Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan

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Artwork from a Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan dojinshi by Toshihiko Mizushima.

Introduction

This is a slash ship in Star Wars fandom, specifically Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The fandom took off quickly after the release of the film on May 19, 1999, mostly focused around the mailing list and archive created by Sockii, Master and Apprentice. It drew writers from numerous other large media fandoms as well as anime fandoms, as the pairing had numerous featured that appealed to a great many slash writers: a teacher/student dynamic with power imbalances and an age gap; a tragic ending which inspired both much angst fiction and AU stories to "fix" it; and a large canon universe to draw upon already established through the previous Star Wars movies, books, and comics.

Virtually every kind of genre and kink of slash fiction imaginable has been explored in the fandom, from BDSM, chan, AU, mpreg, slavefic, genderswap, domestic discipline and crossover. While largely an on-line fandom, the ship has produced a number of fanzines and dojinshi as well. While the popularity of the ship has dwindled somewhat through the years, it still remains modestly active, both on LiveJournal and on Master and Apprentice, which is still active 10 years later in 2009.

Terminology

Below is a list of terms and their definitions that are used in this shipping community. This section needs more information.

  • Q/O - abbreviation of Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan

The Subtext and Maintext

This is a ship based solely on subtext--and a rather limited subtext at that. Many fans point to Qui-Gon's death scene as the primary moment in the canon that compelled them to see a subtext for their relationship.

Timeline

Below is a partial timeline of events that took place in this ship community.

The first known Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan fiction posted to the internet was "Dark Desires" by Mona Ramsey. It was posted to the allslash mailing list several days before the release of The Phantom Menace in May 1999. It used the characters as portrayed in the first two Jedi Apprentice novels as a basis.

On May 19, 1999, the Master and Apprentice archive was founded for Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan slash. This archive has remained the largest collection of Q/O fiction on the internet with over 4,000 stories archived as of 2009.

The term chan, in western fan fiction communities, dates to the Master and Apprentice mailing list and was likely incorporated into this fandom's terminology due to Gundam Wing authors who had migrated to it. In 1999, members of this Star Wars community started using the term to mean any story featuring a sexual relationship between an adult and someone under the age of 18. The terms Obichan and Chanslash were also being used in 1999 and the early 2000s in this community.

quiobisupport was created on LiveJournal on September 5, 2004.[1] While there is some presence of the Q/O community on LiveJournal, is still remains largely concentrated on mailing lists instead.

Kerfluffles

This shipping community has gone through numerous kerfluffles through the years, often related to specific types and genres of stories embraced by some writers and readers, and reviled by others. Chan and RPF were especially controversial in the early years of the community.

Mailing Lists/LiveJournal Communities

Mailing Lists

LiveJournal Communities

Influential Fanworks

Fan fiction

Many of the stories which influenced the fandom came during the initial wave of fiction written in 1999 after the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. These stories created popular fanon such as the concept of "soubonding", popular original characters sometimes utilized by multiple authors, and shared universe AUs. Not all fanon characterization and ideas were embraced by all--many objected to the frequent "feminization" of Obi-Wan in making him a weepy, apparently weak and abused character to Qui-Gon as a "big bully". Some put this down to the influence of the yaoi writers and artists who moved into the fandom from others such as Gundam Wing, or also those from other media fandoms such as The Sentinel and Highlander who used the same characterizations in writing Jim/Blair and Duncan/Methos.

Fan art

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Fan vids

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Ship members

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Ship size

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