Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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At the Star Wars: The Last Jedi panel at Star Wars Celebration 2017 in Orlando, fans and the world were treated to the first teaser trailer and a new poster for the highly anticipated film due out in December 2017. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, director Rian Johnson, and stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, and Mark Hamill participated in the panel hosted by Josh Gad. The film will be released in the U.S. on December 15, 2017.

The Official Title for Star Wars: Episode VIII Revealed

The Official Title for Star Wars: Episode VIII Revealed

The Official Title for Star Wars: Episode VIII Revealed

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FILMS // JANUARY 23, 2017

ANNOUNCING THE NAME OF THE NEXT FILM IN THE SKYWALKER SAGA.

We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

THE LAST JEDI is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is scheduled for release December 15, 2017. 

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Woody Harrelson Signs On for Young Han Solo Film

Woody Harrelson Signs On for Young Han Solo Film

Woody Harrelson Signs On for Young Han Solo Film

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FILMS // JANUARY 11, 2017

Veteran film and television actor Woody Harrelson is stepping aboard the upcoming Han Solo movie set to arrive in theaters next year.

Harrelson, known for wide-ranging roles in film and TV such as The Hunger Games, No County For Old Men, True Detective, Cheers, and Zombieland, will join actors Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo), Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), and Emilia Clarke in the adventure. This Star Wars Story is the second in a series of films that live outside the Skywalker family saga, and is set during the early scoundrel days of the iconic characters, prior to A New Hope.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” said the film’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. “His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”

The as-yet-untitled movie, which is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel, is scheduled for release in 2018.

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Carrie Fisher, Our Princess, Passess Away

Carrie Fisher, Our Princess, Passess Away

Carrie Fisher, Our Princess, Passess Away

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FILMS // DECEMBER 27, 2016

Remembering the iconic actor and writer.

With a smile, with a blaster, with a pen, Carrie Fisher was magic. She was a gifted actor and talented writer. She was an original. We at Lucasfilm will always consider her family. Our princess, our general. And we are heartbroken that she has left us.

Just 19 when cast as Princess Leia Organa in George Lucas’ Star Wars (1977), Fisher, the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, imbued the role with a rebellious confidence and stateliness. Fisher’s Leia was a leader, quick to pick up a blaster and take charge while the boys bickered. Not many actors can share the screen — and barbs — with Darth Vader one moment and Han Solo the next. Carrie could, and as a result, she created an icon that still inspires women and men some 40 years later. The term “strong female character” is thrown around a lot today in pop culture, but Carrie designed the blueprint.

Carrie would return to the role of Leia for The Empire Strikes Back (1980), delivering scene after memorable scene, particularly opposite Harrison Ford. Among the highlights was Carrie’s “Why, you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerfherder!”– a brilliantly comedic zinger aimed at Han Solo that has become a pop culture mainstay. There was also her heartbreaking and classic “I love you” to Han, who answered with “I know” before being lowered into carbon freeze. It’s a sequence often deemed one of Star Wars’ greatest. Finally, in 1983, Carrie would close out the original trilogy with co-stars and friends Ford and Mark Hamill in Return of the Jedi. In the film, she donned a now infamous metal bikini as Jabba the Hutt’s prisoner, and further cemented her status as a classic movie heroine by choking Jabba with her own chains and leading the final rebel attack on Endor.

“Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives,” said George Lucas. “She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved. In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess — feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think. My heart and prayers are with Billie, Debbie and all Carrie’s family, friends and fans. She will be missed by all.”

“Carrie holds such a special place in the hearts of everyone at Lucasfilm it is difficult to think of a world without her,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “She was Princess Leia to the world but a very special friend to all of us. She had an indomitable spirit, incredible wit, and a loving heart. Carrie also defined the female hero of our age over a generation ago. Her groundbreaking role as Princess Leia served as an inspiration of power and confidence for young girls everywhere. We will miss her dearly.”

Outside of Star Wars, Carrie gave memorable performances in The Blues Brothers (1980), Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters (1985), When Harry Met Sally (1989), and many more films and TV series.

