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by Love and Rock Music. (TCW) The first half of "Destroy Malevolence," as Anakin and Padmé make their way towards each other.

The Anakin and Padmé Gallery

Desktop Calendar // March/April 2015


played by:
Jake Lloyd (age 10, Episode I),
Hayden Christensen (age 20-23, Episodes II & III),
Matt Lanter (voice only, during the Clone Wars),
Sebastian Shaw (age 46, Episode VI)

Anakin, age 20

"Striking and grand, with a wry tilt to his brow that hinted of invincibility
and took in all of life with a wink.  Yes, that was how he'd looked once..."
--Return of the Jedi novelization, p. 465 (trilogy one-volume version).

Age (As of Episode VI, at death): approximately 46
Homeworld: Tatooine
Birth: Approximately 41 yrs. before Episode IV
Death: Episode VI (4 years after Episode IV)
Eye/Hair Color: Blue/Blonde
Parents: Shmi Skywalker, later Lars (mother), likely through midi-chlorian influence
Married: Secretly married Padmé Amidala in Attack of the Clones
Children: Luke Skywalker and Leia (Skywalker) Organa, born in Revenge of the Sith
Grandchildren: Ben Organa Solo (Kylo Ren), possibly Rey (Skywalker?)
Other relations: Cliegg Lars (stepfather), Owen Lars (stepbrother), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi master), Ahsoka Tano (Padawan apprentice), Han Solo (son-in-law)

Anakin, age 9, in Watto's shop.

Born to Shmi Skywalker into slavery under mysterious circumstances (namely, without a known father), Anakin was also born gifted with an extraordinary sensitivity to the Force.  His sensitivity helped him become the only human success story in Podracing, and gave him an uncanny intuition into the workings of machinery.  Around the age of three Anakin and his mother were sold into slavery on Tatooine, changing hands from a female Hutt to the Toydarian Watto, in the spaceport of Mos Espa, who soon found Anakin's skill with machinery and Podracing made him a valuable slave.

At the age of 9, still working in Watto's shop, he met the Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and Queen Amidala of Naboo, who was in disguise as the handmaiden Padmé Naberrie, both seeking repairs to Amidala's damaged ship.  Anakin was instantly drawn to Padmé, despite the fact that she was almost five years his senior, and the two quickly developed a close friendship.  Anakin's skills helped him to win the important Boonta Eve Podrace, providing the money and means to repair Amidala's ship.  Qui-Gon noticed Anakin's extremely strong sensitivity to the Force, and took Anakin with him when they left Tatooine to begin training as a Jedi Knight, believing Anakin was the "Chosen One," the one prophesized by the Jedi to restore balance to the Force, and conceived by Force-channeling microorganisms called midi-chlorians.  Anakin was forced to leave his mother behind, the guilt at leaving her behind creating a hole in his heart that would profoundly affect him later in life.

Goodbye to Shmi

"You will be a Jedi.  I promise."

Anakin was initially rejected for training by the Jedi Council, as he was too old.  So Anakin accompanied Amidala and her retinue, including Qui-Gon's apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi, back to Naboo, where he piloted a Naboo starfighter into the heart of the Trade Federation lead battleship, destroying it and disabling the droid army, ending the occupation of the planet.  His accomplishments forced the Council to reconsider their decision, and they agreed to let Anakin be trained-- by Obi-Wan Kenobi, since Qui-Gon had died in the Naboo battle.  Since Obi-Wan did not formally choose Anakin as an apprentice-- training him primarily at the dying request of Qui-Gon.  He and Obi-Wan would always have a rocky relationship, despite the growing friendship as Anakin's training went on.

Anakin became perhaps the most gifted Padawan ever in the Jedi Temple, if hardly the most disciplined.  Often his ideals clashed with those of the Order, and Obi-Wan in particular, and he would almost as often rebel against them in small - and sometimes not so small - ways.  His leaving-behind of his mother would periodically haunt him; in that and other ways he had never really come to peace with his past as a slave.  He was also passionate and willful and sometimes prone to strong anger.  He also showed an initiative that while sometimes saving Anakin and Obi-Wan both from disaster, often led to trouble for Anakin and was a source of consternation between them as well.  Though over time forging a grudging bond between them, the two never quite saw eye to eye on many issues, the trust in their relationship never quite complete.  Much of what Anakin did was in effort to earn praise from Obi-Wan, which Obi-Wan seldom gave, so Anakin wound up seeking it elsewhere: Chancellor Palpatine, who had already taken something of an interest in Anakin's training. All this time, Anakin continued to think about the girl who had captured his heart back on Tatooine.

