Growing up, we all at one point or another had dreams of becoming something that we probably couldn’t become. We’re not talking about becoming a baseball player or an astronaut, we’re talking about those really fun dreams we had as a kid of being a the captain of a starship or being an Autobot. No matter how hard you tried or wished, neither Starfleet nor Optimus Prime was going to knock on your door anytime soon. What about being a Jedi? Is that possible? If so, what are the rules one would need to follow in order to be in good Jedi standing? Don’t point your lightsaber at your face, don’t kiss your sister and don’t succumb to the Dark side of the Force. That’s pretty much it, right? What if we told you there was a lot more?
In order to become a Jedi, there are Jedi Trials you have to pass and rules you have to follow, but what are they? What are the Jedi rules when it comes to using your Jedi mind powers on someone? How many Padawans can a Jedi train at one time? Once you do become a Jedi, what are the rules on contacting your family? Why is it that Jedi Masters can’t marry? If the Force wants us to do something and we disagree with it, what choices do we have? You may find following the rules are harder than you think, which is why we also included five Jedi that broke the Jedi Code in some very major ways! See if you still want to be a Jedi after reading this list!
25. BECOME A JEDI THROUGH TRIALS… BUT THERE’S A CATCH
Wouldn’t the Jedi Trials be the best reality show ever? Seriously! Also known as the Trials of Knighthood, the Jedi Trials were taken by Padawans that wanted to become full-fledged Jedi as well as Jedi that wanted to become Jedi Masters. The five trails were in Courage, Skill, Spirit, Insight and Flesh.
The Council could decide if events in real life counted towards the actual test, and once let Obi-Wan become a Jedi without taking formal tests due to his adventures with Qui-Gon Jinn. The Jedi Council could also prevent a Padawan from becoming a Jedi, even if they passed their trials.
24. NO CONTACT WITH FAMILIES
As a kid, you might have had to go to a sleep-away camp and found yourself missing your parents and friends. If that was the case, you’d probably hate being a Jedi. Being a Jedi requires a complete dedication to the force, unhampered by other life obligations you might have.
Sorry, but sending holo-selfies to your mom and showing her the medal you got in lightsaber class is a no-no. When the Jedi Recruiter picks you up, say your last goodbyes to your loved ones, because your new family is the Jedi order.
23. JEDI MUST HONOR MASTERS/MASTERS MUST HONOR PADAWANS
What would be the most appropriate real life allegory to the relationship between a Jedi and a Padawan? Possibly Sensei to student? Not only is the the Padawan learning the ways of using the Force, they are also learning what it is like to live the life of a Jedi.
The Master teaches the Padawan about such things as being responsible, self-discipline and using the Force. The Master also learns from the student new perspectives on how to see things, creating a cycle of trust and honor between the Padawan and the Master.
22. JEDI MUST HAVE TRUST IN THE WILL OF THE FORCE
In Star Wars: Rogue One, audiences were introduced to the blind warrior-monk Chirrut Imwe, played by Donnie Yen. Chirrut wasn’t a Jedi, he was a member of a religious order known as the Guardian of the Whills.
During the climax of Rogue One, Chirrut walked into the middle of a firefight without fear of being shot, thanks to his faith that the Force would protect him from harm. Jedi are expected to have the same faith, knowing that if the Force wills something, then it must be accepted and followed no matter the cost.
21. JEDI DO NOT ELIMINATE THEIR PRISONERS
In a time of war, it is important to set up rules to ensure that warring parties still remain humane. Rules are written that dictate how a prisoner can be treated, ensuring that people on both sides can guarantee that prisoners won’t be in any way intentionally harmed.
The idea that a Jedi won’t do anything bad to their prisoner makes total sense, because it relates to a Jedi being harmonious with the universe around them. Yes, you have the captured enemy before you, but you must refrain from doing them any harm and ensure their wellness, regardless of your feelings.
20. BARASH VOW
Some religions offer people instructions on how to repent for a variety of offenses. Whether it’s prayer or confession, the need to cleanse oneself from sin is a desire shared by most practitioners. For Jedi, they have the option of the Barash Vow.
Jedi that feel they need to repent due to making an error or wrong-doing can take the Vow, in which they virtually disconnect from everything around them, except the Force. Arguably, the Barash Vow is what Luke Skywalker took on in The Force Awakens to atone for his attack on Ben Solo.
19. JEDI MUST PROVIDE HELP AND DEFEND THE WEAK
Why do characters like Spider-Man and Batman fight crime? For some heroes, they try and save a person’s life to make up for a life they didn’t save in the past. Other heroes feel an obligation to help others due to the fact that they have the means to do so. What drives the Jedi to help people?
