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Obi-Wan's Force Ghost mind-controlled Tarkin not to send the TIE fighters out.
Tarkin may have been proud of the Death Star, but he was no idiot. Even he would have seen that turbolasers are hard to aim, imprecise, and generally Cool, but Stupid. TIE fighters would have made sense even to him. Obi-Wan was the culprit for his erratic behavior. He used a Mind Trick to get him to hold back the fighters.
  • They did deploy the TIE fighters as soon as they realized that it was simply small manned fighters taking the Death Star.
    • Tarkin deployed a few dozen Tie Fighters against the Rebel strike force, a fraction of the station's forces.
      • No, that was Vader's personal fighter squadron, which scrambled on the Sith Lord's own authority.
  • But by then, Obi-Wan was busy helping Luke aim the torpedo, and was distracted. And, technically, only Vader's squadron attacked the Rebels.
    • On top of that, there were unbelievable amount of surface guns firing. You send out a few dozen aircraft that are supposed to protect other parts of the battle station into such a restricted area, you are going to have friendly fire incidents up the yazoo. That means TIE fighters crashing into your battlestation causing more damage and more causalities. Besides, their was a total of three/four rebel ships that survived out of a few dozen? I would say Vader's squad did a bang-up job and would've won if the rogue element, Han Solo and Chewy, hadn't showed up.
      • Which, if anything, sounds like an excellent case for the Imperial forces needing to deploy screening forces further out to protect the station. That they failed to do that suggests either some rather lax military readiness on the part of the Empire (they did, after all, only manage to muster a total of one Star Destroyer and the Death Star to respond to an all-out assault on Scarif), supreme arrogance on Tarkin's part, or perhaps even some problematic internecine friction within the Empire, which brings us back to military readiness.
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  • Obi-Wan's Force ghost clearly states in The Empire Strikes Back that he cannot directly interfere with the living world.

Obi-Wan is the Big Bad. (Going with below)

Going with the below WMG, Obi-Wan is the series Big Bad.In New Hope, he says 'Only Imperial Stormtroopers can be so precise' in reference to the destroyed sandcrawler. But stormtroopers can't hit the broad side of a barn; he did it to eliminate witnesses of the destroyed house of Owen and Beru. Lightsaber damage and an explosion could easily be mistaken, especially with the Force involved. He didn't finish Anakin off, instead allowing him to survive and become Darth Vader. He forced Luke to go to Dagobah instead of doing more good with the Rebels.In short: Obi-Wan is the Big Bad.

Obi-Wan killed Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru.
Obi Wan killed Owen and Beru Lars so Luke would go on the heroic journey with him and the droids. Nobody seems to pick up on this, He blew their house up while Luke was out searching for R2. He had been planning it for years.
  • That would imply-Ben is on the dark side? That would make sense. Obi-Wan on the Dark Side would explain that, and why he dragged Luke to Dagobah when he could do more good with the Rebels.
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  • This theory completely goes against what we see of Obi-Wan throughout the saga.
  • When would he have had time to do it? We see Owen and Beru alive some time after Luke left in his speeder looking for Artoo. Luke then gets attacked by Tusken Raiders and rescued by Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan was with Luke until Luke left in his speeder to go home, where he found Owen and Beru dead. So, either Obi-Wan would have had to arrive at the Lars homestead sometime after Owen said "or there'll be hell to pay", kill Owen and Beru and torch the place, then race back in time to save Luke, or Obi-Wan would have had to leave from the site of the dead Jawas, beat Luke back to his home, kill Owen and Beru, torch the place, then leave and beat Luke back to the dead Jawas, and somehow persuade Artoo and Threepio not to mention that he had left and come back while Luke was away. Bear in mind that in both scenarios, Luke is in a speeder while Obi-Wan was on foot. There is simply no way he could have had the time.

Vader didn't want to kill Obi-Wan.
He seems kind of reluctant, stating that he "should not have come back".After spending years with the empire, Vader deeply regrets what he has done, and really didn't want to finish Obi-Wan off till he actually asked him to do it.Vader could have tracked him down soon, as he was aware of his presence, and killed him off soon. Instead, he duels him like a worthy and respected opponent.
  • The duel was as much a meeting between a former master and apprentice as it was an actual fight to the death. Vader's "now I am the master" comment is dismissive of Obi-Wan's skills and praises his own, he wasn't unleashing all of his power on Obi-Wan because of any respect he had for him, it was because he had a few choice words for his old master. If you keep it original trilogy, look at Vader fighting Obi-Wan versus him fighting Luke in TESB, this of course does not get into the ultra-Vader we see in the EU. Vader pretty readily strikes down Obi-Wan when he is offered the chance to make a death blow too.
    • Darth killed Obi-Wan with a highly telegraphed, easy to block attack. Even he seems somewhat surprised that Obi-Wan was killed by that attack, given that he then steps on the robes that were left behind, almost in confusion as to where the body went. He most likely was planning on killing Obi-Wan, but not until he had gotten his old master to acknowledge the awesomeness that Darth was. Anakin's ego and desire to be the greatest Jedi ever weren't extinguished once he turned to the Dark Side, and that desire likely still burned brightly within him, especially upon coming face-to-face with the only Jedi who he was never able to beat in a fight.
  • Also bear in mind that in Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan was shown trying to talk his way out of fighting Anakin/Vader, and during their duel, Obi-Wan kept trying to appeal to Anakin's nobler personality. So maybe he realized that Obi-Wan still cared about him somehow.

