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Every Star Wars Lightsaber Color Explained

Red represents a river of rage and blood. As detailed in the “Star Wars” novel “Ahsoka” by EK Johnston, dark side devotees do not have a peaceful Force connection to the kyber crystal like the Jedi. They must Obligate the crystals to work for them. This “bleeds” the crystal, causing it to turn blood red.

Famous wielders of the red blade include Darth Sidious, Darth Maul, Darth Vader, the Inquisitors, and the Knights of Ren. Followers of the dark side tend to get creative with their creations (sorry, you annoying followers of the light). The first double-bladed lightsaber seen on screen is Maul’s Crimson Double-Bladed Lightsaber in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace”. Inquisitors, however, use their two-bladed sabers for more than just combat. They use their dual rotating blades as one-person helicopters for flight. “Star Wars: Visions” also depicts red kybers fashioned into a parasol-like saber.

So intense and unstable is Kylo Ren’s faulty kyber crystal that he fabricated side vents, creating his lightsaber’s famous crossguard as a safety measure to prevent the crystal from overloading the hilt. Not that that stops Kylo Ren’s lightsaber from being the memetic joke bit, even to “Star Wars” fans who find it cool. After all, it suits his infantile temperament.