“For over a thousand generations the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic.” Obi-wan made them sound great and mythical. They certainly seemed that way to Luke Skywalker as he held his father’s lightsaber aloft, and they still seem that way to many Star Wars fans today.
But as we see again and again through the franchise, the Jedi Order was made up of fallible mortals just like any other group. In fact, with such prodigious gifts in the Force and such a grand responsibility in the galaxy, the Jedi's screw ups tended to be correspondingly greater as well. There were plenty of Jedi that made grave mistakes and failed in their missions and mandates. But some bad Jedi truly stand out above the rest; Jedi whose contributions to their Order and the galaxy were forever outweighed by the damaged they caused.
Here are the 15 Most Worthless Jedi Ever!
The Jedi Order initiate who became legendary throughout the galaxy as “Revan”, was without question gifted with the powers of the Force. But his legacy and actions plagued the Jedi and the Republic for millennia.
When the Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders waged war against the Republic, the Jedi Council was reluctant to rush to the Republic’s defense, believing that the true nature of the threat had not revealed itself. Revan may have shared that suspicion even then but he would not stand idle. He led his own faction of the Jedi to avenge the Cathar genocide and the war crimes against the Republic. But in so doing, Revan set himself and his followers down a path to the Dark Side. Learning that the Sith Emperor Vitiate had instigated the Mandalorian Wars in anticipation of his own invasion, Revan launched the Jedi Civil War, recklessly hoping to prepare the galaxy. The Jedi Civil War and the Great Purge that followed were some of the deadliest calamities in the Order’s history.
Hundreds of years later, after being captured by Emperor Vitiate, the severed Dark side of Revan’s personality tried to foolishly continue his crusade. He amassed an army of defectors from both the Republic and the Sith Empire and tried to revive the incorporeal Vitiate so he could finish him once and for all. But Revan only succeeded in getting Vitiate a new body and giving him another chance to consume all life in the galaxy.
Revan may be the ultimate example in Star Wars that the best intentions don’t count for much.
14 ROSH PENIN
Rosh Penin is The Jar Jar Binks of Jedi Padawans.
In Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, the player takes on the role of a customizable initiate at Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Praxium on Yavin IV. One of your class mates is Rosh Penin. As soon as he starts chatting you up on the shuttle, he’s overeager, reckless, and competitive. You both get assigned to train with Kyle Katarn. On your first shared training course, Rosh sets a lightsaber droid on you, thinking he can slip you up, even though the course isn’t supposed to be a competition.
His eagerness doesn’t improve. He’s so frustrated that Jedi training isn’t as exciting as he expected that he joins the Dark Side Disciples of Ragnos Cult just to gain more power. Even using the Dark Side he has to have two other cultists buffing him to make him a cheap mid-game boss. Late in the game he turns on the cultists and pleads for a rescue, where the player has the choice to either accept Rosh back to the Jedi or kill him in anger and vengeance. Most players honestly didn’t care that killing Rosh meant falling to the Dark Side themselves.
13 JOCASTA NU
Apparently the stereotype of a stuffy librarian exists in the Star Wars universe as well. This elderly Jedi Master actually served on the Jedi High Council before stepping down and becoming the Chief Librarian of the Jedi Archives. In Attack of the Clones, when Obi-wan Kenobi was investigating the assassination attempts on Senator Amidala, he tries to find information about the planet Kamino. Jocasta immediately dismissed Kamino when it didn’t appear in the archives after just a cursory search.
The problem was that there were celestial indications of the system being there, and even a Jedi youngling guessed the possibility that the records of the planets could have been erased. Shouldn’t the archive’s Chief Librarian be able to surmise just as much? Isn’t there a chance that someone, anyone, who worked at the archives may remember it before it was erased?
Apparently not. “If an item does not appear in our records, it does not exist.”
The player never encounters the elderly Jedi Master named Hortath themselves, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. But the stories they over hear from Jolee Bindo are plenty discouraging. The player can converse with Bindo about his history as a Jedi and his time with Master Hortath.
Bindo described Hortath as the most nearsighted being in the Core Worlds. He succumb to all kinds of mishaps, including bumping into furniture, running into walls or mistaking Padawans for dangerous animals and he was apparently too proud to admit his difficulties or accept any kind of remedy.
One common rumor about Hortath was that a Padawan once asked him for directions to a Jedi Enclave on Dantooine, but the directions Hortath gave were in correct. When the Padawan went back and claimed the directions were misleading, Hortath refused to believe it. He even took offense that the Padawan had thought to ask someone else for directions. Hortath’s obstinate reaction was so great that the Padawan left the entire Jedi Order in frustration.
