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 ...
It is instantly demoralizing. If a bunch of storm troopers busted in, chances are Han or Chewie would whip out the blasters and start firing. This way the targets are caught unawares, show blatantly that they are meeting overwhelming force, and within seconds neutralized. No heroic last stands, no fiery martyrdom, but 3 captives with minimal fuss.
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, ...
I'd say yes, he was a Sith - just not a very good one. I think you're spot on about getting snared in a bad situation, and - as I've written about Vader elsewhere on SE, I think that's generally how evil works, by requiring you to trade your soul because you're not willing to pay the price to hold onto it.
I think a couple of things are at play with the ...
In the novels, Vader is working to get Luke to fall, as is Palpatine, but Vader wants Luke to swear loyalty to him, and not Palpatine.
The first goal is to get Luke to actually commit himself to the Dark Side; righteous anger is too easily quenched by reason. Luke could have killed Palpatine there and then, and then gone right back to the Light leaving ...
Because it means a member of the military that he himself commands is...
There, I said it. We're talking about a 7ft tall maniac who can, merely by thinking about it, choke you from across the room without touching you. And that certainly wasn't Vader's first demonstration of such. Even if they thought he was a con, merely 20 years prior the entire ...
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; a questioning ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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,...
Prowse (the actor who played Vader) was originally told to reveal that it was Obi-Wan who killed Luke's father.
However, the original writer of the script that would become Empire Strikes Back, Leigh Brackett, died before finishing the final draft.
After Leigh's death, Lucas took over writing the script. It was received poorly, likely spurring on ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
According to SW Wikia discussions:
he control panel from V and VI bore Hebrew lettering that can be translated as "His deeds will not be forgiven, until he merits".
Someone fluent in Hebrew was able to corroborate that based on Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection, by DK publishing as well
There is also a fairly extended discussion on the page ...
It says nothing coherent.
I am an Israeli, fluent in English and Hebrew is my mother tongue.
Although the translations are true it is not what is written on the shield.
The first letter of the first line is a mirrored א
The second letter of the second line is an upside down ח or ת
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
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...