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->''"Oh course I'm serious. Why else would I be dressed like Darth Vader?"''
-->-- '''Lelouch vi Britannia/Zero''', ''WebVideo/CodeGeassTheAbridgedSeries''

The Darth Vader Clone, a character archetype originating in sci-fi begun by the popularity of the character Darth Vader from ''Franchise/StarWars''.

Archetype includes the following:

* Wears a life support mask or a similar mask. Bonus points if he has VaderBreath.
* Wears [[BlackKnight Dark]] [[TinTyrant Armor]], often including a kabuto-like CoolHelmet.
* Has a BadassCape
* The Character may have a LukeIAmYourFather moment.
* May have been a FallenHero.
* Commonly a MagicKnight or the equivalent.
* Is sometimes an ArchnemesisDad.
* Is sometimes TheDragon instead of the BigBad, as the original Vader was. In this case, the Darth Vader clone often supports a physically weaker, less combative, or more magical evil mastermind.
* May also have complex motivations that make him/her more of an AntiVillain, although still somewhat dark.
* [[EvilSoundsDeep Speaks in a really deep voice.]] Expect his/her voice to either sound metallic or machine-like as well if possible, which is tied to the mask, armor, and fall from grace.
* Carries a weapon. Commonly a sword.

[[FountainOfExpies Not surprisingly]], many characters of this type are found in ''StarWars'' canon itself. See also MayTheFarceBeWithYou. Compare CharClone, which is a descendant trope.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Char Aznable and [[CharClone his many clones]] from the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise. Yes, a FountainOfExpies ''squared''. The biggest though is Iron Mask Carozzo from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'', which makes sense given the number of ''StarWars'' references in that film.
* Hazanko from ''Manga/OutlawStar''.
* [[BigBad Raoh]] and [[BackupTwin Kaioh]] in ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' both have elements of this (related to TheHero, underwent a pre-series FaceHeelTurn, [[LargeAndInCharge powerful and imposing physiques]], [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking command of large armies of men]], [[TheRival rival members of the same ancient tradition as]] TheHero[[spoiler:, a RedemptionEqualsDeath moment at the hands of TheHero]], etc.). [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] by [[DirtyCoward Jagi]], who has the appearance of one but none of the character traits.

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* DoctorDoom, designed by JackKirby, may appear to be this, but [[OlderThanTheyThink predates Vader by over a decade]], and in fact Vader was partly based on him. {{Darkseid}}, created by Kirby for his ''NewGods'' book, also preceded Vader and had both thematic and visual similarities in common with him.
* ''StarWarsLegacy'': Cade refuses to let his childhood love Azlyn die, even though she asks him to, accepting her fate and the will of the Force. When all other options fail, he gets her to people who put her in a Vader-esque life support armor. After waking up, she was really pissed at him. Fortunately for her, she managed to avoid slipping to Dark Side and managed to get the scary black suit replaced with something much more elegant. One of the doctors was reluctant to put Azlyn in the armor out of fear of creating another Vader. Someone else pointed out that Vader turned evil before he was put in the suit.
** Darth Krayt also has several Vader-esque qualities, most obviously his appearance (he's big and imposing, and his armor is dark, [[SpikesOfVillainy spiky]] and includes a face-concealing helmet) his backstory (fallen Jedi turned Sith Lord), the fact that he's suffering from a crippling physical condition which his armor helps abate, and his [[VillainTakesAnInterest interest in turning the protagonist]]. However, he's the BigBad, not TheDragon (and ironically, his Dragon, Darth Wyyrlok, is in many ways more like Palpatine than Vader).
* Galaxy of Fear: Clones has a literal clone of Darth Vader.
* ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}''' own Baron Karza, in both the toy and the [[Creator/MarvelComics comic]].
* Lumiya from ''ComicBook/MarvelStarWars'' was trained by the man himself and is practically a DistaffCounterpart.
