Top 10 Strongest, Most Powerful Sith Lords of All Time

Updated on February 26, 2019

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

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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.

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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

  • 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.

    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.

  • Which is the strongest lightsaber?

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

  • Are there any more Sith Lords that you know about?

    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.

  • Will Kylo Ren become a Sith?

    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.

  • Who is your favorite Sith?

    It has to be, hands down, Darth Malgus!

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      Anakin 

      10 days ago

      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 ;)

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      anonymous 

      12 days ago

      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.

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      Ghost 

      3 weeks ago

      Sidious more powerfull than vitiate?! XD

      You don't really understand enough of Star Wars

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      Mathew 

      4 weeks ago

      why is there not a black lightsaber

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      HaLoWaRz12 

      4 weeks ago

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

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      HaLoWaRz12 

      4 weeks ago

      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.

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      Bob 

      6 weeks ago

      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.

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      Rui Carreira 

      2 months ago from Torres Novas

      She is on my Top 50 Sith Lord list here:

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

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      Stompingpeter 

      2 months ago

      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.

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      Rui Carreira 

      2 months ago from Torres Novas

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

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      Justin Ancelin 

      2 months ago

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

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      Vagelis 

      2 months ago

      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!

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      Vagelis 

      2 months ago

      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!

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      aries 

      2 months ago

      lord vitiate ,lord nihlius and exar kun top 3 period

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      Nihluis supporter 

      2 months ago

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

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      Hayden Batty 

      3 months ago

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

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      DarthYeet 

      3 months ago

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

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      tshulk 

      3 months ago

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

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      Taywickham 

      4 months ago

      No Nihilus

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      Isaac Hastings 

      4 months ago

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

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      Chris Burdick 

      4 months ago

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

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      Phantom menace 

      4 months ago

      I think death sion should be on the lists top 3

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      CodeG 

      5 months ago

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

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      JediMaster 

      5 months ago

      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)

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      DarthDeception 

      6 months ago

      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...

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      ct-4417 

      6 months ago

      AAM wheres darth MALGUS

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      Starkiller 

      6 months ago

      I would say Starkiller is the best

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      Time answers to your quiz are incorrect 

      7 months ago

      Vader was an apprentice and never the master with his own apprentice in Canon currently. Also in Canon he could produce force lightening but chose not to because it caused himself pain as a result of wearing conductive armor.

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      7 months ago

      Marka Ragnos was not a great dueller and he was one of the strongest force users, virtually the opposite of whats said here. He could literally pull all the dark side energy around him into his body so he was unwoundable. He didnt need to be great at duelling, WHICH HE WASNT, because he couldnt be harmed anyway. So I guess he could have been placed higher but the main issue is the whole factual ignorance.

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      Tim Truzy 

      7 months ago from U.S.A.

      Loved it. The seths are incredible enemies for good fiction. You listed these well. Respectfully, Tim

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      Jake 

      7 months ago

      sidious was not stronger than vitiate and revan he is 2nd

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      AWPcat 

      7 months ago

      And what about nihilus-most powrfule user of force?

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      ?? 

      8 months ago

      How about Snoke??

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      RAUL 

      8 months ago

      THERE WAS NO ONE STRONGER THAN DARTH NIHILUS

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      8 months ago

      A shame anakin never discovered his true potential, he would have made all these guys seem childish

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      SharpShogun 

      8 months ago

      I feel like you have left out a lot about Revan. The fact that Revan was an incredible duelist and had near unstoppable force powers ie: teleportation, force lighting, very strong force moving, force fields(pun intended) and force energy stealing. It's like you nerfed him in his description

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      Luckenzio 

      9 months ago

      Nice list but i would have included Nihilus. Maybe put Palpatine lower too.

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      Starwars ,Wtf is star trek again? 

      9 months ago

      Sorry Nerds! It's Vader . Idc who was what 1000 years before him. Or who is trying to out do him now. In the Novels or the movies. Darth Vader! If you only knew the power of the Dark side!!

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      DarthNexus 

      9 months ago

      Darth Nihilus was the strongest due to the fact that his own body couldn't even survive with the amount of the force that he had so he LEFT HIS BODY and STILL SURVIVED and LITERALLY USED THE FORCE TO HOLD ROBES AND A LIGHTSABER. Plus let's not forget the fact that he could drain ENTIRE STAR SYSTEMS from there energy and technically, HE NEVER DIED. They couldn't kill him so they stuffed him in a holocron. Why is he not even on the list!!!!

