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"Tarkin, if ever there was a shred of humanity in you or these twisted creatures of yours, it's dead now. You're at war with life itself." — Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars Radio Drama, after Grand Moff Tarkin obliterates her home planet.

As a popular franchise, Star Wars and its Expanded Universe have popularized the concept of redemption and Heel Face Turns, especially Redemption Equals Death. However, Star Wars is still a modern tale of a classic battle between good and evil, the Light Side versus the Dark. Thus, even in the Galaxy Far Far Away, the worst of the worst may still exist.


  • Sheev Palpatine, also know as Darth Sidious, is a Dark Lord of the Sith who is the primary villain of the franchise—and by far its most evil one. Born as a nasty sociopath who loved to inflict pain and sought to extend his influence wherever he could, in his various guises as Darth Sidious and ruler of the Galactic Republic and later The Empire, he has been responsible for orchestrating galactic-wide wars, manipulating others and then disposing of them when they have served his needs, personally murdering and torturing a vast number of people, tyrannically oppressing trillions of sentient beings, wiping out billions of lives to secure and then maintain power, and all this for no other reason than his desire to dominate others and his boundless cruelty and hatred. In Episode I, as Senator of Naboo, he engineers the Trade Federation's invasion and blockade of his own home planet, using the sympathy generated to become Supreme Chancellor. In Episode II he starts the Clone Wars and uses the war to gain considerable emergency powers. In Episode III, he successfully turns Anakin Skywalker to the Dark Side by exploiting Anakin's fear about the possible death of his wife Padmé, and afterwards nearly annihilates the Jedi Order by means of Order 66. He brands the Jedi as traitors to the Republic and has them killed by his soldiers, including the Jedi children; all but two of the Jedi die. He kills and disposes his loyal Separatist allies (such as his apprentice Dooku) when he has no more use for them and turns the Republic into a fascist dictatorship, ruling by fear and using planet-destroying superweapons like the Death Star against anything with the idea of dissenting. Once he becomes Emperor, he is known to have personally destroyed entire populations and single-handedly razed entire cities that were suspected to conspire against him. In Episode VI, he flawlessly engineers the total destruction of the Rebellion, and treats Darth Vader as expendable because he wants to make Luke his next apprentice by goading Luke into murdering his father. When Luke refuses, Palpatine gleefully blasts him with Force lightning and would have killed him if not for Vader's redemption.
    • He gets worse throughout the Clone Wars, starting with planning on performing experiments and possibly lethal surgery on infants that he ordered Cad Bane to capture for him, while in a red-tinted laboratory that even the most mad of Mad Scientist would be afraid to work in, over a lava lake on Mustafar. Later when he faces his old apprentice, Darth Maul, he takes great delight in murdering his brother right in front of him, and afterwards, sadistically tortures him with Force lightning while hinting at a Fate Worse Than Death for Maul. In the Lost Missions, he has Fives drugged and rendered insane in order to prevent him from telling the truth about Order 66 which led to the latter's death. When he felt that Asajj Ventress was growing too powerful, Sidious commanded Count Dooku to kill her, ignoring his protests and mockingly praising his apprentice for his "loyalty" when Dooku believed that he had carried out the order. And when Yoda sets out on a vision quest, Sidious takes the opportunity to try and destroy the vulnerable Jedi Master, using Sith sorcery in an attempt to corrupt and kill Yoda. And at the end of the war, of course, he very nearly annihilated the entire Jedi Order, including the children, by means of the aforementioned Order 66: Palpatine branded the Jedi as traitors to the Republic and had them killed by the clones, leaving almost all dead. He had his loyal Separatist allies (such as Dooku) disposed of as well when he had no use for them anymore, and made the Republic into a fascist dictatorship ruling by fear and using planet-destroying superweapons like the Death Star against anything with the idea of dissenting. As the Emperor, he was known to have personally destroyed entire populations and single handedly razed entire cities that were suspected to conspire against him, and he even attempted to tempt the young Ezra Bridger into using The World Between Worlds to return to his parents, which would've actually given Palpatine control over time itself, in the series finale of Star Wars: Rebels.
    • Even after his death, Palpatine's evil still lived on. The Contingency, concocted by Palpatine and Gallius Rax, is a horrifying plan consisting of Rax luring the New Republic and the Empire into a final conflict, then wiping out both sides by blowing up the entire planet they are dueling on, which will kill not only the hundreds of thousands of soldiers on both sides, but also the millions upon millions of lifeforms on the destroyed planet. Palpatine's reasoning for this scheme was nothing more than a final way of executing those who failed him, believing that if he died, the Empire and all its members deserved to die as well due to failing to protect him from death.
