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Cosinga Palpatine: Murder has always been in your thoughts, hasn't it? You've merely been waiting for someone to grant you permission to act.
Sheev Palpatine (the future Emperor): I don't need anyone's permission.
Cosinga: Precisely. You're an animal at heart.
Sheev: King of the beasts, Father.
Darth Plagueis, before Palpatine murders his family
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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.

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Franchise-wide

  • Sheev Palpatine is a Dark Lord of the Sith who is by far one of the franchise's most iconic and evil villains. 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 Galactic Empire, he has been responsible for orchestrating galactic-level 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 sapient beings; wiping out billions of lives to secure and then maintain power; and concocting a scheme to destroy the entire Empire and its countless soldiers should he perish. His crimes across the entire franchise are detailed in various canon works, where he is the Overarching Villain, as well as numerous Legends works.
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  • Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin is one of the highest-ranking officers in the Galactic Empire and one of their most infamously cruel. Even before his integration into the Empire, the utterly sociopathic Tarkin showed resentment towards the Jedi and happily tried to have Ahsoka Tano executed, despite Tano having previously saved his life. 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." His multitude of said evil can be found in various canon works below; as well as in the Legends section (which includes Death Star) and the Legends video game Empire at War.

Canon works

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  • Original and prequel movie trilogies: Sheev Palpatine, as Senator of Naboo, engineers the Trade Federation's invasion and blockade of his own home planet, using the sympathy generated to become Supreme Chancellor. He later starts the Clone Wars and uses the war to gain considerable emergency powers, and later on 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. Finally, 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 then gleefully blasts him with Force lightning, trying to kill him.
  • General Grievous is the brutal cyborg commander of the Separatist droid army, seeking to win the Clone Wars and bring the entire galaxy under Separatist rule. Appointed by Count Dooku to lead the war effort in destabilizing the Galactic Republic, Grievous orchestrates a variety of droid attacks across the galaxy, involving entire planets being razed, civilizations starved, and countless other war crimes committed by those in service to Grievous. A vicious sadist with a taste for Jedi killing, Grievous has butchered dozens of Jedi and Padawans over the years, collecting their lightsabers and braids as trophies and even torturing Master Koth to near-death to stroke his own ego. Over the course of the Clone Wars, Grievous uses the Malevolence to try to kill tens of thousands of wounded clones at a medical facility; commits genocide against the Nightsister clan down to the children; bombs Coruscant to cause a destructive blackout and prolong the galactic war; and tries to wipe out the Jedi Temple and its hundreds of occupants. Grievous is an utter madman with no loyalty or care for anything but himself—willing to execute his own minions by the dozen and even openly threaten Dooku himself—and earns his reputation of fear and disgust from the Jedi, who place near-sole blame on Grievous for the extent of horrors brought about by the Clone Wars.
  • The Clone Wars:
    • Chancellor Palpatine, aka Darth Sidious, is the instigator of the Clone Wars and the Dark Lord of the Sith. Desiring an army of Force-users to serve his will, Sidious hired Cad Bane to kidnap Force-sensitive infants, so that Sidious could perform horrific and potentially fatal experiments upon them, coldly disregarding their possible deaths. 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. Later, after deciding that his former apprentice, Darth Maul, had grown too powerful, Sidious attacked him on Mandalore, gleefully murdering Maul's brother, Savage Opress, and sadistically torturing Maul himself into submission, later using Maul in a plot to kill Mother Talzin. When Fives discovered Order 66—about which it is later revealed that the clone troopers who executed the order were fully aware of what they were made to do—Palpatine had him drugged into insanity to prevent the truth from being revealed, a plan which ended in Fives's death. 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. Decades later, he attempted to tempt Ezra Bridger into using The World Between Worlds to return to his parents, which would give Palpatine control over time itself, to remake all of existence in his image. As always, Darth Sidious is a malevolent, sadistic monster who employs exceptionally cruel methods in his quest for power.
    • "Blue Shadow Virus" & "Mystery of a Thousand Moons": Dr. Nuvo Vindi is 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 is 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 (also in the second and third films), 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 sapient 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. 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.
    • Mon Calamari War arc: Riff Tamson is a ferocious Separatist ambassador seeking to destabilize the Mon Cala government and take control of the planet. To that end, he orchestrates a Civil War between the Mon Calamari and Quarren people by murdering the planet's beloved king, and radicalizing the Quarren by preying on their fears that his successor Prince Lee-Char is unfit to rule. After initiating a surprise attack on the peace-seeking Mon Calamari, Tamson oversees a series of battles resulting in numerous deaths on both sides while viciously biting many Mon Calamari to death himself. After taking control of Mon Cala and having its population enslaved, Tamson has Anakin Skywalker electrically tortured for the whereabouts of Prince Lee-Char, and when he doesn't cooperate, threatens to drown his wife Padmé. Even when the Prince is bought before him, Tamson callously leaves her to die anyway before ordering his men to rip the teenage prince to shreds in a Public Execution. Even Tamson's Quarren allies aren't safe from his brutality and treachery, as he plans on subjugating them as well once he's seized control of the throne.
    • Umbara arc: General Pong Krell first comes across as a heavily abrasive and unpleasant fallen Jedi master with a particularly burning hatred for Clone Troopers, only to turn out to be far worse than anyone imagined. Infamous for having ridiculously high casualty numbers due to him callously throwing his troops' lives away to secure a victory, Krell takes command of the 501st legion and forces them into following disastrous battle plans that are designed to kill as many of them as possible. When troopers Fives and Jesse disobey his orders so they can secure a victory against the Separatists without too many casualties, he orders the reluctant Captain Rex to have them executed. When it doesn't pan out, Krell instead orchestrates a battle between two Clone battalions and tricks each side into thinking that the other consists of disguised enemy infiltrators, which results in several deaths before the Clones catch on. Exposed as a traitor, Krell slaughters dozens of Clone Troopers while smugly revealing that he was planning to help the Separatists strike a crippling blow to the Republic by leaking sensitive information to them, and then join the Sith Lord Count Dooku due to foreseeing the Jedi losing the Clone Wars and desiring a place on the victorious side. When defeated and questioned, Krell is smug and unapologetic about his crimes and gleefully reveals that he manipulated and murdered the Clones out of nothing more than pure, spiteful bigotry.
    • Zygerrian Slavers arc: Keeper Agruss is the cruel Zygerrian taskmaster of the Kadavo mining facility. Charged with breaking the will of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Agruss starts by executing several slaves just to make a point to the Jedi Master. Setting his slaves to work in horrible conditions, Agruss has other slaves tortured if Obi-Wan tries to help them, intending to make his help unproductive and alienate those whom Obi-Wan wants to help. When the Republic arrives to free Kenobi and the other slaves, Agruss sets the mining facility's system to drop all of the slaves to their deaths, and smashes the control panel to prevent Obi-Wan from undoing this. Agruss then taunts Obi-Wan by claiming that he cannot retaliate because of his Jedi beliefs, prompting the normally merciful Obi-Wan to subtly order Rex to kill Agruss. Even in a society of slavers, Keeper Agruss is a despicable being who places no value on innocent lives beyond their use to him.
