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Played by: Alec Guinness (Ep.IV-VI); Ewan McGregor (Ep.I-III)
If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine. (Ep.IV)
Introduced in Episode IV
as "Ben Kenobi," Obi-Wan begins Luke's Jedi training and sets him on his course as savior of the galaxy. He fought in the Clone Wars and, as Anakin's teacher, was deeply involved in Anakin's fall
to The Dark Side
. While Anakin is indisputably the Main Character
of the series, Obi-Wan runs a close second
, and is one of only four characters to appear in every film
of the series.
- Actually, I Am Him: When he admits to Luke his real name is Obi-Wan.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence
- The Atoner: For training the man who destroyed the Jedi Order.
- Author Existence Failure: His old man actor Alec Guiness died in real life and who knows what will be done if ever Obi Wan will still be around in the future. However, since Obi-Wan is a spirit now, he can choose to manifest as his younger, Ewan McGregor self, if he wishes.
- A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: In Episode V, how Obi-Wan describes Anakin/Dark Vader.
Luke: How did my father die?
Obi-Wan: A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi Knights. He betrayed and murdered your father.
- Badass: The only Jedi to have fought three powerful Sith warriors and lived to tell the tale. He defeated two of them.
- Bash Brothers: With Anakin in Episode's II-III, before Anakin does a Face-Heel Turn.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Described in the Revenge of the Sith novelization as "the ultimate Jedi" partially because he is "modest, centered and always kind". Nonetheless, if you push him far enough (like taking part in the murder of almost his entire "family", ie. the Jedi Order, including innocent children), he is prepared to hack off your limbs and leave you alone to slowly burn to death (although he seems to show some remorse while doing so).
- Big Brother Instinct: To Anakin, especially in Episode I.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Anakin. He even refers to Anakin as his brother in Episode III, while Anakin tells him he is like a father to him in Episode II.
- Big Good: Alongside Yoda in the classic trilogy.
- Big "NO!": In Episode I, after Qui-Gon was killed by Darth Maul.
- Bond One-Liner: "So uncivilized."
- Bodyguarding A Badass: Watches over and protects Luke for 19 years as Luke grows up on Tatooine. Somewhat subverted, as Luke didn't take a level in badass until later.
- Cain and Abel: With Anakin, with Obi-Wan being the Abel to Anakin's Cain. This is more evident and obvious at the end of Episode III when Obi-Wan refers to Anakin as his brother and that he loved him before he turned to the Dark Side.
- Cartwright Curse: A rather unfunny trend in the EU is if that you're set up to be Obi's love interest, you'll end up dying in his arms. All three women he has admitted to loving have died in his arms.
- The Chessmaster: His attempts to steer the plot in the direction he wants by keeping information from Luke end up not working, as Luke screws up his plans for the better.
- Cool Old Guy: From A New Hope to Return of the Jedi.
- Cool Star Ship: Delta-7 Aethersprite-class light interceptor in Attack of the Clones and Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptor in Revenge of the Sith.
- Cool Sword: His blue lightsaber.
- Cynical Mentor: To Anakin again. Despite this, he still seemed pretty shocked when Anakin falls to The Dark Side.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially in the prequel trilogy. Ewan McGregor's Alec Guinness impersonation managed to produce some of the driest irony ever captured on celluloid.
- Deceptive Legacy: Obi-Wan tells Luke his father is dead. It all depends on your point of view. The audience knows he turns out to be Darth Vader; but from Obi-Wan's point of view, his friend Anakin died (and was mourned) after the events of Episode III.
- Despair Event Horizon: Over Anakin's fall to The Dark Side. It is obvious that this is something that Obi-Wan never recovers from emotionally and psychologically. It haunts him nineteen years later.
- The Determinator
- Deuteragonist: Especially in the prequels.
- Does Not Like Guns: Until he's forced to use one against Grievous. Even though one saved his life, he still quickly throws it away in disgust over how uncivilised it was.
- Doomed by Canon: Or rather, obligated to stay alive to be killed by Vader in the original trilogy.
- Eccentric Mentor: Although this applies more to Yoda, this trope was actually one of the early concepts for Obi-Wan himself (even after Sir Alec Guinness had already been chosen for the role). Remnants of this remain, as Uncle Owen claims to Luke that Kenobi is merely a crazy old man, and Han later calls the Jedi Master a "damn fool."
- Elegant Weapon for a More Civilized Age: Trope Namer when discussing the Lightsaber with Luke in A New Hope.
- Fantastic Racism: He does not consider droids to be "alive" despite evidence of droids having personalities and feelings.
- Foreshadowing: "Why do I think you're going to be the death of me, Anakin?"
- From a Certain Point of View: The Trope Namer.
- Genre Savvy
- Glory Days: Only a pale shadow of the warrior he once was, much like Anakin is.
- Guile Hero: His in-universe nickname is The Negotiator (which is slightly ironic when one of the senior Jedi that he reports to is played by Samuel L. Jackson)
- The Hero: While ultimately the saga as a whole is about Anakin, Obi Wan is quite clearly the main heroic character of the Prequel trilogy to Luke's Original.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Like all Jedi, Obi-Wan uses a lightsaber as his Weapon of Choice.
- Heroic BSOD: In Episode III, Obi-Wan slowly falls into one as he and Yoda see the full extent of the massacre in the Jedi Temple. He's tipped over the edge when he sees a hologram proving that Anakin is responsible but, being Obi-Wan, manages to keep going and fight the man he's loved as a brother. He finally lets his emotions come out after he's defeated Vader and, although he keeps going, it's clear from that point onwards that he's tipped over the Despair Event Horizon. Even nineteen years later, it's clear that he hasn't fully recovered and he NEVER got over what happened to Anakin.
- Hermit Guru: Obi-Wan is an old Jedi Master who has lived in Tattoine for the past twenty years. He, alongside Yoda, does his part in training Luke to become a Jedi Knight.
- Heroic Sacrifice: A subtler version when he throws the fight against Vader to allow his friends to escape.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Anakin, after the latter becomes a Jedi Knight. The novelization of Episode III in particular really brings out the closeness of their friendship.
- I Was Just Passing Through: Obi-Wan rescuing Luke from the Sand People.
- Jacob Marley Warning: Gives this to Luke before leaving to face Vader.
- Jedi Mind Trick: The Trope Maker. Obi-Wan's statements that get him past the Stormtroopers in Mos Eisley is the most famous example, but he also may use a version of this while on the Death Star while disabling the tractor beam. The movie doesn't clarify if he used telekinesis to generate a sound in the next room, or if he used a mind trick to make the guards think that they heard a noise. Given how quickly they decide to look for an innocuous-sounding plink, Obi-Wan seems to at least have used the "mind trick" to influence that decision.
