I can't remember where, but it was stated or heavily implied that droids cannot be force-sensitive due to their bionic nature (and also because they can't have midichlorions in their 'bloodstream').

Luke has his arm chopped off and replaced with a bionic hand, and Vader is "more machine than man' by the time he and Luke fight.

Do these bionic implants impede their ability to use the Force at all?

  • To my knowledge/recollection, most of the other discussions centered on the fact that droids could not be force sensitive because blood transfusions did not impart any ability.
    – phantom42
    Apr 14, 2014 at 20:10
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    Very much related, but possibly not a dupe: When Jedi lose parts of their body, does their midi-chlorian count and strength in the Force diminish?.
    – phantom42
    Apr 14, 2014 at 20:11
  • @phantom42 Very similar, but I'm also curious if there's a de-humanizing factor that actively reduces force ability. Which I think is interesting enough to explore further.
    – Zibbobz
    Apr 14, 2014 at 20:13
  • Yeah, that's why I think it's a good question and not a dupe.
    – phantom42
    Apr 14, 2014 at 20:17
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    I don't have a source, though I'm pretty sure it was from some material related to RotS, but I remember reading that because of his bionic hands, Vader couldn't cast Force lightning.
    – Tomari7
    Apr 14, 2014 at 22:18

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Canon is uncertain in this point. The only major being with massive implants and the force is Vader. The Emperor certainly thinks that Vader's connection to the force is deminished through his injuries. But the Jedi do not when he losses his arm on Geonosis. It also differs in HOW you think the force is expressed. A more mystical approch says no. There are sentiant force using Crystals that live in a droid body and use the force just fine. Someone's spritual connection can be nurtured and grown through ways like the Jedi use. Forcee ability is documented to grow through training and use. The other way is more scientific. The amount of midichlorians in a person determines force ability. But it is never clarified if it's per cell or the whole body or even if it's capible to change. Lucus seems to change his mind in that it starts out as more mystical in the original trilogy and more scientific in the prequels.

In total, it's how you personally view what the Force is and how it's expressed that will determine whether or not force ability can be deminished through loosing body parts. The Force is the perfect mind of matter situation. It is entirely possible that if you think it dimishes your ability, it will.

  • Darth Maul had his entire lower half replaced by cybernetics. Valin Draco also had "massive" cybernetic enhancements. So Vader was not the only one. The Sith lady Lumiya would certainly agree with your point though.
    – The Fallen
    May 19, 2014 at 0:34

The force flows through all living things and can not be judged by the size of the user so if you as the force user believes that the implants diminish your abilities then they will but they don't have to. Droids are not living so the force can not flow through them

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    It would be good to add some references to your answer Jun 15, 2014 at 18:09

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