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The Jedi Are Actually The Biggest Villains In Star Wars, And They Don't Even Try To Hide It

Updated February 11, 2021 19.7k votes 2.5k voters 142.6k views15 items

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It may not be popular opinion, but we need to talk about why the Jedi aren't the heroes the Star Wars franchise would have us believe them to be. In the trailer for The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker - the Jedi poster boy - says, “It’s time for the Jedi to end.” Fans across the world cried out in confusion. Why would the Jedi need to end? They’re the good guys. However, a closer examination of the Jedi and their actions over time - we’re just talking canon content here - reveal why the Jedi actually suck.

In the climactic duel in Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan tells Anakin he has failed his Padawan, and he’s right. He and the Order failed Anakin, and as Anakin tells his former Master moments later, from his point of view, the Jedi are evil

Abduction, assassination, and brainwashing are just some of the reasons the Jedi are awful. Not exactly what one would expect of these so-called guardians of peace. And that’s one of the most messed up things about the Jedi. They have bought into their own propaganda for so long they fail to see how corrupt and ineffective they actually are. Heck, until it was too late, they couldn't even see how their actions played into the tragic fall of the Republic and the rise of the Empire.

Here are all the reasons the Jedi are terrible and why they should really, really end.

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    They Cruelly Force Jedi Initiates To Cut Ties With Their Families

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    Once Force-sensitive children are ripped away from their families, they’re forbidden to ever see them again. This could prove to be particularly difficult if, for example, you had to leave behind your enslaved mother to whatever fate might befall her. In the case of Anakin Skywalker, an annual mother-son visit could have drastically altered the destiny of the Skywalker family. Not to mention may have prevented the unfortunate death of Shmi Skywalker at the hands of Tusken Raiders in Attack of the Clones.

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    They Push Good People Down

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    So, Anakin is a brash and reckless Padawan, but what teenager isn’t? Even though he gave his life to the Order and tirelessly fights for the greater good during the Clone Wars, the Jedi High Council never fully trusts him. That distrust extends to Anakin’s Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, who, in The Clone Wars, the Council wrongly accuses of bombing the Jedi Temple. They are quick to turn on Ahsoka. Her expulsion as a Padawan and her subsequent decision to leave the Order, even after they halfheartedly asked her to come back, shake Anakin’s faith in the Order.

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    They Carelessly Took Command Of A Mysteriously Produced Army

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    For supposedly being some of the wisest and most enlightened beings in the universe, the Jedi make some incredibly stupid decisions. One such decision was taking on the clone army in Attack of the Clones –  an army that was ordered without their knowledge by a Jedi who had died years previously. While they badly needed an army, a more thorough investigation of the army and its origin was in order. Perhaps if the Jedi did more research, they would have discovered the inhibitor chips placed in the clones and avoided the massacre of countless Jedi as a result of Order 66.

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    They Only Care About Force-Sensitive Recruits And Screw Their Families

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    For being so-called “good guys,” sometimes, the Jedi don't look that different from the bad guys. Like the First Order, they take young children away from their families and indoctrinate them in their ways. They are taken away from everything they know and forced to adhere to the Jedi Code.

    At least the Jedi ask the children’s parents if they can whisk their kids away. However, in the case of Anakin, no one bothers to help Anakin's enslaved mother Shmi gain a better life. Why not mind-trick a person into paying for Shmi and then free her? Or just whisk her away, too? Not to mention, if Shmi Skywalker had foreseen what would eventually become of her little, pod-racing angel, she might have had second thoughts about letting Qui-Gon take Anakin.

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