While many fans hate to admit it, Star Wars and superweapons go hand in hand. Star Wars superweapons come in many shapes and sizes (mostly really big). While The Empire Strikes Back is widely regarded as the best of the film in the series, the original film set a precedent for the rest of the franchise with the Death Star. Ever since that original planet-destroying weapon and its successor graced movie theaters, every game, comic, and novel has been trying to top it.
Even The Force Awakens, for better or for worse, did its best to outdo the Death Star. Instead of a weapon that could destroy planets, they created a planet that could destroy entire star systems. Somehow, it's still not the most ridiculous planet-killer out there. Want to know which one is the craziest? Check out the list below!
The Sun Crusher
A small indestructible fighter built by the Empire that fires a small torpedo at the biggest star in a system, causing it to turn into a supernova. The resulting devastation wipes out everything in the star system. It was used by Kyp Durron to destroy the Imperial Academy on Carida, along with the Carida system itself. It was ultimately destroyed when it was sent into a black hole.
The Star Forge
Less an actual weapon and more a means for a total military victory, the Star Forge was a shipyard that used the power of a star to construct fleets of ships. It was used by Darth Revan and later Darth Malak during the Jedi Civil War and it almost allowed them to destroy the Republic. However, Revan turned against his apprentice and destroyed the station.
The Death Star
The Empire’s ultimate weapon to crush the Rebellion, fear of the Death Star was supposed to become the prime governing tool of the Empire. After destroying Alderaan for its Rebel ties, the Empire turned its eye toward the Rebel base at Yavin IV. Luckily, the Death Star was destroyed by Luke Skywalker after he shot a proton torpedo into the station’s thermal exhaust port.
A superweapon built into a planet by the First Order. It harnesses the power of stars into fire blasts capable of destroying several planets at once. Its was first and only used to destroy the New Republic capital of Hosnian Prime, along with other plants and ships in the system. When attempting to destroy a Resistance base, an attack led by Poe Dameron destroyed the weapon, transforming the Starkiller into a star.
Death Star II
Not content with simply rebuilding the Death Star, the Empire decided to up the power of the weapon just because they could. The station was also used to target individual capital ships during the Battle of Endor, dealing severe damage to the Rebel fleet. A group of ships led by Wedge Antilles and Lando Calrissian flew into the station’s superstructure and wrecked its power generator, which destroyed the whole weapon.
An ancient Corellian space station outfitted with an incredibly powerful tractor beam capable of moving entire planets and destroying fleets of ships. Many years after the Battle of Endor, a cousin of Han Solo used the station to try and force star systems to bend to his will. Eventually, the station was destroyed many years later when a technician fired the station at itself.
The Dark Reaper
A Sith superweapon used in the ancient Great Hyperspace War. It harvested the Force within living beings and then used it to deal out destructive energy. For thousands of years, the weapon was buried, until it was uncovered by the Separatists during the Clone Wars. The Grand Army of the Republic, led by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, destroyed the Dark Reaper during the battle of Rhen Var.
The Mass Shadow Generator
A superweapon used by Darth Revan during the end of the Mandalorian Wars 4,000 years before the films. It uses the gravity of planets to bring forth complete destruction. It was first used during the Battle of Malachor V and it wiped out nearly all life on the planet, but didn't completely destroy Malachor V. Later, during the First Jedi Purge, Meetra Surik fought Darth Traya and Darth Scion on the remnants of the planet. The Mass Shadow Generator was activated in the process, destroying Malachor V for good.