But her gifts were not limited to the screen; Carrie also began a new phase of her career as a screenwriter and author in the 1980s. The semi-autobiographical 1987 novel Postcards from the Edge (later adapted into a movie starring Meryl Streep) and her one-woman show/2008 book Wishful Drinking were critically-acclaimed works, both acknowledging her struggles with depression and substance abuse. Diagnosed as Bipolar, she also became an unflinching mental-health advocate. “I outlasted my problems,” she once said. “I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you.” Carrie also worked as a script doctor (often uncredited), and earlier this year released a new memoir, The Princess Diarist, once again filled with her wit and honesty.

“It’s never easy to lose such a vital, irreplaceable member of the family, but this is downright heartbreaking,” Mark Hamill said. “Carrie was one-of-a-kind who belonged to us all — whether she liked it or not. She was OUR Princess, damn it, and the actress who played her blurred into one gorgeous, fiercely independent and ferociously funny, take-charge woman who took our collective breath away. Determined and tough, but with a vulnerability that made you root for her and want her to succeed and be happy. She played such a crucial role in my professional and personal life, and both would have been far emptier without her. I am grateful for the laughter, the wisdom, the kindness, and even the bratty, self-indulgent crap my beloved space-twin gave me through the years. Thanks, Carrie. I love you.”

Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, said, “Carrie Fisher was one-of-a-kind, a true character who shared her talent and her truth with us all with her trademark wit and irreverence. Millions fell in love with her as the indomitable Princess Leia; she will always have a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans as well as all of us who were lucky enough to know her personally. She will be sorely missed, and we join millions of fans and friends around the world who mourn her loss today.”

When the announcement came that a new Star Wars trilogy was in the works, Carrie was eager to reprise her role as Leia. And fans were overjoyed at the prospects of her return. Not just because they wanted Leia back, but because they wanted Carrie. There is no Leia without her, and Star Wars is not the same without her.

It seems fitting, then, that Carrie delivered the final line of The Force Awakens: “May the Force be with you.”

We love you, Carrie.

STAR WARS: BEST OF 2016

STAR WARS: BEST OF 2016

STAR WARS: BEST OF 2016

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FILMS// DECEMBER 23, 2016

If 2015 was the year that Star Wars took its first steps into a new era, 2016 was the year it took a giant leap. Star Wars Rebels reached new heights, Marvel continued its incredible run of critically-acclaimed series, and the first stand-alone Star Wars movie was released. It was a year of risks and experiments and surprises; in other words, it was a year very true to the spirit of Star Wars. Here are reflections by StarWars.com’s writers.
Going Rogue and Meeting a New Rebels Villain at Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars Celebration Europe brought together fans from all over the world. Like every Celebration, there was no shortage of amazing exclusives to see and hear. Gwendoline Christie, Captain Phasma herself, hosted an incredible Rogue One panel that brought us Ben Mendelsohn marching out on stage in full Director Krennic regalia, a behind-the-scenes sizzle reel, and an exclusive trailer. As she came on stage, though, she called for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the attack in Nice, which had just happened, and I’ll never forget the emotional and rousing rendition of the French national anthem in that room. It was the first thing that weekend that made me cry.

The weekend was incredible and emotional enough, but then Dave Filoni brought Grand Admiral Thrawn to the world of Star Wars Rebels in one of the most Earth-shattering moments I’ve ever witnessed at a Celebration. The audience was gobsmacked, roaring to an almost immediate standing ovation. And then when it was announced that Timothy Zahn would be writing a Thrawn book? Just a massive reaction that you had to be in the room to truly feel and understand. Add to that stages hosted by Warwick Davis, David Collins, and Amy Ratcliffe, and things like live podcasts, behind-the-scenes panels, and thousands of the best fans ever, and you had one of the best celebrations of a galaxy far, far away that we’ve ever had. – Bryan Young

Ahsoka and Vader Clash in Star Wars Rebels‘ Classic Season Two

I know I’m supposed to pick a “best of” moment, but I really can’t pick just one. So I’m picking an episode. The Star Wars Rebels Season Two finale, “Twilight of the Apprentice,” is not only the best episode of the series to date, but I think it’s one of my favorite Star Wars stories ever. Season Two took its time in the build up to the finale, kind of like going up the biggest hill of a roller coaster with that clackclackclack of anticipation. You know something’s coming, but you don’t really feel it until the drop — and you feel that drop all the way down.

