- "They destroyed our home. I will kill them."
- ―Baze Malbus
Baze Malbus was a human male born on the desert moon of Jedha fifty-three years before the Battle of Yavin. Once a devoted member of the Guardians of the Whills, Malbus became a freelance assassin during the age of the Galactic Empire. Nevertheless, he maintained a deep friendship with Chirrut Îmwe, who also served with the Guardians. Following the destruction of Jedha City, Malbus and Îmwe became part of the Rebel group known as Rogue One. After Îmwe's death in an explosion during the Battle of Scarif, Malbus rushed the Imperial death troopers with his MWC-35c "Staccato Lightning" repeating cannon and was killed by a C-25 fragmentation grenade.
- "Baze Malbus was once the most devoted Guardian of us all."
- ―Chirrut Îmwe
Baze Malbus was a human male born in 53 BBY on the desert moon of Jedha who joined the Guardians of the Whills alongside Chirrut Îmwe, his close friend since childhood. As members of the religious order, they were tasked with guarding the Temple of the Kyber in Jedha City.
Age of the Empire
In the aftermath of the Proclamation of the New Order, the holy city of NiJedha was occupied by the armed forces of the Galactic Empire. The harsh conditions of Imperial occupation transformed Malbus into a cynical soldier. Although Baze lost his faith in their religion, he remained lifelong friends with the spiritual Îmwe despite their differences.
Joining the Rebellion
- "You almost shot me."
- ―Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Malbus
By 0 BBY, approximately two decades into the Age of the Empire, Malbus and Îmwe encountered Jyn Erso and Captain Cassian Andor of the Rebel Alliance in NiJedha. During the ensuing insurgent attack on Imperial troops, Îmwe came to Erso and Andor's aid and defeated a group of stormtroopers, leading Malbus to shoot several more troopers in order to protect his blind comrade. The two friends and their Rebel acquaintances were subsequently captured and taken to the Catacombs of Cadera by Saw Gerrera's followers. Imprisoned with Andor while Jyn spoke with Gerrera, Andor recognized the Imperial defector Bodhi Rook, whom he had been tasked with locating. When the Death Star obliterated NiJedha, Andor managed to free Malbus along with Îmwe, telling Malbus to free Rook as he left to locate Jyn. Malbus obliged and rendezvoued with his new rebel comrades, who barely escaped the blast zone in Andor's ship.
Malbus and Îmwe followed the Rebels on their mission to Eadu—the location of Galen Erso, Jyn's father and the chief scientist responsible for the creation of the Empire's new battle station. When Îmwe decided to follow Andor and Rook, who had gone to "look around," Malbus followed his friend out of the ship. The assignment led to a firefight between Imperial and Alliance forces, resulting in the death of the elder Erso. Malbus and Îmwe both fired on stormtroopers and Imperial fighters as they tried to make their escape. After the battle, Malbus accompanied his allies to the Alliance headquarters on Yavin 4.
Battle of Scarif
- "The Force is with me and I am one with the Force."
- ―Baze Malbus' last words
Shortly after their arrival, Jyn Erso made an unsuccessful attempt to persuade the Alliance leaders in sending a fleet to Scarif, believing her late father's revelation that a fatal flaw in the Death Star's design could be found in its schematics. In spite of the Alliance leadership's unwillingness to act, Erso was joined by Malbus, Îmwe, and a group of soldiers in an unsanctioned mission to Scarif. The newly formed Rogue One successfully infiltrated the Imperial stronghold, but were forced to fight a battle against the planet's garrison while Erso and Andor searched for the plans in the Imperial security complex. During the battle, Malbus and his squad fired on the garrison that was deployed to combat them before fleeing from a All Terrain Armored Cargo Transport. Malbus would later fire on the walker but failed to bring it down. However, the transport was then destroyed by a T-65B X-wing starfighter.
As the battle wore on and their squad suffered heavy losses, Malbus and the others were tasked with helping Rook make contact with the Alliance Fleet. Îmwe sacrificed his life to help deactivate the planetary deflector shield to allow the signal through, causing Malbus to begin repeating his good friend's mantra. After witnessing the explosion of SW-0608 in the distance, Malbus proceeded to kill several death troopers, maintaining the offensive and ultimately gunning them all down. Malbus himself was later killed by a grenade from a fallen trooper, but before he died, Malbus was able to glance at Chirrut's body for one last time. Though the remaining members of Rogue One also perished, their sole mission ended in the successful transmission of the Death Star plans to the Alliance Fleet.
Personality and traits
Baze Malbus was a human male who stood at 1.80 meters. He had brown eyes, long black hair, and tan skin. Unlike the deeply spiritual Chirrut Îmwe, whom he regarded as his best friend and moral compass, Malbus had lost his sense of spirituality, including his belief in the Force, as a result of enduring the harsh conditions of Imperial occupation on Jedha. In contrast to Îmwe, Malbus developed a pragmatic viewpoint but ultimately reaffirmed his faith in the Force after his friend's death on Scarif.
Malbus was strong enough to operate heavy weaponry not designed to be operated by a single person, wielding the mighty MWC-35c "Staccato Lightning" repeating cannon with relative ease. He was also highly adept at long-range combat. His preferred weapon was the MWC-35c "Staccato Lightning" repeating cannon, which, although it was a weapon not designed for handheld operation, he could utilize with expert marksmanship.
- "Baze, that is a Morellian 35c repeater. It's not even a blaster, you get me? It's technically a cannon."
- ―Denic, to Baze Malbus
Malbus utilized a MWC-35c "Staccato Lightning" repeating cannon.
Behind the scenes
Baze Malbus is portrayed by Jiang Wen in the Star Wars Anthology Series film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Wen's casting in the film was first announced on August 15, 2015. At this time, the first photo of the character was released as well. The first footage of the character was shown in the Rogue One teaser trailer on April 7, 2016.
Baze and Chirrut replaced another pair featured in early treatments of the story—that of the aliens Senna and Lunak. Lunak was cut entirely from the final version of the movie, while Senna eventually became the mercenary Moroff.
- Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
- Star Wars: Force Arena
- Lost Stars webcomic
- Leia Organa: Ordeal of the Princess (In flashback(s))
- Guardians of the Whills
- Guardians of the Whills: The Manga
- Star Wars: Boots on the Ground
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (First appearance)
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story novelization
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story audiobook
- Star Wars: Rogue One: A Junior Novel
- Star Wars: Rogue One: A Junior Novel audiobook
- Star Wars: Rogue One: Secret Mission
- Star Wars: Rogue One Graphic Novel Adaptation
- Rogue One Adaptation 1
- Rogue One Adaptation 2
- Rogue One Adaptation 3
- Rogue One Adaptation 4
- Rogue One Adaptation 5
- Rogue One Adaptation 6
- LEGO Star Wars Movie Short: Star Wars: Rogue One As Told By LEGO
Notes and references
- Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- According to Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide, Baze Malbus was 53 years old at the time of the mission to steal the Death Star plans. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates that to 0 BBY, Malbus was born in 53 BBY.
- Baze Malbus' death, as depicted in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, was during the Battle of Scarif. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas states the Jyn Erso's mission to acquire the Death Star plans took place in 0 BBY.
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- Guardians of the Whills
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - The Official Mission Debrief
- The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story