Hero Overview

I will be the most powerful Jedi ever.
~ Anakin in Attack of The Clones

Anakin Skywalker, also known as Darth Vader, is the central character of the Star Wars Franchise.

He was a legendary Jedi Knight and hero of the Clone Wars who was later corrupted to the dark side of the Force by the evil Palpatine (also known as Darth Sidious) and became the Sith Lord Darth Vader. He was the Padawan of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Master of Ahsoka Tano, the third and final Sith Apprentice of Darth Sidious (after Darth Maul and Count Dooku), the secret husband of Padmé Amidala, the father of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, the father-in-law of smuggler Han Solo and the grandfather of Ben Solo, also known as Kylo Ren.

In the saga movies, Anakin was the secondary antagonist of the original trilogy, serving as the central antagonist of A New Hope, the main antagonist of The Empire Strikes Back, and the (former) titular secondary antagonist of Return of the Jedi, where he redeems himself to save his son Luke. He was also the main protagonist of the prequel trilogy, serving as the deuteragonist of The Phantom Menace, the main protagonist of Attack of the Clones, and the main protagonist villain of Revenge of the Sith, which tells the tragic story of how he became Darth Vader. He is also a posthumous character referenced in the sequel trilogy, only being mentioned in its first two movies The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi and will likely appear as a Force Ghost in it's upcoming third movie, The Rise of Skywalker.

He was also the main protagonist of the 2008 animated movie Star Wars: The Clone Wars and it's 2008-2014 TV series of the same name, one of the main antagonists of Star Wars Rebels, and the tertiary antagonist of the 2016 movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

In the original trilogy, he (as Darth Vader) was played by David Prowse and voiced by James Earl Jones, who later voiced Mufasa in Disney's The Lion King. The unmasked Anakin (and his original force ghost) in Return of the Jedi was played by the late Sebastian Shaw.

In the prequel trilogy, He was portrayed by Jake Lloyd as a child in its first film The Phantom Menace and by Hayden Christensen as an adult in second and third films Attack of The Clones and Revenge of the Sith with James Earl Jones reprising the role of Anakin's Darth Vader voice at the end of Revenge of the Sith. Christensen also played Anakin's force ghost in the 2004 DVD version of Return of the Jedi.

In the Clone Wars movie and series, he was voiced by Matt Lanter. James Earl Jones reprised the role of Anakin's Darth Vader voice in Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

In the Family Guy episodes that parody the original trilogy, he was played by Stewie Griffin.

Anakin/Vader was thought to be the main antagonist of the original trilogy, but this was done to reveal the true main villain later on.

History (In chorological order)

The Phantom Menace

I'm a person and my name is Anakin.
~ Anakin meeting Padme
Anakin Skywalker came from humble origins. He spent the first years of his life on Tatooine as a slave for a creature named Watto, along with his mother Shmi. During Anakin's free time, he built a protocol droid which he named C-3PO, who back then was just a droid with wires. One day when Anakin was nine years old, he met a Jedi Master named Qui-Gon Jinn, a creature named Jar-Jar Binks, an Astomich droid named R2-D2 and a young girl named Padmé Amidala, the queen of Naboo. Qui-Gon and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi were on a mission to protect Padme when their ship had broken down on Anakin's planet. Anakin was able to help them fix it. Qui-Gon saw the force was strong with Anakin and believed that he was the Chosen One of Jedi prophecy, who would bring balance to the Force by destroying the Sith. After Qui-Gon obtained Anakin's freedom in a bet with Watto, Qui-Gon, Anakin, Jar-Jar, R2 and Padme went to the ship where Qui-Gon introduced Anakin to Obi-Wan. The six friends then left Tatooine, though Anakin felt troubled leaving 3PO and his mother behind. They arrived on Crousant, where Qui-Gon presented Anakin before the Jedi Council. The "then" head of the Jedi Order, A small creature named Yoda told Anakin he sensed fear inside him, saying it would be his path to the dark-side. Yoda and another Jedi named Mace Windu refused to let Anakin be trained, much to his and Qui-Gon's dismay. Despite this, Anakin helped out in the Battle of Naboo, when he and R2 destroyed the Droid Control Station. Despite his young age, Anakin was a hero. However Qui-Gon couldn't live long enough to see it as a Sith lord named Darth Maul had killed him. In Qui-Gon's dying breath, he asked Obi-Wan to train Anakin. When Obi-Wan told Yoda about this, Yoda reluctantly let Anakin join the Jedi Order and gave Obi-wan permission to train him. After Anakin's victory, he attended Quin-Gon's funeral, met the new Supreme Challenor Sheev Palpatine, who told Anakin he was going to watch over his career with great interest, and then finally Anakin was praised for his bravery.

