- “I will not abandon our command ship!”
- ―Jun Sato during Darth Vader's attack on his fleet[src]
Jun Sato was the commander of a Rebel cell, named Phoenix Squadron, that resisted the reign of the Galactic Empire. He was one of the leading members of a larger rebel movement organized by Bail Organa and Ahsoka Tano.
At some unknown point, Jun Sato joined the Rebellion against the Empire, either before or after his brother perished while flying as part of the original Iron Squadron. This left Sato's nephew Mart Mattin as his only living relative; the two lost touch following the death of Mart's father. Following an encounter with Thrawn, Sato left his home in the Mykapo System.
The Siege of Lothal
After the Ghost crew joined the Rebellion, they became part of Sato's Rebel Fleet, the Ghost crew, aboard their ship the Ghost, carried out a number of attacks against Imperial targets, securing fuel for Phoenix Home and the Alderaan Cruisers that it led. After one such attack, in which the Ghost crew led the Phoenix cell's group of A-Wing Starfighters, known as Phoenix Squadron, in an attempt to steal Imperial shield generators, Sato commended the Ghost crew for their work. Captain Hera Syndulla of the Ghost regretted being unable to secure the shield generators for the fleet, but they had secured additional fuel to maintain Phoenix operations. It was then that the crew's astromech droid Chopper, arrived in the Phoenix Home command center carrying a message from Lothal. The transmission was from Maketh Tua, who requested that the rebels help her defect from the Empire in exchange for valuable intelligence; the secrets she was willing to share included the names of rebel sympathizers on Lothal and nearby worlds, as well as the true reason for the Empire's presence on Lothal. Commander Sato believed that the mission was worth the risk and allowed the Ghost crew to return to Lothal to help Minister Tua.
The rebels' return to their former world led to the Siege of Lothal, as Agent Kallus and Darth Vader, pursued the rebels on the Outer Rim planet. The rebels escaped Lothal aboard a stolen shuttle after the Empire assassinated Tua, implicating the rebels in the crime, and they returned to Phoenix Home. Once there, they realized that the Empire had placed a tracking device on the shuttle. Their warning to Commander Sato came too late, however, as Darth Vader arrived alone in his TIE Advanced x1. Sato ordered Phoenix Squadron to engage the Dark Lord, but Vader was the superior pilot and destroyed most of the squadron. Vader's attack led to Phoenix Home suffering critical damage and, despite the suggestions of Hera—who, along with her crew had boarded the Ghost to engage Vader—Sato at first refused to abandon the command ship. Once it was apparent that Phoenix Home was lost, Commander Sato changed his mind and ordered an evacuation. He and his crew escaped as a fleet of Imperial Star Destroyers jumped into the area, and the Ghost provided enough of a diversion so the crew could board the rest of the fleet and jump into hyperspace.
Though the Phoenix cell suffered a significant defeat at the hands of Darth Vader, Sato and his crew survived, and the fleet rendezvoused at a location they had dubbed as Safe Haven.
Journey with the Ghost Crew
As a result of the loss of Phoenix Home, Sato transferred his command to the Liberator, though he felt that it hampered the fleet's ability to fight the Empire. Ezra Bridger then suggested that they find a place to hide. Though Sato agreed with the young Jedi's suggestion, everyone argued that they don't know of a secure location to put up a base of operations. Ahsoka then spoke up, claiming to know a friend who knew the locations of bases in the Outer Rim that would suit their purpose, and sent the Ghost crew to make contact. The crew eventually returned with Ahsoka's friend, Clone Trooper Rex, who agreed to join the rebels.
Later, the crew of the Ghost and Phoenix Squadron set up base on Garel. One day in Garel City, Sato sent the Ghost crew on a mission to retrieve power fuel cells to bring to Riin for the colonies that lived there.
Sometime later, Sato lent Phoenix Squadron and the CR90 corvette Transport 1 to a mission that involved delivering supplies to the famished people of the planet Ibaar, which had been decimated by an Imperial blockade. The initial attempt to break the blockade failed, as Transport 1, which was carrying the supplies, was destroyed. In addition, Phoenix Leader was killed during the combat. The survivors of the mission, including the crew of the Ghost, rendezvoused with the rest of the Rebel Fleet and met with Sato to discuss their options in regards to Ibaar. Rex suggested that the seek out an engineer named Quarrie, who had an experimental starfighter on hand that could change the course of the growing conflict. However, Quarrie happened to be located on the planet Shantipole. Two Phoenix Squadron pilots voiced their concerns for the plan, as Shantipole was known to be a "one way trip" for unskilled pilots. In response, Kanan Jarrus volunteered Hera to go on the mission, as she was the rebels' best pilot. Sato agreed to the plan, and she, along with Zeb and Sabine, departed for Shantipole. However, Kanan and Ezra stayed behind to use the Ghost for a second run against the blockade, which would would happen if Hera was deemed to be taking too long.
