Darth Vader Character Debut: Soul Calibur IV Voice (E): Matt Sloan (current) Voice (J): Toru Ohira (current) Biography Age: Unknown (between 23 and 45) Birthplace: Tatooine Birthday: 41.9 BBY Blood: Unknown (Midi-chlorians: 20,000+) Height: ????? Weight: ????? Family: Mother / Shmi Skywalker (deceased)
Wife / Padmé Amidala (deceased)
Son / Luke Skywalker
Daughter / Leia Organa
Master / Emperor Palpatine
Apprentice / Galen Marek (The Apprentice)
Former Master / Obi-Wan Kenobi
Former Apprentice / Ahsoka Tano
Former Master / Watto
Fighting Style Type: Lightsaber Weapon: Lightsaber Discipline: Form V: Djem So, Dark Side of the Force
Biography: Soul Calibur IV(top)A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away....
During a battle between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance, Darth Vader, Dark Lord and right-hand of the Emperor Palpatine, sensed a faint ripple of power. It was a very small sensation, but he did not dismiss it, and began an investigation in secret. The ripple came from a disturbance that sporadically appeared in one specific region of space. As time passed, the frequency of the disturbance, as well as the strength of its effect, increased. It soon became a constant distortion and others began to realize that something strange was happening in the universe as well.
However, because Darth Vader had been observing the phenomenon from the start, he already knew the cause of the distortion. A being from a different dimension was attempting to open a portal into their universe. Various data indicated that a massive power lay at the core of the disturbance. Could this unknown power be utilized? With that possibility in mind, Darth Vader arranged for the securing of the area of space where the distortion existed and received a report that a dimensional portal had opened.
After waiting for conditions to stablize, Darth Vader proceeded forward into another galaxy. He searched for the origins of the wave of power and arrived at a planet. The planet was in considerable turmoil, the cause of which was two swords, two forces with opposite natures. The conflicting nature of the dissonant forces resonated off one another and created massive waves of power. But swords were not their true form. They were beings that best could be described as convergent energy forms. Darth Vader had not a doubt in his mind. He would be able to wield these forces - Soul Calibur and Soul Edge - as he wished. Once that were in his hands, these two contrasting swords would enable him to rule the galaxy.
Ending(top)Darth Vader kills Algol and obtains Soul Edge and Soul Calibur. With both swords in his possession, Vader returns to his galaxy. A text-epilogue then appears, stating that the power that had been found at the furthest reaches of space brought fear of the Empire to a new level.
Tournament Controversy(top)After the release of Soul Calibur IV, Darth Vader and Yoda were immediately banned from tournaments. While some lamented the lack of realism for light-sabers againsts swords, the ban was due to each character being specific to a platform. Namco Bandai Games International eventually released both Darth Vader and Yoda for DLC (priced at $5), which negated the issue of console exclusivity. Many argued Darth Vader should remain banned, due to the lack of realism and the cost of the DLC; balance was never an issue. However it was eventually determined that the cost was negligable, and Soul Calibur isn't that realistic in the first place, and he has since been unbanned in just about every region.
Darth Vader, Yoda, and The Apprentice (along with Algol and guest characters) are banned in France due to not "fitting" into the game's story.
Art: Soul Calibur IV (+BD)(top)