Star Wars: Darth Vader failed to kill an enemy that Kylo Ren defeated

While both Darth Vader and Kylo Ren were manipulated by Palpatine, each faced a powerful beast, but only Ben Solo was able to stop him.

In the Star Wars universe, Darth Vader’s most dangerous enemies first came to his attention during the Clone Wars, when he was still a Jedi Knight and was being mentored by Chancellor Palpatine. Surprisingly, the full extent of Vader’s rivalry would not be revealed until after his death, as outlined in 2019. Star Wars: Age of Resistance – Kylo Ren # 1 by Tom Taylor, Bryan Young, and Leonard Kirk.

In the story, Kylo Ren followed in his grandfather’s footsteps traveling to the world of the alien Benathy, where he fought the “god” of Benathy, revealed as a Zillo Beast, one of the deadliest entities ever seen in thme galaxy. Through flashbacks, the comic revealed Vader’s clash with this giant beast, something that was related to his downfall during the Clone Wars.

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Star Wars Zilo Beast

Kylo Ren’s main motivation in the new trilogy was to prove that he was worthy of the legacy of his grandfather, Darth Vader. When he traveled to the world of the Benathy, he subjugated the aliens, as his grandfather had done decades earlier, then fought his “god” in a sequence, where he is seen attempting the same tactic against the alien kaiju that Vader had. Kylo was swallowed whole by the giant reptile, and he made his way, killing the Zillo Beast that his grandfather was unable to defeat. But that Vader fought the creature speaks to his own unresolved struggles from similar encounters in the past.

Anakin Skywalker and Mace Windu discovered one of the creatures from the planet Malastare in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars‘episode “The Zillo Beast”. Chancellor Palpatine ordered them to take him back to the capital planet Coruscant, rendering the beast unconscious. This led to some diplomatic problems, as the Dugs wanted to kill the creature, believing it to be the last of an ancient race that its ancestors had hunted to extinction. The Republic needed the Dugs to provide it with fuel, so it used deception to subdue and transport the Zillo Beast.

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The Zillo Beast in The Clone Wars

Once he was on Coruscant, Palpatine decided to execute him. Padmé objected, noting that the creature appeared to be intelligent and that it was immoral to kill the last of any species. Killing him would be an act of genocide, all the more cruel for bringing him to Coruscant in the first place. She asked Anakin to help her convince Palpatine not to hurt him. He agreed, but once they were in Palpatine’s office, Anakin was also persuaded to side with the Chancellor in a moment that showed just how morally committed he already was. After a failed attempt to kill him with poison gas, the Zillo Beast escaped, wreaking havoc in the city. He was eventually killed with more gas, completing the Palpatine genocide.

More recently, Vader has begun to question Palpatine’s influence on the previous series. Star Wars: Darth Vader by Greg Pak and Raffaele Ienco. He has awakened to the horrors of his past crimes and the ways in which Palpatine’s lies shaped his life. His motives for fighting the Zillo Beast remain a mystery, but one of those past actions that bloodied his metal hands was the failed attempt to kill the god Benathy. Kylo Ren took note of this, but couldn’t learn the right lessons. Kylo managed to kill the Zillo Beast, but he repeated Vader’s greatest failure: allowing himself to be manipulated by Palpatine.

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