Star Wars is full of heroes and villains, the light and the dark, good and evil, but of the many antagonists of the juggernaut science fiction franchise who is the most evil? From the diabolical plans of the Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine to the hateful wrath of General Hux there have been some rather evil dudes (and one lady) who have graced the Star Wars list of baddies and I’m going to tell you who I think is the most evil of them all. Enjoy!
6. Director Krennic
When I saw the first teaser for Rogue One Director Krennic looked legitimately menacing. I had never seen an Imperial officer dressed in white before which gave him an air of superiority and intimidation that I had never seen. When I watched the movie it was disappointing to find out he wasn’t as terrifying as he appeared to be. Maybe he had been a little more frightening before the reshoots changed much of the film but the end product produced a bloated antagonist whose goal and motivations weren’t nearly as menacing as they could’ve been. He’s definitely one of the coolest looking villains in Star Wars but he’s also one of the lamest.
5. Darth Vader
Darth Vader is undoubtedly an evil guy but he isn’t nearly as evil as the other villains later on in this list. He made a mistake, he went to the Dark Side because he thought Palpatine could help him save Padme, and after that of course he was evil. He’s definitely everything that Krennic is not; ruthless, terrifying, authoritative. Darth Vader’s no joke. He’s also not as villainous as he pretends to be though, that’s why Luke was able to turn him back to the light. Hate and the hunger for power is what drove him to become the monster that he was for so long but that good side of him was still in there. That’s why instead of killing Luke in the Cloud City he tried to get Luke to join him so they could rule the galaxy as, in his words, “Father and son.” That’s also why when he saw Luke again before he took him to the Death Star he had a private conversation with him instead of treating him like he didn’t care the slightest about him. Darth Vader is, of course, the main villain of the original trilogy but he definitely isn’t as villainous as some of the other villains in the franchise.
I love Star Wars for many reasons. I love the characters whether they’re significant or not, I love the vast array of interesting planets, and I love the stories throughout all of the movies (maybe not so much the story of Attack of the Clones but that’s another topic.) Throughout all of the Star Wars films there is always a villain or villains and these notorious bad guys are part of the reason Star Wars is so great today.
Take the Star Wars merchandise for example. When I walk through Target and I see something affiliated with Star Wars who is the person usually on the products? Kylo Ren. His hooded masked face and his red lightsaber are so easily recognizable you don’t even have to look twice to know that the product has something to do with Star Wars. That’s how memorable the villains are in this sci-fi goliath.
I first wrote this post back in March of 2017 and now, after The Last Jedi, the time has come to update this list. Enjoy!
10. Count Dooku
Count Dooku is not a great Star Wars villain in the slightest. He never felt menacing, he never oozed scariness, and I never could take him seriously. Despite that though he was a rather powerful Sith lord, he helped set into motion the Clone Wars, he hired Jango Fett to kill Senator Padme Amidala, and he was the leader of the Seperatists. And so, because of those simple facts, he sits as tenth on this list.
9. Director Orson Krennic
Director Krennic barely made my top ten for a very valid reason…he’s kind of lame. If it weren’t for villains like the corny lightsaber-wielding machine General Grievous or the posh Count Dooku he would definitely be last on my list. Let me explain my reasons a little further.
Krennic does possess a very beautiful outfit. That white cape of his is so illustrious and gorgeous it’s really the only reason why he’s on my list but if you think about his role in Rogue One he really didn’t possess that frightening quality that I like Star Wars villains to have. Now, in the book Catalyst he was truly the villain he should’ve been in Rogue One. He was ruthless, conniving, witty, and as I read the book I was legitimately scared of him.
In Rogue One he was watered down considerably, I’m sure thanks to the extensive reshoots, and that is a shame. And yes, he ordered for Jyn Erso’s mother to be killed as well as Galen Erso’s assistant scientists but besides that he wasn’t very villainous. The real villain of the movie was Tarkin and that makes Krennic the white cape wearing lacky that he was. If you think about it, were he not to have that grand white outfit would he even be memorable…no! And that’s why he stands at number nine on my list.
I love Star Wars for many reasons. I love the characters whether they’re significant or not, I love the vast array of interesting planets, and I love the stories throughout all of the movies (maybe not so much for Attack of the Clones but that’s another topic.) Throughout all of the Star Wars films there is always a villain or villains and these notorious bad guys are part of the reason Star Wars is so great today.
