Everybody has a secret. Great or small, significant or not, everybody has at least one. One of our favourite characters from the Star Wars universe, Qui-Gon Jinn, is no different. There are likely many things about the long-haired Jedi that you don’t know, and maybe some things you don’t even want to know. The famous Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn appears in many Star Wars tales, most famously being played by Liam Neeson when the character appears in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005). Qui-Gon Jinn also appears briefly on television in the Star Wars animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003-2005), as well as the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-2014).
Ever since Disney acquired the rights to Lucasfilm in 2012, most of the existing Star Wars books and comics in existence have been declared non-canon works that will not affect the story of the newest movie trilogy, and labelled as Star Wars Legends. Despite this, we can still look at Qui-Gon Jinn’s many appearances in these novels to discover new things we may not have known about his past. These novels are useful because they fill in a lot of the details that we are missing from simply watching the films. Without further ado, let us take a look at this list of dark secrets about Qui-Gon Jinn that you really don’t want to know.
20 He Is From Coruscant, The Birthplace Of The Galactic Empire
Qui-Gon Jinn was born on Coruscant, a planet largely known as the centre of the galaxy in the Star Wars universe due to its cosmopolitan culture and the fact that it was connected to many important trade routes. Coruscant is an ecumenopolis, meaning “world-city”, and it was given this title because the enormous city spanned the entire planet.
Coruscant is also home to the Jedi Temple, where the Jedi Order resides.
It was also a major military target during the Clone Wars. When Chancellor Palpatine issued the infamous Order 66, an order which forced clone troops to turn on their Jedi masters through the use of hidden inhibitor chips in their design, the Jedi were exterminated and the Galactic Empire was born. Who knew that Qui-Gon Jinn could have come from a planet with such a dark history?
19 He Disagreed With The Jedi Order And Disobeyed The Jedi Code
Qui-Gon Jinn has been described as a Gray Jedi, described as a type of Jedi that did not strictly adhere to the Jedi Code and distanced themselves from the members of the Jedi High Council. Qui-Gon Jinn frequently disagreed with the Jedi High Council, as we can see in the events of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace when he implores the Jedi High Council to train Anakin as a Jedi. The Jedi High Council refuses Qui-Gon Jinn’s request, but he goes against their wishes and vows to train Anakin regardless. Qui-Gon Jinn usually seems so calm and relaxed; who would have guessed that there was so much tension between him and the Jedi High Council?
18 He Was Trained By A Sith Lord
Well, technically he was trained by a Jedi who later became a Sith Lord. We know that in order to be trained as a Jedi, an individual must first be accepted as a Padawan, or an apparentice of an existing Jedi. Well, before Qui-Gon Jinn was the experienced Jedi Master we know and love, he was a Padawan to Count Dooku. In the novel The Legacy of the Jedi, Count Dooku and Qui-Gon Jinn encounter a band of space pirates and are forced to fight them. The pirate leader turns out to be a rogue Jedi and former friend of Count Dooku. In his anger, Count Dooku almost kills the Jedi, but Qui-Gon Jinn stops him. Long after this time, Count Dooku converted to the Dark Side and became a Sith Lord. It is disturbing to know that the man who trained Qui-Gon Jinn later turned to the Dark Side.
17 He Learned The Secrets Of Eternal Consciousness
During his life, Qui-Gon Jinn travelled to a planet that was said to be the origin of all midi-chlorians; the substance of all life which allowed some individuals to use the Force. On this planet, he learned from five Force Priestesses that it was possible for an individual to retain their consciousness after they died, and he began training to learn this technique. After Qui-Gon Jinn’s unfortunate death at the hands of the Sith Lord Darth Maul, he was able to return to speak with certain characters. For example, when Anakin kills the band of Tusken Raiders that murdered his mother, Qui-Gon Jinn speaks to him as a disembodied voice and urges him not to stray to the Dark Side.
