23 Fan Theories About The Women In 'Star Wars' That Actually Make A Lot Of Sense

Voting Rules

Vote up your favorite theories.

Although older releases in the Star Wars saga show women working more behind-the-scenes than the men, recent releases both in film and television have shown women taking a much larger role in the galaxy. Both the old and new movies allow for fans to ruminate over theories that fill the holes in the famous series, with theories about the women of Star Wars being amongst the most interesting.

Vote up your favorite theories below!

  • 1
    677 VOTES

    Padme Didn't Die Of A Broken Heart, She Was Killed By Emperor Palpatine

    Padme Didn't Die Of A Broken Heart, She Was Killed By Emperor Palpatine
    Photo: Star Wars: The Revenge of the Sith / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor u/cyborgcommando0:

    1. The term “broken heart” is not the droid’s diagnosis.

    The only time anyone mentions anything about a broken heart is when Padmé is pleading to Anakin to stop being off-the-wall crazy. It’s an obvious reaction to what she’s hearing: he has admitted to turning against the Jedi order and killing children, siding with Palpatine, and even plotting to overthrow him. Of course she would be heartbroken! But it didn’t kill her. 

    2. It wasn’t Anakin’s Force choke, either.

    In a truly despicable move, Anakin physically hurts his pregnant wife because he thinks she has sided with Obi-Wan to kill him. He uses the dark side to choke her. After a few very intense seconds, he lets her go, and she collapses to the ground. The film makes great efforts to show you she is CLEARLY alive.

    First, we can see her chest move up and down as she is unconscious on the ground. Second, Obi-Wan discretely checks to see if she’s living before the duel. Third, she talks to Obi-Wan once he is back on board the ship following the duel with Anakin. Anakin did not kill her by cutting off her air supply for a those moments. Such a consequence is completely plausible (not saying it isn’t) but the film makes sure to let you know many times that this did not contribute to her death.

    3. Droids don’t know squat about the Force.

    After arriving at Polis Massa, Padmé is immediately taken to the medical ward. She is directly cared for by medical droids, with Polis Massans supervising the effort.

    Let’s get one thing straight for all time: droids cannot feel the Force; droids cannot interact with the Force; droids do not understand anything about the Force unless it is programmed data provided by organics.

    For reasons we can’t explain, we’re losing her. That reason is the Force! We don’t know why. She’s lost the will to live. As if her connection to the Living Force was severed? Of course the droids would not be able to pick this up!!

    4. “Have you ever heard the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?”

    Yep. By his own admission, Palpatine learned everything his master knew, and killed him only after he could acquire nothing more. Palpatine already knew how to influence the midichlorians to create life and save people from dying.

    So, as Anakin was dying from his wounds on Mustafar, the Emperor siphoned the Living Force from Padmé and brought it to Anakin. Thus, she died as he was reborn as Darth Vader.

    5. “I sense Lord Vader is in danger.”

    But how can Palpatine affect Padmé when she’s all the way on Polis Massa?

    Even while battling Yoda, Palpatine can feel something is wrong with Anakin all the way out on Mustafar. On this day, the Emperor is at the height of his power. The dark side is strongest, completely blinding the Jedi, who are effectively fighting against a rising tide. Palpatine is having the best day of his entire life. If he is aware of Anakin on Mustafar, he is completely capable of affecting Padmé on Polis Massa.

    6. “She was alive. I felt it.”

    Darth Vader was set aflame, only to be reconstructed in a torturous procedure. The only thing keeping him alive, surely, was the influx of Living Force from Padmé by way of Palpatine’s dark arts. It is no mere coincidence she died at the precise time the procedure was over.

    The first thing Vader does is to inquire about Padmé. It’s not that he was unconscious–the movie makes it clear that he was awake through the entire procedure–it’s that he could feel her in the Force, and once the procedure was over he could not. He knew all along that his choke didn’t kill her. He is worried about this person he means to possess, and fears the worst.

    The evidence is there. Anakin felt that she was alive, and then could not. Palpatine smiles in satisfaction. And here lies is the most damning evidence in support of my case–the one irrefutable fact no one can deny...

    7. There’s no other way Palpatine would know what’s happening to Padme.

    Padmé was taken to a secret location, hidden from the Emperor and Vader. Palpatine was pretty busy in the events following his duel: he picked up Anakin and rebuilt him. If he wasn’t killing Padmé from afar, why oh why would he be aware of her death? There would be no news of it so suddenly; it had only happened seconds before he told the news to Anakin. This is the lynch-pin of Palpatine’s whole plan, the part that would enslave Vader forever in his despair. She had to die–right then–or else Vader would never truly be committed to the Emperor.

    This movie and the subsequent movies also show that neither Vader or the Emperor knew anything of her location, or of the birth of Vader’s children. The Emperor’s power was at its height, but not omniscient.

    The fact that Palpatine knew about Padmé’s death is the one big, huge giveaway that he was involved and that SHE DID NOT DIE OF A BROKEN HEART!

    677 votes
  • 2
    339 VOTES

    The Armorer Was A Follower Of Maul When He Ruled Mandalore

    The Armorer Was A Follower Of Maul When He Ruled Mandalore
    Photo: The Mandalorian / Lucasfilm

    From Redditor u/swiftstart:

    I had a pretty crazy thought. So, The Armorer's most notable feature is her golden horned helmet.

