Chirrut was awesome. Both for his humor, and his action scenes. So what exactly is this guy? I know from the movie that he was part of some Jedi-affiliated religion which protected the Kyber crystals, but what exactly does that mean? Was he ever using the Force, even a little bit? If so, did his connection start to fail later on? Or was he just an old Daredevil?

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    @JasonBaker But Werrf's answer was wrong ;)
    – user40790
    Commented Dec 19, 2016 at 20:36
  • @Axelrod - Then downvote it and post one that's better
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    Commented Dec 19, 2016 at 20:47
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    @Axelrod - Then go find another site. Around here we love self-answers :-)
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 19, 2016 at 21:00
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    @Valorum It is done.
    – user40790
    Commented Dec 19, 2016 at 22:43
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    @Terriblefan - Dr. Strangevote or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love Self-Answering.
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    Commented Dec 19, 2016 at 22:47

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He's not outright stated to be Force sensitive, but he sure does things that can lead no other conclusion. Quacks, walks, and swims like a duck Force Sensitive.

All quotes below are from Alexander Freed's official novelization:

Aside from his fighting abilities (See Terriblefan's awesome answer) he:

  • Sensed that Jyn wore a Kyber crystal necklace (while it was hiddent beneath her clothing)

    “Would you trade that necklace for a glimpse into your future?” The voice of the pilgrim. Jyn frowned and took another step forward, trying to locate the source.
    “Your necklace?” the man repeated.
    Jyn felt the crystal against her skin. Her necklace was still hidden, buried under layers of cloth.
    And the man was blind.
    “I am Chirrut Îmwe,” the man said.
    “How did you know I was wearing a necklace?” Jyn asked, and felt like a fool, like a mark, even as she spoke.
    It was the reply of a con artist. Jyn shook her attention from Chirrut to search for his partner (he must have had a partner, one who had spotted her necklace somehow) and immediately found her quarry: a hulk of a man with hair as wild as Chirrut’s was neat, in a filthy civilian flight suit and battered red plastoid armor half concealed under a wearable tarp. On “How did you know I was wearing a necklace?” Jyn asked the second man, who shook his head slowly and snorted. ... (Chapter 4)

    Not only that, but he knew it was a Kyber crystal shard!!!

    “What do you know of kyber crystals?” Chirrut asked. His tone was patient, prompting.

  • Called Cassian "Captain" when he had no way of knowing his rank

    “There is more than one sort of prison, Captain,” Chirrut said. “I sense that you carry yours wherever you go.”
    Cassian frowned and turned back to the lock and the cavern. It was some minutes later that he realized no one had told Chirrut he was a captain. (Chapter 5)

  • Spotted someone (ended up Bodhi) in the next cell. Blind. NEITHER Cassian nor Baze noticed anyone was there.

    “Who’s the one in the next cell?” Cassian tore his eyes from the guards and glanced over to Chirrut. It was the first time the blind man had spoken for nearly an hour. ... Baze grunted and shuffled to his feet. “What? Where?” He crossed the alcove, lightly shouldering Cassian aside to make room at the door. He peered into the darkness of the cell across the way; all Cassian could see was shadows, but Baze pulled back abruptly, snarling. “An Imperial pilot.”
    (Chapter 6)

  • Realized that earth shaking while in the cell wasn't Proton Bombs but something worse (Death Star blast)

    “Proton bombs,” Baze said, turning his eyes to the ceiling.
    Chirrut shook his head. “No.” But he ventured no alternatives. (Chapter 8)

  • Claims to be able to sense when someone has dark intent

    She should have been irritated by the curt explanation. Instead she could muster only vague confusion. “Why do you ask that?” she said, looking to Chirrut now. “What do you mean, Does he look like a killer?”
    “The Force moves darkly near a creature that’s about to kill,” Chirrut answered. (Chapter 10)

  • Claims to sense anger in Baze (though that could just be knowing his close friend)

    Baze readied himself to pull the trigger on his cannon. To burn the platform with more blaster bolts than there were drops of rain on Eadu. “I sense anger in you,” Chirrut said.

  • Baze himself, internally in his head, claims that the Force helps Chirrut

    They hunted in sync, Chirrut always prowling near the rebels and Baze always prowling near Chirrut. Baze did not limit his targets to those who might spot the blind man, but he kept Chirrut under observation nonetheless; where the Force would fail Chirrut, Baze would not.

He himself doesn't outright deny it, and claims the Force protects him, whatever that means:

Cassian, evidently, had other things on his mind. He watched Chirrut’s partner. “Is he Jedi?” he asked, with the hushed doubt of a man on the verge of a great discovery.
“No Jedi anymore,” Chirrut’s partner said. “Only dreamers like this fool.” Chirrut shrugged mildly. “The Force did protect me.”

  • So then, it seems he has some force sensitivity, but not a force connection. So he can't feel the same things, but the force more or less controls his actions? Like a Jedi in reverse-the force controls/(I am one with the force, the force is one with me) his actions, instead of using the force(controlling it's will) like a Jedi? Commented Dec 22, 2016 at 13:45
  • I have a good quote from the Visual Guide, but it’s not enough to stand on its own. Would you like to edit it into your answer?
    – Adamant
    Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 8:47
  • @Adamant - I never say no to a good edit :) Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 11:51
  • "Sensed that Jyn wore a Kyber crystal necklace (while it was hiddent beneath her clothing)" - Another possibility is Chirrut Imwe repeats the same necklace line every day in the crowded marketplace until by luck someone wearing a necklace happens by.
    – RobertF
    Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 18:57
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    For "Spotted someone..." and "Realized that earth shaking...", while probably meant to be indications of his Force sensitivity, those also could be due to his blindness making him more attuned with his other senses.
    – jamesdlin
    Commented Jan 14, 2017 at 22:25

Chirrut Îmwe is established as a non-Jedi upon his introduction, but he is probably Force-sensitive.

