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Top 10 Strongest, Most Powerful Sith Lords of All Time

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The Greatest Sith of All Time—Including all Star Wars Eras

Hello all Star Wars fans,

Born of people's need to compare the Sith and compile a mental list of the greatest Sith ever alive, here are the top 10. It's possible you may not recognize them all because most of them don't appear in the movies, but I'll introduce them to you.

Everybody knows the power the dark side of the Force wields, but these Sith Lords know the true meaning of "unlimited power." Once, they had it all within their grasp, but the Law of Two always messes up their plans. For those who don't know, the law of two requires that the Sith always be two—a Lord and an Apprentice.

I'm fully convinced that, without this law, the Sith would reign supreme—as Darth Sidious explains, "The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural."

But First, Test Your Knowledge

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Was Darth Vader the Sith Lord, or the Sith Apprentice?
    • Lord
    • Apprentice
  2. Was Vader able to cast Force Lightning?
    • No
    • Yes
  3. Was Revan a Sith Lord or a Hero of the Republic?
    • Hero of the Republic
    • Sith Lord
    • All of the above
    • None of the Above
  4. What was the origin of the Sith?
    • They were the exiled Jedi
    • They were some of the best Jedi Masters that turned
    • They were a distinct order that rose with no connection to the Jedi order
    • They were the result of a civil revolt

Answer Key

  1. Apprentice
  2. No
  3. All of the above
  4. They were the exiled Jedi

10 - Darth Vader (Anakin Skywalker)

Darth Vader

Darth Vader

Midi chlorian measures the potential of a Force Sentient, and Anakin Skywalker was the Jedi with the highest midi-chlorian levels of all time. However he never reached his full potential, leaving him in 10th place.

Anakin thought the only way to save his wife's life was to join the dark side. This motive—added to the fact that he was carrying a profound anger and sense of loss inside of his heart—led to his fall.

Apprentice to Darth Sidious, then known as Senator Palpatine, he became Darth Vader and killed all the Jedi in the Jedi Temple. Obi-Wan Kenobi, his former Jedi Master, dueled him in Mustafar and won, leaving Vader to die in a lava bath.

Darth Sidious saved Vader and enclosed him in the iconic life-sustaining dark suit he wore for the rest of his life. However, his duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi was his downfall, as his injuries prevented him from reaching his full potential.

Though he never became as powerful as he could have been, Darth Vader served under his lord and became the ultimate Jedi killer. He made it his personal mission to conduct the Great Jedi Purge.

During this time, true to the Law of Two, Vader was already planning to overthrow Darth Sidious and become Sith Lord himself. He secretly trained an apprentice for when that day came. Sadly for him, the apprentice turned to the light side and was the one responsible for the start of the Galactic Civil War.

Vader then started to train apprentices with the consent of Darth Sidious, and his greatest apprentice was the Sith Lady-to-Be Lumiya.

At the end of the Galactic Civil War, Luke surrendered to Vader, who took him to the throne room of the second Death Star. There, Darth Sidious made Luke duel his father, Vader. Vader lost, and Luke refused to kill him screaming, "I am a Jedi, like my father before me!" This made Vader feel proud, and as Sidious attacked Luke with Force Lighting, Vader killed his son's aggressor, fulfilling the prophecy that he was the chosen one to vanquish the Sith.

9 - Darth Bane (Dessel)

Darth Bane

Darth Bane

Darth Bane is the Sith Lord responsible for creating the Law of Two, a fact that highlights his importance.

He also marked his place in Sith history when he created his own Sith Order. Bane was instructed in the old Sith Order by the Sith Council that existed back then, but he thought it was a weak council. So he studied Darth Revan's holocron, and, armed with his strength and new knowledge, he destroyed the old Sith Order in order to create his own.

When Bane was attempting to create his own holocron, to pass down to further Sith Lords, the Jedi sent a task force to kill him. Although outnumbered, the Sith Lord and his apprentice killed every single one of the Jedi attackers.

In his later life, Bane, began to worry that his apprentice, the female Sith Zannah, was too weak to overthrow him, as is needed in the Law of Two. He began looking for a new apprentice—but it wasn't necessary, as Bane had underestimated Zannah. The apprentice went on to kill him in a lucky shot.

Years Later, Bane's Order overthrew the Republic.

8 - Freedon Nadd

Freedon Nadd

Freedon Nadd

Freedon Nadd was a Sith Lord in a very ancient world. His era far precedes that of the previous Sith.

Though he was once a Jedi, he killed his master and fled to join the old Sith Order, under the apprenticeship of the Sith Lord Naga Sadow.

He was a sorcerer-like Sith who controlled the Force better than the lightsaber, and after he thought he had learned everything he could from Naga Sadow, he destroyed his master and became Dark Lord himself.

He ruled over Onderon all of his life. After his death, he was entombed there, and his tomb remained a powerful hotspot for Sith power.

A great deal of time later, King Ommin resurrected Freedon Nadd, and he took a new apprentice, one that was meant to be the greatest and strongest Sith Lord of all time.

7 - Ulic Qel-Droma

Ulic Qel-Droma

Ulic Qel-Droma

Ulic Qel-Droma was a Jedi on a mission, pretending to be a dark Jedi. However he was injected by a rage-augmenting chemical that made him slowly fall to the dark side.

He then went to meet Nadd's apprentice—that's right, the greatest Sith Lord who ever lived, whom I shall not name yet. He dueled this great Sith to see who would become the Dark Lord, but Freedon Nadd's spirit interrupted and declared them both Sith Lords. They then began an assault on the Republic, during which Ulic Qel-Droma coldly killed his Jedi brother.

Nomi Sunrider, one of the greatest Jedi ever, was so enraged by the fratricide that, through her power, she severed Ulic's connection with the Force.

He slowly became remorseful of his actions, and eventually led the Jedi and Republic forces to the stronghold of the greatest Sith Lord ever. Together, the Jedi and Republic killed the Sith Lord in an epic battle.

Ulic then exiled himself and took Nomi Sunrider's daughter as an apprentice.

