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Encyclopedia > Force (Star Wars)

The Force is one of the main concepts in the fictional Star Wars universe, created by George Lucas. First mentioned in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, it is integral in all subsequent films in the series, as well as the Star Wars "Expanded Universe" of comic books, novels, and video games. Only Fools and Horses is a British television sitcom, created and written by John Sullivan, and made and broadcast by the BBC. Seven series were originally broadcast in the UK between 1981 and 1991, with sporadic Christmas specials until 2003. ... May The Force Be With You is an episode of the BBC sit-com, Only Fools and Horses. ... This article is about the series. ... A fictional universe is an imaginary world that serves as the setting or backdrop for one or (more commonly) multiple works of fiction or translatable non-fiction. ... George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... Expanded Universe material (e. ...

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Depiction

In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the original Star Wars film, the Force is first described by the Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) as "an energy field created by all living things, that surrounds and penetrates living beings and binds the galaxy together."[1] Throughout the series, characters exhibit various powers that rely on the Force. This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... Obi-Wan Kenobi is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Sir Alec Guinness CH, CBE (2 April 1914 – 5 August 2000) was an Academy Award and Tony Award-winning English actor. ... For other uses, see Star Wars Galaxy. ... In the fictional Star Wars universe, Force powers are the manifestations of a beings connection with the Force. ...


The Force has a "dark side", which feeds off emotions such as anger and fear, whereas the Jedi use the Force only for peaceful purposes.[2] The series' villains, the Sith, embrace the dark side in order to seize power.[3] The Jedi's compassionate and selfless use of the Force has come to be known by inference as "the Light Side", although that term is not used in the films.[4] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jedi Knights and Jedi Knight redirect here. ... Within the Star Wars universe, the term Sith is used to describe two separate but related groups. ...


The prequels introduced the idea of midi-chlorians, microscopic organisms that reside in living cells and communicate with the Force.[5] A being's potential to use the Force is correlated with the number of these organisms residing in its blood.[6] Revenge of the Sith is the third film of the prequel trilogy. ... Midi-clorians are mysterious organisms in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... Look up cell in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Force abilities

Main article: Force power
Jedi Master Yoda (Frank Oz) holds a senatorial platform aloft in Revenge of the Sith
Jedi Master Yoda (Frank Oz) holds a senatorial platform aloft in Revenge of the Sith

The Force can enhance natural physical and mental natural abilities, including enhancing strength (such as during a 'Force jump' or to slow a fall from an otherwise dangerous height) and precision (as when Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) was able to launch proton torpedoes into a small thermal exhaust port on the Death Star in A New Hope). The Sith can sometimes use the Force to create harmful energy to attack others. In the fictional Star Wars universe, Force powers are the manifestations of a beings connection with the Force. ... Image File history File links Yodausingforce. ... Image File history File links Yodausingforce. ... Yoda is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe, who appears in all of the franchises films except for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... Frank Oz (born May 25, 1944) is an American film director, actor and puppeteer. ... Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is the third episode of the Star Wars film series (but the sixth film to be produced), to be released on Thursday, May 19, 2005. ... Luke Skywalker is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe portrayed by Mark Hamill in the films Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. ... Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into List of Star Wars weapons. ... For other uses, see Death Star (disambiguation). ...


In the Star Wars original trilogy, certain characters use the Force to retain their spiritual presence after death. In the Expanded Universe novel Heir to the Empire, Obi-Wan Kenobi says this can only continue for a while before the Jedi must "move on" to a spirit realm.[7] In Revenge of the Sith, the late Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) communicates with Yoda from the spirit realm, promising to teach him and Obi-Wan this power; the latter two appear, along with a redeemed Anakin Skywalker (Sebastian Shaw/Hayden Christiansen) in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The cover of the 2004 DVD widescreen release of the revamped original Star Wars Trilogy. ... Heir to the Empire is the first book in a trilogy of novels known as The Thrawn Trilogy, all written by Timothy Zahn. ... Obi-Wan Kenobi is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Qui-Gon Jinn is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by Liam Neeson in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. ... William John Liam Neeson OBE (born June 7, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated Irish actor. ... Anakin Skywalker is the central character in the Star Wars franchise. ... Sebastian Shaw (left) as the original version of Anakin Skywalker in Return of the Jedi. ... Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker in Attack of the Clones (2002) Hayden Christensen (born April 19, 1981) is an actor most widely known for playing Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and re-released with changes in 1997 and 2004. ...


