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"The boy. He your son?"
"No. He is my Padawan. Something between a student and an apprentice."
Grecker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, discussing Anakin Skywalker[src]

A Padawan, also known as a Padawan learner or Apprentice, referred to a Force-sensitive adolescent who trained in the Jedi Order to one day become a full-fledged Jedi. Padawans were known as Jedi younglings at first, and trained in classroom settings with multiple students and a teacher.[10] After reaching a certain age, Padawans were normally apprenticed to a Jedi Knight or Jedi Master, beginning their one-on-one training. Apprentices would often go on missions with their masters as part of this one-on-one training. The Code forbade the Jedi from training more than one Padawan or apprentice at a time. Most of the Padawans were known to grow or wear Padawan braids to symbolize their rank. After completing the Jedi Trials, a Padawan would be promoted to the rank of Jedi Knight.[1]

After the establishment of the Galactic Empire, a few ex-Padawans that had survived Order 66 or left the Jedi Order before the purge joined the nascent Rebel Alliance.[18]

Behind the scenesEdit

The term "Padawan" first appeared as far back on George Lucas's first story treatments for the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, the first installment of the Star Wars original trilogy.[12] It wasn't heard, however, before the filming of the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, the first installment of the prequel trilogy.[1] In all previous works, including the original movies or Star Wars Legends stories, the concept was referred as "Apprentice".

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