Darth Vader

Introduced in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Vader is depicted as a ruthless cyborg pursuing the film’s protagonists. Along with Grand Moff Tarkin, Vader is charged with recovering the Death Star‘s technical schematics stolen by the Rebel Alliance, who seek to overthrow the Galactic EmpireObi-Wan Kenobi tells Luke Skywalker that Vader is a former Jedi who “betrayed and murdered” Luke’s father. Luke and Obi-Wan — along with smugglers Han Soloand Chewbacca as well as droids R2-D2 and C-3PO — help Princess Leia Organa escape the Death Star. Vader kills Obi-Wan in a lightsaber duel and escapes the Death Star’s destruction during the film’s climactic battle scene.[19]

Three years later in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Vader leads an Imperial starfleet in pursuit of the Rebels. Intent on turning Luke to the dark side, Vader captures Leia, Han, Chewbacca and C-3PO on Cloud City to used them as bait for Luke, who has by now been partially trained as a Jedi by Yoda. During a lightsaber duel, Vader cuts off Luke’s right hand and reveals that he is Luke’s father; he then entreats Luke to convert to the dark side so they can “rule the galaxy as father and son”. Horrified with Vader’s confession, Luke throws himself into Cloud City’s reactor core and ultimately escapes aboard the Millennium Falcon. Onboard his Star Destroyer, Vader telepathically tells Luke that it is his destiny to join the dark side.[19]

Three years later in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Luke surrenders himself to Vader’s Imperial forces in to hopes to turn his father back “to the light side”. Vader brings Luke onto the second Death Star, where the Emperor tries to seduce Luke to the dark side. During their duel, Vader learns Leia’s true identity as Luke’s twin sister and threatens to turn her to the dark side if Luke will not submit. Enraged, Luke attacks and overpowers Vader, severing his mechanical right hand. At the last minute, Luke realizes he is close to suffering his father’s fate, and refuses the Emperor’s command to kill Vader and take his place. Enraged, the Emperor unleashes a torrent of Force lightning upon Luke, who begs his father for help. The sight of his son’s suffering breaks the dark side’s hold on Vader, who kills Palpatine by throwing him into the Death Star’s reactor core; in the process, however, he is mortally wounded by his master’s lightning. Redeemed, Vader asks Luke to remove his helmet; in his dying breaths, Anakin tells his son that there was good left in him after all. Luke escapes with his father’s remains, which he burns in a funeral pyre. The same night, the Rebels celebrate the destruction of the Death Star and the fall of the Empire, and Luke sees of Anakin’s spirit standing alongside the spirits of Obi-Wan and Yoda.[20]