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10 Moments That Hint Us the Fate of Anakin (Darth Vader)

10 Moments That Hint Us the Fate of Anakin (Darth Vader)

The story of Anakin Skywalker’s transformation into Darth Vader is a central element of the Star Wars saga. 

This journey from a heroic Jedi Knight to a feared Sith Lord is marked by several key moments that hint at his eventual fate. 

Let’s explore ten of these pivotal scenes to understand how they foreshadow Anakin’s destiny.

1. The Prophecy of the Chosen One

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In “The Phantom Menace,” Qui-Gon Jinn, a Jedi Master, encounters Anakin Skywalker, a young slave boy on the desert planet of Tatooine. 

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Qui-Gon quickly notices something extraordinary about Anakin. 

After testing his blood, Qui-Gon discovers that Anakin’s midi-chlorian count—a measure of potential Force sensitivity—is higher than any Jedi has ever recorded, even surpassing that of Master Yoda. 

This significant finding leads Qui-Gon to believe that Anakin is the Chosen One, a figure prophesied to bring balance to the Force.

However, this prophecy also suggests a monumental role that could lead to significant pressures and challenges, hinting at Anakin’s complex future. 

Despite Qui-Gon’s conviction, the Jedi Council is wary. 

When Anakin is presented to the Jedi Council, their concern over the fear they sense in him leads Master Yoda to express deep reservations, stating that fear is a path to the dark side. 

This tension between Qui-Gon’s belief in Anakin’s greatness and the Council’s fears reflects the prophecy’s dual nature and foreshadows Anakin’s conflicted journey towards becoming Darth Vader.

2. Doubts About the Jedi Order

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As Anakin Skywalker matures, he increasingly questions the decisions and rules of the Jedi Council. In a heartfelt conversation with Padmé, Anakin expresses his frustrations:

Anakin: “It’s not fair! The Jedi are overly critical. They want control, but they don’t want to acknowledge that I might be right.”

Padmé: “What has brought this on?”

Anakin: “They don’t trust me, Padmé. They see my capabilities; they know my power, but they hold me back because of their fears and their rules.”

These exchanges reveal Anakin’s growing sense of confinement by the Jedi’s stringent codes, planting seeds of doubt that make him susceptible to alternative paths offering more autonomy and might.

3. Anakin’s Fear of Loss

In “Attack of the Clones,” Anakin Skywalker is tormented by recurring nightmares about his mother, Shmi, who is in pain and suffering. 

Compelled by these visions, he travels to Tatooine in search of her. 

He finds her in a Tusken Raider camp, barely alive. 

Moments after their reunion, Shmi dies in Anakin’s arms, triggering a devastating outburst of anger and grief from him.

Anakin Finds His Mother - Shmi Skywalker's Death | Star Wars Attack of the Clones (2002) Movie Clip

This fear and his drastic actions hint at the dark choices he will continue to make, aligning more with the path of a Sith who embraces anger and vengeance than that of a Jedi, who is taught to let go of attachment and fear.

4. The Tusken Raider Massacre

Following the death of his mother, Anakin Skywalker’s grief escalates into overwhelming rage. 

Driven by his emotions, he takes a drastic step that foreshadows his fall to the dark side: he slaughters an entire village of Tusken Raiders. 

Star Wars - Anakin Scene - I killed them. I killed them all.

Importantly, Anakin’s actions are indiscriminate—he kills not only the warriors but also women and children.

This act of vengeance is one of the first major hints that Anakin has a dark side capable of extreme actions, similar to those later seen in Darth Vader.

5. His Secret Marriage to Padmé

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Jedi are not supposed to get married, but Anakin secretly marries Padmé. 

This decision to go against Jedi rules for love shows that Anakin puts his personal desires above the Jedi Code. 

It’s a hint that he might eventually break away from other Jedi teachings too.

6. Palpatine’s Influence

Chancellor Palpatine, who is secretly the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, skillfully manipulates his relationship with Anakin Skywalker by positioning himself as a mentor and confidant. 

One clear example of Palpatine’s influence occurs when he shares with Anakin the story of Darth Plagueis the Wise. 

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During this conversation in his office, Palpatine subtly sows the seeds of doubt about the limitations of Jedi powers and introduces the allure of the dark side’s promise to prevent death.

This moment is pivotal because Palpatine exploits Anakin’s fears—particularly his fear of losing Padmé, similar to his loss of his mother. 

By making Anakin feel understood and offering him hope to save his loved ones, Palpatine deepens his trust and dependency. 

This support contrasts sharply with the skepticism Anakin feels from the Jedi Council, thereby pulling him further away from the Jedi and closer to embracing the Sith philosophy.

7. The Killing of Count Dooku

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Under the influence of Chancellor Palpatine, Anakin kills Count Dooku, an unarmed prisoner. 

This is not the Jedi way, which teaches mercy. 

By choosing to obey Palpatine instead of following his Jedi training, Anakin takes another step closer to the dark side.

8. The Jedi Council’s Distrust

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Anakin starts to feel betrayed and unimportant when the Jedi Council asks him to spy on Chancellor Palpatine but still won’t make him a Master. 

This makes him more upset and distant from the Council. 

Because of this, Anakin starts to think the Jedi are unfair and too controlling. 

This feeling makes the freedom and power that Palpatine talks about, using the dark side, seem even more attractive to him.

9. The Vision of Padmé’s Death

Anakin is haunted by vivid premonitions of Padmé dying during childbirth, striking a deep fear of loss akin to the trauma he experienced with his mother’s death. 

These nightmares intensify his desperation to find a way to save her, rendering him increasingly susceptible to manipulation. 

Chancellor Palpatine seizes on this vulnerability, suggesting that the dark side of the Force possesses the ability to avert these tragic fates, a claim that directly targets Anakin’s greatest fear and accelerates his slide towards the Sith as he clings to any hope of saving Padmé.

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10. Appointment as Palpatine’s Personal Representative

Chancellor Palpatine chooses Anakin to be his personal representative on the Jedi Council, a choice that isn’t normal and goes against Jedi rules. 

This unusual decision makes the other Jedi upset and distant from Anakin, making him feel left out and not understood. 

Palpatine takes advantage of this situation by making the Sith seem like a better and more welcoming group, pushing Anakin even closer to turning to the dark side.

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