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15 Detailed Fan Theories About The Force In 'Star Wars'

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Vote up the theories about the Force that make you think.

According to Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Force "is an energy field created by all living things [that] surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together." This exact definition is repeated throughout the Star Wars franchise by Luke and Yoda in the films, and Ahsoka in The Mandalorian, but beyond that (and a few Force-centric episodes of The Clone Wars and Rebels), fans of the world's greatest space opera weren't given much to go on in terms of the Force's parameters in both scope and power

Of course, this is by design so Lucasfilm and creative luminaries can have a massive sandbox to play in, but it doesn't mean that fans of the galaxy far, far, away aren't going to speculate to their hearts' content.

This is a collection of detailed fan theories about the Force in Star Wars. Vote up the fan theories that make you think!

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    Force Healing Has Both Light And Dark Applications

    Force Healing Has Both Light And Dark Applications
    Photo: Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Following the release of The Rise of Skywalker, Redditors theorized over potential previous applications of Force Healing in this thread. One user, u/ExioKenway5 made this point:

    I think Palpatine was lying in Revenge of the Sith. He wanted Anakin to turn, why would he tell him that the light side had a Force healing power that could bring people back to life? Both the dark and the light sides have a power to bring people back to life. The difference is that the light side requires the user to sacrifice themselves to save others, while the dark side uses other people['s lifeforce] to keep themselves alive.

    This is supported by Redditor u/Robobiotic:

    ... [the] light side needs personal sacrifice and loss, which is not something the dark side readily endorses. The dark side equivalent is essentially Force draining (which Palpatine does) and involves taking from one to give to another (or oneself). Didn't Palpatine do this to Padme and spin it off as "you killed her" during the birth, so that Vader could live?

    98 votes
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    78 VOTES

    The Cosmic Force Abandoned The Jedi As The Clone Wars Went On

    The Cosmic Force Abandoned The Jedi As The Clone Wars Went On
    Photo: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditor u/persistentInquiry:

    During Ahsoka's trial, Bariss Offee called the Jedi Order "an army fighting for the dark side" and said they have all "fallen from the light" they "once held so dear". In Rebels, Yoda agreed with Bariss and told Ezra that the Jedi were "consumed" by the dark side during the Clone Wars.

    This is prequel stuff, the Jedi didn't fall because they were dogmatists obsessed with the light, quite the opposite in fact. They fell because they compromised their ideals in the name of pragmatism, and that is actually the philosophy of the Sith, as Palpatine himself told Anakin in Episode III. The Jedi are supposed to serve the will of the Force.

    Now, it always bugged me that in Season 6 of The Clone Wars it seemed to me like Palpatine had an ungodly amount of luck given how close the Jedi Council got to ruining his plans, but recently I remembered that there is no such thing as luck in Star Wars. What is called luck, that is often the Force guiding events. And it's the Cosmic Force in particular.

    So... was it the case that the Cosmic Force gave up on the Jedi because they gave up on serving the light? In that case, Palpatine's luck in Season 6 was more driven by the fact that "luck" itself [the Force] abandoned the Jedi.

    78 votes
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    106 VOTES

    The Actual 'Living Force' Did Not Align With The Jedi Council's Perception And Use Of 'The Force' As We Know It

    The Actual 'Living Force' Did Not Align With The Jedi Council's Perception And Use Of 'The Force' As We Know It
    Photo: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditor u/alterpsyche:

    The biggest cause of dispute between Qui-Gon and The Council was that The Council made their decisions through looking into the future. That is why they initialy did not want Anakin to become Jedi, because they could not foresee all consequences.

    Qui-Gon on the other hand made his decisions through Living Force, in other words he was living in the moment and not minding what might happen in the future. That is, btw, why he was not as good in lightsaber combat as his padawan for example, because you need to foresee opponents move to be able to deal with it. [This is furhter supported by this Redditor, who cites an exchange in The Phantom Menace].

    106 votes
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    The Living Force And The Cosmic Force Have Their Own Planes Of Existence

    The Living Force And The Cosmic Force Have Their Own Planes Of Existence
    Photo: Star Wars: Rebels / DisneyXD

    From Redditor u/CL0aKe:

    Maybe Mortis represents the Living Force while The World Between Worlds represents the Cosmic Force? The Ones [The Father, Son, and Daughter] each represent a different aspect of the Living Force: the dark side, the light, and the balance. Ahsoka says that The World Between Worlds could be related to the Cosmic Force, or be the physical representation of it.

    Both Mortis and The World Between Worlds need to exist or else there would be massive repercussions, just like both sides of the Force.

    When Jedi meditate, they become one with the Cosmic Force, and looking back on Rebels we see very similar stars when Ezra or Kanan are meditating to the ones we see within the World Between Worlds, so it's very possible that Jedi's minds or souls enter the The World Between Worlds when they meditate.

    Another Redditor, u/Pixel_Porkchop supports this theory by bringing up Jedi: Fallen Order:

    Cal Kestis is shown to enter a plane very similar to The World Between Worlds in Jedi: Fallen Order when meditating, though it is murky and different which could be related to his damaged connection to the force after his trauma and PTSD from Order 66. 

    Considering the Jedi rely on the Cosmic Force to anticipate future events and utilize other precognitive techniques, a connection to The World Between Worlds (which features gates to different moments and places in time) seems incredibly plausible.

    50 votes
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    78 VOTES

    The Dark Side Is Necessary

    The Dark Side Is Necessary
    Photo: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditor u/tehmpus:

    ...I think that there is a bit of a misconception about the dark-side. The Jedi considered the dark-side to be evil, but in reality it's just the necessary part of the Force dealing in death, destruction, and decay. Those are natural forces that don't necessarily need to be controlled by an evil person. Thus a replacement for "The Son [one of the Mortis gods] need not necessarily be evil. The Sith were evil, but they twisted the dark-side by doing unnatural acts, and thus unbalanced the Force by staying alive instead of dying with their souls returning to the Cosmic Force.

    In addition, it's possible to channel the Force with emotion as a dark-sider without having to tap into just three sources of emotion: hate, pain, and anger. Humans are complex creatures with way more emotions than just those.

    78 votes
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    The Force Priestesses Are A Manifestation Of The Cosmic Force

    The Force Priestesses Are A Manifestation Of The Cosmic Force
    Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Disney+

    From Redditors u/ChiBlock

    It's altogether possible that The Priestesses are a conscious manifestation of the Cosmic Force.

    and u/Gerry-Mandarin:

    I believe The Priestesses could be the Whills, and like [u/ChiBlock] said, aspects of the Cosmic Force. Whereas The Ones [The Mortis gods] are manifestations of the Living Force, hence their mortality, incredible force powers and their light/dark dichotomy.

    48 votes