Darth Vader is the primary antagonist in the original Star Wars films. Wearing a black armoured life-support suit, he features in all three original films. As a master of the dark side of the Force, Vader became the scourge of the Jedi, leading the Great Jedi Purge. Supreme Commander of the Imperial ...

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Did Vader ever face another Force user in aerial/space combat, aside from Luke in Ep. IV?

The formerly canonical book Shadows of the Empire (set between the end of The Empire Strikes Back and the beginning of Return of the Jedi) contains the following passage: Vader had forgotten how ...
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When does Darth Vader realise Palpatine lied to him about his killing Padme?

At the end of Episode III we see: DARTH VADER: (continuing) Where is Padme? Is she safe, is she all right? DARTH SIDIOUS moves closer to the half droid/half man. DARTH SIDIOUS: I'm ...
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Why was Darth Vader so careless?

I have been wondering for some time why Darth Vader, one of the leading officers of the Empire, repeatedly put himself into such danger? To name a few cases, in A New Hope, he boarded Tantive IV, a ...
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When did Vader “kill” Anakin?

When Anakin fell to the dark side and took up the title of Darth Vader, he still acknowledged his identity as Anakin Skywalker: the name represents his identity as a person in whole, not just of the ...
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Where is Vader's meditation chamber on the Executor?

Is there any indication of where Vader's hyperbaric meditation chamber is in relation to any other feature of the Executor? And before you ask, yes, I've seen the model below but I find its lack of ...
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Who killed more people, Luke or Vader? [closed]

We know from the Death Star Technical Companion that the number of people aboard the first Death Star (including troopers, gunners, crew, pilots, staff, etc.) was 1,179,293. That's how many people ...
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Who gave the order to kill Owen and Beru Lars?

The once (but no longer) canonical book The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader reveals that Vader personally gave the stormtroopers the order to kill Owen and Beru Lars, and that he knew who he was ...
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Can Kylo Ren Actually Communicate with Darth Vader? [duplicate]

In the scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens where Kylo Ren is talking to the burned and disfigured mask of Darth Vader, he pleads with this icon to: Show me again the power of the darkness, and ...
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What was Darth Vader's official role in the Empire?

Darth Vader was a man of great importance. He carried out highly sensitive missions for the Emperor, ranging from killing Jedi in the Great Jedi Purge to retrieving the top secret Death Star plans in ...
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Where's Vader's mask at the end of Force Awakens?

It sounds like Kylo Ren lost his own mask at the end of Force Awakens, he took it off for the climatic scene in which he faces Han and ...which I think is a nice little symbolic irony, given that ...
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Is there any evidence that Palpatine cared about - or liked - Vader?

I know that Palpatine recruited Anakin solely because he knew how powerful Anakin could become. I also know he was extremely disappointed when Vader's stupidity led him to pick a fight with Obi-Wan ...
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Why is Vader suddenly a terrible fighter in Return of the Jedi?

In Empire Strikes Back, Vader nearly kills Luke without hardly seeming to try. Then, in Return of the Jedi, Vader hardly fights at all and he's falling down and then Luke cuts his prosthetic hand off. ...
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Why did Vader answer to the Emperor?

Did he need to, or was it optional? Why would he answer to someone despite being powerful himself?
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Does Kylo Ren want to be a sith?

Kylo Ren clearly has an obsession with emulating Darth Vader. He also wants to "finish what [Darth Vader] started". Darth Vader was a sith, so then wouldn't Kylo Ren wish to become one? To complete ...
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Did suited Darth Vader have yellow eyes?

Anakin is seen only twice with yellow eyes in Revenge of the Sith, and I know it is a sign of fully embracing the dark side and hatred. Given we never see Vader's face until the end of Return of the ...
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How does Anakin 'bringing balance to the force' impact on The Force Awakens?

