The Best Jedi Master Ever?

Qui-Gon? What? He got pwned the first time he fought a Sith, which his apprentice famously cut in half. How could Qui-Gon be the best Jedi master ever? He was a terrible Jedi. I hear you, but here’s my reasoning, my explanation.

It’s quite simple really.

Qui-Gon is the only master who’s pupil didn’t turn out to be a huge failure.

Yoda’s apprentice, Count Dooku, turned to the dark side and lead the Separatists against the Republic. Although Yoda partially made up for this in training Luke Skywalker, but he didn’t do that alone; Obi-Wan started Luke down the path.

But Obi-Wan’s actual apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, destroyed the Jedi Order! So Obi-Wan isn’t in the running for best master, though he does get the mantle of best Jedi (though Luke may be changing that in the recent movies, but both of them beat Anakin’s black-clad buttocks, so no points for Luke beating Vader).

And Luke Skywalker’s apprentice, “Emo” Ren, preferred his grandfather’s methods and slaughtered Luke’s new Jedi Order.

Just going off the movies (which I loathe to do because the EU –– I’m coming around to the term “Legends” –– is my favorite part of Star Wars), the only successful Jedi master we see is Qui-Gon Jinn, whose apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, didn’t fall to the dark side, didn’t slaughter younglings, and didn’t disobey the Jedi Code. He was a real Jedi’s Jedi.

But Obi-Wan is no perfect master, because of the aforementioned failure of his apprentice (but then…he never wanted to train Anakin, and only did so because it was Qui-Gon’s last wish, so maybe Obi-Wan could have been the best master and the best Jedi).

That’s why Qui-Gon Jinn, who’s a terrible Jedi, is actually a great master. I guess those who can’t do teach.

What are your thoughts on the matter?


  1. I agree, but I don’t.
    I think that Qui-Gon is the best Jedi Master but not for that reason. Why?
    Because Obi-Wan survives thanks to his apprentice, no thanks to his his master. Anakin saves him many many times, and the greatest irony is that Obi-Wan defeats Anakin.
    Qhi-Gon is the best Jedi Master because is the only one who doesn’t forget a crucial trutch about the Force: it flows. The Jedi Council is a stagnant group that hang on their own beliefs. Qui-Gon is more open minded, less hidebound, and that allows him to be more flexible.
    Qui-Gon is defeated by Darth Maul, but the Jedi Council was defeated long time ago, when Darth Plagueis reach power positions with the Council too blind to see it.



  2. I dunno if I can go along with “…both of them beat Anakin’s black-clad buttocks…”

    I can’t recall Luke ever “beating” good ol’ dad…more like “surviving.”

    But otherwise, I have to agree with you. 🙂



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