Total Nerd 20 Powerful Jedi Who Broke Bad And Turned To The Dark Side  

John Saavedra
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List Rules Vote up the most tragic falls from the light side to the dark side in Star Wars.

There are quite a few Star Wars stories about Jedi who turned to the dark side. If you’re a fan, you’re probably very familiar with some of these, such as Anakin Skywalker’s turn to Darth Vader, or the fall of Quinlan Vos, a Jedi who went rogue in order to defeat Count Dooku and end the Clone Wars. Despite the fact that their number one role is serving as peacekeepers of the galaxy, the dark side’s influence had caused many former Jedis to plunge the galaxy into darkness.

Many of the Jedi here sought power, and used the dark side to attain it, while other fallen heroes were pushed towards evil through personal tragedy. Whatever the case, we're here to examine the Jedi who turned to evil, and abandoned everything they used to believe in. Some of these Jedi even became Sith, the sworn enemy of their Order. Prepare for some of the most tragic stories from a galaxy far, far away...

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Revan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20 Powerful Jedi Who Broke Bad And Turned To The Dark Side
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Revan was a controversial Jedi Knight who lived thousands of years before the prequel trilogy. He was the leader of a faction within the Order called the Revanchists, a group of Jedi Knights who decided to fight for the Republic during the Mandalorian Wars. The Mandalorians were a fierce enemy, devastating planets throughout the galaxy, and Revan had grown frustrated with the Order’s unwillingness to get involved in the fight.

While Revan eventually defeated the Mandalorian forces and was hailed as a hero of the Republic, all of this fighting eventually led to his fall to the dark side. After the defeat of Mandalore the Ultimate, the Mandalorian leader, Revan traveled to the Unknown Regions of space to investigate a possible Sith connection to the Mandalorian threat. It was in the farthest edges of space he encountered a resurgent Sith Empire.

When the Jedi hero of the Republic returned to known space, it was as a new Dark Lord of the Sith, ready to wage war against his former allies.

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Anakin Skywalker

Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20 Powerful Jedi Who Broke Bad And Turned To The Dark Side
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Anakin Skywalker is easily the most infamous Jedi to ever turn to the dark side. Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn discovered young Anakin on the desert planet of Tatooine, and believed the boy was the Chosen One who would finally bring balance to the Force. But there was too much darkness in Anakin, and the boy began training as a Jedi at a much older age than most Padawan learners. He was known to be capricious and reckless, and often disobeyed his master, Obi-Wan Kenobi.

His emotional attachment to his mother, Shmi Skywalker, and his secret wife, Padme Amidala, eventually led him to the dark side. He slaughtered the village of Sand People who kidnapped and tortured his mother to death, and joined the Sith in order to save Padme, whom he believed would die during childbirth. In trying to save those he loved, Anakin only found more pain and eventually became the feared Darth Vader.

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Darth Malak is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20 Powerful Jedi Who Broke Bad And Turned To The Dark Side
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Born as Alek, this Jedi Knight eventually took the name Malak and became close friends with Revan, a hero who led a group of Jedi to the Republic’s aid during the devastating Mandalorian Wars. Malak fought alongside Revan as a general, and eventually followed him into the Unknown Regions to investigate the source of the Mandalorian threat. That’s when Revan and Malak came face to face with the Sith Emperor, who quickly converted them to the dark side and anointed them the new Dark Lords of the Sith.

Upon returning to Republic space, Darth Revan and Darth Malak waged war against the galaxy and the Jedi. Malak served as Revan’s apprentice during the early days of the Jedi Civil War. Eventually, however, Malak betrayed Revan and usurped his role as Dark Lord of the Sith. Malak was eventually defeated by a rehabilitated Revan, who rejoined the Jedi Order and embraced the light side.

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Count Dooku

Count Dooku is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20 Powerful Jedi Who Broke Bad And Turned To The Dark Side
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Dooku was once a great Jedi Master, but he left the Order after becoming disillusioned with the corruption within the Galactic Republic. He became a member of the Lost Twenty, a group of Jedi Masters who had renounced the Order and its teachings throughout history. Despite having trained under Yoda, one of the greatest Jedi Masters of all time, Dooku still felt the pull of the dark side.

He eventually crossed paths with Darth Sidious, and became his loyal apprentice. With Dooku’s help, Sidious was able to a wage a war against the Galactic Republic that engulfed most of the known galaxy. Unfortunately for Dooku, Sidious disposed of him as soon as he found a more powerful apprentice in Anakin Skywalker.

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