Grand Moff Tarkin was a rebel agent or sympathizer the entire time.
The destruction of Alderaan was a ploy to ensure the collapse of the Empire by creating dissent.
  • Tarkin intentionally lost the Battle of Yavin.
    • Tarkin deployed less than a dozen Tie Fighters against the Rebel strike force, a fraction of the station's forces.
      • It was actually more than that, and note that out of thirty attacking Rebel fighters, exactly three of them are alive ten minutes after the Imperial fighter counterattack begins... an anonymous Y-wing that apparently hung back from all the action, an X-wing piloted by the single best non-Jedi starfighter pilot to ever live, and an X-wing piloted by Luke Freakin' Skywalker. Releasing sufficient force to overwhelmingly wipe out the attacking enemy, to the point where the only survivors are two nigh-unkillable fighter aces and a shirker, is by no stretch of the imagination 'intentionally holding back'. The only reason the Rebellion won the Battle of Yavin is because the single most powerful Force-Sensitive then alive in the galaxy was there. Oh, and Han Solo, who is the greatest non-Jedi pilot of anything.
      • According to the EU Death Star Technical Companion, no. The Death Star carried 7200 TIE Fighters and over 20,000 other combat space fighters. Wedge Antilles himself answers the question in the Companion. Tarkin never ordered any fighters to engage, believing that the turbolaser batteries would be enough to repel the rebels. It was Darth Vader's personal squadron that went out and met them. According to Wedge, "We may have still won the day if all of the TIEs had taken to space, but it sure would have been a lot more crowded over the Death Star." BUT, it's still up to debate and well within this WMG as to whether or not Tarkin held back launching an all-out counterstrike out of typical Imperial arrogance or whether he wanted them to win...
      • Launching 7200 interceptors vs. 30 enemy aircraft does nothing except vastly increase your risks of suffering mid-air collisions. It's folly on the same level as engaging an enemy platoon with an entire division... most of your units won't even have a clear shot, due to the other friendly units in front of them. The Rebel casualty figures and how rapidly they mounted up would indicate that Tarkin released a sufficient amount of forces to quickly defeat the Rebel fighter attack. Unfortunately, one of the few Rebel survivors was a psychic superhero capable of single-handedly destroying the Death Star.
      • But they still could have sent 100 or 200 instead of a mere couple dozen.
  • Tarkin leaked the Death Star plans to the Rebellion.
    • Jossed by Rogue One, The rebels steal the plans themselves. He may have have played a role off screen, but I doubt.
  • Alternatively, Tarkin wasn't an agent or a sympathizer; neither would have killed billions of people with as much readiness as he did. Admiral Ozzel (Vader's first victim in The Empire Strikes Back), on the other hand, was rather bumbling for someone of such high rank in the Empire, due to actually being a Rebel agent. He attempted to draw Vader away from the readings from Hoth (despite probably seeing first hand what Vader does to those that disagree with him), and when that failed, he ordered the fleet to come out of lightspeed too close to the system, sacrificing his life in order to give his comrades the chance to escape.
    • The bit about Ozzel being a sympathizer is similar to a humorous sequence in one of the X-Wing EU novels, only it's about Captain Needa, who loses the Falcon later in the movie. The commander of a really backwater imperial outpost is a relative of Needa's, and is instructed by his men to tell the story to the New Republic when they show up to capture the post, so they can keep their jobs.
    • His absence at Yavin's victory party argues strongly against this. Because in that timeline, it would have gone "Evacuate? In our moment of triumph? Well, OK just to be on the safe side..." Remember, Tarkin had a chance to escape the Death Star's destruction that he chose not to take.
      • Why would he go to the Rebel victory party on Yavin? That'd have blown his cover. Vader survived, and so did other guys. Ozzel was deep cover, and managed to survive long enough to give the Rebels a hand at Hoth. He died doing so, but that means he was able to remain high up in the Imperial Navy up to that point and covertly give the Rebels a little help here and there at crucial moments. He might not have even been a "plant" of the Rebels, or have ever met with any of the leaders of the Rebellion; he could have simply been an Imperial who came to sympathize with the cause of the enemy and decided to use his position to aid their cause.
    • If Tarkin's plan was to destroy a major planet to bolster the rebellion against the Empire, he had to die with the Death Star. He would be killed by the Emperor for failure or by the rebels for blowing up a planet.
    • And what exactly would stop him from leaving the Death Star right before its destruction and then quietly retiring on any one of a million planets in the universe? It's not like the Death Star's destruction left behind an identifiable corpse...
      • If he was a rebel sympathizer/spy, then the reason he stayed on the Death Star is obviously out of guilt for having having destroyed Alderaan, realizing that he had gone way over the Moral Event Horizon.
    • For that matter, if Tarkin wanted to blow up the Death Star, he simply had to go to an engineering console, boot up his superuser access account, and deliberately trash the failsafes on the main reactor controls. And then hop the nearest shuttle out of town before the timer ran out. When you're the guy in charge, sabotage becomes a bit easier.
      • Even if he didn't have the technical skills to do this himself, nothing could stop him from just walking a Rebel-programmed R2 droid to his personal command console — or the central reactor controls — and telling it to have fun. "Sir, what are you doing?" "Having this droid do a personal audit of system status for me. Now go away." "... yes sir."
    • Tarkin could not engage in any overt acts of sabotage with Vader watching over him.
      • Except that in the movie, Tarkin seems to have authority over Vader, not the other way around.
      • Vader wasn't on the Death Star until the same day that its construction was finally finished. Tarkin had all the time in the world to set it up.
      • Of course, one possibility is that he had several plans working to sabotage the Death Star — all of which would've been more subtle than the above — and the whole get-Rebels-to-blow-it-up thing is simply the one that worked first.
  • Whole WMG Jossed big-time by Death Star, which gives us a peek inside Tarkin's head. He loves the Death Star (indeed, his portrayal in the novel occasionally veers into Cargo Ship territory). He turns into a barely-controlled ball of fury whenever someone scratches the paintwork and enters the kind of thought patterns that include the phrase "How dare they" at least every other sentence. His failure at Yavin was partially due to the main gunner's tortured conscience causing him to delay firing as long as possible, partially due to not actually knowing the exhaust port was a viable target, and partially due to his Tarkin Doctrine being a philosophy based primarily on a failure to understand how the Rebels think.
    • Michael Reaves and Steve Perry are concealing Tarkin’s motives by collaborating in Death Star’s publication.
    • Michael Reaves and Steve Perry are working for Tarkin, who survived.
      • Steve Perry is Grand Moff Tarkin, who co-wrote the Death Star novel as a cover up.
    • More realistically, Tarkin was only putting up a cover for his true motives.

Tarkin destroyed the Death Star
Following on from the above theory about Tarkin being a Rebel sympathiser. Tarkin had worked out how to sabotage the Death Star long before it was completed, and wanted to do so before it destroyed Alderaan. However, the Rebel Alliance needed a great symbolic victory, so they insisted that the Death Star should be taken out in an attack by Rebel forces. This also allowed room for the other great rallying symbol, the destruction of Alderaan. Tarkin didn't like it, but he had to accept the propaganda value. So he helped the Alliance leadership cook up some bogus schematics showing off a 'key vulnerability' which didn't exist - the Empire's engineers just aren't that dumb. Then he timed the destruction of the Death Star to coincide with the attack. The Alliance wasn't planning on any pilots coming back from what was, effectively, a suicide mission; after the explosion they'd just claim one of their fighters must have got through against the odds.
  • Thanks to the novel Death Star... no. Spectacular no. His initial reaction (and final reaction) to being told that the Death Star was about to explode is a two-second Villainous Breakdown with the mental Madness Mantra "Inconceivable". (And in this case, it does mean what he thinks it means - Tarkin is literally unable to conceive of his idiot doctrine being wrong or his beloved station being destroyed).
    • That’s what Tarkin wants you to think, just as planned.

Tarkin lives!
"Evacuate? In our moment of triumph? I think you overestimate their chances." "Yeah, you're right, sir. Sir? Sir?"
  • He's probably on some resort world somewhere, sipping margaritas and attended to by nubile women.
    • And he has an unlisted Com-code, to get away from Daala.
  • He's due to star in fanfiction any day now.
    • His escape pod got caught in the blast, and he's now an amnesiac searching for his identity in The Tarkin Identity.
    • He's made a new living as a Coruscanti rapper, Tar-Pac!
  • Considering that as far as this troper recalls Tarkin was giving the firing countdown right before the big boom, he's almost certainly space dust.
    • He left a clone or a hologram behind to cover his escape.
    • Life-Model Decoy. Bam!
    • Actually, he was blasted through a space/time wormhole and ended up on Earth sometime in the 19th century. Once there, he decided to resurrect the Tarkin Doctrine, but using a new weapon of terror: a homicidal, artificially-created man.

Captain Antilles was an Imperial agent or sympathizer the entire time.
That's funny. The damage doesn't look as bad from out here.No, and you know why? Antilles shut off the engines himself after some frankly half-hearted blaster exchanges between the Tantive IV and the star destroyer. Didn't go quite as planned for him though when Vader took the "don't blow Antilles' cover" instruction a tad too far.
  • But Captain Antilles was right there in Revenge of the Sith, witnessing Bail, Obi-Wan, and Yoda sow the seeds for the original trilogy. If he were an Imperial spy, the Empire would know where Obi-Wan and Yoda went into hiding and what happened to Anakin's offspring, among other things.
    • Captain Antilles is Chaotic Evil.
  • He shut down the engines and let his ship be boarded because he's not an idiot and knew that taking on an Imperial Star Destroyer would be suicide. He only wanted to give Leia enough time to smuggle out the Death Star plans, and his plan worked.
    • That's what Captain Antilles wants you to think!
  • Every Man Has His Price. Besides, having the captain of Bail Organa's personal ship be a mole would explain why the Rebellion had to work so hard in its early years to gain momentum: if the Empire had that kind of a source for information, there would be little they didn't know.

