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Top 5 Most Powerful Jedi Knights in Star Wars

By Edited Nov 15, 2013 5 3

Star Wars gives Jedi the heaviest and most unique responsibility in the universe: To wield the Force. In almost every conflict that has ever arisen between Jedi, they have used the Force to keep the ball in their court, or maintain control. Jumping 30 feet, explosive shoving, throwing two-ton objects and shooting heated electricity all make use of the Force in a powerful way.

And while we're talking about it, the word "powerful" will be defined only in the Jedi's skill with the Force, not their political influence (although the two often go hand-in-hand). We'll save that conversation for another time. So here we go: Five Jedi in the same room, and all have reason to display their most powerful abilities. Who ranks highest?

Jedi Knights

5. Mace Windu

Mace Windu
A Jedi Master and one of the leaders in the Jedi Order, Mace Windu heads up the battle against Count Dooku's army in the Episode II. Windu blocks the attack and decapitates bounty hunter Jango Fett with ease, showing off Windu's incredible swordsmanship. Beyond his ability with the lightsaber, he displays tremendous wisdom in his distrust of Anakin, not even allowing him to be trained by Qui-Gon until Anakin is ready. He also denies Anakin the rank of Jedi Master until he more fully understands Anakin's motives. Windu, like Yoda, looks to the Force before taking action.

The most well-known demonstration of Windu's power is shown in his fight with Darth Sidious, where he effectively disarms and blocks Sidious' lightning attack (whether or not Sidious allowed him to block this is debatable). But not only does he block it, he throws it back onto Darth Sidious, scarring him to the point that we can all say, "I get it, it's that emperor dude from the old movies."

4. Darth Tyranus (Count Dooku)

Darth Tyranus
Christopher Lee may be old, but he packs a punch as Darth Tyranus. Tyranus leads the rebellion against the Galactic Republic, and his moment of glory comes in Episode II when he takes out first Obi-Wan with cuts to his limbs and Anakin, frying him with lightning before slashing off his forearm (like father like son, Luke). The ultimate showdown happens when Yoda steps up to the plate, battling Tyranus with surprising mobility. Tyranus hurls streams of electricity and throws huge pieces debris at Yoda, demonstrating that even an old man can multitask. As a finale for his fireworks show, Tyranus creates a powerful burst of Force, pulling loose an avalanche of rock and steel over Obi-Wan and Anakin.

In Episode III, Anakin and Obi-Wan smartly face Tyranus together, but Tyranus throws Obi-Wan around like a rag doll. If only he would've done the same with Anakin...

3. Darth Vader (Anakin Skywalker)

Darth Vader
Vader's story extends throughout the entire Star War's series; therefore, we're able to see him grow in his Jedi powers from a piddly Youngling to a full-fledged Sith Lord. Because of his knowledge of both the Dark and Light side of the Force (I don't give a crap about his midi-chlorian count[3]), Vader also demonstrates a well-rounded use of his power. As young Anakin, telekinesis is his ability of choice.

Some of Vader's most noteable uses of power come in Episode IV when he chokes the life out of one of his cocky officers, Admiral Motti ("Your lack of faith is disturbing"). He masters the art of using the Force to sensing the presence his targets, chasing Luke, Leia and the Rebellion from one planet to another throughout Episodes IV-VI. He can also read minds - Luke unwillingly gives away the identity of his sister in the final episode.

2. Darth Sidious (Emperor Palpatine)

Darth Sidious
After killing his master, Darth Plagueis[2], Darth Sidious has a simple goal in mind: rule the universe. His first demonstration of power is shown in his barrage of barrel-rolls and lightning against Mace Windu, although I would argue he uses his most powerful ability much earlier on: mind-control. This is how he's able to manipulate leaders of entire governments and cloud the Jedi Council's ability to discern his true identity during his rise to Supreme Chancellor.

Sidious brainwashes the mind of his most powerful ally, Anakin. He also lays the smack-down on Yoda in a one-on-one battle, firing electricity and hurling great numbers of politicians' hover pods at him (metaphor for something?). In Episode VI, Sidious seemingly no longer uses a lightsaber - he masters his use of the Force to the point that he no longer needs it. He also has lived for an incredibly long time, using the dark side of the Force to keep him alive. And let's not forget Sidious' brutal tazing of Luke.

1. Yoda

Yoda
Wait, why am I dubbing Yoda as our champion, when Darth Sidious beat him?

Well, technically the Yoda versus Sidious battle was a stalemate, so no clear winner could be inferred.

Yoda has a much more defensive style in battle (after all, he's just a widdle guy), and he successfully blocks lightning, gargantuan objects and heavy blows with the lightsaber on a regular basis. Although difficult to tell given Yoda's mysterious species[1], much of the wisdom he uses to teach his Jedi followers seems to be derived directly from the Force. In every battle, Yoda directs his power with complete accuracy, not haphazardly as the Sith do in their rage. Quality over quantity.

In Episode V, Yoda lifts Luke's X-wing starfighter from the scum of the swamps. He also rescues Obi-Wan and Anakin from being crushed by heavy rock and steel in Episode II. And out of all the Jedi, Yoda and Darth Sidious demonstrate the most mobility when fighting - ironic for their age. Must be a Force thing.

Honorable Mention: Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan needs at least to be mentioned in this list, as he attains a high ranking among the Jedi Order and fights every battle courageously. Although he isn't gifted with the power of the above Jedi, he uses the Force extremely wisely defeating his foes at every turn: Droids, Darth Maul, assassins, and Anakin. If Lucas was as CGI-happy in Episodes IV-VI as he was in the other three, we might have seen more demonstrations of Obi-Wan's power. Regardless, this Jedi is one to be respected.

Note: No doubt hardcore Star Wars fans will be disappointed with this list, as it only includes characters within the six-episode film franchise - not literature (a much more expanded universe with more Jedi to choose).

How would you rank these Jedi? Create your own list in the comment section below!

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Comments

Sep 16, 2013 12:10pm
Kaden01
I am going to have to agree with you somewhat on the list, but also disagree. Darth Sidious was never a Jedi Knight. Also, Kenobi was the only Jedi in the Star Wars franchise to actually kill a Sith Lord. He killed Maul in Episode I. He deserves to be on the list!
Sep 16, 2013 12:47pm
smith6210
It's true Sidious was never a "Jedi Knight" since the Sith are only known as "lords." For the sake of commonality, I chose that term. Kenobi is indeed one of the best, but in my opinion, he just couldn't quite make the cut.
Oct 3, 2013 2:30am
Economist
This obviously doesn't take account of The Old Republic etc. with Darth Revan, Exar Kun and the like. In the comic/books Vader was dubbed to be the most powerful if it wasn't for his fight with Kenobi on Mustafa. No one really understood how powerful Luke Skywalker was supposed to be either in the end.
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Bibliography

  1. "Yoda." starwars.wikia. 13/09/2013 <Web >
  2. "Palpatine." starwars.wikia. 13/09/2013 <Web >
  3. "Anakin Skywalker." starwars.wikia. 13/09/2013 <Web >

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