    • And if there was any doubt that Palpatine/Darth Sidious was a Complete Monster, the various Expanded Universe material confirms that he is. Star Wars: Darth Plagueis shows him killing his own parents and siblings in cold blood. We later see him crashing his racer and killing two people without any remorse on his part, and, in fact, was extremely glad that he got away with breaking the law and insensitively decided to reveal that instant that he wants to become a racer. When Darth Tenebrous, a Sith Lord, foresaw Palpatine's murder of Plagueis upon his death and possession of Plagueis after the latter betrayed him, he was noticeably horrified at not only Plagueis' murder at the hands of Palpatine, but at how evil Palpatine is, indicating that Palpatine was so evil, that even the Sith, who are infamous for committing various crimes with the Dark Side, were repulsed by him. In The Force Unleashed, upon discovering that Darth Vader had been training a secret apprentice, Starkiller (born Galen Marek), to overthrow him, Palpatine commands Vader to murder Starkiller to prove his loyalty, laughing maniacally as he watches Vader telekinetically brutalise his own apprentice. Initiating a plan to wipe out potential threats to his regime, Palpatine, through Vader, manipulates a revived Starkiller into forming the Rebel Alliance, so that all of the Empire's enemies could be gathered in one place. After capturing the Rebels, Palpatine intends to torture them into betraying their allies before publicly executing them. When Starkiller arrives to save the Rebels, defeating Vader in a duel in the process, Palpatine tries to convince him to kill Vader and become his new apprentice. When Jedi Rahm Kota, Starkiller's mentor, tries to attack him, Palpatine tries to torture him to death with Force lightning. In the game's (non-canon) Dark Side ending, where Starkiller kills Vader, Palpatine slaughters most of the rebel leaders, then orders Starkiller to kill Kota. When Starkiller betrays him, Palpatine responds by torturing the apprentice before crushing him with the Rogue Shadow and having Starkiller rebuilt into a cyborg monstrosity, making it clear that he intends to use Starkiller as a living weapon before discarding him, just as he had with Vader. And in Dark Empire, Palpatine’s cloning attempts lead to his vilest actions yet, not only by converting Luke to the dark side but also causing havoc through the use of devastating force storms and the planet-destroying Galaxy Gun. When his last clone starts to decay, he tried to possess baby Anakin Solo and was only stopped by another Jedi's intervention that led to his final death. It's been implied that he wanted to prevent the invasion of the Vong by making his rule over the galaxy as firm and strong as possible, but he most likely viewed the Vong as an enemy not because they threaten the Galaxy at large, but rather because he wants to protect his own power from potential enemies, and possibly conquer their galaxy once he's had the upper hand so that he can expand his dark influence even further.
    • The character's actor, Ian MacDiarmid, has even spoken of Palpatine's status as this trope. Not only does he compare him with Satan, but he states that Palpatine is far more evil. You read that right; Palpatine is worse than the devil himself! The fact that he very eerily resembles power-hungry, selfish politicians, demagogues, and dictators in the real world (past, present and future) doesn't exactly help his case either.
  • Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, the Big Bad of the original Star Wars film, is bad enough to start with but only gets worse in the Expanded Universe, which shows that he codified the Empire's policy of rule through fear as "The Tarkin Doctrine", and revealing that he first came to the Emperor's attention after he crushed a peace protest under his boots - he landed his Star Destroyer on them. Despite not having anywhere near the power of Palpatine, Wilhuff Tarkin is directly responsible for the destruction of two planets and the deaths of billions, and has repeatedly demonstrate his cruelties as a high-ranking officer with a laundry list of atrocities against countless others: boiling Space Pirate Q'anah and her crew to death from the heat of a star (and ordering the destruction of any ships that tried to rescue them), punishing the populace of Antar-4 with no regard to which members of the populace had been loyal to the Republic, causing many innocent deaths; and, upon his promotion to Grand Moff, casually engineering torture and the execution of any subordinates who failed the Empire, taxing the subjects of the Outer Rim to starvation and engineering the Cold-Blooded Torture of Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus. During the earliest days of the Death Star, Tarkin sanctions the obliteration of rebel city NiJedha and claims the victory as his own, and later has the Death Star fire on the Imperial base on Scarif to quell rebel activity, wiping out countless members of the Empire's own men as well as his hated rival Orson Krennic. Tarkin's most recognized atrocity is, while in command of the Death Star, having Princess Leia tortured and forcing her to witness the destruction of her homeworld of Alderaan even after being provided with the information he wanted, killing billions of innocent people. Tarkin's only response to any of his atrocities is a cold, smug sense of satisfaction. A Knight Templar par excellence, Tarkin exercised cruelty nightmarish even by the standards of the Empire despite not even being a Sith, coldly dismissing Berch Teller's words to his protocol with "[E]vil will have to do." In short, there is nothing remotely sympathetic about the guy, and his arrogance means he doesn't even get the consolation prize of being a cool Magnificent Bastard like his boss.
    • It says a lot that when he appears in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the guy is utterly and completely without any positive character traits. He spends the entire rescue arc being an Ungrateful Bastard, and that Anakin agrees with some of his ideals only foreshadows the inevitable. He later serves as prosecutor in Ahsoka Tano's trial and pushes for her to be executed. And in Star Wars Rebels, he has the Inquistior behead two officers for their failure to comprehend the seriousness of a growing rebellion.
    • The non-canon novelization of Return of the Jedi recycles his character in its' version of Moff Jerjerrod, who is portrayed as an arrogant, self-important Sociopathic Soldier who joined the imperial military solely for the violence he could inflict on others, and saw the Rebel Alliance as something smaller and weaker than himself that he could bully with impunity. As commanding officer of the second Death Star, he was an enthusiastic participant in Palpatine's plan to exterminate the Rebels, viewing it as an exercise in total annihilation. His one regret was that the end of the Rebellion would mean the end of the war he'd loved so much. Towards the end, Jerjerrod goes berserk and orders Death Star II to obliterate Endor, intending to butcher not only the Rebels and the Ewoks, but his own men, and every other sentient lifeform on the moon, out of a desire "to incinerate something green and living, gratuitously, meanly, toward no end but that of wanton destruction. A small act, but deliciously satisfying."
