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Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Star Wars Canon Timeline

Before the new 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' series debuts, let's take a look at all his major appearances in the canon Star Wars timeline.
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Raise your hand if you’re excited about the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series!

The limited series centered on everyone’s favorite Jedi Master is set to hit Disney+ this year. No specific release date has been given, yet, but we do know that filming wrapped back in September 2021. So, now we’re all just waiting… impatiently…

While I’m over here twiddling my thumbs and kicking my heels, I did a deep dive into Obi-Wan’s canon timeline. And if you’re looking for something to pass the time while we wait on that release date, I’ve got a few books and movies for you to get your Obi-Wan fix.

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Star Wars: Master & Apprentice

Star Wars: Master & Apprentice book cover

In Star Wars movies, we only ever see Obi-Wan Kenobi as an adult. He is already 25 years old by the time we are introduced to him in The Phantom Menace. This novel by Claudia Gray gives us a look at a teenage Obi-Wan. It takes place around eight years prior to Phantom Menace.

Obi-Wan is seventeen years old, and a Padawan apprentice to Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. While on a mission to the planet Teth, Obi-Wan struggles to understand Qui-Gon, who we all know bends the rules of the Jedi more often than not.

If you’re interested in reading Star Wars novels, but don’t know where to begin, check out these other great picks!

Star Wars: Age of Republic – Qui-Gon Jinn

Age of Republic is a canon comic miniseries from Marvel, written by Jody Houser and illustrated by Wilton Santos and Cory Smith. The series spans a number of years in the Old Republic, focusing on important characters from the prequel trilogy era, and Obi-Wan Kenobi appears in a few issues here.

First up, Age of Republic – Qui-Gon Jinn. This first issue follows Qui-Gon Jinn as he questions his role as a Jedi Master after a mission has gone awry. The main story here is about Qui-Gon, but the comic does give us a glimpse of a younger Obi-Wan, who is Qui-Gon’s Padawan.

Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
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The Phantom Menace is the first chronological appearance of Obi-Wan Kenobi on the big screen. It follows Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan, Obi-Wan, as they help Padmé Amidala, Queen of Naboo, free her planet from the greedy Trade Federation. It’s in this movie that Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan discover Anakin Skywalker on Tatooine. Qui-Gon is convinced Anakin is the Chosen One, and Obi-Wan promises that he will train him to be a Jedi.

Star Wars: Age of Republic – Obi-Wan Kenobi

We’re back to Age of Republic! Obi-Wan gets his own spotlight with Age of Republic – Obi-Wan Kenobi.

This comic takes place sometime between Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. It features the early days of Obi-Wan as a Jedi Knight. He’s on a mission to recover the ancient Holocron, and he brings along his new apprentice, Anakin Skywalker.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin

This comic book miniseries, written by Charles Soule and illustrated by Marco Checchetto, was published by Marvel. In its five issues, it follows Jedi Knight Obi-Wan and Padawan Anakin Skywalker as they travel to a planet to answer a mysterious distress call. It gives insight into how close the pair have grown just a few years after Obi-Wan promised to train Ani.

Episode II – Attack of the Clones

Jango Fett, Boba Fett, and Obi-Wan in Attack of the Clones

During Attack of the Clones, Anakin Skywalker & Padmé Amidala begin to develop feelings for one another. But our guy Obi-Wan Kenobi, now a respected Jedi Knight, has discovered the creation of a massive clone army for the Galactic Republic! (Hi, Jango Fett!)

This is, of course, the beginning of the Clone Wars.

Count Dooku and a new droid army are leading the Separatist movement and warns Obi-Wan that Darth Sidious is in control of the Senate. Obi-Wan, Anakin, and the rest of the Jedi find themselves caught up in a massive battle alongside the Republic’s new clone army.

Star Wars: Age of Republic – Anakin Skywalker

Anakin Skywalker gets his own Age of Republic issue, too. This one is meant to be an “untold Anakin adventure” that takes place during the Clone Wars. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without an appearance from Obi-Wan Kenobi, who trained Ani and is still his mentor at this point.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars

This one is not to be confused with the TV series Clone Wars, which is not canon. Instead, we’re talking about The Clone Wars, which came out in 2008. There was a movie first, which served as an introduction to the TV series.

