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Homeworld of the Twi'leks, Ryloth is a beautiful and dangerous world of forests, deserts, and canyons that is host to deadly wildlife and valuable resources. While officially part of the Galactic Republic, many Twi'leks preferred independence and viewed any outside power having control over Ryloth as unacceptable. Following the rise of the Galactic Empire, many Twi'leks were enslaved, which resulted in the rise of the Free Ryloth movement, one of the first organized challenges to Imperial power.
- Death World: Ryloth is crawling with vicious animals, suffers from bad sandstorms and is a rich target for outsiders to exploit due to its natural resources and the demand for Twi'lek slaves. Under the Empire, this had led to extreme poverty and desolation for many natives. Multiple battles across the world have also damaged infrastructure and left large craters on the landscape. Darth Sidious finds the world to be quite lovely from a Sith point of view.Darth Sidious: It's instructive isn't it, this place?
Darth Vader: It is unforgiving of weakness.
Darth Sidious: It is. The weak are found out and killed by the strong.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: Most of Ryloth's native creatures are large and carnivorous predators that will not hesitate to attack sentient life, thus making it very dangerous to live outside of a city or town without a method of keeping predators at bay.
- Schrödinger's Canon: Legends Ryloth was an even more hostile place to live, being tidally locked to it's star, leaving only a sliver on the equator habitable, while the other 90% of the planet lived alternately in scorching heat or frozen darkness.
- La Résistance: The native population of Ryloth, Twi'lek and otherwise, is very resistant towards outsider conquerors. During both the Separatist and Imperial occupations, they resisted under the leadership of Cham Syndulla, with the later occupation giving rise to the Free Ryloth Movement.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: The Free Ryloth Movement is labeled a terrorist organization by the Empire. It's leader, Cham Syndulla, constantly reminds himself that he is not a terrorist, but a freedom fighter. His second-in-command Isval, however, fully embraces the term and has no moral qualms about being one if it means bringing down the Empire.
The native species of Ryloth, Twi'leks are among the most populous and widespread species in the galaxy. Physically and genetically similar to humans, they are nonetheless instantly recognizable from their colorful skin tones and two distinctive head-tails, known as "lekku".
- Alien Blood: It's allegedly blue, but this hasn't been confirmed yet since no Twi'leks have been shown bleeding.
- Alien Hair: Their lekku.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: They come in every colour of the spectrum, with blue and green seeming to be the most common.
- Bald Women: Twi'leks don't naturally grow hair. Many female Twi'leks get eyebrow tattoos to appear less alien to humans and other hair-having species.
- Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: Male Twi'leks have lumpy foreheads and pointy ears. It's also traditional for them to sharpen their teeth into points. Females, by contrast, tend to look more human, except for their cone ears.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Ryloth appearing as an impoverished and desolate planet under the boot of a colonial power and Twi'lek women being stereotyped by outsiders as exotic and promiscuous evoke many real-world nations and cultures in Africa and Asia.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Male Twi'leks, with their huge, lumpy foreheads and sharp teeth can look quite nasty, even most of them really aren't.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Twi'leks are among the few distinctly alien species of the galaxy that can successfully interbreed with humans; the resulting children can vary between Twi'leks with human skin tones and humans with unusual hair or skin colors.
- Les Collaborateurs: The Empire uses native Twi'lek police forces to maintain order after occupying Ryloth, since the sight of stormtroopers often caused increased tensions and riots among the civilian population. However, several Imperials note that even these Twi'leks hate them and only work with them for the pay and protection for their families. Senator Orn Free Taa is a more straight example, although Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader note that he would put Ryloth's interest ahead of the Empire's if he could (both after his own).
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Male Twi'leks aren't very good looking, especially in contrast to female ones, creating this dichotomy.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Twi'lek females are renowned for their exotic beauty, although this trope has a lot of downsides for them (many young Twi'lek females are sold into slavery to become dancers or status symbols).
- Rubber-Forehead Aliens: Twi'leks look similar to humans, with only their lekku, cone ears, and different skin tones marking them as significantly different.
- Scary Teeth: Male Twi'leks often sharpen their teeth into points, giving them a more menacing appearance. Some females do as well, but it is notably rarer.
