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 Jedi, in which he is redeemed and has normal eyes, I was wondering if there were any canon or Legends pieces of evidence towards Vader's yellow eyes.

  • Good question! I know there were several scenes where he was helmetless in EU/legends (Shadows of the Empire?), so this might have an answer. But I honestly don't ever recall his eyes being explicitly mentioned in those. Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 18:08
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    Darth Vader has yellow eyes?? Was Darth Vader inspired by Scut Farkas?
    – user14111
    Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 21:31
  • Answer updated.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 20:43

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Yes, he did in both continuities.


In the Star Wars: Rebels episode Twilight of the Apprentice, Vader's helmet breaks and a yellow eye can be seen.

Vader's eyes, canon


From Star Wars: Purge, a Legends comic:

Vader's eyes, Legends 1

From one of the Dark Horse Star Wars Legends comics:

Vader's eyes, Legends 2 (Unidentified comic)

He also seems to have yellow eyes in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, though they're less obvious:

Vader's eyes, Legends 3

  • If anyone can identify what comic that photo's from, I'd be very thankful.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 20:58
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    Um. Granting the fact that people who know me sometimes call me "color stupid" and thus I may very well be wrong, doesn't image #2 show RED, not yellow eyes? Awsome example on #1 though Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 21:08
  • @DVK A noticeable part of the eyes are yellow, so I believe it counts.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 21:12
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    @roge - zooming in, he has yellow SQUARE IRISES, you're right! WTF? Either someone had issues with anatomy, or there is something weird going on. Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 21:14
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    @DVK: to me it looks like red irises with square yellow pupils
    – wyvern
    Commented Jan 3, 2016 at 4:02

I don't believe there is any -canon- evidence to support him having yellow eyes. Not all individuals show outward signs of dark side corruption (Palpatine for example.) Given that Anakin did show signs of said corruption I believe it can safely be presumed that he had yellow eyes right up to the end of his life. It's also notable that many who returned to the LS or a neutral following of the force after obtaining dark side corruption characteristics never fully regained their normal appearance(EU.)

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    Dooku didn't have especially yellow eyes.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 18:21
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    I was watching 1-6 with a friend of mine and there's nothing in the movie to definitively prove Dooku was evil. Given that he extends the offer to Obi-wan to help him in overthrowing Sideous it's entirely possible the offer was genuine and Dooku's actions were a ruse to undermine the Sith from within.
    – Minativ7
    Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 18:28
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    Dooku was bankrolling the separatists. At the very least his actions led (knowingly) to acts of genocide on thousands of world and, ultimately, to the creation of the Empire and the destruction of Alderaan.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 18:33
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    Based on everything we've seen in canon and EU, dark side corruption is based on intent and state of mind. Dooku could have believed in the greater good.
    – Minativ7
    Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 18:43
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    @Minativ7 - so did Anakin and Vader, actually. Law and Order and all that idealist drivel. {{insert incendiary political commentary }} Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 19:04

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