The 20 Most Powerful Force Users In The 'Star Wars' Galaxy, Ranked

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When A New Hope was released in 1977, there weren't many people running around with the ability to use the Force. Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and Obi-Wan Kenobi were the only ones… and Kenobi died in the film's second act! Since then, the Star Wars franchise has expanded significantly, having introduced hundreds of Force users across an extended period of time. There are numerous members of the Jedi Order, the Sith, and even a prophecy of the Chosen One, so there are plenty of powerful people spread around the galaxy.

Knowing this, fans have argued for years, trying to determine precisely who the most powerful user of the Force is. Could it be the Chosen One, or could it be the beings of Mortis? Many fans would argue it's Luke Skywalker, while others will die on the hill that it's Yoda. This list aims to put the argument to rest once and for all. Below are the most powerful Force users from throughout Star Wars canon (sorry, no Legends folks here). Take a look at them below, and be sure to upvote the person you believe stands above the rest as the most powerful Force user in all the galaxy!

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    446 VOTES

    The Mortis Gods

    The Mortis Gods
    Photo: Star Wars Rebels / Disney XD

    Of all the Force-sensitive beings in the Star Wars galaxy, none are equal in strength to The Ones of Mortis. The Daughter and the Son were the literal embodiments of the light and dark sides of the Force respectively, with the Father somewhere in between, representing balance. In the Mortis Arc of The Clone Wars, the Son was shown to be immensely powerful until the Father sacrificed himself to reveal his vulnerabilities.The Daughter held an equivalent level of power to the Son, and both could be controlled by the Dagger of Mortis. The Father's connection to the Force was beyond anything a Jedi or a Sith could hope to attain, which was likely the result of his being within Mortis for eons.

    The Father could stop a lightsaber blade with his hand and teleport to any point at will. When Anakin was told of his future, the Father easily stripped him of his memories of that event. Additionally, the Father, Son, and Daughter could shapeshift and transform. Some of the Father's other abilities demonstrated during the Jedi's visit to Mortis included absorbing Force lightning, using a Force push far more powerful than any seen in the franchise, and growing wings from his back and flying. To top it all off, the Daughter's deep connection to the light side of the Force passed on the secret to lifeforce transference to Anakin Skywalker to revive his fallen Padawan Ahsoka Tano with her own spirit, before their memory is wiped as the leave the planets.

    446 votes
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    400 VOTES
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back / 20th Century Fox

    Grand Master Yoda was the most enigmatic of all the Jedi, having been introduced through deception in The Empire Strikes Back. The reclusive, old Jei reluctantly agreed to train Luke Skywalker in the Force, and he demonstrated his impressive Force abilities on several occasions throughout this period. During the Clone Wars, he spent most of his time providing guidance via the Jedi Council, but he didn't sit on the sidelines for long. Yoda easily defeated Count Dooku (his former Padawan), who only got away because Yoda was forced to save Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker at the last moment.

    In Revenge of the Sith, he fought Darth Sidious, and one more, he used the Force to move about quickly and attack his enemy from all directions. Yoda is easily the most gifted duelist of the past thousand years of Star Wars history, and while everything he did was impressive, something he accomplished in death was far more powerful. A Jedi who becomes one with the Force upon death can manifest as a Force Spirit, and Yoda was no exception. Despite this, he rarely shows himself to the living, but he did so in The Last Jedi. When he appears to Luke Skywalker, he teaches his old Padawan a final lesson by closing his eyes, concentrating, and firing a bolt of lightning from the sky to destroy the first Jedi Temple.

    400 votes
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    377 VOTES
    Darth Sidious
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode VI -Return of the Jedi / 20th Century Fox

    Sheev Palpatine's political career saw him represent Naboo at the Galactic Senate before he took over as its new Chancellor. From there, he led the Republic through its war with the Separatists. Of course, almost nobody knew that he was also directing the Seperatists' actions throughout the conflict. He orchestrated galactic events to do two things: bring down the Jedi Order and establish himself as the Emperor of the galaxy. He was successful on both counts, and he dominated the galaxy via his Imperial government for over 20 years before he was finally defeated by his apprentice, Darth Vader.

