If the Emperor's hands were amputated, would he still be able to shoot lightning? What about if his arms were completely removed?

Note: I am looking for a canon-based answer.

  • Inspired by the Return of the Jedi Movie Event in chat. – Praxis Dec 16 '15 at 0:34
  • Well, with all the stock cybernetics, he'd just have to reboot after... – Radhil Dec 16 '15 at 0:39
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    @Null Neither this question nor the one you claim it to be a duplicate of were sufficiently answered with canon evidence. Wouldn't it be best to get an answer before declaring a dupe? – user40790 Dec 16 '15 at 15:38
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    @Axelrod I think this answer, which uses canon-based reasoning, suffices for this question. We haven't seen Force Lightning projected from anywhere but one's hands in canon, so we're left with educated guesses or Legends examples. If you or the asker want to VTRO, feel free. – Null Dec 16 '15 at 15:44
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    @ChrisB.Behrens Anakin's specialty in the movies is cutting off hands. When he tried to stop the Emperor, he body checked and picked him up, rather than simply cutting off his hands. The question, then, is if a handless Emperor could have continued using his lightning. – user40790 Dec 16 '15 at 18:09

Probably, yes.

As seen in this question, channelling1 Force lightning isn't dependent on having hands. @Richard even found a picture (from Star Wars: Legacy #005) of a Force user channelling Force lightning from their entire body:

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1 Yes, I'm using Wheel of Time terminology to answer a Star Wars question. So sue me.

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    Channelling is widely used in lots of works, not just your precious WoT! – CandiedMango Dec 16 '15 at 0:41
  • For the record, this picture also implies that force-lightning can come from a wide variety of unpleasant places. – Valorum Dec 16 '15 at 0:49
  • What's the picture from? – Dave Johnson Dec 16 '15 at 16:20
  • Star Wars: Legacy – Valorum Dec 16 '15 at 22:24
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    "Channeling" is far from specific to Wheel of Time. That's like saying "Force = Mass x Acceleration" is a Star Wars reference. – half_an_egg Dec 18 '15 at 23:04

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