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Vader: Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.
Luke: He told me enough. He told me you killed him.
Vader: No.
I am your father.
~ Darth Vader reveals his true identity to Luke, and one of the most famous movie quotes of all time.
Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.
~ Darth Vader to Admiral Motti on the first Death Star.

Darth Vader, born as Anakin Skywalker, is one of the main characters of the Star Wars franchise. He is a high-ranking Jedi Knight-turned-powerful Sith Lord in service to the Galactic Empire.

He is the former Padawan of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the former Jedi master of Ahsoka Tano, the third and final Sith apprentice of Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious (after Darth Maul and Count Dooku) and the father of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, the protagonist and deuteragonist of the original trilogy respectively.

In the sequel trilogy, he has a grandson named Ben Solo. He stands as one of the most popular fictional villains of all time.



He is one of the three protagonists of the Skywalker Saga (alongside his son Luke and Rey), serving as the central antagonist of the original trilogy, specifically being the central antagonist of A New Hope, the main antagonist of The Empire Strikes Back, and the titular secondary antagonist of Return of the Jedi; the protagonist of the prequel trilogy, specifically being the deuteragonist of The Phantom Menace, the protagonist of Attack of the Clones, and the protagonist villain of Revenge of the Sith; and a posthumous character in the sequel trilogy.

He is also the protagonist of the 2008 animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars and a major antagonist in the 2016 stand-alone film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.


He is the protagonist of the 2008-2020 animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and one of the three main antagonists (alongside The Grand Inquisitor and Grand Admiral Thrawn) of the 2014-2018 animated TV show Star Wars: Rebels (serving as the overarching antagonist of Season 1, the main antagonist of Season 2, a mentioned antagonist in Season 3, and a cameo antagonist in Season 4).

Video Games

He is also the central antagonist of the 2008 video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, the main antagonist of the latter's 2009 sequel Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, one of the main characters of the LEGO Star Wars video game series, the titular main antagonist of the 2019 virtual reality series Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series, and the final antagonist of the 2019 video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.


  • In the original trilogy, he was portrayed by the late David Prowse and voiced by James Earl Jones (who also voices Mara from Indiana Jones Adventure).
  • At the end of Return of the Jedi, he was portrayed by the late Sebastian Shaw.
  • In the prequel trilogy, he was portrayed by Jake Lloyd as a child in The Phantom Menace and by Hayden Christensen as a young adult in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith with James Earl Jones returning to voice him at the end of Revenge of the Sith.
    • Christensen reprised his role as a Force ghost in the 2004 DVD version of Return of the Jedi.
    • Christensen's voice is heard among the voices of the Jedi in The Rise of Skywalker.
  • In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, he was portrayed by Daniel Naprous and Spencer Wilding (who also played Frankenstein's monster, Grand Marshal Skaldak in the Doctor Who episode "Cold War", one of the White Walkers in Game of Thrones and Luca Brasi in Men in Black: International), while James Earl Jones returned to voice him.
  • In the television, he was voiced by Matt Lanter in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series and by James Earl Jones in Star Wars Rebels.
  • In several video games, he is voiced by Matt Sloan, who also voiced the character in the "Chad Vader" web series.


Luke: There is still good in him.
Obi-Wan: He's more machine now than man. Twisted and evil.
~ Luke Skywalker insists his father can be redeemed, despite Obi-Wan's doubtfulness.
Ezra: Kanan said he was the greatest warrior the Jedi had in the Clone Wars.
Ashoka: He was powerful. Rarely lost a battle. But what surprised people was how kind he was. He cared deeply about his friends and looked after them until the end.
~ Ashoka Tano about her former master personality before his transformation into the ruthless Sith Lord Darth Vader.

Before Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader, he was a kind person who cared about all of his friends. He wouldn’t give up on them no matter what the cost. Despite his compassionate and sympathetic demeanor, however, he was pretty heartless and aggressive towards people he considered his enemies, most likely due to how he was treated by his enemies. Even before he joined the dark side, his actions proved that he may have been unfit to be a Jedi. So much that Obi-Wan was cautious around him even after they formed a strong Master-Padawan bond.

The deaths of his wife Padmé and his mother left a deep impact on him; feeling alone and failed, he ultimately embraced the dark side of the Force and his personality changed completely. He was utterly ruthless and intimidating now, driven by rage, though after his defeat and mutilation on Mustafar at the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi, he was no longer as arrogant and overconfident as he previously was. Although he regained confidence in himself, it was never to the point of being outwardly cocky or conceited. This calm approach made him much more efficient than most of the Sith Order as his pragmatic nature made him less likely to underestimate his foes.

