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Top 10 Strongest, Most Powerful Sith Lords of All Time

Updated on April 06, 2016

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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."

Don't forget you can discuss any of my lists live and in person with me down at my gaming stream - My Stream!

But First, Test Your Knowledge

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 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 (couldn't find footage)

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.

Top 10 Greatest Jedi of All Time

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    • Domenick Dicce 4 years ago

      Great Hub. Love the information along with quiz and pole.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, I officially suck as a Star Wars fan! I only knew about Darth Vader and Senator Palpatine!! O_O

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      Rui Carreira 4 years ago from Torres Novas

      Sorry for only answering now, but just learned how to reply to comments fast :p

      Cut me some slack... I'm a newbie...

      The rest of the Sith Lords are from the manga series and some canon games.

    • webbcolter 4 years ago

      you do know that ragnos was from the original sith empire that predated both exar kun, and vitiates empire right? the empire founded by the exiled dark jedi on korriban? the birthplace of the sith species? light sabers did not exist at this time. not in the way we know them. laser blades had to be connected to a hip worn battery pack via a cable. he ruled even before the great hyper space war. ragnos prefered using a sith sword, as most sith lords did at the time. ragnos is even quoted saying that no feeling could replace the feel of blood on his face. which of course is not possible when using a light saber because the energy beam instantly cauterizes the wound which would not allow it to bleed. truethfully i find your list to be full of inaccuracies. you analysis of plageius is also woefully inaccurate. you say that he was lacking as a saber duelist. but he bested darth viemus and taught sidious and maul(the latter of which is widely awknowledged as the being one of the greatest duelist in history.) you claim that his comand of the dark side was lacking yet it was he that ren a whole in the fabric of the force allowing the dark side to pour out and cloud the minds of the jedi order, also his comand of the darkside allowed to to control midi-chlorians, the literal organisms that allowed life to be connected to the force. that being said the rest of the article seems rather well researched. honorable mentions would be darth scourge, darth malgus, Naga sadow, Ludo Kressh, and starkiller.

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      Rui Carreira 4 years ago from Torres Novas

      "you do know that ragnos was from the original sith empire that predated both exar kun, and vitiates empire right? the empire founded by the exiled dark jedi on korriban? the birthplace of the sith species? light sabers did not exist at this time. not in the way we know them. laser blades had to be connected to a hip worn battery pack via a cable."

      Yeah I know... that was the era of the vibroswords and vibroblades. However Kreia one time refers to Ragno's Lightsaber mastery as being above all.

      About Plageius, his lightsaber mastery was poor! There is no doubt about that... comparing to the others in the list he wasn't that good. Maul was better than him in my opinion - in this case the students surpass the master.

      Hey, I know those deserved to be mentioned, but surely you know it's a hard task selecting 10 names, even more putting them in order!

      Thanks for the awesome comment that shows you are a fan too and that you care... may the force be with you!

    • Arcanescimi 4 years ago

      Sorry, but could you help me understand something? If this is the "Top 10 strongest Sith of all time", why is Vitiate not #1? After reading Revan, it's clear that he's basically a walking, talking, breathing Death Star. He drained an entire planet and probably could have taken out Revan. In terms of sheer power (I'm assuming that's what you mean by "strongest Sith"), Vitiate takes it easily. It's not about survival ability (Exar Kun, Plagueis, Nadd) or deceptive ability (Palpatine), it's about power.

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      Rui Carreira 4 years ago from Torres Novas

      Its about power, not about strenght. Well, for my list I combined everything about the sith. This is a subjective topic, as even on the star wars official sites you find many different opinions. However, Lucas and the creators admit it in canon that Sidious is the strongest - I disagree and place Exar Kun first even though canonically Sidious is the first (according to Lucas).

      Vitiate, Sidious and Kun are all powerhouses if you research deep into their lives... its very hard to order them.

      So, even if you think Vitiate is number 1, as I do think Kun is the 1, Lucas thinks Sidious is the 1 (you can see the subjective power in this list).

      Thanks for the comment fellow star war fan, I knew this could sprout a discussion :)

    • webbcolter 4 years ago

      hahaha i will never give in on darth plagius. i mean he was one of the few masters of all 7 forms of saber combat. the only reason we have any reason to doubt his abilities is because unlike the sith of kuns, vitiates, or even banes era sith and jedi were not meeting in open combat across the galaxy. sure lords like cossom, or maul may have had more duels. and therefore we relate there abilities. but not his master, his rivals, his apprentice, or the few jedi he did slay with his blade could ever come close to besting him. he was so dangerous that sidious had to kill him in his sleep utterly abandoning the most important tennet of the rule of two. that they must confront each other openly and test there powers against each other. plagius did so with his master and easily crushed him under the weight of a rock, he also showed very important understanding of the dark side tennets of deception cunning and manipulation by capitalizing on the cave in to kill his master and save his own life. you cannot doubt plagius. when in doubt assume he would be victorious. also to the wonderful comment about vitate. there may never have been a dark lord with more knowledge of sith sorcery then he. he used the blasphemous and arcane knowledge to rob an entire planet and several dozen sith lords of all its connection to the force. literally stealing the force and using it to fuel his power... this being said it is not a unique trick. and there was another who was better at it. Darth Nihlius. took dozens of worlds and literally hundreds if not thousands of jedi to fuel his power. had he ever crossed paths with vitiate the question remains who would be stronger and could Nihilius feed off his opponent. then of course there is the fact that freedon nad, exar kun, revan, malak, and droma all coexsisted with vitate though all but revan and malak never met the lord. but do they all have in common that vitiate never had? they where at one point or another recognized as the true dark lords of the sith by the ancient sith ghosts even though vitiate was still leading in secret the resurgent sith empire. and even though revan and malak both fell to the mere thought of vitiate he never did gain the title of dark lord of the sith. this may speak against his power or against the abomination he preformed to aquire it. and finally according to cannon any dark lord that came after the bane reformation was the full and complete embodiment of the dark side. so if you were the dark lord of the sith at any point during the rule of two you were the single most powerful sith in history up until plagius and palpatine broke the cycle. so the concept of lord vitiate is a tough nut to crack

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      Rui Carreira 4 years ago from Torres Novas

      The previous guy who loves darth plagueis is going to come here and stomp you :p

    • webbcolter 4 years ago

      you know i guess i should be thankful he is on the top ten list at all. i mean there were thousands of sith in the eu timeline. the fact that he does and not lord scourge? the emporers wrath?or darth malak? or naga sadow starter of the great hyperspace war and one of the origial battle meditation users. or any other countless sith that were nightmares to the republic a jedi, or that he beat out greats like nadd, bane, vader, droma, revan, and ragnos show me that you do give the dark lord the respect he is due. i just feel he never is respected for the fact that it was truly he, and not sidious that brought the republic and the jedi to its knees. sidious was a pawn. plagius was the master

    • StarWarsMaster 4 years ago

      Ok... This list is completely wrong. Darth Vader, although was considerably powerful, was crippled and would not be able to grow in his connection with the force. Darth Bane should be around 4th or 5th on the list. Freedon Nadd, Ulic and Maul shouldn't be on the top 10 Sith list. And where is Darth Nihilus, Starscream and Gethzerion? here is my list:

      1. Lord Vititate

      2. Darth Sidious

      3. Darth Nihilus

      4. Darth Plageuis

      5. Darth Bane

      6. Exar Kun

      7. Darth Revan

      8. Gethzerion

      9. Marka Ragnos

      10. Darth Zanna

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      Rui Carreira 4 years ago from Torres Novas

      I disagree, but thank you for your contribution!

