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Qui-Gon Jinn
Qui-Gon Jinn
General Information


Gender Male
Aliases Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn
Age 60 years (at time of death)
Birthday 92 BBY (Before Battle of Yavin)
Race Human
Debuts
TV Show Star Wars: Clone Wars
Film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Credit Liam Neeson

Overview

Qui-Gon Jinn was a Jedi Master that was revered for his wisdom and condemned by the Jedi High Council for his maverick tendencies yet had an extremely high successful rate of missions. He had been a student under Count Dooku and he in turn trained Obi-Wan Kenobi. He brought Anakin Skywalker to the Council, hoping to take him on as a second Padawan before he was slain in combat by Darth Maul.

In the 1999 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace feature film, he is portrayed by Liam Neeson.

Background

Qui-Gon Jinn was born in the final days of the vaunted Old Republic whose Golden Age had long since past and saw the growing corruption of the Senate. Identified as a powerful Force Potentiate as an infant, he was raised in a Jedi creche and trained to become a Jedi Knight. His skills in lightsaber combat led him to being handpicked by Count Dooku as his Padawan and the two embarked on a long and highly successful partnership before he was promoted to Jedi Knight. Dooku praised Jinn for his abilities but warned him that his compassion would ultimately be his downfall.

Although he was ultimately deemed worthy of being a Jedi Master, Qui-Gon had a rocky road towards it. As a Knight, he discovered a young boy, Xanatos who exhibited high Force abilities and overriding the concerns from the Jedi Council, pushed for his training despite being considerably older than most recruits. Several years later, Master Qui-Gon accepted Xanatos as his Padawan and was horrified when Xanatos betrayed him, falling to the Dark Side.

Qui-Gon was determined never to accept a Padawan again but ultimately changed his mind after encountering Obi-Wan Kenobi who changed his mind, accepting him as his latest apprentice and the pair became one of the most successful and potent partners in the Jedi Order. It was their record of successes that led the High Council to entrust them to resolve the Naboo Invasion by the Trade Federation.

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Personality and Traits

Qui-Gon Jinn was considered a faithful if unconventional Jedi Master in an era where the Jedi Order was an extremely conservative and orthodox society. Unlike the majority of his peers who espoused the concept of the "Unifying Force", Jinn was a proponent of a divergent school of thought known as the "Living Force" which favored 'living in the moment,' by relying heavily on their instincts and attunement towards other living things. While he did believe in Force precognition and future visions, Jinn was adamant that many Jedi's greatest folly was to forget the 'here and now' rather than trusting in some nebulous potential future that may or may not happen as the majority of the Jedi promoted.

Jinn was usually viewed as being overly compassionate towards other life forms with a tendency towards informally adopting them. He was well known for his compulsive inability to turn away other beings down on their luck or strays, even in the middle of a mission. His compassionate benevolence towards Jar Jar Binks was considered irritatingly normal by his peers who grudgingly accepted it as one of his eccentricities.

Qui-Gon Jinn was an extraordinarily powerful Jedi and a great warrior, particularly in swordsmanship. He was considered one of the finest masters of Form IV, Ataru in his youth. However, his increasing age diminished his stamina and ability to maintain the aggressive flurry of attacks that the style demanded. This was notable in his prolonged duel against Darth Maul during the Battle of Naboo where Jinn desperately tried to recuperate his physical stamina by initiating Force Serenity; a self-induced trance state to rapidly recover his exhaustion.

Trivia

  • Liam Neeson inadvertently added an additional $150,000 in production costs of The Phantom Menace. This was because for the effects heavy films such as these, the film crew do not build the sets much higher than the tops of the actors' heads and typically use CGI to fill in the rest. But because Liam Neeson is 6'4" and was the tallest actor in the film; it necessitated extra special enlargement in the various sets especially for him, resulting in the increased production costs.

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