Obi-Wan: You were the chosen one! It was said you were supposed to destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the force, not leave it in darkness. Anakin: (starts burning) I HATE YOU! Obi-Wan: You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you...
25 (The Phantom Menace) 35 (Attack of the Clones) 35-38 (The Clone Wars) 38 (Revenge of the Sith) 48 (Obi-Wan Kenobi) 57 (Original Trilogy)
Alec Guinness Ewan McGregor James Arnold Taylor (The Clone Wars and The Force Awakens)
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Obi-Wan Kenobi (also known as Ben Kenobi) (born 57 BBY on Stewjon - dies 0 BBY on Death Star I, Alderaan system) is one of the protagonists of the Star Wars franchise. He is a Jedi Master who helped train Luke Skywalker in the ways of the Force in the original trilogy, while becoming the deuteragonist of the prequel trilogy. Obi-Wan is also the deuteragonist in the TV show Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He was the apprentice of Jedi master, Qui-Gon Jinn, and later the master of Anakin Skywalker.
Why He Has The High Ground
Both Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor did an amazing job portraying this Jedi Master.
He's calm, funny and not afraid to put face his problems.
He's a good mentor to Luke as he's helpful, caring, inspirational and understanding. In fact, he even treated Luke as his own son in certain points.
The way he trained Luke was better than when he trained Anakin as he no longer blindly follows rules and acted more like his master before him.
He's shown to be an excellent fighter during the prequels. Even when he was becoming old and bent out of place, he still had a bit of fighting energy left in him.
He managed to survive the Jedi purge and go into hiding for quite some time hoping he could go after Luke.
Even with Obi-Wan's dry sense of humor, it gives him enough depth and likability to his character.
Obi-Wan is literally the Jedi Code in the form of a character but he's not one-dimensional because of how much depth his personality has, making him feel human and well-written as a character.
Even with all his flaws, Obi-Wan remained consistently likable throughout all his appearances which is amazing because it's possible to put flaws in a character while still keeping him likable.
Obi-Wan undergoes character development as well because in the Prequel Trilogy, he was kind, humble, polite, modest, honorable, well-intentioned, serious, principled, clever, but also headstrong, slightly prideful, somewhat short-sighted, hypocritical, and emotionally-detached because he strictly followed the Jedi Code (instead of following the ways of his mentor Qui-Gon Jinn), which sadly led to him failing to prevent Anakin from turning to the Dark Side. During his exile, he believed that Anakin's suffering and transition to Darth Vader was largely his fault and he wished that he treated him differently. In the Original Trilogy, Obi-Wan's a lot more stoic, laid-back, sweet, gentle, compassionate, considerate, friendly, wholesome, perceptive, and understanding. Furthermore, he finally saw the benefits of having feelings and emotions.
"I can't do it, R2."
"I can't go on alone."
"Yoda will always be with you
"Obi-Wan... Why didn't you tell me? You told me Vader betrayed and murdered my father."
"Your father was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force. He ceased to be Anakin Skywalker and became Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed, so what I told you was true, from a certain point a view."
"A certain point of view?"
"Luke, your going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view. Anakin was a good friend. When I first knew him, your father was already a great pilot, but I was amazed how strongly the Force was with him. I took it upon myself to train him as a Jedi. I thought that I could instruct him just as well as Yoda; I was wrong."
"There is still good in him."
"He's more machine now than man, twisted and evil."
"I can't do it, Ben."
"You cannot escape your destiny. You must face Darth Vader again."
"I can't kill my own father."
"Then the emperor has already won. You were our only hope."
"Yoda spoke of another."
"The other he spoke of is your twin sister."
"But I have no sister."
"To protect you both from the Emperor, you were hidden from your father when you were born. The Emperor knew, as I did: If Anakin were to have any offspring, they would be a threat to him. That is the reason why your sister remains safely anonymous."
"Leia... Leia is my sister."
"Your insight serves you well. Bury your feelings deep down, Luke. They do you credit, but they could be made to serve the Emperor."
He created memes from the franchise, that being:
"It's over Anakin, I have the high ground!"
"You have done that yourself!"
"Use the force, Luke."
"Anakin, my allegiance is to the republic, to democracy!"
Only a Sith deals with absolutes. I will do what I must."
"I have failed you Anakin. I have failed you."
"I should've known that the Jedi were plotting to take over!"
"Anakin, Chancellor Palpatine is evil!"
"From my point of view, the Jedi are evil!"
Well then, you are lost!
Memes aside, not only his battle with Anakin was well-choreographed, but was also very tragic indeed where both master and student who trusted each other now have turned into bitter enemies by Palpatine's plan.
Obi-wan didn't just fail Anakin as a student, he has also failed to bring the promise of his late master Qui-Gon Jinn to find the Chosen One.
The sole fact that he was willing to die so he communicate as Luke's spirit, shows how humble and courageous as is. In fact he even got a trope named after his action known as the "Obi-Wan Moment". (see below)
"Use the Force, Luke."
"Let go, Luke."
"Luke, trust me."
"Remember, the Force will be with you, Always."
Obi-Wan is also amazingly smart in not only surviving on Tatooine but when fighting enemies like Vader and even both Maul and Savage Opress.
There's been some dispute saying Obi-Wan could have chosen a more creative alias when he was going into hiding, or at least change his surname.
In his spin-off the Obi-Wan series, fans criticize how Obi-Wan defeated Vader again, despite the fact that he had zero practice while hiding on Tatooine while Vader on the other hand had a lot of time to practice (Obi-Wan is famously known for using his mind not skills in combat). Fans also criticize the part where Obi-Wan lifts tons of boulders to throw at Vader, doesn't make sense to how powerful Obi-Wan really is (Yoda and Anakin are understandable but not Obi-Wan).