When the Star Wars universe began, Obi-Wan Kenobi was described as just a crazy old wizard. That’s how Jedis can also be described in the Star Wars universe. They are supposedly the good people who are like mystical wizards with strict rules that are often misapplied.
Due to this, they give rise to a lot more Sith. But we must say that there are a lot of Jedi who strays away from the Light but doesn’t really become Sith. So these characters stop being Jedi and instead become Dark Jedi or become something totally else altogether.
So let us take a look at the Jedis who fell from the light and became something else or someone else.
For a long, it was thought that Freedon Nadd was going to become the best among the Jedi. He was instantly adept and in tune with the Force and seemed to be destined for greatness within the Order. In short, he was just like Anakin Skywalker. But the problem with Nadd was that he didn’t want to follow the Jedi path and teachings.
And so, he murdered his Jedi master and renounced the Order. Instead, he decided to teach himself to become a Sith. After that, he went to Yavin 4 and became an apprentice of the Sith arts. Sadly, he wasn’t the last or the first to do so, as many Force users have gone to Yavin 4 for this very purpose and will continue doing so in the future.
But even there, he murdered his master and continued self-teaching himself with Darker skills and knowledge. At the end of it all, Freedon Nadd shun the light completely and gave in to the darkness.
The light side can become overwhelming to some Force users and that’s exactly what happened to Pong Krell. Before embracing the darkness, Krell was a respectable Jedi General. He fought in the Clone Wars and was a successful Republican General. But his double-bladed saber was eventually found on the throats of many Jedis.
He first began having visions of replacing the Jedi Order with a new one. But he knew that no one would see things like him. So he secretly taught himself about the Dark side, quite like Freedon Nadd had. Once he was ready, Nadd turned on the Jedis, but he ended up getting captured by them.
Then he was killed for betraying the Jedi and the Republic. Now, he could never fully become a Sith, but he sure was as Dark as one in the eyes of the Jedi.
Mara Jade is a beloved character and fans are always clamouring to see her in live-action. But Mara was never a pure Jedi. After all, it’s almost impossible to follow their quite absurd and strict doctrines. Also, before becoming a Jedi Master, Mara Jade did plenty of Dark things.
She even committed heinous acts, but it was all in the name of the greater good. Now, there’s nothing to condemn about the things she or Luke do every day. But it must be said that Mara Jade doesn’t fully follow the Jedi ways.
In fact, as we all know, Mara Jade was sent out to kill Like because she was Emperor Palpatine’s assassin and Hand. Also, it’s true that she killed people for Palpatine before. As such, before becoming a Jedi, she might as well have been a Sith early on.
Jorus C’baoth was confident of his power and believed that there wasn’t anyone equal to him. In a way, he was like Dooku, but he wasn’t able to achieve that level of success. Instead, Jorus C’baoth was a Jedi Master who later on decided to murder Thrawn.
Since a Jedi must never succumb to their anger or try to take a life so Jorus left the Jedi ways. And went dark. In fact, he went so dark that Palpatine even tried cloning him so that he could make his weapon Joruus.
The strong rules of the Jedi become too much for some. And this is why even though the average person has some kind of force sensitivity, yet they don’t become a Jedi. Because quite frankly becoming a Jedi is next level and not everyone can do it. After all, taking on such a path can become quickly overwhelming for some.
And that’s what happened to Sha’a Gi. Previously, he was going to be a great Jedi Master. But his master, Daakman Barrek wasn’t satisfied with his physical skills, especially in martial arts. However, he was good with computers and was technically oriented quite like Anakin Skywalker. But he didn’t have any control over himself.
So when he witnessed his master’s death in battle, he had a meltdown and lost control. When that happened, General Grievous targeted him and took him down. This weakness and lack of control is very unbecoming of a Jedi.
Ben Solo might have become Kylo Ren, but he really wasn’t a full Sith. Most audiences consider him to be like a Dark Jedi. When Ben was young, his uncle- Luke Skywalker trained him to become a Jedi. But Luke saw Ben’s darkness and proving his uncle right, he turned to the dark side.
But his darkness wasn’t able to fully consume him. Both light and darkness were at war with each other in him. Ultimately it was Rey who brought him back from the Brink. While he was redeemed at the end, but his actions were quite as bad as that of General Grievous or Emperor Palpatine. So for all the good that Ben did at the end, Kylo Ren might as well have been a full Sith.
The darkness is tempting for those who find the Jedi Order frustrating, especially when they are trying to accomplish things. Like his other masters, Quinlan Vos was deeply struggling with the Order and didn’t feel like he was even moving forward.
Quinlan Vos knew had he had the abilities to become strong. So he ultimately teamed up with the Asajj Ventress, who once an assassin for the dark side. The two of them were Dark, but Quinlan Vos embraced the darkness completely. He was so entrenched in the darkness that he became Count Dooku’s apprentice.
But Quinlan Vos wasn’t able to become a Sith fully. He was saved by his love for Asajj Ventress in the final moments. So if not for that he might as well have become a Sith.
So here’s our list of the Jedis who weren’t able to stick to the strict Jedi ways fully. Who do you think deserves to be on this list? Let us know below.