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How did Obi-Wan survive the trip to Naboo?

While a robot may not require oxygen to function, that does not mean it is vacuum-compatible. Many materials are perfectly ok at normal to low air pressures but will outgas at near-vacuum pressures. ...
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Why did Obi-Wan have to sneak around the Death Star?

The goal is stealth. Even if he somehow manages to use force-persuasion on everyone he encounters, this still doesn't factor in the possibility of his being seen by a droid, a security monitor or ...
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Why didn't Obi-Wan refer to Darth Vader as Anakin during the Death Star duel?

It's a fairly major plot point that he didn't want Luke to know that Vader was his father. Based on ROTJ, Obi-Wan considered Anakin to be dead. This was likely to help him fight with everything he had ...
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How did Obi-Wan survive the trip to Naboo?

The film's tie-in "Incredible Cross-Sections" book states that the design of the landing craft wasn't bespoke, it was based on an earlier design for a cargo ship, one intended to be staffed by a ...
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Why was Luke surprised that Obi-Wan had fought in the Clone Wars?

Imagine you grew up a farm boy in some podunk town in Backwater, Nebraska, where nothing ever happens. All your life you have never been further than 20 miles from the place you were born, and in that ...
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How did Obi-Wan know what Darth Vader looked like in Episode IV?

Because Vader was a well-known individual in the Empire. Vader quickly became a highly visible symbol of the Empire, serving as Palpatine’s fearsome enforcer. He hunted down fugitive Jedi who had ...
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Why was Luke surprised that Obi-Wan had fought in the Clone Wars?

When Obi-Wan mentions Luke's father, Luke asks, "You fought in the Clone Wars?" to which Obi-Wan replies, "Yes, I was once a Jedi Knight, the same as your father." They then proceed to talk about what ...
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Did Luke Skywalker ever refer to Obi-Wan as "Uncle Ben?"

The nice thing about e-Books: searches. The phrase "Uncle Ben" does not appear in the Star Wars novelization. There are 55 instances of "uncle" and all of them refer to Uncle Owen. Thanks to Valorum, ...
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Did Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen know that Obi-Wan Kenobi was a Jedi?

Yes, Beru and Owen were aware that Kenobi was a Jedi, at least according to the story told from her perspective in the (canon) anthology book Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View Still, there’ve ...
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Why didn't the Alliance send for Yoda instead of Obi-Wan?

Bail Organa has a close relationship with Obi-Wan. She was on the same wavelength as him. Obi-Wan Kenobi had been a faithful friend long before he’d become one of the galaxy’s most hunted fugitives. ...
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Did Obi-Wan Kenobi know how to destroy the Death Star without the help of the stolen plans?

No There's no real proof that Kenobi knew anything about the Death Star, only that he was able to quickly piece together disparate bits of information into a coherent picture. This speaks more to his ...
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Did Vader actually kill Obi-Wan?

Ben appears to have ascended into the Force before the fatal blow struck. In short, there simply wasn't time for him to have died (as a result of Vader's stroke) before his body disappeared. Ben ...
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How did Obi-Wan survive the trip to Naboo?

It took about an hour to land the Space Shuttle; given Star Wars technology I have to assume the invasion ships could do so far more quickly. According to these calculations a single cubic meter of ...
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Why wouldn't escaping be Obi-Wan's plan?

Obi-Wan seems to have realized that he was unlikely to escape soon after the Millennium Falcon was captured by the Death Star. When he split up from the rest of the group to deactivate the tractor ...
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Why did Obi-Wan have to sneak around the Death Star?

The first movie Star Wars came out before there were any books so you can't count the books which expanded on the movie. You can only consider evidence in the movie itself. That's my starting ...
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How did Obi-Wan not know about Leia in Episode 5?

Obi-wan did not believe Leia to be another hope. From the script of The Return of the Jedi, we have the following exchange BEN: Then the Emperor has already won. You were our only hope. LUKE: Yoda ...
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Why didn't Obi-Wan refer to Darth Vader as Anakin during the Death Star duel?

Consider the scene where Obi Wan "Ben" Kenobi tells Luke about the death of the latter one's father: LUKE: How did my father die? BEN: A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of ...
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Did Luke Skywalker ever refer to Obi-Wan as "Uncle Ben?"

In the third draft of the script for Return of the Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Owen Lars were revealed to be brothers. This would have made Obi-Wan Luke's uncle (since it had already been established ...
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Was Obi-Wan Kenobi part of the Rebel Alliance?

Based on Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One, I would say no. You've cited the reasons I would give, but let's build a defense Obi Wan went into hiding to both protect himself and Luke. Only Yoda and ...
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Why didn't Darth Vader tell Sidious that Obi-Wan disappeared instead of dying?

There's a few points that play into this Vader doesn't tell Sidious everything (and vice versa). In fact, it's a major plot point that Vader has been wrestling with his feelings internally, and ...
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Why was Princess Leia in the Battle of Scarif?

Alexander Freed's official novelization explains it. Leia's ship (Tantive IV) was being repaired from earlier (unspecified mission caused) damage As it was docked in Produndity's hangar; it was ...
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Which lightsaber form did Obi-Wan use against Maul on Tatooine?

Yes, Kenobi used Ataru This is an interesting question. In part because it's difficult to read much into a three-strike duel. To break down the duel, as you mention in the question, Kenobi starts ...
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Why didn't R2D2 recognize Obi-Wan in a New Hope?

Well, initially, Obi-Wan was covered by a hooded cloak, so R2-D2 wouldn’t recognize him (thus making it quite reasonable to be afraid). We might assume that as soon as Obi-Wan’s face was visible, R2-...
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Star Wars now-Legends book where a jedi (Obi-wan?) engages in a duel with metal swords?

Your description matches The Mark of the Crown, the fourth book of the Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice series by Jude Watson. Prince Beju flushed an angry red. His hand dropped. He strode to the case ...
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If Darth Vader sensed Kenobi aboard the Millennium Falcon, why didn't he go aboard?

Darth Vader is not in command of the Death Star; Grand Moff Tarkin is, and the decision of what to do in this kind of situation is Tarkin's not Vader's. The appearance of Kenobi on board the station (...
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Why does Yoda opt to hide in the jungle for the rest of his life, while Obi-Wan Kenobi opts to return and fight?

Obi-Wan did not 'come back when called' or 'opt to return to the fight'. He responded to Princess Leia's desperate call for help and intended only to return the two droids C3PO and R2D2 to Leia's ...
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How did Obi-Wan know what Darth Vader looked like in Episode IV?

First, Obi Wan knew Vader was Anakin. As this question points out, he saw Palapatine address Anakin as "Vader" in a security hologram at the Jedi temple during the events of Revenge of the ...
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Did Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen know that Obi-Wan Kenobi was a Jedi?

Since you're asking for "original sources", I want to mention that through the course of the original trilogy, no one ever identifies what Owen or Beru's relationship to Luke actually is. Is Owen ...
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Why was Mos Eisley spaceport the most wretched hive of scum and villainy?

The spaceport was lawless. According to a databank entry on the official Star Wars web site: Obi-Wan Kenobi warned Luke Skywalker that he’d never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy ...
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Did Obi-Wan Kenobi ever drink alcohol?

In Dex's diner (in Attack of the Clones) Obi-Wan drinks a beverage called "Jawa Juice", identified in the film's official novelisation as "Ardees". With great effort, Dexter managed to squeeze ...
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