Many Star Wars fans were introduced to a major Force-sensitive character crossing over from the animated world of Star Wars content to live-action when Rosario Dawson played the role of former Jedi Ahsoka Tano in season 2 of The Mandalorian.
The appearance of Ahsoka in live-action was not the first crossover of a character who had previously only been seen in animated Star Wars shows (heck, Bo-Katan beat her to the punch), but it was a launching off point for other truly integral characters to make their way into the live-action part of the story universe.
Let’s remember the initial question we are here to answer — Is Ezra Bridger part of Star Wars canon?
The answer to that question is a simple yes, but where does he fit into the storyline that is part of canon?
Ezra was first introduced to Star Wars fandom in the animated series Star Wars Rebels which takes place before the events of Episode IV: A New Hope.
This series involved some exciting crossover with another animated series — The Clone Wars — to piece together very important events that unfolded between the start of the Clone Wars and the early rise of the Empire.
The first exposure fans have to Ezra Bridger is reminiscent of the story of Aladdin, and he’s even called a “street rat” in the show’s pilot. Just like Aladdin, Ezra is a young, lone survivor by any means necessary who happens upon his destiny seemingly by chance.
Over the course of the show, Ezra becomes one of the most powerful Jedi in all of Star Wars canon. In fact, it was Ezra’s story arc that inspired me to write about Star Wars in the first place (although like most of you, I love it all).
For fans that are being introduced to the animated series for the first time after watching Ahsoka in The Mandalorian, first of all, I envy you.
Second of all (spoiler alert), Ezra’s character is going to be crucial to the future of Star Wars canon and we know that because of the fact that in The Mandalorian, Ahsoka is looking for Grand Admiral Thrawn. Thrawn is another character for fans to become familiar with, but his story is directly tied to Ezra Bridger’s.
Ezra is absolutely part of Star Wars canon, and he’s one of the best characters in the entire story universe.