With the new Star Wars film due out next week, I decided to turn this week’s Fangs God It’s Friday to the Dark Side of the Force. While the Star Wars films haven’t given us a true vampire, I do feel the animated series Clone Wars gave us the closest thing to one in its third season. During a three-episode storyline on the world of Mortis, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker met “Son” who tried to turn Anakin to the Dark Side of the Force (you know, because that’s how Ani was destined to roll).
As for what makes Son so vampire-like? Well, he doesn’t feed on blood or anything of the sort. The Son was immortal, though. He was also known as the Fanged God, helping lend a vampiric quality to him. On top of that, he bites Anakin’s padawan Ahsoka Tano at one point, infecting her with the Dark Side and giving him control over her. If that last detail isn’t vampiric enough for you, then consider the fact that Son was also a shape-shifter who could adopt a bat-like form to fly.
The entire storyline for these episodes was pretty weird, even by Clone Wars standards. Son also lived on Mortis with two other Force-wielders, Father and Daughter. Son was said to embody the Dark Side. Daughter embodied the Light, and Father was believed to be the embodiment of the Force itself. Clearly, Father wasn’t the best dad, because he spent his entire existence trying to keep his two kids from killing each other. Not surprisingly, Anakin’s arrival with Ahsoka and Obi-Wan didn’t do anything to make that job easier.