Star Wars Theorycraft: Is Darth Plagueis Anakin Skywalker’s Father?


It is widely known — from the Star Wars prequels — that Anakin Skywalker didn’t have a father. But, is that really true? Could there have been an unnatural source that caused Anakin’s birth?

Like most sane people, I grew up on Star Wars. I watched the movies, had the toys, had the bed sheets, the pillowcases, the whole nine. But up until Episode III, I never thought about the fact that the Emperor had a Master — one, Darth Plagueis.

Darth Plagueis was a great Sith Lord, a genius in some regard. Plagueis became obsessed on the study of midi-chlorians, more so, he became obsessed with the manipulation of midi-chlorians. He would go days and weeks without eating or sleeping. This put Plagueis in a state of paranoia. But in the end, all of this would be well worth it.

Plagueis believed that the Jedi had trapped the Force into the one small category, that of mysticism. Plagueis wanted to view the Force through the lens of science. He wanted to invest much time, power and energy into the Force, so he could do whatever he wanted with it, or through it. He believed this where the Jedi failed, and Plagueis was always ready to take advantage of the Jedi’s failures.

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Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious became aware of an extremely powerful Force-sensitive boy on the world of Tatooine: Anakin Skywalker. Since Anakin was around ten years old, Plagueis became worried. Around the time of Anakin’s birth, Plagueis and Sidious had the galaxy consumed by the dark side, kinda like pouring a whole bottle of syrup on pancakes. At this point, Plagueis was convinced that the birth of Anakin was retaliation by the midi-chlorians, all on account of Plagueis’ attempt at manipulating the Force; through unnatural usurpation. Plagueis believed his actions caused the birth of the Chosen One, the one who was prophesied to destroy the Sith.

After some investigating, Darth Plagueis found Anakin on Coruscant. Plagueis remained in the shadows, he reached out with the Force and saw a vision of Anakin’s future. He saw of dark armor and a dark helmet, rising from an operating table. He knew then that this boy would forever change the course of the galaxy.

Since Plagueis was so dedicated to the manipulation of midi-chlorians, he inadvertently caused the conception and birth of Anakin Skywalker. Although we’ve broken this down, there are still lots of questions: Why did the Force choose Anakin’s mom?  Did the Force choose Anakin’s mom because of her current living situation? Did the Force choose Anakin’s mom because it would be easier for Palpatine manipulate Anakin later? Since Anakin did, ultimately, destroy the Sith, is the Force more partial to the light side? 

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Hopefully, we will get more answers surrounding the Force and even the Skywalker lineage, when Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres in December of this year. Until then, our questions remain unanswered, because sadly, Disney relegated the story of Darth Plagueis to Star Wars Legends, meaning it is no longer canon. But like Ahsoka Tano once said on Star Wars Rebels, “There’s always a bit of truth in legends.”