  • Orson Krennic, Imperial Director of military intelligence, fought for the Republic in the Clone Wars, where he revealed his true colors by massacring civilians and noncombatants whose only crime was being affiliated with the Seperatists. Upon the rise of the Empire, Krennic enthusiastically supported the new regime to make his dream of creating the Death Star a reality, being not pleased with fellow Complete Monster Grand Moff Tarkin essentially stealing direction of the Death Star's development from under him and constantly hoping to undermine and overrule him. Krennic frequently engineers schemes to give the Empire control of mining interests, and at one point orchestrates a war on one world, both so the Empire can end up brutally suppressing it and to distract his rival Tarkin. Krennic frequently displays a tendency to manipulate, betray, and kill those who work with him, as shown by him trying to obtain the research of the pacifistic genius scientist Galen Erso for the sake of using it for the Death Star's superlaser, and massacring a group of engineers who ask to be released from their contracts by blowing up their facility. When Galen escapes, Krennic tracks him down, resulting in the death of his wife before forcing him to complete the Death Star. Krennic later has it tested on the civilian city of Jedha after his original proposal of destroying the entire moon is shot down, and finds himself awestruck by the resulting mass casualties and destruction. And after learning that one of his engineers leaked information on the Death Star, he threatens to have them all executed if the guilty party didn't fess up, and then has them all executed anyway just to hurt Galen even after he admits to being the leaker. He later nearly kills Cassian Andor while also having his forces slaughter all the rebels who've infiltrated Scarif, and attempts to shoot Galen's daughter, Jynn Erso, in cold blood following an attempted Break Them By Talking. Firmly dedicated to furthering his own career, Krennic would betray or murder whoever he had to in order to keep the command he felt was his by right.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars gave us General Pong Krell during the Umbaran four-parter. Essentially a Fantastic Racist Jerkass General Ripper who abuses the clones and treats them like cannon fodder, perfectly willing to throw them away with strategies bound to fail. Then he orders the death of Jesse and Fives, as well as a court martial for disobeying orders after they saved the day by doing so. Then he truly crosses the Moral Event Horizon-he plays two armies of Clone Troopers against each other by saying that there were infiltrators, having them kill each other. Shortly after that, he confesses he'd been trying to lose as many clones as possible because his plan was to sabotage the Republic war effort from within in order to ingratiate himself to Count Dooku and become the Sith Lord's next apprentice just to escape his premonition of Order 66. When he's ultimately exposed as the traitor that he is, Krell begins to violently rampage through the Clones' ranks, brutally killing many of them himself before he is ultimately subdued and captured. When questioned, Krell straight up admits that, in addition to his plan, he simply enjoyed manipulating and murdering his own Clones simply because he found them "inferior." And when Rex prepared to execute him for his crimes, Krell sadistically taunted the Clone Captain by mocking his emotional turmoil in one final act of spite. Sadistic, brutal, and smug even to his final breath, Pong Krell is the single best example of the corrupting influence of war upon the Jedi Order.
    • Keeper Agruss the Zygerrian is a slaver, which is bad in itself, but goes above and beyond the call of duty on that. In particular, he has no problem casually murdering dozens of slaves if it means breaking a Jedi, tortures and kills other slaves for Obi-Wan's defiance, not only making his help unproductive but actually alienating those he seeks to protect. He truly earns his credentials at the end. The Republic has arrived and it's quite clear he's lost. What does he do? Set the system to dump the slaves into the abyss, smashes the panel to prevent Obi-Wan from saving them (Ahsoka manages to get them to safety), then gloats about how Obi-Wan can't retaliate because he's a Jedi. His death at Rex's hands was very deserved. Even the queen had a redeeming moment at the end. This guy was just straight-up evil.
    • Dr. Nuvo Vindi is the Monster of the Week for the season 1 two-parter " Blue Shadow Virus" and "Mystery of a Thousand Moons", and the Mad Scientist who recreated the titular virus, a disease that kills all who contract it and which no lifeform is immune to, after it had been wiped from the galaxy. Vindi not only brought the virus back, he converted it to an airborne strain so it could spread more easily. Vindi's ultimate plan is to send a virus-laden bomb to each key Republic star system, creating a galaxy-wide plague that could kill entire planetary populations. When his operation iss put at risk by the Republic, Vindi just decides to prematurely activate the bombs while they're still on world, with the intention of killing everyone on Naboo, himself included. Though hired by the Separatists to perform these actions, it's clear that Vindi takes great joy in his work, and sees unleashing the revived virus as passing judgement on the galaxy that once "murdered" it.
    • Wat Tambor, Foreman of the Techno Union and former Emir of Ryloth, is a vile force even among the Separatist Council. Using his position as Emir to oppress and starve the Twi'lek populace of Ryloth while having resistance fighters massacred even after forcing them into surrender, Tambor responds to the Republic's attempts to liberate the planet by using Twi'lek people as living shields to dissuade them from attacks. Tambor eventually gives up on the planet, ordering Twi'lek villages full of women and children wiped out and trying to firebomb the entire planet to wipe out it and its populace to spite the Republic, attempting to make off with its riches to further salt the wound. As Foreman of the Techno Union, Tambor leads horrendous experiments against sentient creatures on Skako Minor, using fallen Clone Echo as a living computer and forcing him to experience the last moments before his "death" for months on end and trying to use his organic decimator to slaughter Anakin and the Bad Batch when they try and free him — testing its effects on a Poletec subject before them and cruelly dismissing it and Echo as mere Techno Union property. Vile, smug, and cowardly, Tambor endlessly spoils for others what he cannot have for himself and wreaks a uniquely long list of atrocities in his service to the Separatists.
  • A New Dawn features Count Denetrius Vidian, a corrup bureaucrat and manager in charge of overseeing the Empire's factories. Vidian demonstrates his authority by working his subordinates to death and beating a union boss to death when he protests. Vidian shows a penchant for torturing his enemies and plans to mine one moon for all the materials it has, even though the excessive mining will destroy the moon and its planet, thus killing all the beings there; Vidian simply plans to blame a rival noble for the disaster. His worst moment comes when an entirely competent factory manager protests that Vidian's demands are impossible. He proceeds to throw her into a vat of acid and angrily tells her to "dissolve quickly" so he can get back to work before beating her husband to death when he attempts to arrest him for his crimes.