From the very beginning of the season, we knew Ahsoka and Vader were going to face off and we knew that Vader made it out alive. So what did that mean for Ahsoka? We didn’t know. I watched that entire episode clutching a pillow, sometimes crying, sometimes cheering, sometimes shouting at the TV for Ezra not to trust Maul — and it’s like that every time I watch the episode. Every single time. – Geek Girl Diva

Star Wars Books Tell Untold Tales and Lead Into Rogue One

There’s been a lot of great reads out there in the world of Star Wars publishing, and a lot of them have focused in on stepping up and filling in some of those burning questions that aren’t answered in the films and television shows.

The novel Bloodline by Claudia Gray brought Princess Leia to the forefront as she has her political career come crashing down, only to start forging the seeds of the Resistance. Gray’s novel from Del Rey melds great characters, action, and political intrigue together as hidden forces tug at the levers that could pull the Senate apart, leaving it too divided to focus on a coming threat: the First Order. One scene that has stuck with me was set in the immediate aftermath of the political attack that sinks Leia’s candidacy for the position of First Senator. Senator Organa realizes that the bombshell revelation has not only cost her career, but also friendships as even her own aide, Korr Sella, feels betrayed enough to abandon her. Talk about intense!

Ahsoka, by E.K. Johnston, meanwhile, delivers a key chapter in the life of former Jedi Ahsoka Tano: switching from laying low after her exit in The Clone Wars to becoming Fulcrum, as seen in Star Wars Rebels. Johnston captures Ahsoka’s voice skillfully as she realizes that she can hide no longer from a growing Empire in this young adult novel from Disney–Lucasfilm Press. While there’s a lot of great scenes, I think my favorite is when Ahsoka faces off against an Inquisitor — with no lightsabers.

And recently released, the Rogue One lead-in novel from Del Rey, Catalyst, by James Luceno serves as a keen look at the characters and relationships that drive the plot of the film. Scientist Galen Erso is caught between powerful figures: his friend, the ambitious and manipulative Orson Krennic, and his wife (and Jyn’s mother), Lyra Erso, who is piecing together the bigger picture. Krennic’s a master at lining up shots against his enemies and rivals, and while he manages to keep Tarkin out of the picture, his menacing showdown with Lyra near the climax of this thriller sets the stage for a final game of cat and mouse. – James Floyd

Enter The Star Wars Show!

One of the best things about being a Star Wars fan is the community. There’s no shortage of websites, boards, podcasts, or video series that celebrate anything from the latest movie trailer to the most arcane story detail imaginable. Part of the Star Wars magic is making fans feel like they’re part of the magic, and that’s something Star Wars has excelled at since its very beginnings. This past year was no different, as the launching of The Star Wars Show gave hosts Andi Gutierrez and Peter Townley a fun and entertaining platform to provide fans behind-the-scenes access with insightful chats, including talks with Pablo Hidalgo, Dave Filoni, and other Star Wars movers and shakers. (And really, check out the Holiday Special if you haven’t seen it already.) Similarly, Rebels Recon remained a must-visit destination for breaking down each Rebels episode (who wasn’t feverishly refreshing their browsers after Twilight of the Apprentice aired?). And, to toot our own Ewok war horn here at StarWars.com, we continued to generate in-depth interviews (see the latest, with the legendary Doug Chiang discussing Rogue One), quizzes, guest posts, debate pieces, editorials, and a variety of articles that covered every aspect of the galaxy far, far away.

As the Star Wars community continues to grow, so do the avenues available to deepen the experience of being a fan — and it might be the best time ever to be one. – Michael Moreci

Rey Changes the Fandom Landscape

The release of The Force Awakens ignited the fire of Star Wars fandom and made it burn even brighter. A new film meant the ranks of fandom would probably expand, but the world truly seemed to love The Force Awakens — and many of us got to experience the joy of being alongside friends and relatives as they took their first steps into a larger world. Maybe its biggest impact was that fans new and old connected to Episode VII’s lead character, Rey. In her, I saw a sense of optimism and determination that I remembered when I needed to get through trying times. I wasn’t alone in relating to her. Rey costumes became the star of the convention scene and Halloween this year, with all ages and genders stepping into her scavenger gear. I regularly spot young girls dressed as Rey at Disneyland, and they are always excited to tell me about why she’s their favorite character. They like her for her fight moves, her bravery, and her hair — but especially that she wields a lightsaber. They see themselves in her, and I get it, because so do I. Rey’s led the charge into this new era of Star Wars, and I’m following wherever she goes — and so are thousands of other fans. – Amy Ratcliffe

