The moral ambiguity of the Jedi Order is highlighted by the canonical discussion of its lax adherence to one of its unofficial laws. The Jedi Knights are expected to take honesty very seriously, but as shown in the original and prequel Star Wars trilogies and the High Republic multimedia project, this trait is sometimes violated or at least called into question, even though it is not explicitly stated in the canon version of the Jedi Code.
Star Wars: The High Republic, a comic book series set in the year 2022, shows how dishonesty can create anti-Jedi sentiment among the general public. Although the Jedi Knights aren’t the only group to make use of the Force in the Star Wars canon or Legends continuity, they are among the most prominent.
The Jedi are similar to historical heroes like the Samurai and the Knights because they share a commitment to morality along with their lethal combat prowess. While knights have the code of chivalry and samurai have bushido, Jedi adhere to the Jedi Code, which has evolved over time and across continuity.
The history of skepticism and hatred toward the Jedi is long and complicated, even though they are viewed by many as honorable warriors.
Did The Jedi Code Help Lead To Their Downfall?
Issue 4 of Cavan Scott and Andrea Broccardo‘s 2022 comic book series Star Wars: The High Republic depicts all of these facets of the public’s view of the Jedi.
Within the Convocation of the Force, the issue’s protagonist, Werth Plow, leader of the extreme group Path of the Open Hand, incite a riot against the Jedi and other Force-using groups by convincing a crowd that they are being misled to by the Jedi and their colleagues.
Despite Plouth’s dishonesty and incitement to violence, the Jedi have a checkered past in certain other Star Wars media (albeit not enough to justify anti-Jedi prejudice), and while one version of the Jedi Code highlights honesty, another does not.
Throughout its existence, the Jedi Order has made a number of questionable decisions. While Obi-Wan Kenobi fakes his death during the Clone Wars, much to Anakin Skywalker‘s eventual dismay, in the Legends continuity, the Jedi erase Darth Revan’s memory and restore him to the Jedi Order.
In the prequels, the Jedi order Anakin Skywalker to spy on Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, whereas in the original trilogy, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda tell Luke Skywalker a lie about what happened to Anakin.
Although the Jedi’s behaviour in each occasion was dubious at best, their actions were understandably seen as necessary sacrifices for the greater good. The dishonest activities of the Jedi Order are even more damaging because the Power of the Jedi sourcebook shows that honesty is a major trait expected of Jedi in the Legends continuity.
But in canon, there is no mention of honesty in the Jedi Code, which would lessen the blow of their more problematic behaviours in the current chronology. Citizens of the Star Wars galaxy generally hold Jedi Knights in high regard, therefore any apparent betrayal of these beliefs is likely to be met with fury.
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