For instance, Count Dooku wants to Force Lightning the hell out of Padme but it's the Will of the Force that Luke and Leia have to be born, so Dooku can't inflict lethal damage upon her, no matter how much he wants to, has something like that ever happened in Canon or Legends?

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    Yes, Dooku casts Force lightning aiming to kill baby Luke, but Padme's sacrifice shields Luke, and the lightning bounces back at Dooku and kills him instead. Luke only got a small scar from that incident. Now I just need to find a reference for that.
    – void_ptr
    Dec 20, 2016 at 23:17
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    Here's your reference: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Potter#Early_years.
    – Reece
    Dec 20, 2016 at 23:30
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    Yeah, it refused Darth Maul's request to slay Obi-Wan Kenobi. Many times.
    – DBPriGuy
    Dec 20, 2016 at 23:36
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    Darth Maul must have had split feelings about slaying Obi-Wan.
    – void_ptr
    Dec 20, 2016 at 23:37
  • Do you count Luke failing to lift the X-wing as a refusal?
    – Valorum
    Dec 21, 2016 at 0:12

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In Legends canon, definitely yes.

  1. Pretty much any Sith Lord who died, especially Darth Plagueis. Clearly, they didn't want to die, and tried to use the Force to survive.

  2. The way Mi&^*&^*s manipulated the Force and instead of whatever Plagueis planned, created Whiny Anakin Skywalker, The Chosen One.

  • Is the death of sith lords really a refusal by the force or just not possible / a lack of ability? I would look for evidence that the feat was otherwise possible but unable to be performed at a given time for no other apparent reason.
    – Jack
    Dec 21, 2016 at 2:00
  • @Jack - you can argue it either way. Depends, as Obi-Wan would say, on your point of view. But Sith Lords unquestionably had superior ability to bend the Force to their bidding, and they were all super afraid to die. Dec 21, 2016 at 2:02

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