6 - Marka Ragnos

Marka Ragnos was the best duelist of the entire Star Wars Saga.

If you love lightsaber combat, you will love Ragnos. He was famed as the best, and defeated any who opposed him in single combat. However, his control of the Force wasn't top notch.

Nevertheless he took another great Sith as an apprentice, Darth Vitiate, and he even came back as a spirit. In life, he reigned supreme and unchallenged for more than one hundred years.

His spirit wandered for millenniums, but eventually he got sealed off by a Jedi forever.

5 - Revan

Revan

Revan

Revan is my favorite character. He was a Jedi who desired to protect the countless lives on the outer rim that were threatened by the Mandalorian invasions. However, the council refused to let him or any Jedi intervene in the war. So Revan, displaying the best diplomatic abilities and leadership virtues of all the saga, mustered an enormous number of Jedi to go fight with him, disobeying the council. His padawan Malak followed him, and that group won the war for the Republic.

But they didn't return. Instead, they found the Star Forge, an automated shipyard that allowed them to produce an immense fleet and give them power, which seduced them to becoming Sith. Darth Revan became the Lord of the Sith and Malak his apprentice.

Revan was also known as a really powerful Sith Lord, able to turn Jedi at will and gain allies from everywhere.

He was later captured by the Jedi and brainwashed to convert back to the light side. As a Jedi once more, the third most powerful Jedi ever, Revan defeated his apprentice, now Dark Lord Malak, and was declared the hero of the Republic.

Opinion Time

4 - Darth Plagueis

Perhaps you will be disappointed by this choice, but I have to make it. Plagueis wasn't the best with the lightsaber, and even if his strength was Force control, he doesn't excel at it.

So why did I chose him? He was the Sith's ultimate scholar. He was obsessed with tricking death and achieving immortality, and he conducted lots of experiments resulting in extensive knowledge. This knowledge made it possible for future Sith, like his apprentice, to cheat death.

And who was his apprentice? Darth Sidious, the Sith you may know as Senator Palpatine. That's right, meet the master of Darth Vader's master.

He valued knowledge above all, and here is something he said to his apprentice Darth Sidious once:

If you don't already want to murder me, you will before I'm through with you. The urge to kill one's superior is intrinsic to the nature of our enterprise. My unassailable strength gives rise to your envy; my wisdom fuels your desire; my achievements incite your craving. Thus it has been for one thousand years, and so it must endure until I have guided you to parity. Then, Sidious, we must do our best to sabotage the dynamic Darth Bane set in motion, because we will need each other if we are to realize our ultimate goals. In the end, there can be no secrets between us; no jealousy or mistrust. From us, the future of the Sith will fountain...

―Darth Plagueis to Darth Sidious

3 - Darth Vitiate

Darth Vitiate

Darth Vitiate

Darth Vitiate killed his father with only a thought at the age of 10. He later went on to kill off an entire planet, including numerous Sith Lords, and absorbed all of their power. In doing so, he became immortal—almost (he passed away milleniums after his birth). Vitiate was the Sith Lord who reigned the longest.

He also once bested Revan and was Darth Plagueis's muse since Plagueis envied his knowledge.

2 - Darth Sidious (Senator Palpatine)

Darth Sidious was an apprentice to Darth Plagueis.

He took the life of a politician as a facade to hide his true intentions of taking over the galaxy. While still an apprentice, Sidious took an apprentice violating the rule of the two: Darth Maul.

He usurped the throne of Dark Lord of the Sith by killing Dark Plagueis in his sleep.

Later, he turned Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker into his apprentice: Darth Vader.

With Vader, he purged all of the Jedi he found and took over the galaxy, forming the Galactic Empire.

He reigned supreme until he was killed by Vader when he was trying to kill Luke with Force Lightning. However, he was so powerful, he didn't stay dead. He took the body of his clone and was forced to change bodies often to stay alive. He even managed to turn Luke Skywalker for a brief period of time.

One of his allies sabotaged his fresh supply of clones, and Sidious, with no body to occupy, desperately tried to take the body of Anakin Solo, Vader's grandson and the son of Leia and Han Solo, but he didn't succeed and finally perished.

1 - Exar Kun

Exar Kun

Exar Kun

Kun was a Jedi that wanted to get stronger and stronger. His desire for power was so strong that he left the order in pursuit of forbidden teachings. In the end, he achieved his goal by becoming the most powerful Sith of all time.

When Kun left the order, he entered the tomb of previously discussed Sith Lord Freedon Nadd. Freedon Nadd taught him everything he knew before getting killed. Exar Kun later traveled to Yavin 4, where he amassed even more power.

Kun killed entire Sith Cults that were too powerful for his liking. He stole a very ancient Sith holochron, which he used to gain even more power. He used his power to turn many Jedi Padawans to the dark side and convince them to kill their masters.

Exar Kun later went and killed the supreme chancellor, and he dueled the grand master of the Jedi Order, who was no match for him.

The foundations of a well-established Sith Empire were laid.

When he was attacked by the traitor Ulic Qel-Droma and his thousands of troops, he separated his body from his spirit. Nomi Sunrider and thousands and thousands of Jedi managed to incarcerate Exar Kun in a temple forever.

Or not quite forever, as forever is a long time. When Luke was already the grand master of a new Jedi Order, Kun tried to turn his students, killing one in the process. He even separated Luke's body from soul but was defeated by the combined power of all of Luke's students.

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Questions & Answers

Question: Can Kylo Ren be stronger than Vader?

Answer: Absolutely, with Disney running the show I'm certain most of the characters from Disney will just wipe the floor with Lucas' characters.

Disney has no Star Wars culture and already showed that with how overpowered they made Rey.

But to me, Disney's take on Star Wars is trash, and I'm not considering it.

Question: Why is Darth Nilihus not on this list of most powerful Sith Lords? He drained the whole life force of a planet, killing everything on there.

Answer: Well, Darth Nihilus is indeed uber strong but his power is very conditional-- as you discover at the end of the game where he is the main villain.

I'm not going to spoil the villain, but you destroy him because no matter how strong he is, he has a very exploitable flaw that renders that all useless... and that's his only chance at winning against at any other Sith in this list.

