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.