He openly admitted to Wedge Antilles that he used to "Bullseye (kill) womp rats" in his T-16. So when he killed animals for target practice, was this leveraging him to the Dark Side? It really adds to the questionable things he did.

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    "..was this leveraging him to the Dark Side?" If a person in Queensland Australia were to become known for killing Cane Toads they'd be given a community service award. It all depends on the circumstances.. Commented Sep 19, 2014 at 0:37
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    "The womp rat was a large, omnivorous rodent native to Tatooine. It was widely considered to be a pest." I don't think killing rodent pests is akin to killing pets or more innocent animals or a sign of "Dark Side" behavior. Kittens? Yes. Rat-like predators? Not so much. Commented Sep 19, 2014 at 0:38
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    But he used the force to hit the exhaust port, so he must have been somehow using it to hit the womprats as well. This means he was using the force for an offensive attack against a defenseless animal.
    – Gelfamat
    Commented Sep 19, 2014 at 0:44
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    Who the hell is downvoting this? It's a marvelous and surprisingly deep question! Commented Sep 19, 2014 at 1:12
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    @DVK reading Meat Trademark's link, "...opportunists and fond of carrion and refuse, they were also predators, though most of their prey were old, sick, or generally weak. ... Womp rats traveled in packs to overwhelm larger prey items, such as Dewbacks and Banthas. ... Once it reproduced to such a point that the population could not be kept in check, and womp rats were hunting Jawas and raiding storehouses. The Imperial prefect of Tatooine and the Affiliated Moisture Farmers then passed a bounty ordinance of ten credits per rat." - they're pretty clearly dangerous pests.
    – Adeptus
    Commented Sep 19, 2014 at 1:24

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Opinion based answer since I really doubt there's anything in canon:


Even if Luke was using the force to hit the womp rats and not just motor-skills (consider that shooting a rifle is a hell of a lot easier than shooting torpedoes from a fighter, and that shooting on a planet is easier than shooting in space), the Dark Side of the Force requires an emotional component; giving in to a negative emotion and letting it control your actions.

"Bullseyeing" womp rats may have been fun and it may have given Luke a measure of pleasure but he didn't hate the womp rats, and he didn't fear them and think they needed to be killed. The only emotional component to that would have been satisfaction at a 'job well done.' Hence no Dark Side points for Luke.

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    +1, Don't drive angry. scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/55281/…
    – Mazura
    Commented Sep 19, 2014 at 9:12
  • @Mazura - Sides of your eyes...
    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 19, 2014 at 11:14
  • Where does a rifle come into it?
    – Rawling
    Commented Sep 19, 2014 at 11:36
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    right killing vermin, pests isn't a bad or evil thing. Its necessary for your "farm" to keep away things that could damage equipment, crops, ect. moreover it wasn't even animal cruelty since he was shooting them with something, which was probably killing them instantly. its not like he was gathering them up and cutting them open while they were alive lol.
    – Himarm
    Commented Sep 19, 2014 at 13:10
  • The taking a measure pleasure is a bit misleading though. AS himarm noted. If he has FUN torturing those animals it would still be a way to the dark side. If he just felt pleasure at a job well done (keeping the farm safe) its not.
    – Thomas
    Commented Sep 17, 2015 at 17:57

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