At the end of Anakin Skywalker’s life, long after he was given the title of Darth Vader and stripped him of almost everything that made him human, his son, Luke Skywalker, wanted to redeem him. For Luke, helping his father seek and obtain redemption is part of his quest in life.
Although Vader fought along the way, Luke eventually holds onto his father and removes his helmet when he dies. However, throughout Darth Vader’s life in Star Wars Until then, he committed a series of heinous acts and countless atrocities. There are many who would rather kill Vader than allow him redemption, and with the terrible things he has done, few would dispute his decision.
10 He served alongside the emperor as his right hand man for years
Emperor Palpatine is notoriously the worst man in the entire galaxy. Palpatine, a twisted and evil man who is no longer a man at all, is more of a twisted old monster than anything else. However, despite the numerous horrible actions of Emperor Palpatine, Anakin Skywalker bows to his side and remains there as Darth Vader for years. Despite all the terrible things the Emperor does, Darth Vader not only supports him, he helps him.
Whatever Palpatine wants, Vader will make sure it gets done. The two are a monstrous and murderous duo, haunting the galaxy for years and years.
9 Lit up Ahsoka Tano
When Anakin Skywalker was still a young Jedi, he had an apprentice of his own. He trained Ahsoka Tano to follow in his footsteps, though the two often found themselves butting heads. In the end, they loved each other and were like an older brother and a little sister, or a father and a daughter.
However, after Anakin falls to the Dark Side and becomes Darth Vader, he willingly helps execute Order 66 to kill all Jedi, including Ahsoka. Worse still, when Anakin and Ahsoka finally fight each other, Vader apparently doesn’t care if Ahsoka is dead or not at the end of the battle. The girl he once loved becomes the woman he leaves for dead after a fight.
8 They tortured their own daughter
Anakin Skywalker has two children with Padmé Amidala, twins: Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa. The two have different surnames since they were taken in by different families when they were newborn; Princess Leia Organa was raised on Alderaan by Bail Organa and Queen Breha Organa. As her parents were rebels, so was Leia: she was a member of the Rebel Alliance, which brought Vader’s attention to her.
Regardless of whether or not Vader knew that Leia was his daughter, he is still the one responsible for her torture. He orders an interrogation droid to torture Leia for information, indicating that he would do this to anyone he captured: a diplomat, a princess, his own daughter..
7 He cut off his own son’s hand
Darth Vader has countless sins against his children; Not only does he have Leia tortured and physically injured, but he’s also personally responsible for Luke losing his hand. When the two were locked in battle, Darth Vader tried to remove the lightsaber from Luke’s hand. Instead of simply removing the lightsaber from his grasp, Vader cuts off Luke’s entire hand.
He then reveals to Luke that I KNOW he is his real father, leading Luke to feel so desperate and devastated that he attempts suicide. If Leia hadn’t heard his call and hadn’t come to help him, Luke would have died after this encounter with Darth Vader, his own father, who hurt him horribly.
6 Helped kill the Jedi
Emperor Palpatine, while still known as Darth Sidious, knew he had to clear the way for the Sith and, in doing so, destroy all Jedi. While Anakin Skywalker was once a Jedi, Darth Vader is supposed to have no qualms about killing a Jedi indiscriminately, and it seems like he really doesn’t. Darth Vader is instructed to kill every Jedi he crosses paths with; Anakin travels to Mustafar and kills absolutely everyone he sees. Darth Vader simply participates willingly in the execution of Order 66. He is the one who helped kill all the Jedi in the first place.
5 Responsible for Padmé’s death
Anakin Skywalker once claimed to love Padmé Amidala above anything else in his life. Jedi are discouraged, and often outright forbidden, to have romantic relationships, but this is not something Anakin can or wants to commit to. Believe that love has its own strength in the Force. Also, Anakin loves Padmé so much that he would do anything to be with her, even secretly marry her and give her two children.
However, not long afterward he betrays her in the most savage way: he strangles her with the Force, believing that she betrayed him when she did no such thing. She collapses and goes into preterm labor; Although her official cause of death is apparently simply “losing the will to live”, it is obvious that Vader is the one who killed her.
4 Orphan and separated his children
Almost immediately after the birth of Luke and Leia, Padmé Amidala passed away. Darth Vader was told that his entire family had died, unaware that he had twin children alive there. In the process, Vader orphaned his children and separated them for the first time. Leia was raised on Alderaan and Luke was raised on Tatooine.
However, later in their lives, Vader was partially responsible for the destruction of Alderaan and the death of Luke’s Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. As if it wasn’t bad enough that Vader had orphaned them once before, he also took away their adoptive parents.
3 He killed his own master
When Anakin Skywalker was still a child, the Jedi Council was hesitant to raise someone with such immense and misunderstood powers within him. Some believed it would bring balance to the Force, and others believed it would destroy the Jedi. However, Obi-Wan Kenobi saw the best in Anakin Skywalker and ultimately took him under his wing as his Padawan. Although Anakin was Obi-Wan’s apprentice and the two were closer than brothers, Anakin still felt the pull of the Dark Side.
The two had a spectacular fight, only to be reunited years later when Obi-Wan tried to guide Luke in his fight against Vader. Luke survived, but, after all these years, Vader finally killed Obi-Wan, his former teacher and best friend.
2 Helped destroy Alderaan
Darth Vader is literally responsible for the destruction of an entire planet. Grand Moff Tarkin may have been the one who actually gave the order, but Darth Vader was there with them, forcing Leia to watch her planet get destroyed. Darth Vader forces his daughter to watch the only home she has ever known explode, with countless lives lost in the process, including the lives of her family members. He is partially responsible for killing so many people that even Obi-Wan cannot fully process the devastation of the loss of Alderaan.
one He murdered several young people
Perhaps one of the most despicable acts Darth Vader has ever committed on screen is the murder of a group of young people. When Anakin was instructed to kill every Jedi he came across and purge the Jedi temple, this didn’t just include adult Jedi. This also included the young men being trained: a group of innocent children taken in by the Jedi, just beginning to learn the ways of the Force. They trusted Anakin, until the moment he illuminated his lightsaber in front of them. With two sons of his own on the way, Darth Vader mercilessly and mercilessly kills innocent children, forever proving that he is irredeemable.
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