Star Wars canon has introduced several Imperial Inquisitors, evil fallen Jedi who, under the command of Darth Vader, searched to root out and destroy survivors of Order 66. First introduced in Star Wars Rebels and playing pivotal roles in Jedi: Fallen Order and the Star Wars: Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith comic series, the Inquisitors are a mysterious and deadly group of dark side users. Though they no longer existed by the time of the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars, they were historically a critical tool of the Empire and the Sith in their quest to eliminate the Jedi and enforce galactic domination. But who are the Inquisitors, what was their place in the Empire, and what are their ultimate fates?
The Inquisitors are a special division of force sensitives, all former Jedi who surrendered to the Empire during the Jedi Purge and fell to the dark side of the Force. Trained by Darth Vader himself, the Inquisitors are Sith in all but name (as there can only be two Dark Lords at a time). Similar to the current canon’s version of Darth Vader, Inquisitors are not technically part of the Imperial military hierarchy, though they can take command of nearly any forces at their disposal. By the time the Death Star plans were stolen, however, the Inquisitors as an organization were long since dissolved.
According to the reference book Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded, the total amount of Inquisitors may have been twelve, and ten have been seen so far in the current Star Wars canon. Although the Empire eventually outgrew its need for these nefarious Inquisitors, they proved to be a valuable asset to the Sith, and instrumental in the Jedi Purge after Order 66. Here’s every Inquisitors in Star Wars canon explained.
The death of the Grand Inquisitor leaves a subsequent power vacuum among the Empire’s other Inquisitors. Introduced early in Star Wars Rebels season 2, the Fifth Brother hopes to replace the Grand Inquisitor by hunting down the two prospective Jedi who defeated him. Unlike the Grand Inquisitor, who pursued Jedi with a balance of wit and power, the Fifth Brother was almost entirely uninterested in finesse, opting to use brute strength almost exclusively in his conflicts with Kanan and Ezra. Throughout Rebels season 2, he works closely with the Seventh Sister, a fellow Inquisitor. Though the two were a deadly brains-and-brawn duo, the Fifth Brother ultimately met his end on Malachor, where former-Sith Lord Maul killed him during his short-lived truce with the Rebels.
This Mirialan Inquisitor was one of the most persistent antagonists of Rebels season 2, along with her partner, the Fifth Brother. Like her cohort, the Seventh Sister was vying to become the next Grand Inquisitor, with her strategic methods and crafty use of ID9 Parrot Droids complimenting the Fifth Brother’s brute force. The two came dangerously close to defeating Kanan and Ezra numerous times throughout the season, and like her partner, the Seventh Sister was also killed by Maul on Malachor. In her final moments, the Seventh Sister was subdued by Maul, who goaded Ezra to give in to the dark side and execute the helpless Inquisitor. Ezra refused, prompting Maul to horrifically dismember her with his lightsaber.
With only brief appearances in Star Wars Rebels and the Star Wars: Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith comic series to date, very little is still known about the Terrelian Jango Jumper aka Eighth Brother. This deadly Inquisitor is something of a halfway point between the Fifth Brother and Seventh Sister, making use of his species’ natural agility as well as explosives. The Eighth Brother played a small but important role in Rebels’ season 2 finale, having been dispatched to Malachor post-prequels to track down Darth Maul, but instead summoning the Fifth Brother and Seventh Sister for assistance upon discovering the Rebel Jedi. Like the others, he dies on Malachor, with his defeat mirroring that of the Grand Inquisitor. Kanan, no longer afraid of the Inquisitors, damages his lightsaber, leading the Eighth Brother to fall to his death.
This Inquisitor first appeared in the 2016 novel Ahsoka and was later expanded on in Star Wars: Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith. The Sixth Brother, once known as Bil Valen, is notable for being an overconfident bully who brutalizes the weak and defenseless but stands no chance against powerful opponents, such as Ahsoka Tano. An unarmed Ahsoka was able to kill the Sixth Brother by using the Force to sabotage his lightsaber, detonating it. The Sixth Brother’s lightsaber crystals were then purified by Tano, turning them from red to white, before being used in her lightsabers seen in Star Wars Rebels.
The Sixth Brother was also shown to be a coward with no sense of camaraderie for his fellow Inquisitors. When surrounded by mind-controlled, traitorous, Purge Troopers, he cuts off the Ninth Sister’s leg to allow himself to escape. Unsurprisingly, he was not well-liked by the rest of the Inquisitors or even Darth Vader himself.
The Miraluka Prosset Dibs made his first appearance not as an Inquisitor, but initially as a Clone Wars-era Jedi in the Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu comics. It was during the Clone Wars that Dibs lost his faith in the Republic and the Jedi Order for their role in turning the Jedi, who were meant to be peacekeepers, into soldiers. Prosset’s disenchantment was not unlike that of Barriss Offee and the Grand Inquisitor. He even tried, unsuccessfully, to kill Jedi Master Mace Windu, cementing his fall from grace and laying the groundwork for his seduction by the dark side.
Prosset Dibs appears once more in the Star Wars: Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith comics, now as an Inquisitor known as the Tenth Brother. Despite his objection to the Jedi acting as warriors, he has since completely abandoned his values and embraced the dark side, accompanying Darth Vader and other Inquisitors to hunt his former comrades. In one final irony, the Tenth Brother is killed when his squad of Purge Troopers (who, at this time, were made up of the final batches of would-be Republic Clone Troopers) is mind-controlled by a former Padawan to execute Order 66 on their Inquisitor leaders. In this way, the Tenth Brother ironically died as so many true Jedi did at the end of the Clone Wars.