It's funny, when I think of Star Wars, I don't necessarily think of it as this dark movie franchise. After all, George Lucas chucked all sorts of kid-friendly things in there, and most of us who fell in love with the original series did so when we were little tykes playing in the sandboxes of our imaginations. That said, when you take a closer look at the entire franchise -- all six films -- it's not hard to spot some pretty dark moments in there. Our friends over at Galactic Binder did just that, pointing out the top 20 darkest Star Wars moments.

A bunch of the darker moments involve the death of a character -- like the Ewok murder in Jedi, the death of Qui-Gon Jinn in Episode I or the death of Shmi Skywalker -- or (and this one's my favorite) the death of all those young Jedi kids at the hands of Anakin Skywalker; a scene folks were surprised to see included in Revenge of the Sith, even though the action took place off screen.

As far as the darkest moment in Star Wars movie history goes, they're giving it to that strange, surreal scene in which Luke, on Dagobah, meets Darth Vader and slices off his head only to see that his own face was inside Darth's helmet. Remember that freaky scene? Creepy. The rest of the top five include Anakin's death in Revenge of the Sith, Luke's Aunt and Uncle burned alive in A New Hope, Anakin choking a pregnant Padme nearly to death and the Emperor's merciless use of force lightning.

What do you think is the darkest moment in Star Wars movie history?
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