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- "We are building an Alliance; this is our Rebellion."—Senator-in-exile Mon Mothma
The rebel cells were various pockets of resistance that began popping up in response to the oppression of the Galactic Empire prior to the actual beginning of the Galactic Civil War. While many of these groups were unorganized, many of them banded together, eventually forming the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Others were destroyed by the Empire long before any hope of organized galactic resistance was a possibility.
- The Alliance: The cells don't start really joining together until about two years before the destruction of the first Death Star, shortly after Senator Mothma goes into exile for publicly calling out Palpatine. Most rebel cells were isolated and fighting on their own (and some weren't even aware that there were others fighting, too) until Ezra's speech a couple of years before Mothma's callout is broadcast throughout the Galaxy, followed up by Rebel High Command realizing that they need to help rescue Kanan over Mustafar to further prove their point that rebellion is possible against the Empire.
- Black-and-Grey Morality: Some of the resistance cells operate in an often less-than-heroic fashion, hitting targets with civilians working at them or going for maximum casualties against the Empire without any real thought of the consequences. That being said, the vast majority of the resistance is firmly moral.
- Case in point, the Partisans were looked down on for being off the deep end, but they thought the rest of the Alliance were too unwilling to cross any lines, so they broke off from them by the time of Rogue One.
- Hit-and-Run Tactics: Even moreso than the actual Rebel Alliance, as these groups had less soldiers and resources to work with.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Think the Rebel Alliance, only much less organized. In Rebels, this is the point, as it keeps any one cell from compromising the whole rebellion. In the season one finale, the various groups are banded together for a big operation by Bail Organa and Fulcrum, which is indicated to be a permanent shift in tactics.
- La Résistance: The very beginning of it. Some of them date back to the Clone Wars when they were fighting the Separatists alongside the Republic. Then the Republic turned into the Empire and refused to leave, so they turned on it.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Vilified: The Rebel cells tend to be quietly celebrated by the public, instead of feared as the Empire wants.
Senator/Viceroy Bail Organa
Princess Leia Organa
Senator-in-exile Mon Mothma
Copilot of Chardri Tage, and an experienced operative.
- Honey Trap: She's mentioned to be quick to get her enemies to underestimate her because of her good looks.
Species: Mon Calamari
A brilliant Mon Calamari engineer and starship designer who offers his services and designs to the Rebellion, specifically the B-Wing.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite having absolutely zero piloting experience, living on a planet that is considered a Death World to starship pilots, using a lot of language that would discourage potential pilots from testing his inventions and acknowledging that he's putting his test-pilots at risk, he invented the prototype for what would become one of the most devastating assault fighters in the Rebel fleet.
- Cool Old Guy: While he can be a bit prideful, Quarrie is a good man and genius starship designer.
- Meaningful Name: Named after the late Star Wars designer, Ralph McQuarrie.
- Pride: He is very prideful about his work, which makes him reluctant to just let any pilot fly the B-Wing prototype. Quarrie gets very territorial when Sabine suggests she could upgrade the weapons on it.
- Schrödinger's Canon: In The Freemaker Adventures, he's still an ally of the Rebel Alliance after the Battle of Hoth and gets around to building another ship, called the Arrowhead, which is powered by a kyber crystal.
- Weird Beard: As a Mon Calamari, Quarrie doesn't actually have hair and has a "mustache" made from flesh flaps. The Perma-Stubble is also just a variation in his pigmentation.
A GNK power droid that was actually a Rebel information courier. Rendezvousing with the Ghost crew on Garel, he was to be taken to Havoc Outpost, but ended up being the target of a Black Sun bounty in the midst of the mission.
- The Big Guy: He's 1.1 meters tall, but he's still pretty large-sized (probably as equivalent to an animal) for most droids.
- Gentle Giant: He's rather nice, though. There isn't much harm that a GNK droid can give anyway, besides maybe stomping on you.
- Living MacGuffin: No one expected a GNK droid to be a rebel courier. And that's a good thing. Sabine and Ketsu end up fighting over him for their respective sides.
- Odd Friendship: He's one of the only droids that Chopper gets along with.
The Fulcrum Information Network
The Fulcrum Information Network
- "I want to take your recruits and find missions for them. I want to be the one who listens to what people need, who finds out what people can do and then helps them do it."—Ahsoka Tano
The anonymous title used by rebel informants. The system was proposed by former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano, who after meeting with Senator Bail Organa a year after the fall of the Republic and the rise of the Empire, would become the first Fulcrum informant, pointing out that a Rebellion cannot prosper without a proper information network to keep cells connected and united with each other. The moniker of Fulcrum was adopted from an unidentified previous titleholder by Ahsoka prior to her proposing the Fulcrum network to Organa.
Other Fulcrum agents would include Agent Alexsandr Kallus of the Imperial Security Bureau, Captain Cassian Andor of Alliance Intelligence, and many others.
- Ambiguous Gender: The more to hide their individual identities.
- Ambiguous Situation: Rebel Rising heavily implies that Xosad became a Fulcrum recruitment agent later on in the story.
- Anonymous Benefactor: Individual Fulcrum informants typically conceal their identities from the cells they work with for maximum operational security.
- Code Name: They use the moniker "Fulcrum".
- Collective Identity: There can be multiple Fulcrums at a time for different cells/sectors, like how Cassian is specifically the Fulcrum of the Albarrio sector.
- Exact Words: Ahsoka was the first rebel informant... just not the first person to hold the title of Fulcrum.
- Knowledge Broker: They give information to rebel cells officially acknowledged by Senator Organa.
