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 picked up from his mentor Obi-Wan "so uncivilised" Kenobi.
A New Hope
VADER: I find your lack of faith disturbing [as he's choking Motti]
Empire Strikes ...
The short answer is: Because he sacrificed himself out of love for his son, who had just spared his life when he was defeated and helpless.
For the full answer, we need to begin with a little background.
When Luke is preparing to surrender to Vader, he stops to tell Leia the good news ("I'm your brother!") and the bad news ("Vader is our dad!"):
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 fearlessness on behalf of the throne. You can’t effectively inspire fear from behind a space desk.
I don’t think we see any evidence that the Rebels are particularly ...
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 desired effect). But by prefacing it with "Luke", you cue people in to the reference better by offering more context.
It's quite similar to how Kirk never said "...
People with long-lost parents tend to seek them out soon after finding out about them...
If either Obi-Wan or Yoda had told Luke the truth, then Luke would likely have sought out Vader at the first opportunity.
In A New Hope, let's suppose the conversation with Obi-Wan on Tatooine went like this instead:
OBI-WAN: This lightsaber belonged to your father, ...
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 Empire Strikes Back' which allows him to at least remove the helmet, and as the name suggests; meditate.Keep in mind though that Vader is never "...
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.”
Unimpressed, Ozzel snapped, “We have thousands of probe droids
searching the galaxy. I want proof, not leads!” But Piett wasn’t
finished. He added, “The ...
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:
Welcome, Lord Vader. We've been expecting you.
Gunray would only know to use Vader's Sith name and would only be expecting him if he had been dealing with Sidious.
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 one with the Order of the Dark Lords of the Sith. From this day forward, the truth of you, my apprentice, now and forevermore, will be Darth ..."
A pause; ...
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, almost, he couldn't let the boy kill the Emperor yet. Luke wasn't ready for that, emotionally. There was still a chance Luke would return to his friends if he ...
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 shooting script).
When we last see him (in both the film and the novel) he's blasting off into deep space.
To the other side, Darth Vader’s fighter began spinning ...
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 and potentially kill an old friend. (ROTJ Screenplay)
You father was seduced by the dark side of the Force. He ceased to be
Anakin Skywalker and became ...
Obi-Wan saw a security hologram of Papaltine/Sidious referring to him as "Lord Vader"
From the script:
185 INT. CORUSCANT-JEDI TEMPLE-CONTROL CENTER-NIGHT
OBI-WAN enters the Main Control Center with YODA and heads for the hologram area.
OBI-WAN: Wait, Master. There is something I must know . . .
YODA: If into the security recordings you go,...
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 full set in his quarters that he could wear while the Chimera's techs restored this one.
COMMANDER: He was armed only with this.
Good work, Commander. Leave us. Conduct your search and bring his companions to me.
Return of the Jedi
VADER: The Death Star will be completed on schedule.
EMPEROR: You have done well, Lord Vader. And now I sense you wish to continue your search for young Skywalker.
Return of the Jedi
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 different light spectrums, a heads-up display, and making him intimidating. Those alone could be enough to justify covering his eyes.
However, it's perfectly plausible ...
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 before making his entrance. If anyone is dead from a trap, it won't be him.
Secondly, even if something is amiss, that is exactly what the Force is for. It ...
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 glinting off it to me, but I think that's just stylization.)
Berkey's illustrations from early in the history of Star Wars were done with minimal access to ...
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 escaped Order 66, as well as ferreting out enemies both within and without.
Darth Vader - Databank
And if you are wondering how Kenobi knew ...
Obi-Wan knew what was going to happen even before the fight with Vader. When R2 found the locations of the tractor beams, Luke wanted to go with him and Obi-Wan said, "Your destiny lies along a different path than mine." He knew, at the time, that he was going to be facing something where he might not survive. He probably even knew that there was no way ...
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 initial release for obvious reasons.
However, Den of Geek notes that Dave teased the reveal to the press
beforehand, saying: "Father can't kill son, son can'...
The point of being on the Dark side is that you're motivated by "dark" emotions: Anger. Possessiveness. Powerlust.
Saving Luke was the direct opposite.
Vader is in a constant struggle between his Dark Side tendencies and the remnants of Anakin pulling towards the Light Side - we see this in the new Disney canon book "The Sith Lords", where
I think the answer to this changes depending on when you ask it.
If you're asking the question in the prequel trilogy Sidious wants Anakin to be his apprentice because he's on track to become one of the most powerful Jedi ever. If he can corrupt him and seduce him then he would have that power serving the dark side. Sure, it's a risk but if he can ...
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 Windu before deciding to betray the Jedi Order.
Anakin Skywalker: He won't give up his power. I just learned the terrible truth. I think Chancellor Palpatine is a ...
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 that he's confident that he'll be able to find her and turn her to the dark side. This implies that he knows her identity.
“Give yourself to the dark side,” ...
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 first depicts Vader after his fall to the dark side in Episode III is the novel Lords of the Sith. The events of that novel occurred five years after Episode III, ...
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 visited by the CEO, my managers are going to get very nervous, despite the fact our CEO isn't a Force user, nor a Sith.
If the commander of a Nazi installation ...
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 that jump.
If he would have surrendered I guess Obi-wan would have given him another chance to come to the light side, so with 1. he hopes that that's the outcome....
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 lifeless body and carry it quickly away as Admiral Piett
and two of his captains hurry up to the Dark Lord.
Additionally, the 25th anniversary novelization ...