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Best Villain Theme in Star Wars

Discussion in 'Star Wars And Film Music' started by Darth_Accipiter, Sep 11, 2020.

  1. Darth_Accipiter

    Darth_Accipiter Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    John Williams has added many villain themes to the zeitgeist of film scores, but other composers have scored compelling villain themes for Star Wars cinema and TV as well. Here are some examples. Feel free to add more. Which is your favorite?

    Moff Gideon - The Mandalorian - Ludwig Goransson

    Darth Maul - Rebels and the Clone Wars - Kevin Kiner

    Grand Admiral Thrawn - Rebels - Kevin Kiner

    Agent Kallus - Rebels - Kevin Kiner

    Grand Inquisitor - Rebels Kevin Kiner

    Pre Vizsla - Death Watch - The Clone Wars - Kevin Kiner

    Kylo Ren - TFA, TLJ and ROTS - John Williams

    Supreme Leader Snoke - TFA and TLJ - John Williams

    Darth Sidious - The Emperor's Throne Room - John Williams

    Darth Vader- The Imperial March - John Williams

    Boba Fett - Carbone Freeze / Darth Vaders Trap - John Williams

    Count Dooku - "Obi-Wan Eavesdropping" - John Williams

    General Grevious - Obi Wan vs Grevious - John Williams

    Grand Moff Tarkin - When Has Become Now Michael Giacchino

    Director Krennic - The Imperial Suite - Michael Giacchino
     
  2. Princess_Tina

    Princess_Tina Chosen One star 7

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    Imperial March, hands down.
     
  3. Darth_Accipiter

    Darth_Accipiter Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Sure to be a popular opinion. It's iconic for sure, and very prevalent in the entire franchise, what do you think is its best usage?

    My favorite use is when Vader trotted through Echo Base. I think it's the moment it became the most iconic leitmotif in cinematic history. It was first used in the opening sequence as a high pitched piccalo as a Star Destroyer blasted recon pods to remote worlds. Then it was played in full as Vader looked on at his fleet. This particular recurrence made Vader a terrifying presence just by walking though empty passageways. That's something else.

     
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  4. CampOfSorgan

    CampOfSorgan Jedi Knight star 3

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    Imperial March and The Emperor’s Theme are both at the top for me.

    The Imperial March gives off an ambience of such overwhelming military power and you know the Empire is here to do business when you hear it.

    The Emperor’s theme sounds so ominous and anciently evil. Fits Sidious well.

    I like Kylo’s theme as well. Snoke’s is kind of underwhelming to be honest.
     
  5. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 8

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    Imperial March. It definitely got overused down the line; but in 1980 it was incredible.
     
  6. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Imperial March is a given. Crossing that off the list, I would choose the Emperor's Theme.
     
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  7. Howard Hand

    Howard Hand Jedi Master star 4

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    Some to add to the list
    Darth Malak's Theme (KOTOR)
    Darth Nihlus's Theme (KOTOR 2)
    Darth Maul's motif (low woodwind motif that plays as over "He will find your lost ship" and as Maul's ship lands on Tatooine) (TPM)
    Darth Vader's Theme (ANH)
    Anthem of Evil (TROS)
    Knights of Ren motif (TROS)
     
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  8. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Anthem of Evil is sooooo good!
     
  9. wobbits

    wobbits Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    After the Imperial March I would have to choose Duel of the Fates. It was a perfect intro with the doors opening and Darth Maul standing there shrouded by the hood of his cloak. The way the music builds as he slowly looks up and removes the hood, one of my favorite things about TPM.
     
  10. Princess_Tina

    Princess_Tina Chosen One star 7

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    I loved the use of Duel of the Fates in Episode I, but also the brief use of it during a key sequence of Episode II. It tells you so much about what's going to happen, and what it will mean for Anakin.
     
  11. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I'm not really sure Dual of the Fates counts as a Villain theme... it's sort of the epic lightsaber theme, which always includes Jedi as well.
     
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  12. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 8

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    The March of Boba Fett is pretty amazing from ESB.
     
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  13. darkspine10

    darkspine10 Chosen One star 7

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    Can I shoutout to the Imperial Walker theme used in ESB and ROTJ? :p


    Partly unused, it got reused in Rebels at least ;)
     
  14. wobbits

    wobbits Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I just tend to associate it with Maul even though it's used throughout.
     
  15. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 8

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    Duel of the Fates is generally used during dark side scenes. Maul, Anakin riding his speeder towards the Tuskin camp, the Palpatine /Yoda fight.
     
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  16. wobbits

    wobbits Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Yeah, it's just that due to when the score was first introduced with Maul, he's the first thing that comes to mind.
     
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  17. darkspine10

    darkspine10 Chosen One star 7

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    I think the only time Duel of the Fates is used specifically as a theme for Maul and no-one else would be the brief use in Solo:
     
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  18. Vorax

    Vorax Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Is that so..



     
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  19. Erkan12

    Erkan12 Jedi Master star 4

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    Nice little touches to Maul's theme.

    And Vader Rogue One;
     
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  20. Vorax

    Vorax Jedi Grand Master star 5

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  21. Beautiful_Disaster

    Beautiful_Disaster Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Nothing beats the Imperial March.
     
  22. wobbits

    wobbits Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I didn't say it was used specifically for him. I did mention it was "used throughout."
     
  23. themoth

    themoth Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Nope.
     
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  24. Beautiful_Disaster

    Beautiful_Disaster Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Yep.
     
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  25. Awushi Awere

    Awushi Awere Jedi Padawan star 1

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    1. Darth Sidious
    2. Darth Vader
    3. Kylo Ren

    =D=
     
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