The real reason Alderaan was targeted
In a word: Leia. She was an Imperial Senator, and is confirmed in the Expanded Universe to have met Palpatine. Even as an untrained Force-sensitive, she could tell that he was evil and powerful. Palpatine was trained, and he could tell that Luke was the son of Darth Vader. So, it's not unreasonable to think that he could subconsciously detect how powerful Leia was in the Force.

Vader was getting old by that point and he was in clunky armor, so Palpatine would need a new apprentice. Yes, he had Hands, but none as powerful as a turned Luke or Leia would be. So, he probably subconsciously wanted to turn Leia to the Dark Side. How did he turn Anakin to the Dark Side? By killing his loved ones, including his Morality Pet, breaking his spirits and instilling hate in him. Turning Leia would be a little more complicated, as she had a strong moral compass in the form of her adoptive father Bail, and people would notice if the Princess of Alderaan went missing.

This is where the part about destroying Alderaan comes in. Leia's spirits would be broken by the destruction of her planet, her loved ones (including her Morality Pet) would die, she would hate the Empire and especially Palpatine himself for destroying her planet, and he would have an excuse for the Princess of Alderaan going missing (her death in the explosion). Plus, the wound in the Force created from the enormous loss of life could well result in the Dark Side getting stronger.

Unfortunately, it didn't work because Leia's moral compass remained strong and because her anger at the loss of her planet was righteous, not Dark Sidey. Her companionship with the Jedi Luke probably didn't hurt either.

The Obi-wan that trained Luke is a ridiculously human force-made android made by the real one.
An idea from the Robot Names page. When the Skywalker twins had to be separated, Obi-wan knew he needed to protect both of them. He used the Force to hastily put together an android he named OB-1. However, because he figured Luke wouldn't become necessary for several years, he made the force-android several decades older. Obi-wan followed Leia to Alderaan (since she was going to be the high profile bait) and OB-1 went with Luke. Several years down the line (but not enough for the aged OB-1 to be accurate), Leia gets captured. She hurriedly composes a message to Obi-wan on Alderaan and sends it to the nearest planet Tatooine hoping it will eventually get to Alderaan. R2-D2 ends up with Luke and is taken to OB-1 by mistake. OB-1 isn't lying when he says he's never owned a droid and that Darth Vader killed Luke's father because that's what Obi-wan told him happened. OB-1 decides to train Luke and bring him to Obi-wan, who ends up dying when Alderaan explodes. Later when Darth Vader strikes OB-1, he just vanishes because Obi-wan isn't around to will him together. The force ghost of Obi-wan never tells Luke this because frankly the kid has enough problems to deal with without knowing his mentor was really a some sort of construct.

Obi-Wan planned to die at Vader's blade
Well, not in the sense of talking with Vader about killing him beforehand, but being a Jedi, he should have known that a blade was coming right him, yet he just stood there and smiled. He knew Vader was waiting to see Obi-wan for several years and decided to let himself get killed by Darth Vader with the direct intention of motivating Luke to join the Rebellion and become a Jedi.
  • This is not canon? He lifts his saber out of the way and everything...
  • He DID tell Vader he'll "become more powerful than [he] can possible imagine" if he killed him.
  • He also saw Luke, Han, and Leia, all by the Falcon. A legion of distracted storm troopers were watching him and Vader. He had the tractor beam disabled (he didn't know that it was all a trap anyway, but still). He also knew about how to become a Force Ghost, a far more useful ally for Luke than a crusty old body. He also knew that Luke wouldn't leave without him if there was a chance of saving him. Throwing the fight was the optimal choice.

Obi-Wan threw the fight just to infuriate Darth Vader
It's something Vader was really looking forward to, what with the dramatic 'we meet again' speech. And what happens? Obi-Wan just lets him win. No grand climactic fight, no revenge for his defeat twenty years ago, no closure. What could be more infuriating?
  • Heck, it might be even more infuriating than just beating or killing him.
  • And beyond just tweaking Darth Vader, it may have been planned to throw Vader off his game. Just as Planned.

Obi-Wan let Vader win to save Luke from Vader.

Obi-Wan originally planned to sneak back to the others without confronting Vader, but Vader intercepted him in the Death Star corridors. His priority then became to distract Vader long enough for the others to return to the Falcon and take off before Vader could sense Luke's presence in the Force (which presumably is already more noticeable than Leia's) - he knew Vader outclassed him in fighting power, but was stalling for time. When the storm trooper guards move to watch the fight the other heroes run to the Falcon, but Luke notices the duel taking place. Obi-Wan knows that Luke is seconds away from shaking off his shock and running to help, which may or may not get him shot by storm troopers but will certainly get him noticed by Vader. He has only one option that will both remove Luke's reason to stay AND shock Vader into distracted surprise for a few more seconds, and that is to allow Vader to strike a killing blow. When Luke STILL doesn't move, Obi-Wan's spirit has to reach out through the Force and command him to run.

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Uncle Owen were clones.
The names Obi-Wan (OB-1) and Owen (O-1) sound suspiciously like serial numbers. Therefore it's possible that they could be two clones produced during the Clone Wars. Obi-Wan may have been either a clone of a Jedi, or just a clone who became a Jedi.
  • Needless to say, this theory has been Jossed into oblivion since The Phantom Menace. But it was reasonably popular once upon a time, and it's worth mentioning.
    • Who says that the Obi-Wan in IV is the same one that's in III? The old Obi-Wan died, but they cloned him to carry on the fight. Ditto for Owen.
      • Hell, the real Obi-Wan may still be out there.
      • The OB-1 and O-1 in Episode IV were subjected to accelerated growing, thus explaining why they appear to be 30 or 40 years older, rather than only 20.
  • Actually pretty interesting, considering that in Timothy Zhan's first draft for Heir to the Empire, the insane clone of Jorus C'Baoth was intended to be an insane clone of Obi-Wan Kenobi. George Lucas Jossed that idea.

Obi-Wan Kenobi attempted to craft the perfect assassin out of Luke.
In his time of isolation Obi-Wan became warped and slightly insane. As a result his warped mind lead him to plan a path out for Luke that would result in him killing Vader. The first obstacle was getting Luke to let go of his life on Tatooine. This was accomplished by sending an anonymous tip to the imperial Stormtroopers of the location of the jawa's who sold the droids to Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. This cut Luke's ties on Tatooine and solidified his hatred of the empire. Before this he lied to him telling him that Darth Vader killed his father, cementing a hatred for Vader to prevent Luke from opting out of Patricide. The next step of his plan is to train Luke in the force and lightsaber. He knew that at some point he would run afoul of Vader and had a plan for that as well. Lead Vader to fight near where the Falcon was docked so that Luke would see the battle once he and the rest of the party arrived. He then smugly let himself die becoming more powerful than Vader could ever imagine, by empowering Luke the son Vader did not know still lived.
  • It's deeper than that. Obi-wan ALSO made sure that the troops who were dispatched to Owen and Beru not only killed them; but didn't leave anyone to intercept Luke. Because if the Stormtroopers really did think the Skywalker Ranch had the droids; the obvious thing would have been to just arrest Owen and Beru and then wait for Luke to come home and arrest him too. They'd know that there was a third member of the ranch because Owen and Beru would have registered all members of the farm with the local municipalities. Then they could torture them for information at their leisure, or at least wait for higher-ups to make that decision. Burning the Ranch to the ground before even getting the droids makes no sense; even with the Empire's Kick the Dog tendencies.

