Yes, welcome worst jedi, it's nice to have new blood around here OTOH, I respectfully disagree that it's completely out of character. He does eventually kill Obi-Wan, who arguably played just as big a role in Ani's life as Padme. And he does, either directly or by proxy, hunt down and murder ALL the Jedi, ushering in an era of terror and tyranny. And I think that Ani being responsible for Padme's death plays up the "tragic hero" angle, a la Othello. Yes, he does murder countless people (although mostly by proxy, but that's another debate) and Obi-Wan, but it is still different than killing Padme. Firstly, he killed Obi-Wan 20 years after their relationship fell apart. If he had done it in Episode III, then I would see it along the same lines as Padme. We shall see whether or not he's *really* trying to kill him in the Duel. But regardless, he's not Padme. She represents the simple notion of love in his life- the major thing we (as normal, average people) can relate to. She is alternately his salvation and his damnation. She has been used as nothing but his "angel", his main tie to the Light. Yes, killing her would be the ultimate act of betrayal, but I don't think this is that kind of story. Yes, it would make him more like Othello, but killing your wife isn't a requirement of being a Tragic Hero. He will kill many others, even those he respects, but something has to push him over the edge. We know how he feels about duty and loyalty. He sacrifies them both for Padme. He has been shown to be loyal to her and her alone (with the exception of his mother). The only logical reason I can see is that Padme's death (at Sidious' order) pushes him over the edge once and for all. It kills three birds with one stone- 1. getting rid of Amidala 2. turning Ani dark 3. blaming everything on the Jedi. I don't know about that. If Anakin did kill his wife, I doubt he'd do it in a moment of clarity; he'd do it in a moment of weakness, of anger, of fear. I have no problem with him killing Padme. None at all. It would, as Worst Jedi Ever has argued, help sell that Vader is a villain, and not just some moody, depressed twit or an overly sensitive individual. But how does Anakin killing Padme "in a moment of weakness" not depict him as a "moody" and "depressed"? I see a contradiction there. Unless he knows and understands completely what he's doing then he is in fact, being overly sensitive, naive and suseptible to manipulation. Whether you agree with Anakin killing her or not, it seems obvious that he would do it as a result of Palpatine's constant manipulation. What greater weakness is there than that? Vader isn't a strong villain, he's a tragic hero. From everything we've heard, by the time Episode III is over I doubt we'll have any trouble at all buying Vader as a "villain", without killing Padme.