Named for his maternal grandfather, Anakin Skywalker, as a child Anakin often feared succumbing to the allure of the dark side and becoming a Sith himself. At the age of eleven, he attended the Jedi Praxeum on Yavin 4, where he became fast friends with Tahiri Veila. Together, they enjoyed numerous adventures, which included freeing the imprisoned souls of Massassi children.
His birth was prophesied as early as 1,000 BBY by a Jedi Master. Anakin was named for his maternal grandfather, Anakin Skywalker. Originally, Anakin was to be named Han Solo Jr., but Leia decided to name the boy after his grandfather. She wanted to redeem her father's name, but she also thought she could overcome her fear of Darth Vader by seeing what her father could have been through her son.
Palpatine attempts to enter Anakin's body.Anakin was born during a time of great instability. The New Republic was faced with the resurgent Imperial factions under the reborn Emperor Palpatine. On one occasion, the Emperor touched Anakin while he was still in the womb. On another, the Emperor attempted to take over the body of the unborn child, in an effort to sustain his dark spirit in a more powerful form. Fortunately for Anakin, the Emperor was finally destroyed, shot by Han Solo, before he could complete his evil plan.
Anakin spent the first few years of his life sequestered on safeworlds and away from the rest of his family, where he was tended to by nanny droids and his mother's best friend, Winter. An Imperial strike team led by Ambassador Furgan invaded Anoth in 11 ABY trying to kidnap Anakin. Fortunately for him, Winter kept him safe by triggering the base's defenses and fighting the Imperials off on her own.
Anakin as a toddler.When he was older, Anakin went back to Coruscant to live with his parents and siblings. Because they had lived away from Han and Leia for quite a while, Anakin, Jacen, and Jaina had viewed Winter as their mother and Leia as a stranger. Therefore, they were quite apprehensive during their reunion. Because Han was gone at the time, Leia found herself trying to keep a precarious balance between her motherly and political duties. To keep from overworking herself, Leia would enlist C-3PO's help. The protocol droid had uploaded information regarding child-rearing into his memory banks and would meet the challenge with an initial enthusiasm but mixed results. Chewbacca would also aid in raising the twins and Anakin after he had returned from Kessel with Han.
During the Empire Reborn movement of 14 ABY, Anakin was kidnapped by Lord Hethrir, the Imperial Procurator of Justice, and used along with his siblings in a fiendish plot to take advantage of their Force powers. During his captivity, he developed a relationship with Tigris, the son of Hethrir and his mate Rillao, who was little more than a lowly servant. Lord Hethrir attempted to sacrifice the Force-strong Anakin to a mysterious creature named Waru in exchange for Waru's help. However, Anakin's parents, along with Luke Skywalker, succeeded in rescuing the children, and Hethrir was destroyed by Waru. Warning: The following section is non-canon. It contains information explicitly released under the Infinities brand, and/or confirmed to be non-canon by the author or Lucasfilm. Everything said in this section and not elsewhere did not happen in the "proper" Star Wars continuity.When Anakin was a child he had recurring dreams of his grandfather Darth Vader. Worried, Leia sent Han to talk to him as he wouldn't confide in his mother. Anakin then asked his father what happened to Luke's hand. In order to get rid of his nightmares of Darth Vader and explain the story of Luke's mechanical hand Han told Anakin about their adventures during the Galactic Civil War, however instead of putting Luke in the story he used Luke's hand. When Han finished the story Anakin claimed that he was going to be Luke's hand one day and then later went to sleep pitting his hands against his feet. Non-canon information ends here.
- "And sometimes, when I don't plan it, something I do hurts somebody."
- ―Anakin Solo[src]
In 18 ABY, Anakin accompanied his family on a vacation to the Corellia system. After their arrival, Leia hired a Drall named Ebrihim to tutor the children and act as a guide for the whole family. On their first outing, the family was to visit Corellia's first major archaeological site. Anakin and his siblings became separated from the rest of the party and accidentally stumbled upon what would later be identified as Corellia's planetary repulsor, one of which was located on each of the Five Brothers. After the discovery they told their parents, Chewbacca, and Ebrihim what they had found in the tunnel. Young Anakin Solo.After several days, during which they toured Corellia's main continent, he and his family relocated their lodgings to Corona House. During the first night of the trade summit, and while their parents were away, the three children overheard a conversation between their parents, Master Trader Mara Jade and Governor-General Micamberlecto and learned of a plot which involved the destruction of entire star systems.