In Star Wars Episode 1 we hear Mace Windu say: "You refer to the prophecy of the one who will bring balance to the Force. You believe it's this…boy?" So I get that we had lots of good Jedi, and ...
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Can Darth Vader use Force Lightning?

He is only the most potent Force user ever. He is a dark side practitioner. The Emperor and others use it. Why didn't Darth Vader ever use Force Lightning?
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What did Darth Vader start? [duplicate]

So I am confused. Kylo Ren states that he will finish what Darth Vader started. We see that highlighted in the Force Awakens trailer and movie. However, Vader didnt start anything. Vader was just ...
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What is Kylo Ren's relationship with Darth Vader?

If is Kylo Ren's father, then how is
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What exactly did Darth Vader leave unfinished that Kylo Ren intended to finish?

In a Star Wars: The Force Awakens TV Spot there is a scene of Kylo Ren saying "I will finish what you've started" to Darth Vader's mask. Do we know what exactly Kylo Ren means? What does he want to ...
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If Darth Vader discovered Luke was his son from the Emperor in the 2004 retconned version of “The Empire Strikes Back”, then how did the Emperor know?

The basics. This question is based on an answer I posted on the “Movies and TV” Stack Exchange which asked about how Darth Vader discovered Luke Skywalker was his son and how the logic/rationale over ...
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When did Anakin fall to the dark side?

If giving in to your anger and hatred when drawing on the Force is considered to be the act that seals your fall to the dark side, and that its temptation, once tasted, prevents you from turning back ...
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Did Vader ever learn that Sidious controlled both sides in the Clone Wars?

Considering that Dooku, Grievous, and Nute Gunray are dead at the end of Revenge of the Sith, would there have been any way for Anakin to learn that Palpatine controlled both sides?
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Vader Palpatine Conversation In TESB vs. Marvel Star Wars Plot

After who knows how many changes Lucas made to the movies, my concern comes from the, what I think is, newest dialogue between Palpatine and Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. In the original, it was ...
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When do we first hear the name “Anakin”?

I recently watched the Original Star Wars Trilogy and I don't remember the name "Anakin" being said that much. However Wookieepedia states: Annikin Starkiller was the proposed name for the lead ...
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Is there any indication that Vader/Anakin would have been redeemable on Mustafar?

One of the answers to this question has got me thinking. As it was unconditional belief and love that brought Anakin back, could it be that he could even have been redeemed on Mustafar? This ...
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Who saved Luke: Anakin or Darth Vader?

A friend and I were talking this the other day and it turned into a rather interesting debate. Who saved Luke from The Emperor at at the end of Return of the Jedi? The quick and easy answer (at least ...
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Who invented Darth Vader? George Lucas or George McFly?

In Back to the Future, Marty famously frightens his father into action in 1955 by pretending to be Darth Vader from the planet Vulcan: Presumably, Star Trek and Star ...
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Was Anakin redeemable because he was not fully fallen?

In his 20+ years as Darth Vader, was Anakin ever fully fallen to the dark side? Before Padme's arrival on Mustafar, he was crying and regretting the mess he had gotten himself into. When Luke tried to ...
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Why were the Imperials rude to Vader in the beginning of A New Hope?

It was my understanding that Vader was the second in command of the Emperor in the Empire. However in the beginning of the movie one of the generals taunts Vader that his abilities in the Force have ...
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Why was Vader's identity as Anakin kept a secret?

If Palpatine believed being known in public by his birth name rather than his Sith title is more beneficial, then why don't the same misgivings apply to Anakin being publicly known as Darth Vader? ...
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Why didn't Yoda or Obi-Wan tell Luke the truth about his father?

Is the reason neither Yoda or Obi-Wan thought it a good idea to inform Luke that ever discussed? Were they hoping that didn't realize this, and that it wouldn't come up? Or was there an ...
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Does Darth Vader eat?

