Star Wars: 10 best Empire ships ranked from worst to best

The Empire is known for its flashy, self-announcing, and beautifully menacing ships. Let's see how they rank among each other.

A First Order Stormtrooper stands guard in a Star Destroyer hangar bay beneath a docked TIE fighter in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the groundbreaking new attraction opening Dec. 5, 2019, inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Jan. 17, 2020, at Disneyland Park in California. Guests enter the hangar bay after their ship is caught in the Star Destroyer’s tractor beam. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)
A First Order Stormtrooper stands guard in a Star Destroyer hangar bay beneath a docked TIE fighter in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the groundbreaking new attraction opening Dec. 5, 2019, inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Jan. 17, 2020, at Disneyland Park in California. Guests enter the hangar bay after their ship is caught in the Star Destroyer’s tractor beam. (Matt Stroshane, photographer) /
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Ah, the Star Wars galaxy – a place where the whir of a TIE Fighter's engines is as familiar and, to some, pleasing, as the chirps of a morning bird here on Earth.

In the swirling, star-studded expanse of the Star Wars universe, you've got more ships than a beach has sand, and each faction has its own esteemed fleet or flagship. From gigantic, heavy ships to ships that are small and stealthy, Star Wars offers us such a variety that it's sometimes hard to keep up with all the different kinds of ships we see in shows and movies or read bout in comics and novels.

From the Republic side of things, we get a nice variety of ships ranging from teeny tiny to huge ones. There is a ragtag bunch of ships that look like they've seen better days but have heart and spunk. You've got the X-wing, sleek and snappy, darting around like a space dragonfly, and the Y-wing, a little slower but as tough as old boots and perfect for a bombing Sunday drive. And we don't even need to mention the Millennium Falcon - that ship's quirky and unpredictable – a bit rough around the edges but never ceases to inspire and draw cheers when it makes an appearance. These Rebel and Republic ships are an iconic and beloved bunch, each with its own story, dents, and scratches, all patched up with love and a bit of space duct tape.

Now, flip the coin, and you're staring at the Empire's fleet, a lineup so beautifully intimidating that it's easy to see why they're a bit more impressive. These ships are all about power and polish. The TIE fighter, with its iconic scream, is like a space wasp - all sting and agility. Then there's the Star Destroyer, a behemoth of a ship that looms like a menacing cloud, ready to rain down laser fury on those who dare cross its path (and its Captain). And though the Death Star isn't the first thing thought of when it comes to Empire ships, let's not forget that they are ships with a bit of a "bye-bye planet" flair. The Empire's ships are the bullies of the space playground, all muscle and menace, designed to inspire awe and a healthy dose of fear.

Why don't we look at the best and most jaw-dropping ships the Empire has to offer? From the "meh" to the "whoa", I've got quite the lineup for you.