Star Wars Sith Lord Showdown: Darth Vader vs. Darth Revan

Who would win in a fight?

Alas, even in a continuity as vast as Star Wars there are quite a few constraints keeping us from living out our greatest fantasies. Without the benefit of time travel, for example, we would never be able to see a fight between two classic Dark Lords of the Sith: Darth Vader and Darth Revan. Separated by more than 4000 years of history, it’s almost impossible these two would ever meet in personal combat. Luckily, we’re here to do the next best thing in a new column designed to pit two characters against each other in a match up we’d never see otherwise and determine a winner.

So, without further ado we present: Darth Vader vs. Darth Revan.

What do we know about Darth Vader?

Darth Vader

Once the former Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader allied with the Sith Lord Darth Sidious during the rise of his Empire. During and long after Order 66, Vader fought with Imperial forces to systematically destroy the Jedi Order. However, Vader was critically wounded in a lightsaber duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi which forced him to live out the remainder of his life in a cybernetic suit.

Vader TK

Despite the fact Vader was unable to use Force lightning due to his cybernetics, he was extremely capable at using his telekinetic abilities and a feared lightsaber duelist. In the years following the rise of the Empire, Vader hunted down dozens of Jedi who escaped Order 66. He was seen as the Empire’s ultimate weapon of fear until the completion of the Death Star. He was also an exceptionally skilled pilot, mechanic, and a competent tactician who often used the full power of the Imperial navy in his swift and devastating campaigns.

What do we know about Darth Revan?

Revan wallpaper

*note: we’re going to ignore The Old Republic as it contradicts parts of Knights of the Old Republic I and 2.

Revan was a Jedi Knight 4000 years before the rise of the Empire. During the Mandalorian invasion of the Galactic Republic, Revan and his apprentice Malak led the Republic’s defenses while the Jedi Order as a whole did not engage the threat. Jedi rallied behind Revan in a schism that tore the Order down the middle. Still, Revan’s tactical prowess turned the Republic’s decimated forces into a military juggernaut that stopped the Mandalorians in a battle that left them battered and broken for thousands of years.

After their victory against the Mandalorians, Revan reorganized his forces into a Sith Empire and turned on the Republic. After deciphering ancient technology Revan discovered a factory called the Star Forge that he used to turn out war machines that assisted his campaigns. He devastated Republic forces, but was captured by the Jedi when Malak betrayed him during a battle and fired on his ship. The Jedi erased Revan’s mind and turned him against Malak. Revan eventually regained knowledge of his former self, defeated his old apprentice, and saved the Republic.

Revan and Malak 2

Though Revan was skilled in single combat, his defining characteristic was his intellect and tactical ability. He also possessed a strong sense of charisma that made him a natural leader to his devoted followers. He was also a calculating individual, able to draw on both the light and dark sides of the Force without giving in to Jedi or Sith philosophies. He was also adept at languages and programming.

So, who would win in a fight?

Arth Revan

Well, in a grand military campaign we’d have to give this one to Revan. Assuming Vader had the full Imperial navy behind him, we still don’t think that would guarantee victory. Vader more often than not tends to strike with all his might in an attempt to demoralize and overwhelm his enemy, but Revan’s cold and calculating tactics would use that against him the same way they dismantled the Mandalorian offensive. Eventually, Vader would find himself outmaneuvered and on the defensive: something he isn’t used to. So, in a battle of tactics we’ll give this one to Revan.

Vader flying

A dogfight between the two would go a little differently. While Revan seems like a competent pilot, Vader’s greatest skill was is ability to fly and he’s demonstrated that time and time again against overwhelming odds. So, we’d give this arena easily to Vader.

Vader purge

Now, the main event: the lightsaber duel. Vader has strong strikes thanks to his cybernetics, but his weakened flesh is also a major disadvantage. If Vader’s mechanical respiratory system were to be damaged, it would be a major problem for him. In addition, as we saw in Return of the Jedi Vader’s cybernetics make him highly susceptible to damage from Force lightning, which Revan is quite skilled in. Revan is also quicker than Vader, which could also give him an edge.

There’s no denying we shouldn’t rule out Vader’s brutality in combat as a possible strength… but the lighting is a very big weakness. Both are strong willed and Vader’s telekinesis isn’t to be underestimated… but in the end the winner is pretty clear to us: Darth Revan.


Revan portrait

Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments!

Revan artwork by Ltflak and Corbin Hunter.


  1. Revan would undoubtedly win that fight due to his insane power and we can’t forget Revan was the ruler of the sith twice and discovered the most powerful super weapon that even the Death Star would have trouble beating, considering it was blown up by a small X-Wing. Plus Revan has extreme knowledge of the deep space beyond the outer rim.

  2. Vader only ever uses full frontal, brute force tactics because he is sure of victory. Revan is a tactical genius, but coming from 4,000 years earlier, he has no knowledge of his opponent Vader. Even if we assume the time-gap can be bridged, Vader would never underestimate an opponent he knows something about. We can’t forget that Vader (after he became Vader) never took a fight he didn’t think he could win. He knew he could beat Obi Wan, one of the most legendary Jedi ever, and the duel was a success. Sure Obi Wan had grown old, but Vader still defeated one of the most impressive Jedi officially allied with the order. If he didn’t think he could win, Vader wouldn’t do a brute force attack, and it would become a game of tactics. Revan might still win, but to be fair, the article only looks at Vader as a machine. He is still half man everyone.

  3. Totally agree. Vader would cost Revan every ounce of strength, all of the energy of the pure Force at his disposal. But Revan would eventually win.

  4. revan can destroy vadar. dont know why everyone thinks he sucks with the force. He was one of the most powerfull darkside people every to exist. i mean he can freaking fly with the force, not get controlled by darth vitious’s mind control and kill everything.

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