Species: Human (Cyborg)
Height: 2.02 meters
Affiliation: Sith, Galactic Empire
Shortly before the Battle of Yavin, Vader was charged with retrieving the stolen plans for the Death Star and finding the hidden base of the Rebel Alliance. With an interrogation droid, he tortured Leia Organa and oversaw the deaths of billions during the destruction of the planet Alderaan ordered by Grand Moff Tarkin. Vader also battled the elderly Obi-Wan Kenobi, his former mentor, in a lightsaber duel. Despite Obi-Wan’s vague warning that killing him would make him “more powerful than you can possibly imagine”, Vader struck him down. To determine the location of the Rebel base, Vader allowed Luke and Han Solo to rescue Princess Leia and escape with the technical readouts of the Death Star.
During the Battle of Yavin, he piloted a distinctive TIE Advanced x1 fighter and almost prevented Luke’s successful attack on the Death Star. When the Millennium Falcon shot down one of his two support craft, the other panicked and veered into Vader’s fighter, sending him spinning away from the battle station. Vader soon regained control and escaped to Coruscant, where he was formally reprimanded by the Emperor for failing to stop the Rebels. He then continued his mission to find the Rebel base. His search took him to such worlds as Ultaar and Centares. He tortured a Rebel pilot that led him to discover the identity of the Death Star’s destroyer, Luke Skywalker.
Vader dispatched probe droids to remote regions of the Galaxy and eventually detected the Rebel Echo Base on Hoth.