Questions tagged [darth-vader]

For questions about the character "Darth Vader", the primary antagonist in the original Star Wars films. Always use in conjunction with the [star-wars] tag and any other relevant work tags.

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Why is Vader suddenly a terrible fighter in Return of the Jedi?

In Empire Strikes Back, Vader nearly kills Luke without hardly seeming to try. Then, in Return of the Jedi, Vader hardly fights at all and he's falling down and then Luke cuts his prosthetic hand off. ...
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Why wasn't Vader's armour made of Beskar?

As we see in The Mandalorian, the Empire had quite the reserve of Beskar: A random imperial bureaucrat (as it seems at the moment) has enough of it for the Mandalorian to create a whole armour. It ...
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Short film with Darth Vader on the subway?

I'm looking for the name of a short film where Darth Vader chases a kid through a subway station. This would be a late 70's or early 80's film. Probably a student film. It is live-action, not animated....
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Why didn't Vader let Luke kill the Emperor, or even kill him himself?

As we saw here, Vader made this proposal to Luke: Luke, you can destroy the Emperor. He has foreseen this. It is your destiny! Join me, and together, we can rule the galaxy as father and son! Come ...
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Why did Darth Vader die in Return of the Jedi?

At the end of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Luke had beaten Darth Vader in a duel, but didn't seem to injure the latter critically — all Luke did was sever Vader's right hand, which was a prosthetic ...
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Why was Darth Vader so much taller than Anakin Skywalker?

In A New Hope, Darth Vader is seen as extremely tall. He is perhaps close to 7' tall, although other sources cite his height closer to 6'8. In episodes 2 and 3, we see Anakin is the height of a ...
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When did Darth Vader get his red lightsaber?

Between Episodes III and IV, when and how did Darth Vader obtain/construct his red lightsaber?
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Where is Vader's fortress located?

In Rogue One, we see the Director meeting with Vader on a volcano planet. Is there any canon that says were his base is? It doesn't quite look like Mustafar.
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Did Darth Vader purposely modify his voice?

In the Star Wars: Rebels season 2 finale, This got me thinking, was Vader's voice purposely modified for intimidation, disguise, or other purposes, or is his deep voice merely a side-effect of his ...
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Was Anakin's nightmare about Padme's death induced by Palpatine?

Is there a canonical source explaining the cause of Anakin's recurrent dream about Padme's death? I don't know if Anakin/Vader had foresight abilities (according to Legends); certainly he had no such ...
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What did the general public know about Darth Vader?

When Darth Vader first becomes Palpatine's apprentice, very few know of his existence and connection to the Emperor: the members of the Trade Federation (whom he dispatches) and Yoda, Kenobi, Organa, ...
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What and how does Darth Vader see?

Are there any sources that talk about about Darth Vader's visual acuity? His life-supporting armour is quite advanced but does it provide any useful augmentation to his visual abilities?
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Did Darth Vader know that this character was his daughter from the start?

When Darth Vader and Princess Leia meet on board the Tantive IV in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope for the first time, does Darth Vader know she's his daughter?
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Why does Darth Vader opt to physically strangle Captain Antilles at the beginning of “Star Wars” (1977) instead of “Force Choking” him?

At the beginning of the original Star Wars (1977) film, after Imperial troops have taken control of the Rebel Blockade Runner (Tantine IV), Darth Vader is clearly seen physically strangling Captain ...
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What did Darth Vader do for nineteen years?

We see Anakin, who's just been rescued, in his brand new suit; almost all of Palpatine's (and his) enemies defeated, the universe at his feet and his imagination as the only limit. Then, some ...
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Did Darth Vader plan on using “zombies”?

Somewhere within the Star Wars universe there are "zombies" that originated from Project Blackwing. In Revenge of the Sith it shows Emperor Palpatine and Vader speaking on the subject of keeping ...
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For how long was Darth Vader alone in space?

