Garazeb Orrelios is a Lasat Honor Guard, rebel, and one of the main characters/tritagonists of the animated television series, Star Wars Rebels.

Zeb is the former Captain of the Lasan Honor Guard and one of the survivors of the massacre on Lasan. Becoming a member of the Ghost Crew as its "muscle," Zeb was designated as Spectre-4 among his crew members.


Background

Garazeb "Zeb" Orrelios was born on the planet Lasan in 44 BBY, approximately twelve years before the Battle of Naboo. Most of Zeb's family remained a mystery; however there was a grandmother that he was very fond of. As a child, Zeb once had a best friend that was attacked by a creature in an underground cave. After that friend was saved by his or her brother, they were never seen again. As an adult, Zeb was recruited into the Honor Guard of Lasan and earning his own Bo-Rifle. He was eventually promoted to Captain, becoming dedicated to protecting his people and the royal family.

However, his life on Lasan ended when the Galactic Empire came to Lasan and nearly wiped out Zeb's entire race with T-7 ion disrupter rifles, with very few escaping. It caused Zeb to have a deep and eternal hatred for the Empire. By age thirty-nine, he was already a member of the Ghost crew that would grow as a family. It contained former Jedi Padawan Kanan Jarrus and his apprentice Lothalite boy Ezra Bridger, Hera Syndulla, Sabine Wren and Chopper.

Personality

Garazeb Orrelios was an honorable, dutiful and imposing warrior. Considered the "muscle" of the Ghost crew, Zeb was a warrior as well as a good friend. Due to his imposing nature, Zeb was once the most respected captain of the Royal Guard. He was sympathetic to those who had fallen victim of the Empire. One of these examples included Ezra and his parents, Mira and Ephraim and how he felt sympathetic towards Ezra when he learned his parents were arrested for speaking out against the Empire. Zeb came off as easily frustrated, especially when it came to either Chopper or Ezra messing with him. Whenever he was frustrated, Zeb would often shout "karabast," which was later adopted as one of Ezra's habits.

Zeb was sometimes tough to get along with but eventually, managed to show his softer side, forming friendships with Ezra (with whom he found annoying at first) and Kallus (who had once caused Zeb pain before they bonded on a frozen moon of Geonosis).

The episode "Droids in Distress" showed Zeb's vulnerable side, as he is extremely sensitive to the massacre of his people and carried extreme guilt and remorse for his inability to protect the Royal Family and grew angry when Ezra mockingly called him "Captain Orrelios" in one of their arguments. Due to his past, it caused Zeb to have extreme hatred towards the Galactic Empire due to them causing the near-extinction of the Lasat.He took extreme pleasure in punching the Stormtroopers because he enjoyed the way their helmets felt whenever they came into contact with Zeb's fist.

Apart from his compassionate nature, Zeb is short-tempered, which sometimes gets him or anyone near him in trouble. Another reason for his hot-tempered persona to get out of hand, Zeb was easily infuriated by Kallus mocking him about how he slaughtered the Lasat race and rashly charged the ISB agent. He has a sarcastic and dry personality, sometimes coming off as childish, despite him being the oldest member on the Ghost crew. Because of this, Zeb acted like the older brother of the family, often teasing with both Ezra or Sabine and getting into trouble with Kanan and Hera, who acted like parents with the troubling son. At the same time, the Lasat wouldn't hesitate to protect his small family, evident when he saved Sabine and Ezra from the Inquisitors. Because of this role, Ezra and Sabine saw Zeb as an older brother. Hera and Kanan often called the trio "the kids" sometimes due to Zeb's times of immaturity

After Kanan's death, Zeb became far more hot-tempered, even nearly killing Rukh when he first encountered him. However Sabine managed to get through to him and reveal to Zeb that they weren't the Empire. Following the defeat of the Empire, Zeb had already made peace to Kallus, his former adversary and showed his good friend that he hadn't caused the Extinction of the Lasat race and decided to live peacefully on Lira San.

