"You don't know that. Not even Yoda knows that. By that rationale, he should have been mature and disciplined by the time of AOTC as a Padawan nearing the end of his training, having been instilled with Jedi doctrine for ten years and all, but that wasn't the case, was it? " I know I don't know that. I was merely pointing out that the friendship thing isn't necessarily a missed opportunity yet. Ep. III could very easily prove otherwise. Also, Anakin had nothing but praise from Palpatine the whole time he was growing up. His abilities were only getting more and more advanced, and because of this, he focused on himself. The war will change things.