I have often heard that the reason why Mace Windu's saber is purple is that Samuel L Jackson just really wanted a purple saber because he likes that color, and thus the purple lightsaber was born. However this much is for certain, that wasn't the first time we saw a purple saber because in the 1997 video game Dark Forces II there was a Dark Jedi who wielded a purple lightsaber. This got me wondering when was the first time a purple lightsaber appeared in any official Star Wars media (canon or otherwise)?

  • My recollection was that Mr. Jackson mostly just wanted to be able to tell where he was on the screen. And purple was cool. – Michael Richardson Dec 16 '19 at 21:39
  • His lightsaber hilt also had inscribed on it, "Bad M*#&$#^$". – HardCode Dec 18 '19 at 21:51

Boc, the Dark Jedi in Dark Forces 2 that you mentioned is probably the first.

An'ya Kuro also wields a purple lightsaber, but her first appearence was the 1998 Star Wars: Republic: Vow of Justice, the year after Dark Forces 2 was released.

I'm unable to find any earlier purple lightsabers.

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