What If Qui-Gon Trained Anakin?


Article written by Dylan Devine (4/7/21)

Qui-Gon Jinn is without a doubt one of the most important characters in the Star Wars universe. He discovered Anakin on Tatooine and although there were disagreements, he convinced the council to let Skywalker train as a Jedi.

Qui-Gon ended up being killed in a duel with Darth Maul, and his dying wish was to have his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi train the boy. This ultimately led to the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker who ended up turning to the dark side and becoming Darth Vader. But what if Qui-Gon never died? What if he survived and ended up training Skywalker?

This what if scenario is one of the most popular in the Star Wars community. Reason being is if Qui-Gon hadn’t have died, the fate of Anakin and the whole Skywalker saga for that matter would have been altered. Qui-Gon was one of the wisest Jedi to ever live. He was known to be on the same level as Yoda and Mace Windu.

When he met Anakin, he didn’t fail to notice and sense the dark side inside of him. But he believed that the darkness in Anakin was exactly what was needed to bring balance to the force. He truly thought Anakin was the chosen one and would bring peace to the galaxy.

One of the biggest struggles Anakin had was not having a father figure in his life. It can be argued that Palpatine became that figure in his life for some time, but he was not the figure that Anakin truly NEEDED. Anakin’s master, Obi-Wan was not a father figure to him but more of a brother/best friend. If Qui-Gon had survived and trained Anakin, he would have been the father figure that Skywalker so desperately needed in his life.

Qui-Gon would have been a better fit as master than Obi-Wan was and would have understood Anakin more on an emotional level as Qui-Gon was different than most of the Jedi and believed in the Jedi having feelings and emotions. Skywalker was a highly emotional person and Qui-Gon would have been able to help him and be there for him in ways that Obi-Wan was not. Although he was not considered a youngling, Skywalker would have trained as Qui-Gon’s Padawan. He would have been taught the ways of the Jedi from Qui-Gon who learned from Dooku and Yoda before him.

Jinn would have taught Skywalker the traditional ways of the Jedi and of the force with discipline, patience, and focus to guide his abilities to their full power. Qui-Gon Jinn’s laid-back guidance would have been a better fit for Anakin’s training.

I believe that if Qui-Gon had trained Anakin, he would have brought balance to the force and peace to the galaxy. Like I previously said, Qui-Gon is one of the most important Jedi to ever live. His importance to the Skywalker saga cannot be understated. For those of you who disagree with Qui-Gon being one of the greatest and most important Jedi to ever live, remember he is the one who taught both Yoda and Obi-Wan how to achieve immortality and how to become one with the force.

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