  • Gallius Rax is the mastermind behind the entire Aftermath trilogy, and one of the most wicked individuals to ever grace the Empire's ranks. Growing up as a lowly orphan named Galli, Rax received his chance to become something greater after a chance meeting with Sheev Palpatine, who commissioned Rax to oversee an expedition for him. Succeeding at this task with flying colors by manipulating numerous children into serving him before burning them all alive, Rax quickly rose through the ranks of the Empire, ultimately taking over a large remnant of the leftovers following Palpatine's demise. In his new position, Rax manipulates Grand Admiral Rae Sloane into dancing to his tune while eliminating any and all remaining Imperial commanders he deems unworthy, uncaring of the thousands of Imperial troops killed in the crossfire of his machinations. After using mind control transmitters to turn New Republic agents into assassins, Rax has them execute numerous New Republic government officials, firing on civilians as well, before betraying and attempting to murder Rae Sloane for her disgust at his tactics. Once leading his tens of thousands of troops to Jakku, Rax reveals his master plan concocted by himself and Palpatine to lure most of the New Republic into a final war with the Empire on Jakku, at which point Rax will blow up the entire planet, wiping out the hundreds of thousands of Imperial and New Republic soldiers plus the countless innocents across the planet in one fell swoop. Rax then plans to use dozens of children he abducted and brainwashed into becoming killing machines to form a new Empire for himself to rule, a plan that was not what Palpatine wanted and which directly leads to the creation of the the First Order. Gallius Rax, despite his facade of a seemingly polite, cultured personality, was in truth a savage sadist who took great joy in hurting others, and ultimately is responsible for the deaths of countless people across the galaxy due to his psychotic ambitions.
  • Grand Moff Lozen Tolruck conceals the fall of the Emperor from his own men to continue ruling over the planet Kashyyyk as its king. Forcing the Wookiee race into slave labor by installing inhibitor chips that cause intense pain in the Wookiees, Tolruck also begins hunting them for sport and food. When the former Rebellion comes to liberate Kashyyyk, Tolruck continues his barbaric activities and tortures a rebel who falls into his hands, while also considering farming the Wookiee population for meat and crossbreeding them with Talz, a sentient species he finds especially delicious. When he realizes it's impossible to hold Kashyyyk, Tolruck ordered his small fleet of Star Destroyers to annihilate the entire world, declaring he will surrender Kashyyyk to no one, not even the Empire itself.
  • Captain Phasma was once a warrior on the world of Parnassos. Engineering her own family's death, save her brother—who she still crippled as part of her scheme and later emotionlessly killed anyway—who provided her story more cover, Phasma would join her family's rival tribe and later, solely to ingratiate herself to the First Order and join them, took part in—or at least had no qualms with—their destruction and the annihilation of the remainder of civilization on Parnassos. Becoming a terrifying, ruthless figure who would indoctrinate countless innocents into being loyal Cannon Fodder, while happily committing massacres and war crimes, Phasma lacked any of the qualities of honor and loyalty she sought to instill. Phasma would murder her former superior Brendol Hux via flesh-eating beetles and attempt to fatally poison the kindhearted stormtrooper Captain Cardinal, also attempting to murder anyone who knew of her past, even a young girl named Frey—Phasma's own niece—from Parnassos who died in a a supposed training accident. Willingly selling out the codes for Starkiller Base to save her own hide,, Phasma sacrificed soldiers who could have escaped to make her own escape easier, and framed and hunted down a survivor who knew of her treachery, inciting a war between local species on the planet to make her job easier, referring to them as cannon fodder as well. Once she'd executed her target, Phasma killed the TIE pilot who had assisted her just to remove any loose ends. When she has her treacherous former disciple Finn at her mercy, Phasma opts to try to torture him to death instead of merely killing him quickly. A coward who would betray and murder anyone to live a bit longer, Phasma sets the standard for ruthless evil in the First Order, with nobody being safe from her cruelty.
  • Darth Bane in Drew Karpyshyn's Darth Bane Trilogy. When dying of poison, he forces a healer to medicate him by threatening to drop the man's young daughter into a pot of boiling water. Later, he manipulates Kaan, the leader of the Brotherhood of Darkness, into using an inherently suicidal Force technique that kills the entire group (plus the vast majority of the Jedi Order), leaving Bane the sole remaining Sith Lord. This is aside from his tendency to kill at the drop of a hat.
    • His apprentice Darth Zannah, however, manages to actually get creepier than her master's evil, destroying a romantic rival's mind with her powers, leaving the woman basically alive but irrecoverably insane in a coma. Oh, and the tiny fragment left of her conscious mind is still somewhere in there, trapped with all her nightmares until her body dies. And showing that she's learned her lessons well, when, at a later time, Zannah has to go back to that healer to save Bane's life, once he's done so, she ends up betraying and murdering him, then driving her cousin insane and leaving him to be slaughtered by the Jedi as "proof" that the last Sith Lord has died.
  • Cronal, Big Bad of the Star Wars Expanded Universe novel Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor, is a Nietzsche Wannabe so evil that he mentally derides Palpatine for being, in effect, too nice. His misdeeds include enslaving his own already loyal soldiers by implanting what amount to self-destruct devices in them, having captive Force-sensitives essentially lobotomized and then slaved to his will to act as extensions of himself (the real Cronal being an incredibly frail old man), attempting Grand Theft Me on Luke, and, when that fails, on Leia. His goal is galactic domination, but he edges towards Omnicidal Maniac territory when he proclaims that his rule will be "no mere second imperium, but the reign of death". He is a very effective and memorable villain, though, as his Complete Monster status makes him a great foil for Luke.

Cronal: Only power is real, and the only real power is the power to destroy.

  • Another one is Onimi from the New Jedi Order. Onimi was once a gifted Shaper whose experiments resulted in him becoming hideous and malformed, branding him as a Shamed One and outcast in the eyes of the Yuuzhan Vong. However, his experiments also granted him incredible power. He enslaved the mind of Supreme Overlord Shimrra Jamaane, ruling the Yuuzhan Vong as the secret master from the shadows while being publicly presented as Shimrra's court jester, hiding his intellect behind Obfuscating Stupidity. Onimi ordered the invasion of the Galaxy, leading to a brutal campaign that saw hundreds of trillions dead and entire species and worlds annihilated by the Yuuzhan Vong. Desperate to contain the supposed "Jeedai" heresy, Onimi initiates violent purges of his own people, slaughtering them en masses while throwing away the lives of loyal Yuuzhan Vong on pointless endeavors throughout the war. When he faces off with the Solo twins, Onimi reveals he has come to see them as avatars of the Yuuzhan Vong gods of trickery and war and reveals his intentions to continue the massacre of everything in the galaxy to elevate himself to godhood. Twisted, cruel and obsessed with his own glory, Onimi aimed to destroy all he could for the sole purpose of spitting in the faces of the gods he abandoned in his own hubris.
