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'''Emperor Sheev Palpatine''', also known as '''Darth Sidious''' or simply as '''The Emperor''', is the main antagonist of the ''Star Wars'' franchise.
'''Emperor Sheev Palpatine''', also known as '''Darth Sidious''' or simply as '''The Emperor''', is the main antagonist of the ''Star Wars'' franchise.
He serves as the main antagonist of the original, prequel and sequel trilogies, the overarching antagonist of both ''Star Wars: The Clone Wars'' (2008 animated stand-alone film and 2008 animated TV series) and the 2014 animated TV show ''Star Wars Rebels'', and the unseen overarching antagonist of both the 2016 stand-alone film ''Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'' and the 2019 video game ''Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order''. He is serving as the main antagonist of 2019's ''The Rise of Skywalker'', the third and final installment of the sequel trilogy and the man behind the events of the pervious two movies.
He serves as the main antagonist of ''Return of the Jedi'', ''Revenge Of The Sith'' and ''The Rise Of Skywalker'' trilogies, a minor antagonist in ''The Empire Strikes Back'', the overarching antagonist of both ''Star Wars: The Clone Wars'' (2008 animated stand-alone film and 2008 animated TV series) and the 2014 animated TV show ''Star Wars Rebels'', and the unseen overarching antagonist of both the 2016 stand-alone film ''Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'' and the 2019 video game ''Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order''. He is serving as the main antagonist of 2019's ''The Rise of Skywalker'', the third and final installment of the sequel trilogy and the man behind the events of the pervious two movies.
He also appears as the main antagonist, the overarching antagonist, and/or a posthumous antagonist in several novels and comic books within both the ''Star Wars'' Legends continuity and the Canon continuity.
He also appears as the main antagonist, the overarching antagonist, and/or a posthumous antagonist in several novels and comic books within both the ''Star Wars'' Legends continuity and the Canon continuity.

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Villain Overview
Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
~ Emperor Palpatine's most famous quote.
It is unavoidable. It is your destiny. You, like your father, are now... mine!
~ Emperor Palpatine to Luke Skywalker.
Use your aggressive feelings, boy! Let the hate flow through you!
~ Emperor Palpatine.
Long have I waited... for my grandchild to come home. I never wanted you dead, I wanted you here... Empress Palpatine. You will take the throne. It is your birthright to rule here... it is in your blood... our blood.
~ Palpatine reveals his new goals to his granddaughter Rey.

Emperor Sheev Palpatine, also known as Darth Sidious or simply as The Emperor, is the main antagonist of the Star Wars franchise.

He serves as the main antagonist of Return of the Jedi, Revenge Of The Sith and The Rise Of Skywalker trilogies, a minor antagonist in The Empire Strikes Back, the overarching antagonist of both Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 animated stand-alone film and 2008 animated TV series) and the 2014 animated TV show Star Wars Rebels, and the unseen overarching antagonist of both the 2016 stand-alone film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the 2019 video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. He is serving as the main antagonist of 2019's The Rise of Skywalker, the third and final installment of the sequel trilogy and the man behind the events of the pervious two movies.

He also appears as the main antagonist, the overarching antagonist, and/or a posthumous antagonist in several novels and comic books within both the Star Wars Legends continuity and the Canon continuity.

He is an immensely powerful Sith Lord and the ruler of the Galactic Empire, which he formed from the Galactic Republic, who was also the de-facto ruler of the CIS, which he used to give himself autocratic powers as Chancellor of the Galactic Republic. As the Dark Lord of the Sith, Sidious plotted to overthrow the Jedi by manipulating the events of the Clone Wars to bring himself to rule the whole galaxy; thus posing as the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic throughout these events. He is also revealed to be the benefactor and true leader of the First Order, and that he is the paternal grandfather of Rey.

In the saga films, he was most famously portrayed by Ian McDiarmid, after previously being voiced by Clive Revill, and portrayed by the late Marjorie Eaton in the original edition of The Empire Strikes Back. In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, he was voiced by the late Ian Abercrombie, and later Tim Curry; who also played Hexxus in FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Ben Ravencroft, Drake, and many other villains. McDiarmid returned to voice Palpatine when he appeared in the final season of Star Wars Rebels. Clive Revill voiced him in the original cut of The Empire Strikes Back.