The Jedi describe the Force as a field generated by all living things that binds the galaxy together. So if the Force is in everything, then it’s in the Force’s best interest that things don’t perish unnecessarily. We could go into midi-chlorians also playing a role in preserving life, but it might be best to move on.
18. JUSTIFYING FORCE
Jedi have superhuman abilities thanks to the Force, so does that make them mutants? In Marvel Comics, those born with gifts can attend Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. However, were there instances in which Xavier forcibly snatched a mutant kid from their family?
Jedi Recruiters would often go to planets to look for Force-sensitive children. The Jedi Council had a controversial stance in which they felt justified in taking a Force-sensitive child from their families. We wonder how Professor X feels about that rule!
17. JEDI CANNOT USE THE FORCE FOR PERSONAL REASONS
Thank goodness for superhero teams like the Avengers, X-Men, Justice League and even Suicide Squad for keeping people safe. Although Batman and Superman may use their powers for good, others such as Lex Luthor or Black Manta are in it for themselves.
It’s not surprising that guys like Count Dooku and Anakin Skywalker started out good, but then due to influence from the Dark Side, left the Jedi Order to become villains. Using the Force to aid oneself instead of others is definitely the first step in becoming evil.
16. JEDI CANNOT MARRY
The Jedi belief system is shared by other religions in real life. People have been claiming to even be Jedi irl during national census-taking, dating as far back as 2001. Some religions don’t allow people in the clergy to wed, calling for them to practice clerical celibacy.
The Jedi want their members to focus on the will of the Force and to follow the ways of the Force. A bond like marriage could be seen as splitting a Jedi’s devotion between the Force and their wedded partner.
15. THERE IS NO EMOTION, THERE IS PEACE
One of the first lines of the original Jedi Code reads, “emotion, yet peace.” Eventually that line was rewritten to give us the sentence “there is no emotion, there is peace.” Is this like saying there’s no spoon in the Matrix?
The Sith and users of the Dark Side of the Force frequently tap into their emotions, whereas the Jedi prefer to be more neutral and level-headed. Although they’re not dispassionate Vulcans, Jedi do believe that unchecked emotions can bring chaos, so removing emotion should also remove chaos. Logical… hmm, wait, maybe they are Vulcans!
14. JEDI MUST LIVE A MODEST LIFE
Just like the Notorious B.I.G. said: mo money, mo problems. Makes sense, no? The more things you have, the more things you have to worry about. It’s this ethos that also prohibits Jedi from accruing wealth or copious amounts of worldly possessions; it would distract them from following the Force.
Count Dooku originally walked away from his lavish lifestyle on the planet Serenno, only to return to it later after leaving the Jedi Order. As for the rest of the Jedi, their outfits and way of life represent modesty across the board. What, did you think that was a fashion statement?
13. THE FORCE IS USED FOR KNOWLEDGE AND DEFENSE
In Revenge of the Sith, Count Dooku used the Force to throw Obi-Wan Kenobi several times during combat. Later in the film, we see Sheev Palpatine literally hurl parts of the Galactic Senate at Yoda. So why don’t we see scenes of Jedi doing similar feats?
The Jedi want their interface with the Force to be a harmonious one. Usage of the Force should be done to defend and never attack. The Force can help gather knowledge but not to hurt people. This seems like an unfair advantage because the Sith have no problems aggressively using the Force!
12. THE JEDI OATH
What’s your favorite superhero oath? One that always stands out is the oath that Green Lanterns say every time they recharge their power rings. Not saying the oath doesn’t prevent their ring from charging, it’s just a great way to remind them of their duties and their commitment.
Jedi younglings need to say a Jedi Oath that reads somewhat like a five-line poem or mantra: Emotion, yet peace. Ignorance, yet knowledge. Passion, yet serenity. Chaos, yet harmony. The last line talks about people moving on beyond life, and although it’s the unknown, there is no fear in it because it involves the Force.
11. JEDI ARE FOCUSED ON THE PRESENT
When are the Jedi going to get their own daytime talk show? Move over, Dr. Phil, because Yoda and the other Jedi want you to not dwell on the past and only focus on the present. This rule may make the Jedi seem like self-help gurus, but it also may provide insight into what caused their downfall.
At first glance, the idea of staying focused on the now makes sense. A Jedi would be unburdened by the past, nor would they be worrying about what the future offers, but it was this myopia that may have led to the rise of the Sith and their ability to dismantle the Jedi Order.
10. JEDI CAN ONLY HAVE ONE PADAWAN AT A TIME
Being a Padawan doesn’t mean that you’re an intern, it means that the Jedi Council has paired you with a specific Jedi Master that you can learn from. Padawans are often very young and the Jedi that is paired up with them can only have one Padawan at a time. Why is that?
Perhaps the issue is practicality: there are enough Jedi floating around that can be paired up without someone having to take on additional Padawans. Perhaps it is something simply that the Force demands. There were granted exceptions, with Jedi Masters Meetra Surik and Arca Jeth having multiple Padawans.