Anakin, Jacen, and Jaina would end up confined to Corona House with Chewbacca, Ebrihim, and Q9-X2 while their parents left to advise Micamberlecto on how best to deal with the growing crisis. Anakin and his siblings watched from their apartment as enclaves within Coronet City burned to the ground and bodies piled up in the streets in the first stages of what would come to be known as the First Corellian Insurrection. Soon Corona House itself came under fire and the children and their companions fled to the Millennium Falcon.
With the Falcon's hyperdrive damaged by a PPB's lucky shot, the decision was made to visit Ebrihim's Aunt Marcha, the Duchess of Mastigophorous, on Drall. Anakin, Jacen, and Jaina, accepted the hospitality of the Duchess. The following morning, they related their experience at the archaeological dig, the mysterious installation that they had found there, and the conversation and holo that they had seen and heard, to the Duchess.
Marcha would bring the Solo children to Drall's planetary repulsor after putting all of the pieces together. They eventually made their way inside the repulsor and watched as Anakin experimented with it.
After escaping death when Anakin activated the repulsor, Jacen used his bond with Anakin to track him down. Frustrated, Anakin gave up on reactivating the repulsor. Jacen managed to gently coax Anakin from his hiding place and they returned to the repulsor's main chamber.
Anakin would later be reunited with his father's cousin Thrackan Sal-Solo, who came as soon as he learned that Drall's planetary repulsor had been activated. The reunion was not a happy one however, since Thrackan planned to use the repulsor for his own ends and imprisoned Anakin, Jaina, Jacen, Chewbacca, Ebrihim, and Marcha. Thrackan would use the children in a gamble to blackmail their mother into getting the New Republic to recognize Corellian independence.
The children escaped from their prison with the aid of Q9-X2 and Anakin, by showing them how to walk "in between" the force field. They then made their way to their father's freighter, managing to evade Thrackan's ship due to Jacen's piloting and gunnery skills. Aboard the Bakuran vessel Intruder, Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin were reunited with their parents. However, the reunion was cut short since Han and Leia had volunteered to help the Bakuran fleet in its confrontation with the forces of the Sacorrian Triad at Centerpoint Station. After the reunion Anakin went back to the planetary repulsor on Drall to see if he could find a way to use it to stop the ancient space station from continuing its destruction of whole solar systems. Anakin Solo around the time of the Caamas Document crisis.Soon after Anakin and his siblings returned to the planetary repulsor to deactivate it. Anakin was a critical part of the plan to stop Centerpoint Station because the repulsor's systems would respond only to him. On one occasion, as the lives of the people of Bovo Yagen hung in the balance, Anakin became cranky and walked away from the terminal at which he was working. The responsibility would once again fall to Jacen to coax him into getting back to the task at hand. Jacen would watch as Anakin saved the lives of countless millions.
After the discovery of a partial copy of the Caamas Document in 19 ABY, and because of the scandal that would inevitably follow, Anakin and his siblings were sent to Kashyyyk with Chewbacca and a group of Noghri for their protection. After the crisis had passed, the three siblings attended the signing of the Pellaeon-Gavrisom Treaty with their parents aboard the Star Destroyer Chimaera. They also attended the Skywalker-Jade wedding.
- "Anakin wasn't a bother, was he?"
"Far from it. I learned a thing or two from watching him."
- ―Jaina Solo and Zekk[src]
Eleven-year-old Anakin in front of the Golden Globe that held thousands of trapped souls.At the age of eleven, Anakin joined his uncle Luke Skywalker's Jedi Praxeum a few months after his older siblings joined. There, he met and befriended an orphan named Tahiri Veila, as well as R2-D2, Tionne Solusar, and Uldir Lochett. On one adventure with Tahiri, they came across the crumbling Palace of the Woolamander and discovered the Golden Globe and the ancient Jedi Master Ikrit. Ikrit also informed the pair that the Golden Globe contained countless trapped Massassi souls and that they could only be freed by Force-sensitive children.