16 His Apprentice Turned To The Dark Side
If you have only watched the movies and not read the books, you will know Obi-Wan Kenobi as Qui-Gon Jinn’s only Padawan. However, if we look at the Star Wars novels, we can find that he actually had three Padawans in total.
Qui-Gon Jinn’s second Padawan was a boy named Xanatos from the planet Telos IV.
A promising Jedi in training, Xanatos failed the final test that would have made him a Jedi Knight, later joining the Dark Side following the deaths of his father and sister. He battled his former master years later on the planet Bandomeer, and also attempted to destroy the Jedi Temple but was ultimately unsuccessful. Xanatos eventually killed himself by jumping into a pool of acid, thus ending the long rivalry between him and Qui-Gon Jinn.
15 He Almost Turned To The Dark Side Himself
While he was still in training to become a Jedi Knight, Qui-Gon Jinn fell in love with another Jedi apprentice named Tahl. The two became Jedi Knights and then Jedi Masters together, often crossing paths on their assignments. Tahl eventually received a call to travel to a planet called New Apsolon where she went undercover on a mission. When she failed to contact the Jedi High Council for a few weeks, Qui-Gon Jinn became worried and travelled to New Apsolon to find she had been captured and tortured by a man named Balog. Qui-Gon Jinn rescued Tahl, but she died from her injuries, and in his rage Qui-Gon Jinn grew close to the Dark Side and almost killed Balog for his crimes. However, Tahl’s voice came to him and convinced him not to stray to the Dark Side, and he arrested Balog instead.
14 He Saved Jar Jar Binks From Death
Jar Jar Binks is possibly the most universally hated character in the history of the Star Wars franchise. Most of us will be horrified to learn, then, that our beloved Qui-Gon Jinn actually saved his life and allowed him to become a relevant character in the Star Wars universe. In Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Jar Jar Binks is banished from his home and is caught foraging for food on the surface of the planet Naboo during the Trade Federation’s invasion. Jar Jar is then miraculously saved from being run over by a battle droid transport vehicle by Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi, who have been sent to the planet to resolve the conflict. Thanks to Qui-Gon Jinn, we now have the joy of watching Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequel trilogy of films.
13 He Used Jedi Mind Tricks On Gungan Leader Boss Nass
We often see various Jedi using mind tricks to influence the thoughts of others during their missions.
This thought is implanted in the mind by the Jedi through the use of both verbal suggestion and hand gestures.
Qui-Gon Jinn uses this technique on Naboo when he and Obi-Wan Kenobi confront the Gungan leader Boss Nass. The Jedi needed to reach Theed, the capital of Naboo, to rescue Queen Padmé Amidala from the Federation. In order to gain transport to Naboo’s capital city, Qui-Gon Jinn succeeds in procuring a Gungan transport vessel through the use of such Jedi mind tricks. Who would have thought that the honourable Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn would use such devious tricks to get what he wanted?
12 He Attempted And Failed To Use Jedi Mind Tricks On Watto
So, his previous use of Jedi mind tricks on the Gungan leader Boss Nass is somewhat related to this particular instance. However, this situation is significant because his abilities are ineffective. In their quest to escort Queen Padmé Amidala to the planet Coruscant, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn are forced to land on the planet Tatooine in search of a replacement hyperdrive generator for their ship. Qui-Gon Jinn travels to a nearby settlement in order to purchase a generator. Here he meets Watto, a Toydarian store owner who has the parts that our Jedi is looking for. When Watto would not accept Qui-Gon Jinn’s Republic credits as a method of payment for the parts, Qui-Gon tries to convince him to accept the payment using the Force. To his dismay, he found that Jedi mind tricks do not work on Toydarians, and he had to find another way to get the generator.
