Jedi commit sai cha only when battle is at its most dangerous and threatening, or when an opponent is considered extremely dangerous even for a fully trained Jedi.

Cin Drallig, Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force

In lightsaber combat, a sai cha was the rare instance when a Jedi beheaded his or her opponent. In general, sai cha was reserved for either biological opponents that presented a great danger—any opponent a Jedi could not afford to keep alive—or droids.

Notable usesEdit

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Do you think you'll still be able to call on the Force after I've seperated your head from your body?.

Asajj to Luminara, Cloak of Darkness

Droids were regarded by most Force-sensitives as neither honorable nor dishonorable, with the exception of a few heroic notables. For example, Obi-Wan Kenobi beheaded General Grievous's MagnaGuards onboard the Invisible Hand and during the Battle of Utapau.

During the time of the Old Republic, Jedi Knight Ulic Qel-Droma used sai cha during the Freedon Nadd Uprising to end the life of Warb Null.[1]

Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Bane applied sai cha against a defenseless Sirak when the Zabrak begged for mercy,[2] and ten years later on Jedi Lord Valenthyne Farfalla during their duel on Tython.[3]

In 37 BBY, Qui-Gon Jinn was forced to apply the sai cha against Baroness Omnino of Vena, as she was in possession of a phychic augmenter, a sophisticated device that enabled her to control the minds of others. Jinn was forced to decapitate her to save the lives of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum, and knocking the Baroness unconscious was not an option, as her dangerous mind may have remained active.

Mace Windu used sai cha to kill Jango Fett in the Petranaki Arena on Geonosis.[4] He also attempted to use this move on Darth Sidious, until Anakin intervened.[5]

Dooku's head Flies off

Anakin Skywalker uses sai cha on his defenseless Sith predecessor.

Anakin Skywalker applied sai cha on Dooku onboard the Invisible Hand.[5]

Master Yoda performed a magnificent sai cha on Clone Commander Gree and a fellow trooper after Order 66 was initiated.

During the Galactic Civil War, Darth Vader was infamous for beheading his opponents with his lightsaber.[5] Bol Chatak, Iwo Kulka and Siadem Forte were among his more well-known victims.[6]

Several Jedi were forced to employ sai cha during the Great Jedi Purge. These include Roan Shryne, who performed sai cha upon Commander Appo in the Battle of Kashyyyk (Imperial Period)[6], and Jedi Master Tsui Choi, who applied it against a clone commander in 19 BBY.

Inquisitor Jerec performed two brutal sai cha marks: first on a helpless Morgan Katarn, and later on Jedi Master Qu Rahn.[7][8][9]

Grand Master Luke Skywalker applied sai cha' during his final confrontation with Shimmra Jamaane, Supreme Overlord of the Yuuzhan Vong. Skywalker beheaded Jamaane with the crossed blades of both his and his nephew Anakin's lightsaber,[10] much like how his father beheaded Count Dooku nearly fifty years before.[4]

Jedi Master Tresina Lobi was felled by a sai cha strike from Dark Jedi Alema Rar, during their duel in Coruscant's Fellowship Plaza.[11]

Dark Lady Lumiya received a sai cha strike from Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, ending both their duel and her life.[12]

In the underlevels of Coruscant, Darth Caedus applied sai cha against the Falleen Jedi Thann Mithric.[13]

Behind the scenesEdit

Beheading of opponents is normally not available in Star Wars computer games, because of censorship and rating issues. However, in Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, beheadings and general dismemberment are possible using the "Saber Realistic Combat" function which is accessible through a cheat code. In some cases you didn't even need to attack your opponent if they are running right at you, all you needed to do was turn in their direction.

In the novelization of Revenge of the Sith, Darth Sidious kills both Saesee Tiin and Kit Fisto this way, and proceeds to decorate his desk with the deceased Master Fisto's head.[14]




Notes & ReferencesEdit

Combat Duel · Dun Möch · Fast style · Medium style · Strong style · Form "Zero" · Mounted · Niman/Jar'Kai · Sokan · Three rings of defense · Trispzest · Tràkata
Forms I: Shii-Cho · II: Makashi · III: Soresu · IV: Ataru · V: Shien / Djem So · VI: Niman · VII: Juyo / Vaapad
Techniques Cho mai · Cho mok · Cho sun · Dulon · Faalo's cadences · Faalo's Will · Falling Leaf · Flowing Water · Jedi ready · Jung · Jung ma · Kai-kan · Lus-ma · Mou kei · Sai · Sai cha · Sai tok · Sequence · Shiak · Shiim · Shun · Sun djem · Velocities
Variations Curved-hilt lightsaber · Double-bladed lightsaber · Fiber-cord linked lightsabers · Forked lightsaber · Imperial Knight lightsaber · Lightclub · Lightfoil · Lightwhip · Paired lightsabers · Lightsaber pike · Protosaber · Shoto / Guard shoto · Lightsaber staff · Training lightsaber / Sith training saber
Lightsaber-resistant materials Armorweave · Cortosis · Darkswords · Force Weapon · Mandalorian iron · Neuranium · Orbalisks · Phrik · Sith Alchemy · Ultrachrome
Technology Blade emitter shroud · Crystal · Diatium power cell · Emitter matrix · Focusing lens · Hilt · Inert power insulator · Pommel cap
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