- In Attack of the Clones, Obi-Wan uses this to get rid of a guy trying to sell him death-sticks (according to Wookieepedia, the guy really did go home and genuinely rethink his life as he was told to, though after a while he fell back into his old ways).
- Knight Errant: Will go where ever he's sent.
- Legendary in the Sequel: An interesting inversion: he's legendary in the original, and the prequels establish why he is.
- Let's Get Dangerous: At first, Obi Wan seems to be little more than a wizened old man, who may have once been a warrior of the Clone Wars, but is now, well, an old man who lives in a hovel. Then we get to the cantina scene, where said old man whips out a lightsaber, deflects blaster shots and lops a man's arm off. You can tell from the look on Luke's face, that's the moment when he starts to take the whole 'Jedi' thing seriously.
- Listing The Forms Of Degenerates: Obi-Wan does this when he says "Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy."
- Manipulative Bastard: An interesting example, since Obi-Wan is unquestionably on the side of the good, but he does attempt to manipulate Luke into unknowingly killing his own father (although it should probably be taken into account that the father in question is an unrepentant mass murderer who wants to turn Luke to the Dark Side and kill all his friends and allies).
- Martial Pacifist
- Master Swordsman
- The Mentor: To both Anakin and Luke.
- Mentor Archetype
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: In A New Hope, he dies trying to hold back Darth Vader to let Luke escape.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning
- My Greatest Failure: Anakin's fall.
- No Body Left Behind: When Obi-Wan dies, his body disappears, leaving behind an empty robe.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Sneaking aboard Padme's ship as she leaves to Mustafar fills Anakin with such an anger when he sees him that Anakin Force chokes Padme, ultimately killing her.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Obi-Wan is a samurai, a ninja, a knight and a wizard.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: With Anakin. Obi-Wan is the Noble to Anakin's Roguish.
- The Obi-Wan: Trope Namer.
- Obi-Wan Moment: Trope Namer - well, sort of - because the trope was actually named after a comment made on the X-Men: The Last Stand director's commentary track at the eventual fate of a major mentor figure in that movie franchise, but it was in reference to this character from Star Wars.
- Officer and a Gentleman: He holds the title of General in the Grand Army of the Republic as well as being a Jedi Master.
- Old Master: In A New Hope.
- Older and Wiser: Obi Wan starts off as an apprentice to Qui Gon Jin, but becomes more of a wise and experienced Jedi master, culminating in him teaching Luke, his former padawan's son, about the Force in the beginning of episode IV. Luke goes through a similar development going from a whiny teenager in episode IV, to a wise, up-and-coming Jedi master himself in episode VI.
- The Paladin
- The Paragon
- Parental Substitute: Obi-Wan becomes this to Anakin, considering that Anakin has never had a father.
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat: In Episode II, Obi-Wan's brief meeting with Jango Fett, to the point that Boba Fett's origin story contains a comparison between that conversation and a sword fight.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: See Fantastic Racism above.
- The Power of Legacy: Obi-Wan refrains from telling Luke about his father's true nature. Luke thinks of whoever his father is as a hero.
- Prodigal Hero: Obi Wan exiles himself to watch over little Luke from a distance, and then returns to the first line to be his mentor.
- Psychic Powers
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Anakin's Red.
- The Smart Guy
- Spirit Advisor: To Luke after his death.
- The Stoic: Has one of the suckiest lives (and afterlife?) of any character in fiction, but remains calm, never complains, and usually keeps his emotions well in check. When he starts screaming or gets visibly upset, you know crap just got real.
- Stone Wall: The EU establishes that Obi-Wan is the definitive master of Soresu, the most defensive lightsaber style. This allows him to perform feats like (during his fight with Grievous) blocking twelve lightsaber strikes a second.
- Student and Master Team: With Anakin in Episodes II-III and Luke in Episodes IV-VI.
- Obi-Wan was the student to Qui-Gon in Episode I.
- Take Up My Sword
- Thanatos Gambit: Obi-Wan to Vader: "If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."
- Tragic Bromance: He never gets over what happened to Anakin, EVER.
- Universal Pilot's License
- Unreliable Expositor: In regards to Darth Vader and telling Luke the truth about him.
- Weapon of Choice: Blue lightsaber.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: In Episode I, there was a scene where Obi-Wan apologized Qui-Gon for criticizing his sometimes peculiar actions (taking Jar Jar with them and betting their ship on Anakin winning the Pod Race). Qui-Gon quickly praised Obi-Wan for his willingness to learn and told him he would someday become a greater Jedi than Qui-Gon himself ever was. The novelization added other moments where Qui-Gon was critical of Obi-Wan's callousness (making jokes during combat) and lack of foresight (forgetting to turn his lightsaber battery off before jumping into swamp water), as well as the fact that Qui-Gon was known for seeking the "will of the force" over the immediate issues.
- Xanatos-Gambit: Obi Wan is polite enough to warn Vader that "if you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine" before setting Vader up to do just that.
- Obi-Wan's mission to kill General Grievous is described as one of these (as well as a Uriah Gambit) in Novelization. Obi-Wan succeeds and kills Grievous? That's one less pawn that Palpatine would otherwise have to dispose of later. Grievous kills Obi-Wan? One less Jedi in Palpatine's way. The end result of the battle is rather irrelevant; the entire point was to make sure Obi-Wan wasn't on Coruscant, where he would otherwise likely be able to stop Anakin from turning to The Dark Side.
- You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good: In Episode III, Obi-Wan laments to Anakin when the latter turns to The Dark Side, stating that he was supposed to destroy the Sith, not join them.
Voiced by: Frank Oz (Ep.I-VI)
Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.
A diminutive Jedi Master of unknown species, he is. From him, training Luke seeks in Episode V
. Originally a spiritual (and very old) character drawing on the wizened Old Master
tradition, his true capabilities he shows in Episodes II
, in which (not coincidentally) of the Serkis Folk
variety, he is. In all other films
, a puppet performed by the legendary Frank Oz, who also brought us Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy
, he is portrayed by.
- Actually, I Am Him: When Luke is looking for Yoda.
- Adventure Rebuff: "He is too old. Yes, too old to begin the training."
- Authority Equals Asskicking: There's a reason why Yoda is called the Master or Grand Master of the Jedi Order.
- A Lesson In Defeat: Yoda sends Luke into the cave to experience the dark side of the Force. When he thinks he kills Vader, the mask explodes and reveals Luke's own face, showing that he could give into the dark side himself. An alternative interpretation of the scene, supported by the radio adaption of Empire, is that Yoda is showing Luke what is holding him back, namely himself and his own attitudes. Yoda tells him explicitly that he won't need weapons, and that the only thing in the cave is what he takes with him.
