Best Darth Vader Quotes

45 Best Darth Vader Quotes To Embrace The Dark Side (2023)

Darth Vader is one of the most iconic villains in pop culture history. Despite him always donning a mask, he is incredibly terrifying, thanks to James Earl Jones’s deep and raspy voice.

Having said that, that voice is widely known for some iconic lines, the biggest of which is “I am your father.”

Here are the best Darth Vader quotes that will keep you up at night.

45 Legendary & Memorable Dark Vader Villain Quotes

1. “All I am surrounded by is fear, and dead men.”

This here says that Darth Vader despises fear above everything else. However, if you don’t fear him, he will likely be more incentivized to kill you. [1]

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2. “Anakin Skywalker was weak. I destroyed him.”

Destroying other people (even himself) comes second nature to Darth Vader.

3. “Asteroids do not concern me, Admiral.”

Plenty of things do not concern Darth Vader, as long as he can get to do his evil deeds — especially not asteroids.

4. “Be careful not to choke on your aspirations.”

If one of your aspirations is to defeat Darth Vader, he hopes you don’t choke on it.

5. “Don’t fail me again, Admiral.”

Darth Vader rarely gives second chances, so if he grants you one, don’t screw up again.

6. “From my point of view, the Jedi are evil.”

Darth Vader is a protagonist in his story, so the Jedi are evil.

7. “He will join us or die, my Master.”

You're as good as dead if you don’t surrender to Darth Vader.

8. “He will not be permanently damaged.”

Darth Vader might torture you for a bit before killing you, but he will ensure you are not permanently damaged. Of course, he wants to make use of you.

9. “I find your lack of faith disturbing.”

He says you should have faith in him — or suffer the consequences if you don’t.

10. “The Emperor will show you the true nature of the Force. He is your Master now.”

Darth Vader constantly mocks the Force throughout the series. He says that only the Emperor knows what the true Force means. [2]

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11. “If he could be turned, he would become a powerful ally.”

Call him evil, but Darth Vader deeply appreciates those he deems powerful.

12. “Obi-Wan has taught you well.” [3]

This quote is to piggyback on the previous quote about him appreciating those who are truly powerful.

13. “It is your destiny. Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son.”

He wants Luke Skywalker to fight with him because he thinks they are a force to be reckoned with.

14. “The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.”

Although Darth Vader constantly mocks the Force, he admits it is powerfully deadly and that destroying a planet is nowhere near as powerful as wielding the true power of the Force.

15. “You don’t know the power of the Dark Side! I must obey my Master.”

Here, Darth Vader insists that he needs to obey his Master because he doesn’t want to be called a traitor. However, there is apparent fear in his voice when he says this.

16. “This will be a day long remembered. It has seen the end of Kenobi. It will soon see the end of the rebellion.”

When Obi-Wan Kenobi dies, Darth Vader is exultant and believes the rebellion will soon end without its leader.

17. “I am altering the deal. Pray I don’t alter it any further.”

Darth Vader does not take blunders well, so if he gives you a second chance, take good care not to screw up again.

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18. “You have controlled your fear. Now, release your anger. Only your hatred can destroy me.”

This is how Darth Vader plays with his enemies — he targets their insecurities. He knows that Luke Skywalker fears him, and he wants him to get angry.

19. “When I left you, I was but the learner. Now I am the Master.”

The terrifying Sith Lord might sound fearsome with this quote, but we know he fears getting beaten by Obi-Wan again.

20. "We would be honored if you would join us."

Darth Vader appreciates the strength of his enemies and would like the best warriors to join his cause.

21. "You don't know the power of the Dark Side."

When Darth Vader is reminded of his past as Anakin, here he says that he is powerless in the face of the Dark Side.

22. "I am what you made me."

In this quote, the Sith Lord blames Obi-Wan Kenobi for how he turned out.

23. "If you're not with me, then you're my enemy!"

You're automatically an enemy if you’re not on Darth Vader’s side.

24. "I have you now!"

