I measure my greatness based on the greatness of my enemies
—Kirai's description on his code
Kirai Skirata (Born Kaza Bridger) is a young 18 year old human male force-sentive mercenary, bounty hunter native to Lothal, but adopted by the Mandalorians of Clan Skirata since he was an infant. He is also the first son of Mira and Ephraim Bridger, the older brother of Ezra Bridger as well as the adopted son of Mandalorian Warrior Nira Skirata and former Jedi Knight Kei Tetaj and the foster brother of former Inquisitor turned Rogue force user Kaula Ordo. He is also the newest crew member of the Ghost and replaces Ezra (whom was later revealed to his brother) as the main protagonist durring the fourth season of Star Wars: Rebels .
Born during the start of the Clone Wars on his birthplace of Lothal, an Infant Kaza was kidnapped and taken from his parents as an Infant by a group of a radical militants who Rebelled against Lothal's government to add the child into their army once he grows up. While his parents went looking for him, they asked the help from a local Jedi to find their son, only to find the ship destroyed by pirates. He was then pronounced dead, when in reality one of the militants somehow manged to escape with the child and plan to sell him for slavery as a way of compensating for his loss. However things when former Jedi Knight Kei Tetaj tried to commander the ship, only to find the baby and felt a bit of sympathy for the child that killed the militant and he took the child in as his son.
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Kirai is a young man in his late teens and has albino like features (contrasting to his parent's dark haired and olive skinned complexion), such as pale skin, pink-red eyes and white hair (he mostly resembles Nero from Devi May Cry 4), he also has large burned scar on his neck and has stitches on his face, giving him a zombie/ghoul like appearance. He wears a full set of the skull shaped Mandalorian Executioner armor painted red with actual blood (minus the skull shaped part on the helmet, which instead has bloody finger markings vertical to the right side of the shape) with the mark of the Neo-Crusaders painted on the left chest plate with his right shoulder pad bearing the insignia of Clan Skirata and his left bearing the trational Mandalorian Mythosaur skull symbol as well as 3 tailed white colored dreadlock like pieces on the the back of his helmet. He also carries 3 skulls (soon revealed to the skulls of dead inquisitors he killed) on his ammo belt. He also wears a black scarf across his neck.
Personality and Traits Edit
Much like most mandalorians , Kirai is a proud, ruthless, merciless, aggressive, battle hungry individual, but is a mentally unstable, fanatical, violent, rude, predatorial, aloof, anti-social, sadistic, snarky, murderous, foul-mouthed, hot-headed, psychotic, rebellious, undiplomatic, trigger happy and short-tempered. While most Mandalorians enjoy the thrill of battle, Kirai enjoys it the most as he kills for sport and pleasure like that of a cold-blooded hunter (much to the dismay of his fellow team mates that they question his morality and sanity), making him the most violent member of the Ghost Crew. This was due to his prolonged exposure to war (etc, Shell Shocked). Despite these negative qualities, he still retains his Mandalorian honor, prefers to fight to fair in single combat, gives his opponents a chance to defend themselves, doesn't believe on preying on the weak and he also greatly respects and admires brave and strong-willed individuals who stood up the Empire. He is also known for his relentlessness as he never backs down from fight and would rather die in combat than accept defeat in surrender. Unlike most Mandalorians, he greatly respects, admires and idolizes the Jedi, considering them to excellent warriors. He also enjoys using his adopted father's lightsaber and doesn't hesitate to use it. He also expresses a burning and uncontrollable hatred for the Empire (especially the Inquisitors, whom he considered to be his favorite prey) as they had killed his adopted parents and kidnapped his step sister Kaula, which caused him to join the Nite Owls to get revenge on the Empire. While he respects his fellow Mandalorians, he harbors outright animosity and hatred for Mandalorians who sided with the Empire, bitterly considering them to be " self-subjected traitors" and "spoiled brats shieded from the horrors of life". He also held a strong disgust and grudge against the Death Watch, considering them to be hypocritical, self-serving and dishonorable cowards to be considered Mandalorians, which led to him to attempt kill their new leader Dakla Vizsla with his foster-father's old lightsaber in a fit of rage, only to fail. Durring his time with the ghost crew, he is often known to butt heads with Kanan when comes to authority and orders. He also greatly despises Chopper due to his antics that he was more than willing to shot him out of an airlock or blast him into scrap metal. He also harbors a strong dislike for Sabine (whom he often calls Dar'manda), due to not being as "in touch" with her heritage as the rest of her kin, her history with the Mandalorian terrorist group Deathwatch as all as her being a former student in the Imperial Academy. He also surprisingly became fast friends with Ezra (due to bravery as well as understanding what's like to lose parents) and Zeb (due to being a part of two warrior cultures). He also has a crush on the Ghost's pilot Hera (much to Kanan's annoyance and disgust).
