Is he actually bad throughout the films ? Does he turn to good in the end?

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    That's how Return of the Jedi got its name. Darth killed the emperor who was about to kill Luke. Darth Vader died a good guy. – Jolenealaska May 7 '16 at 7:47
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    I've downvoted because even the most cursory watching of the films (or even just looking at any written article about Anakin Skywalker) would instantly answer this question for you. – Valorum May 7 '16 at 8:12
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    Vader=bad; Anakin=good – iMerchant May 7 '16 at 10:40

Vader's redemption and return to the light side of the Force comes only at the end of Return of the Jedi when, as the Emperor is about to kill Luke, Vader decides to help his son and throw the Emperor into the core of the Death Star.

By doing so he is simultaneously redeemed to the Light side and mortally wounded. We can see he returns to the Light Side because his force ghost appears to Luke (and possibly Leia) during the celebration on Endor at the end of the movie.

In the movies (not considering EU) we only ever see Light Side characters appear as force ghosts, so we are to assume this means Vader (now Anakin once more) is redeemed.

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  • His Force Ghost appears smiling and standing next to Obi Wan and Yoda, which seems more firm evidence that he's a goodie now than just the fact that we don't see any dark-side Force Ghosts. – Janus Bahs Jacquet May 7 '16 at 8:07
  • @JanusBahsJacquet I totally agree. – Jolenealaska May 7 '16 at 8:41

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