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Character page for the characters involved in the Rebel Alliance's plan to steal the plans of the Death Star.
Contains heavy spoilers for the film Rogue One. Browse through at your own caution.
After receiving a distress call from Galen Erso regarding a major superweapon test (specifically, the testing of the Death Star I's firing capacity) by the Galactic Empire, the Rebel Alliance at Yavin IV led by Senator Mothma broke Erso's daughter, Jyn Erso, out of Imperial custody. Assigned to a team with Captain Cassian Andor and reprogrammed Imperial droid K-2SO, they would journey to Jedha and would recruit Chirrut Imwe, Baze Malbus, and Bodhi Rook, with the help of the Onderon Partisans led by Saw Gerrera, before journeying to Eadu and Scarif in search of Jyn's father and eventually, the plans of the Death Star that would bring the battle station's downfall.
- Army of Thieves and Whores: A special infiltration unit composed of criminals, assassins, spies, Imperial defectors and nasty-types who genuinely want to make a difference.
- The Atoner: Some of them have done some nasty stuff in the past and come from unsavory backgrounds, so their mission on Scarif is their opportunity to be something bigger than themselves. When Cassian introduces Jyn to the men who're willing to help her steal the Death Star plans, he outright says that they all did horrible things in service to the rebellion, and that by participating in this fight while the rest of the Alliance is close to falling apart, they might yet salvage some of their honor and accomplish something that really matters.
- Badass Crew: A daredevil commando that will show the Empire what it's capable of.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Many members contrast the crew from the original trilogy.
- While Leia was a princess and diplomat who worked with the Senate, Jyn is a renegade with a criminal background.
- While Han started off as an self-serving smuggler, Cassian is a former Child Soldier has been dominated all his life with his desire to attack tyrannical governments.
- Luke was an young and inexperienced Force user who had to work his way into becoming a Jedi, Chirrut is a middle-aged Warrior Monk who acts in tune with the Force.
- C-3P0 is a neurotic non-combatant from the Galactic Republic, K-2SO is a snarky security guard who was formerly under the control of the Empire.
- Obi-Wan Kenobi was a Jedi who went into self-imposed exile, while Bodhi was an Imperial pilot who defected to the rebels.
- Chewbacca and Pao are the distinctive Token Non-Human of their crew, but Chewbacca was Han's smuggling partner while Pao is a corporal in the rebel forces.
- R2-D2 was a maintenance droid who operated on logic and carried information, while Baze is a human, a grizzled gunman, and can be very emotion-driven.
- Doomed by Canon: It's made likely, by their lack of an appearance in the Original Trilogy, that they won't survive by the end of their journey. None of them do.
- Dressing as the Enemy: Cassian, Jyn, and K-2SO disguise themselves as Imperials at one point (although, given that he's a reprogrammed Imperial droid, Kaytoo doesn't have to try very hard).
- Dwindling Party: Everyone starts dying one by one on Scarif.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: The squad knows going into Scarif isn't going to end well for any of them, but they decide the mission is big enough to justify the risk of death. Not all of them make it out, but none of them go out lightly. K-2SO dies defending the entrance to the archives room (not without taking out plenty of Stormtroopers by himself), Bodhi's last act is to help establish the connection needed to signal the rebel fleet, Chirrut and Baze die like heroes on the battlefield as believers in the Force, and Jyn and Cassian are Together in Death, embracing each other on the beach as they get engulfed by the gigantic explosion.
- Expy: Kathleen Kennedy states that the duo dynamism of Chirrut and Baze is intended as a space version of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza respectively.
- Face Death with Dignity: The squad members stay true to their convictions and fail to cower in the face of near certain doom. K-2SO calmly says Famous Last Words to Cassian and Jyn before sustaining too much damage to function any longer, Chirrut goes out reciting his Survival Mantra after fulfilling what he believes to be the Will of The Force, Bodhi simply closes his eyes when he sees the grenade stop bounding around inside the cargo hold of his ship, Baze goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge while reciting the same mantra as Chirrut but is calm when he sees a grenade roll next to him, and finally, Cassian and Jyn embrace before the Death Star's superlaser shockwave kills them.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Most of its members can't stand each other initially due to difference in ideologies, but by the time they go to Scarif, they have managed to put their differences aside and work together to achieve their goals.
- Foregone Conclusion: Ultimately, they do succeed in their mission to retrieve the Death Star's blueprints.
- The Hero Dies: Everyone on the crew is killed in the process of securing and transmitting plans to the Death Star.
- Hero of Another Story: They are unheard of in the original trilogy past the opening crawl of A New Hope and a mention by Vader in said film — the fact that their mission succeeded and directly led to Leia's ship being chased by Vader was all we previously knew. And they have no direct personal connection to "Skywalker & Friends".
- Heroic Sacrifice: The squad risks their lives on Scarif to make sure the Death Star plans get to the Rebellion, giving hope to the galaxy, at the cost of all of their lives.
- K2SO holds off swarms of Stormtroopers while Jyn and Cassian manually search for the plans before getting shot to death by blaster fire.
- Bodhi keeps up the connection between the ship and the Rebel fleet while open to enemy fire before getting killed by a grenade.
- Chirrut walks through the middle of the battlefield unprotected to open Bohdi's transmission before getting blown up.
- Baze singlehandedly confronts a squad of approaching Deathtroopers and kills them all before getting dying in the explosion of a grenade the last one dropped.
- Cassian and Jyn end up on a beach after transmitting the plans and are killed by the Death Star's superlaser.
- All of the other soldiers get killed holding the line on Scarif in various ways.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Baze and Chirrut, despite their many disagreements, are effectively inseparable.
- Hope Bringer: They are explicitly stated to have given hope to the Rebellion for their actions on Scarif. This foreshadows the sequel's title.
- In the End, You Are on Your Own: The main squad and a number of other volunteers go against orders to stay put and leave to steal the Death Star plans on the high-security world of Scarif, knowing fully aware that not all them will walk out of it alive. When the rest of the rebels on Yavin 4 find out via Imperial comm chatter about their attack, they immediately deploy the fleet to Scarif..
