Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 503–509 | Cite as

The Last Jedi Takes His Own Life: Rational Suicide and Homicide-Suicide in Star Wars

  • Susan Hatters FriedmanEmail author
  • Ryan C. W. Hall
  • Jacob M. Appel
Column: Media

Star Wars films have been used to teach about psychiatric disorders ranging from obsessive-compulsive personality disorder in C3PO to psychopathy in Jabba the Hutt to malingering by Yoda [1, 2, 3]. This has continued into the new trilogy with The Force Awakens being used as a case study to discuss patricide [4]. In a similar vein, The Last Jedi, which contains multiple examples of self-sacrifice, allows for discussion of the difficult topics and themes inherent in suicide and homicide-suicide. Although Star Wars is a science-fiction space opera transcending multiple generations, one must not forget that it is also about war and death. Even popular characters do not always live to see another day (e.g., Han Solo).

In this paper, we discuss how The Last Jedican be used in psychiatric discussions with trainees to address the real-world topics of suicide and homicide-suicide through the hypothetical lens of popular culture. Motivations such as honor, duty to comrades,...


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On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan Hatters Friedman
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ryan C. W. Hall
    • 2
  • Jacob M. Appel
    • 3
  1. 1.University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.University of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA
  3. 3.Mt Sinai HospitalNew YorkUSA

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