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The Top 12 Star Wars Villains!

There are a LOT of Star Wars Villains in the films! Here's our rundown of the absolute worst Star Wars Baddies

The Top 12 Star Wars Villains!

There are a LOT of Star Wars Villains in the films! Here's our rundown of the absolute worst Star Wars Baddies

Beano Video Team
Last Updated:  November 3rd 2022

The Star Wars universe may be in a galaxy far, far away but Star Wars villains have always had a very BIG impact on all our lives. So, we decided to make a list of the absolute worst, most treacherous, most terrible, most villainous villains from Tatooine to Torquay - and Torquay isn't even in the Star Wars universe... yet! 

With loads of new Star Wars shows and films available on Disney+, You won’t want to miss the chance to impress your pals with some serious Star Wars knowledge, so dismiss the Droids and omit the Ewoks for a moment - this article is all about the Dark side! 

Yep, that's right - if it's a Sith list you're looking for for, you've come to the right place - just make sure you don't stare into the Dark side for too long! Otherwise it'll be Darth time before you know it - and everybody hates Darth time… even Sith lords!

Are you ready for this villainous run-down? May the fourth be with you (once a year, obviously)...

12. Grand Moff Tarkin

There are villains who are so evil, they may as well wear a big hat saying ‘Evil Villain Below’. And then there are sneaky baddies who are quietly sinister, just like Wilhuff Tarkin.

Born on the planet Eriadu, Tarkin was a politician and a high ranking officer in the evil Galactic Empire. He's the sort of man who eats evil toast for breakfast – even the crusts. In Episode IV – A New Hope, his main job is to assist Darth Vader in destroying the Rebel Alliance. Remember that time he gave the order to blow up the planet Alderaan, even after Princess Leia provided him vital (if completely false) information he needed? Totally unacceptable behaviour. If there was a naughty step for Star Wars villains, he'd live on it.

11. Captain Phasma

Just like anyone who chooses to wear a suit of armour made out of chromium and a red cape, you know that Captain Phasma means business. She’s a tough commander of the First Order's force of stormtroopers, and was first introduced to the Star Wars fans during the movie The Force Awakens.

Legend has it that she was born on the planet Parnassos and was brought up in a cave. She became part of the Scyre tribe, where she learned the art of combat and developed some seriously ferocious fighting skills. But unlike some commanders who prefer to direct battles from the safety of a cosy intergalactic office, Phasma is the sort of leader who’s at the front of the queue for a tasty lightsaber duel. A total villain!

10. General Hux

At number 10 we have the Armitage Hux from the planet Arkanis. Even though this technology and gadget-loving general is a villain through and through, his main rival was actually the extremely villainous Kylo Ren. They both had ambitions of becoming the new Supreme Leader and would do anything to achieve this. 

He is best (or worst) remembered for following Supreme Leader’s Snoke’s orders to lead the First Order’s battle against the Resistance (alongside his rival Ren and Captain Phasma). But after Snoke passed away, Ren became the leader which made Hux very unhappy, so he betrayed the First Order and became a spy for the Resistance – just so he could get the top job. It didn’t end well, though, did it?

9. Count Dooku

What do you get if you’re a Jedi Master who goes rogue and turns to the Dark Side? Count Dooku! That’s not a joke, but an actual, undisputed intergalactic fact!

As a young Padawan – a trainee Jedi – Dooku was taught the mysterious ways of the Force by everyone’s favourite Jedi teacher, Yoda. But somewhere along the way, he decided to return to his home planet Serenno and eventually became Darth Sidious’ evil apprentice. Once he was there, he reinvented himself as Darth Tyranus – that's the Dark Lord of the Sith to his new, evil followers!

To complete his transformation into a total villain, Count Dooku personally designed his own lightsaber to increase his evil battling style. We bet he doesn’t even tidy up after himself.

8. Greedo

This bounty hunter Greedo Tetsu Jr – to give him his full name – only appeared in Episode IV – A New Hope for a brief amount of time, but their villainy was such that they've earned a spot in this Beano countdown of Star Wars baddies!

With a head like a green puffer fish, Greedo comes from the swampy planet Rodia, which explains his spiky, aquatic appearance. But legend has it that he spent a lot of time of Tatooine and worked for Jabba the Hutt, which eventually led to his memorable showdown with Han Solo in that cramped Mos Eisley cantina booth. 

His time on Mos Eisley came to an abrupt end during that meeting with Solo, which has led to one of Star Wars’ biggest debates. Who shot first? Most people reckon Greedo pulled his blaster on Solo first by a fraction of a second.

7. Boba Fett

Boba Fett first appeared on screens as part of the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, but he wasn't there to bring festive cheer or bring Christmas gifts to the children of his homeland Kamino. Not at all.