- Schrödinger's Canon: The name of a Ryloth-based arms manufacturing company is called Eirriss Ryloth Defense Tech, which produced the models of Hera's blaster (Blurrg-1120 holdout blaster) and a popular Resistance blaster (Glie-44 blaster pistol). In Legends, "Eirriss" is the clan/last name of Cesi "Doc" Eirriss, a Twi'lek X-Wing pilot that was in Red Squadron as Red Four before she was killed in combat prior to the Death Star crisis. Given that Doc's career path before joining the Rebellion was in the political field, either the use of Eirriss in the company's name is because it's named after a different Eirriss, Doc is a Canon Immigrant and has a different backstory that now involves producing weapons, or this is just a Discontinuity Nod.
- Sex Slave: The unfortunate fate of many Twi'lek females, whose beauty is highly prized by nearly all species across the galaxy. After the rise of the Empire and occupation of Ryloth, the slave trade was flooded with even more Twi'leks.
The Free Ryloth Movement
General Cham Syndulla
Leader of the Twi'lek resistance against the Separatist occupiers of Ryloth, Cham was distrustful of the Republic as well, and considered Senator Orn Free Taa a corrupt individual who cared nothing for his people. After the rise of the Empire, Cham organized the Free Ryloth Movement to liberate the planet from the Empire. He is also the father of Hera Syndulla and an unidentified son.
- Action Dad: He is the father of Hera, whom he thinks of quite often during Lords of the Sith as his motivation for fighting for a free Ryloth. She later follows in his footsteps and becomes a freedom fighter herself.
- Art-Shifted Sequel: Due to the different art styles, Cham's facial features in Rebels are less chiseled compared to his earlier appearance in The Clone Wars; he also has a more prominent chin, a higher brow and his lekku lack the prominent stripes from his earlier appearance.
- Ascended Extra: He was a rather minor character in The Clone Wars, with only two appearances, but returns in Lords of the Sith, as a Hero Antagonist.
- Badass in Charge: Let's face it, not many would dare to stand-up to Mace Windu the way he did. Cham has also led two resistance movements that proved to be very big thorns in the side of the occupying power on Ryloth.
- The Chains of Commanding: The heavy casualties that the Free Ryloth Movement takes during their attempt to kill Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader weigh on him heavily and hurt his commitment to continuing the war.
- Enemy Mine: He was reluctant to cooperate with Mace Windu's clone troops, because he was worried that would only lead to another military occupation of Ryloth. When he heard that Wat Tambor started to bomb the villages, he finally agreed to put aside his differences with the Republic and Ryloth's Senator Orn Free Taa, and enter an alliance with them.
- Everyone Has Standards: He feels somewhat remorseful for all the deaths he causes fighting against the Empire and chastises some of his men for cheering the deaths of the Perilous crew. Cham even feels sorry for whatever fate is in store for Belkor Dray once the Empire realizes that he cooperated with the Free Ryloth Movement, even unwillingly.Cham: This isn't a game. You understand that? People are dying.
Gobi: Only their people.
Cham: So far. Let's hope it stays that way. But either way, it's no game.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: He is a classic example of one. Cham thinks Hera's desire to be a rebel for others in the galaxy is a lost cause and a waste of time, believing her focus should be on Ryloth alone. This is what caused them to be estranged.
- Four-Star Badass: He held the rank of General during the Clone Wars, although he appears to have stopped using the rank as the leader of the Free Ryloth Movement. Kanan, however, still refers to him as General out of respect.
- Frontline General: During the Clone Wars he could usually be found leading from the front lines. During the resistance against the Empire, he had to adapt a more hands-off approach, letting his lieutenants take the risks while he planned and oversaw the missions. Cham absolutely hates this, and when the plot to kill the Emperor and Darth Vader turns into a hunt for them on the ground he joins the search teams to get back in on the action.
- Heroic BSoD: After his plot to kill Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader ends with most of the Free Ryloth Movement's resources used up, dozens of his best fighters dead, and Isval's capture and execution, Cham comes close to shutting down and walking away from the fight against the Empire. However, Goll convinces him that they have to keep fighting to honor those who died and Cham comes to realize that the fight against the Empire is bigger than just Ryloth, causing him to snap out of his despair.
- Insistent Terminology: He has to keep telling himself that he is not a terrorist, but a freedom fighter in Lords of the Sith.
- Moral Myopia:
- To a certain extent: he wants the Empire gone from Ryloth and does not much care whether or not it continues to exist after that since it will be gone from his homeworld. Isval is dumbfounded that Cham cannot see that as long as the Empire exists Ryloth will never truly be safe, and that taking down the Empire fully is both needed and the right thing to do.
