Which Star Wars Movie Has Anakin Become Darth Vader?

Which Star Wars Movie Has Anakin Become Darth Vader?

Star Wars is a popular space-opera franchise that has captivated fans for decades. One of the most iconic characters in the series is Darth Vader, a former Jedi Knight who turned to the dark side and became a powerful Sith Lord.

But at what point in the series did Anakin Skywalker become Darth Vader? Let’s take a closer look.

The Prequel Trilogy

The story of Anakin Skywalker’s transformation into Darth Vader is told in the prequel trilogy, which consists of three films: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith.

The Phantom Menace

In The Phantom Menace, Anakin Skywalker is introduced as a young boy living on Tatooine. He displays exceptional piloting skills and an affinity for the Force, which attracts the attention of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. However, at this point in the story, Anakin is still just a boy and has not yet become Darth Vader.

Attack of the Clones

In Attack of the Clones, Anakin Skywalker has grown into a young adult and is now training to become a Jedi Knight under Obi-Wan Kenobi. He begins to develop romantic feelings for Padmé Amidala, but his anger and fear begin to consume him. However, he has not yet fully embraced his dark side persona as Darth Vader.

Revenge of the Sith

It is in Revenge of the Sith where we see Anakin Skywalker fully embrace his dark side persona as Darth Vader. In this film, he becomes disillusioned with the Jedi order and begins to believe that they are holding him back from fulfilling his true potential. He is seduced by the dark side of the Force and becomes Darth Vader under the tutelage of Emperor Palpatine.

The Original Trilogy

Although Anakin Skywalker’s transformation into Darth Vader is not depicted in the original Star Wars trilogy, his presence looms large over the story.

A New Hope

In A New Hope, Darth Vader is introduced as a fearsome enforcer for the Galactic Empire. He is obsessed with finding and capturing the rebel alliance, and his dark presence serves as a constant threat throughout the film. However, his backstory as Anakin Skywalker is not revealed until later in the series.

The Empire Strikes Back

In The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader continues to be a menacing presence in the series. He reveals to Luke Skywalker that he is his father, which sets up one of the most iconic plot twists in cinematic history. However, even though we now know that Darth Vader used to be Anakin Skywalker, we do not see his transformation on screen.

Return of the Jedi

In Return of the Jedi, we finally see Anakin Skywalker redeemed as he turns against Emperor Palpatine and saves Luke Skywalker from certain death. In this film, we see Anakin without his Darth Vader persona for the first time since Revenge of the Sith.


So there you have it: Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader in Revenge of the Sith. While his transformation is hinted at and alluded to throughout the entire series, it is not until this film that we see him fully embrace his dark side persona. With this knowledge in mind, fans can watch Star Wars with a greater understanding of one of its most iconic characters.