Why Do Mandalorians Hate Jedi? (& Are They at War?)

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In the Star Wars world, there are two forces that we know are powerful enough to take on one another and come out with a stalemate. We are talking about the Jedi and the Mandalorians, both powerful armies that can change the entire tide of a battle with their presence. However, while the Jedi are not at odds with anyone except the Sith, we know the Mandalorians have no love for the Jedi. So, why do the Mandalorians hate the Jedi?

Mandalorians hate the Jedi due to the longstanding grudge they held against them due to the Mandalorian-Jedi War that happened during the time of the Old Republic thousands of years ago. While many Mandalorians could move on from the past, the traditional Mandalorians still held on to this grudge.

While it might be true that most Mandalorians hate the Jedi, it is also true that the Mandalorians became the strongest warriors in the galaxy because they needed to find ways to be strong during the wars that they waged against the Jedi Order. As such, they have the Jedi to thank for their military advancement as a warrior race. Now, let’s talk more about Mandalorians’ hatred toward the Jedi.

Why Do Mandalorians Hate Jedi?

One of the things that we know about Star Wars is that there are a lot of different groups of people that were never entirely friendly toward the Jedi. Of course, we know that the Jedi and the Sith have always been at odds. But one other group that we know wasn’t always a friend to the Jedi Order is the Mandalorians.

The Mandalorians are a group of humans living on the Mandalore and are known for being a warrior race. They are known for wearing powerful Beskar Steel armor that is strong enough to withstand blaster bolts and survive Jedi lightsaber attacks. They were also talented marksmen. 

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As such, the Mandalorians became the strongest warriors in the entire Star Wars galaxy. The clone troopers were created from the DNA of a Mandalorian foundling named Jango Fett, the most skilled bounty hunter in the entire galaxy.

However, when we saw the Jedi meeting up with the Mandalorians during the events of Star Wars: Clone Wars, it was clear that some Mandalorians were not entirely too welcoming. Of course, the New Mandalorians were friendly toward the Jedi because they wanted to move forward from the bloody past of Mandalore. But those loyal to the Mandalorians’ warrior traditions, especially the Death Watch members, were not entirely friendly toward Obi-Wan Kenobi during his visit to Mandalore. 

This seemingly odd way of treating the Jedi was also seen in the events of The Mandalorian. The Armorer told Din Djarin what she knew about Grogu and his race, and that was when she suggested that he could be a member of a group of “sorcerers” called the Jedi. In that regard, not even she was quite fond of the Jedi. So, why do the Mandalorians hate the Jedi?

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The reason why the Mandalorians hate the Jedi is the fact that they were locked in numerous wars with them thousands of years ago. No one knows exactly when it happened, but the Mandalorian-Jedi War was a crucial event in the galaxy and one of the biggest wars in which the Jedi Order fought.

There is no exact account as to how and why the Mandalorians fought wars with the Jedi, but we know that this was when Mandalore the Great made himself a hero for the Mandalorian people. Aside from Tarre Vizsla, Mandalore the Great is one of the most notable figures in the history of Mandalore. And he was one of the people that led the Mandalorians in that war against the Jedi.

Of course, we also know that the war against the Jedi left visible scars on Mandalore. The planet used to be green and verdant but became a barren desert due to the effects of the Mandalorian-Jedi War. This is probably why the Mandalorians hate the Jedi, as they believe that the wars they fought against the Jedi turned their planet into a barren wasteland.

Nevertheless, the war that the Mandalorians fought against the Jedi elevated their status as warriors. The Mandalorians had little to no understanding of the abilities of the Jedi, considering that Force-sensitive Mandalorians were extremely rare. In that regard, they had to find ways to combat the abilities of the Jedi Order.

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That is why the Mandalorians are equipped with armor and weapons that can counter the abilities of a Jedi. They have Beskar Steel armor that can withstand blaster bolts and survive a lightsaber strike. Mandalorians also specialized in long-range and aerial combat to neutralize the close-combat advantage that the Jedi have. Of course, the Mandalorians also used flamethrowers, which the Jedi couldn’t easily deflect with their lightsabers.

So, while the Mandalorians hate the Jedi for what they did to them in the wars they fought thousands of years ago, they have the Jedi to thank for turning them into the strongest warrior race in the entire galaxy.

Are the Mandalorians at War with the Jedi?

During the events of the Clone Wars, the Mandalorians were trying to move on from their warrior race past so that they could now take part in the affairs of the galaxy as civilized people. As such, Duchess Satine Kryze and her New Mandalorians were open to dealing with the Jedi Order and the Republic.

However, the Death Watch still clung to the warrior past of the Mandalorians and was not entirely friendly toward the Jedi Order and the Republic. So, when Pre Vizsla and his Death Watch were able to take over Mandalore after their rebellion, the Mandalorians became more hostile toward the Jedi.

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Still, after the Republic overthrew Darth Maul and the Death Watch, the Jedi Order installed Bo-Katan Kryze as the new regent of Mandalore. That means that the Mandalorians became friendlier toward the Jedi.

Nevertheless, during the Empire’s reign, the Mandalorians’ anger was diverted toward the Empire. As such, Bo-Katan, the leader of the Mandalorian resistance group, was more than willing to work with Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger despite their status as Jedi. In that regard, there were no hostilities between the Mandalorians and the Jedi during the events of the Rebellion.

Of course, because the Armorer had antiquated views due to how the Children of the Watch were far more traditional than any Mandalorian group, she wasn’t in high spirits when talking about the Jedi. That means she probably wasn’t too fond of them but had no reason to be openly hostile toward the Jedi. But after Luke Skywalker saved the lives of both Din Djarin and Grogu at the end of The Mandalorian season 2, it is safe to say that there are no more hostilities between the Mandalorians and the Jedi.

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