The Star Wars universe has a storied history containing tales of intrigue that are both canon and non-canon. From theories that Jar Jar Binks is a Sith Lord, to the disturbing lore behind Jawas, almost no stone has been left unturned in a galaxy far, far away.
One story that raised many eyebrows among the fanbase occurred in the Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions comic book anthology miniseries. Being an anthology series, it showcased a lot of short scripts concerning everyone’s favorite Sith Lord; however, the issue that caught the most attention regarded a young woman who was infatuated with the brooding villain.
Written by Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum, the third issue of Dark Visions gave brief insight into Vader’s love life post-Padmé. It followed the exploits of an unnamed Imperial nurse who became an obsessed stalker of Darth Vader who believed that she and her idol shared an unspoken bond with one another. The love-starved lady even went so far as to collect scraps of Vader’s armor for her personal shrine of him and she endlessly daydreamed about their potential future together.
After running into him on occasion, she finally works up the courage to enter his private chambers and profess her unconditional love for him in person. If you’re curious how things ended for Vader’s prospective lover, well…
… he killed her. That’s right, instead of softly rejecting her advances or attempting to let her down easy, Darth Vader just pierced her through the heart with his lightsaber. Adding insult to injury, he coldly walked away from her corpse before calling the Bridge and asking an assistant to “come get this garbage out of my quarters”.
Unsurprisingly, the issue was met with controversy. Particularly with accusations of sexism and misogyny in its portrayal of the woman who had a crush on the Darth Vader and her ultimate demise. We might need an issue of a hapless young man falling in love with Phantasma and getting sabered to death to make things even.
Still, the writing is very true to Vader’s character. Remember, this is the same guy who slaughtered a room full of younglings in Revenge of the Sith just to prove himself worth of the Dark Side. At the end of his rampage, he made it obvious that the only one he had any room left for in his cold heart was Padmé who later died, further dooming any potential for future romance in his life.
In a case of art imitating life, it’s also not uncommon for real-life murderers to receive everything from love letters to actual marriage proposals from behind bars (not to mention conjugal visits). Ted Bundy and Charles Manson are two high-profile figures who were still able to attract female suitors even after their heinous crimes became known. Luckily they weren’t allowed to possess lightsabers in prison.
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