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The Force often works in strange ways. That was never truer when Darth Vader, not Anakin Skywalker, found himself on Naboo during the Trade Federation occupation. How is the Republic to react to a Sith Lord that has committed no crime and is aiding Queen Amidala? And did I mention Vader wasn't the only one brought along the ride? No, it's not Luke or Leia.

Darth Vader: Hero of Naboo is a Star Wars Time Travel fanfic by AkumaKami64.


Beginning with Vader preparing to set a trap for Luke Skywalker on Bespin, the dark lord suddenly finds himself on Naboo during the Trade Federation blockade. Confused, but ever adaptable, Vader fights his way through the battle droids and convinces Qui-Gon and company to give him a ride off the planet. From there, things change drastically, as Vader is determined not to make the same mistakes he did the first time around.

With 23 chapters and counting, it can be read here.


This fanfic contains examples of:

  • Accidental Truth: After getting a look at Vader, Plagueis makes several educated guesses on whom he might be, with one of them being that Vader is a time traveler.
  • Actually a Doombot:
    • When Darth Sidious seemingly kills Darth Plagueis, it turns out to be an illusion.
    • Done again when Plagueis is fighting Sidious and notices that his apprentice isn't reacting like he should; he quickly discovers a squad of Doombot Sidiouses.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Plagueis admits to Vader that he'd be more upset at how Vader is deliberately riling up Sidious if he wasn't so impressed, and is laughing as he says that.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Two so far:
    • Qui Gon and Obi Wan end up meeting Dooku before he left the order, who quickly helps them in calming down the situation during Vader's faux attack.
    • While waiting to find out the results of his meeting with the Council Anakin meets toddler Ahsoka who quickly latches onto him.
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  • Affably Evil: Darth Plagueis flip-flops between this and Faux Affably Evil, depending on whom he's speaking to. Vader is caught off-guard by just how likable the guy is.
  • Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain: Vader is generally the former, though he doesn’t mind being the latter when the situation calls for it.
  • Arch-Enemy: Obviously, Sidious is this to Vader.
  • Backstab Backfire: This time around, Plagueis is prepared for Sidious's attempt to off him, which leads to a fight.
  • Bad Boss:
    • Sidious brutally tortures Maul for failing to kill Vader, then outright kills him when Maul delivers Vader's message to him. Plagueis resurrects the Zabrak immediately afterward, but damn...
    • Plagueis gives Vader his express permission to butcher any and all Sith agents (or Unwitting Pawns) within the Trade Federation if they do anything detrimental to the Sith cause in the future.
  • Batman Gambit: Just by repeatedly trolling Sidious with his mere existence, Vader is able to goad him into attacking Plagueis and thereby putting himself in position to be killed by him. Sidious admits upon realizing this that if he weren't so pissed at being manipulated, he'd be impressed.
  • Be Yourself: Vader tells Anakin that, should the boy join the Jedi Order, he should strive to become the Jedi he wants to be, not what the Council wants him to be.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: According to Qui-Gon, Force users tend not to take it too personally when they point lightsabers at one another if the one doing the pointing isn't a threat. It's why Obi-Wan isn't surprised that he got let off with being thrown out of the spaceship into a dune when he accused Vader of killing Anakin and Qui-Gon. Obi-Wan is honestly confused as to why Padme seems concerned.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Vader admits this about the Empire. On the one hand, the Emperor's obsession with superweapons, his humanocentrism, and his tendency towards big, dramatic gestures are doing horrible things to the Empire and its citizens. On the other, for the most part the Empire is run just fine when it's not being authoritative, and that a good deal of the Rebellion got started even before the atrocities. He accuses them of having rose-tinted glasses about a Republic that was severely flawed even before Palpatine took power.
  • Break the Haughty: The entire fic from the point Vader arrives on Coruscant and onward is basically dedicated to Vader showing the Jedi just how greatly out of their depth they have become in regards to the Sith threat.
  • Break Them by Talking: Vader mercilessly rubs it in Maul's face that the latter is not a true Sith, and that his master also has a living master.
  • Brutal Honesty: Vader is blunt with what he tells.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: When Vader and Sidious have a mental battle, it ends with Sidious holding his lightsaber to Padme's neck. Vader calls his bluff because he knows Padme is too valuable a pawn to sacrifice at the moment, so Sidious backs off.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Sidious
    • He has a failsafe built into his lightsabers that prevent others from using them, which explains why Plagueis didn't kill him immediately.
    • He created dozens of droids skilled in lighsaber combat, each with both a hologram projector and a Sith artifact, making it nearly impossible to identify whether they're Sidious or not.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Vader mops the floor with everyone he's come across thus far. To wit:
