1. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker
“You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you.” These words, spoken by Obi-Wan Kenobi near the end of Revenge of the Sith, mark the tragic end of the most epic duo in Star Wars history. They also capture the depth of the relationship Obi-Wan and Anakin shared. Anakin became Obi-Wan’s apprentice when Obi-Wan himself was too young to fully grasp what he was getting himself into. Qui-Gon Jinn had died, and Obi-Wan had promised to train Anakin to be a Jedi. Because Anakin was so young when he left his mother on Tatooine, Obi-Wan was like a father to him, and though the two of them frequently disagreed on many things related to the Jedi Order, they became the best of friends.
Obi-Wan’s commitment to Anakin was demonstrated early on in Marvel’s 4-issue Obi-Wan and Anakin comic. Anakin was considering leaving the Jedi Order, and despite Obi-Wan’s allegiance to the Order, he had decided to follow Anakin if he left, until their adventure on a strange planet convinced Anakin to stay. The prequel trilogy and The Clone Wars animated series showed Obi-Wan and Anakin on numerous adventures, demonstrating both their playful interactions and early foreshadowing of the fall of their relationship. It all ends in Revenge of the Sith when Anakin comes to believe that Obi-Wan can’t be trusted and that Padme has aligned herself with him. When Obi-Wan tells Luke about his father in A New Hope, he reflects on Anakin as “a good friend,” but there’s a clear mark of sadness in the telling. At many times throughout the Star Wars story, the fate of the galaxy was wrapped up in the relationship between Obi-Wan and Anakin, and it’s a mark of hope that Return of the Jedi ends with Anakin and Obi-Wan’s Force ghosts standing side-by-side as Luke looks on.
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