Anakin Skywalker, A.K.A. Darth Vader, is arguably the central character in all of Star Wars. His growth from a child on Naboo, to a jedi knight, and lastly his transformation into Lord Vader, has made him an interesting character to watch. He’s been in almost every series/trilogy that Star Wars has to offer.
Anakin has had a mix reaction, when it comes to his approval ratings. He’s been the prequel trilogy and the Clone Wars series. In the prequels, he’s been known to be an over dramatic lap dog, but in the Clone Wars, he has a personality that makes him one of the best characters in the series.
Today, we’re going to talk about Anakin Skywalker, before he became the iconic Darth Vader, we know and love.
I’ll be talking about his progression, starting with the Prequels. Than I’ll go into detail with Anakin in Clone Wars, and we’ll see the difference between these two Anakins. Let’s begin!
Warning this post has SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the prequels. Though, if you’re reading this, you’ve already watch them.
The Phantom Menace
We know that when we first meet Anakin, on Naboo, that he’s strong with the force. He’s only seven years old, and yet he’s able to compete/win the pod-racing competition. Anakin is an interesting character in this movie. I think he was ok, but more of an annoyance.
He’s very wining in the first movie, and gives off a type of snarky attitude that he shouldn’t give off. Now, you might say that he has a snarky attitude in the Clone Wars and wasn’t annoying, but the difference is that in the Clone Wars, Anakin wasn’t complaining. It was over confidence with a dash of faith. In Phantom Menace, he’s just winy and dumb.
Attack of the Clones
Now, Attack of the Clones is my least favorite Star Wars film…ever! It’s so much trash, I can’t believe that George Lucas would make this piece of crap. The reason why I hate this movie, is because of one person. One sole entity made this movie horrible. It wasn’t Obi-Wan, it wasn’t the annoying council meetings, and it wasn’t the bad CGI. No, what made this movie horrible, was stupid Anakin Skywalker.
At this point, Anakin is a teenager, and he’s basically a pervert. While creepily watching Padme Amidala, being overly dramatic, and being an obnoxious teenager, Anakin Skywalker makes me want to rip off my arm, and throw it at him!
Now, the reason why I say this is not because of Hayden Christensen, but because of George Lucas. He wrote this script, and made Anakin an annoying teenager who kept getting an erection every he looked at Padme. This is so stupid. They should of made Anakin like Ahsoka Tano, in the Clone Wars series. I’ll go into more detail about this later.
P.S. I would also like to say how stupid it was, that Padme Amidala, this strong, independent, and brave senator falls for this wining pervert. Also, I would like to point out that when they first meet, in the Phantom Menace, that he’s seven and she’s fourteen, but when they meet in Attack of the Clones, they look nearly the same age. I just think it’s stupid, the way they decided to make this relationship work, but back on topic.
There’s a scene in Attack of the Clones, where Anakin finds his mother and she dies in his arms. In response, Anakin goes on a killing spree, and kills every creature that he can see. He then cries like a baby to Padme, where he tells her that he killed everything. She responds by saying that it’s ok, and everything will be ok…
The point of this movie was to introduced the clones, and to get Padme and Anakin to fall in love and to get married. They could have done this and make you feel as if he’s grown from this experience. Show the audience that Anakin has grown, but they didn’t do that.
Right now, Anakin is a winy brat. So far, not the character were going for. This is where things get better though.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV Series
Now, in this TV series, Anakin becomes an amazing character. Here, we have Anakin from being an annoying teenager, to a unique/wise jedi knight. He even gets a padawan: Ahsoka Tano, who becomes one of my favorite characters in Star Wars.
You remember when I said Anakin, in Attack of the Clones, should have been more like Ahsoka. Well, here’s where we get back to that. Ahsoka starts the show, as Anakin’s padawan. She’s strong willed, but reckless. In each episode, Ahsoka learns something from Anakin or from another jedi knight. She learns a valuable lesson, and she applies it to her training. Not only that, but she also respects her masters, and when she doesn’t, it’s a big deal. Ahsoka becomes a loveable character, that probably grows more, as a character, than any other person in the show.
Anakin, in Attack of the Clones, should have been like this. He should have been cocky, but respectful as well. He should have been learning lessons, instead of being a dick. He can break rules, but when he does, it should be a bigger deal. Not just ignoring Obi-Wan because he disagrees with him. If he does ignore Obi-Wan, he should at learn from his mistakes, but he doesn’t. This is why Anakin sucked in the previous movie.
But in Clone Wars, he does a great job in being respectful to the council and more importantly, to Obi-Wan and Ahsoka. He does break the rules, but instead of being a brat, he’s wise about. Ahsoka learns from him and does reckless things too, but he teaches her how to be a good jedi knight.
They also show moments, though, where he over steps and uses the dark side of the force. They don’t over do it, but use just enough to let you realize, that they’re still staying loyal to prequels. They use this, so you know why he does what he does in Revenge of the Sith.
The Clone Wars, is amazing. It’s one of the few reasons why I’m happy George Lucas created the sequels.
Now, we’ve gone from annoying kid, to pervert, and now to wise jedi knight. Last topic, Revenge of the Sith.
Revenge of the Sith
Revenge of the Sith is my favorite out of all the Prequels. That’s not a big compliment, but still. Anakin in this movie, starts of great. Almost like he left off with the Clone Wars series. He still got that adventuress vibe to him.
Some people don’t like the turn that Anakin takes in the third movie, but I enjoy it. Revenge of the Sith is an interesting movie, in my opinion. Anakin does fall apart a little bit, but he keeps in tact as the movie continues. Again, I think it was the script that made Anakin fall apart. No human being can make this line sound real,
“Love can’t save you, Padme. Only my new powers can do that.”
This made me cringe, but besides that, I enjoyed his character development. It was also sad to see Anakin fall apart because he couldn’t jump high enough. I think it would have been cooler, if Anakin was about to kill Obi-Wan, and Obi-Wan used the force to throw him in the lava or something similar. This would have been an interesting ending because it would have been a creative solution to ending the battle.
By the end Anakin completes his journey to the dark side. I think Anakin is a great character, who just got screwed over several times. I hope that if we ever see his character again, it’ll be similar to the Clone Wars persona.
As you can see, Anakin definitely has his ups and downs. More downs than ups, but still Anakin is an interesting character, regardless if you liked him or not. Besides the fact that he becomes one of the greatest villains of all time, I think the greatest part of Anakin’s story, is him training his padawan, Ahsoka Tano.
I love Ahsoka, obviously, and Anakin is the reason why she is what she is. Because of this, I will always hold Anakin in a hide regard. Whether he’s an idiot, a dooshbag, a dick, or even a winy lapdog, I’ll always be happy that he trained Ahsoka Tano. It’s because of her, that I love Anakin as a character.
Well, there you go! That’s my thoughts about Anakin Skywalker, and I’m glad I got to create this post to talk about him. Thank you guys! And leave a comment and tell me who’s your favorite character in the Prequels or Clone Wars series. Mine is Ahsoka Tano! Tell me yours!