In the climactic battle of ROTS, where Anakin and Obi-Wan fought, Obi said, "Only a Sith deals in absolutes." But isn't that very statement an absolute? Plo Koon, another famed Jedi Master and general, was also known to see things in black and white, which is absolute. When Obi-Wan said that statement, was that a way of showing that the Jedi weren't very different from the Sith? Or was that unintentional on George Lucas' part?

  • 1
    But I think the short answer is that you're interpreting the sentence far too literally. Or perhaps I should say "far too absolutely". :-) Dec 30, 2016 at 0:29
  • @HarryJohnston I didn't think to look for another similar question.
    – StormGuard
    Dec 30, 2016 at 0:33
  • Should I just delete?
    – StormGuard
    Dec 30, 2016 at 0:33
  • We generally don't delete duplicates, because the rephrasing may help other people find the original question. But that's up to you. Dec 30, 2016 at 0:34

1 Answer 1


When Anakin and Obi-Wan were fighting on Mustafar this was the dialogue.

Anakin Skywalker: If you're not with me, then you're my enemy.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: [realising that Anakin is consumed by evil and there's no reasoning with him anymore] Only a Sith deals in absolutes. (Source)

Absolute is defined in the dictionary as being "a value or principle that is regarded as universally valid or that may be viewed without relation to other things." or "that which exists without being dependent on anything else." Normal English translation being - black and white idea that does not take into consideration other events or ideas.

When Obi-Wan says

"Only Sith deal in absolutes"

He means that Anakin's black and white ideology is wrong and that only the Sith would hate everyone who is not their friend.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.