I apologize if this subject has been discussed before, I think it might have been, which is why I put "revisited" in the title. There are several reasons why I believe Obi Wan Kenobi, as represented in the Prequel Trilogy (and some of the other material) fits the description of a Gary Stu, but first let me define what I mean by a Gary Stu. I mean it strictly as the male version of a "Mary Sue", that is a character who is unrealistically perfect and free of flaws. 1: His total lack of flaws. A character flaw in literature may be defined as any: “bias, limitation, imperfection, problem, personality disorders, vices, phobia, prejudice, or deficiency present in a character who may be otherwise very functional. The flaw can be a problem that directly affects the character’s actions and abilities Typical examples of character flaws can be arrogance, anger, hotheadedness, selfishness, greed, lust for power, jealously, gullibility, hypocrisy. Basically, anything which causes the character problems or difficulties, or causes them to struggle and fail. Obi Wan has none of these. Not one. The literal defining characteristic of Mary Sues is that they have no flaws. It is often claimed that Kenobi's "flaw" was that he was "too loving" or "too trusting" of Anakin and didn't think he could ever fall, which made him blind to his faults. However, this is what is known in writing circles as a "benevolent flaw", which is actually a virtue that has been exaggerated to make it seem like an imperfection. Its also a fake flaw, because the negative consequences are caused by someone else's actions, not by Kenobi's own. It is not a neagtive trait on Kenobi's own part which causes him problems because of his own actions. 2: He overcomes flaws, or his flaws are just plain false. “Oh..” I hear you cry “but Obi Wan has flaws…. he’s doesn’t let them get the better of him. He masters them!” Yeah. That still makes him a Mary Sue. See on the other side, if Mary Sues do have observable flaws, they are able to overcome them very easily, and in a way people would never be able to do so in real life. Sometimes their flaws just disappear. Or their flaws cause don’t them problems as such traits would in real life. Obi Wan fulfils all of the above down to a T. 3: He is a paragon of virtue and a shining example of goodness. Perfection personified. Mary Sues don’t have to do anything to be good. Goodness and virtue just ooze out of their every pore. They are Mother Teresa, Francis of Assisi and Princess Diana rolled into one, ramped up several times with an extra helping of goodness. This basically defines Obi Wan. He is often described in superlative terms as “the most loving person who ever lived”, “the perfect Jedi”, thoroughly selfless, utterly altruistic and kind. Even Dave Filoni called him "everything a Jedi should be". A paragon of virtue and a shining example of all forms of goodness, decency morality and honour. If fandom is anything to go by, he never breaks the rules (defined as the Jedi Code) even once in his life. He is without sin. Without guile. Without malice. All loving, all forgiving. He is incorruptible, unstained, unsullied and beyond reproach. He is not just “practically perfect in every way”. He is perfect. He is the definition of perfection. He puts perfection to shame. In short, he is too good to be true. Nobody is that perfect. Such people don’t exist- except in fiction as Mary Sues. 4: Anyone who doesn't like him is bad- bad- bad Another common warning sign that a character is a Mary Sue is if anyone who doesn't like them (heaven forfend!) treats them badly, or just calls them out on thier behaviour is shown to be bad. Or comes to a bad end, as a "punishment" for being horrible to Gary or Mary. This again, is very much observable in other characters relationships to Kenobi. Owen Lars has been vilified by fandom for years for the henious "crime" of not allowing Kenobi access to his young ward, or for telling him to go away. This attitude is now reflected in various canon sources. Yet all Lars was actually doing was protecting his nephew and the child who was like a son to him from the person he believed got his father killed. 5: He gets away with everything. Another common characteristic of Mary Sues is that on the rare occasions that they do exhibit negative behaviours and traits or do something naughty- they get away with it. They always escape without punishment or censure. When they display negative characteristics, these are excused, condoned, or explained away- and anyone who does object is shown to be bad. In short, Mary Sues never suffer any negative consequences for their actions. This is the case over and over again with Obi Wan. When is is mean to another character, its said that they deserved it. Even when he is complicit in the revenge killing of someone who tortured him (durign the Zygerrian Ac in the Clone Wars) its generally accepted that they deserved it and nobody questions the morality of the act. He gets away with defying the Jedi Council, no questions asked. In one Episode of TCW he defies the Council to go to Mandalore, where he goes undercover with a terrorist organization to save his lover, an act that would constitute interference in the poltical affairs of a Neutral State during wartime. Yet this goes entirely without comment in the Jedi Council. When he fakes his own death in front of Anakin Skywalker in an Episode of the animated Clone Wars series, fandom frames Anakin as the bad guy for being upset and angry- whilst Obi Wan escapes censure for subjecting his supposed best friend to what amounts to little more than pyschological torture. 