Villain Super Saturday Faceoff Darth Vader vs. Magneto

Keeping with the theme of last week I am going to do another villain faceoff this week will be the sith lord Darth Vader going up against the level 4 mutant Magneto.

vader vs magneto

 Origin Story

Magneto: Born Max Eisenhardt in the late 1920s. During WWI his mother, father, sister and himself were captured by the Nazi’s during the German invasion of Poland and they were killed and buried in a mass grave. Max survived and escaped the mass grave but was later captured & sent to Auschwitz. He escaped with his love Magna who frightened by his powers left him and gave birth to twins (Pietro &  Wanda) before dying. Wanted by authorities he changed his name to Erik Lehnsherr & fled to Isreal where he met and befriended Charles Xavier.

Darth Vader: Born Anakin Skywalker being raised as a slave on the planet Tatooine with his mother Shmi and no father. He was a gifted engineer and pilot and had the ability to see things before they happened. He was thought of to be the “chosen one” of prophecy who would balance the force and after winning his freedom from slavery in a pod race he goes with Qui-Gon Jinn (jedi master). He meets and falls in love with Naboo queen Padme Amidala who he later marries. When Padme is pregnant he has a dream that she dies during child birth, afraid that this dream will come true as others had he pledges his loyalty to the dark side after being told it could save his wife’s life. He and his once friend, jedi master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, have a battle in which he is severely injured including third degree burns. He is left to die but is found by Palpatine (sith lord) who reconstructs his body using cybernetic limbs and his trademark black armor. Once he wakes he learns that Padme has died, she had given birth to twins before her death. (Luke & Leia who were separated at birth).

Winner: Both very similar stories, they start off as good people, they have a horrible childhood, they’re mothers die then they fall in love, have their women leave them before giving birth to twins & dying, then turn bad for good reasons (Magneto–to give mutants rights, Anakin–to save his wife). So i’d have to say for origin stories it’s a tie, simply because they are so much alike.

Powers & Abilities

Magneto:  Electricity Control, Electronic Disruption, Energy Manipulation, Flight, Force Field,  Gadgets,  Intellect,  Leadership,  Longevity,  Magnetism, Stamina, Unarmed Combat

Darth Vader: Agility, Danger Sense, Darkforce Manipulation, Gadgets,  Healing,  Implants, Intellect, Leadership, Mesmerize, Power Item, Power Suit, Sense Death, Stamina, Stealth, Super Speed, SuperStrength,  Swordsmanship,  Telekinesis,  Telepathy, Tracking, Unarmed Combat, Weapon Master.

Winner: Although they have some similar abilities/powers such as unarmed combat, stamina, intellect and leadership I’d have to give the win to Darth Vader who also has telephathy & telekinesis along with his other powers/abilities. Plus he was both a jedi knight & sith lord.

Children: Since they both had twins who were big parts of their respective franchises I thought I’d compare them as well.

Magneto: Magento’s twins are Pietro (Quicksiver) & Wanda (Scarlet Witch) both mutants with different powers. They were raised by a gipsy couple after their mother Magna died having fled their father after seeing his powers. They were raised poor but happy until their family was killed. Pietro used his new abilities to save his sister & they later met Magneto (unaware that he was their father) and he offered them protection and they joined the brotherhood of mutants.

1. Pietro–Agility, Duplication, Enhance Mutation, Stamina, Super Speed, Unarmed Combat

2. Wanda– oldest of the two. Agility, Astral Projection, Blast Power, Flight, Force Field, Illusion Casting,  Intellect,  Leadership,  Levitation,  Longevity,  Magic, Necromancy, Probability Manipulation, Psionic, Reality Manpulation, Unarmed Combat, Willpower-Based Constructs

Darth Vader: Anakin’s twins are Luke & Leia. They were separated at birth in order to hide their identities and protect them from their father who had gone to the dark side. They were hidden by Obi-Won Kenobi who sent Leia to live with Senator Bail Organa on Alderaan and Luke with his step aunt and uncle on Tatooine where his father grew up, being watched over by Obi-Won.  They didn’t find out they were siblings until much later on in their lives.

Luke Skywalker– Agility,  Animal Control, Astral Projection, Blast Power, Cosmic Awareness, Danger Sense, Duplication, Electricity Control, Empathy, Energy Shield,  Escape Artist, Force Field, Gadgets, Healing, Heat Generation,  Hypnosis,  Illusion Casting,  Implants,  Intellect,  Invisibility,  Leadership, Light Projection, Marksmanship, Power Item, Precognition, Psionic, Sense Death, Stamina, Stealth, Super Hearing, Super Speed, Super Strength, Swordsmanship, Telekinesis, Telepathy, Teleport, Tracking, Unarmed Combat, Voice-induced Manipulation, Weapon Master,Weather Control.

Leia Organa — Was raised my Senator Bail Organa and his wife as their own daughter and princess of their house. Growing up she felt different as though something was missing (like her twin brother). Her abilities are: Agility, Insanely Rich, Intellect, Leadership, Marksmanship, Psychic, Swordsmanship, Telekinesis, Weapon Master, Willpower-Based Constructs.

Their Looks

Magneto: Magneto is usually dressed with a cape and a helmet that protects him from mind control specifically by Charles Xavier.

Darth Vader: Seen in black armour with face mask used as a life support system following injuries sustained by Obi-Won Kenobi.

Winner: Magneto’s outfit looks better where Darth Vader’s serves more of a purpose and looks more villainy.  I’m giving this one to Vader.

Their Good Side

Magneto: Magneto’s main objective is for Mutants to live in a world where they are not judged or targeted . He started out helping people with Charles but upon realizing their different views went on his own to demand freedom against mistreatment.

Darth Vader: He started out as a Jedi Knight only turning to the dark side when he was manipulated into believing it was the only way to save his wife. Ultimately saw the error of his ways and became good again and sacrificed himself to save Luke.

Winner:The elder Skywalker takes it again this time since he made the ultimate sacrifice for redemption and to save his son.

Overall tally

Round 1: Origins: Tie (1 point each)

Round 2: Powers & Abilities : Darth Vader (M1, DV2)

Round 3: Children: Magneto (M2, DV2)

Round 4: Looks: Darth Vader (M2, DV3)

Round 5: Good Side: Darth Vader (M2, DV4)

Darth Vader wins this face off with a score of 4 rounds to 2. THIS DOES NOT MEAN I THINK HE WOULD WIN IN A FIGHT, it means he won 4 of the six criteria they are being judged on.


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