Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the most famous Star Wars characters, yet he’s one of the few who we don’t know much about in terms of his family.
There hasn’t been much detail at all in the films and books and Disney+ series about Kenobi‘s family or sexuality, but the most recent book does shed some light on this topic.
The book is called ‘Star Wars Padawan’ and is written by Kiersten White, and it has sent Star Wars fans wild with online theories about the Jedi.
What does ‘Star Wars Padawan’ say about Obi-Wan Kenobi’s sexuality?
There is one particular part of the book that caught readers’ attention, when he is being quizzed by Casul, a male character, about romantic relationships. Here is that passage in full:
“Obi-Wan smiled at the warning, touched that Casul didn’t want Obi-Wan getting his hopes up,” the passage starts.
“‘I can’t form attachments like that, anyway.’ Couldn’t he, though, if he didn’t go back? Was that something he would even want? It had always been so forbidden, even thinking about it was like holding his hand right next to a lightsaber blade. He knew some of his friends had dabbled in physical relationships – suspected Siri would have been open to it had he ever wanted to – but it had always seemed like an obstacle, not a temptation.
“‘And besides’, Obi-Wan said, rushing to change the subject for himself more than anyone, ‘I would never want to be in a relationship with a leader. Too close to politicians or royalty. I’m sure if I ever fell in love, it would be with someone calm. Peaceful. Easy to get along with.’
“‘So you want someone who doesn’t challenge you.’
“Obi-Wan laughed, then shrugged. ‘I don’t know what I want, if we’re being honest.’
“Casul mirrored his shrug. ‘Not many choices around here. I don’t think love is in my future, either, and I’m fine with that. As long as I have the power to keep my family safe, that’s enough for me. Though I will admit I’ve been curious about kissing and why Audj and Zae-Brii enjoy it so much. So if you’re ever curious, too, let me know.
“Obi-Wan blushed. ‘I will. Let you know, I mean. Not that I will do that, right now, with you. Or anyone.’ Would he ever get to a point where kissing someone felt anything less than a betrayal of himself and the Jedi? And if he did get to that point, who would he want to kiss? The Lenahrans were confident and charismatic, which was attractive. But he couldn’t imagine just kissing any of them.
“Maybe he didn’t want to be with any of them but rather to be more like each of them. Or maybe he wanted to kiss all of them.
“Not Mem, though, because he had a feeling that would upset her very much.
“He wasn’t going to kiss any of them, regardless. Everything on Lenahra seemed simple and felt impossibly complicated, and that would doubtless make it all worse.”
The fact that he considered kissing both male and female characters during that passage, as well as deciding not to ultimately do anything, has sparked all kinds of theories online.