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Unlike Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader never seems to laugh. Have there been any offical works, including canon, non-canon, and Legends material, where (post-Episode III) Vader is shown or described as laughing?

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    Very related – TheLethalCarrot Nov 26 '19 at 16:56
  • Anakin laughs a few times in the prequels but I'm pretty confident we don't see Vader laugh. However, I'm going off of my memory so I could be wildly mistaken. – TheLethalCarrot Nov 26 '19 at 17:09
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    Where does Darth eat? At the Admiral Snackbar. – Valorum Nov 26 '19 at 17:53
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    ”As you know, I am a Sith, and jokes are beyond me.” – Anton Sherwood Nov 27 '19 at 7:18
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    @Valorum I thought he eats at the Death Star cantine and has the spaghetti al arabiatta. Mister Stephens told me. – Marakai Jan 4 '20 at 8:38
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According to canon, Vader doesn't laugh. He's not above making dad jokes, but he doesn't even crack a chuckle at his own antics.

Vader does not laugh with him. Vader never laughs. Has never laughed. Not since he was Anakin. And that is a time he dares not remember.

Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!


Moving waaaay down the canon scale, his clone is positively manic.

She never had a chance to find out. A dark figure suddenly stepped out of the shadows. The figure had broad shoulders and carried a stone ax. Tash recognized him immediately.

“Offworlder!” Maga bellowed. “Free my people!”

Vader laughed. “Another primitive savage for my labor camps.”

Galaxy of Fear: Clones

As is Darth in Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles - Escape from the Jedi Temple

C-3PO: Well, you're pulling on my tummy wires.

Darth Vader: [Laughs evilly]

As so is Darth (pig) Vader from the Angry Birds game.

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  • Does he smile though? I don't think he does either. In legends, he smiled when the Death Star was destroyed, but I think that was one of, if not the only time, except when Luke removed his mask, but then he was Anakin, not Vader. – Neel Dayal Feb 27 '20 at 9:10
  • does his not laughing stem from his physiology? that is, perhaps he can no longer laugh? villains laugh in fiction but not from humor, more from scorn or triumph. – releseabe Jan 1 at 4:26
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As a guest character in Soulcalibur IV:

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  • Wow, good find! – Milo P Jan 4 '20 at 22:43
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Darth Vader does not laugh. He laughs when he is Anakin and he laughs in Star Wars the Yoda Chronicles, which is Legends, but Darth Vader never laughs in canon. He may false laugh (ha ha ha) in canon, but I cannot remember whether he does or not. But the other question is: does Darth Vader smile. Darth Vader has a mask, and so we will never actually know if he smiles. He smiles when he is Anakin, and he smiles when Luke takes off his mask, but by that point he is Anakin again.

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  • Welcome to SciFi.SE! If you have a separate question (i.e. whether Darth Vader ever smiled), please post it as a new question. – F1Krazy Jan 1 at 10:48

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