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: An Imperial scientist's criminal daughter, a formal Rebel Alliance officer, a reprogrammed Imperial security droid, a blind man wielding a staff, a trigger-happy mercenary, a guilt-ridden Imperial space-truck driver, and a tired war veteran.
- Religious Bruiser: Chirrut and Baze are non-Jedi followers of the Jedi religion, and were once temple guardians in the Holy City of Jedha. By the time of the movie, the guardians have become little more than a group of impoverished monks wandering the streets of the Holy City. Chirrut is still faithful, but Baze has given up hope, and only remains due to friendship.
- Revenge: Chirrut and Baze defended Jedha as Guardians of the Whills. After the Empire obliterated the city with the Death Star, the both of them taking part in the mission to find the Death Star's plans can be interpreted as such, as they have nothing to lose. It's also one for Jyn, as Krennic killed her mother.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: In the climax of Rogue One, they're ordered not to retrieve the plans, because of how futile it seems. They go rogue and do it anyway.
- Small Role, Big Impact: These guys are responsible for the Original Trilogy happening, and they die in the very same movie they're introduced in.
- Spanner in the Works: These guys undertook a Suicide Mission none of the higher-ups in the Rebellion had thought was ever going to work, but against all odds, they managed to recover the plans exposing the Empire's most horrific weapon's weakness — and the Empire didn't even see it coming. This one act shakes up the Rebellion into keeping up the fight against the Empire, which will lead to Luke Skywalker's entrance into the Alliance, the eventual redemption of Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker, and the empire's defeat after Emperor Palpatine is killed by Vader.
- Suicide Mission: The mission to steal the Death Star plans is so suicidal that the Rebellion largely gives up to it, and the commando has to undertake it on its own.
- Those Two Guys: Chirrut and Baze are an inseparable pair.Chirrut Îmwe: You almost shot me!
Baze Malbus: You're welcome.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Jyn and Cassian develop some type of affection for each other over the course of the film, though they die before an actual romance can start.
Sergeant Jyn Erso
The daughter of Galen and Lyra Erso, Jyn was taken in by Saw Gerrera and trained as a rebel after the death of her mother and kidnapping of her father at the hands of the Empire. After being abandoned by Saw, Jyn roamed the galaxy for several years as a petty criminal before being arrested and imprisoned by the Empire. Eventually she was broken out of prison by the Rebel Alliance, who wanted to use her as a means of contacting Saw, whose Partisans had captured a defecting Imperial pilot with critical information about an Imperial weapons project. While on the mission, Jyn learned the truth about her father's fate and formed a unit of rebels to strike at the Imperial archives on Scarif to steal the plans for the Death Star.
- Action Girl: Even before joining the Rebellion, she had quite a massive rapsheet, which included forgery of Imperial documents, possession of stolen property, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest. When she and Cassian get cornered by a squad of stormtroopers in Jedha City, she curbstomps them so epically with her collapsible baton and their own blasters that the seasoned operative can do nothing but stare in mute amazement.
- Affectionate Nickname: Galen lovingly calls Jyn "Stardust". The weight of this nickname is such that Jyn completely trusts Galen's hologram in Jedha and immediately recognizes the project codename of the Death Star.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Her Dark and Troubled Past and later upbringing has made her very distant.
- The Artful Dodger: She has been on her own since the age of 16.
- Badass Adorable: Continues the streak started by previous female lead Rey. She's 21-years-old, quite petite, an endearing snarker, and is a trained combatant and something of a scoundrel; throughout the movie, her feats only get more impressive.
- Broken Bird: Jyn had a hard life. As a child she watched her mother gunned down by Imperial troops, and her father effectively kidnapped to work on an Imperial weapons project, and the next time she sees him it's only for him to die in her arms after a Rebel air strike. Her guardian turned her into a Child Soldier, and then up and abandoned her, ostensibly for her own protection since his men were beginning to learn who she really was. From then on she was on her own, more or less resorting to petty crime to get by, until she ended up in an Imperial labor camp. All of these experiences leave her beaten down and jaded, to the point where she's stopped caring about anything other than her own survival, and is honestly content to just keep her head down and ignore how bad things are for everyone else under the Empire.
- The Cameo: Her voice, specifically her Rousing Speech towards the Rebel Alliance in Rogue One, can be briefly heard alongside many other pivotal characters in the Star Wars canon as Ezra walks through the World Between Worlds in Star Wars Rebels, about a year prior to her actually giving that speech.
- Character Development: Over the course of Rogue One, she goes from being a cynical individual unconcerned with the Empire's rule and the misery it brings to other people, to someone that is willing to do something about it when nobody else will.
- Child Soldier: Regarded as one of Saw Gerrera's best soldiers while she was a teen.
- Connected All Along: The novelization for Solo reveals that young Jyn met Enfys Nest, leader of the Cloud Riders, who gave her some advice in regards to the rebellion.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Unlike Luke, Rey, and Anakin, Jyn is not put on the path to become a Jedi. She also knows her own origins and had always believed in the Force.
- Daddy's Girl: The turning point for her away from cynicism and towards hope is watching her dad's hologram and listening to how important to him his "Stardust" remained after so many years. He wrote that message for her and she made damn sure his legacy was carried out.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: On the receiving end of this twice, first with her birth father being kidnapped by the Empire when she was a little girl, and second when Saw abandoned her as a teen when it became clear that his rebel cell was not going to be as understanding as he was about her being the daughter of an Imperial scientist.
- Daddy Issues: Jyn starts to develop these about Galen, then later Saw. She harbors resentment towards them for abandoning her for their causes while claiming it was to protect her. Though apparently, for all those times she mentally said to herself that she'd punch Galen for leaving her, she starts to break down when she receives a holomessage from him for the first time in years and she soon comes to understand why he left with the Empire.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her father was taken by the Empire when she was a girl due to his scientific knowledge. She was on her own from her teens onward, and joined the Rebellion more to spite the Empire than for any high minded ideals.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has her moments, especially early on when dealing with Kaytoo.
