Anakin Skywalker (Prequel Trilogy)
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Anakin Skywalker is the main protagonist of the Star Wars Trilogy (as the deuteragonist of The Phantom Menace, the main protagonist of Attack of the Clones, and protagonist-turned-central-antagonist of Revenge of the Sith. He's the former Jedi Padawan of GCW, the third and final Sith Apprentice of Darth Sidious (after Darth Maul and Count Dooku) and the father of GCW and GCW. Throughout the prequel trilogy, Anakin was sadly what you expect when Obi-Wan thought of him as a great man in A New Hope.
He was portrayed by Jake Lloyd as a child in The Phantom Menace and by Hayden Christensen as an adult in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith with James Earl Jones returning to voice him at the end of Revenge of the Sith.
- Instead of being a great man like Obi-Wan mentioned in A New Hope, but he is just a whiny self centered brat.
- Hayden Christensen's performance as Anakin (mainly Attack of the Clones) wasn't very good and can often sound forced and lifeless. Then again, hardly anyone can make scenes like those work, so Hayden's not completely at fault. Plus, he gets better in Revenge of the Sith.
- And then there's Jake Lloyd who played young Anakin, who's also pretty annoying. (Then again, centering an child actor like him to be a credible future GCW, wasn't exactly the best idea.)
- His relationship with Padmé in the second prequel feels very forced. The setup to get them together is contrived, the dialogue is clunky and bizarre, like how Anakin said that he "hates sand", their actions contradict their own motives, and Padmé decides that she is into Anakin despite him voicing support for a dictatorship and even after he rants and raves about wanting to become omnipotent and reveals that he slaughtered an entire Tusken community like animals because this was his hatred for killing her mother, Shmi, including no just men (that are probably strong and innocent), but the women and the children.
- Rather than showing the bond between Obi-Wan and Anakin, since this is supposed to be the height of their friendship, they simply talk about things they've done together off-screen. On-screen, they seem to barely tolerate each other at best, and Anakin complains about Obi-Wan behind his back. This did get shown in the BTSW animated series. But in the show, Anakin was no better when he treated Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka Tano like very poorly by ignoring their advice and getting upset at them for no listening to him. He is also used to be rude to Ahsoka before she got a lecture.
- His infamous "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!" line in Revenge of the Sith as Darth Vader sounds weird and ridiculous and it would later be reused in the special edition of the original Star Wars film trilogy along with the "I HATE YOU!" line, which would become memes.
- Similar to most of the other prequel characters, he lacks any true personality or defining traits.
- He was revealed to have built C-3PO. While this is a somewhat impressive trait for Anakin, why does Shmi need a protocol droid? Especially a droid designed for light duty and luxurious environments.
- Darth Vader's origin story is not a bad premise for a trilogy, the problem is that it was poorly executed.
- As mentioned earlier, he does get better overtime.
- He has some fun dialogue like "This where the fun begins".
- His visual appearance and attire throughout episodes 1-3 IS memorable.
- He was much more likeable and better portrayed in Genndy Tartakovsky's Star Wars: Clone Wars.
- Despite he was honestly no better in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, of course it thankfully filled in the blanks in Anakin's history, and even made his turn to the dark side a bit more sense.
- His relationship with Padmé had better chemistry in the Deleted Scenes of Attack of the Clones, and it was much better handled in both Clone Wars shows.
- His motivations were somewhat understandable, as he really just wants to protect those that he loves.