- "You've been a good apprentice, Obi-Wan; and you're a much wiser man than I am. I foresee you will become a great Jedi Knight."
- ―Qui-Gon Jinn
Obi-Wan Kenobi, later known as Ben Kenobi, was a legendary Human Jedi Master. He received his training from Masters Yoda and Qui-Gon Jinn, and taught both Anakin and Luke Skywalker in the ways of the Force. He fought as a High General for the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars.
In 32 BBY, he became the first Jedi in approximately 1,000 years to defeat a Sith Lord in combat when he defeated Darth Maul during the Second Battle of Theed. Kenobi was also one of the last members of the Jedi High Council during the waning days of the Old Republic, one of the few Jedi to survive the Great Jedi Purge, and was a master of the Soresu form of lightsaber combat.
Kenobi was born in 57 BBY, the first son of a moderately wealthy family, and was taken to Coruscant to begin his Jedi training shortly thereafter. His homeworld is unknown, although Kenobi had vague memories of playing with his brother, Owen. It is recorded that Kenobi might have occasionally visited Owen and the rest of the Kenobi family later in his life.
- "Qui-Gon's defiance, I sense in you. Need that, you do not."
As a youngling, Obi-Wan trained under Yoda alongside other Jedi hopefuls of his age. Bant Eerin, Garen Muln and Quinlan Vos became Kenobi's lifelong friends, and he eventually fell in love with fellow Padawan, Siri Tachi. Others would become rivals, and even enemies, such as Bruck Chun and Aalto. Obi-Wan would come to be a part of what many Jedi referred to as the Old Guard, Jedi considered likely to be put on the Jedi High Council. His lightsaber instructors included Cin Drallig and Anoon Bondara.
As a youngling, he had been fascinated by machines, building models of ships and even dreaming of becoming a pilot. Ironically, as he grew older, Kenobi came to despise flying, claiming that "flying's for droids." Because of his ability to learn quickly, Obi-Wan became arrogant and was often impatient. Under the careful guidance of Yoda, however, Obi-Wan became more humble and reserved.
Becoming Qui-Gon's apprentice
Despite the speed of his growth as a Jedi, by the time Obi-Wan reached the age of twelve, it seemed that his chances of becoming a Jedi Knight had all passed him by; Younglings who weren't selected to be Padawans by the age of 13 would be shifted into one of the divisions of the Jedi Service Corps. One day, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn visited the Jedi Temple in the hopes of finding an apprentice. Obi-Wan dueled one of his competitors, Bruck Chun, to draw the attention of the maverick Jedi Knight. Obi-Wan fought valiantly to the point of exhaustion. The final offensive against Bruck was carried out so fiercely that Qui-Gon found Kenobi too dangerous to be trained. Obi-Wan was sent to the mining colony of Bandomeer to work as a ploughman for the AgriCorps. Strangely enough, Qui-Gon happened to be sent on a mission to the same place. The youngling and the Jedi Knight had to work together if they wanted to survive the mission, which was a trap set for Qui-Gon by his former Padawan, Xanatos. Obi-Wan showed Qui-Gon that he was worthy to be taken as a Padawan learner en route, when they were attacked by members of Xanatos' criminal organization, the Offworld Corporation. After putting an end to the tense situation, the two arrived on Bandomeer, where Qui-Gon received a letter signed by Xanatos. It turned out that Bandomeer was not in need of Jedi assistance, it had all been organized by Xanatos, who was revealed to be the leader of Offworld, whose mining operations terrorized all on the planet.
Qui-Gon sent Obi-Wan off to his Agri-Corps duties while he planned to meet with Xanatos, not as old adversaries, but as ambassadors, working to find an agreement between Offworld and Bandomeer. Xanatos, however, planned all along to sabotage their meeting and kill Qui-Gon. With the help of Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon once more attempted to end Xanatos' acts of terror. Qui-Gon dueled with his former apprentice, and though they ended Offworld's business on Bandomeer, Xanatos was able to escape. They eventually caught up to him and engaged in a brief duel. It would be while foiling Xanatos that Obi-Wan was forced to fight his long time rival, Bruck Chun. Obi-Wan triumphed when Bruck fell off a ledge and died, though the guilt would haunt Obi-Wan for many years. After Xanatos was defeated, he committed suicide by diving into a pool of acid. During their altercation with Xanatos, Qui-Gon discovered Obi-Wan's true potential, and took him as his new Padawan learner. Their relationship got off to a bad start, as the pair's personalities were constantly at odds; Qui-Gon was headstrong, while Obi-Wan was more practical. As time went on, however, their opposing natures blended them into an effective duo.
During his time with Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan temporarily left the Jedi Order. Caught up in the civil war on Melida/Daan, Obi-Wan elected to stay and help the children, otherwise known as the Young, who were fighting against their tradition-obsessed elders. The planet's residents had been fighting a pointless war for generations, and had actually forgotten what had started the feud. Obi-Wan befriended a boy within the Young called Nield, and possibly developed an attraction for another of the Young named Cerasi. Soon after Obi-Wan's decision to stay, Cerasi was mortally wounded and died in Obi-Wan's arms. For a time, Obi-Wan remained on the planet to continue helping the war effort, but soon enough felt that his place was with the Jedi and was taken back by Qui-Gon, though it took a long time for them to fully trust each other again.
It was during this time that he first spoke to Siri Tachi, whom he had met during lightsaber training at the Temple. They started off on rocky terms, as she was angry at him for leaving the Order, but would later forge a friendship that would last the rest of their lives, and even develop into something more.
When Obi-Wan was fourteen years old, he and Qui-Gon traveled to a planet once devastated by turmoil and currently under a temporary truce. The rulers of each planet temporarily exchanged children when they reached the age of seven and raised them in an effort to get the future leaders to appreciate each other. The plan backfired after hundreds of years of success, however, when the heir of Rutan decided he wanted to remain on Senali, forsaking his royal title and home planet. This infuriated his father, King Frane, who believed his son had been brainwashed by the Senali, and he threatened to declare war on Senali. Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon arrived to mediate the dispute, and after meeting with King Frane, they went to the ocean world of Senali and attempted to convince Leed to return to Rutan, thus avoiding war.
Obi-Wan fought alongside his master in the Stark Hyperspace War, one of the last of the many small-scale conflicts that plagued the Galactic Republic in its last days. It was during the Fourth Battle of Qotile when Obi-Wan's enduring friendship with fellow Padawan Quinlan Vos truly began. Obi-Wan would later recall fondly a training mission the two Padawans undertook on Ragoon VI and missions the both of them would undertake with Dexter Jettster on the Outer Rim.
Prior to the Battle of Naboo, Obi-Wan and Qui-Ginn participated in the colonization of Alaris Prime, where they battled the Trade Federation for control of the moon. During this time, Chewbacca had his first recorded encounter with Jedi, as Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi had been assigned by the Galactic Republic to end the conflict on Alaris Prime. Under Jinn's tutelage, Chewbacca was able to successfully lead the colony to military and economic success. Kenobi and Chewbacca would eventually meet again in 0 BBY, though it is unclear whether the two recognized each other after not seeing each other for nearly 40 years.
In 33 BBY, Kenobi would assist his master in missions to Yinchorr and Dorvalla. After the Incident at Dorvalla, Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon were also involved in the attempt to mediate relations between the Trade Federation and the Nebula Front, an attempt that would sadly fail with the disaster at the Eriadu Trade Summit.
Obi-Wan would later investigate the mysterious disappearance of a fellow Padawan, Darsha Assant. He found a few tantalizing clues to her fate, but galactic events caught up with Kenobi before he could track down the missing Alderaanian. Shortly after being given the assignment, he and Qui-Gon were dispatched by Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum to resolve the Blockade of Naboo.
Blockade of Naboo (32 BBY)
- "I have a bad feeling about this."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi
In 32 BBY, during the mission to resolve the trade dispute on Naboo, Kenobi and his Master were betrayed by Nute Gunray and the Trade Federation. Acting on the orders of the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Sidious, Gunray attempted to assassinate the two Jedi.
The pair would then run into a native of the planet, Gungan Jar Jar Binks, who took the Jedi to meet with the Gungan inhabitants of Otoh Gunga. The Gungans dismissed the Jedi and sent them by Tribubble bongo to the capital city of Theed.
