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5 characters you need to know before watching Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+

Here is a guide to some of the titular characters from the Star Wars franchise that will also make an appearance in Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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Published: 27 May 2022, 12:51 PM

Legendary Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi is gracing the screens once again after a 17-year absence.

In the new Disney+ series premiering on May 27, viewers will get to find out exactly what happened during the period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope

Before you catch Obi-Wan Kenobi, it will be helpful to take a look back on his story – and perhaps some of the other characters too. 

Here is a list of five characters that you need to know before watching Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+.

1. Obi-Wan Kenobi

Before he was the legendary Jedi Knight who trained both Anakin and Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan was a Padawan learning under his mentor Qui Gon Jinn. His first on-screen appearance was in the original trilogy, where he begins Luke’s training in the ways of the force.


The series starts at the point where Obi-Wan and Anakin have gone their separate ways, but before he meets Luke. PHOTO CREDIT: DISNEY+


You can also learn of Obi-Wan’s history with Anakin in the prequel trilogy.

2. Darth Vader aka Anakin Skywalker

Darth Vader may not feature much in the prequel, but his dark presence looms over the three films, which cover his origin story from promising young Jedi to face of the Empire. 

In these movies, Anakin marries Padmé Amidala, which is at odds with the Jedi Orders’ mandate against forming attachments as they lead to the Dark Side. This rings true for Anakin, who is finally seduced away from the light by Chancellor Palpatine, aka Darth Sidious.


Obi-Wan Kenobi is set during Anakin’s early years as Vader. PHOTO CREDIT: DISNEY+


While it is still unclear as to what role Darth Vader plays in the new series, it is clear that he’s still not a hero this time.

3. The Inquisitors

Having not made their debut on Star Wars movie screens, many might not be familiar with this mysterious organisation known as the Inquisitors. 


These imposing figures are former Jedi who defected to the Dark Side, and now hunt what’s left of their previous comrades after Star Wars: The Clone Wars. PHOTO CREDIT: DISNEY+


In the Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer, we meet three Inquisitors. The first is the Grand Inquisitor, the leader of this unnerving group, who was once a former Jedi temple guard, and even a Jedi Knight. 

The second Inquisitor we meet is known as the Fifth Brother. Fans of the animated series Star Wars: Rebels may already be familiar with him. 

His story in the animated series involves not one but two prominent members of the Sith. You can catch up with the other members of the Sith by watching Star Wars: Rebels.

4. Reva aka The Third Sister

When Jedi forsake the light side to become Inquisitors, they are expected to forsake their names. 


They are giving up their identity and individuality and instead take on generic titles like ‘Brother’ and ‘Sister’. PHOTO CREDIT: DISNEY+


However, what’s particularly interesting about the Third Sister is that unlike the rest of the Inquisitors, she does have a name. The meaning of this will be explored more in the series.

5. Owen Lars

In the movies, Owen Lars isn’t a major character at all. In fact, he plays a very minor part. 

But he occupies a very important role in the Star Wars universe: it is his and his wife Beru’s death that serves as the catalyst for Luke leaving Tattooine to train with Obi-Wan.


Owen and his wife were Luke’s aunt and uncle, as we see in Episode IV: A New Hope. PHOTO CREDIT: DISNEY+


Owen is also seen in Episode II: Attack Of The Clones when Anakin returns to his home planet of Tattooine to find his mother, Shmi. Instead, Anakin finds a family he never knew he had, including a new step-brother in Owen.

We don’t see much more of Owen in the prequels, but the character in the original trilogy seems to disapprove of Obi-Wan, a trait that carries over into the new series. 

It can be seen by Owen’s fraught conversation with the Jedi Knight in the trailer. But Obi-Wan was the one who put the infant Luke in Owen and Beru’s care, so how did their relationship become so sour?

Obi-Wan Kenobi will unpack that question and more of Obi-Wan’s journey throughout the series.

The first two episodes of the new series is now available for streaming on Disney+

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