Ezra Bridger Edit
Kirai first met Ezra when he "volunteered" to claim the Empire's bounty on his head, when in actuality he used it as a way to get closer to the young Jedi in Training as Kirai heard Ezra's speech on Lothal while he was prison and was moved by it. After saving his life from the other bounty hunters, Ezra looked up to Kirai and overtime became like a role-model to him. Kirai ironically felt the same way about Ezra and respectfully envied him that he swore absolute loyalty to the young Force user to the point he considered him a brother (when ironically he was soon revealed to be his biological brother). When Kirai was discovered to be a force senstive, Ezra volunteered to train him in the ways of the force, while in return Kirai trained Ezra by tutoring him in the Mandalorian's Warrior culture and fighting style. Despite being 3 years older, Ezra is actually the wiser and more mature voice of reason towards his more warlike and uneven tempered companion, serving as a younger mentor to him. The two treat each other like equals and would look out for one another. It was eventually revealed that was Kirai was Ezra's lost brother.
Sabine Wren Edit
Kirai treats Sabines with nothing, but disdain, and disgust due to her not following her Mandalorian heritage, causing him to frequently call her "Dar'manda" (which means unfaithful in Mando'a). His dislike also sterns from the fact her mother was a member of the Infamous Mandalorian terrorist group Deathwatch (whom Kirai despises with a passion) as well as her being a former student in Imperial Academy, causing him to rudely call her an Imperial Lapdog (which Sabine finds extremely offensive). He also shows little to no respect for Sabine's love of art, often crudely mocking it and believing she should train how to fight instead of painting. The two would often bicker as well as question each other's codes with Kirai considering her to be a "spoiled Imperial Academy Brat" and a naive dreamer, while Sabine views hims as a cold-blooded killer and a raving psychopath.
Garazeb "Zeb" Orrelios Edit
Kirai greatly respects Zeb and considers him his closest friend along with Ezra. The two come from two warrior cultures, thereby making them relate to each other a lot easily. Despite Zeb's protests on Kirai's mental state, the Lasat actually likes and admires the Mandalorian. Despite their friendship, Zeb would playfully tease Kirai sometimes, only to get an aggressive response. Kirai takes Zeb's role as the team's grump, due to being more violent and aggressive than Zeb for which the Lasat humorously remarks "And they say I'm the grouchy one."
Vito the Hutt Edit
Vito was Kirai's former boss, whom the young Bounty Hunter is in dept to. Kirai shows little respect for Vito, this is mostly due to the young Mandalorian's rebellious streak and disregard for authority.
Kal Skirata Edit
The leader of Clan Skirata, Kirai looks up to him as both a mentor and a father figure.
Fenn Rau Edit
Despite Kirai's distaste for Mandalorians who sided with the Empire and his questioning towards the Mandalorian Protectors's alliance with the Empire, he holds nothing but respect for Fenn Rau due to him being an honorable man. While Rau feels bitter towards Kirai for killing his son durring a battle on Ordo, he doesn't hold a grudge and actually understands the young warrior's motivation were fueled by his prolonged exposure to war and loss, even feeling sympathy for the death of his parents as he believes Kirai's reckless actions and behavior throughout the battles he fought on Ordo were also due to being the young mandalorian's youthful lack of life experience, therefore making him less likely to understand the horrors of war.
