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In Tatooine legend, the sandstorm is Lukka, the Fury, both cleansing and damning. Lukka, the slaves believed, was Justice, was he who remade the world, and remade the soul.

The storm screams at him, and Obi-Wan Kenobi screams back.
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The Desert Storm is an ongoing Star Wars fanfic by Blue_Sunshine. It's an epic-length Peggy Sue Series Fic in which a post-Revenge of the Sith Obi-Wan Kenobi travels back in time during his Jedi Apprentice days and trains his younger self in preparation to fight the Sith.

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Four years after Order 66, Obi-Wan Kenobi has lost all hope and is just barely scraping by on Tatooine. After his speeder breaks down, he gets trapped inside a mysterious sandstorm. When the dust clears, he suddenly finds himself twenty-three years in the past. Under the alias "Ben Naasade", he rescues Shmi and Anakin from slavery and claims his younger self as his Padawan on the eve of his reassignment to the Agri Corps. Using his knowledge of the future, Ben sets out to fix the past and prevent the Jedi Order's downfall.

The series is known for its long length, large ensemble cast, character focus, and attention to detail. Additionally, various minor characters from the canon EU and Legends are fleshed out more and given expanded roles.

The series can be found here on Archive of Our Own.

The author has also set up their own Tumblr page called The Desert Storm and Other Chaotic Things.

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The Desert Storm is broken down into multiple lengthy story arcs, listed below by the order they were published:

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    Entries in the series: 
  • The Desert Storm: Completed; Following an encounter with the supernatural, Obi-Wan Kenobi is given the chance to undo his greatest regrets.
  • Ruin: Completed; Sequel to The Desert Storm; Ben and Obi-Wan accompany the Republic's delegation to a planet threatened by genocide. They learn all is not what it seems and encounter a familiar figure from Ben's previous life.
  • Fallout: Completed; Sequel to Ruin; Ben faces accusations of abusing his padawan.
  • True Colors: Completed; Interquel between The Desert Storm and Ruin; Ben and Obi-Wan go on their first mission together. An investigation of stolen medical supplies leads them to an encounter with Jango Fett.
  • In Crisis: Completed; Sequel to Fallout; The Jedi mobilize for a relief effort after a catastrophic event leaves Rilor 4 on the verge of destruction.
  • What is Sown: Completed; Sequel to In Crisis; Ben begins to plant the seeds of change in the Jedi Order. Obi-Wan's history project leads him to make a terrible discovery.
  • Remembrance: Completed; Sequel to What is Sown; Obi-Wan meets the Duke of Mandalore. Shaak Ti takes Shmi and Anakin to Jedha. Meanwhile, Quinlan's curiosity about Ben results in a violent confrontation.
  • Remembrance: Part II: Completed; Following Quinlan's Fall and Ben's use of the Dark Side, the Council is left questioning Ben's loyalty to the Jedi.
  • Remembrance: Part III: Completed; Ben has his first therapy sessions. Obi-Wan befriends a young Satine Kryze.
  • Zodiac: Completed; Sequel to the Remembrance trilogy; The main cast visit each of their home planets.
  • Lineage: Completed; Sequel to Zodiac; Jango enlists Ben and Obi-Wan's help to kidnap Bo-Katan from the Death Watch. Meanwhile, revelations from the Kenobi Report lead the Jedi to make a historic decision.
  • Deliverance: Completed; Sequel to Lineage. Delegates from other Jedi Temples arrive at Coruscant to discuss the changes the Order is undergoing. Meanwhile, after Ben's transport is sabotaged, he finds himself stranded on an ice belt with a young Bail Organa.
  • Fever: Completed; Sequel to Deliverance; A mysterious virus cripples the Jedi Order.
  • Stories Within a Story, Part I: Completed; A collection of prompt fics focusing on various characters throughout time.
  • Stories Within a Story, Part II: Completed; More prompt fics that take place in The Desert Storm series.
  • Night: Completed; Sequel to Fever; Ben goes to Rattatak to search for Ky Narec and Narec's padawan, Asajj Ventress. Later, on Dathomir, Ben meets the Nightsisters and has a revelation.
  • Ripples: Completed; Sequel to Night; Ben returns to Coruscant with new recruits for the Jedi. Everyone settles down as life in the Temple moves on.
  • Sa Sarad: Completed; Sequel to Ripples; In the aftermath of an assassination, Ben once again takes on the role of a military general. Obi-Wan grows closer to Satine. Meanwhile, the Jedi find themselves dealing with the Yinchorri Uprising.
  • Tarot: Completed; Sequel to Sa Sarad; When Ben and Obi-Wan are sent to mediate at a trade summit, they discover a secret Sith plot.
  • Mirage: Completed; Sequel to Tarot; As Obi-Wan completes his training, Ben prepares to finally tell him the truth.
  • Stories Within a Story, Part III: Completed; Even more short prompt fics that take place in The Desert Storm series.
  • Passage: Completed; Sequel to Mirage; Obi-Wan returns to the Temple as a Jedi Knight.
  • Minding the Gap: Completed; Sequel to Passage: Ben and Obi-Wan return to Mandalore and discover what has changed in their absence.
  • Coronation: Ongoing; Sequel to Minding the Gap: Obi-Wan takes a padawan. Last part of The Desert Storm arc and the first part of the Rise and Fall arc.


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This fanfic series provides examples of:

