Star Wars: 10 Huge Plot Holes That Were Actually Fixed In The Legends Novels


When it comes to sci-fi epics, few come close to the iconic Star Wars saga. Since 1977, the imaginations of millions have been ignited by the classic tale of good versus evil. From this imagination, multiple novels emerged that expanded the universe created by Lucas. While initially considered canon, these novels were modified after Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012.

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These novels are now known as Legends and are still as beloved as the classic movies. Despite how celebrated the movies are, there are still numerous plot holes that fans can’t help but notice in their various reproductions. Some of these plot holes were filled in in the Legends novels, and some fans still consider them canon responses to the Star Wars the hottest questions in the universe.

10 Obi-Wan claims that Yoda was his teacher

Obi-Wan and Yoda face off

The first of the Star Wars aftermath, The Empire Strikes Back, is famous for many things, one of which is Yoda’s intro. The ghost of his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, tells Luke Skywalker to travel to Dagobah to train with the legendary Jedi master who instructed him. When the prequel movies began releasing in 1999, fans were eager to see a young Kenobi training with Yoda. What they got instead, was a new character named Qui-Gon Jinn as their teacher. It is revealed in the first of a series of novels recounting the adventures of Kenobi and Jinn before The Phantom Menace that Yoda taught Kenobi when he was a boy until he was 12 years old, where he was taken under the guidance of Qui-Gon.

9 Someone like Jar Jar has a seat in the Senate

JarJar Binx in the Senate

One of the most infamous creations to ever come out of George Lucas’ mind is Jar Jar Binks. Jar Jar was introduced in The Phantom Menace, and fans have been split with him ever since. The character is extraordinarily clumsy and goofy, so it came as a surprise when he was in the Senate of the Republic in Attack of the clones. There are numerous fan theories about how this happened, but the truth is not that diabolical.

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After the Battle of Naboo, Jar Jar decided to try his hand at politics after being inspired by his close friend Padme Amidala. He joins the Gungan Senate and is eventually recruited by Senator Palpatine to join the Galactic Senate. Palpatine hoped to use his ignorance to contribute to the downfall of the Republic.

8 A lone Jedi ordered the creation of the Clone Army

The clone army

Clones have become an important part of Star Wars science. When it was first introduced in Attack of the clones, a Jedi named Sifo-Dyas was said to have ordered the clones to be used by the Republic. When Obi-Wan Kenobi started investigating this, he came up short. While it’s never explained in the movies, several linked comics and novels fill in the blank. Sifo-Dyas was a Jedi Master and friend of Count Dooku while he was a member of the Jedi Council. Seeing visions of his friend’s fall to the dark side, Sifo-Dyas secretly had the cloning facility on Kamino to begin the production of an army of clones. This is done in secret to prevent Dooku from stopping him.

7 Anakin Skywalker was born without a father

Young Anakin Skywalker

One of the biggest selling points of the prequel trilogy was seeing Anakin Skywalker transform into Darth Vader. When Anakin was introduced as a child in The Phantom Menace Fans were stumped to discover the revelation that Anakin was born without a father.

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This was explained in a novel, by revealing that Darth Plagueis was behind it. Plagueis planned to use Sith Alchemy to create life using the Midi-Chlorians. His plan was, in essence, to bring the last Sith to life. However, the plan failed when instead the legendary Chosen of the Jedi was created. Plagueis saw this as a failure, while his apprentice Sheev Palpatine saw an opportunity instead.

6 Darth Vader couldn’t feel Yoda

Yoda on Dagobah

Darth Vader used the force to hunt down the remaining Jedi in the early years of the Empire. Vader was strong in the force and was able to search for them with ease. Many fans have wondered why, then, could one of the most powerful force users out there hide his location from Vader. Dagobah is, to quote Luke, a “slimy mud hole”. It’s funny why a celebrated Jedi master would choose to go into exile in a place like this. The answer is by a strong cave with the dark side. Yoda can hide his force powers and hide his presence using the cave. Vader can sense the dark side of the planet, but Yoda remains hidden

5 Count Dooku did not reveal Palpatine’s plans

Count Dooku

The opening of Revenge of the Sith saw Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker lead a mission to save Chancellor Palpatine. After an intense battle, Anakin kills Count Dooku on Palpatine’s orders while Dooku sits there silently. Fans have asked why Dooku just sits there instead of recounting Anakin Palpatine’s master plans in his dying moments. The film’s binding novel explains that at this point, Dooku knew that Palpatine had decided to replace him as his apprentice. Not only had he accepted his fate, but he was surprised that the hidden Sith lord gave the order for his execution.

4 Luke kept the name Skywalker

Luke in the prequels

After Obi-Wan and Anakin’s battle, the Skywalker twins were separated and kept a secret from the Empire. While Leia’s last name was changed to Organa, Luke kept his father’s last name, Skywalker. This raises the question of why Luke’s name did not change if it was supposed to be hidden.

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The answer is that Luke was adopted by his aunt and uncle on the planet Tatooine, a planet that Darth Vader / Anakin Skywalker despised not only because he was once a slave there, but it was there that he witnessed the death of his mother. Luke was a simple moisture farmer who could easily stay under the Empire’s radar, but Leia was adopted by a royal family with great political influence, so her name had to be changed to hide her identity.

3 Darth Vader did not overthrow Palpatine

Darth vader

While many characters are strong in the force, Anakin Skywalker is one of the most powerful. Palpatine even acknowledges that he is more powerful than him or Yoda. It stands to reason that Vader can eliminate the Emperor with ease. Palpatine knows he can, which is why Vader’s suit is designed to cause him immense discomfort to sever his connection to the force that weakens him. The suit also makes him highly vulnerable to electricity, meaning the Emperor can easily dispose of Vader with a force beam. This design flaw is ultimately what kills Vader when he sacrifices his life to save his son on the Second Death Star.

two Anakin Skywalker survives his battle with Obi-Wan

Anakin burned

After an emotional battle with his former friend and mentor, Anakin Skywalker loses all of his limbs and suffers burns all over his body. The suit he will wear later will sustain his life, but how did he survive the edge of that volcano? Anakin is an incredibly powerful force user and he used his connection to the force to stay alive until he could be rescued. Padmé died unexpectedly after giving birth. There is a fan theory that Palpatine drained his life force to give to Anakin while on the operating table.

1 Luke did not use force against resentment

In Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker leads a mission to the palace of Jabba The Hut to rescue his friend, Han Solo. Luke finds himself in a pit with a ruthless grudge much to Jabba’s amusement. Luke triumphs by throwing a stone at the control of a door, dropping the door on the creature’s head. Fans have wondered for years why Luke didn’t just use force to escape. According to the linked novel, he did. Luke was not as skilled in the force as he would later become, so he was limited in what he could do. He used the force to guide the stone towards the gate controls, killing the Rancor.

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