Anakin, age 15-16.

The first kiss with Padmé.

A decade after the Battle of Naboo, when Anakin was 20, he and Obi-Wan were assigned by Palpatine as protectors to Padmé, now the Senator of Naboo, who was the target of an assassination attempt.  Anakin fell in love even more intensely than before upon seeing her again.  The Jedi Council assigned Anakin as Padm�'s personal protector, sending the pair into hiding on Naboo, while Obi-Wan was sent to track down the assassins.  On Naboo Padmé and Anakin's childhood affection developed into something deeper, Anakin willingly pursuing it despite the forbidden nature of the romance: the Jedi Code forbade any attachment outside the Jedi Order itself.  Because it was forbidden, despite their mutual feelings, Padmé tried to resist, finally drawing a line which Anakin reluctantly accepted.

After Padmé's rejection Anakin once more became plagued with dreams about his mother, visions of her suffering and in pain back on Tatooine.  Knowing he would likely face punishment from the Order for doing so, Anakin returned to Tatooine with Padmé, discovering that not only was his mother free and a married woman-- she had been captured by a band of Tusken Raiders and was likely dead.  Refusing to believe so, Anakin mounted a search for her-- and did find her.  Having been badly beaten, she died shortly after in her son's arms, prompting him to go on a vicious revenge crusade, massacring the Tusken camp-- his first large step towards the Dark Side.  Ashamed and angry, he broke down and confessed the act to Padmé, who remained with him and comforted him.

Shmi's death.

Calm before the storm.

After receiving word that Obi-Wan was in danger on the planet Geonosis, Anakin and Padmé went to rescue him-- and were captured as well.  Both facing certain execution at the hands of their captors, Padmé lowered her guard at last and declared her love for Anakin.  Following the subsequent opening battle of the Clone Wars and a duel with the current Sith apprentice, Tyranus, which cost Anakin his right arm (prompting the need for a cybernetic replacement), he and Padmé defied the Code and secretly married on Naboo.

Over the next few years Obi-Wan and Anakin fought as generals in the Clone Wars that heralded the fall of the Republic. Anakin, now a full-fledged Knight, attained some celebrity as a successful starfighter pilot and troop commander - perhaps the greatest of the Wars.  His marriage to Padmé was still secret, and between that and the conflicts pulling him all over the galaxy, they saw one another seldom. This was perhaps further complicated in part due to Anakin being assigned his own Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, for a time during the Wars. While master and student initially bristled at each other, the two soon formed a genuine bond of affection. This persisted until Ahsoka, her trust in the Jedi Order shaken in a trial during which she was falsely condemned for terrorism and murder, left the Jedi Order - and Anakin. They would encounter each other again, but many years later and on opposite sides: Anakin as the Sith Lord Darth Vader, and Ahsoka as one of the leaders in the growing Rebellion against the Galactic Empire.

Near the end of the Clone Wars in a mission to rescue Chancellor Palpatine from Separatist captivity, Anakin faced Tyranus again and killed him.  After a hero's welcome on Coruscant he was reunited with Padmé (whom he'd not seen in months), where he was shocked and elated to learn she was pregnant.  Shortly after, Anakin began experiencing visions of Padmé dying horribly in childbirth.  He immediately sought the counsel - indirectly - of the greatest in the Jedi Order, Master Yoda, but the Master offered nothing but platitudes about acceptance of death, which obviously Anakin cared little for.  Shortly after, at Palpatine's urgings Anakin was promoted to a place on the Jedi Council - but, much to Anakin's outrage, he was refused promotion to Master.  Between this, the lack of help in dealing with his nightmares, and subsequently learning that his place on the Council was little more than a means for the other members to use him as a spy against Chancellor Palpatine - who Anakin had long regarded a close friend - Anakin's trust in the Jedi was severely damaged.

