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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
[[File:Adventures of Luke - Force Lightning.jpg|thumb|left|250px|[[Darth Sidious]] blastening [[Luke Skywalker]] with lightning in [[Ralph McQuarrie]] artwork seen in ''[[The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight]]''.]]
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[[File:Adventures of Luke - Force Lightning.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Darth Sidious blasting Luke Skywalker with lightning in [[Ralph McQuarrie]] artwork seen in ''[[The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight]]''.]]
Force lightning first appeared in the [[1983]] film [[Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi|''Star Wars'': Episode VI ''Return of the Jedi'']], the final film of the ''[[Star Wars]]'' [[original trilogy]].<ref name="Episode VI" /> It was later featured in the [[2002]] film [[Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones|''Star Wars'': Episode II ''Attack of the Clones'']] and in the [[2005]] film [[Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith|''Star Wars'': Episode III ''Revenge of the Sith'']], the second and third films of the [[prequel trilogy]].<ref name="EpisodeII" /><ref name="EpisodeIII" /> It would be later featured once more in the [[2017]] film [[Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi|''Star Wars'': Episode VIII ''The Last Jedi'']], the second film of the [[sequel trilogy]].<ref name="Episode VIII" /> In the Expanded Universe, now re-branded as [[Star Wars Legends|''Star Wars'' Legends]], Force lightning had a number of useful variants and could be summoned even by [[Jedi]]. These uses, however, are no longer considered [[canon]], and in canon media only practitioners of the [[dark side of the Force]] have been observed using the skill, with its [[Databank (website)|Databank]] entry listing it as a dark side ability only.<ref>{{Databank|force-lightning|Force Lightning|archivedate=20170710190140}}</ref>
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Force lightning first appeared in the [[1983]] film [[Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi|''Star Wars'': Episode VI ''Return of the Jedi'']], the final film of the ''[[Star Wars]]'' [[original trilogy]].<ref name="Episode VI" />
   
===Discrepancy===
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In ''Revenge of the Sith'', after having been bested by Mace Windu, Sidious uses Force lightning against the [[Jedi Master]], who repels it with his lightsaber, deflecting it on Sidious and disfiguring and scarring the [[Sith Lord]]'s body.<ref name="EpisodeIII" /> However, previous to the Force lightning's appearance in ''Sith'', Sidious blasted [[Luke Skywalker]] with Force lightning in ''Return of the Jedi'' several times and Skywalker wasn't disfigured or scarred.<ref name="Episode VI" />
In ''Revenge of the Sith'', after having been bested by [[Mace Windu]], [[Darth Sidious]] uses Force lightning against the [[Jedi Master]], who repels it with his lightsaber, thus deflecting it on Sidious and hideously desfiguring and scarring the [[Sith Lord]]'s body, especially his face.<ref name="EpisodeIII" /> However, previous to the Force lightning's appearance in ''Sith'', Sidious blasted [[Luke Skywalker]] with Force lightning in ''Return of the Jedi'' several times and Skywalker didn't get desfigured nor scarred like Sidious.<ref name="Episode VI" /> An explanation to this discrepancy has yet to be given by the [[Lucasfilm Story Group]].
 
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==

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"How does one defend against such power?"
"A wise master does not reveal all his secrets at once. In due time, my apprentice."
Savage Opress and Darth Tyranus, after assaulting Opress with a barrage of Force lightning[src]

Force lightning was a Force power utilized by Dark Side Force Users, the Sith most prominently among them.[6] The technique involved a discharge of electrical energy from the practitioner's hands[1] causing the target severe pain and possible disfigurement or even electrocution.[7] Chain lightning was a variant in which the burst of lightning delivered would first hit a single target and then spread to those around them.[8]

Targets could deflect the discharge using a lightsaber. Some powerful Force users could also absorb it using only the Force,[2] but only for a short while, and with immense effort.[9] Gungan personal energy shields were also capable of repelling Force lightning.[10]

Non-Sith were also known to use this ability. Mother Talzin used Force lightning that was powerful enough to block Darth Sidious' lightning.[11] Snoke was also able to use this ability, as demonstrated when he swiftly struck Kylo Ren down when the latter made a threatening move, though his use of the ability varied greatly from previous practitioners, as he projected electrical energy against the floor, causing it to bounce upward and knock his apprentice off his feet.[3]

In some cases, the lightning intensity was so high that the victim's skeletal system glowed and could be seen through his or her skin—as demonstrated with Mace Windu[7]—or even through heavy armor.[1]

Behind the scenes

Adventures of Luke - Force Lightning

Darth Sidious blasting Luke Skywalker with lightning in Ralph McQuarrie artwork seen in The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight.

Force lightning first appeared in the 1983 film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, the final film of the Star Wars original trilogy.[1]

In Revenge of the Sith, after having been bested by Mace Windu, Sidious uses Force lightning against the Jedi Master, who repels it with his lightsaber, deflecting it on Sidious and disfiguring and scarring the Sith Lord's body.[7] However, previous to the Force lightning's appearance in Sith, Sidious blasted Luke Skywalker with Force lightning in Return of the Jedi several times and Skywalker wasn't disfigured or scarred.[1]

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