Darth Vader has been voted the greatest movie villain of all time.
The iconic Sith Lord first debuted in ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ back in 1977 and since then, he has become one of the world’s most loved – and feared – screen characters.
Played by David Prowse and voiced by James Earl Jones in the original trilogy, the character has since been seen making cameos in the prequel and in ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’, while his iconic broken mask was also seen in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’.
The part-man-part-machine was previously listed the third greatest movie villain by the American Film Institute.
Despite being feared and ruthless, Vader eventually ends up saving his son Luke Skywalker from being murdered by Emperor Palpatine – although he dies in the process.
Now, the galaxy enforcer has beat the likes of Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker, Loki, Hannibal Lector and Lord Voldemort in Empire Magazine’s greatest villains of all time, voted by the public.
Empire writer Chris Hewitt said: “Everything about Vader is designed for maximum malevolence.
“The mask, the voice, the rasping rattle, guaranteed to keep kids awake at night.