- "Obi-Wan is a great mentor; as wise as Master Yoda, and as powerful as Master Windu."
- ―Anakin Skywalker[src]
Obi-Wan Kenobi, later known as Ben Kenobi during his exile, was a Jedi Master who played a significant role in the fate of the galaxy during the waning days of the Galactic Republic. He was personally responsible for the deaths of Darth Maul and General Grievous, and indirectly caused the deaths of Darth Tyranus, Darth Vader, and Darth Sidious by training Anakin and Luke Skywalker in the ways of the Force. Kenobi had a long and tumultuous career that has helped shape the fate of an entire galaxy. He received his training from Masters Yoda and Qui-Gon Jinn. He taught both Anakin and Luke Skywalker in the ways of the Force, even carrying out his role as a mentor to the younger Jedi beyond his natural life through use of the Force, remaining a significant influence on Luke Skywalker's foundation of the New Jedi Order.
In 32 BBY, Kenobi became the first Jedi in approximately 1,000 years to defeat and kill a Sith Lord in combat when he defeated Darth Maul during the Second Battle of Theed. He later defeated Darth Vader on Mustafar, though he did not kill his former Padawan and friend. Kenobi was also one of the last members of the Jedi High Council during the waning days of the Galactic Republic, one of the few Jedi to survive the Great Jedi Purge, and a master of the third form of lightsaber combat, Soresu. He fought as a High General for the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars, earning the sobriquet "The Negotiator" through his charm and calm demeanor as well as the quiet threat of his abilities with a lightsaber.
Obi-Wan 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 Obi-Wan had vague, pleasant memories of playing with his brother, Owen, and of a green, grassy planet. It is recorded that Kenobi might have occasionally visited Owen and the rest of the Kenobi family later in his life.
Kenobi before becoming a Padawan to Qui-Gon Jinn.As a youngling, Obi-Wan trained under Grand Master Yoda alongside other Jedi hopefuls of his age; later he would be placed into a clan under the tutelage of Master Docent Vant. Bant Eerin, Garen Muln and Quinlan Vos became Obi-Wan's 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. His lightsaber instructors included Anoon Bondara and Cin Drallig.
As a youngling, Obi-Wan 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. His ability to repair machinery and reprogram computers would serve him well in the future, but because of his ability to learn quickly, Kenobi became arrogant and was often impatient. Under the careful guidance of Master Yoda, however, Kenobi became more humble and reserved.
Despite the speed of his growth as a Jedi, by the time Kenobi 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 to watch the matches. Kenobi 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 Chun was carried out so fiercely that Qui-Gon thought Kenobi too dangerous and declined training the boy. Kenobi 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 Jinn by his former Padawan, Xanatos. Obi-Wan showed Jinn 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 Jinn 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, a company whose ruthless business practices and mining operations terrorized all of the citizens on the planet.
Jinn sent Kenobi off to his AgriCorps 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 Kenobi, Jinn 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. During their altercation with Xanatos, Jinn 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; Jinn was headstrong, while Kenobi was more practical. As time went on, however, their opposing natures blended them into an effective duo. Kenobi at the time of his temporary exile from the Jedi Order.During his time with Jinn, Kenobi temporarily left the Jedi Order. Caught up in the civil war on Melida/Daan, Kenobi 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. Kenobi befriended a boy within the Young called Nield, and possibly developed an attraction for another of the Young named Cerasi. Soon after Kenobi's decision to stay, Cerasi was mortally wounded and died in Obi-Wan's arms. For a time, Kenobi 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 Jinn, though it took a long time for them to fully trust each other again.
Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan eventually caught up with Xanatos when the Dark Jedi was planning an attack on Master Yoda. Fortunately the two were able to find and engage him before his plans went into effect. It would be while foiling Xanatos that Kenobi was forced to fight his long time rival, Bruck Chun. Chun had kidnapped Kenobi's friend Bant Eerin while working with Xanatos, and Kenobi engaged the misguided youth in a lightsaber duel. Kenobi won the duel when Chun fell off a ledge and died, though he would carry the guilt for many years. After he escaped, Xanatos returned to his homeworld of Telos. Kenobi and Jinn went after him. On Telos, however, they were not very welcomed. They were astonished to find out that Xanatos wielded significant financial and political power there. He was considered a hero to his people. What the people of the planet did not know is that while Xanatos and the government had been distracting them with a form of gambling called Katharsis, Offworld had been pillaging the planet's resources. Not a nice thing considering the importance of the people's place in their environment. The two Jedi were also framed and wanted for a crime they did not commit. Xanatos captured them, but the two Jedi managed to escape. Xanatos committed suicide by diving into a pool of acid after Jinn stopped his plans.
It was during this time that Obi-Wan 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. Quinlan Vos and Obi-Wan Kenobi training on Ragoon VI.Kenobi 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 final days. It was during the Fourth Battle of Qotile when Kenobi'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.
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. Kenobi and Jinn 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.
Prior to the Battle of Naboo, Kenobi and Jinn 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 and Obi-Wan 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, Kenobi and Jinn 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.
Kenobi 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 Jinn were dispatched by Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum to resolve the Blockade of Naboo.
One time, Kenobi and Jinn assigned to search a Sith studying institution. They believed Murk Lundi to be searching for a Sith Holocron. They followed Lundi to various planets on one of which, Kenobi got shot in the shoulder. Kenobi and Jinn eventually captured Murk Lundi on Kodai.
Jinn sent Kenobi to Coruscant to patrol the mid-city when he first ran into Black Heth. After saving a woman and fighting his way to the bus, he went back to the Jedi Council, where he was directly sent on another mission to rescue an informant. With the information he gathered he went straight to the space port to stop Black Heth from escaping. He defeated Black Heth but the people, or Jin'ha, who were getting the shipment sprung from the ship and began to attack. Kenobi defeated most of them but was overpowered by their leader, who left him for dead; but before the ship took off Obi-Wan placed a tracker on the ship.
The Jedi tracked the ship to the mining world of Obredaan. Masters Eeth Koth and Plo Koon went to investigate, but their ship crashed before they landed. Kenobi and Jinn were sent after them. They both landed and fought the Jin'ha in the swamp and got to the ship. When no one was in the ship, Jinn went on to investigate and Kenobi went on into the mine. Obi-Wan fought off the Jin'ha and found out their weapons were made of cortosis. He then fought his way out to the entrance where Masters Jinn, Koth, and Koon were already fighting. Together they defeated the Jin'ha and returned to the temple. Later Obi-Wan found out that Trade Federation assassin droids armed with cortosis swords were sold to the Trade Federation by the Jin'ha.
- Main article: Blockade of Naboo
- Jinn: "I don't sense anything."
- Kenobi: "It's not about the mission, Master. It's something elsewhere…elusive."
- —Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn — Listen (file info) [src]
In 32 BBY, 25 year old Obi-Wan and his Master Qui-Gon Jinn headed for Naboo onboard the Radiant VII, on a mission to resolve a trade dispute. However, shortly after arriving on the Trade Federation ship Saak'ak, the Jedi were betrayed by Viceroy Nute Gunray and the Federation. Acting on the orders of the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Sidious, Gunray attempted to assassinate the two Jedi by venting dioxis gas into the conference room in which they waited, and then dispatching a small group of battle droids. The Jedi overcame both and nearly reached the bridge of the Saak'ak before being delayed by droidekas. Qui-Gon opted to escape to Naboo's surface and warn them of the impending invasion.
The pair then encountered a native of the planet, the Gungan Jar Jar Binks, who took the Jedi to meet with the Gungan inhabitants of Otoh Gunga. Although Obi-Wan was initially hesitant, he finally agreed with Qui-Gon, and they dove down to Otoh Gunga with Binks. The Gungans dismissed the Jedi and sent them by Tribubble bongo to the capital city of Theed, with Binks serving as their navigator. (Kenobi would later write an article about the bongo and their trip entitled "Go Aboard the Bongo.")
- "The boy is dangerous. They all sense it. Why can't you?"
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi to Qui-Gon Jinn, referring to Anakin Skywalker — Listen (file info)[src]
Obi-Wan meets Anakin Skywalker for the first time.On Tatooine, Qui-Gon 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 by Skywalker's strong Force potential, he initially disagreed with his master's decision; he believed, as the High Council would later concur, that the boy was already too old and had acquired too many emotional attachments to become a Jedi.
In response to the Council's refusal to allow the boy to be trained, Jinn declared that he himself would take Skywalker as his Padawan learner. The Jedi Code forbade a master to have two apprentices, but according to Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan was ready to face the trials of a Jedi. Though Kenobi would continue to be an apprentice until after Jinn's death, he showed eagerness to face the trials and expressed thanks to his master for the praise given to him before the Council.
Kenobi's deadly duel with Darth Maul.During the ensuing Battle of Naboo, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan 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, then fighting alone, did his best to fend off the Sith until Obi-Wan 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 mortally wounded when Maul slammed his lightsaber hilt onto his chin, and in the ensuing stun, reversed his lightsaber to stab Qui-Gon in the chest.
Obi-Wan was enraged at the murder of his master and he quickly charged at Maul. After an intense duel, Kenobi managed to cut Maul's lightsaber in two. However, Maul continued to fight the Padawan, and Force-pushed Kenobi into an energy pit. Obi-Wan managed to survive by grabbing onto an input nozzle on the pit wall at the last moment, but Maul kicked the Padawan's lightsaber down the long shaft and then proceeded to slash the rim of the pit, showering sparks upon Kenobi in an attempt to make him lose his grip. Obi-Wan managed to calm himself, reaching into the Force. Then, using the Force, he pulled himself up hard, leaping into the air and flipping above Maul, calling his fallen master's lightsaber to his hand as he did so. Landing in front of Maul, Obi-Wan slashed him through the waist, causing the Sith Lord to flinch in shock and pain as he was cut in two.
Qui-Gon's dying request to his apprentice was to train Anakin Skywalker. Obi-Wan 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, albeit still with doubts and misgivings. The Council had been impressed that Kenobi bested a Sith, an enemy that had not surfaced in a millennium. Kenobi was made a full Jedi Knight, with his duel with Darth Maul serving as his Jedi Trials. Skywalker was formally placed under the tutelage of Kenobi as his Padawan.
- Kenobi: "Qui-Gon believed in him."
- Yoda: "The Chosen One, the boy may be. Nevertheless, grave danger, I fear in his training."
- —Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi — Listen (file info) [src]
About three years into Skywalker'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 Kenobi for his brother's death, and it was only after Kenobi and Skywalker uncovered an insidious plot against Kad that he forgave the Jedi Knight.
A Jedi mission to Ragoon-6 saw Kenobi and Skywalker 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. Kenobi, along with Skywalker, 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.
Kenobi in 29 BBY.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. Skywalker 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. Kenobi and Skywalker could not rescue her, but they could stop Tarkin's attack.
In a fit of rage, Skywalker telekinetically burned Tarkin's Blood Carver bodyguard, Ke Daiv, from the inside out. This display of dark power worried Kenobi 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 the Jabitha died, due to her separation from both Skywalker and her home planet. The two Jedi then returned to Coruscant. On the way to the capitol, the Master-apprentice duo had a discussion about Skywalker’s actions and his display of dark power.
