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In the fictional Star Wars universe, Darth is the traditional title of a Sith Lord, the first part of the new name they take on. Image File history File links Circle-contradict. ... Darth Vader is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. ... Star Wars is an epic space opera saga and a fictional universe initially developed by George Lucas during the 1970s and expanded since that time. ... A fictional universe is an imaginary world that serves as the setting or backdrop for one or (more commonly) multiple works of fiction or translatable non-fiction. ... Within the Star Wars universe, the term Sith is used to describe two separate but related groups. ...


The term first appeared in the original script for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, which bore little resemblance to the final release of the film. In it, a "Darth Vader" appeared as an Imperial official who would be renamed Grand Moff Tarkin in the final film, with Darth Vader becoming the name of the menacing black-armored villain. This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... Grand Moff Governor Wilhuff Tarkin is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Darth Vader is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ...


Contrary to popular belief, the word "Darth" is neither a Dutch nor German word meaning "dark" (translated as donker and dunkel, respectively), although "Vader" is Dutch for "father", and "Vater" is German for "father". Fans pointed out at the time the film was initially released that "Darth Vader" sounds roughly like "dark invader". As with much else in the Star Wars universe, Lucas may have begun with something as simple as "dark invader", and then retconned and expanded on the definitions of these words.


Another suggestion is that it is a combination of the words "dark" and "sith", hence: "Dark Lord of the Sith". Another suggestion is that "Darth" is a simple adaptation of "Dearth," which means an acute lack of or shortage of (ie: a lack of the positive aspect of the force).

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In-universe history

In Star Wars, Darth Revan was the first known Sith Lord to use this title, though it is possible that he and Darth Malak were preceded by the mysterious Darth Andeddu. Unlike their successors, Revan and Malak prefixed the title to their own names instead of creating an alias, as did Darth Zannah 3,000 years later. Revan (pronounced //) is a fictional character in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. ... In the fictional Star Wars universe, the Sith were a humanoid race who were enslaved by a group of warrior priests who follow the dark side of the Force and serve as the evil counterparts to the Jedi. ... Darth Malak is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe. ... Darth Andeddu is a Sith Lord in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... This list is about minor Sith characters (both Dark Lords of the Sith and regular Sith Lords) from the fictional Star Wars universe. ...


The first Darth using an alias instead of her own name was probably Darth Traya, followed by her pupils Darth Nihilus and Darth Sion. — Darth Traya Darth Traya is a fictional character from the Star Wars Expanded Universe and from the game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords and the games foremost villain. ... Darth Nihilus is a fictional character from the Star Wars Expanded Universe, introduced in the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. ... Darth Sion is a fictional character from the Star Wars Expanded Universe. ...


Because the first recorded Sith to use the title were Darth Revan and Darth Malak, the fact that they derived much of their power from the Star Forge, a creation of the long-extinct Rakata, has led some historians to suggest that "Darth" is actually a corruption of the Rakatan word Daritha, meaning "emperor". Others note another Rakatan connection: the words for "triumph" or "conquest" in Rakatan is darr, and the word for "death" is tah, leading to the theory that "Darth" is derived from darr tah and therefore means "triumph over death" or "immortal." Given the obsession of the Sith with discovering the means to live forever, this idea, on the surface, is not entirely without merit. But others point out that the true meaning of darr tah is "conquest through death," meaning the conquest of one's enemies.[citation needed] In light of later material, however, it now appears possible Darth Andeddu was the first Sith Lord named Darth, and all subsequent "Darths" renamed themselves in honor of him. Revan (pronounced //) is a fictional character in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. ... Darth Malak is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe. ... Combatants Galactic Republic Sith Commanders Revan, Admiral Forn Dodonna, Master Vandar Tokare, Carth Onasi Sith Lord Darth Malak â€  and Sith apprentice Bastila Shan Strength Ground: Revan, Jedi, during the end Bastila Shan, Canderous Ordo, Jolee Bindo, Juhani, HK-47, Jedi Knights Space:21+ Old Republic medium cruisers, Aurek Fighters, Republic... Spoiler warning: A Rakata Rakata Elder The Rakata are a fictional species from the Star Wars universe video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003). ...


Film history

Prior to the release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 1999, the only known Sith Lord who carried the name "Darth" was Darth Vader. When Darth Sidious and Darth Maul were revealed in The Phantom Menace, the name took on its distinct association with the Sith, and has since appeared throughout all eras of Star Wars fiction. Film poster for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a 1999 film by George Lucas starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, and Jake Lloyd. ... This article is about the year. ...


In 1977, the year the first Star Wars film was released, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope seemed to indicate that Darth was a name unique to Darth Vader. That is, Obi-Wan Kenobi says to Vader: Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi or Ben Kenobi is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ...

"Only a master of evil, Darth." (in response to Vader's "When I left you I was but the learner. Now I am the master!")

and

"You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."

