Many Tusken raiders died to bring you this information.
Enraged by his mother's death, Anakin had slain an entire camp of Tusken raiders, including women, children...possibly even their animals.
This went down in Attack of the Clones, prior to his fight with Dooku.
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 Gambit - a plan where any outcome is to the player's benefit.
After revealing himself to Anakin, if Anakin exposed him to the Jedi the Jedi would certainly come ...
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 and potentially kill an old friend. (ROTJ Screenplay)
You father was seduced by the dark side of the Force. He ceased to be
Anakin Skywalker and became ...
Yes he had
(Note: this is a compilation of all answers found thus far plus some more research on my part - consider upvoting the other answers for this question as well)
Here's a list:
A gorgoodon (a non-sentient creature, but I thought I'd mention it): Jedi Quest: Path to Truth
Krayn the slave trader (when he was 13) (Source: Anakin on Wookiepedia) (note:...
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 slightly random element. It's noteworthy that neither this scene, nor the "fighting in the dark sequence", exist in the original script and appear to have been added ...
According to the novel, Sidious had told Dooku to hold back, because he wanted to use Anakin to murder Obi-Wan. (Which also partly explains Dooku's shocked face when Sidious tells Anakin to kill Dooku. While he might have expected a Sith master to stand back and let the strongest man win, he would not have expected his master to change the plan on him in ...
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 tells him:
When I left you, I was but the learner; now I am the master.
Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
Vader could be referring either to Anakin the ...
Because Sidious manipulated him
From Revenge of the Sith:
ANAKIN: What have I done?
PALPATINE: You are fulfilling your destiny, Anakin. Become my
apprentice. Learn to use the dark side of the Force.
ANAKIN: I will do whatever you ask.
ANAKIN: Just help me save Padme's life. I can't live without ...
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, and from an in-universe perspective, just a single day after the end of Return of the Jedi, then the answer is:
Yes - Han knew.
From the new canon novel ...
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 to do with how the Force is used in lightsaber combat. One of the best descriptions of it that I'm familiar with is from the Revenge of the Sith novelisation, ...
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 Podraces, to Watto, who's a lot better master than Gardulla, I think.
PADMÉ: You're...a slave?
ANAKIN looks at PADMÉ defiantly.
ANAKIN I am a person! My ...
According to the film's script, the orders to kill Jedi were given individually, to each clone commander (and for obvious reasons, Chancellor Palpatine never issued that order to whoever Anakin's accompanying Clone commander was):
132 EXT. UTAPAU-TENTH LEVEL-LANDIXG PLATFORM-DAY
DARTH SlDIOUS: Commander Cody, the time has come. Execute Order Sixty-...
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.
But when Leia tells Han she and Luke are siblings, she does not go further and reveal who their father is.
You do see a lot of brown robes in the Jedi Order, but there are several exceptions that no one seems bothered about. It seems like Anakin was just another exception that everyone was okay with.
The padawan Ahsoka Tano did not wear “typical” Jedi robes:
Neither did the Jedi Master Luminara Unduli and her padawan Barriss Offee:
And Jedi Master ...
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?
ANAKIN: I would certainly like to.
PALPATINE: I know you would. I can feel your anger. It gives you focus, makes you stronger.
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 racers in Anakin's race crashed and several died.
A few wings of droid fighters didn’t much scare a man who’d been a
Podracer since he was six, and had won ...
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 - to rise to power, all while hiding in plain sight in front of the entire Jedi Council.
In Episode I, Palpatine manipulated Queen Amidala into voting the ...
Consider the scene where Obi Wan "Ben" Kenobi tells Luke about the death of the latter one's father:
How did my father die?
A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who
was a pupil of mine until he turned
From the Wookiepedia article on Anakin Skywalker, his eyes changed color as a result of embracing the dark side of the force. This appears to be a common thing:
When Skywalker finally managed to climb up to the garden of the tower, he found Tano, brainwashed by the Son's influence, her eyes bearing the yellow hue of the dark side's taint.
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 (he believes) is learning this technique directly from the Force. There's a brief scene in the novelization, which takes place shortly after the exchange you ...
I don't believe there is any official explanation for this. However, I believe there is a possibility that there isn't actually any contradiction here. If we assume a few things were said off-screen (to avoid redundancy, accelerate the plot, etc.) then we can reconcile the seeming inconsistency.
After learning Padme was pregnant, ...
The Jedi apparel was generally based on their almost monastic lifestyle, however there weren't guidelines to say what color this needed to be. From Padawan and above, they had the freedom to choose their own style, however their choice could be judged by the elders as an indication of their personality. Take for instance Obi Wan, who is very much studious ...
Possibility #1: Anakin survived because, by the time Order 66 was issued, he wasn't a Jedi any more. He wasn't even Anakin any more. He was a Sith Lord named Darth Vader. Since Order 66 was "Kill all Jedi", and Vader wasn't a Jedi, the Order simply didn't apply to him.1
Here's how the Anakin/Vader change and the issuing of Order 66 plays out in the ...
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 corrupted by the dark side of the Force.
But it turns out when someone puts a sweet little newborn into your
arms, you can’t say no—even if that baby is your husband’...
The loss of Count Dooku to Anakin is aptly explained by looking at the Jedi Lightsaber Forms that the two used. Count Dooku was one of the premier duelists in the order before becoming a Sith. His mastery of Form II (Makashi) was legendary.
"He is a fencer. Leverage, position, advantage—they are as natural to
him as breathing."
Qui-Gon Jinn's Spirit ...
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, but there's nothing to show that Han was subsequently told this secret, at least prior to the end of the film.
“Oh, no. No.” She laughed, “it’s not like ...
It's very unlikely.
From the said conversation in Episode 4 and what we know of Episodes 1-3 we know that Owen and Beru know that Anakin is a Jedi. Or more was. What is more is that the Jedi were officially discredited and executed in Episode 3.
When Owen met Anakin that one went off to find his mother (who was Owens step mother) and rescue her alone from ...
In 'The Phantom Menace' (set in 32 BBY) Anakin is aged 9 and Padmé is 14. He turns ten during the film.
By the time of their (sexual) relationship in Attack of the Clones, (set ten years later, set in 22 BBY) he was 19 and she was 24 so the age-difference was just 5 years.
The name resonated in young Anakin’s heart and soul. He hadn’t seen
her in a ...