Tantooine is barely under Imperial Control; because of Jabba the Hutt.
Oh, they pay the tithes and Jabba doesn't allow direct rebel organization which is why ultimately the Empire doesn't care. But government corruption and bribes means there's no registry or it's so flawed nobody even checks it; and local law enforcement is more afraid of the Syndicate then the Empire. For example; they do NOT break into locked residences in towns because if whoever owns that home pays their protection money; there's hell to pay. This is why keeping Luke on Vader's home planet was considered acceptable.
  • Jawas, however, and small ranches outside of town not under Jabba's protection are fair game and tend to get especially brutalized.
  • It's been stated in various other Star Wars works as well as in the films that Tatooine is in the Outer Rim, and that region of space doesn't fall under Republic OR Imperial jurisdiction.

Han never believed in the Force, he always thought the Jedi were full of crap
All of them getting killed didn't help.
  • This is canon. Han would have been maybe five at the most when the Jedi were massacred, most people would never meet one (There were only a few thousand Jedi at any one time) and the Empire made a concerted effort to convince everyone that the Jedi never had any real powers. Han does believe this, so does most of the Galaxy.
  • Alternatively, Han worshipped Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as a kid. They were known war heroes (as pointed out in the novelization of RoTS), and Han wished he could be a Jedi like them. After several Jedi were killed, Han's parents told him not to say even word about them in fear of Vader/Palpatine finding out someone still aligned with the Jedi. Han felt betrayed by the Jedi, and started hating them.
    • Assuming one counts the EU as canon, Han's an orphan, was raised by pirates/conmen and didn't even know about the Force except for what his Wookiee friend from the ship's kitchen told him, which wasn't much. Again, depends on whether you count the EU, but that series doesn't contradict either set of films, so...

Darth Vader wanted the Death Star plans for betrayal.
He considered the Death Star "Insignificant", he knew the Emperor disagreed and would probably decide to make the place his home. Now, let's say Vader wanted the information in a way that would leave no evidence, as to surprise the Emperor when he decided to strike at the Death Star's weakness, thus killing the Emperor. How to do that? Why, take it off someone who had already stolen it of course. Say it was destroyed. That's why he ordered his men not to destroy any pods that may have held the plans, as well as why he didn't simply blow the Tantive IV to pieces. Plenty of problems with this, but hey, Wild... Mass... Guessing...

"Vader betrayed and murdered your father" was not the original line for that scene.
First off, it makes Obi-Wan kinda look like a lying bastard. Second, Mark Hamill supposedly asked George what happened to Luke's father, and was told "Your father and Darth Vader fell into a pit of lava. Only Vader came out." Not only is this a more poetic sounding line, it's also far more "true" than the one in the film. It was probably changed for clarity reasons, or because it and the line about Luke's similarity to his father scaring Uncle Owen combined made the big secret far too obvious.
  • Except that at this time of writing Vader was not Luke's father. It was just one of the many possible plot-threads that Lucas played with in his head.
    • Except that "Darth" was always meant to sound like "dark", in the vein of the old tradition, and "Vader" is the Dutch word for "father". Dark + father. And Anakin was supposed to be the greatest star pilot in the galaxy, and Vader proves the greatest star pilot in the film by far. And he is quite blatantly presented as an unknown man with a mysterious past. Is it just me or has it got to the point now where fans automatically distrust everything Lucas says about his original intentions about anything, no matter how much evidence there is against such accusations? Apparently It's the Principle of the Thing.
      • It should be noted that Vader could simply have been short for 'invader'. (Fans in 1977 often identified the name as sounding like "dark invader".)
      • Also, "confronting the father figure" is one of the universal tropes Lucas learned from Joseph Campbell when consulting him for pointers on building a mythology before he began writing the films.
      • Although it is worth noting that Luke confronts the father figure of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Return of the Jedi, when he demands to know why Ben lied to him about his father. The fact that he later also confronts his actual father, Darth Vader, and argues with him about whether or not he is actually Anakin Skywalker, gives a nice sense of symmetry to things.
      • Sorry, but no. The evidence is in the rough drafts of the first two films, all of which are freely available on the internet. In the original draft of Star Wars, the character "Darth Vader" was just an Imperial general — not a Sith, or even a Force user, but actually much closer to Tarkin — and the main young hero's father (Kane Starkiller, father of Annikin Starkiller) was a separate main character. In the second draft, Darth Vader had become much like in the final film — but Luke's father "the Starkiller" was again a separate main character who was still alive and appeared at the film's climax. No "Vader" = "father" connotation. Not only that, but in the first draft of The Empire Strikes Back Luke's father's Force ghost appears on Dagobah — still as a separate character. It wasn't until the second draft of the second movie that Lucas came up with the idea of having Vader turn out to be Luke's father.
      • I keep hearing such things but I see no proof of them and the whole thing is moot anyway. None of the people who go around raving about George Lucas being some sort of compulsive liar understand the least little bit about how the creative process works, and act shocked and appalled that—GASP!—plans change over time and writers sometimes try different ideas or even come up with last minute decisions! The nerve of the man, not always being consistent about what he wants to do over the course of thirty years! Why, it's almost like artists have some sort of creative impulsiveness at times, or even decide to do things on the spur of the moment, and can't be blamed for changing their minds when they had answered to the contrary off the top of their heads and never promised anything (on the rare occasion that they did say any such thing, which in Lucas's case is apparently less often than not)! Funny also how none of these allegations went around much until fans had already become sore with Lucas anyway because of the prequels. If only you saw how utterly different the first drafts of many of your favorite screenplays were from the finished product—sometimes separated only by a few weeks. If it really wasn't the original plan for Darth Vader to be Anakin Skywalker then at the very least, for the many reasons listed above and others, it was a very lucky coincidence.
      • As far as I know, people blame Lucas not for changing his mind, but rather for not admitting he did so.
      • The proof is out there for those who seek.
      • You actually think I'm unfamiliar with that crap?! Let me ask you this: do you know anyone (including yourself, be entirely honest with yourself about it) who believes in this secret history of Star Wars (that's not a propagandic and sensational, tabloid-like title and concept or anything!) who wasn't already extremely sore at Lucas, or who bought into any of it before The Phantom Menace came out? Not to mention how selectively you're responding to one out of so many points I made, which I made absolutely clear before isn't the most important one at all...
      • Not unfamiliar, just irrationally stubborn.
      • Unless you believe the script drafts are forgeries, then is not a matter of "propaganda", it's the objective truth. If Lucas had meant Vader to be Luke's father in the original Star Wars, why would Luke's father be a separate character in scripts for it and even its sequel? As for your other point, the Troper above isn't discrediting Lucas because of the changes in the plot. He's merely pointing out that such changes were made, which, as you say, is often a part of the creative process.
  • If they've kept that line, Obi-Wan's statement in ROTJ would have something like "When he fell into the lava, the good man who was father was destroyed."
    • Obi-Wan had been living in hiding for so long - what's to indicate he knew Vader lived through his injuries and burns? He might have thought he was telling a closer truth than he really was because he thought that Luke's father really was dead.
      • Except that he knew Anakin had accepted the Sith name of "Darth Vader" when he faced him on Mustafar, and even a hermit in the desert of Tattooine had probably heard about the Emperor's top enforcer, the mysterious black-clad warrior Darth Vader. . .

Tarkin doctrine would work
Tarkin doctrine would work if the Death Star survived.
  • One rebelling planet destroyed would be always replaced by another until there weren’t any planets left in the Empire. Huzzah for a planetless Imperial victory!
    • Only under the condition that after thirty destroyed planets there still are idiots who couldn´t see what would happen if they start to rebel. At some point it would have stopped.

