Most Powerful Sith Lords from Star Wars

The Top Ten

1 Darth Sidious Darth Sidious Sheev Palpatine (also known by his Sith identity Darth Sidious and publicly as Senator Palpatine, then Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, and later Emperor Palpatine) is a fictional character and one of the primary antagonists of the Star Wars franchise, mainly portrayed by Ian McDiarmid.

1. Darth Sidious manipulated The Chosen One (Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader) like a pawn on a chess board. The Chosen One was scared of Sidious! "Vader imagined the power that could be his if he crushed Palpatine and established his own rule over the Empire. But first, he would need his own apprentice. By himself, he could not hope to defeat the most powerful Sith Lord the galaxy had ever known. "
- Vader: The Ultimate Guide, P. 19

2. He was able to conceal his true identity, as an unprecedentedly powerful Sith Lord, from even the Grand Master of the Jedi Order - and defeat him.

3. Sidious was also the only known being capable of producing a Force storm of his own power, a dark side technique which he discovered, and that had enough power to kill an entire world. It was able to rip the space-time continuum and create a hyperspace wormhole.

4. He was one of the greatest duelists of all time. A Sith Swordmaster, Sidious was one of the very few who was ...more

He sat in a room full of Jedi... No one knew he was the sith-lord. That's power!

Brought The Jedi order to the brink of extinction. Was arguably the most powerful force user of Darth Banes Rule of two ( excluding Bane him self). Brought the Sith from hiding and formed the Galactic Empire ( A Sith Controlled puppet state). He accomplished all of this with the least of efforts because he had his apprentices to all the dirty work for him. When he was engaged in combat he was overwhelming ( except during the fight with Mace Windu because he wanted to sway Anakin over to his side by showing vulnerability). He is the most intelligent sith lord bar none. The only Sith lord that is in his class is Darth Bane. You could say Sidious is Banes creation through his Rule of two. Darth Sidious is the culmination of a thousand years of sith philosophy and teachings.

This guy is insanely powerful with the force and brought about the grand plan of the sith to fruition

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2 Darth Revan Darth Revan Revan is a fictional character in BioWare's Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video game. The character may be either male or female, though Revan is canonically male and follows the game's light-side path.

Of the whole group here, every Sith deserves to be on this list. However, Revan proves time and again that he can escape the worst of situations simply with his force powers. Multiple times he deflects force lightning (and often much more powerful versions of the ability that'd atomize a person) with only his hands, a feat that is extremely rare in the Star Wars Universe, expanded or otherwise. Not only does he do this once to escape a prison, but he even holds off the lightning of Emperor Vitiate for a time (yes it was destroying Revan slowly, but that he could do it at all is impressive).

His saber skills were also in high form, Having been known to take out multiple jedi or dark jedi at once in combat, as well as several stronger opponents. He defeated Juhani on his own after only just having rejoining the order, unaware of his identity and power. He faces Darth Bandon, Malak's apprentice, and defeats Bastila several times on the Star Forge alone. Malak as well, obviously, ...more

Darth vader or anakin was the only sith lord that could strangle you just by looking at you he died far to easy he didn't even haft to be in the same room now that's power never mind you're lightning lol

Darth revan not only beasted as a sith lord he was also the most powerful Jedi of the time. Plus his outfit was way cooler than vader's no offense to the dark lord

Darth revan a legendary Sith Lord
A legendary Jedi hero twice
A expert ship flyer, pistol user, master of languages and a expert strategist.

Defeated the mandalorians, accomplished what the republic couldn't, reconnected with the force twice, defeated countless Sith Lords and Jedi champions and council members.

Stood he's ground against Sith emporer lightning and had a 300 year mind battle with him (was actually winning).

Survived he's apprentices assassination attempt and later killed him after fighting through an army.

Killed loads of monsters and beasts of the universe and set worlds free from Sith ruler ship.

He's not only the most powerful and intelligent Jedi of all time one of the most powerful Sith Lords of all time.
But beyond all that he has the most interesting story and life of it all.

A Jedi champion who raises an army of jedi to do what the Jedi council could not. To face and defeat the mandalorians. Later goes with few ...more

darth revan was also the killer of his best friend malek otherwise known as alek malek was revan apprentice which tried to kill darth revan but failed *phew*

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3 Darth Vitiate / Sith Emperor

Why are Revan and Sidious numbers 1 and 2 on this list? Do people still not realize how unfathomably overpowered Lord Vitiate is? Even as an untrained child he was capable of killing fully fledged ancient Sith lords with only a thought. Add this to the fact that he mind raped 8000 Sith lords to drain an entire planet and make him self immortal and what you have here is effectively a God. Now about 1300 year later he rules a Sith empire through proxies called voices among which he has divided his spirit. Given that one of these proxies is more powerful than even the strongest Sith in his empire it is pretty impressive. When Revan and Malak discovered lord Vitiate's empire he immediately dominated their minds and turned them to the dark side forcing them to attack the republic as agents on his behalf! No one except Revan Meetra and Scourge may have faced the real Vitiate in combat. Even then he was able to defeat them without even drawing his lightsaber. Then he went on to kill 12 Sith ...more

1.We have not seen Palpatine possess galactic level threat.

2.We have not seen Palpatine achieved corporeal immortality.

3.We have not seen Palpatine can warp reality itself.

