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Check out Darth Vader redesigned using only the first ominous description from the original Star Wars script

Dec. 28, 2010by: George Merchan

If you've ever tried imagining a different look for Darth Vader, then you're not alone. Many great artists and illustrators have done up their own versions of the Sith Lord, but using only the very first passage found in the original STAR WARS script.

You can read the description - one that gives just enough detail without confining you to a single vision - and check out the many artist interpretations below. Which one's most striking to you?

INTERIOR: REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER — MAIN HALLWAY.

The awesome, seven-foot-tall Dark Lord of the Sith makes his way into the blinding light of the main passageway. This is Darth Vader, right hand of the Emperor. His face is obscured by his flowing black robes and grotesque breath mask, which stands out next to the fascist white armored suits of the Imperial stormtroopers. Everyone instinctively backs away from the imposing warrior and a deathly quiet sweeps through the Rebel troops. Several of the Rebel troops break and run in a frenzied panic.
















Extra Tidbit: The second one is just plain lulzy to me for some reason.
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11:10PM on 12/31/2010

Darth Shredder

The fifth one down looks like The Shredder (Ninja Turtles) to me.
The fifth one down looks like The Shredder (Ninja Turtles) to me.
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8:50PM on 12/28/2010
The second one looks like the aliens from The Fifth Element.
The second one looks like the aliens from The Fifth Element.
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4:38PM on 12/28/2010
I like the ones that look completely original. Some of these designs clearly based their image off of what was actually created instead of using an imagination of their own based off the description. The first one is my favorite.
I like the ones that look completely original. Some of these designs clearly based their image off of what was actually created instead of using an imagination of their own based off the description. The first one is my favorite.
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1:30PM on 12/28/2010
Awesome artwork. Especially 4 and 5.
Awesome artwork. Especially 4 and 5.
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1:11PM on 12/28/2010

urge to kill rising

extra tidbit: go to hell for actually writing "lulzy" in an article attached to what I now hope is not your real name. I hope you are deeply sorry for making your loyal readers feel like 12 year olds and if that is who you feel like writing for, I feel less and less like reading. You just made my day a little shittier, and everyone's year a little more gay. Shameful.
extra tidbit: go to hell for actually writing "lulzy" in an article attached to what I now hope is not your real name. I hope you are deeply sorry for making your loyal readers feel like 12 year olds and if that is who you feel like writing for, I feel less and less like reading. You just made my day a little shittier, and everyone's year a little more gay. Shameful.
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2:05PM on 12/28/2010
Shut your talk hole.
Shut your talk hole.
11:40AM on 12/28/2010
i like the other artist renditions, especially the 5th one down. he looks like a bad ass samurai, which is pretty much what Vader was, the Emperor was his master and he was his masters blade. i feel oddly compelled to make my own design using the description. time to grab the sketchbook
i like the other artist renditions, especially the 5th one down. he looks like a bad ass samurai, which is pretty much what Vader was, the Emperor was his master and he was his masters blade. i feel oddly compelled to make my own design using the description. time to grab the sketchbook
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10:22AM on 12/28/2010

Megatron

First one is my favorite. But the 4th one down has the same face as megatron in the new transformers movies.
First one is my favorite. But the 4th one down has the same face as megatron in the new transformers movies.
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10:01AM on 12/28/2010

The Vader that could of been!

I like how none of us selected the ones similar to the movie and the one we commonly associate darth vader as. But I do agree the others are cooler, I think its because it something new, and we are in need of change. I like 6, but has the wrong color lightsaber. I also like 1 for the reason of him having 2 lightsabers, and it looks freeky. As for the Tidbit i'm thinking Bulky.
I like how none of us selected the ones similar to the movie and the one we commonly associate darth vader as. But I do agree the others are cooler, I think its because it something new, and we are in need of change. I like 6, but has the wrong color lightsaber. I also like 1 for the reason of him having 2 lightsabers, and it looks freeky. As for the Tidbit i'm thinking Bulky.
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9:56AM on 12/28/2010
Those are some fun interpretations. I like some more than others but fun none the less.
Those are some fun interpretations. I like some more than others but fun none the less.
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9:50AM on 12/28/2010

third pic

the 3rd is indeed awesome. reminds me of an Alien/human hybrid. But NOT like the one from Alien Resurrection.
the 3rd is indeed awesome. reminds me of an Alien/human hybrid. But NOT like the one from Alien Resurrection.
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8:40AM on 12/28/2010
The 6th picture looks like My Bloody Valentine in Space!
The 6th picture looks like My Bloody Valentine in Space!
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8:23AM on 12/28/2010
I like the first one with the spider mandibles sticking out of the mask. Very creepy.. that guy would scare the bejeepers out of me walking down a hallway.
I like the first one with the spider mandibles sticking out of the mask. Very creepy.. that guy would scare the bejeepers out of me walking down a hallway.
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8:05AM on 12/28/2010
one and six. the geigerisque design is great, but a little much for a movie with characters like r2d2, c3p0 and jar jar binks.
one and six. the geigerisque design is great, but a little much for a movie with characters like r2d2, c3p0 and jar jar binks.
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4:02AM on 12/28/2010
The 6th down! He looks awesome and menacing! But seriously, WTF is wrong with the second one? Fat Vader? Bobba Fat perhaps? And while we're at it am i the only one who thinks that the 4th down looks like Yoshimitsu circa Tekken 3 with a cape?
The 6th down! He looks awesome and menacing! But seriously, WTF is wrong with the second one? Fat Vader? Bobba Fat perhaps? And while we're at it am i the only one who thinks that the 4th down looks like Yoshimitsu circa Tekken 3 with a cape?
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11:12PM on 12/31/2010
First thing I thought about the 4th one as well.
First thing I thought about the 4th one as well.
2:47AM on 12/28/2010
3rd one down. How it SHOULD'VE been done. I love those "barely" human siths.
3rd one down. How it SHOULD'VE been done. I love those "barely" human siths.
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2:16AM on 12/28/2010
I don't like Lord Vader sporting a V-Gina face.
I don't like Lord Vader sporting a V-Gina face.
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8:51AM on 12/28/2010
In Imperial Galaxy, vagina eat YOU!
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1:59AM on 12/28/2010

I quite like...

the 4th and 6th down.
the 4th and 6th down.
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1:57AM on 12/28/2010
I would have to say 3 and 6 are my favorites. 3 looks similar to an H.R. Giger design.
I would have to say 3 and 6 are my favorites. 3 looks similar to an H.R. Giger design.
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3:54AM on 12/29/2010
If his robes were obscuring his face then there would have been no clear picture of what Vader looked like. I take it the opening description was meant more for emotional effect than visualization.
Im also starting to believe Lucas is a shitty screenwriter, and got lucky with the abstract.
If his robes were obscuring his face then there would have been no clear picture of what Vader looked like. I take it the opening description was meant more for emotional effect than visualization.
Im also starting to believe Lucas is a shitty screenwriter, and got lucky with the abstract.
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