11 COLEMAN TREBOR
This alien male Vurk Jedi Master has a suspiciously human sounding name for a reason. He was an entirely CGI character created by ILM and he was originally going to be named Sar Labooda. But Attack of the Clones introduced so many new, never-named-on-screen Jedi that their official credited or expanded materials names were frequently shuffled around. Coleman Trebor is a takeoff on ILM employee Rob Coleman, who worked as an effects supervisor for the prequel trilogy and directed several episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
In Star Wars comics and novels, Coleman was fleshed out to be an accomplished diplomat and something like a public relations man for the Jedi Order. He would attend social functions and appear on official media outlets. And yet for some reason, he thought he could be the one to strike down Count Dooku and nip the Clone Wars in the bud during the Battle of Geonosis. Too bad Jango Fett was a better shot.
Coleman Trebor is one of the many examples of Star Wars characters who appear in the movies for barely a moment and then become fleshed out more than any one asked for. He did have a somewhat memorable moment though.
10 JAESA WILLSAAM
In Star Wars The Old Republic, the Sith Warrior questline pits the player against a Jedi spymaster named Nomen Karr. Karr has taken a new Padawan named Jaesa Willsaam with an unprecedented Force gift that lets her discern the true alignment of any being she sees, dark or light, regardless of any disguise or deception.
As the player pushes Karr and Willsaam more and more, Willsaam’s weaknesses become more apparent. Her caretakers and mentors always abused her gift for their own agendas. She never learned to think critically and interpret the findings from her powers, always being patronized and forced to depend on the direction of her superiors. When the player exposes Nomen Karr’s hypocrisy, and then easily bests Jaesa in a duel, she is immediately convinced that the Dark Side is a more transparent and stronger part of the Force. The player can even coerce Jaesa into murdering Karr and giving her an appetite for gratuitous violence.
This apparently plot-critical Jedi, that we never got to meet in the movies, really did a number on his own Order. Hailing from the Cassandra system, Sifo-Dyas was gifted with precognition through the Force, because Greek myth references are just better. Sifo-Dyas became a Jedi Master before the Naboo Crisis and was a close friend of Count Dooku while he was a respected Jedi.
Sifo-Dyas believed that a great cataclysm was in store for the Jedi and the Republic despite the Jedi Council’s dismissal of his claims. Both Dyas and Dooku were approached by a man named Hego Damask, magister of Damask Holdings. Damask was in fact the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Plagueis. Through the front of Damask Holdings, Plagueis and eventually Sidious would provide the funds to pay for Sifo-Dyas to secretly commission a clone army for the Republic. After Dooku turned to the Dark Side he bribed the Pyke Syndicate to shoot down Sifo-Dyas’s starship over Oba Diah, covering up the plot. At least Sifo-Dyas died before realizing that he had helped lay the foundation for the very catastrophe he foresaw.
8 KIT FISTO, AGEN KOLAR AND SAESEE TIIN
When Mace Windu went to the Supreme Chancellor’s office to confront the exposed Darth Sidious, he took three fellow Jedi Masters and Coucil Members with him: Kit Fisto, Agen Kolar and Saesee Tiin.
Agen Kolar was a loyal Jedi commander and stern warrior during the Clone Wars. He survived the battle in the Geonosis arena and completed several dangerous missions throughout the galaxy in pursuit of Quinlan Vos. But Kolar couldn’t even block a single telegraphed attack from Darth Sidious.
Saesee Tiin supposedly had a gift for telepathy and had honed reflexes and battle instincts from many years of campaigns and being an ace pilot. He watched Sidious strike Agen Kolar down and couldn’t even prepare his defenses enough to stop Sidious from combo-ing him right off of Kolar.
Kit Fisto at least held his own for a moment. Fisto had also survived the battle of Geonosis and fended off General Grievous single handedly in the Vassek System. But he ultimately fell to Sidious as well.
All three Jedi Masters couldn’t last five seconds during a confrontation that would decide the fate of the Jedi and the Galaxy.
7 GRAND MASTER ZYM
The Kel Dor Jedi Zym became Grand Master of the Jedi Order before the Great Galactic War. With the resurgent Sith Empire on the verge of attempting to conquer the galaxy, Zym proved entirely unprepared to lead the Jedi in a time of such great conflict and crisis.
The Sith Empire’s might won them many early victories. But when Republic resilience brought about a stalemate, the Sith proposed a peace treaty, which Zym immediately took at face value. Republic diplomats attended the peace talks on Alderaan accompanied by all the most skilled Jedi Knights. But this left Coruscant, the Jedi Temple and the current Supreme Chancellor Berooken unprotected. While the peace talks were still going on, a Sith strike team decimated Coruscant, forcing the Republic to accept a humiliating peace. Even after these atrocities and deceptions, Zym rebuked Jedi Knight Satele Shan for attacking the leader of the Sith delegation, Darth Baras. Zym was later killed in another ruse, completing his failure.
6 MEDD TANDAR
The New Sith Wars and the Ruusan Reformation that followed them were times of drastic change for the Republic and the Jedi. The Jedi wanted to shore up their core doctrines and contain any further threats from the Dark Side. Tandar was one of the Jedi assigned to the newly formed Council of First Knowledge to collect and study all the ancient Sith Artifacts they could find and prevent them from falling back into the wrong hands.
