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  • Writer's pictureAaron Fonseca

How Old Was Obi-Wan in Each Star Wars Movie?

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Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the most important Jedi in the history of the Star Wars franchise. He trained two generations of the Skywalker family in addition to spending years as one of the galaxy's most accomplished Jedi. In total, Obi-Wan appears in six different Star Wars films, making him a vital part of both the original and prequel trilogies. his acco, the character often goes underappreciated by the fanbase not many people take into account how this has been his role for the majority of his life.

Obi-Wan's true impact on Star Wars began when he took a young Anakin Skywalker under his wing, and from there, he would go on to provide counsel to some of the galaxy's most influential figures. In the end, even death wasn't enough to stop the Jedi from guiding the galaxy towards peace, as Obi-Wan's spirit lingered in the world of the living to fulfill his goal of bringing balance to the Force. Regardless of his age, Obi-Wan Kenobi repeatedly proves himself to be one of the most reliable figures in the entire Star Wars franchise.

The Phantom Menace Sets Obi-Wan's Story Into Motion (Age 25)

Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace is the earliest look into Obi-Wan Kenobi's life that fans ever get to see. At this stage of his life, Obi-Wan was not yet a Jedi Master and still had much to learn about both the Force and the art of lightsaber combat. Yet, the hints of greatness were there, and never were they more clear than when Obi-Wan managed to defeat Darth Maul in single combat.

What's especially interesting about this point in Obi-Wan's life is how much responsibility Obi-Wan took on at such a young age. The Jedi had just been knighted when he swore to take on Anakin Skywalker, the Chosen One, as his Padawan. Obi-Wan may have been honoring his late master by doing so, but this choice would have repercussions for the Jedi Order over a decade later and even greater consequences for the galaxy at large.

Attack of the Clones Picks Up a Decade After the Previous Film (Age 35)

Ten years pass between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. Now thirty-five years old, Obi-Wan has a decade of experience under his belt as a Jedi Knight and is quickly realizing the potential that made him one of the greatest Jedi Knights of his this era of the Republic. Unfortunately, he was still no match for the likes of Count Dooku, who managed to defeat Obi-Wan with relative ease.

Interestingly, it was shortly after the Battle of Geonosis that Obi-Wan would be formally inducted as a master. His wisdom and courage had become well-known at this point and he was considered a paragon of the Jedi Order. So, even though he lost the fight against Dooku, he had more than earned this position within the Order.

Revenge of the Sith Captures Obi-Wan's Prime (Age 38)

The Clone Wars lasted around three years, meaning Obi-Wan had just turned thirty-eight when the war concluded and his entire world fell apart around him. By this point in his life, Obi-Wan was truly in his prime. He had spent years training in a new lightsaber form, Soresu, that effectively made him the master of defensive combat. In fact, many have said that Obi-Wan is the greatest practitioner of the style in the Jedi Order's entire history, a statement that is incredibly impressive considering the figures living in the Jedi's past, both canon and not canon.

Unfortunately, for all of Obi-Wan's talent, he was still not powerful enough to see the doom coming for the Jedi. However, he put his prodigious talents to work and defeated Darth Vader in single combat, potentially stopping a corrupted Chosen One from destroying the galaxy even more quickly than he would have as the armored monstrosity he would later become as a result of this battle.

A New Hope Introduces a Much Older Obi-Wan Age 57

In Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope, Obi-Wan was around fifty-seven years old. While this isn't necessarily an advanced age, especially for a Jedi of his power, living under Tatooine's suns for as long as he had taken a physical toll on his body. Though he maintained his training in his later years, he was nowhere near as powerful as he had once been. Yet, Obi-Wan had a level of peace and acceptance that he had not had in years.

His last adventure had been to start Luke Skywalker down the path to becoming a Jedi, and in that he had hope that the Empire and the Sith would finally be defeated, bringing balance to the Force and restoring peace to the galaxy. As such, he was ready to move on from the physical plane and become a Force ghost, ready to provide guidance, knowing that his life's work was finally complete. In doing so, he gained a power greater than the Sith could ever hope to match, and would later get to see his labor bear fruit.

The Empire Strikes Back Sees Obi-Wan Return as a Force Spirit Age 60

Although Obi-Wan was no longer living in Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back, his consciousness was still active. By the Battle of Hoth, Obi-Wan is around sixty years old, and throughout the film, he appears to Luke Skywalker in various attempts to guide him along his path as a Jedi.

Though Luke Skywalker made some progress after the events of A New Hope, he was nowhere near the level he should have been three years after discovering his Force sensitivity. As a result, Obi-Wan appeared as a Force Spirit to direct the young Jedi to a master who could provide him more instruction than he ever could: Yoda. In this way, his duty to the galaxy was not yet done, as Luke still had things to learn. Even after pushing him toward the planet Dagobah, Obi-Wan would still play an active role in Luke's tutelage, providing counsel and later truth for his last student.

Return of the Jedi Marks Obi-Wan's Final Appearance Age 61

Obi-Wan Kenobi's last appearance in a film is in Return of the Jedi, which takes place in the year 4 ABY — one year after Obi-Wan first appeared before Luke as a ghost, making him chronologically 61 years old. This is his most active role as a ghost yet, appearing before Luke to provide answers regarding the true identity of Darth Vader and confirming that he was indeed Luke's father, Anakin Skywalker. More than that though, Obi-Wan also told Luke that he was not the last hope for the galaxy, and that his twin sister, Leia, was also capable of the same power he wielded.

Armed with this information, Luke finally confronted Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine. In the ensuing conflict, Luke did something that not even Obi-Wan, after many years of contemplation and reflection, suspected was possible: he redeemed Anakin. This finally brought about the downfall of the Sith, bringing justice for all those Palpatine had hurt and killed in his rise to power. Most importantly, it reunited Obi-Wan with his dearest friend, an eventuality he no doubt was overjoyed over.

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