Anakin Skywalker (nicknamed Ani by his mother) 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.
Pre-birth (before 42 BBY)
- "Is this—is this happening now, or in the future?"
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.
Skywalker's mother, Shmi Skywalker, 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. There is evidence to suggest that Skywalker's birth may have been engineered by the Sith Lord Darth Plagueis as part of an experiment in immortality.
- "I'm a person, and my name is Anakin!"
- ―Anakin Skywalker to Padmé Amidala
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.
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.
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?]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.
- "Anakin, this path has been placed before you. The choice is yours alone."
- ―Shmi Skywalker
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 woman named Padmé Amidala. The young woman 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 began brewing, 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, Anakin 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.
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, positive the boy would lose, accepted the results regardless, his assumption based on the obvious: humans normally lacked the fast reactions needed to operate a land vehicle that ran at such tremendous speeds as a podracer. However, Skywalker's latent Force sensitivity, manifested in the form of limited prescience, gave the impression that the boy had lightning-fast reflexes. At the time, Skywalker, who dreamed of being a Jedi, but lacked knowledge of the Force, believed his foresight was only instinct that told him what he needed to do.
Skywalker won the Boonta Eve Classic podrace, enabling Jinn was able to free him, but since the Jedi Master was unable to secure Shmi's release (because Watto would only let one slave go free), Anakin was forced to choose between staying with his mother or following his dreams to become a Jedi. 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.
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 onboard. The ship lifted off and, after rescuing Jinn, they left Tatooine to head for Coruscant.
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.
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 requested to train Skywalker after his current apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, completed his trials, but his request was denied. Skywalker was much older than the usual Padawan, and the Council was concerned that his prior experiences would interfere with his training. In particular, he exhibited much fear and anger, emotions that were further compounded by his separation from his mother. The Council believed he simply would not be able to master the level of emotional detachment required by a member of the Jedi Order. Kenobi, while also amazed at Skywalker's unprecedented midi-chlorian count—over twenty thousand—and strong potential, initially agreed with the Council's decision. With nowhere to go on Coruscant, and no way to return to Tatooine, Skywalker followed his new friends on their mission to free Naboo from the Trade Federation's invasion.
Ultimately, Skywalker fought in the Battle of Naboo in a vicious starfighter battle above the planet. After accidentally joining the battle in orbit, Skywalker single-handedly destroyed the orbital Droid Control Ship from within the ship, moments after Lt. Gavyn Sykes destroyed the shield generator, thus rendering the Trade Federation's ground forces inactive and saving the Gungan Grand Army from destruction. The following celebration, however, was tainted with the death of Jinn, slain by Darth Maul.
The Master's dying wish was for Kenobi to undertake Skywalker's training, which Kenobi promised to fulfill. The Council reluctantly agreed for Kenobi to begin Skywalker's training, though they were concerned that Skywalker would be too difficult a student for young Kenobi to handle.
Meanwhile, Palpatine, the Republic's newly-appointed Supreme Chancellor, promised Skywalker that he would watch the young Jedi's career with great interest, beginning a long friendship between the young Jedi and the new ruler of the Republic.
- "The boy has exceptional skills."
"But he still has much to learn, Master. His abilities have made him… well, arrogant."
- ―Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi
As a young adult, Skywalker developed as an arrogant and somewhat socially awkward boy, doubtless in part because of his rapid transition from a scrapyard slave to rising star of the Jedi Order. His natural abilities placed him leaps and bounds above his peers which fed his ego and caused him to distance himself from other learners his age. He frequently showed off, chafed against authority, and displayed little respect for Kenobi, whom he partially viewed as inferior. Despite this perception, he stated that Kenobi was like a father to him, and claimed that Kenobi had the wisdom of Master Yoda and the power of Master Windu. This praise, however, may have been just another expression of Skywalker's arrogance, as he amended that he himself was "beyond" Kenobi in many ways, and felt Kenobi was holding him back from his true potential. His relationship with his master remained complicated and contradictory, partially due to Kenobi's doubts about whether he had the ability to train Skywalker, something the boy did not need, especially during that critical time in his life. Frustrated, Skywalker would turn to another mentor for advice: Supreme Chancellor Palpatine.
- "Perhaps he reminds me too much of myself at the same age. Arrogant. Impulsive. Proud. I realize humility is high among the enforced virtues, the ones no one acquires by choice; but that being said, if Fate is looking for something to humble Skywalker, I confess myself willing to volunteer."
- ―Count Dooku
As Skywalker's early friendship with Palpatine continued, the Chancellor lent Skywalker a sympathetic ear, saying things to further fuel his pride. It is likely that Palpatine's reassurances also had the effect of perpetuating Skywalker's lack of control—whenever he was chided or reprimanded by Kenobi, Palpatine would reassure Skywalker that he had done right, hence Skywalker never quite had the impetus to change his behavior.
- "Master Yoda, I gave Qui-Gon my word. I will train Anakin… without the approval of the Council if I must."
"Qui-Gon's defiance, I sense in you; need that, you do not. Agree with you, the Council does. Your apprentice, Skywalker will be."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda
Skywalker and Kenobi's relationship had an unstable beginning as Kenobi was not the only one to see the potential in the boy, and even considered him dangerous. The only reason he continued to train the boy was because of Jinn's dying wish for him to do so. He felt Skywalker's training was his duty, though he did not believe he had the ability to train him properly. Skywalker, on the other hand, knew that he was different from other Padawans. The differences led Skywalker to keep to himself, who did not branch out and did not desire to do so. He did, however, feel a special attachment to Kenobi, since his Jedi Master was like the father he never had. Slowly, but surely, Master and apprentice formed a special bond throughout Skywalker's adolescence.
While on Coruscant, Skywalker did not give up his love of tinkering with machines, and the halls of the Jedi Temple were said to be littered with his droid creations. Still craving thrills and adventure at the age of twelve, he salvaged a pair of race wings and secretly participated in the highly dangerous and illegal garbage pit races held in the lower levels of Galactic City. During one such race, he was nearly killed by a Blood Carver named Ke Daiv before Kenobi reached him.
About three years into his training, Skywalker and Kenobi had their first mission together to investigate cult leader Kad Chun. Chun, calling himself Uni, was co-leader of disenchanted idealists and refugees who wanted to flee their bureaucracy-flooded worlds. Kad's father, Vox Chun, the leader of the cult, was killed when Kenobi and Skywalker came to investigate. Later, Kad Chun forgave Kenobi and his scheming father for what they had done.
The next mission they took was to the living planet of Zonama Sekot to find Jedi Knight Vergere, who had recently vanished on a mission there. Unbeknownst to them, Wilhuff Tarkin and Raith Sienar had followed them to exploit Zonama Sekot's ability to fuse organic and high technology into starfighters, creating them at an astonishing rate and at an extremely high quality. On the planet, the colonists sold "seed-partners," which bonded with their hosts and allowed the planet to customize a starfighter for the individual. Skywalker attracted many more seed-partners than anyone, and thus, had a bigger and more intricate ship. He named this new biological ship Jabitha. When Tarkin and Sienar arrived, the planet revealed its sentient consciousness to the Jedi, explaining that Vergere had left with the mysterious "Far Outsiders" in order to protect Zonama Sekot. Skywalker and Kenobi could not rescue the Fosh Jedi, but they were able to halt Tarkin's attack.
When Ke Daiv, now Tarkin's bodyguard, attempted to kill Skywalker, the boy, in a fit of uncontrollable rage, telekinetically burned the Blood Carver from the inside out. Unfortunately, Skywalker was captured and brought before Tarkin. Kenobi, however, managed to destroy Tarkin's flagship and rescue his Padawan. During this altercation, Zonama Sekot was able to activate its planetary hyperdrive, causing the planet to vanish, bound for the Unknown Regions. Afterward, Sienar and Tarkin returned to the Republic. Skywalker's organic ship, unfortunately, died while away from her creator. After the conclusion of this mission, Kenobi and Skywalker returned to Coruscant.
Becoming a Jedi
- "Remember, Obi-Wan, if the prophecy is true, your apprentice is the only one who can bring the Force back into balance."
- ―Mace Windu to Obi-Wan Kenobi
In 28 BBY, Skywalker constructed his first lightsaber in the caves of Ilum. While he was constructing it, however, he had a dark vision of Darth Maul, the Sith who had killed Jinn. After Skywalker managed to defeat this specter, he awoke to find he had finished construction on his lightsaber, its blade a shining blue.
On a mission to Nar Shaddaa when Skywalker was 13, he killed the T'surr slave trader Krayn by burning a hole in his chest. This allowed all the slaves of Krayn to be freed, as well as ending Jedi Knight Siri Tachi's undercover mission there.
Not long after, the young Jedi and his Master were called upon, along with Tachi (who was now a Knight), Soara Antana, Ry-Gaul, and their Padawans, Ferus Olin, Darra Thel-Tanis, and Tru Veld, respectively, on a mission to Radnor to help with the evacuation of the planet. The evacuation was due to a deadly toxin that had spread throughout the planet because of a chemical leak. He and the other Jedi and their Padawans later discovered that the toxic leak was connected with the Avoni raiders. The path of guilt led to Galen, a traitorous Radnoran, who was taken into custody for his crimes. However, the Avoni did not pay for their crime and were not forced to make amends. To Skywalker, it almost seemed as if the planet was worse off than when they had found it.
Kenobi and Skywalker were later sent on a mission to find out what had happened to the Consular-class space cruiser, the Radiant IX, which was carrying the Jedi Et Rex and Alysun Celz back to Coruscant to be punished for falling to the dark side. They discovered that, while on their flight, a large group of mynocks had fed on energy from the ships electrical couplings, causing the ship to plummet into the gravity well in the Hoth system, and crash landed on an asteroid known as the Poison Moon. The distress signal was sent even as Celz killed everyone on the ship. Rex managed to escape Celz and befriend a group of mynocks. When the Jedi found Celz on the bridge of the ship, he insisted that it was Rex who did it. Kenobi went to find Rex, leaving Skywalker with Celz. When Kenobi found Rex, Rex convinced him that Celz was framing him, and the two hurried back to save Skywalker. In the meantime, Celz tried to convince Skywalker to leave his master, but failed. Celz angrily knocked out Skywalker with his Force Lightning, revealing to the Jedi as they entered that she had killed everyone on board. Kenobi engaged her with his lightsaber, only to be knocked back by a dose of force lightning. Rex sent his mynocks after her lightning, feeding on it like they would electricity. The Jedi left the moon on Kenobi and Skywalker's ship, with Celz as their new prisoner, and headed back to Coruscant.
Later on, a simple Jedi training mission to Ragoon-6 caused Skywalker and Kenobi to get tangled up with a mysterious man whose mission in life seemed to be to kill them. Further research on him revealed that he was from Nierport VII, collected Sith artifacts, and was extremely wealthy—though he had no tangible source of income. Skywalker and Kenobi were then dispatched to the Galactic Games in order to ensure the peace. Skywalker found out about an illegal podrace being set up, and, instead of reporting it, he decided to join. Meanwhile, Kenobi, with the help of Siri Tachi and apprentice Ferus Olin, unraveled a huge plan to ruin several senators' careers by framing them in a plot to rig some of the games. The plan was orchestrated by Maxo Vista, and Kenobi learned from him that the podrace was also rigged so that the lead podracer would lose control of his brakes and possibly kill hundreds. Too late, Kenobi set out to warn Skywalker, but his Padawan had already started racing and eventually took the lead. Kenobi could only watch helplessly as Skywalker's brakes malfunctioned. However, using the Force and his piloting skills, Skywalker managed to gain control of his craft and avert a tragedy. After this event, further investigation was done on the man who previously tried to kill them, and it was revealed that the man was trying to take over the marketing of bacta through a mining venture. Skywalker, after being captured by him, found out, with the aid of Kenobi, that the man's name was Granta Omega. He also discovered that he was trying to impress a Sith Lord by killing Skywalker. Master and apprentice were able to escape, halting Omega's mining of titanite in the process. Omega himself, however, escaped their grasp.
- "Sometimes a Jedi's most important duty is to stand and wait. I presume you've mentioned that to Anakin on occasion?"
"Not more than twice a day."
- ―Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi
Before this, Skywalker and Kenobi were sent to Barlok to monitor the overbearing Jedi Knight Jorus C'baoth and his timid Padawan, Lorana Jinzler, in their negotiation mission between the Corporate Alliance and the Barlok. Unbeknownst to them, Kinman Doriana, on behalf of Darth Sidious, had planned for the negotiation to work splendidly in C’baoth's favor, gaining him enough prestige to go ahead with his pet project, Outbound Flight.
Skywalker and his master were again sent to observe the self-acclaimed Jedi Master C'baoth on this project, at least until its last stop within the known galaxy. Kenobi did not approve of C’baoth's overseeing of the project, butting heads with the Jedi Master on numerous occasions. However, the hardheaded and arrogant C'baoth would not listen, and was glad when they disembarked the venture on Outbound Flight's last stop, Roxuli. Despite the problems his master and C’baoth had had, Skywalker greatly admired C'baoth, whom he saw as an example of a great leader. These views would also shift his view of a better galaxy under the harsh rule of Palpatine.
Mission to Andara
- "You had a responsibility! Just as I had one to Siri. You betrayed me and the Order by your actions. And your inability to see that troubles me the worst of all."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi, berating Skywalker
Not long after, in 27 BBY, fourteen-year-old Skywalker and his Master were given a mission to investigate a senator's son's disappearance, which they presumed to have much to do with an elite school for senators' children. In order to investigate a band of renegade students and the school itself, the Jedi council gave Skywalker and Ferus Olin the task of penetrating the school, which was located on Andara, by posing to be senators' sons. Soon, Skywalker had located the students and acquired their trust. He decided to join them on a mock attack on a Senator's ship, which in Skywalker's view would be helping those who were unrepresented under the Senator's jurisdiction. Olin did not like the plan and warned Skywalker of its problems; however, Skywalker dismissed his caution due to his rivalry with Olin. Later, Olin suddenly disappeared, but Skywalker neglected to inform his master. Before the "mock" attack could begin, he found out that the attack would actually be real, and it threatened to start a war. Before he could leave and inform Kenobi, the leader of the group, revealed as Gillam Tarturi, the Senator's missing son, informed Skywalker that the Padawan would have to die in order for Gillam's plan to proceed. Left with no choice, Skywalker disarmed Gallam and the rest of the members, shut down the lasers of the starfighter the group was planning to use, and, at the same time, destroyed ten attack droids. At this point, Obi Wan, along with Siri Tachi and Ferus Olin, had arrived to Skywalker's aid, but he had finished the fight before they could help him. Skywalker's level of skill, nearly equal to some great Jedi Masters, left Kenobi unnerved. However, Skywalker's master was also furious that Skywalker had not told Kenobi that Olin was missing, and for the first time, Kenobi shouted at his Padawan. This incident widened the gap between Skywalker and Kenobi.
When Skywalker was fifteen, he, Kenobi, Yoda, and Yaddle were sent on a negotiation mission to Mawan to settle a devastating gang war, in which three criminal organizations fought one another. These gangs, led by Decca the Hutt, Feena Shaan, and Striker, caused the remainder of the population to take refuge underground. During the mission, Skywalker was kidnapped by Striker's men. Striker, revealed to be Granta Omega, tried tempting Skywalker to leave the Jedi Order and come with him, offering visions of freeing the slaves and his mother on Tatooine. When he saw that Skywalker would not yield, he made Skywalker arrange a meeting with himself and Yaddle. Unbeknownst to her and the rest of the Jedi, the chaotic planet was a trap set for the Jedi by Omega. He released a fatal chemical weapon that killed Yaddle when she absorbed it through the Force. However, through her sacrifice, she saved the city of Naatan. The weapon was intended by its vengeful maker to kill Skywalker and Kenobi, but it failed because of what Yaddle had done. Skywalker and Kenobi managed to bring peace to Mawan, but Skywalker still felt responsible for the death of the Jedi High Council member.
Skywalker's guilt about Yaddle's death caused friction between him and Kenobi, who felt that he was less than capable of teaching the mischievous Skywalker properly. When sent on a rescue mission in the Uziel system to a planet called Vanqor, the two were forced to try and reconcile their differences. They were forced through several tribulations, including a run-in with a nest of gundarks. Skywalker was then placed under the influence of a drug called the Zone of Self-Containment, and taken prisoner by the insane and fanatical scientist Jenna Zan Arbor. Siri Tachi, Ferus Olin, Garen Muln, and Clee Rhara, who were also sent on another mission entirely, received the distress signal from Kenobi while en route to their own destination. They picked up Skywalker and Kenobi on Vanqor.
Trailing Jenna Zan Arbor and Roy Teda
Zan Arbor escaped, however, and did not resurface again until Skywalker was seventeen. From information given them by Tyro Caladian, they discovered that she had reappeared on Romin, a focus of corruption and villainy and a shelter for criminals. In order to infiltrate the planet, he, his Master, Tachi, and Olin disguised themselves as a band of thieves looking for refuge on the planet. They discovered that Zan Arbor had allied herself with Roy Teda—the ruler of Romin—and Granta Omega, Kenobi and Skywalker's old adversary. The Jedi were about to be captured when civil war erupted. The underworld was trying to overthrow Teda, and, in the midst of it, Teda and Zan Arbor fled. The two criminals contacted the Jedi—thinking they were actually criminals—to try to find a way offworld. Unfortunately, Zan Arbor recognized Skywalker from their previous encounter, and Teda ordered his men to seize the Jedi. Before they could do so, Mace Windu and a team of Jedi arrived, arresting Teda and Zan Arbor. In spite of this, since the Jedi were trying to get to Omega, and they knew the two would lead them to him, they set the two captives free.
Only a few weeks later, Kenobi and his apprentice trailed Zan Arbor and Teda to Falleen, where the rogues had managed to set up the Blackwater Systems facility to mass-produce her drug, the Zone of Self-Containment. When they were found, Zan Arbor was forced to destroy the facility and they once more fled.
Skywalker and Olin were again paired when the trail of Zan Arbor and Teda led back to Coruscant. Sano Sauro—a friend of Granta Omega—and Bog Divinian started to make anti-Jedi accusations in order to convince the Galactic Senate to lessen or completely dissolve its support of the Order. This vote, which was about whether or not the Jedi should be involved in the Senate's activities, was all a part of Sauro and Omega's plan to leak the Zone of Self-Containment drug into the Senate's vents and assassinate Chancellor Palpatine. Skywalker and Olin, who were learning to forget their rivalry and understand each other, managed to prevent the assassination attempt on the Supreme Chancellor. Omega's plan was uncovered, but not in time to save twenty-one Senators and several other Senate employees from being killed by seeker droids programmed by Teda. Unbeknownst to the renegade, since Zan Arbor and Omega had no more use for the man, a seeker droid killed him, as well. Afterward, Kenobi, Skywalker, and Tachi set off to find Omega, leaving Olin to protect the Senators and Palpatine.
Confronting old adversaries
Tracking Omega and Zan Arbor to Korriban, four Jedi pairs—Skywalker and Kenobi, Tachi and Olin, Ry-Gaul and Tru Veld, and Soara and Darra—journeyed there to confront and stop them. During the course of the hunt, the apprentices were split up from the Masters to better accomplish the mission. The investigation of Dreshdae led them to the Valley of the Dark Lords. Because of the dark side power of the planet, the Padawans, instead of working as a team, started fighting amongst themselves. When Skywalker found out about Olin's advanced training, he was extremely jealous of him, and, because of all of the friction, their journey to find Omega was catastrophic. They were caught and halted by numerous traps that they would have been able to avoid were they able to function as a team. Because of this, the confrontation with Omega was a complete and utter disaster.
Previously, during the fighting, Veld's lightsaber was damaged, and Olin decided to repair it. Skywalker, who was more mechanically adept than Olin, noticed that the repair job would not work. Instead of speaking out and properly repairing the saber himself, he kept quiet, hoping to humiliate Olin. During a battle in one of the tombs, Veld's lightsaber began to fail. Olin switched lightsabers with Veld in order to protect him. Darra noticed the faulty lightsaber and leaped to protect Olin. However, she was riddled with blaster fire and killed. This caused friction between Tru Veld and Skywalker, her death being partly Skywalker's fault. Kenobi, who showed up just in time, was forced to kill Granta Omega with a stroke of his blade. Zan Arbor managed to elude capture once more, and was not seen again by the Jedi or the Republic.
Olin, blaming himself for Darra's death, resigned from the Jedi Order.
Sometime later, Skywalker and his Master were sent on a diplomatic mission to a planet wishing to join the Galactic Republic. They soon found out, however, that the planet's indigenous population considered thievery an important social asset. During their stay, Skywalker's lightsaber was stolen. The Padawan searched for it, ashamed to tell Kenobi that he lost it, but soon had to admit defeat. Asking Kenobi for help, he found that the Jedi Knight knew the lightsaber had been stolen, and, using a trick of the Force, had "acquired" it from the thief. Kenobi had merely been waiting for Skywalker to admit that he had lost it.
Kenobi and his apprentice, who was then sixteen, were then assigned to the task of protecting Senator Simon Greyshade from assassination. Greyshade had recently filled the station of Senator of the Commonality; a Senatorial seat left by his assassinated cousin. Simon's cousin, Jheramahd Greyshade, had been thrown off of the roof of 500 Republica in an attempt to stall the passage of the Financial Reform Act, which the Senator had supported. The act was a bill that addressed and was meant to reduce the amount of corruption that was causing the Senate, and, through them, the Republic, to disintegrate.
Senator Greyshade, who had received a death threat for his stand, was now under protection by the Jedi duo. Commander Zalin Bey of the Senate Guard and her unit were assigned to investigate Jheramahd's assassination. Skywalker and Kenobi had their hands full protecting Simon from myriad assassins: droids; Keluda, a Dug; and Princess Tsian, whom they could not seriously investigate because of her diplomatic immunity. Despite these hurdles, Tsian was arrested and Keluda was killed.
Sagoro Autem and Isaru Omin continued the investigation of the Senator's murder, turning up several disturbing facts. Sagoro's brother, Venco, had assassinated Jheramahd, and convinced Reymet Autem, Sagoro's son, to unwittingly help him in another assassination, this time an attempt on Simon's life, but this second attempt failed. Sagoro managed to let his son escape, but, unfortunately, when Omin discovered his obstruction of justice, too late for him to arrest Reymet, he arrested Sagoro. The man took the blame and disgrace for what his son had done, and was removed from the office of Senate Guard. Simon Greyshade was safe once more.
Because it was found that the assassination and attempted assassination was because of the Financial Reform Act, it never got a vote. Some say that this was the cause of a good portion of the seceding planets that would soon make the Confederacy of Independent Systems, and could have prevented the Clone Wars had it been passed.
- "Ani?… My goodness, you've grown."
- ―Padmé Amidala to Skywalker
At the age of nineteen, in 22 BBY, Skywalker and Kenobi, along with Luminara Unduli and her apprentice, Barriss Offee, were sent to Ansion to settle a border dispute that had the potential to cause the extremely strategic planet to secede to the Confederacy. If Ansion fell, so would countless other worlds. The Jedi negotiated a settlement with city dwellers to remain in the Republic, provided they also convinced the nomadic Alwari to allow expansion into the grasslands. Little did they know that Presidente Shu Mai of the Commerce Guild was pulling the strings to cause Ansion to secede. Arriving early, Kenobi and Skywalker were just in time to rescue Unduli and Offee from a mob of killers. Thanks again to Shu Mai and her minion Soergg the Hutt, the Jedi were in constant danger from attack by hired killers, including a successful kidnapping of Offee by two Ansionians, Kyakhta and Bulgan. Offee healed the two killers of injuries though, and they became guides for the Jedi to find the nomadic clans, particularly the Borokii overclan. Traveling on suubatars, the Jedi braved hazards such as flying chawix, kyren hordes, capture by the Yiwa clan and shanhs. On one occasion, the Jedi were required to entertain their hosts, each in their own way. Skywalker chose to sing a song, that impressed the Ansionians. The Jedi eventually made contact with the Borokii overclan, who, after requiring the Jedi to retrieve a tuft of rare albino surepp wool, agreed to the Jedi's settlement—provided they helped wage war against their rivals, the Januul clan. Skywalker was shocked when Kenobi agreed, but he had a plan. When the battle lines were drawn, the Jedi marched out into the middle and refused to fight either side, calling on both clans to negotiate a settlement. Kenobi, Skywalker, Unduli, and Offee were subsequently attacked by both sides, but they deflected the assaults, and amazingly parried only the weapons, defeating both armies with no loss of life. In the wake of the following peace between the tribes, the Jedi journeyed back to the capital of Cuipernam to inform the Unity Council controlling the planet's fate of their success. While they were attacked again by thugs, the two clans sent an honor guard to help the Jedi, and Ansion remained in the Republic thanks to the efforts of Skywalker and his companions. Because of her status as President, Shu Mai was not discovered to be a part of the matter.
Reunited with Amidala
- "You're asking me to be rational. That is something that I know I cannot do. Believe me, I wish I could just wish away my feelings, but I can't."
- ―Skywalker, to Amidala
A day following his twentieth birthday, there was an attempt on the life of Padmé Amidala, now the Senator of the Chommell sector, by the bounty hunter Zam Wesell. Skywalker was personally assigned to protect and escort Amidala back to her homeworld. To avoid looking conspicuous, the two traveled as refugees. Skywalker had not seen her in ten years, though he had thought about her daily since their parting at Naboo. His childhood fascination with her had turned into a powerful infatuation. In conversation, Skywalker revealed his affection for her, his frustration with Kenobi's training methods, a distrust of the political process, and his view of the need for one strong leader. Over a short time, his infatuation for her blossomed into something more: love. Eventually Amidala began to return his feelings.
It was at Amidala's lake retreat where the two lost their inhibitions and shared their first kiss. Both seemed entranced with the other despite their different social castes. However, Amidala eventually came to her senses, and while Skywalker was concerned with his feelings and living in the present moment—even suggesting they could keep their relationship a secret—Amidala was more concerned with duty and obligation. She had enough foresight to know their current situations would not allow for a relationship between them. Skywalker's pursuit of a relationship with her was in violation of Jedi tradition, which held that although Jedi were not required to be celibate, they were to avoid attachment to all but the Force itself.
Return to Tatooine
- "Why'd she have to die? Why couldn't I save her? I know I could have!"
"Sometimes there are things no one can fix. You're not all powerful, Ani."
"Well I should be! Some day I will be. I will be the most powerful Jedi ever! I promise you. I will even learn to stop people from dying!"
"It's all Obi-Wan's fault! He's jealous! He's holding me back!"
- ―Skywalker and Amidala
Skywalker had been suffering from recurring nightmares about his mother, Shmi, for several months prior to meeting Amidala again; and, because of them, went against the spirit of his orders to protect Amidala by bringing her to Tatooine to find Shmi. Upon landing on Tatooine, Skywalker made his way straight for Watto's shop, where he discovered that a moisture farmer named Cliegg Lars had freed and married his mother.
While speaking with Lars, he learned, to his horror, that Shmi had been abducted by Tusken Raiders. He immediately set out in pursuit of her on Owen Lars' swoop bike. That night, the young Jedi discovered the Tusken camp beyond the B'Thazoshe Bridge, and slipped into the tent that contained his mother, most likely locating her with his Jedi senses. He freed her from her bonds, but it was too late. Battered, sleep-deprived, and dehydrated, Shmi Skywalker died in his arms, but not before seeing him for the last time.
Skywalker allowed the shock of her death to catalyze an explosion of his long-nursed anger and selfishness. He flew into a berserk rage, slaughtering all present in the camp without mercy—even, as he confessed to Amidala later, "the women and children." A number of Jedi, including Yoda and the deceased Qui-Gon Jinn, sensed the shock of this massacre as well as Skywalker's powerful Force presence, which bordered on closer to the dark side of the force.
When Skywalker told Amidala about him killing the tribe, he at first justified this action, but then he realized that he was a Jedi and broke down in remorse. Amidala was clearly troubled by what Skywalker had done, but had invested herself too much in him to be truly repulsed. She tried to soothe him with sympathy and told no one of Skywalker's hideous act. In his anger and sorrow, he rashly claimed that one day he would have the power to stop people from dying.
Battle of Geonosis
- "You're going to pay for all the Jedi that you've killed today, Dooku."
- ―Anakin Skywalker
While still on Tatooine, Skywalker discovered that Kenobi had been taken hostage by the Geonosian-engineered Confederacy of Independent Systems's droid forces. He initially decided to honor Master Windu's order to protect Amidala at all costs and to stay on Tatooine, the episode with his mother having caused him to lose confidence in himself. However, Amidala convinced him that rescuing his mentor was the right thing to do and they traveled to Geonosis. Once on the planet, Skywalker and Amidala infiltrated the droid foundries but were soon captured as well and sentenced to die in a gladiatorial execution arena. Faced with their impending fate, they finally confessed their love to one another and kissed for what they thought was the last time. The timely arrival of the Jedi and eventually the clone troopers allowed both of them to escape and fight in the ensuing battle.
Skywalker and Kenobi pursued Count Dooku, the mastermind of the Confederacy and, unbeknownst to them, a Sith Lord. They gave chase across the vast Geonosian sands, where he led them to a CIS-owned hangar. Once they caught up with Dooku, Skywalker, against the better advice of his Master, foolishly charged the Sith with a headstrong attitude. It was the Padawan's undoing: Dooku unleashed a powerful barrage of Force lightning on Skywalker, knocking the youth unconscious and leaving Kenobi to face Dooku alone. Kenobi put up a valiant fight, however, his skills proved no match for the more powerful and experienced Dooku, and he was soon incapacitated. As Skywalker recovered from the Force lightning, he witnessed Dooku raising his lightsaber to deliver the final blow against the fallen Kenobi.
Skywalker, calling upon the Force, leapt into the path of Dooku's lightsaber, blocking it with his own, saving his Master's life in the process. Taking up his fallen master's weapon, Skywalker unleashed a flurry of attacks, which caught Dooku off guard at first. However, despite the tactical advantage the second blade granted, it was short-lived. Without more than basic training in Jar'Kai, Skywalker's use of two blades simply wasn't good enough to pass through Dooku's guard, and the Sith eventually managed to destroy the green blade, leaving Skywalker with only his blue. At that point, Dooku's greater practice and experience with Makashi allowed him to regain the upper hand, and, despite holding his own for much of the duel, Skywalker lost the battle—and his arm— to Dooku. After being rescued by Yoda, Skywalker, Amidala, and Kenobi were transported back to the Jedi Temple for healing.
Marriage to Padmé Amidala
- "One day they'd get some lovesick Jedi doing something crazy, whatever the training was supposed to knock out of them, and it wouldn't end well."
- ―RC-1136, speaking of Jedi and love
After Skywalker's forearm was replaced with a mechno-arm crafted by the Chief Healer Vokara Che, he remained in the Halls of Healing as he grew accustomed to the replacement. Meanwhile, Kenobi was sent by Master Yoda to force Amidala to end her relationship with the Chosen One. Lying, she agreed, yet asked to do it herself. She suggested having Skywalker escort her back to Naboo, and that is when she would end it.
However, the escort was a ploy, and Skywalker married Amidala, even though that meant breaking the Jedi Code; but he had gone past caring, and set the marriage at Varykino on Naboo in a secret ceremony performed by a Naboo holyman. C-3PO and his counterpart, R2-D2, were the only witnesses. The newly-married couple would later struggle to keep this illicit relationship secret.
- "You are strong and wise, Anakin, and I am very proud of you. I have trained you since you were a small boy. I have taught you everything I know, and you have become a far greater Jedi than I could ever hope to be."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi
With the onset of the Clone Wars, Anakin Skywalker started on his way to become a legendary hero. He was an unparalleled starfighter pilot, flying missions over several worlds, including Kamino, Balamak, and Virujansi, solidifying his reputation. He even earned the seldom-heard title of Tan in recognition of his exceptional piloting skills. He custom-modified his Delta-7 Aethersprite starfighter—naming it Azure Angel as a tribute to his wife—into a unique and deadly vessel that time and time again outperformed any ship on the battlefield. He also proved his worth outside the cockpit, destroying the ancient Sith weapon known as the Dark Reaper and helping to drive back a Separatist invasion of Coruscant that even breached the Jedi Temple itself.
Dubbed the "Hero With No Fear", war molded Skywalker into a man and honed his combat ability, but it continued to nourish his ego. It was also a lie. Skywalker had no fear for his own life, but he was terrified for the lives of his Master, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, his Padawan Ahsoka Tano, the troops under his authority, and even R2-D2, who accompanied Skywalker whenever he could. It was difficult to rein in Skywalker as he increasingly had trouble following the strict doctrine governed by the Jedi Code, especially when the Order itself was complicit in ambiguous moral acts by waging a full-scale war. But, above all else, Skywalker feared for his beloved Padmé Amidala. He wrote to her whenever he could, and also tried to meet with her on several occasions, but because of their duties they saw each other very rarely. And the few times they did, Amidala was usually in danger, which fueled his protectiveness for her and his fear.[source?]
The Dark Reaper
One month after the start of the Clone Wars, Skywalker and Kenobi were involved in an operation to stop Count Dooku from obtaining the Dark Reaper, a powerful superweapon of mass destruction constructed during the Great Sith War and lost after its conclusion. Skywalker and Kenobi helped to evacuate the Republic outpost on Rhen Var and then went to Raxus Prime where Dooku had found the Force Harvester—a major part of the Dark Reaper. After his encounter with Dooku on Raxus Prime, Skywalker was captured and sent to Alaris Prime, to be executed by the Force Harvester, an ancient Sith weapon that drains the Force from all living things within its range. He escaped and traveled to Rhen Var. On Rhen Var, Skywalker fought his way to the tomb of Ulic Qel-Droma for information on how to withstand the effects of the Dark Reaper and the Harvester. Shortly after the Dark Reaper was revived on Thule, Skywalker led an attack on the capital city of Kessia and destroyed the Reaper using his TX-130S fighter tank. Although Skywalker did manage to destroy the Reaper, the knowledge he gained from Qel-Droma caused him to act more arrogantly toward Kenobi, and indirectly led him to take a step toward the path to the dark side of the Force.
Battle of Ohma-D'un
When the planet Naboo lost contact with a Gungan colony on one of Naboo's moons, Ohma-D'un, Skywalker was sent along with a squad of four Jedi to investigate. They quickly found what had become of the Gungan colony. Every single Gungan had died of a mysterious chemical weapon. The Jedi were infected by the poison, but luckily its effects took longer to work on non-Gungans. They soon encountered Ohma-D'un super battle droids, B2 super battle droids and the bounty hunter Durge, and attacked them. Skywalker defeated many droids during the battle and helped to save the prisoners located in the nearby camp. It was the first time Skywalker encountered Asajj Ventress, who would be his nemesis throughout the whole war. 
Battle of Muunilinst and Duel on Yavin IV
- "I'm going to make you pay for what you've done."
"Come, Padawan. Your fall will be my ascension to the Sith."
- ―Anakin Skywalker and Asajj Ventress
At the Battle of Muunilinst, Commander Skywalker was charged with orchestrating the aerial assault on the homeworld of the InterGalactic Banking Clan, a pivotal member of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. His piloting talents and leadership of a group of clone pilots led to a victory.[source?]
A mysterious vessel caught his eye during the fray, and he was drawn from the battle despite Kenobi's admonition. He followed the enigmatic Fanblade starfighter through an intense chase through the streets of Muunilinst's capital city, back to space and through hyperspace to Yavin IV. Beneath the jungle canopy and amongst the remains of ancient Massassi temples, Skywalker came face to face with the fanblade pilot, Asajj Ventress and dueled with her. As they fought, the battle progressed into and onto the temples of Yavin IV. In the end, Skywalker was disarmed by Asajj, but was able to defeat her by taking one of her curved-hilt lightsabers, and repeatedly striking her, having brief visions of Jinn, Kenobi, and Yoda deeply troubled by what he was doing. His strikes caused the temple stone beneath her to crumble, and she fell through the ledge into a chasm apparently to her death; but she would later escape. As he stood victorious, Skywalker gave a loud yell of rage, knowing that he had won. This had only been accomplished, though, by tapping into his dark side.[source?]
Battle on Skye
Kenobi temporarily took Halagad Ventor as a Padawan in addition to Skywalker, following the demise of Ventor's former master. He and Skywalker soon became friends and as a sign of their trust, they engaged in the Concordance of Fealty, a Jedi tradition where they temporarily swapped lightsabers as a sign of trust. They traveled to the planet of Skye, where they fought against an Unidentified genetic terrorist. They foiled the terrorist's plot that threatened the planet with total destruction. Following the battle, Skywalker discovered the 13 year old S'kytri Kharys, who proved to be strong in the Force. He wished to take her back with them for training, but Kenobi and Ventor believed she was too old to start on the path of a Jedi and refused to take her. However, Skywalker promised Kharys that he would return one day to train her.
Rise of the Cortosis Battle Droids
Ten months after the Battle of Geonosis,[source?] a report reached the Jedi Council that a new type of battle droid was being deployed on Tatooine. Skywalker was sent to investigate and contact the Republic spy Raala Ponchar. However, he was captured by Aurra Sing and one of Dooku's Dark Acolytes, Saato, and imprisoned in Jabba's palace. He managed to escape, rescue Ponchar and kill Saato before learning that Count Dooku had infiltrated Coruscant with a small force on a mission to destroy the Jedi Archives in the Jedi Temple. Skywalker returned to Coruscant, killed another Dark Acolyte Trenox, but was delayed long enough for Dooku to steal at least one Holocron and escape. Skywalker then traveled to Metalorn to stop production of the Cortosis battle droids. There he single-handedly defeated bounty hunter Vandalor, Dark Acolytes Karoc, Vinoc and even a Doppelgänger of Dooku, captured Techno Union Foreman Wat Tambor and destroyed the facility.
Battle of Jabiim
On the rain-drenched world of Jabiim, during the battle that took place there, Skywalker came into his own. As Kenobi was thought to have been killed by a Separatist attack, Skywalker led a cadre of similarly "orphaned" Padawans. The loss of his Master and the horrors on the battlefield of Jabiim would have lasting effect on his life; and because of it he became even more fiercely independent and more frustrated by his failings. However, in the thick of the battle he received an urgent transmission from Palpatine to personally evacuate the planet. This ploy may have been made to save Skywalker from being killed on the battlefront.[source?]