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      YourListIsFlawed 

      9 months ago

      I find your lack of Darth Malgus disturbing.

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      yoda 

      9 months ago

      where is Darth Maul

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      Midichlorians 

      10 months ago

      What i know from the EU lore, the strongest goes to vitiate, follow by Revan, Exar, and Nihilus because revan can use light and darkness of force, exar extract his spirit from his own body and nihilus scary power. The rest is below them.

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      DJ Skywalker 

      10 months ago

      Anakin Skywalker Episode 3 is the best Sith

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      owen 

      10 months ago

      you left out Darth maul dude!!!!!!

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      Brandon 

      10 months ago

      My list:

      10: Darth Sion

      9: Darth Plagueis

      8: Darth Malgus

      7:Darth Sidious

      6: Darth Bane

      5: Darth Vader

      4: Exar Kum'

      3: Darth Nihilus

      2: Darth Revan

      1: Darth/emperor Vitiate

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      Tyler 

      10 months ago

      Lol... Sidious above Vitiate. And you included Vadar but left out Nihilus? Vadar was a joke.

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      darth vader 

      10 months ago

      vader is best

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      Armin Taş 

      10 months ago

      where is jar jar binks

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      Fact Checking 

      10 months ago

      Marka Ragnos wasn't invincible in lightsaber comabt, that was Tulak Horde.

      Marka Ragnos wasn't weak with the force by any means. Infact, his connection to the dark side is one of, if not THE strongest in the entire EU. Saying he was better at lightsaber combat than with the force is like saying a jet is faster driving on land.

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      Kid Vader 

      10 months ago

      Sidious does not deserve his position on this list. Mace windu beat him in a lightsaber duel and would have killed him if not for anakin,and anakin killed him eventually.Sure he can be on the list but like NO. 8 or 9

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      sion 

      10 months ago

      you forgot Tulak Hord

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      revan 

      11 months ago

      what about starkiller,darth malgus,and darth scourge

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      vader 

      11 months ago

      lord vader must i number 1

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      Kyle Chen 

      11 months ago

      I agree, I think that Palpatine is weak, too!

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      Darth Nihilus 

      11 months ago

      Palpatine was weak! He should not be on this list!

      Vader should be higher, in the Clone Wars, which is canon, he was able to subdue the Ones, the most powerful force entities ever, a feat almost no one could ever do.

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      Revan 

      11 months ago

      Revan should be 4 Nihilus should be 2 get sidious out of dat list

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      Redacted 

      11 months ago

      No joke all these comments saying Vader should be higher and so on must be trolling.

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      Redacted 

      11 months ago

      I don’t see how, In my opinion sidious means nothing to the ancient sith.

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      Unknown 

      11 months ago

      Sidious should be no 1. He is the most powerful sith lord.

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      Bobwik 

      11 months ago

      Vader doesn't use force lightning because he doesn't have hands. What part of him would the force lightning come out of?

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      Darth Nihilus 

      11 months ago

      I agree that Exar Kun is 1, but Nihilus has to be 2, because he could destroy entire planets with force drain by HIMSELF. This is a feat even Vitiate could not perform, he needed 8,000 other sith to do this. This list, by not including Nihilus at all, must be deemed inaccurate or biased.

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      Japie Van Niekerk 

      11 months ago

      What about Galen Marek? Vader made the list, but not Starkiller? Starkiller could destroy Vader if he had learnt only a little bit more.

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      Giovanna Truslove 

      11 months ago

      Where’s Malak and nihilius

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      Jay 

      12 months ago

      So did we forget about Jadus and Nihilus? Why is Sidious even up there?

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      Marc 

      12 months ago

      Where is Darth Nihilus in this? He should be right around Revan

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      Revan's backstory 

      13 months ago

      Revan and Malak were not seduced to become sith by the star forge. After the Mandalorian war, they ventured into the unknown region of the galaxy and found Darth Vitate's desolate and void home planet. They discovered that the sith were in fact, not extinct, after the great hyperspace war. They then found Dromund Kaas (the sith home world) and attempted to kill Darth Vitate. Revan and Malak stood no chance against Vitate's ability to overwhelm minds, and they were forced under his will. Vitate sent Revan and Malak back to republic space as sith.

