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"Long live the Empire."
―Gideon — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Gideon was a human male who served as an officer in the Imperial Security Bureau, a law enforcement and intelligence agency of the Galactic Empire. By around 9 ABY, he had acquired the legendary Mandalorian weapon known as the Darksaber, and risen to the position of moff leading a remnant of the Empire.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Imperial service[edit | edit source]

"Moff Gideon was executed for war crimes."
"It's him."
―Carasynthia Dune and Din Djarin[src]

Gideon was an officer in the Imperial Security Bureau of the Galactic Empire. During the Imperial Era, he took part in the Great Purge of the Mandalorians. In the aftermath of the fall of Mandalore, Gideon came into possession of the Darksaber,[2] the legendary weapon and significant symbol of House Vizsla that had previously been used by Lady Bo-Katan Kryze as leader of the Mandalorians.[3] Having lost the ancient lightsaber, Kryze hunted Gideon in the hope of regaining the symbol of Mandalorian leadership.[4]

The hunt[edit | edit source]

Strict orders[edit | edit source]

"He has explicitly ordered us to bring it back alive."
―Pershing, to the Client[src]

By circa 9 ABY,[5] Gideon had attained the rank of moff and led a remnant of Imperial forces, having faked his execution for war crimes after the fall of the Empire.[2] He wished to acquire a valuable asset[1] from Arvala-7, tasking "the Client" and Doctor Pershing with bringing it alive by any means necessary. This asset was a Force-sensitive infant known as "the Child,"[6] and Gideon used the remains of the Imperial Army in an attempt to acquire it.[7]

Arrival on Nevarro[edit | edit source]

"Members of my escort have completed assembly of an E-Web heavy repeating blaster. If you are unfamiliar with this weapon, I am sure that Republican Shock Trooper Carasynthia Dune of Alderaan will advise you that she has witnessed many of her ranks vaporize mid-descent facing the predecessor of this particular model. Or perhaps the decommissioned Mandalorian hunter, Din Djarin, has heard the songs of the Siege of Mandalore, when gunships outfitted with similar ordnance laid waste to fields of Mandalorian recruits in the Night of a Thousand Tears."
―Moff Gideon — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Upon contacting the Client on Nevarro, he informed Gideon that they had the Child in their custody. Gideon, however, told him to recheck the Child's pram. Soon after, Gideon's squad of death troopers opened fire on the Client and the stormtroopers accompanying him in the cantina. Moments later, a K79-S80 Imperial Troop Transport arrived, deploying stormtroopers to supplement the death troopers and secure the area outside the cantina. Shortly after, Moff Gideon landed his Outland TIE fighter, behind the mass of troopers. As he climbed out from his ship and approached the broken cantina window, he confronted the mercenaries inside, the Mandalorian Din Djarin, Greef Karga, and ex-rebel Cara Dune. He told them that they did not understand the Child at all and described how much he needed it. As he said this, two of Gideon's scout troopers intercepted and killed the Ugnaught Kuiil, who was taking the Child back to Djarin's ship, the Razor Crest.[1]

A remnant of the Imperial Army served under the command of Moff Gideon.

While the two scout troopers were retrieving the Child, Gideon killed an officer for interrupting him. The scout troopers attempted to bring the Child to him, but were stopped by the droid IG-11. Gideon's set up an E-Web heavy repeating blaster cannon. Upon hearing Djarin and his crew desperately trying to escape through the vents, Gideon began to speak to the group. Gideon introduced his E-Web turret and described how it had mowed down many of Dune's ranks as well as many Mandalorian recruits at the Night of a Thousand Tears during the Siege of Mandalore. Gideon revealed both their full names in the process — Carasynthia Dune and Din Djarin. Lastly, he called out Karga as a disgraced magistrate and telling him to lay down his weapon and to come outside.[2]

Gideon finished off by saying that the E-Web would soon destroy the cantina. After hearing this, Karga called out to Gideon to ask the moff what he was proposing. Gideon answered by offering reasonable negotiation. Karga further asked what assurance he offered, who told Karga that they couldn't trust him. Gideon continued by remarking how Karga broke their earlier arrangement and stated how he would gladly break any promise he made to them, and would happily watch the former magistrate die, and that all that Gideon could offer was that he would act in his self-interest. After he had finished, Gideon left his troopers to watch over the cantina. He turned around to tell Djarin and his crew that they had until nightfall to cooperate. Otherwise, he would order the E-Web to open fire.[2]

A failed rescue[edit | edit source]

"Burn them out."
―Gideon orders his incinerator trooper[src]

After Gideon walked off, IG-11 began a rescue effort, giving Djarin, Karga, and Dune a chance to escape. A battle ensued, and amongst all of the chaos, Gideon watched the battle around him. He eyed Djarin while the Mandalorian utilized the E-Web. Before long, Gideon raised his blaster and shot Djarin in the back of the head. Before Mandalorian could fire back, Gideon took his time to adjust his aim and fire at the E-Web's power pack. It exploded, sending Djarin flying backward. His injuries forced him and the others to fall back into the cantina. Dune dragged Djarin into the cantina while Karga and IG-11 retreated inside. Frustrated with the lack of progress, Gideon ordered an incinerator trooper to burn them out. The trooper set the building alight but was overpowered and killed when the Child used the Force to push back the flames.[2]