If only Medd Tandar proved as shrewd a diplomat as a scholar. While on his archeological mission to Doan in search of a cache of artifacts, he was also assigned to negotiate between the Royal House of Doan and the rebelling mining caste. Civil war was inevitable without Tandar’s intervention. He reach out to the Living Force to guide his insights, but he was unable to foresee or prevent Darth Cognus, apprentice of Darth Bane, from ambushing the meeting and assassinating the workers. Tandar also didn’t anticipate the weapons he pulled away from Cognus were booby-trapped to explode in his face.
5 SHAAK TI
The new continuity really did a number on this Togruta Jedi Master. In the Legends Continuity, she survived the Battle of the Geonosis Arena and the sacking of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant to eventually confront Galen Marek on Felucia.
In Star Wars: The Clone Wars she doesn’t come out as resilient. Like in the Legends continuity, Shaak Ti was assigned to Kamino to oversee the training of new clones for the Grand Army of the Republic. Two clones that should have been taken more seriously as warnings were called Tup and Fives. Tup seemed to have gone rogue and killed one Jedi master Tiplar. The investigation led to the Jedi discovering an inhibitor chip implanted in all clones. Shaak Ti brought Fives before Supreme Chancellor Palpatine as part of their report where Fives subsequently tried to assassinate Palpatine. Thanks to Palpatine’s manipulations and misdirection, his true plan for Order 66 was never uncovered.
In the end Shaak Ti was killed by Darth Vader while meditating during the attack on the Jedi Temple on Coruscant.
Hundreds of Jedi became distraught and lost their way due to the Mandalorian Wars and the Jedi Civil War. One of the most adversely affected Jedi was Atris, member of the Jedi Council and one of the foremost historians in the Order’s history.
Her first missteps happened even before the Mandalorian Wars. She argued for lowering the age cap for accepting new Jedi into the order and for strictly forbidding romantic attachments among Jedi. This may have been persuasive to the Jedi at the time, given that they recently had to deal with Exar Kun and still remembered the First Great Schism. But of course these revived restrictions would give them new problems like with Anakin Skywalker.
Atris’s view of the Force, the Jedi and the Sith was also rigidly black and white. She was unable to reconcile the conflict and bitterness that brewed inside her. Her actions allowed Darth Nihilus to decimate the planet Katarr and her Jedi Academy on Telos IV fell to the Dark Side from the Sith holocrons Atris surrounded herself with.
3 ELORA SUND
Even plenty of Jedi lead short, inconsequential lives. Elora Sund was a Force-sensitive Sullustan trained by the Jedi Order during the Separatist Crisis. She became a Jedi Commander in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars, even though she was still a Padawan. He master was killed during the Battle of Jabiim. She, along with several other Padawans orphaned in the same battle formed the Padawan Pack.
Without any master to guide them, the group grew close through relying on each other as they tried to support the Republic side of the planetary civil war. Sund formed a telepathic link with fellow Padawan Tae Diath. In the final battle of the campaign against the rebel leader Alto Stratus, Diath was killed by a squad of assassin droids. Due to their link, his death reverberated in Sund’s mind to the point that she suffered cardiac arrest and died in turn. Perhaps such a powerful psychic link wasn’t the best idea on a battlefield.
2 BARIS OFFEE
To her credit, Baris Offee was one of the few Jedi to survive the Battle in the Geonosis Arena and go on to fight for the Republic in the Clone Wars. She and the Torgruta Padawan Ahsoka Tano became close through several shared missions, despite their jarring personalities.
As the Clone Wars raged on, Offee became severely disillusioned with the Jedi’s new militancy in their commitment to defending the Republic. She believed that they had strayed from the light and that a radical demonstration was necessary to make then reconsider their methods. With the help of two Coruscanti civilians who objected to the war, Offee orchestrated a suicide nano-bomber to attack the Jedi Temple hangar, killing several Jedi, clone troopers and civilians.
Offee also attempted to frame Ahsoka for the attack. But she was eventually confronted and forced to confess before the Council. Ahsoka still left the Order, too hurt by Anakin and the Council believing she could have planned the bombing.
1 ANAKIN SKYWALKER
“You were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the Force, not leave it Darkness!”
No other Jedi in history had so much potential and instead brought about so much death and suffering as Anakin Skywalker. Even though he was doubted and mistrusted by the Council throughout his time in the Order, he still accepted the prospect of exterminating the Jedi (including the younglings) and bringing about a Galactic Empire all for the sake of saving the woman he loved. He was the one who made the fateful decision to betray Mace Windu, preventing him from striking down Palpatine. Then of course he choked Padme close enough to death when he saw that Obi-wan and used her find Anakin.
As Darth Vader, he dedicated himself to hunting down and killing any remaining Jedi he could find. He also served as the Supreme Commander of the Imperial Fleet ensuring the Empire’s dominance throughout the galaxy. Were it not for Luke’s own strength of character, Vader might have turned his own son to the Dark Side as well.
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