- "Master Windu, you have fought gallantly…worthy of recognition in the archives of the Jedi Order. Now it is finished. Surrender, and your lives will be spared."
"We will not be hostages to be bartered, Dooku."
"Then, I'm sorry, old friend."
- ―Dooku offers Gon and the other Jedi a chance to surrender, which is refused by Mace Windu
Tarados Gon was a Force-sensitive Klatooinian who served as a Jedi Knight in the Jedi Order. In 22 BBY, Gon was part of the assault team led by Jedi Master Mace Windu that traveled to the planet Geonosis to save Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi from execution by the Confederacy of Independent Systems.
The Jedi engaged the Separatist forces in the Petranaki Arena but sustained heavy casualties, with Gon and the other survivors eventually finding themselves surrounded. After refusing to surrender to the Separatist Count Dooku, the Jedi were rescued by the arrival of an army of clone troopers led by Grand Master Yoda, which turned the battle around and defeated the Separatists.
Geonosis strike team
- "I will take what Jedi we have left and go to Geonosis and help Obi-Wan."
- ―Mace Windu
Tarados Gon was a Klatooinian member of the Jedi Order who served as a guardian of the Galactic Republic. By the year 22 BBY, Gon had risen to the rank of Jedi Knight and was part of an assault team made up of 212 Jedi led by Jedi Master Mace Windu that traveled to the planet Geonosis in order to rescue Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Kenobi had been captured by the Confederacy of Independent Systems, a group of political entities and companies seeking to separate from the Republic. He was due to be executed in the Geonosian Petranaki Arena alongside his Padawan, Anakin Skywalker, and Senator Padmé Amidala, both of whom had been captured trying to rescue Kenobi.
The Battle of Geonosis
- "However, not all Klatooinians are drawn to the underworld. Some have been known to be Force-sensitive, and there were some Klatooinian Jedi Knights, such as Tarados Gon, that fought in the Battle of Geonosis."
- ―An entry in an artist's journal restored and expanded at the Graf Archive
Gon and the other Jedi infiltrated the arena while the three prisoners fought to avoid death. The group of Jedi revealed themselves when Windu confronted Separatist leader Count Dooku. The Jedi then engaged an army of battle droids deployed to the arena, with Gon fighting on the arena floor.
The Jedi sustained heavy casualties, and soon Gon and most of the other survivors found themselves surrounded in a circle at the center of the arena. Dooku called for his droids to cease firing and commended the efforts of the Jedi, before offering them a chance to surrender.
- "Around the survivors a perimeter create."
- ―Yoda orders his troops to protect Tarados Gon and the other Jedi
Windu refused the offer, and Dooku gave the order for Gon and the others to be killed. However, before the battle droids could begin firing, Low Altitude Assault Transport/infantry gunships descended on the arena carrying an army of clone troopers led by Jedi Grand Master Yoda.
As the droids began firing, the gunships landed in a perimeter around the surviving Jedi in order to rescue them. The Jedi then boarded the ships, which left the arena and carried their occupants to join the wider battle outside. The arrival of the clones ultimately turned the battle in the Jedi and Republic's favor, allowing them to defeat the Separatist forces and force them to flee Geonosis. Gon was mentioned in an artist's journal, which was restored, expanded, and displayed at the Graf Archive at some point after 34 ABY.
Personality and traits
Behind the scenes
Tarados Gon first appeared in the 2002 prequel trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, played by an uncredited actor. The character was first identified by name in the new Star Wars canon in the 2018 reference book Star Wars: Alien Archive.
The Jedi battle in the Geonosis Arena scenes were filmed on Stage 3 at Fox Studios, Sydney, between August 10 and August 15, 2000. In an unused and unfinished alternate cut of the Battle of Geonosis in which a group of Jedi board a Droid Control Ship during the arena battle, Tarados Gon can be seen shaking hands with Saesee Tiin in the circle of surviving Jedi after they seemingly manage to shut down the droids attacking them. The droids then reactivate, leaving the Jedi surrounded once more.
Although Gon's lightsaber is primarily shown as blue in color throughout Attack of the Clones, it is erroneously green in color during the shot in which Mace Windu refuses to surrender to Count Dooku. The character's name originated in the Star Wars Legends continuity, where it was first used in the 2003 reference book Inside the Worlds of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, written by Curtis Saxton and Simon Beecroft.
- The Prequel Trilogy Stories
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (First appearance)
- The Odyssey of Star Wars: An Epic Poem (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded (Picture only)
- Star Wars Made Easy (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Alien Archive (First identified as Tarados Gon)
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 70 (Databank A-Z: Wicket Warrick–Weequay) (Picture only)
- "Nick Gillard From Circus to Sith" – Star Wars Insider 187 (Picture only)
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, New Edition (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
- "Yoda and Other Force Users" – Star Wars Encyclopedia (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Character Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded Edition (Picture only)
- "Ahsoka Tano and Other Force Users" – Star Wars Encyclopedia (Picture only)
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Notes and references
- Star Wars: Alien Archive
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, which includes Tarados Gon's appearance on Geonosis, to 22 BBY.
- Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
- Star Wars: Alien Archive
- Star Wars: Alien Archive establishes that the restored in-universe journal discusses Poe Dameron's mutiny against Amilyn Holdo, which is depicted in Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi. The Star Wars Book places the events of The Last Jedi in the same year as the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY, meaning the document must have been published after that year.
- The Star Wars Archives: Episodes I–III, 1999–2005
- Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga: Raid on the Droid Control Ship Deleted Scene
- Inside the Worlds of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones