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Anakin Skywalker (nicknamed Ani by his mother and wife) was a legendary Force-sensitive Human male who served the Galactic Republic as a Jedi Knight and later served the Galactic Empire as the Sith Lord Darth Vader. Born to Shmi Skywalker, later in life he became the secret husband of Senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo and the father of the Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker and Jedi Knight Leia Organa Solo. He was also the grandfather of Ben Skywalker, Jaina, Jacen, and Anakin Solo, as well as the great-grandfather of Allana and an ancestor of Nat, Kol, and Cade Skywalker. Although he would later become a crucial figure in the galaxy, Skywalker came from humble origins. He spent the first years of his life on Tatooine as a slave along with his mother. In 32 BBY, Skywalker met Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. After obtaining his freedom by having been bet on by Jinn and winning the Boonta Eve Classic, Skywalker went with Jinn and departed from Tatooine, though troubled by leaving behind his mother. Skywalker took part in the Battle of Naboo, destroying the Droid Control Station despite his young age. Soon after, he joined the Jedi Order, becoming a Padawan to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Skywalker was believed to be (and indeed was) the Chosen One of Jedi prophecy, one who would bring balance to the Force by destroying the Sith, which was why the Jedi Council chose to bend the Jedi Code and permit his training. Skywalker and Kenobi traveled together on many missions in the ensuing decade. In 22 BBY, Skywalker was reunited with Padmé Amidala, the former queen of Naboo and new Senator of the Chommell Sector. He escorted her to Naboo due to the rising violence of the Separatist Crisis, and the two fought at the Battle of Geonosis, the beginning of the Clone Wars. In the midst of these events, Skywalker also endured the violent death of his mother. Skywalker and Amidala married soon after the battle, despite the Jedi Order's restrictions of Jedi marriages, which kept them from making their marriage public. Skywalker fought in the Clone Wars with his master and became a Jedi Knight in 22 BBY, taking Ahsoka Tano as his own apprentice. Throughout the conflict, Skywalker became an icon to the public, known as the "Hero With No Fear". Skywalker and Kenobi, despite not being master and apprentice anymore, gained recognition as a formidable pair. Despite this, he carried with him a great sense of loss in addition to great anger. This was shown in 19 BBY at the Battle of Coruscant, when he decapitated an unarmed Count Dooku. He also learned that Amidala would soon have a child and experiences agonizing visions of her death. His inability to control these traits led to his downfall when, soon after, he turned to the dark side, believing that it was the only way to save his wife from death. Apprenticed to Darth Sidious, better known as his friend Chancellor Palpatine, he became Darth Vader. The Galactic Empire was founded with Palpatine at the helm as Emperor, and after Vader led an attack on the Jedi Temple, the Jedi were exterminated by Order 66, with fewer than a hundred surviving. Two of the survivors were Grand Master Yoda and Skywalker's old master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Vader dueled his old master on the fiery world of Mustafar, and despite the Sith Lord's new abilities, he was defeated by his old master, and his body was so damaged by the lava that Sidious encased him in a dark life-sustaining suit that he would wear for the rest of his life. His children, Luke and Leia, were born at this time, though Vader remained unaware of their existence. As a master of the dark side, Vader became the scourge of the Jedi, continuing the Great Jedi Purge which would last until 1 BBY. An extension of the Emperor's will, the Dark Lord was constantly on the move, traveling throughout the galaxy to defeat rebel uprisings or arrest corrupt Imperials. When Vader began planning to impress his Master before overthrowing him, he found, manipulated, and trained a "secret" Sith apprentice named Galen Marek to not only to help hunt down remaining Jedi, but also to expose the Emperor's enemies and have them destroyed. However, Vader's betrayal lead Marek to turn to the light side and sacrifice his life for the leaders of the Alliance to Restore the Republic to escape, thus starting the Galactic Civil War. Vader continued to train apprentices, this time, under Sidious's notice, including Flint, and the future Sith Lady Lumiya. In 0 BBY, the Empire's great superweapon, the first Death Star was destroyed by a young Rebel pilot. Vader became obsessed with discovering the identity of this pilot and spent the next several years searching. Vader eventually learned that the pilot's name was Luke Skywalker and deduced that the boy was his son, born before the death of Amidala. Vader fought the Rebel Alliance while concocting a plan to turn his son to the dark side. Soon after the Battle of Hoth, Vader dueled his son and revealed to him that he was his father, which Luke refused to believe. Darth Sidious, however, was aware of Vader's plans and initiated his own plot to make young Luke his apprentice. In 4 ABY, the two sides came together at Endor for one great battle to decide the fate of the galaxy. Luke surrendered to Vader and, in the throne room of the second Death Star, Sidious attempted to turn the young Jedi to the dark side by having him duel Vader. Luke defeated Vader, but refused to give himself to the darkness, proclaiming himself a Jedi like his father before him. When Sidious attempted to kill Luke using Force lightning, Anakin Skywalker emerged from Darth Vader and came to his son's rescue, saving him and killing the Emperor by throwing him down the main reactor core. Mortally wounded by the Force lightning, he died soon afterward, but he died as a Jedi once more, having redeemed himself by saving his son and fulfilling the prophecy of the Chosen One. Contents [show] * 1 Biography o 1.1 Pre-Birth (Before 42 BBY) o 1.2 Early life (42–32 BBY) + 1.2.1 Discovery + 1.2.2 Continuing to pod race o 1.3 Adolescence (32 BBY—22 BBY) + 1.3.1 Kenobi's apprentice + 1.3.2 Becoming a Jedi + 1.3.3 Outbound Flight + 1.3.4 Mission to Andara + 1.3.5 Yaddle's sacrifice + 1.3.6 Trailing Jenna Zan Arbor and Roy Teda + 1.3.7 Confronting old adversaries + 1.3.8 Growing up o 1.4 Adult life (22 BBY–4 ABY) + 1.4.1 Reunited with Amidala + 1.4.2 Return to Tatooine + 1.4.3 Battle of Geonosis + 1.4.4 Marriage to Padmé Amidala o 1.5 The Clone Wars (22–19 BBY) + 1.5.1 The Dark Reaper + 1.5.2 Battle of Ohma-D'un + 1.5.3 Battle of Muunilinst and Duel on Yavin IV + 1.5.4 Battle on Skye + 1.5.5 Rise of the Cortosis Battle Droids + 1.5.6 Battle of Jabiim + 1.5.7 Battle of Aargonar + 1.5.8 Battle of Zaadja + 1.5.9 Jedi Knight + 1.5.10 Battle of Rendili and aftermath + 1.5.11 Mission to Christophsis # Battle on Christophsis # Anakin's apprentice + 1.5.12 Rescuing a Hutt + 1.5.13 Slaves of the Republic + 1.5.14 The Malevolence Crisis + 1.5.15 Third Battle of Kamino + 1.5.16 Attack on the Separatist shipyards + 1.5.17 Podracing battle + 1.5.18 Mission to Taloraan + 1.5.19 Battle of JanFathal + 1.5.20 A missing friend + 1.5.21 Mission to Skytop Station + 1.5.22 Capture of Gunray + 1.5.23 Capturing Dooku + 1.5.24 Battle of Quell + 1.5.25 Battle of Maridun + 1.5.26 Battle on Orto Plutonia + 1.5.27 Blue Shadow Virus scare # Mission to Iego + 1.5.28 Battle of Ryloth # Retaking the capital city + 1.5.29 Battle of Behpour + 1.5.30 Felucia + 1.5.31 The stolen holocron # Holocron chase # Rescuing the children + 1.5.32 The Zillo Beast + 1.5.33 Trap on Vanqor + 1.5.34 Senate hostage crisis + 1.5.35 Spy in the Galactic Senate + 1.5.36 Second Battle of Geonosis # Brain worm skirmish + 1.5.37 Conflict in Valahari + 1.5.38 Hunt for Grievous + 1.5.39 Coronet plot + 1.5.40 Defense on Felucia + 1.5.41 Political chaos + 1.5.42 Hunting Savage Opress + 1.5.43 Revelation on Mortis + 1.5.44 Rescuing Master Piell + 1.5.45 Return to Felucia + 1.5.46 The Starcrusher trap + 1.5.47 Civil war on Mon Calamari + 1.5.48 Skirmish on Naboo + 1.5.49 Battle of Umbara + 1.5.50 Battle of Kiros # Infiltrating Zygerria # Battle of Kadavo + 1.5.51 Plot to kidnap the Chancellor + 1.5.52 Hunting Ventress + 1.5.53 Cato Neimoidia + 1.5.54 "Ghost Hand" o 1.6 Transformation into Darth Vader (19 BBY) + 1.6.1 Rescuing the Chancellor + 1.6.2 Fall to the dark side + 1.6.3 A fateful choice + 1.6.4 The rise of Darth Vader # Raid on the Jedi Temple # Mission to Mustafar # Duel on Mustafar and aftermath o 1.7 Serving the Emperor + 1.7.1 Murkhana + 1.7.2 Kessel + 1.7.3 Meeting on Alderaan + 1.7.4 Devastation of Kashyyyk + 1.7.5 Hunting Olin + 1.7.6 Muur Talisman + 1.7.7 The search for Garoche Tarkin # Skirmish on Atoa # The alliance with Lady Saro # A botched "rescue" attempt # The mutiny # Showdown with Lady Saro, Garoche Tarkin and Shale + 1.7.8 The discovery of Galen Marek o 1.8 The secret apprentice + 1.8.1 The apprentice's final tests + 1.8.2 Crafting a new plot + 1.8.3 The master defeated by the apprentice + 1.8.4 The death of the secret apprentice o 1.9 The Galactic Civil War (2 BBY–4 ABY) + 1.9.1 Cloning a new apprentice + 1.9.2 Another failure # Hiring a bounty hunter # The "perfect" clone of Starkiller # The Battle of Kamino # The duel between master and apprentice # Finishing the duel # A prisoner of the Rebel Alliance + 1.9.3 Pre-Yavin # An old enemy + 1.9.4 Searching for the Death Star plans + 1.9.5 Showdown on the Death Star + 1.9.6 Battle of Yavin + 1.9.7 Crash landing on Vaal + 1.9.8 Aftermath + 1.9.9 Suspicion + 1.9.10 Construction of the Executor + 1.9.11 Punishment + 1.9.12 The son of Skywalker + 1.9.13 Subjugation of the Tagge family + 1.9.14 Monastery + 1.9.15 Incompetence and pursuit + 1.9.16 Revision of methods + 1.9.17 Phelarion + 1.9.18 Deception and ambush + 1.9.19 Hired bait + 1.9.20 Bargain and recovery + 1.9.21 Xizor + 1.9.22 Completion of the Executor + 1.9.23 Griff's final failure + 1.9.24 Culling the military + 1.9.25 Search for information + 1.9.26 Mimban + 1.9.27 Request denied + 1.9.28 Hoth and aftermath + 1.9.29 Conflict on Bespin and aftermath + 1.9.30 Redemption o 1.10 Post mortem (4 ABY and beyond) + 1.10.1 Righting wrongs + 1.10.2 Revelations of the past o 1.11 Legacy * 2 Personality and traits o 2.1 Relationships with other people + 2.1.1 Shmi Skywalker + 2.1.2 Obi-Wan Kenobi + 2.1.3 Ahsoka Tano + 2.1.4 Padmé Amidala + 2.1.5 Luke Skywalker + 2.1.6 Leia Organa Solo * 3 Powers and abilities o 3.1 Lightsaber training + 3.1.1 Jedi Knight + 3.1.2 Sith Lord o 3.2 Force powers + 3.2.1 Jedi Knight + 3.2.2 Sith Lord o 3.3 Languages known o 3.4 Other abilities * 4 Lightsabers o 4.1 Jedi Knight o 4.2 Sith Lord * 5 Interpretations of the prophecy o 5.1 Skywalker's possible "father" * 6 Behind the scenes o 6.1 Non-canon appearances + 6.1.1 Pursuing the Tantive IV + 6.1.2 Tao o 6.2 Darth Vader as a cultural figure o 6.3 Portrayal o 6.4 Alternate endings * 7 Appearances o 7.1 As "Anakin Skywalker" o 7.2 As "Darth Vader" o 7.3 Non-canon appearances * 8 Sources * 9 Notes and references * 10 See also * 11 External links o 11.1 In other languages BiographyEdit Pre-Birth (Before 42 BBY)Edit "Is this—is this happening now, or in the future?" ―Q'Anilia[src] Anakin Skywalker appears in a vision as the Sith Lord he would later become. Thousands of years before his birth, Anakin Skywalker appeared in a vision to Jedi Master Q'Anilia as Darth Vader, along with his son, Luke Skywalker and his descendant, Cade Skywalker, as well as Zayne Carrick. All four of these individuals would later be affected by the Muur Talisman. The vision also showed Karness Muur, hundreds of Rakghouls, and a burning city.