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Star Wars: Anakin Skywalker’s 10 Most Sinister Pre-Vader Quotes

Watching Anakin and Ahsoka train together again in tales of the jedi it’s a bittersweet watch. It’s great to see them together, but it’s hard to see them knowing what happens to them when Anakin falls to the dark side. That fall is not sudden, he taunts and accumulates over years of his life, and there are many moments in his life where he shows the darkness within him.


In addition to some brutal moments, Anakin has plenty of sinister quotes leading up to his transformation into Darth Vader, many of them the clone wars and all of them further portend the tragic downfall of the once great Star Warshero.

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“If it were up to me, I would kill you right here.”

The Clone Wars, 4.15 ‘Deception’

Anakin and Ahsoka arrest Rako Hardeen in The Clone Wars

Just because a line or a moment from Anakin is sinister and even borders on evil doesn’t mean his feelings are sometimes unjustified. His anger at arresting Rako Hardeen for the ‘murder’ of Obi-Wan is one of those moments.

Fortunately for Rako, Anakin kept Obi-Wan’s memory close enough to not kill the criminal. Still, the delivery of this line and the belief instilled in audiences that Anakin could murder the man make this one of the most sinister of his previous quotes to Vader.

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“I know I went too far; it’s just… It’s just that something inside of me snapped.”

The Clone Wars, 6.06 ‘The Rise of Clovis’

Anakin pushes Rush Clovis away from Padme Amidala in Star Wars The Clone Wars

The fact that Anakin can recognize that he’s done something wrong, that something inside of him broke, can be considered a good thing. However, whether he acknowledges it or not, the sinister darkness within Anakin remains a sinister beast.

It’s understandable why he attacked Clovis, but Anakin nearly murdered the politician with his bare hands, an unforgivable act that shows the depth of Anakin’s emotional fragility. He’s almost endearing in this quote, since he doesn’t really seem to understand his own emotions. However, that lack of understanding itself is scary, as it could (and did) lead to much more violence and pain. What’s most painful about this is that Anakin could have used it as a turning point to become more aware of the darkness within him and potentially move away from the path of the dark side.

“Zygerrian scum! I’ll take care of that slaver.”

The Clone Wars, 4.11 ‘Kidnapped’

Zygerrian slaver queen Miraj Scintel in the Clone Wars

Anakin’s childhood in slavery is one of the most tragic elements of his character, so it’s hard to blame him for warming up to the sight of the Zygerrians. However, the intent and fury here are further displays of his deep-seated emotional issues.

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The fact that the Imperial March sounds ominously behind this moment only adds to the ominous feel of the moment. On top of that, it seems Anakin wants to go and assassinate the Zygerrian rather than find out the location and safety status of the people of Togruta, highlighting that violent streak that would rear its ugly head on him time and time again.

“Mercy doesn’t defeat an enemy, master. That’s why you’re going to lose.”

Obi-Wan Kenobi – Part V

Obi Wan and Anakin dueling in a flashback

One of the most pleasant surprises of Obi Wan Kenobi it was the flashback scenes in episode 5, which saw Anakin in a sparring battle with Obi-Wan, where he says this line, highlighting his penchant for brutality once again.

Mercy is a virtue the Jedi do and should try to show itself in most situations, even with the most evil of enemies. Anakin’s contempt for him, even in this training situation, is troubling, as it shows his willingness to defeat enemies however necessary, even by sinister and overly violent means.

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“He’s jealous, he’s holding me back!”

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)

Anakin and Obi Wan talk in Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones

Attack of the clones He may be known for his embarrassing dialogue, but he should also be remembered for Anakin’s crucial emotional volatility that led to many a big and sinister quote from Vader before.

One of those lines is this one about Obi-Wan. The way Anakin can spit out such cruel accusations on someone he truly loves is a brilliant way of showing just how overcome with anger he could be and how often he struggled to control his inner darkness and emotion, which ultimately led him to his fall.

“What? I was going to blow up the ship.”

The Clone Wars, 2.13 ‘Treatment Journey’

Anakin stabs and kills Tal Merrik in The Clone Wars

While Anakin could often be scary because of his anger or how upset he could become, he was sometimes more sinister (especially in hindsight) when he wasn’t angry at all. The perfect example is when he kills Tal Merrik.

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Anakin kills Merrik with ease instead of trying to disarm him, and his “What?” indicates that he sees nothing wrong with that. Anakin was right to stop Merrik, but the ease with which he does so and the carelessness in taking his life can be seen as one of his most sinister pre-Vader moments.

“Mind tricks? I don’t need mind tricks to get you to talk.”

The Clone Wars, 2.08 ‘Invaders of the Brain’

Anakin interrogates and Force strangles Poggle the Lesser in The Clone Wars

When those he loved, such as Obi-Wan, Padmé, Ahsoka, Artoo, etc., were hurt or in danger, Anakin turned into a different animal, displaying an alarming ferocity that heralded his fall to the dark side. His interrogation of Poggle the Lesser is one of those moments.

It’s another moment haunted by the notes of the Imperial March, and everything from Anakin’s purposeful walk to his “leave us” to the clones inspires dread. This line, interrupted by a punch to the face from Poggle, is one of the scariest, partly because it’s spoken with almost arrogance rather than overwhelming anger and partly because Anakin is willing to do anything to extract information from the Geonosian. .

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“Someday I will become the greatest Jedi in history. I will even learn how to stop people from dying.”

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)

Anakin talks to Padmé about the Sand People he killed and tells her that he will be the greatest Jedi of all time in Attack of the Clones.

Anakin’s most significant goals/crippling fears of saving those he loves from death come from a place of not just fear but love; however, that doesn’t stop him from being threatening when talking about them.

The ambition that goes hand in hand with his quest to defy death in this quote is the truly sinister part. His need to be great and better than others to achieve his goals goes against the Jedi way. Anakin had a good heart, but it was buried under fear that faded into hate, anger, and entitlement, which poured out of him at this moment.

“I have no such weaknesses.”

The Clone Wars, 7.04 ‘Unfinished business’

Anakin with his lightsaber pointed at Admiral Trench in Star Wars: The Clone Wars

The seventh season of the clone wars it was a visually stunning affair that saw Anakin approach his revenge of the sith Look. That went a step further in bringing him closer to the dark side in his brutal assassination of Admiral Trench.

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The word chosen here is the sinister aspect of it all: “Weakness.” Calling mercy, kindness, legal/proper ways to keep the peace, and being a Jedi a weakness is a great thing and shows how close to the edge Anakin was. He’s a Jedi who doesn’t usually follow the rules, but this was too much. It was as if he saw himself above those things. Following up this quote by murdering Trench made it even more heartbreaking.

“I killed them. I killed them all.”

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)

Anakin kills a tribe of Tusken Raiders in Star Wars

Anakin does a handful of bad things before his fall to Darth Vader. Still, arguably the worst and most unforgivable was the ruthless slaughter of the Sand People villagers who captured his mother.

The act itself was horrific, and this quote is a constant and painful reminder of what this young man could do. It is the best example of how Anakin is blinded by his own uncontrollable emotions. Knowing what he would do as Darth Vader, the atrocities he would commit would make anything he had to do with the killing of the Tusken Raiders even more sinister.

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