Ah, lightsabers. Is there anything from the Star Wars franchise more recognizable than these glowing blades? Wielded by powerful Force-users, these “elegant” weapons “for a more civilized age” come in many different colors and styles and are as unique as the characters that wield them.
Some of them see plenty of screentime, like the iconic Skywalker lightsaber. Others have only been seen briefly, like Rey’s yellow lightsaber at the end of the sequel trilogy. Many lightsabers feature a singular green blade, like Kit Fisto’s green lightsaber. And some, especially unique weapons crafted by the Sith, feature more than one blade.
For today, let’s take a look at some of the coolest and most unique lightsabers in the Star Wars universe!
Qui-Gon Jinn’s Green Lightsaber
Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn was a wise and well-respected member of the Jedi Order, even though he rejected a seat on the Jedi Council. He always chose to follow the will of the Force, even if his actions went against the wishes of the Council.
He wielded this green lightsaber until he died in combat at the hands of Darth Maul during the Battle of Naboo. The lightsaber itself is pretty standard in terms of Jedi blades. But, the hilt has a striking appearance, with sleek black ridges from top to bottom that were encased in a silver sheath.
Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Blue Lightsabers
Obi-Wan Kenobi wielded three different lightsabers, all with blue plasma blades. They’re all pretty cool, so we’re just going to include them all here. The first two had hilts similar to that of his master, Qui-Gon Jinn. These first ones are easily some of the most unique of Jedi lightsabers, with design elements like the round pommel seen on Obi-Wan’s first.
After attaining the rank of Jedi Master, Obi-Wan built a third blue lightsaber that featured a much different design from his first two. This lightsaber’s hilt does not have a round pommel on the bottom but still has black ridges. It feels slightly more sophisticated, with the way it gets thin under the emitter. It almost has a sort-of hourglass silhouette at the top.
Luke Skywalker’s Green Lightsaber
Modeled after Obi-Wan’s third blue lightsaber, Luke Skywalker’s second lightsaber hilt has a similar silhouette. It is wide at the bottom but gets thin under the emitter. And where Obi-Wan’s features a grip made of black ridges, Luke’s replaces it with a sleek set of silver rings.
When this lightsaber lit up screens in Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, it was actually the first time that audiences saw a green blade in the Star Wars universe. The Jedi Knight constructed this lightsaber after losing his previous one: the blue lightsaber that had belonged to his father, Anakin Skywalker.
Kylo Ren’s Red Crossguard Lightsaber
Old school Star Wars fans were hesitant (to say the least) when Kylo Ren’s lightsaber first appeared in trailers for The Force Awakens. Okay, so the crossguard lightsaber was basically laughed at as overkill. However, once the film finally came out, it gave audiences a better look at the lightsaber and why it is how it is. And if you ask me, it’s a pretty cool lightsaber.
This isn’t a refined, sophisticated Jedi weapon. This is a brutal, aggressive lightsaber that’s just as unstable as Kylo Ren himself. It was once blue when he constructed it as a Jedi Padawan. However, the cracked Kyber crystal that gives it the red hue required the hilt to have vents on either side to divert the extra heat. The crossguard design is also an ancient one that dates back to the Great Scourge of Malachor.
Kit Fisto’s Green Lightsaber
Kit Fisto was a Force-sensitive Nautolan who became a Jedi Master during the final years of the Galactic Republic. He’s easily recognizable, thanks to those large eyes, and the long dread-like tentacles on his head. We see Kit Fisto first appear in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones as he participates in the Battle of Geonosis, and he tags along with Mace Windu to arrest Chancellor Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith.
The character gets more screen time in The Clone Wars, which really shows off his excellent swordsmanship. And while Kit Fisto isn’t as important of a character as, say, Obi-Wan Kenobi, he does wield a pretty cool lightsaber. The green-hued blade that he carries through the Clone Wars until his death actually functions when fully submerged in water!
Asajj Ventress’ Interlocking Curved-Hilt Lightsabers
Although Asajj Ventress hasn’t seen any screen time in the films, she plays a pretty important role in The Clone Wars where she’s a recurring antagonist. The Force-sensitive Dathomirian was a Nightsister, a Jedi, a Sith, and a bounty hunter throughout her life. Although she has disappeared since, I’ll be interested to see if she reappears in the new Ahsoka Disney+ series.
