"Finding him was the will of the Force. I have no doubt of that."
―Qui-Gon Jinn to the Jedi Council, about Anakin Skywalker[src]
Qui-Gon Jinn
Real-world information
Portrayed by

Liam Neeson (I, The Clone Wars)

First appearance

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Fictional information

Jedi Order


Jedi Master





The ghost of Qui-Gon Jinn.

Qui-Gon Jinn (portrayed by Liam Neeson) is one of the primary protagonists of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the first film of the Star Wars prequel trilogy. He is briefly heard in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, appears as a ghost and disembodied voice in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and is mentioned in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

The character is introduced as a maverick Jedi Master who frequently defies the Jedi Council. He and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, are sent as ambassadors to resolve the Trade Federation occupation of Naboo. They are forced to flee to Tatooine, where Qui-Gon discovers Anakin Skywalker and believes that the boy is the Chosen One of prophecy who will destroy the Sith and bring balance to the Force. After arriving on Coruscant, the Council tests Anakin for training but rejects him due to his age. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan later return to Naboo to help Queen Padmé Amidala retake her planet. During the final battle, Qui-Gon is killed in a lightsaber duel against Darth Maul, but lives along enough to ask Obi-Wan to promise he will train Anakin.

During the Clone Wars, Qui-Gon appears to Obi-Wan and Anakin as a ghost on Mortis, a planet powerful in the Force where it is confirmed that Anakin is the Chosen One. He later guides Yoda on a journey to learn the secret of immortality by retaining ones' consciousness after death, which Qui-Gon only partially achieved. After Anakin falls to the dark side and becomes Darth Vader, Yoda reveals that he has communed with Qui-Gon and that the late Jedi Master had learned to return from the netherworld of the Force and interact with the living. This secret is passed down to Yoda, Obi-Wan, and a redeemed Anakin, who all appear as ghosts after their deaths.

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Star Wars Episode VII (rumor)Edit

On January 12, 2014, it was rumored by Cosmic Book News that a holographic image of Qui-Gon Jinn—as well as Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Mace Windu—would appear in a new Jedi Temple in Star Wars Episode VII.[1]

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