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Alliance Starfighter Command
The leadership of the Alliance Starfighter Corps, Starfighter Command is responsible for coordinating the resources needed to maintain its diverse squadrons and determine the best uses of each squadron.
General Antoc Merrick
Callsign: Blue Leader
The head of Starfighter Command, Merrick hailed from Virujansi and was a key member of the early Rebel Alliance's military leadership. A skilled pilot, he flew both U-Wings and X-Wings as the leader of Blue Squadron. Merrick led the starfighter attack during the mission to steal the Death Star plans, being killed in the Battle of Scarif.
- Ace Pilot: According to the kill marks on his helmet, he has at least sixty kills.
- Badass Mustache: His most notable feature is a blond mustache.
- Big Damn Heroes: He and Blue Squadron show up to save Rogue One from the walkers on Scarif, taking them all down from the air.
- Character Death: Gets shot down in the Battle of Scarif, notably dying in a similar manner to Red Leader Garven Dreis (he gets his engines blown out by a TIE and crashes while screaming).
- A Father to His Men: He is very protective of his people, particularly the U-Wing pilots, and refuses to risk their lives without good reason. Merrick is aware of this protective instinct, so he has his second-in-command, Colonel Cor, handle the details of resource allocation and deployment into dangerous assignments in a dispassionate manner that he cannot.
- Four-Star Badass: Both general and skilled X-Wing pilot.
- Frontline General: While actual command of the rebels during the Battle of Scarif falls to Admiral Raddus, Merrick himself is a general who's personally involved in the fight as an X-Wing pilot.
- Mythology Gag: In Legends, Merrick Simms was the name of Blue Leader.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: On his homeworld of Virujansi, Merrick was the leader of the Rarified Air Cavalry. After the Empire abolished the planet's ruling council, installed an Imperial governor, and integrated their military into the Empire, Merrick and his pilots were offered positons in the Imperial Navy. He refused, and alongside his comrade Garven Dreis fled Virujansi to find the Rebel Alliance and offer their services as starfighter pilots.
- We ARE Struggling Together: He and General Draven of Intelligence often come into conflict, with Merrick considering Draven far too ruthlessly pragmatic and willing to risk civilian casualties in his brutal special operations missions.
General Bandwin Cor
General Merrick's second-in-command, Cor handles the day-to-day details of running Alliance Starfighter Command.
- Consummate Professional: His job is to determine how to efficiently allocate resources and best determine where to deploy starfighter assets. He made an agreement with Merrick to do this job dispassionately, treating the pilots as resources on a ledger, not living people.
- Number Two: To Merrick. According to From a Certain Point of View, Cor's been having to pick up Merrick's work now that his superior is dead.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Attempts to pilot an unarmed shuttle through the Imperial assault on the Mako-Ta space docks in order to fly close enough to the sabotaged Rebel cruiser launch bay doors and open them. Unfortunately, Cor barely manages to clear the launch bay before his shuttle is destroyed by TIE fighters and Han arrives in the Millennium Falcon a few minutes later to perform the same task.
- Rank Up: The Marvel Star Wars comic reveals that he was promoted from Colonel to General sometime after the Battle of Yavin.
Chief Nera Kase
The boss of the starfighter pilots and flight crews on Base One at Yavin 4.
- A Day in the Limelight: She receives her own short story, "Grounded", in From a Certain Point of View.
- A Mother to Her Men: She deeply cares about her pilots and carries immense guilt whenever they don't make it out of battle alive, feeling that as they are her responsibility, she wonders if there was anymore she could have done to prevent them from being another casualty. At the end of the Battle of Yavin, while everyone is celebrating, she leaves herself alone to grieve.
Founded by Wedge Antilles a few months after the Battle of Akiva, Phantom Squadron's roster consists of pilots considered to be washed up, mentally unstable, or injured to continue service for the New Republic.
Captain Wedge Antilles
Callsigns: SS-25, Red Two, Red Three, Rogue Three, Phantom Leader
A Rebel pilot from Corellia who fought in the Battles of Yavin, Hoth, and Endor, becoming one of the Rebellion's most celebrated heroes. Notably the only man to face off against both Death Stars and live to tell about it. Following the Battle of Endor, Wedge is briefly captured and tortured by the Empire before being rescued. After recovering from his injuries he founds Phantom Squadron and assists in the Liberation of Kashyyyk.
- Ace Pilot: Survives both Death Star runs while shooting down several Imperial starfighters, eventually becoming the Alliance's most decorated and famed pilot.
- Badass in Distress: He is captured by Imperial forces in Aftermath.
- Badass Normal: He has no connection to the Force, but is easily one of the best pilots seen in the films. He even saves Luke during the first Death Star battle, and easily navigated the maze of death that was the inside of the second Death Star. His piloting prowess has become so legendary that, in certain lexicons, the "Badass Normal" trope is named "Wedge-type Character" instead.
- Bad Liar: In Aftermath, Wedge states that he is one, that he is just a pilot and not somebody who can convince a Jawa to buy a bag of sand like Han Solo. It contrasts from his depiction in Legends, where he was a big enough Troll that Han sometimes believed his every word and to the point that Leia had to learn to see through it.
- Big Damn Heroes: In Life Debt, he and Ackbar ignore the New Republic Senate's decision to hold off on any new offensives while negotiating with Grand Admiral Rae Sloane and lead Phantom Squadron and Home One to Kashyyyk in order to aid Leia in stopping the Imperial bombardment of the planet and save Han, Chewbacca, and a group of rebels who had been attempting to liberate the world. Their arrival turns the previously hopeless situation into a major victory for the New Republic.
- Broad Strokes:
- According to Aftermath, he's not fond of the Empire because they hurt his family and a girl he loved, which is similar to his backstory in Legends.
- Similar to Wraith Squadron in Legends, Phantom Squadron is a group of washouts, screwups, and last-chancers given the opportunity to redeem themselves by Wedge.
- The Bus Came Back: After his only appearance in the first half of Season 3 of Rebels in his debut episode, he later returns in the second half, having been doing jobs for Phoenix Squadron offscreen.
- Butt-Monkey: Ezra and Zeb seem to like picking on him and Hobbie, and on one mission, he ends up being partnered with AP-5 and Chopper. Only after the start of the mission does he realize that the only reason why he got partnered with the two droids is because nobody else wanted to.
- Call Sign: He has several throughout the series:
- As a Imperial cadet, he was TIE SS25.
- During the Battle of Yavin, he was Red Two. Following that battle and the rebuilding of Red Squadron, Wedge became Red Three.
- During the Battle of Hoth, he was Rogue Three.
- During the Battle of Endor, he was Red Leader/One.
- After founding Phantom Squadron he is Phantom Leader.
- The Cameo: He can be heard in Rogue One during the Battle of Scarif, though he is not seen. He wasn't actually present during the battle, since A New Hope is the first time he sees the Death Star ("Look at the size of that thing!"). You can also see his X-Wing in some of the camera shots of the base on Yavin 4.
- Career-Ending Injury:
- Nearly got one post-defection, in a mission he was encouraged to do by Fulcrum II. It ended with him crashing into the peak of a volcano and getting a leg broken in three places. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! for Fulcrum indeed.
- The same leg gets broken again when he is captured at Akiva. He is stuck on light duty for several months afterward while he recovers, which frustrates him to no end.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: Speaks with the most glacially calm voice of all the Rebel pilots during the Battle of Endor.