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  • Above Good and Evil: This is one reason why Ben is hesitant to trust the Nightsisters. Their lack of a moral code and tendency to act in self-interest makes them unpredictable as allies.
  • Absurdly Huge Population: Inverted with Yoda's species, which consists of only 203,654 people in total. Yaddle explains to Obi-Wan and Tsui that since her people are so Long-Lived, there's never really been a need for more people on her planet.
  • Abuse Mistake: Following the mission on Tovarskl, Obi-Wan has nightmares from his experience with the baby-eating Yam'rii. This eventually leads to him breaking down crying in front of his master. Unfortunately, the other Jedi witnessing this believe that Obi-Wan's breakdown was due to the Training from Hell that Ben typically puts him through.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Ben actively exploits this trope during Obi-Wan's training. He keeps Obi-Wan's training private so Obi-Wan won't discover that some of the Force techniques he's training for are considered advanced for even full-fledged Jedi Masters.
    • During her time as a slave, Shmi avoided Gradulla's cruelty by making herself invisible with the Force. This surprises a few Jedi Masters since the Force technique she used was considered difficult to learn and usually reserved for Jedi Shadows.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • The Umbara arc from The Clone Wars TV series gets some minor expansion in Remembrance, where the aftermath of the battle is shown from Ben and Cody's perspective during a Flashback Nightmare. Ben and Cody are shown mourning the clones killed by Krell's treachery.
    • Mierme Unill, a one-shot character from Legends, has her backstory expanded upon in Deliverance. She’s established as a member of the Corellian Council, her species is identified as Kalleran, and she is the master of Taria Damsin.
    • The fanfic also explores Yoda’s species, with details on their planet of origin and culture.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In canon and Legends, Korkie Kryze was Satine’s nephew. Here, he’s her son born out of a Teen Pregnancy.
  • Adaptational Abomination: In canon, the Sleeper's true nature was left ambiguous. This version is a full-blown Eldritch Abomination with otherworldly powers.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Unlike canon!Obi-Wan, Ben is extremely traumatized by the Clone Wars and the ensuing Jedi Purge. Ben's struggle to overcome his PTSD is a major recurring element of the series.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Shmi Skywalker becomes a full-fledged Jedi Knight under Shaak Ti.
    • In Dark Disciple, the Sleeper was little more than a simple animal and mainly served as a plot device to symbolize Quinlan's acceptance of the Dark Side. Here, it's an Eldritch Abomination capable of influencing the cosmic Force itself and has powers bordering on that of a Physical God.
  • Adaptational Context Change: Palpatine’s famous "we shall watch your career with great interest" line to Anakin at the end of The Phantom Menace appears in Lineage. The difference here is that he's saying it to Obi-Wan while congratulating him on the bravery he showed after surviving a previous assassination attempt which Palpatine himself had orchestrated.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Ahsoka Tano appears as a baby in Tarot and meets a ten-year-old Anakin in Mirage, as opposed to during the Clone Wars.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Because of Ben, Jango Fett becomes much more heroic compared to his canon self. He becomes one of Ben’s closest friends and even a pillar of support for him. He also mentors Obi-Wan and sides against the Sith rather than help them. However, on more than one occasion it is gently pointed out to him that he is still fundamentally the same man — just one now aware (and horrified by) how far he's willing to go to get revenge, pointed at the bad guys, and with several Morality Chains (Ben, Obi-Wan, and Satine).
    • In Legends, Komari Vosa falls to the Dark Side and becomes the leader of the Bando Gora following her banishment from the Temple. Thanks to Ben and Obi-Wan convincing Dooku to take her back as his Padawan, Komari doesn't Fall and ends up becoming a Cool Big Sis for Sian. Chapter 9 of Mirage subverts this, as Lady Livion's POV shows that Komari is being drawn into the Dark Side by Darth Plagueis with the Jedi around her being none the wiser.
    • Because Obi-Wan helped liberate the Kaleesh people, Qymaen Jai Sheelal (Grievous's past self) doesn't develop a hatred of the Jedi and ultimately becomes an enthusiastic ally to Obi-Wan.
    • In Legends, Bruck Chun was a bully who joined Xanatos Du Crion and remained as a villain up to his death. Here, he ultimately rejects Du Crion and deeply regrets spying for him. He ends up joining the Temple Guard to atone for his actions.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Due to Ben's interference, Obi-Wan isn't a stickler for the rules like he was in canon and is generally more accepting of philosophies outside the Jedi Code. He's also more willing to openly disagree with the Jedi Council.
  • Adaptational Sexuality:
    • In canon, Obi-Wan Kenobi was straight. Here, Ben is revealed to be bisexual in Zodiac, where it turns out that during his exile, he slept with Bail as a form of Sex for Solace and would have slept with Breha as well.
    • Sian Jeisel is revealed to be a lesbian in Tarot where she’s developed a crush on Bultar Swan, whereas her sexual orientation was never made clear in Legends.
  • An Aesop: If you're struggling with trauma, don't bottle it up. Instead, acknowledge your pain, seek help, and open up to the people closest to you.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • After adopting Bo-Katan, Jango starts calling her by the nickname Tukran’ika (Mandalorian for "Little Hellcat") in part because of how difficult she is to work with. Bo-Katan is initially uncertain whether he means it as an affectionate nickname or as an insult (though knowing Jango, it's likely both).
    • Ky Narec addresses his Padawan Asajj with the moniker "Little One". It’s also an indirect way for him to refer to her as his daughter.
  • Agri World: Prior to its destruction, Rilor 4 was an agricultural moon whose production was described as being vital to the Corellian system.
  • Alternate Universe: Aside from changes caused by time travel, there are several alterations from both canon and Legends.
    • In Ben's original timeline, Ventress never died and was still active as a bounty hunter after the Clone Wars had ended.
    • Unlike in Legends, Ronderu lij Kummar wasn't killed on Kalee and survived long enough to accompany Jai Sheelal to Torvaskl.
    • In Legends, Obi-Wan was Childhood Friends with Taria and they grew up together during their early years in the Jedi Temple. Here, Taria was raised in the Corellian Jedi Temple and she meets Obi-Wan for the first time as teenagers in Deliverance.
    • In Ben's timeline, Mandalore's Great Clan Wars were started by the assassination of Adonai Kryze, as opposed to Kryze's death happening during the wars like in Legends.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: The only reason that the Sleeper doesn't outright Mind Rape and murder Ben is because it doesn't want to risk invoking the wrath of the Force entity responsible for Ben's time travel.
    The Sleeper: I won't interfere with the work of others. There are consequences even for the likes of me.
  • Always Someone Better: Thanks to Ben, Obi-Wan eventually becomes one of the most talented and gifted padawans in the Jedi Order. It’s still not enough against a younger Darth Maul. When Obi-Wan finally encounters Maul for the first time, he’s no match for the Sith and only survives because he had Sian to back him up and buy time for Ben to arrive.
  • Always with You: Happens twice to Ben in Chapter 58 of Sa Sarad.
    • The first example is when Ben hallucinates a conversation with Commander Cody in his cell. "Cody" assures Ben that he and his troops will always be with him. It then becomes a tearjerker as Ben remembers that Cody no longer exists and the conversation ends with Ben sadly responding "you aren't here either".
    • This is then followed by a hallucination of a Clone Wars-era Anakin Skywalker, who comforts Ben and says this before disappearing:
      "Anakin": You’re not alone, Ben. Even when you are. (smiles) I’m sorry. Thank you. I love you too.
  • Ambiguous Disorder:
    • Jax Pavan is an Elective Mute who is generally socially isolated from most people while latching onto and getting extremely attached towards a few select individuals. This is later explained as not simply because he's a natural psychic (he's explicitly noted as an extreme case even by those standards), but because he's got no filters whatsoever. Once Obi-Wan diagnoses the problem and gets him some dampeners, he opens up much more.
    • Obi-Wan is implied to have an undiagnosed learning disability of some sort or another, explaining why—despite his undoubted raw intelligence—he has trouble keeping up with classwork. It also explains why Mace Windu, trying to help him with his homework in Ben's stead while the latter is being treated for TSR, just can't help him no matter how hard he tries—something which is directly compared to Ben who, unsurprisingly, always knows exactly how to explain it to help Obi-Wan understand.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: This fic shows the full extent of the Sith's influence over the centuries. For example, the Force-numbing material used to construct the Senate Dome was gradually installed piece-by-piece over the last 700 years, with the combined efforts of numerous companies and groups.
  • And Then What?: Ben has devoted his entire life to destroying the Sith. When Kala asks Ben if he sees a future for himself beyond the Sith, Ben admits that he doesn't.
  • Apocalypse How: In Crisis has the moon of Rilor 4 undergo a Class 6. All three of the moon's supervolcanoes erupt simultaneously, causing the moon to break apart. Even with all their efforts, the Jedi are only able to save less than a third of the colonists living on the moon.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite being able to verify that Ben is a future version of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Jedi Council still dismisses his claim that Sith are alive. Ben is initially frustrated but admits to himself that in a similar situation he'd be equally skeptical. This attitude is called out by Quinlan when he gets a number of Ben's memories, bluntly telling Mace Windu that the problem isn't so much the Sith but that the Jedi refuse to listen. Around that point, partly thanks to the evidence of the Kenobi Report, their attitude shifts to "we don't believe it" to "we need proof to convince everybody else."
    • In Night, Obi-Wan's reaction to seeing the Sleeper appear as a Humanoid Abomination in Ben's mindscape was to tell himself that he doesn't believe in gods.
  • Arc Villain:
    • Ruin features the Yam’rii, a race of sociopathic colonialists who attempt to trick the Republic into helping them defeat their former Kaleesh slaves.
    • For the first half of Night, a group of warlords who have taken over Rattatak serves as the main antagonists. Both Master Narec and Asajj refuse to follow Ben until he helps liberate the people of Rattatak from the warlords’ tyrannical reign.
    • Sa Sarad features a Big Bad Ensemble between three arc villains. Tor Vizsla, the leader of Death Watch, is waging war against Jango Fett and House Kryze. Xanatos Du Crion is plotting against the Jedi Order using the data given to him by Bruck, and the Yinchorri are staging an uprising that the Jedi are sent to quash.
  • Arc Words:
    • "There are a thousand ways to be enslaved."
    • "Jedi are not meant to be soldiers."
    • "Vod."
    • In Mirage: "You are the river."
  • An Arm and a Leg: Tarot ends with Ben being forced to have his leg amputated after it was injured by falling debris during his duel with Maul. Maul also loses both his arms and half his face.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: After defeating a group of warlords who were terrorizing Rattatak, Ben has this exchange with Obi-Wan.
    Obi-Wan: Master. We freed a world yesterday.
    Ben: We did.
    Obi-Wan: Did we do that only because you had to in order to get Padawan Ventress to go with us, and you needed her to go with us because she’s Dathomiri, and you’re hoping that with her you’ll be able to gain the favor of the Nightsisters?
  • Armor-Piercing Response:
    • While debating the flaws of the Jedi Code, Yoda asks Ben if the Sith were winning in the Bad Future he came from. Ben responds by clarifying that the Sith had already won and reveals that nearly the entire Jedi Order was wiped out. Ben’s answer leaves Yoda completely stricken in shock.
    • In Remembrance: Part II, Mace Windu asks Quinlan if there's anything important from Ben's future that he should know about. The latter sums up everything Mace needs to know with three short sentences:
      Quinlan: It never mattered. What he told you. You never listened.
  • Artificial Limbs: Ben gets a prosthetic leg after losing it during his duel with Maul in Tarot.
  • Ascended Extra: A lot of minor characters from Legends and Canon are given expanded roles.
    • Jax Pavan was a relatively obscure character from Legends. Here, he becomes Anakin's Best Friend and eventually his adopted brother.
    • Adi Gallia becomes one of the Council's leading members and becomes the public face of the Jedi Order's efforts to undo the damage done by the Sith conspiracy.
    • Sian Jeisel becomes Qui-Gon's padawan in Obi-Wan's place and eventually becomes a Secret Keeper for Ben.
    • Serra Keto, a boss from the Revenge of the Sith video game, is featured as a tertiary character in Ripples and Sa Sarad.
    • Master Fay goes from being a One-Shot Character in the Legends continuity to a recurring character and is eventually promoted to being Ben's love interest.
  • Attack Hello: When Obi-Wan returns to Mandalore in Minding the Gap, he is welcomed by Bo-Katan who greets him with a forearm clasp before abruptly stepping back and decking him across the face so hard that she breaks his nose. When Obi-Wan asks her why she punched him, her only response is that he'll "figure it out". The reason she punched him was because he unknowingly impregnated her sister Satine during the Sa Sarad arc.
  • Badass Normal: Jai Sheelal (a.k.a. Grievous in the original timeline) is one, for a given value of normal. No Force powers or notable abilities, beyond his natural size and strength. He also nearly flattens Maul by hurling a marble bench at him.
  • Batman Gambit: The Sith pull a nearly successful one in Fever. Taking advantage of Thyferra's gratitude to the Jedi, the Sith swap out Thyferra's complimentary bacta shipment with a genetically modified version designed to infect the user with a deadly virus. Since bacta usage is prioritized for the elderly (i.e. veteran Jedi masters and most of the Council), the Jedi's leadership is the first to be incapacitated by the virus. This leaves the Jedi under the guidance of inexperienced masters who panic at the sudden outbreak and enact a quarantine. The quarantine completely isolates the Jedi from the rest of the galaxy, making them unable to act when the galaxy needs them, turning public opinion against the Order.
  • Battle Couple:
    • Qymaen Jai Sheelal and Ronderu lij Kummar are the Ruling Couple of the Kaleesh and fought alongside each other as fellow warlords during the Huk War.
    • Miraj and Palma Unsee were a pair of Happily Married Jedi Knights who formed one during the Jedi's last war against the Sith. Fay mentions that the two were so closely connected that they were practically inseparable both on and off the battlefield. Palma's death caused Miraj to go off the deep end and fall to the Dark Side.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • Early in the series, Quinlan finds himself intrigued by Obi-Wan's enigmatic new master and becomes determined to learn more about Ben's past. He gets his wish granted in the worst possible way at the end of Remembrance, where he uses his psychometry on Ben's first lightsaber and absorbs all of Ben's most traumatic memories, causing him to fall to the Dark Side.
    • Thanks to Ben and Obi-Wan's (in)famous exploits, Padawan Serra Keto becomes a huge fan of Mandalorian culture and badgers Ben to show her what it's like to be a Mandalorian warrior. At the beginning of Sa Sarad, her wish gets granted when she finds herself on the run with Ben, Obi-Wan, and Satine after witnessing Duke Kryze's assassination.
  • Beard of Sorrow: At the start of the series, Ben is shown to have grown a long, unkempt beard in his depressed state. He trims it down after returning to the past.
  • "Begone" Bribe: After moving into their temporary new home on Tatooine during the Mirage arc, Obi-Wan gets some Jawas to leave him alone by handing them a piece of cheese. Ben disapproves of this since it only encourages the Jawas to return later.
