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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 originating in sci-fi begun by the popularity of the character Darth Vader from ''Franchise/StarWars''.

Archetype includes the following:

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

[[FountainOfExpies Not surprisingly]], many characters of this type are found in ''Franchise/StarWars'' canon itself. See also MayTheFarceBeWithYou. Compare CharClone, which is a descendant trope. In most cases overlaps with ObviouslyEvil. See also the TinTyrant, which this trope started as the sci-fi version of.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Char Aznable and [[CharClone his many clones]] from the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise. Yes, a FountainOfExpies ''squared''. The biggest though is Iron Mask Carozzo from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'', which makes sense given the number of ''StarWars'' references in that film.
* Hazanko from ''Manga/OutlawStar''.
* [[BigBad Raoh]] and [[BackupTwin Kaioh]] in ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' both have elements of this (related to TheHero, underwent a pre-series FaceHeelTurn, [[LargeAndInCharge powerful and imposing physiques]], [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking command of large armies of men]], [[TheRival rival members of the same ancient tradition as]] TheHero[[spoiler:, a RedemptionEqualsDeath moment at the hands of TheHero]], etc.). [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] by [[DirtyCoward Jagi]], who has the appearance of one but none of the character traits.
* 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 [[NecessaryEvil necessarily evil]] motives and DID kill the protagonist's father, amusingly.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* DoctorDoom, designed by JackKirby, may appear to be this, but [[OlderThanTheyThink predates Vader by over a decade]], and in fact Vader was partly based on him. {{Darkseid}}, created by Kirby for his ''Comicbook/NewGods'' book, also preceded Vader and had both thematic and visual similarities in common with him.
* Cade from ''Comicbook/StarWarsLegacy'' refuses to let his childhood love Azlyn die, even though she asks him to, accepting her fate and the will of the Force. When all other options fail, he gets her to people who put her in a Vader-esque life support armor. After waking up, she was really pissed at him. Fortunately for her, she managed to avoid slipping to Dark Side and managed to get the scary black suit replaced with something much more elegant. One of the doctors was reluctant to put Azlyn in the armor out of fear of creating another Vader. Someone else pointed out that Vader turned evil before he was put in the suit.
** Darth Krayt also has several Vader-esque qualities, most obviously his appearance (he's big and imposing, and his armor is dark, {{spik|esOfVillainy}}y and includes a face-concealing helmet) his backstory (fallen Jedi turned Sith Lord), the fact that he's suffering from a crippling physical condition which his armor helps abate, and his [[VillainTakesAnInterest interest in turning the protagonist]]. However, he's the BigBad, not TheDragon (and ironically, his Dragon, Darth Wyyrlok, is in many ways more like Palpatine than Vader).
* ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}''' own Baron Karza, in both the toy and the [[Creator/MarvelComics comic]].
* Lumiya from ''ComicBook/MarvelStarWars'' was trained by the man himself and is practically a DistaffCounterpart.
* There's also Dirk Raider from ''ComicStrip/BrewsterRockitSpaceGuy''. He has his own stormtroopers and a giant sphere, the [[http://www.gocomics.com/brewsterrockit/2012/12/10 Death Moon]] (that's no moon). Not only is he similar in appearance to Darth Vader (although his helmet is more similar to Boba Fett), he even has a similar backstory to Vader's StartOfDarkness in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. A notable difference, however, is that Dirk Raider's more of a CardCarryingVillain instead of a complex character.
* The Enlighteneds from ''{{Valerian}}'' album, ''The Empire of a Thousand Planets'' are another example that actually predates ''StarWars'' and may have played a part in inspiring it. They are a mysterious sect of seers who hide behind ominous metallic masks and their leader has a dramatic unmasking scene where he reveals himself to be a human being scarred and deformed by cosmic radiation.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Emperor Zurg from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' is a direct parody of Darth Vader, complete with [[LukeIAmYourFather dramatic father-son relationship reveal]].
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The original Darth Vader from the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films is the TropeNamer.
