- "Patience, both of you. A second look usually pays off."
- ―Kit Fisto
Kit Fisto was a Nautolan Jedi Master during the last years of the Galactic Republic. He was among the Jedi who fought in the Battle of Geonosis and was one of the few survivors out of the 200 Jedi who traveled there.
He became a Jedi General of the Clone Army in the Clone Wars and took part in such conflicts as the Mission to Vassek's third moon and the Battle of Mon Cala. He was also involved in a mission with his former Padawan Nahdar Vebb to capture the escaped prisoner, Nute Gunray—however, the two ended up facing the notorious Jedi hunter General Grievous inside his lair. While Vebb perished at the hands of the General, Fisto very nearly bested him in combat, and escaped with his life, but without Gunray, ultimately making the mission a failure. At some point during the Clone Wars, Fisto accepted a seat on the Jedi Council.
While he was at the Jedi Temple, Anakin Skywalker revealed to Mace Windu that Chancellor Sheev Palpatine was a Sith Lord. Windu took Fisto, alongside Jedi Masters Agen Kolar and Saesee Tiin to Palpatine's office to arrest him. In the following duel, after Kolar and Tiin had perished, Fisto was killed by the Chancellor.
At some point prior to the Clone Wars, Fisto accepted the young Force-sensitive Mon Calamari Nahdar Vebb as Padawan, and trained him in the ways of the Force. They went their separate ways after Vebb earned the title of Jedi Knight.
The Clone WarsEdit
Battle of GeonosisEdit
- "Oh dear! I'm terribly sorry about all this."
- ―C-3PO as he shoots at Kit Fisto
By 22 BBY, tensions between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems were growing at an alarming rate. After senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo narrowly survived multiple assassination attempts, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi was sent out to track down and find the person behind it. He eventually discovered it was bounty hunter Jango Fett, and subsequently followed him to the barren world of Geonosis. There, he discovered that the Separatists had been developing their own droid army, and contacted the Jedi Temple about his findings moments before he was discovered, and captured. Mace Windu then made the decision to assemble a Jedi assault team, made up of the 200 available Jedi to crush the droid army the Separatists had been creating, and to rescue Obi Wan.
Fisto was one of the many Jedi sent out to Geonosis, as part of the Jedi assault team. Upon arriving on Geonosis, Kit Fisto and the Jedi infiltrated the arena, and hid until the time was right. After Windu revealed himself to Count Dooku, the leader of the Separatists, they deployed their newfound droid army, and so the Jedi revealed themselves. With thousands of droids in front of them, Fisto and the other Jedi ignited their lightsabers, running toward them and began cutting them down one by one. At one point during the battle, Fisto encountered a malfunctioning droid with the head of C-3PO, Amidala's protocol droid. He grinned as he pinned the odd looking droid under the weight of a fallen Super Battle Droid.
In the height of the battle, where it seemed that the Separatists had gotten the upper hand, having killed most of the 200 Jedi sent there in the first place, the remaining Jedi, including Fisto, were encircled by battle droids. Before they could be executed, they were rescued by the Republic's newly-acquired clone army, led into the arena by Yoda aboard gunships. Fisto survived the arena skirmish, escaping on board a gunship along with fellow Jedi Mace Windu and Ki-Adi-Mundi.
The lair of General GrievousEdit
- "Welcome home General, I'm afraid I must request your surrender."
- ―Kit Fisto to General Grievous
Following Viceroy Nute Gunray's escape from the Tranquility, Kit Fisto was contacted by the two Jedi escorts that had been accompanying him, Luminara Unduli and Ahsoka Tano, who tasked him with tracking Gunray's stolen ship down, and bringing him back so that he should face trial after the attempted kidnapping of senator Padme Amidala on Rodia. Kit Fisto tracked the location of the stolen ship to the Vassek system. Upon arriving, he contacted the two female Jedi to let them know of his progress, to which they let him know that his former Padawan, Nahdar Vebb, had already trailed the stolen ship, and had landed on the surface of Vassek's third moon. Upon landing on the moon's surface, Fisto reunited with Vebb, congratulating him on his promotion to the rank of Jedi Knight, and expressed his sorrow that he could have not seen the last of his trials. Fisto, Vebb, and several clone troopers then continued to trace the tracking beacon to the entrance of a large fortress, which appeared to be sealed shut. Vebb suggested cutting open the door, while clone commander Fil expressed that they should blow it up. Assessing the situation, Master Fisto simply pressed a specific part of the door, and it opened, allowing them to walk inside.
