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Emperor Vader by martheus Emperor Vader by martheus
What if Anakin would have won the fight against Obwan on Mustafar?
What if Anakin went back to his Lord Sideous and killed him?
What if Anakin led the universe?

That's what led me to draw this. I thought it would be a cool twist on the star wars universe.
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RogueWriter3201 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
It's kind of shocking they never followed this story concept in Dark Horse's Infinities series nor was Del Rey ever able to reach the 'Infinities' series of novels which would have been either Trilogies or on-going sagas involving alternate timelines and paths for the major Star Wars characters and events. I've always loved the idea teased in the Alternate Ending of the Revenge of the Sith video game adaptation where, if you play the game as Anakin, you defeat Obi-Wan after the infamous leap/flip and then murder the Emperor when he arrives on Mustafar, claiming control of the Galaxy.

Emperor Vader would then use his new found power and resources to save Padme and his children. Imagine a Leia raised as the first Princess of the Galactic Empire alongside Prince Luke, the 'Heir to the Empire.', alongside his childhood friend and future bodyguard Mara Jade? Anakin builds a new Order that's almost a cross between the Jedi and the Inquisitors. Makes the Imperial Military even more technologically superior and aggressive and so on and so on. Who would be the new heroes? New villians? Could you imagine if Han Solo was like a Smuggler King? Boba Fett an Agent of the Empire? Oy, I'm getting light-headed just thinking of the potential...
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martheus Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahaha.
Yeah. I've thought to much about this as well.
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generaljustus Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
I always thought it'd be cool if Maul ended up in Vader's place. I have this image of Lord Maul with an army of clone troopers storming the Jedi Council.
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martheus Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome
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ArgonCyanide777 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Alternate ending of ROTS for PS2.  Would have liked to have seen a SW infinities based on that.

Kinda hate what they've done with canon now.  Nerfing: Mara Jade, Kyle Katarn, KOTOR 1 & 2, Revan and Meetra Surik, SWTOR, the Legacy series, the knight errant series, exar kun, and most of all nerfing the rule of two and relegating Bane to an insignificant figure. 

But perhaps if we wait long enough...since Disney owns Marvel... perhaps they might get the hint of making alternate SW universes based on the scenarios.  Not holding my breath, though.  I don't frown upon other fans for liking the new direction but I'm just not following it personally.

So I like it when I see works such as yours.  Outside the box but still adherent to an aspect of the canon, in its own way.
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martheus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Appreciate it!
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dannyboi367 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
I like the touch with the locket. Well done. Clap 
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martheus Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!!
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ZombieFighter116 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Somehow I get the feeling that this would've happened even if he DIDN'T turn to the Dark Side right away.
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martheus Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah. I know.
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ZombieFighter116 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
My theory is that if Anakin allowed Mace Windu to kill Palpatine (or Anakin killed Palpatine himself while still on the Light Side), the threat of the Sith would be gone... at least for a while. Anakin would still turn Dark Side, but for different reasons.

(Sit tight if you have the time to read all of this :) )

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But soon after the death of Palpatine, the senators of the Republic will go into complete outrage (they would still be oblivious to Palpatine being the Sith Lord behind the war). They would believe that a Jedi did indeed assassinate Palpatine. But it wouldn't be just any Jedi. They would suspect that it was a Jedi that Palpatine was particularly close to: Anakin Skywalker.

If it was Mace that killed Palpatine, the senators would still believe it was Anakin Skywalker who was responsible for the Chancellor's death. The Republic and the CIS would form a temporary alliance for the sake of killing the Jedi Order (The Great Jedi Purge in a different version. Imagine the droids and clones marching on the Jedi Temple).

However, during the time when information of Chancellor Palpatine's death was being leaked, I also suspect that Anakin's relationship with Padme Amidala would also be exposed with this. This would more than likely lead the Jedi Order to dismissing Anakin from the Jedi Order completely, despite him exposing Palpatine as the Sith Lord behind the Clone Wars. Whether or not this would have him leaning closer to the Dark Side is anyone's guess. However, during this time that Anakin is kicked out of the Jedi Order, I believe Obi-Wan Kenobi would go into exile himself alongside Anakin, considering how close they are. The reason I think Obi-Wan would do this was because although Anakin was the one who exposed Palpatine's conspiracy, the Council expelled Anakin for a misdemeanor that would be considered minor in the face of what Anakin helped the Jedi do. 

Despite being expelled from the Jedi Order, Anakin has quite a happy life on Naboo with Padme, his children, and Obi-Wan. He and Obi-Wan grow up teaching Luke and Leia in the ways of the Force all the way into their early teens. Soon enough, the Great Jedi Purge (the one stated above) happens. Despite their statuses as expelled and exiled, Anakin and Obi-Wan join the fight to save the Jedi Order.

