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Star Wars Madness: There Can Be Only One!

In Sci-Fi on April 8, 2013 at 12:27 pm

This is it, the final showdown, the big kahuna, the fight we’ve all been waiting for:  Darth Vader vs. Yoda! Today’s matchup is contentious.  After consulting with my contributing writers, I decided to ignore them because they knew not what they said.

Finish Him! Darth Vader vs. Yoda

Battling his way up the ranks, Darth Vader went head-to-head with General Grievous on the first day of competition, annihilating the cyborg with 90 percent of the vote.  In Round Two, Vader had a harder time besting the acrobatic Sith assassin Darth Maul but emerged triumphant with 79 percent of the vote.  Next, he squashed Jabba the Hutt in an easy victory before taking on one of his favorite hires, Boba Fett, in the semi finals.

Yoda arguably had a harder time in the brackets than Vader.  First pitted against Jedi Council co-leader and force powerhouse Mace Windu, Yoda emerged victorious with 83 percent of the vote.  The Jedi Master went on to fight his padawan and future Jedi Master, Luke Skywalker, in a battle that saw Yoda win with 67 percent of the vote.  Next was a terrifying battle against defensive genius and Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi, which Yoda barely scraped through with a mere 55 percent of votes.  Luckily, he finished with an easy semi final win against R2-D2 and had time to recover over the weekend.

Vader gets points for his high midi-chlorian count – no matter how much you hate the scientific explanation behind the Force.  So what if he’s actually the result of a Sith experiment, right?  Maybe that’s why Sidious decided to keep him after Mustafar… but I digress.

If you thought Skywalker was a powerful Jedi, imagine him with the full weight of emotion on his side.  It’s not hard. Really.  He was always an emotional padawan, and that didn’t change when he became a knight.  It showed in his aggressive fighting style and life choices (coughTuskenRaiderscough).  However, his force powers were actually limited by how good he was.  While other Jedi trained themselves to flow with the Force, Vader is the result of unbridled power; he never had to try, so he never did.

Yoda, on the other hand, has mastery of the Force – if that’s even the right wording.  Yoda sat on the Council because, after hundreds of years of training and dedication, he was in tune with the Force and understood how to work through it.  The word “wisdom” might be able to sum him up.

And let’s not forget that Yoda, even at 880, was still a boss.  He could fight like nobody’s business… because he was so adept at harnessing the power of the Force.  Yoda’s hyperactive fighting style, understanding of multiple combat forms and feats of Force-strength make him a definite heavy-hitter in today’s matchup.


Yoda wins!  Some people imagine Dagobah Yoda fighting pre-Mustafar Vader, but I beg to differ.  Think of combatants at the top of their game.  That would be Clone Wars Yoda, obviously.

Vader is harder to pinpoint.  After years of Sith training he did become more in tune with the Force, but it was never with the same raw power he had before he put on the cybernetic suit.  Also, it could be argued that he was most powerful when, crippled, he murdered his master and restored balance to the Force.  I think he was most powerful as a strong – but naïve – Sith apprentice with unrestrained passion and a fully working body.  Basically, pre-Mustafar Vader was best – but talent cannot replace mastery.

Practice makes perfect, and that’s why Yoda wins.

Thanks for tuning in to the final “This is Madness” blog!  Who are you voting for? Leave a comment below and tell me why.

Thanks to Siliconera and Screenrant for today’s photos!  I hope they don’t mind me borrowing them.

  1. Now you’re talking! I’ve always wondered what would have happened if Vader and Yoda fought. I loved the battle between Yoda and Count Dooku and the one against Darth Sidious. Next up: Darth Maul. But I think this ones pretty clear cut (scuse the pun)! 😉

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