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Obi-Wan Kenobi

Species: Human

Homeworld: Stewjon

Portrayed by: Alec Guinness (1977-1983), Ewan McGregor (1999-)
Voiced by: James Arnold Taylor (The Clone Wars, Rebels [younger]), Stephen Stanton (Rebels)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish dub): Mario Filio (Prequel Trilogy era)
Voiced by (European Spanish dub): Luis Posada Mendoza and Daniel Garcia (Original Trilogy and Prequel Trilogy, respectively)
Voiced by (Japanese dub): Toshiyuki Morikawa (Prequel Trilogy era), Goro Naya (Original Trilogy era)
Voiced by (French dub): Bruno Choël (Prequel Trilogy era)
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Master Obi-Wan Kenobi

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"It takes strength to resist the dark side. Only the weak embrace it."

"Sith Lords are our speciality."

Obi-Wan Kenobi was originally the Padawan learner of maverick Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. After a fateful mission to Naboo to end a blockade enforced by the Trade Federation, Obi-Wan lost his master to the Sith Lord Darth Maul, but gained his own Padawan learner in a Force-sensitive human from Tatooine named Anakin Skywalker. Ten years later, the two were reunited with Naboo senator Padmé Amidala while protecting her from assassins during the Separatist crisis, which erupted into the Clone Wars. During the war, Obi-Wan became one of the leading Jedi generals of the Republic army in addition to being raised to the rank of Jedi Master and granted a seat on the Jedi Council while Anakin became a Jedi Knight and trained a Padawan learner of his own named Ahsoka Tano. At the end of the war, he was one of the few surviving Jedi and went into hiding from the Galactic Empire on Tatooine as a secret guardian of Luke Skywalker, one of the twin children of Anakin, who then served the Emperor as Darth Vader.


