For the longest time, the only thing the average movie-goer knew about the Jedi was that they were powerful users of the Force who protected the galaxy from darkness. We only had the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi to young Luke Skywalker in A New Hope to give us a hint of what the Jedi were like. Then the Star Wars prequels came out, and we were inundated with Jedi. Jedi became a dime a dozen. You couldn't go five seconds in the prequels without running into a random Jedi.
With all these Jedi floating around, it's hard to keep track of who is who and who is stronger than who. Never fear, list reader, whoever you might be. We've compiled a list of some of the most popular Jedi, and we are going to rank them from weakest to strongest. The criteria for any character on this list is that they be Jedi. No Sith is going to show up here. However, certain Jedi, pre-Dark Side, are going to make an appearance now and then. Their power levels are going to be determined by information we know about them from the movies and how often we see them appear to be indubitably powerful. (This may turn into a bit of a popularity contest.)
Now, before we get started, you should know that you may not have heard of a lot of Jedi on this list. This is a list that only hardcore Star Wars fans might recognize in its entirety. That said, we'll bring you up to speed on each character's identity. Read on if you want to dive into the who's who of the Jedi.
In case you were wondering who that dinosaur-looking Jedi was in Attack of the Clones (though that does describe a lot of them), look no further than Coleman Trebor. Trebor was that Eager McBeaver who tried attacking Count Dooku during the Battle of Geonosis.
He was shot unceremoniously several times by Jango Fett.
If Trebor couldn't deflect a few blaster shots with his fully functional lightsaber, then I don't know why he was ever promoted from Padawan to Jedi Knight.
Do you remember when Mace Windu took three other Jedi with him to arrest Chancellor Palpatine aka Darth Sidious? Do you remember that every single one of those Jedi Masters was slain by Sidious' red lightsaber? Do you remember feeling like the fight was a bit of a letdown because those Jedi Masters put up absolutely no fight?
Yeah, and so do most Star Wars fans. Agen Kolar was the first of the Jedi to take a simmering hole to the torso. Supposedly, Kolar was a great duelist among the Jedi. Supposedly.
Speaking of Jedi who failed to apprehend the Chancellor correctly, let's take a look at Saesee Tiin. He ranked higher than Agen Kolar for a couple of reasons.
First of all, he lasted longer in the fight against Palpatine than Kolar. Second of all, Tiin had telepathic powers. Sadly, those telepathic powers did not serve him well during his final moments. He could not sense Palpatine's evil intentions from the get-go. This mistake cost him his life.
Yaddle shocked the world when we first saw her in the Jedi High Council. 'A female Yoda?!' we all thought. 'Whoa!' Yaddle didn't stick around though. After her appearance in The Phantom Menace, we don't get to see her again.
Apparently, she retired before the Clone Wars started. Smart move on her part. She gets bonus points in her ranking for that, as well as for being of the same species as Yoda. If she's anything like him, she must be a pretty nifty Jedi. Unfortunately, we don't have much evidence to corroborate that, hence, her low ranking.
Aayla Secura makes a strong showing in The Clone Wars television series. She provides some mentoring to young Ahsoka Tano when her Master is wounded, and she seems like a capable general of the clone army.
However, she's knocked down a few pegs in her ranking because of how she got shot down in Revenge of the Sith. I get that the Jedi were caught off guard by the betrayal of their clone troopers. But Secura just laid down and got fired upon. Could she not sense anything in the Force?!
Barriss Offee was such a disappointment. When we met her in The Clone Wars, I thought it was great to finally meet a Padawan without any reckless tendencies. (Ahsoka and Anakin are kind of like two sides of the same coin.)
But then Offee had to ruin it all by orchestrating the bombing of the Jedi Temple in protest at the corruption of the Jedi. Plus, she then had the blame pinned on her friend Ahsoka. Why couldn't Star Wars let us keep one cool and level-headed apprentice?
Shaak Ti honestly should have been higher on this list. There were two major problems holding her back. The first was how close she came to finding out the secret of the chips in the clone troopers' brains. These chips would later be used to make Order 66 possible. Ti ultimately failed to suss out this information even though one trooper kept trying to show her the truth.
