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15 Things You Didn't Know About Female Villains In 'Star Wars'

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Vote up the most interesting things you learned about the female villains in 'Star Wars.'

One of the things Star Wars has consistently done well is including powerful and independent female characters. Just look at people like Mon Mothma, Leia Organa, and Ahsoka Tano for inspiring women in the franchise - and there are many more. While it's always interesting to learn about the aforementioned women, they were all members of the Rebel Alliance and/or the Resistance. While plenty of fantastic women fought for the good guys, there were plenty of villainous ladies fighting for the side of evil.

Characters like Captain Phasma or the many female Sith Inquisitors are often far more interesting and compelling than their adversaries. In fact, some of the best bad guys are women, and they are the coolest villains in Star Wars. This list takes a look at some of those evil women, and you may find that there are plenty of things you didn't know about female villains in Star Wars. Check them out below, and if you find something truly interesting, be sure to give it an upvote to see which of these villainous female characters rises to the top!

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    Mother Talzin Was The Only Person Sidious Feared

    Darth Sidious was easily the most powerful Force user in the Star Wars galaxy, as he wasn't afraid of embracing the dangers of the dark side of the Force. This made him an exceptionally powerful being, but he wasn't the only person with that level of power. By the time Mother Talzin and Darth Sidious's working relationship ended via betrayal, both parties were relatively equal in strength.

    This was something each of them knew, and as a result, Darth Sidious feared the danger Talzin represented. When they finally did come to blows, it was only through the intervention of Darth Tyranus that Mother Talzin failed to destroy her foe. Ultimately, while putting up a defensive wall of power against Sidious and Tyrannus, General Grievous managed to walk straight through and impale Mother Talzin with two lightsabers.

    While Talzin did perish in the exchange, there's little doubt she would have defeated her enemy had things gone a little differently. Given a chance to go up against one another one-on-one, it's entirely possible Sidious would have lost. This is especially true given the power Talzin had on her home planet of Dathomir.

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    Mother Talzin And Darth Sidious Exchanged Secrets Of The Dark Side

    For most of their history, the Nightsisters never left their home planet of Dathomir. This was due to their connection to the magical ichor, which could only be found inside the planet. When one Nightsister named Talzin elevated herself to the position of the clan's "Mother," this practice changed. Talzin became associated with the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Sidious, and the two exchanged some of the secrets they knew about the dark side of the Force.

    Ultimately, this relationship soured, as the Rule of Two prohibited more than two Sith at a time. While Mother Talzin wasn't a Sith, she was easily as powerful as some of the Sith's deadliest members from throughout history, so the working relationship between the two powerful dark side users was doomed from the start. Eventually, Sidious betrayed Mother Talzin, taking her son, Maul, to train as his own.

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    Asajj Ventress Had A Pretty Traumatic Childhood

    The Sith formed from the Jedi Order, and over the thousands of years since its founding, this continues to be the case for most members of the Sith. Some of the most powerful members of the Sith began as its enemies, and that's a long list, which includes names like Anakin Skywalker and many more. Another Jedi who abandoned their adherence to the Jedi Order to become a Sith was Asajj Ventress.

    Ventress was raised to use the light side of the Force by a Jedi Knight named Ky Narec. She trained as a Jedi for 21 years before falling to the dark side, all without formally joining the Jedi Order. This happened after Narec was slain by pirates. She was left with a great deal of rage and grief, leading her to embrace the darkness within. She began a new career as an assassin, and before long, she was discovered by Count Dooku, who embraced her as his apprentice.

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    Qi’ra Was Trained By Maul And Dueled Darth Vader Prior To ‘Return of the Jedi’

    Solo: A Star Wars Story introduced Qi'ra into the franchise as someone who grew up alongside Han on the streets of Corellia, but when he managed to escape, she was left behind. Towards the end of the film, she returns as a member of the Crimson Dawn, though her road to that position took some time and a lot of effort. When she was captured, she was sold into slavery. 

    Qi'ra was passed around until she was purchased by Dryden Vos, the public face of the Crimson Dawn. It was Vos who trained her in martial arts, making her into a killer. She was branded and made a lieutenant of the organization. After she replaced Vos as the public face of the Crimson Dawn, Darth Maul (the true leader of the organization) trained her in the art of Teräs Käsi. 

    Eventually, she found herself in a duel with none other than the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader. Her skills impressed the Sith, who asked her, "Who trained you? Who was your master?" Her response only hinted at her Sith master and trainer. While she managed to impress Vader, her inability to command the Force ultimately made her impressive but incapable of defeating him. Just as he was about to end her, the arrival of Luke Skywalker distracted him enough so that she could escape.

    Their meeting came shortly before the events of Return of the Jedi when she had agents of the Crimson Dawn secure the carbonite-frozen body of Han Solo from Boba Fett before he could deliver him to Jabba the Hutt. She held an auction for him, but Vader stepped in and claimed ownership. She challenged him to produce the 1 million credits owed to her, and after implying that the Empire welches on its debts, their duel began.

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    Q'ira Hosted An Auction For Han Solo After He Was Encased In Carbonite

    After Boba Fett took Han Solo's frozen body from Cloud City at the end of The Empire Strikes Back, it didn't go directly to Jabba's Palace on Tatooine. Agents of the Crimson Dawn managed to get their hands on the carbonite form of Solo, leaving Qi'ra to offer him up for auction. This event occurred before the events of Return of the Jedi, and it wasn't a simple affair - pretty much every seedy element in the galaxy showed up to claim the prize.

    This included all of the criminal organizations listed here, but also many more interested parties. The Galactic Empire was interested in recovering Han Solo from Crimson Dawn, but it wasn't exactly ready to get into a bidding war. Darth Vader crashed the party, insisting that ownership of Han Solo fell to the Empire. When Qi'ra demanded he fork over a million credits to her, implying that the Empire had a habit of welching on its debts, Vader ignited his lightsaber. Qi'ra put up a fight, which impressed Vader enough that he didn't end her.

    66 votes
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    The Seventh Sister And Kanan Jarrus Have A Fun Connection Outside Of ‘Star Wars: Rebels’

    In Star Wars: Rebels, Kanan Jarrus fought the Seventh Sister on a number of occasions. The two were bitter enemies, and they couldn't hate one another more... if a Jedi could hate, of course. Regardless, they were enemies, and while this was perfectly normal throughout Rebels, there was something of an inside joke going on throughout their on-screen relationship that many fans might not have picked up on had they not bothered to read/watch the credits.

    Kanan Jarrus is voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr., and he's done a great job with the franchise. Prinze stepped away from acting in front of a camera following a disastrous appearance in a season of 24, and voiceover work like playing Jarrus has come naturally to the talented actor. You may not know this, but he's married to Sarah Michelle Gellar, best known for playing the titular hero in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series. Well, the Seventh Sister is voiced by Gellar, making the pair of hateful enemies something of a fun connection, seeing as the actors playing them are married.

    76 votes