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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 MentorArchetype 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 be [[EvilCripple disfigured]] in some way, [[BaldOfEvil bald]] and/or unnaturally pale-skinned.
* 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. Bonus points if the voice also incorporates a CreepyMonotone.
* 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.

Many characters of this type are found in ''Franchise/StarWars'' {{canon}}.

A SisterTrope to CharClone.

Compare ObviouslyEvil, TinTyrant.

See also MayTheFarceBeWithYou.

A SubTrope of FountainOfExpies.


[[folder:Star Wars]]
The original Darth Vader from the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films is the {{Trope Namer|s}}, but several other characters in the franchise evoke the man himself in some way.


[[folder: Feature Films ]]

* All three of Palpatine's [[TheDragon Dragons]] in the prequels are "proto-Vaders," portraying one aspect of his character as a CallForward.
** Darth Maul is Palpatine's Dragon in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', a much more present and physical threat than Darth Sidious and his machinations. He acts as an enforcer of Palpatine's will, working with the Trade Federation but not beholden to them, which parallels Vader on the first Death Star. He doesn't even get more than a single line in the movie, to keep from distracting from his role as TheHeavy. This is subverted after he returns in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', as CharacterDevelopment plus [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness being abandoned by Palpatine]] forces him to forge a new identity. If anything, he becomes [[EvilCounterpart the evil Obi-Wan Kenobi]] with a bit of Sidious thrown in once he takes on an apprentice in the form of his younger brother [[TheJuggernaut Savage Opress]], who ''does'' fulfill the Vader role.
** Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus from ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' is a powerful Jedi who fell from grace and is a much more public face than Darth Sidious. He is also known for a slow and powerful lightsaber style that mirrors Vader's.
** Grievous from ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' is a tortured, half-mad cyborg who is ultimately undone by his reliance on his machines. He even has a breathing problem like Vader, though it is nowhere near as distinctive.
* 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]]. Further analysis of Ren's character reveals that he's a {{deconstruction}} of the trope: the Darth Vader Clone is such a ubiquitous archetype, and Vader himself is such a famous and influential character, that the creators basically asked themselves what would happen if Vader's image had that sort of influence in the actual ''Star Wars'' universe -- where he was a very real tyrant rather than an actor in a suit.\\
The similarities are ramped up in ''Film/TheLastJedi'', where Ren has a new mask/helmet which more closely resembles Vader's (especially the back of it) even though he abandons it rather quickly and goes without for the rest of the film, but he also has a very Vader-like cape and in some scenes looks almost exactly like Vader except for his head because of it. He ditches it for practical reasons in battle, but of course Ren still has full mobility while Vader didn't. To top it all off, he's started using Vader's trademark Force-chokes as well. It's actually noted in-universe, with Snoke making fun of him for it and calling the mask ridiculous.
* Symbolizing the extent to which he has fallen into HeWhoFightsMonsters, the extremist Rebel leader Saw Gerrera has become a Vader Clone by the time of ''Film/RogueOne''. In the intervening years since his appearance in ''WesternAnimation/TheCloneWars'', he's ended up with a largely cybernetic body and has a breathing problem which gives him a raspy voice and necessitates occasional use of an inhaler, resulting in VaderBreath.


[[folder: Franchise/Star Wars Legends ]]

* ''[[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).
* Lumiya from ''ComicBook/MarvelStarWars'' was trained by the man himself and is practically a DistaffCounterpart.
* 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]] knows 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.
* 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]].
* 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.


[[folder: Non-Film Star Wars Canon ]]

* [[TheJuggernaut Savage Opress]], Darth Maul's younger brother, in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' fits all the criteria. A once noble warrior who is corrupted and twisted physically and mentally, but who willingly submits to the corruption to protect a loved one, only to kill said loved one due to their being twisted by the dark side, losing an arm to Obi-Wan Kenobi, and subsequently serving as TheDragon to a powerful Sith Lord (in this case, as mentioned above, Maul himself). Their appearances and demeanors are even quite similar: powerfully built, extremely strong, dressed in black armor, typically stoic, yet short-tempered, and having a deep, intimidating voice. Finally, much like Vader, Savage reverts to his pre-dark side self as he is dying.
* 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.

