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The limiting factor is not open hands - it's the agility of the mind to move them, and the efficacy of the training involved. I did some fencing back in college, which is light-years, if you'll pardon the expression, from a lightsaber battle, but does share some things in common, and I've studied a number of martial arts. What you're contending against in ...


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Remember what Qui-Gon said about Anakin's Pod-racing skills in Phantom Menace: He can see things before they happen. That's why he appears to have such quick reflexes. It is a Jedi trait. What you're perceiving as a reaction to a shot is actually the Jedi knowing about the shot before the shot is fired. It doesn't matter how fast a blaster travels if the ...


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There is an article on BBC News which contains an interview with George Lucas, including the following passage: ...But Lucas revealed that despite their monastic regime, Jedi were permitted to have sex. "Jedi Knights aren't celibate - the thing that is forbidden is attachments - and possessive relationships."


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In-Universe Keep in mind that the Jedi Knights are primarily police. Even the Jedi who devote themselves to the martial school, like Mace Windu, do not generally train in lightsaber combat as rigorously as a Sith does. This is because the overwhelming number of factions that would oppose the Jedi and the Republic are not Force-sensitive and do not wield ...


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There's no evidence within the main film and TV canon of a clone trooper disobeying Order 66 (due to the fact that they were implanted with an "inhibitor chip" guaranteeing their loyalty). Probably the closest we get is in the Clone Wars TV series where we meet a deserting Clone named Cut Lawquane. Since he's hiding from the Empire and supports the Jedi, I ...


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Most lightsabers have a built-in deadman switch. It would just be irresponsible for a Jedi to construct such a dangerous weapon without one. Essentially, if the handle is not being held (has pressure on it) the weapon deactivates. This prevents a lightsaber from flying away from the disarmed Jedi and scything through his allies (or slashing the viewport ...


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Obi Wan explains this in the novelization of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: "This was the formal weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. More skill than simple sight was required for its use. An elegant weapon. It was a symbol as well. Anyone can use a blaster or a fusioncutter — but to use a lightsaber well was a mark of ...


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False Premise Surely the Jedi knew the Republic was a democracy in name only This isn't correct. It was a democracy. A corrupt democracy at times, sure, but a democracy nonetheless. The fact that it was so inept in its handling of Naboo during the Trade dispute of Episode I and was so easily manipulated by Darth Sidious doesn't by itself make it worse ...


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Jedi: Mace Windu: ...you must realize there aren't enough Jedi to protect the Republic. We are keepers of the peace, not soldiers. -- Episode II Sith: It's difficult to find conclusive proof that the plural of "Sith" is "Sith" because (a) there are so few Sith and (b) the plural is usually given as "Sith Lords". These are the best I can find in the ...


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In the Expanded Universe novels it is shown that most Jedi do NOT disappear upon death. Those who do have 'become One with the Force'. It is implied that only those who disappear can re-appear as Force Ghosts, but Vader seems to invalidate this (EDIT: Correction - Vader's organic body DID disappear, what was burned was just his suit - see the section on ...


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Tutaminis is a difficult skill to master. As Wookieepedia notes: it was a rare feat to be capable of dissipating concentrated energy such as what makes up a blasterbolt or lightsaber blade. If tutaminis was easy to master, no Jedi or Sith would ever die by lightsaber blade or blaster bolt. Of all the thousands of Jedi in the galaxy, Wookieepedia only ...


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Obi-Wan was unconscious when Anakin killed Dooku (Obi-Wan had been knocked out earlier in the fight), so he didn't see that Anakin executed Dooku. Obi-Wan praised Anakin for his victory over Dooku without realizing how Anakin had killed him. The only witness to Dooku's execution was Palpatine, so none of the Jedi knew Anakin had executed Dooku. The Jedi ...


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According to Dooku, the Jedi were outnumbered by a thousand battle droids to each Jedi. There's really no good reason to assume that he was exaggerating. “I don’t think so,” Mace countered. “The Geonosians aren’t warriors. One Jedi has to be worth a hundred Geonosians.” Count Dooku glanced about the stadium, his smile widening. “It wasn’t the ...


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Well the average speed of a blaster bolt (according to this article) is around 78mph. This is far far below the speed of light, and is in fact about the speed of a baseball pitch.So a Jedi deflecting a single blaster bolt is about the same as a baseball player hitting a baseball. As we see, Jedis don't just deflect one bolt, they deflect a barrage in a ...


