Hello everyone, this is my first post! Life-long enormous fan, former member of starwars.com forums - lovely to meet you all. I had a look round to see if there was a similar thread to this - I'm aware there's a very in-depth discussion about how the prophecy is interpreted in the story, but it's such a huge discussion that I thought it was worth explaining my more simple view in a separate thread. Basically, what if the prophecy is self-fulfilling? By which I mean, what if the prophecy wasn't really a reliable prophecy, and in fact only came true because of the way people reacted to it? Which leads to the question - what if the only thing special about Anakin was the way people treated him? Okay then, let me lay this out properly. Think about what we actually know, the indisputable facts: 1) The prophecy said that someone strong in the Force will bring balance to the force - George has clarified this means simply "destroy the Sith". 2) Pretty much everyone in the PT decided this person was Anakin (although some questioned it at points). 3) Anakin did indeed destroy the Sith (including himself) in ROTJ, fulfilling the prophecy. The rest is just stuff that we assume or speculate. Most importantly, it is never made clear whether or not the prophecy is actually true. Anakin does destroy the Sith, but the reason he is able to do that is, when it comes right down to it, because of the prophecy itself. Qui-Gon immediately puts two and two together when he meets Anakin, and for that reason the Council take Anakin very, very seriously and bend the rules on multiple occasions to allow him to be trained. He is allowed to join the Order many years after the apparent cut-off age for everyone else (a few months old), gets away with unbelievably rash acts (including blowing up an entire space station when his Jedi mentor told him to do nothing, and then as a Padawan, leaping hundreds of feet onto a moving vehicle for no reason), and has a thoroughly bad attitude during AOTC and isn't reprimanded for it, with Mace stating outright that they're willing to give Anakin the benefit of the doubt due to his Chosen One status. It's entirely because of this holier-than-thou status that Anakin goes off the rails. He develops his god complex - specifically believing he has the power to control life and death - because he's basically been told he's the most important Jedi of them all. He also lashes out and breaks the rules partly because of the pressure to achieve all these goals in life as quickly as possible in order to prove his worth. These behavioural/psychological difficulties are what Palpatine takes advantage of in order to turn Anakin to the dark side, by suggesting to Anakin that he can indeed prove that he really is the real deal and the most powerful force user ever by joining the Sith. Anakin does so, the Jedi fall, and the original trilogy happens. Then, due to the very small nature of the Sith Order, Anakin and Sidious then spend 20 years in a constant situation where, theoretically, either one of them could destroy the Sith Order there and then - they both have unlimited access to both Sith; oneself, and the other Sith. After 23 long years, Anakin finally has the courage to take advantage of this, with this desire burning in him due to the ordeal his son is going through, and very, very easily destroys the Sith, by merely throwing the Emperor over a railing, and then allowing himself to die. Sidious could have just as easily done this himself if he really wanted to. And all of that happened because the force-using authorities throughout the prequel trilogy were convinced Anakin was the Chosen One. If there had been no prophecy, maybe Anakin would never have gone through the problems he did, he would never have turned to the dark side, and he would never have had the opportunity to destroy the Sith. Maybe it's only because the prophecy was spoken that Anakin was able to fulfill it at all. So... does anyone agree?