How Many Characters In Star Wars Knew Anakin Was Darth Vader?



  • Darth Vader is a mysterious force, and only a few characters know about him.
  • He is Jedi Master Anakin Skywalker, who almost got himself killed during Order 66.
  • Palpatine, Luke, Han, Leia, and many others secretly knew the real identity of Darth Vader.

Inside Story

Star Wars is one of the most loved franchises by fans. It has its secrets too. Let’s take Darth Vader, whose real identity was known by only a few characters. It was a guarded secret.

In reality, he was Anakin Skywalker, the most celebrated hero of the Clone Wars. Darth Vader was known as a powerful being and an enigmatic and mysterious force. Let us find out which characters knew about his real identity.

  1. Palpatine

Palpatine Sidious knew that Darth Vader was the Anakin Skywalker, and he was the who thought that it should be kept a secret. The main question is that did he tell his closest advisers about the secret, or did he enjoy the people not knowing about the mysterious Darth Vader.

  1. Luke, Han, And Leia

Darth Vader told his secret to Luke in the Empire Strikes Back. Later on, Luke, who is the son of Darth Vader told the shocking truth to Leia. Some fans read about Leia being quite uncomfortable being the child of Darth Vader on Claudia Gray’s novel Bloodline. He was her father, but she remembered him as a torturer.

Later on, Leia began to think about what led her father to become Darth Vader and turn to the dark side. She also told the entire story to Han, and we assume that Han told Chewie.

  1. R2-D2 And C-3PO

C-3PO had lost his memories in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. We can assume that he knew the secret by eavesdropping Han and Leia’s conversation. But he did not tell anyone about Darth Vader’s secret unless somebody talked about it.

R2-D2 knew the secret from the start, and he restored C-3PO’s memories in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. So now, C-3PO knows the whole story.

  1. Master Yoda And Obi-Wan Kenobi

Master Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi knew the complete saga from the start. But we are unsure whether Obi-Wan told Darth Vader’s identity to Beru Lars and Owen.

  1. Bail Organa

He knew Darth Vader’s true identity because he was there during the climactic end of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. 

  1. Ahsoka Tano

Ahsoka Tano was one of the few survivors of Order 66. In Star Wars Rebels season 2, she began to suspect the truth about Darth Vader. She never told the secret to the Rebel Alliance. But let assume that she would have discussed it with Bail Organa. 

  1. Darth Maul

Darth Maul figured out the truth in Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7. 

  1. Grand Moff Tarkin

Grand Moff Tarkin had deduced the secret of Darth Vader in James Luceno’s novel. He found Dark Lord very familiar because, in the past, he had worked with Anakin Skywalker. 

  1. Grand Admiral Thrawn

Grand Admiral Thrawn knew the complete saga about Darth Vader’s past, and there is no doubt about it. Even he did not reveal anything about what he had learned about Darth Vader.

  1. Jocasta Nu

Just like Ahsoka Tano, he was the survivor of Order 66. She told this secret to Stormtroopers, but later, they all got killed by Darth Vader. 

Final Words

The galaxy thought that along with the other Jedi, Anakin Skywalker died on Order 66. However, Darth Vader’s voice and face made it impossible for other characters to recognize Skywalker. Stay tuned for more details.


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