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Darth Bane is a powerful and legendary Sith Lord who invented the Rule of Two - a doctrine lasting until the period of the films themselves, despite Bane living almost a thousand years before The Phantom Menace. His powers are somewhat analogous to the likes of Darth Malgus and Darth Vader.
This thread is still in completion. I am trying to record Bane's best feats in each category first, which would be a better and more useful indication of his abilities. As such, I will not be including paltry feats that could be replicated by any typical seasoned Force user. I am still not done with the thread, though, and probably nowhere near finished at this point.
Respect Darth Bane:
He tears a durasteel door of its hinges:
Another locked durasteel door blocked the only exit. Bane tossed the blaster aside and tore the door off its hinges.Source: Dynasty of Evil
Bane throws himself shoulder first into a door that bursts open from the impact and sends him tumbling into the room beyond:
The Dark Lord charged up the steps and threw himself shoulder-first into the door at the top. It burst open from the impact, sending him tumbling into the room beyond. Source: Dynasty of Evil
Before receiving any training in the Force, Bane fires shots that kill eight out of nine people in less than three seconds, and from his perspective, it is as if time slowed down:
It was as if time had slowed down.
It had taken fewer than three seconds to wipe out eight of the nine soldiers.Source: Path of Destruction
Bane moves so quickly that time itself seems to stop for the rest of the world, and in the blink of an eye, he knocks the saber from Sirak's hand and shatters his forearm and lower leg. For an instant, all the spectators (which are all Force-sensitive) lose track of what transpired, taking them a moment to register the blur of movement that had been imperceptible to even their perceptions:
He waited until the last possible second before unleashing the energy bottled up inside him in a tremendous rush of power. He channeled it through his muscles and limbs, moving so fast it seemed as if time had stopped for the rest of the world. In the blink of an eye he knocked the saber from Sirak’s hand, sliced down to shatter his forearm, then spun through and brought his saber crashing into his opponent’s lower leg. It splintered under the impact and Sirak screamed as a shard of gleaming white bone sliced through muscle, sinew, and finally skin.
For an instant none of the spectators was even aware of what had happened; it took their minds a moment to catch up and register the blur of action that had occurred so much quicker than their eyes could see.
Bane deflects raindrops from a storm with his lightsaber for a full ten minutes - also dodging and twisting to avoid the few drops that bypass his lightsaber:
Feeling a blast of cold wind blow in, he crouched low and opened himself up to the Force, letting it flow through him. Drawing on it to extend his awareness out to encompass each individual bead of rain as it fell from the sky, he resolved not to let a single drop touch his exposed flesh.
He could sense the power of the dark side building inside him. It began, as it always did, with a faint spark, a tiny flicker of light and heat. Muscles tense and coiled in anticipation, he fed the spark, fueling it with his own passion, letting his anger and fury transform the flame into an inferno waiting to be unleashed.
As the first fat drops splattered onto the patio stones around him, Bane exploded into action. Abandoning the overpowering style of Djem So, he shifted to the quicker sequences of Soresu, his lightsaber tracing tight circles above his head in a series of movements designed to intercept enemy blaster bolts. The wind rose to a howling gale, and the scattered drops quickly became a downpour. His body and mind united as one, he channeled the infinite power of the Force against the driving rain.
Tiny clouds of hissing steam formed as his blade picked off the descending drops while Bane twisted, twirled, and contorted his body to evade those few that managed to slip through his defenses. For the next ten minutes he battled the pelting storm, reveling in the power of the dark side. And then, as suddenly as it had begun, the tempest was gone, the dark cloud scurrying away on the breeze. Breathing hard, Bane extinguished his lightsaber. His skin was sheened in sweat, but not a single drop of rain had touched his bare flesh.Source: Dynasty of Evil
He sense the presence of intruders in his home and registers it all in less than a tenth of a second:
All this flashed through Bane's mind in less than a tenth of a second - just enough time for it to register before the sonic detonators on either side of him went off.Source: Dynasty of Evil
Amplified by both the energies of Lehon (which are more potent than those on Korriban) and the nearby temple (which was enough to make Bane feel light-headed), after gathering energies for a brief period, Bane is able to unleash a telekinetic wave that collapses the entire temple and buries Kas'im inside:
On the landing high above Kas’im stood beneath the massive arch of the Temple entrance, staring down at him.
"I will follow you wherever you run," he said. "Wherever you go I will eventually find you and kill you. Don’t live your life in fear, Bane. Better to end it now."
