Darth Vader, formerly known as Anakin Skywalker, is one of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars franchise. Standing at an impressive height, he cuts a imposing figure on screen.
Height of Darth Vader
Darth Vader’s height is officially listed as six feet and six inches (198 cm) tall. This makes him one of the tallest characters in the Star Wars universe, with only a few other characters being taller than him, such as Chewbacca, Wookiee warriors, and some of the larger droids.
|Height||6 feet 6 inches (198 cm)|
|Weight||330 lbs (150 kg)|
|Species||Human (formerly), cyborg|
|Affiliation||Sith, Galactic Empire|
|Master||Obi-Wan Kenobi (formerly), Palpatine|
|First Appearance||Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope|
|Last Appearance||Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi|
|Portrayed by||David Prowse (physical), James Earl Jones (voice)|
Costume and Prosthetics
In addition to his height, Vader’s costume and prosthetics also contribute to his overall intimidating appearance. His black suit, helmet, and cape were designed to create a sense of fear and awe, and to convey his position as a powerful Sith Lord. The suit also incorporates various life support systems, such as a breathing apparatus, that allow Vader to survive outside of his specially designed chamber.
The suit was also designed to conceal the extent of Vader’s injuries and prosthetics, which he received as a result of his duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi on Mustafar. His prosthetic arms and legs give him enhanced strength and mobility, which he uses to devastating effect in combat.
Portrayals of Darth Vader
Throughout the Star Wars franchise, Vader has been portrayed by a number of different actors. In the original trilogy, he was played by David Prowse, a bodybuilder and actor who provided the physical performance for the character. Vader’s voice, however, was famously provided by James Earl Jones, who brought a deep, menacing quality to the character.
In the prequel trilogy, Hayden Christensen portrayed Anakin Skywalker before he became Vader. In the sequel trilogy, Vader appeared in flashbacks and as a spectral presence, with his voice once again provided by James Earl Jones.
In other Star Wars media, such as animated series and video games, Vader has been voiced by a number of different actors, including Matt Sloan, Scott Lawrence, and James Earl Jones.
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