Question: A showdown between Darth Sidious and Darth Revan, who would win?

Answer: It pains me to say this from my favorite character, but Revan would lose easily.

Question: Who is your favorite Sith?

Answer: It has to be, hands down, Darth Malgus!

Question: if Darth Vader killed Darth Sidious why is he the number 10 most powerful Sith Lord while Paplitine is number 2?

Answer: Well, Darth Vader didn't kill Darth Sidious in a 1v1 Combat or fairly.

In fact, Sidious was busy electrocuting Luke and had his guard down because Vader was his ally.

Only through surprise did Vader manage to throw him down the shute, and even just touching Palpatine while he was channeling Force Lightning was enough to destroy Vader.

Question: When will they make a star wars knights of the old republic movie?

Answer: I don't think they will ever do the Old Republic Star Wars we all love since Disney stated none of those are cannon... They'll probably just end up inventing an alternative story, like they did with Rey.

They'll probably discard Darth Malgus, Revan and the characters we love and make some Mary Sues instead... or just make Revan a woman and make it the strongest ever...

Question: Are there any more Sith Lords that you know about?

Answer: There are hundreds of more Sith Lords. In fact, I even wrote an article on another website with the ultimate Top 50 Sith Lords of all time.

I know over 5000 years of Star Wars story, and that is something I'm proud of. My favorite Sith of all time is Darth Malgus.

Question: Wasn't Anakin the strongest Jedi?

Answer: It has to do with potential, and how he didn't fulfil his potential due to Obi-Wan burning half of his midi-chlorians.

Question: Who is the strongest Jedi?

Answer: Luke Skywalker.

Question: Which is the strongest lightsaber?

Answer: The Black Lightsaber is the most powerful lightsaber of all in my oppinion.

Question: What about Darth Traya? Not only was she skilled in combat, she had a rare technique of controlling 3 lightsabers at a time with the force.

Answer: Many tales and feats of Darth Traya are actually performed by different individuals as Darth Traya was a title several people held at a time, so it's hard to gauge the true extent of any of their individual identity's power.

Question: What do you think about Darth Tenebrous for a top 10 strongest sith lords list?

Answer: Doesn't make the cut, but I added him on my Top 50 list.

Question: Why is Revan below Plagueis and Palpatine on this list of most powerful Sith lords?

Answer: He was a great leader and a "doer", but he didn't have the knowledge or the fighting power to beat any of these two. He would beat them with his allies though, through a laid out plan with his superior strategy skills.

Question: Why not Count Dooku?

Answer: Dooku is very powerful, but I think he deserves the spot he was ranked in.

Question: Did the Sith try to destroy the Jedi before Sheev Palatine?

Answer: More times than I dare to count.

Question: Why is Darth Vader so low on this list of powerful Sith Lords? He was supposed to be the most powerful force-user.

Answer: Force-users depend on their Midi-Chlorians.

Darth Vader was the man with the most Midi-Chlorians ever, he far surpassed Yoda and was to be the most powerful force-user of all time.

Unfortunately, more than half of his body burned after dueling with Obi-Wan, and after the burn Anakin - Vader - had less than half his midi-chlorians, and his life support suit even stopped him from channeling some force abilities, severely diminishing his power.

Question: I like Darth Maul. why isn’t he in here on the list of the most powerful Sith Lords? After all, he almost defeated Sidious.

Answer: Maul was a really great fighter. In fact, I'd say he is one of the best fighters the galaxy ever saw, and that's what made him almost defeat Sidious. However, he has no Force knowledge or mastery of the ways of the Force and certainly didn't reach the power levels of the guys on this list.

Question: Who was the first Sith Lord?

Answer: That honor falls upon Ajunta Pall, the first Dark Jedi to have the title of Dark Lord of the Sith.

Question: You have little detail on Darth Vitiate, why?

Answer: To be completely honest, his character was still being written at the time I made this Top list.

Question: Will Kylo Ren become a Sith?

Answer: It is possible, but I doubt it... He still needs to go search for Sith Knowledge in Korriban as with no Sith to mentor him he has to discover all that means to be Sith and Sith Lord on his own.

Question: Why is Rey so Overpowered in Disney’s take On Star Wars?

Answer: Because they wanted to blow the other Jedi out of the water and make her super powerful. Plus, they have access to better special effects now and wanted to take advantage of them.

Some may even argue that it's solely because they wanted the female protagonist to surpass all her male counterparts... who knows.

Question: Why isn't Darth Plagueis at least under the top three since he could bring people back from the dead?

Answer: Fair point, but that is probably coming from someone who doesn't know Palpatine (Sideous) actually came back after Vader killed him,

Plus, there's also another thing - Plagueis sucked at combat. He was very one dimensional.

As Anakin Skywalker only excelled in the martial aspect of the force - Plagueis only excelled in the study aspect of the force. Thus he had too many weaknesses.

Question: Why isn’t Darth Malgus on this list of the strongest Sith Lords?

Answer: He is the coolest Sith ever, but sadly not on the Top 10 Strongest. He is on my Top 20 List though.

Question: Was Bastila Shan supposed to stay bad or turn good?

Answer: Bastilla Shan redeemed herself in the end, and I think it is canon that she became good again.

Question: How would you compare Darth Nihilus to the most powerful Sith Lords of all time?

Answer: I would have to analyze him alongside with other great Sith who didn't make it to the list, but without a doubt, I would place him in 11-15

Question: I thought Tulak Hord was the greatest Sith lightsaber wielder?

Answer: Well said, and he definitely is the contender for that honor.

The way I see it, there are about 3-4 Siths who qualify for that honor... but those Siths have very little way of comparison between them.

Plus there's not much info about them that can give us the tool to "pit" them against each other.

Tulak Hord was also one of those lords where people said they were the greatest combatants of all time, but all of those, including Ragnos, had lots of people say that.

All in all, between the cream of the cream in lightsaber dueling skill, those 4 are miles apart from the others, and maybe I should have added that to the piece - however, measuring them all, I thought Tulak Hord had a little bit less than the one I chose to star in this article.

