Happy May the Fourth, AKA Star Wars Day! The world of Star Wars is full of Jedi and Sith characters, each fighting for what they feel is right and just. What better time than Star Wars Day to talk about the best female Jedi throughout the extended universe? Here are three of my favorite female Jedi!

Mara Jade Skywalker

Mara Jade with a purple lightsaber, Jedi Knight and wife of Luke Skywalker

Mara started life on the Sith side as a servant and assassin for Emperor Palpatine. She is a Force-sensitive human. Mara had one last order following Palpatine’s death: kill Luke Skywalker. She did not follow through with this, turning rogue instead and eventually becoming a smuggler. After working closely with Luke, Mara fell for the young Jedi. The two get married, and Mara becomes a heroic Jedi Knight.

Even though Mara is not canon in the current Star Wars universe, she is a fantastic character. Throughout her life, she went from being the Emperor’s Hand to one of the best smugglers around to a respected Jedi Knight. Mara is best known as part of the Legends series. Perhaps one day, she will become canon.

Ahsoka Tano

Ahsoka Tano posing with dual lightsabers in Star Wars Rebels

While Ahsoka isn’t technically a Jedi, she has deep ties to the Order. She trained as a Jedi Padawan under Anakin Skywalker and was offered the title of Jedi Knight. However, circumstances led Ahsoka’s faith in the Jedi Order to be badly shaken, which in turn caused her to walk away and forge her path. She is a Togruta and was discovered by Jedi Master Plo Koon at three.

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Ahsoka was first introduced in the animated Clone Wars series. Rosario Dawson has recently taken on the feisty, dual lightsaber-wielding mantle. She appeared in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett.

Rey Skywalker

Rey with red lightsaber in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Rey Skywalker (Daisy Ridley), formally known as Rey, grew up without a family to take care of her. She is a human who grew up a scavenger to survive. Rey has a solid connection to the Force and seeks out Luke Skywalker to mentor her.

Even though that does not work out the way she anticipated, Rey fights on the Light side and excels in becoming a Jedi. Along her journey, Rey finds she has a strange connection to the Dark side leader, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

The character was introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and was a primary character in the subsequent two movies. Rey continues to be an essential part of the Star Wars universe.

There you have it, three of the most badass female Jedi in the extended Star Wars universe. Who is your favorite Jedi? Let us know in the comments!

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Becca Stalnaker