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

The ''Darth Vader Clone'' is a character archetype inspired by the eponymous ''Franchise/StarWars'' character. Characters traits include:

* Wears a [[DarkLordOnLifeSupport 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
* May turn out to be a [[OldFriend colleague]] of TheMentor or [[LukeIAmYourFather related to one of the protagonists]]. Especially if he's an ArchnemesisDad. If the mentor is [[MentorOccupationalHazard killed in action,]] the Vader Clone is likely [[KnightOfCerebus the one]] [[KickTheDog to do it.]]
* May have been a FallenHero.
* Often a MagicKnight or equivalent.
* 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. Bonus points if it's red.
* Possibly ReforgedIntoAMinion.
* May pull a HeelFaceTurn in the end of the story.
* May sometimes be the main character.

[[FountainOfExpies Unsurprisingly]], many characters of this type are found in ''Franchise/StarWars'' {{canon}}. See also MayTheFarceBeWithYou. Compare CharClone, which is a descendant that spawned its own host of imitators. In most cases overlaps with ObviouslyEvil. See also TinTyrant.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* One advertising campaign for E. Wedel's chocolate features an obvious Darth Vader expy coming to Earth for (what else?) E. Wedel's chocolate, taking along a RobotBuddy in vein of R2-D2.
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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 ''Franchise/StarWars'' references in that film.
* Hazanko from ''Manga/OutlawStar''.
* [[BigBad Raoh]] and [[BackupTwin Kaioh]] in ''Magna/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.). {{Subverted|Trope}} by [[DirtyCoward Jagi]], who has the appearance of one but none of the character traits.
* Obito Uchiha from {{Manga/Naruto}} is essentially the Darth Vader of the series. He aspires to become Hokage, gets crushed by a boulder, is saved, trained, and manipulated by an elderly Madara, is turned to the "Dark Side" after witnessing his love interest's death (even was able to foresee it through the eye he gave to Kakashi), then wears a mask (which deepens his voice to boot), discards his old identity for Tobi/Madara, and then goes on to terrorize the ninja world. [[spoiler:He eventually gets [[DefeatEqualsFriendship defeated by Naruto]] and [[HeelFaceTurn is redeemed by both his and Kakashi's words]], and even turns against his godly-powerful master to boot. Fortunately, he has had more opportunities to do good than [[RedemptionEqualsDeath Vader did]]. Even after he finally dies, he manages to [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands Kamui his spirit back to the real world]] to assist Kakashi, essentially making himself a Force Being.]]
* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'' has [[BigBad Marder]], a bald, all-conquering EvilOverlord and ruler of TheEmpire, clad in a caped suit with visible [[BuffySpeak sci-fi thingies]] on its chest. He also has {{necessarily evil}} motives and DID kill the protagonist's father, amusingly.
* Death Gun from the second season of Anime/SwordArtOnline has a dark-colored, mechanical-looking mask, a distorted voice, and even [[VaderBreath the loud Darth Vader breathing noises]].
* Tactimon and [=DarkKnightmon=] from ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars''.
* In ''Anime/BattleOfThePlanets'', a translated and recut version of ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'', Zoltar (Berg Katse in the original) is treated as such considering that producer Sandy Frank considered the character close enough for this trope.
* Judai/Jaden Yuki from ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' becomes one as [[TinTyrant Haou]]/[[EvilOverlord The Supr]][[BlackKnight eme King]], ticking off most of the traits excluding the fact that he was a BigBad, not TheDragon, and that he wasn’t on life-support ([[FridgeLogic It does make you wonder why he felt like dressing like that]]). The way he [[FallenHero fell]] is even similar to Anakin's. [[HeelFaceTurn He gets better]].
* "All For One" from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia''. He ended up on life support after a battle with the protagonist's mentor, [[BigGood All Might]], before the events of the series begin. When he comes out for a re-match, he's wearing a menacing black helmet that allows him to breathe. In an interesting take on the usual TheDragon[=/=]BigBad relationship, he ''was'' the BigBad back in his prime, but after nearly being killed in his fight with All Might, he chose to step down and instead become the [[MentorArchetype mentor]] to a younger villain, Tomura Shigaraki.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Doctor Doom, designed by Creator/JackKirby, may appear to be this, but [[OlderThanTheyThink predates Vader by over a decade]], and in fact Vader was partly based on him. {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}, created by Kirby for his ''Comicbook/NewGods'' book, also preceded Vader and had both thematic and visual similarities in common with him.