Question: How do you think Exar would have fared on Medriaas during that dark ritual?

Answer: How do you think Plagueis would have fared during Anakin's race in Naboo?

Point is different people have different abilities, hence they are stronger than others in different situations.

For example, Qui-Gon wasn't a good fighter and was great at Force control, while Anakin was bad at Force control and a good fighter...

The point of the list is to analyze characters as a whole and see on the WHOLE who is the strongest.

I think Exar Kun beats Vitiate to the place.

Question: How many Jedi have been turned to the dark side of the force?

Answer: More than your Jedi Academy pamphlet would have you believe.

Question: Who is the weakest Sith?

Answer: Darth Talon probably.

Question: Was Count Dooku not considered a Sith?

Answer: No, he was considered to be a Dark Jedi.

Question: Is the Jedi stronger than Sith?

Answer: I think the Sith Lords are stronger, but the Jedi are more numerous.

Question: Why is Emperor Palpatine not in the Top 10 most powerful Sith lords?

Answer: He is! He is Darth Sideous.

Question: Has Palpatine lied to Anakin about the power to cheat death?

Answer: Sort of. Palpatine did know how to cheat death, but only to himself. He discovered a way to transfer his soul to a clone when he dies so that he can cheat death, but he doesn't know how to do that to others, so you can consider that a lie.

Question: Who is the most popular Sith?

Answer: Popular? Vader hands down.

Question: Where are Darth Kyrat and Darth Sion in this list of the top 10 strongest and most powerful Sith lords?

Answer: Went to Dark Nihilus' Barbeque. Now seriously, they were phenomenal and they did feature in my Top 50 Sith list... but I had to choose for the Top 10.

Question: Why is Darth Vader not as powerful as the rest of these Sith lords?

Answer: He couldn't use Force Lightning Powers due to his suit and had incomplete knowledge of the Force.

Question: Why is Kylo Ren not on the list of most powerful Sith lords?

Answer: Kylo Ren isn't a Sith, let alone a Sith Lord. He is a Dark Jedi. To be a Sith you must fulfill some parameters, and undergo certain rituals. Jedi who go to the Dark Side are simply called Dark Jedi.

However, even if he did complete the rituals, he is a post-Disney character, and this is a pre-Disney list.

Question: You said the Black Lightsaber is the strongest, I thought it was the Kyber-saber?

Answer: The Black Lightsaber is the strongest, the Kybersaber had the honor of being the strongest the longest as it was the first lightsaber built and was only overthrown in power when the Black Lightsaber appeared.

Question: Who would win in a fight between Darth Revan and Darth Nilihus?

Answer: Revan is superior to the Jedi who beat Nihilus (not spoiling), so I'd say Revan would win against Nihilus as well.

Question: Who is the oldest sith?

Answer: Ajunta Pall and Karness Muur

Question: Who would win: Anakin Skywalker with his full potential vs Darth Sideous / Palpatine & then Anakin Skywalker vs Luke Skywalker?

Answer: Anakin Skywalker with his full potential would beat Darth Sideous. But it gets harder when you pit him against Luke. I can't really decide on a winner in that case, maybe Anakin due to his superior Jedi training.

Question: How do you know all of these Sith lords, most of them I have never seen or heard of on Star Wars?

Answer: They are from the books. There are a lot of Star Wars novels out there that have tons of interesting characters... you should look them up! I just wrote a Top 10 Star Wars books guides recently, you should check that out.

Question: I thought Vader was just an apprentice?

Answer: He actually became a Sith Lord when he murdered his Master down in the pit.

Question: Why aren't Darth Sion, Traya, and Nihilus not on this list of the 10 most powerful Sith lords?

Answer: All huge powerhouses, Sion and Nihilus can definitely compete on this list, but it gets difficult with Traya as you never know which Traya did what in terms of feats. Traya has changed identity tons of times as the Traya on the game KOTOR says. "There must always be a Darth Traya".

Traya personifies treason, and those who get betrayed and fall to the Dark Side sometimes take the mantle of Traya if it is free.

Question: Do you, the writer of this article, understand that Darth Nilihus is only weaker because he is contained by a mask and armor and that he is actually a lot stronger than many people think?

Answer: I do, but he HAS the mask and armor. It's like Vader... he only has half a body and yet is one of the most powerful Sith of all time, imagine if he kept his old body and reached his prime. The problem is we can only judge by what is, not what could have been.

Question: Was Darth Maul a Sith Lord?

Answer: No, he was a Sith Apprentice.

Question: Don't you think in hand to hand combat Darth Maul has to be up with the best?

He defeated Qui Gon and Obi-Wan, and if it was not for his arrogance he could have finished Obi-Wan while he was hanging. Couldn't Darth Maul have beaten Vader in single combat?

Answer: In hand to hand combat, Maul was one of the, if not the best the Dark Side ever had - the same happens for Mace Windu on the Light Side. As far as Vader is concerned, he only struggled against Obi-Wan because Obi Wan's fighting style was a direct counter to the fighting style Anakin adopted.

Plus, Vader had the Force Power to get out of sticky situations with Maul. - Maul was actually Darth Vader's secret apprentice.

Question: Why is Darth Malgus your favorite Sith and yet he's not on the top 10?

Answer: Well, simply because he doesn't have the power levels to compete with the guys I mentioned.

Unfortunately for Malgus, he isn't among the strongest Sith, he's not even the strongest of his time, let alone ever. However, I confirm that he is my favorite.

Question: Isn't Darth Vader's power stronger than Darth Sidious'?

Answer: No, Vader was Sidious' apprentice because of that, otherwise, he would have killed Sidious and become emperor, recruiting an apprentice to fulfill the rule of two.

Question: Was Yoda's master the strongest Jedi?

Answer: No, Yoda's master was actually a pacifist who rarely fought and taught Yoda he should never fight unless absolutely needing it to protect people.

Comments

unnamed on August 15, 2020:

The Q&A says kylo can be stronger than Vader because of Rey’s power and Disney hate and not actual feats by kylo himself.

