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"The Force is strong with this one." ― Vader in A New Hope

Darth Vader (real name Anakin Skywalker) (born 41 BBY-dies 4 ABY) is the pivotal antagonist in the original Star Wars trilogy. He is the father of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, husband of Padmé Amidala, and the grandfather of Kylo Ren/Ben Solo.

He was portrayed by David Prowse and voiced by James Earl Jones in the original trilogy.

Why He Rocks

  1. He has become one of the most iconic villains in popular culture, and has been listed among the greatest villains and fictional characters ever.
  2. His line, "No, I am your father," (even though it's constantly misquoted as "Luke, I am your father") is one of the most well known quotes in cinema history.
  3. He was portrayed very well by James Earl Jones.
  4. His iconic status has made the character a synonym for evil in popular culture.
  5. The scene in Rogue One featuring Darth Vader himself is awesome.
  6. He is a very intimidating villain, especially his first appearance in A New Hope.
  7. His design is nice to look at.

Bad Qualities

  1. Hayden Christensen's performance as Anakin in the prequels (mainly Attack of the Clones) wasn't very good and can often sound forced and lifeless. Then again, hardly anyone can make scenes like those work, so Hayden's not completely at fault. Plus he gets better in Revenge of the Sith.
    1. And then there's Jake Lloyd who played young Anakin, who's also pretty annoying. (Then again, centering an child actor like him to be the future Vader, wasn't exactly the best idea.)
  2. His relationship with Padmé in the second prequel feels very forced.
  3. His "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!" line in Revenge of the Sith sounds weird and ridiculous.
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Luke Skywalker | Han Solo | Princess Leia (spoilers) | Chewbacca | Lando Calrissian | C-3PO and R2-D2

Rebel Alliance & New Republic Navy

Admiral Ackbar

Rogue One Squad

Cirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus

Galactic Empire

Emperor Palpatine | Darth Vader (spoilers) | Grand Moff Tarkin

First Order

Kylo Ren

The Jedi Order

Obi-Wan Kenobi | Yoda

The Sith Order

Darth Maul

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Boba Fett | The Mandalorian | Jabba the Hut | Cornelius Evazan and Ponda Baba


The Child | Prince Xizor

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