Attack of The Clones

Why couldn't I save her? I know I could have! (Padme:Sometimes there are things no one can fix. You're not all powerful, Ani.) Well I should be. Someday I will be! I will be the most powerful jedi ever!
~ Anakin after his mother's death.
Ten years later, Anakin had grown into a skilled Jedi padawan and he and Obi-Wan had been on many adventures together. Padme was no longer a queen of Naboo but a Senator. Anakin, Obi-Wan and R2 had been assigned to protect her from assassins. Anakin and R2 escorted Padme to Naboo while Obi-Wan hunted down her assassins. While Anakin confess to Padme he liked her but Padme rebuffed Anakin's affection since Jedi are forbidden to love. Later Anakin had a vision of his mother in trouble. He, Padme, and R2 went back to Tatooine where Anakin reunited with 3PO, who now had metal covering. When Anakin arrived at his house, he met Owen Lars, a relative of his mother, and his girlfriend Breu. Owen told Anakin that Sand People had kidnapped Shmi. Anakin went to recuse his mom but he reached, she died in his arms. Sad and angry, Anakin killed all the sand people in the area. Anakin returned and told Padme what had happened. Later after learning Obi-Wan had been captured by a former Jedi turned Sith lord named Count Dooku on a planet called Geonosis, Anakin, Padme, 3PO and R2 went there to recuse him however Anakin and Padme were captured by Dooku's men. During their time imprisoned, Padme confess her feelings for Anakin and kissed him. Later Anakin, Padme and Obi-Wan battled Dooku's forces with help from the other Jedi and some clone troopers who had jumped there to recuse them. This battle was the beginning of the Clone Wars. Obi-Wan and Anakin then battled Dooku in a lightsaber fight which ended with Dooku cutting off most of Anakin's right arm. Before Dooku could kill Anakin and Obi-Wan, Yoda arrived to save them. Dooku fled at how powerful Yoda was. Afterwards Anakin had his arm replaced with a robot arm. He, 3PO and R2 took Padme back to Naboo where Anakin and Padme married.

The Clone Wars Movie

You're reckless, little one. You never would have made it as Obi-Wan's padawan. But you might make it as mine.
~ Anakin accepts Ahsoka as his padawan.
During the clone wars, Anakin became a Jedi Knight. He and Obi-Wan fought Dooku's forces well in the Clone Wars. One day, at Yoda's urging, Anakin took on an apprentice, a young alien girl named Ahsoka Tano. At first, he refused to train her but grew fond of the idea and changed his mind. Their first mission together was to stop a plot hatched by Dooku.

The Clone Wars Series

I will do such terrible things?
~ Anakin after seeing a vision his future.
Anakin and Ahsoka continued to have adventures together. Some of them were with R2, others with Obi-Wan. During one of their adventures Anakin had a vision of his future. At one point, Ahoksa was framed for crimes against the Jedi Order. Anakin caught the Jedi who set her up Barriss Offee but Ahoksa left the order at her accord, much to Anakin's dismay.

Episode Appearances

Appearances on The Show
Prequel Episodes
  • Cat and Mouse
  • The Hidden Enemy
  • Clone Cadets (Appears in flashbacks)
Season One
  • Rising Malevolence
  • Shadow of Malevolence
  • Destroy Malevolence
  • Rookies
  • Downfall of a Droid
  • Duel of the Droids
  • Bombad Jedi (Appears in flashbacks)
  • Cloak of Darkness (Appears in hologram)
  • Dooku Captured
  • The Gungan General
  • Jedi Crash
  • Defenders of Peace
  • Trespass
  • Blue Shadow Virus
  • Mystery of a Thousand Moons
  • Storm Over Ryloth
  • Innocents of Ryloth (Appears in flashbacks)
  • Liberty on Ryloth
Season Two
  • Holocron Heist
  • Cargo of Doom
  • Children of the Force
  • Bounty Hunters
  • The Zillo Beast
  • The Zillo Beast Strikes Back
  • Senate Spy
  • Landing at Point Rain
  • Weapons Factory
  • Legacy of Terror
  • Brain Invaders
  • Grievous Intrigue
  • The Deserter (Appears in flashbacks)
  • Lightsaber Lost
  • The Mandalore Plot
  • Voyage of Temptation
  • Duchess of Mandalore
  • Death Trap
  • R2 Come Home
  • Lethal Trackdown
Season Three
  • The Academy
  • Assassin
  • ARC Troopers
  • Sphere of Influence
  • Evil Plans
  • Hostage Crisis
  • Hunt for Ziro (Appears in flashbacks)
  • Heroes on Both Sides
  • Nightsisters
  • Witches of the Mist
  • Overlords
  • Altar of Mortis
  • Ghosts of Mortis
  • The Citadel
  • Counterattack
  • Citadel Rescue
  • Padawan Lost
  • Wookiee Hunt
Season Four
  • Water War
  • Gungan Attack
  • Prisoners
  • Shadow Warrior
  • Nomad Droids (Mentioned only)
  • Darkness on Umbara
  • The General (Appears in flashbacks)
  • Plan of Dissent (Mentioned only)
  • Carnage of Krell (Appears in flashbacks)
  • Kidnapped
  • Slaves of the Republic
  • Escape from Kadavo
  • A Friend in Need (Appears in hologram)
  • Deception
  • Friends and Enemies
  • The Box
  • Crisis on Naboo
  • Brothers
Season Five
  • A War on Two Fronts
  • Front Runners
  • The Soft War (Appears in hologram)
  • Tipping Points
  • The Gathering (Appears in flashbacks)
  • Bound for Rescue (Indirect mention only)
  • Secret Weapons
  • Point of No Return
  • Revival
  • The Lawless (Mentioned only)
  • Sabotage
  • The Jedi Who Knew Too Much
  • To Catch a Jedi
  • The Wrong Jedi
Season Six
  • The Unknown
  • Conspiracy (Appears in flashbacks)
  • Orders
  • An Old Friend
  • The Rise of Clovis
  • Crisis at the Heart
  • The Lost One
  • Voices
  • Destiny (Vision to Yoda)
  • Sacrifice (Vision to Yoda)
  • A Death on Utapau
  • In Search of the Crystal
  • Crystal Crisis
  • The Big Bang
  • The Bad Batch
  • A Distant Echo
  • On the Wings of Keeradaks
  • Unfinished Business

