The Best Jedi of All Time in Star Wars

The Best Jedi of All Time in Star Wars ...

The Jedi Order has both been risen and fallen many times in the history of the faraway galaxy, yet the Star Wars franchise continues to be dominated by these lightsaber-wielding warrior monks nonetheless. What would the series be without them?

What makes a great Jedi? They may have a deep attachment to the Force or a moral compass so pure that audiences simply have to root for them. Or they may just be exceptional swordsmen or pilots who face unimaginable odds to win the day over and over. Their adventures on the big screen, books, comics, and games have continued to draw fans in for generations.

So weve decided to honor these classic Star Wars characters by picking our absolute favorites. The Jedi Knights featured here come from all corners of the universe, regardless of medium, and both from the current Disney canon and the classic Legends continuity.

A few things to note before a special mention must go to Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger, who did not make the cut (we sat ourselves to 15 spots), because they may not have been considered as they all eventually fell to the dark side and committed some pretty terrible crimes while in their villain eras. However, we also want to acknowledge that many fans enjoy these people.

Here are the best Jedi in the faraway galaxy, now that we have all that out of the way:

15.Avar Kriss

Avar Kriss, who has served as a senior member of the Jedi Council, has already stood out as one of the greatest additions to the Disney canon. She sees life itself through the lens of music.

Avar has a duality. Sometimes she abandons her anger, allowing her rage to reign supreme. Although historical books mention her as an outstanding Jedi Master, books and comics show us that she isn't perfect, and that makes her all the more compelling.

14.Cal Kestis

Cal Kestis is another recent addition to the Jedi family, but one who has his fair share of admirers. From a young Padawan during the Clone Wars to a Knight of his own creation in the dark times following Order 66, the video game follows Cal's history. He might have spent years hiding from the Imperials, but when the time comes to protect future Force wielders, he chooses to be a hero.

Kestis is aware that he may not be the person to take down the Empire, but he is working with every available resource to make life easier for as many as possible. He is a determined fighter who is pursuing life as best he can, and supporters of the character have petitioned for Cal to make the leap to live action.

13.Satele Shan

Satale Shan is one of the most important characters from the Legends Old Republic. In the online multiplayer video game The Old Republic, Satele represents a familial legacy that she cannot escape. Bastila may have struggled with her connection to the light and dark sides of the Force, but Satele wholeheartedly defends the Jedi Order in one of its darkest days.

Satele plays a prominent role as the Grand Master of the Council in her era's great battle with the Sith. Those who play the online game Star Wars: The Old Republic know just how incredible she is. In many duels, she outperforms major antagonist Darth Malgus.

12.Plo Koon

Plo Koon was merely a background character in the Prequel Trilogy, but his narrative has been expanded further in cartoons, books, and comics. It's his return to canon that attracted newcomers. His role as a brave leader and valuable teacher to Ahsoka Tano immediately makes him a standout.

Plo Koon's death in Order 66 is a tragic one, yet he leaves a remarkable legacy. A quick-witted strategist with a firm grasp of what it means to represent the Order, Koon is one of Yodas' closest allies because of his dedication to the cause. Even adversaries like Maul appreciate Plo Koon's abilities.

11.Quinlan Vos

Quinlan Vos is without doubt the first Knight to think of when it comes to the Clone Wars. He is one of the best because of his desire to get the job done, even if it means sacrificing himself.

Vos always uses his emotions in battle, learning how to deal with the Force's dark side without it ever overtaking him. However, the fact that he's still alive a decade later suggests that he might one day return on screen.

10.Luminara Unduli

Due to her Clone Wars-era adventures, many fans have long developed a strong connection with Master Luminara Unduli. Her quest to protect a sacred Jedi Temple from a droid invasion in the Genndy Tartakovsky micro-series from Legends is a particular highlight. And while her canon fate during the times of Order 66 might not be the only one, her heroic actions are always remembered by those who survive the Purge.

Luminara remains strong even in the face of her own Padawan, Barriss Offee, by turning her back on the Order and attempting to destroy the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Luminara's endless kindness and understanding of the consequences of the war around her sometimes allowed her to see things that others deep in the trenches couldnt always see.

9.Kyle Katarn

Kyle Katarn, an unlikely rogue who learns to appreciate the light side of the Force, is one of the most significant Jedi in the years of the New Republic. A Rebel hero who fought the Empire at the height of the Galactic Civil War, his status currently remains firmly within the realm of Legends, but there's no doubt his fans would want to see him join the Disney cast.

Kyle's story is one of redemption, after leaving the Empire and slowly learning the Force's methods. At one point confronting his father's killer, Jerec, Kyle faced the dark side within himself but ultimately chose the light. During Legends, he was a popular point of view character who was a member of the New Jedi Order.

8.Mace Windu

Mace Windu was a somewhat unconventional Jedi, milder than some of his fellow Jedi masters, and perhaps more conservative. It's his purple lightsaber and strict regulations on everything from the Jedi code to the Senate politics that make him a standout Jedi on the big screen. He's also a gifted swordsman, not only killing Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones, but also defeating Palpatine by himself.