After waiting for Hera's return, Sato believed that enough time had passed, and loaded the Ghost with Ibaar's supplies. Rebel forces clashed again with the blockade. Despite the rebels' efforts, the Imperial vessels began to pin the rebel ships together. However, Hera finally returned behind the controls of Quarrie's experimental fighter and led the rebels to victory. After departing Ibaar, Sato was introduced too Quarrie, who had come along to join the rebels. Sato had been informed by Senator Organa that a friendly manufacturer had agreed to build more of Quarrie's fighters to support the growing rebellion with. Recognizing Synduall's piloting expertise, he promoted her as the next Phoenix Leader.
Escaping the Imperial Interdictor
Following the disappearance of a rebel patrol in the Del Zennis system, Jun Sato and Ezra traveled on the Liberator to investigate. Commander Sato had taken Ezra aboard for the mission at the recommendation of Hera. While traveling through hyperspace, Ezra sensed a disturbance in the Force. Immediately, the corvette was pulled out of hyperspace and cornered by an Imperial Interdictor, a new prototype warship equipped with gravity well projectors. Before the ship's power systems shut down, Sato managed to send a distress transmission that was picked up by the crew of the Ghost.
Sato's ship was then pulled into the ventral hangar of the Imperial Interdictor and boarded by Imperial forces. Commander Sato and Ezra were then brought before the ship's commanding officer, Admiral Brom Titus. Sato tried to convince Titus that he and his crew were members of the Corporate Alliance. However, this tactic failed since Titus quickly recognized his prisoners as Commander Sato and Ezra Bridger respectively. Knowing that his colleague, Agent Kallus, was looking for Ezra, he ordered his men to secure the prisoners.
Commander Sato and his crew were confined in a detention cell while Ezra was led by three Stormtroopers to a secure cell. However, Ezra managed to escape and link up with a rescue mission sent by Hera. This rescue mission consisted of Kanan, Rex, and Chopper. While Chopper and Ezra went to sabotage the Imperial Interdictor's gravity well projectors, Kanan and Rex managed to rescue Sato and his crew from their detention cell. Together, they made their way back to the Liberator but were pursued by Stormtroopers.
During the fighting, Rex stayed behind to hold off the Stormtroopers and was captured. Shortly later, they were rejoined by Ezra and Chopper. Sato and the other rebels then managed to board the Liberator while Kanan went back to rescue Rex. After Kanan and Rex escaped the Imperial Interdictor in an escape pod, Commander Sato prepared to make a jump into hyperspace. However, they were pulled out of hyperspace again by the Imperial Interdictor, which had been joined by two Arquitens-class light cruisers. Fortunately for Sato and the rebels, Chopper had sabotaged the Interdictor's gravity well projectors; causing the light cruisers to collide with the Interdictor. Commander Sato and his ship then managed to escape into hyperspace. Grateful to his rescuers, Sato thanked Kanan, Rex, and Ezra for rescuing him and his crew.
Escape from Garel
Due to an accidental leak by Ezra on Takobo, the Seventh Sister and the Fifth Brother learned that the Phoenix rebel cell was hiding on Garel. The two Inquisitors informed their Imperial colleagues Agent Kallus and Admiral Kassius Konstantine, who sent an Imperial fleet from Lothal to attack Garel City. During the escape, Jun Sato was with Rex when the Liberator was caught in the tractor beam of the Imperial Star Destroyer Relentless, Konstantine's ship. However, Hera managed to free Sato and Rex by using the Ghost to ram into the Star Destroyer's tractor beam projector. This enabled Commander Sato and the remaining ships to escape into hyperspace.
