It always seems that the Sith have the upper hand against the Jedi, even though since the 'Rule of Two', there are only two Sith and countless Jedi. So is the dark side of the Force stronger than the light?

Or is it due to the fact that the dark side is more chaotic and aggressive, so it's more useful in battle?

Also by stronger I mean, as in battles and overall use of the force during duels.

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    No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive. – bitmask Dec 12 '14 at 16:20
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    "Yes they are" - Emperor Palpatine. – Valorum Dec 12 '14 at 16:22
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    How are you going to measure strength here? In some duels, Sith defeat the Jedi. In others, the Jedi win. Clearly, there is no inherent "stronger", even in battles. – phantom42 Dec 12 '14 at 16:29
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    Given the conflicting results in the duels throughout the Star Wars universe I think this is ultimately going to boil down to opinion. Jedi have defeated Sith -- even strong ones -- many times but Sith have defeated Jedi -- again, even strong ones -- many times as well. VTC as opinion-based. – Null Dec 12 '14 at 16:45
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    That's what the Jedi thought. Having the Sith running the Senate kind of leads you think you might doubt their credibility. – Oldcat Dec 12 '14 at 19:42

The reason the Dark Side tends to appear stronger has two reasons. In the old trilogy, we first see Obi-Wan duel Vader. Obi-Wan loses (intentionally) but I would find it difficult to argue who has the upper hand. The more interesting are the other duels, which are always fought by Luke on the light side. Luke has a lot less training than Vader and is no match for the Emperor. This has purely skill reasons, he just never had the chance to practice lightsaber dueling and was regarding the Emperor, well he just didn't expect that.

So it looks like the light side is weaker because of a sampling error. We just don't see enough fights between Jedi and Dark Side practitioners.

This of course set the expectation of what a fight should look like and in an attempt to exploit the old trilogy for its nostalgia as much as possible, Lucas made the new films continue on the same line.

  • And the prequels? A handful of Sith killed almost all members of the Jedi Order and took over the galaxy. – Null Dec 12 '14 at 16:34
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    @Null To be fair, it was two Sith and an entire army of Clone Troopers versus the Jedi, with the bonus of having the element of surprise. – phantom42 Dec 12 '14 at 16:36
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    Yoda also lost against Palpatine. – Baby Yoda Dec 12 '14 at 16:38
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    @SachinShekhar And since the two were the leaders of the Jedi and Sith, respectively, one could argue from that outcome that the Sith are stronger. – Null Dec 12 '14 at 16:43
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    @Himarm - it's still debatable whether or not Palpatine intentionally lost against Windu in that instance. After all, his potential death is what finally pushed Anakin over the fence, and after that he pretty handily defeated Windu with little effort. – Omegacron Dec 12 '14 at 20:08

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