Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the best Star Wars characters. And that’s not just because of how his characters is overall. It’s because of all of the moments that make Obi-Wan…well…Obi-Wan. It’s the moments that fans watch over and over. The moments that are quoted. Here are just a few of some of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s best moments.
10. Duel With Darth Maul On Naboo
We have to start off with one of the best moments of Obi-Wan’s entire character arc: his fight with Darth Maul on Naboo when he was just a Padawan. During the epic battle on Naboo at the end of The Phantom Menace, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan end up fighting Darth Maul in a duel. Darth Maul sadly killed Qui-Gon, while Obi-Wan was trapped by blast shields. When Obi-Wan was able to get through, he finished the duel with Darth Maul, defeating him, and becoming the first Jedi to defeat a Sith Lord in open combat in a thousand years. Of course, this moment is made all the better by one of the most amazing soundtrack pieces by John Williams.
9. Iconic First Line
Star Wars fans are first introduced to Obi-Wan Kenobi, played by Sir Alec Guinness, in Star Wars: A New Hope. And he made quite an entrance. Not only does he say: “Hello there” to R2D2, much in the same way that Ewan McGregor does to General Grievous in Revenge of the Sith, but he also scares off an entire group of Tusken Raiders who are attacking Luke Skywalker and R2D2. And then after this, he says yet another series of quotable lines when Luke asks him if he knows Obi-Wan Kenobi: “Obi-Wan Kenobi... now that's a name I've not heard in a long time... a long time”. “Of course I know him, he is me.” And thus, begins the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
8. The Cantina
In A New Hope, Obi-Wan, Luke, and the droids go to Mos Eisley looking for a pilot out of Tatooine. They arrive at a Cantina there, which is where many of the pilots hang out. After expertly using a Jedi mind trick on the Stormtroopers to tell them “These are not the droids you are looking for”, Obi-Wan and Luke enter the Cantina. Before they really have a chance to find a pilot, Luke accidentally ends up making one of the locals angry. Obi-Wan comes over to try to reason with the guy, but the guy just keeps getting angrier until Obi-Wan ends up having to draw his lightsaber and leave him armless. And that is that.
7. Obi-Wan vs. Darth Maul and Savage Oppress
Midway through The Clone Wars series, Darth Maul and his brother Savage Oppress team up to fight Obi-Wan and exact revenge. Obi-Wan ends up fighting them on the planet Florrum with the help of Adi Gallia. For a bit, they are able to hold their own against the brothers, but Adi Gallia ends up dying by Savage Oppress. Obi-Wan is forced to fight both of them at once. He retreats at one point with Hondo and his pirates to an underground shelter, but not for long and the brothers find him and they continue their fight. Obi-Wan is able to maim Savage Oppress, but is separated from Darth Maul and Savage Oppress and is not able to finish the duel. However, this duel shows how awesome Obi-Wan really is with a lightsaber (of which we are reminded time and again with multiple amazing battles and duels), and how Obi-Wan doesn’t hesitate to take on both Dark Side followers.
6. Younger Obi-Wan In Another Bar
In Attack of the Clones, Obi-Wan and Anakin are assigned to protect Padme Amidala from an assassination attempt. During a chase with the would-be assassin through Coruscant, Obi-Wan and Anakin end up at a bar. Obi-Wan tells Anakin to try to find the assassin, and then he goes and has a drink. While Obi-Wan is drinking, he is approached by a guy trying to sell him some death sticks. Instead of just telling him no, Obi-Wan uses the Force on him and tells him that he doesn’t want to sell death sticks and that he should rethink his life. The guy agrees and goes off. In some of the extended scenes that were cut from the film, we find out that the guy actually does go off to have a better life.
5. Obi-Wan’s Sacrifice
Obi-Wan was pretty much immediately loved by fans the minute he came on screen. When he helps Luke escape Tattoine and starts to train him, we expected him to be around for a bit. However, that was not to be the case. When the Millennium Falcon is pulled into a tractor beam from the Death Star, Obi-Wan goes off in search of someone. As the characters are just about to escape, we see Obi-Wan fighting Darth Vader in a lightsaber battle. However, this one isn’t quite as good as his other battles. And in the end, Darth Vader kills him after Obi-Wan purposefully let his guard down. Obi-Wan tells Vader “If you strike me down now, I will become more powerful than you can ever imagine.” Vader doesn’t know what this means, however, Obi-Wan knows that in order to effectively help Luke in his training, he needs to become a Force Ghost to fulfill his promise of protecting Luke and mentoring him.