- Badass Grandpa: Yoda is around 800 and nearing the end of his species's natural life span, but can still go toe-to-toe with the likes of Count Dooku and Emperor Palpatine. Even thirty years later, Yoda retains enough power to easily lift an almost-completely submerged X-Wing from a swamp.
- One-Man Army
- Retired Badass: By the time of the original trilogy.
- Benevolent Boss
- Beware the Nice Ones: When facing a Sith Lord in Attack of the Clones. In Revenge of the Sith, Yoda gets even better, decapitating two troopers with a single blow.
- Big Good: The Grand Master of the Jedi Order.
- Big "NO!": In Episode II, Yoda hearing Qui-Gon's voice after Anakin's Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the Tusken Raiders.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Especially when Luke first meets him.
- Cool Old Guy
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Compare his introductory scene in Episode V to his fight with Dooku in Episode II.
- Doting Grandparent: To every warrior in the Jedi Order, younglings in particular ... when not giving them Training from Hell, that is.
- Eccentric Mentor: A little eccentric, but still very capable and wise, he is.
- Emerald Power: Yoda, who is green skinned, is one of the strongest Jedi there is.
- Exposition of Immortality: Yoda already looks like he's seen his fair share of years; walking stick, not much hair, crotchety old man. And clearly, he's been around for a while if he was the Jedi Master who trained Obi-Wan Kenobi, himself no spring chicken by Episode IV. Nevertheless, a sense of his true age is held back until he turns around and says:
Yoda: "What know you of ready? For eight hundred years have I trained Jedi. My own council will I keep on who is to be trained."
- Genre Savvy
- Good Counterpart: To Darth Sidious/Palpatine.
- Hermit Guru
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness
- Inexplicably Awesome: He's just a short, green, centuries-old alien who is quite possibly the most powerful Jedi alive. How he got that way is officially the one Noodle Incident the expanded universe will never touch.
- Jedi Mind Trick: In Star Wars: Clone Wars, Yoda uses it on Padmé's security chief, who takes on Yoda's speech patterns. Padmé sees through it, but agrees with Yoda's request anyway.
- Large Ham: In The Empire Strikes Back.
- Last of His Kind: Yoda himself may very well have been The Last Of The Wrinkly Green Muppets. Only one other is seen in The Phantom Menace, and she was killed during the Clone Wars.
- Little Green Men
- Living Legend: In the original trilogy, everybody refers to Yoda as if he were the one invincible, unmatchable Jedi. Inexplicably, although he was the most famous Jedi in the galaxy and his death was never confirmed, not twenty years later there's not a single record of what Yoda looked like for Luke to consult.
- Although considering Palpatine planned to wipe out the Jedi and all knowledge of their order, it seems they were quite successful.
- Master-Apprentice Chain: In the original trilogy, on his deathbed Yoda entrusts Luke with passing down what he has learned from Obi-Wan and him, thus it becomes: Obi-Wan and Yoda > Luke Skywalker > The new Jedi.
- Master Swordsman: As shown in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
- Meaningful Name: Yoda means "warrior" in Sanskrit, though we don't see him live up to his namesake until Episode II...
- It also means "one who knows" in Hebrew.
- Mentor Archetype
- Mentor Mascot: One of the most recognisable symbols of the series, he is, and he's a mentor to boot.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Played with this trope. In Return of the Jedi, Yoda does; while passes away he certainly does, not in battle does he fall.
- My Greatest Failure: Goes into exile after his failure to defeat the Emperor in their duel.
- No Body Left Behind: When Yoda dies, his body disappears, leaving behind an empty robe.
- No Name Given: Only has one name.
- Name's the Same: There's also Col. Igor Yoda, who was Deputy Commander for Logistics in the Russian military space forces since 2007. Local Star Wars fans found it really funny.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: It has been known for ages that platitudes fall flat on the hurting. Unfortunately, Yoda didn't know this when Anakin came to him for advice on Padmé.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Yoda is a wizard, an alien and an old master.
- No Sell: Dooku's Sith lightning does not work against him. Even Palpatine fails to kill him, and it's Father Time that finally gets Yoda.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Pretends to be a wacky old hermit in The Empire Strikes Back as a test of Luke's patience and tolerance of strangers. Fail miserably, Luke does.
- Obfuscating Disability: That cane. He normally hobbles about on it like a hunchbacked geriatric, but once that cane is tossed aside and the lightsaber comes out... good luck eye-tracking him.
- Old Master: To every single Jedi, but especially Luke.
- One-Man Army
- Only One Name
- The Paladin: Wise and powerful.
- The Paragon
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Arguably the king of this trope. Less than a meter tall but still one of the most powerful Force users and one of the best duelists in the Jedi Order.
- Pointy Ears
- Psychic Powers
- Really Nine Hundred Years Old
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Reluctant Warrior:
A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.
- Screaming Warrior: He often lets out a *kiai*-like yell while fighting.
- Serkis Folk: In Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
- Strange Syntax Speaker: Hmm, yes he is? Agree, you do.
- Supporting Leader: During the assault on Geonosis in Attack of the Clones and the battle on Kashyyyk in Revenge of the Sith.
- Technical Pacifist
- There Is No Try: Trope Namer.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Throws his lightsaber into the chest of a clone trooper in Episode III.
- Training from Hell: Yoda forces Luke to perform inhuman feats of strength, dexterity and stamina as part of his Jedi training. (The novelization/written version of the stories mentions he had to do a thumbstand, i.e. a handstand on one thumb.) The implication, however, is that Luke is being forced to rely on the Force — Yoda is making him perform superhuman feats that, as a human, he is not capable of performing — but as a Jedi, with the Force flowing through him, he is.
- Trickster Mentor: Especially in Episode V.
- Verbal Tic: Talks backwards all the time, he does.
- Weapon of Choice: A small green lightsaber in Episode in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
C- 3 PO and R2-D 2
C-3PO and R2-D2
3PO played by: Anthony Daniels
R2 played by: Kenny Baker (suit)
R2 "voiced" by: Ben Burtt
I am C-3P0, human-cyborg relations. And this is my counterpart, R2-D2.
A pair of "droids" (short for android, even though only Threepio is human-shaped) who accompany the heroes on their various adventures. Threepio is a "protocol droid" who helps smooth negotiations and understands 6 million forms of communication; he is fussy and quick to proclaim, "We're doomed
." Artoo is an "astromech droid," making him a co-pilot for various starfighters
, and is much more gutsy. Their (one-sided) banter is one of the franchise's main sources of Plucky Comic Relief
. C-3PO and R2-D2 are the last of the four characters who appear in all six movies; they are also the only characters to be portrayed by the same actors
throughout all six movies.
- Aside Glance: C-3PO.
- Badass Adorable: R2, especially in the prequel trilogy.
