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Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing)

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Film: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
Deceased Character: Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing)
Archetype: Baddy (Major)
Killed by: Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)
Killed with: Explosion

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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 5th May 2006

Kindly submitted by Kooshmeister

Grand Moff Tarkin is the elderly Imperial official in charge of the Empire's first Death Star. About as evil and bloodthirsty as they come, Tarkin is the man responsible for the destruction of Princess Leia's homeworld of Alderaan with the Death Star's super-duper laser of ultimate doom, and carries such political influence and favour with Emperor Palpatine himself, that he could even boss around Darth Vader.

Tarkin's next course of action is to destroy the Rebel base on Yavin IV, again employing the Death Star's awesome destructive power. The Rebels will not go down without a fight however, and attack the Death Star with their X-Wing fighters in an attempt to hit the superweapon's sole weak spot. During the battle, another Imperial officer named Chief Bast informs Tarkin of the Rebel's intended target and asks the Grand Moff whether they should evacuate. Nonplussed, Tarkin responds with his famous final words: "Evacuate? In our moment of triumph? I think you overestimate their chances."

Cut to: Outside the Death Star

Luke, using the Force, targets the Death Star's weak spot as Darth Vader closes in in his TIE Fighter. He has him in his sights but is stopped from killing the young Padawan by a triumphantly returning Han Solo. With the Sith Lord taken care of, Luke follows Han's advice to "blow this thing and go home," and he fires. Using the force for insight, the exhaust pipe [the Death Star’s weak spot] is hit. At this moment, the Death Star targets Yavin IV as Tarkin anxiously watches from the control room, stroking his chin as the voice on the P.A. system announces, "Stand by. Stand by" as the super-duper laser prepares to fire.

The Death Star is then destroyed by a single, massive internal explosion that blows it apart from the inside out mere seconds before it can fire, instantly killing everyone aboard, including the too-proud Grand Moff Tarkin.

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This review has 5 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
Peter Cushing's finest death scene, as far as I'm concerned, not to mention his very best villainous character. smiling smiley
Comment 2 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
Again, Tarkin seems to be isolated from the other 'New Hope' reviews.
Comment 3 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)

Comment 4 by 'Flashpenny' (reply to this comment)
Grand Moff? What the Hell is that? I never heard Grand Moff in the entire movie. In fact Leia called him Governor Tarkin. His name is Governor Tarkin, not Grand Moff.
Comment 5 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
Flashpenny Wrote:
> Grand Moff? What the Hell is that? I never heard
> Grand Moff in the entire movie. In fact Leia
> called him Governor Tarkin. His name is Governor
> Tarkin, not Grand Moff.

"Grand Moff" is what he's called in the film credits and novelization. It's a fictional title. "Moff" is an Imperial word meaning governor, more or less. So his title is basically "Grand Governor."

Anyone with even a base knowledge of Star Wars knows he's called Grand Moff Tarkin in the credits, book, comics, toys, games, etc. (Not as well-known is his first name, Wilhuff.)