The second problem with Ti is that she chose to meditate while the Jedi Temple came under attack. There were countless Padawans struggling to survive the onslaught, but Ti elected to meditate until Darth Vader found her.
What is the Jedi librarian doing so high on this list, you might wonder. Well, Jocasta Nu is no ordinary librarian. She used to serve on the High Council before the Invasion of Naboo, and she was one of the few Jedi to survive the purge and the attack on the Temple.
She fled the Jedi Temple and began building up holocrons with information about the Jedi. She continued this work until Darth Vader himself had to hunt her down and end her progress and her life.
Ah, the enigmatic Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas. We first heard of him when we saw Attack of the Clones. It was Sifo-Dyas who ordered the building of the Clone Army. You see, Sifo-Dyas had the gift of foresight, which should have made him a pretty powerful Jedi.
He foresaw a great battle in the future, so he decided to create an army for the Republic should they ever need it. It's too bad he couldn't see his own demise and subsequent takeover of the Clone Army by the Sith.
Kanan Jarrus, previously known as Caleb Dume, is a pretty ordinary Jedi. If he hadn't gone through extraordinary circumstance, he may not have ranked as high on this list.
As it is, Jarrus joined the Rebels, taught Ezra Bridger what he knew of the Force even though he was only a Padawan himself, and sacrificed his life to save his companions. Jarrus might not be the most powerful Jedi, but he accomplished much in his life that he should be proud of.
Plo Koon was an exceptional Jedi, though he did not do too much to stand out, which is why he is at the middle of our list. He was the Jedi who found Ahsoka Tano and recognized her Force abilities. He brought her to the Jedi Order.
When Order 66 was issued, Koon was in a starfighter. His clones pulled back and fired on him mid-flight, leaving Koon with little to no room to save himself. (Did you know that Koon's mask helps him breathe in oxygenated environments?)
Ezra Bridger is one of those hot-headed apprentice types, but he got so high on this list for dabbling in the Dark Side and coming back from it. Since the Empire destroyed Bridger's parents, he has had to deal with a lot of anger. The former Sith Lord, Darth Maul, tried to take advantage of this and turn Bridger to the Dark Side.
It almost worked. Ezra's eyes got all red and everything. But he was able to turn away from the shadows and come back to the light. Not many Jedi can be said to have done that.
I have a love/hate thing with Ahsoka Tano. When she was first introduced, I didn't like her. She was a peppy Padawan who kind of ruined canon. (While watching Revenge of the Sith, can you even guess that Anakin might have had an apprentice?)
But her growth as a Jedi has been impressive.
She's dueled Asajj Ventress and Darth Vader, helped start the Rebel Alliance, and become something more than the Jedi she started out as.
Depa Billaba is an incredibly awesome Jedi that not many people may know about. Her Jedi Master when she was a Padawan was Mace Windu. (If that doesn't tell you something, then I don't know what will.)
She also trained Caleb Dume when she became a Jedi Master.
She saved Dume's life when the Jedi Purge began, sacrificing her own in the process. Caleb Dume then grew up to be the Jedi known as Kanan Jarrus. Billaba's memory lived on in Jarrus and what he taught his own apprentice.
Ben Solo had a huge legacy to live up to, and while his time as a Jedi-in-training was short, he was probably one of the most powerful. Ben came from a strong line of Force users. His maternal grandfather was Anakin Skywalker, the Chosen One of years past.
Luke Skywalker, his uncle, could sense the raw power lying within Ben Solo. It's just a shame that that power was turned against the Light. Ben Solo fell to the Dark Side and eventually became Kylo Ren, a follower of the evil First Order.
Luminara Unduli was a fantastic Jedi Master, and she did not deserve the fate her future gave her. When Order 66 was given, Unduli was on Kashyyyk. Instead of being executed by her clones like so many other Jedi, she was arrested and then later sentenced to perish by the Emperor.
Her remains were then used as a ruse to trap other Jedi out in the galaxy. What I want to know is why Yoda, who was also on Kashyyyk when Order 66 was given, did nothing to help Unduli out.
