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In Episodes I~VII, we see several "Blue Ghosts" (I don't know the proper term, sorry!):

  • Yoda
  • Obi-wan Kenobi
  • Anakin Skywalker
  • Qui-Gon Jinn (I think)
  • possibly others I can't remember

How does someone qualify to become a "Blue Ghost"? Is it limited to Jedis?


If you can't tell, Star Wars isn't my main fandom...

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The Clone Wars episodes 'Voices', 'Destiny' & 'Sacrifice' dealt most directly with this. But in a nutshell it involves a technique to preserve one's individuality upon death. It was taught to Qui-Gon first, but his training was incomplete and so he was only able to communicate with Yoda as a disembodied voice, not appear as an apparition. This however was enough to put Yoda on the path to finishing what he started.

Then as we glimpsed in RotS, Yoda taught Obi-Wan how to commune with Qui-Gon and do the same. It's not directly addressed how Anakin also managed this, though it's been suggested he had help from the other side.

The beings who taught first Qui-Gon and then Yoda are referred to only as the Force Priestesses. Their true origin and nature is still a mystery and may all in fact be one single ancient being that achieved this physical transcendence long ago and appears to have split into it's constituent aspects.

As for the criteria for who receives this training, it seems to be up to the Priestesses to judge who is worthy of it. Being a Jedi doesn't appear to be a necessity though, since that's only one very specific doctrine that centres around the force among a great many others over the ages.

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    “in a nutshell it involves a technique to preserve one's individuality upon death” — in short, they discovered a way to cheat... death? [evil face] – Paul D. Waite Jan 28 '17 at 18:28
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    Oh no, they still die. They just remain conscious after shedding their "crude matter" and become one with the cosmic force. The likes of the Sith only believe in the material realm. They don't believe in the cosmic force and that death only brings oblivion, which is why they cling to life and other material concerns so desperately. – Kris Jan 28 '17 at 19:26
  • clearly totally different! – Paul D. Waite Jan 28 '17 at 19:46
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    The difference is largely philosophical, which is sort of the whole point, no? – Kris Jan 28 '17 at 20:33

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