Respecting the Chancellor's power and friendship, Skywalker had to comply with his wishes, though it was hard for him to desert his friends on the final front. Before leaving, the thirteen-year old Padawan Aubrie Wyn gave Skywalker her Master's holocron to return to the temple. Sadly, in the following five days as Skywalker left the front, all of the members of the Padawan Pack were killed in action. When the transports arrived, only a few had made it through the storms. Skywalker was faced with a hard and painful decision—as the last surviving Jedi on Jabiim, he ordered the evacuation of the planet. Enraged, Captain Orliss Gillmunn pulled a blaster on Skywalker, who reacted instinctively with Force choke, strangling the officer. Such horrific acts were becoming far too natural for him; it was the first time he had used the Force in this manner but it would certainly not be the last. Gillmunn, leader of the disenchanted Jabiimi loyalists, swore to never forget this betrayal as the Loyalist Jabiimi were left to their fate. Once again, Skywalker had failed and the battle for Jabiim was lost. His actions during the battle would later spark the Second Battle of Jabiim nearly twenty years later, where his children were captured by rogue rebels.[source?]
Two days after the evacuation, the wounded were taken to New Holstice, where Skywalker would first meet A'Sharad Hett, the Tusken Jedi, and his apprentice, Bhat Jul, who practiced as healers.[source?]
One of the wounded was Master Sora Mobari, who was injured in an explosion by Ithorian terrorists and who was not responding to treatments. Skywalker, unable to accept even one more Jedi lost, tried a different method—he used the same Force technique that he used to crushed Gillmunn's windpipe, and used it to massage Mobari's heart. Hett was horrified, so he tried to reason with Skywalker, saying that she was suffering needlessly. Skywalker insisted she would live, but in spite of his efforts she succumbed to her injuries. Skywalker was unable to accept that he could not save people from death; this experience would reinforce his desire to save the people he loved from dying.[source?]
Hett later showed Skywalker a memorial created for all the Jedi killed since the birth of the Republic. It was composed of supposedly immortal memory moths that whispered the names of the Jedi over and over again. Skywalker released a few months for all members of the Padawan Pack—Kass Tod, Mak Lotor, Tae Diath, Elora Sund, Vaabesh, Windo Nend, Zule Xiss, and Aubrie Wyn—and his own master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. As Hett released one for Sora Morbari, he reassured Skywalker that she was severed from the Living Force days ago and nothing could have stopped her from dying. Because of his Master's apparent death, Skywalker came under the tutelage of Ki-Adi-Mundi as a campaign began on the world of Aargonar.[source?]
Battle of Aargonar
On the desert world of Aargonar, an unimportant world, the Republic and Confederacy fought; the lines were drawn. During one of the skirmishes, Skywalker, Hett, and his apprentice, Jhul, were lost behind enemy lines.[source?]
Jhul had been seriously injured from a crash, and as he lay dying, Skywalker tried to use the Force to heal him, but it was to no avail; Jhul died from the fatal wounds. Skywalker, frustrated with the Nikto's death, chastised Hett, saying that had they been with him, they might have been able to save him. Hett replied that he had felt Jhul become one with the Force, arguing that Jhul had known that he was there with him in the Force, and that his physical presence would have made no difference.[source?]
As Skywalker and Hett began to work their way back to their army, Skywalker's prejudice against the Tuskens for killing his mother was beginning to demonstrate itself against the Tusken Jedi. He was insulted and angered when Hett spoke of the similarities between them: coming to Coruscant later in their lives, being raised on a desert planet, and having known only one parent. Skywalker's fury was intensified when Hett commented that Skywalker would have made a good Tusken.[source?]
When they reached a Separatist station, they began working on transport to return to their own base. So they could hijack a transport, Hett gave Skywalker the power cells from his and the Tusken Jedi's father's lightsaber to get the transport moving. That completed, they started the search for weapons to arm themselves. As the hours rolled by, Skywalker began to relive the memories surrounding his mother's death. When Separatist guards located the Padawan, who was slipping toward the dark side, he mistook them for Tuskens, and, in a fit of rage, slaughtered them all. In a blood haze, Skywalker turned on Hett, but the Tusken Jedi managed to disarm him and talk some sense into him.[source?]
Hett told Skywalker that, as a Tusken, he understood the vehement desire to take revenge, but because of his training as a Jedi he had learned that vengeance was not theirs to take. The Tusken Jedi also knew the lure of the dark side, knowing it needed to be avoided. After recounting to Hett his painful memories of his mother's death, Skywalker remembered that his mother's death and the slaughter that had followed it was something he had never told his old master, Kenobi.[source?]
Seeing the turmoil the boy was in, Hett concluded that if they were to survive and get along together, Skywalker must see him as a Jedi, and not a Tusken Raider. Hett removed his mask, surprising Skywalker, who saw that he was totally Human. He insisted that he was Tusken at heart, but also wholly a Jedi. Skywalker apologized to him, finally seeing Hett as an ally instead of an old foe. The two survived the trip back to the Republic lines.[source?]
Hett, contemplating the episode, decided to have people see him first as a Jedi, then as a Tusken. He also never told anyone else of Skywalker's secret, insisting that it was his burden and that Skywalker would have to face the repercussions of what he had done, believing that Skywalker would tell his master about the massacre, himself. Skywalker never did.[source?]
Not long afterward, Skywalker discovered that his master was indeed alive and had only been captured by Asajj, and was soon joyfully reunited with Kenobi, who had escaped from captivity.[source?]
Battle of Zaadja
The Battle of Zaadja was one of many emotional milestones for Anakin Skywalker, who increasingly encountered difficulties with the sacrifices he witnessed. Acting as a diversion, Kenobi and Skywalker led the Third Systems Army onto the field of battle to draw the Separatist forces away from the droid factory on Zaadja; concurrently, the young Jedi Tohno was tasked to infiltrate the droid factory and destroy it using military-grade explosives. After she planted all explosives, Tohno was ambushed by Geonosians. When Skywalker rushed to help her, Tohno realized that she would not survive her mission. She was able to convince him that if he came after her, it would cause needless casualties among the troopers of the Third System Army. Though he was reluctant to accept it, Skywalker agreed with Tohno's decision to end the Zaadja mission with as little loss of life as possible. Nonetheless, Skywalker would continue to struggle with the need for so many young, even promising, Jedi to sacrifice themselves throughout the course of the war.
- "Step forward, Padawan. Anakin Skywalker, by the right of the Council, by the will of the Force, dub thee I do… Jedi… Knight of the Republic."
After his heroic actions at the Battle of Praesitlyn and upon returning from the Mission to Vjun, Skywalker was endowed with the title of Jedi Knight, despite the fact that he never went through the traditional Jedi Trials before being Knighted. It was a controversial decision; Kit Fisto and Ki-Adi-Mundi openly and zealously supported him, while Oppo Rancisis and Adi Gallia questioned whether Skywalker was mature enough. But in the end, the decision fell to Yoda, who decided to have him Knighted in a secret ceremony. Skywalker later sent his Padawan braid, which had been ritualistically severed by Yoda, to Amidala as a late devotion gift.
Battle of Rendili and aftermath
Shortly after his knighthood, Skywalker participated in the Battle of Rendili. His idea was to use his starfighter to place concussion charges on critical weak points of the Rendili Dreadnaught-class cruisers. Although Jedi Master Saesee Tiin objected to it, Skywalker's pride could not let him pass up any chance for a victory. Without permission, he proceeded to carry out his plan during the battle. It was a success, and helped achieve a Republic victory, fueling his ego and self-importance. After the battle, Skywalker returned to Coruscant, where he testified before the council regarding Quinlan Vos's involvement in the battle, helping the former Jedi regain his position in the order.[source?]
Immediately afterward, Skywalker journeyed to the Senate Building to meet Amidala, but as she wasn't there, he gratefully received a holographic message from one of her handmaidens. Traveling to the Galactic City's industrial sector to listen to the recording privately, he was ambushed by the Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress.[source?]
Asajj eavesdropped on Skywalker as he listened to the secret holodisc recording, thus discovering his relationship with Amidala. She destroyed the holodisc, and taunted Skywalker with threats to kill Amidala, after which the two engaged in a vicious lightsaber duel. It was during this battle that Skywalker received a vertical scar which ran above and below his right eye, and two small scars on his left cheek, from her lightsaber.[source?]
Despite being painfully blemished, Skywalker persevered. Ventress had made the mistake of underestimating the young Jedi Knight's fierce desire to protect the ones he loved from harm, and, during the battle, Skywalker used the Force to entangle her in electrical cables and send her plummeting to the depths of Coruscant. As on Yavin IV, she survived the fall, but was too weak to pursue Skywalker.[source?]
Sometime after becoming a Knight, Skywalker and Kenobi were confronted by bounty hunters on an unknown planet. The two managed to escape on a swoop thanks to Skywalker's piloting and ingenuity, as he used the lightsaber's battery to give the swoop more speed.
On a heavily forested planet, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker were confronted by a battle droid fleeing from something. Instead of fighting, the droid recommended that the Jedi flee, as well. They soon discovered that the whole planet was full of dangerous monsters, which attacked them. However, Kenobi and Skywalker managed to survive.
Mission to Christophsis
When Senator Bail Organa's relief force became trapped on Christophsis, Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Admiral Wulff Yularen were sent to break the Separatist blockade and free Organa. Leading the initial assault, Skywalker was quickly repelled by the Separatists' new and devious tactics and rendezvoused with Kenobi behind one of Christophsis' moons to regroup. His former Master lent him use of one of the Republic's newest weapons, a stealth ship to sneak behind enemy lines. Before leaving for the mission, Skywalker was approached by Yularen, who volunteered himself for the mission, citing past experience with their dangerous foe, Admiral Trench. Zipping past Trench's flagship, Skywalker unleashed a torrent of missiles, which were quickly absorbed the admiral's shields. Trench sent back a volley of his own shots, which were rendered inefficient as Skywalker disappeared under his ship's capabilities of remaining undetectable. At an efficient stalemate, Trench contacted Skywalker through a general hail, attempting to goad the Jedi into attacking. When the admiral revealed that he had dealt with stealth ships previously, Skywalker guessed that he had defeated the ship through use of a magnetic signature. Using the same knowledge against Trench, Skywalker allowed the Separatist to send out homing missiles, then skimmed along the bridge of his ship, sending the missiles slamming into the Separatist flagship and knocking Trench out of commission. With the blockade broken, Republic aid was able to reach Organa, and a lasting bond between Skywalker and the stalwart Yularen was forged.
Battle on Christophsis
- "This way is clear!"
"How did you get over here?"
- ―Skywalker and Kenobi, as Skywalker enters the room to help him against Separatist forces
When Christophsis was invaded by the Separatists, they put out a call for help to the Republic, and Skywalker and Kenobi were quickly dispatched to aid the planet, along with Commander Cody and Captain Rex. They set up defense in two towers and prepared as the droid forces advanced, seemingly unaware of the Jedi's presence. However, the droid army suddenly split up, and before Kenobi knew what was happening, droids arrived in his tower and started to attack. Skywalker called Hawk for an evacuation, and he and Rex proceeded to aid Kenobi. They managed to escape, and also managed to steal a tactical droid's head.
However, the tactical droid did nothing but confirm that the Separatists knew of the Jedi's location. Kenobi suspected that someone in their squad had turned suit and betrayed the Republic. Kenobi and Skywalker instructed Cody and Rex to find the traitor while they went on a secret mission behind enemy lines. On the way, they discovered that an increasing number of droids were watching them but not attempting to fire, and Skywalker concluded that they were being led into a trap. Upon arrival, they encountered Asajj Ventress, and the three engaged in a duel. The Jedi managed to knock Ventress down, but she merely used her lightsabers to cut through the floor, pushing the Jedi a floor down. Ventress taunted them before leading them to see a complete army of droids preparing to attack the city. The Jedi escaped on STAPs, and Ventress ordered General Whorm Loathsom to march on the city before leaving.
Upon returning to the Republic base, Skywalker and Kenobi discovered that Rex and Cody had found Slick to be the traitor. Skywalker questioned why Slick would betray his brothers, and Slick replied that it was the Jedi who kept his brothers enslaved. Cody and Rex, however, said that if he loved his brothers, he wouldn't put them at risk, and Slick was taken away to lockup.
Skywalker and Kenobi managed to fend off the first wave of droids, and sent their shuttle back for reinforcements. A second wave of droids soon advanced, and while Kenobi and Cody drew the droids' attention, Skywalker, Rex and Torrent Company took out the advancing tri-droids. This, along with the Republic's use of heavy cannons, forced Loathsom to retreat.
After the Confederacy's retreat, a shuttle arrived with a young Togruta Jedi named Ahsoka Tano. She had a message from the Jedi Council to get back to Coruscant immediately, and had also been assigned as Skywalker's new Padawan, much to Skywalker's shock and dismay. After unsuccessfully trying to get the message from Yoda, Skywalker went to check on Rex at the lookout post, taking his new Padawan with him.
Unfortunately for the Republic forces, Loathsom had activated an expanding deflector shield with his armies advancing behind it. Skywalker and Tano managed to sneak behind the shield by hiding beneath a box. After Tano bumped into a droideka and alerted retail droids, the two still managed to destroy the shield generator, allowing Republic artillery to finish off the droids. The Separatists on Christophsis surrendered to Kenobi, and Skywalker finally accepted his new Padawan.
Rescuing a Hutt
- Tano: "You've got that "we're in trouble" look."
- Skywalker: "There's a look?"
- Tano: "You can't miss it."
- ―Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano aboard the Twilight[src]
Skywalker and Tano were reassigned on another vital mission - to rescue Jabba the Hutt's son, Rotta, from the planet Teth. On Teth pursuant of their objective, along with Captain Rex and Torrent Company, Skywalker scaled a high mesa under Separatist fire to reach a clifftop monastery. The pair escaped from Ventress, who had been holding the Huttlet captive. Discovering that Rotta was severely ill, the two Jedi then took a beat-up spice freighter, the Twilight, and tried to dock on the Spirit of the Republic. However, when its hangar was destroyed by Separatist fire, they were forced to take the Twilight all the way to Tatooine. Fortunately, Rotta was saved from near death by some medicine.
The Twilight was shot down over Tatooine by two IG-100 MagnaGuards in Rogue-class starfighters and forced to crash-land. The Jedi split up, with Skywalker acting as a decoy for his young apprentice. Dooku, who had been negotiating with Jabba, intercepted Skywalker and sent MagnaGuards to intercept Tano so that they would not reach the Hutt and reveal Dooku's Sith deceptions.
After a fierce duel on the Dune Sea, Skywalker stole Dooku's speeder and flew to Jabba's palace to save Tano from his wrath. While Jabba was pleased to see his son returned, he still ordered both Skywalker and Tano to be killed. Fortunately, the intervention of Senator Amidala, who had found that Dooku had been working with Jabba's uncle Ziro, saved the negotiations. Furious that Dooku had deceived him, Jabba permitted the Republic to use Hutt hyperspace routes into the Outer Rim, and asked the Jedi to bring Dooku to justice for his crimes against the hutts.
Slaves of the Republic
- "He was raised as a slave, Ahsoka.[…]Ever since I've known Skywalker, he's struggled to put that part of his life behind him. He must get past it eventually. Perhaps now is the time."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi
Skywalker, Kenobi and Tano later traveled to Kiros, a Togruta colony world under the control of the Separatists, where they learned that the whole city was full of thermal bombs. While Kenobi, "negotiated" with Commander Ugg, Skywalker and Tano disabled all the bombs around the city, except the one near Ugg's escape ship. Afterward, they discovered that the entire planet's population had disappeared. Meanwhile, Ugg's computers indicated that he was talking to someone in the Zygerrian system, a system of slave traders.
Skywalker and Kenobi then contacted Yoda, who informed them that according to the Separatists, all of Kiros's inhabitants had been killed. He also told them about the nature of the Zygerrians. Remembering his past as a slave, Skywalker ordered his men to set the course for the Zygerrian system immediately, but Kenobi proposed another plan. In order to get the exact information about slaves, they hid in the remains of the former homeworld of Shi'kar until a Zygerrian slave vessel arrived. Posing as the slave traders, Skywalker, Kenobi, Tano and a group of clones infiltrated it, but because of Skywalker's "aggressive negotiations" a firefight ensued, during which Tano was separated from the rest of the group and captured by the Zygerrians, while Skywalker, Kenobi and the clones along with a group of captured slave traders were sealed from her on the Twilight. Zygerrians tried to smash the Jedi's ship in the asteroids, but Skywalker managed to disable their engines. Tano soon contacted her master and told that it was a part of her plan, but the Zygerrian commander Onyx intercepted her transmission and proposed the Jedi to trade Tano for his people being held on the Twilight. Using the space suits and rocket jets, Skywalker, Kenobi and their men flew into the open space, but were attacked by a creature that Onyx had released. Meanwhile, Tano with the help of the Force opened the rear airlock. Skywalker and Kenobi killed the beast and breached the ship, capturing Onyx, who revealed them that the queen of Zygerria was going to have a grand auction, that would change the slave trade in the galaxy forever.
Soon, posing as slave traders, Skywalker, Kenobi, Tano and Captain CC-7567—nicknamed "Rex"—infiltrated the auction and tried to rescue the Togrutas However, they ended up being caught by the Zygerrians and becoming slaves themselves.
Skywalker was left in service of Queen Scintel, Tano was imprisoned on Zygerria, and Kenobi and Rex were transferred along with the Togrutas to the Zygerrian Labor Processing Hub on the planet Kadavo. Skywalker and his Padawan, however, escaped from the Zygerrians and headed for Kadavo to rescue Kenobi, CC-7567, and the Togrutas, who had been transferred to the Zygerrian Labor Processing Hub on the planet. Fearing that the liberation of the slaves could prove him a liar—as he had spread word that the Jedi had eradicated Kiros's population—the Confederate leader Count Dooku sent his assassin, Asajj Ventress, alongside General Grievous, to kill everyone at the Kadavo facility.
After both the Republic and the Confederate forces arrived at Kadavo, a battle ensued on and above the planet. While Grievous's fleet battled the Republic Venator-class Star Destroyers, Ventress led a squadron of Hyena-class bombers to destroy the Labor Processing Hub. Hoping that the Separatists would spare him if he killed the Togrutas himself, the facility head—the Keeper—tried to dump the slaves into the lava but was prevented from doing so by Kenobi and CC-7567. Soon, Republic reinforcements arrived, forcing the Confederate fleet to retreat. Ventress, however, chose to continue the fight alone and made a last ditch attempt to kill the Jedi with her starship, the Trident, but was repelled by the Republic V-19 Torrent starfighters. Having won the battle, the Republic returned the people of Kiros back to their home.
The Malevolence crisis
- "Ever since I've known you, you've been playing with droids."
"I used to put them together. Now, I only take them apart."
- ―Skywalker and Amidala aboard the Malevolence
Later, Skywalker and Tano went to rescue Plo Koon, when he got stranded in an escape pod in the Abregado system with a small group of clone troopers. Only Tano's ability to sense Master Koon through the Force kept Skywalker from giving up on him after an unsuccessful search, as well as the fact that she grabbed the controls of the Twilight and began piloting it herself. She found Master Koon and his clones and rescued them. Koon informed them that the "secret weapon" that the Separatists were using was an ion cannon that rendered their ships defenseless. At that point the ship passed by, forcing them to shut down all systems before it could detect them. They, however, forgot to shut off the medical droid, which was detected by the Malevolence, which responded by firing the ion cannon. The Twilight managed to escape the ion wave by jumping into hyperspace, taking knowledge of the Separatist weapon with them.
Shortly after, Skywalker created a plan to utilize Y-wing bombers in a daring attack on the Malevolence, primarily seeking to take out General Grievous and ensure a speedier resolution to the war. The Republic plotted the course of the Separatist super weapon to the Kaliida Shoals Medical Center, and in an attempt to arrive there before it, the strike force made its way through the Balmorran Run; however, the small force had not reckoned on being confronted by Neebray mantas. After barely escaping with their lives, the strike team engaged in battle with the Malevolence, taking several casualties. When it became apparent that the original plan would fail, Tano, acting as her Master's gunner, suggested a change in tactics. With this in mind Master Koon devised a plan that sought to cause the Separatist warship's ion cannons to overload; this tactic proved successful and shortly after destroying the ion cannons, Master Kenobi arrived in system with three Republic ships that began pursuit of the fleeing Malevolence.
Skywalker, Kenobi, Tano and Master Plo Koon began the final attack on the Malevolence when they received an incoming transmission from Amidala and Threepio, who were being pulled onboard the Confederate heavy cruiser via a tractor beam. Skywalker, Kenobi and Artoo piloted the Twilight and entered the superweapon through an airlock. Separating, Skywalker found Amidala and the two went to the ship's bridge, where Skywalker rigged the navicomputer and programmed the ship to crash into a nearby moon. The two then met with Kenobi, Threepio and Artoo, and the five escaped in the Twilight. With the Malevolence destroyed, they returned to the Republic fleet.
Some weeks later, while searching for General Grievous and his fleet, Kenobi and Skywalker were forced to come to the aid of Commander Cody and Captain Rex, after the pair of clones engaged Separatist forces on the Rishi moon. The Jedi's fleet arrived just in time to force Grievous' ships out of the system, foiling the cyborg's plot to launch a surprise attack on Kamino.
Third Battle of Kamino
Forewarned by the destruction of Rishi Station and an intercepted transmission between Asajj Ventress and General Grievous, Anakin and Obi-Wan traveled to Kamino to warn Shaak Ti and Lama Su of an upcoming Separatist attack, with clone troopers Captain Rex, Commander Cody, Broadside, Echo, and Fives in their company, with the rest of the 501st.
Shortly, Grievous's Separatist fleet arrived and a space battle ensued. Anakin led the Republic space forces against the attackers, scoring several serious hits against the enemy - or so it seemed. Suspicious, Obi-Wan traveled underwater, where he discovered that the pieces of debris falling into the Kaminoan ocean were actually components for assault craft being assembled by Aqua Droids.
The finished attack ship assaulted Tipoca City, depositing several battle droids led by Grievous and Ventress. Grievous attacked the barracks to destroy all the clones he could find there, while Ventress headed for the main DNA storage to secure the prime DNA sample of the clones' template, Jango Fett. Obi-Wan returned to the city and recalled Anakin and the two engaged Grievous and Ventress. With the help of a clone trooper platoon, Anakin managed to recover the DNA sample, but Ventress escaped.
Attack on Separatist shipyards
The Republic decided to attack the shipyards at Gwori, but the droids had developed a machine where only droids could pass through harmlessly, not to mention a whole blockade of Munificent-class star frigates. Skywalker thus proposed that they freeze themselves in carbonite in order to bypass the Separatist blockade. Once there, Skywalker, his Padawan Ahsoka Tano, and Obi-Wan Kenobi delivered the shipyard coordinates to Jedi Masters Plo Koon and Saesee Tiin.
In order to bypass the Separatist blockade, the two Jedi masters and the Republic bombers had to perform a precision hyperspace jump. In the meantime, Skywalker, Kenobi, Tano, and Rex were captured, but escaped with the help of R2-D2. Once the bombers arrived, the Jedi decided to escape on a Separatist frigate. However, the bombs took out their shields. Moments after Skywalker led the stolen frigate away from the shipyards, Tiin was about to blast it, but Kenobi contacted him and stopped him. Plo Koon then ordered the bombers to strike the construction supports, and once they were done, the shipyards collapsed. Out in space, they were almost killed by the separatist's radiation beam, until Plo Koon and Saesee Tiin destroyed the beam.
The Jedi High Council dispatched Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi to investigate a corrupt senator, who recently smuggled a data disk, which contained Republic strategic battle plans. Unbeknownst to the Jedi, the senator pledged his allegiance to Confederate Head of State Count Dooku. Dooku's Dark Acolyte, Asajj Ventress, landed on Coruscant to collect the disk. However, Mundi and his squad of clone troopers attacked Ventress, but after she killed the senator, Ventress escaped to the planet of Mon Gazza. After discussing the matter with Chancellor Palpatine, Mundi and Grand Master Yoda contacted Skywalker and his Padawan, Tano, on Queel to give them their assignment to Mon Gazza.
On Mon Gazza, Skywalker, Tano and Clone trooper Captain CC-7567, nicknamed Rex, went undercover to find the stolen datadisk. The datadisk was stolen by the deceased senator's aide, Messo, who soon was killed by Skywalker. While the disk was not with the aide, the Jedi Knight concluded that the disk was with another Confederate spy on Mon Gazza. The group noticed a Twi'lek podracer, named Kidd Kareen, won a podrace. Kareen and his closest friend, Maxus, became Skywalker's suspects. Telling Tano to become friends with Kareen, Skywalker soon began to snoop around Kareen's pit inside a podrace hangar. Soon after, the first Mon Gazza podrace began. Skywalker entered Tano into the race, however she crashed her pod. After Kareen gave the Togruta a spare pod, Skywalker and Rex followed Maxus to a cantina, where they found him contacting Dooku.
The following day, Tano was racing in the Mon Gazza Maze with Kareen and Maxus. Skywalker and Rex watched her progress when they noticed Maxus had the data disk. Maxus soon began to bump into Tano's pod, threatening to kill the revealed Jedi. However, Kareen saved Tano by allowing her to jump onto his pod. Confronting the racers, Ventress jumped onto Maxus's pod and engaged Tano in a duel. Skywalker left Rex to save his Padawan on a speederbike. Ventress soon grabbed the data disk, though it was soon Force crushed by Skywalker. As Ventress escaped the scene; Skywalker, Tano and Kareen met up with Rex near the hangar. After leaving Kareen, the group departed Mon Gazza. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi contacted Skywalker via hologram and discussed about Skywalker's successful mission.
Mission to Taloraan
The Republic forces traveled to Kothlis to negotiate with the Bothans, but were confronted by a Confederate fleet upon arrival. After a brief battle, however, the Separatist forces retreated. Jedi Grand Master Yoda, Kenobi, Skywalker and Tano then entered negotiations with the Bothans' first secretary Desark Fey'lya, who thanked the Jedi for their efforts in repelling the Separatist attack. Tano, however, sensed that the secretary had probably invited the Separatists himself and expressed her concerns to the rest of the Jedi. Fey'lya felt insulted by Tano's words and declared that the Bothans and their Spynet would be open to both sides of the conflict.
Kenobi, Skywalker and Tano traveled to the planet of Taloraan to secure the shipment of tibanna with the Galactic Republic. They were unaware that the magister of Taloraan City, Orlin Denache secretly signed a treaty with Count Dooku, who was interested in making Taloraan a member of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. A Munificent-class star frigate under the command of Captain Canteval was sent to the planet and local CIS supporters led by Rynert began to smuggle B1 battle droids and Droidekas into the city.
Denache realized that the Jedi would detect his lies with the Force, so he pretended to became ill and his emissary Sech Govlinder was sent to negotiate in his place. After the first round of negotiations Ahsoka Tano went into the city and accidentally discovered battle droids stocked within a guarded warehouse. Canteval ordered the droids to attack her and the other Jedi, revealing the Confederate presence within the city. Kenobi and Skywalker accused Govlinder of treachery and tried to reach their Nu-class shuttle, but were incapacitated when the shuttle was blown up and taken into custody.
Meanwhile, Ahsoka Tano managed to leave the city of Denfrandi and persuade a tribe of Wind Raiders to join combat against Separatist forces. Govlinder himself felt manipulated by Denache and remained loyal to the Republic. Once he had the chance, he immediately freed both Jedi and returned to them their lightsabers. Afterward he led them to the city's central communication tower, where the Jedi were able to patch a message to their Star Destroyer, Resolute. Without the element of surprise Canteval's Munificent was unable to overpower the Venator on its own. With its shield weakening, the Munificent took several direct hits into its engines and, unable to maintain altitude, was sucked into the gas giant's core.
Meanwhile, the Resolute had sent several LAAT/i with clone reinforcements to help the loyalists regain control of the city. Rynert and his followers tried to hold, but against the combined strength of the Jedi, clone troopers, Denfrandi loyalists and the Wind Raiders they were outmatched and soon defeated. Facing a dead-end, magister Denache committed suicide by stepping off the edge of the city and falling into the care of the gas giant. Temporarily taking the rule of the city, Govlinder continued negotiations with the Jedi and acknowledged the support of the Wind Raiders, who also played a small part in the skirmish.
Battle of JanFathal
Skywalker agreed to let Tano to travel with Rex in a mission to the Leveler, a ship commanded by Gilad Pellaeon. Tano, Rex and a group of clones would go to JanFathal to rescue Hallena Davis. Skywalker rescued the group with a CR-20 troop carrier.
A missing friend
- "Hey! We'd like to buy a droid. You sellin'?"
- ―Skywalker aboard the Vulture's Claw
After Republic forces were bested at Falleen, Grievous' fleet headed to attack the Both system. Skywalker and Tano prepared to defend the strategic system. Grievous headed through the asteroid belt, and Skywalker led a fleet of V-19s in his starfighter with R2-D2. As the Separatist fleet started to attack the cruisers, it seemed that the Republic had been beaten, but Skywalker unveiled his "surprise" for Grievous: pre-dispatched All Terrain Tactical Enforcers in the asteroid field. The AT-TEs attacked the Separatist frigates from behind, and the Venator-class cruisers attacked from the front. Beaten, Grievous boarded his fighter and fled the battle. Skywalker pursued him in his starfighter, but flying debris from the disintegrating frigates caused damage to his ship. Fortunately, Rex was able to rescue him, but after recovering he learned that Artoo had gone missing.
With Artoo missing, Skywalker was given a replacement astromech droid, R3-S6, but was convinced that Artoo could never be replaced. In an attempt to find his friend, Skywalker went with Tano onboard the Twilight to search the battlefield. Finding his damaged ship without Artoo, Skywalker then proceeded to dock to a nearby scavenging ship, unaware of the fact that Trandoshan Gha Nachkt had already promised the droid to Grievous.
After returning to his cruiser, Skywalker reported to Kenobi that he wasn't able to find Artoo. Kenobi then instructed Skywalker to find the Separatist listening post that was apparently listening in on them, explaining the Separatists' intel on their strategies. Skywalker went to scout ahead with R3, but the astromech activated his starfighter's tracking beacon, alerting Grievous to his position. Skywalker managed to evade an attack by Vulture droids, and Tano and Rex came to his rescue aboard the Twilight. After chastising R3 for nearly getting killed, Skywalker held onto the belief that Artoo was still somewhere out there.
Mission to Skytop Station
- "You have something that belongs to me."
- ―Skywalker rescuing R2 from MagnaGuards
After receiving a message from Artoo, Skywalker managed to track his droid to Skytop Station, the listening post they had been looking for. Skywalker sent Tano and the clones to destroy the station while he went to search for Artoo. Skywalker found Artoo being carried away by Grievous's MagnaGuards, and successfully dispatched the droids. Skywalker then went with Artoo to the south hangar to escape with his team, but upon meeting up with Rex and Denal, he discovered that Tano had engaged Grievous alone and sent the two to complete the mission. As the group started to leave the hangar, they were locked in by R3, who revealed himself to be a spy for Grievous. R3 also activated three Vulture droids. Super battle droids appeared, and a fight broke out. After Tano returned, Skywalker reproved her for engaging Grievous alone, and he sent Artoo to find the controls on the outer platform to open the hangar. The group managed to dispatch the rest of the droids, and after Artoo opened the hangar door and also destroyed R3, Skywalker went out in his fighter to retrieve him. After conferring with an exasperated Kenobi, Skywalker told Tano that Artoo was more than a droid: he was a friend.
Capture of Gunray
- Skywalker: "I need you to depart for Rodia immediately."
- Tano: "Rodia?"
- Skywalker: "You are to oversee the transfer of Nute Gunray"
- ―Skywalker and Tano[src]
After Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray was captured during a mission to Rodia by Senator Amidalla, Skywalker, fearing for her safety, sent Tano to help Master Luminara Unduli escort Gunray to Coruscant for trial. However, Gunray managed to escape with the help of Ventress and a traitorous Senate Commando Captain Argyus. Skywalker then met up with Tano at a rendezvous point.
- Skywalker: "You should be more patient, Master. After all, the Count is an elderly gentlemen, and doesn't move like he used to."
- Kenobi: "I suppose you're right."
- Dooku: "I would kill you both right now if I did not have to drag your bodies."
- ―Skywalker and Kenobi mock Dooku as the three attempt to escape [src]
Kenobi and Skywalker managed to track Dooku aboard a Separatist frigate, and Skywalker devised a plan to get onboard. Once onboard, he allowed himself to be captured, and Kenobi came aboard to rescue him. After freeing Skywalker, the two Jedi confronted Dooku as the Resolute attacked the frigate, but Dooku managed to escape in his solar sailer, and the Jedi gave pursuit. Unfortunately, both ships sustained damage and crash-landed on Vanqor. Dooku trapped the two Jedi in a cave and stole Skywalker's lightsaber, but as he was taken to nearby Florrum by pirates, he was captured himself. After confronting a Gundark and poison gas, Kenobi and Skywalker were rescued by Tano, who was not pleased to find that her master had let Dooku escape.
Hondo Ohnaka contacted the Republic, seeking to turn over Dooku for one million credits. Skywalker and Kenobi were sent to Florrum to confirm that Dooku was in the captivity of the pirates, but after reporting back, they were captured themselves, discovering that the pirates were seeking to triple their pay. The two Jedi were forced to strike an uneasy alliance with Dooku to escape from the stronghold, but after multiple attempts the two Jedi were tortured. Fortunately, Jar Jar Binks, sent with Senator Kharrus to deliver the ransom, accidentally destroyed the power lines, and Skywalker and Kenobi managed to escape. The two retrieved their lightsabers, but left on even terms with Ohnaka. Dooku, however, had managed to escape separately.
Battle of Quell
- "Take care of that clanker! I'll be aboard Aayla's cruiser."
- ―Skywalker to Tano
When Jedi General Aayla Secura was attacked by the Separatists, the Resolute was sent to help her. Arriving above Quell, Skywalker and Tano went on gunships to land on the cruiser, but Skywalker used a rocket droid to land on the cruiser. Skywalker called a frigate for an evacuation of the cruiser, and met up with Secura and Bly with Tano. However, increasing Separatist fire caused a raging inferno to run through the cruiser, and Skywalker sacrificed himself to save the others, severely injuring himself in the process. Secura and Tano managed to get him onboard the frigate, but as they prepared to dock with the Resolute to give Skywalker medical attention, an assault by several Vulture droids caused the hyperdrive to accidentally activate, and they were forced to detach from the cruiser.
Tano piloted the frigate to narrowly avoid hitting a star, but the ship was forced to crash-land on the remote world of Maridun. Leaving Rex to watch over Skywalker, Secura, Tano and the rest of the clones went in search of the planet's inhabitants for medical support for Skywalker. Rex was attacked by a Mastif phalone, but managed to fend it off. Just as a second group of the creatures attacked Skywalker and Rex, Tano arrived with Bly and Wag Too, who was a healer belonging to the pacifist Lurmen colony. They managed to fend off the creatures and brought Skywalker to the Lurmen village.
Battle of Maridun
- "Ahsoka…Stop. If the Lurmen want to remain neutral, we won't force them into war."
- ―Skywalker to Tano in the Lurmen Village on Maridun
When Separatists arrived on Maridun, Tee Watt Kaa, leader of the Lurmen, accused the Jedi of bringing the war to their planet. Skywalker, Tano, Rex and Bly left the village so that the Lurmen would not pay the consequence of their presence. After discovering that the Separatists were planning on testing a new weapon on the Lurmen, the group took a shuttle back to the Lurmen village to defend them. The group set up shields and managed to survive a blast from the weapon, as well as the first wave of droids. However, the second wave of droids managed to penetrate the shield and destroyed it. As the Separatists prepared to use the Defoliator again, Skywalker arrived and managed to destroy it, along with capturing General Lok Durd. As the Jedi prepared to leave, a fleet of three Venator-class cruisers arrived on the planet: Admiral Yularen was apparently able to find them on his own.
Battle on Orto Plutonia
- "I thought this planet was uninhabited and therefore it's not aligned."
- ―Skywalker to Chairman Cho
After losing contact with a Republic base on Orto Plutonia, Kenobi and Skywalker were sent to investigate with a squad of cold assault troopers under the command of Captain Rex. Arriving on the severely cold planet, the Jedi discovered that the planet was inhabited by Talz, contrary to previous belief. However, Chairman Chi Cho of the nearby moon of Pantora was insulted by the Talz occupancy of the planet, and declared war, despite the Jedi's efforts to bring forth peace. However, Senator Riyo Chuchi convened with the Pantoran Assembly and called Cho out of order, and she was able to bring forth peace between the two worlds at the cost of the Cho's life.
Blue Shadow Virus Scare
- "Padmé may be lost, Anakin. Don't risk the mission trying to rescue her. […]
"I know what's at stake here."
- ―Kenobi and Skywalker, as they prepare to attack Vindi's laboratory
Kenobi, Skywalker and Tano arrived on Naboo when there was evidence of a secret Separatist lab there. When Skywalker learned that Amidala had left without waiting for them, he immediately became worried and sent Tano to find them. Captain Typho reported that they had lost contact with her and Binks, but they had discovered that Separatist-allied Dr. Nuvo Vindi was planning on releasing the Blue Shadow Virus back into the galaxy. He noted that Amidala had managed to transmit the coordinates of the secret lab before contact was lost. When Tano reported back, Kenobi instructed her to lead an attack on the south entrance, while Skywalker and Kenobi plan to enter the lab through the hatches. Kenobi attempted to convince Skywalker to not risk the mission just to save her, and Skywalker replied that he "knew what was at stake".
Arriving over the lab, the gunships dropped bombs over the hatches, and Skywalker entered the lab with his squad. He found that Tano's distraction was working, and proceeded to break into the main room. Vindi started to electrocute Amidala and Binks, and forced the group to lay down their weapons to save them. Skywalker complied without hesitation. Vindi gave Skywalker a choice: capture him or save his friends, and turned the electrocution back on and escaped. Skywalker retrieved his lightsaber, but instead of going after Vindi, he proceeded to free Amidala and Binks. Vindi activated the virus bombs, and Skywalker and Kenobi found him escaping in the landing bay. Vindi threw down virus capsules, forcing Kenobi to stop attacking and retrieve them. However, with some help from Peppi Bow, Skywalker succeeded in stopping the mad doctor.
Mission to Iego
- "The virus is liberated. You are doomed, young Jedi, along with the rest of the planet."