- Character Development: In A New Hope, he tends to voice his concerns about a wide variety of things (the size of the Death Star, whether the targeting computer can hit the target, and the gun towers in the trench), in Empire Strikes Back, he's much more confident but still excitable ("Good shot, Jansen!" and "Whaa! That got him!"). By Return of the Jedi, he maintains an unshakable Danger Deadpan during a massive spacebattle, even while flying through the Death Star II to lay in an attack run.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Wedge was a constant background character in the Original Trilogy, but he didn't affect the plot. Yet, in Return of the Jedi, he ends up destroying the shield protecting the Second Death Star's core and allowing the Rebellion to defeat the Empire.
- Cool Big Bro: Shades of it. In one of the issues of the Rebels magazine comics, he tags along with Mart to keep an eye on him when the latter wants to see the original Iron Squadron despite the risk of the both of them getting in trouble for leaving Chopper Base against orders.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Prior to joining the Skystrike Academy, he used to work in a fuel depot and local farms. When he enrolled, a series of events that included the Empire hurting his family, friends, and a girl he loved made him sympathetic to the Rebellion, which attracted the attention of Fulcrum II, who in turn got him and Hobbie help from Sabine to defect.
- Defector from Decadence: He used to be a pilot from the Skystrike Academy, a TIE Flight Academy, and with the help of Fulcrum II (unknowingly initially) and Sabine, he and Hobbie defect to Phoenix Squadron.
- Dressing as the Enemy: In the second half of Rebels Season 3, he once again dons the Imperial pilot suit.
- Exact Words: Wedge is not only the sole person to survive both Death Stars, he's the only person to fight both Death Stars. Luke, Han, Chewie and Evaan (the Y-Wing pilot), the only others who could even have qualified, weren't flying because they had more important things to do (and/or haven't managed to exist in canon yet, in this case of Evaan).
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Temmin Wexley, who he began training as a pilot after the Battle of Akivia.
- The Leader: Of Red Squadron following the Battle of Hoth, and then Phantom Squadron following the Battle of Akivia.
- Living Legend: Even prior to the Battle of Endor, Wedge is regarded by the other Alliance pilots as this due to surviving the first Death Star.
- Mauve Shirt: He would be just another pilot in the crowd, except that he's the only member of Red Squadron other than Luke to survive the attack on Death Star 1, and helps the Millenium Falcon blow up the Death Star 2's reactor, making him the only person in the movies to fight both Death Stars.
- Not to mention he's one of only a few characters to appear in all three movies of the Original Trilogy.
- Mythology Gag: Him being a Defector from Decadence as his backstory may be a reference to how in Legends, he would infiltrate Imperial Flight Academies, gather and/or persuade cadets to rebel, then have them grab the first ship out of there once they graduate. That way, the Rebel Alliance won't have to use up resources to train new pilots. Instead, they have sympathizers get trained by the Empire.
- Named After Somebody Famous: The Antilles Intercept, a flight maneuver taught to New Republic/Resistance pilots, is named after him.
- Nice Guy: He is a friendly guy who wholeheartedly believes in the Rebellion's ideals.
- Not So Above It All: After being subject to AP-5 and Chopper's antics, the final straw is when Chopper accidentally hits him in the knee, causing the pilot to angrily chase after the astromech with intent to beat him up.
- Odd Friendship: According to Aftermath, Fulcrum II ended up becoming his friend, though as Wedge looks back on it a couple years after his defection from the Skystrike Academy, it seems that he never found out who Fulcrum II really was by then.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In the first movie, Lucas dubbed another actor's voice over his lines. In Empire, Lawson affected an American accent before switching to his native Scottish in Jedi.
- One Steve Limit: No relation to Captain Raymus Antilles, or Bail Antilles (who is only mentioned once in The Phantom Menace).
- Rank Up: He starts as a defected lieutenant in Rebels, becomes wing commander of Red Squadron and commander in the Alliance military in general, later becoming a captain in the New Republic.
- Reality Ensues: Apparently, a few of his fellow rebels such as Chief Kase were a bit on edge about Wedge's history as a former Imperial pilot. Fortunately, those worries were quickly cast aside because Wedge is an Ace Pilot and he's also a Nice Guy.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Although the New Republic decided to forgo any new offensives while attempting to negotiate the Empire's surrender with Sloane, Wedge and Ackbar decide to follow Leia in going to Kashyyyk to stop an Imperial fleet from destroying it and killing Han and Chewie.
- Ship Tease: With Norra Wexley. The two begin a brief relationship in Life Debt, but when Norra returns from Kashyyyk with her husband Bentin, who had been imprisoned there, the relationship ends. Bentin's subsequent brainwashing and death allow Wedge and Norra to resume their relationship.
- Taking the Bullet: His role in the trench run is to fly behind Luke's X-Wing and soak up the fire from the pursuing TIEs long enough for Luke to fire his torpedoes. However, when his maneuvering capabilities are reduced after taking damage, Luke orders Wedge to pull out of the trench since he can no longer protect him.
- True Companions: Although it is not shown in the films, the other works establish that he is part of the core group of heroes and his personal loyalty to Luke, Leia, and Han eclipses his loyalty to the New Republic.
- Uncertain Doom: At the end of Empire's End, he retires from his piloting career to become the chief instructor of the flight academy on Hosnian Prime. Uh-oh. We can only hope that Wedge was nowhere near the Hosnian system when it got blown up in The Force Awakens.
- Veteran Instructor: Post-Jakku, Wedge was assigned as the head instructor of a New Republic flight academy on Hosnian Prime, as the New Republic felt that he had gone rogue a few too many times and that his active service was no longer needed with the war coming to a close.
- Wingman: Acts as Luke's alongside Biggs during the run on first Death Star. He has to pull out of the trench run due to his fighter taking too much damage.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: He's relieved to hear that the Rebellion sent Sabine to help him, Rake, and Hobbie escape from Skystrike, though this is his reaction when she reveals that she's just making this up as she goes along.
Temmin "Snap" Wexley
A female Twi'lek that served in Phantom Squadron as an X-Wing pilot. After Phantom Squadron was forcibly dissolved by the New Republic, unlike her squadmates, she chose to work at a fishing rig on Chandrila rather than as support crew at the New Republic base on the world. She and her fellow members of Phantom Squadron returned to action at the Battle of Jakku.
- Last Episode, New Character: Was not mentioned in Life Debt, where Phantom Squadron was introduced.
A male Quarren that served in Phantom Squadron as an X-Wing pilot. After Phantom Squadron was forcibly dissolved by the New Republic, he worked with Koko as support crew at the New Republic base on Chandrila, taking up the job of an engine mechanic. He and his fellow members of Phantom Squadron returned to action at the Battle of Jakku.
- Last Episode, New Character: Was not mentioned in Life Debt, where Phantom Squadron was introduced.
A male X-Wing pilot in Phantom Squadron. After Phantom Squadron was forcibly dissolved by the New Republic, he worked with Jethpur as support crew at the New Republic base on Chandrila, taking up the job of a runner for fuel lines. He and his fellow members of Phantom Squadron returned to action at the Battle of Jakku.
- Deadpan Snarker: During the Battle of Jakku, Wedge offers Temmin some words of comfort, that it's okay if he wants to back out and nobody will blame him for that. Koko yells that he's the only person that will if everyone else won't.
- Last Episode, New Character: Was not mentioned in Life Debt, where Phantom Squadron was introduced.
Pre-Atollon & Atollon Roster
Callsigns: Phoenix Two
Callsign: Phoenix Four
An X-Wing pilot that participated in the Attack on Lothal. She was killed in the dogfight in Lothal space.
- Ace Pilot: At least according to All There in the Manual. Though considering Phoenix Squadron badly lost the Attack on Lothal either way, the assault probably wasn't an accurate indicator of her abilities.
- Mauve Shirt: She's briefly developed when she exchanges quips with Hera and Mart over the comm before she's killed a few minutes later.
