Luke Skywalker's Uncle Destroyed Obi-Wan With One Devastating Insult

From the moment it first appeared in a trailer, one line from Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ immediately cemented itself as an iconic Star Wars quote from Luke Skywalker's uncle. The insult in question comes from Owen Lars, portrayed by Joel Edgerton, as he admonishes Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan. Owen rebuffs Obi-Wan's insistence that Luke will need training for his force abilities, retorting, "Like you trained his father?"

It's a harsh line that preys on Obi-Wan's feelings of failure as Anakin's mentor, but it actually borrows from a much more devastating insult in a similar story from the comics, which depict Obi-Wan's life on Tatooine and his attempts to watch over Luke Skywalker. Luke is depicted as a child gradually getting in touch with the Force and - much like his father - using his incredible abilities to take major risks as an amateur pilot, damaging the family's equipment.

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2016's Star Wars #15 by Jason Aaron and Mike Mayhew details a confrontation with Owen Lars from Obi-Wan Kenobi's journal. After Obi-Wan prompts the Jawas to offer Luke free parts to make up for a recent accident, Lars comes to confront him. Luke's uncle has noticed that his family are the only ones not being targeted by the gangsters and raiders of Tatooine, and resents Obi-Wan's unseen but clearly present influence, which he's rebuffed before. This time, Owen takes a much more direct approach in telling Obi-Wan to leave his family alone, asking "Haven't you murdered enough Skywalkers already, Kenobi?"

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Lars' level of bitter contempt towards Obi-Wan is far in excess of what fans have seen elsewhere, as he flat-out calls Obi-Wan a killer, attacking the man's greatest failure and source of insecurity. As both men believe Anakin to be dead at this point, Lars isn't using hyperbole, but sincerely pointing out that Obi-Wan's tutelage led to ruin and death in the past. It's a sobering moment that stings the reader as much as it does Obi-Wan. Indeed, while Obi-Wan is afraid that without his help Luke could become the next Anakin, it's only fans' knowledge of his future that has them take the Jedi's side, since he is unarguably facilitating hijinks that risk Luke's life.

A part of Star Wars canon, this comic story combines with the Disney+ series to show that Obi-Wan and Owen had multiple arguments about Luke, as both tried to impose their own idea of what the young man's future should be. However, it was during the comic argument that Luke Skywalker's uncle truly cut Obi-Wan Kenobi down to size, showing the doubt and anger the Jedi faced before his eventual redemption in Star Wars lore.

2022-07-11T12:59:57.000Z

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