Obi-Wan Kenobi took on the role of mentor and teacher much earlier than he expected, which means he didn’t always give the best lessons.

In Star WarsObi-Wan Kenobi was determined to teach Anakin Skywalker the ways of the Jedi because it was his master’s dying wish. Even though he himself knew deep down that training Anakin was a bad idea, he tried to be the best mentor possible. Despite his efforts to help Anakin fulfill the prophecy by becoming the great Jedi master he was destined to be, Anakin still turned to the dark side of the Force.

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Much of Obi-Wan’s failure can be attributed not only to Palpatine’s evil influence, but to some of Obi-Wan’s lessons. Although he meant well and believed that Anakin would not disappoint him, Obi-Wan ended up teaching Anakin a few things that ultimately led to his downfall.

10 Anakin was destined to become a Jedi

Anakin as a child

Qui Gon Jinn was so convinced that Anakin was the one chosen to restore the balance of the force. Upon his death, his apprentice Obi-Wan wanted to respect Qui Gon’s dying wish when training Anakin. Anakin expressed his doubts that he could become a Jedi, and the council felt the same, as they felt he was too old to start training. Obi-Wan persisted until the council relented and assured Anakin that he would become one of the all-powerful Jedi he admired. It was easy for Anakin to take this privilege lightly, as he didn’t actually earn it.

9 Dreams pass in time

Obi-Wan comforts Anakin

Obi-Wan was the first person Anakin turned to when he began having nightmares about his mother. Even though Anakin was entrusting something important to his mentor, Obi-Wan was quick to ignore him. He told Anakin that dreams pass in time and to focus more on the present.

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Obi-Wan treated Anakin’s fears as if they were unnecessary and, even though they both knew that she was not living in a safe place, he never did anything to ease Anakin’s worries. That is why Anakin does not tell him his dreams about Padmé.

8 Politicians cannot be trusted

Anakin and Padme on Naboo

Obi-Wan and the rest of the Jedi council repeatedly told Anakin that politicians are not trustworthy people. After meeting Padmé, there was no way Anakin would believe a blanket statement like that. Padmé was always doing her best to keep democracy alive. By displaying an obvious distrust of an entire group, rather than focusing solely on the most suspicious person in the Senate, the Jedi only created an “us versus them” scenario that left Anakin torn and confused.

7 Obi-Wan claimed that they didn’t need to search for the killer

Jango talks to a murderer

When Padme’s life was being threatened by an unknown individual, Obi-Wan and Anakin were assigned as bodyguards. They were ordered just to protect her, which is why Obi-Wan scolded Anakin when he expressed a desire to find the killer. Soon after, Obi-Wan discovered that Anakin was using Padme as bait to lure the killer. Instead of scolding him again, Obi-Wan seemed more amused than anything. This sends some mixed signals.

6 Obi-Wan was reckless

Obi-Wan fighting with lightsaber

Although Obi-Wan always complained about how reckless Anakin was, Obi-Wan was just as reckless. When the movies weren’t focused on Anakin, Obi-Wan was often the one in danger. Despite his earlier lecture that he and Anakin needed to stay with Padmé, he was the one who jumped out the window. Doing this could have easily killed him as he was relying on the drone to support his weight. He didn’t seem to have a plan, he was just acting rash.

5 I was hoping Anakin would leave Padmé

Obi-Wan and Anakin in a vehicle

After jumping out of a window and leaving the person he was supposed to protect behind, Obi-Wan nearly died when the drone he was on was shot down. After falling through the air for a few seconds, he lands in the vehicle that Anakin was driving. He complained about how long it took Anakin to get there, and neither of them seemed to remember what their original mission was. They were lucky that Padmé was still alive when they returned.

4 Obi-Wan said that a lightsaber is the life of a Jedi

Obi-Wan with lightsaber

A lightsaber does not make the Jedi. The original Star Wars trilogy never put too much emphasis on the importance of a lightsaber, especially when Luke Skywalker was training with Yoda. Qui Gon Jinn was so adamant about turning Anakin into a Jedi, not because he thought Anakin would be excellent at swinging a lightsaber. He did it because the Force was strong with him. This particular lesson is why Anakin is seen using his lightsaber more than he is seen using the Force.

3 There are no consequences for Anakin’s actions

Anakin and Obi-Wan ride the elevator

Anakin constantly broke the rules and did what he felt was right. He had frequent outbursts, questioning the decisions of those superior to him in a childish way. Instead of being punished, he received a lecture from time to time. Sometimes Obi-Wan didn’t even bother to do that much, settling for muttering complaints under his breath.

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This allowed Anakin to spoil himself and begin to think that his decisions were the best. Obi-Wan also covered him in front of the council most of the time, saying that because he was the chosen one, he would eventually do great things regardless of his current actions.

two Only a Sith deals with the absolutes

Obi-Wan tries to reason with Anakin

When Anakin declares Obi-Wan as his enemy, Obi-Wan warns him that only one Sith deals at all. However, this is completely inaccurate. This lesson is not only an absolute, but Mace Windu had also uttered an absolute shortly before this confrontation. Mace Windu told Anakin that Palpatine needed to die and that there was no alternative because he was too dangerous. With this in mind, there was no way Anakin would take this lesson from Obi-Wan seriously.

1 Anakin is the chosen one

Obi-Wan fights Anakin

As Anakin slid down the hill towards the lava river, Obi-Wan sadly told Anakin that he was the chosen one. It was supposed to destroy the Sith and balance the force. Unfortunately, Obi-Wan’s obsession with this vague prophecy eventually made Obi-Wan too lenient towards him and inflated Anakin’s ego. Despite the constant warning from the Jedi council, Obi-Wan cared more about fulfilling his Jedi master’s wishes than the consequences of putting Anakin on an unnecessary pedestal.

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