Jedis are the ultimate guardians and peacemakers of the Star Wars Galaxy, and Sith Lords are the evil ones who want to rule the Galaxy. Both these Force-users have one thing in common, lightsabers.
While the Sith lords are always two at one time, there were almost 10 thousand Jedis guarding the Galaxy during the Old Republic. Some of them were padawans, some were Jedi Knights, and some were Jedi Masters. All of them had one or two lightsabers. We cannot talk about all the 10 thousand Jedis and their lightsabers, but we can surely discuss the best Star Wars characters and the lightsabers they wielded.
1 Kylo Ren Crossguard Lightsaber
Before we go back to the Old Republic, some of the lightsabers from the New Republic fall into the category of the best Star Wars characters’ lightsabers. The top of them is Kylo Ren’s Crossguard lightsaber.
Kylo Ren is the grandson of Anakin Skywalker and nephew of Luke Skywalker, two of the most powerful characters ever. Luke trained him to be a Jedi, but he turned to the Dark Side and became a Sith lord. Kylo Ren executed the “First Order.” and destroyed many planets that did not commit to his Empire. He did many evil things but turned back to the Light Side before dying like his grandfather. That is why he became one of the favorites of the fans.
Unlike most characters, Kylo Ren wielded a unique lightsaber. He wielded a crossguard lightsaber with a red blade. The blade had distorted patterns due to cracked Kyber crystal, but those patterns looked so cool. Similarly, the hilt of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber was exceptional. The shape of his hilt matches the swords of the medieval age, with two extra blades coming out of the sides of the ax-shaped hilt and one main blade from the top of the emitter.
The Crossguard lightsaber is unique because Kylo Ren is the only person to use this type of lightsaber. Some may have used this type of lightsaber in ancient times of the Old Republic, but it was not seen for a long time.
2 Obi-Wan Kenobi
Let’s go back to the Old Republic, and talk about another character who had relations with both Anakin and Luke, Obi-Wan Kenobi. He was the teacher of both the destroyer of the Old Republic and the builder of the new Republic.
Obi-Wan Kenobi was the perfect Jedi. He was as wise as Master Yoda and as powerful as Master Windu. At the same time, his humor kept the fans hooked with his extraordinary personality. Obi-Wan survived Order 66, lived for a long time in exile, and died at an old age protecting Luke Skywalker from Darth Vader.
Obi-Wan wielded a blue standard type lightsaber. Although his lightsaber looked pretty ordinary, he was very proficient in lightsaber combat forms. He deserves a place among the best Star Wars characters because of his victories in the Clone Wars and against powerful characters like Darth Maul and even his apprentice Darth Vader. Not to mention, he even dueled with General Grievous, who used multiple lightsabers. Obi-Wan still defeated Grievous and forced him to run away.
3 Master Yoda’s Green Lightsaber
Master Yoda is one of the best characters in Star Wars. He was a tiny personality of an unknown race who lived a long life of more than a thousand years. All we know is that he trained the younglings in the Jedi academy for 800 years. Plus, he was a member of the Jedi council.
Master Yoda wielded a Shoto lightsaber with a green blade. A Shoto lightsaber is a small-sized lightsaber with a tiny hilt and small blade. This type of lightsaber was suitable for small people like himself. Despite his small lightsaber, Master Yoda was an expert lightsaber dueler. We saw him slicing down tons of droids in the prequels of the Star Wars original trilogy. Even the powerful Sith lord like Count Dooku and Darth Sidious got defeated by Yoda many times, as seen in Clone Wars.
Master Yoda fought against Darth Sidious for the last time after the execution of Order 66. This time he could not defeat the Sith lord and had to escape. He went on a planet and spent his days in exile. He kept his Shoto lightsaber in a box and never used it again.
Thankfully, we get to see his Shoto lightsaber again. In “The Book of the Boba Fett.” we find out that Luke had the Shoto lightsaber in his possession, and he offered it to Grogu. Although Grogu refused it, it was a pleasant experience to see Master Yoda’s lightsaber once again.
4 Mace Windu’s Purple Lightsaber
Mace Windu is considered the most powerful character of the Old Republic. He was also a member of the Jedi Council like Master Yoda. It is said that Master Windu could cut 100 thousand droids all alone in a battle.
Mace Windu used a purple color lightsaber which is one of its kind. Only Darth Revan is the other person to ever used a purple lightsaber. Mace Windu got a purple Kyber crystal on a planet. After Windu protected the natives of that planet and completed his mission, they gifted him with the purple Kyber crystal, which he later used to craft his purple lightsaber.
There is another reason why he wielded a purple lightsaber. In Star Wars, every color has a meaning. The purple lightsaber means the Force-User is proficient in both the Dark and Light Side of the Force. It is true in Mace Windu’s case. He is the only person who masters the Dark Side while staying in the Light Side.
Mace Windu invented the other half of the seventh Form of lightsaber combats. He invented the Vaapad Form, which requires Dark energy to learn. He found a way to let the Dark Force flow through him while keeping it under control. This is the reason why Mace Windu is considered the most powerful one and why his lightsaber color was unique.
Mace Windu lost his purple lightsaber when he was going to kill Darth Sidious on Coruscant. When he swung his lightsaber to kill Sidious, Anakin betrayed Windu and cut his hand. His lightsaber fell into the depths of Coruscant. Moments later, Sidious pushed Windu out of the window, and he was considered dead afterward.
5 Darth Vader’s Lightsaber
Before turning to the Dark Side and becoming Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker was considered the “Chosen One.” He was extremely sensitive to Force at a very young age. He had the level of Midi-Chlorians above 20 thousand at the age of 6. The average Midi-Chlorians level of a mature Jedi is below 15 thousand.
After turning to the Dark Side, Darth Vader became unstoppable. He hunted every surviving Jedi one by one and easily killed them. He wielded a standard red lightsaber. Darth Vader was proficient in the Ataru Form of lightsaber combats, and he had a suitable lightsaber to complement his combat form.
Darth Vader’s red lightsaber was crafted with two crystals. One Kyber crystal and the other was a Synthetic artificial crystal. His lightsaber was heavy with a long blade, perfect for his aggressive blows and brute strength.
Darth Vader had stayed the center of the attention for most of the trilogies and series of Star Wars. From the original trilogy to the Rebel series, released in 2018, Darth Vader and his red lightsaber became the real reason for the success of the show.
Darth Vader was saved by his own son Luke Skywalker. He turned to the Light Side of the Force right after dying from the Force-lightning of Palpatine.
These are some of the best Star Wars character’s lightsabers. If you are a Star Wars hardcore fan, you may not agree with me as there are many other powerful characters. You can also choose to go with Luke Skywalker, Rey, Ahsoka Tano, or any other. Star Wars is a story of infinite characters, and your favorites do not have to match with me.
Nevertheless, we can all agree on the amazing stories, characters, and lightsabers Star Wars have created. Trust in the Force, and stick with the upcoming shows and movies of Star Wars.