Star Wars is a series that everyone knows. Even someone who doesn’t watch television or movies can’t say that they haven’t heard of this space odyssey. Heroes and villains, love and betrayal, destiny and prophecy — this series has it all. Along with these traits, Star Wars gives us fantastic characters such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, Han Solo, and the lovable droid duo of C-3P0 and R2-D2. And who can forget the famous plot twist: “Luke, I am your father”?
As with anything that’s big in pop-culture, fans will come up with their own ideas. Maybe they don’t agree with a part of the story. Maybe the fans point out strange coincidences. Or maybe someone was bored. With the release of The Last Jedi trailer, which resulted in more questions than answers, some theories may turn out to be true. Either way, there will be some theories that may never be answered.
These are the 15 Strangest Star Wars Fan Theories That Make Sense
15. Snoke Is Mace Windu
Towards the turning point of Episode 3, Mace Windu is supposedly killed by the Emperor and Anakin Skywalker. And with the release of Episode 7, The Force Awakens, the identity of Supreme Leader Snoke has been brought into question. Almost immediately, the Star Wars Community suspected that Mace Windu is really Snoke.
How is this theory supported? Well other than both of them being bald, there are some facts that give this theory merit. According to Star Wars lore, Mace Windu was one of the few Jedi who were able to tap into the dark side. After the fall of the Jedi and the rise of the Empire, this might’ve pushed him over the edge. Also when Mace “died,” he was thrown out a window. Jedi have been known to survive great falls due to their abilities with the Force. And since Mace Windu was one of the top-ranking Jedi Council members, it would seem unlikely that he couldn’t find a way to survive.
14. Rey Is The Daughter Of Obi-Wan Kenobi
Obi-Wan Kenobi may be one of the most memorable characters in the Star Wars series. He was there at the discovery of Anakin. He trained him in the ways of the Force. He fought in the clone wars and fought Anakin during the climactic duel in Revenge of the Sith. He even intended to train Luke until he was struck down. Even in death, Obi-Wan’s spirit still guides Luke through the ways of the Force.
As it may turn out, Obi-Wan Kenobi may be a part of the new trilogy in the form of Rey’s father. First and foremost, it would be downright cool! It would be a form of rematch between Obi-Wan and Anakin, but this time, with daughter Rey and grandson Kylo “Ben” Ren. Seriously though, when Rey picks up Luke’s/Anakin’s old lightsaber, she does hear the old Jedi’s voice. Also, we learn that Obi-Wan wasn’t one to shy away from romance, evidence being with Satine Kryze in The Clone Wars TV series. And since Obi-Wan’s time in exile is being explored in grand detail, we may find out if this is true.
13. Chewbacca the Spy
Chewbacca, or Chewie as some may know him, could be considered one of the series posterboys. Played by Peter Mayhew, this colossal teddy bear could rip off the arms of a storm trooper if he wanted to. And like the Watson to Sherlock Holmes, the duo of Han Solo and Chewbacca are iconic.
We first meet Chewie in A New Hope in the cantina where Luke and Obi-Wan are looking for a pilot to take them to Alderaan. Isn’t it strange, however, that Obi-Wan is seen only talking to Chewbacca and no one else? We also learn that in Revenge of the Sith Chewbacca assisted Yoda during the events of Order 66. Isn’t it strange that someone who knew the former grand-master of the Jedi Order would be on the same planet that Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan would be on? This theory states that Chewbacca is really a spy for the Rebels, and that his plan was to get Obi-Wan and Luke to the Rebellion via R2-D2. After all, we know that not only did he see the rise of the Galactic Empire, he was a prisoner until he was rescued by Han Solo. So not only does Chewbacca have a grudge against the Empire, he has connections to the former Jedi who survived the slaughter.
12. Qui-Gon Jinn Was A Dark Jedi
Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan’s former master, has had a love-hate relationship with both the Jedi Council and the fans. He is brash and antagonistic towards the council, even going so far as to go against their wishes and attempt to take another pupil while training Obi-Wan. Although his appearance and calmness during battle are akin to a warrior monk, his other interactions are anything but.
The theory that Qui-Gon might be a Dark Jedi isn’t that far-fetched if you think about it. Firstly, he had trained two other padawans before Kenobi: Feemor and Xanatos. Although Feemor was granted the rank of Master, Xanatos fell to the dark side. Xanatos’s fall made Qui-Gon disheartened, even making him forget his success with Feemor. Jinn’s former master was Count Dooku, whom we all recognize as the antagonist in Episode 2 and the Sith Lackey in 3 whom Anakin killed. He also pushes the council to take Anakin despite the fear and anger found in the young boy. Although this might push him towards the “Grey Jedi” title, being surrounded by the dark side and going against the council to train Anakin puts his allegiance into question.
