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Are Gray Jedi Canon in Star Wars?

It’s almost impossible to escape the debate about Gray Jedi in Star Wars. Grey Jedi are not canon today, but they were canon in what is now the Star Wars Legends continuity. The term was used for Force users who walked along the light and dark sides of the Force. But it was also applied to maverick Jedi that distanced themselves from the Jedi Council or Order. However, there is no established Gray Jedi code. Here is the history of Grey Jedi in Star Wars and a look at Jedi that could fall into that category.

Editors Note: Is it gray or grey? Well, both. Gray is most common in American English, while grey is used in British English. Although there are far more Americans than Brits, most of the world learns British English. While the Legends continuity used the American spelling, the British spelling is much more popular around the world. As such, we used both spellings in this article.

Are Grey Jedi Canon?

No, Gray Jedi are not canon in the current Star Wars timeline. While names like Qui-Gon Jinn, Cal Kestis, and Ahsoka Tano come up in conversations about Grey Jedi, this is only fan conjecture.

But this wasn’t always the case. Gray Jedi were once considered canon in what is now the Legends continuity. The term was first coined in the 2001 arc The Stark Hyperspace War in the comic book series Star Wars: Republic.

It was later used to describe former Jedi Padawan Jolee Bindo in the 2003 video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. A number of other people and organizations also fit into the definition of Gray Jedi in Star Wars Legends.

Within Legends, the term had two distinct meanings.

I was originally used to describe Jedi who strayed from the Jedi Order or the Jedi High Council. These Jedi were often mavericks or nonconformists who disagreed with interpretations of the Jedi Code or specific prophecies.

Later, it described the middle ground between the light and the dark sides. These Forse-sensitive beings did not align with either faction. Instead, they followed their own code or operated entirely outside Jedi or Sith leadership.

Despite being canon in the Legends continuity, this idea contradicted George Lucas’s ideas about the Force. He envisioned Force users as aligned with either the light or dark sides. He never intended that people would use both sides of the Force.

In a series of tweets in 2017, Matt Martin of the Lucasfilm Story Group addressed this further. Because “the dark side corrupts,” remaining in balance with both sides of the Force is impossible.

Pretty much just a fan thing. It doesn’t really make sense in the way the Force works.

— Matt Martin – INACTIVE (@missingwords) March 10, 2017

That sort of goes against what Star Wars is all about. The dark side corrupts.

— Matt Martin – INACTIVE (@missingwords) March 11, 2017

That doesn’t mean you can’t have your own headcanon about it. But just because you decide to believe one thing doesn’t mean everyone else has to accept it, too.

What Are the Origins of the Gray Jedi?

Within the now Legends continuity, the term Gray Jedi dates back to the days of the Old Republic. It was originally used to describe Jedi who had distanced themselves from the Order.

However, it grew to mean Force-users that used both light and dark side powers over time.

Star Wars is voluminous, but it appears that only a handful of beings or groups have been called Gray. And all of them are in the Legends continuity.

The term is first used in a 2001 comic book, referencing Qui-Gon Jinn. It appears in the Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) series of games, released from 2003 to 2011, to refer to the Voss Mystics.

There are other examples of Legends beings or groups using both sides of the Force, but they do not appear to have expressly been called Greys.

In the current Star Wars canon, the idea of Grays comes mostly from fan theory. But it could be a reference the Legends origins.

Since the canon reset in 2014, fans have regularly questioned who are the Grey Jedi. They frequently bring up names like Ahsoka Tano, Rey, and even Kanan Jarrus, questioning if they fall into the category.

A decade later, it remains a popular question.

What Is the Grey Jedi Code?

Strictly speaking, there is no official Gray Jedi code. However, you can find a number of fan-created codes. The Star Wars Fanon fan fiction community has maintained the following Grey Jedi Code for decades:

Flowing through all, there is balance
There is no peace without a passion to create
There is no passion without peace to guide
Knowledge fades without the strength to act
Power blinds without the serenity to see
There is freedom in life
There is purpose in death
The Force is all things and I am the Force

Understandably, the recurring theme is balance. It draws a connection between the Jedi’s quest for knowledge and the Sith’s desire for power.

