During Star Wars: Episode IV, when old "Ben" Kenobi first revealed to Luke the secrets about his lineage, he placed an emphasis on learning the ways of the Force and training to become a Jedi Knight as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker once were.
While tragically, most of the Jedi had been wiped out by the Galactic Empire at that stage, the Jedi Order was once a central component of the Galactic Republic, with the Jedi performing the role of peacekeepers of the Republic. Let's take a look at some of the most influential Jedi who contributed to the highly-esteemed reputation that the Jedi Order received throughout the galaxy.
10. Aayla Secura
A long-serving Jedi Knight and former Padawan of Jedi Master Quinlan Vos, Aayla had a reputation as a level-headed and wise Jedi. Her talents resulted in her being appointed as a Jedi General of the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars.
She was instrumental in the defeat of the Zillo Beast (one of the largest creatures in the galaxy) during the Clone Wars, and helped Ahsoka Tano and her clones troopers survive a starship wreck. After her many great accomplishments in the Clone Wars, her life was ended by clone troopers as a result of Order 66.
9. Kit Fisto
This Nautolan Jedi Master served on the Jedi Council during the final days of the Republic. He was deserving of this honor due to his achievements throughout the Clone Wars. Likewise, he was one of the few survivors in the Battle of Geonosis during the events of Attack of the Clones, making him instrumental in the Mission to Vassek 3.
The Battle of Mon Cala proved his remarkable ability to fight and use of the Force while underwater; he nearly bested General Grievous in battle, severing one of his hands before escaping due to the arrival of Grievous's reinforcements. He eventually died at the hands of Palpatine when he and a handful of Jedi confronted the Chancellor upon learning of his true identity.
8. Shaak Ti
Like Kit Fisto, Shaak Ti was a member of the Jedi Assault Team that fought on Geonosis to save the captured Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Padme. Known for her wisdom and patience, she was awarded a seat on the Jedi High Council sometime after the Battle of Naboo, and received the rank of Jedi Master.
Shaak Ti was responsible for overseeing the training of the clone troopers on Kamino during The Clone Wars, and she successfully lead the clone troopers to victory during the Separatists' attack on Kamino. She met a tragic end during Darth Vader's purge of the Jedi Temple while she was meditating, though. Her legacy lived on, however, as she left a holographic message behind, urging survivors to keep the Jedi way of life alive.
7. Qui-Gon Jinn
While often disobeying the will of the Jedi Council, Qui-Gon remained a talented Jedi and excelled in his studies of the Living Force. In addition to being a wise mentor to Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon excelled at following his intuition, which allowed him to discover the Force-sensitive Anakin.
He was a skilled lightsaber combatant, and a master of the fourth form Ataru, which is the most aggressive combat technique. A true all-rounder, Qui-Gon was able to revive himself as a Force ghost after his death; a technique he later taught Yoda. He was the first Jedi to master this technique since the days of the Old Republic.
Having gained the admiration of the Jedi Council from early on in his life, Ki-Adi was one of very few Jedi in history to be made a council member without first earning the rank of Jedi Master, thus exhibiting his wisdom and excellent temperament.
He did, however, earn the rank of Jedi Master soon after, and the fact that he was one of the few Jedi who began training while no longer a child makes his accomplishments even more impressive. Having fought on the front lines of almost every one of his Clone Wars battles, he was eventually killed at the hands of his troops due to the horrifying Order 66.
5. Mace Windu
One of the greatest Jedi Masters of all time—and Grand Master of the Jedi Council—Mace Windu possessed many skills that most other Jedi could only dream of. He was able to see shatter points in the Force, and thus identify his opponents' weaknesses.
This superb lightsaber combatant even developed his own form of lightsaber combat, Vaapad, in which he channels his own dark side. This was clearly an effective fighting form, as he defeated both Jango Fett and Darth Sidious in battle; a feat that even Yoda could not achieve. To top it all off, he was an outstanding master to his Padawan Depa Billaba, who became a Jedi Master on the High Council alongside Master Windu.
4. Anakin Skywalker
From a young age, Anakin was a promising pod racer with an affinity to the Force, as Qui-Gon Jinn discovered. He crafted his first lightsaber at age 12 and cruised through his Jedi training. With a midi-chlorian count of 27,000, he was the most powerful Force user in the galaxy.
Before his turn to the dark side, he defeated Count Dooku in combat, and once he had finally made his tragic descent, he would become the terrifying Darth Vader who would go on to kill Obi-Wan Kenobi and countless others. In the end, he fulfilled the Chosen One prophecy, whereby he killed Darth Sidious and brought balance to the Force.
3. Obi-Wan Kenobi
A disciplined Jedi Knight, Obi-Wan was a master of the defensive lightsaber combat form of Soresu. He defeated Darth Maul in what was the first battle between Jedi and Sith in a thousand years, whereby he used his knowledge of the Force in addition to his skills with a lightsaber to beat the Sith Lord.
A level-headed and wise Jedi, Obi-Wan was eventually granted the rank of Jedi Master and received a seat on the High Council. He was an excellent master to both Anakin and Luke Skywalker, and eventually mastered the art of reviving himself as a Force ghost following death. It is thanks to Obi-Wan that the ways of the Jedi lived on through Luke, and later on, Rey.
One of the greatest Jedi Masters who served the Jedi Order for hundreds of years, Yoda is an essential member of the Jedi Order. A father figure to many, Yoda trained almost 20,000 Padawans, including Count Dooku and Mace Windu.
His many remarkable skills included the ability to absorb and deflect Force lighting, Jedi mind tricks, Force telekinesis, Force push, reading the history of someone's soul by merely touching them, and even telepathically communicating with Jedi across the galaxy. Like Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon, he learned how to become a Force ghost after death.
1. Luke Skywalker
Having been trained in the Jedi arts by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, Luke managed to amass a skillset far greater than most Jedi through the ages, which is even more remarkable since he began his training so late. His many accomplishments include destroying the first Death Star, rescuing Han Solo from the clutches of Jabba the Hut, and defeating Darth Vader in a lightsaber duel.
He even perfected the skill of the Force projecting himself, as he did when he created a projection to talk to and fight Kylo Ren. While this act resulted in the Force killing him, he carried out this incredible sacrifice to allow Leia and the Resistance to escape, after which he finally became one with the Force and gained life after death.