Meeting Anakin Skywalker
On Tatooine, Kenobi's master stumbled upon Anakin Skywalker, a young boy who showed tremendous Force potential and an unprecedented midi-chlorian count. Jinn decided that the boy should be trained, and while Kenobi was also amazed in Anakin's strong force potential, he initially disagreed with his master's decision; he believed, as the Jedi Council would later concur, that the boy was already too old and had acquired too many emotional attachments to become a Jedi.
Another discovery was also made on Tatooine. On the way back to the Queen's ship, Jinn was attacked by a dangerous foe with a lightsaber. Jinn barely escaped by Force jumping into the ship as it took off, and he determined that this adversary must have been a Sith. When he informed the council of his conclusions, they doubted him, and simply told Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan to be careful when protecting the Queen.
The Battle of Naboo and aftermath
- "It felt like a dream when Qui-Gon fell."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi to Yoda
During the ensuing Battle of Naboo, Qui-Gon and Kenobi fought to protect the Queen until they were confronted by Darth Maul, Sith Lord and apprentice to Darth Sidious. Maul skillfully fought both the Jedi at once with his double-bladed lightsaber, and even managed to separate the two. Jinn, now fighting alone, did his best to fend off the Sith until Kenobi could catch up with them, but the elderly Jedi had been exhausted by the lengthy duel and, deprived of the space necessary to properly utilize his preferred form of lightsaber combat, he was killed by Maul with a swift thrust to the chest. Kenobi was enraged at the defeat of his master and friend, and he quickly charged at Maul, even managing to cut Maul's lightsaber in two. Maul continued to fight the Padawan, and Force-pushed Kenobi into an energy pit. Kenobi survived by grabbing onto a protruding fixture in the wall at the last moment, but Maul kicked the Padawan's lightsaber down the long shaft and then proceeded to use his weapon in an attempt to make Kenobi lose his grip. Kenobi reached into the Force, calming himself, then, as he used the Force to leap from the pit, he called his fallen master's lightsaber into his hand and cut Maul in two as the Sith gloated over what seemed to be his imminent victory.
Qui-Gon's dying request to his apprentice was to train Anakin. Kenobi felt that he could not refuse, and took it upon himself to train the boy. The Jedi Council was similarly moved by the plea, and fatefully reversed its decision. Anakin was formally placed under the tuition of Kenobi himself, which was remarkable given that Kenobi was still a Padawan at the time of his duel with Maul. The Jedi Council had been impressed that Kenobi bested a Sith, an enemy that had not surfaced in a millennium. Obi-Wan was made a full Jedi Knight, with his duel with Darth Maul serving as his Jedi Trials.
Soon after the death of Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan and Anakin attended his funeral. It was during this time that Obi-Wan pledged that he would make Anakin into a Jedi.
- "Confer on you the level of Jedi Knight, the Council does."
About three years into Anakin's training, the new master and apprentice were sent on their first mission together. They were ordered to investigate the cult leader, Kad Chun, younger brother of Bruck Chun. Kad still blamed Obi-Wan for his brother's death, and it was only after Obi-Wan and Anakin uncovered an insidious plot against Kad that he forgave Obi-Wan.
A Jedi mission to Ragoon-6 saw Obi-Wan and Anakin tangled up with a mysterious man, who was believed to be the son of Xanatos. Further research on him revealed that he was from Nierport VII, collected Sith artifacts, and was extremely wealthy for no apparent reason. After a podracing escapade, further information was uncovered regarding the man, who was trying to take over the marketing of bacta through a mining venture. Obi-Wan, along with Anakin, found out that the man was trying to impress a Sith Lord, and planning to kill the youth. Master and apprentice were able to escape, stopping Omega's mining of titanite in the process.
Mission to Zonama Sekot
- "Obi-Wan has forgotten ever being a child."
- ―Thracia Cho Leem
The next mission they were assigned took them to the living planet of Zonama Sekot in an attempt to find a Jedi Knight, Vergere, who had recently vanished during a mission there. Unbeknownst to them, Wilhuff Tarkin and Raith Sienar had followed them to exploit Zonama Sekot's ability to quickly fuse organic and manufactured technology into starfighters. On the planet, the colonists sold "seed-partners," which bonded with their hosts and allowed the planet to customize a starfighter for the individual. Anakin attracted many more seed-partners than anyone previously had, and he named his new ship the Jabitha. When Tarkin and Sienar arrived, the planet revealed its sentient consciousness to the Jedi, explaining that Vergere had left with the mysterious "Far Outsiders" in order to protect Zonama Sekot. Anakin and Obi-Wan could not rescue her, but they could stop Tarkin's attack.
In a fit of rage, Anakin telekinetically burned Tarkin's Blood Carver bodyguard, Ke Daiv, from the inside out. This display of dark power worried Obi-Wan greatly. Anakin was captured and brought before Tarkin, but Obi-Wan destroyed Tarkin's flagship, and Zonama Sekot activated its planetary hyperdrive, vanishing for the unknown regions. Sienar and Tarkin returned to the Republic, but Jabitha died, due to her separation from both Skywalker and her home planet. Obi-Wan and Anakin then returned to Coruscant.
In 27 BBY, Master Mace Windu sent Kenobi and Skywalker on a secret mission to Barlok to monitor the overbearing Jedi Knight, Jorus C'baoth, and his Padawan, Lorana Jinzler. Unbeknownst to them, Kinman Doriana, on behalf of Darth Sidious, had planned the negotiation to work splendidly in Jorus's favor, gaining him enough prestige to go ahead with his Outbound Flight Project.
While they were on the expedition, Obi-Wan often butted heads with C'baoth over C'baoth's running of Outbound Flight, especially when the Jedi Master began taking prospective Jedi children away from their parents in the middle of the night. It was only when Supreme Chancellor Palpatine himself asked Kenobi and Anakin to settle a dispute on a world near Outbound Flight's final stop in Republic territory that the two would leave the expedition.
Not long after, Kenobi and his Padawan, along with Siri Tachi and her apprentice, Ferus Olin, were given another mission to investigate the disappearance of a Senator's son. In order to infiltrate a band of renegade students at an elite senatorial school on Andara, Anakin proposed that he and Ferus Olin would penetrate the school by posing to be Senators' sons. Obi-Wan's and Siri's part of the mission involved posing as parents who were enrolling their children in the school. When the mission was over, Anakin had gotten too involved with the society, causing him to get in trouble with Obi-Wan when Master and Padawan reunited.
- "The legacy of this mission is pain."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi
Soon after, Obi-Wan, Anakin, Yoda, and Yaddle were sent on a negotiation mission to Mawan to settle a devastating civil war between three crime gangs. These gangs, led by Decca the Hutt, Feena Shaan, and a man called Striker, caused the rest of the population to take refuge underground. Unbeknownst to them, the chaotic planet was a trap set by Striker. He released a fatal chemical weapon that killed Yaddle when she absorbed it through the Force, saving the city of Naatan in the process. The weapon was intended by its vengeful maker to kill Obi-Wan and his apprentice, but it failed because of Yaddle's sacrifice. Together Obi-Wan and Anakin brought peace to Mawan, but Anakin felt responsible for the death of the Jedi High Council member.
Anakin's guilt about Yaddle's death caused friction between him and Obi-Wan, who felt that he was less than capable of teaching the mischievous boy properly. When sent on a rescue to the Uziel system to a planet called Vanqor, the two were forced to try and reconcile their differences, first going through a mess with gundarks, then, under the influence of a drug called the Zone of Self-Containment, his apprentice, Anakin was taken prisoner by the insane scientist Jenna Zan Arbor. Siri Tachi, Ferus Olin, Garen Muln, and Clee Rhara, who were sent on a mission but received the distress signal while en route, picked up Obi-Wan, who was on TY44, a moon of Vanqor, and taken to the planet itself. There, they helped him rescue Anakin.
Trailing Jenna Arbor and Roy Teda
- "The capture of Zan Arbor is the safety of the Galaxy."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi
Jenna escaped, however, and did not resurface again until Anakin was sixteen. From information given them by Tyro Caladian, they found out that she'd appeared on Romin, a focus of corruption and villainy and a shelter for criminals. In order to infiltrate the planet, he, his apprentice, Siri, and Ferus disguised themselves as a band of thieves looking for refuge on the planet. They found that Jenna had allied herself with Roy Teda, the ruler of Romin, and Granta Omega, who also was at qualms with the Jedi. Before the Jedi were captured, civil war erupted. The underworld was trying to overthrow Teda. In the midst of it, Roy and Jenna fled. The criminals contacted the Jedi, thinking they were really criminals, trying to find a way offworld. However, Jenna recognized Anakin from their previous encounter, and Roy ordered his men to seize the Jedi. Before they could do so, Mace Windu and a team of Jedi arrived just in time, and arrested Roy and Jenna. Since they were trying to get to Omega, and they knew the two would lead them to him, they set the two captives free.