  • Better the Devil You Know: Basically the reason Ben doesn't do anything about Palpatine/Sidious as soon as he arrives in the past; without knowing more details about Sidious' Sith Master, he's reluctant to move against the known Sith Lord too soon in case it jeopardizes his future knowledge, whereas leaving Palpatine where he is allows Ben to wait for the right moment to act. It's also worth noting that he sees Palpatine as bad enough, and is a little terrified at the thought of someone scary enough that Palpatine would obey them.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While Shmi is a compassionate and kind-hearted individual, her upbringing as a slave means that anytime she's in a fight, her life-or-death survival instincts end up kicking in. During her first spar with a Jedi Knight, Shaak Ti had to put a stop to the fight because Shmi kept going for killing blows.
  • Bifurcated Weapon: Shmi uses dual lightsabers that can be attached together to create a double-bladed lightsaber.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Sa Sarad features one between Tor Vizsla, Xanatos Du Crion, and the Yinchorri. Subverted at the end, where it turns out that all three were secretly working together with the Sith acting as the Man Behind the Man.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: The Huk War in Ruin is an example of this. The Yam'rii are unquestionably evil, being cannibalistic conquerors who enslaved the Kaleesh, wiped out several other innocent species, and were openly backed by the Trade Federation (and the Sith by extension). The Kaleesh represent the gray morality, as they were victims of the Yam'rii's cruelty and have every right to seek justice. They then wound up taking their revenge too far and engaged in a genocide of the whole Yam'rii species. However, the Kaleesh's leaders turned out to be Reasonable Authority Figures who were happy to negotiate once they were promised that the Yam'rii would be punished by the Republic.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Khagan Jai Sheelal, better known as General Grievous in Ben's timeline, instead ends up as a cheerful version of this after Obi-Wan negotiates the end of the Huk War and justice for the Kalee. Obi-Wan finds him friendly, but sometimes a bit (a lot) overwhelming, and Ben finds this both amusing and bemusing by turns.
  • Book-Ends: The Desert Storm starts and ends with Ben playing a game of sabacc.
  • Break the Believer: Happened to Ben in his backstory.
    • It’s later mentioned that during the Clone Wars, a large number of Padawans had their faith broken after seeing how the Council threw Ahsoka under the bus when Barriss framed her. At least one Padawan was even Driven to Suicide as a result.
  • Broad Strokes: The series takes this approach in regards to the original timeline. Events from both canon and Legends are often directly referenced, with elements from both being used throughout the story. However, the author still takes certain liberties with minor details from both canon and Legends.
    • A good example of this is in Night, which features the Sleeper, a character taken directly from the canon novel Dark Disciple. However, the events of that novel itself (including Ventress' death) are given the discontinuity treatment as Ben remembers briefly running into Ventress during his exile on Tatooine.
  • Breather Episode: Ripples takes place after the Wham Episode Night and generally explores the characters as they take a break from all the action and settle down at the Jedi Temple.
  • Broken Ace: Ben Naasade is an Ace Pilot, one of the Jedi's best duellists and most powerful masters, an excellent teacher for Obi-Wan, a brilliant general, has an understanding of the Force that borders on the uncanny, and singlehandedly brought about several major reforms to the Jedi Order. He also struggles with a truly horrible case of PTSD that's apparent to anyone with even the faintest experience of it and constantly feels alienated from his peers, who he both knows and doesn't know, and spends much of the series utterly terrified of being rejected by Obi-Wan and Shmi if they ever find out the truth about him. He gets better about this with time, therapy, and in Mirage Obi-Wan accepting him, and Shmi cutting off his revelation by telling him she doesn't care who he was or what he did, but that she loves the man he is now.
  • Broken Pedestal: The Jedi Council becomes one to Ben after he travels into the past. When Ben tries to warn the Council about the Sith's return, the Council's Head-in-the-Sand Management and Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering behavior causes Ben to nearly storm out of the room.
    • Personally experiencing the failings of the Jedi's teachings has caused Ben to lose the reverence he once held for the Jedi Code, preferring the Old Code, prefaced with, "Passion, yet Serenity."
  • Buried Alive: After Jango blows up the mine where the Death Watch was holding Ben prisoner in Sa Sarad, Ben becomes trapped alone in an underground room for days. Thankfully, he's eventually found and rescued.
  • The Bus Came Back: Several characters who went on a bus trip return in Tarot. These include Qymaen jai Sheelal, Taria Damsin, Rudaban Jai Soboc, Trip, and Quinlan.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is referred to as Traumatic Stress Response (TSR) in-universe.
  • Call-Back:
    • After Quinlan falls to the Dark Side, he mentions the events of the Mortis arc during the Clone Wars, when Anakin and Ahsoka had their memories of falling to the Dark Side erased. Here, it plays into Ben’s decision to not have Quinlan’s memories erased.
    • In Chapter 8 of Mirage, Shmi’s observation that Ben looks at her "as if she could shatter him with a word" references an earlier moment in Remembrance where she made an almost identical observation.
  • The Cameo:
    • Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Malbus show up in Remembrance and Remembrance: Part II when Shmi and Shaak Ti visit Jedha to build Shmi's lightsaber.
    • Garm Bel Iblis — one of the Rebel Alliance's leaders in the Legends continuity — appears as a senator negotiating for a trade deal between Corellia and Kalee that Obi-Wan is asked to mediate for in Remembrance: Part II. He returns in Tarot as part of Corellia’s delegation at the trade summit on Chandrila.
    • Sha Koon, Plo Koon’s niece from Legends, appears in What is Sown watching Ben’s duel with Plo Koon. She also appears in Remembrance: Part III where she and her uncle discuss Shmi’s appointment to the Council of Reassignment.
    • Kazdan Paratus briefly appears in Zodiac, where he's shown supervising Anakin and Jax as they ride on bumper cars that he built.
    • Merrin, from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, appears in Night as a little girl in Mother Talzin's Nightsister clan.
    • Jaro Tapal has a minor appearance in Ripples as a member of a secret group formed by Yaddle to fight the Sith.
    • Rav Bralor, Vhonte Tervho, and Kal Skirata from the Republic Commando series appear in one chapter of Sa Sarad where Ben assigns them the task of training Jango's army.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: While facing off against a younger Darth Maul in Tarot, it's clear that Ben would like nothing more than to run him through with his lightsaber, but he needs Maul alive in order to finally provide hard proof to the Jedi Council that the Sith have returned.
  • Cathartic Scream: Ben lets out a scream of frustration at the start of the series after his speeder breaks down and he gets trapped in the middle of a sandstorm.
  • Cassandra Truth: Even when presented with proof that Ben is an older Obi-Wan from the future, the Jedi Council is still unwilling to believe his claim that the Sith have returned. After his initial fury, Ben grudgingly admits to himself that he can understand their skepticism, and eventually they shift positions from "this isn't happening" to "we need to find proof."
    • Obi-Wan has difficulty convincing people that the rumors about Ben's abusive nature aren't true. Most of Ben's accusers believe that Obi-Wan's trying to cover for his master due to his previous insecurities. Eventually, they come round, partly thanks to Obi-Wan demonstrating just how competent Ben's Training from Hell has made him, and other students taking part in a training session or two and reluctantly admitting that Ben is a hard taskmaster, but a great teacher.
  • Central Theme: Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil. The horrors of slavery are shown through the experiences of various characters. Shmi's entire worldview is shaped by her life as a slave. Ben still has scars from the Zygerrian slave camps. Most of Tatooine is suffering under the brutal reign of the Hutt Cartel. The Kaleesh were enslaved by the Yam'rii and had their eggs eaten as delicacies. When Ben first found Jango, he had been Made a Slave aboard a spice freighter. The Rattataki had their whole planet taken over by Siniteen slavers. The Nightbrothers are treated as slaves and second-class citizens by the Nightsisters. And the list just goes on and on...
  • Cerebus Retcon:
    • Qui-Gon's Last Request in The Phantom Menace gets treated with this. The fact that Qui-Gon spent his dying moments talking about how important Anakin was instead of telling Obi-Wan how proud he was of him is something that Ben never really got over.
    • Ahsoka fighting in the Clone Wars is made darker when the reader is reminded that she was fourteen at the time. Looking back, Ben has a My God, What Have I Done? moment since he basically enlisted a Child Soldier.
  • Challenging the Chief:
    • In Night, Ben challenges the four Siniteen warlords to a gladiatorial duel over control of Rattatak.
    • Jango ultimately defeats Tor Vizsla by facing him in a duel over leadership of Mandalore.
  • Cheerful Child: Young Anakin is shown to be curious, happy, friendly, playful, and very optimistic.
  • Chekhov's Skill:
    • During Ben's spar with Plo Koon in What is Sown, Plo Koon demonstrates the ability to generate Emerald lightning. In Remembrance, Plo Koon explains to Ben the basics behind the technique. This ability proves to be extremely useful in Lineage, when Ben generates a storm of Emerald lightning in order to save his Padawan from being executed by the Death Watch.
    • In Night, Obi-Wan's sand exercise comes in very handy when he and Ben are about to be fired upon in a gladiatorial arena. He and Ben use the Force to create a massive sandstorm that not only absorbs all the blaster bolts but completely demolishes the arena itself in the process.
  • Chessmaster Sidekick: Ben is this to the Jedi as a whole. Despite being responsible for all the Jedi Order's major changes — such as the Kenobi Report and the Skywalker Initiative — Ben stays hidden on the sidelines while individuals such as Obi-Wan and Adi Gallia are publicly seen at the forefront. Only the Jedi Council, Fay, and Obi-Wan (eventually) really know his full role — and even Obi-Wan's missing a few pieces, like Ben's true identity — and even then, as Mace irritably observes, Ben's still steadily manipulating them from the shadows.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Ben suffers from one, as he admits that he deliberately kept himself ignorant of the galaxy’s events during his exile because he wouldn’t have been able to stand by and do nothing if he knew that there were people who needed his help.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: The fanfic serves as a coming-of-age story for Obi-Wan. Over the course of the series he learns more about the people of the galaxy, grows from a boy into a young man, experiences his first crush, falls in love, and becomes his own person.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: One of the reasons that Ben has trouble connecting with other Jedi is due to this trope. Because he spent years fighting in the Clone Wars, he's more used to harsh conditions compared to the Jedi in the past. On the one hand, it means that he's a ludicrously skilled duellist who flattens everyone who challenges him. On the other hand, he's twitchy, ruthless, and has a horrifying case of PTSD.
  • The Confidant: Master Fay becomes this for Ben. She's one of the few who knows his secret and is the one person Ben is completely open with about his past.
  • Confusion Fu: Defied in Night. When presented with the challenge of fighting someone who can predict your every move, Obi-Wan initially suggests trying to be unpredictable. Ben shoots the idea down, pointing out that his opponent would still be able to see the attack coming and that he's more likely to confuse himself rather than his opponent.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In Sa Sarad, while talking about Order 66 and the clone army's betrayal, Ben verbalizes his thoughts from What is Sown with the phrase "They loved us. That wasn’t a lie, and that made it worse" while referring to his relationship with the clones.
    • When Ben brings Obi-Wan to Tatooine in Mirage, he advises Obi-Wan to double-check the filters of the speeder they just bought and to lock the spare filters in a crate for safety. This references the first chapter of The Desert Storm, where a pack of vermin hiding in Ben’s previous speeder bit through his filter lines.
  • Continuity Porn: Given that this is a Star Wars fanfic, this was inevitable. The Desert Storm series is filled with all sorts of Continuity Nods and Call Backs to various movies, novels, comics, and video games from both the Canon EU and Legends. In addition, various minor characters from both canon and Legends are given the Ascended Extra treatment.
  • Contrived Coincidence: In True Colors. During an investigation of missing medical supplies, Ben and Obi-Wan end up on a frigate run by spice smugglers. One of the ship's slave workers is none other than Jango Fett, who Ben frees. After they seize control of the spice frigate, it comes under attack from pirates who just happen to be led by a younger Hondo Ohnaka. Ben even lampshades how the Force loves its ironies.
  • Cool Starship: Obi-Wan gets his own personal Kom'rk-class fighter in Lineage after stealing it from the Death Watch and being told he could keep it by Jango.
  • Cool Sword: The lightsabers that Shmi builds for herself; one has a yellow blade and the other has a white blade. They can also be attached together to form a saberstaff.
  • The Corrupter: Lady Livion’s interlude in Mirage reveals that Darth Plagueis is one to Komari Vosa, using the time they’ve spent together since Tarot to manipulate her and seduce her to the Dark Side.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Most of Ben's Guilt Complex stems from his belief that the entire Clone Wars could have been prevented had he listened to Dooku's warning about Sidious at the start of the war. Ylar Kala points out that he was young and didn't have access to the same knowledge that he has now.
  • Creepy Good: Ben, again. He scares the crap out of the vast majority of Jedi—and, indeed, the vast majority of everyone. Bant outright states early on, "Obi-Wan, your Master is terrifying." For some, this is part of his outrageous appeal (to the point where Sian Jeisel writes cheap holo-novel romances based on Ben's thinly-veiled exploits). For others, this is a cause of mistrust, because they find him legitimately terrifying, and not entirely without reason.
  • Crippling the Competition: Ben notes that Sidious basically did this in his time as every apprentice he ever taught was limited in some way, ranging from Maul just being an assassin ignorant of the more subtle abilities of the Sith to Vader's artificial limbs crippling his own Force potential. Ben basically observes that Sidious demonstrated only lip service towards the Rule of Two, ensuring that he would remain in power rather than raise an apprentice who would surpass him.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Shaak Ti notes that Shmi's awareness of other beings through the Force and her knowledge of mechanics is on the level of a Master, but her fine control and awareness of how to use it to actually heal others or move other objects has basically atrophied by comparison, speculating that Shmi depended so much on the other aspects of the Force for most of her life that she's never explored other areas.
  • Culture Clash: In Ripples, Ben remembers a Noodle Incident where Ahsoka (a carnivore) horked down a piece of raw meat in front of Anakin, Ben, and their troops, much to their collective horror.
    • In Mandalorian culture, fourteen is considered the age of adulthood. This leads to Ben and Jango arguing in Sa Sarad when Ben refuses to allow any Child Soldiers to enlist in Jango's army.
  • Culture Justifies Anything: A Trade Federation representative tries to use this argument to defend the Yam'rii's Child Eater practices after the Republic delegation learns that the food they're being served is live Kaleesh eggs. Said delegates call out the representative on his BS and subsequently refuse to give support to the Yam'rii.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: In Chapter 10 of Remembrance: Part II, Ben mentions having hallucinated himself turning into Grievous as he had his organs replaced with synthetic ones.