4.We have not seen Palpatine can ravage entire planet in essence form.

5.We have not seen Palpatine creates being from pure dark side energy.

6.We have not seen Palpatine essence could collapse structures.

7.We have not seen Palpatine can strip Jedi connection to the Force at the age of 10.

8.We have not seen Palpatine essence can unleash attack which can turn millions people to ash.

9.We have not seen Palpatine put his essence in thousand individuals.

10.We have not seen Palpatine hide an entire army of Force users from Jedi order.

11.We have not seen Palpatine can possess multiple people simultaneously.

12.We have not seen Palpatine consumes Force and sounds themselves.

13.We have not seen Palpatine can defeat a strike team of ...more

Vitiate killed his father with just a thought and then slowly tortured his mother through the force. His eyes were pure black! He absorbed a planets energy and therefore made himself immortal. He basically destroyed a planet just with his powers of the force. He also imprisoned not only 12 of the most powerful sith lords of their time in their minds and he even did it all at the same time. Meanwhile he imprisoned 2 of the most powerful jedi just by thinking (revan and malak). He can take the body of others and use them for himself. Also when he decided that he was bored with controlling the the 2 most powerful jedi ever he just killed them both with one force blast. He took over the galaxy and ruled it for over 5000 years. If you're thinking of voting for revan then think again because vitiate killed him with only 1 powerful force blast in which he wasn't even making an effort in doing. (he killed malak too so don't vote for him either). So to recap don't just vote for people who you ...more

He managed to defeat Revan in single force blast. He lived for thousand of years. He consumed a whole planet numerous Sith lords to get the power. His power matched (or possibly even exceeded) power of Scourge, Revan and Meetra combined.

Surely the guy who shouldn't be underestimated in comparison with ANY another Sith Lord

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4 Darth Bane Darth Bane Darth Bane is a legendary Sith from Star Wars. Darth Bane was one of the greatest Sith lords who ever lived in the Star Wars universe. Darth Bane's greatest accomplishment was creating the Rule of Two, making the Sith am secretive order with one master and one apprentice. The apprentice would learn more.

Darth Bane should definitely be #1. He is the sith'ari, he started the rule of two, and was clever enough to destroy the entire brotherhood of darkness without even fighting them. He has a powerful affinity to force, and even though he is the strongest sith lord, he is also smart and cunning. He designed a thought bomb by himself, which usually takes multiple powerful sith lords to create, and by making it, he convinced Kaan to use it thinking he would kill all of the Jedi on Ruusan, but instead he killed his own brotherhood of darkness, general Hoth, and his 100 followers. For 10 years, he had an orbalisk armor that not even a lightsaber could penetrate. He was practically invincible, and even after he shed the armor, he could still slaughter anyone in his way. He should b #1 because without him establishing the rule of two, darth sidious and darth fader wouldn't have even come to power and take over the galaxy. They succeeded solely due to darth bane's teachings. This is ridiculous

He literally killed two entire factions at once while escaping one of, if not the, most dangerous dark side weapons. He made the rule of two, Palpatine wouldn't have come into rule without him. Every Sith ows him their lives.

Darth Bane is the Sith'ari, the counterpart to The Chosen One. Instead of bringing balance to the force and leading the galaxy to peace, he would "destroy the Sith, yet by doing so make them stronger then ever" He destroyed the standing Sith Empire and developed the Rule of Two, as well as establishing current Sith Philosophy and having a deep knowledge of the force (considered Revan one of the greatest Sith to ever live). Ironically, the Rule of Two ended with Darth Vader, who is the Chosen One and brought balance to The Force... for a time.

Strongest ever

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5 Darth Vader Darth Vader Darth Vader was the original dark lord for Star Wars. Darth Vader ruled with both fear and aggression. Originally Anakin Skywalker a young Jedi who was then seduced by the dark side of the force by Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious. Vader had his limbs cut off by his jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi leaving more.

He had bigger potential than any force sensitive person known. So firstly Anakin started his training relatively late leaving his mother enslaved on a sand planet alone. As any child would, he missed his mother and the council wouldn't let him help her. By my opinion Obi-Wan wasn't fit to train Anakin (no hate towards Obi-Wan), with that big potential and a prophecy about being the chosen one I think the council didn't predict what would happen with Anakin. They kind of didn't pay attention to his emotions being out of place and not respecting the Jedi code. What I meant by all this is that even with that lack of training he became extremely powerful, not to mention the loss of his limbs and the burning which weakened him completely. Now imagine Darth Vader unburnt, with all his limbs (even with one mechanic hand) trained sith lord. I believe he would be unstoppable, having his limbs cut off his bond with the Force was severed (partially) imagine if he was whole. Darth Vader/Anakin is ...more

Without ever completing his Jedi training, a late start, and chosen to become the youngest member of the Jedi council ever. Vader's potential was indeed in a league of it's own. It's been said that he never applied his full power and that once his limbs were replaced with mechanical ones his connection to the force became weaker as a result of it all. Sidious himself feared Lord Vader still. Despite his "lack" of proper training and limited force use he was still able to match or even perhaps on his own surpass his Master Obi-wan, and defeat Luke on a number of Occasion's. Were it not for Sidious manipulating him at such an early stage Vader could have easily become far more powerful than he even was. Lord Vader Is the face of all Sith and he is definitely the standard for most movie villains even today outside of Starwars. One could even argue that he became more powerful than Yoda himself seeing as how he fled into hiding, only until Luke came to power. Vader Ultimately broke free ...more

Darth Vader butchered the entire Jedi Order and killed practically everyone who fought him eventually, plus he killed the emperor for god sakes! He is the chosen on. I just wish his spirit would come back a billion times.

