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"The boy. He your son?"
"No. He is my Padawan. Something between a student and an apprentice."
Grecker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, discussing Anakin Skywalker[src]

A Padawan, also known as a Padawan learner, Padawan apprentice, or Apprentice, referred to a Force-sensitive adolescent who trained in the Jedi Order to one day become a full-fledged Jedi. Padawans were known as Jedi younglings at first, and trained in classroom settings with multiple students and a teacher.[3] After reaching a certain age, Padawans were normally apprenticed to a Jedi Knight or Jedi Master, beginning their one-on-one training.[1] A Jedi was meant to choose the padawan who they wished to train.[4] Apprentices would often go on missions with their masters as part of this one-on-one training. The Code forbade the Jedi from training more than one Padawan or apprentice at a time. Most of the Padawans were known to grow or wear Padawan braids to symbolize their rank. After completing the Jedi Trials, a Padawan would be promoted to the rank of Jedi Knight.[1]

During the Clone Wars, the Jedi Council began to assign Padawans to Jedi, instead of allowing them to choose.[4] During the war Padawans became commanders in the Grand Army of the Republic, and helped lead the Republic's clone troopers against the Confederacy of Independent Systems.[2] After the establishment of the Galactic Empire, a few ex-Padawans that had survived Order 66 or left the Jedi Order before the purge joined the nascent Rebel Alliance.[5]

Behind the scenesEdit

The term "Padawan" first appeared as far back in George Lucas's first story treatments for the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.[source?] It wasn't heard, however, before the filming of the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, the first installment of the prequel trilogy.[1] In all previous works, including the original movies or early Star Wars Legends stories, the concept was referred to as "Apprentice".

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