The editorial staff of the official Star Wars YouTube channel has really kicked it up a few notches in the last year or so with what they’re bringing on it and interacting with the fans, so we’re definitely enjoying their recent kickoff of the Ten Best sequence. This time around, we’ve got a look at the top ten villains that exist within the six movies that are out and Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series. This does open it up a bit since ten villains from the movies may be a stretch in some ways, but with the TV series included, that helps to really expand the base in a good way as there are some solid villains there. The top two villains are no surprise, though there’s obviously disagreement for some on placement of the top two, but the rest of the list is certainly worth chatting about.
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10. General Pong Krell
Meet Pong Krell, Jedi general turned power-mad clone killer. In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Krell secretly turns to the dark side and orders his own troopers against one another — just to watch them die. Ultimately, however, he betrays one clone too many.
9. Nute Gunray
Opportunistic, scheming, and greedy, Nute Gunray leads the invasion of Naboo in Episode I and is a key instigator of the Clone Wars. Because of his actions, countless lives are lost and the door opens for Darth Sidious to rule the galaxy.
8. Asajj Ventress
As Count Dooku’s apprentice, Asajj Ventress became a powerful dark side warrior and Separatist assassin. Throughout the Clone Wars, she carries out missions central to the Sith cause and enjoys a fun-yet-deadly rivalry with Obi-Wan Kenobi.
7. General Grievous
General Grievous is a nightmarish combination of alien and machine – and an echo of Star Wars villains past and future. The leader of the droid army in the Clone Wars, he disturbingly keeps the lightsabers of Jedi he kills – then uses them to add even more to his collection.
6. Count Dooku
A dark side mirror of the elder Obi-Wan Kenobi, Count Dooku chose power over the tenets of the Jedi. As Darth Sidious’ willing apprentice and right hand, he kick-starts the Clone Wars, duels with a hateful, arrogant style, and spreads fear as a true Sith Lord.
5. Jabba the Hutt
Money and power. That’s all that matters to Jabba the Hutt, one of the galaxy’s most notorious crimelords. Cross him and you might end up as a decoration on his wall, spending time with his favorite pet, or taking a dive into one of Tatooine’s less enjoyable attractions.
4. Darth Maul
With a frightening-meets-cool design, an agility never before seen in a Star Wars villain, and a downright awesome double-bladed lightsaber, Darth Maul quickly became a fan favorite. The Zabrak is so strong with the dark side that he survives being cut in two, and in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, emerges to wreak havoc across the galaxy.
3. Grand Moff Tarkin
Grand Moff Tarkin is the ultimate Imperial commander. He relishes trying a Jedi for treason in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and destroys Alderaan just to prove a point in Episode IV. There are few members of the Empire who can tell Darth Vader what to do – Tarkin is one of them.
2. Darth Vader
The mechanized breathing. The threatening voice. The frightening mask. The central figure of the Star Wars saga, Darth Vader is widely regarded as one of cinema’s greatest villains, with a haunting, iconic look and menacing presence. Once he turns to the dark side, Vader is relentless, willing to go to any extreme to achieve his goals. While he finds his way back to the side of good, the legacy of Darth Vader, Sith Lord, looms large.
1. The Emperor / Darth Sidious
On the surface: a seemingly honorable politician with no great ambition. Underneath façade: a Sith mastermind determined to rule the galaxy. In his rise to power, Darth Sidious manipulates those around him to become Supreme Chancellor; he orchestrates a war — playing both sides effortlessly; he lures the chosen one to the dark side, using him to help destroy the Jedi Order; and he hatches a multi-layered trap to destroy the Rebellion. When he has to get his hands dirty, Sidious welcomes combat and shows no mercy. There is no one as calculating, deceitful, or joyfully evil as the Emperor, and that’s why we rank him #1.