  • A Complete Monster who, to some, is Evilly Affable is Ysanne Isard, Director of Imperial Intelligence and Emperor in all but name during the X Wing Series. Along with the traditional things that come from being at the head of the Empire, like oppressing nonhumans and ordering strikes against the Rebels, and what she did to the previous people in power, she ordered the creation of the Krytos Plague, which causes infected nonhumans to die horribly, and set it loose on Coruscant before the Rebels captured it. This so that the New Republic would both bankrupt itself trying to treat the infected and tear itself apart along species lines, as resentment towards immune humans rose. It might not have gotten that bad, but that was the intent. And then there's how she left Coruscant. And Lusankya. At one point, Wedge thinks to himself that Isard might not have been evil on the scale of the Emperor or Darth Vader - aside from Luke and sometimes Leia, few people in that 'verse consider Vader anything but evil even after his Redemption Equals Death - but that was small comfort to the millions who died at her hand.
  • Another one is Ta'a Chume. Let's see, she assassinates her own son, would be daughter-in-law, and her actual daughter-in-law, purely because she considers them "weak". Oh, and she orders a hit on her own Great Granddaughter because of her distaste for Jedi, sells her followers up the river, and tries to get Jaina to marry Isolder. Ugh. Not surprisingly, few tears were shed when Jacen sent her into a coma. Especially satisfying because she had been a frequent Karma Houdini until that point.
  • Moruth kriffing Doole. He keeps a harem of Rybet females he rapes, and he enslaves the children, making them package up the spice mined. Then, when they're old enough to challenge him, he kills them. Fortunately, unlike Kyp Durron from the same trilogy, he's not a Karma Houdini.
  • Pirate pilot Remart Sasyru, whose idea of fun is blasting landspeeders on the freeway. He also, on a raid, demands sex with the community Trustant's daughter in exchange for the trinkets he stole and tries to rape her when she refuses.
  • Borborygmous Gog was the Big Bad of the first half of the Galaxy of Fear When he learned that his special experiments would result in the extinction of all life on the planet Kiva, he reported this to the Emperor and carried on while concealing the truth from his more moral partner, Hoole. Gog continued with Project Starscream, creating bioweapons that included a living planet that devoured organic life, a machine that traps people in their worst nightmares, and an essence stealer that sucked out the life force of sentients into a crystal matrix. He regularly unleashed them on innocents in order to test them out and record the results. When his “masterpiece,“ the living bioweapon Eppon, chose to side with Hoole's family against Gog, Gog simply killed him without remorse. He also funded Dr. Evazan’s research (see below). Combining his brilliance with an utter lack of morals, Gog sought to master the Force and achieve scientific perfection- even if the Galaxy had to burn behind him.
    • Meanwhile, Dr. Cornelius Evazan, who appeared at the Mos Eisley cantina in A New Hope, becomes subject to a Cerebus Retcon in this series, showing us exactly why his crimes gave him the death sentence in twelve systems. A psychotic Mad Scientist, Serial Killer, and thug with delusions of grandeur, Evazan claimed countless victims with his depraved experiments. When his partner Ponda Baba lost an arm to Obi-Wan after threatening Luke, Evazan kidnapped an Aqualish Senator to have Ponda's mind transferred into his body, obliteraring the senator's consciousness. When this went wrong and Ponda was erased, Evazan had no remorse. Joining Project Starscream, Evazan moved to Necropolis, where he tried experimenting to raise the dead. For this end, Evazan even murdered and attempted to murder children to reanimate and fuel his personal Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Jenna Zan Arbor was a Mad Scientist fascinated by The Force in all aspects. Debuting in Jedi Apprentice, she captured, tortured, and killed many in an effort to work out how their abilities operated. She later infected the water supply of the planet Belasco with a bacteria that would kill millions unless she was paid to "discover" a cure. In Jedi Quest, she allied with gangster and terrorist Granta Omega, setting herself up as a drug dealer before joining his effort to poison the entire Galactic Senate. When Omega died, Jenna joined the Separatists in manufacturing chemical weapons before changing her allegiance yet again to the Empire at the end of the war. For her instability and Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, she was eventually executed by none other than Darth Vader.
  • Contrasting nicely with Grand Admiral Thrawn is Joruus C'baoth, Ax Crazy clone of a Jedi Master who was a real piece of work to begin with. C'Baoth is a particularly interesting example as we get to watch him descend from an arrogant (and almost pitiable, considering his obvious mental instability) jerkass into true evil. Right around when he Mind Rapes General Covell to death is when you realise there's no going back for this corrupted asshole.
  • Durge was a bounty hunter, assassin, and Separatist commander during the Clone Wars. He and Asajj Ventress massacred gungans residing on a Naboo moon to test their new chemical weapon that was made to be used against Naboo. Durge later attempted to slaughter every member of the Jedi investigation squad that arrived, even trying to skin a Padawan alive. During the battle of Queyta, Durge opened fire on his own men so that the explosions caused by their deathswould kill a pair of Jedi Masters. When one survived, Durge finished him off personally by submerging in lava. Obsessed with a perfect record and title, Durge eventually made an attempt on Boba Fett's life and went out of his way to kill all of Jango's clones, all in the name of cementing his reputation. Finally, he succeeded in slaughtering the entire crew of a captured ship before he was slain. Clearly, Durge was as vile as even a bounty hunter could get.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes: Kul Teska is a deranged scientist turned mercenary who allies with Count Dooku to construct his latest superweapon. Finding the parts of the superweapon by invading a Republic station, Teska slaughters any Republic troops in his way before damaging the station's engines, leading its population to flee via escape pods. To enable himself to flee, Teska reveals he has planted bombs on the dozens of escape pods and will detonate them if is not allowed to escape. Once completing construction of his superweapon, Teska reveals that it is weapon that can destroy entire stars, and, to test it out before he sells it to Count Dooku, Teska hopes to destroy the sun of the Naboo system, wiping out numerous highly populated planets and moons and billions of lives. Teska later kidnaps Senator Padme Amidala to use as a hostage, and, even when beaten, Teska spends his final moments mocking Anakin Skywalker that Naboo is doomed.