    • webbcolter 4 years ago

      star wars master gethzerion is not sith and therefore an after thought of the dark side. though a briliant sorcerous and emencely powerful any sith who can claim the darth title would be to much for her in my opinion. cool to see zannah on your list. i always forget about her. i think revan is to low. i rank him higher than bane and nihilus don't forget bane, tyra, sion, and nihilus all once called revan master. bane even says that revan as a sith lord was the truest example of dark lord of the sith in history. (paraphraze). Kriea on revan " Revan was Power, seeing him was like gazing into the heart of the force..." top ten is hard to say. sith lords of this power usually only come around once a generation and because of that we rarely see them faceing one another, with the exception of sith bound by the rule of two. with out contest against one another, and with out similar opponents its hard to base. in the case of revan, vititate, and nihilus we do. revan ruled nihilus, vititate ruled revan, so therefore nihilus is less then revan who is less than vititate. and everyone is less than plageuis

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      Rui Carreira 4 years ago from Torres Novas

      Thanks for stopping by, leaving this awesome comment and understanding why it's so hard to rate these 10 positions... too much awesome in the list and off of it!

    • Anonymous 4 years ago

      Nihilus is the strongest Sith Lord of all time. He, like Meetra Surik, could have been the literal end of the force. It's only because of Surik that he didn't succeed. He destroyed planets just for the sate his unending hunger. He was able to sense a Jedi's presence from across the GALAXY. He was the most malevolent, omniscient, and powerful being in the Star Wars universe, and forsook his own body to bind himself to his mask and armor, just to hold it together with PURE WILL. He cut other Sith Lords off from the force, just to do it. That, my friends, is godlike status.

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      Rui Carreira 4 years ago from Torres Novas

      Thanks for stopping by. Nihilus was a true badass, that I agree.

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      Matt Bird 4 years ago from Canada

      Second strongest, fourth strongest, weakest, whatever. Palpatine will always be my favourite Star Wars villain, let alone favourite Sith. He makes the prequel movies worth watching.

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      Rui Carreira 4 years ago from Torres Novas

      Yeah... he was canonically made strongest sith ever by George Lucas himself... I just don't agree with the man who created it all xD

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      Matt Bird 4 years ago from Canada

      I'm fine with that... I enjoy the books more than the movies, these days, and Lucas has railroaded a lot of material set down by the authors. Way to go, George, constantly changing that thing you invented. What a jerk.

      Speaking of Sith, he's FAR from the strongest - probably one of the weaker ones, actually, not being a Lord - but I'm partial to Toki Tollivar, the little Bimm serial murderer.

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      Rui Carreira 4 years ago from Torres Novas

      I also think anedoctical that Palpatine is the strongest sith lord according to Lucas... but then again, the guy didn't invent the Twi'leks, one of the main species.

    • Raul 4 years ago

      No, Sidious was the strongest Sith of all time as established by Lucas himself. The only other person arguably stronger than him was Caedus. And it's not just by Lucas words, Sidious has done things that warrant that placing. As for Vader, he is 80% of Sidious in the suit, if he never got burned than he would have been 200% stronger than Sidious. The ancient Sith are over-rated they have never done anything that warrants them stronger than Sidious or Vader. My tier list:

      .Sidious, (unless you believe Jacen Solo is stronger.)



      4.the generations that separated Bane and Sidious.

      5.Banes apprentice, forgot her name.


      7.Sith Emperor

      8.Exar Kun.

      9.The Sith Trimunative.

      10.Markas Ragnos.

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      Rui Carreira 4 years ago from Torres Novas

      Thanks for the reply... yeah I know Lucas points out Sidious... I mentioned it on the comments... this is a list that is extremely subjective

    • aaron 3 years ago

      Darth Vader is the strongest sith of all Time he killed papaltine off of mere strength and he slayed The Great Obi Wan also he killed count Dooku And he was the chosen one to bring balance to the force His force Powers became extreamely strong after his wife Died Anger Powered Him also when he died His spirit rose out of his body he can just take over another sith's body and Turn him into himself also i think jacen solo is the second strongest

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      Rui Carreira 3 years ago from Torres Novas

      Thanks for stopping by and for the comment Aaron!

    • rmcmillen 3 years ago

      Agreed all the way through.... loved this list! It reminded me of so many reasons why I loved Star Wars and how great it was..... unfortunately, as I state in my hub "An Open Letter To All Fellow Star Wars Fans", how great it was holds no weight compared to how great it will probably never be again once Disney has its way.... come for the quiz, stay for the documentary.

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      The Truth 3 years ago from New York

      Who are the top 10 Jedi Knights is what I want to know.

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      Rui Carreira 3 years ago from Torres Novas

      I will write a hub about it!

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      Rui Carreira 3 years ago from Torres Novas

      Heh. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Bryan Gregory 3 years ago

      The sith were originally a Species that evolved on Korriban, dark jedi came from the jedi order. Your last question is incorrect. Rajivari was the originally dark jedi and his examples included ulic qel droma, exar kun, revan, and malak.

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      Rui Carreira 3 years ago from Torres Novas

      You are right - it should be the origin of the new sith order... after that episode were the Jedi was exiled. The sith were horned red skin people that thrived in battle.

