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The Inquisitor
Background Information
First Appearance: Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion
Last Appearance: "Fire Across the Galaxy"
Portrayed by: Jason Isaacs
Character Information
Full Name
Other Names: The Jedi Hunter
Appearance: Red Tattoos, Gray Skin, Black and Gray Suit, Yellow Eyes
Personality: Serious, Cold
Species: Pau'an
Gender: Male
Homeworld: Utapau
Occupation/Rank: Grand Inquisitor
Affiliation: Galactic Empire
Goal: To recruit or wipe out the last of the Jedi
Fate: Intentionally falls into the Sovereign's reactor core
There are some things far more frightening than death.
―The Inquisitor's last words[src]

The Inquisitor was a male Pau'an dark side warrior who was tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down the last of the Jedi. He was the leader of the Inquisitors, the Galactic Empire's Force-sensitive agents employed to hunt down the last of the Jedi, so that the Emperor's plans would be complete.

He was the main antagonist of Season One


Meeting with the Dark LordEdit

Even though the Jedi had been wiped out, the Emperor had foreseen a new threat: the children of the force. Darth Vader instructed the Inquisitor to hunt down this new enemy, and, if they would not serve the Empire, to eliminate them along with any surviving Jedi who will attempt to train them.

Ambushing the RebelsEdit

The Jedi are dead, but there is another path the Dark Side!
―The Inquisitor trying to sway Ezra to the dark side[src]
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At The Spire on Stygeon Prime, the Inquisitor caught Kanan and Ezra off-guard as they tried to rescue Jedi Master Luminara Unduli. He coldly explained that she had died along with the Republic, but the Empire used her remains to lure the remaining Jedi to their end.

He engaged Kanan in a lightsaber duel and recognized his fighting style favored Form III heavily. He was then able to correctly deduce that he had trained with Jedi Master Depa Billaba, something that alarmed Kanan. The Inquisitor began to mock him about how such a poor student he had been while they fought, and attempted to force Ezra to choose to join the Dark Side of the Force. Ezra refused and both master and apprentice escaped from their near execution.

Visit to the Imperial AcademyEdit

Notified by Commandant Aresko that two cadets of the Imperial Academy on Lothal met his 'special requirements', the Inquisitor traveled to Lothal to evaluate them himself. After the escape of the Rebels with Jai Kell, one of the prospective cadets alongside a Dev Morgan, who he recognized as the Padawan from Stygeon Prime, the Inquisitor personally interviewed Zare Leonis, who 'attempted to stop' the Rebels, for details on Dev Morgan, the undercover alias of Ezra Bridger.

Pursuing the RebelsEdit

When the Rebels attempted to smuggle Tseebo off Lothal, he led a TIE Fighter squadron to stop them from escaping. He piloted the Empire's new TIE Advanced and planted a tracking device on their ship moments before they jumped to hyperspace. The Inquisitor and the Imperials followed the tracking beacon, which was planted on the outer hull of the Phantom to the abandoned Republic Base and where Kanan and Ezra lured them away from Tseebo, delivering him into safe hands.

Confrontation at Fort AnaxesEdit

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The Inquisitor approaching Ezra.

The Inquisitor led a squadron of Stormtroopers down to the base and found Kanan and Ezra in connection with the Fyrnocks that inhabited the base. While the Stormtroopers took on the Fyrnocks, the Inquisitor engaged Kanan in a lightsaber duel for the second time. He quickly overpowered him and knocked him unconscious.

Ezra tried to protect his master by standing in his way, summoning Kanan's dropped lightsaber to him and igniting the blade, but the Inquisitor forced him away and began to torment him with his fears of losing everyone he cared about and everything he hoped for, at the same time encouraging him to give into the Dark Side. Ezra's growing fear turned into hatred against him and he mentally summoned an even larger Fyrnock to attack him, unknowingly exposing himself to the Dark Side for the first time. As the Inquisitor fought off the Fyrnock, Kanan grabbed the weakened Ezra, summoned his lightsaber back to his hands, and escaped the Inquisitor for the second time.

