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There are Alternative Character Interpretation entries for Star Wars characters aaaall over the place. Some characters have entries on AlternativeCharacterInterpretation.Star Wars but also on the YMMV for various films, shows, comics, etc. where they make appearances. Aside from the messy and inconsistent organization across the pages, there's framing interpretations as questions and Thread Mode and Word Cruft and so much complaining and more.

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Palpatine: The Sith and the Jedi are similar in almost every way—including in their quest for more power.
Anakin: The Sith rely on their passion for their strength. They think inwards, only about themselves.
Palpatine: And the Jedi don’t?

Star Wars is one of the most recognizable multimedia franchises ever and there are fans who are likely to subject characters to different interpretations.


Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader
  • Another theory, advanced by a group of French psychiatrists, is that Anakin has borderline personality disorder.
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  • A team of French psychiatrists published a paper using Anakin as a case study where they are argued that he should be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (see Hollywood Personality Disorders and The Other Wiki for more information) and that this explains much of his behaviour. They argued that he shows many of the classic traits of the illness including impulsiveness, a pathological fear of abandonment, unstable emotions, paranoia, and dissociative episodes. Unfortunately, because There Are No Therapists in the Star Wars Canon, Anakin doesn't get any help for his condition except a single unsatisfactory session with Master Yoda whereas in our world, he could have been properly treated and his turn to the Dark Side could have been avoided.
  • An article rebutting this claims that the movies gradually built up to his drastic actions, which doesn't make sense for someone with this disorder.
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  • A lot of the romance subplot actually begins to make sense if you interpret Anakin as (un)intentionally using the Force to manipulate Padmé's emotions, causing her to fall in love with him. This isn't actually too far out there; it's not like we haven't seen that even more well-balanced Jedi (like Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan) will casually use their power to mess with people's minds in order to get what they want.
  • Though the EU (especially the comics) don't take it as far as Mind Rape, they clearly present Anakin's obsession with Padmé as extremely unhealthy, possessive, and dysfunctional. What is unclear is whether or not Lucas intended to imply this interpretation, or whether he was genuinely trying to write them as a romantic couple (Word of God has stated the intention was for them to be modeled after the Courtly Love type of romance) but that somehow fell through.
  • Anakin Skywalker has different interpretations by the fans: Is he a gullible, self-centered brat who always whines about how hard his life is? Or is he a hapless Pawn of Prophecy? Is Anakin also a psychotic Stalker with a Crush who used the Force to Mind Rape the woman he was obsessed with? Or is he a poor, misunderstood Jerkass Woobie who would have been fine if those cold and unfeeling Jedi had just tried harder to understand him? Well, it depends which fans you ask. It doesn't help that The Clone Wars retroactively reveals that he was very likable, heroic, competent, and fleshed out in addition to having legitimate reasons to distrust the Jedi Order during the eponymous three-year galactic war that began back in Attack of the Clones and later concluded in Revenge of the Sith. This is all fine and dandy for retroactively making Anakin a better character, but it also creates another interpretation by fans of how he truly is.
  • Did Anakin use the Force to make Padmé fall in love with him? If so, was he intentionally using the Force to manipulate Padmé's feelings, or was he just so blinded by his obsession with her that he did so without realizing it? It would explain their rather awkward hook up and how Padmé could forgive him for massacring all those Sand People in a relatively short period of time - unless Padmé, like pretty much everyone else on Tatooine, just assumes that the Sand People are inhuman cannibal savages who go around brutalizing people for fun. Or is their dysfunctional and ultimately doomed romance down to the two of them being incredibly sheltered people who've spent most of their lives being dedicated to their careers and thus both have no idea of how romantic relationships actually work beyond base lust?
  • The Noble Demon interpretation of Darth Vader being the kind of guy that fights alongside his men is less Darth Vader being willing to throw down alongside his troops and more Darth Vader has nothing really to live for beyond the Empire and doesn't care if he gets killed.
  • Did Luke really sense good in Vader/Anakin or was that just wishful thinking that turned out to be correct? He had lost two father figures already.
  • Are Vader and Anakin literally separate people (through some combination of dissociative identity disorder and the Force) or just figuratively, and saying that is a coping mechanism for both Luke (who never saw how Vader Anakin could be and idolizes him), Obi-Wan (who can't reconcile the monster with his old friend) and even Anakin himself, (who associates all his happy memories with the time he was known by that name, unable to accept that both Anakin and those times weren't perfect.)

Boba Fett

  • Boba Fett is a particularly weird case. Most fans latched onto him for his mysterious past, cool, near-silent demeanor, badass armor and the fact Darth Vader spoke directly to him in his first appearance. The Canon latched onto this interpretation and made him incredibly badass, to a degree Depending on the Writer. However, his actual portrayal in the theatrical films is... pretty different to this badass interpretation:
    • The Clone Wars reveals that Boba had the tendency of to be something of a Butt-Monkey when he was younger, with his plans repeatedly failing even when helped by more experienced Bounty Hunters previously shown as quite competent, like Aurra Sing. "Bounty" even ends with Asajj Ventress tying him up, gagging him, stuffing him in a box, and selling him to a despotic warlord in place of the kidnapped girl said warlord intended to take as his bride.
    • Though Vader does directly talk to Fett in their first appearance, it's only to say "no disintegrations". Which, as this blog rather crudely notes, is a more refined way of saying "I told you I need them alive, so do not kill them, you understand me?" Out of all the bounty hunters there, including IG-88 and Dengar (whom the same Expanded Universe establishes are a psychopathic Serial Killer droid and a man who lost most of his brain in a racing crash, respectively), Boba Fett is the only person Vader feels needs to be reminded that, in this case, the job is specifically to bring the bounty in alive.
    • Though Boba does trail the Millenium Falcon to Cloud City, he doesn't participate in the fighting there at all; Vader does all the work, and Boba's sole role there is to watch Han Solo get carbonite-frozen and then run away to Tatooine with him once Luke and Leia escape.
    • On Tatooine, Boba gets a rather lackluster fight, including being killed off when a blinded Han Solo accidentally shoots Boba's jetpack, causing it to propel him off a skimmer-skiff and into the mouth of the Sarlacc.
    • However, such is Boba's cemented reputation amongst Star Wars fans as an uber-Badass Normal that anyone who doesn't think of Boba as a badass is seen as crazy.