Unlike most members of the Sith Order, Vader was capable of acknowledging and learning from his mistakes, due to the events on Mustafar as he was emotionally traumatized by the experience. He is, however, a bit boastful when dealing with opponents he considers inferior.

Vader remained as an impatient man but generally presented himself as calm and level-headed, as he rarely lost his patience and typically had good control over his emotions, something he was not able to do in his early twenties. Due to his unstable mentality, Vader would often rest and meditate in either his meditation chamber or elsewhere where he would tap into the Force and focus on concentrating his mind. However, his level-headed nature had limits as shown below.

He had an extremely low tolerance for failure and he did not get along with higher-ranking officers in the Imperial military at all. He had little to no tolerance for incompetence or for those who disrespected him, nearly choking Admiral Conan Antonio Motti to death when he disrespected Vader and challenge his powers of the Force. By the time of the Battle of Hoth, Vader’s intolerance for failure had reached such extremes that he became known to kill his own men for making even the slightest mistakes. Many higher-ranking officers disliked the Sith Lord and his "sorcerer's ways" for no apparent reason. Despite his bad relationship with higher-ranking officers in the military, Vader got along with the Stormtroopers very well because of his front-line leadership. He is also more compassionate towards them than most of his superiors as long as they obey him.

As a general within the ranks of the Imperial Army of the Empire, Vader was renowned for his leadership skills and admired by stormtroopers, middle-ranking/low-ranking officers, and politicians alike.

Because of his former status as a slave, Vader had distress when the concept of slavery was brought up. Despite what his actions wrought upon both himself and the galaxy, Vader obviously believed he was doing what was good for the galaxy. Deep down, however, he felt enormous guilt and remorse for his actions, whether he wanted to admit it or not. So much that he developed a deep self-loathing, and even nearly committed suicide at one point.

Upon his fateful reunion with his former apprentice and friend Ahsoka Tano, Vader expressed no desire to rekindle the bond he once shared with her and even told her that he would have killed Anakin Skywalker when he was in fact Anakin himself (though he may have been speaking ironically). Though he did offer to spare her if she told him where the other surviving Jedi were hiding, he cruelly resolved to kill her when she declined and even when she found out that he was indeed her former mentor and offered him compassion.

Vader was cold-blooded, brutal, and relentless towards his enemies, as he was ready to tease, torture, and even kill them in cold blood. He was seemingly unfailingly faithful to his master Darth Sidious; the latter was the closest thing Vader had to a friend. However, in truth, he hated his master for deceiving him and ruining his life, as he secretly planned to overthrow him with his own apprentice someday.

The only reason Vader continued to serve Sidious after losing his wife was that the Emperor was all he would’ve left; he was the only one that would accept him. All in all, Vader was only loyal to people he still cared about for real, like his son Luke, as he did everything possible to protect him from the Emperor.

Upon discovering the existence of his son Luke, Vader became emotionally conflicted and displayed a sense of compassion for his son, revealing that some hint of him still held an attachment towards his family. This attachment ultimately led to his redemption.

The former Anakin Skywalker who was buried deep inside Vader and was all but eliminated was starting to awaken and take over Vader's body. Vader however refused to believe there was any good left in him and continued to believe that he was irredeemable.

Ultimately, when his son Luke was being tortured by the Emperor and Luke himself begged his father to help him, Anakin finally took over Vader's body and renounced the dark side, becoming the good person he was one time, sacrificed himself to rescue his son from Sidious. Interestingly, Anakin's feelings of loss and abandonment caused him to turn to the dark side, but at the same time caused him to redeem himself. Redeemed by Luke's love, Anakin made peace with his son before he became one with the Force and was reunited with his loved ones at long last. That said most people, including Leia, never forgot the actions he committed towards them as the sequels make it clear that his sacrifice wasn't enough to make up for what the crimes he committed against the entire galaxy.