- ―Vindi to Skywalker and Kenobi as the Blue Shadow Virus is released
Skywalker and Kenobi prepared to escort Nuvo Vindi to Theed for trial, but far down below, an alarm began to sound. Skywalker contacted Tano and found that Vindi's servant droid LEP-86C8 had succeeded in liberating the Blue Shadow Virus, and he contacted Amidala to make sure she was all right. Amidala stated that she would stop any remaining droids from escaping and setting the virus free, and Skywalker told her to be careful. Skywalker forcefully interrogated Vindi for the antidote, but Vindi taunted him. Kenobi convinced Skywalker that the quickest way to save his friends was to go back to Theed and find an actual cure, and Skywalker crossly complied.
Arriving back at Theed, Skywalker and Kenobi handed Vindi over, and Typho informed Kenobi and Skywalker that he had found a possible cure: Reeksa root, found only on Iego. He mentioned that would be suicide trying to go there. Skywalker, however, decided to go there anyway, and he and Kenobi boarded the Twilight. Upon arriving on Iego, they passed through a graveyard of ships in Iego's orbit, and when they landed they were greeted by strangely disfigured droids. Skywalker proceeded to eliminate them, but Kenobi alerted him to the fact that they weren't attempting to defend themselves. They met Jaybo Hood, who reprogrammed the droids once the Separatists left the planet, and told them that "Drol", the phantom ruler of Iego, was preventing the inhabitants from leaving the planet.
Skywalker and Kenobi obtained the root after being attacked by the plant itself, but as they tried to leave the planet, a laser web activated, and Kenobi concluded that the Separatists planted it when they left. After learning that the Separatists had stolen Millius Prime, home to the Angels, when they attacked, Skywalker concluded that it must be where the laser emitter was. Jaybo gave R2-D2 remote control of four Vulture droids, and Artoo attempted to fly them into the laser emitter, but all were destroyed. Kenobi then managed to shoot the generator, destroying the laser field and liberating the inhabitants of Iego. Skywalker and Kenobi then returned to Naboo, where they arrived in time to save their friends.
Battle of Ryloth
Battle over the planet
- Skywalker: "It was a trap, Snips. It wasn't your fault."
- Tano: "I lost so many of my pilots."
- Skywalker: "Take heart, little one. That's the reality of command."
- ―Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano[src]
After Techno Union Foreman Wat Tambor seized control of the planet Ryloth and its inhabitants, the Jedi Council devised a plan to invade and liberate the planet, and dispatched Skywalker and Tano to destroy the Separatist blockade and clear the way for the invasion forces to land. The Resolute arrived out of hyperspace over Ryloth, along with the Defender and Redeemer, just in front of the blockade. Tano led a squadron for the first time, leading Blue Squadron, and managed to cut away through the advancing Vulture droids. However, after Separatist reinforcements arrived out of hyperspace, Admiral Yularen and Skywalker ordered Tano back to the Resolute, but she disobeyed, thinking that she could still complete her mission. The Vulture droids began suicidal runs on the Resolute, and one droid hit its bridge, severely injuring Admiral Yularen. Tano finally returned to the Resolute, but lost half her battle group along the way. The Resolute and Defender retreated to hyperspace, but the Redeemer was too damaged to follow.
After ordering a head count to find how many men they lost, Skywalker reprimanded his Padawan for disobeying a direct order. She argued that he himself disobeyed orders all the time, but took full responsibility for her actions, if rather severely. Skywalker attempted to console her, stating that loss was the reality of command, before leaving to give a report on their progress to Generals Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi. After he reported their losses, Kenobi recommended that Skywalker give his Padawan some time to recover, but stated that he would need her to complete his mission. Despite only half his forces remaining, Skywalker was given one planetary rotation to destroy the blockade. He sent Rex to find Tano, and she met him while he was repairing her starfighter with the help of R2-D2. After stating that they had to finish their mission without reinforcements, Tano started to panic and questioned his readiness. Skywalker ordered her back to her quarters to "cool off."
Later, Tano joined him in the hangar bay of the Resolute and discovered that he had devised a plan to pilot the Defender alone and destroy the lead control ship to take out the commander and thereby leave only outmaneuverable droids in command of the blockade. Tano attempted to change his mind, but he left for the Defender with R2-D2, leaving her in charge of the Resolute, and responsible for both his life and destroying the rest of the blockade. After arriving out of hyperspace, Skywalker proceeded to contact the commander of the lead ship, Captain Mar Tuuk, who had already learned much about him from the archives. Skywalker stated that he had been ordered to surrender himself, his crew and his vessel in exchange for safe passage to deliver supplies to Ryloth. However, a scan of the Defender revealed his deception to Tuuk, and Skywalker proceeded to gun the engines of the Defender and head it straight for the ship. Tuuk fled the battlefield, and the Resolute arrived out of hyperspace. Tano's plan to angle the hull of the Resolute toward the blockade to act as a screen so that the fighters could launch went off without a hitch, and Tano led a team of fighters on a successful attack on the blockade. The invasion force arrived out of hyperspace with Generals Kenobi and Windu aboard, and Tano dispatched a shuttle to retrieve her master.
Retaking the capital city
After Kenobi and his men were able to take out the proton cannons and allow the transports to land, Windu headed for the capital with his forces. During a holographic conference with Palpatine, Yoda, Admiral Yularen, Senator Orn Free Taa and Windu, Skywalker reported that his forces had secured the space around Ryloth, and that the Separatist cruisers were on the run. However, Wat Tambor soon deployed Hyena-class bombers to destroy the nearby villages, and Skywalker engaged them in his fighter, accompanied by Tano. Tambor's tactical droid TA-175 and his shuttle left without him, but Count Dooku still ordered the bombers to destroy Lessu, despite the fact that Tambor was still there. However, before the bombers could destroy the Republic forces and the Twi'lek inhabitants, Skywalker and Tano shot them down. Tambor was captured, and the Republic was victorious: Ryloth was finally free once more.
Following the liberation of Lessu, Skywalker and Tano were left in command of the operations against the remaining Confederate holdouts on the planet. The two Jedi led their 501st Legion clone troopers through the ruined city of Resdin, gradually clearing out the droid forces that were encamped there. During the conflict, Clone Captain CC-7567 and Clone Sergeant CS-2207 were captured by the bounty hunter Cad Bane, who was on the run after stealing the Gravitic Core, a part of Separatist scientist Kul Teska's newly developed superweapon. The clones were eventually rescued by Skywalker and Tano, but while trying to escape from Resdin, they and Bane were attacked by Teska himself, who planned to steal the Gravitic Core from them. When the Skakoan attempted to seize the Core with a grappling hook, Skywalker used the Force to throw it into Bane's ship. 
Tano pinned Bane beneath a metal slab, preventing him from running off with his ship. An enraged Teska engaged the Jedi, charging at them using the enhanced abilities of his modified pressure suit and firing volleys of missiles from launchers mounted on his back. After Skywalker repeatedly used the Force to redirect his missiles back at him, Teska encased the two Jedi within an energy bubble, incapacitating them. However, before Teska could escape in Bane's ship, Rex and Boomer arrived and confronted Teska until the Skakoan was eventually forced to issue and ultimatum: either save their Jedi commanders or kill Teska. As the energy bubble began to close in on Skywalker and Tano, the clones decided to chose to rescue the Jedi. While the clones deactivated the bubble, Teska boarded The Sleight of Hand and escaped with his weapon. Cad Bane also escaped, fleeing Ryloth and the Republic forces.
Skywalker and Tano contacted Jedi Grand Master Yoda and Generals Windu, Kenobi, Plo Koon, and Kit Fisto on Juma 9. The group was joined by the Jedi Aayla Secura and Luminara Unduli, who had encountered Separatist forces on the world of Alzoc III, where Bane had stolen the Core from Teska. During the holographic transmission, the Jedi received a distress signal from Senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo, who was investigating Confederate activity on Behpour, a planet in the Naboo system. Amidala reported that she had been spotted before her connection was severed. The Jedi prepared to lay siege to Teska's facility on Behpour, from which the Skakoan had harnessed his gravitic beam to collapse the Naboo sun, with the objective of rescuing the Senator and destroying the Confederate superweapon.
Battle of Behpour
Commander Cody and Captain Rex created a diversion while Skywalker and Kenobi snuck into the droid facility and destroyed the shield generator, allowing the main body of troops, commanded by Windu and Tano, to destroy the main building. Inside, Skywalker and Tano faced Teska, while Rex, Cody, and Ponds brought the Twilight to the rendezvous point while trying to escape Dooku, who was trying to impeded their advance. By the time Masters Kenobi and Windu arrived, the Count was already close to destroying the freighter. After a short duel, Windu and Kenobi defeated Dooku, while the clones escaped. Before they could capture him, however, Dark Acolyte Asajj Ventress appeared and took her injured master to a hidden Sheathipede-class transport shuttle, in which they escaped. Meanwhile, Skywalker and his Padawan had already diffused the bomb, defeated Teska and saved the Senator. In the end, the Jedi escaped with the Senator Amidala, leaving Teska and his experiments to die in the burning wreckage of the laboratory.
Skywalker, Tano, Kenobi and Master Plo Koon were sent to counter General Grievous's attack on Felucia. The Republic forces engaged the Confederate Navy above the planet and began to break-up their advancement; however, waves of Vulture droids caused problems for the Republic group. Few clone trooper transports made it to the planet surface to aide Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. As battle droids continued to fire on the struggling clone troopers, General Koon cleared the skies of Vulture droids, inside his starfighter. Meanwhile, a Vulture droid fragment fell from the sky and landed on one of the Republic's AT-TE walkers. Seeing that the Republic forces had lost much of its reinforcements, Kenobi signaled for an immediate retreat; however, both Kenobi and Skywalker noticed that Tano has been missing. Contacting her through his comlink, Tano revealed that she has engaged another group of battle droids. The Jedi Master told her that the Republic forces are retreating and she needed to return, although the Togruta Padawan denied and told him that she has broke through the Separatists' defense. However, Skywalker and Kenobi landed their LAAT/i gunships infront of Tano's Juggernaut Turbo Tank, which caused her to shout at Skywalker in dismay. After Skywalker forced her to enter his gunship, she complied and entered it. As the Republic forces—onboard the LAAT/i gunships—lifted above the ground, the forces within them witnessed the destruction of Tano's Turbo Tank and its reinforcements.
The stolen Holocron
After leaving Felucia, the Republic forces returned to Coruscant. Inside the Jedi Temple council chamber, Skywalker and Tano stood before Jedi Masters Mace Windu and Yoda. Kenobi had given the Council information on what the Padawan had done on Felucia. After, Windu informed the Padawan if she agrees with Kenobi's claims. Tano agreed, and told the Jedi Master that she is regretful of her actions and only was "caught in the moment." Skywalker defended his Padawan by taking the blame; however, Windu dismissed his claim. The Jedi Master then announced that Tano would take time off from the battlefield and become a Jedi Archives guard, under the assistance of Jedi Librarian Jocasta Nu. Skywalker and Tano soon left the council chamber and headed for the Archives room. Along the way, Tano reflected on her actions and apologized to her master; however, Skywalker told her that he was once a struggling Jedi Padawan not too long ago. The Jedi Knight soon greeted Nu, who was near her desk outside the main Archives hall. Skywalker introduced Tano to Nu, and told the Jedi Librarian that Tano was to be her new guard officer.
Later, Cad Bane would sneak in the Jedi Temple to steal a Holocron. Skywalker, Tano and Kenobi captured Bane's ally, Cato Parasitti. However, Bane managed to escape. Windu told the Jedi that Bane wanted the Kyber memory crystal which could only be read by holocrons and contained information about every known Force-sensitive child in the galaxy, the future of the Jedi Order. Windu also told them that Jedi Master Bolla Ropal was the keeper of the crystal. Skywalker and Tano would then go to the Devaron system to capture Bane.
- "I…don't have the holocron memory and…I seem to have misplaced my Padawan."
- ―Anakin Skywalker
Skywalker and Tano attacked Cad Bane's fleet over Devaron. After disabling his ship, Skywalker, Tano, Artoo and a team of clone troopers entered Bane's ship using AT-TE walkers. The Republic team then entered the bridge and destroyed its crew. However, Bane had escaped through a chute. After clearing the main bridge, the Jedi found a hologram recording of Bane's conversation with Gunray, which confirmed that he was in possession of the kyber crystal. To prevent Bane from escaping the ship, Rex and his squad destroyed the ship's supply of escape pods. Admiral Yularen witnessed an explosion in the ship's aft section, but Skywalker still pressed on to find Ropal.
The Jedi and clones searched the ship for Ropal, and Tano found his body in a prison cell. Skywalker ordered a few clones to bring Ropal's body to the Resolute. They had no other options than to find Bane and retrieve the crystal. Bane had deactivated the ship's lights using his wrist-com, and so the clones were forced to use night vision. Bane was spotted, and the Jedi pursued. He led them to the ship's gunnery deck, where he reactivated the lights to reveal an army of droids awaiting. The droids opened fire, and in the midst of the firefight, Bane used his wrist-com to deactivate the ship's artificial gravity wells, turning the ship into a zero gravity environment. The clones were trained for this type of situation, and were equipped with magnetic boots, as were the droids. To make matters worse, the gunnery deck was full of ammunition canisters, which meant stray fire could cause the entire gunnery deck to explode.
Bane and Skywalker fought. Skywalker kicked Bane in the face, which caused him to float away in a spinning motion, causing the holocron to fall out of Bane's duster. Just as Skywalker was about to grab it, R2-D2 reactivated the gravity, sending him, Bane, and the holocron falling to the floor. As Skywalker was dazed, Bane snatched the holocron and fled. Skywalker pursued, but Bane distracted him by causing a clone attached to the ceiling with his magnetized boots to fall. While Skywalker was distracted saving the clone, Tano gave chase. Bane used his wrist-com to close the blast door, separating Tano from her master. When Skywalker attempted to cut through the door, a droid accidentally shot an ammo canister, causing the ceiling to collapse, trapping Skywalker in the rubble.
As Bane reached a dead end in the hallway, he took a shot at Tano, which she easily deflected back to his left arm. Bane managed to disarm Tano, but she still managed to flip the bounty hunter onto the floor. She thought she had beaten him, but the bounty hunter grabbed her ankle and delivered a massive stun charge through her body, incapacitating her. Skywalker sensed this, and in his rage broke through the rubble that surrounded him. When he received the order from Admiral Yularen to abandon the mission because the ship was about to explode, he in turn ordered Yularen to move the Resolute a safe distance from the ship and moved on to save his Padawan.
Skywalker found Tano trapped in an energy field, right in front of an airlock. Bane threatened to open the airlock unless Skywalker opened the holocron. Skywalker accepted and dropped his lightsaber. He then opened the holocron. But then, Skywalker grabbed his lightsaber and Tano's and attacked Bane. However, Bane opened the airlock and escaped. Skywalker rescued Tano and the two went to the hangar. The team would later return to the Resolute. Although Bane was presumed dead, Skywalker still felt his presence.
Rescuing the children
Skywalker and Tano returned from their failed mission to recapture the holocron captured by Cad Bane whom they believed to be dead land on the Resolute orbiting the Devaron System. Tano followed the clone trooper who supposedly killed Cad Bane constantly asking questions with no answers from the clone. Skywalker, in the meantime, investigated green Duros blood residing inside the ship and was alerted to the danger. He warned Tano, but it was too late. She was kneed in the midsection by Cad Bane disguised as the clone trooper, who ran to another ship to get away. Anakin attempted to stop him by jumping onto the ship, but Bane moved the ship and Anakin fell off. Anakin then helplessly contacted Admiral Yularen and told him to deactivate the hyperspace rings, but he, too, was too late, and Cad Bane escaped.
Back on Coruscant, Skywalker and Tano reported to the Jedi Council of the unfortunate turn of events. With Bane having access to all Force-sensitive children in the holocron and that the information was in Separatist hands, it could be disastrous for the Order. Their only hope was to search through the Force to watch for any kidnappings.
Yoda, Kenobi, Mace Windu and Skywalker meditated, trying to detect any children through the Force, as many were being overshadowed by the dark side. Skywalker and Tano then headed to Naboo to secure a Gungan child.
They arrived on Naboo and secured the child, Roo-Roo Page. Bane was captured later that night, but refused to reveal the locations of the other captured children, and his ship's navigation logs had been wiped. Therefore, Skywalker, Windu and Kenobi simultaneously used the Force to make him talk, with the risk of destroying his mind. The experience was hard on Bane and he cooperated.
With Bane as their guide, Kenobi and Windu prepared to go find the children. Windu pointed out that they had to report to the Chancellor about this, but Kenobi insisted that this is a Jedi affair; Skywalker advocated contacting Palpatine.
On Coruscant, Skywalker reported to Palpatine about the plot. He expressed his belief that Dooku wasn't behind it, but he didn't know who was. Palpatine told him to have patience.
Back on the Resolute, Skywalker and Tano checked Bane's fighter for any clues. Tano found volcanic ash on its hull, while Skywalker looked through its fueling log, determining that Bane had dropped his hostages on Mustafar. They then headed out in the Twilight. However, the facility was set to sink in the lava as Master-Padawan team entered it, drawn by Wee's cries. The droids inside used the children as shields when fighting the Jedi, while the facility tore itself apart. Nonetheless, the Jedi managed to snatch the children away from the droids and escape before the entire facility fell into the lava.
When they returned to Coruscant, Skywalker admitted to the Council that they were unable to find out who was behind the kidnappings, and the Jedi Masters revealed to Skywalker and Tano that Bane had escaped.
The Zillo Beast
Later in the war, Skywalker oversaw the Battle of Malastare with Mace Windu, supervising the drop of the Republic's new electro-proton bomb to destroy the droid armies. Unbeknownst to either Jedi, the bomb awoke a creature thought to be long dead, the zillo beast. When Windu, venturing into the bomb-created pit to examine things himself, found the beast altogether overwhelming, he contacted Skywalker, who abandoned his talks with Doge Nakha Urus to pilot his starfighter into the fray with R2-D2. Despite his extraordinary piloting skills, Skywalker soon found himself swatted aside by the beast, narrowly escaping being crushed altogether by the creature's large hand. While defending himself against the zillo beast, Skywalker made the important discovery that the beast's scales were impervious to lightsabers. Using R2-D2 to fly him up and out of the pit, he later led the conference with Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, acting as a middle-man between Urus, who wanted to destroy the beast immediately, and Windu, who adamantly supported the Jedi belief that all life-forms should be preserved whenever possible. Although Skywalker suggested that the beast should be subdued and transferred to a planet in the Outer Rim, Urus ridiculed the idea, stating that zillo beasts had been the enemies of the Dugs for centuries and that it was their sworn duty to destroy it. When Dr. Sionver Boll proposed that the beast's scales might be used as a new technology for armor, Palpatine ordered that intense stun rays be used to render the beast comatose, fooling the Dugs into believing it dead and transporting it off-world for further examination. Although a fierce argument broke out between Windu and Urus, the matter was decided when Urus' method of pouring toxins into the pit caused the beast to climb up out of it, forcing the Jedi to use their stun rays to incapacitate it and, under Palpatine's orders, transport it to Coruscant. Dismayed with the resulting inhumane experiments performed on the beast, Windu informed Obi-Wan Kenobi of the matter, who in turn persuaded Skywalker's wife Padmé Amidala to convince him to take the matter to Palpatine. While meeting with the Supreme Chancellor, the enraged zillo beast escaped its confinements, intent on pursuing a vendetta after overhearing Palpatine order its termination in the name of winning the war and science. After Amidala spotted the beast making its way towards the Senate buildings, Palpatine ordered the evacuation of his office, taking Skywalker, Amidala, and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 down to his private shuttle, where they were snatched out of the air soon after take-off by the zillo beast's massive claws. Skywalker was able to slice the shuttle in half using his lightsaber, allowing a hatch for the occupants to escape onto the Senate building's roof. Skywalker saved Amidala from falling off of the sloped building using the Force, and with the help of Yoda and Aayla Secura protected the escape group from fatal toxin bombs that eventually led to the beast's demise.
Trap on Vanqor
The starship Endurance was later sabotaged by Boba Fett, who wanted to exact revenge on Mace Windu for killing his father. His sabotage attempt put many young clones at risk, but they were rescued by Skywalker and Windu.
Windu and Skywalker transferred the survivors to a Republic medical ship before heading down to the planet to look for survivors. Skywalker pointed out upon coming across the ship that, whilst it is in a terrible shape, the bridge appears to be in one piece. The two Jedi set down behind the ship, at which point R2-D2 beeps that he has a 'bad feeling about this place'. Windu chastised Skywalker for encouraging individuality in his droid. Windu, Skywalker, R2 and R8-B7 proceeded to the ship, unaware of gundarks following them. Once inside, the Jedi came across clone troopers killed not by the crash but by execution; Windu theorized that those who tried to assassinate him may have come down looking for his body and killed the survivors. The droids were sent to search for survivors whilst the Jedi head to the bridge. In the process of their search R2 and R8 were attacked by a pair of gundarks: R8 was ripped apart and R2 was knocked across the floor. Meanwhile Anakin then spotted a Mandalorian helmet. Mace then realized that the saboteur was none other than the clone template, Jango Fett's son, Boba. Luckily windu was able to save anakin from the full blast. R2, realizing that Skywalker and Windu were at danger, returned to the bridge and saw Windu unconscious and Skywalker wounded, both buried under rubble. Skywalker told R2 to send a message and R2 delivers it to Plo Koon and Tano, who rescued the two Jedi. After spending time in a Bacta tank at the jedi temple, Anakin urged Windu to track boba fett down and bring him justice. Mace doesnt agree to do this till master plo and ahsoka show them a message from boba and Aurra Sing, which indictates they have hostages. After seeing Commander Ponds shot in cold blood by sing, windu decides to go. Master plo however says he will go, since windu and skywalker are still recovering.
Senate hostage crisis
- "Young Skywalker… Not so impressive without your lightsaber, are you, Jedi?"
- ―Cad Bane to an unconscious Skywalker
Upon visiting with his wife Padmé Amidala in her senate office, Skywalker asked her to sneak away with him on a meditative retreat. Amidala denied this request, stating she had a bill to present before the Galactic Senate. They discussed their marriage, though Amidala thought Skywalker was just teasing her. After stating "There's nothing more important than the way I feel about you," he gave her his lightsaber as a sign of trust. The two shared a kiss, then were interrupted by C-3PO's and Senator Organa's voices. Skywalker hid under Amidala's desk, not being able to retrieve his lightsaber. Amidala was forced to hide it while she met with other senators about the Enhanced Privacy Invasion Bill. Meanwhile, Cad Bane's posse arrived at the Senate Building, and killed the Senate Commandos guarding the landing platform.
The bounty hunters then captured the senators, including Padmé Amidala, Riyo Chuchi, and Bail Organa. Robonino shut off the building's power, catching Skywalker's attention. Skywalker located the hostages, but got spotted by Bane. He found and hot-wired a terminal with his comlink and contacted Palpatine, who advised him to get to the central power core and turn off the security seals. Skywalker hid as Bane's men—an IG-86 sentinel droid and Shahan Alama—came by, the latter of whom Skywalker used a mind trick on, making them both go check the other floors. Skywalker then went searching around the building, ran into the IG-86 sentinel droid, and beat it to destruction with his bare hands. He eventually found the power core, but before he could reach it, Alama engaged him in a short battle. Skywalker managed to steal his blaster, but it was soon shot out of his hands by Aurra Sing. Robonino was then able to knock Skywalker unconscious. The bounty hunters brought him to Bane, who then had them put explosive lasers around the senators and the Jedi Knight. After Skywalker regained consciousness, Amidala handed him his lightsaber, which he then used to cut a hole in the floor in order to get the senators to safety.
Spy in the Galactic Senate
Skywalker discreetly returned to Coruscant to his wife Padmé's apartment, and they prepared for a long-awaited romantic evening together, when Skywalker was signaled by the Council to return to the Temple, forcing him to cut his evening short. He told Amidala that duty comes first, especially in times of war.
Before the Council, he was told that they needed a spy in the Senate to spy on Senator Rush Clovis, who was suspected of being a Separatist supporter. However, they couldn't afford to have Jedi taking official action in this, thus they needed to convince Amidala to join their cause, as she was close to Clovis. Though Skywalker did not believe that she would be right for the job, the Masters insisted on him appointing her, because she trusted him; Yoda had attempted to enlist her but was rebuffed.
The next day, at the Senate, Skywalker located his wife, who was obviously resentful of him leaving her the previous night. He asked her about Clovis, and she said she already told Yoda she didn't want to spy on him, as he was a colleague and an old friend. She thought Skywalker was trying to persuade her into doing this mission, but he was merely gathering information for whomever else would end up doing it. However, when Amidala learned that Clovis was collaborating with the Separatists, she immediately agreed to do it. Skywalker tried to convince her not to, considering that it may be dangerous, but she reminded him that duty comes first.
They both went before the Jedi Council, where Amidala admitted that she hadn't seen Clovis for a long time. They were close in the past, but she wanted to maintain a professional relationship, which he took very hard. The Masters encouraged her to regain his trust in finding out his treachery.
Amidala and Clovis met at a bar, where he explained that he was planning on going to Cato Neimoidia to negotiate with the Trade Federation; he offered her to come along, for political and personal reasons. As they were preparing to depart, Skywalker, being the pilot for Amidala's ship, became jealous when Clovis kissed her on both cheeks. He assisted them with getting seated on the ship, preparing a seat for Amidala, and breaking the one next to it, so that it couldn't get fastened. On takeoff, he jerked the ship around to prevent Clovis from kissing Amidala again.
As soon as they arrived on Cato Neimoidia, they were greeted by Neimoidian Senator Lott Dod. Amidala was shown to her quarters, while Dod and Clovis discussed "business" with Poggle the Lesser. Dod and Poggle realized that Amidala was Clovis' weakness and planned on poisoning her to force him to cooperate.
While Skywalker and R2-D2 waited outside for Amidala's signal, she got into an elegant dress for dinner with the other Senators. Dod tricked her into sharing his drink after smearing the rim with poison. Once dinner was finished, Clovis took Amidala on a tour of the palace, both unaware of the symptoms of the poison, including thirst and head throbbing. While Clovis went to fetch a drink, Amidala attempted to access the palace's files, but was barred by the computer's demand for a passcode. She soon figured out that it is her name, and saw the diagram from Dooku's new droid foundry. She then signaled Skywalker, who snuck into her quarters. As soon as she took the disc plans, she hid them from Clovis, who had entered the room. When he asked to hold her hand, she spontaneously embraced him to hide the disc. She noticed Skywalker in the shadows, his face bursting with anger and jealousy, but she calmed him down by brandishing the disc. She discreetly gave it to him, but as he slipped away, Amidala passed out. Clovis reported this to Dod, but was informed that Amidala was a spy. At first he refused to believe it, but was convinced when he found the disc missing. He angrily confronted her for betraying him, but then Skywalker entered, demanding that he step away from her. Clovis ultimately offered to get the antidote in exchange for the disc, but Skywalker threatened him with dealing with Dod instead. If Dod were told that Clovis lost the disc, he would kill him. Clovis realized that he loved Amidala enough to save her, and agreed to help them back to the ship before Dod found anything out.
As they carried her back to the ship, they ran into Dod and his aides. Clovis attempted to bluff his way out, but Dod refused to let them leave, so Clovis pulled out a blaster. Dod was forced to give up the antidote, and the three ran away. However, Skywalker purposely left Clovis on the planet, as he himself injected Amidala with the antidote.
Second Battle of Geonosis
Returning to the galactic capital of Coruscant, Skywalker and Amidala reported their findings to the Jedi Council. Afterward, Generals Plo Koon and Skywalker and the latter's Padawan, Commander Ahsoka Tano, were assigned to reinforce the planet Dorin, which had been attacked by a Separatist fleet led by Confederate General Grievous in an effort to keep the Jedi's attention away from Geonosis. The Republic defeated the Separatists, with Tano achieving 55 kills, while Skywalker achieved 76.
They joined together with the Republic fleet in orbit of Geonosis and prepared strategically for the attack on Poggle's droid foundries on the planet. High Jedi Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ki-Adi-Mundi with Jedi General Skywalker would lead the Grand Army's attack on the primary droid foundry.
When the Republic's capital ships descended upon Geonosis, Skywalker's assault force—including Captain Rex and Commander Tano—departed after Kenobi's. Skywalker's gunship was one of the first to be shot down, but the Jedi's team managed to break free from the wreckage and used the fallen craft as cover from the nearby Geonosian gunners and blaster cannons.
Left on their own, Skywalker, Tano, Rex, and their men traveled on foot to reach the enemy cannons. They arrived at the massive gun emplacement fortress and were forced to take cover from the assailing B1 battle droids and B2 super battle droids high above. With the large amounts of laser barrages from above, Skywalker and Tano each took a backpack filled with thermal detonators and ran toward the adjacent cliff, using grappling hooks to scale the face in order to set their charges to topple the wall. Captain Rex joined the two Jedi on the top of the barrier, helping them to defeat a pair droidekas that were soon deployed from hatches. After Skywalker and Tano had tossed their primed detonator-filled backpacks into the hatches, they and Rex jumped off the wall shortly before it exploded. The Jedi used the Force to slow their fall and hold back the rubble. With the wall destroyed, Skywalker, Tano, and their forces pressed toward Kenobi's position.
Joining forces with Mundi, Skywalker contacted Admiral Yularen to request air support. Having reallocated resources since Commander Jet's previous request, Yularen dispatched a free Y-wing squadron to the rendezvous point, where Kenobi and Cody were suffering numerous casualties at the hands of the Geonosians initiating flying attacks from the sky and attack runs on the ground. As the Jedi Master prepared to take up arms alongside his men in what he believed would be a final stand against the Geonosians, the Y-wing bombers arrived, dropping their munitions on the advancing Separatist tanks. With the rest of his troops pressing on, Kenobi was greeted by the arrival of Skywalker, Tano, Mundi, and the rest of the forces.
The Jedi and their clone officers convened on the task still at hand: the destruction of the shield generator. Skywalker would lead a small squad into the shield and jam the Geonosians' scanners, rendering them unable to target the incoming AT-TE walkers. Once the walkers had taken out the shield, Mundi would then bring the rest of the troops in with the gunships. After all of the Republic forces were in position, Skywalker and Tano initiated their attack and charged through the shield with their men. Exchanging fire with the Geonosians, the Jedi and troopers took cover and threw EMP grenades at the proton and LR1K cannons, temporarily disabling the Separatist guns. Unopposed by heavy fire, the AT-TE walkers marched through the shield and blasted the artillery stations and shield generator. As the shield was deactivated, Mundi and his gunships landed with additional reinforcements, and all of the Geonosians in the area were forced to surrender.
While they were recuperating, Skywalker and Tano tallied their kills: Skywalker got 55 and Tano got 60. However, Skywalker said that since he called in the air strike, it was a tie. The injured Generals Kenobi and Mundi were being taken to the gunships with Skywalker's expectations to see both of them back in action by the time the main droid foundry had been destroyed. Mundi then stated that his kills were 65, asking what he won. Skywalker answered "My everlasting respect", to which Kenobi explained that respect was a rare gift for Skywalker to bestow.
Skywalker's forces combined with Ki-Adi-Mundi's remaining troops and formed a staging area across from Poggle the Lesser's primary foundry, which was nearing completion. The Republic's forces were separated from the foundry by a thin bridge that spanned a deep canyon. In anticipation of stiff resistance from the foundry's defenders, Skywalker called in reinforcements from General Luminara Unduli and her Padawan, Barriss Offee. While Tano was briefing her clone squad on the battle plan, Skywalker kept finishing her sentences. Once the briefing was over, she demanded of him why he was interrupting her, which made her believe he didn't trust her. Skywalker defended himself by saying that he just wanted to get the job done right, but this only strengthened Tano's irritation. They were arguing just as Unduli and Offee arrived to discuss the plan of attack. Although General Skywalker had been preparing for a direct assault via the bridge, General Unduli offered an alternative: the infiltration of the catacombs that ran beneath the foundry. By using these complex passageways, the Jedi could reach the foundry's control room and plant explosives on the main reactor, destroying the facility from within. It was decided that the mission to destroy the reactor would be undertaken by Tano and Barriss Offee, the latter of who had memorized all two hundred junctions between the catacomb's tunnels in preparation. Skywalker was uncertain if Tano was ready for this, but she insisted she was. While the Padawans were infiltrating the catacombs, Generals Skywalker and Unduli would lead their forces in a forward assault on the foundry's main entrance as a distraction.
The four Jedi set their plan into motion, with Tano and Offee descending the canyon wall to reach the catacomb's entry point as the two generals marched their forces onto the bridge parade-style, followed closely by AT-TEs. Unduli asked Skywalker why he didn't want Tano participating, to which he didn't answer. Skywalker and Unduli's men were met by a large force of battle droids marching forth from the foundry, followed by Geonosian warriors launching surprise attacks from the spires behind the Republic force. Afterward, they were assaulted by several squads of droidekas that were quickly destroyed by rockets and AT-TEs. In response, Poggle the Lesser authorized the use of experimental super tanks at the urging of his tactical droid, TX-21. Twenty of the tanks left the foundry, approached the Republic forces, and were immediately fired upon by AV-7 Antivehicle Cannons. The ray shielded tanks were unaffected by the cannon fire and opened fire themselves, destroying the AV-7s, decimating the Republic's infantry, and forcing Skywalker and Unduli to fall back.
Unduli and Skywalker then devised a plan to defeat the tanks on the bridge. The two climbed onto the underbelly of the bridge and planted explosives along its length. Upon reaching the opposite side of the bridge, they triggered the explosives, causing the bridge to collapse and take the tanks with it into the canyon. Evacuation ships arrived shortly afterward in anticipation of the explosion that would destroy the foundry. Later than expected, the Padawans contacted them, saying their explosives had been taken away and their only hope was to use a super tank they had acquired to destroy the foundry reactor and burying themselves in the process. Skywalker fervently ordered them not to do it, but they turned off the comlink. Moments later, a massive chain of explosions issued, leveling the foundry.
When the smoke cleared, Skywalker and Unduli were standing on the edge of a vast crater filled with debris that had once been the foundry. After failing to reach Tano on her communicator, a determined General Skywalker ordered that the rubble be moved. As LAAT carriers began to lift the wreckage, General Unduli argued that Skywalker should simply accept his student's fate. Deep below the surface, in the cockpit of the super tank, Tano and Offee struggled to stay conscious. In an effort to contact her master, Tano fashioned a communicator out of a power cell from the tank, something she had learned from Skywalker. Receiving the signal, Skywalker deduced where it came from and rushed over to a pile of debris. With the aid of Unduli, he lifted it with the Force to reveal the tank. The two Padawans crawled out, finally reuniting with their masters. Unduli admitted to Tano that her master never lost faith in her.
Tano and Bariss left the battlefield to recuperate, while Unduli set out on a speeder to find Poggle the Lesser. She and her clone companion Buzz followed Poggle's trail, as they braved through a sandstorm. They tracked Poggle to the Progate Temple. Unduli then holographically called Kenobi, Ki-Adi-Mundi and Skywalker in one of the Republic Acclamator ships, reporting that she had found what seemed to be a munitions container. She was advised by Kenobi via hologram to wait for support, but moments later Buzz's scream was heard and contact was lost. Skywalker eagerly wanted to go help, but the other Masters advised to wait until the storm was over.
After the storm, Skywalker and Kenobi brought a squad to the temple. Cody found Buzz's body and Kenobi found Unduli's lightsaber. They then saw a statue of what seemed to be a Geonosian queen's head above the archway of a dark tunnel. They went through the archway, entering a strange maze. Shortly after, Unduli contacted Kenobi, telling them not to enter the temple, before she was subdued. Then, Kenobi and Skywalker were attacked by undead Geonosians, who were able to move even if shot or hacked; there was also something worm-like moving through their face openings. Kenobi, Skywalker and the squad managed to save themselves by going down a tunnel. Kenobi remembered rumors of a hive mind able to control Geonosians, even after they are dead. Because they were too deep underground to contact Mundi, Kenobi sent two clones to head back to the surface and call for help. Unfortunately, they were killed by the zombies before they could do so. Kenobi thus suggested that the rest of them should stick together.
They eventually found Unduli, held in energy bonds before the Geonosian Queen. Skywalker prepared to charge in, but Kenobi had a different strategy. He told Cody to have his men surround the place, before blinding the zombies and burying them. The Jedi approached the queen, her thralls letting them pass. Kenobi diplomatically told her to surrender, but the queen refused, intending on controlling the Jedi with her brain worms. Skywalker activated his lightsaber, but Kenobi gestured for him to stay put. One of the zombies approached Unduli with a worm, but before it could snake its way up her nose, Kenobi gave the signal, and Cody and his men surprise the Geonosians. They saved Unduli and took Poggle prisoner. Unduli asked why they had come despite her telling them not to. Kenobi said he followed Skywalker's example for once, and disobeyed orders.
Kenobi intended to study the worm that was going to be used on Unduli, but Skywalker squished it with his boot, saying they should get out. They attempted to escape the collapsing temple, with the zombies after them. As they made their way up the hole that led to the surface, a few zombies follow. Then, a rush of dust pushed them up. They escaped before the entire temple caves in, probably burying the queen.
Brain worm skirmish
With Poggle under custody, the Jedi prepared to leave Geonosis. However, they received news that the Ord Cestus medical station needed supplies. While the Jedi delivered Poggle to Coruscant, Skywalker suggested Tano and Offee to be in a supply ship to the station.
The Padawans set off, but the ship did not check in as schedule reported. Skywalker began to worry, but they eventually managed to establish contact with the ship. Tano informed them that the ship's crew had been taken over by Geonosian brain worms.
Skywalker interrogated Poggle, but the latter refused to say how the worms could be defeated. Enraged, Skywalker briefly tapped into the dark side and began choking Poggle with the Force. Eventually, Poggle confessed that the worms could be defeated with cold temperature.
Skywalker managed to contact Tano to relay the information. Later, he found Tano recovering from a fight with Offee, who had been infected by the worms for a short period of time. Kit Fisto arrived and told the Jedi Knight and his Padawan that the brain worms in the ship had been contained. After Fisto left, Skywalker congratulated Tano for saving the crew. However, Tano revealed to her Master that Offee wanted Tano to kill her during their fight. Skywalker consoled his Padawan, telling her that Offee would have done anything to save the crew from the worms, even sacrificing her own life in the process.