* ''[[Comicbook/{{Legacy}} Star Wars: Legacy]]''
** 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 the 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, {{spik|esOfVillainy}}y 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).
* ''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 ''Comicbook/{{Valerian}}'' album, ''The Empire of a Thousand Planets'' are another example that actually predates ''Franchise/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.
* Emplate, the main villain of the Comicbook/GenerationX series, comes complete with a cape and a respirator that alters his voice to intimidating levels. Along with being tall, dark and scary, he brings this trope home once it is revealed that he is the older sibling to some of the titular team's members.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* The titular VillainProtagonist in ''Fanfic/TheRiseOfDarthVulcan'' specifically designed his costume as "Darth Vader cranked {{up to eleven}}".
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The Duke of Zill, BigBad of ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie'', is an EvilOverlord who wears a dark armor / cyborg enhancements that double as a life support suit following his disfigurement, has a booming voice, and wants to take over the kingdom. Oh, and he's [[PrincessClassic Princess Oriana]]'s EvilUncle.
* Emperor Zurg from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' is a direct parody of Darth Vader, complete with [[LukeIAmYourFather dramatic father-son relationship reveal]].
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The original Darth Vader from the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films is the {{Trope Namer|s}}.
** 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]].
** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' Kylo Ren is a [[TheHeavy Heavy]] that uses the Dark Side and wears black robes and a metallic black mask with a re-breather wielding a red lightsaber. Ren also holds a position of power in the First Order, as Vader did in the Empire. The kicker is though, that it is actually an InUniverse example: Ren is obsessed with Vader and consciously models himself on the man, to the point of retrieving his battered helmet and talking to it for guidance. The root of this becomes clear when you learn [[spoiler: he's Han and Leia's son, and therefore Vader's grandson.]]
* 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]] Creator/RickMoranis hiding behind the visor of his oversized helmet.
* Lord Graal is a pretty blatant one from ''The Humanoid.''
* The Doctor [[spoiler:AKA Cobra Commander]] is this in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''. ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' had 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 ''Film/{{Willow}}'' is an 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]]".
* 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...]] [[RecycledInSpace In Space!]]'' shows him in a suit of armor, a cape, and a {{l|aserBlade}}ightsaber.
* 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. In fact, with his [[LooksLikeCesare wild, unkempt hair and evil eye shadow]], his single robot arm, his tragic character arc, and his acrobatic duel with his best friend at the end of the film, he's in the rare position of being a clone of [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith prequel-era Vader.]]
* The robotic Elle takes this form in the ''Star Wars''-inspired posters for ''Film/{{Starcrash}}''. [[CoversAlwaysLie In the film itself]], [[SubvertedTrope he's a comic sidekick]].
* ''Film/AdventuresInDinosaurCity'' introduces a rather unique and unusual example. The Vader clone is an anthropomorphic Dinosaur...yes you read that correctly.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** [[BigBad Sauron]] is never shown without his helmet and full armor; bulky, spiky black armor with a three-pronged helmet that has two black, empty holes for eyes. His physical form underneath is more informed than anything else, since when he's killed the first time, his body seems to crumble into dust. The armored look was based on the description of his former master Melkor/Morgoth, who was TheParagon until he [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels rebelled]].
** The Nazgul also count; they too wear all-black, full-body armor and helmets, and their true appearances as the undead kings of men can only be seen when wearing the Ring.
** Their leader, the Witch-King of Angmar, is especially notable in the film as he wears a sinister-looking helmet and wields a FlamingSword. He also has something akin to a VaderBreath.
* ''Film/TurboKid'': Two of [[BigBad Zeus]]' soldiers share Vader's traits. Skeletron is Zeus' mute right hand man, leads his armies and wears a scary black armor, while the man who captured Apple wears a gasmask and an asian-inspired hat (though less Japanese Kabuto than Chinese, [[Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina Three Storms]]' conical straw hat) and has a VaderBreath.
