Lightsaber colors

Lightsaber colors blue, green and red were used in the Star Wars original Trilogy.  Purple color was added in the Prequel Trilogy, but only for use by Mace Windu, a character played by Samuel L. Jackson.  In Expanded Universe, a myriad of different weapon colors were featured.  Originally, these colors had meanings, but they are merely decorative in most Star Wars media.

Which lightsaber colors are used?

In Star Wars Episode IV:  A New Hope, both Anakin Skywalker’s and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsabers are blue.  This color is considered traditionally as a weapon of combat or guardian Jedis.  Other knights who used blue lightsaber colors are Plo Koon, Ki Adi Mundi, Anakin and Shaak Ti.  The Jedi Masters and the Padawans have also used blue lightsabers in their movies.

In Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber color blue was changed to green. Luke’s original blue weapon was not easy to see in the blue Tatooine sky when shot, so it got a functional change. The Jedi Knights had green as their standard color in the Prequel Star Wars films. Yoda and Qui-Gon also used green blades. When Return of the Jedi has been finished, Jedi Masters and Padawans used either green or blue lightsabers.  The green color has since then symbolized Consular or Masters of Force Jedi.

The lightsaber color purple was used by Mace Windu in the Prequel Trilogy, Attack of the Clones.   Samuel L. Jackson, who played the Windu character, had requested a purple weapon.  This made his character stand out in the battlefield, from the blue, green and red other lightsabers. Only Windu used this color in the movie.

Which lightsaber colors are the Sith using?

The red lightsaber is the color of the Sith, the Jedi’s sworn enemies. Red is their dark weapon.  The characters who used this lightsaber color are Darth Vader, Count Dooku, Darth Sidious and Darth Maul. The Sith created the red lightsabers from synthetic Adegan crystals for the purpose of replacing the natural Adegan crystals.

However, even before the Prequels, the Star Wars Expanded Univers had used other lightsaber colors.  A yellow weapon was used in Dark Forces II by a Dark Jedi;  a purple one was used by Mara Jade. Other lightsaber colors has appeared in many Star Wars books, toys, and comics, and in different Star Wars video games- violet, cyan, silver, pink and orange, to name a few.  The symbols supposed to be projected by the lightsaber colors are not clear-cut in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.  A Dark Jedi wielded a non-red weapon; other Jedi like Adi Gallia and Leia Organa Solo used red lightsabers.

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What does the lightsaber colors mean?

Lightsaber colors indicated originally the role of a Jedi in the Order.  An example is Jedi Consulars, who would not want violence, carried green lightsaber to show that they want peace.  The Jedi Guardians carried green weapons to symbolize solidarity and uniformity. Kerra Holt, of the film Knight Errant, wields a green blade even if she is not associated with the Jedi Consulars.  This shows that the meaning of the colors of lightsabers is not always certain. The colors representing the wielders’ personalities was a popular notion then, but the colors depend on the type of the crystals used in creating the blade.

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