To start off this wonderful month of Star Wars Characters from A to Z, we have a favorite of many fans of Star Wars, Admiral Ackbar. The Admiral has played many different roles throughout the Expanded Universe as well as being a part of the new universe with a short cameo in The Force Awakens, however he is best known for one line in Return of the Jedi, “It’s a trap!”
Admiral Ackbar’s full name is Gail Ackbar. He is a Mon Calamari that comes from the planet of Mon Cala, which he defended in the Clone Wars. During the Clone Wars is when we first meet the would be Admiral, fighting off the droid armies to protect his people.
Later he would join the Rebellion and become a key strategist for the attack on the second Death Star. Instead of fleeing out of fear whenever he realized that the Rebel Alliance had been trapped at Endor, Admiral Ackbar adjusted the fleet which bought valuable time for the ground forces to bring down the shield generator. After the shield was down, the Alliance was able to destroy the second Death Star.
After the Battle of Endor, Admiral Ackbar was promoted to the rank of Grand Admiral for the New Republic. He had great success there, even winning the Battle of Jakku. Shortly after, he retired back to Mon Cala, but was eventually convinced to join the Resistance that was led by Leia Organa.
After the Battle of Endor, Admiral Ackbar became a major player in the creation of the New Republic. He signed the formal declaration of the New Republic and became one of the nine individuals that would join the Provisional Council. Admiral Ackbar came out of retirement with the threat of the Yuuzhan Vong, however he passed away shortly before the war ended.