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In Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Anakin's mother, Shmi, said that he does not have a father, although it seemed to me that she doubted that.

Is there a canonical answer as to who Anakin's father is? If so, who?

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Pursuant to the rule that the prequels do not exist, this question remains unanswered. Anakin has a father, we're just never introduced to him ;) –  Daniel Bingham Feb 5 '11 at 5:23
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It will be revealed in a future movie that Luke travels back in time on the planet Roswellooine and becomes his own grandfather. –  Ferruccio Feb 17 '11 at 13:44

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According to Wookiepedia, Anakin didn't have a father. While "virgin births" can and do happen in real life among many non-mammalian life-forms, all of them are daughters and are effectively clones of the mother (or twin sisters if you prefer).

Skywalker's mother, Shmi Skywalker, claimed that her son was conceived without a father, but could not explain how that had happened. It was the theory of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn that the will of the Force caused his birth. There is evidence to suggest that Skywalker's birth may have been engineered by the Sith Lord Darth Plagueis as part of an experiment in immortality.

And pursuant to rule 34:

If you are old enough, check out the March 1985 issue of Penthouse . Males under about 30 cannot tell them apart, while females of all ages surveyed can distinguish mother from daughter.

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+1 for spoiler tag markup :) –  morganpdx Feb 5 '11 at 3:40
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This is disappointing. When I was sill following thing around Star-Wars, there was a rumour that Palpatine was is father, without revealing any spoiler, lets say that would made thing more twisted. –  DavRob60 Feb 5 '11 at 15:31
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That's very interesting about your second spoiler fragment... –  staticsan Feb 7 '11 at 6:17
    
I'm 26, and I can easily tell the mother from the daughter. –  Lèse majesté Dec 2 '11 at 6:55
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Not the only virgin birth for this actress: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary,_Mother_of_Jesus_%28film%29 –  mplungjan Jan 13 '12 at 22:42
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There is a recently published book, Star Wars: Darth Plagueis, that supposedly answer this question. From Anakin Skywalker Wookipedia article

In addition, although Darth Plagueis did attempt to influence the midichlorians to create the ultimate Sith weapon alongside Darth Sidious, the experiment was ultimately a failure, and the midichlorians, sensing the Sith's inherent malevolent intention, not only refused to do so, but in retaliation, conceived Anakin Skywalker in order to destroy the Sith once and for all.

So, according to this, neither Darth Plagueis nor Darth Sidious are Anakin Skywalker's father, the midichlorians really conceived him without any outside direct intervention.

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An article over at secrethistoryofstarwars (take this link with a pinch of salt I have no idea how "canon" it is), stating early writings of the ROTS script actually had Darth Plagueis "manipulating midichlorians " to create life, thus creating Anakin. –  Jared Oct 3 '12 at 0:43
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Palpatine turns to Annakin and says "Anny, I am your father" thus the circle is complete. –  Mike Brown May 17 '13 at 20:45

Shmi specifically states there is no father. By later conversations among the Jedi, it is generally to be concluded that the midichlorians created Anakin in Shmi to bring balance back to the force.

She never claimed to be a virgin when he was conceived, so it is not necessary to assume it was a virgin birth, just that there was never a biological father.

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I'd contend that a birth without a father is in all practicality the same thing as a virgin birth. The quality of the birth that is noteworthy is the lack of father, not the amount of sex the parent has had. –  aslum May 29 '11 at 22:11

The canon "answer" is that the Force itself caused Anakin to be conceived w/o explanation as to the biophysics involved. IMO, this has been ASSUMED since Shmi simply declares in Episode I that Anakin had no father, that she'd become pregnant w/o benefit of intercourse (poor Shmi, for all that grief and work she deserved at least one night of fun). This echoes the 'miraculous' conception of Jesus Christ. Likewise, following the script of Episode I doesn't preclude a biological father for Anakin, but also gives no clues as to the identity of said father.

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When writing The Phantom Menace, an answer was actually never planned by George Lucas, as it is simply echoing the story of Jesus Christ.

But in the first draft of Revenge of the Sith, when Palpatine tries to lure Anakin to the Dark Side and the young Jedi finds out that Palpatine is actually a Sith Lord, Palpatine tells him that he was the one who orchestrated the death of his mom.

In that same script, there is no mention of Darth Plageuis, but Palpatine tells Anakin that he fathered him through midichlorians in his mom.

Voilà!

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This is interesting information, but since it's from first Draft, it never made to the final script AND it was contradicted by later publication, this cannot be considered Canon. But still interesting information (+1). –  DavRob60 Mar 7 '12 at 14:45
    
Contradicted by whom? George Lucas? Lucas Films? Expended Universe? –  Arc-Vile Mar 8 '12 at 2:43
    
Expanded universe,Star Wars: Darth Plagueis novel. –  DavRob60 Mar 8 '12 at 2:53
    
Oh! So you rather "believe" something from the expended universe then what Lucas had originally though of... ok! –  Arc-Vile Apr 23 '12 at 13:56
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@Arc-Vile See starwars.wikia.com/wiki/… . Your first draft falls under N-Canon, and not G-Canon because the draft was "cut from canon" by Lucas. The books are C-Canon. –  gobernador Aug 13 '12 at 15:52

In the first movie Phantom Menace, when Anakin Skywalker is a boy, his mother said that he has no father. I was thinking of the Sith at that time with the red and black face that fought Obi Wan and was killed by him — could that Sith be Anakin's father? It seems that when Anakin becomes a Sith as Darth Vader, his son Luke fights him. Maybe the father and son fight or sense one another in these films? Maybe Anakin's mother knew about Anakin's father turning to the dark side and becoming that Sith in the first movie.

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Sorry, but Darth Maul has already got a well-established back-story. Plus, he is not a human, he is a Zabrak, so could not have been Anakin's father. –  Nellius May 22 '11 at 18:33
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I always considered that statement to mean she was a widow, Annakin an orphan. –  jwenting May 23 '11 at 11:52
    
@jwenting The statement is "There was no father. I carried him, I gave birth, I raised him ... I can't explain what happened." If she was a widow she'd be able to explain it pretty easily I think :P –  Matthew Read Sep 27 '12 at 20:19

If Anakin had a human father -- which, as pointed out, is unclear -- the best candidate is probably Count Dooku. Note that the fights between Anakin and Dooku in the second and third films of the prequel resemble the fights between Luke and Anakin in the second and third films of the original: the younger Jedi loses a hand in the second film duels, but turns the table in the third film and defeats the Sith in the third film, cutting off a hand -- and then is egged on by Palpatine to kill his defeated opponent. The differences are that Anakin cut off both of Dooku's hands and then killed his defenceless opponent, while Luke cut off only one of his father's hands (apparently the replacement for the one Dooku sliced off) and refused to kill the not-yet-helpless Vader.

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This answer is nothing more than wishful thinking. Poetic symmetry would be nice, but there's nothing to back it up at all either in the films or in the expanded universe. –  Nellius May 22 '11 at 18:36
    
+1. I kind of think there is, with the "Blance In The Force", etc. etc. –  Joe the Person Jun 24 '11 at 21:44

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