Trouble on Concord Dawn
Commander Sato attended a meeting with the Ghost crew and Rex to discuss their options for opening a new hyperspace route to the Lothal sector. The Galactic Empire was hunting down rebel forces throughout the Outer Rim. Sabine suggested the Concord Dawn System, which was home to a Mandalorian colony known as The Protectors. Due to the warlike and militant nature of the Mandalorians, Sato believed that diplomacy would not work and recommended sending a military force to Concord Dawn. However, Hera managed to convince Sato and the other rebels to send a diplomatic mission to obtain safe passage from the Protectors. Despite his reservations, Sato allowed Hera and Sabine to proceed with their mission.
Sato's fears were proven when Hera's mission was attacked above Concord Dawn by the Protectors' Fang Fighters. The Protectors' leader Fenn Rau had allied his people with the Empire and refused to negotiate with the rebels. Several A-Wings were destroyed during the dogfight and Hera was seriously wounded. Sato was later present during a debriefing with Sabine, Kanan, Rex, Ezra and Zeb, minus Hera. With diplomacy no longer an option, Sato authorized a sabotage mission by Kanan to destroy the Protectors' Fang starfighters, which were housed at a base on the third moon of Concord Dawn. This mission was a success and the rebels also succeeded in capturing Fenn Rau, who agreed to allow the rebels safe passage through the Concord Dawn System in return for keeping his capture a secret from the Empire.
Mission to Ryloth
Following the loss of one A-Wing Starfighter during one of Phoenix Squadron's missions, the Phoenix rebels needed a place to land and protect their remaining starfighters. In response, Sato suggested that Hera and Kanan steal an Imperial Light Carrier that had been orbiting Ryloth. Hera and the Ghost crew made contact with the Twi'lek Resistance and their leader Cham Syndulla, her father. Together, the two rebel factions hatched a plan to steal the carrier. However, the mission was complicated by Cham's own agenda to destroy the carrier. After a struggle with both Cham's resistance fighters and Imperial reinforcements, the Ghost crew managed to capture the fighter carrier for the Rebellion.
Commander Sato convened a meeting aboard his new flagship, the stolen Imperial Light Carrier, to discuss the rebel plans to establish a base in the Yawst System. By cross-referencing Republic and Lasat star charts, the former Imperial Academy cadet Ketsu Onyo had identified Berzite's moon as a prospective location for a rebel base. With the fighter carrier low on fuel, Sabine recommended raiding the Imperial fuel depot on Horizon Base. Using this information, Sato sanctioned a mission by the crew of the Ghost to steal the fuel.
Shorty later, the rebel fleet was attacked by Imperial forces under Admiral Konstantine. After the Ghost landed on the carrier with the fuel supplies, Sato prepared the fleet to depart for the Yawst System. However, Hera received information from Chopper and the Imperial inventory droid AP-5 that the Empire had set a trap there. After AP-5 instead transmitted the coordinates to Atollon, a safe world lacking an Imperial presence, Sato and the rest of the fleet traveled there.
Following the discovery of Atollon, Phoenix Squadron established a new base called Chopper Base, in honor of Chopper. Sato remained aboard the rebel fighter carrier while the Ghost crew traveled to the base to deliver a shipment of power generators. Despite encountering a nest of Krykna Spiders, Hera managed to secure the base by erecting a perimeter fence of Sensor Markers around it. This allowed the rebels to protect their base on Atollon.
Returning to Atollon
Sato was later present when Kanan, Ezra and Chopper returned to Chopper Base in the Phantom from their mission to Malachor. He and the other rebels watched as a blinded Kanan embraced Hera. He later watched as a despondent Ezra emerged without Ahsoka, who had presumably died on Malachor.
A Larger Rebellion
Six months later, Sato attended a briefing with the Ghost Crew, Rex, and the rescued pirate Hondo Ohnaka. The Ghost Crew had rescued Hondo from the Imperial prison on Naraka. As payment for his rescue, Hondo demanded that the rebels supply him with a hyperspace-capable smuggling vessel. Sato responded that the rebels would only pay him if his information was proven correct.
At Sato's prompting, Hondo revealed that the Imperials were operating a floating junkyard called Reklam Station on the planet Yarma where Old Republic Y-Wing Starfighters were being scrapped. Sato agreed to Hera's request that the rebels undertake a reconnaissance mission of Reklam Station. He also promoted Ezra to Lieutenant Commander due to his actions during Hondo's rescue and gave him command of the Reklam heist. After learning that Ezra had disobeyed orders and embarked on a recovery mission, Sato, Hera, and Kanan traveled to Yarma and rescued Ezra's team and the stolen Y-Wings.