Another popular version of the Grey Jedi Code appears in memes and social posts:

There is passion, yet peace
There is strength, yet serenity
There is power, yet harmony
There is chaos, yet order
There is freedom in life
There is purpose in death
I will do what I must to guard the balance
The Force is all things and I am the Force

It’s unclear exactly where this code originated, but it similarly focused on maintaining the balance in the Force. It specifically references chaos and order, ideas that hold meaning for both the Sith and the Jedi.

There are undoubtedly many other versions and variations of the Gray Jedi Code. But it is important to remember that there never was an official code, even in Star Wars Legends.

Still, you can choose to make any of them your headcanon.

Who Are the Most Famous Gray Jedi In Star Wars?

Once again, Grey Jedi are not canon. But fans and even some publications regularly include anywhere from six to nearly twenty names on their list of Gray Jedi.

While you can make a good case for some, the argument for others is pretty flimsy. For example, saying Qui-Gon Jinn is a Gray Jedi is relatively believable. On the other hand, the arguments for Kanan Jarrus or Rey are less founded.

Still, our goal is to be as inclusive as possible. Although our list has more than thirty individuals and groups, this is not meant as a definitive list. Nor is it meant to say the following names are definitively Gray Jedi.

Quite the contrary, we are merely saying that fans – and other publications – have claimed they fall into this category. Strictly speaking, it’s just a list of Jedi, Sith, and Force-users that are arguably Gray Jedi. Because, again, the term is not canon.

Our list is loosely ordered by relevance and importance within the Star Wars universe. But it also takes into account when and how characters were introduced.

  • Qui-Gon Jinn
  • Mace Windu
  • Rey Skywalker
  • Kylo Ren
  • Ahsoka Tano
  • Asajj Ventress
  • Quinlan Vos
  • The Nightsisters
  • The Father
  • Kanan Jarrus
  • Ezra Bridger
  • Bendu
  • Din Grogu
  • Kyle Katarn
  • Cal Kestis
  • Revan
  • Jolee Bindo
  • Meetra Surik
  • Kreia
  • Jal Shey
  • Voss Mystics
  • Galen Marek
  • The Jensaarai
  • Saarai-kaar
  • Kelbis Nu
  • Imperial Knights
  • Hogrum Chalk
  • Rand Ko
  • Gray Paladins
  • Je’daii Order
  • Jacen Solo
  • Vergere
  • Teepo Paladins

Spoiler Warning: Brief descriptions of each person or group are included in the list of potential Gray Jedi. It is possible that those descriptions may include spoilers for those characters. Please proceed with caution.

Qui-Gon Jinn

Born on Coruscant in 80 BBY, Qui-Gon Jinn served as Padawan to Jedi Master Dooku. Jinn later trained Obi-Wan Kenobi before dying in a duel with Darth Maul in 32 BBY.

He is perhaps most famous for finding Anakin Skywalker on Tatooine and bringing him before the Jedi Council. Obi-Wan Kenobi would later go on to train Skywalker in the Jedi arts.

Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn was created for The Phantom Mence and appears in a number of other canon and Legend’s properties. While he certainly held his own opinions about the Jedi and the Force, he appears predominantly committed to the light side.

Within Legends, at least some members of the Order considered him a Gray Jedi for going against the will of the High Council. Many fans use this same argument when calling him a Gray in the current Star Wars canon.

Mace Windu

Born in 72 BBY on Haruun Kal, Mace Windu served as the apprentice to Jedi Master Cyslin Myr. Mace later trained Depa Billaba and served on the Jedi Council. He died while confronting Chancellor Palpatine in 19 BBY.

He appears in the Prequel Trilogy and several novels in both the canon and Legend’s continuities. While the case for Windu being a Grey Jedi is weak, the argument is usually based on his decision to assassinate Chancellor Palpatine instead of taking him into custody.

Mace also used a combative lightsaber form, the Vappad, which drew from the dark side. Despite this more aggressive style, he followed the Jedi Code.

The idea that Windu was a Gray Jedi is further fueled by a popular fan theory. While Mace canonically died during the Revenge of the Sith, some fans believe that Windu survived his encounter with Palpatine.

