13 Things 'Star Wars' Fans Probably Don't Know About Hera Syndulla

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Vote up the coolest things you learned about Hera Syndulla.

Since Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the Star Wars galaxy has grown in ways both intriguing and surprising. A slew of new TV shows have premiered, including several long-running animated series that fans have loved. 

Star Wars: Rebels dove deep into some of the smaller cells of the Rebel Alliance that were only briefly hinted at in the original trilogy. Thanks to Rebels, viewers were introduced to Hera Syndulla, the captain of the Ghost who had been rebelling against the Empire from its earliest days right after the Clone Wars came to a close. 

Hera grew up on Ryloth and she's an exemplary pilot, but there are plenty of things even die-hard fans of Star Wars might not know about her. She's one of the best characters introduced in recent years and her impact on the galaxy has been enormous. Take a look down below and be sure to vote up the coolest things you learned about Hera Syndulla!

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    She Was On Hoth Just Before The Battle Broke Out There

    She Was On Hoth Just Before The Battle Broke Out There
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back / 20th Century Fox

    As an active general throughout the Rebellion, Hera was around for many of the major events that took place over the course of the war. One of the key locations where she was stationed was Hoth, where she went on a mission to retrieve parts to repair the power generators just before the Empire deployed its viper probe droid, which would ultimately determine that it was a Rebel outpost. 

    It's unclear when Hera escaped the planet, and whether she was involved in the battle, but she certainly survived through the end of the Galactic Civil War, so she was likely one of the many evacuees. 

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    Hera Was Pregnant (Or Had Just Given Birth) At The Battle Of Scarif

    At the time of Kanan's passing, Hera was pregnant with their son Jacen. It's unclear exactly what the timeline was, but around the time of the Battle of Scarif, Hera was either ready to give birth or had just given birth to Jacen. The Battle of Scarif was the beginning of a new phase of open rebellion against the Empire, and she participated in the battle flying the Ghost. 

    The Battle of Scarif came just after the liberation of Lothal, and Hera would be an active member in the Rebellion through its end. 

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    She Got Han Solo To Say The Ghost Was Better Than The Millennium Falcon

    She Got Han Solo To Say The Ghost Was Better Than The Millennium Falcon
    Photo: Star Wars: Forces of Destiny / Disney+

    There is no ship in the entire Star Wars universe more widely beloved than the Millennium Falcon, but in a moment of desperation, Han Solo had to disown his beloved baby. After the Battle of Endor, the Ewoks were so hungry that they began to consider eating some of the stormtroopers they were holding captive. Leia asked Han to go get some food for the Ewoks from Hera's supply on the moon of Endor. 

    Hera agreed to give them some ration bars, but only if Han said the Ghost was a better ship than the Millennium Falcon. Given how much Han loved the ship, this was hard for him to do, but he ultimately agreed, and returned with the ration bars to keep the Ewoks from committing some light cannibalism. 

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    Hera First Met Kanan Jarrus While Leading A Rebel Operation In The Gorse System

    Hera First Met Kanan Jarrus While Leading A Rebel Operation In The Gorse System
    Photo: Star Wars: Rebels / Disney XD

    It didn't take long after the rise of the Empire for Hera to become involved in the Rebellion. She became an agent working under Ahsoka Tano and Bail Organa's Fulcrum program, and one of her first missions was to track Count Denetrius Vidian, who was known to be Emperor Palpatine's efficiency expert. She eventually tracked him to the Gorse system, specifically to the mining moon Cynda. 

    It was there that Hera first saw Kanan Jarrus stand up to Vidian after he was abusive to an elderly worker. Hera didn't know he was a former Jedi, and although she didn't recruit him then, he eventually rescued her and won her over in the course of that mission. They wound up traveling back to the Ghost together, kicking off their years-long relationship. 

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    Hera Added A Piece Of Kanan’s Holocron To Her Family's Kalikori After His Passing

    Hera Added A Piece Of Kanan’s Holocron To Her Family's Kalikori After His Passing
    Photo: Star Wars: Rebels / Disney XD

    After Kanan sacrificed himself to save Hera and the rest of the Ghost's crew, she went through a period of extended mourning. As Hera was grieving, Chopper pointed out that Kanan had also rescued Hera's Kalikori, a generational heirloom that is added to bit by bit in order to tell the story of a single ancestral line. 

    By saving the Kalikori, Kanan had effectively saved the history of Hera's family, and it was that selfless act that ultimately led Hera to believe that Kanan deserved a spot on the Kalikori as an honorary member of the family. Hera decided to use a piece of Kanan's holocron to memorialize him, a fitting tribute to her lover's memory. 

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    Hera Became One Of The Top Military Leaders In The New Republic

    As the New Republic succeeded the Rebel Alliance, Hera assumed a position of leadership in the new government. She was named a general, and was charged with guiding military strategy near the end of the Galactic Civil War and during the early days of the New Republic. 

    Hera had earned that post through her skills in battle, and her demonstration of undying loyalty to the Rebel Alliance. She lost a lot to see a new day dawn in her galaxy, so it's only fitting that she was rewarded with a position of honor when a new government finally formed. 

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