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

Updated February 10, 2021 58.9k votes 10k voters 531.4k 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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    The "Tremor In The Force" That Darth Vader Feels Didn't Come From Obi-wan

    Source: Redditor u/Supervinyl

    Details: One thing that is made clear in the first film is that people who are powerful with the Force can feel others like them when they are near, or when there is a tremor like the one Obi-Wan felt when Alderan was destroyed.

    When Darth Vader is talking to Tarkin, he says, "A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master." The audience is then left to assume he was referring to Obi-Wan Kenobi, which is a fair assumption, seeing as he mentioned him.

    This theory posits that the tremor was not caused by Obi-Wan, at least, not entirely. The tremor Darth Vader felt at that moment came from being in close proximity to his children, and in this case, it was both Luke and Leia.

    Going back to what he said, the tremor was felt the last time he was in the presence of his old master, but he doesn't indicate that it came from Obi-Wan, or that he always felt it when he was near him. The theory suggests that it was the birth of his twins he felt the last time he was near Obi-Wan, and he was feeling that tremor once more, now that both twins were in the same place.

    A great theory?
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    Darth Vader Has Multiple Suits

    Source: Redditor u/heydo_hew

    Details: It's easy to see Darth Vader and assume he wears the same suit all the time. It barely changes throughout the franchise, making this more plausible. There are some minor alterations the costume department made when they had more money to work with, but overall, he wears the same thing all the time. 

    It's clear he must change into a new suit everyone once in a while, but we never really see it. This theory suggests that he does, in fact, have multiple suits, and what we are seeing is the equivalent of a guy wearing the same type of clothes all the time, where they only have slight differences.

    In Rogue One, he was seen not wearing it all the time, and his helmet was on somewhat loosely. The theory further suggests that he must have thrown it on in a hurry, which helps support the idea that the man has more than one suit in his closet.

    A great theory?
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    Why Darth Vader's 'NOOOOOOO' Makes Perfect Sense

    Source: Redditor u/spikesya

    Details: There have been a ton of fans online who have mocked the utterance of "NOOOOOOOOOOOO," at the end of Revenge of the Sith. It seemed to be out of character, and somewhat cheesy, but this theory explains that it made perfect sense for him to cry out like that.

    The theory suggests that Anakin was so badly damaged by the fire; he could no longer speak properly. His voice sounds so different because it is created via a computer in much the same way Professor Stephen Hawkin was able to speak through his.

    It translates what he would say without his helmet on, and the words come out. So, after awakening to the realization that his body is destroyed and he must remain a slave to his suit (and, by extension, the Emperor), his wife and "unborn" child are dead, and his whole world has been destroyed, he lets out a bloodcurdling scream.

    The computer that processes his vocal intent couldn't properly translate the epic range of despair and anger he felt, so it did all it could and let out a single, "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

    A great theory?
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    Darth Vader Planned Several Things To Say During His First Encounter With Obi-Wan

    Source: Redditor u/Chamale

    Details: You have to wonder what Anakin Skywalker wanted to say to his former master should he ever have the chance to run into him again. Think about it; in their last 'meeting,' Anakin was severely injured and burned. All he could muster was, "I hate you," so he had to have been thinking of what to say for years in the same way we come up with a good comeback in the shower, only wishing we had said it earlier.

    This theory suggests that he worked on the right thing to say for years, and he wasn't 100% ready to deliver them onboard the Death Star. Ultimately, he came up with the following, which makes it seem as if he wasn't perfectly committed to any of them:

    "I've been waiting for you, Obi-Wan.

    We meet again at last.

    The circle is now complete.

    When I left you I was but the learner, now I am the master!"

    A great theory?