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- "For now, dispatch another Inquisitor to hunt them down."
- ―Darth Sidious
Inquisitors, also known as Imperial Inquisitors, were Force-sensitive agents who worked for the Galactic Empire. Their mission was to hunt down the Jedi who had survived Order 66 at the end of the Clone Wars.
When the Clone Wars ended, Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine formed the Galactic Empire and declared the Jedi Order its enemies. Using Jedi Master Mace Windu's attempt to have him arrested, the new Emperor activated Order 66 which had been hardwired into every single one of the Republic's clone troopers and instructed them to kill their Jedi commanders. The majority of the Jedi were killed by the clones but several managed to escape, especially after Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi sent out a distress signal from the Jedi Temple, warning the survivors off. As such, several Jedi had survived the initial purge and gone into hiding. Fearing the threat the surviving Jedi posed to his rule, Emperor Palpatine created the Inquisitors to track down and eliminate the last remaining Jedi. 
The Inquisitors were trained by Darth Vader, the Emperor's apprentice, in the ways of the Force and wielded double-bladed lightsabers with a ringed emitter, allowing the blades to rotate. Several of them also studied the records of the Jedi Order to familiarize themselves with their enemies' fighting techniques, making them dangerous fighters. Due to the nature of their mission, Inquisitors had the power to commandeer any required Imperial forces, and all officers were to obey their orders. Any Imperial officier who came into contact with Force-sensitive beings was to immediatly contact an Inquisitor to investigate the situation.
The Inquisitors were heavily involved in efforts to prevent Force-sensitive children from falling into the hands of the remaining Jedi or from using their skills against the Empire. As part of this strategy, an operation, codenamed Project Harvester, was designed to identify cadets in Imperial academies across the galaxy who met the criteria that would identify them as Force-sensitive.
When rumors emerged of a Jedi leading a rebel cell on the planet Lothal reached the ears of the Empire, Vader sent a Pau'an Inquisitor to take care of the problem. However, despite his success in capturing the Jedi, Kanan Jarrus, the Inquisitor was defeated during a rescue staged by the rebels and Jarrus's Padawan, Ezra Bridger. Rather than face his Master's punishment for his failure, the Inquisitor killed himself.
During a skirmish with Jarrus's cell, Darth Vader learned that his old Jedi apprentice, Ahsoka Tano, was still alive. Upon learning of this news, the Emperor ordered Vader to dispatch another Inquisitor to hunt the rebels down.
Behind the scenesEdit
Inquisitors were originally created for The Star Wars Sourcebook, a 1987 sourcebook for a Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game written by Bill Slavicsek and Curtis Smith. Their role was expanded upon in many sources that are now labelled Star Wars Legends, and thus not part of official canon. However, the Inquisitors were canonized by their inclusion in the animated television series Star Wars Rebels.
- Star Wars: Galactic Defense
- Angry Birds Star Wars II (Non-canonical appearance)
- Lords of the Sith (Mentioned only) (First identified as Imperial Inquisitor)
- Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion
- A New Hero (First appearance)
- The Rebellion Begins (Appears in hologram)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Rise of the Old Masters"
- Droids in Distress book
- The Inquisitor's Trap
- Servants of the Empire: Rebel in the Ranks
- Star Wars Rebels – "Breaking Ranks"
- Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions
- "The fake Jedi" in Star Wars Rebels Magazine 3
- Star Wars Rebels – "Empire Day"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Gathering Forces"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Path of the Jedi" (Vision to Ezra Bridger)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Vision of Hope" (Mentioned only)
- Servants of the Empire: Imperial Justice
- Star Wars Rebels – "Call to Action"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Rebel Resolve"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Fire Across the Galaxy"
- Battle to the End
- Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Gathering Forces"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
- ↑ 3.0 3.1
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion
- ↑ Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Rise of the Old Masters"
- ↑ Servants of the Empire: Rebel in the Ranks
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Fire Across the Galaxy"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal
- ↑ The Star Wars Sourcebook