Amidst this struggle, Palpatine hinted at a tale of a Sith who had discovered how to cheat death, a tale Anakin was all too willing to listen to.  At Anakin's seemingly most desperate moment, Palpatine revealed to Anakin that he was in fact the Sith Lord the Jedi were searching for

Horrified, Anakin immediately went to the Jedi to turn him in, but - still not trusting him - Mace Windu told Anakin to stay behind while he and a group of Jedi arrested Palpatine.  Alone, Anakin was tormented - if Palpatine died, he believed any chance of saving Padmé would die as well, but he knew that to save the Chancellor, he'd have to turn on the Jedi.  In the end he stopped Windu from killing a newly-disfigured Palpatine, resulting in Windu's own death.  With the murder of Windu, Anakin came to believe he'd reached the point of no return and, desperate to have the power to save Padmé, Anakin pledged himself as Palpatine's new apprentice and was christened Darth Vader.

Anakin's first act as Darth Vader was to lead a brutal troop assault on the Jedi Temple (as all Jedi had been declared enemies of the Republic) to wipe out all the Jedi there, then went to the volcanic Mustafar system to slaughter the remaining Separatist leaders, to end the wars once and for all.  With each act, Anakin became more and more hopelessly intoxoicated by the Dark Side's power. Having been told by Obi-Wan that Anakin had turned, Padmé followed him to Mustafar to save him, but became despaired as she realized how far Anakin had gone.  She refused to follow him down this path and, believing Obi-Wan - who'd tricked Padmé into unknowingly leading him to Anakin - to have turned her against him, Anakin lashed out angrily and choked her until she passed out.  Obi-Wan began dueling Anakin, where Obi-Wan ended up maiming Anakin and leaving him to burn alive on the shores of a lava river.  Sidious recovered Anakin's wrecked form, rebuilding him in a cybernetic suit.  When he woke up Vader asked for Padmé, and Sidious falsely informed Vader that his outburst had killed her, prompting Vader to lash out in despair.  With the death of Padmé and - he believed - his child (unknowing there were twins), nothing was left for Vader but to stand by Palpatine as part of his new Empire.

Nearly two decades later he met Obi-Wan again in battle, this time killing him.  He was the sole Imperial survivor of the destruction of the Empire's first Death Star superweapon, which he soon discovered was destroyed by Luke Skywalker-- his son.  Vader immediately became obsessed with finding Luke, initiating a galaxy-wide search for him, capturing and torturing his friends (including Leia Organa, Anakin's unknown daughter) and confronting Luke at the planet Bespin.  He severed Luke's hand in a duel and revealed that he was Luke's father, after which Luke fled the planet with his friends.

Vader encountered Luke again several months later on the world of Endor, above which the second Death Star was being built.  Luke, having made it his personal quest to bring back Anakin from where Luke believed he was still inside Vader, turned himself in to Vader there.  Luke insisted Vader was still Anakin Skywalker - which Vader protested - pleading his father to renounce the Dark Side, but Vader confessed he believed it was too late for him.  Vader took his son to face Palpatine, who tried to corrupt the boy to the Dark Side.  Another duel ensued between father and son, during which Vader, reading Luke's thoughts, discovered the identity of his daughter Leia.  Luke refused to turn to the Dark Side, and Palpatine proceeded to torture the young man with gouts of Force lightning (as Anakin had experienced decades before in the same duel that first cost him his arm, and later watching Windu's death) with the intent of killing him.  Vader realized he could not let his and Padm�'s son die, and rose up against Palpatine - Vader seized him and threw him down a reactor shaft, taking a massive jolt from the lightning.  Palpatine died, and Anakin wound up fulfilling the prophecy and restoring balance to the Force.  Vader's life support armor was fatally damaged by the strong electrical current.  Anakin's dying request was for Luke to unmask him, so he could see his son with his real eyes just once, which his son obliged.

Happy ending.  :)

Despite Luke's pleading, Anakin died a few moments later in his arms, and his son burned his armor on Endor.  His ghostly form, restored to his true pre-dark side self, watched over his two children during the Rebel victory celebration, standing beside Obi-Wan and Yoda once more.