Following that, Anakin and Tahiri accompanied the Melodie Lyric to her homeworld of Yavin 8 where she was to undergo an important form-changing ritual known as the Changing Ceremony. Shortly after the trio's arrival, they fell under attack by several native predators including an avril, a reel, several raiths and a purella; however, Anakin fought and killed them all. During the journey, Anakin and Tahiri also discovered ancient carvings deep within a cave on the moon which matched those found at the Palace of the Woolamander. From these carvings, the duo learned that Golden Globe contained the souls of the children of the Massassi that had been imprisoned by the Dark Lord Exar Kun in 3,997 BBY. They also learned that it was held together by Sith magic that could only be broken by Force-sensitive children, exactly as Ikrit had told them.
Before they could do so, the leader of the Tusken clan that had raised Tahiri demanded that she return to Tatooine. Anakin accompanied his friend to Tatooine where she rejoined her people and discovered the truth behind her past. The two young Jedi also had to use their Force abilities as never before to surviving the harshest deserts of the Dune Sea, evading a sarlacc, befriending a Jawa clan, and defeating a Krayt dragon. Following this ordeal, they returned to Yavin 4 and freed the trapped souls within the Golden Globe. Anakin, Tahiri Veila, R2-D2, and Ikrit encounter a knobby white spider on Dagobah.Despite this, Anakin remained troubled by visions of himself as a Dark Jedi, and by his heritage as the grandson of Anakin Skywalker, who had become the infamous Darth Vader. To ensure he had no potential for evil, the young Jedi asked if he could go to the very same Dark Side Cave on Dagobah that Luke Skywalker had gone to years earlier, and face himself.
Before arrangements for the trip could be made, a youth named Uldir Lochett was found stowed away on one of the supply ships to the Praxeum Lightning Rod. In spite of his optimism, he lacked obvious Force sensitivity—in his own later, rueful opinion, all he had were good hunches, a whisper-like ability to sense when the Force was being used, and a habit of causing trouble.
Later, Anakin, along with Tahiri and Ikrit, traveled to Dagobah. There, they discovered that Uldir had stowed again on their transport and encountered swamp creatures before finally reaching the cave where Luke Skywalker had faced his own Dark Side years earlier. There, Anakin faced the manifestations of his own doubts and emerged victorious in the end.
Later that year, the Jedi historian Tionne Solusar discovered that Darth Vader had saved Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber after their duel on the First Death Star in 0 BBY and kept the captured artifact at Bast Castle on Vjun. Since an information broker had sold this information to them, she feared that others may have gotten to it first and quickly informed Master Luke Skywalker the administrator of the Jedi Praxeum. Thinking it was just a simple trip and time for training, Tionne allowed Uldir, Anakin, Tahiri Veila and Ikrit to accompany her to Vjun on her personal transport Lore Seeker.
Having arrived on Vjun, they discovered another vessel and feared another group had reached it first. Having survived Bast Castle's automated defense systems and booby traps, they discovered the lightsaber in display in a protected alcove. Unfortunately, a group of mercenaries and pirates under a cloaked man named Orloc arrived. Orloc claimed to be a mage who possessed great powers and that his henchmen had stolen Kenobi's lightsaber.
In response, the Jedi pursued Orloc and his henchmen on a chase through Bast Castle. During a confrontation, Orloc easily defeated Ikrit with a lightsaber since the Kushiban Master was without one. He also deceived Uldir by claiming to train him in all of the Force skills he desired; however, the other Jedi managed to rescue Uldir and escape Bast Castle, along with Kenobi's lightsaber and Asli Krimsan's holocron.
Despite having escaped Orloc, Uldir was obsessed with what Orloc told him and still believed that the Mage would be able to awaken the Force powers within him, which nobody at the Jedi Praxeum on Yavin 4 had been able to do as of yet. Uldir then stole Ikrit's ship, Sunrider, and the two Jedi artifacts. Anakin uses Kenobi's lightsaber to defeat Orloc.At an abandoned space station called Exis Station, Uldir eventually found Orloc, who then took the youth as his student. The Mage had already set up his base on the moon and planned to create his own Jedi Order. In reality, Orloc had no Force powers but had actually used high-tech gimmicks to deceive others with demonstrations of so called "Force power," though Uldir was unaware of this.
