Obi-Wan Kenobi knows his lightsaber is not as clumsy or arbitrary as a blaster.


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Lightsabers are cinematic icons, getting appeared in every Star Wars movie since 1977’s The New Hope, when Luke Skywalker very first fired up the azure blade entrusted to your pet by Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi. That blue color was not arbitrary. There’s a tale at the rear of all those hues, in the red blades wielded simply by Darth Vader and Kylo Ren towards the black and white types seen in The Mandalorian.

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During the particular production of each film in George Lucas’ saga, the particular lightsabers’ blades were in fact white. Effects wizards afterwards gave them color making use of a technique called rotoscoping. And it had been concept performer Ralph McQuarrie who chose to associate a blade’s color with a character’s moral standing. So let’s take a take a look in what the characters’ colour choices say about all of them, as well as the history of several of their weapons.

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“I tried to associated with laser beam beam as bright as you can, and I changed the particular colors for the numerous swords — a colour for the good men and a color for that bad guys,” this individual said.

In the years since, we’ve seen the whole rainbow of colours — though many have got been consigned to the particular noncanon Legends continuity of books, comic books, video games, spinoff movies and TELEVISION series that came out there before April 2014, whenever Disney took over.


The red blade makes Darth Vader a master of wicked.


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In-universe, the color associated with a lightsaber’s blade is usually determined by the kyber crystal used in the construction. The Gathering, an show in the fifth season associated with animated series The Clone Wars, uncovered that this quest to obtain these force-attuned crystals is usually a Jedi transitional phase — the crystals presenting by themselves to worthy owners.

We’ll look at all the particular different shades of lightsaber, and the characters who else wield them. Be cautioned that great big Star Wars SPOILERS for the films and shows follow.

Blue

Blue will be the color of the particular very first lightsaber all of us see, and it’s simply by far the most typical hue. Since Luke wields this, one might easily suppose that blue corresponds along with younger Jedi. However, Obi-Wan used a blue knife throughout his career, plus Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber, which handed down between the central figures of the saga (from Anakin in order to Luke to Rey, via Finn), has been blue.


Rey wields Leia and Anakin’s blue lightsabers to deflect Palpatine’s Force Lightning within The Rise of Skywalker.


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“I understood this lightsaber was the particular Excalibur of this movie,” set decorator Roger Christian told Daniel Wallace for the particular recently release Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection. “I knew it could be the particular iconic image.”

This weapon’s kyber crystal is visible since Rey examines the divided hilt at the finish of The Last Jedi. She fixed it between that film and The Rise of Skywalker, when she used this and General Leia Organa’s blue-bladed manejar to destroy Emperor Palpatine as soon as and for all. Then she retired the 2 lightsabers in the sands of Tatooine.


Leia’s lightsaber hilt was inspired simply by Luke’s second one, based on The Lightsaber Collection reference book.


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Other blue users we’ve observed in canon also include Ben Solo, Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, Cal Kestis, Shaak Ti, Agen Kolar, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Barriss Offee, Jocasta Nu, Aayla Secura, Plo Koon, Kai Justiss, Sora Bulq and Ferren Barr.


An skilled Luke Skywalker uses an eco-friendly blade when he confronts his father and the particular Emperor on the 2nd Death Star.


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Green

We first noticed a green lightsaber within Return of the Jedi, when Luke ignited their new blade on Jabba the Hutt’s sail burst.

This blade was azure within the initial edit (and early posters), but this was converted to green therefore it would be noticeable towards Tatooine’s blue sky within the final cut. The Star Wars YouTube channel’s description for that movie’s teaser trailer, by which the blue blade could be seen, confirms this. 

Luke can also become seen finishing off the particular construction of his brand new lightsaber in an erased scene from the film. This lightsaber’s fate is usually unknown — we observe Luke using it within flashbacks during The Last Jedi plus The Rise of Skywalker, yet it likely remains concealed in his hut upon Ahch-To.

The notion associated with green as the selection of more-experienced Jedi was strengthened by the prequels, within which green blades had been used by Qui-Gon Jinn (Obi-Wan’s master) and Yoda (the order’s grand master).



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On the other hands, Ahsoka Tano, Anakin’s Padawan, swung the green lightsaber at the particular beginning of her profession — adding a 2nd, shorter green blade since she became more skilled during the Clone Wars.

Wielders in canon include Quinlan Vos, Depa Billaba, Bultar Swan, Stass Allie, Luminara Unduli, Kit Fisto, Eeth Koth and Kirak Infil’a.


Mace Windu’s purple lightsaber has been added during reshoots to get Attack of the Clones.


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Purple

Only one person within canon wields a pink blade: the Jedi Council’s Mace Windu.

He uses it to decapitate the deadly bounty seeker Jango Fett in Attack associated with the Clones and in order to deflect Darth Sidious’ Force Lightning along with it — disfiguring their face — in Revenge of the particular Sith. It later falls to the streets of Coruscant right after Windu is betrayed simply by Anakin.

In reality, actor or actress Samuel L. Jackson requested Lucas if his personality could have a pink blade so he’d endure out during the climactic arena battle in Attack from the Clones. Since Windu is usually “the second baddest Jedi within the universe next in order to Yoda,” his want was granted, Jackson revealed within an interview.


