25 best duos in Star Wars history

Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). Photo: Lucasfilm.
Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). Photo: Lucasfilm. /
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9. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Satine Kryze

Everyone knows the Jedi are forbidden to have attachments, which means romantic relationships aren’t allowed. Star Wars fans, at least until The Clone Wars animated series, knew Obi-Wan Kenobi to be a devoted Jedi Knight, committed to following its rules to the letter. And yet, even Obi-Wan, like his Padawan Anakin, struggled with the Jedi’s attachment prohibition. The Clone Wars introduced us to the great love of Obi-Wan’s life, Satine Kryze, Duchess of Mandalore. Of course, they weren’t actually together. Obi-Wan really was a rule-follower. But they clearly had a chemistry that surely rivaled the romantic relationship between Anakin and Padme.

Interestingly, Satine was a pacifist who struggled to understand Obi-Wan’s commitment to being a part of the Clone Wars. Their ideological differences often caused them to argue, but even in their arguments, there’s an unmistakable romantic tension. Their playful banter, even as they’re trying to survive the Death Watch trying to kill Satine, creates some of the most enjoyable moments of The Clone Wars. Obi-Wan’s love for Satine was so strong that he even said that he would have left the Order for her if she had only asked. But Satine didn’t want to be the reason Obi-Wan left the life he was called to. Tragically, Satine dies at the hands of Darth Maul in Maul’s attempt to invoke rage in Obi-Wan. Obi-wan, however, chooses to honor Satine’s memory by maintaining his composure. The end of their relationship marks one of the saddest moments in Star Wars history.