About thirty of them – at least – survived the Clones and the Emperor’s Inquisitors.
It is the basis of the series Obi-Wan Kenobi from Disney +: Order 66 is the moment of changeover Star Wars. The moment the Sith took over. Where Palpatine won, unsheathing the fatal blow that the Republic, too naive, had not seen coming. This Order 66 is the command that orders the famous Clones to turn against the Jedi and unsolder them, without any other form of trial. A kind of virus introduced into their DNA by the Chancellor, to use them as a bomb when the time comes. This moment occurs in Revenge of the Sith : After being discovered by Mace Windu – and rescued by Anakin – Palpatine reveals his game totally, his Sith nature and his dark side. He is about to become full Emperor and before that, meticulously gets rid of those who can hinder his takeover.
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Of course, it’s about the Jedi Order! Leading the Clone Wars against the Separatists, General Grievous and Count Dooku, they are then dispatched to the four corners of the Galaxy far far away, to lead the troops. Troops who will therefore turn against them and execute them one by one.
It’s unclear how many Jedi there were in the Republic at this time. How many Padawans were being trained? How many Novices were in Apprenticeship at the Temple? But almost all of them were murdered that day. A bloody purge, some of which nevertheless survived…
First of all, Obi-Wan Kenobi, obviously ! He is seen fleeing the planet Utapau in Episode III, after the Clones turn on him. Similarly, Yoda was on Kashyyyk, helping the Wookiees fight off the Droid army, when he sensed a distortion in the force, allowing him to react quite quickly and run away:
They are obviously the best known, since the only survivors mentioned in the films.
Realizing that the Galaxy had tilted, Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi go into hiding hoping for better days for the Jedi. But they are not the only ones. Other robed comrades survived. There are nearly thirty of them in the “canon” mythology of Star Wars, that is to say the various official works produced by Lucasfilm, from comics to video games and animated series.
It’s also in the series Rebels and Clone Wars that we find the other most famous Jedi survivor, namely Ashoka Tano. Anakin’s ex-Padawan was coming out of the siege of Mandalore. Ahsoka and was on her way to deliver Darth Maul to the Council on Coruscant when Order 66 was issued. She then managed to escape and her ship crashed on an unidentified moon with Captain Rex. The two have faked their own deaths and she throws her lightsaber away in spite. Ashoka will then return, alive and well, to Rebels (and also in The Mandalorianin a post-Empire era), to face the Grand Inquisitor, who is also an ex-Jedi, former Guardian of the Temple, who had fallen into the dark side even before Order 66…
It should also be noted that the Inquisitors that we meet in the series Obi-Wan Kenobi are almost all former Jedi. Because those who weren’t killed at the time of Revenge of the Sith were hunted down for years, from planet to planet, by a kind of Gestapo called L‘Inquisitorius. It is not known how many were captured but some did not have the courage to sacrifice themselves. They were tortured by the Empire to the point of turning to the dark side… and joining the ranks of L‘Inquisitorius to hunt their old comrades! This is the case of the Fifth Brother for example, which we see in the Disney + series. Or Reva. But also of the Second Sister, alias Trilla Suduri, whom we meet in the video game Fallen Order.
The title of Electronic Arts takes place in this same time wedged between Episode III and Episode IV and tells how the surviving Jedi hide out, while seeking to find the young Force-sensitives, to help them before he is not massacred. We thus find Cal Kestis, former padawan of Jaro Tapal who gave his life to save his apprentice at the time of Order 66. What another Jedi crossed in the game, Cere Junda, did not do. She was Trilla’s master and swayed her under torture, causing her to tip over.
Caleb Dume was luckier. As previewed in the anime series The Bad Batch, he was the padawan of Depa Billaba. The latter sacrificed himself so that he could escape. In the process, he changed his identity to hide and become the smuggler Kanan Jarrus, one of the future heroes of the Rebellion and Star Wars: Rebels…but still a Jedi!
The recent trailer for season 2 of The Bad Batch also taught us that Gungi, one of the rare Novice Wookiees – introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars – had also survived Order 66.
A host of other names are also mentioned in the various books and comics Star Wars. Especially those dedicated to Darth Vader. We see the Dark Lord himself tracking down his former comrades from the Temple who managed to escape and executing them without remorse. Like when he kills Jocasta Nue, who kept the Jedi Archives and who had therefore managed to escape… In these comics, Vader also assassinates a certain Kirak Infil’a, a powerful Jedi, Eeth Koth, a member of the Crusader Council in The Phantom Menace or even Ferren Barr, who was trying to rally new followers to his cause… All of them had survived Order 66… but not for very long.
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Several dozen knights therefore managed to flee, like Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobiat the end of Revenge of the Sith. And we discover new ones very regularly, as when the Disney + series tells us that Quinnlan Vos, close friend of the master Kenobi, especially passed through the animated series Clone Wars, is also still alive. “Quinlan been here?“, is surprised with joy the character of Ewan McGregor.
No, the Jedi didn’t all die with Order 66. They survived in numbers (though a good portion of those survivors were finished off by the Inquisitors and Vader afterwards). This Screen Rant video gives a very comprehensive look at the surviving lightsabers of Revenge of the Sith :