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The Jedi teach that life doesn’t cease at death. But merely changes form in the Force. Your parents are alive inside of you Ezra. They will be, always.
~ Kanan Jarrus comforting Ezra Bridger, after the death of his parents

Kanan Jarrus (born Caleb Dume) is one of the two deuteragonists of Star Wars Rebels. He is the captain of the ship Ghost, a VCX-100 light freighter and was also one of the few Jedi who survived both Order 66 and the ensuing Jedi Purge. Surviving both has turned him into a more bitter, cynical, and disillusioned individual that has not used his lightsaber in a long time. However, as the series progresses, Kanan came to lead a motley crew of freedom-fighters against the empire and eventually take up the lightsaber once more as he transitions from a self-centered and jaded survivor to a heroic and selfless Jedi once more.

Kanan Jarrus ultimately met his end in 1 BBY when Governor Arihnda  Pryce fired on the Lothal fuel depot and causing an explosion. Kanan Jarrus used the Force to suppress it, just long enough to save Hera, Ezra, and Sabine, just before he regained his sight and took one last look upon those he cared about. He let the explosion consume him and he passed away into the Force. Jarrus also became the late father of Jacen Syndulla, the son of Hera Syndulla 

Background Information

Personality and Traits

Kanan had the privilege of having had Jedi training in the past. While he had left the Jedi side of him behind, he still carried a lightsaber around with him. Additionally, Kanan also used a blaster, something not commonly used by Jedi. While Kanan was not the owner of the Ghost, he was still considered the leader of the rebels. In terms of personality, Kanan was very authoritative. As the leader of the rebels, he was typically the one issuing orders. On the other hand, Kanan was also very relaxed. However, his past has hardened Kanan in ways, and he has carried his share of regrets, including the guilt he felt in running while his master gave her life to protect him. In his final duel against the Inquisitor, when he thought he'd lost his apprentice Kanan gained some enlightenment that enabled him to not only defeat his enemy but gain some closure when he realized however afraid he might be, he only needs to remember that the Force is stronger and would guide him.

When he had the Inquisitor at his mercy, Kanan chose to be the better man and spare him, and his words to the Inquisitor, that killing Ezra was a mistake, meant he had nothing left to fear, meaning he'd gained a greater focus to vanquish his foe.

The Clone Wars left Kanan with emotional scars, since his crew started working with Phoenix Squadron, and he has become uncomfortable with its military procedures, and desired to go back to the way they used to work, on their own, sticking it to the Empire and giving to the needy, something he deemed a noble cause. His emotional scars would flare again when the help Ahsoka sent him and his friends to recruit turned out to be Clone Troopers, Rex, Gregor, and Wolffe. Kanan didn't just hold clones in part for his master's death but because of how betrayed he felt, after all the battles the clones and Jedi fought together side-by-side and it took only a single order for them to turn against the warriors who'd led, protected and guided them. It was also because of how he was hunted and betrayed by the clones he had served with, soldiers he had considered his friends. Despite his animosity, Kanan's conscience disallowed him from leaving Rex and his brothers to die, even though trust continued to be an issue, as they bickered over what Ezra needed to learn as a Rebel. But when Rex was willing to sacrifice himself for the Rebels, Kanan came to his rescue and appeared to finally put his stigma against clones behind him when he gave Rex a salute of mutual respect.

Weapons, Gear, and Skills

Kanan wore an outfit that was intentionally made to resemble a bounty hunter's, in order to disguise his Jedi nature, consisting of a protective guard fitted on his right arm to protect him from plasma fire, a utility belt strapped around his waist, and constantly carried around with him a dual-phase Lightsaber as his strongest weapon, which splits into two pieces for concealment. Additionally, Kanan also carried a DL-18 blaster.

Force Powers

Your connection to the Force allows you to see in ways others cannot. If you can see yourself, you will never be truly blind Kanan Jarrus, Jedi Knight.
~ Bendu teaching Kanan the ability of Force Sight
Kanan never got to complete his Jedi training but still learned and developed a fair share of skills in the Force. He could Force Jump (leaping high enough to escape Agent Kallus), use Animal Friendship (connecting with a Loth-cat), Mind Tricks (manipulating Stormtroopers), he was a capable telekinetic, and had a fine Force Sense. His telekinesis utilized in the form of Force Push was average, but still formidable enough, especially being able to push Darth Vader with the Force and send him backwards a fair distance (albeit with the aid of Ezra as well), though he was able to hold back the Grand Inquisitor and then pinning him to the ceiling. He could also Force Pull Stormtroopers, as demonstrated during his infiltration of the Star Destroyer to rescue Ezra and the Rebel leader Jun Sato.