- The death of his wife during the resistance against the Empire sharpened his "Ryloth first" beliefs, to the point where he and Hera barely spoke after she left Ryloth to join the larger Rebellion.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: As described in Moral Myopia above, he just wants the Empire to leave his world and could care less about what it's doing to other worlds and Rebel matters. Partly due to how he got screwed over by the Republic he teamed up with during the Clone Wars, only for it to become the Empire and reoccupy Ryloth, and he really doesn't want to deal with that again. Hera manages to talk some sense into him, pointing out that no matter how many times he "wins" on Ryloth against the Empire, they'll just keep sending more until they tire out, and the only way to stop them is if all rebels join together to defeat the Empire as a whole.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His youngest child, Hera's brother, was a child when he was killed during the Clone Wars.
- Parental Neglect: The Resistance took up all of his time when Hera was a child, with the death of his wife driving him even further from his daughter. While their estrangement is based on their ideological differences, Hera's clearly very resentful of him for this.
- Properly Paranoid: His fears of the Republic turned out to be justified after it turned into the Empire.
- Rebel Leader: Of the Twi'lek resistance, the Free Ryloth Movement, to both the Separatists and the Empire.
- La Résistance: He's the leader of the Twi'lek freedom fighters against the Separatists. After the rise of the Empire, he put his former experience to good use against the Imperials.
- The Rival: A political one for Senator Orn Free Taa under the Republic.
- Underestimating Badassery: Underestimated Thrawn (granted, Thrawn doesn't have much of a name yet during this time; he's only recently been promoted to Grand Admiral).
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Isval. He is focused on fighting the Empire and thinks that a romance would be a distraction that could get people killed.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Come the time of the Empire he's had several failures in liberating his homeworld, to the point where he goes toward finding victory in his cause by any means necessary.
Hera Syndulla's mother
The wife of Cham Syndulla, mother to Hera Syndulla and an unidentified son. During the Battle of Ryloth in the Clone Wars, she and Hera were among the many that hid during the struggle. However, in the early years of the Empire, she would be killed in the resistance against the tyrannic occupation, causing a rift between her husband and her daughter.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: She's dead, but Cham and Hera have nothing but nice things to say about her.
- The Idealist: Cham describes Hera as a dreamer, just like her mother.
- Missing Mom: Hera's. Because she's dead.
- No Name Given: No clan name known, no first name known. An article on the Star Wars website named her Tislera, but this has yet to be confirmed.
- Outliving One's Offspring: She outlived her youngest child, Hera's brother, who died as a child during the Clone Wars.
- Posthumous Character: She died in between The Clone Wars and Rebels, when Hera was still in her youth.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Hera takes much of her looks from her mother.
- Tragic Keepsake: Implied. Considering Hera's behavior regarding the Kalikori about how it ties in with her mother, this suggests that the Kalikori was passed down maternally or that her mother just cherished it a lot.
- It turns out later in Rebels that Hera had a younger brother, who doesn't seem to have any photos of him yet has a piece representing him on the family Kalikori. Given that his mother ended up outliving him, it certainly provides another reason (if not the reason) as to why she seemed to cherish it greatly.
Hera Syndulla's brother
The youngest son of Cham Syndulla, and the younger brother to Hera Syndulla. In his youth, he was killed in the Separatist occupation of Ryloth during the Clone Wars.
- No Name Given: We don't know his name either.
- Posthumous Character: He died during the Clone Wars, when Hera was still a kid.
- Remember the New Guy?: Cham, Hera, or the other Twi'leks bring him up despite Hera's late mother and her familial relationship being a focus of her arc, and he's nowhere to be seen in the Syndulla family photo. It isn't until near the end of Rebels that Thrawn reveals that from studying the Syndulla Kalikori, Hera had a younger brother who died during the Clone Wars. Though given his age, him not being in the family photo could be justified as him not being born yet or having passed away by then already.
- Tragic Keepsake: The Syndulla Kalikori has a piece representing him.
A pale blue-skinned Twi'lek female. She is a former slave who escaped Imperial captivity and joined the Free Ryloth movement, becoming Cham's second-in-command.
- Action Girl: She is a very capable combatant, and kills multiple Imperial soldiers throughout Lords of the Sith.
