We all know that Palpatine's disfigured face happened due to his own force lightning attack getting deflected back at him by Windu.

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I've wondered for a while now if that happened to Vader when he was zapped to death by Palpatine.

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When Vader was unmasked by Luke, we see his face disfigured which, after the prequels, we all assume was what was left after his battle with Kenobi on Mustafar. But there are a few vague similarites between the two faces, like an overall droopiness or the rough areas under Vader's cheek and above the eyebrow that might hint at lightning damage.

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Are there any sources that tell us whether there was any additional disfigurement beyond his "pre-existing conditions" due to Palpatine's force lightning?

Canon is preferred but Legends is fine if there's nothing in Canon that supersedes it.

  • The images seem to be broken?
    – tobiasvl
    Feb 27, 2017 at 22:31
  • Excellent question! Windu's destiny might give a clue. In my opinion, his face did not change under Palpatine's Force lightning attack, before he flew out of the window. Also, Luke came out seemingly unharmed after the attack on him.
    – Essen
    Feb 28, 2017 at 7:01
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    @Essen - I think it's too hard to tell with Windu. He gets thrown out the window so fast you can't see the end result. And with Luke, one could argue the emperor is toying with him and doesn't give him all the juice until he's ready to end it. Feb 28, 2017 at 18:42
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    @Mwr247 I fail to see how the linked question is a dupe. It does not mention Vader or Anakin disfigurements at all. Feb 28, 2017 at 19:42

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Evidence for no

I don't think he was scared, bad on The Empire Strikes Back where Vader's head is the same pale shade and shows signs of serious damage. However the scene is from behind so it's hard to tell if the "cracked egg" look is there.

  • This is a really good piece of evidence. May I suggest that you rephrase this into a direct answer—something like "I think the answer is no, and here's a piece of evidence backing up my position"?
    – Bob
    Mar 1, 2017 at 1:19

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