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I'm afraid the answer is something unanticipatingly simple and banal: there was no point. Assuming that you meant Anakin the Good Guy's Force Ghost from ROTJ Special Edition: Anakin's Force Ghost has absolutely nothing worth saying that Kylo Ren doesn't already know and taken into consideration. What is he going to say to change Kylo's mind? AFG: Ben, I ...


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It had been said that Anakin learned to become a Force ghost due to the timely assistance of ghost Obi-Wan and/or ghost Yoda. Lucas said as much on the Return of the Jedi DVD commentary: "This little scene where he burns his father's body, it wasn't originally in the script. But I decided it gave more closure in terms of Luke's relationship to his father, ...


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Not too sure about an in-universe explanation, but Star Wars concept artist Iain McCaig in Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens presented some ideas that played around with the concept of what Anakin’s “Force Ghost” was meant to represent in The Force Awakens: ‘When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.’ That inspired me to propose, for the first ...


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Becoming a Force Ghost is a relatively new skill the Jedi have discovered. In Revenge of the Sith, Yoda sends Obi Wan Kenobi to Tattoine to keep an eye on Luke but also to learn a new ability that Qui-gon has learnt (Force Ghosting). Just as Yoda plans to learn it Yoda: An old friend has learned the path to immortality. Obi-Wan: Who? Yoda: One ...


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I don't think he wanted to die in a literal sense. When he says I came to this island to die I read that as I came here to brood about my failures as a Jedi master He clearly wasn't suicidal. Luke doesn't even seem depressed in the montage of day-to-day life on the island. He's very disillusioned about the Jedi, however, and even The Force. He makes ...


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According to Wikia - which is unsourced so take this with a grain of salt! - Darth Vader learned of this ability through Darth Sidious, and upon his death, the spirits of Kenobi and Yoda completed his training by granting him the last step in becoming a spirit. I think this may be sourced from The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader book but need to re-read it ...


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According to the now-noncanonical book The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader, Obi-Wan taught him just after Anakin died: Closing his eyes as he slumped back against the shuttle ramp, Anakin Skywalker had every reason to believe that he was finally about to embrace perpetual darkness. Not for the first time, he was wrong. EPILOGUE Initially, ...


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Yes. We actually have an example of this in Revenge of the Sith. Yoda was quite surprised to discover that Qui-Gon Jinn had discovered a method of preserving his consciousness after death. His technique was apparently quite unrefined (Qui-Gon was only able to communicate verbally) but he was able to teach it to Yoda and Obi-Wan who were evidently able to ...


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Short Answer: They're almost certainly not "force ghosts". Remember that as explained in the Clone Wars episode 'Voices', a "force ghost" is someone who has died, become one with the cosmic force as all living things do, but have been able to retain their individuality and return from the netherworld. Such beings are unbound by time and space but are ...


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In Legends, Lord Vader learned of the existence of Force Ghosts from Darth Sidious, and since the Sith in that continuity had many, many instances of the Sith attaching their spirits/essence to objects or locations, it's logical to assume that both sides knew of the other's versions of "immortality" when they were both at the height of their power and that ...


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For movie canon Qui-Gon does appear, and speaks to Yoda sometime during the events of Revenge of the Sith. This scene where Qui-Gon first talks to Yoda didn't make it to the movies but appears in The Clone Wars. Here's the official script where Qui-Gon speaks to Yoda. YODA: Failed to stop the Sith Lord, I have. Still ...


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As Obi Wan says: if you strike me down I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine We never know quite how much force ghosts help out heroes. The number of lucky breaks they have, the times the overcome impossible odds, or meeting just the right person in the whole galaxy. Quite what they do or how they work is beyond our imagining.


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I believe in the Thrawn trilogy it's mentioned he never spoke to Force Ghost Yoda or Force Ghost Anakin. I seem to recall Force Ghost Kenobi giving subtle guidance, such as directing him to places (e.g. the Jedi temple on Yavin IV in The Lost City of the Jedi) or giving warnings like in The Truce at Bakura.


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Wookiepedia on Force Ghosts says "interact with the living, albeit not physically", referencing "The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia". To be honest, I'm slightly skeptical - in order to be seen and heard by Luke in Ep4/Ep6, the ghosts must have SOMEHOW transmitted the images/sounds to Luke's brain, by interacting with the senses or brain directly.


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Disney now says Yes they can. warning: mild spoilers for Last Jedi Yoda as a force ghost in The Last Jedi is able to summon a bolt of lightning from the sky strong enough to set an entire tree ablaze. This is quite a destructive act, although not performed in a dark side manner, is quite a scary prospect that a ghost can cause such a significant damage ...


