All 16 Star Wars Characters Who Have Lost A Hand

Summary

  • Many Star Wars characters have lost limbs through various battles and duels.
  • Some characters are lucky enough to have their arms replaced by cybernetic limbs.
  • Other characters receive injuries far greater than losing a hand or don’t survive to have it replaced.

Ever since the first movie released in 1977, Star Wars has had a long tradition of having characters lose a hand. While this makes sense in a galaxy where characters wield laser swords that can easily slice off a limb, viewers may be surprised at how many characters have lost a hang across several stories. The Star Wars movies and TV shows are packed with characters who have lost a hand, and more examples can be found in the official canon and the original Star Wars Expanded Universe, now known as Legends.

Many characters who lose a limb in the Star Wars galaxy can receive a cybernetic replacement of even a regrown limb. However, many characters’ loss of limb is accompanied by a far worse injury, leaving more to worry about than a missing hand. From the first movie to the latest TV show, 16 Star Wars characters are the franchise’s most notable instances of losing a hand.

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16 C-3PO

A New Hope (& many other times)

C-3PO red arm in Force Awakens

C-3PO

Created By George Lucas Cast Anthony Daniels First Appearance Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope Alliance Rebel Alliance, Resistance Race Droid Movies Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope , Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back , Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi , Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace , Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones , Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith , Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens , Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi , Star Wars: Episode IX- The Rise of Skywalker TV Shows Star Wars: The Clone Wars , Star Wars Rebels , Star Wars: Resistance , Ahsoka Franchise Star Wars Expand

In addition to being the first Star Wars character to appear onscreen (alongside R2-D2), C-3PO was the first to lose a hand. When a Tusken Raider jumped out to attack Luke Skywalker, C-3PO fell off a cliff and lost his arm on impact. Although Luke reattached the arm, it wasn’t the last time C-3PO lost a limb, literally falling to pieces after being shot by a stormtrooper in The Empire Strikes Back. Star Wars: The Force Awakens even made this a joke by having C-3PO appear with a red arm that was promptly replaced by the end of the movie.

15 Ponda Baba

A New Hope

Ponda Baba looks at another creature in Star Wars.

Rather than be content with a droid losing an arm in A New Hope, George Lucas decided that a living being needed to lose a limb too. Ponda Baba and Doctor Evazan chose to pick a fight with a young Luke Skywalker, realizing too late that his older companion was a Jedi Knight carrying a lightsaber. After Obi-Wan Kenobi deflected their blaster bolts, Evazan was slashed across the torso while Baba’s whole arm was severed. Evazan later tried to replace Baba’s arm with a cybernetic replacement but failed and nearly killed his friend, leading to a falling out between them.

14 The Wampa Who Attacked Luke Skywalker

The Empire Strikes Back

Wampa in Empire Strikes Back

Following his mentor’s example, Luke Skywalker became the next Jedi to cut off an arm in The Empire Strikes Back. Luke was attacked by a wampa while patrolling the planet Hoth and taken back to the beast’s lair, where he was hung upside down and unable to escape. Calling on the Force, Luke brought the lightsaber to his hand just in time to escape and cut off the wampa’s arm before running out of the cave. This proved to be a harrowing trial for Luke and a clever foreshadowing of his fate in the movie’s climax.

13 Luke Skywalker

The Empire Strikes Back

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Luke Skywalker

Created By George Lucas Cast Mark Hamill , Grant Feely First Appearance Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope Died Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi Alliance Jedi Movies Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope , Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back , Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi , Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens , Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi , Star Wars: Episode IX- The Rise of Skywalker TV Shows The Mandalorian , The Book of Boba Fett , Obi-Wan Kenobi Franchise Star Wars Expand

Luke Skywalker became the first major Star Wars character to permanently lose a hand in his duel with Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. After escaping Cloud City, Luke received a mechanical replacement, while his real hand ended up in Emperor Palpatine’s laboratory on Exegol. As painful as Luke’s experience was, it served a symbolic purpose in Return of the Jedi when he cut off his father’s mechanical hand and realized he was beginning to walk the same dark path. Luke eventually lost or removed the synthetic flesh from his cybernetic hand, exposing the metal underneath.

