Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star wars The franchise is one of the most iconic movie heroes of all time. Expanding the scope of what was previously a story about a longing-to-travel farm boy into a tale of good, evil, history and philosophy, it has become one of the most popular elements of the original trilogy.
While few characters have the exact combination of traits that made Obi-Wan such a compelling character, he is not unique in the world of cinema. There are other characters, mostly heroes, who fill roles very similar to the legendary Jedi Knight and do so with a very familiar collection of personality traits.
ten Charles Xavier is also an older and wiser mentor
One of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s most notable roles is as Jedi Master of two generations of Skywalker. He is first the spiritual and educational mentor of Anakin Skywalker, then of his son, Luke. As he trains Luke, Obi-Wan is patient and tolerant, more amused by the recklessness of his young charge than exasperated.
It exactly matches the profile of former Charles Xaver seen in the X Men series of films, as a wise teacher not only of the students of Xavier School for Gifted Young People, but also of the young adults who make up his X-Men team. To reinforce the parallels, Charles’ young self was always wise and compassionate, but also more prone to frustration, mirroring Obi-Wan’s relationship with Anakin.
9 Optimus Prime believes in diplomacy against violence
It might seem odd to compare Obi-Wan to a giant alien robot that can transform into a semi-truck, but while physically they couldn’t be more different, their personalities and dispositions are very similar. Despite the immense physical power at their disposal, they are both known for their diplomatic preferences.
Obi-Wan and Optimus Prime from Transformers frankness is inherently sweet and prefers to talk about a problem rather than turn to violence. Obi-Wan’s ship is even called Negotiator to reflect this. Likewise, when the two decide to fight, they are deadly and fiercely skilled.
8 Nicholas Angel is also a principled warrior for the law
Despite the number of ways the two Jedi were good for each other, Obi-Wan and Anakin’s very different views on the Jedi Code left a permanent rift in their sibling relationship. Where Anakin struggled with nearly every tenet of the Code, Obi-Wan had internalized him from a young age and easily lived his entire life according to it.
This firm mastery of a set of rules is also what motivates one of the main conflicts in British crime comedy. Warm down. In this film, Sergeant Nicholas Angel is a rigid and inflexible police officer who always follows directions to the letter, causing friction with his colleagues. Where Angel learns to relax, Obi-Wan nonetheless remains devoted to the Code his entire life.
seven Galadriel is reserved and firmly able to resist temptation
As one of the most powerful elves in the the Lord of the Rings‘Middle-earth, Galadriel is right behind beings like Sauron and Gandalf. She is immensely capable, but she too prefers to avoid direct conflict where she can, just like Obi-Wan does.
What binds them more, however, is their unwavering denial of corruption. On several occasions, notably in The clone wars, Obi-Wan is able to resist the allure of the Dark Side, especially when facing Maul. When presented with the One Ring, Galadriel briefly explains what she could do with it, but her ambition terrifies her and she puts the potential aside.
6 Clark Kent selflessly fights for a greater cause
A running point of Superman’s media plot is that the character could, if he wanted to, take on the world. He not only has the immense physical power, but the popularity necessary for such a thing, and he would hardly sweat. In the continuity of the mainstream, however, he never fights for himself, only for truth and justice.
Obi-Wan is equally selfless. Although he has occasional temptations, he fights for the safety of others and the preservation of the Republic. Plus, when one of them does end up fighting, they don’t mind poking fun at their opponent’s costs, especially the DCEU version of Superman.
5 Zoe Washburne is law-abiding and comfortable to lead or follow
For much of his screen time, Obi-Wan is clearly a leader. He is Anakin’s master for much of the Prequel Trilogy, a general in the Clone Wars and the de facto crew guide of the Millennium Falcon in New hope. Nevertheless, there are times, especially in The phantom menace and Revenge of the Sith, when he is under the command of another Jedi and thrives in that role.
In Firefly movie Serenity, Zoe Alleyne Washburne is the second in command of the titular vessel. Much of her time is spent following Malcolm Reynolds’ orders, but sometimes she is given a command she is good at. heroic.
4 Harry Hart also struggles to mentor disgruntled young people
One of the plots of the film Kingsman: Secret Service The attempt to find a successor for Agent Kingsman Lancelot follows, with each of the Senior Kingsmen presenting their own candidate. After doing the same with Eggsy’s father, Harry “Galahad” Hart puts forward a young worker by the name of Eggsy.
Although he clearly has Eggsy in high regard, Harry finds it difficult to frame the young man. The two learn a lot from each other but often get frustrated. It’s a good mirror of Obi-Wan’s relationship with Anakin, including a sense of duty to an entire family.
3 Mary Poppins is stern but fair
Although he becomes a less strict teacher by the time he becomes Luke Skywalker’s mentor, the Obi-Wan Kenobi seen in the Prequel trilogy and The clone wars isn’t afraid to blame Anakin for his mistakes, despite the loving relationship between the two.
Anakin often feels harassed by Obi-Wan’s teachings, especially when Obi-Wan dresses him in front of others. Although he is strict, he is still fair and tries to be kind to Anakin. Strange as it sounds, it looks a lot like the nanny style shown in Mary poppins. While the character is far from child’s play, she is ultimately a gentle and caring nanny.
2 Mufasa is a lovable leader broken by betrayal
Although he is only alive for the first act of The Lion King, the character of Mufasa, Simba’s father, leaves a deep impression on the viewer. From a few interactions, the audience can see that he is harsh and respectful of the rules, but also kind, fair and forgiving. All of these traits can be seen in Obi-Wan.
Likewise, both of them face betrayal from someone they consider a brother and suffer greatly as a result. Mufasa instantly dies of Scar’s betrayal, and although it takes nineteen years, it is ultimately Anakin’s betrayal that kills Obi-Wan as well.
1 Steve Rogers is a stoic with a heart of gold
In the public eye, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America is a larger than life symbol of his country and government. Through his appearances, he gives off the image of being stoic and severe. His friends know this best, having seen the sweet side of Steve Rogers firsthand, and knowing that he is prone to sarcasm, joke and play with his teammates.
This, in many ways, mirrors Obi-Wan, who follows Jedi principles of emotional control through and through and may seem reserved or withdrawn to many as a result. Nonetheless, those close to him know that he has a heat sink inside him and that he is generally ready to make jokes, even in the most tense situations.
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