Physical Appearance

Weapons

  • Bo-rifle: Primary weapon. As a former member of the Lasat Honor Guard, Zeb carries the ancient weapon around

Powers and Abilities

Zeb had super strength, speed and incredible resilience. He was an expert marksman, especially firing from long distances during his, Sabine's, Ezra's and Jai' escape from the Imperial Academy. He could also carry various individuals with ease, such as Ezra Bridger, Kanan Jarrus and Alexsandr Kallus.   

Due to being a warrior, Zeb was well-versed in combat, holding off Agent Kallus. He is also quite intelligent and a capable leader due to being Captain of the Lasat Honor Guard.  

He can also somewhat understand Chopper, but not as well as Hera, Ezra or Sabine.  

Relationships

Ezra Bridger

At first, Ezra and Zeb were rivals and could hardly stand one another, Despite their misgivings, Zeb was forced to abandon Ezra when he was captured by Agent Kallus. However, he immediately regretted leaving the teenager behind. Ezra later saved Zeb from Kallus by pushing the agent away with the Force. Though he was grateful for Ezra saving him, Zeb got irritated when he kept bringing it up every five minutes. The two finally bonded when they were forced to steal a TIE fighter.

Zeb truly does care for Ezra, treating him like a younger brother, always making sure he is out of harm's way and mostly calls Ezra "kid" in a term of endearment. 

Kanan Jarrus

According to Zeb, he met Kanan shortly after his people were killed by the Galactic Empire. Overtime, both men respect each other as warriors and honored each other's comradeship. However, the two will have a falling out from time to time, shown when Zeb disagreed with Kanan's choice to selling ion disrupters on the black market.

Zeb was also well-aware of Kanan's past as a Jedi but he remained unaware that Zeb was captain of the Lasat Honor Guard.

Hera Syndulla

Hera is a very motherly figure towards Zeb despite him being older than her. She disapproves of his mistreatment of Chopper and whenever he picks up fights with Ezra. She was aware of his past but Zeb never told her that he was a captain of the Lasat Honor Guard. She knew his sensitivity towards the TI ion disrupters the team recovered and knew they were what exterminated his entire race.

Sabine Wren

Before Ezra joined the crew, Sabine was still considered the "baby" of the family and the youngest member. Due to this, Zeb considered Sabine to be like his sister. He often looked out for her and showed a protective side towards her, as he grabbed Ezra when the boy attempted to flirt with her. Zeb was unwilling to abandon her when she and Ezra were captured by the Inquisitors, Seventh Sister and Fifth Brother.

Chopper

Like Ezra, Zeb cannot get along with Chopper, due to him constantly messing with him. In turn, Zeb does the same to their droid, who would often be the cause of Zeb and Ezra's falling outs. However, Chopper and Zeb were able to find a way to work together when they and AP-5 had to stop a warhead droid from revealing their position to the Empire.  

Alexsandr Kallus

Zeb and Kallus originally started off as enemies, but bonded over their time on Geonosis. After the Galactic Civil War, they left for Lira San and lived peacefully there. 

Trivia

  • Zeb is based on abandoned concept art of Chewbacca.
    • This was lampshaded in "Spark of Rebellion," where Zeb pretended to be a rare, hairless Wookiee.
  • Karabast" is a Lasat exclamation commonly used by Zeb during a moment of crisis.
    • Zeb and Ezra are the only members of the Ghost crew who says "Karabast." However, Sabine once muttered it when she saw that the rebels were outnumbered by Thrawn's forces.
  • Zeb and Kanan were the first main characters to not appear in an episode of the series, being absent in "Blood Sisters."
  • By the time of the show, he was 39 (human equivalent).
  • Zeb is the first of his species to ever be announced.
  • In Season 3, Zeb underwent a slight redesign: His armour no longer features shoulder pads. His chest plate is now shorter and features the art of the Joopa that swallowed him.
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