5 Fan Theories That Will Change Everything You Know About Star Wars

Try not to freak out when you see how much sense these theories make.

Cooking up a fan theory is just a matter of connecting dots that no one had ever noticed before. It's especially easy for Star Wars fans, because we have wild imaginations. The best ones can give you a whole new perspective on your favorite stories.

The following fan theories are all the more incredible because they really could be right.

Note: All of these are theories that look back at Star Wars history from past films. That's worth pointing out considering all of the theorizing and speculating going on regarding what's to come in future films. There are no spoilers here.

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Darth Jar Jar

Jar Jar Binks
Jar Jar Binks in 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

Originally posted to Reddit, this red-hot theory electrified fans to the extent that there was soon a dedicated Subreddit for it, and an official website, too.

You're skeptical that Jar Jar Binks, the pimple on the face of Star Wars history, could be a Sith Lord. You should be.

But read this theory, and I guarantee you'll be stunned. It doesn't just add up, it points to an alternate plan that George Lucas may have had in mind for Jar Jar, but backed out of it when it turned out that fans despised and mocked the character. Ahmed Best himself all but confirmed this.

It's far too long to detail here, but the Redditor who posted the theory goes in-depth, step-by-step, showing iron-clad proof that Jar Jar wasn't the fool he pretended to be. It was all an act he used to subtly manipulate everyone around him into forming the Empire. Yes, that's a role already known to belong to Darth Sidious, but the theory posits that Sidious and Jar Jar could have been in league with one another -- or Jar Jar could even have been Palpatine's superior!

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The Ewoks Weren't Celebrating The Empire's Downfall

Ewok party
The big Ewok party in 'Star Wars: Return of the Jedi'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

This one is so obvious, you're going to smack your head like you need a vegetable drink. And then you'll never look at Ewoks the same way again.

At the end of Return of the Jedi, the Ewoks threw a massive hootenanny on Endor to celebrate the destruction of the Death Star and the deaths of the Emperor and Darth Vader.

Or did they?

The first time our heroes encountered the Ewoks, those fuzzy little teddy bear people tried to cook and eat Luke, Han, and Chewbacca. This establishes that Ewoks practice the eating of other species.

Remember all those Stormtrooper helmets that were turned into drums? They came off of human bodies. Dead bodies.

The Ewoks weren't partying because the big white round thing in the sky went kablooie. They were throwing the galaxy's biggest barbecue!

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Obi-Wan's Last Fight With Vader Wasn't Really A Fight

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader fight
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) and Darth Vader fight in 'Star Wars: A New Hope'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

When old Obi-Wan Kenobi faces off against Darth Vader in A New Hope, both characters are significantly older than they were the last time they were in each others' presence, way back on Mustafar.

But is age really the reason neither of them went for it in this fight? Their little skirmish seems tame and half-hearted compared to what we saw in the prequels. That's because it was never a fight -- at least not on Obi-Wan's part.

Consider this. From the ending of Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan committed himself to watching over Luke Skywalker. With no Jedi Order to serve, this was his new purpose, his one and only goal. He watched over Luke as he grew up on Tatooine, and then helped him more directly in the film.

And what was he watching out for? Vader, of course. Anakin Skywalker had no idea he had any surviving offspring, and Obi-Wan did everything in his power to keep it that way until one of them was old enough and powerful enough to take him on.

Obi-Wan never intended to fight Vader in their final encounter. His only aim was to distract him, to keep him busy, so he wouldn't notice both of his kids escaping right under his nose.

When Vader later drew near to Luke in the "trench run" dogfight, he instantly sensed how strong Luke was with the Force. Vader was closer to Luke on the Death Star, yet he never sensed anything unusual. That's thanks to Obi-Wan, who played on Vader's rage and hatred to keep his senses so preoccupied, he wouldn't notice the presence of his own children.

Obi-Wan even sacrificed himself so Luke could escape. Dying even helped further that same goal, as he was able to continue advising and mentoring Luke from beyond the grave, where Vader would never be able to stop him.

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Chewbacca & R2-D2 Were Rebels Before It Was Cool

R2-D2
R2-D2. Lucasfilm Ltd.

R2-D2 lived through and witnessed all of the major events of the prequel trilogy, including Anakin Skywalker as a Jedi, the rise of Palpatine, the Clone Wars, the creation of the Empire, Anakin's transformation into Darth Vader, and the births of Luke and Leia. (C-3PO knew pretty much everything R2 did, but Senator Organa wiped his memory.) Similarly, Chewbacca knew plenty about the Clone Wars from his experiences on Kashyyyk.

So why would they forget all of those things by A New Hope, 19 years later? "Hey Luke, your dad is Darth Vader. He created C-3PO. He was a Jedi. You're a twin." Any or all of these things would have been helpful for R2-D2 to reveal to Luke when they first met on Tatooine, but he didn't and Luke had to wait years to learn most of it on his own.

Or why wasn't Chewbacca all like, "Luke, you should've seen what Yoda could do back in the glory days, dude..."

What gives? Why did these two keep their secrets? Neither of them are idiots, so let's assume they did it on purpose.

The fan theory's explanation is that Chewie and R2 were both Rebel agents long before we met them in A New Hope. Chewie was secretly steering Han Solo into smuggling missions that would benefit the Rebellion while R2 was using his past experiences with Anakin Skywalker and Chancellor Palpatine to maneuver Leia (remember, R2 served on the Tantive IV, so he probably had plenty of access to her as she grew up) and later Luke into positions where they would also take up the Rebels' cause.

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E.T. Is Secretly A Star Wars Movie

Scene from E.T.
A scene from 'E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial'. Universal Pictures

You probably know that E.T.'s race is one of the civilizations represented by the Galactic Senate in The Phantom Menace. This was primarily a little wink-wink-nudge-nudge by the production in Steven Spielberg's direction, as he and George Lucas are longtime buds.

But since everything in the films is canon, then it follows that E.T.'s people are from the galaxy "far, far away" where Star Wars takes place. That fact alone doesn't make E.T. a Star Wars movie, though. Here's what does.

During a Halloween scene in E.T., the title character encounters a kid dressed up as Yoda. His reaction? To reach toward "Yoda" and start saying "Home... Home..." This proves he recognizes Yoda as a prominent figure from his home galaxy.

In another scene, E.T. causes bicycles to fly. Now let's think... How would someone from the Star Wars galaxy make something levitate? By using the Force, of course!

Thus, E.T. was the story of a lost Jedi trying to return home from a distant galaxy.