- "Holding her is dangerous. If word of this gets out, it could generate sympathy for the Rebellion in the Senate."
- ―Jir gives his opinion on Leia Organa's capture to Darth Vader
Jir was a male human who served the Galactic Empire as a Commander. Shortly before the Battle of Yavin, Jir joined Darth Vader in boarding the Alderaanian diplomatic cruiser Tantive IV, where the Imperials hoped to recover stolen plans for the Death Star. The occupants of the starship were successfully captured or killed, apart from two droids who escaped with the plans.
- "Send a distress signal and then inform the Senate that all aboard were killed."
- ―Darth Vader gives Jir his orders
The male human Jir served the Galactic Empire during the year that the Battle of Yavin occurred. At that time, he held the rank of commander and served aboard the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Devastator, the flagship of the Sith Lord Darth Vader. During his service on the Devastator, the Star Destroyer hunted down the Alderaanian CR90 Corvette Tantive IV and crippled it above the planet Tatooine. The vessel was carrying Senator Leia Organa of the planet Alderaan, who served in the Imperial Senate but was also secretly a member of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, a group who opposed the Empire. Rebel spies had stolen plans for the Imperial superweapon known as the Death Star and transmitted them to Organa, who was racing home to Alderaan.
Knowing Organa had the plans, Vader had the Tantive IV brought into the ventral hangar of the Devastator with tractor beams, where his stormtroopers then boarded it, fighting with and killing much of the crew. Before Imperials could reach her, Organa hid the plans in the memory of an astromech droid designated R2-D2, who then escaped the Tantive IV in an escape pod with the protocol droid C-3PO. Unaware of the droids escape with the plans, the Imperials searched Organa's ship, capturing her in the process. She was brought before Vader and Jir, the former of whom questioned her on the plans whereabouts and refused to believe her lie that she knew nothing of the plans and was simply on a diplomatic mission. The Senator was taken away, after which Jir claimed Vader should release her, not believing that the Sith Lord could make her talk during investigation and wanting to avoid sympathy for the Rebels being generated in the Senate. Vader refused as she was his on chance of finding the Rebel base, and ordered Jir to send a distress signal from the Tantive IV and inform the Senate that all onboard were killed.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "She'll die before she'll tell you anything."
"Leave that to me."
- ―Jir speaks to Darth Vader concerning Leia Organa
Behind the scenesEdit
- "We must be careful… The people adore her… Rebels… princess… plans…"
- ―Jir's dialogue from A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy, including lines not spoken in the film
Jir's first appeared unnamed in the novelization of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope written by Alan Dean Foster, going on to be portrayed by Al Lampert in the film itself when it was released the following year. In the book he spoke several lines, some of which were not included in his appearance in the film making them part of the Star Wars Legends continuity, but not canon. Jir's name was first revealed in the Legends Star Wars Customizable Card Game set A New Hope Limited, which was released by Decipher, Inc. in 1997 and identified the character as Daine Jir.
Jir's surname was confirmed to be canon in the 2014 sourcebook Star Wars in 100 Scenes which was written by Jason Fry. He also appears briefly in A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy, a canon novelization of Episode IV written by Alexandra Bracken and released in 2015. He is not named in the book however, and his lines of dialogue slightly differ from the film, although this might be due to the fact that his conversation with Vader is only partially overheard from a distance by Organa, who serves as one of the novel's point-of-view characters.
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (First appearance)
- A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy
- Star Wars: The Original Trilogy: A Graphic Novel
- (Video clip only)
- Star Wars in 100 Scenes (First identified as Jir)