Darth Sidious utilizes a red blade, which usually requires that Dark Side customers make kyber crystals “bleed.”


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Red

The color of wicked. Those who go lower the dark path, mainly notably the Sith, aren’t form the same partnership with kyber crystals since Jedi, so they should steal them or take the capsules from slain followers from the light.

After obtaining the crystal, dark side Force users must make this “bleed” by channeling their own pain and anger straight into it.



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Vader’s quest in order to obtain his crystal as well as the subsequent bleeding of dropped Jedi Master Kirak Infil’a’s green one, where he experiences haunting thoughts, can be seen within Marvel’s 2017 Darth Vader series simply by Charles Soule.

Kylo Ren’s lightsaber is usually a little different since it uses a cracked kyber crystal, which he may’ve either broken or acquired in order to steal due in order to his wavering dedication to the dark side. Its origin remains unclear.

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The cross-guard design is essential because the cracked amazingly produces excess heat, producing in the red blade’s serrated appearance and exclusive sound, according to The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary.

Villains we’ve seen making use of red lightsabers include Vader, Sidious, Darth Maul, Count Dooku, Savage Opress, Asajj Ventress, the Imperial Inquisitors plus Rey in an eyesight seen during The Rise associated with Skywalker.


The Darksaber’s blade is usually flat, unlike the cylindrical blade of the lightsaber, The Lightsaber Collection reference book notes. 


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Black

The only black knife we’ve seen is that will of the Darksaber, an old weapon constructed by Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian in order to join the Jedi Order. After his death, it grew to become a symbol of issue and ultimately leadership amongst the particular clans of Mandalore.

We first saw the Darksaber in the ownership of Pre Vizsla in The Clone Wars season 2 episode The Mandalore Plot, however it later falls straight into Maul’s hands when this individual seizes control of the particular planet in season five, in the years among Attack of the particular Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

In the 3rd season of Rebels, which usually takes place between Solo plus A New Hope, Sabine Wren obtains the Darksaber and proves herself worthy associated with wielding it through battle. She ultimately gives the particular blade to Bo-Katan Kryze, the former lieutenant of Pre Vizsla, who uses it in order to unite the Mandalorians towards the Empire.

The Darksaber resurfaces around five years right after Return of the Jedi, in The Mandalorian’s season one finale, when Moff Gideon utilizes it to escape their crashed TIE fighter.


Mando and Gideon battle, along with the fate of Grogu and the Darksaber on the line.


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Gideon was an Imperial Security Bureau (ISB) officer during this occasion, where the Empire seemingly killed Mandalorians and scattered the particular survivors across the universe, so he could’ve used the Darksaber as the prize to assert prominence over a conquered lifestyle.

In The Mandalorian’s season 2 ending, Mando defeats Gideon and requires the blade — producing him the leader associated with his people. We’ll observe how that plays out there in season 3.

Unusually, most of those coming from seen wielding the knife (Pre Vizsla, Sabine, Bo-Katan, Gideon and Mando) aren’t Force users.


Ahsoka Tano and the girl white-bladed lightsabers made their own live action debut within The Mandalorian.


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White

When Ahsoka makes the girl triumphant return in Rebels, she uses a set of lightsabers with whitened blades. We also saw them in live action for the first period in season 2 associated with The Mandalorian. 

In the Ahsoka novel, we find out she obtained her deposits when she defeated the particular Sixth Brother, an Imperial Inquisitor, plus healed them of the particular bleeding effect. This filter is likely the reason behind the particular blades’ white hue.

Yellow

The Jedi Temple Guards seen in The Clone Wars wield lightsaber pikes with dual yellow blades. These private masked Jedi Knights protected the particular temple on Coruscant, yet we know at minimum one of their quantity fell to the Dark Side and became the Grand Inquisitor.


Rey ignites her yellow-bladed lightsaber in the shutting moments associated with The Rise of Skywalker.


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In the last moments associated with The Rise of Skywalker, Rey ignites her new lightsaber and reveals its yellow-colored blade. We don’t understand where she got that will kyber crystal, but the girl color choice lines upward with her being the newest guardian of the Jedi traditions.

The lost colours of Legends

The Legends continuity may not be canon any longer, but we should recognize some of the lightsaber colors it gave all of us.



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Mara Jade wielded a green blade during her period with the Empire.


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The majority of the Legends colors are just tones from the canon ones, yet there are several exceptions.

Mara Jade has been probably the most popular Legends figures, having started out since the Emperor’s Hand, tasked along with killing Luke and heading on to marry the girl former target. As a good Imperial, she used a magenta blade and might ultimately inherit Anakin’s azure lightsaber after becoming Luke’s ally.

Kyle Katarn wields an orange lightsaber in the particular game Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight, as do the Mandalorian Knights in Star Wars: Knights from the Old Republic: War comic guide miniseries.

Lowbacca, Chewbacca’s nephew who joined Luke’s school, uses a lightsaber along with a bronze blade.

If you wish to go further lower this rabbit hole, below is a list of 174 characters’ personal lightsabers throughout canon and Legends.

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