Emperor Palpatine

Emperor Sheev Palpatine

At first, Palpatine appeared to be a compassionate, well-meaning and harmless individual. However, this was nothing more a public facade that he made up to hide his true nature as Darth Sidious, and as the Sith Lord he exposes it all. He is actually a very murderous, irredeemable, ambitious, power-hungry, ruthless, sadistic, psychopathic, egotistical and unpredictable individual. And as such, there was only one goal he had in mind to accomplish: total control of the entire galaxy. Cold and dominant, those who weren't obedient to Sidious were destroyed as Sidious never held true kindness to anyone.

Despite his arrogance, Sidious was highly intelligent, patient and manipulative, possessing some sense of humor as shown by his laughter. He was also known to be treacherous and deceptive, as he would kill his allies or have them killed such as Count Dooku and Viceroy Gunray, as he had no desire to share his power with anyone, especially his apprentices, and unlike most of the other Sith Lords, he prefers using mental breaking and the Force over physical strength. During the early parts of his plan, Darth Sidious preferred to speak to servants such as Dooku by hologram. He gave orders for the Separatists' next move and then disappeared as quickly as he appeared.

After he had successfully gained full control of it, Darth Sidious turned the Galactic Republic into the Galactic Empire to restore the Sith Empire. He abandoned his public persona and openly became a tyrannical dark lord; despite this, he never revealed that he was the Dark Lord of the Sith to the public; as only his most trusted followers were aware of his Sith identity. Darth Sidious was the only Sith Master/Dark Lord of the Sith in the history of the galaxy to achieve the ultimate goal of the Sith Order: to eradicate the Jedi Order and bring the galaxy under the rule of the Sith.

Sidious also greatly desired to become immortal; his master had once had the ability to keep others from dying using the dark side of the Force. Palpatine/Sidious learned this same ability and desired to use a similar power, if one did exist, to increase his lifespan so that he could rule the galaxy forever, with one such scheme involving the creation of a Force-made virus, called Project Blackwing.

However Sidious's searches for such secrets of the Sith were ultimately fruitless (as the Blackwing virus turned its hosts into undead zombies and had to be eradicated), and he never found a way to become immortal. Despite his desire for immortality, Sidious would anticipate the possibility of facing death, and in some cases, he is willing to forsake his own life by provoking any person to kill him in order to convert that person into the dark side and carry on his evil legacy.

Like most practitioners of the dark side of the Force, Darth Sidious was susceptible to fear to the point of being paranoid. This paranoia was extensive to the point where he feared the power of other Force-users and had them hunted down and either killed or turned to his side as loyal servants. However, his paranoia was never extended to the point of being cowardly and pusillanimous, as he felt little fear and was more than willing to get into confrontations with exceptionally powerful opponents like Mace Windu and Yoda if necessary. Sidious's greatness weakness was his inability to understand good completely as Vader betrayed the tyrant at the cost of all power over love for his son and galaxy peace.

Despite his evil nature, he was a known patron of the arts; this was evidenced in the craftsmanship of his lightsabers, and the many statue and sculptures present in his office during his time as chancellor. However, he abandoned most of his love of the arts when he became emperor in favor of expanding his power. In addition, although Sidious openly acknowledged his being a Dark Sider he also did not consider himself evil, but rather thought of himself as a savior. Thus, one could argue that he considers him a being above good or evil.

Following his revival, Sidious's mind became more sharper as he was able to arrange the creation of Supreme Leader Snoke and the First Order as a means of restoring the Galactic Empire, and to convert Vader's grandson Ben Solo into the dark side as Kylo Ren and manipulate him into doing his bidding, all behind the shadows. Upon learning that he had a granddaughter named Rey who would become very powerful with the Force, Sidious was determined to have her brought over and turned into the dark side; even ordering the deaths of Rey's parents when they refused to sell out Rey to him, as well as goading Rey into killing him so that she will continue his Sith legacy. When it became clear to Palpatine that Rey refused to embrace his legacy as a Sith, Sidious was determined to kill his own granddaughter for her defiance, proving that even after experiencing death, he still selfishly desired for ultimate power to the point of destroying his own family bloodline. It was those very same traits of arrogance and selfishness that eventually led to Sidious' final downfall, as he underestimated Rey's true potential when she uses the combined strength of the deceased Jedi spirits (including Vader's) to finally destroy the evil emperor for good. This proves once and for all that Palpatine is nothing more than a purely evil madman who only cares about himself. It also shows that he might even have little regard for his own life given that he knew that Rey could kill him once she fostered her skills.

