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"If Master Obi-Wan caught me doing this, he'd be very grumpy."
―Anakin Skywalker as he used telekinesis on a piece of fruit to entertain Padmé Amidala.[src]

Telekinesis was the ability to lift, move and otherwise manipulate objects using the power of the Force.

Description Edit

For a sufficiently skilled practitioner, the size and mass of a targeted object did not matter. One could lift something as small as a piece of fruit to an X-wing starfighter, while they could also use it to manipulate liquids or to dispel gaseous substances.[7][7]

Despite the ability allowing the user the ability to manipulate targets without physical contact and from a variable distance, the precision, magnitude, and intensity of the ability was tied to the users concentration, willpower, emotions, senses, and spacial awareness. Therefore, a user power could be weakened, nullified, or destabilize, causing said user to be unable to properly control it.

The weight of an object could affect the speed in which an object can be moved and the effort of using the ability can induce physical and mental exhaustion.[8][9] This causes even the most powerful and skilled users of the Force to refrain from using it in combat, as it the effort and concentration could leave a user vulnerable and potentially weakened against their opponent.

Users of the Dark Side could use physical pain, as well as intense and raw emotions to strengthen their power. [10][11]

Combatively, the ability to be used to exert harmful amounts of force against a target, such as to push or to choke them.

History Edit

Once, when having a meal with Padmé Amidala, Anakin Skywalker used telekinesis to manipulate a piece of fruit. He lamented that Master Obi-Wan Kenobi would be grumpy if he knew that he was doing it because a Jedi was not supposed to use the Force for frivolous purposes.[4]

Luke Skywalker lamented the fact that Kenobi had never addressed the subject of telekinesis in his lessons during the brief time that he trained under him, likely because Kenobi felt he wasn't ready to train in something that was considered an advanced field of study. The power could be used to focus the kyber crystal used in a lightsaber using one's mind. Skywalker decided to give it a try, but couldn't seem to get the hang of it at first. He was pleased when he was finally able to access the ability.[3]

When Luke Skywalker was training under Master Yoda, he was tasked with lifting his X-wing starfighter out of a Dagobah swamp, but did not believe it was possible. Yoda proved him wrong by completing the task himself, after which Skywalker again expressed disbelief. Yoda told him this was why he failed.[6]

Kylo Ren was skilled in telekinesis, able to suspend a blaster bolt in midair and leave it harmlessly hanging until he left the scene. He could immobilize victims in a paralyzing grip, to the point where he could control their motor skills. His grip allowed him to squeeze a specific body part, allowing him to choke people and even cause them to glide across the floor, which he did to a subordinate, summoning him by the neck to his hand.

Rey, despite having no formal training in the use of the Force, was able to override Ren's attempt to use telekinesis to summon a lightsaber that had once belonged to Luke Skywalker, summoning it to her own hand instead.[5]

Behind the scenesEdit

"Obi-Wan had never addressed telekinesis with me. It was likely that I wasn't strong enough to begin training in such an advanced field of study. That didn't mean I shouldn't try."
―Luke Skywalker in his personal writings[src]

Telekinesis first appeared in the original Star Wars films and in the continuity of Star Wars Legends covered a wide range of named abilities including the Force choke and Force Pull. Telekinesis was first identified by name in canon in the 2015 novel Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne.[3]


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