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Master Qui-Gon Jinn
"Remember, concentrate on the moment. Feel, don't think. Trust your instincts."

Species: Human (Coruscanti)

Homeworld: Coruscant

Portrayed by: Liam Neeson, Jonathan Davis (Dooku: Jedi Lost)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish dub): Salvador Delgado
Voiced by (Japanese dub): Masane Tsukayama
Appearances: Dooku: Jedi Lost | Master and Apprentice | Marvel's Star Wars | Age of Republic | The Phantom Menace | Attack of the Clonesnote  | The Clone Wars | From a Certain Point of View

"There is always hope, my friend, though it often comes in forms not looked for. The key is knowing how to see it and seizing that opportunity."

Qui-Gon Jinn was a venerable if maverick human Jedi Master who mentored the Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi. Discovering the young Anakin Skywalker on Tatooine, he came to believe the boy was the Chosen One of Jedi prophecy; it was at his dying request that Anakin is trained to become a Jedi. Following his death, he became one with the Force and communed with Yoda during the Clone Wars.


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  • All-Loving Hero: Qui-Gon shows no contempt for any living creature, not even to the ever irritating Jar Jar Binksnote , the scummy slave-trader and gambler Watto, or the ruthless Sith Lord Darth Maul.
  • Ambadassador: He and Obi-Wan are sent to negotiate with the Trade Federation at the start of The Phantom Menace. He and Obi-Wan luckily have their lightsaber with him when the Federation prove themselves in no mood for negotiations.
  • Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: According to Yoda at the end of Revenge of the Sith, Qui-Gon managed to retain his consciousness and achieve immortality after his death. In The Clone Wars, it's revealed he learned this from the Five Force Priestess.
  • Badass Baritone: Liam Neeson's deep, husky voice only adds to Qui-Gon's commanding presence.
  • Badass Beard: He has a quite full chin-strap and moustache.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a maverick by Jedi standards, preferring to live in the moment rather than to fulfill one's own supposed destiny. His teachings still shape Obi-Wan into a wise and legendary Jedi Knight, and its his defiance of the dogmatic Jedi Code that allows him to retain his consciousness after death.
  • The Cameo: In Attack of the Clones, his voice can be heard when Yoda is sensing Anakin's slaughter of the Tusken Raiders.
  • The Cassandra: His belief that the Sith have returned and that Anakin is The Chosen One are initially dismissed by the Jedi Council, but turn out to be true.
  • The Chooser of The One: When he meets Anakin and sees what he's capable of, Qui-Gon is convinced he's found The Chosen One of Jedi prophecy.
  • Combat Parkour: Subverted. Qui-Gon's chosen style, Ataru, is known for its acrobatics, but at his old age, he tends to refrain from performing them in duels, relying mainly on fast pace sequences of wide, open attacks, and occasional bare-handed strikes.
  • Cowboy Cop: The Jedi are galactic peacekeepers and, in addition to needing to adhere to their own rules and codes, they also need to maintain a projection of trust to others (particularly the Republic Senate). Qui-Gon just doesn't care about things like that. While he's a very gentle and kind man, he does whatever he wants to if he feels it's right and is rather infamous for routinely disobeying orders. Despite being one of the greatest masters, it's this trait that prevented him from earning a seat on the Council, which he again doesn't seem too broken up about.
  • Dead Person Conversation: He appears in front of both Obi-Wan and Anakin on Mortis and is able to speak to Yoda in "Voices" despite being dead for over a decade. Yoda later convenes with him again around the time of Revenge of the Sith, and teaches Obi-Wan to do the same between trilogies.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Of The Phantom Menace. He gets top billing, takes up a sizable amount of space on the poster, and has the most influence and screentime out of the heroes in the movie, but it's all to set up Anakin as the true protagonist.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: After being mortally wounded by Darth Maul, he lives long enough to die in Obi-Wan's arms.
  • Due to the Dead: The Jedi and the Naboo hold a funeral for him after his death, cremating him as is traditional for Jedi.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Qui-Gon was a little eccentric with his tendency to befriend what Obi-Wan sarcastically called "pathetic life forms", and Obi-Wan was seen as one as well in old age.
  • Energy Being: Because his training to do so wasn't complete, he can't manifest himself as a spirit, but on a planet sufficiently strong in the Force, he can appear as a "flock of light".
  • Feeling Their Age: His age proves his downfall. Qui-Gon is in his sixties by the time of The Phantom Menace. Combined with his use of the aggressive and exhaustive Form IV lightsaber style, he tires if a fight drags on too long, which proves his undoing against Maul.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Qui-Gon is noted for having much compassion for all living things.