Jar Jar Binks

  • Ian Doescher's Shakespeare-style rewrite of the film posits that Jar Jar was banished for making radical political statements that the Gungans and humans should stop their rivalry and join forces, and from the moment he meets Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, he's using Obfuscating Stupidity to make it happen.
  • There's been some speculation that Jar Jar Binks is actually Force-sensitive. The main citation (as per The Fool) is that with some of the crap he lives through and pulls off, there is no way all of that is purely incidental.
  • One theory that's been gaining popularity takes it even further: Not only is Jar Jar utilizing Obfuscating Stupidity (his bumbling antics being a form of Drunken Fist), but he's actually a Sith lord, co-conspirator with Palpatine, the Evil Counterpart to Yoda (who was also introduced as an annoying alien who was a lot wiser and more important than he let on) and possibly even The Man Behind the Man of both trilogies. The fact that the voice actor for Jar Jar seemed to nebulously confirm this theory on multiple occasions only threw more fuel on the fire.
  • This video makes the argument that Jar Jar Binks is more heroic than Chewbacca.
  • People who watched the Prequel Trilogy and The Clone Wars as kids are less likely to hate Jar Jar Binks because the character was aimed at their age group when they first watched those installments. If they had been able to animate hair, then he would have probably been a younger Chewbacca. Jar Jar is also open to some interesting alternate interpretations, particularly once he becomes Senator. Is he really as dumb as he acts, and is he really a patsy for Sidious when he offers the motion to create the clone army? Or is it all just Obfuscating Stupidity, and he in fact knows exactly what he's doing (possible motives: vengeance against the Gungan leadership who humiliated and exiled him around the time of The Phantom Menace).
  • Jar Jar being made a Senator itself is subject to some interpretation: Was it a reward for his heroism during The Phantom Menace? Or just a way to exile him again without making Boss Nass look foolish for promoting him to General in the first place and/or upsetting his friends in Naboo? As a Representative he seems to be mostly subservient to Padmé, at least until she goes into hiding and leaves him in charge, is this the result of him being easily impressionable or does his position hold no real power?
    • At least one theory (mostly a joke) states that he's secretly a Dark Side Force wielder under Palpatine's employ, set up as The Mole and using buckets of Obfuscating Stupidity to throw off suspicion. Ever notice how he always seems to be just in the right (or wrong) place to keep things moving?

Kylo Ren/Ben Solo

  • Related to the above, how evil is Kylo really, and is it by his own doing? It's mentioned that he was "seduced" to the Dark Side by Snoke, and in the novelization it is expanded that Snoke was stalking him from birth specifically to groom him for a fall to the Dark Side. So did he choose to become evil, or was it a result of corruption via constant exposure to Snoke? Additionally, given that the First Order seems to have an almost cult-like mentality, and how Kylo's own view of Snoke is borderline reverent, he may have been brainwashed. If he is brainwashed, then how much, and would that absolve him of his crimes?
  • How responsible Kylo Ren, if the above is true, would depend on how complicit he has been in the First Order's crimes, and how strong Snoke's influence is.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

  • There's been quite a bit of debate over whether or not Obi-Wan's general coolness towards Anakin after their introduction and the rocky relationship between the two in the next film are a result of jealousy on Obi-Wan's part regarding Qui-Gon's determination to teach Anakin, and that his demand to be able to train Anakin himself at the end of the film is less out of a genuine desire to teach the boy and more resentfully trying to fulfil his former master's last request without ever truly intending to teach Anakin to the best of his ability.
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi receives his fair share of different interpretations from the fans and it's arguable that some inconsistencies are the results of Retcons in the Prequel Trilogy from things already established (or implied) in the Canon via the Original Trilogy. For instance, some cite his Chessmaster tendencies in the Original Trilogy and see him as self-righteous and authoritarian in the Prequel Trilogy. He asks who they intend to send and then it dawns on him that everyone else is looking at him). It could also be inferred that Obi-Wan himself is something of an Unreliable Narrator who tends to emphasise his own failures and relative culpability (which would fit in the self-effacing characterization mentioned above). For instance, when Obi-Wan tells Luke that Anakin's turn to the Dark Side was partially his fault because "I thought I could instruct him as well as Yoda. I was wrong." in Return of the Jedi it somewhat implies that Obi-Wan must have arrogantly demanded to train someone that Yoda would have been willing to train and done a better job with. Come The Phantom Menace this is shown clearly not to be the case. Obi-Wan is perhaps a little arrogant in the way he demands to train the boy, but it seems clear that a) Yoda was not willing to do the job and b) the demand is driven by his promise to a dying man rather that any belief in his own abilities as a teacher. And there doesn't seem to be any cases where Obi-Wan tries to represent his role in events to be bigger or better than is actually seen or to place blame for his problems on others. Maybe he really is that humble and/or shy of taking praise or credit?

R2-D2 -cleaned

  • Since invoked Word of God from George Lucas is the opening scrolls are R2-D2 narrating a century after Return of the Jedi, this means R2-D2 is an Unreliable Narrator for the entirety of the films. He creates continuity errors by making up or guessing at scenes where he wasn't present and getting the details wrong, and he makes himself sound cooler by sometimes claiming he flew or had extra weapons to save the day.

