Originally Posted by Anno_Domini
At his moment of taking out the Emperor, being unmasked and what have you, I felt that Vader indeed gained some sympathy points with the audience for sure. He finally got out of the darkness and came into the light.
Yes. That's what I meant with "climax of 'Return Of The Jedi'". There he got my sympathy as well.
But did he got sympathy points before? Just asking because you said he needed his mask for sympathy and I'm not a Star Wars fanboy. So I don't remember everything.