6: He never has to face the consequences of his actions. Mary Sues never have any consequences for any actions. Except positive ones of course. Although this is related to the above, it is another characeristic which fits Kenobi like a glove. The greatest consequence of his action was the creation of Darth Vader. If he had just taken the trouble to finish off the horribly injured and mutilated Anakin on Mustafar, Darth Vader would have been a footnote in galatic History. The man who killed some Seperatists and Jedi, and then disappeared. He didn't the Emperor flew in, and put him in the life support suit that is so iconic, and as a result Vader terrorized the Galaxy for 23 years (yes it was 23, not 25 or 30 as some people posit) as the Emperor's enforcer. Kenobi of course, managed to escape even that. He was able to sit it out on Tatooine, being depressed and talking to his Master's ghostie. Yeah, that doesn't count as "consequences of his actions". He was even able to make someone else face Vader. 7: He has a villain who is obsessed with him (or maybe two) Yes, this is also a Mary Sue characteristic. Typically, the villain is secretly in love with a Mary Sue character. In Obi Wan’s case, however, the villain, Count Dooku played by the late great Christopher Lee in the prequels is obsessed with Obi Wan because he secretly wants to recruit him to join the Dark Side as his apprentice. 8: He's universally adored Being popular doesn’t make a character a Mary Sue. What makes “Sue” characters stand out, however, is that they are loved by everyone pretty much instantly. People just can’t help liking them the moment they meet them- and even if they haven’t met them then that Sue’s reputation proceeds her. Or him. Everyone loves them before they meet them. What also makes Mary Sues stand out, however, is that people love them without any discernible reason. Even people they have been mean to and mistreated adore them. In Star Wars, everyone adores Obi Wan Kenobi. Especially Anakin Skywalker, his young Jedi Padawn in Episode II. However, Anakin’s love for Obi Wan seems quite inexplicable, since Kenobi spends pretty much the entire duration of the first two movies being very unpleasant to his Padawan. In Episode One, he can’t stand the kid, calls him a “pathetic life form” and deems him to be dangerous. He can’t even bring himself to use the kid’s name. 9: He's a friend to all living things This characteristic is an extension of 4. Mary Sues aren’t just loved by all people, they’re also loved by any and all living creatures. A fairy-tale princess dancing through a meadow singing in sync with birds who land all over her arms is a much lampooned trope, but its also a Mary Sue characteristic. Mary Sues often have the power to either tame animals or communicate with animals, neither of which is a problem as all animals adore them and come to them. In various Star Wars novels, it turns out Obi Wan has a Force power called animal affinity, which allows him to- surprise, surprise- calm and tame animals. In the novel Master and Apprentice, he is so attuned to animals he can tame them within seconds, something which even more experienced Jedi Masters struggle to do. In other novels it is said he grows to love and misses even disposable mounts used for battle. 10: He is an invincible warrior A commonly known Mary Sue characteristic is that they are virtually unbeatable. They are often expert warriors who can trounce anyone, even stronger and more skilled opponents. Out of all the battles and duels shown in the prequel movies, Obi Wan Kenobi loses only twice and each time to the same opponent. Some have suggested that both Obi Wan's defeats by Dooku are contrived and unrealistic, and I am inclined to agree. Even Rey gets defeated more often than that- and she’s usually called a Mary Sue. His Mary Sue status is revealed further in the way that in The Phantom Menace he defeats an equally skilled opponent- Darth Maul. Maul has just killed and older and experienced warrior- early in his career. What’s more, Obi Wan beats largely because his opponent stands around doing nothing for more than a minute. Whilst this is often ascribed to Maul's ’s arrogance, its was more likely just a plot contrivance to allow him to win. Obi Wan is also considered in various sources to be the “greatest living” practitioner of his form of swordsmanship- and is considered to be the only person qualified to take out certain opponents. Despite there being older, more experienced and just as skilled combatants available, he’s apparently the only the only one competent enough to take on General Grevious in Revenge of the Sith. Another point is that older combatants, such as Mace Windu who is a decade or more older than Kenobi, and should have 15 years of training, experience and Mastery under his belt, inexplicably considers Kenobi to be a more skilled combatant than him. There really is no logical reason for this. It can't be accounted for by training or experience. 