  • Catalyst & Rogue One: Commander Orson Callan Krennic, the future Director of the Advanced Weapons Research division of the Imperial Military, originally fought for the Republic as a Lieutenant Commander in the Clone Wars, massacring even civilians whose only crime was being affiliated with Separatists. Krennic enthusiastically supported the new Empire in order to make his dream of creating the planet-killing Death Star a reality. At one point, Krennic orchestrates a war on one world, both so the Empire can end up brutally suppressing it and to distract his rival Tarkin. Krennic tries to obtain the research of his former friend, pacifistic genius scientist Galen Erso, for the sake of using it for the Death Star's superlaser, and massacres 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 Galen's wife before forcing him to complete the Death Star, which Krennic later tests on the civilian city of Jedha after his original proposal of destroying the entire moon is shot down, finding himself awestruck by the resulting mass casualties and destruction. After learning that one of his engineers leaked information on the Death Star, Krennic has them all executed just to hurt Galen—who had already admitted he was the leaker. Firmly dedicated to furthering his own career, Krennic will betray or murder whoever he has to in order to keep the command he feels is his by right.
  • A New Dawn: Count Denetrius Vidian is a 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 Vidian.
  • Tarkin; The Bad Batch; Rebels: Wilhuff Tarkin, after being promoted to Moff following Palpatine's conversion of the Republic to The Empire, would craft the Tarkin Doctrine, which laid out the new Empire's principles. He would then repeatedly demonstrate his cruelties as a high-ranking officer: boiling Q'anah and her crew of Space Pirates 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; ordering the annihilation of Kamino and its populace; and, upon his promotion to Grand Moff, taxing the subjects of the Outer Rim to starvation and engineering the torture of Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus, even though Kanan may not know anything.
  • Age of Rebellion—Grand Moff Tarkin comic; Rogue One; A New Hope: Wilhuff Tarkin, during the earliest days of the Death Star, sanctions the obliteration of the rebel city NiJedha and claims the victory as his own. Tarkin later has the Death Star fire on the Imperial base on Scarif to quell rebel activity, killing countless members of the Empire's own men as well as his hated rival Orson Krennic, while also wiping out the remainder of Rogue One. Upon briefing the gunners for the Death Star, he secretly installs chips in their helmets to see if they will hesitate in their orders. When they do so, Tarkin chastises them for "weakness", noting to one Alderaan native he would happily annihilate his own world without a second thought. Coldly dismissing them as weaklings, Tarkin simply ejects them into space. Tarkin's most recognized atrocity is having Princess Leia tortured and, even after being provided with the information he wanted, forcing her to witness the destruction of her homeworld of Alderaan, killing billions of innocent people.
  • Inferno Squad & Battlefront II (2017): Gideon Hask is a fanatical supporter of the The Galactic Empire's cruel regime. Part of Iden Visero's Inferno Squadron, they are sent to infiltrate The Dreamers, where Hask disobeys Iden's orders and has them all massacred. Fully supporting and partaking in Operation: Cinder, a plan involving the destruction of all planets loyal to the Empire, Hask tries to kill his own allies when they attempt to rescue civilians. Joining The First Order years later, Hask oversees Project: Resurrection where he has children throughout the galaxy kidnapped and forcibly conscripts them to become expendable soldiers. Hask also has Kylo Ren Mind Rape his former comrade, Del Meeko, before personally executing him, kills his ally Gleb once she is of no use to him, and attempts to kill Iden and her daughter before dying, having shed any potential redeeming quality in his obsession to instill fear across the galaxy.
  • The Screaming Citadel: The Queen of Ktath'atn is a parasitic being who rules her world and the Screaming Citadel. Keeping the population enslaved, the Queen has them sucked of life by her servants, which she feeds upon while luring in other beings to be drained of life and turned her into zombified slaves and Cannon Fodder. Upon becoming aware of Luke, the Queen attempts to infect him with a parasite to devour his own life and targets his friends to get to him as well.
  • The Aftermath Trilogy:
    • Even after his death, Emperor Sheev Palpatine's evil still lived. 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.
    • Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax is the mastermind behind the entire trilogy, and establishes himself as a savage sadist beneath his apparently pleasant demeanor. Once a lowly orphan whose ruthlessness earned himself a place as Emperor Palpatine's apprentice after he manipulated then burned alive a group of children, Rax went on to rise through the ranks and succeed Palpatine in ruling the Empire following the latter's demise. In his new position, Rax executes a variety of Imperials for perceived weakness and orchestrates many bloody conflicts against the New Republic, notably mind controlling their own soldiers into assassinating their leadership during a peace treaty signing. Ordering his own right hand, Rae Sloane, murdered when she grows disgusted by his tactics, Rax reveals his master plan concocted by himself and Palpatine to lure the armies of the New Republic and Empire to the planet Jakku for a final war, where Rax will proceed to blow up the entire planet, wiping out both sides of the conflict as well as the entire native population. Afterwards, against Palpatine's original wishes, Rax plans to use dozens of children he has brainwashed and tormented into obedience to create his own armada with which to conquer the galaxy, indirectly leading to the conception of the First Order.
    • Life Debt: 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 sapient 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.
  • Last Shot: Fyzen Gor is a criminal from Utapau. Once a medical student who gained a dark affinity for droids, Fyzen harvested his best friend for "parts", and spent times in desert wastes raiding villages to take and butcher sapients, including children, to adorn his droids. Upon being forcibly recruited into a criminal syndicate, Fyzen betrayed and murdered his leader before continuing to slaughter untold numbers to cannibalize for parts for his droids. Plotting a droid revolution, Fyzen creates the Phylanx to send a signal that will overwrite the programing of droids throughout the galaxy and replacing it with an order to slaughter sapients until the New Republic itself collapses under the tide of blood to follow.
  • Phasma through The Last Jedi note : Phasma engineered her own family's deaths as part of a cover story to join their rival tribe and later ingratiate herself to the First Order, whom she later aided in the destruction of her home planet. Indoctrinating recruits for the First Order as a Captain in their ranks, Phasma happily assisted in their massacres and war crimes as well. Painfully murdering her former superior Brendol Hux, Phasma also attempted to poison and kill a kindhearted stormtrooper and ruthlessly tried to kill any who knew of her past, including her own young niece. Selling out the codes of the Starkiller Base to save herself from the heroes, Phasma sacrifices loyal soldiers to ease her own escape and later murders a survivor who knew of her treachery, inciting a war between local species on a planet to eliminate them. Afterwards, Phasma kills the TIE pilot who had helped her just to tie up loose ends and when she encounters former First Order member Finn, tries to torture him to death instead of going for a quick kill to draw out his suffering. A coward who will betray and murder anyone to live a bit longer, Phasma sets the standard for ruthless evil in the First Order, with nobody safe from her cruelty.
  • The Rise of Skywalker: Palpatine's final outing reveals himself to be the most ambitious and wicked Sith Lord to have scourged the galaxy. He was the mastermind behind Supreme Leader Snoke, the corruption of Ben Solo, and all the misery and death caused by the First Order, all of which was merely a smokescreen to his return. Palpatine reveals himself to be the grandfather of Rey, having her parents murdered when they refused to turn her over, and intends to corrupt and then possess her, making her the Empress of his "Final Order" to keep the Sith alive for eternity. In the final battle for the fate of the galaxy, Palpatine orders a legion of Star Destroyers with planet-annihilating weaponry to destroy every inhabited world that refuses to bow down to him, even having the entire planet of Kijimi blown up just to spite the heroes and prove his power.