Take the Star Wars merchandise for example. When I walk through Target and I see something affiliated with Star Wars who is the person usually on the products…Kylo Ren. His hooded masked face and his red lightsaber are so easily recognizable you don’t even have to look twice to know that the product has something to do with Star Wars. That’s how memorable the villains are in this sci-fi goliath. Now of course some aren’t as prominent as Kylo Ren and that’s where my list of the top ten Star Wars villains begins.
10. Director Orson Krennic
Director Krennic barely made my top ten for a very valid reason…he’s kind of lame. If weren’t for villains like the corny General Grievous or the posh Count Dooku he would definitely not be in this list. Let me explain my reasons a little further.
Krennic does possess a very beautiful outfit. That white cape of his is so illustrious and gorgeous it’s really the only reason why he’s on my list. If you think about his role in Rogue One he really didn’t do anything that special. Yes he ordered for Jyn Erso’s mother to be killed as well as Galen Erso’s assistant scientists but besides that he wasn’t very villainous. The real villain of the movie was Tarkin and that makes Krennic the white cape wearing lacky that he was. If you think about it, were he not to have that grand white outfit would he even be memorable…no! And that’s why he’s tenth on my list.
9. Captain Phasma
Captain Phasma is an awesome villain for a couple of reasons. First of all she’s the first and only (for now) female villain in Star Wars. That already makes her very special. Then she’s the first stormtrooper with chrome armor and a cape making her only that much cooler. The only reason why she’s not higher in the list is because she, unfortunately, was in The Force Awakens for only about six minutes, and that’s being generous. I’m pretty sure after The Last Jedi she’ll be higher in the ranking.
8. General Hux
General Hux probably wouldn’t have made my list if he hadn’t had that wrathful, thunderous speech about annihilating the New Republic before watching Starkiller Base shoot its ginormous red laser into space with a look of stone cold pride upon his face. That scene right there is why he’s number eight in my list of villains.
Snoke is very mysterious. Every time I watch The Force Awakens I think to myself, “Who is Snoke?” He seems like somebody who’s been around for a while but what really makes him puzzling is the fact that Leia, Han, and probably Luke know who he is yet they didn’t try to stop him converting Ben Solo to the dark side. Who is this evil mastermind of the First Order who sits on a throne and tells Kylo Ren stuff? I don’t know and I can’t wait to find out. His mystique is what puts him at seventh place. If he’s as frightening as I think he has the potential to be he’ll definitely rise in the ranks of infamous villains.
6. Jango Fett
Jango Fett is so cool there was no way I wasn’t putting him in my list. His silver armor, his jet pack, his two blasters, that’s everything someone needs to either be a tremendous hero or an astounding villain. The Attack of the Clones could’ve been so much better if it had just been about Obi-Wan and Jango Fett because they had the best scenes of the entire movie. Jango Fett was another one of those characters who died too early in the prequels. Why introduce a character that impressive only to kill him off. That’s like if Kylo Ren had actually died in The Force Awakens. That would’ve been a waste of character development. Jango Fett will always be one of the coolest villains in Star Wars despite the fact that he was so underused.
5. Grand Moff Tarkin
Grand Moff Tarkin is one of the most conniving villains in Star Wars and after Rogue One his status as a merciless mastermind of the Empire has been reinforced. Tarkin is a very memorable villain for his stone cold visage and his determination to make the Empire the most powerful faction in the galaxy. He absolutely deserves the fourth spot in my list of Star Wars villains.
4. Emperor Palpatine
Emperor Palpatine is pure evil. I mean look at his picture. I shudder just looking at him. And his plan to wipe out the Jedi and take over the galaxy was so immaculately planned it’s terrible. He knew everything that was going to happen before it happened. The entire fate of the galaxy was wrapped around his little finger from when he became the Supreme Chancellor to when he was Emperor. If it wasn’t for Luke Skywalker’s resolve and Darth Vader’s sudden decision to become a good guy again the galaxy would’ve probably never torn itself from his tyrannical rule.
3. Darth Maul
Darth Maul is definitely one of the most ingenious characters of all the Star Wars films. He’s still the only force wielder to have a lightsaber with two blades on each side of the hilt making him extra special in the long list of Sith and Jedi in the movies. His fighting style is rooted in a martial arts sort of vibe that’s really astounding and memorable. His look with the red and black face, yellow eyes, and the spikes spouting from his head give him a frightening appearance. He’s unfortunately another one of those grand characters whose use in the prequels was under utilized. And even though he’s a character in the Star Wars: Rebels show and made an appearance in Star Wars: The Clone Wars I don’t watch the cartoons so he’s still dead to me. It’s such a shame and really unfortunate.
