Lightsabers: the kaleidoscopic swords of the Jedi and the Sith. What began as a limited palette of laser weapons has evolved over time into a myriad of sci-fi colors and styles across the universe of Star Wars which live up to the descriptor: “An elegant weapon for a more civilized era”.
If the supercut above proves anything, it’s that lightsabers are unquestionably fantastic, even if the colors we’ve seen take on on the big screen are pretty limited. There are the classics, of course ⏤ blue, green and red ⏤ as well as some of the new additions, including purple, yellow, black and white.
Each lightsaber color has a distinct symbolic meaning to the Force user wielding it, and some are more noticeable than others. Without further ado, let’s combine the canon of Star Wars with Legends and let’s take a look at some lightsaber colors to decipher what they really mean. We will first look at the lightsabers within the canon of Star Wars .
Here it is, old faithful. Blue is the first lightsaber blade to light up the silver screen ⏤ a moment, and the color, which changed our lives forever. Blue is generally associated with calm, confidence and stability, as is the Jedi who uses the Force and saber technique on a physical level. Notable owners of blue lightsabers are Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Rey Skywalker. Check out this video of actor Ewan McGregor choosing Obi-Wan’s lightsaber.
The next in line is green. When Luke walks in Return of the Jedi , show off his new green lightsaber and blow up our collective minds. Green sabers are found in the hands of Jedi who are a little more philosophical and diplomatic ⏤ Jedi like Yoda, Qui-Gon Jinn or Luke Skywalker. Those who wield the green lightsaber reflect on the depth of their struggles, both good and bad.
Red is equal to evil, which everyone probably knows by now. Unlike the Jedi, Sith lightsabers seem to work on a more suitable model for everyone. Red is the color of passion, hatred, power and anger. Basically all the emotions you might feel while stuck in traffic, among other unpleasant situations. The most recognizable owners of red lightsabers are Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Kylo Ren, and Asajj Ventress. If you don’t know who the latter is, get to know her in the video below.
Out with the old and in with the new! Purple was the first delineation in the colors of the saber seen in the universe of Star Wars . Purple is a color of royalty, respect and calm under pressure. It’s no surprise, then, that the only Jedi (in the current canon, anyway) to wield a purple lightsaber is Mace Windu. Windu was a Jedi attuned to his light and dark sides.
The most literal explanation for Windu’s purple saber comes from actor Samuel L. Jackson. Basically, he wanted to stand out and asked George Lucas for a purple lightsaber. This interaction proves it, and the interview below sheds a little more light on a Jedi who may have the most swaggering the galaxy far, far away has ever seen.
From truly unknown waters comes the yellow lightsaber. We recently saw Rey Skywalker light up her yellow blade at the end of The Rise Of Skywalker , but there have been a few other Force users who sported the ambiguous color. Yellow is the color of harmony and the Jedi who used them the most were the Temple Guards, indicating complete detachment and a monk’s lifestyle.
White is one of the rarest colors in existence for lightsabers and is used by Force users who have fled the path of the Jedi. By forging their own tracks, white lightsaber owners choose not to become either Jedi or Sith and instead create a unique style for themselves.
The only white lightsaber owner we know of is Anakin Skywalker’s old apprentice, Ahsoka Tano. Expelled from the Jedi order for a crime she did not commit, Ahsoka was disappointed in the Jedi way and left alone. White represents purity, neutrality and positivity.
Last but not least are the black sabers ⏤ more precisely the Darksaber. Created by Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian Jedi, the Darksaber has been passed down from generation to generation by the progeny of Vizsla. It has enormous cultural significance as anyone who owns the Darksaber can claim the throne of Mandalore and lead the people of him. Black represents mystery, absence and instability. It’s hardcore.
Now let’s go beyond what’s accepted and look at some of the more quirky lightsaber colors seen in Star Wars Legends .
Indigo is hard. It’s a middle ground between blue and purple and can be hard to tell apart, but it sure looks good. The only known indigo lightsaber bearer is Jedi Knight thief Cal Kestis. Indigo represents wisdom and spirituality and Cal has both in spades.
Is there a bronze lightsaber? Yes, and that’s great. Owned by none other than Lowabacca, Chewbacca’s Force-sensitive grandson, bronze is the color of earth, nature and life. Aside from brown (yes, there are those too), bronze may be the rarest lightsaber color of all.
Lighter than red, more pink than purple, magenta lightsabers are hard to find. Magenta represents charm, compassion and femininity. These traits bode well for the only known magenta lightsaber user, Mara Jade, the woman who served as Emperor Palpatine’s assassin and who would later fall in love with Luke Skywalker, becoming a Jedi herself.
Their romance has Shakespearean significance, so check out the video below for a romantic Mara-Luke crash course.
There you have it, the spectrum of colors that constitutes one of the most recognizable weapons in the history of science fiction. For a more in-depth analysis of lightsabers and their colors, watch the video essay below to educate yourself in the ways of the Jedi.
Don’t forget the i either types of lightsabers. (Did you think this presentation was over? Oh, young Padawan.) There’s the standard, double-bladed, curved, hilted ⏤ the list goes on and on. No really, here is a list of lightsaber types. Lightsabers aren’t just for the battlefield, they’re for the trail. Or at least, with so many options, they should be.
If you’d like to find out which lightsaber color might reflect your inner Jedi (or Sith), here’s a quiz you can take. Padawans had to go all the way to planet Ilum to understand this kind of thing, but now, do it from the comfort of your laptop, you can.