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"You would question me, Seventh Sister?"
"Only when you're wrong, Fifth Brother."
―The Fifth Brother and the Seventh Sister[6]

Brother and Sister were titles of the Inquisitorius that were given to Inquisitors, dark side agents used by the Galactic Empire to hunt down Jedi who survived the fall of the Jedi Order. The title was earned after an Inquisitor proved their worth to the Inquisitorius. The title did not refer to blood relation, but instead fostered a sense of unity amongst the Inquisitors. Nonetheless, there was competition amongst the ranks of the Brothers and Sisters, particularly after the death of their leader, the Grand Inquisitor, as the Brothers and Sisters sought to gain favor with the Sith Lord Darth Vader and succeed their fallen leader.

During the early rebellion against the Empire, at least two Inquisitors, the Fifth Brother and the Seventh Sister, were active in hunting rebels, seeking out Jedi survivors, and capturing Force-sensitive children in order to either destroy the younglings or convert them to the dark side, while the Eighth Brother was tasked with hunting Darth Maul.



The Fifth Brother takes command of a force of stormtroopers to hunt Jedi in the name of the Galactic Empire.

The individuals who carried the titles of Brother and Sister were part of the Inquisitorius,[4] a group of Force-wielding warriors, trained in the ways of the dark side, who were used by the Galactic Empire to hunt down and eliminate any Jedi who survived the fall of the Jedi Order.[7] There were several individuals who carried this title, though the organization itself was relatively small. Although they were not related by blood, the use of the titles of Brother and Sister gave the group a sense of cohesion.[4]

The death of the Grand Inquisitor at the hands of the rebel Jedi Kanan Jarrus[8] created a power vacuum within the ranks of the Inquisitors, so the Brothers and Sisters of the Inquisitorius competed against one another[4] in the hopes of currying favor with the Sith Lord Darth Vader[6] so they could become the next Grand Inquisitor.[4] The Brothers and Sisters were also responsible[6] for carrying on the order's goal to find and either destroy or convert Force-sensitive children, so they could not become a threat to the Empire.[9]

The title of Brother and Sister followed a number provided to the individual. Examples of Inquisitors with the Brother or Sister title included the Second Sister, the Third Brother and Third Sister, the Fourth Sister, the Fifth Brother, the Sixth Brother, the Seventh Sister, the Eighth Brother, the Ninth Sister, the Tenth Brother, and the Thirteenth Sister.[10]


"The kill is mine!"
"You are short-sighted. We will use the boy as bait to draw in the others."
―The Fifth Brother clashes with the Seventh Sister[5]

The titles of Brother and Sister were used within the Inquisitorius, the dark side group utilized by the Galactic Empire in order to hunt down Jedi survivors during the dark times of Imperial rule over the galaxy.[4] During the early rebellion against the Empire, Darth Vader and the Empire sent the Grand Inquisitor to eliminate the threat posed by the Jedi-led rebellion in the Lothal system.[9] After the Grand Inquisitor's death,[8] Vader was ordered by the Emperor, Darth Sidious, to dispatch another Inquisitor to hunt the rebels down.[11] Vader dispatched the Fifth Brother to deal with the rebels.[3] He also sent the Seventh Sister to aide in the destruction of the growing rebellion, and she had a second mission to find Vader's former Jedi apprentice, Ahsoka Tano.[5]

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The Seventh Sister engages Ezra Bridger and Sabine Wren

Their mission from Vader brought the Seventh Sister and the Fifth Brother into conflict not only with the rebels, but also with themselves as they competed to gain favor with the Sith Lord.[5] One such conflict was during a confrontation with the rebel Padawan Ezra Bridger and his rebel companions, Sabine Wren and Garazeb Orrelios. The Fifth Brother intended to kill Bridger, but this was contrary to the Seventh Sister's plan to use Bridger to lure the other rebels, including Tano, to their destruction.[5] Not long after, a joint mission also led the Seventh Sister and the Fifth Brother to hunt two Force-sensitive infants, Pypey and Alora. This mission further brought out the competition between the two Inquisitors. The Fifth Brother attempted to take charge of the pursuit, but his instincts and orders were questioned by the Seventh Sister. Ultimately, the two younglings were rescued by the rebels Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, and Garazeb Orrelios.[6]

During the course of their interactions, the Fifth Brother and the Seventh Sister were looked upon with some trepidation by the Imperial rank-and-file such as Admiral Kassius Konstantine, who doubted their ability to produce the results that the Empire expected of them. Nonetheless, they continued to work together in the pursuit of the rebellion.[12]

Behind the scenes[]

After the introduction of the Grand Inquisitor in the first season of the animated television series Star Wars Rebels,[9] the show's second season further expanded upon the Inquisitorius. The Fifth Brother was first introduced in the episode "Relics of the Old Republic,"[3] while the Seventh Sister followed in the episode "Always Two There Are."[5]


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Notes and references[]

  1. The earliest chronological appearance of the Brother/Sister title was in Darth Vader 6 which takes place shortly after Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY. Therefore, it can be deduced that the Brother/Sister title was founded by 19 BBY. StarWars Star Wars Inside Intel: The Inquisitorius on StarWars.com (article) (backup link) additionally dated the founding of the Inquisitorius to after the formation of the Galactic Empire in 19 BBY, as seen in Revenge of the Sith. As the Brother/Sister was a title part of the Inquisitorius, the title must have been founded in 19 BBY.
  2. Star Wars: Timelines dates the mission to Malachor to 3 BBY.Helmet Collection logo small Star Wars Helmet Collection 26 (Databank A-Z: Imperial Future Council–Inquisitorius) states that within three standard years of the mission, the Inquisitorious no longer existed. Therefore, the Inquisitorius must have been dissolved between 3 and 0 BBY.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Relics of the Old Republic"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 SWYTlogo Rebels Recon #2.04: Inside "Always Two There Are" | Star Wars Rebels on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)  (Posted on StarWars.com)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Always Two There Are"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "The Future of the Force"
  7. StarWars-DatabankII The Fifth Brother in the Databank (backup link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Fire Across the Galaxy"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion
  10. AltayaCite "Darth Maul and Other Followers of the Dark Side" — Star Wars Encyclopedia
  11. Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal
  12. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Legacy"