- "I care not for your struggles. I will succeed where you and Kallus have failed."
- ―The Fifth Brother, to Admiral Kassius Konstantine
Fifth Brother was the designation used by a gray-skinned humanoid male Inquisitor of the Galactic Empire several years before the Battle of Yavin. On the orders of the Emperor, Darth Sidious, the Fifth Brother was dispatched by the Sith Lord Darth Vader to hunt the growing rebellion against the Empire. He later perished by the hands of former Sith Lord Darth Maul on Malachor.
The individual who became known as the Fifth Brother originally occupied a position within the Jedi Order. At some point after the Galactic Republic was reorganized into the Galactic Empire, he was inducted into an Imperial agency of Force-sensitive assassins called the Inquisitorius, which was tasked with hunting down and eliminating any Jedi who survived Order 66. To accomplish this, he and his colleagues were trained by Darth Vader in the ways of the dark side of the Force and studied the records of the Jedi Temple in order to defeat their enemies.
Age of the Empire
Serving Darth Vader
- "Lord Vader has sent me in his place."
- ―The Fifth Brother
After the death of the Grand Inquisitor and after the Sith Lord Darth Vader hunted and broke a growing rebel fleet during the Siege of Lothal, Vader was ordered by the Emperor, Darth Sidious, to dispatch another Inquisitor to deal with the growing rebellion against the Empire. Vader soon sent the Fifth Brother to continue the work that he and the Grand Inquisitor had started.
During the Imperial assault against the Lothal rebel cell on the planet Seelos, Admiral Kassius Konstantine was ordered to have his Star Destroyer rendezvous with a shuttle he was led to believe carried Lord Vader himself. In reality, however, it carried the Fifth Brother, who arrived aboard Konstantine's Star Destroyer to begin hunting the rebellion. Konstantine questioned why his vessel had to divert from Seelos to rendezvous with an Inquisitor, as the diversion may have compromised the assault that ISB Agent Kallus was leading on Seelos, but the Fifth Brother had no interest in the assault and pledged to stop the rebellion himself.
Skirmish at the medical station
- "I'm surprised to see you here."
"The kill is mine!"
"You are short sighted. We will use the boy as bait to draw in the others. Now find the girl!"
- ―The Fifth Brother clashes with the Seventh Sister
Later, he was present with both Kallus and Konstantine on the bridge of the Star Destroyer when a power surge at an abandoned Haven-class medical station was detected. Though Kallus dismissed it, the Fifth Brother quickly took command and immediately set out for the medical station, unaware that the Seventh Sister was already there and hunting the rebels. When Ezra Bridger and Sabine Wren were fleeing this Inquisitor, they were met by a grinning Fifth Brother who ignited his lightsaber threateningly. Ezra was captured helping Sabine to escape, with the Fifth Brother reaching him just as the latter fled. He attempted to murder the young Jedi with his lightsaber, only for the Sister to deflect it with her own blade. When the Fifth Brother protested, citing Bridger as his kill, the Sister derided him for short-sightedness and pointed out that the boy could be used to trap his friends.
While the Seventh Sister interrogated Ezra, the Fifth Brother went to hunt down Sabine accompanied by two of the Sister's ID9 seeker droids. Hunting her through the corridors, he sensed the presence of Sabine and the Lasat Garazeb Orrelios who had prepared an ambush consisting of several thermal detonators planted in the corridor. Unfortunately, the Fifth Brother used the Force to lift the detonators and throw them at the rebels, knocking out Sabine in the process. Hefting the unconscious Mandalorian over his shoulder, the Brother told the two seeker droids to do as they wished with Orrelios; both droids were subsequently destroyed when the Lasat crushed them against boxes of medical supplies.
The Brother returned to find that Ezra had delivered very little information, but at that moment they received a transmission from "Commander Meiloorun" asking if they needed help; the Brother forced the two to accept at lightsaber point and then proceeded to Bay Six where the rebels were to arrive. When they got there, they were ambushed by Orrelios in the Phantom; in the chaos, Ezra managed to recover his lightsaber and both boarded the shuttle. Both Inquisitors attempted to hold it in place with the Force, but the Brother was forced to break off to deflect blaster fire and the Sister was nearly dragged out into space when the shuttle burst free, leaving both Inquisitors fuming.
- "You would question me, Seventh Sister?"
"Only when you're wrong, Fifth Brother."
- ―The Fifth Brother pulls rank on the Seventh Sister
Later, the Fifth Brother and the Seventh Sister boarded a passenger ship above the planet Chandel to seize a Force-sensitive infant named Alora. Despite the best efforts of the grandmother Darja to stop, the two Inquisitors managed to corner them and take Alora into custody. Prior to leaving the ship, the Brother killed all of the other passengers by throwing his double-bladed lightsaber at them. The Inquisitors' actions attracted the attention of the former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano and the rebel crew of the Ghost. While Ahsoka traveled to Chandel, Ezra, his master Kanan Jarrus, Zeb, and Chopper traveled to the planet Takobo aboard the Phantom to investigate.