* 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.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Alma [[spoiler:Jinnai]] from ''Anime/JewelpetTwinkle''. Not only she is among rare female example of this trope, she has both Prequel-Trilogy and Original-Trilogy aspects of Anakin/Vader. She was born as the greatest magic user, with magic potential never seen before in Jewelland. Losing her mother at early age, and separation from [[spoiler:her twin brother, Yuuma]] thereafter leads to her embracing the "Dark Side". Like Prequel Anakin, she is impulsive, always insisting that she can do everything herself, and narrow-minded in her attempt to [[spoiler:revive her mother]]. For a good chunk of the series, she hides behind the "mask" of [[spoiler:her brother lookalike face]], dressed in all-black outfit, and speak in rather intimidating tone. Her appearances are almost always make the situation [[KnightOfCerebus more tense than usual]]. To make similiarities more apparent, despite of her extreme magical power, she's still nothing more than pawn of greater evil.
* 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.
* [[TheChessmaster Gendo Ikari]] of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. [[EvilIsBigger The tallest human in the show]], [[EvilWearsBlack dresses in all black]], is an ArchnemesisDad to the protagonist, [[EvilSoundsDeep has a deep (natural) voice]], and is a tactical genius and a DragonWithAnAgenda who plans to take over from the true BigBad. He's retroactively even more of one thanks to the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels, because he became evil [[LoveMakesYouEvil due to a tragic accident involving his wife]] in his younger years.
%%* 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 {{mentor|Archetype}} to a younger villain, Tomura Shigaraki.
* Hades from ''Anime/FairyTail'' is a FallenHero who was the second guild master of the titular guild and served as [[MentorArchetype The Mentor]] to [[TheParagon Makarov]], the third guild master. He fell to evil [[spoiler:at least partially because of his research into {{Necromancy}} and repeated failures to bring back a girl he loved (platonically rather than romantically)]] and now is the leader of one of the evilest groups in the settings, and he wears a CoolHelmet and dresses in black armor and a cape. [[spoiler:He even possesses an [[DarkLordOnLifeSupport artificial means of sustaining his life and power]], and after his death his spirit pulls a RedemptionEqualsDeath to help Fairy Tail.]] Unlike Vader, he uses [[ChainPain chains]] instead of swords, though in his youth he did use a chain-blade.
* Verg from ''Anime/BlueSubmarineNo6'' is a [[LargeAndInCharge large, muscular]] shark-wolf-human hybrid that wears a BadassCape, has a metal mask with a built-in device that translates his [[GutturalGrowler animalistic growls]] into a shrill electronic voice, carries a [[CoolSword large sword]], and--like Kylo Ren, who wouldn't even exist until more than a decade after the OVA's debut--has a habit of [[PsychopathicManchild breaking out into violent tantrums when he is angered]].
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Homura falls into this trope in [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion the movie]]. She wants nothing more than to save the girl...[[spoiler:but her selfishness clouds her good intentions and she ends up enslaving the universe, all the while [[BeingEvilSucks suffering for it]]]]. Creator/GenUrobuchi [[https://hubpages.com/entertainment/The-Positive-Influence-of-the-Star-Wars-Prequels-Madoka-Magica deliberately based Homura's character on prequel-era Anakin]], as a sweet girl who turns darker thanks to her experiences.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/DoctorDoom, 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. Ironically this is the first reverse of the role with Darkseid as BigBad and not TheDragon while Desaad has more in common with Palpatine but is TheDragon and not the BigBad just like the Darth Krayt and Darth Wyyrlok example below.
* [[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes Bucky Barnes a.k.a. the Winter Soldier]] is a fairly textbook example prior to his HeelFaceTurn, particularly in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', where his DominoMask is swapped out for a pair of opaque goggles and a cyclist's mask that covers the lower half of his face. He's a ridiculously dangerous cyborg and widely feared (for excellent reason), he's TheHeavy for a less physically imposing villain, and he's got a close personal connection with the hero. Thereafter, he's still got all the skills and danger factor - when he's temporarily reverted to his Winter Soldier self, it takes both Hawkeye and Wolverine to bring him in, with Wolverine noting that he'd forgotten "how good he [Barnes] was when he was bad."
* ''ComicBook/{{Micronauts}}''' own Baron Karza, in both the toy and the [[Creator/MarvelComics comic]].
* And Baron Sunder from Marvel's ''Air Raiders''. The rebel protagonist even turned out to be his son. Licensed series based on toylines from the 80s seem to owe a lot to Vader.
* 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.
* Even though ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'s arch-nemesis Black Manta predates Darth Vader by a decade, he shared some superficial characteristics with him such as wearing black armor. It wasn't until recent years that he would emulate Vader more closely by having [[ArchnemesisDad antagonizing his heroic son Aqualad]] thanks to influence from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''.

