When it comes to ranking fictional things, the Force is strong in Sobriquet.
Not All "Forces" Created Equal
You can’t have Star Wars without the Force. It’s what makes the series special, more than just a sci-fi. The power is just the right amount of mysterious without becoming confusing and vague. Everyone who has heard of Star Wars has tried and failed to Force objects to them instead of getting off of the couch. It’s iconic.
Despite being an “energy field created by all living things,” the Force definitely seems to favor some people over others. From wrinkly old men to colorful aliens, the galaxy has a variety of unique Jedi and Sith equivalent in power to an army of laypeople. But who has had the most of this power in the galaxy’s complicated history?
Below are 20 Force users who surpassed all others. They are ranked based on their prime. For example, I am ranking young Yoda and old Ahsoka, not doddery Return of the Jedi Yoda or immature Clone Wars Ahsoka. Additionally, I’m leaving out those weird, manifestations of the Force that no one really understands (Mortis dudes, Bendu, Force Priestesses, etc.). These are the top 20 regular people who command the Force. However, no one on this list is regular.
20. Leia Organa
We don’t get to see Leia’s Force powers much as she gives up on her Jedi training thanks to some bad visions. However, she is said to have roughly the same amount of power as her twin, and even in training she can beat him. Believe it or not, Luke Skywalker is pretty high on this list, and so Leia deserves some recognition as well.
19. Qui-Gon Jinn
Qui-Gon is very caring and very wise. He’s the Jedi Master who recruits the Chosen One, who goes on to bring peace to the galaxy (after destroying the Jedi, but let’s not worry about that). He dies before we get to see him accomplish much else, so he receives a low spot on this list.
18. The Grand Inquisitor
Thanks to the good old fashioned Rule of Two, Sheev Palpatine and Darth Vader can be the only Sith Lords at the time of the Empire. In a loophole, all of the other Sith are recruited as Inquisitors. The Grand Inquisitor, a former Jedi Temple Guard, is their leader, making him the third most powerful dark side user at that time (other than wild-card Darth Maul). Being just behind Palpatine, Vader, and Maul is no embarrassment.
17. Asajj Ventress
Asajj is a Sith Assassin for a while until she becomes so powerful as to scare Darth Sidious himself. After that, she explores the galaxy, finds love, and becomes overall a very interesting character. In her life, she goes toe-to-toe with Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano, Maul, Dooku, Savage Opress, and more, which is a very impressive resume.
16. Savage Opress
If everyone on this list had a Force-less arm wrestle, Opress would be the indisputable champ. This beast is physically enhanced with Shadow Magic and is the brother of Darth Maul. He bests Asajj, his former master, in their last confrontation, earning him number 16.
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15. Ezra Bridger
Ezra, as the main character of Rebels, is naturally gifted in the Force. His specialty is communication with animals, which he manages to use to topple the Imperial occupation of Lothal. Unfortunately, he disappears before we can see him reach his prime, although it’s likely that an older, more powerful Ezra Bridger is out there and will be introduced in the Ahsoka series.
Talzin is an immensely powerful sorcerer of Shadow Magic, giving her a unique and frightening skill set. She is the Clan Mother of the Nightsisters and ruler of Dathomir, which puts her a tier ahead of fellow Dathomirians Ventress and Opress. She is not, however, quite as talented as her son.
Maul is handpicked by Palpatine as his first apprentice. Through pure hatred and the power of the dark side, he survives being cut in half and falling in a reactor shaft. Afterwards, he rather effortlessly manages to conquer Mandalore and form a vast crime syndicate that would plague both the Republic and the Empire.
12. Kanan Jarrus
Kanan survives Order 66 and becomes a great nuisance for the mighty Empire. He leads the rebel team known as the Spectres and is instrumental in the Rebellion’s first major victory over the Empire in the struggle for Lothal. He accomplishes much even after being blinded, including victory in a duel versus Maul.
11. Darth Plagueis
I didn’t include most of the ancient Sith and Jedi, as we don’t know much about them (in canon) and they don’t play much of a role in the time period that defines Star Wars. Darth Plagueis is the exception. He has the ability to revive dead people and is Palpatine’s master, which is legendary enough to carry him pretty high despite the lack of details.
