A new fan art piece shows Darth Vader in military garb, baring all his scars. Darth Vader is, of course, one of the most famous movie villains (and protagonists) of all time in the Star Wars franchise. He is also the grandfather of Kylo Ren, a central character in the recent sequel films, who ends up taking a similar path as him. Viewers witnessed Vader’s many scars at the end of Return of The Jedi when he removed his helmet.
Darth Vader is notorious for his insidious persona as a Sith Lord. His infamous dark suit and voice-altering mask have become amongst the most well-known symbols in the film franchise. The prequel trilogy provided extensive insight into the life of Darth Vader as Anakin Skywalker, his identity before he turned to the dark side in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
The new fan art, posted on the Instagram account scadarts, shows Darth Vader with a sword in hand and a dark navy military suit. He possesses an austere expression and a solid stance. The artwork depicts the scars in dimensional detail. Vader is standing against what appears to be a desert-like background, with grey skies above. There is a high contrast between his dark figure and the lighter, but dreary, environment. Fans praised the artwork for its realistic and dramatic depiction. Some even called it amongst the account’s best work, which features other fictional characters in traditional military oil paintings.
The origin of Vader’s scars stem from an intense battle with his former master Obi-Wan Kenobi at Mustafar. Obi-Wan’s attack had cut off Anakin’s limbs (arms and legs) and also left him to burn in the fire created by the lava in Mustafar. Afterward, Darth Sidious found Vader in a ruined state and brought him back to the galactic capital of Coruscant, also known as Imperial Center, to heal. Ultimately, Vader’s injuries were too severe to treat, and he was given a cybernetic suit of armor that he would have to wear for the rest of his life. The suit would provide Vader with strength and protection as it was constructed with Sith alchemy.
Vader’s transformation and his final decision to abandon the dark side set a precedent for creating complex villains in many fictional works. The moment when he finally reveals his real face in the original trilogy remains iconic and memorable. Fans are eagerly speculating how his legacy will be referenced in the newly announced Star Wars film that is to be directed by Taiki Waititi. Until more is confirmed about the new movie, fans can continue to enjoy artwork that imagines new possibilities for beloved characters.