As Star Wars has gone on to become a popular culture phenomenon, much of the credit goes to its characters. Darth Vader, for one, has helped the films achieve massive success. His rise as a Jedi Knight to his fall to the dark side as documented in the six “episodes” of the franchise is not only regarded as one of the most iconic villains in the history of film, but also one of the best characters in cinema.

Despite being billed as the main antagonist in the latter trilogy of the series, one of the reasons for the popularity of Darth Vader among people is his depth and complexity. The Dark Lord may have gotten his moral allegiance twisted along the way, but no one can deny that he is indeed badass when it counted the most.

Heavy breathing and iconic costume aside, the cultural impact of Darth Vader outside film is undeniable, as proven by the tributes and parodies in the media. Expanding on his influence, below are bad-ass graphic artworks made by fans of the former Jedi Knight.

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Mirko Humbert is the editor-in-chief and main author of Designer Daily and Typography Daily. He is also a graphic and web designer based in Fribourg, Switzerland, as well as the co-founder of We Jobshare.