When you consider all the Star Wars fan theories that have emerged over the years, by far one of the most intriguing is the possibility that Jar Jar Binks could be a Sith Lord. This seemingly ridiculous theory is enough to make anyone laugh, but is there any stock in it?
It may be tempting to laugh it off as a joke or an exaggerated sub-plot gone wrong. This is Jar Jar, the most clumsy and borderline pointless character in all of Star Wars.
However, the more we looked into it, the more things seemed a bit fishy. His role in the prequels is almost unnecessary, yet he seems to have a hand in every important moment that comes to pass.
So what is it? Is he a careless and clumsy creature? Or is he the most powerful Sith lord in all existence?
To give a quick answer, no. According to Star Wars canon, Jar Jar Binks is not a Sith. However, his origins seem to be clouded by the dark side of the Force.
Still curious? Keep reading to get all the details on how this theory came about and who Jar Jar really is.
Could Jar Jar Binks Be A Sith Lord?
On the surface, Jar Jar Binks looks like a foolish alien from the planet of Naboo that somehow managed to rise up the ranks of the Senate and create close ties with both the Jedi and Palpatine. Though in the canon this is all coincidence, some fans aren’t convinced.
The foundation of the Jar Jar Sith theory is that Jar Jar worked events in the prequels to his benefit by using Sith mind control tactics. As ridiculous as it sounds, it is a bit fishy that Jar Jar manages to find himself in all the right places at exactly the right times.
In some instances he even manages to “unintentionally” benefit the Sith. This may sound crazy, but there’s some evidence to support it.
In fact, Jar Jar is almost directly responsible for granting emergency powers to Chancellor Palpatine, a move that would start the dictatorship of the Empire and the rise of the Sith. Jar Jar was the one who proposed the idea to the senate, despite not being particularly qualified to do so.
Without Jar Jar proposing Palpatine be granted emergency powers, he wouldn’t have risen to power. So much of the Sith’s plan hinges on this crucial decision, and it was Jar Jar who put it into action.
This video makes some unfounded claims, but like any conspiracy theory there’s some thought provoking content in there. Jar Jar certainly seems to be working events in his favor and even in the favor of the Sith.
Despite all the strange coincidences and mishaps that surround Jar Jar’s existence, there’s still no official canon evidence to support that Jar Jar is a Sith. However, George Lucas had some thoughts while creating Jar Jar that could add to the puzzle.
Reportedly, George Lucas once stated that Jar Jar was originally supposed to be an undercover Sith. Much like Yoda was secretly a Jedi master disguised as a goofy little creature, Jar Jar was supposed to be a Sith disguised as a clumsy alien friend.
Even though this claim isn’t confirmed, it could account for some of Jar Jar’s bizarre plot points. It certainly sounds feasible for Geroge Lucas to try to replicate Yoda’s first appearances with a Sith spy.
Some fans really took this theory and ran with it. Some even considered Jar Jar to secretly be Darth Plageis.
However, despite any evidence, there is no canon reason to believe Jar Jar is a Sith lord. As far as Lucasfilms and now Disney are concerned, Jar Jar is still just a clumsy idiot creature from Naboo.
Who Is the Most Powerful Sith?
Without a doubt, the most powerful Sith is Darth Sidious, also known as Emperor Palpatine. Despite the fact that Anakin Skywalker killed him, fulfilling his destiny of bringing balance to the force, no other Jedi could kill him.
Not even Master Yoda could beat him in battle. His skill with a lightsaber and use of the dark side of the Force were unmatched.
In addition to his power in battle, he had a lot of political power. He started as a senator, then chancellor, then he became the emperor.
Darth Vader is possibly the only other Sith that could rival Darth Sidious in his power and knowledge of the Force, but even Darth Vader served under him as his apprentice for most of his life.
When he revolted and killed Emperor Palpatine in the end, he ceased to be Darth Vader and became the Jedi Anakin Skywalker once again. The good in Anakin is what triumphed over Palpatin, not the evil.
If a Sith’s power is measured in their capability for evil, Palpatine is by far the most powerful.
He carefully orchestrated his rise to power, the death of the Jedi, the betrayal of his apprentices, the seduction of the dark side of the Force, the creation of his army, and even the annihilation of entire groups of people.
As calm and collected as Palpatine was, he had an evil calculating mind that never stopped plotting. No Sith in the Star Wars films ever had as long-lasting an empire as him.
Jar Jar Binks was never a Sith lord, but that doesn’t mean his hands are entirely clean. Jar Jar did a lot to contribute to the success of the Sith, regardless of whether he did it intentionally or out of clumsiness.
Although Jar Jar was never a Sith, he did work for the secret Sith lord. Jar Jar never worked to stop Palpatine, and we never get a glimpse of Jar Jar after his rise to power.
Many mysteries exist in the Star Wars universe, and the Sith are a large part of them. There may be more questions than answers here, but some secrets are never fully revealed.
Mitchell Layton is a freelance writer and touring musician living in Philadelphia. When he’s not playing guitar or writing for clients, he enjoys rewatching cult classics like Star Wars, Twin Peaks, The X-Files, and more. Mitchell has been published by sites like HM Magazine, Glassworks Literary Magazine, GameRevolution, Pif Magazine, and others.