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"Your father would be proud of who you've become."
"Ah, my father had maybe seen me once since my spawning. His focus was elsewhere. But I knew him. I studied every battle—every victory."
―Leia Organa and Aftab Ackbar, on Gial Ackbar[1]

Aftab Ackbar was a Mon Calamari male who was the son of Admiral Gial Ackbar. Ackbar only saw his father once after his spawning where he begged him to retire from Resistance service. Gial refused as the admiral's focus was elsewhere.[6] However, Aftab still felt he knew his father through study of his military service.[1] In the aftermath of the Battle of Crait, whilst the Resistance was in need of help, Aftab supplied them with a number of starships from Mon Cala.[7] But his planet's freedom soon came to end when First Order spies contacted General Hux about the Resistance taking refuge on the planet, sparking a race for Leia and her band to quickly escape the water planet with the starships provided. The Resistance made a close and daring escape, leaving the planet vulnerable to the First Order.[4] Later, Aftab served as colonel in the Resistance, and was referred to as "Junior" amicably by Commander Poe Dameron, whom the Mon Calamari aided as a Y-wing pilot during the encounter with the Sith Eternal forces on Exegol.[8] After the battle he celebrated on the jungle moon Ajan Kloss.[5]

Biography[]

Early life[]

Aftab Ackbar was born on the planet Mon Cala[1] in 16 ABY.[2] He was born to[6] legendary[9] rebel leader Gial Ackbar,[6] although Gial only saw his son once since his spawning[10] due to his being recruited by Resistance leader General Leia Organa, who created the movement in an effort to resist the First Order.[6] In his father's absence, Aftab studied every battle and victory of his, and eventually,[1] after his father had been with the Resistance for a short time, Aftab begged him to come back into retirement.[6] At some point, Aftab met Organa.[1]

A visit from the Resistance[]

Welcoming Leia[]

"It's so good to see you, Aftab. You have grown so much since I last saw you."
"It is good to see you as well, general…though I fear others on Mon Cala do not feel the same."
―Leia Organa and Aftab Ackbar[1]

Leia Organa embraces Aftab Ackbar.

In 34 ABY,[11] Resistance members Rey, Leia Organa, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and Rose Tico went on a mission to Mon Cala with the intent of paying respects to Admiral Gial Ackbar,[12] who had recently died during the Battle of D'Qar.[13] Organa, who knew Aftab, intended to meet him on Mon Cala, but to her and her group's surprise, they were greeted with weapons pointed at them by several Quarren and Mon Calamari as soon as they landed in their light freighter, the Millennium Falcon.[12]

The tension escalating, Aftab stepped in, proclaiming Organa to be a war hero who should be treated with respect. He threatened to feed the instigators to many-teethed fish if they were to continue to aggress the Resistance members. The Quarren Chadkol Gee, who had been the one quarreling with them, told Aftab that he was in over his head and that just because his father was a war hero did not mean he was too. Ackbar responded in a similar manner—just because his ancestors were traitors would not necessarily make him one too,[1] referring to Quarren who had been considered traitors in the past.[14]

The Quarren left after the exchange, leaving Ackbar free to welcome General Organa. Ackbar shared that he was glad to see her, but warned that this would not be the sentiment among many others on Mon Cala. When he asked what brought her there, Organa explained that she had come to honor Ackbar's father, Gial. The pair swam—with Organa utilizing a helmet that allowed her to breathe underwater—to the Mourning Shrines of Mon Cala, where many tributes to Mon Calamari were located, including one to Gial Ackbar. Organa commented that Gial would have been proud of his son. Aftab felt that his father's focus had been elsewhere, as he had only seen him once since his spawning. He also mentioned to Organa that he had heard that she had been with Gial when he died, which Organa confirmed, telling Ackbar that his father had been a hero until the very end and that she wished she could have brought his body back to his home[1] of Mon Cala.[15]

Attacked and negotiations[]

"Perhaps the esteemed General Nossor Ri can explain why a mob of his supporters just happened to be gathering on the platform where our guests' ship is docked?"
―Aftab Ackbar[16]

Aftab Ackbar joined the negotiations between Leia Organa and Ech-Char.

