Today I’m talking about my 10 favorites Star Wars lightsabers fights.
10. Asajj Ventress vs. Anakin Skywalker – Star Wars The Clone Wars 03×02 ARC Troopers
Anakin Skywalker: You weren’t planning on leaving without saying ‘hello’, were you?
A duel with high stakes as Ventress is trying to leave with the DNA of Jango Fett that allows the Kaminoans to create clones. A splendid choreography for the two characters. Beyond its choreography and its stunning visual effects, one of the other great points of this duel is that Anakin shows his dark side in this duel, you can see it in his facial expressions and also at the end of the fight when he says to Ventress “Actually, I plan to let the clones execute you. Right now.”
9. The Inquisitor vs. Kanan and Ezra – Star Wars Rebels 01×13 Fire Across The Galaxy
Kanan: That was mistake.
The Inquisitor: Why? Because you have no one left to die for you?
Kanan: No. Because I have nothing left to fear.
Final showdown of season 1, this duel is breathtaking. Ezra is not a lot in the duel because he has not been fully trained by Kanan, so he is no match against The Inquisitor, Kanan is the star of this fight. Using the two skills of Ezra’s lightsaber and then using two lightsabers makes a great fight for Kanan and leads to The Inquisitor end. A powerful choreography!
8. Darth Maul vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn – Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace
Qui-Gon Jinn: Obi-Wan, promise … Promise me you will train the boy.
The Big duel of The Phantom Menace, epic. The choreography is breathtaking and the outcome dramatic – the death of Qui-Gon Jinn.
7. General Grievous vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi – Star Wars Episode III Revenge of The Sith
Obi-Wan Kenobi: So uncivilized.
General Grievous – four arms, four lightsabers against Obi-Wan Kenobi is a great fight! Final confrontation between the two characters after fighting each other several times during The Clone Wars. The specificity of this duel is that there 3 parts – the first lightsabers against lightsabers, Obi-Wan cuts off Grievous a few hands, then the pursuit Obi-Wan with Boga and Grievous with his Wheel speeder and the final part is a bit hands to hands and a final with Obi-Wan using a blaster to kill Grievous. Three parts, three action-packed sequences.
6. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Asaj Ventress vs. Darth Maul and Savage Opress – Star Wars The Clone Wars 04×22 Revenge
Asajj Ventress: A brother? Looks like he’s half the man you are, Savage. How unfortunate, I was looking for a challenge. Not some castoffs from the Nightbrothers clan. What a disappointment.
An awesome duel marking the return of Darth Maul and this is not to miss! Darth Maul has robotic leg making him taller than he was and more deadly than before. Asajj Ventress now fighting with Obi-Wan and not against him, this is something unexpected and this team really works well on screen. Obi-Wan using a red lightsaber only happens once and this is great. Darth Maul vs. Obi-Wan round 2 and this time it is the bad guy who wins.
5. Darth Sidious vs. Yoda – Star Wars Episode III Revenge of The Sith
Darth Sidious: I have waited a long time for this moment, my little green friend. At last, the jedi are no more.
The place of the duel – the Senate, a huge room with a lot of space for a great fight. The fact that this duel happens in the Senate and that Sidious enjoys throwing the Senate pods at Yoda also shows once again the end of democracy, destroying these Senate pods is not only to try Yoda with it but it is also to throw away what was the Republic so this duel as a political symbolism. On the choreography part, Yoda is the best between the two, jumping everywhere with lightsaber then stopping the Senate pods coming at him with the Force, a great choreography. The electricity part when Sidious attacks Yoda with electricity and Yoda counters it is visually explosive.
4. Darth Vader vs. Luke Skywalker – Star Wars Episode VI Return of the Jedi
Darth Vader: You cannot hide forever, Luke.
Luke Skywalker: I will not fight you.
This duel as a dramatic tone as it is father vs. son. Luke is forced to fight his father and this is a powerful dimension of this duel and it’s part of what makes it very interesting. A crucial and beautifully directed sequence with a tragic outcome – Vader going back to the light side, becoming Anakin again and saving his son by eliminating Sidious and therefore realizing the Prophecy and embracing his role of the Chosen One while not being able to save himself.
3. Darth Sidious vs. Mace Windu – Star Wars Episode III Revenge of The Sith
Mace Windu: The Oppression of the Sith will never return.
Mace Windu being involved in a lightsaber fight was something I was waiting for since The Phantom Menace. I wanted Mace Windu to have a duel with a Sith, he got it in Revenge of the Sith and I was not disappointed at all. The arrival of Mace Windu, Kit Fisto, Agen Kolar, Saesee Tiin in Palpatine’s office is powerful, Mace Windu has his imposing way of walking, he walks in the office, he is sure of him, sure of arresting the chancellor. The fact that Sidious quickly kills Fisto, Kolar and Tiin (Fisto being the only one who was able to fight back a little bit) shows the darkside power in the room, Sidious “controls” the atmosphere but Mace, Mace is strong. This duel is epic, Sidious the Lord of the Sith and Mace Windu one of the most powerful jedi of the Order, these two opponents are obviously in for an explosive fight. The two of them have difficulties to win. One has the advantage then a second later it is the other and on and on until Mace Windu takes the upper hand of the fight and disarms his opponent and all of this in a heart-stopping choreography. Mace Windu wins the fight but eventually dies and what caused his death is Anakin Skywalker, if Anakin did not come here, Sidious would have been dead but Anakin came and ruined Windu’s victory and lead to Sidious killing Windu. This duel shows that Sidious is not as powerful as we thought, Windu is able to beat him and he is the one who gives Sidious his terrible wounds on his face. Being able to do what Mace Windu did is definitely a sign of being one of the most powerful jedi of the galaxy.
2. Darth Sidious vs. Darth Maul and Savage Opress – Star Wars The Clone Wars 05×16 The Lawless
Darth Sidious: Remember the first and only reality of the Sith: there can only be two and you are no longer my apprentice.
This lightsaber fight is 100% villains, it villains against villains and this is awesomely wicked. Sidious has an amazing choreography, the way he moves rapidly really captures the way he fought against Mace Windu in Revenge of the Sith and with two lightsabers it is even more badass. This also explains why after his duel against Mace Windu in Revenge of the Sith, he still has a lightsaber against Yoda. This duel shows Sidious is in control, he has absolutely no difficulty against the two brothers, it is a game for him and he enjoys it.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: You were the chosen one ! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them ! Bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness !
Anakin Skywalker : I hate you !
Obi-Wan Kenobi : You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you.
This is the longest Star Wars duel from the entire saga a 12-minute-lightsaber duel, who can do best? Anakin vs. Obi-Wan is my top one favorite duel for several reasons. It is visually epic with a fantastic choreography. Mustafar is a perfect planet for this showdown between master and apprentice, between my two favorite characters from Star Wars, this is the moment that I was waiting since The Phantom Menace. The “lava mood” of the planet adds more danger to the duel. The conversations between Anakin and Obi-Wan just before the duel, during the duel and at the end of the duel are heartbreaking so as is this entire sequence. These two characters were like brothers and ultimately now facing each other. This literally breaks Obi-Wan as it breaks the audience, at the end of the duel, Obi-Wan is not able to use his lightsaber and ends Anakin, he prefers the lava to finish the work, because of what happened between them, because of their former friendship, he is not able to end him and both Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen delivered brilliant, powerful and masterful performances for the most epic duel in the saga.