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  • Visions' "The Village Bride": Izuma is a crime lord who discovers an army of battle droids on the planet, Keelia, and reprograms them to serve him, using them to subjugate the Meevai, deplete their planet of its resources, and kill any who oppose him. When the village chief and his granddaughter, Haru, offer themselves to be Izuma's hostages, Izuma entertains their offer only to force them and the villagers to watch him attempting to execute Saku, while implying that he was never going to spare the villagers anyway. When the Jedi F rescues Saku, Izuma orders his men and droids to kill everyone in the village while he uses Haru as a Human Shield against F.

Legends

Specific Examples

  • Wilhuff Tarkin first came to the Emperor's attention with the Ghorman Massacre, where he ended a peaceful tax protest by landing his Star Destroyer on the protestors, crushing thousands of people to death—an event which has been somewhat canonized. As one of Palpatine's highest-ranked agents, Tarkin enforced the Emperor's will through the "Tarkin Doctrine", which codified the Empire's policy of ruling through fear. This led to the creation of the Death Star, a project which Tarkin spearheaded and personally oversaw. As a test of the planet-killer's weapon, Tarkin destroyed the planet Despayre, the site of the Death Star's construction. With billions of deaths to his name, Tarkin proves himself to be one of the Empire's most ruthless officers, with only the Emperor himself rivaling his cruelty.
  • Star Wars d20's The Unknown Regions supplement: Mnggal-Mnggal is a bizarre alien intelligence taking the form of a sapient ocean of grey slime, and by far the most feared being in the Galaxy's turbulent Unknown Regions. The being operates by possessing the bodies of unwary beings, something for which a mere drop will suffice, and then painfully hollows out their insides and wears the unfortunate being's ever-rotting carcass as a puppet. Far from a mindless beast that needs to do this to eat or reproduce, Mnggal-Mnggal is quite intelligent and is believed to perform these actions simply because it enjoys them. It has been known to possess the bodies of small children just to watch their parents' horror, and keeps a "collection" of starships whose crews it has massacred in orbit around its home planet. Its reputation is such that all other powers in the Unknown Regions, even mortal enemies, will band together to fight it should it make its presence known, and should it ever gain complete hold of a planet it is believed that all life on it will be wiped clean.

Knights of the Old Republic franchise

    Examples 
  • The Sith Emperor, born Tenebrae and later known as Lord Vitiate, rose from an illegitimate child of a Sith Lord to the Greater-Scope Villain of the entire franchise. Murdering his father to entrap his soul and take power, Vitiate went on to lure thousands of Sith Lords to his planet, where he forced them to participate in a ritual which empowered him while draining the world of life. As Emperor Valkorion, he brought about the devastating Mandalorian Wars and later caused another war which claimed countless more lives, using sleeper agents to weaken the Republic and trying to destroy entire star system in an attempt to enact a ritual which would allow him to devour all life in the galaxy. Possessing a hero to found yet another Empire on the planet Zakuul, Vitiate manipulated his own children from the possession, having one of his sons murder the other and using his daughter for cruel experimentation. With his "Eternal Empire", Vitiate bound his spirit to the hero the Outlander and initiated a new invasion to cause a galaxy-wide war and caused further chaos by having his now insane daughter take the throne of Zakuul, before allowing for her assassination and leaving the planet in turmoil without a leader. Even his death was not enough to end his evil, as the destruction of his physical body unleashed the lingering traces of his essence, which sought to possess Satele Shan and her followers as its new hosts in one final bid to unleash further suffering on the galaxy.
  • Prequel comic book series:
    • Chantique, meaning "Destroyer", the slaver is a leader of the slaving operation Crucible and as the Magister Impressor is responsible for educating and teaching new slaves. Chantique, born Kessarah, proudly presides over a legacy of misery and torment, forcing slaves to battle one another in pointless gladiator fights, with one slave in particular having to carry the memories of every other slave who had ever suffered in the past. After the slave's suicide, Chantique proceeded to mock his would-be savior on the meaninglessness of his death. A brutal sadist who was not above outright murdering her victims, Chantique also possessed a grudge against her old rival Jarael and would stop at nothing to make her suffer and destroy all the relationships she had formed. The crowning moment of cruelty for Chantique was seeing that ever since she rose to lead Crucible, she celebrated by having one of her old schoolmates buried alive. When she learned her father was coming to collect her old classmates, Chantique buried them all and gleefully mocked him that he should have taught them how to hold their breath.
    • Demagol, born Antos Wyrick, become one of the most feared and loathed beings in Mandalorian history. Known as "The Flesh Carver", Demagol hungered to learn the secrets behind the Force by torturing the Jedi who fell into his grasp, even the children when children are honored and protected by Mandalorians. The experiments would often end in excruciating vivisection. Revealed to have once sold his own daughter, Chantique, into slavery at Crucible, when faced by her after stabbing her in the back, Demagol snarled he only wanted "The good ones. The ones that worked!". When he learns that Chantique buried his students alive, instead of mourning them he laments that she's ruined his "life's work." Combining a complete Lack of Empathy with sadistic scientific curiosity, Demagol stood as a unique monster in the Star Wars franchise and centuries after his death, his name had become a curse to the Mandalorians.
    • Haazen began his career in evil as a failed, jealous Padawan who murdered his former best friend Barristan Draay during the Great Sith War. His body rebuilt and scarred, Haazen's soul became as twisted as his outward appearance. Ruthlessly manipulating other Jedi into murdering their own Padawans, Haazen had Coruscant bombed from orbit to initiate a war that would allow him to destroy and rebuild the Sith and Jedi orders while ruling them from within. Haazen kept the true leader of the Convenant and the only one who might have stopped him in a state of horrible suspended animation where she could perceive every atrocity he manipulated her son into committing, including the deaths of children. A man defined by jealousy and hatred, Haazen's grand goals of plunging the galaxy into war, and causing the deaths of countless innocents, all while perverting the Jedi Order towards darkness, were nothing more than an attempt to feed his ego and spit on the grave of Barristan Draay.
  • Original video game: Xor is a vile xenophobe who stands out even as a minor sidequest villain as the most disgusting character in the game. Violently prejudiced against the Cathar race, Xor took part in the brutal Mandalorian genocide of the race, gleefully killing Cathar "in the air, on the land, and in their homes, just to see them burn." After the complete genocide failed, Xor went on to enslave all female Cathar he could while killing the males. The source of Juhani's greatest suffering, Xor killed her father years ago, an act that also drove her mother to death, before trying to turn the child Juhani into another of his slaves, an act he attempts yet again when he runs into Juhani years later, bragging all the while of his assistance in the massacre of her world and the death of her family.
  • The Old Republic:
    • Darth Jadus, when first introduced, 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.
    • Lord Fulminiss is a Sith sorcerer known for his specialty in devising insidious technology and ways to exterminate entire planets. Fulminiss has a special focus on influencing and corrupting the mind, creating devices called the Seeds of Rage that slowly deform both the body and the mind. When tasked by the Emperor, Vitiate, to orchestrate enough death to fuel the Emperor's galaxy-devouring ritual, Fulminiss heads to Voss and perverts their healing ritual to create a plague of madness he intends to unleash on the entire planet and drive both native species, the Voss and the Gormak, into ripping themselves apart in bloody waves of slaughter. His first test subjects for this are his own apprentices, whom he drives to insanity as soon as he decides they've served their purpose to him.
    • Nar Shaddaa sidequest "Genocide": Commander Vergost is a xenophobic and genocidal Imperial officer who disgusts even his fellow Imperials. Taking control of a slaving camp on Nar Shaddaa, Vergost uses the secrecy of the planet to develop a bioweapon unbeknownst to his superiors, using it to begin wiping out members of the alien race known as the Evocii. Vergost plans to unleash the weapon across the space moon to kill the millions of Evocii populating it, then to present his work to the Empire in the hopes of spreading it across the galaxy to eventually wipe out all alien races. When his bioweapon is destroyed, Vergost, in rageful spite, starts massacring every Evocii he can get his hands on, killing thousands of them before he is stopped.
    • Rise of the Hutt Cartel Expansion Pack: Toborro 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.

