Top Ten Most Powerful, Skilled Jedi and Sith From the Star Wars Films

Note this is only from the six films, not from the books or games.

The Top Ten

1 Yoda Yoda Yoda is a fictional character in the Star Wars space opera franchise created by George Lucas, first appearing in the 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back.

Ok, look. What do you think the title Grand Master of the Jedi means? I mean, no offense. I love vader, he's my idol, but if Yoda went to Mustafar, not Kenobi, Vader would need more then that suit to survive. Heck, he wouldn't have even survived an encounter with Jedi Grand Master Yoda. Sure, Kenobi's a master swordsman, but Yoda knows all, and I stress ALL forms and variants of lightsaber combat. I mean, if you want a good fight, tell george Lucas to make Yoda fight vader. I mean BEFORE he got burned. Lets see if anakin can withstand YODA!

Yoda was a grandmaster, but Luke is more powerful, George Lucas himself said so. Also Luke became a grandmaster too - Lemmingnator

Yoda by all time is the most skilled Jedi. He has everything, good lightsaber combat skills, strong in the force, experience, name it all and he has it. He rarely kills, as he is the true follower of the light side. He has even seen Jedi turning from peacekeepers to warriors. He is still a peacekeeper. Now the point where he supposedly lost to Dooku. He didn't, he just saved Anakin and Obi-wan. And the point against Sidious, he could just get his lightsaber back anytime, but knew that for the time being, when he knew it was just him and Obi-Wan, he should complete his duty as a peacekeeper and not a warrior, and being a visionary saw a new light of hope ahead, and had to fulfill his duty as a Jedi Master, to train a new Padawan who could defeat the Empire.

Yoda is the best. Some things he did are: he defeated Darth Bane, he was more powerful than emperor Sidious, he is one of the 8 Jedi Grandmasters ever, he can freeze people with the force, he defeated Dooku, one of the best swordsmen with almost no effort, he unlocked the path to immortality with the light side of the force, he doesn't even need a lightsaber to stop force lightning, he could tell when order 66 was happening, in episode 2 he saved a lot of important people in the jedi order by saving them with the gunships. That is only the last around 100 years of his life. Think what he he might have done in his first 800 years when in his prime.

Yea Yoda no question... #1

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2 Darth Vader / Anakin Skywalker Darth Vader / Anakin Skywalker Darth Vader was the original dark lord for Star Wars. Darth Vader ruled with both fear and aggression. Originally Anakin Skywalker a young Jedi who was then seduced by the dark side of the force by Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious. Vader had his limbs cut off by his jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi leaving more.

Anakin/Vader was very powerful as he was, with the biggest number of midichlorians even though he never reached his maximum potential. Some say they would love to see him face Yoda. Well remember Count Dooku? Yoda couldn't kill him, well Anakin did kill him and so I would have seen a glorious battle then. He would also have killed Obi Wan if it wasn't for that 1 advantage Obi had at the end.
And one last point, he's the chosen one - dammit!

People say Yoda was the most powerful but that actually isn't true. he's not the grand master because he's really powerful but he is the grand master because he is very wise and has been a jedi for a very very long time. Yoda only matched Count Dooku's force abilities and same with his lightsaber skills. Anakin destroyed Dooku in a duel. Also he has demonstrated immense force abilities (especially in the CGI clone wars series). Everyone would probably say that Kenobi is more powerful because he beat him, but he didn't beat him because of his skill. He beat him because Vader couldn't jump high enough (even though we see him jump higher and faster in several occasions). Some might argue that Mace Windu, but he wouldn't be able to beat him in a lightsaber duel because his lightsaber form wouldn't do crap against him, especially since Dooku who was pretty much the best duelist of his time was beaten by Anakin. Vader has immense force abilities and he is the chosen one! Sidious stated that ...more

Even Darth Sidious says in Episode III before his battle with Yoda "Vader will become more powerful than you or I." He is the chosen one, more force sensitive than anyone ever before him, he killed Sidious (accomplishing a feat that even Yoda couldn't, defeating the Emperor), Dooku (which Obi-Wan was unable to do on multiple occasions), Windu and could have easily killed Luke multiple times during their battle on Cloud City in Episode V. He let luke defeat him in Episode VI because he couldn't bring himself to kill his own son and he ended up saving him in the end. Yes Obi-Wan did defeat him in Episode III but there are a few problems with that, one Obi-Wan had the advantage of higher ground, two Anakin was not at his prime yet, he was still young, confused and over confident in himself, had Anakin been at his peek he would have won. Many people believe that Yoda could defeat Vader, that is wrong, I personally own a book of Star Wars "What if? " battles pitting ...more

This guy wow he gave me one hell of a shock when I first saw him in the movies so he deserves to be in second place cause he is such a great actor but I hated that he watched his son being killed saved him,turned good and died that is the worst way to die.Darth Vader may the force be with you.

