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"For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic."
Obi-Wan Kenobi, to Luke Skywalker[1]

Jedi Knight was a rank within the Jedi Order, referring to a Jedi Padawan who had completed their training and passed the Jedi Trials to become a full member of the Order.[2] In the hierarchy of the Order, a Jedi Knight was lower than a Jedi Master and needed to prove themself worthy of the higher rank.[4] Unlike those who had that higher rank, Jedi Knights were unable to pursue their studies on their own terms. Master Porter Engle believed that any Jedi worthy of the title of knight put time into planning unarmed defense in case they lost their lightsaber.[5]

Jedi Knights, like the Order they served, were guardians of peace and justice in the Galactic Republic,[1] and served in key military command roles during the Clone Wars. At the war's end, Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine—secretly the Sith Lord Darth Sidious—issued Order 66, declaring every Jedi an enemy of the state. As a result, the clone troopers of the Grand Army of the Republic turned against their generals,[6] killing most of the Jedi.[1] At the end of the Galactic Civil War, Luke Skywalker was the last known Jedi Knight.[7]

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According to the reference book The Star Wars Book, once a Jedi Knight had trained a Padawan of their own to Knighthood, they could then become a Jedi Master.[8] This, however, contradicts the events of the novel The High Republic: Into the Dark.[9]


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