During this time, Obi-Wan Kenobi is a High Jedi General within the Grand Army of the Republic. The Republic and the clones battle against Separatists led by Count Dooku. Obi-Wan takes command of the Open Circle Fleet and Third Systems Army and plays a major role in many of the Republic’s victories. Anakin becomes a Jedi Knight, and we see the two of them work together quite a bit during The Clone Wars

Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Obi-Wan in Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
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After Chancellor Palpatine reveals himself as Darth Sidious, we see Anakin’s final fall to the Dark Side. With the promise of new powers that can save Padmé’s life, Anakin begins his treacherous path – including betraying the Jedi Order and his friend and mentor, Obi-Wan.

Order 66 leaves Obi-Wan and Master Yoda among the few surviving Jedi. Obi-Wan heads to the volcanic planet Mustafar, and there’s a ferocious lightsaber duel between him and his former best friend, who has now become Darth Vader. He’s horrified to watch Vader slide to the lava and catch fire, but Obi-Wan leaves him to die.

Obi-Wan tries to help Padmé, but she dies after giving birth. While Yoda goes into exile on Dagobah, Obi-Wan takes baby Luke Skywalker to Tatooine to live with Owen and Beru. He then heads into exile as well.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

The new series will take place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. It picks up ten years after Revenge. In other words, we’ll get to see what ol’ Ben Kenobi has been up to while lying low on Tatooine. Currently, there’s not much of anything in canon about this time period. We just know that he’s been hanging out there in the Jundland Wastes.

So far, not a lot of plot details have been dropped for Obi-Wan Kenobi. I think it’s pretty safe to assume they’ll keep it under wraps until the release like we’ve seen with The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian. We do know that Ewan McGregor reprises his role as Obi-Wan, and Hayden Christensen is back as Darth Vader.

Ten years after the events of Revenge also means that Luke Skywalker would be ten years old. Will the new series also give us a glimpse at a young Skywalker? We know that Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru are returning, so here’s to hoping.

Star Wars Rebels

The animated series Rebels follows a group, led by Jedi Knight Kanan, who hope to disrupt the Empire’s dealings. They discover that Obi-Wan is alive on Tatooine, but his nemesis Darth Maul finds him alive as well. Obi-Wan faces off with Maul in a lightsaber duel, defeating him. Obi-Wan reveals he is watching over the Chosen One, but Maul’s last words are, “He will avenge us.”

Episode IV – A New Hope

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
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A New Hope is the first on-screen appearance of Obi-Wan Kenobi in terms of original release date. He’s introduced as Ben, a 57-year-old hermit living on Tatooine. Through a series of events, he reveals to Luke his secret identity, and explains what happened to the Jedi years before. Obi-Wan gives Luke his father’s lightsaber and trains him in combat.

When they wind up on board the Death Star, Obi-Wan finally faces Darth Vader again in their final confrontation. He engages in a lightsaber duel to distract Vader as Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewbacca escape. Though Obi-Wan allows Vader to strike him down, his body vanishes the moment he dies.

During the Rebel attack on the Death Star, it is Obi-Wan who speaks to Luke through the Force. At Obi-Wan’s encouragement, Luke taps into the Force to make a one-in-a-million shot. And with that triumph, Obi-Wan reminds him that the Force will be with him, always.

Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

Although Obi-Wan allowed Vader to strike him down in A New Hope, he returns in The Empire Strikes Back as a spirit through the Force. And although he’s not present in the traditional flesh-and-blood sense, he’s got a huge impact on Luke’s story moving forward. He encourages Luke to travel to Dagobah to find Master Yoda in exile. He also convinces his former teacher to continue Luke’s training, despite Yoda’s skepticism.

Side note: I think Empire Strikes Back is the best Star Wars movie ever. Which movie would you rank as number 1?

Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

Obi-Wan’s Force ghost appears again in Return of the Jedi, confirming that Darth Vader is indeed Luke’s father, and reveals that Leia is Luke’s twin sister. Obi-Wan also encourages Luke to confront and defeat Vader.

Once the second Death Star is destroyed, we see Obi-Wan’s Force ghost one more time. He appears at the celebration on Endor, alongside goats of Yoda and Anakin Skywalker.

Sequel Trilogy: The Force Awakens, The Last jedi, The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
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By the time we get around to the sequels, we don’t see much of Obi-Wan Kenobi anymore, though he does have a part to play. Though we don’t see his face, Rey hears Obi-Wan’s voice in The Force Awakens when she touches Luke’s lightsaber

Rey hears Obi-Wan again, along with other Jedi from the past, as she battles Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker.