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Since when has Darth Vader had a sense of humor?

Vader has quite a dry sense of humour and can often be found quipping at mildly inappropriate moments, especially when choking people, which he really seems to enjoy. One assumes this is a habit he's ...
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Why was Darth Vader so careless?

That’s kind of his job. He’s Number One to the Emperor’s Picard, Luca Brasi to the Emperor’s Godfather. He’s there to put a bit of stick about, kick ass and take names, demonstrate strength and ...
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Is there a story behind the misquote, "Luke, I am your father"?

Contextualization matters more than words In common speech, the quote is fairly vague, and likely only those who have seen the movie would understand the reference (at least, right away, to the ...
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How does Darth Vader sleep with his suit?

In 'Rogue One' we see him suspended in a bacta tank, entirely out of his suit. Presumably this is as close to restful sleep as he gets. Outside of that, there's his meditation chamber featured in 'The ...
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How did Darth Vader know the rebel base was on Hoth?

Anomalous life readings “I think we’ve got something, sir,” Piett informed him. “The report is only a fragment from a probe droid in the Hoth system, but it’s the best lead we’ve had.” ...
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Why did Palpatine pick 'Vader' as a name for Anakin?

Per the Matthew Stover novelization, the name "Vader" was plucked from the Force itself (emphasis mine): Darth Sidious laid a pale hand on Anakin's brow. "Then it is done. You are now ...
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Did Vader ever learn that Sidious controlled both sides in the Clone Wars?

Vader must have known either before or immediately after he killed the Separatist leaders on Mustafar. Nute Gunray welcomes him as "Lord Vader" when he arrives in the Mustafar control room: ...
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Why is Vader suddenly a terrible fighter in Return of the Jedi?

Early in the fight, Vader is going very soft on Luke, specifically trying to direct the fight as he wishes. From the novelization: Vader was impressed with Luke's speed. Pleased, even. It was a pity, ...
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Did Vader actually die in the original Star Wars movie, now known as A New Hope?

Vader's death wasn't canonically confirmed in the film, nor in the original novelisation which was released several weeks before the film came out (and which, in turn is based on the final draft ...
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Why didn't Obi-Wan refer to Darth Vader as Anakin during the Death Star duel?

It's a fairly major plot point that he didn't want Luke to know that Vader was his father. Based on ROTJ, Obi-Wan considered Anakin to be dead. This was likely to help him fight with everything he had ...
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Why was Darth Vader so careless?

First of all, Vader doesn't rush headlong into battle anymore like he used to as Anakin - and he survived that. These days, he sends expendable stormtroopers to overrun the enemy and secure the ground ...
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Did Darth Vader wear the same suit for 20+ years?

The Disney canon novel Thrawn: Alliances makes it clear Vader has more than one outfit in chapter 8: Vader would need his armor cleaned in more time-consuming detail. Fortunately, he had another ...
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Why did Darth Vader need extra equipment (lenses) to clear his vision?

It's not clear if Vader actually needed the lenses on his helmet to see properly. Given that he had to cover his burned flesh anyway, the helmet lenses offered other benefits, such as viewing ...
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Why did George Lucas ban David Prowse (actor of Darth Vader) from appearing at Star Wars conventions?

DAVE PROWSE GEORGE LUCAS FEUD EXPLAINED (See "bold" text below for the answer) Lucasfilm wished to keep the "I am your father" moment under wraps ahead of and upon the sequel’s ...
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Were Palpatine or Vader ever congratulatory or nice to any of their subordinates?

Vader COMMANDER: He was armed only with this. VADER: Good work, Commander. Leave us. Conduct your search and bring his companions to me. Return of the Jedi Emperor VADER: The Death Star will be ...
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What is Darth Vader holding on the cover of the original Star Wars novelization?

In the original John Berkey painting, it appears that Vader is holding his lightsaber, stylized in a similar manner to Luke's lightsaber. (In fact, it almost looks like a solid metal blade with light ...
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How did Obi-Wan know what Darth Vader looked like in Episode IV?

Because Vader was a well-known individual in the Empire. Vader quickly became a highly visible symbol of the Empire, serving as Palpatine’s fearsome enforcer. He hunted down fugitive Jedi who had ...
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Why does Obi-wan tell Anakin not to jump?

He actually likes Anakin and doesn't want to kill him. A Jedi that is not fueled by hate would not make that jump since it's obviously a bad idea, whereas a Sith lets his rage guide him into making ...
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Did Vader ever learn that Sidious controlled both sides in the Clone Wars?

Vader knew that Palpatine is not only A Sith Lord but THE Sith Lord. The one they'd spent years looking for. The one they knew was behind the Separatist movement. In fact, he says as much to Mace ...
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At the end of Return of the Jedi, did Darth Vader learn that Princess Leia was his daughter?

Luke's thoughts were dwelling on his friends, Han and Leia. He inadvertently labeled her as his twin sister in his mind just as Vader was scanning him. Note that Vader knows enough about her identity ...
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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?

While Star Wars revolves around The Force and its users, not everything is about the Force and its users. If my department is having problems with schedule and word is spread that we are going to be ...
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When did Darth Vader get his red lightsaber?

Vader built his lightsaber within five years of his fall to the dark side Cross-referencing Wookieepedia's timeline of canon media and article on Anakin Skywalker, I believe the canon source which ...
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Did Captain Needa die in The Empire Strikes Back?

He's dead, Jim. The script confirms his death. Clutching desperately at his throat, Captain Needa slumps down, then falls over on his back, at the feet of Darth Vader. Two stormtroopers pick up the ...
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Has Darth Vader ever spoken of Anakin as "I", not in third person?

In general it is difficult to tell whether Vader is speaking of Anakin or Vader when he says "I...", even when he's talking about the past. For example, while dueling Obi-Wan on the Death Star Vader ...
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Pre-Disney, did Darth Vader express any opinions on slavery in the Empire?

This comes up in the 2006 Dark Times comic series, set shortly after Revenge of the Sith. In Issue 2, Vader learns that the Empire is selling civilians into slavery as part of their occupation of New ...
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What exactly did Darth Vader leave unfinished that Kylo Ren intended to finish?

JJ Abrams largely addresses this in an interview with IGN. “Kylo Ren idolizes Darth Vader, not Anakin Skywalker,” Abrams explained. “He idolizes what Vader represents and what Vader was trying to do. ...
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Why didn't Vader do anything since he knew that he was becoming redundant?

Vader spent a fair amount of effort trying to turn Luke to his side. If he succeeded Luke would have sided with Vader when Darth Sidious makes them fight over who will be his apprentice. Together, ...
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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?

In the current canon, many of the Imperial Senior officers have confusion where Vader fits into the hierarchy. After many blunders that occur due to them not recognizing him, and to a few ...
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Has Darth Vader ever been exposed to the vacuum of space?

Yes I recall this happening at least once in Marvel's Darth Vader comic series, but it's more convenient for me to quote the canon novel Lords of the Sith: Vader hit a switch and depressurized the ...
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