We know that Anakin was very-badly injured to the point of near death, burned from head to toe and for simple survival he wears his iconic suit.

My question is, obviously the capability to take someone so severely injured and provide a way to stabilize their body and provide some form of life existed, else the entire repair sequence of Anakin into "Darth Vader", wouldn't have been possible.

So, within the Star Wars universe, are there any other characters who suffered some sad fate but was medically repaired similar to Vader? Obviously, Anakin had artificial limbs, a breathing apparatus and a head mask. I'm not sure what the mask is specifically for, but that's honestly what I'm most curious about, is someone else traveling along the galaxy that looks much like Vader?

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    Does Darth Maul count here or is this more to do with the breathing apparatus than being saved from near death and given some form of outfit?
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 16:21
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    @TheLethalCarrot Well, not quite. I mean, I guess so. I never watched any of the newer cartoons but I was aware that he was "saved". As I said, I am fine with details on the full state of someones life and body, but I'm just curious if there are other, poor masked characters that look like the Adolf Eichmann of the galaxy so far away.
    – RLH
    Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 16:24
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    Surely General Grievous counts?
    – Null
    Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 16:27
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    I agree with @PaulD.Waite in that Anakin's survival was special. He mainly survived, and continued to live on in the suit because his burning rage fueled his connection to the Dark side of the force, keeping him alive.
    – JMekker
    Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 20:46
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    No visuals, but Count Vidian from the books ("A New Dawn") was mostly machine. Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 22:02

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There are several examples of characters with particularly extensive cybernetic modification, though none that I would consider notably close in design to Darth Vader in canon continuity.

General Grievous was a cyborg who had such extensive modification that his organic parts consisted of little more than a brain, eyes and a few internal organs.

Mercenaries from the Guavian Death Gang that confronted Han Solo during the events of The Force Awakens were cybernetically enhanced with artificial organs and armor similar to Vader's, though they were the result of voluntary augmentation rather than necessitated by injury.

Saw Gerrera had a cybernetic leg and a pressure suit to support his damaged lungs.

From the Legends continuity there are several other examples, many of which bear a significant resemblance to Vader's cybernetics. Other characters with armored life support systems include Lumiya, another dark Jedi who received cybernetic prostheses explicitly modeled after Vader's, Azlyn Rae, a force user who was forced against her will to wear a set of life-preserving armor after being mortally wounded, Hogrum Chalk, an armorer who created Azlyn Rae's suit and had similar life-saving cybernetics, and Vader's secret apprentice Galen Marek in the non-canon dark side ending of the game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, who wore cybernetic Sith Stalker Armor.

Face masks to help damaged respiratory systems also seemed to be extremely popular among dark lords of the Sith in the Legends continuity, as Darth Malgus, Darth Plagueis, and Darth Tenebrous all had some variety of cybernetic respirators, and Darth Malak had a prosthetic lower jaw.

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    I'll be honest, I assumed Grevious was a well advanced android. I had no clue he was once humanoid.
    – RLH
    Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 17:18
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    @RLH I'm pretty sure his coughing was included to make clearer to audiences that he isn't a robot (something Vader's breath immediately conveyed in ANH).
    – Jacob C.
    Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 19:05
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    In the non-canon ending of the non-canon Force Unleashed, Sith Stalker Armor is introduced and is implied to be "favored by vicious Sith assassins". (Given that I don't think it's referenced anywhere outside of those games, I don't even know if it's worth adding to the answer, but I figured I'd mention it). Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 21:35
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    Not sure whether Luke's hand is worth mentioning.
    – jpmc26
    Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 21:55
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    @jpmc26 I was mostly going for characters who had cybernetics that functioned as body armor, life support systems and/or masks rather than just cybernetics of any sort (because Star Wars has a ton of those). Luke's prosthesis is an important thematic link to Vader, to be sure, but it didn't feel like a good fit for the question.
    – Kyle Doyle
    Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 22:02

Saw Gerrera had injuries to both his lungs and legs, which meant that he both used a prosthetic leg and had to wear a pressure suit for survival. (I always thought the scenes of him using a breathing mask in Rogue One were explicitly to highlight his similarities to Vader)


Another EU/Legends character: Empatojayos Brand was another Jedi who was severely injured (by radiation) and had to get a cyborg body.

Image of Empatojayos Brand from Dark Empire (source: Wookieepedia)

According to Wookieepedia, this happened between Episodes III and IV (after a space duel with Darth Vader), so this would have been after Vader got his suit.

Also, for Darth Vader's armor specifically, it apparently wasn't standard-issue either, according to current canon. It was designed by the scientist Cylo, who appears in the Darth Vader Marvel comic series, and it was developed specifically for Vader's wounds.


I am not sure if it counts as it is not as extensive as a suit but there is Breha Organa's pulmonodes. They replaced her heart and lungs after an accident during her Challenge of the Body, and in Leia: Princess of Alderaan we learn Breha did not seek to cover them with synthetic skin since it was a reminder she had survived.

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