- Legacy Character: After Ahsoka goes MIA, every other Fulcrum becomes this.
- Meaningful Name: A fulcrum is something in the middle that pivots and supports things, both in physics and metaphors. The Fulcrum network is a spiritual predecessor to Alliance Intelligence, providing information that allows the Rebellion to make strikes against the Empire and to grow into a more powerful force. Knowledge is power after all.
- Ahsoka is "in the middle". She is not a Jedi, but she is not a Sith or a Dark-side user. She chose another path and she is willing to compromise for what she believes is ultimately the best solution in the situation, rather than simply deferring to the absolutes of Black-and-White Morality often used by most Light-sided users and Dark-sided users.
- Kallus is an Imperial Security Bureau agent who has committed atrocious acts in the belief it was for the ultimate good, as well as a Freudian Excuse in that he had something personal to hold against the rebels. Realizing he was wrong, he switched to the Rebellion, but will still commit questionable acts if the situation calls for it, such as framing other officers and being abrasive.
- Cassian is a former Separatist-turned-Rebel. Similarly to Kallus, he has committed numerous morally questionable actions as well (though not anywhere close to the level of Kallus'), making him a morally grey character, or, "in the middle".
- It also seems to be a call back to the Father and Mortis, as All There in the Manual describes the Father as the "fulcrum" of the balance that he intended Anakin to succeed him as, as well as Mortis being the "fulcrum" of the Galaxy and the Force.
- Mysterious Employer: Since Fulcrum agents can be anyone as long as they have information, they're supposed to stay anonymous for their safety.
- Sadistic Choice: Due to being a spy network, it's inevitable. Both Kallus and Cassian have committed sadistic acts.
- Seeking Sanctuary: In a non-religious sense. They're open to helping defecting Imperial officers and/or rebel sympathizers/refugees reach the rebels to help against or hide away from the Empire.
- Sigil Spam: Of Ahsoka's Facial Markings on her forehead, which remains the de facto symbol of the other informants.
- Trust Password: It would appear that some Fulcrums have this. Kallus uses one to convince Kanan, Ezra, and Chopper that he's the real deal.
- The Voice: They only communicate through audio transmissions using a mechanically distorted voice.
Captain Alexsandr Kallus
Captain Cassian Jeron Andor
Senator Nadea Tural
General Jan Dodonna
An elite unit of A-Wing starfighter pilots and technicians under the command of Commander Jun Sato and Phoenix Leader Captain Hera Syndulla. After the Battle of Atollon, Phoenix Squadron suffered heavy losses and dispersed its ranks into the squadrons under the Massassi unit in the recently-formed Rebel Alliance.
- Canon Immigrant: Their name is possibly taken from the Phoenix Squadron in Star Wars Legends video game X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter.
- Doomed by Canon:
- Well, something had to have happened to their Imperial light carrier, since it doesn't show up with the rebel fleet in the Original Trilogy. Sato used it in a Heroic Sacrifice in order for the Atollon rebels to escape destruction and capture from Imperials.
- Not quite doomed, but the reason why they don't appear in the movies is because a ton of them died at the Battle of Atollon, so they found it better to just disperse and join the other squadrons, like Wedge joining Red Squadron. We also see Hammerhead cruisers during the Battle of Scarif, and two of them survived the Battle of Atollon.
- The Faceless: The technicians wear a One-Way Visor helmet.
- Legacy Character: According to All There in the Manual, a squadron of A-Wings named Phoenix Squadron fought at the Battle of Jakku. We're not sure if they named it after this squadron or Phoenix Squadron lived to fight another day after the Battle of Atollon.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: They get three Hammerheads and an Imperial light carrier added to their arsenal later in Season 2. The light carrier is lost in the Season 3 finale in order to destroy an Interdictor in the Blockade of Atollon, but on the other hand, Phoenix Squadron joins up with the Massassi unit.
- One Degree of Separation: One of the Hammerhead corvettes given to them by Leia is later used to destroy the Shield Gate over Scarif at the Battle of Scarif.
- One Steve Limit: Averted, sort of. There's a "Phoenix Squad" in 2011 re-release of A New Hope.
- Red Shirt Army: To show how serious their opponent of the week is, be it Vader in "The Siege of Lothal" or the Blockade of Ibaar. A recurring plot point is how they need more Ace Pilots in their ranks. According to All There in the Manual, Supply and Ordnance refused to get more A-Wings until before Return of the Jedi because of how many A-Wings were destroyed while serving Phoenix Squadron.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: Hera lets as many rebels as there's room for aboard her ship in the aftermath of the Battle of Atollon. Many of them are silent, curled up, and/or staring off into space.
- What Measure Is a Mook?:
- A skirmish with the Protectors ends with two pilots dead, but Sabine's only concern is Hera getting crippled and nearly killed.
- During the establishing of Chopper Base, Deiser goes MIA, but no mention is made about her by the time they deal with the krykna. Justified, because it had been hours since her disappearance once they find out about the krykna and their diet, leaving them to assume what went down.
- Averted in the intro of "Homecoming", one of the pilots gets shot down right before she can dock, leading to Hera pointing out in the aftermath that they need a new safer docking place for pilots and that pilots are a limited resource.
- You All Look Familiar: There are only about four or five different character models for the pilots, not helped that callsigns such as "Phoenix 1" are switched around every episode (usually because the last titlebearer died).
Commander Jun Sato
A mechanic the same age as Ezra on the Phoenix Home. After being inspired by the Ghost crew's exploits and realizing that the Empire was bad, he ran off from his Imperial-supporting parents to join the Rebellion.
