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Rogue’s gallery! Darth Vader and the unforgettable Star Wars villains we love to hate


What's a Star Wars movie without a wonderfully hissable baddie? With Rogue One now out, we rank the saga's greatest antagonists.


Appears in: The Phantom Menace

Scale of evil: 4

This scheming alien Tatooine slave driver is more unpleasant than truly evil. However, he does exploit young Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd) and his mother, before fiddling with the former's pod race so he will lose. That's pretty bad.

Jango Fett

Appears in: Attack of the Clones

Scale of evil: 4

To be fair, the infamous Boba Fett's poppa doesn't make much of an impact in George Lucas' second prequel movie (few of the actors do) but he does give Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) a good kicking at one point. Even so, this is tempered by the love and protection of his young son, one who will eventually grow up to adopt his father's mantle.


Appears in: A New Hope

Scale of evil: 5

Taken purely on his own terms, this green baddie isn't all that ruthless, but given his first, and indeed only, scene sees him attempting to kill Han Solo (Harrison Ford), we've bumped up his rating. But the question remains: who shot first?

General Grievous

Appears in: Revenge of the Sith

Scale of evil: 5

This asthmatic alien enemy is cybernetic (a mixture of organic and metallic) and gives Obi-Wan a good hiding during a chase on the planet of Utapau. We're really including him for his role in the wider Star Wars canon, a key figure who was active against the Jedi during the Clone Wars.

Jabba the Hutt

Appears in: A New Hope, Return of the Jedi

Scale of evil: 5

This grotesque, slug-like criminal inhabits the desert planet of Tatooine and enslaves Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) in that infamous red and gold bikini. When Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) rumbles Jabba's plans to drop him into the Sarlacc pit, Leia takes advantage of the ensuing chaos and strangles him with a chain.

Darth Maul

Appears in: The Phantom Menace

Scale of evil: 6

Hopes were high for this striking Sith lord to rank among the truly great Star Wars villains, only for hopes to be crushed when he appeared in just one significant scene towards the end. Still, it's a genuinely impressive scene as Maul goes to battle with Jedi heroes Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and Obi-Wan, dispatching the former in the process. Booo!

Boba Fett

Appears in: The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi

Scale of evil: 6

It's easy to forget that the coolest-looking character in the entire saga doesn't actually do an awful lot apart from stand around and pose. Well, we're OK with that. The real reason he's so high up is Fett is responsible for conspiring with Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) and Darth Vader to hand Han Solo over to Jabba the Hutt's clutches. Hiss!

Orson Krennic

Appears in: Rogue One

Scale of evil: 7

As superbly played by Aussie villainous actor extraordinaire Ben Mendelsohn, Krennic juices the latest Star Wars movie with a good old-fashioned dose of evil. A scheming social climber who has overseen the construction of the first Death Star and wants the power for himself, Krennic is deliciously drunk on destruction.

Grand Moff Tarkin

Appears in: A New Hope, Rogue One

Scale of evil: 8

British Hammer horror legend Peter Cushing brought his sense of regal bearing to the role of the Death Star's ruthless security chief, one who thinks nothing of obliterating Princess Leia's home planet Alderaan right in front of her eyes. Although Cushing died in 1994, the wonders of CGI means Tarkin is now appearing in Rogue One...


Appears in: The Force Awakens (and future instalments)

Scale of evil: 8

The only thing preventing this cadaverous master of the dark side from attaining a higher position is the fact we don't know an awful lot about him. He appeared as a towering hologram in last year's The Force Awakens and is purported to be portrayed by a massive on-set puppet in next year's Episode VIII. As chillingly played in motion capture by Andy Serkis, Snoke was responsible for the conversion of Han Solo's son, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), to the dark side. That's reason enough to hate him.

Kylo Ren

Appears in: The Force Awakens (and future instalments)

Scale of evil: 9

Dismissed as a pouting emo boy in some quarters, Adam Driver's broiling, seething baddie is in fact one of the saga's most intriguing, a powerful force of evil who has yet to attain full command of his feelings. Driver's superb performance allows us to see the light and the dark raging within Ren, and the scene where he kills his father Han still wounds us deeply.

Emperor Palpatine

Appears in: All of them apart from A New Hope, The Force Awakens and Rogue One

Scale of evil: 9

The overlord of all things evil during both the original and prequel trilogies, Palpatine is responsible for more death and destruction in the saga than almost anybody else. His cackling appearance in Return of the Jedi is memorable as he attempts to turn Luke Skywalker to the dark side, but actor Ian McDiarmid gleefully manages to take things up a notch in Revenge of the Sith as we finally got to see how Palpatine both converted Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and got that hideous visage.

Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader

Scale of evil: 10

Appears in: All of them apart from The Force Awakens 

Well we couldn't give the top spot to anybody else, could we? With his laboured breathing and unmistakeable black armour, Vader is perhaps the most identifiable character in the entire saga, possessing a ruthless thirst for power that inspires chills and tension. Vader's character arc across both of the trilogies is arguably the spine of all things Star Wars, a tragic story of a decent youngster whose own reckless impulses led to so much destruction in the galaxy as he was seduced by the dark side.

He only makes a brief appearance in Rogue One but it's a testament to the character's iconic status that a fleeting cameo can send the entire world into excited meltdown.

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