Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith, was the scourge of the Jedi, a master of the dark side of the Force, and one of the Emperor's most trusted servants. He wasn't always a fearsome enforcer, however.
He began life as Anakin Skywalker, a young slave from Tatooine skilled in piloting and strong in the Force. Anakin's very origins are mysterious. His mother, Shmi, revealed that there was no biological father. Inexplicably, she became pregnant with the Force-prodigy and carried him to term. Some among the Jedi believed this to be part of an ancient prophecy of a Chosen One, willed into life by the midi-chlorians, who would bring balance to an increasingly darkening Force. There was another possibility, though. The child could have been the creation of sinister Sith manipulations, as the Dark Lords Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious conspired to bring about the perfect apprentice by coaxing life from lifelessness.

Once discovered by maverick Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, Anakin was taken before the Jedi Council to be trained. There was some controversy on the subject -- despite Jinn's adamant assurances that Skywalker was one spoken of in the prophecy, the council was hesitant to allow his training at the age of nine.

Finally, the Council agreed that Anakin should be trained, and he was assigned to Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi. Kenobi recklessly thought that he could be as skillful a master as Yoda. His mistakes had dire consequences for the galaxy.

Skywalker was seduced by the dark side of the Force. His boundless abilities fueled a sense of pride that hastened his fall. He chafed under the rigid strictures of the Jedi Code, and would discreetly transgress from the Jedi teachings to suit his wants. Despite it being forbidden, Skywalker secretly married his love Padmé Amidala. It was his deep-rooted concern for her safety that became his greatest weakness, one that the Sith Lord Darth Sidious was able to exploit.

Skywalker was plagued with prophetic visions of his wife dying in childbirth. His friend and confidant, Chancellor Palpatine, revealed to the troubled young Jedi that a pathway to immortality lay among the teachings of the Sith. Palpatine revealed himself to be the shadowy Sith Lord Darth Sidious, and poisoned Anakin's faculties with well-crafted words of praise and conspiracy. Anakin, who had reason to doubt the Jedi's capabilities and intentions, began to lean more and more to the dark side. When it came time to make the fateful decision, he agreed to follow Sidious' teachings and knelt before the dark master.

Anakin was renamed Darth Vader. The Sith conspiracy, which had been festering in the shadows of the Republic for a thousand years, sprang into action. Palpatine elevated himself to the position of Emperor, and dispatched Vader as his ultimate enforcer. With his unparalled Force abilities, Vader swept through the Jedi Temple. He led his elite clone trooper forces through the polished corridors, cutting a swath of death and destruction through the remaining Jedi on Coruscant.

Vader brought an end to the Clone Wars by slaughtering all the masterminds of the Confederacy of Independent Systems on Mustafar. In his twisted perception, he was bringing peace and order to the new Empire, wiping away the corruption and chaos of the Republic's twilight.

His wife, Padmé Amidala, followed Anakin to Mustafar, to plead for him to return from the dark side. When Obi-Wan Kenobi emerged from Amidala's ship, Vader was consumed with rage. He saw betrayal at every corner. Distraught, he reached out with his hand and began to telekinetically throttle Padmé. She gasped for air before collapsing, unconscious, on the Mustafar landing platform. Shocked at how far his apprentice had fallen, Kenobi vowed to stop Vader and the two entered into a fierce lightsaber duel that traversed the burning Mustafar landscape.

Despite his newfound power bestowed by the dark side of the Force, Anakin was grievously wounded in the fight. Kenobi's blade sheared from him his lower legs and his left arm, and his crippled body tumbled onto the searing black sands of Mustafar. He caught fire, and Vader was severely burned all over his body. His burning anger kept him alive, and he was forever scarred not only by his wounds but also by betrayal. He abandoned his former identity. Sidious took Vader from Mustafar to an Imperial rehabilitation center where he was rebuilt. When metal coupled with flesh in the form of cyborg implants and enhancements required to sustain him, Skywalker's transformation was complete. He was no longer Anakin. He was Darth Vader.