11 He Secretly Tested Anakin's Midi-chlorian Count
When Qui-Gon Jinn is forced to land his ship on the planet Tatooine, he meets a boy whose name you might recognize: Anakin Skywalker, a slave owned by Watto. When a sandstorm hits the area, Skywalker brings Qui-Gon Jinn and the rest of his party to his home to escape the bad weather, where the Jedi reveals their mission to Anakin and his mother, Shmi.
While in the Skywalker home, Qui-Gon Jinn reveals to Shmi that he can sense Anakin’s potential to become a Jedi.
After this encounter, Qui-Gon Jinn tests Anakin’s midi-chlorian count in secret and discovers that his count is over 20,000, a number that exceeds any existing Jedi.
10 He Used The Force To Ensure Anakin's Freedom
Upon learning of Anakin’s astounding midi-chlorian count, along with the fact that he was supposedly the product of a virgin birth, Qui-Gon Jinn theorizes that Anakin is the awaited Chosen One. According to Jedi prophecy, the Chosen One is an individual that is destined to bring balance to the light and dark aspects of the Force. With this knowledge, Qui-Gon Jinn makes a deal with Anakin’s slave master Watto to win his freedom along with the ship parts he needs if Anakin wins the pod race. The Jedi attempts to free both Anakin and his mother Shmi, but Watto only agrees to the possibility of freeing one slave, rolling a dice to decide which one. Qui-Gon Jinn, understanding Anakin’s potential, uses the Force to make sure the dice landed on the side that would guarantee Anakin’s freedom, instead of his mother’s.
9 He Brought Anakin Before The Jedi High Council
A large part of the story of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace involves Qui-Gon Jinn discovering that Anakin Skywalker is the Chosen One from Jedi prophecy and subsequently making it his mission to ensure that Anakin receives training to be a Jedi. After Anakin wins his own freedom from his slave master in the pod race, he leaves his home planet of Tatooine with Qui-Gon Jinn and the others to travel to Coruscant, where he is brought before the Jedi High Council. Before the Council, Qui-Gon Jinn requests that Anakin be trained as a Jedi. It is certainly a pivotal point in the entire Star Wars universe, and it makes us think: what would have happened if the Jedi had never brought Anakin before the Council?
8 He Ignored The Council's Concerns About Anakin
We know that Qui-Gon Jinn is a strong-willed Jedi Master who does not always adhere to the Jedi Code or strictly follow the orders of the Jedi High Council. When he brings Anakin Skywalker, the boy who he believes is the Chosen One, before the council, they agree to test him to determine his eligibility for Jedi training. After this test was administered, the Jedi Council admits that Anakin is extraordinarily strong with the Force, but they ultimately decided that he could not be trained. They came to this decision because of his age and because they sensed a great deal of anger and fear inside him. Due to his somewhat rebellious nature, Qui-Gon Jinn challenged this decision and insisted that the Council allow him to take Anakin as his Padawan.
7 He Was The First To Think That Darth Maul Was A Sith Lord
Before leaving the planet Tatooine with Anakin Skywalker and the rest of his party, Qui-Gon Jinn is attacked by Darth Maul. They fiercely battle with their lightsabers in the desert until Anakin manages to find help, and Obi-Wan Kenobi manages to drive their ship to Qui-Gon Jinn’s location in time to rescue him from the fight. The Jedi Master believed that Darth Maul was a Sith Lord, but the Jedi High Council was sceptical of his claim because there had been no sightings of a Sith Lord in at least one thousand years. Darth Maul was later revealed to be a Sith Lord and pupil of Darth Sidious, proving that Qui-Gon Jinn’s suspicions were correct.
6 He Made Obi-Wan Promise To Train Anakin
Even if you haven’t watched Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, you probably already know the sad conclusion to Qui-Gon Jinn’s story. In a second battle with Darth Maul, this time in the palace in Theed, Qui-Gon Jinn is separated from his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi by the shield walls in the building. In this one-on-one confrontation, Darth Maul and Qui-Gon Jinn are almost perfectly matched in terms of skill. Eventually, Darth Maul gains the upper hand and manages to stab Qui-Gon Jinn with his double-bladed lightsaber. After Obi-Wan Kenobi defeats Darth Maul and slices him in two, he runs to his fatally wounded master. With his dying breath, Qui-Gon Jinn makes Anakin promise to train Anakin as a Jedi, and reiterates that it is his destiny to bring balance to the Force as the Chosen One.