Yoda

  • Master Yoda. Nearly all the installments he has appeared in presents his initial characterization in The Empire Strikes Back as being a facade. At times, he acts as the Grand Master of the Jedi Order... who doesn't take himself that seriously and can be extremely silly at times. The serious side is still there, in spades when it has to be, but he also fights with serving droids, makes fun of himself and others, and once reacts to a flabbergasted apprentice asking how he'd know she'd cry at good news before becoming happy by leaning in as if to whisper in her ear and then loudly saying "Grand Master of the Jedi Order am I! Won this job in a raffle I did, think you? 'How did you know, how did you know, Master Yoda?' Master Yoda knows these things. His job it is."
    • He was 900 years old by the time of the Original Trilogy. You'd have to be at minimum a Deadpan Snarker to deal with the fact that you've survived roughly 7-9 generation of friends.
      • This is the main explanation for near everything Yoda does onscreen. He's 900 years old. He's experienced everything possible for mere mortals to experience, learned everything possible for mere mortals to learn, and has lived centuries as an all-seeing, all-knowing wizard. He may still have youthful spirit and a desire to tackle deep philosophical problems, but it's been depressed as of the last few hundred years because he's completely and utterly bored - there has been absolutely nothing new in his life to really latch onto.
    • In Return of the Jedi, Yoda cracks a joke about how he looks as he is preparing to die. Unlike his initial appearance which was probably mostly obfuscation, in this case, he has no reason to be anything but himself. By the point in the story Luke first meets him, Yoda has seen the universe crumble around him, is banished to a planet just pulsing with the dark side, and whom probably knows that he is going to die soon. One might interpret from this that Yoda was a bit more jovial before The Empire, but that all the crap he's gone through has left him with little more than some gallows humor.

Films

    A New Hope -cleaned 
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The Death Star gunner lingered in firing on Yavin IV despite having a firing solution for some time ("Stand by... Stand by...") The gunner had an attack of conscience and was deliberately delaying in the off-chance that someone might stop him from destroying the Rebel base. This interpretation gave rise to the character Tenn Graneet in the Legends novel Death Star.
    The Empire Strikes Back -cleaned 
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Admiral Ozzel is a Rebel sympathizer and double agent, not clumsy and stupid. His seeming incompetence is Obfuscating Stupidity. Amid several significant glances and nods, he attempts to divert Vader's search away from Hoth, and alerts the Rebels to the Imperial Fleet's presence by deliberately coming out of lightspeed close to the system. These are intentional attempts at undermining the Empire's efforts to find them.
    • Captain Piett didn't just happen to tell Ozzel about the probe droid's finding when Vader is within earshot; he was setting up his superior knowing Vader's tolerance for failure in hopes of a Klingon Promotion, or eliminating an inept Admiral to save himself and the rest of the crew from being victims of his incompetence.
    • R2-D2, having known Yoda prior to reuniting on Dagobah, isn't just bickering with Yoda over Luke's lamp. R2-D2 is purposefully trolling one of the galaxy's most powerful beings for kicks. Or he's playing along with Yoda's decision not to reveal himself to Luke by pretending to fight him. Or he blames Yoda for Anakin's turn to the Dark Side, and the whole argument between the two is basically R2-D2 Calling the Old Man Out with Luke missing the subtext.
    • Luke silently jumps from the platform on Bespin after his confrontation with Vader. This wasn't because he was Driven to Suicide by despair over Vader's revelation and desperation to escape joining him at any cost, but because he was saving himself knowing he'd be pulled into an air vent before the fall killed him, and he used the Force to control his fall.
    Return of the Jedi -cleaned 
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: C-3PO doesn't really have programming against impersonating a deity. He's just slyly being a passive-aggressive dick to Han on purpose by refusing to tell the Ewoks to knock it off, getting back at Han for four years of verbal abuse.
    The Phantom Menace -partially cleaned 
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Qui-Gon Jinn's actions are the result of being drunk. Where his actions seem unethical for a Jedi, such as using the Force to mind trick Boss Nass into giving him a free underwater vessel and scamming Watto to free Anakin and get a ship part. He's so drunk that he doesn't realize there's anything wrong with separating a mother and child or ditching his current padawan to take on a new one who's "too old" to begin Jedi training. Maybe he could've won his duel with Maul if he was sober.

    • Similarly, regarding Yoda effectively overriding the Council's initial decision about Anakin's future as a Padawan: does he sense the full extent of Anakin's potential and future and think that allowing him to train as a Jedi might allow him to avoid the Dark Side? Is he concerned more about managing and curbing Obi-Wan's emerging rebellious streak? Was he always going to allow Anakin to be trained or did the events of the battle of Naboo (and Anakin's role in it) change his mind? Or does he just want one more powerful weapon on his side in the case of more trouble?
    Attack of the Clones -cleaned 
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Jango Fett is a true Mandalorian, contrary to out-of-universe invokedWord of God and in-universe claims by Mandalorian Prime Minister Almec that he isn't. Almec just says that because he's a snooty elitist towards the Fetts and other warrior Mandalorians. Jango disgraces himself as a Mandalorian when he pulls a Chuundar and allows himself to be cloned for a slave army that's raised with Mandalorian training methods, thus perverting his culture's traditions for profit and making slaves of most of his sons.
    Revenge of the Sith -partially cleaned 
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Padmé's cause of death isn't complications from post-strangulation childbirth of twins or losing the will to live due to a broken heart. She fights to live, but her life-force is stolen so Vader will survive his otherwise-mortal injuries. It's either Palpatine using Sith sorcery to steal her life, eliminating an enemy and manipulating his pawn with her death, or Vader unknowingly using the Dark Side to drain his wife's energy to keep himself alive.
    • Mace Windu and the other Jedi Council members attempt a coup, not because Palpatine was consolidating too much power and turns out to be the Sith Lord who orchestrated the entire Clone War, but because Palpatine is a different religion that the Jedi disapprove of.
    • Anakin's visions in this film weren't premonitions from the Force, but deliberately set up by Palpatine to manipulate a hero who would never be tempted to turn to the dark side without a push.