He killed darth

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6 Darth Plagueis Darth Plagueis Darth Plagueis is a fictional character from Star Wars. Originally a Muun named Hego Demask, Plagueis trained under Darth Tenebrous. After he murdered Tenebrous, Plagueis, disguised as businessman Hego Demask, mentored a young Palpatine. Palpatine eventually joined Plagueis as his Sith apprentice. Plagueis more.

Darth Plagueis 8th while his apprentice is 2th? What kind of joke is this. This is why we can't have nice things.

What is intriguing with Plagueis is that we know a very little of his full abilities and capacity. But what we do know is that everything he touches turns to gold from a dark side of the Force perspective. Lets see:

*Orchestrates the Grand plan which leads to the ultimate destruction of the Jedi Order, parachutes Palpatine into power and sets up the empire. A plan so cunning and vicious in its scope it almost entirely erased the Jedis - unheard of from practically every Sith up til Darth Bane. Installs his tool Sidious to perform while he himself goes down with business like bending the Force to his will.

*Learns the ability to cheat death and creates life. He is so insanely skilled in practice and the theoretical aspects of the Force that the Force itself reacts and creates the most naturally gifted Force user ever existed as a result of the ...more

Let's see: Was the only ever Sith Lord to achieve the power of creating life, was very likely the one who created the legendary Anakin Skywalker, played dumb tricks with the Jedi, and as master of Palpatine and banking clan head he was pretty much the one responsible for the First Galactic Empire. That he died of Sidious' force lightnings is garbage, Plagueis was much more powerful and wiser than Darth Sidious ever was and ever could imagine.

In every novel I've read that mentions Plagueis, he is acknowledged to be the most powerful of all. He was the one who created the idea of manipulating the midi-chlorians and created life several times. This power eventually led to the CREATION of the Chosen One, who is 4 on this life. Sidious had to kill him when he was in the deepest meditation state, so that he was not defeated with just a thought. It was said he was unchallenged by the entire Jedi order. They were THAT scared of him.

Ok I want you all to listen darth plagueis is the most powerful he is the most poweful because like one guy said he could create life and use class 3 lightning so how are you going to put raven as number 1 he could only use class 1 lightning and one idiot said he is the most powerful because of his outfit that has nothing to do with it

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7 Darth Nihilus Darth Nihilus

Nihilus can consume an entire planet. Hell, he could destroy the whole galaxy if he wanted to! And he's after darth maul? I don't think so.

The thing with Darth Nihilus by comparison to other sith lords is that he's a force vampire. They devour the force, and with each foe defeated and each power used against him, he became stronger. No matter who he faced, he would always be destined to win. The only reason he was ever able to be defeated was because Visas has a force bond and Meetra is another force vampire (although much less skilled at absorbing the force). Even Darth Vitiate should fear one such as he, since Vitiate's incredible power with the force becomes basically useless any time they're even thinking about one another.
The fact that a powerful force vampire like him was even able to be defeated was purely a matter of circumstance and knowing manipulation from Kreia, and were he to live much longer the entire galaxy would've been at his fingertips should he wish it.

Ninilus ate force, that makes most of the guys fighting him totally in disadvantage due to they would killed over time, the embodiment of the dark side, how could he not be the best?

Nihilus shouldn't even be questioned to be number one, as he is obviously the biggest threat to all life. His presence absorbs life and his voice literally destroyed an entire planet of Jedi from another Solar System. Literally just speaking killed the planet. He also became immortal with his spirit being encased in his mask as armor, and he was alexithemic (meaning to lack any emotion) so he felt literally nothing in killing people. He was the driving force in the Purge of the Jedi by wiping out planets and consuming their force essence, causing him to become more powerful each time. He was so powerful even that his body began to decay into literal force energy, forcing him to merge his spirit with his mask as armor. He is the embodiment of force and wields ancient force techniques such as Dark Rage, Farsight (more common), Force Scream, Force Resistance, Force Whirlwind, and more. His most commonly used force abilities include killing people with thought, sight, energy/life sapping, ...more

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8 Exar Kun Exar Kun

How is Exar Kun number 10! Yet Darth Maul number 4! you people understand this is a contest of power not look! Maul was beaten by an apprentace. Exar Kun's spirit went on to cause destruction even after his death!

Exar kun froze the entire jedi order and killed one of the most powerful jedi of his time at the same time! It took every jedi in the galaxy to defeat him, but still survived another 4000 years.

Exar Kun is top 3. Along with Raven who had mastered both the light and dark sides of the force, and vitiate who was made eternal through the ritual that drained an entire planet of life. (Vitiate was to overpowered, its like God mode on a game)

He can kill anyone as he nearly killed the entire Jedi order

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9 Galen Marek Galen Marek Galen Marek, codenamed Starkiller, was a male Human apprentice of the Sith Lord Darth Vader. A powerful Force-user who lived during the era of the Galactic Empire, Marek originated from the Wookiee home planet of Kashyyyk as the sole offspring of two Jedi Knights—Mallie and Kento Marek—who deserted more.