Only a few weeks later, Obi-Wan and his apprentice trailed Jenna and Roy to Falleen, where they had managed to set up the Blackwater Systems facility to mass-produce her drug, the Zone of Self-Containment. When they were found, Jenna was forced to destroy the facility and Roy Teda fled.
Not long after, Sano Sauro, who was a friend of Granta Omega, and Bog Divinian, started to make anti-Jedi accusations in order to convince the Galactic Senate to lessen or completely dissolve its support of the Order. The vote was about whether the Jedi should be involved in the Senate's activities. It was all a part of Sauro and Omega's plan to leak the Zone of Self-Containment into the Senate's vents and assassinate Chancellor Palpatine. Anakin and Ferus, who were learning to forget their rivalry and understand each other, managed to prevent the assassination attempt on the Supreme Chancellor.
Omega's plan was uncovered, but not in time to save twenty-one Senators as several other Senate employees from being killed by seeker droids programmed by Teda. Unbeknownst to him, since Jenna and Granta had no more use for him, a seeker droid killed him, as well. Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Siri set off to find Omega, leaving Ferus to protect the Senators and Palpatine.
Tracking Omega and Jenna Zan Arbor to Korriban, four Jedi pairs— Kenobi and Skywalker, Siri and Ferus, Ry-Gaul and Tru Veld, and Soara and Darra—traveled there to confront and stop them. The apprentices were split up from the Masters to better accomplish the mission. The investigation of Dreshdae led them to the Valley of the Dark Lords. During the confrontation with Granta Omega, Kenobi had no choice but kill him as he felt Omega was too dangerous to be kept alive.
Keeping the peace
Some time later, Master and apprentice were sent on a diplomatic mission to a planet wishing to join the Galactic Republic. They soon found out, however, that the planet's indigenous population considered thievery an important social asset. During their stay, Anakin's lightsaber was stolen. He searched for it, ashamed to tell Obi-Wan that he lost it, and soon had to admit defeat. Asking Obi-Wan for help, he found that the Jedi Knight knew the lightsaber had been stolen, and, using a trick of the Force, "acquired" it from the thief. Obi-Wan had merely been waiting for Anakin to admit that he'd lost it.
Obi-Wan and his apprentice were then assigned to the task of protecting Senator Simon Greyshade from assassination. Simon had recently filled the station of senator of the Commonality that his assassinated cousin had left. Simon's cousin, Jheramahd Greyshade, was thrown off the roof of 500 Republica in an attempt to stall the passage of the Financial Reform Act, which the Senator supported. The Financial Reform Act was a bill that addressed and was meant to reduce the amount of corruption that was causing the Senate, and, through them, the Republic, to disintegrate. Obi-Wan and Anakin managed to save Simon from certain death.
Because it was found that the assassination and assassination attempt was because of the Financial Reform Act, it never got a vote. Some say that this was the cause of a good portion of the seceding planets that would soon make the Confederacy of Independent Systems, and could have prevented the Clone Wars had it been passed.
Mission to Ansion
In 22 BBY Obi-Wan and Anakin, along with Luminara Unduli and her apprentice, Barriss Offee, were sent to Ansion to settle a border dispute that could have caused the extremely strategic planet to secede to the Confederacy. If Ansion fell, so would countless other worlds. The Jedi had to influence two constantly feuding armies to settle their dispute and come to an agreement. Little did they know that Presidente Shu Mai of the Commerce Guild was pulling the strings to cause Ansion to secede. However, the Jedi foiled her plot, moving the Ansionian clans Januul and Borokii to agree to staying in the Republic. Because of her status as Presidente, Shu Mai was not discovered to be a part of the matter.
Beginning of the Clone Wars
- "Obi-Wan is a great mentor. I am truly grateful to be his apprentice."
- ―Anakin Skywalker
Ten years after the Invasion of Naboo, shortly after returning from a border dispute on Ansion, Kenobi and Skywalker were tasked with protecting Padmé Amidala after an attempt on her life. Through a ruse organized by Anakin, the assassin, a Clawdite named Zam Wesell, was soon uncovered and Kenobi pursued her through the streets of Coruscant, finally cornering her inside the Outlander Club.
Unfortunately, Wesell soon became a victim herself, falling to the poisoned dart of a mysterious hunter garbed in Mandalorian armor. The only clue to his identity was the very dart that killed Wesell—a weapon of Kaminoan make.
Kenobi contacted his associate Dexter Jettster, who informed him of Kamino, a planet which was strangely deleted from the Jedi Archives. Arriving, He was informed that a huge unauthorized clone army was being bred for the Republic on the orders of the deceased Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas. Kenobi was introduced to the clone's template, a bounty hunter named Jango Fett. Kenobi contacted the Jedi Council and was told to apprehend the bounty hunter for questioning, Kenobi did as ordered and attempted to apprehend the bounty hunter. A fierce fight between Kenobi and Jango ensued, with Jango's son firing on Kenobi from Fett's ship. Despite Kenobi's efforts, Fett escaped to Geonosis with his son Boba. Kenobi followed them.
Jango noticed Kenobi in pursuit and attempted to finish off the Jedi once and for all by leading him through a chase in Geonosis' rings. Kenobi's Jedi starfighter was damaged and he was forced to hide on the back of an asteroid as Fett descended onto Geonosis.
On Geonosis, Kenobi uncovered a conspiracy of star systems that wanted to secede from the Republic, led by Count Dooku. Kenobi was captured shortly after sending a message to Anakin and the Council informing them of the latest developement.
Dooku attempted to persuade Kenobi to join the Confederacy of Independent Systems, using Kenobi's memory of Qui-Gon Jinn as bait, and telling him that a Sith was in control of the Galactic Senate. Dooku continued to try and entice Obi-Wan by telling him that if Obi-Wan was with him that they could eliminate the Sith menace once and for all. Much to Dooku's disappointment, Kenobi simply responded that Qui-Gon would never have joined Dooku, and that if the Sith did control the Senate that the Jedi would have sensed it. Dooku left, musing that it would be difficult to secure Kenobi's release.
Battle of Geonosis (22 BBY)
Anakin and Padmé arrived on Geonosis in an attempt to rescue Kenobi without any help, but they too were captured, and all three were sentenced to death by the Geonosians.
During the execution Obi-Wan and the others managed to fight against the wild beasts sent to kill them and turn the field to their advantage. Dooku then sent droids to finish them off.
It was the timely arrival of Mace Windu and a strike team of 200 Jedi that prevented their deaths. The Jedi fought bravely despite being greatly outnumbered by droids, and suffering many casualties. Finally Master Yoda arrived with the massive clone army from Kamino to save the remaining Jedi. This was the beginning of the Battle of Geonosis.
Kenobi, Anakin, and Padmé all jumped onto the same gunship and proceeded to join the main fighting. The Jedi then spotted the fleeing Count Dooku and chased him. Padmé however was knocked out of the gunship when they were attacked from behind, Kenobi was forced to restrain his Padawan from going back after the senator.
The two Jedi finally caught up to the Sith Lord and engaged him in a duel. Anakin rushed in quickly and was incapacitated by Dooku's Force lightning. Kenobi was left alone to face the masterful Sith Lord and was able to deflect Dooku's Force lightning with his lightsaber.
Obi-Wan fought valiantly but was no match for the more experienced Sith, and he eventually was also incapacitated when Dooku slashed his leg and his shoulder. Anakin however had recovered and was able to fight back, blocking what would have been a killing blow to Kenobi. Anakin even used his fallen master's lightsaber as well as his own after Obi-Wan tossed it to him. Anakin however was still not enough as Dooku eventually severed one of the lightsabers and then proceeded to cut off Anakin's arm after a quick and fierce fight. Obi-Wan was then forced to watch as Yoda came in as their last line of defense. Yoda and the Count engaged in a vicious lightsaber duel after a duel of force powers when the two proved equal. Yoda was on the verge of victory but let the Count escape when he sent a large object down onto Obi-Wan and Anakin.
