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Was Shmi Skywalker Lars Force-Sensitive?


Was Shmi Skywalker Force-sensitive? We were looking through our Google Search Console search enquiries and found something interesting. One of the search results asked whether Anakin Skywalker’s mother, Shmi Skywalker Lars, was Force-sensitive. This will be short and will not contain spoilers for future Star Wars projects.

So, we didn’t have to look very far for an answer to this question as it was addressed in a Scifi Stack Exchange. According to a Legends sourcebook, as detailed in the post, Shmi’s midi-chlorian count was under 10k. The book claimed that she had a count of 3.3k. Moreover, this was the same as her stepdaughter-in-law, Beru Lars and the smuggler, Lando Calrissian. Her daughter-in-law, Padmé Amidala, had a slightly higher count at 4.7k. Though, Padmé’s count might have been higher during her pregnancy.

Now, we need to stress that the book used is now non-canon. However, we can assume the information is still relevant in canon, though it is not official as there is no canon source that addresses this as a fact that we’re aware of. If there is a source, please tell us in the comments below.

If we look at Shmi and her screen appearances, she does not show one ounce of Force sensitivity. As stated earlier with the info from the Scifi Stack Exchange, Shmi’s midi-chlorian count was under 10k which meant she could not access the Force. Her son’s count, however, was in the high 20k range at 27.7k. Moreover, her grandchildren, Luke and Leia, each had a range of 14.5k. How, we don’t know what this would be in canon or if one twin was more powerful than the other. It doesn’t matter as their father was one of the most powerful Force wielders in the galaxy.

So to conclude, the answer to this question would be “no.” Shmi was not Force sensitive, though her descendants were powerful in the Force.

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C.J. Hawkings has written for the now-defunct Entertainment website, Movie Pilot and the still functioning WhatCulture and ScreenRant. She prides herself as a truth seeker and will do (almost) anything for coffee or Coke No Sugar. Oh! And food!

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