We know from the Death Star Technical Companion that the number of people aboard the first Death Star (including troopers, gunners, crew, pilots, staff, etc.) was 1,179,293. That's how many people Luke killed in a single Force-inspired instant. Then you add all the other people he's killed in his adventures (though as a friend of mine has said, that's essentially a rounding error in the death toll).

How does that compare to the number of people directly killed by Darth Vader (including the sand people, even if he was technically still Anakin then) over his lifespan, off-screen or on?

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    I wouldn't include Alderaan. That was Tarkin's move, not Vader's. – Neal Silvester Jan 23 '16 at 19:39
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    Unless Vader Forced that on Tarkin. – SQB Jan 23 '16 at 19:42
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    The question itself is a trap though. To really express the impact of Vader's choices, you have to account somehow for all the people who died because Vader chose to help Palpatine. Every death after that is some amount of blood on his hands, whether he personally killed them or not. – Longspeak Jan 23 '16 at 19:59
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    Vader could have intervened to stop Tarkin... – RobertF Jan 23 '16 at 21:15
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    And what about scenes where we see Vader prepare to kill people, the camera cuts away, and then we see him afterwards and he basically says "I totally killed all those people"? Like the Younglings at the temple? – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Jan 24 '16 at 0:45

Luke killed way more (at least in the movies)

Mr. Sunday Movies has put together some excellent compilations of their kills.

The results are:

Luke: 369,470

Vader: 60

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    Vader orders several Star Destroyers, each containing THOUSANDS of people, into an asteroid field. At least one of the Destroyers is... destroyed, and all of them took significant damage and probably sustained casualties. – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Jan 24 '16 at 0:35
  • @WadCheber I would assume that the video is not counting that because Vader wasn't the one who actually destroyed the Destroyer. – ibid Jan 24 '16 at 0:38
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    I'd have to argue that the video is wrong, then. – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Jan 24 '16 at 0:42
  • @WadCheber Leave a YouTube comment :) – ibid Jan 24 '16 at 0:43
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    It also counts the Rancor as a "person"... Even if it was, he didn't kill it. He closed a door, and the door happened to crush its skull. :) – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Jan 24 '16 at 0:48

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