Just when we thought the character of Jar Jar Binks was far behind us, the famously annoying character who made his debut in 1999's Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace is making a comeback.
There seems to be no other explanation for this other than Mark Hamill playing some Jedi mind tricks on fans.
Jar Jar Binks was initially conceived as a role for comedic relief loosely based off of Disney's classic character, Goofy.
Unfortunately, Jar Jar wound up being a wildly unpopular character, and diehard fans are still holding a grudge against George Lucas for conjuring up the wacky alien.
@jacobcmcafee Worst character ever— Keith Walker (@Keith Walker)1562604368.0
But not everyone is anti-Jar Jar.
Turns out the random resurgence of his character revealed those who think of him fondly.
I have no idea why it’s trending, but Jar Jar Binks is the hero we need— Matthew Pate (@Matthew Pate)1562594536.0
@MatthewCP8 Thank you 🙏😁, I'm not the only #jarjar fan out there Yesssss! https://t.co/Y9UHFAIEfZ— Sarah 👸🏼👩🏼🍳❌🐈🌼🥥 (@Sarah 👸🏼👩🏼🍳❌🐈🌼🥥)1562601084.0
Twenty years later, Jar Jar is finding his viral place in social media.
ESPN writer Ryan McGee commented on the random phenomenon and gave the trending topic a further boost.
Jar Jar Binks trending because people are asking "Why is Jar Jar Binks trending?" is the most Jar Jar Binks thing e… https://t.co/LUIGA5RP2X— Ryan McGee (@Ryan McGee)1562592738.0
@ESPNMcGee Everybody always hated Jar Jar. I’ve always thought he was more funny than annoying— Eric Johnson (@Eric Johnson)1562593158.0
Some are having a change of heart.
@ESPNMcGee I was 8 when episode 1 came out so that might have something to do with it. What I do remember was fans… https://t.co/VppEGJ6LZJ— Eric Johnson (@Eric Johnson)1562608634.0
So what's with the comeback?
Seriously? Jar Jar Binks is trending? What on Earth for? #JarJarBinks— Bill Albert (@Bill Albert)1562593913.0
Rest assured, Ahmed Best – the actor on which the CGI rendering of Jar Jar was modeled – is alive and well.
The wacky character also remains with us and has not been killed off in any of the various storylines in the galactic franchise.
Omg. I saw that Jar Jar Binks was trending and got so worried that he had died!— elizabeth (@elizabeth)1562593173.0
In fact, according to author Chuck Wendig's canon trilogy of novels, Jar Jar has returned to Naboo and is entertaining children as a street clown.
Here is an excerpt describing the antics of a certain character mentioned in Wendig's novel, Star Wars Aftermath: Empire's End.
"Since children started coming in by the shipload as refugees, the Gungan has served them, performing for the kids once or twice a day. He does tricks. He juggles. He falls over and shakes his head as his eyes roll around inside their fleshy stalks. He makes goofy sounds and does strange little dances."
"Sometimes it's the same performance, repeated. Sometimes the Gungan does different things, things you've never seen, thing's you'll never see again. Just a few days ago, he splashed into the fountain's center, then pretended to have the streams shoot him way up in the air."
"He leapt straight up, then back down with a splash. And he leapt from compass point to compass point, back and forth, before finally conking his head on the edge and plopping down on his butt. Shaking his head. Tongue wagging. All the kids laughed. Then the Gungan laughed, too."
Whew friend told me jar jar Binks was trending and my heart got worried. Thankfully he's still with us https://t.co/lBk45fDWua— ewokfuzzynuttz🐻 (@ewokfuzzynuttz🐻)1562589886.0
Star Wars fans have a hunch as to who might ultimately be responsible for bringing back the scorned Gungan from the planet of Naboo.
Mark Hamill, who will forever be known as Luke Skywalker, tweeted a game chart that determined fans' Star Wars fates.
On Monday, Hamill wrote:
"I refuse to be distracted by such meaningless, moronic time-wasters (especially since my home planet was blown up by an unnamed stormtrooper)."
I refuse to be distracted by such meaningless, moronic time-wasters (especially since my home planet was blown up b… https://t.co/7wBX2zNffO— Mark Hamill (@Mark Hamill)1562579477.0
Based on the chart, your birth month corresponding with the first letter of your name will reveal your destiny.
In Hamill's case, the 67-year-old actor was born on September 25, which would indicate that his home planet was blown up by "an unnamed Stormtrooper."
It may be a stretch, but the letter "J" representing Jar Jar could have been the culprit for his name being brought back into everyone's consciousness.
THIS! This is the source of Jar Jar Binks and Boba Fett in the Trending tab! Settle down everyone, I thought Jar Ja… https://t.co/s49vRqroUw— The Original Sangster (@The Original Sangster)1562589337.0
The hate towards Jar Jar is real.
Even actor Jon Cryer was weeping over his Star Wars fate, tweeting:
"My father turns out to be Jar Jar Binks?!? Noooooooooooooooo."
My father turns out to be Jar Jar Binks?!? Noooooooooooooooo https://t.co/gmrFrQyAC7— Jon Cryer (@Jon Cryer)1562593679.0
@MrJonCryer At least you didnt loose a lightsaber battle to jar jar binks! https://t.co/rSAVO7JpCW— Jenn Boyd (@Jenn Boyd)1562596241.0
People continuing to look for a logical explanation are contributing to the momentum of Jar Jar's popularity.
Ok so all I figure for why Jar Jar Binks is trending is people asking why it's trending. All I want to know is how… https://t.co/jWw4AfrVVB— Rob Edwards (@Rob Edwards)1562589300.0
Jar Jar Binks is trending. Nobody seems to know why. I'm okay with this. https://t.co/8lw4jOlAYo— Susan DeStefanis (@Susan DeStefanis)1562593040.0
With the final installment of the sequel trilogy The Rise of Skywalker, poised to hit theaters on December 20, 2019, the ridiculous theory of Jar Jar's true identity as a Sith Lord is taking the trending topic further as a possible plot point.
@OrginalSangster No Jar Jar is the greatest sith lord ever he blew up my home 🌎. https://t.co/Ec6Nkr5O3V— Patriots Forever (@Patriots Forever)1562590859.0
Will "Jar Jar Binks" finally be revealed as a Sith Lord? https://t.co/Gm33uEDVJA— A sad (@A sad)1562591974.0
Best struggled after his infamous portrayal of Jar Jar Binks incited a backlash among fans.
George Lucas picked Best after spotting him in a production of Stomp, a theatrical percussion group, for the role Michael Jackson initially wanted to portray in prosthetics.
But what should have been an exciting career highlight for the athletic actor, Best's portrayal of Jar Jar Binks wasn't exactly a star-making turn. In 2018, after facing perpetual criticism, he contemplated suicide.
Since Best made his internal struggle public, the Star Wars community responded warmly with a huge amount of support for the actor, and the hatred towards Jar Jar diminished. At least a little.
Maybe the new generation has more of an open mind to embrace Jar Jar with open arms and not with a lightsaber.
Anything is possible, especially if Hamill's chart says that I'm married to C-3PO.
Most importantly, what is YOUR Star Wars fate?