  • The Ace: Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the best Jedi that the Jedi Order has ever had. Apart from Anakin, he is the third strongest of the Council (Under Windu and Yoda), a tactical genius, and a master of multiple forms of lightsaber combat (particularly Form III) in addition to the fact that he has bested every Sith apprentice of his time (with the exception of Count Dooku) and many other great threats, such as General Grievous and Cad Bane.
  • Ace Pilot: Don't let his stated aversion to flying fool you. He can pilot a starfighter like an expert. When Jango Fett gets the upper hand during their dogfight over Geonosis, Obi-Wan manages to evade three or four sonic charges, and then avoids a blistering hail of laser fire from Slave I's cannons, and only gets tagged twice. Jango fires with pinpoint accuracy, but simply can't hit him!
  • Action Hero: Boy, is he ever. He sees more combat than most of the other Jedi in the Canon.
  • Adoptive Peer Parent: Downplayed. After Qui-Gon's death, Obi-Wan becomes Anakin's master and parental surrogate. At the time, Obi-Wan is 25 and Anakin is 9, making for a sixteen year gap. Qui-Gon, in comparison, was 60. As a result, Anakin and Obi-Wan have more of a brotherly relationship than a father-son one (although Anakin does think of him as father figure, too)...and they bicker like siblings as well.
  • Alliterative Name: One of the most famous examples in Star Wars (Obi-Wan Kenobi).
  • Ambadassador: He's even nicknamed "The Negotiator" during the Clone Wars due to both his skill at diplomacy and his skills as a Jedi.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love:
    • An indirect one. In "Voyage of Temptation", when Satine was briefly held captive by Tal Merrik, she gave a similar declaration of her love for Obi-Wan. While he attempts to remain professional, Obi-Wan confesses that had Satine asked him, he would've left the Jedi Order for her.
    • A platonic example to Anakin in Revenge of the Sith. After Anakin becomes a Sith, the former friends duel and Obi-Wan wins after cutting off Anakin's non-robotic hand and both legs. Obi-Wan then tearfully screams that Anakin was his brother and he loved him.
  • The Apprentice: He was still learning from Qui-Gon during the time of The Phantom Menace.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Darth Maul, who has a deeply personal vendetta against Obi-Wan for defeating him on Naboo; their battle cost Maul his position as Sidious' apprentice, his lower body, and his sanity. On Obi-Wan's end, Maul's slaying both Qui-Gon and Satine makes the vendetta far from one-sided.
    • General Grievous serves as his main rival for the duration of the Clone Wars, with the two meeting in battle several times and Obi-Wan ultimately slaying the cyborg general.
    • Ultimately, however, Obi-Wan's greatest enemy is Anakin himself.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Several times, including with Qui-Gon in The Phantom Menace, Mace Windu in Attack of the Clones and The Clone Wars episode "Children of the Force", Anakin in Attack of the Clones, The Clone Wars, and Revenge of the Sith, and Satine in The Clone Wars episode "Voyage of Temptation".
  • Badass Beard: He has a very sharp beard for that "mature gentleman" look when on a mission.
  • Badass Bookworm: He is an intelligent, cultured gentleman who can kick a lot of ass when the time for it comes.
  • Bash Brothers: With Anakin during the Clone Wars before Anakin turns to the Dark Side and does a Face–Heel Turn.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • Obi-Wan openly faces General Grievous on Utapau because he anticipates his ego will compell the cyborg to fight him one-on-one to prove he can defeat him, thus buying time for the clone troopers to reach their level.
    • He correctly guesses that Padmé will go find Anakin after he tells her about his Face–Heel Turn, stowing away in her ship so that she can unwittingly bring him straight to Anakin.
  • Battle Couple: Zigzagged. While he and Satine had mutual feelings for each other, they didn't follow through on said feelings due to their respective duties. As for the "battle" part, Obi-Wan is a master on the lightsaber and Satine, despite being a staunch pacifist, has proven to be handy with a blaster.
  • Bearer of Bad News: In Revenge of the Sith, he gets the supremely unpleasant task of telling Padmé that Anakin has turned to the Dark Side, knowing she's in love with him and that he is the father of her unborn child/children. Padmé doesn't take it well at all and Obi-Wan clearly feels terrible about the whole situation, barely able to keep himself together and apologizing to Padmé as he leaves. It's subverted later when a barely-conscious Padmé asks him if Anakin is alright on Mustafar; Obi-Wan doesn't mention that he just mutilated an Ax-Crazy Anakin, watched him catch fire and left him for dead, nor does he mention any of this as a dying Padmé assures him there's still good left in Anakin.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Satine. They can barely spend five minutes together without snarking at each other, but both admit to still being in love, even if their respective duties prevent a relationship.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He is described as "the ultimate Jedi" partially because he is modest, centered, and kind. Nonetheless, if you push him far enough (like taking part in the murder of almost his entire "family", ie. the Jedi Order, including innocent children), he is prepared to hack off your limbs and leave you alone to slowly burn to death.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He had this towards Anakin. At least, before Anakin turned to the Dark Side.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Anakin. He even refers to Anakin as his brother in Revenge of the Sith, while Anakin tells him he is like a father to him in Attack of the Clones.
  • Big "NO!":
    • He yells it in The Phantom Menace when Qui-Gon was killed by Darth Maul.
    • He also yells it again in The Clone Wars episode "Revival" when Adi Gallia is killed by Darth Maul's brother Savage Opress.
  • Blade on a Stick: He wields a spear in the Geonosian arena until he gets his hands on a lightsaber.
  • Bodyguard Crush: During his days as a Padawan learner, Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon were assigned to protect Satine from insurgents of Mandalore. As such, he and Satine grew close and their feelings became romantic, but nothing came of it. They still loved each other, even though at least a decade had passed by.
  • Brainy Brunette: He has auburn hair and is a highly intelligent individual.
  • Bridal Carry: He carries an unconscious Padmé this way in Revenge of the Sith, when he rushes her off her ship for urgent medical treatment. It's justified, as she's heavily pregnant so he can't really carry her any other way very easily.
  • Bond One-Liner: After he blasts General Grievous to death, Obi-Wan takes a moment to voice his opinion of blasters.
    Obi-Wan: So uncivilized.
  • Butt-Monkey: Obi-Wan certainly gets the crap kicked out of him in Attack of the Clones, as he is dropped from a great height over Coruscant, head-butted, pummeled, lassoed, and dragged by Jango Fett, taken captive, and chased repeatedly by an Acklay before finally being slashed by Dooku's lightsaber (the only time we see him lose a fight in the Star Wars canon until the duel in A New Hope, which he arguably threw to save Luke).
  • Cain and Abel: He is the Abel to Anakin's Cain. This is more evident and obvious at the end of Revenge of the Sith when Obi-Wan refers to Anakin as his brother and says that he loved him before he turned to the Dark Side.
  • Call-Forward:
    • This line of his that's featured in Attack of the Clones, which serves as the quote for the trope page:
      [to Anakin] "Why do I get the feeling that one of these days you're going to be the death of me?"
    • During his stint as Rako Hardeen, he uses the codename "Ben". He was so fond of it that he used the codename for years on Tatooine.
  • The Charmer: He is especially this in The Clone Wars as he occasionally tends to flirt with any woman he meets, even the ones trying to kill him (such as Asajj Ventress). As a result of being a Celibate Hero, however, he rarely means it.
  • Combat Parkour: During his early Padawan years, his combat style of choice was the acrobatic Ataru. He switches to using Soresu after his duel with Darth Maul on Naboo, but he still maintained a working practice in the form and since then generally reserved it in the occasion that he has to go on the offensive.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • During his duel against Maul and Savage on Florrum, Obi-Wan kicks Savage's knee out from behind him before chopping his arm off. Likewise, he kills Grievous during his final duel against him with a well-timed blaster shot, rather than with his lightsaber (which, admittedly, he'd dropped earlier).