More Star Wars for Younglings

This year was a great one for young Star Wars fans (or those of us who still unashamedly enjoy stuff meant for kids). Star Wars targeted honest-to-goodness kids in a big way this year, and it was grand. Just ask my little Padawans. Not only did Star Wars Rebels come back for a thrilling third season (with Thrawn!), but we were also treated to the insanely fun new LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures. It’s hard to believe that a majority of the toys and action figures for The Force Awakens came out at the beginning of this year, and with Rogue One merch on shelves now, 2016 will go down as the year that brought a tidal wave of Rey and Jyn Erso toys into my home. And since they were just the frosting on top of a delicious cake of Galactic Heroes toys, Nerf weapons, and Hot Wheels vehicles, it was a good year for toys. Not to mention games and books. Between the surprisingly deep LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game, Landry Q. Walker’s wildly entertaining Aliens book of tales, and E.K. Johnston’s long-awaited Ahsoka novel, young fans were kept busily immersed in our favorite galaxy for much of the year. And that’s the heartwarming memory I’ll take away from this year. – Jamie Greene

The Force Awakens Leads a Rathtar-Like Charge of Home Video Releases

The days when fans had to wait half a decade for the latest Star Wars epic to land on home video are long gone. Just 110 days passed between the cinematic release of The Force Awakens and its first landing in homes across the planet. As befits the biggest film of all time in North America, it was released in a variety of different packages. Target gave us their combo pack which contained exclusive content not found anywhere else, while the Walmart exclusive gave away a Topps Galactic Connexions disc. Best Buy released an attractive steel book and Disney Store’s Blu-ray combo included a limited edition lithograph. But there was more Force Awakens goodness to come: this fall saw the arrival of the 3D Collector’s Edition. The set contains the film’s original theatrical release on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, Digital HD, and DVD, as well as being loaded with deleted scenes, interviews, and a new commentary from director J.J. Abrams. For fans of the saga it’s a golden era with fresh content arriving at a dizzying pace and collectors of home video releases have some real treats to track down. There was even more great Star Wars to bring home this year, however, and for fans of all-ages. LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales, The Freemaker Adventures, and Star Wars Rebels have all hit home video this year with new releases. And to think, next year we’ll be watching Rogue One in the comfort of our own homes. – Mark Newbold

Villains Rule in Star Wars Comics

2016 proved to be the year of the big bad in Star Wars comics. Most notable was the conclusion of the Stan Lee Excelsior-award winning Darth Vader by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca. Gillen and Larocca had a daunting task: character progression for (arguably) one of the most important villains in popular culture while keeping the climax of Return of the Jedi intact. In other words, only Luke has an <ahem> hand in Vader’s redemption, so how do you show growth in the main character? To put it simply, you hire Gillen and Larocca.

Vader wasn’t the only baddie to make a splash. Grakkus the Hutt left a mark in the pages of Charles Soule and Phil Noto’s Poe Dameron, and whether it’s because we first saw him buffed out in Jason Aaron’s Star Wars, or because we can’t get enough of those slimy, worm-ridden Hutts, he proved to be an excellent adversary for the best pilot in the galaxy. Aaron’s aforementioned Star Wars brought a new brand of stormtrooper, the Scar Squadron, led by lightsaber-wielding Seargent Kreel. This fearsome group is real trouble for the trio of Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker, with obstacles around every corner. With each new issue, the Star Wars titles continued to show us why the best villains are featured in a galaxy far, far away. Plus, Doctor Aphra (not quite a villain, but not really hero) has stepped out into her own ongoing series — maybe the biggest Star Wars comics news of the year, and deservedly so. Of all Marvel’s many contributions to Star Wars thus far, she might be the greatest. – Dan Zehr

Advances in Technology Change What a Star Wars Video Game Can Be

2016 was a great year for Star Wars games. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens allowed us to relive all our favorite movie scenes from the film with developer Traveler’s Tales typically adorable and witty take. While the LEGO Star Wars franchise is several releases deep, the established formula nonetheless continues to please, with gorgeous looking environments that can’t help but make you want to bust out the LEGO toys the second you’re done playing.

