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Why didn't Palpatine save Padmé?

Palpatine seduced Anakin by promising he could save Padmé using the dark side of the Force. But in the end, he lied that she was killed by Anakin by mistake. Anakin had already turned to the dark side,...
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Is “Doctor who” actually uttered less frequently than variations on the phrase?

Season 6 implies a new storyline coming up revealing more about the oldest question in the universe and the character Dorium Maldovar makes it clear that the question is: "Doctor who?" A friend of ...
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What’s the meaning of Hogwarts motto?

The motto for Hogwarts is "Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus", or, "Never tickle a sleeping dragon". This seems like quite obvious advice and rather silly as a school motto. Is it essentially an ...
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Can the Room of Requirement be Two Things at Once?

Throughout the Harry Potter story, we've seen the Room of Requirement be a number of different things. It can be a place for Dumbledore's Army to practice, or an extremely huge closet filled with ...
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Why Doesn't Draco Owe Harry a Life Debt?

In The Deathly Hallows, Harry rescued Draco from the FiendFyre in the Room of Requirement -- At least as best I remember - my book is on loan. But if it wasn't Harry, it was Ron or Hermione. I ...
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If Plagueis Caused Anakin's Birth, Why Shmi Skywalker?

Darth Plagueis had talked about creating life through the Force and it is speculated that he may be responsible for Anakin's birth via the Force. Is there any reason he picked Shmi Skywalker for this ...
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Was Shmi Skywalker Force Sensitive?

Is there anything to show if Shmi Skywalker (Anakin's Mother) was Force sensitive? And, along that line, is there anything to indicate that the whole "virgin birth through midichlorian fiat" or the "...
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How is it that Legolas always has a quiver full of arrows?

In the movie version of Lord of the Rings, Legolas is seen many times shooting arrow after arrow, yet he never seems to run out. For example, after the long battle at the end of The Fellowship of the ...
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What were the OTHER 8 times that Anakin saved Obi-Wan's skin before ROTS?

From Obi-Wan and Anakin's dialog in ROTS: ANAKIN: All right. But you owe me . . . and not for saving your skin for the tenth time . . . OBI-WAN: Ninth time . . . that business on Cato Nemoidia ...
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Why exactly was information on Hogwarts Professors' spouses restricted?

In one of her interviews, J.K. Rowling once stated: Q: Have any of the Hogwarts professors had spouses? JKR: Good question - yes, a few of them, but that information is sort of restricted - you'...
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What was the business on Cato Neimoidia that Obi-Wan Kenobi referred to?

After the rescue of the chancellor, Obi-Wan refutes Anakin's gloating of saving his life for the 10th time. ANAKIN: All right. But you owe me . . . and not for saving your skin for the tenth time . ...
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Who are the characters in this Top Gear episode supposed to be?

I was watching an episode of Top Gear (series 2, episode 8) and they said "Have you ever wondered who is the fastest Master of the Universe in a Honda?" Darth Vader and the Klingon are obvious, but I ...
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Why Did Anakin Skywalker Believe that Turning to the Dark Side of the Force Would Save Padmé?

Just as the question asks: Why did Anakin come to believe that Padmé could be saved if he embraced the Dark side of the Force? Padmé clearly didn't believe it. Why was Anakin so driven to save Padmé ...
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How did Princess Leia pay Han Solo's reward in Star Wars: A New Hope?

In Star Wars: A New Hope, Leia pays Han Solo his reward for rescuing her from the Death Star. We see him hauling his treasure in the rebel base in metal green boxes: However, the Death Star ...
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What was the most important thing of all that Hari Seldon wished to tell Daneel?

In Asimov's Forward the Foundation Hari Seldon's last encounter with the robot Daneel Olivaw is below: Seldon stood there for a few minutes after Daneel had gone, lost in thought. Suddenly he began ...
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If a lightsaber is made of contained plasma, how can it deflect blaster bolts and other lightsabers?

According to another question on this site it appears that lightsabers are controlled plasma streams. These streams are seen deflecting laser bolts and of course dueling with other lightsabers. But ...
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In “One More Day,” did Spider-Man really have to make a deal with Mephisto?

I'm writing this question on shaky ground, as I've not read the comics in question (still looking for an opportune moment to step in and I don't want to be too spoiled), but I've reccently(ish) heard ...
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Why did Padme use her real name?

Near the end of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Queen Amidala reveals that she's also Padme, one of the Queen's handmaidens. She would travel freely as Padme, and have Sabe, one of her ...
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How does Spider-Man control his webbing?

In the cartoons, I've seen Spider-Man shoot a variety of webs from his web-shooters. the ones I can name now are: Globs of sticky webbing Lines of swinging webbing Sticky lines of webbing If these ...
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Does Spider-Man shoot spider silk?

In the comics, Spider-Man shoots synthetic 'webbing' that he created from wrist devices called web-shooters. Is this the same (but scaled up) as spider silk, or is it stronger/different in anyway?
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What was the Cylons' “plan”?

The opening credits for Battlestar Galactica state that the Cylons "have a plan"; but what it was escapes me. What, exactly, was the Cylon plan; who formulated it, and in what episodes was it ...
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Who do we see packing Gwendolyn's clothes?

In the Mouse Guard book, Winter 1152 we see a mouse with a Red cloak packing Gwendolyn's clothes or possibly armour away. I couldn't tell if this was Saxon, or Gwendolyn, and what significance this ...
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How did Khan and his people survive on a planet with no food for twenty years?

I'm enjoying my new blu-ray of Star Trek II, and a question which has always puzzled me came up again. Khan says something to the effect that only his superior will and intellect allowed them to ...
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Is it possible to reintegrate a Horcrux?