In the
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Legends timeline, the Imperial Remnant used Luke’s hand to create an evil clone called Luuke Skywalker.

12 Tenel Ka Djo (Legends)

Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights

Tenel Ka from Young Jedi Knights with a ranco tooth lightsaber hilt

In the Star Wars Legends timeline, Luke Skywalker had one of his Jedi students lose a hand the same way he did. However, Tenel Ka Djo’s arm was accidentally cut off during a training duel with Jacen Solo when her lightsaber overloaded and shorted out. Rather than replacing her arm as Luke had, Tenel Ka chose to leave it the way it was and learn to wield a lightsaber with her other hand. Despite his mistake, Tenel Ka did not resent Jacen, and the two eventually fell in love and had a daughter.

11 Jango Fett

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

Jango Fett uses his blaster in Attack of the Clones during the Battle of Geonosis

Although Jango Fett survived his first fight with Obi-Wan Kenobi on Kamino, he fell to Mace Windu’s blade on Geonosis. With his jetpack destroyed, Jango couldn’t fly away as Mace charged, cutting off the hand holding his blaster before decapitating him. Watching helplessly from the stands, young Boba Fett would eventually seek to avenge his father and take revenge on the Jedi who killed him.

10 Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (& many other times)

Count Dooku cuts off Anakin's hand in Attack of the Clones

Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader

Created By George Lucas Cast Bob Anderson , Hayden Christensen , James Earl Jones , Matt Lanter , Matt Lucas , Jake Lloyd , David Prowse , Sebastian Shaw First Appearance Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope Died Star Wars: Episode VI – Return Of The Jedi Alliance Jedi, Sith Movies Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope , Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back , Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi , Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace , Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones , Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith , Rogue One: A Star Wars Story TV Shows Star Wars: The Clone Wars , Star Wars Rebels , Obi-Wan Kenobi , Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi , Ahsoka Franchise Star Wars Expand

Like C-3PO, Anakin Skywalker lost a hand several times throughout his life. He first lost his right arm in a duel with Count Dooku, which was replaced by a cybernetic arm. After falling to the dark side, Anakin lost his other limbs fighting Obi-Wan Kenobi on Mustafar, where he also received severe burns over his entire body. Palpatine had him placed in a cybernetic suit that kept him alive but made him more machine than man. He lost his right arm again in a duel with Luke Skywalker before turning on his master and sacrificing himself to save his son.

9 Durge (Legends)

Star Wars: Clone Wars 2D micro-series

Star Wars Clone Wars Durge

A deadly bounty hunter employed by Count Dooku during the Clone Wars, Durge led his droid forces against Obi-Wan Kenobi’s clone soldiers during the Republic invasion of Muunilinst. Obi-Wan quickly discovered that stabbing Durge through the abdomen wouldn’t kill him, though he believed the bounty hunter dead after cutting off his arm and slicing him in half. However, Durge could regenerate and engaged Obi-Wan again, this time engulfing the Jedi in his gelatinous form before being blown up by a powerful Force blast.

8 Count Dooku

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Anakin Skywalker holds Count Dooku's life in his hands in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

Count Dooku

Created By George Lucas Cast Christopher Lee , Corey Burton First Appearance Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones Died Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Alias Darth Tyrannus Alliance Jedi, Sith Movies Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones , Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith TV Shows Star Wars: The Clone Wars , Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi Franchise Star Wars Expand

In a final duel with Count Dooku at the end of the Clone Wars, Anakin Skywalker cut off both of the Sith Lord’s hands, taking revenge for his own lost arm years earlier. Left at Anakin’s mercy, Dooku was betrayed by Palpatine, who encouraged the young Jedi to kill him. Although visibly conflicted, Anakin gave in to the dark side and decapitated Dooku, setting him on the path to becoming Palpatine’s new apprentice.