     Tropes D-F 
  • Day in the Limelight: Chapter 9 of Mirage shows Lady Livion’s point-of-view as she interacts with various Jedi around the Temple and gives readers a glimpse into her thoughts.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ben, compulsively, much like in Clone Wars — though to some degree it's to cover his pain.
  • Death by Adaptation: Gardulla the Hutt’s fate following the Clone Wars is left unclear in both canon and Legends. Here, she was amongst the many crime lords killed by Maul and Savage during the Shadow Collective’s rise to power. Hearing the locals on Tatooine say that Gardulla is coming for a visit is what tips Ben off that he’s somehow in the past.
  • A Death in the Limelight: In the first chapter of Sa Sarad, Duke Adonai Kryze returns after being Put On The Bus and the first portion of the chapter is told from his POV. The chapter ends with an unseen Darksider (inferred to be Maul) using the Force to kill Duke Kryze from afar.
  • Declining Promotion:
    • Near the beginning of Night, Ben is offered to be given a seat on the Jedi Council after his show of leadership during the Temple’s Bane outbreak. He declines the offer and instead nominates Master Fay to take his intended seat.
    • After Obi-Wan demonstrates the new lightsaber form he created as part of Ben's test for Knighthood to the Jedi Council, Mace is so impressed that he decides to nominate Obi-Wan to be given the rank of Jedi Master. Obi-Wan refuses since he had just been made a Jedi Knight. As of Minding the Gap, Obi-Wan has had to turn down a promotion to Jedi Master on a monthly basis.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype:
    • Obi-Wan Kenobi's characterization as the Ideal Hero gets deconstructed. In both Canon and Legends, Obi-Wan was constantly held up by the Jedi as an embodiment of everything a Jedi should strive to be. Here, we learn that Obi-Wan's status as "the perfect Jedi" is a facade he constructed because he Desperately Craves Affection. Qui-Gon's initial rejection of Obi-Wan caused the latter to develop deep insecurities that turned him into a "Well Done, Son!" Guy towards the Jedi Council. His characterization of an Ideal Hero was just his desire for approval getting cranked up to eleven. This was also the source of Anakin's resentment towards Obi-Wan, as he became envious that Obi-Wan was constantly being heaped praise upon by the Council, while he was being alienated by them.
    • The fanfic also deconstructs Obi-Wan's Fatal Flaw as a Principles Zealot. Similar to the previous example, Obi-Wan's strict adherence toward the Jedi Code came as the result of being a Yes-Man driven by a fear of rejection. He actually can see the bigger picture and is well aware that the Jedi's teachings can sometimes be wrong. However, he still supported all of the Council's decisions, even when he knew they were wrong.
    • The New Mandalorians deconstruct Actual Pacifists. Given that the Mandalorians are by and large a Proud Warrior Race in the middle of a Civil War, the New Mandalorians' refusal to contribute to the war effort makes them The Load for their allies. Also, because they see any act of violence as evil, they oppose their own allies just as much as their enemies, further weakening Mandalore's already unstable government. Finally, it’s pointed out that while pacifism is a noble principle, it only works if the other side is honorable enough to not strike down an unarmed opponent. Seeing as how the "other side" is the Death Watch, the New Mandalorians’ ideals end up coming across as both ignorant and naïve.
  • Deconstruction Fic: The series deconstructs many aspects of the Clone Wars by expanding upon the Fridge Horror moments and depicts it as if it actually happened in Real Life, rather than in a cartoon for kids.
    • Obi-Wan Kenobi's Action Hero status during the Clone Wars gets deconstructed when Healer Hiella's examination shows the extent of the damage that Ben's past adventures have left on his body. Aside from being Covered in Scars from the countless scrapes he's been in, Ben's entire skeletal system is riddled with fracture lines due to breaking his bones so often. It turns out that being regularly involved in life-or-death situations isn't good for one's physical health.
    • In Sa Sarad, Ben finally acknowledges the clone troopers for what they truly were: child slave soldiers. The average clone trooper was six years old chronologically and they were forced to fight with little choice in the matter. Why did the Jedi accept command of the clone army? To protect the clones, who had no rights in a government that saw them as subhuman Cannon Fodder.
    • Jedi are not meant to be soldiers. At the start of the Clone Wars, most Jedi had never seen sustained combat on a galactic scale before. They were given no time to prepare and knew nothing about running a military. The first few battles went exactly as you'd expect, with the clones getting massacred in droves due to the Jedi's inexperienced leadership. It was actually the clone commanders who were responsible for the Republic's victories, yet they never received any credit due to the Senate's Fantastic Racism. Even when the Jedi eventually did get their act together, all the strategies and tactics they used were taught to them by the clones.
    • The Jedi padawans were little more than glorified Child Soldiers who were tossed into the middle of the battlefield and saw the horrors of war firsthand. This was especially horrific considering that the reason many parents give up their children is because of the Jedi's promise to keep them safe.
    • The fic really goes out of its way to show the impact the Clone Wars had on Obi-Wan. Ben Naasade's character shows more or less how Obi-Wan would have actually turned out following the events of Episode III. Rather than a Cool Old Master, you end up with someone who appears to be that (albeit in his mid-thirties to begin with), but who also happens to be a Shell-Shocked Veteran with deep-seated psychological scars underneath the thin facade.
  • Déjà Vu: The first time that Obi-Wan visits Tatooine with Ben, he has "an unsettling sense of familiarity about [Tatooine] that he doesn’t understand".
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: For Mandalorians, beskar armor is seen as Serious Business. According to Ben, stealing and wearing armor that doesn't belong to you is a capital crime on Mandalore.
  • Delirious Misidentification: After getting stabbed by Pong Krell while trying to protect Quinlan, Ben hallucinates that he's fighting Grievous and is protecting Anakin. This causes Ben to use the Force to remove "Grievous's" limbs, nearly ripping off Krell's arms in the process. Considering who the victim is, Ben isn't that sorry about it, rather to the disturbance of his fellow Jedi.
  • Demonic Possession: A semi-benevolent version in Mirage, Obi-Wan has his body temporarily taken over by Lukka after accidentally entering a trance during meditation, with the possessor explaining that he could only do it because Obi-Wan strayed so far from his body, and departs without complaint.
  • Dented Iron:
    • Fighting in the Clone Wars has made Ben this. Aside from being Covered in Scars, his bones have numerous fracture lines, his DNA and RNA are severely damaged, his blood has trace amounts of toxic elements, and he has numerous synthetic organs, and he snarks "oh, good, there's enough of me left to identify after all" when a DNA test reveals that he's a 79% match for Obi-Wan. Healer Ni Hiella describes him as a "sock drawer in a trash compactor". He eventually has to have multiple organs grown and replaced, based on samples of Obi-Wan's DNA because Ben's is just too corrupted.
    • Following Sidious' assassination attempt, Obi-Wan's wrist is severely damaged and he has to wear a brace for the remainder of the series and deals with recurring pains.
    • Due to a combination of old age, being stranded on a primitive jungle planet with no access to modern medicine, and physical stress from constantly fighting pirates, Master Ky Narec is this when we finally meet him. When first introduced, he's doesn't have the same endurance or energy as his padawan Asajj.
  • De-Power: Happens to Qui-Gon at the end of Tarot. After Maul stabs Qui-Gon through the chest, Obi-Wan uses the Nightsisters' magick to keep Qui-Gon alive, unintentionally blinding Qui-Gon's connection to the Force in the process.
  • Didn't Think This Through: In Night, Ben attempts to enlist Hondo's help in taking down the warlords ruling over Rattatak. Hondo, being Hondo, asks to be given his own lightsaber as payment. Ben quickly dissuades Hondo by laying out exactly what would happen if he did give Hondo a lightsaber. Since only Jedi are permitted to wield lightsabers, any Jedi who happened upon Hondo would assume that his lightsaber was stolen and that the pirate killed the previous owner.
  • Disability Immunity: When the Sith unleash a virus that targets the hosts' DNA upon the Jedi Temple, Ben's already damaged DNA and RNA protects him from being infected, and helps form the basis for a vaccine and an inoculation — his immune system chewed the virus up and spat a more or less harmless variant back out.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: After Falling, Quinlan gets violent impulses, has the urge to lash out at others, and suffers from extreme mood swings. During his therapy session with Ni Hiella, Quinlan bemoans that he's not going to "get better" and will have to live with the darkness inside him for the rest of his life. This is all very reminiscent of a person struggling with a violent mental illness.
  • Door Stopper: Currently, The Desert Storm series consists of twenty-three stories and is over 1 million words long.
  • Double Meaning: In Night, Obi-Wan experiences a Force vision in the Nightsisters' swamp where he encounters a mythosaur. This encounter is symbolic of Ben's failed relationship with Anakin.
    • Obi-Wan is given a plush doll that suddenly transforms into a baby mythosaur. At first, Obi-Wan is affectionate towards the baby but becomes startled when the mythosaur rapidly grows up. As it grows, the mythosaur is clearly in pain, but Obi-Wan has no idea how to help it. This reflects how Ben was given Anakin as a padawan with no preparation and had no idea how to raise him. Like the mythosaur, Anakin had a very troubled life growing up and Ben didn't know how to help him.
    • As an adult, the mythosaur turns aggressive and lashes out at everything around it. Obi-Wan doesn't want to hurt the creature and tries to calm it down to no avail. When the mythosaur tries to attack the Nightsisters' settlement, Obi-Wan finally resorts to using the Force against it. Likewise, when Anakin turned to the Dark Side, Ben didn't want to fight him and only relented after Anakin harmed Padmé.
    • When the mythosaur starts sinking into the swamp, it panics and mutilated itself, all while Obi-Wan looks on in horror. This is a Continuity Nod to Episode III, where Ben watches as Anakin is burnt alive by Mustafar's lava banks. The difference is that while Ben left Anakin to burn, Obi-Wan puts an end to the mythosaur's suffering with a Mercy Kill.
    • This is made even more clear by the following conversation between Obi-Wan and Ghost!Anakin:
      The Knight nods, looking to him. "Remember that, and remember this; Death can be a kindness."
      "I don’t understand." Obi-Wan shakes his head, feeling hollow and shaky and that everything was wrong.
      "Well," The Knight suggests calmly. "you could have just walked away."
      Obi-Wan recoils. "I couldn’t have." He swears. What he had done felt wretched, but that would have been — unmitigably cruel.
  • Double Take: Obi-Wan’s reaction to the news that Shmi is pregnant:
    Shmi: I am going to have another child.
    Obi-Wan: (tiredly) Oh. I’ll make tea. [leaves room]
    Obi-Wan: [stumbles back into room] Wait, okay, what?
  • Downer Beginning: The entire series begins four years after Revenge of the Sith. From Ben's POV, nearly everyone he's ever cared about is dead, the Sith have gained total dominance in the galaxy, and all hope has been lost. Later stories reveal that it was at this point where Ben had hit the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Dramatic Irony: Aside from the fact that Ben was originally Obi-Wan Kenobi...
    • Shmi observes on more than one occasion that Ben's very fond of children and that young Anakin seems to remind him of someone called Luke and wonders what happened to that other little boy. She also notices that he often steps very lightly around her, terrified that with a word she could somehow destroy him (because in another life he failed her, and failed her son as his teacher and Parental Substitute, leaving him dismembered and roasting to death).
    • After seeing Ben’s artificial leg, Anakin remarks on how cool it would be if he had a mechanical limb. Ben’s response is to suddenly hug Anakin, much to the latter’s confusion. Shmi, meanwhile, wonders why Ben has a look of shame on his face.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Palpatine/Darth Sidious is this for Ben. Ben knows that he stands no chance of beating Sidious in a straight-up fight and he admits to his holocron that he’s terrified of him. When Ben visits Bail and Breha, he comes close to telling them that Palpatine was responsible for trying to assassinate Obi-Wan but stops at the last second out of fear that Palpatine will find out somehow and target them as well. When he tries to discuss the subject of Sidious to his holocron, he enters a Thousand-Yard Stare and sits in silence for four hours.
    • On a more abstract level, he's also terrified of Sidious' master, precisely because a) he knows nothing about them, b) they'd have to be scary enough to control Sidious.
    • The Anzat species are something of a bogeyman to the Jedi. They are a race of space vampires who feed on Force-sensitives. The first time that Bant encounters one, she is paralyzed by fear upon realizing exactly what she is dealing with.
    • The Jedi in general, with outside perspectives such as Jango's showing how scary they can seem to non Force Sensitives. Ben is very aware of this, and points out to both Shmi (who's wondering about the rules of attachment) and Jango (who's exasperated about how the Jedi can be so terrifying one moment and so stupidly kind the next) that this is why the Jedi are so firmly The Fettered, because they know what they could be, and they're terrified of it. Hence attitudes to the Sith, who are not just Jedi off the leash, but far, far worse.
  • Dream Walker: Due to a bond between them, Obi-Wan frequently ends up sharing Ben's dreams. This becomes somewhat problematic when Ben has nightmares about the Clone Wars. After Night, this stops thanks to the soul bond between them being severed.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: During his exile on Tatooine, Ben took to drinking heavily in order to cope with his depression. By the time he travels to the past, his liver is described by healers as a mess.
  • Easy Logistics: Averted. When Ben becomes a general for Jango Fett's army of Mandalorian warriors, the lack of a proper command structure, personnel files, and organization makes running the army extremely difficult for Ben, who is used to having a more organized military like the GAR.
  • Eldritch Abomination:
    • The Sleeper is a tentacled monster living in the Water of Life, which is the source of Dathomir's power. It's fully sentient, impossibly ancient, manifests as a giant horned Nightsister covered in flames, can enter a person's mind, has knowledge of the future, and is strong enough to sever the Force bond between Ben and Obi-Wan. The Sleeper also possesses Resurrective Immortality, having already been killed many times by Nightsisters as a Rite of Passage, and feeds off of Dathomir's Life Energy to survive. In addition, the Sleeper is familiar with other powerful Force entities, including the one responsible for Ben's time travel.
    • Lady Livion’s chapter in Mirage reveals the existence of another Force entity tied to the Nightsisters’ book that Ben brought from Dathomir. Whatever it is, it has taken to following Ben around and only a shade like Livion is capable of perceiving it. It’s apparently so powerful that even the ghost of a Dark Jedi is wary of gaining its attention.
    • Lukka also qualifies. It brought Ben back as part of a long-term Batman Gambit to shape Obi-Wan into a Jedi who could train Anakin into who he needed to be, and is powerful enough that even the Sleeper won't risk crossing it, remarking that "there are consequences, even for the likes of me." However, it's more or less benevolent, and is surprisingly polite when it possesses Obi-Wan, only doing so because a) he'd walked out of his body, b) it thought that Ben and Obi-Wan were trying to get its attention, and it leaves without complaint Ben asks it to.
  • Entertainingly Wrong:
    • Master Tahl initially believes that the reason Ben gives Obi-Wan such Training from Hell was because Obi-Wan became a Padawan later than most and Ben is trying to accelerate his Padawan's training to catch up with the rest.
    • Queen Breha comes to the conclusion that Ben is Obi-Wan's father upon seeing the clear resemblance between the two, leading to a lot of bafflement on Obi-Wan's part when Breha and Bail start treating him not just as their friend's Padawan, but his son. Jango Fett also comes to suspect the same thing until Ben reveals the truth, as do a lot of other Mandalorians, and think they just can't say because of the Jedi's rules about attachment. Ben's attitude is it's "one absurdity to cover another". Obi-Wan's is unclear.
    • Likewise, when Healer Essja Chias discovers that Ben and Obi-Wan share the same DNA, he assumes they are Long Lost Siblings.
    • Because there is no record of Ben's existence, many Jedi assume that he's a former Shadow. Since this is simpler than the truth, Ben decides to roll with it.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: In Night, Hondo attacks a group of rival pirates after one of them insults his mother during his attempt to negotiate safe passage for his Jedi passengers.
    Ben: Hondo, perhaps reconsider this. We were going to handle this discreetly
    Hondo: This will not stand! They have insulted my mother! How could they do such a thing! Scoundrels!
  • Everyone Has Standards: In Remembrance, after Quinlan breaks into Ben and Obi-Wan's room and starts rummaging through Ben's personal belongings with his psychometry in search for answers about Ben's past, he comes across a Padawan braid belonging to canon!Anakin. Despite his curiosity, even Quinlan understands how deeply personal something like a Padawan braid is and makes sure not to use his psychometry on it.
  • Evil-Detecting Baby: Downplayed with Jax, who's four-years-old. He's able to tell that Pong Krell is corrupted by the Dark Side and is only pretending to get better. Due to his age, no one really takes his concern seriously except for Anakin, until both insist — when they do, the Jedi explain that they have actually picked up on it and are keeping a close eye on it.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: During Quinlan's mental breakdown following his Go Mad from the Revelation moment listed below, he’s reminded of how Ahsoka and Anakin lost their memories of Mortis. At the mention of Anakin's name, he immediately has a major Freak Out at the realization that the toddler Ben brought to the Temple is a future Sith Lord.
  • Eye Color Change: Quinlan's eyes change color from brown to a sickly yellow after he falls to the Dark Side.
  • Facial Horror: In Chapter 13 of Tarot, Darth Maul gets half of his face carved open by a lightsaber during a duel.
  • Fake Defector: In Ripples, the Shadows have Quinlan pretend to leave the Jedi Order to act as bait for the Sith.
  • Family of Choice: Anakin Skywalker considers Jax Pavan to be his brother and constantly supports him. They officially become siblings once Shmi decides to adopt Jax.
  • Family Theme Naming: Obi-Wan's long-lost sister in Zodiac is named Obi-Vell.
  • Fantastic Fighting Style: The Jedi make use of a variety of lightsaber forms, each with its various strengths and weaknesses.
    • Interestingly, Sian wants to master Makashi, Form II (which is basically fencing), with a reverse-grip (and a few Ataru, Form IV, twists). Her grandmaster, Yan Dooku, the master of Makashi, grudgingly notes that she is not terrible. From Dooku, this is high praise.
    • As part of his test for Knighthood, Ben has Obi-Wan create his own lightsaber form.
  • Fantastic Racism: Much to Ben’s anger, the Senate didn't consider the clone troopers to be living beings; part of the reason why the Jedi took command was to protect the clones, who had little-to-no rights and would have been used as slaves regardless. The reason for Cody's status as an Almighty Janitor was because he was banned from having a high rank due to being a clone.
  • Fantastically Indifferent: Justified with Ylar Kala. The Council specifically chose her to act as Ben's Soul Healer because she was this trope. This was the right call, given the information that Ylar would become privy to.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The planet Stewjon is explicitly based on Scotland, with the inhabitants wearing kilts, being predominantly redheaded, and very clannish.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: During Ben's exile on Tatooine, he told a toddler Luke stories about the Jedi. This immediately led to Owen throwing him out, yelling that Luke will never become a Jedi, and forbidding Ben from ever visiting them again. Given that this was as the Empire was tightening its grip, and considering how Anakin turned out, this is a little more understandable than most examples.
  • A Father to His Men: Ben was this to the clones in the 212th Battalion. He even took to calling them vod (Mandalorian term for "brother") and personally knew every trooper under his command. He holds a serious grudge against Pong Krell after the latter attempted to kill his men during the Umbara campaign, one he carries over into the new timeline—he challenges Krell time after time, knowing that he'll always accept, and always teases him with victory before beating him. He claims to be trying to tease out the Dark Side tendencies before Krell Falls in earnest ( which happens anyway), but others note that Ben was enjoying it too much and it was clearly personal.
  • Feeling Their Age:
    • From his debut, Ky Narec is shown to be well past his prime. His age has caused him to slow down and has made him weaker. He’s shown to struggle with physical feats that his padawan Asajj can pull off with ease.
    • Ben's first attempt to teach Obi-Wan how to redirect lightning (something that he could do with ease early in the series) falls flat when he gets overwhelmed by the electricity and is left retching on the ground in pain. This is the first sign that Ben's age is starting to catch up with him.
  • Fictional Age of Majority: In Mandalore, fourteen is considered the age of adulthood.
  • First Name Ultimatum: Shaak Ti to Ben in chapter 13 of Remembrance: Part II.
    Ben: I've been handling it.
    Shaak Ti: Not well enough. If your first slip nearly cost a life.
    Ben: Hardly an innocent one.
    Shaak Ti: Ben!
  • Flat "What": Tholme has this reaction in Night when, after all the trouble that the Jedi went through to take down the Siniteen warlords terrorizing Rattatak, they discover that Hondo has taken over the warlords' strongholds.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Satine’s pregnancy was hinted at in Tarot when Jango mentions to Ben how Satine and Bo-Katan have been quietly arguing with each other and that they’ve been hiding something from him.
    • In Chapter 2 of Minding the Gap, Fay explains how even being in the mere presence of a Sith is "emotionally and spiritually and psychologically" dangerous for a Jedi since the Darkness radiating off a Sith can easily leech through into a Jedi, twisting their emotions and severely impairing their judgment. In Chapter 16 of Coronation, we see this happen to Ben as he spends more time near Palpatine during Padmé's coronation. As all the stress and frustration from failing to find any evidence that Palpatine is a Sith piles up, a single whisper from the Dark Side is all it takes to push Ben past the Rage Breaking Point as he impulsively decides to do away with the subterfuge and directly confront Palpatine in the middle of a crowded ballroom.
  • For Want of a Nail: As a result of Ben's interference with the past, numerous events diverge from canon. This is also why Ben is hesitant to reveal anything about the future to the Council.
    • Ben's first act upon finding himself in the past was to free Shmi and Anakin from Gardulla the Hutt and bring them both to the Jedi Temple. This leads to Shmi becoming a Jedi herself with Shaak Ti taking her as a padawan. During her Jedi training, Shmi falls in love with Master Tholme and later becomes pregnant with their child, adding another Skywalker to the family.
    • Since Anakin was freed from slavery at an earlier age and had his mother to support him, he doesn't grow up with the same emotional issues he had in canon. Also, since Anakin was brought to the Temple at a younger age, he has an easier time adjusting and making friends with the other younglings. One of these younglings, Jax Pavan, becomes Anakin's Best Friend and later his adopted brother.
    • Because Ben and Obi-Wan help Qymaen Jai Sheelal (General Grievous' past self) liberate his people, Sheelal never develops a hatred for Jedi nor does Kalee experience starvation. Instead, the Kaleesh people become allies with the Jedi, and Kalee later forms a close partnership with Corellia.
    • Since Ronderu lij Kummar was Spared by the Adaptation, Jai Sheelal didn't experience the tragedy that transformed him into his "Grievous" persona. As a result, Sheelal was in a more reasonable mood than his Legends counterpart and was more open to negotiating a compromise with Obi-Wan. Hilariously, they end up in an Odd Friendship, which distinctly bemuses Ben.
    • Ben being the one to free Jango Fett from his enslavement by spice smugglers leads to Jango becoming Obi-Wan's mentor for a month. Jango later "rescues" Bo-Katan from the Death Watch and adopts her as his daughter with the intention of training her as his successor.
    • Ben assigning Obi-Wan to research every Jedi temple leads to Obi-Wan's discovery that the Jedi Order is slowly dying. This is later made public with the Kenobi Report and is the start of a series of major reforms the Jedi Order undertakes. Adults are allowed to join the Order, Jedi masters are permitted to take more than one Padawan learner, and the Jedi Order eventually breaks away from the Republic as a whole and becomes an independent organization.
    • As of chapter 10 of Mirage, Satine is pregnant. By Obi-Wan.
  • Friend to All Children: Ben, consistently, to the point where it's considered one of his most redeeming features even by Jedi who find him terrifying and/or judgemental. He dotes on Anakin, and later Jax and frequently visits the creches, with Quinlan noting that it's practically the one time that he ever feels even close to at peace. When Ben and Obi-Wan go on a Search for a new Jedi youngling to his and Obi-Wan's homeworld, the candidate they find (who gets renamed Beru Ka'ra) is a six-month-old baby girl and Obi-Wan, who chose her, notes that he can sense his oh-so-stoic Master instantly turn to goo the moment she smiles at them.
  • Friendly Enemy: The Tusken Raiders to Ben and Obi-Wan in Mirage. They treat attacking the pair of Jedi as a game and even try to warn them about a massive sandstorm heading their way later on (albeit by shooting at them with a sniper rifle), later scolding the two at length for worrying them.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Played With. Obi-Wan doesn’t know that Ben is his future self, but the Council does and they are uncomfortable with just how different Ben is from his past self. Later, Obi-Wan emphasizes that while he deeply respects his Master and loves him dearly, he does not want to turn out like him. Ben, for his part, is perfectly fine with this, as he absolutely does not want Obi-Wan turning out like him, and is both upset and embarrassed that he hadn't made this clear before.

