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- "Today is a day of celebration. We have triumphed over villainy and oppression and have given our Alliance—and the galaxy beyond it—a chance to breathe and cheer for the progress in reclaiming our freedom from an Empire that robbed us of it. We have reports from Commander Skywalker that Emperor Palpatine is dead, and his enforcer, Darth Vader, with him. But though we may celebrate, we should not consider this our time to rest. We struck a major blow against the Empire, and now will be the time to seize on the opening we have created. The Empire’s weapon may be destroyed, but the Empire itself lives on. Its oppressive hand closes around the throats of good, free-thinking people across the galaxy, from the Coruscant Core to the farthest systems in the Outer Rim. We must remember that our fight continues. Our rebellion is over. But the war … the war is just beginning."
- ―Admiral Ackbar
He became the foremost military commander of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, becoming a symbol of defiance against the Galactic Empire's subjugation of non-Humans and attracting major Mon Calamari support for the Rebels, thereby supplying the Mon Calamari star cruisers that made up the majority of the Rebel fleet.
From his ship Home One, Ackbar acted as fleet commander during the Battle of Endor, evading the Imperial trap of an unexpectedly operational Death Star II. Lando Calrissian led the starfighters, which eventually destroyed the Death Star from within. Ackbar reacted to the Rebels' triumph with a sigh of relief.
Captain of the Mon Cal Knights
Battle of Mon Cala
- "Soldiers of Mon Calamari: This is you home, do not let it fall!"
- ―Ackbar, to his troops at the start of the battle
About midway through the Clone Wars, between the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Galactic Republic—that Mon Cala was a part of—the war came to Mon Cala when the king of Mon Cala was assassinated by Separatist Riff Tamson. However, members of the Quarren Isolation League, led by Nossor Ri, took credit for the crime in order to provoke a civil war on the planet and prevent the rightful heir to the throne, the young Prince Lee-Char, from ascending to it. Ackbar, as the captain of the Mon Cal Knights, became Lee-Char's protector.
A meeting was soon held, in the Mon Calamari capitol, where Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo attended as representatives of the Republic. However, the Quarren isolationists insured Tamson—one of Count Dooku's many Separatist enforcers—was present as well. The Quarren voiced that they did not want Lee-Char as their king because he was too young and inexperienced. And as the debates went on, what the Quarren did want became clear: a Quarren king, not another Mon Calamari ruler. Lee-Char assured the Quarren that he was dedicated to serving both races in a mutually beneficial way, but Tamson ordered him to cease speaking, as he had not "earned the right."
- Star Wars: Galactic Defense
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Water War"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Gungan Attack"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Prisoners"
- The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight
- Star Wars: Battle Pod (Voice only)
- Star Wars Battlefront (Appears in hologram)
- Star Wars: Princess Leia, Part I
- Heir to the Jedi
- Star Wars 4: Skywalker Strikes, Part IV
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi (First appearance)
- Return of the Jedi Read-Along Storybook and CD (Appears in illustration only)
- "Blade Squadron"—Star Wars Insider 149–150 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars in 100 Scenes
- Ultimate Star Wars
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 152
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Notes and references
- Ackbar on Wikipedia
- "Being Admiral Ackbar: Berkeley man reflects on brush with Star Wars" - interview with Ackbar actor Eric Bauerfeld