Obi-Wan in 27 BBY.In 27 BBY, Master Mace Windu sent Obi-Wan and Anakin on a secret mission to Barlok to monitor the overbearing Jedi Master, Jorus C'baoth, and his Padawan, Lorana Jinzler. Unbeknownst to them, Kinman Doriana, on behalf of Darth Sidious, had planned the negotiations to work splendidly in C'baoth's favor, gaining him enough prestige to go ahead with his Outbound Flight Project. Obi-Wan and Anakin did rescue Jinzler after she was captured by malcontents, but their opponents were able to acquire the components they needed to create a missile and attack the negotiations. Kenobi tried to stop the missile, but was unsuccessful. However, C'baoth used the Force to crush the missile and that gave him the impetus he needed to quickly conclude the negotiations, as well as receive support for Outbound Flight. Following the go-ahead for Outbound Flight for the Senate, Master Windu tasked Kenobi with accompanying the mission at least part of the way out to keep an eye on the headstrong, arrogant C'baoth.
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 Skywalker 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, Skywalker proposed that he and Ferus Olin would penetrate the school by posing to be Senators' sons. Obi-Wan and Siri's part of the mission involved posing as parents who were enrolling their children in the school. When Olin was captured, Anakin decided not to tell Obi-Wan, instead hoping that he would find him if he continued with the mission. When Kenobi learned of his Padawan's actions, he and the High Council were furious. Soon after they escaped, Kenobi his apprentice that it was not easy being a Master and said: If you that every time we go on a mission we won't last.
Soon after, Kenobi, Skywalker, and Masters 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 (who was actually Granta Omega in disguise), caused the rest of the population to take refuge underground. Unbeknownst to them, the chaotic planet was a trap set by Omega. 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 Kenobi and his apprentice, but it failed because of Yaddle's sacrifice. Together Kenobi and Skywalker brought peace to Mawan, but Anakin felt responsible for the death of the 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 fighting their way out of a nest of gundarks, then, under the influence of a drug called the Zone of Self-Containment, Skywalker was taken prisoner by the 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 Kenobi together with Skywalker on Vanqor. Then all Jedi went to Typha-Dor to warn them against incoming Vanqor invasion. After successfully thwarted invasion they all went back to Vanqor after Jenna Zan Arbor and realized she was gone.
- "The capture of Zan Arbor is the safety of the galaxy."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]
Kenobi during his hunt for Zan Arbor.Zan Arbor escaped, however, and did not resurface again until Skywalker was sixteen. From information given to 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 Tachi, and Ferus Olin disguised themselves as a band of thieves looking for refuge on the planet. They found that Zan Arbor 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, Teda and Zan Arbor attempted to flee offworld, unintentionally contacting the Jedi, thinking they were really criminals. However, Zan Arbor recognized Skywalker from their previous encounter, and Teda ordered his men to seize the Jedi. Before they could do so, Master Mace Windu and a team of Jedi arrived and arrested Teda and Zan Arbor. 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, Kenobi and his apprentice trailed Teda and Zan arbor 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, Zan Arbor was forced to destroy the facility and Roy Teda fled.
Not long after, Senator 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. Skywalker and Olin, who were learning to forget their rivalry and understand each other, managed to prevent the assassination attempt on the Supreme Chancellor. Obi-Wan and Anakin fighting Granta Omega on Korriban.Omega's plan was uncovered, but not in time to save twenty-one Senators and several other Senate employees from being killed by seeker droids programmed by Teda. Unbeknownst to him, since Zan Arbor and Omega had no more use for him, a seeker droid killed him, as well. Kenobi, Tachi, and Skywalker set off to find Omega, leaving Olin to protect the Senators and Palpatine.
Tracking Omega and Jenna Zan Arbor to Korriban, four Jedi pairs—Obi-Wan and Anakin, Siri and Ferus, Ry-Gaul and Tru Veld, and Soara Antanna and Darra Thel-Tannis—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 Omega, Obi-Wan had no choice but kill him as he felt Omega was too dangerous to be kept alive.
Obi-Wan in 24 BBY.Sometime 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, Skywalker's lightsaber was stolen. He searched for it, ashamed to tell Obi-Wan that he lost it, and soon had to admit defeat. Asking Kenobi 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.
Kenobi and his apprentice were then assigned to the task of protecting Senator Simon Greyshade from assassination. Greyshade had recently filled the station of senator of the Commonality that his assassinated cousin had left. Greyshade'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. Kenobi and Skywalker managed to save Greyshade 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.
Skywalker and Kenobi during their 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 negotiated a settlement with city dwellers to remain in the Republic, provided they also convinced the nomadic Alwari to allow expansion into the grasslands. Little did they know that Presidente Shu Mai of the Commerce Guild was pulling the strings to cause Ansion to secede. Arriving early, Kenobi and Skywalker were just in time to rescue Unduli and Offee from a mob of killers. Thanks again to Presidente Mai and her minion Soergg the Hutt, the Jedi were in constant danger from attack by hired killers, including a successful kidnapping of Offee by two Ansionians, Kyakhta and Bulgan. Offee healed the two killers of injuries though, and they became guides for the Jedi to find the nomadic clans, particularly the Borokii overclan.
Traveling on suubatars, the Jedi braved hazards such as flying chawix, kyren hordes, capture by the Yiwa clan and shanhs. On one occasion, the Jedi were required to entertain their hosts, each in their own way. Kenobi chose to use a story, weaving a masterful tale that thoroughly impressed the Ansionians. The Jedi eventually made contact with the Borokii overclan, who, after requiring the Jedi to retrieve a tuft of rare albino surepp wool, agreed to the Jedi's settlement—provided they helped wage war against their rivals, the Januul clan. Obi-Wan shocked his companions when he agreed, but he had a plan. When the battle lines were drawn, the Jedi marched out into the middle and refused to fight either side, calling on both clans to negotiate a settlement. Kenobi, Unduli, Skywalker, and Offee were subsequently attacked by both sides, but they deflected the assaults, and amazingly parried only the weapons, defeating both armies with no loss of life.
In the wake of the following peace between the tribes, the Jedi journeyed back to the capital of Cuipernam to inform the Unity Council controlling the planet's fate of their success. While they were attacked again by thugs, the two clans sent an honor guard to help the Jedi, and Ansion remained in the Republic thanks to the efforts of Kenobi and his companions. Because of her status as Presidente, Shu Mai was not discovered to be a part of the matter.
- "We're here to protect you, Senator, not to start an investigation."
"We will find out who's trying to kill you, Padmé. I promise you."
- ― Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker to Padmé Amidala[src]
Obi-Wan, a decade after the Battle of Naboo.Ten years after the Invasion of Naboo, shortly after returning from the border dispute on Ansion, ObiWan and Anakin were tasked with protecting Padmé Amidala after an attempt on her life. Through a ruse organized by Skywalker, the assassin, a Clawdite named Zam Wesell, was soon uncovered and Obi-Wan pursued her through the streets of Coruscant, finally cornering her inside the Outlander Club. Unfortunately for the Jedi and for Wesell, the Clawdite 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 design.
Kenobi contacted his old friend Dexter Jettster, who informed him of Kamino, a planet which was strangely absent from the Jedi Archives. Arriving on Kamino, he was informed that a huge unauthorized clone army was being bred for the Republic, supposedly on the orders of the deceased Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas. Kenobi was introduced to the clones' template, a bounty hunter named Jango Fett. Kenobi contacted the High Council and was told to apprehend the bounty hunter for questioning. Kenobi did as ordered and attempted to apprehend the bounty hunter, leading to a fierce fight between Kenobi and Fett, in which Fett's son Boba fired on Kenobi from Fett's ship. Despite Kenobi's efforts, Fett escaped to Geonosis with his son. Kenobi followed them. Obi-Wan fights the bounty hunter Jango Fett on Kamino.Fett noticed Obi-Wan in pursuit and attempted to finish off the Jedi once and for all by leading him through 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. After landing on the planet, 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 Skywalker and the High Council informing them of the latest development.
Dooku attempted to persuade Obi-Wan to join the Confederacy of Independent Systems, invoking Kenobi's memory of Qui-Gon Jinn (Dooku's former Padawan), and telling him that a Sith was in control of the Galactic Senate. Dooku invited Kenobi to join with him to eliminate the Sith menace once and for all. Much to Dooku's disappointment, Obi-Wan simply responded that Jinn 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.
- Obi-Wan: "I was beginning to wonder if you had gotten my message."
- Anakin: "I retransmitted it just as you had requested, Master. Then we decided to come and rescue you."
- Obi-Wan: "Good job."
- —Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in the Arena on Geonosis[src]
Having received his message, Skywalker and Senator Amidala traveled to Geonosis in an attempt to rescue Kenobi before the other Jedi could make the journey from Coruscant, but they too were captured, and all three were sentenced to death by the Geonosians in the Petranaki Arena, where three savage beasts (a nexu, a reek and an acklay) would be their executioners. In the arena, Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Padmé managed to fight against the wild beasts sent to kill them and turn the field to their advantage. Dooku then sent droidekas to finish them off. Kenobi fighting alongside Mace Windu in the Petranaki Arena.It was the timely arrival of Master Mace Windu and a strike team of 200 Jedi that prevented their deaths. However, Dooku revealed that he had actually been expecting the rescue all along, and unveiled a devastating army of Separatist droids (including B1 battle droids, B2 super battle droids and droidekas). The Jedi fought bravely despite being greatly outnumbered by droids, and suffered many casualties. Master Yoda arrived just in time with a massive clone army from Kamino to save the remaining Jedi. This was the beginning of the Battle of Geonosis, and the Clone Wars.
Kenobi, Skywalker, and Amidala all jumped onto a Republic gunship and proceeded to join the main battle. The Jedi then spotted Count Dooku fleeing from the battle, flanked by two Nantex-class starfighters. Kenobi ordered the gunship's pilot to chase him. When Amidala was knocked out of the gunship by a laser blast from one of the starfighters, Kenobi was forced to restrain his Padawan from going back after the senator. Obi-Wan duels the Sith Lord Darth Tyranus on Geonosis.The two Jedi finally caught up to the Sith Lord and engaged him in a duel. Skywalker rushed in quickly and was incapacitated by Dooku's Force lightning. Obi-Wan was then left alone to face the masterful Sith Lord and was able to deflect Dooku's Force lightning with his lightsaber. Obi-Wan fought Dooku, but he was ultimately brought down when the Sith slashed his leg and shoulder. Anakin, however, had recovered by this point and was able to block what would have been Dooku's death blow to Kenobi.
While Anakin and Dooku briefly spoke, Obi-Wan summoned his own dropped lightsaber. Tossing the weapon to Skywalker, Kenobi could only watch as his apprentice engaged the Sith Lord. Initially, Skywalker was able to catch Dooku off guard, but since Jar'Kai was neither his preferred nor strongest form,[source?] Dooku was quickly able to sever one of the sabers. Forced to switch back to his preferred style of Form V,[source?] Skywalker and Dooku engaged in a brutal display of swordplay as Kenobi looked on. Despite Skywalker's efforts, Dooku's experience and economy of movement triumphed over youth and brute force, and Obi-Wan watched as the Sith severed Anakin's arm. At this critical juncture, Yoda arrived just in time to prevent Dooku from killing an incapacitated Kenobi and Skywalker. Engaging Dooku in a vicious battle, Yoda gained the upper hand and was on the verge of victory, but Dooku caused a massive column to fall over Kenobi and Skywalker, giving himself time to escape while Yoda devoted his full power to holding up the column, saving his fellow Jedi.
