I admit it, this post was inspired by the forum banner. Looking at the juxtaposition of the images of Qui-Gon and AotC Anakin made me realize just how much I wish Qui-Gon could have survived long enough to train Anakin. He had seemingly infinite compassion for Anakin in TPM, and we can only imagine how that would have translated into the job he would have done as Anakin's master. Personally, I think the reason Anakin eventually turned to Palpatine for support was Obi-Wan couldn't do an adequate job of being a surrogate father to him. But I bet Qui-Gon could have. He probably would have been far more sympathetic to Anakin's penchant for thinking of the rules governing Jedi conduct as loose guidelines, too. Anakin's strong passions wouldn't necessarily have had to lead him to the dark side if he'd had a master who taught him how to channel them properly as a Jedi. From now on, I'm probably going to think of the Duel of the Fates as the moment when Anakin's fate as a future Sith lord was sealed. I almost wish it had been Obi-Wan who died in Qui-Gon's place.