Obi-Wan’s Inquisitor Name Breaks A Star Wars Villain Rule
Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Disney+ show features an inquisitive villain by the name of Reva, but its title breaks an established Star Wars tradition.
Made Obi Wan Kenobithe new villain breaks a star wars naming rule? After The Mandalorian and Boba Fett’s BookDisney+’s next live-action star wars the stay goes through Obi Wan Kenobi, and the highly anticipated return of Ewan McGregor. Settled several years later Revenge of the Sith When Luke Skywalker is a young child living with his aunt and uncle on Tatooine, Obi-Wan finds himself escaping the Empire’s fearsome Inquisitors. Wielding lightsabers and some degree of dark side Force powers, these villains are sent to hunt down any Jedi who survived Order 66. As you can imagine, General Kenobi ranks quite high on their result list.
Obi Wan Kenobi features two inquisitors more prominently than the others. First you have the Grand Inquisitor, introduced by star wars rebels. Occupying the highest rank of his order, the Grand Inquisitor reports directly to Darth Vader himself, who will also appear in Obi Wan Kenobi, played by Hayden Christensen. Our second Inquisitor featured in Obi Wan Kenobi is brand new to the franchise. Played by Moses Ingram (Jolene of The Queen’s Bet), Reva is shown in the Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer chasing Ewan McGregor through Tatooine and Daiyu – star wars‘ new dance club paradise planet.
Although Reva is undoubtedly an Inquisitor in Obi Wan Kenobi, his name stands out. After the Grand Inquisitor, the order is named “Brother” or “Sister”. For example, “Seventh Brother”, “Second Sister”, etc. Some of these characters can actually be spotted in the Obi Wan Kenobi trailer, notably the fifth brother, who leads a team of Stormtroopers on Daiyu. It is very unusual for an Inquisitor of the Empire to be appointed by a real name like “Reva”, which breaks with established franchise rules. According to official sources, Reva is actually the third sister.
From a behind-the-scenes perspective, it makes sense to give Moses Ingram’s inquisitor a proper name, rather than using his “third sister” moniker. Deviating from the usual naming scheme signifies her narrative importance and elevates Reva above your standard Inquisitor, adding a more intense aura of menace to this rookie character. In-universe, however, why isn’t Reva called Third Sister in Obi Wan Kenobi? Perhaps the Disney+ series will start revealing more Inquisitors’ real names, fleshing out their stories and personalities, and Reva is just the tip of that iceberg. Alas, it would defeat the Empire’s purpose of using “Brother” and “Sister” to strip the old identities of their Inquisitors – an important step, as many are former Jedi.
Perhaps then Reva is a special case. If the Third Sister had done so well in hunting and capturing Jedi, the Grand Inquisitor or Darth Vader might have decreed that she could use her real name again – a sign of respect for her loyal efforts. Reva would then rank somewhere between the Grand Inquisitor and the other Inquisitors, and that makes sense, considering the character is described as “ruthlessly ambitious.” Reva rising above the remit of a regular Inquisitor perfectly explains why she’s so desperate to catch Obi-Wan Kenobi too. The Empire shows its faith by restoring its name, and it wants to return the favor by delivering Obi-Wan’s bearded head.
Heading into fan theory territory, there’s a remote possibility (but a possibility nonetheless) that “Reva” is another given title… related to Darth Revan. Did Reva choose her new name in homage to this legendary Sith? Whatever the explanation Obi Wan Kenobi comes with, calling Moses Ingram’s villain “Reva” rather than “Third Sister” needs some explanation. star wars rebels firmly established that the order of Inquisitors of the Empire uses “Brother” and “Sister”, and star wars cannot ignore why Reva is an exception to this rule.
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