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3 Darth Sidious Darth Sidious

Although it seems as though he lost to Mace Windu, he was clever enough and not driven so much by arrogance so to appear weak in order to manipulate Anakin. He remained hidden as a Sith Lord to the entire Jedi order until he revealed himself of his own accord. While many will argue that in the films he appeared to be lacking in power and unable to survive being thrown down a shaft, I think this is purely because it is a film and most if not all of the lore would have been made after the movies, which I guess would have explored the force to a greater extent than what was apparantly within Sidios' grasp, making him seem underpowered. However, much of the way that sith work is though manipulation, which could explain why Sidious didn't want to destroy Luke entirely if he had the chance to lure him into to killing his father and draw closer to the dark side.

I think he was the most powerful just short of the Ones, and the Chosen One(Anakin Skywalker). He was the only one to not literally BE the force, yet still manage to do what they could. In my mind, the force is like a river, and the users use it to their advantage becoming the force's Ally, even its Servant. But Sidious didn't do that. He dove into the water and made the river do as he said. He tamed the Dark Side. He owned the Dark Side. And when the maverick wave that was supposed to be uncontrollable struck him (the chosen one) he returned in the expanded universe. He defied the force, and succeeded. The force itself cannot harm him. Although Anakin could have been more powerful than him, he didn't let him, and the only one more powerful than him were the ones, who again, couldn't harm him, as he controlled the force. They were the force. The Ones were Sidious' pets. So, even if you were more powerful/skilled than Sidious, you still wouldn't be able to harm him.

He controlled BOTH sides of the Clone Wars! Who can compare?

He's the emperor bitchess

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4 Luke Skywalker Luke Skywalker Luke Skywalker is a fictional character appearing as the central protagonist of the original film trilogy, and as a supporting character in the sequel trilogy of the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas.

I think he should be number 3 on this list (currently he is right after Sidious). He defeated Darth Vader, his father who was more training than him and destroyed the Death Star. He clearly cannot defend himself from Darth Sidious' lightning bolts (I guess it's what they're called) because as Vader said to him, "You are unwise to lower your defenses! ". He can defeat Sidious, if only he didn't lower his defenses. But, what I recommend more, is having Luke at number 2 next to Yoda. I mean, he only has short amount of training! At the Empire Strikes back we see him as a skilled Padawan (I didn't know how because nobody taught him the lightsaber tricks) and the next thing we saw on Return of the Jedi was like a Jedi Master even before becoming a Jedi Knight!

It took Luke a very short amount of time to take full control of his powers. He defeated Vader in ROTJ, and destroyed the Death Star. Not only that, but in the Expanded Universe (Which the 7th movie should follow because the stories are awesome) he trains his son Ben, and his 2 nephews and nieces. He is the Grand Master Jedi, brought Anakin back to the good side of the force, and trained hundreds of Jedi to restore order and safety to the New Republic. He was seduced by the dark side many times, but he always remained good and defeated sith.

Luke was good but I see why he isn't higher on the list. The skill level he reached during the original trilogy was pretty below an ordinary Jedi. It is what he became later that makes me think he deserves his place on the list. He was the Grand Master of the Jedi. Like Yoda equal.

He is way better then the Darth Sidious come on make him 3!

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5 Obi-Wan Kenobi Obi-Wan Kenobi Obi-Wan Kenobi is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, played by Sir Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor.

Obi-Wan took down Grievous and Maul, when others couldn't. He survived Order 66 when almost every other Jedi didn't. He took down Vader, but just didn't finish him off (he would've killed him then if Vader wasn't in the Original Trilogy) He was very skilled against Dooku, and in the Clone Wars even bested him several times. Dooku just escaped. He helped found Luke, and begin his training. His ghost also helped guide Luke to destroy the Empire. He was skilled in lightsaber combat and the force as well. What else do I need to say. Obi Wan is indeed the best Jedi out there.