Haunting EzraEdit

The Inquisitor appears in one of Ezra's illusions, he is seen fighting and killing Kanan in a vision, he reappears on the Ghost, slaughtering the whole crew of the Ghost, He approaches Ezra, he later appears when the door of the temple opened and he is approaching Ezra once again, saying if he was afraid but Ezra said he wasn't, Ezra takes a step and lets the Inquisitor take him down, but the blade passes through him.

Setting up the RebelsEdit

When Kallus had a plan to capture the Rebels, the Inquisitor questioned his plan. But Kallus thought that the Inquisitor was focusing to much on the capture of the Jedi then the group in general.

Capturing KananEdit

The Inquisitor, Agent Kallus, and Maketh Tua stood in front of a ship welcoming Tarkin to Lothal. Tarkin spoke of the rebel problem and how no Jedi remain. The Inquisitor is called to the office of Grand Moff Tarkin along with Maketh Tua, Agent Kallus, Cumberlayne Aresko, and Myles Grint. Tarkin reprimands Aresko and Grint for their failure to silence the rebels. He then had the Inquisitor execute Aresko and Grint in order to spread the message to all of the Empire: "From now on, failure will have consequences".

That night Tarkin sent the Inquisitor to the Imperial tower. He found Kanan there. Kanan charged at him with his lightsaber, but the Inquisitor blocked it. The duel was brief and ended with Kanan being arrested.

Interrogating KananEdit

The Inquisitor, with Agent Kallus and Governor Tarkin, interrogated Kanan to extract the location of his fellow Rebels.

Duel with Kanan and DeathEdit

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The Inquisitor hangs over the Sovereign's rupturing engines, just prior to his death.

The Inquisitor continued to torture Kanan for information on other rebels and mocked him for running after his master, Depa Bilaba, laid down her life to save him. When Kanan's crew arrived to rescue him, the Inquisitor sneered at their predictable actions and prepared himself.

When Ezra got Kanan, they started their way to escape only to run into the Inquisitor. Kanan borrowed Ezra's lightsaber and surprised the Inquisitor with its built-in blaster while Ezra got Kanan's saber back. The Inquisitor relished at the concept of fighting two amateur Jedi at once. He engaged Master and Padawan and knocked Ezra down to a lower level, Kanan wielding his lightsaber along with Ezra's. The Inquisitor found Kanan a far more formidable opponent to the point where Kanan destroyed the Inquisitor's saber and found himself hanging for his life. He was surprised when Kanan opts to spare his life, but the Inquisitor knew the punishment that awaited him for his failure if he faced his master. He warned Kanan that he had no idea what he had unleashed and added there were things far worse than death before allowing himself to fall to his own.

The Siege of LothalEdit

After the Ghost Crew faced Vader, Ezra asked Kanan if he was another Inquisitor. Which Kanan tells Ezra that Vader was something far worse: a Sith Lord. Ahsoka later asked Kanan and Ezra about the fight they had with Vader on Lothal. And Kanan tells her that Vader was nothing like the Inquisitor they encountered.

Personality and traitsEdit

The Inquisitor is described as cold and analytical. His intensity is based on the assignment he is on and he tends to stay calm.

Driven in his task of hunting and eliminating the Jedi, he appears to have studied the Jedi Temple records to an advanced and thorough degree, as he correctly determined Kanan to have trained under Jedi Master Depa Bilaba after only a few traded blows in their first lightsaber duel; identifying him from the lightsaber form he used and the way he used it.

The Inquisitor appears to have some interest in Ezra, as a few times during their first encounter, he tried to sway Ezra into following the Dark Side and shake the boy's faith in his master, Kanan. When they met again, the Inquisitor made it clear he desired Ezra as an apprentice.

Being tasked with hunting down and routinely killing innocent Force-sensitive beings, the Inquisitor rarely showed any mercy and didn't hesitate to kill unarmed children if his assignment called for it. With his own fellow Imperial officers, however, he took a stance unlike his master Darth Vader's; never punishing lower-ranking officers for their shortcomings and appeared to accept the burden of responsibility for his own failures. He was reluctant to a degree to execute Commandant Aresko and Taskmaster Grint at Grand Moff Tarkin's orders, but carried it out nonetheless.

The Inquisitor held a deep respect for his superiors, like his master, Darth Vader, and Grand Moff Tarkin, although with the former it was founded deeply on fear as the Inquisitor took his own life rather than face Vader's wrath.

