17. Ezra Bridger
Ezra Bridger wasn’t remotely sure of what he was capable of when he was first approached by the crew of the Ghost. With the help of Kanan Jarrus, he was able to see his potential and capitalize on learning from one of the last remaining Jedi.
Throughout Star Wars Rebels, you can see the resolve that Ezra has. Darth Maul tempts him to join the dark side with the Holocrons and he’s able to resist. “In the Name of the Rebellion” is technically listed as two episodes, but it serves as one story. In it, we see Ezra take on a slew of stormtroopers and when he sees the prisoners, we can tell that what he’s fighting for is really sinking in with him. He’s making a choice to do the right thing and it makes him a better fighter.
The big series finale shows Ezra holding his own against Thrawn (even if he does have a little help), which isn’t an easy thing to do. Thrawn is one of the most calculated strategists in the galaxy. He always seems a few steps ahead of everyone, yet Ezra continues to escape his grasp time and time again. He poses a problem for Thrawn, but unfortunately, we have yet to see how the Rebels finale plays out. I hope Dave Filoni has something in mind for that eventually.
Where we leave off with Ezra is shortly after his Master’s death. While Ezra is an adept fighter, there’s still a lot for him to learn. He could still be impulsive and maybe doesn’t take too well to orders, but he vastly improved with Kanan’s help and he’ll have a lasting impact on Ezra.