Although totally conjecture, fan fiction and other fan lore suggest that he embraced his new life as a renegade Jedi. These stories often feature him using dark side powers to maintain peace and justice in the galaxy.

Rey Skywalker

Rey is a Force-sensitive scavenger who grew up on Jakuu. Strong in the Force, she trained under Luke Skywalker. Later, she trained with Leia Organa. She also formed a dyad in the Force with Ben Solo. Rey took the family name of Skywalker after moving into the Lars homestead on Tatooine.

The argument for her being a Gray Jedi is largely related to her forming a dyad in the Force with Kylo Ren. Despite their Force connection, Rey predominantly exhibits light-side Force traits.

Rey is a canon character who appears in the Sequel Trilogy and related media.

Kylo Ren

Born Ben Solo in 5 ABY, he trained as a Jedi and eventually turned to the dark side. With the Knights of Ren, he took the name Kylo Ren.

Later, he trained under Snoke, a proxy for Darth Sidious. For a time, he also was the Supreme Leader of the First Order. He ended up turning back to the light side of the Force shortly before his death in 35 ABY.

As much as it seems like a leap to call Ren a Gray Jedi, he is included in some lists for his Force connection with Rey. Again, he predominantly used dark-side powers.

Created for the Sequel Trilogy, Kylo Ren appeared in other related Star Wars canon media.

Ahsoka Tano

Born on Shili in 36 BBY, Ahsoka Tano was a Togruta female. She served as Anakin Skyalker’s Padawan during the Clone Wars, between 22 and 19 BBY.

Ahsoka left the Order after she was framed for a bombing at the Jedi Temple. She briefly returned to the Grand Army of the Republic, leading the 332nd Company during the Siege of Mandalore.

Later, Tano fought alongside the Lothal Rebels against Grand Admiral Thrawn. She then met Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin, his foundling Grogu, and Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.

Since Ahsoka distanced herself from the Jedi Order, many fans consider her a Gray Jedi. Still, other than leaving the Order, the actions and powers we have seen Tano use in Star Wars: Rebels and Ahsoka remain consistent with a light side Force-user.

Asajj Ventress

A Force-sensitive Witch of Dathomir, Asajj Ventress trained as a Sith acolyte under Count Dooku. Born in 50 BBY, she was enslaved by a warlord on Rattatak at an early age.

She later trained under Jedi Knight Ky Narec. When Narec was murdered, Ventress exacted her revenge and fell to the dark side of the Force.

She eventually served under Dooku. However, Palpatine saw Ventress as a threat, ordering Dooku to assassinate her. She survived the attempt on her life and became a bounty hunter. Ventress later worked with Jedi Master Quinlan Vos, attempting to assassinate Dooku and end the Clone Wars.

Ventress is a unique candidate for a Gray Jedi, having trained with both a Jedi Master and a Dark Lord of the Sith. She is undeniably a Force-user, but the argument for making her a Gray is relatively weak. While her entire story hasn’t been told yet, she doesn’t fit either of the Legend’s definitions so far.

She appears in the 2008 The Clone Wars animated series and appears or is mentioned in a number of other canon and Legends media, including Dark Disciple, The Bad Batch, and Ahsoka.

Quinlan Vos

Known as a maverick within the Jedi Order, Quinlan Vos trained under Jedi Master Tholme. He later took Aayla Secura as his Padawan.

In an attempt to end the Clone Wars, Vos worked with Asajj Ventress to hunt down and assassinate Count Dooku, leader of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Vos was chosen for the assignment because of his perceived flexible attitude towards the Code.

And it is this flexibility that most use to label him a Grey Jedi. Despite being a bit bohemian, he went along with the Council’s plans to assassinate Dooku. Although he fell to the dark side, he was redeemed with almost no lasting consequences.

He seemingly survived Order 66 and went on to help other Force-sensitive beings escape the Galactic Empire. As such, he seems to have remained loyal to the light side.

Vos appears in The Clone Wars and the Dark Disciple novel and as a retcon in The Phantom Menace. He is later mentioned in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, as well as other stories in both canon and Legends.

The Nightsisters

The Nightsisters were a sect of witches from the planet Dathomir. They wield a mysterious power called the Magical ichor. Asajj Ventress, Morgan Elsbeth, and Merrin are some of the most notable Nightsisters.