4. Fighting Jango Fett
In Attack of the Clones, we see the first Jedi vs. non-Force user battle because Obi-Wan and Jango Fett on Kamino. Jango obviously doesn’t have a lightsaber, however, he is able to still hold his own against Obi-Wan using a vast array of weapons including his backpack rocket. Obi-Wan ends up losing his lightsaber during the fight and has to fight Jango in actual physical combat, which we do not see a lot of, and does an amazing job of it. Obi-Wan is a great warrior, with or without his lightsaber.
3. Fighting General Grievous
A list of iconic Obi-Wan moments would not be complete without talking about his battle with General Grievous in Revenge of the Sith. Obi-Wan is sent to Utapau to find Grievous, who is the head of the droid army. Obi-Wan goes in first to just do recon, but ends up fighting General Grievous. This duel starts with one of the most iconic Obi-Wan moments ever. Obi-Wan jumps down from the rafters right in front of General Grievous and says: “Hello there.” To which General Grievous answers: “General Kenobi.” And thus, a meme was born, and a quotable line as well. Even though General Grievous ends up having size lightsaber equipped arms, he is still no match for Obi-Wan. In the end, the duel ends up as more of a hand to hand (metal arm?) combat that ends with Obi-Wan shooting Grievous with a blaster. Thus ending yet another epic Obi-Wan duel.
2. Satine Kryze
Obi-Wan may have been a Jedi and known that Jedi are not supposed to have romantic relationships, however, that doesn’t exactly stop him from bending the rules just a bit for Satine Kryze, the Dutchess on Mandalore. We meet Satine during The Clone Wars when Obi-Wan is a young Padawan. They are able to resist the pull towards being together to stick to their duties and chosen paths, however, when Darth Maul wins the Darksaber and becomes the rightful rules of Mandalore, their paths meets again. Darth Maul captures the Dutchess and Obi-Wan. Maul forces the Dutches to Force choke herself and tries to get Obi-Wan to use his anger and lash out at Maul to save her. However, Obi-Wan holds true. Darth Maul, enraged, hurls Satine right into the ignited Darksaber and kills her. When Satine expresses her love for Obi-Wan with her dying breath, we see how much losing her really hurts Obi-Wan. This moment is very poignant, however, in showing too that even though losing his love hurt him so much, it was still not enough to turn Obi-Wan from the Jedi to the Dark Side. He stays true.
1. The Battle on Mustafar
This moment is one of the most absolute iconic Obi-Wan moments in the entire Star Wars canon with an epic lightsaber battle and quotable lines galore. When Obi-Wan learns from Padme that Anakin Skywalker went to Mustafar, he follows him there and learns that Anakin has turned to the Dark Side. When he confronts him, a lightsaber battle between the two ensues that ranges across all sorts of shaky platforms, over lava, and down into the lava. It is truly probably the most iconic lightsaber battles in the canon, which is marked by yet again, another one of John Williams’ epic scores. During this battle, we see how much this fight hurts Obi-Wan. He has lost his pupil, his friend, his brother. When a floating piece of debris on the lava breaks up, Obi-Wan jumps to safety on the ground, but Anakin doesn’t quite make it. Obi-Wan says one of the most iconic lines: “It’s over, Anakin, I have the high ground” even while Anakin is still fighting. Obi-Wan’s heart is breaking as he tells Anakin: “You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you” after Anakin screams that he hates him. Anakin tries to go after Obi-Wan and gets burned in the lava. Obi-Wan picks up Anakin’s lightsaber and leaves him. Not only is the duel itself beautiful, but the exchange between Obi-Wan and Anakin when Obi-Wan realizes that Anakin is already too far gone to the Dark Side is just heartbreaking.
Written By Elizabeth Dresdow
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