@Richard commented here that

@SS-3.1415926535897932384626433 - Although there's some evidence that the Sith can control minds, that doesn't seem to stretch to creating meatpuppet soldiers in sufficient quantities to prevent being immediately slaughtered by their comrades.

It got me wondering about Sith Mind Tricks (similar to Jedi Mind Tricks). Logically, a Sith should be able to do such things as the Force has a strong influence on weak minds, but I am unable to recall any example. Has canon mentioned Sith Mind Tricks (with any other name) anywhere? Any example?

  • it is the same thing. Before the Disney era Mind trick was taught of as a light side power. ( im reffering to the Jedi Academy game here ). Now it seems that it is possible for Sith to use this power also.
    – Cherubel
    Commented Dec 1, 2015 at 7:09
  • And even if there was a Sith version you kind of cant use it in the way you are sugesting! A sith cant mind control 10 different people at Thea same time and get them to kill 10 of their friends. Mind control confuses the weak minded, if you actually ordered a killling by using the mind control you would prob get a lot of resistance from the subject. Now if you multiply that with a number of people it would get extremly difficult pretty fast. There is something else that influence the minds, in a positive way mind you. The "Battle Meditation".
    – Cherubel
    Commented Dec 1, 2015 at 7:20
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    Bastila was able to use this technique to influence the minds of thousands of troops and inspired them to fight better so they could win over the Sith every time. The equvalent to this is the Dread masters ability to cause terror in opposing forces making them mortaly afraid. So far this ability exists in the SWTOR game and is only known to Darths: Draxus, Raptus, Bestia, Calphayus, Tyrans
    – Cherubel
    Commented Dec 1, 2015 at 7:21
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    @Cherubel Actually, Obi-Wan hacked the minds of several stormtroopers in Mos Eisley spaceport at the same time.
    – user931
    Commented Dec 1, 2015 at 7:37
  • ObiWan is a master Jedi and he suceeded. That is NOT to say that he could have used the Mind trick to get the Stormtroopers to kill each other. Please, PLEASE do note that every time that the mind trick is used it is to do something benign and non threathening. That way the minds can accept it. most ppl are hardwired against randomly gunning friends, colleagues and family. So if Obi or anibody for that matter ever tried to use it in a violent way the rate of sucess wouldnt be that high. It is a suggestion, open a door, let us go, you didnt see me. it isnt kill this child or murder your friend
    – Cherubel
    Commented Dec 1, 2015 at 13:37

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Yes, the Emperor demonstrates the ability to control the mind of a Twi'lek girl in the canon novel Lords of the Sith:

“Come here, girl,” the Emperor said, putting the power of the Force into his command.

Unable to resist, the girl walked out of the tree line until she stood, small and vulnerable, before him.

With preternatural speed the Emperor drew, ignited, and slashed at the girl with his lightsaber, but Vader had sensed his Master’s intent and moved with greater speed, igniting his own blade and intercepting his Master’s blow before it could land.

The girl, under the sway of the Emperor’s power, seemed scarcely to notice the danger. She simply stood there, staring vacantly, her face aglow in the red light of the crossed blades.

Lords of the Sith, p. 243


In the canon comic Star Wars: Darth Vader #1, Vader is on Tatooine talking with someone highly resistant to Jedi mind tricks. When this person asks him if he is trying to use Jedi mind tricks on him, Vader answers:

Mind tricks are not of the dark side

We prefer force.

and force chokes him.

From how it sounds there, Sith can do mind tricks but prefer the brutal method of choking/intimidating one into doing what they want (as mind tricks are too "nice").

  • I found an image to go with your source (it's not HD though). Anyone have a better image to go with the anwser?
    – RedCaio
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 8:22

I don't think that the Sith can use a mind trick that way. A mind trick is as far as I know a one time influence (Obi-Wan on Tatooine etc.). But the Sith were adept in Battle Meditation. For example in the Thrawn novels it is explained that the Imperials lost the Battle of Endor because after the death of the Emperor his Battle Meditation ended. So we could call this power a sort of mass mind trick. After all he influences the weak minded to do what he wants.

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    Why do you think it's a one-time influence? Can you provide an example of a mind trick succeeding the first time, but failing subsequent times?
    – phantom42
    Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 13:42
  • I didn't mean that a mind trick can only be used once on a individual but that it influences one certain decision.
    – kzevo1800
    Commented Dec 15, 2015 at 9:50

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