    • Regardless of how silly it sounds, the whole "I have the high ground" thing is the Jedi Order's combat principle that teaches a Jedi to use environmental advantage.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: It's more like Contrasting Prequel Main Character. Obi-Wan serves as this to Han Solo, as they both were part of the Power Trio of their respective trilogies.
    • The both serve as The Lancer and older brotherly figures to the protagonist of their own trilogies (Obi-Wan to Anakin, Han to Luke). While Obi-Wan was Anakin's Jedi teacher and partner who Anakin also saw as a Parental Substitute, Han was Luke's partner and closest friend, who later becomes his brother-in-law. Also, Obi-Wan and Anakin's bond was eventually destroyed when the latter turned to the Dark Side; and while Han and Luke initially had a rocky relationship given the former's Anti-Hero traits, they eventually became as close as family.
    • Obi-Wan is a Nice Guy with an aversion for guns and flying (despite being an Ace Pilot in regards to the latter) while Han was a Jerk with a Heart of Gold known for having a blaster as his main Weapon of Choice and and Ace Pilot in his own right, and he loved both.
    • Both of them had a belligerent romance with their respective love interest who were involved in politics (Obi-Wan with Satine, Han with Leia). However, Obi-Wan and Satine never entered into a relationship, choosing their duties over romance, which was furthered cemented after Maul murdered Satine; Han and Leia proclaimed their love for each other, married, and had a son. Unfortunately, their marriage was a rocky one and before they could reconcile their son, Ben Solo/Kylo Ren, murdered Han.
    • Obi-Wan was an Ideal Hero, staunch believer in the Jedi Code and the Force, and could be quite strict, but loosened up considerably by the time of the Original Trilogy; Han is a muggle Anti-Hero, initially didn't believe in the Force, and was quite impulsive before becoming more level-headed.
    • Both were murdered by someone they had a complicated father-son relationship with. Obi-Wan was killed by Darth Vader (formerly Anakin Skywalker). However, he intentionally threw the fight and they had a more brotherly relationship; Han was killed by his son, Kylo Ren (formerly Ben Solo). Han was clearly shocked but forgave him and they were biologically related.
  • Cool Helmet: He gets one as part of his Rako Hardeen disguise (and it's based on old Ralph McQuarrie concept art for Boba Fett's helmet).
  • Cool Starship: He pilots some pretty nifty starfighters in Attack of the Clones, The Clone Wars, and Revenge of the Sith, despite his slight aversion to flying.
  • Cool Sword: The three blue-bladed lightsabers that he wielded during separate points of his life in the Canon.
  • Cunning Linguist: Obi-Wan has a fluency in, among other languages, Twi'leki ("Innocents of Ryloth") and the tongue of the Armani ("A Death on Utapau").
  • Cynical Mentor: He was a initially bit of one towards Anakin. Although he clearly cares for him, he has reservations about his training and thinks Anakin is too arrogant and reckless. Their relationship improves greatly in The Clone Wars to the point where Obi-Wan regards him as a brother and defends him to the Jedi Council in Revenge of the Sith, insisting "He will not let me down. He never has". Obi-Wan is genuinely shocked when Anakin turns to the Dark Side.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Obi-Wan is a very skilled Jedi with a very sharp wit and sardonically sarcastic sense of humor.
    Obi-Wan: That's your plan? Just fly in there, land, hope they don't spot us, and walk in the door?
    Anakin: Basically.
    Obi-Wan: Oh, brilliant. Let's get going.
    • Also:
    Obi-Wan: You seem a bit on edge.
    Anakin: There's a good chance that we're about to destroy all life on this planet, including ours and the senator's. So yes, I'm a bit on edge! Why aren't you?
    Obi-Wan: [shrugs] I'm better at hiding it.
    • A case could also be made for him being at least a partial Stepford Snarker. His tendency to drop witty comments increased noticeably after The Phantom Menace and Qui-Gon Jinn's death. After the Battle of Geonosis, it got another "boost".
  • Determinator: He refused to give up after learning about the occurrences of the Jedi Purge and Anakin's betrayal of the Jedi Order. While he's clearly hurt by these things years after the fact, he still operates on the belief that Luke will be the one to save the Jedi.
  • Deuteragonist: He is this in the Prequel Trilogy and The Clone Wars, where Obi-Wan serves as a heroic protagonist in contrast to the increasingly amoral Anakin.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: He and Satine never got together due to his commitment to the Jedi. The fact she is later murdered by Darth Maul cements this.
  • Does Not Like Guns: Until he's forced to use one against Grievous. Even though one saved his life, he still quickly throws it away in disgust over how uncivilized it was.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: In "The Lawless", he poses as a Death Watch soldier in order to rescue Satine.
  • Dual Wielding: He pulls this off on occasion, such as during his duel with Grievous in "Grievous Intrigue" (using an electrostaff), his showdown with Cad Bane in "Hunt for Ziro" (using Quinlan Vos' lightsaber in addition to his own), and his second duel with Maul and Savage in "Revival" (using the late Adi Gallia's lightsaber).
  • Enemy Mine:
    • He teams up with Asajj Ventress in "Revenge" to duel Darth Maul and Savage Opress.
    • He joins forces with Bo-Katan in "The Lawless" in order to escape Mandalore.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Twice. In The Phantom Menace, he has short hair with a Padawan braid to indicate his youth. In Attack of the Clones (which takes place ten years after The Phantom Menace), he has longer hair and a beard. In The Clone Wars, he has cut his hair shorter again to show his increasing maturity and experience.
  • Faking the Dead: As part of his infiltration during the Deception arc.
  • Fantastic Racism: He does not consider droids to be "alive" despite evidence of droids having personalities and feelings. However, he eventually comes to change this view to an extent, particularly in regards to C-3PO and R2-D2.
  • Fatal Flaw: His strict, almost unwavering adherence to the Jedi Code, even the restrictive and outdated parts. It sometimes prevents him from seeing the bigger picture and causes a lot of friction and antagonism in his Master-Apprentice relationship with Anakin, who often finds himself at odds with Jedi teachings. As a result, Obi-Wan unintentionally pushes Anakin away and also doesn't realize the truth of the Clone Wars and Darth Sidious until it's far, far too late. He notably overcomes this by the time of the Original Trilogy through being more open-minded and having a much more easy-going relationship with Luke.
  • The Fettered: Jedi are this as a rule, but Obi-Wan explicitly mentions the strength that comes from resisting the temptation of the Dark Side during his conversation with Darth Maul in "The Lawless".
  • Fiery Redhead: Inverted. He has auburn hair but is the poster boy for a Jedi with control over their emotions.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He seems to be this with Padmé. They don't interact much in The Phantom Menace, whilst at the beginning of Attack of the Clones, Obi-Wan is strictly professional with her and warns Anakin to wary of her, as she's "a politician" and "not to be trusted". However, after Padmé goes to great efforts to save him when he's captured by Separatists and they fight alongside each other at the Battle of Geonosis, he changes his opinion of her and comes to care for her a great deal. It's implied he intentionally turns a blind eye to her relationship with Anakin because he just wants them to be happy and also comes to see Padmé at her apartment to talk about Anakin with her. In Revenge of the Sith, when Obi-Wan has to tell Padmé about Anakin's turn to the Dark Side, he tries to break it to her as gently as possible and is clearly remorseful about breaking her heart, sincerely apologizing when he figures out she's pregnant. He does what he can to help her after she is gravely injured by Anakin, is at her side when she gives birth and is visibly distraught when she dies. It can be assumed that Obi-Wan's friendship with Padmé is one of the reasons he dedicates his later life to protecting her son.
  • Foil: To Anakin. They are both skilled and famous Jedi with troubled love lives who grow disillusioned with the Jedi Order during the Clone Wars.
    • Anakin is an anti-heroic, arrogant, Hot-Blooded, reckless Jedi Knight who hardly followed the Jedi Code, had trouble with personal attachment, and a number of things lead him to become a Sith; Obi-Wan is a humble, cool-headed Jedi Master and Ideal Hero, with a strict adherence to the Jedi Code, practices the teachings of not forming emotional attachment, and remains a Jedi even though he has a Broken Pedestal with the Order.
