Garazeb "Zeb" Orrelios is an alien major character of the Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels. He is a large Lasat, who serves as the muscle of the Ghost crew. He is very skilled in hand-to-hand combat and is known to have a short temper, especially when he and Ezra butt heads against one another.
Born on Lasan, Garazeb Orrelios was the captain of Lasan High Honor Guard, until the day his people were wiped out by the empire, but Zeb miraculously survived and since sworn to avenge his people.
Zeb is gruff, agitated, and violent, but behind this outward guise Zeb is actually a compassionate and selfless being who cares a great deal for his fellow members of the Ghost, and for people affected negatively by the Empire. Like the rest of his crew, he is sympathetic towards the victims of the Empire.
Despite his essentially good heart, Zeb is short-tempered and often commits rash actions which often gets him into trouble. Zeb tries to appear stoic and serious, but also has a good dry sense of humor and occasionally shows a more childish side. His skills are an asset to his crew, but his aggressive and impulsive nature occasionally causes trouble.
As the former captain of the Lasan Honor Guard, Zeb is a warrior, as he has a sense of honor and good morals. Zeb has a deep hatred for the Galactic Empire, due to the fact that they pushed his species nearly to the brink of extinction without mercy or remorse.
Powers and Abilities
- Lasat Strength: Like many of his kind, Zeb is physically stronger than most other sentient beings. Its strength is approximately equal with a Wookie or a Trandoshan.
- Lasat Speed: Like many of his kind, Zeb's physical speed and agility can match that of most Force-users.
- Lasat Resilience: Like many of his kind, Zeb has a huge amount of resilience.
- Lasat Eyesight: Like many of his kind, Zeb can see very clearly at night.
- Expert Hand-To-Hand Combatant: As the former captain of the Lasan Honor Guard, Zeb is extremely skilled in unarmed combat, as he has defeated many Stormtroopers relatively easily. He was able to fight a Trandoshan bigger than himself. Zeb can also stand up to Rukh, also a skilled master fighter.
- Expert Staff Fighter: As the former captain of the Lasan Honor Guard, Zeb is extremely skilled in staff fighting.
- Expert Marksman: As the former captain of the Lasan Honor Guard, Zeb is extremely skilled in utitlizing blaster rifles.
Weapons and Equipment
- AB-75 bo-rifle: Zeb utilizes an AB-75 bo-rifle as his weapon of choice.
Role in the Series
Zeb ended up lost in the allies on Lothal, looking for Kanan. He came across two Stormtroopers interrogating a citizen and just before they could arrest him, Zeb knocked them out, just as more troops showed up and chased after him.
Zeb found his way to a landed TIE Fighter. He took out the pilot and then engaged the Stormtroopers in physical combat. He easily defeated the troops when the pilot Valen Rudor held a blaster at him ordering for reinforcements. Zeb outwitted Rudhor and took him out again just as more troopers arrived and fire. As a result, their random firing caused a leak in the TIE fighter's tank and one laser blast at the highly explosive fuel caused the Fighter to blow up. Zeb survived the explosion but then saw more troopers coming his way but ready for them.
Zeb was involved in a hijack of Imperial crates with Kanan Jarrus and Sabine Wren. When Ezra stole their goods, Zeb and Kanan went after him. Under Kanan's orders, he evaded the pursue and was left with the stolen crates, saying he will end Ezra if Kanan caught him. Zeb and his fellow Rebels regrouped aboard their ship the Ghost and picked up Ezra as he was being chased by TIE Fighters. Zeb and Ezra were soon butting heads and when Ezra made fun of his smell, Zeb dragged him by the legs and threw him into a closet.
Zeb and the Rebels were able to escape their perusers and return to Lothal where they landed near Tarkintown, named after Grand Moff Tarkin and homed to farmers who lost their farmlands to the Empire. Zeb along with Sabine and Ezra delivered three of their stolen crates full of food to the people of Tarkintown and soon after returned to the ship on another mission, to rescue Wookiee prisoners. They arrived and docked with an Imperial Transport ship and the Rebels had Zeb pose as a hairless Wookiee. However the troopers didn't buy it, only because Zeb didn't give them a chance and took them out with a single punch against their heads. Unfortunately, Zeb and the Rebels had no idea they were walking into a trap until Ezra came to warn them. When Ezra got captured by Agent Kallus, Zeb regretfully abandoned him so they could escape, but not before telling Ezra he did good. His fellow Rebels were not pleased with him leaving Ezra behind and out of three votes, they returned to rescue him.
After rescuing Ezra, Zeb accompanied his fellow Rebels in rescuing the Wookiees on Kessel. At the point where they were cornered by the Imperials, it is here Zeb was aware of Kanan's Jedi identity. Zeb and the Rebels successfully rescued the Wookiees and after sending them on their way, returned Ezra home until he decided to join their crew.
Some of Zeb's past is revealed in "Droids in Distress" Where he and the Rebels were involved in stealing weaponry shipment for the Empire. Much to his horror, the shipment were crates loaded with T-7 Ion Disruptors: a series of weapons that were banned by the senate for they were capable of short circuiting a ship or a vehicle but to Zeb that was not the real reason why they were banned. According to Hera, Zeb feared those weapons because they were once used against his people when the Imperials cleared his home world. Few Lasats barely survived and none remained on Lasan.
Zeb soon found out it was Agent Kallus who was responsible for the usage of the disruptors against his people and engaged him in a vicious Bo-Rifle duel. He was overpowered and just as he was about to meet his end, he was saved by Ezra, who Force-pushed Kallus away from him.
Since Ezra joined their small Rebellion against the Empire, Zeb was forced to share his cabin with him and at the time of "Fighter Flight" he continued to treat him like an outcast and the two them often got into fights with each other. However, Zeb's relationship with Ezra improved overtime, and the two of them became close friends but still had their quarrels every once in a while, mostly caused by Chopper.
Ahsoka Tano sent Zeb and his friend to meet with an old friend on the desert world of Seelos, who might know where to find such bases. Upon arriving in the Seelos system, the Ghost was damaged. While Hera and Chopper stayed behind to repair the ship, Zeb and the other rebels descended into the planet in the Phantom. They met three old people, who turned out to be Clones Troopers named Rex, Wolfe, and Gregor. After a brief altercation, the rebels with the exception of Kanan began to trust the Clone who agreed to help them find a base in exchange for a small service: the helpers in the joopa hunt.
To his surprise, Zeb is the bait without being warned and is quickly swallowed by the joopa named Big Bongo. Luckily for him, his friends manage to kill the creature before it digests it. Gregor congratulates Zeb on his role, but Lasat is angry because he was nearly devoured, so Gregor let him know that he helped catch the biggest joopa, which calms Zeb.
Some time after their mission, The Ghost Crew will visit Nixus Hub 218, for a mission to find refugees. Much to Zeb's astonishment, the refugees are surviving lasats. After the rebels are defeated the stormtroopers, The Lasats are known as Chava the wise and Gron, recognize Zeb as the captain of the Lasan Honor Guard.
Zeb with Ezra, Chopper, and Sabine, infiltrate an imperial prison located on Naraka to rescue the pirate weequay, Hondo Ohnaka for the information he has. After releasing Hondo and his cellmate Terba, the rebels fled to the exit but were ambushed and Terba was killed trying to flee. They still managed to get by with Hondo and then returned to Atollon.
Zeb appears in Disney Infinity's third installment as a playable character.
- Zeb's character design was based off of Ralph McQuarrie's concept art for the Wookiee Chewbacca during the early development of the original Star Wars film.
- "Karabast" is a Lasat exclamation commonly used by Zeb during a moment of crisis.