The Clone Wars had begun.
- "You fought in the Clone Wars?"
"Yes. I was once a Jedi Knight, the same as your father."
- ―Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi
Kenobi became a General in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars, leading the Republic to many famous victories, beginning with the countering of the Dark Reaper Project alongside Anakin and Mace Windu. This was followed soon after by his brilliant leadership at the First Battle of Kamino in which he led the Republic to victory. As his reputation increased Obi-wan earned the moniker "The Negotiator" for his brilliant diplomatic solutions in an alternative to fighting.
Battle of Muunilinst and Introduction of Grievous
- "I doubt even Master Qui-Gon could've prepared a Jedi for this."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi
It was Kenobi who fought courageously against battle droids and crushed the forces of San Hill and the Confederacy in the Battle of Muunilinst—an early victory that would do much to build the warrior's reputation. His forces on Muunilinst included the Muunilinst 10 and a Lancer Battalion, which Kenobi led into battle on 105-K speeder bikes. During the battle, Kenobi also managed to defeat the dreaded bounty hunter Durge in single combat twice: first after leading his squadron of speeder bikes into battle and then in the very command center of the Separatist leaders.
Soon after the Battle of Muunilinst was over Obi-Wan was contacted by Jedi Master Daakman Barrek who called for his assistance in the disastrous Battle of Hypori. Obi-Wan sent the Muunilinst 10 led by Captain Fordo to rescue the remaining Jedi task force from the newly revealed General Grievous. In the end though they were only able to rescue three of the six Jedi, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Shaak Ti, and Aayla Secura, two of the others Tarr Seir and Sha'a Gi were already dead with the sixth, K'Kruhk, only appearing dead when he actually survived.
The Swamp Gas of Ohma-D'un
Dispatched with Anakin and another Jedi named Glaive and his Padawan Zule Xiss the four Jedi worked together in response to the new chemical weapon known as 'swamp gas' used on Ohma-D'un. Obi-Wan and Glaive would often be at odds with each other during the mission. During the mission the group was attacked by Ventress and Durge. The ensuing skirmish saw Obi-Wan rescue Glaive from Durge but nonetheless Glaive was killed by Ventress who also cut off Xiss' arm. Obi-Wan and Anakin eventually drove off the two assassins saving Zule Xiss, but were unable to keep them from escaping or retrieve the antidote from them.
After the incident on Ohma-D'un Obi-Wan, accompanied by four nomadic Jedi Masters, Nico Diath, Jon Antilles, Knol Ven'nari and Master Fay, were dispatched to recover the antidote to the swamp gas used by the Confederacy on Ohma-D'un. Obi-Wan often felt he was out of his league with these four legendary Jedi Masters, but Fay assured him that his knowledge of the toxin to the mission would be invaluable.
Once they arrived on Queyta where the antidote was believed to be the group was ambushed by Durge and Asajj Ventress. Ven'nari was the first to fall when Durge fired upon the native worker's causing their pressure suits to explode. Ven'nari's power to kept the explosion from harming the group but the strain was too much. Antilles went for Ventress but fell when Durge destroyed the bridge he was standing on, Antilles survived. Diath was killed when Ventress collapsed the ceiling on him and had molten lava rain down onto him. Antilles was finally killed while grappling with Durge when the mercenary thrust him into a lava pit, but not before the Gen'Dai's regenerative arms were melted off. Fay and Kenobi survived long enough to confront Ventress, who was in control of the antidote and trying to escape with it to Separatist-friendly space. Using the Force, Master Fay hurled shards of glass and metal at Ventress, catching the Dark Jedi in the throat with a large piece of debris. Believing Ventress to be dead, Kenobi and Fay set off to return to Coruscant. Ventress was far from dead, however, and rose up to spear Master Fay in the back with a lightsaber.
Mortally wounded, Fay survived long enough to ensure Kenobi escaped from Queyta with the antidote, then died in his arms. Unfortunately the 'swamp gas' would later be modified to become the deadly chemical weapon called Trihexalophine1138 that would later be used on the planet Honoghr.
Obi-Wan was later partnered with fellow Jedi Kit Fisto on his mission to Ord Cestus where Kenobi and Fisto successfully ended the production of Jedi Killer droids on the planet, in addition to preventing the planet from falling to the Confederacy. During the mission Fisto was almost killed by Asajj Ventress but was saved by Kenobi, who defeated the Dark Acolyte. Obi-Wan also constructed the rare lightwhip which was used by Fisto during the mission.
Battle of Jabiim
- "I won't fail you."
"No Anakin, don't fail yourself."
- ―Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi
He led troops during the infamous Battle of Jabiim, the Republic suffered heavy casualties and weren't prepared for the atrocious conditions on Jabiim. The enemies forces made great gains in the first weeks of the fighting until the commanding General Norcuna was killed. Soon after Obi-wan himself was believed dead after being caught inside an exploding walker. In reality, Kenobi and the ARC trooper Alpha-17 had been captured by Asajj Ventress and taken to her fortress on Rattatak. There Kenobi was tortured using a Sith torture mask that obscured his connection to the Force in an attempt to break the Jedi and show his uselessness to Count Dooku. Kenobi's ingenuity however eventually led to the pair's escape, throughout their capture Obi-Wan had used what little Force power he could to bend the pipes in the wall until eventually they burst and allowed enough confusion for them to escape and fly a stolen Fanblade fighter to Riflor, where they were reunited with Skywalker, who had been assigned to Ki-Adi-Mundi after Obi-Wan's presumed death. But Obi-Wan would not forget his captor, the deadly Asajj Ventress, and Skywalker was given back over to Kenobi with Master Mundi relieved to no longer have to train such a headstrong student.
Loss of an Old Friend
In 20 BBY, Obi-Wan reunited with Siri Tachi when they teamed up with Anakin and Padmé to acquire a special codebreaker on the planet Genian. The Separatists were also after the important codebreaking mechanism invented by Talesan Fry, whom Siri and Obi-Wan had met twenty years earlier in a mission to protect him from bounty hunters. Talesan was now the founder of a very wealthy business on Genian, a world that remained neutral during the war. Reuniting with Talesan brought back old memories to Obi-Wan and Siri of the feelings that they once had for each other. After convincing Talesan to give the device to the Republic, they were attacked by someone else from the past, the bounty hunter Magus, who had killed Talesan's parents.
Talesan accompanied the Jedi and Senator Amidala to Azure, where the Republic was fighting off more Separatists. While Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Talesan fought off the attack led by Magus (who was working for the Corporate Alliance), Siri and Padmé took a starfighter of their own to go after Magus himself. Upon reaching Magus' starfighter, Siri made a desperate leap and landed on it. She was able to break into his ship and fight him off, which resulted in the ship's crash landing, but in the process she was shot by Magus.
Obi-Wan found Siri and tried to save her, but she stopped him knowing she was dying. Siri handed him the blue warming crystal she had from that earlier mission together, telling Obi-Wan that she would always be with him, and then passed on. Her death devastated Kenobi, bringing him the closest he had ever come to the dark side. However, he regained control before it was too late, sparing the merciless bounty hunter.
As a High General, Kenobi took command of the Open Circle Armada and the Third Systems Army, which included Clone Commander Cody's 7th Sky Corps. Towards the end of the Clone Wars, Kenobi, Skywalker and Commander Cody took part in a number of successful and high profile missions, including the First Battle of Cato Neimoidia.
During this time of war Obi-Wan's reputation and talent on the battlefield and his legendary diplomacy skills had him promoted to Jedi Master and was even granted a seat on the Jedi High Council to replace Depa Billaba, who had fallen to the dark side and was in a coma after a mission to Haruun Kal. From this exalted position Obi-Wan helped to develop the tactics of the Grand Army of the Republic and able to witness the growing strain between the Chancellor's office and the Jedi firsthand. His position on the council also allowed Obi-Wan to advocate for the promotion of his Padawan Anakin Skywalker to Jedi Knight. After a tense debate with the rest of the council Obi-Wan finally convinced them to grant Anakin his knighthood, but with this Obi-Wan took the responsibility of covering for Anakin's unorthodox actions that were frowned upon by the rest of the council.
