37. Qui-Gon Jinn’s death (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace)
Qui-Gon Jinn isn’t the biggest name in the Jedi Order, but he’s someone who is respectable within it. He takes on Obi-Wan Kenobi as his Padawan and he trains him well enough to entrust him with keeping an eye on Luke. Jinn’s former master was Count Dooku, who went the way of the dark side.
Jinn was a good teacher to Obi-Wan, which allowed him to relay those teachings to Luke once the time was right. Jinn feels a little underrated at times because I think it’s easy to forget how much of a hand he had in shaping Obi-Wan into the Jedi Knight he eventually became. He’s crucial to Obi-Wan’s story and it’s heartbreaking when Obi-Wan has to watch him die.
Qui-Gon Jinn’s death scene is a pretty brutal one. He’s fighting Darth Maul, who has the double-edged lightsaber and he just drives it through Jinn’s chest. Obi-Wan has to watch on helplessly since he can’t get to him right away. However, he does manage to get to Darth Maul and uses Jinn’s lightsaber to cut him in half. So there’s more than one shocking moment in this scene since we get the two battles back-to-back. Unfortunately, Jinn just isn’t able to survive and he makes sure that Obi-Wan understands that Luke is the Chosen One.