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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    575 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.

    575 votes
  • 2
    598 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?

    598 votes
  • 3
    638 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.

    638 votes
  • 4
    556 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.

    556 votes
  • 5
    362 VOTES

    Ben Was A Regular At The Cantina

    Ben Was A Regular At The Cantina
    Photo: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditor u/kevtron80:

    Obi-Wan was somewhat of a regular at the cantina. 

    That’s how Obi-Wan knew right where to go when they needed a pilot and ship. Think about it Mos Eisley is a large and bustling spaceport with smugglers and pirates coming and going in and out of it all day long. It must of had more then few cantinas and watering holes to serve all that “Wrenched hive of scum and villainy.”

    So how did Obi-Wan know “Most the best freighter pilots could be found here,” as he mentioned to Luke when he was taking him the cantina?Because he had been to that particular cantina a few times before. In fact he was so familiar with the scene in the cantina that he tells Luke “Watch your step this place can be a little rough.” Now how would Obi-Wan know it gets “rough” in there? Because he probably seen some dudes get their a** handed to them in there a few times before on his previous visits.

    “Old Ben” probably knew a few regulars in the cantina that he bullsh*t with a little couple times... like BoShek the dude who introduces him to Chewbacca at the bar. Han and Chewie were regulars in that cantina Obi-Wan might of seen them coming and going around the bar before he actually talked to them with Luke. Who knows Obi-Wan might even got into a pissin contest with Evazan and Ponda Boba once or twice before while they were all in there getting faded one night. Maybe they even pulled that “death sentence in 12 systems” line on him before and Obi-Wan bought a round of drinks and maybe that’s why he offered to do so again when they tried to jumped Luke?

    So in Conclusion Obi-Wan was Tatooine for years watching over Luke there wasn’t a lot for him to do... He’s not a farmer, So it’s not hard image him going to Mos Eisley looking for a part time job or just out of boredom. On one of those previous trips into town he must of stumbled upon on the cantina. Maybe he just needed a drink or who knows maybe some hot chick walking in there caught his eye... Hey no attachments for a Jedi right??? 

    362 votes
  • 6
    467 VOTES

    Obi-Wan Had A Secret Son With Duchess Satine

    Obi-Wan Had A Secret Son With Duchess Satine
    Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Cartoon Network

    From Redditor u/AngelfishIsAwesome:

    I kind of feel like it would explain how bitter Satine was about him leaving her. If her planet was just recovering from civil war, it might have been against her best interest to admit she was pregnant by a Jedi. Especially with the history between Mandalore and the Jedi Order. So hiding it from her people and Obi-wan isn't too far fetched. She would have wanted to secure her planet but also be unable to part with their child. So, Satine crediting the baby to another family member and keeping the information from Obi-wan isn't far-fetched.

    If that is the case, the decision could have been out of spite for his "desertion" or as a means to protect him from further attachments - this is the part of the story I'd love to see Filoni fill in for us. Either way, raising a baby alone is really hard, even if for the best reasons, and would explain her disdain for him when they first meet again.

    And, I know some believe that being a father would tarnish his character but I don't agree. Sex was not against the order, just attachments and Obi-wan sacrificed his attachment to Satine by staying with the order. I think this twist adds an extra "what-if" to the mountain of poor choices forced onto this character.

    And from Redditor u/CYNIC_Torgon:

    Korkie's not Bo Katan's Kid, She wouldn't let her kid be a pacifist like Satine. and We're never told about another sibling. His hair is styled like Obi-Wan's (initially anyway, He does later get a trim in Season 5, I think), and while he's got Satine's general face shape, that is a Kenobi Chin if I've ever seen one. They all have very similar eyes(though that might be artistic license). He's actually kinda got the whole Kenobi triangle as his nose was changed for his Season 5 appearance, Less Slender like Satine's and a little wider... like Obi-Wan's.

    This is one of those theories I just really want an answer to. Either give us a comic or story where we see Korkie's real parents or give us a story where we learn he's Obi-Wan and Satine's Kid.

    Let's get fanfic-y real quick: Kenobi series, 2021. Obi-Wan is in his hut on Tatooine, maybe he's talking with Qui-Gon, when he senses something familiar, Someone familiar. He steps outside to see a young man, in Mandalorian armor, carrying the mark of clan Kryze. it's Korkie, and he explains to Obi-Wan who he is (because I don't think they ever actually met. ISN'T THAT CONVENIENT, DAVE AND GEORGE!?)...

    My idea is fanfic-y nonsense, but I do think the Kenobi series would be a good place to answer the Korkie Question, if Korkie is Satine and Obi-Wan's son. If not then some quick reference to his parents would be fine when they tell the story about Obi-Wan and Satine's time as protector and protectee.

    467 votes