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It binds everything together in the universe. It’s the energy field used by the Jedi. It’s THE FORCE…. so obviously it should come as no surprise that the Star Wars franchise brings it up A LOT.

But just how much is that exactly?

If you’ve ever wondered how many times “the Force” is mentioned throughout the Star Wars films, you’ll be pleased to know that someone out there put in the work to allow you to put those thoughts to rest.

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The YouTube channel Star Wars Kids released a new video in their “Star Wars By the Numbers” series which includes a supercut of every time “the Force” is mentioned throughout franchise history.

“The Force is an an energy field created by all living things,” reads the video’s bio. “It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together. And it’s discussed a lot! Find out how many times the Force, the source of power for Jedi and Sith, is mentioned in the Star Wars movies!”

According to the video, “the Force” is mentioned an impressive 161 times.

Here’s your Force count fellow Jedi:

Solo: A Star Wars Story – 0 (Um, what?)
Attack of the Clones – 9
Return of the Jedi – 10
The Force Awakens – 10
The Phantom Menace – 14
The Last Jedi – 14
The Empire Strikes Back – 16
Revenge of the Sith – 20
A New Hope – 22
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – 46

You can check out every “the Force” scene in the video below!

In other Star Wars news…

Planet Earth is finally catching up with the rest of the galaxy.

Or at least France is. The country’s fencing federation has officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport.

This news couldn’t have come at a better time for Star Wars fans, with more and more information being leaked about upcoming films seemingly daily.

France’s fencing federation adopted the sport in hopes that all people, young and old, will pick up the hobby as a form of exercise.

“With young people today, it’s a real public health issue. They don’t do any sport and only exercise with their thumbs,” Federation Secretary General Serge Aubailly told Associated Press. “It’s becoming difficult to [persuade them to] do a sport that has no connection with getting out of the sofa and playing with one’s thumbs. That is why we are trying to create a bond between our discipline and modern technologies, so participating in a sport feels natural.”

Brandishing LED-lit plastic sabers, combatants go at each other in true Star Wars style, with some minor rule changes to set it apart from fencing.

The rules look to separate the sport from fencing, emphasising wide, flashy blows instead of quick, precise jabs and stabs used in fencing.

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