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Obi-Wan: I'll do what I must.
Anakin: You will try.
"Though this is the end of the age of heroes, it has saved its best for last."
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  • After the opening crawl, a single Republic attack cruiser rolls across the screen, to the sound of lone drumbeats. Two Jedi Starfighters race over it to the most bombastic and cheer-inducing take on the Force theme ever: we know exactly who's piloting those starfighters, what they're about to do, and in the space of a single scene, that this is the movie we'd been waiting twenty years for.
  • As the Jedi fly through the engagement, most of capital ships are engaged in a Standard Starship Scuffle. Then, out of nowhere, one of the Star Destroyers fires a turbolaser beam from its ventral hangar bay, obliterating one of the Separatist frigates.
  • Anakin really gets to show off his Ace Pilot skills. He tricks two high-precision homing missiles on his tail into hitting each other, pilots his interceptor so finely that he crushes a buzz droid between his and Obi-Wan's fighters without damaging either ship, and blasts the Invisible Hand's hangar shield generator right as he's charging in.
    • And while skidding across the hangar deck, Obi-Wan leaps out of his starfighter to cut several battle droids with his lightsaber.
  • When Artoo is cornered on the Invisible Hand's hangar by two super battle droids, he squirts them with oil, engages his booster jets and sets them on fire!
  • Anakin utterly destroys Count Dooku in what quickly becomes single combat, and carries an unconscious Obi-Wan on his back like a rag doll.
  • Grievous escapes a confrontation with Anakin and Obi-Wan by shattering the control room's window and exposing the entire room to the vacuum of space. As smug as he may be, that takes balls - or in his case, lack thereof.
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    • And then Anakin manages to crash-land the wreckage of the Invisible Hand on a Coruscant runway. To reiterate: he landed a 1080-m long dreadnought that was never designed for safe landing!
    Anakin: I think we lost something.
    Obi-Wan: Not to worry, we are still flying half a ship.
    This is, put simply, impossible. It can't be done. He's going to do it anyway. [...] This is Anakin Skywalker's masterpiece.
  • The Legends novelization gives one to no else but Lorth Needa (the Imperial captain from The Empire Strikes Back that, after being fooled by Han, went to Darth Vader to take personal responsability for the failure so the Sith Lord would spare his crew from his wrath, knowing he'd die for it), by showing why the Invisible Hand was where it was when Anakin and Obi-Wan boarded it and why the Guarlara then went and shot it down: a strike group composed by a Dreadnought-class heavy cruiser and three Carrack-class cruisers, that together didn't mass half of Grievious' ship, attacked the Invisible Hand, pushed it into position and damaged the engines so it couldn't escape, at the cost of the Dreadnought and one of the Carrack, and when contact was lost with Obi-Wan and Anakin Needa, as the highest-ranking officer left in the strike group, went and demanded Grievous' surrender on pain of death. Grievous obviously refused... And we all know what Needa called in.
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  • During the Grievous confrontation, special credit should be given to Grievous' Magnaguards for briefly holding their own against Anakin and Obi-Wan. In a universe where droids are semi-comical Cannon Fodder, it's impressive to see some that can actually give two of the Order's strongest Jedi a decent fight. It isn't until Snoke's Praetorian Guard that was see a non Force-user fight against a Jedi so well again.
  • Palpatine's meeting with Anakin at the opera house is as creepy as it is awesome. The music already sets the intensity of the scene, but Ian McDiarmid's acting adds to it with the "Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise". Perfect storytelling, and the little evil smirk he gives while recalling his master's death shows how creepy he is even before his face gets fried.
  • Speaking of Palpatine, he set up Obi-Wan's duel with Grievous at Utapau to not only off the latter for outliving his usefulness, but also keep the former away while Anakin falls to the dark side.
  • Still doesn't diminish what happens later: Obi-Wan Kenobi, alone, almost unarmed, jumps into a room full of battle droids and their commander, who splits his cyborg arms into four to quadruple-wield lightsabers against Obi-Wan. The duel only ends when Obi-Wan pries open the armor covering Grievous's torso and shoots the remaining organs inside with a blaster, with the following Bond One-Liner:
    • Look closely while they're racing through the tunnel: Obi-Wan fended off Grievous's electrostaff attacks with his bare hand.
