Star Wars villains comprise a cohort of a few of cinema’s most scary, scheming, and badass antagonists, but current live-action collection like Obi-Wan Kenobi can reveal how a lot they fall brief when not given a powerful narrative basis. Efficacy and ruthlessness sabotaged by poor character growth, inconsistencies, and too few scenes render them a few of the franchise’s greatest letdowns.
Some villains are launched and constructed up solely to be unceremoniously killed off, whereas others are given fairly a bit to do however with no honest emotional payoff, and others merely by no means lived as much as their hype and potential.
10 Grand Moff Tarkin
The solely Imperial officer who might “hold Vader’s leash” was Grand Moff Tarkin, one of many Emperor’s closest confidantes and army enforcers from the budding days of the Empire because it assimilated all vestiges of the Separatist motion into its fold whereas quietly lowering the Republic to ash. A superb tactical thoughts, he created the Tarkin Doctrine, a sweeping opus of bureaucratic oligarchy, and took credit score for the creation of the Death Star.
Portrayed by the inimitable Peter Cushing, a legend of the horror and sci-fi genres, he was seen in small however vital scenes in each Star Wars: A New Hope and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and appeared in a couple of of the animated collection as a minor antagonist. Tarkin was one in every of the most terrifying Imperial officers who conveyed the hubris of the Empire, and sadly along with his dying, the remainder of the villains had been all over-powered Force customers.
9 Director Krennic
Cursed to work together with detached minds that did not share his imaginative and prescient, Director Krennic sought to succeed in the higher echelons of Imperial affect by way of direct coercion through the Emperor’s enforcer. He was assured sufficient to kidnap Galen Erso at his own residence, and saunter into Darth Vader’s private place of residence in an effort to outmaneuver his skilled rival, Grand Moff Tarkin, each of which did not finish properly for him.
In the top, Director Krennic wasn’t destined to be Tarkin 2.0, however center administration, regulated to taking the fallout for the Rebels’ win. He was seen as an expendable asset to the Empire, irrespective of how loyal he was, making him a cautionary story relatively than a robust antagonist.
8 Third Sister
Reva’s strategies efficiently received honored Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, succeeding the place even Darth Vader couldn’t. Soon, nevertheless, she was berated by Fifth Brother who, in Star Wars Rebels wasn’t introduced as an mental big, leading to her showing inferior for no explicit cause than her strategies had been extra reckless.
While her direct superior, the Grand Inquisitor was busy making a loquacious speech, she was the one who threw a knife on the bartender to flush out the Jedi in hiding. She was introduced as a succesful and completed villain, but by the top of Obi-Wan Kenobi was somebody who gave into insecurity, rash selections, and emotion, outmaneuvered by Vader (who she’d been shadowing for years).
7 The Grand Inquisitor
The Grand Inquisitor, as he is introduced in Obi-Wan Kenobi, might have been an interesting character. The Empire’s xenophobia was in stark distinction to the acceptance and tolerance proven within the ranks of the Rebel Alliance and the Resistance, but right here was an alien ready of authority, who had solely been seen in animated type.
He merely wasn’t given sufficient to do, and his appearances at all times got here throughout as ham-fisted into the remainder of the unfolding drama, making him appear as if one in every of the least competent Star Wars villains. Even his supposed “death” was excused away in a means that did not give the character any credit score or resilience. His internal turmoil, battle, and dogmatism would have made for a extra difficult villain than what was proven.
6 Supreme Leader Snoke
Supreme Leader Snoke was an enormous thriller when he was first launched – a bodily warped, bizarrely elongated being robust at midnight facet of the Force, who was capable of manipulate the prodigal son of two Rebel heroes. For two years between Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, followers eagerly theorized about Snoke’s origins, concocting probably the most unbelievable tales across the rise to energy of such a heinous litch.
Yet no sooner was he launched than he was terminated by his apprentice and by the point Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was launched, the reason of his origins was as lifeless as their confessor. His character wanted to embody the essence of Palpatine in a couple of means – he wanted to be iconic in his personal proper, and he was lowered to being the puppet of one other villain’s machinations.
5 Captain Phasma
When Captain Phasma appeared onscreen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, she was visually hanging and intimidating, each traits which pointed towards her being an efficient villain within the vein of different masked scourges like Darth Vader. As with Snoke or the Grand Inquisitor, she stood out; like aliens within the ranks of the Empire, girls in positions of authority weren’t a frequent entity.
When she ought to have had an funding into the dereliction of duties from FN-2187, sparking a cat-and-mouse sport that sprawled throughout the Sequel Trilogy, she was given no narrative goal that succeeded in both furthering her personal growth as a personality or his.
4 Darth Maul
Darth Maul was a villain that appeared to outline the battle of the Prequel Trilogy and emerged as a villain who was more popular than the heroes. Yet this mysterious darkish sider warrior, along with his intriguing face tattoos, burning eyes, and sharp crown of thorns was killed on the finish of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace simply as his star was rising.
Luckily, Maul proved so widespread he was introduced again in numerous animated incarnations till Solo: A Star Wars Story, however these had been all in an effort to use a Band-Aid to a intestine wound. He ought to have been capable of develop organically, with a narrative as enriching and multi-faceted as Vader, relatively than composited after the very fact.
3 Count Dooku
After the egregious dying of Darth Maul, Darth Sidious wanted one other apprentice, and for some cause, chosen an elder statesman with a present for mellifluous monologuing. Dooku was a throwback character from the unique trilogy, whose urbane manners and loquacious flip of phrase put him in stark opposition to overly emotional opponents like Anakin Skywalker.
Yet for all his grandeur, Dooku felt like a stop-gap within the story, a necessity spawned from eliminating Maul’s character. Portrayed by veteran thespian Sir Christopher Lee (recognized for embodying Dracula), Dooku was an underrated Star Wars villain and a mannequin Sith lord however when he was now not essential, he was killed, very similar to Maul, in a vogue that made it clear not solely was his character by no means given any path, he had a lot wasted potential.
2 Jango Fett
What bounty hunter might be extra infamous than Boba Fett? As it turned out, his father, Jango Fett, offered the genetic materials essential to clone the Grand Army of the Republic. A fast-thinking, resourceful, and callous mercenary, Fett would do something for the very best bidder and appeared to be a reliable fighter even in opposition to somebody like Obi-Wan Kenobi.
However, within the Geonosian area in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, he used none of his tactical prowess in opposition to Mace Windu, merely selecting to face and hearth on the Jedi Master whereas he charged him. Fett not solely misplaced his martial skills, however he additionally appeared to lose his mental schools as properly and died for no different cause than to provide Boba Fett a morose backstory.
1 Allegiant General Pryde
Allegiant General Enric Pryde was a villain that was launched in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as a stone-faced officer of appreciable rank and affect within the First Order. In the capstone installment of the Skywalker saga, he did not stand out sufficient from different army personnel like Armitage Hux, but was permitted to execute a personality who had been very important to the earlier installments of the Sequel Trilogy.
As an officer who served the Emperor within the Galactic Civil War, Pryde ought to have appeared within the earlier movies, however nearly all of Pryde’s story got here from the film’s novelization, robbing his onscreen character of affect. His connection to the Emperor and the Sith Eternal, his relationship to the Corporate Sector Authority as a spy, his rivalry with Hux, all of this was wasted, together with a sterling efficiency from Richard E. Grant.