Powers and Abilities

The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be... unnatural.
~ Darth Sidious describing the Dark Side of the Force

The Force

Palpatine zaps Luke

Palpatine electrocuting Luke Skywalker after he refuses to join the dark side.

Despite his old age, Darth Sidious was immensely powerful and had an amazingly strong connection to the dark side of the Force, considered to be the most powerful Sith ever. His power and skill in the usage of the Force exceed that of Darth Vader after he was badly burned in Mustafar and Darth Tyranus and can only be matched, if not slightly surpassed, by Yoda.

He was extremely skilled in using Force lightning and was known to use this power both as a deadly attack and as a means of torture. On several occasions on Ryloth, he used bursts of lightning which not only killed numerous Twi'leks but badly charred and scorched their carapaces, which were tough enough to repel heavy blaster fire. On another occasion, he used the ability to damage a Twi'lek freighter's engines badly enough to pull it out of the sky with telekinesis. Sidious could use Force lightning in a number of creative ways, including striking multiple enemies at once, with the bolts jumping from one victim to the other, like a chain and imbuing the ground around a victim's feet with energy, effectively electrocuting them.

His Force lighting is powerful enough that even someone of Yoda's caliber had noticeable difficulty deflecting it using the Force. Another more obscure ability that he possessed was the power to produce a dark aura, a miniature storm of force energy that slowed the movement of, and tortured all caught within its radius. He was also highly skilled with telekinesis; during his duel with Yoda, he levitated several Senate pods simultaneously, including the one he was standing on, with great dexterity and accuracy. Likewise, he was skilled enough with telekinesis that he was also able to remove Luke Skywalker's handcuffs while barely lifting his finger when meeting face to face on the second Death Star.

On Mandalore, he casually telekinetically strangled two Mandalorians at once killing them, and easily pinned both Darth Maul and Savage Opress against a wall without them being able to break free before deliberately releasing them and later easily threw around Maul after disarming him telekinetically, He once also telekinetically choked Count Dooku from hundreds of light years away during a holo-transmission.

Darth Sidious was highly adept at foreseeing the future, often utilizing the power to see his plots to fruition, ensuring that all would proceed as he had envisioned. His accuracy with this power can only be rivaled by that of Yoda. The Dark Lord was also adept in the use of Force persuade, to the extent that he was able to take complete control of a subject's mind and force them to obey his commands. He was also capable of telepathically communicating with Darth Vader over a distance of hundreds of light-years. Palpatine also had a remarkably keen ability to sense the thoughts and feelings of others, including those of incredibly powerful Force adepts such as Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. On a related note, he was also capable of hiding his thoughts and feelings from even such individuals as Yoda and managed to conceal his true dark nature from the entire Jedi Council for decades before deliberately revealing himself.

Surprisingly, following his supposed death during the battle at Endor, Palpatine was able to use the Force to revive himself through his great mastery over the dark side of the Force along with the knowledge on how to cheat death by manipulating the midi-chlorians. He would later use these skills to hide himself from public while creating the First Order as a means of rebuild his empire under the shadows.

Lightsaber Skills


Darth Sidious during his duel with Yoda.

Despite his old age, Darth Sidious was incredibly skilled in lightsaber combat and an extremely gifted duelist. He was one of the greatest lightsaber duelists in the history of the galaxy. Sidious' lightsaber skills were such that he had mastered all the forms of lightsaber combat and could shift from one combat form to another fluidly and without effort. Sidious' technique and fighting style was a combination of brutal aggression and lethal precision, making him an almost unstoppable opponent.

Sidious' skills in Lightsaber combat allowed him to effortlessly kill Agen Kolar and Saesee Tiin with a single blow, who was among the best duelists of their time. He then swiftly overpowered and killed the formidable Kit Fitso while also engaged with Mace Windu. He proved capable of matching Windu in their duel and even initially seemed to have the upper hand, although he was defeated by the latter ultimately and loses one of 2 Lightsabers. He succeeds to kill Windu only because Anakin Skywalker intervenes. Sidious even managed to stalemate Yoda himself for an extended period before he was outmatched in their lightsaber duel.

Although Sidious usually used only one lightsaber, he was also extremely skilled in the art of Jar'Kai, evidenced when he used both of his lightsabers against Darth Maul and Savage Opress with tremendous skill and efficiency and using a ferocious, but fluid, fighting style, managed to duel both of them at once on equal grounds and ultimately managed to separate them. He then effortlessly killed Opress, who used a double-bladed lightsaber, in mere seconds and proceeded to duel Maul also using 2 lightsabers. Almost effortlessly, Sidious ultimately overpowered Maul and disarmed him of his 2 Lightsabers by forcing his blades down toward the hilts of Maul's 2 blades and then forcing them apart.