11. The Affair
As many know, Anakin had a secret relationship with former Queen and Senator Padmé Amidala. This union soon brought Luke and Leia Skywalker into the galaxy. Their relationship brought about a mixed reaction from fans, seeing how it was portrayed as too forced or awkward. One fact that seems to go negatively with fans is the fact that there was a major age difference between the two. Padmé was clearly a young adult when she met the child Anakin Skywalker, so there’s got to be a large age difference between the two.
Anakin wasn’t the only person Padmé met in The Phantom Menace, however. She met Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan as well. Two bachelors on one ship? And both not the age of what her little brother would be? Granted, Qui-Gon never showed any interest in relationships in the Jedi Order, but with the “Rey is Obi-Wan’s Daughter” theory, we see that Obi-Wan doesn’t shy away from the ladies. Also, Anakin seems to get really jealous of Obi-Wan in Revenge of the Sith when he sees the vision of Obi-Wan rather than himself next to his wife in labor. And judging from Obi-Wan’s interactions with Padmé, they seem closer than “just friends.” There are many more facts that could be stated, but the blunt title of this theory is that Obi-Wan and Padmé were having an affair behind Anakin’s back.
10. E.T. Was Actually A Jedi
At this point, everyone knows about the cameo of E.T.’s species in The Phantom Menace. So either the detail is a cameo of Steven Spielberg’s movie character or this officially puts the species in the Star Wars canon. But what if E.T. in the movie was not only a Jedi but a powerful one at that?
The facts can be found in the movie E.T., first and foremost, the famous scene of the levitating bike. E.T. could easily have some telekinetic powers, but since we see his kind in the first Star Wars movie, it could allude to his ability to use the Force. Another thing that makes this theory more than a theory is the trick-or-treat scene. While dressed up as a ghost in order to hide, E.T. seems to recognize a kid dressed as Master Yoda. It can either be taken as him seeing another alien or him thinking that the kid is his old friend back at the Jedi Temple.
9. Captain Rex Is In Return of the Jedi
One of the most recognizable characters in the Star Wars: Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels TV Series is Captain Rex, the dual-pistol wielding, blue-armor wearing, and coolest clone in the series. As it turns out, Rex is one of the few Clone Troopers who disobeyed Order 66. When we see him in Rebels, Rex has defiantly grown old and has a big bushy beard.
The big bushy beard is actually what connects Captain Rex to a rebel fighter in Return of the Jedi. Furthermore, Rex joined the Rebel Alliance, and based on released concept art, his new outfit is similar to what the Rebels wore on Endor. Speaking of the Rebels on Endor, you can see an old man with tan skin and a big bushy beard. Though this may be a shot in the dark, it would be cool to see that Rex was still in the fight after many, many years.
8. The Real Reason Darth Vader Lost The Duel In Episode 6
The final duel between Luke and Darth Vader is one of the most memorable moments in Return of the Jedi due to it being full of emotion and suspense. It’s also the part of the movie that precedes Darth Vader becoming Anakin Skywalker once again and killing the Emperor.
However, there’s some speculation on how Luke got the upper hand. Darth Vader was considered one of the most fearsome duelists — even during his time as Anakin Skywalker. And we also see Vader completely wipe the floor with Luke in The Empire Strikes Back. So how is it that Luke, who had only dueled once before and lost, was able to turn the tables? The most likely answer is his fear and anger when Vader suggests turning Leia, Luke’s sister and Vader’s daughter, to the dark side. However, this theory suggests that when Vader realized Leia’s identity as his daughter, he was mortified by what he had done to her. He tortured her, killed her friends, and blew up the planet she grew up on. These facts would’ve weighed on Vader, causing him to slip up against an anger-fueled Luke.
7. Snoke Is Darth Vader
Supreme Leader Snoke seems to be the topic of many theories. Who is he? What connection does he have to the First Order and Kylo Ren? Although some theories seem to hold their own and even make some sense, there are some ideas that just make you want to scratch your head and say, “Huh?”
One theory that probably made everyone do this is the one that claims Snoke is actually Darth Vader — or more accurately, the dark side of Anakin Skywalker. Granted, they do look similar with gray, decaying skin and a large scar on their forehead. Sure, this shows the transition for Sith Apprentice to Sith Master like it was when the Emperor was in control. Heck, this even may explain how Kylo Ren got Vader’s melted helmet. But there’s one glaring problem with the theory, other than Anakin’s redemption: the body was cremated. Granted, the armor might have given Snoke’s/Vader’s body some form of protection, but there’s no way that he could survive. Who knows? Maybe we’ll be proven wrong in the new installments.
6. Rey Is The Antagonist Of The New Trilogy
In The Force Awakens, we see Rey utilize her Force abilities against Kylo Ren. She even gains the upper hand, wounding and disfiguring Kylo’s face in the duel. So obviously, her fighting a Sith with a blue lightsaber makes her the good guy, right?
