12 Things 'Star Wars' Fans Probably Don't Know About Jedi Master Luminara Unduli

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Jedi Master Luminara Unduli is one of the more interesting female characters introduced in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, though she didn't say much  - or anything at all. Still, she looked incredible when she took up arms against the attacking Geonosians at the beginning of the conflict that would erupt into the Clone Wars, and she remained a strong combatant throughout the war.

Like other female members of the Jedi Order introduced in the prequel trilogy, Unduli was a side note in the films. Sure, she appeared great in them, but given the small amount of screen time she had, most viewers never learned many details about her. Fortunately, plenty of interesting facts about Unduli have been explored in comics and cartoons, so information is readily available about the minor character.

That's what this list is all about, as it features some of the most important facts most people don't know about the powerful Jedi Master. Her impact, purpose, place in the grand scope of galactic affairs, and everything else can be found below. Take a look, and if you learn something about Unduli you didn't already know, be sure to give an upvote to see which item rises to the top!

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    She Hailed From The Planet Mirial

    Unduli was a Mirialan woman who hailed from the planet Mirial, and while she had a light green skin color, her people's skin color range from green to yellow and pink to purple. Like other Mirialans, Unduli had traditional black geometric tattoos on her face. These signify personal achievements throughout a person's life, and they can be placed anywhere on the face.

    Interestingly, through an agreement worked out between the people of Mirial and the Jedi Order, Force-sensitive Mirialans who were taken to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant for training could only be trained by another Mirialan. While this was the common practice, it wasn't always followed. Jedi Master Mace Windu was trained by Jedi Master Cyslin Myr despite the latter's lineage and tradition.

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    Despite Appearing In Two Prequel Films, Her First Lines Were Heard In ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

    When Unduli was first introduced in Attack of the Clones, she appeared formidable. She fought during the Battle of Geonosis and managed to do well, but she didn't have much to say. Actually, she didn't say anything at all, but that's okay because she came back again in Revenge of the Sith! Unfortunately, she didn't have anything to say in that movie either. In the first film, she was portrayed by Mary Oyaya, and in the second, Fay David took over acting duties, but they didn't have any lines.

    The Jedi Master had plenty of lines in The Clone Wars, and Olivia d'Abo voiced her throughout the series. Still, Unduli hadn't spoken a word in any of her live-action appearances, and when her voice was finally heard in a live-action movie, that was it. No actor took up the part to play her visually because she was one of the many Jedi voices Rey Skywalker heard as she looked up to the sky, saying, "Be with me." Unduli was one of the Jedi who spoke to her, and her voice was provided by d'Abo, who said, "The light. Find the light, Rey."

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    She Was A Master Of Form III

    You might think every Jedi trains to wield a lightsaber in the same way, but that's not how things work in the Star Wars universe. There are eight different styles or forms of lightsaber combat a Jedi can study and master, and when a Padawan begins their training, they tend to follow in their master's footsteps, learning the same form they employ. This makes sense since their masters are the ones training them, but it's not necessarily a rule, so some Jedi learn and master any of the eight forms.

    Jedi Master Unduli studied and mastered Form III, which is more commonly known as Soresu. It is also called the Resilience Form and focuses more on defense than attack. Soresu is the form favored by most Jedi, and several notable characters have mastered it, including Kanan Jarrus and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Unduli was a true master of Soresu, and while she wasn't prepared for her fight against Asajj Ventress, she was able to keep up with her while one of her eyes was impaired.

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    In Addition To Her Skill With A Lightsaber, She Was Proficient In Hand-To-Hand Combat

    In Addition To Her Skill With A Lightsaber, She Was Proficient In Hand-To-Hand Combat
    Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Lucasfilm

    All Jedi are trained to fight with a lightsaber, but that's not their only means of attack. They can also use the Force to augment their actions in a number of ways, which often makes them incredible hand-to-hand combatants. Unduli was no exception to this, and she demonstrated her fighting skills without a lightsaber on a number of occasions.

    In the Clone Wars episode "Legacy of Terror," Unduli was one of the Jedi searching Geonosis for the Separatist leader Poggle the Lesser to bring him to justice. At one point, she was disarmed and captured by Geonosian warriors - undead Geonosian warriors. She managed to put up a serious fight without her weapon and while wearing handcuffs despite being severely outnumbered.

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    In Legends, She Met Her Demise During Order 66

    When Emperor Palpatine told his clone commanders to "execute Order 66," all of his scheming and planning for decades finally came to fruition. He destroyed the Jedi Order, and the movie showed the demise of many Jedi spread across the galaxy. One of the Jedi whose demise wasn't shown was Unduli's, which left fans to speculate about what happened to her. Ultimately, her fate is revealed in The Clone Wars, which shows she was imprisoned and later executed. Her cadaver was used to lure hopeful Jedi to the Spire, but her demise wasn't shown.

    Though it's now a part of Star Wars Legends and no longer canon, her passing was depicted in the Dark Horse Comics series Star Wars: Republic. In the series' penultimate issue (#82), she is seen walking with her clone troopers when one of them standing behind her says, "Order 66. Execute." A puzzled look is all the Jedi Master can manage before she's gunned down in cold blood by the men she'd been fighting alongside only moments earlier. That depiction is more in line with how other Jedi were executed, so it was the most plausible for a long time.

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    She And Her Padawan Defended Ilum From A Separatist Assault In The 2003 'Clone Wars' Series

    Shortly after the prequel films were released, several comic book series, video games, and cartoons delved deeper into the characters and events surrounding what was happening in the live-action films. Unfortunately, most of those projects have been relegated to the realm of Star Wars Legends, including the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which appeared on Cartoon Network. In one of the episodes, titled "Chapter 14," a great deal of time is given to Unduli and her Padawan.

    In the episode, chameleon droids plant explosives on the planet of Ilum, where Jedi have sourced the kyber crystals at the heart of their lightsabers for a millennium. Jedi Master Unduli and Barriss Offee are on the planet and must stop the assault on the sacred world. It's unfortunate the episode (and the series) are no longer considered canon because it delves into the personalities of both Jedi, showing quite a lot about them. In addition, it begins with the construction of Offee's first lightsaber and features the following ritualistic incantation:

    The crystal is the heart of the blade.

    The heart is the crystal of the Jedi.

    The Jedi is the crystal of the Force.

    The Force is the blade of the heart.