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"Only twenty Jedi Masters have ever left the Order."
"The Lost Twenty. And Count Dooku was the most recent and the most painful. No one likes to talk about it. His leaving was a great loss to the Order."
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jocasta Nu[2]

The Lost Twenty, originally known as The Lost, were the Jedi Masters who had voluntarily resigned from the Jedi Order over ideological differences.


"You're one of the Lost Twenty. Like Dooku."
"I am the twenty-first, Master Shryne. Surely you've heard of Anakin Skywalker. The Chosen One."
Roan Shryne and Darth Vader[3]

Bust of a member of the Lost Twenty in the Jedi Archives

One of the earliest members of the Lost Twenty was the Umbaran Jedi Master Phanius, who eventually became Darth Ruin, the first Dark Lord of the Sith in the New Sith Empire.[4] Over time more would leave; twelve by 990 BBY,[5] and ending with the twentieth member, Master Dooku. Leaving the Order in 32 BBY because of a growing disenchantment with the Galactic Senate, Dooku fell under the tutelage of Darth Sidious and became the next Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Tyranus.[6] Following the dissolution of the Order in 19 BBY, the fallen Jedi Knight Darth Vader, formerly Anakin Skywalker, considered himself the twenty-first member of this group.[7]

During the Clone Wars, Jedi Knight Bardan Jusik, disenchanted with the Republic and the Jedi's treatment of their clone soldiers and believing it to not be the Jedi way, also left the Order before Skywalker, though he was not counted as a member of the Lost Twenty as he was not a Master.[8]

Along with the most venerable Masters, the Lost were remembered in the form of bronzium busts in the Jedi Archives, a reminder of the Jedi's greatest failures—though the Jedi did not fault the individuals for leaving, regarding the statues as a reminder that the Jedi were not perfect and that sometimes they might fail to provide what a Jedi might seek out of life. Each bust's pedestal listed the great deeds of the Master it commemorated, but not the reason he or she left the Order.[4]

Sidious later jotted down notes about the Twenty in the Book of Sith under Sorzus Syn's diary section on the First Great Schism, where he mentioned that the Lost Twenty were examples of Jedi who left the Order yet did not become combatants, while expressing his disgust at their philosophies being retained.[9]

Despite never achieving the rank of Jedi Master, Darth Vader considered himself to be the twenty-first member of the Lost and declared himself as such to a dying Jedi Master Roan Shryne after their duel on Kashyyyk.[3]

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Statues of possible members of the Lost Twenty

According to Pablo Helman on the Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones DVD commentary, during the scene where Obi-Wan Kenobi speaks to Jocasta Nu, the room includes busts of himself, George Lucas, Rob Coleman, and John Knoll. It is not known whether any of these four were meant to represent any of the Lost Twenty.


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