List of people who had their hands cut off in Star Wars

28 February 2023

The loss of a hand or arm is a recurring motif in the Star Wars franchise, often serving as a symbolic representation of a character's growth, struggle, or transformation. It is usually the result of a lightsaber duel or a violent encounter and can serve to further the plot or character development of the franchise.

 The characters who have lost a limb often have to learn to adapt to their new circumstances and find new ways to fight or function without the use of their missing limb. Overall, the loss of a hand or arm is a significant event in the Star Wars universe that has become an iconic aspect of the franchise.

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Here is a comprehensive list of characters who had their hand or arm cut off in the Star Wars films or shows, grouped by order of film release:

  1. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
  • Ponda Baba: His arm was cut off by Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Mos Eisley Cantina. Ponda Baba was a thug who threatened Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan.
  1. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Luke Skywalker: His hand was cut off by Darth Vader during their lightsaber duel on Bespin. Vader revealed that he was Luke's father and was trying to bring him to the dark side of the Force.
  • Wampa: Its arm was cut off by Luke Skywalker after he was captured and hung upside down in the creature's lair on Hoth.
  • C-3PO: His arms and legs were temporarily detached by Storm Troopers - Chewbacca fixed him up.
  1. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • Darth Vader: His hand was cut off by Luke Skywalker during their final lightsaber duel on the Death Star II. Luke was trying to defeat Vader and redeem him.
  1. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  • Mace Windu: His hand was cut off by Darth Sidious in his office on Coruscant. Windu was attempting to arrest Sidious for his crimes against the Jedi Order.
  • Count Dooku had his both hands removed by Anakin Skywalker
       7. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) 
  • Unnamed Alien: Chewbacca rips the alien's arms out of their sockets in a fight on the planet Vandor. The alien was part of a gang of criminals that Chewbacca and Han Solo were fighting against.
  1. Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Snoke's Elite Praetorian Guards: One of the guards had his arm cut off by Rey during the fight in Snoke's throne room on the Supremacy.
      9. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) 
  • Count Dooku: Both of his hands were cut off by Anakin Skywalker during their duel on General Grievous' flagship. Palpatine orders Anakin to kill Dooku, and he uses his lightsaber to sever Dooku's hands before ultimately decapitating him.


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