The exact number of Jedi Darth Vader killed is unknown, but it has been speculated the numbers are anywhere from nine to around thirty-five. This is based on whether you consider Star Wars Canon or Legends.
Out of all the videos and websites I looked at, the following one is the most thorough. It doesn’t touch the comics, but I doubt even Disney knows this answer:
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How Many Jedi Did Darth Vader Kill?
Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker has nine confirmed Jedi kills in Canon and around thirty-five throughout Legends. There’s also a large number of unconfirmed kills to consider, but I’m sticking to the ones that are confirmed.
The biggest of these is when Anakin Skywalker kills a clan of Younglings. Even though we don’t see him do it, this still acts as a confirmed kill since we know the Younglings are killed off-screen.
Anakin Skywalker had joined the Dark side at this point and he couldn’t let them live. Especially not after going to where they were hiding and activating his lightsaber.
We can only hope that he killed them quickly and was haunted by his actions for years to come. (After all, he knew he was going to be a father when he killed them).
But, this was not the last time Darth Vader would personally affect a child’s fate. Vader tracked down an Order 66 survivor, Eeth Koth, and killed him.
Finding out that the former Jedi had joined the Church of the Ganthic Enlightenment as a priest, and had started a family, Darth Vader decided to abduct his infant girl for reasons I won’t spoil.
Who Has Killed The Most Jedi?
If you consider giving the order, then the Emperor would get the highest kill count–Order 66 was carried out over a countless number of worlds. But if you’re like me, then you only give credit for a direct kill.
And so, the dubious honor of being the greatest Jedi Killer goes to Darth Vader, who stormed the Jedi temple with clone troopers and killed every Jedi he came across.
The exact number is unknown and will most likely remain so.
Did Vader Kill The Most Jedi?
Yes. But his exact number is unknown. We can credit him with at least nine Jedi kills in canon. Obi-Wan Kenobi, his former master, and the first Jedi to train Luke Skywalker, would be his last Jedi kill.
Though Kenobi was far from the last person he would kill, Darth Vader wasn’t a bloodthirsty monster.
He rarely hunted someone down out of spite, but rather on the Emperor’s orders. And there were times when he tried to avoid killing a Jedi.
For example, before fighting his former Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, Vader first claimed they didn’t have to be adversaries and even chastised her by saying revenge isn’t the Jedi way.
We see him do this again with Luke Skywalker, and possibly with Obi-Wan Kenobi as he didn’t appear to be angry or satisfied after the duel.
How Many Kills Has Darth Vader Done?
If you only consider Canon, then Darth Vader’s total kill count was 51, including some of his own men. If we also look at when he was Anakin Skywalker the number goes up to 142,160. Most of these were droids.
This makes his total kill count 142,211, including droids
But of course, Legends is a whole different beast. Darth Vader/ Anakin Skywalker had 1,231 kills in the comics and 498 in books, which brings the total to about 1,744.
Here are some more numbers.
- 15 kills in Rogue One, (2016).
- Killed two Sith Lords, Count Dooku and Emperor Palpatine
- Killed two Force wielders
- Killed the Son and the Father
Who Has Vader Lost To?
There’s an old saying that rings true to this day: there will always be someone better. And even though Darth Vader is impressive, here is a list of both canon and legends who proved themselves to be more impressive, at least once, against Vader.
- The Kessil Eight. This was a group of Jedi that survived Order 66 and lured Darth Vader into a trap. It was a hard fight and Darth Vader had to be rescued by the timely arrival of the 501st legion.
- Celeste Morne. She was an ancient Jedi that had been sealed in a kind of cryo chamber, and was discovered by Darth Vader. He wanted to make her his apprentice, but she refused once she found out he was a Sith.
- Galen Marek. Darth Vader kidnapped him after killing his Jedi father and made him a secret apprentice. He could have killed Darth Vader, but the emperor stepped in and killed Galen.
- Count Dooku. This Sith lord would be the first in canon to defeat and maim Anakin Skywalker. But the headstrong Jedi/future Sith would return the favor with interest in front of the man who trained them both.
- Savage Opress. Brother to Darth Maul and not quite Sith Lord. He proved that the Sith can have a “normal” family relationship–a family that kills together stays together.
- Kirak Infil’a. This Jedi would have the honor of giving Darth Vader his first defeat after he donned his iconic black suit. Darth Vader would have to fight him multiple times in order to steal his kyber crystal. But the first fight between them left Darth Vader in pieces.
- Obi-Wan Kenobi. Though he would eventually fall to his former apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi is also the one who sliced off his limbs and left him for dead. This would be the last time he went by Anakin Skywalker.
- Palpatine receives an honorable mention here, because he did what no one else could. He broke Anakin Skywalker and made him hate himself so much that even if Palpatine did hurt him,it wouldn’t compare to Darth Vader’s self-loathing.
- Luke Skywalker (of course he’s going to be here)! This epic father vs. son duel was the perfect way to show how much these two characters have changed. Darth Vader went from being the emperor’s soulless puppet to a man who wanted to be with his son.
Other Points Of Interest
We all know of Darth Vader’s power, but in the comics we got to see him have a chance at love again. One can argue that Anakin Skywalker defeated Darth Vader in order to save his son.
The one person that Darth Vader hates the most is himself.
A lot of bodies littered the ground because of Darth Vader, and most of them were droids he killed as Anakin Skywalker! In a rare move, canon is bloodier than legends. Thank you for reading and may the Force be with you.