    • webbcolter 3 years ago

      Hello hub. Been a minute since I have been on and I thought I might check in on the debate as this is my favorite debate of sith lords on the web. Cudos to rui carriera. Just a quick note on Darth nilihus as he seems to be brought up a lot. Nilihus is praised for his trick of sucking the life energy for all living things. Their connection to the living force as it were. And there for he is often thought to be the most powerful sith lord. This however is a misunderstanding of the technique used. He was not the first to use this trick and unfortunately he was not even doing it correctly. Nilihus was in fact attempting the same trick lord vitiate did on Athema. But not quite getting it. Nilihus absorbed life energy, or the connection to the living force. Vitiate did that as well as creating himself as the nexus of a force vacuum. Meaning not only did he drain the living force, or the energy that the midi-chlorians used to sustain life, but he also absorbed the energy of the unifying force or the energy that that life form in it self creates and radiates to the other life in the galaxy. The difference being that the first may be more actual power but it is a finite resource. The second is an infinite well that can be drawn on forever. This is why vitiate never suffered the hunger that nilihus did. Also there s

      Come to how the power was stored. Vitiate encapsulated it within his body in a similar fashion to the way the thought bomb encapsulated its victims on rusaan. This is what gave vitiate his immortality though it caused him great pain. Something lord sion also seemed to understand. Nilihus was never able to grasp this concept and because of it he had to use the sith art of dark transfer or essence transfer to bind him self to his mask, this being the only way he could maintain his power. Also nilihus for all his might would eventually use up his vast store of strength. With Vitiate that would have never even been possible. Lastly vitiate had rhe ability to destroy the forces connection to an area. Something beyond darths sion or nilihus, but not above the companion darth trya. That being hwr eventual goal. Vitiate did this by absorbing the dual aspects of the force into his being to give him more power, trya did this by dissapating the areas ability to connect to the force entirely. So in summary l, if you took the three lords of the sith triumvirate, that is lords nilihus, sion, and trya, and combined them all together you would get sith lord vitiate. which is why he is more powerful than any of those three. Immortal, all powerful, and all consuming. Also on the topic of the difference between dark Jedi and sith. Any one who reads these posts can tell I am a mild Darth plagieus fan. He has a lot to say on this subject. In the cases of drama, kun, revan, and malak, they are sith, not Darth Jedi. This is so because the ancient sith ghosts proclaimed them dark lords of the sith. This is the key difference between them and dark Jedi like xendor, pall, xoxosh, or freedom nad.

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      Rui Carreira 3 years ago from Torres Novas

      Wow! Thank you for your awesome comment! I do agree that Nihilus had a flawed technique that was self destructive. He could have been so much more if not for that hunger!

      I have seen a lot of people arguing that Marka Ragnus was one of the strongest, but check out his story - it is so vague that he could be very powerful or not that powerful at all.

      Thanks for coming in to debate!

    • Scurry 3 years ago

      after reading Darth Plagueis, and how he killed his master and then sidious killed him, those flew directly in the face of Bane's directive of the stronger of the 2 surviving the confrontation. both killed by ambushes, not in a straight up battle, Sidious may have claimed to be the strongest, but Bane would have slaughtered him.

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      Rui Carreira 3 years ago from Torres Novas

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your opinion

    • webbcolter 3 years ago

      Hey hub. Been a minute. Thought I'd join the debate yet again. This time in response to the post about how sidious and plagius each killed there respective masters. any one who has followed this debate for a while knows I am a huge plagius fan. And at first I felt that the way plagius killed his master darth tenebrous didn't really fit with the rule of two. Which called for a cataclysmic battle between master and apprentice. However after further research I was convinced otherwise. In the short story titled "the tenebrous way" we find out that the cave in that would kill tenebrous should have been nothing but an inconvenience for him. He was a very powerful sith and moving a half ton of stone was well within his abilities. It was with shock that he found the force of the collapsing was to much for him to handle. It was plagius' power that he didn't account for. And in this simple way plagius not only best the full force of tenebrous' power but also showed a deep understanding over the dark side principles of betrayal and cunning. So though it was not a battle like bane vs zannah it still fit the tennents set by the rule of two. It is the same when sidious kills plagius. They both used their most powerful force techniques. sidious using the force malestorm (as stated in the book Darth plagius) while plagius tried to manipulate his midi-chlorians to keep him self alive. It was indeed a test of there powers against each other. Just both using the force tools they were strongest in. So again not what bane envisioned but it was in line with his teachings

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      Rui Carreira 3 years ago from Torres Novas

      Thanks for your insightful comment. I agree that Plagueius did it clean, I don't agree that Sidious did though...

    • Marcelo Carneiro 3 years ago

      This list seems mostly accurate to me, and you have strong, convincing arguments. But as a Palpatine admirer, I'd like to point out that there is canon information that states he is the single most powerful Sith the galaxy has ever known (for all you people saying Vader wasn't powerful, it's also canon that he had around 80% of Palpatine's control of the Force).

      I don't even think you should change anything you wrote, everything you said is accurate =D So if it was my list, I'd probably just ascend Palpy to his deserved first position. Cheers.

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      Rui Carreira 3 years ago from Torres Novas

      That cannon info you said - that's definitely true! Even Lucas said that!

      Although it is true, I got to stick to my list... I'm an Exar Kun fan and I do think the cannon info is Wrong :P

    • Darren 2 years ago

      I really like the list and obviously like star wars and the EU, after reading darth plageuis the book i feel he is underrated. The amount of knowledge he had and everything he put in motion including clouding the force in the dark side, all the assets and manipulation he conducted to allow sidious to progress to supreme chancellor was all down to him. Granted he failed to understand the ultimate rule that sidious would betray him, and he failed to stop it from happening but sidious did not confront him in open combat fear perhaps?

    • Shepard 2 years ago

      Vitiate was never anyone's apprentice. Ragnos simply acknowledged him as a sith lord and left him to rule planet Athena as he saw fit. He DID beat Revan and continued to torture him for a century after. Vitiate is EASILY the most powerful sith in all of Sith History, he ruled the longest (this would be enough) but he also wiped out ALL LIFE on and around planet Athena INCLUDING the force itself. no other jedi or sith could have ever done that. :)

    • Grand Master jedi 2 years ago

      Darth Vader is the chosen one, apparently you all doubt anakins abilities he purged the jedi and the Sith balancing the Force, as nothing more then a torso and head he was still easily extremely powerful as a sith, in the OT and PT he proves himself as a powerful jedi and sith. nothing the books say can matter because it boils down to lucas the creator of this masterpiece and its about the the fall of anakin skywalker, "the chosen one" to the dark side, where he undoubtedly becomes the strongest sith ever. leaving only 1 sith and 1 jedi alive at his death

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      Rui Carreira 2 years ago from Torres Novas

      Thanks for your opinion

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      Rui Carreira 2 years ago from Torres Novas

      Thanks for the oppinion!

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      Rui Carreira 2 years ago from Torres Novas

      If you say Lucas is what matters - He said Darth Sidious was the strongest Sith of all time!

    • paul 2 years ago

      I still think anakin skywalker could have been the strongest sith of all time. he had the most connection to the force. More than his own son. But he let his pride and anger get in the way in the duel against kenobi. If he had maintained his body and didn't lose padmé, he would have become too powerful for anyone. He was ultimately his own downfall

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      Rui Carreira 2 years ago from Torres Novas

      Well, if my grandmother any balls, then it would be my grandfather... but I agree :D

    • myke 2 years ago

      Not a list of strongest in order. Favorites..

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      Rui Carreira 2 years ago from Torres Novas

      Disagree \o/

    • Ren 2 years ago

      Didn't even bother to finish reading this thread after the opening "test". "Master" and "apprentice" are POSITIONS, under the Rule of Two. They are not titles. Palpatine was the Master, and his title was eventually Emperor. Vader was the apprentice, and his title was Lord. That's why when Palpatine took Anakin as his apprentice, he named him Vader and said, "Rise, Lord Vader."