- Decomposite Character: She shares some traits with Bria Tharen from The Han Solo Trilogy, namely that they're both Action Girls who are heavily involved in the mission to steal and transmit the Death Star plans and both die in the process of completing their mission. Unlike Bria, though, Jyn is never romantically involved with Han Solo (they apparently never even met), with that aspect of Bria's character being taken up by Solo's Qi'ra.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Han Solo. Design-wise she looks like a gender-swapped version of him, is a down-to-earth Deadpan Snarker, has a criminal past, and is initially apathetic to the Rebellion and only joins out of personal interest. A key difference is that Han has made a name for himself as a notorious smuggler before being swept up into the conflict, while Jyn is a relative nobody prior to joining the Rebellion. Additionally, Han initially doesn't believe in the Force, while Jyn has always believed in it even if she isn't Force-sensitive.
- Famous Last Words: To Cassian, before they're taken out by the Death Star's blast.Jyn: I'm glad you came.
- Final First Hug: She and Cassian embrace each other as they're consumed by the blast from the Death Star on Scarif.
- Friend to All Children: She may seem apathetic, but she'll stop to help a little girl in danger, as seen in Forces of Destiny and Rogue One. Probably helps that she used to be the same.
- Go Out with a Smile: She smiles tearfully as she embraces Cassian and waits for the blast from the Death Star to reach them, knowing that even though she has only seconds left to live, she has fulfilled her father's wishes and has given the Rebellion a fighting chance. The novelisation even states that she is "finally at peace".
- I Am Very British: Speaks with a Received Pronunciation accent. In-universe, this is likely due to her father's Imperial background.
- Improbable Weapon User: When Melshi and his squad free her from penal labor at an Imperial outpost, she returns the favor by bludgeoning her way past the heavily armed rebels with a shovel.
- It's Personal: The Mission to Steal the Death Star Plans begins because of a message sent from her missing father.
- The Lancer: Becomes this to Cassian as they become a proto-group; namely the cynical outsider to his idealistic insider.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: While her father doesn't seem to be exactly "mad" (his actor's name notwithstanding), she still fits the role as far as others are concerned. They don't know that she's actually helping her father because he isn't mad.
- Magnetic Hero: Jyn begins her mission with only Cassian's assistance, and over the course of the movie draws together a team willing to take on a suicide mission that gambles the fate of the galaxy on its success.
- Memento MacGuffin: Jyn was given a kyber crystal by her mother before they were separated.
- Messy Hair: It's hard to hold a stylish coif when you're running petty crimes and undertaking suicide missions.
- Military Maverick: She is reckless, aggressive, and undisciplined, but also so good at her job that Mon Mothma assigns her to one of the most critical missions in the history of the Rebellion.
- Missing Mom: Her father is still around, albeit in Imperial custody, but her mother was killed attempting to gun down Krennic.
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya: An almost word-for-word reenactment of this trope commences when she and Krennic finally meet for the first time.Krennic: [holding her at gunpoint] Who are you?!
Jyn: You know who I am. I'm Jyn Erso, daughter of Galen and Lyra. You've lost.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: While she has a history of causing trouble for the Empire before the events of Rogue One take place, Jyn initially couldn't care less about the rebellion and is less than thrilled to get roped into it by Cassian and his crew. It reaches its culmination during her meeting with Saw Gererra when she throws in his face that as far as she's concerned, all the rebellion ever did for her was making her life a living hell since she was a little child. She reconsiders her attitude when she finally hears her father's message, but not before dropping this little gem:Saw: How can you live with the Empire's flags reigning across the galaxy?
Jyn: It's easy when you don't look up.
- One Head Taller: Both the average-sized Cassian and the huge K2SO are this compared to her.
- Parental Abandonment: Her mother is gunned to death while her father is retaken by The Empire and later dies as well. She ends up joining both of them in death by the end of the movie.
- Pet the Dog: Though she's introduced as being a jaded common criminal who's more concerned with causing trouble than making a difference, her rescue of a little girl caught in the midst of a skirmish against the Empire is the first sign that she's a good person underneath.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's quite petite and noticeably smaller than anyone else in the movie (except for the guy whose armor she nicks at one point), but you really don't want to get on her bad side.
- Rebellious Spirit: Jyn certainly seems to have one; she has a criminal past and doesn't exactly seem overly excited to be in the Rebellion itself.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Cassian's Blue Oni, being brash and forceful. She also wears earthen colors in contrast with Cassian's blues.
- Reluctant Hero: Jyn never intended to become both the instigator and the leader of a suicide mission whose success might well decide the fate of the galaxy. All she wanted was to be left alone, but alas, the call knows where you're imprisoned.
- Resigned to the Call: Initially. She clearly recognizes the Rebels won't take no for an answer and the promise of a pardon with the chance to disappear sways her.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: Early in the movie she wears a grey shawl with the added benefit of being able to be used as a headwrap, concealing her face from Imperials.
- Supporting Protagonist: Cassian is clearly the one in-charge of Rogue One, but she is unquestionably The Hero of the story.
- Tears of Joy: Upon watching a message from her father, who she hasn't seen in 15 years, and remembering how much he loves her.
- Tragic Keepsake:
- Jyn has a white crystal on a necklace, a kyber crystal, from her mother. She received it the day her father was taken by the Empire and her mother was killed.
- Jyn keeps the synthskin gloves of Maia, one of Saw's soldiers who died during a mission, to remember their friendship lost to war.
- Tsundere: Due to her Trauma Conga Line and Dark and Troubled Past, she claims that she doesn't care about anything to prevent from getting hurt again, only to ultimately come through when push comes to shove. Namely, for all those times she said she hated her dad in Rebel Rising and the beginning of Rogue One, she starts to cry when Saw shows her the message from Galen.
Captain Cassian Jeron Andor
A captain in Alliance Intelligence that was assigned to escort Jyn on her mission to make contact with Saw Gerrera's Partisans. After the Alliance refused to act on the information they gathered, Cassian recruited the bulk of Rogue One to join an unsanctioned mission to steal the Death Star plans.
