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Was Lord Vader on Bespin implying that he would like to overthrow the Emporor [duplicate]

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. There are two ways, at least as I understand it, this ...
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Were silver highlights added to Darth Vader's helmet to make its surface seem more reflective?

In the Original Trilogy, the costumes used for Darth Vader's helmet were not all black, but had silver highlights applied in an alternating pattern: Screenshot from A New Hope (via Reddit) The effect ...
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Is there a specific encounter in Star Wars media where Darth Vader tricks or bamboozles an opponent with the dual-phase feature of his lightsaber?

There is a page on Wookieepedia that explains the nature of the Dual-phase lightsaber and how it can be used to destabilize opponents. It cites works where the weapons appears, but it seems to be just ...
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Where is this image of Vader from?

I see this image everywhere but can’t figure out where it is.
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Why did the Sith want to build the Death Star if "The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force."?

I've heard explanations like Tarkin wanted it and presented his plans to the emperor. And I've heard the comment by Vader was more for the audience, since Luke does destroy the Death Star using the ...
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How strong was Darth Vader?

Darth Vader was comprised of many robotic parts. Just how strong was he with those parts if we don't take into account modifying his strength with the force? Is there any evidence that he had super ...
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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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Was Grand Moff Tarkin under Darth Vader's control?

In A New Hope, we see Grand Moff Tarkin ordering Darth Vader around. Also, it was Tarkin who ordered the destruction of Alderaan. It's uncertain whether he knew of Vader's previous identity. But ...
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Could Vader have become strong enough in the Force to leave his suit?

I know Vader needed the life support system in his suit to live, and he was already partially depending on the Force to survive. But with the masking technique that the Sith Lords sometimes use. Was ...
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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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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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When did Vader fight IG-88?

In the recent strain of Star Wars Marvel comics, the bounty hunters from ESB are making an appearance. I've heard there's a part somewhere where Vader fights IG-88 (and destroys him), but I can't ...
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What is written on Darth Vader's Chest control panel?

As I said on the blog, I finally went to the Star Wars Identities Exhibition in Montreal. There, I took this photo of Darth Vader's Chest control panel (You could get it in higher resolution here) : ...
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What do the buttons on Darth Vader's suit do?

In all three of the original trilogy not once does anyone interact with (or even discuss) those damn buttons on his chest plate. Do they do anything? Is there a reference to them in the extended ...
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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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How did Luke know Vader needed his helmet to survive?

At the end of Return of the Jedi, Darth Vader asked Luke to help him take off his helmet. "But you'll die," Luke said. How would Luke know this? Furthermore, was that even true? In The Empire ...
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Did Luke's Force ability prevent Vader from aquiring target lock in the trench above Death Star 1?

From TVTropes "The Force Is Strong With This One": (usual TVTropes link alert) Star Wars. Vader names the trope when he's chasing Luke down the Death Star's trench, and finding himself unable to ...
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Pre-Disney, did Darth Vader express any opinions on slavery in the Empire?

In the Pre-Disney Star Wars canon did Darth Vader - who spent his childhood in slavery as Anakin Skywalker - express any opinions on the Empire's use of either slaves or indentured labor, in any ...
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Out of Universe, was Vader always planned to be Luke's father?

I was watching the original series and got to "I am your father". I thought: is this something the author planned all along or thought of while writing The Empire Strikes Back?
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Why didn't Obi-Wan refer to Darth Vader as Anakin during the Death Star duel?

During their fight on the Death Star in A New Hope, Obi-Wan refers to Darth Vader as "Darth" a couple of times. "Only a master of evil, Darth" "You can't win Darth" In ...
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How much did Hayden Christensen actually appear in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series?

There was quite a lot of excitement and promotion around the return of Hayden Christensen's Anakin Skywalker to the Star Wars universe in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Of course, all of this is muddled ...
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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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Did Darth Vader post-ROTS ever engage in sexual activity in canon?

It's a known fact that powerful people - especially in autocratic regimes - enjoy considerable access to sexual favors (witness Beria, or members of Saddam's government for well known excesses). In ...
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Why did Obi-Wan leave Vader on Mustafar?

When Obi-Wan defeats Vader on Mustafar, he leaves Vader alive. Sure, he's missing his legs and has just caught on fire; but when Obi-Wan walks away, Vader is still alive. I think it's likely that ...
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Extreme use of the Force by Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series

Towards the end of Part V of the Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series, we see Vader use the Force to: The amount of power that Vader demonstrated in that scene seemed a little bit more extreme than anything I ...
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When did Obi-Wan Kenobi learn that Anakin was "dead"?