Anakin, Tahiri, Tionne and Ikrit set out to find Uldir on their transport Lore Seeker and eventually found Exis Station. Having arrived, they tried to tell Uldir that Orloc was a fraud and that he had been deceived. The Mage attacked the four Jedi with his high-tech tricks, but the Jedi fought back with the Force.
During the duel, Tionne was wounded and Ikrit—who had sworn not to wield a lightsaber until he had found worthy students—made his decision to join Anakin and Tahiri in their fight. Uldir then saw that Orloc was little more than a charlatan who used technology to deceive others with demonstrations of power. Together, the Jedi defeated Orloc, removing a threat to the growing New Jedi Order, and returned to the Jedi Praxeum.
After Anakin graduated from his Junior Jedi Class, he returned to Coruscant for a while where he studied under the careful tutelage of C-3PO. In addition, he no longer had to divide his time between training at the Jedi Praxeum on Yavin 4 and attending school at Coruscant, and concentrated on finishing school.
While on Coruscant, he assisted Jacen and Jaina in locating Zekk. Jacen and Tenel Ka eventually found Zekk giving a speech to a group of strangely subdued Lost Ones inside their compound in the lower levels of Coruscant. Tamith Kai appeared with her fellow "recruiters" Garowyn and Vilas. The Jedi trainees had very little time to digest the news of Zekk discovering his Force-sensitivity and deciding to train to become a Dark Jedi at the Shadow Academy, before they were stunned and left behind.
Thanks to the comlink, Jacen and Tenel Ka were found by C-3PO, Anakin, and Leia. They returned to the upper levels and contacted Jaina and Chewbacca repair the Orbital Solar Energy Transfer Satellite that Peckhum had been assigned to. Fortunately, Jacen and Jaina with the help of Luke and Zekk were able to destroy Brakiss and stop the Second Imperium.
Anakin returned to the Jedi Praxeum in 23 ABY to aid in the reconstruction after it was attacked by the Shadow Academy. During that time, he went through several adventures with his siblings and their friends, including accompanying his father to Ord Mantell and taking down the Black Sun. As a strategist, it was Anakin who often came up with the plans and ideas, due to his uncanny ability to solve complex puzzles and problems.
In 24 ABY, Anakin was promoted to an apprentice Jedi Knight along with several other trainees including his older siblings, during a ceremony at the Jedi Praxeum. He and Jacen would later become Luke's apprentices; the two brothers clashed on their views of the Force.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "He's more like Kyp that he thinks, but he doesn't see it. He's been through so much and he's too young to easily absorb what he's had to deal with... He's carrying around all that pain and some day that's bound to add up to something he's not experienced enough to handle. Grief and guilt are only a micron away from anger and hatred. And he's still reckless, still thinks he's immortal despite all of the death he's seen."
- ―Luke Skywalker[src]
Anakin Solo.Like his namesake, Anakin was prodigiously talented in the Force, a gifted pilot, and a skilled mechanic. He was regarded as a genius in his childhood; Jaina once kidded Jacen by commenting, "I knew I had one brother who was a genius."
From a young age, Anakin's primary interest was in intellectual activities, especially solving mind-bending puzzles, a proclivity which later aided him in many adventures. He excelled in areas of mathematics and engineering, possessing the ability to make anything mechanical work regardless of whether he understood the device's purpose or its components.
For the pragmatic Anakin, using the Force was "like breathing for him." Consequently, he came to view the Force as a mere tool, a weapon to wield with responsibility. Through Mara's instruction, he began to see it as more than a tool, realizing what a crutch it had become. During his rescue mission on Yavin 4, he concluded that the Force was a manifestation of something greater: an overarching, fundamental truth. Anakin was likened to his father in many ways (though Anakin was far more quiet and reserved): their reckless confidence, their fearlessness and courage, their wry wit and sardonic humor, and their use of the Force had Han possessed the ability to. Though Anakin was introspective, he was also headstrong; fortunately, his instincts and intuitions turned out to be correct most of the time.
Anakin's only love interest.Since they met at the Jedi Academy as children, Anakin and Tahiri were best friends whose bond of friendship was strengthened each time after every adventure they went through together. Though he was initially but briefly annoyed with someone who seemed almost entirely different from him, the two complemented each other and reached a level of communication beyond language