Originally introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Trace and Rafa Martez return in Star Wars: The Bad Batch to pass along much-needed lessons to Clone Force 99 and young Omega. The “Space Latinas,” as fans have coined the pair, help the Bad Batch understand how there are consequences to their actions and how choosing sides will be inevitable as people around the galaxy start standing up against the Empire.
Trace and Rafa are the latest characters to show up in the series. Rhea Perlman made her Bad Batch debut in “Rampage” as Cid, Ming-Na Wen returned to portray The Mandalorian character Fennec Shand, and Freddie Prinze Jr. reprised his role as young Caleb Dume in the series premiere.
Given the strong lineup of characters meeting and interacting with Clone Force 99, it makes us wonder who else The Bad Batch creators have in store for us. We have a few theories, like Dryden Vos and a few other notable clone troopers, but only time will tell.
For now, let’s take a closer look at Trace and Rafa and the talented voice actors who play them in The Bad Batch episode “Decommissioned.”
The voice actors of the Martez sisters in The Bad Batch
Trace, the youngest Martez sister, comes off as incredibly kind and intelligent, especially when she needs to get herself and her sister out of a sticky situation. We have to thank Brigitte Kali (Fear the Walking Dead) for Trace’s sweet-natured voice.
“Feeling such immense gratitude!” Kali wrote about her character’s latest appearance on Instagram. “You may have caught her in Clone Wars S7 but now she’s back in The Bad Batch! I still can’t get over how wonderful this series is.”
She also thanked The Bad Batch creator, Dave Filoni, and Disney Plus “for letting us Latina girls (and all girls for that matter) feel SEEN!”
Unlike her little sister, Rafa Martez is rougher around the edges and has a more blunt approach in life. She also has no problem being extremely cheeky to those who get in her way, and Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange is the New Black, Fear the Walking Dead) captures that side of Rafa perfectly.
Back when Rodriguez’s character debuted in The Clone Wars, she briefly shared her joy and experience on Instagram: “I had so much fun doing this, everyone was so generous. I play Rafa Martez (the one on the left with the cool hair and snarl) so so thrilled and beyond honored to be a part of the @starwars family.”
Besides The Clone Wars and The Bad Batch, Kali and Rodriguez were also in Fear the Walking Dead, but they missed each other by a few years.
As for what comes next for the Martez sisters, we don’t know what the future holds for them, but we do know they’re on the right side of the civil war brewing on the horizon.
Stream the next episode of The Bad Batch exclusively on Disney Plus.