Top 5 ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Cameos (So Far)


Long before Luke, Han, Leia, and the rest of the Resistance banded together to defeat the evil Empire, there was a small uprising determined to take down Vader & Co. all on their own. This uprising became known as Star Wars Rebels, the latest animated series from the Star Wars Universe, airing every Wednesday on Disney XD.

Set five years before the events of A New Hope, Star Wars Rebels fills in the gap between the prequel films & the original trilogy. While the main story this time around focuses on many new characters, Rebels has featured a bounty of cameos from characters we all know and love.

Below is a list of my top 5 Star Wars Rebels cameos (so far). Click on each tab to see my selections!


Top 5 Star Wars Rebels Cameos

Obi-Wan’s first Rebels appearance was via a Holocron in the pilot, leaving a message behind for the Jedi that was recorded in the aftermath of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Obi-Wan urges the Jedi to trust in the Force, for one day a new hope shall emerge. While none of the Ghost crew knows who Obi-Wan speaks of, the audience is well aware he is referring to one Luke Skywalker. With the signature Star Wars theme slowly playing the background, the scene was the perfect end to the Rebels pilot episode & a perfect introduction to the series as a whole.
Leia’s introduction in the season 2 episode “A Princess on Lothal” is already a highlight of the season for me. While not voiced by Leia’s film portrayer, Carrie Fisher, voice actress Julie Dolan more than held her own in the role – bringing out the tough girl we know from the original trilogy, well before the classic line, “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope”. Getting to see the princess at the beginnings of the rebellion gave more insight into just how much the character grows throughout the film series – while still retaining the sarcastic, commanding attitude we remember.
First introduced in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ahsoka was Anakin Skywalker’s first Padawan. Thought the two originally butt heads and struggle to get along, by the end of the series they were close friends with a strong bond. Of course, this all changed once Anakin became the nefarious Darth Vader…but that’s a story for another time. Having Ahsoka make her return at the end of Rebels’ first season only added to the stakes of season two. With Darth Vader tracking the Rebels’ every move, Ahsoka had to deal with the emotions she faced knowing the man trying to kill her was once a close friend. The two characters are set to finally come face-to-mask soon and, judging by the midseason trailer, their interaction won’t be all about working things out.
Much like the Princess Leia cameo, Lando Calrissian’s Rebels debut was a delight, in part because you get to see just what Lando, who didn’t get much screen time in the films, was up to before he became the baron administer of Cloud City. Happily, we learn that Lando Calrissian was always one of the best smooth-talking smugglers in the galaxy (Han Solo excluded, of course). Making the appearance even better was the fact that his original portrayer, Billy Dee Williams, returned to voice the character. Williams has still got it, and was able to infuse Lando with the signature charm and humor he was always known for.
C’mon, you didn’t really expect anyone else to make it to number one on this list other than Lord Vader, did you? Although Vader made a brief appearance in the pilot episode, his presence in the series really ramped up in season two and provided our band of Rebels with more danger than ever before. Menacingly portrayed by his original voice actor, James Earl Jones, Darth Vader is as wicked as dastardly as ever. There’s always been something special (and utterly terrifying) about the heavy breathing and the deep voice and Rebels was an excellent reminder of that fact. Even better, we’re finally going to see the much-anticipated fallout between Darth Vader and former Padawan Ahsoka Tano – a reunion that’s sure to be electric.

Do you agree with my list of favorite Star Wars Rebels cameos? Which characters are you hoping to see pop up in the series? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Spencer Barrett
Stars are his kind of thing! Spencer Barrett joined the TV Source team as a staff writer in 2013. In 2018, he was promoted to Senior Writer, TV & Pop Culture, shaping our pop culture content. He loves all things horror, Archie Comics and Taylor Swift.

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