Nightmare Fuel / Star Wars


In General

  • Emperor Sheev Palpatine/Darth Sidious was arguably one of the most chilling characters on the franchise.
    • He resembles power-hungry, selfish politicians in the real world (past, present, and future), and his force lightning is absolutely terrifying - so terrifying that only Yoda has managed to push it off. And it's stated by him in Revenge of The Sith that it's only Anakin, Chosen One, is more powerful then he is...
      • His most terrifying power is not in the Force, but in his mind. He has become Galactic Emperor mostly through his cunning manipulation of all sides, including those who knew he shouldn't be trusted (Dooku, Trade Federation, etc). In the old EU, in Dark Empire, when he returns, he acknowledged his mistakes and nearly won.
    • The Expanded Universe shows us that he also killed his own parents and siblings, showing how monstrous he really is.
    • Worse, in the film, Darth Vader himself says that the Emperor is not as forgiving as him. In the Legends continuity, he backs it up, as it's shown that he killed Bevel Lemelisk, the chief engineer of Death Star project many times, every time more and more gruesome, as he hasn't corrected the error in the 1st Death Star, resurrecting him again and again.
    • Throughout the films, we find out he is behind almost all the bad things that happen he engineered the invasion of his own home planet, started the Clone Wars and used the start of the war to gain considerable emergency powers, nearly annihilated the Jedi Order including the children, turned Anakin to the Dark Side, killed and disposed his loyal Separatist allies 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, and personally destroying entire populations that conspire against him. He only has loyalty to himself— it is implied in Episode VI that he treated Darth Vader as expendable when Luke defeated him, and wanted to make Luke his apprentice instead while leaving Vader to die.
    • To get an idea of how terrifyingly evil Palpatine is, his own actor directly compares him to the Devil. Not just that, but he claims that Palpatine is more evil.
  • Supreme Leader Snoke
    • Snoke. Just...Snoke. As if Palpatine wasn't already bad enough, The Force Awakens now introduces us to Supreme Leader Snoke, who, while not a Sith, is an extremely powerful Dark Side figure. He is older enough to have witnessed the beginning and end of the Empire, and is implied to have been a Greater Scope Villain. He is described as a "long-range schemer", with implies that he might be a Chessmaster who's just as, if not more cunning than Palpatine.
    • His appearance makes Palpatine's face look tame in comparison. And the Face Framed in Shadow doesn't make him any less creepy either.
    • He's been said to have known Anakin/Vader's true identity, making him one of the few beings to have known so.
    • Unlike Palpatine, he doesn't keep Kylo Ren's training stagnant, and instead of pulling many instances of You Have Failed Me, he trains Kylo further and makes him an even more powerful figure in the Dark Side. He also doesn't torment Kylo as the Emperor did, and seems to be genuinely fond of him. His Affably Evil demeanor fits in with him being described as "wise", and lacks the arrogance of the late Palpatine that led to the latter's downfall. All of this fits in with his statements about learning from the mistakes of Vader, Palpatine, and the Empire, which could make him a more effective and dangerous villain than Palpatine ever was.
  • In-Universe, when you hear this, you. Are. FUCKED.
  • Revenge of the Sith especially, but the prequels as a whole, drew some flack from those claiming that George Lucas was taking shots at the current US government (at the time, the George W. Bush administration.) despite his claims otherwise. But anyone who's done their homework knows that the fall of the Old Republic directly mirrors the transition of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire, and its eventual fall...