  • Good Counterpart: He's this to Palpatine, for a multitude of reasons:
    • While Qui-Gon is not above using the Force to cheat and manipulate others, he doesn't do it for selfish reasons, and he refuses to do so when they recruit the Gungans, noting that the Gungans should decide for themselves whether they participate in a battle that could kill many. Palpatine, on the other hand, explicitly manipulates others into war with each other, and doesn't care in the slightest about how many innocents are killed until he gets what he wants.
    • Qui-Gon tells Anakin about how one can learn the will of the Force by listening to the Midi-chlorians, while Palpatine tells him about how Darth Plagueis used the Midi-chlorians to impose his own will on the Force, to create life, and bring back others from death.
    • Qui-Gon and Palpatine also both Immortality Seekers, but while Palpatine seeks it by twisting the natural ways of the Force to remain physically immortal (as the Sith believe consciousness ceases after death and will do anything to avoid it), Qui-Gon actually achieves it by embracing them, allowing him to become one with the Cosmic Force.
  • Honor Before Reason: Despite the Council's very clear and valid apprehensions towards making Anakin a Jedi, Qui-Gon is as determined as any to see the boy be trained.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: He uses this on Boss Nass to save Jar Jar's life and get them a transport to Theed. He later tries, and fails, to do the same on Watto to haggle over a needed starship hyperdrive.
  • Laser Blade: He wields a green-bladed lightsaber.
  • The Last DJ: Obi-Wan believes Qui-Gon would've been on the Jedi Council long ago if not for his tendency to do things his own way rather than by the Jedi Code; needless to say, Qui-Gon doesn't seem to mind.
  • Last Request: His is for Obi-Wan to train Anakin in his place after he dies.
  • Looks Like Jesus: Even wears robes as part of his Jedi outfit.
  • Martial Pacifist: He's the epitome of this, especially when his mid-battle meditation contrasted against Darth Maul's animalistic, restless pacing while the two were separated by a forcefield.
  • Master Swordsman: It comes with being an experienced Jedi Master, which lets him fight one-on-one against Darth Maul and his double-bladed lightsaber. His skills only help him for so long, though...
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: His first appearance as a spirit adviser on Mortis was ambiguous enough that Obi-Wan and Anakin wrote it off as a hallucination of some sort (the fact that Mortis was an Eldritch Location helped). His second appearance as one to Yoda in The Clone Wars erases that ambiguity.
  • Meditation Power Up: Does so during one of the gaps in his fight with Darth Maul, thanks to some opportunely closed laser shields. Unfortunately for Qui-Gon, it doesn't help him much.
  • Mentor Archetype: To Obi-Wan and Anakin during The Phantom Menace. He becomes the one who teaches Yoda the way of retaining one's identity upon death, and manifesting as a Force spirit.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: He, as the mentor in the Student and Master Team against Darth Maul, does not survive the fight.
  • Older Than They Look: Qui-Gon was sixty years old at the time of his death, yet Liam Neeson was only in his mid-forties around the time of The Phantom Menace's filming.
  • Old Master: In The Phantom Menace, Qui-Gon is the first maverick master seen on-screen (chronologically), at odds with the Jedi Council but respected nonetheless. He trained Obi-Wan and was the person most accountable for introducing Anakin Skywalker to the way of the Jedi, all things considered.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Despite his inability to manifest himself under normal circumstances, he was able to appear in front of Obi-Wan and Anakin on Mortis, most likely because the planet was such a strong conduit of the Force.

  • Parental Substitute: He's served as one to Obi-Wan for as long as they've been training together. Also acts as one to Anakin, who grew up (and was actually born) without a father.
  • Passed-Over Promotion: His Cowboy Cop antics prevent him from getting a seat on the Jedi Council.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Being a Jedi doesn't stop him from manipulating Boss Nass into providing a transport to the capital of Naboo, trying to swindle Watto out of a hyperdrive generator, cheating at gambling to free a slave, or subverting the authority of the Jedi Council to ensure that Anakin is trained as a Jedi.
  • Sacrificial Lion: His death at Darth Maul's hands shocks the Jedi into realizing the Sith have returned.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: His tendency to do this has brought him at odds with the other Jedi, respected as he is. The most influential example by far is when he decides to have Anakin trained as a Jedi despite the Council explicitly telling him no, even attempting to train Anakin himself despite already having an apprentice and no Master can have more than one appreciate at a time.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: He knows handmaiden Padmé is actually Queen Amidala; he's unsurprised and gives a knowing look to Obi-Wan when she publically reveals her identity – presumably, he keeps the secret for her own protection. He also takes the opportunity to rile her up a bit when she complains about his riskier plans, saying that he's sure the Queen will approve of his decisions.
  • Spirit Advisor: To Obi-Wan and Anakin during the Mortis arc. Later to Yoda as well, leading him on a journey to increase his understanding of the Force and the secrets of immortality. During Obi-Wan's exile on Tatooine, Qui-Gon continued to guide him and taught him how to join the Living Force after death.
  • The Stoic: No matter the situation, Qui-Gon remains calm and collected.
  • Supporting Protagonist: To Anakin, in the long run of the prequels.
  • Take Up My Sword: He dies before he has a chance to properly train Anakin and tells Obi-Wan to take his place.
  • The Unfettered: A rare heroic example of an unfettered character; when Obi-Wan tries to call him out on his more questionable actions, he simply says, "I will do what I must," without hesitation.
  • Unintentional Backup Plan: Qui-Gon's original plan is for Anakin to be trained as a Jedi and bring balance to the Force. This seems to fail when Anakin falls to the dark side. In Return of the Jedi, however, Anakin does bring balance to the Force by destroying the last of the Sith (including himself).
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His determination to have Anakin trained as a Jedi spells doom for the Jedi Order and decades of conflict for the rest of the galaxy. It's not entirely his fault, though; if he'd lived to train Anakin on his own, it would have been more difficult for Palpatine to subtly manipulate Anakin towards the dark side, as Anakin would have been mentored by the master who was the closest thing to a father he had ever known and also knew what he was doing rather than a grieving and inexperienced Obi-Wan.
  • The Voice: Since he hadn't completed his training to become a Force spirit when he died, this is the only way he can manifest in most places. He can appear as a cloud of glowing lights in places strong with the Force like Dagobah, but he can only do the proper Force spirit manifestation in vergences like Mortis and the Wellspring of Light.


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