In Episode IV, Obi-Wan says that "a Jedi draws his power from the Force." The Force (which must be capitalized for some reason) is a mysterious energy which is neither good nor bad. Jedi draw their power from it, as Obi-Wan says. They can use it to enhance their strength or abilities. Tricks we've seen with the Force include:
Sensing the presence of someone
Using a "wave" of the Force to knock down someone.
Mind clouding, almost like hypnotizing.
Moving things, like pulling switches, or bringing a lightsaber to your hand without touching them.
Sensing the future, past, or present.
Lightsabers are the Jedi weapon. They work like swords, only made of laser energy which you can activate and deactivate.
Jedi Knights, the defenders of the free galaxy. These brave men and women appear in all of the four current SW films, and will appear in the next two editions also. These guys are some tough mutha...... pretty tough dudes. The Jedi are strong in the ways of the Force, and most know how to handle a sword, even Yoda :P! I have listed them in appearance, starting with A New Hope, not The Phantom Menace. You know what I really don't get about the Jedi? Almost all of the human like Jedi's have British accents. Weird...
Obi-Wan is, in a sense, one of the greatest Knights of his time. He's single handedly (well, nevermind, with LOTS of help from Qui-Gon) defeated Darth Maul, trained Anakin Skywalker, does God knows what in Episodes II and III, and is Lukes mentor throughout the original trilogy. Obi-Wan is a force to be reckoned with, and (in his younger days especially) is very strong. Too bad old Obi got the boot by Vader in Episode IV, when he was known as "Ben".
Despite his size, looks, and speech, Yoda is the Jedi Master. He has trained many warriors, and led the Jedi Council for years. About 800 to be exact. Yoda's main role in the original series was as Luke's master, teaching him the ways of the Jedi and of the Force. After Vader made it his responsibility to seek out and destroy the remaining Jedi, Yoda retreated to Dagobah, a system where the Empire would never find him.
Luke, again, is a happening guy. He only does a few things really, you know, destroys the Death Star, frees the galaxy from the Empires reign of terror, yada yada yada, you know, typical stuff. But seriously, Luke's life has a very powerful impact on the galaxy. When we first meet the young man, he seems like a whiny dork ("But I was gonna go to Natashi Station to pick up some Power Converters"). As the movies progress though, Luke's power in the Force and his personality change for the better. Through near death confronations with his father, Darth Vader, to Yoda's harsh training, Luke becomes the Jedi Master he was destined to turn into.
Qui-Gon is another powerful Jedi Knight. A Jedi rebel at best, Qui-Gon seems to enjoy defying the wishes of his superiors, wanting to train Anakin, and other things we are left out on. Qui-Gon's past is mysterious, but we all know what happens in the end. The poor guy gets a hole cut through him by Darth Maul. Qui-Gon's dying wish was to train Anakin, a mistake he and the entire galaxy would regret.
Mace Windu, being played by Samuel L. Jackson, is of course a very cool guy. Though he only plays a minor role in Episode I, he seems to be a very important figure in Episode II, according to the storyboards. It is he who is said to kill Janga Fett, Boba Fetts father. Mace is sort of the Councils second in command, and is very buddy buddy with Yoda. Hopefully Mace's secrets will be revealed further in Episode II.
Who is he? What is his role in future SW movies. How did he get that shape head? Nobody, aside from Lucasfilm, knows, and we may never find out. Until then, you can look at his picture above.
Adi is one of the few, or maybe the only, female Jedi to be featured in a movie. She is a member of the Council, which means her skills as a warrior are greater than that of Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon. Or maybe they just like having a politically correct council.
Another guy we don't know much about. It seems, according to the storyboards, that he plays a brief role in Episode II, however rumors say that he is killed by 'Darth Tyranus.' We'll just have to wait and see.
Psst! The Official Star Wars site has a great section on the Jedi. Well, maybe not as great as ours, but click here to check out the 'official' Jedi information page.
Have any info on some of the Jedi seen here? Got one to add? Mail me