Conflict in Valahari
Skywalker and Kenobi were sent in negotiations to the planet Valahari. Although it had declared neutrality in the Clone Wars, Valahari was supplying the Separatists with newer, more advanced ships. While Kenobi negotiated with Harko Vane, the Viscount of Valahari, Skywalker podraced with Tofen, Harko's son. Eventually, Harko declined Kenobi's offer to join the Republic and the Republic forces blockaded Valahari. Vane tried to break the blockade, however, the Valiant, Vane's ship, was suddenly destroyed by Asajj Ventress in an effort to blame the Republic. Valahari joined the Separatists and Skywalker was exiled to a remote outpost in Ryloth.
However, Skywalker returned to active duty when a squadron of Valahari ships called Tofen's Raiders was destroying Republic fleets. The Republic forces faced Valahari's squadron in the Hexus system. There, Skywalker discovered that Tofen was the squadron's leader. Tofen shot Skywalker down, but before he could kill him, reinforcements arrived and drove Valahari's forces off. However, Skywalker managed to place a homing beacon in Tofen's ship.
Skywalker received a prototype of the Eta-2 Actis-class interceptor, the best starfighter created by Kuat Systems Engineering. The Republic found Tofen's base, Harko Station, in the Veil Nebula. The Republic assaulted the station, but the Valahari activated a signal that led the local neebrays to attack the Republic forces. However, Shadow Squadron managed to destroy the station and thus disable the signal. Skywalker then engaged Tofen in a dogfight. During their battle, Anakin tried to reason with Tofen, revealing to him that it was Count Dooku who killed his father, not the Republic. But Tofen refused to listen and he kept fighting. Suddenly, Tofen's engines were critically hit, setting his fighter aflame. Anakin towed Tofen's fighter to a Republic ship. However, Tofen's burns were fatal and he died in Anakin's arms, but not before asking him for justice for his father's death. Elodore Vane, Tofen's mother, then exiled Count Dooku from Valahari, stopped their engagement and announced that Valahari would stop supporting both sides of the conflict.
Hunt for Grievous
General Grievous had captured Master Eeth Koth and held him captive in the Saleucami system, torturing him. Skywalker, Kenobi and Adi Gallia thus went to rescue him. While Kenobi distracted Grievous, Skywalker, Gallia and Captain Rex managed to get inside the ship that held Koth prisoner. Skywalker and Gallia found Koth guarded by a tactical droid, TV-94 and Commando Droids. They destroyed the Separatist forces and saved Koth, but Grievous managed to escape once again.
Later, Skywalker and his Padawan went on a mission in the Coruscant underlevels to capture Car Affa—an Weequay arms dealer who sold Republic weapons to the Separatists. Skywalker apprehended the criminal in a bar, but Tano had her lightsaber stolen while waiting outside. However, she managed to recover it, without telling her master.
Following speculation that Mandalore had left the Republic for the Separatists, Obi-Wan Kenobi was sent to the planet to speak to his friend and ruler of the planet, Duchess Satine Kryze and sort matters out. When things turned awry and several assassination attempts were made both on the lives of Kenobi and Kryze, the Duchess decided to make a voyage to Coruscant, where she would plead Mandalore's cause in-person in front of the Galactic Senate. Skywalker, accompanied by Captain Rex and Commander Cody, led the starship Coronet to Mandalore to escort Kryze. During the voyage, Rex voiced his concerns from the cargo hold, citing the disappearance of two troopers and the increased jitters of R2-D2. Skywalker volunteered to investigate matters himself, and discovered a large cargo hold of assassin probe droids lurking in the darkness. Although he, Rex, Cody, and R2-D2 were able to hold back most of them, one escaped up into the turbolift, to the direct threat of Kryze and her entourage. With the droid in his grasp, Kenobi used the probe's attacking programming to discover the assassin, Senator Tal Merrik, although the politician quickly unleashed a blaster pistol and pressed it to Kryze's head, holding the Duchess hostage. Racing up from the cargo hold, Skywalker discovered Merrik's reinforcements, shiploads full of super battle droids intent on taking the Coronet and Kryze for the Mandalorian opposition leader Pre Vizsla. Dispatching the droids with relative ease, Skywalker was able to sneak up behind Merrik while the would-be assassin was in the midst of a stalemate with Kenobi and Kryze and stabbed him in the back, ending the ship's imminent danger and allowing Kryze to travel the remainder of the voyage to Coruscant in peace.
Defense on Felucia
While on a mission to check up on a medical station above Felucia, Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano were attacked by Separatist droid starfighters, which obliterated their ship and forced them to evacuate and crash-land into the planet below. Although all three Jedi survived the crash with minimal injuries, they were left with no means of escaping Felucia or getting into contact with a Republic-allied planet. Stumbling into a seemingly abandoned Felucian village, Skywalker, Kenobi, and Tano split up, hoping to find some inhabitants or some means of escape. They were soon able to find a starship sitting in a hangar and, when they finally discovered the hiding place of the villagers, were challenged by a squad of bounty hunters led by Sugi. When it became apparent that the Jedi could help the bounty hunters defend the village against another group of marauders, Kenobi initially disagreed, citing the fact that if any of the opposition were able to catch a glimpse of the Jedi and had communication off-world, Separatist forces could be brought down onto the planet. That worry is immediately compounded when the Jedi come face-to-face with the marauding leader: none other than their old captor, Hondo Ohnaka. With the realization that Ohnaka could turn them over at any moment, Kenobi agrees to let the Jedi help. Skywalker, along with the enigmatic Embo, worked on training the villagers for combat. When Ohnaka finally rallied his forces to attack the village, Skywalker led the defenses, utilizing the Force to leap atop a cliffside and engage Ohnaka and his Kowakian monkey-lizard Pilf Mukmuk himself. Despite besting Ohnaka in combat, Skywalker offered the pirate a helping hand when the Weequay found himself dangling treacherously off a cliff. Once on sturdy ground again, Ohnaka pushed Skywalker into the trajectory of his Mukmuk-controlled cannon, forcing Skywalker to jump to safety and allow Ohnaka and his monkey-lizard to make a clean escape with his surviving pirates. As an offer of thanks, Sugi offered to transport the Jedi off of Felucia.
Farther into the war, Skywalker trained Ahsoka to fight with a shoto along with her original lightsaber. Despite the Republic's numerous victories, the clone army was suffering higher casualties as the battles escalated. The Galactic Senate called an emergency session in the wake of this issue, which Skywalker and Tano watched from the Grand Concourse. After the session, Padmé pleaded with her husband to convince the High Council to discuss the ending of the war campaign with the Chancellor, but Skywalker denies to be involved with the situation. However, Tano disagreed, which caused Skywalker to request that Amidala teach his Padawan about politics. However, the two women crossed the boundaries by illegally traveling to Raxus, the capital planet of the Separatists. Aft their return to Coruscant, Skywalker briefly spoke with fellow Jedi Eekar Oki before scolding his Padawan for her actions.
Hunting Savage Opress
After the battle of Sullust, Skywalker assumed that Ventress was killed there. After Masters Yoda and Windu had shown Obi-wan the footage of the massacre on Devaron, Anakin accompanied Obi-wan on his search for this monster presumably a kin of Darth Maul, so they headed for the Sith Lord's homeworld. During their brief battle with the warriors of the village, Skywalker was able to take Brother Viscusas a hostage, who told them that Mother Talzin should know of this monster's whereabouts. Though Talzin had initially tried to avoid giving them direct answer, she eventually showed and told them the monster's name and whereabouts. The two Jedi then headed to Toydaria where they had a confrontation with Savage, but failed to stop him from killing King Katuunko. After Savage had destroyed their ship, they borrowed the king's ship. In space above Toydaria, Skywaker and Obi-wan caught up with Savage on Dooku's Separtist flagship, however he managed to overpower them and escaped. Skywalker and Obi-wan then retreated and left the ship.
Revelation on Mortis
When the Jedi Council received a 2,000 year old distress signal from the Chrelythiumn system, Skywalker, along with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka, were sent to investigate. Fearing a Separatist trap, they were supposed to meet up with Capt. Rex and an armed cruiser at the coordinates. Though they both reached the location, neither Anakin nor Rex could see each other. All of a sudden a crystal shaped structure appeared and pulled the Jedi's ship towards itself. The crew passed out and when they regained consciousness, they found themselves on a strange world that was radiant with the Force. Anakin was then approached by the Daughter who asked if he was the One, then told them to follow her. On the way, a rock slide separated Obi-Wan and Ahsoka from Daughter and Anakin. Despite Daughter's warning to wait there, Anakin tried to follow her. However, he lost her, and had to find shelter in a cave from a storm before he spotted a monastery's beacon. As soon as the storms let up Anakin hastened to the monastery where he met the Father, who gave him shelter. Later, Anakin was visited by an apparition of his mother. Anakin, knowing that she was dead, could not believe that was her. She told Anakin that she knew that he defined his guilt by what he had done: massacring the Tusken Raiders and his secret marriage to Padme Amidala. When Anakin tried to confront her, she changed into a monster, revealing that she was actually the Son. Anakin confronted the Father, pointing a lightsaber at him, under the assumption that he was a Sith Lord. The Father replied to this by stating he was neither Sith nor Jedi. He told Anakin that he and his children were Force-wielders, beings so strong in the ways of the Force that they could not dwell in the material world anymore; as a result, they had retreated to this planet to contain their powers by attaining balance within and cutting off any influences from the outside world . The Father asked Skywalker about the Chosen One, which he believed to be merely a myth. After hearing Anakin's reply, the Father gave him an offer: if Anakin would pass a test, he and his friends were free to leave. The following morning he had to face an impossible choice: Son and Daughter had kidnapped Ahsoka and Obi-Wan as they went looking for him, and Anakin had to choose which one to save. Obi-Wan reminded him that the planet was actually the Force itself. Skywalker, using the Force, was then able to tame both the Children, who changed back into their human form. The old man told Anakin that while he had passed the test, he still had to learn about the true nature within himself: he revealed that he had been dying, and asked Anakin to take his place as the balancing element between his children, or otherwise endanger the galaxy with his selfishness if he left. Anakin chose to leave, although he was strangely hesitant to do so.
However, before their ship could exit the planet's atmosphere, Son abducted Ahsoka, assuming—correctly-that the Jedi wouldn't leave her behind. After a lengthy pursuit, Skywalker lost track of Son, and almost crashed into a giant tower. After a none-too-elegant landing, Skywalker decided to go and rescue his Padawan, despite Kenobi's concern about disturbing the balance of the Force in their own universe as well.
When Skywalker finally managed to climb up to the garden of the tower, he found Ahsoka, brainwashed by the Son's influence, her eyes bearing the yellow hue of the dark side's taint. There she told him Son's message: if Skywalker refused to join him, he'd kill Ahsoka, and if Skywalker tried to stop Son, he would be forced to kill the girl himself. Then the two engaged in a duel, with Skywalker continuously retreating, unwilling to hurt his student. Soon Kenobi arrived, and joined forces with his former Padawan, while Son and Daughter started their own combat inside the tower's throne room.
When it became obvious that the conflict can't go on any further without someone being wounded, Kenobi suggested to kill the Son with a dagger, in order to "cut Ahsoka free". However, before they could move along with the plan, Father arrived and interrupted both fights. Unfortunately, he had grown weak, and couldn't fend off Son's Force lightning. Kenobi, in hope of defeating Son, threw the dagger to Anakin, but Ahsoka was quicker, took it and handed it over to Son, who then seemingly killed her with a touch to her forehead. Then he attempted to murder his father with the dagger. To his great dismay, his sister took the blow, and he fled, raging. Skywalker asked Father to help Ahsoka, but he answered that without Light, there was no hope for her either. Skywalker replied, crying, that there was always hope. Hearing his pain, Daughter asked the help of her father, to gave her remaining life-energy to Ahsoka. Not wishing to deny the dying wish of his child, Father showed Skywalker how to transfer Daughter's life into his Padawan, who, after a few frightening seconds, came back to life, while the glowing of Daughter's body faded away. After this, Father ordered the Jedi to leave immediately, so Son wouldn't be able to leave Mortis with their ship.
However, the ship had been damaged when Anakin had crash landed it, so they were stranded. Anakin, not convinced that the Son could be easily contained on the planet, went to see the Father on a speeder, saying that if he didn't, it would haunt him forever. He offered his help to the Father in killing the Son, and the Father directed him toward the Well of the Dark Side, with the warning not to underestimate his son. On the way, Skywalker encountered the spirit of Qui Gon Jinn. He confided his doubts about what he should do with the Son to the spirit, who told him to trust his instincts and that he would find a way.
When he arrived at the "well", he confronted the Son, only to have his lightsaber pulled out of his hand. The Son then offered to show him the future. Anakin tried to resist, but could not keep out the visions of his future: killing younglings, choking Amidala as she begged for mercy, the true face of Sidious, fighting Obi-Wan, destroying Alderaan, and his transformation to Darth Vader. He eventually fell to his knees while the smoke behind him formed the shape of the face of Darth Vader. Skywalker collapsed, close to tears and horrified at the revelation of the monster he would become, knowing he would go on to do terrible things. The Son agreed, but offered a way to change the future he saw, asking again for Skywalker to join him. Skywalker hesitated, but then submitted at the promise of peace.
Shortly afterward, Kenobi arrived, having gone looking for Skywalker. He found him poisoned by the Dark Side. Skywalker said that there had been "a change of plan". He telekinetically pushed the speeder he had arrived on into the surrounding lava. Skywalker told Kenobi that he could not understand, and he would try to stop him doing what he had to do. The Son then blasted Obi Wan with lightning. Skywalker told him that the Jedi would get in the way of peace. Anakin left on Kenobi's speeder, trapping him.
The corrupted Skywalker approached the shuttle that Ahsoka had recently repaired, but Tano had received warning from Kenobi to stop both the Son and Skywalker from leaving the planet by sabotaging the ship. As he entered, she escaped with a vital part of the ship.
When the Son joined Skywalker, Anakin told him that no one would be able to hear the distress signal he was sending. The Son told him that the Father still had control over the planet, but that he would soon be able to control it himself. Skywalker said that Kenobi and Tano would probably call the Father for help and that their combined powers could be enough to defeat them. The Son agreed and told Skywalker to wait while he went to find the Dagger of Mortis, which the Father had buried with the Daughter.
After the Son went, Anakin was confronted by the Father, who demanded to know why he had joined with his Son. Anakin said that he did not want what he had seen to come true, but the Father said that his destiny was not written in stone and his son had broken the laws of time by showing Skywalker his future. He then erased the visions from Skywalker's mind. Anakin fell unconscious.
When he woke he was back at the monastery with no memory of his visions and brief fall to the dark side. They were then joined by Kenobi(who had been rescued by Ahsoka) and Tano, who asked if he was alright. He told them he was fine, but that they needed to stop the Son.
Just then, the son did arrive, holding the Mortis Dagger. The Father pleaded with him to renounce the dark side, but the Son simply sneered. The Jedi attacked, but the Son easily overpowered them. The Father suddenly summoned the Mortis Dagger to his hands. To the Son's surprise, the Father killed himself instead of the Son. As he lay dying, the Father revealed to the Son that their power was connected, and that with his death his power was broken. The Son refused to believe he was dying, saying that he loved his Father and it did not have to be this way. The Father told the Son that he had always believed there was good in him, and embraced him. Skywalker than ran the Son through with his lightsaber. The Son died, followed shortly by the Father whose last words were that now Anakin had restored balance to Mortis, he had to do so to the entire galaxy, but also warned him to beware his feelings, as they might lead to his downfall. The Father then faded into the Force.
With all the Force-wielders dead, the planet began to break apart. A blinding white light enveloped the Jedi, and they found themselves back in the shuttle, seemingly moments before they had disappeared. Captain Rex contacted them, saying that they had disappeared of their scopes for a moment. Anakin told him incredulously that they had been gone for more than a moment. Rex said that he didn't understand, but Skywalker told him that even if he told him the truth, Rex would not believe him.
Rescuing Master Piell
- "It's when things do not go as planned that concerns me. What then?"
"It's when things don't go as planned that we Jedi are at our best. Trust me."
"I reserve my trust for those who take action, General Skywalker."
"Then let me remind you, we rescued you back there. And I reserve my trust for those who understand gratitude, Captain Tarkin"
- ―Captain Tarkin and Skywalker verbally spar about the escape plan
After Master Even Piell was captured due to his knowledge of the Nexus Route, Anakin, along with Obi-Wan Kenobi, Capt. Rex, Commander Cody, ARC Troopers Echo and Fives and three other clone troopers, was sent to rescue Master Piell from the "impenetrable" Separatist prison, the Citadel. Anakin forbade his Padawan Ahsoka from coming on the mission, saying it would be too dangerous for her. When the rescue party reached the hangar of the Citadel, Anakin devised a way to get past their scanners by being frozen in carbonite, thus stifling their life-readings. After the team was frozen, they were loaded up onto the transport ship by R2-D2's battle droid squadron. The shuttle was able to get through thanks to Anakin's strategy. When Anakin was thawed out, he found, to his surprise, that Ahsoka had disobeyed orders and followed him. The team reluctantly took her along. When they reached the Citadel, the team was successful in rescuing Master Piell just before he would have lost his good eye to an interrogator droid. Anakin asked if Piell found the Nexus Route. Piell told him that he memorized half the information while his captain, Wilhuff Tarkin, memorized the other half as a precaution in case he cracked under the interrogation. Anakin and the rest of the team went to free Tarkin. On their way, they were ambushed by commando droids. The team was successful in defeating the first of commando droids, but when the seconnd squad of commando droids came, Osi Sobeck activated magnets in the ceiling, ripping the team's weapons away and trapping Anakin by attracting his prosthetic arm. As the rest of the team scrambled to defeat the droids with Telekinesis and their bare hands, Anakin, despite being brutally electrocuted by Sobeck, was able to get his lightsaber and disable the magnet. After the team defeated the commando droids, they rescued Tarkin and the rest of the officers.
Return to Felucia
- "When I was out there, alone, all I had was your training and the lessons you taught me. And because of you, I did survive. And not only that, I was able to lead others to survive as well."
- ―Ahsoka thanking her master for his training her
Anakin, along with his Ahsoka, Master Plo Koon, and their clone officers Capt. Rex and Commander Wolffe, went to Felucia to take care of reinforcements dispatched from Grievous to one his outposts to reinforce his hold on Felucia. Koon and Wolffe jumped in from one of the sides of outpost while Ahsoka attacked from the rear. Anakin and Rex, aided by [[Felucian (farmer)|Felucian Scouts],] would stage a ambush at the front of the outpost. When the outpost came under fire from the AT-TEs and Turbo Tanks, the droids were ambushed by Anakin's men and the outpost was taken. When Anakin asked one of Ahsoka's men where she was, he was told that she was missing. Anakin then proceeded to look for Ahsoka, but Koon told Anakin that he must return to Coruscant. At the temple, Anakin kept searching for her. Eventually, Ahsoka found her own way back and Anakin apologised to her for bringing her on the mission and not being to careful, but Ahsoka thanked him for because of him training her she survived. 
Skywalker helped Kenobi during his hunt for Asajj Ventress, what Skywalker considered to be a wild bantha chase since he believed himself to have killed Ventress. However after following several clues that pointed to her survival, Skywalker became less and less sure of this conviction. Eventually the two found her on Boz Pity in a bacta tank. Ventress attacked the two when she came out of her trance but was once again defeated after Skywalker struck her down after she tried to kill Kenobi with a piece of metal. She was then abandoned by Dooku. Finally Ventress let go of her anger and rage and put herself in a trance that made her appear dead. She was taken aboard a medical ship (along with Alpha 17), awoke shortly after, and ordered the pilot to take her far away from the war, Dooku, and the Jedi. Kenobi and Skywalker were left believing that she was truly dead  The two later participated in Mission to Ruhe in an effort to lay siege to Dooku's citadel. That mission, however, was a trap. Their LAAT/i gunship was shot down and hundreds of battle droids remained waiting for them. It was only thanks to the clone troopers who repaired the gunship that Skywalker and Kenobi escaped alive.
During the Outer Rim Sieges, Kenobi and Skywalker were only occasionally removed from one another, being dispatched as a team to various battlefronts, commanding the Open Circle Fleet. Shortly before the Battle of Coruscant, Kenobi and Anakin were sent to the icy planet of Nelvaan to seek out Grievous. The Nelvaanians hailed Skywalker as "Ghost Hand", and the shaman of Rokrul village sent him on a quest to save their people from a threat that had vanquished all their champions. Skywalker agreed, and entered a cave where he experienced visions of a great hunter, who lost his arm in battle. However, he fought back, and continued to slay monsters with a new black, spiky arm. As he slew the monsters, his power grew until it was out of control, the spiky black arm turning into a spiky black labyrinth that encompassed and destroyed everything the warrior held dear.
Amidala's voice was screaming as the sinister black labyrinth of evil that had once been the great warrior's arm turned back upon the source and morphed what remained of the great hunter into an eerie face—the face of Darth Vader, whom Skywalker would soon become.
When Skywalker recovered from this vision, he happened upon a Techno Union laboratory where scientists were experimenting on the Nelvaanian warriors, developing them into brutish drones with cybernetic blaster cannons in their arms. With the help of a Nelvaanian who was not yet completely transformed, he convinced the drones to assist him in destroying the factory, an act that cost him his robotic arm. Many of the scientists tried to escape, but Skywalker caught up with and killed them in rage. In a display of support, the Nelvaanian men tore off their artificial arms as well.
Transformation into Darth Vader (19 BBY)
Rescuing the Chancellor
- "Soon I will have a new apprentice… one far younger and more powerful."
- ―Darth Sidious
Shortly before the war's end, the First Battle of Cato Neimoidia handed Skywalker and Kenobi a valuable clue to the identity of the mysterious Darth Sidious: Nute Gunray's mechno-chair. This device carried a unique holotransceiver that bore intelligence capable of leading the Republic forces to their ultimate quarry, the ever-elusive Sidious. Mace Windu took up the lead on Coruscant, while Skywalker and Kenobi tracked the lead in the Outer Rim Territories. Adventures for both teams waited as the trail in the Outer Rim led back to the Works on Coruscant, just in time for an attack on Coruscant by the Confederacy, causing Skywalker and Kenobi to rush back to Coruscant after their visit to Tythe. Back on Coruscant, just as the identity of Darth Sidious loomed ever closer, the battle overhead delayed and dissolved the investigation. Windu joined the battle, clashing with General Grievous, who eventually escaped, although he was injured, his gut sack crushed by Windu , and captured Chancellor Palpatine, taking him to his flagship, the Invisible Hand.
Before the Separatist armada was able to flee Coruscant, however, Skywalker and Kenobi finally returned from the Outer Rim in an attempt to rescue the "captive" Chancellor. Moving into the thick of the battle, they stormed the Confederacy's flagship in their Eta-2 Actis-class interceptors. The two Jedi fought their way through the ship until they reached the General's Quarters atop the command tower, where Palpatine was being held hostage. As the two Jedi attempted to free him, Count Dooku entered the room escorted by two super battle droids to confront the two Jedi.
Unlike their first encounter with Dooku on Geonosis three years prior, Skywalker and Kenobi fought together against him in a coordinated duel, until the Sith Lord used the Force to choke Kenobi. He then simultaneously back-kicked Skywalker and threw Kenobi across the room, rendering the Jedi Master unconscious and pinning him with a piece of a walkway dislodged by the Force. Skywalker fought on, eventually losing control of his emotions as Dooku taunted him. He began to unleash all his fear, anger and hatred, beating away at Dooku's Makashi with his own Djem So mastery. The short duel ended abruptly when Skywalker sliced off Dooku's hands, rendering the Sith Lord helpless; an act of vengeance from their first duel when Skywalker lost his arm to Dooku. Pleased with the outcome, Palpatine urged Skywalker to kill Dooku. After hesitating to give in to the Chancellor's wishes, Skywalker crossed two lightsabers (his own and Dooku's) at the Sith's neck, cutting off his head and killing him instantly. Skywalker did not yet know that Palpatine was also Darth Sidious, nor did he know that he was being used to betray Dooku so that Palpatine could train the young Jedi in the ways of the dark side and make him Dooku's replacement. Nonetheless, Skywalker immediately regretted his un-Jedi-like action, citing that the murder of a defenseless foe was not the Jedi way. Palpatine, however, eased Skywalker's conscience by claiming that such an action of violence was "only natural" in such a situation, and that, as Skywalker himself had confided to him, the young Jedi already was familiar with murder from his encounter with the Sand People that killed his mother, Shmi.
Skywalker then freed Palpatine from his bonds and escaped the Quarters, carrying an unconscious Kenobi on his back, ignoring the Chancellor's orders to leave the Jedi Master behind in order to avoid carrying the extra weight. Their escape was short lived, however, as they were soon captured and brought before General Grievous on the bridge of the vessel, where Skywalker and the General met face to face at last, after having clashed indirectly many times during the war. Grievous commented that he found Skywalker to be too young for a man of his reputation, to which the Jedi smugly responded that the General was "shorter than he expected." Then, at Skywalker's command, R2-D2 created a distraction, giving the two Jedi enough time to regain their lightsabers, cut off their binders and attack the general's bodyguards and droids. Grievous eventually managed to escape the Jedi and deploy all the escape pods as his flagship began to plummet to the galactic capital below, drawn by the planet's gravity. Skywalker managed to pilot what was left of the ship to a crash landing on a platform in an abandoned industrial area on Coruscant.
Fall to the dark side
- Skywalker: "You die in childbirth."
- Amidala: "And the baby?"
- Skywalker: "I don't know."
- ―Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala[src]
Upon his return to Coruscant, Skywalker was reunited with his wife where she informed him of her pregnancy, which he was overjoyed to hear. However, he was later troubled by visions of Amidala dying in childbirth. To save his wife, Skywalker desired to look upon and research holocrons of learned Masters, holocrons that were restricted by all but the Jedi Masters. When Palpatine made Skywalker his representative on the Jedi Council, he naturally assumed that made him a Master, thus giving him access to the restricted holocrons. However, though the other Jedi reluctantly accepted Skywalker's placement on the Council, they denied him the rank of Jedi Master, infuriating and frustrating him. After the session a tense Skywalker expressed his incensed opinion to Kenobi on the matter, working around the fact he needed to be a Master to save Amidala.
Further severing his trust in them, the Council urged Skywalker to keep tabs on Palpatine, although Kenobi was against this decision. This led Skywalker to lose his respect for the members of the governing body, a mistrust and plaguing uncertainty that he revealed to his wife. It was shortly after this time that Skywalker was met by Iguni who, after sharing a brief conversation with him, had a Force vision of Skywalker's fall to the dark side; what Iguni did with this vision is unknown. Skywalker sought Yoda's counsel about his intense, prophetic visions that someone close to him would die, though he did not reveal the identity of the person in question. Yoda, unaware of the intensity of Skywalker's love for Amidala, told him to "Train yourself to let go… of everything you fear to lose." Skywalker was unsatisfied with this response.
As he continued to meet with Palpatine, the Chancellor slowly began to plant the seeds of the dark side in Skywalker. Playing to his fear of Amidala's death, he told Skywalker the story of a Sith Lord, Darth Plagueis, who was powerful enough to stop others from dying, which caught Skywalker's attention. Eventually Palpatine revealed his true self, and offered Skywalker the chance to learn the ways of the dark side and use its power to save Amidala. Skywalker promptly reported Palpatine's identity to Windu, though he regretted his choice as Palpatine's words tortured his mind. Windu, after instructing Skywalker to remain at the Jedi Temple, went, with three other Jedi—Agen Kolar, Saesee Tiin, and Kit Fisto—to arrest the Chancellor. Palpatine fought with the Jedi, slaying three of them almost immediately and leaving only Windu. He and Palpatine continued to fight until the Jedi Master gained the advantage, pointing his weapon at the throat of the cowering Sith (although Palpatine appeared to have lost, this may have been intentional on his part for the purpose of gaining sympathy from Skywalker, his hoped-for protégé). Back at the Jedi Temple, meanwhile, Skywalker brooded over an overwhelming thought: with Palpatine's death, he would lose the chance to save his wife from the fate in his dreams.
A fateful choice
- "Twisted by the dark side, young Skywalker has become. The boy you trained, gone he is… consumed by Darth Vader."
- ―Yoda to Obi-Wan Kenobi
Tormented by thoughts of Amidala dying without the benefit of Palpatine's knowledge, Skywalker rushed out of the Temple, grabbing an airspeeder and hurrying to Palpatine's location. He was uncertain what he was going to do; all he knew was he had to do something. Coincidentally, Skywalker arrived just in time to see Windu preparing to kill Palpatine.
As if on cue, Palpatine attacked Windu with Force lightning while pleading to Skywalker for help. Barely managing to deflect Palpatine's lightning, Windu shouted at Skywalker not to listen. During the self-inflicted onslaught, Palpatine went through a physical transformation as he struggled to intensify his dark side powers with his own life force, his face becoming hideously deformed and his eyes turning yellow. Windu prevailed and expressed a desire to kill Palpatine and end the Sith; however, Skywalker confronted him, stating that Palpatine must stand trial, and that to execute him was not the way of the Jedi. This was likely out of his regret for killing Dooku before in a similar situation, but clearly also out of his fear for losing the chance to save his wife from death. Windu ignored Skywalker and prepared to kill Palpatine, but in haste and rashness, the panicked Skywalker drew his lightsaber and severed Windu's right hand. Before Windu could respond, Palpatine used Force lightning to send the Jedi Master through the shattered window to his death.
Upon realizing the full significance of what he had just done, Skywalker was stricken with guilt and questioned his actions, but was too emotionally drained and dazed to resist Palpatine, who stated that he was fulfilling his destiny. He further encouraged Skywalker to embrace the dark side and become his apprentice. Skywalker agreed to do anything Palpatine desired; all he wanted was to save Amidala's life and his help to do so. Palpatine promised Skywalker that, together, they could find the secret, tacitly admitting that he did not have the ability to hold back death. Anakin Skywalker then pledged himself to the Sith Order, and Sidious endowed him with a new name: Darth Vader.
Rise of Darth Vader
- "A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi Knights."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi
Raid on the Jedi Temple
- "Do what must be done, Lord Vader. Do not hesitate, show no mercy."
- ―Sidious to Vader
Palpatine assured Vader that every Jedi was an enemy of the state, including Kenobi, and it would be endless civil war unless the Jedi were destroyed. Vader was ordered by the Sith Master that, if he wanted to gain enough power in the dark side to save Amidala, he was to lead the 501st Legion into the Jedi Temple and kill every Jedi inside. Vader did this without question, slaughtering venerable Jedi and younglings alike. Vader even killed some Jedi Masters such as Cin Drallig. Some of the Jedi children even approached him, unaware that he was to be their destroyer. The atrocities committed by Vader and the 501st Legion resulted in smoke rising from the pillars of the Jedi Temple, easily visible from the Senate building. This would be the start of the Great Jedi Purge.
Mission to Mustafar
- "The war is over! Lord Sidious promised us peace! We only want—"
- ―Nute Gunray's last words
Soon after the completion of Vader's assault on the Jedi Temple, he returned to his master for further instruction. Sidious then commanded Vader to travel to the nearby planet of Mustafar, where he was to kill the Separatist Council and bring peace to the soon-to-be-founded Empire. Vader obeyed, embracing his hatred and anger. Before he left, he briefly visited Amidala and informed her of his new mission to end the war for good. As he moved to leave, Vader assured her that all would be well and asked her to wait for him.
Vader traveled to Mustafar and used Sidious' codes to pass through the Separatists' security. Vader left R2-D2 with his fighter so that his actions were neither witnessed nor recorded. He entered the room in which the Separatist leaders were and closed all of the doors, preventing any council member from escaping. At first, several of the leaders warmly welcomed him, before they recognized his overly publicized face. In their surprise, the corrupted Vader then began his massacre of the Separatist Council.
After murdering all the members, along with their aides and guards in cold blood, he turned to the last one left—Nute Gunray, Sidious's former ally who had invaded and occupied Naboo before being defeated by Skywalker thirteen years before, and who had tried to murder his wife on several occasions during the Clone Wars. Before he died, Gunray pleaded with Vader, claiming that Lord Sidious had promised they would be left in peace; however, Vader killed him, replying that the Dark Lord had meant him to be left in pieces. His mission accomplished, the Sith Lord silently exited the room.
Outside, overlooking the turbulent volcanic terrain, Vader contemplated his transformation and convinced himself that all he had done was for the benefit of the Republic. While doing so, he remembered his Master's order to communicate with him as soon as the enemy was defeated. During this communication, he thought of how soon he planned for their positions to be changed, and how soon he would kill the Dark Lord—just as soon as he discovered a way to preserve Amidala's life. Darth Sidious ordered Vader to send a message to the Trade Federation ships that the entire Separatist droid army be shut down immediately. He also warned Vader of danger before he cut off communication. Thinking him only joking, as the only thing arriving was his wife's ship, he left the bunker to meet her.
Duel on Mustafar and aftermath
- "You turned her against me!"
"You have done that yourself!"
"YOU WILL NOT TAKE HER FROM ME!"
"Your anger and your lust for power has already done that! You have allowed this Dark Lord to twist your mind until now… until now, you have become the very thing you swore to destroy!''"
- ―Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi, preparing to duel, after the former force-choked his wife.
Upon reuniting with Amidala, Vader discovered that Kenobi had revealed Vader's dark deeds in the Jedi Temple to her. Though he did not deny the accusation, Vader maintained that Kenobi was only attempting to turn her against him. Amidala tried to reason with him, convince him to retire from public service with her to raise their child, but Vader countered with his plan to overthrow Palpatine and set the both of them up in his place. Shocked and horrified, Amidala refused, stating that he had changed and was going down a path she could not follow. She pleaded with him to come back, promising she still loved him. However, unbeknownst to Amidala, Kenobi had stowed away on her ship to find Vader, and at that moment he appeared on the ship's ramp.
Upon seeing his former master, Vader incorrectly assumed Amidala had betrayed him and brought Kenobi to kill him. Overwhelmed by his anger and rage, he lashed out with the Force, choking his wife into unconsciousness, ignoring her tearful pleas of innocence. Kenobi also tried to reason with his former pupil, but Vader refused to listen, too consumed by hate. After Kenobi resolved he had no choice but to fight, Vader told him he would try, and leapt to attack his former Master and oldest friend.
Vader and Kenobi fought an intense duel throughout the mining complex and down the river of lava outside. The battle ended on the banks of a lava river, where Kenobi leaped to safety in order to claim the high ground, pleading with Vader to concede defeat and return from the dark path. Goaded on by his overwhelming pride and seething rage, Vader ignored his fatal tactical disadvantage and attempted to make the same jump so to continue the duel, only to be severely maimed and immobilized by Kenobi's blade, which severed both of his legs and his left arm.
With his body disfigured and his ability to use the Force grievously reduced, Vader tried to claw his way up the talus using only his remaining prosthetic limb. As he did this, Kenobi and Vader exchanged their parting words, Vader screaming his undying hatred for Kenobi, while Kenobi, close to tears, expressed his regret and disappointment that Anakin, the man he had loved like a brother, had so spectacularly failed in his destiny to bring balance to the Force.
Shortly after, the heat of the lava ignited Vader's clothing, burning his body severely. He was nearly immolated as he slid down to the edge of the burning lava riverbank. Kenobi retrieved Skywalker's lightsaber from nearby and left Vader for dead. He would keep this lightsaber until 0 BBY. As the flames began to subside, Vader kept himself alive with the Force, his unbreakable will, and sheer hatred; clawing his way back up the bank with his still-intact mechanical arm, struggling against his extreme injuries.
Darth Sidious, now the newly-declared Emperor of the Galactic Empire, soon arrived and found his injured apprentice. He returned Vader to Coruscant via shuttle and repaired the damage to his body through intensive cybernetic enhancements at the Emperor Palpatine Surgical Reconstruction Center. The Emperor ordered the medical droids to keep him awake during the agonizing surgery so the pain would fuel his rage, and therefore his power. His new robotic extremities were updated versions of the same technology that transformed General Grievous into a cyborg. Though he would still remain extremely powerful, Sidious knew that the injuries Vader had sustained had robbed him of much of his potential. Upon his revival as a cyborg, Vader questioned his Master about Amidala. Sidious told him that he had killed his wife in his anger.
Overwhelmed by his despair in the belief he had killed Amidala and their unborn child, which fulfilled his prophetic dreams of her death, Vader destroyed the medical droids and severely damaged the facility through the Force. He broke his bindings on the operating table and struggled to walk under the sheer weight of his new prostheses and armor. The only purpose that remained in Vader's life was his service to the new Emperor.
The personality of Darth Vader became even more distinctive from Anakin Skywalker's due to the great physical and psychological damage that completely changed both his appearance and his character. His armor limited his vision, restrained his movement, and caused extreme frustration for Vader (in the early years, at least), but he would eventually retool his entire fighting style to make up for the lack of mobility that his armor imposed on him. As Darth Vader, Skywalker became a powerful asset to the Empire, serving as an enforcer, Jedi hunter, and Supreme Commander of the Imperial Fleet of Palpatine's New Order.
Serving the Emperor
- "You don't know the power of the dark side. I must obey my Master."
- ―Vader to his son
Now in possession of a great amount of power, Vader began settling into his position as Palpatine's enforcer. Although in possession of great wealth, Vader allowed himself few comforts. Among those were his personal retreat on Coruscant and Bast Castle on Vjun. The 501st Legion, the stormtrooper division he led in the extermination of the Jedi at the Jedi Temple, became his personal guard. The actions they undertook in Vader's name over the course of the Civil War earned them the nickname of "Vader's Fist". Vader piloted a black-hued Eta-2 Actis-class interceptor during some of his early missions for Palpatine as the Great Jedi Purge continued, sometimes flanked by Alpha-3 Nimbus-class V-wing starfighters. His personal command ship during this time was the Imperator-class Star Destroyer Exactor.
One of the most notable missions undertaken by Vader was to the planet Honoghr, which had been devastated by the Separatist toxin Trihexalophine1138 during the Clone Wars. He promised the native Noghri that the Empire would restore Honoghr's ecosystem, in exchange for their service to the Empire as assassins.
One of Vader's earliest missions was to journey to Murkhana to deal with traitorous Clone troopers who had facilitated the escape of their former Jedi commanders, rather than comply with Order 66. Greeted by Clone Commander Salvo, Vader wasted no time, confronting the traitorous Ion Team. Though they attempted to fight back, the commandos were ultimately no match for Vader, and were forced to flee, though Vader managed to kill two of them.
