the fact that early ideas for The Empire Strikes Back would have had Yoda as a large alien instead of the cute little critter he ended up as. His final scene in the season 3 finale also mirrors the confrontation between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader in A New Hope, with the Bendu being defiant despite his wounds, mocking the impotency of his "vanquisher", and then vanishing into thin air seconds before being struck by what should have been a killing blow.
- Neutral No Longer: Subverted. When Kanan goads him into action, the storm that the Bendu creates strikes down Rebels and Imperials alike. He makes it clear to Kanan that he is not interested in the Galactic Civil War, and orders both Kanan and Thrawn to leave the planet. Thrawn objects.
- No Name Given: Introduces himself as simply "the Bendu", which is not so much a name as a title for those who are neither Sith or Jedi.
- Pet the Dog: He is completely neutral to the conflict and only gets involved so he can go back to sleep, but he still helps Kanan and Ezra with their problems and smiles when they reconcile.
- Prophecy Twist: He tells Thrawn after being shot down that he foresees Thrawn's defeat, "like many arms holding you in a cold embrace." As it turns out, this refers to the tentacles of the Purrgil wrapping around Thrawn.
- Schmuck Bait: When Ezra asks him how he can avoid seeing Darth Maul again, the Bendu tells him to not turn around. You can guess what Ezra does next.
- Shock and Awe: The Bendu can generate a thunderstorm, ride it, and shoot down lightning bolts powerful enough to One-Hit Kill AT-AT walkers.
- His design screams Miyazaki and also the Lion Turtles, especially given its bestial appearance and beard (as well as the character being an ancient, wise and giant being). Another cited influence is the work of Brian Froud, specifically his projects with Jim Henson, with Pablo Hidalgo describing him as something the Jim Henson's Creature Shop would have built in the 80s.
- As for personality, he's got traces of Tom Bombadil as a powerful, ancient being with a connection to nature who's above the conflict. He casually handles the Sith Holocron in much the same way that Tom casually handled the One Ring, even reprimanding Kanan when he calls the Sith holocron dangerous.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: To an extent. He breaks the sensor beacon and guides Kanan into a hoard of krykna to teach him how to manage without his sight, and later sends Kanan and Ezra down into a krykna nest where they would either reform their bond or be eaten. In both cases, the danger was much less than it appeared at first, but death was still an option if they didn't learn.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: It appears that he may not be a physical entity. First hinted in "The Holocrons of Fate", where he takes a while to introduce himself to Ezra (who was panicking and disregarding Kanan's instructions to calm down when the krykna show up first), but seems to disappear when Maul shows up in "Visions and Voices". "Zero Hour" implies that he is operating under Fighting a Shadow — he does have a physical form, and one that can be hurt by mundane Imperial weapons, but he isn't going to die if it is destroyed.
- Time Abyss: Refers to the Light and the Dark as "Ashla" and "Bogan", terms also previously used from a comic book series in Legends, Dawn of the Jedi, and the term was used by the predecessor of the Jedi Order, the Je'daii. The time period for the Je'daii Order is 36,500 years ago to 25,800 years ago. How much of this is canon is unclear, but what is clear is that he is older than both the Jedi and the Sith, and possibly older than the very idea of choosing between Light and Dark. And for however long he's been around, he's been around for as long as the Lasat have (who also share a version of his beliefs), perhaps even longer.
- Wild Card: Describes himself as "the one the middle", for the Force, and in his giant cloud form, he blasts down Imperial and Rebellion shuttles alike.
A mysterious convor seen accompanying Ahsoka throughout her adult life, later revealed to have a unspecified relation to the Force and the Daughter.
- Ambiguous Situation: The extent of her relation to the Daughter is currently unknown, but characters in-universe conclude that either she is the Daughter in another form or she is the Daughter's Familiar.
- Meaningful Name: "Morai" is another name for the Fates.
- Noodle Incident: Ahsoka says that she owes Morai her life for a currently unspecified incident. Though if Morai and the Daughter are one & the same and Ahsoka is aware of it, it's possible Ahsoka is referring to how the Daughter resurrected her after the Son killed her on Mortis.
A giant lothwolf. After the destruction of the TIE Defender factory on Lothal, he urges Ezra to move on and warns him that the Lothal Jedi Temple is in danger.
- Ambiguous Situation:
- Either he is Kanan in another form, or he's just related to Kanan somehow. According Word of God, this won't be revealed anytime soon, but Dume can't exist at the same time with Kanan. When discussed in-universe, the characters conclude that he must be a manifestation of Kanan's will through the Cosmic Force.
- At the end of "A World Between Worlds", Ezra and Dume part ways and he disappears into the fog of the fallen Jedi Temple. Whether he still exists in some form and simply left Ezra, or if he moved on completely once his work was done, is unclear.
- Blue and Orange Morality: He comes off as rather callous about Ezra's grief, since what's going on at the Jedi temple is far more important. Then again, being given a mission and told to stop isolating himself was exactly what Ezra needed to recover, so maybe it was a case of Cruel to Be Kind. Word of God describes him as a selfish character who ordered Ahsoka's rescue not because it was the will of the Force but out of a need to undo his own mistake.
- Canis Major: He makes the other loth-wolves, already pretty huge themselves, look like puppies and he's big enough to swallow an adult human.
- Iconic Item: His forehead has the same symbol from Kanans pauldron.
- Mysterious Past: Almost nothing is known about him other than he conveniently debuts after Kanan dies.
- The Nose Knows: He can smell Ezra's fear.
- Reincarnation: Word of God says he's closest to this for Kanan, being a part of Kanan but not the whole, who would not react to Ezra when they met.
Microscopic creatures that live inside living cells, the midi-chlorians provide the connection between The Force and those who wield it.
- Doing In the Wizard: Played with. Midi-chlorians provide a bit of scientific explanation to why some people are more receptive to the Force than others, and why it can be passed down in a family, but they do not explain what the Force is. In fact, when Qui-Gon explains them to Anakin, he specifically states that the midi-chlorians only communicate the will of the Force, making it clear that the Force is a higher consciousness, and not the midi-chlorians themselves, nor is it generated by them.
- Expy: Of the Real Life organelles mitochondria. It's also come full circle, as a genus of mitochondria got named after them.
- Power Levels: The higher the midi-chlorian count in one's cells, the stronger their connection to the Force is.
- Super Powerful Genetics: Played with. Every living cell contains midi-chlorians, but only those who have high counts can learn to use the Force.
- The Symbiote: They live inside living cells, and life is impossible without them. In sufficient number they also make it possible for one to connect to The Force.