Obi-Wan wasn't lying when he said "Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise."
We all know about the Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy. But the, we also know that the Clone troopers didn't necessarily attend that academy; they were pretty damn badass. Obi-Wan went into hiding after the Emperor took over; he may have assumed that the Emperor still used clones, or at least people who were trained well.
  • Wow, this is closer to fridge brilliance than WMG!
  • Also, the only time we see the stormtroopers really not hitting anything is when they are under orders to allow their targets to escape, i.e. the Death Star and Bespin. On the Tantive IV, they more or less slaughter the Rebel troops, despite the Rebels having set up defenses ahead of time. On Endor, they do rather well until an army of Furbies takes them down by sheer force of numbers.

Obi-Wan was being sarcastic when he said "Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise."
Living on Tatooine for 18 or so years, he probably at least heard about Stormtroopers, so while the above WMG is a great one, it's possible that he noticed the wide spread of the burn marks and meant it as snark, "Only Imperial Stormtroopers are THIS precise."

The Empire employs more saboteurs and Rebel sympathizers than those who actually support the Empire.
  • The guy who designed the shaft on the Death Star must have realized that shaft needed a cover on it or the Death Star would be blown up (his replacement designer did).
    • It is an exhaust port, a cover would defeat it's entire purpose. Clearly it is meant to release some kind of toxic gas from the reactors so that it does not build up inside the Death Star, and as such is likely vital to the Death Star's functionality. It would probably have been smart to design the exhaust port in a way which would prevent a missile from traveling it's length, such as adding a few corners to it's path. That would, however, likely reduce it's efficiency by extending it's length, requiring several exhaust ports instead of just one. Perhaps the decision was made that one well-protected and efficient port was better, so that there would be a single external access to the core, instead of several.
      • Perhaps the best thing to have been was to put a grate over it (something done with warships in Real Life to prevent this exact sort of problem). The designer may not have thought of this since grates are usually meant to keep people from falling in than anything else. Still, though, if exterior maintenance was required, they should have put a grate there since the moon has it's own gravity (unless they used geostationary ship or magnetic boots). Shields and source guns may well have protected the port from space debris, but weapons using plasma or electricity could possibly go through the shield and into the port. It was obvious that none of the designers considered the possibility of the port being found let alone targeted, but it IS placed in an awkward position in which to attack and it is defended by countless guns.
      • People always approach the Death Star exhaust vent issue with the mindset that any ordinary Rebel pilot could make it work and was an obvious and gaping design flaw that only an idiot could create. This is shown to be false as Red Leader's (an accomplished pilot himself) shots fail to hit, as well as explicitly said to be next to impossible during the pilot briefing prior to the mission. It was the Rebels' last hope for a reason. The shot was a one-in-a-million, just as Han said, to the point that not even a sophisticated targeting computer (its sole purpose is to make hits like that) could accomplish it. The ONLY reason the shot was made was because one of the pilots had an extreme Force-sensitivity that no one in the Empire, much less the Death Star (or the Rebellion itself for that matter)knew existed and was a participant in that specific mission, not to mention being guided by the ghost of a similarly-powerful Jedi Knight. Keep in mind the Empire just got finished exterminating all known Jedi, recruiting any known potentials for Dark Side Adepts and Emperor's Hands and brainwashing the general public into believing the Force didn't exist or demonizing/discrediting the Jedi Order. The Empire had very good reason to completely discredit the idea of a proton torpedo making its way down the exhaust shaft. It's akin to someone throwing a rock down a vent that somehow blows up a ship like a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.
      • Let's not forget that the Empire was obviously aware of this potentially fatal design flaw and took steps to solve it. Remember Dodonna's line during the briefing? The exhaust vent was ray-shielded, presumably the only type of protection that could be employed, which limited their options to proton torpedoes, which the pilots themselves admitted was practically impossible, and that when Red Leader took the shot, using the lightning-fast reaction time of computers, that the shot still missed. It was only the superhuman reflexes and otherworldly clarity of Force-sensitivity that allowed Luke to make that one-in-a-million shot no other pilot could have pulled off.
    • EU material indicates that the second Death Star also had thermal exhaust ports, apparently because they're necessary for it to function. In this case, however, they were barely large enough for a blaster bolt, still ray-shielded (so energy weapons can't get through), and scattered all over the surface randomly. The Rebels only realistic chance to destroy the station was to fly inside it while it was still under construction.
  • The guy who says, "Hold your fire!" when the gunner is about to blast the escape pod with C-3PO and R2-D2 on-board either sympathized with the Rebellion or didn't like guns because why else would he be instructing someone not to fire? Are bullets that expensive? This guy must have been a sympathizer.
    • "Hold your fire. There are no life forms. It must have short circuited."
      • "Hold your fire. There are no organic life forms, and there's no such thing as robots, and if they're holding the plans, why would they put them on an escape pod? And besides, no need to waste precious laser!"
      • "What, are we paying by the laser?
      • "Hold your fire. There are no organic life forms, and even when ships are under violent siege, routine spacepod tests cannot afford to be interrupted and are not suspicious at all."
      • "Hold your fire. There might be a passenger on that lifepod, and if we kill them, Vader will kill 'us'."
      • "Hold your fire. There are no life forms, and droids aren't allowed access to escape pods, so there can't be any droids either."
      • "Hold your fire. There are no lifeforms and there can't be any droids because they're not allowed in pods, but the plans might be on board on a disc or whatever and we know the pod is going to land on that desert planet nearby, so we'll just send some troops down to pick it up in a day or so." Remember the "look sir, droids" trooper sounded pretty surprised that there were droids on board, so that obviously wasn't even something the Empire were considering.
  • Even Darth Vader is suspect. He concocts the plan to allow Leia to escape, knowing full well that Leia knows about the destructive force of the Death Star - and where it's located. Plus, he still doesn't know what she did with the plans. It's possible that she still had them hidden somewhere on her body, even though we know R2 has them. Either Anakin forgot all of his tactical training or he really wants the Rebellion to win.
    • Hell, the Force Unleashed even shows us that Darth Vader, in a way, helped FORM the Rebel Alliance!
    • What remains of Anakin influenced Vader's sympathies.

Imperial Stormtroopers are more precise than Tusken Raiders.
Jawa Sandcrawlers are essentially skyscrapers wearing thirty foot thick armor on enormous tank treads. If the Sand people attacked, they would have sprayed fire indiscriminately, possibly in order to distract the Jawas from a sand person sneaking onto the sandcrawler unseen in order to shut it down or open it up from inside. Instead, the sandcrawler's outer functions had been completely demolished by high powered blaster fire, far more precisely aimed than a Sand People attack should have been. Questions of accuracy are irrelevant, all that matters is "only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise."
  • Imperial stormtroopers are actually expert shots. The only times we see them missing is when they're under special orders not to kill (like when the heroes are escaping the Death Star or Cloud City). Their inability to defeat the Ewoks is because that was a totally unexpected situation which their strategies, equipment etc. weren't suited for (compare the United States, a great military superpower, losing to a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits in the Vietnam War).
  • In The Phantom Menace we saw Tuskens being perfectly able to land a shot on a moving podracer. Then in A New Hope they are suddenly worse shooters than the Stormtroopers. It's possible that the ones Anakin slaugtred in Attack of the Clones were among the few competent ones on Tattooine.

The Empire is a racist organization.
On the two Death Stars, the only people working are humans, and all of them are white.
  • That isn't WMG. The EU and some of the canon source material make it abundantly clear that the Empire considers all nonhuman species inferior. This may also extend to actual human racism, although that's less clear.
    • During the Clone Wars, the Clonetroopers had darker skin tone, and at least one of them became a Republic fleet commander.
      • How are they "ambiguously" brown? They're Māori like Temuera Morrison.
  • They're sexists too, which is why there were very few female Imperial officers.
  • Since the Empire are essentially Space Nazis, it's safe to assume that even without the EU, they're still a highly speciesist and sexist organization. Notice that they refer to Chewbacca as a "thing" and the Ewoks as "bear creatures". By contrast, the Rebels have all sorts of different alien races serving with them and their leader is a woman.