9. JEDI CANNOT SEEK REVENGE
How many great movies dealt with the main character getting revenge? There’s the Oscar-winning 2000 film Gladiator, the 2006 film V for Vendetta as well as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Unfortunately, you won’t be seeing Jedi getting revenge anytime soon since this violates Jedi Code.
George Lucas established this when he changed Episode VI‘s title from Revenge of the Jedi to Return of the Jedi. Jedi aren’t supposed to be petty or hold grudges, so the “R” word shouldn’t even be in their vocabulary. The Sith on the other hand…
8. TO BE A JEDI IS TO BE HONEST
The Jedi seem to be a very interesting combination of police officer and religious figure. They have a spiritual belief in a higher power and are also motivated to maintain order and peace throughout the galaxy.
The Jedi want their members to dedicate their life to helping others and obeying the will of the Force. Since the relationship to the Force needs to be a dedicated and honest one, it makes sense that Jedi also must be honest in their interactions with others.
7. JEDI MUST NOT ELIMINATE UNARMED OPPONENTS
This one kind of seems like a no-brainer, right? If you’re a Jedi Master, with a lightsaber that can cut through anything and Force powers that can have you crack a mountain in half, what the heck are you doing beating up on someone who can’t defend themselves?
In the past few years, laws have been placed under scrutiny regarding a person’s ability to defend themselves if they feel threatened. There may be debates now on how armed people can treat those who are unarmed, but the choice was certainly clear a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
6. JEDI MUST KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO WIELD A LIGHTSABER
Although Jedi originally started out with just a sword, their weapon eventually evolved into the high tech lightsaber that everyone knows and loves. There are eight types of lightsaber combat forms ranging from Form Zero to Form VII.
Although there are many rules in the Jedi Code about having a harmonious relationship with the Force, as well as everyone around you, Jedi also know life isn’t as simple as that. One code is that if you’re going to draw your lightsaber on someone, then you need to be prepared to take their life.
5. RULE BREAKER: LUKE SKYWALKER
Don’t be angry with us for calling out Luke. Granted, the man did remind Darth Vader of his good side and also tried to revive the Jedi Order. However, in The Last Jedi, Luke crept into Ben Solo’s tent and fought the impulse to strike him down while he was unarmed and asleep. Not cool.
In Episode VI (which was originally titled Revenge of the Jedi), Skywalker arrived on Tatooine to negotiate the release of Han. When he met Jabba’s guards, he used the Force to choke them and move them out of the way! Also not cool, Luke!
4. RULE BREAKER: MACE WINDU
Mace may sit on the Jedi Council and be a bad mother, but he is also an infamous rule breaker of the very codes he swore to enforce. Jedi are supposed to be honest, but he still charges Anakin to spy on Chancelor Palpatine. In a duel with Palpatine, he almost struck him down while the Chancelor was unarmed.
Mace Windu is also famous for creating a form of lightsaber combat known as Form VII, or the Ferocity Form. It is a controversial style of fighting that requires the combatant to tap into their inner darkness and harness their fury. Doesn’t sound very Jedi to us!
3. RULE BREAKER: OBI-WAN KENOBI
Obi-Wan was a hero to most, but we’re sorry to say he also had some moments where he violated the code he swore to protect. Although Jedi were supposed to be honest, he lied to Luke and said that his father was taken down by Darth Vader when in fact… well, you know the rest.
It was forbidden for Anakin to fall in love with Padme, but perhaps he has Obi-Wan to blame? Kenobi actually fell in love with the Duchess Satine Kryze. Although he didn’t act on his impulses, Darth Maul used this knowledge against him and had her taken out.
2. RULE BREAKER: QUI-GON JINN
Qui-Gon Jin was a stubborn as he was powerful. The Jedi Master was more inclined to say that he followed the Force, as opposed to the will of the Jedi Council, which certainly didn’t make him the most popular Jedi. For some, he was considered a Gray Jedi — one who walked the line between Light and Dark, or at least without a slavish adherence to the Jedi code.
When stranded on Tatooine, Qui-Gon used his Force powers in ways that weren’t necessarily by the book, including using the Force to influence dice rolls and trying to exert mental influence over a junk dealer named Watto.
1. RULE BREAKER: COUNT DOOKU
Before Darth Tyranus turned to the Dark Side, he was known as Count Dooku, and at one point was the Padawan of Yoda. When joining the Jedi Order, Dooku gave up his wealth and possessions, which, if he retained, could have made him one of the richest people around.
He realized being a Jedi wasn’t for him and became a part of the Lost Twenty, a group that rejected Jedi teachings. He returned to his home of Serenno and reclaimed his riches, which is a big Jedi no-no.
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