10 Most Powerful Jedi in Star Wars, Ranked
Ranking The Most Powerful Jedi In Star Wars
Ranking force users in Star Wars is a daunting task. What metrics does one use to rank Jedi? Lightsaber skill? Force mastery? Is it more impressive to pull an Imperial Star Destroyer out of the sky like Starkiller from The Force Unleashed video games or to become a force ghost after you die like Obi-Wan Kenobi? Using a combination of these and other feats, we here at Giant Freakin Robot have managed to come up with the 10 most powerful Jedi in Star Wars.
To make things easier, we limited the ranking to canon Jedi—Jaina Solo would have definitely made the list otherwise—and only Jedi and former Jedi. No flat-out Sith. Without further ado, here’s our ranking.
10. Kit Fisto
Let’s start things off with the only Star Wars character on the list with a name that sounds like an Urban Dictionary entry and enough tentacles to make Cthulu jealous.
Kit Fisto is more than just a naughty-sounding name and a face straight out of a hentai movie, he’s also one of the only Jedi who can duel just as well underwater as he can on land. On top of that, he was one of the few Jedi to hold his own against General Grievous in hand-to-hand(s) combat and escape with his life.
If not for the way he let Palpatine drop him like a chump in .2 seconds, Kit Fisto might have even ranked higher.
9. Count Dooku
Count Dooku might have already crossed over to the Dark Side by the time we are introduced to him in Attack of the Clones, but that doesn’t change the fact that he was once a brilliant Jedi who trained none other than Qui-Gon Jinn.
One of the best duelists in all of Star Wars, Dooku was able to fight off both Anakin and Obi-Wan without breaking a sweat. After he demolished those two, he still had the stamina and skill to throwdown with Yoda. That level of skill and Force mastery is more than enough to earn the Count a place at the bottom of the list.
8. Qui-Gon Jinn
Was Qui-Gon only in one movie? Yes. Did he get destroyed by a baby Sith that a wet-behind-the-ears Padawan could (and did) defeat? Also yes. So why is Qui-Gon on this list?
Well, for starters, he trained two of the most powerful Jedi in all of Star Wars. That alone should earn him a place among the greats, but he was also the first Jedi to figure out how to become a force ghost, a technique he then passed on to Yoda and his former apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi. For thousands of years, Jedi had wielded the force, but Jinn was the first to become part of it.
7. Ahsoka Tano
The young Togruta started out as a whiny, annoying Padawan thrust upon Anakin Skywalker against his will. Over the course of the Clone Wars, Ahsoka held her own alongside older and more powerful Jedi time and time again. Eventually, Tano became skilled enough to face off against a resurrected Darth Maul and even her former Master after he turned to the dark side.
Sadly Ahsoka was exiled from the Jedi Order after being framed for a crime she didn’t commit. Though she was later found innocent thanks to evidence found by her Master, Anakin Skywalker, Tano chose to remain an outcast making her one of the only force-users in Star Wars to leave the Jedi and not become a Sith.
6. Mace Windu
Look, Mace Windu is a BAMF there’s no two ways about it. Though he first appeared in The Phantom Menace, Windu didn’t get to do anything cool until Star Wars: Episode II-Attack of the Clones, but it was worth the wait. Leading the Jedi during the Battle of Geonosis, Mace is the epitome of cool.
If you’re wondering what makes Mace Windu the #6 Jedi of all time look no further than his fight against Jango Fett. Mace calmly inches toward Jango using his purple lightsaber to deflect all of the Mandalorian’s shots until the Jedi Master is close enough to decapitate the elder Fett with one swing. All in front of a pre-pubescent Boba Fett. If this list was for coldest Jedi moves Windu would be #1.
It might look like a cheat having Rey Skywalker and Ben Solo tied for the sixth spot, but we can explain. Rey and Kylo are part of a Force dyad, meaning that they share a bond through the force that only comes along rarely in the Star Wars universe—you can read more about the concept here.
In fact, so far, Rey and Kylo Ren/Ben Solo are the only two Jedi we’ve seen share such a bond on screen. Individually both Jedi possess enough power that it scared the bejeezus out of Luke Skywalker enough to want to kill Ben and refuse to train Rey.
Put them together, and you have a force so powerful it can take on a room full of the First Order’s Elite Praetorian Guards and wipe out all of them. Together they were even strong enough to go up against Palpatine himself.
4. Obi-Wan Kenobi
Obi-Wan is the first Jedi to do anything of note in all of Star Wars. The first one to use the Jedi mind trick, and the first to use a lightsaber to cut off a limb, Kenobi is the OG when it comes to Force users onscreen. But being first isn’t enough to make one great unless they have the skills to back it up, and Obi-Wan Kenobi can definitely walk the walk.
Trained by the great Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan is the only Jedi to go toe-to-toe with Darth Vader twice and not only survive but win. Sadly it’s their third battle—the one where Vader turns old Ben into a pile of clothes—that keeps Obi-Wan from placing higher on the list.
3. Anakin Skywalker
The Chosen One himself, no one on this list has killed more Sith Lords than Anakin Mother Truckin’ Skywalker. Of course, no one has killed more Jedi either, but that’s not important. What is important is just how gosh darn OP Anakin is.
At nine years old, the kid already had more midi-chlorians in his blood than Yoda. At 19, he was taking on legendary swordsmen like Count Dooku and holding his own. We all know what happened to Anakin—it’s the great tragedy of the Star Wars saga—but if things had gone differently, he could have easily gone down in history as the greatest Jedi of all time.
2. Luke Skywalker
Luke Skywalker might not be the most technically proficient Jedi in Star Wars or even the Jedi with the best command over the Force. What he does have, though, is heart and a whole lot of it. Even after being told by both Obi-Wan and Yoda that there was no good whatsoever left inside Darth Vader, Luke insisted on trying to save his father even though it almost killed him. In the end, he succeeded.
Luke may have lost his way later in life, but he ended things in one of the most Jedi ways possible. Using all of the strength he could muster, Luke projected his presence across the galaxy and, without raising a hand in violence, managed to single-handedly allow the resistance to escape and inspired the galaxy once again to take up arms against their oppressors. That’s true power.
George Lucas may have said that Luke Skywalker was the most powerful Jedi in all of Star Wars, but what does he know? He had Luke French-kiss, his sister, in front of her boyfriend. Ewww! Yoda is the very definition of good things that come in small packages.
Whether he’s training Jedi like Luke or confronting Sith like Darth Sidious, Yoda is the Jedi above all other Jedi. For over 800 years, Yoda helped to nurture young Jedi and help them recognize their true potential.
Though he’s best known as a mentor and a teacher, Yoda wasn’t afraid to get physical if there were no other options. He even once caught a bolt of Force Lightning in his hand like it was a baseball and tossed it back at Palpatine like it was nothing. Not bad for a Muppet.