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Sticker courtesy of Steele Wars. Rian Johnson courtesy of Rian Johnson’s parents (barring any upcoming plot twists).

Now, I love Star Wars theories as much as the next guy. In fact, a majority of posts on this very blog have been theories. I’ve posted theories on Sabine’s mother, Laura Dern’s episode VIII character, and Wedge’s demise in the upcoming Empire’s End novel.
But one side of Star Wars fandom I’ll never understand is everyone coming up with the most outlandish theories on who Snoke is. So here, I’ll lay down the law on why exactly some of the most popular theories are wrong.

Darth Plagueis

plagueiscoverThe original, and perhaps most popular theory, poses that Snoke is really Darth Plagueis, a character first mentioned in Revenge of the Sith. Plagueis was the Sith master who trained Palpatine in the dark arts, only to be murdered in cold blood by his apprentice when Palpatine felt he no longer had any purpose for him.

Canonically, that’s all that’s known about Plagueis, though the Legends novel Darth Plagueis adds a lot of backstory to the character. Including his race, Muun, which bears resemblance to the character design of Snoke.

Sure, appearance-wise, it makes sense. And there’s a certain cyclical poeticism to having Plagueis return after the demise of his apprentice to finish what Palpatine started.
There’s only one problem: One of the few bits of information we have on the character is that he’s dead. Furthermore, Storygroup member and real-life superhero Pablo Hidalgo has been pretty vocal on the matter on Twitter.

Snoke is not Plagueis.

Gallius Rax

Another popular character to be tied to Snoke is Gallius Rax. Rax is an Imperial officer featured in the Aftermath series of books. Recruited on Jakku as a young boy three decades before the Battle of Endor, he became one of Palpatine’s most trusted advisors. He disappeared after Palpatine’s death, but returned a few months later with a secret fleet to unite the remnants of the failing Empire for one final strike at the Battle of Jakku.

There’s a few details in Aftermath: Life Debt that definitely seem to point at Rax becoming Snoke: He’s a pale man with dark eyes, same as Snoke. He was there to, as Snoke puts it, “See the Empire rise and fall”. His modus operandi seems to be to rule from behind a puppet leader (Rae Sloane in Life Debt, versus Snoke’s use of Hux in The Force Awakens). And he’s very intent on using Brendol Hux’ vision of indoctrinating children as soldiers from a young age, a practice still used by Snoke in the time of the First Order.

Now, there’s no doubt in my mind that this character was created to invoke comparisons to Snoke. Whether they’re the same person remains to be seen… But again, Twitter seems to point to ‘no’. A sarcastic Pablo Hidalgo has mocked people stating the theory as fact (though without 100% denying it). And Aftermath/Life Debt author Chuck Wendig has gone on record saying all the Imperial officers in his books are human. Considering Snoke is described in the TFA novelisation as “humanoid, but not human”, that’s another strike against this theory. It’s looking more and more like Gallius Rax is just a red herring.

Ezra Bridger

ezraWith the recent premiere of Rebels season 3, I’ve seen this one bandied around a lot lately. Ezra Bridger, hero of the animated show (and one-time partner of Bossk!) who is currently experimenting with dark techniques from a Sith holocron. Assuming he actually turns to the Dark Side and kills Kanan (a big “if”!) , and assuming there’s a plausible reason for him to then not participate in the events of the original trilogy, this theory would have some merit..

..If we gloss over a few details. First off, he was born on the same day as the Empire. While technically it wouldn’t be a lie to say he “witnessed the Empire rise and fall”, it’s an Obi-Wan style half-truth at best. Second, should he fall to the Dark Side, the influence of the holocron would likely have him adapt a Sith name, while it’s been stated by JJ, Pablo, and others that Snoke and Kylo are not Sith. Third, Snoke is more than a dark Force user; he’s also an extremely cunning and thoughtful mind. Attributes I wouldn’t ascribe to Ezra. And then there’s the TFA novelisation again, with the “humanoid, but not human” description of Snoke.

Mace Windu, Sheev Palpatine, or Anakin Skywalker back from the dead

Lumping these together because they’re all equally ridiculous. These characters all lack the motivation, personality, physical description, and/or living bodies required to be Snoke. In all of Star Wars canon, a whopping óne character was brought back from the dead, Darth Maul. Due to sheer popularity and it also happening in Legends, Boba Fett might get the same treatment… But it’s definitely not as common an occurrence as some people seem to think.

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The craziest theory of all: Supreme Leader Snoke is just that, a new character named Snoke. With his alien appearance and behaviour unlike anyone we’ve really seen in the Star Wars universe, it should be clear that he’s an entirely new creation. Furthermore, even if any of these theories would have any weight to them, I’m having trouble envisioning when they would exactly be revealed. Some of them require a lot of explaining, and none of them would really make any difference to the main characters of the current trilogy. There’s no legendary “I am your father” moment to be had in Snoke’s identity, and so the films should just leave it alone.

But hey, if you don’t believe me, just listen to Pablo one final time!

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DISCLAIMER: Any complaints and suggestions should be sent to my Twitter, not Pablo’s. That man has seen the word “Snoke” in his mentions far more often than any sane man ever should.

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9 thoughts on “Your Snoke Theory is Wrong

  1. Even though I’m not a supporter of the Ezra=Snoke theory, I do reject your motivations.
    Here’s why:
    Its obvious just an assumption that studying a Sith Holocron makes you adept a Sith or Darth title. Learning about the way of the Sith leads, in all probability, to the dark side, but not necessarily to being a Sith.
    Ezra’s not yet so thoughtful mind has about 40 years to mature. Which seems plenty of time to accomplish a Master degree at the school of evil wizardry.
    The description of human is what fitted Palpatine, while I would describe Sidious as humanoid.
    And last but not least I wouldnt take any Lucasfilm/Disneyfilm employees to serious, as this might just be their 2016 version of blue Harvest.

    So, while I am mostly a supporter of the new character theory this reversed persuasion made my quation my faith

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    1. Oh, sure, none of these points definitely 100% denounce Ezra as being Snoke. But the little inaccuracies add up to the point where I’m definitely okay with staking my reputation on it not happening.

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  2. The kid who made infamous “I’ll try spinning, THAT’s a good trick!” grew to become the most powerful Sith Lord in the galaxy.

    Ezra Bridger for all his boyish traits has, especially in season 3 of Rebels, a LOT more wherewithal than little Anakin. Plus, unlike Attack of the Clones Anakin who was at the time a chess piece of Palpatine’s, Ezra’s been actively mentored by Darth Maul on matters of the Dark side, even tapping into a Sith holocron.

    Seems unlikely sure, and I may just be stirring the pot but hey, where there’s Snoke, there’s fire! ಠ◡ಠ

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  3. You guys ever think that maybe Rae Sloane might actually be Snoke (Palpatine deformed himself using too much of the Force at one go with his fight against Windu). Maybe Sloane picked up a black crystal that gave her access and she managed to disfigure herself…

    Just a thought (since we’ve been told we’ve met Snoke in the Aftermath Trilogy).

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