However, immediately afterward, Vader was confronted by the Jedi Bol Chatak, who had disguised herself as a former CIS mercenary and hid in the P.O.W. lines nearby. Chatak wanted to repay the Ion team for saving her life by removing Vader from the hunt, attacking the Sith Lord. Though she managed to inflict a wound on Vader's forearm, he ultimately brought her down, cutting off her sword arm and then decapitating her. However, defeating Chatak was considerably difficult for Vader, as he was still adapting to his life-support armor. The armor's cumbersome weight left his dueling abilities heavily impaired, his previously formidable technique reduced to a stilted and crude shadow, mostly consisting of vertical power-blows and heavy chops. In the end, he only brought down Chatak thanks to his superior height and reach, as well as the increased stamina the suit afforded him. Chatak was the first Jedi Vader killed with his new Sith lightsaber, which had been constructed only a few weeks prior.
However, Chatak's comrades—Roan Shryne and Olee Starstone—were still able to escape. Remaining hidden in the P.O.W. lines while Chatak was killed, they managed to break ranks after Vader departed, fleeing to the capital city of Murkhana and meeting with one of Shryne's criminal contacts—the crime boss Cash Garrulan. Unfortunately for them, Vader hadn't given up the hunt; confronting Garrulan, Vader managed to deduce the location of the Jedi by following the opposite course of action suggested by Garrulan.
Pursuing the Jedi above Murkhana in his starfighter, he unluckily missed them when their ship attached to a hyperspace ring left by Garrulan as he fled. Despite killing one of the Jedi and exposing Garrulan as a traitor, Vader considered the mission a failure.
As his tenure as Sidious' apprentice wore on, Vader became increasingly obsessed with Obi-Wan Kenobi, obviously seeking revenge for his defeat on Mustafar. Devoting all his efforts to hunting Kenobi down, Vader was essentially taken advantage of by the Jedi conclave on Kessel.
One of the Jedi present at Kessel, Shadday Potkin, had grown increasingly disillusioned with the Jedi methods of meditation, reflection, and careful planning, seeing these as forms of inaction that had led to the rise of the Galactic Empire. Seeking to take direct action, she leaked word of the conclave to Imperial sources, including the rumor that Kenobi would be present. Upon hearing this rumor, Vader rushed to Kessel, alone as Potkin had expected. Storming in on the gathering, he demanded Kenobi's whereabouts. Learning that his former master wasn't present, Vader present the Jedi with an offer; the one who gave him Kenobi's location would live, the rest would die.
He only provoked the Jedi, who attacked him. He held off the Jedi, thanks to his considerably improved lightsaber technique. Viciously cutting down Sia-Lan Wezz and Ma'kis'shaalas, Vader was suddenly attacked from behind by Jastus Farr. Needing a moment to regain his composure, Vader leapt up onto one of the mining cranes in the cavern, only to be confronted by Potkin. Attacking the Jedi, Vader was suddenly left disarmed when Potkin shorted out his lightsaber with a cortosis blade. Before Potkin could take advantage of this, Vader suddenly seized her with his hands and physically broke her neck. Taking up her cortosis sword, Vader attacked the Jedi, shorting out the lightsabers of Jastus Farr, Koffi Arana, and Roblio Darté. However, before he could finish him, his sword arm was amputated by Tsui Choi and his leg was slashed by Bultar Swan.
However, the two adhered to Jedi ideals and refused to execute an unarmed opponent. This only enraged Koffi Arana, who killed Swan and took her lightsaber, leaping at Vader. The Sith Lord responded by telekinetically hurling the cortosis sword, still clutched by his amputated arm, at Arana, impaling the hapless Jedi. Taking up Swan's lightsaber, Vader confronted the remaining Jedi, only to be subdued by a telekinetic assault. As Vader refused the surrender, the Jedi resolved that they had to kill him. However, before they could do so, Stormtroopers from the 501st burst in, gunning down the Jedi. Their commanding officer, Appo, told Vader that he was there on orders from the Emperor, who demanded Vader's presence.
Meeting with his master, Vader apologized for his foolhardy disobedience. The Emperor chided Vader for his mistake, but ultimately put it to good use, spreading a rumor that Vader had confronted and cut down over fifty Jedi, by himself, rather than the eight he brought down alongside the 501st.
Meeting on Alderaan
Shortly afterward, the Emperor sent Vader to Alderaan to retrieve dissident senator Fang Zar, who had sought refuge with Bail Organa in the wake of the Empire's formation. Accompanied by Sate Pestage, he confronted Organa before searching the Senator's palace. Using his cybernetically augmented sight and hearing to his advantage, Vader came upon Zar, who was being extracted from Alderaan by a smuggler team, led by Roan Shryne.
Since escaping Murkhana, Shryne and Olee Starstone had joined the smuggler crew captained by Shryne's mother; Jula. Their new crew had since been hired by Fang Zar to extract him before the Imperials did. Pursuing the Jedi and the smugglers through the palace and out onto the grounds, Vader ultimately brought down Zar just as he was boarding the smuggler's ship; the Drunk Dancer; by throwing his lightsaber into the hapless senator.
Zar succumbed to his injuries shortly afterward. However, Vader viewed the mission as a failure, as he had been tasked to retrieve Zar alive.
Devastation of Kashyyyk
Returning to Coruscant to hone his skills, Vader was given a dressing down by the Emperor before being dispatched off-planet again. Devoting himself to hunting the escaped Jedi, Vader began dealings with Wilhuff Tarkin, who had discovered a suspicious vessel traveling toward Kashyyyk. The two deduced that the vessel was carrying the Jedi, but Tarkin convinced Vader to allow it to reach Kashyyyk, so they could use its presence on the planet as an excuse to attack and occupy the world. Tarkin's motivation was the enslavement of the Wookiee race for use as manual laborers in the construction of the Death Star.
Meeting with the various Imperial admirals who would command the invasion, Vader overruled their wishes to bombard the planet from orbit, as the goal was the capture of the Wookiees, not their destruction. However, his true motivation was to allow himself to hunt the Jedi planetside. As the attack began, the Imperial forces were initially crushed, due to the Wookiee's ingenious use of retrofitted civilian vehicles and captured Separatist war material left over from the Clone Wars. As Vader approached the city of Kachirho aboard his shuttle to attack the Jedi holed up there, he was contacted by the admirals and informed of the situation. On the advice of his Clone Commander Appo, he begrudgingly ordered an orbital bombardment of all Wookiee cities, but with orders to save Kachirho for last, as he would be on the ground there. Landing on a platform high up in Kachirho, Vader and his cadre of Stormtroopers disembarked and began fighting their way through the Wookiee warriors.
In order to prevent further Wookiee casualties, the Jedi revealed themselves. Olee Starstone had since broken off from Roan Shryne, who had since joined the Drunk Dancer, now leading a group of surviving Jedi they had located. Vader ordered the Stormtroopers to stay on the Wookiees, leaving the Jedi to him. Siadem Forte and Iwo Kulka quickly attacked Vader, attempting to unbalance him by using radically different lightsaber forms. However, Vader easily held them off, utilizing precision bladework and swift power attacks to put an end to their fancy twirling, disrupting their momentum and sending them reeling. Vader decapitated the two Jedi, and quickly disabled Jambe Lu, Nam Poorf and Klossi Anno.
Olee Starstone was suddenly alone against the Sith Lord. Starstone attempted to bring down Vader with a sudden offensive flurry, but realized that Vader was only allowing her to vent. Breaking off to reassess her strategy, she unwittingly allowed Vader to seize the offensive. However, before he could finish Starstone, Vader's Stormtroopers were suddenly gunned down by a smuggler vessel that just appeared. Roan Shryne leapt off the Drunk Dancer, summoning Siadem Forte's lightsaber to his hand and killing Appo. Confronting Vader, Shryne provided Starstone and the other surviving Jedi with a chance to escape.
As the two fought, Shryne managed to hold his own against Vader's relentless assault, actually scoring several hits. However, their battle was interrupted by the Imperial orbital bombardment. Though they both survived, Vader's shuttle was destroyed by the flak. As they resumed their combat, Shryne deduced the weakness of Vader's suit to be the chest-mounted control-panel. His attempts to attack the panel forced Vader to adopt a defensive fighting method that left his limbs open, ultimately prompting him to resort to a telekinetic assault. Tearing apart the wooden ramps and platforms within Kachirho, Vader flung the debris at the hapless Jedi, battering him and knocking him off the platform on which they fought.
Fallen to a floor below, Shryne lay critically injured. Knowing Shryne was going to die anyway, Vader chose not to strike down the Jedi, instead revealing his identity as Anakin Skywalker. As Shryne died, the Empire won the battle of Kashyyyk. In the aftermath of the battle, Darth Vader's existence and position as Palpatine's enforcer received public announcement.
Pavan and Olin
Later that year, Vader began a relentless search for the former Jedi Padawan Jax Pavan. Vader suspected that Pavan and his droid, I-5YQ, not only possessed a vial of Force-enhancing bota, but the means to make the effects of the bota more permanent. After various agents - including Haninum Tyk Rhinann, Aurra Sing, and Probus Tesla - failed to apprehend Pavan, Vader captured the Jedi's Twi'lek companion Laranth Tarak, thus beginning a showdown at the Imperial Security Bureau. During the fight, Vader procured the bota, but it had an unexpected effect on him. He began launching devastating blasts of dark side energy, and with Vader unable to control this, Pavan and his companions managed to escape the Dark Lord's clutches.
A year later, while recovering from his wounds, Vader was forced to return to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. He arrived to find Inquisitor Malorum having difficulties with intruders. Vader ridiculed Malorum for having difficulty in capturing the reported intruders, much to the chagrin of the Inquisitor, who had plans of replacing Vader as the Emperor's crony. Vader even went as far as to suggest that Malorum blow up the Temple to ensure the intruders' deaths, though he knew very well that the Inquisitor would not even attempt to. The two also quarreled about Malorum's lack of dealing with the secret resistance group, the Erased. When Malorum mentioned to Vader his findings on Polis Massa, the Sith Lord held him in a Force choke and his anger started to cave-in the walls of the room, exposing Ferus Olin, a former rival of his, and his companion Trever Flume. As a result of Malorum's failure to capture the intruders, Vader let the pair escape.
A short time afterward, Vader was ordered by the Emperor to go to the planet Samaria, where sabotage of the computer systems had caused the planet to go into chaos. While searching for the saboteur, he again ran into Ferus Olin. This time, however, Olin had the protection of the Emperor and could not be arrested. After this meeting, though, Vader had much to ponder about Olin's apparent change of sides. Some time later, Vader was assigned to the Imperial garrison on Bellassa. However, after cutting down Roan Lands—one of The Eleven resistance members—and once more exposing Olin's treachery, the Emperor intervened on Olin's behalf and reassigned Vader to a troublesome garrison under construction in the Bellassan mountains. However, Vader confronted Olin one more time in the Jedi Temple, and engaged him in a Lightsaber duel. Olin eventually revealed that he knew of Vader's marriage to Amidala, it had little effect on Vader, and the two dueled on, both using the Dark Side regularly. Eventually, Olin retreated to the Reactor room of the Temple, and threw a Sith Holocron he had received from Palpitine into the reactor. While Olin was distracted Vader caught up with him and used the Force to throw him against the wall. Vader then used the Force to almost strangle him and left him to die. Afterwards he used the prototype Death Star to destroy the secret asteroid base used by Olin to shelter survivors of Order 66, the coordinates of which had been given to him by spy Eve Yarrow.
Other survivors of Order 66 eliminated by Vader include Empatojayos Brand, who was forced to live out the remainder of his life inside a pressure suit, and Halagad Ventor, whom Vader interrogated for information on other Jedi survivors. Other survivors found by Vader include Qu Rahn and Kento Marek.
Aware that he could not bring down Palpatine and become the new Sith Master on his own, Vader began a covert search for an apprentice, or something that could increase his own power. Eventually, he started trailing an ancient Sith artifact known as the Muur Talisman. After interrogating a sentient named Janks, he learned of a mysterious crate that Janks' ship, the Uhumele, was carrying. Vader contacted Fane Peturri, a well known historian, and set a trap for the Uhumele's crew. Vader ambushed the group on a remote moon and discovered the crate in their possession was none other than Dreypa's Oubliette, an artifact believed to contain the Muur Talisman and the Jedi who wore it.
Vader opened the oubliette, releasing Jedi Shadow Celeste Morne from her 4,000 year sleep. When Morne learned the Sith were in control of the galaxy, she immediately attacked Vader. The Sith Lord easily held her off, and taunted her with an offer of apprenticeship under him. She vehemently refused, and Vader began considering the idea of taking the talisman to increase his own power. However, he remained wary of the idea, concerned that even if he used it to destroy Sidious, he would become enslaved to the artifact, ultimately just trading one master for another.
However, before Vader could make a decision, Morne took action. Unwilling to let the Sith Lord be possessed by the spirit of Karness Muur, Morne used the talisman to turn all human within the vicinity into rakghouls. Taken by surprise by the turn of events, Vader fled back to his ship and departed. While he considered this expedition a failure, he refused to give up his search for an apprentice.
Returning to Coruscant, Vader concealed the incident from Sidious, a reasonably simple task, as there were almost no witnesses save Morne, who was stranded on the moon, and the Uhumele crew, who were on the run. However, to his shock, he learned that a Jedi named Dass Jennir was once part of the Uhumele's crew. Vader's master assured him that he need not be concerned with the Jedi, who were scattered and divided, for Sidious had a plan for them. The elder Sith Lord then sent Vader to Bandomeer, where the mining crews were becoming disruptive.
The Discovery of Galen Marek
- "I have no interest in your failures, Commander. I am here on a mission of my own."
- ―Darth Vader
At some point, Vader received word that the Jedi Kento Marek had secretly taken refuge on the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk. Investigating this, he launched a full scale invasion on the planet. The initial attack was a disaster, as Vader's 501st Legion found the Wookiees surprisingly well prepared, and Imperial forces were initially overwhelmed by Wookiee resistance. Vader berated the Imperial commander he left in charge of the attack, Force choking him. However, the Sith Lord allowed the officer to live, as he was ultimately unconcerned with the outcome of the battle, the Jedi being his sole target.
Taking over the attack, Vader led his stormtroopers from the front. Marching through the Wookiee village where the resistance was centered from, they brutally cut down any Wookiee in their path, crushing the natives without mercy. Eventually, they made their way to a large hut at the center of the village where the Jedi was waiting for them. With no option other than to fight, Kento Marek resorted to confronting the Sith Lord directly, trying unsuccessfully to convince Vader to back down, and then killing Vader's stormtrooper escort with a telekinetic blast. Unharmed from the attack, Vader activated his lightsaber and Kento responded in kind.
Despite a valiant effort, Kento was ultimately no match for Darth Vader. The Sith Lord evaded all the Jedi's telekinetic attacks and simply and easily proved his superior duelist skills in comparison to Kento's simplistic blade-work. Ending the duel with a sudden power blow, Vader disarmed Kento of his lightsaber, shattering the weapon against the ground. Before the Jedi could recover, Vader seized him through the Force, pummeling him about before hurling him through the front door of the Jedi's hut. Marching inside, Vader confronted the fallen Jedi, again elevating him off of the ground. However, Vader suddenly felt the presence of another Force-sensitive, one far more powerful than the Jedi he had just defeated. Initially believing the presence to be that of Kento's master, Vader demanded to know his location, only for Kento to state that the Sith Lord had already killed his master prior to their battle.
Seeing no further use in Kento's life, Darth Vader declared that the Jedi would share his master's fate. Just as Vader raised his lightsaber to strike Kento down, the weapon was suddenly snatched from his hand by a powerful Force pull. While still holding the Jedi in his grip, Vader swiftly turned around to see who had disarmed him, only to be utterly shocked to see his lightsaber in the hands of a young boy. Realizing that the powerful presence he felt through the Force was emanating from the child, Vader quickly deduced that the Jedi fathered a son, Galen Marek. Kento told his son to flee, but Galen was stricken with too much fear to move from his position. In response, Vader crushed the Jedi's throat and dropped his dead body in front of the young Galen. As Vader cautiously tried to approach the boy, a group of stormtroopers and their Imperial commander entered the hut. Seeing the child with Vader's lightsaber, the commander realized the boy was a Force adept and ordered the troopers to gun him down. However, before they could do so, Vader reclaimed his lightsaber and executed the commander and his stormtroopers present, not wanting anyone other than himself to know of the boy's existence or his extraordinary Force potential.
Darth Vader had saved Galen Marek's life, but only with the intention of turning the boy to the Dark side of the Force. He had sensed the boy's strength in the Force, and was determined to indoctrinate Galen into the ways of the Sith. Having finally found the apprentice he was searching for, Darth Vader departed from Kashyyyk with his new disciple, keeping the boy's existence a deeply guarded secret for years to come.
The Secret Apprentice
- "I hate being him."
"I think he does, too."
- ―PROXY and Starkiller, regarding the holodroid's dislike of impersonating Darth Vader
After losing his father during his childhood, Galen Marek was raised by Darth Vader in secrecy for nearly the rest of his young life. In time, Marek ultimately forgot his past, including his parents and his birth name. To Vader and the few others who knew of his existence, he simply known by his codename Starkiller. Despite forsaking his former persona as "Anakin Skywalker," Darth Vader secretly harbored a great deal of anger towards his Master, Darth Sidious. But due to the injuries he suffered on Mustafar, Vader knew that he was in no position to overthrow Sidious alone. To that end, Vader broke with the Rule of Two, the ancient Sith tradition that permitted only two Sith-trained individuals at a time, by training Starkiller as his Sith apprentice. For roughly two decades, Vader consolidated a virtually unbreakable psychological hold over the apprentice, controlling him first through fear, and then teaching him to embrace his anger and hatred in order to grow in strength through the Dark side of the Force.
However, despite the psychological torment and sheer brutality of his training, which bordered on torture, Starkiller developed a great sense of loyalty towards Vader, essentially because the Sith Lord's callous treatment was all he knew. Throughout his training, he operated as Vader's personal assassin, dispatching treacherous officers and rivals of Vader, all the while eagerly anticipating his eventual confrontation with a Jedi. As he grew older and increasingly immersed in the ways of the dark side, Vader promised his apprentice that when the time was right, they would destroy the Emperor. That promise had become the focus of Starkiller's entire existence, making him eager for the day when he could stand at Vader's side as his "official" apprentice, in accordance with the Rule of Two.
Among the few items that Vader provided Starkiller with was an prototype holodroid companion named PROXY. Although Vader intended for PROXY to be a tool that helped the apprentice to develop and refine his lightsaber skills, the Sith Lord unwittingly provided Starkiller with the only friend he would ever have while growing up, partially undermining his full commitment to the ways of the Sith. In order for the apprentice to track down targets throughout the galaxy, Starkiller was given control of an advanced prototype starship known as the Rogue Shadow, equipped with both a hyperdrive engine and an experimental cloaking device. Although a capable pilot in his own right, Vader preferred that the apprentice focus strictly on his Sith training at all times. Hence, he personally reassigned several Imperial officers to pilot the Rogue Shadow during the apprentice's missions. However, none of the apprentice's seven pilots survived their assignment. Some were killed during Starkiller's more dangerous missions, while others were summarily executed by Vader himself due to some perceived failure.
The Apprentice's Final Tests
- "You were weak when I found you. You should never have survived my training. But now your anger has become your strength. At last, the dark side is your ally. Rise, my apprentice."
- ―Darth Vader acknowledges Starkiller as his Sith apprentice for the first time
In 3 BBY, Darth Vader had determined that Starkiller's training was nearly complete. The apprentice had all but completely surrendered to the power of the dark side. By this time, the apprentice had been indoctrinated with unquestioning loyalty to Vader, as well as utter hatred for the Jedi. Vader informed his apprentice that before they could destroy the Emperor, Starkiller had to first prove his reliability by hunting down and slaying multiple Jedi fugitives in a final series of tests. Vader also warned Starkiller to use maximum discretion during his missions, so as to not alert the Emperor to the existence of Vader's secret apprentice, and thus their plot to dethrone him. Hence, Vader instructed the apprentice to kill anyone who saw him during his missions, Imperials or otherwise. Starkiller, having long since desired to test his skills against real Jedi, eagerly obliged his master with great anticipation. After killing the Rogue Shadow's last pilot, however, Vader was forced to choose a new pilot before dispatching the apprentice on his latest assignment. His choice settled on Captain Juno Eclipse, the former commanding officer of his Black Eight Squadron. Although Starkiller did not dare to express his concerns, he suspected that Vader selected Eclipse with the intention of testing his apprentice in some way.
Darth Vader's training proved remarkably effective, enabling Starkiller to annihilate all who stood in his way with lethal efficiency, including some of the last known Jedi in the Galaxy. When he returned from his duel with Rahm Kota in the TIE Fighter Construction Facility above Nar Shaddaa, he presented Kota's lightsaber to the Sith Lord. However, Vader felt that his apprentice lacked focus and still had much to learn before he was ready to fight another Jedi. To that end, Vader dispatched Starkiller to the fallen Jedi Temple on Coruscant for further training. When Starkiller successfully completed the Trial of Skill, Vader provided the apprentice with new orders to travel to Raxus Prime and kill the Jedi fugitive Kazdan Paratus. Despite Vader's belief in the unlikelihood of his apprentice's survival against Paratus, Starkiller triumphed over the Jedi Master, determined to prove that he was worthy to stand at Vader's side and destroy Emperor Palpatine.
Although Starkiller had proved that even some of the most seasoned Jedi warriors were no match against his raw power, Vader was hardly impressed by victories over an "old man" and an "outcast." He demanded more evidence of Starkiller's strength in the dark side before sending him to confront a more challenging Jedi Master. Thus, he sent Starkiller back to the Jedi Temple to participate in the ancient Trial of Insight. After Starkiller successfully completed the trial, Vader congratulated his young apprentice and felt that the time was right to finally test Starkiller's abilities against Shaak Ti, a former Jedi General who served in the Clone Wars and one of the last members of the Jedi Council. With great anticipation that this next kill would finally lead him to his "destiny," Starkiller immediately traveled to Felucia, overcoming all that stood in his way on the jungle-infested world and justifying Vader's faith in him by killing the legendary Jedi Master.
Forging a New Plot
- "Save for PROXY, you must sever all ties to your past. No one must know that you still serve me."
"Yes, my Master."
"Now go. And remember that the dark side is always with you."
- ―Darth Vader and Starkiller, shortly before dispatching the apprentice to create the Rebel Alliance
With Shaak Ti's death, the last of Starkiller's trials had been completed. Darth Vader recalled his apprentice back to Executor, where Vader assured Starkiller that they would finally kill Emperor Palpatine and rule the galaxy together as Master and Apprentice. But unknown to Starkiller, the Emperor's spies had been following him since Raxus Prime, tracing him back to Vader's flagship. Vader, faced with certain death for his "betrayal," in turn betrayed his shocked apprentice by impaling him through the chest with his lightsaber. After a moment of pause, Vader threw Starkiller into the vacuum of space by hurling him through the bridge window, at his master's command. However, Vader made sure that Starkiller's body was retrieved and brought to his science vessel, the Empirical. Upon the apprentice's full recovery, Vader excused his betrayal as a necessary course of action, both to save their lives and to fool Palpatine into believing that the secret apprentice was dead. Starkiller, although clearly bitter over the betrayal and denied a chance to finally become a true Sith Lord, nevertheless resigned himself to his fate and obediently submitted once more to his master's will.
With his every move under close observation, Darth Vader charged his apprentice to create a distraction that would divert the Emperor's attention away from him. To that end, Starkiller was ordered to create an alliance of rebels and dissidents so that with the Emperor distracted by a direct threat to his authoritarian rule, Vader and his apprentice would finally be able to assassinate the Emperor while his guard was down. Thus, he ordered the apprentice to take great care in maintaining the secrecy of his mission, so as to not alert the Emperor of his survival, nor reveal his Sith identity to his imminent rebel allies. Before cutting off his transmission through PROXY, Darth Vader left the apprentice with one last reminder—the dark side would always be with Starkiller.
When Starkiller found a valuable ally in Bail Organa, Starkiller was told that he needed a target to show that the Empire was vulnerable to those that silently opposed it. Seeking his master's council, Vader suggested that the Star Destroyer shipyard over Raxus Prime would be a sufficient target as the clearest sign of the Empire's reign through fear was symbolized by the awesome might of the Star Destroyers. Although his apprentice remained loyal, Vader could sense that Starkiller was developing feelings for his supposed allies. He sternly reminded the apprentice of where his allegiance truly belonged, a fact which Starkiller solemnly accepted.
Afterward, Vader informed the apprentice of the extent of his successful mission, claiming that Palpatine was greatly displeased at the events on Raxus Prime. Starkiller advised that he could not maintain communications with Vader for the time being, mainly so that the Rebels would not suspect his identity or his past under Vader, which could potentially undo all that he had accomplished in forming the Rebellion. However, Darth Vader had other plans and swiftly captured the Rebel senators when they met and signed the Corellian Treaty on Corellia. After revealing to the leaders of the seemingly short-lived Alliance to Restore the Republic that Starkiller was the Sith Lord's secret apprentice, Vader once again assaulted his pupil, only this time with true lethal intent. Unable to bear a second betrayal, Starkiller bitterly lamented that he had been played a fool once again, to which Vader informed him that he never intended to destroy the Emperor—at least not with Starkiller at his side. It was then that the apprentice realized the truth—that he was just as expendable as absolutely everything, and was meaningless to Darth Vader. Credits, starships, Imperial lives—they were all meant to further the goals of his master, and by drawing out the Rebel leaders into one place just so they could be revealed and arrested, Starkiller had fulfilled his purpose and outlived his usefulness. Just as he was on the verge of killing his apprentice, PROXY, under the holographic guise of Vader's former master Obi-Wan Kenobi, distracted him in a short duel. Although Vader easily defeated the holodroid, Starkiller was gone, having fallen off the cliff outside the rebel site.
The Master Defeated by the Apprentice
- "I've trained you well, but you still have much to learn."
"You have nothing left to teach me!"
- ―Darth Vader confronts his former apprentice on-board the Death Star.
Vader brought the Rebel senators to the Death Star I, where they would be interrogated through torture in order to reveal the location of their friends and allies, only to be publicly executed by the Emperor in order to silence further opposition to Sith domination. To everyone's surprise, Starkiller was still alive and had infiltrated the incomplete battle station with the intention of rescuing the Alliance leaders, as well as to seek revenge against his former master. As a sign of his bitterness toward Vader's repeated betrayals, the apprentice dropped the code name and persona of Starkiller, thus accepting his birth name Galen Marek as his new identity. At the Emperor's order, Vader reluctantly went to confront his former apprentice. As they came face to face, Vader taunted Marek that he still had much to learn. Much to Vader's surprise and frustration, the Sith Lord was utterly caught off guard by Marek's considerable skill and feral-like ferocity. Unable to overcome Marek in close combat, Vader disengaged from his blade-to-blade tactic and retreated to the throne room antechamber, attempting to overwhelm Marek with a relentless telekinetic assault.
However, the sheer weight of Vader's heavy armor and prostheses left him unable to physically compete with the agile Marek. Furthermore, the numerous cybernetic additions to his body considerably diminished his potential in the Force. Ultimately, the apprentice had surpassed the master—the irony being that this was the Sith way, yet Marek was never "officially" a Sith apprentice. With the Force on his side, Marek crushed Vader under a pile of heavy pipes and unleashed a furry of swift attacks that brought Vader to his knees. After pummeling away a few times at the last of Vader's defenses, Marek viciously sliced off the upper part of Vader's mask, then used the Force to brutally fling his former master through a glass pane and into the throne room. Darth Vader, damaged and no longer capable of defending himself, had finally been defeated.
Emperor Palpatine was greatly pleased by the outcome of the duel. Shortly after his reign began, Palpatine gradually became as bitter and spiteful of his apprentice as Vader was with him. He had spent more than engineering Anakin Skywalker's fall to the dark side, only to see his "perfect" apprentice's Force potential greatly reduced by his near-death injuries on Mustafar. After seeing Vader humbled and beaten by a superior opponent, Palpatine wasted no time in encouraging the young apprentice to kill his weak and broken master, thus finally becoming a true Sith Lord and taking his rightful place at the Emperor's side. After a few moments of hesitation, Marek chose to follow the light side of the Force by confronting the Emperor. Catching him by surprise, Marek quickly "overpowered" the Emperor. Far from accepting defeat and, much less, death, the Emperor goaded the apprentice one last time to give into the dark side—by slaying the Emperor himself in anger and hatred. With General Kota's help, the apprentice resisted the dark side one last time. Outraged, the Emperor struck Kota with Force lightning, refusing to let the Jedi and Rebels have someone as powerful as Marek on their side. However, Marek thrust himself in the way to protect the Jedi and the former senators.
The Death of the Secret Apprentice
- "He is dead."
"Then he is now more powerful than ever. He was meant to rout out the Rebels. His sacrifice will only inspire them."
- ―Darth Vader and Sidious, after confirming the death of Galen Marek
By this time Vader had recovered enough to muster a squadron of stormtroopers in order to kill the Rebels and his former disciple. As the stormtroopers pursued Kota and the senators, Vader could do nothing more but watch as his master and apprentice locked with each other in a chain of Force lightning. Marek, fully aware that he would not survive against the full fury of the Emperor, sacrificed his life and with one last defiant yell, he caused a massive Force explosion that killed all of the stormtroopers in the room and temporarily incapacitated the Sith Lords long enough for the Rebels to escape. After regaining his senses, a severely injured Darth Vader slowly approached the body of Galen Marek, just as the Emperor also recovered and looked down at Marek's corpse with utter shock and disappointment. Darth Vader, his voice solemn, noted that the secret apprentice was truly dead this time.
Darth Sidious was displeased and frustrated at having suffered such an unusual setback. Not only had he failed to kill the leaders of the newborn Rebel Alliance when he had the chance, he also realized that Marek's selfless act of sacrifice would inspire the Rebels and bolster their morale to the point where silent opposition would be replaced by an all-out rebellion through force of arms. Vader swore that he would hunt down and put an end to this new threat, while also feigning ignorance at his master's betrayal. Having failed to replace Darth Vader with Galen Marek, the Emperor had no choice except to tolerate Vader's existence for a while longer, at least until he could find a new apprentice of the same caliber as Starkiller.
Cloning a New Apprentice
- Dark Apprentice: "I have memories. Are they mine?"
- Darth Vader: "You were cast from the mold of a dead man. You have inherited his skills, but also his weaknesses."
- ―The Dark Apprentice and Darth Vader[src]
In the aftermath of Galen Marek's death, Darth Vader salvaged the body of his former apprentice and brought it to Kamino, where he stored it in a secret chamber in the Timira City Cloning Facility. With Marek's body serving as a genetic template, the Sith Lord endeavored to create the perfect version of his fallen disciple—a clone that possessed all of Marek's power, but none of his weaknesses. But due to the initial imperfections in the accelerated cloning process, the first batch resulted in aberrant clones, subjects that were both physically deformed and mentally deranged. Other clones that were not as unstable also ended in failure, mainly due to the memory flashes that were used in their training. Although many clones made it far in their trials, Vader noticed how they were all undermined by at least two common factors—the memories of their progenitor's life and his emotional sentimentality. Ultimately, they were all haunted by visions of a past life that none of them lived, thus leading to cases of identity crises due to their inability to free themselves from Marek's memories.
- "They are the memories of a dead man. A side effect of the cloning process and the memory flashes used to train you. They will fade."
- ―Darth Vader
As Vader's secret project continued to suffer through trial and error, one clone in particular showed a great deal of promise. The clone progressed far in his training, to the point where Vader considered dispatching him to Cato Neimoidia to execute Rahm Kota. Although he was impressed with the clone's progress, he noticed how this version was just as troubled by Marek's memories as all of the other clones had been. In order to see if the clone was truly strong enough to overcome his template's emotions, Vader provided the clone with a challenge to destroy Sith Training Droids that had taken on the holographic appearance of Rebel troopers. Although the clone easily destroyed the troopers, sparing no feelings for the organization that his progenitor helped to create, he was suddenly dumbfounded by the droid that had taken on the image of a woman he recognized as Juno Eclipse. When Vader commanded the clone to strike her down, demanding him to hate that which Marek loved, the clone struggled to obey, but ultimately refused.
His fears confirmed, Vader destroyed the training droid, causing the image of Juno Eclipse to disappear. Disappointed with yet another failure, the Sith Lord revealed to the dumbfounded clone the fact that he had tried many times before to create a perfect version of his original apprentice, only to fail when it came to purging them of the emotional imprints. Despite the successful growth and progress of a different clone of Marek, Vader lied to the clone by telling him that the accelerated cloning process was still imperfect. Before Vader could rectify his mistake by killing his latest failed experiment, however, the clone unleashed a blast for Force lightning at his master after receiving a vision of Vader's first betrayal of the original Starkiller. While Vader was momentarily dazed by the attack, the clone blasted a hole through a wall and jumped outside in order to escape. In response, Vader alerted the cloning facility's Imperial garrison and commanded them to kill the clone; none of the troopers succeeded. With his troops having no success in killing or stalling the clone, Vader moved to intercept him before he could escape, only to see the clone steal his TIE fighter and escape from Kamino. During the clone's travels, he became known by Marek's codename Starkiller after refusing to go by his progenitor's birth name.
Hiring a Bounty Hunter
- Boba Fett: "He has a healthy head start."
- Darth Vader: "Find the woman and bring her to me. He will follow."
- Boba Fett: "I'll need a squadron of stormtroopers. They won't be coming back."
- Darth Vader: "The Empire will provide whatever you require."
- ―Boba Fett and Darth Vader[src]
Shortly after the clone's escape, Darth Vader contacted Boba Fett, the bounty hunter who's skills made him a reliable asset to the Sith Lord. When Fett arrived on Kamino, he surveyed the damage to Timira City and concluded that it would take some time to discover Starkiller's whereabouts. Knowing that the bounty hunter would never be able to capture Starkiller directly, much less survive an encounter with him, Vader commanded Fett to abduct Juno Eclipse, the former Imperial captain who had joined the Alliance as commanding officer of the Salvation. Since the clone had inherited his template's emotional attachment to Eclipse, Vader anticipated that the clone would never be able to resist returning to Kamino to save Eclipse.
Despite his own talents, Boba Fett knew that he was not capable of single-handedly assaulting a Rebel cruiser and capturing it's captain all on his own. To that end, he requested Vader for enough stormtroopers to aid him in completing his mission, though he lacked confidence in the troopers' ability to survive. Vader's only concern was bringing the clone back to Kamino, regardless of how many resources he had to use to achieve this goal. Thus, Vader provided Fett with far more than what he requested, such as Terror Troopers, Terror Droids, Terror Biodroids, and a Terror Walker.
The Perfect Clone of Starkiller
- Darth Vader: "Do you understand what this is? What this means."
- Dark Apprentice: "Yes, my Master."
- Darth Vader: "Good. Very good. You have come far. You may yet survive."
- ―Darth Vader and the Dark Apprentice[src]
Around this time, Darth Vader was training another clone that showed a great deal of potential. Unsurprisingly, this clone inherited the same disturbing memories and emotions of his genetic template just like his brothers before him. Upon being released from his cloning tank, the clone was confronted by Marek's memories of Juno Eclipse, thus causing the clone to ask about her whereabouts. Vader simply stated that Eclipse was irrelevant, and all that mattered was the training that lay ahead for the clone.
In the early phase of his training, the clone revealed to Vader that he possessed memories, but could not tell if they actually belonged to him. Having dealt with enough of Marek's clones suffering from an identity crisis, Vader knew all too well what the clone was talking about. He simply explained that the clone was copied from the cells of Marek's corpse, thus allowing him to inherit the original Starkiller's strengths and weaknesses. Although the clone continued to survive in his trials, Vader was not yet fully convinced that this was the one he sought to create, recalling all of the other clones that made it far in their training—only to fail in the end. Even though the clone was determined to not fail his Master, it didn't stop him from becoming curious about the exact number of clones that came before him, or from wondering about what his progenitor was like as a person before he died. Vader dismissed the clone's questions as pointless curiosity. All that mattered to him was if any more clones would be created if this one failed. With Marek dead and his power surpassed by the clone, Vader felt that delving into the details of his original apprentice's identity was irrelevant.
To the amazement of both the lead cloning technician and Darth Vader, the clone was gradually able to compartmentalize his template's memories while forming new ones of his own. Thus, he succeeded in achieving what none of his brothers were capable of doing—holding Marek's memories as separate from his own experience. By doing so, the clone had come to know for certain that he was a copy and that the original Starkiller was truly dead. Vader greatly approved, and promised to prove what the clone already knew to be true. That proof was revealed by Vader to be the body of the late Galen Marek, stored within a cold chamber in Timira City. By seeing Marek's corpse with his own eyes, the clone understood that he had succeeded where all of the clones failed before him, and that he was well on his way to fulfilling the purpose of his creation—much to Vader's delight.
Near the end of his training, the clone had apparently severed the last remnants of the emotional imprints left behind by Galen Marek. After striking down a Sith Training Droid disguised in the holographic image of Juno Eclipse, Vader asked the clone how he felt. The clone replied that the emotions he felt were hate for his template's failings, disgust for his weaknesses, and pride for rising above them. Hence, Vader's goal had finally been accomplished. After a long line of failures, a single successful clone had risen to become his Dark Apprentice. When the Rebel Alliance launched an assault on Kamino's Imperial defenses, Vader ordered the Dark Apprentice to not interfere unless he was needed, and only then would his training finally be completed. Shortly before the battle, Starkiller, the renegade clone who escaped from Kamino, received a vision of the imminent future. In this vision, he saw how the Dark Apprentice would kill him if he tried to destroy Darth Vader, who had been disarmed and defeated in the vision.
The Battle of Kamino
- Juno Eclipse: "Is that...?"
- Darth Vader: "He is almost here."
- ―Juno Eclipse and Darth Vader[src]
When Boba Fett returned to Timira City with Juno Eclipse as his prisoner, Darth Vader greeted both of them in person. Although he was slightly tempted to summarily execute Eclipse for treason, as well as the inconvenience that the Alliance caused for him, the Sith Lord maintained his focus on using Eclipse as bait to lure Marek's wayward clone back to Kamino. Although Fett wanted to leave the planet before the battle commenced, acknowledging the fact that his limitations would most likely get him killed in a direct confrontation with Starkiller, Vader commanded the bounty hunter to remain planet-side until Starkiller arrived, thus withholding Fett's payment. Accompanied by a squad of stormtroopers, Darth Vader and Juno Eclipse proceeded to a tower located at the top of the cloning facility.
