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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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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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 the Emperor realize that torturing Luke to death in front of Vader might be a bad idea?

I know he's supposed to be an evil super-genius, but the Emperor seems to lack common sense here. He sensed that Vader's feelings about Luke weren't clear pretty early on, and while he was using ...
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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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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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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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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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The use of 'Darth' as Vader's name, not title, in Star Wars

I watched Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope for the first time in a while a few days ago (the first step in taking my Daughter through the Machete Order). One thing that stood out was the pre-duel ...
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Why did Darth Vader choose to take shots from Han Solo?

In Episode V, in Cloud City, Lando Calrissian brings Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca into an trap, where Darth Vader is sitting in a room. Han immediately takes his gun out and shoots at Vader. ...
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When/How does the Empire say Anakin Skywalker died?

According to official Imperial records/propaganda, when & how did Anakin Skywalker die? Given that the identity of Darth Vader is a secret in-universe, we also know that the galaxy at large ...
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Is Vader sincere with Luke in ESB?

Near the end of Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader has a big proposal for Luke: "Luke, you can destroy the Emperor. He has foreseen this. It is your destiny! Join me, and together, we can rule the ...
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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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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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If the Emperor and Vader agree to recruit Luke, doesn't that violate the Rule of Two?

I understand the Rule of Two, there's always a master and an apprentice. But if that's true, then there should be exactly two Sith at any given time. In The Empire Strikes Back, Vader and the Emperor ...
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Why didn't it ring a bell to Vader that the escape pod with the plans landed on Tatooine?

Why didn't it ring a bell to Vader that the escape pod with the plans landed on Tatooine?
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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 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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How does Darth Vader eliminate waste from his body?

I've always wondered what the deal was with Darth Vader's "crotch door". Does he use a catheter (due to all his injuries) or does he simply flip the door up and whip it out? I've never really seen the ...
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Who gave the order to kill Owen and Beru Lars?

The EU book The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader reveals that Vader personally gave the stormtroopers the order to kill Owen and Beru Lars, and that he knew who he was condemning to death before he gave ...
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Why was Darth Vader's cape fluttering at the end of Rogue One?

At the end of Rogue One, Darth Vader and two stormtroopers watch Tantive IV leave the Profundity. It looks like they are outside the airlock, but his cape is fluttering as if there is a stiff breeze ...
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Was Anakin redeemable because he was not fully fallen?

In his 20+ years as Darth Vader, was Anakin ever fully fallen to the dark side? Before Padme's arrival on Mustafar, he was crying and regretting the mess he had gotten himself into. When Luke tried to ...
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Why Did Sidious Tell Vader Who Luke Was?

In the ret-con version of Episode V (The Empire Strikes Back), the scene between Darth Vader and Darth Sidious (at the time of the changes, still only known as the Emperor) was changed so Sidious ...
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What exactly did Darth Vader leave unfinished that Kylo Ren intended to finish?

In a Star Wars: The Force Awakens TV Spot there is a scene of Kylo Ren saying "I will finish what you've started" to Darth Vader's mask. Do we know what exactly Kylo Ren means? What does he want to ...
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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 ...
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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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Can Darth Vader use Force Lightning?

He is only the most potent Force user ever. He is a dark side practitioner. The Emperor and others use it. Why didn't Darth Vader ever use Force Lightning?
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Why didn't Darth Vader tell Sidious that Obi-Wan disappeared instead of dying?

After the events of A New Hope, Sidious believed Obi-Wan was dead. Vader apparently never told Sidious that Obi-Wan disappeared instead of being sliced in two on the original Death Star. From the ...
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How did Vader know that Obi-Wan was helping Luke?

Vader: He's just a boy. Obi-Wan can no longer help him (Empire Strikes Back) How does Vader know that Obi-Wan helped Luke before? He doesn't know that Luke grew up on Tatooine even if he guessed, he ...
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Why were the Imperials rude to Vader in the beginning of A New Hope?

It was my understanding that Vader was the second in command of the Emperor in the Empire. However in the beginning of the movie one of the generals taunts Vader that his abilities in the Force have ...
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What was Darth Vader's official role (or rank) in the Empire?

Darth Vader was a man of great importance. He carried out highly sensitive missions for the Emperor, ranging from killing Jedi in the Great Jedi Purge to retrieving the top secret Death Star plans in ...
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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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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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Who invented Darth Vader? George Lucas or George McFly?

In Back to the Future, Marty famously frightens his father into action in 1955 by pretending to be Darth Vader from the planet Vulcan: Presumably, Star Trek and Star ...
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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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How does Vader know that escape is not Obi-Wan's plan?

In Episode IV, Vader senses Obi-Wan's presence on the Death Star. In a conversation with Governor Tarkin, he states that, "Escape is not his plan. I must face him alone". How does he know what Obi-...
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Why was Darth Vader called Lord Vader?

In episodes three, four, five and six of Star Wars Darth Vader is sometimes called Lord Vader. What does this title, "Lord", represent? At this point in the Star Wars history knowledge of the Jedi is ...
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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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Why is Darth Vader's body suit considered an upgrade to General Grievous'?

It is said that Darth Vader's body armour suit is a direct upgrade of how General Grievous was created. But I can't understand how this is an "upgrade". It was heavier, immobile (compared to Grievous),...
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Is Darth Vader really afraid of the Emperor?

In Episode VI, during their conversation before meeting the Emperor, Luke asks Vader to give up on the Emperor and join him instead, at which Vader replies: "You don't know the power of the Dark Side, ...
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Did Darth Sidious know that Anakin was the product of his Master's experiment?

It is now canon that Anakin's birth was a result (un-planned for) of an attempt by Darth Plagueis to create a life that would be a Sith weapon. 1) Is there any canon information regarding whether ...
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Why didn't Vader detect the Force in Leia?

In the original trilogy of Star Wars, one of the first scenes is Leia meeting Darth Vader, as Vader is asking her where the plans for the Death Star were hidden. Leia claims ignorance and says that ...
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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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Did Obi-Wan need to sacrifice himself to Vader?

As far as I understand it, Obi-Wan Kenobi's motivation for engaging Darth Vader in combat and was to buy time for Luke et al to escape from the Death Star. After the battle, he urges Luke, "Run, ...
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Could Vader Have Become Strong Enough In The Force To Leave The 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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How could Luke hide from Vader during the duel on Death Star II?

In Return of the Jedi, Vader throws his lightsaber at Luke causing the catwalk come crashing down. Luke uses this in his advantage and hides from him under the throne room platform. Unable to locate ...
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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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Would Vader Know He's Becoming Redundant?

In Revenge of the Sith: And in The Empire Strikes Back: But this would create problems with the Rule of Two, since that would result in three powerful Sith. And later, in The Return of the Jedi: I ...
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When did Darth Vader learn that Luke took part in Leia's rescue from the Death Star?

While answering this, I ran into the following assertion by OP: from what I can tell, Vader wasn't aware that Luke was in the Millennium Falcon when the Death Star captured it after blowing up ...
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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 ...