Could someone please explain in a better way why Kylo could be stronger than Vader?

TheGreyJedi on August 13, 2020:

Why is Darth Typhon on the list?

George Bland on August 09, 2020:

Sith I think should have made the list: Malgus, Marr, Tulak Horde, Naga Sadow

Count Dooku on August 07, 2020:

Darth Tyrannus, used the dark side, had sith eyes, has the title of darth, and is never stated anywhere in canon to be a dark Jedi. How do you know Dooku didn’t believe in the Sith philosophy, you can’t read his mind can you? He also used force lightning.

Speculation is all you have Rui.

God on August 04, 2020:

why isnt darth typhon in the list ?? HE WAS ABLE TO DESTROY CROSUANT WITH A FORCE PUSH AND WAS ABLE TO BLOCK A BEAM FROM THE DEATH STAR AND ALSO DESTROY OTHER PLANETS BY LITERALY USING THE FORCE TO THROW A MOON

That guy on August 03, 2020:

I dont see why darth maul was up here if you wonder why, i have a theory as follows,

Darth maul was born from mother talzin and a nightbrother, talzin didnt just choose any nightbrother she held a tornament and found the most powerful force sensitive nightbrother there, the sum of 2 force sensitives means the offspreing will be more powerful than the parents. mother talzin's parents did this too along with their parents. a long line of increasingly powerful force sensitives means darth maul, the latest in a line of extremly powerful force sensitives, would be the strongest of all of them, he also learned rather fast, by the age of around 20 he had learned all 7 lightsaber forms along with the double sided lightsaber. zabraks useally live to 180 years old meaning darth maul had plenty of time to learn more. and his fights with obi wan, who was trained by an increadibly powerful jedi master, were mostly unfair, maul had only lost the first fight due to him not caring about qui-gonn's lightsaber. and the last time he had been extremly tired from searching the desert planet of tatooine for obi wan. also he was able to learn much without a master, and was smart enough to not be killed by an apprentice, he kept the high ground, and knew how to counterattack someone who does have the high ground. if it wasn't for his master replacing him, and his knowledge being limited he would have learned SOOO much more

Rui Carreira (author) from Torres Novas on July 28, 2020:

He learned the Sith Philosophy, but didn't adopt it. He trained and became a Sith on paper, but he wasn't a Sith.

Count Dooku on July 26, 2020:

The Q&A says count Dooku wasn’t a Sith. This is incorrect. He was a Sith Lord called darth tyrannus. He wasn’t a dark Jedi, he adopted the sith philosophy and used the dark side of the force.

Count Dooku on July 26, 2020:

Imagine thinking that Darth Vader is more powerful than Count Dooku.

Count Dooku on July 26, 2020:

Why Q&A also says maul could be the best sith duelist? I am a way better duelist than maul, I mean I have so many advantages:

1.ive trained my whole life.

2.maul is overconfident.

3.sidious defeated both maul and savage oppress in the clone wars tv show.

4.ive held my own against yoda for 40 seconds with a saber, and yoda is equal to or stronger than palpatine, and palpatine killed some of the greatest duelists in the entire order in 2 seconds.

5.i was trained by both yoda and sidious.

6.maul got curbstomped by old Ben kenobi, vader barely killed old Ben kenobi, I easily force pushed prime kenobi while kicking anakin across the room.

6.maul got chopped in half by a padawan.

So I don’t see how he could be the best sith duelist.

I’m stronger than maul whos stronger than vader with a lightsaber.

I’m equal with yoda in the force and therefore stronger than vader whos stronger than maul with the force

Count Dooku on July 25, 2020:

@Poop no, palpatine effortlessly killed some of the Jedi orders greatest duelists and came back in dark empire and almost killed Luke, who apparently destroyed the yuhzon vong who killed 375 trillion people. Palpatine was around as powerful as yoda, who was the most powerful Jedi in canon and in legends was still only seconds to Luke.

@Liv yeah palpatine should be number one.

Liv on July 25, 2020:

Palpatine does not deserve second place that is such bs

Poop on July 25, 2020:

Revan is stronger than palpatine

Count Dooku on July 24, 2020:

Count Dooku(me) should be in Vader’s place or higher. I have:

1.defeated obi wan in 30 seconds despite toying with him(aotc)

2.defeated obi wan in one minute while fighting anakin(rots)

3.held my own against obi wan and darkside amped anakin for 1 minute and 30 seconds.

4.stalemated yoda in the force and held his own against him with a lightsaber for 40 seconds.

Yoda himself thought very highly of me.

“Powerful you have become Dooku, the dark side I sense in you.”

“Fought well you have, my old padawan.”

Vader has:

1.killed an old Ben because Ben let him do it. If not Ben might’ve actually won, and again Ben is the same man who I easily force pushed when he was in his prime while I was kicking anakin across the room.

2.beaten Luke(TESB).

3.lost to an amped Luke, and remember that I held my own against someone more powerful than Luke(obi wan) and someone amped who was also more powerful than Luke(anakin)for 30 seconds less time than Vader held his own against Luke.

And this is legends, well in legends anakin is even more powerful than Vader, and Anakin still needed an amp and obi wan as backup to beat me. In legends Vader was getting dominated by maul and only won by stabbing through himself but that is very inconsistent within the comic itself, why would maul put his chest up against Vader’s back so vader could stab through him instead of simply striking down the Sith Lord with his blade which is more consistent with mauls fighting style. And this was a few months from when Vader was at his most powerful in ROTJ.

So this list includes Vader but not Dooku. Surely you can do better.

Count Dooku on July 24, 2020:

@Sam Vader suprised an overconfident distracted palpatine. Vader destroyed the senate because it was his destiny, not because of actual power. Palpatine is far more powerful than Vader. In the movies we see palpatine:

1.effortlessly kill 3 jedi masters

2.hold his own against yoda in a duel for 40 seconds and defeat yoda in the force.

3.hold is own against Windu for over a minute.

Lucas said something like, “You have to be either yoda or mace to compete with palpatine.”

