The Truth About Darth Vader

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a legendary Sith Lord was born from the ashes of the defeated, disgraced young Anakin Skywalker. Darth Vader was—and is!— the most legendary villain in the Star Wars universe; there are few alive who don’t know his name. But how well do you really know the onetime Jedi who became the Dark Side’s most powerful asset? Here we have his untold story.

Darth Vader has been onscreen more than any other Star Wars character in history

When it comes to the most-revisited roles in Hollywood, Darth Vader is right up there with iconic characters like Batman in terms of providing work for actors. An awful lot of folks have done time under that big, black helmet, as the villainous Vader has appeared in more than 200 movies and TV episodes, not to mention 35 video games. (To give you an idea of what a big deal Darth Vader is, consider that hero Han Solo only has 83 screen credits and twelve video game appearances to his name.)

Between the prequels, the spinoffs, the games, the animated series, the trilogy that started it all, and Vader’s various crossover appearances in movies like Night at the Museum 2 and on shows like Robot Chicken, he’s not just one of the most ubiquitous characters in Star Wars-related projects, he’s one of the most recognizable pop culure figures on earth.