** Darth Maul is obviously an Expy of Darth Vader in a TheDragon sort of way. Count Dooku is also an Expy of Darth Vader, but he's actually got more in common with The Emperor. General Grievous is a bit closer to Vader; Darth Vader has trouble breathing, Grevious has a cough, and they're both cyborgs. WordOfGod says the three were used for {{foreshadowing}}, each one being an element of Vader: Maul as TheDragon who enforces the Emperor's will, Dooku as a fallen Jedi, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Grievous as a cyborg with breathing problems]].
** 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. In-universe, Ren appears to be consciously modeling himself on Vader.
* 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''. The sequel will (apparently) have him closer to his original cartoon incarnation.
* ''Film/TronLegacy'' has the masked, black-clad bad guy Rinzler who [[spoiler:actually is former good guy Tron, who returns to the light side and tries to kill his evil master at the end]].
* Bane in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', [[http://www.accesshollywood.com/the-dark-knight-rises-christopher-nolan-says-tom-hardys-bane-has-a-little-bit-of-darth-vader_article_67111 according to]] WordOfGod ([[HilariousInHindsight no relation to]] Literature/DarthBane, however). He has his voice altered by a mask he has to wear due to an injury. And [[spoiler: he (possibly) serves as TheDragon for Talia, and even has a backstory involving how [[LoveMakesYouEvil his love for Talia compelled him to become her protector]]]]. [[{{Irony}} Ironically]], it's Franchise/{{Batman}} who, being [[BlackKnight Bat]][[DarkIsNotEvil man]], superficially resembles Vader more closely than Bane does due to his dark armor and BadassCape.
* General Kael from the film ''Film/{{Willow}}'' is an obvious version though not everything is present but he does have the death's head mask and BadassCape and is brutally hard to kill.
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'': Marty [=McFly=] invokes this trope to scare George into asking out Lorraine by clever use of a radiation suit and a Walkman. He even refers to himself as "[[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] from [[Franchise/StarTrek the planet Vulcan]]".
* Luther Voz, the BigBad of ''Film/MacheteKills'', becomes one near the end. After getting his face burned, he wears a metal mask that distorts his voice. He can also see into the future. The trailer for ''[[SequelHook Machete Kills Again...]] [[RecycledInSpace In Space!]]'' shows him in a suit of armor, a cape, and a {{l|aserBlade}}ightsaber.
* Klytus from ''Film/FlashGordon'' has the look, if not all the other badassery.
* WordOfGod says that Azog the Defiler from ''Film/TheHobbit'' was modeled after Darth Vader from ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. This shows too, with his [[EvilSoundsDeep deep, sinister voice]], a [[GoodScarsEvilScars scarred body]] with a [[LargeAndInCharge large muscle-bound physique]], a [[HandicappedBadass prosthetic limb]], a [[GeniusBruiser high intellect]], a [[BloodKnight bloodthirsty]], [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy warlike personality]], a [[ArchEnemy personal vendetta against one of the heroes]], [[YouHaveFailedMe and a habit of executing incompetent]] [[MookLieutenant Mook Lieutenants]].
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' - If the title villain wasn't one in the comics, he fits the bill here. Ridiculously dangerous cyborg? Check. TheHeavy for a less physically-imposing villain? Check. Ominous black mask? Check. FallenHero? It's an eight-year-old spoiler to anyone familiar with the comics.
* 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]].
* The film ''Film/AdventuresInDinosaurCity'' introduces a rather unique and unusual example. The Vader clone is an anthropomorphic Dinosaur...yes you read that correctly.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* MargaretWeis is a huge fan of the Vader character, so it's no surprise she borrowed his general aesthetic for several of the [[EvilOverlord Dragon Highlords]] from the ''{{Dragonlance}} Chronicles'', which she co-wrote. The closest to Vader in terms of both appearance and character, though, is not a Highlord at all, but rather the undead knight Lord Soth. The direction of [[VillainProtagonist Raistlin's]] story arc also paralells Vader's in some ways, though the two characters aren't very alike in terms of personality, appearance, or abilities.
