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Impossible! The Sith have been extinct for over a millennium!
~ Ki-Adi-Mundi
Their might is nothing compared to the Force!
~ Ki-Adi-Mundi

Ki-Adi-Mundi is a Force-sensitive Cerean male Jedi Master from Star Wars. During the Clone Wars, Mundi was the Jedi General of Commander Bacara and the 21st Nova Corps. His betrayal at the hands of his Clones made him one of the many Jedi victims of Order 66, the puppet master plan formulated by the Sith mastermind Emperor Palpatine

He was played by Silas Carson in the prequel trilogy, and by Brian George in Star Wars: The Clones Wars. Silas Carson rejoined the cast and crew team to play Ki-Adi-Mundi again for the production of Season 7 that aired in 2020. 

Biography

Several decades before the start of the Clone Wars, Ki-Adi-Mundi was born on the planet Cerea. He was found to be Force-sensitive, and was sent to train to become a Jedi Knight, which he did, assumedly on Coruscant because that is where the Jedi Council is. By the time of the Invasion of Naboo that took place during Episode I: The Phantom Menace, he had reached the rank of Jedi Master. 

Qui-Gon Jinn had a lightsaber duel on Tatooine with a male Zabrak, which he believed to be a Sith Lord. He approached the Jedi High Council to address his thoughts, which were met with skepticism particularly from Master Mundi. This is also when Qui-Gon introduced a young boy Anakin Skywalker who he believed to the the Chosen One. The Council democratically shook their heads to the prospect of training Anakin. 

After the demise of Qui-Gon Jinn at the hands of Darth Maul, who was revealed to be the dark hooded Zabrak, the Council reversed their decision. However, Mundi secretly harbored thoughts against training Anakin, and decided to keep a close eye on him.

Ten years later, Padmé Amidala went to the Jedi High Council and told the masters that someone had tried to assassinate her, and she believed that Count Dooku plotted it. Obi-Wan Kenobi found out that the person behind the assassination attempt was none other than Jango Fett. Obi-Wan chased Jango Fett in outer space, where he was led to a Droid Factory on the planet Geonosis. Believing he had killed the infamous bounty hunter, he landed on Geonosis and was later captured. He had been fooled, and Jango was still alive. To keep the Confederacy of Independent Systems (Separatists) from gaining more power, an army of Jedi were dispatched to Geonosis to kill officials, stop the Droids' production, and save Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Padmé from being executed in an arena. Count Dooku, a high priority target was present somewhere in the area, and Mace Windu went to confront him. Meanwhile, Mundi and a large group of Jedi fought an onslaught of Battle Droids

Most of the Jedi were killed, and things weren't looking bright for Mundi and the other masters skilled enough to still be standing. However, they were rescued by Yoda aboard a LAAT piloted by Clone Troopers. Mundi was one of the few Jedi that survived the battle at Geonosis, but they failed to stop Count Dooku because their enemy retreated.

Ki-Adi-Mundi became a Jedi General in command of the Galactic Marines military unit of the Clone Troopers, where he met Commander Bacara. Being in charge of an army only strong Jedi like him were able to have, he would be an active participant in the eventful Clone Wars. 

The Clones turn against him

During an unknown mission on the planet Mygeeto, Mundi was betrayed by his clone troopers. Bacara ordered the clones to fire at Mundi, and despite not realizing soon enough, he was able to deflect a couple blaster shots; however, this was where Mundi was killed by the rapid fire of laser blasts. Chancellor Palpatine of Coruscant, shortly after revealing himself as Emperor Palpatine, had finally ordered Order 66. Order 66 was a top secret plan where all Clones would be brainwashed to turn against the Jedi when he issued the order, via a microchip implanted in every Clones' helmet. Almost every Jedi in the Galaxy had been killed by this evil genius plan, with only a handful of survivors. To make matters worse, Anakin Skywalker had been turned to the Dark Side by Palpatine, becoming his new Sith apprentice Darth Vader.

Powers and Abilities

Ki-Adi-Mundi was an exceptional swordsman, considered one of the greatest of his time by much of the Jedi order during the Clone Wars.

Mundi was a master of multiple lightsaber forms, foremost being Form II, Makashi, although his mastery of the style did not extend to the level of Count Dooku, or that of his fellow councilor Shaak Ti, both of whom were considered the foremost masters of the style in galactic history.

He was also an acknowledged master of form IV, Ataru, and form III, Soresu, the latter of which he was skilled enough to briefly defend himself from his betraying clones, successfully deflecting some of their blaster fire, although he was still overcome.

He was able to nearly equal General Grievous in combat, when several other masters with him had been defeated, and was likely only overcome because of fatigue, And presumably could have defeated Grievous had he been at full strength.

Mundi was also skilled in martial arts, having successfully defended himself from gang members while unarmed in his youth, and was regarded as an excellent strategist and diplomat, as well as being an accomplished pilot, though not to level of his fellow councilors Saesee Tiin and Plo Koon, or Anakin Skywalker.

Quotes

Anakin! That was extremely reckless! And a Jedi does not exult in the death of many!
~ Ki-Adi-Mundi explaining the Jedi to Anakin on a mission
You get the feeling that he is kind of like your uncle, because he's this nice, kind, wise, protective master.
~ Mundi's actor Silas Carson

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Trivia

  • In Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Mundi is shown fighting with a green lightsaber instead of a blue one during the fight in the arena in Geonosis. This may have been a blooper. 
  • He was originally planned to have been killed by Bacara quickly, but in the movie (Episode III) he wasn't killed as easily by the Clones.
  • He doesn't make his first appearance in The Clone Wars until Season 2.
  • His first appearance as a LEGO minifigure was on 7959 Geonosian Starfighter in 2011
    • In 2018 he appeared in a LEGO set themed after the live action prequel trilogy for the first time
  • Silas Carson, the voice actor for Ki-Adi-Mundi, originally auditioned for the "fighter pilot" role. That role was cut from the script, and Star Wars creator George Lucas instead encouraged him to take the role of Mundi. 

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