      • Tying into the above, Anakin was brought into the Jedi Order at nine-years-old, which was considered too old and a way for him to turn to the Dark Side, which is why the Jedi Council initially refused his attendance. Obi-Wan was brought in way younger than Anakin and didn't go through such a trial. Anakin was never made a Jedi Knight as early as he thought and never given the title Master even though he could be on the Council; Obi-Wan didn't go through the same experience and was a Jedi Master by 35.
    • Their respective love interests are in politics and, as stated above, both Jedi have troubled love lives in which both relationships end tragically. And their relationship grew romantic because the Jedi were protecting the politician from attempted murder — Anakin is in a secret marriage with Senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo whom he's been in love since their younger years, but a combination of his growing distrust of the Jedi Order, attachment issues, personal trauma, and possessiveness over his wife causes him to grow controlling over her to the point he Force chokes her after his Face–Heel Turn. As such, Anakin's betrayal and her unexpected birth causes Padmé's death and he only heard about it from Palpatine; Obi-Wan has an unresolved romance with Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore, whom he met and fell in love with during his Padawan learner days, but both chose their duties over their love for each other, and Obi-Wan was Forced to Watch Maul murder her. While both couples met in their respective youths, Anakin has a mild Age-Gap Romance with Padmé and they met as children (nine and fourteen, respectively) while it's implied that Obi-Wan and Satine are around the same age and met most likely as young adults or in their late teens.
    • Anakin was taught by the strict and critical Obi-Wan, but had a more laid-back approach went teaching his own Padawan, Ahsoka Tano; Obi-Wan was taught by the more carefree Qui-Gon Jinn, but was more authoritative with Anakin during the latter's Padawan years. Anakin's relationship with Obi-Wan would eventually crumble over time until his death; while Obi-Wan had disagreements with Qui-Gon, they still had a less complicated relationship.
  • Forced to Watch: In "The Lawless", Obi-Wan is forced to watch Darth Maul kill Satine.
  • Forgot About His Powers: During his final duel with General Grievous, Obi-Wan doesn't use his Force powers until the very end despite Grievous' complete vulnerability to them; when he does, he knocks Grievous flat on his ass (after a 20-foot flight through the air, into the ceiling). It's possible, however, that Obi-Wan was just stalling for time before his troops got in position, which would make this a rare justified example.
  • Four-Star Badass: As with every Jedi Knight and Jedi Master, he was given the rank of "Jedi General" within the Clone Army.
  • Gentle Touch vs. Firm Hand: This trope is displayed through Obi-Wan's approach to mentoring Anakin and Luke.
    • With Anakin, he tends to take a Firm Hand, being quite authoritarian and at times critical, even chastising him in public, on account of his own lack of experience and Anakin's tendency towards recklessness and rebellion. This doesn't turn out very well, as Anakin chafes under Obi-Wan's teaching methods, feeling that he's overly critical and nothing he does impresses him. Obi-Wan eventually softens up and makes it clear he is very proud of Anakin, though by this point Anakin has started turning to either Padmé or Chancellor Palpatine for emotional support and validation.
    • In contrast, Obi-Wan takes more of a Gentle Touch towards Luke's training, acting as a nurturing father figure and offering him encouragement and tips for improvement rather than just criticizing him. It would seem Obi-Wan is trying to avoid making the same mistakes he did with Anakin, although it helps that Luke is less insecure and more grounded compared to his father. It also contrasts him with Luke's second mentor Yoda, who is more skeptical of Luke and employs more Brutal Honesty.
  • Gentleman Snarker: Obi-Wan's polite, diplomatic demeanor can mask some pretty biting snark.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Obi-Wan prefers to settle conflict diplomatically. Emphasis on prefers.
  • Gradual Grinder: During Obi-Wan's skirmish against Maul and Savage on Florrum, Maul and Savage were unable to break his defense while he continued kicking Savage in the knee at each opportunity until it finally gave out.
  • Groin Attack: Anakin subjected Obi-Wan to it while the latter was undercover as his own supposed murderer, Rako Hardeen.
  • Guile Hero: He prefers to talk (or otherwise persuade) his way out of a predicament over using a lightsaber, which has earned him the In-Universe nickname "the Negotiator".
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: With his love interest, Satine. While he uses a lightsaber, she will use a small blaster.
  • Heartbroken Badass: He was distraught by Qui-Gon's death (again, at the hands of Darth Maul), but doesn't let it affect him too much (he actually defeats Maul not long after he fatally wounds Qui-Gon).
    • He doesn't let it show too much, but Obi-Wan is clearly heartbroken over Satine's death at the hands of Darth Maul.
  • The Hero: While ultimately the Canon as a whole is about Anakin, Obi-Wan is quite clearly the main heroic character of the Prequel Trilogy and The Clone Wars to Luke's role as the main character of the Original Trilogy.
  • Hero Antagonist: Obi-Wan becomes this after Anakin's Face–Heel Turn in Revenge of the Sith.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Just like all Jedi, Obi-Wan uses a lightsaber as his Weapon of Choice. He in fact considers blasters to "uncivilised".
  • Heroic BSoD: Two:
    • Obi-Wan goes through a brief one when Darth Maul murders Duchess Satine in The Clone Wars episode "The Lawless".
    • In Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan slowly falls into another one as he and Yoda see the full extent of the massacre in the Jedi Temple. He's tipped over the edge when he sees a hologram proving that Anakin is responsible but, being Obi-Wan, manages to keep going and fight the man he's loved as a brother. He finally lets his emotions come out after he's defeated Vader and, although he keeps going, it's clear from that point onwards that he has never gotten over what happened to Anakin.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He is this with Anakin after the latter becomes a Jedi Knight.
  • Humble Hero: It seems that Obi-Wan is the only being who doesn't understand how great a Jedi he is—when the Council proposes to send their "most cunning and insightful Master" after Grievous, he has no idea who they mean. He's also surprised when Mace Windu—the guy who created his own form of lightsaber combat—refers to him as "the master of the classic form....Not a master. The master".
  • "I Can't Look!" Gesture: He does this on Mustafar when Anakin starts to catch fire.
  • Ideal Hero: Noble, wise, and borderline infallible, Obi-Wan is constantly praised as an example of what a Jedi should be.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Throughout the Prequel Trilogy and The Clone Wars, Obi-Wan is given many good reasons to turn to the Dark Side, but he never does. Maul certainly tries his best to get Obi-Wan to join him, but Obi-Wan cannot be corrupted.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Jedi by virtue do not drink in keeping with their monk-life culture. Obi-Wan does, as he so casually points out in Attack of the Clones. While he's hardly a Cowboy Cop like Qui-Gon was, there's no doubt that some of his more maverick mannerisms he picked up from his late master.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: He has blue eyes that symbolize his heroic, righteous, and pure nature.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: In Revenge of the Sith, he's forced to duel Anakin, his former Padawan whom he loves like a brother, after he has a Face–Heel Turn. He doesn't actually succeed in killing Anakin, though not from lack of trying, instead 'just' leaving Anakin mutilated and horribly scarred. Obi-Wan never really gets over it.
  • Knight Errant: As an ideal Jedi Master, he will go wherever he's sent to maintain peace and justice in the galaxy.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Obi-Wan fits this trope more than almost any other Jedi in the Canon. Satine even jokes about it fondly.
    Satine: My valiant Jedi Knight comes to my rescue once again.
  • Lady and Knight: He is the Knight to Duchess Satine's Lady.
  • The Lancer: To Anakin. Obi-Wan is the deuteragonist of the Prequel Trilogy, Anakin's brother/father figure and Heterosexual Life-Partner, and is his former Padawan learner's polar opposite.
  • Laser Blade: He wields a blue-bladed lightsaber.
  • The Leader: Type Levelheaded. Whenever he's in command, the Clone Troopers follow a more cautious and levelheaded plan.