* The eponymous VillainProtagonist in ''Fanfic/TheRiseOfDarthVulcan'' specifically designed his costume as "Darth Vader cranked {{up to eleven}}".
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has the canonical example of the Winter Soldier, with both the danger factor and the comparisons dialled UpToEleven.
** The sequel, ''Ghosts of the Past'', has the Red Son, who was explicitly designed to be the successor to the Winter Soldier, and therefore hits many of the same beats.

[[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]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* 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/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' 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.
* ''Film/DCExtendedUniverse'':
** Ares in ''Film/WonderWoman2017'' dresses in a black and spiked armour and helmet and he is revealed to have more complex reasons for his plans than simply ForTheEvulz. [[spoiler:In addition, he is also the heroine's older brother and his real form is that of an aging, frail man inside his scary outfit]].
** Steppenwolf, the BigBad in the ''Film/JusticeLeague'' movie also fits the mold by wearing dark armor (which is very similar to Ares, incidentally) and serves as TheHeavy to an [[ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} even greater evil]].
* ''Film/AsterixAndCleopatra'': Caesar's second-in-command Caius Ceplus is a Roman soldier with a very Vader-like helmet and cape. This seems like a coincidence at first, until the final battle where he suddenly starts talking with VaderBreath.
* ''Film/DraculaTheDarkPrince'' has Wraith, a death knight in service to Count Dracula that wears full-obscuring armor bears a demonic visage. He is even introduced slaughtering the female heroine's Crusader allies the same way that Darth Vader attacks Princess Leia's rebels at the start of ''A New Hope''.

* 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 Horned King in ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain 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 ''TheDragonCrownWar'' 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) {{mentor|Archetype}}]]. 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).]]
* ''Literature/TheSupervillainySaga'' has 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 since Gary is an angry and vindictive wizard with an obsessive attachment to his loved ones as well as inability to let them go. It's {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in-universe with the ''Star Wars''-obsessed Gary [[OneOfUs resenting the idea he has any similarities to a character from the Prequels.]]
* Shrike from the ''Literature/MortalEngines'' series has several similarities to Vader. First of all, he's a {{Cyborg}}... specifically, a Stalker, a human corpse resurrected by technology, heavily armoured and built for combat. He's initially presented as a ruthless killing machine in the employ of the villains, but late in the series he undergoes enough CharacterDevelopment to undergo a HeelFaceTurn of sorts. Also, he has a complicated father/daughter relationship with Hester Shaw, one of the protagonists; he adopted her after the death of her mother, and wants to resurrect her as a Stalker like himself when she dies.