- Two Girls to a Team: She and Hera are the only seen women in the Lothal roster of Phoenix Squadron.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: It's not clear if her name really is Cleat or if it's just a nickname.
Callsign: Phoenix Five
An X-Wing pilot that participated in the Attack on Lothal. He was was killed in the dogfight in Lothal space.
An X-Wing pilot that participated in the Attack on Lothal. He was shot down by the second wave of TIEs and crashed in Capital City, where he was found and captured by local Imperials.
- Ace Pilot: The markings on his helmet indicate that he's had sixty kills while in flight.
- Badass in Distress: While he survives crash landing in Lothal's capital city, he is found and captured by Rukh and imprisoned by the Empire for interrogation.
- Punny Name: "Secondary", referring to how you'll probably remember him for being the Token Non-Human pilot despite being a minor character.
- Token Non-Human: He's the only non-human besides Hera we see in the Lothal roster and him being a Lutrillian seems to serve as showing that there are some non-humans in the Alliance at this point in the timeline.
- Uncertain Doom: He is not seen again after his capture by the Empire, and unlike Hera, the Rebels make no effort to learn his fate or rescue him.
A group of pilots stationed at Echo Base on Hoth.
Callsign: Rogue Leader
Homeworld: Kestic Station
Callsign: Rogue Two
A pilot in Rogue Squadron from Kestic Station. He was killed during the Battle of Hoth.
- All There in the Manual: His full name and some of his background are established in the canon reference book Ultimate Star Wars.
- Blood from the Mouth: During the battle, he can be seen with blood around his mouth and nose, indicating his snowspeeder took some damage at some point and he had received injuries.
- Character Death: Dies along with his gunner Kit Valent when his snowspeeder is shot down by an AT-AT.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: He dies while in the middle of instructing his gunner to prepare to launch a cable at an AT-AT.Senesca: Set for position three. Steady...
- Mauve Shirt: He had a couple of scenes before being killed during the battle.
Derek "Hobbie" Klivian
Callsign: Rogue Four
A pilot in Rogue Squadron who joined the Rebellion after defecting while training to become a TIE pilot at Skystrike Academy. He flew alongside Luke at the Battle of Hoth.
- All There in the Manual: His name and background were first re-established in the canon reference book Ultimate Star Wars.
- He was on standby to fly as Red Six if Jek Porkins was injured or unavailable during the events of Rogue One, according to the Visual Guide.
- Bus Crash: He died during the Battle of Hoth according to On the Front Lines.
- Death by Adaptation: While Legends works adapted his deleted scene of ramming General Veers' AT-AT, they depicted him ejecting at the last second before the crash and going on to become a mainstay of Rogue Squadron after the Battle of Hoth. In Canon, he did not eject and died in the ramming.
- Defector from Decadence: He was trained alongside Wedge at the Skystrike Academy and defected with him, with help from an infiltrating Sabine. He would later do the same two years later, recruiting Biggs after the both of them were commissioned onto the Star Destroyer, Rand Ecliptic, after getting into another Academy again.
- Distressed Dude: He and Wedge were both captured when they attempted to desert, but were rescued by Sabine and successfully escape.
- In-Series Nickname: He is more commonly known as "Hobbie" than his actual name.
- Ramming Always Works: Took out the lead AT-AT during the Battle of Hoth by crashing his snowspeeder into it, sacrificing his life to buy time for ground forces.
- Retcon: Initially, the Databank claimed that Hobbie survived the Battle of Hoth by ejecting before ramming his snowspeeder just like in Legends. On the Front Lines, however, confirmed him to have died as per reference to the original Deleted Scene, with approval from the Lucasfilm Story Group.
- Wingman: During the Battle of Hoth, he flew as Luke's wingman.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: He is not pleased when he hears about how small an escort each transport leaving Echo Base will get:Hobbie: Two fighters against a Star Destroyer?
Homeworld: Kalist VI
A member of Rogue Squadron from Kalist VI. During the Battle of Hoth, Dak served as Luke's gunner during the battle. He was killed when their snowspeeder malfunctioned.
- Character Death: When attempting to get his harpoon gun ready, something explodes and kills him, which also has the added effect of leaving Luke defenseless. What's left of Dak is Squashed Flat by the foot of an AT-AT.
- Due to the Dead: Luke tries to get Dak's body out of their snowspeeder when it crashes, but is forced to leave him behind when an AT-AT crushes the fighter.
- Explosive Instrumentation: His console explodes when a power malfunction causes it to overload, which killed him instantly.
- Guy in Back: He served as Luke's gunner in their snowspeeder.
- Hero-Worshipper: He was very excited to be assigned to Luke's snowspeeder, who he is a big fan of since Luke destroyed the Death Star and is training to be a Jedi.
- New Meat: Of the "overenthusiastic but ultimately doomed new recruit" variety. Putting him alongside Luke is an effective way of showing how much Luke himself has grown in between films.
- Penal Colony: His family were political prisoners in an Imperial penal colony and Dak himself was born there.
- Red Shirt: In the film, he gets a few lines establishing his youthful enthusiasm compared to the now more experienced Luke before dying during the battle. However, Dak's background is expanded on in source books and novels to avert the trope.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He gets a few lines that show a friendship with Luke before being killed.
Lieutenant Wes Janson
A member of Rogue Squadron from Taanab. During the Death Star crisis, he was put out of action due to being ill. During the Battle of Hoth, he served as Wedge's gunner during the battle.
- All There in the Manual: His first name is given in the canon reference book Star Wars in 100 Scenes.
- Canon Immigrant: Him being sick while the whole Death Star situation was going on, causing Porkins to stand in for him, happened in Legends as well.
- Guy in Back: He served as Wedge's gunner in their snowpeeder.
- Schrödinger's Canon: Before he was placed in Rogue Squadron, he used to be a Tierfon Yellow Ace.
- "Strike as Lightning"—Blade Squadron motto
A mixed wing of B-wing bombers and their A-wing, and later X-wing, escorts which participated in the Battle of Endor, engaging the Star Destroyer Devastator. Following that climatic battle, Blade Squadron participated in key battles at Malastare, Kuat, and finally Jakku during the effort to finish off the Empire.
Wing Commander Adon Fox
Callsign: Blade Leader
The human commander of Blade Squadron. He lost his wife during the evacuation of Hoth when her transport was destroyed by the Devastator, which he is eager to avenge during the Battle of Endor.
- Ace Pilot: Moonsong notes that he doesn't look much like a warrior, being overweight and redfaced, but that he makes up for it with his fast reflexes and skill in a fighter. He defeats Imperial Ace Pilot Commander Gradd, who is one of the best Imperial pilots in the fleet, in a one-on-one fighter duel, but his fighter is left heavily damaged afterwards.
- Blood from the Mouth: Tastes blood in his mouth after his dogfight with Commander Gradd has left his A-wing (and him) in rough shape.
- Commanding Coolness: He is regarded as a first-rate commander by his pilots.
- Crusading Widower: He is extremely pleased when he realizes that the ship his squadron is assigned to destroy is the Devastator, the same ship responsible for destroying the transport his wife was on at the Battle of Hoth.
- Disappointed in You: He sees a lot of potential in Moonsong, but is disappointed in her inability to follow proper squadron protocol in training exercises. That disappointment hurts her a lot more than any chewing out he or Stramm could give her.
- Empty Shell: He considers himself one after the loss of his wife at Hoth, noting he hasn't felt much of any emotion since then.
