Star Wars Special: Who is Snoke?
The new Star Wars films fascinate me despite the fact that The Force Awakens was a deeply flawed film I can’t help but hope that there’s a grand plan in place and that The Last Jedi will blow us all away. My current obsession is the identity of the new galactic threat, Snoke. If you are a diehard then you are probably sick of all the theories and insanity surrounding Snoke. Though the film’s creators have tried to lead us into thinking Snoke may be an entirely new creation I just don’t buy it. If you are going to shroud the villain in mystery I see no huge payoff other than a major revelation.
New trailers mean new theories as to who Mr. Snoke really is. Apparently theories on Snoke’s true identity litter the web, most focusing on Darth Plagueis. Now I am a pretty big Star Wars fan but there are sooooo many other things to enjoy and at the end of the day my heart is more concerned with superheroes but that doesn’t mean speculating on Snoke is a bad idea! Here’s what I consider to be the leading candidates.
First appearance: Star Wars Tales 24
If you believe the rumors about Snoke to be true then no other force user resembles Snoke more in terms of power. Nihlius survived by feeding off the force energy of others. His hunger was so great that he was a threat to all galactic life. There have been plot leaks and rumors detailing Snoke’s need to feed off the force to rebuild his body. If true that is Nihlius all day. My only problem with the idea of Snoke being Nihlius, the armor. I just don’t see how Snoke could exist without it. The armor stores Darth Nihlius’s essence. But seeing Snoke put on that armor would be pretty awesome.
Valkorion ( Vitiate )
First appearance: Star Wars: The Old Republic 4
The new canon has established the unknown regions as an important part of the Star Wars universe and with the announcement of a new trilogy that will explore previously unexplored corners of the SW universe, it’s possible the unknown region ( along with Legacy and the Old Republic ) could be on the table. Lord Vitiate was one of the more powerful Sith lords, he established a resurgent Sith empire inside the unknown and was a force entity who took Valkorion as a host. It is highly possible he still lives in some capacity. Also, Vitiate was mentioned in the Darth Plagueis novel which is canon. Plagueis would have been concerned with Vitiate’s ability to exist as a force entity and cheat death.
First appearance: Star Wars the Ultimate Visual Guide
One of the more powerful Darth lords in Sith history, Malgus was studied by Vader and Palpatine. We know this thanks to the Book of the Sith ( a highly informative read ). Malgus was defeated and frozen in carbonite, something I suspect could be used as a way to bring such a powerful character like Snoke to the forefront. It would be a way to circumvent Yoda and other powerful Jedi’s inability to notice a force as powerful as Snoke Lurking about the galaxy and it’s a way to keep the prophecy Vader fulfilled intact. Malgus also has a scar similar to Snoke’s.
First appearance: Star Wars Tales 23
Besides being one of the most popular EU characters, Revan was a sort of prophet for Sith lords like Darth Bane and Palpatine. Without Revan there’s no rule of two, something Snoke is keenly aware of.
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Bane was an extremely powerful Sith who created the rule of two, a practice Snoke appears to be interested in following. Bane is a direct creation of George Lucas which gives his a better chance than most of being Snoke. Bane is also a massive fan favorite.
First appearance: The Art of Making Star Wars the Old Republic
Jadus makes the list due to popularity stemming from his introduction in the Old Republic. He is also one of the most powerful Sith Lords ever produced by the Sith Empire ( according to Valkorion ) Jadus is a longshot but if we are looking for powerful Sith that could be easily incorporated into the modern canon, Jadus is as good a choice as any but remains highly speculative. Also, there is no comic book first for him.
The Yuuzhan Vong and Nom Anor
It’s unlikely that Snoke is a member of this poorly received alien race. Let’s be honest, fans don’t like them or their stories but they are from the unknown and are both tall and horribly scared. We know that Palpatine was worried about a force outside of the known realm and there are connections there with Thrawn who is now part of the canon but an invading race seems more like an idea for another set of films.
