Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin SkywalkerEra:
I've always wondered about Obi-Wan's "certain point of view" statement about Anakin's death when he talks to Luke in Return of the Jedi. I can't quite see Obi-Wan telling that bald-faced of a lie unless he really believed it on some level.
Obi-Wan watched the holograms. He saw the man in Jedi robes striding through the Temple. He saw Knights and Masters fall to his blade. He saw Padawans and Younglings cut down without hesitation. Clone troopers marched in his wake, aiming and firing their blasters with merciless efficiency, as if their targets were no more than battle droids.
The face of that man looked up into the security recorders. He knew they were there, watching his every move. But he did not care. He did not disable them as he moved onwards, slaying everything in his path.
Obi-Wan saw the face of that man again, contorted with rage, the dark side swirling around him as he choked Padme, pleading with love and despair. Then he turned from her, not watching as she hit the ground, and spoke in in a voice that Obi-Wan knew well, and did not know at all.
There had been a man named Anakin Skywalker. He had been a good man. A Jedi Knight. Reckless, idealistic, driven, a fierce protector of people he cared for. Obi-Wan had known him well.
This man was named Anakin Skywalker. But Obi-Wan could not recognize him.