So, do you think that Darth Vader, one of the most famous and iconic characters from the Star Wars movies, was really a villain or a hero? While you might think that he was obviously a bad guy, you’d be surprised at how many dedicated Star Wars fans really think that he is a big hero. Here are a few reasons why the former Jedi master and Lord of the Sith can actually be looked at as both, depending on whose viewpoint you take.
Darth Vader obviously did some very bad things over the course of his life, and not just taking the lives of the few Imperial Officers he choked with The Force. He played a key role in using the Death Star with Grand Moff Tarkin to destroy an entire home planet of Princess Leia, which ultimately killed millions of people. And by supporting the reign of Emperor Palpatine as an evil enforcer, Darth Vader was complicit in the deaths of billions of innocent people across the Star Wars galaxy.
However, it’s also important to consider how Darth Vader found himself as a Sith Lord and servant to the Dark Side of the Force. Vader started out as Anakin Skywalker, one of the most talented Jedi to ever server the Galactic Republic. He did many great deeds, and saved countless lives while he was part of the same order as Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda. He had a great desire to do the right thing and fix injustices, which was one thing that ultimately made him fall.
The death of his one true love, Padme, and the manipulation of Darth Sidious led Anakin to do horrible things that he felt he could never atone for. Even after he became a Sith Lord, however, Darth Vader still had a distaste for Emperor Palpatine, and constantly looked for ways to overthrow and kill his master.
In the end, Darth Vader saw the errors of his ways, turned his back on the Dark Side, and killed his Sith Master. He did this thanks to the help of his son, Luke Skywalker, who reminded him what it meant to be a Jedi. Thanks to Luke’s guidance, Anakin Skywalker was reborn, and upon killing Sidious, he expelled the last of the Sith Lords from the galaxy once and for all.
What do you think: does one last, noble act make up for so many years of evil? Although Darth Vader spent decades in service to The Dark Side, many Star Wars fans believe that his final actions redeemed him and made him a hero.