Revolutionary, pilot, leader of the rebellions, and mother, Hera Syndulla has been fighting against the Empire her whole life, sometimes taking the fight to the very top.
Born on Twi’lek homeworld, Ryloth to Cham and Eleni Syndulla, Hera grew up during the clone wars and started to come into her own in the aftermath thereof and rise of the empire. Inspired by the Republic’s Clone Army ships to become a pilot and even rescuing her own droid, Chopper, from a crash during the Battle of Ryloth, Hera’s life was deeply shaped by these constant struggles from a very young age. Eventually, this would lead to fractures in her family as she left Ryloth to join the rebellion while her father focused on the Twi-lek resistance movement.
Quickly growing into a top-notch pilot and rebellion operative, she became an agent of Bail Organa and joined the rebel network reporting to the mysterious Fulcrum. It was on one of these special missions where to Cynda where Hera met and attempted to recruit Kanan Jarrus while taking on the future Grand Admiral Rae Sloane. Kanan wasn’t convinced to join the Rebels at first, but a common goal forced them to work together and eventually resulted in his joining her. Over time Zeb, Sabine, and Ezra would join the crew of The Ghost, forming the rebel cell known as the Spectres.
From there, Hera and the crew of The Ghost would undermine the Empire through weapons-stealing runs, prisoner rescues, infiltration, and various odd jobs. This caused her to meet some of the most influential and well-known people throughout the galaxy– and even acquire a stolen TIE Fighter. Eventually, these jobs and missions would bring her back home to Ryloth, where she would reconcile with her father and then find herself going toe-to-toe with Grand Admiral Thrwan for the first of many times. Though the crew of The Ghost was eventually successful in their fight against Thrawn, it came at the cost of Kanan’s death and Ezra being lost somewhere in the galaxy. Later Hera would give birth to Jacen, her son with Kanan.
Though Hera is primarily a character in the TV series Rebels, her story doesn’t end with the series finale. She has appeared throughout books, comics, and was notably paged by name in Rogue One while her astromech, Chopper, could be seen zipping around the base. Hera is known to have had dealings with Doctor Aphra and Sana Starros, attend Alliance High Command meetings, was stationed on Hoth and Endor, and went on to serve the New Republic after the Galactic Civil War.
Hera’s story is too long to be summed up quickly, but she is easily one of the most interesting and accomplished characters in the galaxy.
Which of Hera’s adventures or missions was your favorite? Which of her cameo appearances outside of Rebels did you enjoy seeing the most? Who would you cast to play a live action Hera? Let us know in the comments!
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