Revenge of The Sith

No Respect for Anakin

My powers have doubled since the last time we met, Count.
~ Anakin taunts Dooku
Some time after Ahsoka left the order, Palpatine had kidnapped by Count Dooku and General Grievous. Anakin, Obi-Wan and R2 went on a mission to save him. Anakin and Obi-Wan engaged Dooku in a light-saber fight However, Dooku used his abilities to send Obi-Wan flying into a wall. In retaliation, Anakin cut off both of Dooku's hands. Palpatine then ordered Anakin to kill Dooku. At first, Anakin heisted since Dooku was unarmed but then in an instant, Anakin sliced off Dooku's head and killed him. Anakin returned to Crousant, He met up with his wife, Padme who told him she was pregnant. Anakin was excited that he was going to be a father. But that evening, he had a vision that Padme was going to die for some reason. Anakin was horrified. He didn't want to lose Padme the way he lost his mother. He went to find a way to save his wife from death. The Jedi council refused to let him be a master, so he lost his faith in their order. Then he met with Palpatine, who told him he knew the dark side. There Anakin realized Palpatine was a sith lord called Darth Sidious - the sith master of Maul and Dooku. Anakin plotted to turn Palpatine over to the Council. However Palpatine told Anakin he could help him save Padme. Then Anakin went and told Mace Windu that Palpatine was a sith lord. After hearing this, Mace went to confront Palpatine. Anakin insisted on coming with him, but Mace refused and told Anakin to wait at the temple, saying he had earned his trust. Anakin sat in the temple but after a long thought about Padme and hearing Palpatine's voice in his head, he went to help out.

Fall into Darkness

What have I done? (Palpatine: You're fulfilling your destiny, Anakin. Become my apprentice. Learn to use the Dark Side of the Force.) I will do whatever you ask. (Palpatine: Good!) Anakin: Just help me save Padmé's life. I can't live without her.
~ Anakin becomes Palpatine's apprentice.
When Anakin arrived at Palpatine's office, Windu had cornered Palpatine near a broken window. Anakin watched Palpatine zap a blast of blue lightning at Windu who reflected it back at the sith lord with his lightsaber. After listening to Palpatine and Windu call each other traitors, Palpatine stopped firing at Windu, feeling weak. Windu was about to kill Palpatine there and then but Anakin protested against that, stating the chancellor had to stand trail first. Windu said Palpatine was too dangerous to stay alive but Anakin said it wasn't the jedi way. Windu raised his lightsaber hand and got ready to kill Palpatine but Anakin cut Windu's lightsaber hand. At the moment, Palpatine tortured Windu with lightning and threw him out the window. Anakin was shocked and remorseful for what he had done. Palpatine offered Anakin a chance to become his apprentice, promising to help him save Padme, so he took it. There Anakin swore his allegiance to Palpatine who renamed him Darth Vader and the Jedi were killed by Order 66, with most of them surviving. Two of the survivors were Yoda and Obi-Wan. After Order 66, Anakin met with Padme and told her about the Jedi betrayal. He and R2 then went to Mustafar where Anakin killed the Seperatist army as his master commanded him, While Obi-Wan learned that Anakin had turned to the darkside and informed Padme about this terrible fact. Padme and 3PO travelled to Mustafar to save Anakin. After Padme found Anakin, she tried to persuade him to come back to the light side, but he refused. Padme felt scared. She told Anakin she didn't know who he was anymore and Anakin was disappointed. Then he got paranoid and enraged when he saw Obi-Wan on her ship. He accused his wife of betraying and choked her into unconscious. After a long argument with Obi-Wan, Anakin dueled his old master, during which 3PO and R2 loaded Padme onto her ship. Despite all his new abilities, Anakin was easily defeated by Obi-Wan, who cut off both of Anakin's legs and his other arm. Then Anakin slid down some rocks and got bruised and his body was burned by the lava.

After his ordeal, Anakin's love of Obi-Wan was completely destroyed. Obi-Wan tried to remind his former friend of the Jedi the latter once was, but Anakin, already insane and psychotic, revealed his undying hatred of Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan responded with a sad mention of his own love for Anakin, but chose to leave the planet since Anakin had already been brainwashed by his own anger.