     Tropes G–K 
  • Gender Flip: This fic's version of Korkie Kryze is female, whereas their canon counterpart is a male.
  • Genius Bruiser: The first Siniteen warlord that Ben faces in Night is described as "seven feet of solid muscle topped by a large, incredibly dense brain capable of making hyperspace calculations without the use of a computer".
  • Genre Savvy: Death Watch's leader Tor Vizsla fully aware of just how deadly a Jedi can be. After Ben joins Jango's army, Vizsla takes to wearing a special armor made from cortosis, a metal that shorts out lightsabers on contact.
  • The Ghost: Darth Plagueis gets alluded to a few times by other characters. In Night, Komari offhandedly remarks how Dooku’s meeting with the Senator Palpatine was interrupted by a "crusty old Muun from the Banking Guilds". Komari later tells Sian that she formed a friendship of sorts with Plagueis and is learning how to play Shah-tezh from him.
  • The Glomp: As a little girl, Aayla is very prone to this behavior. She gives Quinlan a flying hug in Chapter 33 of Deliverance. Quinlan describes it as feeling like he's been hit by a small speeder bike. She gives another one to Quinlan in Fever after he realizes that she's sick from the Temple's Bane. She also gives Tholme a tackle hug in Night just before Tholme and Quinlan follow Ben and Obi-Wan on their journey to Rattatak.
  • Go Back to the Source: Mirage's plot deals with Ben's decision to tell Obi-Wan the truth about himself. To prepare for this, Ben brings Obi-Wan to Tatooine, the place where it all began.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation:
    • It's hinted on more than one occasion that Ben's extraordinary understanding of the Force comes from spending several years on the edge of insanity on Tatooine. He eventually manages to replicate the results with Obi-Wan, but without Obi-Wan going insane.
    • Quinlan ends up falling to the Dark Side after he uses his Psychometry on Ben's old lightsaber and gets overwhelmed by Ben's memories from the future. This also causes Quinlan to experience a Loss of Identity since his memories get merged with the memories of his future self, Ben, Anakin, Ahsoka, Ventress, and Maul. Once they're sealed off, he manages much more easily, and eventually, they're erased on Dathomir, though he retains both a loose link to the Dark Side and a vague awareness of what he lost from some of the conversations he remembers.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Despite their influence and central role in the story, the Sith themselves barely appear at all since the series takes place years before the Naboo crisis. Most of Ben's efforts are geared towards reforming the Jedi Order and depriving the Sith of their future pawns. Any time the Sith do choose to get involved, it's through proxies such as the Trade Federation, the Senate, and Temple's Bane, the sole exceptions being Palpatine sabotaging Obi-Wan's lightsaber and Maul being dispatched to assassinate Adonai Kryze, among others. Ben internally notes that this is largely because of the Sith's obsessive devotion to their own discretion — hence why Obi-Wan didn't just vanish one day when they had the option to try and Make It Look Like an Accident.
  • Guilt-Free Extermination War: Downplayed. The reptilian Kaleesh, under the leadership of Qymaen Jai Sheelal, are engaged in one against the insectoid Yam'rii, because the Yam'rii had previously enslaved the Kaleesh for generations and treated Kaleesh eggs as a delicacy. While their cause is portrayed as righteous, and the Yam'rii are severely punished (being stripped of colony worlds — which they had in fact conquered after exterminating the inhabitants), fleet, and fleet building technology, the Kaleesh are made to hold back from outright genocide.
  • Hand on Womb: While the audience finds out at the start of the same chapter, in chapter 10 of Mirage, Satine gives away her pregnancy by Obi-Wan to Jango Fett in this fashion.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Early on, Ben often finds himself being confronted by Master Tahl and Knight Adi Gallia, who disagree with Ben's teaching methods of Obi-Wan and constantly question his actions. This culminates in Ben's open challenge for temporary custody of Obi-Wan, which sees him duel both Tahl and Gallia... and over a hundred other knights over the course of the series, many of whom try their luck just to be the one who bet Ben Naasade. Ben being Ben, it turns out that he's exploiting this to get the Jedi to polish their sabre skills.
  • Heavy Worlder: Yoda’s species are one, hence their short size, as are the Aleen. When Ben visits Yaddle’s homeworld, he notes that the gravity is higher and finds it a little difficult to breathe.
  • Help Mistaken for Attack: In Fever, after Aayla gets infected with Temple's Bane, Quinlan uses the Dark Side to purge the virus from her body. This creates a brief misunderstanding with the other Jedi, who hear Aayla's screaming and—sensing the Dark Side—assume Quinlan is attacking her.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Ben gets a bad reputation amongst the Jedi due to rumors that he's abusive towards Obi-Wan. Even the few that don't believe the rumors still find him terrifying. Things don't improve when he becomes indirectly responsible for two Jedi falling to the Dark Side. While this gets better over time, partly thanks to Obi-Wan's insistence that he's not abusive/demonstration that he's turning into a very impressive young Jedi, people still find him terrifying — though Windu does note that after some very public shenanigans with Jango Fett, his image in the Temple has transformed from "terrifying" to "badass".
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: In the original timeline, Ben considered Anakin to be his. He deeply loved Anakin and considered him a part of himself. This made Anakin’s Face–Heel Turn all the more painful for him.
  • Hidden Depths: The normally strict Healer Ni Hiella is also an experienced player of sabacc, a skill she picked up from bartering for medical supplies in the Outer Rim. She also enjoys drinking, bringing three different types of liquor to the sabacc game that Ben hosts at the end of The Desert Storm.
  • Hidden Elf Village: The planet which Yoda's species live on is one. It's located in a hidden nebula that normally requires the Force to navigate, the people use no technology and are very isolationist, and the planet itself doesn't even have a name.
  • Hijacked Destiny: Sian unknowingly steals Obi-Wan's destiny as Maul's Arch-Enemy by being the one to cut off his limbs and get him excommunicated from the Sith in retaliation for nearly killing Qui-Gon. Unlike most examples of this trope, Ben is relieved to learn that Obi-Wan will never have to deal with becoming the target of Maul's undying vengeance.
  • History Repeats: In Tarot, Ben once again finds himself duelling a younger Darth Maul alongside Qui-Gon and being forced to watch as Maul impales Qui-Gon with his lightsaber. Fortunately, Obi-Wan saves Qui-Gon's life using the magick he learned from the Nightsisters. Unfortunately, Maul still escapes because of Sian's unwanted assistance (also partly because Ben's a little too interested in making him suffer) — though since he ends up on Dathomir, largely dismembered, that's not much of an escape.
    • After several books of hinting, it's eventually revealed in Passage that Ben's scars and unresolved issues with Qui-Gon (in his timeline) are paralleled by Qui-Gon's own issues resulting from his time with his Master, Dooku. While they're noted to have some friction, it's laid bare when Qui-Gon finally reveals why he's so reluctant to push the envelope after the loss of his ability to sense the Force, and, indeed, in general. It is not, as even Ben assumed, a fear of failure. It's not the effort, but the vulnerability — a fear of "disappointment and shame." For someone raised by a taskmaster as rigidly dignified and demanding as Dooku, it is both understandable and heartbreaking, explaining so many of this Qui-Gon's issues with Sian, and the original Qui-Gon's issues with Ben/Ben's issues with Qui-Gon.
  • Horrifying the Horror: In Chapter 23 of Mirage, the entity from the Nightsister's book finds itself on the receiving end of this when it comes face-to-face with Lukka possessing Obi-Wan's body. When Lukka picks up the Nightsisters' book itself, the pages become completely blank and Ben can sense that the book's entity is just as scared of Lukka as he is.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: Ben feels this way towards Qui-Gon from his original timeline. When Quinlan goes through Ben's memories, Ben angrily screamed this to Qui-Gon's ghost on Tatooine:
    Ben: You died! You died, you bastard! And I never forgave you for it! How could you—how could you! [sobs]
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Ben was once the High General of the GAR and a prominent member of the Jedi Council. Four years after the Clone Wars, he's been reduced to a half-drunk and half-mad recluse living in a hovel on Tatooine, existing on the edge of the Despair Event Horizon with Beru being constantly terrified that he's going to commit suicide.
  • Hypocrite: When Qui-Gon questions the wisdom of allowing Obi-Wan to pilot a starfighter, Ben lampshades the hypocrisy of Qui-Gon's statement under his breath, given that he had no issue allowing a nine-year-old Anakin to pilot a Naboo starfighter in the original timeline. No one else present gets it, for understandable reasons.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: During Ben's open challenge for custody of his padawan, it soon becomes clear that he's intentionally holding back since he always wins the matches despite only appearing to be slightly more skilled than his opponents. When Qui-Gon Jinn decides to take up the challenge, Ben — thanks to his issues with Qui-Gon from the original timeline — doesn't hold back and defeats him almost immediately.
  • I Am the Noun: The Sleeper says this in response to Ben's What the Hell Are You?:
    The Sleeper: I am the Witch from which all Witches descend. I am the Sleeper. I am Dathomir.
  • I Got Bigger: As the series goes on, Obi-Wan undergoes a growth spurt and soon becomes taller than Ben. Humorously, Ben is at first in denial over the fact that Obi-Wan is taller than him.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Implied with Serra Keto, who admits to Ben that her desire to learn about Mandalore's ways came from hearing about how Mandalorians were supposedly the greatest warriors in the galaxy.
  • If Only You Knew:
    • When Tahl first confronts Ben over the Training from Hell he puts Obi-Wan through, she remarks that it's as if he's training Obi-Wan to fight the Sith. The irony of her metaphor isn't lost on Ben, since that's exactly what Ben is trying to prepare Obi-Wan for.
    • In Chapter 20 of Mirage, Obi-Wan confesses to Ben that he wants to adopt him as his father and asks Ben to make it official by changing his last name from Naasade to Kenobi.
  • Immune to Fate: Mother Talzin discovers that Ben is this as a result of his time travel. Ben's past and future appear as complete voids in the Force and his destiny is nonexistent.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • The spice freighter Jango was held prisoner on still gets attacked by pirates.
    • The Stark Hyperspace War still takes place.
    • Bruck Chun falls under the influence of Xanatos Du Crion and becomes his apprentice, resulting in the Jedi Temple being bombed.
    • Duke Adonai Kryze is still assassinated, forcing Obi-Wan and his master to take Satine into hiding. This time, he's killed by the Sith during his speech at a political conference. Unlike Legends, Satine is there to witness Adonai's death, and he dies as she holds him in her arms.
    • Obi-Wan becomes Satine’s protector while she’s in hiding during the Great Clan Wars and falls in love with her.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The Sleeper identifies Obi-Wan as one in Night and tells Ben that, contrary to his fears, Obi-Wan will always be part of the Light Side.
  • Innocently Insensitive:
    • After Ben issues his open challenge for custody of Obi-Wan, Yoda asks Ben if he believes he could beat him. Ben’s casual assurance that Yoda could “win the moment [he] wanted to” actually saddens Yoda since he had been waiting to pass away from old age (as he's already well beyond his people's standard lifespan) and didn’t know that he still had a few decades left to live. Ben quickly realizes his mistake and apologizes, telling Yoda that he's got time left.
    • In Remembrance: Part II, Mace’s attempt to protect Obi-Wan from scrutiny by pressuring him into answering the Council’s questions about Ben comes across as this to Obi-Wan since it shows that the Council has already decided that Ben is dangerous and believes that Obi-Wan needs to be protected from him.
  • Insectoid Alien: The Yam'rii (called Huk by the Kaleesh) are a race of giant sentient praying mantises that appear during Ruin.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • In Chapter 6 of Zodiac, Obi-Wan learns from Ben that the Sith have returned and that they were responsible for sabotaging Obi-Wan's lightsaber.
    • In Ripples, when Obi-Wan visits Healer Kala to inquire about Ben's wellbeing, she notices his physical resemblance to Ben and immediately realizes that Obi-Wan is Ben's past self.
    • Ben tells Jango the truth about himself in Sa Sarad.
    • Sian finally learns that the Sith have returned in Tarot.
    • Chapter 30 and 31 of Mirage has Obi-Wan finally learn the truth about Ben. He also learns that Anakin is the Chosen One and fell to the Dark Side in Ben's timeline.
    • Obi-Wan, Ben, and Fay discover that Master Polkit's ghost is haunting the Jedi Temple in Chapter 9 of Passages, after the reader already learns this in Mirage.
    • In Chapter 14 of Coronation, Ben discovers that Obi-Wan has already met Palpatine, which the reader has known since Remembrance.
    • In Chapter 17 of Coronation, Ben reveals to Obi-Wan that Palpatine is a Sith Lord through their mental link as he is on his way to confront him during Padmé's coronation.
  • Intimidating Revenue Service: As part of their attempt to stop the Jedi Order’s separation from the Senate, the Sith invoke this by having the Jedi audited for tax fraud in Chapter 3 of Lineage.
  • Invincible Villain: As always, the Sith are one throughout the series. Despite Ben's best efforts and his knowledge of the future, he's only inconvenienced the Sith's Grand Plan. Even with the knowledge that Palpatine is a Sith Lord, Ben is unable to do anything about him and can't even warn the other Jedi without risking the Senate turning against them.
  • Irony: Due to Obi-Wan's role in ending the Huk War, Jai Sheelal develops a deep respect for him to the point where he names his children after Obi-Wan, and the two form a very Odd Friendship. This is extremely ironic considering that Sheelal is the past version of General Grievous, one of Obi-Wan's most dangerous enemies and who Ben still has nightmares of. Ben is both amused and bemused by this.
  • It's All My Fault: In Ripples, it's revealed that Ben blames himself for Shmi's original death in canon. He's convinced that had he listened to Anakin about his nightmares, Shmi wouldn't have died.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Ben is noted to be this, on levels that border being Master of All. He's not the most powerful in the Force, he's not the best duelist, nor the best politician, but he's so close to each that he leaves practically everyone but the likes of Yoda, Fay, and Dooku in the dust. Even Mace Windu is barely on par with him, and when he eventually faces a younger Maul, despite the latter's youth and raw power (and Ben's own Dented Iron nature), Ben is practically toying with him. He's also probably the best general, and it's universally accepted that he's a Determinator without equal. This is Justified by the fact that almost none of the Jedi have seen serious, sustained combat in their lives (let alone a war). Ben, meanwhile, duelled several powerful Sith Apprentices and defeated almost all of them, and more generally Had to Be Sharp as a Jedi General during the Clone Wars—and his prowess comes at the cost of being such a bad case of Dented Iron that mere scans of him horrify the healers, and his PTSD is arguably even worse.