Later, Sato chaired a briefing where he informed the Ghost Crew of the destruction of a rebel convoy to Teralov. When Ezra expressed his despondency about the high casualties, Sato revealed that a rebel agent named Fulcrum had information that several cadets from the Imperial Skystrike Academy were planning to defect. Sato was present when Hera assigned Sabine the mission. After Sabine's return from the Skystrike Academy, Sato welcomed Wedge Antilles and Derek Klivian's to the Rebellion.
Trouble on Concord Dawn
After the Rebellion lost contact with the Protectors on Concord Dawn's Third Moon, Sato and Hera summoned Rau for a briefing in the war room aboard an Alderaan Cruiser. While Sato thought that the Protectors were setting a trap, Rau assured him that this was not the case and suspected that something had gone wrong. Rau along with Sabine, Ezra, and Chopper then departed on a recon mission to Concord Dawn to investigate. There, they discovered that the Imperial Viceroy Gar Saxon's Imperial Super Commandos had wiped out the Protectors. As a result, Rau decided to join the Rebellion.
Evacuation of Mykapo
Later, Commander Sato received intelligence that Imperial forces were about to launch a crackdown on rebel sympathizers on Mykapo. Sato dispatched Hera and elements of Phoenix Squadron to evacuate the civilians. The rebels stumbled upon a skirmish between Mart's Iron Squadron and an Imperial advance patrol. After eliminating the Imperial patrol, Phoenix Squadron evacuated the dissidents. Hera also informed Sato about Iron Squadron. Realizing that his nephew had survived, Jun pleaded with Hera and Ezra to bring him back safely. Hera, Ezra and Sabine tried to reason with Mart and his crew but they insisted on staying in the Mykapo System. Unable to reason with Mart, Hera returned to the rebel fleet.
Ezra, Sabine, and Chopper stayed behind and managed to convince Mart's crew members Gooti Terez, Jonner Jin, and R3-A3 to leave with them. However, Mart decided to face Imperial reinforcements led by Admiral Kassius Konstantine. When Mart's ship Sato's Hammer sustained damage, the rebels and the other Iron Squadron members were forced to retreat without him. Hera later informed Jun via hologram about Mart's predicament and played a distress signal from the youth. Sato offered to travel to Mykapo to save his nephew but Hera convinced him that she and her crew would be able to handle the matter. Hera managed to rescue Mart and his ship. Sato and his forces arrived in time to attack Admiral Konstantine's ships.
Sato ordered two A-wings to provide covering fire and reassured Mart that he had come to rescue him. After Mart damaged Konstantine's Imperial Light Cruiser with a bomb, the rebel ships flew past the derelict warship. Before they could jump into hyperspace, they narrowly collided with an Imperial Star Destroyer commanded by Thrawn. Thrawn addressed Sato over the com and questioned why he had returned. Sato responded "now you know Admiral. Until we meet again." Thrawn vowed to meet him again and allowed Sato's forces to escape. Back at Chopper Base, Sato embraced Mart and thanked Hera and her crew for saving his nephew. He told Hera that he owed her and her crew a great debt.
Mission to Lothal Armory Factory
Sato stayed back at Chopper Base with Hera, Sabine, and Zeb while Ezra, Kanan, and Chopper undertook a mission to infiltrate the Capital City Imperial Armory Complex with the help of local rebels Ryder Azadi and Morad Sumar. Sato listened while Ryder informed Hera that Thrawn was the new commander in charge on Lothal.
Mission to Geonosis
Sato appeared beside Bail Organa during a hologram conversation with the Ghost Crew and Rex. Sato watched as Bail briefed the rebels about Rebel Command losing contact with Saw Gerrera during a mission to investigate the apparent disappearance of the Geonosian species. Bail tasked the Ghost Crew and Rex with rescuing Saw and recovering his data. Hera's team succeeded in rescuing Saw, befriending the Geonosian Klik-Klak and discovering irrefutable evidence that the Empire had perpetrated genocide against the Geonosian species. After Hera and her team reported their finding, Sato described their mission as a success because they rescued Saw and obtained a Deflector Core.
Mon Mothma's Speech
Sato and several other rebels including AP-5 and Rex were present at Chopper Base's command center when the former Imperial Senator Mon Mothma delivered a HoloNet News speech condemning the Empire and urging the galaxy to rise up in Rebellion.
