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Who (and why) is your favorite SW Character

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Who (and why) is your favorite SW Character

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Kacynski
12.01.2013 , 08:11 PM | #1
Well, I'm quite sure this question has been elaborated many times, but I still would like to get it started one more time. I was following the "A vs. B" threads recently and there is a lot of good knowledge and insights found. But these threads are by nature focussed on combat ability and/or force power and so to speak "******-ness" of a character, but that does not necessarily mean the mightiest character is also the most favored (I couldn't care less for Luke e.g. who is considered the mighties Jedi ever ..).

So here we go, with my all time favourite SW Character who is ... Obi-Wan Kenobi!
What do I like about him?

First he _is_ ****** and can stand his own in most fights. We do see him defeated a few times, but he is certainly a force to be reckoned with on any battlefield. He is a recognized swordsman and an admired (or feared) tactician as a General. But this is only part of his battlefield prowess, I think what Obi-Wan shows us very well is that you should choose your battles carefully. What impresses me most of him as a warrior is that he knows when to retreat. He does not ever let his emotions get the better of him in battle and I think he uses his best weapon most effectively: his wit.

But being a warrior is only part of what makes Obi-Wan great. Because he is not only a warrior, he is truly a Knight. A defender of the weak. A shield to his allies. One that cares for the people he swore to protect. He doesn't fight for his own reasons, he doesn't do battle because he likes to compete or because he likes the feel of adrenalin in his veins. He fights to protect. If there is one noble warrior in Star Wars, it is Obi-Wan.

But being a knight is also only part of Obi-Wan. He is also a monk. The way I see him, he is spiritually very attached to the Jedi Order and he draws great strength from it. He devoted his life to the Jedi and he is content with it. On a logical level he has many doubts and problems with decisions the Order makes (and voices his disagreement), but spiritually he is really at home with the Jedi. It is the foundation where his beliefs rest and this gives him strength. If there is one Jedi I could never see falling to the Dark Side, it is Obi-Wan. He radiates commitment and dedication and this is the feat I admire mostly of him.

Obi-Wan is shown to be a person that found his place in life, and is in balance with himself. He shows us what great strength can be taken from such an inner balance. And this is why he is my favorite SW character.

So, now that you have read my fanboi rant about Obi-Wan, I am curious to here about your favorite.

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Aurbere
12.01.2013 , 08:14 PM | #2
Plo Koon. It's a pretty mushy story as to why I like him.
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ImmortalLowlife
12.02.2013 , 08:51 AM | #3
My all time fav is Luke for obvious reasons, but it's Saba Sebatyne coming in a very close second. A Barabel Jedi master......Nuff said lol.
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Euphrosyne
12.02.2013 , 01:48 PM | #4
Mine is still Obi-Wan Kenobi. I don't know if I'm fully capable of articulating the reasons behind that choice, and I was never much one for hagiography in the first place. If the next couple of paragraphs seem a little boilerplate, well, that's why.

I suppose it's enough to repeat Matthew Stover's description of him from Revenge of the Sith: he is, and was, the ultimate Jedi. He struck the right balance in a lot of ways: warrior and negotiator, teacher and student, a serious man who never lost his touch for just the right amount of light humor. As a duelist, he had no holes; as an (albeit unwilling) pilot, he was one of the best in the galaxy. He wasn't the most powerful Force-user of his time, or the most experienced, but being a Jedi wasn't just about power. Lifestyle and personality also mattered, and in those respects, Obi-Wan embodied an ideal that any Jedi, before or since, would look up to and venerate.

Of all the good Obi-Wan Kenobi stories - and there are many, like Revenge of the Sith, Kenobi, Obsession, and Hate and Fear - I think the best is Labyrinth of Evil. It's not just for the story about why exactly Cato Neimoidia "doesn't count", but for showing Obi-Wan in his element, running the gamut of his best qualities. He storms Nute Gunray's stronghold in one chapter and then goes bar-hopping with Anakin on Naos III in another. He shows off the investigative prowess that Attack of the Clones only hinted at and the negotiating instincts that Grievous only alluded to. It's really a tour de force.
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Wolfninjajedi
12.02.2013 , 03:55 PM | #5
I have too many to list and too many reasons to pick 1 favorite.
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DallianWyrd
12.02.2013 , 04:18 PM | #6
Plo Koon and then Obi-Wan.
PK because I like playing him in the "Jedi Power Battle" on the playstation game. And then I became curious about his species the Kel Dor. I loved it! And I'm waiting to play one as a Gardian!

Obi Wan because he is the perfect Jedi, simple as that =)
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VitalityPrime
12.02.2013 , 05:03 PM | #7
The Anakin Skywalker in The Clone Wars CGI series.

He's the best Jedi in my opinion...and he's the type of Jedi I envision my JK to be.

He doesn't follow strictly to the Jedi code but for all the right reasons, in my opinion.

When Plo Koon goes missing and the rest of the council just tell Anakin not to go looking for him. Anakin goes, finds him, and saves him.

When Ahsoka and Bariss are trapped under rubble. Luminara quickly gives up and says there is nothing they can or should do. Anakin keeps going and they find them.

There are countless more examples of situations like these in the show.

When someone is in danger, he goes to help. It's as simple as that. No and ifs or buts.

Sure, there are sometimes when he could use more patience...but in reality...he is the most selfless and heroic Jedi shown in that show.
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Kacynski
12.02.2013 , 07:11 PM | #8
TCW did a lot to redeem Anakin as a character for me. I also like him a lot in that show. I still cringe during scenes where he and Padme are on screen together, but ok

It does not really belong in this thread, but on that note I think they lost such a great opportunity when they failed to fully portray the fall of Anakin Skywalker (imho). The setup was ok, and the steps and reasons why he fell were believable, but the execution (in the movies) was really, really poor. If they would have delivered on this, maybe Anakin might be a favorite character for me too. As it stands he is just "meh" for me, which has a lot to do with the actors they chose for him (and the directing) in the movies ..

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VitalityPrime
12.02.2013 , 07:39 PM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by Kacynski View Post
TCW did a lot to redeem Anakin as a character for me. I also like him a lot in that show. I still cringe during scenes where he and Padme are on screen together, but ok

It does not really belong in this thread, but on that note I think they lost such a great opportunity when they failed to fully portray the fall of Anakin Skywalker (imho). The setup was ok, and the steps and reasons why he fell were believable, but the execution (in the movies) was really, really poor. If they would have delivered on this, maybe Anakin might be a favorite character for me too. As it stands he is just "meh" for me, which has a lot to do with the actors they chose for him (and the directing) in the movies ..
Yeah, I always make a point to say "the Anakin from the TCW CGI series" why I list my favorite SW character...because he is such a different character than the Anakin from the movies.
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Pietrastor
12.02.2013 , 08:37 PM | #10
Kreia, simply the best Star Wars character and probably the best video game character ever created.