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Nightmare Fuel / Star Wars

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Luke: I won't fail you. I'm not afraid.
Yoda: Ohh... You will be... You will be.

While the galaxy may seem like a wondrous place, under the exterior it also has a dark underbelly of some of the most terrifying things imaginable. From all-devouring monsters to extremely powerful galaxy-wide dictatorships to a violent criminal underworld to the power of The Dark Side, you'll definitely be relieved that all of this took place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.




In General

  • Emperor Sheev Palpatine/Darth Sidious is one of the most chilling characters of the franchise and one of the definitely monstrous villains.
    Palpatine: Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design!
    • To get an idea of how terrifyingly evil Palpatine is, Ian McDiarmid directly compares him to the Devil. Not just that, but he claims that Palpatine is far more evil.
      • Darth Plagueis states that on the day Palpatine founded the Empire, the Rough Beast woke for an instant.
    • Aftermath: Empire's End reveals some more unsettling details on Palpatine.:
      • Apparently, during the reign of the Empire, Palpatine sensed a signal emitting from the Unknown Regions through the Dark Side, one that not even Darth Vader could sense. He sent out probes and ships out into the Unknown Regions, becoming obsessed with mapping it, theorizing that what he was sensing was an origin of sorts of the Dark Side of the Force. He established an observatory on Jakku, which housed Sith Artifacts and other such things. What's out there that has Palpatine this spooked and obsessed?!
      • He also planned the Contingency, a scenario where the Empire is to retreat into the Unknown Regions using Palpatine's research in the event of Palpatine's death and establish a new Empire elsewhere. The end of Empire's End reveals that Grand Admiral Rae Sloane, Brendol Hux, and the parts of the Empire that fled after the Battle of Jakku spent months traveling in the Unknown Regions, before coming across Palpatine's personal Super Star Destroyer, the Eclipse, thus beginning what will eventually become the First Order.
      • Above all, an excerpt from Thrawn reveals that Grand Admiral Thrawn somehow factors into this grand plan, with Thrawn telling Palpatine of threats lurking in the Unknown Regions, threats that could pose a threat to the Empire. All of this implies that Supreme Leader Snoke is the Dark Side presence in the Unknown Regions and that he may be a being who has been around years before the events of the main films and has been watching everyone all this time. Speaking of which...
      • The Rise of Skywalker reveals that Palpatine created Snoke in the first place so it's not him.
    • Palpatine's theme (this extended one in particular) is easilly one of the creepiest's Leitmotif of all Star Wars universe. It perfectly describes the unholy and wicked monster old Palpy is. The omnimous male choir in the background humming the melody also sound like something coming out from some sort of demonic beings of hell.
  • Supreme Leader 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 Sider. He's old enough to have witnessed the beginning and end of the Empire and is implied to have been a Greater-Scope Villain. He's 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 apprentice. He also doesn't torment Kylo as the Emperor did with Vader 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.
    • Although in The Last Jedi, he is rather unexpectedly offed in the third act, he makes up for it by being utterly terrifying in all his scenes prior. His power in the Force is immense. He can use Force lightning...without even raising his hand, instead seemingly projecting up from the floor. He can bodyslam people with the Force while not even being on the same ship. When Rey meets him, he uses the Force to toss her around the room like a ragdoll or leaves her immobilised by simply flicking his wrist, if that. Kylo Ren also clearly learned his mind probing abilities from Snoke...only Snoke's are much, much more potent. When Kylo read Rey's mind, it was uncomfortable but she was able to resist. When Snoke does it, she is defenceless against him and is left screaming in pure agony. Even Kylo looks disturbed by it. Worse, his mind-reading capabilities means he can just about predict your every move, leaving him reasonably justifiably confident he "cannot be betrayed". Kylo only kills him by exploiting Exact Words and using some remarkable cunning.
    • Snoke's general demeanour and behaviour towards both Kylo and Rey is insanely creepy and predatory. Especially given that he had apparently been preying upon and using the dark side to corrupt Kylo since he was a small child (or possibly even while he was still in his mother's womb). He takes all of the creepy child-grooming subtext between Palpatine and Anakin and dials it right up.
  • In-Universe, when you hear Vader's breathing, you. Are. Screwed.
  • 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...
  • The sound of the TIE Fighters, inspired by the real-life Jericho sirens that German dive bombers used during World War II, with the intention of provoking psychological distress on the enemy. Needless to say, both really work.


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