Real-world information
Portrayed by
  • Peter Cushing (IV)
  • Wayne Pygram (III)
  • Stephen Stanton (TCW)
First appearance

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Fictional information
  • Republic Captain
  • Imperial Governor




"Fear will keep the local systems in line. Fear of this battle station."
―Governor Tarkin speaks about the Death Star[src]

Tarkin is one of the supporting antagonists in the Star Wars Saga. He was first introduced in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope as the Governor of the Outer Rim Territories and the commander of the first Death Star, the Galactic Empire's dreaded space station. He later appeared briefly in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and made a few appearances in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He will next appear in Star Wars: Tarkin, an official canon novel by James Luceno.

Chronologically, Tarkin was introduced as a Captain in the Galactic Republic who, along with his crew, was captured by the Separatists. He and his crew were rescued by a team of Jedi and clones led by Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano. Tarkin expressed disagreement with the idea of Jedi leading the Grand Army of the Republic, but agreed with Anakin's more militaristic views. He was later promoted to Admiral and served as lead prosecutor during the unsuccessful attempt to convict Ahsoka of bombing the Jedi Temple. During the first days of the Empire, Tarkin stood alongside Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader to oversee construction of the first Death Star.

In the years that followed, Tarkin became the Governor of the Outer Rim Territories and served as the commander of the first Death Star. He believed that fear of the Death Star would keep the Imperial systems in line, and could be used to crush the Rebel Alliance. Tarkin later oversaw the Battle of Yavin when the Rebels attacked the Death Star, and perished when the station was destroyed by Luke Skywalker.

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