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      Rui Carreira 2 years ago from Torres Novas

      Thanks for chiming in, you're absolutely write - I misphrased that and you were the first to notice, kudos to you mate :D

    • Jordy 2 years ago

      Whatever you say about palpatine, he lost vs Windu :P

    • john 2 years ago

      Why do I never see Darth krayt in these top ten lists? From what I understand he set the new sith order of the One Sith forsaking the Rule of Two and was pretty powerful.

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      Rui Carreira 2 years ago from Torres Novas

      Windu is in another list, not the Sith one :p

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      Rui Carreira 2 years ago from Torres Novas

      Not enough in my oppinion, and in many others' too... might be that some cannon stuff was launched and I still didn't read it (with Disney in charge you never know).

    • John 2 years ago

      Curious to why cade Skywalker didn't make your Jedi list

    • Some Guy 2 years ago

      Your grammar is terrible.

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      Rui Carreira 2 years ago from Torres Novas

      This was one of my first hubs, I am better now! :p

      I left this one as it is, it is part of my life experience and I'm not altering it - go bother someone else :D

    • Necrosiz 2 years ago

      Dude take Darth Vader And Darth Sidiouse Out And Put Dartg Nihlus And Naga Sadow,Tulak Horrd, And Ajunta Pall Dartg Vader And Sidiouse Wouldn't Last 5 Seconds With These Sith Lords

    • ELijah 2 years ago

      Meh I find this list disturbing.

      Should've been like this:

      1. Exar Kun

      2. Vitiale (or Revan the Grey)

      3. Darth Nihilius (since the guy did the same as Vitiale and drained an entire planet of jedi and force sensitives)

      4. Darth Revan (since as a Sith Lord he might have been weaker then Nihilius, though after redemption he's on Exar Kun level)

      5. Garen Marek (godlike feats superior lightsaber and force mastery)

      6. Darth Bane (taught by Revan and kicked ass)

      7. Plapatine (a great by the book sith, manipulatice, deceitful,powerful) Yet not as great feat wise in lightsaber skills or overall use of the force

      8. Marka Ragnos (nuff said)

      9. Naga Sadow

      10. Freedon Nadd probably

      Weaklings like Vader, Adjunta Pall (who wasn't dedicated and had no true sith spirit) Maul, and even Plagueis (since the guy had skills of different lightsaber forms, he wasn't extremely great at em, knowing a form isn't the same as mastering it, also he was a scholar not a true force dominator and lightsaber god) Ulic is laughable as well, could have had a Malak there with such logic. Also we forget about Kreya she was quite strong so id put her on nr. 11

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      Rui Carreira 2 years ago from Torres Novas

      Everyone has their own oppinion!

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      Rui Carreira 2 years ago from Torres Novas

      Thank you for your oppinion!

    • Lost in Space 2 years ago

      The reason I believe Darth Plagueis should have a higher spot and is one of the most powerful sith is because of how he followed and furthered the grand plan. After Bane realized the sith became too impatient and hungry for power to learn from their masters, he realized change needed to happen. In order to defeat the jedi and rule the galaxy they could not have hundreds and thousands of sith in the equation. There would be too much internal struggle and disagreement to even take the galaxy, let alone keep rule over it. This is why he reshaped the sith and instituted the rule of two and implemented the grand plan. He knew this would not happen overnight or even in a couple generations, it would take time, patience, and a lot of deceit. Fast forward to Plagueis and Sidious and tell me who did more for almost completely eradicating the jedi and setting up the galactic empire than these two? Specifically it was Plagueis and his position as head of the banking clan that put the galaxy into a state of disarray and also allowed senator palpatine to rise the ranks to supreme chancellor. It was also Plagueis that told Sifo-Dyas to create the clone army in secret, setting up for order 66 to eliminate the jedi. Not even touching on his powers yet, that alone is more than any of the other sith (besides Bane) did combined! Sure being powerful like Vitiale is nice, but does not matter if you cannot eliminate the jedi and take control of the galaxy. Now let's talk about his powers. He could manipulate the essence of life, manipulate midi-chlorians, discovered how to retain an identity in the force while becoming one with it, knew about essence transfer (but ignored it), was a master of force illusions (enough to fool even palpatine), had foresight until his slaying of his master Tenebrous), could absorb blaster bolts and channel it into force lightning, had a very powerful force wave and force bellow, was the best sith alchemist, and was actually skilled in lightsaber combat (Tenebrous thought very highly of him in combat). And remember it is alluded (although I'm not sure if completely verified) that he created the chosen one (anakin) through his manipulation of midi-chlorians. This is one of the main reasons why Tenebrous selected him as his apprentice, he was afraid of death, wanted to find immortality, and thought he would be able to create the chosen one so he (tenebrous) could transfer and take over the chosen one. He was the yoda of the sith with his lack of fighting, and thirst for knowledge. And as if all that wasn't enough, remember the jedi didn't really even know he existed! They thought the sith were all dead and were only alerted to their presence when darth maul appeared. So yes while I agree that Sidious should be number one, as he was the sith lord when the jedi were almost completely eliminated and the ruler of the galaxy. It was Darth Plagueis who masterminded nearly every part of the puzzle to get there. He took Bane's vision of the sith and played it perfectly, so much so that the jedi weren't even aware of the plan going on right under their noses! That is power and deserves to be recognized

    • Clockwork 2 years ago

      I know this is an old thread but I have to raise a few issues. Not to be "that-guy" but regardless of if you agree with the order of the list or not the list could be improved in a number of ways. First, it should be longer like top 20 or 25 just because there are so many Sith that deserve mentioning like Tulak Horde, Dath Marr, Darth Baras, Naga Sadow, Ludo Kresh, etc. Second, it seems like they are ranked based on they score in a series of categories like lightsaber combat, force ability, warfare tactics, knowledge, subterfuge, etc. each category could be stated and a grade between 1 and 10 for each character. For example Darth Sidious would get a 10 out of 10 on subterfuge but only a 4 or 5 in tactics. Then the composite score for each character would determine their rank. Just saying since this is the first thing that pops up when you search for a list it could be a bit more comprehensive. :)

    • w0lfpack91 2 years ago

      Im real surprised darth Nilus didn't make this list all he has to do is speak and everything around him dies. He is a force leech. He feeds off force stealing it from his opponents who then can't fight.

    • Frank Lucas 2 years ago

      Have you read about Darth Vitiate he came closer to immortality than any other sith ever. And no Darth nihilus also exar kun seems far to high I can't believe unix qel drama even cracked the list plus no darth malgus I probably don't know as much about Star Wars as you but have you read about darth krayt

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      Rui Carreira 2 years ago from Torres Novas

      Frank, these lists are so hard to make! :D

      Try to make one character get into the list and you'll think of hundreds of reasons on why others should take his place...

