Was it since the birth of Anakin? Or, after Anakin was accepted as a Jedi by the Jedi Council? Or, after some event when Anakin looked special?

Only canonical answers, please. No speculative answers...

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    @OghmaOsiris - Thanks for editing the title. I much prefer the new phrasing.
    – Dason
    Commented Sep 2, 2012 at 19:00
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    The answer to this question uses a Legends source, but it sounds like you want a canon source only (as in, not Legends). Correct?
    – Null
    Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 16:49
  • @Null: Well, you might have to wait a bit for a reply or better answer to be accepted.
    – Ellesedil
    Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 19:27
  • @Ellesedil I know, but there's no way I'm going to remember to come back at that time!
    – Null
    Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 19:30

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“But tell me, Padawan Skywalker, how it feels to have become a member of such a revered group.” “It’s like a dream come true, sir,” Anakin said in genuine sincerity. “A dream come true ... Then you’ve long thought about the Jedi Order and about the Force.” Anakin nodded. “I’ve always wanted to bring justice—” “It’s not for you to decide your destiny, Anakin,” Obi-Wan said. “The Force will guide you.” Palpatine smiled inwardly. Guide you to me, young Skywalker. Dooku had talent, and could be a powerful placeholder. But this seemingly guiless pleasant-faced boy, this Forceful boy, was the one he would take as his appretice, and use to execute the final stage of the Grand Plan. Let Obi-Wan instruct him in the ways of the Force, and let Skywalker grow embittered over the next decade as his mother aged in slavery, the galaxy deteriorated around him, and his fellow Jedi fell to inextricable conflicts. He was too young to be trained in the ways of the Sith, in any case, but he was the perfect age to bond with a father figure who would listen to all his troubles and coax him inexorably over to the dark side.

From Darth Plagueis

That was just after the battle of Naboo. So in fact Sidious chose Skywalker as his heir the first time they met.

Love at first sight. :)

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    Could you please cut down the length of your quote, and summarize its content for us? It would be best to provide a link to any sources you've quoted too. Commented Sep 2, 2012 at 17:12
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    That would be of course illegal.
    – user8252
    Commented Sep 2, 2012 at 17:33
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    @MarkBeadles He's citing he source right after the quote, it's from the recent book Darth Plagueis.
    – user1027
    Commented Sep 2, 2012 at 17:35
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    ALS, thanks for cutting down the quote. I confess I don't understand what would be illegal. I didn't ask you to link to a full text of the source. Commented Sep 2, 2012 at 17:38
  • @Keen It would be more helpful to provide a link than to just say "from Darth Plagueis". Commented Sep 2, 2012 at 17:40

While the other answer is correct, it's Legends canon now. Darth Plagueis is an amazing book and I highly recommend you read it, Legends or not.

As for canon, the only thing I can think about is the end of The Phantom Menace, when Palpatine says to young Anakin:

And you, young Skywalker, we will watch your career with great interest.

Youtube clip with the quote:

  • There's a clip on Youtube of that line. You were close. +1
    – Null
    Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 17:09
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    I edited in the correct quote and the Youtube clip for you.
    – Null
    Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 17:26
  • Thanks. I'm at work behind a proxy server and can't access youtube.
    – tilley31
    Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 17:32

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