- Always Save the Girl: One of his primary motivations is to protect Jyn. This is initially justified, as she is needed to make the connection with Saw Gurrerra. Later, especially on Eadu, it seems more about increasing respect and UST than it does any practical motivation.
- Anti-Hero: He's manipulative and aloof with a reputation for being an ice-cold killer — even displaying an instance of You Have Outlived Your Usefulness early in the film. This makes Jyn and the others extremely wary of trusting him. This is all because he was a rebel soldier since he was six. That said, he's still firmly on the heroes' side and is an otherwise excellent commander.
- Badass Mustache: Biggs Darklighter would be proud.
- BFG: His choice of weapon to use to kill Galen Erso is a huge rifle with at least two modes.
- The Captain: The leader of Rogue One.
- Child Soldier: Revealed to Jyn at one point that he was trained to kill since the age of six. All There in the Manual expands on this; his father was killed at the Carida Republic Academy during a protest against the expansion of Republic militarism, and in the meanwhile, Cassian's Outer Rim homeworld of Fest became occupied by the Separatists. Separatist insurrectionist propaganda taught him at an impressionable young age and supported acting upon anti-Republic ideals such as throwing rocks and bottles at Republic military forces (he himself would eventually learn that even the most advanced tech can be crippled with the right stuff in the right gears). So it's less disturbing than implied in the movie as him being some sort of assassin, but more of him getting impressions from propaganda of a tight military occupation due to his youth, which is Truth in Television for places with instability or corruption due to the government that are like that.
- Cold Sniper: While all of The Squad have Improbable Aiming Skills, Cassian is the only one shown equipped with a sniper rifle and is capable of lining up an extreme range shot on Galen Erso, although he does not pull the trigger. His years of performing less than savory missions have left him rather cold and aloof to others.
- Dashing Hispanic: Of a sort. Diego Luna uses his natural accent for the role.
- Disney Death: He gets shot by Krennic during their escape from Scarif's server tower and drops quite some distance, appearing dead enough for Jyn to reluctantly continue without him. Fortunately for her, he recovers in time to save her from Krennic on top of the tower. Sadly, he and Jyn die for real after Governor Tarkin orders the Death Star to destroy Scarif and they cannot leave the planet (this same firing claims Krennic's life as well).
- Deus Exit Machina: During the pre-game briefing in Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, he tells the players that he was planning on going on this mission, but "the Empire had other plans", necessitating the players themselves to take over the mission for him.
- Establishing Character Moment: When Cassian has what he needs from an informant (a fellow rebel at that), who is loudly griping at the fact Cassian has just shot two Imperial Stormtroopers, and his broken arm prevents him from climbing up the walls like Cassian, the good captain shushes him quiet with a calm reassurance that everything will be all right... and then shoots that man dead as well, before beating a hasty escape alone. As he will later explain to Jyn, he's been fighting for the Rebellion a long time, and he's done a lot of dirty things in the name of beating the Empire. However, he also looks guilty, and hesitates for a few precious seconds before escaping (also expanded on in the novelization, where it's made clear that killing Tivik was a last resort, since the alternatives are letting him live but he would be liability and it would go downhill from there): he hasn't lost his humanity, which foreshadows him ignoring orders and not killing Galen when he has the chance.
- The Face: Has been working as a recruiter for the Rebellion, and is shown to have good personal skills in order to balance out the more brusque Jyn.
- Famous Last Words: To Jyn, before the explosion takes them out.
- Final First Hug: He and Jyn embrace each other as they're consumed by the blast from the Death Star on Scarif.
- Good Is Not Soft: His role in the Rebellion is recruiting assassins, saboteurs, and spies.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: While not exactly struggling in the roguish castoff look, he cuts a very dashing figure in an officer's uniform.
- HeelFace Turn: He was fed Separatist propaganda as a young child, but as his belief in fighting against a tyrannical government led to him being drawn to anarchist movements during the reign of the Empire, General Draven recruited him into the Rebellion.
- I've Come Too Far: A rare heroic example. After spending a lifetime of fighting and doing whatever his superiors wished of him, he decides that all of it will have been for nothing if he does not help Jyn steal the Death Star plans.
- In Love with Your Carnage: He looks somewhat "dazed" and definitely impressed after watching Jyn take down a bunch of stormtroopers with her truncheons.
- Knowledge Broker: According to All There in the Manual, he was the Fulcrum for the rebels in the Albarrio sector.
- Legacy Character: He is the third person known to take the role of the informant Fulcrum.
- Master of Unlocking: Kind of — he carries a set of lockpicks hidden in his boot that Saw Gererra's goons fail to relieve him off before they throw him in a cell with an electronic lock. How do you open an electronic lock with a lockpick, you ask? Why, stab the former with the latter.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Cassian Andor, the stoic leader by designation, is looking a little unsteady when he gets off the ship on Eadu to assassinate Galen Erso. The first person to see it is the blind man.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Is the Blue Oni to Jyn's Red Oni, being cool under all circumstances. He also wears blues to Jyn's browns and grays.
- Shoot the Dog: Shoots an informant in the back when he realises that he can't escape the incoming stormtroopers because of his broken arm. He is also later ordered to shoot Galen Erso instead of rescuing him, as he is deemed too vital to the Empire to leave alive. While he gets several chances to snipe him on Eadu, he ultimately refuses to pull the trigger.
- Swiss Army Gun: The weapon he uses for most of the movie is a BlasTech A280-CFE, a modular version of the assault rifles used by Rebel troops. It has three configurations: heavy pistol, assault rifle, and sniper rifle, the latter of which he uses when he plans to kill Galen Erso. Kaytoo's mention of the latter is what tips Jyn off about Cassian's true mission on the planet.
- Supporting Leader: He is clearly the one in-charge of Rogue One, but Jyn is unquestionably The Hero of the story.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: He was fed Separatist propaganda around the age of six to be adverse to visiting Republic forces in the belief that they were the oppressors, and the Separatist insurrectionists supported the idea of kids doing their part by throwing things at said Republic forces.
