Darth Vader

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  • Darth Vader
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    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
    Darth Vader (formerly known as Anakin Skywalker) is a guest character from the Star Wars franchise, made exclusively for Soul Calibur IV on the PlayStation 3. One of Vader's special abilities is the ability to use Force moves with the help of a Force meter. When this meter is depleted, he can still use Force powers, but he is momentarily stunned. What lies in his soul is Fear.

    Biography: Soul Calibur IV

    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

    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

    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.

    Character Artwork

    Art: Soul Calibur IV (+BD)

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