He nearly captured Han Solo, neutralized the Rebel base, and sent the Rebellion scurrying across the galaxy despite the Imperial commanders doing their best to jeopardize the whole thing. Lest you forget, Vader was the one who insisted in the first place that the structure located by the droid was the Rebel base; the Imperial commanders assumed it to be a pirate base and not worth their efforts. And again, it was a rational assumption on Vader's part to think that Luke would be in the Rebel base (where all of the other high value targets were).
Your whole argument reeks of "well, I could have done that better" armchair quarterbacking. Besides, how many good vs. evil stories involve evil winning without any missteps? To fault Vader for what you singularly perceive to be some minor missteps during the Battle of Hoth is just silly. The guy was the chosen one, foretold to restore order to the Force...instead, he was corrupted and became the fallen angel. He wielded incredible power and used it for purely sinister means. He struck fear into nearly everyone he came into contact with. How is that not a good villain?
DC...I'm leaning your way in this discussion but, for the record, Vader did fulfill the prophecy...TWICE.
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