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Top 10 Gray Jedi in Star Wars

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Gray Jedi Code (shortened)

Gray Jedi Code (shortened)

What Are Gray Jedi in Star Wars?

In Star Wars, Gray Jedi can be confusing because they aren't directly mentioned in the films and have two definitions. Some define them as Jedi who walk the line between light and dark, ones who haven't fallen to the dark side like Sith but dabble in traditionally-banned abilities and perspectives.

Others simply describe Gray Jedi as ones who oppose the Council's will, regardless of alignment. In fact, many fans who find traditional Jedi rules too strict agree with Gray Jedi mentality; which characters best fit their profile? Here are 10 prominent Gray Jedi throughout Star Wars! Spoilers ahead (particularly for the KOTOR games).

Qui-Gon Jinn

Qui-Gon Jinn

10. Qui-Gon Jinn

Era: Prequel Trilogy

Mentor of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon's power and wisdom earned the respect of many Jedi, but his unorthodox viewpoints also fueled the Council's ire. Obi-Wan notes in Episode 1 his master would be on the Council if not for his independent streak.

Nonetheless, Qui-Gon proves loyal to the light, is a firm believer in the Living Force (as opposed to the Cosmic Force), and becomes the first Jedi to rediscover the secrets of becoming a Force Ghost.

Vergere

Vergere

9. Vergere

Era: New Jedi Order

Han's eldest son in the legends timeline, Jacen Solo, meets Vergere when he's captured by the Yuuzhan Vhong alien invaders. She constantly challenges his perspectives, playing both the role of fond mentor and ruthless tormentor.

To this day, fans debate Vergere's true allegiance; she's a former Jedi who Lumiya would later claim fell to the dark, but her affection for Jacen and ultimate sacrifice indicate a dual nature—what she championed as true strength.

Jacen Solo

Jacen Solo

8. Jacen Solo

Era: New Jedi Order

Luke's nephew and Han and Leia's son, Jacen, and his twin sister, Jaina, proved to be some of the Order's most promising next-generation Jedi. However, after his imprisonment by the Yuuzhan Vong and experience with war, he wandered the galaxy, expanding his perspectives on the Force beyond traditional Jedi mindsets.

Jacen gradually grew more hardened and corrupted by Dark Lady Lumiya, ultimately falling to the dark side as Darth Caedus. But even then, his actions were designed to benefit others, resulting in a unique warrior willing to become whatever he believed the galaxy needed him to be.

Cade Skywalker

Cade Skywalker

7. Cade Skywalker

Era: Post-Legacy

Appearing dozens of years after the New Jedi Order, Cade is a descendent of Luke who takes part in the new Galactic Civil War. Like his ancestor Anakin Skywalker, Cade was reckless and dabbled in the dark side, but unlike Anakin, instead of succumbing to its temptations, he used them to fortify himself against their call.

Thus, despite walking the line between light and dark, Cade ultimately remained a champion of good, a strong example for fans who believe Force balance is superior to pure-light.

Quinlan Vos

Quinlan Vos

6. Quinlan Vos

Era: Prequel Trilogy

One of the most popular prequel characters not seen in the films, Quinlan was assigned a dangerous mission: pretend to defect to the dark side to discover and kill Darth Sidious.

Forced to commit numerous atrocities under this pretense, Quinlan drifted between actually falling to the dark and simply feigning to. His willingness to exploit his emotions gave him great power, scoring victories against renowned warriors like General Grievous and Count Dooku, and despite some slips, he ultimately remained in the light.

Kyle Katarn

Kyle Katarn

5. Kyle Katarn

Era: New Jedi Order

Kyle's a lot like what Han might be if he was Force-sensitive: a former Imperial agent, cynic, and someone skeptical of the Force who falls in love with a Rebel agent (Jan Ors).

Kyle would eventually earn a seat in Luke's new Jedi Council, and unlike the Grand Master, Kyle willfully employed dark powers like Force Lightning, believing that the true morality of an ability lies in how you use it, not what it is.

Meetra Surik

Meetra Surik

4. Meetra Surik

Era: Old Republic

Protagonist of the video game Knights of the Old Republic 2, Meetra became known as "The Exile" after being banished by the Council for following maverick Jedi Revan into battle. Her willingness to defy the Council already cements her as a rogue, but unlike Revan, she managed to resist the dark side's lure (players decide her alignment, but she's canonically light).

Meetra was also mentored by another Jedi outcast, further influencing her atypical practice…

Kreia

Kreia

3. Kreia

Era: Old Republic

Kreia was Revan's Jedi instructor, infamous for not being afraid to defy the Council. She was later blamed for his participation in the Mandalorian war and exiled; from there, she joined with two dark-siders as Darth Traya in a Sith triumvirate before being betrayed.

Cast out by both Jedi and Sith, Kreia bore a unique viewpoint on the Force, believing it a crutch the weak rely on. While she wanted to help the citizens of the galaxy, she believed that too much compassion made them weak, rendering her one of the most complex characters in the whole series.

Jolee Bindo

Jolee Bindo

2. Jolee Bindo

Era: Old Republic

Even as a young Padawan, Jolee displayed a defiant strike, ignoring Council orders by stealing from the rich to assist the poor. He further deviated from their will by both training and marrying a Force-sensitive (Nayama), and after she fell to the dark, he exiled himself as penance; years later, Jolee assists Revan in combating the Sith threat.

Like Qui-Gon, Jolee's ultimately more light than dark but still advocates a broader perspective of the Force.

Revan

Revan

1. Revan

Era: Old Republic

The infamous Revan first disobeyed the Council by fighting against the invading Mandalorian warriors. He and his apprentice Malak fell to the dark, becoming Sith, but Revan was captured and had his memory-wiped.

From there, he awakes as the protagonist of KOTOR 1, ultimately rejoining the light to ward off Malak's forces, and afterward, he departed the galaxy to hunt down the true Sith.

The Gray Jedi Code

Today we've examined many of the galaxy's most prominent Gray Jedi, believed by some to be the ultimate Force-wielders. This mindset is hinted at in the films through phrases like the Chosen One "bringing balance to the Force." Below you'll find their core tenets (which draws from both the Jedi and Sith codes), but for now, vote for your favorite, and I'll see you at our next Star Wars countdown!

Flowing through all, there is balance
There is no peace without a passion to create
There is no passion without peace to guide
Knowledge fades without the strength to act
Power blinds without the serenity to see
There is freedom in life
There is purpose in death
The Force is all things and I am the Force

© 2021 Jeremy Gill

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