* Skeletor's mooks in ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' all dress in black armour and Vader shaped helmets.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/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 ''Literature/{{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 ''Franchise/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 description in ''Literature/The15Keys'' is Toby, but he is not villainous
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' doesn't really have Dark Lords anywhere in the story, but Lady Stoneheart in addition to being a ''female'' example of this trope, ticks more than a few boxes. [[spoiler:She was formerly Catelyn Stark, a wise and compassionate woman who in response to grief over losing her family and children becomes a cold and vengeful being. She wears black and since her throat was cut, speaks with a vocal distortion, wears a hood and is regarded by the few who see and recognize her as a FallenHero who strayed from her earlier self.]]
* 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 ''Literature/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 [[CombatPragmatist just shooting Kueller]]]].
** In the Literature/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 deliberately 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 ''[[Literature/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 solely 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.
* Nefrai-kesh[[note]]formerly known as Lord Kenwick Norrington[[/note]], leader and most powerful of the ''[[QuirkyMinibossSquad sullanciri]]'' from ''The Dragon Crown War'' series is a definite example, fitting almost all of the criteria. He's the BigBad's Dragon, a FallenHero, related to TheHero (grandfather rather than father, though), a MagicKnight (always a powerful warrior, and acquired powerful magic after becoming a ''sullanciri''), wears a cloak and a succession of creepy masks (actually a sign of prestige in his homeland; his non-villainous countrymen wear them too, though Nefrai-kesh's tend to be especially sinister) and has something of a NobleDemon streak, with the implication that he was deliberately holding back so as to sabotage the BigBad's forces without her knowledge. He also has something of a "Vader and Obi-wan" relationship with the supporting character and mentor Tarrant Hawkins/Crow, with the twist that he was Crow's BigBrotherMentor, rather than the other way around, before his HeelFaceTurn. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the series' author, Michael Stackpole, has written many works for ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': TheDragon ([[spoiler: or so it seems]]) to a BlackCloak-wearing, pale-skinned EvilSorcerer. Wears a BlackCloak and wields BlackMagic himself, his SignatureMove being a spell that slashes like a sword. Has a deep, commanding voice. Frequently antagonizes TheHero. Gives a CurbStompBattle to TheHero before revealing some shocking information; [[spoiler:[[ActuallyIAmHim he's the Half Blood Prince.]]]] [[spoiler: His corruption tragically caused the death of the woman he loved since childhood, who was TheHero's mother. Later kills TheHero's (and his own) [[TheMentor mentor]].]] Severus Snape does not need VaderBreath to qualify. [[spoiler: Although he turns out to be a subversion, working for the good side in secret.]]
* The TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms novel ''Thornhold'' gives us Dag Zoreth. Lack of helmet aside, he's a dark priest of the god Cyric, bent on reclaiming his family's legacy. [[spoiler:He comes from a family of paladins, was separated from this family at a young age along with his sister Bronwyn, said sister is the main protagonist, and he ends up killing his own father shortly after Bronwyn meets their father for the first time. He's also TheDragon to a more senior cleric of Cyric, who is manipulating both him and his sister in order to seize their family legacy for himself. And finally it turns out that, despite being nasty, he does have a soft spot in the form of his own daughter, a half-elven girl who Bronwyn adopts and that he will do anything to protect, even if it means letting Bronwyn win out over him (which he does).]]
* The ''Literature/TheSupervillainySaga'' have an interesting variant in its lead, Gary Karkofsky a.k.a [[DepartmentofRedundancyDepartment Merciless the Supervillain without Mercy]] is an Anakin Skywalker Clone. In-universe, the two are frequently compared with Gary being an angry and vindictive wizard with an obsessive attachment to his loved ones as well as inability to let them go. It's {{Lampshaded}} in-universe with the ''Star Wars''-obsessed Gary [[OneOfUs resenting the idea he has any similarities to a character from the Prequels.]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' / ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** 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 ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'' looked like Darth Vader got himself chrome-plated, enough so that there was a lawsuit over the matter.
* Scorpius from ''{{Series/Farscape}}'' is a super-strong, deep (natural) voiced high-ranking enforcer for TheEmpire who wears a black outfit with life support functions.
* The Cigarette Smoking Man from ''Series/TheXFiles'' is TheDragon to the higher ranking members of the conspiracy, is in ill health, wears dark clothing, and is trying to bring Mulder over to his side. [[spoiler: He also claims to be Mulder's father.]]
