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9 Outrageous Star Wars Fan Theories

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In the nearly 40 years since George Lucas first introduced audiences to his galaxy far, far away, plot holes have become as much a part of the Star Wars universe as droids and lightsabers. Fortunately, there have been plenty of fans willing to step in with their own theories to fill in the missing storylines, and sometimes imagine new ones altogether. Here are 9 outrageous fan theories about Star Wars.

1. PALPATINE IS ANAKIN SKYWALKER’S FATHER.

In The Phantom Menace, George Lucas introduced Midi-chlorians to the Star Wars universe. Midi-chlorians are microscopic life forms that live within the cells of every living thing and are gateways to the Force. Lucas also introduced the idea that Anakin Skywalker didn’t have a father, but rather was conceived by the Force, which is why he had the highest Midi-chlorian count of any living being. So who was Anakin’s real father?

There are pockets of Star Wars fans who theorize that Palpatine (a.k.a. Darth Sidious) fathered Anakin through the Force. In Revenge of the Sith, Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) tells Anakin about the tragedy of Darth Plagueis, a Sith Lord who had the power to manipulate Midi-chlorians to create life. Plagueis taught Palpatine everything he knew about the Dark Side, and the belief is that Palpatine used that knowledge to create Anakin because he needed a new apprentice to join—and destroy—the Jedi Knights.

2. BOBA FETT KILLED UNCLE OWEN AND AUNT BERU.

Few people die in a more horrific way in all of Star Wars than Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. When Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) returns to his homestead at the beginning of A New Hope, he finds it completely torched with the smoky and burnt bodies of his late aunt and uncle waiting for him outside. While it is believed that Stormtroopers burned the couple alive, a fan theory suggests that it was Boba Fett who did the deed.

Thanks to the original trilogy’s Special Editions (which are now considered canon), we know that Boba Fett was on Tatooine with Jabba the Hutt at the time of their death. We also know that the Empire uses bounty hunters to help find people all over the galaxy, as seen in The Empire Strikes Back. In the film, Darth Vader emphasizes that he wants Han Solo alive and explicitly tells Boba Fett, “No disintegrations!” It’s almost as if Vader was telling him not to disintegrate or vaporize people again.

3. QUI-GON JINN IS A SECRET SITH.

Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) was introduced in The Phantom Menace as a member of the Jedi Council and young Obi-Wan Kenobi’s (Ewan McGregor) Jedi Master. Unfortunately, Jinn died at the end of Episode I at the hands of Darth Maul. While he’s considered one of the most powerful Jedis in the Star Wars universe, some fans believe that Jinn was a secret Sith Lord all along. Here’s the proof:

When Jinn presented young Anakin Skywalker to the Jedi Council, Master Yoda saw a lot of darkness in the boy and refused to train him as a Jedi. Jinn, however, was quite adamant in training young Anakin—going so far as to take him on as an apprentice, even though he already had Obi-Wan. Clearly, teaching Anakin the Jedi ways turned out to be a terrible idea, as it ended with him turning to the Dark Side of the Force, becoming Darth Vader, and ending the Galactic Republic altogether. Yet Jinn insisted the boy become a Jedi. Additionally, Jinn’s own Jedi Master, Count Dooku (Christopher Lee), turned out to be a Sith Lord.

4. CHEWBACCA AND R2-D2 ARE SECRET REBEL AGENTS.

At the end of Revenge of the Sith, C-3PO’s memory is erased. Going into A New Hope, he knows nothing about the events in the first three “Episode” films. However, R2-D2 didn’t have its memory erased. It is believed that R2-D2 was working with Obi-Wan (Alec Guinness) as a secret agent to ensure the Rebels obtain the plans for the Death Star at the beginning of A New Hope.

Yoda's Farewell to Chewbacca on Disney Video

Some fans also believe that Chewbacca was another secret agent for the Rebel Alliance. He also helped ensure that Han Solo (Harrison Ford) would be at the Mos Eisley Cantina to meet with Obi-Wan and Luke Skywalker. As the theory goes, Chewbacca was a high-ranking general for the Wookiee Army in the Battle of Kashyyyk during The Clone Wars. He was also one of Yoda’s closest friends and continued to work deep undercover for the Rebels after Revenge of the Sith. In A New Hope, R2-D2 and Chewbacca are also the two characters who know more about the Rebellion and the Galactic Empire than Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. 

