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Governor of the Outer Rim Territories



An ambitious, ruthless proponent of military power, Tarkin became a favorite of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and rose rapidly through the Imperial ranks. Shortly after the Empire's creation, he was put in charge of the construction of the Death Star.

Tarkin saw the Death Star as a way to crush all dissent to the Empire's rule -- fear of the station's planet-killing superlaser would keep the galaxy's star systems in line. He demonstrated the station's power by destroying Alderaan, but died soon afterwards when the Death Star itself was destroyed.


1.85 meters
Death Star
Galactic Republic, Galactic Empire


Death Star


Tarkin oversaw the construction and operation of the first Death Star, and did so with cold authority. It was Tarkin who decided to target Alderaan as a test of the battle station's destructive power.

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Princess Leia Organa

Leia Organa

Tarkin's prisoner aboard the Death Star, Princess Leia refused to divulge the location of the Rebel base, no matter what intimidation tactics the governor devised. "The more you tighten your grip," Leia told Tarken defiantly, "the more star systems will slip through your fingers."

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Darth Vader

Darth Vader

Darth Vader served as the Emperor's emissary aboard the Death Star. Tarkin was so confident in his power, that he felt comfortable issuing orders to the Dark Lord. Tarkin was one of the few Imperial officials who would dare command Vader.

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Anakin Skywalker

Anakin Skywalker

Anakin Skywalker rescued Captain Tarkin from the Citadel prison on Lola Sayu during the Clone Wars. Tarkin and Skywalker saw eye-to-eye when it came to the Jedi handling of the war. Tarkin believed that the Jedi limited themselves, and did not often do what was required to defeat their enemies.

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Ahsoka Tano

Ahsoka Tano

Ahsoka Tano worked with Captain Tarkin during the mission to escape the Citadel. Though Anakin agreed with some of Tarkin's hardline ideas about the war, Ahsoka was wary of the captain's ruthless nature. Tarkin, meanwhile, had little confidence in Ahsoka's abilities given her age and inexperience.

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      • Tarkin in the Citadel

        Tarkin in the Citadel

      • Tarkin Compliments Anakin

        Tarkin Compliments Anakin

      • Imperial Briefing

        Imperial Briefing

      • Destruction of Alderaan

        Destruction of Alderaan

      • An Awful Risk

        An Awful Risk