VR also came onto the scene in a big way in 2016 with the landmark Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission, which gets you closer than ever before to the ships and world of Star Wars. Piloting an X-Wing in this manner feels immersive in a way not previously thought possible. Honestly, unless you’ve tried it, there’s no way to really fully understand just how enveloping and life-like these games can feel. If the technology continues to be developed and supported, then fans will find themselves living in the Star Wars universe on a whole other level.

Likewise, 2016 also saw awesome support for the great games released in the previous years. The mobile Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes continues to see new content on a regular cadence, giving players access to more and more characters. There was the Star Wars: The Old Republic – Knights of the Eternal Throne expansion and THAT trailer. The real powerhouse of the year, though, was Star Wars Battlefront, which has consistently seen downloadable content that vastly expanded its portrayal of the Star Wars universe. Indeed, Battlefront consistently hit release dates throughout 2016 that gave players reason to come back again and again, making it easy to forget it wasn’t actually released this year.

The original game launched with several playable characters, but 2016 added fan favorites such as the bounty hunter Dengar and the lovable scoundrel Lando Calrissian, as well as new playable environments such as Bespin and Jabba’s Palace on Tatooine. Seeing these environments in the films is as enchanting as ever, but getting to pound down the halls of Cloud City or get eaten by a rancor in the dingy dungeons of Jabba’s Palace gives players a chance to explore and experience them as places rather than just scenes.

This release cadence culminated right before the year’s end with the anticipated release of Rogue One, which introduced the new Scarif expansion to Battlefront, giving players the chance to experience the weapons, vehicles, and heroes of the film through the visceral combat of this fantastic first-person shooter. If after watching the newest film you find yourself dreaming of wielding a blaster and taking on the Empire — or wielding the iron first of the Emperor as a stormtrooper — then there’s no better game past-or-present to turn to than Star Wars Battlefront. – Anthony Gallegos

ILMxLAB’s Dazzling VR Experiences

The world building of Star Wars got a virtual upgrade this year with a host of truly immersive experiences that put fans at the helm of an X-wing, at the heart of the Rebellion, and in league with the Jedi. The creative minds at ILMxLAB are using cutting-edge VR technology to catch up with the imaginations of kids (and adults) who spent years fantasizing about being a part of the Star Wars universe. Mixed reality components, like a headset for 360-degree views and handheld controllers, complete the feeling of holding a lightsaber to deflect blaster fire. Initial forays — Jakku Spy and Trials on Tatooine — turned living rooms into the twin sand planets with astromech droids to serve as their guides, but the latest, Rogue One: Recon, is a complete departure that puts fans in the helmet of an X-wing pilot. One minute you’re hurtling through space on a routine scouting mission with the Rebels, the next the whole thing goes sideways and you’re battling the Empire, swooping beneath a Star Destroyer, and catching a glimpse of the dreaded Death Star. Narrative storytelling and interactive gaming gain a fresh emotional intensity exploring this part of the saga, falling in the timeline just before Rogue One. Next up, screenwriter David Goyer will collaborate with ILMxLAB for a 360-experience centered around Darth Vader, which promises to once again stretch the bounds of interactive storytelling. Just keep reminding yourself: I am one with the Force. The Force is with me. – Kristin Baver

Rogue One, the First Star Wars Stand-Alone Movie, Arrives

I had the honor of interviewing Gareth Edwards early on in the production of what would become Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While talking to him, it was clear to me that he loved Star Wars (he even went to Lars homestead set from the original Star Wars for his 30th birthday) and that he knew what made it great. But it was his view of how to make a Star Wars movie that made me really excited. Edwards clearly believed in pushing things forward and taking chances while remaining true to what Star Wars is at its core. Without spoiling Rogue One, I think that’s why the film is so successful.

It’s a Star Wars film through and through, but it’s a new kind of Star Wars film. It’s a down-in-the-trenches war movie and it’s gritty. Yet it’s not empty grit, and the threat of violence is not there for kicks. These are people fighting for something, which we understand from frame one. And still, there’s a real sense of fun and humor and rising to meet life’s challenges, no matter the cost — an emotional backbone that the best Star Wars stories always have. The designs blend new ships and creatures and villains with the old, and the visual effects are a leap in what we thought was possible. Even the concept of a Star Wars movie outside the Skywalker saga was a risk. All of this is what makes Star Wars what it is, and Rogue One is an exceptional addition to that legacy. – Dan Brooks

What were your Star Wars highlights for 2016? Let us know in the comments below!

