Thanks to the events leading up to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the exiled Skywalker is the only remaining member of the New Jedi Council due to his villainous nephew.
Although the future looks bleak for the samurai-inspired, lightsaber-wielding warriors, their numbers haven't always been so sparse. Star Wars canon is filled with amazing Jedi masters and padawans who've captured the imaginations of fans throughout the decades with their gravity-defying moves and amazing fight skills.
In honor of The Last Jedi announcement, we decided to explore the Star Wars universe to figure out who are the most powerful Jedi in the franchise's history.
Check out our list of the 10 most powerful Jedi below.
10. Ezra Bridger
A newer addition to the world of Star Wars, Ezra Bridger is the main protagonist of the Rebels animated series. The padawan of Kanan Jarrus, a survivor of the "Great Jedi Purge," Ezra and his pals help the Alliance in the efforts to undermine the Empire. Ezra has proven to be strong with the Force, but may be tempted by the Dark Side thanks to his run-ins with #DarthMaul.
9. Ahsoka Tano
The former padawan of Anakin Skywalker, Ashoka Tano was involved in several key battles during the Clone Wars. Known for two blade style, she was a fierce fighter on the front lines. Unfortunately, Ashoka was framed for a crime, which led to her split with the Jedi Council. She did pop up again the Rebels series as an ally to resistance forces. Ashoka recently took on her fallen master, Darth Vader, but her fate was left ambiguous. As a skilled Jedi, don't be surprised if she shows up again in the new season.
Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi was an important figure during the Clone Wars as both a member of the High Council and a General of the Grand Army of the Republic. The Cerean fought in a number of battles against the Separatists, leading his Clone troopers to a number of victories. However, he was ultimately betrayed by his soldiers when the Emperor enacted Order 66, the extermination of the Jedi Order.
7. Ben Solo
Like his grandfather, Ben Solo gave up on life as a Jedi to learn the power of the Dark Side. Now known as #KyloRen, the son of Leia Organa and Han Solo, he slaughtered the New Jedi Order while studying under his uncle Luke Skywalker. Powerful, but reckless, Kylo Ren was ultimately bested in a lightsaber duel with the mysterious Rey shortly after he murdered his father in The Force Awakens. Clearly torn between good and evil, there's a chance that this character makes a turn around in The Last Jedi. However, he may throw a few more tantrums first.
6. Mace Windu
#Avengers star Samuel L. Jackson became a beloved figure among Star Wars fans as Jedi Master Mace Windu. The purple lightsaber-wielding warrior helped lead the Republic's forces during the Clone Wars and was a key member of the Jedi Council. Master Windu notably beheaded the bounty hunter Jango Fett in Episode II, and nearly stopped Darth Sidious in Revenge of the Sith. While the fallen Jedi, Anakin Skywalker aided the Emperor in apparently ending Master Windu's life, don't be surprised if he pops up in the Star Wars universe again. Not only is Master Windu a powerful agent of the Force, but Jackson has recently campaigned to get a fan theory of his survival approved by George Lucas. Long live Mace Windu.
5. Qui-Gon Jinn
Played by action movie legend Liam Neeson, Qui-Gon Jinn was one of the most interesting characters from The Phantom Menace. Qui-Gon and his then-padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi, were one of the first people to uncover the plot to start a war within the Republic. The duo was able to protect Queen Amidala by putting her into hiding, which also coincidentally led to the discovery of Anakin Skywalker, a character who would leave a lasting impact on the Star Wars universe. Although Qui-Gon was eventually killed by Darth Maul, he led the Jedi into a new era by figuring out the ability to come back as a Force ghost. His power became the framework for the next generation of Jedi.
4. Obi-Wan Kenobi
The former padawan of Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi was one of the most formidable warriors in Jedi history long before his time in exile on Tatooine. Obi-Wan has taken on several agents of the Dark Side over the years, defeating the likes of Darth Maul as well as his own padawan, Anakin Skywalker, who succumbed to the influence of the Emperor.
Obi-Wan watched over Anakin's son, Luke, ensuring that the next generation of Skywalkers wouldn't fall to the Dark Side. The Jedi master eventually met his end during his duel with Darth Vader, but followed in Qui-Gon's footsteps by becoming a Force ghost. In death, Obi-Wan was able to assist Luke as he helped the Rebel Alliance fight the Empire.
3. Luke Skywalker
Unlike his twin sister Leia, Luke Skywalker didn't get a chance to live the royal life growing up on the deserts of Tatooine. Pushed into the imperial resistance after the untimely death of his aunt and uncle, Luke was able to take his first steps into the larger world of the Force thanks to the guidance of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Like his father, Luke used his skills as both a pilot and a Jedi to blow up the Death Star in A New Hope.
Following his training with Yoda, the son of Anakin Skywalker went on to face his father in a hard fought duel against Darth Vader. Although he ended up losing his hand, Luke came back with even more power and wisdom, eventually convincing his dad to help him end the Empire once and for all. Now in exile with the First Order on his tail, it will be interesting to see how Luke's story evolves in The Last Jedi.
2. Anakin Skywalker
The power of the Dark Side ended up corrupting Anakin Skywalker, but the Jedi-turned-Sith Lord had his fair share of heroic moments during the Clone Wars. Prior to his transformation into Darth Vader, Anakin used his mastery of the Force to defeat Count Dooku and save the Chancellor in Episode III. In addition to his skills with a lightsaber, Anakin was an amazing pilot who single-handedly defeated entire droid armies on more than one occasion. As Darth Vader, the fallen Skywalker was even more powerful, using the Dark Side to spread fear throughout the galaxy. Despite his eventual death in Return of the Jedi, Anakin was able to redeem the Skywalker name along with his son Luke, as they teamed up to take down the Emperor.
Old and small, but strong and wise, Grand Master #Yoda was a force to be reckoned with during his tenure as the leader of the Jedi Council. One of a few survivors of the "Great Jedi Purge," Yoda battled both Count Dooku and the Emperor towards the end of the Clone Wars. The tiny green guru hid in the swamps of Dagobah after his duel with Darth Sidious, but was sought out by Luke Skywalker at the behest of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Before his death and resurrection as a Force ghost, Yoda imparted his knowledge of the Force onto Luke, who eventually finished off the Emperor with the help of Darth Vader. As a teacher and a warrior, Yoda proved time and again that he was the most powerful being in this far, far away galaxy.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15.