5. DARTH VADER WOULD NEVER RETURN TO TATOOINE.

At the end of Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan separates Anakin and Padmé Amidala’s twin son and daughter to hide them from the Galactic Empire and Darth Vader. Princess Leia went to Alderaan, while Luke was sent to live with his aunt and uncle on Tatooine. Some people believe that Tatooine was a poor hiding place, as it was Darth Vader’s home. Why wouldn’t he come back to his home planet to search for his long lost son? However, there are other fans who believe that Tatooine was the perfect place to hide Luke because Darth Vader (a.k.a. Anakin Skywalker) hated his home world and would never return.

Throughout the Star Wars prequels, Anakin wanted nothing more than to leave Tatooine because it was full of bad childhood memories. Tatooine is where he was raised as a slave, where his mother died, and where he murdered a tribe of Tusken Raiders. He also hates sand because it’s “coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere.” There’s no way Darth Vader would ever return to Tatooine to confront his childhood trauma after he joined the Dark Side of the Force. Sith Lords always take the easy way in life.

6. EWOKS EAT PEOPLE.

Return of the Jedi introduced the Ewoks, a primitive race of cute and cuddly teddy bear-like humanoids from the forest moon of Endor. While they might appear kind and gentle, the Ewoks are evil killing machines. When we’re introduced to them in Episode VI, the Ewoks capture Luke and Han—then hogtie the members of the Rebel Alliance in the hopes of cooking them for a feast in honor of C-3PO, who they believe is their golden god. Simply put: Ewoks eat humans, which is a detail most people seem to forget.

At the end of Return of the Jedi, the Rebels and the Ewoks celebrate the end of the Galactic Empire after the second Death Star is destroyed and Emperor Palpatine is killed. During the celebration, we see an Ewok using a few Stormtrooper helmets as a percussion instrument. What happened to the people inside that Stormtrooper armor? Some fans believe that the celebration is not just for the end of the Galactic Empire, but a party to celebrate the bounty of fresh human meat (courtesy of the Empire) for the Ewoks. You’ll never watch the end of Return of the Jedi the same way ever again with that theory in mind.

7. STAR WARS TAKES PLACE IN OUR GALAXY.

Despite the opening line “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” there are many fans who believe that Star Wars takes place in our galaxy. The evidence for this claim comes from the appearance of the Asogian alien species in a senate hearing during The Phantom MenaceE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is an Asogian, which means that Star Wars and E.T. are connected.

Additionally, there’s a direct reference to Star Wars in E.T. during the trick or treating scene, when the displaced alien spots a kid dressed as Yoda and says “Home.” Although the scene is a very clever joke, many fans point to the two films as proof that Star Wars takes place in our galaxy.

8. EMPEROR PALPATINE KILLED PADMÉ.

At the end of Revenge of the Sith, Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) tragically dies shortly after giving birth to Luke and Leia. The droids that attended to her explained that “medically she’s fine but for reasons we can’t explain we’re losing her” and that she “lost the will to live.” Although this explanation is cheesy, there are many fans who believe that Palpatine used the Force to steal her life force, thus ensuring that Anakin would turn to the Dark Side and become Darth Vader. This would also explain why the droids have no idea why she’s dying, despite her being “medically fine.” Furthermore, Padmé’s death and Anakin’s rebirth as Darth Vader are juxtaposed, suggesting that the Force is connecting the two events.

9. HAN SOLO USED THE FORCE.

Throughout the original trilogy, Han Solo escapes near-death situations time and time again. There’s a fan theory out there that perfectly explains why Han is able to get out of tough situations with only a handsome grin and shrug to show for it: Simply put, he has the power to use the Force. How else could he successfully navigate through a dangerous asteroid field with only 3720 to 1 odds of survival? He used the Force without even knowing it.

Fan theorists also point to Han Solo and Greedo’s notorious encounter in the Cantina in A New Hope. Since the Special Edition is now officially canon, we can see Han quickly move his head to avoid Greedo’s laser blast and then shoot him about a half-second later. It’s the kind of quick reflex that we’ve only ever seen from Jedi Knights. It is believed that Lucas specifically changed this detail from the original Star Wars to clue viewers in to the idea that Han Solo can also use the Force.