Returning to Coruscant, Kenobi was sent to the Halls of Healing and taken under the care of Chief HealerVokara Che. After he was fully recovered, Master Yoda sent him to Senator Amidala's apartment to ask her to end the relationship with the Chosen One. After receiving her word of agreement, Kenobi returned to the Temple to prepare for his new assignment.
- "You fought in the Clone Wars?"
"Yes. I was once a Jedi Knight, the same as your father."
- ―Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]
Obi-Wan during the Clone Wars.Obi-Wan became a General in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars as he lead the Republic to many famous victories, beginning with the countering of the Dark Reaper Project alongside Anakin and Mace Windu on planets such as Thule, Rhen Var, Kashyyyk, and Raxus Prime. In these battles, Kenobi usually participated from the cockpit of his fighter tank, but also led from a LAAT/i while covering the evacuation of Rhen Var and scouted from a speeder bike on Raxus Prime before a battle there. While Skywalker was ultimately successful in countering the threat, Kenobi was disturbed at Skywalker's cockiness over his victory. 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 as an alternative to fighting. Another testimonial to Kenobi 's importance in the Clone Wars was that his likeness was used, along with that of his apprentice, in a hologram deployed on Republic shooting ranges to train clone sharpshooters in distinguishing between friendly and hostile targets. Kenobi would come to be a part of what many Jedi referred to as the Old Guard, Jedi considered likely to be put on the High Council.
Obi-Wan was eventually dispatched with Skywalker and another Jedi named Glaive and his Padawan Zule Xiss to investigte the new chemical weapon known as 'swamp gas' used on Ohma-D'un. Kenobi and Glaive would often be at odds with each other during the mission. During the mission the group was attacked by Asajj Ventress and the dreaded bounty hunter Durge. The ensuing skirmish saw Kenobi rescue Glaive from Durge but nonetheless Glaive was killed by Ventress who also cut off Xiss' arm. Kenobi and Xiss nevertheless managed to resist against Ventress, even while being poisoned by the gas, until the timely arrival of Skywalker and Alpha-17. Kenobi and Skywalker eventually drove off the two assassins saving Zule Xiss, but were unable to keep them from escaping or retrieve the antidote from them. Kenobi, Skywalker, and others corner Asajj Ventress.After the incident on Ohma-D'un Kenobi, 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. Kenobi often felt he was out of his league with these four legendary 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 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, but 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 Obi-Wan escaped from Queyta with the antidote, then died in his arms. Unfortunately the 'swamp gas' would be modified to become a deadly chemical weapon called Trihexalophine1138 that would later decimate the forest of the planet Honoghr.
- Main articles: Battle of Muunilinst and Battle of Hypori (Clone Wars)
- "I doubt even Master Qui-Gon could've prepared a Jedi Knight for this."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]
Obi-Wan Kenobi during his first encounter with Durge.It was Senior Jedi General 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, Obi-Wan also managed to defeat 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 Kenobi was contacted by Jedi Master Daakman Barrek who called for his assistance in the disastrous Battle of Hypori. Kenobi sent the Muunilinst 10 led by Captain Fordo to rescue the remaining Jedi task force from the newly revealed General Grievous. In the end, they were only able to rescue three of the six Jedi. Ki-Adi-Mundi, Shaak Ti, and Aayla Secura survived, but Tarr Seir and Sha'a Gi were killed by Grievous. K'Kruhk was assumed dead. However, he had simply entered a state of hibernation to recuperate from his otherwise fatal wounds.
- Main article: Battle of Skye
In 21 BBY, Kenobi temporarily took Halagad Ventor as a Padawan in addition to Skywalker, following the demise of Ventor's former master. They travelled to the planet of Skye, where they fought against a genetic terrorist. They foiled the terrorist's plot that threatened the planet with total destruction. Following the battle, Skywalker discovered the 13 year old S'kytri Kharys, who proved to be strong in the Force. He wished to take her back with them for training, but Kenobi and Ventor believed she was too old to start on the path of a Jedi and refused to take her. However, Skywalker promised Kharys that he would return one day to train her.
Kenobi on Ord Cestus.Kenobi was later partnered with fellow Jedi Kit Fisto on his mission to Ord Cestus to end the production of JK-13 security droids on the planet, in addition to preventing the planet from falling to the Confederacy. Traveling with the barrister Doolb Snoil while Fisto worked in the desert with four ARCs, Kenobi made contact with both the Five Ruling Families of Ord Cestus and the Desert Wind irregulars, trained and led by Fisto and the clones. While Kenobi and Snoil tried to find a peaceful resolution to the problem, Fisto and the ARCs were preparing the Desert Wind troops for a guerrilla war, if necessary. In addition to his delicate negotiations with the ruling council, Kenobi helped preserve the position of G'Mai Duris and worked to pierce the veil of intrigue surrounding the government's workings. Deciding that the time had come for more drastic measures, Obi-Wan and Kit staged an attack on members of the Five Ruling Families, with Fisto pretending to be a Dark Acolyte from Count Dooku and Kenobi repelling him. While the ruse was successful, their theatrics were secretly revealed to the Five Ruling Families by Asajj Ventress via an emissary. Expelled from the planet, Kenobi and Snoil left, but Kenobi jettisoned in an escape pod to rendezvous with Fisto, though Snoil later rejoined them after the ship was attacked and he took flight in an escape pod also. While working with the clones, Kenobi and Fisto began to understand them more, and even taught them elements of the Jedi Flow exercise.
Conducting a hit-and-run campaign against Cestian manufacturing and infrastructure facilities, Kenobi tried to prevent loss of life. However, after an ambush on his troops in which many Desert Wind fighters and Snoil were killed, and with increasing pressure from the Supreme Chancellor to resolve the conflict or bombard Ord Cestus, Kenobi and Fisto planned a mission to knock out Cestian manufacturing. During the mission, Fisto was almost killed by Asajj Ventress but was saved by Kenobi, who defeated the Dark Acolyte. Obi-Wan also constructed a rare lightwhip which was used by Kit during the mission. Upon returning from defeating Ventress, Kenobi received a message from one of the ARCs—Jangotat—reporting that he had called in the orbital bombardment, which would have targeted the population centers due to Ventress's sabotage, onto his location, which was also the hideaway for the Five Ruling Families. With them dead, and with the Separatist plan revealed to be a fraud by both Jangotat and Ventress, Ord Cestus was able to negotiate a settlement.
- Main article: Battle of Jabiim
- "I won't fail you."
"No Anakin, don't fail yourself."
- ―Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]
Kenobi also led troops during the infamous Battle of Jabiim. The Republic suffered heavy casualties and weren't prepared for the atrocious conditions on the planet. The enemies' forces made great gains in the first weeks of the fighting until the commander, General Norcuna, was killed. Soon after, Kenobi himself was believed dead after being caught inside an exploding walker. In reality, Kenobi and 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. Obi-Wan's ingenuity, however, eventually led to the pair's escape. Kenobi battling Asajj Ventress.Throughout their captivity, Obi-Wan had used what little Force power he had to bend the pipes in the wall of his and Alpha's cell until they eventually burst. In the confusion, they liberated many of the prisoners before running into Ventress.
After a brief lightsaber fight in which Kenobi made use of Ky Narec's lightsaber, he and Alpha escaped the planet in a stolen Fanblade fighter. Flying to Riflor, they were briefly forced to hold off an army of bounty hunters hired by Ventress before being rescued by Anakin Skywalker and Ki-Adi-Mundi. Mundi had been assigned as Skywalker's master after Kenobi's presumed death.
After the skirmish, Skywalker was given back over to Kenobi, with Master Mundi relieved to no longer have to train such a headstrong student.
Kenobi never forgot his captor, the deadly Asajj Ventress.
- "I'm afraid I don't care much for addictive stimulants."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi.[src]
Obi-Wan Kenobi, as Leia Organa envisaged his appearance around the time of the clash with the Merson pirates.According to a story told by Leia Organa in 0 ABY (which she had been told by her father, who in turn had heard it from the droid 68-RKO who was an eye witness), Kenobi helped Captain Quasar defend his pleasure cruiser bound for Alderaan in 21 BBY. When approached by a group of hostile Merson pirates in the Merson asteroid field, Captain Quasar asked Kenobi, who was a passenger aboard the cruiser, for his assistance. Kenobi quickly discovered that someone aboard the pleasure cruiser had installed a signaling beacon aboard the ship that informed the pirates of its whereabouts.
Using the Force as his guide, Kenobi moved the ship into the asteroid field, in order to outmaneuver the Merson Pirates. The strategy was a success, and Kenobi and the ship's crew managed to destroy the pirate vessels, using the pleasure cruiser's two standard energy cannons.
In the meantime, the beacon had been located in the ship's lounge, and an angry mob of passengers suspected the shady character, Augustus Tryll—a criminal that Kenobi had conversed with prior to the Merson attack. Tryll had been impressed by the Jedi's handling of an aggressive drunk and had offered him some Deltron spice. The mob suspected Tryll because it turned out that his spice fermentation device radiated microwaves that were detected by the pirates. As the mob approached Tryll, Kenobi objected to their accusations, arguing that they had no evidence that Tryll was aware that the device worked as a sort of beacon for the pirates. This caused the mob to accuse Kenobi of conspiring with Tryll and the Merson Pirates. Faced with an angry mob, threatening to kill him and Tryll, Kenobi drew his lightsaber. Tryll tried in vain to goad Kenobi into cutting down the angry mob, but Kenobi refused and used it to destroy the fermentation device instead. This caused the mob to back down and leave Tryll and the Jedi alone.
As Tryll fell to his knees and offered his thanks, Kenobi declined his gratitude and retired to his cabin, arguing that he wanted to finish the journey in peace.
Later Obi-Wan was reunited with Siri Tachi when they teamed up with Anakin and Padmé Amidala 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 Kenobi, Skywalker, and Talesan fought off the attack led by Magus (who was working for the Corporate Alliance), Tachi and Amidala took a starfighter of their own to go after Magus himself. Upon reaching Magus' starfighter, Tachi 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 close to the dark side as he held his lightsaber blade to Magus' throat. However, he regained control, sparing the merciless bounty hunter. Skywalker thought this indicated that Kenobi did not truly love Tachi, because he couldn't imagine not avenging Amidala's death, had she died. Kenobi later realized he had learned to love with an open heart, a lesson Jinn had long tried to teach him. He could live with losing Siri.
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. Kenobi was also known to wear parts of Phase I clone trooper armor along with a Jetpack and a Clone Trooper Helmet similar to Commander Cody's. Kenobi sitting upon the Jedi Council with Ki-Adi-Mundi and Yoda.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 he was 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, Kenobi helped to develop the tactics of the Grand Army of the Republic and became one of the leading members of the Jedi High Council. Jedi Master Kenobi was able to witness the growing strain between the Chancellor's office and the Jedi firsthand. His position on the council also allowed him to advocate the promotion of his Padawan Anakin Skywalker to Jedi Knight. After a tense debate with the rest of the council, Kenobi finally convinced them to grant Skywalker his knighthood, but with this Kenobi took the responsibility of covering for Skywalker's unorthodox actions that were frowned upon by the rest of the council.