Powers and Abilities

He was the best star pilot in the galaxy, and a cunning warrior.
~ Obi Wan Kenobi, describing Anakin Skywalker's (who became Darth Vader) abilities.
  • The Force: As the Chosen One, Darth Vader was born with an immensely powerful connection to the Force, stronger than any known Force user ever in history. After his cybernetic reconstruction, Vader's connection to the Force was strengthened considerably, to the point where his master Sidious complimented him as "unparalleled". However, due to the precarious nature of his bionics (Vader was on permanent life support) and the extent of his injuries (some of which would never heal) meant that certain Force abilities, like Force lightning, could damage his systems and were impossible to use. Nevertheless, Vader still became one of the most powerful Force users in the history of the galaxy, and the pain and isolation of his situation let him more easily tap into the dark side.
    • Telekinesis: Vader was a master of telekinesis, which he used either as offense or defense. Even when holding back, he like most Force Users can lift humans and other beings up with ease. His most impressive feats however are when he collapsed a building in Atoa and when he lifted and crushed an AT-AT.
    • Force Choke: Vader was a well-known user of the Force choke, which he often used to either weaken his enemies or execute his Naval officers for incompetence. He could also do this from a great distance and only needs to know the exact location of his target to choke him, as he choked Admiral Ozzel several kilometers away.
    • Force Barrier: Vader can create a telekinetic barrier or wall around himself or his allies.
    • Mind Probe: Vader utilized a mind probe to sift through the thoughts of a sentient being, notably doing so to sense the existence of Luke Skywalker's sister.
    • Mind Control: A dark side variation to the Jedi mind trick, this version was highly invasive, traumatizing, and allowed complete control of the subject to the point where the user could make the target kill their comrades or even commit suicide.
    • Force Sense: Vader utilized Force sense, to sense another sentient being's emotions, the future, ripples in the Force caused by momentous or traumatic events, or impending danger and the presence of the light side.
    • Force Rage: Vader utilized Force rage to channel his anger to increase his speed, strength, and ferocity. This also lets helps him get past some of the limitations placed on his armor.
    • Force Deflection: Vader was able to deflect energy-based attacks or Force lightning without his lightsaber. While killing his master Sidious to save his son, Luke. Vader seemed to redirect the lightning to his both him and the Emperor before sending the old Sith master to his doom.
  • Cyborg Physiology: As a cyborg, Vader was physically stronger than most other sentient beings, enough that he can hold the pressure of several tons to effortlessly lift the weight of a grown man or crush bone with his fist. Vader uses this to his advantage in lightsaber combat; he uses his immense strength to easily subdue, restrain and overpower his opponents. With his cybernetic legs, he can leap great long distances. Even with a missing hand, Vader was able to lift Palpatine with no strain and take on his Force Lightning.


  • Lightsaber Skills: Vader was extremely skilled in lightsaber combat and an exceptionally formidable duelist. He also possessed the potential to become the greatest lightsaber duelist in the history of the galaxy. However, after being burned alive on Mustafar and forced to become a cyborg, he never reached his full potential, as his armored suit greatly limited his mobility. Nevertheless, Vader still became one of the greatest lightsaber duelists in the history of the galaxy. He specialized in using his skills, weight, endurance and sheer brute strength to overwhelm his opponents into confusion or exhaustion. Vader also regained some of his old agility, and his blade work became brutally effective.
    • Form I: Vader was very skilled in Shii-Cho.
    • Form II: After becoming a cyborg, Vader studied Makashi and became very skilled at it.
    • Form III: After becoming a cyborg, Vader studied Soresu and became very skilled at it.
    • Form IV: Vader was extremely skilled in Ataru.
    • Form V: Vader was a master of Shien/Djem So, considered by many to be the most proficient practitioner of the form. After becoming a cyborg, he created a personal variant that included elements of all seven forms.
    • Form VI: Vader was highly skilled in Niman.
    • Form VII: After becoming a cyborg, Vader studied Juyo/Vaapad and became very skilled at it.
    • Jar'Kai: Vader was highly skilled in Jar'Kai.
  • Expert Hand-To-Hand Combatant: Vader was extremely skilled in unarmed combat. His strength also let him take on equally skilled opponents despite his suit reducing his speed.
  • Skilled Marksman: Vader was highly skilled in the use of blaster pistols, though he very rarely used any.
  • Master Pilot: Even before his fall to the dark side, Vader was praised as the most skilled star pilot in the history of the galaxy, a reputation he lived up to when he single-handedly almost destroyed Phoenix Squadron in his personal TIE Advanced, easily out-flying their entire fleet and forcing their command to abandon ship. Vader's only equal was his son, Luke Skywalker.
  • Master Engineer: Even before his fall to the dark side, Vader was amazingly skilled in engineering. He was able to successfully construct his red-bladed lightsaber on his first try.
  • Genius-Level Intellect/Master Tactician/Leader: Even before his fall to the dark side, Vader was highly intelligent. As the Supreme Commander of the Imperial Military, Vader was a highly skilled tactician and a very capable leader. As mentioned, he's also a remarkable pilot and engineer. He also speaks several languages.
  • Multilingualism: Vader was capable of fluently speaking Basic, Huttese, Bitt, and Sith tongue.