  • Chantique from the Crucible: she throttles a man to death, forces the protagonist to experience over 1000 years of suffering and pain, screws with his head and makes him drive his friend away too late to realize that he's been used, mocks him after his friend kills himself rather than murder Zayne (she simply says "Meaningless, Wasn't It?"), shows a disturbing lust for violence, revels in death, and it's heavily implied that every one of her atrocities are simply to get revenge on Jarael. The worst thing? She killed her fellow students by BURYING THEM ALIVE. The crucible as a whole also qualifies for turning pacifists into complete killers, and for enslaving people.
    • From the exact same comic is Antos Wyrick, aka Demagol. He sells his own daughter into slavery simply because she is disruptive to his school (which causes his wife to kill herself). He also performs Josef Mengele style experiments on men, women, and children simply to replicate his work (which kills many), puts Rohlan Dyre into a chemical coma for most of the series and allows him to take the fall for his atrocities, commits two brutal double homicides, and is apparently so foul that even the Mandalorians, who have a rather dubious moral compass, have adopted his name as a substitute for "complete and utter Monster". The death of these two monsters was incredibly well deserved.
      • Fun fact: Demagol is Chantique's father. She's the one he sold to slavers. Talk about In the Blood.
    • Another KOTOR example is Haazen. While his skills as a manipulator are certainly impressive, he has little sympathy because of the sheer selfishness of his crimes. To make a long story short, he causes every atrocity in the first 35 issues, turns Zayne's mentor into a colossal dick, and tries to destroy the Jedi just to piss on the grave of a man he already murdered 33 years before.
    • While Darth Malak just barely avoids this trope due to his dying acknowledgement that he was wrong, his right hand man Admiral Saul Karath has no such moment. He crossed the Moral Event Horizon by not only betraying the Republic but also carpet-bombing an entire planet just to prove his loyalties; and he continues sailing across it by torturing you, Carth, and Bastila regardless of how you answer his questions, just because he can.
    • Chuundar manages to claim the title of Complete Monster without even having to join the Sith: having his brother exiled, inviting Czerka to set up shop on his home planet, and selling his own people into slavery, as well as betraying his father and leaving him to die in the forest, with his own people tricked into believing he had gone insane.
    • In the second game, Darth Nihilus is an Eldritch Abomination who drains the force energy of entire planets to sustain himself, and while that might seem somewhat justifiable considering he has to do it in order to survive, he also augments it with pure sadism: after obliterating the Jedi gathering on Katar and taking a good deal of the Miraluka with them, he finds Visas Marr and makes her his apprentice- mutilating her face in a cruel mimickry of eyesockets, and mind raping her into submission to seal the deal. And let's not forget Darth Sion (especially in the Male Exile playthrough), who delights in inflicting pain on others, from beating the living daylights out of the depowered Kreia to torturing Atton to death
  • A minor Star Wars character who only physically appears in one comic of the "Dark Times" series (which depict the aftermath of Episode 3, when Palpatine has all but total power in the galaxy) manages in his brief screentime to become a "shining" example of the trope as well: Dezono Qua. He even has a Meaningful Name tipping off readers knowledgeable in Native-American myths about his nature. (He Eats Babies. Literally.) When asked why he has children purchased solely to kill and cook them, Qua responds Because I could. Even Jedi Master Dass Jennir was so appalled at his horrific crimes and callous attitude that he decided to just shoot him dead.
  • Star Wars comics have a long history of complete monsters in their ranks. Let's also give nods to Naga Sadow, Exar Kun, and Freedon Nadd of the Old Republic era...Naga Sadow is cruel, treacherous, and monstrous by the standards of the SITH who masterminds an enormous war, manipulates a tortured boy into helping him do so, and blows up an entire sun rather than be captured. Nadd, as Naga's apprentice, is a fallen Jedi who delighted in running a genocidal dictatorship. Exar Kun, though? Well, from masterminding the Sith War to murdering his kind old master to essentially living to corrupt everything he could...
    • And Kun's idea of fun is to corrupt a too-proud aspiring Jedi and then incinerate him with his own anger or throw an ace pilot around until he looks like an amphistaff's chew toy and then Mind Rape him across the Despair Event Horizon. He would have succeeded were it not for a passing Sith operative-turned-smuggler-turned-Jedi.
  • Aleema Keto was a Spoiled Brat who discovered the spirit of Sith Lord Freedon Nadd while questing for adventure. Upon learning Sith magic from him, she and her cousin used it to subjugate their home system, overthrowing and encasing their parents in carbonite. Aleema then sewed her tutor's mouth shut after giving an illusion of his tongue turning into an eel and later blasted the flesh off his bones in a rage after he he spilled her wine. She later conducted executions for her regime by feeding victims to torture droids while she launched a crusade that took many lives, And Aleema was very fond of using illusions to Mind Rape her enemies on massive scales, even manipulating a fallen Jedi into killing her cousin for her. Oh, and when she gets command of Sith Lord Naga Sadow's ship, she gleefully uses it to annihilate a star cluster, cooking her enemies alive in their ships.
  • Star Wars: Knight Errant features Lord Odion, born as the heir of the mighty Sith Calimondra family. He had a strange affliction caused by the mere existence of others around him. Thus the dark side appealed to him and he found joy in the murder of others to the point where the murder of sentient beings became a high to him. He also learnt Sith techniques such as how to twist the minds of others, forcing helpless captives to attack carnivorous monsters before restoring their minds to savor their agony as they were devoured. Finally, Odion found an ancient Sith helmet that would initiate homicidal and suicidal insanity in living things, which he deemed a "solution" to existence. To power it up, he imprisoned every child in his realm to deprive them of hope, using their terror and anguish to power his helm, He was but moments away from ending all life before being stopped, his final goal being to exterminate all life and rule the graveyard he'd made of the Galaxy.