"I agree," Bane replied, hurling out the wave of Force energy he had been gathering during the Blademaster’s speech.
There was nothing subtle about Bane’s attack: the massive shock wave shook the very foundations of the great Rakatan Temple. The concussive blast had enough power to shatter every bone in Kas’im’s body and pulverize his flesh into a mass of pulpy liquid. But at the last possible instant he threw up a shield to protect himself from the attack.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t shield the Temple around him. The walls exploded into great chunks of rubble. The archway collapsed in a shower of stone, burying Kas’im beneath tons of rock and mortar. A second later the rest of the roof caved in, drowning out the Twi’lek’s dying screams with a deafening rumble.
Bane watched the spectacle of the Temple’s implosion from the safety of the ground at the foot of the stairs. Billowing clouds of dust rolled out from the wreckage and down the stairs toward him. Exhausted by the long lightsaber battle and drained by the sudden unleashing of the Force, he simply lay there until he was covered in a layer of fine white powder.Source: Path of Destruction
He casually kills Qordis, the headmaster of the Sith Academy, with the Force:
"And therein lies the problem." Bane lashed out with the dark side, seizing Qordis in an immobilizing, crushing grip. His opponent tried to protect himself, throwing up a field to deflect the incoming assault, but Bane’s attack tore through the pitiful defense, wiping it away as if it hadn’t even been there.
There was a strangled cry of pain from Qordis as the Force tightened around him and lifted him up from the ground.
"Your wisdom has destroyed our order," Bane explained casually, watching as Qordis struggled helplessly above him. "You have polluted the minds of your followers; you and Kaan have led them down the path of ruin."
"I—I don’t understand," Qordis gasped, barely able to speak as the breath was squeezed inexorably from his lungs.
"That has always been the problem," Bane replied. "The Brotherhood must be purged. The Sith must be destroyed and rebuilt. You, Kaan, and all the others must be wiped from the face of the galaxy. That is why I have returned."
Dawning horror spread across Qordis’s long, drawn features. "Please he groaned, "not...like this. Release me. Let me...draw my lightsaber. Let us fight...like Sith."
Bane tilted his head to the side. "Surely you know I could kill you just as easily with my lightsaber as I could with the Force."
"I...know." Qordis’s skin was turning red, and his body was trembling as the pressure mounted. Each word he spoke took tremendous effort, yet somehow the dying man found the strength to make his final plea. "More...honor...in...death...by...combat."
Bane gave an indifferent shrug. "Honor is for the living. Dead is dead."
A final push with his mind tightened the invisible vise. Qordis let out a final scream, but with no air in his lungs it came out only as a rattling gasp that was lost beneath the snapping and crackling of his bones.
Had Bane still been capable of such emotions he might actually have pitied the man. As it was, he simply let the corpse fall to the ground then wandered into Kaan’s tent and the communications equipment inside.Source: Path of Destruction
Bane unleashes a Force Wave that devastates a campsite - uprooting and shredding tents, exploding wooden crates into kindling and shattering its contents, and pulverizing the spine of a woman as well as snapping her neck as it completely floors her and she dies:
The wave cut a swath of devastation through the camp. Tents were uprooted from the ground, their material torn and shredded. Wooden supply crates exploded into kindling, the shattered contents spraying out in a shower of splintered shrapnel. The Force wave slammed into the woman's back, pulverizing her spine and snapping her neck as it drove her facedown into the dirt and pinned her against the ground. Her corpse twitched once, then went forever still.Source: Rule of Two
After extensive channeling, Bane unleashes a telekinetic push that sends a heavy slab flying across the room to strike the wall with a thud and leave a large crack behind:
Summoning his strength, Bane reached out with the Force and tried to pull the stone toward him. It barely moved. The stone was heavy, but it was more than sheer mass that held it in place. There was something fighting his power, resisting him. Bane took a deep breath and tilted his head from side to side, loudly cracking his neck as he gathered himself for another attempt.
This time he went deep, plunging into the well of power that dwelled within his core. He reached back into his past, dredging up memories buried deep in his subconscious: memories of his father, Hurst; memories of the beatings; memories of the hatred he bore for the man who had raised him. As he did so, he felt his power building.
