The 25 most influential Star Wars characters

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STAR WARS REBELS – “Trials of the Darksaber” – To help recruit her people to join the rebels, Sabine reluctantly agrees to learn to wield an ancient Mandalorian weapon but finds the challenge more difficult than expected. This episode of “Star Wars Rebels” airs Saturday, January 21 (8:30 – 9:00 P.M. EST) on Disney XD. (Lucasfilm)SABINE, KANAN /

23. Kanan Jarrus

If you haven’t watched all four seasons of Star Wars Rebels just yet, here’s a spoiler warning for you: when we meet Kanan, he’s one of the few Jedi left. After he comes across the character of Ezra, he comprehends the power the kid is harnessing and decides to teach him. It’s not an easy task, but Kanan never gives up.

Throughout Star Wars Rebels, we see Kanan grow. Not only does he lose his vision, but he suffers intense loss; everyone in the Ghost Squadron does. Losing his vision isolates him at first, but with the help of Hera Syndulla and the rest of the gang, he’s able to push through and harness his powers more effectively.

While he’s not the last Jedi, Kanan knows the importance of keeping the Jedi traditions alive. He passes that along to Ezra, and even though Ezra can be unconventional at times, he learns what it means to be a Jedi. Ahsoka helps, too, but it’s Kanan who has the biggest impact. He sacrifices himself to give Hera, Ezra and the rest of the squad a fighting chance. There’s honor in that.

In addition to following Kanan’s story in Star Wars Rebels, I recommend checking out the comic book series Star Wars: Kanan, released by Marvel. It’s only 12 issues, but they fit a good amount of story into them.