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A Day in the Life of Darth Vader

It's not all intimidation and planetary destruction for the galactic bad boy, he's got chores, too.

Darth Vader takes a shower in his apartment in Odessa, Ukraine on Dec. 4, 2015.

Darth Vader of "Star Wars" was bent on galactic domination, but his Ukrainian namesake enjoys more mundane pursuits: local politics, walking the family dog and a spot of embroidery. The Ukrainian citizen, who has changed his name to Darth Mykolaiovych Vader, ran for the post of local mayor in October, his political backers dressed as Stormtroopers. In his trademark black outfit, he is a regular sight around Odessa, a major port city on southern Ukraine's Black Sea coast.

The Sith Lord beat out more traditional candidates to place 15th out of 42 candidates in the mayoral race, while an online petition to appoint him prime minister later gained more than 25,000 signatures.

His popularity is probably less a result of any significant support for the Dark Side among average Ukrainians than a sign of public frustration with the political status quo amid economic crisis and a violent separatist conflict.

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Darth Vader uses a hairdryer after his shower.

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Darth Vader brushes his mask. VALENTYN OGIRENKO / Reuters
Darth Vader cooks in the kitchen of his apartment. VALENTYN OGIRENKO / Reuters
Darth Vader irons his cloak. VALENTYN OGIRENKO / Reuters
Darth Vader works on some embroidery. VALENTYN OGIRENKO / Reuters
Darth Vader watches television at his apartment. VALENTYN OGIRENKO / Reuters
Darth Vader walks his dog in an Odessa park. VALENTYN OGIRENKO / Reuters
Darth Vader rides on a tram in Odessa. VALENTYN OGIRENKO / Reuters
Darth Vader talks with Chewbacca and a Stormtrooper in an Odessa cafe. VALENTYN OGIRENKO / Reuters