OK, I've got my flame retardant gear ready just in case, but I had to pose the question. First off let me say that Anakin Skywalker is one of, it not, my favorite SW character. That being said do fan fiction writers and the SW fans in general make more of his power than is realistic? First off, as of the ANH he is one of the last Jedi alive, we all know this to be so. Now in most instances being the most powerful of any group that gets exterminated is somewhat of a knock on your power as well. I mean I seriously doubt that Anakin/Vader is responsible for every Jedi death we will see in EP3. Yes, he was a major hunter/killer of Jedi between the latter stages of EP3 and ANH, but not the sole cause of their demise IMO. Many Jedi die during the clone wars, and according to the EU, Anakin has some fairly close calls himself. Granted he's still young and his powers are growing, but he's not a superhero. The Jedi fall do to, for lack of a better expression, their lack of vision. And major human/alien weakness that anyone can suffer from...including Anakin. My point being that I've read a number of stories, not just on these boards, that seem to point to Anakin being nearly all powerful. Personally I don't see it that way at all. While he is certainly head and shoulders above most hand to hand [or lightsaber as the case may be] fighters, he's NOT a one man army. Further more it is my humble opinion that if the old Republic's strongest Jedi were to attack him in mass he would be defeated. I'm not saying that many, maybe most, wouldn't die in the process, but I do think it's likely he would fall. I understand the mythological aspects of star wars, but I'm also a big believer in taking a somewhat realistic approach to storytelling. I personally attempt to tell my stories as though our galaxy and the SW's galaxy both exist. By this I mean that any tale we would hear of alien species, lightsaber duels, Sith and Jedi would seem mythic, but the reality from their POV would be more mundane as it were. I don't claim to be the only person to write in this way, but I figured it would give perspective to my question. I try and keep my stories in an in universe context were even the most amazing feats are not considered totally outside the realm of possibility by the other characters. It's just that some stories I've seen, a lot actually, portray Anakin/Vader's in universe powers/battle prowess as Godlike, and I just don't by it. I don't mean that to be as harsh as it sounds- apologies. I'm truly not trying to diminish his character or it's impact on the SW universe, just get some perspective. I guess I would like to see the descriptions of his power be more ambiguous, since none of us truly can know how powerful any Jedi, including Anakin, is or can become. I guess what started this train of thought was G.L's description of Anakin in, I believe, TPM DVD. In laying out the story he describes Anakin as a boy destined to be a major player in the Jedi and bringing balance back to the Force- something along those lines. I've never heard it stated that Anakin's 'power' AKA battle prowess is the key ingredient to his role in the saga. Anyway, I'm sure that little rant is riddled with things ripe to be pulled apart, but I had to spit it out. Hopefully it made some semblance of sense, and I would appreciate any opinions offered in response. Just don't beat me up too badly, as I don't have any shiny black armor to fall back on lol! JD.