During the initial stages of the Battle of Rendili, Kenobi 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. Ventress and Kenobi battled yet again, though this time the dark lady felt assured of victory, riding a ferocious rancor in pursuit of her nemesis. Kenobi and Vos escaped, but Ventress followed Kenobi back to Coruscant.
- Main article: Battle of Christophsis
- "I told you this victory was too easy! We never should have sent the ship back for supplies."
"It wasn't my idea to send the ship back."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker — Listen (file info)[src]
Kenobi during the Clone WarsIn 22 BBY, after the Jedi Council received a plea from the planet of Christophsis for help against the invading Separatists, Obi-Wan and Anakin were dispatched to save the planet, along with Clone Commander Cody and Clone Captain Rex. However, after evidence was revealed that a traitor was giving inside information to the Separatists, Kenobi and Skywalker left to secretly scout behind enemy lines, leaving Cody and Rex to find the traitor. Upon arriving at the Separatist base, they met and dueled Asajj Ventress. After she escaped, the two Jedi followed her and discovered an entire army amassing to march on the city. Returning to their base, they discovered that Sergeant Slick was the traitor, and he was taken to lockup. However, he had managed to sabotage most of their weapons, and forced to defend the planet against an entire Separatist army, the Jedi requested reinforcements. Artoo, Anakin and Obi-Wan meet Ahsoka Tano for the first time.Kenobi and his former apprentice led Torrent Company and Ghost Squadron with Rex and Cody. They managed to defeat the first wave of droids, but their opponents soon returned. Anakin wiped out the tri-droids with Rex, and the cannons took charge of the rest of the droid troops. The Separatist army retreated under General Whorm Loathsom's order. Following this, a shuttle arrived, carrying what was assumed to be Kenobi's next apprentice. The Padawan introduced herself as Ahsoka Tano, but she revealed that she was assigned to be Skywalker's Padawan, not Kenobi's, much to Skywalker's dismay. Skywalker later commented that he thought that it had been Kenobi's idea for him to train an apprentice.
Soon after this, Rex and Tano discovered that the Separatists had activated a deflector shield and the battle was reignited. While Skywalker and Tano set off to deactivate the shield, the clone troopers were outnumbered easily, and their cannons could not get through the shield, even at full power. Within minutes there were only a limited amount of clones left, and Kenobi was surrounded by Whorm and his battle droids. He surrendered, but was able to stall Whorm and eventually ring him by the neck.
Skywalker and Tano were able to deactivate the shield and the battle became a Republic victory. Afterward, Master Yoda informed the Jedi that the Republic had been contacted by Jabba the Hutt, as he was willing to ally himself with them, should they locate and rescue his kidnapped son, Rotta. Obi-Wan negotiates with Jabba.
- "Don't worry. I'm sure Jabba's in a good mood."
- ―Obi-Wan, upon reaching Tatooine — Listen (file info)[src]
Yoda ordered Kenobi to Tatooine, so as to negotiate safe travel for Republic ships through Hutt Space, while Skywalker and Tano sought out Jabba's son. Kenobi reluctantly began negotiations with the crimelord and was present when Jabba learned that the bounty hunters he had sent to search for his son had returned without their bodies; Jabba then promised hyperspace routes in his territories for the Republic in exchange for his retrieved son. Kenobi reported this information to Skywalker, who was on his way to Teth where Jabba's son had been located, before informing Yoda and Chancellor Palpatine. It was suspected that the kidnapping was a Separatist plot, which aimed to turn Jabba against the Republic.
- Main article: Battle of Teth
Obi-Wan duels Asajj Ventress on Teth while searching for Anakin and Ahoska.:"Master Kenobi. Always chasing after Skywalker. How predictable."
"Anakin leaves quite a mess. Which always leads me to you, Ventress."
Obi-Wan arrived on Teth immediately, and found Rex and the army heavily outnumbered by battle droids. With his reinforcements, the battle was then even again while he went to search for Skywalker, R2-D2 and Tano. Unfortunately, he ran into Asajj Ventress whom he battled through the B'omarr Monastery. Eventually slicing through her saberstaff and throwing away one half, she gave up and called for a Vulture droid to rescue her.
Returning to his troops, he later learned that Skywalker had taken a B-Wing-like ship called the Twilight and had flown to Tatooine where he and Tano had battled Dooku and IG-100 MagnaGuards, before giving Jabba's son back to him. After fending off the droids, he and Yoda took gunships to pick up the Jedi team, and Jabba confirmed passage through his routes.
- Main article: Battle of Gwori
After Master Windu briefed a gathering of Jedi and highlighted a key issue in the war; that the Separatists vastly out numbered the Republic in terms of ships, Master Kenobi suggested a surgical strike on the InterGalactic Banking Clan warship building factories. It soon became clear that the Gwori System was the prime target, yet due to the Republic forces being too splintered, it would be impossible to launch an all-out attack. Kenobi with Skywalker and Tano during the incident on Gwori.Further complicating a possible strike team's sabotage attempt was a gigantic bio-scan-irradiator-incinerator that would kill any organics on ships that pass through it. Skywalker then concocted a plan that would successfully bypass this complication; the strike team would freeze themselves in carbonite, which would resist the radiation produced by the incinerator.
Skywalker ordered Tano to not participate in the mission, however, after he, Kenobi and the strike team were frozen, she manipulated Admiral Yularen into believing that Skywalker had decided to reverse his order and allow Tano to be frozen and accompany the team on world. As R2-D2 piloted the frozen teams shuttle on world, a Separatist commander noticed an irregularity and orders the ship fired upon. Artoo had the carbonite slabs strewn from the ship, and moments before it was destroyed, escaped it himself.
Artoo freed Tano from her carbonite slab, who in turn freed the rest of the strike team; her Master being less than impressed to discover that she had disobeyed his commands. While the team located the Separatist shipyards, they were unable to contact Republic bombers, due to the Separatists having jammed all communications. However, Tano noticed a communications tower near by and after fighting their way in, the team commed Masters Plo Koon and Saesee Tiin and it was organized that the bombers would strike at dawn.
Unfortunately, the overseer of the shipyards, Juhm, noticed the unauthorized transmission and attempted to destroy the comm tower, though the team escaped and split up. B2 super battle droids equipped with jetpacks trailed Tano and her faction of the strike team into a cave, where she was forced to kill a large reptilian carnivore. Kenobi and Skywalker soon learned that the Separatists were using organic slaves to build warships; quite surprising due to it being far less productive than the use of droids. Later, the remnants of the strike team, Tano, Skywalker, Kenobi and Rex, are captured, though they proceeded to escape.
In addition, the Separatist slaves revolted and joined the Jedi strike team. However, upon the arrival of the Republic forces, and the destruction of half of the shipyards, the escape craft of the Jedi and slaves was nearly destroyed by friendly fire; though after comming the forces, the situation was resolved. The freed Separatist slaves were made Republic citizens and then began the work of building warships for the Republic.
It is requested that this article section be expanded. Please improve it in any way that you see fit, and remove this notice once the article section is more complete. On Kiros, a Togruta colony world under the control of the Separatists, Ahsoka was apprehensive due to the horrors faced by her people. While Kenobi "negotiated" with Commander Ugg, the Master-Padawan team of Anakin and Ahsoka disabled all the bombs around the city, except the one near Ugg's escape ship. Afterwards, they discovered that the entire planet's population had disappeared. Kenobi following the incident on Kiros.Meanwhile, Ugg's computers indicated that he was talking to someone in the Zygerria system, a system of slave traders.
After making contact with Grand Master Yoda, the Jedi were informed by the diminutive Master, that Dooku had begun to spread lies about the Republic destroying the population of Kiros. When told about the Zygerrians, Yoda recounted how the Jedi crushed their empire on the orders of the Republic. Skywalker ordered everybody to get ready and for the ship to jump to the Zygerrian system while Obi-Wan told Ahsoka about how Anakin was once a slave, and therefore the mission was affecting him .
Aboard the Twilight, the Jedi hid in an asteroid field, which is all that remained of the homeworld of the Shi'Kar after it was struck by a comet. Smugglers, scavengers and pirates used it as a haven as Republic cruisers were unable to maneuver safely through the asteroid field. The Jedi and the Zygerrian's engaged in combat, though they were soon forced back and Ahsoka was captured by the captain of the Zygerrian slave ship.
The captain used Ahsoka's comlink to try and strike a deal but Anakin, Obi-Wan and Rex were already in space-suits and mounting a rescue mission. Once aboard, the small group took the Zygerrian's captive and discovered that the Zygerrian Queen, Miraj Scintel, planed to auction off the captured Togrutas in an attempt to bring the Zygerrians back to prominence. As such, the Jedi formulated a plan to use Tano as merchandise and thwart the Queen's plans.
- Main article: Battle of the Kaliida Nebula
Later, when information arose regarding a mysterious Separatist superweapon that systematically destroyed several Republic fleets, the Council sent one of its members, Master Plo Koon, to track it down. However, upon Master Koon comming Skywalker with information regarding the unknown weapon, his communications systems became jammed and he was unable to be contacted. As such, Skywalker reported these events to Chancellor Palpatine, and Masters Yoda, Windu and Kenobi.
The Council, in conjunction with the Supreme Chancellor, decided against mounting a task force to ascertain the situation that Master Koon had found himself in, feeling that his forces were most likely entirely wiped out much like previous fleets. However, Skywalker's Padawan, Tano, having a special connection to Master Koon, refused to believe that he had been killed, and as such, she and Skywalker disregarded the Council's orders and journeyed to the Abregado system.
Master Kenobi soon discovered his former Padawan's actions and was forced to report them to the Council. However, Skywalker's recklessness soon proved fortunate, after he successfully rescued Plo Koon and a handful of troops. In addition, Master Koon was able to reveal the nature of the Separatist superweapon; it was a giant ship, known as the Malevolence, with ion cannons capable of disabling entire fleets. Kenobi and Admiral Yularen report to Nala Se.With this information, Skywalker formulated a daring plan to engage and destroy the Malevolence's ion cannons using Y-wing bombers, to prevent the destruction of an Outer Rim medical center. It would then fall to Kenobi to enter the system and destroy the massive warship using the combined fire power of his fleet. Kenobi helped organize the evacuation of the medical center, dispatching medical frigates for the evacuation. While Skywalker's task force proved successful in destroying the ion cannons, the Malevolence was so large that it could withstand the fire of Kenobi's fleet. Obi-Wan clashes with Grievous aboard the Malevolence.Indeed, the situation became confounded when an old friend, Senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo, appeared in system during the battle, having been given false information regarding a diplomatic mission to the system. Kenobi and Skywalker were horrified as they watched Amidala become pulled aboard the Malevolence by a tractor beam. The pair quickly mounted a mission to rescue her, which ultimately proved successful, though Kenobi was forced to engage in a brief duel with General Grievous while attempting to sabotage the warship's hyperdrive. In addition, Skywalker and Amidala rigged the warship's navacomputer to pilot it into a nearby moon, destroying the deadly superweapon, before which the group escaped.
