Whether or not you can actually choke yourself to death has been gone over many times, and the general consensus is that you are unable to kill yourself this way. Fast forward to a galaxy far, far away. One of the powers we most commonly associate with the dark side of the force is the iconic "Force Choke," the ability to lift (not sure if Vader was special, but I can't remember another time I saw someone lifted off the ground) and strangle someone just by clenching your fist.

What if you, as a Sith, hated everything, especially yourself, and decided one day to end it? Granted there are much faster ways (quick one-two with the ol' lightsaber or maybe being tickled with spooky lightning) to end your life, but for some reason you're adamant on choking to death. I ask out of curiosity as Anakin released his grip on Padmé prematurely (if memory serves) which gave her enough time to name her children before popping her clogs. Whether she actually died from "losing the will to live" or not I'm unsure of.

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    you would probably also pass out, and loose grip of the force. hence stopping the force choke.
    – Himarm
    Jan 29, 2016 at 15:45
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    scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/76856/… the choking could have damaged her throat, but the force was no longer actively choking her. you could conceivably do similar damage to yourself its just usually not in lethal quantities before you pass out. obviously if he wanted to he could have used the force to break her neck, or to break her trechea which if done to yourself probably would kill you should you not get medical attention
    – Himarm
    Jan 29, 2016 at 15:59
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    “Why are you Force-choking yourself? Why are you Force-choking yourself?” “Oh Ani!” Jan 29, 2016 at 16:12
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    I'm left wondering if you're working on a very specific erotic fanfic
    – Valorum
    Jan 29, 2016 at 17:13
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    Obligatory xkcd Jan 29, 2016 at 23:19

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Force Grip is, technically, not a dark side power. It is Force-based telekinesis, a power all Force-sensitives are capable of. In this, it is the use of Force push on one's breathing apparatus in all directions, essentially constricting airflow and causing suffocation.

That is also how physical choking works. The only benefit is that Force Grip can be used outside melee range and leaves no fingerprints (which is beneficial because...you know).

The reason why committing suicide with Force Grip won't work is the same as that for physical self-choking. Both acts require conscious control of your hands/the Force throughout the act to maintain the required amount of strength. As you suffocate, your consciousness slowly fades out from a lack of air, and your mind slowly loses control of your hands/the Force, which in turn gradually loses its grip until the airflow returns to normal and you return to full life.

If you are able to keep your respiratory system choked without losing strength, then sure you can die from choking yourself, physically or otherwise. But that normally doesn't happen.

Things like lightning and lightsaber decapitation work because they happen faster than your loss of control can stop it. A strong enough current can short-circuit your heart before your brain is fried. Momentum keeps a lightsaber going even if you let go.

Source: Science!

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    i upvoted because you have 4.999 rep ._. Jan 29, 2016 at 16:13
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    And now he's OVER FIVE THOUSA... wait... wrong setting full of super powers.
    – T.J.L.
    Jan 29, 2016 at 16:20
  • And this isn't even his final form. Jan 29, 2016 at 23:29

[...] it is vital to distinguish between air and blood chokes. [...] if the airway rather than the carotid arteries is blocked, the subject cannot breathe, but his brain is still perfused with blood and he will remain conscious and may continue to struggle for a minute or more; he will lose consciousness only when the oxygen in the circulating blood is consumed and he collapses from hypoxia. Even if the hold is released at this point, the blood circulating through the brain contains no oxygen, and consequently the subject may not regain consciousness or resume spontaneous breathing.

from wikipedia

So if the force-choke ends once you lose consciousness, that may be too late. I guess it depends on how close to unconsciousness you can get while maintaining the force choke, which might be longer compared to hands, as no physical muscles are involved.


a powerful force user can use the force grip to such a level as to instantly kill his or her target so there should be no difference here. if a sith wants to die and uses the force grip to his or her maximum ability and he or she has the skill to instantly kill then yes it would be possible

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