Admiral Ackbar was the Commander of the entire Rebel Fleet. He is a Mon Calamari who is best known in historical records for his actions in the Battle of Endor, playing a key role in the destruction of the second Death Star.
Along with his heroism in the Battle of Endor, Ackbar led an excellent career in the rebellion. He is often overlooked as one of the minor players in the overall scene, but this is mostly due to a racist plot. The Mon Calamari are an intelligent species, yet are not a highly physical race. Thus, they are often bullied around (will be discussed further- see part about slavery), and as such have not recieved their due respect in history. Also, the human recounts of his actions are slanted, due to the widespread xenophobia on Earth.
Although the Rebellion respected Mon Calamari, they did not record the historical events alone. Over time Ackbar's contribution was still noted, yet without the great importance it once carried.
The Life of Ackbar
Ackbar was not a stranger to leadership when he started serving in the Rebellion. He played a role in the local government on his home world of Mon Calamari. When the Galactic Empire occupied and destroyed much of his planet, Ackbar was taken as a slave. He was given to Grand Moff Tarkin to be his personal servant.
Luckily, Ackbar was very astute and gathered as much information as possible while serving Tarkin. He gathered many military secrets, which would prove to be indispensable for the Rebellion.
During a Rebel ambush on Tarkin's transport, Ackbar was able to flee to the Rebellion. He returned to his people, and eventually led to them to join the Rebel Alliance.
Ackbar was a tremendous leader, and he oversaw the production of the B-wing, which helped him achieve the rank of Admiral. He then led the Rebel Fleet in the Battle of Endor, which is probably what he is best known for. But his service to the Rebellion did not end there! He played a role in the New Republic, and led many attacks on the dwindling Imperial forces.
In the following years, Ackbar would be mired in a scandalous plot conceived by Imperial Intelligence operatives. He withstood them, but not without losing some amount of credibility. After time, he took on an overlooking position to the younger admirals that were leading the fleets.
Admiral Ackbar in action:
An incomplete list of memorable Ackbar quotes:
"It's a trap!"
"Move the fleet away from the Death Star"
"May the force be with us"
"We saw it. All craft prepare to retreat."
"All craft, prepare to jump into hyperspace on my mark."
"The shield is down, commence attack on the Death Star's main reactor."
"We've got to give those fighters more time, concentrate all fire on that Super Star Destroyer"
"We have no choice General Calrissian! Our cruisers can't repel firepower of that magnitude!"