Obi Wan is very powerful skilled and passionate Jedi he beat Darth Vader Darth Maul General Grievous dooku. When he survived order 66 he helped to convince Yoda to go back to the Jedi Temple and stop to rest of the clones and take back the temple so they could change the message and warn any surviving Jedi to stay away thinking of others instead of himself not to mention he and Yoda were largely outnumbered.and sacrificed himself to disable the tractor beam and save the others then came back and train Luke and guide him.he should be should be at least number 2 at the least.

Obi Wan Kenobi singlehandedly defeated and killed Darth Maul and General Grievous, he managed to seriously maim Anakin Skywalker/Vader, he held his own against Count Dooku and Asajj Ventress, managed to survive the Jedi Purge, and was a serious component in rebuilding the Jedi Order.

He was better then Luke! - hollyeb13

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6 Mace Windu Mace Windu Mace Windu is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by actor Samuel L. Jackson in the prequel films.

He was second in power only to Yoda and created Vaapad.

During his time as a Jedi, it is written that Windu was considered the best at light saber combat but was second behind Yoda in force abilities among the Jedi. I read that overall he was considered the second most powerful Jedi behind Yoda.

His battles against Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones and Darth Sidious in Revenge of the Sith, are the only appearances that he makes fighting in the movies, and they do make him stand out because he could defeat Sidious, even though I think that Sidious could have sensed Anakin and gave up in order to make him believe that the Jedi were evil and fully turn him to the dark side. Mace�'s appearances in the Clone Wars make him the most bad-ass Jedi as he defeats his enemy without a problem. That is all canon material, about some legends mentioned material, he is the only Jedi that masters the 7th form of lightsaber combat, further refining his skills. Being able to borrow some dark side techniques, he can easily take down a sith lord.

He beat Darth Sidious, so why is he ranked 3 places below him? And Darth Sidious tied with Yoda in their fight so technically he is also better than Yoda, and should be ranked 1 on this.

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7 Darth Revan Darth Revan

Time and time again Revan is said to be "the force itself" and "the epitome of Jedi and Sith power" He wiped out the armies of the mandalorians and then began The First Jedi Purge. The Jedi were so afraid of him that they laid a trap to erase his memory (this was there last hope since revan had pushed them to the brink of extinction). Revan was turned to the light and them proceeded to wipe out the sith empire he had created, killing hundreds of sith apprentices, Warriors, and lords. He then took on Darth Malak. Darth malak had used te starforge to capture the force power of almost 100 Jedi. He then added this to his own power. Revam still defeated him. Revan then went on to combat the sith emperor, darth vitiate, who had destroyed an entire planet in order to gain the power of IMMORTALITY! Revan bested him in combat (HE BESTED SOMEONE WHO is IMMORTAL! ). Revan was captured though, only because he was betrayed during his battle with the emperor. He was placed in ...more

Darth Revan is not the most powerful Jedi/Sith to exist, no sources can prove otherwise yet. However, his military strategies remove the need for even Battle Meditation, he has a deep understanding of both the Light and the Dark side that no other Jedi or Sith is known to have, he has a vast array of skills other than force-use and lightsaber skills and would be a tremendous asset to both the Jedi or the Sith, as he has proved. So overall power no, but overall skill, yes.

Darth Revan brought the republic to its needs while maintaining its inner workings. Be became one of the most powerful sixth ever to protect the galaxy from the true sixth threat. He resumed himself, killed the with lord who betrayed him, and achieved his goal of protecting the galaxy by influencing the mind of the immortal and powerful with lord for 300 years. Plus he had the coolest costume, more so than even Darth Vader.

He made the red lightsaber

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8 Darth Maul Darth Maul Darth Maul is a fictional character in the science fiction franchise Star Wars. Trained as Darth Sidious's first apprentice, he serves as a Sith Lord and a master of wielding a double-bladed lightsaber. Darth Maul first appeared in Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace, and has also appeared in The more.

Darth maul was the only Sith to molest young anikin without getting caught. He was the only one that was able to defeat Captain Kirk and Spock before the clone wars even started. Darth maul was also the only master that could shuffle a deck of cards with one hand.

He took on a Jedi Master and beat the snot out of him before stabbing him in the chest, then survived being sliced in half and built himself robot legs with his mind. Do not mess with this guy.

He owned Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi. After slaying Jinn. Maul abused Kenobi and had "The High Ground" which by all lightsaber logic, skills and rules, Kenobi should have been slain.

Maul should be more up on this list because in his bio description (created by George Lucas) he is one of the most powerful efficiently trained sith in the order.

