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"We have stolen a small Imperial shuttle. Disguised as a cargo ship, and using a secret Imperial code, a strike team will land on the moon and deactivate the shield generator."
―General Madine[src]

Crix Madine was a human male who served as a general in the Rebel Alliance and later the New Republic. As the officer responsible for covert actions, he devised the attack on the Endor shield generator and trained the soldiers who accompanied Han Solo to the forest moon.


"General Solo, is your strike team assembled?"
―General Madine, to his colleague Han Solo[src]

Crix Madine, a native of Corellia,[1] was a human male army officer of the Rebel Alliance, a resistance group that opposed the tyranny of the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War. Holding the rank of general, he was specialized in covert actions that involved theft of equipment from the Empire and infiltration of strike teams onto occupied worlds. In the closing stages of the war, Madine's men managed to steal the Tydirium, an Imperial Lambda-class T-4a shuttle. Thanks to that stolen ship, the general planned on sneaking a strike team on the Forest Moon of Endor, where the Empire had built a shield generator to protect its new planet-killing battle station, the Death Star II. From the moon's surface, the Rebels could take down the shield generator, leaving the Death Star vulnerable to the Alliance Fleet's firepower. In order to accomplish that mission, Madine asked his fellow general Han Solo to assembled and lead the strike team. Madine's plan utimately succeeded, which led to the Alliance's most crucial victory over the Empire.[2]

Soon after the battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance was reorganized into the New Republic and Madine was placed in command of the New Republic Special Forces.[4]

Personality and traitsEdit

Crix Madine was a blue-eyed man[3] of average height, standing 1.7 meters.[2] He had reddish blond hair and, at the time of the Battle of Endor, he sported a full beard.[3] As an officer, he was very respectful of the troopers under his command. He always made sure that his men were properly equipped and prepared for the dangerous missions he assigned to them.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

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Unused shot of General Madine from Return of the Jedi.

General Crix Madine first appeared in the 1983 movie Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, the third installement in the original trilogy of Star Wars, in which he was played by the Irish actor Dermot Crowley.[3] When Crowley first walked onto the set of Return of the Jedi, he was smooth-faced, and the crew presented him with a false beard, insisting that he had to wear it. In fact, the Kenner Products toy company had already begun pre-production on Madine's action figure, and, since that toy sported a beard, Crowley had to match.[5]

Given the uncertainty inherent in giving key expository dialog to the Mon Calamari Admiral Gial Ackbar—portrayed by a fishfaced puppet—the filmmakers of Return of the Jedi shot a number of "backup" shots of General Madine standing in for his colleague. However, those shots ultimately went unused in the movie's final cut.[6]



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