This theory suggests that Rey is actually going to be the villain of the story. The reason why centers around her upbringing. Rey was basically abandoned as a young girl and forced to work in a harsh environment to survive. When fighting Kylo Ren on Starkiller Base, she is more aggressive and has a fighting style similar to Palpatine. She gives in to her emotions during the duel, which is a big contributor to how she won. There’s a reason why someone can too old to train to be a Jedi, and it’s because they are too driven by emotions — just like Rey — that could drag them to the dark side of the Force.
5. Jar Jar Binks: The Dark Jedi
Probably one of the most popular theories out there is about the bumbling annoyance known as Jar Jar Binks. This Gungan klutz was first introduced in The Phantom Menace and in the next to prequel trilogy movies. Fans hate Jar Jar, some going as far as to say he’s the reason why they dislike the first movie.
But what if there’s more to this lizard-man than meets the eye? This theory suggests he’s actually a Dark Jedi — or even a Sith Lord, the reason being how he manages to get himself out of trouble any time he’s in danger with lightning-quick, almost Jedi-like, reflexes. In Attack of the Clones, Jar Jar is left as Naboo’s representative when Padmé runs off with “Ani.” During his time as the face of Naboo, he gives Chancellor Palpatine, who is a Sith Lord, if you don’t recall, full power to start the production of a clone army. Isn’t it a coincidence that everyone seems to applaud this dimwit’s decision to give the evilest man in the galaxy full control? Or does it seem like some type of mind trick is used to make everyone agree? We may never know, but we can all agree we’ll look at Jar Jar Binks in a different light.
4. There’s A Third Skywalker Sibling
A portion of The Force Awakens plot can be found in the title crawl (as with the other movies). The gist of the info is mainly about the rise of The First Order, the fall of the Jedi, and Leia’s search for her brother, Luke. A sentence about Leia finding Luke is also found in the crawl, but with one glaring typo.
The title crawl mentions, “. . . her brother Luke.” Although some might throw this off as a typo, it can actually be interpreted as Leia finding one of her brothers. An editor at Mic.com pointed out that “brother” is the important part of the sentence, not “Luke.” Without the comma between the two words, it makes it seem like there’s another Skywalker. Maybe this new Skywalker is Rey’s father? Or maybe it’s just a typo? Either way, we won’t know until we find out.
3. Rey Is A Solo
Another theory of Rey’s parents is of her being a child of Leia and Han. This would also make her a sister of Ben Solo, or Kylo Ren (which makes his fascination with her a little bit on the creepy side. Guess angst like that runs in the family, huh, Leia?). And this theory does make a bit of sense. Firstly, it would explain how Han and Chewie get along with Rey so well. It also explains Rey’s ability to pilot the Falcon so well. Even the now, sadly, non-cannon Expanded Universe had Solo twins with a light side daughter and a dark side son, so maybe this is J.J. Abrams‘s way of honoring these tales? Honestly, it wouldn’t be a bad thing at all.
2. Boba Fett Killed Owen and Beru
One scene that sticks with fans is when Luke returns to his aunt and uncle’s home in A New Hope only to find the house destroyed and the bodies of Owen and Beru burnt to charred bones — truly a grisly scene, and probably one of the goriest in the Original Trilogy.
Isn’t it strange, however, that Storm Troopers were able to completely brutalize these two relatives of the Skywalker when most of the time, they couldn’t even hit the broad side of a Star Destroyer? Some theorize that it was Boba Fett, the clone son of the infamous Jango Fett, who killed the two in question. No Storm Trooper in the original series seemed to be equipped for such carnage (that obviously changed with the First Order batch), but Boba would be. He’s even is seen with Jabba the Hutt when Han encounters him, showing he was in Tatooine around that time. And in The Empire Strikes Back, Vader singles him out by saying, “No Disintegrations” when hiring bounty hunters to find Solo and Leia. This shows Vader’s knowledge of Fett’s brutality, possibly revealed when he burnt his step-brother and his wife to a crisp.
1. Rey Is A Palpatine
Next to Darth Vader and Darth Maul, Emperor Palpatine is one of the most recognizable Sith Lords in the series. Not only is he the master of Vader, Maul, and Dooku, he’s also present in nearly all movies. (He only remains absent in A New Hope.) And his death at the end of Return of the Jedi was one of defining moments in the series, being the final action Darth Vader would perform before his death.
But what if Palpatine still showed up in the series in some way? Granted, his body blew up, but that wouldn’t stop him from having other apprentices — or even a daughter. Unlike the Jedi, Sith aren’t bound by a code of chastity. This could mean that he is the father, or grandfather, of Rey. Their fighting styles are similar, after all. It would also explain why Snoke and Kylo Ren are so interested in her. In the expanded universe, there was a story that revolved around the son and the grandson of Emperor Palpatine. Maybe J.J. Abrams had an idea from that, and thus Rey’s relation to Palpatine was conceived.