Top 10 Sith Lords in Star Wars

Top 10 Sith Lords in Star Wars

Top 10 Sith Lords in Star Wars

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Just who is the worst, or the best, of the Sith has been an on-going debate virtually since fans found out that Darth Vader was a “Lord” of the Sith. After all, if you have a Sith Lord, that means that there must be other Sith out there, right? While there is a rather large number of Sith Lords mentioned throughout the pages of Star Wars history, there are only a few that can actually be called the worst of the worst. Here are the Top 10 Sith Lords in Star Wars.

10. Bane

If there is any Sith that has had as large of an impact on the Sith, and the Galaxy, than Darth Bane, well…they might be on this list. That being said, Darth Bane is without a doubt one of the most influential Sith Lords ever. As the sole survivor of the Sith Purge at the hands of the Jedi Order 1000 years prior to the Battle of Yavin. It was Darth Bane that created what was known as the Rule of Two (One Master, One Apprentice) in an effort to hide from the Jedi Order, and bring about Galactic domination and revenge against the Jedi. It was this desire for revenge that fueled the hatred of the Sith for the next 1000 years. Bane was the Sith Lord that Darth Maul was referencing when he said “At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge.”

9. Traya

Guys aren’t the only ones to have joined the ranks of the Sith Lords, as is seen with Darth Traya, Dark Lady of the Sith. Traya was one of the Sith Triumvirate that ruled over the Sith after the Mandalorian Wars. Prior to the wars Darth Traya was a Jedi Master, and was actually the one that originally trained the one person who would become Darth Revan. When a significant number of Jedi followed Revan to war, Treya was blamed and exiled from the order. Over time, she was overthrown by the other two members of the Triumvirate (Darth Nihilus and Darth Sion) who were also considered Force Wounds as she was. (Brief note – A Force Wound is a person or place that experienced an immense loss of life, thus causing a whole in the Force. It is speculated that the destruction of Alderaan created such a wound.) Once she had exacted her revenge upon the Sion and Nihilius, she was then defeated by The Jedi Exile, Meetra Surik.

8. Exar Kun

Exar Kun started off as a dedicated Jedi Knight who unfortunately had a bit of a temper, and an insatiable curiosity for things that he shouldn’t. While he was exploring, and tracking down ancient texts, he came across the tomb of an ancient Sith Lord named Freedon Nadd. Based on the promise of even more knowledge and skills from the wraith, Exar went to the ancient Sith homeworld of Korriban where his fall to the dark side was finally complete. Kun then based his operations on Yavin 4 (the same moon that the Rebel Alliance would use 4000 years or so later) and waged war on the rest of the Galaxy, which ended up leading to the Mandalorian Wars, and even later the conflict with Revan and his forces. Exar Kun is also attributed as the creator of the double-bladed lightsaber, and part of the reason why it has retained a reputation as being associated with the Dark Side.

7. Sidious (Sheev Palpatine)

Darth Sidious, born Sheev Palpatine, was the one Sith Lord that was able to exact the full measure of revenge against the Jedi that was mandated by Darth Bane. Through the political machinations of Darth Sidious, the Sith were able to take control of most of the Galaxy for almost 20 years without anyone but the few remaining Jedi knowing what had happened. While Sidious was a true master of the Force (he was able to hide his evil Force presence from the likes of Master Yoda, and fight him to a standstill), his greatest skill lied in the political arena, and his ability to manipulate others. Sidious was the one that orchestrated the events leading up to the Clone Wars, and who played upon the distrust that the Jedi Council had for what they didn’t recognize, and was able to subvert the prophesied “Chosen One” to his side.

6. Plagueis

Not much is truly known about the Dark Lord of the Sith known as Darth Plagueis. What is known though is that he is the one that helped teach Darth Sidious the ways of the Force, put the final polish on Sidious’ political training, and was such a master of the Force that it is rumored that he could keep people from dying. It is also rumored that he was a master manipulator of midichlorians, the bridge between mortals and the Force, to the point that he could even create life where there was none before. Unfortunately, this skill was not a passive one as he found out when his apprentice killed him while he was asleep. Even with his death having been well documented, his mastery was so strong that even to this day rumors abound that he may still live and continue to influence galactic events.

