Even the most casual of Star Wars fans is familiar with lightsabers.
These graceful blades — famously referred to by Obi-Wan Kenobi as “an elegant weapon for a more civilized age” — are wielded in various colors by both the heroic Jedi and the evil Sith across the saga, and have become some of the most sought after real-world souvenirs at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
However, even some of the most hardcore Star Wars fans aren’t aware that lightsaber blade colors as very specifically tied to their wielder as within Star Wars canon “pure kyber (The crystal at the heart of every lightsaber) has no color until it’s bonded to the Force user.” So, what qualities do the numerous lightsaber blade colors represent? Let’s find out:
Blue is arguably the most famous lightsaber color, as it’s the first one audiences see in the saga when Obi-Wan Kenobi gifts Luke Skywalker, the latter’s father Anakin’s (prior to his Darth Vader days) blue-bladed saber early on in the first Star Wars film, A New Hope. Kenobi himself also wields a blue saber, as do numerous other Jedi characters who appear in the prequel and sequel series. According to the saga’s lore, the blue glands indicate justice, truth, and serenity.
Green lightsaber balls represent growth, harmony, and nature, which fits perfectly with the color’s first appearance as Luke Skywalker’s newly constructed saber in Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi. The new color serves as a replacement for Luke’s father’s saber, which the younger Skywalker lost along with his hand in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. In addition to Luke, green is seen to be wielded by numerous Jedis throughout the prequel saga, notably including Qui-Gon Jin and even Jedi Master Yoda himself.
Red lightsabers have been almost exclusively associated with evil and the Sith from the beginning of the Star Wars saga, as the first was seen wielded by Darth Vader himself in the first film. The red saber represents anger, strength, and determination, which perfectly fits the attitude of Anakin Skywalker after his fall to the dark side. In addition to Vader, other antagonists, including Count Dooku, Darth Maul, Kylo Ren, and even Emperor Palpatine himself, wield red-bladed lightsabers.
The purple lightsaber blade wielded only by Jedi Master Mace Windu during the prequel era represents nobility, royalty, and wisdom. Allegedly, behind the scenes, Windu actor Samuel L. Jackson specifically requested the purple saber color as a way for his character to stand out from the pack during battle scenes. But in the lore of Star Wars, purple is that color that the Jedi yield that closely borders that edge to the Sith side. The red hue influence represents that desire for power that the Sith covet, and Jedi must find balance with.
Yellow lightsabers are relatively rare in the Star Wars universe, as the color represents the power of the sun, hope, and goodness. Over the course of the series, the color is mainly used by Jedi Temple guards – who wield double-bladed yellow lightsaber pikes – and Asajj Ventress. The best known wielder of a yellow saber is arguably Rey, whose saber debuts at the end of Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.
An orange bladed-lightsaber represents ambition, creativity, and resourcefulness. And holds the distinction of being wielded by characters on both sides of the force including Jedi Master Luminara Unduli and the mysterious villains Baylan Skoll and Shin Hati.
Ashoka Tano has the distinction of wielding numerous different lightsaber colors over her appearances on the Star Wars saga. However, the blade she’s wielded in her live action appearances on The Mandalorian and her upcoming Disney+ series have been white. According to EP Dave Filoni, this color represents Ashoka’s neutrality and “non-affiliation with the Jedi or Sith.”
While silver lightsabers aren’t technically currently a part of Star Wars canon, they are a part of the former expanded universe canon, now referred to as Legends. Thought to represent purity and peace, the color is wielded by Corran Horn.
The black-bladed Darksaber is a unique lightsaber-like weapon that, in Star Wars canon, was created thousands of years before the film series by Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian Jedi. The weapon took on a mythological importance in Mandalorian culture, as seen in its appearances on Star Wars Rebels and The Mandalorian. In the latter series, the weapon is a major plot point in the relationship between the titular Mandalorian Din Djarin and Bo Katan.
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