Darth Vader's TIE fighter was spun out into space at the end of Ep.IV and I always wondered how long it took him to limp into a space station or back to some civilization. I imagined his suit being ...
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Where is this clip of Darth Vader from?

I want to know where this clip of Darth Vader turning around in slow motion is from. The clip I’m talking about is at the 1:53 and 2:10 mark.
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Did Darth Vader ever take off the armoured portions of his suit to go undercover?

What I’m wondering is if there was ever a time where Darth Vader ever had to go undercover, and took off the distinctive black armoured portions of his suit, so that he was just wearing the life ...
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Has Darth Vader ever laughed?

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 ...
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Origin of Darth Vader's name

Who came up with the name Darth Vader? According to Wiktionary (apparently Darth Vader now warrants a dictionary entry meaning "a malevolent, dominating and threatening force" :o): Derived from the ...
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Why didn't Yoda or Obi-Wan tell Luke the truth about his father?

Is the reason neither Yoda or Obi-Wan thought it a good idea to inform Luke that ever discussed? Were they hoping that didn't realize this, and that it wouldn't come up? Or was there an explicit ...
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What does Vader's HUD say in Revenge of the Sith?

Near the end of Revenge of the Sith Anakin's burned and mutilated body was retrieved by Palpatine and taken to a hospital. Prosthetics were attached to Anakin's stumps and Vader's familiar mask and ...
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What is the age gap between Anakin and Padme?

In Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace, when Anakin and Padme met for the first time, Anakin was a 5 year old child, I think. Does anyone know what was Padme's age at that time? After that, they ...
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Did the 501st Legion know what Anakin had become when they attacked the Jedi Temple with him?

When the 501st Legion ("Vader's Fist") attacked the Jedi Temple as part of Operation: Knightfall, they were led by an unmasked Darth Vader: Did the members of the 501st know, at that time, that ...
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Before Darth Vader died in Episode VI did he revert back to the light side of the Force? [duplicate]

A colleauge and I are in disagreement. Before Darth Vader died in Episode VI did he revert back to the light side of the Force? I have aggressively argued that he did not as it was only a momentary ...
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Did Vader actually kill Obi-Wan?

So I was looking at this question: Did Obi-Wan need to sacrifice himself to Vader? And it occurred to me... did Vader actually kill Obi-Wan? At the end of the fight, Obi-Wan lifts his lightsaber and ...
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Why did Lord Darth Vader never wear a hood? [closed]

In late 1977 several Star Wars merchandise poster print advertisements produced by Joe Kubert School appeared in Marvel Comics. One of those prints entitled "Darth Vader Lives" depicted a Hooded Darth ...
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Since when has Darth Vader had a sense of humor?

After Force-choking Director Krennic, Darth Vader makes the comment Be careful not to choke on your aspirations, Director. This comment displays a sense of humor that seems entirely out of ...
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Did Darth Vader ever operate a button on the devices on his belt or his chest?

Did Darth Vader ever operate a button on the devices on his belt or his chest? If Darth Vader has equipment like the one on the belt with him at all times, it has to be important somehow. But I don't ...
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Has Darth Vader ever worn a different suit than his traditional black one?

After Obi-Wan Kenobi defeated Darth Vader and left him for dead by the lava river on a volcanic world, Sidious rescued him and put him into the familiar full-body black suit. Has Darth Vader ever ...
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Is there a shot of Darth Vader where his mouth is visible? [closed]

Only reason I'm asking is because I'm trying to make a reverse of my profile photo, where Vader's face is on Anakin's body. Is there a shot of Darth Vader where his mouth is visible?
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If Darth Vader sensed Kenobi aboard the Millennium Falcon, why didn't he go aboard?

After a tractor beam brings the Millennium Falcon aboard the Death Star, Darth Vader senses the presence of his old teacher. He runs off to tell Grand Moff Tarkin ...
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If Darth Vader discovered Luke was his son from the Emperor in the 2004 retconned version of “The Empire Strikes Back”, then how did the Emperor know?

