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, Vader became the scourge of the Jedi, leading the Great Jedi Purge. Supreme Commander of the Imperial Fleet and an ...

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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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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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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 ...
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Why didn't the Emperor realize that torturing Luke to death in front of Vader might be a bad idea?

I know he's supposed to be an evil super-genius, but the Emperor seems to lack common sense here. He sensed that Vader's feelings about Luke weren't clear pretty early on, and while he was using ...
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In episode IV, A New Hope, why did Obi-wan wait till Luke showed up, then let Vader kill him?

Did Obi-wan find it important to have Luke see it? Isn't that setting him up to fall to the Dark Side?
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What age was Darth Vader when he finally died?

What was the exact age Darth Vader was when he finally dies at the end of Return of the Jedi?
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Why was Darth Vader so much taller than Anakin Skywalker?

In A New Hope, Darth Vader is seen as extremely tall. He is perhaps close to 7' tall, although other sources cite his height closer to 6'8. In episodes 2 and 3, we see Anakin is the height of a ...
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Why did Vader need to freeze Luke in carbonite?

In retrospect, Vader's whole plan to encase Luke in carbonite seems like a big waste of time: Vader didn't even know if the carbon-freezing thing would even work safely on humans when he arrived on ...
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Why there are only humans for service on Darth Vader's ships? [duplicate]

Recently I watched Star Wars Episode 4 and 5 and I noticed that on Darth Vader's ships (the Death Star, the Executor) and other Empire ships there are only human species as crew. There are no aliens ...
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Did Jar Jar Binks ever meet Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) again?

After watching Robot Chicken's humorous skit, I'm very curious to know if any information exists regarding whether or not everyone's favorite Star Wars character actually found out about Anakin ...
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What and how does Darth Vader see?

Are there any sources that talk about about Darth Vader's visual acuity? His life-supporting armour is quite advanced but does it provide any useful augmentation to his visual abilities?
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Why did Obi-Wan do nothing about Anakin's feelings for Padme?

Rewatching episode II of Star Wars, it's very clear that Obi Wan knows that Anakin has feelings for Padme...such as when Anakin admits he's bothered that she's back in his life...or when Padme falls ...
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Doesn’t the existence of the Chosen One indicate the Sith’s existence?

If the Jedi Council didn't believe that the Sith were in existence in Episode 1, then: why would there be a debate over the need to train the chosen one (Anakin); and, wouldn't the universe's ...
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Why did Palpatine care about Anakin Skywalker in the Prequels given Palpatine's pretty good Force Vision?

Why did Palpatine care about Anakin (Vader)(Sorry, uh, spoiler alert), especially when considering his powerful "future force visions"? Palpatine organizes the framework-setting order 66 to kill the ...
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How did Palpatine create Vader's suit in such short notice?

In the movie, it is shown that the operation and suit-up of Vader begins shortly after Palpatine finds him. I was reading an article explaining Vader's armor and it shows that a lot of thought has ...
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Is Vader's armor lightsaber-proof?

In Empire, Luke swipes at his armor, and he seems to yell in pain, but it obviously does not sever or cut his arm. In Return of the Jedi, we see Luke slice off Vader's hand. Is he saber proof or not?
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When did Darth Vader/Anakin really lose his right hand? [duplicate]

I've seen the movies. I know that Dooku cut off Anakin's hand during Episode 2. However, I'm in the process of reading "Dark Force Rising", and in it Mara Jade tells Luke Skywalker that Vader lost ...
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Did Vader ever intend to kill Luke?

This dialogue occurs in Empire Strikes Back: Emperor: The Force is strong with him. The son of Skywalker must not become a Jedi. Darth Vader: If he could be turned, he will become a powerful ...
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Why doesn't Darth Vader's breath rate increase while he is fighting?

Is it because he is a Jedi? Or does it and it is simply inaudible?
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How did Anakin learn how to become a ghost after his death?

Qui-Gon discovered how to become a force ghost after death and talk to the living (if they are receptive). At the end of episode 3, Yoda had learned that from him and told Obi-Wan that he would teach ...
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Did Darth Vader intend to start the rebel Alliance?

I read on Star Wars wiki about the birth of the rebellion which mentions Darth Vader´s secret apprentice Galen Marek who then forms the alliance: Darth Vader orders his secret apprentice to forge ...
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Did Darth Vader post-ROTS ever engage in sexual activity in canon?

