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Jedi and Sith wield the Ashla and Bogan. The light and the dark. I'm the one in the middle. The Bendu.
―The Bendu

The Bendu is an enormous being that is the physical embodiment of the center of the Force. As such, he is neither a practitioner of the Light or Dark sides, but sits in-between.

Background

Personality

The Bendu is ancient and wise, and being an embodiment of the Force, incredibly knowledgeable and powerful. His voice echoes with this power and wisdom as well, adding to his mystical aura. He is shown to be eager to help the blinded Kanan Jarrus when the Jedi Knight's imbalance and inner turmoil awaken him from his slumber. The Bendu views both the Jedi and Sith impartially as two sides, although he also recognizes the potential for chaos if the two sides do not find balance with each other. The Bendu also does not see items like the Sith Holocron taken from Malachor as dangerous, as he believes an object cannot make a person good or evil, but rather the person's own desires, regardless of benevolent or malevolent intent, can make them good or evil.

The Bendu also believes that a person could change himself by his own hand alone. He is also highly optimistic, as even though Kanan was blind, he correctly believed that Kanan could learn to see again through use of the Force. He was not above being slightly coarse in his method of teaching, as he broke the sensor that kept the Krykna spiders away to forcibly teach Kanan how to sense and commune with them. This may also indicate that he is slightly mischievous as well.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • The Force: As the focal point between the Light and Dark sides of the Force, the Bendu has immense abilities and control over the Force itself. Among the basic abilities of the Force.
    • Taming beasts: The Bendu can control nature and various organisms, including the hostile Krykna of Atollon.
    • Force vision: The Bendu's connection with nature allows him to observe many events without his presence.
    • Force sense: The Bendu can sense the presence of other Force-users from a distance.
  • Immense Physical Strength: The Bendu's strength is so great that he can destroy a sensor marker with a mere flick of his hands.

Abilities

  • Knowledge of The Force: The Bendu has vast knowledge of the Force.

Role in the Series

The Bendu first calls out to Kanan Jarrus on Atollon through the Force, causing Kanan to come looking for him. When Kanan arrives at his location to look for him, the ancient Force-wielder wastes no time in revealing himself, introducing himself to the Jedi and revealing how he sits between the Light and Dark sides of the Force. He also reveals that he was awoken by Kanan's imbalance, and can sense the Dark side energy given off by the Sith Holocron Kanan took from Ezra. However, where Kanan says the holocron is dangerous, the Bendu is less worried as he stated that objects cannot make people good or evil, but rather temptations, forbidden knowledge and even desires to do good could lead some down the path of evil. He was also adamant in his belief that while blind, Kanan could use the Force to see once again, taking the sensor array that protected him from the Krykna spiders and breaking it. He then watched and guided Kanan as he learned to sense the spiders, regaining the strength to the connection to the Force he had let atrophy in his grief and anguish and letting go of his fear. After successfully learning from the Bendu, Kanan left the Sith Holocron in the Force-wielder's care, telling him to keep it as a gift.

After the former Sith Maul kidnapped Sabine, Hera, Chopper and Zeb aboard the Ghost, Kanan and Ezra traveled on a speeder bike to the Bendu's lair in Atollon's wilderness. The two Jedi were surrounded by several krykna but the Bendu awoke and scared them away. When the Bendu asked the two Jedi whether they had come for a chat, Ezra related to the Force-wielder their predicament with Maul. Ezra and Kanan explained that Maul desired both the Sith holocron and Kanan's own Jedi holocron. While the Bendu was unfamiliar with Maul, he remarked that the convergence of the Sith and Jedi holocrons would be dangerous. When asked how such a situation could be dangerous, the Bendu corrected Ezra's view that the holocrons were merely libraries and pointed out that if both holocrons were merged, they could grant clarity of vision but also produce chaos. When Ezra reiterated that he needed the Sith holocron in order to save his friends, the Bendu stated that the object was a source of imbalance between him and his master Kanan. However, he told the boy that he needed to enter a cave inhabited by krykna in order to retrieve the Sith holocron. Before entering the cave, Kanan instructed his apprentice to leave his lightsaber behind and to use a comlink instead. When the Bendu inquired, Kanan explained that his apprentice needed to learn how to resolve problems with out a lightsaber. While the Bendu waited outside, the two Jedi ventured into the cave and managed to retrieve the Sith holocron after a trial which involved Ezra learning to overcome his fear of the krykna and forgiving himself for the events on Malachor. After Ezra and Kanan returned from the cave, the Bendu expressed satisfaction that the imbalance between master and apprentice had been resolved. However, he warned the two Jedi that their true test had just begun; since Maul was unable to open the Jedi holocron, the Bendu warned that the task would fall on one of them. When Ezra suggests they could wield the power of both holocrons, the Bendu warned him that it came with a price: he then opined that once a secret was known, he stressed that it could not be un-known.