- I Will Only Slow You Down: After the Devastator is destroyed, he orders the remaining fighters in Blade Squadron to leave him behind and rejoin the rest of the Rebel fighters. The story ends with him still alive, but with little hope for rescue before his injuries kill him or his fighter falls apart
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Knows exactly how to handle the pilots under his command, cutting Moonsong slack about Mildly Military status because she is a good pilot and does not discipline her for mouthing off to Stramm after an exercise because she was correct when she told him that Fox's numbers were off for their attack run. However, he does chew her out for lack of communication with the rest of the squadron, which Moonsong acknowledges as a problem.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: He knows about Stramm and Moonsong's relationship, but doesn't do anything about it despite it being against regulations.
Commander Braylen Stramm
Callsigns: Blade Two, Blade Leader
A former Imperial officer who defected a year prior to the Battle of Endor. He is second-in-command of Blade Squadron. After the Battle of Endor, Stramm became the leader of Blade Squadron and was tasked with rebuilding it.
- Ace Pilot: During the Battle of Endor, he is the only B-wing pilot in Blade Squadron who engages the TIE interceptors in a dogfight and doesn't get killed. He shoots down several of the TIEs, saving Moonsong and allowing them to complete their bombing run on the Devastator.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Moonsong, although they are together by the time the story starts and are simply keeping up the act in public.
- Defector from Decadence: He deserted from his post on Naboo and joined the Rebellion after having enough of the oppressive orders handed down by his Imperial superiors.
- Fish out of Water: As a Imperial pilot, he was used to a more disciplined and orderly command structure. The Mildly Military nature of the Alliance frustrates him and results in Stramm sometimes being too hard on his pilots to compensate for this.
- Knight In Sour Armor: He does not really think the Alliance has a chance to defeat the Empire, but wants to fight it anyway to strike back at the evil he had served for far too long.
- Number Two: He is second-in-command of Blade Squadron and takes over command after Fox's A-wing is badly damaged and they think he is dead.
- Rank Up: He was promoted to commander and made the leader of Blade Squadron following the Battle of Endor.
- Secret Relationship: With Moonsong, although Fox is secretly aware of it. He ends their relationship after being promoted to squadron leader, believing that it would be too inappropriate to continue.
- Uptight Loves Wild: He is known for being a by-the-book officer who still abides by the discipline he got in the Imperial military, but gets into a relationship with Moonsong, who most definitely does not like playing by the rulebook.
Lieutenant Gina Moonsong
Callsign: Blade Three, Blade Leader
A human ex-smuggler who operated out of Coruscant, Moonsong recently joined the Rebel Alliance. She was in a relationship with Stramm until after the Battle of Endor. During the Battle of Kuat, Moonsong is promoted to squadron leader when Stramm is assigned to coordinate starfighter tactics.
- Action Girl: In addition to being a skilled pilot Moonsong is capable in ground combat. During the Battle of Jakku she is shot down and works with a group of New Republic soldiers to ambush an Imperial supply convoy.
- Ace Pilot: Fox notes that she is one of the best pilots he has ever seen, and may even be nearly as skilled as Wedge Antilles. However, she has trouble working with the rest of the squadron as a team, although this issue evaporates when they go into combat at Endor.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Stramm, although they are together by the time the story starts and are simply keeping up the act in public.
- Fiery Redhead: She has short red hair, and is very passionate and outspoken.
- Mildly Military: Being an ex-smuggler, Moonsong is used to playing a little loose with the rules, even for a Rebel. Fox tells her that if they weren't already short on pilots, he would yank her flight permission due to her attitude in the training exercises and tendency to act on her own plans without telling the rest of the squadron what she is doing.
- New Meat: She may be a natural pilot and have plenty of experience as a smuggler, but before the Battle of Endor she still has less than fifty hours of flight time in a B-wing. The harrowing experience of Endor rid her of this status immediately, and Moonsong was put in charge of training the squadron's new recruits.
- Number Two: She is made the second-in-command of Blade Squadron after Endor.
- Rank Up: Promoted to lieutenant after the Battle of Endor.
- Reformed Criminal: She used to be a smuggler before quitting and joining the Rebellion.
- Secret Relationship: With Stramm, although Fox is secretly aware of it. Stramm ends it after he gets promoted to squadron leader.
- Wingman: She and Fanty serve as each other's wingman.
Callsign: Blade Four
A male human who is Gina Moonsong's wingman. Fanty was one of three members of Blade Squadron who survived Endor.
Cadet Cutter Poole
Callsign: Blade Five
A male human who joins Blade Squadron after the Battle of Endor.
- Glory Seeker: He is all smiles upon joining the Rebellion and explains that he is very glad that he joined up before the Rebels finished off the Empire. He lets out an excited cry after getting his very first, and only, kill.
- Mauve Shirt: Gets a bit of character established before being killed at the Battle of Malastare.
- New Meat: He and Dahn share this status when joining Blade Squadron, having no experience flying starfighters before training under Moonsong.
Cadet Yori Dahn
Callsign: Blade Six
A female human who joins Blade Squadron after Endor. She was the first mate of a tramp freighter who joined the Alliance after the Empire killed the rest of her crew.
- New Meat: She and Poole share this status when joining Blade Squadron, having no experience flying starfighters before training under Moonsong.
- Revenge: Her main motivation to fight against the Empire is to avenge her dead crewmates. Moonsong thinks that mentality will get Dahn killed quickly, but she ends up being the only one of the three new recruits who survives.
- Sole Survivor: Was the only survivor of her crew, and the only new recruit under Moonsong's command who survives.
Cadet Jordan Karls
Callsign: Blade Seven
A male Togruta pilot who joins Blade Squadron after the Battle of Endor.
- Character Death: Dies in the opening stages of the Battle of Malastare when his starfighter is caught in an electromagnetic of the shield protecting the planet, which whips his starfighter into the shield and destroys it instantly.
- Red Shirt: Gets the least page time of the three new recruits to Blade Squadron in Zero Hour.
- Token Minority: He is the only known non-human in Blade Squadron.
Originally stationed at Yavin 4, Green Squadron flew Y-Wings and A-Wings at the Battle of Atollon, and later, X-Wings into the Battle of Scarif. Four years later, Green Squadron was reorganized into a squadron of A-Wing fighters that participates in the Battle of Endor.
Callsign: Green Two
A pilot in Green Squadron that fought at the Battle of Scarif.
- The Cameo: We only catch a glimpse of him taking a ride on a motorized cart to his starfighter. We don't get to see him in action, though he apparently was.
Lieutenant Attico Wred
Callsign: Green Four
A former TIE pilot who defected to the Rebellion after disobeying a direct order to fire on an unarmed civilian craft. His callsign would be given to Shara Bey sometime before the Battle of Endor.
- Defector from Decadence: He refused to shoot down an unarmed civilian craft, leading to him defecting from the Empire to the Rebellion.
Callsign: Green Seven
A pilot in Green Squadron that fought at the Battle of Scarif.
Captain Broan Danurs
Callsign: Green Ten
Formerly a Y-Wing pilot from Gold Squadron while stationed on Dantooine, being transferred to fill an X-Wing vacancy in Green Squadron on Yavin 4. He is a close friend and student to fellow Gold Squadron pilot, Davish Krail.
Callsign: Green Twelve, Red Twelve
A pilot in Green Squadron that was put out of action prior to the mission to steal the Death Star plans due to injuries sustained from a crash. Wion Dillems would step in to take his place as Green Twelve around the time of the mission to steal the Death Star plans.
- Canon Immigrant: In Legends, he was created for X-Wing: The Official Strategy Guide, a book that tied in with X-Wing. He was also Red Twelve rather than Green Twelve.
- Schrödinger's Canon: His homeworld is Denon.
- Red Shirt: Shot down while covering Dreis' trench run.