  • Let Them Die Happy: A variation. As Padmé lies dying after giving birth to her children, she struggles to tell Obi-Wan that she still thinks there's good in Anakin. Obi-Wan doesn't say anything to contradict this, even though at this time, he believes Anakin burned to death on Mustafar, screaming that he hated him, but he did still scream back at him that he loved him as a brother, and had no other choice but to leave him. Even when he learns he's alive, he thinks he's unredeemable despite one of said children thinking the same as she did.
  • Light Is Good: As a Jedi, Obi-Wan represents the strength and benevolence. He explicitly speaks of the virtues of the Light Side of the Force during his confrontation with Darth Maul in "The Lawless". He also tends to wear lighter colored clothing to reflect this.
  • Little "No": He says this when he sees Darth Maul on Mandalore in "The Lawless".
    Obi-Wan: No... it can't be...
  • Locked Out of the Fight: Provides the trope image. During the final lightsaber duel in The Phantom Menace, Obi-Wan is cut off from the fight between Qui-Gon and Darth Maul by force fields and can only watch helplessly as his master is fatally wounded and killed.
  • Loved I Not Honor More: Obi-Wan clearly had feelings for Satine and stated in "Voyage of Temptation" that he would've left the Jedi Order had she asked. However, he's dedicated to the ways of the Jedi and refuses to begin a relationship with her.
  • Magic Knight: On top of having some of the most powerful Psychic Powers in the Canon, Obi-Wan is more prone than most to passively enhancing his physical strength and durability with the Force. In fact, doing so was vital to all three of his major duel victories. He launched himself four meters vertically while hanging off a ledge via sheer arm strengthnote  to surprise Darth Maul, shrugged off blows from Grievous that sent him flying thirty feet and through the air with enough force to kill a normal man instantly (and later used his Force-enhanced strength to rip open the general's chest plate), and defeated Anakin on Mustafar by fighting within inches of lava by way of Force-enhanced durability. On a more mundane note he seems to have his strength and durability enhanced by default in every fight he was part of during the Clone Wars, which is why he can survive blows from Grievous and destroy droids by punching them.
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: After faking his death and shaving himself in the Deception arc, he goes through this via needle injection to become Rako Hardeen. The process looked somewhat painful.
  • Master Swordsman: He spectacularly lives up to his "Master" title in "Revival", where he simultaneously takes on Maul and Savage and cripples the latter following Adi Gallia's death.
  • Meaningful Name: "Obi-Wan" means "soul" in Swahili, which is perfect given that part of being a Jedi is forming a spiritual or soulful connection to the Force.
  • Mentor Archetype: He serves as a mentor to Anakin in the Prequel Trilogy and The Clone Wars, Luke in the Original Trilogy, and, in a smaller, more indirect way, to Ahsoka in The Clone Wars.
  • Morality Chain: He was one to Anakin, just like Padmé. Although, there was one very big difference: whereas Anakin loved Padmé to the point of paranoia, he respected Obi-Wan enough that Palpatine had to get him off planet before turning Anakin to the Dark Side and Anakin still tries to (threateningly) talk Obi-Wan out of fighting him. Anakin's respect eventually morphs into a dark version of Worthy Opponent.
  • Muggle–Mage Romance: He (a Jedi Master skilled in the ways of the Force) had mutual feelings with Satine (the human Duchess of Mandalore). However, they don't act on said feelings due to their respective duties and their relationship doesn't go anywhere romantic due to Satine's death.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After his duel with Anakin, there is a shot of him sitting in Padmé's ship, staring into space with a defeated, horrified expression.
  • My Greatest Failure: He clearly regards failing to prevent Anakin from turning to the Dark Side as this. During their duel on Mustafar, he outright states "I have failed you Anakin".
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Not Obi-Wan himself, but his home planet, Stewjon, which George Lucas named after Jon Stewart as a joke while on The Daily Show. The official Databank rolled with it.
  • Nice Guy: He is easily the nicest and most immediately personable member of the Jedi Order in the Prequel Trilogy and The Clone Wars. Overall, he maintains a kind demeanor and strong moral code in spite of all the hardship he faces.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: He's the Inbetween to Padmé's Nice and Anakin's Mean, being a bit aloof and snarky at times, but also polite and compassionate.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Obi-Wan is a samurai, a shaolin monk, a knight, and a wizard. Eventually, he comes back as a Spirit-samurai-shaolin-knight-wizard.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: With Anakin. The cultured, polite Obi-Wan is the Noble Male to Anakin's Roguish Male.
  • Not So Stoic: He's usually very calm and controlled, staying focused on the task at hand even in the most dire of situations. However, after defeating Anakin in Revenge of the Sith, the calm facade he'd been maintaining utterly shatters and he's left sobbing that he loved Anakin like a brother. By the time he gets back to Padmé 's ship, he's got himself under control again, quietly angsting to himself.
  • Officer and a Gentleman: He holds the title of a General in the Grand Army of the Republic as well as being a Jedi Master. He's also a cultured, pleasant man who has an upper-class British accent.
  • One-Man Army: In Revenge of the Sith, he takes on General Grievous and his Separatist droid army alone and wins.
  • Only Friend: While Obi-Wan did make complaints of Anakin's attitude behind his back, he is the only one of the Jedi Council to respect and trust the latter the most while the other members treat him like an outsider.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Obi-Wan is a stickler to following the Jedi Code and teachings, following the Jedi Council's rulings without question. However, when Satine is in danger in "The Lawless", Obi-Wan actually defies the Council's orders and goes to Mandalore to save Satine. And the one time he sanctions a revenge killing is when Keeper Agruss makes the mistake of taunting him about his helplessness and inability to help the Kadavo miners, and the order to kill Agruss is subtle enough that Rex is the only one apart from Obi-Wan himself to understand what he meant.
    • Anytime the emotionally controlled Obi-Wan gets emotional, something wrong. Some of these times included Qui-Gon's murder, Satine's murder, and him defeating Anakin on Mustafar.
  • The Paladin: Before his exile, Obi-Wan was a heroic Knight in Shining Armor, resolving disputes before and during the Clone Wars.
  • The Paragon: Obi-Wan stands as a pinnacle of heroism in the Canon; he is selfless, morally upright, humble, and inspires others (Luke in particular) to heroism.
  • Parental Substitute: Obi-Wan becomes this to Anakin and Luke, considering that Anakin has never had a father and that Luke never knew his father (and he was constantly at odds with his other father figure, Uncle Owen). Anakin outright states on a few occasions that he's like his father.
  • Parents in Distress: Obi-Wan is one of the closest things to a father Anakin has and he finds himself coming to his rescue on several occasions. In fact, he sets off to rescue him from the Separatists just hours after burying his mother. By the time of the Battle of Coruscant, Anakin has apparently saved Obi-Wan at least nine times ("That business on Cato Nemoidia doesn't count"). This goes out the window when Anakin turns to the Dark Side, though.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Obi-Wan's first meeting with Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones is so intense, Boba Fett's origin story even contains a comparison between their conversation and a sword fight.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: He was quoted as saying "If droids could think, then none of us would be here", showing that Obi-Wan believes droids to be either simpletons or a potential threat. Given how C-3PO, R2-D2, and plenty of other droids can think but aren't violent, this just makes Obi-Wan look prejudiced.
  • Psychic Powers: Just like all Jedi, Obi-Wan is able to use the Force, which results in him also being telekinetic and, to a degree, clairvoyant.
  • Rank Up:
    • At the end of The Phantom Menace, he's basically instantly promoted from Padawan to full Jedi status after defeating Darth Maul.
    • By the time of The Clone Wars, he has the title of Jedi Master and sits on the Council.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In "The Wrong Jedi", he's the only one on the Council to outright voice the opinion that they shouldn't just hand over Ahsoka to the Senate Court. To their credit, when the Council votes to expel Ahsoka from the Order, they admit it was not a unanimous decision and it is implied that Obi-Wan cast the dissenting vote. He also believed that they should be more open with Anakin about their concerns over Chancellor Palpatine and the Sith, but was overruled.
