“Had he been born in the Republic, we would have identified him early. The Force is unusually strong with him, that much is clear. Who was his father?“
“There was no father. I carried him, I gave birth, I raised him, I can’t explain what happened.“
―Qui-Gon Jinn and Shmi Skywalker
Released in 1977, Star Wars became one of the most successful franchises to date because of its unique storyline. It was the first science fiction space adventure released on the big screens. It became fans’ favorite because of its intense build-up, distinctive storyline, brilliant screenplay, and memorable characters like Baby Yoda, Han Solo, and most famously Darth Vader.
One controversial question that is still a topic of debate among almost all Star Wars fans is- who is the father of Anakin Skywalker? So worry not, fans, here are a few theories that could answer this question. Stay with us and “May the Force be with you”.
Before we see who is the father of Anakin, let us give a brief of Who is Anakin Skywalker?
Anakin Skywalker is a legendary human male from Force Wielders and one of the most powerful Jedi Knights the galaxy has ever known. He eventually became the Chosen One of the Jedi Order. He was also titled “Hero With No Fear” because of his achievements in the Clone Wars during his childhood. When Anakin turned to the Dark Side of the Force, he created his alter Ego, Darth Vader, the Dark Lord of the Sith. He was born on the desert planet of Tatooine in the Outer Rim Territories in 41 BBY. as the son of Shmi Skywalker. But, his mother claimed that he was born without a father.
So, is Anakin Walker a Virgin Birth? If yes, How was Anakin Walker conceived?
How Was Anakin Skywalker Conceived?
Anakin Skywalker is considered a Virgin Birth because there is no information on who his father is. So, let us see how he was conceived without a father?
The Midichlorians were used to conceive Anakin Skywalker. Midichlorians are microscopic, intelligent life forms that originated from the foundation of life in the galaxy and reside in the cells of all living things. The Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious attempted to influence the Midichlorians to create an ultimate Sith weapon, but their experiment failed. Midichlorians sensed their intrinsic and malevolent intentions and refused to do so. But in payback, conceived Anakin Skywalker in Shmi to create a powerful Jedi to destroy the Sith to bring balance to the Force.
Shmi Skywalker never disclosed the name of the father of Anakin, but the above theory gave few speculations on who could be the father. Let us see these theories in the next section.
Who Is the Real Father of Anakin Skywalker?
Many years after the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menance, the identity of the real father of Anakin Skywalker is still unknown. The production house has never officially revealed it, so here are a few speculations based on hints provided by the Star Wars team and a few fan theories. Let us see the speculations which could be true.
Theories or Speculations on the Real Father of Anakin Skywalker
In this section, we will try to explain all the theories that could disclose the father of Anakin Skywalker.
The Will of the Force Caused Anakin Skywalker’s Birth
Shmi Skywalker informed Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn that she conceived Anakin without the father, which led him to conclude that either Anakin Skywalker is a virgin birth or that the will of the force caused his birth.
But, there aren’t many facts and evidence to support this theory. Therefore, let’s consider other theories that might lead us to identify Anakin’s father.
Darth Plagueis Manipulated Midi-Chlorians to Create Anakin Skywalker
Darth Plagueis always wanted eternal life and limitless powers. He believed that he could enhance the number of Midichlorians of a newborn and force them to do whatever he wanted to create an ultimate Sith weapon. Using his knowledge, he used Midichlorians to impregnate many women, including Shmi Skywalker. Thus, Anakin was born as the result of his manipulation of Midichlorians. Anakin was the result of cause and effect, the cause was Plagueis and Anakin was its effect.
In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, while watching space Opera, Chancellor Palpatine tells Anakin about the above story of how Darth Plagueis created him by manipulating midichlorians to create a life. Although Darth Plagueis’s experiment failed, he was on the right path because Shmi Skywalker became pregnant and gave birth to the most powerful Jedi Knight, Anakin Skywalker, who at the end of the Republic Era became the Darth Vader, the Dark Lord of the Sith and pledged his fidelity to Darth Sidious, the new Sith Lord.
But, some believed that Sheev Palpatine a.k.a Darth Sidious is the father of Anakin Skywalker.
Sheev Palpatine Is the Father of Anakin Skywalker.
Born as Sheev Palpatine, a young man met Darth Plagueis, after which he killed his entire family and dedicated himself as Darth Plagueis’ Sith apprentice and became Darth Sidious. Initially, George Lucas, the director of the movie, intended to show Darth Sidious as the father of Anakin Skywalker. The book, The Making of Star Wars Revenge of the Sith reveals the conversation between Darth Sidious and Anakin on page 42.
DARTH SIDIOUS: I have waited all these years for you to fulfill your destiny… I arranged for your conception. I used the power of the Force to will the midichlorians to start the cell divisions that created you.
ANAKIN: I don’t believe you.
DARTH SIDIOUS: Ahhh, but you know it’s true. When you clear your mind, you will sense the truth. You could almost think of me as your father.
ANAKIN: That’s impossible!
DARTH SIDIOUS: Nevertheless, you must decide.
Because of its proximity to The Empire Strikes Back’s parentage reveal between Vader and Luke, the above scene was cut from the final cut.
However, Marvel’s Star Wars: Darth Vader #25 majorly hinted that Darth Sidious is the father of Anakin Skywalker. Emperor Palpatine personally manipulated the Midichlorian inside the womb of Shmi Skywalker to give birth to Anakin Skywalker on Mustafar. An image shows Darth Sidious’ arms encircling Shmi Skywalker and forming a swirl of energy in her womb. Palpatine could do this because of his knowledge to manipulate Midichlorians that he learned from his master Darth Plagueis.
Both theories could be true in their respective timelines of Star Wars. When Disney acquired the rights of Star Wars from George Lucas, the movie was divided into two timelines: Legends: movies and comics before Disney acquired the rights of Star Wars and Canon: movies and comics after Disney acquired Star Wars rights from George Lucas.
Star Wars Legends is the timeline that represents movies shown and comics published before 2014. Legends timeline hints that Darth Plagueis is Anakin’s father. Star Wars Canon is that timeline that represents movies produced by Disney and comics published after 2013. Canon Timeline hints that Darth Sidious is Anakin’s father.