The Mandalorians are one of the most important groups in the history of the Star Wars universe. Although their story is primarily told within the scope of the Legends expanded universe, they are still one of the most important elements of George Lucas’s complete franchise. In today’s article, we are going to talk about the historical rivalry between the Mandalorians and the Jedi and tell you whether Mandalorians can kill the Jedi.
Yes, a Mandalorian can indeed kill a Jedi. This has been proven on several occasions within the Legends universe and is a fact, although the Jedi are generally more skilled than the Mandalorians.
When George Lucas launched the franchise in 1977, with the movie Star Wars (later titled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope for continuity reasons), no one expected that it would become one of the biggest stories of the modern area. Star Wars wasn’t initially that successful, but as the years passed, the franchise became a cult classic, attracting generations of fans and now encompassing nine main continuity movies, video games, several TV shows, comic books and a variety of merchandise that made George Lucas famous. The franchise is today owned by Disney, but wherever it might go after the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars will undoubtedly remain one of the pivotal parts of modern culture.
Now, let us see the answer to the main question.
Who are the Mandalorians?
The Mandalorians were actually a clan-based ethnic group founded on the planet Mandalore. Contrary to popular opinion, they’re neither a race, nor a people but a multi-ethnic group comprising of members of different species and races (but are predominantly human) bound together by a code. This means that anyone who adheres to the Mandalorian code and the associated culture can become a Mandalorian.
The history of the planet Mandalore – a planet in the Outer Rim – is one of violence and war. Mandalore has been a martial planet for most of its history, which culminated in the great Mandalorian Civil War, where the pacifist New Mandalorians – with the help of the Jedi Order – defeated the martial traditionalists.
This was the beginning of a new area in Mandalorian history that lasted until the Clone Wars, when a new Civil War topped the pacifist regime and reinstalled the martial traditionalists. Mandalore was, because of that, subsequently occupied by the Galactic Republic and the occupation continued through the period of the Galactic Empire. The Mandalorians didn’t get along with the Empire which resulted in a third civil war, which was part of the general uprising against the Empire.
The Mandalorian order went into hiding after the formation of the New Republic, due to being hunted by the remnants of the Empire during the Great Purge. As a result, most Mandalorians were killed and the order was practically wiped out, but some members survived.
Despite not being featured in the main film universe, the Mandalorians played an important part in the history of the Star Wars franchise. They are especially known for their fights against the Jedi, whose skills initially surprised the Mandalorians (especially the Force), but ultimately inspired a rapid technological advancement, as Mandalorians needed to adapt to their opponents.
The Mandalorians, although sometimes employed by the Sith, weren’t actually a pro-Sith fraction – especially later, when they even allied with the Jedi – but were just perceived as enemies by the Republic, and since the Jedi protected the Republic, clashes were inevitable.
The history and the importance of the Mandalorians is explored in the Star Wars Legends universe, so you’re always welcome to consult the comic books and the books from the expanded universe. Until they appear in the main movie continuity, you can also enjoy a look into their lore in the TV series The Mandalorian.
Who are the Jedi?
The Jedi – represented by the Jedi Order – are a noble religious group devoted to the Light Side of the Force. They are one of the two main fractions within the Star Wars universe, the other one being the Sith, who were aligned with the Dark Side of the Force. The leader of the Jedi is the Grand Master (the last Grand Master before their first collapse was Yoda) and the Order is led by the Jedi High Council.
The Jedi have a very long – several thousand years – history and have been known as the protectors of justice and peace in the Galactic Republic. Although primarily a religious order, the Jedi Order was used as a defense corps during the Old Republic and before the creation of the Galactic Empire. The Order itself was founded by Ahch-To somewhere in the Unknown Regions, but the Jedi Temple was for years located on Coruscant.
The Jedi fought in numerous conflicts and wars in the Galaxy, wanting to end local conflicts and restore peace. Among their most famous wars are the one against the Mandalorians and the Sith Order, a fraction of the same religion that relied on the powers the Dark Side of the Force had to offer. The Sith are the biggest rivals of the Jedi and the two groups generally wanted to destroy each other, with the Jedi being more rational in the conflict, while the Sith were just bloodthirsty.
The Jedi Order plays an essential role in the development and evolution of George Lucas’ franchise. Their key role in all three movie trilogies was enormous, even after the initial Jedi Order was annihilated and a new one established by Luke Skywalker. They are present in all derivative media and have been the topic of a large number of Star Wars Legends stories.
Can a Mandalorian kill a Jedi?
Perhaps the best possible way to answer this question is to talk about the Mandalorian-Jedi War, a large-scale series of conflicts between the Mandalorians and the Jedi fought during the Old Republic on the planet Mandalore. The primary belligerents were the Mandalorians and the Jedi, with the conflict being – according to legend – so old that it was initially lead by Mandalore the Great, one of the great Mandalorian leaders.
The conflict was not waged because of ideological differences between the Mandalorians and the Jedi, but rather because the Jedi Order protected the Old Republic and the Mandalorians waged war against the Republic. Initially, the Jedi were more successful due to having lightsabers and being Force users, but the Mandalorians quickly upgraded and adapted their technology (armours and weapons) to fight the Jedi and were often successful. Although the war did end in the almost complete destruction of Mandalore – with the Jedi winning – we can safely say that a Mandalorian can kill a Jedi because it happened before on several instances.
A Jedi has a better staring position, that much is obvious, but with good preparation and the right equipment (a good lightsaber-proof Beskar armour), a Mandalorian – who is better in hand-to-hand combat – could certainly defeat a Jedi.
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