Or are some naturally better at it, but certain people with the right genes are able to use it better, like really powerful Jedis are mutants? I've wondered about this before and I've never had it cleared up.

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    If it was a genetic thing (cough cough midi-chloridians), people could just isolate the genes and sell them. "Want to become a Sith Lord and rule the galaxy? For one gene sample of midi-chloridians, just send me a million credits." – RichS Dec 17 '18 at 5:27
  • Also see scifi.stackexchange.com/q/176785/19561 – SQB Dec 17 '18 at 7:49
  • midi-chloridians transfusion – Naib Dec 18 '18 at 19:19
  • This is addressed across the two duplicates. – Valorum Dec 19 '18 at 16:46


Midi-chlorians do have an influence on how strong someone is in the Force, but even Anakin would never get to use the Force to a large extent if he did not work to develop it.

Everyone has some midi-chlorians, since that is similar to carbon in the Star Wars universe, where life cannot exist without it. As Emperor Palpatine said:

Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life ...

Your midi-chlorian count is your potential with the Force, not your power. If you had a very small midi-chlorian count but worked super hard with the Force, you may be able to lift a small rock. But if you had a super high midi-chlorian count, then you can do much more powerful things as long as you work on it.

If you don't try, then you can't develop any powers even if you have a super high midi-chlorian count.

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    source for any of that? – NKCampbell Dec 18 '18 at 19:22
  • Which parts specifically? – Knox Boyd Dec 18 '18 at 20:32
  • Barring the quote from the film - all of it. It reads like pure speculation - there is no source to canon or legends information. The answer is as good as fan-theory without that – NKCampbell Dec 18 '18 at 20:55
  • @NKCampbell Sentence 5 ( If you had a very small midi-chlorian count but worked super hard with the force, you may be able to lift a small rock.) is the only sentence that is fan speculation everything else is either from a direct source, inspired from a legit source, or unimportant. – Knox Boyd Dec 18 '18 at 21:08
  • terrific - feel free to cite the direct source and lose all the speculation and unimportant stuff then as it's unnecessary and generally off-topic around here. And welcome! – NKCampbell Dec 18 '18 at 21:50

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