Tal-Tor Bars Edit
A Gungan bounty hunter who was Kirai's partner and friend until he cowardly ran away, stole his ship and left him to die. When Tal-Tor discovered Kirai was alive while hidding in the ghost, the mandalorian knew he was there and grabbed him by the ears. While Tal-Tor tried to play it friendly with Kirai by expressing joy he survived, but was only welcomed with extreme hostility as Kirai's response was "Well if it ain't my little buddy Tal-Tor, I'm going to kill you now", leaving Tal-Tor to beg for his life. Eventually Kirai decided to spare Tal-Tor and the two laughed with eachother, only for Kirai to aggressively throw him in an escape pod and said "Goodbye Tal-Tor".
Dakla holds a lustful attraction twords Kirai and attempted to seduce him into becaming her mate and equel in her command of Death Watch. Due to Kirai's hatred for Clan Vizsla and the Death Watch, he intilally declined. However after Dakla bought up his murder of the personal on the Village on Planet Ordo, she to lied to Kirai that she would've shown mercy if the people were'nt willing to be trained in the trational Mandalorian ways. After hearing this, Kirai eventaully re-considered his views and agreed to re-join Death Watch. Despite this, Kirai was conflicted by this decision as he developed a strong attachment to the Ghost Crew and remained loyal to Clan Ordo despite his exile. This caused him to betray Dakla and kill her soldiers to buy time for the Rebels to escape after being ordered to execute them.
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- Star Wars: Rebels Season 4
- Kirai: Knight of Mandalore
- He is voiced by Quinton Flynn, whom was best known for voicing Raiden in the Metal Gear series, Croix in La Pucelle: Tactics, Axel in the Kingdom Hearts series, Reno in Final Fantasy VII and its sequels and prequels, Myifee in Ninety-Nine Nights, and as Henry in No More Heroes. He is also voiced by Spike Spencer (who also voiced Shinji Ikari from the Evangelion series) as a child.
- Some of his dialogue is in Mando'a.
- His personality is similar to Wolverine from the Marvel Universe, Raphael from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, Revy from the anime Black Lagoon and Mugen from the anime series Samurai Champloo.
- "Kirai" means Hate in Japanese, reflecting his violent, savage, vengeful and aggressive attitude.
- Kirai's mental instability sterns from the trauma he endured after watching his parents being slaughtered by an Imperial Inquisitor as well as being facially scared in the face by a terrible rock slide that also caused a brain injury (making the trauma even worse) on when a large rock hit his head. These factors are what made him into the person he is today.
- He is also one of the few characters to "swear", however they are said in Mando'a.
- Kirai is also a heavy drinker.
- Kirai is one of the few characters to actually swear as well as showcase offensive and crude behavior to others.
- His rebellious relationship with Kanan is similar to Cyclops and Wolverine's relationship from the X-Men comics as well as Leonardo and Raphael's relationship from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as it involves a rivalry between an authority figure arguing with a rebellious teammate. He often bickers and fights with Kanan when it comes to authority and their codes (it also doesn't help when it's also over Hera).
- His step-father's lightsaber color is green, which also has a reeving feature that charges the saber to make it do more damage.
- Unlike Kanan, Kirai never hesitates to use his lightsaber, let alone hide it. While holds his step-father's lightsaber to pay homage to her, he treats it more like a toy just as much as an heirloom. This is best seen where Kirai often has a habit of "sharping" it during his spare time (similar to how a soldier sharpens his knife). This causes a bit of tension between him and Kanan, especially when Kirai lectures him about it's usage.
- Despite Kirai's frequent usage of his lightsaber and being an adept fighter, he uses a highly unorthodox and sloppy, yet effective fighting style while wielding it. This is due to his unfinished training while he was being tutored by his foster father before his death, as a way of compensating for this, he created his own lightsaber style, which was a combonation of his Mandalorian Vibroblade training for offensive attacks and using his armor for the defensive. Despite it's effectiveness, Kirai's fighting style was frowned upon by any surviving Jedi he came across due to it's unorthodox tactics.
- He is considered to be a cross between Boba Fett, Han Solo and a Pre-Vader Anakin Skywalker.
- Due to his Mandalorian pride, stitched up face and Albinism, he rarely removes his helmet and his face is occasionally shown, making him somewhat of a faceless protagonist in constrast with Ezra and Sabine's faces being frequently shown despite regularly wearing helmets themselves.
- His trademark skull shaped helmet is inspired by Ghost from the Call of Duty series and Emile A239 from Halo: Reach (both of whom also had their faces rarely shown).