As the group roamed the dimly lit corridors of the fortress, Kit Fisto noted that he sensed something. Moments later, they heard a screeching noise before finally discovering a hall in which they could see and hear what they thought to be Gunray addressing orders to his battle droids. The two Jedi then simply strolled in, and with ease cut down the droids. Thinking they had caught the Vicroy, Nahdar Vebb used the force, to swerve his chair to face them, to which they saw him as a hologram. Gunray exclaimed that they were fools and welcomed them to their supposed doom. Moments later, a hologram of Count Dooku appeared, who apologized for the deception, and offered them an alternative prize, before flickering off, leaving the Jedi stumped. The group then continued walking through the familiar looking corridors in an attempt to find out why they had been lured there. They eventually stumbled upon an armory, which immediately lead Fisto the conclusion that they were in the lair of General Grievous, as it contained several of his spare masks and body armor. Kit Fisto was left utterly confused as to why Count Dooku would lure them there as a trap for his own ally. While he discussed the matter with Nahdar, they received a transmission that there was an incoming ship, and that it matched that of Grievous' ship. Master Fisto, Vebb and Fil then debated what they should do. Nahdar Vebb noted that killing Grievous could turn the tide of the war, but Fisto warned him that they should not underestimate the cyborg warrior.
As Grievous entered his lair, the Jedi and the clones quickly sprung to surprise attack him. Kit Fisto welcomed him back into his home, and requested he surrender so that the senate would be more merciful. The cyborg responded that Fisto would be the one begging for mercy, as he ignited his four lightsabers. They briefly dueled, while the clone troopers used the cables attached to their weapons to tug on his legs. Fisto was then able to slice off his legs, leaving him only able to crawl and climb using his upper limbs. The general still managed to kill several clone troopers, before escaping to his control room. Nahdar Vebb angrily claimed that he would have been able to finish him off, had the clones not gotten away, before Fisto suggested they take care of the wounded. Upon examining the dead, Vebb expressed that he could take Grievous, but Kit Fisto once again reminded him that he was not ready to. The group then attempted to leave the castle, but before they could, they were locked in. Grievous then ordered his magna guards to destroy their shuttle outside.
Fisto was eventually the sole survivor of the party and went to the castle's landing platform, after instructing his astromech droid to fly his starfighter there and pick him up. Grievous, however, appeared and the two engaged in lightsaber combat. Fisto managed to sever one of the cyborg's hands and reclaim Vebb's lightsaber during the duel and held the upper hand until three IG-100 MagnaGuards joined the fight. Grievous promised Fisto a quick death if he would surrender, but at that point R6 arrived with his ship, allowing him to escape.
Fisto was present in the Jedi Temple during the infiltration of bounty hunters Cad Bane and Cato Parasitti. He was witnessed by Ahsoka Tano opening the holocron vault, a room only permissible to Jedi Masters.
Shortly after the Second Battle of Geonosis, Fisto was stationed on the Ord Cestus Medical Station. After the cargo frigate TB-73 became overrun with Geonosian Brain Worms, Fisto received the vessel, and helped padawans Ahsoka Tano and Barriss Offee get needed medical attention. Upon the arrival of Anakin Skywalker, Fisto explained the origins of the worms, and the two theorized that they were most likely the reason that the Geonosians were able to retake the planet.
Rescue on Lola SayuEdit
Kit Fisto, along with Plo Koon, Saesee Tiin and Adi Gallia ,went with a fleet to Lola Sayu in an attempt to evacuate Skywalker, Kenobi, and the other surviving members of their group from the planet after the group's initial plan to escape the Citadel, a prison located on Lola Sayu, had failed. When they arrived, they engaged the separatist blockade fleet. Plo Koon made an attempt to land a Gunship on the planet to pick up the survivors, escorted by Fisto, Gallia and Tiin in their starfighters. They found the team on a small Island and managed to successfully pick them up, fly back to their command ship and retreat to Coruscant.
Water War on Mon CalaEdit
Sometime later on into the Clone Wars, Fisto and Padawan Ahsoka Tano were dispatched along with water-equipped clone troopers under their command to the underwater world of Mon Cala by the Jedi Council in order to settle the conflict erupting between the Mon Calamari and Quarren. Fisto assisted the Mon Calamari in fighting against Quarren and the Separatist forces of Riff Tamson, though the battle seemed despairing. Republic forces were eventually forced to retreat after the Separatists unleashed their Hydroid Medusae super weapons.
With little fighting strength left on the Republic side, Fisto, Anakin Skywalker, Senator Amidala, Ahsoka, and Ackbar made the decision to get Prince Lee-Char and Meena Tills on a ship headed out of the system and to safety. Fisto managed to dispatch Quarren forces as they made their way to the surface with the fugitives. However, before they could reach the cruiser, it was blown up by an anticipating Tamson. Splitting up, Skywalker and Amidala took Ackbar and Tills to the Mon Cala central planetary scanner mast while Fisto and Ahsoka protected Prince Lee-Char.