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in the Star Wars the Clone Wars 2009 t.v. series, in season 6 Yoda is learning to have the ability to become a force ghost. He had to defeat his inner self to do so, and so I believe that when Anakin killed The Emperor he had defeated his inner-evil self thus allowing him to join Yoda and Obi Wan. Yes i definitely believe that because Anakin was 'the chosen ...


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The passage from the Thrawn Trilogy novels (now considered Legends canon) where Obi-Wan's Force Ghost bids farewell to Luke Skywalker implies it requires some effort by a deceased Force user to sustain themselves as a separate spirit, and that eventually they merge with the Force. In addition, I thought it was stated in Legends canon that Obi-Wan and Yoda ...


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I can't say for sure, but I think there are some clues in The Clone Wars episode "Voices" when Yoda contacts the Force Ghost of Qui-Gon Jinn. Qui-Gon says that he is a "manifestation" of the Force, and explains that the Force is made up of two parts, the "Living Force" and the "Cosmic Force". From the transcript here: I am a manifestation of the Force, a ...


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I think there are multiple reasons why Anakin's force ghost did not appear to Kylo Ren throughout The Force Awakens: 1. Disney wanted to reboot the franchise and did not want to mention anything from the prequels This does not mean that the prequels aren't canon--they are. But Disney did not want to mention them due to them being hated by the majority of ...


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It is more likely that Force ghosts are visions or voices that manifest entirely in the minds of the living persons they are appearing to, therefore conforming to their expectations (the most important being the ghost's feet being aligned with the same ground level as the living). In the last scene of ROTJ (VI), only Luke sees the Force ghosts (also notice ...


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This is hypothetical. But, what if Vader already was technically a force ghost (like Sion and Nihlus). Anakin Skywalker was dead, it was his hate and anger that kept his body alive. In a sense being a zombified tortured spirit preserved by the unnatural energy of the Dark Side. Only when he let go of that hate could his spirit finally become one with the ...


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The answer is yes. From Season 6 of the Clone Wars (aka the Lost Missions), the final 3-story arc ("Voices", "Destiny", and "Sacrifice"), Yoda is contacted by Qui-Gon Jinn and is asked to finish Qui-Gon's quest to learn how to retain his identify after death. In the 2nd episode ("Destiny"), Yoda encounters the Five Priestesses, who are to instruct him in ...


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From my understanding, it was never discussed whether Force Entities are powerful or not. One becomes a Force Entity upon death, when he/she manages to deny the will of the Force. It is said that at some point Qui-Gon Jinn has traveled to a planet in which an extremely powerful race of Force Users lived on. These users were called Whills. There he learnt ...


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Disney Canon Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon communicated while Kenobi was in exile: This is shown in From a Certain Point of View: "Master and Apprentice" "Qui Gon." The name is spoken by another. Qui-Gon has been summoned. He draws upon his memories of himself and takes shape, reassembling the form he had last in life. Later in the story: "You are ...


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  Since they removed scene from the movie, it was introduced later in the final episodes of Clone Wars, to tie up some loose ends. Final three episodes of that cartoon give answers (and create new questions :) ) about many things.


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Since you've not asked for an in-universe reason, I'll go with the out-of-universe reason. Because it's a film that is intended to be suitable for children. While it's perfectly possible to include full-frontal male nudity in a film without attracting the wrath of the MPAA, the reality is that an extended shot of Obi-Wan walking around naked would have ...


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People need to remember Anakin's ghost, old or young Prouse or Christenson, appears to Luke to narratively confirm that Luke has succeeded in redeeming his father, Anakin. It's more about the story's needs than being consistent about how the Force works. All this talk of Darth Vader and Anakin as "different people" is merely taking semantics as reality; ...


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I would like to be proven wrong on this but I suspect the following. There are explicit dark and light side techniques. The ability to produce a Force Ghost is explicitly a Light Side technique. The ability to communicate with Force Ghosts may also be a Light Side technique. Whether or not Kylo Ren is capable of it, he may not be willing to perform a ...


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In the EU, in the Jedi Academy series and in I, Jedi, the Force Ghost of Exar Kun was not able to interact physically with anyone. Not seriously. We do see Luke, when he is trapped out of his body by Exar Kun, he is able to produce a very small vibration in R2D2's casing. But that's it. Exar Kun is able to do a lot of bad things though. He uses his ...


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