As far as I know, Darth Vader is never shown eating after he receives his injuries and armor. The closest we get is the fact he shows up for what is, ostensibly, a dinner party on Cloud City: He ...
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How much of a man was Darth Vader?

Of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan's Force Ghost had the following to offer: He’s more machine now than man. Twisted and evil. Obi-Wan may have been remarking upon Vader's lost humanity more than ...
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Does Vader ever lift anyone when he Force Chokes them?

A popular thing to do these days is to jump up in the air and hold your throat while your friend pretends to Force Choke you. At the beginning of A New Hope, Darth Vader lifts and chokes someone ...
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What was Vader and Starkiller's relationship?

I haven't played the Force Unleashed games, but I watched few cutscenes and some gameplay on Youtube. One particular scene picked my interest: Vader standing over Starkiller's dead body. Is he sad? ...
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Why did Palpatine and Vader go to the Death Star?

In Return of the Jedi, why did Lord Vader and the Emperor go to the Death Star? It seemed that Luke would seek out Vader wherever he was. Luke told Yoda he would confront Vader. Luke told Leia he ...
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Did the emperor know about Luke and Leia from the beginning?

Did the emperor know that Padme had given birth to twins while it was happening? Was it his long-term goal to have Vader only discover his offspring later, at some "correct" moment?
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Could Darth Vader Control the Empire [duplicate]

With Darth Vader's famous line "join me, and together we can defeat the Emperor". Even if he did end up defeating the Emperor, could he control the Empire? Does he have enough political power? or ...
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How did Vader saving Luke turn him to the good side?

Couldn't Vader save his son and continue being a Sith Lord? Couldn't he have let Luke go and basically become the Emperor and have the Galaxy to himself? I don't think killing the Emperor to save your ...
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Why didn't it ring a bell to Vader that the escape pod with the plans landed on Tatooine?

Why didn't it ring a bell to Vader that the escape pod with the plans landed on Tatooine?
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When did Darth Vader learn that Luke took part in Leia's rescue from the Death Star?

While answering this, I ran into the following assertion by OP: from what I can tell, Vader wasn't aware that Luke was in the Millennium Falcon when the Death Star captured it after blowing up ...
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How did Vader know that Obi-Wan was helping Luke?

Vader: He's just a boy. Obi-Wan can no longer help him (Empire Strikes Back) How does Vader know that Obi-Wan helped Luke before? He doesn't know that Luke grew up on Tatooine even if he ...
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When did Luke learn his father's first name?

I've just rewatched Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and I don't recall anyone mentioning Anakin by his first name. So my question is, when did Luke learn his father's first name, and who told him ...
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Did Yoda definitely know who the other hope was?

When Yoda said "there is another," I always figured it had to do with Darth Vader. The ending makes much more sense that way. The counter-argument that I keep seeing is that Yoda was specifically ...
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When/How does the Empire say Anakin Skywalker died?

According to official Imperial records/propaganda, when & how did Anakin Skywalker die? Given that the identity of Darth Vader is a secret in-universe, we also know that the galaxy at large ...
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How did Luke know Vader needed his helmet to survive?

At the end of Return of the Jedi, Darth Vader asked Luke to help him take off his helmet. "But you'll die," Luke said. How would Luke know this? Furthermore, was that even true? In The Empire ...
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How did Obi-Wan so easily beat Anakin?

Having seen the Clone Wars animation series, where Anakin's abilities are comprehensively demonstrated (can make high altitude jumps and drag non-Jedi troopers with him without crashing into the ...
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Did George Lucas base Darth Vader on Lightning from The Fighting Devil Dogs?

After reading this question, I vaguely remembered an article I read online at some stage in the last few months, which lead me to post this answer. I've searched and searched online but I can't find ...
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Did Darth Vader's TIE fighter appear in any version of Empire Strikes Back?

Lego has released their versions of the iconic Star Wars movie posters, including this one of the Empire Strikes Back: I have a print of the original as well. It suddenly dawned on me that right in ...