* There's also Dirk Raider from ''ComicStrip/BrewsterRockitSpaceGuy''. He has his own stormtroopers and a giant sphere, the [[http://www.gocomics.com/brewsterrockit/2012/12/10 Death Moon]] (that's no moon). Not only is he similar in appearance to Darth Vader (although his helmet is more similar to Boba Fett), he even has a similar backstory to Vader's StartOfDarkness in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. A notable difference, however, is that Dirk Raider's more of a CardCarryingVillain instead of a complex character.
* The Enlighteneds from ''{{Valerian}}'' album, ''The Empire of a Thousand Planets'' are another example that actually predates ''StarWars'' and may have played a part in inspiring it. They are a mysterious sect of seers who hide behind ominous metallic masks and their leader has a dramatic unmasking scene where he reveals himself to be a human being scarred and deformed by cosmic radiation.
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[[folder:Films]]
* The original Darth Vader from the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films is the TropeNamer.
** Darth Maul is obviously an Expy of Darth Vader in a TheDragon sort of way. Count Dooku is also an Expy of Darth Vader, but he's actually got more in common with The Emperor. General Grievous is a bit closer to Vader; Darth Vader has trouble breathing, Grevious has a cough, and they're both cyborgs. WordOfGod says the three were used for {{foreshadowing}}, each one being an element of Vader: Maul as TheDragon who enforces the Emperor's will, Dooku as a fallen Jedi, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Grievous as a cyborg with breathing problems]].
* Darth Vader's own appearance is often thought to be inspired by the FilmSerial character The Lightning from ''The Fighting Devil Dogs.''
* Dark Helmet from ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' is a blatant parody, with [[NerdInEvilsHelmet nerdy]] RickMoranis hiding behind the visor of his oversized helmet.
* Zurg from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' is a direct parody of Darth Vader.
* Lord Graal is a pretty blatant one from ''The Humanoid.''
* The Doctor [[spoiler:AKA Cobra Commander]] is this in ''GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''. The sequel will (apparently) have him closer to his original cartoon incarnation.
* ''Film/TronLegacy'' has the masked, black-clad bad guy Rinzler who [[spoiler:actually is former good guy Tron, who returns to the light side and tries to kill his evil master at the end]].
* Bane in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', [[http://www.accesshollywood.com/the-dark-knight-rises-christopher-nolan-says-tom-hardys-bane-has-a-little-bit-of-darth-vader_article_67111 according to]] WordOfGod ([[HilariousInHindsight no relation to]] Literature/DarthBane, however). He has his voice altered by a mask he has to wear due to an injury. And [[spoiler: he (possibly) serves as TheDragon for Talia, and even has a backstory involving how [[LoveMakesYouEvil his love for Talia compelled him to become her protector]]]]. [[{{Irony}} Ironically]], it's Franchise/{{Batman}} who, being [[BlackKnight Bat]][[DarkIsNotEvil man]], superficially resembles Vader more closely than Bane does due to his dark armor and BadassCape.
* General Kael from the film ''Film/{{Willow}}'' is a obvious version though not everything is present but he does have the death's head mask and BadassCape and is brutally hard to kill.
* [[Film/BackToTheFuture Marty McFly]] invokes this trope to scare George into asking out Lorraine by clever use of a radiation suit and a Walkman. He even refers to himself as "[[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] from [[Franchise/StarTrek the planet Vulcan]]".
* [[spoiler:Luther Voz, the BigBad of ''Film/MacheteKills'', becomes one near the end. After getting his face burned, he wears a metal mask that distorts his voice. He can also see into the future. The trailer for ''[[SequelHook Machete Kills Again... In Space!]]'' shows him in a suit of armor, a cape, and a [[LaserBlade lightsaber]].]]
* Klytus from ''Film/FlashGordon'' has the look, if not all the other badassery.
