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Move to: "Wilhuff Tarkin"? --SparqMan 23:25, 9 May 2005 (UTC)

  • Agree, names not ranks.--Eion 23:26, 9 May 2005 (UTC)
    • I agree with the agreement. --Beeurd 23:40, 9 May 2005 (UTC)
      • Also concur. JSarek 23:45, 9 May 2005 (UTC)
        • Done.--SparqMan 00:09, 10 May 2005 (UTC)

Revised historyEdit

The retcon of Tarkin's history given the pre-ROTS EU material has created some problems with the previous history we've been given. This blog entry does a good job of tying it all together. I recommend it as a source for updating this article. --SparqMan 07:12, 12 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Could we have this section expanded? very littl info for an important imperial figure

Hair colorEdit

Why is it black? Both Wayne Pygram and Peter Cushing had red hair in the role. Kuralyov 16:07, 19 Jul 2005 (UTC)

  • Looks red-brown to me. --SparqMan 17:26, 19 Jul 2005 (UTC)

ROTS Picture, Anyone?Edit

Does anyone have a picture of Wayne Pygram as Tarkin from ROTS? I think one should be in here, but I haven't had any luck in finding one. Kuralyov 00:54, 2 Sep 2005 (UTC)

  • Except for screencaps, the only released one is in Hyperspace. I'd wait till the DVD to get a proper one. QuentinGeorge 06:06, 2 Sep 2005 (UTC)
    • Speaking of the Hyperspace pic, doesn't anyone realize that it's already on this page?TIEPilot051999 04:57, 30 Oct 2005 (UTC)

Death StarEdit

It says here Tarkin presented Palpatine w/ the death star plans when its shows in Episode II that Dooku brought the plans to palpatine, anyone got ideas of what to do to fix this?

  • Nothing's wrong with it. Tarkin presented Palpatine with the plans, while he had received them as Darth Sidious from Dooku prior to that. Admiral J. Nebulax (talk) Imperial Emblem 20:40, 7 April 2006 (UTC)
    • Wrong way around. It's in 29 BBY that Tarkin presents Palpatine with the plans. The handover goes Sienar -> Tarkin -> Palpatine -> Dooku -> Geonosians -> Dooku -> Palpatine -> Scientists in the Maw. QuentinGeorge 22:34, 7 April 2006 (UTC)
      • Oops... Admiral J. Nebulax (talk) Imperial Emblem 23:08, 7 April 2006 (UTC)
      • Why would Palpatine give them to Dooku in 29 BBY-ish (around then) only for Dooku to give them to the Geonosians and have them give it back to him in 22 BBY, and for him to give them to Palpatine?, why didn't Palpatine, who seems to be the first person to have had it, just give them to Scientists in the Maw?

Brisky 05:46, 8 June 2006 (UTC)

"commander of the Republic Outland Regions Security Force."Edit

Is Tarkin ever called commander of the Outland Regions Security Force, rather than a Commander in the Outland Regions Security Force? New Essential Chronology or New Essential Guide to Characters, perhaps? --McEwok 11:08, 30 June 2006 (UTC)

Main imageEdit

I have restored the main image twice now. Someone keeps removing the older Tarkin pic completely and replacing it with the younger pic. Aside from the fact that the younger one looks like his face is made of rubber (because it is), I think the older one is more recognizable to people, both in-universe and in the real world. Anyone disagree? -- Ozzel 23:27, 30 August 2006 (UTC)

  • No objections here. Like Beru Lars, Owen Lars and Obi-Wan Kenobi, it needs to be of his oldest, movie, appearance. Not a younger one. I believe the exception to the rule is Palpatine due to the similarities in appearance and the lack of good quality images from ROTJ. --RedemptionTalk Uglykotoricon 23:30, 30 August 2006 (UTC)

Did Tarkin know of Palpatines true identity??Edit

In A NEW Hope, we hear Tarkin say to Vader "The jedi are all extinct, you are the last of their kind." But thats not true. Vader was SECOND to last because there was a sith rule of two, a master and an apprentice. Tarkin knew Vader was an apprentice. But did he knew Palpatine was his master?? Did he know Palpatine was in fact Darth sidious?? Did he know Palpatine carried a saber and was capable of using the force when neccassary???? Unsigned comment by Dillion Ryan (talk • contribs).

  • It is true that Vader was "the last of the Jedi"—from a certain point-of-view. Palpatine was Sith, and never a Jedi, whereas Vader once was. Cutch 16:00, 2 September 2006 (UTC)
    • If you read the book Death Star, you know that Tarkin does not know of Vader's origins. He thinks in the book that there is some connection between the mysterious disappearance of Anakin, a rumoured body retrieved from Mustafar, and possible dealings with Vader and Skywalker. He never thinks that Vader is Skywalker even for a moment. He proabably said "last of the Jedi" as a loose term for force users, just as Yoda used the term padawans loosely in Ep. II when talking to Obi--Governor Jerjerrod 21:24, 18 March 2009 (UTC)

Tarkin in Clone Wars AdventuresEdit

Is that Tarkin on the penultimate page of Heroes on Both Sides from Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 5? He's got the right hairstyle, and the features, though toon-ified, do somewhat remind me of the guy - \\Captain Kwenn// Ahoy! 16:08, 10 November 2006 (UTC)

The Death Star's TIE FightersEdit

Hi there, new guy here, I'd like to dispute this part of the article:

"Had Tarkin listened, and deployed the thousands upon thousands of TIE starfighters docked in the station, the Rebels would have quickly and brutally been finished off."

