Qui-Gon Jinn is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by Liam Neeson in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. He also appears in the Star Wars Expanded Universe of comic books, video games, and novels.
Qui-Gon is introduced in Episode I as a wise and powerful Jedi Master of about sixty years, the father figure of the 25-year-old Obi-Wan Kenobi, who calls him 'Master'. Unlike other more conservative Jedi Masters, he values living in the moment as the most effective and rewarding way to embrace the Force. While other Jedi respect him, they are frequently puzzled by his unorthodox beliefs, and ultimately deny him a seat on the Jedi Council. Obi-Wan remarks that Qui-Gon has been in conflict with the Council several times in the past.
The Phantom MenaceEdit
In Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are sent to the planet Naboo to resolve a political crisis. The corrupt Trade Federation, in protest to recent taxation laws, had blockaded the planet with a fleet of battleships. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are sent as ambassadors of Chancellor Finis Valorum to reach a peaceful settlement.
Shortly after their arrival, the Trade Federation viceroy attempts to gas them on orders from Sith Lord Darth Sidious, who is using the Federation as pawns in a larger scheme to take over the Galactic Republic. The Jedi survive the gas, and easily defeat the battle droids assigned to reinforce the chamber entrance. Qui-Gon tries to cut through the bridge's blast doors, but the arrival of Federation droidekas force him and his padawan to stow away on troop transports invading Naboo.
On Naboo, Qui-Gon meets Jar Jar Binks, saving his life and earning his eternal debt. Jar Jar reluctantly takes him to the underwater city of Otoh Gunga, where Boss Nass agrees to give them transport to the capital city of Theed and allows Binks to go with the offworlders as a guide. Once in the capital city, he and Obi-Wan rescue Naboo's queen, Padmé Amidala, and escape on the royal starship. As they dash through the blockade, however, the ship is hit by laser fire and the hyperdrive is badly damaged. The party is forced to land on the planet Tatooine.
There, Qui-Gon looks for parts in the settlement of Mos Espa, where he encounters a young slave named Anakin Skywalker. Qui-Gon comes to believe that Anakin, who is exceptionally strong in the Force, may be the "Chosen One" of Jedi legend. Qui-Gon helps Anakin escape from slavery when he wagers with the boy's owner, Watto, on his victory in the Boonta Eve Classic podrace. Qui-Gon and his new charge sojourn to the outskirts of Mos Espa to meet up with Queen Amidala. Qui-Gon feels that someone is watching them, and soon learns his fears are correct: the Sith Lord Darth Maul has been trailing them for some time, and attacks them as they board the Queen's ship. Qui-Gon engages Maul in a lightsaber duel as the ship takes off behind him. Using the Force, he manages to jump on the ship's extended landing platform before it takes off.
On Coruscant, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan appear before the Jedi Council to give a report. The Council reluctantly agrees to test young Anakin for Jedi potential. They find that the boy is indeed very strong with the Force, having the greatest midi-chlorian count ever recorded, but say he is too old to begin the training. Yoda senses that the boy's future is "clouded" by the fear he exhibits. Disappointed, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan prepare to return to Naboo with Queen Amidala.
During the film's climatic battle scene, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan encounter and fight Darth Maul in a deadly lightsaber duel. Wielding a double-bladed lightsaber, Maul leads them into the Theed power generator station. After isolating Obi-Wan, Maul mortally wounds Qui-Gon; Obi-Wan, in turn, kills Maul. With his dying breaths, Qui-Gon makes Obi-Wan promise to train Anakin. Following this, the Jedi Master's body is cremated in accordance with Jedi custom.
Qui-Gon's life prior to The Phantom Menace is mainly detailed in the Jedi Apprentice series, written by Dave Wolverton and Jude Watson. Born almost a century before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Qui-Gon, as an infant, is taken to the planet Coruscant to train and become a Jedi. He maintains some ties with his native planet and sister Kerri, and even once obtains a special worn stone from his homeworld's River of Light. At the age of eight, he and Tahl, a fellow student, become best friends. At the age of ten, Qui-Gon participates in the Exhibition Day Tournament, where young students are encouraged to perform their skills so that they may be taken as an apprentice to one of the Jedi Knights or Masters. At this exhibition, Jedi Master Count Dooku first sees Qui-Gon's lightsaber skills, and takes the boy as his Padawan a short time afterwards. Together, Dooku and Qui-Gon go on numerous missions across the galaxy.