Kit Fisto was yet another one of the Jedi whom Mace Windu took with him to arrest Chancellor Palpatine. What sets Fisto apart from those other Jedi Masters is a small moment in Attack of the Clones.
In the middle of a firefight with battle droids, Fisto was able to sense the presence and goodness of See-Threepio, even though he was currently attached to a battle droid's body. Such in-the-moment perceptiveness is noteworthy. Plus, I just love the way Fisto smiles when he Force-pushes Threepio out of harm's way.
Ki-Adi-Mundi's betrayal by his clone troopers was the only one that really affected me. It was heartbreaking to watch him turn back to his clone troopers as they started aiming at him.
Anyway, Ki-Adi-Mundi ranks so high on this list because of his Jedi Council presence. Often, Council meetings felt more like a discussion between Mace Windu and Yoda. Ki-Adi-Mundi was the only other Jedi who seemed to carry the same weight as those two during Council meetings.
Now, before I hear anyone complain about Anakin being too low on this list, just hold your horses. He's number seven in a list of twenty-five. That's pretty high for what he's done.
His biggest accomplishment would be tossing Emperor Palpatine into the Death Star II's core while enduring some Force Lightning. Many Jedi have suffered through Force Lightning just as he did. But I guess since he's the Chosen One, he got a higher ranking. (Seriously, this guy's weakness is sand.)
Qui-Gon Jinn is a seriously underrated Jedi. I think he's pretty awesome. He trained Obi-Wan Kenobi, fought against Darth Maul (arguably the coolest Sith), and discovered the secret to being a blue ghost. (Look that up. It's canon.)
While the rest of the Jedi Order suffered from corruption, I think Qui-Gon kept a streak of free-thinking that would have come in handy had he lived to see the Clone Wars. The only sour note on his résumé is the fact that he brought Anakin to the Jedi.
Mace Windu stands out from the crowd of Jedi in more ways than one. His lightsaber is a deep purple color, a color which we've never seen any other lightsaber possess. He is also the only Jedi to appear on the same level as Yoda. The two of them have buddy-buddy conversations all the time in the prequels.
And technically, Windu did beat Darth Sidious in lightsaber combat. Anakin Skywalker was the one who came along and defeated Windu when his guard was down.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is my absolute favorite Jedi of all time. Every time he duels Darth Maul (in The Phantom Menace, The Clone Wars, and Rebels), I'm reminded of how powerful he is even though he doesn't go out of his way to show it. Kenobi is modest and unassuming.
When I think of what it means to be a model Jedi, I don't think of Anakin, Luke, or Yoda. I think of Obi-Wan Kenobi. He is grace and wisdom personified. While he may not have the raw strength of our final three entries on this list, he's got more class than all of them combined.
Though Rey was never a part of the Jedi Order, she is on her way to becoming one of the most powerful Jedi ever. With little to no training, Rey learned more about the Force in a shorter amount of time than Luke Skywalker ever did.
She appeared so powerful to Luke that he was worried about the potential consequences of training her. And now that she has those ancient Jedi texts that she stole from Ahch-To, she has everything she needs to keep the Jedi legacy going strong.
Luke started his Jedi training at a way later age than most normal Jedi. But he took to it like a fish takes to water. With minimal teaching and stressful conditions, Luke learned to be one powerful Jedi Knight.
And in his final moments, Luke Skywalker pulled off one of the greatest tricks I've ever seen a Jedi perform. He projected an image of himself on a planet he was light-years away from, using it to save the few remaining members of the Resistance and trick Kylo Ren at the same time.
Who did you think would be at the top of this list, Yaddle? Of course, Yoda is the most powerful Jedi of them all. He was the head of the Jedi Order in the prequels, the mystic recluse in the originals, and he even made a token appearance in one of the sequels.
The effects of Yoda's existence have reached all corners of the galaxy.
He is an endless font of wisdom that any aspiring Jedi can draw from. You can't even think the word "Jedi" without an image of Yoda popping into your brain.