Qui-Gon Jinn is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, and a main protagonist of the 1999 film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, portrayed by Liam Neeson. He also appears in the Star Wars Expanded Universe of comic books, video games, and novels. In Star Wars fiction, Qui-Gon is best known as the mentor of the Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi as well as the one who discovers Anakin Skywalker (who later becomes Darth Vader).
Qui-Gon's voice is heard in one scene from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones that was uncredited. Director George Lucas approached Liam Neeson about reprising the role for Revenge of the Sith, but the actor reportedly declined his offer.
Qui-Gon is introduced in Episode I as a wise and powerful Jedi Master and the teacher of the 25-year-old Obi-Wan Kenobi. Unlike other more conservative Jedi, he values living in the moment as the best way to embrace the Force. While other Jedi respect him, they are frequently puzzled by his unorthodox beliefs, and ultimately deny him a seat on the Jedi Council. Obi-Wan remarks that Qui-Gon has been in conflict with the Council several times in the past.
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones reveals that he was trained in the ways of the Jedi by Count Dooku. In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Jedi Master Yoda reveals to Obi-Wan that Qui-Gon's spirit has learned the secret of becoming one with the Force, which he teaches to both Yoda and Obi-Wan.
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