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13 Heartbreaking Darth Vader Fan Theories That Make A Lot Of Sense

August 16, 2021 544 votes 89 voters 4k views13 items

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The Emperor's enforcer and boogyman of the now-extinct Jedi Order, Darth Vader, comes with a lot of baggage. Thanks to the internet, old fans familiar with the franchise and newbies that are just discovering the films and various animated series on Disney+ have been able to craft a number of heartbreaking fan theories about the Sith Lord Darth Vader. Many of these theories elaborate on implications laid out by George Lucas in the original and prequel trilogies, but some touch on his relationship with his former apprentice Ahsoka Tano from The Clone Wars.

This is a collection of fan theories about Darth Vader that tug at the heartstrings. Vote up the most heartbreaking theories below!

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    Vader's Offer Was A Cry For Help

    Photo: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditor u/strawberryvolvic32:

    I've always thought to myself when Vader says to Luke "you don't know the power of the dark side" that it definitely comes off as a sort of "you don't know what you're missing" type thing, but to me I've always seen it as "you don't know how much power it has over me" he's trying to tell his son that he's too far gone, and there's just no going back for him.

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  • 2

    Vader's Got A Soft Spot For C-3PO

    From Redditor u/mybustersword

    When Vader is about to freeze Han, Chewie goes [crazy] and [attacks] 3 stormtroopers when [Boba Fett] aims his weapon at the Wookiee before Vader lowers [his] arm, preventing the shot. Vader, on multiple occasions, shows [he] does not care [what happens to] them, save for the princess... Why would he care to stop Chewie from being shot?

    Chewie was holding the dismantled C-3PO on his back and Vader did not want to his creation to be destroyed in the process.

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  • 3

    Vader Lost His Duel With Luke When He Learned Of His Daughter

    Photo: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditor u/REdd06:

    In Return of the Jedi, Luke and Vader are fairly evenly matched until the end, when Vader scans Luke's mind and sees he has a twin sister. He gloats about turning her to the dark side which sends Luke into a frenzy, enabling him to finally beat Vader.

    What if Vader suddenly realized who Luke's sister was in the second before Luke attacked? If Vader saw Lea's face in Luke's mind, he would know he personally tortured his own long lost daughter on the original Death Star.

    That guilt would be horribly distracting.

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    Anakin Subconsciously Drained Padmé's Lifeforce After Mustafar

    Photo: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditor u/Nightmare2828:

    Apparently a strong theory about why Padme died is that Palpatine siphoned her lifeforce to keep Anakin alive. But this never seemed to be remotely possible for a user of the Force to transfer lifeforce from one person to an other (unless they are personally part of the exchange). Not only that, but Palpatine was far from Padme, both physically (obviously) and emotionally. They had no real connections other than both being political acquaintances.

    So my theory is that Anakin, having a strong emotional bond with Padme, actually subconsciously siphoned Padme's lifeforce in an attempt to stay alive. The dark side of the Force tried to find a way to keep himself alive, which is in theme with the selfishness nature of the dark side. Padme also wanted to save Anakin, saying there was still good in him. This will to save him would just facilitate the transfer.

    This is illustrated by both scene of Padme slowly dying has she gives birth and Anakin healing as he is being "repaired" playing simultaneously.

    Another Redditor, u/Candy_Grenade, brings up this supporting detail:

    ...This is heavily supported by the dialogue right after Vader’s birth.

    “It seems, in your anger, you killed her”

    “No, she was alive, I felt it!”

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