     Tropes L-N 
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia:
    • Harshly defied in Remembrance. After Quinlan falls to the Dark Side, he notes how in the past, the Jedi would treat fallen Padawans by taking away their memories of the Fall. Ben, remembering how erasing Anakin's memories of Mortis turned out, takes Quinlan's side and refuses to allow the Council to make him forget.
    • Defied in Night. After Sian lets it slip that she knows Ben's true identity, he briefly panics before taking her straight to Master Yaddle. Sian asks if they are going to erase her memories, only for Ben to dismiss that idea since she had deduced the truth by herself and would likely figure it out again if her memories were wiped.
  • Liar Revealed: Discussed in Chapter 8 of Mirage. One of Ben's greatest fears is that Obi-Wan and Shmi will stop loving him once they learn the truth about his identity. Shmi’s reaction when Ben confides his fears to her is simultaneously tearjerking and heartwarming. She actually believes him when he says that knowing his secret might make her hate him and finds herself unable to offer forgiveness for whatever Ben is hiding from her. Instead, she assures him that she’s willing to wait until he feels he’s ready to tell her the truth, while privately hoping that he never does. Eventually, she tells him that she doesn't care about who he was and what he did, instead that she (platonically) loves the man he is now. As for Obi-Wan, he's mostly baffled, but comes to terms with it remarkably quickly.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: In Sa Sarad, some of Jango's warriors compare Ben and Jango's arguing to that of a married couple's.
  • Little Miss Badass: An eleven-year-old Serra Keto establishes herself as one in Fever when pirates hijack a transport full of Jedi. While most of the padawans aboard were frozen in fear by the presence of an Anzati, she attacks the Anzati with a vibro-knife. Even Mandalorians double-take when they hear about that.
  • Little Stowaway: When Shmi asks Dahvo to bring Anakin to Shili to see her, Anakin helps Jax stowaway aboard Dahvo's ship. Despite Dahvo's experience with transporting and hiding runaway slaves, it takes a full day of traveling through hyperspace until he realizes that he has not one, but two extra passengers — something helped by the fact that both are very good at Shmi's startling vanishing technique. He immediately realises that he'll invokedNever Live It Down.
  • Living with the Villain: In Tarot, Komari mentions to Sian that she's befriended an old Muun in the Senate who's teaching her how to play Shah-tezh. It's heavily implied that the "bored, old Muun" in question is none other than Darth Plagueis himself.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • Shaak Ti is the only Jedi Councilor to not know about Ben's nature as a time traveller, due to not being present when he told the Council. Yaddle decides to keep her out of the loop in order to get an outsider's perspective.
    • Ben is prone to keeping important or relevant information a secret from the Jedi Council, much to the Council's frustration — especially when he uses it to manipulate them.
  • Logical Weakness: In Night, Ben fights four Siniteen warlords in a series of gladiatorial duels. Due to the large brains of the Siniteen species, all of the warlords are capable of predicting Ben's moves, effectively giving them Combat Clairvoyance. Ben beats three of them by simply moving faster than they can react.
  • Long Game: The Sith's conspiracy against the Jedi is the culmination of centuries of long-term planning, preparation, contingencies, and political manipulation. After arriving in the past, Ben enacts a Long Game of his own against the Sith to remove their influence and undermine their plans.
  • Long Lost Sibling: During the Zodiac arc, Obi-Wan discovers that he has a long-lost older sister named Obi-Vell while visiting his homeworld Stewjon.
  • Loophole Abuse: This gets taken advantage of three times during Ben's open challenge for temporary custody of Obi-Wan.
    • It was never stated that the fights had to be one-on-one. One bout has five knights unsuccessfully attempt to gang up on Ben, who finds it almost adorable — as in, he takes one out almost immediately with his sabre, then beats the crap out of the rest with his bare hands.
    • Since there was no rule saying that you had to fight with lightsabers, Ni Hiella defeats Ben by knocking him out with a sedative.
    • Lastly, there was no written rule that the challenger needed to be a Jedi. Jango Fett becomes Obi-Wan's mentor after beating Ben in a street brawl.
  • Loss of Identity: Ben's character arc in Night revolves around him undergoing an identity crisis since Obi-Wan has become completely different from his original self. Both the Sleeper and mirror!Obi-Wan tell Ben that while "Obi-Wan Kenobi" was his identity in the original timeline, Ben's presence in the new timeline has effectively made him into a different individual with a separate fate.
  • Lost Technology: In The Desert Storm, Ben identifies bacta as a form of lost technology. The substance itself was around for eons, but the system that produced it had stopped exporting it after the Jedi’s last war with the Sith nearly saw it run out. Hence why bacta is initially unavailable when Ben travels to the past. It stops being lost technology later in the series after Thyferra resumes exporting it.
  • Love Makes You Evil:
    • Ben explains to Shmi that this isn't necessarily the case for Jedi, regarding the rules of attachment, but it is a risk — not because love is corrupting, but because of what people might do for love, or out of desperation. Who wouldn't kill for those they love, steal to feed them, etcetera? And considering how powerful the Jedi are capable of being, and how much power the Dark Side offers in that regard, it's very easy to go from 'best intentions' to 'fully fledged monster' very quickly. Shmi admits that he has a point, remarking that the Jedi fear what they could be, and notes that if Ben had only been able to free one of them, she'd have let him take Anakin for that reason.
    • Lady Livion was originally a Jedi Knight who was part of a Battle Couple alongside her wife Palma. Palma’s death left Livion grief-stricken and drove her to the Dark Side.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: After Obi-Wan interferes with the Sith's plans for Kalee and Corellia, Palpatine tries to assassinate him by sabotaging his lightsaber, causing it to explode in his hands. Obi-Wan only narrowly avoids death thanks to his lightsaber's beskar casing absorbing most of the blast.
  • Manipulative Bastard: While the Sith perform their usual machinations, Ben spends most of the series giving a master-class in this, steadily manipulating the Jedi from the shadows into a force more capable of dealing with the Sith. It gets to the point where even Palpatine doesn't seem to have twigged to anywhere near his significance, instead opting to try and assassinate Obi-Wan (who rather accidentally thwarted several Sith plans) rather than Ben (who is far, far more dangerous). This is not always a good thing, as others are aware of this, and his therapist actually points out that Ben is so prone to doing this that he does it automatically to get what he wants.
  • Master Swordsman:
    • Given that he fought in the Clone Wars and has gone toe-to-toe with the likes of Grievous, Dooku, Maul, Ventress, and Vader, Ben is a master lightsaber duellist and easily outclasses most of the other Jedi in the past. During Ben's open challenge for temporary custody of his padawan, he won all but two fights out of a hundred duels—and neither one of those was fought with a lightsaber.
      • Of every duellist seen, only Windu manages to beat Ben onscreen, in a spar set near the start of the series, and that by going all out, when Ben's more or less teasing him. It's also mentioned that Ben sparred with Dooku when he was in the Temple, and while the result was not stated, it was apparently magnificent to watch.
    • Dooku, naturally, is a superb swordsman as a particular master of Makashi and his prowess is occasionally demonstrated as he starts to appear in the series.
    • Obi-Wan spends a long time assuming that he's barely competent with a lightsaber, in part because Ben keeps teaching him Shii-Cho, which is the most basic form of them all, and refuses to let him train with other Padawans. As it turns out, this because he was invoking Achievements in Ignorance, teaching Obi-Wan techniques fit for seasoned Jedi Masters, and Obi-Wan ends up capable of mowing through multiple Senior Padawans, each with most of a decade of experience on him, and later on a par with most Knights before he even reaches the level of Senior Padawan.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: During the time he spent as a prisoner of the Death Watch, Ben hallucinates a conversation with Anakin Skywalker in his canon appearance. However, "Anakin" in this scene has mismatched eyes (one's a Sith yellow, while the other is his normal eye color) indicating that he's the same being that Obi-Wan encountered as a Force illusion on Dathomir. This raises the question of whether Ben was just going crazy from solitary confinement or if he had been visited by some sort of Force entity — given how Ben got his extraordinary understanding of the Force, the two are not mutually exclusive.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Ben and Fay are a straight example of this. By the time they start dating, Ben is around 42 years old, whereas Fay is an ageless immortal, who's 2000 years old and counting.
  • Meaningful Echo:
    • When Ben first accepted Obi-Wan as his padawan, he gave Obi-Wan a speech where he admits that while he won't be the type of master Obi-Wan wants, he will teach him the skills he needs for the future. Later in Night, Ben enters a minor Heroic BSoD in response to Obi-Wan's Armor-Piercing Question and tells Obi-Wan that he deserves a better master than himself. Obi-Wan responds by echoing Ben's previous speech to reassure him that he's better than he thinks he is.
    • While speaking with the mirror entity in Night, Ben is asked: "What are you made for?". Ben's answer is a Call-Back to when Anakin asked him a similar question in Labyrinth of Evil.
      Ben: Infinite sadness.
  • Meaningful Rename: After traveling into the past, Ben gives himself the last name Naasade, which in the Mandalorian language means "no one".
  • Misery Builds Character: Mandalore has a philosophy that can be summed up with this line: "As flowers are grown by rain, so is the soul grown by war." While Mace disagrees with this way of thinking, Ben counters that some things can only truly be understood by experiencing it yourself, and remarks that Mandalore's philosophy is less about death, more an embrace of life, which Mace at least understands (especially in the context of Ben himself). This also serves as the Tag Line for Sa Sarad.
  • The Mole: Bruck Chun becomes one for Xanatos Du Crion after the former returns to the Jedi Temple.
  • Monster Progenitor: The Sleeper claims to be one for the Nightsisters, referring to itself as "the Witch from which all Witches descend".
  • Morality Chain: Jango becomes one to Ben in Chapter 41 of Sa Sarad. After hearing Obi-Wan scream out Satine's name in horror through their mental link, Ben (believing Satine is once again dead) nearly Jumps Off The Slippery Slope and almost Force-chokes some Death Watch commandos that Jango had captured. Jango is able to stop Ben and gets him to calm down.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Out of all the warlords that Ben fights in Night, the lone female of the group ends up being the hardest to beat. Unlike the others, she doesn’t underestimate Ben and uses a mace rather than fight unarmed like Ben’s previous opponents, and while she's the smallest of the group, she's far better at actually using her mass to her advantage. Tellingly, she inflicts the most damage onto Ben out of all four warlords.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: Growing up on a desert planet like Tatooine, Shmi had never experienced rain prior to coming to Coruscant. When Ben takes her outside to experience a rainstorm for the first time, she reacts by staring in awe before breaking out into Tears of Joy.
  • My Future Self and Me: The main premise is that a post-ROTS Obi-Wan travels back in time and takes his younger self as his apprentice.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Bruck is horrified when he learns that the data he gave to Du Crion was used by the Yinchorri to plant a bomb in the Temple. He's so wracked with guilt that he immediately goes to Master Fay and confesses everything that he's done.
  • My Greatest Failure: Out of the many regrets that Ben has about his previous life, his greatest regret was not killing Anakin on Mustafar, mostly because it would have been a Mercy Kill.
    • Mirage explores this further. By leaving Anakin to burn, Ben essentially abandoned Anakin to a life as an enslaved killing machine for Palpatine. This is why Ben believes Shmi will hate him if he tells her the truth about himself. She would never forgive him for making her son into a slave.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Ben sees being sent into the past as the chance to fix and prevent his previous mistakes.
  • My Secret Pregnancy:
    • At the start of Ripples, Ben and Obi-Wan discover that Shmi is pregnant and is trying to keep it a secret until she’s Knighted. It quite quickly becomes an Open Secret, however, and a source of fascination for the younglings (particularly non-mammalian ones), as well as a cause for a lot of very attentive Padawans, Knights, even Masters.
    • Satine is revealed to be pregnant and doing her absolute best to hide it in Mirage, in part because she's 18 and under a lot of pressure, in part because the father is Obi-Wan.
  • Mysterious Stranger: While visiting Yaddle’s homeworld, Obi-Wan discovers a female Chiss searching through his belongings and scanning his lightsaber. Even after he confronts her, it's never made clear why the Chiss was interested in Obi-Wan (or Ben, for that matter) nor what she was doing on Yaddle’s homeworld.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • A lot of the Tatooine slave mythos in the series are taken directly from Fialleril's Double Agent Vader series.
    • In True Colors, Ben mentions that a private mercenary organization called the Nova Guard was responsible for handling the security of Chandrila's medical supplies. The Nova Guard is an actual group from both the canon EU and Legends, having been featured in the RPG sourcebooks.
    • In Lineage, a Death Watch member that Ben and Jango captures and interrogates is named Tam Saxon, a reference to the character Gar Saxon from the canon EU.
  • Named by the Adaptation: In both Canon and Legends, Dooku has no first name. In Desert of the Storm, he is informally known as Yan Dooku.
  • Nebulous Criminal Conspiracy: In Sa Sarad, it turns out that the Death Watch, Xanatos Du Crion, and the Yinchorri were all working together as part of a conspiracy by the Sith.
  • Neutrality Backlash: Duke Adonai Kryze, Mandalore's acting ruler, is dealing with this dilemma as his moderate stance makes him a punching bag for extremists on both sides of the aisle. On one hand, he's fighting a war against the Evil Reactionary Death Watch, who seek to return Mandalore to its Glory Days as savage conquerors. On the other side are the New Mandalorians, Actual Pacifist radicals that want to erase all of Mandalore's culture, who undermine his rule through mass protests and (incorrectly) blame him for starting the war.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • In Remembrance: Part II, Ben admits that he intentionally drove Pong Krell to the Dark Side by exploiting Krell's fear of losing in their sparring matches. Ben's intent was to have Krell eventually lose his temper and expose his vulnerability to the Dark Side. This succeeded too well, since Krell winds up going past the Rage Breaking Point and completely falls to the Dark Side in an effort to kill Ben. Part of the problem, it's noted, is that Ben was enjoying it a bit too much.
    • After Ben is captured by the Death Watch, Jango has their underground base destroyed... only to then learn from a younger Pre Vizsla that the base he just blew up was where Ben was being imprisoned.
    • In Tarot, Sian's attempt to help Ben fight Maul results in Maul escaping and Ben losing his leg in the process.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: During the Temple's Bane outbreak, Jango Fett offers to give aid by housing some of the infected Jedi in Mandalore's medical research station. This infuriates the Death Watch, who declare Jango a Category Traitor for helping the Jedi and bomb the entire station, killing thousands of Innocent Bystanders as well as most of the Jedi onboard.
  • Not So Different: Mace finds out this about Ben and Obi-Wan in Remembrance: Part II when the Council tries to question Obi-Wan about his master’s use of the Dark Side without telling him whether Ben was going to recover. Obi-Wan proves to be just as stubborn as Ben, refusing to say anything until he can see his master and know he is going to be okay.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: In Remembrance: Part II, Ben explains to Mace Windu and Shaak Ti that he nudged Pong Krell towards the Dark Side to expose Krell's darker tendencies and have them dealt with. It quickly becomes clear to both Jedi Masters that Ben was more interested in beating and humiliating Krell. Shaak Ti points out that he could have alerted the Healers that Krell was vulnerable to the Dark Side and Mace can sense the sheer hatred that Ben holds against Krell. This makes Mace realize that Ben wanted Pong Krell to Fall and was motivated by vengeance for Krell's actions in the future.