** Weis also borrowed heavily from ''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 discription in ''Literature/The15Keys'' is Toby, but he is not villainous
* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse has a lot of books taking place after Vader's death, and a number of villains who call back to him, even if they'd never met him. Kueller of ''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 [[JustShootHim just shooting Kueller]]]].
** In the NewJediOrder, [[ManipulativeBastard Nom Anor]] is clearly GenreSavvy about Vader's [[TheDreaded reputation]] and deliberately invokes this trope in his dress and mannerisms when confronting Leia in the first book. Subverted in that as we get to know him better it becomes obvious that, apart from both being villains, he's not really much like Vader at all.
** ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' has a literal clone of Vader, dressed in what's described as a cheap knockoff of Vader's armor. He's more petulant and unskilled than the real thing, too.
** Jacen Solo in ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'' is ''constantly'' compared to Vader, for several reasons: the obvious one (he's Vader's grandson); he deliberatly adopts several of Vader's practices once he assumes command of the Galactic Alliance Guard (which has many similarities itself to the 501st Stormtrooper Legion, aka [[BadassArmy Vader's Fist]]), such as fighting on the front lines; he dresses almost exactly like him, in black armor, later with a black cape, more than one person notes "all he needs is a black helmet" and he'd be the spitting image of Anakin Skywalker; and finally their personalities, philosophies, driving motivations and so on are identical in almost every aspect. Later on, he also adopts Vader's [[spoiler:"signature "force choke the failure/source of my displeasure" attitude, culminating in him accidentally killing a subordinate in anger]]. It really doesn't help that his character arc in the novels was ''meant'' to mirror his grandfather's.
* The Horned King in ''[[ChroniclesOfPrydain The Book of Three]]'' - though he [[OlderThanTheyThink precedes Vader]].
* Glen Cook tells a story about when he was trying to sell the first Black Company book early in the late 1970s. Publishers did not want it. Along with the manuscript, he had some character paintings a friend of his had prepared, although Cook did not use them in his proposals. One pictured Soulcatcher dressed in black leather and a mask and morion. At a SF convention, an editor happened to see that particular illustration and thought "Darth Vader!" He bought the book based soley on the picture and offered a contract to Cook's painter friend to paint book covers. Other than this superficial resemblance (and the common trope of both being Dragons who [[TheStarscream plot against]] their BigBad), the character of Soulcatcher has no resemblance to DV.
* Nefrai-kesh[[note]]formerly known as Lord Kenwick Norrington[[/note]], leader and most powerful of the ''[[QuirkyMinibossSquad sullanciri]]'' from ''The Dragon Crown War'' series is a definite example, fitting almost all of the criteria. He's the BigBad's Dragon, a FallenHero, related to TheHero (grandfather rather than father, though), a MagicKnight (always a powerful warrior, and acquired powerful magic after becoming a ''sullanciri''), wears a cloak and a succession of creepy masks (actually a sign of prestige in his homeland; his non-villainous countrymen wear them too, though Nefrai-kesh's tend to be especially sinister) and has something of a NobleDemon streak, with the implication that he was deliberately holding back so as to sabotage the BigBad's forces without her knowledge. He also has something of a "Vader and Obi-wan" relationship with the supporting character and mentor Tarrant Hawkins/Crow, with the twist that he was Crow's BigBrotherMentor, rather than the other way around, before his HeelFaceTurn. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the series' author, Michael Stackpole, has written many works for ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': TheDragon ([[spoiler: or so it seems]]) to a BlackCloak-wearing, pale-skinned EvilSorcerer. Wears a BlackCloak and wields BlackMagic himself, his SignatureMove being a spell that slashes like a sword. Has a deep, commanding voice. Frequently antagonizes TheHero. [[spoiler: Due to 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) [[TheObiWan mentor]].]] Severus Snape does not need VaderBreath to play the DarthVaderClone role. [[spoiler: Although he turns out to be a subversion, working for the good side in secret.]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Wolzard from ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger''. Heavily-armored, deep-voiced, sword-wielding black-magician dragon to the EldritchAbomination N.Ma - and [[spoiler: secretly the team's brainwashed missing father.]] His [[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Mystic Force]] counterpart Koragg also counts, although [[spoiler: he's only the Red Ranger's dad.]]