Vader: You can't. He must stand trial.
Windu: He has control of the senate and the courts! He's too dangerous to be left alive!
Sidious: I'm too weak! Don't kill me, please!
Vader: It's not the Jedi way. He must live!
Sidious: Please, don't.
Vader: I need him!
Sidious: Please, don't!
Vader: NO!!!
~ Vader as Anakin begging Windu not to hurt Palpatine, upon his betrayal.
What have I done!?
~ Vader as Anakin after the death of Windu.
I don't want to hear anymore about Obi-Wan. The Jedi turned against me. Don't you turn against me.
~ Vader to Padmé believing she’s double-crossing him.
~ Vader before choking Padmé.
I see through the lies of the Jedi. I do not fear the dark side as you do. I have brought peace, freedom, justice, and security to my new Empire!
~ Vader renouncing the Jedi Order.
Vader: If you're not WITH me, then you're my enemy.
Obi-Wan: Only a Sith deals in absolutes. I will do what I must.
Vader: You will try.
~ Vader to Obi-Wan prior to their duel on Mustafar.
Obi-Wan: I have failed you, Anakin. I have failed you.
Vader: I should have known the Jedi were plotting to take over.
Obi-Wan: Anakin, Chancellor Palpatine is evil!
Vader: From my point of view, the Jedi are evil!
~ Vader to Obi-Wan.
You underestimate my power!
~ Vader after Obi-Wan reaches the high ground.
~ Vader to Obi-Wan before he burns after being amputated.
~ Vader upon hearing of Padmé's death.
You would be wise to surrender.
~ Vader threatening Cal Kestis
Vader: It was foretold that you would be here. Our long-awaited meeting has come at last.
Ahsoka: I'm glad I gave you something to look forward to.
Vader: We need not be adversaries. The Emperor will show you mercy if you tell me where the remaining Jedi can be found.
Ahsoka: There are no Jedi. You and your Inquisitors have seen to that.
Vader: Perhaps this child will confess what you will not.
Ahsoka: I was beginning to believe I knew who you were behind that mask, but it's impossible. My master could never be as vile as you.
Vader: Anakin Skywalker was weak. I destroyed him.
Ahsoka: Then I will avenge his death.
Vader: Revenge is not the Jedi way.
Ahsoka: I am no Jedi.
~ Darth Vader faces Ahsoka Tano, his former apprentice before facing her in a fight to the death.
Vader: Ahsoka! (breathes slightly) Ahsoka.
Ahsoka: Anakin. I won't leave you. Not this time.
Vader: Then you will die.
~ Darth Vader rejecting the last ounce of his former self he had left for Ahsoka.
Be careful not to choke on your aspirations, Director.
~ Vader to Orson Krennic.
Shaef Corssin: The rebel flagship is disabled, my lord… but has received transmissions from the surface.
Vader: Prepare a boarding party.
Shaef Corssin: Yes, my lord.
~ Darth Vader and Shaef Corssin in the end of Rogue One.
I find your lack of faith disturbing.
~ Vader to Admiral Motti.
When I left you, I was but the learner. Now I am the Master.
~ Darth Vader to his former master Obi-Wan Kenobi.
This will be a day long remembered. It has seen the end of Kenobi; it will soon see the end of the Rebellion.
~ Vader's triumphant gloating to Grand Moff Tarkin.
Tanbris: We count thirty Rebel Ships, Lord Vader, but they're so small they're evading our turbo lasers.
Vader: We'll have to destroy them from ship to ship. Get the crews to their fighters.
~ Vader to Tanbris.
I have you now!
~ Vader trying to attack Luke's X-Wing.
~ Vader when one of the Tie Fighters next to him was destroyed by the Millennium Falcon.
Vader: The Rebels are alerted to our presence. Admiral Ozzel came out of lightspeed too close to the system.
Veers: He felt surprise was wiser...
Vader: He is as clumsy as he is stupid. General, prepare your troops for a surface attack.
Veers: Yes, my Lord.)
Ozzel: Lord Vader, the fleet has moved out of lightspeed and we're preparing to...)
Vader: [Strangle Ozzel by the Force] You have failed me for the last time, Admiral. Captain Piett.
Piett: Yes, my Lord.
Vader: Make ready to land our troops beyond their energy field, then deploy the fleet so that nothing gets off the system. You are in command now, Admiral Piett.
~ Vader before the attack of Hoth, executing Admiral Ozzel for his incompetence.
What is thy bidding, my Master?
~ Vader addressing Sidious.
Vader: There will be a substantial reward for the one who finds the Millennium Falcon. You are free to use any methods necessary, but I want them alive. No disintegrations.
Boba Fett: As you wish.
~ Dark Vader's request.
I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further.
~ Vader double-crossing Lando Calrissian.
Vader: There is no escape. Don't make me destroy you. Luke, you do not yet realize your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. Join me, and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy.
Luke: I'll never join you!
Vader: If you only knew the power of the dark side.
~ Vader trying to convince Luke to join him and overthrow Palpatine.
Impressive. Most impressive. Obi-Wan has taught you well. You have controlled your fear. Now, release your anger. Only your hatred can destroy me.
~ Vader tormenting Luke during their battle.
You don’t know the power of the dark side.
~ Vader to Luke.
The Emperor will show you the true nature of the Force. He is your Master now.
~ Vader to a captured Luke.
Vader: Give yourself to the dark side. It is the only way you can save your friends. Yes, your thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them are strong. Especially for...sister. So, you have a twin sister. Your feelings have now betrayed her too. Obi-Wan was wise to hide her from me; now his failure is complete. If you will not turn to the dark side, then perhaps she will.
Luke: NEVER...!
~ Vader tormenting Luke during their final battle.
No... NO!
~ Vader turning on Sidious to rescue Luke in the 2011 Blu-ray version.
Anakin: Luke, help me take... this mask off.
Luke: But you'll die.
Anakin: Nothing... can stop that now. Just for once, let me... look on you with my own eyes. Now... go, my son. Leave me.
Luke: No, you're coming with me. I'll not leave you here, I've got to save you.
Anakin: You already... have, Luke. You were right. You were right about me. Tell your sister... you were right.
~ Anakin's last words to his son and ultimate redemption.
Vader: HALT!
C-3PO:: Don't shoot!
Vader: Prepare to be boarded, captain.
C-3PO: I'm afraid there has been a terrible mistake; I am C-3—
Vader: We know you have this rebel spy on board.
C-3PO: I have never seen that man/woman/human before! Oh dear. OH NO!
Vader: Don't underestimate my power! I want that spy!
~ Vader in Star Tours: The Adventure Continues.


