Admiral Gial Ackbar is a character in the Star Wars universe. A member of the amphibious Mon Calamari species, Gial was the foremost military commander of the Alliance Fleet who led major combat operations against the Galactic Empire and was later integral in the formation of the New Republic. Gial played a supporting role in the 1983 film Return of the Jedi and later became a prominent character in the novels, comic books and other media of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. He also played a minor role in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
With his distinctive salmon-colored skin, high-domed head and large fish-like eyes, Gial was realized in Return of the Jedi through the use of a half-body puppet and slip-on mask, depending on the camera angles used. He was portrayed in the film by puppeteer Timothy M. Rose, who asked to play the part after he was impressed with a sculpt of the puppet. Gial was voiced by Erik Bauersfeld, who made up the voice he believed matched the character after looking at a photo of Ackbar.
The Gial character has been received positively by critics and fans. The line "It's a trap!", which he says during a scene in Return of the Jedi, was one of the most popular lines from the Star Wars films and became a popular Internet meme.
Gial is very loyal and faithful to his cause. He is also intelligent, as he is highly strategic and tactical. He attributes a lot of wisdom, one of the qualities that makes him a good leader. He is also very brave.
Powers and Abilities
- Aquatic: Like many of his kind, Gial can breathe underwater.
- Expert Swimmer: Gial is an extremely skilled swimmer.
- Expert Marksman: As the former captain of the Cal Knights, Gial is extremely skilled in utitlizing blaster rifles.
- High-Level Intellect/Expert Tactician/Leader: Gial is highly intelligent. As the former captain of the Cal Knights, Gial is an extremely skilled tactician and a capable leader.