- Beware the Nice Ones: R2. In Revenge of the Sith, R2 is captured by two assault droids who call him a "stupid little astrodroid". Cue R2 spraying them with oil and firing his jets. Result: two extra crispy and very much dead assault droids.
- Big Guy, Little Guy
- Bilingual Dialogue
- Breakout Character: R2-D2.
- Butt Monkey: 3PO.
- Camp: C-3PO's defining characteristic.
- Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them: It's clear that without R2 around, 3PO tends to end up being captured, partially disassembled or thrown on the scrap pile within a day.
- Captain Obvious: In Episode V, C-3PO says the asteroid the crew is on "might not be entirely stable", right after the ground shakes. Han calls him "the professor" right after that.
- Cute Machines: Primarily R2-D2.
- Deadpan Snarker: R2's dialoque is dripping with this, even though he speaks a language Human's can't understand. It really takes off in the EU.
- A great example comes early in A New Hope, after 3PO throws a hissy-fit and intentionally goes the other way into the desert, simply to spite him, the scene ends with R2 furiously muttering under his breath in irritation.
- Demoted to Extra: C-3PO in the prequel trilogy.
- The Drag-Along: C-3PO in every movie.
- Eye Lights Out: C-3PO.
- Guy in Back: In Episode V during the final battle. To add to the drama, he is badly damaged during the final trench run.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: R2-D2. Particularly if viewed as specifically C-3PO's sidekick. In the original trilogy, he hacks the Death Star main computer to show its internal lay-out and shut down the trash compactors, keeps Luke's X-wing flying, and functions as a spy and monitoring station. He's also shown a number of times to be particularly brave and determined. In the prequels, it's the same story again: repairing a ship in hard vacuum while other droids blow up around him, flying, and once again hacking in the enemy's flagship.
- In the Expanded Universe, Artoo continues this trend. He's effectively saved entire planets and civilizations of the Galaxy numerous times thanks to saving Han, Luke, Leia, or whoever the hell he's with repeatedly despite great personal risk to his tiny droid self. It's all the more impressive that he accomplishes this without really having any direct defenses of his own.
- Of course, Word Of God from Lucas himself has (sometimes) been that what we see aren't the true events, it's R2 telling the story to an alien race. It's entirely possible that he embellished a bit, especially since most of his biggest heroic moments had no organic witnesses.
- If My Calculations Are Correct: C-3PO is prone to this, and very annoying about it.
- Kid-Appeal Character: C-3PO.
- Made of Iron: Pun aside, R2 and 3PO are surprisingly durable droids. In the climax of A New Hope, R2 took a direct hit from a Tie Fighter laser and lived to tell the tale, in spite of getting some clearly visible (but repairable) damage from it. In Empire, 3P0 gets blown to pieces by a laser blast, only to be assembled back together no worse for wear with no real tools on hand. In Attack of the Clones, he gets his head callously knocked off and hardwired onto another droid body accidentally, but this has no adverse effect on his hardware in the long run, and R2 is able to remove and rewire his head back to his normal body with a simple tool on hand.
- Let The Bully Win: 3PO telling R2 to "let the Wookiee win".
- The Load: C-3PO. Somewhat justified however, in that he's freely admits he's "little more than an interpreter".
- Losing Your Head: Happens to 3PO in Attack of the Clones and The Empire Strikes Back.
- The Navigator: One of Artoo's functions as an astromech.
- Only Sane Man: R2-D2 seems to cater to this, especially considering he never had his memory wiped and is fully aware of everything that has taken place since Episode I.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: R2. In Revenge of the Sith, he proved that he can take care of robots twice his size.
- Plot Coupon: R2's message from Leia, and the Death Star plans he carried.
- Robot Buddy
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Arguably, C-3PO is the Sensitive Guy to R2-D2's Manly Man.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: C-3PO.
- Silent Snarker: R2, judging by C-3PO's reactions to what he's saying, is quite the Deadpan Snarker.
- The Smart Guy: R2, though 3PO has his moments.
- Smart People Play Chess: R2.
- Spell My Name with an S: See-Threepio or C-3PO? Artoo-Deetoo or R2-D2? See-Threepio or See-Threepizero?
- Word Of God: Yes. (Except for the last one, which is a little more obvious when you spell it out that way.)
- Starfish Language/The Unintelligible: R2-D2.
- Supporting Protagonist: In the first third of A New Hope.
- Those Two Droids
- Translator Buddy: 3P0 for R2.
- Unreliable Narrator: George Lucas established early on that the movies are the story as told by R2 to an alien race. This probably explains why he gets a lot more heroic moments in scenes where he's alone.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With each other.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Droids, like R2-D2 and C-3PO, are established as having hopes, fears, desires, and moments of insight or creativity, however, they are often treated as property and discriminated against.
- With Friends Like These...
Darth Vader a.k.a. ANAKIN SKYWALKER
Played by: David Prowse (suit, Ep.IV-VI); Bob Anderson (swordplay and stunts, Ep.IV-VI), Hayden Christensen (suit, Ep.III)
"Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force."
"I find your lack of faith disturbing."
Dark Lord of the Sith, apprentice to Senator Palpatine (also known as Darth Sidious). The central antagonist
(or is he?
) in the original trilogy. Killed Luke's father
, Anakin Skywalker...From a Certain Point of View
. His descent into evil shaped the fate of the Galaxy.
Also has his own Self-Demonstrating Page
(work in progress), which, fittingly, is on the Darth Wiki
- Ace Pilot: Still the best in the galaxy. Despite being outnumbered due to being the only pilots Genre Savvy enough to scramble against the rebel's "futile" attack, he and his handpicked Black Squadron shoot down many rebels during A New Hope's Final Battle and would have done the same to Luke Skywalker if not for Han Solo's Big Damn Heroes moment.
- Achilles' Heel: Force Lightning. His cyborg physiology means he can't use it without frying his own life support, and this is how Palpatine mortally injures Vader during the latter's Heroic Sacrifice.
- Action Dad
- Actually, I Am Him: Says out to Luke that he is his father.
- Alas, Poor Villain
- All-Encompassing Mantle
- Alternate Character Interpretation: In-Universe with The Lost Command. See Anakin's entry.
- And I Must Scream: As a human himself, he's stuck inside that suit for who knows how long. But there's nothing he could do about it, since he has to wear it in order to survive.
- Anti-Villain: Type II and/or III. Unlike Palpatine, who is merely obsessed with power, Vader genuinely wants to do the right thing for the galaxy and also hates himself for all the evil he's done.
- Archnemesis Dad: To Luke.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Vader shows many of these qualities (lacks respect for authority, resorts to violence with minimal provocation, etc.)
