Darth Vader. Sith Lord and agent of evil. Formerly the fallen Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, Vader is easily the most iconic of all Star Wars characters and among the top on the list of greatest villains of all time. When you think of Darth Vader, you may think of these two words: fear and pain. The first because of not only what a terrifying person he is in every facet of Star Wars where he is present, but also because of the fear he instills in everyone around him, even on his own side. Secondly, pain, because if you’re unlucky enough to stand in Vader’s way or even irritate him slightly, that’s exactly what you will endure.
Of course, by the end of the first six episodes of the trilogy saga, Darth Vader is redeemed by his son Luke Skywalker and returns to the light side by destroying his master, Darth Sidious. However, in the course of the twenty plus years that he functioned as the Emperor’s main enforcer, he brought serious destruction and death wherever he went. Some of the most impressive feats performed by using the force in the Star Wars Universe were done by him, and as fans, we were lucky enough to see a majority of them on screen. Vader never failed to show us just how powerful he was, and what exactly that power looked like in action.
Here are 15 Times Darth Vader Showed Us The True Power Of The Dark Side.
15. Rogue One’s Hallway of Terror
Possibly one of the most impressive displays of power Darth Vader has ever shown us in live-action cinema, Darth Vader’s infamous ‘Hallway of Terror’ in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story wowed audiences everywhere. What truly made the entire scene nerve wrenching and exciting was also the build up; from Vader standing on the bridge of his Star Destroyer, to his shuttle traveling towards the failing rebel flagship, the scene builds a sense of impending terror coming to whomever held those sacred Imperial plans. The lighting and sense of urgency within the scene also provided a fear that not only could the rebels not successfully transfer the plans (although we already know that they had from A New Hope), but that Vader could show up at any moment.
When that moment finally came, not only were fans on the edge of their seat, but you could see the fear in the eyes of the soldiers in the hallway as the lights went out. Out of the darkness, you could suddenly hear the iconic heavy breathing of Vader right before igniting his lightsaber in a visual shot so impressive and terrifying, you knew that the soldiers had no chance of escaping his wrath. This scene and display of power instantly became one of the most terrifying moments in all of Star Wars.
14. Vader survives a massive explosion while dueling Ahsoka
Another shock and awe moment came when Vader shows up in the season 2 finale episode of Star Wars Rebels to destroy the rebel cell, Phoenix Squadron, led by his former apprentice Ahsoka Tano and Jedi Ezra Bridger and Kanan Jarrus. When Vader enters the depths of Malachor standing atop his Tie Fighter, lightsaber ignited, you can immediately see the fear in Ezra’s eyes. He gives a few one liners with an especially terrifying one (“You will die braver than most“) as Ezra refuses to back down before Ahsoka shows up to take on her former master.
Surprisingly, he offers her mercy at the cost that she must help him track down more remaining Jedi. When she refuses and they spar, she almost breaks through to him when she severs a section of his mask and hears his voice calling for her. But after telling him that she won’t leave him, the dark side again takes hold of him once again with a cold, “Then you will die“.
Not only does this scene show what a great duelist Vader is, but it demonstrates his sheer size as well as his ruthlessness to those who oppose him – even somebody he once cared for deeply. By the end of the episode, we see the former master and apprentice dueling to the death while the Sith temple shuts them in, with the Phoenix Squadron escaping. After a huge energy explosion at the heart of the temple, we finally see Vader emerge to the surface alone and injured, but alive.