The Suit

(Palpatine: Lord Vader, can you hear me?) Yes, Master. Where is Padmé? Is she safe? Is she alright? (Palpatine: It seems, in your anger, you killed her.) I...I couldn't have. She was alive! I felt it! (*Anakin damages several surrounding objects and droids through the Force. He then breaks the clamps that have been holding him down and takes a few steps forward.) NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
~ Anakin's despair over losing Padme
After Obi-wan sadly left the lave planet, leaving his friend to die, Palpatine arrived and found Anakin lying in pain on the ground. Obi-Wan, 3PO and R2 brought Padme to a small planet where she gave birth to two children - a boy named Luke and a girl named Leia. In her dying words, Padme told Obi-Wan there was still good in Anakin and then Padme died. Meanwhile Palpatine brought Anakin back to Crousant and encased him in a dark life-sustaining suit, complete with a mask and cape, that he would wear for the rest of his life. When Anakin asked Palpatine where Padme was, Palpatine informed him Anakin killed her in his anger on Mustufar. Anakin let a great big "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" of despair as he becomes heartbroken. Anakin's transformation into Darth Vader was complete. With his wife gone, the heartbroken sith had no other choice but to obey the commands of his master and help him enslave the galaxy. So Palpatine took over the galaxy with Vader at his side. However, all was not lost for Darth Vader or the galaxy. Obi-Wan, Yoda and Senator/Viceroy Bail Organa knew that Anakin's children Luke and Leia were strong with the force and when they grew up, they could defeat Palpatine and bring Anakin back to the light side. Obi-Wan suggested that they should hide Luke and Leia where Vader and Palpatine would not be able to sense. However they had to split them up. Obi-Wan took Luke to Tattooine where Owen and Breu would raise him and when the time was right, Obi-Wan would train Luke while Bail took Leia back to his home planet where he and his wife would raise as their own. He also took 3PO and R2 and had 3PO's memory.


You have unlocked the secret of the Temple. How did you accomplish this (Ezra: You're smart, figure it out!) No matter. The power within will soon serve the Emperor. (Ezra: I don't fear you!) Then you will die braver than most.
~ Anakin speaking to Ezra
Years after Anakin had lost his beloved Padme, he, as Darth Vader, though against many rebels who wanted Palpatine gone, including Kanan Jarrus - a Jedi who survived Order 66 - and his apprentice Ezra Bridger. At one point, Anakin came across his old padawan Ahoksa and battled her in a duel to the death. During the battle, Ahoksa cut part of Vader's mask off, revealing he was her old master Anakin. Ahoksa told Anakin she wasn't leaving this time. However Anakin was not interested in his old padawan. The two kept battling till Anakin limbed away. It is uncertain if Ahoksa survived.

Episode Appearances

Appearances on The Show
Season One
  • Spark of Rebellion (Appears as hologram)
  • Gathering Forces (Mentioned only)
  • Fire Across the Galaxy
Season Two
  • The Siege of Lothal
  • The Lost Commanders (Mentioned only)
  • Relics of the Old Republic (Mentioned only)
  • Always Two There Are (Mentioned only)
  • Stealth Strike (Mentioned only)
  • The Future of the Force (Mentioned only)
  • Shroud of Darkness
  • Twilight of the Apprentice
Season Three
  • Steps into Shadow (Mentioned only)
  • Ghosts of Geonosis (Mentioned only)
  • Twin Suns (Mentioned only)
Season Four
  • A World Between Worlds (Appears in flashbacks)

Rogue One

Be careful, not to choke on your aspirations, Director.
~ Anakin warns Krennic
Vader Be careful
In order to keep the galaxy in line, Palpatine ordered the construction of a great super weapon called the Death Star. A weapon with the power to destroy entire planets. With the help of three men - Grand Moff Tarkin, Director Orson Krennic and Galen Erso, this weapon was built. Anakin invited Krennic to his house and told him to make sure Galen had not jeopardized the weapon in any way. However Galen had jeopardized it. He secretly created a way the death star could be destroyed; There was a small hole that would lead to the ships reactor and if anyone shot a laser in it, the whole death star would blown up. A band of rebels led by Galen's daughter Jyn Erso learned about these plans, stole them and sent them to the rebellion. Anakin killed some of the rebels who got these plans but failed to recover them. Some pilots had escaped and given to the plans to Anakin's daughter Leia Organa (really Leia Skywalker) now all grown-up.

A New Hope

Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.
~ Anakin about the death star.
Shortly after Leia and her fleet had gotten the plans, Anakin and his stormtroopers chased them across the galaxy. They eventually boarded Leia's ship and captured her. Anakin, in his Vader suit, demanded to know what Leia had done with the death plans. She tried telling she didn't know what he was talking about Anakin saw through her lie and ordered the imperials to take Leia into custody, imprisoning her on the death star. Leia had given to the plans to Anakin's old droids C-3PO and R2-D2 who were on board the ship at the time but escaped in an escape pod. Leia sent them to find Anakin's old master Obi-Wan Kenobi, who was on his home planet Tattooine, protecting his now grown-up son Luke Skywalker. 3PO and R2 eventually arrived back on Tattooine and found Luke and Obi-Wan and gave them Leia's distress message and went to save her. They met a smuggler named Han Solo and a Wookie named Chewbacca who gave them a ride to the death star on their ship the Millennium Falcon. Once aboard the death star, Luke and Han found and freed Leia while Obi-Wan found Anakin in his Vader suit and engaged him in a lightsaber fight. Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie, 3PO and R2 ran to the falcon when Luke saw Anakin and Obi-Wan. Anakin quickly killed Obi-Wan to Luke's horror. Luke and his friends escaped on the falcon. Later, Luke and R2 went back to the death star so they could blow it up how Anakin was determined to stop them. Before Anakin could finish them, Han and Chewie fired at the sith lord's fleet in the falcon. Luke then destroyed the death star, killing everybody on board while Anakin escaped.

