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Appearances: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Defining moment: Killing Jango Fett/Being killed by Emperor Palpatine and Anakin Skywalker
Born from the jungles of Haruun Kal, Mace Windu burst onto the scene during the second Star Wars trilogy and quickly became a Jedi favorite among fans (me included). With a purple blade and bald head, Samuel L. Jackson brought brought attitude and a fierce demeanor bringing the character of Mace Windu to life.
A student of the Vaapad Jedi-style, Windu was known for his fearlessness in battle and his skills with a lightsaber. As a member of the Jedi Council, he helped lead the Jedi during the Clone Wars, preferring the battlefield to the political games that were played during that time. As a Master, Mace trained Depa Billaba who later became a member of the Jedi Council herself, before her mission to Haruun Kal led her down the path of darkness. Shatterpoint, a Mace Windu-focused book that breaks down the Depa-Haruun Kal story, brings the reader behind the scenes and into the minds of Windu as he grapples with his role as a Jedi in Clone Wars.
Despite his unceremonious death at the end of Episode III, Mace Windu stands out as one of the shining lights from the second Star Wars trilogy. His life on the pages of both books and comics, alike, has continued to enhance his breadth and depth as a character int he Star Wars universe.
Mace’s no-frills style may have caused him enemies during his Jedi career, but it makes for a noble hero that fans can rally behind and look up to.