It started, as it always did, with a single spark of heat. The spark quickly became a flame, and the flame an inferno. Bane's body trembled with the strain as he fought to contain the power, letting the dark side energy build to a critical mass. He forced himself to endure the unbearable heat as long as he could, then thrust his fist forward, channeling everything inside him toward the stone blocking him from his destiny.
The heavy slab flew across the room and struck the far wall with a heavy thud. A long vertical crack appeared in the wall, though the dark stone block itself was undamaged. Bane dropped to his knees, panting from the exertion.Source: Rule of Two
Bane sends Orbalisks flying with the Force, and with two Orbalisks attached to him to enhance his powers, he easily pulls the stone slab to plug the entrance again:
The rest of the creatures were sent hurtling away from him like leaves swept up by a fierce wind; they clacked and clattered as they struck the walls of the room.
His powers were enhanced by both pain and a desperate urgency, and the block moved easily for him this time, flying across the chamber to plug the entrance before anymore of the strange crustaceans could scuttle out after him.Source: Rule of Two
Bane crushes a pair of men with a couch they had been using for cover:
Bane slapped aside the incoming bolts away with his lightsaber, then thrust out a hand to send the couch slamming straight back into the wall, crushing the men who had been using it for cover.Source: Dynasty of Evil
Bane unleashes a turbulent telekinetic storm that absorbs blaster bolts, melts blasters and burns several guards' flesh. He unleashes another Force Wave that pummels guards and sends them sailing into the walls hard enough to leave cracks in the stone, and leaves the half a dozen bodies dead with shattered bones and crushed organs:
But Bane's visceral, primal assault on the squad in the room below had fueled the cycle of rising emotion and mounting dark side power. He met their assault with an explosion of crackling energy that rippled out in a violet wave from his body at the center. The incoming bolts were absorbed harmlessly into the ionic storm, the blasters themselves melted in the hands of their owners. The stench of burned flesh mingled with their screams of agony and the relentless, hammering song of the alarms, further feeding Bane's power.
Crouched on one knee, he clenched both fists then threw his arms out to either side, fingers splayed wide. The resulting Force wave pummeled the guards, sending them hurtling backward so they bounced off the walls hard enough to leave cracks in the stone.
Bane rose to his feet in the center of the carnage. Half a dozen bodies lay strewn about him, bones shattered, internal organs crushed into pulp. One choked out a pink, frothing spray with his final breath; all the others were still.Source: Dynasty of Evil
Bane unleashes Lightning that cooks a pair of men and leaves behind charred corpses:
Clenching the fingers of his left hand tight against his open palm, Bane wheeled toward the two men on his right and thrust his fist up into the air. A dozen forks of blue lightning arced out from above his head to envelop the screaming soldiers, cooking them alive. Shrieking in agony, they danced and twitched like marionettes on electric strings for several seconds before their smoking husks collapsed on the ground.Source: Rule of Two
Bane uses Lightning to burn away webbing that was holding him in place:
The Iktotchi landed just as Bane unleashed a wave of crackling electricity that burned away the webbing of the tangle guns.Source: Dynasty of Evil
Bane's Lightning impacts Zannah's blade with enough force to stagger her:
As she moved in for the kill another burst of lightning came toward her. She caught it with her lightsaber, but the impact drove her backward a step, giving Bane just enough room to duck down beneath her coup de grace and scramble clear of the wall.Source: Dynasty of Evil
Just as Zannah moves her blade for the kill, Bane encases himself in a cocoon of Lightning that, upon impact, knocks him into the wall and sends Zannah flying a full ten meters:
She was less than a meter away, her blade already slashing in for the killing blow, when she felt all the hair on the back of her neck rise. A shimmering purple cocoon of dark side energy enveloped Bane, a fragile shell holding back a storm of pure power.
She tried to pull back but it was too late. As her blade bit into the cocoon the energy was released in a sudden burst that sent both of them flying backward. Bane slammed hard into the wall against his back and crumpled to the ground. Zannah was tossed ten meters farther, landing hard on the stone floor. The rose to their feet at the same time, neither seriously injured. But yet again Bane had managed to thwart her attack and work himself out of a corner.Source: Dynasty of Evil
He deflects a number of Orbalisks as they attempt to latch onto him:
With one hand clutching the Holocron, he swiped at them with his lightsaber and deflected others with the power of the Force.Source: Rule of Two
Bane shields himself with the Force to render himself unharmed by half a dozen concussion grenades:
Half a dozen concussion grenades tossed in from every side clattered on the floor at his feet. As they exploded, Bane simply enveloped himself in the Force, creating a protective cocoon that absorbed the impact and left him standing completely unharmed.Source: Dynasty of Evil
Aided by Darth Andeddu's temple, Bane creates a Death Field that kills a number of cultists:
Despite their numbers, Bane instantly realized they posed no real threat. Though they worshiped one of the ancient Sith, these were ordinary men and women. The Force did not flow through their veins; they were nothing but fodder. Their fury might be fueled by the dark side energies emanating from the temple, but Bane could just as easily draw upon the same power, letting it build until he unleashed it against his foes.