  • Genius-Level Intellect/Master Tactician/Leader/Manipulator: Darth Sidious was amazingly intelligent; his intelligence and wisdom were rivaled only by Yoda, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. As the leader of the Sith Order, he was a highly skilled tactician and a very capable leader. He was very manipulative, as he was able to easily manipulate individuals directly or indirectly to achieve his goals. Sidious even managed to manipulate and deceive Anakin Skywalker, a genius in his own right, into becoming his apprentice and turning him against the Jedi Order. As mentioned above, his respect for the arts resulted in him becoming an expert craftsman. He designed his lightsabers with little if any help from others. He was also smart enough to create Snoke, have him create The First Order, and trick everyone before showing himself. This is despite him still recovering from the injures sustained after Vader's betrayal.


Darth Sidious's valued weapon and possession were his two red-bladed lightsabers, whose hilts were inlaid with gold-colored Electrum metal and made of Phrik alloy, making them indestructible, even to other lightsabers. The weapons bore the same appearance to one another save for one being coated in an unknown black alloy. Being a patron of the arts, the lightsabers were elegantly crafted with an artisan's skill and were small enough that they could be easily hidden up his sleeves. While in office as Supreme Chancellor, Palpatine/Sidious always kept one of his lightsabers hidden inside a Neuranium statue on his desk in his office in case of emergencies. Both lightsabers were utilized together once in his duel on Mandalore against his former apprentice, Darth Maul, and Maul's brother, Savage Oppress.

  • First Lightsaber: Darth Sidious built his first red-bladed lightsaber during his apprenticeship under Darth Plagueis. It would remain in his possession until his death, but what happened to it after Sidious' death is unknown.
  • Second Lightsaber: At some point, Darth Sidious had built a second red-bladed lightsaber. It would remain in his possession until his duel against Mace Windu when it was kicked out of Palpatine's office window. Since Sidious viewed the Sith's lightsabers as only existing to mock the Jedi's weapons, following Order 66, Sidious carried no lightsaber (including his remaining lightsaber) and preferred to use the Force as his weapon.

Killed Victims

Other Appearances

Darth Sidious made several other appearances in other TV shows. Some examples are Family Guy (when Cleveland tried to kill Quagmire), and the Mad Scientist once played as Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious in the Star Wars Robot Chicken special. When the developers made Family Guy episodes based on the original trilogy, Carter Pewterschmidt portrayed The Emperor, but he was instead known as "Emperor Carter".


Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

What is it? (Daultay Dofine: This scheme of yours has failed, Lord Sidious. The blockade is finished. We dare not go against the Jedi.) Viceroy, I don't want this stunted slime in my sight again! This turn of events is unfortunate. We must accelerate our plans. Begin landing your troops. (Nute Gunray: My Lord, is that legal?) I will make it legal. (Gunray: And the Jedi?) The Chancellor should never have brought them into this. Kill them, immediately. (Gunray: Yes-yes, my Lord, as you wish.)
~ Sidious ordering Viceroy Gunray to execute Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

How unfortunate that you are attempting to deceive me. (Maul: Master?) You have become a rival!
~ Palpatine upon seeing that Maul was training Savage Opress as his Sith apprentice, indicating that Maul has become a rival as Dark Lord of the Sith.
Remember, the first and only reality of the Sith... there can only be two. And you are no longer my apprentice. You have been replaced.
~ Palpatine reminding Maul of the Rule of Two and that he was replaced as his apprentice by Count Dooku.