He defeated Shaak-ti, Vader and Palpatine. He also ripped a destroyer from the sky. This all has to count for something.

I'll admit, the video game characters are really overpowered. I mean, Obi-Wan was the first to defeat a Sith Lord in 1v1 in a thousand years and then there's Starkiller who defeats Sith Lords and other Jedi like he's dropping flies. Also, unlike Revan, who was swayed by both sides of the force to varying degrees, Starkiller was swayed by neither, always doing his own thing, despite being raised to follow the dark side. In the end, all that mattered to him was those he loved, and neither side of the force was going to take those away. Not to mention Revan had a party for many of his feats, while Starkiller did everything alone. Then there's his other feats, for instance, remember the fall that killed Windu? Starkiller fell many times that height and survived by cushioning himself through the Force Alone. Remember how even Luke could only stalemate Sidious? Starkiller actually won against him. Starkiller has done many things to surpass even the greatest of Jedi by a ton. He deserved #1

star killer is very powerful

Starkiller defeated both Palpatine and Vader (nr.2+3)! He pulled down an entire stardestoyer with little difficulty (Sidious struggled to pull down Rogue Shadow). He is the only practitioner of Sith Seeker and one of the few to use Sith Storm. Not another Sith ever killed as many Rancors than he and none killed a Bull Rancor. As a child he was even able to pull Vader's lightsaber out of his palm. All this has to count for something.

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10 Darth Maul Darth Maul Darth Maul is a fictional character in the science fiction franchise Star Wars. Trained as Darth Sidious's first apprentice, he serves as a Sith Lord and a master of wielding a double-bladed lightsaber. Darth Maul first appeared in Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace, and has also appeared in The more.

Darth maul is my favorite star wars character but I believe he isn't one of the top tens sith. Reading from some of the comments just because he looks cool or has a cool lightsaber doesn't make him better he does have great skills with the lightsaber, we didn't get to really see much of his force power other than his acrobatics, speed, and strength. He was strong with the force when he was young that's why palpatine choose him instead of his mother but unfortunately darth sideios only wanted to use him as a weapon to fulfill his plan so I'm sure he didn't train him much or taught him much. His main power was his rage against the jedis but he lacked in intelligence which ended up to him playing with Kenobi and his master and resulted to his fall. As for some comments maul isn't stronger then his master if palpatine hasn't teached him more. He was taking by sideios at like the age of 7 (how old he looked to me at least) and with phantom menace he looks like 27 or 29 which is like 20 ...more

Darth maul is the most epic character that first came to star wars. As well as looking really cool, he is one of the best duelists in the galaxy. Sadly he was defeated very early on by obi wan Kenobi. But he somehow survived his injury and started to become a powerful Sith lord. He took over Mandalore with a group known as death watch which is now his personal army. He also trained an apprentice known as savage opress who took on Darth tyranus and Asajj Ventress at the same time. Darth maul actually escaped Darth Sidious when captured and lived on to the age of the empire where he killed the inquisitors and still lives on. No one knows what happened to him but you have to admit Darth maul deserves some credit for surviving that long

If I hear "he got killed by a padawan" again... Dude was a young apprentice fresh off wiping out black sun by himself and toyed with 2 Jedi simultaneously and was clearly superior, not his fault the ending was terrible and star wars has an obsession with finishing off superior talent with endless pits (see sidious). He wasnt going to take over the world or anything but his talents were underserved greatly. He was a beast in clone wars too but I can't even take that seriously.

Yeah, not surprised with this one. Everyone obsesses with Darth Maul because, he looks badass and has a double red lightsaber. BIG DEAL. Yes, I agree he gets props for handling that thing so well, but is definitely belongs here. He was no master, and died in a way he should have seen coming.

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The Contenders

11 Darth Traya

Darth Traya was by far the most intelligent and insightful Sith Lord in all of history. I can see how Revan and Vader, however, has the top of the list, but you have to give credit to Traya, she was so insightful of the force and the future that she WENT BLIND from it.

By far, Traya, although maybe not the most power-able sith lord, was the most intelligent sith lord with a powerful insight on the force that no other sith lord could possibly compare to having.

AND she foresaw Boba Fett's death by the hands of Mace Windu.. 4,000 years into the future! Come on! You know that is legit if you can see that far..

She manipulated some of the most powerful Jedi of all time, and also killed 3 masters without even drawing a lightsaber! Revn went to her (his original master) before he made his decision to defy the high council. She also had the knowledge and the capability to kill the force. She trained Nillihus and Sion, two of the greatest sith lords of all time. She may not have been the best in combat, but she was smart, cunning, and deceitful. Doing all the things that Darth Palpetine did, 4000 years earlier!

Darth Traya is by far, as said in other comments before this one, the most intelligent and wise of all sith lords in history. She was completely neutral. She could see an understand the flaws of the Sith Order and those of the Jedi Order. Her desire to kill the force was somewhat evil, as it was anti-natural and would cause a lot of suffering and death, but her reason to do such a thing was very altruistic (like the reason Revan had to start the jedi civil war), as she hoped for the end of the countless wars started by force-sensitives which had caused an enourmus loss of life.