* Before either of them was Chouryou/Iron Face Xiang Lao from ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger''. FallenHero and father of [[spoiler: Ryou, the series' Red Ranger]]. He is ''by far'' the most blatant. His boss amongst the villains is a ripoff of the Emperor when in human guise, [[spoiler: he dies saving his son from said boss's ElectricTorture, and the spirits of his friends appear to forgive him when he passes.]]
** Curiously, this series also has a SuspiciouslySimilarSong based on... the Imperial March, which is associated with Vader. However, [[spoiler:Chouryou is only around for 9 episodes in the beginning and the song is still used for the villains for the remainder of the series.]]
* Cylons in ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'' looked like Darth Vader got himself chrome-plated, enough so that there was a lawsuit over the matter.
* Scorpius from ''{{Series/Farscape}}'' is a super-strong, deep (natural) voiced high-ranking enforcer for TheEmpire who wears a black outfit with life support functions.
* The Cigarette Smoking Man from Series/TheXFiles is TheDragon to the higher ranking members of the conspiracy, is in ill health, wears dark clothing, and is trying to bring Mulder over to his side. [[spoiler: He also claims to be Mulder's father.]]
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' had Dearth Nadir, who was Gonzo wearing dark armor and a mask that doesn't disguise his GagNose.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* A non-canon example is in ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'''s [[spoiler:dark side ending, which has Galen Marek in a similar situation to Darth Vader by being made a cyborg.]]
* Death's Hand in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' takes this trope back to the East Asian armor Darth Vader's mask was based off of.
* Dark Madder from ''VideoGame/WarpForce''.
* Grahf '''[[EvilIsHammy THE SEEKER OF POWER]]''' of ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' was specifically designed to resemble Darth Vader, [[spoiler:and is revealed to be Fei's father taken over by [[BodySurf Fei's past self]]]].
* Even earlier than both Golbez and Gabranth was Leon from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII''. Both were high enforcers of the Empire and second in command to the BigBad Emperor, both also had former ties to the Main Protagonists by familial relations (although in Leon's case, the term "familial" was used loosely, as the main protagonist was adopted by Leon and his sister Maria's parents), both wore dark armor, and both eventually pulled a HeelFaceTurn with implied guilt towards their atrocities beforehand to take down the Emperor.
* Golbez from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' is a more fantasy-themed version, complete with a [[spoiler:[[LukeIAmYourFather Cecil I Am Your Brother]]]] moment. He wears black armor, is a BadassBaritone when he's voiced, 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 aross the floor and steals a crystal even after you beat him), he runs the show in Castle Baron in a manner not unlike Cloud City, has a rather ominous and rather badass theme whenever he is nearby, used to be good but was corrupted and brainwashed by Zemus, and once he comes to his senses he helps the heroes destroy him. In the English versions of the DS remake of the game as well as ''Dissidia'', his English voice actors even voiced him in a similar manner to Vader.
** As two more Shout Outs, in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' he has an attack called "Cosmic Ray", which fires blasts of electricity from his hands in a manner heavily resembling Force Lightning (ironically, the original Darth Vader could not learn this attack because of cybernetics and is in fact was killed by it), and he calls the CPU boss from ''IV'' to fire lasers, the CPU greatly resembling the Death Star as a large black metal AttackDrone.
** Cecil, the PlayerCharacter, begins the game as one. The faceless, black-armored dark knight who serves as TheDragon to the power-hungry king of Baron. The game kicks off with his HeelRealization as he begins to seek redemption.