As anyone who is familiar with Harry Potter knows, a horcrux is made when someone commits murder and stores a piece of their soul in something. Would it be possible for this someone to later recover ...
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Why was Padmé made to clean an astromech?

Reading the answer to a question about Sabé (the Amidala stand-in) I remembered that I always wondered why she ordered the actual queen to scrub R2-D2. There were enough actual servants who could have ...
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Why did the agents have to physically capture Neo?

In the original Matrix movie, why did the agents have to physically chase Neo through the Matrix when he was still hardwired into the system? If even the rebels' trace program could locate Neo's cell ...
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Why did Stefan save Klaus?

In currently running season 3 of "The Vampire Diaries".. When Damon attacked Klaus with Oak tree stack, Stefan came to stop Damon and saved Klaus. The reason was given that hybrids were ordered to ...
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How did Padme's decoy from The Phantom Menace know what to say all of the time?

Queen Amidala's stand-in for the majority of the film is constantly negotiating with senators, Trade Federation leaders, and even Jedi. How did she know what Padme's wishes were, and how did she know ...
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What were Obi Wan and Qui Gon doing on the Trade Federation flagship?

I noticed that the filmmakers didn't actually establish why two Jedi were sent to talk with the Trade Federation.
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Why couldn't Qui-Gon Jinn's Force ghost warn Yoda when Anakin killed the Tusken Raiders?

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 ...
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How would Hogwarts show up on Google Maps?

We know from this question that Hogwarts is unplottable and won't show up on Google Maps, or on any other satellite photos. But what will show up instead? Will Disillusionment Charms make it look ...
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How Does Superman Propel Himself?

After reading the question How Does Superman Fly? I find I'm still left with a major question on the same topic (and the answer to the question doesn't touch on this). How does Superman propel ...
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Did Kryten's Heads Share a Sense of Identity?

Kryten had, that we have seen, three different heads. There have been times when we've seen conversations that involved the different heads and how one might feel left out from activities. In one ...
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What Happens to Someone Whose Horcrux Was Destroyed When they Die?

When someone makes a Horcrux, part of their soul is stored in it, and when the Horcrux is destroyed, so is part of their soul. In the case of Voldemort, he had split his soul into so many parts that ...
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What was Daenerys Targaryen's motive in the final chapter of A Game of Thrones? [duplicate]

If you haven't read the book massive spoilers ahead...
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Why didn't a more experienced Jedi train Anakin?

At the end of The Phantom Menace Yoda and Obi-Wan have a conversation in which Yoda voices his concerns regarding Anakin. He also reveals that the Jedi Council has agreed to train Anakin, and that Obi-...
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What did Sebulba break on Anakin's podracer?

Just before the Boonta Eve Classic, Sebulba broke something on Anakin's podracer: Later, Anakin had problem with his engines, probably caused by Sebulba's sabotage. What part did he break? Was this ...
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Did Voldemort actually curse the job of Defense Against Dark Arts professor after being denied the position?

So, everyone and their formidable Grandmother believes that DADA position at Hogwarts is cursed so that anyone taking it only lasts a year at most. Some people who know more than others, might ...
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Why did Qui-gon and Obi-wan retreat from the Destroyer droids?

At the start of The Phantom Menace Qui-gon is interrupted while cutting his way on to the bridge when two Destroyer droids engage him and Obi-wan. While these droids do have shield generators, making ...
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Why don't lightsabers affect water?

In the 1st and 2nd episodes of the currently running season 4 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, there were many underwater scenes ınvolvıng lightsabers. If you've watched those episodes, you'd have ...
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In Antares Dawn, who is Cynthia?

In the first chapter of Michael McCollum's classic Sci-fi novel, Antares Dawn, Drake and Wilson have the following conversation on the way to the Admiralty building: "How is that young lady of ...
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How were they flying in Chronicle

I know that they had telekinesis, but what were they moving? Were they moving themselves or some other way?
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Is it or is it not possible to just fly into the Nexus from the movie Star Trek - Generations

This was not made specifically clear in the movie, or maybe I missed something. Data remarked later in the film, that flying into the nexus causes ships to be damaged or destroyed when flying near ...
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Was Darth Sidious aware of Anakin prior to the Jedi picking him up?

Episodes I through III of Star Wars detail the life of Anakin Skywalker, including his manipulation at the hands of Darth Sidious. Since Anakin was apparently a side effect of work done by Darth ...
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Public domain for Star Wars?

With the upcoming re-release of The Phantom Menace in 3D Lucas has again gone and changed his movies. Is there such a thing as ‘public domain’ for movies? If so when will Star Wars reach that point,...
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Who was “The Phantom Menace”?

This might seem ridiculous, but I realised that, years after I watched the film, I've still no idea to whom the title was referring. Who was it? Anakin - not realising his hidden (phantom) side? ...
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How did Anakin restore a protocol droid and build a pod racer in secret?

With Anakin being a slave it is reasonable to believe that anything he may have built or salvaged would belong to his master/owner, Watto. Considering how technically proficient Anakin was, which ...
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Where would Anakin have gotten C-3PO's language data core?

Before episode one I figured C-3PO was a special protocol droid built by governments for governments. Considering he is in the company of an ambassador. If we are to believe that a young ...
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How do you 'travel' in a single dimension? [closed]

I do not know if I should ask this on the 'theoretical physics' stack, but I'm afraid I know nothing about Physics so I'll look like a clown there. There are many stories in which people travel ...
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Did Anakin actually use the Force to win the Boonta Classic?

In The Phantom Menace, Qui-Gon senses a strong Force presence in Anakin Skywalker. He then arranges a deal with Watto whereby if Anakin wins the Boonta Classic pod race, Watto will grant Anakin his ...

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