I give my vote to Traya, because she is more philosophical than all the other Sith. She had deeper knowledge of how the force worked, and looked into the bigger picture, instead of just wanting power.

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12 Darth Tyranus / Count Dooku

Dooku was one of he most powerful Jedi before he left the order and learned more about the Dark Side of he force, becoming even more powerful. He could battle powerful Jedi like Obi-Wan and Anakin by himself regularly and was able to hold them off without breaking a sweat. He only lost to Anakin because he was ordered to by his master. On top of that he was very wise and even Sidious was wary that if he wasn't left in check he could, with the help of his a apprentice of Dooku, could over throw him, which is up to speculation. Either war, Dooku was very powerful as both Sith and Jedi and should be higher up as well.

Dooku is far more talented than Maul, the versatility from expert swordsman/lightning-sadist (superior in my opinion to Maul) all the way to the façade of 'political idealism' and secretly building an army. Man's got talent. All force driven/inspired/blessed whatever.
Darth Tyranus was basically Sidious mini-me, adequate distraction for the Jedi and Republic in every way - because he was a genuine threat in his own right, and had a nice big army bankrolled by his friends.

Darth Tyranus should be much higher on the list. He stood up to Yoda, Darth Sidious, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Mace Windu. Not to mention that he had training from two of the best: Yoda and Darth Sidious.

He's one of the only Sith Lords to start as a Jedi and he's able to train his apprentice so well darth sidious makes him get rid of her, he deserves to be in the top 10

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13 Darth Malgus Darth Malgus

Darth Malgus was one of the ONLY sith lords to keep the original ideas of the Sith order, not Sidious's sith order, which wanted to rule the galaxy.

Since the first jedi civil war, the First great Schism, and the second great Schism, the "Dark sides" whole motive were to destroy the jedi. This ambition feed over to the republic when the jedi swore to protect the republic. Darth Malgus even after being betrayed by other high sith, stuck to that idea so strong, that he made his own empire, believing in the idea of the TRUE sith order, down with the Jedi, down with the republic at all cost!

Malgus was personally in lightsaber combat DOMINATED. His brute strength through the dark side, not to mention his natural physical size and his rage which granted him a near unstoppable willpower. He was like darth bane, but without an obelisk attached through his body, he was like Darth Sion except he didn't force himself to stay alive, he stayed alive because he was that bad ...more

This guy is a living tank, he survived one of the most powerful force pushes of all time and took an avalanche of rocks, all he got was a respiration mask and a few cybernetics. He is one of the only true Sith that deserves everything he earned; he believed in the first official order of the Sith.

Malgus is extremely awesome... He does not deserve to be ten he deserves to be one. He was brutal and merciless cared nothing of life only death. His downfall was not so small after killing thousands of people and jedi. He was super powerful and only got more powerful with every death he caused.

I think that since he did try to save his "slave" but than realized what she was to him and killed her without even a tear. Even though they loved each other. The fact that He fought for what he believed, unlike other Sith who just wanted power, makes him stronger in the way of the force in my mind.

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14 Darth Sion

Unbeatable. One of the most interesting.

Number 9 what! He used the dark side of the force to kept his decaying body together, if you cut off his arm leg or head he would use the dark side to reattach and hold together. It made him immortal! Plus he let himself die no one killed him!

Darth Sion was unstoppable! The only thing that could kill him was his self. And because this a contest of power Darth Sion wins hands down.

Indeed Sion only died because he allowed himself to die. You can not say anything similar about any other sith lord. No matter how many people you kill, life you create, people you dominate or how many planets you drain, if you are mortal and thus killed by another you are a lesser sith lord then darth Sion.

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15 Darth Caedus

Superior to his twin sister. He let her kill him. - HollywoodRose

He is more powerful than Vadar as said by Luke himself and would've killed Luke as he saw in his vision. Caedus let jaina kill him to save his family. He would've been the most powerful Sith had he lived

I understand how others might believe that Darth Caedus isn't as "powerful" as many other Sith or Jedi out there, but realize this. He was FIRST, the grandson of Anakin, making him already a decendent of the Skywalker bloodline. SECOND, he created and mastered force powers that were either never possible, or lost to history (flow-walking, weather prediction, mirror illusion, teleport objects, manipulation of bodies' electromagnetic field, etc. ) FINALLY, he actually experienced a moment of become a 'oneness' with the force. He actually united with the Force itself, becoming a transfigured being of pure Force energy. He achieved a deeper unity with any Jedi( or Sith) in history and became technically "the most powerful manifestation of the Force on record. "
I don't think you can really top that...

He flow walked, masterd shatter point and allot of other lost techniques due to flow walking and even Luke himself saw visions of his death by his hands of course in other vision he saw the opposite and saw his own fall to the dark side he was on par with luke he was only defeated because he sacrificed himself to try and save his lover and child. He should be in the top 5 very least in my opinion 1st or second.

