We rank the 50 best Star Wars characters of all-time

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4. Obi-Wan Kenobi

Major Appearances

  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Clone Wars

Best Moment

Obi-Wan’s best moment might seem like his worst. Giving himself up to Darth Vader and allowing him to kill him was the smartest move he could have made. Not only was he of no more use to Luke, Han and the gang, but he was truly more powerful in death than he ever was in life. He was able to guide Luke in ways he couldn’t with Anakin — which might have been a reason for the different outcomes.

Worst Moment

We’ve learned throughout the Star Wars saga that not everyone is perfect — something that Obi-Wan proved in a pretty massive way. All he had to do was make sure Anakin didn’t go insane and destroy the galaxy, which is exactly what happened. His worst moment was not killing Anakin on the shores of Mustafar, which would have stopped the galaxy from plunging to the depths of darkness that it did.


Obi-Wan grew from being a young padawan to a wise old man, a character arc that is largely overshadowed by the arc Anakin follows. But while the story is about the Skywalkers, Obi-Wan truly serves his uncle role right, as he guides not one but two different Skywalkers on their paths to being Jedi. He wasn’t perfect, but he’s the backbone of the Star Wars saga and often times it’s moral conscious.

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