    Throughout his depictions in the franchise, Darth Sidious has proven to be an exceptionally talented Force user. He has no problem shooting Force Lightning from his fingers at any target, but that doesn't mean he's incapable of wielding a blade. He's also one of the most talented combatants with a lightsaber and was able to kill three Jedi Masters in seconds when he was up against four of them. He was also capable of transferring his consciousness into a clone body, which is how he managed to survive the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi. When he's confronted a final time by Rey, he fires Force Lightning into the sky, disabling hundreds of vessels without breaking a sweat.

    377 votes
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    381 VOTES

    Anakin Skywalker

    Anakin Skywalker was discovered on Tatooine by Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn during the Invasion of Naboo in 32 BBY. After testing his blood, Qui-Gon found that Anakin's Midi-chlorian count was over 20,000, which put him higher than every Jedi in the galaxy, including Grand Master Yoda! Anakin was trained and showed a quick affinity to the Force, easily using skills most Jedi take longer to learn. He became a General during the Clone Wars and had many adventures. Sadly, he turned to the dark side of the Force and became Darth Vader. He then worked with Darth Sidious to exterminate the remaining Jedi from the galaxy. Years later, he would sacrifice his life to save his son, killing Sidious and bringing balance to the Force.

    Anakin's achievements are considerable, and his ability to use the Force in ways others could only dream of is impressive. He defeated far more experienced Jedi and Sith on multiple occasions, but his overconfidence would often lead to as many defeats. Regardless, he could easily choke the life out of someone just by seeing them on a viewscreen, no matter where they were, and he could stop a lightsaber blade using only the Force, should he choose to do so. One of his most impressive feats came when he, as Darth Vader, fought and killed Ender, a gigantic monster living on the planet Cianap. Vader fought the city-sized beast for hours, finally defeating an otherwise immortal monster.

    381 votes
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    363 VOTES
    Luke Skywalker
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Luke Skywalker has long been considered one of the most powerful Force users of all time. He is the son of the Chosen One and managed to take on Darth Vader without much training. Initially, he found it difficult to channel the Force, but as he grew older (and wiser), he became more attuned to the Force. On top of that, he was idolized and mythologized throughout the galaxy for his exploits.

    Throughout his life, Luke was able to demonstrate significant uses of the Force, but his most impressive is easily his final act. During a pivotal battle between the Resistance and the First Order, Luke used Force projection to transfer his consciousness and likeness across the galaxy. As he was doing this, his body levitated above the ground, but on Crait, he stood defiant against Kylo Ren. He succeeded in providing the distraction needed for the Resistance to escape, and while the effort killed him, it stands as one of the most impressive uses of the Force in franchise history.

    363 votes
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    328 VOTES

    We first met Obi-Wan Kenobi as a “crazy old hermit," but he quickly demonstrated his ability to use the Force. While flying to Alderaan, he felt the deaths of everyone on the planet when the Empire destroyed it with the Death Star. Later, he fought Darth Vader, letting himself be killed so he could become one with the Force. He spent the next few years guiding Luke Skywalker on his journey to end Darth Sidious' tyranny. Before that happened, he was an incredibly talented Jedi who fought throughout the Clone Wars. His lightsaber abilities were exceptional, and on many occasions, he fought more experienced opponents to a draw or to the death.

    Throughout his life, Obi-Wan demonstrated proficiency in all aspects of the Force, and he quickly rose through the ranks to become a Jedi master. After Anakin's betrayal, Obi-Wan cut himself off from the Force (somewhat), so he could hide and protect Luke Skywalker from being discovered. Eventually, he was forced to come out of hiding to save Leia Organa, resulting in two confrontations with his former Padawan. In the first, Vader easily defeats him, but that's not how the second fight went. After being buried by Vader, Obi-Wan bursts from the pit and pelts Vader with boulders, having levitated hundreds with the raising of his arms. He finished the fight with his superior lightsaber moves and brought Vader to his knees.

    328 votes