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16 Marka Ragnos

Most people would argue for Darth Vitiate's occupation of the number one spot. However, while it is a valid point that it did not serve his ambitions to challenge Ragnos's rule, who controlled the Sith Empire during his lifetime, I think it is a notable fact that he submitted himself to receive the title of Vitiate from Ragnos, without question, for example. Furthermore, though he used the enslavement of others' will to dominate with an unheard-of and unrepeated capacity and magnitude, it seemed that that was his only uniquely powerful characteristic, and even in order to achieve his ultimate goal of galactic devastation, he needed the simultaneous deaths of billions, a feat of pure force that he was incapable of independent of with his Force powers, a feat he attempted only with the military aid of superweapons. However, there are others who were capable of that kind of power, Naga Sadow being one. Here's a member of the Sith powerful enough to engineer supernovae lightyears away ...more

Ultimately, as Sith Empires have come and gone, none have been led by a greater sith than Marka Ragnos. You might think he would be a strange choice as the ultimate sith leader since he didn't live thousands of years like Darth Vitiate or rule the whole galaxy like Sidious but what sets him apart from all the other legendary sith on this page (Minus Darth Maul---how did that loser get on this page? ) is that Marka wasn't just powerful, he was a leader.

Before I get on to explaining that, let's just get all his physical and force powers (Less important really) out of the way.

1. He was said to have beaten his pet terantek every night, bare handed. Not only did he manage to get a wild monstrosity like that to be his pet but he also morphed it so that it became a nexus of the darkside. (When the creature is slain, Darth Baras feels a surge in the darkside)

2. He was said to be a legendary duelist by an old lady sith (Kreia was it? )

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He has scepter called the Scepter of Ragnos, which has power to infuse dead body, so the person can go back to life. This means Marka Ragnos is the second known sith lord is the history of the galaxy which can bring people back from death.

He ruled the old sith unopposed and uncontested for 100 years he even cut the head of a sith lord for disobedience in his life he started the golden age of the sith and his death brought a civil war upon the empire and his spirit lived for 5000 years and influenced Exar Kun and Ulic kel droma and at last he could have returned if not from that Jedi who if you ask me beat him by sheer luck

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17 Darth Malak Darth Malak Darth Malak is a Star Wars character. Malak is a Sith from the time of The Old Repbulic. He is the apprentice of Revan, and appears in Knights of the Old Republic

Darth Malak should be at least in top 10. I mean, he was one of the most powerful Sith Lords of his time. Revan beat him for sure, but that was not an easy task. He was able to unlock most of the Star Forge power and that should count for something.

I mean come on Malak has proven that he at least deserves a top 10 spot with his decades of Jedi (quite often master) slaughtering

Its darth malak not darth maul idiot

He should be in the top 15 Malak in 20th WRONG!

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18 Naga Sadow

I mean come on, he was an extremely powerful Sith sorcerer, he had his own living meditation sphere controlled by thought/can reshape and reassemble itself to create whatever he needs/and focuses force energy to make him more powerful?!?! He could even manipulate and destroy stars and solar activity?!? Plus he's a pureblood Sith. What more can you ask?

Was an amazing sith and could take down entire stars.

I mean he blew up a star by looking at it, that has to count for something, right?

Oh definitely!

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19 Kylo Ren Kylo Ren Kyle Ren is a fictional Sith lord, who is strong with the Force. Kylo Ren commands the First Order with a temper as fiery as his unconventional lightsaber. His debut was in 2015's Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. Ren's real identity is Ben Solo, the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia. He was trained more.

Kylo ren's skill is way underrated. Though I agree he does not deserve a top 10 yet, and would've lost to the likes of maul or vader, he still deserves mention. First, the fact that he was even dueling Rey with the extreme injury that still affects him in episode 8 simply shows that he is a very tough combatant. Also, along with these injuries that he sustained, both Rey and Finn were very skilled in physical combat. I will admit that while as said he is a skilled duelist, his force abilities far outshine his dueling abilities. Freezing bolts flying with extreme force, an ability we have never seen. He was also able to use sith mind control on unwilling, and strong-willed opponents, very nearly extracting the information from Rey. All of these feats show he is powerful, yet I still don't believe he deserves top 10 yet. But, he has only been training for 6 years, so we shall definitely see his full power and skill in the future.

Really? Not at the top 10? Who made this list? An Original Trilogy Elitist.

Ren should be much higher. He only lost to Rey because he was injured from Chewbacca's blaster and was tired from fighting Finn. He was also the leader of the Knights of Ren despite his young age.

Kylo ren is very strong he killed luke skywalker in the last jedi movie

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20 Darth Krayt

He is the best Sith I mean he body is what killed him

Deserves to be ahead of maul, maul looks cool and that's about it, Maul is more like a sith assassin than anything, Krayt is not only powerful in the force but super ripped. That guy could crush the Jedi temple with the force or his bare hands lol

He created the One Sith and abolished Darth Banes Rule of 2. He survived Order 66. He lived for over a century. He knew the secret of essence transfer and dark transfer. He was a master of Jar'Kai. He was a master of the dark side. - starwarsguy21

He's really far away from canon let alone existence in something fake still bad ass though but considering the other things right spot

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21 Freedon Nadd

Conquered a planet with a blaster and a short-saber. Relative unknown, but generally speculated to be a peer to greats like Exar Kun and Naga Sadow. Personally, because of the lack of supporting evidence, and the magnitude of their feats, I'd put him a step below, but then again, he was a direct disciple to Sadow himself, and was responsible for destroying his master's spirit utterly. So, you weigh that against his inability to completely subjugate the Beast Riders, and... Well, it's a tough call, to say the least.

He didn't even conquer one planet.

He conquered onderon person who says "he didn't even conquerone planet" look it up! He killed his jedi master when he was an apprentice.

