Villain Overview

Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith so powerful and so wise, he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life. He had such a knowledge of the dark side, he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.
~ Palpatine about the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis.

Darth Plagueis is the posthumous overarching antagonist of the entire Star Wars franchise.

Born under the name of Hego Damask II, and remembered as Darth Plagueis the Wise, is a Muun Dark Lord of the Sith, heir to the lineage of Darth Bane and a master of midi-chlorian manipulation. He lived during the century leading up to the Invasion of Naboo. Obsessed with eternal life, Plagueis experimented with ways to cheat death and create new life from the midi-chlorians.

His great contribution to the history of the galaxy was training Darth Sidious in the ways of the Sith and the dark side of the Force, whom he incited to take control of the galaxy and bring about an age of the Sith. Sidious, convinced that his master had outlived his usefulness, eventually killed him in his sleep.

Years later, Sidious (in his civilian guise of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine) recounted Plagueis' story as The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise, an old "Sith legend", to sway Anakin Skywalker to the dark side.

Roles

Legends

In the legends, he serves as the villainous main protagonist of novel Darth Plagueis.

Canon

In the Skywalker Saga he serves as the unseen overarching antagonist of The Phantom Menace and as the posthumous overarching antagonis of the other movies.

Personality

You must begin by gaining power over yourself; then another; then a group, an order, a world, a species, a group of species… finally, the galaxy itself.
~ Darth Plagueis

Plagueis was considered to be mystic, despite the fact that he sought to develop an entirely rationalistic system of Force study, was among the few Sith Lords to have serious doubts about the existence of Force ghosts - even after confronting the purported ghost of Marka Ragnos—and was similarly wary of supposed prophecies. He was an enthusiastic devotee of the dark side, and a lover of things otherworldly and arcane.

Obsessed with the prospect of eternal life and ideas of spontaneous regeneration, he remained focused on matters of the material world, though in later years Darth Vader mused that Plagueis had also desired a way to preserve the immaterial self after the death of the body. Although Plagueis, as a Sith Lord, rejected common morality and interpersonal ties as artificial restrictions fabricated by the weak to control the strong, he did develop a genuine bond with his apprentice, Darth Sidious, in an attempt to break the cycle of death started by Bane and thus further their own goals. Plagueis' effort was not reciprocated, however, and Sidious ultimately murdered his Master in cold blood.

Plagueis was wise and intellectual, so he possessed a logical mind, and his apprentice Palpatine believed that the extent to which he turned his sight inward was the source of his power and knowledge. He believed that power was to be gained incrementally, beginning with the self and culminating with control of the entire galaxy. As his own powers grew, he became afraid of nothing but losing that power.

Plagueis was pathologically afraid of death, and this was the main reason he was chosen by Darth Tenebrous as an apprentice. He elected to change the usual means of Sith succession, death of the master by the hand of the apprentice, by becoming immortal together with his own apprentice and forgoing the need for succession. Eventually, he achieved a level of midi-chlorian control that allowed him to kill and resurrect sentient beings, as well as regenerate damaged or aged portions of his body through direct mental contact with the organelles, and came to see himself as the Sith'ari, the being free from all restrictions. However, as a result of his arrogance and his lack of precognitive abilities resulting from his maxi-chlorian infection, he never saw his own death coming.

Powers and abilities

Plagueis was a master of esoteric and unnatural aspects of the Force. With it, he was able to manipulate the essence of life, a power Palpatine believed was directly tied to his inward sight. Plagueis could save others from death and, when his power was applied to the extreme, create new life from the midi-chlorians found in all lifeforms. Plagueis even discovered the ability to retain one's identity in the Force while becoming one with it, but this manner of surviving death did not appeal to him, as he was not concerned with the non-material world.

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Trivia

  • Unlike other characters who lived before the movies took place, Darth Plagueis has not made any significant in-person appearances, though he was briefly mentioned by Emperor Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith. However, the suggestion that Darth Plagueis may have manipulated the midi-chlorians to conceive Anakin Skywalker aside having trained Palpatine into the ways of the Dark Side of the Force could make Plagueis the Greater-Scope Villain of the entire Star Wars saga.
  • It was theorized that Supreme Leader Snoke is Darth Plagueis; however, this was quickly proven wrong, as Andy Serkis said that Snoke is "just Snoke". The Rise of Skywalker furthermore clarified Snoke as a creation of Palpatine.
    • However, since then, some people have theorized that Snoke is actually a clone of Plagueis.
  • Since he has the abilities to create illusions, he may have known that Palpatine would kill him and Palpatine actually killed the illusion of Plagueis.
  • In the first draft of Colin Trevorrow's original script for The Rise of Skywalker, Kylo Ren was going to find an holocron with a hologram of Emperor Palpatine which would guide him to the Remnicore system to be trained under Tor Valum, Plagueis' Sith Master.
  • In the novelization of The Rise of Skywalker, it's explained that Palpatine survived his death in Return of the Jedi thanks to Plagueis' teachings. The novel details that when Anakin threw Palpatine into the reactor shaft of the Death Star II, Palpatine recalled Plagueis' technique to cheat death and called all the power of the Dark Side of the Force to leave his original body as a spirit and send himself to a clone that awaited him on Exegol.
  • There were plans for him to appear in the videogame The Force Unleashed as a reformed Dark Side mentor to Galen Marek.