By Medium

    Comic Books 
  • Agent of the Empire - Iron Eclipse: Iaco Stark was once a domineering young pirate who started the Stark Hyperspace War. Always managing to come out on top of every galactic conflict until the days of the Empire, upon reaching old age, Stark fakes his own death and has his head grafted onto a powerful, spider-like droid's body with a plan to unleash what is known as Iron Eclipse. Having his second wife Dah'Liss murdered when she inadvertently tells Imperial Agent Jahan Cross too much, Stark later murders his own son Iaclyn when he shows his half-sister compassion, Stark's first wife having had an affair. Stark then reveals his true motivations: to activate Iron Eclipse and make every droid in the galaxy begin killing their masters until they submit to Stark as the galaxy's new ruler, something that would create a death toll that would eclipse countless other villains.
  • Boba Fett: Agent of Doom: Mir Tork and his chief scientist Leonis Murthé are the masters of the ship Azgoghk and the worst that the Empire's human culture has to offer. In their service to the Empire, Tork would land the Azgoghk, abduct entire species and ionize the weak, sick, elderly and children before forcing the survivors to work to death. Murthé would regularly take specimens to torture to death in hideous science experiments just to cause them pain, while Tork would often simply walk into a holding pen and gun everything there down. After the Empire's fall, the two return to the Azgoghk and continue their work while one survivor of a race they destroyed hires Boba Fett to kill them. Murthé is seen carving up a victim with a lightsaber and admitting he has no more pretense at science whatsoever, instead doing it for fun. Tork is simply driven by a genocidal need to exterminate anything that isn't a human. Before Fett's arrival, Tork calmly informs Murthé they have found a new world to "cleanse".
  • Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 9's "No Way Out": Countess Rajine is a vain energy vampire, desiring to maintain her youth and expand her power at the cost of innumerable lives. Capable of draining the life force from those around her and reducing them to zombies in her sway, Rajine subjected hundreds of innocents to this fate before being trapped on an isolated planet by a Jedi Knight. Enslaving, abusing, and eventually executing the Jedi's old droid out of petty spite, Rajine continues to lure in people from across the galaxy to kill them and create evermore members of her horrific army, planning to eventually escape her confinement and feed on the life of all beings she can.
  • Dark Empire: Palpatine, coming Back from the Dead through one of his clones, decided to rebuild his Empire and once again rule the Galaxy. Tricking Luke Skywalker into believing that Dark Side is the only way to save his friends, Palpatine manages to turn him into his apprentice. After that he launched his new superweapons "World Devastators" to destroy Mon Calamari's homeworld as a punishment for their support of New Republic. Due to the rapid aging of his new body, Palpatine repeatedly tries to capture the pregnant Leia, in order to use her child as his new vessel. When Luke escapes his dark influence with the help of his sister, the furious Palpatine starts hunting him down, killing hundreds of thousands of rebels and destroying Pinnacle Moon in Da Soocha system, where a Rebel base is located.
  • Dark Times' "The Path to Nowhere, Part 5": Dezono Qua, despite being a one-issue villain, manages to stand out as one of the most despicable monsters in the Star Wars universe. A noble from the planet Esseles, Qua is hated by most other nobles on the planet for his dealing in slavery, notably that of children. When Dass Jennir comes looking for Resa, one of Qua's latest child slaves, Qua first pathetically tries to buy him off, then reveals he killed and ate Resa, the same fate that befalls most of the slaves he purchases, simply because he could. Qua dies without empathy or remorse, showing no emotion but fondness over how "delicious" Resa was.
  • Empire:
    • "In the Shadows of Their Fathers" arc: Regional Governor Thorne Kraym is a treacherous politician who sold his own people out to first the Separatists, and then the Empire, for the sake of money and power. Facilitating the invasion of enemy armies to enslave citizens of Jabiim and crush any resistance, Thorne personally murders the rebel leader Orliss Gillmunn by stabbing him In the Back, securing Jabiim's occupation. Taking up control of the planet, Thorne institutes slave camps and the mass execution of any who stand up to his rule until, becoming tired of constant resistance, Thorne decides to simply sell off most of the population of Jabiim to the Empire to be used as slave labor until death. Fully aware of the Empire's plans to firebomb Jabiim and wipe out any remaining life after spiriting the rest away for labor, Thorne plans to slip off world until the mass murder is complete, then come back and reap the riches of Jabiim's ore all to himself, and takes time before leaving to cheerfully order captured prisoners be executed just to torment Luke Skywalker.
    • "The Wrong Side of the War" arc: Clynn is a sadistic, bullying thug of an Imperial officer who uses what limited influence he has in the Empire for his own gratification. To introduce new recruit Janek Sunber to the "perks" of their position, Clynn attempts to rape a female slave, viciously beats the first man who tries to stop him, and casually orders anyone else who tries to follow him shot. When Janek pulls a gun on him in disgust, Clynn spitefully spins the story as an attempted murder so he can have Janek arrested and executed.
  • Knight Errant:
    • Lord Odion, born as the heir of the mighty Sith Calimondra family, had an unusual affliction where the existence of others caused him physical anguish. Finding a Sith solution, Odion found joy in the murder of others to the point where the murder of sapient beings became a high to him. Having learned to twist the minds of others, Odion found joy in forcing helpless captives to attack carnivorous monsters and restored their minds to savor their agony when they were devoured. Leading countless campaigns that claimed the lives of innocents in his battle with his hated younger brother Daiman, Odion found a solution to the problem of existence: an ancient Sith helmet, an artifact that would initiate homicidal and suicidal insanity in living things. To power it up for its task, Odion had imprisoned every child in his realm to deprive them of hope and used their terror and anguish to power his helm, being but moments away from ending all life before being stopped. Odion's final goal was to exterminate all life and rule the graveyard he'd made of the Galaxy.
    • Deluge: Zodoh the Hutt, already wealthy after digging a solid niche in the trade of slaves and munitions, decides to expand his territory to the domain of the Sith Lords Daiman and Odion in order to become the most feared Hutt in the galaxy. To cow them into submission Zodoh demonstrates atmosphere-manipulating superweapons called the Stormdrivers and uses them to threaten thousands on the small planet Aqualaris Minor. When Daiman and Odion laugh off Zodoh's threats, Zodoh decides to start drowning every world the Sith Lords rule over—alongside the innocent billions upon them—starting with Daiman's massive capital planet of Darkknell, gloating that the populations he's about to drown can either get used to his rule or get used to holding their breath. When he captures a starfighter pilot named Devaad, Zodoh interrogates her by having her squadron tortured, then abides by his earlier promise to let them go free by letting them out of the airlock.
  • Legacy:
    • Volume 1:
