Qui-Gon often conflicts with the other Jedi, and with Obi-Wan, because he is so impulsive and quick to take action. He leaps on opportunities as they arise (which planets to land on, where to go from there, risking everything on a race, adopting a new apprentice, fighting Darth Maul, etc.), often without much forethought. He encourages Obi Wan to “live in the moment” and stop focusing so much on the future and “disturbances in the force.” He is highly observant and able to move fast; he has quick reflexes and is fearless in the face of danger. Although rarely externally emotional himself, Qui-Gon believes in trusting his feelings, and makes decisions based on them. He feels empathy for Anakin and his mother, and tries to get them both freed, but when he has to choose between one or the other, he picks the one that matters most to him (the Force-powerful boy). He doesn’t bother moralizing at others for their behavior, and rarely interferes with them except in cases where he is annoyed by their actions. He is dismissive of authority (”The Queen doesn’t need to know”.), and his strong feelings lead him to decide to teach Anakin without the Council’s’ permission, because he believes the boy has value. He doesn’t care if they like it or not. He takes the logical way out of most situations, preferring to act on what is immediate and apparent rather than ponder new or creative solutions. He uses what is around him to accomplish the task he sets out to complete – he agrees to land on a dangerous planet to hide them from Federation spies; he bargains and bets for the parts they need for repairs. Qui-Gon assesses situations, and takes quick action to bring them to a swift resolution, adapting without much needed foresight. He is frustrated with Jar Jar Binks’ silliness, and is sometimes brutal in correcting him (grabbing his tongue and telling him not to do that again, asking him if he’s stupid, etc.). When given a choice between a child and his mother, Qui-Gon chooses the Force-strong boy. He relies on reflexes and instinct to win battles. His skills of observation, combined with his intuition, tell him that Anakin is the prophesied child meant to bring balance to the force. When the Jedi Council refuse to train him, Qui-Gon pursues his own internal vision, separate from their collective beliefs: he decides to train the boy himself. Unfortunately, his faith in Anakin is idealistic and misplaced (Compare it to Obi-Wan’s Ni-dom instincts about the boy proving correct in the long term.). He does have a gut feeling that Anakin will win the race, which is true. His instinctive knowledge of what is going to happen next allows him to escape most battles unscathed, until he meets someone with even quicker reflexes.

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Qui-Gon instinctively trusts his own gut in making his decisions; though more detached, rational individuals such as Yoda and Qui-Gon warn him that Anakin is “dangerous,” he senses only the boy’s potential and takes him on as an apprentice. He is stubbornly resistant to outside opinions, choosing to go his own way and make his own decisions, with a recklessness that causes Padme to fret. (She thinks them landing on the planet is needlessly dangerous.) Qui-Gon seems impervious to criticism, and calmly and competently handles any intense situation, often employing his Jedi mind tricks rather than exert force. But under pressure, he leans into his 8 wing, becoming defiant, power-seeking, and authoritative.