May 30, 2005

Simply Disarming

Limbs (Original and Robotic) Removed in the Star Wars Movies
  • Episode I: The Phantom Menace •  Obi-Wan Kenobi cuts off Darth Maul's arms...and the entire top half of his body!
  • Episode II: Attack of the Clones •  Count Dooku cuts off Anakin's right arm.
  • Episode III: Revenge of the Sith •  Eight limbs
    • Anakin returns the favor by cutting off Dooku's arms, and then his head.
    • Obi-Wan Kenobi cuts off two of General Grievous's four saber-wielding robotic arms.
    • Anakin saves Darth Sidious's life by cutting off Mace Windu's right arm.
    • With one swipe, Kenobi severs Darth Vader's remaining arm, and both his legs. Wailing and gnashing ensue.
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story • I don't recall any limbs torn out? I've seen the movie twice but I don't remember any man or droid losing an arm or leg. 
  • Episode IV: A New Hope • C-3PO loses an arm (temporarily) during the Tusken Raider attack in the Dune Sea.
     • During an argument in the cantina at Mos Eisley, Obi-Wan Kenobi defends Luke Skywalker by cutting off Ponda Baba's arm. We are shown the totally fake-looking alien arm, with some fake blood, on the floor (see photo). I can't say for sure that there's never any blood in the six movie saga, but it's so uncommon to make this instance seem out of character.
  • Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
     • Luke cuts off the Wampa's arm while escaping from the ice cave on Hoth.
     • C-3PO loses both arms when blasted by Stormtroopers in Cloud City.
     •  Darth Vader cuts off Luke's right hand- just one of those father-son things.
  • Episode VI: Return of the Jedi •  Once Vader learns there is another Skywalker, he lures Luke out of the shadows with a threat to turn the sister to the Dark Side. Luke goes ballistic. Luke battles fiercely, Darth is on the defensive. Luke gets Vader on the ground and on the edge of the chasm. Seemingly enraged, Luke doesn't stop pounding away at Vader until he chops Vader's robotic right hand off. This seems to lift the fog of rage. Luke stares at the robotic stump, and then clenches his own robotic right hand. Twenty-five years later, I was not surprised to see wires sticking out of Vader's wrist, but back in 1983, fans didn't really know how much of Vader was still inside that black suit. Earlier in Episode VI, Kenobi says Vader is "more machine than man now", and he should know!
  • Episode VII: The Force Awakens •  The first Saga film with no limbs removed...but they did film one! Check out this deleted scene where Chewbacca finally follows through on Han Solo's threat to tear someone's arm out: