The Eighth Brother is a minor antagonist in the Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels, and one of the main antagonists in "Twilight of the Apprentice". He was a Terellian Inquisitor tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down the Emperor's former apprentice Darth Maul.[1]

Background

Personality

Like the other Inquisitors, the Eighth Brother was fiercely dedicated to the service of the Galactic Empire and Darth Vader. He was aggressive to the point that he often charged into action while his fellows hung back to allow him to weaken the enemy. He was also ruthless and cruel, demonstrating a willingness to drag out the terror of an enemy before killing them. However, his impulsive streak proved to be his undoing, as he chose to rely on his damaged lightsaber to escape when faced with battling three skilled enemies at once.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • The Force: The Eighth Brother was powerful and had a strong connection to the Force. Although he was not as powerful as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, Darth Maul or Ahsoka Tano, the Eighth Brother was still one of the most powerful Force-users of his time.
    • Telekinesis: The Eighth Brother utilized Telekinesis either as offense or defense.
    • Force sense: The Eighth Brother utilized Force Sense, to sense another sentient being's emotions, the future, ripples in the Force caused by momentous or traumatic events, impending danger and the presence of the light side.
    • Force jump: The Eighth Brother utilized Force jump to jump or leap at great distances. His abilities were further augmented by the fact that he was a member of an alien species called Terrelian Jango Jumpers, which were well-known for their incredible agility and leaping abilities.

Abilities

  • Lightsaber Skills: The Eighth Brother had some skill in lightsaber combat and was a deadly duelist.
    • Form IV: The Eighth Brother had some skill in Ataru.
    • Form VII: The Eighth Brother had some skill in Juiyo.
  • Skilled Pilot: The Eighth Brother was skilled in piloting most types of flying crafts.

Weapons and Equipment

Lightsaber

The Eighth Brother's valued weapon and possession was his red-bladed lightsaber.

  • Double-bladed spinning lightsaber:The Eighth Brother had built a red-bladed double-bladed spinning lightsaber. Like all Inquisitor lightsabers, the weapon could be utilized for flight as well as combat. A feature unique to this lightsaber was when the weapon was deactivated, it also could function as a spinning saw blade as it had collapsible teeth hidden in the outer ring. It would remain in his possession until it was damaged and eventually destroyed in his duel against Ahsoka Tano, Kanan Jarrus and Darth Maul.[1]

Role in the Series

Sometime after the Inquisition was created, the Eighth Brother was dispatched to Malachor by Darth Vader to hunt down Darth Maul and retrieve the Sith Holocron from the Sith Temple there. 

He first appears when he ambushes Kanan, Ahsoka and Ezra, separating the latter from his two mentors. Kanan and Ahsoka pursue and eventually capture him. They then try to get some information out of him, but with little success. When a beam of energy comes out of the Temple, the Eighth Brother takes advantage of the Jedi's distraction to activate a signal. The Fifth Brother and Seventh Sister arrive and free him. Just when the Inquisitors are on the verge of victory, Ezra comes out of the Temple with Maul, who drives the trio off. Later, they learn from one of the Sister's probes that Maul found the Holocron and that Ezra has it. The Inquisitors battle Maul and the Jedi again, but they prove to be too powerful. After his lightsaber gets damaged and his comrades get killed by Maul, the Eighth Brother attempts to flee, but his lightsaber malfunctions and he plummets to his demise.

Trivia

  • The Eighth Brother was the fourth Inquisitor introduced in the series, the only one not to have his face seen prior to his death, and had the shortest presence in the series, dying in the same two-part episode in which he debuted.
  • His death was originally depicted as surviving his fall from the Sith Temple and attempting to flee in his TIE Fighter, only to be killed when the Temple completed its firing sequence.
  • His ranking wasn't revealed in the episode in which he was introduced and perished, similar to how the Grand Inquisitor wasn't distinguished by any other title until after his death.

References

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