9 of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Greatest Moments in Star Wars

Luke Skywalker once referred to Obi-Wan Kenobi as “Old Ben” which belies the truth of the greatness that rests on the shoulders of one of the few Jedi that actually, truly made a difference in the struggle to bring balance to the Force. Indeed Han and Leia named their son Ben.
Obi-Wan has appeared in six Star Wars movies, while his voice can be heard in two others, and he's indirectly referenced in the rest, so he’s had plenty of opportunities to get in on the action.

Here are our favorite moments of the character, be they quotes, saber fights, or misdirection.

This little one's not worth it

By the time Obi-Wan and Luke visit Mos Eisley's Chalmun's Cantina bar, we haven't quite got the measure of Obi-Wan. He's demonstrated some smarts in dealing with the Sand People and showed us a Jedi mind trick to great effect.

But he's just a creaky old man right? Not so, my young Padawan!

As Ponda Baba and his mate Dr. Evazan try to pick a fight with Luke, Obi-Wan politely intercedes with a friendly, “this little one's not worth it” which brings no result. As Ponda presses further Obi-Wan cuts his arm off with his lightsaber. We learn at that moment Obi-Wan was a take no prisoners kind of guy and to be regarded quite seriously.

Fun fact: The Empire Strikes Back's assassin droid IG-88 was made from recycled Cantina bar parts!

When he took down General Grievous 

Grievous had been fairly successful in his turn as Supreme Commander of the Droid Army during the much-vaunted Clone Wars – so much so that he was a feared opponent for all those taking part in the infamous conflict.

So it would have been hugely pleasing for General Kenobi to have beaten him in their fight in Revenge of the Sith – if Jedi were to have feelings, that is.

We think this fight with Grievous was great as it was a battle of wills, featured some badass saber movies by Grevious, and ended with Kenobi delivering a classic line about guns being “so uncivilized.”

When he took down Darth Maul

Admit it, you felt pained when Darth Maul killed Qui-Gon Jin in The Phantom Menace, but you damn well loved it when Obi-Wan did a Force flip, grabbed his saber, and split Maul in two. It was a standout moment in The Phantom Menace and arguably one of the best sword moments in all of Star Wars.
The two fellows had a rematch of sorts in The Clone Wars but it just wasn't the same.

That look he gave Vader just after he saw Luke on the Death Star

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For a young child watching Star Wars for the first time, it was confusing when Kenobi appeared to give up his fight with Vader when he saw Luke. Why would he do that?!

It was even more surprising when Kenobi's body seemed to have disappeared as if by some magic. Turns out that was the Force, Yolo!

For older viewers, it was easier to understand the look that Old Ben had. He knew he was about to become more powerful than Vader could have ever imagined and in doing so he would be able to guide and inspire young Luke. And so he gave Darth Vader a telling look and added a wry smile to it. That took balls.

And anyway, a few seconds later Obi-Wan is telling Luke to “Run Luke, run” via the Force – so it paid off.

“Use the Force Luke!”

This was the summation of every part of Obi-Wan in A New Hope. He had taught Luke as much as he could in the short time they had together.

In the knowledge he could become a Force ghost to watch over him, he had died in the hope that it would spur Luke on to defeat the evil Empire.

His guidance at this very moment in the Battle of Yavin directly led to Luke bringing down the Death Star and setting him on a path to assist with Vader's ultimate redemption (though he probably now believed Luke was actually the chosen one).

When He Fought Vader for the Second Time and Left Him for Dead

“Then you are lost!”

The final saber duel between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader in Revenge of the Sith was the culmination of three movies that explained how Darth Vader become Darth Vader – and at the end of the day, one moment of anger, rage, and fear lead to Anakin thinking he could best his mentor, even though it was clearly explained to him that Obi-Wan had the higher ground.

Obi-Wan had no choice but to defend himself and so cut off Anakin's legs and an arm. And then he picked up Little Orphan Annie's saber and walked away leaving him to die.

That was brutal.

He also was not dealing in absolutes.

“And These Blast Points, Too Accurate for Sand People. Only Imperial Stormtroopers Are So Precise”

This is a classic line that became mocked by many fans for being incorrect, as the original trilogy showed the Stormtroopers were pretty bad at aiming. But at that point in the movie, it served the purpose to show how strong-willed and evil the Empire was.

If you'd managed to live through Order 66 as Obi-Wan had, you could forgive him for thinking about Stormtrooper precision when being confronted with the Empire for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Anyway, the whole missing their targets thing was all part of the ruse by Tarkin.

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When He Passes Luke to Aunt Beru at the End of Revenge of the Sith

The passing of the torch in a sense. Kenobi's world had fallen apart, his Jedi life was over, and his friends were all dead.

He was going to “watch over the boy” and this moment gave way to the final shot of Revenge of the Sith – Luke’s two new guardians against the background of Tatooine’s two suns setting, echoing the famous scene of Luke doing the same in A New Hope.

Rey! These Are Your First Steps…

We are throwing in Obi-Wan's brief words to Rey during her flashback sequence, as it was so unexpected in The Force Awakens.

It's great to know someone is looking out for her. This call from the Force echoes prior calls Obi-Wan made to Luke and also how Qui-Gon Jinn reached out to Anakin in Attack of the Clones.

When He Lied to Luke

We didn't know it at the time, but when Obi-Wan took Luke to his home on Tatooine, he lied to Luke about the nature of his father's death.

Obi-Wan told Luke that his pupil Darth Vader killed his father Anakin. The sequel proved this to be a lie, and the so-called Dark Father naming conspiracy began.

For clarity, Old Ben did not lie when he said he couldn't recall owning any droids, as he didn't. He never owned R2-D2 or C-3PO. And of course, he wouldn't so readily give the “game” away to Luke.

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