22 Dathka Graush

He was a Sith sorcerer and was able to resurrected the dead for an army. Plus the fact that he REMOVED his heart and replaced it with a Sith Crystal. Not to mention he was a Sith King.

Although he did get killed by a dark Jedi called Ajunya Pall, who was new to the planet. EMBARASSING!

23 Darth Maladi

Darth Maladi's father and mother was killed when she was young, so she fell into the hands of the Sith. In her time she was the Sith's number one physician and even cured Darth Krayt himself who's body was in decay from an infestation of Yuuzhan Vong Slave Seed. She was the director of the Sith Intelligence and Assassination, she had the most influential of the Sith. She attacked the Jedi Order's headquarters, which effectively tore up the Jedi Order.

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25 The Inquisitor

Don't know who that is and I don't really care

Inqwisitor is amazing with a brilliant spinning lightsaber staff and is very powerful and evil and a Jedi hunter

Untrained with no force. #DarthDarthBinks

He isn't most powerful but still ok

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26 Vergere

Could be good he was an apprentice of Darth Sidious

27 Darth Andeddu

He is one of the first sith to discover essence transfer, that says enough

He discovered the secret to eternal life for gods sake WHY IS HE 17 ON THIS LIST!

He was the first to bear the title of darth

He was almost immortal, like 500 years old, made a holocron, and was the forebear of the darth title

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28 Supreme Leader Snoke Supreme Leader Snoke

FRAUD - HollywoodRose

Not really a sith lord but he is the strongest character in all of star wars

He could be a microorganism in real life plus he got the third death star destroyed. The death star doesn't work why do people build so many.

He was a brilliant sith as when Starkiller base was destroyed he remained calm and carried on, assuring them and himself they would carry on and come up with an alternative. Plus he seems strong in the force, intelligent and authorative.

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29 Darth Jadus

Darth Jadus was actually canonically stated to be the most powerful sith the old republic era empire ever produced and was second only to the emperor himself. I think he would personally be ranked in the top 5. possibly 5th in my opinion

Dearth Jadus was a calm but cunning Sith who could teleport using the force and force strangle people by looking at them, which only Anakin and a rare few sith could do. Plus he was extremely clever and a brilliant tactician.

Darth Jadus is very cool sith ever. He can use force stealth, force lightning, force choke and force push

It has been said that his power was second only to the Sith Emperor himself, so that means he is the secone most powerful Sith on record

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30 Savage Opress Savage Opress

Not the most powerful Sith, but he held his own. If Darth Sidious did not kill him, I believe he would have become more powerful in the force. Darth Maul had more training than he did. Savage Opress killed at least three Jedi during the Clone Wars.

Savage is just like Darth Maul, but not as flexible. But could beat most Jedi.

Really it was stupid putting darth maul ahead but not savage.

Savage Opress is a cool main character and knows how to use the force he even fought darth sidious with his brother

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31 Darth Bandon

He was malak appretince it took darth revan 5 minutes 2 kill him in a duel

32 Tulak Hord

He was stabbed in the back. Otherwise he was the greatest sith duelist ever

What was that quote? The one in KOTOR 2 when the chick says that the Sith of that time (Kreia, Sion, Nihilus) were merely children playing with toys compared to the ancient Lords? So the Lord of Hunger and the Lord of Pain are considered children flaunting their toys when compared to the ancient Lords of the Sith. Tulak Hord was Vitiate's master as well. Only by Vitiate using his own dreashade against his master killed him. With his power intact, not even Vitiate challenged this guy, so he got his dreashade to consume Tulak's life force so Vitiate even had a chance of killing Tulak Hord... This is all just a glimpse into what kind of Sith Tulak Hord was.

It was claimed by Kreia, an extremely powerful force user said that even when a lot of sith sword masters were alive his saber play was brilliant.

"'If you were to face an ancient Sith Lord in combat, you would learn that we are as children playing with toys compared to the prowess of the old masters. '
―Kreia, referring to Hord's prowess in lightsaber combat" article, referring to Kreia quote on Hord's prowess in lightsaber combat
The Lord of Hate, Tulak Hord had a long and bloody careers as the Dark Lord of the Sith, untarnished by a single defeat until he was stabbed, literally, in the back, by his apprentice (isn't that always the way? ). He was also quite an accomplished telekinetic. Khem Val to the Inquisitor on the latter's appraisal of the ruined Endar Spire: "The great Tulak Hord once pulled a ship this size from the sky. " Galen Marek pulled an (I wanna say) Imperial II-class Star Destroyer from orbit in Force Unleashed. They're on average 1600 meters long with 36,000-ton cargo capacity, according to wiki. The Endar Spire was a Hammerhead-class cruiser, averaging 315 meters in length, with ...more

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33 Darth Marr

Extremely popular with the peoe of the sith empire. He joined the dark council in his early twenties. He was part of the group that DESTROYED Revan. He was the best strategist the empire had ever seen. On top of it all he controlled both the defense of the entire empire and a large force of their offense which seemed unstoppable under his command. So please guys tell me how he isn't even at least Better than Darth Maul?

Why darth marr is on number 40? He is a very powerful member of the dark council.

I mean come on it's Darth Marr. He just screams badass.