The New Jedi Order tampered with historical documents to make it appear that Greedo shot first.
When Han shot Greedo, he didn't realize he was being taped by the cantina's security camera. Years later, someone recovered the tape and tried to use against the Solo family. Han tried to explain that Greedo had cornered him and announced his intentions to kill him, making Han's shot an action of self-defense no matter who actually shot first. But it wasn't good enough. So someone, possibly R2, altered the tape to make it appear that Greedo had shot first.
  • Simpler explanation: The reason Greedo shot second is because he reflexively pulled the trigger as he died.

Going around the planet to the rebel base on Yavin 4 WAS the fastest way to destroy it.
The original Death Star's main laser had a long cool-down time, so long that going around for a clear shot at the rebel base itself was the faster option.

Luke wasn't the one who destroyed the Death Star.
It was Batman. And here is the photo to prove it...

Obi-Wan Kenobi had Alzheimer's Disease.
Obi-Wan didn't intentionally deceive Luke about anything, it was from the "certain point of view" of someone with Alzheimer's.
  • Obi-Wan didn’t remember that Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker were the same person.
  • Obi-Wan didn’t remember owning any droids.
    • He didn't own any droids. Anakin and Padme did. He had an astromech that was assigned to him, and that was it.
  • Obi-Wan really thought Stormtroopers were actually that precise.
    • This one doesn't actually need dementia to be true, though. Remember, he's been on backwater Tatooine, far from even Tatooine cities, since the Clone Wars, before the Troopers accepted recruits from the general population and were a lot better. He may have simply not known about the drop in quality since his retirement.
  • When he became a Force Ghost, the Force cured his Alzheimer's.

The medals were given for destroying the Death Star, not for saving Princess Leia
  • That explains why Chewie didn't get one.
    • Because Han and Chewie are such Heterosexual Life-Partners, the medal Han received was actually for both of them.
    • Chewbacca didn't get a medal because they are made of chocolate, and you mustn't feed chocolate to Wookiees.
      • Certainly not after midnight.
      • Leia thought Chewie couldn't restrain himself from eating it until the ceremony was over. Racist Skywalker sister!
      • Well, to be fair, she DID call him a walking carpet...
    • Chewie didn't get a medal because it's against his religion.
    • Chewie got his medal first, what with being a veteran war hero from Kashykk. It was just hidden under his thick fur.
      • That was his tenth award, and instead he got a special war hero ring (and a free sub sandwich). They needed to get it re-sized to fit a wookiee and didn't finish before the ceremony.
    • Chewie declined to receive a physical medal, because for Wookiees, the chance to yowl in triumph before an applauding crowd is the medal.
    • At least one EU source claims that Chewie DID get a medal, but they had to retire to the mess and have Leia stand on a table to hang it on his neck, as any other solution would have been. . . undignified.

The Death Star doesn't work properly on gas giants.
The Death Star's laser sets up a massive chain reaction in the planet's core somehow, causing it to blow up from the inside. This fits the image we see of Alderaan. Since gas giant planets are only solid at the very centre it simply wouldn't work, at least not fast enough. It would destroy the core, but the actual gas would take a very long time to disperse. That was why they had to go around Yavin to blow up the Rebel base.
  • Alternately, if the superlaser works like all the other "lasers" in star wars do (that is, some sort of directed plasma or whatever) then perhaps Yavin's gravity well would have effected the beam dispersion if they didn't first clear it. At the very least, I could see the Death Star's gunner as having a reasonable excuse to hold off firing until the last possible moment.
  • Another idea? They do work on gas giants, however the backlash isn't worth it. Blowing up a gas giant would create an enormous, radioactive inferno spreading in every direction, which would've wrecked/destroyed the Death Star.

The Emperor put Tarkin in charge to cut Vader down to size.
Palpatine knew that Vader was planning to revolt against him because, well, that's what Sith do. So he occasionally does something to remind Vader that he is subservient. In the case of New Hope he put Tarkin, who wasn't even a military authority, in temporary command of Vader and the Death Star for this very reason.
  • This might not be too far off the mark. Think of the recent Rebels episode Call to Action, where Tarkin executed Aresko and Grint for their failure to capture Rebels, especially ones with a conscience. Contrast that with his saving Admiral Motti's life when Vader was about to kill him for what was essentially blasphemy. At first, I always thought of that as him wanting Vader to spare Motti due to Motti being a useful officer, or calling out Vader on a useless overreaction. Instead, what if it's more a case of "ringbanging", Tarkin basically cutting Vader off at the knees by saying "on this battle station, Vader, I get to say who arbitrarily lives and dies, whether you're a Sith Lord or not"?

The Cantina Band keeps playing the same song because that's all they know of that genre of music, and the crowd will kill them if they play their usual stuff.
  • Actually, they only know two songs: they're playing one when Luke walks in and a different one when he and Ben are talking with Han.
  • Maybe it's just a really, really long song? Plenty of examples in Terran classical music, especially if you count operas and sequences with similar sounds for each part as a single "song".
    • It could be a suite, or a concerto like Rhapsody in Blue with several themes.

The Stormtroopers can't shoot worth a damn because of the lighting
Look at that visor. It's clearly tinted, and meant to work in a well-lit, outdoor area. And indeed, as Obi-Wan notes, they are very precise when working on Tatooine. However, indoors, it becomes much more difficult to see (hence Luke's "I can't see a thing in this helmet!") - which is why they can never hit the heroes during the rescue of Leia.

Obi-Wan let Vader win because he knew the future.
It's established that Jedi can see into the future, at least to some extent. Obi-Wan knew that Vader would kill the Emperor, which of course he did. He could have killed him on the Death Star, but neither he nor Luke could kill the Emperor. So Vader had to live and that meant he had to die.

Han was lying when he told Luke and Obi Wan that the Falcon made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs
Han had pegged Obi-Wan and Luke to be bumpkins when they hired him, so he decided to pull a random statistic out of his ass to impress or fool them. Eventually he believed his own lie to the point where any Expanded Universe story showing the Falcon's participation in the Kessel Run is just Han's imagination.
  • This is supported by the original script, which describes Ben as reacting to Han's "obvious attempt at misinformation". And from the look on Alec Guiness' face in the scene, Ben's skeptical in the final film, too.

Troopers are good shots... on the shooting range. The average stormtrooper is a rookie who doesn’t want anyone’s death on his conscience or in his nightmares.
  • How many opportunities does your standard grunt get to experience killing first-hand, especially on an Imperial space station or on a one-horse planet like Tatooine? Sure, he’ll lay down suppression fire and shoot in the general direction of their targets, but he really just hopes somebody else will actually makes the necessary kill shot. The TIE Fighter pilots are promoted from the ranks of soldiers who have confirmed kills, which is why they’re able to take down rebel ship with much greater accuracy. Since Jawas aren’t human and their faces aren’t visible, killing them isn’t as traumatic as killing Han Solo might have been.
  • Wouldn't this be better as a franchise-wise WMG?