Regularly clashing with Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Ahsoka Tano on the animated series, Asajj has a very unique weapon choice: a pair of curved-hilt lightsabers. They once belonged to one of Count Dooku’s former Padawans. The twin sabers can be joined together to function as a saberstaff – but their smaller, curved hilts are also perfect for two-handed combat.
Mace Windu’s Purple Lightsaber
Can we talk about cool lightsabers without mentioning Mace Windu’s purple lightsaber? Most Star Wars fans already know why this Jedi Master carries a purple-hued blade. It all comes down to Samuel L. Jackson, who played Mace Windu in the prequel era. He straight up told them to make him the coolest purple lightsaber so that he could stand out from all the Jedi and droids in Attack of the Clones. And they did.
This purple lightsaber is one of the few non-standard colors that we see in the films, or anywhere else. The hilt also features a rare electrum finish. It was last seen during the confrontation between Windu and Darth Sidious when the lightsaber fell out a window.
Rey’s Yellow Lightsaber
In the sequel trilogy, we see Rey use the blue Skywalker lightsaber, but she later constructs her own. The hilt is made of salvaged materials from her quarterstaff, making it heavy but strong.
Rey’s new lightsaber features a yellow blade, the first time we see this color in canon outside of lightsaber pikes carried by Jedi Temple guards. Although no solid information has been given on what the color symbolizes, it’s easy to assume that the yellow-hued lightsaber could symbolize change.
Tarre Vizsla’s Darksaber
The mysterious darksaber definitely deserves a spot on this list. It features a uniquely flat blade, like that of a sword, and a hilt that looks like the handle of a sword. This glowing black blade was created by Tarre Vizsla, the very first Mandalorian to be inducted into the Jedi Order. With the long war-filled history between Jedi and Mandalorians, it’s no surprise that there’s only one of these.
After Tarre’s death, the Vizsla family took it back from the Jedi, passing it down as a symbol of leadership. It first appeared in the hands of Pre Vizsla, the leader of Death Watch, in The Clone Wars. It later surfaced on The Mandalorian, and Din Djarin has it now!
Ahsoka Tano’s Dual White Lightsabers
Although Ahsoka Tano was first introduced as Anakin’s (somewhat annoying) Padawan on The Clone Wars, she has become one of the more popular Star Wars characters – which is pretty impressive, since she was not introduced in the original trilogy.
Also impressive are Ahsoka’s two lightsabers. While her original lightsabers were green, she eventually shows back up on Rebels with these pure white blades. They feature curved hilts, with a shorter hilt on the shoto lightsaber. That white color comes from the kyber crystals, which were previously corrupted by an Imperial Inquisitor. She purified them through the Force, changing them from crimson to pure white.
Darth Maul’s Double Bladed Red Lightsaber
I am… not the biggest fan of the prequel trilogy. However, that does not mean that I can’t appreciate plenty of aspects, including Darth Maul’s really cool double-bladed lightsaber. Darth Maul was already cool (despite the fact that he kind of got the shaft in the Prequel Trilogy when George Lucas got rid of him too soon, but that’s a conversation for another day).
In 1999, Star Wars fans everywhere dropped their jaws when Darth Maul unclipped his weirdly long lightsaber hilt and revealed not one, but two red plasma blades. The dark steel of the sleek hilt makes the weapon even more intimidating, and this is one of the most iconic lightsabers of the Star Wars franchise.
Anakin Skywalker’s Blue Lightsaber
Speaking of iconic lightsabers, this one is it. This classic blue lightsaber was built by Anakin Skywalker himself. It isn’t impressive because of double blades or unusual colors, working underwater or utilizing purified crystals. This lightsaber is impressive because it is the first one that we saw, the one that made us all fall in love with these weapons from a galaxy far, far away.
This blue lightsaber was crafted by Anakin Skywalker, but taken by his former master after Anakin’s turn to the Dark Side. It was handed down to Anakin’s son, Luke Skywalker, and later found its way into the hands of Rey. That makes it the only lightsaber to carry throughout all three trilogies!