Disturbances in the Force

Many characters throughout the series can sense a "disturbance in the Force" whenever something bad happens or is about to happen.


When the planet Alderaan is destroyed in A New Hope, Obi-Wan senses "a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced". In Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) tells Darth Vader (David Prowse) that he has felt a disturbance in the Force upon realizing that Luke Skywalker poses a threat to him. In Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Yoda (Frank Oz) feels a disturbance in the Force when Anakin, enraged by his mother's death, slaughters a tribe of Tusken Raiders. In the fictional Star Wars universe, Alderaan is the home of Princess Leia, Bail Organa and also, in 4000 BBY, Ulic Qel Droma who fought in the Great Sith War. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is the sequel to the first released Star Wars movie, and the second film released in the original trilogy. ... Palpatine is a fictional character in George Lucas science fiction saga Star Wars. ... Ian McDiarmid (born August 11, 1944) is a Tony Award-winning Scottish actor born in Carnoustie. ... For information on this characters appearance in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, see Anakin Skywalker. ... David Dave Prowse, MBE (born July 1, 1935 in Bristol, United Kingdom) is an English body-builder, weightlifter and actor, most widely known for his role as the physical form of Darth Vader. ... Film poster for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) is the fifth Star Wars science fiction movie released and the second part of the prequel trilogy which began with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. ... Yoda is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe, who appears in all of the franchises films except for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... Frank Oz (born May 25, 1944) is an American film director, actor and puppeteer. ... Shmi Skywalker is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portayed by Pernilla August. ... Tusken Raiders (Sand People) are fictional creatures that live on the planet Tatooine in the Star Wars universe, so named from the attack on one of Tatooines first settlements, Fort Tusken. ...


Yoda is seen to be visibly weakened after sensing the deaths of many Jedi during the execution of Order 66 in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is the third episode of the Star Wars film series (but the sixth film to be produced), to be released on Thursday, May 19, 2005. ...


Cultural impact

The expression "May the Force be with you" has achieved cult status and is symbolic of the Star Wars legacy. The quote appears at #8 on the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes list, compiled by the American Film Institute in 2005 to showcase the all-time best lines in American cinema history. May 4 is International Star Wars Day, taken from a pun of "May The Force (fourth) be with you". Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Part of the AFI 100 Years. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 124th day of the year (125th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Pun (disambiguation). ...


The player's ability to use the Force is a feature in several LucasArts titles, ranging from real-time strategy games like Empire at War to first-person shooters such as Jedi Knight. LucasArts, Del Rey, Hasbro, Lego, and Dark Horse Comics currently are developing the multimedia project, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. LucasArts is an American video game developer and publisher. ... A real-time strategy (RTS) video game is a strategic game that is distinctly not turn-based. ... This article is about video games. ... Instumental Indie Rock group from Chicago. ... Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ... For other uses, see Lego (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Look up Multimedia in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Origin

George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars films, has attributed the origins of "The Force" to the film 21-87 (dir. Arthur Lipsett) which used samples from many sources. George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... 21-87 is a notable 10-minute Canadian abstract film created in 1963 by Arthur Lipsett. ... Arthur Lipsett (13 May 1936 – April 1986) was a Canadian avant-garde director of short films. ...