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Leaders: Emperor Palpatine | Darth Vader
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Imperial Officers: Admiral Konstantine | Admiral Motti | Admiral Ozzel | Admiral Piett | Admiral Versio | Commandant Aresko | General Tagge | General Veers | Governor Pryce | Grand Admiral Thrawn | Grand Moff Tarkin | Moff Jerjerrod | Moff Gideon | Moff Raythe | Taskmaster Grint
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Affiliates: The Client | Doctor Pershing | Morgan Elsbeth | Imperial Navy | COMPNOR | Naare

First Order
Benefactor: Darth Sidious
Leaders: Supreme Leader Snoke | Supreme Leader Kylo Ren | Allegiant General Pryde
Officers: Captain Canady | Captain Peavey | Captain Phasma | Colonel Datoo | Colonel Kaplan | Commander Hask | Commander Pyre | Grand Admiral Sloane | General Hux | Major Baron Vonreg
Other Officials and Operatives: Agent Terex | Agent Tierny | BB-9E | Carise Sindian | FN-2199
Soldiers: Elite Praetorian Guards | Stormtroopers
Affiliates: Sith Eternal | Captain Sabrond | Sith Troopers | Knights of Ren

Nightsisters
Leaders: Mother Talzin
Members: Asajj Ventress | Merrin | Old Daka

Shadow Collective
Leaders: Maul | Prime Minister Almec | Savage Opress | Pre Vizsla
Members: Bo-Katan Kryze | Gar Saxon | Rook Kast | Ziton Moj | Jabba the Hutt | Mother Talzin | Dryden Vos
Sub-groups: Death Watch | Mandalorian Super Commandos | Black Sun | Pyke Syndicate | Hutt Clan | Crimson Dawn | Nightbrothers

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Jabba the Hutt | Ziro the Hutt

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See Also
Star Wars Legends Villains | Star Wars The Old Republic Villains

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Galactic Alliance Guard
Darth Caedus | Tahiri Veila

Galactic Empire
Armand Isard | Baron Merillion Tarko | Crispin Hoedaack | Carnor Jax | COMPNOR | Ennix Devian | Faie | Gilad Pellaeon | Lord Hethrir | Imperial Navy | Juno Eclipse | Kir Kanos | Roan Fel | Natasi Daala | Ozzik Sturn | PROXY | Rom Mohc | Rukh | Sarkli | Sate Pestage | Stafuv Rahz | Thrawn | Tenn Graneet | Trioculus | Warlord Zsinj | Ysanne Izzard

New Galactic Empire
Cos Dashit | Crispin Hoedaack | Darth Vader | Valorum | Vantos Coll

One Sith
Leader: Darth Krayt
Sith Lords: Darth Azard | Darth Havok | Darth Kruhl | Darth Luft | Darth Maladi | Darth Nihl | Darth Rauder | Darth Reave | Darth Ruyn | Darth Stryfe | Darth Talon | Darth Vurik | Darth Wredd | Darth Wyyrlok I | Darth Wyyrlok II | Darth Wyyrlok III | Saarai | Vul Isen
Soldiers: Darth Krayt's Sith Troopers | Morlish Veed

Prophets of the Dark Side
Cronal | Darth Millennial | Jedgar | Kadann | Sariss

Sith and Dark Jedi
Abeloth | Adas | Ajunta Pall | Aleema Keto | Alema Rar | Alora | Azrakel | Black Knights | Brakiss | Brotherhood of Darkness | Crado | The Dark Apprentice | The Dark Underlord | Darth Andeddu | Darth Bane | Darth Cognus | Darth Desolous | Darth Gean | Darth Gravid | Darth Guile | Darth Homiiz | Darth Karnage | Darth Morias | Darth Phobos | Darth Plagueis | Darth Ramage | Darth Rivan | Darth Ruin | Darth Scabrous | Darth Simi | Darth Vectivus | Darth Venamis | Darth Zannah | Desann | Exar Kun | Freedom Nadd | Galen Marek | Jerec | Jorrus C'baoth | Karness Muur | Kazdan Paratus | Komari Vosa | Kueller | Lomi Plo | Lumiya | Luuke Skywalker | Mara Jade | Maris Brood | Reborn | Rugess Nome | Sarcev Quest | Skere Kaan | Sora Bulq | Sorzus Syn | Tamith Kai | Tavion Axmis | Tol Skorr | Ulic Qel-Droma | Unidentified Sith Master (Dxun) | Vergere | Welk | X1 | Xanatos | Xendor | XoXann | Zekk | Zona Luka

Yuuzhan Vong
Czulkang Lah | Drathul | Elan | Harrar | Mezhan Kwaad | Nas Choka | Nen Yim | Nom Anor | Onimi | Peace Brigade | Shimmra Jamaane | Tsavong Lah

Confederacy of Independent Systems
Soldiers: Alto Stratus | Cavik Toth | Cydon Prax | Durge | Gizor Dellso | Kul Teska | Oro Dassyne | Sun Fac
Dark Acolytes: Sev'rance Tann | Sora Bulq | Asajj Ventress | Tol Skorr | Kadrian Sey

Nightsisters
Mighella | Sai Sircu | Zalem

Glitteryll Conspiracy
Asanté Vos | Chom Frey Kaa | Pol Secura

Other
Amanoa | Ban Papeega | Beilert Valance | Borsk Fey'lya | Burbakker Teep | Chop'aa Notimo | Connus Treli | Drexl Roosh | Dur Gejjen | Durga the Hutt | Erisi Dlarit | Gardulla the Elder | Gault Rennow | Gorog | Granta Omega | Grappa the Hutt | Groff Haugg | Hanharr | Jenna Zan Arbor | Kleef | Krayt Dragons | Longo Two-Guns | Lord Starkiller | Meeko Ghintee | Montross | Niles Ferrier | Prince Xizor | Sebolto | Sun Guard | Talon Karrde | Thrackan Sal-Solo | Tor Vizsla | Tyber Zann | Zorba the Hutt

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