- Audience Surrogate: He's a young boy that joined the Rebellion after being inspired by not only the 'heroes', but the cool Jedi kid.
- The Bus Came Back: He returns in another comic, "The Line of Duty".
- Child Soldier: He's only about 14-15 years old. Sato points out that because of this, he needs to act mature. He proves himself at the end when he fixes one of the turboblaster batteries.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: For starters, there's his hair, and his suit specifically is actually used for one of the generic female pilots in the show.
- Foreshadowing: His father-son relationship with Sato in the comics seems to have been foreshadowing that Sato would have a similar relationship with his nephew, Mart.
- The Klutz: He's a bit clumsy, which costs him his self-confidence, especially in a job where one false move can result in death or worse.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": It wasn't just the Ghost crew that inspired him, it was Ezra specifically, for being a Jedi the same age as him. He's wonderfully delighted when he gets to meet him in person.
- The Runaway: Ran off and hid in a freighter, which led to him encountering the Rebellion.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: The only named character so far in Rebels that is a ginger.
- Uncertain Doom: So far, we're left with Mizel presumably still being with Phoenix Squadron in Season 3. Considering what goes down in the season finale, he either died in the Battle of Atollon or is alive but traumatized, especially because Sato is dead.
Among one of the Imperial cadets bound to the Imvur system until a schematics failure crashed their ship's systems, stranding them in space until the Ghost crew comes across their S.O.S. After receiving words of wisdom from the like-aged Ezra, she defected and helped stop her fellow cadets from taking over the Ghost.
- Bittersweet Ending: In her second appearance, she gets cold feet and can't bring herself to fight in war, so she deserts from the Rebellion and hides out on Alderaan. The others are heartbroken and/or disappointed in her, but Ezra respects her decision.
- The Bus Came Back: She returns in "The Line of Duty", apparently having joined Phoenix Squadron after the events of "Academy Cadets".
- First-Name Basis: Has no problem with going by her first name with her classmates and the rebel crew.
- HeelFace Turn: While it doesn't get expanded on within the comic, we do get a line from her that she's seen the Empire do things she doesn't agree with, but was unsure about what to do next, since unlike other defectors we've seen so far in Rebels and the other comic strips, she worries about what will happen after she defects, like what will happen to her family. Her classmates staging a coup against the crew and Ezra's encouragement are the final push to her defection.
- Nice Girl: Shows no hostility or unease towards the crew, even offering her help in them repairing her ship, as well as being the only cadet against the coup. Though she joins the Rebellion, she ultimately can't bring herself to harm others, even in the name of good, so she chooses to walk the line of neutrality and leaves.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Her artist drew her with the likeness of Snow White.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Since she's the Nice Girl, the other cadets let her hold the reins, while Jeken, the other predominant cadet, is rather condescending and an opportunist.
- Token Good Teammate: She seems to be the only one in her unit that is disillusioned, but still tries to do the right thing, be rational, and she's polite towards people she has been taught are nothing good.
- Uncertain Doom: She leaves the Rebellion to seek sanctuary on Alderaan.
Callsign: Phoenix 6
A Phoenix Squadron pilot killed by the krykna.
- Dead Hat Shot: Rex and Sabine find her helmet when they come looking for her.
- Eaten Alive: Implied to be what the krykna did to her.
- Red Shirt: She's actually wearing a red flight suit, and she's unfortunate enough to encounter the krykna while out placing a sensor beacon.
- Spell My Name with an "S": As you can see, her name is spelled "Deiser", not "Dicer".
Lieutenant Wedge Antilles
Lieutenant Derek "Hobbie" Klivian
- A Day in the Limelight: They receive a magazine comic, "A Youth Unpromising", featuring them returning to Mykapo to help old allies, with the help of Wedge.
- Child Soldier: They're all kids.
- Foil: Mostly to Ezra. These kids, like Ezra back in Season 1, fought simply just to fight against the Empire and not realizing what else was at stake and what they were really fighting for.
- Meaningful Name: You could describe the stubborn-headed Iron Squadron as being iron-willed or having an iron skull.
- Naïve Newcomer: They figured defending their home against the Empire would be an easy gig. They get a taste of how it really works in their debut episode.
- Parental Abandonment: Either their parents are neglectful, dead, or some other reason that allows these kids to become rebels. We at least know that Mart's father is dead.
- Static Character: They don't change much at the end of their debut episode. However, due to being with the Atollon rebels now, this can easily allow for the kids to have more time to grow and develop like Rau.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Presumably, they're doing other missions for the Atollon rebels offscreen. Becomes especially jarring when they don't appear for the rest of the season, not even in the season finale when Sato dies. According to Word of God, they might have been there, but they couldn't fit them in.
- You Keep Using That Word: Lampshaded by Sabine. "Squadron" is usually used to refer to a team of ships, like Phoenix Squadron, but Iron Squadron is actually just a group in one ship. This is because Mart named it after the original Iron Squadron, his late father's military unit.
Captain Mart Mattin
Callsigns: Phoenix Two
The son of a member of the original Iron Squadron, who died on Mykapo. His uncle, Jun Sato, lost contact with the rebellious teen, as he would go on to start a rebel cell of his own.
- '70s Hair: His haircut is impressively retro, and yet another stylistic nod to the decade in which Star Wars debuted. The creators cited Jim Morrison's hairdo as a template.
- Ace Pilot: Well, he certainly sees himself this way.
- The Bus Came Back: After his only appearance in Season 3, he returns in Season 4 as a pilot in Hera's Phoenix Squadron.
- Cryptic Background Reference: His X-Wing helmet has "Sammie" written on it. Unless the helmet is from someone else, he seems to have something do with someone named Sammie or it's just an Easter Egg.
