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15 Darth Vader Fan Theories That Actually Make A Lot Of Sense

Updated February 10, 2021 58.8k votes 10.0k voters 529.5k views16 items

List RulesVote up the speculation so plausible it makes you see the Dark Lord of the Sith formerly known as Anakin Skywalker in an entirely new light.

One of the best things about the Internet is that anyone can put out a theory about anything, just like these Darth Vader fan theories. While most of the time this results in some sort of crackpot diatribe nobody can understand other than the person who posts something on sites like Reddit, there are occasions where a theory about something in popular culture actually makes a good amount of sense.

Theories like the narrator at the beginning of Aladdin being the Genie in disguise were floated around the Internet for years before Disney finally confirmed it to be true. The theories out there that haven't been confirmed are many, but that doesn't mean they don't have some element of probability in them.

Theories about Darth Vader have been around long before the Internet was invented, and people are still trying to come up with ways to explain the complexities of the Dark Lord of the Sith.

Of all the fan theories about Darth Vader found online, these 15 are the ones that may, in fact, contain a nugget of truth, so find the one you consider to be the most plausible and give it a vote up to see which one rises to the top!

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    A Primary Factor In Vader Turning Good And Killing Palpatine Is When He Realizes That Leia Was His Daughter

    Source: Redditor u/REdd06 and u/Doctor-Shatda-Fackup

    Details: There has been a lot of talk over the years as to how Vader was able to sense Luke, but he wasn't able to do the same when it came to Leia, whom he tortured early in the first film. Granted, he wasn't calm or collected when it came to battling his son, and he even chopped his hand off, but what about Leia.

    It seems unlikely that Vader wouldn't know Leia was his daughter, but if he didn't know it in the beginning, he did know it in Return of the Jedi. Vader has been angry with Palpatine for 17 years at this point, and when he finally did learn of Leia's connection to him in the Throne Room, he let his anger and pain come to the surface, which finally enabled him to confront his master and kill him in the process.

    Essentially, he was filled with rage at the fact that Palpatine had lied to him about the survival of his child (which turned out to be two children), and the guilt he felt over realizing he had tortured his own daughter. It was too much for Anakin to hold in, and he rage-quit his job by flinging his boss off a platform.

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    The Sith Created Anakin Skywalker As Well As Darth Vader

    Source: Redditor u/Omni314

    Details: The theory that the Sith purposefully created Anakin Skywalker, and thus, Darth Vader has been around for some time, and many consider it to be true. In Revenge of the Sith, Palpatine is discussing the legend of Darth Plagueis with Anakin, where he says, "...he could use the Force to influence the midichlorians to create life."

    When you consider the words of Anakin's mother from The Phantom Menace, where she said, "There was no father. I carried him. I gave birth. I raised him. I can't explain what happened," it seems obvious that Anakin was the creation of the Sith.


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    Each Of The Prequels' Villains Represents A Part Of Anakin's Character That He Loses During His Fall To The Dark Side

    Source: Redditor u/-TracerBullet

    Details: This is an interesting theory that posits the enemies that go up against Anakin and his allies throughout the prequel trilogy each represents a choice he made on his path to the Dark Side of the Force. 

    • In Episode I, Anakin is seemingly freed from slavery, but in actuality, he gives up his moral agency to the Jedi Order. This is reflected by Darth Maul, who is wholly subservient to his master.
    • 10 years later, Anakin begins to reject the Jedi Code. He gives into passion and power over honour and order. This is reflected by the fallen Jedi, Count Dooku.
    • Finally, in Episode III, Anakin loses his humanity, slaughtering hundreds, even within his own order. This is reflected by the ruthless cyborg, General Grievous.

    When you consider each enemy on their own, it seems entirely plausible that this is the case -- especially when you consider the way George Lucas likes to balance his writing when it comes to Star Wars.

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    The Lightsaber Fight Between Obi-Wan And Darth Vader Was Merely A Formality

    Source: Redditor u/pgibso

    Details: After all the Star Wars films that have come and gone, there have been a lot of incredible lightsaber battles. The one between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi from Revenge of the Sith is one of the greatest of all time, which makes their final battle on the Death Star seem rather odd.

    They just bat their swords about without really trying to hurt one another, and it's a stark contrast to the fights seen in later movies. On the one hand, it was due to the fact that the actors were rather constrained by age and the complexities of a mask, but this theory doesn't delve into that aspect; rather, it indicates that their battle was merely a means to an end.

    That end was a conversation. They met for the first time in a long time, and that meant that they had to spar with words rather than swords, so their battle was never going to be as epic as their last confrontation.

    Incidentally, there is a reimagined version of this fight that does work out more like the ones in the subsequent films. It uses camera trickery and CGI to merge the cut of the film with new footage, and it's done very well. You can check it out here.

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