[8] Nearly a decade before his death, the Sith Lord, Darth Plagueis, and his apprentice, Darth Sidious, committed an act that directly violated the nature of the Force. To advance their plan for galactic domination, the two Sith attempted to will a being of their own design into existence, pouring their abhorrent intent into waves through the Force to the countless midi-chlorians that were spread throughout the galaxy. The experiment failed, however, and the midi-chlorians, not willing to obey, not only frustrated Plagueis' attempts, but countered in reprisal, conceiving a child within the slave Shmi Skywalker.[9] Skywalker's mother claimed that her son was conceived without a father, but could not explain how that had happened. It was the theory of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn that the will of the Force caused his birth.[10] Early life (42–32 BBY)Edit "I'm a person, and my name is Anakin!" ―Anakin Skywalker to Padmé Amidala — (audio)Listen (file info)[src] Anakin and Shmi Skywalker arrive on Tatooine. Anakin Skywalker was born in 41.9 BBY. According to the seminal historical work of Voren Na'al, the planet of his birth was Tatooine, but Skywalker himself may have implied that he was only raised on the arid planet from around the age of three.[2] At that time, Skywalker and his mother became slaves to Gardulla the Hutt. Years later, Gardulla lost the boy and his mother in a podracing bet to a Toydarian junk dealer named Watto.[11] Even at a young age, Skywalker had a reputation for being able to build or repair anything, evidenced by his creation of a protocol droid named C-3PO as well as a podracer. Both were constructed from salvaged parts and nearly completed by the time he was nine years old.[11] A child prodigy, Skywalker excelled at mathematics and engineering, but he was also daring and adventurous. He would often risk his own well being to help others, with little forethought or regard for the consequences of his actions. When he was only five years old, Skywalker scaled an immense dune to chase a herd of banthas away from hunters, despite almost collapsing from heat and exhaustion several times. Sometime later, while bartering with Jawas, Skywalker came across a wounded Tusken Raider (unknowing that years later he would hate Tusken Raiders because of the death of his mother) and took care of it until the Tusken was taken away by his own people. A short time before the Boonta Eve Classic podrace, Skywalker, his friend Kitster Banai, and several other youths narrowly avoided a run-in with Gardulla. After hearing of children who had been captured and imprisoned by Sebulba in hopes of selling them to Gardulla, Skywalker and his friends disguised themselves as Jawas and sneaked into Gardulla's estate to free the Ghostling children.[source?]Skywalker as a slave on Tatooine At about eight years of age, Skywalker had his first experience with the Sith. While rummaging through Watto's junk heap, he located an ancient war droid. Hoping to recover a holoprojector for Watto, Skywalker incidentally activated a disturbing hologram, drowned in cries and screams and the strange mention of the word "Sith." Perplexed, Skywalker rushed to the stranded Republic Fighter Corps member who had told him earlier of the angels on the moons of Iego. The spacer, in shock, told him of the 4,000-year-old wrath of the Sith and how they eventually turned inward and fought each other, bringing about their own doom. He spoke of the belief that one Sith Lord had survived and extended the order's existence to this day. Little did Skywalker know that such rumors would play a major part in his life in later years.