At the time of his transformation, Vader never knew that Padmé had given birth to twins. Obi-Wan Kenobi hid the children from the Dark Lord and his master, Emperor Palpatine. Vader somehow discovered that he had a son, Luke Skywalker, but never suspected he had a daughter, Leia, who was secretly taken to be raised by Bail Organa, Viceroy and First Chairman of Alderaan.

In the chaos that accompanied Palpatine's rise to power, Vader became one of the Emperor's most loyal servants. The Emperor entrusted him with the elimination of the Jedi Knights. During these dark times, Vader and his agents destroyed the remnants of Jedi order.

When the Galactic Civil War raged across the Empire, Darth Vader was tasked with discovering the location of the Rebel Alliance's secret base. Vader captured Rebel operative Princess Leia Organa and had her tortured to reveal the location of the hidden fortress. Vader also sought technical plans stolen by the Rebels. These plans carried the complete schematics of the Empire's most powerful weapon, the Death Star battle station. When a rescue team successfully liberated the princess, Vader found himself face to face with his former master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Vader defeated the aged Jedi Knight in a lightsaber duel.

Using the stolen plans to pinpoint the Death Star's weakness, Rebel forces launched a starfighter attack on the station. Entering the battle, Vader piloted his own specially modified fighter. He managed to destroy the most Rebel pilots in the battle, but was forced out of the conflict when his own vessel was crippled by the Millennium Falcon.

Three years after the destruction of the Death Star, Vader led an elite squadron of Star Destroyers headed by his flagship, the Super Star Destroyer Executor. He was to seek out and capture the Rebels responsible for the Death Star's demise. Eventually, Vader tracked the Rebels down to the ice-world of Hoth. There, he launched a ground attack destroying the base. His quarry, the Millennium Falcon, escaped.

During the Hoth campaign, the Emperor commanded Vader to track down the "son of Skywalker," and have Vader turn him to the dark side of the Force. Vader planned to use Skywalker's friends as bait to lure him into a trap. He hired a motley gang of bounty hunters to track down the Falcon, and drew Luke to Bespin's Cloud City. He and Luke clashed in a lightsaber duel that Vader won by ruthlessly severing Luke's sword-hand. Vader then revealed to the broken young Jedi that he was his father, and that they would rule the galaxy as father and son. Luke refused to succumb to the dark side, and escaped his father. Vader was left empty-handed.

After these incidents, Palpatine reassigned Vader from the Imperial fleet, and instead put him in charge of overseeing the new Death Star operation. The Emperor began to distrust his once loyal servant. Vader's contact with his son sparked something within him, something the Emperor did not like.

Palpatine was scheduled to arrive at the second Death Star. The Emperor foresaw that Skywalker would come before the two, and then they would seduce young Luke to the dark side, just as Anakin had been drawn to its power decades earlier.

When Luke surrendered, and was taken before the Emperor, Palpatine pitted father and son in a lightsaber duel. Skywalker refused to fight and give into the temptation of the dark side. Vader, probing his mind, learned of his daughter, Leia Organa. He threatened to turn her to the dark side. At this threat, Luke gave into his hatred and attacked his father. In the ferocious assault that followed, young Skywalker nearly killed Vader.

Horrified by what he had become, Luke abandoned his new found dark side rage, and refused Palpatine's offers of power. "I am a Jedi, like my father before me," Skywalker proudly claimed.

Palpatine unleashed a deadly barrage of dark side energy on the young Jedi. Lightning bolts spawned from pure evil tore into Luke's body with searing pain. Vader stood helplessly, watching his son writhe in agony from torture delivered by his master. Unable to watch anymore, Vader turned against his master. He grabbed a surprised Palpatine from behind, hoisted him above his head, and tossed his evil master down a bottomless reactor shaft. Vader was bombarded by the Emperor's Force lightning, mortally wounding him.