Including them in a list of Gray Jedi seems especially dubious since their powers are rooted in the dark side. The argument for them being Greys is that are not definitively aligned with the Sith.

But realistically, they are only practitioners of magic. And there are no specific examples of them using light side powers.

In Legends, the Nightsisters were introduced in the 1994 novel The Courtship of Princess Leia. They were later appeared in the 2008 series The Clone Wars. Most of their canon appearances are in The Clone Wars and Ahsoka.

The Father

The Father was a mysterious but powerful Force user from the ethereal realm of Mortis. Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano encountered the Father during the Clone Wars in 20 BBY.

Little is known about the Father other than he was a member of the Ones. He also had two children: the Son, who channeled the dark side, and the Daughter, who sided with the light side.

The Father seemed to support the balance within the Force, which could be used to describe him as a Gray Jedi. He only appears in the Secrets of Mortis arc in The Clone Wars. The Ones are referenced in Rebels and Ahsoka.

Kanan Jarrus

Born Caleb Dume on Coruscant in 33 BBY, Kanan Jarrus was a Jedi Padawan turned Rebel agent. Sometime before the Clone Wars, he served Jedi Master Depa Billaba. Baillaba sacrificed herself, allowing Jarrus to escape the the wake of the clone attack following Order 66.

He later joined Hera Sindulla as a member of the Ghost crew, a rebel group seeking to liberate Lothal from Imperial control. Kanan took Ezra Bridger as his Padawan, also training Sabine Wren in combat with the Darksaber.

While some fans claim he is a Gray, Jarrus remains largely committed to the Jedi Code throughout all the stories we have seen to date. Despite hiding from the Empire for a number of years, he relies on his Jedi teachings to survive.

He is also worried about Maul’s influence on Ezra, showing virtually no signs of wavering from the code or the teachings of the Jedi Order.

Created after Star Wars Legends, Kanan appears in the canon series Star Wars: Rebels and a number of other related canon stories.

Ezra Bridger

Born in 19 BBY on Lothal, Ezra Bridger is a Force-sensitive male Bokken Jedi and a member of the Lothal rebels. According to the fallen Jedi Baylan Skoll, a Bokken Jedi is someone trained in the Jedi arts after the fall of the Jedi Order in 19 BBY.

In 5 BBY, Ezra began training until Kanan Jarris. The training lasted until 1 BBY when Jarrus sacrificed himself to save the rest of the Ghost crew.

Shortly afterward, Ezra helped the Ghosts attack Grand Admiral Thrawn’s Star Destroyer. Bridger was unexpectedly sent through extra-galactic hyperspace, along with Thrawn’s flagship, the Chimera.

Despite being influenced by Maul during his Jedi training, Ezra does not exhibit any long-standing Grey Jedi traits. After a decade in exile, Bridger appears committed to the light side of the Force when we see him in the Ahsoka series.

Bridger was created for the Rebels series and appears in a number of related stories. He later appeared in Ahsoka. Ezra does not appear in Legends stories.


Bendu is a mysterious, Force-sensitive being who lived on Atollon, a remote planet in the Lothal sector. Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger encountered Bendu, forging a loose friendship. An ancient being, he represents the balance of the light and dark sides of the Force.

The Bendu can seemingly channel the light and dark sides of the Force, which is why he is sometimes considered a Gray Jedi.

So far, the Bendu has only appeared in Star Wars: Rebels. The being is also mentioned in the Thrawn: Alliances novel.

The name is a throwback to an early draft of the original Star Wars. George Lucas originally called the Jedi the “Jedi-Bendu,” who served as Force-sensitive bodyguards to the Emperor. A version of Lucas’ Bendu appeared in The Star Wars comic series.

Din Grogu

Introduced as “The Child,” Din Grogu is a Mandalorian foundling and a former Jedi youngling. Born in 41 BBY, Grogu is the same species as Yoda and Yaddle.

He survived Order 66, escaping the Jedi Temple on Coruscant with Jedi Master Kelleran Beq. By 9 ABY, Grogu was wanted by the remnants of the Galactic Empire.