- Artificial Limbs: All of them.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: After he dies in Return of the Jedi.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: His official title in the Empire is Supreme Commander of the military, the sort of job that, in Real Life armies, typically entails stamping a lot of paperwork. Vader, however, prefers to be down in the trenches with the Mooks, whom he actually treats very well (it's the noncombatant officers he's not nice to).
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: All Sith Lords come with this.
- A God Am I: Like most Sith Lords.
- Badass: One of the best-known examples in the franchise.
- Bad Boss: Has become a memetic archetype of this trope which leads to this trait being exaggerated in EU materials.
- He executes two Imperial officers on screen for failure and is implied to have done so to countless others.
- He forces his fleet to pursue the Millennium Falcon through an asteroid field, ignoring the casualties they suffer as a result — up to and including the loss of a Star Destroyer with all hands. Though he does have his ship enter the field alongside them.
- He is more than willing to involve his boss when his own presence fails to adequately cow. "The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am," indeed.
- His Bad Boss tendencies are only demonstrated to the noncombatant officers of the trope. When it comes to his treatment of the actual combatants, he treats them surprisingly well.
- Bald of Evil: Due to his burns.
- Basso Profundo
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Vader's armor being able to protect him in the void of space is a fairly consistent ability (Fitting, as the armor exists in the first place because early drafts of A New Hope had him enter the Tantive IV on "foot", through space). There are also the rare research flubs where characters are shown piloting TIE ships without the trademark TIE Pilot suit.
- Batman-Gambit: Vader wants Luke, but after the Hoth evacuation, he has no idea where to start looking for him. Instead, he pursues and captures Han and the others. While capturing them would be of value to the Empire regardless, Vader doesn't even have to bother sending out a villainous threat. He correctly anticipates Luke sensing their suffering through the Force and racing to the rescue.
- Becoming the Mask: In Return of the Jedi, he tells Darth Vader he has accepted that he was once Anakin Skywalker, his father. Vader replies, "That name no longer has any meaning for me." Luke insists there is still good in him.
- Being Evil Sucks: The way that he says "it's too late for me" implies that on a fundamental level, he despises what he's become but sticks around largely because he believes it's too late to back out.
- Big "NO!": After learning of Padmé's death.
- Black Cloak
- Black Knight
- Blood Knight: As much as he might want to kill Palpatine and become Emperor, realistically Vader is too much of a warrior to deal with all the politics and scheming involved with being the ruler of a Galactic Empire. He would most likely have put a figure head in place to deal with that if he ever did get the chance to conquer the Galaxy.
- Breakout Character: In the first movie, A New Hope, he barely even appears, and when he does, he's usually being subordinate to Grand Moff Tarkin. In early drafts of the script, he was even killed in the Death Star trench run, and was never intended to be Luke's father. Fortunately, however, Lucas decided to insert a shot of him escaping as a Sequel Hook, and he ended up becoming the big villain of the series, enough to warrant a three-movie-long Start of Darkness arc.
- Breakout Villain: Because Vader has become such a popular and iconic character, it's easy to forget that he actually had a relatively minor role in Episode IV: he only had 9 minutes of screen time, he didn't have his famous theme music, he and Luke's father were clearly meant to be different people, and he spent most of the film as an enforcer for the real chief antagonist, Grand Moff Tarkin. It wasn't until Episode V dropped a certain revelation about Luke's parentage that he became the trilogy's main villain, with Luke's battle with him (and his eventual redemption) becoming a crux of the series.
- Broken Pedestal: His son, Luke, used to think he was a noble Jedi Knight that died years ago at the hands of Darth Vader. Now he knows not only did he not die at Vader's hands, he is Vader.
- Byronic Hero
- Card-Carrying Villain
- The Chessmaster
- Classic Villain: Fits all of the criteria as a Wrath villain.
- Clingy Costume: Darth Vader's armor is also a life-support system, and cannot be removed outside a special chamber.
- Clothes Make the Legend: His Cool Helmet and Black Cloak are so iconic that just their silhouette in the first teaser posters for The Phantom Menace was enough to let everyone know just who the cute kid in the picture would become.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Vader has Luke's friends tortured in Cloud City, and they are mystified why they are not asked any questions. In reality, Vader is just doing it to lure Luke to him.
- Cool Helmet
- Cool Mask: Darth Vader's face is fully masked and if he's not the most powerful villains in the universe, he's amongst the scariest. He may have been more powerful before he needed a life support mask, but we don't recommend telling him if you appreciate being able to breathe.
- Cool Starship: The Devastator, the Executor, and the TIE Advanced x1. And that's just from the movies. In the Expanded Universe, he also has the Terror among other vessels.
- Covered with Scars: The reason for his armour.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The fight between Luke and Vader in Episode V. Inexperienced Force-User (Luke) vs. a powerful Dark Lord (Vader). As the fight continues, it's clear Luke is hopelessly outmatched especially after Vader cuts his hand off. Worse, Vader is beating up Luke spiritually, taunting Luke to use his anger to defeat him and then, just Luke is clinging for dear life over an abyss, reveals that he is Luke's father. By the time Luke is rescued by his friends fleeing Cloud City, he's both a physical, emotional and mental wreck.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul:
Obi-Wan: "He's more machine now than man; twisted and evil."
- Cyborg: Vader loses an arm at first, both legs, and the other arm as well. He also as extensive internal organ damage, particularly the lungs, hence the Cool Mask and the Vader Breath.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Vader had no choice but to "abandon" Luke and Leia, because he didn't even know that they were still alive! As soon as he learned otherwise, he planned a nice family bonding experience so that they could get to know each other.
- Also, Vader didn't even know his wife Padme had twins, so he was surprised to learn that Luke had a twin sister, Leia.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Even though Vader uses his leverage against Lando to keep Leia, Chewie, and the droids on Cloud City, he also has the sense to repair the hyperdrive of the Millennium Falcon but deactivate it, just in case they try to escape. As the hyperdrive is technically working perfectly, any hunt for problems will be a wild goose chase. Luckily for the rebels, R2 reactivates the hyperdrive just in time.
- Dark Is Evil
- Dark Is Not Evil: He made a Heel-Face Turn. But, quite frankly, generally very fundamental to his character. Unlike most Darkside users, he is quite morally complex, and has an ethical code.
- Dark Lord on Life Support: He can't live without his suit for more than a few minutes, which he finds incredibly irritating because its design is imperfect and leaves him in constant pain. Imperial engineers could fix it but that would involve removing the suit for too long.
- The Dark Side
- Darth Vader Clone: The Trope Namer.
- David Versus Goliath: Luke vs. Vader. Not only is Vader taller and bigger, he's also much more skilled and experienced with the Force. It's almost a Foregone Conclusion that Luke will lose.
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Determinator
- Died Happily Ever After: See Redemption Equals Death.
