10 Best Jedi And Sith From The “Star Wars” Expanded Universe
The Jedis. Interstellar Guardians of Peace and Justice. Practitioners of the light side of the Force, a mysterious and phenomenal power. And the Sith, their ancient enemy and supporters of the dark side. And then there are those who walk the line between the two or choose neither and settle on a path of gray.
In george lucas‘ from the visionary Star Wars universe, Jedi and Sith play central roles in tales of epic battles to determine the fate of an entire galaxy, wielding their colorful laser swords and near-magical abilities to support their chosen sides. The Star Wars Extended Universe, now called Star Wars Legends, has deepened the mythos behind the rival commands beyond the original film series.
However, after Disney acquired the franchise, the expanded material was removed from official canon. Fans never forgot though and still hold dear to these additional stories, with their many notable Jedi and Sith characters and those in between.
popular video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed featured a story in which Darth Vader secretly adopted an apprentice after killing the boy’s Jedi father. Galen Marek, codenamed Starkiller, grew up believing he was destined to help Vader overthrow his master Emperor Palpatine, but he was ultimately a pawn to lure out Palpatine’s enemies. In the end, Marek sacrificed his life to save those he endangered, inspiring them to form the Rebel Alliance against the Galactic Empire.
Exceptionally strong in the Force even as a child, Marek could knock back entire rooms full of opponents with telekinesis, produce devastating bursts of Sith lightning, and fight face-to-face with Vader and Palpatine, the most powerful Sith of their time. Additionally, Marek’s proficiency with a lightsaber was adaptable and comprehensive, allowing him to defeat multiple Jedi and Sith swordmasters.
Former Imperial officer turned rebel soldier Kyle Katarn discovered he was Force-sensitive some time after the collapse of the Galactic Empire and trained to become a Jedi. His journey saw him wrestle with both the light and dark sides of the Force before finding an inner balance that allowed him to become a true master who would go on to guide new generations of Jedi alongside the legendary Luke Skywalker.
Although mostly self-taught, Katarn was an incredibly proficient Force user, surpassing many Jedi. He had the ability to use Sith powers like Force Lightning and Force Choke without succumbing to the dark side. And his mastery of lightsaber combat led to him being named the head instructor of the New Jedi Order.
One of the major cornerstones of the Expanded Universe is the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic series of video games, which offered accounts of events millennia before those of the films. One of the most important figures of this period was Darth Revan, a Jedi who turned to the dark side and established a Sith Empire with his friend Darth Malak, who eventually betrayed him. Revan would eventually find his way back to the light after his mind was erased and he was given a renewed identity with the Jedi.
Having embraced the realms of light and darkness, Revan possessed one of the purest connections to the Force ever known. He was capable of extraordinary telekinetic feats, mind manipulation, and predicting the future. A mortal fighter and swordsman, Revan distinguished himself in the Mandalorian Wars and the Jedi Civil War.
A key participant in the Jedi Civil War, Bastila Shan was instrumental in the capture and rehabilitation of Darth Revan. The Force bond she formed with Revan and his love facilitated the redemption of the fallen Jedi, and with Revan’s help, Shan and the Old Republic were able to defeat the Sith Lord Darth Malak and restore peace for a while. time.
Shan’s most distinctive ability was his aptitude for combat meditation, a rare Force technique that increased the morale of the user’s allies in battle and simultaneously drained the opposing side of their own courage. As such, Shan could effectively turn the tide of a melee by her mere presence.
A descendant of renowned heroes Bastila Shan and Revan, Satele Shan followed in the footsteps of her ancestors and established herself as a legend during the Great Galactic War, the Cold War and the resurgent Galactic War. A dedicated warrior, she served the Galactic Republic in numerous skirmishes against the reconstituted Sith Empire, including the Battle of Alderaan, and was awarded the title of Grand Master of the Jedi Order, the youngest in history.
Due to her lineage, Satele was extremely gifted in the Force, inheriting the powers of combat meditation and farsightedness from Bastila and Revan respectively. Additionally, Satele’s telekinetic strength was staggering and her prowess with Force energy absorption abilities were such that she could block a lightsaber blade with her bare hands.
When the Sith Empire resurfaced to perpetrate the Great Galactic War, Darth Malgus, as a young apprentice, won them a victory against the Jedi by slaying a Master while reclaiming Korriban, the homeworld of the Sith. Malgus would later lead a decisive assault on the Jedi Temple of Coruscant, killing many of its members, including the notorious Ven Zallow.
Malgus was a veritable beast in battle, using his lightsaber skills and Force powers to chilling effect against his foes. Despite his apparent love of conflict, Malgus was a complex individual whose reputation would be admired by future Sith Lords for his power and military expertise.
Technically, the legendary Darth Bane has now been reinstated into Star Wars canon lore, but his only appearance in current continuity so far naturally doesn’t carry the weight of the Expanded Universe version. Bane pioneered the Rule of Two, which stated that only two Sith should exist at a time, in order to avoid lingering infighting within the Sith Order. This doctrine endured long after Bane’s death and contributed to Darth Sidious’s rise to power and the downfall of the Jedi.
In addition to being a brutal lightsaber duelist, Bane was an extremely skilled Force wielder who could unleash waves of Force energy, instantly incinerate enemies with lightning, and tap into negative emotions to sustain and rejuvenate himself. .
Mara Jade Skywalker
From Imperial assassin to smuggler to First Lady of the New Jedi Order to her marriage to Grand Master Luke Skywalker, Mara Jade Skywalker has undergone quite the transformation to earn her place as a fan favorite of the Universe. expanded. Originally ordered to eliminate Skywalker, she fell in love with him and supported the Jedi during their most difficult times, such as the Yuuzhan Vong War.
While not comparable to her husband in terms of raw power, Jade was still very adept with the Force, possessing a particularly strong sense of danger and impressively channeling the Force to prevent a deadly disease afflicting her. She was also an accomplished pilot, spy, and swordswoman.
Born Jacen Solo, son of Han Solo and Leia Organa, Darth Caedus was a clear prototype for Kylo Ren of the Star Wars sequel trilogy before the Expanded Universe was erased from canon. Jacen was an empathetic and erudite Jedi Knight whose experiences of war drove him to seek lasting peace, whatever the cost, culminating in his descent into darkness and a reign of terror that tormented his family and the Galaxy.
As a descendant of the Skywalker line, Caedus’ Force potential was extraordinary, and he became familiar with an astonishing number of abilities, including more esoteric ones. By the time he was a fully realized Sith Lord, he was able to pressure his uncle Luke Skywalker into a lightsaber duel.
Sometimes the desire to know can be harmful. Jedi learner Exar Kun sparked a curiosity about the Sith during his studies and followed his obsession into the depths of evil, becoming a Dark Lord of the Sith who corrupted many other souls in his bid for galactic conquest.
Considered perhaps the most dangerous of the ancient Sith, Kun was a brilliant swordsman and a formidable student of the dark side. He even found a way to transcend death and visit his evilness on Luke Skywalker and his Jedi Order thousands of years later.
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