    During The Clone Wars Darth Maul and Pre Vizsla, leader of Death Watch, team up to take over Mandalore, get revenge on Kenobi and give Dooku the middle finger while they're at it. Both totally plan on killing the other once they have Mandalore. After taking over Mandalore, Vizsla and Maul have a bit of a disagreement on leadership policies and this results in an honor fight to the death- the winner rules Mandalore.Maul wins. I mean come on, he’s a Sith Lord.

    Death Watch, the traditionalist Mandalorian extremist group splits in half and is torn between those who think a Mandalorian should be in charge of Mandalore, and those who either just like being evil or fully recognize Mauls win as the honorable passing of power and that they are duty bound to serve Maul.

    The ones who side with Maul repaint their armor red and some of them even add horns to their helmets because of aesthetics. Which brings me back to The Armorer. She has a red breastplate and a horned helmet and obviously is extremely rule abiding / honorable; even against logic.

    Today I realized she was a Maul follower.

    Where it gets even crazier/more tragic is with that one Mandalorian who’s a jerk to Din when he brings in all the beskar. That guys helmet is painted with the original blue of Death Watch, and he is voiced by Jon Favreau, who voices Pre Vizsla. Making him a representative of Vizsla loyal Death Watch.

    Things have gotten so bad for Mandalorians that wildly opposing political factions now work together and respect each other in order to survive.

    339 votes
  • 3
    362 VOTES

    Leia's Initial Accent In 'Star Wars' Is To Showcase Her Political Clout

    Leia's Initial Accent In 'Star Wars' Is To Showcase Her Political Clout
    Photo: Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor u/TomSthePoster:

    In the first Star Wars film, Princess Leia is established as a prominent member of the Imperial senate, and when engaged, she speaks with a high class posh to emphasize her standing among other important figures, including Grand Moff Tarkin and Darth Vader. She also needs to seem professional on record, such as when contacting Obi-Wan Kenobi.

    However, when there is no need to be political or "in character," Leia's natural voice has an American-like bite, easily heard as she barks for the "walking carpet" Chewbacca to get out of her way.

    What was thought to be Carrie Fisher dropping an odd British accent halfway into the film is actually a characteristic of a princess showing face as a political public figure.

    362 votes
  • 4
    267 VOTES

    Ahsoka Tano Inspired Chirrut Imwe To Study The Force

    Ahsoka Tano Inspired Chirrut Imwe To Study The Force
    Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Lucasfilm

    From Redditor u/cs342:

    So we all know the famous catch phrase uttered by Chirrut Imwe during Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. However, it always struck me as odd that he would say it because:

    1. He never received any Jedi training

    2. The Force and the Jedi had basically been whitewashed from history by the Empire. 

    So, it makes sense that the only way Chirrut would know about the Force, let alone trust it, would be through actually seeing it in action. I believe the Jedi who convinced Chirrut that the Force was real was Ahsoka Tano. 

    We have further evidence of this in the last season of The Clone Wars, when we see Ahsoka recite the exact same mantra while being hunted during Order 66. Then during Star Wars: Rebels, we learn that Ahsoka has been secretly working with the Rebels behind the scenes, going by the name of Fulcrum. 

    This means that she could have had contact with important rebels such as Saw Gerra (who she had already met during the Clone Wars). Saw Gerrera lived on Jedha during the Imperial era, and guess who else was born on the same planet? Chirrut Imwe. 

    My guess is that Ahsoka was conducting a secret Rebel mission involving Saw, and during her time on Jedha, she ran into Chirrut. He wouldn't have been blind then, and could have witnessed Ahsoka's abilities in action and maybe, sensing the good in Chirrut, she would've left him with some parting words - "You are one with the Force, and the Force is with you."

    Later when he goes blind, he remembers this phrase and how Ahsoka was able to use the Force to react to things even without seeing them. 

    267 votes
  • 5
    281 VOTES

    Leia Didn't Continue To Master The Force Because She Knew She Was Too Similar To Anakin

    Leia Didn't Continue To Master The Force Because She Knew She Was Too Similar To Anakin
    Photo: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From a former Redditor:

    ...The Skywalker descendants who are most like Anakin: Leia and Ben.

    While Luke has always been whiny, it's Leia who was always quick to anger, not him. That's why she consciously chose not to study the ways of the Force and become a Jedi, even after her brother assured her she had the same power that he did. She feared what she might be capable of with that kind of power at her fingertips, and so she stuck to politics and mundane military leadership—the things she was comfortably familiar with, things in which she could remain tempered.

    Anakin's anger flows most noticeably through his daughter and grandson. It has to be tempered by an opposing force.

    281 votes
  • 6
    173 VOTES

    Ahsoka Should've Killed Barriss Offee To Save Her From The Dark Side

    Ahsoka Should've Killed Barriss Offee To Save Her From The Dark Side
    Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Lucasfilm

    From Redditor u/swqanda:

    After Barriss is mind-controlled by Geonosian brainworms she begs Ahsoka to kill her during a moment of clarity. Later, Ahsoka asks Anakin if what she did was right, and he mentions that [sometimes] attachments need to be let go. 

    Ostensibly, since she did save the trooper's lives and that of Barriss, it feels like it was the right choice, but given the greater context of Anakin's fall as well as the epigraph of the episode being, "attachment is not compassion," I actually think this might've been the catalyst that caused Barriss to fall to the dark side and, further, her plea to Ahsoka in that moment of clarity was because she knew this and knew the carnage she'd cause because of it. 

    It would make these episodes - as well as later ones and the greater context of Anakin's fall due to his inability to let go - make sense. Essentially, therefore the overarching message in all of this is that Ahsoka did the wrong thing by not killing her friend. 

    173 votes