Top 10 Best Darth Vader Kills
VOICE OVER: Tom Aglio
WRITTEN BY: Garrett Alden
Darth Vader is not a character you want to tangle with. For this list, we'll look at the most notable times the sith lord slayed someone. Our countdown includes “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back”, “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”, and more!
Top 10 Darth Vader Kills
Welcome to WatchMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 Darth Vader kills.
For this list, we’ll look at the most notable times the sith lord slayed someone. To be clear, when we say Darth Vader, we don’t mean Anakin Skywalker. So we won’t include characters like Count Dooku that were taken out before he formally became a Sith.
If there’s a Vader kill whose absence from our list you find disturbing, restore our faith in the comments!
#10: Captain Lorth Needa
“Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)
Given that he’s angry by default most of the time, Darth Vader isn’t very forgiving of his subordinates’ mistakes. After the battle of Hoth, the Imperial navy pursues the Rebel survivors, including the Millennium Falcon. Han’s crafty ship manages to elude its pursuers several times. After the Falcon gets away, Imperial Captain Needa makes the mistake of reporting this failure to his boss in person. We then smash cut to him gasping for air as Vader Force chokes him to death. As savage as this moment is, this is actually an example of Darth Vader at his most merciful!
#9: Stormtrooper Twist
“Star Wars Volume 2 Issue 2” (2015)
The “Star Wars” comics contain a lot of great stuff in them and include plenty of notable kills from Vader. When the Rebel Alliance seeks to free slaves from a weapons factory, Vader intervenes. He has a brief confrontation with Luke Skywalker before they’re interrupted by an AT-AT piloted by Han Solo. While Vader’s able to use the Force to hold it off for a while, it still causes an explosion. The villain’s helmet is knocked off during all the chaos. When a Stormtrooper sees his face, Vader uses the Force to turn the man’s head in an unnatural direction! This moment is brutal enough to…make your head spin!
#8: Eeth Koth
“Darth Vader Volume 2 Issue #19” (2018)
The hunt for the Jedi who escaped the deadly Order 66 is systematic and lasts for years. In this comic, Darth Vader tracks down former Jedi Council Member Eeth Koth. The man was living peacefully as a priest. Moments after he saw his wife give birth to their daughter, Vader interrupts the happy day and turns it into a tragic one. He duels Koth and has his inquisitors retrieve his daughter. Right after the former Jedi sees his child in their custody, Vader strikes the man down. While the villain’s slain many Jedi, the circumstances behind this Eeth Koth’s death are especially heartbreaking.
#7: Separatist Leaders
“Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” (2005)
Not long after Anakin Skywalker is minted as Darth Vader, the new Sith Lord is dispatched to the volcanic world of Mustafar to meet with the leaders of the Separatists. Darth Sidious makes it seem like Vader will be there to assist them. But Vader ominously closes the doors and proceeds to slaughter them all. Not only does this remove the Separatist leadership, but it also allows him to use the base to send the stand-down order to all the droid armies. The turn effectively allowed him to end the Clone War. But this pivotal moment came at the cost of many lives and Vader’s soul.
“Star Wars: Darth Vader Issue #25” (2016)
Cylo is a brilliant scientist whose work in cybernetics led to Darth Vader’s suit. The doctor is also effectively immortal with many copies of himself. But after the scientist betrays the Empire, his time comes to an end. After Vader lands on Cylo’s biomechanical space whale ship (yes, really), the sith lord slays the doctor lots of times. All of that work was just the opener for a big finish. When Vader uses a mind trick against Cylo, the doctor boasts that he is unaffected. But the sith lord was actually using it on the living ship. The vehicle and Cylo come to an end when the transport is sent hurtling into a nearby sun. Vader’s attack against the doctor ultimately has both quantity and style.
“Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” (2005)
One of Darth Vader’s first acts is one of his most heinous. After Darth Sidious gives him his new name, he charges the Sith with carrying out Order 66 against the Jedi at the temple on Coruscant. After slaying fully-trained Jedi with Clone Troopers at his side, Vader also comes upon young Jedi-in-training hiding in the council chambers. They still see him as a Jedi and look to him for guidance. While Vader igniting his lightsaber is ominous enough, we get confirmation later that he did indeed see to their demises. Even though we didn’t feel a disturbance in the Force at this, we were certainly disturbed.
#4: Multiple Rebel Squadrons
“Vader Down 1” (2015)
Although fans are constantly reminded how terrifying he is in close combat, they can sometimes forget that Darth Vader is still one of the best pilots in the Galaxy. While hunting for Luke Skywalker, Vader arrives at a supposedly barren planet. Squadrons of Rebel X-Wings engage him above the planet. Naturally, they’re absolutely no match for him. Vader uses his quick and loaded TIE Fighter to take out 2 entire squadrons all on his own. Luke is only able to stop the villain by ramming him and forcing both their ships to go down. Shortly after, Vader then finds himself surrounded by Rebel soldiers on the ground. Or as he puts it – he’s only surrounded by fear and dead men! What a badass!
#3: Obi-Wan Kenobi
“Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (1977)
When Obi-Wan Kenobi went aboard the Death Star to rescue Princess Leia, a confrontation with his former apprentice was inevitable. He and Darth Vader square off for a final lightsaber duel. Eventually, Obi-Wan leaves himself open and Vader strikes the final blow. While the Jedi became more powerful than Vader could possibly imagine, it’s still heartbreaking to see his end. This scene becomes packed with more meaning and sadness after their relationship was fleshed out in prequels. There was a point when Obi-Wan could have defeated his old friend in combat. However, he knew it was his time to let Vader strike him down.
#2: Rebels Above Scarif
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (2016)
After the Rebellion attacks Scarif to secure the plans to the Death Star, Darth Vader is there to try to intercept them. When the plans are downloaded to the ship The Profundity, Vader boards the vessel. The Rebels are trying to get away with the plans when the power goes out. Suddenly, Vader cuts through the darkness and ignites his lightsaber. While the villain has always been intimidating and frightening, this moment took his terrifying aura to another level entirely! He effortlessly carves out a path through the rebels with his lightsaber and force skills. This is unquestionably Vader’s coolest/most terrifying series of kills.
#1: Emperor Palpatine
“Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” (1983)
Vader has slain many people who didn’t deserve to die. So, it’s fitting his greatest kill took out someone who deserved it the most. Although Anakin decided against killing Palpatine once, Vader changed his mind on the subject at a pivotal moment. When his son Luke refuses to continue their duel, the Emperor turns his Force lightning on the boy. Vader can’t bear to watch his son suffer at another’s hands before his eyes. The sith lord boldly decides to throw his longtime master down a pit in the Second Death Star. Although the effort of doing so costs him his life, Darth Vader saves the Galaxy from tyranny he helped perpetuate for years. In the end, we saw Anakin Skywalker’s face one last time..