* WordOfGod says that Azog the Defiler from ''Film/TheHobbit'' was modeled after Darth Vader from ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. This shows too, with his [[EvilSoundsDeep deep, sinister voice]], a [[GoodScarsEvilScars scarred body]] with a [[LargeAndInCharge large muscle-bound physique]], a [[HandicappedBadass prosthetic limb]], a [[GeniusBruiser high intellect]], a [[BloodKnight bloodthirsty]], [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy warlike personality]], a [[ArchEnemy personal vendetta against one of the heroes]], [[YouHaveFailedMe and a habit of executing incompetent]] [[MookLieutenant Mook Lieutenants]].
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' - If the title villain wasn't one in the comics, he fits the bill here. Ridiculously dangerous cyborg? Check. TheHeavy for a less physically-imposing villain? Check. Ominous black mask? Check. FallenHero? It's an eight-year-old spoiler to anyone familiar with the comics.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* MargaretWeis is a huge fan of the Vader character, so it's no surprise she borrowed his general aesthetic for several of the [[EvilOverlord Dragon Highlords]] from the ''{{Dragonlance}} Chronicles'', which she co-wrote. The closest to Vader in terms of both appearance and character, though, is not a Highlord at all, but rather the undead knight Lord Soth. The direction of [[VillainProtagonist Raistlin's]] story arc also paralells Vader's in some ways, though the two characters aren't very alike in terms of personality, appearance, or abilities.
** Weis also borrowed heavily from ''StarWars'' for ''Literature/TheStarOfTheGuardians'', in which Derek Sagan has [[BadassCape a cape]], [[BadassBaritone a really deep voice]], betrayed his order and his loved ones due to pride, overthrew the old authority, and you can probably fill in most of the rest of his character arc just from the name of this page.
* The Red Haired assassin in ''The 15 Keys'' has a very Darth Vader feel about her, even wearing the right armour for the job. The 15 Keys author is a huge fan of star wars, with Darth Vader as his favourite character and so wanted to make one of the Darth Vader clones. Another Character who fits this discription in ''Literature/The15Keys'' is Toby, but he is not villainous
* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse has a lot of books taking place after Vader's death, and a number of villains who call back to him, even if they'd never met him. Kueller of ''TheNewRebellion'' is one of the most notable ones, though he also has callbacks to the Emperor. There's even a point where Luke, fighting him, decides to have an ObiWanMoment and let himself get killed so he can guide his sister - but his sister [[spoiler: interrupts by [[JustShootHim just shooting Kueller]]]].
** In the NewJediOrder, [[ManipulativeBastard Nom Anor]] is clearly GenreSavvy about Vader's [[TheDreaded reputation]] and deliberately invokes this trope in his dress and mannerisms when confronting Leia in the first book. Subverted in that as we get to know him better it becomes obvious that, apart from both being villains, he's not really much like Vader at all.
** ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' has a literal clone of Vader, dressed in what's described as a cheap knockoff of Vader's armor. He's more petulant and unskilled than the real thing, too.
** Jacen Solo in ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'' is ''constantly'' compared to Vader, for several reasons: the obvious one (he's Vader's grandson); he deliberatly adopts several of Vader's practices once he assumes command of the Galactic Alliance Guard (which has many similarities itself to the 501st Stormtrooper Legion, aka [[BadassArmy Vader's Fist]]), such as fighting on the front lines; he dresses almost exactly like him, in black armor, later with a black cape, more than one person notes "all he needs is a black helmet" and he'd be the spitting image of Anakin Skywalker; and finally their personalities, philosophies, driving motivations and so on are identical in almost every aspect. Later on, he also adopts Vader's [[spoiler:"signature "force choke the failure/source of my displeasure" attitude, culminating in him accidentally killing a subordinate in anger]]. It really doesn't help that his character arc in the novels was ''meant'' to mirror his grandfather's.
* The Horned King in ''[[ChroniclesOfPrydain The Book of Three]]'' - though he [[OlderThanTheyThink precedes Vader]].