    • There's an ongoing debate among fans about how justified the Jedi actually were in attempting a coup, simply because one Jedi said the Chancellor was a Sith. It usually comes down not to what Palpatine did, but what they had evidence of him doing (which was nothing, except being a Sith, and the only evidence that they did have was one man's testimony.) A fairly large number of people interpret his arrest as "you're a different religion than us! You're under arrest!"... though, this debate does overlook the fact that they were considering arresting him before they found out he was Sith, since he was consolidating too much power with very questionable legality even though the war (which he was using as an excuse for this) was clearly ending, not to mention they knew for years that the Sith were responsible for the blockade of Naboo, the death of Qui-Gon Jinn and plunging the galaxy into war in the first place, plus the Sith were historically responsible for millennia of atrocities, conflict, slavery and death, so it's not quite as simply as "you are a different religion than us!" It is heavily implied that Sith religion is (understandably) criminalized, much like real-world Nazism.
    • The fact that the Sith religion is outlawed is outright canon as of The Rise of Skywalker. C3PO's programming does not permit him to interpret Sith text and the heroes have to go to someone who can basically hack him in order to find out what the inscription says.
    The Force Awakens -cleaned 
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Kylo Ren isn't torn between light and dark when Han tries to convince his son to come home; he's pretending he's torn to manipulate the Too Dumb to Live Han into letting his guard down so Kylo can cruelly kill him in a moment of hope.
    • Han approaches Kylo Ren, not to convince his son to come home with him, but to deliberately sacrifice himself so Kylo will realize what he'd just done and turn back to the light side.
    • Kylo Ren's line to Rey, "You know I can take whatever I want," doesn't just sound like a rape threat because of invokedUnfortunate Implications. He's intentionally threatening sexual assault to intimidate her.
    • General Hux gives a chilling performance during his rabid speech about firing Starkiller Base's superweapon, but it was just for show; he's actually conflicted and inwardly struggling with his actions.
    • Phasma wasn't just a Dirty Coward only concerned with saving herself by lowering the shields of Starkiller Base the moment Finn puts a gun to her head; she's trying to sabotage the First Order and was looking for an opportunity.
    The Last Jedi (locked) 
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Kylo Ren:
      • His goals at the end: is he an extremist genuinely trying to create something new out of the supposed failures of the past by the Jedi, Sith and Republic through the forceful imposition of balance in the galaxy? Or is this just a facade for spreading the influence of the Dark Side through the First Order? Some measure of both? Does he genuinely think this is the best thing to do or is he only doing it to break out of his family's (specifically his grandfather's) shadow by swerving as hard off the path as he can? Again, some measure of both? In addition, was his betrayal due to feelings for Rey, or out of anger towards Snoke?
      • In the final act, was Kylo really planning to take Snoke's place as Supreme Leader all along, or was he initially just planning to free himself from Snoke and save Rey, with the rest of it being more along the lines of 'making it up as I go' and opportunism?
      • Is Kylo's decision not to rejoin the light solely out of desire for power and vengeance, and general villany? Or is it partly out of pragmatism? When one considers the context: the Resistance is looking pretty screwed, they being down to only a few transports and fleeing to Crait, where they’ll be sitting ducks unless their allies come to their aid (Kylo doesn't know about Holdo's upcoming Heroic Sacrifice). He and Rey would also still have to get off the Supremacy, which would be difficult, if not impossible, to pull off considering the place is full of heavily armed stormtroopers and security and whatnot, who probably aren't just going to let them walk into the hangar bay (Rey does manage to escape later by nicking Snoke's escape shuttle, but this is likely because everyone is distracted by Holdo cutting the ship in half at lightspeed; again, Kylo has no way of knowing about this). And finally, even if, by some miracle, Kylo and Rey made it to Crait and the Resistance weren't immediately wiped out, Kylo is still technically a war criminal who has killed, tortured and/or injured many Resistance members...in fact, he was doing exactly that just hours ago. Although Leia and Rey would probably defend him and thus prevent him from being shot on sight, the Resistance aren't just going to forgive him and roll out the welcome mat. Taking this into account, Kylo's Redemption Rejection starts to look almost sensible from a coldly pragmatic point of view; heck, DJ does the exact same thing when he sells out the Resistance to save his own ass when he, Rose and Finn get captured. From Kylo's viewpoint, going along with Rey's plan is not only counter to his personal goals, beliefs and mental/emotional state, but would be downright suicidal.
    • DJ's actions in the final act. Was his betrayal premeditated, leading Finn and Rose into a trap so he could sell their information to the First Order? Or was it a heat-of-the-moment decision after he was captured? His actions on Canto Bight certainly make him seem like the kind of person to pull the former, but his Jerk with a Heart of Gold moment where he gives his down-payment back to them seems genuine, and he seems to have at least a hint of remorse as he leaves. Additionally, the camera focus on why they got caught is on an inquisitive droid seeing BB-8 fail at disguise with no tell that it was DJ's fault. And then there's Finn seeming to notice a different logical hole in his story and he sounds genuinely confused more than anything and there's DJ's rather enigmatic "maybe" as his final line. In keeping with the second interpretation; Some fans have speculated that DJ secretly gave BB-8 info on First Order weaponry, thus explaining how and why BB-8 was able to commandeer that AT-ST. DJ represents a true unaligned party, and Benicio del Toro doesn't consider him a villain.
    • Admiral Holdo:
      • Her decision to withhold the information about her true plan to save the Resistance from Poe and the rest of the crew, to the point of not even letting it be known that there is a plan (which led him to devise his own plan that only succeeded in wrecking hers). Was it because Holdo didn't trust Poe due to his Military Maverick altitude? Did she believe there was a spy on board? Was it Leia's plan for only Holdo to know? Or did Holdo withhold the information purely out of incompetence? Or, worse yet, was it Leia's plan and Holdo didn't even know? Or, this may have been simply a rare (for Star Wars) moment of military realism: a three-star admiral is under no obligation to explain herself to a mid-ranked fighter jock, especially one who was just demoted and stripped of his command for disobeying a direct order from his commander-in-chief (Leia). The novelization depicts her reasoning as deciding that "the fewer people who knew, the better" rather than a distrust of Poe specifically.
      • Assuming one believes Holdo acted wrongly, when she saw the transports being destroyed, did she realize that her poor leadership was a major cause? Her Heroic Sacrifice can be interpreted as Redemption Equals Death.
    • Poe's attitude. Was he always a loose cannon, or is his behavior the result of mental strain? There's evidence for both. Expanded Universe material depicts him as willing to disobey orders if he thinks it's best, but in the films he endured physical and mental torture, crashed from orbit, and fought two aerial battles, and given the absence of a Time Skip between films, apparently went through all of that on the same day as the opening scenes of The Last Jedi, without any semblance of time to recover.
    • As this video argues, several plot points make more sense if you watch the movie assuming that Rose is a double agent working for the First Order. It would explain how the First Order was able to find the Resistance fleet so easily (since we never actually see the "hyperspace tracker" that supposedly makes it possible), why Vice Admiral Holdo was so reluctant to tell the Resistance their true destination (even when it could have prevented a mutiny), and why she was willing to ram Finn's speeder at top-speed to prevent him from sacrificing his life to destroy a First Order laser cannon—which could potentially have saved many Resistance fighters' lives.
