With all due respect, if this has been discussed previously or is actively being discussed, I'll take down this post. So, a hidden genius you say? Surely, we know all there is to know about the Prophecy of the Chosen One, which Anakin Skywalker would ultimately come to fulfill by the conclusion of Return of the Jedi. He was found by Qui-Gon Jinn, trained by Obi-Wan Kenobi, fell in love with Padme Amidala, seduced to the Dark Side by Palpatine, and would ultimately be redeemed by his son, and come to destroy the Sith. This is exactly what the Prophecy prescribed, yes? However, there remains a deeply troubling yet fascinating point that may have been overlooked. "A Prophecy that misread could have been." Now before we get into some deluded idea that the Prophecy was actually referring to Luke, I don't buy that for a second for many reasons which don't bear out describing in this juncture. So, what had been misread about the Prophecy? The Jedi believed in the idea that the Prophecy meant that the Chosen One would bring balance to the Force by destroying the Sith. However, what does "bringing balance to the Force" TRULY mean? To bring balance means to maintain an equivalence between two things, in this case, the light side and dark side of the Force. What the Jedi had not counted on was that the Prophecy's definition of bringing balance to the Force meant the destruction of the Jedi Order, which had grown vast and expansive by the dawn of the Prequel Trilogy, not to mention clouded in its own arrogance. The Jedi are shown to be the heroes of the Republic, but their Order had become so self deluded over the centuries that it was time for some spring cleaning. Likewise, the Sith, although long hidden from the view of the Jedi, also needed to be reformed completely in their ways. Ultimately, this sheds an entirely new light on Anakin's actions, especially in Revenge of the Sith. When he is walking up the steps of the Jedi Temple with the legions of clone troopers behind him, he is actually fulfilling the first half of the Prophecy by almost entirely wiping out the Jedi Order. Now, let me be clear, I am in no way shape or form advocating genocide as a viable solution to curing societies of their problems. I am just saying that in the context of the Star Wars Saga, the Prophecy possessed much more depth in it than simply beating the bad guys. Of course, Anakin does just that as Vader by killing Palpatine in Return of the Jedi, thus fulfilling his purpose as the Chosen One. In any case, you can disagree if you like or offer up your own theories, but I just found this fascinating because it adds a deeply interesting and objective dimension to a saga which had ostensibly favored the triumph of good over evil.