Taking Alora with them, the Fifth Brother and the Seventh Sister traveled to Takobo to collect a Force-sensitive Ithorian infant named Pypey. After parking their TIE Advanced starfighters at a spaceport hangar bay in Hammertown, the two Inquisitors left a seeker droid to guard their ship and the baby. Together, they then visited Pypey's home and confronted her mother Oora. However, Oora had already sent her child away with the droid. Before leaving the house, the two Inquisitors accosted her and smashed the furniture in her home.
While prowling the streets of Takobo, the two Inquisitors managed to intercept the droid. However, Pypey had already been picked up by Zeb, one of the rebels they had encountered earlier on the derelict medical station. The Fifth Brother and Seventh Sister then pursued Zeb to a nearby apartment building. While the Brother used Pypey's fear to track the Jedi, the Sister sent one of her seeker droids to keep an eye outside. Shortly later, Ezra and his master Kanan entered the building to aid Zeb.
Ezra's presence caused Pypey to cry since he could sense the boy's fear. Closing in on the rebels, the Fifth Brother and Seventh Sister attempted to spike them out with their lightsabers. Bridger managed to temporarily mislead the Inquisitors by using a comlink to make a recording of Pypey's cries. The Fifth Brother fell for that ruse and was warned by the Seventh Sister to stop wasting their time. In the meantime, the rebels managed to escape the room and made a run for the stairs. To confuse the Inquisitors, the rebels split up; with Bridger and Pypey heading into the ventilation shafts while Kanan and Zeb held off the Inquisitors.
Resuming their pursuit, the Fifth Brother sensed Ezra and Pypey's presence in the ventilation shaft above. He then used his lightsaber to spike holes in the ceilings in an attempt to flush out their quarry. Before the two Inquisitors could corner their prey, they were confronted by Kanan and Zeb. The lanky Zeb took on the Brother but was unable to match the Inquisitor's Force powers. Forced to retreat, Kanan and Zeb jumped out of the window and fled on a speeder. In response, the Inquisitors commandeered another speeder and continued the pursuit. Following another skirmish, the Inquisitors cornered their rebel foes outside the spaceport.
The two Inquisitors quickly overpowered the three rebels. Before they could finish off their work, the spaceport doors opened to reveal the Jedi Ahsoka Tano. While the other rebels retreated aboard the Phantom with Pypey, Ahsoka engaged the two Inquisitors in a lightsaber duel. Armed with two lightsabers, she engaged both Inquisitors for a few moments before effortlessly side-swiping the Fifth Brother's clumsy attack and throwing him against a pillar, knocking him out. The Seventh Sister put up a better fight, but was soon defeated as well. Before Ahsoka could finish the Sister, Imperial reinforcements arrived in the form of stormtroopers and a few Imperial Troop Transports. Though the Brother threw his lightsaber at her to try and prevent her escape, Ahsoka managed to dodge it and escaped with her rebel comrades and the babies aboard the Phantom. To add insult to injury, the Fifth Brother and Seventh Sister discovered that the rebels had also destroyed their TIE Advanced fighters and taken Pypey. However, the Inquisitors were delighted to learn from one of the Sister's seeker droids that the rebels were hiding on the planet Garel.
Raid on Garel
- "Garel is a major port and under our control. Surely our garrison there would've spotted Rebel activity."
"You doubt my word, Admiral?"
"No Inquisitor, I merely look to the day when you produce results."
- ―Admiral Konstantine and the Fifth Brother
Following their skirmish with the rebels on Takabo, the Fifth Brother and the Seventh Sister joined forces with the Imperial Security Bureau agent Kallus and Admiral Kassius Konstantine to attack the rebel presence on Garel. The two Inquisitors accepted Kallus' suggestion that the Imperial servants work together to capture the Phoenix Squadron, which included the crew of the Ghost. The Fifth Brother and Seventh Brother took part in the ground assault and encountered Ezra Bridger and Kanan Jarrus in their hangar bay. Despite the Sister's best efforts to goad Ezra into attacking them, Kanan prevented the fight from occurring by shutting the blast door; leaving the Inquisitors on the other side. The crew of the Ghost then took advantage of this delay to escape into the atmosphere above Garel.
Pursuing the Jedi
For several months, the Fifth Brother and the Seventh Sister pursued the Jedi fugitives Kanan and Ezra. The two Inquisitors cornered the two Jedi while they were scouting Oosalon as a potential site for a new rebel base. During the duel, the Fifth Brother threw Ezra down a cliff but the young Jedi managed to cling onto his master. The two Jedi counter-attacked with their lightsabers but were pushed back to the edge of the cliff by the two Inquisitors. Before the Inquisitors could finish off their Jedi opponents, the two Jedi managed to escape on the back of a tibidee before being picked up by their friend Chopper in the Phantom.
