Is Ahsoka a Jedi?
Short answer: Yes.
Strict answer: Not anymore.
Complicated answer: It depends on your point of view.
You see, Ahsoka started off as a Padawan to none other than Anakin Skywalker. In the Clone Wars animated movie and then throughout most of the Clone Wars animated TV series, Ahsoka trained under Anakin. She went out on missions with him, as Padawans are wont to do. Starting off as an annoying teenage know-it-all, she grated on the senses. As most teenagers often do. Yet, during the events between the second and third prequel movies, when the war against the Separatists was at its worst, Ahsoka grew into a seasoned warrior. In fact, she was well on her way to becoming a Jedi Knight. And very likely a master.
Unfortunately, that’s when her path took a sharp turn. You see, she was accused of bombing the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Were it not for Anakin’s intervention, she might have gone down for that, but instead she was cleared of the charges. But it was too late. The distrust shown by the Jedi hierarchy hurt her deeply. So deep, in fact, that she abandoned the Jedi Order, walking away from Anakin right before his inevitable turn to the Dark Side. Because of that move, Ahsoka technically stopped being a Jedi. At least, one sanctioned by the Jedi Council.
But in truth, Ahsoka never stopped adhering to the tenets of what makes a Force user a Jedi. Not while she was helping the Mandalorians get rid of Darth Maul. Not even when she went on the run after Order 66. Even though it wasn’t in her best interest, she continued to help others, putting their needs and safety before her own. Respecting life and living in balance was always on her mind. In fact, when the Empire began rising to its prominence, it was her Jedi-like instincts that nearly got her caught.
In the Ahsoka novel by E.K. Johnston, Ahsoka ultimately fights an Inquisitor because she wants to protect a family she endangered. This after coming to the aid of a group of farmers who heedlessly go up against the Empire. Defeating the Inquisitor, Ahsoka has the opportunity to stop. To go back underground, but instead she joins up with the Rebel Alliance. She continues with her plight for the downtrodden by traveling around offering her assistance where necessary.
This move leads her to the Ghost crew. In the Rebels animated show, Ahsoka takes the Jedi ethos to the next level, providing guidance for Force users Kanan Jarros and Ezra Bridger. She also defends them, taking on Darth Vader alone so they can escape certain doom. While Ahsoka is quick not to take on a master’s role, she nonetheless becomes a de facto one, being among a small minority of Force users with Jedi training.
In the lead up to the Ahsoka live-action TV show, we again see her in the teacher role, with her having trained Sabine Wren. All of which begs the question — is she or isn’t she a Jedi? Thus, the third choice above: It depends on your point of view. Whether you believe a Force sensitive character can be a Jedi after having left the Order. If you can be one when you live in an era when the Order no longer exists.
In the original series, Yoda said Luke would be a Jedi after he faced off against his father. And Luke was definitely not living in an era with the Council. Then again, Yoda was a master and on that Council, but it’s clear from the movies, the TV shows, and the books that Jedi is a title that pertains to more than a rigid organization. It’s a title for a way of life. It’s more than something bestowed by a committee.
As the live-action show works through it’s first season, we’ll no doubt hear and see more on this subject, but for me the answer is clear. Ahsoka was, is, and will always be a Jedi.
This piece was written during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, the TV series being covered here wouldn’t exist.
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