There are some fantastic lightsaber duels in Star Wars, obviously, but you may be surprised to know that some of the best lightsaber duels are actually in the cartoons. And, with The Clone Wars returning this weekend, I thought it prudent to highlight these hidden gems found in the cartoons. Enjoy!
5. Kanan vs. The Grand Inquisitor
The first season of Star Wars: Rebels is pretty good but it’s not until this fateful duel that I began to actually understand how amazing the series could be. Kanan Jarrus believes that Ezra is dead and in an incredible moment, he faces the Grand Inquisitor with every bit of zen and belief in the power of the Force imaginable, resulting in a powerful duel that allows Kanan to grow immensely.
4. Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Maul and Asajj vs. Savage Opress
Let’s see, an epic duel featuring four different Force-wielders fighting in a constrained area on a ship? That sounds pretty fascinating and it is too.
Maul and Savage are powerful opponents and eventually pose to be too powerful for Kenobi and Ventress but not before we get some seriously entertaining duel action between these characters.
3. Anakin Skywalker vs. Barriss Offee
In the last few fateful episodes of The Clone Wars‘ fifth season, Ahsoka faces terrible charges of bombing the Jedi Temple thus killing innocents, clone troopers, and Jedi. She tries to prove her innocence but all of the evidence is pointing against her. To clear her name Anakin goes on the hunt for the true mastermind behind the bombing and discovers that Ahsoka’s friend, Barris Offee is the real culprit.
An epic lightsaber duel ensues in the Jedi Temple between Barriss and Anakin that is nothing short of fascinating. Offee manages to put up a good fight but Skywalker’s rage is apparent and he eventually overwhelms her. After everything that Tano went through you can’t help cheering for Anakin as he vents all of his anger on Offee.
2. Maul vs. Pre Visla
Pre Visla, the former owner of the Darksaber (yeah, that Darksaber) ends up in a fateful duel with Maul as Maul strives to take over Death Watch in his plan of revenge against Kenobi. The duel is really entertaining because Visla, as a Mandalorian, puts up quite the fight. The drama builds until Maul eventually wins but boy, it’s so much fun to watch.
1. Ahsoka Tano vs. Darth Vader
I mean, come on, this can’t be topped. One of the reasons why I LOVE Star Wars: Rebels is because of scenes like this. Ahsoka Tano, in a Sith Temple on Malachor, facing her former master who is now Darth Vader? How awesome does that sound? This lightsaber duel has it all, emotion, stakes, drama, great music, fantastic choreography, and its conclusion are as good as it gets.
So these are my five favorite lightsaber duels in the cartoons. I’m hoping whatever lightsaber duels appear in this new season of The Clone Wars they’re just as awesome as these duels were.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day. May the Force be with you.