  • Red Baron: He is known during the Clone Wars as "the Negotiator".
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He is the Blue to Anakin's Red.
  • Refuge in Audacity:
    • In Revenge of the Sith, he is tasked with taking out General Grievous. How does he proceed? By cheerfully presenting himself before the monstrosity, surrounded by a literal army of Battle Droids! Grievous doesn't even seem surprised at this point, and immediately lampshades it.
    • Where does he choose to hide Luke and himself from the Empire? On Anakin Skywalker's home planet. (Although he was probably banking on the fact that said planet is a pretty backwater spot, and Darth Vader would be highly unlikely to return to the place where he was a slave for the first nine years of his life and where he lost his mother.)
  • Rogues Gallery: He has a wide variety of recurring foes with a personal grudge against him. These include Darth Maul, General Grievous, Asajj Ventress, Cad Bane, and eventually Darth Vader.
  • Saved by Canon: In the Prequel Trilogy and The Clone Wars, Obi-Wan has to survive all of the battles and duels that he participates in due to the fact that he is destined to be killed by Darth Vader in A New Hope.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: In "The Lawless", the Jedi Council can't legally go to Mandalore to help Satine despite Obi-Wan's pleas to reconsider. Obi-Wan proceeds to go there anyway.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: It's heavily implied he knows or at least suspects that Padmé and Anakin are in a relationship, but he never lets on to protect them, leaving it as a 'don't ask, don't tell' kind of situation. In Revenge of the Sith, after Anakin's Face–Heel Turn, it's confirmed he knows, correctly deducing that Anakin is the father of Padmé's unborn baby/babies.
  • Shipper on Deck: Zigzagged. While he often made attempts to subtly stop Anakin's romance with Padmé by either sending Ahsoka with them on their "retreat mission" (Forces of Destiny) or trying to encourage Anakin in person (The Clone Wars), a deleted scene from Revenge of the Sith reveal that despite said objections, Obi-Wan did, to some level, approve of the relationship because Padmé made Anakin happy.
    'I am not blind, Padmé. Though I have tried to be, for Anakin’s sake. And for yours. Anakin has loved you since the day you met, in that horrible junk shop on Tatooine. He’s never even tried to hide it, though we do not speak of it. We… pretend that I don’t know. And I was happy to, because it made him happy. You made him happy, when nothing else ever truly could."
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: During his confrontation with Darth Maul in "The Lawless", Obi-Wan refutes every one of his enemy's claims of the Dark Side's power by reinforcing his belief in the Light Side. Maul gets the last word, however, when he murders Satine.
  • The Smart Guy: Obi-Wan is extremely clever, worldly, and intelligent, which are traits that serve him well during the Clone Wars.
  • The Snark Knight: He could be the poster boy of the trope. Even when being beaten senseless by Darth Maul and Savage Opress, he keeps the snark coming.
    Obi-Wan: You know, when I cut you in half, I should have aimed for your neck instead.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Anakin, Satine, Quinlan Vos, Cad Bane (while posing as Rako Hardeen), and an Enemy Mine version with Asajj Ventress.
  • So Proud of You: In Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan (as he's about to leave for Utapau) tells Anakin how proud he is of his accomplishments and advises him to just be patient in regards to his Passed-Over Promotion. Sadly, this is the final time that they meet as friends (alive, anyway) before Anakin's Face–Heel Turn.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Satine. He's a Jedi that’s sworn to protect the Republic and its peace and to not form personal attachments. She's the duchess of a ruined planet that she tried to rebuild by turning her people's Proud Warrior Race Guy culture into a pacifist society. Obi-Wan, for his part, seems to at least partly regret how things turned out and says that had Satine asked it of him, he would have left the Jedi Order to be with her.
  • The Stoic: Obi-Wan has one of the unpleasant lives (and afterlife?) of any character in fiction, but he remains calm, never complains, and usually keeps his emotions well in check.
  • Stone Wall: He is considered to be the single best defensive duelist in the galaxy at least in his prime. His fighting style, Form III: Soresu, is an exclusively — almost obsessively — defense-oriented fighting style, allowing him to hold his own against aggressively attacking duelists, such as General Grievous' four-lightsaber style or Vader's frenzied, all-out assault by essentially tanking it until his opponent lapses from exhaustion or frustration, allowing him to end the battle in one decisive strike.
  • Strong and Skilled: Proficiency in academic pursuits aside, there's a reason that Anakin labeled him as being "as powerful as Master Windu" and "as wise as Master Yoda". He passively has the Force enhancing his physical attributes to superhuman levels at all times, is one of the most powerful Force users to ever live (he and Anakin try to use Force attacks on each other in their duel, and only succeed in stalemating exactly both times), is a cunning tactician, and is a Master Swordsman who excels at his defensive-based lightsaber combat form. His final defeat of Grievous (along with his duels with Maul and Anakin) involved him tricking his opponent in some way (e.g. baiting Anakin into attacking him while Obi-Wan had the environmental advantage).
  • Student and Master Team: He forms one as the student to Qui-Gon in The Phantom Menace and as the master to Anakin and Luke for the rest of the Canon.
  • Survivor Guilt: The epilogue of Master and Apprentice reveals that Obi -Wan feels a bit of this in regards to Qui-Gon, wondering why his master was killed by Darth Maul while he survived.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: He attempted it when he showed pity for Darth Maul, believing that Maul didn't choose the Dark Side of his own volition. Maul gleefully proves him wrong by murdering Satine.
  • Thinking Tic: Strokes his beard while folding his arms when pondering.
  • This Cannot Be!: Twice.
    • He says this when he sees Maul, whom he believed to be dead, on Mandalore.
    • He says it again when he sees security footage of Anakin slaughtering Jedi.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Obi-Wan goes from an unpolished apprentice who gets very lucky against an overconfident Sith apprentice to a powerful Jedi Master who has defeated the terrifying General Grievous, strikes down Darth Maul again with almost no effort and bested the most powerful Force User in history in direct battle. .
  • Tragic Bromance: His relationship with Anakin was one of great brotherly love before Anakin became Darth Vader, which devastated Obi-Wan so much that he came to view Vader as a different personality who killed Anakin.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Anakin's lightsaber can be viewed as one for him. After defeating Anakin on Mustafar, he takes his lightsaber with him and keeps it for nearly twenty years before giving it to Anakin's son.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: It's pretty clear (especially to Anakin), that he and Satine have romantic feelings for each other, but neither one acts on them due to their respective duties. And then it gets cemented after Satine is killed by Maul.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Anakin, but it's the deadpan type of vitriol.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In The Phantom Menace, there is a scene where Obi-Wan apologizes for criticizing Qui-Gon's sometimes peculiar actions (taking Jar Jar with them and betting their ship on Anakin winning the podrace). Qui-Gon quickly praises Obi-Wan for his willingness to learn and tells him he would someday become a greater Jedi than Qui-Gon himself ever was.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The Deception arc is a big What the Hell, Hero? for Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Mace with Anakin of all people delivering it to him.
  • Worthy Opponent: Count Dooku considers Obi-Wan to be a worthy adversary after he was able to foil an attempted kidnapping of the Chancellor by disguising himself as a bounty hunter and sabotaging the plot from the inside.
  • You Didn't Ask: A dramatic, and rather sad example. He claims that the only reason he returned to the Jedi instead of staying with Satine in his youth was because she didn't ask him to do so. Oh, and by the way, Leia is Luke's sister.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: His main objection to Anakin's plan of training the rebels on Onderon is that he fears they'd be training terrorists.