When Ezra began having visions of Maul, Kanan took him to see the Bendu again. The Bendu the reiterated his statement that combining the Holocrons brought both great clarity and great danger. When Ezra then stated that he kept seeing visions of Maul and that he had pulled away before the merging holocrons could give him answers he sought, the Bendu stated that the situation was not a good one. He then, as Ezra asked how to make the visions of Maul stop, told the young Jedi not to turn around, for there was Maul, the real Maul, behind them. In the ensuing moment they were all distracted, the Bendu disappeared in an instant.

Trivia

  • The Bendu gets its name from the original name concept for the Jedi; referred to in the original script as "Jedi Bendu".
  • The Bendu is the fourth being in the canon Star Wars Expanded Universe to be a physical embodiment of the Force. The other three were The Father (representing order), The Son (representing the Dark side) and The Daughter (representing the Light side), all of which appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. A fifth physical embodiment of the Force, Abeloth or The Mother (representing chaos) appears in the "Legends" continuity.
    • The Bendu is the last known living embodiment of the Force, as The Father, Daughter, and Son were killed by the actions of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka Tano during the Clone Wars.

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Others from Original Trilogy: Leia Organa | Han Solo | Chewbacca | Lando Calrissian | Wilhuff Tarkin | Admiral Ackbar | Mon Mothma | Wedge Antilles | Wicket W. Warrick | Owen Lars | Beru Whitesun Lars | Bib Fortuna | Figran D'an and the Modal Nodes | Emperor's Royal Guard | Salacious Crumb | TIE Pilots | AT-AT drivers | Rebel Pilots | Nien Nunb | Jabba the Hutt
Others from Sequel Trilogy: Rey | Finn | Poe Dameron | Lor San Tekka | Captain Phasma | Maz Kanata | General Hux | First Order TIE Pilots | Supreme Leader Snoke | Sidon Ithano | Tasu Leech | Teedo | Unkar Plutt | Snap Wexley
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Creatures/Races

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Episodes

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Shorts: The Machine in the Ghost | Art Attack | Entanglement | Property of Ezra Bridger
Season One: Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion | Droids in Distress | Fighter Flight | Rise of the Old Masters | Breaking Ranks | Out of Darkness | Empire Day | Gathering Forces | Path of the Jedi | Idiot's Array | Vision of Hope | Call to Action | Rebel Resolve | Fire Across the Galaxy
Season Two: Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal | The Lost Commanders | Relics of the Old Republic | Always Two There Are | Brothers of the Broken Horn | Wings of the Master | Blood Sisters | Stealth Strike | The Future of the Force | Legacy | A Princess on Lothal | The Protector of Concord Dawn | Legends of the Lasat | The Call | Homecoming | The Honorable Ones | Shroud of Darkness | The Forgotten Droid | The Mystery of Chopper Base | Twilight of the Apprentice
Season Three: Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow | The Holocrons of Fate | The Antilles Extraction | Hera's Heroes | The Last Battle | Imperial Super Commandos | Iron Squadron | The Wynkahthu Job | An Inside Man | Visions and Voices | Ghosts of Geonosis | Warhead | Trials of the Darksaber | Legacy of Mandalore | Through Imperial Eyes

Organizations

Rebel Alliance | Galactic Empire | Jedi | Confederacy of Independent Systems | Sith | Galactic Republic | Mandalorian | First Order | Resistance | Inquisitorius | Jedi Temple Guards | Church of the Force | New Republic

Objects/Weapons

Lightsaber | Blaster | Ezra's Energy Slingshot | Holocron | Bo-Rifle | Kyber crystal | Synthetic kyber crystal | Darksaber

Spacecrafts/Vehicles

StarSpeeder 3000 | Millennium Falcon | X-Wing | Y-Wing | A-Wing | B-Wing | U-Wing | T-70 X-Wing Fighter | Snowspeeder | Naboo Starfighter | Anakin Skywalker's Podracer | Imperial Shuttle | Imperial Star Destroyer | Slave I | TIE Fighter | TIE Advanced x1 | TIE Bomber | TIE Interceptor | TIE Advanced v1 | TIE Defender | First Order TIE fighter | First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter | TIE Striker | Jedi Starfighter | AT-ST | AT-AT | AT-ACT | Super Star Destroyer | Jedi Mickey's Starfighter | Blockade Runner | StarSpeeder 1000 | Ghost | Phantom/Phantom II | AT-DP | Imperial Speeder Bike | 614-AvA Speeder Bike | Imperial Landing Craft | EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate | AT-TE | Imperial Freighter | First Order Star Destroyer | Imperial Interdictor | Hammerhead Corvette | Sato's Hammer | Nightbrother

Locations

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Merchandise

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See Also

The Force

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