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* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' / ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** Tetsumenpi 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.]]
** Hakumenrou from ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'' appears to be one in his first few appearances, as he fits the mold of mysterious armored, masked warrior with a familial bond to one of the heroes (in this case being the father of the white ranger) pretty well. [[spoiler: Ultimately, he subverts this trope, by actually being a FakeDefector all along.]]
** Astronema, the BigBad from ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' can be seen as a rare female version of this trope. She is a black armored villainess with a MagicKnight skill set. [[spoiler: She also turns out to be Karone, the long lost sister of the Red Ranger Andros and redeems herself after discovering this.]] The only things that prevent her from being this trope fully are a lack of a helmet/mask and deep voice.
** Black Knight Bullblack from ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'' also has many of the traits of the checklist on top of this page. He wears a suit of dark armor, a BadassCape, speaks in a deep voice and is somewhat of a revenge-filled FallenHero. The only big difference is that Bullblack isn't a villain, but rather an AntiHero whose desire for revenge clouds his judgment. ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' adapted this character into the Magna Defender without any real changes.
** Zeltrax from ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder''. He is a black armored cyborg, speaks with a deep voice, is revealed to be a human who wears said armor as a form of life support, whose real identity is [[spoiler:an old friend of Tommy Oliver.]] His inspiration in ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'' averts this trope, as it is a cursed suit of black armor worn by multiple characters.
** 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.]]
* 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. Rather than the real Vader's legitimately scary and dangerous techniques, Nadir's torture tactic of choice is the musical stylings of a purple gargling Scotsman - [[BrownNote which is treated as if it's just as horrifying]].
* 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/{{Arrowverse}}'':
** ''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.
** ''Series/{{Arrow}}'':
*** Malcolm Merlyn certainly qualifies since he is [[DarkIsEvil dressed in dark garb]], [[EvilSoundsDeep he has a deep voice (and like Zoom, that voice is not his real voice)]], he is a complex AntiVillain, was [[LoveMakesYouEvil driven evil because of love]] and to top it all off, [[ArchnemesisDad he has an adversarial relationship with both his biological children]].
*** Slade also counts since [[WeUsedToBeFriends he is a former]] [[EvilFormerFriend friend to the hero]], [[ArchEnemy he has a personal vendetta against said hero]], [[GeniusBruiser he is very intelligent]], [[LoveMakesYouEvil love is the reason for his villainy]], [[EvilSoundsDeep He has a deep voice]], [[YouHaveFailedMe tends to kill incompetent underlings]], [[TheDreaded he is a terror to heroes and villains alike]] and wears total body armor including a CoolHelmet.
* Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane becomes this in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' after his resurrection. Already an impossibly tall, muscular and horrifying BlackKnight, he almost permanently wears his dark armor and cape with full dark helmet (which is superficially the same shape as Vader's), serves as TheDragon to evil ruler Cersei, and has VaderBreath.

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* 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.
* 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.
* There's no shortage of these characters in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Leon from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII''. High enforcer of the Empire and second in command to the BigBad Emperor, has former ties to the Main Protagonists by familial relations (although in Leon's case, the term "familial" is used loosely, as the main protagonist was adopted by Leon and his sister Maria's parents), wears dark armor, and eventually pulls a HeelFaceTurn with implied guilt towards his atrocities beforehand to take down the Emperor.
** 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 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 the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' universe. 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. He does not appear in the game, but in the ''[[Anime/KingsglaiveFinalFantasyXV Kingsglaive]]'' film, he 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 [[MentorArchetype The Mentor]] 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).
* 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 ''VideoGame/XaindSleena'' (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 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 [[MentorArchetype The Mentor]] 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 [[DarkIsNotEvil he's a good guy]].
* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Zekrom]] resembles a dragon version of Darth Vader, is themed around the color black, and uses blue lightning to attack,[[note]]most Sith Lords use blue Force Lightning, and Vader himself can use a variation of it that doesn't fry his circuits[[/note]] but the similarities end there. It's more of a TrueNeutral or [[DarkIsNotEvil heroic]] figure, and while it ''does'' serve as TheDragon (literally, even) in ''Pokémon Black'', it has more of a CainAndAbel-type backstory. Ironically, [[BigBad Ghetsis Harmonia]], the main villain of its debut games, is a [[EvilSoundsDeep deep-voiced]] EvilCripple ArchnemesisDad (like Vader) who is old, frail, [[BadassLongRobe wears long robes]], serves as TheChessmaster, and engineered TheHeavy's childhood to suit his agenda (like Palpatine).
* ''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: [[LukeIAmYourFather and who reveals himself as Ryu's uncle 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]]. He answers to Star Lich Kel'Thuzad, who is himself an Emperor Palpatine clone.
* Reaper a.k.a Gabriel Reyes from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' used to belong to the well-respected titular organization. However, he eventually turned against his allies and fought one of his former comrades, almost dying in the process. He just barely recovered, with the process having some unfortunate side effects, and now terrorizes his enemies as a masked shade. Though he's one of the most prominent villains of the story, it's implied he's working for a bigger bad: specifically, the leader of Talon.
* Specter Knight from ''VideoGame/ShovelKnight'' is a [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaper]]-like figure clad in a flowing red cloak who has been resurrected by the Enchantress to serve as her right-hand man (though, interestingly, he's one of the ''first'' two knights of the Order you have to fight) and along with it has been granted eldritch powers (including apparently telekinesis, if ''Plague of Shadows''' epilogue is anything to go by) and a menacing red weapon. And that's just the main campaign; he also stars as the protagonist of a prequel campaign ''Specter of Torment'' which shows even more similarities between him and Darth Vader.
* from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel''. Wears black armor and a helmet, has a BadassBaritone voice filter, the heroes [[HopelessBossFight are outmatched in a fight with him in an early encounter]] but are able to beat him later, is TheDragon, turns out to be someone significant to the main character [[spoiler: (in this case, one of his classmates)]], has a tragic StartOfDarkness and [[spoiler: pulls a last-minute HeelFaceTurn and dies in a HeroicSacrifice]].
* Witch-King Malekith in ''VideoGame/TotalWarWarhammer'' bears several eerie similarities with Darth Vader: once a proud and valiant High Elf hero, he was corrupted by ambition and became a FallenHero. Now, he is a [[EvilOverlord dark lord]] clad in armor over the horrific burns he suffered in the past and he can't remove it because it was ''[[BodyHorror fused to his flesh]]''. In spite of this, he is a [[MagicKnight fearsome warrior and sorcerer]] and [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking remains the top-dog of his kingdom due to his power and skill]]. He is somewhat related to the High Elf princes Tyrion and Teclis, though not directly, since he is their distant ancestor who tried to take the throne for himself. To further hammer the point, the Dark Elves trailer focusing on Malekith has him slaughtering a group of high elves just like the one of the {{signature scene}}s in ''Film/RogueOne'' where Vader mows down Rebel soldiers.
* ''VideoGame/SonicForces'' has Infinite, who serves as TheDragon to Dr. Eggman. Design-wise, he has quite a few similarities to Vader, like black fur, red-colored powers (including a red sword in the prequel comic), an evil-looking mask, and a deep echoing voice. In addition, [[FromNobodyToNightmare he used to be an ordinary]] FunnyAnimal who became DrunkOnTheDarkSide thanks to Eggman offering him the chance to grant his greatest desires, and one of his first scenes in the game depicts him effortlessly killing [[RedShirt Resistance soldiers]]. There's also the fact that he shares a personal connection to the [[PlayerCharacter Avatar]] that ends up being instrumental in their CharacterDevelopment, similar to Vader's role in Luke Skywalker's character arc.

[[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.]]
* 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 [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] and [[Film/TheForceAwakens Kylo Ren]]. But turns out to be TheHero and an example of a DarkIsNotEvil version of the trope.

