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You were right… you were right about me. Tell your sister… you were right.
—Anakin Skywalker's last dying words to his son, Luke[src]

Anakin Skywalker was a legendary Human male Jedi master turned Dark Lord of the Sith; Anakin was born as the Chosen One, a fulfillment of Jedi prophecy. He was born to Shmi Skywalker, who claimed to have conceived Anakin without a father. The young Anakin grew up on Tatooine, where he met Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. The Jedi Master helped Anakin obtain his freedom from slavery, and he traveled with Qui-Gon to Coruscant to be tested as a Jedi. Anakin took part in the Battle of Naboo shortly thereafter, where he destroyed the Trade Federation control ship. As a result of this action, and Qui-Gon Jinn’s belief that Anakin was the Chosen One, the Jedi High Council agreed that Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jinn’s apprentice, would train Anakin as a Jedi; Qui-Gon had been killed by Darth Maul during the battle.

As a Jedi, Anakin traveled with Obi-Wan on a number of missions in the ten years that followed. In 22 BBY, Skywalker reunited with Senator Padmé Amidala, whom he had known when she was the Queen of Naboo during the Naboo crisis, and fell in love with her. After professing their love for one another, the two fought alongside Obi-Wan and a number of other Jedi during the Battle of Geonosis, the conflict that started the Clone Wars; the young couple married on Naboo shortly thereafter, keeping their marriage secret due to the Jedi Order’s forbiddance of marriage.

Anakin fought in the Clone Wars for the next three years, earning the mantle of "Hero With No Fear," and became a Jedi Knight in 22 BBY. He took Ahsoka Tano as his apprentice, fighting alongside her throughout the war. Anakin and Obi-Wan also gained public recognition as two of the Galactic Republic’s greatest heroes.

During the Battle of Coruscant in 19 BBY, Anakin killed Count Dooku, who was unarmed at the time. He also began having visions of Padme, whom he learned was pregnant, dying in childbirth. The conflicted emotions brought about by these events led to him choosing to turn to the dark side of the Force, as he believed it was the only way to save his wife. He became the Sith Lord Darth Vader, apprentice to Darth Sidious—publicly known as his friend, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. Vader began a purge of the Jedi Order, leading an attack on the Jedi Temple. During the purge, Anakin confronted Obi-Wan on Mustafar where Anakin was gravely wounded, causing him to use a life-sustaining suit to live. His children, Luke and Leia, were born during this time, though Padme’s death made skywalker unaware of their existence.

Vader and Palpatine, who had become Galactic Emperor after reforming the Republic into the First Galactic Empire, continued the Jedi purge. Vader took on an apprentice, Galen Marek, but Marek turned to the light side of the Force and opposed Vader, ultimately leading to Marek’s death; Galen’s death inspired the formation of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, beginning the Galactic Civil War.

In 0 BBY, Vader pursued Leia, who was adopted by Bail Prestor Organa and had become the Princess of Alderaan, to Tatooine, believing her to have uncovered plans for the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the first Death Star, which was destroyed by Luke Skywalker during the Battle of Yavin. anakin learned that Luke was his son in the three years that followed, and he met him face-to-face on Bespin where he admitted to Luke that he was his father. Although Luke refused to believe it, he came to terms with his lineage and vowed to redeem skywalker . The Dark Lord was ultimately redeemed during the Battle of Endor, and Anakin sacrificed himself to save his son and destroy the Emperor.

Anakin’s redemption and death brought balance to the Force, fulfilling the prophecy of the Chosen One. He appeared as a spirit to his son, alongside Obi-Wan and Yoda, on Endor, and later to Leia, from whom he asked for forgiveness.

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