During the fight, Obi-Wan falls dead right in front of Anakin. In turn, it leads Anakin going into a killing rampage, slaying every clonetrooper and droid like he slayed the Tusken Raiders on Tatooine. Anakin carries Obi-Wan's corpse back to Naboo and his family all have a beautiful funeral service for him. Anakin, however, deeply resents the Jedi and sees them as responsible for Obi-Wan's death.

Later on in life, Anakin receives vital information on the whereabouts of the Separatist leaders from another exiled Force-user: Asajj Ventress. He and Ventress then travel in secret to Mustafar and spearhead the Separtist cause once and for all, severely slowing the efforts of the Great Jedi Purge.

After the Republic senators find out about this, they orchestrate an assassination attempt with Republic Commandos to kill Anakin Skywalker once and for all. However when they attempt it, the clones kill Padme instead. Anakin has R2 and C-3PO (along with Captain Typho, Padme's most trusted bodyguard) escape with his children off-planet while he finishes off the forces single-handedly. When the fighting is done, Anakin takes the charm that he gave Padme so long ago from her body.

Anakin, now having lost Padme, becomes fully immersed with the Dark Side. He then goes back to Coruscant and kills the newly elected Chancellor of the Republic and becomes the Emperor, reorganizing the Republic into the Empire. Anakin then continues the Great Jedi Purge and searches for wherever his children may have gone. And of course, with no other existing Sith, he titles himself Darth Vader.

(As for my theory on what happens to bring Anakin to the Light Side again... that's another theory I'm working on.)
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martheus Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Youve been thinking about this, I'd say.
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ZombieFighter116 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Yea. Somehow, I feel like the assassination of Darth Sidious/Chancellor Palpatine wouldn't go unpunished...
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martheus Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You should do a fan fic about it.
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ZombieFighter116 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
I probably will :)
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helghan0 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
I only just realized the charm he made for padme is around his neck
it makes sense that he should wear it well done 
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martheus Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I had to put that in there. I have an entire fan fiction I would like to do around this illustration. Maybe one day I'll get to do it.
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helghan0 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Its fantastic to see the true Darth Vader well done great picture
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martheus Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. This was really gun to do.
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NathanielPMarkT Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
So Epic! i love how you used the pendant on the cloak chain :D
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martheus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! This was a fun take.

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:icontheoriginajetphoenix:
LOVE IT. Was looking to see if anyone had imagined this concept as well. GLAD I found this. Thank you for making it (and making it well!)
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martheus Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. Glad you like the artwork. I love the character of Vader/Anakin.
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:icontheoriginajetphoenix:
And I as well. And thank you again as well!
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UsakiDaikatana Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome image, and a really cool twist I have explored too.
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martheus Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. Glad you like it.
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Tsukasa57 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
i'll say
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scottmccullar Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very cool.
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martheus Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks dude!
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HelloWorld090 Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
Very Cool, is that a jappor snippit on his cloak by any chance?
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martheus Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes it is. Good eye.
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kiarafan2 Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
That would be bloody AWESOME!!!!
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martheus Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks.
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kiarafan2 Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
anytime mate
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LighttheChao Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
That would be really cool if all that happened^w^ It actually could've happened if 1, 2, and 3 were made first, but 4, 5, and 6 had to make sense somehow, so Anakin was defeated
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themandorian Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
true you see of they were made first they would not have him to beatened up.
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LighttheChao Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ah yes. George Lucas works in quite mysterious ways. Or at least, he did before he gave the rights to Disney
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warman546 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
it genius did u do one him becoming a jedi master
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martheus Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Not yet.
But wait until you see the new star wars sketch cards i've been working on.
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warman546 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
plz let me know,I would love to see
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martheus Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
will do.
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shorterthanedelric Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
he is an Indian giver he took padme's necklace he gave her...
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misoguchi Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
!!Titanic!!!
Great Job! heīs the great Jedi of allīs!!!
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martheus Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks.
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crowshot27 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
thats awesome. he would look like that if he had won or didnt get delimbed and set on fire.
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EDXROX Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
I've always thought of it too, but can I add another what if to this artwork?

What if Anakin managed to save Padme and turned her to the darkside and they made Luke and Leia sith?
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martheus Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Sith Family Robinson.
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EDXROX Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
Exactly, I think it would've sucked anyways because they would be full of themselves and always have constant fights in the house hold you know? Since sith are into power....
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Rukiasloveslave Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
What if Anakin would have won the fight against Obwan on Mustafar?
Then he woudlnt be wearing that artficial suit that you drew him in
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martheus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You are correct. That's why he is not in the artificial suit in my illustration.

Thanks.
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