He is a Guardian of the Whills, part of an order on Jedha that we currently know nothing about (because of the Disney retcon; the Whills, pre-retcon, were the group that taught Qui-Gon how to become a Force Ghost).

That said, Chirrut shows signs of Force sensitivity numerous times through the film. He dodges blaster fire, shoots down a TIE fighter without a line of sight (because he's blind, get it?), and reads what people are going to do via what he claims to be the Force gathering around them.

Either he's sensitive, or Ki is a thing in the Star Wars universe.


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    Explanation: the picture shows Chirrut dodging a blaster fired from a few feet away from him so precisely that it hits a stormtrooper holding Jyn. The other stormtrooper, holding Cassian, is also hit -- so he did it twice.
    – user40790
    Commented Dec 19, 2016 at 22:43
  • Can you explain the discrepancy between this answer and scifi.stackexchange.com/a/147881/4918 ? That one claims Chirrut isn't force sensitive.
    – b_jonas
    Commented Dec 19, 2016 at 23:21
  • @b_jonas The other answer uses a quote that says he has no Force abilities. We don't know what Disney counts as a Force ability, but apparently it doesn't include fighting with the full advantage of the Force guiding you.
    – user40790
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 16:16
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    @b_jonas It seems the only explanation to reconcile the facts is that Disney doesn't count "passive" talents as Force abilities (sensing people, objects, emotions, supernatural reflexes, etc.). For instance, it is true he never leaps higher than a normal human could, or moves anything telekinetically, or performs a Jedi "mind trick", etc. I would guess Imwe could have been trained to use the Force, but his gifts are simply untrained natural abilities, much like Anakin's podracing instincts, or Luke's ability to bullseye womprats in his T-16.
    – TVann
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 16:49
  • Please always realize that Canon is managed by Lucasfilm through the Lucasfilm Story Group. Disney has no say in what's canon and what's not.
    – pepoluan
    Commented Dec 24, 2016 at 14:46

In fact, the Star Wars Rogue One Ultimate Sticker Encyclopedia and the Star Wars Galactic Atlas describe Chirrut as "Force attuned". The description is the same for both books:

A blind warrior-monk and a disciplined fighter, Chirrut is attuned to the mystical energy known as the Force.

You can find the images here, and there at 0:27.

Meanwhile, Chirrut's Databank entry on starwars.com states that:

Though he lacks Force abilities, this warrior monk has rigorously honed his body through intense physical and mental discipline.

So it looks as though Chirrut masters what we could liken to Force sense, but not the more spectacular displays of the Force used by the Jedi, such as Force jump, Force push, or telekinesis.

This should remind you of the way George Lucas originally envisioned the Force:

Kasdan: The Force was available to anyone who could hook into it? Lucas: Yes, everybody can do it. K: Not just the Jedi? L: It's just the Jedi who take the time to do it. [...] Like yoga. If you want to take the time to do it, you can do it. [...] Also like karate.

  • This should really be an accepted asnwer Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 16:07

The Jedi are an order, no one is born one, and by the time of Rogue One they were effectively wiped out (barring some who went into hiding). But that doesn't mean force sensitive people stop being born or stop existing. If there's no Jedi order left there's certainly no one around to train Chirrut to be one. It looks like he certainly could train to be full fledged Jedi if given the chance.

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    Except that he was born in a time when Jedi were screened for, and lived alongside the Jedi in one of their most important temples. Had he had Jedi-level abilities, he would certainly have been trained as a Jedi.
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 23, 2016 at 11:50
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    @Valorum I recall reading that the Jedi typically ignored the outer planets when looking for potential padawans.
    – user15742
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 21:26
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    @fredsbend - And while that's true, it's pretty clear that this was a major hub of prayer and contemplation for the Jedi. Although it's outside the core worlds, I hardly think they'd fail to spot a potential Jedi working as a tour guide at their temple
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 21:30
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    @fredsbend - Testing is done at birth (or as near as dammit). Force signs begin to appear before puberty (reflexes, visions, luck). More than early enough for him to have been located by the Jedi
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 21:40
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    @Valorum Of course, there's always the chance that the Galaxy Far Far Away doesn't have a "hanicapable" mentality. He was blind, we know of no blind Jedi.
    – user40790
    Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 19:06

Chirrut was a monk and guardian of the Church of the Force which means he probably had some connection to the force or be like Anakin, who had no training but could still demonstrate force skills, and had the same happen to him and just being born with it he could use it with no training.


Name one blind person that can dodge anything not just gunfire. Yes it does make other senses more acute but the things he does are beyond normal human so by his dialog admissions and his action scenes he IS FORCE SENSITIVE! Or he's just Donnie Yen aka IP MAN!
Oh and if y'all didn't know Imperial Stormtroopers couldn't hit the broadside of a barn let alone two stiff jointed droids that can't even bend to dodge. So there is that...

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    Do you have evidence that he's force sensitive? While I believe it's most likely true, sources are a big plus.
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 7:37

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