The Most Powerful Master/Apprentice Duos In The 'Star Wars' Universe

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Vote up the 'Star Wars' duos that prove two heads are better than one.

There are the evil and mysterious Sith Lords, training their apprentices (who are secretly training their own apprentices). Then, there are the noble Jedi Knights of the Republic, who train their pupils to meet the High Council's rigid standards. Then, there are the Jedi who train students in times of conflict and cram as much as possible into a matter of weeks before sending their unofficial Padawans into the fray. The master-apprentice duos in Star Wars come in all shapes and sizes.

A Force user can be powerful on their own, but they can be even stronger with a partner. There's no way that Plagueis or Palpatine could have taken over the galaxy without the help of the other, just like there's no way Anakin or Obi-Wan could have accomplished everything they did without each other. A good master and apprentice aren't just a teacher and a student; they are partners who perfectly fill in each other's shortcomings. 

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    Palpatine & Vader

    Palpatine & Vader
    Photo: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi / 20th Century Fox

    How Long Did They Last: Their relationship began on-screen in Revenge of the Sith and ended with Darth Vader slaying Palpatine in Return of the Jedi. Their apprenticeship lasted for 23 years. To put that into perspective, Anakin was only a Jedi for 13 years. 

    What Was The Dynamic: There was a time before Anakin was defeated by Obi-Wan where it seemed as if his relationship with Sidious might have been closer than Dooku's before him. But, after his great failure and his need for a robotic life-support system, their relationship ultimately became one-sided. Darth Vader traveled the galaxy enforcing his master's orders. He knew he wasn't powerful enough to take down Sidious, so he lived in fear of his master. 

    Their Greatest Feats: Together, they defeated the Jedi, took down the Republic, and ruled the galaxy for over two decades. 

    Their Biggest Weakness: Anakin Skywalker was a man fully controlled by his emotions. He only joined Palpatine because he was manipulated emotionally by the Sith Lord, and ultimately, he betrayed Palpatine under the same conditions. His love for his family was ultimately too strong, and he decided to save Luke just as he wished he could have saved Padme years before. 

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    Obi-Wan & Anakin

    Obi-Wan & Anakin
    Photo: Star Wars: Attack of the Clones / 20th Century Fox

    How Long Did They Last: Obi-Wan became Anakin's Jedi Master in The Phantom Menace and stayed with the boy until sometime after Attack of the Clones. This means that their training together was slightly longer than 10 years, although the two did continue to work closely together until Anakin left the Order in Revenge of the Sith

    What Was The Dynamic: As Obi-Wan was a fairly young Jedi teacher, the two took on a brotherly relationship. Albeit, a brotherly relationship in which one brother was older and constantly passive-aggressive to the younger one. 

    Their Greatest Feats: Together, the two took on Count Dooku (twice), led clone armies to win countless skirmishes in The Clone Wars, rescued the Chancellor, defeated General Grievous, and discovered the creation of the Clone Army. 

    Their Biggest Weakness: It's hard not to wonder what it would be like if Qui-Gon Jinn had been Anakin's master. Sure, Obi-Wan Kenobi was an incredible Jedi, but he took on Anakin as his Padawan awfully young. A wiser, older, more willing to bend the rules Jedi like Qui-Gon might have known how to handle Anakin's brash nature. So, ultimately, their greatest weakness was that Obi-Wan, an inexperienced trainer, was trying to take on training the most difficult Jedi the Temple had ever seen. 

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    Yoda & Luke

    Yoda & Luke
    Photo: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back / 20th Century Fox

    How Long Did They Last: Yoda and Luke didn't have a typical master/apprentice relationship. Luke found Yoda in Empire Strikes Back while Yoda was in isolation on Dagobah and requested to be trained by the Jedi Master. Yoda eventually agreed, and a training montage ensued. All-in-all, their initial training most likely only lasted for a number of weeks (though the exact amount of time is unknown). 

    What Was The Dynamic: Luke's training under Yoda was a good degree zanier than how most learned the ways of the Force. He was taught in sort of a Mr. Miyagi style, in which not all of the lessons made a lot of sense during their outset. Yoda was coy with Luke and didn't tell him everything he needed to know about the true nature of the conflict occurring in the galaxy. Instead, he requested that the boy stay longer and train with him, but Luke chose to go and save his friends from the clutches of Darth Vader. 

    Their Greatest Feats: Their greatest feat was the training itself. The simple fact that Yoda was able to train Luke enough in a few weeks that he could take on Darth Vader was incredible. 

    Their Biggest Weakness: Their biggest weakness was Yoda's fear of telling Luke the truth about his heritage and the very short amount of time they had to spend together. 

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    Plagueis & Palpatine

    Plagueis & Palpatine
    Photo: Star Wars: Darth Plagueis / Del Rey

    How Long Did They Last: The origins of their apprenticeship are unknown in the current canon, but at some point in time, Plagueis took Palpatine, an orphan from Naboo, as his apprentice. They lasted until Palpatine terminated his master, which happened within a decade before The Phantom Menace. With the knowledge that Palpatine was 52 in The Phantom Menace and that he was a young man when he became Plagueis's apprentice, it's clear that their training together lasted multiple decades. 

    What Was The Dynamic: While some Sith Lords brutally punish their apprentices with various forms of torment, Plagueis and Palpatine had a more collaborative relationship. While Plagueis was the master of the dark side, it seems clear that it was Palpatine's political knowledge that allowed them to execute their grand plan of taking over the galaxy. Thus, it seems pretty clear that due to the necessity of their combined knowledge, they were more so partners than the traditional Sith Master/Apprentice relationship. 

    Their Greatest Feats: Together, they unlocked the secrets to cheating death, allowing Palpatine to survive the events of Return of the Jedi, and enacted a plan that allowed them to topple the Republic. 

    Their Biggest Weakness: It's hard to say that two people who planned the fall of the Republic had much of a weakness, but seeing as one of them didn't make it to their plan's fruition, something wasn't right. Their only weakness was Plagueis assuming his apprentice would want to take over the galaxy and rule as the #2 guy.