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      lol 

      14 months ago

      Sidious wasn't actually very powerful at all compared to some others.

      Sidious was smart and strategically gifted. However in raw power, both with saber and with the force. he was actually quite weak.

      Even his master was more powerful than him, Hence his need to kill him in his sleep.

      Though its worth noting that plagueis, once again in raw power, was also not overly powerful. He was unbelievably smart and knowledgeable, hence the title "the wise".

      In raw power, Vader is actually incredibly strong. In both Force and Saber. He mastered a very difficult form of saber combat said to be unbeatable and also had incredible force power though perhaps lacked some of the technique. There is a "quizz" at the start of this article that has an answer stating that dark vader couldn't use force lightning, this actually isn't true. He can in fact use lightning the problem is that he has so much power that he can't control it properly and will actually harm himself as well as his intended victim.

      I feel like Count Doku is missing from this list, while not incredibly powerful, if you're going to count the weaker sith like sidious i feel he deserves a mention, he is one of the few that managed to master the saber style i mentioned previously, along with vader.

      I agree with number 1, Exar Kun would be the most powerful, i believe darth Nihilius would be second, he had power much like that of Exar Kun but followed it to a lesser extent and to less extremes.

      3 is i think would be Freedom Nadd, 4 would be Revan and 5 would be Vader i believe even if he did somewhat lack finesse.

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      LolHi 

      14 months ago

      Sidious is most powerful sithlord ever dickass!

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      K? 

      14 months ago

      Rule of two not law of two and both sith during the years of the rule of two would be lords, and vader could use force lightnung it just hurt him as well

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      Jeff 

      14 months ago

      Why us malgus not in there

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      A sith lord? 

      15 months ago

      Actually the rank of lord was a rank that you got from youre master in the time of the sith order to show that youre kindof higher up but in the time of the rule of two both sith would have it.

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      jesuschristitsjesuschrist 

      15 months ago

      This list is inaccurate for a bunch of reasons.

      1. the strongest lightsaber duelist wasn't Marka Ragnos, it was Tulak Hord.

      2. Palpatine wasn't the strongest, but the smartest sith because he won by plotting, not by fighting. He was defeated in lightsaber combat by Windu and was so deformed he could only use his force-lightning which wasn't all that strong.

      3. A Top 10 sith list without Nihilus will always be considered biased because Nihilus is, simple as that, one of the most powerful and darkest sith to ever live. He could eat life on entire planets by absorbing every bit of force from there and cheated death by binding his own soul into his mask.

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      Sidious 

      15 months ago

      Not canon

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      John Razgriz 

      15 months ago

      Darth Maul will always be my favorite, but since you put Revan again, Revan was the Ultimate Sith Lord. In fact, he was more than that, he became the strongest Sith, Jedi, and Warrior of all time.

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      Darth nihilus 

      15 months ago

      Don’t any of you people think Darth nihilus should be 2nd or 3rd cuz he can litteraly drain life out of living things and he is very hard to kill because force powers have no affect on him.

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      Ur mom 

      16 months ago

      Darth Vader deserves a higher spot than that

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      Darth Sidious 

      16 months ago

      I am th powerful one

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      Austin 

      17 months ago

      darth vader is the seconded most powerful sith lord also ja ja binks is the most powerful sith lord

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      Javyer 

      17 months ago

      Okay, Darth Bane paved the path to success for the Sith and outsmarted hundreds if not thousands of Sith and Jedi. Not to mention he stayed one step ahead of the Jedi at every turn and kept the Sith a secret through brutality and created the New Sith which conquered the Jedi. Had he succeeded in taking over Zannah’s body and kept taking over his apprentices bodies, he would have kept the Sith together, unlike Palpatine, Vader, Plagueis, and all other Sith in the movies. They broke multiple rules of the Sith code. Including but not limited to: the rule of two which states there can only be two Sith at any given time. Also, I believe Bane would have dispatched Vader when he start showing signs of caring for Luke. Also, the Jedi would not have suspected him as early as they did Palpatine, even though Palpatine did his best not to be caught. Also, he could have easily killed Mace Windu. Also, Anakin could not use force lightning because of his gloves.