The Death Star was not destroyed at all!
  • First, they never say the torpedo will go right down the exhaust port to the core, they say that it will cause a "chain reaction" which will destroy the station. I'll come back to this in a moment.
  • Secondly, the explosion we see is all glowy-energy bits, and no actual fragmenting mass like the second one over Endor. A number of EU and fans have mentioned theories such as material being vaporized and/or thrown into hyperspace by the collapsing hypermatter reactor. While this makes sense for the missing mass of the second Death Star, the first completely disappears in a single fantastic flash centered exactly on the core.
  • The theory is this: the rebel engineers who found the fatal exhaust port flaw correctly guessed that it would create a devastating chain-reaction, perhaps by destroying some important power relay or control mechanism. HOWEVER, they couldn't have predicted what would happen if the Death Star had a fully charged super laser just moments from firing. The reason we see the "explosion" we do is because the chain-reaction instead re-routed the super laser's power to the hyperdrive, and the entire Death Star was blasted into an Alternate Galaxy/Universe/Dimension! As to the destination... well, (insert fanfiction here).
    • That universe is ours. Notice how the moon Mimas looks like the Death Star? It is the Death Star, covered with a whole bunch of rock.
    • Or, The Doctor better get cracking on getting Gallifrey out of that pocket universe... they might have some company.

The red guy with horns in the Cantina actually was The Devil
Hey, if you really will never find a more Wretched Hive of scum and villainy, he'd fit right in.

Jabba was trying to kill off Greedo.
Who shot first aside, Greedo is ridiculously incompetent. You'd think Jabba would've sent someone like Dengar to go after. However Jabba wanted a win-win situation; he was sick of Greedo messing up more than Han, so having them meet would lead in one of two things-getting rid of Han and summoning the unsuspecting Greedo to get rid of him, or losing dead weight and worrying about Han some other time.
Han's decision to shoot caused a timeline split
Greedo shooting first causes the more crapsacky post-GCW in The Force Awakens. Whereas if Han shot first, the Legends post-GCW occurs, allowing him to survive.
The Emperor and Vader destroyed the Death Star as a false flag operation.
Everybody knows that Luke Skywalker destroyed the Death Star with two proton torpedoes....but did you know that proton torpedoes don't explode at a hot enough temperature to melt steel beams? Plus, look at how the Death Star explodes. It's gone in less than five seconds. A "chain reaction" can't cause such a rapid energetic disassembly. Obviously, bombs were planted throughout the Death Star's superstructure....planted by the Emperor and Vader, to give them an excuse for invading Tatooine and deposing Jabba the Hutt. This explains why Vader escaped from the Death Star at the last minute, under the pretense of trying to destroy the rebel ships.

Storm Troopers used to be incredibly precise shooters.
The Storm Troopers are kept under a form of mind control by the Emperor to keep them from asking questions like, "Is blowing up this planet really a good idea?" But that mind control makes them vulnerable to mind control by others (i.e. the "these are not the droids you're looking for" scene.) At one point they are specifically ordered to shoot to miss in order to allow Luke et al to "escape" and lead them to the rebel base. All very well, but now they've been ordered to shoot to miss. This order could be revoked (and probably was, but you never know with the Empire), but they've also been shown to be poor shots in front of a group of heavy duty enemies, at least two of whom can manipulate the force. So now they no longer shoot well because they don't believe that they can due to the influence of all the rebel minds thinking "crazy storm troopers can't even shoot straight."

Vader and Obi-wan are a clunky cyborg and an old man, so their swordsmanship stinks.
Obi-wan has been hiding out on Tatooine for ~20 years, probably doing old man stuff like scratching and making tea. Does he practice fencing? Not if he's hiding. So he meditates on the Force and hopes for the best. Vader has had most of his life - and body - ruined by the Jedi/Sith schism. Who can he train with - The Emperor? Most of the Jedi were destroyed by Order 66, and the last real fight he was in, he lost badly. So maybe he's a little gun-shy around glowy swords when suddenly he meets his old master. Both are out of practice. Obi-wan was never really onboard with killing Annikin, so he has some issues with really laying in to him when he sees the mess he's become. Vader remembers how completely Obi-wan rekt him at their last fight, and maybe he's just a little underwhelmed to see his friend and teacher bumbling about. So they just kind of poke at each other, neither committing to an attack and both of them refusing to exploit mistakes the other makes. Obi-wan's age and Vader's Frankenstein-esque prostheses don't allow them the acrobatics of their youth. After Obi-wan quit and became one with the Force, Vader probably rushed straight back to the shop and spent a few credits on upgrades.

The Stormtroopers with terrible aim were Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru
  • The first few times we see stormtroopers, they're actually pretty competent. They defeat the rebels on board the Tantive IV, capture the princess, successfully track down the Jawas who took R2-D2 and C-3PO, and hit a series of blast points too precise for sand people. Up until that point in the movie, stormtroopers are actually kinda badass.
  • And then they go to the Lars homestead. We don't see the actual fight, only the aftermath. And by "aftermath," what I mean is "two bodies burned beyond recognition, and no stormtroopers in sight."
  • Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru are actually skilled combatants, who got the drop on two stormtroopers, killed them, took their armor, and faked their deaths by burning the corpses of the two stormtroopers so that they couldn't be identified.
  • This is the turning point in the movie. After this, notice that every stormtrooper who encounters Luke and his friends turns out to be either (1) easily swayed to leave him alone, or (2) a terrible shot. This is Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru following Luke around, keeping him safe. They generally run around and get in the way of the other, actually competent, stormtroopers, slowing them down, preventing them from getting through closing blast doors, shooting near Luke but never hitting him, and just generally getting in the way of anyone who might actually be able to hurt him.
  • At the end of the movie, Uncle Owen becomes one of Vader's wingmen, hoping to protect Luke, save the Rebellion, destroy the galaxy's most terrifying mass murder weapon, kill Vader, and cleanse the stain on the family name, even if it costs him his life. He "loses control" of his TIE fighter, clips Vader's wing, and sends him flying out into deep space. He is killed, and Vader lives to fight another day (no plan ends up executing perfectly), but the Death Star is destroyed, the rebellion is saved, and Luke is a hero.
  • And then Empire Strikes Back happens and it is revealed that the Empire is terrifyingly competent again, now that the traitors in their ranks are no longer causing them trouble.

Greedo DID shoot first...
...but missed because he was piss drunk. There's no way Jabba would send Greedo after Han when there's guys like Fett and Dengar around. So Greedo's in the cantina drowning his sorrows about never getting any respect from Jabba when suddenly he spots Han across the bar. He staggers over, confronts Han, takes a seat in a booth before he falls down and starts talking the big talk. He's too drunk to notice Han going for his gun and by the time he realises what's happening his reactions are so dulled by the space booze that his aim is way off and Han gets a clear shot.

One of Vader's Wingmen was a Rebel Spy

The "Devil" character in the Cantina in is an Overlord.
The one here. Before they started working for the Overmind. Heck, maybe the Overmind is The Force! Maybe the Overmind already cleared out that far away galaxy a long time ago after the Force was balanced! Maybe that's the only way to stop the Dark Side - not give anyone the chance to create a galactic civilization.

