In the Battle of Yavin, when Death Star was destroyed, Vader simply ran away. He was close to rebel base. Why didn't he simply land there to crush their throats?

I don't think rebels could stand a chance against a single Sith as even The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force. Force Telekinesis, Mind Control, Lightsaber, Instinct and non-force based battle experience could have certainly dominated the situation and he could easily crush the throats of rebel leaders.

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    Vader is not (contrary to what he claims in front of his subordinates) undefeatable. Just a few days/hours/however much time passed before, Obi-Wan had warned him, that he (Obi) would become even more powerful than Vader could imagine, and then the guy just went puff. Then some random rebel blows up a multi-trillion credits battle station. I would say Vader was understandably cautious.
    – BMWurm
    Nov 30, 2015 at 19:47
  • I felt that my answer to this one was pretty convincing. Is there anything else you'd like me to add before considering an acceptance?
    – Valorum
    Jul 2, 2016 at 17:08

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Contrary to popular (well, Vader's) belief, a Sith warrior is not immortal. Even though Vader is powerful and well armored, a frontal assault on a Rebel base would be little more than suicide.

Here we can see a half-dozen troopers making short work of a Jedi Knight

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There's also the fact that Vader needs to report back to the Emperor on what happened as well as planning his next move against the person in the X-Wing

Darth Vader regained control of his damaged TIE fighter. As he headed for the nearest Imperial outpost, he was not preoccupied about how he would explain the loss of the Death Star to the Emperor. Tarkin had been responsible for the space station and its vulnerabilities, and the Rebels had been more cunning than anyone had anticipated. There was really nothing more to say.

But there were plenty of other things to think about. Before Vader had been knocked out of the trench, he’d recognized the Corellian freighter as the same ship that had delivered Ben Kenobi to the Death Star, reportedly from Tatooine. Vader wondered why Kenobi had been on Tatooine, and how long he’d been there. Then Vader thought of the last X-wing pilot in the trench. He was so strong with the Force.

Vader wouldn’t rest until he learned the truth. - Star Wars: A New Hope - Junior Novelization

  • The Jedi got killed in a surprise attack. In the same movie, you can see the performance of Yoda and Obi-Wan against Clone troopers near Jedi Temple.
    – user931
    Nov 30, 2015 at 20:21
  • Also, I didn't say anything about frontal assault.
    – user931
    Nov 30, 2015 at 20:21
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    They manage to kill a half-dozen each. In the next scene we see thousands of Rebel soldiers.
    – Valorum
    Nov 30, 2015 at 20:48
  • @SS-3.1415926535897932384626433 im miss understanding how vader can do anything but a frontal assult on the rebel base, they will clearly see his ship landing unless he lands miles away, and if thats the case will his suit even last long enough for him to walk miles and miles to a rebel stronghold?
    – Himarm
    Nov 30, 2015 at 21:13
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    Clearly Darth Vader's mental and mind control abilities did not match Kimball Kinnison's or Nadrek of Palain Seven's. Otherwise the Rebels would have been doomed once Vader approached within mental range of their base. Thus the Lensmen seem more powerful than Jedi. Oct 3, 2016 at 3:12

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