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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[3] enslaved[1] on Tatooine, an Outer Rim planet that was too distant to be affected by the anti-slave laws of the Galactic Republic.[3] Born during the final years of the Republic, he was around the same age as his friend, Anakin Skywalker.[2] Like Banai,[1] Skywalker was also a slave—having been sold to the Toydarian junk dealer Watto.[3] 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,[3] Banai supported him as a member of his pit team.[2] 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.[3]

Personality and traits[]

As a child, Kitster Banai had a positive outlook[2] which he shared with his friend Anakin Skywalker.[3] He was often supportive of Skywalker,[1] both prior to[3] and during the Boonta Eve Classic.[2] Although victory had eluded Skywalker in previous racing events, he offered encouraging words nonetheless.[3] Despite his optimism,[2] 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[3] where he cheered on his friend.[1]

Kitster Bani was a human male[2] who possessed black hair, brown eyes, and tan skin.[3] During his childhood, he had a height of 1.24 meters.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

Kitster Banai was portrayed by Dhruv Chanchani in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, the first installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.[3]


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