Saw Gerrera was a human who lived on Onderon as a rebel against the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars. He was the leader of the Onderon rebel cell following the death of his younger sister, Steela Gerrera.
Saw was born on Onderon during the last years of the Galactic Republic. Growing up within the walls of Onderon's capital city of Iziz with his sister Steela Gerrera, Saw learned to greatly respect Onderon's monarch, longtime King Ramsis Dendup.
After the Clone Wars started, King Dendup had Onderon remain neutral in the war. Because of this, the Separatist Droid Army invaded Saw's homeworld and subjected its citizens to Confederate law. And to make matters worse for Saw, King Dendup was ousted from his royal throne and replaced with King Sanjay Rash, a "puppet leader" who answered directly to Count Dooku. Deeply troubled for Onderon's future, Saw and Steela began to gather resources and other like-minded individuals in the hopes of forming a resistance to fight against Rash and his battle droid forces.
Age of the Empire
Resisting the Empire
After the Clone Wars ended, Saw continued to lead his rebels, the Partisans, against the Galactic Empire. During this time, he hired a Lasat mercenary and fought an Imperial platoon under ISB Agent Kallus when they were sent to Onderon to bring peace. Kallus, the only survivor of the attack, would be haunted by the experience for years to come.
Saw was later tasked with protecting Jyn Erso, daughter of Lyra and Galen Erso after the former was killed and the latter was taken by Orson Krennic to continue his work on the Death Star. Saw had trained Jyn Erso to be a member in his extremist movement.
As Jyn matured, and as Saw became increasingly paranoid over time, he came to fear that Jyn would eventually be recognized as the daughter of a known Imperial collaborator, and so decided when Jyn was 16 to abandon her in a bunker with nothing more than a knife and a blaster for protection. He had instructed her to wait in the bunker until morning, by which time Saw was gone. He came to justify the decision by telling himself that she was already one of his best people and that he knew she could survive without his aid.
Mission to Geonosis
Saw later led a mission to investigate the apparent disappearance of the Geonosians on Geonosis. Saw undertook the Geonosian mission on behalf of Rebel Command and Senator Bail Organa. His team lost contact with Rebel Command after picking up an energy reading, which turned out to be an operational deflector shield generator.
While exploring an underground labyrinth, Saw and his team were ambushed by Klik-Klak, one of the few Geonosians to have survived the Sterilization of Geonosis. Klik-Klak's battle droids killed Saw's team but Saw managed to survive long enough for the Ghost Crew and Rex to rescue him. Saw saved the crew and Rex from a group of battle droids and a Droideka. Believing that Klik-Klak was key to finding out why the Empire had exterminated the population of Geonosis, Saw convinced the rebels to help him capture Klik-Klak.
While exploring the central air shaft, Saw and his team discovered Klik-Klak hiding on the other side. While Ezra Bridger and C1-10P pursued the Geonosian, Saw waited with Kanan Jarrus and Rex when the crews' leader Hera Syndulla contacted Kanan. When Hera told them to leave, Saw convinced them to delay their stay so that they could complete his original mission. Using the Force, Kanan used a stone bridge to ferry Saw and Rex safely across to the other side of the air shaft.
Once they had crossed, Saw and his rebel companions managed to corner Klik-Klak. Saw also shot out Klik Klak's remote controller with his blaster; deactivating several Droidekas which were attacking Sabine Wren and Garazeb Orrelios above. Saw then interrogated Klik-Klak and demanded to know what the Empire was building on Geonosis. Unable to speak Basic, Klik-Klak drew in the sand repeatedly. Ezra managed to befriend Klik-Klak. After Chopper picked up an energy reading, Saw forced Klik-Klak to lead them to the source.
Saw and his companions soon discovered the energy reading came from Klik-Klak's Nest, which served as his workshop and contained a transmitter. Still bitter about the loss of his sister Steela at the hands of the Separatists, Saw aggressively questioned Klik-Klak and rummaged through his place. Saw's aggressive methods yielded no results while Ezra's gentler methods convinced Klik-Klak to reveal that he was the custodian of the last known Geonosian queen egg. Saw wanted to interrogate Klik-Klak offworld but Ezra objected on the grounds that Klik-Klak and the egg were among the last of their species and belonged on Geonosis. In the end, Kanan brokered a compromise whereby the rebels could question Klik-Klak at Chopper Base and then return him to Geonosis.
