Many of the popular characters from Star Wars Rebels are set to return in the upcoming Ahsoka Disney+ TV show, but here’s where viewers have seen them last. The animated Star Wars Rebels TV show was set shortly before the events of the first Star Wars movie, focused on a small group of rebels aboard their ship the Ghost. There were several original trilogy cameos in Rebels, with the stories serving to bridge the gap between the prequels and the adventures of Luke Skywalker.
Since then, the characters from Star Wars Rebels have appeared in many other stories – and in a wide range of mediums. This means the stories don’t technically pick up where Star Wars Rebels left off, which is exciting given it means the Ghost crew will have changed and grown. Here’s where they last appeared.
10 Ahsoka Tano
The former Jedi Padawan to Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano acted as Hera Syndulla’s contact Fulcrum in Rebels season 1. Ahsoka was a major part of Star Wars Rebels season 2, reappearing in season 4 when Ezra Bridger rescued her from Darth Vader using the World Between the Worlds. Ahsoka has appeared in many projects including Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Tales of the Jedi (which tells her origin story), The Mandalorian, and The Book of Boba Fett. Rosario Dawson played the live-action Ahsoka in The Mandalorian season 2, episode 5 and The Book of Boba Fett episode 6.
In chronological order, Ahsoka’s last appearance was in The Book of Boba Fett when she left Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Academy. She seemed to be going off on a mission, likely setting her up to seek out Ezra Bridger – as per Star Wars Rebels‘ epilogue. Presumably this will explain Ahsoka’s mysterious Gandalf-like transformation in the epilogue.
9 Hera Syndulla
The pilot of the Ghost, Hera Syndulla was the heart of Star Wars Rebels. Her origin story has been told in Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 1, episodes 11 and 12, where she teamed up with Clone Force 99; she was even shown learning how to scramble a ship’s frequency from Tech, one of her favorite tricks. Hera became a General in the Rebel Alliance, with an Easter egg referencing her in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Marvel’s current Star Wars run is fleshing out Hera’s story up until the events of Return of the Jedi, and showing her as a friend of Princess Leia. Mary Elizabeth Winstead will play Hera in Ahsoka, several years after the fall of the Empire.
8 Zeb Orrelios
Garazeb Orrelios was a former Lasat honor guard who later joined the rebellion as part of the Ghost crew. Zeb, who was roommates aboard the Ghost with Ezra Bridger, was harsh on the surface, but truly cared for his found family and would do anything to help them. In the Rebels epilogue, Sabine Wren revealed that Zeb and Alexsandr Kallus went to the planet Lyra San, so Kallus could see he (as part of the Empire) didn’t wipe out all of the Lasat people. Zeb made a surprise cameo in The Mandalorian season 3, episode 5 inside the New Republic bar. Although Zeb is difficult to realize in live-action, the CGI was impeccable, hopefully setting up more of the same in Ahsoka and beyond.
7 Ezra Bridger
Jedi Padawan Ezra Bridger was the main character of Star Wars Rebels, growing from a street kid to a seasoned Jedi. he was last seen in Star Wars Rebels‘ series finale, when he summoned Star Wars‘ hyperspace whales to spirit Grand Admiral Thrawn’s flagship into the Unknown Regions. Ezra was lost with the ship, and Rebels‘ epilogue set up Ahsoka and Satine seeking him out. Ezra will be played by Eman Esfandi in Ahsoka, although the trailer only showed a brief hologram of him.
6 Sabine Wren
Hailing from Mandalore, Sabine Wren was the Ghost’s munitions expert and artist. Sabine briefly wielded the Darksaber, the Mandalorian blade of leadership, but passed it to Bo-Katan Kryze. She was last seen in Star Wars Rebels‘ series finale, deciding to remain on Lothal to protect the planet in honor of Ezra Bridger. This was before the Purge of Mandalore, which surely must have had a massive effect on her. Sabine will return in Ahsoka, now played by Natasha Liu Bordizzo in live-action.
A devious droid rebuilt by Hera Syndulla on Ryloth, C1-10P (better known as Chopper) appeared alongside the young Hera in Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 1. Chopper’s cameo in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story meant he was the first Ghost crew member to make the jump to live-action. Chopper will also be appearing alongside other Rebels characters in Ahsoka, and attendees at Star Wars Celebration 2023 were delighted to see him on stage – even if he did run from the villains.
4 Kanan Jarrus
Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus was one of the most popular additions to the Star Wars galaxy in Rebels, the first Order 66 survivor who wasn’t a Master. Kanan sacrificed himself in season 4, episode 10, but his sacrifice saved his family on the Ghost and led directly to the liberation of Lothal. Kanan has appeared twice in recent Star Wars animated TV shows; he made an unexpected came in Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 1, episode 1, which revealed how he survived Order 66, and he and his master could be seen in the background of Tales of the Jedi episode 5. Voice actor Freddie Prinze Jr. won’t be returning for Ahsoka, however, and doesn’t sound interested in reprising the role.
3 Alexsandr Kallus
Former ISB agent Alexsandra Kallus was initially a thorn in the Rebels’ side, but his opinions gradually changed. Kallus became a spy under the codename Fulcrum, and was instrumental in the Liberation of Lothal. The last time audiences saw Kallus, he was going to the hidden planet Lyra San with Zeb; however, there is hope that Kallus could appear in upcoming titles like Ahsoka, especially since Kallus had worked closely with Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Clone Captain Rex was an unexpected addition to the Ghost Crew, allowing the series to pick up many lingering plot threads from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. More recent Disney+ TV shows have explored Rex’s story in the immediate aftermath of the Clone Wars, with Rex serving as a recurring character in Star Wars: The Bad Batch, where he’s setting up an underground network to help clones escape the Empire. Rex also appeared in Tales of the Jedi alongside Ahsoka Tano.
1 Ryder Azadi
The former governor of Lotha, Ryder Azadi broke out of prison and joined the rebels. He played a key role in the Liberation of Lothal, double-crossing Governor Pryce. While it’s unclear if Ryder will ever appear in another Star Wars title, he could appear in Ahsoka as it is known part of the show will take place on Lothal. Hopefully Ryder will be another Star Wars Rebels hero who appears in live-action.