60 Facts About Admiral Ackbar


Admiral Ackbar plays an important role in the film, as without his tactical genius, the Rebel Alliance would have been obliterated.

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Admiral Ackbar was voiced by Erik Bauersfeld, who made up the voice on the spot after looking at a photograph of Admiral Ackbar.

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Admiral Ackbar was originally planned to be more conventionally humanoid, but after Star Wars creator George Lucas decided to make him an alien, he allowed Return of the Jedi director Richard Marquand to pick from various designs.

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Admiral Ackbar made his first appearance not in the film, but in a Star Wars newspaper comic strip that ran a few months before Return of the Jedi was released.

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Admiral Ackbar had just 14 lines of dialogue in Return of the Jedi, and his total screen time across all three film appearances totaled only three minutes and 30 seconds.

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Admiral Ackbar was best known for his appearance in the film Return of the Jedi, the final entry in the original Star Wars trilogy.

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Admiral Ackbar's backstory was not explained in Return of the Jedi, but has been established in Star Wars books and other media since the film was released.

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Admiral Ackbar is the leader of his home town, Coral Depths City, when forces from the Galactic Empire invade and nearly destroy the planet.

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Admiral Ackbar is one of the first to be enslaved, and becomes an interpreter and personal servant to Grand Moff Tarkin, a secondary antagonist from the first Star Wars film.

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Admiral Ackbar takes detailed notes about what he observed with the hopes of eventually escaping back to his people and using the information against the Empire.

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Admiral Ackbar is freed from captivity during a failed attempt by Rebel forces to capture Tarkin.

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Admiral Ackbar was the first character not resemblant of a human shown in a leadership position in the Star Wars films.

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Admiral Ackbar personally leads the assault from his flagship, the Mon Calamari cruiser Home One.

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Admiral Ackbar appeared in the first three episodes of the fourth season of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which is set roughly 20 years before the events of the first Star Wars film.

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Admiral Ackbar is captured, leaving Ahsoka and Lee-Char to fend for themselves.

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Admiral Ackbar appeared in the first two films of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, which were distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures after The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm in 2012.

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Admiral Ackbar'scharacter is retired from military service before the events of the films, but Leia Organa convinces him to come out of retirement to fight against the First Order, a military dictatorship that was formed from the remnants of the original Empire.

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Admiral Ackbar is in command of the Resistance fleet, with the Mon Calamari cruiser Raddus as his flagship.

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Admiral Ackbar is widely respected by the Resistance personnel as one of the few living commanders to have faced the Empire during the height of its power.

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Admiral Ackbar is killed, along with everyone else on the bridge except for Leia, who is saved by her use of the Force.

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However, he was removed in later script revisions and his part replaced by Admiral Raddus, who, in an homage to Ackbar, was a member of the Mon Calamari species.

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Whitta, who co-wrote the story of the film, said he wanted Admiral Ackbar included, but since he was already featured in The Force Awakens, the team behind Rogue One decided the character should not appear in two films released so closely together.

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Admiral Ackbar was a central character in Strike Force: Shantipole, an adventure book for use with the Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game released in June 1988 by West End Games.

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Admiral Ackbar appears in Dark Empire, a six-issue comic book series that detailed the resurrection of Emperor Palpatine, as well as Luke Skywalker's brief conversion to the dark side of the Force.

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Admiral Ackbar appeared in the Heir to the Empire trilogy of books written by Timothy Zahn and published from 1991 to 1993, which were widely credited with rejuvenating interest in Star Wars at the time.

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Admiral Ackbar played a prominent supporting role in the Star Wars: X-wing series of novels, which detailed Admiral Ackbar leading the successful campaign to recapture the capital planet of Coruscant, among other events.

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Admiral Ackbar leads the successful defense of his planet and defeats Daala, and later returns to his military post.

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Admiral Ackbar has appeared in several Star Wars video games, starting with the 1993 LucasArts space simulation computer game Star Wars: X-Wing, in which he provided military briefings for the pilot character controlled by the player.

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Admiral Ackbar made an appearance in Star Wars Galaxies, an MMORPG developed by Sony Online Entertainment and first released in 2003.

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Admiral Ackbar appeared in the 2007 video game Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron, in which he was kidnapped by the bounty hunter Boba Fett and handed over to the Empire, who imprisoned him aboard an Imperial cruiser.