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      Legion of Revan 

      17 months ago

      Star Wars is the best your list is wrong two how is it that vitiate is at 4 and Revan at 6 are you out of your mind and Exar Kun wasn't even a real sith hoe is he higher than Vitiate and Lord flamerous he could not use force lightning at all Palpatine specifically gave him the cheapest cybernetics possible so that he wouldn't be able to

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      Star Wars is the best 

      17 months ago

      This list is wrong!It should have been like this,

      10.Darth Vader

      9.Darth Bane

      8.Darth Sion

      7.Darth Traya

      6.Darth Revan

      5.Darth Nihilus

      4.Darth Vitiate

      3.Exar Kun

      2.Emperor Palpatine

      1.Tulak Hord

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      Lord flamerous 

      18 months ago

      Your quiz is wrong about Vader’s sith lightning he could do it just not in the traditional way

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      Nihilist 

      18 months ago

      To the person who said Revan could still be alive because SWTOR is not cannon missed one crucial detail. KOTOR 1 and KOTOR 2 are not canon either. When Disney bought out Lucas they put everything except the 6 movies (prequel trilogy, original trilogy), The Clone Wars animated movie and The Clone Wars cartoon series into Legends. Legends are considered not canon sorry.

      Also Scourge betrayed Revan because he had a vision that Revan wouldn't be the one to defeat Vitiate. In the vision Scourge also learned that he had to betray Revan so he could keep his position as the Emperor's Wraith. He needed the Emperor to use his knowledge of Sith Alchemy to prolong Scourge's life the 300 years it would take until the one destined to destroy Vitiate. He had to do this because the force vision Scourge had also clearly showed him that he had to aid the one who would eventually come to destroy Vitiate . If you are curious about Revan's story read the Legends novel entitled Revan. Or get the audiobook, Star Wars audiobooks have a great production value compared to any other audiobooks I have listened to. Sound effects, music, great voice acting by the narrator, and sometimes they even have different voice actors for different roles then a narrator as well.

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      Nihilist 

      18 months ago

      So many people cry whenever Nihilus is not listed as one of the most powerful sith of all time. Well he wasn't when you get past his cool outfit and the singular power he mastered force drain. Yes he killed entire planets worth of people with the power, but even he didn't truly understand his use of that power. For one he wasn't strong enough to contain all of the power he absorbed causing his body to wither and die. He was able to contain his essence into his mask and robes.

      Had he been more powerful or wiser perhaps he wouldn't have destroyed his body by over using force drain. Secondly had he been wiser perhaps he would've understood that due to his near death on malicore V the more he used force drain to feed his newly found hunger the stronger his hunger got. This hunger eventually took complete control over his actions to the point where it became the demise of his physical body.

      As far as other powers in the force he was weak to average at best. Even with all that power he had absorbed. His lightsaber dueling skills were also woefully lacking, again even with all of that force power he had absorbed. In my opinion Sion and Kreia were both more powerful. Kreia also in wisdom for sure. Sion was powerful enough to stop his own death until he let go of his anger and hatred.

      Another reason people over estimate Nihilus's power is because he could take force lightning to the face and become stronger. The reason behind that is two fold, the first because he was (to the best of my knowledge) no longer coporial when this happened. The second being he use the way force lightning worked against his enemy and used the power they were releasing as another way to absorb their force powers to feed his hunger.

      I find Nihilus to be a great villain for a Star Wars story. He was the physical embodiment of the Star Forge, Death Star, or Starkiller base. But Bioware didn't rehash the same old Star Wars plot of a massive technological terror unleashed by the Sith upon the galaxy far far away. Instead a flesh and blood terror on the same level as those technological terrors. That being said I still believe anyone putting Nihilus in the top ten most powerful Sith have greatly over estimated his powers.

      I am not hating on anyone who thinks Nihilus is one of the most powerful Sith ever. I am just expressing my opinion that they are wrong and giving the reasons why I believe it.

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      18 months ago

      Darth Nihilus should definitely have a place here. He literally sucked the force out of every living thing. And getting shocked by force lighting just made him more powerful.

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      Darth Revan 

      19 months ago

      10.Darth Nihilus

      9.Darth Malak

      8.Darth Sion

      7.Darth Vitiate

      6.Ulic Quel-Droma

      5.Darth Traya

      4.Exar Kun

      3.Freedom Nadd

      2.Visas-(very powerful in kotor 2)

      1.Revan

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      Moldocj 

      19 months ago

      Nihilus is actually stronger than most of the top 10 if not the strongest

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      The Nerf Squad 

      19 months ago

      Jedi are WEAK!!