- Disappeared Dad: Darth Vader was this for Luke, for awhile. We know what really happened, but Luke didn't learn the truth until Episode V. Also, ironically, applies to Darth Vader (Anakin) himself, as he has no father.
- Dispense With The Pleasantries: In Return of the Jedi.
- Don't Make Me Destroy You: During his famous conversation with Luke in The Empire Strikes Back.
- The Dragon: The main one for Palpatine.
- The Dreaded: Darth Vader, who is a six-and-a-half-foot-tall, caped black knight with magical powers and super strength. He makes a triumphant entrance to the film's famous soundtrack, cape swirling, and lifts a captive soldier up and snaps his neck with one hand as an Establishing Character Moment. It just goes from there.
- In the Expanded Universe Darth Vader is still viewed as an example of pure evil hundreds of years after his death. The man really left an impression on the Galaxy it would seem.
- Dying as Yourself: Asks Luke to remove his mask before he dies.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Picks up the Emperor, despite missing a hand, and, while being struck by force lightning, tosses him into the Death Star's bowels. While he doesn't survive, his spirit becomes one with the Light Side of the Force and is finally at peace.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His son, Luke; you can tell by his hesitance to kill him or force him into a Face-Heel Turn that he really cares. This ends up being what ultimately causes Vader's Heel-Face Turn in Return of the Jedi.
- Evil Counterpart: To Luke.
- Evil Cripple
- Evil Is Bigger
- Evil Is Hammy
- Evil Makeover
- Evil Makes You Monstrous
- Evil Makes You Ugly
- Evil Old Folks: He's pushing 46 in Return of the Jedi but looks much older when we finally see him unmasked due to his injuries and the corrupting effects of The Dark Side.
- Evil Overlooker
- Evil Overlord: Despite being The Dragon, Vader still maintains a position of high command (second only to his master) and has his own set of troops (the 501st Legion, AKA "Vader's Fist").
- Evil Sounds Deep: An archetypal film example. In fact, they even had to overdub David Prowse's voice with that of James Earl Jones' to get the desired effect.
- Evil Wears Black
- The Faceless: Until the end of the film.
- Facial Horror: Due to suffering severe burns and scars.
- Fallen Hero: He is a former Jedi.
- Famous Last Words: Tell your sister … you were right …
- A Father to His Men: He earned the 501st Legion's actual respect by never sending them off to do things that he himself is unable to do. In other words, he fights alongside them.
- Finger Poke of Doom: His Force Choke.
- Follow in My Footsteps: Vader encourages Luke to join The Dark Side. Luke, of course, refuses to ever do so.
- The Force Is Strong with This One: Said when he realizes that the pilot of the X-Wing he's targeting in A New Hope isn't just another Red Shirt.
- Genius Bruiser: Vader's cybernetics make him one of the physically strongest characters in the series. Despite serving as the Emperor's muscle, he displays a cold and calculating nature (in the OT) and attacks at a surprisingly high speed. As a child, he built C-3PO, and would proceed to personally deck out his extremely advanced custom fighter. And that the entire plot of The Empire Strikes Back was his personal Batman-Gambit to trap Luke and get him to convert to the dark side (and possibly even to help him overthrow the Emperor).
- Genre Savvy
- Gloved Fist of Doom: Page image. His fists are clenched all the time except when he's blocking lasers with his hands. The glove itself even gets its own story in the Expanded Universe! It's actually a Mandalorian crushgaunt fitted with a Sith amulet.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars
- Handicapped Badass
- Head Bob: David Prowse does this very well, making Vader an emotive character despite being perpetually masked.
- The Heavy: The most prominent villain in the series, although he is always subservient to Palpatine. In the first movie, he and Tarkin are somewhat equals, save that the Death Star is actually in the charge of Tarkin.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Much of Vader's suit appears to be leather.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: He eventually makes a permanent Heel-Face Turn.
- Hero Killer
- Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrifices his life to save his son from Emperor Palpatine.
- I Die Free: He died returning to The Light Side after saving Luke from the Emperor.
- Is That What He Told You?: In Episode V, Darth Vader telling Luke he's his father, contradicting what Obi-Wan had told Luke in Episode IV.
- Immune to Bullets: When Han Solo shoots him, Darth Vader stops the blaster bolts with his hand.
- Implacable Man
- Improbable Piloting Skills: In Death Star, a decent Imperial pilot remembers flying in training, with low-powered lasers so that no one was killed, and how during one demonstration Darth Vader decided to join them. He toyed with the best of the trainers - a veteran who made the decent pilot feel like a child who could barely walk trying to keep up with a marathon runner - matched every move, did things that TIE fighters should not be able to do, and was later found to have shot everyone down with his targeting and navigation computers disabled before launch, which the decent pilot believed was flatly impossible. Said pilot concluded that if he got on Vader's bad side and was pursued, he'd just overload his engines and commit suicide.
- Knight Templar
- Knight Templar Parent: To Luke.
- Keep in mind, this still applies even after he lost both of his arms.
- Jerkass: Big-time. In-universe, many officers fear working under him due to his Bad Boss tendencies.
- Large And In Charge: Darth Vader is by far the tallest human in the series, played by the 1.98m (6'6") actor David Prowse. He would have been even taller had Prowse and the 2.10m (7'3") Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) not mutually agreed on which parts they would play.
- Large Ham: As Prowse gestures plentifully and Jones speaks bombastically, the result is simply glorious.
- Leitmotif: The Imperial March. Major and minor key versions of it are all over the place during his key scenes.
- Love Makes You Evil: One of the reasons why he turned to the Dark Side was to save Padmé Naberrie from death.
- Love Redeems: His love for Luke, his son, redeems him in the end and reverts Darth Vader back into Anakin Skywalker. Darth Vader, after a tense scene where he balances the death of his only son against his long-held dreams of power, makes his choice, abandons everything he has worked for, and sends the Emperor hurling down the Death Star reactor shaft. He then dies, redeemed. Ironically, love both redeemed and corrupted him, as he joined The Dark Side because of his love for his wife, whom he had prophetic dreams of death about. Too bad about the Prophecy Twist.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: In The Empire Strikes Back.
- Malevolent Masked Man
- Man in the Machine
- Master Swordsman: Combines elements of multiple styles to become a devastatingly effective duelist despite his bulky cybernetics and inability to use Force Lightning. Taken Up to Eleven in the Expanded Universe. In Star Wars: Purge, he holds off eight Jedi and manages to kill five and disarm a sixth by the time his stormtrooper reinforcements show up to finish the job.
- Meaningful Name: "Vader" is Dutch for "Father". Also, in-"vader".
- Mighty Glacier
- Milking the Giant Cow: Exaggerated movement is necessary for a masked character, and Vader is a well-played example... except perhaps for his infamous Big "NO!".