Some weeks later, while searching for General Grievous and his fleet, Kenobi and Skywalker came to the aid of Commander Cody and Captain Rex, after the pair of clones engaged Separatist forces on the Rishi moon. The Jedi's fleet arrived just in time to force Grievous' ships out of the system, foiling the cyborg's plot to launch a surprise attack on Kamino.
- Main article: Battle of Bothawui
- Kenobi: "You should listen to your Padawan."
- Skywalker: "As you listened to yours, my old master? No, we're going to stay and fight."
- —Ahsoka Tano, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker Listen (help·info)[src]
Since Grievous had been ambushing fleets, Kenobi advised Skywalker to retreat, but Skywalker planned on ambushing the cyborg. Unfortunately, while pursuing him, Skywalker's fighter was damaged, and although he was rescued, R2-D2 went missing. Worse, Skywalker hadn't wipe the astromech's memory, which included dangerous tactical files belonging to the Republic. Skywalker risked everything to retrieve the droid, but also managed to take out Skytop Station, where Artoo was being held. After Skywalker risked his troopers and even his Padawan Tano to save Artoo, an exasperated Kenobi grudgingly accepted what had happened without severely rebuking Skywalker. Kenobi flies towards Count Dooku's frigate in a space suit.
Kenobi and Skywalker later spearheaded an attempt to capture the head of the Confederacy, Count Dooku himself. While the Jedi's attempts to capture the Count aboard his flagship proved unsuccessful, Tano successfully commanded a Republic force against it, forcing Dooku to crash land on Vanqor during his escape from the doomed vessel. While Kenobi and Skywalker searched for the Count in a cave nearby to the wreckage of his personal craft, Dooku used the Force to cause a roof collapse, trapping the Jedi and securing his escape. Dooku's incarceration is confirmed by Kenobi and Skywalker.After making contact with a nearby group of pirates, Dooku secured himself a route offworld; only to find himself captured by the wily gang of pirates who hoped to trade him for a hefty ransom from the Republic. After being rescued by Tano, Kenobi and Skywalker were sent to the pirates stronghold to ensure they had indeed captured Dooku, and after he received confirmation from him, Chancellor Palpatine had Representative Binks and Senator Kharrus lead a diplomatic mission to trade a ransom for the Count.
The pirates proved treacherous, however, and captured Skywalker and Kenobi, hoping to gain an additional ransom for them. Fortunately, Representative Binks was able to rescue them, though the mission did come at the cost of Senator Kharrus' life, and Dooku managed to yet again evade the clutches of the Republic.
- Main article: Battle of Orto Plutonia
A short time later, Kenobi and Skywalker were called to Orto Plutonia to ascertain why the Republic had lost contact with a clone outpost there. The Jedi and clones were accompanied by Chairman Chi Cho of Pantora and Senator Riyo Chuchi, who had been recalled to the Pantoran system by Cho so that he could use her Senatorial authority to command the Jedi. Orto Plutonia was technically under the control of the Pantoran Assembly, and as such, Cho felt that he should be directly involved in the Jedi's investigation.
With Rex, Kenobi found the Republic base to be devoid of life, all clones stationed there having been killed. Similarly, they found a nearby Separatist base to be likewise affected and found clues of a third party being involved in the demise of both forces. Skywalker and Kenobi then followed clues to a nearby canyon, where they spotted light reflections. Shortly afterwards they met primitive, but sentient, inhabitants; the Talz. Despite the language barrier, Kenobi and Skywalker managed to make it clear that their mission was one of peace, and they arranged a diplomatic meeting between the Pantorans and the Talz. Kenobi with Skywalker and Senator Chuchi on Orto Plutonia.When they delivered the news, Chairman Chi Cho arrogantly refused to believe that the Talz could be considered a sentient race and called them trespassers and animals, stating that Pantora hadn't evidence of life on the planet in all their history. Riyo Chuchi tried to mediate, feeling that it was for the Senate to decide the matter, but to no avail.
Upon arrival at the meeting place, the Talz leader, Thi-Sen, politely asked that the Republic leave them in peace and withdraw their presence from Orto Plutonia. However, Chi Cho still refused to accept the Talz as sentients and arrogantly declared Plutonia as sovereign Pantoran property, deliberately provoking a war. In order to gain sanctity for his actions, he declared this to be an internal affair of Pantora; so as to remove the Jedi from the equation. Skywalker and Kenobi appealed to Riyo Chuchi, to find a way to resolve the political matter diplomatically. In response she contacted the Speaker of the Pantoran Assembly, who granted her the authority to negotiate peace and declared the Chairman out of order.
However, this solution came too late: while returning to their base, Chi Cho and his escort were ambushed by a Talz war party, forcing them to fight back, and Chairman Cho was felled by a spear in his back. Skywalker, Kenobi and Senator Chuchi arrived in time to save Cho, Rex and the remaining escort from being overrun, but even with his last breath, Cho insisted on killing the Talz for the 'good' of his people as his final command. Chuchi politely declined, informing him of the Assembly's decision. Dumbfounded that he was overruled and that his people preferred peace to war, Chi expired. Senator Chuchi pursued a peaceful approach and managed to cease hostilities, conceding sovereignty of Plutonia to the Talz. As she and the Jedi boarded a gunship offworld, Kenobi stated that to maintain peace, she should make it last.
- Main article: Raid on Nuvo Vindi's laboratory
Obi-Wan, shortly after Vindi activates the virus bombs.The Jedi Council later sent Obi-Wan, Anakin and Ahsoka, to Naboo in response to intelligence that suggested that a Separatist bio-lab had been set up on the planet. Senator Amidala and Representative Jar Jar Binks sent off to search for the lab, but contact was lost, and Skywalker sent Tano along with the Gungan native Peppi Bow to locate them. Meanwhile, Skywalker and Kenobi learned from new information discovered by Captain Gregar Typho that Separatist scientist Nuvo Vindi was using the lab to perfect the deadly Blue Shadow Virus so as to release it into key Republic star systems.
When Tano and Bow searched the swamp where Amidala and Binks disappeared, they accidentally found a spy cam. While hiding from the spy cam, Tano contacted Skywalker and Kenobi who told her to detonate a bomb in the south bunker to create a distraction. After this, Obi-Wan entered the lab and aided Ahsoka, before beginning a search for Vindi's virus bomba. Though Vindi attempted to release the virus, the Jedi were able to apprehend him and rescue Amidala and Binks. The Twilight attempts to escape "Drol".
- Main article: Mission to Iego
When Obi-Wan and Anakin prepared to transfer Vindi for trial, Ahsoka, Padmé and several clones discovered that a vial of the virus was missing. Though they were able to sound the alarm, it was not in time, and Vindi's still-at-large servant droid LEP-86C8 was able to detonate a bomb, releasing the virus throughout the lab. The Jedi were then forced to make their way to the planet of Iego to search for the antidote to the virus, so as to save Amidala and Tano.
While on Iego, the Jedi were able to free the people there from an insidious Separatist weapon designed to prevent the inhabitants from leaving the planet, with the help of young Jaybo Hood. Fortunately, they were also able to locate the antidote and returned in time to save Ahsoka, Padmé and most of the clones.
- Main article: Battle of Ryloth
- Kenobi: "Ahsoka, this is Obi-Wan. May we begin our landing?"
- Tano: "Yes, master. You're cleared for ground assault."
- Kenobi: "I won't even ask where the rest of Skywalker's fleet is. Or why he's in an escape pod."
- Tano: "That's...probably for the best."
- ―Obi-Wan and Ahsoka Tano during the Battle of Ryloth[src]
Obi-Wan and Mace Windu arrive out of hyperspace near Ryloth.After Techno Union leader Wat Tambor seized control of Ryloth and its inhabitants, the Jedi Council devised a plan for Obi-Wan and Mace Windu to lead a ground assault to invade and liberate the planet. Anakin and Ahsoka were dispatched to destroy the Separatist blockade surrounding the planet and clear the way for the invasion forces, but their first attack failed horribly. During a report, Skywalker reported that they had lost a cruiser and an entire squadron of fighters, and that Tano was shaken from loosing so many men. Obi-Wan acknowledged Ahsoka's need for support and time to get over the ordeal, but told Anakin that he would need her to succeed. Even with only half his forces remaining, Skywalker was given only one planetary rotation to destroy the blockade. He piloted the Defender into the lead control ship, forcing its commander, Captain Mar Tuuk, to flee, leaving only droids in charge of the blockade. Fortunately, with the support of a recovered Admiral Yularen, Tano was able to lead a successful attack on the blockade. Later, after the invasion forces arrived out of hyperspace, Tano told Kenobi that the way was clear, but Obi-Wan didn't even want to know how Skywalker had devised a plan to end up in an escape pod instead of commanding his fleet.
- "We need to remember why we're here. We came to aid the Twi'leks, not destroy their home."
- ―Kenobi to Ghost Company aboard the Crumb Bomber — Listen (file info)[src]
Obi-Wan distracts the gutkurrs.As Kenobi and Ghost Company left the Acclamator assault ships aboard the Crumb Bomber and other gunships to land on Nabat, proton cannons from below attacked the Acclamator ships. Mace Windu tasked Kenobi with destroying the cannons and allowing the transports to land. To prevent the destruction of the Twileks' home, the clone forces were forced to only utilize blasters and EMP grenades. After taking out the droids in a bunker on the outskirts of the village, Kenobi and the clones entered the city and set up a temporary camp. Kenobi sent Commander Cody, Wooley, Waxer and Boil to scout ahead. Cody and Wooley came back and reported that the droids had taken the Twi'leks hostage. During a following conference with Mace, Kenobi stated that the prisoners would make the mission harder but not impossible. Unfortunately, a recon droid sent by tactical droid commander TX-20 spied on them. After Cody realized that Waxer and Boil still had not returned, Cody sent a transmission out before the Republic forces moved on. Upon entering the village, Kenobi and the clones encountered starved gutkurrs, who began to attack them. Kenobi lured the creatures into an alley with the Force, and Cody and the clones shot at a bridge above its entrance, trapping the creatures. TX-20's tank targets Obi-Wan and Numa.Waxer and Boil then emerged out of an underground tunnel with the young Twi'lek girl Numa, and Kenobi understood why they had been "sidetracked." Kenobi conversed to Numa in Twi'leki and learned that she could lead them to the prisoners. He tasked Cody with creating a diversion for the droids, while he went with Waxer, Boil and Numa to the underground passages. As Cody and his men distracted the droids, Kenobi managed to free the Twi'lek hostages, and they fled into the tunnels. Kenobi then took control of a proton cannon, and with the help of Waxer and Boil, he managed to take out the other cannons. However, a shot from TX-20's tank blasted the three aside. Numa ran first ran over to the clones and then to Kenobi, but as TX-20 targeted the two, the former Twi'lek hostages overran the tank and destroyed the droid, and Kenobi attempted to shield Numa's eyes from the violence. After the Acclamator transports landed, Mace Windu commended Kenobi on his victory, but stated that the next mission was much harder: to retake the capital city of Lessu and free the planet. As the Republic forces departed for the capital, Numa called "Nerra!" out to Waxer and Boil one last time, and Kenobi translated for them: "Nerra" meant "brother".
