14 Things 'Star Wars' Fans (Probably) Don't Know About Quinlan Vos

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For many fans of the Star Wars feature films, Quinlan Vos is the coolest Jedi they've never heard of. He only appeared once in live action, but he has a massive following among fans, leaving many to wonder who he is. In short, he's a Jedi Master who was featured heavily in Star Wars Legends comic books that made him a fan favorite. Despite being largely relegated to Legends, the character has been featured in the Star Wars canon, including several appearances in The Clone Wars and one unfinished arc.​

That unfinished story eventually became the Dark Disciple novel, which has its own army of fans who love the character. Throughout his time in the Star Wars galaxy, Quinlan Vos has been a member of the Jedi Order, he's had a relationship with Asajj Ventress, and he was even Count Dooku's apprentice for a little while. Because he's been fleshed out in Legends and only explored tangentially in canon, there's a lot about Quinlan Vos that most fans (probably) don't know.

That's what this list is all about, as it features some of the most important facts most people don't know about the maverick Jedi. His 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 Quinlan Vos you didn't already know, be sure to give it an upvote to see which item rises to the top!

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    His Lightsaber Form Was Unlike Other Jedi Or Sith

    When a Jedi picks up a lightsaber, they don't just swing it around until they hit something - they're well trained in sword fighting. Jedi follow one of the eight forms of lightsaber combat, with Form VI being the one used by most Jedi. Obi-Wan Kenobi was considered a master of Form III, while Mace Windu mastered Form VII and created a variant of that form for his own use in fighting.

    Quinlan Vos was a master of Form IV. Despite this, he often switched his style to Form V, using a reverse-grip variant, which often saw his lightsaber rest behind his back. When he turned to the dark side of the Force in his quest to destroy Count Dooku and learn the identity of his master, his lightsaber style changed. According to Kenobi, his new style was "aggressive and unpredictable." He was able to block a Force lightning attack and deflect it back to its source, which isn't something most Jedi can do.

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    In An Attempt To Learn About Dooku’s Master, Vos Fell To The Dark Side

    When Quinlan Vos was tasked with assassinating Count Dooku, the plan necessitated he cross several lines the Jedi Order wouldn't usually cross. Ultimately, Vos was captured after his attempt failed, and he was tortured. Dooku did this to break the Jedi, hoping to turn him to the dark side of the Force. His goading didn't work until he revealed that it was Assajj Ventress, Vos's lover, who had slain Vos's former master. He didn't believe him until he was handed his master's lightsaber and his psychometric powers confirmed that Ventress killed him.

    He turned to the dark side of the Force, becoming Count Dooku's newest apprentice in the process. Dooku didn't know at the time that while Vos was aligned to the dark side, he planned to use his newly found proximity to Dooku to learn the identity of his master. Vos planned to ascertain the identity of Dooku's master so he could assassinate both of them. Ultimately, his plan failed, and he returned to the Jedi Order. Obi-Wan Kenobi spoke on his behalf, arguing that despite his fall to the dark side, he should be allowed to reenter the Order now that he'd returned to the light side of the Force.

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    Vos Was Skilled At Detecting Force Echoes Via Psychometry

    Most Jedi learn to use the Force in different ways that play to their strengths. Some might have an affinity for healing, while others can communicate with animals. The Force gave Quinlan Vos the gift of psychometry, and it's incredibly rare. Psychometry enables a Jedi to learn about the people and events associated with an object or a place. Quinlan Vos became an expert in psychometry, making him somewhat unique among his peers in the Jedi Order.

    Vos could go to a battlefield or a room where something terrible happened and use psychometry to sense what occurred there. While using it, Vos would experience a brilliant white light, which would resolve into a vision of something associated with whatever he was interacting with. The Jedi Order forbade Vos (and other members) from using the power on weapons because it had the potential to expose the user to the hatred and violence associated with them. The fear was that it would expose them directly to the dark side of the Force. Psychometry made Vos an expert tracker and something of a maverick.

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    He Met A Young Aayla Secura On One Of His Missions And Trained Her As His Padawan

    As Quinlan Vos developed his psychometry skills, he also became an expert at tracking people across the galaxy. The Jedi Order sent him on various tracking missions, which brought him into contact with the criminal underworld. While on a mission, he met a young Twi'lek named Aayla Secura. Upon realizing that she had an affinity to the Force, Vos rescued her from her home planet of Ryloth and took her to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant.

    She was invited to stay and train at the Temple, and when she was ready to become a Padawan, Vos took her on as her master. They became close friends over the course of Secura's training, and Vos helped her learn the ways of the Force as she advanced through the ranks of the Jedi Order. Much of their story was told through comic books that have been relegated to Star Wars Legends, but like Vos, George Lucas came to like Secura as a character, so he put her in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith​​​​​​.

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    He Was Immensely Popular In The Legends Series 'Star Wars: Republic'

    Shortly before The Phantom Menace was released in 1999, Dark Horse Comics published a new Star Wars series called Star Wars: Republic. The books continued for 89 issues, ending after the release of Revenge of the Sith. Beginning with the 49th issue, it became the primary comic book series dealing with the Clone Wars, and one of the Jedi who fought throughout that campaign was none other than Jedi Master Quinlan Vos.

    Vos became one of the primary protagonists of the series, which fleshed out his entire backstory and his place within the story of the Clone Wars. Eventually, he was adapted into animation and made the jump from the page to The Clone Wars animated television series. Once that series ended, the story continued with Star Wars: Dark Times, which centers around the early days of the Galactic Empire. Unfortunately, both Republic and Dark Times were placed in Star Wars Legends, so they're no longer canon. Despite this, much of Quinlan Vos's backstory was adapted into canon from the comic books.

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    He Fought Cad Bane While Hunting For Jabba The Hutt's Uncle

    Shortly after the Clone Wars erupted across the galaxy, the Republic imprisoned the leader of the Hutt Clan, Ziro the Hutt. Ziro, who was Jabba's uncle, had conspired with Count Dooku to kidnap Jabba's son Rotta. The plot was intended to turn the Hutts to the Separatists' side, and the Hutts weren't happy with Ziro's manipulation - especially Jabba. The Hutts hired Cad Bane to break Ziro out of prison so they could lock him up in theirs, and Bane was successful.

    He broke Ziro out, so the Jedi Order tasked Obi-Wan Kenobi and Quinlan Vos with his retrieval. They hunted Bane down to Nal Hutta, the Hutt homeworld. They soon learned that Ziro escaped from his Hutt prison, so they tracked him to Teth, where they found Cad Bane standing over Ziro's corpse. When Bane tried to leave, the Jedi attempted to stop him, but the bounty hunter was more than capable of holding off both Jedi. Ultimately, Bane survived the fight, leaving the Jedi standing over their quarry, knowing they had failed their mission.

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