- Must Make Amends: Vader manages to do so at the end of Episode VI.
- Mysterious Parent: To Luke and Leia.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Vader displays traits of this with his master Palpatine...when he's not actively trying to subvert him.
- No Body Left Behind: Subverted. Notably, Vader's body does not disappear after he dies. However, it's implied that while his body was in the funeral pyre, Vader learned from either Obi-Wan, Yoda, or Qui-Gon (the latter who learned the trick years after his own death) how to become one with the Force, so his burning body might have simply faded away during the funeral pyre instead of turning into ashes. This theory is supported when Anakin's Force ghost appears with those of Obi-Wan and Yoda.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: His Star Destroyer in A New Hope, the Devastator, and his Super Star Destroyer in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the Executor.
- Neck Lift: Does this to Raymus Antilles in A New Hope. The good captain does not survive the interrogation.
- Never Bareheaded: He's seen only twice without his helmet: the first time in a special pressure chamber, the second time dying.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: In Return of the Jedi, Vader's son Luke is struggling with The Dark Side, but the Emperor's constant taunting keeps Luke from going over. Not only that, when the Emperor decided to forgo turning him and instead try to kill him, he ended up getting the exact opposite: instead of Luke turning to the Dark, Vader turned back to the Light in order to protect his son.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Vader is a black cloaked psychic human cyborg sorcerer samurai Sith swordsman with a severe breathing problem.
- Noble Demon: In the Expanded Universe, he earns his men's actual respect (as opposed to fearful obedience) by never asking something of them that he wouldn't do himself, IE. Leading the charge in battles and fighting side by side with them. He also retains a soft-spot for slaves, as a lingering memory of his own childhood.
- It's notable that although Vader has no qualms killing anyone in his way or force choking those who perceives as incompetent left right and centre, Vader never kills for his own amusement, unlike the Emperor...
- Noble Top Enforcer: Invoked by Vader at the beginning of Return of the Jedi, when explaining the significance of the The Emperor's arrival to his subordinate.
Darth Vader: "I hope so, Captain, for your sake. The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am!"
- Nom de Guerre: Combined with That Man Is Dead. When he became a Sith Lord, he ditched his original name: Anakin Skywalker.
- Not So Different: He and Luke.
- Obviously Evil
- Offing the Offspring: Vader and his son Luke are this, though after learning he's his son, Vader really didn't want to kill him until Return of the Jedi, and his last-minute Heroic Sacrifice was because of his unconditional love for his son Luke.
- Ominous Opera Cape
- One Handed Is Cool: Wields his lightsaber, a notoriously difficult-to-control weapon, one-handed in order to intimidate enemies. Being a Cyborg helps.
- Papa Wolf: How he redeems himself.
- Pet the Dog: He allowed Chewbacca to rebuild C-3PO shortly after the latter's capture, explaining why Chewbacca was seen repairing C-3PO without too much fear of being caught in The Empire Strikes Back.
- Physical Religion: "I find your lack of faith disturbing."
- Psychic Powers: His most frequent uses of the Force involve telekinesis and choking.
- Psychic Strangle: Trope Codifier, having first done this to Admiral Motti in A New Hope. That time he was stopped by Tarkin, but in Empire he executes two of his officers this way.
- Putting on the Reich: His helmet was obviously inspired by the German Stahlhelm. Word Of God also stated that his life support suit being all black was deliberate in an attempt to create an analogy to the Schutzstaffel of Nazi Germany.
- Rage Helm: His iconic helmet has a chillingly penetrating stare.
- Redemption Equals Death: Both played straight and averted in two different appearances. It was averted when Darth Vader, when attempting to atone for his sins by trying to collapse Aloa's cathedral on himself, only ended up saved by Palpatine and given a new suit, and it is heavily implied that despite his intentions of trying to redeem himself for his past actions by doing this, the only thing he succeeded in was killing Garoche Tarkin and Lady Saro as a result of this attempt at suicide, and it is also implied that this was exactly what Palpatine intended to happen. It is played straight, however, in Return of the Jedi.
- Resistance Is Futile: "You are beaten. It is useless to resist. Don't let yourself be destroyed as Obi-Wan did."
- Rousseau Was Right: He wasn't born evil.
- Self-Made Orphan: Kind of. Palpatine was strongly implied to be one of two people directly responsible for his conception via the midi-chlorians (the other being his Sith Master, Darth Plagueis), so Vader/Anakin killing Palpatine late into Return of the Jedi would qualify as such, technically speaking. Granted, it wasn't exactly intended that Anakin be created (they were attempting to create a Sith Weapon, but it backfired).
- Sensor Character: Can sense when other Force-sensitives - notably Obi-Wan and Luke - are nearby. Might have also picked up Leia this way on Echo Base in ESB, although he seemed to mistake her for Luke.
- Series Mascot: The character most often used to represent the Star Wars franchise as a whole. He made the cover of Time Magazine twice, in 1980 and 2005.
- Sinister Geometry: His obsidian-black helmet is designed to evoke a human skull, from angular cheekbones to rictus grin to Black Eyes of Evil.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: Done twice!
- The Slow Walk: Does this in his very first scene in A New Hope and in The Force Unleashed.
- Space Fighter: His prototype TIE Advanced x1.
- Stalker Without A Crush: Towards Luke.
- The Starscream: Because he really wants peace for the galaxy, So his original plan was to backstab Palpatine, and rule the galaxy with his son Luke. He eventually succeeds in killing Palpatine, albeit with a fatal cost.
- The Stoic: Until he gets angry, at least.
- Student and Master Team: With Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious from Episodes III-VI.
- Supporting Protagonist: He has the central role in the series and is arguably its most iconic character, but never has the leading role. In the prequels, he's arguably The Lancer to Obi-Wan's Hero, and in the original trilogy he is The Dragon to Palpatine's Big Bad.
- Taught by Experience: losing all of his limbs apparently taught him restraint and caution when dueling in the original trilogy, where he uses Breaking Lectures, Psychic Powers, ambushes, and intimidation rather than the berserker tactics that lost him the duel on Mustafar.
- That Man Is Dead: Or so he thinks.
- Tin Tyrant
- Tragic Hero
- Tragic Monster
- Tragic Villain: Knows what he does is evil, and hates himself for it; he must obey his master.
- Twenty-Four-Hour Armor: Vader's armor holds all his life support systems, and if removed outside of a special chamber he will die rather quickly.
- Ultimate Evil: Darth Vader's mask symbolized not only his evil, but the notion that his face must be so horrifying concealing it could not make it worse. The fannish disappointment was rife when the mask was finally removed, and revealed what one fan called "Uncle Fester with blue sparkles". This was probably an intentional subversion. The notion that Vader underneath the frightening armor was intentionally made to be a broken and pathetic individual has been noted in numerous interviews. In Lucas's own words, Vader is less a monster and more "a sad man who made a deal with the Devil...and lost".
