There are only a few film characters who have managed to become icons. Darth Vader is certainly one of them - both in conceptual and visual terms: in the Vader figure, both the "archetype" of the overwhelming evil and the weak individual, broken by fate, are skilfully united. Darth Vader is also easy to spot visually: a silhouette is enough and even his breathing sound has become the icon of the threat par excellence.
Nerdwriter (Evan Puschak) has also beautifully prepared the minimal screen presence of Darth Vader in the classic Star Wars trilogy to achieve a maximum effect and how the Darth Vader character was staged by various DOPs: Particularly insightful in the lighting design with regard to backgrounds and the creative use of reflections.
We would add here that above all and especially the low screen presence, which has been in the shade for a long time, becomes the ideal projection surface for the "dark", both in terms of content and visually little elaborated figure Darth Vader.
In addition, Star Wars writes its own iconography with almost every film image, and this has less to do with a certain character than with the power of the completely new visual and sound worlds created by Georg Lucas. The iconography of Star Wars includes not only the silhouette of Darth Vader but also the hair snails of Leia, the TIE hunters of the Empire, the laser sword, the Death Star, the storm troopers, the many sound effects etc.pp.