Nightmare Fuel / Revenge of the Sith

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  • Anakin's Mood-Swinger tendencies get played up quite realistically here. Even Padmé herself, the near single-minded object of Anakin's affections, isn't safe. When she tries to tell Anakin she's pregnant, he instantly becomes afraid she's having an affair, and gets angry, enough that he's hurting her without knowing it.
  • Well before becoming Darth Vader, Anakin exhibits many classic behaviors of an abusive spouse. He never quite crosses that line (until the whole Force-Choke incident), but he definitely steps on it more than once. Stover takes the "Anakin and Padme's relationship was never healthy" theory and runs it back for a touchdown.
  • When Anakin kills Dooku, he's highly conflicted about it. When Vader kills the Separatist Council leaders in the book, he doesn't bat an eye. In fact, he makes little quips about it. Remarkably funny quips.

  • In the video game tie-in, if you beat the final boss as Anakin, instead of going through what he goes in the movie, he manages to kill Obi-Wan. Then when Palpatine meets Anakin there, he hands his apprentice a new lightsaber... and Anakin stabs him with it. Can you imagine how different things would have been with Anakin as the Emperor?
  • Padmé and Anakin's confrontation on Mustafar could've gone differently, as seen in this image. This early piece of concept art suggests that in the early drafts, Padme also came to the conclusion that Anakin was gone, replaced by Vader, and that she was going to try and murder him with the dagger she's holding in that image.
  • As far as the dark parts of John Williams' score go, almost nothing is as disturbing and unsettling as the track "Palpatine's Teachings", played during the opera scene. It's the kind of music that can make anything seem evil and frightening when placed over it.
  • Consider this: for many children, both Revenge of the Sith and The Empire Strikes Back are probably the first films they've ever seen in which the bad guys actually win; the heroes are either dead or have barely escaped with their lives.