Dr E, >>>that's like saying Blofeld is the central character of the Bond series. after all he motivates everything Bond does... and i suppose the Sherlock Holmes stories are really all about Moriarty? I don't see the similarity, seeing as both your examples lack the "Anakin" aspect of Anakin/Vader's character. (A far better example would have been the Joker in Batman...) >>>yes, i know. my mistake on the choice of the word "hero". how about "protagonist"? do you think Anakin is the protagonist of the saga? would you still think so if the PT never tried to make him the protagonist, and based your evaluation of him only on the OT? I'd say that Anakin is the protagonist of the saga, so long as you make a distinction between Anakin and Vader being seperate characters. And no, I would not have thought so if the PT hadn't made him the protagonist, for the simple fact that he wasn't, as Luke is the protagonist of the original three films. >>>so then (at least at the time of ESB) Anakin was never intended to be the central character of the saga... At the time of ESB, the trilogy wasn't going to be about Luke redeeming Anakin and destroying the Emperor, so I don't see what your point is here.