- Spared by the Adaptation: More than likely avoids his Legends counterpart's fate due to said injuries... and then subverted in From a Certain Point of View, where it is revealed he got placed into Red Squadron for the Battle of Yavin anyway.
- Taking the Bullet: His role in the trench run is to fly behind Dreis' X-Wing and soak up the fire from the pursuing TI Es long enough for Dreis to fire his torpedoes.
Lieutenant Wion Dillems
Callsign: Green Twelve
Unlike the members of his Tree Dweller tribes in the wilds of Yelsain, he was drawn to technology for the unimaginable speed it allowed him to fly at. Originally based on Admiral Raddus' Profundity, he stepped in to the fill the Green Twelve position in Green Squadron.
- Tuckerization: The initials of his name are switched from his actor's name, Dion Willems.
- Riss Cylos/Green Three
- Chaff Korus/Green Six
Commander Arvel Crynyd
Callsign: Green Leader
The leader of Green Squadron, Crynyd was the most experienced A-Wing pilot in the Alliance. He led Green Squadron during the Battle of Endor, focusing his forces on thinning out the Imperial fighter screens to give Alliance bombers a shot at taking out the Star Destroyers.
- Ace Pilot: After being shot out of control, he managed to steer his A-Wing right into the bridge of the Executor.
- All There in the Manual: Although unnamed in the movie, his previously established Legends name is canonized through the Star Wars in 100 Scenes reference book. On the Front Lines also dedicates a profile to him as one of the key figures of the Battle of Endor, which reveals his rank, status as the most experienced A-Wing pilot in the Starfighter Corps, as well as his role in defining the A-Wing as the Alliance's primary reconnaissance and escort starfighter.
- Character Death: Gets hit by a turret, but does a heroic kamikaze ramming into the Executor's bridge, which brings it down and leads to Crynyd taking Admiral Piett with him.
- Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: It could be the angle, but his eyes are often shadowed during the battle, giving him a rather sinister appearance.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: During the Battle of Endor, his fighter gets shot down. As his ship begins to break apart, the pilot manages to crash it clean through the bridge of the Executor, causing it to lose all control and smash into the Death Star.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Rather than try to eject from or crash land his doomed A-Wing, Crynyd aims for the bridge of the Executor's bridge and manages to disable it in the process.
- The Leader: Of Green Squadron.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears briefly during the Battle of Endor sequence, but his actions take out the biggest Imperial ship outside of the Death Star at Endor and allow the Rebellion to turn the tide of the battle.
- Taking You with Me: Decides that if he is going to die, he might as well take the largest Imperial ship and their Admiral, Firmus Piett, with him.
Captain L'ulo L'ampar
Callsigns: Green Two, Green Leader
Lieutenant Shara Bey
Callsign: Green Four
A human A-Wing pilot in Green Squadron, Shara joined the Rebellion alongside her husband Kes Dameron while leaving their son Poe safely with her father.
- Ace Pilot: She is a very good pilot, shooting down multiple TIEs at Endor and ultimately surviving that chaotic battle. Shara even flies her A-Wing through the legs of an AT-AT during the Battle of Cawa City in order to get the drop on several TIEs pursuing L'ulo.
- Badass Normal: She's just a mom that figured she'd put her Ace Pilot skills to use and just so happened to become friends with Luke and Leia due to unexpected events.
- Bus Crash: Poe's story in Before the Awakening reveals that Shara died several years after retiring when Poe was only nine. The exact circumstances of her death are not revealed.
- The Cameo: Her Naboo Starfighter from Inferno Squad's perspective of the Battle of Naboo during Operation: Cinder in Battlefront II can be seen, though she isn't heard.
- Good Parents: Probably. According to Word of God, her motive for joining the Rebel Alliance was that the events of the Battle of Yavin caused her to realized that the best way to provide a better future for Poe was if the rebels won the war, so she figured that she might as well put her piloting skills to use somewhere in that. Poe also remembers her fondly.
- The Protagonist: Of Shattered Empire.
- Reluctant Retiree: L'ulo submits retirement papers in Shara's name when he learns her husband's own retirement papers have been approved, knowing that she would never stop flying combat missions if he did not.
- Retired Badass: After completing the mission to Vetine with Luke, Shara retires to a new colony on Yavin 4 with Kes and Poe.
- Rugged Scar: She has a small vertical scar above her right eye that goes through the outer edge of her eyebrow.
- Workaholic: She throws herself completely into her work after the Battle of Endor, volunteering for mission after mission while her father watches over her child and her husband is forced to keep radio silent while in the field, much to the concern of L'ulo.
- Kokely, KIA at the Battle of Endor.
- Pick, unknown status.
An elite squadron of five X-Wings that performs intelligence gathering missions for the Alliance Fleet in the aftermath of the defeat at Hoth.
Callsign: Corona Leader
A female human aristocrat who commands Corona Squadron.
- Boyish Short Hair: She's depicted as having this in the manga adaptation.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: The author imagines her being portrayed by Michelle Yeoh.
- The Leader: Of Corona Squadron until shortly after the Battle of Endor.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Goes by "The Contessa", with her real name never actually being stated.
- Put on a Bus: She leaves the military to return to her homeworld after Endor in order to run for election as president.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She is high-ranking nobility on her homeworld, with Yendor referencing her having lived in a palace, but she joined the Rebellion to fight the Empire.
Callsigns: Corona Two, Corona Leader
A male Twi'lek pilot who becomes friends with Thane Kyrell. Following the conclusion of the Galactic Civil War and the rise of the New Republic, Yendor returned to his homeworld of Ryloth and became the independent world's ambassador to the New Republic.
- Ace Pilot: He survived the Battle of Endor and served as squadron leader, so this trope should go without saying.
- Ambadassador: Returns in Bloodline as an emissary from his homeworld of Ryloth.
- Call Sign: Initially flew as Corona Two before being made the leader of the squadron.
- Deadpan Snarker: Spends most of his time snarking.
- Guy in Back: During the Battle of Hoth, Yendor serves as the gunner in Thane's snowspeeder.
- Rank Up: After the Contessa leaves the New Republic to return to her homeworld, Yendor is promoted to squadron leader.
- Retired Badass: Leaves the New Republic military shortly before the end of the war to help liberate Ryloth, after which he is immediately made ambassador, a position he holds for at least twenty-three years.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: His dynamic with Thane.
Callsign: Corona Three
A sarcastic and cranky human male.
- Character Death: His X-wing is destroyed by TIE fighters during the scouting mission to the Hudalla system.
- Gonk: In the manga adaptation, compared to his teammates. He looks like Usopp with a nose in the shape of a hook.
- Knight In Sour Armor: He is always extremely grumpy and pessimistic, but his squadmates put up with it because he is an excellent pilot who gives everything he has to the Rebellion.
- Mauve Shirt: The least developed member of Corona Squadron and the only one who dies.
Commander Thane Kyrell
Callsigns: AV-547, Corona Four
A human male aristocrat from Jelucan, Thane was best friends with Ciena Ree and went to the Imperial Academy on Coruscant with her, graduating as a top-ranked TIE pilot. However, he deserted the Empire soon after the destruction of Alderaan and joined the Alliance several months later. However, fate continued to bring him and Ciena, still serving in the Imperial fleet, together on several occasions during the war.
- Abusive Parents: While his mother was only neglectful of him, Thane's father would often beat him harshly and bad enough to leave scars that were still visible in his adulthood.
- Ace Pilot: He is one of the most skilled pilots to ever graduate from the Imperial Academy on Coruscant. After joining the Alliance, Thane is assigned to Corona Squadron, which is one of their elite Starfighter units.