Sergeant Ruescott Melshi
The senior ranking member of Extraction Team Bravo, a military unit under the command of General Draven. He and the rest of Bravo Team would be sent to Wobani to retrieve Jyn Erso from Imperial custody. Melshi later joins Cassian in launching the assault on Scarif to capture the Death Star plans.
- Determinator: He is a regular human, with no Force abilities or cybernetic enhancements, yet during the Battle of Scarif he manages to keep fighting despite multiple blaster wounds before finally being gunned down by Death Troopers.
- Killed Offscreen: Sometime after Lieutenant Selfa was killed, Melshi too is killed by the Death Troopers.
- Mauve Shirt: He is first introduced when he leads the rescue mission for Jyn and does not appear again until Rogue One forms and leaves Yavin 4, at which point he becomes a key supporting character.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Gets fatally shot while attempting to drag a wounded Rebel to safety.
- Supporting Leader: Although Cassian is the highest ranking officer on the ground at Scarif, he is busy infiltrating the base, leaving it up to Melshi to command the assault that serves as a distraction.
- Violent Glaswegian: He has a thick Scottish accent (or whatever the Star Wars equivalent of one is) and is a pretty gung-ho trooper.
Model: KX-series security droid
The Rebels managed to get a hold of one of the Empire's new enforcer droid models from the KX-series security droids, K-2SO. He joined Extraction Team Bravo to retrieve Jyn Erso out of Imperial custody on Wobani, and would later join her alongside Captain Andor to Jedha, which, through a turn of events, would lead to the formation of the Rogue One team and theft of the Death Star plans.
- Affectionate Nickname: 'Affectionate' might be pushing it, but Cassian calls him 'Kay' for short. There's also the occasional 'Kaytoo'.
- Bad Liar: K-2SO is an Imperial droid, but he's such a bad liar that he fails in every attempt to actually pass himself off as one when speaking. The one time he does convince some troopers, it's only because they think he's suffering a software breakdown. When asked where he's taking his "prisoners," the best response he can muster is... prison, to be imprisoned.
- Badass Bookworm: His designation is strategic analysis but is a fearsome force in close combat.
- The Big Guy: Kaytoo towers at 7-feet and is every bit as strong as his large frame would suggest.
- Brutal Honesty: He does not hold back on how he feels. Cassian describes it as an interesting quirk since being reprogrammed.
- Buffy Speak: Falls into human-like word bumbling on occasion. Usually when confronted by Imperials.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: On Jedha, he's quite happy to (sarcastically) regale Jyn on why he didn't remain on the ship as instructed (ie. It was boring and they were making a lot of noise), after having just caught a live grenade midair, before casually tossing it behind him at incoming stormtroopers.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Kaytoo has a gold rim on his armholes, not the usual red.
- The Comically Serious: Even when Kaytoo's not snarking, the Brutal Honesty makes his lines really funny ("Jyn I'll be there for you. Cassian said I had to.").
- Creepy Good: The KX-series droids are designed to be rather unsettling, with their lanky frames, black color, and white eyes, but K-2 is a reprogrammed unit who works with the good guys.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He is a dark-colored droid and one of the good guys. This is justified since he was a droid of the empire before being reprogrammed.
- Deadpan Snarker:
Cassian: I thought I told you to stay on the ship!
- When he appears with the group in the Jedha conflict:
Kaytoo: You did. But I thought it was boring and you were in trouble. [reflexively catches a grenade thrown by a falling Stormtrooper] There are a lot of explosions for two people blending in. [tosses the grenade back at incoming Stormtroopers without even turning to look at them] You're right. I should just wait on the ship.
Kaytoo: That is a bad idea. I think so, and so does Cassian. What do I know? My specialty is just strategic analysis.
- There's also this.
- Establishing Character Moment: In the pre-release build up, it's the sequence where when handed Jyn's bags, he immediately drops them to the ground. His introduction in the film showcases his considerable strength, intimidating size, and snarky attitude.
- Expy: Despite his unique elements, he serves as one to both C-3PO and Chewbacca. He's like 3PO in that he's a humanoid droid with a British accent who spends a lot of time being obnoxious and has pessimistic views of the odds, but he's also a tall, tough, combat-skilled, and snarky copilot sidekick like Chewie.
- False Reassurance: Seems to excel in this area. His introduction has him slam Jyn Erso to the ground when she tries to run from Rebels attacking her prisoner convoy, only to reassure her she is being rescued by the Alliance and that resisting this rescue is ill-advised. When Bodhi mentions failure during an Imperial spot-check will have them soundly blasted into the unforgiving vacuum of space to die, Kaytoo cheerfully states they won't all die; droids can survive in space, no problem.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: As a result of his reprogramming Kaytoo evolved from a straight talking security droid into a jerk, as it happens, but beyond that he is noted to slouch and grouch, while most members of his line are very orderly and dull.
- HeelFace Turn: He was designed by the Empire but was reprogrammed by the Rebels.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: Where R2-D2 probably would've jammed his data spike into the next wall console to find out where the heroes need to go to fulfill their mission, Kaytoo does the same with the head of a captured Imperial KX droid instead. It's not shown if they actually hunted the thing down for the intel or just came across it by accident, but the way Kaytoo eagerly drills a long fat steel spike into what would be a human's brain stem is really disturbing to watch.
- If My Calculations Are Correct: Combat droid K-2SO gives odds of survival that are perilously low, similarly to C3-PO. For example, to Cassian, when he sees reluctant recruit Jyn Erso (who he previously chokeslammed while she attempted to escape) with a blaster:K-2SO: You're letting her keep it? Would you like to know the probability of her using it against you?... it's high... It's very high.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all his jerkass tendencies he has a bit of a soft spot for Cassian. He seems sincerely apologetic after having slapped Cassian on Jedha, and his parting words to Jyn and Cassian are ones of encouragement during his Last Stand.
- Lean and Mean: Barrel chest aside, K-2, and by proxy all KX model droids are quite long and lanky.
- Made of Iron: Far more durable to blaster fire than the other droid of his type which Jyn downs with one shot.
- MookFace Turn: He's an Imperial droid, but was found and captured by the rebels. He joined them, though according to him, at least part of it was due to reprogramming.