Darth Vader's breathing

The Imperial March


  • It's speculated that George Lucas based Darth Vader on The Lightning, from 1938 serial The Fighting Devil Dogs.
  • Eric Bui, a psychiatrist at the University of Toulouse Hospital who argued at the 2007 APA convention that Anakin meets six of the nine diagnostic criteria for borderline personality disorder (BPD), one more than necessary for a diagnosis. He and a colleague, Rachel Rodgers, published their findings in a 2010 letter to the editor of the journal Psychiatry Research. Bui says he found Anakin Skywalker a useful example to explain BPD to medical students.
  • Darth Vader's iconic status has made the character a synonym for evil in popular culture. As noted above, psychiatrists have even considered him a useful example to explain borderline personality disorder to medical students.
  • Darth Vader has personally killed 3 Inquisitors (the Second Sister, an unnamed Inquisitor, and a Twi'lek Inquisitor). However, The Grand Inquisitor commits suicide after his defeat rather than face Vader's wrath. Because he will suffer the same fate.
  • While the inspiration for many other villains, Vader himself was based on Lightning, the costumed supervillain from the Republic serial film The Fighting Devil Dogs. His design was partially based on Hakaider, a villain from the Kikaider franchise.
  • "Vader" is Dutch for "Father", foreshadowing the reveal of his true relationship with Luke and Leia. Ironically, this was not the plan in the original script for Empire Strikes Back.
  • When Return of The Jedi was released on Blu-ray, Vader saying "No" in his redemption scene was added.
  • In the Family Guy episodes based on the original Star Wars trilogy, Vader was played by Stewie Griffin.
  • Darth Vader's line "No, I am your father!" has become a well-known memorable quote ever in Star Wars, receiving many various parodies in many media, fan fiction, or merchandise alike. Although, most assume the line was, "Luke... I am your father." One of the best and most memorable ones would be in the 1999 Disney/Pixar film Toy Story 2 where Emperor Zurg, tells Buzz that he is his father, which is a parody of the scene in The Empire Strikes Back where Darth Vader tells Luke he's his father. Also, at the beginning of the movie, Buzz breathes like Darth Vader.
  • Plus in the 2014 Toy Story TV special Toy Story That Time Forgot, The Cleric parodies one of Vader's lines in A New Hope.
  • Vader is a recurring character in Epic Rap Battles of History where he often battles against Adolf Hitler. Here, he is portrayed by series co-creator Nice Peter.
  • Darth Vader also made a guest appearance in Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian alongside Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street as one of the fictional figures who wanted to join Kahmunrah's army, only to be refused due to that the latter can't understand Vader's breathing, thinking it as his language. Angered, he slams the lid of Oscar's trash can and is never seen again in the rest of the movie.
  • Darth Vader, Galen Marek, and Master Yoda made a guest appearance in Soul Calibur IV as playable characters. In the game, Darth Vader was seeking both the power of the Soul Edge & Soul Calibur wherein his ending, he successfully found what he is looking for after he finishes off Algol and took both weapons with him, bringing the Empire to a whole new level of fear. Unfortunately, it received much criticism where many Star Wars fans complained about having Star Wars characters in the Soul Calibur games universe and stated that they "didn't quite fit".
  • Darth Vader also made a cameo appearance in the 2012 Disney animated film Wreck-It Ralph on the side of a game console. The film's title character Wreck-It Ralph also breaths like him briefly.
  • Darth Vader also made an appearance in the 2014 Disney special Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars, where he was the master of Darthenshmirtz (the Star Wars version of Heinz Doofenshmirtz) and Candace's C.O., the latter who was later killed for his failure to bring socks.
  • Each of Sidious's helpers in each film in the Star Wars prequels foreshadows a different aspect of what Anakin will become when he becomes Darth Vader;