Later, the Fifth Brother and the Seventh Sister visited the Jedi Temple on the planet Lothal. They landed their TIE Advanced v1 starfighters moments after Chopper had departed the scene on the Phantom. While the Brother did not sense the presence of the Jedi and thought they had left, the Sister could still sense that they were hiding in the Temple. Using their Dark Side powers, the two Inquisitors forced their way into the Temple. After forcing the Temple open, the two Inquisitors entered the structure only to be confronted by several spectral Jedi Temple Guards, who were part of a Force vision. The two Inquisitors recognized the leader as having the face of the late Grand Inquisitor, who had once been a Jedi Knight.
While the Fifth Brother and the Seventh Sister both survived their supernatural encounter, they failed to captured their Jedi fugitives. However, they managed to capture the Temple and promptly informed their master Darth Vader, who came to visit the site in person. Imperial reinforcements including stormtroopers and patrol transports also surrounded the Temple. When the Fifth Brother reported that the Jedi were growing in their power, Vader assured him that it would be their "undoing".
The Fifth Brother was ordered by Darth Vader to travel to Malachor with Seventh Sister and obtain a Sith holocron from within a Sith temple located beneath the planet's surface. She and her accomplice came to the aid of the Eighth Brother after he was captured by Kanan Jarrus and Ahsoka Tano; all three Inquisitors were forced to retreat when their opponents were joined by Ezra Bridger and his new companion, the former Sith Lord Maul. Having escaped her adversaries, the Seventh Sister dispatched some of her ID-9 seeker droids to spy on them.
While the Sister pursued Maul and Ezra, the Fifth Brother went after Ahsoka and Kanan, ambushing them on one of the Temple parapets. Managing to catch them off-guard, he was soon joined by the Eighth Brother and together they engaged the Jedi. The situation soon turned against them when Maul, having slain the Seventh Sister, leapt into the fray and engaged the two Inquisitors on behalf of the Jedi. Taking advantage of the Fifth Brother's distraction in fending off Maul, Ahsoka lunged forwards and struck the hilt of his lightsaber, damaging the weapon and causing him to drop it. Defenceless, the Fifth Brother was quickly struck down by a strike to the gut by Maul, with the Eighth Brother quickly following.
Personality and traits
The Fifth Brother was a tall, muscular humanoid male with mint eyes and gray skin. He wore the gray and black uniform of an Inquisitor, wore a metallic headpiece, and carried a double-bladed spinning lightsaber. When Ezra Bridger was captured, he attempted to execute him on the spot, only to be stopped by the Seventh Sister who derided him for his short-sightedness as the boy could be used as bait. In contrast to the Grand Inquisitor and the Seventh Sister, the Fifth Brother seemed merely content to kill any Jedi he found rather than use them for information or traps against the wider rebellion. As a result of this, he was not widely respected by Imperial officials. He was also sadistic and bloodthirsty, enjoying his occupation as a Jedi hunter and relishing the sport, and also demonstrated a willingness to apparently slaughter a barge of innocent people simply because they were inconvenient witnesses.
Powers and abilities
The Fifth Brother held some skill in Telekinesis, able to pick up multiple thermal detonators and throw them. He possessed a keen Force sense, which enabled him to sense the emotions of his quarry and deduce they were trying to ambush him. He showed some skill in lightsaber combat, throwing his lightsaber with deadly precision and engaging in a few saber locks with Ahsoka Tano, though both him and the Seventh Sister were soon defeated. He tended to favor an aggressive form of lightsaber combat, involving powerful blows and a lot of hacking and slashing, similar to the Nightbrother Savage Opress. This style was crude, but effective in breaking through the defense of a less-experienced lightsaber wielder like Kanan Jarrus. It was, however, no match for the superior combat abilities of Ahsoka Tano and former Sith Lord Maul, both of whom managed to overpower and (in the latter's case) kill him in short order.
Behind the scenes
The Fifth Brother was created for the second season of the animated television series Star Wars Rebels. He is voiced by actor Philip Anthony-Rodriguez. The character's design was based on unused artwork from Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. The artwork, depicting a Sith, was drawn by Altzman and was labeled Villain 03 early in the production of the film.
- Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal (First mentioned; albeit indirectly)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Relics of the Old Republic" (First appearance)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Always Two There Are"
- Star Wars Rebels – "The Future of the Force"
- "Ice Breaking"—Star Wars Rebels Magazine 16
- Star Wars Rebels – "Legacy"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Shroud of Darkness"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Twilight of the Apprentice"
Notes and references
- ↑ The events of "Twilight of the Apprentice" take place after "A Princess on Lothal," which is the first known episode to take place in the third year before the Battle of Yavin. As such, we can deduce that this event takes place in the third year before the Battle of Yavin. For more information, see Wookieepedia's Timeline of Star Wars Rebels Events.
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Twilight of the Apprentice"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Star Wars Rebels – "Relics of the Old Republic"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 screenshot) . “@pjamesfallon They have ties to the Order in some way, the exact connection varies. He was a guard, some may have been Padawans etc.” (
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Star Wars Rebels – "Always Two There Are"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Star Wars Rebels – "The Future of the Force"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Legacy"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Star Wars Rebels – "Shroud of Darkness"
- ↑ The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens