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 '20 at 20:03
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    Folks with breathing problems choose their words more carefully – Aww_Geez Jun 22 '20 at 21:41
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    Why does he have completely different accents when played by Lloyd, Christiansen, and Shaw? – Buzz Jun 22 '20 at 21:57
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    Why would expect that he wouldn't? – Lexible Jun 22 '20 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 '20 at 13:56

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 '20 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. – KorvinStarmast Jun 24 '20 at 13:31
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    @KorvinStarmast I'm also looking for an in- universe explanation. Both are fine. – user79931 Jun 24 '20 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


Vader throws off any suspicion of his former heritage by purging all his emotional inhibitions. His sense of humor, sarcasm and glee.

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