When the battle began, Starkiller directed the Salvation on a collision course with Timira City. While Eclipse and the stormtroopers became increasingly nervous, Vader maintained a calm stance and awaited the clone's return. While the first half of the ship crashed into the cloning facility, Starkiller destroyed the second solid fragment so as to not inadvertently harm Eclipse. While the clone made his way to the top of the facility, killing all Imperials in his way, Vader secured Eclipse in the tower and moved to confront his former apprentice.
The Duel between Master and Apprentice
- Starkiller: "Your training made me strong enough to escape you, not obey you."
- Darth Vader: "Yet here you are. My most deadly creation."
- Starkiller: "You lie! You never wanted this. You can't have. Once Juno has been rescued, your facility will be destroyed. You with it, if there's any justice."
- Darth Vader: "There is no justice. Only power."
- ―Starkiller and Darth Vader[src]
Within the cloning facility, Darth Vader and Starkiller engaged in a lightsaber duel. While Starkiller pressed his attack and demanded to know where Eclipse was, Vader stood his ground against the clone. Having learned his lesson after nearly being killed by Marek, Vader did all he could to put a sufficient amount of distance between himself and Marek's clone. Thus, he used his powers several times to throw multiple cloning tanks, but to no avail. In order to stall Starkiller, Vader also unleashed various imperfect clones of Marek and commanded them to attack their renegade brother. Starkiller was shocked to see that there were other clones of Marek besides himself, thus learning how he was wrong in believing that Vader had lied about creating other clones before him.
After defeating the aberrant clones, Starkiller pursued Vader all the way to the cloning tower where he found Juno Eclipse at Vader's mercy. The Sith Lord elevated Eclipse off of the ground and began choking her through the Force. Vader gave the clone a final chance to surrender, or watch as he killed Eclipse. Overwhelmed with fear and concern for Eclipse's life, Starkiller dropped his lightsabers and obeyed, promising to serve the Sith Lord once more as long as Eclipse remained unharmed. Satisfied, Vader released Eclipse from his grip and commanded the clone to kill General Kota. With nothing but silent compliance from the clone, Vader told Starkiller that he would go on to become fully immersed in the dark side and that he would execute the Alliance leaders; resistance of failure to meet any of Vader's expectations would cost Juno Eclipse her life.
However, Eclipse refused to be the catalyst for Starkiller's return to the dark side and attempted to assassinate Darth Vader with one of the clone's lightsabers. Vader narrowly avoided her strike, warned by his senses at the last second, only taking damage to his chest panel from the saber attack. In retaliation, Vader blasted Eclipse out of the tower, causing her to fall on a landing platform before losing consciousness. In a rage, Starkiller grabbed both of his sabers and attacked Vader, only to be thrown out of the tower as well. Before he could get to Eclipse, Vader jumped out of the tower and landed on the platform, purposely standing between the clone and Eclipse. Although Starkiller could not understand why Vader would risk his life by damaging or even destroying the one tool he could use to control him, the clone came to believe that it is what Vader wanted all along. By killing Eclipse, Vader intended to remove Starkiller's only reason for resisting his purpose as a Sith, thus causing Starkiller to fall headlong back into the fold of the dark side.
Finishing the Duel
- "It is our destiny to destroy the Emperor. You and me, together."
- ―Darth Vader to Starkiller
As the two engaged in combat once more, Vader tried to convince the clone to rise above his concern for Eclipse, stating that her life was meaningless and that her death fueled his strength in the dark side. He reminded the clone that his feelings for the woman were counterfeit, nothing more than the emotional imprints left behind by a man who was no longer even alive. Between trying to kill Vader and get to Eclipse, Starkiller came to suspect that he and his master were more alike than he first believed. He came to wonder how far the Emperor had gone in creating Darth Vader, and how far Vader would go to destroy his master in order to replace him. When he tried to suggest working with the Alliance against the Emperor, Vader continued his attacks with increasing aggression, making it perfectly clear that he wanted nothing to do with the Rebellion.
The battle nearly ended when Vader managed to disarm Starkiller of his lightsabers. But when Vader threw his own lightsaber at Starkiller, the clone caught the weapon and redirected it back at its owner, thus disarming Vader of both his saber and right hand. The duel ended when Starkiller unleashed an overcharged blast of Force lightning at the Sith Lord, the one attack that Vader could not utilize due to the damage it caused to his armor's critical life-support systems. No longer in any condition to defend himself, Vader fell to one knee in submission, only to see Starkiller's lightsaber blade pointed at his throat. Before Starkiller could decide to kill the Sith Lord, Kota arrived with his squad and urged the clone to spare Vader's life, but only so that the Alliance could take Vader as its prisoner. Starkiller, torn between Kota's reasons and the desire to take revenge, including the vision of what could happen if he did try to strike Vader down, was confused over what to do at first. While Kota implored Starkiller to think of the valuable information that Vader could provide the Alliance with, Vader goaded the clone to embrace his destiny and strike him down. In the end, Starkiller deactivated his sabers and spared Vader's life, thus taking an alternate path from his vision of the battle's outcome, and thus causing the Dark Apprentice to not reveal himself for unknown reasons. Vader was subsequently arrested by Kota and heavily restrained aboard the Rogue Shadow, while Starkiller tended to Eclipse, who had barely survived the Sith Lord's attack on her.
A Prisoner of the Rebel Alliance
- "As long as she lives, I will always control you."
- ―Darth Vader to Starkiller
After being secured in a harness that covered most of his body and completely restricted his ability to move, Vader was placed inside the Rogue Shadow's meditation chamber. There, Starkiller visited the captured Sith Lord shortly before the Rebel fleet departed from Kamino. Although he nearly lost his confidence at the sight of his former Master, Starkiller began mocking Vader by gloating on how he chose to spare his life. Although he remained uncertain over his own origins, he dismissed it as irrelevant, stating that he had succeeded in breaking Vader's hold over him. Throughout Starkiller's short display of new-found confidence in himself, Vader remained quiet the entire time and did not indulge the clone with the answers he sought. Seeing the pointlessness in his actions, Starkiller turned to leave.
But at that moment, Vader declared to the clone that he would never be free as long as Juno Eclipse was alive. Refusing to give Vader the satisfaction of seeing the uncertainty in his eyes, Starkiller exited the meditation chamber and left Vader in the darkness of the room where he was confined. After the Rebel fleet left Kamino, Starkiller and Eclipse took control of the Rogue Shadow and departed for Dantooine with Vader onboard as their prisoner—unaware that they were being followed by Slave I, piloted by Boba Fett.
At some point prior to the Battle of Yavin, Darth Vader escaped from captivity and resumed his place at Emperor Palpatine's side. As Supreme Commander of the Imperial Military, he continued to execute his mandate to destroy the Rebel Alliance he unwittingly created through the original Starkiller's actions.
Vader and Palpatine were the targets of a group of treacherous Imperial officers led by Grand Moff Trachta. Trachta saw the Sith as foolish and archaic, and believed that the Empire should not be ruled by a two-man cult. They planned to use a batch of altered stormtroopers loyal only to them to destroy the two Sith Lords. While the Emperor was dealing with the conspirators, Vader set out on a mission of his own to the planet Dargulli to locate a mysterious, powerful Jedi. But, instead of a Jedi Knight, he was confronted by a cadre of bounty hunters who had come to the conclusion that ganging up on—and defeating—the Sith Lord would bring them fame and fortune. With the help of another bounty hunter, Boba Fett, Vader quickly disposed of his attackers, only to be approached by a female darksider whom Vader eliminated despite her offering to become his apprentice. Afterward, Vader returned to find the conspirators' plot dismantled, in part because of internal fighting between the co-conspirators.
An old enemy
- "Palpatine's mailed fist, Dooku's successor, Maul's inheritor."
- ―Shadday Potkin
With the loss of the stolen Death Star plans during a prison break in 0 BBY, Vader was charged by the Emperor himself with retrieving the missing schematics. When word reached him of a possible Rebel Alliance courier en route to the volcanic Sith moon of Kalakar VI with the plans in tow, the Dark Lord investigated, shadowed by his Master. What greeted Vader was unthinkable: a splinter group of Sith fanatics who had managed through their Sith alchemy to resurrect Darth Maul.
It is unknown whether this Maul was created by cloning, by using Sith alchemy to restore and reanimate Maul's actual corpse (which was destroyed in the Naboo reactor core room), or through other means. Whatever the case, the Zabrak was no longer a mere specter like the one Vader had encountered as Anakin Skywalker, and thus Vader was pressed into combat with Maul, who sought to supplant him as Palpatine's new apprentice. In the eyes of Maul and the fanatics, Vader's time as a Jedi had "tainted" him, and only a pure Sith should rule by Sidious's side. Both Sith Lords seemed to be equals in combat, until Vader cut Darth Maul's lightsaber in two, followed by Maul switching to the Jar'Kai style—a style Vader had little defense against. Having the advantage of two lightsabers, Maul held off Vader's lightsaber with one of his blades, and cut into his helmet with the other. Feeling assured of a victory, Maul prepared to deliver the final blow to kill Vader. Maul paid for his overconfidence with his life, as Vader took his lightsaber and stabbed it through his own body and into Maul's.
- "What could you hate enough to destroy me?"
- ―Darth Maul and Vader
As Vader met up once more with a suspiciously unsurprised Palpatine, the badly damaged Dark Lord could not help but suspect that the encounter was yet another test. The distrust between mentor and student, fed by years of such trials, grew.
Searching for the Death Star plans
- "Several transmissions were beamed to this ship by Rebel spies. I want to know what happened to the plans they sent you."
"I don't know what you're talking about. I'm a member of the Imperial Senate on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan."
"You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! Take her away!!"
- ―Darth Vader and Leia Organa
With the Kalakar VI mission deemed a wild bantha chase, Vader returned to his twofold priority of both locating the Death Star plans as well as the hidden Rebel base. After the 501st Legion's failed attempt to recover the Death Star plans on Polis Massa, Imperials were able to track where they were sent—Tantive IV, a corvette belonging to Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan. Vader chased after the corvette personally. Organa was able to load the Death Star plans aboard R2-D2 and send the droid to Tatooine. Vader once more lost the plans, but gained a partial victory in capturing the Princess. Taking the Alderaanian senator to the Death Star, Vader utilized an IT-O interrogation droid to question Organa about the location of the secret Alliance base, not realizing he was torturing his own daughter. At the same time, Vader ordered the execution of Owen and Beru Lars after the couple refused to give any details about the missing droids.
When Organa refused to surrender the Alliance's actual base's location while under torture; even giving them a wild goose chase of Dantooine as a target, Vader and Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin forced her to watch as the Death Star obliterated her homeworld.
Showdown on the Death Star
- "I've been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner. Now I am the Master."
"Only a master of evil, Darth."
- ―Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi
When the ship carrying Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca and Obi-Wan Kenobi was seized by a tractor beam and brought aboard the Death Star, Vader sensed the presence of his former master for the first time since being left to die on Mustafar. Quietly stalking him through the hallways of the battlestation, he finally confronted Kenobi just outside the hangar. Challenging him to a second lightsaber duel, the two engaged one another. Ignoring Obi-Wan's vague warning that killing him would make him "more powerful than you can possibly imagine", Vader viciously struck him down. However, instead of dying, Kenobi became a spirit in the Force who continued to guide Luke Skywalker.
Despite the curious disappearance of Kenobi's body, Vader felt he had finally killed the man that had been the focus for most of his rage for almost two decades.
Battle of Yavin
- "I'll take them myself. Cover me."
- ―Darth Vader at the Battle of Yavin
To determine the location of the Rebel base, Vader allowed Luke and Han Solo to rescue Princess Leia and escape with the technical readouts of the Death Star. During the Battle of Yavin, he piloted a distinctive TIE Advanced x1 fighter and almost prevented Luke's attack on the Death Star from being successful. Vader sensed that the young pilot in his sights was Force-sensitive, putting into motion a series of future events that culminated in the death of the Empire. When the Millennium Falcon shot down one of his two support craft, the other panicked and veered into Vader's fighter, sending him spinning away from the battle station.
Crash landing on Vaal
Vader limped to Vaal, where he abandoned his wrecked TIE Advanced. During his journey to the Imperial communications outpost there, he was attacked by a pack of hyenax. He killed several of the attacking predators, including their leader, earning their respect and without understanding it at first assuming the fallen leader's position. Along with the pack, he continued his travel to the relay station. There, he boarded a Lambda-class shuttle without a word to the shocked crew, leaving them to be slaughtered by the hyenax. He soon arrived at Coruscant, where he expected to dispatch a team to recover the TIE and to re-staff the outpost. Instead, Sate Pestage ordered Vader to join Captain Sodarra in retrieving the fighter.[source?]
Vader's team recovered the fighter, and during this time, the Imperial spy Rogor contacted Vader and informed him that the Rebels on Yavin IV were more vulnerable than ever. He launched a surprise attack on the moon, but found it deserted, save for the now-outed spy. Rogor received the brunt of Vader's anger for the waste of time. Little did Vader know that the Alliance had only evacuated most of its heavy equipment. The base's command and support staff were trapped by the Imperial blockade overseen from Jovan Station. They returned to the Massassi Temples, but not before Vader and his forces left the Yavin System. But Vader did not make it out of the Bright Jewel Oversector. The system was ruled by Governor-General Nox Vellam, one of Vader's many rivals in the Empire, and the leader of one of the blockades that impeded the Rebel evacuation. Vellam nearly destroyed the Sith Lord, but Captain Sodarra rescued the remains of the fighter and Vader's comatose body. He fled the system in a corvette, planning to take Vader to an Imperial base on Shador. Their flight was interrupted when Vellam's flagship caught up with them. Sodarra's ship was destroyed, but he and Vader were rescued by a most unlikely person—Han Solo, who was chasing Alfreda Goot, a bounty hunter who was holding Leia Organa captive on Tatooine. Vader's life was placed in jeopardy once again when Han and Chewbacca decided to place a bomb on the crate, but after Solo discovered that Goot was one of Vader's agents, he had no choice but to travel to Tatooine and exchange Vader's life for Leia's.[source?]
After the exchange, Vader decided not to immediately return to Coruscant, instead making reports to Palpatine via hologram. The Emperor would be furious, but Vader wanted to track down the Force-sensitive pilot who had destroyed the Death Star first. Vader had sensed a strong Force ability in the pilot, one unmatched by any living person in the galaxy, save for himself and his Master. If such a being was serving the Rebel Alliance, the balance could tip in their favor, and so this pilot had to be hunted down and destroyed.
And yet, after his duel with Kenobi on the Death Star, Vader had spotted a young man among those who escaped, one who had been distraught at the death of the old Jedi Master. And the ship on which they had arrived had come from Tatooine. All circumstantial evidence, certainly, but it was enough to give Vader an inkling of the pilot's possible heritage.
Uncovering the identity of the Rebel pilot before the Emperor became Vader's top priority. His second would be the ousting of the Imperials who would act against him, as Vellam had done. There were many ambitious men in the Empire who wished to take Vader's place at the Emperor's side, and the recent incident with Vellam may have convinced Vader that these power-hungry beings could be a direct threat to him. The Sith Lord began formulating a plan that would eliminate them, starting with the Fleet Admirals of the Imperial Navy. Eventually, Vader planned to finish dealing with the more powerful Tagge family and the crime lord Prince Xizor.
Construction of the Executor
However, this plan would require time to come to fruition. In the meantime, the Rebels on Yavin could not be ignored. Darth Vader knew now that he would have to deal with the Rebels carefully. He didn't want them to escape or pull a victory out of the void, as they had at the Battle of Yavin. Vader thought that perhaps the key to defeating the Rebels would be Executor, which was under construction at the shipyards of Fondor. With this in mind, he ordered a blockade of the Gordian Reach, the sector containing the Yavin system. This would keep the Rebels in place until Vader could return to deal with them. In the meantime, Vader resumed his search for the pilot.
The fleet was assigned to the command of General Ulric Tagge, who would maintain the blockade, while Vader charged Captain Bzorn with the task of persecuting Rebel worlds. Now free to search for the Rebel pilot, Vader took Devastator to the Ultaar, where the Sith Lord had learned of a Rebel information retrieval outpost. He hoped to interrogate the Rebels there and learn the identity of that elusive X-wing pilot.
En route to Ultaar, Vader detected the passing presence of a Force-sensitive. This new lead was fortunate, for Vader discovered that the retrieval team on Ultaar had been wiped out by a bounty hunter named Beilert Valance, who was seeking information on a boy with two droids—apparently the pilot Vader was also hunting. Far from being distressed, Vader found the concept of a rival interesting.
On Devastator, Captain Wermis and his crew discovered the Force-sensitive's destination: the Wheel. Devastator raced to the system, where Vader found his prey escaping the station in a yacht. The Sith Lord directed his attention toward capturing the vessel, only to be attacked from behind by a familiar smuggling ship—the same ship that had ruined his defense of the Death Star. Vader gave orders for the ship to be destroyed at once, but his firing command was interrupted by a flash of pain emanating from the Force user on the yacht. The pain itself passed quickly, but the surprise gave both ships time to escape into hyperspace.
Although his quarry had eluded him for the time being, Vader had gained valuable information. He knew that the Rebel pilot was part of a group aiding Princess Leia Organa, a group that included the smugglers who had attacked him at the Death Star.
The next lead turned up when a Rebel spy was discovered, a spy who knew the name of another Rebel, one who had been at Yavin just before the battle, and who in turn knew the name of the elusive pilot. Vader tortured a name and location out of the Rebel: Tyler Lucian, hiding at Rubyflame Lake, a former resort on the planet Centares. Vader rushed to the location, only to find that his rival Valance had arrived first. The bounty hunter had apparently had a change of heart after wiping out the Rebels at Ultaar. Valance was now convinced that the boy Vader pursued was the galaxy's only hope for a better tomorrow. The bounty hunter perished after a short battle, but not before convincing Tyler Lucian to commit suicide. The pilot's identity remained a mystery.
Later, the forces of General Ulric Tagge's blockade engaged a Rebel fleet in battle in the Feriae system. Tagge's flagship was destroyed during the skirmish, as was a House of Tagge mining explorer containing family members Silas and Baron Orman Tagge. General Tagge escaped the destruction of his ship, and with the apparent death of his older siblings, the title of Baron fell to him. The new Baron claimed that the battle arose as part of a standard blockade action, but Darth Vader's spies informed him that it was something more. The spies also rescued Silas and Orman Tagge from the wreckage around Junction. Both were barely alive, but Darth Vader ordered Devastator's medical droids to begin restoring the life functions of the Tagge brothers. The Sith Lord saw this as his opportunity to end the Tagge family's constant scheming against him.
Vader also wished to continue hunting for the Rebel pilot, but after a fruitless month of searching, he had no choice but to return to Coruscant and face the Emperor. Leaving Devastator, the Sith Lord commandeered a Carrack-class cruiser for his voyage to Coruscant, taking with him the salvaged fighter.
Vader found the Emperor in a bacta tank, recovering from an adventure on Korriban. Lord Sidious assigned Vader the task of recovering Admiral Termo, who had gone missing in the Yavin system months before. The Admiral, who had sent a distress signal from the planet Malagarr, had in his possession data tapes detailing a final plan of Grand Moff Tarkin's. Vader retrieved the tapes, killed the Admiral, and returned to Coruscant.
Vader presented the data tapes to the Emperor. Palpatine was not pleased with Vader's failure at the Battle of Yavin, however, and Darth Vader was punished by losing his hand, perhaps as a reminder of an earlier failure at Geonosis.
Vader was then instructed to head to Fondor to oversee the construction of Executor while the task of developing Tarkin's project was assigned to others. After a member of that team was imprisoned, Vader had to hire a bounty hunter for a rescue mission, and then a Rebel droid destroyed the project headquarters on Malagarr. En route to Fondor, Vader contacted the Emperor to inform him of these new developments.
The project underway at Fondor was the Empire's largest undertaking since the Death Star. The Imperial military objected to this concentration of resources, claiming that it was little better than the Death Star. They also suspected that the Sith Lord was using his position with the Emperor to increase his own personal power, though few fully grasped the relationship between the two. Vader cared little for the thoughts of Admirals, but he resumed command of Devastator and conducted a fleet test near Fondor to settle the issue in his own mind.
Once the test was completed, Vader moved on to Jovan Station, headquarters of the Imperial blockade. He informed the admirals gathered there that he had decided the course that would be taken against the Rebels, and that the Fondor project would go through. He also staged a confrontation between himself and Admiral Griff, hoping to draw out those who would act against him.
Griff convinced the admirals to allow for a Rebel spy to infiltrate the construction yards of Fondor to sabotage Vader's project.
Vader returned to Fondor, where he was informed by Admiral Griff that the Rebel spy had arrived. Griff escalated the plans of the traitorous Admirals, arranging for them to meet with the Rebel spy in the tunnels below Fondor's surface. The Admirals were unwilling to risk more involvement with the spy with Vader present, but Griff told them that Vader was leaving temporarily. In fact, Vader slipped off Devastator before its departure, and joined Griff in the tunnels to trap the traitors.
But as Vader prepared to strike, he sensed something unexpected—the Rebel spy was Force-sensitive. Not only that, but Vader could clearly sense that this boy was a disciple of Kenobi. Incidents since the Death Star's destruction had caused Vader to suspect that there was such a man serving the Rebels—the mind-touch near Ultaar, the flash of pain at the Wheel, and certain comments made by Valance on Centares—but now he was sure of it. He was getting closer to discovering the pilot's identity.
But the Rebel could sense Vader as well. He warned the Admirals, who scattered. Vader was unconcerned, however. He ordered Griff to forget the traitors and find the spy, but it was too late. The Rebel succeeded in escaping the system.
While Vader failed to capture the Rebel, Griff's men managed to round up the traitorous Imperials. And although the spy could have gained valuable information on the systems of Executor, what Vader learned was far more valuable. He had been unprepared for the Rebel's interference, but no more. The pilot may have been a student of Kenobi's, but Vader was sure that his own power was stronger.
Admiral Griff soon departed Fondor to return to his duties as system blockade commander, while Vader stayed behind to oversee the Fondor project.
Before long, Griff contacted Vader, informing him that the Rebels were gathering allies, such as the Freeholders pirates, to their base at Yavin. The Admiral deemed the Interdictors ineffective; the pirate fleet had managed to slip past their blockade. Griff pleaded with Vader to launch a full scale attack, but Vader wouldn't hear of it. He would not authorize an attack on the Rebel base until Executor was ready, and certain other events put in motion.
The Son of Skywalker
- "The son of Skywalker must not become a Jedi…"
"If he could be turned, he would become a powerful ally…"
- ―Palpatine and Darth Vader
Vader's spies had learned of a Rebel pilot who had returned to his homeworld of Centares bringing with him a first hand account of the Battle of Yavin. Vader hired a team of bounty hunters and Ban Papeega to bring the man in. On Centares, the Rebel finally revealed the last name of the pilot who had destroyed the Death Star—Skywalker. This was the same name Vader had found on Anchorhead municipal records for a T-16 skyhopper owned by a nineteen year old human boy who had resided at the Lars farm. It was also, according to a Mos Eisley based Kubaz spy called Garindan, the name found on a Spaceport Speeders sales record for a landspeeder purchased from a young man who had left Tatooine on the freighter Millennium Falcon.
Vader had gone for months without knowing the name of the one he had sought, but he now suspected that Amidala had given birth before she died. Vader did in fact have a son, in contrast to what Palpatine had told him. This knowledge succeeded in touching a side of Vader that had long lain dormant.
The Sith Lord quickly dismissed these emotions, however. Kenobi had gotten to the boy first, and he was serving the enemy now. Skywalker would have to be turned, or he would have to be destroyed. With his son at his side, Vader would have no need of Sidious.
But for his plan to succeed, Vader knew his Master could not discover his true intentions. He quickly set about slaughtering the bounty hunters who had captured the Rebel. While the Sith Lord was busy executing mercenaries and bounty hunters, the Rebel pilot who had betrayed the name to him was killed by Mala Mala, preventing Vader from discovering anything more.
In the Emperor's throne room at Imperial City, Darth Vader came before Palpatine in person for the first time after the destruction of the first Death Star. The Emperor inquired after Vader's apparent loss at Fondor, as well as the destruction of Tarkin's project. Vader made no reference to Skywalker, stating instead that he pursued the pilot who destroyed the Death Star for revenge. After his meeting with the Emperor, Vader received notice that Skywalker had been given a diplomatic assignment on Jazbina, and set out immediately to capture his son.
Vader ordered the ruler of Jazbina, Prepredenko, to hold Skywalker until he arrived. The young man managed to escape custody, but Vader cornered him before he could leave the planet. The Sith Lord came face to face with his son for the first time. Skywalker was protected by the Rebels of Jazbina, but surrendered himself when Vader threatened to have his Interdictor bomb the cities of the planet. It seemed that Vader's quest had come to an end.
But a single Rebel pilot, Jal Te Gniev, managed to destroy the Interdictor in a suicide run, and a crowd of angry Jazbinans neutralized Vader's stormtroopers. Skywalker had managed to sway the entire planet to the Rebel cause. Faced with the prospect of having to battle the massive populace protecting his son on his own, Vader returned to Coruscant without his prize. When he visited Palpatine to inform him of his failure to capture the pilot, he was addressed to by the Emperor, who in fact knew of the Rebel's identity as well, as "Skywalker."
Now that Skywalker was known to his Master, Vader would have to work quickly. He departed Coruscant in the Devastator, searching for Rebel bases. The Sith Lord's forces decimated a Rebel refueling station, where the torture of a Rebel officer revealed Skywalker's full name—Luke Skywalker.
Subjugation of the Tagge family
Now Vader moved to bring the Tagge family to heel. Vader confronted the new Baron, using the Force to extract a confession: Tagge revealed that he and his brothers had planned to destroy the Rebels at Junction with a new invention, in an attempt to win the favor of the Emperor from Vader. The General also disclosed the fact that the Tagge family had known of Skywalker for weeks. Enraged, Vader revealed to the General the survival of his older siblings, and threatened to bring the entire family before Palpatine if Ulric continued to oppose him.
- "No more, Luke Skywalker! I've thoroughly tested you…Made you perform in a hostile environment…Probed your emotions by placing your friends in jeopardy. I now know your limits…And your limitations."
- ―Vader to Luke on Monastery
Now satisfied that the House of Tagge was no longer a threat, Vader traveled to the ringed world of Monastery, home of the Order of the Sacred Circle, to which the youngest Tagge family member, Domina Tagge, belonged. Vader forced the young woman into cooperating with him, promising power and prestige in the Order, as well as revenge on Luke Skywalker, for Domina believed her brother dead. Domina hated Vader, but she also despised Skywalker.
The Order had remained carefully neutral in the Galactic Civil War, but Vader, in hopes of capturing Skywalker, made overtures on behalf of the Empire. The Order wished to hear both sides, and Domina Tagge journeyed to Yavin, where she convinced the Alliance to send Skywalker as their representative.
When Luke Skywalker arrived on Monastery, Vader confronted him once more, insulting the Rebel and using every opportunity to diminish him in the eyes of the Order's elders. Vader succeeded in goading Skywalker into a lightsaber duel, but before their blades could cross, Domina intervened. She took advantage of the situation, and now schemed to eliminate both the Rebel and the Sith Lord. Luke and Vader were forced to take their duel to the deadly Crystal Valley.
Vader did not intend to engage Skywalker in combat just yet. First he wished to test the young man's abilities. He had arranged for Orman Tagge to escape from the Devastator, and when the former baron arrived, Vader took his vengeance upon Tagge. He knew that, above all else, Tagge had valued the innocence of his younger sister. Vader showed him that he had corrupted Domina, and then forced Tagge to battle Luke Skywalker, disguising him with the Force so that Orman appeared to Luke as Vader, until the illusion was shattered by the death of Tagge.
At the Wheel, Fondor, and Jazbina, Luke and his abilities with the Force had been an unknown factor, but now, after this thorough test, Vader knew the limitations of the young Rebel. Vader intended to capture his son, but Luke escaped, and it would be years before they would meet face-to-face again.
Incompetence and pursuit
Vader received word from Sebastian Parnell that his son had been captured on Tol Ado, and was being held for the Sith Lord. Skywalker managed to escape, however, and Vader executed Parnell for his incompetence.
Luke managed to disappear after these events, and Vader's many spies could not locate the boy. Vader chose to travel throughout the galaxy, setting hundreds of traps on planets Skywalker might visit. One of these worlds was Dantooine. Dantooine was once home to a Rebel base, and, centuries before, the Jedi Enclave.
Also on Dantooine, Vader was surprised by an ancient trap in the Jedi ruins. The trap killed his escort of stormtroopers, but Vader survived with only a small wound. Vader chose to investigate further, but the discovery of a Rebel outpost by one of the Devastator's scout ships forced him to change his plans. He departed the ruins, leaving only his shed blood behind.
Revision of methods
Vader decided to adopt a hands-off approach to capturing Skywalker. He was sure that the Force would lead Skywalker to his destiny eventually. Moreover, the man he had charged with hunting Rebels, Captain Bzorn, had been killed over Kessel. Vader began to take care of Rebel bases himself, such as the outpost discovered earlier. Vader ordered the Emperor's Hand Blackhole to infiltrate the Rebel headquarters to learn the latest of the Alliance's plans.
When the Sith Lord received word of a new Alliance base operating near the Panna system, he decided to utilize Boba Fett to locate the base. Fett befriended Luke Skywalker on Panna, and nearly got the location of the new Rebel base out of him, but he was forced to retreat, and failed even to capture the young Jedi.
While in battle with an Alliance space fleet, Vader learned from Blackhole that the Alliance's new plan was to fail in all direct confrontations with the Empire, while their main efforts would be in gathering new allies, such as the pirates Griff had spotted near Yavin, to the Rebel cause. Vader instructed Blackhole to capture those Rebels. Blackhole attempted to kidnap Luke and Leia on Vorzyd V, but he and his stormtroopers failed.
Still later, while investigating the disappearance of valuable megonite near Phelarion, Devastator's scouts encountered a Rebel shuttle, which they shot down over Phelarion, home to an Imperial labor camp run by Lady Tarkin, the widow of Grand Moff Tarkin. Vader's men managed to back track a message sent from the planet's surface, and pinpointed the location of the Rebel from the shuttle. Darth Vader crashed the Thirteenth Imperial Diplomatic Conclave being held at Port Tarkin, where he found that the Rebel was none other than Leia Organa herself. Vader's stormtroopers trapped her on a landing pad, but she was rescued by the Millennium Falcon. Vader held Lady Tarkin personally responsible for Leia's escape and the missing megonite.
Deception and Ambush
Having failed to capture Rebels at Phelarion, Vader prepared a trap for the Alliance. Upon hearing that a school on Harix had been using illegal material for its curriculum, Vader ordered that the teacher and her students be captured. He transmitted his plan to execute them galaxywide, hoping to draw out the Rebels. Skywalker himself led the mission to rescue the children, and beyond all odds, he succeeded. The Star Destroyers waiting at Harix were tricked by a faux fleet, while the real Rebel rescue force whisked the teacher and the students away.
Before the Harix incident, Vader had chosen to allow others to deal with Skywalker. On Harix, as on Panna, Tol Ardo and Vorzyd, Skywalker had continually foiled his plans to deal with the Rebellion at large, while eluding capture from even the most skilled of operatives. Vader now decided that it was time to give his personal attention to Luke Skywalker.
Soon after, Vader learned from one of his spies that six flights of Rebel X-wings were planetside for re-work on Arda-2. Following up this new lead, Vader discovered that Skywalker was among the pilots. When the Devastator arrived, its TIE fighters were attacked by a mere six snubfighters. Before the battle could truly begin, two ships rammed Devastator in a suicide run, leaving the Star Destroyer vulnerable. Vader chose to retreat, promising that he would find Luke Skywalker another day.
And find him he would. Tiring of chasing Skywalker from planet to planet, Vader had already set a plan in motion that would be sure to lure the boy into his grasp. The Sith Lord hired a skilled actor, and had Imperial surgeons alter his appearance to become the spitting image of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Lord Vader himself trained the doppelgänger to imitate his old master, and cutting-edge technology allowed the impersonator to appear to call upon the Force.
The actor traveled to Aridus, where he drew the attention of Luke Skywalker, who soon came to Aridus in search of his trainer. The actor succeeded in fooling the young Jedi, and under Vader's orders, lured Skywalker to the Iron Tower. Vader was already waiting inside the tower when the actor and the youth arrived. But the scheme failed; the Sith Lord never even saw his son at Aridus. The old actor had become so enamored with the role of a Jedi Master that he activated an overload spiral in the upper levels of the Iron Tower, a move designed to kill Vader and save Luke. Skywalker escaped once again, and the actor was killed in the explosion. Vader survived, but he was seriously injured in the explosion. The last thing he saw before passing out was Skywalker fleeing the planet in his ship.
Bargain and Recovery
When Vader awoke, he found himself in a ship headed for Coruscant. The pilot was Wrenga Jixton, a former Imperial agent who had been involved with Vader's experiments on Falleen years before. Jixton had been sentenced to Kessel after the Falleen debacle, but he had escaped to Aridus, where he had befriended the natives. Jixton struck a deal with the Sith Lord: if the Empire would leave Aridus alone, Jixton would serve Vader.
The Sith Lord spent the next several months recovering on Coruscant. He received word from an informant that Lexhannen Torlock, governor of Corulag, was planning to defect to the Rebel Alliance. Vader sent his new agent Jixton to assassinate the traitorous governor, and to implicate the Alliance in the deed. Jixton uncovered the true traitor on Corulag: Admiral Droon, who had forced Torlock to leave the planet. Jixton dragged Droon back to Coruscant, where the admiral was dispatched by Vader's lightsaber.
After leaving Coruscant once more, Vader had to contend with the machinations of Prince Xizor. Although the Sith Lord had eliminated Baron Tagge and the hubris admirals of the fleet, Xizor retained the Emperor's favor, and Vader could not attack him directly. In a conference on Coruscant (which Vader attended via hologram from the Devastator), the Dark Prince proposed a scheme that would shatter the powerful Bounty Hunters Guild, leaving only the strongest bounty hunters for the Empire to use against the Rebellion. Vader strongly opposed this plan, but Palpatine gave his blessing. The Emperor also assigned Mara Jade to the task of monitoring Vader.
Completion of the Executor
- "I am going to destroy their base at Yavin.... and nothing they have can stop me!"
At Fondor, the Executor was finally completed, and ready for a shakedown cruise. Darth Vader ordered that the ship be taken to the nearest Rebel installation—a depot on Laakteen, where Vader officially christened his new ship by obliterating the depot.
Now Vader's long wait had paid off, and the Executor traveled to Yavin to smash the Rebel command, eliminating several small Alliance strike forces on the way. Finally the Rebels seemed to have given up all hope of stopping Executor, but Vader knew better. Sure enough, one last ship, a tiny attack craft, assaulted his Star Dreadnought just outside of the Yavin system.
And this was no ordinary ship. The craft carried a power gem, a rare mineral formation that could shatter any energy shield. Vader also sensed that someone on board the tiny ship was sensitive to the Force. He suspected that Luke Skywalker, hero of the Death Star battle, had been sent to stop Executor. The Imperial battle plan did not account for detours, but Vader was determined to capture Skywalker who had evaded him enough times already, and so the massive ship swung around to pursue the Rebel ship. Vader soon sensed through the Force that, somehow, Skywalker had left the smaller vessel. As the Rebel ship turned around to attack the Executor head on, all shielding on the Star Dreadnought was transferred forward, smashing the small craft and negating the effects of the power gem.
But the Executor was then attacked from behind by Skywalker on board the Millennium Falcon. With no aft shields in place, the Rebel was able to damage Executor's gyro-control systems. With the gyro systems disabled, the mammoth Star Dreadnought was unable to maneuver, and Vader was forced to turn command of the Imperial assault over to blockade commander Admiral Griff while repairs were carried.
Thanks to Griff's incompetence, Luke Skywalker, the Millennium Falcon, and the Rebel fleet managed to flee the Yavin system, but Darth Vader chose not to pursue. He had learned that General Jan Dodonna, the Rebel leader who had masterminded the attack on the Death Star, had remained behind at the Rebel base, and was leading a group of stranded Rebels against Imperial forces. Vader decided to take revenge for the Death Star's destruction by capturing Dodonna, a traitor to the Empire, and led a squad of stormtroopers against the Rebels. Vader and his troops took out the anti-air turrets protecting the main Rebel base. This allowed a flight of Griff's TIE bombers to attack the Massassi base directly. But Dodonna had rigged the main base and the surrounding temples with explosives, which he used to wipe out the Imperial ships.
Dodonna's body was recovered from the wreckage by Vader's search teams. A quick mind probe revealed a Rebel operation geared against the planet Reytha, but gave no useful information on the whereabouts of the Rebel fleet.
With the general captured, Vader waited for Executor to be repaired, allowing Griff to continue directing the Imperial pursuit of the Rebel fleet, even after an attack by the Mon Calamari on the blockade. Vader's inaction was a clever plot to capture both the fleet and Skywalker. If Griff threatened the Rebels, Skywalker would use the Force to aid them. Vader waited in his meditation pod, searching for any disturbance in the Force. When at last Skywalker opened himself to the Force, Vader was able to locate him, and brought the fleet under the guns of the Executor.
Vader underestimated the ambitious Admiral Griff, however. In a last-ditch attempt to corner the Rebels before Vader, Griff attempted a blind hyperspace jump, smashing his own Star Destroyer and two others into the Executor's shields. This allowed the Rebels and Skywalker to escape, bound for parts unknown. Once again, Vader was thwarted, but he knew that his inevitable encounter with Skywalker was only delayed.
Culling the Military
Vader, now aboard Admiral Quist's Star Destroyer Conqueror, began monitoring reports from the abandoned Rebel base. When the Falcon returned to Yavin with Skywalker aboard, the incompetent Quist failed to capture her, and soon joined the ranks of late Imperial commanders. Not long after, while revisiting the abandoned base on Dantooine, Luke fell into the trap Vader had set there. Using his agents, the Fairfolk, Vader tempted Luke into using the dark side, and even projected a mental image of himself to Dantooine for Luke to battle. Skywalker was saved when R2-D2 broke the trance, but Vader promised that next time Luke wouldn't be so lucky.
