Space Married. Clyde, the Fifth Brother. Ezra, the Blueberry.
Fans tend to create very interesting nicknames and labels for characters in Star Wars Rebels. Some catch on faster than others, like space married, a term that’s often used to describe Hera and Kanan’s relationship. There’s also space family when referring to the Ghost crew as well as space mom (Hera) and space dad (Kanan).
Others make you scratch your head, like the name Clyde that Tumblr users assigned to the Fifth Brother. According to TV Tropes, the name came as a result of the Grand Inquisitor being called Inky for short. Both Inky and Clyde are the names of two of the Pac-Man ghosts (the other two are Blinky and Pinky). Although not as popular, the Seventh Sister has been called Bonnie, as a reference to Bonnie and Clyde. She was also known as Femquizzy by other fans, while the Grand Inquisitor was also nicknamed Quizzy.
The nickname that I use the most when referring to Ezra is Blueberry, but what is the origin of Ezra’s adorable fan name?
Like the others, the nickname originated from Tumblr, specifically on January 28, 2015, when creamsiclesdontaskquestions wrote the tag, “My little teetering on the dark side blueberry.”
I first saw the term being used in a post dated February 3, 2015, by Tumblr user flowers-for-the-devil (now known as flowers-for-the-sith). When discussing the origin of the blueberry nickname back in February 2015, flowers-for-the-sith originally wrote, “I believe I picked up the term from creamsiclesdontaskquestions…but yeah, I kind of adopted it.”
And so did the rest of the fan community!
The nickname also suited him because of his blue-ish hair and blue eyes. Additionally, fans made note of his height and how he was smaller compared to the others. As a result, the “tiny blueberry” or Padawan Blueberry had to be protected at all costs and things like “Protect the Blueberry” and “Blueberry Protection Squad” came about soon after.
Finally, ever since his brush with the dark side in season one and his recent dive into the Sith holocron, fans have taken to call Ezra the Blackberry. TWG contributor and artist Elisa Ardell even drew the image of a blueberry in the shadows of a blackberry to represent Ezra’s exposure to the dark side!
So if anyone ever asks why Ezra is called a blueberry, you can now give them a fully informed answer. Do you have any favorite nicknames for the Ghost crew? Share them in the comments below.