- Disappeared Dad: His father died in combat.
- Dumbass Has a Point/Jerkass Has a Point: After defeating the first wave of Imperial ships, the Ghost crew tries to convince him and Iron Squadron to leave. One of the arguments Hera tries to pull is that they can't handle themselves in combat. Mart counters that they were fine and didn't need back-up, which is actually true; the rebels only shot down a couple of TIEs while the Iron Squadron wrecked everything else in that wave. But it is quickly rendered moot and descends into Not Helping Your Case when Mart says the main ship the Iron Squadron destroyed was a Star Destroyer, further showing that he and the others don't know what they're really up against.
- Dumbass No More: Fortunately, he starts to the fight more seriously, especially after the Battle of Atollon.
- Expy: Of Ezra pre-Time Skip. His jumpsuit and hairstyle even evoke Ezra's previous appearance. It's not too surprising that it seems that he and Jai are on some level of friendship in Season 4.
- I Choose to Stay: When Sabine and Ezra tell the group they have to leave immediately, he doesn't board the Phantom II and disengages the airlock, wanting to fight the Empire despite the odds being stacked against him. He fails, though the rebels return to save him.
- It Only Works Once: His technique of dropping explosive cargo onto minor Imperial ships doesn't work against an Imperial light cruiser headed by an actual admiral who orders the shields up before the cargo is even within a mile of hitting it.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He claims to be an expert, but he's hopelessly unaware of how things actually work. Notably, he seems to think that any ship larger than his own is a Star Destroyer.
- Leeroy Jenkins: After Ezra talks some sense into Gooti and Jonner, they try to persuade Mart that they need to leave when Imperial reinforcements arrive. Mart stays behind last second to continue to fight, believing that running away is cowardly. He loses and needs to be bailed out by the rebels later.
- Missing Mom: No comment is made on his mother besides the fact that he got his surname from her. She seems to be still around.
- Nom de Mom: For whatever reason, Mart took up his mother's surname, Mattin, rather than his father's surname, Sato. Considering one of the reasons why this trope is used is to hide their identity from enemies, this may be the case for Mart.
- Odd Friendship: He gets along oddly well with Commander Wolffe and Vizago during the Rebels finale.
- Rebellious Spirit: He's been this way for a while, according to Sato.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He calls himself "the best pilot in the galaxy" and boasts about taking on Star Destroyers. He's certainly not a bad pilot, but he's nowhere near that good, and he's really only managed to survive as long as he has by way of being too minor for the Empire to really care about. The moment he faces actual meaningful Imperial resistance, he crumbles quickly.
- Tragic Keepsake: His YT-2400 was from his father, who got it from Sato.
- Tuckerization: Switch an "R" in Mart and a "T" in Mattin, and you got Matt Martin, a member of the Lucasfilm Story Group and manager of digital content and community relations.
Lieutenant Gooti Terez
A young Theelin female from Mykapo who, with her friends, formed the rebel cell Iron Squadron in defiance of the Empire.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: As a Theelin, she has light pink skin, like Rystáll Sant.
- Expy: She's a bit rough and dismissive like Sabine, but is ultimately nicer as we find out later.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: She's Theelin.
- Rubber-Forehead Aliens: She has horns on the side of her head, like all Theelins.
- Tuckerization: Her name is the last name of Andi Guttirez, host of YouTube's The Star Wars Show and Rebels Recon variety webseries. Gooti is also modeled after her likeness.
A young human male from Mykapo that with his friends formed the rebel cell, Iron Squadron, in defiance of the Empire.
- Hera: You all need to evacuate.
Jonner: [to Gooti] Heh... what does evacuate mean?
- Tuckerization: His name is a corruption of John Harper, a cameraman, producer, and editor of The Star Wars Show.
The astromech of the Iron Squadron.
- Back for the Dead: His second appearance in Rebels ends with him being shot dead by Stormtroopers, and the rebels are unable to take what's left of him with them as they go on the run.
- Butt-Monkey: Chopper immediately tries to fight him in a "hate at first sight" moment, is shoved out of the Ghost into dangerous space by him, and is suddenly slapped by him at the end of "Iron Squadron". He even continues to pick on him when he gets introduced to the Set Behind the Scenes section for Season 4 of "Rebels Recon" since he can't pick on Artoo anymore.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He gets killed while protecting Mart from Stormtroopers, with Hera and Chopper being too late to the scene to save the both of them. The trio are forced to leave his body behind, making it unlikely that he could be revived.
- Robot Buddy: To the Iron Squadron.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Chopper.
An ex-Republic Intelligence officer, Teller deserted the Empire after the Antar Atrocity and began gathering a resistance group made up of his former operatives and other dissidents who wanted to strike against the Empire. Five years after the Clone Wars ended, his organization stole Moff Wilhuff Tarkin's personal corvette and used it to strike against the Empire.
- Anti-Hero: Wants to hurt the Empire and inspire further rebellion against it, but strikes at several lightly defended targets for maximum effect and does not care that many of the casualties are civilians working for the Empire.
- Good Is Not Nice: He insists that anyone willingly serving the Empire is a legitimate target, including civilians.
- The Handler: Served as one for both Salikk and Cala during the Clone Wars, among many other Koorivar and Gotal on Antar 4. The death of so many of his agents during Tarkin's purge of the planet despite Teller's pleas for them to be removed from the planet beforehand is what turned him against the Empire.
- Hero Antagonist: He and his group serve as this during the events of Tarkin.
