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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7. TIE Bomber

Let's talk about the TIE Bomber, or as I like to call it, the Empire's answer to a "We need to blow stuff up, but make it spacey". If you like TIE fighters, you ought to adore this one - it's like the beefier, moodier cousin of the classic TIE Fighter but all decked out for a space demolition party. Unlike its sleek and zippy relatives, the TIE Bomber is bulkier, with a design that screams, "I'm here to ruin your day, Rebel scum!"

It's got twin pods that look like someone stuck two evil space potatoes together – one for the pilot, all snug and cozy, and the other packed with enough explosives to make a Bantha jittery. And let's not forget those twin ion engines – they're like the roaring engines of a space Harley, announcing its arrival with a sound that's music to any Imperial's ears. I do love those sounds.

But while the TIE Bomber is fantastic at raining down terror from above, it's kind of like a space turtle on its back when left alone. Sure, it can carry a payload that could make a planet wince, but without its TIE Fighter buddies to watch its back, it's as vulnerable as a Womp rat in a blaster range. It's essential for those "Oh - whoops - did I do that?" strikes, but catch it alone, and it's more "Help, I've fallen and I can't get up!" than "Fear me, Rebels!"

Ok, I kind of cracked myself up with that one.