Most cool looking sith ever

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34 Darth Nyriss
35 Darth Talon

Better than maul - riki1234

Eh she's weird

36 Darth Venamis

Come on, most underrated Sith ever! He used the Force to levitate himself and so on he nearly defeated Darth Plagueis..

37 Darth Wyyrlock III

Darth Wyyrlock the third is a pretty amazing sith if he can kill one of the most powerful sith lords spirit.

Defeated Darth Andennu: Probably top 20 sith, but definitely ahead of nonsith such as PROXY, General Grievous, Meetra Surik, NK Necrosis, and Galen Marek; not to mention above featless characters such as Darth Revan and mooks such as Darth Bandon... Etc

38 Darth Tenebrous

Darth tenebrous is butt ugly

Darth tenebrous was considered a legend. It was said he could use red force lightning plus lets not forget his master

He is stronger than Bane... needs to be top 10

He is in the right place.

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39 Asajj Ventress Asajj Ventress Asajj Ventress is a fictional character from the Star Wars franchise during the Clone Wars, appearing in the Clone Wars micro-series, and in The Clone Wars film and television series.

She was regarded as being stronger than sidious. She can overpower any force user. Her physical traits are immense in their own right as well as she is superhumanly durable and strong. Should be 1.

Better than maul - riki1234

Most powerful and sexy as hell. Overpowered anakin an Ono wan at the same time.

The 2 most powerful Sith Lord and a threat to sidious potentially. She held her own against anakin and kenobi together and overpowered them both at the same time and would had killed them both had it not had been interuppted.

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40 Lord Scourge

Was the emperor's wrath I think you'll find, he was the first emperors watch. There has been a second.

At least top 10

Scourge? Hell yeah. Imortal and the emperors wrath? We call that bad ass. One of the few sith with true foresight and one of the most deadly warriors of the true sith empire. Killed darth xeidrex and battle darth nirus. He gorged himself on the emotion of his foes. Making him even more powerful. Truely a bad ass

41 Darth Nihl

Darth nil is the only with that never dies! GO NIHL!

Darth Nihl should be number one because he is the NICEST sith!

Easily one of the most powerful. Killed Kol Skywalker and nearly killed his son, Cade Skywalker, which is an incredible feat. He has almost all the Force powers, lightining, force push and pulls, and can sense things through the Force.

While not the most powerful He killed a Kole Skywalker, master jedi. Which puts him above most of these other "sith" even though he was not born one.
Plus the guy uses a Two handed sword light saber, can't go wrong with that!

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42 Abeloth

(EU) Not a sith but the most manipulative, powerful character. Luke Skywalker stated that she was 6 times more powerful than himself, and at the time he was Grand Master.

43 King Adas

He was the first sith

He was considered a god by his people

He was hailed a sith God

If you read about him ud know what a bad dude he was. He kicked the rakhata's butt and who knows how hed compare to more recent sith.

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44 Ajunta Pall

First Dark Lord of the Sith. Definitely deserves a place higher up on the list.

He was a powerful sith as he was the first dark lord of the sith and on a new planet killed the King of the sith Dathka Graush.

Yes, he could defeat most of the sith lords in the top ten, he deserves a place at the top 10

He was the First Dark Lord of the Sith! He started all this

45 Darth Kallig

He had an extremely large cock, which allowed him to dominate the minds of every female in the Galaxy. Furthermore, with this taken into consideration he drained all of their combined power, and used it to fuel himself. He then would DEFEAT Darth Thanaton.

46 Emperor's Wrath

Should really be up in the top 10 if you think about it...

47 Darth Ruin

There is nothing...only me.

48 Lord Kas'im

An unparalleled duelist who conquered every single form of lightsaber combat. From the canvas we are shown, Tulak Hord seems the probable title-holder for deadliest Sith with a blade, but to be honest, Kas'i'm's hyperbolic characterization makes his the only name that comes to mind as second-best. Probably a more refined and accomplished duelist than the likes of Sidious, although unremarkable in Force capacity. But still, the deadliest member of the Brotherhood of Darkness by far, at least in my view, from the factually legless and insubstantial position I've adopted, given there is very little in the way of feats or explicitly discussed comparative prowess in the text.

49 Darth Wrath

The second emperors wrath even more powerful then scourge strongest lightsaber fighter of his time none were his match

"He was the hate incarnate and an embodiment of death it self. He is a lord to be forever feared"

50 Haazen

Haazen started out as a Jedi but he was very weak he couldn't even beat a bounty hunter. He failed becoming a jedi knight. He went on a mission with other Jedi to only be a trap planned by Haazen and a bounty hunter. Haazen was accidentally caught in an explosion and he nearly died. He was saved by sith and ancient sith relics were placed in his misshapen body. Giving amazing power on the dark side. He was givin the power to hide his ability with the dark side. For years he worked within the Jedi and even had his own powerful padawan who would later kill him. Haazen single handedly almost killed the whole entire Jedi Council, turning the hundreds of Jedi against each other. Only a few survived but some very powerful Jedi fell that day. Haazen ended up fooling countless Jedi and killing almost all of them off. Haazen should be in the top 20.

Haazen was very powerful he was able intercept into the Jedi Covenant which including him consisted of seven very powerful Jedi. He killed all of them except for his padawan Lucien Draay on the day of Vindication. He killed countless other Jedi to. He even killed Kryndra Crazy who was pretty much like the human Yoda of the time.

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