The Most Impressive Finishing Moves In The 'Star Wars' Franchise
Star Wars has always been about big finishes. A New Hope ends with the destruction of the Death Star, Empire concludes with Han being taken away by Boba Fett, and each movie continues the trope. If you look at the many fights with lightsabers and some grisly moments in the franchise, there are some exceptional finishing moves done by various characters.
While Vader and Obi-Wan's fight in A New Hope was somewhat anticlimactic, later additions to the franchise corrected this. After all, we now know that Obi-Wan is one of the best fighters in the franchise's history, and he's in good company with the likes of Yoda, Ahsoka Tano, and others. This list details the best finishing moves in the franchise, so take a look, and be sure to upvote your favorites before you go!
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Ahsoka Deftly Shuts Of An Inquisitor's Lightsaber And Kills Him With ItPhoto: Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi / Disney+
Ahsoka Tano faked her death after Order 66 was given to the Clone Troopers and went on the run. She went into hiding, taking the name Ashla while pretending not to be a Jedi until an accident forced her hand. After saving a life, she's outed to the Inquisitors, who come for her. The Sixth Brother arrives and kills everyone in the village on Raada to draw Ahsoka out of hiding. She faces off against her enemy without a lightsaber – she doesn't need one.
The inquisitor wields his double-bladed lightsaber and attempts to take out his enemy, but Ahsoka stands her ground. She dodges his attacks easily and then grabs his weapon, shutting it off with the Force. This takes him by surprise, and she kicks him to the ground, taking the weapon, which she then uses to decapitate the Sixth Brother. Ahsoka put minimal effort into the fight, but she achieved much in killing an Inquisitor so easily.
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Every Rebel Darth Vader Wastes In The Hallway In 'Rogue One'Photo: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is easily the best of the franchise's standalone films. While everything that happens is excellent as it plays out on screen, you can't help but love Vader's final scene. As the Rebels run to take the Death Star plans to the Tantive IV, Vader arrives and slaughters his way through hallways as he slowly gains on the frightened and fleeing Rebel personnel.
Vader's final scene sees him ominously appear and ignite his lightsaber (which he doesn't really need). The Rebels fire at him, but he deflects their bolts, killing several. Others, he slams around the tight space using the Force. Vader even uses his infamous Force Choke move but doesn't slowly choke the life out of his enemy – he instantly closes his fist, crushing the man's windpipe, killing him.
Vader makes his way through each and every Rebel fighter, attempting to flee his wrath, but their efforts are futile. While they manage to get the plans through a door that refuses to open, they each give their lives to the cause. The scene isn't known for a single finishing move. Instead, it's a series of finishing moves that prove Vader is truly a Dark Lord of the Sith.
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Obi-Wan Left Darth Vader Clinging To Life *Twice* After Two Incredible Smack DownsPhoto: 20th Century Fox / Disney+
Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi have a tumultuous relationship, to say the least. The once-friends/brothers-turned-enemies had several confrontations over the years, and in two of them, Obi-Wan stood victorious. Their first fateful fight occurs on Mustafar at the end of Revenge of the Sith. In one of the greatest lightsaber battles ever seen, they fight across a series of buildings as they fall into a river of lava.
They finally face off, with Obi-Wan holding the high ground on the shore while the newly christened Darth Vader remains on a platform above the lava. When Vader jumps to kill his former master, Obi-Wan cuts off his arms and legs, leaving him to burn and die on the shore of the lava river. Ultimately, Vader is saved by Darth Sidious, who rebuilds his body with cybernetic enhancements, creating the Darth Vader first seen in A New Hope.
The second fateful encounter between Vader and Obi-Wan came in Obi-Wan Kenobi when they face off once more on a rocky moon. They fight for some time, and Obi-Wan is buried under tons of rubble. He Force Pushes it all away, confronting Vader once more. He then fires boulders at him repeatedly, proving his master of the Force over his former Padawan. He then rushes Vader and slashes him across the face, destroying a part of his mask and his life support hardware. They have the following conversation, which is the last before their final encounter aboard the Death Star many years later:
Vader: Anakin is gone. I am what remains.
Obi-Wan: I'm sorry. I'm sorry, Anakin. For all of it.
Vader: I am not your failure, Obi-Wan. You didn't kill Anakin Skywalker. I did. The same way, I will destroy you.
Obi-Wan: Then my friend is truly dead. Goodbye, Darth.
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Obi-Wan Finally Puts Maul Out Of His Misery With A Single Strike In 'Star Wars: Rebels'Photo: Star Wars Rebels / Disney XD
While it seemed as if Darth Maul was killed when Obi-Wan cut him in two in The Phantom Menace, he, in fact, survived. He went a bit mad, created arachnid-like legs out of garbage, took over Mandalore, became the leader of an interstellar criminal organization, and even got two new legs, thanks to the magic of the Nightsisters of Dathomir. Throughout it all, he wanted nothing more than to kill the man who bisected him: Obi-Wan Kenobi.
He finally faces off with Kenobi on Tattooine when he attempts to locate Anakin Skywalker's son. Obi-Wan faces him once more, and instead of a long, drawn-out fight, Obi-Wan deftly slashes through Maul's weapon and chest, rendering a fatal blow similar to the one Maul gave Qui-Gon Jinn so many years before. As he lies dying in Obi-Wan's arms, Maul asks if Luke is the Chosen One, and Obi-Wan admits he believes he is, giving Maul the peace of knowing he will find revenge in death through Luke's actions.
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Obi-Wan Bisects Darth Maul In 'The Phantom Menace'Photo: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox
The Phantom Menace comes to a close via a huge battle between Darth Maul and two Jedi: Obi-Wan Kenobi and his master, Qui-Gon Jinn. “Duel of the Fates” plays as the three fight across platforms and seemingly bottomless pits, and it's truly epic. After a brief moment of calm that sees the fighters trapped behind force fields, the fight continues, and before long, Maul delivers a killing blow to Qui-Gon.
Seeing this, Obi-Wan rushes into the fight, distraught over losing his master. He is knocked into a pit but manages to hang on to a small outcropping of machinery. He concentrates on the location of his master's lightsaber while Maul angrily slashes at the precipice. With his mind focused, Obi-Wan uses the Force to push himself up and over his foe, bringing his lightsaber to him as he ignites it and cuts Maul in half at the waist. He falls to his apparent death as both halves separate on the way down.
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Ahsoka Takes Out Four Mandalorians In A Single StrikePhoto: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Lucasfilm
Star Wars never holds back from showing a bit of blaster fire taking someone out, but it rarely delves into decapitation. Sure, someone loses their hand occasionally, but it became such a common sight that it almost became boring. Decapitation only happens rarely in the films, notably when Mace Windu removes Jango Fett's head from his body, and another notable decapitation comes when Dooku is killed. While they are excellent finishing moves, they pale in comparison to one pulled off by Ahsoka Tano.
If Mace Windu taught us anything, it's that a Mandalorian's armor has one major weak point: the neck. He must have taken Ahsoka Tano aside and discussed how he took out Jango Fett because she channels his skills when she takes on four members of Death Watch at once. The event came during the first skirmish on Carlac during the Clone Wars.
When Ahsoka comes upon members of Death Watch getting ready to eliminate civilians, she intervenes, taking one out with a pole. She's captured soon after (while hiding the fact that she is a Jedi) but breaks free with R2-D2's help. Once her bonds are broken, R2 gives Ahsoka her lightsabers, and she quickly cuts her binding and, in one swift move, decapitates all four members of Death Watch.