The basics. This question is based on an answer I posted on the “Movies and TV” Stack Exchange which asked about how Darth Vader discovered Luke Skywalker was his son and how the logic/rationale over ...
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Why doesn't there seem to be any fallout from Sidious's lie to Vader?

At the end of Revenge of the Sith, when Anakin faces Obi-Wan for the big lightsaber battle After this duel But then, at the start of Episode V, Vader is searching for "Young Skywalker," and has ...
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When did Vader “kill” Anakin?

When Anakin fell to the dark side and took up the title of Darth Vader, he still acknowledged his identity as Anakin Skywalker: the name represents his identity as a person in whole, not just of the ...
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How did Anakin learn how to become a ghost after his death?

Qui-Gon discovered how to become a force ghost after death and talk to the living (if they are receptive). At the end of episode 3, Yoda had learned that from him and told Obi-Wan that he would teach ...
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In ESB, did Vader sense Leia instead of Luke when he was chasing the Falcon? [duplicate]

In ESB, at the end of Hoth's attack, Vader saw the Falcon take off. He's looking for Luke Skywalker. For him, Luke is on the ship, according to this: "Our pursuit ships have sighted the Millennium ...
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Is there a story behind the misquote, “Luke, I am your father”?

I've wondered for a long time how a misquote of the famous reveal in The Empire Strikes Back crystalized in pop culture history rather than Vader's actual line: No, I am your father. How did the ...
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What is the origin of Darth Vader's face scar?

At the end of Return of the Jedi, when Luke takes Vader's helmet off, Vader has a big scar across his face, and, if I remember correctly (please correct me if I am wrong), Vader never got that scar ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation given to the senior Imperial Navy Officers as to why Darth Vader serves Emperor Palpatine?

Answers can be from Canon or Legends. TL;DR: How do the senior Imperial Navy Officers with experience in the Clone Wars account for why a powerful force-using 'baddie' like Vader not only does not ...
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Did Vader ever face another Force user in aerial/space combat, aside from Luke in Ep. IV?

The formerly canonical book Shadows of the Empire (set between the end of The Empire Strikes Back and the beginning of Return of the Jedi) contains the following passage: Vader had forgotten how ...
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Does “Vader” carry connotations of “father” to a speaker of Galactic Basic Standard?

An English speaker on Earth could be reasonably expected to be familiar with either the Dutch "vader" meaning father or the very similar German "vater", also meaning father. Obviously German and ...
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Can only Jedi become force ghosts? [duplicate]

A large part of the justification for Darth Vader’s redemption is his appearance as a force ghost. Even though the new movie is not released yet, would it be possible for Palpatine to appear as a ...
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Did Darth Vader wear the same suit for 20+ years?

Darth Vader donned his iconic suit from his defeat on Mustafar to his death on the Death Star II, a little over 20 years. Was he wearing the exact same suit that whole time? Did he have any backup ...
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How much of a man was Darth Vader?

Of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan's Force Ghost had the following to offer: He’s more machine now than man. Twisted and evil. Obi-Wan may have been remarking upon Vader's lost humanity more than ...
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What was Darth Vader adjusting on his joystick controller?

Here we see Darth Vader piloting his fighter while hunting for Rebel starfighters above the Death Star: He does it in multiple scenes. Was this some sort of targeting configuration controller?
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Why does Darth Vader need to use a targeting grid on his Tie Advanced in ANH?

When Darth Vader - one of the best pilots and shooters in the Galaxy thanks to being a powerful Force user and Sith Lord - is hunting for rebel starfighters above Death Star in his Tie Advanced x1 ...
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What happened to Darth Vader after the Battle of Yavin? [duplicate]

I was wondering what happened to Darth Vader after the Battle of Yavin? If you remember from "A New Hope", near the end, Darth Vader's TIE Fighter is spinning off from chasing Luke down the trench ...
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What is Kylo Ren's relationship with Darth Vader?

If is Kylo Ren's father, then how is

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