Star Wars: Why we need more villains like Grand Admiral Thrawn

Thrawn's approach shakes things up in the Star Wars universe, showing us that sometimes, the scariest thing isn't a monster or a Sith Lord, but a calm, collected brainiac in a crisp white uniform.
Grand Admiral Thrawn. Image courtesy of
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(L-R): A Night Trooper, Baylan Skoll (Ray Stevenson), Shin Hati (Ivanna Sakhno), Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) and Morgan Elsbeth (Diana Lee Inosanto) in Lucasfilm's STAR WARS: AHSOKA, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved. /

3. The anti-Vader: No Force, no problem

Imagine walking into a cosmic showdown where everyone's flaunting their Force powers, only for you to see Grand Admiral Thrawn do the same amount (if not more) of damage with no Force tricks up his sleeve. He's like that one friend who shows up to a costume party in regular clothes and still becomes the life of the party.

In a universe where being able to move stuff with your mind or see the future is overused and the gold standard of power, Thrawn plays a different game. As we know, he's all about the smarts. No need for telekinesis when you can outthink your opponent three moves ahead. Thrawn's the guy who wins a space battle with a well-placed strategy and a smirk, proving you don't need to wave your hands around and do magic tricks to be the baddest dude in the galaxy.

Thrawn treats galactic conquest like a grand game of interstellar chess, and he's always several moves ahead. He doesn't need to choke people from across the room or shoot lightning from his fingers. Instead, he wields a weapon far more potent: his brain. It's like showing up to a sword fight with a battle plan so brilliant that there's no reason for him to get physically involved in the violence that usually ensues in the Star Wars universe.

He's the embodiment of "mind over matter," turning what could be seen as a disadvantage into his greatest strength. In a universe filled with overdone supernatural showdowns, Thrawn's approach is refreshingly down-to-Earth – if you can call tactical genius and masterful manipulation "down-to-Earth." He's a reminder that in a world obsessed with mystical powers, sometimes the most powerful weapon is sitting right between your ears.

So, what's the big takeaway here?

Thrawn is like the cool, smart guy at the party who doesn't need flashy dance moves to be the center of attention. He proves that in the world of Star Wars, where most villains are swinging lightsabers and throwing people and things around with the Force, you can still steal the show with just your brains and a good plan. He's the chess player in a room full of boxers, outmaneuvering everyone while barely breaking a sweat.

Thrawn isn’t your typical Star Wars baddie. He doesn’t need to shout, throw tantrums, or have a creepy mask. He just walks in and simply outsmarts everyone. He’s the villain we didn’t know we needed but now can’t get enough of.

We need more villains like him - villains who challenge our heroes in new and exciting ways, making the galaxy far, far away even more intriguing and multi-dimensional.

May the Force, and, you know, a bit of Thrawn's strategy, be with you.

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