FIVE GOOD ACTS OF DARTH VADER
NO 5. BEST: DESTROYED TRADE FEDERATION MOTHERSHIP
In Star Wars: Episode One – The Phantom Menace, Anakin Skywalker was a young boy who still managed to be a hero. Not only did he win a pod race to get the Queen her parts to repair her ship, but Anakin later climbed into a starfighter and “accidentally” blasted some droids and launched himself into space. There, he found his way aboard the Trade Federation mothership and blew it up. That’s how Anakin destroyed the Federation’s blockade of Naboo and shut down all the droids attacking the planet’s surface. With that one act, he saved the planet of Naboo and also ended the conflict Queen Amidala had spent all her time trying to stop. Not only was it a heroic move, it also set him on the path to becoming a Jedi Knight.
NO 4. BEST: FOUGHT THE CLONE WARS
In Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, the conflict between the Separatists and the Trade Federation turned into a civil war. When Anakin and Obi-Wan went to stop the droid factories on Geonosis, they also found out about the existence of a secret army of clones that became the troopers of the Republic. Starting in 2008, the Star Wars: Clone Wars TV series showed how Anakin went from a brash and temperamental youth to a mature military leader. He fought countless battles and saved dozens of worlds, which adds up to billions of lives saved. Without Anakin, the Clone Wars might have ended in disaster. His military record is one that is almost as impressive as his brutal history of Darth Vader. His heroism during the war doesn’t erase his evil, but it does put it in a different light.
NO 3. BEST: SAVED HIS SON
In Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader had their first duel on screen. While battling through the halls and machines of Cloud City, Luke fought the Dark Lord with all his skill and strength. Unfortunately, he wasn’t a fully trained Jedi yet and was beaten. Vader even cut off Luke’s right hand. While there are a lot who could argue that was one of Vader’s worst acts, it was actually one of his best. That’s because Darth Vader could have killed Luke instead of maiming him. He could just have easily cut Luke in half. Vader cutting off Luke’s hand was his way of ending the duel without killing his son, and also gave him the chance to reveal what Luke meant to him.
NO 2. BEST: KILLED THE EMPEROR
For almost Anakin’s entire life, Senator Palpatine was a presence manipulating and controlling him. He became the Chancellor and took Anakin under his wing as a mentor and friend, quietly guiding him onto the path to the Dark Side. He saved Anakin from dying on a lava flow on Mustafar, and raised him up to become Darth Vader. In Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, all that changed. Darth Vader took Luke Skywalker to the Emperor to be turned to the Dark Side. When Luke refused, the Emperor tried to kill Luke with force lightning. Vader hurled the Emperor to his death. By killing the Emperor, Vader not only saved his son’s life, he also destroyed the Sith Lord, ending decades of terror. The end of the Emperor was the end of the Empire, and brought peace to the Galaxy.
NO 1. BEST: BALANCED THE FORCE
The Sith and the Jedi have been fighting each other for thousands of years, and their war is a battle for control of the Force. By their very existence, the Sith have thrown the Force out of balance, tilting it to the Dark Side. By taking over the Galaxy, killing the Jedi and raising up Darth Vader, Darth Sidious put the Force even more out of balance so the Light Side was almost put out. In The Phantom Menace, Anakin was called the Chosen One, in reference to an ancient prophecy that someone would bring balance to the Force between the light and the dark side. Anakin fulfilled that prophecy by killing the Emperor and himself, which destroyed the Sith, bringing the light side back in control of the Force again. That’s how Darth Vader saved us all.