7. Vs. Darth Vader
Obi-Wan Kenobi knew that by going on this adventure with young Luke Skywalker that he would one day be confronted by his former padawan Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. He may not have realized it was going to happen so soon, but once they were sucked into the Death Star’s tractor beam he had to realize that time was upon him.
While the rematch between Vader and Kenobi isn’t the most exciting lightsaber duel in Star Wars, in fact, it is probably the lamest, it is one of the more meaningful. Obi-Wan knows that he can’t beat Darth Vader one on one, and he doesn’t need to. He clashes sabers with his former apprentice long enough for Luke to run over and watch the battle. He tells Vader that if he strikes him down he’ll become more powerful than he can ever imagine. Once Luke is watching, Obi-Wan gives himself up and lets Vader slice through him with his red blade. Obi-Wan disappears and all that is left on the ground is a pile of stinky old robes and a lightsaber.
Obi-Wan sacrifices himself because he knows that he will be more useful to Luke speaking to him from beyond and will be able to be a sort of spirit guide to him on his journey to saving the galaxy from his father and the Emperor.
6. Fighting Jango Fett
Obi-Wan’s battle with Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones was an awesome and unique fight. Before this fight, we had only seen Jedi battle Sith, or take on battle droids. This was the first time we saw a Jedi battle a non-Force user who was much more skilled than a droid or clone trooper.
Jango is actually able to hold his own against the Jedi using his vast array of weapons. He throws everything he has at Obi-Wan, including his big backpack rocket. During the fight which takes place in the rain, Obi-Wan loses his lightsaber and we see a lot of actual physical combat from the Jedi Master. He punches and kicks Jango, and is even able to keep his wit about him as he says “Oh, not good.” When he kicks Jango Fett over the edge of the landing pad while they are both still connected by Jango’s cable. This is one of the best scenes from Attack of the Clones, and we realize that Obi-Wan is a great warrior even if he isn’t carrying around his laser sword.