    • The Praetorian Guard (i.e. Snoke's faceless red-suited bodyguards get quite a bit of this, given what little we see of them.
    • Luke Skywalker:
      • Luke's personality change in this film could suggest that he is suffering from depression or PTSD, perhaps related to his failure to teach Kylo Ren, or perhaps due to his rebellion experiences. Alternatively, Luke's personality change in this film may be due to the fact that he was aware that he was dying.
      • When Luke orders Rey to leave the island after catching her with Kylo, is it because he's actually trying to protect her, believing she will be drawn to the dark side and suffer the same fate as Kylo if she stays and he will be unable to prevent it? During his conversation with Yoda, the latter actually reassures him he won't lose Rey to the dark side, indicating this is a fear he has.
      • Furthermore, in the aforementioned scene, Luke can see Kylo but during the previous Force bond scenes, he apparently couldn't. Is it because he's reconnected with the Force again? Or is it possible Snoke let Luke see Kylo and Rey together in the hopes of sowing discord between him and Rey?
      • Did Luke initially go to Ahch-To seeking guidance after the destruction of his Jedi Order, but finding no obvious or helpful answers, gave into despair and decided to exile himself there and cut himself off from the Force?
    The Rise of Skywalker (relocated from sandbox) 
Not cleaned up, just relocated from Sandbox.The Rise Of Skywalker YMMV
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Was Ben Solo's death a pure act of redemption? Or was he essentially continuing his 'tradition' of taking the easy option — turning to the Dark Side for power, killing his father to try and escape his conflicting emotions, killing Snoke to take authority for himself — by dying so that he doesn't have to face the consequences of his old sins? Another darker and more tragic interpretation is that a guilt-ridden Ben felt he didn't deserve to live after what he'd done. Alternately, given his prominent role in the First Order, he'd likely have faced retribution and/or execution, so perhaps he preferred the idea of dying peacefully on his own terms. His death is also interpreted as a sacrifice of his life for someone he loves. Yet another interpretation is that Ben didn't actually realize healing Rey would kill him; after all, when she healed his lightsaber wound earlier she was fine afterwards.
    • Is Jannah related to Lando? In their brief scene together in the ending, Jannah makes a point about how she doesn’t know her own origins (since she was taken from a very young age to become a First Order Stormtrooper), to which Lando tells her “let’s find out” while smiling warmly at her as if to imply that he knows something about her past. The Visual Dictionary states that Lando had an infant daughter who was kidnapped by agents of the First Order, and based on Jannah's approximate age the timeline does line up.
    • Is Finn Force sensitive? It's been speculated before, but this film adds a few scenes that could hint at this more strongly; he believes that the Force guided him to where he was, seems to have an intuitive understanding of Rey's feelings, instinctively knows which First Order ship to attack and then there's that thing he wanted to tell Rey that isn't elaborated on... Word of God is that he is Force-Sensitive and that's what he wanted to tell Rey. And if he is indeed Force-sensitive, how and when did he realize this was the case?
    • Given the reveal about his origins, how much free will did Snoke really have? Palpatine admits to creating him as a puppet to lead the First Order until the Final Order was ready, but how much, if any, control he exercised over Snoke's actions is left ambiguous. Furthermore, how aware was Snoke that he was a puppet? Some of Snoke's actions, such as ordering Kylo to execute Rey, went counter to Palpatine's plans; was he intentionally defying his creator, or was he unaware of any plans for Rey at all? The Visual Dictionary clarifies that Snoke's attempt to kill Rey was actually intended to serve as a test of Kylo Ren's cunning, but it's still unclear if Snoke knew that.
    • Palpatine effectively references three win conditions for himself (Kylo as Emperor, Rey as Empress, or himself revived with their lifeforce). Was this a Xanatos Gambit where he would have accepted any of the options? Was one of them his plan A with the others as backups? Were any of them outright lies? Was the final condition his only real plan all along?
    • The reveal that General Hux secretly betrayed the First Order and became The Mole entirely due to his hatred for Kylo Ren opens a lot of questions about his characterization in the previous films. Was he ever truly loyal to the First Order? Did he perhaps only consider himself loyal to Snoke, meaning all bets were off when Kylo killed him? Did he only crave power, and felt that he had lost any sense of that when Kylo became Supreme Leader and Pryde largely overtook him in the chain of command? You can find a lot of answers in the supplemental comics and books about him, but the film itself doesn't address these questions.
    • Rey taking on the Skywalker name. Did she do it because she felt like they were her true family, to honor Ben, to hide the fact that she's related to the most evil man in the galaxy, or all of the above?
    • What exactly did Finn want to tell Rey so badly? Especially considering he tried desperately to tell her as they're sinking in quicksand and potentially about to die. According to Word of God he wanted to tell her he'd figured out he was Force-sensitive, though some viewers have posited other ideas too, such as confessing his love.
    • The old woman in the ending asking Rey's last name seems unnecessary and shoehorned... unless she may not actually ask Rey's last name. It's likely that she merely asks who Rey is and why she is in an abandoned homestead whose last known owners are already dead decades ago.
    • When Kylo Force-chokes Domarc Quinn and telekinetically pins him to the ceiling for speaking out of turn (and dissing the Force), is Kylo really just venting his anger? Or is he actually making a more calculated move to hide his true plan from the Supreme Council and Palpatine? Right before Kylo violently silences Quinn in front of everyone, Quinn had been questioning what Palpatine wanted in return for the Sith Fleet. Earlier, Palpatine had privately told Kylo he'd assist him in exchange for killing Rey, but Kylo later makes it clear to Rey that he wants her to join him and help him kill Palpatine. This raises the question of whether Kylo wanted to ensure no one in the First Order knows about the exact nature of his deal with Palpatine and his own intentions, especially as Kylo had just confirmed there was a spy in their midst, and so physically attacked Quinn to avoid the question and to intimidate the rest of the council into not asking about it.
    • Is Rey and Ben's relationship romantic in nature? There's a lot of Ship Tease both in this film and its predecessor and they end up kissing mouth-on-mouth, which doesn't exactly come off as platonic. J.J Abrams stated when The Force Awakens was released that their relationship was complicated but did have a potentially romantic angle, while Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill have stated there was intended to be romantic/sexual tension between them in The Last Jedi. However, it's never explicitly stated in The Rise of Skywalker (or anywhere else in the Canon) that they're in love; even the novelization leaves their exact feelings ambiguous, describing their kiss as "A kiss of gratitude, acknowledgement of their connection, and celebration that they’d found each other at last." Some have interpreted this as Rey simply showing gratitude to Ben for saving her, though it does seem suspect that she chose to kiss him to convey this over anything else. Others have interpreted Rey kissing Ben as her acknowledging her love for him, while others think she was confused about her feelings and did it more on impulse in a release of pent-up emotion (she had just died for a few minutes after all). Then there's the debate around whether they would've worked out as a long-term couple had Ben lived, or if they would even have chosen to pursue a relationship at all (just because two people have feelings for each other doesn't guarantee they'll be together).
    • Did the Knights of Ren side with Palpatine out of loyalty to the Sith Order or to "avenge" their fallen master? Supplementary material reveals that only Kylo Ren has the power to command the Knights and they only answer to him in return. Kylo Ren and Ben Solo are treated as two separate identities, so when Ben returned to the Light, "Kylo Ren" essentially died.

