13 Things 'Star Wars' Fans (Probably) Don't Know About Jedi Master Plo Koon

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Vote up the most interesting things you learned about Jedi Master Plo Koon.

The Jedi Order is filled with some of the best-known characters in Star Wars canon. Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Anakin are all members of the Order in the prequels, but they are also surrounded by a number of other colorful characters who are explored in less depth in the movies. 

Among those less-defined characters is Plo Koon, a Jedi Master who has almost no dialogue but is featured as a member of the Council in all three films. Some people may know a few things about Plo Koon, but there are plenty of pieces of his history that have gone under-explored, including his fairly deep connection with Ahsoka Tano. Plo Koon is a cool character in his own right, so be sure to vote up the most interesting things you learn about him below. 


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    In Legends, Plo Koon's Niece Was Also Inducted Into The Jedi Order

    In Legends, Plo Koon's Niece Was Also Inducted Into The Jedi Order
    Photo: Star Wars (1998) / Marvel

    In the Legends chronology, Plo Koon was born into a family that was known to be strong with the Force. It shouldn't have been a surprise, then, that Koon wasn't the only member of his family to join the Jedi Order. After Koon was accepted into the Order and had begun his training, it was discovered that his niece Sha Koon was also Force sensitive and was eligible to train as a Jedi. 

    Plo Koon never ignored the Jedi rules of attachment, but he and his niece did form a meaningful bond and shared a number of insights with one another as they both went through their training to become Jedi Knights. In Legends, Sha actually survived the raid on the Jedi Temple but was slain weeks later after trying to take on Darth Vader on her own. 

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    His Name Comes From Creature Effects Supervisor Nick Dudman

    His Name Comes From Creature Effects Supervisor Nick Dudman
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox

    There are plenty of unusual names in the Star Wars universe, and it seems George Lucas was willing to look pretty much anywhere for inspiration for those names. For Plo Koon, he used a real-world nickname. Nick Dudman was the creature effects supervisor on a number of Star Wars projects, and was partially responsible for the design of Yoda in Empire Strikes Back

    Dudman's son was called Plonkoon for the first year of his life, and Lucas stole that nickname for his character, Plo Koon. All he had to do was drop the "n" out of the middle and transform it into two separate words. 

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    In Legends, He Trained Under A Wookiee Jedi Master

    In Legends, He Trained Under A Wookiee Jedi Master
    Photo: Star Wars (1998) / Marvel

    Not much is known about Plo Koon's Jedi training in canon, but in Legends, he trained under Jedi Master Tyvokka, a character who exists in both Legends and canon. Tyvokka was a Wookiee Jedi Master, and much more of his backstory has been filled out in Legends, where he took on Plo Koon as one of his pupils. 

    In Legends, Koon developed a reputation for making simple, clear decisions based on his own sense of right and wrong, often disregarding any consequences that may have come with his decisions. Koon could also be sarcastic, and the combination of these qualities made him a particularly frustrating subject for Tyvokka. Even so, Tyvokka eventually recommended him for the Trials of Knighthood, which eventually led him to become a Jedi Knight. 

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    Dave Filoni Decided Plo Koon Should Be Similar To Gandalf

    Dave Filoni Decided Plo Koon Should Be Similar To Gandalf
    Photo: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers / New Line Cinema

    Plo Koon was initially conceived as a samurai-like character, but Dave Filoni was the one who decided he should be more like Gandalf. Gandalf, of course, was the wisest and most philosophical member of the Fellowship, and some may naturally think that the best analogue for Gandalf in Star Wars is Yoda. 

    There are certainly similarities between the two, but Plo Koon has more in common with Gandalf the White. He's kind and gentle but also exceedingly wise, and is evidently one of the best Jedi in the Order. Plo Koon's wisdom was what made him such a solid fit for a character in the mold of Gandalf, who plays an essential role in the Order, even if he isn't a main character. 

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    He Was A Stand-In For Luke Skywalker During The Season 2 Finale Of ‘The Mandalorian’

    He Was A Stand-In For Luke Skywalker During The Season 2 Finale Of ‘The Mandalorian’
    Photo: Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian / Disney+

    Plo Koon is widely known to be Mandalorian co-creator Dave Filoni's favorite Jedi, which is why he made such a good decoy when the team behind The Mandalorian was trying to hide Luke Skywalker's appearance at the end of the show's second season. Plo Koon's head was even digitally inserted onto Luke's body for the daily footage to throw fans off the scent. 

    The misdirection worked, even though Plo Koon had been canonically dead for years by the time of The Mandalorian. Most fans were genuinely surprised by the appearance of Luke, and that's at least in part because of Filoni's efforts to steer fans the wrong way. 

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    The 104th Battalion Named Themselves 'Plo's Bros' After The Jedi Master

     The 104th Battalion Named Themselves 'Plo's Bros' After The Jedi Master
    Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Lucasfilm

    The clone troopers that served under Plo Koon went by many names, but their formal designation was the 104th Batallion. They were also known as the Wolfpack, or as Plo's Bros, because they were the troopers who served under Plo Koon. 

    Koon and the 104th Battalion were together throughout much of the conflict, and it wasn't actually a soldier from the 104th that ultimately killed him. Instead, Captain Jag of the 442nd Siege Battalion took down Plo Koon after Darth Sidious executed Order 66. 

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