Unknown the Republic forces on Mon Cala, the Jedi High Council had enlisted the help of the Gungan Grand Army, allowing for much needed reinforcements on the Republic side. However, they were once again ambushed by Tamson, who confronted the young prince Lee-Char. Fisto engaged in melee combat with the Karkaradon, allowing Ahsoka and the prince to escape. Fisto was ultimately subdued by the Tamson and imprisoned along with Amidala, Skywalker, and Jar Jar Binks. Brought before Tamson himself, the three prisoners were subjected to electric eel torture and shackle droids. After Tamson savagely shattered Amidala's helmet with his jaws, Fisto and Skywalker saved her by creating a force bubble around her head, thus allowing her to breathe. They were then brought to watch Lee-Char's execution, and Fisto witnessed the young prince being saved at the last moment by Nossor Ri. The Nautolan Jedi participated in the final battle of newly rekindled Mon Calamari and Quarren forces against Tamson and the Separatists. After the Republic victory, he witnessed Prince Lee-Char's coronation as the new King of Mon Cala.
Abduction of Chancellor PalpatineEdit
Fisto was present at the Festival of Light on Naboo, there to help enforce security should the Chancellor's life be put in danger. He witnessed Palpatine's abduction by the team of Obi-Wan Kenobi (under the guise of Moralo Eval, Embo, Derrown, Twazzi, and Cad Bane.
Fall of the RepublicEdit
As the Clone Wars drew to a close, the force and the Jedi order itself began to grow more and more clouded by the dark side. Shortly after the Battle of Coruscant, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine revealed to Anakin Skywalker his true identity as a Sith Lord, prompting the young knight to inform Master Mace Windu. Windu, aiming to imprison and sentence the newly revealed Sith Lord for his crimes, traveled to the Chancellor's office in order to arrest him. He was accompanied by Masters Fisto, Agen Kolar, and Saesee Tiin.
Confronting Palpatine in his office, the four Jedi ignited their lightsabers, while Windu demanded that the Chancellor come with them to be detained. In a surprise attack, Palpatine ignited his own crimson saber, leaping across the room and felling Kolar with one strike. He proceeded to cut down Tiin with impressive speed, catching both Fisto and Windu by surprise. The Nautolan Jedi managed to hold off the Sith for a few seconds, before he was killed by a slice to the abdomen, as Master Yoda had foreseen. By the time Skywalker arrived, Kolar, Tiin, and Fisto lay dead on the floor. Windu later became Palpatine's fourth victim, falling to his death through the window after being hit with Force lightning.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
Kit Fisto was a Jedi Master who had an intense focus, particularly in combat. A notable example of his dueling skills was shown in his fight with infamous Jedi hunter General Grievous, whom Fisto held his own very well against.
Despite Fisto's skills, however, Darth Sidious was able to slay the Nautolan Jedi Master in mere seconds, though Fisto did manage to last longer than fellow Masters Kolar and Tiin, as he was able to block several of Sidious's vicious blows before falling.
Behind the scenesEdit
Kit Fisto first appeared in Attack of the Clones, though he was originally designed as a new Sith Lord. One of these designs was of a white-skinned male alien with dreadlocks that wielded a curved lightsaber. The artist, Dermot Power, was never quite satisfied with the outcome and the Sith Lord concept was eventually modified to be a bald-headed female. This design was discarded after Christopher Lee was cast as Count Dooku, though it would later be re-used as the character design for Asajj Ventress. George Lucas asked Power to remodel the original dreadlocked concept into a Jedi, who made the face softer and changed the skin color to green. After a Jedi tunic was added to the character, the design of Kit Fisto was finalized. Zac Jensen and ILMer Daniel Zizmor played Fisto in Attack of the Clones, but did not replay Fisto in Revenge of the Sith. The role went to stuntman Ben Cooke.
In the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series Kit Fisto was voiced by Phil LaMarr. His voice was inspired by the voice of "the 7-UP guy" from its television commercials. LaMarr voices the character with a Jamaican accent, similar to the one he used for Hermes Conrad in the television series Futurama. In an early draft of Revenge of the Sith, Kit Fisto was originally supposed to die on Saleucami during Order 66 (Mace Windu had faced Palpatine alone in this draft).
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Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Lair of Grievous"
- ↑ Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Holocron Heist"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brain Invaders"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Citadel Rescue"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Water War"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Gungan Attack"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Prisoners"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis on Naboo"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much"
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Destiny"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Shroud of Darkness"
- ↑ 17.0 17.1
- ↑ TheForce.net Force Cast, Interview with Dave Filoni.