- Multiple Gunshot Death: He eventually succumbs to concentrated fire from Stormtroopers.
- Non-Human Sidekick: He is to the Rogue One commandos what Chewbacca was to the main characters of A New Hope, sarcasms, droid condition and understandable speech aside.
- Offhand Backhand: Casually does this with a both a blaster and a grenade.
- Overly Long Name: His name is actually much longer than K-2SO, according to the novelization. It apparently details his history, including where and when he was built. It's reasonable to conclude that this applies to all droids.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Of the cynical Deadpan Snarker variety, as sort of a halfway point between C-3PO and HK-47.
- Redemption Equals Death: Spends most of the movie pointing out how plans can fail, the novelization says his last thought before he dies is of Cassian succeeding.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Invoked by his reprogramming to set him further apart from his fellow KX droids. K-2 has a very relaxed attitude, even down to his posture and motion, which are much looser than the rigid gait and poses of his counterparts on the Empire's side. This more casual and human behavior is implied to be what any highly-mobile humanoid droid would be like with a free AI lacking strict programming. Of course, K-2 no longer has any to produce the expected efficient and professional (and respectful) demeanor.
- Robot Buddy: Averted. He's a seven foot tall security droid who does little to hide his contempt for his companions.
- Sarcasm Mode: Perpetually, almost as if if it's a default setting. Cassian implies this goes with his reprogramming-induced Brutal Honesty.
- "Second Law" My Ass!: He is often sarcastic and at times simply fails to obey any order that he dislikes.
- Serkis Folk: Alan Tudyk plays K-2SO thanks to performance-capture technology.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: He's left on the ship during the conflict on Eadu in order to give the events that happen there dramatic weight. He's also the first to get killed to show just how dangerous things are.
- Slouch of Villainy: Although he lost the villainy part after his reprogramming. All KX model enforcer droids are built with a hunchbacked design, and K-2 takes it further by actually slouching when he's sitting or standing idly.
- Spell My Name with an "S": When referred to as K-2, different works have spelled it as "Kaytoo", "Kaytwo", or "Kaytu".
- The Strategist: According to Kaytoo, his speciality is "strategic analysis."
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Inverted; he's a good guy now, but visually, he looks almost identical to every other not-reprogrammed Imperial KX droid, sans yellow armhole rings instead of red, and some human-like postures, such as slouching. This almost bites him in the ass on Jedha, where Jyn reflexively shoots a KX droid in the middle of a fight, though thankfully, it wasn't him.Kaytoo: [gaping in disbelief] Did you know that wasn't me?
- Token Non-Human: The only non-human member of the team before Paodok'Draba'Takat joins for the final assault.
- Undying Loyalty: To Cassian. One time according to the novelization, Kaytoo found Cassian in tears after assassinating someone and offered to go through a memory wipe to protect Cassian's dignity if that was what he wanted.
- You Shall Not Pass!: Holds off wave after wave of Stormtroopers single-handedly to prevent them from reaching Cassian and Jyn, with his dying act to smash the controls to the vault door to stop them from opening it.
A Warrior Monk from Jedha who believes in the Force and the Jedi. Chirrut Îmwe fights against the Empire with the aid of his friend and protector Baze Malbus.
- Ambiguous Situation: Almost his entire role in the film, although more specifically his feats. Whether they are the result of the Force's will, a possible Force sensitivity, blind luck or the result of some other kind of influence is left unknown.
- Badass Boast: "I fear nothing. All is as the Force wills it."
- Bash Brothers: He's been working with Baze Malbus for a long time and the two are both close and effective.
- Blind Weaponmaster: Chirrut is blind and has no trouble wiping out a platoon of Stormtroopers with only his staff. He also wields a curious firearm that looks and behaves like the love child of a real-world bow and a Star-Wars-typical blaster cannon. Chirrut uses it to shoot down a TIE fighter with a single shot, with the result that it careens out of control in just the right way that it smashes head-on into a nearby Imperial turbo laser turret, taking that one down as well, while it's flying full throttle in the middle of a dogfight at virtually melee distance with an X-Wing, at night, during a rainstorm, in a massive canyon that would cause any sound to echo everywhere.
- The Cameo: His voice, specifically his famous mantra "I am one with the Force, and the force is with me", can be briefly heard alongside many other pivotal characters in the Star Wars canon as Ezra walks through the World Between Worlds in Star Wars Rebels, about a year prior to him actually saying that.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He is officially not a trained Force-sensitive, so his ability to take down several stormtroopers with a melee weapon while blind can only be described as straight physical martial arts.
- The Charmer: He's a Church Militant and Wide-Eyed Idealist, but he's introduced as a charming fortune teller and tends to win people over despite Baze's gruffness. He's also a Deadpan Snarker.
- Church Militant: Chirrut is a member of the Guardians of the Whills. They were once charged with protecting the temple in the Jedha holy city before it was destroyed.
- Deadly Dodging: He finds Stormtroopers to be useful shields against the blasters of other Stormtroopers.
- Dies Wide Open: His eyes are still open after being killed.
- Disability Superpower: Chirrut is blind, but has honed his senses to the point that he can be a martial artist and dead shot with no issue.
- Disabled Snarker: At least when it comes to having a bag put over his head when captured."Are you kidding me? I am blind!"
- Doomed Hometown: A native of Jedha's holy city, which is destroyed by the Death Star in the first act of the film, causing him to join up with the Rebellion.
- Energy Bow: According the the Rogue One Ultimate Visual Guide, Chirrut's distance weapon is a "lightbow", the traditional weapon of the Guardians of the Whills.
- Establishing Character Moment: It starts with him sensing Jyn's hidden kyber crystal from several meters away, behind a noisy crowd, and culminates in him curbstomping a dozen armed and armored stormtroopers with nothing but his staff.
