Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars prequel trilogy)

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Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars prequel trilogy)
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Secret: "Anakin was a good friend. When I met him, he was already a great pilot. But I was amazed how strongly the force was with him." Reality: (He is in fact a self-centered brat).
Gender: Male
Type: Self-centered brat, Reckless, impatient Jedi
Age: 23 (Revenge of the Sith)
Species: Human
Portrayed by: Jake Lloyd (child)
Hayden Christensen (adult)
Status: Deceased
Media of origin: Star Wars


Anakin Skywalker (born 41 BBY on Tatooine; died 4 ABY on Death Star II in the Endor system) is the main protagonist of the prequel trilogy of Star Wars (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 Obi-Wan Kenobi, the third and last Sith Apprentice of Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious (after Darth Maul and Count Dooku) and the father of the original trilogy's main protagonist, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa. Throughout the prequel trilogy however, Anakin was sadly revealed not what was expected when Obi-Wan thought of him mentioned in original trilogy.

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.

Underestimated Qualities

  1. The bigger problem is that he was thought to be a great man and a respectful jedi like Obi-Wan Kenobi mentioned to Luke in A New Hope. However, Anakin is revealed to be a whiny self-centered brat in the prequels.
    • Originally, Darth Vader was pontificating on the power of the dark side. But in the prequels, it's revealed that he never pursues absolute power at all, making his turn to the dark side as said Darth Vader as irrelevant for the rest of Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith.
  2. He was revealed to have built C-3PO, who would be a supporting member of the future Rebels. While this is a somewhat impressive trait for Anakin, why does her mother, Shmi need a protocol droid? Especially a droid designed for light duty and luxurious environments, although, it's possible he built C-3PO to help Shmi around the house.
  3. Hayden Christensen's performance as Anakin in Attack of the Clones isn’t very good and comes off as wooden and cringeworthy. Then again, hardly anyone can make scenes like those work, so Hayden's not completely at fault. Thankfully, he improved marginally on his performance in Revenge of the Sith.
    • And then there's Jake Lloyd who played young Anakin in The Phantom Menace, who's also pretty annoying. (Then again, centering a child actor like him to be a credible future Darth Vader wasn't exactly the best idea. But, ruins what A New Hope depicted Anakin as said to be a respectful jedi than a bratty hypocritical brat)
  4. He seems to have a questionable age gap with Padme Amidala, as in The Phantom Menace, he was introduced as kid, with Padme as a teenager, and in Attack of the Clones, he's 20, with Padme being four years older than him.
  5. His relationship with Padmé Amidala/Neberrie in Attack of the Clones 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 vengeance for them killing her mother, Shmi, including not just men (that are probably strong and innocent), but the women and the children.
  6. Rather than showing the bond between Obi-Wan and Anakin in Attack of the Clones, 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 comics, novels, and TV Shows, especially both the 2003 and 2008 Clone Wars animated series. However, in the earlier episodes of the 2008 TV show, Anakin was no better when he treated Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka Tano very poorly by ignoring their advice and getting upset at them for not listening to him. He is also used to be rude to Ahsoka before she got a lecture. However, Ahsoka sometimes disobeys him, so it's understandable for him to upset with her.
  7. He mostly acts as an impatient Jedi who wants to hurry up and fight any Sith, Seperatists, Tusken Raider (the one's that murdered his mother), and others that stand in his way, while also hurrying up to rescue his mother, Padme and others important to protect.
  8. He usually makes troubles at times like when his lightsaber always shuts off in Attack Of The Clones.
  9. He even thinks it's Obi-Wan's fault that he is holding him back out of jealously, but proves he is arrogant in the other side.
  10. When he told Mace Windu and the Jedi Knights about Chancellor Palpatine as the Sith Lord, Anakin was even selfish enough when he warns Windu to keep Chancellor Palpatine alive, but resulted him to slice Mace's hand. (He also did it because it was against the Jedi Order to kill an unarmed man).
  11. After his rushed turn to the dark side by Palpatine/ Darth Sidious, Anakin believes that Obi Wan betrayed him, Padme never loving him (considering that it won't save her just like how he lost his mother), and his point of view that the Jedi are evil, proving that he's a delusional hypocrite.
  12. His infamous "NNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!" line in Revenge of the Sith as Darth Vader sounds weird and ridiculous mourning for killing Padme and it would later be reused in the special edition of the original Star Wars film trilogy along with the "I HATE YOU!" line to Obi-Wan, which would become memes.
  13. Similar to most of the other prequel characters, he lacks any true personality or defining traits.
  14. In the special edition of the original Star Wars trilogy, Hayden Christensen replaced Sebastian Shaw as Anakin's Force ghost for no reason, since he was not supposed to be a young man.

Good Qualities

  1. Darth Vader's origin story of being a bratty kid/teeneger is not a bad premise for the prequel trilogy, the problem is that all the 3 prequel films were poorly executed.
  2. He is more likable in Revenge of the Sith, despite turning to the dark side.
  3. He means well and mentioned how he was a great warrior in the original trilogy. It also did revealed that he was a great pilot mentioned in Return Of The Jedi.
  4. He has some fun dialogue like "This is where the fun begins" in Revenge Of The Sith.
  5. Despite BQ4 fans of Star Wars know that he was actually younger than Padme by 4 years (he was born in 41 BBY (Before Battle of Yavin (In Star Wars timeline))) when she was born in 46 BBY.
  6. His visual appearance and attire throughout Episodes 1-3 are memorable.
  7. Hayden Christenson's performance is decent and improves in Episode 3.
    • Mat Lucas did a good voice performance of Anakin in the Clone Wars 2003 TV series
    • Matt Lanter also did a good voice performance of Anakin in the Clone Wars 2008 TV series.
  8. He was much more likable and better portrayed in Genndy Tartakovsky's Star Wars: Clone Wars.
    • Despite Anakin not being any better in both the 2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series by Dave Filoni, it of course thankfully filled in the blanks in Anakin's history, and even made his turn to the dark side a bit more sense.
    • Before the 2008 Clone Wars TV series was aired, the 2003 Clone Wars TV series filled in the blanks in Anakin's history.
    • Like the two Clone Wars animated series, comics and novels also filled in the blanks in Anakin's history.
    • The 2003 and 2008 Clone Wars animated series gives us more explanation of his experience and his accomplishments during the war.
  9. His relationship with Padmé had better chemistry in the deleted scenes of Attack of the Clones, as it was portrayed as normal flirting and it was much better handled in both Clone Wars shows. Heck, ALL of his bonds and relationships with everyone were better handled in Star Wars: Clone Wars, especially his bond with Obi-Wan (until Anakin choked her and let Padme die from giving birth to Luke and Leia).
    • His motivations were somewhat understandable, as he really just wants to protect the ones he loves and cares about after failing to save his mother.
    • But it's sad to see how he went through that tragedy and how he was also a slave with her mother, Shmi.
    • When he was Darth Vader, Anakin at least showed remorse over killing his wife and would later try to not to do that when he encountered Padme's handmaiden, Sabe in his 2020 solo comic series of his Darth Vader name.

Trivia

  • Despite being born the same year as Grogu (41 years before the events of A New Hope), Grogu has actually outlived him despite Grogu's species taking much more time to become adults than humans like Anakin/Vader.

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