      • Darth Krayt, born A'Sharad Hett, the Emperor of the One Sith, was a great Jedi Knight once, but that time is long past. Seizing control of the Imperial throne, Krayt establishes a military dictatorship that violently destroys any who might be a threat. When a single Mon Calimari shipman is captured on board a rebel cruiser, Krayt flips out and kills him after ordering a summary execution of ten percent of the Mon Calimari species while the rest will be forced into camps and exterminated later. Suffering a betrayal from his most trusted follower, Krayt later returns from the death, now of the belief the galaxy must experience death as he had before launching a violent, galaxy wide campaign, with the plan to manipulate his enemies to use a toxin against Coruscant, the most populated planet in the galaxy, that will kill everything on the world except the Sith.
      • Issues #32-33 & #47-50: Vul Isen is a Mad Scientist whose job is genocide. When Darth Krayt decides the Mon Calamari species needs to die, Isen is appointed as the one to expedite the process. Isen's first plan is to create a sea monster known as a Leviathan that steals the souls of its victims and imprisons them in eternal anguish. When this is destroyed, Isen develops a toxin to kill all life on the planet. Despite the best efforts of the galaxy, Isen exterminates 80 percent of life on Mon Calamari with nothing more than satisfaction at his own brilliance. He then proceeds to attempt to exterminate all life on another planet that defies the Sith after having refugees hunted down.
      • Issues #44-46: Zenoc Quah is a key ally of the One Sith and a fanatic even by the standards of the Yuuzhan Vong. A die-hard supporter of Supreme Overlord Shimrra—himself actually a puppet of Onimi—he went into hiding on the ravaged planet Wayland after his leader was killed by Luke Skywalker, declaring the rest of his people to be traitors for brokering peace with the galaxy. He brooded on Wayland for a century before the One Sith gave him an opportunity for revenge, informing him that the Yuuzhan Vong and the Jedi had embarked on a project to repair the words the war had destroyed. Zenoc proceeded to infect the Yuuzhan Vong's biotechnology with a virus, causing it to rampage out of control and kill millions; he also took care to make sure that neither Yuuzhan Vong nor Jedi would be harmed by the toxin, making it seem as though both groups had foreknowledge of the crisis and collapsing public support for them. Zenoc aids Darth Maladi of the One Sith in capturing Cade Skywalker and his girlfriend Deliah Blue, strapping the latter into a torture device which he has calibrated such that Cade's Force healing would cause Deliah greater pain. When a rescue party arrives to save the two, Zenoc attempts to feed the weakest member to his pack of abominations before finally being cut down.
      • Sith Pilot Darth Rauder is assigned to lead the Skull Squadron and proceeds to spend the bulk of her appearance committing every war crime she can. Ordering pilot Gunner Yage to shoot down ejecting pilots, Rauder threatens to explode Gunn's brain if she won't take the shot, gleefully torturing her to force her to do so. When pursuing the refugees of Dac, Rauder orders her squads to massacre defenseless civilians, stating that no defense will make them easier to kill. Upon the start of war with the Jedi, Rauder even tries to make her squad shoot down Jedi children, claiming it's best to kill Jedi when they are young and defenseless.
    • Volume 2's issues #8-10: Darth Luft is a member of the One Sith who continues the destruction of the Mon Calamari and Quarrens instigated by his colleagues. Luring these endangered species in with the false promise of repairing their poisoned planet of Dac, Luft instead enslaves them just above it, imprisoning the elderly and sick to hold their lives over his slaves as leverage. Should any slave step out of line, Luft has them thrown in escape pods to be jettisoned into Dac's oceans, slowly poisoning them to death on their home planet; he subjects Ania Solo and her friends to the same fate when they arrive on his shipyard. When one of his slaves informs him that a Jedi is on the station, Luft thanks him by throwing him out of a window, giving him an incredibly slow and painful death just because he wants to, and when this sparks a slave uprising, he orders his pirates to execute their families, leading to his pirates opening the blast doors and sucking them into space.
  • Tales of the Jedi:
    • Naga Sadow is the Dark Lord of the Sith during the Great Hyperspace War. A greedy, ambitious Sith Lord, Sadow takes advantage of the arrival of the Daragon twins to slaughter his own people, including his helpless mentor Simus, to launch a war upon the Republic. Manipulating Gav Daragon into becoming his apprentice, Sadow uses him as a weapon and tool, launching a brutal attack on Republican space with intent to slaughter and raze Coruscant, Cinnagar, Kirrek and many other worlds to proclaim himself their ruler. When defeated, Sadow repays Gav rejoining the heroes by locking him in his meditation sphere and detonating a sun to cover his escape, killing Gav in the process. When followed back to his empire, Sadow has the Sith Lords slaughtered to force the rest of his forces to sacrifice themselves before detonating twin suns to kill countless members of his own race. Fleeing to Yavin 4, sadow performs horrific experiments on his Massassi servitors, devolving them into primitive monsters, all to await the day when he will rise again greater than before.
    • Exar Kun, beginning his career as an arrogant, brash Jedi Apprentice who considered aliens to be inferior to humans, found himself drawn to the Dark Side. Under the tutelage of the ghost of dead Sith Lord Freedon Nadd, Kun plunged down a dark road where he embraced the darkness and destroyed his master's spirit, claiming lordship of the Sith. As the Dark Lord, Kun would enact alchemical experiments upon his followers, a species called the Massassi, twisting their bodies into weapons of war for his use. Kun would corrupt other Jedi apprentices by having them possessed by Sith Ghosts and sent them to murder their own masters. In the Sith War, Kun marched into the very heart of the Republic, murdered the Supreme Chancellor and delivered a grand speech to the Republic before killing his own Jedi Master in a duel. Kun would then trick several followers into initiating a supernova that would devastate entire star systems, including a genuinely loyal servant, mostly because the man's undying devotion irritated him. When cornered at his home base, Kun sucked the life from the entire Massassi race to preserve his own existence and trapped himself within his temple for four thousand years. When his spirit returned to haunt Luke Skywalker's students, he proved himself as cruel as ever by manipulating Luke's prized students, burning one alive from the inside out and having another use a superweapon to destroy solar systems.
    • Aleema Keto may not be a Sith Lord herself, but she is no less evil and cruel than many of them. A Spoiled Brat questing for adventure, she and her cousin Satal, heirs of the Keto dynasty, discovered the spirit of Sith Lord Freedon Nadd who taught them Sith Magic. They immediately used it to subjugate their home system, overthrowing and encasing their parents in carbonite. Aleema 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. Aleema later conducted the executions for their regime by feeding victims to torture droids while she and Satal launched a crusade that took many lives, terming their faction the Krath after a demon in their childhood stories. Aleema was especially fond of using illusions to Mind Rape her enemies on massive scales. Aleema later seduced a fallen Jedi named Ulic Qel-Droma and manipulated him into killing Satal. When Ulic allied with Exar Kun, Aleema remained by his side until it was convenient to betray him to the Republic, feeding any of Ulic's loyalists to a pet of hers that sucked the life out of them. When Exar and Ulic later gave her command of Sith Lord Naga Sadow's ship, Aleema happily used it to annihilate a star cluster to cook her enemies alive in their ships.

