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15 Obi-Wan Kenobi Fan Theories That Make A Lot Of Sense

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Vote up the fan theories about Obi-Wan that just make sense.

Out of all the characters from the Star Wars franchise, few are as beloved as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Leading both Luke and audiences alike on our collective first steps into a much greater world, Obi-Wan went from a mysterious mentor in the original trilogy to an esteemed Jedi Knight in the prequels, and fans keep wanting to know more about him. His presence in the pop culture zeitgeist for the last 40-plus years is nothing to sneeze at and the fan theories that have spawned from the various entries in the Star Wars saga are some of the most well reasoned and should absolutely be considered by Lucasfilm and the like (if they're not already in motion).

This is a collection of fan theories about Obi-Wan Kenobi. Vote up the fan theories that just make sense!

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    426 VOTES

    Obi-Wan's Sacrifice In 'A New Hope' Served A Double Purpose 

    Obi-Wan's Sacrifice In 'A New Hope' Served A Double Purpose 
    Photo: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditor u/Mixelangelo_00:

    Obi-Wan lets Vader kill him in Episode IV because it removes a lot of Vaders hatred when Obi-Wan dies. Yoda and Obi-Wan train Luke so he will be strong enough to make Palpatine want to exchange Vader with Luke as his apprentice. With less hate and a suffering son (who is being tortured via force lightning by Palpatine), Vader suddenly has a reason to turn back to the light and finally fulfill the prophecy.

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    465 VOTES

    Obi-Wan Force Healed Luke After The Tusken Raider Attack

    Obi-Wan Force Healed Luke After The Tusken Raider Attack
    Photo: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditor u/The_MrE:

    Was watching Episode IV and noticed something interesting. In games like Knights of the Old Republic, the Jedi have the ability to heals, but I didn’t think this was ever shown in the movies [later confirmed to be canon in The Rise of Skywalker]. However, Obi-wan checks Luke’s pulse after the sand people knock him out. Once Obi-wan determines Luke is alive, he puts his hands on Luke’s temples and moments later Luke returns to consciousness. Does anyone think that action was mere movie timing, or perhaps meant to subtly show a light side user’s healing powers?

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    502 VOTES

    Obi-Wan Is (Specifically) Friends With R2

    Obi-Wan Is (Specifically) Friends With R2
    Photo: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditory u/mybustersword

    Obi-Wan looks at R2, gives him a funny little look and say "I don't recall ever owning a droid."

    We think it may be because ol Lucas made a boner on the prequels. Or maybe he was trying to hide his importance. I think, we saw how much R2 did and accomplished in ep 1-3, and how much the heroes owe to him. He practically saved their a**es a dozen times over. When Obi-Wan says that controversial line of never having owned a Droid, he has a little glint in his eyes. He's not saying "keep quiet you, you'll blow our cover." he's saying no motherf*cker in this galaxy can own R2, he's intelligent and reliable in a way no other Droid has been. He is correcting Luke about droid ownership.

    He's saying I don't own this Droid, this Droid is my friend.

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    462 VOTES

    The Sand People Fear Obi-Wan For A Reason

    The Sand People Fear Obi-Wan For A Reason
    Photo: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditor u/lunch77:

    ...They think he’s Anakin from AOTC.

    It used to be canon in a Star Wars novel that Anakin slaughtering the village of Tuskin Raiders turned him into a Sand People legend & they went as far as doing commemorative dance to the sounds of a lightsaber to appease him.

    Obi-Wan flashing a lightsaber at them sometime before he meets Luke for the first time (with the exact same color and hilt as the one that killed their people) would be enough for them to quickly run away and not f*ck with him.

    The noise he makes when he arrives is theater to fit with their legend of him being an evil spirit/horrible beast.