Star Wars

Characters Who Were Dark Side Users But Not Sith

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Beware! The Dark Side is looming – The darkness will play a big part in the Obi-Wan Kenobi story as our favourite master of trolling will once again face his former friend and student, Darth Vader. Along the way, he’ll be hunted by the Inquisitorius (which will not be included in this post), who serve under the Sith Lord. That is where this post comes in. We did a bit of research and found groups and individuals who followed the Dark Side but were not Sith.

Before we begin, this post will contain potential spoilers for Obi-Wan Kenobi and the rest of the Skywalker Saga. We will NOT include books or video references, but we will be including comic explanations where necessary.

The Knights Of Ren

In the Sequel Trilogy, we’re introduced to the Knights of Ren, led by Kylo Ren, formerly Ben Solo, the son of Leia Organa and Han Solo. While not explained in the films, a comic miniseries called The Rise of Kylo Ren gives an explanation of how Ben became the leader of these Dark Side warriors.

While we won’t go over it in full, the Knights of Ren started as a gang led by a man named Ren. After his defeat by Ben, the young disillusioned Jedi took over the group. He dropped his name and became Kylo Ren.

Eventually, after the resurgence of the long-dead Emperor Palpatine, Kylo Ren returned to the light and joined Rey, the second half of the Force Dyad, in defeating her grandfather. Now having returned to his former name of Ben Solo, the former Master of the Knights of Ren ended the group he had ruled over for so long.

Asajj Ventress

A Dathomirian Nightsister, Asajj Ventress was the apprentice of Darth Tyranus, better known as Count Dooku. However, there was one problem. The rule of two states that there can only be one master and apprentice at a time. This ultimately ruled out Ventress from becoming a full Sith apprentice. Instead, she was more of a Sith Assassin, as Ahsoka Tano refers to her as Dooku’s assassin.

The Nightsisters

Speaking of the Nightsisters, they were well-known for using the Dark Side. However, their male counterparts, the Nightbrothers, were nowhere near as influential in the Force as the Nightsisters.

The Nightsisters inhabited Dathomir, a planet that drowned in the Dark Side. They siphoned their power from the darkness that manifested across their homeworld. Moreover, their alleged origins are tied to the Jedi Order. Though there is no record of an exile, it’s said that the banished Jedi wrote in the Book of Law, a series of records she constructed of how much she despised the Jedi for kicking her out. This ultimately leads to the group sharing a hatred for the Jedi.

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C.J. Hawkings has written for the now-defunct Entertainment website, Movie Pilot and the still functioning WhatCulture and ScreenRant. She prides herself as a truth seeker and will do (almost) anything for coffee or Coke No Sugar. Oh! And food!

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