    • Darth Maul - The deadly and merciless apprentice who enforces Sidious's will as well as surviving a terrible injury from Obi-Wan and becoming a cyborg.
    • Count Dooku - The Jedi turned to the dark side desiring to bring order to the galaxy and plans to overthrow his master.
    • General Grievous - The wheezing Jedi killing cyborg.
  • In the earlier script of The Empire Strikes Back that was written by Leigh Brackett, Darth Vader and Anakin were supposedly separate entities: Darth Vader was Anakin's murderer and when Luke confronted Vader, Anakin's spirit would guide him in their battle. George Lucas was disappointed with this as this likely wouldn't improve the saga, though unfortunately, Leigh had died before they could discuss this. So, he made the plot twist where Anakin and Vader were the same people and Vader revealed this to Luke, which not only was enjoyable for Lucas himself but also became arguably the most memorable event in the franchise.
  • A quote made by Yoda in The Phantom Menace foreshadows the stages of Anakin's journey to becoming Vader. The quote was "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, Anger leads to hate, Hate leads to Suffering."
    • Fear - Anakin as a boy was afraid of how powerful he is or losing those who are near and dear to him.
    • Anger - When Anakin's mother died in his arms after being tortured by the Tusken Raiders, he retaliated by killing them all. He made a vow to become the most powerful Jedi ever in order to protect his loved ones.
    • Hate - Anakin put a lot of his trust in Chancellor Palpatine, despite the Jedi Council's distrust towards him. When they denied giving Anakin the rank "Master", he believed this was because they were afraid of him. He turned his back on the Jedi even his own master to join the Sith.
    • Suffering - Anakin made so many sacrifices to save his family, however, everything he did to protect them only took them away from him and left him in a state of depression as a servant for the dark side. He lost the love of his life, his children (unaware that they were alive), his friendship with his master, and most of his own humanity. On top of that, the injures he sustained during his battle against Obi-Wan combined with his suit, meant he was in constant pain.
  • In Star Wars Rebels, the face of Vader is less damaged than in Return of the Jedi. This could be a result of what happened to him immediately after he threw his former master Darth Sidious down into the shaft in Return of the Jedi. This is probably because Vader never threw down a Sith with Force lightning ever before, or it may be to show that Ahsoka recognized him.
  • In the Angry Birds: Star Wars franchise, he and his heroic counterpart are both portrayed by the Red Bird. Unlike in the main Star Wars continuity, Vader falls to the dark side even faster, killing Mace Windu nigh immediately. Luke also knocks Darth Sidious off the platform instead, yet Vader still gets electrocuted as the Emperor launches his Force lightning in their direction. When played as Darth Vader, he can suck in objects with his Force powers and then eject them away from him. His suction and throw are greater in his masked form.
    • This means that he is the first bird in the Angry Birds franchise to be portrayed as evil. Gale is the second one.
    • He also does not pledge undying hatred against Obi-Wan.
  • Two deaths caused by Vader, Sidious's first death, and Windu's are symbolically similar to each other. Mace Windu is a leader of the Jedi, Darth Sidious is a leader of the Sith. Anakin helps Sidious to kill Windu by cutting his hand off, then Sidious throws him off the window with his lightning and converts Anakin to Darth Vader. Years later, Vader throws away Sidious while he is attacking someone with Force lightning and he became Anakin again. In Windu's case, it's to protect Padmé while in Sidious's case, it's to protect Luke. It's to show that love can both corrupt and redeem.
  • The Mortis Arc in Clone Wars is spiritual warfare for Vader. As his dark side consumes him, as the Son killed the Sister and then The Father sacrifice himself to save the Son, as Vader did to save Luke from Sidious. In additionally the Father apologize to the Daughter of using her as a weapon just as the Jedi Order was using Anakin.
  • The name "Darth Vader" was created from the phrase "Dark Water".