After Windu and his forces had headed for Lessu, Kenobi went with his forces to capture the southern hemisphere of Ryloth. Kenobi was able to successfully take the Jixuan desert. After Windu enlisted the help of the Twi'lek freedom fighters, Windu was able to take Lessu and capture Wat Tambor, freeing the planet from Separatist rule.
Obi-Wan and Anakin during the first battle of Felucia.Later, Master Kenobi was sent along with Anakin and Ahsoka to Felucia which had been invaded by the separatists. While Obi-Wan, Anakin, Commander Cody and Captain Rex stayed with the main body of troops to defend their clearing-based emplacement of AT-TE walkers, Ahsoka led two AT-TE walkers and a Juggernaut tank on a patrol of the dense jungle.
Obi-Wan realised that they were losing and ordered the retreat as soon as Master Plo Koon arrived to help them. Obi-Wan contacted Ahsoka who refused to retreat. Even when Anakin and Obi-Wan arrived to pick her up she at first refused to pull back before Anakin convinced her that they were not going to win this battle.
Obi-Wan later told the rest of the Jedi Council about Ahsoka's actions during the battle.
Kenobi was present in the Jedi Temple when Cad Bane and Cato Parasitti infiltrated the Temple in order to steal a Jedi holocron. Obi-Wan teamed up with Anakin to find Bane while Ahsoka succeeded in capturing Parasitti. Despite the Jedi's attempts to find him, Bane managed to smuggle the holocron out of the Temple.
After Bane was captured by Anakin and Ahsoka on Naboo, Obi-Wan and Mace Windu interrogated the bounty hunter in an attempt to get him to tell them where he'd taken the kidnapped children. When Bane refused to answer Obi-Wan, Anakin and Mace all used a mind trick on him at the same time. Bane resisted but the Jedi's combined efforts forced him to agree to take them to the children and the holocron.
Obi-Wan and Mace went with the bounty hunter to his base in the Rogue Antar system. Bane took them to the holocron but then Windu accidentally triggered the intruder alert system, causing lasers to fire on the two Jedi Masters. While Kenobi and Windu were occupied, Bane fled. However Obi-Wan and Mace still managed to retrieve the holocron and escape the base just before it was destroyed. Meanwhile Anakin and Ahsoka had rescued the kidnapped children from Mustifar.
The waning months of the Clone Wars saw Kenobi become obsessed with the Dark Jedi whom he and Skywalker had faced numerous times, Asajj Ventress. Through numerous battles with Ventress Kenobi 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 Skywalker along with him, in what Skywalker considered to be 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, once Skywalker had destroyed the deadly bounty hunter Durge once and for all, he became less and less sure of this conviction.
Eventually the two found Ventress 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. She was taken aboard a medical ship (along with Alpha 17), awoke shortly after, and ordered the pilot to take her far away from the war, Dooku, and the Jedi. Kenobi was left believing that she was truly dead.
Kenobi spent the last few months before the end of the war serving with Skywalker 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 Skywalker being away from his secret wife, Kenobi took these campaigns in his stride, leading the Republic to a long string of victories. In the few weeks before the Battle of Coruscant Kenobi and Skywalker 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 Skywalker 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 Skywalker's and Kenobi's lightsabers to his belt as trophies.
- "He was deceived by a lie. We all were. It appears that the Chancellor 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[src]
Kenobi aboard the Invisible Hand.When Supreme Chancellor Palpatine was kidnapped by General [[Grievous and taken onto his flagship, the Invisible Hand during the Battle of Coruscant in 19 BBY, Obi-Wan and Anakin 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 Skywalker and himself to rush in and rescue the Chancellor. Once on board, 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. Initially, the two Jedi used lesser styles to lull Dooku into a false sense of confidence, before suddenly switching to their more advanced styles. Dooku was caught off guard and pushed Kenobi off to the side to deal with Skywalker exclusively. While Anakin drove Dooku up the stairs to the entrance balcony of the General's Quarters, Obi-Wan dealt with the super battle droids that Dooku had brought to distract the two. However, once he did so, Dooku immediately kicked Anakin aside and grasped Obi-Wan in a Force Choke, hurled him to the side of the room, and brought a section of the balcony down on him rendering Kenobi unconscious.
Consequently, he was unable to stop Skywalker from murdering Dooku at Palpatine's behest. However, Palpatine was unable to stop Skywalker from rescuing Kenobi.
When Kenobi recovered, he found himself upside-down, in an elevator shaft, staring at Palpatine hanging on Skywalker's leg. Quickly righting himself, he asked the obvious, Have I missed something? When they got back into the hallways, Kenobi suggested they make their way to the hangar bay to hopefully find something still capable of flight. Unfortunately, they were unable to make it to the hangar because they got caught in a ray shield. Obi-Wan engaging one of Grievous' MagnaGuards.Brought to the bridge, they were gloated at by Grievous, but Obi-Wan remained confident. When R2-D2 created a distraction, Kenobi, using the Force, retrieved his lightsaber from Grievous and cut his and Skywalker's bonds. Engaging and defeating Grievous' MagnaGuards, they moved to corner the General. However, Grievous used an electrostaff set on overload to shatter the bridge viewport and exited, climbing along the ship exterior to the escape pods and launching all of them along the way. Having no other escape, Kenobi asked if Skywalker could pilot this cruiser. Skywalker managed to crash land the remains of the ship, and they walked away relatively unscathed.
- "The Council wants you to report on all the Chancellor's dealings. They want to know what he's up to."
"They want me to spy on the Chancellor?! But that's treason."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker[src]
As Palpatine began to gather more power to himself, Kenobi became very concerned. He counseled Skywalker to be wary of the Chancellor. When Skywalker was appointed to the Council and instructed to spy on Palpatine, Kenobi was the only member who was against the Council's decision. Despite this, Skywalker began distrusting him just as much as the rest of the council, and Kenobi felt he was justified in this.
- "Your move."
"You fool! I've been trained in your Jedi arts by Count Dooku."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi and General Grievous[src]
When Grievous was discovered on Utapau, Kenobi was sent by the Jedi Council to eliminate him. With the death of Count Dooku during the Battle of Coruscant, Grievous had become the Head of State of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, meaning Grievous' death would end the Clone Wars.
Obi-Wan eventually tracked Grievous down and went down alone to scout out the area. Deceiving the droids into thinking he had left, Kenobi quietly used a varactyl named Boga to move around in search of the general. Discovering the cyborg's hiding place, he faced the General alone, after defeating some of his bodyguards. Kenobi shoots Grievous with his own blaster.The General fought the Jedi Master using four of his collected lightsabers in an unpredictable personalized style, using his top two lightsaber as saws, and his bottom two pointing at Obi-Wan. Grievous was a powerful opponent but Obi-Wan's mastery of Soresu allowed him to quickly slice off two of the cyborgs hands. When the 212th Attack Battalion, led by Commander Cody, successfully ambushed the unsuspecting Separatists, Grievous used the resulting confusion to flee, followed closely by Kenobi. Their vicious chase eventually led them to Grievous' private landing platform where the two completed the battle. It ended when Kenobi used the General's own blaster to shoot him through the gutsack, killing him.
- "Did you find Kenobi?"
"Sir, no one could've survived that fall."
"Start loading your men onto the ships. Move it!"
- ―Clone Commander Cody and a Clone trooper[src]
When Order 66 was issued by Palpatine, commanding all clone troopers to kill their Jedi Generals, Obi-Wan narrowly escaped murder at the hands of his clones; the blast from an AT-TE's main cannon that was intended to kill him was fired from a long range, and therefore did not manage a direct hit. It instead sent Kenobi plummeting into the lake at the bottom of the sinkhole with his mount, the varactyl Boga. After recovering from this attempted murder, Kenobi 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 Kenobi watches a hologram of Darth Sidious and Darth Vader in abject shock.Kenobi 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. Kenobi 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 his former apperentice cutting down 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. Kenobi begged to fight the Emperor because he considered Skywalker as a brother. Yoda told him that the Emperor was too strong for Kenobi and that Skywalker was not the boy he trained, but consumed by Darth Vader. The two then separated.
Kenobi went to visit Skywalker's secret wife Padmé Amidala, confronting her with the truth that Skywalker had turned to the Dark Side. Amidala refused to believe him, and would not tell Kenobi that Skywalker 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, realising and forcing her to admit that Skywalker was the father of her child, hence her reluctance to help him: apologising for what he had to do, Kenobi took his leave of her. Kenobi, after sneaking onto Amidala's space cruiser as the Senator prepared to leave to find Skywalker herself, tracked the Sith apprentice to the volcanic world of 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!"
- ―Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi before their duel — Listen (file info)[src]
Arriving on Mustafar stowed away on Amidala's ship, Kenobi witnessed the exchange between her and Vader. When he revealed himself, Vader was consumed by rage and began choking Amidala, accusing her of betraying him and bringing Kenobi to murder him. Managing to convince Anakin to let her go, but not before Vader choked her into unconsciousness, he attempted to reason with the Sith Lord. Vader retorted with an offer to let Kenobi go, but Kenobi refused, drawing his lightsaber. With a murderous battlecry, Vader drew his and leapt at Kenobi, and one of the greatest battles of Jedi history began, that would determine the fate of the galaxy.
Vader viciously drove Obi-Wan back through the complex with his mastery of Djem So, however he was unable to penetrate Kenobi's mastery of Soresu. Their bout in the control room of the complex deactivated the energy shield protecting the settlement, so when their fight spread to the collection arms of the lava mining facility, they were forced to dodge a rain of fire. While they were fighting, the weight and heat of the lava caused the collection arms structure to weaken and eventually collapse and break loose. Obi-Wan on Mustafar during his climactic duel with Darth Vader.Obi-Wan and Vader continued to fight on the collection arm as it floated down a lava river, but when they came to a lava fall, Kenobi leapt off onto one of the mining platforms floating above the river. Thinking Vader dead, he turned to find the Sith Lord perched on a lava mining droid, having leapt from the structure before it plunged to oblivion. As their fight continued they floated back upriver, continuing to exchange verbal barbs. Kenobi desperately tried to convince Vader of Palpatine's evil, but when Vader retorted the Jedi were evil from his perspective, Obi-Wan bellowed "WELL THEN, YOU ARE LOST!" back at him, accepting his old student and friend was beyond redemption. As their battle edged close to shore, Obi-Wan took his chance and leapt onto the shore, gaining the high ground over Vader. Although Obi-Wan warned Vader off with "It's over, Anakin! I have the high ground!", the Sith snarled back, "You underestimate my power!". Obi-Wan, out of a last vestige of friendship, begged Vader not to try the jump, but out of sheer spite and hubris, Vader lunged at his former master, only to have his left arm and both legs cut off, sending the Sith tumbling down the lava bank.
As Vader lay cursing his former master, Obi-Wan 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!"
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi — Listen (file info)[src]
As Obi-Wan watched Vader attempt to scramble onto the bank, his old apprentice screamed: "I hate you!" Obi-Wan stared at his old apprentice, sadness in his eyes. Holding back his tears, he replied, "You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you." As he watched Vader's graphic near-immolation from the heat of the lava, the Sith crying out his eternal hatred for Kenobi, he retrieved Skywalker's blue lightsaber. Considering ending Vader's life then and there, he let Vader be, and allowed the Force to determine Vader's fate. Kenobi left the planet just before Palpatine and his clone escorts landed on the surface. Palpatine and his escorts rescued the Dark Lord from what was almost a horrific fiery demise. Despite his Jedi detachment and strength of will, the duel between himself and Skywalker and the knowledge that he did not end Vader's life when he had a chance, would weigh upon Kenobi for the rest of his life until his one-time pupil's redemption at the Battle of Endor.
