Following Emperor Palpatine’s treacherous power grab in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, the brainwashed clone troopers were ordered to purge the universe of Jedi in a mass genocide known as Order 66. When that film came out in 2003, it was presumed that all the Jedi with the exception of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda had been killed. However, canon in the Star Wars universe has come a long, long way since then — and as it turns out, there were more than a few Jedi that were clever or lucky enough to avoid the mass murder, as well as The Mandalorian‘s Baby Grogu.
As the new Star Wars canon expands into comics, video games, and the highly anticipated upcoming series Obi-Wan Kenobi, which is set ten years after Revenge of the Sith, fans expect that more of the Jedi that went into hiding following Order 66 will make appearances. As such, here’s a list of every known Jedi that survived the purge.
After defeating the newly evil Anakin Skywalker on Mustafar, proving he was one of the greatest Jedi of the franchise, Obi-Wan heeded Yoda’s warnings and went into hiding on Tatooine to avoid the Empire’s watchful gaze. As fans of the franchise know, he would go on to introduce Luke Skywalker to the way of the Jedi and train him to use his nascent Force powers. The upcoming series Obi-Wan Kenobi will explore the Jedi Knight’s exile on Tatooine and the challenges he faces on the harsh desert world.
Yoda was overseeing the conflict on Kashyyyk, homeworld of the Wookies, when he was fired upon by Clone Troopers. Luckily, the Jedi Grandmaster was skilled enough to dispatch the actors and survive. Paralleling Obi-Wan’s fight with Anakin, he would go on to fight the Emperor during the last act in Revenge of the Sith. After a close battle, Yoda resigned himself to a self-imposed exile on Dagobah, and would not be seen again until the events of The Empire Strikes Back.
Originally known as Caleb Dume, Kanan Jarrus was the Jedi Padawan to Depa Bilaba during the Clone Wars. Thanks to the sacrifice of his master, Dume would survive Order 66 and go on to help form the Rebellion with the assistance of the crew of the starship the Ghost. Kanan Jarrus’ story makes up part of Star Wars Rebels, and his voice was featured among the cacophony that Rey hears during the final events of The Rise of Skywalker.
Featured in the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Cal Kestis was a Padawan to master Jaro Tapal when Order 66 began. Through a combination of luck and resourcefulness, Kestis was able to escape the Clone Troopers’ path of destruction, but lost his master in the process. After living in hiding, Kestis joined a small rebel cell along with fellow Jedi survivor Cere Junda and began to work against the Empire. On their travels, they encountered another fallen Jedi known as Taron Malicos on the planet Dathomir. The likeness and voice for Cal Kestis was provided by actor Cameron Monaghan, whom fans hope will return in live-action.
One of the most beloved characters in the entire franchise, Ahsoka Tano was a Padawan to Anakin Skywalker during the Clone Wars. By the time of Order 66, Tano had become disillusioned with the Jedi Order and left to pursue her own path. After a confrontation with the brainwashed clones, Tano briefly joined the fight against the new Galactic Empire before going into hiding herself.
As a former Jedi Temple Guard, the man who would become The Grand Inquisitor witnessed the trial of Ahsoka Tano and became disillusioned with the Jedi Order in much the same way as the beloved Padawan. After falling to the dark side, The Grand Inquisitor was approached by Darth Vader to lead The Inquisitors. His story continues in Star Wars Rebels, and he is also set to make an appearance in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, in which he received an updated design.
At least 12 known Inquisitors existed in the period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and each of them were fallen former Jedi. Explored across comic books, television shows, and video games, some Inquisitors have received more character development than others, namely, Trilla Suduri, known as the Second Sister. Other Inquisitors have been featured across canon, acting as Jedi hunters under the command of the Grand Inquisitor and Darth Vader himself.
Luminara Unduli was a Jedi Master and mentor to Barris Offee, a Padawan that would clash with Ahsoka Tano during the Clone Wars. Though she managed to survive Order 66, she was captured, tortured, and killed soon after by the Grand Inquisitor. An image of her was used to lure Jedi to their deaths in the events of Star Wars Rebels.
An underrated fan favorite Jedi, Jocasta Nu was the keeper of the Jedi Archives, where knowledge and information about the larger universe was stored until its destruction during Order 66. The 2017 Darth Vader comics depict a showdown between the villainous Sith Lord and Kirak Infil’a, another Jedi in a spiritual exile that nearly got the upper hand of Darth Vader during a duel. Those comics also mention four Jedi survivors who haven’t been explored much in visual media: Oppo Rancicis, Coleman Kcaj, Ka-Moon Kholi, and Selrahc Elous. Also in that comic series is Ferren Barr, a brutal Jedi bent on avenging the Jedi Order with methods comparable to the rogue Saw Guerrera. A young adult novel called Force Collector introduced Naq Med, a former Jedi dedicated to collecting artifiacts and knowledge related to the Force. Other confirmed Jedi survivors are Eeth Koth, Zubain Ankonori, Uvell, and Quinlan Vos. Their fates past Order 66 are either dire or unknown.
Jon Hamm And Writer Justin Marks On Capturing The Spirit Of The Original Top Gun
Speaking on the red carpet at the San Diego premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick,” Jon Hamm said that the original “Top Gun” probably motivated a certain amount of the people who saw it to serve their country, while also expressing ideas that are also still very much part of the fabric of “Top Gun: Maverick.”
“If you ask a couple of the naval aviators and veterans that we have here, [‘Top Gun’] inspired a whole generation of men and women to join the Navy,” explained Hamm. “I think the lessons that you learn when you join the service as a naval aviator, or a sailor, or whatever branch you choose are about sacrifice, you learn about teamwork, loyalty, duty, responsibility, and all those things. Those are the themes we have in the film.”