Although bounty hunter Din Djarin initially delivered Grogu to the Empire, he later rescued him. Grogu briefly trained under Jedi Master Luke Skywalker on Ossus before returning to Djarin as a Mandalorian foundling.

A few lists include Grogu as a potential Grey Jedi, but this seems extremely far-fetched. He is undeniably Force-sensitive, but there are no signs of him aligning with anything other than the light side to date.

More than likely, this is due to the popularity of the “Baby Yoda” phenomenon.

Grogu is one of the stars of the 2019 live-action series The Mandalorian.

Kyle Katarn

Kyle Katarn is a somewhat popular character originally created for the now-Legends 1995 video game Star Wars: Dark Forces. He also appeared in the Dark Forces sequel games and other Legends content.

Katarn was a Rebel operative and mercenary. While he initially was unaware he was Force-sensitive, he later became a mostly self-taught Jedi Master.

He then trained Mara Jade as his Padawan and, later, fell to the dark side. Although Jade helped redeem Katarn, he cut himself off from the Force shortly afterward.

He eventually returned to Skywalker’s New Jedi Order, fighting against the Yuuzhan Vong and Sith Lord Darth Caedus. In time, Katarn then served on the Jedi High Council.

As a somewhat surrogate for Han Solo, Katarn is known for his questionable moral code. Which is likely why some sources list him as a Gray Jedi.

Still, he mostly aligned himself with the Code. As such, he largely fits with George Lucas’ binary view of the Force.

Cal Kestis

Cal Kestis originally trained under Jedi Master Jaro Tapal during the Clone Wars. After surviving Order 66, Kestis went into hiding. He later trained under Master Cere Junda, eventually becoming a Jedi Knight during the age of the Empire.

As much as Kestis is a non-typical Jedi, he predominantly uses light side Force-powers. So, he might seem like a Gray Jedi, but he usually aligns as a light-side Force user or a Jedi.

Kestis was created for the 2019 canon video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, later appearing in the 2022 sequel Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and a number of related properties.


In canon, Revan is an ancient Sith Lord who is briefly mentioned in the 2019 reference guide Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary and 2022 novel Shadow of the Sith.

However, Revan plays a significant role in the Legend’s continuity. Revan disobeyed the Jedi Council, leading a group called the Revanchists in the Mandalorian Wars.

He then fell to the dark side, leading a contingent of Sith as Darth Revan. Betrayed by his own, he was captured by the Jedi.

He turned back to the light side, attempting to assassinate the Sith Emperor. Despite initially failing, his spirit continued on and eventually accomplished his goal.

Revan is extremely popular with some parts of the Star Wars fandom. As such, many publications include him on lists of Gray Jedi because of his past as both a Jedi and a Sith.

While he strayed from the Jedi Code and disagreed with the Jedi Council, this rationale alone is dubious at best. Unlike other potential Gray Jedi, his allegiance was primarily to one side or the other at a time.

Revan as created for the 2003 Legends video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. He later appeared in a number of video game sequels and related media.

Jolee Bindo

Appearing primarily in the now-Legends 2003 video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Jolee Bindo is perhaps the best example of a Grey Jedi. Serving as a Jedi Padawan during the Great Sith War, the Jedi Council considered him reckless.

Despite being only a Padawan himself, he began training Nayama in the ways of the Force. The two later married, which was frowned upon by the Order.

Nayama later fell to the dark side, fighting as a Sith alongside Exar Kun. She asked Bindo to join her. Bindo remained on the light side but could not bring himself to kill her. While the Jedi were finally victorious, Nayama and the Sith slaughtered many Jedi.

Although the Jedi Council wanted to promote Bindo to a Knight, he decided to leave the Order. He spent many years as a drifter and occasional smuggler before encountering Revan.

He famously used the Jedi Mind Trick throughout his life, often in ways that were at odds with the Code. While he was primarily aligned with the light side of the Force, he was seemingly well-versed in dark side powers. For example, he apparently could use Force lightning.

Meetra Surik

Meetra Surik was one of the Jedi who joined Revan in the Mandalorian Wars on the side of the Galactic Republic. While she was the only one of the Revanchists not to fall to the dark side, she did lose her connection to the Force,

Exhiled for her actions, Surik eventually trained with Kreia. After regaining her Force powers, she went off to rescue Revan. Together, they attempted to assassinate the Sith Emperor. However, she was murdered and Revan was captured and tortured.