     Tropes O–R 
  • O.C. Stand-in: In Legends, Sian Jeisel was characterized as being courageous and opposed to fighting in the Clone Wars, which is given a nod by Ben when he refers to her counterpart in his timeline — while also noting that he only met her once. Here, she's characterized as being somewhat quirky, wanting to learn an unconventional form of lightsaber combat and writing holonovels about her peers in her spare time. Later on, however, she becomes more typically courageous, as in her fight with Maul.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • In the original timeline, Ben (then General Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Jai Sheelal (then General Grievous) were arch-enemies, and Ben — who ultimately killed Grievous — is still haunted by nightmares of him. Here, Lij Kummar is Spared by the Adaptation, and Ben's efforts to prevent the tragedies that turned Jai Sheelal into Grievous have the entirely perverse result of young Obi-Wan becoming a Kalee national hero, and having multiple children (including one of Jai Sheelal's) named after him. Ben finds this both oddly amusing and deeply bemusing at the same time.
    • Serra Keto (a Jedi Padawan) forms one with Mavi Var'de (a Force-sensitive Mandalorian girl) in Sa Sarad.
  • Official Kiss: In Chapter 49 of Sa Sarad, Obi-Wan and Satine seal their Relationship Upgrade with a kiss.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • In The Desert Storm, Obi-Wan and Master Tahl share this reaction when Ben almost cuts down Tahl with his lightsaber due to a Reflexive Response.
    • When Plo Koon uses his Emerald Lightning on Ben during a sparring match, Ben instinctively absorbs the electricity instead of blocking it. Just as he's about to redirect it, he panics when he realizes that he can't release the energy without risking the audience's safety and flings it back towards Plo Koon, who is, fortunately, able to safely ground the electric attack.
    • Ben has this reaction in Remembrance when he senses Quinlan's Fall.
  • Oh Crap, There Are Fanfics of Us!: Upon returning to the Jedi Temple in Passages, Obi-Wan is mortified to learn that Sian had been writing various holonovels starring him. Ben, by contrast, finds it hilarious.
  • Oh My Gods!: Generally, whenever someone uses the expression "Oh my god", it's always "gods" in the plural form.
  • Old-School Dogfight:
    • Chapter 20 of Lineage sees Jango and Ben pilot Kom'rk-class fighters in a dogfight against the Death Watch.
    • Chapter 12 of Night is entirely devoted to a sky battle that breaks out between Obi-Wan's Kom'rk fighter, Hondo's saucer, and the ships of the Weequay pirates controlling Rattatak's airspace.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • During Ben's challenge for custody of his padawan, he holds back just enough to give off the impression that he's only slightly better than his opponent. When Qui-Gon decides to challenge Ben, Obi-Wan is shocked when Ben doesn't hold back and curb-stomps Qui-Gon almost instantly. This is what makes Obi-Wan realize that something is troubling his master.
    • Upon being introduced to Ben, Mother Talzin can sense that something is off about him. This is serious enough for her to immediately lose her composure and go from being dismissive towards Ben to nearly hostile.
    • When the Yinchorri are about to bomb the Jedi Temple, the normally Elective Mute Jax runs towards Shmi in terror and screams "Mom!".
  • Opportunistic Bastard: When Hondo is asked by Ben for the location of Rattatak, Hondo convinces Ben to allow him and his crew to tag along. Upon arriving at Rattatak, Hondo wastes no time raiding the other pirates in the area and stealing their ships. Then, after Ben asks him to attack the Siniteen warlords, Hondo deliberately makes an unreasonable demand and pretends to leave when Ben turns him down. This forces Ben to resort to Challenging the Chief, causing all of the warlords to leave their strongholds to answer his challenge. With the warlords now distracted, Hondo uses the opportunity to attack each of the now undefended strongholds and seize the Siniteen warlords' hoarded wealth for himself, effectively making him the new ruler of Rattatak. Even though the Jedi pressure Hondo into abdicating his new throne, he still walks away with a horde of treasure and a fleet of stolen starships.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Lady Livion is a shade, a piece of a Darksider's soul stored within a Sith holocron.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The Anzati pirate that hijacks a transport full of padawans and younglings in Chapter 24 of Fever. The Anzat are a race of immortals who survive by feeding off other Force-sensitives. They also possess a hypnotic power that enables them to enthral their victims.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Ben Naasade gradually becomes one for the Sith. The Sith are completely blindsided by the arrival of a time traveller who has full knowledge of their plans. Furthering Ben's nature as an OCP is the fact that the Sith are only barely aware that he even exists since other Jedi are always given credit for his accomplishments — something he's very careful to ensure.
  • Papa Wolf: Ben towards Obi-Wan in Lineage. After a squad of Death Watch supercommandos take Obi-Wan hostage, their leader points a blaster at Obi-Wan's head and admits that he will kill him regardless of whether Ben and Jango surrender. Ben responds with a Death Glare (which is scary enough to make Jango run for cover) before unleashing a storm of Emerald Lightning that wipes out most of the kyr'stad present.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • Ben gradually ends up becoming one to Obi-Wan over the course of the series. By Mirage, Obi-Wan wants Ben to officially become his adopted father, and even asks Ben to change his last name to Kenobi.
    • Master Ky Narec to Asajj Ventress. The first time Asajj called Narec "master", he panicked (due to the meaning of the title from Asajj’s past as a slave) before realizing that it was her way of calling him "Papa".
  • Past Experience Nightmare: As part of his PTSD, Ben frequently has nightmares of his experiences during the Clone Wars.
  • Patchwork Fic: The series features characters from both Legends and Canon.
  • Peggy Sue: The series is about how a post-ROTS Obi-Wan travels 23 years into the past and all the changes that happen because of it.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • In chapter 18 of Zodiac, Luminara offers to spar with Quinlan after seeing how no one else was willing to spar with them due to his corruption by the Dark Side.
    • According to the Sleeper, the Powers That Be — specifically, Lukka — transported Ben into the past out of pity after witnessing Ben's Despair Event Horizon. As it turns out, while this is true, there is more to it than that.
  • Platonic Declaration of Love:
    • In Night, Obi-Wan makes one to Ben out of gratitude for everything Ben has done for him. Given that Ben is a future version of Obi-Wan, he's both touched and amused by Obi-Wan's confession.
    • During the Sa Sarad arc, Ben acknowledges that he loved Cody and the rest of the clone troopers after being prodded by Jango.
      Ben: Yes, I loved [Cody]. We loved them, and they loved us. That wasn’t a lie. That wasn’t a lie. It just made it worse.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Ben has a tendency of keeping everyone else in the dark whenever he acts. This initially leads to many cases of Headbutting Heroes from Jedi who misunderstood the situation.
    • In Ruin, Ben joins the Republic's delegation to Tovarskl, a Yam'rii colony world being invaded by the genocidal Kaleesh. From his knowledge of the future, Ben knows the Yam'rii are Villains With Good Publicity and that the Kaleesh are Good All Along. Since he didn't bother explaining this to the other Jedi before he left, this nearly leads to a case of Let's You and Him Fight between the Jedi and Kaleesh after the Yam'rii secretly imprison Ben and claim the Kaleesh killed him.
    • Following this, Obi-Wan has nightmares from his traumatizing experience with the Yam'rii. This leads to him having a Heroic BSoD in front of Ben. Unfortunately, the Jedi who witness Obi-Wan's breakdown incorrectly assume that it was caused by Ben's Training from Hell. It doesn't help that during the Tovarskl mission, Ben resorted to destroying Obi-Wan's mental shields in order to stop the Jedi from massacring the Kaleesh. This causes Adi Gallia and Master Tahl to confront Ben over his "abusive" treatment of his padawan.
    • In Tarot, this costs Ben a major victory. While he warned Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon about the Sith and the need to take Maul alive, he neglected to tell Qui-Gon's padawan, Sian, any of this. So when Ben is on the verge of defeating Maul, Sian tries to "help" by going for the killing blow, unaware that Ben wanted Maul alive. Ben then has to draw his attention away from Maul to stop Sian, giving Maul the chance to escape. While Ben is initially furious with Sian, he quickly recognizes that Sian didn't fully understand the situation and was only trying to help.
  • Power Incontinence: During Shmi's pregnancy, she experiences mood swings which she then projects onto other people using the Force. It's mostly harmless, and sometimes hilarious.
  • Power Of Hate: Shmi Skywalker is an unusually positive example of this. The abusive treatment she faced from her slavers made her hate them so much that she is determined to never be like them.
  • Promoted to Love Interest:
    • Shmi and Tholme have never even met each other in canon. Here, they fall in love and even give birth to a daughter.
    • Master Fay is promoted to Ben's love interest despite having a platonic relationship with him in Legends.
  • Put on a Bus: Quinlan disappears from the story in Ripples after he leaves the Jedi to join the Sith as a Fake Defector.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: In Remembrance, one of the memories Quinlan sees is Qui-Gon's ghost appearing before Ben on Tatooine. Ben's response to seeing the ghost was to angrily yell at him for abandoning him and spending his dying moments thinking about Anakin instead of his own padawan.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Ben’s true identity as a future version of Obi-Wan Kenobi does little to gain the Council’s trust. At this point in the timeline, all the Council knows about Obi-Wan is that he was a mediocre initiate who got rejected as a padawan. As such, they have no reason to believe anything that Ben has to say, even if he's a time traveller — and after his initial anger, he internally admits that he can't entirely blame them. After they come to believe him, they end up deeply disturbed at how sweet and good-natured (if a little hot-headed) Obi-Wan Kenobi could turn into the cold-blooded, PTSD-ridden, and incredibly driven Ben Naasade, who has a tenuous grip on sanity at the best of times. As one of them says in mild horror, "I never thought we could lose Obi-Wan Kenobi so badly."
    • At first, the Jedi Council is hesitant to assign Ben a mission. When Ben inquires as to why, Mace has this to say:
      Mace Windu: Master Naasade. We have no kriffing idea what to do with you. It's not even about the— (waves hand vaguely) We just— you have no record. We don't know your personality, we don't know your diplomatic skills, we don't know your physical capability or your martial style, we don't know your strengths and weaknesses and so we don't know what missions we could assign you and what missions we can't.
    • Unlike his canon and Legends counterparts who remained The Stoic, Ben's experiences in the Clone Wars and the Jedi Purge left him extremely traumatized. He's shown to suffer from a combination of PTSD, depression, and is still partially in denial over what happened. The latter is resolved in Mirage, when Ben finally accepts that Anakin in his timeline made his own choices, including to Fall and stay Fallen.
    • Travelling to the past doesn't instantly cure Ben of his PTSD or depression. It's only after getting professional help from a therapist that Ben starts to recover from his emotional scars, and even then it's a very slow-going process — one not helped by his tendency to passively manipulate people to get what he wants, which sometimes includes going along with therapy.
    • Obi-Wan's Training from Hell is considered by many Jedi to be a form of child abuse. This leads some to demand that Obi-Wan be removed from Ben's tutelage entirely, and only fades when people start to realise that Ben is pushing Obi-Wan as far as he can go and no further, that the training is actually working spectacularly well, and that there's a reason he's pushing Obi-Wan.
    • After it comes out that Ben has TSR (in-universe term for PTSD), the Council immediately puts him on probation and assigns him to a therapist who he must see regularly.
    • Obi-Wan has a very realistic reaction when his former bully, Bruck Chun, returns to the Temple. Ben sees Bruck as a troubled kid being manipulated by a dangerous Darksider. However, Obi-Wan only sees Bruck as the bully who tormented him for most of his life. Because of this, Obi-Wan is barely able to be civil with Bruck and feels personally betrayed by Ben's willingness to overlook Bruck’s past actions. Ben inwardly concedes the point and explains some of his motives to Obi-Wan, which helps.
    • Obi-Wan is not able to brush off having his lightsaber explode in his hands. While his lightsaber's beskar casing may have shielded him from most of the blast, Obi-Wan is still left hospitalized and has shrapnel in his side that requires surgery to remove. He also suffers from chronic pain in his wrist which affects him even months after the incident. And to make it worse, he's left feeling that it's his fault because he's got an overpowered lightsaber for his age and thinks he did something wrong — though Ben can at least help with this, setting him straight.
    • Prior to joining Jango’s army in Sa Sarad, Ben left behind instructions for Mace, warning him about the Yinchorri’s attack on the Jedi Temple in his timeline. This information proves to be of little help to Windu since Ben never clarifies how the Yinchorri attacked the Temple or when it would happen. The only thing Mace can do with this information is have security at the Temple tightened, something he was already going to do anyway.
    • Obi-Wan is easily defeated by Darth Maul during their first fight. Even with Ben’s rigorous training, Obi-Wan is still a Padawan going up against a Sith apprentice. Really, Obi-Wan was lucky to even survive in one piece.
  • Reflexive Response:
    • In The Desert Storm, Ben instinctively shoves Obi-Wan behind him and takes out his lightsaber when Master Tahl calls out his name while his back was turned. Ben is mortified when he realizes that he nearly cut down Tahl for no reason other than surprising him.
    • During his time on Tatooine, Ben taught himself to redirect the lightning from the planet's electrical storms. When Plo Koon shoots Emerald Lightning at Ben during their sparring match, he instinctively absorbs the attack, only to then remember that he's inside a crowded arena and has nowhere to safely release the Force lightning to.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Korkie Kryze, Satine's nephew in The Clone Wars TV show, is Obi-Wan and Satine's child here.
  • Relationship Upgrade:
    • Shmi and Tholme eventually get together in Deliverance.
    • Obi-Wan and Satine naturally fall in love with each other during the events of Sa Sarad.
    • Ben and Fay become a couple in Chapter 2 of Mirage.
  • Replacement Goldfish: When Ben joins Jango’s army, he starts to treat Jango as a substitute for Cody. During one battle, Ben accidentally addresses Jango as "Commander", with Jango’s exasperated reaction indicating that it’s not the first time Ben has done so. This is eventually resolved, once Ben explains who he is and what went down in his timeline to Jango.
  • Running Gag: Ben being referred to as a "sock in a trash drawer" by his healers.

