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Did Palpatine know Anakin would tell Mace Windu who he really was?

It's unclear, since in the novelisation we only have the scene from Anakin's perspective; however, it's likely that in this, as in most things, Palpatine was playing what TV Tropes calls a Xanatos ...
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Why didn't Obi-Wan refer to Darth Vader as Anakin during the Death Star duel?

It's a fairly major plot point that he didn't want Luke to know that Vader was his father. Based on ROTJ, Obi-Wan considered Anakin to be dead. This was likely to help him fight with everything he had ...
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Why did Anakin and Dooku duel in the dark?

In-Universe Anakin cut the lighting cable because it was in his way as he walked backwards. He had to step over it, and presumably felt that cutting it would clear the fighting area, removing a ...
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Has Darth Vader ever spoken of Anakin as "I", not in third person?

In general it is difficult to tell whether Vader is speaking of Anakin or Vader when he says "I...", even when he's talking about the past. For example, while dueling Obi-Wan on the Death Star Vader ...
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Why did Anakin turn to the Dark Side?

Because Sidious manipulated him From Revenge of the Sith: ANAKIN: What have I done? ANAKIN sits. PALPATINE: You are fulfilling your destiny, Anakin. Become my apprentice. Learn to ...
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Did Han Solo know that Anakin Skywalker was Darth Vader?

It depends on how you define "timeline of the Original Trilogy" - if you mean only what is shown on the screen, then Skooba and Valorum's answers are correct. If you take timeline a bit more broadly,...
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Why did Anakin and Dooku duel in the dark?

While the previous answer does address why it was dark, it doesn't do much to address why the two combatants were twirling their lightsabers around apparently for effect, so I'll cover that. This is ...
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Was Anakin born a slave?

From the script: PADMÉ: (amused): Have you been here long? ANAKIN: Since I was very little, three, I think. My Mom and I were sold to Gardulla the Hutt, but she lost us, betting on the ...
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Did Han Solo know that Anakin Skywalker was Darth Vader?

Han did not find out about the Vader/Anakin connection before the end of Return of the Jedi. Luke had previously told Leia that Vader was his father, and then that she was his sister. ...
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What made Qui-Gon Jinn really believe that Anakin Skywalker was the chosen one?

Qui-Gon Doesn't Believe In Accidents There were a number of factors that led Qui-Gon to believe as he did. The first and main trigger for his suspicion was the chosen one prophecy itself: "A ...
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Do Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen know that Anakin Skywalker is Darth Vader?

According to the (canon) Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View short story "Beru Whitesun Lars", Owen and Beru were fully aware of Luke's parentage and the fact that his father had become ...
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Did Palpatine know Anakin would tell Mace Windu who he really was?

Not for certain Palpatine knew it was one of Anakin's options, but he didn't know which course of action Anakin would take in the end. From the movie transcript: PALPATINE: Are you going to kill me? ...
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Why did Anakin turn to the Dark Side?

Palpatine was a master manipulator, of people, governments, and the Force; indeed, the plot of Eposides I-III are essentially Palpatine manipulating everyone and everything - both sides of every war - ...
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Was Anakin really the only human who could race pods?

According to the novelisation of Revenge of the Sith he wasn't the only human to ever start a race, but he was certainly the only human to successfully complete one. Note that over two-thirds of the ...
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Did Anakin try to look for Darth Plagueis' apprentice?

The novelization indicates that Anakin actually isn't terribly interested in searching for Plagueis' apprentice directly; his priority is finding the quickest route to saving Padmé, which in this case ...
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Why didn't Obi-Wan refer to Darth Vader as Anakin during the Death Star duel?

Consider the scene where Obi Wan "Ben" Kenobi tells Luke about the death of the latter one's father: LUKE: How did my father die? BEN: A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of ...
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What is the age gap between Anakin and Padme?

In 'The Phantom Menace' (set in 32 BBY) Anakin is aged 9 and Padmé is aged 14. He turns ten during the film. By the time of their (sexual) relationship in Attack of the Clones, set ten years later, in ...
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How does Anakin get his weapon back?

He was thrown a new lightsaber during the Geonosis arena fight by Jedi Knight Sephjet Josall. Obi-Wan was thrown one by Jedi Knight Nicanas Tassu. Mace winced when he spotted Obi-Wan, Anakin, and ...
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Did Han Solo know that Anakin Skywalker was Darth Vader?

No. There's absolutely nothing in the Original Trilogy films (nor their novelisations) to indicate that Han learned of Vader's identity. Luke refers to Vader as his father in his coversation with Leia,...
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Do Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen know that Anakin Skywalker is Darth Vader?

It's very unlikely. From the conversation in Episode IV and what we know of Episodes I-III we know that Owen and Beru know that Anakin is a Jedi. Or more was. What is more is that the Jedi were ...
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Do Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen know that Anakin Skywalker is Darth Vader?

Based on the scene you posted, Owen and Beru absolutely know that Luke is the son of Anakin Skywalker. He has the same last name, it's not even hidden. After Luke complains that he's "going ...
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Is there only a single Skywalker family?

Main (Disney) Canon. Only three 'Skywalkers' are mentioned in the main canon and all are direct relatives of each other: Shmi Skywalker                   ↓ Anakin Skywalker                   ↓ ...
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What punishment would Anakin have faced if the Jedi Council had found out he slaughtered the village of Sand People?

The penalty for disobeying a direct order from the Council, the penalty for having a secret marriage, the penalty for having a secret child all seem to be the same: Expulsion from the Jedi Order. I ...
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How did Anakin Skywalker learn Force Choke?

Force choke is merely an application of telekinesis any force user who has telekinetic ability could use force choke if they so desired.
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How is Anakin’s nickname spelt?

It's "Annie" in the Phantom Menace Script, the Attack of the Clones script and the Revenge of the Sith script. It's also "Annie" in each of the novels: Phantom Menace Junior ...
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Why did Anakin blame Obi-Wan on Tatooine?

Anakin certainly blames Obi-Wan (and by extension the Jedi Council) for the death of his mother, largely for making him babysit Padmé instead of looking for the assassins. He seems to be of the ...
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Why could these characters use Force heal but not Anakin?

The power that Darth Plagueis had was distinct from what was used in The Rise of Skywalker. In TROS Rey and Ben use the Force to transfer their life between themselves and other organics, there is ...
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Why didn't Obi-Wan refer to Darth Vader as Anakin during the Death Star duel?

Not a direct sci-fi response but I think it shows the core of human psychology that leads to OWK's behavior: If you've ever watched a zombie movie/show, like The Walking Dead, you see two kinds of ...
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When did Vader "kill" Anakin?

Much of the plot of Episodes V and VI revolve around the idea that Vader's murder of Anakin was only true "from a certain point of view", and it wasn't Anakin's point of view. Although he spent a long ...
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Why didn't Luke know about Anakin Skywalker?

(Legends:)The Empire did an extensive propaganda campaign to remove Jedi's from the war effort. In the comic Republic 78: Loyalties where Palpatine introduced Lord Vader to the officers of the newly ...
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