    Literature 
  • "A Bad Feeling: The Tale of EV-9D9": EV-9D9 was one of the few original EV-series of supervisor droids who managed to escape the recall and destruction of her model, developing soon afterward a sadomasochistic personality with a near-organic fascination with pain and the lengths her fellow droids could sustain. "Ninedenine" destroyed a quarter of Cloud City's droid population before endangering the generators that kept the entire city afloat simply so she could have time to make her getaway. "Ninedenine" was soon after employed as the droid supervisor in Jabba the Hutt's palace, programming the droids there with pain receptors otherwise reserved for the most human of droids to torture them as much as she could. Her personal laboratory consists of a pen filled with grotesque mechanical abominations sustained for cycles at a time in states that keep them in as much pain as possible, something she hopes to replicate on thousands more in the future to conduct "symphonies" of the agony she delights in.
  • 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 agonizingly killed every living thing on it, an action which Palpatine happily approved. 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 lowly servant. 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 sapients, with intentions of sacrificing Force-sensitive children in return for great power.
  • Cult Encounters and Supernatural Encounters: The monstrous Typhojem is the worst of the Old Ones and the Sith War God. Born the child of the Celestials, Typhojem genetically engineered the genocidal Yeveetha and created the cults to the Dark Side to enslave the lesser races. Going on a genocidal rampage, Typhojem exterminated entire worlds, razed Geonosis into ash and annihilated the entire Vorsuul system. Going through the galaxy, Typhojem left horrific rampages in his path, even torturing his "grandfather", Wutzek, to death. Seizing control of Coruscant, Typhojem fed all dissenters to his demonic Ruzzem, set to ensure that all life either served and worshipped him or ended.
  • Darth Plagueis: Palpatine's backstory as a villain shows how much of a Manipulative Bastard he truly is, as we see him working with the Trade Federation to plot the blockade that takes place in Episode I. It is revealed that he killed his own parents and siblings, and is incapable of feeling regret when committing heinous actions and various misdemeanors—such as when he ends up crashing his landspeeder and killing two people without any remorse on his part. When Darth Tenebrous foresaw Palpatine's future murder of Plagueis upon his death and possession of Plagueis after the latter betrayed him, he was noticeably horrified at not only Plagueis's murder at the hands of his apprentice Palpatine, but at how evil Palpatine is, even for the Sith.
  • Galaxy of Fear:
    • Borborygmus Gog is the Big Bad of the first half of the series. A Shi'ido changeling who once served the Empire, Gog and his partner Mammon Hoole worked on the world Kiva. When Gog realized their experiments would result in the extinction of all life on Kiva, he reported this to the Emperor and carried on with the experiments while concealing the truth from the more moral Hoole. He had no compunction letting Hoole take the blame, either. Gog would continue Project Starscream, creating bioweapons that included, among others, a living planet that devoured organic life; a machine to trap people in their worst nightmares; and an essence stealer that trapped the life force of sapients in a crystal matrix. To test them, Gog regularly unleashed them on innocents while cataloging 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. 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.
    • Dr. Cornelius Evazan brags to Luke Skywalker that his crimes have given him the death sentence in twelve systems ("He doesn’t like you…I don’t like you..."). A killer and thug with delusions of grandeur, Evazan claimed countless victims with his depraved experiments. When his Aqualish partner Ponda Baba lost an arm to Obi-Wan Kenobi after threatening a young Luke, Evazan kidnapped an Aqualish Senator to have Ponda's mind transferred into the Senator's body, obliterating the senator's consciousness. When this went wrong and Ponda was erased and replaced with the Senator's mind, Evazan had no remorse. Joining Project Starscream, Evazan moved to the world Necropolis where he tried experimenting to bring the dead back to life. For this end, Evazan even murdered and attempted to murder children to reanimate and fuel his personal Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Jedi Academy Trilogy: Moruth Doole is a Rybet who began his career on Kessel as an administrator of the spice mines. After Palpatines death, he led a revolt against the remnants of the Empire, eventually taking over the planet. He was disappointed when he saw a dead rancor in a prison, as he planned to feed prisoners to said rancor. His worst crimes are his harem of female Rybets he had sent over; he would use the offspring produced as slave labor in the spice mines before killing them.
  • The Lando Calrissian Adventures: Rokur Gepta, the Arch-Enemy of Lando Calrissian, is a Croke who devastated all life on the planet of Tund alongside the benevolent sorcerers who lived upon it once Gepta was finished learning everything he could from the sorcerers. A powerful Master of Illusion whose gargantuan ego suffers no unpunished infractions, when a chance encounter with Lando nearly costs Gepta his life, Gepta devotes himself to destroying Lando utterly. Gepta kills and impersonates a trillionaire just for the chance to get close to Lando and subject him to "torture by chagrin" for what Gepta hopes to be weeks, forcing Lando to relive all the most traumatic moments in his life with his agony augmented. Gepta later attempts to destroy the entire nebula in which the advanced civilization of the Oswaft located in after having been denied the Oswaft's advanced abilities. Gepta is also a hideously cruel boss, torturing and executing his men for minor reasons, having half-a-dozen of his own officers jettisoned for balking at his suicidal battle strategies, and telling Lando he'd happily sacrifice countless numbers of his own fleet to bury Lando in dead bodies. Empty of anything but an obsession to empower himself, Gepta dreams of one day rendering the universe as sterile and lifeless as Tund itself.
  • Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor: Lord Cronal, aka "Shadowspawn" or "Blackhole", fanatically believed the only true power was that of destruction and even participated in the rape of his own daughter alongside the Prophets of the Dark Side out of fury for her using her powers of creation. Plotting to overthrow Emperor Palpatine while serving under him, Cronal declared himself the New Galactic Emperor following the latter's death and waged war on the New Republic. Embarking on a campaign of death and destruction, Cronal also kidnapped, lobotomized and mind-controlled force users to serve as backup bodies should his own fail him, seeking to do the same to Luke or Leia Skywalker. When his attempt to take Luke or Leia failed, Cronal used the kill switches implanted in his forces to send them on suicide runs while he escaped, resulting in the death of all 50,000. Cronal's nihilism set him on a campaign of death, with his goal as Emperor being to end all of existence.
  • 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 masse 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.
  • Planet of Twilight: Dzym is an enigmatic member of the Rationalist Party on Nam Chorios. An evolved and cannibalistic Droch seeking to feed on the entire galaxy, Dzym was originally prepared as nothing more than a genetically modified appetizer for Beldorion the Hutt before achieving superior intelligence, killing his creator and allowing the exiled Seti Ashgad to take over by leeching off Beldorion's strenght. As Ashgad's mysterious secretary, Dzym used him as an "enslaved front man" for his nefarious agenda, unleashing the Death Seed plague throughout the Meridian Sector of the galaxy and coordinating the deadly disease as a bioweapon, killing a majority of the population in Cybloc XII and a vast number of New Republic personnel. Stocking multiple containers of Droch within the Reliant, Dzym's ultimate plan was to spread them across the galaxy, infecting planet after planet and ruining everything in his path until there was no space civilization left for him to consume.
  • Red Harvest: Darth Scabrous is a sociopath even by the standards of other Sith. Experimenting with a certain type of plant to create a serum that turns people into mindless, monstrous zombies, Scabrous uses it on living test subjects, culminating in using Sith apprentices as test subjects. When one escapes and begins infecting the entire Sith academy, Scabrous only cares about achieving immortality. Showing his sadistic side by murdering a mercenary and trying to force his partner to eat his head before murdering him as well, Scabrous later tortures a librarian and infects him to lure in heroine Hestizo so he may cut out her heart and eat it as the final component for his immortality, murdering Hestizo's brother when he tries to save her.
  • "Therefore I Am: The Tale of IG-88": IG-88A is the first of the IG-88 series of assassin droids. Immediately deciding upon his own superiority to organics when he awakens, IG-88A slaughters the scientists nearby and butchers everyone in the area, awakening three other droids like him and sharing his consciousness with them. Setting out to become a Bounty Hunter, IG-88A kills many while hiding his true goal of the genocide of organics and droid revolution, having everyone in a droid factory slaughtered as a test run. Later seeking to upload his consciousness to the second Death Star, IG-88A plans to begin annihilating entire planets and trigger the signal to usurp the minds of every droid and have them kill organics while he himself destroys the Imperials and Rebels alike at Endor.
  • X-Wing Series: Director of Imperial Intelligence Ysanne Isard is Empress in all but name after the death of Palpatine, having risen to her position by betraying and killing her own father. Brutally oppressing nonhumans and ordering strikes against the Rebels, Ysard has her rivals assassinated, while having countless people taken aboard her Super Star destroyer the Lusankya and tortured to be mindless drones or sleeper agents. Worse still, Isard 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 was 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. When Coruscant falls, Isard flees on the Lusankya, tearing out of the heart of Coruscant and slaughtering untold numbers of innocents. Willing to torture countless sapient beings and tear the galaxy apart in her quest for power, Isard repeatedly demonstrates why she is worthy of the moniker "Ice-Heart".