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Yes, Beru and Owen were aware that Kenobi was a Jedi, at least according to the story told from her perspective in the (canon) anthology book Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View Still, there’ve been plenty of times I’ve wondered if I’d made a mistake. That day old Ben Kenobi showed up with the baby, my first instinct was to run. I may be a country ...


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Jedi Knights have been using that title since before the creation of the Old Republic 25,000 years BBY. The title presumably reflects their role in the galaxy as protectors & guardians. To understand where the "Lord" title comes in, we have to look back at the history of what we call the Sith, and how that title became part of their structure: At least ...


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Yes Count Dooku was once a Jedi. When he left the Jedi Order, he wasn't punished, hunted down, or even bad-mouthed by the Order. The Jedi held him in high regard and continued to respect him, even after he left the Jedi Order. From Attack of the Clones: MACE: Count Dooku was once a Jedi. He couldn't assassinate anyone; it's not in his character. Obi-...


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There are multiple answers to your question: First, Qui-Gon is quite "powerful" at the time of The Phantom Menace. It is said in the film that, had he followed the code of the Jedi perfectly he would have been on the High council. So clearly he's not your average Jedi. As for Obi-Wan even if he was a padawan at the time, his training was soon to be complete....


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The best info available suggests that he was 45 when he died. To determine this, we need to use a few sources. Note that some of these are no longer considered fully canon. According to this post by Leland Chee, Anakin was born in 41.9 BBY. Based on various cast interviews, we know that Anakin was aged 9 in Episode I (and that this film takes place in 32 ...


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Although it may sound like a cop-out, the answer is that it was because the Force didn't tell him to. Qui-Gon Jinn was drawn to the only junkyard in town that had a compatible hyperdrive. When faced with an apparent obstacle, he simply waits for the Force to present him with a solution. Presumably when you're a powerful Jedi these kinds of coincidences ...


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You're referring to the Dark Empire comic book miniseries, published in the early 1990s. Dark Empire as a series was about the return of Emperor Palpatine1 and his renewed attempts at Galactic domination. However, a significant subplot of the first Dark Empire series was Luke joining Palpatine, intending to eventually destroy him, and being sucked into the ...


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Remember the blast shield in A New Hope: Luke was deflecting bolts without seeing them. Using the Force a Jedi essentially "knows" where the bolt will be so the lightsaber is moved to position. A Jedi's quick reflexes are more proactive than reactive.


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The differences are mostly thematic -- until they aren't. You're right that there isn't much of a difference between Sith and Jedi... ...Except the Jedi aren't trying to destroy planets, don't slaughter anyone who disagrees with them, don't have a history of devouring all life off a planet, and don't weaken the very fabric of the Force. From the uninformed ...


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The Jedi did not carry shields because of their use of the Force. Simply put, they don't need them. Besides a shield's obvious bulk, they also signify a more militaristic appearance and mindset. The Jedi make every attempt to appear as defenders of the peace, not promoters of war. Their use of lightsabers as defensive weapons, enhance their appearance as ...


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Jedi Master and Sith Lord are formal titles which are generally used by both sexes. In current canon there are no female Sith Lords (Asajj Ventress was affiliated with the Sith as an apprentice of Darth Tyranus, but was never given a title like Sith Lord or a feminine equivalent). There were many female Jedi Masters, and they were called Jedi Masters rather ...


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You're thinking of the Dark Empire comics published by Dark Horse comics in 1991. In this story, Luke falls to the Dark Side and becomes an apprentice of a resurrected Emperor.


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You're misreading Luke's sentiments in Ep 4. While Luke does want to follow his friends to the "Academy" (the only logical specific academy being one of the Imperial-run institutions such as the Academy of Carida or the Coruscanti Pilot Institute), it's not necessarily for the purpose of joining the Imperials. Luke, in the same movie, declares his hatred for ...


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The main differences are: How they access the Force. Jedi's access to the Force is more passive. They let the Force guide them. Sith's access is far more active. They make the Force do their bidding. This becomes especially clear with Plagueis and Sidious, as shown in Legends novel Plagueis and Disney canon novel Tarkin. It's also very much stressed in ...


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