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9 Count Dooku Count Dooku

Even in his 70's he was outfighting Anakin and Obi Wan, and if his lightsaber isn't the coolest thing ever nothing is.

In episode 2, he takes on Obi-Wan and Anakin at the same time and wins. He only loses to Yoda because Yoda is really powerful. In the Clone Wars he leads the separatists. In episode 3 if he had gone his hardest, he could have defeated Obi-Wan and Anakin again. - Elias35

Dooku was one of the greatest duelists of his era. Rivaling Yoda and Windu.

MUCH better than maul - riki1234

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10 Darth Plagueis Darth Plagueis Darth Plagueis is a fictional character from Star Wars. Originally a Muun named Hego Demask, Plagueis trained under Darth Tenebrous. After he murdered Tenebrous, Plagueis, disguised as businessman Hego Demask, mentored a young Palpatine. Palpatine eventually joined Plagueis as his Sith apprentice. Plagueis more.

Darth Plagueis could stop who ever he wanted from dying and could create life. He has mastery of both the light and dark side. His mastery of the force is beyond what any other Sith Lord or Jedi Master has managed, even "The Chosen One" (having the most midichlorians means most potential, not that he necessarily used it; to get the full potential of his midichlorian level Anakin/Darth Vader would need to hone his skills for hundreds of years, but his life was cut short. By cheating death, Plagueis was able to make full use of his potential). Palpatine had to *try* to kill him while he was asleep because he knew he was no match for Plagueis, but Plagueis was aware of the attempt on his life and actually survived it (it was actually master manipulation, a sign of his power in the dark-side force). Presumably he was able to block his force from being sensed by Jedi such as Yoda as well.
-yes, this is mostly conjecture

He was so much more powerful than maul and dooku. He was more powerful than sidious only reason sidious could kill him was because he was in his sleep. Only person that could beet him, and it would be hard, would be revan.

Darth Plagueis could stop who ever he wanted from dying and could create life. Palpatine had to kill him when he least expected because he new that if he tried while he was aware he would get decimated

He had the ability to save others from death as well as influence the midi-chlorians in people

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The Contenders

11 Qui-Gon Jinn Qui-Gon Jinn Qui-Gon Jinn is a fictional character in the Star Wars saga, portrayed by Liam Neeson and is one of the main protagonists in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

Liam Neeson will find you...

Qui Gon Jinn discovered the Chosen One, discovered the way to retain your identitity even after death, and trained yet another of the greatest Jedi ever, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Even though he was killed by the first Sith Lord he ever encountered, in the same movie he debuted in, he did set the course for the rest of the saga. Even though it may be a mistake he would have regretted, he did discover Anakin and brought him to the Jedi temple, leaving Anakin's mom to later die on Tattooine, causing Anakin's first to drift ever closer to the Dark Side, and later reject the Dark Side and bring balance to the force. Without Qui Gon, there would be no story! He also was a rebellious Jedi who had very unorthodox methods and beliefs, and he ultimately became one of the most powerful and knowledgeable force users ever, even after death. If it wasn't for him, Obi Wan wouldn't have became a ghost and been able to tell Luke Skywalker to go to Degobah. That's another reason Qui Gon is very important to the ...more

My opinion is he's one of the bests. He could of easily defeated Maul. He let Maul win to teach Obi-Wan a lesson, which Obi-Wan repeated for Luke. I'm not saying he's the number one most powerful Jedi but I am saying he's definitely wise, extremely smart for studying the Living Force, and there's no denying that he's a badass. He's a maverick who does what he needs to do, even if it means disobeying the Jedi council if he feels it's the right thing to do. Without Qui-Gon, Luke wouldn't of been able to become a Jedi so rapidly, nor would any Jedi have knowledge of becoming one with the force after death. Once again, just my opinion.

underrated - riki1234

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12 Galen Marek/Starkiller Galen Marek/Starkiller Galen Marek, pronounced /ɡeɪlən ˈmæɹɛk/ and codenamed Starkiller, was a male Human apprentice of the Sith Lord Darth Vader. A powerful Force-user who lived during the era of the Galactic Empire, Marek originated from the Wookiee home planet of Kashyyyk as the sole offspring of two Jedi Knights—Mallie more.

Starkiller he took out a star destroyer using the force then took down vader like garbage then took down sidious but didn't kill him when he could because kota said not to.