- Not So Different: Hask points out that his outrage regarding Tarkin's tactics of targeting civilians forced to help pirates in the Seswenna Sector sounds a lot like his tactics of targeting civilians working for the Empire. Teller protests that it is different, but nobody else in the group buys it.Teller: Yeah, Hask, except for one thing—
Anora: We're the good guys.
- Perma-Stubble: He is described as having a "long face perpetually shadowed with stubble".
- Rebel Leader: He organized one of the first major non-Separatist factions that attempted to oppose the Empire. It did not go very well, due to his extreme tactics, a questionable choice in ally, and having too little support built up to sustain the movement.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He deserted the Empire shortly after it formed due to the Antar Atrocity. Teller had recruited many pro-Republic citizens on that planet who provided information to the Republic during the Clone Wars, and was outraged when the planet was punished post-war for the actions of the Separatists, with hundreds of loyal citizens, including some of his agents, among those who were randomly killed.
- Sole Survivor: Maybe. All the rest of his group are either killed in battle against the Empire or executed by Tarkin after he captured and interrogated them. Teller himself escapes, only to try to assassinate Tarkin on the Carrion Plateau, but he fails and falls into a pit trap. Tarkin leaves Teller a fighting chance to escape before vicious predators arrive to kill him so he can continue trying to kill Tarkin, but whether or not he managed to escape is unknown.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: While his targets are all military in nature, many of them have civilians who work there. Teller rationalizes that anybody who would willingly work for the Empire's military is a supporter of the regime and thus fair game, although some of his comrades do not share his sentiments.Teller: Anyone who willingly serves is a traitor to life, Hask. And don't tell me they don't know what they're signing up for, because it's as clear as those posters on the wall. It's enslavement, suppression, military might the likes of which none of us has ever seen. I won't go peacefully into that future, and neither should you.
- Worthy Opponent: While Tarkin views Teller as one, the feeling is not mutual. Teller absolutely despises Tarkin and all he and the Empire stand for, having corrupted everything Teller fought for in the Clone Wars.
A reporter from Coruscant who joined Teller's cell to expose the Emperor's atrocities and incite rebellion.
- Death Glare: Shoots a withering one at Tarkin after being captured and subjected to his Evil Gloating.
- Defiant Captive: Refuses to be intimidated or cowed by Tarkin after being captured. Not that it does her much good.Anora: You'll fall from your perch soon enough, Tarkin. And it won't be a soft landing.
- Does Not Like Shoes: At one point Teller finds her on the bridge of the Carrion Spike without shoes on, resting her feet on top of one of the control consoles.
- Flipping the Bird: She is twice described as making an obscene gesture with her hand: once at Teller after he jokingly stated he would make her go into the engines to check them next, and another more serious one directed at Tarkin after she and the other conspiracy survivors were captured.
- Intrepid Reporter: She came to the Empire's attention when she published numerous reports on the Antar Atrocity and spoke out against the Empire. Teller barely got her and Hask underground before the ISB came to the arrest them.
- Jumped at the Call: Teller mentions that she signed on with him very quickly, which is why he is surprised when she begins to question his tactics, decisions, and her own involvement in their attacks.
- Killed Offscreen: She and all of the other members of Teller's conspiracy who were captured by Tarkin are shown being captured, and then the opening paragraph of the next chapter has Tarkin casually thinking about how he spent the intervening three weeks interrogating, torturing, and then executing Anora and the other captives.
- The Lancer: To Teller: she calls him out on some of his more questionable actions, and is the one he goes to for advice the most.
- Multicolored Hair: Her natural hair color is black, but she has it dyed to a mishmash of brown and blond.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Hask.
A Zygerrian film director, Hask is also a capable manipulator of the HoloNet.
- Killed Offscreen: She and all of the other members of Teller's conspiracy who were captured by Tarkin are shown being captured, and then the opening paragraph of the next chapter has Tarkin casually thinking about how he spent the intervening three weeks interrogating, torturing, and then executing Hask and the other captives.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: All Zygerrians depicted before her have been slavers or supporters of the practice. Hask is in contrast the most morally vocal member of Teller's resistance and is fighting against an evil Empire that practices slavery.
- Reckless Gun Usage: She has no combat skills, and during the taking of the Carrion Spike she was supposed to keep her blaster's safety on. Hask forgot to do so, and accidently fired a bolt when Anora bumped into her, which damaged the airlock.
- The Smart Girl: Shares the role with Artoz. Her skills at manipulating the HoloNet are what enable Teller's group to send fake messages to the Empire over it, as well as broadcast their strikes against Imperial facilities.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Anora.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Teller for not being bothered by the civilian casualties caused by their attacks.
Species: Mon Calamari
Homeworld: Mon Cala
A Mon Calamari starship systems engineer who escaped from the Empire's research facility at Desolation Station with the help of Teller.
- Affectionate Nickname: His friends refer to him as "Dr." Artoz.
- The Engineer: He is an expert starship technician and works to keep the Carrion Spike in working condition during Teller's campaign of destruction.
- Fish People: He is a Mon Calamari.
- La Résistance: During the Clone Wars, he was a member of the Mon Cal Knights, a group who fought against Quarren loyal to the Separatist cause.
- The Smart Guy: As an expert on starships, he helps Teller's cell familiarize themselves with the Carrion Spike's systems. He is also the one who figures out that Darth Vader is tracking them through his meditation chamber being onboard the ship.
Homeworld: Antar 4
A Gotal starship pilot and former agent of Teller during the Clone Wars who he saved from execution by the Empire.
- Ace Pilot: He is an expert pilot, and manages to escape three Imperial ambushes with the Carrion Spike relatively intact.