As he lay dying, Vader ceased to be. Anakin Skywalker returned. He asked his son to remove the cumbersome, fearsome mask that had concealed his face for decades. His mask and life support removed, Anakin looked upon Luke for the first and last time. He then died, his body disappearing into the light side of the Force. Luke burned the dark armor that had encased Anakin's crippled body in a quiet funeral pyre on the forest moon of Endor that night.
Darth Vader see also Anakin Skywalker
by Predeckis May 26, 2006
Darth Vader was once Anakin Skyalker, son of Shmi Skywalker, from the planet Tatooine which is excluded from the Empire and is located in the Outer Rim. Qui Gon Jinn's ship had broken and he needed to find parts for cheap. Meeting Anakin in a repair shop as a slave at the age of nine. Qui Gon Jinn had felt the force with him, as he was much smarter and his reflexes were incredibly fast, and the only human who could Pod Race...Anakin had more midi-chlorians than Yoda, which amazed the Jedi Council...Qui Gonn had taken Anakin to the council and they denied him to be trained, due to attatchment to his mother. Qui Gonn had died in battle to Darth Maul, apprentice of Darth Sidious(a.k.a. Emporer Palpatine) and Qui Gonn's last request was for Obi-Wan to train Anakin in the ways of the Jedi. Once again, the council had denied Anakin to be trained, but Obi-Wan did as his master had asked. Anakin had gone through 12 years of training and eventually was turned to the Dark Side of the force, because of his loved one Padme Amidala who was once the Queen of the empire, now the Senator. But before those events, Anakin had visions and nightmares of his mother dying...he couldn't resist these images and went to Tatooine to see her, he eventually finds out she was kidnapped by Tusken Raiders and he was upset and slaughtered an entire camp of them. His mother died later on. He also had images of Padme dying in childbirth, thinking he couldn't lose any more of his loved ones, he searched for power to save her...yet again Darth Sidious had seduced him completely to the dark side when Darth Sidious had executed Mace Windu...giving Anakin the new name of Darth Vader...later Order 66 was given to all clones, the clones turned against the jedi and abandoned there orders to kill all jedi and armies....Anakin was also upset because he had gotten on the council, but not appointed the rank of master. Later Anakin fought Obi-Wan on the firey world of Mustafar...Obi-Wan had defeated Anakin and Anakin was severely burned after Obi-Wan had chopped off most of Anakins limbs, a new dark, scary suit was made for Darth Vader, and Vader undergoed the training of Darth Sidious...later his son Luke Skywalker had found out Darth Vader was his father, and Luke, the last Jedi had fought Vader and cut off his right hand, and Darth Sidious was electricuting Luke, not bearing the sight of his only son being tortured..Darth Vader with the little strength he had left threw him down the shaft...Darth Vader was now Anakin Skywalker again after 25 years..turning to the lightside of the force he had turned into a jedi spirit ghost and was re-united with Yoda and Obi-wan. A celebration at the end on the planet of Endor was taken place
"Your lack of faith...is disturbing."-Darth Vader
by FenixSX January 25, 2006
A hand in a poker game when you're holding the two black fours. These are called the dark fours(dark force), and given the name the Darth Vader Hand.
My Darth Vader kicks your Ace high anyday!
by cjizzle May 07, 2005
Biggest Gangsta/pimp in the galactic ghetto.
Darth Vader: Where is my Money!
Galactic Hoe: I don't Know (Lightsaber ignites)
Galactic Hoe: AHHHHHHHHHHHH (Slicing continues)
by Favnila February 01, 2009
Son of Smi Skywalker, husband to Padme Amidala, father of Luke. An extremely powerful Jedi Knight turned Sith Lord, he helped spread terror and chaos throughout the galaxy. Also known as Anakin Skywalker.
Luke... I am your father...
by tt March 04, 2003
That's when a guy cums in both his girlfriend's nostrils so she has to breathe like Darth Vader
Man, was my girlfriend pissed when I Darth Vadered her!
by Gin167 July 10, 2008
Chuck Norris-but a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
Darth Vader pretended to die at the end of Star Wars but because he was really Chuck Norris in disguise he traveled to our planet without a space suit (or space ship) and made a bunch of cool kung fu movies but he didn't play Darth Vader in the last Star Wars movie because everyone knows that Darth Vader was lameass as hell...
by Darth Norris April 13, 2009
Leader of The Empire. Like James K. Polk, apparently, he can kill people by just looking at them.
Darth Vader merely glanced at a skeptical minion and expressed disappointment over his doubts about the Jedi Force. The minion began to suffocate.
by Richard Locke Peterson November 30, 2007

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