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Force Kick was a Force power that enabled the practitioner to interrupt an enemy's combat action.[1]

Count Dooku briefly used this ability during his duel with Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi aboard the Invisible Hand during the Battle of Coruscant. Specifically, he used it on Skywalker while simultaneously Force-gripping Kenobi, with the resulting blow being powerful enough to send Skywalker flying into a wall.[2]

Later on, Skywalker, then known, Darth Vader, briefly utilized this ability several times during his duel with Kenobi on Mustafar; Kenobi also used the ability at least once in the same duel.[2]

23 years later, Vader's son, Luke Skywalker, utilized this ability during the Battle of the Great Pit of Carkoon against one of the armed henchmen of Jabba the Hutt, stunning the guard enough for him to reel back into the Sarlacc pit.[3]

Behind the scenes[]

The "Force kick" in Return of the Jedi

The term "Force kick" jokingly refers to a particularly poorly choreographed and shot fight sequence within the "Battle of the Great Pit of Carkoon" scene of Return of the Jedi, in which Mark Hamill/Luke Skywalker kicks one of Jabba the Hutt's henchmen in the head, causing him to fall into the sarlacc pit while Boba Fett is flying helplessly by in the background.

The choreography flaw consists of the stuntman reacting to the impact of the kick too late, when Hamill is already lowering his leg. The shooting flaw consists of the camera being placed at an angle making it very obvious that the kick did not actually hit the stuntman.

The sequence is referred to as the "Force kick", which jokingly speculates that Luke uses Force telekinesis to make the henchman fall into the sarlacc pit rather than the physical impact of the kick.

Several similar bloopers happened in Revenge of the Sith. The first example took place during the two-on-one fight between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker against Count Dooku on the observation deck of General Grievous' ship. The scene takes place when Count Dooku uses Force Lift and Force Choke on Kenobi, and kicks his leg backwards at Anakin. Dooku's backwards kick appears to send Skywalker flying with unrealistically force across the platform and into a nearby wall. Another Force kick blooper occurred in that movie during the Mustafar fight scene. When Vader drop-kicked Obi-Wan Kenobi on the tabletop, his feet clearly did not impact Kenobi. Yet another similar blooper happened a short time later, where Kenobi returns the kick to Vader. In that instance, Vader is not only pushed back before being kicked by Kenobi, but the kick hit the Sith Lord's lower waist and yet seemed to focus the force of the impact on Vader's torso, thereby sending his body into a backwards vertical spin.

Coincidentally, another Force kick occurs in Willow, when Madmartigan kicks one of Bavmorda's soldiers in Tir Asleen castle.

The Force kick sequence sparked off a minor fad within the Star Wars-oriented part of the YTMND community, in which the term might have originated.

The Force kick was mentioned in Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel, albeit as a joke, and made an appearance in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

The "Force kick" sequence[]


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