"Or the freaky guy on the blockade runner with the lifesaver?"
"No. That was Darth Vader, our commander. And it's called a lightsaber, Danson."Galactic Empire.
Before falling to the Dark Side of the Force and becoming a Sith Lord, Darth Vader was a young Force-sensitive Jedi Knight named Anakin Skywalker. He fought as a General during the Clone Wars, fighting against the Confederacy of Independent Systems until the execution of Order 66 and transition of the Galactic Republic into the Galactic Empire. It was around this time that Skywalker fell to the Dark Side and became Darth Vader, allying himself with the new Imperial regime and helped their military gain control of the galaxy.
By the time of the Galactic Civil War, Darth Vader was seen as the Emperor's enforcer, a powerful former Jedi with the ability to subjugate an entire system in the name of the Empire. In 0 BBY, Vader managed to track the recently stolen Death Star plans to the Tantive IV, an Alderaanian cruiser under the command of Princess Leia Organa. Intent on retrieving the Death Star plans, Vader ordered a boarding party of Imperial Stormtroopers to eliminate any rebels aboard and arrest the Princess for conspiring with the rebellion. After the battle, Vader and his men discovered that the Death Star plans had been placed inside an Astromech Droid and sent down to the desert planet of Tatooine. Discovering this, Vader had one of the Admirals under his command send a detachment of Stormtroopers to Tatooine to search for the missing plans.
During their search, a Clone Stormtrooper named Danson accidentally allowed the droid to escape aboard a smuggler ship. Upon learning of both this Admiral's inability to recapture the Death Star plans and to allow the rogue Clone to escape Imperial justice, Vader decided to force choke the Admiral to death and promoted his underling, a former Clone Trooper named Alpha-12 the position of Commander.
- Star Wars: A Clone Apart Episode II: New Time, New Place (first appearance)
- Star Wars: A Clone Apart Episode IV: Un-Fett-ered (appears in end credit scene)
- Star Wars: A Clone Apart Episode V: Re(con)naissance, Part I