Eventually Qui-Gon becomes a full-fledged Jedi Knight. Soon after, he discovers a young boy from Telos IV named Xanatos who exhibits a strong connection to the Force. Qui-Gon takes Xanatos to the Jedi Temple for training, even though the child is much older than the accepted age for training. During Xanatos' training as a Youngling at the Temple, Qui-Gon takes an unidentified Padawan and trains him to Knighthood, which grants himself the title of Jedi Master. Soon after he takes Xanatos as his second apprentice. Many members of the Council, including Yoda, express their concerns about Xanatos and, after twelve years of training with Qui-Gon, they decide to give the troubled young man one final test before granting him the title of Jedi Knight. Qui-Gon and Xanatos are sent to Telos IV, the latter's homeworld, where the boy's father, Crion, has become a tyrant. Xanatos is tempted by his father's wealth and power, and joins Crion, hoping to rule together. After the planet plunges into civil war, Crion is confronted by Qui-Gon, who is ultimately forced to kill him. Xanatos flies into a rage and takes a ring from his father's finger, searing hot from Qui-Gon's blade. He brands it into his cheek, creating a broken-circle scar. Xanatos flees, swearing revenge on his former master. Qui-Gon blames himself for Xanatos' failure, and vows never to take another Padawan. For the next few years, Qui-Gon returns to solo missions, and occasionally works with others on various assignments. Qui-Gon and Tahl are credited for accomplishing many missions, such as successfully overseeing the first democratic elections of New Apsolon.
In The Rising Force, set nine years later, Yoda encourages Qui-Gon to take another apprentice. Qui-Gon agrees to at least observe a small tournament among a group of the Temple's older students, which include Bruck Chun and Obi-Wan Kenobi. He takes notice of Obi-Wan's skills, but also of the boy's uncontrolled anger, and refuses to train him. Shortly following the tournament, he leaves for the planet Bandomeer. On the transport ship to Bandomeer, Qui-Gon is reunited with Obi-Wan, who is also being sent to Bandomeer to begin life as an agricultural labourer. On the transport, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan help defend a group of Arcona from the criminal organization Offworld Corporation. After putting an end to the tense situation, the two arrive on Bandomeer, where Qui-Gon receives a letter signed by Xanatos. The Dark Rival reveals that the whole ordeal has been organized by Xanatos, now the leader of Offworld. Qui-Gon sends Obi-Wan off to his Agri-Corps duties, while he plans to meet with Xanatos to find an agreement between Offworld and Bandomeer. However, Xanatos plans to sabotage their meeting and kill Qui-Gon. Qui-Gon duels with his former apprentice, and he and Obi-Wan end Offworld's business on Bandomeer. Xanatos escapes, however. During their situation with Xanatos, Qui-Gon discovers Obi-Wan's true potential, and takes him as his new Padawan learner. As a gift for his 13th birthday, Qui-Gon gives Obi-Wan the special rock he found from the River of Light on his homeworld. In The Captive Temple, Xanatos attacks the Jedi Temple and nearly assassinates Yoda. In The Day of Reckoning, when Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan chase Xanatos back to his homeworld, the fallen Jedi refuses to surrender and commits suicide.
In The Ties That Bind, set three years later, Qui-Gon suffers from visions of Tahl in great danger. Upon returning to Coruscant, Qui-Gon requests to the Council that he be sent with her on her next mission, to New Apsolon. Tahl, however, declines his offer and goes on alone, even leaving Bant behind at the Temple. Three weeks pass without word from Tahl. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan go to New Apsolon (against the Council's orders) to discover what may have happened to Tahl. After a lengthy search, they find her, safe and sound. Upon seeing each other again, Qui-Gon and Tahl openly admit their forbidden love. They promise to each other that they will deal with their emotions after the mission is over. In The Death of Hope however, Tahl is kidnapped by Balog, the corrupt Chief Security Controller. When Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan finally find Balog, he has already drugged Tahl. The Jedi rescue her, but she dies despite Qui-Gon's attempts to heal her through the Force. In The Call to Vengeance, Qui-Gon teeters on the brink of the dark side, obsessed with taking revenge on Balog for Tahl's death. Qui-Gon tracks Balog down and corners him. When he is about to take his revenge, however, he hears a voice beseeching him to stop. Qui-Gon suddenly realizes that he is heading down a dark path, and abruptly deactivates his lightsaber. After taking Balog into custody, Qui-Gon thanks Obi-Wan for stopping him, only to hear from his apprentice that he had not said those words. Qui-Gon realizes that it was the voice of Tahl who had stopped him from giving in to the dark side. The Jedi return to Coruscant and give Tahl a proper funeral.
