13 Things 'Star Wars' Fans (Probably) Don't Know About Qui-Gon Jinn

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The Star Wars prequel trilogy offered up a lot of new characters, concepts, and locations to the franchise. While the films have their critics, there's one thing pretty much every fan of the franchise can agree on, and that's that Qui-Gon Jinn is an amazing character. Of course, it didn't hurt that he was played by the inimitable Liam Neeson. Still, more than that, his stoic demeanor and interest in training Anakin over the Jedi Council's objections make him remarkably compelling.

Thanks to the expanded universe of comic books, animated TV series, video games, novels, and more, Qui-Gon's backstory has been detailed far beyond his only live-action appearance. It was established that he was the first Jedi to become one with the Force, making him one of the most important characters in the entire franchise, even if he was a different kind of Jedi. As Force-wielders go, he was at the top of his game when he was training Obi-Wan Kenobi, and his teachings went a long way in instructing the boy who would become Darth Vader.

When you put it all together, there's a lot to unpack about Qui-Gon Jinn. While many fans know a lot about him, odds are, there are plenty of things most Star Wars fans (probably) don't know about Qui-Gon Jinn. This list aims to solve that problem by detailing some of the most important things the majority of fans might not know about this amazing Jedi Master. Take a look at them down below, and don't forget to upvote your favorite revelation before you go!

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    He Rejected Placement On The Jedi High Council

    In The Phantom Menace, Obi-Wan comments that his Master could be on the Council if he followed the Code. As it happens, Qui-Gon Jinn was offered a place on the Jedi High Council, but he turned it down. This was primarily due to his understanding of the Force and how he perceived the Jedi and its Code.

    While Qui-Gon was a follower of the Jedi Code, he had little problem disobeying it if he felt it was the right decision. His maverick attitude was on display when he addressed the High Council in his attempt to train Anakin Skywalker. Of course, this wasn't the only time he argued his position in such a way, as he was very independent-minded and unwilling to follow the Code without question.

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    He Was The First Jedi To Become One With The Force After Death

    He Was The First Jedi To Become One With The Force After Death
    Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Lucasfilm

    In A New Hope, when Obi-Wan Kenobi said, "If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine," he wasn't kidding. With a sweep of the lightsaber, Obi-Wan was slain, but his body vanished as he became one with the Force. His former pupil, Anakin Skywalker, didn't understand where his master went, which is why he began kicking about his fallen robes in confusion. The reason for this was explained at the end of Revenge of the Sith.

    At the end of that film, Yoda informed Obi-Wan that he would teach him to commune with his former master. Obi-Wan learned how to become one with the Force from Qui-Gon Jinn, and he used those teachings in A New Hope to "become more powerful" than ever before. The main reason why Anakin/Darth Vader didn't know about this little trick is simple: Qui-Gon was the first Jedi to pull it off. Qui-Gon learned how to continue existing after his demise, though he never learned to do it fully, which is why he's not seen manifested as a Force spirit in any of the films.

    Of course, that all changed with the Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi series. On the show, Obi-Wan was shown to struggle in his efforts to follow Master Yoda's instruction in his attempts to contact his fallen master. Eventually, this changed, and in the final moment of the series, the Force Spirit of Qui-Gon manifested fully, just as Obi-Wan's would in The Empire Strikes Back. He told him that he'd always been there, and was only waiting until Obi-Wan was ready to see him.

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    He Used 'The Aggression Form' of Lightsaber Combat

    If you know anything about the Jedi, you likely know of the different forms of lightsaber combat. Every Jedi (and Sith) master a form of combat, and Qui-Gon Jinn is no different. The Jedi Master's preferred form was Ataru, or Form IV. Compared to other forms of lightsaber combat, Ataru focuses on a more acrobatic combat style.

    It offers a solid defense against projectiles but is best suited to large open spaces that allow a combatant to attack. Form IV was the primary form used by Anakin Skywalker, though he did modify its techniques to better suit him. Numerous Jedi have used Form IV, but the most talented to employ it was probably Master Yoda. As seen in the prequel films, his embrace of the acrobatic Form IV made him the greatest lightsaber combatant of his (and many other) generations.

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    Qui-Gon Had Fears Of Disappointing Dooku When He Was Taken On As A Padawan

    When he was ready to train under a Jedi Master, Qui-Gon Jinn was assigned to Jedi Master Dooku. At the time, Dooku was one of the most highly skilled members of the Jedi Order, and he trained his young Padawan in the ways of the Force. When he first met the man who would become his Master, Qui-Gon stood in Dooku's quarters looking frightened. Dooku immediately picked up on this (as any Jedi would), and he asked the young Padawan why he was afraid.

    It took a little work, but Qui-Gon ultimately confessed that he was afraid. After looking inward, however, he realized he wasn't afraid of Dooku. Instead, he was afraid of failing and proving himself unworthy of becoming a Jedi. Dooku had a different take on his fear, surmising that Qui-Gon was afraid of himself and of living a future he didn't want. The young Padawan admitted that this was true, which impressed Dooku. He told him that most Padawans would deny their fear, and he praised him for his intelligence, insight into himself, and integrity.

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    As A Master, Qui-Gon Only Taught Obi-Wan The Basics Of Lightsaber Combat

    As A Master, Qui-Gon Only Taught Obi-Wan The Basics Of Lightsaber Combat
    Photo: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox

    Jedi younglings begin learning the basics of lightsaber combat when they are very young, and during the height of the Galactic Republic, Jedi Master Yoda instructed them. They use a special type of lightsaber that emits a low-power plasma beam incapable of cutting through whatever it wants. Instead, it delivers a painful shock but is otherwise harmless. Obi-Wan Kenobi learned these essential elements of lightsaber combat. Still, like most Jedi Padawans, he probably expected his Master to train him in the more intricate details of lightsaber combat.

    Qui-Gon Jinn was a master of lightsaber combat, and he was skilled in its use, so you might think he would teach his Padawan his form. Instead, he taught him only the basics of lightsaber combat. This was a source of tension between the two Jedi, as Obi-Wan's confidence in his Master's teachings hampered their relationship. Ultimately, Qui-Gon did this so as not to rush his Padawan's education with the hope that he would create his own style out of the fundamental basics. Obi-Wan may not have liked it, but given the course of Obi-Wan's progression, Qui-Gon's methods worked.

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    Qui-Gon Was Fascinated With Jedi Prophecies From His Early Days As A Padawan

    It doesn't take long for Qui-Gon Jinn to take interest in Anakin Skywalker while he's "visiting" Tatooine in The Phantom Menace. He mentions "the prophecy" in reference to the boy, and he cannot be dissuaded from intertwining his fate with the young boy. While Qui-Gon had a great interest in prophecies, most Jedi didn't. Many Jedi during his time were apprehensive about looking into the future, as it could be dangerous and uncertain, potentially guiding actions recklessly.

    Qui-Gon respected the Jedi prophecies, and he studied them for years when he was young. At that time, he took them literally, but as he matured, he began to see them as more of a guide than anything else, and he held them in high regard. As part of his instruction of Obi-Wan Kenobi, he explained to his Padawan that his view of prophecies was "complex."

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