The Playlist: Captain Tarpals

Here's an essential watchlist for one bombad Gungan.

For Star Wars fans who want a better understanding of various topics, there can be a lot of material to wade through. In The Playlist, we’ll curate select installments of Star Wars that will give you that greater understanding of a specific topic. Consider it your own Jedi Archives — or cheat sheet for your Jedi midterms.

Roos Tarpals was a Gungan that played a small but vital part in the greater galactic conflict that led to the Clone Wars and then an even larger part in the shape of the Clone Wars. Though he’s a minor character, he took part in events that shook the galaxy and is worthy of recognition here.

This playlist will take you through every documented instance in the life of Roos Tarpals on his journey to general.


1. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace – This is the first time we see Tarpals in action and where we see how far he’s able to go. He begins this film as a patrol guard in the underwater city of Otoh Gunga and as a bully to Jar Jar Binks, who ends up as his commanding officer in the Battle of Naboo. It goes to show that you need to be nice to everyone, no matter how much you might not like them.

2. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (“Gungan Attack,” Season 4, Episode 2) – When the Republic has no where else to turn for an army that is able to fight under water to save the Mon Calamari, they go to General Tarpals and the Gungans. This episode features a tense fight and was a turning point in the Clone War. Gungan intervention at the behest of Master Yoda was the saving grace of the Mon Cal people and Ackbar himself.

3. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (“Shadow Warrior,” Season 4, Episode 4) – We talked about this episode a bit in my other column (you can read that here), but this is the episode that documents the end of General Tarpals, locked in mortal combat with General Grievous of the Separatist army. This episode marks another turning point in the war, but also highlighted the difficult political situation on Naboo.


Hopefully, this playlist will give you a much better understanding and a greater respect for a Gungan that went above and beyond the call of duty to serve his people. He changed his bullying ways and sacrificed everything so that his homeworld of Naboo, and the rest of the galaxy, could be a safer place.

Bryan Young is an author, a filmmakerjournalist, and the editor in chief of! He’s also the co-host of the Star Wars podcast, Full of SithFollow him on Twitter @swankmotron.

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