5 More Aliens You Would NOT Expect to be Jedi
When we think of members of the Jedi Order, it's difficult not to generalise. For example, we would never associate a Gungan or a Hutt with the sacred order. Though as proven by the first part of today's video, anything is possible in the galaxy far, far away. So with that in mind, here are 5 more aliens you would not expect to be Jedi.
Number 05. A'Sharad Hett (Legends)
As a member of the Human race, A'Sharad Hett doesn't seem like an obvious choice for today's list. However, his biology comes secondary to the lifestyle he grew accustom to. You see, A'Sharad was fathered on Tatooine by a warlord of the native sand people – meaning he quickly adapted to their cultural and nomadic traditions. He even carried aspects of this unusual upbringing throughout his tenure with the Jedi Order. In fact, by retreating to his homeworld and donning the apparel of his tribe, Hett managed to survive the Great Jedi Purge. This brought about the unbelievable spectacle of a lightsaber-wielding, Force-sensitive Tusken Raider.
Number 04. Pong Krell (Canon)
If Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones taught us anything, it's that Besalisks are the ideal diner owners, not Jedi. Sure, they have plenty of arms, but someone like Dexter Jettster just doesn't look like a traditional member of the sacred order. Yet Pong Krell had other ideas, as he was the only known member of the species to become a Jedi. Not only that, he managed to attain the ranks of Master and General respectively. This made him an invaluable leader whose priorities lay with the safety of his men in mind... Or so you would think. In reality, Krell was selfish and self-serving. So when he foresaw the demise of both the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic, there was only ever one outcome on his mind: treason. Pong was quick to turn on his men, as a result, freely cutting them down with his twin double-bladed lightsabers. Though his reign of terror was eventually thwarted by a once-loyal clone who could simply take no more.
Number 03. Thon (Legends)
On the surface, Thon appeared to be nothing more than a beast you might find in a gladiatorial arena. Yet, despite his stature, he became one of the most revered Jedi Masters of the Old Republic era. His knowledge of the Force and some of its rarest techniques was unparalleled at the time - making him a highly sought after mentor. Moreover, Thon played an integral part in the bloody and brutal Great Sith War. And he did all of this without much use of his ancient lightsaber. Not bad for someone who was more or less a Torosaurus.
Number 02. Praven (Legends)
If there was one species you would not associate with the Jedi Order, it's the Sith Purebloods. I mean, the word Sith is literally in the name. So surely someone with the blood of generations of dark side Force-users would refrain from switching allegiances, right? Well, that wasn't always the case. Take Sith Lord Praven, for example: as a member of the red-skinned race, he became a pivotal figure in the reconstituted Sith Empire. However, when instructed to destroy Tatooine with the devastating Shock Drum, his conscience finally got the best of him. Praven abandoned the dark side soon thereafter, finding a new purpose in life as a member of the Jedi Order. What's more, the Padawan went on to serve the Republic Military throughout the 3641 BBY defense of Corellia.
Number 01. Ikrit (Legends)
With the video from a couple of weeks ago and today's combined, we've now covered all kinds of unusual alien Jedi - from Wookiees and Ewoks, to Jawas and Tusken Raiders. So one would only presume that the well for unique Force-sensitive races has run completely dry. But let's not forget a certain Kushiban Jedi Master. For those who don't know, the Kushiban were essentially a cross between a cat and a rabbit. This unbelievable yet amiable combination gave them the appearance of regular pets, though the Force-sensitive of the species were anything but. Ikrit was one such cute but deadly creature. In fact, he was moulded from a young age by none other than Yoda himself. Ikrit was able to use this experience to shape the rest of his life, and nothing was more fundamental in the maturity of Anakin Solo and Tahiri Veila. He even participated in the Yuuzhan Vong War. If that doesn't make Ikrit worthy of topping today's list, then I don't know what will...
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