- Anti-Hero: She lacks any heroic traits outside of her motivations to free slaves and kill abusive Imperials. Isval's methods are brutal and ruthless, and several of her comrades react with horror to some of her suggestions.
- Broken Bird: Describes herself as "broken" several times and thinks that she is impossible to fix, but resolves to use her "broken edges" to harm the Empire.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She was once a drugged up sex slave who worked in the Hole, the worst level of the Octagon, which is known as one of the vilest sectors of the capital Lessu.
- Determined Defeatist: In private, she acknowledges that the Free Ryloth Movement does not have much of a chance to defeat the Empire or even kick them off the planet. Despite that, Isval is determined to carry on and free as many slaves as possible before she dies.
- Disposable Sex Worker: Inverted. She's a former Sex Slave who became a Serial Killer of those that abused her and other Twi'lek sex slaves.
- Face Death with Dignity: Remains calm and defiant after being captured by Darth Vader and brought before the Emperor for execution.
- Freudian Excuse: Became a terrorist and serial killer after spending a significant chunk of her life as a sex slave for an Evil Empire.
- Guns Akimbo: She wields two blaster pistols in combat.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Stays back to delay Darth Vader to allow Goll to get Cham to safety in order to ensure that the Free Ryloth Movement survives.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Comes very close to doing this when she advocates forcing Belkor to order his fighters to bomb a rural Twi'lek village where the Emperor and Darth Vader are taking shelter. She is horrified when Cham points out that she is asking for Imperial pilots to bomb innocent Twi'leks, making her realize just how far her morality has fallen.
- Knife Nut: Carries a vibroblade, which she uses for her hunts in the capital.
- The Lancer: She is Cham's lieutenant and has an opposing personality to his, being much more ruthless and less concerned about civilian casualties.
- Off with Her Head!: She is decapitated by Darth Vader.
- Revenge: While she wants Ryloth to be free, she is much more interested in simply killing as many Imperials as possible and toppling the Empire permanently.
- Scary Teeth: Files her teeth to points, something which is usually only done by male Twi'leks.
- Second Love: For Cham, as his wife is presumably dead by the time of Lords of the Sith, taking place five years after the end of the Clone Wars.
- Serial Killer: She spends her spare time hunting down Imperial officers who are about to sleep with Twi'lek sex slaves and kills them and then helps the slave escape. Isval even mentally notes how she is compelled to kill Imperials and that if she goes for too long without hunting one down she becomes distracted and angry, making it difficult for her to think clearly until she satisfies the urge. Isval keeps her activities hidden from Cham and the others, knowing they would be disturbed by her actions.
- She Who Fights Monsters: She has become little better than many of the Imperials she is fighting to free Ryloth from. Isval is fully aware of what she is and does not care, blaming the Empire for making her into a monster.
- Slave Liberation: Her primary goal is to free as many slaves as possible. She freed herself from slavery when she choked an Imperial corporal to death and then managed to flee the Hole without being caught, eventually joining up with the Free Ryloth Movement.
- Undying Loyalty: To Cham, believing that he is the only one who can hold the Free Ryloth Movement together. Which is why she ensures he survives by having Goll knock him out and carry him to a ship when the battle turns against the Twi'leks.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: She shares Cham's feelings for her, but ignores them to focus on fighting the Empire. As she has Goll drag Cham from the battlefield, she tell Cham she loves him before attacking Vader.
A purple-skinned Twi'lek male who is the movement's technical expert and specializes in Artificial Intelligence.
- Character Tic: Cham notes that he mumbles under his breath a lot.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He is an expert in AI, who can also design a mine that can "bleed" the shields from a Star Destroyer.
- The Smart Guy: He keeps the movement's ships in working shape, and also designs weapons to use against the Empire.
A towering green-skinned Twi'lek male who is an expert tracker and soldier.
- The Big Guy: He commands one of the movement's strike teams and is the most physically imposing member of the movement.
- Due to the Dead: He and a few of his troops personally see to digging the graves for Crost, Drim, and Eshgo, four members of Isval's team who died in the escape from the Perilous.
- Oh, Crap!: Gets an extended one as he realizes that the Emperor and Darth Vader are being pursued by a lylek horde that is hundreds strong and are somehow winning.Goll: What kind of men are we after here, Cham? This is like nothing I've ever seen, or even heard of.