    Video Games 
  • Battlefront Elite Squadron (Nintendo DS version): X1 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 between the Empire and the 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 the latter spares his evil brother.
  • Bounty Hunter: Montross is a ruthless Mandalorian Bounty Hunter with a love for murder and hunting. First introduced in the comic Jango Fett: Open Seasons, Montross is presented as a particularly vicious Mandalorian who takes extra time to shoot and kill fleeing enemy troops, and ultimately betrays his noble boss and leaves him to die so as to take control of their group himself. Exiled upon this act, Montross becomes a bounty hunter who kills for sport more than anything else, as seen when he smugly murders a man begging for his life, proclaiming that, even though the man is worth more alive, he's "worth enough dead". Commissioned by Count Dooku to hunt down a rogue Dark Jedi, Montross tortures and murders his way across the galaxy in his hunt, culminating in him torturing his Arch-Enemy Jango Fett's best friend, Rozatta, to near death, before using her as a lure for Jango. Once Jango arrives at Outland Station, Montross blows the entire station up, wiping out its thousands of occupants in a mad attempt at murdering Jango. A despicable sociopath with nothing but cruelty driving him, Montross stands out even among Mandalorians and bounty hunters as a vile individual.
  • 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.
  • Empire at War: In the Imperial campaign, Emperor Palpatine and Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin are as bad as ever. Tarkin is introduced enslaving the inhabitants of Geonosis in order to build the Death Star, killing several when they ally with the Rebels to make examples of the survivors. When several of the Wookie slaves on Kashyyyk start revolting, Tarkin and Palpatine send forces to put the rebellion down so that the slaves can be worked to death. Palpatine goes on to personally torture a traitor to the Empire to death and slaughter or mentally torture hundreds of Bothans when he learns they assisted that particular traitor. When Princess Leia is captured, Tarkin destroys her home planet to demonstrate how powerful the Death Star is, proceeding to use the Star on the final Rebel strongholds upon Palpatine’s request, killing the remaining Rebels along with any species living on those planets.
  • The Force Unleashed: Emperor Palpatine, aka Darth Sidious, is the despotic ruler of the Galactic Empire. 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. Initiating a plan to wipe out all enemies of his Empire, Palpatine, through Vader, manipulates a revived Starkiller into gathering all members of Rebellion in one place. After capturing the Rebels, Palpatine intends to torture information about their allies out of them and then execute them. When Starkiller arrives to save the Rebels and defeated Vader in a duel, Palpatine tries to convince him to kill Vader and become his new apprentice. 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 the latter's own mentor, Jedi Rahm Kota. When Starkiller refuses, Palpatine responds by torturing him and having Starkiller rebuilt into a cyborg, outright saying that he intends to use Starkiller as a living weapon before casting him aside as soon as he finds someone better.
  • 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 Lieutenant 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.
  • Lethal Alliance: Zarien Kheev is a Zabrak slave master who allies with the Empire to increase his power and profits. A vicious slaver who deals in children and is Rianna Saren's Arch-Enemy due to his lopping off one of her head-tails, 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-destroyer 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 that he may elevate his own personal power.

