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20 Things 'Star Wars' Fans (Probably) Don't Know About Anakin Skywalker

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Vote up the coolest things you learned about Anakin Skywalker before his fall.

Star Wars is, and always has been, about Anakin Skywalker and his impact on the galaxy. If you look back at the original trilogy, it's all about his redemption brought about by his son. The prequel trilogy is all about Anakin Skywalker, but it skips a good decade of his time in training, and a lot happened during those years. He's not even in the sequel trilogy, but his presence can be felt in every scene involving his grandson, so it's safe to say the Skywalker Saga is centered around... well, Anakin Skywalker!

Still, the movies don't go into a lot of detail about Anakin if you think about it. We got to see how he was found by the Jedi Order and placed into training, but there's a massive gap between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. There's far more of Anakin's story out there than many fans have ever experienced, thanks to a plethora of novels, comic books, and animated series. This list aims to fill in the gaps, telling Anakin's story with as much detail as possible. Don't expect to find anything about Darth Vader here, as this list is all about the man behind the mask.

He may have started out as Qui-Gon Jinn's candidate for the prophecy of the Chosen One, but a lot happened to Anakin after he joined the Jedi Order. He trained as Obi-Wan Kenobi's Padawan, became a passion project for Chancellor Palpatine, and formed a romantic relationship with Padmé Amidala. Still, there's a lot more about Anakin's life before becoming Darth Vader, and it's all presented below. Take a look, and don't forget to upvote your favorite detail about Anakin Skywalker.

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    Anakin And Padmé Exchanged Their Droids As Wedding Gifts

    When Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala married in secret at the end of Attack of the Clones, they had only two guests in attendance: C3PO and R2-D2. As seen in The Phantom Menace, Anakin built C3PO when he was still a child living on Tatooine. R2-D2 was one of the astromech droids in charge of repairs on Padmé's royal starship, so each one of them came into the relationship with a droid of their own.

    Just like we do in our galaxy, the people of the Star Wars galaxy exchange gifts when they wed, and Anakin and Padmé were no exception. Padmé gave her trusty droid Artoo to her husband as a gift, and that's why Anakin is seen with the droid throughout the Clone Wars. Similarly, Anakin gave his new bride the droid he built when he was a child. That's why whenever you see Senator Amidala throughout the Clone Wars and in Revenge of the Sith, she's accompanied by C3PO.

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    Anakin Almost Left The Jedi Order When He Was 12 Years Old

    Soon after Anakin accompanied Palpatine on his trip to the sub-levels of Coruscant, things began to change for the young Jedi. He came to feel that his whole life was being decided for him, and it had been that way since he was nine years old. With Palpatine's seed of doubt germinating in his mind, he did something his Master Obi-Wan Kenobi never imagined.

    Anakin recognized that his training wasn't complete but understood that he couldn't learn everything from the Jedi. He held out his lightsaber to his Master, saying, "This doesn't have to be forever. I can always come back." Obi-Wan took his lightsaber and asked Anakin to reconsider.

    Before anything could be finalized, both Anakin and Obi-Wan were interrupted as Master Yoda called upon them to respond to a distress signal on Carnelion IV, a supposedly dead planet. They soon found themselves on an adventure, and when it finally came to an end, Obi-Wan asked his Padawan if he was ready to leave the Jedi Order. Anakin reconsidered and took his weapon back from his master.

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    During His First Years Of Training, Anakin Idolized Obi-Wan And Distrusted Other Teachers

    It would be putting it lightly to say that Anakin Skywalker's introduction to the Jedi Order was a normal affair. He was first deemed too young by the Jedi Council, and then the man who freed him from slavery dies horribly, leaving Anakin in the care of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Despite being too old, he was allowed to train, and it took very little time for Anakin to bond with his new master. He and Obi-Wan became incredibly close, but this became something of a problem as his training continued.

    Anakin was initially distrustful of other Jedi he didn't know, and he constantly compared them to his master. The Council noticed this, and at one point, Mace Windu discussed the boy's training with Chancellor Palpatine. "His education is... complicated. He came to us later than we would ordinarily have liked. Obi-Wan took on an extremely difficult task when he accepted Anakin as his Padawan." One of the reasons Anakin became so close with Obi-Wan was that he'd lost so many people close to him, including Qui-Gon and his mother. He even slept on the floor at Obi-Wan's bedside for fear of losing him.

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    George Lucas Designed The Three Prequel Antagonists To Mirror What Anakin Would Become

    While Darth Sidious (Palpatine) was the primary antagonist of the entire Skywalker Saga, he wasn't the primary antagonist of the prequel trilogy. Well, he was, but he wasn't alone. He used a lot of proxies throughout his war against the Jedi, and it began with Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace. The second film's primary antagonist is Darth Tyrannus (Count Dooku), and in the third film, it's General Grievous.

    When George Lucas designed these three villains, he put a lot of thought into how they were characterized. They each represent different aspects of Anakin's fall to the dark side of the Force. Darth Maul represents rage and the unbridled fury of a Sith acolyte. Count Dooku represents what Anakin would become: a fallen Jedi. He's literally a corrupted Jedi brought to the dark side by Palpatine. General Grievous represents what Anakin would finally become when he transitioned into Darth Vader: a cyborg.

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    The Last Words Anakin Hears From His Mother, Padmé, And Obi-Wan Are All The Same

    One of the saddest facts of Anakin's fall to the dark side is the way he left the people who loved him the most. Anakin was so blinded by his emotions, he succumbed to Darth Sidious' machinations and fell to the dark side of the Force. When he did this, he abandoned everyone who loved him, and the list included the one person he fell to the dark side to save: his wife.

    The last thing Padmé says to her husband is, "I love you," though he calls her a liar. Similarly, after the fight between Anakin and Obi-Wan ends with Anakin in pieces on the banks of a river of lava, he tells him, "I loved you." The words of these two people who were closest to him as an adult are the same words his mother said before she died, though she wasn't able to finish her sentence before she succumbed to her injuries.

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    On Battu, Anakin Skywalker Met A Chiss By The Name Of Mitth'raw'nuruodo… Better Known As Thrawn

    During the Clone Wars, Padmé Amidala found her way to the Outer Rim world of Batuu. She initially told Anakin about something going on in the system, but he was called away, and she went in his stead. After he returned, he learned of her trip and hopped into his Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptor to find her. He and R2-D2 headed toward Batuu, and on the way, he crossed paths with a freighter of the Chiss Defense Fleet commanded by a Chiss known as Mitth'raw'nuruodo.

    Mitth'raw'nuruodo is better known as Thrawn, and the two decided to work together to try and locate Padmé. After finding her ship, they make their way to a cantina, and after some assassins attack them, it's revealed that the Separatists were behind Padmé's disappearance. The Chiss and the Jedi fought together against numerous enemies as they found and rescued Padmé. In the end, they managed to get off the planet safely as Anakin destroyed a Separatist factory and mine. The two wouldn't meet again until Anakin Skywalker was "gone" and Darth Vader stood in his place.