When Qui-Gon asks Shmi about Anakin's Father, she tells him there was never a man involved. Why is Qui-gon so quick to accept such a miraculous story? He didn't even bat an eye, but took her at her word from the start. Why didn't he even question it and try to verify it was true instead of accepting it as a given?

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    Quibble: I don't think there's any indication that she was a virgin, just that there was no father for this particular conception. – Keith Thompson Feb 13 '12 at 5:36
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    @KeithThompson: Did I say something about her being a virgin? – Tango Feb 13 '12 at 5:58
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    It's in the title. – Keith Thompson Feb 13 '12 at 6:15
  • @KeithThompson: Funny. I was being so careful to avoid that term, and then when I wrote the title, I was trying to make it short enough to be easy to read. – Tango Feb 13 '12 at 6:26
  • I'm pretty sure it's because he know of the prophecy of The One, and had perhaps even foreseen part of his own role in finding said savior. However, the movies don't mention this, and I haven't read enough EU stuff, so I have no proof. (Hence comment, not answer.) – Martha Feb 13 '12 at 17:07

There are a number of reasons.

First of all, he doesn't accept it as truth, only plausible. When he is talking to other Jedi, he mentions only a "possible" birth through midichlorians.

Secondly, he very well could have been using Jedi tricks to learn that she at least thought it was true. If she thought it true, there wouldn't be much he could gain.

Lastly, Jedis are in complete control of their emotions. He must have realized that reacting would not help him, so he didn't.

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    #4: he was aware of a prophecy of "The one to bring balance to the force". Given the Midichlorian count, it's NOT implausible that he was willing to believe anything – DVK-on-Ahch-To Feb 12 '12 at 20:38
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    I think he dismissed it out of hand until he saw Anakin's midichlorian count. As for Jedi mind tricks: they don't work in the reverse direction (i.e. receive information) do they? – HNL Feb 13 '12 at 8:03
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    @HNL: Maybe I'm mixing different stories, but it seems to me that a Jedi could tell if someone was being truthful... – PearsonArtPhoto Feb 13 '12 at 13:50
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    Qui-Gon Jinn was particularly adept with the living force. While he couldn't read her mind, he would be able to pick up on her emotions and general intentions. – phantom42 Mar 15 '12 at 18:30

Maybe he noticed that he had touched a very sensitive point. Shmi was a slave and lived in a very harsh planet visited everyday by pilots, bandits and all sorts of people. What if Ani was the result of a forced intercourse? I say that because I always see some embarrassment both in her answer and in Qui-Gon's expression - as much as you can see expression in a Jedi - right after he asks the question. Anyway, my guess is that Palpatine has something to do with that, maybe he made her believe there was no intercourse just to make the Jedi believe Ani was the one of the prophecy.

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  • +1 While we saw what Anakin did for Watto, Shmi's role remained a mystery. She could have been a prostitute. – Kyle Jones Feb 26 '12 at 6:58

Darth Plagueis "influenced life" in Shmi Skywalker and created the most powerful jedi to have ever existed. BOOM. Check out Star Wars Episode 3, the scene to look for is the one where Darth Sidious talks to Anakin while he is trying to entice him to join the dark side. It took me one snow day and all 6 movies in a single day to understand this.

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