In a few days it will be Father’s Day, and there’s no better way to celebrate than watching the Star Wars movies. Well, there are plenty of better ways actually, but it’s a pretty good way nonetheless. That’s more than we can say about the characters within the series, since father-child relationships are fairly strained.
Thirty-five year old spoiler: Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father. He is also Princess Leia’s father. Sorry if you didn’t know that. When Luke discovers his father is one of the murderous Sith Lords ruling the galaxy, he gets a bit depressed. Darth Vader first attempts to get his son to join him on the Dark Side, and when Luke says he’s having none of it, Vader tries to overpower him on the orders of the Emperor. The next Skywalker family reunion will be a bit awkward. But at least now they have matching robotic hands!
Perhaps even worse is Anakin Skywalker himself, before he becomes Darth Vader. In Episode I his mother says he doesn’t have a father, that he was a virgin birth, but EU material reveals that Chancellor Palpatine influenced the midichlorians of the force to impregnate Shmi Skywalker. Good start. Later, after he’s actually born, Anakin finds a surrogate father figure in Obi-Wan Kenobi. It’s too bad that he eventually decided that Obi-Wan had betrayed him, and then betrayed Obi-Wan, turning into Darth Vader after killing, just, so many Jedi.
And he wonders why Luke doesn’t want to join him.
Luckily, father-child relationships are rarely this complicated in real life. Let’s all take the time this Father’s Day to thank our fathers for not being megalomaniac Sith Lords.
If your father is a megalomaniac ruler, we apologize for any undue trauma this article has caused.