Alliance to Restore the Republic
Ezra's Errant Mission
After Ezra heard Kanans' Holocron and the Sith Holocron from Malachor sending messages that hinted that the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi was in danger from the former Sith Apprentice Maul, Sato, Rex, and the Ghost Crew attended a meeting to discuss Ezra's encounter. During the meeting, Hera told Ezra to remain on Atollon because they needed him for the upcoming strike on Lothal. However, Ezra disregarded Hera's orders and traveled with Chopper on a mission to find Kenobi on Tatooine.
The Battle of Atollon
Sato later welcomed General Jan Dodonna when his Massassi Group arrived to join Phoenix Squadron for the attack on Lothal. Unfortunately, the rebels soon fell under assault from Thrawn's Seventh Fleet, who used a pair of Imperial Interdictors to prevent the Rebel forces from fleeing. Sato, Dodonna, and Hera directed the defense of Atollon in space, but quickly determined that they needed to find a means of escape; it was soon decided that Ezra would take the Nightbrother out of the system in order to call for reinforcements. Sato's tactics in the battle were soon recognized by Thrawn, who called Sato "the greatest commander ever to defend Mykapo."
As the rebels sustained greater losses and Ezra's escape attempt was looking to be thwarted, Sato settled upon a last ditch strategy and ordered the crew of Phoenix Home to evacuate; only Sato and two crewmen who refused to leave him remained aboard. They then took Phoenix Home in a path leading over the Chimaera as if attempting to flee. Admiral Kassius Konstantine, in command of one of the Interdictors, took his ship to intercept Sato, only to fall into the commander's trap. Sato steered Phoenix Home into a collision course with the Interdictor, destroying both ships and giving Ezra the window needed to make his escape.
Personality and Traits
Jun Sato was a by-the-books commander, operating his cell using military protocols. He was grateful that the Ghost had become part of his fleet and felt that the rebels had proven invaluable to the rebellion's cause, though he also believed that the Lothal rebels lacked effective discipline. During Darth Vader's assault on the Rebel Fleet, Sato at first refused to allow his crew to abandon Phoenix Home, as he was unwilling to lose his own command ship. Once he realized that the ship was lost, however, he regretfully agreed with Hera's advice to order his crew to evacuate the ship.
Sato was a strategist who realized the importance of the Rebellion in winning new recruits, new starships, and finding a base. He was a courageous commander even in the face of adversity. When captured by Brom Titus, Sato was not afraid and tried to intimidate the Admiral by claiming that he and his crew were members of the Corporate Alliance. Sato at first doubted Ezra's abilities, but after seeing him in action while escaping the Imperial Interdictor, Sato gained a new found respect for Ezra. Sato later realized that Ezra had good leadership potential and promoted the youth to Lieutenant Commander following a successful prison heist on Naraka. However, Sato overlooked Ezra's aggressive streak and brush with the dark side of the Force.
Sato had a brother and a nephew named Mart Martin. After losing his brother, Sato thought he had lost his family until Hera encountered Mart during a mission to Mykapo. Sato was determined to do anything to reunite with his nephew. He was grateful to Hera and her crew for risking their lives to save Mart. Sato regarded Mart as stubborn and rebellious but still loved his nephew. The two passionately embraced each other during their reunion at Chopper Base.
- Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal (First appearance)
- "The Lost Commanders" (Appears as hologram)
- "Always Two There Are" (Mentioned only)
- "Brothers of the Broken Horn (Appears as hologram)
- "Wings of the Master"
- "Stealth Strike"
- "The Protector of Concord Dawn"
- "Homecoming" (Appears as hologram)
- "The Forgotten Droid"
- "The Mystery of Chopper Base" (Voice only)
- "Twilight of the Apprentice"
- Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow
- "The Antilles Extraction"
- "Imperial Super Commandos"
- "Iron Squadron"
- "An Inside Man"
- "Ghosts of Geonosis" (Appears as hologram)
- "Secret Cargo"
- "Twin Suns"
- "Zero Hour" (Last appearance)
- He was originally named Fells, but in later development his name was changed to Sato.
- He is voiced by Keone Young.
- His name is derived from Japanese film director Jun Fukuda and composer Masaru Sato, who worked together on the Godzilla series.