     Tropes S-Z 
  • Sacrificial Lion: Adonai Kryze is killed off in Sa Sarad, partially to show that the Sith were very much active and still a major threat.
  • Say My Name:
    • Ben shouts “Quin!” in chapter 12 of Remembrance after accidentally throwing Quinlan into a wall and knocking him out.
    • In Chapters 39 and 40 of Sa Sarad, Obi-Wan screams Satine's name after she is shot by a slugthrower.
  • Second Love: Satine is Obi-Wan's second love after his brief fling with Taria Damsin in Deliverance.
  • Secret Chaser:
    • Quinlan becomes one in Remembrance. He breaks into Obi-Wan and Ben's quarters in order to find out more about Ben's past, and finds Ben's old lightsaber. The one he used during the Clone Wars. The one everybody and their apprentice picked up at some point. Since Quinlan is a very gifted teenage psychometric, this ends very badly.
    • Master Mierme Unill and Padawan Taria Damsin are introduced as these, having come from the Corellian Jedi Temple to investigate the cause of the Jedi Order's recent reforms. By the end of Deliverance, Shaak Ti convinces them to stop digging for information, partly by nudging them in the right direction, partly by warning them that if she notices, Ben will notice and given that Obi-Wan is involved, he will not be pleased — and more to the point, if they're not discreet enough for Ben, they're not discreet enough for those he is after.
  • Secret Keeper: Initially, only the Jedi High Council knows the truth about Ben. However, over the course of the series, several individuals also discover that Ben is from the future.
    • Following the events of the Remembrance trilogy, Quinlan Vos discovers Ben's true identity after using his Psychometry on Ben's old lightsaber, though it's unclear whether he remembers after his mind is cleansed in Night. After the Council discovers that Ben suffers from TSR (what they call PTSD in-universe) they assign a Soul Healer to him. The Healer, Ylar Kala, is told the truth about Ben in order to properly give him therapy.
    • Master Fay finds out Ben's secret after sensing her future self's Force presence from Ben.
    • Sian Jeisel is initially a Secret Secret-Keeper until Night. She figures out that Ben is from the future after seeing how Ben is familiar with Xanatos Du Crion despite the latter claiming to have never met Ben. She also figures out that Qui-Gon was originally Ben's master based on how well Ben knows him — and his palpable issues with him, combined with the occasional uncomfortable remark that Qui-Gon reminds him very much of his Master.
    • As of Sa Sarad, Jango Fett is also added to the small list of people who know Ben's secret.
    • Sha’me, Bo-Katan, and later Jango are amongst the few who know that Satine is pregnant.
  • Secretly Selfish: Ben starts to worry that he is this in Night. Obi-Wan's Armor-Piercing Question leads Ben to doubt himself as he realizes that he had several opportunities to help others, yet only intervened if he had something to gain.
    • Case in point, Ben knew from day one that Master Ky Narec was stranded on Rattatak. Despite this, he waited three years before searching for him and only did so because he needed to find Ventress to use as a bargaining chip with the Nightsisters. He was also willing to let the Rattataki people be enslaved by Sinteen warlords and only took down the warlords because Narec and Ventress refused to leave until Rattatak was liberated.
  • Seer: Qymaen Jai Sheelal (Grievous, in the original timeline) reveals in his POV section that he's got a dash of ability as a seer—a possible allusion to how the blood of Sifo-Dyas, a Jedi Seer, was used to revive him in canon—which helped him find his wife. It also gives him the enigmatic message of, "this man is my death, this man is my life", regarding Ben. Considering that Ben killed him in the original timeline, and arranged matters so that he would never become Grievous in this timeline, it seems pretty bang on.
  • Selective Obliviousness: The Jedi Council is this in regards to the Sith. Ben notes that the problem is that they don't want the Sith to return and for many, it would be much simpler to pretend that the Sith were still gone. Over time, they come to accept it, and mostly just hold out for proof to definitively convince the rest of the Order.
  • Separated by a Common Language: The first time that Master Tholme rescued a young Aayla Secura from slavery and brought her to the Temple, Aayla was scared of Tholme because the people around her addressed Tholme as “Master”. To the Jedi, “Master” is the title used to indicate experience, wisdom, and seniority. To Aayla, the term “master” was associated with the cruel slavemasters she had been enslaved to. Anakin eventually helps clear up the misunderstanding by stomping on Tholme’s foot and getting no reaction beyond puzzled surprise, showing that he wasn’t like Aayla’s previous owner.
  • Series Goal: After traveling into the past, Ben's ultimate goal is to defeat the Sith. It's suggested in Mirage, however, that the entity that sent him back ( Lukka) has a different goal in mind, related to Obi-Wan.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Ben intends to do this after finding himself in the past.
  • Sex Equals Love: Completely averted and openly defied. Word of God states that there is a world of difference between physical attraction, sexual intimacy, and romantic interest.
    • During his exile, Ben slept with Bail and was even offered to be part of a threesome with Bail and Breha. Bail did this solely as a way to comfort Ben and there was never any actual romance between them.
    • Jango eventually sleeps with Ben in Sa Sarad, but this was more about deep trust rather than romantic love.
  • Sex for Solace: At some point during Ben's exile, Bail and Breha tried to convince him to engage in a threesome with them, though Ben only slept with Bail. After seeing Ben's memories, Quinlan notes that it was more about comfort than lust.
  • Shadow Archetype: Lady Livion is one to Ben. She is what Ben could have become had he allowed his grief to overtake him and fell to the Dark Side.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Ben has PTSD from his time in the Clone Wars. While he's fine for the most part, he is prone to having flashbacks, experiences panic attacks, and frequently suffers from nightmares about the war, and when he hits a particular stress point it's apparent to anyone familiar with 'TSR' that he's got it bad. Once this becomes public knowledge among the Jedi, he's actually seen in a more sympathetic light, as it explains much of his behavior.
  • Ship Sinking: Obi-Wan/Cody is firmly sunk in Sa Sarad where Ben tells Jango that his love for Cody was purely platonic.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Obi-Wan and Satine naturally receive a lot of this. They decide to make it official in Sa Sarad.
    • Ben and Fay get a fair bit, too, though it's mostly light-hearted teasing by Fay. By Ripples, Obi-Wan is firmly a Shipper on Deck. They get together in Mirage, to Obi-Wan's delight.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Since at least Ripples, Obi-Wan has shipped Ben with Master Fay. During their time on Tatooine, he's delighted when Ben inadvertently confirms that he and Fay are an item.
    • Upon learning that Adi Gallia had started going out with Mace Windu, an excited Obi-Wan blurts out that half of the Jedi Temple had been playing matchmaker with the two of them since Obi-Wan was a youngling.
      Obi-Wan: Master Gallia! Master Gall– you do know that half the Temple has been trying to set the two of you up for longer than I had been a Padawan!
      Adi Gallia: [blandly amused] I do, yes.
  • Shock and Awe: The Jedi have their own version of Force lightning called Emerald Lightning. Unlike Sith lightning, which draws upon the desire to inflict pain, Emerald Lightning is generated when a Force-user accepts pain and focuses it outward in an electrical blast. This technique is normally reserved for Kel Dorian Jedi, such as Plo Koon, whose homeworld sees electrical storms on a normal basis.
    • Ben is able to redirect lightning, a skill which he picked up on Tatooine from the lightning storms caused by the static from the planet's sandstorms. He later teaches Obi-Wan to do it.
  • Shout-Out: The song that Ben sings to Terena while she gives birth in chapter 26 of Mirage is an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's 1892 poem "Sing me a Song of a Lad that is Gone".
  • The Shrink: Ylar Kala is a Soul Healer (the Jedi’s version of a shrink) who has Ben as her patient after his TSR is identified. She’s both patient and open-minded when talking with Ben about his past traumas, and does her best given the circumstances to help him recover.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Ben's Mysterious Past and claimed Mandalorian heritage has made him this amongst younger Jedi, as various speculations and rumors are spread about him by younglings and padawans—one of whom starts writing a torrid and trashy holonovel romance about him, to Obi-Wan's mortification. In Deliverance, Taria notes that everyone in the Coruscant Temple has something to say about the mysterious Ben Naasade.
  • Sick Episode: Played For Drama in Fever. Following their separation from the Senate, the entire Jedi Order gets crippled by a virus bioengineered by the Sith.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Jango Fett casually swears and does so more often than the other characters.
  • Slaying Mantis: The Yam'rii is a species of giant alien mantises who's bladed arms are capable of slicing through limbs easily and they've committed genocide several times.
  • Soldier vs. Warrior: This is the initial problem that Ben and Jango face while training their Mandalorian army in Sa Sarad — the Mando'ade are peerless commandoes and work very well in small groups, but they're not very good at working together on an institutional level as a military. Ben takes steps to resolve this, including enforcing a limited mixing of units rather than just ordering them by clan (if nothing else, different clans specialise in different things), and recruiting the men and women who in his timeline trained the GAR.
  • Sore Loser: Pong Krell. He fell to the Dark Side and tried to murder Ben because he was angry that Ben kept defeating him in their sparring matches. Ben was supposedly exploiting this to lure out any Dark tendencies and get them dealt with, but it's transparent both to him and everyone else that It's Personal and he was enjoying it far too much.
  • Soul Jar: Sith holocrons are created by separating a piece of one's soul and trapping it within the holocron.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Master Tahl survives her doomed mission from Legends after Ben advises Yoda to have Qui-Gon accompany her.
    • Ronderu lij Kummar, Grievous's Lost Lenore in Legends, is spared from her original death on Kalee as a result of Ben's scheming and accompanied Jai Sheelal to Tovarskl. She later becomes part of a Ruling Couple alongside Jai Sheelal.
    • Unlike canon, Ventress survived the Clone Wars in Ben's original timeline. The last time Ben saw her, she was still working as a bounty hunter — though she passed up the chance for the galaxy's biggest bounty (him), buying him a drink as he bought one for her, before they went their separate ways.
    • Master Ky Narec, Ventress's master whose death drove her to the Dark Side, is rescued by Ben and Obi-Wan early on, preventing his canonical death.
    • Captain Rozess survives the Yinchorri's attack on the Jedi Temple, albeit heavily injured.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The author spells the name Vizsla as "Vizla". They’ve also spelled Sidious as "Sideous", though that has gotten better by Tarot.
  • Spirit Advisor: Master Polkit becomes one to Lady Livion (who is already a ghost herself) after her death during Fever, with Ben's attempt to teach her last minute apparently having succeeded.
  • The Spook: Ben Naasade is this to most of the other Jedi. Since he's a time-traveller, the Jedi obviously have no record of his existence and to many, he seems to have popped up out of nowhere. The natural assumption is that he's an ex-Jedi Shadow, though even they find him mysterious and disturbing.
  • The Stations of the Canon: Averted completely, largely because Ben is going out of his way to steadily undo canon. The series starts with Ben rescuing Shmi and a three-year-old Anakin on Tatooine and snowballs from there.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: Ben finds himself in this situation when he travels to the past. The first time he travels to Coruscant, he’s taken aback by the lax security compared to the tight security he was used to during the war.
  • Student and Master Team: For the Jedi, pretty much every Master-Padawan pair is this. Ben and Obi-Wan are one notable example.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Adonai Kryze, who was first introduced in Remembrance, is assassinated by the Sith at the start of Sa Sarad.
  • Survivor Guilt: Being among the few survivors of Order 66 has worsened Ben's guilt about Anakin's Fall and the ensuing Jedi Purge, even when some of the things he blames himself for were completely out of his control.
  • Switching P.O.V.: The point-of-view switches between Ben and Obi-Wan, as well as occasionally one of the many side characters like Quinlan, Sian, Shmi, etc.
  • Tears of Joy:
    • Upon arriving at the Jedi Temple for the first time in four years, Ben is reduced to tears of joy after sensing all the life emitting from the Temple.
    • Shmi has this reaction when she experiences rain for the first time.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Unsurprisingly, Ben Naasade and Qui-Gon Jinn. Ben still has unresolved issues stemming from his time as Qui-Gon's padawan, while Qui-Gon isn't used to having a fellow Jedi who can put up with his maverick attitude and will openly (rather than covertly, like Yoda) call him out for his failings.
  • Theme Naming: As part of their culture, the Nightbrothers all have rather ominous-sounding names.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted. They exist but Ben never got around to seeing one during the Clone Wars since he was deemed "too critical to the war effort to keep off the front lines". When the Council learns of Ben's TSR, they immediately assign him a Soul Healer (the Jedi's equivalent of a therapist). When said Soul Healer finds out that reasoning, she's horrified.
    • This gets lampshaded in Ripples. During Ben's therapy session with Ylar Klar, he recounts the events of The Phantom Menace, leading Klar to comment that both he and Anakin definitely should have gotten therapy after what they had gone through.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: In True Colors, Ben has this reaction when the spice frigate he and Jango just hijacked is attacked by pirates and again when he recognizes Hondo Ohnaka as their leader.
  • Time Skip: Occurs between each story in the series.
    • Ruin, the second fanfic in the series, is set five months after Ben first arrives at the Jedi Temple with Shmi and Anakin in The Desert Storm.
    • Tarot is set about five months after the end of Sa Sarad.
  • Token Evil Teammate: After being freed from her holocron, Lady Livion becomes one for the Jedi Temple. Her tendencies to gravitate towards those struggling with the Dark Side becomes useful for the healers, who reach out and treat those she identifies as vulnerable to Falling.
  • Token Heroic Orc: Dahvo is a Zygerrian—a species whose hat is slavery—and a Jedi Knight who befriends Shmi and secretly works as part of an Underground Railroad for escaped slaves.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • As a result of Ben's training, Obi-Wan goes from a mediocre padawan to a prodigy capable of defeating senior padawans in a duel.
    • Shmi also takes a level in badass after being trained by Shaak Ti.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After falling to the Dark Side, Quinlan becomes much more confrontational and aggressive than before.
  • Training from Hell: In order to prepare his past self for battle with the Sith, Ben puts Obi-Wan through an intense training regimen which often leaves his padawan exhausted to the point of collapse by the end of the day.
  • Trauma Button: Ben has several due to his Dark and Troubled Past.
    • A lot of Ben's trauma is centered around General Grievous.
      • In Ruin, while lying on the ground after being wounded by the Yam'rii, Ben almost panics when he sees Jai Sheelal (Grievous's past self). The idea of being vulnerable and weak with his future Arch-Enemy standing above him nearly triggers him.
      • In Remembrance, after Pong Krell stabs Ben with his lightsaber, Ben's injuries cause him to hallucinate his attacker as Grievous. This triggers Ben into using the Dark Side to nearly kill Krell by attempting a Literal Disarming.
      • In Remembrance: Part II, Ben vehemently refuses to allow the Healers to implant him with artificial organs due to the process reminding him of Grievous's cyborg nature and having a nightmare of transforming into Grievous.
    • At the beginning of Fever, hearing a transmission warning everyone to stay away from the Jedi Temple on Coruscant causes Ben to have a brief panic attack, as it reminds him of the transmission he sent out during Order 66.
    • In Tarot, Ben nearly relives one of the worst moments of his life. He and Qui-Gon duel against Darth Maul and he is once again helpless as Maul impales Qui-Gon with his lightsaber. He finally breaks down into tears when Obi-Wan is able to heal Qui-Gon since it causes Ben to see himself as a failure because he couldn't save his master in his original timeline.
  • Trial by Combat: The Siniteen slavers ruling over Rattatak use a system of public challenges as a justice system. Obi-Wan expresses surprise that a species known for their hyperintelligence would utilize such a barbaric and outdated form of law.
  • Trickster Mentor: Ben creates a resurgence in battle prowess among the Jedi by challenging various Masters and Knights to a spar and beating them while holding back just enough to give off the appearance that he was only slightly better. This leads to many Jedi training harder in hopes of defeating him.
  • Tsundere: Shmi becomes one towards Master Tholme, frequently arguing with him despite having feelings for him. Shaak Ti explains to Tholme that as a slave, Shmi couldn't draw attention to herself and wasn't allowed to voice her opinions. The fact that she's willing to openly argue with Tholme means that Shmi trusts him deeply and is willing to express her true feelings to him.
  • Underestimating Badassery: When Ben challenges each of the Siniteen warlords terrorizing Rattatak to a gladiatorial duel, his first two opponents brush him off as an arrogant mercenary and don't even bother bringing weapons for their match. After Ben curb-stomps his first Siniteen, the next warlord still underestimates him and attributes his first victory to pure luck. Once the second warlord goes down, the two remaining start to treat him seriously.
  • Unequal Pairing: Discussed by Tholme and Shaak Ti after Shmi’s kiss with him. Tholme is understandably hesitant about entering a relationship with Shmi, given that a) she’s younger than him, b) she's still a Padawan while he's a Master, and c) she was a former slave to boot. Shaak Ti counters by pointing out that Shmi is a fully consenting adult and that it was only a kiss.
  • Unknown Rival: Ben has devoted the rest of his life to destroying the Sith and undoing their centuries-long Grand Plan. The Sith, however, are almost completely unaware of Ben's existence, identity, or his plans to defeat them. Knowing how much of an advantage this gives him, Ben intends to keep it that way.
  • Unwanted Rescue: Jango Fett describes his kidnapping of Bo-Katan Kryze as a "rescue". Bo-Katan is evidently not happy with her "rescuers", especially when Jango locks her inside a crate for an entire day. She goes berserk upon being released and repeatedly tries attacking Jango, who unleashes his own No-Holds-Barred Beatdown in retaliation.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid:
    • In-Universe example with the attitude of the Jedi Council, and most others who know, about Ben's true origins. After all, Obi-Wan Kenobi is a hard-working young Initiate/Padawan, with a kind heart that he wears on his sleeve, no pretensions or secrets to him, and the potential to be an exemplary Jedi. Ben Naasade is very secretive, both passively and actively manipulative, a terrifyingly driven master warrior who's unnaturally at home on the battlefield, suffering from horrifying PTSD on his good days and is probably best described by Windu's internal monologue as "a half-mad time-travelling hermit", with an attitude to morality that can kindly be described as 'pragmatic', an eerie understanding of the Force, far too great a knowledge about everyone from Initiates to Masters for anyone's comfort, and a deeply unnerving streak of cold-blooded ruthlessness. As one of them says plainly, "I never imagined we could lose Obi-Wan Kenobi so badly." Sian Jeisel, a friend of Obi-Wan's who figures it out through their mutual connection to Qui-Gon Jinn, observes that there's barely fragments of the boy she knows in Ben.
    • Another In-Universe example when Ben meets a younger Asajj Ventress. He finds it heartbreaking to see that the Sith assassin he fought during the Clone Wars used to be a happy girl with a loving father.
      Truth be told, Padawan Ventress is difficult to look at. Her age falls somewhere between Obi-Wan and Quinlan’s—at least by appearance of her physical development—her skin is soft, unscarred and unmarked, her face still rounded with baby fat, and her eyes are so large and expressive. She’s young, and she’s innocent, headstrong and so very curious. She’s happy. Genuinely, truly happy, and something about it just makes it feel like he’s being stabbed in the gut.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Attempted in Night by the last remaining Siniteen warlord after seeing Ben Curb Stomp the others. He doesn't get far before Obi-Wan intercepts him.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: As part of his training under Ben, Obi-Wan has to use the Force to lift individual grains of sand while keeping track of each grain. This enables Obi-Wan to later lift numerous boulders with the Force by simply imagining them as grains of sand. Later on, in Mirage, it helps him to gain a whole new understanding of the Force, based on the true meaning of the phrase, "I am one with the Force, the Force is with me".
  • We ARE Struggling Together: This is the problem that Jango and Ben are having to deal with in Sa Sarad. When Ben takes part in Jango Fett's war against the Death Watch, he is made a general and is placed in charge of overseeing the training for Jango's warriors. Due to Ben's Jedi past, almost none of Jango's warriors respect him and Ben even muses that many of them are probably thinking of ways to kill him in an "accident". It's just as worse amongst the Mandalorians themselves, as Jango's army is a mixing pot consisting of warriors from dozens of different clans, many of whom have long-running feuds with each other. Mercifully, it gets better over time, as Ben proves he's as Mandalorian as anyone else, he's Crazy Awesome — with emphasis on the 'crazy', even by Mandalorian standards — and that he's genuinely a very good commander.
  • We Have Become Complacent: A thousand years of peace has left the Jedi Order at a mere fraction of its former numbers and a shadow of its former glory. Knowing what's to come, Ben is working to undo this.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy:
    • Ben has a significant case of this and other unresolved issues regarding Qui-Gon Jinn (who he both loved and resented for his initial rejection and occasional regrets). Since it was with his timeline's version, this Qui-Gon is puzzled by how Ben blows hot and cold towards him, and is deeply troubled by (after Ben cryptically remarks that Qui-Gon reminds him of his old Master) Obi-Wan's observation that Ben's Master was probably "a great Jedi, but not a good man." This all left Ben with an obsessive drive to be the 'perfect' Jedi, per the Code, which ultimately broke both him and his relationship with Anakin, who became a Well Done Son Guy in his own right. As a result, he's much more flexible and gentler with Obi-Wan.
    • Heartbreakingly, in Passage, Qui-Gon all but reveals this (after several hints across the series of his own issues with the very strict and dignified Master Dooku) when he says that in regard to his reluctance to push his boundaries (regarding his use of the Force after losing the ability to sense it, but also in general) comes not from fear of failure, but "disappointment and shame."
  • Wham Episode:
    • At the end of Remembrance: Part I, Quinlan learns Ben’s secret and falls to the Dark Side in the process.
    • Remembrance: Part III ends with one. Obi-Wan is hospitalized after Palpatine attempts to assassinate him by making his lightsaber explode and Ben realizes that the Sith are now targeting Obi-Wan.
    • Sa Sarad starts as one. Duke Adonai Kryze gets assassinated by the Sith and Ben goes on the run with Obi-Wan, Satine, and Serra Keto. Realizing that the Sith were responsible for Kryze's death, Ben decides to take part in Mandalore's civil war and temporarily resigns from the Jedi Order.
    • Where do we begin with Tarot? Ben and Obi-Wan finally encounter Darth Maul for the first time. Ben loses his leg. Qui-Gon survives being impaled by Maul's lightsaber at the cost of his Force abilities. Oh, and Sian ends up taking Obi-Wan's role as Maul's Arch-Enemy.
    • Mirage, Chapter 10: Satine is secretly pregnant with Obi-Wan’s child.
    • Mirage, Chapter 30: At long last, Ben reveals the truth about himself to Obi-Wan.
  • Wham Line:
    • An in-universe example happens in Ruin when Obi-Wan asks the Yam'rii the name of the food he's being served. The translation droid's response that they are being served Kaleesh eggs shocks the Republic's delegation and causes them to immediately side against the Yam'rii.
    • What is Sown ends with Obi-Wan's presenting his findings on the Jedi Order's decline over the millennia to the Jedi Council. This brings Obi-Wan to the conclusion of his research:
      Obi-Wan: Masters, the Jedi Order is dying.
    • In Night, Sian has several as she tries to subtly inform Ben that she knows his secret. She starts by referring to Qui-Gon as "our master" twice. When Ben fails to pick up the hint, she outright addresses him as "Master Obi-Wan''.
    • Tarot ends with Qui-Gon waking up in the hospital after his near-death at the hands of Darth Maul. As he is greeted by Sian, he realizes that he can't sense anything. The fanfic then ends on this line.
      And he is completely Force Blind.
    • Satine's interlude in Mirage starts with one in the narration:
      Her body is settled in a rare perfect comfort, she is warm and cozy and everything is soft and quiet. If she starts moving, she knows her stomach with start churning, her hips will ache, and the baby will likely start kicking, which does her bladder no favors.
    • Mirage: Chapter 23 has one from Ben’s narration as he watches Obi-Wan wake up from his earlier Out-of-Body Experience.
    • In Stories Within a Story III, the reader learns the name of Obi-Wan and Satine's child: Korkie. Combined with Satine and Bo-Katan's other sibling being Adapted Out, this carries the implication that the Korkie Kryze from canon wasn't Satine's nephew liked he claimed, but rather her and Obi-Wan's son.
    • Chapter 16 of Coronation ends on this line:
      Ben is going to kill Darth Sidious, and he’s going to do it today.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Completely averted with the Kaleesh. The Yam'rii's devouring of Kaleesh eggs is treated as the equivalent of child murder and cannibalism. When the Republic's delegates discover the truth, they immediately end their support for the Yam'rii and the experience gives Obi-Wan nightmares of the Yam'rii devouring the Kaleesh eggs.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Master Tahl confronts Ben for the harsh training that Obi-Wan is put through.
    • At the beginning of Ruin, both Adi Gallia and Tahl criticize Ben for bringing Obi-Wan on a mission to a planet in the middle of a violent genocide.
    • In True Colors, Jango Fett calls out Ben for bringing a thirteen-year-old Obi-Wan with him on a dangerous mission against spice smugglers (the Super-Commando Code bans combat for anyone under 14). Ben retorts that it wasn't supposed to be dangerous, and as soon as it became dangerous, he sent Obi-Wan to hide in the vents. Obi-Wan was just (un)lucky enough to fall out of the vents head-first into an epic amount of spice, right in front of Fett.
    • In Mirage, Lady Livion criticizes Obi-Wan for feeling guilty about accidentally removing Qui-Gon's Force sensitivity, rather than just being grateful that he was able to prevent Qui-Gon from dying. Obi-Wan counters by pointing out that some would consider being Force blind to be a Fate Worse than Death.
      Lady Livion: Only a Jedi could be sullen for not having done a more miraculous job of saving someone from certain death.
  • Who Are You?: The female Siniteen warlord that fights Ben in Night asks him this after seeing him curb-stomp two of her fellow warlords and briefly succeed in using a Jedi Mind Trick on her during their duel. Ben responds by giving her a wolfish grin.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Jango has no problem beating the crap out of Bo-Katan in Lineage. Though to be fair, she did attack him first and continued to lunge at him even after being knocked down several times.
  • You Are in Command Now: Ben and Mace temporarily take leadership of the Jedi Order when the Temple’s Bane virus incapacitates the Council.
  • You Wouldn't Believe Me If I Told You: Since the Jedi Council dismissed Ben's warnings about the Sith, he believes that they would do the same to anything else he might say. Because of this, he decides to unearth evidence that can support his claims and allow others to come to their own conclusions. Quinlan even points this out to Windu with his Armor-Piercing Response above.

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