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Star Wars Prequel Trilogy: 10 Best Stormy Relationships From The Movies, Ranked

While there has been criticism over the scripts and performances of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, there is no denying how great the collection of characters is. On their own, they are obviously great, but some of the best aspects of the characters throughout the movies are the dynamics with others. This is particularly true when there is tension and a stormy aspect to the relationships.

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Heroes lock horns with each other constantly in the trilogy, and some villains have a more personal history with other protagonists. Whether it be due to Anakin's emotions seeping through or Palpatine's manipulation, these stormy relationships produce some great viewing for audiences.

10 Obi-Wan Kenobi & Darth Maul

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Maul, formerly Darth, very well may be the greatest rivalry in all of Star Wars. While it was not massively explored in the prequels, The Phantom Menace kicking off that immensely personal, emotional journey deserves mention.

Darth Maul killing Qui-Gon Jinn was a heartbreaking moment for Obi-Wan, perhaps his first since he parted ways with Satine years prior. Him 'killing' Maul led to Maul's crazed hunt for vengeance. They did not talk during the Duel of the Fates, but that is where their relationship began, a relationship filled with hatred, vendetta, and brilliance.

9 Obi-Wan Kenobi & Qui-Gon Jinn

Of course, while Obi-Wan was heartbroken at the death of Qui-Gon, and while the two were one of the best Master/Apprentice duos of the prequel era, they did have their disagreements.

It was not explored in the movies, but Obi-Wan did not fully understand Qui-Gon's fascination with the Living Force or his opposition to the Jedi Council. In The Phantom Menace, fans can see the two disagree on matters such as Anakin on focusing on the moment, not the future. Still, Obi-Wan respects his Master, and they were a highlight of a movie many have criticized endlessly.

8 Padmé Amidala & Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine

The relationship between Padmé Amidala and Supreme Chancellor Palpatine is such a fascinating one. On the surface, not knowing Palpatine's true identity, they are friends who slowly turn into politicians of very opposing opinions.

In reality, nobody frustrated Palpatine and his master plan as much as Padmé and her fierceness, her badassery, her determination to do good. The two ended up being political opponents by the end of the war, with Padmé conspiring with others such as Bail Organa and Mon Mothma to rebel against Palpatine's political power. Fans never see them properly go at it, but there is a tension there that is subtle and great.

7 Qui Gon Jinn & The Jedi Council

Going back to an earlier point, Qui-Gon Jinn was a Jedi Master, but one who flat out rejected a seat on the Jedi High Council. Similar to his Jedi Master, Count Dooku, he did not share a lot of the opinions and ideologies of the Council.

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Qui-Gon was more focused on the Living Force, on the present, rather than meditation and understanding the future like other Jedi. Their ideologies were so different, and it makes Qui-Gon such an intriguing, unique Jedi. Of course, the biggest point of contention in the movies between Qui-Gon and the Jedi of the High Council, whom he respected and was friends with, was the training of Anakin Skywalker, with Qui-Gon even willing to leave the Order due to his faith in the boy.

6 Obi-Wan Kenobi & Count Dooku

Obi-Wan and Count Dooku is not a simple hero-villain relationship. There is a history there with Dooku being not just a former Jedi, but the Jedi Master of Obi-Wan's Jedi Master.

The two obviously go to battle twice in the trilogy. But before their first battle, when Obi-Wan has been captured, it is obvious there is a lot of tension there; Obi-Wan is angry at Dooku for not only leaving the Jedi but seemingly betraying them, rejecting Dooku's offer to join him. However, with Obi-Wan being so dedicated to the Council and the Jedi Code at that point, he does not understand Dooku's point of view, all the while Dooku has been led too far astray.

5 Mace Windu & Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine

Even ignoring the fact that Supreme Chancellor Palpatine was actually Darth Sidious, the two did not have the best relationship. There was respect between the two and civility, but Windu voiced his displeasure with Palpatine numerous times.

Windu did not want Palpatine in power to the level he was; he did not trust him, he, along with the other Jedi, wanted to spy on him to figure out his true intentions. Then the Sith aspect gets thrown in, and the two have a good duel with one another, and all of that deception and history culminates with Palpatine killing Windu with the help of Anakin.

4 Anakin Skywalker & Mace Windu

Sticking with Mace Windu, a more important stormy relationship of his is with Anakin Skywalker, with his treatment of Anakin being a major factor in his mistrust in the Jedi Council, which in turn, led to his fall.

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Windu is constantly mistreating Anakin in terms of showing him a lack of respect. Windu did not want Anakin trained, doubted him as the Chosen One, put him on the Jedi Council to use him to spy on Palpatine. The same kind of things pops up in The Clone Wars between the two, adding to the tension between the two, which, like with Sidious, leads to Windu's death.

3 Yoda & Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine

The rivalry/relationship between Yoda and Palpatine is the same as that between Windu and Palpatine, but with a bit extra given that Yoda is Yoda, the most powerful Jedi, Grandmaster of the Jedi Order.

Yoda also did not trust Sidious and could feel the dark side surrounding him, but was never able to uncover his secret, merely try his best to figure it out, spy on him, and make sure he did not take absolute power. Their duel in Revenge of the Sith was better than that with Windu and was a now or never scenario for Yoda, who had to defeat Sidious or watch him rule the Galaxy. The latter came to be, and the Jedi were defeated.

2 Anakin Skywalker & Padmé Amidala

The romance from across the stars between Anakin and Padmé may not have been expertly executed in the prequels, but it is by far the most important in all of Star Wars. It was definitely not smooth sailing for the two, no matter how much they loved one another.

Before they got together, the two butted heads on issues of politics and over the fact they had responsibilities and could not be together. Then when they did get together, Anakin's emotion, paranoia, and anger kept creeping through. The Clone Wars does a far better job at displaying Anakin's jealousy and the tensions that arose between the two. Knowing everything that happened in that series, though, only improves the complex nature of the pair in the films.

1 Anakin Skywalker & Obi-Wan Kenobi

As good and layered as that romance may be, it does not get top spot over the relationship between Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi, which is one of the best in Star Wars, both in terms of friendships and rivalries.

Obi-Wan was thrust into training Anakin, and it was obviously hard for him to deal with Anakin's passion, his emotion. He has to warn Anakin about things like containing his emotions, like attachments, like not losing his lightsaber. Then there is Anakin, who gets frustrated with Obi-Wan and feels he is mistrusted and mistreated by his Jedi Master at times. All of this comes to a head in the Battle of the Heroes, and it is an incredible end to the Anakin/Obi-Wan relationship and start to the Vader/Obi-Wan rivalry.

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