      I really spent a lot of time swapping characters and, in the end, I think these are only the final product.

      I don't claim this is the definite list, but it is as close as I got :/

    • Frank Lucas 2 years ago

      I understand I don't want to sound like some critical jerk

      Howcome darth nihilus didn't make or darth malgus or naga sadow or even darth krayt

      I'm just curious to know your reasoning like I've said I know you probably are a lot more knowledgeable about these things than I do

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      Rui Carreira 2 years ago from Torres Novas

      No, not at all, you're one of the guys I'm enjoying more to talk to :)

      Well, Darth Malgus isn't such a beast:

      - He was defeated by 2 force sensitives and 2 regular joes; As a term of comparison, Sidious defeated Yoda and defeated 4 members of the Jedi Council.

      - Malgus was defeated by Shan;

      - His progression in strength was halted due to the injuries sustained against Satelle

      (And I love this character, think he has the coolest music and style too)

      Naga Sadow.... well then, he is in no way going to make it to this list:

      - He has a lot of knowledge of the force and he is maybe the best alchemist who ever lived (arguably- think Plagueis) but his combat power is uber minimal.

      - His displays of power were using Sith magic, technology and arcana - these take no effort to use.

      - Putting it this way, if Naga Sadow was in the same room as Darth Vader, who is number 10, not even all of his knowledge and amulet blasts xD would save him from a good lightsaber toss in the stomach. His only chance was to try to throw a rock to vader's respirator and hope it breaks.


      - His ability was one and one alone - Force Feed;

      - If he fights someone with any degree of force immunity he will inevitably die;

      - He starves:

      - He has no free will:

      - An equivalent in power would be Sion, but the guy also doesn't make it to the list.

      As for Darth Krayt:

      - Vader wins comfortably, he throws spaceships and ships around, he collapses buildings, he rips titan bots apart, he commands nature with Alter Environment, all imperial officers fear him, he controls beasts and animals with beast control, he can use deflection to block lightsabers, he can use barrier to block every single blaster bolt in a massive salve, he can use drain knowledge (draining Luke to win info on his sister), he literally broke crystalline binders, nets, durasteel doors WITHOUT using the force, just physically. He deflects turret fire, he uses his lightsaber to form shields, generates afterimages and not to forget:

      - He survived buildings dropped on him, explosions, gas, electrical shocks, high voltage nets, lava, and a whole lot more.

      - He's versatile, powerful, capable, knowledgeable... Krayt not so much.


    • Nuno 2 years ago

      Vitiate was clearly the strongest. Wiped out a planet, lived for a milenia, dominated minds, broke Revan easily.

      Killed his father (a sith lord) before he was 13.

      By far the strongest.

    • Frank Lucas 2 years ago

      Me again sorry I didn't respond sooner

      I understand all of your reasons perfectly but how come ulic qel droma and freedon nadd (of course just my opinion) if naga sadow doesn't make the lost them how come freedon nadd wasn't he mainly a sorcerer thank you by the way for actually responding back not many people can talk star wars on my level let alone know more than I do

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      Rui Carreira 2 years ago from Torres Novas

      Thanks for your opinion!

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      Rui Carreira 2 years ago from Torres Novas

      Hello again Frank :)

      Freedon Nadd was Naga Sadow's apprentice, yes, but he wielded more power than Naga, that's why he killed him after he thought he had learned everything he could. He resurrected and was Exar Kun's master following that... Sadow was the master, but was surpassed by the apprentice. As Freedon was later on with Exar.

      Ulic Qel Droma is still more powerful than Sadow as well. Sadow just isn't much besides a great alchemist, scholar and amulet bearer. He is very powerful of course, but just doesn't cut it.

      Thanks for participating yet again :D

    • Frank Lucas 2 years ago

      I love being able to talk Star Wars intelligently with someone , so why exar kun number one? I mean he's pretty cool but he never conquered the galaxy while darth sidious and darth krayt did? By the way I'm sorry if I'm irritating you with all my questions I'm just enjoying our discussion or discussions lol

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      Rui Carreira 2 years ago from Torres Novas

      Well, I was thinking about powerful Sith Lords as a whole.

      Palpatine is canonically the most powerful Sith lord but that is based on his manipulation, the fact that he almost eliminated the Jedi when Sith were at they're weakest and stuff like that. If you consider individual power into the mix, then Exar Kun is the strongest.

      He was pretty dumb compared to Palpatine, but he did rule for a lot of time and cheated death for 4000 years. Now, as far as power is concerned, Exar Kun is so powerful that Palpatine would have to cry in a duel.

      While wearing his amulet, his power is amplified by 1.000 times - and that is a lot - he can blow up supernovas and consider this:

      Mace Windu is physically stronger than Palpatine, and he had a loooot of trouble blocking Sidious' Force Lightning. If Exar Kun was to funnel his power onto a strong Amulet blast, Palpatine wouldn't be able to block it and the conclusion was that, if Sidious was lucky, his lightsaber would just fly.

      Exar Kun could finish him off easily.

      So, considering every possible variable, I think Exar Kun takes the prize.

    • John 2 years ago

      Why not add Nihilus in, he could easily finish Sidious off ?

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      Rui Carreira 2 years ago from Torres Novas

      Not true! Nihilus is pretty weak, he has 1 trick and that's it.

    • Random Person 2 years ago

      Wait... Why is the Exile not there? If many of these Sith achieved their power from draining others of their own, the Exile could defeat them easily considering he/she is the death of the force, his/her existence is a hole in it. He/she even still uses the force to his advantage while being a hole in it's very existence... He/she is very powerful, possibly as powerful as Revan in terms of power in both battle and diplomatic skills. He/she also had massed many people to his sides, all-be-it still not as many as Revan.

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      Rui Carreira 2 years ago from Torres Novas

      Well.... the Exile isn't a Sith Lord :D

    • thedude 24 months ago

      Sidious is well below any of the sith on this list in terms of power, first he lost to mace windu. Who isn't a slouch mind you but bane or revan or plagaus would have mopped the floor with ol mace. Yes hes a good by the book sith but after he formed the galctic empire he was just content to sit on the throne. Which as a sith is not the way they do things. He didn't try to further the order by getting an apprentice that could surpass him.

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      Rui Carreira 24 months ago from Torres Novas

      Look at the extended Universe and see how Sidious becomes almost Godlike.

    • Exaradd Kunihilus 23 months ago

      Actually this should be the list:

      1. Darth Nihilus

      2. Darth Sidious

      3. Exar Kun

      4. Darth Vitiate

      5. Freedon Nadd

      6. Darth Plagueis

      7. Darth Revan

      8. Gethzerion

      9. Marka Ragnos

      10. Darth Zannah

    • Tyler 22 months ago

      I like your list a lot, mostly because you use many different sources as opposed to just the movies or just the KOTOR games. For me I think I'd have Revan tied with Sidious. One thing that isn't taken into account as much as it should is his ability as a war leader and strategist. Sure he may not be as strong in the force as Sidious, but let's see Sidious lead an army as organized and zealous as Revan. That's why I personally like Revan. He's not a deceiver, or a sith that hides behind masks (pun intended haha). He's a soldier, and a damn good one. Out of curiosity, why did Kreia not make the list? She was strong in combat, strong in force ability, was a strong scholar of the force, was a master in both the light and dark side, and trained some of the most powerful and fearsome sith ever. That to me seems like a more powerful Plagueis. Not trying to hate, I'm just curious about your reasoning.