A decade earlier he would have eagerly engaged them in physical combat, his body pumped full of adrenaline released by the orbalisks that had covered his flesh. Swept up in a mindless rage, he would have carved a bloody swath through their numbers, hacking and slashing at his helpless enemies while relying on the impenetrable shells of the orbalisks to protect him from their blows. But the orbalisks were gone now. He was no longer invulnerable to physical attacks, yet he was also no longer a slave to the primal bloodlust that used to overwhelm him. Free from the parasitic infestation, he was able to dispatch his enemies using the Force rather than relying solely on brute strength.
Bane extinguished his weapon and stood perfectly still, allowing the swarming horde to close in on him as he gathered his strength. He called upon the power of the temple itself, feeding on it to bolster his own abilities as he created a deadly field around his body. It began as a tight circle, but quickly spread outward until it extended to a radius of ten meters, with the Sith Lord at the center. The air within the circumference of the field suddenly became darker, as if the light from the red sun above had been suddenly dimmed.
Cloaked in the shadowy gloom, Bane simply held his ground against the enemy assault. The front ranks of onrushing cultists shrieked in agony as they entered the field, their life essence violently sucked out of their bodies, aging them a thousand years in only a few seconds. Muscles and tendons atrophied instantaneously; their skin withered and shrank, pulling tight across their bones. Eyes and tongues shriveled, turning them into mummified husks before their desiccated flesh crumbled away, leaving only skeletal remains and a few strands of hair.
The effort of creating an aura of pure dark side energy would have quickly exhausted even Bane. However, as his enemies fell he was able to draw their essence into himself, feeding on their energies to revitalize his fading strength and reinforcing the field in preparation for the next wave of victims.Source: Dynasty of Evil
When encrusted by Orbalisks, Darth Bane becomes more powerful than usual and is nearly invulnerable.
Bane strikes hard enough to disarm a Battle Meditation-amped Jedi Master with a single blow:
Even so, the strength behind the attack tore Farfalla's golden blade from his grip, sending his lightsaber skittering across the floor.Source: Rule of Two
Bane speedblitzes a Shadow Assassin:
He leapt forward and cut the first red-robed figure down before he - or she - had a chance to react, a single slash of his lightsaber bisecting the unfortunate opponent horizontally, just above the waste.Source: Rule of Two
Bane spins like a whirlwind, making it appear to be in multiple places at once:
As he spun like a whirlwind, his blade appeared to be everywhere at once: hacking, slashing, and slicing his enemies to ribbons.Source: Rule of Two
Bane generates a dozen afterimages with his blade:
When it was over her Master turned to face her. She waited for him to demand an explanation, but instead he let loose with a cry and flew at her. Zannah barely had time to ignite her twin blades to meet his completely unexpected attack.
She fell into a defensive posture as she so often had during their training sessions. But this was no drill, and her Master came at her with a speed and ferocity she had never faced before. Giving in to his orbalisk-fueled bloodrage, he was like a wild animal, raining savage blows down on her from all angles, the strikes coming so fast it seemed as if he wielded a dozen blades at the same time. Zannah fell into a full retreat, desperately giving ground beneath the overwhelming assault.Source: Rule of Two
Durability & Regeneration
He is only staggered by a million-volt electrical attack set upon him by five maximum-charge force pikes, a single one of which should have been enough to subdue a bantha:
The remaining five struck Bane almost simultaneously, their force pikes sending a million volts of current through his body. The orbalisks absorbed most of the charge, but enough filtered through to jolt him from his teeth down to his toes.
