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Everything You Need to Know About Darth Vader

Here is a quick guide to everything you need to know about Darth Vader.

The man himself.

Formerly known as Anakin Skywalker in the first couple of movies, he became the Sith Lord known as Darth Vader. A former Jedi Knight, Vader became the partner of Emperor Palpatine, the evil emperor who rose to rule the galaxy. The original six Star Wars films are mostly about the rise and fall of Vader’s character. Vader is known to be the most feared character in the entire saga, who uses the dark side of the force to destroy anything that gets in his way. He wields a red lightsaber to kill others and is the most popular character in the Star Wars series. 

Why did Vader move over to the dark side of the force?

Vader was a defeated man. He fell to the Dark Side mainly because he was trying to find a means to prevent his wife’s death and the emperor lied to him that the dark force can save lives. When he actually caused Padme's death, what did he have to live for? Nothing. He was simply trapped as the heavy breathing vessel of Palpatine. He did eventually become obsessed with finding his son, Luke Skywalker, so they together could overthrow Palpatine.

Who is Darth Vader's Master?

Darth Vader is under the control of the Emporer (Sheev Palpatine), who trains him to kill Jedi knights and all people involved with the Jedi committee. The dark side of the force is strong within Vader. He uses all his anger and rage over the death of his wife, Padmé, to keep going. The Emporer seduces Vader into believing that you can save one's life by using the dark side. 

Who Does Darth Vader kill to restore balance in the galaxy?

This video above shows the battle between Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and the Emperor. This is where Vader saves his son, Luke, and kills the Emperor to show his son the good in him. It is an iconic scene and is my personal favorite scene in all the movies. PS- If you listen very carefully as Darth Vader picks up the Emperor and throws him down the Death Star shaft, you will witness the only time the Jedi theme music plays over a shot of Vader, reflecting his return to the light side of the Force. Occasionally people think it was Vader’s son Luke Skywalker who brought balance to the Force. While Luke’s efforts helped with it, the actual of balancing the Force came when Vader chose to throw the Emperor down the well (as the Emperor was in the middle of killing Luke with Force lightning). Vader found the compassion or love for his son was greater than the loyalty he had to the Emperor and the Dark Side of the Force. Vader truly was the chosen one.

Who played Darth Vader in the films?

Seven people have contributed to the character performance of Darth Vader in the movies. If we go in chronological order - Jake Lloyd played Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace, Hayden Christensen played Anakin and Darth in the other two prequels, David Prowse was the suit in all three original trilogy films while James Earl Jones did the voice over four times (in Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith). Bob Anderson chipped in with some stunt work in Jedi and Sebastian Shaw famously played the unmasked Vader in Jedi as well. 

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