Maz Kanata (who is also known as Maz Kanata the Usurper, Kanata the Despoiler, Kanata the Benevolent, and Kanata of the Free Fleet) is a character who was introduced in 2015's The Force Awakens and went on to appear in The Last Jedi and The Force Awakens. Played by the Oscar-winning actress and Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o (who also voiced her in the micro-series Star Wars Forces of Destiny), Maz Kanata is a supporting character to the main players of the sequel trilogy.
The character has also been voiced by Grey Griffin in Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, Lego Star Wars: The Resistance Rises, and Star Wars Battlefront II.
Her role in the movies, however, is absolutely pivotal in the sense that her knowledge is able to bring the main characters together. In a sense, Maz Kanata is the new Yoda of the sequel trilogy. She's a diminutive figure of unknown species who is apparently over 1000 years old. She has vast experience in surviving in the tough and seedy underworld of the Star Wars universe and appears to have a strong connection to/understanding of the Force. That said, she also thinks Chewbacca is her boyfriend.
She has spent centuries traveling around the galaxy, building an amazing collection of antiques, trinkets, and unusual items, which she safely hoarded inside the storehouses and vaults of her castle. Arguably the most notable item she got her hands on was the lightsaber crafted by the Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker during the Clone Wars – the one that was later wielded by his son, Luke, who was instrumental in toppling the Galactic Empire whilst using it.
Maz Kanata Quotes from The Force Awakens
Maz Kanata: “Han Solo! Where's my boyfriend?”
Han Solo: “Chewie's working on the ship.”
Maz Kanata: “I like that Wookiee.”
On the Force, she said “The Force, it’s calling to you. Just let it in.”
On Rey, she said “Dear child! The longing you seek is not behind you, it is in front of you.”
On Finn, she said a little more:
“I have lived long enough to see the same eyes in different people. I have seen your eyes, I know your eyes!”
“Hope is not lost today. It is found.”
“You must face them, fight them.”
Maz Kanata Quotes from The Last Jedi
Maz played an even smaller role in The Last Jedi than she did in The Force Awakens. In fact, you could pretty much call it a mere cameo.
Speaking fondly of the Master Codebreaker's abilities, she said “Oh yes he can.”
“Sorry, kiddo, this is rarified cracking. If you want to get on that Star Destroyer, I only know one option. Find the master Codebreaker.”
Maz Kanata Quotes from The Rise of Skywalker
She didn't exactly have a large role in The Rise of Skywalker, either – but she was definitely there!
Maz Kanata: “Chewie?”
Maz gives a medal to Chewie.
Maz Kanata: “This is for you.”
Maz Kanata: “Good-bye, dear princess.”
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