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EW Staff
May 28, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Why Darth Vader made our list of powerful characters

The central figure of George Lucas’ universally popular saga links nearly 30 years of multibillion-dollar sci-fi myth. And ”Episode III” (due from Twentieth Century Fox next May) is sure to spark heightened interest in the sinister Skywalker. Always a force in the toy biz — even with those undersold ”Phantom Menace” goodies — Vader and his ”Star Wars” posse could stay in hyperdrive if that rumored Boba Fett TV series blasts off.

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