The promotion for this fall's Star Wars Rebels, the animated series set between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, is off to a roaring start. Over the last few weeks, we've been introduced to all six of the main heroes of Rebels, all of whom make up the crew of the starship Ghost (we found out about the villain, the Inquisitor, at New York Comic-Con in October). Now that we know all of them, take a moment to get a bit of a recap of all the major characters.
But before we do, some background on the heroes is that they are from the planet Lothal, a world under the control of the Galactic Empire. Though the Empire arrived promising peace and prosperity, many of its citizens are beginning to realize that the Empire's intentions are less than generous. Those who rise up on Lothal spark the origins of the Rebel Alliance we know from the original trilogy—and if you thought the movie rebels were rag-tag, wait until you see the ones from Rebels. The show is a return to the mentality of A New Hope, where the rebels are outmatched underdogs with hope on their side, unlike Star Wars: The Clone Wars where the heroes were fighting for the establishment. The heroes of Rebels will have to struggle to survive, scrounge for supplies, and, sometimes, even heroes will die, but they have the conviction that will ultimately lead to the fall of the Empire in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
Here now are the heroes of Lothal:
A hero is only as good as their villain, and Rebels marks the return of the evil Galactic Empire that we all came to love in the original trilogy, including classic stormtroopers and TIE fighter pilots. Unlike during the Clone Wars, when the Grand Army of the Republic was made up of clones specifically bred to serve the Republic, the Imperial forces are made up entirely of recruits. The Empire came to view the clones as too individualistic, and believed it was easier to create uniformity amongst volunteers. Although clones are no longer developed, the clone veterans from the Republic are still alive, though twice the normal age due to their growth acceleration. Some clones serve as trainers for the Imperial recruits, while others are discarded by a society that never valued them in the first place.
The first major villain of the series is the Inquisitor, an armor-wearing, red lightsaber-wielding Jedi hunter who works on behest of the Galactic Empire. The character is tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down the Jedi Knights who survived Order 66, as depicted in Revenge of the Sith. When the Empire hears of a Jedi who survived the purge, the Inquisitor is dispatched to kill them. The character is described as "the new face of evil," and the defining villain of the era between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
It is also possible that, as the show progresses, the rebel heroes will encounter characters such as Darth Vader. Though the show starts out in local space around Lothal, there is a larger universe of characters out there. The more successful the heroes are, the bigger the villains they will face and the bigger allies they will attain. The criminal underworld will also play a role, so bounty hunters and other kinds of criminal characters will appear.
What do you think of the Star Wars Rebels characters? Are you excited for the show? Let us know in the comments below!