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10 Best Canon Force Users Who Aren’t Jedi or Sith

When it comes to Force users, most fans tend to think of it as two sides: the Jedi and the Sith. However, that’s far from the case with various heroes, villains, and anti-heroes that don’t fit any title. New Obi Wan Kenobi The series leans into this somewhat, showing Obi-Wan in a more lost state.

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However, there are many more characters in the star wars cannon who can wield the Force and/or wield a lightsaber but is less orthodox. These range from Jedi who have changed, for better or worse, or perhaps Sith who have found redemption over the years.

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Bendu


Kanan Jarrus kneeling in front of the Bendu in Star Wars Rebels

Featured in star wars rebels, the Bendu was an enigmatic creature that resided on Atollon. He was neither light nor dark in his orientation with the Force. He was a representation of true balance which made him an ideal mentor for Kanan Jarrus.

Not much is known about him other than that he remains a neutral force, siding with neither the Rebels nor the Empire; much like how he stays neutral in the Force. Rather than choosing between two extremes, her balanced nature grants her powerful Force abilities.

Taron Malicos


Cal Kestis takes on Taron Malicos in Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order

Typically, Jedi either died during the Purge due to Order 66, or survived in hiding. Taron Malicos is something a little different; he was stranded on the dark planet of Dathomir and due to the natural dark side fog looming everywhere, Taron fell.


On his own, Taron Malicos learned the ways of the dark side, but he did not side with any faction. He was a fallen Jedi who was defeated by Cal Kestis and Nightsister Merrin in Star Wars: Fallen Order of the Jedi. Malicos is an enigma and one of many new additions to the canon that Fallen order provides.

Grogu


A child of the same race as Yoda, Grogu showed a natural affinity with the Force that made him a target after the Clone Wars. It seemed like Grogu was destined to be the next mighty Jedi, even having Luke Skywalker as his master at one point.

However, Grogu had too much emotional attachment for Din Djarin. This led to him leaving the New Jedi Order and returning to Din. With some training from Luke, Grogu can become something different from the Jedi.


The father


The Father stopping a lightsaber with his hand in Star Wars The Clone Wars

In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, fans were introduced to a plethora of new acquaintances. In the Mortis Trilogy, which is often considered one of the series’ best arcs, divine beings were introduced. There was the Son who was the embodiment of the dark side and the Daughter who represented the light.

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The Father was the gray middle ground that created them. Similar to Bendu, the Father’s story is not delved into but it is shown that the balance is unstable in the Force, he tends to be pushed to one side or the other. This is best represented by his children’s actions leading up to their deaths and meant to show what will happen to Anakin on his journey as the Chosen One.


Nightsister Merrin


Nightsister Merrin admiring Cal Kestis' lightsaber in Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order

The Nightsisters were different from Jedi and Sith, using the Force to create magics that were used for corruption, manipulation, and resurrection. They were all wiped out during the Clone Wars except for a youngster who grew up to be the last Nightsister named Merrin.

At first she appears to be an antagonist, but Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order expands on her, showing that she’s just lost and alone without her family. Ultimately, she ends up joining Cal Kestis to not only defeat Taron Malicos, but also to stop the Empire from using the Jedi Holocron to hunt Force-sensitive children.

Chirrut Imwe


Introduced in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Chirrut Îmwe was a guardian of the Jedi Kyber Temple on Jedha, and while he did not wield a lightsaber or use the Force in the traditional sense, he had his own way. Due to his blindness, Chirrut could use the Force to sense his surroundings and enemies, making him an effective agent. star wars fighter.


Chirrut could blast a tie fighter through the air and he trusted the Force more than anything. It was his faith in the Force that led to him becoming a vital member of Rogue One, which led to the theft of the Death Star plans. Chirrut was a standout character who made his line an iconic quote: “I am one with the Force, the Force is with me.”

Kylo Ren/Ben Solo


Kylo Ren unmasked and staring.

He can wield a red lightsaber, but it’s been stated all along that Kylo Ren and the Knights Of Ren aren’t Sith. They are a new faction of dark side wielders and Kylo Ren is the only one who actually wields a lightsaber.

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Even when he betrays the Knights Of Ren to become Ben Solo again, he isn’t truly a Jedi due to his actions that caused him to become a Knight Of Ren in the first place. His last noble decisions in The Rise of Skywalker were out of love and passion, which is not the Jedi way. In many ways, Ben Solo was on more of the same middle ground as Ezra Bridger.

Ezra Bridger


Ezra Bridger from Star Wars Rebels

Overall, Ezra Bridger follows an unorthodox path for a Force wielder. Much like Anakin Skywalker, he began his training under Kanan Jarrus at a much older age than most Jedi. He also shared his tendency to let his emotions control him, which led to several unfortunate choices such as seeking Darth Maul’s mentorship.


Ezra also received training from a Holocron Sith and fell very far short of being a Jedi. He was on his way to becoming a villain but thanks to his family on the Ghost he stayed good. However, Ezra never became a Jedi again and even sacrificed his life to stop Admiral Thrawn, bringing him closer to a Gray Jedi in the Legends canon.

Asajj Ventress


Asajj Ventress with her twin lightsabers in Star Wars The Clone Wars

Although trained by the Sith Lord known as Count Dooku, Asajj Ventress was never a true Sith. She was trained to simply be an assassin for Dooku without the sanction of Darth Sidious’ approval. Ventress was a means to an end, which is why Dooku ended up betraying her in the end.

When Ventress became a thief, she became less of a villain and more of an anti-hero. According to black follower novel, she even gave up red lightsabers for yellow and perished trying to right her wrongs. Even in the later seasons of The Clone Warsshe would help her former enemies like Ahsoka Tano.

Ahsoka Tano


Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano in The Book of Boba Fett

Ahsoka started out as a bright-eyed, optimistic Jedi who viewed Obi-Wan, Anakin, and other members of the Jedi Order as heroes. However, she learned the hard way that the Jedi Order were not the family she thought they were when they turned their backs on her the instant she was framed for a crime.


She left the Jedi Order, which ended up saving her life when Order 66 was executed. She grew to be a noble warrior wielding the Force and herself in both star wars rebels and The Mandalorian declares that she is not a Jedi. Ahsoka Tano is arguably the best Force warrior who only trusts the Force rather than a code and uses her emotions without falling into darkness.

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