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Admiral Ackbar can be played as a hidden character in the Nintendo Wii version of the 2008 video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed if the player entered the cheat code "ITSATWAP".

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Admiral Ackbar appeared in Star Wars: Aftermath, a 2015 canon novel by Chuck Wendig set immediately after the events of Return of the Jedi.

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Admiral Ackbar appeared in Aftermath's two sequel books, Life Debt and Empire's End, written by Wendig.

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In Life Debt, Admiral Ackbar led the successful assault against Kuat Drive Yards, a major starship manufacturer that had previously been supplying the Empire.

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In Empire's End, Admiral Ackbar commanded the New Republic fleet during the Battle of Jakku, a decisive victory that resulted in the destruction of the Empire and the end of the Galactic Civil War.

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Admiral Ackbar has a minor part in the novel Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray, which focused largely on Leia Organa prior to the events of The Force Awakens.

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Admiral Ackbar sent her messages of support after the public revelation, an indication of his respect for her.

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Admiral Ackbar played a supporting role in the "Burning Seas" story arc from the comic book series Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith, which was released in 2018 but was set about one year after the events of Revenge of the Sith, the final movie in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

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Admiral Ackbar set a trap for the Empire by luring their aerial landing platforms closer to the planet, then firing special undetectable missiles at them once they were in range.

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Admiral Ackbar appeared briefly in the 2017 Star Wars Battlefront II video game developed by EA DICE.

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Mon Calamari named Aftab Ackbar, Admiral Ackbar's son, was created to appear as a minor character in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the final film in the sequel trilogy.

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Terrio was a fan of Admiral Ackbar and said he "went into mourning a bit" when the character was killed.

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Aftab assists her, and it is revealed that Admiral Ackbar was seldom present for Aftab's childhood due to his military career, but Aftab studying all of his battle tactics and still felt a strong connection to his father.

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Admiral Ackbar is portrayed as a military genius, with a masterful grasp of warfare tactics and strategy, a forward-thinking vision, and a prowess for organizational, administrative, and technical details that make him a highly effective commander.

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Admiral Ackbar has a methodical style, and tends to be cautious and conservative, as demonstrated by his initial call for a tactical retreat during the Battle of Endor upon learning that it was a trap.

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Admiral Ackbar is resourceful and uses outside-the-box methods to improve himself as an officer.

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Admiral Ackbar is regularly portrayed as wise, with a noble personality and a quiet but firm temperament.

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Rodis-Jamero's first Admiral Ackbar sketch was created in the fall of 1981, two years before Return of the Jedi was released, and was known at the time simply as a "Calamari man".

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The original image mostly resembled how Admiral Ackbar ended up in the final film, except with a larger chin, slightly more misshapen head, and a hunchback.

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In close-up scenes of Ackbar that required dialogue, puppeteer Timothy M Rose sat inside the chest of the character and operated the head like a traditional hand puppet from below.

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The white boots Admiral Ackbar wears in the film are the same design as those worn by Imperial stormtroopers.

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Admiral Ackbar has 14 lines of dialogue in Return of the Jedi, and the character's scenes took six weeks to shoot.

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Many of Admiral Ackbar's scenes were cut from the first film, which Rose said was a disappointment to him "after waiting 30 years to reprise Admiral Ackbar".

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The recording session took one hour, and Bauersfeld made up the voice on the spot after looking at a photograph of Admiral Ackbar, without having any other information about the character.

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Admiral Ackbar was ranked No 12 in The Daily Telegraph's ranking of 66 characters from the franchise, No 14 in The Huffington Post's ranking of 93 characters, and No 21 on IGN's list of the Top 25 Star Wars Heroes.

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In 2018, the comic strip story in which Admiral Ackbar made his debut in 1982 was retroactively titled after the character's famous line.

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Fans particularly criticized that Admiral Ackbar was only featured in the background of the shot where he dies, with the camera focused primarily on Leia Organa, and that his death is mentioned only in passing by other characters later.

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Kane likewise thought the death scene was poorly handled, and believed Ackbar should have been given the larger role in The Last Jedi that went to Vice-Admiral Amilyn Holdo, a new character played by Laura Dern.

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In 1996, Admiral Ackbar was one of the Star Wars characters to receive its own Micro Machines mini-transforming playsets by Galoob.

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The Admiral Ackbar playset was sold as part of a collection that included an Boba Fett and a Gamorrean guard.

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