Yavin was not the main Rebel Base.
During the meeting on the Death Star, General Taggi says "The Rebel Alliance is too well-equipped. They're more dangerous than you realize." Furthermore, Vader and Tarkin assume that destroying Yavin will crush the Rebellion: at that same meeting, Tarkin says that once they know the location of the Rebel base, they "will then crush the Rebellion with one swift stroke", and Vader, as they are approaching Yavin, says "This will be a day long remembered. It has seen the end of Kenobi and will soon see the end of the Rebellion." Yet during the battle of Yavin, another officer informs Vader "We count thirty rebel ships...." We never see anywhere near that many rebel fighters in any shot, and when Red Group is reporting in, only nine pilots, counting Red Leader, report. But let's say thirty fighters. Considering how important it was for the Rebellion to destroy the Death Star, one would have to assume that the Rebels sent every fighter they had. So the main base of the "well-equipped" Rebellion, whose destruction will end the Rebellion outright, has only thirty fighters protecting it? That cannot be right. In reality, Yavin was a relatively minor Rebel base. That is why Leia was not worried about the tracking device: she could have had them all search for it and then dump it in deep space, far from any star system, but she did not bother, because she knew that she was leading the Death Star to a minor base whose loss the Rebellion could survive. Probably the first thing they did once they uploaded the plans from R2-D2 was make a copy and send them in a ship to another base, just in case, but the movie did not bother to show that scene because it ended up not mattering.
  • Rogue One gives us some more details which might inform the Imperials' evaluation of the Rebel strength. Immediately before the events of A New Hope, the Rebels were able to muster a battle fleet powerful enough to destroy two Imperial Star Destroyers and an orbiting space station, as well as launching a successful commando raid of the planet-side installation. While the viewers know that the base on Scarif was then destroyed by the Death Star under Tarkin's orders, we never find out if the other Imperial officers know that. They might just assume that the Rebels were able to overwhelm the defenses and destroy the installation themselves. Beyond that, the Imperials don't necessarily know what other resources the Rebels have, being unaware that the raid on Scarif was basically a Hail Mary play: the Rebels had to win there or face certain defeat, so they went all-in.

Why Obi-Wan never raised Luke.
He was afraid he'd screw it up. Obi-Wan's master-apprentice chain went rather poorly; his master was a maverick who's "Chosen One" destroyed the Jedi Order. His master became a Sith Lord. And Obi-Wan's own apprentice became Darth Vader. Also, consider how bitter Old Ben must've been after Revenge of the Sith. Obi-Wan was afraid that he'd turn Luke into an unstable Tyke Bomb, and lose one of the only two good shots they had at stopping the Empire. Instead, Obi-Wan let his aunt and uncle look after the baby, waiting for when he'd be confident and stable enough to train Luke the right way.

Obi-Wan was suicidal in this movie.
Think about it: Obi-Wan lost everything when the Empire rose. And, due to training Anakin in spite of the tradition, it's partly his fault. Obi-Wan already passed the Despair Event Horizon, and the only thing keeping him from wasting away was the hope that the Jedi may return. Once he had started Luke on his training, he fully expected to die. Being struck by Vader would not only serve to make him a Force Ghost out of reach to help out Luke, but let him escape from his despairing physical form and re-unite with his fellow Jedi.

Boba Fett killed Owen and Beru
For one, he was on Tatooine at this time. The empire is also not above using mercenaries and bounty hunters. And isn´t it conspicuous how they were killed? Stormtroopers may shoot you, but normal blaster fire will only leave local burn marks and internal burns, so it kills you and your body is mostly left unharmed. But in this case they literally got their flesh cooked of their bones without much damage to their surroundings. That is a textbook example of disintegration. And then there is the scene in "Empire Strikes Back". Vader makes it clear he wants Han, Chewie and Leia taken by all means and alive. But he sees the need to single out Fett to tell him: "No disintegration's!" That is oddly specific if it never happened before.

Chalmun, the Wookiee who owned the Mos Eisley Cantina, fought in the Battle of Kashyyyk
Hence why droids aren't allowed in his bar.
  • Some EU media suggest a less emotional reason: droids don't drink but they still count towards the maximum occupancy limit, so letting them loiter around is just bad business.

Han shot first because of the Force
Han's Force-sensitivity is rather low, too low to do any of the flashy stuff Jedi, Sith and other Force-sensetives do, but he could pick up the clear intent of Greedo to kill him and got his blaster ready. When Greedo started to boast how he'd love to see Han dead, he knew he's in danger and killed Greedo before he could kill him and chalked the Force-premonition up to Greedo behaving suspiciously (which he did, forcing him back on his seat at gunpoint and all).

Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru's death was an accident.
Kind of like this Robot Chicken sketch. The Stormtroopers were interrogating the two, however either their blaster was broken or a nervous twitch resulted in a misfire. A house fire broke out, and the two burned to death. That's why their charred corpses are outside-they were running to get out of the house but collapsed from the shock before they could find the nearest water supply. The stormtroopers managed to escape and they or the elements prevented the fire spreading completely, and tried to sweep it under the rug rather than be fired for firearms incompetence.

Obi-wan was invoking You Didn't Ask when he said that Darth Vader had killed Luke's father.
Luke specifically asked Obi-wan "How did my father die?" Obi-wan answered, being Metaphorically True specifically because the question was based on a metaphorically true premise; he might have been more straightforward if Luke had not assumed that his father was already dead.

Tarkin was going against the Emperor's wishes when he destroyed Alderaan.
Make no mistake, Emperor Palpatine certainly intended to blow up planets with it, and highly populated ones at that. However he felt that destroying an industrious Core World would be going too far. Not because he has standards, but because Alderaan and the Core Worlds were too valuable, especially when they're first testing its full destructive capability. Even Palpatine knows wiping out a peaceful planet in the heart of the Empire would piss people off far more than cow them into obedience. The plan was for the Death Star to destroy a populated planet somewhere in the Outer Rim outside of the Galactic Empire's control. Recording this, they'd get the point across and show their ruthlessness. It'd be a warning. Maybe target another planet heavily associated with the Rebels as a second warning, in case the lesson hasn't been hurt.

Unfortunately Grand Moff Tarkin was too emotional about Leia and drunk with the power the Death Star gave him, so blew up Alderaan. Had Tarkin escaped, Palpatine would've used him as a scapegoat and executed him for doing something so stupid, Even if the Death Star wasn't destroyed. While it could just be overconfidence, part of Tarkin realized he screwed up and didn't want to leave to avoid the Emperor's repercussions. Vader got off lightly because he wasn't directly involved with destroying Alderaan, has the whole Sith Apprentice thing and was following orders.

The Empire distributes Orwellian anti-Jedi propaganda.
While the Jedi were pretty well-known before the rise of Emperor Palpatine, everyone treats the ancient religion as either a dying cult or something that has never existed. This can be either because they're parroting imperial propaganda, or they believe people who are.So, Darth Vader believing in the force is pretty odd, even if he's not a Jedi (And, if mentioning the Jedi is taboo, mentioning the Sith is even more so), which explains why Admiral Motti tried to engage in a dick-measuring contest with a superior officer. He had to mock the Force in accordance to imperial law.

That also explains why Han Solo claims the Force is a lot of mumbo-jumbo. He has traveled a lot, by his own admission, so it would be unlikely that he's never even heard of it. Now, if he's just saying the Force isn't real to stay in line with imperial propaganda, or if he believes it, isn't that clear...

Han is Force-sensitive and doesn't know it.
Hence his ability to dodge a laser being shot at him just a few feet away.

Obi-Wan told Luke that Vader killed his father because he thought that Anakin had died on Mustafar.
While this is not the case for Legends, in the current canon the moment that Obi-Wan discovered Vader was still alive has yet to be depicted; perhaps because he didn't learn until the two sensed each other on the Death Star. After all, the last time Obi-Wan saw Anakin, he had lost all his limbs and was being consumed by fire; realistically, no-one is walking away from such injuries alive. Add to Tatooine being an out-of-the-way world and Obi-Wan living in isolation, it's conceivable that Obi-Wan never heard any of the reports about Darth Vader enforcing the Empire's will across the galaxy. So when Luke asks how his father died, Obi-Wan tells him the half-truth because he thinks Luke's father is dead, and it'd be better to spare the boy from the unpleasant details, for his own sake if nothing else. When Obi-Wan realizes he was mistaken aboard the Death Star, he never gets an opportunity to tell Luke.

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