- Horned Humanoid: Gotal have twin conical horns that are highly responsive to electromagnetic sensors, which can cause great discomfort to them. This is why Teller's crew has no droids aboard the Carrion Spike after hijacking it, as it would interfere with Salikk's comfort too much for him to do his job. However, it also means that they have to do some dangerous tasks aboard the ship themselves which would normally be done by a droid.
- Humanoid Alien: Gotals have a humanoid body but a distinctly alien appearance.
Homeworld: Antar 4
A Koorivar munitions and surveillance expert who worked for Teller during the Clone Wars and was also saved by him from execution.
An ex-subcontractor for Republic Intelligence from the Core Worlds, Knotts settled on the Outer Rim planet of Lantillies after the Clone Wars as a middleman between spacers and their clients. He met Teller during the Clone Wars and later joined his group as the financial backer.
- Arms Dealer: During the Clone Wars, he used his organization to run guns and other supplies to pro-Republic resistance groups on Separatist worlds, including Antar 4.
- Killed Offscreen: He and all of the other members of Teller's conspiracy who were captured by Tarkin are shown being captured, and then the opening paragraph of the next chapter has Tarkin casually thinking about how he spent the intervening three weeks interrogating, torturing, and then executing Knotts and the other captives.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: While going over Knotts' profile, Tarkin notes that he has the look of a veteran soldier who has seen far too much tragedy.
The Batonn Insurgency
Nevil Cygni, "Nightswan"
Originally a criminal mastermind, Cygni allied himself with an organization that opposed the Empire. He ended up crossing paths with Admiral Thrawn and became his nemesis.
- Arch-Enemy: Thrawn spent most of his career trying to beat him.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Subtly let Thrawn elimininate Angel's crew and uses him to dispose of the Cyphar spice dealers.
- Diabolical Mastermind: A heroic spin on the trope.
- Doomed Moral Victor: Chose the moniker Nightswan after a bird that sings at twilight. When offered a way out by Thrawn, he elects to die with the Batonn insurgents.
- Expy: The Moriarty to Thrawn's Holmes. A criminal mastermind that organizes many crimes and insurgencies that trouble the empire, sends "invitations" to his Worthy Opponent and claims to be responsible for most the problems he faced. He is even called a consultant a few times. As a rebel hero, he is of course far more principled than Moriarty ever was.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: In the eyes of the Empire, at least. After witnessing him keeping up with Thrawn and organizing many rebellions and acts of sedition all over the galaxy, you would expect his backstory to be a former general, intelligence operative or crime lord of some sort. He is a miner.
- Guile Hero: He is Thrawn's Worthy Opponent, need we say more?
- Hero Antagonist: Of Thrawn.
- Meaningful Name: His nickname is "Nightswan". His last name is "Cygni"note , which is also the genitive for stars in the constellation Cygnus, the Swan, which can only be seen at night.
- Precursor Heroes: Says he tried to unite diferent rebel cells against the empire to no avail, but he hopes somebody else will. His wish is granted by the creation of the Rebel Alliance, but he is no longer around to see it. His modus operandi is also strongly reminescent of the Fulcrum Network.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Angel and his pirate crew. Their partnership is pure bussiness, he has to bribe them into sparing prisoners and he seems relieved to learn of their death.
- Worthy Opponent: After defeating Nightswan, Thrawn gives him an offer to join the Chiss Ascendancy, which is saying something, considering the only other person he offers this to is Eli, both out of their friendship and the young man's intelligence.
- Adaptational Badass: The Cloud-Riders in Legends were a petty biker gang whose activities were restricted to one planet. Canonically, they are a pirate gang that carries out more complex operations on multiple worlds and are also a nascent rebel cell.
- Adaptational Heroism: The Cloud-Riders in Legends were a Swoop gang that frequently engaged in extortion rackets against the villagers on their planet. In Solo, it's revealed they are actually one of the early rebel cells fighting against the Empire and the crime syndicates working with them.
- Badass Army: Enough that Beckett curses their mere showing up during the Conveyex heist because of how much harder it's going to make the job. The moment Enfys Nest gets the drop on them during the climax, the Cloud-Riders absolutely slaughter Dryden's guards without seemingly any casualties whatsoever.]
- Badass Biker: They ambush their targets on Swoop bikes, and they're exceptionally badass.
- Canon Immigrant: They are a rather obscure group originally appearing in the old Marvel Star Wars comics run.
- Call-Forward: Benthic "Two Tubes" from Rogue One is one of their members. (Presumably, the Cloud-Riders were the first Rebel cell he joined before leaving the group to join Saw Gerrera's Partisans.)
- Cool Mask: All of them wear these.
- Good All Along: The gang is revealed to be fighting against Crimson Dawn and the Empire.
- Good Is Not Soft: Despite being Good All Along, the Cloud-Riders are absolutely ruthless in the pursuit of their goals, attacking Beckett's first crew without hesitation (killing Rio in the process) during the Conveyex heist and seemingly killing every last one of Dryden's guards after outwitting them in the climax. Some of them, such as Benthic "Two Tubes", later went on to join Saw Gerrera's Partisans.
- Hero Antagonist: With the reveal of the gang being an early rebel cell, the Cloud-Riders were effectively one towards Han Solo and Tobias Beckett's crew during their first appearance in Solo.
- I Surrender, Suckers: How Enfys gets the drop - quite literally - on Dryden's enforcers in the climax, placing her mask and armor on one of the random old women from Savareen and having the Cloud-Riders surrender, then ambushing the enforcers when they let her their guard down.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The gang is made of various people who suffered under the galactic cartels's rule.