Other novels Edit
In Legacy of the Jedi, Dooku and Qui-Gon are sent to accompany Senator Blix Annon on a diplomatic assignment. However, space pirates infiltrate their ship, and their leader turns out to be rogue Jedi Lorian Nod with whom Dooku was once close friends. The two battle and Dooku lets his anger get the best of him. Qui-Gon stops his Master from violating the Jedi Code by committing cold-blooded murder. Years after their first encounter, Qui-Gon, along with Obi-Wan, again encounters Nod, and once again the fallen Jedi is incarcerated for his crimes.
In Secrets of the Jedi, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are paired with Adi Gallia and Siri Tachi. The mission, which results in Qui-Gon and Adi being separated from Obi-Wan and Siri, leads to the discovery of romantic feelings between the two Padawans. Qui-Gon detects these emotions and warns Obi-Wan of his own example with Tahl, and the consequences of losing a loved one.
In Cloak of Deception, set just before The Phantom Menace, both Jedi fight against a terrorist organization called the Nebula Front. At the Trade Federation conference on Eriadu, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan successfully defend Chancellor Valorum, but do not prevent the deaths of the rest of the Trade Federation Directorate, allowing the Neimoidians to take control of the Federation.
Clone Wars Edit
Qui-Gon makes a brief appearance in an episode of the animated microseries Star Wars: Clone Wars. He appears in a dream sequence in which he tells a circa Episode I Anakin to enter a mysterious cave, in which the boy will see a vision of his future. His face can also be seen when Anakin battles Asajj Ventress.
In comic booksEdit
Aside from the graphic novelization of The Phantom Menace, Qui-Gon appears infrequently in Star Wars-related comic books. His most extensive appearance thus far is in the "Stark Hyperspace War" plotline in Star Wars: Republic. In this story arc, which takes place during the same year Qui-Gon takes Obi-Wan as his apprentice, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan fight in the titular conflict along with other Jedi such as Tyvokka, Plo Koon, Tholme and his Padawan Quinlan Vos. Ironically, Qui-Gon ends up saving the life of Nute Gunray, the Trade Federation viceroy he would encounter 12 years later.
Behind the scenes Edit
As revealed in The Art of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, director George Lucas conceived Qui-Gon's character during pre-production. This is shown by concept art where Obi-Wan is shown alone in the Federation ship and while meeting Jar Jar. Even when Qui-Gon was conceived, Lucas toyed with making him the younger Jedi, as shown in concept art depicting Obi-Wan as an old man. Originally George Lucas had planned for Qui-Gon to be a 60-year-old man with long white hair, but that idea was scrapped and in the film Qui-Gon is depicted as still being 60 (despite Liam Neeson being in his 40s at the time) though having long graying-brown hair. For various fight scenes, including the Tatooine and Naboo lightsaber duels with Darth Maul, British actor Andrew Lawden served as Liam Neeson's body double for the character of Qui-Gon in The Phantom Menace.
In Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Qui-Gon's voice, provided by Neeson, was heard shouting "Anakin, Anakin, No!!!" during the scene when Yoda on Coruscant senses Anakin slaughtering a band of Tusken Raiders on Tatooine for killing his mother. George Lucas planned to have Qui-Gon return as a Force ghost in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, similar to how Obi-Wan appeared before Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The idea was ultimately shelved however and Lucas covered for this by having Yoda tell Obi-Wan that he would eventually make contact with his former master. This is also confirmed when Yoda tells Obi-Wan that Qui-Gon has found the path to immortality via "The Way of the Whills". Though this process has yet to be fully explained, this story has been vaguely expanded on throughout The Last of the Jedi series. This scene appears in the novelization of the film.
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