11: He overshadows the main character Although Mary Sues are usually the main protagonists in their stories, they can be secondary or supporting characters. When they are secondary characters, they will very quickly overshadow the main protagonist, and the plot will even bend to accommodate them. In the prequel movies, Obi Wan Kenobi overshadows the supposed protagonist Anakin Skywalker in every way. Even though Anakin should, by rights be the more powerful character since he is quite literally the Son of the Force. He was conceived and created by the closest thing Star Wars has to a god. Obi Wan Kenobi excels far beyond Anakin in combat, in Force powers and abilities, and in his career. He’s also far more successful and progresses in his career more easily. He’s even promoted to the rank of Jedi Knight without passing the usual tests and trials required for killing a Sith, Yet when Anakin later kills a Sith, he’s denied promotion, once again the reasons are vague. Obi Wan, quite simply, doesn't have to work for anything. Even his status as a Jedi was handed to him on a plate. Anakin only barely got accepted into the Order by the skin of his teeth (or rather the death of Qui Gon Jinn). In Legends, he even has a higher rank than almost every other Jedi in the Grand Army of the Republic, although the reasons for this are also vague. He's only 16 years older than Anakin, and doesn't have that much more military experience, yet his rank is higher than that of even the 900 year old Yoda, or Mace Windu. Mary Sues are often the children of prophecy or Chosen Ones, and whilst you might say this makes Anakin a Mary Sue, he has too many demonstrable flaws to fulfill that designation. However, Mary Sues can also bee instumental in helping the Chosen Ones fulfill thier destiny. Obi Wan does with with both Luke and Anakin. 12: He has unexplained skills and abilities Mary Sues literally have whatever skill, talent or ability the plot requires, and there is usually little to no explanation as to how or why they acquired this abilities. This is certainly the case with Obi Wan. In one Episode of the Clone Wars series, he is an expert marksman, despite having never been shown to have undertaken any training in the use of firearms. In the movies, its said he hates guns, and he seems clumsy when he picks on up in Revenge of the Sith. Obi Wan also, very conveniently, knows any and every language he needs and seems to be able to understand anyone he meets of any species. He seems to speak dozens of languages in total, and is shown speaking more diverse tongues than the translation droid C-3P0. 13: His conflicts exist only for sympathy. It is often stated that Obi Wan cannot be a Mary Sue because he loses so many people that he loves or is close to. This is based on the popular misconception that Mary Sue characters get everything they want and live happily ever after. Whilst this is often the case, tragedy is also the bread and butter of Mary Sue characters. Mary Sues frequently have terribly tragic backgrounds. They’re often orphans. Or they may be plagued with continual tragedy throughout their lives. With Mary Sues, tragedy and misfortune serves a very limited purpose. Since Mary Sue/Gary Stu characters don't have any flaws, something else must be used to create conflict, or to illicit sympathy for them. As a result of this, writers will often throw one misfortune or obstacle after another at Gary Stus. The more bad things happen to them, the better, because it get them more sympathy. Mary Sues don’t allow adversity to overcome them. Instead, they overcome IT, with their heads held high.They grow stronger in the midst of suffering, and emerge from tragedy as an even better person then they were before. This is absolutely the case with Obi Wan Kenobi, who is frequently lauded for having suffered more than any person who ever lived, any yet stayed true to his convictions and “never fell to to the Dark Side”. Obi Wan can survive anything, and I mean anything, including what is alleged to be the worst case of PTSD in human history, with his morality intact. Nothing phases him. He never cracks under the pressure and never gives in. He just gets better and better as a person. Since he’s a Mary Sue any and all conflict and tragedy is used purely to make him look good. 14: He is excessively humble to the point it feels contrived, Mary Sues aren't just humble. They are so humble that they constantly go around reminding everyone. The problem is in the writing. Mary Sues are so obviously extraordinary and utterly awesome that their constantly reminding you of how painfully ordinary and inadequate they are comes over as fake. Again, this invariably applies to Obi Wan Kenobi. He is “the perfect Jedi” and the “greatest living Master” of his form of lightsaber combat, but “inside he still feels like a Padawan. Even though everyone knows and tells him how awesome he is, he’ll never admit it, because he’s so very modest. He’s also constantly taking the blame for things which aren’t his fault, because he’s so excessively humble he has to whip himself (metaphorically). ___________________________________________________________________________________________ All of the above is based on my own research from writer's sites and guides. I have tried to keep to away from "fan" sources and stuck to literature and writing based sources because the term was invented by and for writers originally. I hope this isn't too long. Feel free to disagree, or just comment at will. Sorry about any editing and formatting issues. I am new to this site.