The Empire Strikes Back

Obi-wan never told you what happened to your father. (Luke: He told me enough! He told me you killed him!) No. I am you father!
~ Anakin's most famous Darth Vader quote
Sometime after the destruction of the death star, Anakin had been hunting Luke and his friends down. He found out they were hiding on the ice planet Hoth. Anakin led a relentless attack on Hoth, however Luke and his friends escaped. Luke and R2 wen to go find Yoda so he could train him. While this happened, Vader chased Han, Leia, Chewie and 3PO in the falcon. During the chase, Anakin contacted Palpatine who told him that Anakin was his son and Anakin deduced that Luke was born before Padme died. Anakin then concocted a plan to capture his son and make him on join the dark side. With the help of a man named Lando Calrissian and a bounty hunter named Boba Fett, Anakin captured Han, Leia, Chewie and 3PO on Cloud City. There Han was frozen in Carbonite and Boba Fett took him to Jabba the Hutt on Anakin's home planet Tattoine. After Luke sensed his friends were in trouble, he and R2 arrived on cloud city to save their friends, Anakin in his Vader suit met with his son and challenged him to a lightsaber fight. Anakin and Luke battled till Anakin cut off Luke's right hand. There Anakin told revealed to Luke that he was his father, which Luke could not believe. Anakin tried to convince Luke to turn to the dark side but Luke refused and escaped. Luke met up with Leia, Chewie, 3PO, R2 and a reformed Lando and they escaped Cloud City and went to save Han.

Return of The Jedi

Finding Luke

I must obey my master.
~ Anakin telling Luke about Palpatine
Sometime after the duel on cloud city, Palpatine ordered the construction of another death star. Anakin in his Vader suit arrived there and ordered the imperials to build faster. When Palpatine arrived, he and Anakin discussed about Luke joining them. Palpatine told Anakin to be patient, saying Luke would join them soon. Soon Anakin sensed his son was on Endor. Luke and the others had recused Han and unfrozen him and headed on Endor as part of their plan to defeat Palpatine once and for all. Anakin in his vader suit went there and Luke let him capture him. Luke, told Anakin he had accepted that he was his father and turned to convince to turn back to the light-side, but Anakin refused, insisting it was too late for him. However Luke wouldn't give up on his father.

Duel and Redemption

If you will not fight, you will meet your destiny.
~ Anakin after Luke refuses to fight him.
Anakin and Luke went abroad the second death star and met Palpatine in his throne room on the second Death Star. Palpatine attempted to turn Luke to the dark side but he wouldn't. So Luke battled Anakin in a lightsaber duel. When Anakin sensed Luke had a sister and decided to turn her to the darkside, Luke attacked Anakin in a fit of rage and cut Anakin's right robot hand. There Palpatine ordered Luke to kill Anakin, ironically in the same way he had ordered Anakin to kill Dooku, however Luke refused to kill his own father, and said he was a Jedi like his father before him. With that, Palpatine zapped Luke with force lightning, the same power he used to kill Mace Windu. Anakin watched in horror as his master totureted his son, looking back at both of them one at a time. Then suddenly Anakin's good memories of Qui-Gon, Shmi, 3PO, R2, Obi-Wan, Ahoksa and Padme flooded back into his mind. There Anakin realized despite all the terrible things he had done in his life, he couldn't allow his son to die. In that moment, he finally ceased to be Darth Vader and became Anakin Skywalker once again. Anakin then grabbed Palpatine, lifted him over his head and carried him away from Luke. Then with a final slice of energy, Anakin tossed Palpatine down the death star reactor core where Palpatine exploded into a light of blue energy. Anakin have finally redeemed himself. The prophecy had been fulfilled. Qui-Gon Jinn was right. Anakin Skywalker was the chosen one and he bought balance to the force. However some of Palpatine's lightning had gone into Anakin's Darth Vader armor and Anakin was mortally wounded and slowly dying.

Anakin's Death were right about me. Tell your sister. You were right.
~ Anakin's last words before he dies in Luke's arm
Lando and Nien Nunb were about to destroy Death Star II. After Luke got back whatever strength he could, he quickly dragged Anakin to a shuttle so they could escape in time together. Anakin realized that he would die whether or not Luke got him on board the shuttle Luke was dragging him towards. At the ramp to one of the last remaining shuttles Luke collapsed, unaware if he could continue. Anakin then asked Luke to remove his mask, begging his son to let him look at him with his own eyes once before he died. Luke took off Anakin's Vader mask, revealing a scarred and pale face underneath. Afterwards, Anakin told Luke to go, leaving him behind. But Luke refused, saying he had to save him, Anakin told Luke that he already had saved him, and that he was right about there still being good in him. In his dying words Anakin told Luke to tell his sister that he had been right about their father. And then Anakin died. Luke then brought Anakin's dead body to Endor and gave him a funeral. Later at the celebration on Endor, Luke saw the fully healed force ghost of Anakin, along with the ghosts of Yoda and Obi-Wan.