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      mr.starwars 

      19 months ago

      Darth Plagueis is #1

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      Misa Jar Jar Binks 

      19 months ago

      Nice, job, but at some parts there are mistakes. Try and check those

      Misa, out

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      Darth Revan The Prodigal Knight and Lord of the Sith 

      19 months ago

      Revan had almost ruled the galaxy, while technically so did others, but Exar Cun didn't, so that would make Revan at least 2nd or 1st and then Exar cun would be third. Revan also battled Madalore himself defeating him. This shows that Revan had good lightsaber skills Revan also became very wise. He knew many things that jedi didn't. He studied holocrons and scripts about the ancient history of the galaxy. Having this knowledge, would make him very powerful. I think these three reasons, give enough to make him get into 1st place. But I do understand why you put him there and why the other sith are in those positions too.

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      ExarKun66 

      19 months ago

      you said holochron. its holocron.

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      Revan 

      19 months ago

      After Revan returned to face Vitiate and used Force Harmony, Scourge (after betraying him) realized Revan would have won if he hadn't been betrayed by Scourege. Which is the basis of why he joins your character in the MMORPG. Besides that, Revan conquered nearly the whole galaxy repeatedly on different sides in just a few years each. Even against factions that curbstomped everyone else. He was so powerful some sectors literally worshipped him even centuries after his disappearance. He also never even died to the lore’s knowledge as Shadow of Revan is explicitly non-cannon in a Q&A so we only know he disappeared in the Foundry. After curbstomping dozens of people at the level of a Darth or Mandalore and destroying their fleet with his mind.

      When Vitiate tried to draining Revan's power, Revan instead stole his and bound him to inactivity for hundreds of years until Revan was released by a well-meaning ignorant player character (he was pissed about that, too).

      Therefore, logically, Revan is the most powerful Force-sensitive in the known Star Wars universe. He is also the most successful and accomplished the greatest feats including building a massive empire of his own in just four years and then conquering his own empire quickly after the events of the game in canon.

      You seem to be ranking your Sith off of minor details. For example, Plagueis was a scholar. Woop-de-doo. He still knew less than any Sith from before the end of the New Sith Wars. Plus, this is about the most powerful Darths, and Plagueis is outclassed by literally everyone else on the list and many who are not on it.

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      Someone 

      20 months ago

      Where krayt?

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      Malcom 

      20 months ago

      Sith emperor and Palpatine are almost equal for 1st of 2nt place

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      Tenebris 

      20 months ago

      Vitiate and Sidious are canonically more powerful than Exar Kun, lmao. Vitiate is more powerful than any Sith who ever lived before him:

      "The Sith Emperor is the most powerful Force-user who has ever existed. "

      Source:Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia

      "The Sith Emperor, history's most powerful dark side master, performed a ritual of incredible scope to consume the life energy of every being on his homeworld."

      Source: Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia

      "The Sith Emperor has mastered the dark side's power to become the most dominating Force-user the galaxy has ever seen."

      Source: Star Wars: The Old Republic: Codex Entry

      Darth Sidious is the most powerful Sith in history, surpassing Vitiate and therefore Exar Kun:

      "Meet Darth Sidious – the most powerful Sith Master who ever lived."

      Source:Darth Maul, Sith Apprentice

      "Instead, Yoda faces the dark side's fury, channeled by the most powerful Sith Lord in history."

      Source:Insider #86: Yoda's Right Arm

      "The Emperor was completely in concert with the dark side of the Force. He was the most powerful Sith who had ever existed."

      Source:Death Star

      "Yoda went after Palpatine in the empty Senate chamber, but could not defeat the most powerful Sith Lord in history."

      Source:The New Essential Chronology

      "Plagueis the Wise, who forged the most powerful Sith Lord the galaxy has ever known”

      Source:Darth Plagueis

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      Manjuel 

      20 months ago

      Where is Darth Nihilus?

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      YouNeedDarthNihilus 

      20 months ago

      really, no Darth Nihilus?

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      Midget Overlord 

      20 months ago

      I honestly think Vader should be atleast top 5 instead of being number 10. Because Vader was so power, he literally changed the time of day just by lifting his hands. And at that same moment, he literally beat the people who control the Force itself.

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      LeAaron 

      21 months ago

      Exur kun as #1? Please he wasn't even a real sith. Only ones on this list in the right order is vader & Bane.

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