    Solo 
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Tobias Beckett's decision to become The Mole for Dryden Vos. Was it a pragmatic decision made because it's the only way to ensure his survival from Crimson Dawn's wrath? Or was it a decision made out of spite because Han was going to sell the refined coaxium to the Cloud Riders gang, who are partly responsible for botching the train heist earlier in the film which resulted in the deaths of Beckett's lover and co-pilot? Or both?
    • Lando and L3. L3 thinks Lando is in love with her, which is played for laughs when she shares this with Qi'ra. But between Lando's genuine grief when L3 "dies" and the screenwriters' comments about Lando being a pansexual, perhaps L3 is right after all?
    • Qi'ra's motivations, especially in the end. She betrays Dryden Vos, saving Han's life, but later takes control of the Crimson Dawn syndicate. This suggests her betrayal was fueled by pragmatism rather than any feelings for Han, but after speaking with Maul, she tears up while flying away. Was she realizing she might be in over her head and wishing she'd gone with Han after all, or was she genuinely invested in power and just mourning that she had to sacrifice their relationship for it? Speaking of, did she take control of the Crimson Dawn purely for power or because she thought she couldn't ever leave? Multiple times Qi'ra expresses an interest in not being controlled and a belief that she's changed too much, after all. Then on top of all this... how much might it have to do with possibly being a Force-Sensitive, and being under Maul's thumb and feeling like her destiny lies with the Sith?
    • Alternatively, Qi'ra's choice to remain was purely for Han's sake. For all of Han's talk, he is constantly under the gun of people he's slighted, all the way to his first appearance in ANH. Qi'ra deciding to place all the blame on Beckett protects Han from Maul's considerable resources, and taking over Vos's position means that she is in charge of the hunt for Beckett and his confederates, a hunt she will never allow to point at Han. In doing so, she gives up both the man she loves and the chance at freedom. Her Klingon Promotion is essentially accepting a gilded cage.
    • Speaking of Qi'ra, her relationship with Dryden Vos. He tells Qi'ra he considers her the person he trusts most in the galaxy; is he being genuine about that, or buttering her up? Also, the way she talks about it suggests it isn't romantic/sexual, yet Dryden still behaves like it is, infringing on her personal space many times. Is he an Abhorrent Admirer, or is she lying to Han? When she kills him, she just says "I had to do it" in a way that sounds like she's trying to convince herself, which suggests she may have genuinely been fond of him. To what extent, who knows. There's also the possibility that due to his control over her life, she may be suffering from a degree of Stockholm Syndrome to cope with it.
    • What exactly did Dryden Vos rescue Qi'ra from on Corellia? Given that she's a very attractive young woman growing up on a lawless crime-ridden hellhole, as well as some of her body language around Dryden, some fans have assumed the worst... although Dryden's treatment of her doesn't exactly suggest he's a paragon of respect, either. Furthermore, how much of his behaviour towards her is due to affection/possession, and how much due to the obvious fact that it pisses off Han?
    • The Empire's invasion of Mimban, also known as the setting of the book Splinter of the Mind's Eye, the very first Star Wars Expanded Universe novel ever. Were they just there to spread peace and order throughout the galaxy? Or was the Empire there to lay claim to the Kyber Crystal, with known Force-Amplification powers? It wouldn't be the first time the Emperor would use military action to further his own Force-based plans...
    • Did the droids free the human and alien slaves because they saw them as allies in a fight against oppression, or simply because they thought a simultaneous human/alien revolt would provide cover for their own? Or perhaps because they weren't really 'free' in their own heads, they'd just been given an order to 'go forth and 'free' others' by L3, and were carrying it out Sorcerer's Apprentice Broom Style?
    • Some viewers have pointed out several similarities and contrasts between Qi'ra and Leia, which could potentially put a different light on Han's later relationship with the latter. Qi'ra is the perfect Foil to Leia: both are smart, charismatic, spirited women who prefer to be diplomatic but can also handle themselves in a fight and are two of the only few people who can see Han for who he really is. This might explain why Han is attracted to Leia during the events of the Original Trilogy. He saw a lot of Qi'ra in Leia. This could also have a sadder aspect as well as it reinterprets Han and Leia's relationship. Does Han genuinely love Leia for who she is, or because she reminded him a lot of Qi'ra and he only loved her because she resembles Qi'ra the closest?
    • In some ways, Han's relationship with Leia can be seen as his relationship with Qi'ra gone right. Leia brings out Han's better qualities and encourages him to be a good person, while Qi'ra, intentionally or not, plays a large part in Han's Cynicism Catalyst. Qi'ra betrays and abandons Han to serve her own interests, causing him to believe he cannot trust or rely on anyone (save for Chewie) while Leia, at great personal risk, comes to rescue Han when he's taken captive by Jabba the Hutt, along with their other friends, proving that there are people he can count on.
    • L3's demands for droid rights are laughed off as Political Correctness Gone Mad, but considering that L3 and many other droids have human intelligence, feel resentful of their status as second-class citizens, and express desire to not be owned by anyone, she might be completely right.
    • L3 becoming a part of the Falcon was meant to be seen as heartwarming, but many viewers saw it as a Fate Worse than Death since her goal was freedom and she's more or less been enslaved forever. The novelization actually supports this, showing that L3 was conscious inside the Falcon and did NOT want to be part of it until the Falcon blackmailed her into joining by pointing out that Lando would die without it, and then forcibly assimilated her.