- Bully Hunter: He hates bullies, mainly because his father and older brother were both bullies. In fact, he and Ciena become friends because Thane charges a bunch of kids bullying Ciena when she tries to sneak a look at Tarkin's shuttle. This mentality later contributes to his decision to join the Rebellion despite being cynical about it, as he can no longer stand simply going around the galaxy and seeing the harm Imperials are inflicting everywhere.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: The author sees him as being played by Sam Reid.
- The Cynic: He was never a true believer in the Empire, and simply joined up to fly their advanced ships. Even after joining up with the Rebellion, he did not initially think that whatever replaced the Empire would be good, but that it at least had to be better than the Empire. After serving with the Rebellion for awhile and coming to admire its leaders, he does eventually start to believe that the Rebellion has a good chance to establish a just government.
- Death Faked for You: Although Ciena told him she would report that he had deserted, she actually claimed that he had committed suicide out of grief over the destruction of the Death Star.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: A downplayed example: Thane works for the Rebellion with Luke Skywalker living just down the hall but continues to believe the Force is ridiculous nonsense. Doubly so with so many people in living memory who knew the Jedi. Also, despite the staggering amount of weird coincidences that keep bringing him and Ciena together. He does admit that he almost started to believe in the Force, but decides it is either not real or has a sick sense of humor after his rescue of Ciena ends up placing her in a New Republic prison facing war crimes charges.
- Friendly Enemy: What he and Ciena. General Rieekan and his squadron are not particularly pleased by this, although his squadmates come around when they witness Ciena save Thane's life during a scouting mission.
- HeelFace Turn: Deserts the Empire and eventually joins the Rebellion.
- Heel Realization: The destruction of Alderaan kicks off his realization that the Empire is evil, and watching his fellow Imperials enslave the Bodachi'i drives him to finally desert from the Empire.
- Interclass Friendship: With Ciena: his family is a powerful aristocratic family while Ciena's is working-class.
- Knight In Sour Armor: While he does not believe the Alliance can defeat the Empire, Thane feels he must fight it after having served the Empire and seeing its evil firsthand.
- Odd Friendship: Besides their social statuses, Thane and Ciena also come from opposing cultures that settled Jelucan at different points. The fact that it grows into a romance that continues even after Thane joins the Rebellion only increases how odd it is.
- Oh, Crap!: When he realizes that his boss, Mon Mothma, was the woman that he vented to when he got drunk after having a previous Oh, Crap! that he might unknowingly kill Ciena during some battle between the Rebellion and the Empire. Fortunately, Senator Mothma is a Nice Girl, Reasonable Authority Figure, and a Benevolent Boss who understands that he's in distress, and as long as he doesn't let his love for Ciena get in the way of his commitment to the Rebellion, it'll be okay.
- Rank Up: By the time of the Battle of Jakku, Thane was promoted from Lieutenant to Commander.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He comes from a wealthy aristocratic family, but initially joins the military before deserting and eventually joining the Rebellion that is attempting to take down the system that helps his class back on Jelucan.
- Starcrossed Lovers: With Ciena.
- Token Human: While part of the crew of the Mighty Oak Apocalypse.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: His dynamic with Yendor.
Lieutenant Kendy Idele
Callsign: Corona Five
A dark-skinned female human from Iloh, Kendy was a roommate and friend of Ciena Ree and Jude at the Imperial Academy on Coruscant. After graduating, she and her unit eventually mutinied against the Empire and joined the Rebellion, where she was reunited with her friend and fellow classmate Thane.
- Ace Pilot: While never as good as Ciena or Thane, Kendy was near the top of the class at the Imperial Academy and is assigned to an elite X-Wing unit as part of the Rebellion.
- Action Girl: In addition to being a capable pilot, Kendy is more than capable of taking care of herself in a firefight. At the academy, she had the best scores in accuracy with a blaster, and she puts those skills to good use when infiltrating the Inflictor.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: The author imagines Kendy being played by Parminder Nagra.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Being from a tropical world with lots of beaches, she grew up going barefoot most of the time and grew to hate having to wear shoes, particularly the Imperial military boots.
- HeelFace Turn: She and most of her unit mutiny against the Empire on Miriatin, with the survivors joining the Rebel Alliance.
- We Used to Be Friends: She no longer considers Ciena to be a friend after joining the Rebellion, believing that someone who continued serving the Empire as long as Ciena had would be too corrupted to still be a good person. She changes her mind after witnessing Ciena save Thane's life during the scouting mission to the Hudalla System.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has dark green hair, which is a natural color for humans hailing from her homeworld of Iloh; as confirmed in Leia, Princess of Alderaan.
An airspeeder and starfighter squadron. During the Battle of Atollon, Blue Squadron flew Y-Wings and suffered heavy casualties. At the time of the Battle of Scarif, Blue Squadron was a mixture of X-Wings and U-Wings and served as a key ground support unit, although it suffered heavy casualties during the mission to steal the Death Star plans. Four years later, Blue Squadron was a B-Wing unit and participated in the Battle of Endor.
General Antoc Merrick
Callsign: Blue Leader
Callsign: Blue Two
A pilot in Blue Squadron that fought at the Battle of Scarif.
Callsign: Blue Three
A computer specialist who spent much of her time on flight simulators she created herself, she immediately took the opportunity to join the Rebel Alliance when it came to her homeworld of Fresia, wanting to become an X-Wing pilot. She would be placed in Blue Squadron as an X-Wing pilot and would die in the Battle of Scarif.
Homeworld: Ord Mantell
Callsign: Blue Four
An X-Wing pilot of Blue Squadron, hailing from the world of Ord Mantell. He fought at the Battle of Scarif.
Callsign: Blue Five
An X-Wing pilot from Blue Squadron, fighting in the Battle of Scarif. Unlike most pilots, his helmet's Rebel insignia was of the modified Wren Phoenix, by rebel propaganda artist Sabine Wren of Mandalore.
Callsign: Blue Six
An X-Wing pilot transferred from the Tierfon Yellow Aces into Blue Squadron, he participated in the Battle of Scarif.
- Character Death: He was the last member of Blue Squadron to attempt to fly through the Shield Gate surrounding the planet while it was down, but the shield recovered in time for Grek's X-Wing to crash into it and kill the pilot.
Callsign: Blue Seven
Originally a member of the Tierfon Yellow Aces, Duggsin was transferred to Blue Squadron alongside Vangos Grek.
Lieutenant Heff Tobber
Callsign: Blue Eight
A U-Wing pilot from Blue Squadron who fought in the Battle of Scarif. He was once stationed at the rebel outpost on Crait.
Callsign: Blue Nine
A former search-and-rescue pilot for the Wilderness Preserve service on his homeworld of Atrisia, he became skilled in precision by weaving and and flying airspeeders through the world's dense brush. He would use these skills as a member of the Rebel Alliance's Blue Squadron as a U-Wing pilot.
Warrant Officer Laren Joma
Callsign: Blue Eleven
A U-Wing pilot tasked with delivering reinforcements to Rogue One during the Battle of Scarif.
- Character Death: Dies when her U-Wing is shot down and crash-lands on the beaches of Scarif.
- Gunship Rescue: Her specialty as a U-Wing pilot. During the Battle of Scarif she pilots the only U-Wing that makes it through the shield gate before it closes, delivering reinforcements to Rogue One and then flying around the battlefield to give her gunner Bistan the chance to provide covering fire for the ground troops.
- The Nicknamer: Dubbed Bistan "space monkey" as an endearing nickname.
Lieutenant Taslet Colb
Callsign: Blue Eleven
The co-pilot to fellow Blue Eleven, U-Wing pilot Laren Joma, during the Battle of Scarif. They would both die during the battle when their U-Wing is shot down.