Saw, his allies, and their prisoner Klik-Klak rendezvoused with the Ghost in the central air shaft. Once aboard, Saw exchanged pleasantries with Hera and the rest of her crew. While Kanan and Hera were preoccupied, Saw reneged on his earlier agreement and tried to take Klik-Klak offworld on the Phantom II. To force Klik-Klak's cooperation, Saw shocked him with an electro-shock device. This sparked an argument with the crew and Rex, who all objected to Saw's harsh methods. After fighting off Ezra and Rex, Saw threatened to destroy the Geonosian queen egg. In response, Ezra and Rex urged him not to become like the Empire he was fighting against.
Saw's argument with the rebels was interrupted by the arrival of Captain Brunson's Imperial Light Cruiser, which blocked the air shaft and deployed a squad of Jumptroopers to board the Ghost. Saw joined the rebels in repelling the Imperial boarders as the ship descended into the depths of Geonosis. Once at the bottom, Saw and his rebel comrades discovered several poison canisters which provided compelling evidence that the Empire had perpetrated genocide against the Geonosians. Regretting his past behavior towards Klik-Klak, Saw argued that the Geonosians deserved the same right to rebuild as other peoples and released Klik-Klak and the Geonosian egg.
After releasing Klik-Klak and taking two of the poison canisters, the Ghost managed to escape Geonosis by blasting through the Light Cruiser with proton torpedoes. Despite their successful escape, the rebels lost the poison canisters and were forced to make do with images of the canisters instead. Though Bail and Commander Jun Sato regarded the mission as a success for rescuing Saw and obtaining a Deflector Core, Saw was disappointed that they still had not found out what the Empire was building on Geonosis. Kanan reassured him that they would eventually find out sooner or later.
Personality and Traits
Saw had a reputation as an able but ruthless and cunning commander during the Clone Wars and the Rebellion against the Empire. His harsh methods led many to regard him as an unrepentant extremist. Saw bore great antipathy towards the Separatists for invading his homeworld. He also disliked the Geonosians due to their alignment with the Separatists and for building gunships which led to Steela's death. This coupled by the loss of his comrades during a mission on Geonosis led him to brutally interrogate Klik-Klak, much to the discomfort of Rex and the Ghost Crew.
Despite his antipathy towards the Geonosians, Saw was horrified by the Empire's genocide against the species and believed that they had the same right to rebuild as other species. Saw's change of heart led him to release Klik-Klak and the Geonosian queen egg he was guarding. Saw's disagreed with the Jedi's principled tactics and believed that it cost them the Clone Wars. Saw also opposed the Empire and was prepared to defeat the Empire through any means necessary.
Skills and Abilities
As a seasoned veteran of the Clone Wars, Saw was a skilled and cunning fighter and commander. He used a grenade to destroy several battle droids and later helped the Ghost Crew and Rex to hunt down Klik-Klak. Saw was capable of running for long distances. In addition, he was skilled at unarmed combat and once overpowered both Ezra and Rex. Saw also knew how to operate a blaster.
- "The Honorable Ones" (Mentioned only)
- "Ghosts of Geonosis" (First appearance)
- He is voiced by Forest Whitaker, who played him in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
- Saw is the first Clone Wars character in Rebels who isn't voiced by his Clone Wars voice actor.
- Saw first appeared in The Clone Wars animated series, and appeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (played by Forest Whitaker); he is thus the first character from the Star Wars animated universe to make an appearance in the films, followed by Chopper in the same film.
- Saw's season 3 design is based on the "flashback" version of him seen in the opening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In season 4, his design was updated to reflect his appearance when he is encountered on Jedha--now having graying black hair.
- In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Saw had blue eyes, while in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, he had brown eyes. The Rebels version has green eyes.