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At the end of Star Wars: Episode III while Obi-wan and Anakin are fighting, Obi-wan gains the high ground and tells Anakin that the fight is over because of it.

What? The high ground has made no difference in any lightsaber fight for 3 movies. Why would Obi-wan declare himself the victor because of this?


Note: I'm not asking why Obi-wan won; that's already been answered in other questions. I'm asking why Obi-wan believed he would win for something as insignificant as having the higher ground.

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    @HarryJohnston - Obi-Wan vs. Darth Maul. Obi is dangling from a pipe in a bottomless pit. Darth Maul is standing on the lip of the pit high above him. Obi-Wan Force-jumps out of the pit and cuts Maul in two pieces.
    – Wad Cheber
    Mar 3 '16 at 3:27
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    I believe when Obi Wan said he "has the high ground" he was speaking figuratively - he simply meant "I have the advantage." In ancient warfare the high ground conveyed a decisive advantage, which is what led to this metaphorical turn of phrase. The "certain point of view" speech from the original trilogy shows that he's no stranger to speaking figuratively. Mar 3 '16 at 5:41
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    @HarryJohnston - The best explanation is "Darth Maul is a moron". He stands at the top of the pit, scraping his lightsaber on the ground to make pretty sparks, when he should have been... you know... hacking off Obi-Wan's hands so he fell to his death.
    – Wad Cheber
    Mar 3 '16 at 22:57
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    @WadCheber No, the best explanation is "plot" and Lucas' inability to avoid such blatant contradictions.
    – Null
    Mar 9 '16 at 5:03
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    I think this is a great question if only for the fact that Obi-Wan himself witnessed a case where the high ground meant nothing (when Darth Maul had the high ground against him). If the high ground didn't grant Maul the victory why would Obi-Wan think he'd won?
    – Null
    Mar 9 '16 at 5:05
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This is explained in the Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith novelisation. In short, Obi-Wan is so utterly familiar with Anakin's fighting style and capabilities that he knows that having the high ground will give him a slight advantage, forcing Anakin to jump into an attack and that that tiny benefit will be sufficient for Obi-Wan to win.

Blade-to-blade, they were identical. After thousands of hours in lightsaber sparring, they knew each other better than brothers, more intimately than lovers; they were complementary halves of a single warrior.

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    "more intimately than lovers" raises eyebrows
    – Rogue Jedi
    Jun 18 '16 at 20:23
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    @Valorum Dude, you're killing perfectly good fandom ships here. Jun 18 '16 at 22:38
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    @JanusBahsJacquet - I've been trying to spread the rumour that Rey's parents are Jar Jar and Mon Mothma but no-one seems to be biting.
    – Valorum
    Jun 18 '16 at 22:42
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    @Valorum No, that's not true... that's impossible! Jun 20 '16 at 16:17
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    @DaaaahWhoosh - I think you mean "Noooooooo!!!"
    – Valorum
    Jun 20 '16 at 17:41

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