|Star Wars character|
Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu.
|Portrayed by||Samuel L. Jackson (Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (film))
Terrence C. Carson (Star Wars: Clone Wars, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TV series), Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: Battlefront II, Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron, Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes and Kinect Star Wars)
Kevin Michael Richardson (Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles, Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter)
Adrian Holmes (Lego: The Yoda Chronicles)
|Position||Jedi Master, Jedi Council Member, High Jedi General, Master of the Order|
|Affiliation||Jedi Order, Galactic Republic|
Mace Windu is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by actor Samuel L. Jackson in the prequel films and voiced by voice-actor Terrence C. Carson for assorted projects. A Jedi Master of the High Council and one of the last members of the order's upper echelons before the Galactic Republic's fall, he is the Council's primary liaison but the Clone Wars caused him to question his firmest held beliefs.
- 1 Character conception and overview
- 2 Appearances
- 3 Star Wars Transformers
- 4 Reception
- 5 Further reading
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Character conception and overview
Mace Windu is one of the earliest named and created characters in Star Wars history, being the narrator of the original 1973 Star Wars drafts. Through the process of redrafting and copyediting, his character was removed from the original trilogy (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi) but was reintroduced in 1994 when series creator George Lucas began writing the prequel trilogy.
The search for an actor to play the character ended when Samuel L. Jackson expressed his desire to be in the prequel films. Lucas then offered him the role which Jackson accepted and thus signed on but with certain stipulations on his character's portrayal. Aware that the prequel trilogy's climax would eventually call for Windu's death, one of the conditions was that his character die in a spectacular fashion, rather than being killed off ingloriously "like some punk".
Also according to an interview on the Late Show with David Letterman on May 13, 2005, the character's purple lightsaber was a personal request from Jackson to Lucas as a quid pro quo for appearing in the films, as well as a way of making the character unique and easily distinguishable. Jackson, an avid Star Wars fan, especially wanted his own color so that his character could be easily spotted and recognizable amid all of the other Jedi. This decision on Windu's lightsaber color may well have changed the idea of what a Jedi lightsaber should look like with regard to its color.
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Introduced in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Mace Windu appears as the Master of the Jedi Order. He is present when Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn brings Anakin Skywalker before the Jedi Council, claiming that the young slave is the "Chosen One" who Jedi prophecy foretells will bring balance to the Force. Mace shares the Council's concerns that the boy exhibits a great deal of fear and agrees with the body's unanimous decision to deny Qui-Gon permission to train him as a Jedi. But following Qui-Gon's death at the hands of Sith Lord Darth Maul, the Council reconsiders and allows Obi-Wan Kenobi to train Anakin instead. Mace is present at Qui-Gon's funeral at which time he confirms with Yoda that Qui-Gon's killer was undoubtedly a Sith but they were not sure if this was the master or just the apprentice.
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
In his second film appearance in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (set a decade later), Mace Windu has ceased to function as the premier Master of the Jedi and has reverted to his former position as a prominent member of the Order's ruling council. He watches with growing concern as Anakin Skywalker begins to rebel against Obi-Wan Kenobi's tutelage. Mace later tries to help the Jedi defeat the growing threat presented by the Separatists led by Sith Lord Count Dooku (Darth Tyranus). In the film's climactic scene, he leads a large group of Jedi in a battle against Dooku's droid army. In this battle, Mace kills bounty hunter Jango Fett, the template for an army of clone troopers, during the Clone Wars' opening salvo.
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
In his third film appearance in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (set three years later), Mace Windu has fought in the Clone Wars for three years and has come to distrust Supreme Chancellor Palpatine.
When Palpatine appoints Anakin Skywalker as his personal representative on the Jedi Council, Windu fears that the move is designed to give Palpatine a vote in Jedi affairs and casts a key vote in denying Anakin the full rank of Jedi Master, later confiding to Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda that he does not trust Anakin.
After Obi-Wan kills General Grievous, Anakin tells Windu that Palpatine is Darth Sidious, the Sith Lord that masterminded the war. Windu and Jedi Masters Kit Fisto, Agen Kolar, and Saesee Tiin confront Palpatine, but the Dark Lord actually expected this. Resisting arrest, Sidious brandishes a lightsaber and launches himself at the Jedi, killing all three of Mace's companions and engaging the Jedi Master in a lightsaber duel. Windu gains the upper hand in winning the lightsaber part of the entire duel and disarms Sidious but the Sith Lord fires Force lightning at him; Windu blocks the lightning with his lightsaber and directs it back at Sidious, scarring the Sith Lord's face. Anakin then arrives and Palpatine begs for help, stating that only he can save Anakin's wife. Anakin pleads with Mace not to kill the Supreme Chancellor and that he should stand trial before the Senate. Windu replies that Palpatine controls both the Senate and the courts, and is too dangerous to be kept alive. As Windu prepares to strike, Anakin intervenes and severs Windu's lightsaber hand. Sidious then casts off his illusion of weakness, and hits Windu with another torrent of lightning, sending Windu plunging out of the chamber window to his death.
Star Wars: Clone Wars
In Cartoon Network's Star Wars: Clone Wars animated micro-series (set after Attack of the Clones), Mace Windu appears as a supporting character. In episodes 12 and 13 of volume one, he is shown defending the grasslands planet Dantooine against a large hovering "fortress", and over the course, he loses his lightsaber, forcing him to instead use a lethal form of unarmed combat powered by the Force. In episode 25 (the final episode), he and fellow Jedi Master Yoda help defend the planet Coruscant from an attack by General Grievous. In the midst of the battle, he realizes that the attack is a ruse to distract the Jedi from Grievous's true objective: to kidnap Palpatine. Despite being too late to save the Supreme Chancellor, the Jedi Master uses the Force to crush Grievous's chest, inflicting upon the cyborg general a wheezing, asthmatic cough, setting the stage of Revenge of the Sith.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Mace Windu appears extensively in the Star Wars "Expanded Universe" of novels and comic books.
Mace is the central character of Matthew Stover's novel Shatterpoint, in which he is called to his home planet of Haruun Kal to defeat his former apprentice Depa Billaba that has turned to the dark side of the Force. The novel establishes that Windu has the unique talent of seeing "shatterpoints", or faultlines in the Force that could affect the destinies of certain individuals, and indeed the galaxy itself. It also explains that Windu is the creator and sole master of a style of lightsaber combat called Vaapad (Form VII), in which the combatant skirts dangerously close to the dark side — without giving into it — by actually enjoying the fight and the thrill of victory. All others who attempted to master the form either gave in to the dark side or were unable to properly master the technique. Stover also referenced these abilities in his Revenge of the Sith novelization. It was said that without his unique style only Yoda and Dooku could match him. However, with the use of Vaapad he was the greatest swordsman of his time, able to defeat Darth Sidious in lightsaber combat which even Yoda could not achieve. He was also able to overwhelm Dooku in lightsaber combat during the battle of Boz Pity which took place between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
Besides Shatterpoint, Mace has appeared in other Expanded Universe novels, such as Cloak of Deception, Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, Rogue Planet, Outbound Flight, The Cestus Deception, Jedi Trial, Yoda: Dark Rendezvous and Labyrinth of Evil.
Star Wars Transformers
A Mace Windu action figure was added to the Star Wars Transformers toy line in 2006. It was a remold of the toy first used for Obi-Wan Kenobi, he becomes an Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptor starfighter with Astromech droid R4-M6.
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