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' had Dearth Nadir, who was Gonzo wearing dark armor and a mask that doesn't disguise his GagNose.
* Khan Digifer from ''Series/DenkouChoujinGridman'' (known as Kilokahn in the American adaptation, ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad''.)
* An episode of Creator/GeneRoddenberry's ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' ('The Dark Backward') featured a [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere completely unexplained villain]] who was basically this, down to the armor. The episode was considered so badly and lazily written by fans that they took to calling him 'Dark Invader' or 'Darth Backwards', after the episode's title.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': Zoom, the BigBad of Season 2, was made with Darth Vader in mind. Zoom is covered head to toe in black, he's a far more powerful use of The Flash's equivalent of the Force, the Speed Force, and the voice he speaks with is not his real voice. Creator/TonyTodd does the "Zoom" voice because the creators wanted something similar to Creator/JamesEarlJones as Vader.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Sepulchure from ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds' and ''VideoGame/DragonFable''. He wears armor and a helm that covers his face, wields a sword, has a BadassCape, is a FallenHero who was once the greatest knight. Especially the case in AQW, where he serves as an ArchNemesisDad to his daughter Gravelyn during "Adventure Quest Worlds Zombies", and ends up [[spoiler:sacrificing himself to save his daughter's life from a greater evil.]]
* Hakumen from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' is an eastern styled version of this trope. He wears large, samurai-styled armor, although its color scheme is mainly white instead of black. Uses a {{BFS}} that's clearly too large to fit in his sheathe. Speaks in both BadassBaritone and GutturalGrowler, and his idle stance during gameplay is the classic VaderBreath. He opposes the main character and has a significant relationship to him [[spoiler: being the AlternateSelf of his younger brother]]. Although he is not TheDragon, in fact Hakumen is one of the legendary figures within the series that saved the world about a century before the first game, and is actively ''opposing'' the villains in the present. The reasons for his antagonism are...complicated.
* A non-canon example is in ''VideoGame/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 ''VideoGame/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]]]]. His theme is also an impressive march.
* 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 protagonist was adopted by Leon and his sister Maria's parents), both wore dark armor, and both eventually pulled a HeelFaceTurn with implied guilt towards their atrocities beforehand to take down the Emperor.
* There's no shortage of these characters in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Golbez from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', the Trope Image, 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, he pops up multiple times during the saga, a wise old sage confronts him mano-a-mano in a hi-tech stronghold, he loses his gloved hand at one point (or, more accurately, his hand skitters across the floor and steals a crystal even after you beat him), he runs the show in Castle Baron in a manner not unlike Cloud City, 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.
*** Cecil, the PlayerCharacter, begins the game as one. The faceless, black-armored dark knight who serves as TheDragon to the power-hungry king of Baron. The game kicks off with his HeelRealization as he begins to seek redemption.
** Seifer fills this role in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', released the same year as ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Not coincidentally, this game is more interested in exploring Seifer's seduction by the Dark Side and downfall. Seifer is an over-ambitious and cocky ace, while his rival Squall is a silent, strict follower of duty. Both are skilled in using their bladed weapons, but Seifer's temper often leaves him losing to Squall. (Note that their duel in the prologue echoes what eventually happened to Anakin in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''/''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', with Seifer walking away with a scarred face.) Under the command of Sorceress Edea, he defects to the militaristic nation of Galbadia and becomes their champion, hunting down his fellow [=SeeDs=].
** 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.
** Gaius van Baelsar from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' is unsurprisingly a BlackKnight TinTyrant with a GasMaskLongcoat who was the ParentalSubstitute for [[GadgeteerGenius Cid Garlond]]. He even plays TheDragon for TheEmperor a [[EvilOldFolks wicked old man]].
** General Glauca in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV''. Clad in a very advanced suit of InstantArmor which looks incredibly alien and puts most of the setting's technology to shame, he is TheHeavy for the Empire of Niflheim, serving as the [[FourStarBadass supreme commander]] of their armed forces. In the ''[[Anime/KingsglaiveFinalFantasyXV Kingsglaive]]'' film, is the one who murders King Regis and Councilor Clarus, who are the fathers of the game's main characters Noctis and Gladio. His true identity is actually Captain Titus Drautos, the commander of the Kingsglaive, and he was also TheMentor to the movie's main character Nyx Ulric, who he duels to the death in the ending.