5 Master Yoda Disagreed With His Insistence To Train Anakin
When Qui-Gon Jinn originally brought Anakin to the Jedi High Council to request his training, Master Yoda was one of the many Jedi that thought it would be a bad idea. After Qui-Gon Jinn’s death at the hands of Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi relayed Qui-Gon Jinn’s final wish to Master Yoda: that he wanted Anakin to be trained as a Jedi no matter what. Yoda still felt uneasy about allowing Anakin to be trained due to the results of his test, but he reluctantly agreed to allow Anakin to be trained as the Padawan of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Master Yoda is undoubtedly one of the wisest and most powerful Jedi in the Star Wars universe.
It is interesting to know that he did not believe Anakin was fit to be trained as a Jedi, despite Qui-Gon Jinn’s final wishes.
4 He Was Burned On A Funeral Pyre
When a Jedi dies, they always receive the customary rights to a Jedi funeral, and their body is burned on a funeral pyre. After Qui-Gon Jinn’s death, he receives a Jedi funeral on the planet Naboo, where his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi and many others are present. Usually, if a Jedi has mastered the ability to retain their consciousness after death, they cannot receive a Jedi funeral as their body vanishes when they die. Qui-Gon Jinn’s case was different because although his body was cremated in a Jedi funeral, he still appeared to those he knew on many occasions after the event of his death. The funeral pyre is an ancient traditional method of honouring the dead, so it is interesting that Qui-Gon Jinn and the other Jedi still make use of this tradition so far in the future.
3 He Was Able To Return As A Force Ghost
A Force ghost is the entity and consciousness of a Jedi or any Force user that appears after their death. Being able to see and hear these Force ghosts required some training and skill as well, and depended on how well-versed an individual was with the Force. To be able to reappear as a Force ghost after death, an individual would have to learn and master the ancient techniques that were required to retain their consciousness and continue to communicate with the living. Qui-Gon Jinn learned these techniques, but did not master them. At first, he was only able to return as a voice with no body. Later, he managed to appear to Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker on different occasions in an attempt to aid them.
2 He Helped Yoda Learn The Secrets Of Eternal Consciousness
During the Clone Wars, Master Yoda discovered that Qui-Gon Jinn had the ability to appear as a Force ghost after his death. In his wisdom, Qui-Gon Jinn knew that Yoda was destined to complete the eternal consciousness training and help to bring balance to the Force. Thus, he returned to speak to Yoda and acted as his guide during Yoda’s trials and training to learn these secrets. He could not give Yoda any answers to the questions he posed; he could simply guide him towards the truth that he was searching for. Master Yoda eventually completed his training and mastered the technique that allowed him to return after his death. This ultimately allowed Master Yoda to train Luke Skywalker, one of the most well-known characters in the Star Wars franchise.
1 He Was Right About Anakin Being The Chosen One
This brings us to the age-old question relating to the Star Wars franchise: who was the real Chosen One? Qui-Gon Jinn believed it to be Anakin Skywalker, but we know that he turned to the Dark Side and became known as Darth Vader. There is other evidence that points to Anakin’s son Luke Skywalker being the Chosen One because he seemed to bring balance to the Force.
If we really examine the evidence, though, we can find the truth.
Luke Skywalker did aid in bringing balance to the Force, along with many other characters, but it was Anakin that killed Darth Sidious and brought about the destruction of the Galactic Empire. Despite turning to the Dark Side, Anakin still managed to bring balance to the Force in the end, and this proves the Qui-Gon Jinn was right about him all along.
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