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

General Grievous, I suggest you move the Separatist leaders to Mustafar. (Grievous: It will be done, my Lord.) The end of the war is near, general. (Grievous: But the loss of Count Dooku?) His death was a necessary loss. Soon, I will have a new apprentice; one far younger and more powerful.
~ Sidious through hologram explaining to General Grievous that Count Dooku's death was necessary and that he will soon have a new apprentice.
Remember back to your earlier teachings. All who gain power are afraid to lose it. Even the Jedi.
~ Palpatine speaking of the Jedi to Anakin
Good is a point of view, Anakin. The Sith and the Jedi are similar in almost every way, including their quest for greater power.
~ Palpatine on the Jedi and the Sith.
Did you ever hear the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? I thought not. It's not a story the Jedi would tell you. It's a Sith legend.
~ Palpatine begins to tell Anakin about the legendary Sith Lord, Darth Plagueis.
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 talking about the tragedy of Darth Plagueis.
The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.
~ Palpatine on the dark side of the Force.
He became so powerful. The only thing he was afraid was losing his power which eventually of course he did. Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew, then his apprentice killed him in his sleep.
~ Palpatine on the fate of Darth Plagueis
Ironic. He could save others from death, but not himself. (Anakin: Is it possible to learn this power?) Not from a Jedi.
~ Palpatine and Anakin about Plagueis's powers and how to learn them.
They don't trust you Anakin. They see your future they know your power will be too strong to control. You must break through the fog of lies the Jedi have created around you.
~ Palpatine to Anakin on the Jedi Council.
Let me help you to know the subtleties of the Force. (Anakin: How do you know the ways of the Force?) My mentor taught me everything about the Force, even the nature of the dark side. (Anakin: You know the dark side?) Anakin, if one is to understand the great mystery, one must study all its aspects not just the dogmatic view of the Jedi. If you wish to become a complete and wise leader, you must embrace a larger view of the Force. Be careful of the Jedi, Anakin. Only through me can you achieve a power greater than any Jedi. Learn to know the dark side of the Force, and you will be able to save your wife from certain death.
~ Palpatine reveals himself as the Sith Lord.
I know what's been troubling you. Listen to me. Don't continue to be a pawn of the Jedi Council! Ever since I've known you, you have been searching for a life greater than that of an ordinary Jedi, a life of significance, of conscience.
~ Palpatine trying to manipulate Anakin.
Are you going to kill me? (Anakin: I would certainly like to!) I know you would. I can feel your anger. It give you focus… makes you stronger.
~ Palpatine to Anakin.
You have great wisdom, Anakin. Know the power of the dark side, the power to save Padmé.
~ Palpatine further manipulating Anakin
(Mace Windu: The Senate will decide your fate.) I am the Senate! (Mace Windu: Not yet!) It's treason then.
~ Palpatine before engaging Mace Windu in a lightsaber duel.
~ Palpatine before attacking Mace Windu with Force lightning.
~ Darth Sidious killing Mace Windu.
The time has come... execute Order 66!
~ Emperor Palpatine orders Commander Cody and the rest of the clone army to execute Order 66, which is to kill every Jedi in the galaxy.

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

You've done well, Lord Vader. And now I sense you wish to continue your search for young Skywalker. (Vader: Yes my Master.) Patience, my friend. In time, he will seek you out and when he does, you must bring him before me. He has grown strong. Only together can we turn him to the dark side of the Force.
~ The Emperor to Darth Vader on Luke.
Welcome, young Skywalker, I have been expecting you. You no longer need those. Guards, leave us. I'm looking forward to completing your training. In time, you will call me "Master". (Luke Skywalker: You're gravely mistaken. You won't convert me as you did my father.) Oh no, my young Jedi. You will find that it is you who are mistaken... about a GREAT many things.
~ The Emperor upon meeting Luke Skywalker.
(Darth Vader: His lightsaber) Ah, yes, a Jedi's weapon, much like your father's. By now you must know that your father can never be turned from the dark side. So will it be with you. (Luke: You're wrong. Soon I'll be dead, and you with me.) Perhaps you refer to the imminent attack on your Rebel fleet? Yes, I assure you, we are quite safe from your friends here. (Luke: Your overconfidence is your weakness.) Your faith in your friends is yours. (Darth Vader: It is pointless to resist, my son.)
~ Sidious hinting Luke of a possible trap set for the Rebel fleet.
With each passing moment, you make yourself more my servant!
~ The Emperor to Luke.
As you can see, my young apprentice, your friends have failed. Now witness the firepower of this fully ARMED and OPERATIONAL battle station!
~ Palpatine
Fire at will, Commander!
~ Palpatine as he demonstrates his second Death Star.
Your fleet is lost. And your friends on the Endor moon will not survive. There is no escape, my young apprentice. The Alliance… will die, as will your friends. Good, I can feel your anger. I am defenseless. Take your weapon. Strike me down with all of your hatred and your journey towards the dark side will be complete!
~ Palpatine manipulating Luke.
If you will not be turned, you will be destroyed. Young fool, only now at the end do you understand. Your feeble skills are no match for the power of the dark side! You have paid the price for your lack of vision! (Luke: Father, please!) Now, young Skywalker, you will die.
~ Palpatine before Darth Vader throws him into the shaft.