2. Kylo Ren
Kylo Ren is beyond awesome. His outfit is frighteningly beautiful, his rugged lightsaber is unlike any other in the films, and his story is very, very intriguing. The only reason why he’s not number one is because he’s literally a Darth Vader wannabe. If it wasn’t for Darth Vader he wouldn’t be as cool as he is. I am very excited to see him in The Last Jedi. Maybe he’ll be even better than in The Force Awakens and if so he’ll definitely give Darth Vader a run for his money as the coolest villain. Until then he’ll remain a close second.
1. Darth Vader
And, unsurprisingly, Darth Vader is my favorite villain in Star Wars. His breath is one of the most iconic things in film history. I didn’t know how petrifying that sound can be until I watched Rogue One. That last scene with him was so mind blowing no other villain in Stat Wars so far can surpass him.
So these are my ten favorite villains in Star Wars. Maybe in the upcoming films there will be new baddies to rise in the ranks but until then this is my list. I hope you’ve enjoyed my post.
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The New Locations
I love that this movie showed us six brand new worlds that we’ve never seen before in Star Wars. There was the planet where Galen and his family resided, the Rings of Kafrene, Wobani, an imperial labor camp, Jedha, home to the last Jedi temple, Eadu, and Scarif. Even though it was brief my favorite new location was the trading outpost at the Rings of Kafrene. The concept of a small city placed in between two asteroids is amazing. I hope the next Star Wars has cool, original locations like Rogue One did.
The Return of Grand Moff Tarkin
Having Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One was brilliant! The CGI used for him wasn’t the best but putting him in the movie was a great move because it cemented this film in the timeline of Star Wars. He was the best surprise of the movie and to me, was the real villain. Krennic was just the angry puppet. This also shows that Disney can bring any character back to the big screen.
The Action in Rogue One
This movie was full of intense action that was superb in IMAX. The part where the rebels start fighting the stormtroopers in the city on Jedha is one of the many great action sequences. There were so many fantastically loud explosions and so much commotion it’ll take me a while to see everything that happened at that part. One of my favorite pieces in that sequence is when the walker came through the streets firing at everything in sight. That was really cool! This long action scene also allowed Jyn to show off her very impressive skills. Having Chirrut and Baze finish off that part by having them take down about a dozen stormtroopers was perfect and one of the highlights of the film to me.
The part when the Death Star blows up Jedha is my favorite part of the movie. I’ve always wanted to know just exactly what’s it like for the people on the surface of the planets that get annihilated. The Force Awakens gave a slight hint of how horrifying it is but Rogue One really elaborated on that terrible experience. I love when Bodhi is looking and there’s that giant cloud of huge chunks of rock and dirt coming towards them. When they barely escape and they show the space shot where the fire and dirt is reaching up into space all I could say was “Wow.” That part was jaw dropping in IMAX.
The action on Eadu was okay. I loved when Chirrut turned his stick into a crossbow and shot down that tie fighter. That was awesome. Baze protecting Jyn and Cassian from the droves of stormtroopers emerging from the facility in his perch on the rocks was another amazing part. I think he has the coolest gun that I have ever seen in Star Wars.
The space battle was fantastic. I loved how several times throughout the battle the camera had you in a cockpit flying alongside the other X-Wings. At those moments in IMAX it kind of felt like Star Tours at Disney World except without the moving seats. This was, for me, the best space battle out of all the Star Wars films.
The greatest part of the action on the surface of Scarif was when Chirrut, Baze, and the rebels are busy fighting the stormtroopers and that giant AT-ACT appeared out of the smoke. That was another one of those beautiful shots that enhanced the film because it truly showed how difficult it is to fight against the Empire.
The Unfortunate (and not so unfortunate) Demise of Everyone in Rogue One
It’s sad because everyone died in this Star Wars film. K-2SO’s death was one I was not expecting. Before I had watched the movie I had predicted that he would undoubtedly live. A main droid has never gotten killed in a Star Wars movie so why would he? As I watched him riddled with blast holes from the horde of approaching stormtroopers I remember thinking, “Oh my goodness. He’s going to die.” And he did which was horrible.
