Whether or not you’re a true-blue Star Wars fan, at some point in your life you’ve probably seen one of those iconic lightsabers and wished you could hold one and swing it around.
Who knows, maybe you still daydream about that, there’s no judgment here!
Lightsabers vary in color, but did you know that each color holds a specific meaning behind it that describes the warrior who wields it?
Did you just ask yourself What Lightsaber Color Am I?
If so, rejoice, for we’re here to tell you what each color resembles but first let’s start with the basics.
Table of Contents
- How many different colored Lightsabers are there in Star Wars?
- What does the Color of a Lightsaber symbolize?
- Final Thoughts
How many different colored Lightsabers are there in Star Wars?
In the Star Wars universe, lightsabers typically come from Kyber crystals, found in the frozen caves in the world of Ilum. However, lightsaber Kyber crystals were replaced by Kunda stones at some points where the Sith Order usually used red-colored synthetic crystals.
The exact number of lightsaber colors is unknown but its generally estimated that lightsabers exist in 130-150 different color variations, in both the official and non-canon universe.
However, there are 3 main lightsaber colors that commonly appear in both universes which we’ll talk more about later.
What is Princess Leia’s Lightsaber Color?
Because Princess Leia was sensitive to The Force, she was never trained to use cool tricks like lightsaber dueling and telekinesis and never really had her own lightsaber.
However, in the non-canon books, Leia eventually was trained and able to wield a lightsaber of her very own and later became a member of The New Jedi Order.
She was seen wielding different lightsabers of different colors including blue and yellow. According to the fan-fiction works, Princess Leia’s first lightsaber was a light shade of sky-blue and was gifted to her by her twin brother, Luke Skywalker.
Fan theories suggest that she would’ve wielded a blue lightsaber but in one of her latest interviews, Carrie Fisher sarcastically announced that she would’ve had a purple lightsaber, just like Mace Windu’s amethyst-bladed one.
Who has what Color of Lightsaber?
Between the official and fan-made storylines, the vast Star Wars universe can be hard to keep up with.
However, the one thing you can always count on is the goosebumps you get whenever a character wields a lightsaber.
Here’s a roundup of the most common blade colors and their prominent wielders.
- Blue: Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi
- Red: Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Dart Sidious, and Darth Maul
- Green: Luke Skywalker, Yoda, and Qui-Go Jinn
- Purple: Mace Windu and Mara Jade Skywalker
- Yellow: Yarael Poof and Plo Koon
- Orange: Yaddle
- White: Ahsoka Tano and all Imperial Knights including Antares Draco and Ganner Krieg
What does the Color of a Lightsaber symbolize?
Lightsabers were once described by Jaden Korr as the manifestation of a Jedi’s connection to “The Force”. Once attuned to a Jedi or Sith, they obtain their color based on the force of their wielder.
When the distinguished lightsabers first appeared in A New Hope back in 1977, where Luke ignites the blue blade handed to him by Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, they instantly became cinematic icons.
The film revealed that lightsabers came in one of two colors: blue (wielded by the Jedi) or red (wielded by the Sith). The Star Wars palette was later expanded when different colors and hues were added to the universe.
What didn’t change, however, was the significance of lightsaber coloration
The different lightsaber colors aren’t just random, they can tell us a lot about the wielders’ personalities and their place in the universe. There’s a reason behind Darth Vader’s red blade and Luke’s green one.
Here’s a look at what each color symbolizes.
What does a White Lightsaber mean?
Following the Clone Wars, Ahsoka Tano separated from the Jedi Order which meant that she couldn’t wield the standard blue lightsaber. At the same time, she was also free of the corrupting influence of the dark side, so the red lightsaber was also not an option.
In Star Wars: Rebels, Ahsoka Tano became the first character to wield a white-bladed lightsaber. She used red crystals that she’d taken from one of her defeated enemies, purged them of their darkness, and turned them white.
Because Ashoka purified the originally red crystals, white sabers symbolize the triumph of good over evil and the beauty of transformation. Her neutrality and the fact that she no longer belongs to either Jedi or Sith, represent a force good that’s free of the restrictions of bureaucracy or any other external forces.
In other words, white lightsabers reflect an independent moral ground between Jedi and Sith, good and evil.
In the non-canon universe, white lightsabers are used by every imperial knight who is loyal to a higher cause and are meant to symbolize obedience and devoted service.
What does an Orange Lightsaber mean?
Orange is an incredibly rare color that doesn’t have a definitive meaning in canon or fan-fiction. The following interpretation is merely a speculation.
The rarity of the color can be justified by the fact that those who wield orange lightsabers often choose not to use their sabers unless it’s absolutely necessary.
The most known wielder of an orange lightsaber is Yaddle who had a peaceful and diplomatic philosophy despite being a very capable fighter.
All this adds up to the possibility that orange can symbolize a Jedi that has devoted themselves to a peaceful resolution of conflict, sort of like a guru Jedi who relies more on the power of negotiation rather than violent combat.
Main Colors’ Meaning
The 3 most common lightsaber colors we see in the Star Wars universe are red, green, and blue. When you see them in the movies you can instantly distinguish the “bad guys” from the “good” ones.
Red-colored lightsabers are almost exclusively wielded by evil forces and Siths. The red glow is obtained from powerful synthetic crystals, unlike the naturally formed blue and green ones that Jedis preferred.
These artificial Kyber crystals are capable of producing more powerful lightsabers that have the potential to deactivate their opponents’ lightsabers by overloading them with energy.
The unnatural Kyber crystal is believed to be powered by the force of evil and lust for power.
In the original comic adaptation of The Return Of The Jedi, Luke Skywalker’s green lightsaber actually turned red in Darth Vader’s hand. This implies that the red color reflects the corrupt sinister nature of its holder.
The roleplaying game Knights Of The Old Republic indicated that a green lightsaber reflects a Jedi’s transformation into a Consular.
Consulars have a more diplomatic approach as opposed to a combat-oriented one (similar to the orange lightsaber wielders).
Green lightsabers, at their very core, are symbolic of characters who choose to rely more on the force to find solutions for any problems that may arise.
That being said, green lightsaber-holders tend to be calm, wise, and possess powerful force abilities. However, they can resort to achieving peace through force if necessary.
Blue lightsabers are granted to those who aren’t as strong with the force but are highly skilled in physical combat. Blue lightsaber wielders are commonly known as Jedi Guardians.
These individuals are highly trained in the different ways of lightsaber combat such as leaping acrobatics and telekinesis.
Known for their powerful lightsaber swings, Guardians fiercely attack their opponents head-on, never shying away from a battle, and always fight for the light side.
The blue lightsaber’s meaning is to serve as a gatekeeper and protector, serving justice, and fighting evil.
Other Colors’ Meaning
The lightsaber palette doesn’t stop here. As we’ve mentioned before, there are tens of other color variations, shades, and hues that reflect different characteristics. Among the less common colors are purple and yellow.
The purple lightsaber is a rare color that represents those who are equally strong in the force and in their combat ethics while yellow reflects a person’s unwavering persistence and relentless dedication to seeking and destroying all evil forces.
Now that you have a better understanding of the calculated meaning behind each lightsaber, feel free to flaunt your serious Star Wars knowledge around.
Choose the color that suits you, head to a galaxy far far away, and may the force be with you.