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Darth Vader is a central character in the Star Wars saga, appearing as one of the main antagonists in the original trilogy and as the main protagonist in the prequel trilogy. The films also establish that he was originally a Jedi Knight named Anakin Skywalker who fell to the dark side of the Force; he is also revealed to be the father of both Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa, the two main protagonists of the original trilogy. Luke ultimately redeems his father in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, and Anakin sacrifices himself to save his son. The character was created by George Lucas and numerous actors have portrayed him. His appearances (as both Vader and Anakin) span all six Star Wars films, and is an important character in the expanded universe of television series, video games, novels, literature and comic books. He has also had an impact on popular culture such as politics and television, being commonly regarded as a synonym for power and evil. Psychiatrists have even considered him as a useful example to explain borderline personality disorder to medical students.
Vader and his son Luke are the main protagonists of the entire Star Wars Saga.
While the first...