During the initial stages of the Battle of Rendili, Obi-Wan discovered the renegade Quinlan Vos aboard the exploration vessel Titavian IV. Vos had betrayed Dooku's trust, and the Count had sent Asajj Ventress and Tol Skorr to eliminate him. Asajj and Obi-Wan battled yet again, though this time Asajj felt assured of victory, riding a ferocious rancor in pursuit of her nemesis. Obi-Wan and Quinlan escaped, but Asajj followed Obi-Wan back to Coruscant.
The waning months of the Clone Wars saw Obi-Wan become obsessed with the Dark Jedi whom he and Anakin had faced numerous times, Asajj Ventress. Through numerous battles with Ventress Obi-Wan had found out much about her past and believed that there was still some good in her. For a time he forsook the war to search for this enemy and even brought his former Padawan Anakin along with him, in what Anakin considered a wild bantha chase since he believed himself to have killed Ventress when she followed him to Coruscant. However after following several clues that pointed to her survival, Anakin became less and less sure. Eventually the two found her on Boz Pity in a bacta tank. She attacked the two when she came out of her trance but was once again defeated, and abandoned by Dooku. Finally she let go of her anger and rage and put herself in a trance that made her appear dead on a medical ship when she ordered the pilot to take her far away from the war, Dooku, and the Jedi. Obi-Wan was left believing that she was truly dead.
Obi-Wan spent the last few months before the end of the war serving with Anakin on the Outer Rim Sieges. These took them to some of the most remote worlds in the galaxy, and forced them to stay for long periods of time. While this was a strain on Anakin being away from his secret wife, Obi-Wan took these campaigns in his stride, leading the Republic to a long string of victories. In the few weeks before the Second Battle of Coruscant Obi-Wan and Anakin even took up the search for the mysterious Darth Sidious, and uncovered information that almost allowed Mace Windu to find Sidious, but Windu was stopped before he uncovered Sidious' identity when Coruscant was attacked.
Kenobi's legend had grown to be very great during the wars, as he and his partner Anakin became household names from their daring exploits, and were known as the most famous Jedi in the Galaxy. This earned the attention of the Separatist general, Grievous, who wanted to add both Anakin's and Kenobi's lightsabers to his belt as trophies.
Rise of the Empire (19 BBY)
- "He was deceived by a lie. We all were. It appears that the Chancellor, the Emperor, is behind everything, including the war. Palpatine is the Sith Lord we've been looking for. After the death of Count Dooku, Anakin became his new apprentice."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi to Padmé Amidala
When Supreme Chancellor Palpatine was kidnapped by General Grievous and taken onto his flagship, the Invisible Hand during the Second Battle of Coruscant in 19 BBY, Kenobi and Skywalker were quickly called in from the Outer Rim Sieges to rescue the captive leader of the Republic. It was Kenobi who developed the plan that allowed for Anakin and himself to rush in and rescue the Chancellor. Once onboard the two fought their way to where the Chancellor was being held captive by Count Dooku himself.
Obi-Wan and Anakin once again engaged the aged Sith Lord in battle. The count was surprised to see how much Obi-Wan and Anakin had improved. Halfway through the battle Dooku was finally able to incapacitate Obi-Wan by Force choking him and sending him flying into a wall, Dooku then lowered a large platform onto Obi-Wan, removing him from the rest of the battle. Consequently Obi-Wan was unable to prevent Anakin from taking the life of the disarmed Count Dooku on the urging of Chancellor Palpatine, sending Anakin further down the dark path.
When Obi-Wan recovered, the two Jedi and the Chancellor attempt to get off of the flagship proved useless. Grievous taunted the two Jedi and took their lightsabers as part of his infamous collection. However, it wasn't long before the Jedi had their lightsabers back in their hands and moved in to capture the General. Although the General escaped, Anakin managed to pilot the now derelict Invisible Hand down to Coruscant.
As Palpatine began to gather more power to himself Obi-Wan became very concerned. He counseled Anakin to be wary of the Chancellor. When Anakin was appointed to the Council and instructed to spy on Palpatine, Obi-Wan was the only member who was against the Council's decision.
After Grievous was discovered on Utapau, Obi-Wan was sent by the Jedi Council to eliminate him. Grievous had become the Head of State of the Confederacy of Independent Systems following the death of Count Dooku on the Invisible Hand, Grievous' flagship, during the Second Battle of Coruscant. Kenobi eventually tracked Grievous down and went down alone to scout out the area. He tricked the droids into thinking he had left and quietly used a varactyl named Boga to find the general. When he did discover the cyborg's hiding place he faced him alone, and after defeating some of his bodyguards, he engaged the General.
Grievous fought Kenobi with four lightsabers at once, using a personalized style that was based on unpredictability, but was easily deprived of two of them due to Obi-Wan's mastery of Form III. When the Republic's forces began their attack, Grievous decided to flee yet again. Obi-Wan pursued on Boga. Kenobi eventually caught up with the General and briefly fought hand to hand, eventually managing to kill Grievous with his own blaster. This was much to his distaste, for Kenobi considered blasters to be clumsy and "uncivilized".
The Purge begins (19 BBY)
- "Senator Organa, my Clone troops turned on me. I need help."
"We have just rescued Master Yoda. It appears this ambush has happened everywhere. We are sending you our coordinates."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi and Bail Organa
When Order 66 was issued by Palpatine, commanding all clone troopers to kill their Jedi Generals, Kenobi narrowly escaped murder at the hands of his clones, the blast that was intended to kill him was fired from a long range, and therefore did not manage a direct hit. It instead sent Obi-Wan plummeting into the lake at the bottom of the sinkhole with his mount, the varactyl Boga. After recovering from this attempted murder Obi-Wan escaped using General Grievous' Belbullab-22 starfighter. Of particular note during the execution of Order 66 on Utapau was Commander Cody, Obi-Wan's friend for the past few months, who himself ordered his troops to eliminate Kenobi.
Obi-Wan used Grievous' starship to escape from Utapau and was contacted by Senator Bail Organa, who had already rescued Master Yoda from Kashyyyk on his starship the Tantive IV. Obi-Wan and Yoda returned to the ruined Jedi Temple on Coruscant, they fought their way through to the beacon room and reversed the code to warn all remaining Jedi to stay away instead of returning. They then came across recordings on Temple security camera TR4-121 that showed Anakin killing Cin Drallig as well as two of his students, and bowing before Palpatine and being proclaimed his new Sith apprentice. Kenobi and Yoda then decided to split up and kill the two Sith Lords. Obi-Wan begged to fight the Emperor because he considered Anakin as a brother. Yoda told him that the Emperor was too strong for Obi-Wan and that Anakin was not the boy he trained, but consumed by Darth Vader. The two then separated.
Kenobi went to visit Anakin's secret wife Padmé Amidala, confronting her with the truth that Anakin had turned to the Dark Side. Amidala refused to believe him, and would not tell Kenobi that Anakin had been sent to Mustafar to kill the Separatist Council. It was at this moment too, that Kenobi took note of Amidala's heavily pregnant condition and forced her to admit that Anakin was the father. Kenobi, after sneaking onto Amidala's space cruiser, tracked the Sith apprentice to the volcanic world of Mustafar.
Duel on Mustafar
- "If you're not with me, then you're my enemy!"
"Only a Sith deals in absolutes. I will do what I must."
"You will try!"
- ―Anakin and Obi-Wan before their duel
When they arrived Anakin spoke to Padmé alone, but when Obi-Wan appeared Anakin became enraged and began to Force-choke Padmé and stopped just before killing her. The two adversaries then started a very heated argument in which Obi-Wan tried to turn his former Padawan back from the dark side, but it only confirmed Yoda's words. Anakin Skywalker was dead -- Darth Vader was in his place. Obi-Wan realized that there was no hope for Anakin. Vader then attacked his former master, Obi-Wan reluctantly battling him for what would not be the last time. The two fought all over the massive lava complex, with Vader constantly driving Obi-Wan back with ferocious attacks, they even fought on a platform that floated on a lava river, Obi-Wan then jumped for a nearby hill, and told Anakin that it was over now that he had gained the high ground. Vader responded that Obi-Wan underestimated his great power, and tried to jump over to his former master. Obi-Wan ended up cutting off both of Vader's legs and his remaining natural arm, sending him towards one of Mustafar's many lava rivers' banks where Vader caught fire and was nearly immolated.
As Vader lay cursing his former master, Kenobi replied,
- "You were the Chosen One!! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them!! Bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness! You were my brother, Anakin! I loved you!"