Television

    The Mandalorian 
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • In Episode 3, when Greef Karga survives being shot because of the beskar ingots in his coat, was it just a stroke of good luck that the title character shot him there? Or did the Mandalorian deliberately spare his life, since he knew that Greef was carrying them around in his coat?
    • The Client's statement of returning the natural order can be taken in at least three ways. 1. He's being genuine and believes that the Mandalorians should be allowed to reclaim their heritage. 2. He's secretly mocking the protagonist because it was the Empire that purged them in the first place (probably because they sided with Maul and their general independent streak). 3. He's trying to broker a friendship with the Mandalorian and draw parallels between his people and the Empire in a bid to get them on his side and reestablish the Empire with their help.
    • Cara Dune says she deserted after the Empire officially fell and she was forced into peacekeeping duties, including suppressing riots against the newly installed officials. Did she desert because she was a Blood Knight who wanted to keep the war going, or because her new duties were too Empire-like for her tastes? Or does she has a very personal grudge against the Empire that even Princess Leia would not tolerate as another survivor of Alderran?
    • The "monster droid"note  in the Season 1 finale. Did it genuinely not understand when Cara tell it to stop? Or did the Imperials program it to lead them to the ambush sometime after they massacred the Mandalorian coverts just in case someone would try to escape through the lava river?
    • The Client wishing for the termination of the Asset and Dr Pershing's insistence on it being alive. Was this because the Client is just that callous and Pershing had a heart, or because Pershing is aligned with Gideon, who definitely wants the child alive, and the Client knows what that will result in and is simply sacrificing the asset to prevent some yet unknown worse horror?
    Star Wars: The Clone Wars 

Seasons 1 to 2

Seasons 3 to 4

Seasons 5 to 6

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Darth Maul a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds who acts the way he does because of all of the hardships he's endured throughout his life and for all of his evil genuinely cares about his brother Savage Opress? Or is he an utterly unsympathetic villain whose obsession with Obi-Wan has turned him into a revenge-fueled psychopath that treats Savage (who he began referring to solely as "apprentice") as a minion and an investment? There's arguments that can be made for both. Maul's reaction to Savage's death presents that he did care about his brother, albeit in a cold and detached Jerk with a Heart of Gold sort of way.
    • Is Barriss a misguided but genuinely Well-Intentioned Extremist who is ultimately proven right? Or is she a hypocritical, self-righteous Knight Templar who is in denial of her own turn to the Dark Side? Again, arguments have been made for both interpretations.
      • In a similar vein, her mourning one of the Jedi who were killed in the bombing she masterminded. Was she merely acting? Or was she showing some genuine remorse? Likewise, was her conversation with Ahsoka after the memorial service manipulation? Or was she having doubts about her choices? The look of sorrow and guilt on her face as Ahsoka walks away suggests the latter, but her later actions imply the former. In the end, it's most likely both as Barriss was actively manipulating Ahsoka, but she still felt remorseful about having to do it, which is reinforced by the sad look she gives Ahsoka after being exposed and arrested at the end of the story arc.
      • Her comment that she feels Asajj's lightsabers suit her muddies the waters even more. Only Sith use red lightsabers, after all.
    • Ahsoka Tano's decision to leave the Order has been subjected to some interpretations by fans. Did she do it because she realized that Barriss had a point about the growing corruption of Order's values and morals? Or was she simply too hurt by the way she had been betrayed by Barriss and abandoned by the Council? By extension, was it the mature thing to do, or a selfish child's "self-pity"? While the first option appears to be more popular among fans, some argue it was the latter.
    • A comment made by:a Dark Side shadow of Yoda implies that Yoda may have actually experimented with the Dark Side in the past.
      Dark Yoda: Yoda plays not with me anymore. Yoda thinks me not worthy.