    • Darth Razenghoul 22 months ago

      As you can see I was thoroughly disappointed when I saw no one mention that the Sith origin was not rouge jedi. The Sith were a red race living on their home world of Korriban. When the rouge jedi came, they forced the sith to join them and that formed the new Sith Order. Before then the wars before that fought between sith and jedi were between the ruler, Naga Sedow, during the Hyperspace War. So please check your facts of the history of the Sith Order.

      p.s- If lightsabers are ever able to be created they are not "laser swords" they would have to be plasma blades using ceramic to withstand the heat, and electromagnetic waves emitted through coils, power source carbon-nano tube batteries. And I'm currently making great strides towards my theory of how to create gloves that increase and divert our field like physics(people able to manipulate their field around them) to use the force then create biological versions, then code it into their DNA. Thus creating an army of Sith. And I'm working on mass production of clones whoever wants to help pitch-in I just really need founding for everything for it to work except the force gloves, those need more work.

    • Darth Razenghoul 22 months ago

      If anyone is hoping to contribute to my sith research I would appreciate that because once I create the force gloves I will create Sith Lightning Gloves, I will use a new idea of mine that would take your field around you and vibrates the molecules around you while burning them create a shadow cloud that veils you and they can lift you around a.k.a sith shadow contortion/ Sith stealth. Please comment.

    • Hal 21 months ago

      How can Sidious not be number 1 he won he killed almost all the jedi the kick yodas little green balls he is the best and by far the most powerful sith!

    • Nate 21 months ago

      Darth Vader WAS able to use force lightning he just never did because it would mess with his electronics.

    • Charles Dickens12 20 months ago

      This article is way off. Your quiz isn't even right, Vader was a Sith Lord. And no mention of Nihilius? A Sith lord who destroys all life by just being in the vicinity doesn't beat out most of the list?

    • Darth 20 months ago

      Right... the quiz... 4th question: where does the Sith originate... they really do not originate from exiled Jedi as originaly they were a race living inhabiting Korriban and were able to manipulate the Force. To the list... you are quite a mess you know when it comes to Sith knowledge. xD How can you place Vader, pupil of a sith apprantice (not very good even), as 10th most powerful sith of all the time??? Palpatine as the 2nd most powerful (maaaan, he wasn't even a sith lord, he knew shit... his only ability was manipulation and veeeery poor force lightning)??? Darth Bane, that's okey he should be in the list; Freedon Nadd? no way, Naga Sadow was just equelly powerful no place for them in the list; Ulic was just a random guy, no place for him here either; Ragnos and Revan are both ok; Plagueis... no, he was not strong and when it comes to knowledge there were many, many more like himself throughout Star Wars history; Vitiate... there were again many like him... the only thing he is unique about is that he actually ruled Sith Empire but that doesn't mean he was super powerful... (Sith were nearly wiped out when he showed up xD); Exar Kun... just geez... why??? xD. And finally the info you are giving to those character is mostly wrong, incomplete or misleading.

    • wowza 20 months ago

      Sidious being the most powerful sith of all time is going to hit number one spot for me. Jasen Solo number two. Bane three. Plagueis four. The rest were kinda useless to me other than surviving against jedi to keep their order still going.

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      Rui Carreira 20 months ago from Torres Novas

      "Vader more than likely could use Force lightning. But actually summoning it would have killed him."

      ... and he would have died! So no force lightning to him!

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      Rui Carreira 20 months ago from Torres Novas

      Although I can tell what you're saying, Vader was always at his core the apprentice.

      Apprentice to Palpatine - the rule of two.

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      Rui Carreira 20 months ago from Torres Novas

      Your comment is so wrong in so may areas.... but I'll start by telling you the current Sith did originate from exiled Jedi, and they adopted the name of that fallen race.

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      Rui Carreira 20 months ago from Torres Novas

      I agree with you... Sidious is number 1 canonically, but my preference took the best of me.

    • Russ 19 months ago

      Sidious took over the galaxy and defeated Yoda. #1

    • Starwars 19 months ago

      How long had sidious live

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      Rui Carreira 19 months ago from Torres Novas

      His body was 86 years old his soul is 93 years old when he died.

      Also, bear in mind that Star Wars years have 368 days!

    • Mike 18 months ago

      No Darth Malgus

    • Paul 17 months ago

      Ok, first off amazing read through the entire post and comments. Alot more information then I had anticipated. As a fanboy for Bane I of course think of him as a top tier contestant especially with the orbalisk armor (Not sure why this was never brought up) as it makes him without a doubt one of the best or even possibly THE best duelist of all time. He was able to not only kill the Korriban Weapon Master Kas'im pre-orbalisk but did it using Kas'im's own previous masters lightsaber which he had taken after killing him and then gifting it to Bane. He then went on to take on the full horde of Technobeasts on Tython. This was followed shortly by his apprentice arriving with a top tier group of Jedi on their tail leading an already exhausted Bane to fight the supposed peerless Jedi Weapon Master Lsu and Jedi Master General Farfalla while both of them were boosted with battle meditation from Dowmat. He was able to fight them with full agressive stance due to the reflective properties of the orbalisk and managed to kill all three though Dowmat being an expert in support was able to encase bane in a protective force barrier as he was using concentrated force lightning turning the attack back on him. This though shows nothing but sheer luck on the side of the Jedi. He also had all the teachings from 3+ Ancient Sith Holocrons including Revan. He brought about the thought bomb and the creation of the Rule of Two. I just feel he is easily a top 3 spot when you really look at what his true potential was.

      Ok now onto the real hot topic I want to bring up. So after reading through many of the books and re analyzing the available cannon I came to a staggering conclusion regarding Darth Sidious. So its cited many times that pre fall the Jedi Temple on Corrucant was the vault for all the Sith Holocrons, Relics and Artifacts from around the Galaxy. The Jedi would procure them any way possible and without a doubt some of the strongest would have made it there. With that in mind, no one has ever made the connection that Palpatine was a very scholared man. Pre apprentice he was very educated and thrived on knowing more than his enemies. Pair this with the fact his Master Plaugeis who is hailed as one of the most scholared Sith Lords of all time you can likely see where I am about to take this.

      So knowing Palpatine thrives on knowing more then others I can only imagine he would begin going through the Jedi vaults after the fall of the Jedi. This would mean that he could have found artifacts such as the Exar Kun amulet or countless Holocrons. Using the smattering of other reference material we have about the use of Holocrons and the almost immediate increase in the power it should go without saying that he could and should have become the strongest Sith of all time. Just some food for thought.