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Confederacy of Independent Systems
Leaders: Darth Sidious | Count Dooku
Executive Separatist Council: Viceroy Nute Gunray | Archduke Poggle the Lesser | Foreman Wat Tambor | Chairman San Hill | Magistrate Passel Argente | Presidente Shu Mai | Chairman Po Nudo | Senator Tikkes | Senator Lott Dod | Rune Haako
Military Leaders and Commanders: Admiral Trench | Captain Mar Tuuk | Commandant Osi Sobeck | Commander Darts D'nar | Commander Riff Tamson | General Grievous | General Kalani | General Lok Durd | General Whorm Loathsom | K2-B4 | Lieutanent Sun Fac | TA-175 | TF-1726 | TJ-55 | TJ-912 | TV-94 | TV-94B | TX-20 | TX-21 | TZ-33
Officials and Operatives: 4A-7 | AD-W4 | Asajj Ventress | Captain Faro Argyus | EV-A4-D | Keeper Agruss | King Sanjay Rash | Minister Rish Loo | Prince Tal Merrik | Queen Miraj Scintel | R3-S6 | Senator Bec Lawise | Senator Nix Card | Senator Voe Atell | Sergeant Slick | Ziro the Hutt
Soldiers: Battle Droids | Droidekas | Geonosians | MagnaGuards | Super Battle Droids | Tactical Droids
Affiliates: Trade Federation | Techno Union | InterGalactic Banking Clan | Commerce Guild | Corporate Alliance

Galactic Empire
Leaders: Emperor Sheev Palpatine | Darth Vader
Inquisitorius: The Grand Inquisitor | The Second Sister | The Fifth Brother | The Sixth Brother | The Seventh Sister | The Eighth Brother | The Ninth Sister | The Tenth Brother
Officials and Military Officers: Admiral Conan Antonio Motti | Admiral Garrick Versio | Admiral Kassius Konstantine | Admiral Kendal Ozzel | Captain Bragg | Captain Needa | Commandant Cumberlayne Aresko | Commander Brom Titus | Daine Jir | Director Orson Callan Krennic | Fleet Admiral Firmus Piett | General Maximilian Veers | Governor Arihnda Pryce | Grand Admiral Thrawn | Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin | Major General Cassio Tagge | Moff Gideon | Moff Raythe | Moff Tiann Jerjerrod | Taskmaster Myles Grint | Vice Admiral Rampart
Operatives and Other Officials: Agent Alexsandr Kallus | Commander Appo | Commander Cody | Commander Crosshair | Commander Gideon Hask | Commander Iden Versio | Commander Vult Skerris | Endo Frant | Governor Tiber Saxon | Grand Vizier Mas Amedda | Minister Maketh Tua | Protectorate Gleb | Scorch | Senator Orn Free Taa | Viceroy Gar Saxon
Soldiers: Emperor's Royal Guard | Stormtroopers | 501st Legion | Purge Troopers | Death Troopers | Dark Troopers
Affiliates: The Client | Doctor Pershing | Morgan Elsbeth | Imperial Navy | COMPNOR | Naare