Chirrut’s death was just as saddening. I really hoped he wouldn’t die because he was so cool. At first when he miraculously reached that switch I was so happy because he made it without getting shot. Then when he got knocked forward by that explosion as he was walking back to the ship I was shocked. At least he got to say goodbye to his best friend Baze but it was still sad.
Bodhi’s death was sudden and not that depressing. I wished they could’ve made his death a little more memorable.
Baze’s death was at least better than Bodhi’s. He shot Death Trooper after Death Trooper while taking blasts of his own. Unfortunately the last trooper he took down still had a ticking grenade in his hand and he became the third person to fall to an explosion. Fourth if you count Galen Erso on Eadu. The writers definitely weren’t trying to get creative with their individual deaths. They just decided to have each of them get blown up.
Director Krennic’s demise was well deserved. I loved when he looked up after getting shot and saw the Death Star in the sky. The weapon’s destruction that he thought was so beautiful was going to be his doom. He got the ultimate karma.
Jyn and Cassian’s death of course is the grimmest. The prequel trilogy tried to tell the love story between Anakin and Padme but thanks to bad acting and a terrible script when everything crumbles for them it’s not even close to sad. The romantic arc between Jyn and Cassian is perfectly written because it never feels forced or unnecessary. When they’re taking that elevator ride down to the beach they both realize like each other a whole lot. Their fate is unfortunately sealed however when the Death Star fires on the base. When they’re hugging each other on the beach and the bright light washes over them it’s a very solemn moment. I really hope the next Star Wars doesn’t have as high a death count.
Darth Vader is Back!
It’s been decades since the iconic villain has had any substance in the Star Wars saga. In Rogue One he appeared in only three scenes but his impact on the film lived up to his standards. His first appearance in the movie was fantastic. First of all, Darth Vader has a castle? What?! And it’s on Mustafar?! I loved how Rogue One not only tied itself to A New Hope but it also recognized the prequel trilogy by putting his castle on the planet where he met his gruesome fate. The next time I watch Revenge of the Sith the Mustafar scenes will have an entirely new meaning.
I loved when the door opened and you could see Darth Vader’s shadow on the wall behind Director Krennic. That was a beautiful shot because it showed how nervous Krennic was while also displaying the menacing, awesome presence of the Sith Lord. Their conversation was brief but wonderful. When Darth Vader choked Krennic and then said, “Be careful not to choke on your aspirations” I was so excite Darth Vader was back and just as great as he once was.
The last scene with him was incredible! I remember when I watched it the first time I was wondering why the rebels were so scared. Then when out of the darkness came his iconic breath and blood red lightsaber my eyes widened in gleeful horror. I feel so sorry for those rebels. Darth Vader sliced and force choked his way through them like as if they were nothing. At that moment you realize just how frightening it would be to see Darth Vader if you weren’t a Jedi. I remember when I first heard Darth Vader was going to be in this film I was hoping he would have at least one scene where he would terrorize the rebels. Before this scene came I thought that the movie would end without him doing anything truly substantial. I’m so happy I was wrong. This, for me, is the second best scene with Darth Vader of all the Star Wars films. If him telling Luke that he was his father wasn’t so crucial to the Star Wars saga this would hands down be my favorite scene with him. Let’s hope there will be more standalone films in the future with even more Darth Vader in it.
The Conclusion of Rogue One
And then when you think the movie can’t possibly get any better they throw a Leia bombshell on everybody. Seeing her at the very end of the movie was so fantastic because not only did it connect Rogue One and A New Hope like a puzzle piece but it showed, once again, that they can do so much with CGI these days. This was the perfect way to end the movie.
I give Rogue One a 95 out of 1oo. There are a few flaws but the story and endearing characters were so flawlessly written into this film that it definitely deserves an A. It also, without a doubt, is the best prequel. The cameos and nods to A New Hope never felt forced or unnecessary and only enriched the story of the 1977 film.
For me this is definitely one of the best Star Wars movies ever made. I can’t say it is the best for the reason that the other Star Wars episodes are just that, episodes. Those movies can’t reveal everything in one film. If the original trilogy could somehow be jammed into one movie it would be a very, very good movie full of plot twists.
Rogue One was such a fantastic entry into the Star Wars universe that I’m now super excited to see the Han Solo movie in 2018. If it’s anything like this film it’s going to be very enjoyable.