* 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 ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic.'' Also, most Sith Warrior [=PC=]s can give it a decent go, especially with some of the late game helmets like [[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.
* Both Darth Revan and Darth Malak in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' possess different aspects of Vader. Revan has the dark armor/robes and face concealing mask, while Malak is a cyborg with a deep metallic voice (but wears red instead of black). Both are fallen heroes, and are later revealed to have strong connections to the player character: [[spoiler:the player character is actually a brainwashed Revan, and Malak was his/her apprentice.]]
** In the [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords sequel]], this trope is deconstructed with Darth Nihilus. With his dark robes and face-concealing mask, he looks like he could be a Vader Clone but he's actually just an empty shell, with no personality and very little back-story that we know of.
* The bosses of the 1987 ''Franchise/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.
* Meta Knight from the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series, particularly in his more antagonistic roles. He has the CoolMask, CoolSword, BadassCape, BadassBaritone (especially in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''), CoolShip (the Halberd), and sometimes serves as TheDragon or a WellIntentionedExtremist.
* The Darkshine Knight from ''VideoGame/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 [[GreaterScopeVillain 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'' and ''Soldier of Light''), 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 dark 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]][[note]]But bright instead of dark[[/note]] 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'' is a physically imposing antagonist with a black cape, spiky armor and deep voice.
* 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 ''VideoGame/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. Sturm from the first two games, meanwhile, ''is'' Darth Vader with a different colour scheme and a CommissarCap.
* The Masked Man in ''VideoGame/MOTHER3''. 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. This is taken further with the similarities that [[BigBad King P]] has with Emperor Palpatine.
* The Black Knight from the ''VideoGame/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.
* The Sorcerer [[BigBad Validar]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. While he may not use a sword, he uses dark magic, has a BadassCape (as is common in Fire Emblem games), and of course the obligatory black/purple color scheme. Most of all, [[spoiler:he is in fact the father of Robin/The Avatar, the PlayerCharacter and Deutragonist, and serves as TheDragon to the fell dragon Grima]]. Not to mention his ''name''[[note]]Validar's English name sounds very similar to "Vader" and his Japanese name, Fauder, sounds much like "father"[[/note]]. This has not gone unnoticed by the fans.
* Colonel Mael Radec in ''VideoGame/{{Killzone 2}}'' is TheDragon and has a distinctive metallic-sounding voice (due to his mask) as well as a formal, stoic demeanor and a sense of honor. 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 ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty''. He arrives on scene wearing a long dark cloak, underneath which is a suit of darkly colored PoweredArmor, 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]].
* The Warcraft franchise has some contenders.
** Arthas's character arc in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' shapes him as a similar figure to Anakin Skywalker as he was in the prequel trilogy. He starts out as the most promising young member of a holy MagicKnight order, whose mentor always warns him against [[HeWhoFightsMonsters becoming as vile as those he fights against]]. As he clashes with the forces of darkness, his apparent enemy, the dreadlord Mal'Ganis starts baiting him into giving into his rage and thirst for vengeance. Arthas loses his morals entirely when he sees slaughtering innocents as the only way to achieve his otherwise noble goals. Even as he defeats Mal'Ganis, he is urged by the Lich King to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness violently kill him]]. It turns out that Arthas' corruption at the hands of the evil mastermind was from the beginning a plot to get rid of his adversary and gain Arthas as a disciple. In the end, Arthas, originally with the intent of saving his kingdom, ends up destroying it in the service of the Lich King and becoming his [[BlackKnight chief enforcer]]. He also has a moment of confronting his old mentor and killing him, and later slaughters the entire order.
** ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' deals with the transformation into the Lich King proper, resulting into a more classical take on the DarthVaderClone trope in terms of appearance. When he dons the helmet at the end of ''The Frozen Throne'', Arthas completes the process of [[DeathOfPersonality detaching from his former self]] and assuming command as a supreme leader of the Scourge. Until his death, he always is present as an armored caped warrior with a face-concealing helmet and [[VoiceOfTheLegion an unnaturally reverberating voice]], who wields a sword in concert with BlackMagic. Later he dies in the presence of a loved one, revealing that some of his original self remained. Unlike Vader, however, [[HeelFaceDoorSlam Arthas does not get redeemed]].
* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'':
** 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]]. Ironically, in ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' Zeratul acts as TheMentor to the main characters of all three campaigns [[spoiler: down to disappearing after his death]].
** ''Legacy of the Void'' introduces another Vader expy with Alarak. Who has black armor, red psy-blades, and sallow pasty skin. And unlike Zeratul he's the TokenEvilTeammate and he makes it clear repeatedly that he's only working with you as a means to further his revenge against the BigBad. Artanis even remarks "This bargain grows less appealing by the moment" after speaking to him once.
* Sludge Vohaul from ''VideoGame/SpaceQuestIIVohaulsRevenge'' 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.
** Legate Lanius fits this role better as the [[TinTyrant heavily armored]] [[TheDragon Dragon]] to Caesar who also speaks in a deep voice. While he's much less sympathetic, he's at least capable of being reasoned with to some extent.
** 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]].
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Zant from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. Menacing black robes and helmet. Check. Makes a distinctive VaderBreath-like sound. Check. Has a dramatic introductory scene where leads some {{Mooks}} in breaking down a door, massacring some RedShirts, and capturing 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. [[spoiler: Notably, Zant turns out to be a {{camp}}y and AxCrazy psychopath, which is the exact opposite of Vader's personality; prior to TheReveal, he gives off a serious air similar to Vader himself, which Ganondorf (below) maintains at all times in the same game.]]
** Ganondorf himself more or less covers the aspects of Vader not already covered by Zant, especially in ''Twilight Princess''. He has the dark armor and BadassCape, murders a sage using a [[ChokeHolds chokehold]], wields a sword, [[MightyGlacier tends to move slowly and hit hard]] ([[LightningBruiser with occasional bursts of speed]]), grew up in a desert just like Anakin, and is the true arch-enemy to [[LegacyCharacter Link as a whole]] (who is usually a young, blond, blue-eyed swordsman just like Luke Skywalker). While ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' infamously has Ganondorf hardly use his sword, it also gives him his chokehold as one of his special moves, with fans [[FanNickname unofficially dubbing it]] the "Force Choke".
** And yet another in TwilightPrincess with the Hero's Shade: [[LargeAndInCharge tall]], [[TinTyrant metal armor]], VaderBreath, MasterSwordsman, and is somewhat related to the protagonist ([[spoiler: being the Link from ''VideoGame/OcarinaOfTime'']])... except he's a good guy.
* ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden Black/Sigma'' has Doku, a deep-voiced flaming specter clad in a suit of black samurai armor who is TheDragon to the Vigoorian Emperor. There's also the [[TheManBehindTheMan Dark Disciple]], who wears a face-concealing black uniform and talks in a Vader-esque voice, [[spoiler: and who reveals himself as Murai in the final chapter]].
* Sarevok in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' is a huge, imposing man in spiky armour with a horned helmet that covers everything except his eyes, speaks in a dark evil voice (he is voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson), fights with a sword, is technically TheDragon to his father Rieltar until he betrays him, [[spoiler:and is the main character's brother.]]
* Dark Star from ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'', which isn't odd considering he is intended as a parody. He even claims to be Travis's father, though this is a lie, wears a black helmet and cape, and uses an energy sword. He's also TheUnfought as he is quickly dispatched by [[spoiler:Jean]].
* Saren Arterius from ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' is a rogue member of an elite military order dedicated to safeguarding the galaxy, has got a truckload of cybernetic enhancements and an eerie deep voice, uses "[[MagicByAnyOtherName biotics]]" (essentially Force powers explained with {{technobabble}}) in combat, commands an army of faceless {{mooks}} and TheReveal shows that he's [[spoiler: actually a FallenHero corrupted by a malevolent force beyond his understanding, and that he's TheDragon to the true BigBad, ''Sovereign'']]. Considering the ''Mass Effect'' series' overabundance of {{Shout Out}}s to famous sci-fi works, it's unlikely that the similarities are coincidental.
