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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How did Darth Vader know the rebel base was on Hoth?

In The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader looks at a picture of a shield generator on an ice planet and declares that's the rebel base. How could he know merely by looking at the picture from the probe? ...
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Is it Darth Vader as bad as he looks? [duplicate]

Is he actually bad throughout the films ? Does he turn to good in the end?
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What did Darth Vader mean when he said he was the master?

In A New Hope, Darth Vader says this to Obi-Wan: When I left you, I was but the learner; now I am the master. However, Darth Vader was still an apprentice, and therefore a "learner" to Darth ...
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Why does Kylo Ren tolerate the disrespect of General Hux?

We see many times that Darth Vader does not tolerate insubordination or disrespect through his chokes. Sometimes he follows through, other times he is told to back off, ...
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Did Vader intend to eventually bring Padme back to life? [duplicate]

With regards to Anakin's vision of Padme's death, and how Palpatine's offer can lure him, I saw this comment in another question: He believed that even if Padme did die, he could use the Dark Side ...
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Why did Anakin turn to the Dark Side?

In the movies of The Phantom Menace / Attack Of The Clones / Revenge Of The Sith , Anakin turns bad and becomes Darth Vader. What is the reason he turned in to a Sith, and didn't the Jedi council know ...
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What is the age gap between Anakin and Padme?

In Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace, when Anakin and Padme met for the first time, Anakin was a 5 year old child, I think. Does anyone know what was Padme's age at that time? After that, they ...
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Is there a story behind the misquote, “Luke, I am your father”?

I've wondered for a long time how a misquote of the famous reveal in The Empire Strikes Back crystalized in pop culture history rather than Vader's actual line: No, I am your father. How did the ...
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Do Vader and Sidious ever look into cheating death together? [duplicate]

In Episode III, Anakin accepts Palpatine as his master and turns to the darkside in a desperate attempt to save his wife from dying. We know by their eventual deaths that they never truly discover ...
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Did the events of the Clone Wars have a noticeable effect on the relationship between Anakin and Tarkin?

I understand that much of the fifth season of The Clone Wars TV series went to further explore Anakin's motivations at the climax of RotS, however I am interested if those events particularly impacted ...
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Have Vader's eyebrows been retconned?

In Rebels Season Two's finale, Twilight of the Apprentice, it was revealed that Vader has eyebrows, which are missing in RotS & RotJ. In the old days of the Holocron system, G-canon would ...
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Darth Vader's relationship with 501st Legion

The Clone Wars series explore much about the relationship between Anakin Skywalker and his troopers, the 501st Legion who would later be renamed Vader's Fist. While Darth Vader does not seem to regard ...
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Was/is Darth Vader the most powerful force user? [duplicate]

In this interview from 1999 when asked why Darth Vader is a favorite character among children George Lucas says; "... and who is more power than Darth Vader? Some will be attracted to Luke ...
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Is the dating of Anakin's fall and redemption/death relative to his age intentional?

Anakin was born in 41.9 BBY. He had his 10th birthday a few days after Ep I ended, and 20th birthday a day before Ep II started. Moving forward, he fell to the dark side at the age of 23, and was ...
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Did Darth Vader purposely modify his voice?

In the Star Wars: Rebels season 2 finale, This got me thinking, was Vader's voice purposely modified for intimidation, disguise, or other purposes, or is his deep voice merely a side-effect of his ...
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Was the public explanation of Anakin's death planned from the beginning?

Apparently, the outcome at Mustafar wasn't expected by Palpatine. He seemed to have expected Anakin to come home intact, in one piece and not needing a full body suit to keep himself alive - the ...
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Does R2D2 know that Darth Vader is Anakin? [duplicate]

I have looked through a lot of posts on here, but cannot find any specific answer for this question. Now, it's been pretty fairly established that due to having his memory wiped, C-3PO would not ...
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Why was Darth Vader's breathing so audible? [duplicate]

The other day I was watching Empire Strikes Back and wondered why Darth Vader's breathing is not silent. Was it by design? I am having a hard time believing that in a world with hyperspace travel, a ...
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What was Vader tracking?

In the novel Tarkin, Darth Vader is able to track the insurgents by somehow tracking his meditation chamber, which is aboard the stolen Carrion Spike. He is somehow doing this by reaching out through ...
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Did the 501st Legion know what Anakin had become when they attacked the Jedi Temple with him?

When the 501st Legion ("Vader's Fist") attacked the Jedi Temple as part of Operation: Knightfall, they were led by an unmasked Darth Vader: Did the members of the 501st know, at that time, that ...
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Did medical droids or Darth Sidious keep Vader from death?

After Anakin received mortal wounds on Mustafar, he was rescued, healed, and augmented into the incarnation of Darth Vader we all recognize. Earlier in Episode III, Palpatine mentioned that Darth ...
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Why was Darth Vader more of a Jedi than Anakin?

Let's compare 2 people, both named Anakin. The first one is a slave boy from Tatooine. He is extremely talented, and uses his intense passion to get victory over his enemies, which is very symbolic of ...
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Why does Obi-wan tell Anakin not to jump?

In the last battle of Episode 3, Obi-wan tells Anakin not to try jumping at him. Why does he do this? If Anakin surrenders, Obi-wan can't take him into custody and put him on trial, since the Republic ...
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Why does Darth Vader opt to physically strangle Captain Antilles at the beginning of “Star Wars” (1977) instead of “Force Choking” him?

At the beginning of the original Star Wars (1977) film, after Imperial troops have taken control of the Rebel Blockade Runner (Tantine IV), Darth Vader is clearly seen physically strangling Captain ...
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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 EU 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 condemning to death before he gave ...
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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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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 ...