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"This is so wizard."
―Kitster Banai, impressed by Anakin Skywalker's podracer[src]

Kitster Banai was a human male slave who lived on the Outer Rim world of Tatooine during the Naboo Crisis. As a child, he befriended Anakin Skywalker—a fellow slave and podracing enthusiast. Banai supported Skywalker as a member of his pit team at the Boonta Eve Classic. As a result of winning the event, Banai's friend gained his freedom and subsequently departed the desert planet to join the Jedi Order.


Kitster Banai was a child[4] enslaved[1] on Tatooine, an Outer Rim planet that was too distant to be affected by the anti-slave laws of the Galactic Republic.[4] Born during the final years of the Republic, he was around the same age as his friend, Anakin Skywalker.[3] Like Banai,[1] Skywalker was also a slave—having been sold to the Toydarian junk dealer Watto.[4] As children, Banai and Skywalker protected each other while braving the dangerous streets of Mos Espa.[1] When Skywalker entered his custom-built podracer in the Boonta Eve Classic podracing event,[4] Banai supported him as a member of his pit team.[3] Skywalker ultimately won the race along with his freedom, leading Banai and his childhood friend to part ways as Skywalker embarked on a journey to become a Jedi.[4]

Personality and traitsEdit

As a child, Kitster Banai had a positive outlook[3] which he shared with his friend Anakin Skywalker.[4] He was often supportive of Skywalker,[1] both prior to[4] and during the Boonta Eve Classic.[3] Although victory had eluded Skywalker in previous racing events, he offered encouraging words nonetheless.[4] Despite his optimism,[3] he was also doubtful as to whether or not Skywalker could repair his podracer, let alone win the race.[1] Even so, Banai attended the event[4] where he cheered on his friend.[1]

Kitster Bani was a human male[3] who possessed black hair, brown eyes, and tan skin.[4] During his childhood, he had a height of 1.24 meters.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

Kitster Banai was portrayed by Dhruv Chanchani in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.


Non-canon appearancesEdit


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Encyclopedia-Logo Kitster in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  2. In his Encyclopedia and databank enties, they both stated that he was "about the same age as Anakin." Anakin was born in 41 BBY, so Kitster is born around 41 BBY.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 StarWars-DatabankII Kitster in the Databank (backup link)
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
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