* Vince from ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid2'' is a physically imposing man who wears a unique black mask, cloak, and Pickelhaube helmet. He is also the BigBadWannabe's main enforcer, commands a significant number of soldiers, and has a sense of honor. After being [[spoiler: defeated by the heroes, he betrays his master for doing something he didn't approve of and dies shortly thereafter]].
* King Leoric in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'' is not an example (he's a [[DemBones giant skeleton]]) but his "Space Lord" skin is, as well as a reference to ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' and ''Manga/SailorMoon'' villains. He's a giant with a scary black armor and a cape, his weapon (a mace instead of a sword) glows red, his helmet looks like a sci-fi kabuto, and if you look closely you'll see he has pale blue skin and robotic arms. He's the most fearsome warrior of [[TheEmpire the Eternal Empire]], for whom he has conquered many worlds, though he sees himself as the only one who can defend peace and order in the galaxy against [[YouRebelScum rebels]] and the [[MagicalGirl Star Princess]].
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* 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.]]
* Jack Thompson in ''WebComic/CtrlAltDel''
* Zalda Len from [[http://space-blood.webcomic.ws/comics/first/ Space Blood]] is a rare female example and a [[CompositeCharacter combination]] of [[StarWars Darth Vader]] and [[Film/StarWarsTheForceAwakens Kylo Ren]]. But turns out to be TheHero and an example of a DarkIsNotEvil version of the trope.
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* 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.
* The eleventh season of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' features Locus, a dark armored mercenary with a deep filtered voice who abandoned his original name and commands an army of white-armored soldiers. All the more explicit considering the lampshaded similarities to Star Wars. He could also be considered a CompositeCharacter of Vader and Boba Fett, since his armor also features green and grey elements and his mercenary status.
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* Dark Laser from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. Some TV guide misprints even refer to him as Vader.
* Dark Vegan from ''WesternAnimation/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''
* Darph Bobo from ''WesternAnimation/TrippingTheRift''
* [[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 wreck 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]].
** The Shredder in the 2012 series cranked his similarities to Vader UpToEleven: DarkIsEvil armor, YouHaveFailedMe attitude, Scary helmet that covered a horrifically burnt face, deep voice, EvilFormerFriend of TheMentor, HeelFaceTurn caused by his obsession with a woman. [[spoiler: And then there's the dubious relationship between himself, the mentor and his child]]. Incidentally, (or not), his voice actor , Kevin Michael Richardson, also voiced Dark Laser in ''Fairly[=OddParents=]'' as mentioned above.
** In the [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990 1990 live-action film]], Shredder actually says "[[LukeIAmYourFather I am your father]]" (to his own minions, [[AFatherToHisMen in order to instill loyalty]], but still...).
* ''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 {{ComicBook/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}}.
** Darkstar also had shades of Darth Vader, wearing a helmet to cover a disfigured face, and in a greatly weakened state constnantly necessitating him to [[LifeDrinker drain life force]]. He was also initially believed to be good, but was a BitchInSheepsClothing, and was a love-interest for Gwen the main female protagonist.
* The Mandarin ''wasn't'' one in the original ComicBook/IronMan comic books, but ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'' reimagined him as one... [[TropesAreNotBad which ended up making him much cooler and deeper than his comic counterpart]].
* ''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 ''[[WesternAnimation/SuperFriends Challenge of the SuperFriends]]:'' 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 ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]''.
* WordOfGod was that the creators of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' wanted to make Warhok as terrifying as Darth Vader.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScaredySquirrel'' gives us TheEeyore of the show, [[BigBad Nester]]. He bullies scaredy for no reason but leaves him alone when Scaredy becomes a VillainProtagonist of an episode & still bullies him in a future episode. However, he has no woobyist origin story of how much pain the Scaredy gives him. He's also the son of the GreaterScopeVillain.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** Slade, a dark armored, deep voiced, masked villain who physically outmatches Robin and actively tries to make him his apprentice.
** Baron Ryang from the TrappedInTVLand episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s pilot villain, Nightmare Moon, is the [[FallenAngel fallen sister]] of Princess Celestia, with a StartOfDarkness backstory similar to Vader's, has a deep (for a female) voice, wears sinister black and dark blue armor, and is redeemed at the episode's conclusion.
* The Inquisitors of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' were trained by Vader himself and answer directly to him, and their master's influence is clear simply from a glance.
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