    "Rako Hardeen" 

Rako Hardeen

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At some point late in the Clone Wars, Obi-Wan faked his death and then took on the alias of the man who "killed" him, Rako Hardeen, to infiltrate a Separatist conspiracy. This alias included imitating his appearance and voice and acting like a typical bounty hunter.

Note: This section is for the Rako Hardeen Obi-Wan played as during his undercover operation. For tropes applying to the real Rako Hardeen, click here.


  • Bald of Awesome: As part of the disguise, Obi-Wan had all of his hair, including his beard and mustache, shaved off.
  • Batman Gambit: He knew Cad Bane would try to backstab him when given the opportunity so he wouldn't share his payment, so he backstabs him back in advance by putting a tracking beacon on the first ship he decided to buy. Once Bane sells him out to the Hutts' enforcers, Rako sells him and Moralo Eval out and has them shot down. After getting free, he gets the Jedi Council to remove the bounties on them to give them more freedom in their plot and give him enough credits buy another ship, engineering a situation in which Bane and Moralo Eval would be forced to bring him along.
  • Cool Helmet: He buys one resembling an old Ralph McQuarrie design for Boba Fett's helmet from Pablo's pawn shop on Nal Hutta after getting out of prison. It also has gas filters. Obi-Wan even kept it and the rest of the disguise to use later when he went to Mandalore to rescue Satine. Sadly, it was likely destroyed with the Twilight.
  • Face of a Thug: The real Rako actually was kind of a thug, but Obi-Wan's a good guy. After Obi-Wan's face is transformed he definitely looks the part:
    Obi-Wan: So, how do I look?
    Mace: Like a criminal.
  • Friendly Sniper: He's not too bad with a rifle himself. Funny when you consider Obi-Wan's known stance on blasters.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: The only episode he wore the helmet extensively was in "The Box". Otherwise, he barely wore it at all.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Invoked while he was in prison. When a Karkarodon inmate (and a species more likely to eat him) tried to bully him, Rako stabbed his hand with a fork before pulling his face over to him and telling him that he'd probably taste better than the food served in the prison. This is also part of how he gets Moralo Eval's attention.
    Clone Trooper guard: Hey, what's going on down there?
    Rako: Nothing, just playing with my food. *pulls fork out of inmate's hand*
    Inmate: You're crazy!
  • Kill and Replace: Inverted. It's more accurate to say "die" and then replace the man who "killed" him.
  • Psycho for Hire: Invoked. He tries to play the part of one first to gain Moralo Eval's admiration and then inside the Box, he claims to have made a career out of killing Parwans as his explanation for how he knew Derrown was the key to solving the ray shield puzzle (a claim that noticeably scares Derrown).
  • Tattooed Crook: Rako's face tattoo was included as part of the transformation surgery.

