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Darth Vader




Darth Vader is one of the main antagonists of the original Star Wars trilogy and as the main protagonist of the prequel trilogy. Darth Vader began life as Anakin Skywalker and was trained by the Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Once a Jedi Knight, Anakin Skywalker swore loyalty to Sith Lord Darth Sidious in order to gain the power of the dark side of the Force, betraying the Jedi Order and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

He became the apprentice of Emperor Palpatine, using the dark side of the Force to pursue and destroy the Jedi and the Rebel Alliance. With the rise of the Galactic Empire, Darth Vader became the Emperor's dark enforcer. He carried out the Emperor's will, and commanded legions of Imperial troops. Vader was tasked with discovering the secret headquarters of the Rebel Alliance, as well as chasing down the Rebels who destroyed the Empire's massive Death Star battle station.

Darth Vader was encased in sinister black armor. The man underneath was mortally wounded in a lightsaber duel, and the dark suit includes extensive machinery to keep Vader alive. The sounds of his mechanical lungs accompany his every step. Such injuries greatly diminished his ability to use the Force, but Vader is still very powerful. He can command the power of the dark side to hurl objects or remotely crush the throats of his victims.

Darth Vader first appeared in the PS1 fighting game, Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi, which wasn't well received. He later appeared as a playable guest character in Soul Calibur IV. In Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (and SCIV), Galen Marek AKA "Starkiller" is his apprentice.
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Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi



Soul Calibur IV


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Page Updated:  Aug. 3rd, 2023

Darth Vader's first fighting game appearance was indeed a disappointing one... but let's not talk too much about Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi. lol. Now, we all know Darth Vader didn't exactly "fit in" with the cast of SoulCalibur, but what other fighting game series would you rather see Darth Vader appear in? ... *sound of crickets* ... Anyone? Okay then. That said, Namco brought Darth Vader into 3D fighting game realm with style and gave the light-saber-wielding freak of nature an EPIC moveset. In true Soul Calibur fashion, Vader's fighting animations were done brilliantly and never looked better. I've never seen Darth Vader fight so amazingly in any of the movies! ^o^ (He actually didn't fight very much in the original movies.) Indeed, Vader's actual "fighting" appearance is in SoulCalibur 4 by far. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

On a side note, as cool as Darth Vader is, something about him always made me giggle. Maybe the fact that he can't turn his neck very far... or maybe it's that set of 1970's-looking buttons on his chest. They control his breathing right? Y'know, that's not very "safe" place to put such an important control panel... I mean, if I were to fight Vader, I'd just push all chest buttons. That would do something right? lmao. 

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