Season 7

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Crosshair calling Echo as "another reg" in the finished version of "A Distant Echo". Was he really displaying a lack of sympathy towards Echo and treating him as an inconsequential Expendable Clone, or was he being coldly facetious towards Rex given "The Reason You Suck" Speech he gave for leaving Echo behind in the first place and needlessly leading everyone else into a potential trap to absolve Rex of his own Survivor Guilt? Further muddying the waters is that in the original animatic (where Crosshair and Hunter brought up the idea that Echo might have betrayed them), the statement that gets Crosshair punched is that he wouldn't remain loyal if he was left for dead like Echo was either, which hints at a bit of sympathy towards Echo's potential mistreatment by the Republic. Additionally, in both the animatic and finished version of "On the Wings of Keeradaks", Echo is shown to have earned some respect from Crosshair while defending the Poletec village.
    Star Wars Rebels 
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Kanan unfit to be Ezra's master? Is unfairly putting his issues on his apprentice (like in "Rise of the Old Masters" and "The Lost Commanders") making his teaching ineffective and detrimental to Ezra, or helping the both of them mature?
    • Was Kallus a complete Smug Snake until "The Honorable Ones", where he seems to have a My God, What Have I Done? Heel Realization about everything he's done, or as equally as much of a Jerkass as most of the other Mook Lieutenant Imperials that still means that he has an equal chance of redemption as them when he has his own Heel Realization that the things he genuinely believed were right were actually wrong? And is it justified to use brutal guerrilla war tactics in a rebellion against a tyrannical government, as mentioned in his backstory and motivation? And remember, Kallus was deployed in a genocide, as well as having helped assassinate Minister Tua, who was scared for her life to the point where she attempted to defect, as well as other actions that we may not know yet.
    • While official sources say he's just an Opportunistic Bastard and suffers from Ambition Is Evil, reviewer Geek Girl Diva suggests perhaps Saxon was concerned about the safety of his clan, realizing that the best way to save them was to fight with the Empire, not against them. To be fair, he has Pet the Dog moments in Son of Dathomir, where he's proud to work and fight alongside fellow like-minded supercommandos like Kast, and both he and Kast show possibly genuine concern for Maul's well-being due to being their leader. But due to that comic and "Imperial Supercommandos" being the only material featuring Saxon so far, there's still not much to go off of yet.
    • With The Reveal in "Trials of the Darksaber" that Sabine's family abandoned her and joined the Empire instead, was it because they were concerned about their social status, so they genuinely wanted to disown her and were pro-Imperial, like Saxon? Or was it because they figured that it was the only way to survive (considering the Empire had weapons of mass destruction that even scared Mandalorians), like Rau, or a bunch of ungrateful Dirty Cowards? "Legacy of Mandalore" addresses this and acknowledges that there really was no pretty way out of the situation.
    • Did Maul really go to Tatooine to kill Kenobi as he claimed, or did he expect that Kenobi might kill him and was he really just a Death Seeker by this point- his life was a catalogue of de facto slavery and Training from Hell followed by decades of loneliness, loss and pain, so possibly by this point he just wanted to go out on his own terms. Telling Ezra that he will see him again suggests the former, while his (Downplayed Villain's Dying Grace of having a moment of camaradrie with Kenobi (acknowledging that they are both victims of the Emperor and hoping that Luke will avenge them) leans towards the latter; quite possibly, Maul didn't know himself, and would have been content with either outcome.
    • A subtle one, but in "Crawler Commanders", many fans have questioned whether the death of Captain Seevor was really an accident, or did Ezra deliberately use the force to trip him? Ezra's cold, sardonic smile and saying "Watch out" seems to heavily imply that it wasn't.

Video games

    Star Wars: Battlefront II 
    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Who is the "us" Trilla tells Cere to avenge right before Vader kills her? The Jedi as a whole? The Jedi who were converted into Inquisitors? Or maybe just herself and Cere?

Books

    Lost Stars 
    Thrawn 
    Phasma 
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Did Phasma always care only about herself or did she grew more and more selfish and sociopathic due to both despair in living in a Crapsack World and Brendol Hux's influence? After all she merely crippled her brother when she could have easily killed him back when they were young and at first seemed to want to move the Scyre to better lands.
    Thrawn: Alliances 
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Thrawn, like someone poking at a loose tooth, picking at the fringes between Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader. When did he first suspect they were one and the same, and when did suspicion become certainty? Does Thrawn keep tugging at the threads because knowledge is an irresistible drug to him, or was he trying to keep Vader off-balance so Thrawn would have more power in their relationship than he would otherwise, and was this an attempt to keep Vader's lethally capricious temper from harming his crew? When Thrawn replies to Vader's final assertion that Anakin is dead with "I know," does he really believe the Dark Lord, or has he simply accepted that Vader will not acknowledge his past no matter how much Thrawn presses the issue?
    Queen's Shadow 

Comics

    Star Wars: Darth Vader (2015) 
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: After Issue 25, fans began to hotly debate as to whether or not Vader knew Aphra would survive being sent out an airlock. Some fans felt it was out-of-character for Vader to kill someone so cruelly by making them suffer their worst fear, usually he is indifferent about killing not sadistic. Others felt it was out-of-character for Vader to not just kill her via force choke or saber, since those would have been quick and final, where out the Air-lock gave Aphra a small window of survival. Not to mention he didn't even check to see if she actually died, just chucked her out and walked away. Still others think it is perfectly in character for him to do so, especially after all Aphra had done, plus Aphra is not a force user so there is no reason to think she had any chance.
    • Alternately, did Vader know what Aphra was trying to do, and doesn't bother confirming her death to give himself plausible deniability?
    • Was Palpatine really intending to replace Vader? He claims the replacements were Cylo's idea that he merely let progress to test and encourage Vader, and the end result was Vader actively seeking power and working behind his back with the end goal of deposing him, just like a Sith apprentice ought to. On the other hand, Palpatine initially made no secret about his disdain for Vader and only starts acting like there is a lesson to be learned after Vader starts killing the other candidates, with Vader clearly viewing his claims of it all being a test as him trying to cover his ass now that Vader has come out on top.
    • It is intentionally left open what Vader's statement about there being no choice other than Trios for queen of Shu-Torun. Is that a compliment for her service, or is dismissing her saying there was no other option?
    • Vader pulling Aiolin out of the lava and easing her passing. Obvious Pragmatic Villainy aside, since she could give him information incriminating Cylo, was there a small Pet the Dog moment in seeing somebody go through the same pain he did on Mustafar?
    Star Wars: Age of Republic 
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In the Jango Fett issue, a Twi'lek hires Jango to bring his daughter back after she decided to elope with Griph, who has ties to Black Sun. We don't get the full context of why the father wants his daughter back, but it should be noted that Griph is a Falleen, a species that can emit powerful pheromones, which can attract mates of almost any species. Does the Twi'lek father simply not want his daughter going out with a Black Sun member, or does he have rational concerns that his daughter is in a non-consenting relationship? Furthermore, is the daughter genuinely in love with Griph and wish to join Black Sun, or is she under the pheromones' influence?

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