Vader then set about punishing Imperial officials, and locking down on Rebel attempts to gain food and supplies. He followed up on the information stripped from Dodonna's mind and led an Imperial effort to retake Reytha from the Rebellion. He killed Moff Beladar for allowing the Rebels to thrive on the planet and drove the Alliance from Reytha. Vader also executed Overlord Ghorin for dealing with the Alliance, and visited Kiva to put pressure on Borborygmus Gog to complete Project Starscream.
Search for Information
Hoping to uncover more information on the whereabouts of the Rebel fleet, Vader visited Void Station, and demanded that Jib Kopatha gain information on Alliance activities. Afterward, Vader was set upon by Falleen assassins seeking vengeance for the devastation Vader had brought upon their world. After defeating them, Vader returned to Coruscant, where he monitored possible Rebel activity in the Shelsha sector and searched the Emperor's databases for more information about Luke Skywalker. There, he again crossed paths with Mara Jade.
Not long after, Vader blockaded the Kashyyyk system in an attempt to capture a Rebel group that included Skywalker and Organa, but they somehow managed to slip in and out of the system while evading capture.
Some time after that, Vader met the survivor of the Great Jedi Purge, Echuu Shen-Jon, thought to be dead but merely in self-imposed exile following his use of the dark side to defeat Separatist General Sev'rance Tann during the early days of the Clone Wars. Shen-Jon was defending princess Leia while she was escaping to her ship on Geddes. Echuu was also carrying the Vor'Na'Tu, an ancient Jedi artifact. Vader killed him, but Leia managed to escape and Shen-Jon broke the Vor'Na'Tu into pieces.
When Governor Bin Essada learned that Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia were on Mimban in 2 ABY searching for a powerful Force relic known as the Kaiburr crystal, he contacted the Dark Lord. Vader traveled to the jungle world hoping both to capture Skywalker and get hold of the powerful crystal. He tracked the Rebels to the abandoned Temple of Pomojema deep in one of Mimban's jungles. Luke, Leia and Halla, a Force-sensitive local Human with whom they had undertaken the search for the crystal, had left C-3PO and R2-D2 outside the temple while they went in to look for the crystal.
Vader coldly deactivated the droid he had created and the droid that had been his faithful companion in the Clone Wars, apparently without even recognizing them. He then entered the temple to face Skywalker and the Princess. Vader immobilized Luke by dropping a ceiling stone at him with the Force, but the Kaiburr crystal's proximity had intensified the Sith Lord's anger, and he was surprised at being overcome with the desire to kill the two rebels. Leia briefly dueled with Vader using Luke's lightsaber, but the Dark Lord quickly subdued her and slashed her body repeatedly with his blade as a form a torture. When Luke emerged from under the stone, Leia threw him his lightsaber, and father and son crossed sabers for the first time. The crystal's presence enhanced Vader's Force powers, rendering him able to blast Luke with lightning, but Luke's actions were guided by Obi-Wan Kenobi. This guidance coupled with the fact that Luke was in possession of the crystal, were enough to deflect the lightning and slice Vader's arm off. However, this act drained Kenobi's spirit to the point that he could no longer aid Luke, and Vader simply shrugged off the injury. As he advanced on the two siblings, he caught sight of the lightsaber Luke was holding, which looked just like his own old one, but toppled into a deep sacrificial well, allowing the Rebels to escape. Vader was unconscious for over an hour at the bottom of the pit, but the battle made him realize that Luke could help him overthrow the Emperor.
Vader was also dispatched to quell Rebellion in the Zaloriis system, where the governor boldly approached Vader and declared independence. Vader Force-choked him to death, callously stating, "Request denied, governor." Vader then proceeded to lead Imperial forces to destroy the ill-fated independence movement. He also rescued then-Colonel Maximilian Veers from imprisonment. Veers then put his knowledge to work and deployed the next generation of AT-AT walkers, which would be used to great effect in the Battle of Hoth. It was on Zaloriis that Vader learned of possible Rebel contacts on Elrood.
Hoth and Aftermath
- Admiral Ozzel: "Lord Vader, the fleet has moved out of light speed and we are preparing to.... *gasps, begins to choke*"
- Vader: "You have failed me for the last time, Admiral."
- ―Vader executes Admiral Ozzel for his stupidity[src]
Now that the Alliance had escaped Yavin 4, Vader dispatched probe droids to remote regions of the galaxy to locate the location of its new base. One such probe eventually detected Echo Base on Hoth. Admiral Kendal Ozzel incurred Vader's wrath and his death sentence when he ruined Death Squadron's stealth attack by exiting hyperspace too close to the planet, allowing the Rebels to detect the attack and project shields against planetary bombardment. Vader was forced to wage a terrestrial campaign; its deployment giving some of the Rebel forces time to flee. Vader himself entered Echo Base and reached a hangar just in time to see the Millennium Falcon escape. When the Falcon's hyperdrive failed, Vader ordered pursuit and followed the Falcon and her apparently unstable pilot into an equally unstable asteroid field. He would not allow that ship to escape him again. Renegade Squadron was tasked to stall Vader in a series of assaults, leading to a skirmish in orbit.
While his fighters searched the asteroids for the Falcon, Vader received a new mission from the Emperor—to capture Luke Skywalker, his own son and the pilot who had destroyed the Death Star. As far as Vader knew, Sidious was ignorant to his plot, already in motion, to do just that. To deceive the Emperor, and thus allow him to continue making motions toward his own plan, Vader suggested that Luke could be turned to the dark side of the Force. The Emperor agreed, noting that Luke would be a "great asset." Meanwhile, as was the pattern with Sith Lords, Palpatine also began planning to eliminate Vader in order to take Luke as his apprentice.
Vader continued pursuing the Falcon, and resorted to hiring bounty hunters to complete the task. Ultimately, the Falcon appeared and then quickly disappeared by hiding in a blind spot on the back of the bridge tower of Captain Lorth Needa's Star Destroyer Avenger. Captain Needa paid for losing the vehicle with his life. Death Squadron dispersed into hyperspace, each ship dumping its garbage before jumping. The Falcon, released from its perch, floated away amid the debris and then set a sub-light course to Bespin. Boba Fett, one of the bounty hunters hired by Vader, deduced Solo's strategy, alerted Vader to his destination, and followed the Falcon to Cloud City, a mining colony located on the gas giant.
Among the bounty hunters summoned by Vader to hunt the Millenium Falcon was Awarru Tark, a ruthless hunter with a "reputation for results". Tark, however, was late for the bounty hunter meeting on the Executor, instead meeting with Vader aboard the Avenger afterwards. Unimpressed with Tark's politeness upon arrival, which he termed "posturing", Vader demanded that they commence with their business. Tark agreed, and blocked the entrance to the observation suite where they met with a handful of small detonators.
Brandishing two forearm-mounted energy blades, Tark attacked. Vader managed to hold off the mercenary's opening attacks with his lightsaber, but Tark overleapt the Sith Lord in a blink, scoring hits on Vader's back. Vader whirled to parry, blocking the follow up attacks, but opening himself up for a lightning fast kick to the head. Thrown against the wall, Vader narrowly avoided Tarks next volley, only suffering a hit to the head, which was absorbed by his helmet. In desperation, Vader Force pushed Tark against the ceiling of the chamber, telekinetically pinning him. Tark responded by dropping another series of detonators on Vader, breaking the Sith Lord's concentration and allowing Tark to leap down and attack again.
Vader dropped his lightsaber and seized Tark by the wrists, bending the blades back towards the mercenary's own head. Tark suddenly revealed his secret weapon; a massive cybernetic augmentation. Tark's torso and hands split open, revealing a flurry of claw-tipped mechanical tendrils that began chewing their way through Vader's armor. As Vader began to succumb, he telepathically reached into Tark's mind, learning of his identity and history as the soldier Stauz Czycz. The Sith Lord learned of Czycz's loss of his home and family to the Empire, how he now held Vader responsible, and how he devoted himself utterly towards revenge. Czycz fury drove Vader from the soldier-turned-mercenary's mind, leaving them both temporarily paralyzed. Vader recovered first, reclaiming his lightsaber and decapitating Czycz.
Vader's wounds from the battle consisted of little more than superficial damage to his armor, which was easily repaired. However, Vader's encounter with Czycz left the Sith Lord somewhat shaken, as he began reflecting on the similarities between himself and the mercenary, and how he too had sacrificed his humanity in the name of revenge. While recovering from the deadly encounter, Vader received a message from Bespin.
Conflict on Bespin and aftermath
- "Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father."
"He told me enough! He told me you killed him."
"No. I am your father."
- ―Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker
Vader landed on Cloud City and threatened its Baron Administrator, Lando Calrissian, a friend of Han's, into an agreement while waiting for the Falcon's arrival. When the Falcon arrived, Vader captured, with Calrissian's cooperation, and tortured Solo. Luke, training under Yoda on Dagobah, after seeing a vision of his friend's torture, rushed to Cloud City to save his friends, despite the sternest warnings from both Yoda and the dead Kenobi that by doing so, he would risk falling to the dark side. Meanwhile, Vader froze Solo in carbonite as a test subject to see if the method would be viable for the younger Skywalker, much to the chagrin of Boba Fett, who was already seeking Solo for Jabba the Hutt. Luke arrived at Cloud City, just in time to take the bait of the trap set for him by his father.
When Luke found Vader, they fought, the boy not knowing his opponent's true identity. Despite Luke's lack of training, he was able to hold his own for much of the duel, without Kenobi's help as had happened on Mimban the previous year, much to Vader's surprise. Ultimately, however, as Yoda and Kenobi had warned, the inadequately trained Luke was no match for the powerful and experienced Vader, who ultimately defeated him, and hacked off his right hand. It was now time for the Sith Lord to close the lid of this trap.
Vader asked Luke to join him so that they could destroy the Emperor and rule the galaxy as father and son, harkening back to what he'd hoped to have with Luke's mother—companionship. He never wanted to rule the galaxy alone. Profoundly shaken by the news that he was Vader's son, Luke refused to join his father and plunged into the gas vents of Cloud City. Luke was able to survive long enough to be rescued by Leia and Lando in the Millennium Falcon. Vader, who had insured that the hyperdrive motivator on the Falcon would malfunction, gave orders to the new Admiral, Piett, to capture the freighter. However, they didn't count on R2-D2, Vader's one-time friend and gift to him from his late wife, would reverse the sabotage, allowing the Falcon to jump into hyperspace. While Vader had previously killed two of his subordinates, he let Admiral Piett live even though he failed to capture Luke in the Millennium Falcon.
In the following months, Lord Vader found himself in a complex game of strategy against the scheming crime lord of Black Sun, Prince Xizor. The Falleen, who had long hated Vader due to the planetary bombardment ordered by the Dark Lord on his homeworld of Falleen, was attempting to discredit Vader in eyes of the Emperor. Xizor had long been a rival of the Dark Lord. He sought to foil Vader's plan to capture Luke Skywalker for the Emperor by having Luke assassinated before Vader could find the Jedi. Vader discovered Xizor's plot and killed him in an assault high over the Imperial Center.
- Skywalker: "Now, go, my son. Leave me."
- Luke: "No, you're coming with me. I'll not leave you here, I've got to save you."
- Skywalker: "You already have, Luke. You were right… you were right about me. Tell your sister… You were right…"
- ―Anakin and Luke Skywalker, just before the former dies[src]
In 4 ABY, Vader was sent to the incomplete Death Star II to await the Emperor, who was coming for an inspection tour. After Palpatine's arrival, Vader was sent to command the Imperial Fleet guarding the Death Star, keeping it on the far side of Endor. It was here that he sensed the arrival of his son along with the Rebel strike team coming to destroy the shield generator that protected the Death Star. When he informed the Emperor of this, Palpatine advised him to go to Endor and await Luke.
During his departure to Endor, it is said that he looked back on his life and had the first dream he had in many years. This was following visions that he thought were premonitions of the near future.
Arriving on the eve of Luke's capture, Vader once again attempted to persuade Luke to join the dark side, but this time Vader's interests were tinged by a desire to protect his son. When this failed, Vader took him to Emperor Palpatine himself on the incomplete Death Star II. Luke reluctantly fought a lightsaber battle with Vader, matching Vader's mastery of Form V with his own display of Form V blade work, all the while attempting to persuade his father into renouncing the dark side of the Force. In allowing this to happen, Luke Skywalker risked everything in order to assure the victory of the Rebel Alliance and the redemption of his father to the light.
- "Give yourself to the dark side. It is the only way you can save your friends. Yes. Your thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them are strong. Especially for…sister. So you have a twin sister. Your feelings have now betrayed her, too. Obi-Wan was wise to hide her from me. Now his failure is complete. If you will not turn to the dark side, then perhaps she will."
- ―Darth Vader to Luke Skywalker
During this time, Palpatine relentlessly attempted to lure Luke to the dark side, tormenting him with thoughts of the defeat of the Rebel Alliance and the death of his friends. However, Luke continued to attempt to restrain himself from fighting his father. Vader, who had been probing Luke's thoughts, discovered that besides Luke he also had a daughter: Leia Organa, Luke's twin sister. Vader, happy at this new information he had acquired, decided to use this knowledge against Luke, threatening to corrupt Leia. Luke, enraged, ignited his lightsaber and viciously attacked Vader with anger and hatred. Finally, Luke sliced off Vader's mechanical right hand, defeating the Dark Lord. Palpatine, cackling with triumph, urged Luke to fulfill his destiny, and take his father's place at the Dark Lord's side. Vader then realized that Sidious had betrayed him again, just as Darth Tyranus had been betrayed twenty-three years before, and just as he had been betrayed by Sidious for Galen Marek on the first Death Star.
Luke looked down to see his father's severed right hand, and, seeing that it was mechanical like his, he realized that he was about to become Vader's successor. Horrified at what he was about to do, Luke used a combination of Kenobi's and Yoda's teachings and the light side of the Force to calm himself down. Luke tossed his lightsaber away, refusing the Emperor's offer to join him as his new apprentice, declaring that he was a Jedi like his father before him. Enraged at the failure of his plans, the Emperor unleashed a barrage of Force lightning attacks upon Luke. Defiant to the end, Luke suffered the wrath of Palpatine, and Vader, in no condition to battle, could do no more than watch as Luke Skywalker lay dying.
Skywalker had never forgotten the pain Count Dooku and Galen Marek had inflicted upon him with the lethal power of Force lightning, nor could not bear to see his son in such agony. He had been unable to save his mother; he did nothing to prevent Mace Windu's death at Palpatine's hand; he betrayed the Jedi Order and murdered thousands of its members; he killed his former Master and best friend; he had lost his beloved wife and true love. But he could still save his son. Anakin Skywalker would not stand by and let his son fall. From that moment on, Darth Vader was no more, and Anakin Skywalker was reborn.
Refusing to watch his son die, Skywalker suddenly grabbed Sidious from behind and hoisted him from his feet. In a final effort of self-sacrifice, Skywalker stubbornly advanced; ignoring the agony imflicted upon him by his former Master's Force lightning as he walked towards the Death Star's reactor shaft with the struggling Emperor. Staggering to his destination, he threw Darth Sidious down the shaft to his death before collapsing. Mortally weakened by the lightning, and with his life support system short-circuited and fried, Anakin Skywalker had paid for his act of defiance with his life. Yet this single act brought him back to the light side.
Luke, attempting to save his father's life, dragged the dying elder Skywalker to the hangar where his shuttle lay. Skywalker, knowing that he would die whether or not Luke managed to get him onto a ship, stopped his son.
Nearing death, Skywalker asked Luke to help him remove his mask, so that he could see his son with his own eyes, not through the lens filters of his mask. Luke helped disconnect the mask and saw his father's face for the first time. Beneath, Anakin Skywalker was bald, his hair follicles having been incinerated in Mustafar's flames, and the wounds from Mustafar's heat had not yet healed. However, his eyes were no longer the burning yellow of a Sith Lord, but the shining blue of his former self. Skywalker told Luke that he was right about him, there was good still in him; and to tell his sister, Leia, the same. With these last words, Anakin Skywalker died and became one with the Force. His last words behind the mask of Vader were especially telling as well—in response to Luke's protest that he would die without the mask, Skywalker responded "Nothing can stop that now. Just for once, let me look on you with my own eyes." These words constituted a final rejection of the lying promises of his master Darth Sidious, and a full embrace of the light side of the Force once again.
Luke escaped the exploding Death Star in a shuttle along with his father's armor and artificial remains, and reached the forest moon of Endor where Darth Vader's armor was cremated in the manner of a Jedi, since Skywalker's body had passed into the light. During the celebration, Luke saw a vision of a forgiven Skywalker; whole, and without the artificial body of Vader. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda were next to him. His destiny fulfilled, Anakin Skywalker had passed on into the embrace of the light side of the Force.
Post mortem (4 ABY and beyond)
When Vader re-embraced the light side of the Force, his organic body dematerialized and became one with the Force; Luke cremated only his father's armor with its prosthetics. Though Skywalker did not know about Qui-Gon Jinn's secret of joining the Force, and was surprised when Kenobi's body vanished right before he killed him, he was still able to retain his personality when joining the Force. Jinn had been outspoken in life about the Living Force, and taught Yoda on Dagobah that the secret to eternal life via the Force, was with love. Thus, according to Jinn, a Sith could never truly attain it. As he passed from life, Skywalker's love for his son consumed him completely, transforming him into a spirit like his Master had before him.
Anakin Skywalker's specter would continue to appear throughout the years. Shortly after the Battle of Endor, Skywalker visited his son once more. He pleaded for Luke to redeem and undo the damage that Vader had done to the young man known as Flint, as he was now unable to do it himself.
During the same period, Skywalker appeared before his daughter, Leia Organa, in Salis D'aar, the capital of Bakura. There, he begged his daughter to forgive him. However, Leia had only recently learned of her parentage and was unable to ignore that he had committed gross crimes, including the destruction of Alderaan and her own torture aboard the first Death Star, while serving Emperor Palpatine. Skywalker agreed to leave his daughter be but vowed to be there when she needed him and soon disappeared. However, in 8 ABY, upon discovering her grandmother's diary, Leia realized that her father wasn't the evil monster that she thought he was and learned to forgive him. In 10.5 ABY, Leia Organa Solo named her youngest child Anakin in remembrance of her father's redemption.
Shortly afterward, in 5 ABY, when Qu Rahn was killed by Jerec, Rahn beheld the Force spirits of Anakin Skywalker and Halagad Ventor in his final moments and realized that there was not a single person who was incapable of redemption. Skywalker, along with Kenobi, would appear before his son again in order to warn him of the dark side prophet Kadann.
Revelations of the past
- "The Chosen One. The Betrayer. And the biggest reason I can think of for anyone named Skywalker to avoid being a Jedi."
- ―Cade Skywalker
In 35 ABY, while Luke Skywalker was fixing R2-D2, the Jedi Master encountered a hologram of Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala in which Skywalker said to his wife that he had a dream of her, dying in childbirth.
A year later, Luke also viewed a hologram of Skywalker slaughtering Jedi in the Jedi Temple, yet another hologram recorded by the astromech droid. Not long after, during the Swarm War, the shocking revelation behind the death of Luke and Leia's mother, Padmé, was revealed when Luke witnessed his father Force-choking her in another hologram projected by R2-D2.
At some point after Luke had died, in 137 ABY Skywalker appeared in a Force vision to Cade Skywalker, one of his descendants. In that vision, he appeared as he had when he turned to the dark side, then turned into Darth Vader and dueled Cade. After defeating Cade, Vader took off his helmet, showing his burnt face, and warned Cade about the dangers of the dark side. Rather than giving a simple warning about the dark side, Skywalker warned his descendant that he had to control his power and his anger, lest it turn against him as Skywalker's did when dueling Obi-Wan Kenobi on Mustafar.
- "… A special destiny is not always something joyous, or easy to bear. My father had a special destiny, and see where it took him."
- ―Luke Skywalker
Anakin Skywalker, being the Chosen One of Jedi prophecy, left behind a great legacy. Since he married and started a family, Skywalker openly defied the Jedi Code to follow his heart. His love for his family turned out to be a double-edged sword: Darth Sidious, by preying upon the young Jedi's fear of losing his beloved wife, managed to seduce him over to the dark side. However, in the end, it was Skywalker's love for his son, Luke, which redeemed his soul. Even though Skywalker was the Chosen One, Luke served indirectly as the catalyst that allowed Skywalker to fulfill the Jedi prophecy, and slay Emperor Palpatine—an act which fractured the Galactic Empire. During Skywalker's tenure as Darth Vader, he helped Palpatine nearly eradicate the entire Jedi Order. However, this action, in turn, allowed the Jedi Order to be rebuilt by Anakin's son, Luke Skywalker.
Luke was able to take the little training he received from Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi and carry on the Jedi legacy. In the years following the Battle of Endor, Luke Skywalker established the New Jedi Order. In the following years, it would go on to be a major player in galactic affairs, and would serve the New Republic for many years to come. Skywalker's daughter, Leia Organa Solo, would go on to be a key figure in the Rebel Alliance, and ultimately serve as the Chief of State of the New Republic from 11 ABY–17 ABY. Leia named one of her sons with Han Solo Anakin Solo after her father. After 28 ABY, the Order served to help defend the New Republic and the Galactic Alliance during the Yuuzhan Vong War, and later the Swarm War and the Second Galactic Civil War.
However, after his death, the Empire refused to believe Vader murdered Palpatine. They claimed that Luke killed both Sith Lords, and Vader had died heroically defending his master. After Emperor Palpatine's resurrection, the details became clear, and the Imperials saw Vader as a symbol of ultimate treachery. On the rare occasion that his name was spoken by those loyal to the Emperor, "Darth Vader" was said with disgust. In Bast Castle on Vjun, a statue once stood of Vader, which the reborn Palpatine ordered to be destroyed, indicative of Vader's reputation after his death. However, Vader's name was still occasionally used by the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, the Imperial Remnant, and even by some of the New Republic's New Jedi Order to symbolize power and to strike fear. Notably, the Empire of the Hand maintained the moniker "Vader's Fist" for its remaining 501st Stormtrooper Legion soldiers.[source?] Even Vader's grandchildren, on his daughter's side, sometimes invoked that legacy during the Yuuzhan Vong War.
While Darth Vader may have been redeemed, he still left a dark legacy in the form of Dark Lady Lumiya. Upon his death and the death of Palpatine, Lumiya assumed the title of Dark Lady of the Sith and eventually contacted Vader's grandson, Jacen Solo, in an effort to corrupt him to the dark side. Later, Jacen flow-walked back to the Raid on the Jedi Temple, witnessing the events that occurred fifty-nine years before, to see his grandfather's reasoning for becoming a Sith Lord. He came to the decision that grandfather Skywalker's logic was faulty, and that his own reasons for joining the Sith were superior: while Skywalker did it out of love, Jacen was trying to save the galaxy from a great evil. Jacen later climbed to the status of Sith Lord himself, as grandfather Skywalker did, taking on the name of Darth Caedus.
Little did Vader know, that on Tatooine, A'Sharad Hett had too survived the Purge and was banished from the planet by Kenobi after being defeated by Kenobi. Hett at first regretted that he kept the secret of Skywalker's Tusken slaughter, for that had caused many Jedi slaughters as well. But later in life, he had learned of Luke, Leia, and the rest of the family that is to appear. Hett traveled to Korriban, learned teachings from the ancient Sith holocrons of XoXaan, Darths Andeddu, Nihilus, Bane, and others to follow, thus creating the Rule of One. A'Sharad Hett was gone and Darth Krayt was born, as Dark Lord of the new Sith Order.
When Azlyn Rae was grievously injured during the Battle on Had Abbadon, Cade handed her over to Nat Skywalker and Droo Rawk, his uncle and aunt. Droo said she could only save Azlyn if she wanted to be saved, which Cade said she did. He tried to help them, but Nat refused to allow it since his healing powers kept pushing him toward the dark side. While Droo and Nat tried their best, Azlyn rejected their attempts to heal her. Nat refused to give up, and decided on a desperate measure: placing Azlyn in a life supporting suit for mortally wounded Kiffu guardians. Droo didn't like the idea, thinking it would make Azlyn the next Darth Vader, as the suit bore a similar disturbing point to Darth Vader's suit. Nat, however, said his ancestor was evil, and the suit had nothing to do with it. They went through with the plan.
Personality and traits
- "For Anakin, there is nothing more important than friendship. He is the most loyal man I've ever met—loyal beyond reason; in fact […] abstractions like peace don't mean much to him. He's loyal to people, not to principles. And he expects loyalty in return. He will stop at nothing to save me, for example, because he thinks I would do the same for him… because he knows I would do the same for him."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi
As a young boy, Skywalker was thoughtful and intelligent. He was friendly and easily got along with others despite his status as a slave. He also had a special place in his heart for his mother, whom he constantly built inventions to sell or to use to lighten her workload. At the coming of the Jedi, he was both helpful and generous; doing all that he could to help them off-planet, risking his life at the podrace as well as giving them the sizable reward money which he and his mother would have had use for. Though lovable, he also was one to carry grudges and was vengeful, but he commonly held these two traits in check. He also hated being treated unjustly or being wrongly accused. He was fiercely loyal, doing anything to keep those he was close to from harm, at any cost. His only price for this dedication was loyalty in return.
His separation from his mother was the hardest thing he'd ever done, and it still hurt him for years. Because of his fear of losing even more friends in such a manner, he kept to himself, fiddling around with his only friends, the Temple droids. During this, however, he grew especially close to Kenobi, considering him a father and a role model. Due to his sudden escalation from slave to being known as the "Chosen One" and the rising star of the Jedi Order, pride and arrogance set in. He grew cocky, self-appreciating, and he grew to hate being reprimanded or lectured.
He was naturally honest and despised lying and deception, and especially hated politics, correctly considering most politicians to be greedy and self-conceited. Kenobi's continual self-consciousness when it came to Skywalker hurt the boy, who at times wasn't sure whether Kenobi liked him, something his heart craved. Therefore, he turned to a more complimenting, comforting source: Palpatine.
His yearning to be loved, as well as appreciated, came out in his devotion and secret marriage to Amidala, one of the only three people he ever thought appreciated or cared for him. As his fame grew, he became more and more arrogant, and he knew that he was one of the best Jedi of the Order, believing that he could easily best any Jedi blindfolded with his lightsaber tied behind his back. This coupled with his frustration at his perceived injustice at being kept at the rank of Jedi Knight made him more and more bitter and distrustful of the Jedi Council. His belief in them was shattered more and more as Skywalker's closest friend, Palpatine, swayed him from trusting them. Slowly, his bond with everyone except the Chancellor was completely shaken and broken, even that of his wife when he assumed her betrayal of him. Born out of this conflict was the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader.
After becoming Vader, Skywalker's personality changed completely. He was now a rattled man, shaken by the perceived betrayal of his dearest friend, his former comrades-in-arms, and his wife. Upon donning the armor that kept him alive, Vader remained uncertain, but became more self-confident following his killing of Roan Shryne on Kashyyyk. Vader had an extremely low tolerance of failure, and did not get on well at all with many of the higher-ups in the Imperial military, nearly choking Admiral Conan Antonio Motti to death when he challenged the power of the Force, though Admiral Motti survived due to the intervention of Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin. Both Admiral Kendal Ozzel and Captain Lorth Needa were not so fortunate as Vader telekinetically strangled both men to death following blunders they had committed. For their part, many higher ranking Imperial officials despised the Dark Lord and his "sorcerer's ways."
Despite his rather rocky relationship with higher ranking officers in the military, Vader got along quite well with the clone troopers, once remarking, "I was rather fond of Commander Appo," following the latter's death at the hands of Roan Shryne. One reason Vader was popular with the troops that served under him was his willingness to fight in the front line, and not expect of anyone anything he was not willing to do himself. One officer who looked up to Vader because of this was Erv Lekauf, who often spoke highly of Vader to his grandson Jori Lekauf. Another military officer to be taken under Vader's wing was Firmus Piett, who succeeded Ozzel as Admiral of Death Squadron, and notably survived being under the Sith Lord's command having erred not once, but twice during his tenure under Vader. However, both of these failures were caused by unforeseeable factors, not errors in judgment.
In the end of his life, however, Skywalker broke awway from the dark side, becoming whole once again. Redeemed by his son's love, father and son made peace before Skywalker became one with the Force and be reunited with his loved ones.
Relationships with other people
Skywalker's life revolved mostly around two women - Shmi, his mother, and Amidala, his wife. Having a very close mother-son relationship with his mother, it broke his heart to leave her on Tatooine while he went to Coruscant to chase his dreams, and he admired her courage she showed throughout her harsh life as a slave, especially the moment he decided to leave Tatooine. Her early death when he was just twenty shook him, and his slaughter of the Tusken Raiders brought him closer to the dark side. He vowed never to let anyone he loved be harmed again - namely Obi-Wan Kenobi, his master, and Amidala, who became his wife soon after.
When Skywalker first met his future mentor, he was the second Jedi that he had encountered but Kenobi, like the rest of the Jedi Council, didn't believe that Skywalker should be trained. Despite this, he was willing to defy the Council's decision to respect his dying master's last wish to train Skywalker as a Jedi.
The first stage of their relationship was similar to that between a father and a son and Kenobi was, along with Amidala and Shmi, one of those Skywalker loved the most in the galaxy. Skywalker had great respect for his master and considered him an equal in wisdom only to Master Yoda. However, his arrogant and prideful attitude clashed with his master's more patient and peaceful ways. They would often disagree and engage in verbal jousts about the Jedi Order and the politics of Coruscant. However, their bond was strong enough that Skywalker was willing to disobey the Council's orders and go to Geonosis to rescue him when he was Count Dooku' prisoner.
After the Battle of Geonosis, their relationship changed again from a father-son one to one between two brothers. The antagonism that they would show, sometimes rather violently, turned into playful bickering. During the Clone Wars, Skywalker saved Kenobi's life at least ten times and the latter apparently did the same for him on some occasions. However, their relationship turned darker due to Skywalker's opposition to the Council's decisions and their refusal to trust the Chancellor. Kenobi also secretly suspected of Skywalker and Amidala's relationship.
When Skywalker fell to the dark side and became Darth Vader, Kenobi was heartbroken and even begged Master Yoda to send him to kill Darth Sidious in his stead as he couldn't kill his brother. When it appeared that Padme had led Kenobi to him, he tried to kill them both. During their duel, Kenobi kept trying to find a trace of his old apprentice in the monster he had become but it was vain and he finally accepted that Skywalker was gone. However, while the latter expressed eternal hatred towards his old master, Kenobi wasn't able to finish Skywalker off and left him to be consumed by the flames of Mustafar.
After this duel, Vader became bent on revenge and spent months trying to locate Kenobi. He was turned away from this goal by his new Master. Along with Yoda and Bail Organa, Kenobi protected Vader's children by hiding them from their father. When Kenobi and Skywalker met again on the Death Star, Kenobi sacrificed himself to allow Luke to escape. His spirit kept leading him so that he could defeat Vader and Sidious. When Skywalker fulfilled the prophecy and destroyed Sidious, dying himself in the process, Kenobi, Yoda and Qui-Gon Jinn, who had learned how to become one with the Force, lead his spirit to join the Force, completing his redemption.
Skywalker had met the disguised Queen Amidala in his home of Mos Espa, where she passed off as a commoner. After parting ways after the Battle of Theed, he continually thought of her, and his fascination grew for his bold and beautiful friend, who was four years his senior. They met again ten years later, and his fascination blossomed into love. After a hair-raising series of adventures together, she began to return his affection, and the two married as the Clone Wars begun. Although they saw each other rarely and had to work hard to keep their marriage a secret, Skywalker was deeply in love and vowed to protect Amidala from the fate he could not save his mother from. In the end, his fear for Amidala, whom he believed would die in childbirth, ultimately turned him to the dark side, and after he incapacitated her on Mustafar, she lost the will to live but still believed that he could be redeemed, which her memory in Luke helped do.
With Amidala, Skywalker had twin children, although he did not know of their existence until at least 20 years after they were born. Both were born at the secret base of Polis Massa, and their mother, Amidala, died shortly after their birth. Luke, the eldest of the two, was raised on the harsh desert planet of Tatooine (which, coincidentally, was also the home of Anakin Skywalker) by his father's stepbrother, Owen Lars, and his wife Beru. He was to follow in his father's footsteps and become a respected Jedi. Leia was raised by the Royal Family of Alderaan in its capital, Aldera. She was given the name Leia Organa, which later changed to Leia Organa Solo when she married. She would follow a similar path to her mother's, becoming a respected young Senator serving the galaxy, but also a leading member of the Rebel Alliance, which her mother helped to create. The two children were hidden from the Empire, the Emperor, their father and each other, not knowing of each other's existence until they were in their early twenties, and finding out they were related much later. In the end, both of them played a key role in defeating the Sith and the Empire, but it was Luke who ultimately defeated Darth Vader and redeemed Anakin Skywalker.
Skywalker initially had a shaky relationship with his Padawan Ahsoka Tano. Although he expressed annoyance when Tano referred to him as "Skyguy" after he told Rex of his intentions to not train her, and in retaliation calling her "Snips" and "youngling", he did open himself up after the Christophisis incident, going as far to spare Dooku and torture Poggle with the sole intention of saving her by doing so. Skywalker would also not give up on saving Tano after she got caught in an explosion of a droid foundry that she destroyed with a tank, having no other method. Greatly relieved that Tano was still alive, he told her that he hadn’t doubted her, after she told him that she knew he would save her. Skywalker’s desire to keep his Padawan safe went beyond the battlefield into his teachings to her. Though she was skilled in the classic Shien, Skywalker began teaching her Ataru and Djem So, two aggressive forms he was greatly skilled in, being mastered in the latter, two forms which he had seen success with when using. Wanting Tano to be prepared for any opponent, he also trained her to protect herself against enemies wielding a double-bladed lightsaber, such as Asajj Ventress, whom she’d faced before. There is also much evidence to support that Skywalker’s attachment of Tano was as great as his attachment to his mother and his wife. Before his mission to Lanteeb, during battle against General Grievous’ fleet, immersing himself in the Force, “He was Shmi and Padme and Ahsoka.” In the aftermath of that battle, when Kenobi told him it was Tano who had saved the day, Skywalker “felt a rush of pride” and boasted that she was his apprentice. That pride was evident in his trust in her to command in his stead, such as during the Battle of Ryloth. Though Skywalker was usually reckless and did not think about the consequences of his actions, Tano’s presence seemed to soften these tendencies. The Battle of Ryloth seemed to be a milestone for Master and Padawan, for he took her words to heart when she told him that his actions often put others at risk, which resulted in him evacuating the cruiser, leaving only him with an escape pod so the cruiser would crash into the droid control ship.
Luke and Leia
Powers and abilities
- "If you had spent as much time practicing your saber techniques as you do your wit, you would rival Master Yoda as a swordsman."
"I thought I already did."
"Only in your mind, my very young apprentice."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker
Anakin Skywalker was trained by the Order's most promising Jedi Knight, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Through him, Skywalker would inherit a rich tradition of lightsaber training. Skywalker's style featured elements of many masters, making him outstandingly talented, even at a very young age.
Both Form V variants became the favored fighting styles of Anakin Skywalker, as their aggressive and strength-oriented fighting methods fit well with his arrogant, confrontational personality type. Due to his natural talent for lightsaber combat, he advanced quickly, an achievement which fed his ego, and he came to consider himself a match for Yoda. His specialty in the Shien form stood him in good stead during heated engagements with blaster-wielding foes, such as the Battle of Geonosis, and he became a formidable lightsaber duelist.
However, Skywalker eventually realised how much he still had to learn when he confronted Count Dooku. Initially utilizing a dual-bladed variant of Ataru against the Count, Skywalker was forced to revert to his standard Form V practices when Dooku destroyed the extra blade. His skill was enough for Anakin to stand toe-to-toe with Dooku even longer than his Master did, actually impressed the masterful Count with his skills, but he was forced to draw heavily on his Force-abilities to match Dooku's speed and precision, tiring quickly. Dooku's far more energy efficient Makashi style won the day, and Skywalker lost his arm when he opened himself up.
As the Clone War progressed, Skywalker spent the following years of the conflict developing his skills in the many pitched battles. He began studying the Djem So variant of Form V and used brute strength to overwhelm his opponents. Evidence of his prowess included confrontations with the Dooku-trained Asajj Ventress or Grievous' IG-100 MagnaGuards, as well as numerous sparring matches with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Relying on both strength and agility, Skywalker proved able to adequately fend off or evade enemy attacks while immediately offering counters. By the time of the Battle of Teth, Skywalker was able to effectively hold his own against Dooku, as shown by their confrontation on Tatooine. However, as the aggressive Form V encouraged practitioners to actively attempt to dominate their foes, Skywalker drew more and more on his anger and rage, sliding ever closer to the Dark side of the Force. When confronting Dooku for the last time, Skywalker relied heavily on these emotions to fuel his offense, demonstrating both overwhelming strength and bewildering speed as he bashed through Dooku's precision defense and sliced off both of the Count's hands before brutally executing him. Before his death, Dooku acknowledged Skywalker as the finest Djem So stylist that he had ever seen.
It also proved to Sidious that Skywalker was ready to become his apprentice.
- "…one can do some interesting things with a saber, you know. I'll do my best to show them all to you if you'll cooperate by not passing out."
- ―Darth Vader
When Anakin Skywalker at long last embraced the dark side and was rechristened Darth Vader, he maintained his Form V mastery, but utilized it in an even more brutal fashion, becoming a frightening opponent. However, his aggression became his fatal flaw, as he would become so controlled by it that it would give way to his rage. Though young, strong, athletic, and a master swordsman gifted with more raw Force power than any other Force adept, he still lacked the experience, calm, and focus that his former master possessed. Though Vader could, and would call on the dark side to overpower his opponents, his mounting emotions distracted him, clouding his judgment and preventing him from executing his form as well as Kenobi executed his. Whereas Vader's strength lay in his offensive barrage, Kenobi's strength resided in his staunch defense.
Kenobi was regarded as the greatest master of the passive style Soresu in the Jedi Order, and his absolute dedication to it would prove vital to his victory. Vader, frustrated by his inability to break through this defense, began making mistakes and leaving openings that he otherwise would have avoided had he remained focused and patient. Kenobi, similar to his duel with Grievous, would utilize his "wait them out" philosophy, relying entirely on the defensive and energy-conservative monves until the opponent became frustrated or fatigued, causing them to leave sloppy openings in their offense that Kenobi could then exploit. In both cases, this resulted in the detachment of his opponent's limbs. This became Vader's downfall.
