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Star Wars Makes KOTOR's SITH Chosen One Prophecy Canon At Last


  • The prophecy of the Sith’ari, a Sith version of the Chosen One, is linked to Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars canon.
  • The prophecy of the Sith’ari and the Chosen One both impacted Anakin’s life, with the Jedi believing he would bring balance to the Force and the Sith believing he would lead them to glory.
  • Anakin fulfilled both prophecies, destroying the Sith and bringing balance to the Force, while Palpatine seems to have believed Anakin was the key to the Sith’s resurrection.

Star Wars canon has brought back the prophecy of the Sith’ari, a Sith version of the Chosen One that is clearly linked to Anakin Skywalker as well. There’s a sense in which Anakin Skywalker’s fate was set in stone the moment he first crossed paths with Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn on Tatooine. Qui-Gon recognized Anakin’s unique potential, and swiftly concluded he was in fact the Chosen One; a being foretold to bring balance to the Force itself.

The weight of this prophecy hung heavily on Anakin’s shoulders over the years. He knew great things were expected of him, and he often felt the strictures and rules of the Jedi Order were restricting him unnecessarily, holding him back from his destiny; ironically, the prophecy seems to have led the Jedi Council to avoid asking necessary searching questions that would have exposed his flaws. But another prophecy had an equally great impact on Anakin’s life, one known only to the Sith, and it’s now canon once again.


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The Sith’ari Explained

Introduced in the Expanded Universe, & Now Officially Canon Again

Anakin Skywalker standing in front of a room full of younglings with his lightsaber ignited

The prophecy of the Sith’ari hails from the old Star Wars Expanded Universe, and it has finally been referenced in Dr. Chris Kempshall’s The Rise and Fall of the Galactic Empire. Here’s the relevant excerpt, written by in-universe historian Beaumont Kin:

“My previous research into the ancient lore of both the Jedi and the Sith often found references to a prophesised individual. The Jedi called them ‘the Chosen One’ while fragments of Sith writings make mention of the coming of the “Sith’ari.” Both of these legends share certain aspects and details regarding the coming of one who was born of the Force itself and who would wield tremendous power. The Jedi believed this individual would bring balance to the Force, the Sith that they would lead them to glory. Prophesies are difficult things to decipher and are often more a matter of faith than of destiny. But it appears, both from tales within the Jedi Order in the last days of the Republic and from scrolls retrieved from Exegol, that both sides believed the individual in question to be Anakin Skywalker.”

The Sith’ari was first mentioned in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and this prophecy was generally believed to be fulfilled in Darth Bane, founder of the Rule of Two. Daniel Wallace’s Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side reinterpreted this, however, establishing that every prominent Sith Lord arrogantly assumed the prophecy spoke about them. Curiously, though, The Rise and Fall of the Galactic Empire seems to suggest there’s more to this prophecy than in Legends, because there’s no hint of being born of the Force in that version.

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Was Anakin Skywalker Both Sith’ari & Chosen One?

Anakin fulfilled both prophesies

The Legends prophecy of the Sith’ari doesn’t really seem to speak of Anakin Skywalker, but rather of Palpatine. It foretells the coming of one who would be free of limits, who would lead the Sith and destroy them, and – curiously – who would raise the Sith from death and make them stronger than ever before. This would seemingly point to Palpatine’s Legends resurrection in Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy’s Dark Empire miniseries (a story largely repeated in canon’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker).


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The Rise and Fall of the Galactic Empire suggests Palpatine believed Anakin Skywalker was the Sith’ari. According to Beaumont Kin, there’s in-universe evidence Palpatine believed Anakin Skywalker was the one through whom he would learn to conquer death. There’s a sense in which he was right; Anakin tossed him to his death in the end, after all, and he was raised to life as the embodiment of the dark side. But it was hardly the fulfillment Darth Sidious sought, because Anakin was both Sith’ari and Chosen One, and he both destroyed the Sith and brought balance to the Force.

It’s fascinating to imagine Anakin Skywalker essentially caught between two prophecies; the Jedi viewing him as the Chosen One who would destroy the Sith, while the Sith believed he would be the key to their resurrection. The problem, as Beaumont Kin notes, is that prophecies are tricky things, and their fulfillment can only be seen from a certain point of view. Anakin’s Star Wars story certainly proves that.

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