- Undying Loyalty: To Cham, believing him to be the only person capable of holding the Twi'lek resistance together. He conspires with Isval to ensure that Cham survives the assault against the Emperor and Darth Vader no matter what, knocking him out in order to get him to Faylin's ship and ensure that the Free Ryloth Movement survives.
A human female and one of the few non-Twi'lek members of the Free Ryloth Movement.
A friend of Cham Cyndulla who joined his war against the Separatists and the Empire.
- Alliterative Name: Gobi Glie.
- Badass Normal: In Rebels, Cham describes him as one of his finest warriors, and he lives up to the description.
- Famed in Story: The popular Glie-44 blaster used by the Resistance and produced by a Ryloth weapons manufacturing industry was named after him.
- Ink-Suit Actor: His appearance in Rebels is modeled after Corey Burton's likeness.
- The Lancer: To Cham during the resistance against the Separatist occupation.
- Mission Control: During the war against the Empire, Gobi serves as a member of the Free Ryloth Movement's command center staff and helps direct its military operations.
A orphaned child on Ryloth who is rescued by two clone troopers named Waxer and Boil. After the Empire occupied Ryloth, Numa grew up to join the resistance and fight against her homeworld's occupation.
- Action Girl: Described by Cham as one of his finest warriors, and she more than lives up to it.
- Badass Normal: No Force powers, but easily one of the best fighters in Free Ryloth. In "Hera's Heroes", she takes out two of the three troopers pursuing them and already has her pistol out when the last one boards, and in "Homecoming" she dispatches stormtroopers with her bare hands and feet.
- Deadpan Snarker: When Hera tells Cham and Numa to ride towards the enemy, Numa's first response is to ask if she's serious. When Cham reassures her that she is, she laughs and dryly notes it must run in the family.
- Happily Adopted: After Obi-Wan's clone troopers freed the townspeople with her help, she was reunited with her uncle. Both of them were very clearly happy to see each other.
- Heartwarming Orphan: Her parents were killed when the droids captured her hometown.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Her appearance in Rebels is modeled after her voice actress, Catherine Taber.
- Kid Hero All Grown-Up: Returns in her mid-twenties as a resistance fighter in Rebels.
- Language Barrier: Waxer and Boil take care of her, but have no idea why she keeps calling the two of them "Nerra", or what it means. As the two clones say goodbye, Obi-Wan finally tells the duo what it really means: "Brother". She has learned to speak Basic by the time of Rebels.
- Nephewism: A niece variant. After her parents were killed by droids, Numa was Happily Adopted by her uncle.
- Odd Friendship: Her befriending with Waxer and Boil.
- Orphan's Ordeal: Lost her parents, had to fend for herself in the deserted town patrolled by droids.
- La Résistance: Is a freedom fighter with Cham Syndulla by the time of Rebels.
- Rubber-Forehead Alien: She's a young green-skinned Twi'lek girl.
- Schrödinger's Canon: Her last/clan name prior to the Legends decanonization was Bril, but this has yet to be recanonized.
- Tastes Like Friendship: After meeting her, Boil and Waxer noticed that she looked starved and gave her a rationbar, which earned them her trust.
- Took a Level in Badass: Numa was introduced in The Clone Wars as a child civilian with no fighting experience. By Rebels, she is all grown up and a Badass Normal resistance fighter.
- Tragic Keepsake: In Rebels, she wears the left arm pieces of Boil's clone armor.
A strategist serving in the Free Ryloth movement and other resistance groups around the galaxy. After the Galactic Civil War, she reconnects with Lando Calrissian, who she briefly worked with when he smuggled a shipment to a resistance group.
- Action Girl: She's handy with a blaster.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: She is said to have blue skin.
- Love Interest: To Lando, with both of them having feelings for each other but being scared of committing.
- The Strategist: During the Galactic Civil War she travelled between several resistance groups to help them formulate strategies to resist Imperial occupations of their planets.
- Senator Orn Free Taa on the Imperial Senate page.
- General Hera Syndulla on the Crew of the Ghost page.
- Yendor on the Rebel Alliance & New Republic Starfighter Corps page.
- Bib Fortuna on the Hutt Clans page.
- Beezer Fortuna on the Partisans page.
- Oola on the Hutt Clans page.
- Lyn Me on the Hutt Clans page.
- Ann and Tann Gella on the Tatooine page.
- Master Aayla Secura on the Jedi Masters page.
- Initiate Sammo Quid on the Jedi Order page.
- Jinx on the Jedi Order page.