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Five Unsolved Star Wars Mysteries

Updated on October 22, 2016

Spoiler Alert

Today's article discusses the fate of several characters in the films; if you've yet to watch the films, turn back now to avoid potential spoilers!

Star Wars History

Well, mostly unsolved mysteries. Some of today's entries have various theories seeking to explain them, others we're completely in the dark about. From A New Hope to The Force Awakens, today we'll examine several of the galaxy's most puzzling questions, and showcase some proposed explanations. Not even a Jedi Master could know all the answers to today's ponderings. Speaking of which..


1. Yoda's Species Name

Here's some quick trivia. What species is Chewbacca? Wookie, you probably knew that. How about Greedo (the green alien thug from Episode 4)? Rodian, yep. Here's a trickier one: Watto, the junk shop owner from A Phantom Menace? Toydarian, color me impressed if you knew that.

But how about the species name of titular character Yoda? Stumped? You should be, because we have no answer. For whatever reasons, George Lucas decided to keep many details of Yoda's race hidden, including the species name. Perhaps time will unravel this puzzle, but I believe the mystery adds depth to one of Star War's most cherished and wise characters.

Bonus tidbit: We do have an example of a female member of Yoda's kind. Look carefully at the Jedi Council in Episode 1 to catch glimpses of Yaddle, a female counterpart to Yoda.

Darth Sidious
Darth Sidious

2. Darth Sidious's Lightsaber Form

Casual fans may be unfamiliar with Lightsaber Forms, as they're never discussed in the movies. Basically, there are seven main styles of lightsaber fighting, each with its strengths and weaknesses. For example, Anakin uses the brute force of Form 5, Djem So, while Yoda prefers the agility of Form 2, Ataru. We know the Form that just about every lightsaber-wielder harnesses, with a notable exception: Emperor Palpatine, aka Darth Sidious, who has never had his Form deciphered.

To further complicate matters, in Revenge of the Sith, Sidious wields a single crimson blade against Mace Windu and later Yoda. However, other sources (the Clone Wars show and some video games, like Galaxy of Heroes) depict Sidious brandishing twin blood-red lightsabers. Because of his skill no matter the situation, some fans believe he's mastered every Form. I'd have a bad feeling about that.

Boba Fett
Boba Fett

3. Did Mace Windu/ Boba Fett die?

Remember what happens to Mace Windu and Boba Fett? Windu had a hand chopped off (thanks, Anakin) and then was blasted out of a window of a skyscraper by Force Lightning (thanks, Sidious). Boba Fett fell into the dangerous Sarlacc Pitt (thanks, Han). Both characters seemingly perish, but without bodies as evidence, their fates are left unknown.

If you think it's unlikely that either survived, don't forget Darth Maul, who was sliced in half (thanks, Obi-Wan), then fell several stories, and (as the Clone Wars and Rebels television shows reveal) lived. If Maul can survive losing half his body and a deep plummet, then Mace Windu, one of the most powerful Jedi Masters ever, could plausibly have endured his drop. Boba Fett also may yet live; in fact, in the separate Legends timeline, we learn that his armor protected him in the Pitt long enough for fellow Bounty Hunter Dengar to come to his aid.

One or both characters may make a reappearance in upcoming films, but for now, their destinies are an enigma.

Shmi and Anakin Skywalker
Shmi and Anakin Skywalker

4. Shmi Skywalker's Pregnancy

In Episode 1, Qui-Gon, with about as much tact as most men have, bluntly asks Shmi who Anakin's father was. She cryptically replies that there was no father, that it's something she cannot explain.

Considering Anakin's incredible power in the Force, and that we know the Force creates life, many fans speculate that the Force was somehow involved in the miracle pregnancy. In fact, certain books heavily imply that Palpatine's Sith Master, Darth Plagueis, was responsible for the pregnancy. He was a strange blend of both scientist and Sith, who conducted many experiments attempting to artificially create life. Though we can't be sure, it's likely he used the Force to create the seed that would eventually develop into the Chosen One.


5. Why is Rey so powerful in the Force?

Recall the original trilogy, where we see Luke Skywalker gradually increase in power as a Jedi throughout the films. In his debut in episode 4, Luke, despite his vast potential, could barely even feel the Force, and certainly wasn't ready for lightsaber combat.

Yet when Rey debuts, she is able to mind-trick First Order troops and even win her climatic lightsaber duel (admittedly with some help). And she hasn't even been trained yet! Upcoming movies with surely answer our questions, but currently we know very little about the origins of her abilities. Several fans believe they stem from her lineage; could she be a child of Han and Leia, or perhaps Luke? Only time will tell.

Jar Jar
Jar Jar

Bonus: What Happened to Jar Jar?

Ask most Star Wars fans what happened to Jar Jar, and they'd likely respond with "I don't know, but hopefully it was cruel and unusual." Though many despise his character, I admit I'm curious what became of the bumbling Gungan. He (unfortunately) lives through the prequels, and is (fortunately) absent from the original trilogy. Thus far, he's made no appearances in the newer films (likely a wise choice). So what became of him?

To be honest, no one knows, but one theory contemplates the idea that Jar Jar is the true villain of the entire series. Ridiculous, right? Well, there's actually a little evidence for it to consider. I'll admit, I'm far from convinced, but it's an interesting read if nothing else. Check it out here.

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Future Mysteries

Today we've glanced at many secrets from the Star Wars Universe, but as Count Dooku would say, this is just the beginning. With so many movies, books, shows, and games, the galaxy far far away continuously expands, giving us more mysteries to debate ponder. I hope you've enjoyed exploring our first batch of Star Wars mysteries, and may the Force be with you!


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