In a time of peace, Windus prospered because of his strong leadership. Yet, he continued to draw the line constantly, with a very clear sense of the light and the dark. In retrospect, fans have noticed that he was correct on every decision. He died fighting Darth Sidious, but there's always a reason to believe he will one day reappear.

7.Qui-Gon Jinn

Qui-Gon Jinn was never shown on screen enough, which is a real shame. He embodied all of the Jedi's noble qualities, including his teachings on patience. Qui-Gon has continued to serve as the Jedi's guide through the Force, eventually teaching it to Obi-Wan and Yoda.

Qui-Gon's calm manner was certainly refreshing, and it would have been fascinating to see how that would have been tested in the Clone Wars. Nonetheless, his legacy is evident in the line of Jedi he inspired. All of Obi-Wan Kenobi's greatest values were passed on to Luke Skywalker, and there would have been no Return of the Jedi without Qui-Gon.

6.Mara Jade

Mara Jades' path began with the Empire, but her adventures with Luke Skywalker changed everything. From saving the galaxy with the other Star Warriors to learning the Jedi's methods, Mara became a powerful Force wielder who Legends readers were enthused to follow in the decades following the original trilogy. From smuggling to serving as a Hand to the Emperor, she has become an important member of the New Jedi Order.

Mara Jades' absence from Disneycanon has molded a character who acknowledges the consequences of her failures and is determined to make a difference in the galaxy. It was a terrible decision by Lucasfilm, yet one that also capped the life of one of the greatest characters ever written.

5.Rey Skywalker

Rey was, by definition, Disney's first major original Jedi character, and the protagonist of the Sequel Trilogy. While she may not be as experienced as many other great Jedi of all time, she had to learn quickly to face the First Order. She represents the beginning of a new era for the Jedi (and the franchise), and her journey has prompted a new generation of fans to fall in love with the faraway galaxy for the first time.

She was coached by Leia and Luke Skywalker, but she also studied the Order's most sacred texts. It's her resolve even in the face of hardship that has made her a fan favorite. Palpatines reign of terror is no longer a claimable one.

4.Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi's Disney+ series continued to enhance the wisdom of the wise mentor, first introduced in 1977. Kenobi has lived so many lives, including as a Padawan at the height of the Republic, an old wizard living in the desert tasked with ushering in a new generation of Jedi. Through everything, Obi-Wan finds himself to be one of the best examples of what a Jedi Knight should be: selfless, compassionate, and willing to do whatever it takes to help those in

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Obi-Wan is not just a skilled warrior in his own right, but has inspired some of the greatest heroes the galaxy has ever known, guiding Luke, mentoring Anakin and Ahsoka, and even putting his life on the line for Leia. His portrayal in animation and on the page has only strengthened his appeal to viewers.

3.Yoda

Yoda has been a constant source of knowledge and wonder throughout almost every era explored in Star Wars. He may not look it, but he is a worthy adversary both in terms of the lightsaber and the force. However, this is not the reason why he has become a staple on the big screen as well as the books and comics.

He is a hero builder, pointing Rey (indirectly) and Luke on the right path. He has always been a force for good, always striving to see the light in others, no matter how dim the shadows may be. Thats what fans admire most about the character, apart from his youthful maturity.

2.Ahsoka Tano

Ahsoka Tano, who was introduced as Anakin Skywalker's own Padawan in the Clone Wars animated film, was a surprising and sometimes divisive addition to Star Wars myth that fans of all ages eventually discovered. Today, she's a testament to what a talented writer she is and her enormous popularity just a few years after her debut.

She may have started her Jedi journey as a naive and willful child too eager to engage in the Clone Wars, but she benefited from the wisdom of the great Jedi around her, acquiring plenty of mentors along the way. She would leave the Jedi Order eventually, but she was nonetheless a Jedi, and she has continued to impart them to the next generation of Knights. Her own Disney+ show is truly remarkable, and she has one of the finest and most compelling arcs in Disney history.

1.Luke Skywalker

Every Jedi since has taken elements from this original model, including Rey, who is perhaps the most well-known example. He is thrust into new directions in the galaxy that are unknown to him, developing fantastical abilities and coming to terms with a heritage he never knew. It's a wish fulfillment for children and adults in the audience from start to finish.

The transition from the Original Trilogy to the Sequels is certainly controversial, with the warrior giving up his role as a Jedi following Kylo Ren's death. But Luke's rediscovery of his faith in the Force is also a key moment in the Sequel Trilogy, leading to one of the finest Jedi scenes ever shot on the big screen, a love letter to fans who have long waited for Mark Hamill's return.

Check out the rest of the Legends timeline for a deeper, deeper understanding of the character, from his brief slumber to the dark side as a resurgent Palpatines new apprentice, to his marriage and the beginnings of a family, to his leadership of a New Jedi Order, and beyond.