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...
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 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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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.see more on Darth Malak
Asajj Ventress was born on the planet Dathomir, the home to a clan of witches known as the Nightsisters. Ventress spent most of her early life as a slave on the wartorn planet Rattatak, a world which was ruled by pirates. Upon meeting a Jedi Knight named Ky Narec, who was fighting back the pirates, Ventress discovered she was powerful in the Force. Narec decided to train her as his apprentice while they continued to wage war against the pirates.
Unfortunately, Narec was eventually killed and Ventress was left without guidance. She embraced the dark side, and eventually joined Count Dooku as an assassin for the Sith. During the Clone Wars, Ventress became known as one of the Separatists’ most feared agents, amassing quite the body count along the way.
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