As Djarin and his team escaped through the sewer vents, Gideon sent in more stormtroopers to stop them. When their efforts had failed, Gideon dispatched another platoon to wait at the end of a lava river. Upon anticipating his troops' failure, Gideon hopped into his TIE fighter to deal with Djarin himself. After IG-11 detonated, killing off the entire platoon, Gideon swooped in and began to fire at the Mandalorian and his team. He swerved his TIE back around and met Djarin. The Mandalorian flew up into the air on his new jetpack and grappled onto the back of his TIE fighter. Gideon tried his best to shake him off but was unsuccessful. After climbing on top of the TIE fighter, Djarin tried to shoot him from the roof of the cockpit, but was protected by the blast-proof glass, allowing him to continue shaking off the Mandalorian.[2]

Gideon used the Darksaber to escape from his TIE fighter.

Gideon spun his TIE fighter and darted in multiple directions to lose Djarin, but the latter managed to plant detonators on the TIE. By the time Gideon discovered them, the left-wing blew off, and a fire started inside of the cockpit. After he crashed, the Mandalorian and the rest of his crew assumed he was dead. Djarin parted ways with his comrades and flew off-world with the Child. Sometime later, a group of Jawas attempted to salvage the wreckage of Gideon's TIE fighter. Gideon, alive and still sitting in the rubble, carved his way out of the TIE using the Darksaber. The Jawa scavengers had been scared off before Gideon stepped out and climbed on top of the TIE fighter, scanning his surroundings.[2]

Djarin and allies cause further disruptions[edit | edit source]

"You know what to do."
―Gideon to an Imperial captain[src]

On the estuary moon of Trask, Kryze arranged a heist for weapons on a ship leaving Trask. Kryze worked with Djarin to infiltrate the ship and was also helped by two other Mandalorians, Axe Woves and Koska Reeves. As they were successful for taking the ship, a captain contacted Gideon in need of reinforcements, but Gideon simply said they took to much of the ship and that they knew what to do. The officer then turned off the hologram and killed both pilots and pushed the ship straight into the waters of Trask. He was unsuccessful however, and was stopped by Djarin and was then interrogated by Kryze for the Darksaber, but the officer followed Gideon's orders and commit suicide by setting off an electric suicide pill in his mouth.[4]

Gideon's dark troopers

Around the same time, Gideon had received a hologram message from Dr. Pershing, who was apologizing to him for failing an experiment involving the Child and Strand-Casts. He also reported that he had exhausted their supply of the Child's blood samples, and that he required more genetic material from the donor in order to continue his work.[8]

Three days later, Djarin went back to Nevarro in need of repairs and was recruited by Karga, Dune, and a Mythrol to join them on their own mission first to destroy an Imperial base. As the four of them went on this mission, a Mimbanesse worker started working on Djarin's ship, who Djarin unknowingly was installing a tracking device on his ship. Djarin and the others viewed the hologram of Pershing and realized that the Imperials were performing experiments. Gideon was later contacted and was told that the Razor Crest had the device installed. Gideon smiled to himself and continued to supervise the work of his scientists on his dark troopers.[8]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

"Did he just say that Gideon killed his own men?"
"Oh, who knows? These guys like to lay down the law when they first arrive into town."
―Two scout troopers[src]

Gideon engaged Djarin in his TIE fighter.

A clever and formidable member of the Galactic Empire, Gideon valued knowledge and power. In particular, he was fiercely determined to capture a specific quarry,[9] an infant member of Yoda's species known simply as "the Child." He believed that the infant meant more to his plans than Din Djarin, a Mandalorian bounty hunter and caretaker of the infant, and his allies would ever know.[1]

He was imposing and ruthless, willing to kill fellow Imperials to achieve his goals, as shown by his non-hesitation in killing over a dozen stormtroopers when he first arrived on Nevarro and even killing an officer only for interrupting him. He was also an adept tactician and skilled at psychological warfare. He was willing to reveal information that would have infuriated his enemies just to taunt and destabilize them.[2]

Gideon was a human male. He had dark eyes, skin, and black hair that was graying by the time of the New Republic Era.[2]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

As an Imperial officer of high rank, Gideon wore an outfit similar to an Imperial uniform with dark-colored battle armor and a cape. He wielded a blaster pistol and flew an outland TIE fighter,[1] and was also in possession of the Darksaber, which he used to escape the TIE when it crashed on Nevarro.[2]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

"In a way, you might call him an underworld character. You may also look at him as a savior, as someone who might bring back some order to the world after it's all collapsed."
―Giancarlo Esposito about Gideon[src]

Concept art of Gideon and his forces

Gideon first appeared in Chapter 7 of Jon Favreau's 2019 Disney+ television series The Mandalorian, directed by Deborah Chow,[1] which aired on December 18, 2019.[10] He was first indirectly mentioned in the show in Chapter 3,[6] which aired on November 22, 2019.[10] He was portrayed by Giancarlo Esposito.[1]

Gideon's costume was designed by Brian Matyas, designer of various characters in the series. The costume itself was created by Joseph Porro and Frank Ippolito, as part of Ippolito's company Thingergy Inc..[11]

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