Ranking the Strongest Members of the Jedi Order

As you probably already know, there’s no shortages of Jedi ranking lists on the internet.  The majority that we’ve seen call their lists an actual ranking, meaning it’s based on “facts” and “evidence” instead of personal preference.  Our list will really be based on our preference and what we think the rank is.  We’re not saying this is the end all be all of lists, we’re just going to compile our thoughts into an ongoing/running list of ranked Jedi purely based what we’ve personally seen, read, or played.  To clarify, we’ll look at the actions and skills showcased throughout the movies, TV shows, written material, and video games.  This is by no means a complete list, but as we continue to read and absorb more Star Wars material, we’ll go back and update this list accordingly. 

Now, let’s start with the elite, five of the strongest members of the Jedi Order.

1. Yoda

Sources:  Episode I, II, III, V, VIII, The Clone Wars
Lightsaber color:  Green
Species:  Unknown “Yoda’s Species”
Homeworld:  Unknown

No real need to justify this ranking here, Yoda is by far the strongest pound for pound Jedi in history.  No one has been able to rival his skill with a lightsaber and his use of the Force.

2. Anakin Skywalker

Sources:  Episode I, II, III, The Clone Wars
Lightsaber color:  Blue
Species:  Human
Homeworld:  Tatooine

If Yoda was the strongest Jedi ever, Anakin was the heir apparent.  He held a strong connection with the Force that allowed him to see visions of the future, he excelled in lightsaber combat, he could quickly manufacture tech as needed, and he was one of the best pilots in the Order.  Any Jedi would’ve loved to be great in either of those categories, but Anakin, he excelled at all of them.  During The Clone Wars he proved to be a risky but crafty statistician as he was able to outsmart Separatist Generals time and time again.  His do-it-all approach allowed him to be a respected General in the eyes of his Clones and a strong Master for his talented Padawan.  Anakin’s ceiling was incredibly high, if only he had listened to Yoda. 

“Fear is the path to the Dark Side.  Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.”

3. Revan

Sources: The Old Republic
Lightsaber color:  Purple, Blue, Green
Species:  Human
Homeworld:  Unknown

We think there is an argument here, that no other Jedi, besides Anakin, has shaken the course of history in the galaxy like Revan’s actions did.  He was raised like most Jedi in the Temple, rebelled against the Jedi Order to fight in the Mandalorian Wars, ended the Mandalorian Wars, turned to the Dark Side, started the Jedi Civil War, brought the Galactic Republic to its knees, was captured and brought back to the Light Side, fought for the Jedi, defeated the Sith, and ended the Jedi Civil War.  He eventually would go on to fight and withstand another great onslaught of the Dark Side, only to have his spirit lingering in the galaxy, split between the Light and the Dark.  Darth Bane would go on to utilize an old Sith Holocron of Revan’s and initiate the Rule of Two, forever altering the History of the Sith.  There’s no doubt in our minds that Revan was the most powerful force user of his time, the historical influences his decisions had and his Jedi capabilities rank him this high on our list.

4. Mace Windu

Sources:  Episode I, II, III, The Clone Wars
Lightsaber color:  Purple
Species:  Human
Homeworld:  Haruun Kal

The majority of this list stems from how well these Jedi performed against formidable opponents.  While Mace Windu’s actions during The Clone Wars deserve a top 10 recognition, his face off against Darth Sidious in Episode III puts him in the top 5.  Obi-Wan, unfortunately, never had the chance to square off against the evil Emperor, so Mace passes him, just by a hair though.  There’s been some speculation about whether or not Darth Sidious actually planned on killing Mace or if he was just waiting till Anakin showed up, regardless of that theory, Sidious was fighting to kill in the beginning.  The proof?  He killed Kit Fisto, Saesee Tiin, and Agen Kolar early and without hesitation.  Mace was not only able to avoid Sidious’ attack, but fight the Sith Lord to defeat.  For this reason, and Mace’s strong sense of the Force, we believe he earned the 4th spot on our list.

5. Obi-Wan Kenobi

Sources:  Episode I, II, III, IV, V, VI, The Clone Wars, Darth Maul Shadow Hunter, From the Journals of Obi-Wan Kenobi
Lightsaber color:  Blue
Species:  Human
Homeworld:  Stewjon

Obi-Wan Kenobi will always be linked to the Skywalkers.  Ever since Qui-Gon saved little Ani from slavery, Obi-Wan has been a main presence during his growth, maturity, and, unfortunately, downfall.  This wise and skillful Jedi didn’t just train one of the most powerful Jedi in history, he also squared off against him in Episode III.  Of course, by that time Anakin was a young Darth Vader, and while his skill and power surpassed Obi-Wan’s, he couldn’t keep his emotions in check.  Obi-Wan defeated the young Sith Lord adding to his list of already impressive victories.  He also defeated Darth Maul as a Padawan, he was the only Jedi to defeat General Grievous, he lead numerous successful campaigns during the Clone Wars, he survived an attack from and severely injured the revived Maul and his brother Savage Opress, he defended Tatooine from multiple foes while protecting Luke, he began Luke’s Jedi training, and just like his master before him, he gained the ability to become a Force Ghost upon his death.  We’ve seen many lists leave Obi-Wan out of the top five, but we feel he’s deserving of this elite group.

We’ll continue to update this list, add Jedi, and shift them around as we watch and read more Star Wars content.  What’d you think about our top five?  Do you agree? Disagree?  Let us know!

Thank you so much for your time and remember, not all those who wander are lost.

– The Wandering One

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