[12] DiscoveryEdit "Anakin, this path has been placed before you. The choice is yours alone." ―Shmi Skywalker — (audio)Listen (file info)[src] In 32 BBY, Skywalker's life changed forever. By happenstance, while working in Watto's shop, Skywalker met Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, Jar Jar Binks, R2-D2 and a young teenage girl named Padmé Amidala. The girl fascinated Skywalker so much that he asked if she was an angel. Amidala was not an angel, but a queen - Her Majesty Queen Amidala of Naboo in disguise as a simple handmaiden. When a sandstorm started to stir, Skywalker offered his new-found friends shelter in the simple home he shared with his mother. There, Jinn and Amidala recounted their plight of how they became stranded on Tatooine on their way to Coruscant due to a leak in their hyperdrive. Overwhelmed with compassion, Skywalker volunteered to enter a podrace, a daring and extremely dangerous contest, claiming that the prize money for winning would enable his companions to purchase the parts needed to repair their starship. Though Shmi Skywalker initially objected to the plan, her son recalled her words that "the biggest problem in the universe [was that] nobody [helped] each other." Persuaded, Shmi Skywalker reluctantly agreed to let her son race. Skywalker racing in the Boonta Eve Classic.Just before the race, Jinn made a bet with Watto that if Skywalker won, the boy would be freed. However, Watto, unwilling to give up his valuable slave, specified one condition—that he roll a chance cube to decide which of his slaves could be freed. If the cube rolled blue, Skywalker would be freed; red, Shmi Skywalker would be freed instead. The die was weighted to land on red, but Jinn used the Force to make the cube flip to blue. The Toydarian thought he knew the boy would lose, but accepted the results regardless. Skywalker won the podrace, and Jinn was able to free him, but since the Jedi Master was unable to free the boy's mother, young Skywalker was forced to choose. He chose to go with Jinn, though he promised his mother that he would come back to free her and all the slaves on Tatooine. Even after the Battle of Naboo, in which Skywalker and his new companions were entangled, ended victoriously, neither the Jedi nor the Republic made any effort to emancipate her. Skywalker's duties as a Jedi prevented him from freeing his mother himself, though she eventually obtained her freedom from Watto after being sold too a moisture farmer named Cliegg Lars who freed and married her.[13] After departing to Mos Espa, Jinn and Skywalker approached the Naboo Royal Starship, but were attacked by Sith Lord Darth Maul, who sought to capture Queen Amidala. While Jinn engaged the Sith in battle, Skywalker rushed ahead and warned those already on board. The ship lifted off and, after rescuing Jinn, they left Tatooine to head for Coruscant. Skywalker as a pilot during the Battle of Naboo While on the journey to Coruscant, Skywalker further bonded with Amidala, giving her a Japor snippet he had carved for her to remember him. Years later, Amidala would be buried carrying that same snippet.[14] Upon arriving at Coruscant, Skywalker faced the Jedi High Council and was tested concerning Jinn's belief that Skywalker was the Chosen One and should be trained as a Jedi. Skywalker's gifts cemented Jinn's belief on the matter, but the Council remained skeptical. Jinn requeste

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