A short time after the Battle of Endor, Anakin's force ghost appeared to Leia. Having just learned about her true parentage, Leia was not able to bring herself to forgive her father at the time. After being given diaries that her grandmother Shmi had made, Leia realized Anakin wasn't the monster she thought he was and was able to forgive him. She and her husband Han would later name their third child after Anakin.

Initially the family kept the fact that Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader had been the same person a secret from the galaxy at large. Luke would later reveal the secret to his first class of Jedi students. Some of his students felt uneasy over this revelation. Corran Horn wondered how the politicians running the New Republic would react to this knowledge, and how they would feel about Vader's daughter running the council. Eventually the knowledge did get out to the galaxy at large.

Leia was able to use her status as Anakin's daughter to convince the Noghri to leave the Empire's service. The Noghri would later join the New Republic.

As Vader, Anakin would be fondly remembered by some of the men who served under his command as he led from the front and never asked anything of them that he was unwilling to do himself. However many Imperials despised those Imperials who survived service under Vader's command. When the cloned Palpatine resurfaced, the truth of what Anakin had done became known to the Imperial remnant at large, leading to the name of Darth Vader being reviled throughout the Empire.

Anakin's force ghost would appear and speak to his descendants, including both Jacen Solo and Cade Skywalker.

You will never be as strong as Darth Vader!
~ Rey discussing Vader with Kylo Ren

In the years following Anakin's death, his family kept the fact that Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader had been the same person a closely guarded secret. No one outside the Skywalker family knew that Luke and Leia were the children of Darth Vader. Not even Leia and Han's son Ben knew the truth about who his grandfather really was. Despite not knowing for certain some people like Mon Mothma long suspected that Leia was Anakin's daughter.

The secret was finally revealed in 28 ABY by New Republic Senator Ransolm Casterfo. The revelations ruined Leia's political career, despite the constitutional protections for children from the crimes of their parents, and she resigned from the Senate not long afterwards. Leia soon founded the Resistance when it became clear that she could not talk the Senate into opposing the First Order.

Despite the best efforts of Leia, Han, and Luke, Anakin's evil actions and former nature as Darth Vader inspired his grandson Ben Solo to became the fallen Jedi named Kylo Ren. After learning about his grandfather's evil actions and former status as Darth Vader, Ben decided to follow Anakin's footsteps during his life as Darth Vader, from betraying his peers and Luke, giving the Skywalker a setback in his attempt to rebuild the Jedi Order.

The Force Awakens

Anakin is mentioned and referenced in The Force Awakens. Kylo Ren's obsession with his grandfather was one of the reasons he turned to Dark Side, going so far as to keep Vader's melted, charred mask, speaking to it as a symbol of reverence to the former Sith Lord. Anakin/Luke's old lightsaber is also featured, having been found by Maz Kanata and stored in a box her castle cantina. The saber's connection with the Force recognizes and calls to Rey, who after touching it receives a disturbing vision of events that happened prior to the events of the film (Vader's iconic breathing can be heard briefly during the vision). Maz offers the lightsaber to Rey, encouraging her to embrace her destiny, but Rey refuses out of horror. Maz gives the lightsaber to Finn instead, to which he uses in battle several times. When Rey is captured and interrogated by Ren, she is able to sense his fear and takes advantage of it, taunting him saying "you're afraid, you're afraid you'll never be as powerful as Darth Vader", terrifying him. He is lastly mentioned by Han and Leia, who state that one of the reasons why Kylo embraced the Dark side is because "the was too much Vader in him".

Anakin Skywalker's ghost was to make an appearance, portrayed by Hayden Christiansen. Concept art showed that he would be wearing a black robe, and his face would have faded from both Anakin's scarred face to Darth Vader's mask, showing that the Dark side has stayed with him even in death.

The Last Jedi

Luke and Rey talk about Anakin in The Last Jedi.


As a child, Anakin was thoughtful, selfless, brave and very intelligent for his age.

As an adult, Anakin developed into a more prideful, loyal, and reckless young man, but he was still kind, caring and selfless. Although he was a loving person, he was known to hold grudges and was vengeful, but he commonly held these two traits in check sometimes. He also hated being treated unjustly or being wrongly accused, and grew to hate being criticized or lectured. Despite his pride as a Jedi, Anakin was not above apologizing or admitting when he was wrong; unlike most members of the Jedi Order, he acknowledged his mistakes and learned from them as well, as he was one of the few members of the Jedi Order who knew there was flaws in the Jedi Teachings and the Jedi Code. He was a naturally honest person and despised lying and deception, from his friends, allies and enemies alike. He disliked politics, considering most politicians to be arrogant and greedy.