One challenge that the filmmakers had to overcome was how to take those themes — as well as the characters, the settings, and other aspects of the first film that audiences loved — and make something new out of them without turning “Maverick” into just a nostalgia-fest.
“We knew going into it, if we’re going to do it again, we have to find some way to capture that same lightning in a bottle,” said Justin Marks, who collaborated on the film’s story. “We had feelings from the original that we wanted to maintain … [but] you’ve got to find something new, and I think that’s something Tom [Cruise] was really intent on finding.”
Marks added, “I think at the end of the day, it’s about what feeling ‘Top Gun’ creates for us, and when you think about that, you don’t want to just play the greatest hits … You want to feel like this is something that reminds you of the movie you love. But it’s got to make new legends.”
“Top Gun: Maverick” arrives in theaters everywhere on May 27.
Best Martial Art's Movies of the 2000s, Ranked
Martial Arts movies have been a huge mainstay in the film industry for decades, with Eastern countries dominating the genre, for many years. The rise of Bruce Lee brought new life to the genre between the ’70s and the mid-’90s. After this time, the industry saw a general decline with a lack of memorable martial arts movies being released. It wasn’t until the late ’90s and 2000s that the sub-genre was revived and given new life.
The martial arts sub-genre was never truly as big in Hollywood as with Western Audiences, with many of the movies being dubbed over from Eastern cinema. The sub-genre was generally untapped by Hollywood as they would typically deliver audiences with high-budget, explosive action movies. The late ’90s truly changed the game for martial arts in Hollywood with a little film known as The Matrix, which is considered revolutionary in America, as it not only gave audiences the best action movie of the ’90s, but it raised the standard of fight scenes in western cinema.
The standard that The Matrix raised, gave life to perhaps some of the best martial arts movies of all time, and possibly the best decade for the sub-genre. But what martial arts movies were the best in a decade of iconic and memorable martial arts films?
Jet Li kicks butt in this martial arts revenge flick based on the real life story of martial arts master and wushu legend; Huo Yuanjia. As Jet Li’s final martial arts epic, the action superstar ends his epic action movie career with a bang in Fearless. Demonstrating his usual frenetic martial arts style, with the movie mainly focusing on hand-to-hand combat, it is also a great showcase of Li’s incredible weapon combat. The movie is primarily set in the same or similar location; that being on a tournament like stage. However, every action scene feels unique and different from the last.
This star-studded, animated motion picture delivers an action-packed, hilarious, and emotional ride. Kung Fu Panda Is praised for its great cast with Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman, and Ian McShane being among the many voices we hear in this animated epic. The story is nothing new or original to the genre, but due to the universe the film is set in, the cast’s amazing performances and the beautiful and sleek animation, makes Kung Fu Panda still feel unique and fresh.
The action is beautifully animated and well choreographed, making the action scenes feel fluid, seamless and exciting. Focusing on a universe with anthropomorphic animals that are masters at martial arts, gives the movie a creative freedom to give each species their own fighting style and maneuverability, and the filmmakers did just that, giving each species a fighting style which felt perfectly designed for that species of animal.
Stephen Chow delivers an over-the-top action comedy which defies any laws of nature, gravity, and sense, which is where this movie shines and is what makes it a martial arts classic. Feeling like both a spoof and a love letter to all martial arts movies before it, Kung Fu Hustle has some truly jaw-dropping action scenes, with the movie mainly focusing on its cartoony action and visual effects, which is what gives this movie its critical praise and its cult following.
As a homage to the martial arts sub-genre, this hyper violent martial arts movie is a stylistic visual masterpiece, which is why this movie is hailed as one of director Quentin Tarantino’s best movies, and one of the best martial arts movies of the decade. Kill Bill Vol.1 is a visual delight, blending in many visual styles very reminiscent of iconic martial arts movies from the past.
Featuring some of the most visually stunning action set pieces of all time, Hero takes audiences on a visual journey through every single action scene, with its vivid colors, and even lack thereof, this martial arts epic transcends the action genre. The cinematography in every fight is stunning, letting audiences see and feel every single punch, kick and sword swing. Hero manages to demonstrate how the martial arts genre transcends action and violence, by making all the action feel like poetry, and making audiences feel like they are watching a dance.
Introducing the world to one of the best modern martial artists in cinema; Tony Jaa delivers a ferocious yet elegant display of the Muay Thai martial arts fighting style. The first installment in the Ong Bak series gives some of the best and most brutal demonstrations of martial arts in cinematic history. Not focusing on elegance, stunning visuals, or impressive sword play, instead, this film prides itself on the realism and grounded action scenes of Muay Thai. Tony Jaa, is incredible in his first lead role. Being a real-life martial artist, Tony Jaa brings his expert style to the screen, making all the action scenes feel believable.
Hailed by critics, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a beautiful display of both martial arts and storytelling. This is a martial arts movie with a truly encapsulating love story at its heart, with the majestic action set-pieces driving the plot forward, and every action scene having a more emotional and impactful punch. What makes Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, so special is that this was one of the most revolutionary action movies of all time. This martial arts extravaganza, is a foreign film that was universally loved by Western audiences, introducing many moviegoers to the very best in the incredible martial arts sub-genre.
Based on the real life story of the Wing Chun master of the same name; Ip Man is a masterclass in elegant and brutal action scenes with a simple, yet engaging story. Donnie Yen cemented himself as one of the greatest martial artists in cinema with this film. The legendary martial arts superstar brings an extremely frenetic fighting style, realistic yet impressive choreography and an incredible performance which made audiences believe he was born to play the role. The action in this groundbreaking martial arts flick is phenomenal, with every action scene simply being jaw-dropping, and as the movie goes on, the action gets more and more impressive. The action in this movie had never been seen before, making Ip Man another martial arts epic that set the benchmark for how we see action movies today.