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Of the “Star Wars” franchise (voiced by James Earl Jones), villanous leader of the forces of the Empire and chief nemesis of protagonist Luke Skywalker.
The fear and curiosity inspired by his mechanical visage captured viewers’ imaginations, an effect multiplied by the shocking revelation that he is Luke’s father, arguably one of the most memorable scenes in the history of cinema.
With the prequels written around Anakin Skywalker’s descent into Darth Vader, Orson Scott Card, amongst others, has argued Vader is now the main character of the franchise, with the stories revolving around, and reacting to his actions.