There are several factors in ANH that may dispute this claim of "thousands and thousands of TIEs"

1. The Moff's meeting where they are arguing and boasting that now that they have the Death Star, they should'nt be afraid of anybody.

2. When Vader is telling Tarkin of Leia's considerable resistance to the mind probe, an officer comes in that the final checks are complete and that the Death Star is fully operational.

3. Vader's "Then we'll have to destroy them ship to ship" command, indicating that he's ordering the fighter complement to be scrambled.

Clearly, what we can gather here is that the Death Star looks like it is on its shakedown cruise, much like the Enterprise-B of Star Trek Generations. Modern aircraft carriers don't get their aircraft complement until all ship bugs have been worked out. The Death Star may have the capacity to house thousands of fighters but it looks like in ANH, it didn't have yet its full fighter complement, perhaps, Tarkin's arrogance that since the Death Star is fully operational anyway, it can withstand anything the Rebels can throw at it, and his pride blinded him to the fact that the Rebels had already found a way to destroy it hence "Evacuate?! In our moment of triumph?! I think you overestimate their chances!" Unsigned comment by Darth Exile (talk • contribs).

  • Hmm.. that's a good theory, never thought about that before. However, the book Death Star already exhibits the fact that the Death Star already has it's "thousands and thousands of TIEs" , or at least several wings, on board. I however agree with you on the fact that is is a trifle unreasonable that Tarkin only sent Black Squadron out to destroy the Rebels, so maybe all these TIEs where onboard the station, yet unready for launching (no pilots, need maintenance, etc...). Then again, Tarkin was not the sanest Imperial commander, so possibly he thought that the 12 fighters of Black Squadron was enough- albiet it proved to very well be.--Brymetsprite 01:38, September 24, 2010 (UTC)


This picture gives me nightmares can we change it to say...... the confrence scene yes no maybe so Unsigned comment by Ryal (talk • contribs).

I agree with the guy,this pic gives me the creeps,it must be changed!spartan-53 aka Darth odysseas 13:10, 20 July 2008 (UTC)

The current infobox picture is of good quality, face-on, and doesn't have any distracting features. There is no need for it to be changed. Darth Anakin 14:35, 20 July 2008 (UTC)

  • Saying that the picture scares you is not a good reason for removing it. If you can't handle it, just don't look at it. Grand Moff Tranner Imperial Department of Military Research (Comlink) 14:47, 20 July 2008 (UTC)
  • Actually, considering what kind of fellow Tarkin was, saying that it scares you seems like a good reason to keep it! 04:03, 27 December 2008 (UTC)

I say we should change it to a pic of him a little farther back from the screen.DArth Judicar 1998 February 17 2009 (utc)

Ranulph TarkinEdit

They were cousins. Why doesn't this page make a mention of it? 01:59, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

Knowledge of Palpatine's Identity Edit

Did he have Knowledge of Palpatine's Identity, before the Empire? Mecenarylord 17:17, 18 February 2009 (UTC)

No, he had no idea. --Admrial Thrawn 06:04, December 30, 2009 (UTC)

TFU2 Edit

Tarkin has a brief appearance in the TFUII novel; it's probably worth mentioning.--ID-21 Dolphin DolphinJedi(Talk) 21:07, October 28, 2010 (UTC)

Does he age? Edit

At the end of episode 3, you'll see Tarkin talking to Palpatine, & he's an old man. then, 20 or so years later in episode 4-he's still an old man! Do Eriaduans hardly age? It may have been a filming mistake, but would MR. Lucas really make that big a mistake?

He was younger in 3 than in ep 4. It wasn't even played by the same actor so hardly could have been of identical ages. Talk about the article not debate the characters. --Jaguartalon 22:52, May 7, 2012 (UTC)

The Clone WarsEdit

The upcoming Clone Wars Episode Citidel portrays Tarkin as being a Captain in the Republic's army, not as a governor. Should this be mentioned somewhere in the article? 17:23, February 11, 2011 (UTC)

  • For now, it would probably be good to add {{TCWretcon}} to the article and a sourced note in the Behind the scenes sectio, IMO. 1358 (Talk) 17:29, February 11, 2011 (UTC)
    • Or actually wait until the episode airs. -- I need a name (Complain here) 18:07, February 11, 2011 (UTC)
      • The Cartoon Network promo for Citidel refers to him as "Captain" Tarkin. The Clone Wars references (and refutes) the EU's idea that Maul was born on Iridonia, so hopefully they'll at least reference Tarkin's position as governor. 05:03, February 13, 2011 (UTC)

Grand Moff not so grand? Edit

In Star Wars: A New Hope... If Grand Moff Tarkin was so grand.... Why didn't he just blow up Yavin instead of go around it and try to destroy it's moon which housed the rebel scum? Yes I get that he thought the Death Star was invincible and he was arrogant. Yes I get Yavin Prime was a gas planet but.. taken straight from Wookipedia: "Yavin's atmosphere was made up of thick clouds swept about by violent, hurricane-force winds. Any craft that entered the atmosphere without benefit of a tracking beacon would quickly become lost, its pilot disoriented by the buffeting winds. It was believed these storms lasted all the way to the surface without letting up."

The last sentence clearly states there is a surface to the planet.

--Daniel Lee Collins 06:27, April 24, 2011 (UTC)

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