The Real Chosen One: Introduction

Some of you reading this may be (hopefully) people who just discovered this blog recently thanks to WordPress’ kind featuring of my last piece on Freshly Pressed. If so, welcome. It’s not always about Star Wars and Star Trek, but trust me, most of the time it is. Just with a fresher perspective of things.

This piece is something I’ve mulled for some time. It’s an examination of Star Wars that came to me as I was re–examining a lingering point from the prequels.

I started to think about a question that’s sort of plagued me in recent years as I think about the “Prophecy of the Chosen One” in Star Wars lore.

Namely, was it really Anakin? Was his accomplishment of really the one that the prophecy foresaw?

To approach this completely, I want to hit on two benchmarks of dialogue from the films.

In Episode I, Yoda muses to Obi-Wan, “The Chosen One, the boy [Anakin] may be. Nevertheless, grave danger I fear in his training.”

Yoda does not share the now–deceased Qui–Gon’s enthusiasm for the child, and the Council at this point has overridden his objections to allow Obi–Wan to train him. “Agree with you the Council does” is an important distinction for Yoda to draw. He doesn’t say “I” or “we” agree with you [Obi–Wan], but that the Council does. The cranky old muppet got out–voted.

So from the beginning we have doubt about Anakin’s true nature and the role he will truly play.

Revenge of the Sith

Moving past the fact that Anakin is a “slow learner” and has yet to mature into his role as a Knight, much less the Chosen One (a point which Mace Windu raises) we get to the heart of where the question really blossoms.

The deepest verbal doubt was further cast in Episode III with this exchange:

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Anakin did not take to his new assignment with much enthusiasm.
Mace Windu: It’s very dangerous, putting them together. I don’t think the boy can handle it. I don’t trust him.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: With all due respect, Master, is he not the Chosen One? Is he not to destroy the Sith and bring balance to the Force?
Mace Windu: So the prophecy says.
Yoda: A prophecy that misread could have been.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: He will not let me down. He never has.
Yoda: I hope right you are.

And it was reviewing that exchange that got me thinking, if the prophecy is wrong, then who is the Chosen One?

Mulling it over, it came to me that a potential alternative answer is there for us, if we look at it from a certain point of view.

The real “Chosen One” may be Qui–Gon Jinn.

I know, I know. Not even he would expect that to be the case, as he’s the one that discovered Anakin and proclaimed him to be.

He’s the first Jedi known to achieve true immortality, the one who listened to the will of The Force (God) without hesitation and who accepted all things on calm, assured faith. And again, without him Yoda and Obi–Wan don’t receive the gift that is retaining individual consciousness after death.

From there, I started really thinking about it.

Qui-Gon Considers Things
Even Qui-Gon is taken aback by the concept that I’m about to lay out there.

Next blog: The Real Chosen One: Building the Case for Qui–Gon Jinn

15 thoughts on “The Real Chosen One: Introduction

  1. Anakin was the chosen one in my opinion.

    He was to bring balance to the force – which he did when he died. Admittedly that balance only lasted a short while, which you’ll see if you read the Expanded Universe books.


    1. There’s definitely room for argument for both Anakin and Luke, I wanted to start the series with a less obvious choice – I think that, because he lived for only one of the six movies, Qui-Gon is unfortunately underestimated for the role he played overall.

      I stuck with EU until Star by Star (when Coruscant fell to the Vong). I tapped out of post-Jedi EU after that. I enjoy the PT-era stuff only, and that selectively.


      1. After Star-by-Star the intensity increased and Jacen took on a whole new aspect.

        Maybe Qui-Gon was the chosen one in that he was the one who had to find the person to bring down the Sith


  2. I always felt it was obvious that the chosen one was Luke Skywalker…Anakin put pressure on a imbalance that was already present in the Force and the universe because of Palpatine’s plans. He furthered the imbalance, pushing it to extremes and slaying every Jedi on his path for the Emperor. However, his son, Luke, by refusing to fall to the Dark side, brought his father back on the right track and had him kill the Emperor. Then, he moved on to reconstructing a Republic throught the galaxy and rebuilding the Jedi order, training his sister and other apprentices. He even encouraged Mara Jade to find her powers again on the ‘bright’ side of the Force. He brought balance and calm that his father and the Emperor had caused.


    1. A valid argument. Luke even embodies the balance literally – machine hand, dressed in black – and his sister brings the promise of a future and presents the necessary feminine aspect to the balance as well. So in a sense, if it’s Luke, it has to be Leia as well.


  3. My assumption was that Luke was the balance in the force brought about biologically by Anakin. The reason is that Luke wasn’t cut and dry. He wasn’t an archtype of good or evil, but rather something more real and *balanced.* Nevertheless, I’ve learned not to dismiss kessel junkie on matters of Star Wars. That would be at least as foolish as dismissing my theories on Star Trek.

    I eagerly await the next article.

    …and EU doesn’t count. Most of us don’t read it, and because Lucas didn’t write it, most of us don’t care about it.


    1. Luke’s a strong choice and he’ll be examined in due time. I’m taking time with my new series of things as opposed to trying to write one a day and then burning myself out like I always do.

      And I’ll get back to proving the authority of my Star Trek insights soon, as well. :-p


  4. I’ve always believed that it was Qui-Gon that was the chosen one. He is the fist one to truly master the force plus with Yoda’s line of “A prophecy that misread could have been.” I always thought that the council thought the prophecy read that Qui-Gon would bring the chosen one TO them when it was actually supposed to be read that Qui-Gon will come to them and be the chosen one. It makes sense, after all, Qui-Gon is the one who set the balance in motion with finding Anakin. If there was not Qui-Gon, then there is not finding the boy and there is no way for the Dark Side to truly get its full strength.


    1. I get what you’re saying, but every event has a near-infinite number of causes. Everything’s connected, so calling someone the “chosen one” because they are one of a near-infinite number of actual causes seems to overstate that person’s importance a bit. The only real meaning to the phrase “chosen one” exists if a single person can be said to personally embody that balance. I don’t see how that can be said of Qui-Gon. Arguably, that can’t be said of any one person, as Luke and Leia together represent that balance. The misreading is probably that there’s a chosen *one*. It should probably be said that there’s a “chosen two.” 🙂


  5. I am looking forward to catching up with this series. I have a few thoughts about the prophesy. First, when was it made? Who made it? How did the Jedi learn about it? And what was exactly stated?

    I infer that it was about somebody born from strange circumstances (that Anakin was conceived by the midiclorients is partly what raised Qui Gon’s attention) who will bring balance to the force. Does Qui Gon fit this mold? Does Luke?

    Also, what, exactly, is meant by balance? The philosophy of the Jedi is all about balance and harmony in a metaphysical sense. But until the events of the Phantom Menace, the Jedi weren’t really aware of the Sith’s presence, and therefore, the need for balance wouldn’t seem a large problem. In fact, they hadn’t even encountered Darth Maul when Qui Gon first disclosed his suspicions.

    So, could balance refer to evening things out? If so, Anakin clearly is the “chosen one” since his actions lead directly to the Jedi and Sith numbering exactly 2 apiece, apprentice and master each, even.

    Then, perhaps, it could be argued that Palpatine is in fact the “chosen one.”

    The other possibility is that the prophesy just wasn’t fulfilled and the energy put into Anakin turned out to be a waste.


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