Who Is: Mace Windu

Written by Fabian Wood

May 28, 2022

Jedi Master and member of the High Council, Mace Windu is regarded as one of the most powerful Jedi of his time; said to be second only to Master Yoda, his teacher. A staunch acolyte of the Jedi Order, and known for wielding a purple lightsaber, Mace was a prominent player during the tumultuous Clone Wars era. He tragically met his end when young Jedi Anakin Skywalker killed Windu to save the sinister Sith Lord, Darth Sidious (aka Supreme Chancellor Palpatine).

Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu.

Portrayed by Samuel L Jackson in the prequel trilogy, the character was only briefly utilized. Jackson would provide voice talent for Mace in the 2008 animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Windu would have a more substantial presence in the critically acclaimed animated series based on the intervening years between Episode II and III. He is voiced by Terrence “TC” Carson (of Living Single fame) for his two animated adaptations, which ran from 2003 to 2020.

Terrence “TC” Carson as Mace Windu in the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series.

From peaceful diplomat to a battle-worn general, Mace Windu is noted for being the first major character of color in the Star Wars universe to be a Jedi and a valiant and peerless one at that. His tragic demise is lamented, as he was the first one to fall in the extermination of the Jedi Order at the conclusion of Revenge of the Sith (2005). This is exacerbated by the fact his coldblooded murder was a pivotal turning point for Anakin Skywalker’s shift towards the Dark Side and his transformation into his more infamous persona of Darth Vader.

Hailing from the eastern-most Caribbean island of Barbados, Fabian Wood has long since been fascinated by the power of storytelling to inspire and invoke emotions – whether in film, comics, or videogames. No longer content to be just an avid comic book reader and videogamer, he’s eager to exercise his literary acumen as an aspiring writer and reviewer.

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