Ralin Drakus wrote:
You have to love Vader's style, appearance, and presence; but as Sith go I've begun to think he was accually weak.
He spent over 20 YEARS under the thumb of his Master! A real Sith would have made a move to become the Master. He did offer Luke a place as his apprentice to face the Emperor, but I don't think the offer was genuine. I believe he was just trying to lure Luke into a trap and take him to the Emperor as instructed(though that would be one HELL of a alternate history: Vader and Luke vs. the Emperor AND the Rebels!!!)
Now, the new game coming out where you get to play as Vader's secret apprentice may explain why Vader never made a move against the Emp.; but until those questions are answered, Vader only gets style points from me
Poor tragic Darth Vader...Sidious knew he'd never have to worry about Vader overthrowing him. Vader was the perfect apprentice to a megalomaniac like him.
-Sidious was exploring the use of clone tech for himself, preparing to use Dark side techniques to transfer himself to a new body when his old one, crippled and rapidly deteriorating, failed him. He had no plans on being overthrown. When Vader turned on him, thanx to Luke, his spirit made the long journey to his clone lab on Byss, and he was reborn. Read the " Emperor Reborn" storyline.
-Sidious goaded Vader into going to Mustafar, knowing when he moved against the Jedi Temple, that the council would have Obi-Wan track him there, and that Vader would either kill Obi-Wan or be mortally wounded. (I think he held more stock in the latter outcome, personally.)
-Sidious forced Vader into further servitude, with extensive cybernetic parts (limiting his Force growth potential, and his ability to threaten Sidious), promising him more power but stringing him along. As Sidious was a follower of Darth Bane's teachings, he followed The Rule of Two: "There shall only ever be two to serve the Dark Side. One to embody it, the other to covet it's power." Sidious definitely kept Vader's appetite for the Dark Side sharp, even forcing him into situations that would anger Vader and force him to tap deeper into it. Of course he employed various methods to limit Vader's potential, as he sought greater power.
That makes him one of the greatest Sith Lords ever, in my opinion.
"Kom'rk tsad droten troch nyn ures adenn, Dha Werda Verda a'den tratu."