Although the Inquisitor was a devoted agent of the Empire, he was capable of showing respect to those he deemed worthy, as he saluted Kanan in their final duel.


He notably sported dark-side tattoos stretching down from his eyes and on his forehead, either to show his welcomed affliction with the Force or to strike fear into his enemies.

Weapons and GearEdit


The Inquisitor's unique lightsaber.

The Inquisitor wore dark-colored battle armor, accompanied by various features such as grey stripes and an Imperial insignia on his shoulder plates.

He also used a double-bladed spinning lightsaber elegantly, which was designed to end battles quickly, efficiently, and with a minimum of effort. The Inquisitor's lightsaber was equipped with several modes, such as the crescent-mode that keeps it single-bladed. There was also a disc-mode where a second blade is drawn, during so both blades can spin across the disc. Its unique design served to unnerve the Inquisitor's enemies, particularly among the Jedi he hunts.

The Inquisitor also was in ownership of a TIE Advanced v1 prototype.



Darth VaderEdit

Main article: Darth Vader
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The Inquisitor and Darth Vader.

The Inquisitor answered only to Darth Vader, his master, regarding news of his exploits across the galaxy.

When he is defeated by Kanan in Fire Across the Galaxy, the Inquisitor warns the Jedi he has no idea what he has unleashed, and that there are things worse than death, before he allows himself to fall to his own. His taking own life and words imply the Inquisitor feared whatever punishment Vader would have for him.


Main article: Kallus

The Inquisitor and Kallus.

The Inquisitor and Kallus worked very closely together, as they shared the same aim: to eliminate the remaining Jedi. Kallus later came to the belief that the Inquisitor was focusing too much on capturing the two Jedi then the rebels as a whole, and came to the conclusion that "if we catch my rebels, we catch his Jedi". It is unknown what the Inquisitor's reaction to this was.


Ezra BridgerEdit

Main article: Ezra Bridger
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The Inquisitor and Ezra.

The Inquisitor had an interest (albeit a passing one) in Ezra that appeared to become a desire to make Ezra his apprentice despite being enemies. The Inquisitor tried to sway Ezra to turn to the Dark Side, and threatened to destroy all that the boy cares about, which provoked Ezra into briefly giving into the Dark Side. The Inquisitor seemed to respect Ezra as a worthy opponent. However when Ezra was fighting the Inquisitor with Kanan in a Star Destroyer's reactor core, he had no problem pushing Ezra off the ledge to his supposed death.

Kanan JarrusEdit

Main article: Kanan Jarrus
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The Inquisitor and Kanan.

Kanan, as well as Ezra, was the Inquisitor's main objective, in his task as a Jedi hunter. When first they met the Inquisitor was unimpressed with Kanan's lightsaber skills and correctly deduced his master to have been Depa Bilaba. He saw him as prey and obstacle but the more they clashed the more he found Kanan to be a better Jedi up until the Inquisitor captured him. During the time the Inquisitor tortured Kanan he taunted him for running as his master gave her life to protect him. In their final duel, when Kanan found his resolve, both the Inquisitor and the Jedi gave each other a salute of respect and the Inquisitor was shocked to be defeated though he warned his conqueror what the Jedi's actions had unleashed before taking his own life.


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  • He was voiced by Jason Isaacs, the actor of Lucius Malfoy from Harry Potter and Colonel William Tavington from The Patriot.
  • Despite his appearance and contrary to popular belief, the Inquisitor was not a Sith Lord.
  • His lightsaber was based on an unused concept from The Force Unleashed video game.
  • The Inquisitor shared some familiar characteristics to Darth Maul from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, such as his double-bladed lightsaber. He also highly resembles Darth Maul's early concept art.
  • By the time of the series, he was in his mid-40's (human equivalent).
  • The Inquisitor is not to be confused with the Mortis Son from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, with whom he bears a resemblance.
  • The Inquisitor was one of the very few non-Humans who came into a position of high authority despite racism and xenophobia of the Empire. Other examples are Grand Vizier Mas Amedda, Administrative aide Sly Moore and Grand Admiral Thrawn
  • The Inquisitor appeared to desire Ezra as an apprentice, which hints he may have wanted to become a Sith Lord himself.
  • The Inquisitor is the only major character in the show to lack an official name.



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