5. Sion

Also known as the Lord of Pain, Darth Sion was a member of the Triumvirate following the Mandalorian Wars and the conflict with Revan. In many ways, Sion has the appearance of a zombie, though there is some dispute about the exact color of his eyes. According to some one of his eyes is white, and the other is brown, while others say that they glow a dull red as he utilizes the Force. Throughout his life, Sion sought death and longed to leave this life. Though he did not want to leave this life without accumulating as much power as possible. Among the Triumvirate, he was the one that was responsible for ruling of the Sith Assassins, and his base of operations was focused primarily on two planets. The first being the ancient Sith homeworld of Korriban, and the second being the Force Wounded planet of Malachor. Due to the events of the wars, and the actions that Sion and Nihlius took while upon the planet, Malachor wouldn’t truly be healed until sometime until a decade or so prior to the Battle of Yavin.

4. The Son

The being known as The Son is, strictly speaking, not a Sith. That being said, he does deserve a spot on this list for no other reason than being the living embodiment of the Dark Side of the Force. Among his many impressive powers was that he had the ability to change his form at will. This is not the same as changlings such as the bounty hunter Zam Wesell (who, coincidentally enough also had a confrontation with Anakin Skywalker). Rather, The Son could actually change his body into the other creatures. While he preferred to manipulate his opponents into doing what he wanted, the Son was not afraid to take physical action. Even though the Son could effectively use bladed weapons, he did not utilize a lightsaber. Instead his preferred weapon of choice was to use Force powers such as telekinesis, Force lightning, and others.

3.Vader (Anakin Skywalker)

Prophesied as the Chosen One, Anakin Skywalker was foretold to “Bring Balance to the Force.” However, this was not exactly done in the way that many Jedi thought it would be. For some reason the Jedi interpreted this to mean that the Dark Side (or Sith) would be eradicated, and tried to teach Anakin that the best way to do this was to suppress all emotions. Naturally this lead to a lot of issues for Anakin, the least of which was dealing with loss and potential loss. Whenever Anakin was faced with a severe emotional trauma (i.e., the death of his mother, or the loss of his wife) he snapped. The Jedi order even tried to say that positive emotions such as love could lead to the Dark Side. Due to this eventually self-fulfilling prophecy, Anakin fell and became Darth Vader, the Dark Lord of the Sith, and arguably one of the most powerful Force Users of all time.

2. Kylo Ren

Strictly speaking, Kylo Ren may not qualify for this list due to the simple fact that he is not a “Sith” Lord, but rather a member of the Knights of Ren. While it is still open for some speculation as to who the Knights of Ren are, what is not open is whether or not Kylo (born Ben Solo) is a powerful dark side user. Militarily, he helped decimate the fledgling New Jedi Order, helps to lead the Knights of Ren, and is currently one of the three most powerful members of the First Order. Then, there is his mastery of the Force. Not only can he block blaster bolts like any good Force wielder, but he can freeze them in midair, rip the very thoughts out of people’s minds, and those are just two of the “newer” Force powers that we have seen. It’s fair to say that he is only going to grow in power as his training continues under the mysterious “Snoke.”

1. Naga Sadow

Naga Sadow was a Dark Lord of the Sith, and a member of the true Sith race at that, who existed roughly 5,000 years prior to the Battle of Yavin, and helped guide the Sith Empire to the very brink of dominating the galaxy during the Great Hyperspace War. One of the Sith Council, Sadow was born and raised on the new Sith homworld of Ziost. Politically, and idealogically, Sadow was considered a “progressive” Sith, which means that he proclaimed an expansionist outlook. This outlook is what, in the end, not only lead to the end of the Sith Empire as it was known for millennia, but also set the tone of the Sith grasping for as much power (personally, politically, and within the Force) forever any adherent to the Sith philosophy that came after him.

There you have it, the Top 10 Sith Lords…at least, according to iGeekOut. How close did we come to your list? Did we miss something, or someone, that should have been listed? Perhaps we included someone on the list that we shouldn’t have? Whatever your point of view, please feel free to share it! Don’t hold it in, tell us your point of view in the comments below, and who knows it may just be included on a future edition of this list.

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