Everything We Know About The Last Jedi’s New Characters So Far

Author Thumbnail Jon Arvedon December 06, 2017 10:05 AM

#5- The Elite Praetorian Guard

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While they’re not a “character” in the traditional sense, the members of the Elite Praetorian Guard have appeared quite heavily in The Last Jedi’s recent marketing material. That – along with their eye-catching look – seems like reason enough to earn them a spot on this list.

Inspired by the real-life Praetorian Guard, whose members served as personal bodyguards to the Roman emperors, the Elite Praetorian Guard is a group of eight human warriors responsible for protecting Supreme Leader Snoke. Aesthetically, they take after Emperor Palpatine’s Royal Guard in the sense that they also wear crimson red armor and robes. However, unlike their statuesque predecessors, the Elite Praetorian Guard is more formidable than formal. Trained in martial arts and equipped with high-tech melee weapons, expect to see Snoke’s bodyguards get their hands dirty.

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