* Glen Cook tells a story about when he was trying to sell the first Black Company book early in the late 1970s. Publishers did not want it. Along with the manuscript, he had some character paintings a friend of his had prepared, although Cook did not use them in his proposals. One pictured Soulcatcher dressed in black leather and a mask and morion. At a SF convention, an editor happened to see that particular illustration and thought "Darth Vader!" He bought the book based soley on the picture and offered a contract to Cook's painter friend to paint book covers. Other than this superficial resemblance (and the common trope of both being Dragons who [[TheStarscream plot against]] their BigBad), the character of Soulcatcher has no resemblance to DV.
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[[folder:Live Action]]
* Wolzard from ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger''. Heavily-armored, deep-voiced, sword-wielding black-magician dragon to the EldritchAbomination N.Ma - and [[spoiler: secretly the team's brainwashed missing father.]] His [[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Mystic Force]] counterpart Koragg also counts, although [[spoiler: he's only the Red Ranger's dad.]]
* Before either of them was Chouryou/Iron Face Xiang Lao from ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger''. FallenHero and father of [[spoiler: Ryou, the series' Red Ranger]]. He is ''by far'' the most blatant. His boss amongst the villains is a ripoff of the Emperor when in human guise, [[spoiler: he dies saving his son from said boss's ElectricTorture, and the spirits of his friends appear to forgive him when he passes.]]
** Curiously, this series also has a SuspiciouslySimilarSong based on... the Imperial March, which is associated with Vader. However, [[spoiler:Chouryou is only around for 9 episodes in the beginning and the song is still used for the villains for the remainder of the series.]]
* Cylons in the original ''BattlestarGalactica'' looked like Darth Vader got himself chrome-plated, enough so that there was a lawsuit over the matter.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* A non-canon example is in ''TheForceUnleashed'''s [[spoiler:dark side ending, which has Galen Marek in a similar situation to Darth Vader by being made a cyborg.]]
* Death's Hand in ''JadeEmpire'' takes this trope back to the East Asian armor Darth Vader's mask was based off of.
* Dark Madder from ''VideoGame/WarpForce''.
* Grahf '''[[EvilIsHammy THE SEEKER OF POWER]]''' of VideoGame/{{Xenogears}} was specifically designed to resemble Darth Vader, [[spoiler:and is revealed to be Fei's father taken over by [[BodySurf Fei's past self]]]].
* Golbez from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' is a more fantasy-themed version, complete with a [[spoiler:[[LukeIAmYourFather Cecil I Am Your Brother]]]] moment. He wears black armor, is a BadassBaritone when he's voiced, has a rather ominous and rather badass theme whenever he is nearby, used to be good but was corrupted and brainwashed by Zemus, and once he comes to his senses he helps the heroes destroy him. In the English versions of the DS remake of the game as well as ''Dissidia'', his English voice actors even voiced him in a similar manner to Vader.
** As two more Shout Outs, in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' he has an attack called "Cosmic Ray", which fires blasts of electricity from his hands in a manner heavily resembling Force Lightning (ironically, the original Darth Vader could not learn this attack because of cybernetics and is in fact was killed by it), and he calls the CPU boss from ''IV'' to fire lasers, the CPU greatly resembling the Death Star as a large black metal AttackDrone.
* Gabranth in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' is TheDragon to TheEmperor, Vayne, is revealed to be Basch's EvilTwin and is a FallenHero who is pretty much single-handedly responsible for the fall of Dalmasca and the Empire's reign in the region. Clad in dark silver armor with a black cape and having a metallic echo to his voice due to his helmet, Gabranth is actually a broken man who feels he has nothing to live for except his servitude to Vayne, his home and family having been taken from him or given up. By the end of the game he helps the heroes defeat Vayne, but is mortally wounded for his heroism and dies soon after.
