It could be argued that this is a similar question, Did Darth Sidious and Vader ever discover how to cheat death?, but this seems to be more in line with spirit and conscious transference etc.

What I am curious to know is, can or has a Sith/Jedi used the force to keep someone alive physically?

We see plenty of examples of Sith phyiscally taking lives with the use of the force and I was hesitant to include them in this question as they don't seem like ideal candidates to help someone. But there is the issue with Anakin on Mustafar after he suffers those terrible injuries and Darth Sidious coming to his rescue. I am not sure if Darth Sidious actually kept him alive until the medical pod arrived. Or if he just was there to show his presence to Anakin.

eg: Someone suffers an injury that stopped the person/life forms heart and a Sith/Jedi used the force to physically keep the heart beating while waiting for medical assistance to arrive. Once arrived, then being put on some sort of life support. ie, if the Jedi or Sith was not there they would have normally died.;

So was there any canon examples of the Sith/Jedi physically keeping someone alive by using the force?

  • Does keeping oneself alive count? – Adamant Mar 24 '17 at 4:44
  • @Adamant, I guess, especially if say the Jedi/Sith was to stop bleeding from a cut artery. – KyloRen Mar 24 '17 at 4:46
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    Does stopping bleeding from being cut in half count? – Adamant Mar 24 '17 at 4:46
  • @Adamant, Darth Maul? Did he do that? If so, absolutely. But I have never seen any evidence that he did, very interesting. – KyloRen Mar 24 '17 at 4:47
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    Too bad you want a canon answer! I would have a Legends answer involving Cade Skywalker! – Neow Mar 24 '17 at 10:51


Darth Maul used the Force to keep himself alive after being bisected by Obi-Wan on Naboo, as described in a canonical source (and elsewhere):

Q: How does Maul survive being cut in half?

A: The power of anger! Maul draws on his master’s dark side lessons to harness his rage and stay alive after Obi-Wan maims him in a duel on Naboo. Rumor has it that his top half fell down a reactor shaft into a trash container, which was then shipped to Lotho Minor.

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This is how he showed up on the Clone Wars series, of course.

This power is described as coming from “anger” and “rage,” and as originating in Palpatine’s “dark side lessons,” so it seems that it is unlikely to be something a Jedi could employ. But for a Sith with the right talents, it does seem to be within reach.

Whether this can be applied to save others from physical injury remains unclear.

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    WOW! That is the first I have read about this. Nice +1 – KyloRen Mar 24 '17 at 4:49
  • After being cut in half, Darth Maul took the most disgusting #1s and #2s that anyone in the universe had ever seen. The cave that he lived in smelled like an outhouse. – Frank Rendar May 27 at 2:53

In Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game, by West End Games, there was a Force Power called Accelerate Another’s Healing. This allowed a Force-user to heal another character. In game terms, the target was allowed to make extra healing rolls. The healer had to be able to touch the character whenever he attempted a healing roll, too.

There was also another Force Power, Place Another in Hibernation Trance. According to the rules, this Power allowed a Force-user to put another character into a hibernation trance. The affected character had to be in physical contact with the Power's user.

IMHO, one or two of these Force Powers were used both by Obi-Wan Kenobi on Luke, and Darth Sidious on Darth Vader. They're both witnessed having very much physical contacts on their targets.

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But this is all only Legends, of course...

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