- Character Death: Dies when his U-Wing is shot down and crash-lands on the beaches of Scarif.
Callsign: Blue Twelve
One of the four Y-Wing pilots transferred from the Atrivis sector to the Profundity, he fought at the Battle of Scarif.
- Ambiguous Situation: It is unknown if he survived the Battle of Scarif.
Callsign: Blue Five
A Sullustan B-Wing pilot that also had expertise in demolitions. In the Battle of Endor, he led Blue Squadron in the assault against Imperial command ships.
- All There in the Manual: His name and call sign can be found in the Rebel pilots Databank slideshow. More about his background was later given in the official Star Wars Card Trader app.
- Bounty Hunter: Prior to joining the Alliance, he worked as a bounty hunter.
- Humanoid Alien: As a Sullustan, he has the basic human body shape but a distinctly alien appearance.
- Numerical Theme Naming: Don't confuse him with Nien Nunb, but the reason for their similar names is that Nien Nunb is a joke on 'Number Nine', and Ten Numb's name is a joke on "Number Ten".
A Y-Wing Squadron that fought in the Battle of Endor.
Callsign: Gray Leader
A Y-Wing pilot who led Gray Squadron in the Battle of Endor.
- All There in the Manual: His Legends name is reestablished in the canon reference book Star Wars: Galactic Atlas.
- Canon Immigrant: The character was originally introduced in the Legends novel X-Wing: Rogue Squadron. The Star Wars Customizable Card Game later identified the previously unnamed Gray Leader from Return of the Jedi as Salm.
Callsign: Gray Three
A Y-Wing pilot that flew for Gray Squadron and died in the Battle of Endor.
Major Shriv Suurgav
Callsigns: Danger Leader
An X-Wing pilot that worked closely with Lando to hunt down Admiral Versio after the Battle of Endor.
- Actually Pretty Funny: When he tells Lando that he helped liberate Sullust, the latter jokes that that explains why the Empire is still there. Shriv laughs, and admits that that's a good one.
- Alliterative Name: Shriv Suurgav.
- Bait-and-Switch: After a mission with Nien Nunb goes wrong in the Adventures comics...
- Butt-Monkey: He gets picked on by a couple of characters and his presence is ignored a few times despite his rank. He thinks that hes The Friend Nobody Likes in a case of My Friends... and Zoidberg.
- Deadpan Snarker: How he deals with his Butt-Monkey status.Shriv (Feeling dejected after getting ignored by Del): "Hey Shriv, I hope you survive this incredibly dangerous mission as well." Thank you Del, your friendship means everything to me.
- Honorary Uncle: During the thirty year timeskip, Iden's daughter, Zay, has taken to calling him "Uncle Shriv".
- Ink-Suit Actor: He looks a bit like a Duros version of his actor.
- Mission Control: Most, if not all, of the multiplayer maps involving the Rebel Alliance has him as your multiplayer announcer.
- Moment Killer: At the end of the Battle of Jakku, he gets pestered by D10 into following the droid's directions... right into Del and Iden sharing their Big Damn Kiss.
- Old Soldier: The man has been in the thick of action some time prior to the Battle of Endor, and followed through with some pivotal operations all the way to the Battle of Jakku. Thirty years later, he's still an active agent of the Resistance.
- The Straight Man: To Lando's laidback attitude. Their mission on Sullust's Imperial factory spirals into chaos thanks to Lando's Indy Ploy tendencies, and poor Shriv is forced to tag along anyway.
- Taking You with Me: He jokes that if hes gonna die at the weapons compound on Sullust (which they had flooded with lava), hes glad that Lando is gonna die too.
A squadron of assorted starfighters — an X-Wing, a Y-Wing, an A-Wing, a B-Wing, and a U-Wing — under the command of General Hera Syndulla and Agent Caern Adan. Formed after the Battle of Endor, they were tasked to hunt down the 204th Imperial Fighter Wing, known as Shadow Wing, after it launches a series of devastating attacks on the New Republic.
Lieutenant Yrica Quell
Homeworld: Gavana Orbital
A former TIE pilot in the 204th Imperial Fighter Wing, now an X-Wing pilot in the New Republic's Alphabet Squadron.
- Ambiguously Brown: Judging by her depiction on the cover of Alphabet Squadron, she's not white.
- When asked if Yrica is Asian, Freed explain that he view her as of mixed ethnicity, with much of her heritage and features very evidently Asian.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Is on the receiving end of this by Hera, who asks her if she knows her pilots well enough outside of their file to know if they would fight for her and if they know that she would fight for them. Yrica has no response.
- Bi the Way: Makes reference to past boyfriends and girlfriends.
- Defector from Decadence: She defected from the Empire after refusing to help carry out Operation: Cinder. Ultimately subverted. The climax of Alphabet Squadron reveals she carried out the operation with the rest of her squadron, then defected immediately after its conclusion.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Starts as an Ice Queen, but she warms up to her squad throughout the first book. This has less to do with personality and more about adapting to the differences between Imperial and Rebel operations. Imperials have to rely on discipline and planning since their ships tend to be made of tissue paper. Rebels can improvise, play to individual strengths, and make (small) mistakes.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Yrica was loyal to the Empire's principles up until Operation: Cinder was enacted. The people who surrender after Cinder? She looks on them as dangerous and irredeemable believers. They were asked to participate in planetary genocides - and never even blinked. Which makes her a bit of a hypocrite- she carried out her part in Cinder, then defected when she couldn't live with what she had just helped to do.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: She originally joined the Empire to receive pilot's training so she could then run off and join the Rebellion, but she got comfortable with her time as an Ace Pilot for the Imperials. It wasn't until Operation: Cinder that she realized it wasn't worth it, resulting in her Hazy Feel Turn and later full-on HeelFace Turn.
- Hazy Feel Turn: She was an Imperial pilot, but defected after refusing to take part in Operation: Cinder. Though she's retrieved afterwards by rebels, she's stuck living in a deserters' shantytown until Adan recruits her to Alphabet Squadron, solidifying her HeelFace Turn.
- Hunter of Their Own Kind: An ex-Imperial pilot, now a hunter of Imperial (pilots). She even used to be a member of Shadow Wing.
- Hypocrite: Ultimately, her contempt Imperial defectors who quit after the second wave of defectors turns out to be this, as it turns out that she was a rebel sympathizer in the first place, but got cozy with her time as an Imperial and didn't leave until Operation: Cinder- which she also helped carry out. So with that context, she's been trying to convince herself with very close standards that she's nothing like the defectors that she detests.
- Meaningful Name: "Quell" means "to end".
- My Nayme Is: Her first name is pronounced "Ear-ica".
- No Sense of Humor:Nath: You do this to my ship? (Referring to the new paintjob she commissioned for them.)
Yrica: Does it look like I can paint?
Nath: Don't do it again!
- The Stoic: She doesn't wear her emotions on her sleeve, that's for sure.
The mysterious and distant U-Wing pilot of Alphabet Squadron.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: In Ancient Greek, her name essentially means "the time to strike".
- Cool Mask: Wears a mask that covers the entirety of her face, adding to her mysteriousness.
- Meaningful Name: "Kairos" is an Ancient Greek word for "a moment of opportunity". In other words, the time to strike, which befits a starfighter pilot.
- Mysterious Past: No one knows anything about her. Nath and Chass mention talking to her, but never betray any hint of her background or species. Even the few sections written from her point of view only confirm her gender and her hatred for the Empire.
- Only One Name: She's just Kairos to Adan and the squadron.
