Of course I would. I'm not arguing that "will" doesn't exist or isn't a convenient construction, just that it's only part of the larger system. One can (to some extent) will what one does (without getting into Ben Libet and the Readiness Potential, etc). However, even with that being the case, one cannot at bottom will what one wills. Does that make sense? Even people who do harmful things (such as your hypothetical mugger), are on some level also victims of brain chemistry and circumstance that led them there. As such, I think it's better to consider that when dealing with them, people in general, and the world at large. I daresay that seems to me to be a Jedi-like approach. Now see, that's what I'm trying to determine. It seems possible to construct a story where there is a prophecy, but it's vague, it's only one of a thousand predictions and happens to be the one the characters pay attention to, etc. In such a case, I don't think destiny would have to damage the story, because (as in real life) none of the characters could be sure of what would occur. I'm not sure the PT works that way, though. Here's something else to consider: Does the fact that Luke and Yoda saw the "city in the clouds" with Han and Leia there before the events at Cloud City happened diminish Han's agency in picking the destination? If no, what is the difference between that and the prophecy (that's an honest question)? Sometimes it feels different to me too, but I can't quite articulate why. Is it the fact that Anakin knows about the prophecy? The difference may lie in a different place than destiny altogether, in the idea that Anakin was the Chosen One - and this singular title refers to being created by the universe itself directly, in reaction to worldly power balances. There's a metaphor I think I've used before: in the OT, think of the Force like the wind with which the Force-users can sail. Only they know how to do it, and they can sense it. But regardless of what they do, it will keep blowing in pretty much the same way - it's on a different level of scale than they are. Whatever politics and group dynamics are at work in the galaxy, the Force is part of nature. In the PT, it's like the Force-users can control the weather (knocking the Force out of balance) and said weather also cares about the workings of mortal creatures in the galaxy (creating Anakin). Maybe it's not the application of destiny that reduces the sense of character agency, but the greater application in the PT of the idea that the Force has (and needs to have) a will that participates in galactic workings and politics.