Darth Vader PLAYED BY: David Prowse (voice by James Earl Jones) PARENTING STYLE: Choosing when and how to tell a child who their biological parent is can be a tricky proposition; it must be done with just the right mixture of sensitivity, understanding, and felicitous timing. So thumbs down to Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader for deciding to spring that information on his son Luke at the conclusion of a fierce lightsaber battle during which he severs his offspring’s hand — and presenting it wrapped up in a proposition to join him on the “Dark Side.” Poorly played, Darth. Bad form. KEY QUOTE: “No. I am your father.”
The Horribleness: Power-tripping middle management type who exercises his authority in a most peculiarly irksome manner. If the one thing you enjoy about your job is being in the possession of a shiny red stapler, don’t worry, he’ll take that away with pleasure.