6 Non-Force-Users Who Wielded Lightsabers
When we think of lightsabers, our mind immediately jumps to Jedi or Sith. That’s because the elegant and heavy weapon required a great deal of skill and training to wield, which was greatly enhanced when used in conjunction with the Force. So while it wasn’t impossible for non-Force-users to wield the ancient weapons, it just made more sense to use blasters, grenades and so on. However, today we will be looking at those brave enough in canon and Legends to use lightsabers in combat situations, despite their disconnection to the Force, so sorry Han Solo, your part in saving Luke Skywalker’s life isn’t going to make the cut… Without any further ado, here are 6 Non-Force Users Who Wielded Lightsabers.
Number 06. Sherruk (Legends)
Despite being a regular Human male, Sherruk hunted Jedi during the Old Republic era. Similar to another entry in this list, spoiler alert, Sherruk collected lightsabers as trophies after eliminating Jedi, and famously used both a red and blue lightsaber on separate occasions to carry out his work. Unfortunately, even as a skilled fighter, Sherruk was no match for the reformed Revan.
Number 05. Cad Bane (Canon)
During the Clone Wars, Cad Bane was regarded as the galaxy’s best, deadliest, and most fearsome bounty hunter. Although Bane favoured the use of his twin LL-30 blaster pistols, he did use a lightsaber, Quinlan Vos’ to be exact, to duel Obi-Wan Kenobi. With no lightsaber training, Kenobi was quick to disarm Bane. However, the scuffle aided the bounty hunter’s escape.
Number 04. Finn (Canon)
When promotional material for Star Wars: The Force Awakens showed Finn wielding Luke Skywalker’s former lightsaber, everyone just presumed he was the next main Jedi protagonist. However, as it turned out, Finn wasn’t Force-sensitive at all, and just happened to have the weapon on hand during face-offs with FN-2199 and Kylo Ren. Although Finn nearly lost a duel to the Z6 riot control baton-wielding stormtrooper, he briefly held his own against the former Jedi. Using the melee combat training from his days as a soldier in the First Order, he managed to wound Kylo Ren. However, he was quickly dealt some nasty lightsaber strikes of his own. After the near-death experience, Finn’s lightsaber-wielding days looked to be behind him.
Number 03. Pre Vizsla (Canon)
As the leader of the Death Watch, a Mandalorian terrorist organisation dedicated to returning Mandalore to its roots, Pre Vizsla wielded the darksaber - an ancient and black-bladed lightsaber. Despite not having the Force, Vizsla more than held his own in duels against Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka Tano. After failing to overthrow the Mandalorian government on his own, Vizsla teamed up with Maul to stage a fake attack on Sundari (the capital of Mandalore) and set up the Death Watch as the heroic saviours. When the plan worked, Vizsla double-crossed and imprisoned Maul. However, after his escape, the former Sith apprentice challenged Vizsla to a deadly duel for leadership of the Death Watch. Although Vizsla had spent a lifetime training with the darksaber, he was no match for Maul and his Force abilities. After disarming his opponent, Maul executed Vizsla with the darksaber and became the new leader of the Death Watch.
Number 02. General Grievous (Canon)
General Grievous may not have had the Force, but with his cybernetic implants - which boosted his combat prowess - and lightsaber combat training from Count Dooku, the cyborg struck fear into the hearts of Jedi. With his multiple spinning arms, the Supreme Commander of the Droid Army could take on multiple foes at once. As a result, Grievous defeated and destroyed many Jedi, one of which being the Padawan of Jedi Master Kit Fisto, Nahdar Vebb. Unfortunately, his reign of terror over the Galactic Republic and Jedi Order ended in a final duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi. In a strange turn of events, the cyborg was defeated not with a lightsaber, but rather by his own blaster.
Number 01. Boba Fett (Legends)
Boba Fett was the Batman of the Star Wars universe; whilst he had no special powers, he used gadgets and incredible combat skills to defeat opponents. And, on more than one occasion, he even used a lightsaber! In Legends, when Jaina Solo travelled to Mandalore to train under Boba Fett, the bounty hunter held his own against the Jedi in a sparring session. Despite not having any formal lightsaber training himself, Fett taught Jaina how to gain the upper hand over superior opponents. The Jedi used the skills taught to her to defeat her brother, Darth Caedus, in an epic lightsaber showdown. But that’s not the end of this crazy story; Fett also wielded a lightsaber against Darth Vader in several brief but brutal duels. Although those stories are no longer canon, to hold your own against Jaina Solo and Darth Vader, without having any connection to the Force, is truly incredible. If that doesn’t make Boba Fett the best thing in the entirety of everything, then I don’t what will…
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