16 'Star Wars' Quotes Reveal Why Anakin Skywalker Joined the Dark Side

How Different Are Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader?

Anakin Skywalker. Credit: Mark Nolan / Stringer/Getty Images

If you are a Star Wars fan, you have probably read up everything about Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader. Darth Vader is one of the most popular sci-fi villains. The transformation of pristinely good and golden Anakin Skywalker into the dark and dangerous Darth Vader is interesting. So what makes Anakin Skywalker, the most powerful Jedi, turn evil?

Who Is Anakin Skywalker?

Anakin Skywalker, the hero, once worshiped by the Jedi Order becomes a victim of his own circumstance. His love for his wife Padme Amidala becomes his undoing. He turns to the dark side when he realizes that it was the only way he can save his beloved wife from dying. After a vicious battle with the Jedi led by his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin is left badly injured. He is saved by Palpatine, his Jedi mentor who is secretly a Sith Lord. Of course, Palpatine's motives are to use Anakin against the Jedi Order, as he wants to manipulate Anakin Skywalker's strengths and weaknesses.

The Rise of Darth Vader

Lord Palpatine turns Anakin Skywalker into the dark and deadly Darth Vader for his selfish pursuits. Darth Vader rises like a phoenix with his mind filled with hatred for the Jedi. He becomes the oppressor and tyrant that fills the Jedi with trepidation. Darth Vader, the ruthless slayer of Jedi younglings, is a victim of political vendetta. He is an agent of evil with a heart of goodness.

What Can You Learn From Anakin Skywalker's Character?

Anakin Skywalker's complex personality makes him one of the most popular characters in sci-fi movies. The two faces of Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader remind us that it is good and evil in every one of us. It is your choice to be what you want to be. You can blame your circumstances for your misdeeds. Or you can accept reality, and work hard to be good despite the negative energy around you. The choice is yours.

Here is some soul-stirring Anakin Skywalker quotes that will put you in a reflective mood. For those who love Darth Vader, read some quotes from the evil Sith Lord himself.

Anakin Skywalker Quotes

Episode II - Attack of the Clones
You're asking me to be rational. That is something I know I cannot do. Believe me, I wish I could just wish away my feelings, but I can't.
Episode I - The Phantom Menace
Mom, you said that the biggest problem in the universe is no one helps each other.
Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Attachment is forbidden. Possession is forbidden. Compassion -- which I would define as…unconditional love -- is essential to a Jedi's life. So, you might say that we are encouraged to love.
Episode II - Attack of the Clones
We will find out who's trying to kill you, Padmé. I promise you.
Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Someday I will be the most powerful Jedi ever.
Episode II - Attack of the Clones
I killed them. I killed them all. They're dead, every single one of them. And not just the men, but the women and the children, too. They're like animals, and I slaughtered them like animals. I HATE THEM!
Episode II - Attack of the Clones
It's all Obi-Wan's fault. He's jealous. He's holding me back.
Episode II - Attack of the Clones
[Anakin uses his Force levitation to slice a fruit for Padme] If Obi-Wan caught me doing that, he would be very grumpy.
Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
I'm going there to end this war. Wait for me until I return. Thing's will be different, I promise. Please wait for me.
Episode II - Attack of the Clones
[Anakin Skywalker, after Obi-Wan Kenobi cuts off Zam Wesell's arm] Jedi business, go back to your drinks!

And here are some quotes after Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader:

Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Darth Vader: There is no escape. Don't make me destroy you. Luke, you do not yet realise your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. Join me, and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy.
Luke Skywalker: I'll never join you!
Darth Vader: If you only knew the power of the Dark Side.
Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Darth Vader to Luke Skywalker: The force is with you, young Skywalker, but you are not a Jedi yet.
Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
[igniting Luke's sabre]
Darth Vader: I see you have constructed a new light saber. Your skills are complete. Indeed you are powerful, as the Emperor has foreseen.
Episode IV: A New Hope
[When Obi-Wan fights Darth Vader in a duel]
Darth Vader: Your powers are weak, old man.
Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi: You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.
The Force Unleashed
Darth Vader
Your fate is now our own. Sever all ties with the past. Let no one know that you still serve me. Now go and remember, the Dark Side is always with you.