    Tropes from the Original Trilogy Era 

Master Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi

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"Who's the more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?"

"The Force will be with you, always."

For the next nineteen years, Obi-Wan watched over and protected Luke, adopting the guise of a desert hermit known as "Old Ben" Kenobi. He secretly aided Luke and his guardians, Owen and Beru Lars, while dealing with any threats that came to the world, including a vengeance seeking Darth Maul. After the arrival of R2-D2 and C-3PO, Obi-Wan rescued Luke from a group of Tuskan Raiders and revealed to him his heritage while hiding key facts about Anakin's true fate. Departing Tatooine to join the Rebellion, Obi-Wan instead discovered Alderaan destroyed and confronted Darth Vader on the Death Star, where he allowed himself to fall to his former apprentice's lightsaber. Upon his death, Obi-Wan became one with the Force and continued to advise Luke as a Force spirit in his battle against the Empire and training as a Jedi.


  • Actually, I Am Him: In A New Hope, Luke knows him as "Ben Kenobi" and asks him if he knows anyone by the name of "Obi-Wan".
    Obi-Wan: Well of course I know him; he's me!
  • Arch-Enemy: To Darth Vader, who eventually killed him, and Darth Maul, who hunted him down on Tatooine to finally claim vengeance.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Willingly allows himself to be killed by Darth Vader to become one with the Force, enabling him to continue mentoring Luke.
  • The Atoner: For training the man who destroyed the Jedi Order and never recognizing the threat Anakin really represented.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Even after two decades of growing old on Tatooine, Old Ben is fully willing to slice off your arm, should you threaten his friends.
  • Beyond Redemption: The years of watching what his former pupil has done as Darth Vader are enough to convince Obi-Wan that Vader can't be turned back to the Light Side anymore. He tells Luke that Vader "murdered the good man [Luke's] father was," even though that's only Metaphorically True.
  • Big Good: Alongside Yoda in the Original Trilogy. While neither of them are very active in the conflict, they are invaluable in training Luke to continue the tradition of the Jedi Order.
  • Broken Pedestal: To an extent; Obi-Wan's view on the Jedi order, which he passed on to Luke, was a rather romanticized one, which would cause Luke to become massively disappointed with the Jedi cause much later down the line.
  • The Cameo: In The Force Awakens, he can be heard addressing Rey directly during her vision, with the voices of Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor both being used for his line.
    Obi-Wan: Rey... these are your first steps.
  • Character Death: He allows Darth Vader to cut him down in A New Hope so that Luke can escape.
  • The Chessmaster: He attempts to steer Luke towards destroying Darth Vader throughout the original trilogy by keeping information from him. It fails, but ends up working for the better when Luke redeems Vader instead.
  • Clark Kenting: Surprisingly, nobody in the Empire thinks that "Ben" Kenobi might be related to that Obi-Wan Kenobi guy who survived the Clone Wars — and the disguise worked for nineteen years. Though to be fair, he was in hiding on Tatooine, a pretty backwater planet, and mostly kept to himself during that time.
  • Cool Old Guy: By the time of the Original Trilogy, Old Ben's a veteran Jedi Master, one of the last surviving ones, and in his old age, he's still adept at using the Force and a lightsaber.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He's able to easily kill Maul during their final clash in a matter of moments, partly thanks to tricking Maul into thinking he was going to use a different fighting style, and partly thanks to the fact that the Sith Lord has been mentally and physically deteriorating for years, especially after a long solo trek across Tatooine.
  • Deceptive Legacy: Obi-Wan tells Luke his father is dead. It all depends on your point of view. He turns out to be Darth Vader, but from Obi-Wan's point of view, his friend Anakin died after the events of Revenge of the Sith.
  • Dented Iron: Twenty years of living on a harsh desert world with two blazing suns, without a substantially skilled partner to practice with takes a severe toll on Obi Wan's skill, strength, speed and fortitude; once a warrior able to singly best battalions of elites, "Old Ben" is a frail, slow and arthritic shadow of his glorious former self who is reduced to sneaking past Storm Troopers he could once dismember in a heartbeat.
  • Dull Surprise: Both Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor claimed that, for the most part, they were essentially reading their lines off their script when they played the character. Nonetheless, both performances were met with acclaim, and have contributed to the popularity of the character.
  • Elegant Weapon for a More Civilized Age: Trope Namer when discussing the Lightsaber with Luke in A New Hope.
  • The Exile: Went into self-imposed exile on Tatooine to watch over Luke from afar under the Empire's radar.
  • Feeling Their Age: Obi-Wan, when asking Luke to join him in A New Hope, lamented that he was getting too old to go on these sort of adventures. A big part of his duel with Vader was being mocked that he was old and out of practice.
  • Grave-Marking Scene: Although he didn't ever actually meet her in person, Obi-Wan goes to visit Shmi Skywalker's grave a few times following his self-imposed exile on Tatooine. On at least one occasion, he apologizes to her for losing her son to the Dark Side; he also leaves toys for her grandson Luke at her grave for Beru Lars to find.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Though at face value Obi-Wan has long since disowned Anakin and shows nothing but contempt for the mechanical monster he became, he is nonetheless constantly haunted by sadness and guilt for crippling and disfiguring the man he loved as a brother on Mustafar's river of hellfire.
  • Hermit Guru: In A New Hope, Obi-Wan is an old Jedi Master who has lived on Tatooine for the past twenty years. He, alongside Yoda, does his part in training Luke to become a Jedi Knight.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A subtler version, when he throws the fight against Vader to allow his friends to escape.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Downplayed. Obi-Wan isn't hugely self-deprecating, just quite modest and honest. However, he very clearly still blames himself partly for Anakin's fall to the Dark Side, telling Luke he was wrong for thinking he could train him as well as Yoda or another, more experienced Jedi (in the Prequel Trilogy, we see that Obi-Wan was actually still in training himself when he met Anakin; his own master Qui-Gon intended to train the boy and Obi-Wan took the role instead to fulfil his master's Last Request).
  • Humble Hero: Despite being an exceptionally powerful Jedi and one of the finest warriors the Order has ever produced, Obi-wan is a gentle, down to earth man with next to no ego, viewing himself as just a servant of the Force who protects the innocent as a Jedi must.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Luke calls him out in Return of the Jedi for lying that Vader killed his father, but Obi-Wan calmly rationalizes that what he told Luke was true, from a certain point of view: as far as he is concerned, the good man that was Anakin died when he took up the mantle of a Sith Lord.
  • Jacob Marley Warning: Gives this to Luke before he leaves Dagobah to face Vader, appearing in spectral form to warn Luke about the dangers of succumbing to hate and anger.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: The Trope Maker. Obi-Wan's statements that get him past the stormtroopers in Mos Eisley is the most famous example, but he also may use a version of this while on the Death Star while disabling the tractor beam. The movie doesn't clarify if he used telekinesis to generate a sound in the next room, or if he used a mind trick to make the guards think that they heard a noise. Given how quickly they decide to look for an innocuous-sounding plink, Obi-Wan seems to at least have used the "mind trick" to influence that decision.
  • Last of His Kind: In A New Hope, he is one of at least two known Jedi left in the galaxy after the Jedi Purge.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: An interesting inversion: he's legendary in the Original Trilogy, the Prequel Trilogy and The Clone Wars establish why he is.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: At first, Obi-Wan seems to be little more than a wizened old man who may have once been a warrior of the Clone Wars, but is now, well, an old man who lives in a hovel. Then we get to the cantina scene, where said old man whips out a lightsaber, deflects blaster shots and lops a man's arm off. You can tell from the look on Luke's face that that's the moment when he starts to take the whole "Jedi" thing seriously.
  • Listing The Forms Of Degenerates: Obi-Wan does this when he describes Mos Eisley as "[the most] wretched hive of scum and villainy."
  • Manipulative Bastard: An interesting example, since Obi-Wan is unquestionably on the side of the good, but he does attempt to manipulate Luke into unknowingly killing his own father by withholding that the man he wants to kill is his father (although it should probably be taken into account that the father in question is an unrepentant mass murderer who wants to turn Luke to the Dark Side and kill all his friends and allies). His talk with Ezra is also a good example; while it is true that Ezra's place is with his family and the Rebellion and his search for a way to destroy the Sith is corrupting him, Obi-Wan convinces him (while never outright lying) that his vision of the Chosen One was a lie from Maul and there is no key to destroying the Sith to persuade him to go home.
  • Martial Pacifist: He always tries to diffuse any tense situation until his lightsaber hand is forced, as the disgruntled cantina patrons in A New Hope learn the hard way.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: In A New Hope, he dies trying to hold back Darth Vader to let Luke escape. This trope even used to be named after Obi-Wan himself.
  • Mr. Exposition: He serves as this, in addition to being Luke's mentor. Beforehand, we only had a surface idea of what was going on in the film (The Empire is hunting down the Rebels and looking for something very important the Rebels stole, which was hidden with the droids) and after he shows up to save Luke, he explains the whole backstory of how the Empire came to power by destroying the Jedi and the nature of the Force, what happened to Luke's father, and his presence finally lets R2 play the recorded message by Leia, setting up the rest of the plot for the film.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: He is unconcerned when he is slain by Vader, as it is his death that further inspires Luke to fight against the Empire, and which allows him to commune with the younger man as a Force spirit.
  • My Greatest Failure: His failure to prevent Anakin's fall to the Dark Side motivates him to guide Luke to destroy the evil man his father had become.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Protecting and training Luke as a Jedi is this for him, both as a chance to save the galaxy where he previously failed, and to make up for his failings as a mentor and surrogate parent to Luke's father Anakin.
  • Mythology Gag: His brief appearance in Ahsoka, meditating to try and contact Qui-Gon, is reminiscent of his POV scenes in the Legends novel Kenobi.
  • No Body Left Behind: When Obi-Wan dies his body disappears, leaving behind an empty robe.
  • Obi-Wan Moment: Another trope named after him.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Obi-Wan's duel with Vader could potentially be this. Sure, he's rusty, but as Rebels depicted, he's still a fairly formidable fighter. His poor performance against Vader could probably be boiled down to him stalling for the Falcon to escape, as well as Vader's immensely strong attacks.
  • Old Master: In A New Hope, Obi-Wan starts to teach Luke to be a Jedi Knight without letting his old age slow him down.
  • Older and Wiser: He starts off as a young and brash apprentice to Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace, but becomes more of a wise and experienced Jedi Master, culminating in him teaching Luke, his former pupil's son, about the Force in the beginning of A New Hope. Notably, his mentoring style changes substantially as he ages: he is substantially more patient with Luke than he ever was with Anakin, and doesn't seem to be thrown off by anything he goes through.
  • Papa Wolf: When Maul makes an implied threat to whoever Obi-Wan is protecting (Luke), the older Jedi waste no time in drawing his lightsaber and dueling his opponent.
  • Parental Substitute: Briefly forms an almost parental bond with Luke in A New Hope, and watched over Luke since he was born. Though he never says it, it's always been obvious that Obi-wan dearly loved Luke and didn't hesitate to die for him
  • The Power of Legacy: He refrains from telling Luke about his father's true nature. Luke thinks of whoever his father is as a hero.
  • Prodigal Hero: He exiles himself to watch over little Luke from a distance, and then returns to the front line to be his mentor.
  • Retired Badass: By the time of A New Hope, though lack of practice and old age becomes a big disadvantage when he's forced into action again.
  • Sacrificial Lion: In A New Hope, Obi-Wan is Luke's mentor and the de facto leader of the good guys's group, guiding them on their quest to deliver the Death Star plans to the Rebel Alliance as well as one of the wisest and most powerful protagonists. Just before the film's climax, Obi-Wan fights Darth Vader and allows him to kill him so that the other heroes can escape. Although Obi-Wan ends up coming back as a Force spirit, his death leaves the protagonists - especially Luke - in a more vulnerable position and gives Luke even more reason to despise Vader...which further complicates things in The Empire Strikes Back when Luke finds out who Vader really is.
  • Spirit Advisor: He continues to guide Luke after death as a Force spirit.
  • Suicide by Cop: Willingly allows Darth Vader to kill him in a duel in order to Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence.
  • Sympathy for the Devil:
    • Despite having murdered both his beloved mentor and the love of his life, Obi-Wan is very distraught over Maul's death, holding him in his arms as the latter dies so he doesn't have to Die Alone, and assuring him the Chosen One is near.
    • Completely averted with Vader, however; while Obi-Wan still has fond memories of pre-Dark Side Anakin, he's convinced that his former apprentice is beyond redemption and shows nothing but contempt for the monster that Anakin's become.
  • Take Up My Sword: A non-verbal instance; by dying at Darth Vader's hand in A New Hope, Obi-Wan inspires Luke to become a Jedi Knight, taking up Obi-Wan's fight against the Sith and the Empire. Earlier, he had himself used Qui-Gon's lightsaber for a time folloing Qui-Gon's death, at least in part because he had lost his own lightsaber in the same duel.
  • Thanatos Gambit: In A New Hope, Obi-Wan deliberately allows Vader to kill him, allowing him to become more powerful than any Jedi can imagine.
  • Together in Death: He and Anakin are finally reconciled following Anakin's Redemption Equals Death; their Force spirits are shown standing together during the celebrations on Endor, alongside Yoda.
  • Tranquil Fury: When dealing with Agruss, who not only mistreated numerous miners in front of him but also had the balls to insult his Jedi beliefs to his face.
  • Unreliable Expositor: Mentions that Darth Vader betrayed and murdered Luke's father. Something that was manipulating the truth just a wee bit.
  • Wizard Classic: At the time of A New Hope, he is one IN SPACE!
  • Worthy Opponent: After becoming Darth Vader, Anakin's view of Obi-Wan morphed from being a Big Brother Mentor into being this. While holding most Jedi in contempt, Vader kept a sense of respect toward Obi-Wan even after having his limbs sliced off by the man.
    Darth Vader: Obi-Wan is here. The Force is with him.
    Tarkin: If you're right, he must not be allowed to escape.
    Darth Vader: Escape is not his plan. I must face him alone.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Obi-Wan is polite enough to warn Vader that "if you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine" before setting Vader up to do just that.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's 57 in A New Hope, but looks at least ten years older. Ahsoka confirms that living on a planet with binary suns does accelerate the aging process in humans. Grief can age you as well and god knows Obi-Wan's gone through plenty of that.


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