All of the people in this list don't know what they're talking about galen's role in the franchise is to be the most powerful whom he is with complete mastery over both dark and light side of the force don't you get it he is meant to be the best

Starkiller could crush tie fighters and AT-ST, push squads away electrocute 5 men at once, that is a true bad ass. Plus he owned Vader to his weakest

He was boss - riki1234

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13 Darth Bane Darth Bane Darth Bane is a legendary Sith from Star Wars. Darth Bane was one of the greatest Sith lords who ever lived in the Star Wars universe. Darth Bane's greatest accomplishment was creating the Rule of Two, making the Sith am secretive order with one master and one apprentice. The apprentice would learn more.

Darth Bane was the first unite in his being the knowledge of the dark side and the power of the dark side of the force.

Also he was the most intuitive/receptive of his time to the way of the dark side, which prove his powerful and profound connection with the force.

He negated a full legion of sith, just because he felt inside it self the power of the dark side. That's awesome.

He knew he was right, unlike Vader, and this gives him the power to break the ice and to negate the current sith ideology.

Darth Bane stopped at nothing for knowledge of the dark side. Survived the thought bomb. All while learning it on his own through the neglect of the sith academy. Bane is by far the strongest physically hands down.

Bane recreated the sith order and stopped it from extinction.


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14 Satele Shan

Are you kidding me not should be this low on the list she should be number 3 not 14 you guys are crazy she is the second most powerful jedi ever. The only jedi that would defeat her is Yoda.

She was the Jedi Grand Master during the Old Republic era and had tremendous connection with the force linked to her mother Bastila Shan and the all powerful Revan. Enough said about that.

Is she even in an episode?

She was more powerful than yoda

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15 Shaak Ti Shaak Ti

" Shaaki TI is one of the wises jedi ever. She was able to make wise decisions for many clones and the jedi Order. However she did have her faults. Like being one of the closes jedi to clones and yet she didn't except Order 66. Not all Jedi are perfect and honestly. I would have placed her around 11.

She fights in a dress and still fights better than the rest.

She is wise but couldn't see order 66 coming!

She looses to Starkiller.

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16 Lord Vitiate

Lord Viate, is by far one of the most powerful, Sith Lords, having been able to kill both parents with a thought at age six, he was given the name 'Lord Viate' at 13 years of age, he then began to research the arts of ancient Sith to increase his longevity and eventually, being a master of both Sith Sorcery and Alchemy, as well as having an Ideal knowledge of both the light and dark sides of the force, He could seed his consciousness into the minds of children, and even suppress those childrens force sensitivity, increasing the chance that he would continue to live on, the ultimate sleeper agent, He dominated the minds of countless sith lords and master jedi, capable of devouring entire planets with a complex ritual, he was capable of subduing both Revan and Malak, and turned them to his will. He is not truely dead, and was in control of the Sith Empire for almost 1,300 years.

Devours planets to make himself more powerful, can control minds of master Jedi, can't die because his soul is spread around in different people

He is more powerful than yoda and palpatine combined. Fancy killing both your parents at the age of 6!

HE IS A BOSS! SHOULD BE NO.7! - riki1234

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17 Ki-Adi-Mundi Ki-Adi-Mundi

He has a nice head

He was the only Jedi that was able to put up a fight during order 66 he was also personally trained by yoda n has been on the Jedi high council since the first movie

He was so wise that he could locate an enemy's weakness in second. Plus, he was the only jedi besides Mace Windu to wield a purple lightsaber.

He should be on top of shaak ti

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18 Darth Malgus Darth Malgus

Darth malgus killed the old emperor and slayed many jedi he is much better than any sith I have seen (apart from a few other) he should be in at least the top five

He led the attack on the jedi temple. One of the most skilled Sith Lords, with his lightsaber and the force. Some state he is more powerful than the emperor.

He's legit, only one with balls enough to take out the jedi temple During his era of sith, which would of wiped the floor with palpatine and vader!

Better than maul BY FAR! - riki1234

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19 Exar Kun Exar Kun

Exar Kun Slaughtered thousands of Jedi (Masters included) and took down the Jedi grand master like it was nothing!

He created the double bladed light saber. Darth maul thanks him for that.

Exar kun destroyed a droid factory.

HE SHOULD BE NO.6 - riki1234

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20 Darth Nihilus Darth Nihilus

Darth Nihilus can actually find people on a planet with the force. He is awesome in fights and probably knows about all the force can do. This guy is amazing and could kill even Vader or other star wars characters easily, and this guy killed his MASTER. That is just amazing.

Not strongest, but very strong. Underrated too.

Best Sith Lord : can drain force!

He is so Cool!

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