- La Résistance: The Cloud-Riders are made up of people who've suffered either from the actions of the various criminal syndicates working with the Empire or actual Imperial oppression, and are actually stealing supplies and materials for the nascent Rebellion, or at least one of the early rebel cells.
- Men of Sherwood: They repeatedly harass cargo shipments by the Empire and Crimson Dawn to protect the people under their rule.
- Space Pirates: They specialize in attacking cartels such as the Crimson Dawn.
- Walking Spoiler: Their placement on this page effectively spoils the revelation in Solo that the Cloud-Riders are in fact rebels.
The leader of the Cloud-Riders, a pirate gang Han Solo encountered while preparing and executing heists with Tobias Beckett.
- Ambiguous Gender: Enfys wears gender-obscuring armor and their helmet provides a deep filter over their voice, with even their species being unknown. Solo reveals Enfys to be a young woman.
- Badass Baritone: Uses a voice modulator to sound deeper and more menacing. And likely to conceal her gender as well.
- Badass Creed: The writing on their Cool Helmet reads (in Aurebesh) "Until we reach the last edge, the last opening, the last star, and can go no higher." Given that her mother wore the helmet before her, it's possibly the Nest family motto.
- Blade on a Stick: Uses a vibro-polearm as Weapon of Choice.
- Call-Forward: She tells Han the "war is just beginning" in reference to the nascent Rebellion, a line Luke would echo verbatim to Kylo Ren in reference to the Resistance in The Last Jedi.
- Cool Bike: Rides on a mean-looking swoop bike.
- Darth Vader Clone: She seems to be styled after Darth Vader himself, with dark, caped armor, an elaborate helmet and a design on the chest that evokes Vader's control panel. She's actually an altruistic freedom fighter who's allied against the Empire and oppressive criminal organizations.
- Fiery Redhead: A redheaded teenage girl who's very dedicated to avenging her people. Also a Dark-Skinned Redhead, courtesy of her actress being mixed-race.
- Good All Along: Enfys and her gang are revealed to have been fighting against Crimson Dawn and the Empire.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: After Enfys removes her helmet, she says the trope nearly verbatim.
- It's Personal: She specifically targets Crimson Dawn operations because they brutalized and exploited her people when she was younger.
- Legacy Character: One of her lines strongly implies that her mother wore the mask before her, so she's at least the second maurader under the identity.
- Leitmotif: The choir heard in "Marauders Arrive" and "Savareen Stand-Off".
- Samus Is a Girl: Enfys is in fact a very young, possibly even teenaged, woman.
- Voice for the Voiceless: Since many of Enfys' fellow pirates had their tongues cut out for protesting their abuse at Crimson Dawn, Enfys is their voice.
- Walking Spoiler: As evidenced by the tropes above, it's very difficult to discuss Enfys's character without bringing up the fact that she's both a rebel leader and a woman.
A thief who worked for the Hutt Clan out of Mos Espa on Tatooine. He attended the Boonta Eve Classic podrace that was won by Anakin Skywalker. During the age of the Empire, Weazel joined the Cloud-Riders.
- Adaptational Heroism: In Legends, Weazel was an Arms Dealer and little else. Here, he was a mere thief that later joined the Cloud-Riders, which are actually a nascent rebel cell against the Empire and crime syndicates.
- The Atoner: According to Warwick Davis, this is his reason for leaving the Hutts behind and joining the Cloud-Riders, to protect the galaxy from gangsters like the people he used to work for.
- BFG: The rocket launcher he uses in Solo is as tall as he is.
- Barbarian Longhair: A criminal who wears his hair long and wild. He's shed the "barbarian" part - somewhat - by the time of Solo.
- The Cameo: Warwick Davis is known for a number of appearances in the Star Wars saga. Weazel was one such during the pod race in The Phantom Menace, sitting next to Watto, and he reprised the role, again for short appearances, in Solo.
- Defector from Decadence: From petty criminal, acquaintance of Watto, and associate for the Hutts to warrior in a nascent Rebel cell.
- HeelFace Turn: He worked for the Hutts, then joined Enfys Nest's gang, which is actually a rebellion against crime syndicates.
- Number Two: He's Enfys Nest's most trusted enforcer and spy, placing a tracker on the Falcon for her, spying on Han and the crew, and relaying her orders to the other Cloud-Riders.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: He's portrayed by 3'6" tall Warwick Davis, and packs a rocket launcher in Solo.
- Redemption Promotion: From an arms dealer for the Hutt criminal syndicate to the second-in-command of an extremely dangerous Rebel cell.
- Took a Level in Badass: From a mere spectator in a crowd on Mos Espa to a rocket launcher-wielding marauder and rebel.
The Corellian Resistance
An agent of the Corellian Resistance who crash lands on an unnamed moon and meets Antron Back while on an important mission.
- Action Girl: She guns down an Imperial officer and several Stormtroopers all by herself with almost no effort. Nadrinakar is also a good pilot, having managed to damage the engines of the frigate pursuing her, buying her and Antron three hours to figure out how to avoid detection.
- Determinator: Despite having barely survived a bad crash and bleeding from multiple injuries, Nadrinakar refuses to give upon on her mission and lay low while the Imperials search for her.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father was a historian who still believed in the ideals of the Republic and Jedi after the rise of the Empire. Nadrinakar implies that the Empire killed him for those beliefs, which is why she joined the Corellian Resistance.
- Handicapped Badass: Even with several injuries and severe limp, Miru kills four Imperials without a problem.
- The Stoic: She is mission focused: the one time Nadrinakar cracks a smile is when Back is (badly) humming a Bith ballad about a Jedi.
