In no real order, we start with:
#1: Darth Vader.
The good: he’s bad.
"Nice buns, lady."
The bad: he’s not that good at it.
The ugly: he “progressed” from being played by David Prowse to Hayden Christensen.
Best line: “I find your lack of faith disturbing.”
Okay, so maybe he’s a tad cartoonish, but he was the ultimate baddie in a movie which defined a decade. Every decade has had its defining cultural moments. The 60’s had Woodstock, the 50’s had – well, the 50’s, and the 40’s had WWII. The 70’s had bell bottoms, cocaine, aging hippies, disco, and (thank the zombie jebus) Star Wars. Darth Vader may not impress now (especially after the lame origin stories in episodes I – III), but to an eight year old boy he’s impressive. To an eight year old boy who has been raised in isolation in rural Kentucky and has never before seen a movie on a real movie screen nor has he even heard of the concept of science fiction, he’s totally awesome. He quailed in episode VI and George Lucas lost some of his magic by the time he got around to episodes I – III, but he kicked ass in Empire Strikes Back and showed how a true hands-on leader deals with the failures of underlings – FORCE CHOKE! One advantage to working for him - instant promotions.