While Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala’s romance dominated the prequel trilogy, there’s an equally if not more tragic Obi-Wan relationship that we learn about in the Star Wars animated series The Clone Wars. In the second season of the series, we’re introduced to Satine Kryze, a formidable duchess who Obi-Wan held a torch for since his days as a Padawan.
Over the course of the series, we learn that Obi-Wan Kenobi and Satine Kryze shared in some exciting adventures that eventually led to the two falling in love. It’s hugely fascinating since Obi-Wan is known as the Jedi Order’s golden boy. If the Jedi were to run a recruiting campaign, his picture would be on all the posters. He embodied the highest ideals of the Order, which is why it’s pretty shocking to learn that he would have given it all up for love.
Like most romances in Star Wars, the relationship between Satine Kryze and Obi-Wan Kenobi doesn’t have a happy ending, but their story is a damn good one, comparable to the epic love affair between Han and Leia.
Satine became the Duchess of Mandalore shortly before the Invasion of Naboo during The Phantom Menace. She was part of the New Mandalorian movement that successfully broke away from the planet’s violent past and helped establish Mandalore as a neutral entity within the galaxy. For some time, Satine, along with other members of the movement, were able to rebuild Mandalore, which had been devastated after years of war.
While some of the Mandalorians were reluctant to abandon their warmongering ways, many of the planet’s people welcomed Satine and this new chapter in Mandalore’s history. In addition to playing a key role in this movement, Satine was also the leader of the Council of Neutral Systems, an organization of over 1,000 planetary systems that chose to remain neutral during the devastating Clone Wars.
Obi-Wan and Satine first met when Obi-Wan was still under the tutelage of his master, Qui-Gon Jinn. He and Qui-Gon were sent to Mandalore by the Jedi Council to protect Satine, who had recently become duchess. Their mission was to protect Satine from a group of insurgents who wanted to overthrow the current regime. This time of turmoil played a crucial role in Satine’s decision to become a pacifist.
During the Mandalorian Civil War, Satine’s life was under constant threat by bounty hunters. In order to keep her safe, Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Satine had to live on-the-run. Obi-Wan tells Anakin that the three of them had to live “hand-to-mouth, never sure what the next day would bring” – a scenario Anakin calls romantic (minus Qui-Gon, we’re guessing). Indeed, over the course of that year, the two slowly fell in love.
Despite their feelings for one another, Obi-Wan and Satine didn’t always see eye-to-eye. The two public figures had some ideological conflicts. Satine, who had decided to adhere to a life of pacifism, was scathingly critical of the Jedi’s violent, bloody, and in her opinion, hypocritical, “peacekeeping” methods. Their differing beliefs often lead to heated banter that often reached Han-and-Leia levels of sexual tension. Everyone knows Obi-Wan is the ultimate sass-master in the Star Wars galaxy, but Satine was able to match and even out-sass the Jedi at every turn.