The Star Wars franchise is back in action after a brief break with brand new shows like Andor and Tales of the Jedi to explore new corners of the galaxy and keep fans satiated for many months to come.
Over the past 45 years, Star Wars has never been lacking its fair share of villainous characters. Nevertheless, while certain antagonists like Darth Vader or Grand Moff Tarkin are truly terrifying foes, other villains seem to have a greater opinion of themselves and their intimidation factor than they really deserve.
Kyle Soller portrays the new character of Syril Karn in Andor. Karn is the Deputy Inspector in a private security firm hired to keep order in an obscure sector of the galaxy by the Empire. On the trail of Andor and his compatriots, Karn is certainly not to be trusted as the events of Andor‘s first season play out.
Deputy Inspector Karn plays things by the book and believes himself to be the swift hand of justice. However, the burgeoning villain has very little command capability, even over his own men, who barely tolerate him. Though he may still grow in his villainy as the series plays out, he is currently as unintimidating as he is incompetent.
Governor Arhinda Pryce was the figurehead leader on Lothal during the Empire’s rule over the galaxy. Forced to contend with frequent Rebel activity on her planet, Governor Pryce’s struggles to maintain order are depicted during the events of Star Wars: Rebels, wherein she serves as a major antagonist.
Pryce pretends as though she has everything on her planet under control, though she truly can feel her power waning with every passing moment. She is quickly outshone by other Imperial officers with better leadership skills, especially Grand Admiral Thrawn, and is eventually killed unceremoniously in an explosion.
Captain Phasma was a leading officer in the First Order and a close associate of General Hux and Kylo Ren. Clad in chrome-plated stormtrooper armor, she serves as a supporting antagonist in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, specifically becoming a foil to her former trooper, Finn.
Phasma has all the self-confidence of a truly great Star Wars villain, but a track record that fails to back up such arrogance. The character loses every fight she enters, finding herself humiliated at virtually every step, including a bout with a trash compactor. In the end, she is bested by the lesser-trained Finn, who proves the villain’s weakness once and for all.
General Armitage Hux is a high-ranking officer in the First Order navy, serving as the right-hand man of Kylo Ren (though the two do not get along), and he even answers directly to Supreme Leader Snoke in the wars against the New Republic and the Resistance.
Though Hux certainly has the fiery temper of many other Star Wars villains, he never seemed able to measure up to his Sith allies. The general is constantly humiliated by Snoke and Kylo Ren, who use the Force to toss him around like a rag doll. Ultimately, his pride is bruised for the final time when he is shot and killed for being a traitor during the events of The Rise of Skywalker.
Ziro The Hutt
Ziro is a gang boss and a member of the villainous Hutt crime family. He appears at various points in the first two seasons of The Clone Wars, where he enlists the help of several bounty hunters to escape Republic internment for his various crimes.
Though Ziro has a certain level of power that makes him believe that he is a threat, the Hutt is ultimately the weakest link in his family, losing any merit when the other Hutts abandon him. In the end, he is shot by his former lover, Sy Snootles, dying a dishonorable and embarrassing death.
Admiral Motti is an Imperial officer aboard the Death Star during the events of A New Hope. Only appearing in a handful of scenes, the admiral clashes with Darth Vader on the merit of the Force when compared to the power of the Death Star.
Admiral Motti’s confidence was key in his rise to success within the Empire’s ranks, but it wasn’t enough to earn him any respect from Darth Vader. While he had the gall to challenge Vader, he couldn’t back up his confidence, finding himself Force-choked to the brink of death at the dark lord’s hand. Motti may be memorable, but he is far from a standout in the Skywalker Saga.
Prime Minister Almec
Almec is the Prime Minister of Mandalore during much of the Clone Wars, advising Satine Wren in her rule over the neutral planet. However, he is eventually revealed to be a traitor, siding with Death Watch in order to bolster his own rise to power.
Almec holds himself regally but is in truth a sniveling politician seeking his own benefit rather than that of his people. He betrays those who trust him the most in order to serve his own needs, eventually meeting an early death for his villainous actions, which left his legacy completely and utterly tarnished.
Reva, also known as the Third Sister, is a former Jedi youngling who survived the events of Order 66 and joined the Inquisitorious in an attempt to gain revenge. She acts as a major villain throughout the events of Obi-Wan Kenobi, giving the titular Jedi Master a difficult time as he attempts to bring the kidnapped Princess Leia to safety.
Reva clearly has an overly inflated view of her own abilities despite being far from the most competent Inquisitor. She even believes herself capable of fighting Darth Vader, a decision which she would come to sorely regret before long.
Dryden Vos is the face of the Crimson Dawn crime syndicate, though secretly working for the true leader of the gang, Darth Maul. He briefly works with Han Solo and his companions during the events of Solo, though he finds himself diametrically at odds with them before too long.
Vos built his empire on his sense of self-confidence, unafraid to act as the public face of an infamous crime syndicate. Although the gang member clearly had some fighting skills to back up his confidence, he was unable to overcome the abilities of his consigliere, Qi’ra, who dispatched him with ease.
Director Orson Krennic is the primary antagonist of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and a direct rival of Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin. The Imperial officer is revealed to be the man behind the construction of the Death Star, who coerced the brilliant Galen Erso to put the finishing touches on the weapon of mass destruction.
Krennic may have had the idea for one of the greatest weapons in the galaxy, but he did not have the leadership skills to be remembered in even the annals of history. He found himself steamrolled by Tarkin, who took credit for his masterpiece and had Krennic killed by the very space station that he had painstakingly built for the Empire.