Taking Anakin's blue lightsaber as Vader cried out his everlasting hatred for Kenobi, Obi-Wan left the planet as Palpatine and his clone escorts arrived, narrowly rescuing the Sith Apprentice from death. Despite his Jedi detachment and strength of will, this would weigh on Kenobi for the rest of his life.
- "I will take the boy and watch over him."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi to Yoda and Bail Organa, referring to Luke
After leaving Mustafar, Obi-Wan took Padmé to Polis Massa. There, with Bail Organa and Master Yoda, the three of them discovered that Padmé was carrying twins, not one, and had to be operated on quickly if they were to save the babies because Padmé was literally dying of a broken heart. Obi-Wan served as Padmé's coach as the babies were born. Padmé gave her japor snippet to Obi-Wan, to keep for her but he didn't understand the significance of this gesture so he gave it back to her.
Kenobi, Organa, and Yoda all agreed that Obi-Wan would take Anakin's son Luke to Anakin's step-brother Owen Lars and his wife Beru on Tatooine. Organa meanwhile would take Anakin's daughter Leia to Alderaan, and Yoda would hide on the swamp world of Dagobah.
During the Imperial era, Kenobi was forced into hiding on the remote desert planet Tatooine, where he went by the name of Ben. Taking Grievous' starfighter to Nar Shaddaa, Kenobi sold the ship and booked passage to the desert world, along with his young passenger, the baby Luke.
During the first days of his exile, Obi-Wan visited the Lars Homestead every day, always trying to stay clear of Owen and Beru so that they would not see him and watching Luke from afar. It was during these visits that he would contemplate on Anakin's "death", though he still had an inkling that he was in fact alive as well as wondering why his former Master, Qui-Gon, had not yet contacted him from beyond death. During one of these visits, the Lars' discovered that twenty of their vaporators had been stolen by the Sandpeople. Owen decided to gather a group of farmers to combat the Tuskens and win his vaporators back through a bloody war, Obi-Wan had other ideas.
Instead, Obi-Wan set out on his own and managed to track the Sandpeople through their tracks, contemplating his memories of his old apprentice before finally meeting with a group of Tuskens at dusk. At first things went well, as he quickly managed to find out which tent the Sandpeople were keeping the stolen vaporators in, Obi-Wan managed to silently break into the tent and load them onto a bantha without alerting the nearby Tuskens. Unfortunately, as he was about to leave, he was spotted by a lone Tusken Raider male.
The Raider attacked him immediately, Obi-Wan quickly managed to slice through the attacker's weapon with his lightsaber, causing the Raider to howl. This alerted many others in the camp who all came out to meet with the foe. They all attacked him and Obi-Wan found himself drawing upon his anger, but he was able to let go of this dark and destructive feeling. Instead of murdering the entire clan as Anakin Skywalker had done in the past, Obi-Wan cleverly chose to cut their clothes off to reveal their skin; a taboo to the Sandpeople, which would usually result in others of the tribe murdering the offenders. This gave him time to escape on the bantha with the vaporators and gained him an almost legendary reputation amongst the Sandpeople.
On returning to the Lars Homestead, Obi-Wan was met with an icy welcome, Owen informed him that they did not need his help, as they were a family and could have handled it on their own. Obi-Wan left the farm, going back into his solitude and his contemplation.
For the first few months of his self-imposed exile Obi-Wan had no idea what had become of Vader after he had left him to his fate on Mustafar, but one day at a cantina Obi-Wan finally heard that Darth Vader was alive when news reached him of the terrible Battle of Kashyyyk. He was shocked that Jedi thought they could band together to defeat Darth Vader. He had hoped that they would go into hiding like he and Yoda did.
Unbeknownst to Obi-Wan he was also being rigorously hunted down by Vader, who had tortured several Jedi in order to find Kenobi's whereabouts, and sparing no expense to do so. This would work to Vader's disadvantage however when Kenobi was said to have been at the infamous Conclave on Kessel.
Adventures with Ferus Olin
Over the next few months, Obi-Wan felt he was ready to train in the way of the Whills, but Qui-Gon's spirit told him that he was not, and that he must realize it for himself why in order to begin. Roughly a year into his exile, Kenobi overheard spacers discussing events on Bellassa, where an ex-Jedi named Ferus Olin was on the run from Imperial forces. With the spirit of Qui-Gon temporarily looking after three-year-old Luke, Kenobi went to Bellassa, where he helped Ferus escape the ruthless Inquisitor Malorum. Pursued by Boba Fett, Kenobi and Olin escaped to the Red Twins.
Evading the bounty hunter, Kenobi and Olin eventually found themselves on the planet Acherin where they met two former Separatists now against the Empire, a man named Toma and a skilled pilot named Raina Quill. With these new companions, as well as a boy from Bellassa, Trever Flume, Kenobi and Olin escaped the Imperials. Kenobi learned from Toma that Garen Muln, an old Jedi friend of his, survived Order 66 and was hiding on the frozen world of Ilum. Olin went to rescue Muln, while Kenobi went to Polis Massa to make sure Luke and Leia's birth was still a secret from the Empire. There he encountered the Inquisitor Sancor and was forced to eliminate him (though it was Sancor who accidentally killed himself).
Returning to Ilum, Kenobi picked up Ferus, Trever, and Garen and brought them to an asteroid that Ferus planned to make into a safe haven for Jedi. Olin asked Kenobi to join him, but the Jedi master turned it down, and returned to Tatooine. Upon Kenobi's return, Qui-Gon's spirit came to him once again, this time to tell him he was ready to train in the way of the Whills.
Around 16 BBY, Kenobi was finally tracked down by an individual he thought he had defeated many years ago, Darth Maul, rebuilt with cybernetic legs. Maul claimed to have been tracking Kenobi for years and only just missing him on Kamino, Geonosis and Mustafar and indeed having killed witnesses on Polis Massa before he had finally gained crucial information in Mos Espa from Watto, whom he had also killed. Maul proceeded to the Lars homestead where he threatened to kill a toddler-aged Luke Skywalker if Kenobi did not show himself.
Kenobi, not wanting any harm to come to Luke, revealed himself from his hiding place in the sand and attacked Maul immediately. A ferocious battle ensued in which Maul lost a further arm as well as some of his horns before Kenobi was able to beat him into submission. With his lightsaber hilt to Maul's forehead and his finger on the blade-ignition button, Kenobi hesitated to execute his helpless opponent, but had the decision taken out of his hands when the revived Owen blew the former Sith's head apart with his damaged rifle. Obi-Wan said he would take the body and burn it in the Dune Sea, to which Owen replied, "I told you I'd keep him safe, and I will. Even if that means from you. You don't come back here. Understand?" Obi-Wan departed with Maul's corpse, speaking to Luke through the Force, assuring him "Don't worry. I'll be right here... even if you can't see me."
It is believed that Kenobi was also responsible for the secreting away in the Lost City of the Jedi on Yavin 4 of the young Ken, just under seven years before the Battle of Yavin. Certainly, Kenobi knew of the city's location, as he would later send Luke Skywalker there, and Ken himself seemed to have vague memories of a "brown-robed Jedi Master".
A few years later, Kenobi had found Luke and his friend Windy alone in the Jundland Wastes. The two youths had tried to ease their boredom by riding Windy's pet dewback around in the Wastes. They had been thrown in one of the canyons. By dusk, Luke and Windy still hadn't found their way out of the canyon and had been cornered in a cave by a krayt dragon. The dragon ate Windy's dewback and would've devoured Luke and Windy had Kenobi not put it in a Force-induced sleep. Kenobi guided them back to the Lars farm, Owen told Luke and his friend to go inside so they would be out of earshot, then he confronted and berated Kenobi.
The reason for Owen's anger was that Kenobi had attempted to give Anakin's lightsaber to Luke, feeling that Luke was old enough and should be allowed to have it. Owen refused to allow it because he believed the Jedi path was a destructive one. He told Kenobi that he didn't want Luke to make the same mistakes Anakin did, saying that he felt Anakin should have never left his mother and gotten involved with the "damn foolish idealistic Jedi crusaders" in the first place. He vehemently told Kenobi to leave and to stay away.
Kenobi continue to watch over Luke from a distance, sometimes seeing him pilot his T-16 very skillfully.
