Hera was born in the years before the Clone Wars, and when they broke out and Ryloth became occupied by the Separatists, her father, Cham Syndulla, led a resistance to liberate their people. During the many battles, Hera was inspired by starships and desired to become a pilot, and was inspired by her father's determination to fight for their people and their world.
At some point during the Clone Wars, young Hera acquired the cobbled-together astromech C1-10P.
At the conclusion of the Clone Wars, when the Republic was transformed into the tyrannical Galactic Empire, they refused to leave Ryloth and Cham found himself fighting a new enemy. Alas, his rebellion would cost him his wife, Hera's mother, at the hands of the Empire, driving him to want nothing more than the liberation of his world. This drove a wedge between Hera and her father, leading her to leave Ryloth to become a star-pilot, and eventually a member of the Rebellion against the Empire.
Dogfight with the Empire
After raiding an Imperial supply depot, the lives of the Ghost's crew were left in jeopardy, with four TIE Fighters circling the ship. After taking a hit, the ship's comms and shields were fried. Hera then sent Chopper to fix the shields. Moments later, the comms between Hera and Kanan were disabled. Hera then sent Chopper to fix the connection, leaving the shields still down, and to tell Kanan to shoot better.
When Chopper arrived below Kanan's turret, he was sent back to Hera to finish fix the shields, as well as to tell Hera to "fly better".
Back in the cockpit, Hera took Kanan's remark to heart, and proceeded to carry out some difficult maneuvers. After evading the fighters, Hera used the ship's nose turret to take out a TIE Fighter, reducing Kanan's targets by half. After finishing off the last Fighter, the three of them met in the ship's cockpit, where they praised each other's shooting.
Mission on Lothal and meeting Ezra
Hera showed up with the Ghost after her fellow Rebels stole Imperial crates from the Empire and picked up a passenger. Hera was impressed with what Kanan told her about Ezra and suspected that he maybe force-sensitive. With four TIE Fighters on their tail, Hera piloted the Ghost out into space and once clear made the jump to lightspeed.
Soon after losing the TIEs, the Rebels returned to Lothal and landed near Tarkintown where Hera and Kanan delivered a crate of blasters to criminal boss Cikatro Vizago, who gave them some Intel on an Imperial Transport carrying Wookiee Prisoners to an unknown slave labor camp. The Rebels arrived at the Imperial Transport Hera brought the Ghost alongside, telling the Imperials they had orders to transfer an additional Wookiee Prisoner. As Kanan, Zeb, Sabine and Chopper went aboard, Hera along with Ezra stayed with the ship where they spotted an incoming Star Destroyer. Hera told Ezra he needed to go and warn the others but didn't feel he could and insisted they make a run for it while they could. In the end he reluctantly went aboard the transport ship to warn them after Hera gave him some encouragement to risk his life for others.
Rescuing Ezra and the Battle on Kessel
Thanks to Ezra, the Rebels made it back to the ship and escaped. However when Zeb told the crew he had left Ezra behind, Hera said they should rescue him as she knew they were responsible for getting him involved. Zeb and Sabine were not keen on rescuing him, knowing the Empire would be waiting for them but Chopper voted with Hera and with Kanan's deciding vote they went back to rescue him.
Hera piloted the Ghost aboard the Star Destroyer undetected and the Rebels were able to find Ezra and escape to hyperspace with intel on where exactly the Wookiee prisoners were. She set course for Kessel and upon arriving opened fire on the Imperials giving her fellow Rebels a clear path. However they were ambushed by the Imperials and Hera had to retreat with TIE Fighters opening fire on her ship. Hera flew away in order to lose the TIEs and later returned to pick of the others.
After sending the Wookiees on their way, the Rebels returned Ezra to Lothal but later chose to join the crew after being given a choice to join their Rebellion and learn the ways of the Jedi.
Sending Ezra and Zeb on a Supply Run
After making a mess in the cargo hold of the Ghost, Hera decided to send Zeb and Ezra on an errand run in the town of Kothal. Among the items Hera requested was a meiloorun, a fruit not naturally found on Lothal. Because of its rarity, Hera hoped Ezra and Zeb would be gone longer, leaving her and Kanan some time to relax.
Some time later, Hera received a call from Zeb, who had stolen a TIE Fighter. Kanan then instructed them to hurry to the rendezvous point. When Ezra and Zeb failed to return in time, Hera began to worry. Thankfully, the two eventually returned. After hearing them out, the entire crew boarded the Ghost.
Searching for Kanan Jarrus
When Kanan was captured by the Empire, Hera was ordered by Fulcrum to withdraw from their attempts to rescue him after reminding her that Kanan understood the risks and Ezra, the crew's remaining Jedi, was too important to risk losing. When Hera told the crew they could no longer continue their search for Kanan, her fellow Rebels refused to give up on him and hide. They disobeyed her orders and went to Vizago for some intel on how they could find Kanan. Despite being very disappointed with the three of them, she went ahead with Ezra's leadership and thanks to Chopper they were able to hack into the Empire's communications ship and discover where the Empire was keeping Kanan.
After stealing an Imperial Freighter, Hera and the Rebels journeyed to Mustafar, where the Imperials had Kanan. They deployed a TIE Fighter and landed it aboard Tarkin's Star Destroy which released and electromagnetic pulse, disabling the entire ship. With the ship down, Hera and the Rebels went aboard but when their only way to Kanan was sealed up, Hera, along with Zeb and Sabine went a separate way while Ezra took a short cut through the ventilation shafts. After hearing that Kanan was safe, Hera, Zeb and Sabine boarded their Rebel TIE Fighter and escaped with other Rebels, led by Ahsoka Tano.
Personality and Traits
Hera acts like the mother of all of the crew of the Ghost. Whenever new members joined she took them under her wing and protected them. Hera had a kind heart but could be very aggressive against the Stormtroopers and other members who work for the Empire.
Having been inspired by her father, Hera has a strong dedication to the Rebel cause, such that she is willing (albeit hesitantly) to give up on crew members if they willfully sacrifice themselves, but she can be persuaded otherwise if there is hope.
Hera is careful, alert, and shrewd, such as when she noticed the behavior of Gall Trayvis and correctly deduced he was an Imperial spy and tricked him with an empty blaster.
While she cares for her crew-mates, Hera has little patience for nonsense and infighting, opting to either be a peacekeeper among her crew or force them to work together in situations where they can't afford to mess up. Still she's not above pulling a prank herself when she warned Ezra and Zeb not to return from a supply run without a fruit that didn't grow on Lothal.
Ever since she and her crew joined up with Phoenix Squadron, Hera has become more active and driven to the Rebel cause, which led to a little friction between her and Kanan due to his emotional scars from the Clone Wars.
Weapons and Gear
Hera mainly used a Blurrg-1120 holdout blaster when fighting the Empire, which she kept in a holster strapped to her right boot.
She mainly wore a tight orange jumpsuit and a pair of flight goggles on the top of her head as she was the Rebels' pilot.
- She is voiced by Vanessa Marshall.
- Hera was the daughter of Cham Syndulla, who was first introduced in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
- By the time of the series, Hera was 24 years old.
- As of "Wings of the Master", Hera serves as Phoenix Leader.
- Hera's natural Twi'lek accent comes out when she gets flustered, as shown in "Homecoming".
- When Hera is particularly angry, she'll act like a mother and use a character's full name.