Instead of rejoining the Force, her spirit remained with him. Centuries later, her spirit helped Jedi destroy the Sith Emperor. Her mission finally complete, Surik’s spirit then joined the Force.

Meetra was created for the 2004 video game Stars Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, which was originally canon and is now part of the Legends continuity. She later appeared in the 2011 novel The Old Republic: Revan and the 2011 video game Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Surik is considered a Gray Jedi by some disobeying the Jedi High Council. While she always remained on the light side of the Force, she did not always follow the Code.


Kreia is another Legend’s character who appears on some lists of Gray Jedi. An unconventional and often contradictory Jedi, she served as a Master in the Jedi Order for a time.

Straying from the Code, she sought a better understanding of both sides of the Force. This eventually led her to fall to the dark side after the Mandalorian Wars.

As Darth Traya, she created her own Sith Order. Her apprentices, Darth Nihilus and Darth Sion, later overthrew her. As a result, she decided that both the Jedi and Sith were flawed.

While attempting to live within the balance of the light and dark sides of the Force, she met Meetra Surik. Kreia helped rehabilitate and train Surik, seeing her as a wound within the Force.

Later, she sought retribution against the Jedi Masters and the Sith Lords who had wronged her in the past. Her actions led to the downfall of several Jedi Masters and most of the Sith.

Kreia was a character in the now-Legends 2004 video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. Her desire to live in balance with the Force is definitely a trait of the Gray Jedi. However, Kreia primarily sided with one side at a time.

Jal Shey

In Star Wars Legends, the Jal Shey used the Force in a purely intellectual way. Founded sometime before 4000 BBY, they sided with neither the Jedi nor the Sith. The Jal Shey existed at least until the time of the Galactic Empire when they were targeted during the Great Jedi Purge.

While they used lightsabers, they mostly focused on their negotiation and diplomacy skills. However, they did use specialized gloves and belts to channel the Force and augment their physical capabilities.

The Jal Shey first appeared in the now-Legends 2004 video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. They were later mentioned in the 2014 Star Wars: The Old Republic: Shadow of Revan Digital Expansion, the 2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars novelization, and the 2009 novel Imperial Commando: 501st.

Voss Mystics

Canonically Gray within the Legends continuity, the Voss Mystics were a Force-sensitive race and the prophetic rulers of the planet Voss. Although they were highly attuned to the Force, they had no formal training or knowledge of its powers.

The Voss Mystics were created for the 2011 Legends video game Star Wars: The Old Republic. They later appeared in several of the Digital Expansions to the game.

Despite being called Gray by both the Jedi and the Sith, they did not have formal training with the Force. Since they seemingly used the Force only for prophecies and to see the future, it is unclear to what extent they might have used light or dark side powers.

Galen Marek

Better known as Starkiller, Galen Marek is the son of two Jedi. Born on Kashyyyk before the end of the Clone War, Marek secretly trained in the dark side under Sith Lord Darth Vader.

Hidding Marek from the Emperor, Vader used him for a number of covert missions. This primarily included hunting down leaders of the fallen Jedi Order. For his part, Marek thought he would eventually help Vader overthrow Palpatine.

The Emperor finally learned about Marek, making him a target to both Palpatine and Vader. Starkiller turned to Bail Organa, Garm Bel Iblis, and Mon Mothma for aid. They were all captured, but Marek sacrificed himself so the others could escape.

Marek is the main character in the 2008 now-Legends video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, and its sequels and related media.

Starkiller is included in Gray Jedi lists because of his history of both Jedi and Sith training. He also returned to the light side shortly before his death.

Still, he mostly relied on Sith teachings and dark-side powers. And there is no definitive evidence he tried to live in balance with the Force. So you can make Marek a Grey Jedi in your headcanon, but it’s a leap in terms of canon and Legends continuities.

The Jensaarai

Within Star Wars canon, little is known about the Jensaarai other than they claimed to work in balance with both sides of the Force. Existing primarily in the Legend’s continuity and following the teachings of the Jedi and the Sith, they are one of the best examples of Grey Jedi.

