Dark and light often seem to be the opposing sides that act as enemies. The Dark and the Light Side represent the two sides of the same coin instead of being completely separate. At least that would be the belief of the Grey Jedi. The term dated back to the Old Sith Wars, when the High Council tried to centralize the Order. Some Jedi felt that the Council did not have the authority to interpret and reinvent the Jedi Code, and considered themselves loyal only to the Force itself. These early Gray Jedi went against the Council over new strictures of the Code. While Jolee Bindo is a Grey Jedi, can we say Ahsoka Tano is too?
Ahsoka Tano is technically a Grey Jedi, as you will see from the definition itself. However, if only the strict definition of the term Jedi is taken into consideration, Ahsoka would not even call herself a Jedi, let alone a Grey Jedi. However, by defying orders and abandoning the Order, she was called the Grey Jedi by many – and by the second definition.
Who are really the Grey Jedi, and who is the most powerful one? Are there many? In this article, we will attempt to show why Ahsoka could be considered to be a Grey Jedi and why. It is still a debatable topic and many might not agree – After all, Grey Jedi are very different in canon than outside of it!
Who are GREY Jedi?
Grey Jedi used the Dark Side of the Force without allowing it to take over them and corrupt their values. They bent it instead of embracing it completely. Some of them even despised those who were on the Dark Side. Being corrupted by the Dark Side is not considered to be Grey Jedi even if they came back to the Grey path.
However, this term should not be mixed with the term relating to beings believing there was no Dark Side of the Force – they were followers of the Potentium. Believers of Potentium said that the potential for Light and Dark Sides resided in the user, not the Force itself and that the Jedi were merely afraid to explore the full potential of the Force because they needed to have the evil to fight against it.
All Grey Jedi had both Light and Dark Side abilities and skills, techniques used by both Jedi and Sith, such as the ability to construct and wield a lightsaber. Many were healers, like the Voss Mystics and some even developed Jedi mind tricks. The Jensaarai were capable of masking their presence in the Force.
The Imperial Knights were capable as much as Jedi Knights, for example, and were well versed in telekinesis, self-levitation, and mind tricks. They used armor just like Jensaarai when in combat and were able to manipulate cortosis ore. Some other powers include Ionize and Force thrust similar to Force push.
Is Ahsoka Tano a Grey Jedi?
Ashoka Tano used to be a Jedi Padawan. After the Clone Wars, she participated in creating a network of rebel cells against the Galactic Empire. Tano was assigned to train n the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, after which she was assigned to Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker as the Padawan learner.
After that, she also fought along his side at the Battle of Christophsis where she earned her nickname Snips. Their relationship was very rough at the beginning due to her eagerness to prove herself as a Padawan. She became a commander in the Grand Army of the Republic and was a reckless leader – by disobeying orders, she lost her pilots at the Battle of Ryloth.
After being pardoned by the Council, she decided to leave the Order and live by her own rules to become a better version of herself and discover who she really is. No matter how much Anakin wanted her to stay, she had made her decision and was going to stand by it.
Ahsoka Tano is technically a Grey Jedi. The term has two parts. Firstly, a Grey Jedi is someone who operates outside of the Jedi Order by following their own path. The second part of the definition is the Jedi who uses both sides to create balance.
The connotations surrounding the term can also be negative. It was used by both Jedi and Sith to describe the users of the Forse who were freer in their ways without surrendering to the Dark Side. Then it was also used as a derogatory term for those who defied the Order.
An example of the Grey Jedi would be Jolee Bindo who served the Old Republic and was a former Jedi Padawan just like Tano.
Are Grey Jedi canon?
Grey Jedi are not canon. The idea was based on the legends about an early Jedi Order that studied both sides, the dark side, and the light side. These legends are the background stories of the Star Wars universe and are not included in the original films created by George Lucas.
There are many spin-offs in the forms of films, series, books, comic books, video games, and toys. This was created to promote the original content and to expand the context of the stories from the movies.
In the introduction of Splinter of the Mind’s Eye from 1996, George Lucas claimed that it was obvious that his stories contained characters that would create their own content. He does not consider them his stories but the legends coming from other writers and their imagination that was inspired by the original Star Wars story.
Legends tell the story of the Grey Jedi in different ways. One of them talks about maverick Jedi who did not practice the Jedi ways in the traditional manner. He refused to obey the Jedi Council. He was, therefore, considered a Grey Jedi. This is not canon and Ashoka Tano is not a canon Grey Jedi.
Another term describing the term Grey Jedi relates to the Force-Sensitive beings who do not have anything to do with the Light Side or the Dark Side. They are individuals who use the Force and utilize both sides equally. Therefore, they live in balance in the Force.
Balance is different in the canon. Outside the original canon story, the Dark Side the Grey Jedi utilize does not give them balance since it is a corrupt and destructive power. However, outside the canon, Grey Jedi achieve perfect balance exactly by using both sides.
Who is the most powerful GREY Jedi?
Darth Revan is the most powerful Grey Jedi. He was the one to master both the Light and the Dark Side. He was a Sith Lord whose Legion was activated during the war between the Resistance and the First Order along with the Sith Eternal’s forces.
Revan was originally introduced in the Star Wars Legends continuity in BioWare and LucasArts’s 2003 video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. There, Revan was the playable character of the game, with his physical characteristics and gender being customizable by the player.
According to the legends, Revan served as a Jedi in the Mandalorian Wars. He was a Supreme Commander of the Galactic Republic before he fell to the Dark Side. Afterward, he became known as Darth Revan and joined forces with Darth Malak to try and destroy the Republic.
He was captured by the Jedi and their strike team and was very injured. The Jedi Order used the situation and gave him a new identity after wiping his memory clean. Revan later appeared in many other Legends works including Star Wars: The Old Republic, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic comics, and in written media such as Knight Errant.
He was, therefore, able to use both Sides and be powerful and skilled in both.