Star Wars: Revenge of the 5th

If you thought you could only celebrate Star Wars on Star Wars Day (May 4th), then consider joining the dark side. We celebrate Star Wars for one entire extra day! That’s right, the dark side has taken over May 5th and we call it: Revenge of the 5th.  It’s a day to ignore the goodie two-shoes Jedi and focus on the more complicated character who we all love to hate – villains.

So, to celebrate Revenge of the 5th, we at HDL want to salute those love-to-hate-‘em baddies in the Star Wars universe and beyond. Because the geek world is a vast and villainous place – too full of great evil-doers to ignore.

HDL Staff’s top Star Wars Sith Lords:

Winner (by a landslide):

Darth Vader (from Star Wars: a New Hope)

Darth Vader costume, 2006 (

Honorable mentions:

Count Dooku, aka Darth Tyranus (from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)

Darth Plagueis (from Star Wars: Darth Plagueis)

Emperor Palpatine, aka Darth Sidious (from Star Wars: the Empire Strikes Back)

Darth Maul (from Star Wars: the Phantom Menace)

HDL staff’s top non-Sith Lord villains:

Four-way tie:

Boba Fett (from Star Wars: the Empire Strikes Back)

Grand Moff Tarkin (from Star Wars: a New Hope)

Grand Admiral Thrawn (from Star Wars: Heir to the Empire)

Jabba the Hutt (from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)

Boba Fett cosplay at Comic-Con, 2007 (

Honorable mentions:

Captain Phasma (from Star Wars: the Force Awakens)

Marchion Ro (from Star Wars High Republic: Light of the Jedi)

Galen Marek, aka Starkiller (from Star Wars: the Force Unleashed video games)

HDL staff’s top sci-fi/fantasy villains in other universes:

Top pick:

Sauron (from The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring)

Sauron cosplay a person in a black metal mask with spikes and black metal armor
Sauron cosplay at the Calgary Expo, 2015 (

Honorable Mentions:

Dolores Umbridge (from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)

James Moriarty (from Sherlock)

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (from Good Omens)

HAL 9000 (from 2001: a Space Odyssey)

Voldemort (from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)

Crowley (from Supernatural)

Cyborg Jason Vorhees, aka Über Jason (from Jason X)

Ringwraiths, aka Black Riders (from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)

Agent Smith (from The Matrix)

Khan Nooien Sigh (from Star Trek: Into Darkness)