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DarkStar Star Wars Character Database: Jar Jar Binks

23 May 2023  |  Captain Rex

Jar Jar Binks - The Clumsy Gungan Who Changed the Galaxy

Jar Jar Binks, an often polarizing character in the Star Wars universe, is a clumsy and good-natured Gungan from the planet Naboo. Though frequently misunderstood, Jar Jar plays a crucial role in the events leading to the rise of the Galactic Empire and the fall of the Republic.

Character Description

Jar Jar Binks is a tall, amphibious Gungan with long ears called "danglers" that hang down from his head. His eyes are large and expressive, mounted on stalks that extend from the sides of his face. With a lanky body and elongated limbs, Jar Jar is known for his distinctive walk and clumsy mannerisms, often finding himself in precarious situations.

Initially an outcast from his tribe due to his clumsiness, Jar Jar encounters Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi during their mission to Naboo. He accompanies them on their adventures, eventually befriending Queen Padmé Amidala and forming a close bond with the Jedi. Despite his seemingly foolish nature, Jar Jar possesses a genuine kindness and loyalty that endear him to his allies.

Jar Jar's most significant impact on the Star Wars saga occurs when, as a representative in the Galactic Senate, he proposes the Emergency Powers Act, granting Supreme Chancellor Palpatine sweeping authority that ultimately leads to the rise of the Empire and the fall of the Jedi Order.

Appearances in Star Wars Media

  • Film: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  • Film: Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
  • Film: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
  • TV Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Various novels, comics, and games in the Star Wars canon
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