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi to Yoda and Bail Organa, referring to Luke[src]
After leaving Mustafar, Kenobi took Amidala to Polis Massa. There, with Bail Organa and Master Yoda, the three of them discovered that Amidala was carrying twins and had to be operated on quickly if they were to save the babies, because Amidala was literally dying of a broken heart. Kenobi served as Amidala's coach as the babies were born. Amidala gave her japor snippet to Kenobi to keep for her, but he didn't understand the significance of this gesture so he gave it back to her. It was supposedly buried with her. Amidala also told Kenobi she still believed there was good in her husband before she finally died.
Kenobi, Organa, and Yoda all agreed that Kenobi would take Anakin Skywalker's son Luke to Anakin Skywalker's step-brother Owen Lars and his wife Beru on Tatooine. Organa meanwhile would take Skywalker's daughter Leia to Alderaan, and Yoda would hide on the swamp world of Dagobah.
- "That wizard's just a crazy old man. I don't think he exists anymore. He died about the same time as your father."
- ―Owen Lars to Luke Skywalker[src]
With most of his friends dead, Kenobi spent the next few years on the run.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, Kenobi 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 Skywalker's "death", though he still had an inkling that he was in fact alive as well as wondering why his former Master, Jinn, 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. Although Owen decided to gather a group of farmers to combat the Tuskens and win his vaporators back through a bloody war, Kenobi had other ideas.
Instead, Kenobi set out on his own and managed to track the Sandpeople, contemplating 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, and 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. Kenobi 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 though Kenobi found himself drawing upon his anger, he was able to let go of the dark and destructive feeling. Instead of murdering the entire clan as Anakin Skywalker had done in the past, Kenobi 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 legendary reputation amongst the Sandpeople. Kenobi during his exile on Tatooine.On returning to the Lars Homestead, Kenobi 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. Kenobi left the farm, returning to his solitude and contemplation.
For the first few months of his self-imposed exile Kenobi had no idea what had become of Vader after he had left him to his fate on Mustafar, but one day at a cantina Kenobi finally heard that he was alive when news reached him of Vader’s victory at the Battle of Kashyyyk. He was shocked that the remaining Jedi thought they could band together to defeat the Sith Lord. He had hoped that they would go into hiding like he and Yoda did.
Unbeknownst to Kenobi 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.
Over the next few months, Kenobi felt he was ready to train in the way of the Whills, but Jinn'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 Ferus Olin, a former Padawan learner Kenobi had thought dead, was on the run from Imperial forces. Jinn convinced Kenobi to track Olin, promising him that this quest would help Kenobi's mission to protect the baby. With the spirit of Jinn temporarily looking after one-year-old Luke, Kenobi went to Bellassa, where he helped Ferus escape the ruthless Inquisitor Malorum and discovered that Malorum was interested in the events of Polis Massa. Pursued by Boba Fett, Kenobi and Olin escaped from Bellassa to the Red Twins system.
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, a security expert sent by Malorum, and with the help of Polis Massan Maneeli Tuun, Kenobi tried to deceive him by pretending to be Osh Scal, the supply officer who had witnessed the events. Kenobi also tried to misguide Sancor offering a more tempting target for his research. When Sancor saw an image of Schal in the files, the charade failed and Kenobi was forced to eliminate him; Sancor was accidentally killed.
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 to returned to Tatooine. Kenobi had to leave the asteroid soon afterwards. He met with Olin and asked the former Padawan to take care of Malorum. Kenobi did not tell Olin about the birth of the Skywalker twins, but specifically asked Olin to not allow Malorum to discover whatever had happened in Polis Massa; Kenobi correctly believed that Sancor's death would not deter Malorum from continuing his research. Upon Kenobi's return, Jinn's spirit came to him once again, this time to tell him he was ready to train in the way of the Whills.
Obi-Wan duels A'Sharad Hett on Tatooine.On Tatooine in 17 BBY, Obi-Wan met A'Sharad Hett, another Jedi who had survived Order 66. A'Sharad was leading a Tusken Raider group near the Lars's moisture farm. Obi-Wan had noticed Hett's activities in his exile, and believed Hett was frighteningly close to the dark side, becoming the very thing he was claiming to fight. He begged Hett to stop his crusade there and then, not mentioning to Hett exactly why he had chosen to defend this small farm. However, Hett refused to listen; the settlers and farmers had killed countless Tuskens, and blood called out for blood. With little choice, both Jedi ignited their lightsabers and fought a brutal duel on the desert flat, with the entire Tusken army watching them.
The duel ended with the loss of Hett's right arm, and the extra humiliation of having his mask removed. Hett became an outcast, and asked Kenobi to finish him off. However Obi-Wan would still follow the Jedi Order's tenets, and would never strike down an unarmed opponent. Instead, he made Hett swear on the honor of his late father that he would leave Tatooine and never return, hoping that one day, Hett would see the error of his ways and again take up the Jedi way. Hett never did and he eventually became the Dark Lord of the Sith known as Darth Krayt. Warning: The following section is non-canon. It contains information explicitly released under the Infinities brand, and/or confirmed to be non-canon by the author or Lucasfilm. Everything said in this section and not elsewhere did not happen in the "proper" Star Wars continuity.Obi-Wan Kenobi during 16 BBY.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. Kenobi 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?" Kenobi 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." Non-canon information ends here.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". Ben Kenobi.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 Huey 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 Huey and would have 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 Skywalker'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 Skywalker 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.
At some unspecified point, Kenobi thought of trying to track down and trace Outbound Flight as there were twenty Jedi amongst its number, possibly the largest group of Jedi in existence. What he didn't know is that Outbound Flight had been destroyed by Commander Mitth'raw'nuruodo and all the Jedi aboard had perished. He recorded what information he could gather into an electronic tome which Princess Leia and Han Solo later recovered in 8 ABY. Although they were not able to immediately unlock the data, C-3PO at least determined what was on the device.
- "In this struggle, we shall need more than arms and intercepted plans. It's time we summoned the help of one of our wisest warriors and leaders."
- ―Bail Organa, tasking Leia with the mission to bring Obi-Wan Kenobi to Alderaan[src]
- "I want to learn the ways of the Force and become a Jedi like my father."
- ―Luke Skywalker — Listen (file info)[src]
Ben recalls once going by the name Obi-Wan.Thirty-two years after the Battle of Naboo, Obi-Wan rescued Luke Skywalker from Tusken Raiders while Luke was tracking the errant R2-D2, who insisted he was the property of, and carried a message for, Obi-Wan Kenobi. They returned to Obi-Wan's home, and Kenobi used the opportunity to finally present Luke with Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber. However, when Luke asked Obi-Wan about his father's death, Kenobi disguised the truth from him.
- "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. Vader was seduced by the dark side of the Force."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]
In Obi-Wan's way of thinking, this was not untrue: Anakin Skywalker died the moment he betrayed the Jedi and chose the path of evil, completely becoming Darth Vader, much to the confusion of Luke.
After seeing 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 realized that the time he had been waiting for had arrived. Luke Skywalker becomes Obi-Wan's final apprentice.His self-imposed exile was over. He invited Luke to accompany him to Alderaan and aid the Rebellion, but Luke initially demurred, offering only to take Kenobi and the droids to Anchorhead. On their way, however, they came across the remains of a Jawa sandcrawler that Kenobi determined had been attacked by Imperial Stormtroopers. Recognizing the dead Jawas as the same ones that had sold them the droids earlier, Luke raced home to find his aunt and uncle already killed.
Upon returning to Kenobi, the formerly reluctant Luke decided he would go with Kenobi to Alderaan and learn about the Force like his father. Pleased with this answer, Kenobi took Luke and the droids to Mos Eisley spaceport to find transport 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 Kenobi chopping off the Aqualish's arm. In the cantina, Kenobi met the Wookiee Chewbacca, first mate on the Millennium Falcon. After some negotiation, the ship's captain, Han Solo agreed to fly them to Alderaan. As they were about to leave, they were ambushed in the hangar by several Imperial Stormtroopers, but they evaded capture and made a successful hyperspace jump to the Alderaan system.
Kenobi disables the tractor beam 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."
Before they could reach their destination, Alderaan was destroyed by the Imperial Super Weapon, 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 Obi-Wan deactivated the tractor beam so the Falcon could escape.
On his way back to the ship, Obi-Wan 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. Obi-Wan distracted Vader and his stormtroopers in a fierce duel and the two proved equally skilled. Kenobi allowed Luke and the rest of the crew to reach the Falcon. As their battle progressed, Kenobi responded to Vader's mockings with cryptic warnings.
Kenobi allows himself to be struck down by his former apprentice, Darth Vader.:"Your powers are weak, old man."
"You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."
Upon seeing Luke, he sacrificed himself for Luke and the Falcon's crew to 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. Kenobi became a force ghost, and was more powerful than ever.
- "The Force will be with you. Always."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke Skywalker[src]
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, Kenobi 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 Force ghost appearing to Luke on Hoth.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 Kenobi. 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.
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, the tyrant later being destroyed by Anakin Skywalker. Kenobi was seen shortly after the Battle of Endor, standing next to the spirits of Anakin Skywalker 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 telling Luke the truth about his father.It was also thanks to Jedi information kept safe at Kenobi's home on Tatooine that Luke was able to find out how to make his own lightsaber before the Battle of Endor.
Kenobi spoke to Luke again, immediately after the Battle of Endor, warning him of the threat posed by the invading Ssi-ruuvi Imperium, and would also help Luke find the fabled Lost City of the Jedi.
Kenobi, Yoda, and Anakin Skywalker 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, and again when watching the living planet Zonama Sekot leave at the end of the Yuuzhan Vong War. Kenobi said, "She's leaving", to which Luke told Mara, "Ben's words, not mine."
- "Ben is a great man!"
- ―Luke Skywalker to Han Solo[src]
Obi-Wan Kenobi appears to Luke in a vision over Coruscant.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. Anakin Solo using Obi-Wan's lightsaber to defeat Orloc.Kenobi's lightsaber was inside Vader's TIE Advanced during the Battle of Yavin. Apparently, the weapon was later recovered by the Empire but 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. 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 Kenobi as the monster. This was corrected when the cult was integrated into the greater Jedi Order by Luke Skywalker.
Master Kenobi.In his youth, the loyal and dedicated Obi-Wan Kenobi possessed a dry sense of humor and sarcastic wit. Yoda said that he sensed Qui-Gon Jinn's defiance in him, but spoke very highly of him nonetheless. Jinn himself reflected upon Obi-Wan'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, Kenobi 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 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, who was in many ways his opposite in personality. Kenobi carefully measured his actions in any situation, garnering him the aforementioned nom de guerre. Kenobi was also known to be an accomplished story teller. 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.
Obi-Wan defends Satine, with whom he at one time had an affair:"I've loved you from the moment you came to my aid all those years ago." […]
"Had you said the word, I would have left the Jedi Order."
