Celebrating his birthday today is Freddie Prinze, Jr., the actor who has breathed life into one of our favorite Jedi knights, Kanan Jarrus. Throughout the course of Star Wars Rebels, we've seen Kanan doubt himself and his crew, but has shown us time and time again what makes him an incredible Jedi.
Kanan was at first reluctant to take on Ezra Bridger, apprehensive about his abilities to take on a Padawan after Order 66 halted his own training. Over the last three years, we've seen his powers with the force, his wisdom, and devotion to the Ghost's crew.
Take a look at some of our favorite moments of Kanan's and tell us your favorite in the comments!
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First Battle With Inquisitor
The first few episodes of Rebels needed to introduce us to many new characters and explore the dynamic of the Ghost's crew, so it's understandable that you couldn't just throw the main characters into an epic battle immediately. Our initial impression of Kanan was that he was a capable Jedi, of course, but not until he met the Grand Inquisitor did we get to see his skills in action. The duel might not have ended with Kanan the victor, but hinted at just how skilled he was with a lightsaber.
Inquisitor Vs. Kanan: Part 2
After a deadly game of cat and mouse all season, Kanan and Ezra come face-to-face once again with the Grand Inquisitor during the Season 1 finale. When the Inquisitor appears to have fatally wounded Ezra, Kanan grabs his Padawan's lightsaber and unleashes all the fury he can muster, deftly defeating the villain. Kanan could have executed the Inquisitor, which wouldn't have been in his Jedi nature, and instead to nefarious menace intentionally fell to his death.
Kana Bonds With Rex
Understandably, Kanan isn't a big fan of Clone Troopers. When he initially met Rex, he had no choice but to trust him, but remained incredibly apprehensive about their relationship. Considering Rex's fellow Clone Troopers murdered all the Jedi while following Order 66, Kanan assumed he was like all the rest. During the Season 2 episode "Stealth Strike," Rex and Kanan needed to infiltrate the Empire's ranks, forcing them to rely on each other, regardless of that apprehension. The two successfully pulled off their mission and gained a new-found respect for one another, despite their initial reservations.
Embraces His Destiny
Viewers might have seen how capable Kanan was throughout the first two seasons, but the Jedi still had doubts about himself. In the episode "Shroud of Darkness," Kanan battles against Jedi temple guards and in doing so, learns he has completed his Jedi training and had officially become a Jedi Knight, quelling doubts he had about his skills. Along with the good comes the bad, and before Season 2 could end, Kanan would be blinded by Maul during a terrible conflict.
Learns How To See Without Vision
Losing your sight would be a mortifying event in anyone's life, Jedi or not. Kanan's abilities with the Force were strong enough that, even without his sight, he could still navigate around his surroundings without too much difficulty. In the Season 3 premiere, "Steps Into Shadow," Kanan learned to not just navigate his surroundings, but truly see into the core of other beings in a way like never before. As it turns out, losing his sight led to strengthening his other abilities, a useful skill throughout the rest of the season.