The Wookiee Underground
A Wookiee veteran of the Clone Wars, taken captive by the Empire alongside his son Kitwarr and many other Wookiees. They were sent to work in the spice mines of Kessel before being rescued by the crew of the Ghost.
- The Bus Came Back: He returns in the comic "A Time to Survive".
- The Cameo: His cell is mentioned in Aftermath, as Chewbacca had met them at some point or is at least familiar with who they are.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: He wears a metal armband on his right arm.
- Made a Slave: He, his son, and several other Wookiees were taken captive by the Empire following a failed uprising on Kashyyyk, and were subsequently sent to work and die in the mines of Kessel.
The son of Wullfwarro, a leader of a group of Wookiees against the Empire. They ended up in Imperial custody and were to be sent to work in the spice mines of Kessel before being rescued by the crew of the Ghost.
Crew of the Ghost
Free Ryloth Movement
The Crew of the Stinger Mantis
The Lothal Insurgency
The Mandalorian Resistance
The Raadan Resistance
A former antiques dealer who specialized in Jedi artifacts. After Order 66, Back was tasked by Jedi Master Uvell with hiding dozens of artifacts so they could survive the Empire's purge. His mission is threatened after Miru Nadrinakar crashes near his hiding place and asks for help evading the Empire.
- Cool Old Guy: He is an elderly antiques dealer who is probably one of he most knowledgable people in the universe about the history of the Jedi and Sith, especially after Order 66 and the Jedi Purge.
- Fling a Light into the Future: What he is attempting to do by hiding all of the Jedi and Sith artifacts he was entrusted with.
- The Hermit: He lives isolated and alone in order to protect the artifacts of the Jedi.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He decides to let Nadrinakar take his ship so she can warn the Corellian Resistance of an upcoming attack while he creates a distraction, knowing that doing so will alert the Imperials to the presence of his hiding place and the secret vaults full of Jedi artifacts.
- Non-Action Guy: Justified, given his past as an antiques dealer. Back does not have any combat skills, nor would he have needed them.
An old friend of Sabine who, after learning the truth of what the Imperial Academy on Mandalore forces its cadets to do, helped her escape, out of guilt for previously turning in another defecting cadet. Even after her escape from Mandalore and joining the Ghost crew, they would occasionally keep in touch, Janard providing Imperial intel for her to use.
- The Atoner: After he found out what cadets are forced to do in the Mandalorian Imperial Academy, he wanted to make up for the time he turned in a cadet by helping Sabine and providing her intel for the Rebellion.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In Sabine's.
- Heroic Bystander: The first time, it was actually Not Quite the Right Thing, under the belief that the cadet he caught to help the Empire was morally wrong. He realized his mistake, so when Sabine was on the run, he provided a distraction to help her escape from the Imperials pursuing her. This was back on Mandalore, which was probably one of the planets worse off by the Empire, and despite not even being a part of the Mandalorian Resistance or even a warrior for that matter, doing something this heroic as a civilian is saying something about his bravery.
- Intergenerational Friendship: He looks rather old, and he's friends with a teenage girl.
- In the Back: Right before he can escape with Ahsoka and Sabine to the Ghost, an injured Stormtrooper manages to get a lethal shot on him before dying.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When he found out the probable, horrible reason as to why the first cadet left the Empire.
- Noodle Incident: He turned in a fugitive cadet to the Empire before he helped Sabine.
- Not Quite the Right Thing: Turning in the first fugitive cadet to The Empire isn't exactly something you should pride yourself on, as he found out a little later after, and just in time to help Sabine.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Sabine and Ahsoka try to rescue him, and just before they can escape the prison with him, he is lethally shot.
The leader of the rebels on Imvur.
- The Bus Came Back: He returns in "The Line of Duty", the Imvur rebel cell having been transferred to Kinrah after the events of "Vulnerable Areas".
- Goggles Do Nothing: He has a pair of them on his helmet, but never uses them.
- Kick the Dog: After Reann deserts from the Rebellion, he says she was too weak and it's good that she's gone.
A Thradian man that worked with his world's senator, Nadea Tural, to secretly help two Imperial defectors, Swain and Cogon, escape to the Klonoid rebel cell with vital Imperial intel. However, this operation would be discovered by the Imperial Security Bureau, leading to the two defectors attempting to escape while Beneda stayed behind to destroy evidence of the entire group's rebellious activities.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He stays behind to destroy evidence of what the group was up to. This allows Tural's rebel sympathy to continue to remain hidden and stalls for time for the two officers to escape, but unfortunately, neither of these last long anyway. He was only knocked out by the explosion, but Kallus has him arrested and prepped for torture/interrogation, so either he's been thrown in prison and/or he got executed.
After Caleb Dume parted ways with Janus Kasmir and Kleeve in the Escape, he landed on the world of Moraga and met a local named Morfizo and his wife Morfizia, and began donning his new identity of Kanan Jarrus. Years later, hearing that his old friend had been captured by Vice Admiral Rae Sloane for joining a rebel cell, Kanan would return to Moraga to rescue him.
Lieutenant Arhul Nemo
A member of the Commenor Underground. Ten years prior to the Death Star crisis, he once crossed paths with Saw Gerrera and his Partisans, including a young Jyn Erso. He reported the encounter to Alliance Intelligence, which would be included in an information dossier years later in regards to the use of Jyn in Operation Fracture.
- Small Role, Big Impact: His report on the Partisans is one of the things that tips off Alliance High Command that the father-daughter relationship between Saw and Jyn is something they can use to get information from Saw about Galen and the Death Star.