I just watched the Star Wars Rebels episode "Shroud of Darkness". In it, Kanan, Ezra, and Ashoka go to the Jedi temple on Lothal and meditate so that they can contact Yoda.

During Kanan's vision, he fights three temple guards. When he finally realizes that he has to submit and accept his fate, the lead guard dubs him a Knight of the Jedi Order and then reveals that he is the Grand Inquisitor and that he was once a Jedi himself.

Is there any canonical proof of who the Grand Inquisitor was before he was the Grand Inquisitor and, if so, did he serve in the Clone Wars?

  • I think the answer below is the best we can do, but let me know if you are looking for more.
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    Commented Mar 22, 2016 at 3:04
  • Sorry I was going to accept it but I completely forgot Commented Mar 22, 2016 at 3:28
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In "Shroud of Darkness" we learn not only that the Grand Inquisitor was a Jedi, as you have pointed out, but furthermore that he was a Temple Guard at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant.

That is, however, the extent of what is confirmed in canon. As indicated in the entry concerning the Grand Inquisitor in the official StarWars.com databank:

Not much is known about the Empire’s Grand Inquisitor. A Pau’an male, he was tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down any surviving Jedi Knights. The Inquistor was an intimidating figure, dressed in all black and wielding a red, double-bladed lightsaber. After several encounters with Kanan Jarrus and his Padawan Ezra Bridger, the Inquisitor died in a lightsaber duel with Kanan — but warned the rogue Jedi that his victory had unleashed something terrible.


In particular, we know nothing of his record during the Clone Wars.

One further thing to add is that the credits for "Shroud of Darkness" refer to the Inquisitor as Sentinel, although it is unclear if this is a proper name or simply a description.

  • A recent interview with Dave FIloni revealed a bit more about the Grand Inquisitor Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 21:04
  • @JasonBaker : Interesting! Is it okay if I add that in? :-)
    – Praxis
    Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 22:38
  • By all means; that's why I left it as a comment Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 22:59

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