* Even earlier than both Golbez and Gabranth was Leon from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII''. Both were high enforcers of the Empire and second in command to the BigBad Emperor, both also had former ties to the Main Protagonists by familial relations (although in Leon's case, the term "familial" was used loosely, as the main protagonists and Leon were both orphaned and raised together from separate families), both wore dark armor, and both eventually pulled a HeelFaceTurn with implied guilt towards their atrocities beforehand to take down the Emperor.
** Maria is his biological sister, though.
* The latest in the line of Vader Clones is Gaius van Baelsar from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', who is unsurprisingly a BlackKnight TinTyrant with a GasMaskLongcoat who plays TheDragon for TheEmperor an [[EvilOldFolks wicked old man]].
* King K. Rool behaves this way in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64''. He speaks like the Vader and has VaderBreath. He also has a ship with a huge gun (the Blast-O-Matic, not the Death Star), and he threatens his minions (with Klaptraps, not the Force choke).
* Darth Malgus in ''StarWarsTheOldRepublic.'' Also, most Sith Warrior [=PC=]s can give it a decent go, especially with some of the late game helmets like [[http://quietube2.com/v.php/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klN9Tt1GM3s&feature=player_embedded this]]. Indeed, it's quite common for Sith Lords to wear dark robes, armor, and full masks/helmets.
* The bosses of the 1987 ''StarWars'' LicensedGame for the Famicom are a long line of Darth Vader knockoffs, such as Scorpion Vader and Wampa Vader, who drop their masks and cloaks soon into the BossBattle. The actual Darth Vader is defeated before the assault on the Death Star.
* The Darkshine Knight from ''SeikenDensetsu3'' wears bulky [[BlackKnight dark armor]], is a formidable swordsman and is [[TheDragon second in command]] to the BigBad. [[spoiler: Later he is revealed to be working for the [[BiggerBad Dragon Emperor]], which actually makes him third in command. Oh, and he's also Duran's (one of the protagonists) father]]
* In the arcade game ''Xain D'Sleena'' (also known as ''Solar Warrior''), one finds on the top of a temple located in the planet (named ''Cleedos Soa''/Jupiter [[note]] despite being a [[ArtisticLicenseAstronomy desert world]] with even a ShoutOut to Dune[[/note]] respectively) a flying head that looks [[{{Expy}} suspiciously similar]] to Darth Vader's helmet and that must be destroyed in order to follow on the level. If one skips the planet, [[RecurringBoss it will appear in space]] chasing your ship from behind. Worse, [[SheatheYourSword it cannot be killed since your ship just fires to the front]], so you must just dodge its bullets until it retires.
* Xemnas from the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series in terms of appearance and backstory. He wears a black cloak, has a deep voice, wields "ethereal blades" that resemble red lightsabers, occasionally shoots lightning and no longer responds to his old name. The parallels run even deeper when you connect him to ''Birth By Sleep''. Terra is an Anakin Skywalker clone, following Anakin's fall to darkness in Episode 3 pretty much step for step, diverging from Anakin when Master Xehanort reveals his true colors, fighting him instead of joining him. [[spoiler:However it's too late, his heart is consumed in darkess and Master Xehanort [[GrandTheftMe bodyjacks]] him, creating a younger Xehanort. Xehanort battles Terra's friend Aqua, but when defeated he resorts to sealing his own heart to prevent Terra from FightingFromTheInside. This seals his memories, and eventually the reborn Xehanort is split into Ansem and Xemnas, bringing the Darth Vader parallels full circle with Xemnas.]]
* Epsilon from ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission''.
* The Gamecube game VideoGame/CustomRobo has Sergei, who not only possessed a baritone voice (well, it's implied due to the eight-bit speech sounds being deep), a face mask obscuring all but his right eye, being a high-executive to the Z-Syndicate, and TheDragon to Oboru, but is also the older brother of Marcei. Likewise, he also pulls a HeelFaceTurn late into the game.