- Famous Last Words: "Look to the Force, and you will always find me"
- Handicapped Badass: He's blind, but that doesn't prevent him from kicking a lot of stormtrooper asses.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: What else to call a blind man who's shooting at targets ranging from distant humans to dogfighting fighter jets without missing once? It gets even more improbable when you take into account that - possible Force support aside - he does all of his aiming with nothing but his sense of hearing, and the situations he usually finds himself in tend to be awash in chaotic battle noise (or heavy rain in a thunderstorm raging through a dense canyon system, in the case of the TIE fighter).
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: For all of his talk about the Force, the databank states that Chirrut has no Force abilities, but the movie presents his capability to operate effectively in spite of his blindness in an ambiguous way. While he's shown acting on his hearing skills to handle himself in combat, it's also implied that he might be able to tap into the Force to some degree, such as when he identifies Jyn's Force-resonant Kyber crystal pendant or Cassian's true intentions to kill Jyn's father. His ability to reach the transmitter without being shot is similarly ambiguous, as it could be an innate Force sensitivity or simply his insurmountable trust in the Force's will, regardless of whether that will is him reaching the transmitter or being shot down while walking across the battlefield (although, on the other hand, these are stormtroopers we're talking about).
- The canon novel Guardians of the Whills expands on this somewhat. Chirrut can't feel the Living or Cosmic Force in the same way a Jedi can, except for very brief moments that he has trouble accessing. However, he can sense the presence and aura of individuals. A lot of his skills are down to training (he's a martial arts expert, his staff has a built in sensor that relays information via the box on his waist and he's been living with his blindness for over twenty years), and he finds it harder and harder to sense this information the more conflicted and angry he becomes. He seems to have a very limited ability to feel the Force, fuelled largely by his faith.
- Nonchalant Dodge: On Scarif, he smoothly evades two blaster shots aimed at his head/torso in rapid succession by casually leaning a bit to the left and the right, respectively. This would be impressive enough for any regular fighter, but this guy is blind.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Baze's Red because he is also nonchalant and calm while Baze is much gruffer and keen to shooting.
- Simple Staff: His primary weapon is a wooden staff with a small metal nodule at one end. He's proficient enough with it as a weapon that he can take out an entire squad of Stormtroopers with nary a scratch and hit them so hard that at one point he broke a Stormtrooper helmet with it. It also serves a similar function to a blind person's cane when he wants people to think he's a helpless blind man.
- Survival Mantra: He strongly believes in the Force, and invokes it through a mantra in the most critical situations to give himself enough courage to accomplish his mission."The Force is with me, and I am one with the Force."
- Those Two Guys: With Baze.Chirrut: You almost shot me!
Baze: You're welcome.
- Token Religious Teammate: He is the most religious member of the team but not the only one. It's just hard to compare with a Guardian of the Whills.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Baze often argue as part of their rock-solid friendship.
- Warrior Monk: He's described as a "spiritual" warrior.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He deeply believes that the Jedi will eventually return to save the galaxy from the Empire, even though the majority had been wiped out. He's not wrong, but there's nothing at the time the movie takes place suggesting that something like that was even likely to happen.
A rebel soldier from Jedha, Baze does not share his friend Chirrut Îmwe's belief in the Force. He was hardened into a pragmatic soldier by the Imperial occupation of his homeworld.
- Armour Is Useless: Averted, his chunky red breastplate takes multiple direct blaster hits and he stays standing.
- Bash Brothers: He's been working with Chirrut Îmwe for a long time and the two are both close and effective.
- Berserk Button: Anything Imperial he can get his hands on without dying on the spot. When he notices there's an Imperial pilot imprisoned in the cell next to his, he immediately loses it and attempts to strangle him through the bars.
- BFG: Smaller than most examples but it's still pretty big, being something of a cross between a blaster, a shotgun and a machine gun, with ammo fed from a tank-like backpack. The backpack may be a justified necessity as lore on blaster rifles (at least in Legends) state that they typically have an ammo capacity of up to fifty shots before the user needed to reload and Baze uses his in a similar manner as one uses a machine gun.
- Guardians of the Whills establishes that it's a vehicle mounted LMG he stole from an Imperial convoy, and that they had intended to use it for crowd control within Jedha City.
- Big Brother Instinct: He calls Jyn "little sister".
- The Big Guy: He is the team's weapons expert, his weapon of choice being a powerful boxy rifle, though he's not unfamiliar with a missile launcher.
- Church Militant: He is a member of the Guardians of the Whills. They were once charged with protecting the temple in the Jedha holy city before it was destroyed.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: He's essentially this for Chirrut (although Chirrut can only be considered a Cloud Cuckoolander in the loosest sense of the term). He ends up saving him once or twice.
- Crisis of Faith: Chirrut claims that he used to be one of the Guardians' most devout members, but after the Jedi purge, he could no longer believe in the divinity of the Force. After Chirrut dies, his faith reignites just in time for a Last Stand.
- Determinator: He takes at least two hits from powerful blasters and still keeps on fighting. It takes a grenade detonation at point-blank range to finally do him in.
- Doomed Hometown: A native of Jedha's holy city, which is destroyed by the Death Star in the first act of the film, causing him to join up with the Rebellion.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: He manages to kill all of Krennic's Death Troopers to prevent any of them from attacking the others—even while wounded.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: His considerable marksmanship skills, combined with his weapon's fire rate and power, enable him to take down large groups of Stormtroopers in mere moments. On Jedha his first display of of his skills has him headshotting six stormtroopers in less than a second. Though Chirrut would probably be more impressed if said stormtroopers weren't surrounding him and thus put Chirrut at risk if Baze misfired.Chirrut: You almost shot me!
Baze: You're welcome.
- Last Stand: He goes out while taking down Death Troopers.
- More Dakka: His weapon of choice is an automatic blaster rifle/shotgun and as stated above he's a pretty good hand with a rocket launcher.
- One-Handed Shotgun Pump: Does something quite similar several times when he fights Krennic's Death Troopers, firing overcharged single shots from his otherwise fully automatic gun to (probably) increase his chances of penetrating their heavy armor.
- One-Man Army: He can wipe out battalions on his own with his BFG. In fact, he takes out six Death Troopers in a few minutes before the last one kills them both.
- Professional Killer: Is described as a 'freelance assassin'.