  • In Legacy, we have Vul Isen, the guy who callously murdered 80% of all life on Mon Calamari. He enjoys every minute and is PROUD of his abilities to commit genocide. How bad is he? His cruelty causes the HUTTS to consider joining the GA and IR to take the Sith down, and Cade's agenda in the final three issues is capturing Isen and bringing him to justice. He's not even high ranking and he still owns his fellow Sith in the evil department.
    • Legacy has its share of these. Most of the One Sith are atrociously evil, but Darth Krayt takes the cake. Even if he was a good man before becoming a Sith, Krayt sabotages a mass terraforming project that leads to horrible fates for countless beings, uses the aftermath of the disaster to trigger a galaxy-wide war, then launches a coup to take over the victor and, by extension, the galaxy. When one Mon Calamari senator stands against him, Krayt, on the spot, orders the execution of every Mon Calamari with the summary execution of ten percent of the population, with the rest herded into work camps. Krayt eventually grows to believe the galaxy must suffer 'death and rebirth' as well and becomes an Omnicidal Maniac.
  • Jango Fett's archnemesis, Tor Vizsla, founder of the Death Watch extremists bent on returning the Mandalorians to their worst warmongering ways and the reason for every tragedy in his life. When Jango was a young boy, his entire family was killed by Vizsla and his men when they got caught in the crossfire of his war with Jaster Mereel and the True Mandalorian faction. Later on, when Fett had succeeded Mereel as leader of the True Mandalorians, Vizsla conspired to trick the Jedi into believing that the True Mandalorians were slaughtering political dissidents (the "dissidents" were actually armed insurgents) along with women and children. The evidence for the latter was provided by Vizsla's men. The result? A horrific battle between the Mandalorians and a task force of Jedi that left almost everyone on both sides dead. His brutal death via mauling by predatory felines was well-deserved and extremely satisfying.
  • There's also Imperial Major Stafuv Rahz from the obscure one-shot comic "Bring Me the Children". He's one of the Gektl people, native to a planet that boats vast ore reserves which has a planetary shield to keep greedy corporations away, and it was Rahz's job to maintain that shield. But the Empire, ever in search of worlds to exploit and aliens to be dicks to, greases his palm, so he deactivates the shield. The result? All the Gektl but him are sold into slavery. As the title of the story implies, he later goes after a bunch of kids whose teacher is a member of the Allience, threatening to film their live executions if the Rebels don't agree to a hostage trade. It's mentioned that Darth Vader hates this guy, presumably due to his own past as a slave.
  • In Star Wars Bounty Hunter, Montross's introduction shows him coldly gunning down a helpless bounty who's wanted dead or alive, simply for the pleasure of murder. As the man desperately pleads, his bounty is worth more alive. Montross replies "You're worth enough dead." Later on, while trying to beat Fett to the big prize that they're both after, he tortures Fett's non-combatant friend and mother-figure to find out the location, mortally wounding her in the process. Then he sets her entire space station to explode, hoping to kill Fett. He fails, but undoubtedly slaughters countless civilians who were on the station. Fortunately, he gets a karmic death when Jango leaves him to be ripped apart by the Banda Gora. A despicable sociopath with nothing but cruelty driving him, Monstross stands out even among Mandalorians and bounty hunters as a vile individual.
  • Jedi Starfighter: Captain Cavik Toth is a mercenary turned Trade Federation leader who rules over the Karthakk system with an iron fist. Developing a banned chemical weapon known as trihexalon, Hex for short, Toth uses it to murder three of his servants when they aren't performing their tasks fast enough, and then orders his sadistic second in command Bella to test the Hex on the planet Maramere, leading to thousands of deaths and an attempted thousands more. Toth plans to mass produce the Hex then use it to bring death across the galaxy simply to establish himself as an important asset to Count Dooku, and in the end tries to bombard the planet of Geonosis with the Hex, ordering Jedi Master Adi Gallia and her friends be captured alive solely so Toth can have them tortured to death. Nym's aid even describes him as a ruthless, inhuman monster.
  • When Darth Jadus is first introduced in Star Wars: The Old Republic, he appears to only differ from his fellow members of the Dark Council in that he is enigmatic. It gradually becomes apparent that Jadus is twisted even by the brutal standards of the Sith. Jadus fakes his own death at the hands of a terrorist so he can secretly kidnap several hundred people and torture them into becoming his mindless servants. He then gives incredibly powerful Kill Sats to terrorists so they can use them to kill countless Imperial citizens, all so he can come back from the dead and save the day, increasing his political power. To prevent the other members of the Dark Council from figuring out his plans, Jadus has his insane daughter, Darth Zhorrid, succeed him on the Council as a distraction. If Zhorrid somehow manages to survive Sith politics, Jadus plans to have her killed. Jadus plans to use the power he will gain from his plans to repeat the tortures he inflicted upon the people he kidnapped with the entire Empire.
