I am starting this topic because many fans think that the speed we see a character wield his lightsaber with onscreen. They use this to support the notion that Anakin and Obi-Wan (particularly Anakin) are the best lightsaber duelists around in Episode III). I don't buy this. First of all, the character who can swing his lightsabers fastest of all is neither of those. It is Grievous. Period. We already know from the results of his duel with Obi-Wan that he can't be the best. But I have never seen lightsabers spin as fast as when he initially attacked Obi-Wan. It was like looking at helicopter blades, so when people say Anakin was the fastest, I say...go on dreaming. Grievous was the fastest by far. And indeed, if speed were equal to skill, it would be wise to replace Force users with droids as lightsaber duelists, because droids could definitely be much faster. It's a wonder no one thought of that. Then when someone's style is economic and energy saving, like Mace's and to a lesser extent Sidious', these fans assume that these characters can't hang with the faster ones. I am sorry, but being able to block your enemy's attacks without expending much energy is a strength, not a weakness. Gillards rankings have already established who is better than who, so why not accept that? Why invent your own, flawed, speed based ones. And last I checked, Gillard did not rank them like this... Grievous: 10 Anakin and Obi-Wan: 9 Yoda and Dooku: 8 Sidious and Mace: 7 ...but that is how it would be if they were solely speed based. I'll be frank. Flashiness means squat. Results mean everything. Sidious took out three high ranking Jedi in seconds. Even Anakin did not outduel the Jedi in the temple as proficiently. And then Mace in turn outdueled him, so they pretty much have to be awfully good, both of them. So why should Obi-Wan and Anakin spinning their sabers crazy fast sideways when they dueled each other impress me. That didn't actually win them the duel. Other characters had the precision required to actually break their enemy's defenses. Anakin's victory over Dooku was impressive. As was Mace's disarmament of Sidious. With a clever flip of the blade, Anakin took off Dooku's hands. And Mace pushed aside Sidious' blade and kicked him. Very impressive. But speed by itself does not impress me, if it doesn't serve to win you the duel. That is my take on what I consider one of the greatest misconceptions, that speed equates skill. Master duelists would not waste energy on being faster than absolutely necessary. They would save their energies until a suitable opening came. Then they would use one masterful move to take their enemy's weapon.