47. Darth Vader Slaughters Separatist Leaders
Film: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
The Moment: After turning to the dark side and accepting the role as Darth Sidious’ apprentice, Darth Vader heads to Mustafar where the Separatist leaders are hiding out. Once there, he wipes every single one of them out with deadly force and no remorse, effectively winning the war for the Empire.
Why It’s Memorable: This is really the first time that we saw Darth Vader go full Vader in real time. There was the whole killing the younglings at the Jedi Temple, but that was off screen and left largely to our imagination. But this was right in front of our faces and it was undeniably the darkest that Anakin ever was on screen and is the best way to see Vader learn to bark.
We have to remember that this is really the first time that we truly saw Darth Vader introduced. It’s hard to disassociate Hayden Christensen with Anakin Skywalker, but this is Darth Vader on his first mission and it’s a fantastic moment in Star Wars lore. It’s also the final loose end that Anakin is tying up, as killing Nute Gunray in honor of Padme is Anakin truly embracing and indulging in the selfishness of the dark side.
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