30 Days of Thanks: Why We’re Thankful For Obi-Wan Kenobi
What would our 30 Days of Thanks be without recognizing the most adorable Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi?
Impacting two of the three Star Wars trilogies, Obi-Wan has become one of the most beloved characters in the franchise. Here’s why we’re thankful.
HE’S THE SUPERIOR JEDI
The goody-two-shoes of Star Wars, Obi-Wan stands out as a unique character. Not only did he put up with two generations of Skywalker men, but he did so without allowing the dark side to change his moral compass.
Even after his first apprentice—Anakin Skywalker—fell to the dark side, he didn’t run away from the galaxy’s problems like
Luke Skywalker some Jedi after him. Obi-Wan’s belief in the Jedi legacy never wavered. And this passion for the Jedi way influenced the galaxy long after his death, as the Skywalker legacy would not have continued without his mentorship of Luke.
HIS ICONIC LINES
One of the best qualities of any character is their quotability, and Obi-Wan passes the test. How else am I supposed to make friends if I can’t nonchalantly sneak Star Wars references into a conversation, so I can find out if someone is a fan or not?
And quoting Obi-Wan is easy because of his playful nature and infinite wisdom. From “I have the high ground” to “Use the force, Luke”, he has been delivering iconic lines since his Padawan days. I am convinced there is an Obi-Wan line for every situation in life.
HIS COMPASSIONATE NATURE
Obi-Wan is the epitome of a good friend: full of compassion. And in the Star Wars universe, compassion is defined as “unconditional love.” Even when Anakin tried to strike him down in anger, Obi-Wan loved him as a brother.
The biggest testament to his compassionate nature is his care for Anakin’s wife, Padmé Amidala, and son, Luke Skywalker. Obi-Wan was present at the delivery of Padmé’s twins to comfort her after Anakin’s transformation into Darth Vader. And when mentoring Luke, he believed in the young Skywalker’s potential as a Jedi instead of holding his father’s actions against him.
Whether watching the character portrayal of Alec Guinness or Ewan McGregor, we love Obi-Wan. Saving the prequel trilogy from cinematic disaster in his youth and the galaxy from the threat of the Empire in his seniority, the noble Jedi has a special place in our hearts.
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