Star Wars ComLINKS is a monthly linkup by AAHA meant to inspire fans to write and talk about various topics pertaining to the galaxy far, far away.
May’s Topic: Favorite Supporting Character
I decided to think outside the box for this one and choose a character that left a strong impression on me, so I went with the one and only Janus Kasmir from the Kanan: The Last Padawan comic book series written by Greg Weisman and illustrated by Pepe Larraz.
For those of you who aren’t familiar, Janus Kasmir was a Kalleran who took in Kanan Jarrus during his younger years as Caleb Dume. The two became partners in crime, flying from system to system and completing odd jobs for credits. After coming to terms with the fact that sticking around with Kasmir would put his new friend’s life in constant danger, Caleb leaves and takes up a new name—one that I think was inspired by the friend he left behind.
Kasmir is a lovable jerk. He’s the guy you want to punch in the face for whatever nonsense comes out of his mouth, but you also want to share a nice, cold drink with him after a long day of committing criminal activities. Somewhere underneath that thick skin of his, though, is a heart that is capable of caring for other people. He’s not that great at showing it, but he ultimately cared about Caleb. It explains why 15 years later, when he saved Ezra on the streets of Lahn, he was reminded of his former partner and friend.
Besides his charming qualities and roguish good looks, the main reason why Kasmir is my favorite supporting character goes back to the fact that he helped Caleb when no one else would. Sure, he ratted the kid out and left him behind on their first mission together, but Kasmir went back for him and never used the Jedi card as blackmail. Who knows what he saw in Caleb, but he still kept him around knowing that he was putting himself in danger.
Kasmir was also instrumental in shaping Kanan’s look. The reason he keeps his hair in a ponytail is because Janus immediately picked up on his tell. Kanan had the tendency of drawing his hand through his hair when he was nervous, easily giving himself away. Being with Kasmir also taught him important survival skills, such as learning how to handle a blaster instead of a lightsaber.
I don’t know where his story goes next, but I like to think Kasmir and Kleeve (a.k.a. Jondo) continue their adventures throughout the Outer Rim. It won’t come to pass on screen, but my dream is that he and Kanan cross paths again and that Kanan apologizes for how he left. After all, without Janus Kasmir, we wouldn’t have Kanan Jarrus.
Who’s your favorite supporting character? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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