The problem with Anakin Skywalker as a character (ignoring Vader for a moment) is that there are two polarizing portrayals of the character. One was the whinny kid that Hayden played in II and III. That whiny kid is who I believe George wanted him to be, and the fans just didn't want that. Then you get Matt's version, the awesome, cool guy with the occasional unfortunate temper tantrum. Honestly, I prefer Matt, as that is the character we all kinda envisioned him to be, and many people share this opinion. The problem is how do we look at Hayden's comparatively? It's easy to say 'aw man, Hayden's Anakin sucked and the prequels suck right along with him', but I feel that's unfair. The character Hayden portrays is the same character Matt plays, but just on very his bad days. The loss of his mother, the thought of losing his wife, these cause him to delve into emotions that as a Jedi, he's not supposed to. He only goes there when his loved ones are in danger. Anakin even did this in Season 2 of Clone Wars. He outright tortured Poggle the Lesser to find out how to save Ahsoka and Barris from the brain worms (in hindsight, Barris could've died there and everyone would've been spaired some pain later on ). Besides those few moments throughout Clone Wars, Anakin is usually a really nice, fun person, someone a lot of people don't usually see. The beginning of Episode III to me actually kinda feels like the final episode of Clone Wars, 'cause Anakin is smiling and bantering back and forth with Obi-Wan. Would I have these opinions had Clone Wars existed? Probably not, but it still bugs me that people don't like Anakin. Now, it might be because they haven't seen Clone Wars, but it's something that bugs me a tad. Sorry for my rant.