Darth Vader sounds formal and euridite, whereas Anakin's speech patterns come off as "casual" in comparison to Vader's "antiquated diction," as Tarkin described it in a canon novel.

Why does Vader sound like that?

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    Anakin was young, full of hormones and emotions. Hormones were... burned out after the fight with Obi Wan and then he had to learn to control his emotions, his anger, in order to channel it to more powerful Force moves.
    – doomista
    Jun 22, 2020 at 20:03
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    Folks with breathing problems choose their words more carefully
    – Aww_Geez
    Jun 22, 2020 at 21:41
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    Why does he have completely different accents when played by Lloyd, Christiansen, and Shaw?
    – Buzz
    Jun 22, 2020 at 21:57
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    Why would expect that he wouldn't?
    – Lexible
    Jun 22, 2020 at 23:19
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    he installed the dark brooding English language pack into his suit. ($9.99 on EA store)
    – Max
    Jun 23, 2020 at 13:56

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Different actors, different speech patterns

James Earl Jones was a veteran actor with superb delivery which he had developed over years of honing his acting craft - and Hayden Christiansen wasn't.

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    I think the question was looking for an in-universe answer, since this out-of-universe one is quite obvious.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Jun 24, 2020 at 13:26
  • @Randal'Thor If the character sounds a certain way, how is that in universe? Be it books on tape or on film, it is out of universe actors who are saying the words. The question cites no description from any text nor script direction. Thus one must answer what was asked. Jun 24, 2020 at 13:31
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    @KorvinStarmast I'm also looking for an in- universe explanation. Both are fine.
    – user79931
    Jun 24, 2020 at 17:46

Sith lords insist on good diction.

Even the most unruly apprentice can be shocked and choked into line I'm sure.

The Jedi probably insist also, but without any real punishment or reward system how could they hope to deal with a brat like Ani

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