As his fame grew, he became more prideful and overconfident, as Anakin knew he was one of the best Jedi in the Jedi Order and secretly believing that he could easily best any Jedi blindfolded with his lightsaber tied behind his back. Although he could sometimes be aggressive, brutal, unpredictable and cocky, Anakin still had a strong sense of justice, honor and good morals. He also carried guilt and remorse for his violent deeds and the loss of some of his loved ones, especially the loss of his mother.

As a general within the ranks of the Grand Army of the Republic, Anakin was renowned for his leadership skills and admired by clones, Jedi and politicians alike. Anakin made it clear to those under his command that he would never ask them to do anything he was unwilling to do himself.

During the Clone Wars, Anakin, like his then-apprentice Ahsoka Tano, matured and became more responsible in many ways, but this did not stop him from being reckless and impulsive sometimes. He was not as forgiving as his wife Padmé, as he rarely forgave people in general, particularly Obi-Wan, for constantly lying to him or deceiving him.

After Palpatine turned Anakin into Darth Vader, he became an evil, ruthless, tyrant who struck fear into the hearts of the galaxy. Over the years, Anakin did terrible things under Palpatine's order. Anakin didn't think there was any good left in him, when he battled his old padawan to the death and killed his old master. However in the end, it was his son's love for him that brought him back into the light-side.

Powers and Abilities


  • The Force: As the Chosen One, Anakin was immensely powerful and had an amazingly strong connection to the Force, stronger than any Force user ever in existence. He also possessed the potential to become the most powerful Force user in the history of the galaxy; according to Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin's Force potential surpassed that of even Yoda.
    • Telekinesis: Anakin utilized Telekinesis either as offensive or defense.
      • Force Push: Anakin utilized Force Push to send his opponents flying through the air, causing them serious injury or temporarily incapacitating them/knocked them unconscious.
      • Force Pull: Anakin utilized Force Pull to pull his opponents or objects towards him.
      • Force Choke: Anakin utilized Force Choke to either weaken, kill or intimidate his opponents.
      • Force Grip: Anakin utilized Force Grip to lift his opponents off the ground and into the air to immobilize them.
      • Force Crush: Anakin utilized Force Crush to crush objects, including droids.
      • Force Barrier: Anakin utilized Force Barrier, to created a barrier or wall of Force energy around himself or his allies.
    • Mind Trick: Anakin utilized Mind Trick to control the minds of other sentient beings, however, it did not work on individuals who have very strong wills.
      • Beast Control: Anakin utilized Beast Control to control the minds of animals.
    • Force Jump: Anakin utilized Force Jump, to jump or leap at great distances.
    • Force Speed: Anakin utilized Force Speed, to move at amazing speed.
    • Force Vision: Anakin utilized Force Vision, to have visions of the past, the present and the future; however, like all force users, his visions were not always clear or sometimes had visions even when he was not utilizing this power at will.
    • Force Sense: Anakin utilized Force Sense, to sense another sentient being's emotions, the future, ripples in the Force caused by momentous or traumatic events, or impending danger and the presence of the dark side.
    • Force rage: Anakin utilized Force Rage to channel his anger to increase his speed, strength, ferocity and to overwhelmed his opponents. However, doing so ran the risk of being corrupted by the Dark Side, which.
    • Force Healing: Anakin utilized Force Healing, to heal himself or other sentient beings.
    • Dampen Force: Anakin utilized Dampen Force to temporarily block certain Force powers such as; Force Push or Force Pull.
  • Cyborg Strength: Anakin utilizes his cybernetic hand in combat, as it gave him greater strength to easily subdue, restrain and overpower his opponents.


  • Lightsaber Skills: Anakin was extremely skilled in lightsaber combat and an exceptionally gifted duelist. Anakin used his Force powers to increase his physical speed and agility to make his lightsaber skills more lethal in combat; this made him a formidable opponent in single combat. He also possessed the potential to become the greatest lightsaber duelist in the history of the galaxy.
    • Form I: Anakin was highly skilled in Shii-Cho.
    • Form IV: Anakin was extremely skilled in Ataru.
    • Form V: Anakin was a master of Shien/Djem So, considered by many to be the most proficient practitioner of the style.
    • Form VI: Anakin was highly skilled in Niman.
    • Jar'Kai: Although Anakin was trained in Jar'Kai by Obi-Wan Kenobi, he was not very skilled at it, due to the fact that he did not practice with it much, as he was working on this mostly as an exercise in control, and was doubtful that he would ever need to apply it. Anakin's assumption was proven wrong when he wielded two lightsabers against Dooku during the First Battle of Geonosis; though he was able to briefly catch the Sith Lord off guard, his lack of skill at dual-blade combat resulted in him losing his second lightsaber in mere seconds. During the Clone Wars, Anakin's skills in Jar'Kai greatly improved to the point where he was able to defeat the recently turn Dark Jedi Barriss Offee with little difficulty, thus becoming much more proficient with dual lightsabers.
  • Master Hand-To-Hand Combatant: Anakin was highly skilled in unarmed combat.
  • Master Marksman: Anakin was very proficient in the use of blaster pistols.
  • Master Pilot: Anakin was extremely skilled in piloting various speeders and every type of flying craft. He was the best star-pilot in the history of the galaxy.
  • Master Engineer: Even as a child, Anakin was amazingly skilled in engineering for someone of his age. At the age of nine, he was able to successfully build his own podracer, at the age of thirteen, he was able to successfully construct his first blue bladed lightsaber in his first try.
  • Genius-Level Intellect/Master Tactician/Leader: Even as a child, Anakin was amazingly intelligent for someone of his age. His intelligence and wisdom surpassed that of even Yoda. As a Jedi General, Anakin was a highly skilled tactician and a very capable leader.
  • Multilingual: Anakin was capable of fluently speaking English, Huttese and Bitt.