In the movies we see Vader:

1. Struggle with old Ben, remember, old Ben is a slower version of obi wan and obi wan got defeated by palpatines apprentice(me) rather easily.

2.defeat luke who had like on months training.

3.lose to an amped Luke.

If you ignore the movie-contradicting canon Vader propaganda, then he should be in the same tier as maul as a duelist, maybe even lower. I mean, if you think that Vader beats palpatine, that also means that amped Luke is in sidious tier. So my master is far more powerful than his last apprentice. Vader has accolades, palpatine has actual feats.

Sam on July 21, 2020:

Vader should be number 1, he has killed palpatine

Truth on July 14, 2020:

I believe the information about marka ragnos to be false he was supposed to have been extremely powerful in the force and was unrivalled completely until he met vitiate as a child and felt that he had great power so trained him as his successor and to be even more powerful than ragnos who was all but immortal trained the emperor that became truly immortal being able to transfer his consciousness to other bodies but other that not living for ever marko ragnos was leagues ahead of everyone else in the force as an ancient sith he was naturally more powerful but was completely unbeatable by anyother force user the only one who could come close was vitiate

bossk on July 02, 2020:

how is revan not 1 hes a frickin mandalorian sith

Hellion on June 12, 2020:

This isn’t a list of who you like. Krayt left off the list is telling. He struggled with almost every aspect of being a Sith, the past Sith did it consider him one of them. Cade Skywalker was powerful but not on the level of any of the top 10 Sith on this list Sidious should be one, but these are the top ten.

Hello There on June 03, 2020:

What about Krayt?

Daniel on May 31, 2020:

Do you only use canon characters

nnnn on May 21, 2020:

10.Exar Kun 9. Revan 8. Darth Vader 7. Vitiate 6. Darth Plaguies 5. Darth Bane 4. Darth Vader 3. Darth Krayt 2. Sarasu Taalon 1. Darth Sidious

Cheesedigester on May 21, 2020:

What about Tulak Hord, and to those who say Darth Sidious shouldn't be here, your half wrong. After getting cloned, Sidious was literally insane with power. He was even able to make a storm on a planet which, if you ask me is one of the greatest force feats I've ever heard. Also, about Nihilus, He was an amazing force user but he wasn't as good with a blade and he kinda sucked as a duelist. Also, where's Naga Sadow and Darth Caedus? They were awesome another thing I was quite upset about was the fact about Darth Krayt. His force lightning could literally disintegrate people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

T on May 21, 2020:

Leaving nihilus off this list is unforgivable, he was technically the most deadly with of all time, single handedly wiping out multiple planets and feeding off of their force energy. Dude was able to control ravaged class ships and was responsible for the closest wipe of the Jedi other than sidious. He became so powerful and concentrated that he left corporeal form and became a literal living force entity. His mind was so powerful, being around him corrupted peoples minds with dark power and swayed them to his side. In addition, lord Bane pulled a moon out of orbit with the force, so I recommend revisiting his placement as well. Undoubtedly need to add nihilus to top 3.

Ish on May 15, 2020:

Darth Malgus should have been there

krish on May 13, 2020:

DARTH MALGUS???

Christian on May 12, 2020:

Darth vader as 10 u got be kidding me as haveing only training as a jedi knilght he almost killed ever jedi and the only people knew that were still alive in his family was luke and Leila that a lot of hate and anger he also somthing i dont get is he able to live thought melting in lava why not living though lighting hes been shocked be it alot of times (yes i know emperor palpatine put a thing his suit that would make lighting much worse for him).

Rui Carreira (author) from Torres Novas on May 08, 2020:

I have a video about her, search youtube for Darth Talon Star Academy

jaden korr. on May 07, 2020:

what are your thoughts on darth talon?

Nycks killer on April 29, 2020:

I Belive that Naga Sidow is more powerfull than Ulic quel- Droma and Tulak Horde the lord of the hate is more powerfull than Freedon Nad and that Darth Nihilus the lord of the hunger is more powerfull than Darth Plagueis

AggressiveZone on April 29, 2020:

If we include Legacy lore Vitiate is by FAR the most powerfull being in Starwars lore.

That man has become a Dark force ghost taking over planets and consuming them turning everybody on the planet in to mind slaves there is no Sith that even came close to that power.

After that is Exar Kun!!

as140 on April 22, 2020:

Sidious wad confirmed by George Lucas to be the most powerful sith.

@Soteris: Did you fall asleep during the part of the movie where he blasted Windu through the window despite bring "too weak"?

He just pretended to be defenseless to lure Anakin to the darkside. You should watch the movie again.

Darth Mual on April 22, 2020:

Why does it have to be from the legends!!!!!!!!!!!!!I don't know anything about them!!!!!!!!☹️

Darth Nihilis reincaranted on April 20, 2020:

I believe the reason why Palpatine is in second, is because Palpatine is pretty much a human, and Exar kun is an alien, and a pretty scary one I might add and the alien must have adeeper understanding o fthe darkside than Palpatine

Soteris on April 16, 2020:

Bruh the emperor of the old sith empire should be first and why is Palpatine 2

This guy if it wasn't for anakin he would be killed by mace winduw....

Wrong spelling ...

Soteris on April 16, 2020:

Sith can be sith lords and apprentices at the same time so vader was both

Iwillnotgoquiet on April 09, 2020:

@UNFOR3S33N

That's incorrect about him being number 2, Revan has a quote that shows he was more powerful than Nihilus. Nihilus should definitely be top 10, but he's not higher than Revan, he's above Exar Kun maybe.

Darth vader on April 08, 2020:

You forgot that darth Vader didn’t become as powerful as he could as he didn’t have enough time but if he did he would have been the strongest and never would have been overcome

AjarElephant800 on April 05, 2020:

Wasn't palpetine anaikans father from the comics he created other life the unnatural way

starkiller on March 22, 2020:

what about starkiller

strongest sith of all time on March 21, 2020:

vitiate should be number 1

A Sith Lord on March 19, 2020:

You all forget Sion, Nihilus, Malgus, Naga Shadow, and half a dozen other Sith

Yoda on March 15, 2020:

I for one thought that Vader should be a little higher on the list.

potato on March 02, 2020:

Sidious should be #1

Mr. confused on March 01, 2020:

Darth niahlus HAS to be in here! He could wipe out the whole Jedi order with his mind! This list is wrong.