* Seifer fills this role in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', released the same year as ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Not coincidentally, this game is more interested in exploring Seifer's seduction by the Dark Side and downfall. Seifer is an over-ambitious and cocky ace, while his rival Squall is a silent, strict follower of duty. Both are skilled in using their bladed weapons, but Seifer's temper often leaves him losing to Squall. (Note that their duel in the prologue echoes what eventually happened to Anakin in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''/''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', with Seifer walking away with a scarred face.) Under the command of Sorceress Edea, he defects to the militaristic nation of Galbadia and becomes their champion, hunting down his fellow [=SeeDs=].
* Gabranth in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' is TheDragon to TheEmperor, Vayne, is revealed to be Basch's EvilTwin and is a FallenHero who is pretty much single-handedly responsible for the fall of Dalmasca and the Empire's reign in the region. Clad in dark silver armor with a black cape and having a metallic echo to his voice due to his helmet, Gabranth is actually a broken man who feels he has nothing to live for except his servitude to Vayne, his home and family having been taken from him or given up. By the end of the game he helps the heroes defeat Vayne, but is mortally wounded for his heroism and dies soon after.
* Gaius van Baelsar from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' is unsurprisingly a BlackKnight TinTyrant with a GasMaskLongcoat who was the ParentalSubstitute for [[GadgeteerGenius Cid Garlond]]. He even plays TheDragon for TheEmperor a [[EvilOldFolks wicked old man]].
* King K. Rool behaves this way in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64''. He speaks like the Vader and has VaderBreath. He also has a ship with a huge gun (the Blast-O-Matic, not the Death Star), and he threatens his minions (with Klaptraps, not the Force choke).
* Darth Malgus in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic.'' Also, most Sith Warrior [=PC=]s can give it a decent go, especially with some of the late game helmets like [[http://quietube2.com/v.php/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klN9Tt1GM3s&feature=player_embedded this]]. Indeed, it's quite common for Sith Lords to wear dark robes, armor, and full masks/helmets.
* 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 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.
* 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 [[BiggerBad Dragon Emperor]], which actually makes him third in command. Oh, and he's also Duran's (one of the protagonists) father]]
* In the arcade game ''Xain D'Sleena'' (also known as ''Solar Warrior''), one finds on the top of a temple located in the planet (named ''Cleedos Soa''/Jupiter [[note]] despite being a [[ArtisticLicenseAstronomy desert world]] with even a ShoutOut to Dune[[/note]] respectively) a flying head that looks [[{{Expy}} suspiciously similar]] to Darth Vader's helmet and that must be destroyed in order to follow on the level. If one skips the planet, [[RecurringBoss it will appear in space]] chasing your ship from behind. Worse, [[SheatheYourSword it cannot be killed since your ship just fires to the front]], so you must just dodge its bullets until it retires.
* Xemnas from the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series in terms of appearance and backstory. He wears a black cloak, has a deep voice, wields "ethereal blades" that resemble red lightsabers, occasionally shoots lightning and no longer responds to his old name. The parallels run even deeper when you connect him to ''Birth By Sleep''. Terra is an Anakin Skywalker clone, following Anakin's fall to darkness in Episode 3 pretty much step for step, diverging from Anakin when Master Xehanort reveals his true colors, fighting him instead of joining him. [[spoiler:However it's too late, his heart is consumed in darkess and Master Xehanort [[GrandTheftMe bodyjacks]] him, creating a younger Xehanort. Xehanort battles Terra's friend Aqua, but when defeated he resorts to sealing his own heart to prevent Terra from FightingFromTheInside. This seals his memories, and eventually the reborn Xehanort is split into Ansem and Xemnas, bringing the Darth Vader parallels full circle with Xemnas.]]
* Epsilon from ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission'' 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 ''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.
* 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.
* Colonel Mael Radec in ''VideoGame/{{Killzone}}'' (Is TheDragon, deep voice, has a sense of honour). Though his black armor is standard-issue, it comes with a lot of [[BlingOfWar decoration]] to [[CustomUniform denote his rank]]. On another note, despite the [[GasMaskMooks life-support qualities]] associated with the Helghast empire's uniform it has since become StylishProtectionGear, as they no longer need it to survive and wear it as a symbol of pride.