Organa explained that the real reason she had come to Mon Cala—on top of honoring the legacy of Gial Ackbar—was to ask for starships and pilots from the Mon Calamari people,[1] who were known for making fine ships.[17] Aftab Ackbar cautioned that King of Mon Cala Ech-Char might not give up all the supplies that Organa was hoping for. Organa insisted that even though the ones they were about to meet were politicians, she knew how to handle them. Organa stepped up to the king and made her case as Ackbar watched, although she was quickly shot down by Chadkol Gee, who claimed that the Mon Calamari and Quarren had suffered under her father, Darth Vader, and that they had already given everything to her cause. Although Ech-Char did not dismiss Organa's request as Gee had, he admitted that she was asking a lot of a people who were still nursing old wounds. He adjourned the meeting until the next day.[1]

Shortly thereafter, the Resistance representatives were attacked by Quarren. Tico, Rey, and Chewbacca defeated a few in hand-to-hand combat,[1] but they, along with C-3PO, were captured and detained in pods. Ackbar and Organa were next to Ech-Char when the pods were brought in. The Quarren Nossor Ri proclaimed that the honorable Ech-Char would decide their fate. After Ech-Char told Organa that her people had gone too far, Ackbar accused Ri of being involved with the attack on Organa's companions, saying that it had to be more than a coincidence that an angry mob of his supporters gathered where the guests' ship was docked. He also claimed that for someone who advocated for peace as much as he did, he associated himself with surprisingly violent individuals.[16]

Ri swam over to Ackbar and reminded him that even his father showed respect to Ri. Ackbar reminded Ri that his father died fighting the First Order and doubted that he would respect one who simply hid, hoping the First Order would pass by. Organa shut down the argument, saying that their infighting was exactly what the First Order wanted. Gee suggested that the debate could be settled by the Ancient Rite of Challenge, which C-3PO explained was a fight to the death. Gee's personal security droid, an AQ-series battle droid, would fight on his behalf, a relic from the Battle of Mon Cala[16] during the Clone Wars, fought between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems.[14]

Tensions escalate[]

"This shuttle will take you to the Falcon. I am sorry for the inconvenience, General, but we can't guarantee your safety on the streets. I am sorry about a great many things."
"It's not your fault, Aftab. You did all you could to help us. Your father would be proud of who you've become."
―Aftab Ackbar and Leia Organa[16]

Aftab Ackbar was saved by Rey.

Rey defeated the droid only with the assistance of Rose Tico. Ech-Char exiled the visitors, as the law required of those who interfered with combat between two opponents. Ackbar went to see Organa and the others off in their shuttle that would take them to the Millennium Falcon, and apologized that they had to take such a shuttle to avoid the streets, which had no guarantee of safety. Organa assured him that it was not his fault, and told him that his father would have been proud of who he had become. Ackbar insisted that his father would not have been outmaneuvered by the likes of Ri or Gee the way he had been. As Organa and the others prepared to leave, a Quarren snuck a crate onto the shuttle, which resulted in an explosion that destroyed the shuttle.[16]

A nearby Mon Calamari cried out, unable to bear the apparent loss of Ackbar. However, Rey used the Force to levitate several crates to keep them safe. While Chewbacca, C-3PO, and Ackbar stayed behind with Organa, Rey and Tico ran after the Quarren saboteur. The former group went back to King Ech-Char, where Ackbar demanded that Organa be shown the proper respect. Organa convinced Ech-Char to give ships to the Resistance as Ackbar stood by her side. Above Mon Cala, Resistance and Mon Calamari ships alike faced a large armada of First Order Star Destroyers, with Ackbar commanding an[4] MC95 Star Cruiser.[18] Ackbar then jumped to hyperspace in his Star Cruiser to avoid disastrous losses.[4]

Serving the Resistance[]

Ackbar supplied the Resistance with several starships.[19] He personally joined the movement to uphold his father's legacy, although his recruitment was part of the Resistance's efforts to bring more Mon Calamari to the cause as well as due to his family's connection to rebel efforts.[8] In 35 ABY,[20] Ackbar was stationed on the Resistance base on the moon of Ajan Kloss. When the Millennium Falcon returned from a mission, he was standing nearby with a datapad in hand as he conversed with a dark-skinned human. Later that night, he was present at a meeting where intel from the mission was discussed. When Commander Poe Dameron revealed that Emperor Palpatine had returned, he insisted that it was impossible due to Palpatine being dead.[5]

He was later one of the few individuals allowed close to Leia Organa's bed after she died,[5] mourning her[10] when the Resistance said their goodbyes to her. He then stood behind the human Lando Calrissian when the Resistance was briefed prior to the Battle of Exegol. Their plan was to destroy the tower that the Final Order's Xyston-class Star Destroyers needed in order to take off, and thus, allow their cannons to be easily knocked out along with their main reactors. Although Ackbar agreed with Captain Beaumont Kin's idea of pulling Holdo maneuvers, the idea was shot down by former stormtrooper Finn.[5]