- Removable Turret Gun: His weapon of choice.
- The Skeptic: Unlike his friend Chirrut, he does not believe in the omnipotence of the Force.
- Skeptic No Longer: After witnessing Chirrut's miraculous ability to reach the master switch and avoid volleys of blaster fire—heavily implied to be the Force guiding him through it—he comes around to believe in the Force.
- Survival Mantra: As Chirrut dies, he starts repeating his mantra about the Force, starting to believe in it.
- Those Two Guys: With Chirrut.Chirrut: You almost shot me!
Baze: You're welcome.
- Undying Loyalty: Despite his cynical nature, Baze is devoted to protecting Chirrut at all costs. He says that wherever Chirrut goes, he goes, too.Chirrut: I don't need luck. I have you.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Chirrut often argue as part of their rock-solid friendship.
- Walking Armory: The Rogue One member who packs the most firepower.
- Weapon of Choice: A cable-fed BFG that's powered by a tank-like Ammunition Backpack.
A former Imperial freighter pilot from Jedha who joined the Rebellion after seeing first-hand the consequences of the Imperial occupation of his homeworld.
- Ace Pilot: He is the team's pilot, and a highly reliable one.
- The Atoner: Galen Erso showed him the errors of his ways in serving the Empire and convinced him to deliver an important message of his to the Rebellion to atone for his past allegiance.
- Disappeared Dad: The novelization and comic book adaptation of Rogue One describe him as being close to his mother, but what happened to his dad is never explained.
- Famous Last Words: "This one's for you, Galen."
- The Gambling Addict: According to supplementary materials, Bodhi had a bit of a gambling problem.
- Going Down with the Ship: He stays in the Rogue One ship and dies from a grenade.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Wears a set of goggles on his forehead most of the movie, but never puts them over his eyes.
- Guile Hero: As a cargo ship pilot, he has little combat experience. However, he uses his knowledge of Imperial protocols to mislead and misdirect enemy forces. He also has insight into Imperial tech, communication equipment in particular. And an essential pilot skill, delivering complex information quickly and clearly over radio in stressful situations, proves critical to the final mission.
- HeelFace Turn: He's an Imperial pilot, but the acts that he's forced to perform against the people of his home planet as part of his job have made him cynical towards the Empire and willing to help the Alliance.
- Insistent Terminology: He wasn't captured by Saw's forces, he defected.
- Line-of-Sight Name: He comes up with the call sign "Rogue One" on the spot.
- Meaningful Name:
- "Bodhi" is a Sanskrit word meaning "awakened" or "enlightened", fitting for someone who realizes the cruelty of the Empire and defects.
- His decision to have his Call Sign set as "Rogue One" was a direct result of going rogue against the Rebel Alliance's orders to surrender against the Death Star.
- Mind Rape: Bor Gullet, the creature Saw Gererra unleashes on him supposedly detects lies. Given his state when Cassian and Chirrut find him in the nearby cell, it did something pretty nasty to his mind. He gets better once Andor gives him a reminder of his identity.
- Nervous Wreck: Bodhi spends a majority of the film on edge, with the above mentioned Mind Rape compounding this. He slowly regains himself as the story progresses, even taking charge of directing Rebel troops during the battle of Scarif.
- Non-Action Guy: The only main character who is completely unarmed and never fights.
- Still Wearing the Old Colors: Still wears an Imperial uniform after defecting to the Rebels as he doesn't want to erase a part of his past. It almost gets him killed when Baze sees him dressed like that the first time. However, when they're on Scarif, it momentarily confuses the Stormtroopers who ask him for his identification rather than shooting him on sight.
Lieutenant Taidu Sefla
A SpecForce officer who joins Rogue One in the mission to steal the Death Star plans on Scarif.
- Adaptation Expansion: He has a larger role in the novels than the movie, giving Jyn a brevet rank of sergeant.
- Ascended Extra: He has a LEGO figure in the Rogue One playsets.
- Friendly Sniper: He is a cheerful and reasonable guy who cheekily teases Jyn before the mission while also being an expert sniper and elite soldier.
- Mauve Shirt: Joins the crew in the third act of the film as one of the main supporting commandos in the Battle of Scarif.
- Negated Moment of Awesome: Gears up to run to the master switch to open communications between Rogue One and the rebel fleet... only to be shot the second he gets out of cover.
Corporal Stordan Tonc
A rebel soldier who aspires to one day join the Pathfinders. He volunteered to join Rogue One after catching wind of their plan to infiltrate Scarif. During the battle, Tonc commanded the soldiers who stayed with the shuttle to guard it and Bodhi.
- Adaptation Expansion: The novelization of Rogue One gives Tonc more scenes and dialogue.
- All There in the Manual: His first name and a few other details about Tonc are revealed in Rogue One's Visual Guide.
- Jumped at the Call: He was one of the soldiers who learned of what Cassian and the other elite Rebel spies and Pathfinders were planning on doing and joined them.
- Mauve Shirt: Despite not being introduced until late in Rogue One, Tonc gets quite a bit of screentime during the Battle of Scarif as one of the key Rebel soldiers participating in the mission.
A male Drabata that served as a commando in the Rebellion and participated in the mission to steal the Death Star plans.
- Battlecry: Yells "Sa'kalla" as he runs into battle, which is apparently a custom for him.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: Shouts "Karabast!", the go-to curse of the main characters from Star Wars Rebels when he sees they're about to be attacked by AT-ATs.
- Fish People: Drabatans are an amphibious species.
- Mauve Shirt: Shows up in the third act of Rogue One as one of the leaders of the commando team raiding Scarif.
Private Yosh Calfor
The former owner of a bloodhound kennel on his homeworld of Mykapo, Calfor is a demolitions specialist who joins Rogue One on the mission to Scarif.
- Ascended Extra: He has a LEGO figure in the Rogue One playsets.
- Cyborg: After being near a few too many thermal detonator explosions, Calfor had to get an electrocochlear implant due to hearing loss.
- Demolitions Expert: He is extremely skilled with explosives. Calfor likes and prides himself on having at least three grenades within reach at all times.