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Now that Angry Birds Star Wars is out in all of its glory, I just have to know: Is the Darth Vader character supposed a pig or a bird? He looks like a pig but...

I haven't completed the game with all of its bonuses and haven't seen mention of it anywhere.

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@fbueckert Does it matter? Since when do we only ask questions with an impact on the gameplay? – GnomeSlice Nov 8 '12 at 21:37
FAQ If your question generally covers things such as... Plot and characters in games …then you are in the right place to ask your question! If this is not a question about plot/character, feel free to close/delete it. – mmdanziger Nov 8 '12 at 21:45
I honestly don't see why this question should be closed. It's a question about the plot. Allowing these types of questions does not harm the site as long as they don't become the majority. Further reading – user56 Nov 8 '12 at 22:29
Voting to re-open. This question is about an in-game character which, a mmdanziger already pointed out, is on-topic as outlined in our FAQ. – Wipqozn Nov 8 '12 at 22:29
All of the above having been said, I won't vote to close this question. I will however downvote it. It's dumb, shows poor research effort, and is unlikely to help future visitors. – LessPop_MoreFizz Nov 9 '12 at 0:41
up vote 33 down vote accepted

In a shocking twist, Lard Vader is unveiled to be: The mask removed... And Lard Vader has embraced his bird roots once again

A bird in a pig mask!

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Is the "Lard Vader" some inside joke I don't get, or should it be "Lord" instead? – Murch Jan 17 '15 at 16:46
"According to the Angry Birds Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, his official name is Lard Vader." -- – mmdanziger Jan 17 '15 at 17:39

Birds are the Light Side and the Rebel Alliance, pigs are the Dark Side and the Empire. As such, Darth Vader is a pig-equivalent. Behold the trailer:

At 31 seconds in, the gameplay footage clearly demonstrates Darth Vader's pig-itude.

Additionally, at 23 seconds in, this adorable "unboxing" video of Hasbro's Angry Birds Star Wars toys shows the packaging labels Darth Vader as "Darth Vader Pig":

Moreover, the game only includes levels that feature:

  • Tatooine
  • The first Death Star encounter
  • Hoth (eventually via a free update)
  • Dagobah (via in-app purchase)

Meaning it stops around halfway though the plot to The Empire Strikes Back. If there is an eventual redemption for the Darth Vader pig or a twist ending regarding his true nature, it's not in this game, or at the very least, not in this game yet.

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Yah, but the question asks whether he's a bird if/when he removes his mask... – bwarner Nov 8 '12 at 22:55
@bwarner That was added afterwards as a justification to prevent closure (which it doesn't need). Nevertheless, I've updated my answer. – user3389 Nov 8 '12 at 23:07
One of the official twitter accounts said something about fear leading to anger leading to birds, or something along those lines.... – Matthew Read Nov 9 '12 at 14:44
I knew it had to be you answering when I started to read this answer. Thanks. – ヴァイシャリ Nov 11 '12 at 6:07

Darth Vader pig is actually a bird other than the picture if you saw the Star wars prequel episodes 1 and 2 they don't mention Darth Vader because he is Anakin Skywalker and in episode 3 he turned to the dark side got burnt and got put in the suit the end

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Would you mind elaborating on why the original Star Wars lore is relevant...? – obskyr Jan 21 '14 at 23:07
This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post. – Rilgon Arcsinh Jan 21 '14 at 23:58

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