While apprenticed to Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan went on joint missions with Master Adi Gallia and her Padawan, Siri Tachi. While involved in a life-threatening situation, the two Padawans acknowledged that they were in love, but never acted on their feelings for each other. They instead agreed they would focus on their duty as Jedi. When Siri died in the clone wars, Obi-Wan was heartbroken but was able to move on from her death.
While apprenticed to Qui-Gon Jinn, Kenobi went on a mission to protect Satine Kryze. They were always on the run from bounty hunters and they never knew what would happen next. Kenobi saved Kryze in at least one instance when he was a Padawan. At some point after becoming a Jedi Knight, Kenobi had an affair with the Duchess from the planet Kalevala. However, in the Clone Wars, their feelings for each other resurfaced. Their relationship also never developed and they broke off the affair to focus on their mutual responsibilities as peacekeepers.
As a young Jedi Padawan, Kenobi showed much potential, through feats such as resisting a memory wipe (being renewed) at the hands of the Syndicat, and defeating a corrupt Bruck Chun in a lightsaber duel.
In his early years, Kenobi was trained in Ataru, but later abandoned it as his primary form due to its lack of defense, which resulted in the death of his master, Qui-Gon Jinn. However, he still mastered Ataru and utilized it on numerous occasions. After changing his signature lightsaber form, Obi-Wan studied and mastered Soresu. Even masters such as Mace Windu acknowledged Kenobi's prowess with this form; indeed Windu once claimed that Obi-Wan was not a master of Soresu but the master of Soresu.
Obi-Wan also utilized elements of Shii-Cho, infusing aspects into his swordplay in many battles, including the rematch with Count Dooku on board the Invisible Hand. He also knew Sokan, which he utilized in his fight against Darth Vader, and Niman, sometimes using its opening stance, that is, with the blade cocked high, and was apparently skilled in Jar'Kai, being able to resist a seasoned practitioner of this style, Asajj Ventress, with another lightsaber, Ky Narec's one, in addition to his own during their short duel on Rattatak.
Obi-Wan was one of the greatest duelists of his time, rivaling even Yoda and Mace Windu. He killed Darth Maul in one-to-one engagement; resisted Dooku for a lengthy period of time, despite being exhausted and wielding an unfamiliar lightsaber. He also fended off Asajj Ventress in her own style; defeated Grievous in the lightsaber dueling portion of their fight; and finally won against his former Padawan, Darth Vader, without any physical injury. Kenobi blocking Count Dooku's Force lightning.
Though Obi-Wan focused largely on lightsaber combat he was also very skilled and powerful in use of the Force. He was trained in use of the Mind trick, Force persuasion and the more advanced Dominate Mind skill. As instructed by Qui-Gon Jinn's Force ghost, Kenobi learned the ability to become a spirit after death, like his former Master. He would later put this skill to good use, guiding and counseling Luke Skywalker.
Kenobi was also capable of a very powerful Force Push, which he used against Grievous during their duel in 19 BBY. He later displayed his mastery of Force Push during his duel with Darth Vader and niether of them were able to overpower then other while using the power. He was also capable of other telekinetic feats and could use the Force to increase his body's endurance and agility. Kenobi was capable of using the Force to perform extensive acrobatics, allowing him to leap huge distances.
Apart from these impressive applications of the Force, Obi-Wan was known to be incredibly adept with the arcane power of Beast Control, allowing him to exert considerable influence over otherwise untamable beasts; indeed, during the Battle of Ryloth, the Jedi Master was able to calm and control a large group of starved, vicious and attacking gutkurrs. It is also possible that Kenobi used this power to create a connection between him and Boga, during the Battle of Utapau, which would account for the high level of loyalty the creature displayed towards him.
In addition, Kenobi was able to use Force deflection as well as Force repulse to a remarkable degree, as shown in his fight with Durge when he deflected many of the bounty hunter's attacks without his lightsaber and exploded him from the inside out after being absorbed.
Obi-Wan Kenobi proved himself to be a great military strategist. During the Clone Wars, he personally led his troops to many famous victories, on worlds such as Raxus Prime, Muunilinst and Utapau. His tactical skills allowed the Republic to minimize the Clone casualties during the evacuation of Rhen Var. His use of Advanced Recon Commandos and Lance Troopers on Muunilinst were key elements to the victory of the Republic.
Despite his dislike of flying, Kenobi was an excellent pilot. As a Padawan, he was known as one of the greatest pilots in the Jedi Order, expressing great interest in the early Jedi starfighter program. During the Clone Wars, he led many attacks from the cockpit of his Jedi starfighter or his Jedi interceptor, often designated as Red Leader. He could repair all kinds of craft and machines as well as use computers to enhance his various skills.
In his later years, Kenobi apparently learned to understand Shyriiwook and other alien languages.
- "This weapon is your life."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi to Anakin Skywalker[src]
Kenobi's first self-made lightsaber.Kenobi's final lightsaber as of 0 BBY. Add a photo to this galleryWhen Kenobi was a youngling and Padawan, he was given a lightsaber by an unknown Jedi, probably Yoda, for training. His first Padawan lightsaber accompanied him until an unknown circumstance. Kenobi built a new lightsaber based on the designs of his friend Quinlan Vos and his Master Qui-Gon Jinn.
The second Padawan lightsaber was with him until the Battle of Naboo, when Darth Maul disarmed Kenobi and kicked his lightsaber down a generator shaft. To defeat the Sith, Kenobi used Force pull to reach for his fallen Master's discarded lightsaber and kill Maul. There were debates as to what happened to Kenobi's second Padawan lightsaber. Either he somehow retrieved his saber from the pit or replaced his lost one by making an exact replica. He used Jinn's lightsaber for an unknown time.
Ten years after his Master's death and the approval of his training of young Anakin Skywalker, Kenobi still used the same design as his second Padawan lightsaber. This lightsaber was lost when Kenobi was captured by the Separatists on Geonosis. During the Battle of Geonosis, he was given a temporary replacement by one of the Jedi in the task force that had come to rescue him, Skywalker and Senator Amidala. Kenobi later reacquired his own lightsaber and used it during the early part of the Clone Wars.
After being promoted to the rank of Jedi Master, Kenobi built what was to be his final lightsaber. This last one was based on the design of his first Padawan saber. During his exile, he made some adjustments with its parts, such as changing the belt fastener from a clip to a ring.
Even after his death, he left a journal of how to create a lightsaber. Luke used that journal to build his first lightsaber based on the design of Kenobi's. In the New Jedi Order, that design provided inspiration to the newer generations, like Jaina and Anakin Solo.
There have been debates about Kenobi's lightsaber during Revenge of the Sith due to his appearance in the Clone Wars animated series. Some say he wields the same lightsaber in Episode III as he wielded in Episodes II and I. Kenobi constructed his final lightsaber during the Clone Wars; however, there are quite a few scenes in the Clone Wars animated series that show his lightsaber quite clearly, and the lightsaber is the same one he wielded during The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. It can be speculated that Kenobi lost that lightsaber during his imprisonment on Rattatak. Although some companies that make replicas, such as Master Replicas, use Kenobi's "final" design for the Revenge of the Sith model, other lightsaber replica makers claim that he wielded the same lightsaber in Episode III as in I and II. During the Revenge of the Sith movie, there are several scenes that show his lightsaber clearly, all of them showing his lightsaber resembling his final lightsaber, and there are no shots that show the same lightsaber he wielded in Episodes I and II. The lightsaber had exactly the same parts so they worked the same.
Alec Guinness as Kenobi in A New Hope.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 was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (the only acting-related Academy Award nomination for any Star Wars film). Guinness reprised the role as Kenobi's ghost in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Early concept for young Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Phantom Menace.In the Clone Wars micro-series, its sequel series The Clone Wars and the video games Battlefront II and Revenge of the Sith, Kenobi 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, while Tim Omundson provided his voice in Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike. In the radio dramatizations, he was voiced by Bernard Behrens.
Despite great critical acclaim, Alec Guinness disliked being associated solely with the role of Kenobi. To limit his role in the trilogy, it was reportedly Guinness's own idea that Ben should die on the Death Star.
However, as stated in The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film, it is Lucas who originally comes up with the idea of having Ben die, to which Guinness initially objected. After explaining that Ben would have little to do in the story after the Millennium Falcon escaped from the Death Star, Lucas was able to successfully convince him to allow it.
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 Kenobi into the aging mentor.
In the third draft of Star Wars, Kenobi 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 Kenobi performs to frighten the Tusken Raiders. In the 2004 DVD release of A New Hope, the roar was changed to mimic that of his mount Boga from Revenge of the Sith.
The name 'Obi-Wan' curiously resembles a droid name (e.g. Emkay (MK), Threepio (3PO), Artoo (R2) etc), and theoretically it could also be written as OB1 (KNO-B).
Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader are the only organic characters to appear in all six movies; the inorganic ones are R2-D2 and C-3PO.
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 Kenobi 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 Kenobi was born on Tatooine, and while his homeworld has yet to be revealed, this is highly unlikely, considering the planet's distance 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 Kenobi 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 video games, there are many non-canonical endings involving Kenobi:
In the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith video game, there is an option to play as Darth Vader during his duel with Kenobi. The level plays exactly as the canonical level until the ending. As Kenobi is on the hill warning Anakin Skywalker "don't try it", Skywalker flips over Kenobi and stabs him in the back.
In Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition, Lord Starkiller comes to Tatooine searching for R2-D2 and C-3PO, who have the plans to the Death Star. Starkiller tracks them to Docking Bay 94, and in an attempt to hold off the dark assassin, Kenobi duels Starkiller. The more experienced Kenobi is no match for the more powerful Starkiller, and Starkiller runs Kenobi through with his lightsaber before hurling him into the Millenium Falcon engines. Kenobi returns instantly as a blue Force ghost and is again defeated by Starkiller through the use of Force powers. In the non-canon Hoth level, the title crawl mentions that Luke has been learning the ways of the Force from Kenobi's spirit.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Sharpshooter (Appears in hologram) (Ambiguously canonical source)
- Path of the Jedi
- "The Lesson" - Star Wars Tales 14 (Ambiguously canonical source)
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption (Non-storyline mode only)
- Republic Commando: Order 66 game
- LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
- LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
- LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
- LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
- Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron
- Tag & Bink: Revenge of the Clone Menace
- Kowakian Monkey-Lizard
- LEGO Star Wars: Revenge of the Brick
- Old Wounds
- "Luke Skywalker: Detective" - Star Wars Tales 20 (Ambiguously canonical source)
- "Skippy the Jedi Droid" - Star Wars Tales 1
- Tag & Bink Are Dead
- "The Rebel Club" - Star Wars Tales 19
- "The Long, Bad Day" - Star Wars Tales 16 (Appears as a ghost or a spirit)
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition
- Star Wars Infinities: A New Hope
- Star Wars Infinities: The Empire Strikes Back (Appears as a ghost or a spirit)
- Star Wars Infinities: Return of the Jedi (Appears as a ghost or a spirit)
- The Return of Tag & Bink: Special Edition (Appears as a ghost or a spirit)
- "The Secret Tales of Luke's Hand" - Star Wars Tales 8 (Mentioned only)
- "Tall Tales" - Star Wars Tales 11 (Ambiguously canonical source) (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars -Phantasmagoria- (Appears in flashback(s))