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Mace Windu
Star Wars character
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Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu.
First appearance The Phantom Menace (1999)
Last appearance The Clone Wars: Legacy
– "Dark Disciple" (2016, novel)
Created by George Lucas
Portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson
Voiced by Terrence C. Carson (most media)
Samuel L. Jackson (The Clone Wars)
Kevin Michael Richardson (Jedi Power Battles, Obi-Wan and Jedi Starfighter)
Donald Glover (Robot Chicken)
Adrian Holmes (The Yoda Chronicles and Droid Tales)
Information
Gender Male
Occupation Jedi Master, Jedi Council Member, High Jedi General, Master of the High Council
Affiliation Galactic Republic
Homeworld Haruun Kal

Mace Windu is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise, portrayed by actor Samuel L. Jackson in the prequel films and voiced by voice-actor Terrence C. Carson in other projects. He appears as Master of the Jedi 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, although the Clone Wars caused him to question his most firmly held beliefs.[1]

Character conception and overview[edit]

Several early incarnations of the character have been developed in the original Star Wars drafts as the narrator,[2] Princess Leia's brother and Luke Skywalker's friend.[3] Through the process of redrafting and copyediting, his character was removed from the original trilogy (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi) but was reintroduced in 1994 when series creator George Lucas began writing the prequel trilogy.

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.[4]

As the prequel trilogy would call for Windu's death, one of Jackson's conditions for portraying the character was that Windu be given a spectacular death scene rather than be killed off ingloriously.

Appearances[edit]

Film[edit]

Introduced in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Windu appears as the Master of the Jedi High Council.[1] The maverick Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn comes before the Council and offers to train Anakin Skywalker, believing that the boy is the Chosen One of Jedi prophecy, but Windu and the other Council members refuse, deeming Anakin too old and dangerously full of fear and anger. After the corrupt Trade Federation is defeated and Obi-Wan Kenobi apparently slays Darth Maul, who also kills Qui-Gon Jinn, Windu realizes that the Sith have returned, and he and the Council reluctantly allow Obi-Wan to train Anakin in Qui-Gon's stead.[5]

In Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Windu initially refuses to believe that the assassination attempt on Padme Amidala on Coruscant was authorized by former Jedi master Count Dooku. Having learned of Obi-Wan's whereabouts on Geonosis, Windu arrives to save Obi-Wan, Padme and Anakin from their death sentence in the stadium and kills the bounty hunter Jango Fett. With his fellow Jedi and the clone army for the Galactic Republic attacking the planet, Dooku flees. At the end of the film, Windu resolves to keep a closer eye on the increasingly corrupt Galactic Senate.[6]

In Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Windu and the other members of the Jedi Council are concerned that Palpatine may not relinquish his emergency powers when the Clone Wars end. Their suspicions only grow when the Senate grants Palpatine a vote on the Jedi Council by appointing Anakin a personal representative. While they grant him a seat, the Council denies Anakin the rank of Jedi Master, and orders him to spy on Palpatine, causing Anakin's faith in the Jedi to diminish significantly. After Obi-Wan kills General Grievous, Anakin informs Windu of Palpatine's true identity as the Sith Lord Darth Sidious. Acting swiftly on this revelation, Windu and three other Jedi Masters attempt to arrest him, but Palpatine mercilessly kills Windu's companions and fights the Jedi Master. Windu subdues Palpatine by knocking away his lightsaber and deflecting the Sith Lord's Force lightning back into his face just as Anakin arrives, causing Palpatine's face to become disfigured as it was in the original trilogy. Ignoring Anakin's objections not to kill Palpatine, Windu tells him that Palpatine has control of both the Senate and the courts, and that he is too dangerous to be left alive. However, Anakin intervenes on Palpatine's behalf, severing Windu's lightsaber hand and leaving him helpless. Palpatine then uses his Force lightning to send Windu plummeting to his death.[7][8]

In his fourth film appearance; in the animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Mace Windu has a supporting role.

During the early development of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Jackson expressed interest to reprise his role as Windu as a Force ghost, due the fact that Windu was killed at the end of the prequel trilogy.[9]

Animated series[edit]

The Clone Wars (2008)[edit]

In Star Wars: The Clone Wars (set between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith), Mace Windu has a supporting role.

Legends[edit]

In April 2014, most of the licensed Star Wars novels and comics produced since the originating 1977 film Star Wars were rebranded by Lucasfilm as Star Wars Legends and declared non-canon to the franchise.[10][11][12] Windu appears extensively in the Star Wars Legends of novels and comic books.

Clone Wars (2003)[edit]

Mace Windu is a supporting character in Genndy Tartakovsky's Star Wars: Clone Wars micro-series, which is set between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The character's likeness in the series is based on that in The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. In the first chapters, he defends 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 final chapters, 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 for Revenge of the Sith.

Novels and comics[edit]

Windu 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 who 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. Mace's "shatterpoint" ability also enables him to see people's weaknesses, allowing him to exploit their flaws and defeat them. It also explains that Windu is the creator and sole master of a style of lightsaber combat called Vaapad (Form VII), in which the user 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, Windu 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.

Merchandising[edit]

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.

Reception[edit]

IGN reported Mace Windu as the 27th top Star Wars character, stating that he is an important component of the series.[13]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia. 
  2. ^ James Whitlark, Ph.D. "Stage Eight in The Star Wars and Harry Potter Series?". whitlarks.com. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  3. ^ The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000168/bio
  5. ^ Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (DVD, 20th Century Fox, 1999), disc 1.
  6. ^ Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (DVD, 20th Century Fox, 2002), disc 1.
  7. ^ "Mace Windu". StarWars.com. LucasFilm. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  8. ^ Star Wars Episode III: Attack of the Clones (DVD, 20th Century Fox, 2005), disc 1.
  9. ^ http://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/samuel-jackson-play-mace-windu-star-wars-episode-vii/
  10. ^ "Disney and Random House announce relaunch of Star Wars Adult Fiction line". StarWars.com. April 25, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  11. ^ McMilian, Graeme (April 25, 2014). "Lucasfilm Unveils New Plans for Star Wars Expanded Universe". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  12. ^ "The Legendary Star Wars Expanded Universe Turns a New Page". StarWars.com. April 25, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  13. ^ [1]

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