The Dark Lord staggered and fell to his knees. But instead of rushing in to finish him off, the assassins simply stood their ground. The idea that anything smaller than a bantha could withstand a direct hit from a force pike set to maximum charge - let alone five pikes at the same time - was inconceivable.Source: Rule of Two
He is hit again by a Force pike but shrugs it off effortlessly:
Fueled by rage and fury, Bane shrugged off the deadly electrical shock like a rancor shrugging off the bite of a venn-bug.Source: Rule of Two
Multiple technobeasts attack Bane but fail to penetrate his Orbalisk armor:
But the others surged forward like a wave, driving him under. Their feet stomped and kicked at him; their bladed arms slashed at him as he lay prone on the floor. But none of their attacks could pierce the chitinous shells of his orbalisk armor.Source: Rule of Two
Bane withstands a several-hundred-meter fall with injuries that heal quickly:
The riderless drexl slammed into Bane's flier the exact instant he engaged the final team. The three beasts intertwined with one another, becoming a single, screaming mass of flesh, claws, and teeth hurtling toward the ground below. A spray of hot, foamy blood splashed across Bane's face as the creatures ripped one another apart. For a brief instant he glimpsed one of the other riders through the flailing wings and limbs of their mounts, her features frozen as she realized they were all tumbling toward a gruesome and inescapable end.
Bane released his hold on the drexl's mind and concentrated his awareness on the terror of the other three riders. He drank in their fear, using it to fuel his own emotions. He focused his power and channeled it through the orbalisks, letting them gorge themselves on the dark side. In return they pumped a fresh dose of adrenaline and hormones into his blood, allowing him to generate even more power in a cycle he repeated over and over until the moment before impact.
Zannah saw the last three flying creatures lock onto one another. As they dropped from the sky, spiraling down faster and faster, she watched them, waiting for one to break free and mount back up to the heavens. None ever did.
She screamed in horror as they all slammed into the ground together. The sound of the crash was like an explosion; the shock wave knocked Zannah off her feet and launched a great cloud of dust and debris into the air. The cloud rolled quickly over the ground to envelop her.
The would-be Sith apprentice struggled to rise, coughing and choking as small chunks of dirt and stone rained down on her. Through the haze she stared in wonder at the twenty-meter-wide, two-meter-deep crater left behind. In the center was a gore-covered mountain of pulverized flesh: the individual bodies of mounts and riders compacted into a single pulpy, quivering mass. And walking toward her from the carnage was the bloodsoaked form of her Master.
He was limping and hunched over, with one arm clutched at his side. Yet even through the obscuring dust Zannah recognized him immediately. She could only stare in utter disbelief as he drew nearer, his gait becoming more sure and steady with every stride. With each step he stood taller and straighter, and when he let his arm fall away from his side, her heart began to pound with excitement.
Darth Bane was alive! And the power that had let him survive this incredible ordeal—the power of the dark side—would one day be hers to command! Overcome with emotion, she stepped forward to embrace her Master...only to recoil when she saw the alien growth protruding from his chest.Source: Rule of Two
Bane unleashes a telekinetic attack that penetrates multiple Shadow Assassins' combined Force Barrier, knocking two of them to the ground and sending too more sailing through the air:
Channeling their power, they could form a protective shield around themselves to negate the Force attacks of their enemies. But if an opponent was strong enough, a concentrated attack could still breach the barrier. Darth Bane, Dark Lord of the Sith, was definitely strong enough.
Two of the assassins were stopped in their tracks, knocked to the ground as if they had run into an invisible wall. Two more, weaker and less able to defend themselves against Bane's power, were sent flying backward. Only the fifth was strong enough to resist the Sith Lord's throw and continue his charge.Source: Rule of Two
Bane disintegrates a dozen technobeasts:
As his fingers closed over the Holocron he heard a noise that caused him to pull his hand back with a start. It sounded like the moan of a long-dead god rising from the grave; a hundred mechanized limbs sprang to action with an angry hum as the monsters swarmed over him.
Bane thrust out with the Force, and a dozen of the oncoming creatures exploded into dust and tiny flecks of small, twisted metal. But the others surged forward like a wave, driving him under. Their feet stomped and kicked at him; their bladed arms slashed at him as he lay prone on the floor. But none of their attacks could pierce the chitinous shells of his orbalisk armor.Source: Rule of Two
Bane unleashes Lightning that reduces a drexl into a chunk of charred and smoking flesh and deforms the riders' flesh to ash:
Bane didn't take the time to revel in the fear of his fallen enemies. Before they even hit the ground he'd turned his attention to the third opponent, unleashing a storm of Sith lightning that reduced the riders to ash and the drexl into a hunk of charred and smoking flesh that dropped from the sky.Source: Rule of Two