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Jedi battles every Star Wars fan deserves

There's nothing as awesome for Star Wars fans as a good lightsaber duel. Many of the most iconic moments in the history of the franchise have been battles between Jedi and Sith, like Qui Gon and Obi Wan against Darth Maul, Luke Skywalker against Darth Vader, or Rey against Kylo Ren. The only problem is we haven't seen nearly enough of these fights over the years. With a slew of new Star Wars films and spin-offs on the horizon, though, hope springs eternal. So here's a look at some Jedi battles that every Star Wars fan deserves.

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Darth Vader vs. Rey

Sure, we got to see Rey take on—and take down—Kylo Ren in an epic lightsaber duel at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But there's a bigger, badder bad guy that every true Jedi needs to face off against in order to make the big leagues: Darth Vader. Luke fought him, as did Obi Wan before him. So with Rey picking up the Jedi mantle, we need to see her take on Vader. Sure, he's technically "dead" at the moment, but who knows what twists Star Wars holds for us going forward. Fingers crossed!

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Luke Skywalker vs. Kylo Ren

This is a battle we're actually likely to see, and hopefully sooner rather than later. After Kylo Ren betrayed his former master and turned to the Dark Side, Luke ran off to a distant star system to mope. Now that he's been drawn back into the conflict, though, it's about time he settled the score with Kylo Ren. Hopefully he can bring Kylo back to the good side of the Force, of course, but if not… get those sabers out and start swinging, boys.

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General Leia vs. Snoke

Snoke tempted her son to the Dark Side. Now, it's time that General Leia got some payback the Skywalker way: by cutting him in twain with a well-aimed lightsaber stroke. Okay, so technically neither of these two are Jedi, but it's not too late to hope that Leia puts her innate powers to good use and kicks some Sith butt. We've been waiting almost 40 years to see her swing a lightsaber. It's about time we got what we all want.

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Darth Vader vs. Kylo Ren

Considering he talks to Vader's melted helmet like it's some kind of super emo imaginary friend, we have a feeling Kylo Ren would get his butt royally handed to him by his grandfather if the two ever came to blows. Luckily, Vader's dead, so that could never happen. Or… could it?! Remember in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back when Luke Skywalker entered the Cave of Mystical Bong Water and hallucinated a death match with Vader? Maybe we could get a similar dream sequence between Vader and Kylo Ren and find out once and for all which of the masked Sith is actually the ultimate villain. Go!

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Luke Skywalker vs. Rey

Here's another fight we might actually get to see when Episode VIII rolls around in 2017. Now that Rey is Luke's padawan, there's a good chance we'll at least get to see the pair spar. On the other hand, the Skywalkers do have a long history of turning to the Dark Side, so it's also possible we might see a real duel between the two at some point if Rey has to take out her mentor after he goes bad. One way or another, though, this is a fight we all deserve after waiting through all of Episode VII just to see Luke stare blankly for three seconds.

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Princess Leia vs. Darth Vader

This is a fight we really should have already seen. Back in the late 1970s, George Lucas commissioned an official canon novel called Splinter of the Mind's Eye that took place between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. At a key moment in that story, Leia takes up Luke's lightsaber and engages in a brief duel with dear old dad Vader. It's the stuff fanboy dreams are made of, but four decades later, we're still waiting to see that awesome sequence on film. Hopefully Rogue One will find room for it. If not? Well, there are more bound to be more prequels coming. You listening, Disney?

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Rey vs. Snoke

Finally, it's the fight we all expect to end the new trilogy: Rey taking on the big bad Sith lord Snoke. Of course, we don't actually know anything about Snoke except that he has some really impressive furniture and he's into holograms. So who knows? This fight might actually turn out to be a dud. For all we know, Snoke doesn't even know how to fight; maybe he's more of a managerial type. But assuming he's actually as big a threat as his predecessors Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine, a fight between Rey and Snoke would be one for the ages. We can't wait.