Anakin Skywalker's 'Father' Has Been Revealed

Andrew Roberts
25 Dec 2018

A longtime fan theory is finally canon in the Star Wars universe, all thanks to the Darth Vader comic from Marvel. According to a recent storyline, we now know who the father of Anakin Skywalker really is.

It wasn't just a magical, mysterious birth out of the blue. It turns out it was all planned and we have met the father in the films.

SPOILER ALERT from here on.

The Original Story

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When we first met Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace, his mother noted that he had no father and it was the results of a virgin birth -- think Jesus and his story, you're likely hearing it a lot at the moment.

This would mean that mysterious forces helped to bring Anakin to life -- or mysterious uses of THE Force in the film. But who was manipulating the Force to make this happen?

Intelligent Design?

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Shmi Skywalker's assertion to Qui-Gon Jinn that Anakin was born without a father in The Phantom Menace led to the Jedi Master taking the boy out of slavery and back to Coruscant for the other Jedi to analyze. The reason is definitely the "virgin birth" aspect here, along with Anakin's strength in the Force.

But as it turns out, someone was manipulating things and there was a little bit of intelligent design at play.

You ARE The Father!

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If you made it this far, you likely don't care about spoilers. And you likely don't know if you fully trust a comic to tell the true story of a major Star Wars character. But that is the standard that was set after Disney acquired Lucasfilm and did away with the expanded universe. This is the canon.

And it says that Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader's father is...

Emperor Palpatine, also known as Darth Sidious.

How?

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So yes, the Emperor influenced the midichlorians in Shimi Skywalkers womb to create Anakin. It's something that was actually explained back in Revenge Of The Sith when Palpatine explains the "tragedy of Darth Plagueis":

It's a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise he could use the Force to influence the midichlorians to create life…

Screenrant explains how Vader found this out in the comic, revealing some more about his motivations in the process:

Explaining that Darth Vader built his castle to save Padmé Amidala, the latest issue shows Vader succeeded in his mission to tear a whole between the realm of life, and that of the living Force. Upon entering, Vader (shown in his Force form, as a roiling figure of dark energy) re-lived all the most pivotal moments of his life. None more startling than seeing his mother during her pregnancy… with Darth Sidious’ arms encircling her, hands curled in Sith sorcery, forming the swirl of energy inside of her that would one day emerge as Anakin.

How Does This Change Things?

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If anything, it doesn't change much for Anakin and Palpatine on the screen. The Sith Lord has always had a fatherly role for Anakin throughout the prequels, including his concern at the end of the film after finding his apprentice near death on Mustafar.

It does give us a concrete answer to what most assumed from the prequels and prior expanded universe content. The only real change seems to be Palpatine's direct action here AND the fact that the chosen one prophecy has been misread time and time again.

Still, pretty cool.

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