Mace Windu isn’t the only Jedi in Star Wars to wield a purple lightsaber. When Samuel L. Jackson joined the Star Wars prequel films, he made an unusual request to George Lucas. He wanted his Jedi, Mace Windu, to have a unique purple lightsaber. Lucas initially refused, insisting lightsabers came in only three colors – blue, green, and red – but eventually relented. The purple lightsaber became Mace Windu’s trademark weapon, setting a precedent for many other colors of lightsaber blades.
In-universe, the purple lightsaber is seen as a symbol of Mace’s character flaws. The color is a blend of red and blue, and thus points to the inner darkness that roils within Mace’s heart. This is the secret of Mace’s success as a Jedi Master, because he is intimately failiar with his own inner dark side, and strives to restrain it. The Clone Wars pushed Mace to breaking point, of course, and he succumbed to the temptation to kill an already-defeated enemy when he stood over Palpatine in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. But Mace is not the only one to wield a purple lightsaber, whether in canon or in the old Star Wars Expanded Universe (now dubbed “Legends” by Lucasfilm).
8/8 Mace Windu
Oddly enough, Mace Windu’s purple lightsaber links canon and Legends. The Expanded Universe revealed the blade is powered by a rare Hurikane crystal, a variant of kyber that possesses unique properties. Although Hurikane crystals have not been mentioned in canon, sourcebooks have confirmed that variants of kyber do indeed still possess these unusual attributes and colors. Most Jedi of the prequel era obtain their kyber crystals from the planet Ilum, explaining why Mace is one of the few Jedi to have a purple blade.
7/8 Vernestra Rwoh
Recent Star Wars novels and comics have explored the High Republic Era, centuries before the prequel trilogy. Purple lightsabers seem to have been much more common in the High Republic Era, a time when the Jedi do not seem to have been quite so afraid of the dark. One of the most notable Jedi to use a purple lightsaber is Vernestra Rwoh, who attained the rank of Jedi Master when she was just 15 years old. Remarkably Force-sensitive, she was prompted by the Force to redesign her lightsaber and transform it into an unusual lightwhip.
6/8 Ty Yorrick
Ty Yorrick – a unique hero of the High Republic Era – is also noted for her distinctive purple lightsaber. Inducted into the Jedi Order at a young age, she left after an unknown incident and became something of a saber-for-hire. Her typical focus is on monster-hunting, which meant she became extremely useful when dark side creatures like the Drengir and the Nameless threatened the Outer Rim. Ty Yorrick found herself drawn into Jedi affairs once again, and it’s possible she will be shown returning to the Order.
5/8 Sav Malagan
Jedi Padawan Sav Malagan is a new addition to Star Wars, introduced in the latest series of Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures. Trained on Maz Kanata’s planet Takodana, Sav Malagan is an unusual Jedi with a thirst for adventure. His adventures have only just begun, but he looks set to be drawn into a great deal of conflict.
4/8 Kelleran Beq
Played by Ahmed Best, Kelleran Beq is the Jedi Master who supervises Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge gameshow. Best was given a great deal of latitude when it came to creating the character, who evolved into a skilled lightsaber combatant – nicknamed the “The Sabered Hand.” Aspects of Beq’s character were inspired by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and the Shaolin monks from the kung fu movies Best had loved as a child. His purple lightsaber, of course, was intended as a homage to Mace Windu.
A Rodian who served among the Jedi Order of the prequel era, Huulik served on the front lines of the Clone Wars and even fought alongside Anakin Skywalker himself. Badly injured after Order 66, Huulik set his starship’s course back to Rodia, but died during the journey. His family created a mausoleum in his honor, and Luke Skywalker eventually claimed Huulik’s blade, which contained a number of different kyber crystals and could thus take on different colors and hues. One of these was amethyst.
2/8 Darth Revan
Only a handful of canon Jedi have wielded purple lightsabers, but they were much more common in the old Expanded Universe. Darth Revan is a unique figure even there, however, simply because he is the only Sith Lord known to have used a purple lightsaber. Darth Revan has officially returned to Star Wars canon (he was subtly referenced in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), but it’s unknown whether his purple blade is considered canon as well. Hopefully Lucasfilm will continue to incorporate elements of the classic Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic games into the Disney era, and Revan’s lightsaber will be one of them.
1/8 Other Legends Jedi Who Wielded Purple Lightsabers
There are a number of other Jedi who wielded purple lightsabers in Legends. In some cases, these characters have indeed been incorporated into the canon – but without their distinctive blades. In others, they cannot possibly fit into the Disney timeline. They are:
- Ki-Adi-Mundi, who was shown wielding a purple lightsaber in Dark Horse’s
comics. The Cerean Jedi was a member of the Council in the prequel era, but the comics gave
Ki-Adi-Mundi a confusing backstory
that has thankfully been erased. This includes a purple lightsaber he has never been shown using in canon.
- Sometimes known as the Dark Woman, An’ya Kuro was a Jedi who took the teachings of non-attachment to an extreme. She was best known as the mentor of Aurra Sing, a student who went rogue and sided with the Separatists.
- Another prequel era Jedi, J’Mikel, was seen using a purple lightsaber. A minor character, his most notable appearance was in Dark Horse’s
#28, when he was killed by Aurra Sing.
Aurra Sing is canon (as is her death)
, but J’Mikel is unlikely to ever be mentioned.
- Leia’s youngest son in the Expanded Universe, Anakin Solo, used a purple lightsaber for a brief time. Her daughter Jaina Solo Fel became noted for her purple blade, which was emblazoned on the covers of several novels.
- One final character of note is Sinya, a Twi’lek who worked for Black Sun before the prequel era. Although Sinya was no Force-sensitive, she wielded two purple shoto lightsaber blades, making her a somewhat unusual