Obi-Wan left Anakin for dead, and one movie later (in A New Hope) he was saying Anakin had been killed by Darth Vader. What exactly did Obi-Wan know about Anakin and Darth Vader before A New Hope ...
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Comic book in which Darth Vader lifts an AT-AT's leg

I remember reading a comic book in which one of the panels featured Darth Vader lifting an AT-AT's leg. I remember it was like he was standing below its leg and had his hand pointed towards the leg, ...
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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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Was there a given reason that Sidious didn't plan for Vader's name?

In this question and especially it's accepted answer, it is established that the name 'Vader' was plucked from the Force in the moment of his rechristening. Now, Sidious had been planning to seduce ...
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Why did Vader openly talk about Obi-Wan being his master?

Related to, but not a duplicate of, Did Tarkin know Darth Vader's previous identity? According to this answer, Vader's identity as former Jedi Anakin Skywalker was not a publicly known fact in canon. ...
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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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Doesn’t the existence of the Chosen One indicate the Sith’s existence?

If the Jedi Council didn't believe that the Sith were in existence in Episode 1, then: why would there be a debate over the need to train the chosen one (Anakin); and, wouldn't the universe's ...
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Was Darth Vader REALLY a Sith?

Two there should be; no more, no less. One to embody power, the other to crave it. ― Darth Bane Did Darth Vader REALLY crave power? After thinking about the films a bit I realized that Darth Vader ...
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Did Palpatine have a plan if Padme survived?

I quite like the theory that Padme didn't die of childbirth - Palpatine stole her life force to save Darth Vader. In canon, though, Padme died entirely unrelated to Palpatine and Vader. But when ...
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Darth Vader's relationship with the 501st Legion

The Clone Wars series explore much about the relationship between Anakin Skywalker and his troopers, the 501st Legion who would later be renamed Vader's Fist. While Darth Vader does not seem to regard ...
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Was Vader's true identity a secret?

It seems as though, by the time of A New Hope Darth Vader's real identity was unknown by most people. Were Anakin and his alterations kept secret from everyone? Who knew who Darth Vader really was? ...
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Why did Palpatine pick 'Vader' as a name for Anakin?

When Anakin turned to the Dark Side Darth Sidious obviously saw fit to give him a new name: PALPATINE: Henceforth you shall be known as Darth...Vader. ANAKIN: Thank you, my master. I've seen the ...
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Did Yoda definitely know who the other hope was?

When Yoda said "there is another," I always figured it had to do with Darth Vader. The ending makes much more sense that way. The counter-argument that I keep seeing is that Yoda was specifically ...
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How did Obi-Wan know Darth Vader was Anakin?

As noted in this question (similar, but not duplicate), Obi-Wan did know that Anakin was not dead, and that he was, in fact, Darth Vader. In this question, it is clear that the fact that Anakin was ...
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How did Darth Vader know the rebel base was on Hoth?

In The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader looks at a picture of a shield generator on an ice planet and declares that's the rebel base. How could he know merely by looking at the picture from the probe? ...
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Why didn't Darth Vader reopen the blast doors?

When Luke Skywalker shot the control panel for the blast doors on the Death Star, the doors immediately closed, trapping Darth Vader on the other side. Why didn't ...
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Does the Star Wars original trilogy imply that Darth Vader aimed at deposing the Emperor with a converted Luke's help?

I am slightly rusty when it comes to all the details, but let me summarize my doubt and mention a few relevant evidences. Throughout episodes V and VI, it seems as though Vader is seeking to recruit ...
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Why was Darth Vader so interested in Ahsoka?

In the very end of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Darth Vader went to the crash site of Ahsoka (he even picked her lightsaber). It almost seemed so touching to me (he ...
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Why does Vader have different speech patterns than Anakin Skywalker?

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....
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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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Did Vader actually die in the original Star Wars movie, now known as A New Hope?

I know it was changed quickly to make him available for the sequel, but I saw the movie three times in the weeks after its premiere and Darth Vader definitely died in the trench, bumping into his wing-...
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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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When did Vader find Ahsoka's lightsaber?

spoilers for Rebels, TCW season 7, and the Darth Vader Dark Lord of the Sith comic series When I was talking about season 7 of The Clone Wars with a friend of mine, she mentioned that people have been ...
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How did Vader saving Luke turn him to the good side?

Couldn't Vader save his son and continue being a Sith Lord? Couldn't he have let Luke go and basically become the Emperor and have the Galaxy to himself? I don't think killing the Emperor to save your ...
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If Anakin Skywalker didn't get what he wanted as a Sith (to save Padmé), why was he still a Sith?

In the prequels, the primary reason Anakin was willing to become the Chancellor's apprentice is because he wanted to save Padmé; ANAKIN: I will do whatever you ask. PALPATINE: Good. ...

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