With Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens set to introduce us to a host of new force users, we’re taking a look at all the Jedi we’ve seen so far, and picking our 10 favourites. There’s only one rule – live action movies only, which means episodes I – VI. So let’s get right into it!
10 – Mace Windu
Mace Windu is a complete badass, who, without the interference of Anakin, would have bested The Emperor in a one on one lightsaber battle. He loses points however for being otherwise completely ineffective, and actually making some pretty bad decision throughout the prequel trilogy.
9 – Yarael Poof
Despite the fact that Yarael Poof is a respected member of the Jedi Council, I’ll always remember him best as the nervous, put upon coffee fetcher from the Robot Chicken sketches. Surely having a neck that long provides enemies with a big target?
8 – Kit fisto
Kit Fisto was one of four Jedi that went to capture Emperor Palpatine in Episode III. One of those was Mace Windu, and the other two died immediately, but Kit Fisto managed to hold on a little bit longer against on of the greatest force users of all time.
7 – Shaak Ti
Few characters are cut from a film because they’re so well liked, but that was the fate of Shaak Ti in Episode III. In a deleted scene, she was captured and killed during the opening battle, but as George Lucas liked her so much as a character, he removed that scene so he could use her in the future.
6 – Ki-Adi-Mundi
During the ‘order 66’ sequence in Revenge of the Sith, Ki-Adi-Mundi’s death is a moment that stands out as being particularly sad and poignant. He’s a constant presence throughout the prequels, who seems to turn up at all the major events.
5 – Qui-Gon Jinn
The man who was Obi-Wan to Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon Jinn was a character that felt like he deserved better than the film he was in. He’ll always have a bit of stigma attached to him for introducing us all to midichlorians, but his real legacy is the great fight he had against Darth Maul.
4 – Anakin Skywalker
Now we’re getting to the heavy hitters. Before he became Darth Vader (spoilers?), Anakin Skywalker was a great Jedi in his own right. An extremely talented pilot, and very skilled with a lightsaber, he was let down only by his fear. And then his anger. And then his hate. And then his suffering.
3 – Luke Skywalker
Just beating out his father to take the bronze position, Luke Skywalker was the guy everybody could relate to, and everybody wanted to be. He blew up the Death Star, he took on both Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine, and he kissed his own sister on the mouth. Everybody is looking forward to seeing the return of this Jedi in Episode VII. Sorry…
2 – Obi-Wan Kenobi
Whether you’re thinking of the older, rougher, Alec Guiness Obi-Wan, or the younger, more refined, Ewan McGregor Obi-Wan, this character was a stand out in both the original and the prequel trilogies. We’ve seen him in epic lightsaber fights against some of the great force users, and we’ve seen him banter with his Padawan, Obi-Wan would be an obvious pick for first place, were it not for…
1 – Yoda
Was there ever any question? Yoda is the epitome of what a Jedi should be, particularly because he never uses a lightsaber unless it was completely necessary. With more classic quotes than anybody in any franchise ever, and a look and voice even a blind and deaf person would recognise, there’s no question that Yoda is the number one Jedi of all time.
Who’s your favourite Jedi? Do you agree with our choices? Share any thoughts in the comments.
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