Would a tractor beam in Star Wars have the power to suck up a major city like New York or Singapore? Example of what I think a tractor beam would do to Singapore:

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Picture courtesy of Independence Day: Resurgence

Have tractor beams ever been used in Star Wars to destroy things at all?

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    Where are these pictures from?
    – Adamant
    Jun 5 '16 at 4:06
  • @Jonah Independence Day: Resurgence. (from Google images)
    – Molag Bal
    Jun 5 '16 at 4:37
  • @armadillo - So does that mean that this is asking a question about Star Wars in terms of the fictional technology in another work?
    – Adamant
    Jun 5 '16 at 4:38
  • It's asking if tractor beams have ever been used in SW to destroy things.
    – Mazura
    Jun 5 '16 at 4:46
  • That's right Mazura. If not seen destroying stuff, then can it's power be enough to do the damage to the cities like above? Jun 5 '16 at 4:50

Yes, although it (probably) won't be in one piece!
In the Legends' Dark Empire comic book series (and mentioned elsewhere in Legends EU), the Empire built the World Devastators:

A Devastator's primary tactic was to land on the surface of a planet. There, its mighty tractor beam projectors would literally tear the planet beneath it apart, thus making them "planet killers."

The most obvious example of this comes when a group of the 3km machines were tasked to attack Mon Cal:
World Devastators attack Mon Cal

... although sometimes they just needed a light snack, and munched on Star Destroyers:

Emancipator for Lunch


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