- The Stoic: Although she's stunned when she checks out the new paintjob given to her U-Wing under Quell's supervision, and the few sections written from her point of view show she has an intense hatred for the Empire.
Alphabet Squadron's A-Wing pilot. Having spent his youth using flying beasts as mounts, he has a talent for piloting.
- Bi the Way: Wyl casually mentioned kissing another man, a member of his squadron, but the two of them broke it off when it became too awkward.
- Companion Cube: Wyl behaves this way toward his A-Wing, speaking to it like it's one of the flying beasts he rode as a child back on Polyneus.
- I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Wyl's flying skills? Unparalleled. His aim? Questionable. Just ask Chass.
- Improbable Piloting Skills: Even for an A-wing pilot, Wyl seems able to move a starfighter in ways that beggar belief. Nath jokes that Wyl flies "like he was podracing in diapers." It helps that Wyl probably has been flying since he was in diapers- and those mounts had a mind of their own.
- Meaningful Name: A lark is a type of songbird. Fitting for an upbeat pilot like Wyl.
- Nature Hero: Wyl's homeworld Polyneus was very rustic and its people were in tune with nature and the wild beasts- children learned to ride wild animals rather than use speeders and starfighters. Wyl was apparently an exceptional beast rider, since he got volunteered by the matriarchs to join the Rebellion when the Empire began poisoning their atmosphere with an atmospheric monitoring post.
- Nice Guy: Described as such in synopses, Wyl is generally upbeat, apologizes for his mistakes, and only dreams of heading Home after the war.
- Pilot Errant: Wyl is idealistic, light-hearted, and wanders the galaxy to fight the Empire on behalf of his homeworld. His kind nature is almost sickeningly sweet to Nath, who jokes that he knows how far he's fallen by comparing himself to Wyl.
- Sole Survivor: Of Riot Squadron, all of whom were killed by the 212th in the Oridol Cluster.
The Y-Wing pilot of Alphabet Squadron. He has a personal bone to pick with Shadow Wing.
- Affably Evil: The only reason Nath joined the Rebellion in the first place was because he and his squadron were discovered to be corrupt by the Empire and defected to the Rebellion to escape a death sentence. They continued their corrupt ways under the Rebellion.
- It's Personal: Shadow Wing killed his previous team. Ultimately subverted, as while he is happy enough to gain revenge for his friends, Nath only joins the team due to Adan offering him a ton of money.
- Military Maverick: Nath's service record is full of this sort of action. Yrica recruits him on a smuggler's station where he's hiring himself out as security for ships.
- During the final battle for Pandem Nai, Nath ignores Yrica's orders and secretly abandons the rest of the squadron, boards the Imperial command station, and chases down Shadow Wing's commanding officer before shooting her in the back.
- Only in It for the Money: His initial recruitment fails as revenge is not enough to motivate him to rejoin the Rebellion, but Kairos secretly gives him a message from Adan offering all the money he could gather in exchange for being his personal agent in the squadron.
- Though he does gun down Grandma on Pandem Nai, after getting her to fork over Yrica's flight records, getting his revenge for her ordering the murder of his squadron.
- Sole Survivor: Of his previous unit, thanks to Shadow Wing.
- Token Evil Teammate: Charming as he may be, Nath is still corrupt and interested in money only. He even admits to Yrica that if he decides their mission is going south, he will settle for killing her as his revenge on Shadow Wing before deserting.
Chass na Chadic
Callsigns: Riot 10
Alphabet Squadron's B-Wing pilot. She had a rough life prior to the Rebellion, jumping from one criminal hellhole to another.
- Death Seeker: Watching too many of her heroes die while she's still left standing has turned her into this.
- Hero-Worshipper: She admires heroes like Jyn Erso. Too bad most of them became casualties of the war...
- Music for Courage: Chass often flies into battle blasting Star Wars' equivalent to death metal.
- Sole Survivor: Of Hound Squadron, which was slowly whittled down by the 212th during the chase through the Oridol Cluster.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Due to her seeking a heroic death in battle, she is infuriated when Wyl prevents her from dying in the Oridol Cluster. Chass even eventually forces him to swear to never save her life again and let her sacrifice herself if she tries to again.
Tierfon Yellow Aces Squadron
An X-Wing squadron stationed at Tierfon launch base. However, after encroaching Imperial forces nearby forced an eventual evacuation of the base, the Yellow Aces dissolved. At least four members were sent to Base One on Yavin 4 prior to the Battles of Scarif and Yavin.
Other Rebel Pilots
Species: Mon Calamari
A rebel that worked often with the starfighter corps. He witnessed the Battle of Yavin from the Alliance war room.
A male human X-Wing pilot who fought at the Battle of Endor.
- All There in the Manual: His name is given in the canon reference book Star Wars in 100 Scenes.
- Character Death: He survived most of the Battle of Endor, only to be shot down by TIE fighters in the narrow confines of the Death Star.
- Red Shirt: One of many Rebel pilots at Endor who exist only to be killed.
- Sacrificial Lamb: His death prompts Lando to order half the fighters that made it into the Death Star to split off from him and Wedge and head back to the surface as a distraction, which reduces the number of TIE fighters following them to the reactor.
- Schrödinger's Canon: In Legends, he was Red Seven at the Battle of Endor.
An A-Wing pilot that fought in the Battle of Endor.
- Schrödinger's Canon: He's presumably a pilot from Green Squadron, since he wears a flight suit and pilots an A-Wing. However, he is not Green Four as he was in Legends, as Shara Bey holds that callsign here.
- We Need a Distraction: During the flight through the second Death Star, Farrell leads a few other fighters in splitting off from the main group in order to divide the attention of the pursuing TIE Interceptors and allow the Millennium Falcon and Wedge to reach the power core.
A Y-Wing pilot that fought in the Battle of Endor.
- All There in the Manual: His Legends name is reestablished in the canon reference book Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know.
- Death by Adaptation: In Legends, he survived the Battle of Endor, but the updated canon junior novelization of Return of the Jedi has him die in the battle.
- Schrödinger's Canon: In Legends, he flew as Gray Two.
Captain Dosmit Ræh
An X-Wing pilot from the Tierfon Yellow Aces Squadron. Presumably, she participated in the Battle of Jakku and was downed. Her helmet would be recovered by Rey, who would idolize the pilot and imagine stories about her.
- Ace Pilot: Her helmet has kill markings on it which include at least three black Vs in yellow dots, each of which indicate twenty fighter kills, meaning Dosmit has at least sixty kills.
- Posthumous Character: She seems to have died in the Battle of Jakku, but Rey carries on her memory by creating a doll of her and keeping her helmet during her time on Jakku.
- Pūnct'uatìon Sh'akër: Might not be an alien, but her surname has the only instance of an ash ligature among the characters.
- Unknown Character: We don't know anything about her besides that she was a Tierfon Yellow Aces X-Wing pilot that fought and died in the Battle of Jakku. Rey doesn't know much either, so she likes to make up stories about her.
A pilot in the New Republic Navy. She, Kazuda Xiono, and Hugh Sion were sent to deliver intel to Poe Dameron, but were ambushed by Major Vonreg of the First Order.
- Ambiguously Brown: She appears to have Asian features, somewhat resembling Sabine.
- Meaningful Name: Possibly unintentional, but her name is Mia. Kaz doesn't follow up on his promise to return to base after the mission, so he might as well have gone MIA.
- True Companions: When Kaz tells her and Hugh to flee while he holds off Vonreg, she expresses reluctance and only does so when he assures them that "he'll be right behind them."
A pilot in the New Republic Navy. He, Kazuda Xiono, and Mia Gabon were sent to deliver intel to Poe Dameron, but were ambushed by Major Vonreg of the First Order.