7 General Grievous

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

General Grievous brags to Anakin and Obi-Wan after capturing them on the Invisible Hand in Revenge of the Sith

After tracking down General Grievous on Utapau, Obi-Wan Kenobi challenged his old adversary to one last lightsaber duel. Despite wielding one lightsaber against Grievous’ four, Obi-Wan cut off two of Grievous’ hands before disarming him entirely with a Force blast that sent him flying into a wall. The two generals faced off for the last time on a landing pad where Obi-Wan shot Grievous five times in the chest with his own blaster.

6 Mace Windu

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Samuel L Jackson's Mace Windu struggles to fight off Palpatine's blue lightning with his purple lightsaber

Mace Windu

Created By George Lucas Cast Samuel L. Jackson First Appearance Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Died Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Alliance Jedi Movies Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace , Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones , Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith TV Shows Star Wars: The Clone Wars Franchise Star Wars Expand

While Mace Windu disarmed Palpatine and deflected his Force lightning back at him, Anakin Skywalker’s unexpected arrival turned the tide in the Sith Lord’s favor. Desperate to learn the Sith’s secret to saving people from death, Anakin stopped Mace from killing Palpatine by cutting off his arm mid-swing, sending his lightsaber toppling into the depths of Coruscant. Palpatine assailed Mace with Force lightning and sent him hurling out the window, the first of many Jedi to fall in the coming purge.

5 Savage Opress

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Savage Opress in The Clone Wars.

Since Darth Maul lost his legs to Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, it makes sense that his brother, Savage Opress, would lose an arm. In a duel against the Sith brothers on Florum, Obi-Wan held his own and cut off Savage’s arm, forcing the two to flee the planet. Savage received a cybernetic replacement when the Death Watch rescued him and Maul, joining forces to overthrow the Duchess of Mandalore. Unfortunately, Savage wouldn’t use his new arm for long, falling to Darth Sidious’ twin blades during a duel in the royal palace.

4 Admiral Trench

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Star Wars Clone Wars Season 7 Admiral Trench

The first villain of Star Wars: The Clone Wars (when viewed chronologically) was Admiral Trench, a formidable strategist who played a game of cat and mouse with Anakin Skywalker. Despite his remarkable cunning, Trench was outsmarted by Anakin and seemingly died when a series of missiles destroyed the bridge with him on it. However, he was later revealed to have survived the blast and had much of his face and several limbs replaced. Anakin confronted Trench one last time and cut off many of these mechanical limbs before stabbing the admiral through the chest.

3 Snoke

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Snoke with a lightsaber stabbed through him in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Despite claiming he could not be betrayed or beaten, Supreme Leader Snoke was killed by his apprentice, Kylo Ren, in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Snoke sensed a lightsaber turning to strike Kylo’s true enemy, only to realize it meant the lightsaber right next to him, which activated and stabbed Snoke’s side. Kylo called the lightsaber to him, cutting Snoke in half and cutting off both his hands.

2 Echo

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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During the Citadel rescue in Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 3, Echo was caught in an explosion and presumed dead. However, he was eventually discovered to have survived and been captured by the separatists, who turned him into a cyborg and replaced his hand with a socket-arm. After being rescued, Echo became a member of Clone Force 99, aka the “Bad Batch,” and his socket-arm became an invaluable tool on missions.

1 Crosshair

Star Wars: The Bad Batch

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One of the most recent Star Wars characters to have lost a hand is Crosshair in Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 3. Crosshair had struggled with nerve damage that made it difficult to keep his hand from shaking, taking away the sharpshooting abilities he had once excelled at. In a final fight with clone assassin CX-2, Crosshair’s hand was cut off with a vibro blade, but he and Hunter were able to rescue Omega. Crosshair may be the latest in a long line of Star Wars characters who have lost a hand, but he certainly won’t be the last.

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