Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Could a lightsaber deflect a phaser?

  1. Jul 31, 2013 #1
    This came up in one of my frequent Star Wars vs. Star Trek debates with a friend. Can a lightsaber deflect a phaser?
  2. jcsd
  3. Jul 31, 2013 #2


    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Since neither is real, you get to make up your own answer.
  4. Jul 31, 2013 #3
    True, but that's no fun!
  5. Jul 31, 2013 #4


    User Avatar
    Homework Helper

    As phinds says, there's no "right" answer here. We just have to decide which answer is more fun.

    A fun fight (in fiction) is a fairer one. Lightsabers are melee weapons, while phasers are ranged. If a lightsaber couldn't deflect a phaser, it would be a really short fight, wouldn't it?

    On that basis, I would say, lightsabers "have" to deflect phaser blasts. Whether on stun or kill.

    As to the fictitious mechanism (physics) behind it, you can basically pull it out of your rear end. But to be faithful to canon, you need to read more about what the creators of the respective series have published about how their weapons "work".
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Similar Threads - lightsaber deflect phaser Date
Can Light Saber deflect bullets? Dec 5, 2016
Could a lightsaber cut through adamantium? Apr 1, 2013
Possibility of a lightsaber Apr 1, 2004