First appearance ( via flashbacks )
NOTE: The Vong were first identified in the novel Vector Prime written by R.A. Savatore
Darth Plagueis the Wise
First appearance: Tag and Bink II, Revenge of the Clone Menace 2
I am not going to spend too much time on Plagueis even though he is the most likely candidate. You would have more fun searching Reddit and spending an afternoon reading about the possibility of Snoke being Palpatine’s master.
I will say this, there are some serious reasons to suspect Plagueis and even some links. He was obsessed with manipulation of what makes up the powerful connection between the force and it’s users. He was a scientist, obsessed with immortality. It’s even possible he created the Skywalker bloodline through some sort of genetic manipulation. Then there are some odd occurrences like a recent book that expands upon his origins, mentions in the book Tarkin which is canon and the Force Awakens use of the opera music from Episode 2 where Palpatine tells Anakin the story of Plagueis.
To me, Plagueis is the most logical choice.
NOTE: due to the inclusion of Tag and Bink in the upcoming Solo film, appearances of the characters are non-canon so technically Plagueis’s first is now also canon!
First appearance: Tales of the Jedi, Dark Lords of the Sith 6
Marka is another ancient, powerful Sith lord who is possesses enough power and force ghosting ability to put him on the list. Unfortunately there are no other real connections to speak of other than a small connection to Darth Plagueis.
Darth Sion the Lord of Pain
First appearance: Knights of the old republic 34 ( named )
So this animal cheated death by using his great anger to rise from the dead and hold his mangled human form together. He has the scarred look of Snoke but beyond that I am just not so sure. Sion was powerful but in his time there were stronger force users and I think the film is going to make Snoke much more powerful than Sion ever was.
I can find no actual comic appearance for Sion but it is possible he appeared in one of the KOTOR comics from Dark Horse. He was also referenced in the Darth Plagueis novel which is canon.
First Appearance Star Wars, Kanan the Last Padawan
We don’t know how his story will end but I doubt he could be Snoke for similar reasons stated above. If he were to survive how could he have escaped Vader and Palpatine’s cleansing?
Director Orson Krennic
First appearance: Rogue One, A Star Wars Story 3
OK, this one is just not gonna happen but there are some lunatics out there who wish it to be true so I have included this undervalued first.
Galen Merek ( Starkiller )
First appearance: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2
It’s possible Vader’s secret, the cloned apprentice could be Snoke though the odds are low. Remember, Snoke has intimate knowledge of the Skywalker family which was probably obtained through Palpatine records/ holocrons or possibly Vader himself. The problem…there’s already been a character named Galen recently so a name change would have to happen.
Tarre Vizsla ( first Mandalorian Jedi )
First appearance: ?
Snoke appears to have a black Kyber Crystal ring, Rogue one shows a file on Scariff called “ Black Saber “ which further solidifies its inclusion in the canon.
Legendary Mandalorian leader, Tarre Vizsla created this weapon over a thousand years ago and if he found a way to use dark energies to extend his life it’s certainly possible he is Snoke.
Tarre has no comic appearances. It is possible he appeared here but I cannot confirm this. I do know this is the first appearance of the darksaber later called the Pre Vizsla Sword which was also made into a toy during the Clone Wars show.
First appearance: Unknown
Nox makes the list due to his immense power and his quest for immortality but he has no known comic appearances though it’s possible he appeared somewhere in the Dark Horse comics.
First appearance: Star Wars Tales of the Jedi, Dark Lords of the Sith 4
If Luke were training his Padawans on Yavin 4 he could have stumbled across Exar’s tomb. Exar also was a hunter for Sith relics and found ways to extend life. The odds are low on him though.
So it appears Snoke has a weapon we haven’t seen in the films but does have a history in the comics. If Snoke somehow uses ancient Sith magic as his primary power then he could be wielding a Sith amulet. These amulets have varying powers but are capable of holding their own against any form of attack. Some heal ( which Snoke seems to need ) and some have the power to create direct links to the rich Sith history. I suspect that the black ring he wears is either the darksaber crystal ( it was canonized thanks to the TV show Rebels ) or a Sith amulet. We do know that Vader had one integrated into his armor and Ben has the remains of that armor. In any case, if Snoke’s weapon is a Sith Amulet they first appeared here: