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"You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine." ― Obi-Wan's last words before being struck down.

Obi-Wan Kenobi (also known as Ben Kenobi) (born 57 BBY- dies 0 BBY) is one of the protagonists of the Star Wars franchise. He is a Jedi Master who helped train Luke Skywalker in the ways of the Force in the original trilogy, while becoming the deuteragonist of the prequel trilogy. Obi-Wan is also the deuteragonist in the TV show Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He was the apprentice of Jedi master, Qui-Gon Jinn, and later the master of Anakin Skywalker.

He was portrayed by Alec Guinness in the original trilogy, Ewan McGregor in the prequel trilogy and James Arnold Taylor in The Clone Wars film and show, and The Force Awakens

Why He Rocks

  1. Both Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor did an amazing job portraying this Jedi Master.
  2. He's calm, funny and not afraid to put face his problems.
  3. He's a good mentor to Luke (and Anakin who came before him) as he's helpful, caring, inspirational and understanding. In fact, he even treated Luke as his own son in certain points.
  4. He's shown to be an excellent fighter during the prequels. Even when he was becoming old and bent out of place he still had a bit of fighting energy left in him.
  5. He managed to survive the Jedi purge and go into hiding for quite some time hoping he could go after Luke.
  6. Even with Obi-Wan's dry sense of humor, it gives him enough depth and likability to his character.
  7. He created memes from the franchise, that being:
    • "Hello there."
    • "It's over Anakin, I have the high ground!"
    • "You have done that yourself!"
    • "So uncivilized."
    • "Use the force, Luke."
    • "Anakin, my allegiance is to the republic, to democracy!"
    • Only a Sith deals with absolutes. I will do what I must."
    • "I have failed you Anakin. I have failed you."
      • "I should've known that the Jedi were plotting to take over!"
      • "Anakin, Chancellor Palpatine is evil!"
      • "From my point of view, the Jedi are evil!"
      • Well then, you are lost!
  8. Memes aside, not only his battle with Anakin was well-choreographed, but was also very tragic indeed where both master and student who trusted each other now have turned into bitter enemies by Palpatine's plan.
    • Obi-wan didn't just fail Anakin as a student, he has also failed to bring the promise of his late master Qui-Gon to find and train the Chosen One.
  9. The sole fact that he was willing to die so he communicate as Luke's spirit, shows how humble and courageous as is. In fact he even got a trope named after his action known as the "Obi-Wan Moment". (see below)

The Only Bad Quality

  1. There's been some dispute saying Obi-Wan could have chosen a more creative alias when he was going into hiding, or at least change his surname.


  • Obi-Wan Kenobi came in 37th place in the Heroes category on AFI's 100 Heroes and Villains countdown.
  • Certain actions around Obi-Wan have tropes named after them.
    • "Before the Dark Times" is named after Obi-Wan's speech to Luke where he talks about the Jedi and the Empire. The trope occurs when a certain city, kingdom or other kind of location lived in a time of power and wealth before falling into a dystopia.
    • "Elegant Weapon for a More Civilized Age" is named after Obi-Wan introducing Luke to a lightsaber. The trope's used to describe weapons that were once common, but now are only used by a few people.
    • "Jedi Mind Trick" is a trope commonly used where a psychic alters someone's mind, usually to cover their tracks or stay in stealth.
    • The "Obi-Wan Moment" is named after Obi-Wan's death during A New Hope. It's where a character briefly spends their last few moments reassuring the people they're close to, or find a final moment of place. Then he or she faces their death gracefully.
    • "The Obi-Wannabe" is where a character tries and fails to be a good mentor.
    • "A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil". Exactly what it sounds like.
    • "Wretched Hive" is basically a grim and dark location where one's sins are usually forgiven.
    • "Your Eyes Can Deceive You" is where sight hinders a character's chances at winning a fight or battle.
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