* Bilstein from ''VideoGame/StarGladiator'', with his dark armor, long coat and plasma blade. Appropriate considering the entire game is an homage to ''Star Wars'' with many of its characters mirroring the film's cast.
* The [[spoiler:rabbit Marquis de Hoto]] from ''VideoGame/TheNightOfTheRabbit'' has become one at some point after the FaceHeelTurn.
* Solidus Snake from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2''. He arrives on scene wearing a long dark cloak, underneath which is a suit of darkly colored PowerArmor, which includes a partial face-shield. He is later revealed to be [[spoiler: a former henchman for The Patriots, the brother of Solid Snake and the adopted "father" of Raiden. Later, he reveals his intentions to break away from the more-evil Patriots, commands a super weapon with city-destroying weaponry and "father" and "son" have a final sword duel on top of Federal Hall]].
* The Warcraft franchise has some contenders.
** Arthas fits many traits of this trope when he was still a death knight. He used to be a Paladin and fell to the dark side trying to protect the kingdom he loves. He is also a magic knight and his character model in Warcraft 3 also wore a cape. Arthas also served the Lich King Ner'Zhul, which fits the trait of the physically superior warrior serving a more magically powerful BigBad.
** Later on, Arthas fuses with Ner'Zhul, playing the mask, armor and voice traits of this trope straight. The Lich King wears ornate armor at all times that functions as the magical equivalent of a life support system as well, maintaining his undead status. As putting the armor on literally made Arthas into the Lich King (by merging him with the soul of Ner'zhul, who was made into the original Lich King). In VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft, he ''never'' appears in the actual game or cut scenes without the full armor.
** While not quite available as of this writing, Garrosh looks to be something of the sort because of being taken by the Shaa in Mists of Pandaria.
* VideoGame/StarCraft has an interesting case of playing with this trope. According to Blizzard, the character of Zeratul was created with a Darth Vader {{Expy}} in mind, down to giving him dark-based powers and a lightsaber... except [[DarkIsNotEvil they made him a good guy instead of a villain]].
* Sludge Vohaul from ''SpaceQuest II'' is [[DarkLordOnLifeSupport hooked up to life-support machines]], has a Vader-style breathing mask sans helmet, a leitmotif similar to the Imperial March, and his name starts with V.
* Ulysses in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas: Lonesome Road'' wears a [[BadassLongcoat dark cloak]] and respirator, speaks in a [[EvilSoundsDeep deep]] GutturalGrowler voice, and is a potential AntiVillain.
** 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. Breaks down a door with his underlings, massacres some good soldiers, and captures a princess. Check. Fights with swords and magic powers. Check. Has a semi-sympathetic backstory. Check. [[spoiler: Built up as the main antagonist only to be [[TheReveal revealed]] at the last second to be [[HijackedByGanon working for Ganondorf]] [[TheManBehindTheMan a Man Behind the Man]].]] Check. [[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.]]
** SelfDemonstrating/{{Ganon}}dorf 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".
* ''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.
* Sarevok in the first ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' game is a huge, imposing man in spiky armour with a horned helment 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 of [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 the original]] ''Franchise/MassEffect''. He's a rogue member of an elite military order dedicated to safeguarding the galaxy, he's got a truckload of cybernetic enhancements and an eerie deep voice, he uses "[[MagicByAnyOtherName biotics]]" (essentially Force powers explained with {{technobabble}}) in combat, he 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.
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* General Tarquin from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. He's masked when the heroes first meet him, he's Elan's father (and genuinely cares about his son), and he's ostensibly the second-in-command (and actually the head) of an evil empire. Many, many ''Franchise/StarWars'' references are made. [[spoiler: Unlike Vader, however, Tarquin was never a hero and his love for his sons turns out to be entirely conditional.]]
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* In ''WebVideo/CollegeSaga'', the BigBad Diculous wears a Darth Vader helmet and uses a voice-changing filter and toy lightsaber. He even attempts to pull a LukeIAmYourFather.
