13 Things 'Star Wars' Fans Probably Don't Know About Kanan Jarrus

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Vote up the most interesting things about Kanan Jarrus.

Since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2014, the Star Wars galaxy has grown in ways both intriguing and surprising. Five new movies have been released, and a slew of new TV shows have premiered, including several long-running animated series that fans have loved. 

Star Wars: Rebels was the series where fans got to know Kanan Jarrus, who was a padawan before Order 66 wiped out the Jedi Order. Kanan is a fascinating character, and even though Rebels fans are well-acquainted with him from the series, there's still plenty the average Star Wars fan might not know. From his time training as a Jedi to his experiences in the Rebel Alliance, Kanan is one of the best characters to be added to Star Wars canon in recent years. Take a look down below and be sure to vote up the facts about him you find the most fascinating!


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    As A Youngling, He Gave Obi-Wan Kenobi An Idea For A Jedi Warning System

    As A Youngling, He Gave Obi-Wan Kenobi An Idea For A Jedi Warning System
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox

    Although the Jedi are often perceived as sages or wizards, they had plenty of technology at their disposal as well. One such piece of tech was the Jedi beacon, which was originally designed to recall Jedi to the Jedi Temple. During the siege of the Jedi Temple, Darth Vader used the beacon in an attempt to lure Jedi into a trap where they could be massacred. Vader didn't know Obi-Wan Kenobi had already altered the transmission so Jedi would be warned against returning to the temple.

    As it turns out, Obi-Wan got that idea from Kanan, who attended a lecture taught by Obi-Wan on temple security. A question from Kanan about changing the signal was ultimately the inspiration for Obi-Wan's idea to transform the beacon into a warning for other Jedi. 

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    Kanan Wanted To Be Depa Billaba’s Padawan Over Other Masters

    Kanan Wanted To Be Depa Billaba’s Padawan Over Other Masters
    Photo: Star Wars: The Bad Batch / Disney+

    From the very first moment Kanan laid eyes on Depa Billaba, he felt a special connection to the Jedi Master. She was recovering in a bacta tank and didn't see him as he entered the infirmary. After that Force-based encounter, Billaba taught Kanan and his classmates the lightsaber Form III, and Kanan came to hope she would choose him as her padawan. 

    He first checked if she already had one, and then consulted with several other students about if he should be forward in asking her. It was through this process that he discovered what happened to her during her defeat on Haruun Kal, and she ultimately agreed to take him on as her padawan. It was clear, even before they had seen one another, that they would have a deep connection. 

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    While In Hiding, He Worked As A Bartender And Eventually Met Hera Syndulla

    While In Hiding, He Worked As A Bartender And Eventually Met Hera Syndulla
    Photo: Star Wars: Rebels / Disney XD

    With the Jedi Order totally defeated, Kanan was left without a firm sense of how he should live the rest of his life. He eventually settled on the planet Gorse, where he picked up shifts as a bartender at a cantina and flew as a pilot. It was while he was working as a bartender that Kanan met Hera Syndulla, a central figure in the early rebellion against the Empire. 

    It was through Hera that Kanan ultimately found himself working with the rebels, though he was doing so reluctantly at first. He would ultimately become a crew member on her ship, Ghost, after inadvertently revealing to her his ability to use the Force. The two eventually became romantic partners, and she even had his baby after his passing. If she hadn't wandered into the cantina where he was working, his entire story (and the rest of the Star Wars saga) could have gone very differently. 

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    His Son's Name Was Ripped Straight From 'Legends' Continuity

    His Son's Name Was Ripped Straight From 'Legends' Continuity
    Photo: Star Wars: Rebels / Disney XD

    Tragically, Kanan never got to know his son, but during the child's brief appearances at the end of Rebels, we see he becomes a member of the Spectres and largely takes after his father in terms of looks (and implied Force sensitivity). As it turns out, Kanan's son's first name, Jacen Syndulla, is a Star Wars artifact in its own right. 

    The name Jacen was pulled from Jacen Solo, who was Han Solo and Leia Skywalker's son in the Star Wars Legends continuity. Although that continuity may no longer be canon, Dave Filoni and the rest of the team behind Rebels clearly wanted to pay homage to those stories whenever they could.

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    After Escaping Order 66, He Met Janus Kasmir, A Smuggler Who Changed His Life

    Although he was still in training to become a Jedi when Order 66 occurred, much of Kanan's actual skill comes courtesy of his partnership with Janus Kasmir, a smuggler who taught him how to be a crook. Kasmir discovered Kanan when he was still going by Caleb Dume, and although Kasmir initially wanted nothing to do with him, the two eventually became partners. 

    Kanan and Kasmir pulled a number of jobs together, and Kasmir saved Kanan's life on multiple occasions. Although the two of them ultimately parted ways, Kanan would not have survived the immediate aftermath of Order 66 without Kasmir's assistance. Kanan learned a great deal, and it ultimately helped shape him into the man he would become. 

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    His Name Was Based On A Road In Malibu, CA

    His Name Was Based On A Road In Malibu, CA
    Photo: Star Wars: Rebels / Disney XD

    Like many of the names in Star Wars, it turns out Kanan was pulled from something in the real world of the creators. In this case, the name Kanan was chosen because it sounded similar to a road that stretches through Malibu, CA. 

    Although this road was apparently the primary inspiration for the name, words that sound like Kanan also have meaning in a variety of languages, including forest, guide, or friend. In Arabic, the word means trader or merchant, and it could also be a reference to the biblical land of Canaan. 

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