First Order
Benefactor: Emperor Sheev Palpatine
Leaders: Supreme Leader Snoke | Supreme Leader Kylo Ren | Allegiant General Enric Pryde
Military Officers: Admiral Frantis Griss | Captain Moden Canady | Captain Phasma | Colonel Erich S. Datoo | Colonel Kaplan | Commander Gideon Hask | Commander Pyre | General Armitage Hux | General Brendol Hux | Grand Admiral Rae Sloane | Major Baron Elrik Vonreg
Officials and Operatives: Agent Terex | Agent Tierny | BB-9E | FN-2199 | Lady Carise Sindian
Soldiers: Elite Praetorian Guards | Stormtroopers
Affiliates: Sith Eternal | Captain Chesille Sabrond | Sith Troopers | Ochi | Knights of Ren

Leaders: Mother Talzin
Members: Asajj Ventress | Merrin | Old Daka | Nightsister Acolytes | Nightsister Zombies | Nightsister Spirits

Shadow Collective
Leaders: Darth Maul | Prime Minister Almec | Savage Opress | Pre Vizsla
Members: Bo-Katan Kryze | Gar Saxon | Rook Kast | Ziton Moj | Lom Pyke | Jabba the Hutt | Mother Talzin | Dryden Vos
Sub-groups: Death Watch | Mandalorian Super Commandos | Black Sun | Pyke Syndicate | Hutt Clan | Crimson Dawn | Nightbrothers

Boba Fett's Criminal Empire
Leaders: Boba Fett | Fennec Shand
Members: 8D8 | Black Krrsantan | Drash | Skad
Sub-groups: Mods | Tatootine Aqualish Family | Tatootine Klatooinian Family | Tatootine Trandoshan Family

Other Sith and Dark Side Force-Users
Barriss Offee | Darth Andeddu | Darth Bane | Darth Desolous | Darth Krall | Darth Momin | Darth Phobos | Darth Plagueis | Darth Revan | Exar Kun | Pong Krell | Son | Taron Malicos

Hutt Clan
Jabba the Hutt | Ziro the Hutt | The Twins | Graballa the Hutt | Gardulla the Elder

Kassav Milliko | Kisma Uttersond | Klinith Da | Krix Kamerat | Lourna Dee | Marchion Ro | Nan | Pan Eyta

Clone Troopers
Commander Appo | Commander Cody | Commander Crosshair | Lieutenant Jesse | Scorch | Sergeant Slick

Grysk Hegemony

0-0-0 | Acklays | Azmorigan | Bala-Tik | Barada | Bib Fortuna | Cassie Cryar | Chi Cho | Chelli Lona Aphra | Cornelius Evazan | Dar | Daultay Dofine | DJ | Drengir | Garnac | Graxol Kelvyyn | Guavian Death Gang | Hondo Ohnaka | Izuma | Jesse | Kithaba | Klaatu | Krayt Dragons | Lady Proxima | Lolo Purs | Morley | Mok Shaiz | Mok Shaiz's Majordomo | Nala Se | Nexu | Ponda Baba | Prime Minister Lama Su | Rancors | Razoo Qin-Fee | Reeks | Ren | Roland Durand | Salacious B. Crumb | Saw Gerrera | Sebulba | Tasu Leech | Teedo | Tobias Beckett | Tusken Raiders | Unkar Plutt | Vedain | Velken Tezeri | Vizam | Wooof | Zillo Beast

See Also
The Old Republic Villains | Star Wars Legends Villains | Star Wars: Visions Villains | 20th Century Studios Villains | Warner Bros. Villains | Disney Villains

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Main Villains
Cervantes de Leon | Nightmare | Inferno | Zasalamel | Abyss | Tira | Strife Astlar Grandall | Iska Farkas | Elysium | Azwel

Secondary Villains
Voldo | Ivy | Astaroth | Aeon Calcos | Raphael Sorel | Charade | Amy Sorel | Patroklos Alexander

Other Villains
Vercci | Fygul Cestemus | Night Terror | Chester | Luna | Aurelia | Demuth Beel Zebus Halteese | Barbaros | Iiona Farkas | Dark Sophitia | Azola | Solnhofen | Marienbard, Auguste and Jacqueline | Phantasm | Shadow | Shura | Arcturus | Odor | Murk | Woes | Mechastaroth | Drakes | Ludo | Gisil | Dario | Giuseppe | Urias | Toki

Guest Characters
Heihachi Mishima | Darth Vader | Galen Marek | Kratos | Devil Jin

Fygul Cestemus | Schwarzstrom

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Count Dracula (Book)
Jerome Valeska
Lord Shen
Bill Cipher
Tate Langdon
Oogie Boogie
Dr. Venom
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Santánico Pandemónium
Judge Doom
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Gendo Ikari
Victor Krane
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