A List of All the Characters Who Had Hands Cut Off in Star Wars

luke's mechanical arm from empire

What Arms and Legs Were Cut Off in Star Wars?

If you lived a long time ago in a galaxy far far away you could be forgiven for thinking all your people did was run around cutting off each other’s arms.

It was the price for getting smart to a Jedi in a bar, the price for trying to arrest a Sith Lord and the price paid for a kid who just wanted to have some time with his busy father…

Here’s a list of all the dismembering we could remember that happened in the Star Wars films, very minor characters such as robots and ‘extras' were not counted.

A New Hope

The Empire Strikes Back

  • While the Wampa got the goods on Luke in the first round, when Luke left the Wampa's cave, at least he had both arms then… 
  • Luke loses his hand to Vader in the climactic duel in which Vader reveals he is Luke's father. Talk about Luke having a really bad day at the office. 

Return of the Jedi

  • Luke gets shot in his mechanical hand which doesn't count as losing a limb but it's a reminder of the significance – he is very like Vader and the closer he steps towards the dark side, the more likely he will become like Vader.
  • Everything however comes full circle when in the climactic duel aboard the Death Star when Luke is just about to fully give into The Dark Side, he cuts off Vader's hand, returning the favor. At which time Luke realises he is a Jedi and he has no wish to be anything but. Turning off his saber, he shows he is in control of his emotions and will not succumb to to the Dark Side. A truly awesome Star Wars moment. 

The Phantom Menace

  • No one had their hand cut off in this movie though Obi-Wan did manage to sever Darth Maul in half…
darth maul eyes

Attack of the Clones

  • Obi-Wan cuts off Zam Wessell’s lower arm as she starts to attack him in a bar. What is it with this Jedi Knight and bars?
  • Mace Windu chops up Jango Fett be severing his head. A subtle moment that many have missed is that Jango's jet pack miss fired. He knew he couldn't beat a Jedi one on one so he tried to bail. 
  • Count Dooku manages to cut off Anakin's arm near the end of the film. This serves as one of the first markers for Anakin becoming Darth Vader. Of course, the massacre of the Tusken tribe was probably a bigger one… as for the Younglings…

Revenge of the Sith

  • Before Anakin taps into the Dark Side of the force to kill Count Dooku, the Sith Lord in training had both hands removed from his person. 
  • Obi-Wan cuts two of General Grievous' hands off as they battle on Utapau. 
  • Anakin cuts off Mace Windu’s hand to stop him from finishing off Emperor Palpatine
  • Anakin Skywalker does not have the high ground when Obi-Wan remove his biological arm in a classic moment of the entire film series. Obi-Wan leaves Anakin for dead, to wit the lava they were just battling over starts to burn Anakin. Queue a rescue from Palpatine but only after Anakin has used his mechanical arm to drag himself away from the flaming lava.

The Force Awakens

The Last Jedi

  • While no major character had an arm or leg cut off, Snoke was cut in half when Kylo Ren tricked him and Snoke's Praetorian guard were sliced and diced by Rey and Kylo.

Rogue One

  • While Vader wrecked some Rebels at the end of the film, it doesn't appear he actually sliced anyone's arm off. 

The Last Jedi

  • No one came close to losing an arm – pretty hard for Kylo Ren to cut Luke's off when he's not there…


The Rise of Skywalker

  • We cannot recall anyone losing an arm in The Rise of Skywalker, though Ben Solo certain carves up the Knights of Ren quite sharply.

Who Cut the Most Arms off People in Star Wars?

It almost feels as if Obi-Wan has a bet going on with Anakin as to who can dismember the most people! 
The tally for each is: Obi-Wan has 6 hands and 2 legs, three of which belong to Anakin. Anakin / Vader has 4 arms, so we're calling this in the Jedi's favor!
As for who massacred the most Younglings, you can figure that out yourself…
If we are counting Wookies ripping off arms, Chewbacca got a Pyke good in the Solo film and Black Krrsantan ripped an arm of a Trandoshan in Episode 4 of the Book of Boba Fett

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