In Legends, they debuted in the 1998 novel I, Jedi. They went on to appear in a number of other stories. The Jensaarai were reintroduced to Star Wars canon in the 2017 roleplaying game sourcebook Star Wars: Force and Destiny.


Saarai-kara is the title of the leader of the Jensaarai order and not a specific being. The title was introduced in the 1998 novel I, Jedi by Michael A. Stackpole.

Nikkos Tyris served as the first Saarai-kaar. Although their name was not recorded, he was succeeded by another member of their order.

Some lists erroneously include the name Saarai-kaar among potential Gray Jedi. While you could loosely consider the Jensaarai among the Grays, singling out their leader is dubious at best.

Kelbis Nu

Kelbis Nu was a Force-sensitive Rodian male within the Jensaarai community on the planet Susevfi. Enslaved by Imperial Moff Leonia Tavira, Nu was part of a team attempting to capture the Jedi Knight Corran Horn.

Horn, along with Luke Skywalker, defeated Tavira and freed the Jensaarai. He then joined the New Jedi Order, later fighting in the Yuuzhan Vong War. Nu died in combat in 26 ABY.

He was created for the 2001 now-Legends novel The New Jedi Order: Edge of Victory II: Rebirth. Nu was retconned as a character in the 1998 Legends novel I, Jedi.

Imperial Knights

Existing entirely in Legends, the Imperial Knights were Force-users aligned with the re-established Galactic Empire under the control of the Fel Dynasty.

Unlike other Force-sensitive groups aligned with versions of the Galactic Empire, the Imperial Knights used both the light and dark sides.

They were originally charged with keeping the Fel Emperor in balance with the Force. Should the Emperor fall to the dark side, they were supposed to remove them – with force if necessary.

Following the rise of Darth Krayt in 130 ABY, the Imperial Knights found themselves aligned with several groups, including the New Jedi Order. They then fought in the Second Galactic Civil War on the light side.

Although, it could be argued that they sought balance in the Force. For this reason, they are often included on lists of Gray Jedi.

However, they remained aligned with elements of the Empire. As such, some find it hard to agree that they really straddled the line.

Hogrum Chalk

Within Legends, Hogrum Chalk was a Force-sensitive human who served Emperor Roan Fel and the Empire-in-exile. He was also Fel’s brother-in-law through his sister

Sometime before 137 ABY, Chalk served as an Imperial Knight. He was severely injured in a mission, requiring extensive cyborg enhancements to survive.

He then served as Fel’s master armorer and, later, Director of Imperial Intelligence and head of security. For unknown reasons, he became a spy for Sith Lord Darth Krayt’s Galactic Empire. Krayt had deposed Fel as Emperor around 130 ABY.

Chalk appeared in the 2006 comic series Star Wars: Legacy and its 2010 sequel Star Wars: Legacy—War.

The Wookieepedia includes Chalk in on the Gray Jedi Category page, which is likely why some sources include him in their lists. However, the only connection appears to be that he once served in the Imperial Knights.

Rand Ko

A human Imperial Knight in Fel’s Empire-in-exile, Rand Ko defended the planet Borosk during a siege by Darth Kryat’s Galactic Empire. Overwhelmed by Krayt’s forces, he contacted Fel for orders.

While the Emperor ordered Ko and his troops to retreat, they were attacked and unable to escape. Although never confirmed, it’s believed that Ho died in the battle.

He appeared in the now-Legends 2011 comic book Star Wars: Legacy—War 2. As with Chalk, Rand Ko appears on the Wookieepedia’s Gray Jedi Category page. Again, the only connection seems to be Ko served in the Imperial Knights.

Gray Paladins

An offshoot of the Teepo Paladins, the Grau Paladins were a sect of Force-sensitive beings in the now-Legends continuity. They acknowledged the importance of the Jedi Code and the power of the Force but were opposed to using it as much as possible.

While they allowed the Force to guide their actions, they did not rely on it to enhance their natural abilities or skills. Most carried blasters along with their lightsabers.

Some Gray Paladins acted as a paramilitary group, taking a more active role in conflicts throughout the galaxy.

