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In the prequels, Anakin Skywalker's turn to the dark side starts with his revenge killing of the Tusken Raiders. Qui-Gon's voice can be heard addressing Anakin, crying "Anakin, noooo!" If he had that ability, why couldn't he warn Yoda, who was much better attuned to the force (at the time) than Anakin?

At least the Jedi Temple could have been saved later on had Yoda been a little less oblivious to the goings-on.

  • Because Force Ghosts aren't tattle tells? – user11521 Dec 18 '15 at 19:32
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(Disclaimer: This is not backed up by canon-sources!)

That's not the way it works. Dead Jedi who "became one with the force" cannot go around intervening with the natural chain of events. Obi-Wan says this himself on Dagobah. They can only guide the living with their wisdom (not their knowledge).

He might have appeared to Anakin and convinced him that what he did was wrong and that he should tell Yoda or Obi-Wan. But he didn't choose to (as far as I know).

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    But how is "Run Luke, Run" or "Use the Force, Luke" not knowledge? – HNL Feb 8 '12 at 2:11
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    @HNL: I would distinguish this in the following way; If he says something he would have known (and therefore could have conveyed (maybe subconsciously)) before dying, he can say this to a living being afterwards, too -- otherwise not. The rationale is that you can then explain all instances where a dead Jedi appears to somebody as hallucinations. Even if it appears that information is conveyed (like on Dagobah or in the X-Wing) it can be explained as a conversation with one's subconsciousness! – bitmask Feb 8 '12 at 2:36
  • @HNL: Now, you can ask if this is the canon explanation. I don't have sources to back this up, but it would make a lot of sense for a "centered" person, not to misuse his effective teleportation and omnipresence capabilities to alter the natural course of events. After all, a Jedi can only gain "immortality" after showing some detachment. – bitmask Feb 8 '12 at 2:39
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    So when Obi Wan appeared to Luke and told him to go to Dagobah, wasn't it total interference? that was knowledge Luke had no way to acquire from any other source in my oppinion – Zeela May 22 '13 at 8:07
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    @Zeela: That's a fair point and I don't have an explanation ready. One could only speculate whether Obi-Wan implied Dagobah while alive, or Luke heard rumours about an old Jedi-Master living on Dagobah, but it would be a bit of a stretch. It's also possible Obi-Wan made an exception and bent the rules, given that he only conveyed information that he already had before he died. The point here would be that in theory he could have told Luke about Yoda before he died, while Qui-Gon only learned about Anakins rampage after dying. – bitmask May 22 '13 at 11:09
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Qui Gon-Jinn had acquired the ability to confer with the living from beyond the dead sometime after his death, but this was a skill that took him many years to develop and master from beyond the grave. In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Yoda tells Obi Wan that Qui Gon has acquired the skill, and that Qui Gon will teach it to Obi Wan when Obi Wan goes to Tatooine.

Basically, we're left to assume that Qui Gon didn't yet know how to talk to the living during Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

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I think Qui-Gon had just acquired the ability to manifest himself, at least in voice form, to the living. One could assume that Yoda did not hear Qui-Gon's voice before this event in Episode 2, but Qui-Gon had already been dead for almost ten years. According to the novelization of Episode 2, I believe Anakin was able to hear Qui-Gon as well.

With respect to sharing wisdom vs information, I don't believe this theory, as Obi-Wan confirmed to Luke that Vader is his father and that Leia is his sister. He told Luke new information that he did not know: that his twin sister had been hidden from the emperor and that her identity remained anonymous.

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