10. Ahsoka Tano
In the Clone Wars, Ahsoka serves as the commander of the 501st Clone Battalion and the Padawan of Anakin Skyguy. She is pivotal in several Republic victories, and she defeats a (former) Sith Lord at full power, all before she turns 18. She survives the Great Jedi Purge with very little assistance, and becomes one of the most wanted criminals in the Imperial-ruled galaxy.
9. Obi-Wan Kenobi
Where do I even begin with this guy? In terms of wisdom and Force-knowledge, Obi-Wan mentors Anakin, Luke, Ahsoka, and more. In terms of dueling power and abilities, he bests Anakin, Opress, Maul (several times), and Asajj (also several times). That high ground does wonders.
If you thought Obi-Wan’s resume was impressive, then wait ’til you hear about this old fart. He solos Ani and Obi once, and almost does it again three years later. He survives seemingly dozens of assassination attempts from Asajj, and every time she brings support. He beats Maul and Talzin, although he has help there. I’m sure he has many other victories that I haven’t even thought of.
7. Sheev Palpatine
The main antagonist of Star Wars needs no introduction, having beaten several people on this list and having conquered the galaxy on more than one occasion. I’m a little surprised he ended up at seven and not higher, but it makes sense if you look at who is in front of him. Originally, I had him at four, but a few characters had very compelling reasons to surpass him that were hard to ignore.
6. Mace Windu
This motherf*cker defeats prime Palps in a one-on-one, no-outside-factors duel, (he has some backup, but Palpatine kills them within seconds so I figured that didn’t matter.) Mace’s lightsaber form, Vaapad, is extremely difficult but very rewarding if mastered correctly. It’s possible that he is the greatest duelist in galactic history, a crucial skill that earns him rank number six.
5. Rey Skywalker
Rey, along with Ben Solo, is a part of a prophesied Force dyad. This means that her and Ben are legendarily powerful in the Force, her in the light and him in the dark (although they both dabble between sides). They also have special abilities in relation to one another: they can “Force visit” each other or even save their partner from death.
4. Ben Solo
As a Force dyad, Ben and Rey have the exact same amount of Force power, so they are basically tied. I gave the tiebreaker to Ben because he’s a man. Just kidding, I gave him the upper hand as he’s older and more experienced. He has a few cool tricks he’s learned as master of the Knights of Ren, stuff Rey can’t (or won’t) do, like his ability to freeze opponents or control them when not physically present.
3. Luke Skywalker
Perhaps the most recognizable character of Star Wars, Luke Skywalker is a name that strikes fear in enemies’ hearts. He leads the Rebellion that saves the galaxy, then teaches the next generation that saves the galaxy again. He may not be number one on this list, but he is one of the most iconic heroes in media history.
In the prequels, Yoda is the Grand Master of the Jedi Order and is respected by both friends and foes as one of the most powerful beings in the galaxy. That’s him when he’s old and decrepit. Imagine him when he’s a couple hundred years younger, with all of his talent and still hundreds of years of experience. It’s unfortunate we never really get to witness this, as he’s got to be almost invincible at that stage.
1. Anakin Skywalker
Who else could be the best if not the Chosen One? Conceived by the Force itself, Anakin has the highest midi-chlorian count in history, meaning that he has the most Force potential. He wastes none of it. As Anakin Skywalker, he shoots right up the ranks of the Jedi and is at the forefront of many historical events. As Darth Vader, he is merciless and unbeatable and scares the absolute shit out of the people around him, until he’s a nice guy again for just long enough to save the galaxy. He does lose in battle to people that rank behind him, but at full, concentrated power I believe he can conquer anyone. Anakin Skywalker is the most powerful character in Star Wars.
And with that, the list is complete. It’s not perfect, and I will say that there is a slight bias against characters with less screen time (sorry prequel Jedi Council). Still, I’d say it does a pretty accurate job of summing up Star Wars’s most powerful figures.
Thanks for reading, and may the Force be with you!