Star Wars Villains
As the pitiful Rebel Alliance struggles against the forces of the Empire, they face some of the most powerful villains ever to appear on the movie screen. The Dark Lord of the Sith, the powerful emperor, and the greatest bounty hunter in the galaxy all battle with the Rebels and often succeed in doing so. They are Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, and Boba Fett of the immensely popular Star Wars series.
The story of Star Wars expands beyond the confines of the movie trilogy, with these characters further detailed in the comics and novels released in the last several years. There is a great deal of information about these three that wasn't revealed on the big screen.
Darth Vader is the first villain introduced in the first movie, Star Wars: A New Hope. This Jedi is aligned with the evil side of the Force, the dark side. The Force is an energy that flows through all things and can be commanded by those who train in it, for good or for evil. Darth Vader was born Anakin Skywalker and while he still went by this name, he trained under Obi-Wan Kenobi in the powers of the Light Side. Obi-Wan didn't notice that Anakin was becoming more interested in the dark side, which brought quicker results. Obi-Wan tried to get Anakin to leave the dark side once he realized how far gone he was, but it was too late. In a battle using the Jedi's weapon, the lightsaber, Anakin fell into a pit of molten lava and was horribly scarred. From that incident on, he had to wear special armor to protect his body and keep his vital systems functioning, and later developed it into the terrifying black gear we see him wearing in the movies. He joined up with the Empire, and unknown to him, his wife had fraternal twins, a boy and a girl, which were separated at birth to keep him from finding them and bring them to the dark side. Their names were Leia and Luke. He took on the name Darth Vader and trained in the dark side of the Force under the emperor, Palpatine.
Emperor Palpatine appears in both Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, but is not named in the movies. He was once a senator in the Old Republic, the government the Empire wants to overthrow. As time went by and the Old Republic expanded, the senators started becoming corrupt and power-hungry. He was the most powerful of these. He carefully schemed and when the Old Republic started breaking down, he took control and became the head of the Senatorial Council. People believed he would turn the government around for better, and the senators thought he would draw attention away from their own behavior. They were wrong. Once the New Order was established, Palpatine declared himself emperor of the galaxy. People who stood in his way were killed if possible, but some escaped to form the Rebellion. The Jedi also stood in his way, and his new pupil, Darth Vader, helped eliminate all those allied with the forces of light while anyone on the dark side was trained to serve him. His goal was to completely rule the galaxy, a truly evil goal, but he isn't the only one with power.
Boba Fett is the mysterious bounty hunter that appears only several times, with very few lines, but has become one of the most popular characters. Very little is revealed about him in the movies. He was once a Journeyman Protector on Concord Dawn named Jaster Mereel, but was convicted for murder, even though the man he killed was corrupt. He was exiled and stripped of all he owned. He ended up taking on the battle armor of the Mandalorians and the name Boba Fett. It is unknown what events led up to this. He modified the armor some to suit his purposes as the undisputed greatest (and most expensive) bounty hunter in the galaxy.
While as these villains (supposedly) die in the movies, when they lived, they were deadly force to be reckoned with.
Of course, in the Star Wars novel/comic book continuity, Boba Fett lives ^^v I may eventually add Darth Maul to this since he is soooo cool!
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