TR007 on February 25, 2020:

You all are getting way too upset this one person's personal opinion and I can agree with what he is saying one caveat so I think Revan what is the strongest if you would have base it off of the first and second game and not the book cuz the second game they develop his character way more and then the book kind of just shot hole through all of it

Joe on February 13, 2020:

Your quiz is wrong. Vader was a Dark Lord of the Sith, Palpatine no longer saw Vader fit to be trained due to his cumbersome life support systems. Vader was able to cast force lightning but it would short out his life support so he chose not to. Also your list is wrong

Here is a factually accurate list:

10. Plagueis

9. Marka Ragnos

8. Darth Revan

7. Darth Caedus

6. Darth Bane

5. Darth Vader

4. Exar Kun

3. Darth Vitiate

2. Darth Krayt

1. Sidious

Ize_wolf on February 06, 2020:

Darth Malgus???

Billy Barr on February 05, 2020:

Why wasn't Darth Traya in the list

UNF0R3S33N on January 31, 2020:

I have researched into Darth Nihilus and he would be put at no 2 as he is not actually dead still, he is simply contained in his mask too weak to recover without help.

Darth Nihilus was also extremely powerful and can destroy entire jedi armies and planets with just his mind using force drain.

The reason why he is contained in his mask and robe is due to how strong he had become because it was making him fade away.

He was also a mistake in the force due to the explosion of the factory and it made him basically the embodiment of the dark side.

The only reason he was defeated was due to another person who was a mistake on the force but on the other hand was from the light side.

Say perhaps there were no other mistakes besides Darth Nihilus like all the other normal sith, he would most surely win with just his mind as he would grow stronger as he takes their power.

The fact that he could only be beaten by a mistake in the force only further improves how much stronger he is and how he was mich stronger.

How has this made you feel about the list now?

Please tell me what you think of my comment and if it may have changed your mind.

U dOnT kNoW mY nAMe on January 30, 2020:

I thought Darth Vader was second most powerful sith.

Yeet on January 24, 2020:

What about Darth Nihilus? He's really strong

Starkiller on January 23, 2020:

What about Darth Momin? He possessed his mask and resurrected himself?

some guy on January 12, 2020:

dude wheres Nihilus and Sion those 2 legit just wiped out the entire Jedi order. Nihilus can absorb living force and eat planets and Sion cannot die at all and he was known as the lord of pain and only Nihilus was the only one who can kill him easily.

Rui Carreira (author) from Torres Novas on January 09, 2020:

You should check my Top 50 List. Zannah and Cognus aren't really top 10 material.

https://instageeked.com/top-50-sith-lords-time-pow...

LegendsNTime on January 09, 2020:

What no female Sith lol. Darth Zannah killed Bane btw lol. Probably is one of only a couple Sith who could potentially beat Luke.

Then you add Kreia which scares the s*** out of me. Darth Cognus is certainly no slouch either.

Vestara Khai would probably add here with the exception that she became a Jedi as well. Good list here however, just saying.

Scial on January 03, 2020:

Sorry, but... No. Sidious, Vitiate, Krayt. After the top three things get more debatable.

Jake on January 01, 2020:

I feel like it should be like this (I don't include Revan due to him eventually being a Jedi):

1. Vitiate (Immortal, planet-devourer, and controls time)

2. Tulak Hord (Who slaughtered a thousand Jedi with his lightsaber, pulled ships out of the sky with simple gestures and crashed them, fed off his opponents and caused terrible fear in them. Named the best lightsaber duelist ever)

3. Darth Nihilus (Killed an entire planet with his voice)

4. Marka Ragnos (The reason described)

5. Naga Sadow (Blew up a star through the Force and destroyed several planets as a result of this)

6. Darth Sidious

7. Exar Kun (Although it is arguable about who is stronger between him and Sidious)

8. Darth Malak

9. Darth Malgus

10. Darth Bane

Some guy who knows Star Wars on January 01, 2020:

Darth Nihilus is like a bajillion times stronger than people presume as he has been contained , which is why he has a mask on partly.

So that he doesn't get too powerful as he already was able to destroy planets with his hand...

. on December 31, 2019:

Darth kyrat should be on there because he had his own empire, eliminated the rule of two, and became a total monster and survived.I also think Darth sion should be on two because he was decomposing and was still alive.

Darth Jar Jar on December 23, 2019:

Darth Nihilus isn't on this list cause he was a wound in the force

yugiop on December 22, 2019:

I like darth Vader best!

me on December 20, 2019:

I think Revan should be number 1

leo the ruger on December 20, 2019:

Why no jar jar

Hellousername: on December 19, 2019:

Darth Nihilus is all so most strong Sith it killed most of the Jedi Darth Nihilus should be up here too

:P on December 16, 2019:

What About Nihilus tho

??? on December 08, 2019:

Darth sidious killed darth plagueis while darth plagueis was sleeping so how come darth sidious is said to be stronger he was scared of his master that’s why he did it while his master was sleeping.

Teruma on December 07, 2019:

What about Darth Nihilus?

Sam on December 07, 2019:

Who do is ultimatelly stronger? Darth Vitiate or Revan

person2 on December 04, 2019:

Sidious is logically the most powerful Sith even past Revan which some seemed to argue but let's apply real logic to this, every generation begins to surpass the last so it makes sense that Sidious, the newest Emperor with all the knowledge of EVERY Sith lord before him including Bane and many others. Furthermore an average person from Sheev's era is much MUCH more talented than an Average person from say Traya's time, meaning by logic and knowledge since Sheev is generations past all else and being claimed as one of the most powerful from the comics and movies, Sheev is the most powerful Sith Lord ever in my opinion

person on December 02, 2019:

What about Jar Jar.

enrique on November 27, 2019:

and how about darth sion he wasn't able to be killed?