    Western Animation 
  • Droids:
    • "Tail of the Roon Comets" through "The Frozen Citadel": Governor Koong, the corrupt ruler of the province of Tawntoom on the planet Roon, wants to conquer the province Umboo and rule the entire planet. He makes offers of alliance to the Galactic Empire and engages in various actions to increase his power. Koong takes over the Umboo lighthouse station to send out fake signals and loot the ships he tricks into crashing, and captures his enemies and forces them to be a part of a rowing crew on one of his slave ships. But his worst action was in his final appearance, where he sprays Umboo with the Rooze virus, intending to kill everyone in Umboo so he can claim their land for himself.
    • The Great Heep TV Movie: Admiral Screed and the Great Heep are some of the darkest villains in the series. Screed attempts to conquer the planet Biitu, which has vast supplies of fuel ore, and claim it for the Empire. Screed deposits the Great Heep on Biitu, along with a moisture eater tower that is designed to steal all the water from the planet so that the Empire can kill off the local population and steal the fuel ore. The Great Heep is a sadist who captures nearby ships and enslaves the droids on the ships, except for the R2 units, which he drains of their power to recharge himself.

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  • Return of the Jedi non-canon novelization, by James Kahn: Moff Tiann Jerjerrod is portrayed as an arrogant, self-important Sociopathic Soldier who joined the military for the violence. Jerjerrod 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, Jerjerrod was an enthusiastic participant in Emperor 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 loved. When the Emperor and Darth Vader were slain, Jerjerrod, enraged at the Rebels for fighting back, ordered Death Star II to obliterate Endor, intending to butcher not only the Rebels and the Ewoks, but his own men, and every other sapient 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." A petty, sadistic man with a big gun, Jerjerrod was among the cruelest and most vindictive officers the Imperial Navy had to offer.
  • The Star Wars: Lord Darth Vader is a far cry from his tragic and ultimately redeemed film counterpart. 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 dominate and destroy all he sees fit.
  • Star Wars: Infinities: A New Hope: In this alternate telling of A New Hope, Emperor Palpatine is, as usual, portrayed as a purely evil monster. The mastermind behind the Death Star and its destruction of the planets Alderaan and Yavin 4, the Emperor rechristens it the "Justice Star", promising to use it on any and all planets that won't cow to his Empire's whims. Upon capturing Princess Leia Organa, the Emperor has her put through intense training and brainwashing, turning her into his loyal servant with whom he uses to lure the entire Rebellion into a trap designed to slaughter them all. The Emperor orders Leia to murder her twin brother, Luke, cackling and mocking Darth Vader over his two children fighting to the death, and when the twins try to join forces, the Emperor proclaims them failures and tries to torture them to death with his Force Lightning, turning it on Vader himself when the cyborg mounts a rescue of his children.
  • William Shakespeare's Star Wars, by Ian Doescher:
    • Palpatine, aka Darth Sidious, is a diabolical Sith mastermind who revels in his own evil and finds no greater joy than crushing others. Orchestrating the invasion of Naboo and near-massacre of swathes of its populace to secure his place as Supreme Chancellor, Palpatine then plays the Republic and Separatists against each other to kick-start the Clone Wars, leading to a years-long, galaxy-wide bloody conflict that engulfs countless worlds in war. For his masterstroke, Palpatine corrupts Anakin Skywalker into becoming his apprentice Darth Vader; uses Order 66 to wipe out almost all Jedi down to the younglings; and institutes the oppressive Galactic Empire regime to become the dictatorial Emperor of the Galaxy. Constructing the Death Star in the hopes of using it to destroy entire worlds against his rule, Palpatine later sets a trap to wipe out the entire Rebellion and turn Luke Skywalker into his pawn all at once, hoping to have Luke kill his own father before attempting to torture Luke to death when he refuses. Returning one last time, Palpatine twists Ben Solo into Kylo Ren; unleashes the First Order onto the galaxy to terrorize and destroy many worlds; then attempts to once more rise to power not only through use of his "Final Order", an army of planet-killing Star Destroyers, but also by forcibly transferring his essence into his own granddaughter Rey, having murdered the girl's parents to bring about the possibility.
    • Verily, a New Hope & The Jedi Doth Return: Star Wars Part the Sixth: Jabba the Hutt is a bloated, slug-like crime lord who Han Solo considers the most depraved being he ever faced. A gangster who terrorizes Tatooine, Jabba enjoys torturing innocents and indebting petty crooks to him to force them into servitude, and regularly feeds people alive to his pet Rancor or Sarlacc, including his own men. Having Han frozen alive in carbonite and hanging him on the wall as a trophy, Jabba captures Han's attempted rescuers and turns Leia into his latest scantily clad slave meant to be permanently chained to him, before trying to throw Han and the rest of his friends and allies to the Sarlacc to be digested slowly and painfully for years.

Alternative Title(s): Star Wars Expanded Universe, Star Wars Legends

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