13 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Women Of The Jedi Order

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Vote up the most interesting things about the women of the Jedi Order.

The Star Wars franchise has always been about empowering amazing women in lead roles, including everyone from politicians and soldiers to members of the Jedi Order. While most of the films put their focus squarely on male Jedi, there's a whole sequel trilogy about a woman who is likely to rebuild the Jedi Order on her own.

Additionally, Star Wars comics, tie-in novels, and television series have all expanded on the Jedi roster with a plethora of unforgettable female characters. Some names are more obvious than others, and while Ahsoka Tano is arguably one of the best female Jedi in the franchise, she's hardly the only one. There are women on the Jedi Council and several Jedi Masters like Aayla Secura running about the Star Wars universe.

Fans of the franchise likely know a ton about the women of the Jedi Order, but for most folks, there are plenty of things you probably didn't know about them. This list aims to fix that by highlighting unique details about some of the most powerful female characters in all of science fiction. Make sure to vote up the most interesting facts about the women of the Jedi Order!

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    Jedi Archivist Jocasta Nu Survived Order 66 And Created Vaults To Rebuild The Order

    Jedi Master Jocasta Nu was the chief librarian of the Jedi Archives during the Galactic Republic. She managed all of the data and information stored in the archives, including the Holocrons stored in the vault, and she knew more about the history of the Jedi Order than anyone. Her primary job was to catalog and store information, but she helped other Jedi in their search for data pertaining to their relevant missions.

    Jocasta Nu managed to survive the Great Jedi Purge, but she didn't simply go into hiding and fade away. Instead, she worked hard to preserve the knowledge she had, intending to establish a covert school to train Jedi. She even went so far as to sneak into the ruins of the Temple on Coruscant to retrieve a Holocron that contained the names of all the Force-sensitive children in the galaxy.

    Ultimately, Nu wasn't able to escape from Coruscant and was captured by Darth Vader. When she warned him of what the Emperor might do with the Holocron she carried, he destroyed it. He also did away with Nu, but her labors weren't in vain. She managed to store quite a lot of information before she passed, and it was all found by Luke Skywalker years later.

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    Ahsoka Tano Learned How To Fight With Two Lightsabers From Yoda Himself

    Ahsoka Tano is easily one of the best lightsaber duelists of all time, and she didn't earn that distinction without a great deal of trial and error. When she first became Anakin Skywalker's Padawan, she carried a single lightsaber, which she held using a reverse grip. Her Master suggested otherwise, and she eventually began holding her saber with the standard grip. Her acrobatic skills made her especially proficient, and she was skilled at using the Force to her benefit.

    Eventually, Tano switched up her style by wielding two lightsabers instead of one. This type of lightsaber form is called Jar'Kai, and she became an expert. Of course, she didn't just pick up a second lightsaber and become a master - she needed training. Who better than the greatest lightsaber duelist the Jedi Order had? Master Yoda instructed Tano in Jar'Kai, telling her, "Two lightsabers, you have. Two, you shall use." When she was last seen (in canon), she continued wielding two blades upon confronting the Magistrate in The Mandalorian.

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    Yaddle Was One Of The Most Dangerous Members Of The Jedi Council

    Of all the Jedi High Council members, Yaddle is probably the one fans know the least about. As a member of Yoda's species (the name of which has never been revealed), Yaddle sparks interest, but her presence on the Council is about all that's known of her from the films. After her appearance in The Phantom Menace, she wasn't seen again, as she opted to step down from the Council, leaving her seat vacant for Master Shaak Ti.

    While there isn't much known about Yaddle from her film depiction, she's got a pretty decent backstory. While she was well-known for her wisdom and love of scholarly pursuit, she was also one of the most dangerous members of the Jedi Council. Her Force abilities were unparalleled among her Council peers, as she was a master of the power known as morichro. This ability allows a Force user to slow an opponent's bodily functions so much that they perish - all without making physical combat.

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    Luminara Unduli’s Corpse Was Used By The Empire To Lure Jedi Out Of Hiding

    Luminara Unduli was a Jedi Master who commanded the 41st Elite Corps of the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. Unduli survived the Battle of Kashyyk, but she was taken prisoner and executed following the execution of Order 66. Unduli's demise came at a time of great confusion, as the Great Jedi Purge managed to sow disorder and chaos throughout the galaxy. As a result, rumors of her survival persisted for years.

    She was deceased, but that didn't stop the Empire from using her corpse to its advantage. Her remains were placed inside the Spire as a trap to lure Jedi who survived Order 66 to their doom. One such trap was laid for Kanan Jarrus, who sought the Jedi Master to train Ezra Bridger in the ways of the Force. The trap was set by the Inquisitor and sprung by the young Rebels who escaped. Jarrus then spread the word of Unduli's demise to thwart future efforts to use her remains as bait for surviving Jedi.

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    Depa Billaba's Sacrifice Helped Spark The Rebellion That Destroyed The Empire

    Depa Billaba's Sacrifice Helped Spark The Rebellion That Destroyed The Empire
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    Depa Billaba was an important Jedi Master during the Clone Wars and the waning years of the Republic, but her final act may be the most important of her life. When Order 66 was given the go-ahead, Billaba and her Padawan, Caleb Dume, were attacked by their clone troopers. Billaba held off the attack long enough to aid in Dume's escape, sacrificing her own life to make it possible.

    This left Dume feeling unworthy while also having to go on the run, posing as a non-Force-sensitive young man. He changed his name to Kanan Jarrus and found himself joining up with the crew of the Ghost. Over the years, he came to help a young Ezra Bridger understand his strong connection to the Force, and eventually, he trained him to become a Jedi. 

    The Ghost and its crew became some of the most important early actors in the growing Rebellion against the Empire. While they were members of a disparate group of similar-sized cells, their work helped light the spark of hope throughout the galaxy. Their successes helped prove it was possible to fight the Empire, and their work ultimately aided in its downfall. None of that would have happened were it not for Billaba's sacrifice during the Great Jedi Purge.

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    Depa Billaba Was Mace Windu’s Padawan And Mastered The Vapaad Form Of Lightsaber Combat

    When Depa Billaba came to the Jedi Order, Master Mace Windu took her as his Padawan, training her to become a Jedi. After going through her training, she eventually became a Master. By the time she's introduced in the prequel trilogy, she's sitting with her Master as a member of the Jedi Council. Billaba's lightsaber training made her an expert in one of the rarest forms of combat known as Vapaad, a variant of Form VII.

    Vapaad is known as the "Ferocity Form" and is the most aggressive and unpredictable method of lightsaber combat. The only two Jedi known to have mastered it were Windu (who created it) and his Padawan-turned Master. Windu designed Vapaad to draw on a person's anger and passion without giving into them. For this reason, it was dangerous for most Jedi to learn, and Windu was wary of teaching it to anyone but his Padawan.

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