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 Legend’s expanded universe, they are still one of the most important elements of George Lucas’s complete franchise. In this article, we are going to talk about the historical rivalry between the Mandalorians and the Jedi. And give you the answer to the question, can a Mandalorian kill a Jedi?
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.
Now, let us see the answer to the main question in more detail.
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 are 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.
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 led 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 (armors 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 in several instances.
A Jedi has a better starting position, that much is obvious, but with good preparation and the right equipment (a good lightsaber-proof Beskar armor), a Mandalorian – who is better in hand-to-hand combat – could certainly defeat a Jedi.
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