The galaxy far, far away is a dangerous place. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a droid, a creature, a bar patron, or a Force user — you have to stay on your toes. Of course, keeping away from the business end of a lightsaber will go a long way toward keeping you in one piece. It might be an elegant weapon, but the sword is also a quite dangerous one. We didn’t see anyone accidentally injure themselves with lightsabers in the films (miraculously), but we did see both Jedi and Sith wield lightsabers in fights which led to some… incidents. Those incidents often involve the loss of arms and/or legs.
Lightsabers weren’t the cause of all the lost limbs in the first six Star Wars films, but it is the most frequent offender. Keep reading to learn about every time a major character (and some creatures) lost a limb (or several) in the films and how it happened.
Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Darth Maul loses both legs. After Qui-Gon Jinn dies at the hands of Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi continues the duel. Obi-Wan manages to turn the fight around, take Maul by surprise, and chops him in two near the waist.
Star Wars Dismemberment Fun Fact: This is the only Star Wars film in which no one loses a hand.
Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Zam Wesell loses her right arm. After the Clawdite shape-shifter Zam Wesell makes an attempt on Padmé Amidala’s life, Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker chase her through Coruscant. They locate her when she ducks into a bar, and Obi-Wan uses his lightsaber to remove her right forearm before she shoots him.
Acklay loses two legs. One of the creatures in the arena during the Battle of Geonosis was the formidable acklay. It tried to take down Obi-Wan, but he escaped its pincers by slicing off two of the acklay’s front legs with his lightsaber.
Anakin loses his right arm. When Anakin recovers from being hit with Force lightning from Count Dooku, he leaps back into battle only to lose more than half of his right arm to Dooku’s blade.
Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Count Dooku loses both hands. In one of many turning points for Anakin, he exacts revenge upon Count Dooku and uses his lightsaber to cut off both the Sith’s hands. (Dooku would also lose his head.)
General Grievous loses two hands. General Grievous is quite the force to be reckoned with given his multiple appendages. Still, Obi-Wan sliced off two of his robotic hands in battle.
Mace Windu loses his right hand. When Mace discovers that Palpatine is the Sith they’ve been looking for, he decides to handle things himself rather than going through appropriate channels. Anakin stops Mace from killing Palpatine by removing Mace’s right hand from the rest of his body.
Anakin loses his left arm and both his legs. We all know how Revenge of the Sith ends, and it isn’t pretty. Anakin comes to hate Obi-Wan, and they engage in a brutal battle on Mustafar. Obi-Wan cuts off Anakin’s left arm and both legs in one swipe.
Episode IV: A New Hope
C-3PO loses his left arm. The Jundland Wastes are not to be traveled lightly, as C-3PO learned. He loses an arm to a Tusken Raider while trying to find R2-D2.
Ponda Baba loses his right arm. When Doctor Evazan and Ponda Baba give Luke a rough time in the Mos Eisley cantina, Obi-Wan steps in to help. He helps by cutting off Ponda Baba’s right arm.
Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Wampa loses its right arm. Wampas are no match for the Force. Luke summons the Force to retrieve his lightsaber, cuts himself down, and debilitates the wampa by, you guessed it, removing its right arm.
C-3PO loses all his limbs. Threepio really does not have good luck. Or any luck. This time around he puts his nose where it doesn’t belong while on Bespin, and Ugnaughts remove his limbs and later completely disassemble him.
Luke loses his right hand. When Luke encounters Darth Vader in Cloud City, he is in no way prepared for the duel. Luke does manage to put up a fight, but Vader has no trouble chopping off Luke’s right hand.
Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Vader loses his right hand. Again. The next time Luke stands off against Vader, he’s more prepared. He’s wiser and more skilled. Before it’s all over, he pulls a reverse and cuts off Vader’s right hand.
Lesson learned from this list? Run the other way if you see Obi-Wan ignite his lightsaber.