This long period of isolation would have a lasting effect on Kenobi. In order to hide himself from Palpatine and his Jedi hunters Obi-Wan kept his use the Force to a minimum, using it to train in the way of the Whills. It would appear that Obi-Wan's connection to the Force became much deeper during this period, although his ascetic lifestyle led to a physical decline.
Return (0 BBY)
Taking another apprentice
Thirty-two years after the Battle of Naboo, Kenobi rescued Luke Skywalker from Tusken Raiders while Luke was tracking the errant R2-D2, who insisted he had a message for an “Obi-Wan Kenobi”. Kenobi eventually saw R2-D2's message from Princess Leia Organa asking for his assistance in delivering the schematics of the Death Star to Bail Organa on Alderaan. Kenobi was willing to help, and took young Luke Skywalker under his wing, giving him his father Anakin's lightsaber in order to teach him the ways of the Force with the intention of fully training the boy later, on Alderaan.
When Luke asked Kenobi about his father, Kenobi disguised the truth from him, saying, "A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi Knights. He betrayed and murdered your father. Now the Jedi are all but extinct." (In Kenobi's way of thinking, this was not untrue: Anakin Skywalker died the moment he betrayed the Jedi and chose the path of murder, completely becoming Darth Vader.)
After Luke found his aunt and uncle killed by stormtroopers the formerly reluctant Luke decided he would go with Obi-Wan to Alderaan and to learn about the Force like his father. Pleased with this answer Obi-Wan took Luke and the droids to Mos Eisley spaceport to find a ship to take them to Alderaan. Using a Jedi mind trick Obi-Wan got the group past several stormtroopers who stopped them, which amazed Luke. Obi-Wan also bailed Luke out of trouble with a dangerous criminal and his Aqualish friend in a cantina, although it resulted in Obi-Wan chopping off the Aqualish's arm. There Obi-Wan met the Wookiee Chewbacca who drew his attention to a possible ship. Eventually Kenobi, Luke, and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 were able to find passage to Alderaan on smuggler Han Solo's ship, the Millennium Falcon after some negotiating between Obi-Wan and Solo.
Last stand on the Death Star
- "I've been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you I was but the learner. Now I am the Master."
"Only a master of evil, Darth."
- ―Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi
Before they could reach their destination, Alderaan was destroyed by the Death Star. The Falcon was captured by the Death Star. Kenobi and the others managed to elude capture, and the others even rescued the captive Princess Leia while Kenobi deactivated the tractor beam so the Falcon could escape.
On his way back to the ship, Kenobi encountered his old student, Darth Vader. Vader had earlier surmised to Grand Moff Tarkin that Kenobi had intended from the beginning to meet him in combat. Kenobi distracted Vader and his stormtroopers in a fierce duel, allowing Luke and the rest of the crew to reach the Falcon. During their battle, Vader mocked Obi-Wan by saying:
- "Your powers are weak, old man."
- ―Darth Vader to Obi-Wan Kenobi
Kenobi cryptically warned Vader:
- "You can't win Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi to Darth Vader
Sacrificing his hope for escape, Kenobi let down his guard and concentrated for a moment, vanishing to the spiritual plane; his body disappearing entirely just as Vader's lightsaber, instead of severing his body, passed through his empty robe. It is thought that Kenobi vanished into the force to teach Luke a lesson, about how there is no death, there is only the Force as Yoda had said many years before.
- "The Force will be with you. Always."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke Skywalker
The spirit of Kenobi played a vital role in the Battle of Yavin, for he was able to guide Skywalker in successfully destroying the Death Star I, instructing Luke to "Use the Force" when firing his proton torpedoes. When Luke was shocked into a catatonic state by the dark presence of Darth Vader, Obi-Wan appeared in a dream to help him fight his fear of the Dark Lord. Later, his spirit temporarily took control of Luke's body, allowing him to survive his first duel with Darth Vader on the mist-shrouded planet of Mimban, and even allowed Luke to knock the Dark Lord into a deep pit. His guidance also aided Luke in destroying a rogue moon that threatened the New Academy for space pilots. Kenobi's spirit also later appeared on Mustafar.
Kenobi's memory was also exploited by the Empire. A few months after the Battle of Yavin Darth Vader devised a plan to capture Luke using an actor posing as Obi-Wan. Using this decoy Vader planned to lure Luke to the planet Aridus. Imperial surgeons and technicians also altered the actor's appearance and hid devices on the actor to simulate the Force. The false Kenobi was delivered to Aridus to help the rebellion being staged there, news of his exploits soon reached Luke's ears. The actor was ordered to lure Luke to the Iron Tower on the planet where he would meet Vader alone. The actor became so obsessed with this challenging role that he began to respect the dead Kenobi, and in the end sabotaged Vader's plan by destroying the Iron Tower, however this cost the actor his life.
Luke was not the only person Obi-Wan appeared to, having been seen on the planet Mustafar. He assisted an anonymous spacer in the destruction of a Sith Lord and very powerful crystal.
On Hoth, when Luke was almost dead from a wampa attack and exposure to the harsh climate, Kenobi appeared to him and instructed him to go to the Dagobah system for further training with Yoda "the Jedi Master who instructed me." He also helped to convince Yoda that Luke was ready to be trained, reminding him that he himself had been much like Luke when Yoda had trained him to be an apprentice. He reappeared after the death of Yoda to explain why he did not tell Luke the truth about his father and confess that Leia was Luke's sister, and to warn Luke about the powers of the Emperor. Kenobi was seen shortly after the Battle of Endor, standing next to the spirits of Anakin and Yoda as they watched Luke and the other rebels celebrate their momentous victory, although Luke was the only one able to see them.
Kenobi, Yoda, and Anakin again appeared to Luke in spirit form a few months later to warn him of the dangers presented by the Dark Lord of Belderone, Flint, apprentice of Lady Lumiya. Because of their warning, Luke was able to redeem Flint, leaving Lumiya without an apprentice.
In 9 ABY, Kenobi, still a spirit, visited Luke for the last time in a dream. Kenobi told Luke that he must move on from his spirit form to another realm. As Kenobi explained it, from the time of his death until then, Kenobi's spirit had been in an intermediate stage between life and the afterlife. Luke was distressed that he would lose Kenobi's guidance, but he comforted Luke with his final words:
"Not the last of the old Jedi, Luke. The first of the new."
Luke would only hear his ghostly mentor's voice again during his son's birth, a son he named Ben to honor Kenobi's memory.
As mentor to the first Jedi of the new order and one of the earliest heroes of the Rebel Alliance, Kenobi's legacy would continue long after his death. When Luke lost his lightsaber in the duel with Darth Vader on Bespin, he returned to Kenobi's hut on Tatooine to construct a new one from instructions left in Kenobi's journals. Kenobi's spartan hovel was actually a treasure trove of Jedi information, one of the very few repositories left after the Great Jedi Purge. The information contained there would be a great help to Luke in his reconstruction of the Order.
Tacticians, both from the Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance would pay homage to the General through the study of the Kenobi Offensive, a starship maneuver developed by Kenobi during the Clone Wars. Rebel pilots would also strive to be awarded the Kenobi Medallion, named after the Jedi Master.
Kenobi's lightsaber lay in Lord Vader's quarters during the Battle of Yavin. This fragment of the Death Star was eventually acquired by Ugors and transported to the Paradise Sector. Shortly after the bombardment of Dankayo, the Rebel crew of the Bonderium visited the wreckage and retrieved Kenobi's relic.
Apparently, the weapon was later recovered by the Empire since a group of Jedi including Tionne Solusar, Ikrit, Anakin Solo, Tahiri Veila, R2-D2 and Uldir Lochett discovered the blade at Vader's fortress of Bast Castle's on Vjun in 22 ABY. However, they encountered "Mage" Orloc and his henchmen during the expedition though they managed to escape with the blade and an ancient Jedi holocron.
However, Uldir Lochett, a classmate of Anakin Solo, stole the lightsaber believing that it would make him a great Jedi. He then went to find Orloc since he believed that Orloc possessed great powers and found him at Exis Station. However, Uldir would later learn that Orloc was actually a fraud since he possessed no Force powers at all. Luckily for Uldir, his Jedi companions came to his rescue and defeated Orloc. The weapon and the holocron were recovered and returned to the Jedi Praxeum.
The Sith cult known as the Jensaarai, which taught that the Jedi had fallen to the dark side and that the Sith knew the truth, believed that the roles of Darth Vader and Kenobi were reversed, as they saw Obi-Wan as the monster. This was corrected when the cult was integrated into the greater Jedi Order by Luke Skywalker.