Plague wielder on November 24, 2019:

Sidius was canonically the most powerful sith lord of all time as he has the combined knowledge and power of every sith lord since darth bane.

ME on November 21, 2019:

He was prophesied to bring balance to the force, not be the most powerful Jedi/Sith of all time.

Anakin on November 11, 2019:

Darth Vader is the best idc what fake stuff y’all are watching but the ORIGINAL movies show that Anakin Skywalker was prophesied to be the Chosen One. And for crying out loud Episode lll Anakin put up a good fight with Obi-Wan at Mustafar and it’s one we all can remember. The only reason that Anakin lost was because Obi-Wan had the high ground BUT the movies wouldn’t be the same without the all powerful Darth Vader. It’s just facts ;)

anonymous on November 08, 2019:

I think that if all Sith lords had a fair fight, Sidious would come out on top. Darth Vader nearly lost to obi-wan twice. Exar kun got defeated by a bunch of kids. Darth maul got killed by obi wan. My opinion stands.

Ghost on October 29, 2019:

Sidious more powerfull than vitiate?! XD

You don't really understand enough of Star Wars

Mathew on October 23, 2019:

why is there not a black lightsaber

HaLoWaRz12 on October 20, 2019:

What about starkiller as well because he defeated vader and he uses force powers that most force users are way to afraid to use!

HaLoWaRz12 on October 20, 2019:

Ummmm are you kidding me?! This is the worst list ever! First of all some of these sith are much stronger than others on this list, like revan is stronger than sidious. I also didnt like how you did add vader on this list but not one of the strongest sith of all time darth nihilus! Darth nihilus should be on this list because first of all he could not die of age or sickness or pretty much anything, also he could steal force from a whole planet so imao I think he should be on this list. Also he was very powerful in general even without force drain he still was powerful enough to be just as good as darth vader. I also think that darth malgus should be on this list because he was very good with a lightsaber and knew a lot about the force, plus imao he is much more powerful than darth bane. I guess when people watch the movies they think that those sith are the most powerful.

Bob on October 07, 2019:

If we are going by legends then Darth sidious is the most powerful Sith to have ever lived. Only Grand master Luke could defeat him.

Rui Carreira (author) from Torres Novas on September 08, 2019:

She is on my Top 50 Sith Lord list here:

https://medium.com/@carreira.mktp/top-50-sith-lord...

Stompingpeter on September 07, 2019:

I think that darth Traya should be on this list seeing that she was a very powerful force weilder that found the secrets to the jedi and sith. I know its a long shot but I love all of the choices on this list but its hard to put more in that top list. Also she new the whereabouts of where Reven was also she was a jedi archives master.

Rui Carreira (author) from Torres Novas on September 04, 2019:

Legends Luke beats Exar Kun, but Kun wipes the floor silly with Disney's Luke.

Justin Ancelin on September 04, 2019:

So wjo do you think would win in a fight? Luke Skywalker or Exar Kun?

Vagelis on September 01, 2019:

Darth Vader. PERIOD! Highest midi-chlorian level along with Luke, 36,000 to 38,000. Most powerful Jedi/Sith Lord ever. Whole Star Wars based on the Force and the two Skywalkers. PERIOD. Cartoon junkies and nobodies whon cares? You are nobodies. If you were you would be in the films too!

Vagelis on August 29, 2019:

Yeah sorry to ruin for you all, but Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader are the strongest Jedi and Sith Lord, although Darth Vader may also be classified as a Jedi (Anakin Skywalker, Return of the Jedi) and together they are the most powerful. Screw cartoon gibberish junk rankings. Midi chlorians prove it all as well, and comments about Darth Vader's skills not reacing full potential is plain dumb... And for crying out loud the whole Star Wars Saga is based on two things, the Force, and Anakin and Luke Skywalker. Period!

aries on August 28, 2019:

lord vitiate ,lord nihlius and exar kun top 3 period

Nihluis supporter on August 26, 2019:

Darth nihlius should be there he is so powerful an his story is so intriguing

Hayden Batty on August 16, 2019:

Why no Nihilus he was the strongest Sith he can’t even die

DarthYeet on August 06, 2019:

You forgot that Revan had a another apprentice balista Shan of corse

tshulk on July 29, 2019:

No Nihilus? Darth Tenebrous could take Vader or even Plagueis.

Taywickham on July 22, 2019:

No Nihilus

Isaac Hastings on July 17, 2019:

Darth Nihilus should be on the list as he could literally suck the life out of entire planets at once

Chris Burdick on July 01, 2019:

When I think of which Sith are the "strongest" or "most powerful", it's Darth Vader. Easily. Everyone else is beneath him. Period.

Phantom menace on June 25, 2019:

I think death sion should be on the lists top 3

CodeG on June 19, 2019:

So no Darth nihilus, literally this guy could best any of these Sith without a problem except he may struggle with Kun and vitiate

JediMaster on May 29, 2019:

This is ridiculous to even debate Sith's who are mearly just cartoon characters. So let's throw those all the way out, they are completely irrelevant.

So that takes the number of Sith's all the way down to 3. (Top Strongest and Most Powerful)

#1 Darth Sidious (Senator Palpatine)

#2 Darth Plagueis

#3 Darth Vader (Anakin Skywalker)

DarthDeception on May 22, 2019:

OK you guy's are Flat out idiot's, Why do you think Darth Sidious told anakin he could save his loved ones?Huh think you know? He could cheat death it's self from what plagueis had taught him. Why do you think that in "The Rise Of Skywalker" hes still there is even says it on StarWars.com in his biography. He is Right Where He Needs To Be. And in my opinion let me ask, WHERE? are the knights of ren? And you guys might not think this but, When Kylo Ren is mad he is potentially the most powerful sith in existence. Wheres Darth Talon? AND all you people that are like where is"Darth Malgus?" He was merely and obstacle for Satele Shan. So There! One more Thing StarKiller Was merely a test subject as what went through of the Secret Dark Order Starkiller was merely a Allusion. Please Tell Me I'm Wrong...

ct-4417 on May 09, 2019:

AAM wheres darth MALGUS