It's been two years since Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduced Supreme Leader Snoke, the big bad of the new Star Wars trilogy. Hardly anything is known about that disfigured leader of the First Order (other than he's not a giant), and everyone knows that time + mystery=lots of fan theories. Fans have been trying to deduce the true identity of Snoke for years, rivaling only Rey's parents in the sheer number of theories. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming up fast and while there's no guarantee that Snoke's identity will finally be revealed, the sequel could offer some precious new hints.
You can sum up everything we know about Snoke pretty quickly: he leads the First Order, he's Force-sensitive, he turned Ben Solo, and he could be very, very old. That's not a lot to go on, but fans have poured over every line of dialogue, every novel, and every possible connection they can draw to find out who Snoke truly is. There's clearly something important backstory being saved for Snoke, but we've collected all the big theories people have made trying to figure it out. From plausible to completely silly, these are the big Snoke theories on the internet.
Snoke Is Secretly Darth Plagueis
This used to be a favorite Snoke fan theory. Darth Plagueis the Wise is Palpatine's Sith master. He was so powerful that he could use the Force to create life from nothing. He's supposed to have been killed by Palpatine in his sleep, but a master of life might not die so easily. The theory believes that Snoke is actually Plagueis, who has remained in hiding until the fall of the Empire and is now finally making his move. This theory was originally supported by Snoke's theme sounding extremely similar to Plagueis' (it plays when Palpatine first describes his old master to Anakin in Revenge of the Sith). However, other than that the two characters look nothing alike, this theory has been debunked by the Lucasfilm Story Group but... they kind of have to say that, don't they?
Palpatine Never Died
Emperor Sheev Palpatine met his end when he was thrown down a seemingly bottomless pit and exploded, but you can't keep a good Sheev down. Palpatine returns from the dead in the now non-canon expanded universe novels, so a resurrection isn't entirely unheard of. This theory claims that Snoke is an even more scarred Palpatine trying to rebuild his empire with some new branding due to how similar the First Order is to the Galactic Empire. The likelihood of this happening? Not very. There's not really much to gain from bringing Palpatine back, whose story pretty much concluded. These new Star Wars movies already have a bad enough rap for retreading the original movies without adding Palpatine.