    • He mows the Trade Federation battle droids down like grass.
    • He bests Maul without even needing to draw his lightsaber.
    • When making a staged attack on the Jedi Temple, he is an unstoppable juggernaut.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: While Vader has no intention of giving up the Dark Side or even being a Sith, he isn't planning to turn the Republic into a totalitarian empire nor exterminate the Jedi, and in fact plans to reform the Sith Order so it's less villanous.
  • Death by Adaptation: Sebulba. In canon, he would go on to survive past both the Clone Wars and the Galactic Empire. Here, he is killed by Vader, after trying to kill Anakin.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: At the conclusion of his staged attack on the Jedi Temple, Vader bluntly tells the Jedi that he won't start any further conflicts with the Jedi, but he'll sure as hell finish them.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: Vader actively strives not to be this, no matter how tempting, because he knows it will make him reckless. Sidious has a much harder time resisting it because he's just that evil.
  • Dual Wielding: Both Plagueis and Sidious engage in dual-blade fencing during their fight.
  • Enemy Mine: Every Dark Side user in the galaxy lends Vader their strength during his staged attack on the Jedi Temple because, as Plagueis states, it's forcing the Jedi to acknowledge that the Dark Side is still around and will not be ignored.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Vader hates the Trade Federation and the CIS, but he's so offended at how stupid the Battle Droids are he contemplates joining them to at least make them into something not an insult to craftsmen everywhere.
  • Evil Is Petty: Darth Sidious. Plagueis even says that his apprentice has a habit of savoring even the smallest victories too much.
  • Face Palm: Both Vader and Sidious mentally do this when Padme assumes that "Darth" is the former's actual name rather than a title.
  • Fatal Flaw: Sidious has three.
    • Pride: he's too egotistical to consider the idea of forming an equal partnership with anyone, no matter how beneficial it might be. In fact, he'd rather have Vader as a Worthy Opponent to have something akin to Kaggathnote  with.
    • Impatience: this is a flaw he can suppress, but while he can wait to get what he wants, he hates it.
    • Pettiness: he's too much of a sadistic bully to let even the slightest offenses go unpunished, and he savors every victory he obtains no matter how small or how little it matters in the long run.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Vader. He's still a Sith, though.
  • Internal Reveal: In Chapter 21, Vader spells out to the Jedi that a Sith Lord has been living on Coruscant right under their noses all along.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Darth Vader is a Sith Lord who makes his points bluntly, but that doesn't mean he's incorrect.
    • Vader and Sideous both mentally facepalm when Padme refers to Vader as "Darth," thinking that's his first name.
  • Just Toying with Them: Sidious eventually realizes to his horror that Plagueis has been tricking him with illusions during their entire fight.
  • Knight Templar: Vader labels the Jedi as this in general, and he's not entirely wrong.
  • Late to the Realization: It's only after he attempts to kill Plagueis that Sidious realizes that his master never intended to replace him. Plagueis agrees but warns him that it's "too late to deactivate his lightsaber".
  • Light Is Not Good: Vader makes a frighteningly cogent case for this when comparing the two sides of the Force: if the Dark Side is a stimulant, power and emotion, motion and chaos, the Light Side is a relaxant, stillness and emptiness, silence and order, comparing the use of each to a different addiction.
  • Master of Illusion: Plagueis is so skilled at Force illusions that he makes Sidious wonder if their entire duel even occurred.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • As the others get roped into a card game, Obi-Wan initially disapproves before admitting he's rather fond of the particular game.
    • Vader admits that having to explain to everyone in the early years of the Empire that his name is not, in fact, "Darth," was one of the few times that he actually felt awkward after his transformation.
  • Oh, Crap!: The Jedi Council's reaction when Vader tells them about Sidious and then tears open the Veil of the Dark Side so that they can sense him.
  • Outside-Context Problem:
    • Vader is this to the Jedi. In their view, he’s an immensely powerful Sith Lord who appeared out of nowhere despite the Sith having been thought to be extinct. Has decided to aid the Republic planet of Naboo for seemingly no personal gain. And the most baffling to the Jedi, is that he shows no outward hostility to them aside from defending himself if needed, and is perfectly capable of holding a cordial conversation with them.
      • Both Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon pull this card when the Jedi question them about their reactions regarding Vader — "Why did you let them on the ship, near the queen," "Why did you not try to fight him," "Why did you let him come to Coruscant," for example. They cite that "Sith Lord acting friendly after showing up after a thousand years of no sign that they exist," was so far out of their realm of what they expected, not even including the invasion that they were in the middle of, that the best they could do is roll with the punches.