  • Mace Windu vs. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. The dialogue before the duel set the mood perfectly:
    Mace: In the name of the Galactic Senate of the Republic, you are under arrest.
    Palpatine: Are you threatening me, Master Jedi?
    Mace: The Senate will decide your fate.
    Palpatine: I am the Senate!
    Mace: Not yet!
    • In the novelization, when Anakin arrives to see Mace and Palpatine fighting, he can only make out the blades of their lightsabers. They're moving so fast that The Chosen One can't keep up with their movements.
    • When cornered and disarmed, Palpatine fires a torrent of Force lightning at Mace, who deflects it with his lightsaber and throws it all back into Palpatine's face.
    • Then when Anakin disarms Mace, the now "scarred and deformed" Palpatine kills Mace with another glorious torrent of lightning. While some find this moment extremely narmy, others defend it as one of Palpatine's best moments for his devouring the scenery with such aplomb that it's hard not to let loose and root for him. All together now:
    • Legends sources give some more insight into that duel: the Sith use a tactic called dun möch, where they taunt and push base emotions into their Jedi opponents, thus disrupting their ability to call on the Force. On the other hand, Windu's fighting style, Vaapad - which he helped invent - has a mental aspect to it that enabled him to deflect those emotions at Palpatine.
    • Kit Fisto gets points for trying against the most powerful sith lord of all time, blocking a few hits in the movie and in the Novel lasting long enough for Anakin to see Kit Fisto fighting Palpatine.
  • At one point, a lone clone trooper takes out two spider droids by jumping on their backs and unloading on them from above. It's easily missed, since it happens just before Order 66 is carried out, but it's a great one.
  • Look at the page image: Anakin, now Darth Vader, marching up the steps of the Jedi Temple, at the head of the 501st Legion, to kill some Jedi.
  • The culmination of Palpatine's plan. Once the war was won, he would have had to resign or show himself as a Sith... And yet he manipulated the Jedi into giving him an excuse to become The Emperor and have them exterminated.
    • What's more, in Legends, the Jedi knew of Order 66. It was one of at least 150 contingency orders to the Grand Army issued for a number of specific circumstances, with Order 66 being basically "I, the Supreme Commander (Chancellor), have proof the Jedi Order has mutinied, Kill 'Em All" and Order 65 being "The Supreme Commander (Chancellor) is unfit to issue orders, arrest him and shoot him if he runs". And yet, they were caught flat-footed when Palpatine, using official channels (because he had to identify himself as the Chancellor and Supreme Commander), ordered their own soldiers to assassinate them.
    • Some for the clone troopers themselves for their pragmatism and thoroughness: they shoot them In the Back with all the necessary firepower and then some (Cody had Obi-Wan shot with an anti-tank weapon); once they kill their commanders, they continue shooting, check the body, and if they can't find it, they conclude s/he's most likely still alive and start searching.
    • As a consequence, the fact Yoda and Obi-Wan survived and reached Coruscant, then defeated a ton of clone troops to break into the occupied Jedi Temple.
    • Yoda jumping from one clone trooper to another to retrieve the lightsaber he had just telekinetically embedded in his chest, then his look of disappointment/resignation after the scuffle.
  • The whole slaughter of the Separatist council, without Anakin making a sound, is one of the best scenes in the movie, especially when Nute Gunray not only gets what's coming to him but is brutally cut down mid-whiny plea for mercy.
  • Anakin Skywalker vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi
    • The fact that Obi-Wan wins this fight is a huge moment of awesome for him, despite what it means for the two of them. Obi-Wan fights the Chosen One, the most powerful Force user in the galaxy, and someone he's said before is stronger than he'll ever be, and wins. It's true that Anakin probably isn't in the best state of mind to be fighting at full force, but it's still damn impressive.
      • What's more, Obi-Wan won so decisively that Anakin lost his remaining limbs and was slowly burning to death. Anakin only survived by Palpatine's intervention.
    • Meta: That's actually Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen throughout most of the fight, not their stunt doubles, with both having trained in the choreography until they could do it together at full speed.
  • Meanwhile, Yoda decides to do what he does best; kick ass, unleash all of the shit, and personally try to put a stop to Palpatine's reign of terror, starting off with a Force push so powerful that it scares the Sith Lord, but Yoda won't have any of it.