The Gray Paladins appeared in the Coruscant Nights trilogy by Michael Reaves, released from 2008 to 2009. They also appeared in Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff’s 2013 novel The Last Jedi.

Their view on the Force and more militaristic tendencies are usually used to argue that they fall under the Grey Jedi banner. While they clearly live outside the established Code, they do not appear to channel the dark side or Sith powers.

Je’daii Order

The Je’daii Order is an ancient group within the Legends continuity that is a predecessor to the Jedi Order. Founded around 36,500 BBY on the core world of Tython, they strove to find the balance of the Force.

Members who drifted too far from balance were exiled to the moons of Tython to meditate and regain their equilibrium.

However, they ended up in a civil war by 25,783 BBY, leading to groups dedicated to the light and dark sides of the Force.

They were introduced in the now-Legends 2012 comic series Dawn of the Jedi.

Since they sought balance with the Force, they technically fall within the Gray Jedi category. But they also predate the idea of the “modern” Jedi. So, it depends on how you describe the term.

Jacen Solo

Born Jacen Solo on Coruscant in 9 ABY, he is perhaps best known as Sith Lord Darth Caedus. Jacen is the son of Leia Organa-Solo and Han Solo and twin of Jaina Solo. His uncle is Luke Skywalker, and his grandfather is Anakin Skywalker, also known as Darth Vader.

Jacen and his twin sister trained at their Uncle Luke’s Jedi Praxeum in 22 ABY. Due to his lineage, Jacen frequently felt pressured to excel in training and often questioned his place in the Order.

Sometime around 25 ABY, he encountered the Yuuzhan Vong agent Vergere. She tortured him for a year, setting him on the path toward the Sith. He later returned to the New Jedi Order around the time of the Dark Nest Crisis.

By 40 ABY, he started training under Sith Lady Lumiya. Becoming extremely brutal, he tortured his former Padawan and nephew, Ben Skywalker, and killed his aunt, Mara Jade Skywalker. Officially a Sith, he took the name Caedus. He was later killed by his twin, Jaina.

As a fetus, Jacen Solo appeared in the 1991 novel Heir to the Empire. He then appeared in the rest of the original Thrawn Trilogy and a number of other now-Legends books.

Along with Jaina, he appeared in the Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights series of young adult novels from 1995 to 1998, the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order novels from 1999 to 2003, and the Star Wars: Legacy of the Force series from 2006 to 2008.

The argument for Jacen being a Gray Jedi seems questionable at best. There is a period where he questioned the Jedi as he slowly spiraled towards the Sith.

But he never achieved a balance between the light and the dark. His actions contributed to his fall to the dark side.


A Fosh female, Vergere was the Jedi Padawan of Master Thracia Cho Leem. She disappeared in 30 BBY, secretly living with the Yuuzhan Vong for more than 50 years.

Following the Yuuzhan Vong invasion in 25 ABY, Vergere tortured Jacen Solo. She became an informal mentor to Solo, nudging him along the path towards the Sith.

She later turned back to the light side, sacrificing herself to save Jacen. Unfortunately, he still fell to the dark side.

Around 40 ABY, Dark Lady of the Sith Lumiya revealed that Vergere had been a Sith. Apparently, Darth Sidious trained her sometime between 32 and 29 BBY.

Vergere first appeared in the 2000 novel Rogue Planet and later appeared in many different Legends stories, including several novels in the The New Jedi Order and Legacy of the Force series.

She is occasionally included in lists of Grey Jedi because she existed outside the Order for half a century. That said, she was already in training with both the Jedi and the Sith. She undoubtedly used both light and dark side powers, but Vergere seemed aligned with primarily dark forces for most of her life.

Teepo Paladins

The 2008 novel Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight by Michael Reaves mentions the Teepo Paladins as a possible precursor to the Gray Paladin. They were originally created by a fan and incorporated in an unofficial fan supplement to the West End Games Star Wars role-playing game.

Unlike the Gray Paladin, Teepo’s group relied heavily on Force powers. However, they also used traditional non-Jedi weapons, such as blasters.

While it’s a long stretch to say they were Grays, they certainly deserve to be on this hypothetical list with other candidates. They certainly existed outside the Jedi Order, but there is no definitive example of them using both light and dark side powers.