    • Vader is also this to Sidious. As far as Palpatine knows, Vader is either a rival apprentice to Plagueis or an outsider from another Sith Order, yet in either case is not operating like a Sith Lord should. More to the point, he knows more about Sidious than anyone should, and is powerful enough to not be threatened by him, all of which completely upends Sidious' plans.
    • To a small degree played up for amusement, Anakin is this to the creche masters and younglings of the temple — a child powerful in the Force who is not a Jedi Youngling, but was just brought to the temple. The younger students were so fascinated at him that Anakin compared it to "A ship surrounded by Jawas," and Master Phara admitted that it was an accurate comparison.
  • Paranoia Gambit: The Sith in general operate against each other by making them overly paranoid about what other Sith are up to. Vader and Plagueis in particular weaponize Sidious's paranoia against him, Vader by simply being a complete unknown and Plagueis by using his status as a Master of Illusion to make Sidious question whether their entire battle had even happened. The former causes Sidious to betray Plagueis prematurely, while the latter makes it easier for Plagueis to kill his treasonous apprentice.
  • Playing with Fire: Sidious unleashes some Sith Magic during his fight with the Jedi Council to conjure animated blue flames.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Vader urges Padme to be this, suggesting that she should engage in backdoor dealings with less than savory — but powerful – groups that share her contempt for the Trade Federation in order to oppose the Naboo blockade.
    • Darth Vader himself. He's still a Sith Lord and Dark Side user who despises the Jedi Order, but he helps Padme, saves his mother and his younger self from slavery, and tries to make the Jedi better.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Sidious is an entitled, short-tempered brat underneath his superficially charming facade.
  • Repressive, but Efficient: Vader believes that the empire was this initially, but admits that Palpatine's pettiness, insanity, racism, and growing love for superweapons caused it to go in the other direction.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Sidious realizes he can't beat Plagueis, he attempts to flee Coruscant, though Plagueis cuts him off before he can do so.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sore Loser: Sebulba tries to kill Anakin after losing the podrace to him. Vader is having none of that.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • Vader is this to all of Sidious' plans, working hard to prevent his rise to power and expose him as a Sith.
    • Then Vader himself is hit with this, when Plagueis defeats Sidious in their duel, only to spare him and make no further moves, which is an outcome Vader didn't see coming.
  • Stealth Insult: Young Anakin teaches Padme a card game which Vader explains has no victory condition and is merely designed for a group of people to waste a lot of time. The name of the game? Republic-Senate.
  • Title Drop: Not of the fic itself, but the movie it’s based on. Sidious, when contemplating the way Vader uses the unknown as a weapon, thinks that the most dangerous thing about him is the unknown of what he could be. “A true phantom menace, if you will.”
  • Troll: Vader takes every opportunity to rile up Darth Sidious.
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: Darth Sidious vs. Darth Plagueis.
  • Vader Breath: Well, it's the Trope Namer himself. It's mitigated though by Vader revealing that he can turn this off and breathe quietly, but it's way less efficient to do it this way. It does allow for stealth and some quiet, though.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: Darth Plagueis is intrigued by Darth Vader, and quickly puts Anakin on his "recruit later" list when he senses the boy's potential.
  • We Can Rule Together: Darth Plagueis sees no problem in making an alliance with Darth Vader. Unlike most villains who do this, it's not just words- he doesn't like the Rule of Two and is genuinely interested in making alliances.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Plagueis manages to fool Sidious with an illusion so thoroughly that he's able to swipe one of Sidious' lightsabers without his apprentice noticing. Instead of just killing Sidious while the latter's guard is down, he ops for a duel to the death. Though it is revealed that Sidious modified his lightsabers to explode if anyone else uses them.
    • And then Plagueis reveals all of the above was yet ANOTHER illusion and that he has been toying with him the entire time.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: When Vader makes a staged attack on the Jedi Temple, Anakin is the first one to notice that none of the Jedi he cuts down are dead or even seriously injured.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Both Plagueis and Sidious have their ability to use the Force temporarily ruined by the Dark Side flowing out of Vader and returning to the galaxy at large, causing them to sometimes have too much or too little power to work with.
  • Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: When Sidious is exposed to the Jedi, he decides to indulge in some Evil Gloating about his actions, including sharing the exact details of how he recently killed Ronhar Kim.

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