Force scream was an involuntary Force exertion manifested by those whose alignment was with the dark side of the Force. It was a scream, of strong frustration, rage, or grief, emitted through the Force.
- "That scream…what is it? It sounds like…a man being eaten alive!"
- ―Nomi Sunrider, hearing Exar Kun's anguish through the Force.
If a Dark Jedi was being beaten and frustrated by his foe, he might let out an enraged scream (amplified through the Force) that triggered shock waves that rippled through the Force. This caused devastation to any that were unfortunate enough to be in close proximity. Like many dark side force powers, it allowed the user to use powerful negative emotions as a weapon, albeit involuntarily in this case.
The Force scream has been called “a wave of hatred, amplified and fueled by the dark side, that is capable of smashing through mental and physical defenses with ease.” A number of references to Dark Jedi in Old Republic archives often mentioned the Dark Jedi violently losing control in the final moments of battle.
After being told that the dark side was the only means to save himself in the ruins of the Sith temple on Korriban by the ancient Sith Lord Freedon Nadd, Exar Kun let out an enormous scream through the Force. Such was the power of his scream that Masters Vodo-Siosk Baas and Arca Jeth heard and felt Kun's anguish many light years away while on the planet Deneba.
Freedon Nadd himself let out a powerful scream through the Force, after dying a second death at the hands of his pupil Exar Kun. Kun also released a scream through the Force at that moment, in triumph over Nadd and after giving himself over fully to the dark side. Nomi Sunrider and Master Vodo Baas heard both screams through the Force, and Nomi mistakenly thought that Exar's scream was that of Ulic Qel-Droma. Master Vodo knew better however, realizing the voice of his former student. He felt the disturbance in the Force and, noting that if felt as if one great power had fallen, and another had had risen in its place.
Ulic Qel-Droma, having been subjected to Krath leader Satal Keto's torture droid, refused to reveal the truth behind his coming to Empress Teta. But when Satal injected him with Sith poison, a powerful toxin that amplified an individual's rage and opened them further to the dark side, Ulic let out a scream through the Force so strong that it obliterated the machinery he was harnessed to, as well as the torture droid. Later, after he dueled and killed Satal, he let out a Force scream that wrecked the Iron Citadel balcony and knocked both Nomi Sunrider and his brother Cay from their feet.
After defeating Asajj Ventress on Yavin 4, Anakin Skywalker released his rage while standing on the precipice where Ventress seemingly fell to her death, and let out a powerful scream through the Force. He also screamed Count Dooku's name during the Third Battle of Tythe; the magnitude and wrath of the scream caused the building's entire roof to collapse, incapacitating himself and his master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, as well as Dooku. By far his most infamous use of it was upon learning of the death of his wife, Padmé Amidala, after his transformation into Darth Vader. This caused him involuntarily unleash a powerful Force scream of shame, rage, and grief, severely damaging the medical facility and the droids within it.
Darth Maul used Force scream while he was dueling Obi-Wan Kenobi and Asajj Ventress on the Turtle Tanker above Raydonia. Ventress and Kenobi were escaping, and Maul let out a feral roar of anger, as he tried to give chase.
Darth Caedus used Force scream to warn his lover, Queen Mother Tenel Ka Djo, and their daughter about a nanovirus that was about to be released aboard their ship during his final clash with his twin sister. Jaina killed him before he could finish his message, but Djo heard him and escaped the nanovirus with Allana.
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- Labyrinth of Evil
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (novel)
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- The Last Command (First appearance)
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