[[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.
* 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.
* Commander Bubba of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbt1h_XBRgU&index=2&list=PL9fGHMcRLx6gU9ZLieogw3HJTU9C53HAA Ben McYellow videos]] comes across as a [[ParodiedTrope parody]] of these, he wears a black CoolMask, fights with a large broadsword, speaks in a deep voice and commands an army of GasMaskMooks - but the rest of his costume is [[CheapCostume just regular clothes]] and he's shown to be something of an incompetent moron.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'':
** [[SamuraiJack/TropesSeason5 Season 5]] features a RareFemaleExample with the High Priestess of [[ReligionOfEvil the Daughters of Aku]] that ticks many of the boxes. She is a tall masked figure who wears dark robes, and serves the [[EvilOverlord dark lord]] [[BigBad Aku]] as his loyal would-be [[TheDragon dragon]] (even though he doesn't know she even ''exists''). She is also an EvilMatriarch and a particularly ruthless one, speaking in a intimidating voice with a stoic demeanor and being [[DarkActionGirl formidable in combat]]. While she isn't shown to be disfigured, she does cover her body with ''burning coal'' which sounds unpleasant, but its shown that is not an actually harmful experience as a night scrubbing off the ash suit tissue will reveal normal skin underneath. She is far from being an AntiVillain though, being rather the HateSink on the account of being an AbusiveParent to her daughters and by the end [[spoiler:she doesn't pull a HeelFaceTurn, as she ends up being killed by her own daughter Ashi, who deserted her and has become Jack's companion. If anything, one might go as far as to say the High Priestess and Ashi are {{decomposite|Character}}s of the eponymous villain]].
** The Dominator as well. He's a towering villain in armor with a helmet that alters his voice to make it deeper. However, unlike Vader, he is far from being likable though, being rather an unsympathetic, irredeemable monster.
* 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''.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'':
** [[BigBad The Shredder]] is considered the Darth Vader of the overall franchise. He's the Turtles' most iconic and physically-imposing villain, clad in full body armor (often with a cape) and a helmet, and usually has some connection to their mentor, Master Splinter. 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]].
** In the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2003 series]], his suit of armor covers him ''completely'' and gives him a borderline VoiceOfTheLegion. He is eventually revealed to be a tiny alien in a MobileSuitHuman, which can be seen as an analogue to Vader's actually being a limbless wreck in PoweredArmor.
** 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 [[MentorArchetype The Mentor]] [[spoiler: and that he kills said mentor]], 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/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.
* After regaining consciousness in the end of ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' season 3 thanks to Haggar reviving him, Zarkon gains a new armor that serves as a life support system which also has a helmet that conceals his face (though the visors glow purple when his eyes open at the end of the transformation) and speaking in a deeper, yet robotic voice in season 4, in which he regains his status as BigBad and Emperor of the Galra Empire from his son Lotor, who took over this position when he was in a coma during the third season.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpiderWoman'' episode "Invasion of the Black Hole" featured a villain named Graviton, who was clearly inspired by Darth Vader (the series premiered two years after the release of ''Film/ANewHope''). Like Darth Vader, Graviton wears black armor, a cape, and a helmet concealing his face. He even fights Spider-Woman with a weapon similar to a lightsaber.
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'': Lord Dominator, but only while in her armor. She has SpikesOfVillainy, a deep voice, and wears a CoolHelmet. WordOfGod is her gradual involvement in the story as season 2 goes on was done similar to Vader's. Averted with Lord Hater, because despite his name being an obvious ShoutOut, he's more of a KingKoopaCopy.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The [[https://www.ozy.com/flashback/how-saddam-hussein-modeled-a-paramilitary-unit-after-darth-vader/69137 Fedayeen Saddam]], a military unit created by Uday Hussein, whose troops were designed to invoke the image of Darth Vader, wearing black shirts, black ski masks, and black helmets modeled after Darth Vader's.