Anakin Skywalker Quotes – Before He Became Darth Vader

Love him or loathe him (we estimate there's approximately a 50:50 split amongst the fandom), Anakin Skywalker was an integral part of the Star Wars prequel movies and had some great quotes in them.

While some moan and drop jokes on Reddit all day about how Anakin doesn’t “like sand,” others revel in his massacre of the Younglings in the Jedi Temple.

Either way, the child and adult versions of the chosen one had much to say.

Here’s a selection of Anakin’s best quotes from the prequel movies – all before he became Darth Vader – which we count as when Anakin first stepped out in his new shiny black costume after getting his legs handed to him by Obi-Wan Kenobi after their epic lightsaber duel.

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The Phantom Menace Quotes

Anakin was played by Jake Lloyd, the kid who had made his name as the kid in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s shocker of a Christmas movie, Jingle All the Way.

He attracted a lot of hate for his acting and having to say lines such as “are you an angel?” but anyone who dismisses his “now this is pod racing!” moment during one of the most thrilling chases in Star Wars, simply doesn’t like Star Wars.

Haters are gonna hate but they need to chill out.

Here are little Ani's quotes

Anakin: “Are you an angel?”
Queen Amidala: “What?”
Anakin: “An angel. I've heard the deep space pilots talk about them. They live on the moons of Iego, I think. They're the most beautiful creatures in the universe.”
Queen Amidala: “You're a funny little boy. How do you know so much?”
Anakin: “I listen to all the traders and star pilots who come through here. I'm a pilot, you know, and someday I'm going to fly away from this place.”

Anakin: “Mom, you said that the biggest problem in the universe is no one helps each other.”

That was, perhaps, the most cringeworthy moment in the whole movie. However, it served to show that Anakin started out with a pure heart –  which makes his fall to the dark side of the Force as tragic as any effort by Shakespeare.

Anakin: “You're a Jedi Knight, aren't you?”
Qui-Gon Jinn: “What makes you think that?”
Anakin: “I saw your laser sword. Only Jedi carry that kind of weapon.”
Qui-Gon Jinn: “Perhaps I killed a Jedi and took it from him.”
Anakin: “I don't think so. No one can kill a Jedi.”
Qui-Gon Jinn: “I wish that were so.”

That was a nice piece of foreshadowing of what was to become of Anakin.

Anakin: “What are midi-chlorians?”
Qui-Gon Jinn: “Midi-chlorians are a microscopic lifeform that resides within all living cells.”

A lot of Star Wars fans hated this exchange, as for them, it removed some of the mysteriousness of the Force.

Anakin: “Now this is pod racing!”

Anakin: “I will come back and free you mom, I promise.”

Anakin did eventually come back to free Shimi. However, when he found her, she had been captured by the Tuskens who had treated her poorly, and she died shortly after.

Anakin: “Qui-Gon told me to stay in this cockpit, and that's what I'm going to do!”

And he did. He was drawn into the space battle above Naboo and helped break the so-called blockade by destroying the Droid Control Ship.

Attack of the Clones Quotes

In this movie, Anakin was played by Hayden Christensen who, at the point of his casting, was probably most well known for his part in Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides and various television roles.

Christensen is often scorned by caustic fans for his acting in this movie. However, many people ignore or were ignorant that George Lucas wanted his actors to deliver their lines in a deliberate manner to pay homage to the movies that inspired Lucas – and you could actually argue his efforts are no worse than Mark Hamill's whiny Luke:

“But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!”

Anyway, here are some Anakin quotes from Attack of the Clones:

Padmé Amidala: “You're not all-powerful, Ani.”
Anakin Skywalker: “Well, I should be.”

Anakin: “I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. Not like here. Here everything is soft and smooth.”

This quote is most often used to highlight how terrible Attack of the Clones is due, in part, to the apparent poor scripting and bad acting. In his defense, George Lucas has consistently said that he especially wanted this style of voice acting as that’s how it was in the good old days of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers.

Padmé: “You're making fun of me!”
Anakin: “Oh, no, I'd be too frightened to tease a senator!”

Anakin: “I've got a bad feeling about this.”

A famous line uttered by every major character in the film franchise.

Obi-Wan: “Why do I get the feeling you're going to be the death of me?”
Anakin: “Don't say that, master. You're the closest thing I have to a father.”

A light moment for the film but, for those who know how the relationship played out, it's a dark reminder. It was some nice foreshadowing there by Lucas. There's a lot of that in the prequel movies.

Anakin: “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!”

Anakin raged this quote after he had returned from rescuing his mother from the Tusken people. It’s seen as one of the first times that Anakin went astray from his Jedi training and strayed to the Dark Side of the Force.

He also ignored Qui-Gon Jin's warning as well…

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Revenge of the Sith Quotes

Anakin Skywalker: “Obi-Wan, may the force be with you.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi: “Goodbye old friend. May the force be with you.”

This was a telling moment in the movie – it is the last time that Obi-Wan and Anakin talk as friends. Lucas deliberately filmed the scene as Anakin standing in the shadow, Obi-Wan the light, thus signaling the path each was about to take.

The rest of these quotes occur during and after Anakin and Obi-Wan's epic lightsaber duel.

Obi-Wan: “You were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them. You were to bring balance to the force, not leave it in darkness.”
Anakin: “I HATE YOU!”
Obi-Wan: “You were my brother, Anakin! I loved you!”

Obi-Wan Kenobi: “You have allowed this dark lord to twist your mind, until now, until now you've become the very thing you swore to destroy.”
Anakin Skywalker: “Don't lecture me, Obi-Wan! I see through the lies of the Jedi. I do not fear the dark side as you do. I have brought peace, freedom, justice, and security to my new Empire.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi: “Your new Empire?”
Anakin Skywalker: “Don't make me kill you.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi: “Anakin, my allegiance is to the Republic, to democracy.”
Anakin Skywalker: “If you're not with me, then you're my enemy.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi: “Only a Sith deals in absolutes. I will do what I must.”

This is a most talked-about moment between our two Jedi friends. George Lucas used this scene as a comment of sorts on American politics. During the so-called War on Terror, George Bush used the with us or against us argument – and, to the frustration of many people, Lucas included it (indeed there's a strong commentary about the Vietnam war throughout the original movie).

Obi-Wan: “It's over Anakin, I have the high ground.”
Anakin: “You underestimate my power!”
Obi-Wan: “Don't try it.”

Return of the Jedi Quotes

You thought we had forgotten this movie, didn't you?

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It's very arguable that at the moment Darth Vader chose to save his son Luke's life by throwing his Sith Master down the shaft, he became Anakin Skywalker again.

Here's the conversation that the redeemed Anakin has with his son. 

Darth Vader: “Luke… help me take this mask off.”
Luke: “But you'll die.”
Darth Vader: “Nothing… can stop that now. Just for once… let me… look on you with my own eyes.”
Anakin: “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.”
Anakin: “You already… have, Luke. You were right. You were right about me. Tell your sister… you were right.”
Luke: “Father… I won't leave you.”


The Rise of Skywalker Quote

Things came full circle and actor Hayden Christian was on hand to deliver a message as a Force ghost to Rey, as the chosen one:

“Rey, balance the Force as I did.”

“The Force surrounds you, Rey.”


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