I consider myself to be a pretty avid Star Wars fan. Granted, I had not watched a single piece of Star Wars media before the beginning of this year, but in the last 7 or 8 months, I’ve watched all the films (except the supposedly god-awful Star Wars Holiday Special from 1978), every episode of the animated shows Star Wars: The Clone Wars (abbreviated as TCW) and Star Wars: Rebels, and the live-action show The Mandalorian (because who doesn’t love baby Yoda?)
So, what I’m trying to say is, all the lightsabers featured in this list will be only from the aforementioned Star Wars media, not from any of the comic books, novels, videogames, and/or from the non-canonical “Legends”. (Side note: In the next few years, there will be a LOT of new Star Wars content set in the “High Republic” era, so expect that this list will be outdated very, very soon.)
Needless to say, potential spoiler alert for every movie and show mentioned in the first paragraph. And this list is purely my opinion, not a fact. So, don’t attack me or start a war over which lightsaber should’ve been in which position, or why your favourite lightsaber isn’t on the list. Got it? Good. Let’s begin.
10. Anakin Skywalker’s Lightsaber:
Sometimes referred to as the Skywalker Lightsaber, it has been used by all the major protagonists of the Skywalker saga, from Anakin, to Luke, to Rey. It might be a simple design, but it’s on this list simply because of how iconic it is.
For good measure, I’ll throw in Darth Vader’s lightsaber too. It’s almost the same design, except for a few black accents, and the iconic red blade. Also, it possesses the ability to change the length of the blade (probably just an excuse for inconsistencies in the original movies. Can’t blame them really, those movies are 4 decades old)
9. Mace Windu’s Lightsaber
Yes, Samuel L. Jackson, wanted a purple lightsaber, and George Lucas kindly obliged. What more is there to say? IT’S A PURPLE LIGHTSABER!
8. Rey’s Lightsaber
Made from the staff she used in The Force Awakens, her saber has a unique blade switch, and also is the first time we see a yellow blade in live-action Star Wars. Also, it just looks really cool.
7. Darth Maul’s Lightsaber
Arguably one of the coolest lightsabers to be seen in the films, what with its double blade design, those who haven’t watched the shows probably expected this one to be higher. Let me tell you, this one is nothing in comparison to the ones that are higher on the list. *insert wink face*
6. Kylo Ren’s Lightsaber
Another lightsaber with a unique characteristic in the films: it’s “crossguard” design. What stands out about this saber is the fact that it’s Kyber Crystal (the crystal which powers the blades in every lightsaber) is cracked. Hence, it is highly unstable, needing extra vents on the side of the hilt (resulting in the crossguard) and giving the blade a fiery, sizzling look. Very cool.
5. Ahsoka Tano’s Lightsabers
If you’ve watched TCW and/or Rebels, chances are, you love Ahsoka. She’s rumoured to appear in The Mandalorian Season 2, so the live-action fans can get a taste of her badassery too.
She uses one regular length blade, and one “shoto” which is shorter in length. The ones above are used by her in TCW, and are mostly green for the regular and green-yellow for the shoto (except for Season 7, where Anakin “upgrades” them and makes the blades blue). The lower ones, she uses in Rebels, the white colour of the blade signifying her maturity and growth as a character.
Now, we get into the really interesting ones. Or, should I say, “this is where the fun begins”.
4. Asajj Ventress’s Lightsaber(s)
Her lightsaber hilts are curved (much like that of her master, Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus), but what makes them extra special, is the fact that they join at the bottom, to form one double bladed lightsaber.
3. Pong Krell’s Lightsabers
Ah, Pong Krell. All of my clone wars fans, we can all agree that we hate him, right? Jedi turned evil, he sports two double-bladed lightsabers, which also fold in half. Yes, fold in half.
This is better demonstrated by evil Rey’s lightsaber in The Rise of Skywalker. Not really the most practical of lightsabers, but then again, what lightsaber is practical at all?
2. The Inquisitors’ Lightsabers
These lightsabers are quite possibly the most over-engineered, most complicated, but also the most multi-functional lightsabers in all of Star Wars (that I know of). These things can be used with a single or double blade. Oh, and when it’s in double blade mode, the blades spin.
While spinning, they can be used to block shots, scare your opponent, or as helicopter blades. See? Multi-functional!
And now, we reach the end of our list. What could the number one lightsaber be? Some crazy, multi-bladed monstrosity?
1. The Darksaber
What is this? Just a regular lightsaber? Except it’s shaped almost like an actual blade, and is black? Booooooooooo. Boringgggggg. Right? Wrong.
This blade is more important than it seems. Apart from being just plain beautiful to look at, it is one of, if not the most, important blades in Star Wars history. Created by Tarre Vizsla, the first ever Mandalorian to be inducted into the Jedi order, it was passed down from generation to generation, a symbol of power to be held only by the leader of House Vizsla.
It passed through many hands, too many to include here, but somehow, it ended up in the hands of Moff Gideon, the supposed antagonist of The Mandalorian. To really understand the complicated history of this weapon, I recommend watching TCW and Rebels. At least the episodes where it shows up, if not all of them. This meme sums it up nicely.
This list ended up longer than expected.
Some honourable mentions:
Gungi: A Wookiee, like Chewbacca himself, only a Jedi Youngling. His lightsaber has a unique wooden hilt.
Ezra Bridger: His first lightsaber could be used as a regular saber, while also functioning as a blaster. Cool, but it’s not the Jedi way.
Yoda: His lightsaber is the only shoto lightsaber we’ve seen in live-action Star Wars (so far), and seeing him flip around with it: badass.
I’ll be genuinely surprised if anyone got this far, so if you did, thanks for reading! Leave a comment if you enjoyed it, and let me know what other Star Wars content you’d like to read! Goodbye!