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid
- Vader Breath: Especially in The Empire Strikes Back.
- Villain Ball:
- Villainous BSOD: He's in one for the entirety of the Original Trilogy, as shown by the unenergetic, almost catatonic way he goes about his duties. Contrast that with the fiery passion he had as Anakin for an idea of just how hard Padme's death hit him. It takes watching his son being brutally tortured by Palpatine to finally snap him back to his senses.
- Villain Takes an Interest: In Luke. After all, Luke is his son.
- Villainous Valour: In the Expanded Universe, Vader is revealed to have a code of honor and a willingness to fight alongside his men that stems from his Well-Intentioned Extremist motivation to "bring order to the galaxy", and also from his remaining guilt over having fallen to the Dark Side in the first place.
- Villain Protagonist: According to George Lucas, the film franchise is fundamentally about Anakin and his progression from innocence to a force of good, his fall to evil, and subsequent redemption.
- Villain Takes an Interest: In Luke.
- Weapon of Choice: A red lightsaber.
- We Can Rule Together: Suggests this to Luke during his Breaking Lecture in The Empire Strikes Back. Prior to that, he suggested this to Padmé in Revenge of the Sith.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Anakin's reasons for turning to the Dark Side involved trying to prevent Padmé's death (although that ended up backfiring on him badly), and he legitimately wants to do what's right for the Galaxy.
- That's for the second time. The first time (during the Mortis arc) was in an attempt to fight fate when the Son exposed Anakin to the future where he would become Darth Vader and cause terrible atrocities. In other words, he did it ironically as a desperate attempt to avoid becoming Darth Vader and cause the future atrocities. The only reason he returned to the light side of the force after that is because the Father removed the memories of what he saw to weaken the Son's hold on him.
- Wham Line: You know the one.
- Wolverine Publicity: Most noticeably in the case of Revenge of the Sith, appearing prominently in most of the posters and promotional art, despite not appearing in the iconic black armor until the last five minutes of the movie.
- This trope could have well been called "Vader Publicity". Even when the main focus of Lucasfilm's marketing is a series that doesn't involve Vader as a Sith Lord, such as the first two prequels or Star Wars: The Clone Wars, one can be absolutely sure to see zillions upon zillions of different products featuring Vader in the current merchandising line. Often, original trilogy characters are included in the line, or the line itself becomes partly original trilogy-focused, for the sake of including Vader merchandise. One can also expect a cameo or two from the Sith Lord in some form in the media itself (such as a vision to his former self Anakin in Star Wars: Clone Wars), or at least a new character that happens to be a blatant expy (such as Darth Malak in Knights of the Old Republic).
- Revenge of the Sith had a heavy marketing campaign focused on featuring Anakin finally becoming Darth Vader and his first chronological appearance in the Vader suit. While the movie does detail his turn to the dark side, he doesn't don the outfit until the very end of the movie.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He was revealed to be one in Return of the Jedi.
- Yandere: Not very prominent, but he seems to have an interest towards Luke this way.
- You Are in Command Now: He promotes Captain Piett to Admiral just after force choking Admiral Ozzel, whose body hadn't even hit the floor yet.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Word Of God states that the reason Obi-Wan had Luke Skywalker go to Tatooine after birth to live with the Owens despite it being Vader's home planet is because Darth Vader is unwilling to ever return to Tatooine due to painful memories of the place.
- You Have Failed Me: See Bad Boss.
Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious
Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious
Played by: Ian McDiarmid (Ep.I-III; VI, and the rerelease of V)
Voiced by: Clive Revill (Ep.V, original version)
Good. Use your aggressive feelings, boy! Let the hate flow through you.
"So be it...Jedi. If you will not be turned, you will be destroyed! Young fool. Only now, at the end, do you understand. Your feeble skills are no match for the power of the dark side."
Also known as Darth Sidious, Dark Lord of the Sith. The man pulling the strings from the very beginning
, and working to subvert Anakin to The Dark Side
. Originally a Senator from Naboo, he was eventually nominated Chancellor of the Republic and ruled with great popularity and acclaim. During the Clone Wars, he began to take emergency war-time powers on himself. All of this would've been pretty Winston Churchill
if he hadn't secretly been Adolf Hitler
; he played both the Republic and the Separatists against each other, wiped out the Jedi, and came out on top. Though Palpatine is one of the most important characters in the franchise, he doesn't appear in all six films; he missed Episode IV, just like Yoda did.
Played by: Played by: Jeremy Bulloch (suit, Ep.V-VI); Daniel Logan (child, Ep.II)
Voiced by: Temuera Morrison (Special Edition, Ep.V-VI); Jason Wingreen (original voice, Ep.V-VI)
He's no good to me dead.
One of the poster children of Too Cool to Live
, Fett is a Mandalorian. He was introduced in The Star Wars Holiday Special
but was too cool to stay there, which is saying something considering that the Holiday Special is practically the incarnation of Dork Age
. Once entrenched in canon, he played a minor role in Episode V as the man who succeeds in capturing Han Solo for Vader and/or Jabba the Hutt; while he's later defeated by Solo and eaten by the Sarlacc, his
awesome armor and inscrutable demeanor Popularity Power
makes him manly enough to fight his way out, allowing him to (again) play a major role in the EU. He also appears in Episode II as a child, specifically a clone of Jango Fett being raised by the man as his son; Jango's death in that film is Boba's Start of Darkness
Supporting Characters, Troops and Alien Races
Played by: Caroline Blakiston (Ep. VI), Genevieve O'Reilly (Ep. III)
An important political figure who founded and led the Rebel Alliance. Later becomes Chief of State of the New Republic after the downfall of the Empire.
Appear in Ep. I and IV.
Short rodent-like natives of Tatooine. They are passionate scavengers, seeking out or even stealing technology for trade in the deep deserts in their huge sandcrawler transports.
Appear in Ep. I-II-IV.
Also known as Sand People. Nomadic, primitive humanoid sentients indigenous to Tatooine, where they are often hostile to local settlers.
Appear in Ep. III as a whole army. Chewbacca appears in Ep. III-IV-V-VI.
Species of hairy bipedal humanoids that are inhabitants of the planet Kashyyyk.
Owen and Beru Lars
Owen and Beru Lars
Owen played by: Phil Brown (Ep.IV); Joel Edgerton (Ep.II-III)
Beru played by: Shelagh Fraser (Ep.IV); Bonnie Piesse (Ep.II-III)
Moisture farmers from Tatooine. They're Luke's stepuncle and stepaunt (Owen is the son of Cliegg), they adopted and raised him. In the Expanded Universe
, Corran Horn tells Like they would have been proud of him.