In the original trilogy, Emperor Palpatine was always presented as the ultimate bad guy. He was more powerful than Vader and appeared to have access to a far wider array of force powers, including lightning which he used against Luke in the final film.
In the prequel trilogy, we're introduced to the prophecy and told Anakin is the chosen one, who will bring balance to the force. However, in my own opinion, he's never really presented as being incredibly force-powerful. Of course he has the ability to use and manipulate it, but I never for a moment considered him to be on the level of the Emperor.
Obviously, there are hundreds of novels based around the Star Wars universe as well. Given this wealth of material, and the many new Jedi and Sith it introduced, it seemed to me that in the grand scheme of things Anakin's force power was nothing special.
Is this correct? Is there evidence in the books that Anakin is actually far more powerful in the force than what we saw in the films? Or is it the case that he simply fulfilled the prophecy, eventually, but Luke (i.e. the new hope) is the one who will become what Anakin could have become?
Perhaps I should clarify. It's not necessarily midichlorian count I'm interested in. It's more demonstrable uses of power. Anakin may have the highest count ever, or one of the highest ever, but in the original series he doesn't seem to use it very much. Are there examples in the expanded universe showing he had access to a far greater use of the force than the films depicted?