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8 of the Weirdest Gallup Polls
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Born in Jefferson, Iowa on November 18, 1901, George Gallup studied journalism and psychology, focusing on how to measure readers’ interest in newspaper and magazine content. In 1935, he founded the American Institute of Public Opinion to scientifically measure public opinions on topics such as government spending, criminal justice, and presidential candidates. Although he died in 1984, The Gallup Poll continues his legacy of trying to determine and report the will of the people in an unbiased, independent way. To celebrate his day of birth, we compiled a list of some of the weirdest, funniest Gallup polls over the years.

1. THREE IN FOUR AMERICANS BELIEVE IN THE PARANORMAL (2005)

According to this Gallup poll, 75 percent of Americans have at least one paranormal belief. Specifically, 41 percent believe in extrasensory perception (ESP), 37 percent believe in haunted houses, and 21 percent believe in witches. What about channeling spirits, you might ask? Only 9 percent of Americans believe that it’s possible to channel a spirit so that it takes temporary control of one's body. Interestingly, believing in paranormal phenomena was relatively similar across people of different genders, races, ages, and education levels.

2. ONE IN FIVE AMERICANS THINK THE SUN REVOLVES AROUND THE EARTH (1999)

In this poll, Gallup tried to determine the popularity of heliocentric versus geocentric views. While 79 percent of Americans correctly stated that the Earth revolves around the sun, 18 percent think the sun revolves around the Earth. Three percent chose to remain indifferent, saying they had no opinion either way.

3. 22 PERCENT OF AMERICANS ARE HESITANT TO SUPPORT A MORMON (2011)

Gallup first measured anti-Mormon sentiment back in 1967, and it was still an issue in 2011, a year before Mormon Mitt Romney ran for president. Approximately 22 percent of Americans said they would not vote for a Mormon presidential candidate, even if that candidate belonged to their preferred political party. Strangely, Americans’ bias against Mormons has remained stable since the 1960s, despite decreasing bias against African Americans, Catholics, Jews, and women.

4. MISSISSIPPIANS GO TO CHURCH THE MOST; VERMONTERS THE LEAST (2010)

This 2010 poll amusingly confirms the stereotype that southerners are more religious than the rest of the country. Although 42 percent of all Americans attend church regularly (which Gallup defines as weekly or almost weekly), there are large variations based on geography. For example, 63 percent of people in Mississippi attend church regularly, followed by 58 percent in Alabama and 56 percent in South Carolina, Louisiana, and Utah. Rounding out the lowest levels of church attendance, on the other hand, were Vermont, where 23 percent of residents attend church regularly, New Hampshire, at 26 percent, and Maine at 27 percent.

5. ONE IN FOUR AMERICANS DON’T KNOW WHICH COUNTRY AMERICA GAINED INDEPENDENCE FROM (1999)

Although 76 percent of Americans knew that the United States gained independence from Great Britain as a result of the Revolutionary War, 24 percent weren’t so sure. Two percent thought the correct answer was France, 3 percent said a different country (such as Mexico, China, or Russia), and 19 percent had no opinion. Certain groups of people who consider themselves patriotic, including men, older people, and white people (according to Gallup polls), were more likely to know that America gained its independence from Great Britain.

6. ONE THIRD OF AMERICANS BELIEVE IN GHOSTS (2000)

This Halloween-themed Gallup poll asked Americans about their habits and behavior on the last day of October. Predictably, two-thirds of Americans reported that someone in their house planned to give candy to trick-or-treaters and more than three-quarters of parents with kids reported that their kids would wear a costume. More surprisingly, 31 percent of American adults claimed to believe in ghosts, an increase from 1978, when only 11 percent of American adults admitted to a belief in ghosts.

7. 5 PERCENT OF WORKING MILLENNIALS THRIVE IN ALL FIVE ELEMENTS OF WELL-BEING (2016)

This recent Gallup poll is funny in a sad way, as it sheds light on the tragicomic life of a millennial. In this poll, well-being is defined as having purpose, social support, manageable finances, a strong community, and good physical health. Sadly, only 5 percent of working millennials—defined as people born between 1980 and 1996—were thriving in these five indicators of well-being. To counter this lack of well-being, Gallup’s report recommends that managers promote work-life balance and improve their communication with millennial employees.

