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14 Things 'Star Wars' Fans (Probably) Don't Know About Mace Windu

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Vote up the coolest things you learned about Mace Windu.

The Star Wars prequel trilogy is divisive (to say the least), but basically, everyone can agree that Mace Windu was a great addition to the galaxy far, far away. Samuel L. Jackson was wonderful in the role over the course of all three films, and although he gets a fair amount of screen time, we don't get a ton of insight into exactly who Master Windu is. He's clearly a high-ranking member of the Jedi Order and second in power only to Yoda. 

Beyond that, we don't learn a ton about where Windu came from or how he ended up as a member of the Jedi Order. There are certainly plenty of fan theories about Windu, as there are about virtually every major Star Wars character. For more firm information, though, we have to look at other places where Windu appeared, such as in comic books or on The Clone Wars. It's there that we can learn more about Windu, including some things that even fans may not know. Be sure to vote up the coolest things you learn about one of the prequel's coolest Jedi. 

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    Mace Windu Favored Form VII Lightsaber Techniques And Created The Vaapad Variation

    Mace Windu Favored Form VII Lightsaber Techniques And Created The Vaapad Variation
    Photo: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox

    There were a number of forms of lightsaber combat, and each type was numbered. Obi-Wan Kenobi used Form III in combat, for example. Mace Windu, meanwhile, primarily used Form VII, which was known to be the most aggressive and unpredictable form of combat. In fact, the form, and the Juyo variant which was most common for most of its history, fostered a kind of rage that made it impossible for a Jedi to use. 

    It wasn't until Mace Windu created the Vaapad variation of Form VII that it came into use amongst the Jedi. Even then, only Mace and his padawan used the form, which involved channeling their inner darkness to more productive means. They were the only two Jedi who used Form VII without turning to the dark side. The Vaapad variation was enough of a departure that it finally allowed Form VII to gain acceptance within the Jedi Order. 

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    Luke Skywalker Came To Admire Mace Windu A Great Deal

    Luke Skywalker Came To Admire Mace Windu A Great Deal
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    Although Windu lost his life before Luke was even born, Luke's research into the Jedi Order following his defeat of Darth Sidious led him to come across Windu's history as a Jedi. Luke came to hold Windu in high esteem, in part because of his strict adherence to Jedi traditions and dedicated service during the Clone Wars. 

    Luke also knew that Windu was mistrustful of politicians, and of politics more generally, and came to believe that Windu's mistrust was validated by Palpatine's ultimate betrayal of the Republic. He also came to believe that, if his father hadn't turned against the Jedi, Windu would have been able to defeat Darth Sidious, and the entire creation of the Empire could have been avoided. 

     

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    As A Padawan, Mace Struggled Building His Lightsaber

    We know Mace Windu as one of the great Jedi masters, but when he was a youngling, he struggled with one of the basic rites of passage that every Jedi must go through. He obtained an amethyst kyber crystal but was frustrated by his initial attempts to build a lightsaber. His inability to build a lightsaber led him to question whether he was truly meant to be a Jedi. 

    It was Professor Huyang who ultimately steered Windu in the right direction, concluding that he didn't have enough understanding or patience to properly build a lightsaber. Huyang advised Windu to calm his emotions, and told him that lightsabers didn't need to be "built." The process had to be more organic than that, and that was something that Windu struggled to learn. 

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    He Had The Ability To Sense Shatterpoints

    He Had The Ability To Sense Shatterpoints
    Photo: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox

    Windu was proficient in all of the most common Force powers, but he also had some rarer skills that proved how great his power with the Force was. One of Windu's rarer abilities was the ability to sense shatterpoints, which were moments in time that bore unique significance. 

    Sensing shatterpoints is not quite the same as seeing the future, but it does allow a Force user to understand the moments when they can take action to change events. Windu's ability to understand the significance of an event ultimately didn't keep him from suffering an ignominious end, but it undoubtedly proved useful to the Jedi over the course of his time with the Order. 

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    In His Youth, He Struggled With His Emotions When Using The Force

    Windu was undoubtedly strong in the ways of the Force, but like Anakin Skywalker, he often struggled to control his emotions. He first attained the status of padawan after training under Master Cyslin Myr, who wanted to teach Windu how to better channel his frustration into emotions that could be useful to him in his work with the Force. 

    This came into stark relief when Myr and Windu traveled to Mathas together to confront Drooz, a man who had taken residence in an old Jedi Temple and was convincing people he was a Jedi prophet. Windu ultimately defeated Drooz, and seemed to be on the verge of killing him until Myr intervened, telling Windu that Drooz's fate should be decided in a court of law. This situation has obvious parallels to Windu's threat to kill Palpatine, which ultimately led to his death. 

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    As A Jedi Master, Mace Windu Was A Staunch Traditionalist

    As A Jedi Master, Mace Windu Was A Staunch Traditionalist
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    More than anyone else, Windu was a firm believer in the traditions at the heart of the Jedi Order. Although the Clone Wars led him to reevaluate some of his beliefs, and ultimately led him to push the Jedi toward a more aggressive stance, he remained firmly tied to the ancient traditions of the Order. 

    Even during the Clone Wars, Windu believed the Jedi were an order who had no real desire to be generals, but their mandate to protect the Republic demanded that they step up. Ironically, many of these traditions were exactly what Anakin ultimately rebelled against, and led to the downfall of the Jedi. Windu may have been fighting for what he believed in, but his adherence to tradition came at a pretty massive cost.