Ahsoka Tano‘s character is becoming more prominent, especially with the upcoming release of the Star Wars series entitled ‘Ahsoka.’ Of course, we know that Ahsoka underwent an experience that made her unique among all of the other Jedi because she was trained as a Jedi and was loyal to the teachings of the Jedi but left the Jedi Order. That led other fans to think that Ahsoka is a grey Jedi. So, is Ahsoka truly a grey Jedi?
Ahsoka is not a grey Jedi because such a concept does not exist in the canon. After all, grey Jedi do not exist. On top of that, Ahsoka isn’t a grey Jedi because she acts and works like a Jedi but without the title of being a Jedi. As such, she is a Jedi in everything but name.
The story of Ahsoka Tano in the Star Wars continuity has become one of the most interesting journeys a character can take as she went through harrowing experiences that shaped her personality at such an early age. She is also the representation of resiliency among the Jedi. Now, let’s look at why we can’t call Ahsoka Tano a grey Jedi.
Who is a true grey Jedi?
Looking at the Star Wars world, we often see that this storyline tells the never-ending struggle between the light and the dark sides of the Force represented by the Jedi Order and the Sith Order. But the thing about this concept is that they are extreme sides of a concept with many different grey areas. That is why people believe there is something called a grey Jedi in Star Wars.
Speaking, a grey Jedi is said to be someone who isn’t necessarily aligned with the Jedi or the Sith. Some would call a grey Jedi a person that can balance the teachings and powers of both the light and the dark sides of the Force. But there were also grey Jedi that were described as those that may be aligned with the Jedi Order but have distanced themselves from the stringent teachings of the Jedi Code.
The light side of the Force tends to be quite strict in its approach because the Jedi Order is afraid of the things that would lead certain Jedi to the path of the dark side. For example, the Jedi are taught to avoid forming attachments with people because attachments could lead to the fear of losing those people. And when a Jedi is fearful, they become more prone to the dark side’s power.
On the other hand, the Sith Order can be quite loose in its approach, but the goal of every Sith Lord is to seek power above everything else by using their emotions and feelings. They give in to their emotions to become stronger. That is why the Sith are taught to be angry and emotional so that they can become powerful enough to be able to keep things under their control.
But in the eyes of many, the area between the Jedi and the Sith is the best place for a Force user because it balances the good and bad sides of the light and the dark sides of the Force. That is why Star Wars fans often talk about the concept of a grey Jedi. In the Legends department of Star Wars, a few Force users were called grey Jedi. Certain examples on the Legends side are Jolee Bindo and, to a certain extent, Qui-Gon Jinn.
However, as far as the canon side of Star Wars is concerned, there is no such thing as a grey Jedi because such a concept has never been discussed in any Star Wars canon storyline. The term “grey Jedi” is quite the oxymoron because no one can be a Jedi while dwelling in the grey areas of the Force. As such, no matter how popular the concept of a grey Jedi is, there is no such thing on the canon side of Star Wars.
Ahsoka is not a grey Jedi
While people have talked about many characters and their possibility of being grey Jedi, Ahsoka is one of the Force users that some people believe could fit into the definition of a grey Jedi. And there are good reasons why some fans believe that she is a grey Jedi.
Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker trained Ahsoka Tano as a Jedi Padawan during the Clone Wars era. However, when Ahsoka was framed for the bombing of the Jedi Temple, the Jedi Council didn’t defend her. Even after Anakin proved her innocence, she declined to rejoin the Jedi Order because she felt betrayed by the Council.
Throughout the Clone Wars, Ahsoka experienced her fair share of harrowing experiences that made her see that the Jedi Order was fundamentally flawed and quite stringent in its approach. As such, she eventually left the Jedi Order on her own accord after realizing it was time to follow her own path.
But Ahsoka eventually rejoined the side of the good when she became an active part of the Rebellion. After a year of hiding from the Empire, she worked alongside Bail Organa in secret before eventually revealing during the events of ‘Star Wars: Rebels’ that she was an agent working for the Rebellion. Then, during the events of ‘The Mandalorian’ and in the upcoming ‘Ahsoka’ series, Ahsoka actively worked to find the rising evil that could eventually usher in a new era of darkness and oppression in the galaxy.
While Ahsoka may not have been a Jedi in terms of her name, she certainly wasn’t a grey Jedi because she never thought about dwelling on the dark side of the Force during the time that she was away from the Jedi Order. She may have been aware of the faults of the Jedi and how they were partly responsible for the Clone Wars. But Ahsoka certainly wasn’t in total disagreement with the teachings of the Jedi. On top of that, there is no such thing as a grey Jedi in the Star Wars canon.
What kind of Jedi is Ahsoka?
At this point, it is tough to say what kind of a Jedi Ahsoka Tano is. But the one thing that we are sure of is that she is a Jedi in all but name. Ahsoka follows the teachings of the Jedi Order and is loyal to the light side of the Force. But she also follows her own path in life without totally adhering to the stringent nature of the Jedi Code.
Some people would say that Ahsoka is what the Jedi should have been because she doesn’t dwell on the political matters of the galaxy and is more focused on helping people instead of fighting a meaningless war. During the reign of the Empire, she was more focused on helping other people instead of actively fighting on the frontlines to oppose the oppression of the Imperials.
As such, Ahsoka is a Jedi in everything but name. She represents what a Jedi should be even though she was no longer a Jedi during the end of the Clone Wars. That is why it is tough to put her in any category, as she simply lives to help make sure that people are safe from the dark forces of the galaxy. But as far as we are concerned, she isn’t a grey Jedi, a concept that doesn’t exist in canon.
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