    "If so powerful you are, why leave?"
    • Upon entering the Chancellor's Senate office, Yoda effortlessly disables the two door guards by telekinetically dashing them against the wall without even seeming to notice them. They are that insignificant to him.
    • Them fighting on the Chancellor's Podium as it rises and brings them to the Galactic Senate Chamber alone is breathtaking. This place appears many times throughout the trilogy and now the Big Good and Big Bad are fighting in it. Even though no one is in the room, it gives the sense that everyone is watching whether good or evil triumph.
    • Palpatine is a man who is absolutely in control of everything around him. He never panics, always thinks about a dozen steps ahead and never acts intimidated or worried. And he is running scared for his life from someone he had taunted only moments ago. For the first time, he has met someone he cannot intimidate or bully, someone who will never be swayed by his words or fall under his spell. He has encountered someone who can destroy him and is damn sure going to try.
    • The best part? Yoda actually wins the fight. He first makes Palpatine run for his life, later beats him in swordfighting and disarms him with much less struggle than Windu, and when Palpatine unloads all of his admittedly impressive Force powers, Yoda still stops them and deflects them back to him. If it is Yoda and not Sidious the one forced to retreat (although that was precisely what Sidious had been trying to do through all the fight) is due to the fortuitous factor that Sidious, with his bigger weight and longer arms, could avoid being blasted off their pod and injured by the fall, while the much lighter Yoda couldn't.
    • Sadly, the instance in which Yoda disarms Palpatine is not shown in the film (thought it is in the script and novelization), which makes it an Offscreen Moment of Awesome. However, what we see onscreen actually makes Yoda even more badass: if Sidious still had his lightsaber on him by the point he stopped using it, it implies the whole reason he resorts to trolling Yoda by throwing stuff at him is because Palpatine has realized he cannot win in a direct clash and that, unlike Windu, Yoda is not going to get distracted in the task of butchering him.
    • Yoda, like all Jedi, is a pacifist. He'd rather talk than fight. In his encounter with Sidious, it's quite possibly the first time he's wanted a fight like this, and it's a good indicator of how far Sidious has pushed him.
    • The symbolism in the fight is not to be dismissed, either. As they move into the Senate chamber, they fight first on the Chancellor's podium, then in the Senate boxes, throwing the platforms at each other and wrecking many more. It's a fight for the soul of the Republic, and no matter who wins, there will be wounds to heal and scars to live with.
  • At the end, all it took was Vader taking one deep mechanical breath and every hair on your body stood on end, followed by a heart-wrenching Big "NO!". Bonus points goes to Vader's first breath for the fact that because of the haze in the room not only does the viewer hear Vader's first breath, they see it.
    • Or the look on Vader's face as the mask lowers, eyes widening as he realizes what his world will look like from then on...
    • When informed of Padmé's death, Vader uses telekinesis to destroy everything in the room (including the medical droids) and break out of the restraints of the operating table, like some Force-attuned Frankenstein. Big "NO!" or not, that was an impressive showing of the Force from a man who is barely alive and had lost much of his Force potential.
    • The first LEGO Star Wars made this scene even more awesome; instead of the Big "NO!", Vader goes on a rampage.
    • The novelization's version of Vader's awakening is wonderfully nightmarish. Here, take a Vader Breath:
      This is how it feels to be Anakin Skywalker, forever:
      You can hear yourself breathing. It comes hard, and harsh, and it scrapes nerves already raw, but you cannot stop it. You can never stop it. You cannot even slow it down.
      You don't even have lungs anymore.
      Mechanisms hardwired into your chest breathe for you. They will pump oxygen into your bloodstream. Forever.
  • Vader and Palpatine observe the first death star being constructed. Vader crosses his arms, and the Emperor just stands watching. What an awesome image depicting the evil the galaxy will have to deal with for the next 22 years.
  • At long last, a Wookie army appeared on screen.
  • The very ending. Binary Sunset. There could have been no better way to link both trilogies.
  • "The dark is generous, and it is patient, and it always wins — but in the heart of its strength lies weakness: one lone candle is enough to hold it back. Love is more than a candle. Love can ignite the stars."
  • Yoda decapitating the clone troopers who were about to kill him in a single stroke - and this is after he's sensed his fellow Jedi being slaughtered through the Force.

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