- "Hey, yousa! Stopa dare!"
- ―Roos Tarpals
Roos Tarpals was a male Gungan who served as captain in the Gungan society of Otoh Gunga and one of the leaders in the Gungan Grand Army. In 32 BBY, he led an army of Gungans to pin down Trade Federation forces during the Battle of Naboo. During the Clone Wars, he was promoted to a general in the Gungan Grand Army, served during the Battle of Mon Cala, and ultimately gave his life to defend Naboo against Separatist forces led by General Grievous.
- "Ouch time."
- ―Captain Tarpals
Tarpals's family had a long history of military service, with each son serving in the Gungan Grand Army. Roos Tarpals was the first of his family to merit the rank of captain. He was elevated to hero status in the eyes of his clan for this achievement.
Before his enlistment in the army, Tarpals was originally the leader of a small band of thieves. It was here that he first encountered Jar Jar Binks. Tarpals used Jar Jar as a distraction for guards and security while he pulled off various heists. The two Gungans became friends. However, it was the captain's duty to enforce Jar Jar's banishment after he was exiled for destroying Boss Rugor Nass's prized heyblibber.
The arrest of his friend didn't go smoothly, as Binks had angered former General Brass Marshoo. Marshoo knocked Tarpals unconscious to get at Jar Jar, who managed to fend him off. He woke Tarpals, who tied up Marshoo and proceeded with the task of arresting and exiling Binks.
He did not see Jar Jar Binks again until 32 BBY, during the Naboo Crisis, when the latter broke his sentence of exile by returning to Otoh Gunga. He halted Jar Jar, and then reprimanded his former friend by pointing out that he made a "big doo-doo" this time by not only illegally returning to Otoh Gunga, but also bringing outsiders (Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn) into the city, and likewise had all three arrested and brought before Boss Nass.
In a strange turn of events, Tarpals served under General Binks in the Battle of Grassy Plains. In the battle, the captain fought bravely against the droid forces of the Trade Federation, destroying many Battle droids, though he was captured when he attempted to rescue Binks. As the battle droids surrounded Tarpals and Binks, Anakin Skywalker destroyed the Droid Control Ship. The droids were deactivated and Tarpals and Binks were saved.
- "How does it feel to die?"
"Not die…sacrifice… Jar Jar now!"
- ―Grievous and Roos Tarpals, as Tarpals sacrifices himself for a chance to capture the general
During the Clone Wars, Tarpals had been promoted to General, and was present when Jedi Master Yoda requested help from the Gungan Grand Army to aid in the situation on Dac during an engagement with the Separatists there.
After helping the citizens of Dac, Tarpals was present in the High Tower Boardroom where Boss Lyonie ordered his people to turn against the Naboo and serve the Confederacy of Independent Systems. In reality, Lyonie was under the influence of a necklace that had been bewitched by his advisor, Rish Loo, a practitioner of dark Gungan magic and secret ally of Count Dooku. Rish Loo's treachery was ultimately exposed when Anakin Skywalker and Senator Amidala, former queen of Naboo, came to Otoh Gunga to negotiate with Lyonie. Rish Loo managed to escape but not before severely injuring Lyonie and leaving him incapacitated. Due to his strong physical resemblance to Lyonie, Jar Jar Binks posed as the Gungan leader in order to bring an end to the uprising against the Naboo. However, Separatist forces had already begun to land on the planet's surface and awaited Gungan support.
Tarpals accompanied Jar Jar, who continued to pose as Lyonie, to his meeting with the leader of the Separatist invasion force: General Grievous. Knowing Grievous' high standing in the war, Jar Jar signaled Tarpals to contact Amidala immediately. Together, Tarpals and the former Senator hatched a plan to deactivate the Separatist battle droids and capture Grievous alive. While Jar Jar stalled Grievous, Tarpals and his militiagungs successfully shut down the battle droids and prepared to ambush the Separatist general. Grievous, however, caught wind of the Gungans' plan and confronted Tarpals and his troops. Tarpals fought head-to-head against the cyborg general, but Grievous proved too fast for the aged Gungan and mortally wounded him. In one last heroic act, Tarpals impaled Grievous' armor with his spear. Jar Jar and the militiagungs quickly subdued Grievous with a barrage of boomas and successfully captured him, thanks to Tarpals' heroic sacrifice. His friends then turned to aid him, but he had passed while they had dealt with the cyborg general. Amidala, Jar Jar, and his fellow Gungans mourned the loss of their friend.
Even though he died to capture the General, his sacrifice was tarnished when the Republic had to make a prisoner swap with the Separatists: Anakin for Grievous. He was avenged by Obi Wan Kenobi when he finally killed Grievous on Utapau.
Personality and traits
Tarpals had great sense of duty and honor and was willing to give his life for his people. He had a strong belief in the ideal of cooperation and friendship between Gungans and the Naboo People. He was also a skilled warrior, able to face General Grievous for a few moments before sacrificing himself.
Behind the scenes
Tarpals first appeared in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace as a computer-generated character voiced by Steven Speirs. In Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, Tarpals was voiced by Rob Paulsen. In Star Wars: The Clone Wars he was voiced by Fred Tatasciore.
- Episode I Adventures 9: Rescue in the Core
- Episode I Adventures 10: Festival of Warriors
- Episode I Adventures 11: Pirates from Beyond the Sea
- Episode I Adventures 12: The Bongo Rally
- "The Death of Captain Tarpals"—Star Wars Tales 3
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (First appearance)
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace comic
- General Jar Jar
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
- Deep Spoilers"—Star Wars Gamer 4 "
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Gungan Attack"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow Warrior"
- Star Wars: Episode I toy line
- Star Wars: Power of the Jedi
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Theed Palace Limited (Card: Captain Tarpals) (backup link)
- Star Wars: Episode I Insider's Guide
- Star Wars: Episode I The Visual Dictionary
- Secrets of Naboo
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 5 (JAR4, Jar Jar Binks)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 137 (CAP1-2, Captain Tarpals)
- The New Essential Guide to Characters (First identified as Roos)
- Young Jedi Collectible Card Game – Boonta Eve Podrace (YJCCG) (Card: )
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- Galaxy of Intrigue
- Star Wars: Head-to-Head Tag Teams
- "Launch Pad"—Star Wars Insider 128
- "We Need to Talk About Jar Jar"—Star Wars Insider 131
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded
- "Behind and Beyond the Battle Lines"—Star Wars Insider 134