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Darth VaderAnakin Skywalker is left handed in the movies.

Does this also hold true for the comic books?

In addition are Sith more likely to be left handed?

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    Before anyone starts downvoting, look up the etymology of the word "sinister".
    – Mr Lister
    Commented Nov 20, 2016 at 20:29
  • @Mr Lister, I was thinking the same thing.
    – Paul
    Commented Nov 21, 2016 at 12:22
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    Any left handed tendencies you saw in regard to Anakin Skywalker is related to the fact that Hayden is left handed. Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 20:39
  • @scott.korin that makes sense thank you.
    – William
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 1:48

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Sith do not appear to be predisposed to left-handedness

It’s not clear that Vader is left-handed in the movies. Here he is fighting with his right hand in his duel with Luke Skywalker on Bespin, for example.

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He also is portrayed as right-handed in the Marvel Star Wars comics.

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As for other Sith, Darth Sidious at least sometimes fights with his right hand only:

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According to Nick Gillard, the stunt coordinator, Sidious is in fact ambidextrous:

Pertaining to whether Sidious is right-handed or left-handed with a lightsaber, he’s ambidextrous. He’s just that good.

(This seems to be sourced from a Hyperspace chat, but I can’t find a screenshot etc. of the original).

Dooku also appears to be right-handed, or at least employing a right-handed fighting style:

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Note that this also shows Anakin holding his lightsaber with his right hand.

Darth Maul, on the other hand, is left-handed:

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These comprise the sum total of the Sith we have seen in canon (Pong Krell, for example, being a dubious example).

That said, there is some (non-canon) evidence of left-handedness among Sith. In Legends, the Sith species (which predated the Sith as an organization of Dark Side users) tended to be left-handed:

A peculiarity of the Sith people was their innate tendency toward left-handedness. This led to their creation of the lanvarok, a forearm-mounted weapon adapted strictly for left-handed use (human Sith Lords later crafted a right-handed version).

Evil Never Dies: The Sith Dynasties

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  • Should I remove the part about Darth Vader being left handed. For some reason I thought he was in the prequels.
    – William
    Commented Nov 20, 2016 at 21:02
  • @William - Well, he might fight using a left-handed style sometimes, or gesture with his left hand, or so forth.
    – Adamant
    Commented Nov 20, 2016 at 21:02
  • These 2 statements seem to conflict with each other. Sith do not appear to be predisposed to left-handedness. In Legends, the Sith species (which predated the Sith as an organization of Dark Side users) tended to be left-handed:
    – William
    Commented Nov 20, 2016 at 21:10
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    @William - One refers to an organization in Disney canon. The other refers to a species that is no longer canon, and further specifically notes that there were lots of right-handed human Sith.
    – Adamant
    Commented Nov 20, 2016 at 21:11
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    @William - Well, I haven’t looked at Maul, Sidious, and Dooku in the comics, but I suspect they accord with their film depictions.
    – Adamant
    Commented Nov 20, 2016 at 21:25

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