In his mechanical life-support suit, it was extremely difficult to engage in the energetic acrobatics of Ataru, an act that would quickly tire him, defeating the purpose of the aggressive style. Initially after gaining the suit, Vader was forced to rely on brute strength to batter his opponents, utilizing a clumsy method that utilized stiffly executed vertical strikes to wear down his opponent, although he included elements of Soresu and Ataru bladework in this, as witnessed by Jedi Master Roan Shryne when Vader engaged Bol Chatak.
However, Vader was able to overcome this limitation fairly quickly, developing a refined version of Djem So that continued to include Ataru and Soresu elements, but also added Makashi and Juyo to the mix. Rather than attempting to fight through the bulky and heavy armor, Vader fought with it, utilizing the armor's weight and his powerful prosthetics to provide his blows with incredible force, while relying on the main articulation points at the elbows and wrists for precision. With this new form, Vader regained some of his old agility, and his bladework was brutally effective. He never utilized anything less than a killing blow, and his swordplay demonstrated crispness and unpredictability, notwithstanding the two-handed grip he favored. Even the most simplistic moves contained enough strength to nearly disarm his opponents.
Vader proved able to apply this personalized variant in many ways, sometimes opting to fight one-handed, relying on precision and economy of movement, but thanks to the added strength his prosthetics afforded him, he maintained a great deal of power. He demonstrated this method against the likes of Olee Starstone and Luke Skywalker. However, when forced onto the defensive, Vader would fight with a two-handed grip, elbows pressed tightly to his sides with the blade held straight out in front of him, manipulating it deftly with his wrists only. This method proved effective for protecting his torso, and his vulnerable control panel, but it left his limbs open. Vader applied this defensive style against Roan Shryne during the subjugation of Kashyyyk and Obi-Wan Kenobi during their final duel on board the Death Star I.
While he utilized his customized style to great effect, even against multiple opponents, Vader occasionally fell back on the clumsy and stiff vertical strikes that he used during his first weeks in the suit, unleashing a relentless, offensive barrage, as demonstrated during his duel against Luke Skywalker on Bespin. Vader apparently learned his lesson from his duel with Kenobi, learning how to control his emotions when in combat and finding a way to call upon calculated bursts of the dark side while not being blinded by emotions run amok, fighting with determination and relentlessness rather than rage. Vader also trained frequently with combat droids to keep his skills sharp, using ASP-19s by 3.5 ABY. Based on the ASP-series droid, the ASP-19s were lightsaber combat droids programmed with the knowledge of a hundred swordmasters and a dozen fighting styles, faster and stronger than an ordinary man. Vader defeated them time and again, and thus ordered new, improved batches of them. As his finesse and skill improved, Vader found that they became too easy to defeat, so much so that he took to battling them in a two-on-one matches.
However, despite his skill, Vader's method was not perfect. While a strong and relentless fighter, Vader could be outpaced by more agile duelists. This flaw was highlighted during his duel with Galen Marek on the Death Star I. While Vader unleashed a frenzy of bone-crushing blows, Marek blocked and evaded them, dancing around Vader's defenses while suffering only light cuts from the Sith Lord's missed attacks. Ultimately, Vader was quite simply too slow to keep up with Marek, and was brought down, despite the numerous small wounds the Dark Lord inflicted upon him. In order to compensate for his lack of speed, Vader would unleash vicious telekinetic assaults on opponents capable of outpacing him, with unfortunate victims including Roan Shryne on Kashyyyk and Luke Skywalker on Bespin, though even this tactic could be beaten, as proved when Marek responded in kind.
Another duelist who proved able to stand against Vader was his own son, Luke Skywalker. In their initial engagements, Vader proved superior, though it still took some effort to defeat Skywalker, who displayed a great deal of skill despite his minimal level of training. However, onboard the second Death Star, Luke managed to defeat Vader. Mirroring Darth Vader's own Form V technique, Skywalker responded with his own furious demonstration of the style's raw power. Luke proved able to meet Vader strength-to-strength, his marked increase in skill and sudden display of aggression toward the end of their bout caught Vader off guard, allowing Luke to drive back and overwhelm the experienced Sith Lord.
The fact that Skywalker was born with the highest known midi-chlorian count in galactic history and was considered to be the Chosen One leads to various conclusions about his Force potential and power. During his lifetime he did not achieve his full potential due to his destiny as a tragic hero, but before his fall to the dark side, although extremely young and having less than perfect training (due to his late age joining the Order), Skywalker was one of the most powerful living Jedi. If he had reached his full potential, he would have become the most powerful being in both Jedi and Sith history.
However, after his death, he became one with the Force, thus achieving his full potential. Obi-Wan Kenobi said to Darth Vader just before his death: "If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine." If that is true, one interpretation would be that when one unites with the Force, a Jedi reaches the peak of his or her power.
Skywalker's unprecedented midi-chlorian count made him one of the most powerful members of the Jedi Order; however, it also made Skywalker arrogant. When he came to the Jedi Temple at the age of nine, he began to develop at a much faster and accelerated pace than his fellow Padawans, further feeding his pride and self-importance.
Skywalker was skilled in the use of telekinesis able to lift heavy objects with minimal effort. During his duel with Asajj Ventress on Yavin IV, he easily deflected a large pillar back at Ventress when she hurled it at him and immediately afterwards he used the Force to block her Force Push without even slowing down. He was also skilled at Force Jump, and was able to leap massive distances. Skywalker was also capable of a powerful Force Push; however it should be noted that despite having a stronger connection to the Force than Obi-Wan Kenobi, his Force Push was unable to overcome Kenobi's during their duel on Mustafar. He was also skilled at Jedi Mind Tricks. However, Skywalker also had a habit of using the Force Choke power, a sign of who and what he would later become.
- "…you are so far less now than what you were, you are more than half machine, you are like a painter gone blind, a composer gone deaf, you remember where the power was but the power you can touch is only a memory…"
- ―Anakin's thoughts after the revelation of his wife's death
Because his limbs were severed and his body severely burned on Mustafar Darth Vader lost much of his Force potential. As Darth Vader, Skywalker was believed to have had roughly eight-tenths of the strength of the Emperor. But even still, Vader wielded tremendous power and skill. Had he sustained none of his injuries on Mustafar, he would have been even more powerful than the Emperor.
The Emperor, having gone out of his way to keep Vader alive, took an alternative viewpoint. Though it was true to say that he had not bargained for an apprentice that was "more machine than man", Palpatine was initially of the opinion that most of the limitations on Vader's potential power were not physical but psychological. He believed that, were Vader to fully confront his choices and disappointments to completely shake himself out of his despair, he would have been able to reawaken the incredible power within him. Yet, while Vader made progress in this regard, he was never fully able to accept who, and what, he had become. Sidious would ultimately come to realize that Vader would never be the apprentice he longed for. He would try to replace him on at least two occasions with more powerful Force-sensitives, Galen Marek and Luke Skywalker.
One of Vader's talents was to be able to block blaster bolts with his hands because his gloves are composed of a unique micronized iron that could deflect anything short of a lightsaber blow.
Darth Vader also seemed to favor the Force choke ability, as he demonstrated it numerous times throughout his life.
Vader also appeared to have great physical strength, able to lift a grown man by the throat with one hand, and picking up the Emperor and hurling him to his death. Whether these feats result from his use of the Force or from the power of his cybernetic limbs is unknown. However, it seems most likely to be a result of his mechanical appendages, as when he choked Kenobi in their battle on Mustafar.
Besides the life support it provided his ravaged body, Vader's Sith armor also offered some protection against the blades of lightsabers. In a climactic duel with his son in the depths of Cloud City, a quick blow from Luke's lightsaber appeared to cut the armor only shallowly, although this was enough to draw a surprised cry from the Dark Lord.
Because of his decreased mobility, he was at a disadvantage when dueling against beings using faster and quicker combat styles like Ataru. To counter fast-moving opponents, he would use the Force to pull out anything from his surroundings that wasn't nailed to the ground and fling the improvised missiles at his opponent. Without moving a muscle, anything from the venue of the battle could be used as a weapon to crash against Vader's opponents from all directions in a never-ending barrage. Darth Vader first used this tactic in the Duel on Mustafar, slicing shards of metal from the walls and shooting them at Obi-Wan Kenobi. Darth Vader also used this tactic to bring down Jedi Knight Roan Shryne, and most famously Luke Skywalker in their first duel on Bespin.
It should be noted that Darth Vader, despite being a powerful Sith Lord, was unable to generate Force lightning. This was due to his cybernetic implants, and any attempt by Vader to generate it would cause it to backfire, electrocuting his life-support systems, causing it to short-circuit and kill him. This is ultimately how he was killed, as his act of redemption in saving his son caused him to be bombarded with the Emperor's lightning. Because Vader's Sith powers were limited due to his artificial limbs, Darth Sidious found him less than satisfactory as his heir to the Sith legacy, despite the effort Sidious spent for more than a decade to recruit Skywalker. Upon the discovery of Luke Skywalker, Palpatine concentrated on turning him to the dark side.
- Galactic Basic 
- Huttese 
- Binary (understand verbal) 
- Sith language 
Anakin Skywalker was a man of many talents. He was well known for his exceptional piloting skills, skills that earned him a name as a Jedi ace and a Tan; having such a piloting reputation that some would go so far as to argue he was the best star pilot in the galaxy. During Skywalker's tenure as a slave, he made a name for himself by being a podracer. He was one of the few Humans and the youngest one with the reflexes to actually pilot a podracer, thanks to his Force sensitivity. Skywalker even won the Boonta Eve Classic race at the age of nine, an act that won him his freedom. Young Skywalker also attracted the attention of many in the Republic: during the Battle of Naboo, he piloted a Naboo starfighter and destroyed a Droid Control Ship. His efforts no doubt single-handedly helped win the battle, but it was only a foreshadowing of his skills to come. During the Clone Wars, Skywalker was one of the Republic's best and most famous star pilots. He perfected an assortment of strategies; most notable was his skill at opening fire just before passing through enemy formations, leaving little time for evasion. He also displayed relentless tenacity in chasing down his targets as well as shaking off target locks. The latter ability would later be displayed by his son, Luke Skywalker. His abilities garnered the attention of both Chancellor Palpatine and his peers. At the Battle of Coruscant, Skywalker was able to safely land the huge cruiser Invisible Hand, despite the fact that he was only flying half a ship, and it was not even built to be able to land.
- "I can fix anything."
- ―Anakin Skywalker
Skywalker was also known to be an exceptional mechanic. He could fix anything from a damaged droid motivator to a malfunctioning repulsorlift. The young Skywalker quickly understood how things worked, and his strong knowledge of mechanical systems coupled with his closeness to the Force allowed him to pilot most vehicles and starfighters. He used his droid hydrospanner wrench to reassemble his Otoga 222 and built welding goggles with many settings from scratch to use for precise work and to diagnose mechanical problems. At the age of nine he created, even with limited resources, the protocol droid C-3PO to aid his mother. For the Boonta Eve Classic race, Skywalker entered his custom-built podracer made from parts found in Watto's junk shop. As testament to Anakin Skywalker's engineering brilliance, his Podracer featured a number of amazing innovations built into its compact frame. Skywalker salvaged a pair of Radon-Ulzer 620C racing engines that Watto deemed too burned out to be of any use. Less crafty pilots often invested in larger engines in the hopes of getting greater performance. The trouble with that route is that the larger the engine, the heavier the racer. Skywalker side-stepped that dilemma by developing a new fuel atomizer and distribution system that sent more fuel into the Radon-Ulzer's combustion chambers, radically increasing their thrust and his racer's top speed to almost 950 kilometers per hour. Skywalker capped each Radon-Ulzer with a trio of bright yellow air scoops that provided additional control when braking and cornering. When meeting up with his former slave owner, Skywalker proved his identity to the Toydarian by fixing a machine Watto was tinkering with. During the Clone Wars Skywalker extensively modified a Delta-7 Aethersprite starfighter into a fully customized starship known as Azure Angel; modifications that would pave the way for the Eta-2 Actis interceptor. Skywalker also often tinkered with his prosthetic arm as he did his starfighter. The TIE Advanced x1 starfighter was designed to Vader's specifications, having larger angular wings, a considerably longer rear engine, and thicker support struts than the standard TIE. In addition, Skywalker was fluent in understanding the electronic language of Binary, the information-dense, low redundancy electronic language of most pit crew and simple droids, thus, allowing him to interface with them.
Darth Vader was a brilliant strategist and was still, despite his weakened powers, one of the greatest pilots in the galaxy. His armor did not dull the precognition ability he possessed since childhood and he was able to predict the movements of his targets during dogfights with pinpoint precision. He still possessed his former persona's amazing engineering skills, having personally overseen the design of both his TIE Advanced x1 fighter and the second Death Star's construction.
- "This weapon is your life."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi to Anakin Skywalker
Anakin built and used two lightsabers during his time as a Jedi.
In 28 BBY, as a young Padawan, Skywalker traveled to Ilum as a test of skill to construct his first lightsaber. While constructing his lightsaber deep inside one of the caverns, Skywalker encountered a vision of Darth Maul. After a struggle, Skywalker managed to defeat this dark incarnation, and, upon awakening, Skywalker discovered he had constructed a lightsaber that contained one of the sapphire Adegan crystals that grew in Ilum's caverns, giving the blade a distinct blue glow. The design of the hilt suited his practice of Form V. He did not do what many Padawans do and create a lightsaber to resemble his master's—instead creating a personalized make that favored maximum power. This lightsaber would go on to be used by Skywalker up until the onset of the Clone Wars, when it was destroyed just prior to the Battle of Geonosis.
Skywalker later built a new lightsaber of a slightly different design. This weapon was a powerful creation that portrayed his skill of mechanical engineering; specifically built and designed for a master of Djem So, as Skywalker was soon to become. In 19 BBY, after his duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi on Mustafar, this lightsaber was taken by Skywalker's former Master, which he kept with him on Tatooine.
In 0 BBY, Kenobi passed Skywalker's lightsaber, the one he'd retrieved from the black shores of Mustafar, down to Skywalker's son, Luke, whom Kenobi had been watching over. Kenobi must have modified the saber while he was on Tatooine since the hilt was slightly different at that time, most notably the belt fastener was changed from a clip into a ring. In the hands of Luke Skywalker, Skywalker's blade was wielded against numerous foes, even against Skywalker himself as the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader. During his duel on Bespin with Luke, Vader sliced off Luke's right hand, sending both Luke's hand and lightsaber into the depths of Cloud City. The lightsaber, along with Luke's hand, would later be recovered.
A few years after Skywalker's death at Endor, Joruus C'baoth, a mad clone of Jedi Master Jorus C'baoth, would use Luke's severed right hand to create a clone of the Jedi, Luuke Skywalker. Wielding the blade of Skywalker, Luuke went on to duel Luke and Mara Jade. After Luuke was killed by the combined effort of the duo, Luke recovered his father's weapon and presented it to Mara as a gift. The lightsaber would remain in Mara's possession for many years and was passed on to his grandson Ben Skywalker. It would later be displayed in the Skywalkers' home on Ossus.
After his defeat on Mustafar at the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi and the subsequent theft of his lightsaber by the Jedi Master, Vader was forced to build a new weapon. His new weapon was constructed in the shadow of the Death Star, with Palpatine providing the synthetic lightsaber crystal for the weapon, as well as his own lightsaber to serve as a model. However, Vader considered his master's weapon an antique, and sought to create a personalized design with more ballast. Attempting to please Palpatine, Vader attempted to create a novel design, but the resulting weapon was little more than a black-alloy version of his first Jedi lightsaber.
This weapon featured a thick, ridged handgrip, a high-output diatium power cell, a dual-phase focusing crystal, forward mounted adjustment knobs, and a beveled emitter shroud. However, due to the size of his mechanical hands, Vader was forced to make the grip considerably thicker and longer than his original lightsaber, resulting in an inelegant weapon, verging on ungainly.
It is known that Vader created more than one lightsaber, but due to the modifications Vader made to his weapons, it is impossible to tell which is the original. Vader also appears to have experimented with a rounded emitter shroud similar to his second Jedi weapon.
Vader's lightsaber was lost when it fell down the reactor shaft on the Death Star II along with the remains of his mechanical right hand during the final battle with his son.
Interpretations of the Prophecy
- "You refer to the prophecy of the one who will bring balance to the Force. You believe it's this… boy?"
- ―Mace Windu
George Lucas has stated definitively that Anakin Skywalker is indeed the Chosen One; any other theories about it are pure speculation.
Most of the problem consists of identifying exactly what "bringing balance to the Force" really meant, and, as Yoda clearly stated, if the prophecy was properly read.
Proof also concluded that "bringing balance" meant destruction of the Sith, as the dark side was no more than a twisted version of the Force—as evil is no more than a corrupted good. In which case, "bringing balance" was basically "cleaning" the Force of imperfections.
Another way of interpretation, indicated that Skywalker fulfilled this prophecy by equaling the total manifestation of the Force. This interpretation advocated that the "balance" in the Force was the balance between positive and negative energy, throughout the universe. This implied that the average sentient being contributed a sizable amount of negative energy to the universe throughout their lifetime, by means of what would be called normal and natural emotions like anger, jealousy, etc. Multiplied by the trillions of beings, this amounted to a massive dark side shift in the cosmic balance. According to this stand, a relatively small number of beings dedicated to pure good and service of the light side of the Force would be able to balance against all the negative energy contributed by everyone else and maintain relative balance in the universe. The presence of the Sith, it was believed, served to once again tip the cosmic scale in favor of the dark side. Therefore, the claim that in order to have "balance" in the Force there should be no Sith, was relatively justified, based on this particular viewpoint.
Another possibility, was that through his actions, Vader brought balance to the Force through simultaneously fulfilling his destiny as both a Sith, by killing his master, and as a Jedi, by dying on the light side. It is also interesting to note that Skywalker's life was balanced between the light side and the dark side for 23 years each. Another way of viewing the prophecy was that the manipulation of the Force was what caused the imbalance, regardless of one's motivations, and perhaps true balance could be found in trust of the Force and not bending it to one's creative will.
It was commonly held that the Chosen One of the prophecy must be born of a virgin mother—which Skywalker was—a stance further cemented by the fact that Yoda, for instance, despite his historical number of midi-chlorians, was never regarded as a candidate for the prophecy.
Sidious's plan to destroy the Jedi was put into motion long before Skywalker was ever taken off Tatooine, most likely starting at the Invasion of Naboo, when he was only a child. However, Skywalker still played a pivotal part in Order 66 and the Purge, ranging from his intervention in Windu and Sidious's duel in the Chancellor's office to the enormous influence of his deep involvement in hunting down the remaining Jedi, a pet project of his. Sidious may have simply used what was currently available to him, as his plan was ever-changing.
Until more proof for or against these views is uncovered or the original text is found, the true meaning of the Chosen One prophecy may never be known.
Skywalker's possible "father"
- "The Force is unusually strong with him, that much is clear. Who was his father?"
"There was no father. I carried him, I gave birth, I raised him… I can't explain what happened."
- ―Qui-Gon Jinn and Shmi Skywalker
In light of information revealed by Palpatine to Skywalker, it is distinctly possible that Darth Plagueis may in fact have been Skywalker's "father," to whit.
It was confirmed that Darth Plagueis had the ability to create or sustain life through manipulation of midi-chlorians, and Skywalker's conception bore a notable resemblance to this concept. As if to hint this to Skywalker, Palpatine emphasized "life" and turned to Skywalker when he was being told the "Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise". As Sidious himself never learned the power to influence midi-chlorians from his master, he could not have been Skywalker's "father"; privately, he believed that Skywalker had been a creation of the Force itself. Many Jedi such as Qui-Gon Jinn, believed Skywalker was created purely by the will of the Force, with no outside forces involved.
Behind the scenes
There have been claims that George Lucas took the name "Anakin" from his friend and fellow film director Ken Annakin. However, Lucas denied this via his publicist following Annakin's death in 2009.
In Sanskrit, the name "Anakin" means "warrior". Additionally, the name could itself refer to him being the Chosen One—splitting into "An Akin" would translate the name as "Peerless" or "Without Equal". The name may also be derived from the name "Anakim", found in the Old Testament. It is one of several names used to identify a race of giants " 'the sons of God saw daughters of men and took them wives of all they chose' [Genesis 6:2]". Another possibility is "ana-" (Greek meaning "against" or "without") and "kin" (meaning "family") could explain Skywalker not having a father.
It is also worth noting that "vader", is the Dutch word for "father" (as well as an Old English variant for "father" cf. OED), and it may be tempting to read the character name "Darth Vader" as "Dark Father", a word-play that may well be the root of the Sith title. However, judging by the origin of the other Sith names, Vader may also possibly be a derivative of the word "invader", especially when one considers the first task assigned to the fledgling Sith Lord. Furthermore, it is also worth noting that in the original scripts for A New Hope, the name "Darth Vader" was given to a normal Imperial general.
Skywalker's unusual birth, him being the Chosen One, as well as the hints that a Sith Lord engineered this event, can be a reference to the Dune novel, in which the Bene Gesserit order conducts a eugenics—Human cross-breeding—program to create a superhuman, the Kwisatz Haderach, whom they could control. However, when this superhuman is finally born as the protagonist Paul Atreides, he eventually rebels against them.
- "However, after all of his limbs were severed and he was extremely burned on Mustafar he lost much of his Force potential. As Darth Vader, Skywalker was believed to have had roughly 80% of the strength of the Emperor. Had he sustained none of his injuries on Mustafar he would have been twice as powerful."
- ―George Lucas
On both the 2005 DVD cover of Revenge of the Sith and the film's poster, the scar on the right side of Skywalker's face is absent.
Hayden Christensen was not the first actor in Star Wars to fight with a lightsaber in each hand. The very first was Time Winters who played the Dark Jedi Boc in Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II.
The character of Darth Vader was not originally planned to be a suited cyborg. This was created when the concept artist drew the opening scene where Tantive IV was being boarded. It was initially imagined that Darth Vader would fly through space to enter the ship, necessitating a suit and breathing mask. This suit was later made permanent and incorporated in the story.
In order to keep the "big secret" of The Empire Strikes Back under wraps from potential film spies, George Lucas actually used a diversion technique: actor Dave Prowse was instructed to say, "Obi-Wan killed your father" during filming. Later, James Earl Jones's voice was dubbed in, revealing the actual truth of Vader's progeny in the famous line, "I am your father." The only ones who knew this big secret were the writers, Mark Hamill (who was told in secret only moments before shooting the scene), and James Earl Jones.
In Italy and France, Darth Vader's name was changed to "Dart Fener" and "Dark Vador", respectively. However, in Quebec, Canada, he keeps his original name, but it is pronounced differently. During 2004, Italian fans were asked to vote a poll regarding the choice to use Darth Vader's original name instead of "Dart Fener" in the film Revenge of the Sith. "Dart Fener" was approved by roughly 55% of the voters. One of the reasons for this was that the modern Italian language did borrow the word "water" (from "water closet") as a synonym for "lavatory" and "vader" was probably sounded too close to that, so they avoided the chance of embarrassing misunderstandings and wordplays via the name change.
In a Sunday Star Wars comic strip from 1979, Luke is mistakenly referred to by a computer as the son of "Tan Skywalker." This was later retconned to mean that Skywalker was an exceptional pilot.
Skywalker is one of the only four characters (the other three being Kenobi, R2, and 3PO) who appear in all six films.
It is interesting to note that Emperor Palpatine wanted Luke to kill Darth Vader when attempting to turn him to the dark side, as once he has a new apprentice, his old apprentice is expendable. Vader should have known this better than anyone since he was the one whom Palpatine told to kill Count Dooku.
Chasing after the Tantive IV
The first time he captured what he thought to be Tantive IV, it turned out instead to be a ruse set up by Abso Bar Binks. Abso, in order to buy time for the Princess to escape, let himself be captured aboard Tantive V and even fought against Vader himself. Though Vader was able to easily defeat Abso, the Gungan was able to save his life by mentioning his father. Vader ordered that Tantive V be left adrift in space. An hour later, he captured the real Tantive IV with Leia Organa aboard.
Upon discovering this information, Vader let his apprentice, Tao, go free. Tao had been unable to display the anger and hatred necessary to embrace the dark side anyway, and Vader planned to train his newly-found son in his place. It was only then that Tao displayed his anger toward Vader but, upon leaving, was captured by the Emperor himself. While Palpatine officially conferred upon Vader the newly-christened Executor, he also brought Tao before Vader and ordered him to strike Tao down to prove his loyalty. Though he did not want to, Vader was unable to control his body and soon slashed his lightsaber through Tao's torso.
Vader, distraught at what he had been forced to do, took the near-dead Tao to his home planet of Shumari to die where he had been born. While there, Vader was attacked by a Tusken Raider who had been tracking him ever since Vader had destroyed his village and killed his family. The Tusken quickly gained an advantage over Vader, damaging his armor and revealing the lightsabers which he had built into his gaderfii. Just as the Tusken was about to strike Vader down, Tao rose from the brink of death and struck it down, saving Vader's life. Just before he died, Tao pleaded with Vader to let go of his hatred and not let the Emperor control him; Tao still sensed some good within his master. After carving a small monument to Tao, Vader returned to his former home on Tatooine briefly to contemplate the fact that he now had a son.
Darth Vader as a cultural figure
Due to his central role in the films, Vader has entered the public consciousness as the quintessential frightening villain; the American Film Institute's list of the greatest movie villains placed him third, after Hannibal Lecter and Norman Bates. Lord Vader's powerful, basso profondo voice coupled with his heavy, eerie breathing is easily recognizable to moviegoers—it is symbolic of his transformation from a man of the light to an evil cyborg. He has been parodied by such figures as "Dark Helmet" from Spaceballs and countless other parodies from cartoons, such as "Duck Vader" from Tiny Toon Adventures and "Darth Koopa" from Super Mario Bros. (TV). He was also imitated; one example would be "Death's Hand" from the video game Jade Empire—who was similarly imprisoned in a suit of armor, including a masked helmet, although using magic rather than cybernetics. Also, Darth Vader's name has become a synonym for frightening evil. During the later phase of its construction, Washington National Cathedral held a competition for children to design new gargoyles for the west towers. One winner was a design featuring Darth Vader.
Darth Vader's headgear appears to be modeled on a Japanese kabuto, which is consistent with the samurai-like order of the Jedi and kendo-like lightsaber duels. It also resembles a German World War II-era Stahlhelm.
Many people say that Darth Vader is loosely inspired by the Marvel Universe villain Doctor Doom. Considered by many to be one of the greatest comic-book villains of all time, Doom and Vader share some similarities. Both have a commanding presence, both are physically deformed due to tragic accidents that cause them to wear armor, both are highly intelligent, and both were, in a way, good once. There is also a costume similarity with The Lightning, the first costumed supervillain from the serial Fighting Devil Dogs. However, Lucas himself once mentioned in an interview that he based Darth Vader on the android villain Hakaider from the 1972-73 live action Japanese television series Jinzo Ningen Kikaider, which he watched while visiting Japan in the early 1970s.
The upcoming book Star Wars: The Complete Vader will explore the cultural impact of the Vader character in further detail.
- "Finding the right voice for Darth Vader was another challenge. Lucas never intended to use the onset vocal performance of David Prowse."
- ―Narrator Robert Clotworthy
Skywalker was played in the films by Jake Lloyd as a child; Hayden Christensen as a young adult and as the suited Darth Vader in Episode III; Dave Prowse as the suited Vader in the original trilogy; and Sebastian Shaw as a dying, elderly, and redeemed man. In addition, for all of Skywalker's film appearances as the cyborg Vader, the character's voice was dubbed by James Earl Jones.
Skywalker's young age EU illustrations, are usually morphing compositions of the faces of Lloyd and Christensen, as exemplified in the cover of Jedi Quest: Path to Truth.
In Revenge of the Sith, Hayden Christensen wore the Darth Vader suit, which was specifically designed to fit his body. His stand-in double for the UK shoot was Christian J Simpson, who also played alongside the young Skywalker in Episode I as Bravo Six, Lt. Gavyn Sykes. The few lines of the suited Vader speaking are of James Earl Jones, but at one time, there was some debate over this. Some fans believed that Jones didn't participate at all, since his name doesn't appear in the official credits of Revenge of the Sith, and the voice heard in the first trailer for the movie was that of Christensen's, albeit altered digitally. The false claim was settled with the Summer 2005 issue of Starlog, in which producer Rick McCallum stated they had James Earl Jones for a partial day of work on Episode III.
David Prowse portrayed Vader in Episodes IV, V, and VI, with the exception of the fight scenes in V and VI, in which swordsman Bob Anderson wore the suit. In new footage shot for the Special Edition of the original trilogy, actor and former Industrial Light & Magic visual effects artist C. Andrew Nelson played the infamous Dark Lord.
In the radio drama adaptations, Brock Peters performed as Vader, with David Birney performing as Skywalker on the final episode of the Return of the Jedi radio drama. In the Clone Wars cartoon, Skywalker was voiced by Frankie Ryan Manriquez as a child and Mat Lucas as an adult. In The Clone Wars CGI series and its feature film the character is voiced by Matt Lanter. For many of the Star Wars video games, including Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, Star Wars: Force Commander, and Star Wars: TIE Fighter, Vader was voiced by Scott Lawrence; in more recently released titles, such as Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Star Wars: Empire at War, Matthew Sloan, who provides the voice of Vader in the Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager shorts, provides Vader's voice.
In the original Return of the Jedi, the appearance of Skywalker's redeemed Force ghost was a robust, middle-aged man with graying brown hair and a kindly face, but upon release of the Special Edition DVD version of Return of the Jedi, Skywalker is in his twenties just before his fall to the dark side. George Lucas stated that redeemed Jedi would revert as a Force ghost in their pre-fall form. It should also be noted that the DVD release has digitally removed Shaw's eyebrows (as the unmasked Vader), presumably motivated by Lucas reasoning that since his baldness was caused by the severe burns sustained on Mustafar, then his eyebrow follicles would have likewise been destroyed. The fact that the unmasked Vader originally did have eyebrows can either be accounted to an oversight in the makeup design, or possibly serves as some evidence that Vader's volcanic fate, although already determined in the back-story, was not fully developed and elaborated on prior to filming Return of the Jedi. Additionally, it should further be pointed out that, although horribly scarred, Skywalker's face in Return of the Jedi bears no scar tissue that is clearly indicative of severe burns of the sort shown at the end of Revenge of the Sith. An in-universe explanation provided is that Vader had been using bacta to slowly heal his wounds, thus accounting for the missing scars.
Anakin, along with certain actions of his, have been represented by numerous musical motifs during the film scores. These include "Anakin's Theme", "Anakin's Betrayal", "Anakin's Dark Deeds", "Across the Stars" (his love with Padmé), and "The Imperial March" (as Darth Vader).
Adherence to the Hero Cycle
The Hero Cycle, invented or hypothesized by Joseph Campbell, is the literary code or "pattern" that many of the greatest mythological heroes have followed throughout their lives. Campbell compiled a list of twenty steps that were common trademarks of great heroes, a finding that he published in his 1936 book The Hero: A Study In Tradition, Myth, And Drama. Both Anakin Skywalker and his son Luke closely follow this process. However, because of Anakin's turn to the dark side, his adherence to the Cycle is somewhat twisted since he is not a "true" hero.
The following are the steps of the Hero Cycle and Anakin's adherence thereof:
1. Unusual conception and/or virgin birth; twins—Palpatine's or Plagueis' possible manipulation of midi-chlorians; Anakin's virgin birth; the birth of Anakin's twin children.
2. Death and Injuries
- 2.1. Assassination attempt by family member—Obi-Wan Kenobi duels Vader on Mustafar; Luke Skywalker duels Vader on Bespin and aboard the second Death Star;
- 2.2. Hero wounded—Anakin receives scars delivered by Asajj Ventress; loses his hand to Count Dooku on Geonosis; severely wounded by Kenobi on Mustafar, cuts off Luke's hand at Bespin.
- 2.3. But escapes—In order, takes Asajj's ship as an escape pod off the planet; rescued by Yoda on Geonosis; Is saved by Palpatine and his clone troopers. Luke escapes Bespin with the aid of Leia and their friends.
3. Summons to adventure—Jinn's asking for aid; Anakin's pleasure in combat.
4. Acquisition of helper—Jinn; Kenobi; Amidala; R2-D2; Palpatine.
5. Battles faced
- 5.1. Brother battle—The Duel on Mustafar with Kenobi.
- 5.2. Dragon battle—Anakin's battle with the "fear dragon" in the Revenge of the Sith novelization.
- 5.3. Crucifixion—Anakin's and Kenobi's lightsabers perfectly crossed above Anakin's chest during their duel on Mustafar.
- 6.1. Imprisonment in whale's belly—Capture in the "belly" of Invisible Hand and in the "belly" of the Geonosian arena.
- 6.2. Night sea journey—Anakin's nightmares.
- 6.3. Petrification—Anakin immolated on Mustafar; electrocuted by Palpatine aboard the second Death Star.
- 6.4. Dismemberment—Lost arm on Geonosis; loss of arm and legs on Mustafar; loss of hand aboard the second Death Star.
- 6.5. Hell's gate—Mustafar.
- 7.1. Labyrinth—The Boonta Eve Classic race course; the Geonosian droid factory; the Techno Union bunker on Mustafar.
- 7.2. Scylla vs. Charybdis—Decision whether to kill Mace Windu or Palpatine.
8. Passage of riddles, tests; ordeals—Racing the Boonta Eve Classic; the Geonosian arena; Anakin's seduction.
9. Adherence to narrow path—Admission into the Jedi Order; keeping the secret of his marriage to Amidala; following the teachings of the dark side.
10. Illumination—The revelation of Darth Sidious's identity.
- 11.1. Sacred marriage—Marriage to Amidala and their secrecy thereof.
- 11.2. Theft of magic elixir—Search for eternal life for Amidala; Anakin kept alive via life support.
- 11.3. Father atonement—Becoming Darth Sidious's apprentice; saving Luke's life aboard the second Death Star.
12. Summons to return—Returning to Tatooine to find his mother; Luke pleading Vader to return to the light.
13. Magic flight—Racing the Boonta Eve Classic; chasing Zam Wesell via airspeeder; managing to land Invisible Hand.
14. Departure of helper—Jinn; Shmi; Mace; Kenobi; Amidala.
- 15.1. Rout of pretenders—Dooku's assassination on Invisible Hand; murder of the Separatist leaders on Mustafar; death of Palpatine in the reactor shaft of the second Death Star.
- 15.2. Resurrection—Surviving the injuries of Mustafar; return of Anakin aboard the second Death Star.
- 15.3. Fame—Winning the Boonta Eve Classic; becoming known as the "Hero with no Fear"; praise for his rescue of Palpatine over Coruscant.
16. Rescue—Found and restored by Palpatine on Mustafar; Luke rescuing Anakin's soul; rescuing Luke from Palpatine's Force lightning.
- 17.1. Founding of a city—Founding the New Order; Bast Castle.
- 17.2. Law giving—Reinforcing the law during Order 66
18. Fall from grace—Anakin's fall to the dark side.
19. Exile—Prevented from becoming a Master; leaving the Jedi way.
20. Extraordinary hilltop death—Near-death on Mustafar; death aboard the second Death Star.
Tragic Hero as Defined by Aristotle
Skywalker also fits Aristotle's description of a tragic hero. He was of noble birth (conception by the Force or possibly Darth Plagueis) and very virtuous in his early life. His hamartia, or error in judgment stemming from his best characteristic—i.e., his compassion for others—came when he fell to the dark side; which, true to the Greek ideal, came about from a combination of his free will and fate.
Several comics and video games offer various non-canon endings to canonical works featuring Skywalker.
In the Revenge of the Sith video game, the alternate ending depicts Vader successfully leaping at Obi-Wan Kenobi, impaling the Jedi from behind. The Sith Lord proceeds to greet his newly arrived master in the mining facility. Receiving a new lightsaber from Darth Sidious, Vader momentarily inspects it before running his master through with it. As Sidious' body falls to the ground, Vader declares the galaxy his, and Sidious' stormtrooper guard lower their weapons, seemingly accepting his claim.
In The Force Unleashed video game, Galen Marek is presented with the choice of either confronting Palpatine or killing the hobbled Vader. After a moment of indecision, the former Sith assassin decided to take his revenge by slaying his Master. No longer in any condition to defend himself, Vader was helpless as he was telekinetically thrashed from wall to wall by his own apprentice, ironically just as Vader had done to Marek on the Executor. In the end, Marek used his Master's own lightsaber to impale Vader through the chest, and then stabbed him again with his own blade. With Darth Vader dead, Galen Marek replaced his former Master as Emperor Palpatine's new apprentice and became known as Lord Starkiller. During the Battle of Hoth, Starkiller revealed to Luke Skywalker his true origin as Vader's son, shortly before turning Skywalker to the dark side and taking him as an apprentice.
In Star Wars Infinities: Return of the Jedi, even though the Death Star has been destroyed, Palpatine has disappeared. The heroes, including a redeemed Anakin Skywalker (clad in an all-white version of the life-support suit he wore as Vader), boldly declare to hunt him down, saying that nothing can stop them now.
In Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, a clone of Galen Marek is presented with the choice of killing Darth Vader or taking him prisoner for the Rebel Alliance. Before Starkiller can deliver the final blow that would end his Master's life, he is impaled through the chest by a lightsaber from behind. While dying from the fatal wound, Vader revealed that he succeeded in perfecting the accelerated cloning process. Just before Starkiller dies, the clone's killer revealed himself as another clone of Vader's former apprentice—one that was stable and perfectly in control unlike the clones that preceded him. With the completion of his new apprentice's training, Vader charged the reborn Starkiller with the mission of hunting down and executing the last of the Rebel leaders.
In 4 ABY of the alternate timeline, Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine oversaw the Battle of Endor from the Emperor's throne room on the second Death Star. To prevent the Rebels from destroying the shield generator bunker that protected the incomplete battle station, Vader dispatched the Dark Apprentice, who was still serving as the Sith Lord's secret assassin, to the Forest Moon of Endor. To preserve the secrecy of his apprentice's existence, Vader commanded the clone to kill all who stood in his way—Imperials and Rebels alike. After the Dark Apprentice completed his mission on Endor, Palpatine revealed to Vader that he knew about the clone's existence the entire time. With his treachery exposed, Vader activated his lightsaber, only to be easily struck down by Palpatine's Force lightning. While Vader could do nothing other than kneel in submission, the Emperor commanded his Imperial forces to eliminate the clone. But as several Star Destroyers approached his location, Vader's assassin showed no signs of fear.