Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Top 10 Movie Lines Ranked
Ol’ Obi-Wan Kenobi has always been good for a line. The legendary Star Wars hero, featured in George Lucas’ original Star Wars in 1977 (subtitled A new hope in later editions), has some of the franchise’s most memorable lines. Only Darth Vader and Yoda can match the Jedi Master in terms of quotable zingers.
Here, we take a look at the top 10 most famous Obi-Wan Kenobi lines and rank them (movies only. Kenobi’s Clone Wars quotes might fill his own top ten list):
ten) “If you take me down, I will become more powerful than you can imagine.
Said shortly before Vader killed him on the Death Star, this one is a sign that Obi-Wan keeps his promises. The fact that it accompanies the franchise’s first-ever lightsaber duel is one thing. But the fact that it turns out that, in death, Obi-Wan is more powerful, makes it even more poignant. After death, Kenobi manages to guide Luke to become a Jedi and ultimately destroy the Evil Empire for good.
9) “Use the Force, Luke”
While I certainly don’t think this is Obi-Wan Kenobi’s best movie line, it would be criminal to omit it given his fame. It’s not just an iconic line for the character – it’s an iconic movie line, period. And moreover, he accompanies Luke’s flight through the Death Star trench and ultimately inspires Luke to save the day. Indeed, it proves that Obi-Wan becomes even more powerful after his death.
8)”So what I told you was true… from a certain point of view.
This emblematic line of Return of the Jedi is controversial. Obi-Wan defends his claim that Vader killed Luke’s father as true, at least metaphorically. From a certain point of view, Anakin Skywalker has really did die, with Vader taking his place. However, one can’t help but sympathize with Luke, the truth hidden from him via Obi-Wan’s political metaphors. Again, from another point of view, Obi-Wan can’t be blamed. After all, even george lucas didn’t know Vader was Anakin Skywalker until The Empire Strikes Back…
Obi-Wan actually says this line twice in the movies. It is originally said by Alec Guinness’ Old Ben when he encounters R2-D2 for the first time in years. Lucas then redirected the line for Ewan McGregor’s young Obi-Wan in Revenge of the Sith when he finds himself surrounded by droids on Utapau. It’s as simple a line as you might imagine, but it’s memorable and humorous because its everyday simplicity underplays Obi-Wan’s sticky situations. It’s amazing how Lucas turned such mundane phrases into pop culture phenomena.
6) “These are not the droids you are looking for”
Oh, what a classic. by George Lucas A new hope the script can be a bit awkward in terms of dialogue, but there’s no denying it has some truly memorable zingers. Part of the appeal of this line comes down to the tongue-in-cheek delivery of Alex Guinness (he is a Jedi spirit thing, after all). It’s also memorable because of the context surrounding it. It’s the first time that Luke – and, by extension, us, the audience – sees what a Jedi is capable of.
5) “You want to go home and rethink your life”
While chasing an assassin through a crowded Coruscant bar, Obi-Wan is approached by a slimy salesman who wants to sell him “Death Sticks”. In the Star Wars universe, Death Sticks are a highly addictive illicit substance comparable to real cocaine. The line is funny because it’s a mental trick that hypnotizes the offending seller into doing exactly what it says. That, and the dismissive nature in which Obi-Wan applies it.
4) “Only a Sith deals in absolutes”
Many believe that this line reflects the political views of George Lucas, who disagreed with then-President George Bush’s decision to get involved in the war in Iraq. Bush said, “Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists”. Obviously, Lucas thought it was black-and-white absolutist rhetoric. Anakin makes a similar statement in Revenge of the Sith regarding his new empire, prompting Obi-Wan to respond with this line. Tragically, this is the line that convinces Obi-Wan that Anakin is too far away to help.
3)”In my experience, there is no such thing as a chance”
This famous phrase, uttered by former Alec Guinness Obi-Wan, is not only emblematic of Old Ben’s philosophy, but rather of Jedi philosophy as a whole. They believe that whatever happens is the will of the Force, just like some real religious people believe that whatever happens is the will of God. Besides the contextual story of the line, we can also take it out of context and apply it to our own lives. Instead of relying on luck to guide us through situations, we should make things happen through our own efforts.
2) “So uncivilized”
There’s nothing quite like the immediate one-liner after winning. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s films are full of it (“You have to let off steam!” – Commando, 1985). In fact, you can’t call yourself an action hero without them. In Obi-Wan’s case, after taking out Grievous with a blaster, he dismissively throws it away, joking “So uncivilized”. No doubt, it was partly referring to the weapon – but it was also referring to Grievous himself. Ewan McGregor’s ability to portray the humorous side of the Jedi helps his character.
1) “I have the heights!”
In a recent interview for his upcoming Obi Wan Kenobi show, Ewan McGregor joked that he’d be a rich man if he had a dollar for every time someone referred him to that line. Indeed, we would all be rich if we had a dollar every time someone reposted this meme on the internet. But for now, we’ll have to settle for how cool the line is – and how right Obi-Wan was. The victory was his, and nothing Anakin could do would take it away from him.
But that’s just our take on what constitutes the best Obi-Wan Kenobi movie quotes. What do you think are the best most famous lines of Obi-Wan Kenobi? Be sure to catch Obi Wan Kenobi when it premieres May 27, 2022 on Disney Plus!