A testament to Kanan's abilities with the Force was proven at the cost of his eyes, when the former sith lord Darth Maul struck him with his lightsaber, blinding Kanan. Taking a discarded Temple Guard mask to cover his damaged eyes, Kanan challenged Maul, and the former sith foolishly underestimated Kanan, who remembered his training and used the Force to amplify his other senses, enabling him not only to beat Maul in a brief clash of their blades but send him over the edge of the Sith Temple terrace. With Bendu's help, he could use the ability of Force Sight, to see in ways that others cannot, making him never truly blind.

Lightsaber skills

Under his master's tutelage, Kanan focused on Form III, and with each encounter with the Grand Inquisitor, his skills increased. He was capable of deflecting blaster fire, and in his final duel with the Inquisitor, he used Jar'Kai (wielding two lightsabers at once, his own and Ezra's) and was finally able to defeat his enemy. He was even able to hold his own and match the Seventh Sister (who was an agile and acrobatic duelist who had her lightsaber set on single blade) in a duel during the mission to save the Force-sensitive children from the Inquisitors, being able to fight long enough before she managed to conclude the duel with an acrobatic kick to his abdomen. His technique, regardless of being improved both by independent practice and by advancing through dueling the Grand Inquisitor, required improvement. During his second duel with the Seventh Sister after the speeder chase to escape the Inquisitors, Kanan managed to hold off against the Seventh Sister who wielded her weapon in a double-bladed form with some difficulty. Kanan also had trouble defending himself against multiple duelists, including both the Seventh Sister and Fifth Brother before Ahsoka arrived to defeat them both.

He was also vulnerable against power attacks, as demonstrated being driven back by the Fifth Brother's brute force strikes, and the slashes of Darth Vader, rather easily. However, his lightsaber skills have improved over time, but still, he was still less advanced than the Inquisitors, and only managed to defeat the Grand Inquisitor through his use of dual blades, and before he acquired Ezra's blade, the Grand Inquisitor almost managed to defeat him before Ezra showed up.

As months passed, Kanan's skill with lightsaber dueling improved considerably. During Kanan and Ezra's duel against the Seventh Sister and Fifth brother on Oosalon, he was able to block the Fifth Brother's brute force strikes very well and managed to push him back slightly with his own strength repeatedly throughout the fight. Kanan even managed to hit the Fifth Brother square in the face with a punch in their duel too before escaping and was able to match the Seventh Sister fairly well. She could not overpower him without the help of her Parrot droid.

During Kanan's encounter in the Lothal Jedi Temple (regardless of it all being a vision), Kanan managed to compete with the Sentinel while the Jedi Temple Guard used both single and double-bladed setting on his lightsaber, though the Guard stated that Kanan's mastery of lightsaber combat was lacking, and managed to push him back and send him staggering with the Force rather easily. Regardless, Kanan's footwork was reasonably good as he could recover balance almost instantly after being driven back by the Force push. His lightsaber throw technique was poor considering when he hurled it, the Sentinel swatted it aside rather easily. But when Kanan acquired a red-bladed lightsaber in the "temple dojo", he managed to hold his own the Sentinel and his other two Temple Guard associates for some time, though he was eventually overpowered.

Marksmanship

After Order 66, Kanan locked away his lightsaber and started using a blaster instead, becoming highly skilled with it, and he often operates the dorsal turret of the Ghost during space battles. During his final duel with the Grand Inquisitor, Kanan utilized the stun blaster function of Ezra's lightsaber to force his enemy on the defensive and give himself an impressive advantage.

Other Skills

Besides his Force powers and weapon skills, Kanan is a skilled martial artist, able to easily beat trained stormtroopers, even unarmed and without his powers. He has learned to act covertly as a Rebel and is a capable leader.

Video Games

Disney INFINITY 3.0

Kanan is set to appear in Disney INFINITY's third installment as a playable character.

Trivia

  • He is voiced by Freddie Prinze, Jr., who also portrayed James Vega in Mass Effect 3.
  • By the time of the series Star Wars Rebels, he was approximately twenty-eight years old.
  • He has been nicknamed the "Cowboy Jedi" by Executive Producer Dave Filoni.
  • Because Darth Vader sliced Kanan's right arm armor in Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal, Kanan now has a burn mark on his rebellion symbol.
  • Kanan underwent a significant redesign between seasons 2 and 3. He has grown a full beard, he now wears a metal plate over his blind eyes, his armor on his right arm has been removed in favor of a simple shirt, and he now has armor on his shins.
  • Kanan and Zeb are the first main characters to be absent in the series.
  • In Shroud of Darkness, Kanan earned the rank of Jedi Knight.
  • As of "Twilight of the Apprentice", Kanan is now blind due to Maul.
  • The decision to make Kanan blind in "Twilight of the Apprentice" was inspired by the Zatoichi samurai films.
  • Prior to Kanan joining the Rebellion, he was a freighter pilot/smuggler.

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