Ackbar joined the Resistance in journeying to the planet Exegol. They did so by following a path to the Unknown Regions sent to them by Rey.[5] During the battle, Ackbar piloted a Y-wing starfighter.[8] When General Poe Dameron wondered aloud whether any reinforcements would arrive, Ackbar asked him what they should do. Dameron responded that they would have to hit the Star Destroyers themselves. The reinforcements eventually arrived, and the battle resulted in the defeat of the Final Order and the death of Palpatine.[5]

Personality and traits[]

Aftab in the Resistance base on Ajan Kloss

Aftab Ackbar greatly admired his father, Gial, and implored him to retire after a brief stint with the Resistance. When Gial was killed, Aftab felt a deep personal loss, and took it upon himself to live up to his father's legacy.[6]

Ackbar was a Mon Calamari male with brown eyes.[1] His eyes were bulbous and provided him a 180-degree arc of vision.[6]

Behind the scenes[]

"I remember the conversation with Martin Rezard. Aftab is nineteen years old. He's inherited this responsibility, but he doesn't really want to do it. His shoulders are down, and his pants are halfway down his backside. 'Hey, this is all too much, really. I should be in bed.' "
Neal Scanlan, special creatures effects artist on The Rise of Skywalker[21]

Aftab Ackbar was created for the December 2019 film Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker, the third and final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. He was voiced by Chris Terrio, the film's screenwriter,[5] and was played in costume by Tom Wilton.[22] The character was first mentioned in the 2019 junior novel Spark of the Resistance,[7] and was first pictured on the cover for Allegiance 1, illustrated by Marco Checchetto, though the Mon Calamari did not appear in the comic itself.[12] The character pictured on the cover of Allegiance 1 was identified as Aftab Ackbar in Allegiance 2, written by Ethan Sacks, illustrated by Luke Ross,[1] and published on October 16, 2019.[23]

Early in the filmmaking process for The Rise of Skywalker, director J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Chris Terrio discussed Admiral Ackbar's death and wondered if the character could have had a child, resulting in Aftab Ackbar. Originally, Terrio was only temporarily used to voice Ackbar, but Abrams decided to keep it.[24] In development, Aftab was referred to as "Minibar." He originated in an October 2017 version of the story where he was going to appear on the planet that became Pasaana.[21]

According to merchandise released prior to The Rise of Skywalker's release, Ackbar held the rank of general.[25] This is contradicted by the film's credits, which list him as a colonel.[5]

Appearances[]

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Non-canon appearances[]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 Allegiance 2
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker states that Aftab Ackbar is nineteen years old during the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker, which are dated to one year after the Hosnian Cataclysm by Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Cataclysm to 34 ABY, The Rise of Skywalker must be set in 35 ABY, and Ackbar was born in 16 ABY.
  3. Star Wars: Character Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded Edition
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Allegiance 4
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
  7. 7.0 7.1 Spark of the Resistance
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 StarWars-DatabankII.png Aftab Ackbar in the Databank (backup link)
  9. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Galactic Guide
  10. 10.0 10.1 Star Wars: Character Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded Edition
  11. Star Wars: Allegiance takes place between Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. Galaxy's Edge takes place in 34 ABY according to the reasoning here, and Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the events of The Force Awakens in 34 ABY. Therefore, Allegiance takes place in 34 ABY.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Allegiance 1
  13. Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
  14. 14.0 14.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Water War"
  15. StarWars-DatabankII.png Admiral Ackbar in the Databank (backup link)
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 Allegiance 3
  17. Star Wars 49
  18. StarWarsKids.jpg Every Ship in the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy | Star Wars By the Numbers on the official Star Wars Kids YouTube channel (backup link)
  19. Spark of the Resistance
  20. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary states that the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker occur thirty-five years after the Battle of Yavin. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Battle of Yavin to 0 BBY, the events of The Rise of Skywalker must occur in 35 ABY.
  21. 21.0 21.1 The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  22. Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray: "The Skywalker Legacy" featurette
  23. MarvelLogo.svg Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Allegiance (2019) #2 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
  24. Anthony Breznican, Joanna Robinson: 25 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Cameos You Might Have Missed (December 19, 2019) on www.vanityfair.com (archived from the original on February 20, 2020)
  25. Life-size cardboard standee of Mon Cal General™ (Star Wars IX) on advancedgraphics.com published by Advanced Graphics (archived from the original on October 6, 2019)
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