8. THE WORLD IS BECOMING SLIGHTLY MORE NEGATIVE (2014)

If you seem to feel more stress, sadness, anxiety, and pain than ever before, Gallup has the proof that it’s not all in your head. According to the company’s worldwide negative experience index, negative feelings such as stress, sadness, and anger have increased since 2007. Unsurprisingly, people living in war-torn, dangerous parts of the word—Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Syria, and Sierra Leone—reported the highest levels of negative emotions.

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11 Times Mickey Mouse Was Banned
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Despite being one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved characters, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Mickey Mouse, who turns 89 years old today. A number of countries—and even U.S. states—have banned the cartoon rodent at one time or another for reasons both big and small.

1. In 1930, Ohio banned a cartoon called “The Shindig” because Clarabelle Cow was shown reading Three Weeks by Elinor Glyn, the premier romance novelist of the time. Check it out (1:05) and let us know if you’re scandalized:

2. With movies on 10-foot screen being a relatively new thing in Romania in 1935, the government decided to ban Mickey Mouse, concerned that children would be terrified of a monstrous rodent.

3. In 1929, a German censor banned a Mickey Mouse short called “The Barnyard Battle.” The reason? An army of cats wearing pickelhauben, the pointed helmets worn by German military in the 19th and 20th centuries: "The wearing of German military helmets by an army of cats which oppose a militia of mice is offensive to national dignity. Permission to exhibit this production in Germany is refused.”

4. The German dislike for Mickey Mouse continued into the mid-'30s, with one German newspaper wondering why such a small and dirty animal would be idolized by children across the world: "Mickey Mouse is the most miserable ideal ever revealed ... Healthy emotions tell every independent young man and every honorable youth that the dirty and filth-covered vermin, the greatest bacteria carrier in the animal kingdom, cannot be the ideal type of animal.” Mickey was originally banned from Nazi Germany, but eventually the mouse's popularity won out.

5. In 2014, Iran's Organization for Supporting Manufacturers and Consumers announced a ban on school supplies and stationery products featuring “demoralizing images,” including that of Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Sleeping Beauty, and characters from Toy Story.

6. In 1954, East Germany banned Mickey Mouse comics, claiming that Mickey was an “anti-Red rebel.”

7. In 1937, a Mickey Mouse adventure was so similar to real events in Yugoslavia that the comic strip was banned. State police say the comic strip depicted a “Puritan-like revolt” that was a danger to the “Boy King,” Peter II of Yugoslavia, who was just 14 at the time. A journalist who wrote about the ban was consequently escorted out of the country.

8. Though Mussolini banned many cartoons and American influences from Italy in 1938, Mickey Mouse flew under the radar. It’s been said that Mussolini’s children were such Mickey Mouse fans that they were able to convince him to keep the rodent around.

9. Mickey and his friends were banned from the 1988 Seoul Olympics in a roundabout way. As they do with many major sporting events, including the Super Bowl, Disney had contacted American favorites to win in each event to ask them to say the famous “I’m going to Disneyland!” line if they won. When American swimmer Matt Biondi won the 100-meter freestyle, he dutifully complied with the request. After a complaint from the East Germans, the tape was pulled and given to the International Olympic Committee.

10. In 1993, Mickey was banned from a place he shouldn't have been in the first place: Seattle liquor stores. As a wonderful opening sentence from the Associated Press explained, "Mickey Mouse, the Easter Bunny and teddy bears have no business selling booze, the Washington State Liquor Control Board has decided." A handful of stores had painted Mickey and other characters as part of a promotion. A Disney VP said Mickey was "a nondrinker."

11. Let's end with another strike against The Shindig (see #1) and Clarabelle’s bulging udder. Less than a year after the Shindig ban, the Motion Picture Producers and Directors of America announced that they had received a massive number of complaints about the engorged cow udders in various Mickey Mouse cartoons.

From then on, according to a 1931 article in Time magazine, “Cows in Mickey Mouse ... pictures in the future will have small or invisible udders quite unlike the gargantuan organ whose antics of late have shocked some and convulsed others. In a recent picture the udder, besides flying violently to left and right or stretching far out behind when the cow was in motion, heaved with its panting with the cow stood still.”

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