The exact opposite of a chatterbox, Boba Fett – code name Alpha – became a bounty hunter to take revenge on the Jedis for his father, and worked for Darth Vader. One of his assignments was to capture Han Solo and deliver him to Jabba the Hutt, frozen in carbonite like a big pirate ice lolly.

Even though his menacing outfit and jetpack makes him stand out as one of Star Wars’ best-dressed characters, it doesn’t excuse his wicked behaviour. We wouldn’t trust him to look after our pocket money, to be perfectly honest with you.

6. Darth Maul

With a name like Darth Maul, a tattooed face and a skull protected with sharp horns, the Rebel Alliance knew they were in for a world of trouble when this total; crime lord rolled into town. 

Trained by Darth Sidious, this Sith Lord displayed some pretty handy moves when it came to lightsaber duels, especially as his lightsaber had two powerful blades. Plus, he could do awesome flips – that doesn’t seem fair does it? But Sith Lords don’t tend to play nice when it comes to intergalactic battles. It’s totally expected, really.

This gravelly-voiced bad guy made his debut in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and from the moment he hit the screen, we all knew he was a bit of a rotter, basically.

5. Supreme Leader Snoke

Supreme Leader Snoke may look like the most evil sultana in a fancy golden dressing gown, but he was actually Supreme Leader of the First Order. 

Measuring over 7 feet tall, Snoke wasn’t born but was in fact made in an Exegol lab under orders from Emperor Palpatine, who needed someone like him to manipulate and help him become even stronger. He was described as a “powerful puppet”.

Even though he’s a major force on the dark side, he’s not a Sith Lord like Darth Vader and the gang. But he’s the man who convinced Ben Solo that the dark side was awesome and helped him to become the particularly nasty Kylo Ren. But those plans really backfired, didn’t they?

4. Emperor Palpatine

At number four, we have Emperor Palpatine. He’s also known as Darth Sidious, aka Emperor of the Galactic Empire and Darth Vader's boss. He’s the nastiest man from Naboo and a criminal in a cloak. However you want to describe him, he’s not the sort of person you’d want to go on a picnic with.

Not content with just a career in politics (he was a senator for his home planet Naboo), he created his alter-ego Darth Sidious to help him wreak havoc throughout the universe. Not a fan of democracy or being fair, he created a New Order to replace the Republic and made himself Galactic Emperor. 

He eats betrayal for breakfast and deception for dinner. He eats darkness for supper. He’s just a rotten egg wrapped in a dark cloak. There’s not a naughty step big enough for this enemy of the Rebel Alliance. A very naughty chap.

3. Jabba the Hutt

This humungous slug-like beast was Tatooine’s biggest criminal – in more ways than one. Fun fact: this vile gangster’s real name was Jabba Desilijic Tiure. The ‘Hutt’ bit refers to his alien form – nothing to do with sheds or anything like that. 

After a deal with everyone’s space pirate Han Solo went wrong, he ordered Boba Felt to capture the Millennium Falcon pilot and return him to his dingy – and probably stinky – underground lair. When Solo was brought to him – frozen in carbonite – he placed him on the wall, like an icy decoration. It doesn’t get more evil than that, does it?

He also didn’t get on with Princess Leia Organa, which you’ll already know if you’ve seen Return of the Jedi. 

2. Kylo Ren

Ben Solo – the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia, and named after Obi-Wan ‘Ben’ Kenobi (probably) – was trained in the ways of the Jedi by his uncle Luke. But that didn’t stop him from reaching this high placing on our Star Wars Baddie list.

He was a bit of a career man, you see, with his sights set on ruling the galaxy and appeared to stop at nothing to become the ultimate bad guy. He stuck a lightsaber in his dad’s belly and pushed him off a bridge. That’s not very nice, is it?

Changing his name to Kylo Ren, he led the Knights of Ren (makes sense), became immersed in the world of the Dark Side and destroyed his boss Snoke to become Supreme Leader of the First Order. 

Long story short, he put aside his evil ways and became one with the Force again, and put his own life in danger to save Rey. 

An admirable end, sure, but it doesn’t excuse all that bad behaviour though…

1. Darth Vader

The Dark Lord of all Star Wars villains, Kylo Ren's grandfather and the best-dressed baddie in the entire galaxy. Plus he worked on a space station called the Death Star, which is the ideal place for our top Star Wars villain. 

Darth Vader is such a villain, he had his own scary theme tune and the most menacing costume in Star Wars history. He’s an expert TIE fighter pilot, a brilliant lightsaber duellist and has loads of super powers which are far too evil to list here. 

He once fought his own son with a lightsaber. A rubbish dad, really. 

Let’s end this list on a fun, mind-blowing fact: he never actually said, “Luke, I am your father” in the movie. What?