It appears that Darth was a personal name, and the use of it as a title is something only adopted in the prequels. During the final confrontation between Count Dooku, Obi-Wan Kenobi & Anakin Skywalker, however, Anakin states: "My powers have doubled since the last time we met, Count", thus using the title simply to address Dooku - just as Old Ben did back on the Death Star ("You can't win, Darth.")


Cultural impact

Due to the popularity of Star Wars, the term Darth has entered the popular and political lexicon as a term for evil. One such example is a group of conservative posters on several political message boards, most notably hannity.com, known as "Darths" Liberal columnist Maureen Dowd has used the nickname "Darth Cheney", amongst others, to refer to the Vice President.[1] Most references, however, are still associated with the Star Wars universe. Star Wars is an epic space opera saga and a fictional universe initially developed by George Lucas during the 1970s and expanded since that time. ... Look up lexicon in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Evil (disambiguation). ... Maureen Dowd (born January 14, 1952) is a columnist for The New York Times. ... Richard Bruce Dick Cheney (born January 30, 1941), is the 46th and current Vice President of the United States, serving under President George W. Bush. ... Seal of the office of the Vice-President of the United States The Vice President of the United States is the first in the presidential line of succession, becoming the new President of the United States upon the death, resignation, or removal of the President. ...


Darth in other countries

In some cases, the word Darth was changed for a variety reasons. In Italy, for instance, Darth Vader's name was changed to Dart Fener, probably for dubbing reasons. This is the only case where the word "Darth" loses its 'h'; every other Sith Lord retains the Darth adjective and doesn't have the name changed (e.g Darth Sidious, Darth Traya). Claudio Sorrentino proposed an online poll to decide whether to keep the name Dart Fener during the production of the new trilogy; 55.6 % of the voters chose "yes". [1] In France, the word "Darth" has changed to Dark, and this applies to all the Sith Lords (Darth Maul is known as Dark Maul and so on). In every other country, the word "Darth" remains unchanged, or appropriately transliterated as in the case of Chinese or Japanese. Darth Sidious, Dark Lord of the Sith, who often contacts his minions via hologram. ... — Darth Traya Darth Traya is a fictional character from the Star Wars Expanded Universe and from the game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords and the games foremost villain. ... Claudio Sorrentino (18 July 1945, Rome) is an italian actor and voice actor. ...


Sith Lords

Darth Andeddu is a Sith Lord in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... Darth Bane is a fictional character in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. ... This list is about minor Sith characters (both Dark Lords of the Sith and regular Sith Lords) from the fictional Star Wars universe. ... Jacen Solo is a fictional character in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. ... Darth Krayt is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Darth Malak is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe. ... Darth Maul is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... This list is about minor Sith characters (both Dark Lords of the Sith and regular Sith Lords) from the fictional Star Wars universe. ... Darth Nihilus is a fictional character from the Star Wars Expanded Universe, introduced in the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. ... Darth Plagueis (the Wise) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, who is mentioned in passing during Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. ... Revan (pronounced //) is a fictional character in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. ... This is a list of minor Sith characters (both Dark Lords of the Sith and regular Sith Lords) from the fictional Star Wars universe. ... This list is about minor Sith characters (both Dark Lords of the Sith and regular Sith Lords) from the fictional Star Wars universe. ... Palpatine is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Darth Sion is a fictional character from the Star Wars Expanded Universe. ... — Darth Traya Darth Traya is a fictional character from the Star Wars Expanded Universe and from the game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords and the games foremost villain. ... Count Dooku (102 - 19 BBY) is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe. ... Darth Vader is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... In the fictional Star Wars Expanded Universe, Darth Vectivus was a human Sith Lord of the Old Republic long before Darth Plagueiss time. ... This list is about minor Sith characters (both Dark Lords of the Sith and regular Sith Lords) from the fictional Star Wars universe. ...

External links

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References

  1. ^ "Father and Son Reunion", The New York Times, 2006-05-10. Retrieved on 2007-03-06. 

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Star Wars: Databank | Vader, Darth (1514 words)
Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith, was the scourge of the Jedi, a master of the dark side of the Force, and one of the Emperor's most trusted servants.
It was his deep-rooted concern for her safety that became his greatest weakness, one that the Sith Lord Darth Sidious was able to exploit.
Palpatine revealed himself to be the shadowy Sith Lord Darth Sidious, and poisoned Anakin's faculties with well-crafted words of praise and conspiracy.
Darth Malak (569 words)
They both gave themselves to the Dark Side, and the newly rechristened Darth Revan and Darth Malak returned from the Outer Rim with a space fleet bent on conquering the galaxy.
Enraged by the death of his master, Darth Malak declared himself the Dark Lord of the Sith and renewed his campaign of hatred and bloodshed.
Darth Malak makes an excellent villain for a higher-level campaign set during the Golden Age of the Republic.
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