It's a known fact that powerful people - especially in autocratic regimes - enjoy considerable access to sexual favors (witness Beria, or members of Saddam's government for well known excesses). In ...
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How Obi-wan Kenobi disocover that Anakin/Darth Vader is still alive? [duplicate]

How Obi-wan did discover that Anakin/Darth Vader is still alive?
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Could Vader Have Become Strong Enough In The Force To Leave The Suit?

I know Vader needed the life support system in his suit to live, and he was already partially depending on the force to survive. But with the masking technique that the Sith Lords sometimes use. Was ...
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Did Darth Vader ever return to Tatooine?

Did Darth Vader ever return to Tatooine for any reason? (For example: to hunt Jedi?) I know mention is made in a couple of the EU books that Tatooine would make a good place to hide Luke because ...
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How does Vader know that escape is not Obi-Wan's plan?

In Episode IV, Vader senses Obi-Wan's presence on the Death Star. In a conversation with Governor Tarkin, he states that, "Escape is not his plan. I must face him alone". How does he know what ...
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What story plans did George Lucas have for Obi-Wan killing Luke’s father?

I know that the big reveal about Darth Vader being Anakin Skywalker was a late addition to The Empire Strikes Back. I seem to recall reading somewhere that initially it was to be revealed by Darth ...
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Did Luke's Force ability prevent Vader from aquiring target lock in the trench above Death Star 1?

From TVTropes "The Force Is Strong With This One": (usual TVTropes link alert) Star Wars. Vader names the trope when he's chasing Luke down the Death Star's trench, and finding himself unable to ...
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The use of 'Darth' as Vader's name, not title, in Star Wars

I watched Star Wars IV (A New Hope) for the first time in a while a few days ago (the first step in taking my Daughter through the Machete Order). One thing that stood out was the pre-duel smack talk ...
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What did Darth Vader do for nineteen years?

We see Anakin, who's just been rescued, in his brand new suit; almost all of Palpatine's (and his) enemies defeated, the universe at his feet and his imagination as the only limit. Then, some ...
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How did Obi-Wan know Darth Vader was Anakin?

As noted in this question (similar, but not duplicate), Obi-Wan did know that Anakin was not dead, and that he was, in fact, Darth Vader. In this question, it is clear that the fact that Anakin was ...
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Why was the cyborg Darth Vader wheezy?

The cyborg General Grevious was wheezy because he was trying to maintain the last remnants of his biological self in his mostly mechanical body. With the high level hi-tech cloning technology and the ...
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Why doesn't Darth Vader recognize C-3PO?

Similar to this question: Why doesn't Owen Lars recognize C-3PO during ANH? There are a couple of occasions during the original trilogy (Episodes IV, V, VI) where Darth Vader and C-3PO encounter one ...
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Why did Anakin get the title Darth?

In "Darth Bane Path of Destruction" one of the instructors said "The Darth title was more than just a symbol of power; it was a claim of supremacy. It was used by those Dark Lords who have sought to ...
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Origin of Darth Vader's name

Who came up with the name Darth Vader? According to Wiktionary (apparently Darth Vader now warrants a dictionary entry meaning "a malevolent, dominating and threatening force" :o): Derived from ...
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What does Vader's HUD say in Revenge of the Sith?

Near the end of Revenge of the Sith Anakin's burned and mutilated body was retrieved by Palpatine and taken to a hospital. Prosthetics were attached to Anakin's stumps and Vader's familiar mask and ...
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Are both of Vader's wrists artificial?

Are both of Vader's wrists artificial? Vader's right hand is prosthetic (first cut off by Count Dooku in Episode II, and then we see the prosthetic fully exposed when Luke cuts the mechanical wrist ...
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Did Darth Sidious know that Anakin was the product of his Master's experiment?

It is now canon that Anakin's birth was a result (un-planned for) of an attempt by Darth Plagueis to create a life that would be a Sith weapon. 1) Is there any canon information regarding whether ...
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Who played Darth Vader during the Dagobah Dark Side Cave scene

I've read where Bob Anderson played Darth Vader during all the light saber/fight scenes for The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. Does that include this scene?
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How long was Darth Vader alone in space for?

Darth Vader's TIE fighter was spun out into space at the end of Ep.IV and I always wondered how long it took him to limp into a space station or back to some civilization. I imagined his suit being ...
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How many times was Darth Vader severely wounded, before he finally gave in to death in Ep.VI?

This question occurred to me after reading an intriguing question by @Tesserex here that connected Vader's acceptance of death with his ultimate end. This made me think that maybe his strong ...
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Does this Vader quote have more meaning than it first appears? [closed]

Everyone follow along with the voices in your heads as you read this script segment from the end of Episode VI: VADER Luke, help me take this mask off. LUKE But you'll die. VADER ...