Quinlan Vos was born on the planet Kiffu, he was the son of Kiffu Guardians Pethros and Quian Vos. His parents were murdered by Anzati when Vos was very young. Like most Kiffar he had psychometric powers which were enhanced by his ability with the Force.
The Jedi discovered Quinlan had a connection with the Force and intended to train him when he was a young boy. Because of his exceptional psychometric talents, the Kiffar were reluctant to let him leave his homeland and become a member of the Jedi Order. It was proposed by the Kiffu Guardians that he would be trained on Kiffu rather than Coruscant. The Jedi Council agreed and Master Tholme, being the Jedi Watchman for Kiffu, was appointed to train him.
Vos witnessed his mother’s death firsthand, and often became deeply distressed because of this later on. Only Master Tholme was able to calm him using Jedi techniques. He then took Vos to Coruscant where he helped him overcome his traumatic experience. As a Youngling, he trained with the likes of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Shylar and showed he had potential to be a great Jedi. During his Apprenticeship he became close friends with Obi-Wan and had a romantic relationship with Shylar, but eventually had to cut it off due to their training. When he was a young boy he rescued Aayla Secura from a Wampa during a mission to Ryloth with Master Tholme. She would later became his apprentice.
Quinlan Vos was created by Timothy Truman and John Nadeau and first appeared in Star Wars issue 17 (2000). He was however inspired by a character that appeared in the background of George Lucas' Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Major Story Arcs
As A Jedi Knight
After becoming a Jedi Knight Vos still had strong relationship with the Kiffar, he visited his home planet Kiffu on a regular basis. This was condemned by some Jedi who believed that detachment from personal pasts was essential to have full devotion to the Force. Vos took Aayla Secura as an apprentice as a Jedi Knight.
Quinlan went on a mission with Aayla Secura to Nar Shaddaa to investigate a drug smuggling racket. On this mission Quinlan and Aayla were drugged and wiped of their memories. Vos teamed up with a bounty hunter named Vilmarh Grahrk who helped him escape from Nar Shaddaa. Vos found out from Pol Secura that Senator Kaa was behind the drug scandal and various other crimes.
Vos traveled to Coruscant to confront and kill Senator Kaa, but was stopped by Mace Windu because he thought the act would send him to the dark side. Mace Windu later found the evidence to Take Senator Kaa to the Supreme Court. Vos was re-trained as a Jedi after this mission.
Becoming A Jedi Master
In his final mission as a Jedi Knight, Quinlan and Aayla went to Kintan to rescue Aayla's cousin and heir to Clan Secura, Nat Secura. Master Tholme was also missing, held captive on Kintan by the same Morgukai warriors who had kidnapped Nat. Quinlan and Aayla defeated the Morgukai and saved Tholme. After the mission they returned to Coruscant and Quinlan was promoted to the rank of Jedi Master. His apprentice Aayla was promoted to Jedi Knight by the Jedi Council.
During the clone wars Quinlan was working undercover for the Jedi Council spying on the Separatists. He provided valuable information to the Republic and the Jedi by infiltrating Count Dooku's Separatists. Whilst working undercover, Quinlan began getting emotionally involved with Khaleen Hentz, one of Count Dooku's agents. Khaleen later became Quinlan's wife and had a child with him.
Count Dooku was aware of Vos working undercover and tried to draw him to the Dark Side regardless. He tempted Vos to use the dark side to strengthen his psychometric powers. Using the dark side powers Vos discovered that his great aunt, Sheyf Tinte, sacrificed his parents to Anzati vampires. He had a surge of dark side power and killed his aunt.
Vos later became Dooku's Agent and carried out assassination missions for him. Vos was still working undercover for the Jedi Council but most Jedi were convinced that he had given in to the dark side.
After Vos escaped Cound Dooku, two Dark Jedi were sent to hunt him down, Tol Skorr and Asajj Ventress. On the spaceship Titavian IV, Vos met with Obi-Wan Kenobi and helped him escape, convincing him that he still served the Republic. When he returned to Coruscant, he managed to convince the Jedi Council that he was working undercover and was taken back into the Jedi Order.
After the execution of Order 66, Vos was ambushed by Clone troopers under his command. He was believed to be dead but emerged badly wounded. He then went into hiding in the jungles of Kashyyyk. Bounty hunter Vilmarh Grahrk found Vos injured on the forest floor and helped him escape. Grahrk told the clone troopers that he had killed Quinlan to stop them hunting him, allowing Vos to escape off world.
Quinlan escaped from the planet and was healed. He later found out he had a son from his wife, Khaleen. His son was called Korto Vos.
Powers and Abilities
Quinlan Vos was a powerful Force user and had was proficient in the rare ability of Psychometry, the ability to perceive images and events surrounding an object just by touching it. He would use this ability to track down bounty hunters and learn the circumstances of his parents' death, which would be a traumatic experience for him that was one of the factors to him nearly falling to the dark side of the Force. His skill in Telekinesis was profound enough where he could hold up large rocks even while being struck by shuriken, as well as throw and control the arc of his lightsaber. Outside of Telekinesis, Vos could use the Jedi Mind trick, sense emotions and other beings, conceal himself in the Force so as to hide from other Force users, control weak willed animals to do his bidding.
His skill with a lightsaber was just as exceptional, allowing him to defeat Anzati and Morgukai warriors despite being outnumbered, deflect blaster bolts fired from numerous shooters and angles, and defeat Dark Jedi like the extremely skilled, former lightsaber instructor Sora Bulq. He utilized the Form V variant Shien and Form IV Ataru lightsaber styles in combat, and was even taught some sequences of Form VII's Vaapad, although he was forbidden to use it due to its nature of drawing on the dark side.
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Quinlan Vos has a brief appearance in 'The Phantom Menace' as a background extra during the Mos Espa sequence that introduces Sebulba on Tatouine. Vos was on a secret Jedi mission in Mos Espa at the same time Qui-Gon Jinn was stranded there with Queen Amidala. Vos was unaware of Qui-Gon being stranded and so did not offer any help in his journey to Coruscant.
George Lucas initially included Vos in the script of 'Revenge of the Sith' but his scene never made it past the animatics stage.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Quinlan Vos made an appearance in the animated T.V. show Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which took place between the events of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. He was voiced by Al Rodrigo in the ninth episode of the third season of the show, where he worked with Obi-Wan Kenobi to hunt down and catch Ziro the Hutt.