Star Wars Theories: Why Darth Vader Has So Many Super Corny Lines


One lighthearted Star Wars theory we recently came across was an explanation of why Darth Vader has so many corny lines in the movies. “Be careful not to choke on your aspirations, director,” anyone? Or how about “Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed…the ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.” Ok bro.

Darth Vader quote over Darth Vader image

With lines as bad as these, might they have been written in on purpose—to foretell a major event, to provide a clue in some direction? Or was it just bad writing, plain and simple?

One of the Star Wars theories we’ve heard recently has Vader’s lame lines as by design. Let’s dive in.

Darth Vader quote over Star Wars image

It starts with remembering how the other Sith lords are named.

Darth Maul, Darth Sideous, Darth Tyranus

Darth Maul specializes in brutal melee combat that mauls his opponents, and that’s reflected in his name.

Darth Maul

Darth Sideous is treacherous, crafty—or insideous. Just like his name.

Darth Sideous

Darth Tyranus cruelly and oppressively rules the CIS—he’s a tyrant. Again, true to his name.

Darth Tyranus

Now, what’s Darth Vader mean?

Darth Vader

Vater is “father” in German, and Vader is “father” in Dutch (but it’s not pronounced like “Darth Vader”). And what do fathers do all the time?

Illustration of a dad, repeated

They make horrible dad jokes like Be careful not to choke on your aspirations, director. 

Illustration of a father next to an image of Darth Vader

You see, by calling Darth Vader “Darth Vader,” Lucas was not only cluing us in to the fact that he’s Luke’s father, but providing some evidence by giving him super corny dad puns throughout the series.

Photo credit: Joey Gannon

This is one of sillier Star Wars theories.

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Star Wars theory summed up



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