* The [[BigBad Magic Emperor]] [[spoiler:[[FallenHero Ghaleon]]]] in ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar'', being a FallenHero on a KnightTemplar quest to return the world to [[AGodAmI divine rule]], and clad in black armor and robes with an enclosing helmet that makes his voice [[EvilSoundsDeep sound much deeper]] than it does otherwise.
* Von Bolt from ''AdvanceWars Dual Strike'' was a man clad in black who is on life support, although his overall personality traits are closer to Voldemort or Palpatine. ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' even lampshaded this by stating that his need for a life-support suit reminds some players of a certain Skywalker.
* The Masked Man in ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}''. Dressed mainly in black, wears a CoolMask, is a cyborg, he has his own LaserBlade, and he's TheDragon to King P. [[spoiler:And is revealed to be Lucas's brother, Claus.]]
** Ironically, his outfit/helmet more resembles a Rebel pilot uniform.
* The Black Knight from the FireEmblemTellius duology, complete with being a former student of Ike's father/mentor [[spoiler: and the one who kills said father/mentor]] and having an ominous march theme.
* Colonel Mael Radec in ''VideoGame/{{Killzone}}'' (Is TheDragon, deep voice, has a sense of honour). Though his black armor is standard-issue, it comes with a lot of [[BlingOfWar decoration]] to [[CustomUniform denote his rank]]. On another note, despite the [[GasMaskMooks life-support qualities]] associated with the Helghast empire's uniform it has since become StylishProtectionGear, as they no longer need it to survive and wear it as a symbol of pride.
* Bilstein from ''VideoGame/StarGladiator'', with his dark armor, long coat and plasma blade. Appropriate considering the entire game is an homage to ''Star Wars'' with many of its characters mirroring the film's cast.
* The [[spoiler:rabbit Marquis de Hoto]] from ''VideoGame/TheNightOfTheRabbit'' has become one at some point after the FaceHeelTurn.
* Solidus Snake from ''MetalGearSolid2''. He arrives on scene wearing a long dark cloak, underneath which is a suit of darkly colored PowerArmor, which includes a partial face-shield. He is later revealed to be [[spoiler: a former henchman for The Patriots, the brother of Solid Snake and the adopted "father" of Raiden. Later, he reveals his intentions to break away from the more-evil Patriots, commands a super weapon with city-destroying weaponry and "father" and "son" have a final sword duel on top of Federal Hall]].
* WorldOfWarcraft has some contenders.
** The Lich King wears ornate armor at all times that functions as the magical equivalent of a life support system as well, maintaining his undead status. As putting the armor on literally made Arthas into the Lich King (by merging him with the soul of Ner'zhul, who was made into the original Lich King). He ''never'' appears in the actual game or cut scenes without the full armor.
** While not quite available as of this writing, Garrosh looks to be something of the sort because of being taken by the Shaa in Mists of Pandaria.
* VideoGame/StarCraft has an interesting case of playing with this trope. According to Blizzard, the character of Zeratul was created with a Darth Vader {{Expy}} in mind, down to giving him dark-based powers and a lightsaber... except [[DarkIsNotEvil they made him a good guy instead of a villain]].
* Sludge Vohaul from ''SpaceQuest II'' is [[DarkLordOnLifeSupport hooked up to life-support machines]], has a Vader-style breathing mask sans helmet, a leitmotif similar to the Imperial March, and his name starts with V.
* Ulysses in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas: Lonesome Road'' wears a [[BadassLongcoat dark cloak]] and respirator, speaks in a [[EvilSoundsDeep deep]] GutturalGrowler voice, and is a potential AntiVillain.
** Better yet is Frank Horrigan from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', a 12-foot tall experimental Super Mutant [[ManInTheMachine bound to]] a [[BlackKnight Dark]] PoweredArmor suit that serves as his [[DarkLordOnLifeSupport life support system]].