* The eleventh season of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' features Locus, a dark armored mercenary with a deep filtered voice who abandoned his original name and commands an army of white-armored soldiers. All the more explicit considering the lampshaded similarities to Star Wars. He could also be considered a CompositeCharacter of Vader and Boba Fett, since his armor also features green and grey elements and his mercenary status.
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* Dark Laser from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. Some TV guide misprints even refer to him as Vader.
* Dark Vegan from ''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 ''TrippingTheRift''
* Jack Thompson in ''CtrlAltDel''
* [[BigBad The Shredder]] is considered the Darth Vader of the ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' universe (especially in the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2003 series]] [[spoiler: where he is revealed to be a tiny alien in MobileSuitHuman PoweredArmor, which can be seen as an analogue to Vader's actually being a limbless wreck in PoweredArmor]]). Ironically, in the [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage original comics]], he was just a StarterVillain who gets killed in the first issue; though his [[LegacyCharacter legacy lives on]].
** The Shredder in the 2012 series cranked his similarities to Vader UpToEleven: DarkIsEvil armor,YouHaveFailedMe attitude, Scary helmet that covered a horrifically burnt face, deep voice,EvilFormerFriend of TheObiWan, HeelFaceTurn caused by his obsession with a woman. [[spoiler: And then there's the dubious relationship between himself, the ObiWan and his child]]. Incidentally, (or not), his voice actor , Kevin Michael Richardson, also voiced Dark Laser in ''Fairly[=OddParents=]'' as mentioned above.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''[='=]s ArchEnemy [[BigBad Vilgax]] was described by his creators as "Darth Vader, without the sense of humor". However, the similarities are rather limited; other than the deep voice and (in the original show) the life support, Vilgax actually bears more similarities with {{Darkseid}} than Darth Vader.
** Eon from ''Ben 10: Race Against Time'', on the other hand, clearly is one: he bears a dark armor with a helmet that cover his face, has a deep voice, is the BigBad of the movie and has to an extent sympathetic motivations in the movie (his goal is to help his species escape extinction, which he intends to do by bringing them on Earth). His appearance in Ultimate Alien puts it even further by revealing this version [[spoiler:actually is an alternate version of protagonist Ben Tennyson.]]
** Not only that, but he also gains lightsaber-wielding {{Mooks}}.
* The Mandarin ''wasn't'' one in the original 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]].
* "Who is the boss? The Duke of Zill of course!" Anyone who has seen ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat: The Movie'' would get this!
* ''Franchise/GIJoe'': Cobra Commander might be this in certain incarnations.
* Black Manta effectively becomes this in season two of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. Jet-black PoweredArmor, a deep voice [[VoiceOfTheLegion that gets a sound effect from the suit]], and a heroic son who he's a lot more invested in than his comics counterpart.
* One odd but very notable example is the LegionOfDoom's [[SupervillainLair headquarters]] from ''ChallengeOfTheSuperFriends:'' the Hall of Doom itself looks almost exactly like Darth Vader's head. A slightly altered design was used for the Gulag in ''Comicbook/KingdomCome,'' and a much less blatantly Vaderesque version appeared in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''.
* WordOfGod was that the creators of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' wanted to make Warhok as terrifying as Darth Vader.
* SadistTeacher Sally O'Neil serves this to [[spoiler: BigBadWannabe]] Rancid Rabbit in the ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' DramaBombFinale of season 2, BackToSchool. Turns out she seems to be a BitchInSheepsClothing (as well as the BiggerBad though out the entire show) concidern that Cat's annoys her for no reason what so ever.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScaredySquirrel'' gives us TheEeyore of the show, [[BigBad Nester]]. He bullies scaredy for no reason but leaves him alone when Scaredy becomes a VillainProtagonist of an episode & still bullies him in a future episode. However, he has no woobyist origin story of how much pain the Scaredy gives him. He's also the son of the BiggerBad.
* ''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.
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