    • areyousure 16 months ago

      This is an old thread, but I have to disagree. Exar Kun is not the strongest sith. As a sith spirit, that does not count. He was more of a dark side entity like Lord Abeloth. It is even stated that Tulak Hord didn't tamper with regular spirits, meaning that Exar Kun wasn't really a sith at that point. Sidious massacred 3 jedi masters in a matter of seconds and only lost to Mace windu in a lightsaber duel(if it was more of a force fight sidious would destroy mace) DUE TO THE FACT Mace was feading of of Anakin's fear not sidious'. It is even stated in the ROTS novel that Yoda did not dare attack Sidious again at one point since he believed it would lead to his demise. In Dark Empire, sidious drain 20,000,000,000 people on Byss by HIMSELF. Lets look at Nihilius draining about 100 jedi. Bane said a sith was worth 1,000 wariors(lets say sith=jedi) if one warior=1,000 civilian. Even with those estimations, Nihilius doesn't come close to how much Sidious can drain. Also Sidious is immune to force drain. He created a force storm that took Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and the ghost of Anakin to stop it. Luke barely beat sidious in Dark empire because Luke was being powered up by Princess Leia powered luke up with force harmony.

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      Mel Carriere 13 months ago from San Diego California

      You really know your Sith. I haven't read very much of the Star Wars saga, but I knew about Darth Bane and his apprentice. I am curious to see what new developments in Sith lore the new movie will bring. Great hub.

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      Cedric Yong 12 months ago from Singapore

      I failed your test so horribly ...

      But with most of these now considered as Legends, would the list soon required a rework?

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      Rui Carreira 12 months ago from Torres Novas

      Yes, I will have to write a post-disney list after more content is published, though I think I will keep this list intact as it represents an era where this was canon.

    • lucas 12 months ago

      sry but this post is complete bs

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      Rui Carreira 12 months ago from Torres Novas

      Your opinion is as valid as mine.

    • Guest 12 months ago

      10. Darth Malak

      9. Darth Tyranus

      8. Darth Sion

      7. Darth Traya

      6. Darth Bane

      5. Darth Caedus

      4. Darth Vader

      3. Darth Sidious

      2. Darth Revan

      1. Darth Nihilus

    • SexyEdwinHandler 11 months ago

      I, Edwin Hamessich Handler, am the greatest Sith Lord by far! With my hairless body, droopy eyes and thumbs that look like big toes, I reign supreme over all these puny weaklings you call Sith! I have multiple cat tattoos because everyone knows cats are a single man's best friend.

      Sending out the love from Annapolis MD!

      ps. I am having a Super Bowl party at my condo, all of you are invited!

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      Rui Carreira 11 months ago from Torres Novas

      Damn right man! You're the supremestest-test! Love from Portugal

    • alemamam 11 months ago

      What about Starkiller?

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      Rui Carreira 11 months ago from Torres Novas

      Not Cannon, not even pre-Disney, never was...

    • Charles 11 months ago

      Great list. Really well done and the fact it generate so much debate just shows its value. I would love to see where Disney takes this awesome world that so much people spend creating now. How it will be far better.

    • logan 10 months ago

      he is wrong the shith'ari was Darth Vader and the chosen one he finished what was started by countless sith he destroyed the sith to make sure that the Jedi would rule again

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      Rui Carreira 10 months ago from Torres Novas

      Discussion is always encouraged!

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      Al 10 months ago from Australia, Hong Kong, USA

      Good one!

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      ProfessorTaudio 9 months ago

      Great job! Love the Sith!

    • You are all wrong 9 months ago

      Darth Vader was BORN by the Force. His father was the Force. He is the most powerful. The conversation is over. Jesus Vader wins.

    • DARTH S 8 months ago

      Why Darth Vader is only number 10 i thought he take the 2nd just before Sidious

    • Ironic Nerd 8 months ago

      Darth vader was able to do force lightning but when he did use it, it messed with his circuits in his arms

    • Hendy 7 months ago

      In my opinion it's Darth Vitiate (Valkronian) takes the #1 spot easily. If you really read a lot about him, you will see he could pretty much do whatever he wanted. He controlled Revan so easily and caused Revan to have a connection to the dark side. He was also able to keep Revan captive for over 300 years. Not only that but he was the closest to immortality and probably had the most knowledge of the dark side.

    • The True 5 months ago

      Revan was the most powerful. Exar Kun should not have been on this list, if Sadow wasn't. sadow wasn't much at combat, is not true. Kreia said the ancient sith were BEASTS. Exar kun was very good, but if his amulet gave him X1000 powers he wouldnt have lossed, plus external sources of power shouldnt reall count. Vader should not have been on this list. He was good at combat, but too slow and his vulnerabilty ot lightning would have made him easy pray to Sith like Krayt or Malgus, both of whom could of beaten him because they had greater flexibilty. Kun was good, but not .1 worthy. Kun was actually defeated by two of Skywalkers students, maybe more but definitely not all. He was extremely powerful but not nearly number 1. Revan was the greatest Sith strategist, one of the best duelists, and one of the best force users. He was one of, if not the only, person in the galaxy who could use the force in its pure form, unhindered by light and dark and incredibly powerful. He was able to nearly beat a powerful wookie warrior, one of the strongest mandalorians in teh galaxy, the Jedi and Sith leader, a powerful Sith, a member of the Dark Council, the Emperor's wrath, the Jedi who defeated the Emperor. And he did all this at half power. He killed in a second a member of the Dark Council, AKA one of the strongest Sith in teh galaxy. He was extremely OP. He was the only Sith who could prolong his life over 3 centuries with almost no alchemical training and without using artifacts.

    • Ravenclaw 5 months ago

      What a our Darth Zannah she can create force fields literly

    • The sith 4 months ago

      Vader is more powerful then Sidious and so is Plagueis

    • tulak hord 4 months ago

      You forgot about Tulak Hord he was a extremely powerful sith lord who died way before 5,600 BBY, as well as king Adas who ws king of Korriban at 25,000 BBY

    • Sean 3 months ago

      I think Darth vader woukd have easily been the Luke of the Sith but even more OP. He was 50% midichlorian while Luke is 25%. I mostly agree with your list other than where Vader stands. When i started reading i thought this list was about the most powerful sith but i see you rounded it around all the traits needed. But is if you found the time i would love to read a post about the top ten most powerful siths of all time. Since, the Siths mantra is about Gaining Power.

    • The Dark Lord 2 months ago

      i think Revan is the best because he was the one who discovered the star forge and made the infinite army and he survived exar kun, the mandalorian wars and the betrayal of his apprentice and he ruled the galaxy. now i don't see any other sith that can do that

    • Cristian 2 months ago

      Cool nice detail on villains

    • Achilles007 2 months ago

      Whatever happened to starkiller , darth nilihus, darth Malik or ever darth malgus

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      Rui Carreira 2 months ago from Torres Novas

      Starkiller wasn't Cannon even before Disney, Nihilus is a one trick pony, Malik? You mean Malak? Malgus is cool looking and badass but not the strongest even in his time.