Personality and traits
- "You will be a great Jedi Knight, Obi-Wan Kenobi. I know that with every breath, with every beat of my heart. You will make me proud. I was there at your beginnings. If you do have a flaw, perhaps it is simply this: You wish to please me too much."
- ―Qui-Gon Jinn
In his youth (circa 32 BBY), the loyal and dedicated Kenobi possessed a dry sense of humor and sarcastic wit. Yoda said that he sensed Qui-Gon's defiance in him, but spoke very highly of him nonetheless. Qui-Gon himself reflected upon Kenobi's considerable knowledge and potential. Despite having been apprenticed to the radical Qui-Gon Jinn, Kenobi was relatively orthodox in his views.
As a young Jedi Knight, Obi-Wan was cynical, though wise beyond his years. His humble and soft-spoken demeanor belied his warrior prowess. Despite his numerous complaints during flight, he was also a quite skilled pilot. In many ways, he represented the strength of the old Jedi Order: steadfast, selfless, and modest. His later skill at resolving disputes without a single battle would earn him the sobriquet The Negotiator.
Over time, Kenobi lost some of his youthful audacity and assumed the role of a more cautious and conservative mentor to Anakin Skywalker. Kenobi carefully measured his actions in any situation, garnering him the aforementioned nom de guerre. While hiding in the Jundland Wastes in his later years, he appeared as a kindly and eccentric old hermit (or, in Owen Lars' words, a "crazy old wizard") to those not familiar with the ways of the Jedi. In his final days, Kenobi retained his traits of patience and foresight as well as gaining some of the boldness reminiscent of his youth.
Powers and abilities
Despite his preference for diplomacy, Master Kenobi was one of the greatest swordsmen and Force users of his era. Obi Wan was also the storied master of the defensive Soresu lightsaber combat. Even masters such as Mace Windu acknowledged Obi-Wan's prowess with this simple and solid form. In his early years, Kenobi was trained in Ataru, but later abandoned it because its lack of defense resulted in the death of his master, Qui-Gon Jinn. Obi-Wan still kept Ataru elements in numerous battles. Kenobi also knew elements of Shii-Cho, infusing its aspects into his swordplay including the rematch with Count Dooku onboard the Invisible Hand, Sokan, which he utilized in his fight against Darth Vader, and Niman, sometimes using its opening stance, that is, with the blade cocked high.
Along with Kenobi's lightsaber mastery, he was trained in Mind trick, Force persuasion and the more advanced Dominate Mind skill. He had learned from the spirit of Qui-Gon Jinn the ability to become a Force ghost, something he later used to guide and counsel Luke Skywalker.
In his later years, Kenobi apparently learned to speak the Wookiee language.
Behind the scenes
Obi-Wan Kenobi is played by Ewan McGregor in The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. For A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi was played by Sir Alec Guinness, who reprised the role as Obi-Wan's ghost in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. In the Clone Wars micro-series, the Battlefront II video game, and the Revenge of the Sith video game, Obi-Wan is voiced by James Arnold Taylor. David Davies provided the voice in the games Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds and Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader. In the radio dramatizations, he was voiced by Bernard Behrens. Obi-Wan also appears in numerous comic books and novels set in the era of the prequel trilogy. Obi-Wan's spirit appears occasionally in Expanded Universe material set during and just after the original trilogy, with his final appearance to Luke taking place in Heir to the Empire. His spirit speaks to Luke once again, however, in The Unifying Force.
In the early drafts of Star Wars, Luke Skywalker was portrayed as the aged general returning to galactic affairs. Rewrites would change Luke to the hero and Obi-Wan into the aging mentor.
In the third draft of Star Wars, Obi-Wan is said to be the author of The Diary of the Clone Wars, an important book that was studied by a young Luke.
A trait of the early Jedi concepts was a piercing warrior cry that would frighten all those who challenged them. This became the krayt dragon call that Obi-Wan performs to frighten the Tusken Raiders.
The name 'Obi-Wan' curiously resembles a droid name (eg. Emkay (MK), Threepio (3PO), Artoo (R2) etc), and theoretically it could also be written as OB1.
It is indicated in the novelization of Revenge of the Sith that he speaks with a Coruscanti accent, although, as he was trained at the Jedi Temple on that planet, this may not be a clue as to his homeworld. Attack of the Clones: The Visual Dictionary identifies Obi-Wan as Coruscanti in the Dexter Jettster section, but again, since he was raised in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, this doesn't necessarily indicate the planet of his birth. Early printings of The Rebel Alliance Sourcebook and Star Wars Screen Entertainment both state that Obi-Wan was born on Tatooine, and while his homeworld has yet to be revealed, this is highly unlikely, considering the planet's distant from the Core and the fact that Anakin Skywalker resided there and wasn't discovered until he was nine years of age. Furthermore, these two sources were written during a time when it was widely (but ultimately erroneously) accepted that Obi-Wan was the estranged brother of Owen Lars, who, at the time, was also believed to have been born on Tatooine before it was revealed he was born on Ator.
In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the nightclub at the beginning of the film, Club Obi Wan, is named after him.
It was a coincidence that both Ewan McGregor and Denis Lawson (Ewan's uncle), shared a same call-sign in air/space battles in Star Wars as Red Leader. Ewan's call-sign was only mentioned in the opening scene of Revenge of the Sith, by the clone pilot Oddball.
Ki-Adi-Mundi was at first a reinterpretation drawing of an elder Obi-Wan Kenobi, but was then given whale-like features creating the whole new character.
As revealed in The Art of Star Wars, Episode I - The Phantom Menace Obi-Wan originally was not accompanied by Qui-Gon Jinn on the Federation ship and when rescuing Jar Jar, because Qui-Gon was conceived later. This was changed later on in pre-production of The Phantom Menace.
Early in Marvel Comics' Star Wars run, they printed a story where a younger Obi-Wan foiled a pirate attack on a starship while he was en route to visit Bail Organa. This was the first story that featured a younger Obi-Wan since George Lucas tried to keep Obi-Wan's history limited, intending to explore it in the then yet-to-be-made prequel trilogy.
Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary states Obi-Wan as holding the rank of Jedi Knight during the Rebellion era, which was later proved incorrect when he was established as a Jedi Master in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
In the novelization of Return of the Jedi Owen Lars was said to actually be Obi-Wan's brother, however Attack of the Clones rendered that remark non-canon. Jedi Apprentice: The Hidden Past later revealed that the brother of Obi-Wan was named Owen, in an attempt to explain why Owen Lars might have been mistaken as the brother.
In the non-canon bonus level in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (game), instead of besting Anakin on Mustafar, Anakin jumps behind Kenobi and stabs him.
To a non-canon possibility in a artwork book Star Wars Visionaries titled Old Wounds, Obi-Wan fought Darth Maul for the last time on Tatooine. Darth Maul uses Luke as bait to lure Obi-Wan to fight him. Almost at a point, Obi-Wan was going to kill Maul and turn to the dark side. However, Obi-Wan was able to control himself. Darth Maul took the advantage to kill Obi-Wan, but was killed by Owen Lars with a rifle.
Obi-Wan is one of the individuals that have been suggested as the identity of "Desertwind" a companion of Nejaa Halcyon and Ylenic It'kla who helped to almost eliminate the Sith cult called the Jensaarai. The other two suggested identities are Anakin Skywalker and A'Sharad Hett.
Ulica Obi-Wana Kenobiego is a street in Grabowiec (Poland) named after him.
Kenobi has also been jokingly accused of being a violent drunk, as both times he had an alcoholic beverage, he cut someone's arm off almost immediately afterward.
Notes and references
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game: Premiere Limited
- Leland Chee's comments on Kenobi's role in Galaxies
- The Phantom Menace Visual Dictionary
- Attack of the Clones Visual Dictionary
- Revenge of the Sith Visual Dictionary
- Visual Dictionary
- The New Essential Guide to Characters
- The Essential Guide to Characters
- Star Wars Episode I Who's Who: A Pocket Guide to Characters of the Phantom Menace
- Star Wars Roleplaying Game
- The New Essential Chronology
- The Story of General Grievous: Lord of War
- Labyrinth of Evil
- Star Wars Miniatures:
- Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith: Illustrated Screenplay