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I always assumed that "Return of the Jedi" referred to Luke Skywalker. Does it mean Anakin or Luke? It makes a lot more sense to me if it refers to Anakin. File:Darth Cow-Small.PNG --DarthCow--Talk| Email 01:55, 12 May 2006 (UTC)

  • I agree with adamwankenobi. i think it means the empire was destroyed along with the remaining sith and the jedi are about to grow. Darth mathias 13:49, 12 May 2006 (UTC)
    • The title is intentionally ambiguous, just as The Phantom Menace can refer to Maul, Sidious, the Sith, the Federation or Anakin - Kwenn 13:55, 12 May 2006 (UTC)


  • My version is that the jedi returned...so to speak...to protect the republic, though destroying part 1 of the emperior. And also the return of Anakin skywalker and the jedi code really.--Revan 21:53, 19 May 2006 (UTC)
    • In Russian, the distinction is more apparent because the words "Jedi" and "Sith" have singular and plural forms there. The official translation of the ROTS and ROTJ titles uses the plural form of Sith, and the singular form of Jedi. - Sikon [Talk] 04:30, 20 May 2006 (UTC)

If the series is taken as a hole the titles are more events that happen in the movies, The Phantom Menace = the introduction of Sidious and his mysterious identity proving to be a menace to the Republic, Attack of the Clones = well obviously the start of the Clone Wars, The Revenge of the Sith = The Great Jedi Purge and Sidious & Vader conquering the Galaxy, A New Hope = the Jedi's new hope in Luke, The Empire Strikes Back = the Empires revenge for the destruction of the Death Star (ie destruction of Rebel base, and Vader striking back at the Jedi New Hope), Return of the Jedi would more or less mean Anakin's redemption, and I say that mainly because Lucas' original title for the movie was the Revenge of the Jedi, and that would be Anakin's revenge against Vader and Sidious for destroying his life and the love of his life, and forcing him to torture his own children. You also cant forget that this Saga is all about Anakin mostly, (And Artoo!) DarthVaderwillriseagain 13:25, 20 May 2006 (UTC)DarthVaderwillriseagain

I'm sure it refers to the entire Jedi Order and that many of the foreign language translations, such as the Danish 'Jediridderen Vender Tilbage' (literally 'The Jedi Knight Returns'), are wrong. KEJ 14:42, 21 May 2006 (UTC)

I think the meaning has changed over time. In 1983, "Return of the Jedi" was a reference to Luke's return from his defeat at Bespin. I think of it as a western movie title like.. (I'm making up a random title) The Return of the Westerner... or something like that. If you look at the Saga as a hole, it marks the sigular return of a Jedi that embodies the return of the Jedi Order as a closing for the saga. It also echoes the prequel trilogy... secluded Sith get revenge... secluded Jedi return. Majorthomme 02:07, 24 May 2006 (UTC)

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