    • Vitiate 6 weeks ago


      Now for Review:

      I like your list. However, you missed the Dread Masters. The Dread Masters are a group of six powerful individuals who served the Sith Emperor (aka Vitiate) for centuries as prophets, generals, and advisors. They mastered the arts of battle meditation and were the only sith that were able to master the true power of the Phobis devices the sith emperor created - the power to warp minds and harness fear. This gave them the power to destroy entire republic fleets and making people by the thousands go insane. Nothing can get more badass than this. When the sith emperor went silent, they turned on the whole galaxy, but sadly they were defeated. Thus, I think they should be considered to be part of the list. The Dread Council is one of my favorite sith lords to me.

      Anyway, here is my opinion on the list and why (1 = best):

      1. Vitiate - Once known as Tenebrae, he was able to feed off the suffering of people. He was able to kill his father at the age of 10 through the use of the force and eventually consumed his entire planet through a ritual. That ritual granted him the power to gain immortality. He can only perform it when he has fed off of enough deaths. To do that he needed to start a war, which is why he wanted to come back and bleed the republic's nose as emperor of the reconstituted sith empire. He also wanted revenge on the republic being the only survivor of the sith genocide at the end of the great hyperspace war. He is considered the first sith to experiment with transfer essence, and preserving life - a power which Plageuis desired and saw Vitiate as an idol due to this.

      2. The Dread Masters

      3. Revan- He is also one of my favorite characters. Same reason as yours. The fact that he can bend jedi to his will is amazing. He symbolizes the conflict between light and dark.

      4. Naga Sadow - Powerful sith magician and dark lord that started the first war against the Republic that almost led to galactic domination. He was able to convince his people that he is worthy of leadership using two captives.

      5. Darth Bane - He created the Rule of Two that allowed the sith to be hidden and paved the way for the star wars movies. He was able to destroy his own sith cult and forged a new one out of the ashes. Without him, the sith would be in extinction and the movies wouldn't take place afterwards.

      6. Darth Nihilus - Has the power to consume entire planets just for the sake of his hunger.

      7. Exar Kun - Pretty much the same reason as you stated - A fallen jedi who wanted to become stronger, ended up on Yavin 4 and enslaved the massassi tribes. He started his own empire, waged war against the republic, and took Qel-Droma as his apprentice.

      The dark presence on yavin is mostly due to Exar Kun's involvement.

      8. Marka Ragnos - Ruled the sith for over a century and was known as one of the best duelists of his time. He started the Golden Age of the Sith and also took Vitiate as an apprentice.

      9. Darth Malgus - One of the influential sith and the galaxy's most feared commander during the age of the reconstituted sith empire. He participated in the Sacking of Coruscant. He is more accepting of aliens and sympathetic of their treatment from the sith empire (who despised aliens). A trait that is interesting and unusual among the sith. He believed that aliens and diversity will make an empire become stronger and thus, he tried to form a new sith empire - one where he is emperor and is tolerant of aliens being a part of society. He is ultimately defeated but his actions influenced the future decisions of the dark council that is ruling the reconstituted sith empire.

      10. Either Darth Plageuis, Sidious, or Vader.

      Also for Nihilus, the reason why he is # 6 is because his power backfired on him to the extent that the dark side is also consuming himself. Thus, he is nothing but essence within armor. However, I think he should be worth noting.

    • Vitiate 6 weeks ago


      Actually, for number 10, I'd decided to put Karness Muur in my list. Karness Muur was a sith alchemist and one of the dark jedi exiled from the Hundred-Year Darkness. He created the Muur Talisman, one of the oldest sith artifacts in the galaxy most infamous for creating the rakghoul plague. The rakghouls are mutants that were loyal to Muur so he could raise an army of sithspawn and take over the empire. He was killed by rivals and after his death, the talisman curses whatever environment it lays in - for example, Taris.

      And Finally, Honorable mentions:

      -Terrak Morrhage - Responsible for creating a plague that nearly wiped out the jedi order.

      -Ajunta Pall - First Dark Lord of the Sith and one of the dark jedi exiled from the Hundred-Year Darkness. His sword led to his own demise, which made it a cursed artifact.

      -Sidious - The fact that a cackling madman made the republic and the jedi look stupid makes me laugh.


      -Darth Sion

      -Darth Traya - Like Sidious, but far more cleverer. Can see benefits in both light and dark. Trained Revan.

      -Tulak Hord

      -Freedon Nadd

      -Ulic-Qel Droma

      -Darth Angral

      -Darth Krayt - His Rule of One led to his own demise

      -Darth Addendu

      -Darth Nox - Very promising top 10 sith and member of dark council. Sadly, he is a player created character so nobody really knows his fate.

    • Vitiate 6 weeks ago


      -Both Sidious and Naga Sadow earned a tie in 4th place in my list.


    • Massivesupport 5 weeks ago

      I only have a top six.

      1 Darth Sidious

      2 Darth Vader

      3 Darth Tyranus

      4 Darth Maul

      5 Kylo Ren

      6 Grevous

      But i think Kylo Ren can still climb in this list and Snoke and mayby Ray can be edit to the list in the future.

    • nyarlathotep 4 weeks ago

      it has already been confirmed that in canon lore sidious is top dog and in expanded it would be near impossible to determine but the like top 10 are all relative to what one considers significant such as skills with a lightsaber, force sensitivity, and strategy and war tactics. sion stayed alive using nothing but hate, exar kun reanimated and defeated scores of jedi before blowing up the planet and had to have his soul trapped. he was also responsible for the creation of many sith beasts and was one of the most force sensitive sith. sidious was a genius, seduced the one who brought balance to the force to the dark side and beat yoda(master of all 7 forms of combat) in a lightsaber duel fairly and forced him into exile. nihilus stepped on a planet and killed a species save one (visas). vitiate ruled for a longer span of time than any other sith. darth maul mastered a double bladed lightsaber and came back as a spider surviving being cut in half and was one of the most well versed combatant in that lightsaber form. and bane made everything hard with the rule of 2 "one to embody the power and the other to crave it" making it quite difficult to tell what sith really rules them all. oh and fredon nadd sustaining himself similarly to sion except in ghost form. if crylo ren can accomplish anything of note let it be known that i will be very surprised. for a knight of ren, he is utterly garbage. did he seperate someones soul from their body? or sustain himself with hate? the answer is no. he loses to someone new to the force and used a cool newish force power once. he isnt even comparable to xendor in the 100 year war. and this is without considering the purebloods.

    • Nick 2 weeks ago

      Love this list. Exar kun is my favourite character in whole Star Wars, this top 10 couldnt be better.

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