* Zant from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. Menacing black robes and helmet. Check. Makes a distinctive breath-like sound. Check. Breaks down a door with his underlings, massacres some good soldiers, and captures a princess. Check. Fights with swords and magic powers. Check. Has a semi-sympathetic backstory. Check. [[spoiler: built up as the main antagonist only to be [[TheReveal revealed]] at the last second to be [[HijackedByGanon working for Ganondorf]] [[TheManBehindTheMan a Man Behind the Man]].]] Check.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* General Tarquin from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. He's masked when the heroes first meet him, he's Elan's father (and genuinely cares about his son), and he's ostensibly the second-in-command (and actually the head) of an evil empire. Many, many ''Franchise/StarWars'' references are made. [[spoiler: Unlike Vader, however, Tarquin was never a hero and his love for his sons turns out to be entirely conditional.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/CollegeSaga'', the BigBad Diculous wears a Darth Vader helmet and uses a voice-changing filter and toy lightsaber. He even attempts to pull a LukeIAmYourFather.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Dark Laser from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. Some TV guide misprints even refer to him as Vader.
* Dark Vegan from ''JohnnyTest'' - though he's probably more of an {{Expy}} or [[SpoofingSpoofiness parody]] of the aforementioned [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} Dark Helmet]].
** Both he and Dark Laser are obsessed with destroying the protagonist for their many defeats they've suffered.
* Duck Vader from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''
* Baron Ryang from the TrappedInTVLand episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''
* Darph Bobo from ''TrippingTheRift''
* ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'': Slyth Vester, a combination of the cat Sylvester and Darth Vader!
* Jack Thompson in ''CtrlAltDel''
* [[BigBad The Shredder]] is considered the Darth Vader of the ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' universe (especially in the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2003 series]] [[spoiler: where he is revealed to be a tiny alien in MobileSuitHuman PoweredArmor, which can be seen as an analogue to Vader's actually being a limbless cripple in PoweredArmor]]). Ironically, in the [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage original comics]], he was just a StarterVillain who gets killed in the first issue; though his [[LegacyCharacter legacy lives on]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''[='=]s ArchEnemy [[BigBad Vilgax]] was described by his creators as "Darth Vader, without the sense of humor". However, the similarities are rather limited; other than the deep voice and (in the original show) the life support, Vilgax actually bears more similarities with {{Darkseid}} than Darth Vader.
** Eon from ''Ben 10: Race Against Time'', on the other hand, clearly is one: he bears a dark armor with a helmet that cover his face, has a deep voice, is the BigBad of the movie and has to an extent sympathetic motivations in the movie (his goal is to help his species escape extinction, which he intends to do by bringing them on Earth). His appearance in Ultimate Alien puts it even further by revealing this version [[spoiler:actually is an alternate version of protagonist Ben Tennyson.]]
** Not only that, but he also gains lightsaber-wielding {{Mooks}}.
* The Mandarin ''wasn't'' one in the original IronMan comic books, but IronManArmoredAdventures reimagined him as one... [[TropesAreNotBad which ended up making him much cooler and deeper than his comic counterpart]].
* "Who is the boss? The Duke of Zill of course!" Anyone who has seen ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat: The Movie'' would get this!
* [[Franchise/GIJoe Cobra Commander]] might be this in certain incarnations.
* Black Manta effectively becomes this in season two of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. Jet-black PoweredArmor, a deep voice [[VoiceOfTheLegion that gets a sound effect from the suit]], and a heroic son who he's a lot more invested in than his comics counterpart.
* One odd but very notable example is the LegionOfDoom's [[SupervillainLair headquarters]] from ''ChallengeOfTheSuperFriends:'' the Hall of Doom itself looks almost exactly like Darth Vader's head. A slightly altered design was used for the Gulag in ''Comicbook/KingdomCome,'' and a much less blatantly Vaderesque version appeared in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited.''
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