"One of the audio sources Lipsett sampled for 21-87 [a film that had a great influence on Lucas] was a conversation between artificial intelligence pioneer Warren S. McCulloch and Roman Kroitor , a cinematographer who went on to develop IMAX. In the face of McCulloch's arguments that living beings are nothing but highly complex machines, Kroitor insists that there is something more: 'Many people feel that in the contemplation of nature and in communication with other living things, they become aware of some kind of force, or something, behind this apparent mask which we see in front of us, and they call it God.'" 21-87 is a notable 10-minute Canadian abstract film created in 1963 by Arthur Lipsett. ... Roman Kroitor is a Canadian inventor who co-worked to invent IMAX. He worked on the short film Universe. ... IMAX theatre at the Melbourne Museum complex, Australia BFI London IMAX by night LHemisferic (Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències) Valencia, Spain IMAX (short for Image Maximum) is a film format created by Canadas IMAX Corporation that has the capacity to display images of far greater... This article is about the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ...


"When asked if this was the source of "the Force," Lucas confirms that his use of the term in Star Wars was 'an echo of that phrase in 21-87.'" [8].


References

  1. ^ Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope: "The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together."
  2. ^ Yoda in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back:"Anger, fear, aggression! The dark side of The Force are they. ... A Jedi uses The Force for knowledge and defense. Never for attack."
  3. ^ Star Wars: Databank | Sith
  4. ^ Light side of the Force - Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki
  5. ^ Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace: "Midi-chlorians are a microscopic lifeform that reside within all living cells and communicate with the Force. ... Without the midi-chlorians, life could not exist, and we would have no knowledge of the Force. They continually speak to you, telling you the will of the Force."
  6. ^ Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace: "...the reading's off the chart... over twenty thousand. Even Master Yoda doesn't have a midi-chlorian count that high!" Later,in Jedi Council, Mace Windu: "His cells contain a high concentration of midi-chlorians." Ki-Adi Mundi: "The Force is strong with him."
  7. ^ Zahn, Timothy (1991). Heir to the Empire, The Thrawn Trilogy. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 0-553-07327-3. 
  8. ^ Wired 13.05: Life After Darth
  • Star Wars Roleplaying Game: Revised Core Rulebook, hardcover, 2002. Bill Slavicsek, Andy Collins, J.D. Wiker, ISBN 0-7869-2876-X
  • Star Wars Roleplaying Game: Power of the Jedi Sourcebook, hardcover, 2002. Michael Mikaelian, Jeff Grubb, Owen K.C. Stephens, James Maliszewski, ISBN 0-7869-2781-X
  • The Dark Side sourcebook, Wizards of the Coast, 1st printing, 2001. Bill Slavicsek, J. D. Wiker, ISBN 0-7869-1849-7
  • The Tao of Star Wars, John M. Porter, Humanics Trade Group, 2003, ISBN 0-89334-385-4.
  • The Dharma of Star Wars, Matthew Bortolin, Wisdom Publications, 2005, ISBN 0-86171-497-0.
  • The Making of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Laurent Bouzereau, Jody Duncan, ISBN 0-345-43111-1
  • Galaxy Guide 4: Alien Races (Revised and Expanded), Troy Denning, West End Games, 1994, ISBN 0-87431-208-6
  • Empire Building: The Remarkable, Real-Life Story of Star Wars, Garry Jenkins, Citadel Press; Revised & Updated Edition, 1999, ISBN 0-8065-2087-6
  • Life After Darth, Steve Silberman, Wired Magazine, May 2005

Obi-Wan Kenobi is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Sir Alec Guinness CH, CBE (2 April 1914 – 5 August 2000) was an Academy Award and Tony Award-winning English actor. ... Yoda is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe, who appears in all of the franchises films except for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... Qui-Gon Jinn is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by Liam Neeson in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. ... Windu redirects here. ... Timothy Zahn (born September 1, 1951) is a science fiction novelist. ... Heir to the Empire is the first book in a trilogy of novels known as The Thrawn Trilogy, all written by Timothy Zahn. ... The cover to the first book of the trilogy, Heir to the Empire. ... The Dharma of Star Wars is a book by Matthew Bortolin. ...

See also

The Jedi census phenomenon is a grassroots movement that was created in 2001 for citizens in a few English-speaking countries to record their religion as Jedi or Jedi Knight (after the fictitious quasi-religious order of Force-attuned knights in the Star Wars universe) on the national census. ... Lightsaber combat describes the fictional fighting styles employed by Jedi and Sith characters in the Star Wars multi-media franchise. ...

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