Then he got cut in half and thrown into some lava. It was supposed to be the end of a tragic look at a man falling under the sway of the Dark Side, but it became the end of a tragic look at an unlikable man who wouldn't stop being unlikable, and his beloved teacher had to give him 10th-degree burns just to be rid of him. Kids, never meet your heroes. Or watch their prequels.
"You were supposed to bring balance to the franchise, not leave it in darkness!"
We were constantly told that Anakin was special, and that he was the Chosen One for some reason. We're reminded of it every time there's a soft moment in John Williams' iconic music. Oddly enough, this never really seemed to pan out. Compared to the awe-inspiring potential of a Wookie Jedi or a Darth Hutt, puny Anakin isn't exactly anyone's first choice to be the Chosen One. Sure, he was pretty strong in the Force, but Yoda, the Emperor, and even Sunday School Master Obi-Wan all seemed more powerful throughout the prequels.
There was the whole "Bring balance to the Force" part of the prophecy, but again, did he really? He killed a bunch of Jedi kids and helped lead the crusade against the remaining ones. And yeah, this did bring the total number of Jedi and Sith closer to being equal. But let's face it, the Emperor already had this one pretty much in the bag without Anakin's help. Order 66 had the clone troopers gun down an untold number of Jedi, and all Anakin really did was mop up some first-graders at the Temple.