Darth Vader is undeniably a good strategist. He says this exultantly when he finally gets a hold of Luke Skywalker.

25. "Your destiny lies with me, Skywalker! Obi-Wan knew this to be true."

During their battle, Darth Vader was playing up his psychological attacks on Luke to catch him off-guard, even going so far as to talk about destiny.

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26. "There is no escape! Don't make me destroy you!"

Here’s a reminder that there is no escaping Darth Vader.

27. "You may dispense with the pleasantries, Commander. I'm here to put you back on schedule."

Darth Vader hates suck-ups but hates those he has to put on schedule even more. If you are in these situations, it’s time to get on his good side.

28. "The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am."

If you think Darth Vader is ruthless, wait ‘til you meet the Emperor.

29. "You are unwise to lower your defenses!"

Darth Vader likes giving tips during battle to show how much more powerful he thinks he is.

30. "If you will not turn to the Dark Side, then perhaps she will!"

Darth Vader taps into Luke’s mind and finds Leia. He knows he could get Luke if he could get his hands on her.

31. "You were right. You were right about me. Tell your sister... you were right."

Here is a rare tender moment from the Sith Lord before he dies.

32. "Have you come to destroy me, Obi-Wan?"

Darth Vader believes that Obi-Wan is the reason he became what he is. He wonders if he has finally come to destroy him.

33. "Your strength has returned, but the weakness still remains."

Here is another example of Darth Vader psychologically toying with his enemies first before killing them.

34. "I am not your failure, Obi-Wan. You didn't kill Anakin Skywalker - I did."

Darth Vader is rarely honest, but when he is, it really hits home.

35. “Impressive. Most impressive.”

This, again, is Darth Vader demonstrating his appreciation for a powerful enemy.

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36. “I have brought peace to the galaxy. And I will not be denied.”

Darth Vader’s twisted worldview has led him to believe that the only way to achieve true peace is with absolute control.

37. “You have failed me for the last time.”

Here is what happens if you fail Darth Vader multiple times — your life.

38. “Luke, you do not yet realize your importance.”

This foreshadows Luke and Darth Vader’s identities, which will be revealed soon.

39. “Perhaps I can find new ways to motivate them.”

One of Darth Vader’s best traits is how he is a master strategist. He constantly thinks of ways to destroy his enemies to ensure his side’s victory.

40. “All too easy.”

Darth Vader’s absolute power makes him cocky at times, especially in the face of weaker enemies.

41. “If you could be turned, you would become a powerful ally.”

Here again, is Darth Vader demonstrating an appreciation for powerful enemies.

42. “I have brought peace, freedom, justice, and security to my New Empire.”

Darth Vader believes he is only doing the right thing to achieve peace. Others think he is doing it in questionable ways.

43. “I sense something. A presence I’ve not felt since…”

We do not know much about Darth Vader and Obi-Wan’s history at this point, and this line foreshadows their connection.

44. “You’re asking me to be rational. That is something I know I cannot do.”

Darth Vader is not the most rational being — it is difficult for him to be entirely rational.

45. “No, I am your father.”

One of the biggest plot twists in pop culture history is the fact that Darth Vader was actually Anakin Skywalker after the Dark Side consumed him.

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What was Darth Vader's first line?

When introduced in A New Hope, Darth Vader’s first line was, “Where are those transmissions you intercepted?”

What is Darth Vader's last words?

Darth Vader’s famous last words were, ““You were right about me. Tell your sister... you were right.”

Are there any of Darth Vader's funny quotes?

Unfortunately, Darth Vader rarely did anything for fun, so he has no funny quotes!

Is there a Darth Vader quote about New Hope?

One of Darth Vader’s most famous quotes in New Hope is, “Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet, or even a whole system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.”

Final Words

Darth Vader is one of the most popular villains in pop culture history, with plenty of quotes demonstrating how terrifying he is.

Of course, the reveal that Obi-Wan Kenobi made him into the person he is made us empathize with him for just a bit, but that does not excuse all his heinous actions.

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