    • Emperor Vitiate is also a really, really cruel man, being basically the Bigger Bad of the entire franchise prior to it's reboot. Rising to power at a young age after murdering his family, the young Sith Lord tortured his true father to death, imprisoning his soul to torment forevermore. After the Great Hyperspace War, Vitiate lured thousands of Sith Lords to his own world, where he forced them to participate in a ritual that empowered Vitiate, and left the world devoid of both life and force. Establishing a twisted empire with himself as its deified master, Vitiate would bring about the Mandalorian Wars to test the Republic, and eventually captured and torture the redeemed Jedi Revan for centuries. Initiating a massive war that claimed countless lives, Vitiate used sleeper agents to weaken the Republic and attempted to facilitate the destruction of entire star systems to enact his ritual on a grand scale, allowing him to devour all life in the galaxy. It was revealed that he had founded another empire on the world Zakuul by possessing a hero on the world centuries past, even marrying a human woman and fathering three children. Manipulating one of his twin sons into murdering the other, he treated his "favored" daughter as science experiment, having her locked away and experimented on. Initiating a new invasion from his favored "Infinite Empire", Vitiate bound his spirit to the hero, the Outlander, and ended up manipulating the galaxy into war, allowing his insane daughter to scend to Zakuul's rulership before having the Outlander kill her and leave the Eternal Throne leaderless. Revealing his intent had been to allow the powerful Eternal Fleet to annihilate the Jedi and Sith alike, the Outlander had been nothing but a new host for him to cultivate. And that's not even getting into what Kira endured thanks to him. She fled the Sith because of his evil and during the Jedi Knight's battle with Angral, he possesses Kira purely to do away with her friend. Why? Because he saw visions that her friend might be the one who will defeat him and being Dangerously Genre Savvy, he's decided to take the hero out now while he or she is still weak. A being so evil that even other Sith Lords held him in contempt, Emperor Vitiate stands up there with Emperor Palpatine himself as one of the single most evil beings to ever threaten the galaxy.
    • Toborro the Hutt, Big Bad of the Expansion Pack for the Republican side, shows that even among the greedy Hutts, a whole new low can be reached. After the war between the Republic and the Empire breaks out once again, Toborro plots to seize the power for himself. To that end, he hires the InterStellar Regulators and brutally subjugates the peaceful planet of Makeb. His ruthless harvest of the rare Isotope-5 to build himself up as a galactic power soon brings the planet on the verge of destruction. Fully knowing it will soon explode, Toborro orders the construction of an ark, which will only evacuate himself and his treasures, leaving the civilian population to its grim fate. After his ark gets taken away from him, he angrily rants that he is the one being unrightfully robbed and swears bloody vengeance, announcing civilian massacres as long as the ark isn't returned to him. Even after this, he is given several chances to stand down and redeem himself, but he doesn't take any of it and instead tries to blow up his base and the planet prematurely, claiming that if he can't have the Isotope-5, nobody should. Toborro is such an megalomanical, racist and self-centered person that even his fellow Hutts willingly give themselves to the Republic instead of going along with his plans.
  • X1 of Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron is a clone trooper who, alongside his brother X2, were cloned from the genes of a Jedi. X1 gleefully turns on the Jedi Order during the Clone Wars upon Palpatine's order, and becomes one of the Empire's top Jedi hunters alongside X2 in the process. After X2 abandons the Empire when X1 massacres an entire village to kill one Jedi, X1 instantly orders his brother be killed for treachery, and, upon meeting the Jedi they were cloned from, X1 pretends to redeem himself solely to stab the man in the back. Working his way up in the Empire, X1 greatly assists in the construction of the Death Star, killing one of his men for a mistake in the process, and later uses a Star Destroyer to lay waste to any escape transports trying to flee from a war against the Empire and Rebellion. Once the Emperor and Darth Vader are killed, X1 rallies the remaining Imperial forces to his side, planning to use Luke Skywalker as a baseline for an army of Dark Jedi that X1 will use to bring destruction and death across the galaxy, for no reason other than the fact that he loves war. After X2 stumbles across many of X1's failed cloning experiments, the brothers do battle, and X1 uses his last moments to attempt to murder X2 after he spares his evil brother.
  • In Star Wars;: Lethal Alliance, Zarien Kheev is a Zabrak slavemaster who allies with Empire to increase his power and profits. A vicious slaver who deals in children and is Rianna's Arch Enemy due to his lopping off one of her headtails, an extremely painful and taboo crime, Kheev creates a new drug to hopefully force dozens of his slaves to work harder, and tests the drug by having his men take over a lab and use the scientists as test subjects, before ordering all of said scientists be murdered to cover their tracks. Working to create major parts of the planet destroyed known as the Death Star, Kheev completes its construction then uses it to blow up the entire prison planet of Despayre, killing its billions of prisoners and his own men. In his final scheme, Kheev attempts to supply newer, more dangerous designs for the Death Star to the Empire, hoping for it to become unstoppable so he may elevate his own personal power.
  • The Crystal Star: Hethrir, part of a near-human race called the Firrereo, was once Palpatine's Procurator of Justice and the head of the Empire's justice system. To prove himself to the Empire, Hethrir had thousands of his people abducted and placed in suspended animation with the intention of awakening them far later where they'd worship him as a God. Millions of others were left on Firrereo, where Hethrir had the planet infected by a virus that killed every living thing on it in total agony. When Hethrir's wife escaped with their child, Hethrir hunted her down and placed her in a torture device where she remained in pain for five years, and took their son as a slave. Hethrir took to enslaving children to build a new empire, selling those who weren't force sensitive or non-human into slavery, while also forming a cult dedicated to the alien being known as Waru. Hethrir promised Waru, who simply wanted a way to his home dimension, the lives of sentients, with intentions of sacrificing force sensitive children in return for power.
  • In the comic The Star Wars, based on an original draft for the first film, General Darth Vader is a far cry from the tragic and ultimately redeemed film villain who ended up with the name. Vader rules the tyrannical New Galactic Empire alongside the Emperor, and works with the Knights of Sith to systematically wipe out all Jedi-Bendus alongside their families and friends. Promoted by the Emperor to partner with Governor Hoedaack in conquering the Aquilaean System, Vader uses the Space Fortress to firebomb the planet of Aquilae, destroying all resistance against him as well as any innocents in the way. Once establishing his grip on the planet, Vader begins rounding up any and all civilians who attempt to resist his rule and brutally vaporizes them in public executions. Once capturing Princess Leia of Aquilae, Vader plans to have his scientists torture her with horrific experiments until her mind breaks to his will, and kicks the torture off by electrocuting her and laughing at her screams. Vader ultimately plans to betray and murder the Emperor and assume control of the New Empire for himself, using it to dominate and destroy all he sees fit.