  • Qui-Gon Jinn (First Jedi Master)
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi (second jedi master/best friend/brother figure, later enemy, much later friend after Return of the Jedi's climax)
  • Padme Amidala (secret wife)
  • Watto (former owner)
  • R2-D2 (droid)
  • Shmi Skywalker-Lars (mother)
  • Cliegg Lars (step-father)
  • Owen Lars (step-brother)
  • Beru Whitesun-Lars (step-sister-in-law)
  • C-3PO (droid/creation)
  • Ahsoka Tano (Jedi Padawan and friend)
  • Sheev Palpatine/Darth Sidious (Sith Master, now enemy)
  • Luke Skywalker (son)
  • Leia Organa (daughter)
  • Han Solo (son-in-law)
  • Ben Solo (grandson)

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Vader breathing


  • Anakin and Obi-Wan had the first lightsaber duel in the first film of the original trilogy and the last Lightsaber duel in the last film in the prequel trilogy.
  • In the original ending of Return of the Jedi and its 1997 special edition release, Anakin's ghost appears as a man in his early eighties, with fading hair, and a smiling face.
  • In the new ending of Return of the Jedi since the 2004 DVD release, Anakin's ghost looks very identical to his appearance from Revenge of the Sith.
  • Anakin killed both of his masters on a Death Star in the original trilogy. He killed his Jedi master on the first death star in A New Hope and his Sith master on the second death star in Return of the Jedi.
  • In Angry Birds: Star Wars, he, his son, and his corrupted form are portrayed by the Red Bird. As a hero, he has the ability to swing a lightsaber, like his son Luke Skywalker can. He is introduced in Chapter 4: Rise Of The Clones (provided he is not summoned earlier via character-swapping).

See also


           Star Wars logo Heroes

Jedi Order
Qui-Gon Jinn | Obi-Wan Kenobi | Anakin Skywalker | Luke Skywalker | Yoda | Mace Windu | Cin Drallig | Plo Koon | Kit Fisto | Agen Kolar | Yarael Poof | Eeth Koth | Even Piell | Katooni | Rahm Kota | Adi Gallia | Jolee Bindo | Bastila Shan | Petro | Zatt | Zett Jukassa | Luminara Unduli

New Republic
Jacen Solo | Jaina Solo

The Resistance
Leia Organa | Han Solo | Chewbacca | Finn | Kaydel Ko Connix | Poe Dameron | Rey

Kanan Jarrus | Hera Syndulla | Ezra Bridger | Sabine Wren | Garazeb Orrelios

Rebel Alliance
Lando Calrissian | Padmé Amidala | Galen Marek | Mon Mothma | Admiral Ackbar | Bail Organa | Ahsoka Tano | Cassian Andor | Saw Gerrera | Jyn Erso | Chirrut Îmwe | Baze Malbus

R2-D2 | C-3PO | BB-8 | C1-10p | AP-5 | K-2SO | L3-37 | WAC-47 | R0-GR | R3-A3

Galactic Republic
Finis Valorum | Captain Panaka | Carth Onasi | Galen Erso | Jolee Bindo | Onaconda Farr | Steela Gerrera | Ramsis Dendup | Ganodi

Clone Troopers
Axe | Broadside | Captain Rex | Clone Trooper Sergeant | Colt | Commander Bly | Commander Cody | Commander Fil | Commander Fox | Commander Wolffe | Denal | Fives | Gregor | Havoc | Hardcase | Jek | Jet | Odd Ball | Waxer

Admiral Raddus | Asajj Ventress | Jar Jar Binks | Maz Kanata | Princess Kneesaa a Jari Kintaka | Tee Watt Kaa

Kazuda Xiono | Ketsu Onyo | Owen Lars | Ursa Wren | Enfys Nest

           Soul Calibur Logo Heroes

Main Heroes
Siegfried Schtauffen | Mitsurugi | Taki | Sophitia Alexandra | Patroklos Alexander | Pyrrha Alexandra | Soul Calibur | Libra of Souls Protagonist

Secondary Heroes
Cassandra Alexandra | Kilik | Maxi | Chai Xianghua | Edge Master | Yoshimitsu | Ivy Valentine | Seong Mi-Na | Talim | Setsuka | Zasalamel | Amy Sorel | Hildegard von Krone | Z.W.E.I | Viola | Leixia | Natsu | Xiba | Grøh

Other Heroes

Non-Soul Calibur/Guest Heroes
Spawn | Link | KOS-MOS | Yoda | Darth Vader | Galen Marek | Kratos | Ezio Auditore da Firenze | Jin Kazama | Geralt of Rivia | 2B | Haohmaru

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