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

At last... Snoke trained you well. (Kylo: I killed Snoke... I'll kill you.) My boy... I made Snoke. I have been every voice you have ever heard inside your head!! The First Order was just the beginning, I will give you so much more. (Kylo: You'll die first.) I have died before. The Dark Side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities, some considered to be... unnatural.
~ Palpatine meeting Kylo in person before confessing that he revived himself through unnatural means of the dark side of the Force, and that he was the one responsible for the creation of Snoke and the First Order, and Kylo's conversion to the dark side.
(Kylo: What could you give me?) Everything... a new empire. The might of the Final Order will soon be ready. It will be yours if you do what I ask: kill the girl, end the Jedi, and become what your grandfather Vader could not. You will rule all the galaxy as the new emperor, but beware... she is not who you think she is.
~ Palpatine ordering Kylo to track down and kill Rey by revealing a powerful massive fleet of Star Destroyers called the Final Order that will destroy planets, right before revealing that he himself is Rey's grandfather.
Long have I waited... for my grandchild to come home. I never wanted you dead, I wanted you here... Empress Palpatine. You will take the throne. It is your birthright to rule here... it is in your blood... our blood. (Rey: I haven't come to lead the Sith, I've come to end them.) As a Jedi? (Rey: Yes.) No... your hatred, your anger, you want to kill me... that is what I want. Kill me, and my spirit will pass into you, as all the Sith live in me. You will be empress... we will be one.
~ Palpatine meeting Rey before revealing that he actually intends for her to kill him so that his spirit and powers will pass down to her as the new Sith Lord and Empress of the Galaxy.
The time has COME!! With your hatred, you will take my life, and you will ascend! (Rey: All you want is for me to hate, but I won't... not even you.) Weak... like your parents! (Rey: My parents were strong... they saved me from you.) Your master Luke Skywalker was saved by his father. The only family you have here... is me. (to the Resistance) They don't have long, no one is coming to help them, and you are the one who led them here. Strike me down, take the throne, reign of a new empire, and the fleet will be yours! Only you have the power to save them. Refuse, and your new family dies. (Rey reluctantly obliges) Good.
~ Palpatine goading Rey to kill him by taunting of her parents' deaths and revealing that he tricked her into leading the Resistance into a trap in Exegol, knowing that they will perish by the power of the Final Order.
The ritual begins!! She will strike me down and pledge herself as a Sith!! She will draw her weapon... she will come to me... she will take her revenge... and with a stroke of her saber... the Sith are reborn!! THE JEDI ARE DEAD!!
~ Palpatine preparing himself to be killed by Rey so that his power will pass onto her, only to learn that she refuses to do so thanks to the arrival of a redeemed Kylo Ren.
Stand together... die together!! The life force of your bond... a dyad in the Force. A power with life itself... unseen for generations. And now, the power of two restores the one true emperor.
~ Palpatine using his Force skills to drain the Force dyad out from both Rey and Kylo, rejuvenating himself in the process.
As once I fell, so falls the last Skywalker! Do not fear the feeble attack, my faithful. NOTHING WILL STOP THE RETURN OF THE SITH!!!
~ Palpatine casting Kylo into a bottomless pit before using his full power of Force lightnings to attack the Resistance armada.
Let your death be the final word in the story of rebellion.
~ Palpatine preparing to kill Rey after sensing that the spirits of the deceased Jedi have gave her their strength for one last stand.
~ Palpatine's last words before he is finally killed by Rey.


  • Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine is often considered one of the most evil villains in television and film history - as his reign of terror in addition to his tyrannies have led to billions of casualties and the destruction of countless planets, thus devastating the galaxy altogether.
  • Historical leaders such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Julius Caesar, Richard Nixon and Alberto Fujimori served as the main influences for his character.
  • In the original script of The Empire Strikes Back, Palpatine was named Cos Dashit, a puppet leader who was controlled by the Moffs. He had no connection to the Force at all. The novelization of A New Hope even hinted at this plot point. However, George Lucas had replaced him as the main mastermind of the Star Wars saga.
  • According to Cory Barlog, a former LucasArts developer, George Lucas originally intended to reveal what exactly happened in Palpatine's life that turned him into the monster he later became in an unproduced live-action television show which never got ahead due budgetary concerns. Reportedly, Lucas wrote an episode that featured a once sympathetic Palpatine falling in love with a heartless woman who wronged him, which caused him to become the ruthless tyrant he is shown to be in the films. Unfortunately, this story, as well its details, hasn't been released as of yet, and thus it isn't currently considered canon.
  • Since the first release of the films, Darth Sidious has become an iconic villain, along with Vader. He is also the second most recurring villain of Star Wars, second only to Vader.
  • Even though Darth Sidious is one of the main antagonists of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, his Sith persona was only seen in 17 episodes out of 121 episodes total. Sidious was only seen in hologram in 1 episode in Season 1 (Cloak of Darkness), 3 episodes in Season 2 (Holocron Heist, Children of the Force and Duchess of Mandalore), 2 episodes in Season 3 (Nightsisters and Ghost of Mortis, the latter as a future vision to Anakin), 2 episodes in Season 4 (Escape from Kadavo and Shadow Warrior), 2 episodes in Season 5, including Revival where he smiles after learning Maul's survival, implying his identity (and the other one being The Lawless), and 7 episodes in Season 6 (The Unknown, Orders, An Old Friend, The Rise of Clovis, Crisis at the Heart, Voices and Sacrifice,) the last one that served the series finale until new episodes were announced.
  • Darth Sidious is portrayed by King Pig in Angry Birds: Star Wars and its prequel, where he retains his Force lightning from before, and when it is activated, he targets the area you tap. Also, as Darth Vader kills the latter quickly when they find that Sidious was the man called Palpatine, he and Mace Windu don't get a chance to duel at all.
    • Darth Sidious is also called "Darth Swindles" when he reincarnates in Angry Birds: Star Wars games. Ironically, he is still more sadistic in the game than King Pig himself is in his universe.
  • In the PS2 version of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, in level 17 Vader takes over the universe post stabbing Sidious. In the vs mode in said game, Windu fighting Vader on the Death Star implies Windu lived in place of Vader's former master and took Vader's life.
  • Palpatine did not make an appearance near the beginning of his respective series until The Empire Strikes Back.
  • While Emperor Palpatine was brought back to life both in the Legends and Canon continuities, his return in both universes of the Star Wars franchise was met with controversial reactions. In regards to his return in the Legends continuity on the Dark Empire comic book series, many authors of the Expanded Universe criticized his return as they deemed that it make it look that Anakin Skywalker's sacrifice pointless and was further criticized by fans after the prequel trilogy stated that Anakin was destined to destroy the Sith as the Chosen One, even though Dark Empire was published long before the prequels were made and George Lucas himself proposed the idea. That said, Lucas initially loved the series and considered it the closest thing that resembled the then unplanned sequel trilogy, but he later stated that the saga's story ends in Return of the Jedi for him. In regards to his return in the Canon continuity on The Rise of Skywalker, some fans dismissed his return as a way to "save" the sequel trilogy after the polarizing reception of The Last Jedi and and a contradiction to the eight film's message of letting the past behind and that the sequels' theme is more focused on the character development of Kylo Ren.
    • However, in comparison to his return in the Dark Empire comics, Emperor Palpatine's return in The Rise of Skywalker was much better received, with some fans deeming him as a way to tie in with the original and prequel trilogies on the final chapter of the Star Wars saga. Even fans who disliked the sequel trilogy were intrigued upon the announcement of Palpatine's return, with some saying that this the sole reason they are going to see the film. Nevertheless, George Lucas still didn't approve the Emperor's return as he always said that the Emperor died for good in Return of the Jedi, aside from that Lucas disliked the sequel trilogy for not following his ideas.
  • From a certain point of view, Darth Sidious did win at the end of The Rise of Skywalker by destroying the Skywalker family, given that Rey had to sacrifice her life to destroy Sidious and thus Ben Solo sacrificed his own to revive her, becoming one with the Force. As Ben was the last member of the Skywalker bloodline and never had descendants, even if he was killed for good, Sidious was in some ways successful in destroying Anakin Skywalker's lineage. However, as Rey ultimately disowns her birth surname and adopts that of the Skywalkers, it can be argued that the Skywalker family's legacy will live through Rey and the actions of their members will always be remembered by all in the galaxy, whereas no one will remember Palpatine in a positive way and all will repudiate his surname and legacy for his heinous actions.
  • Some have speculated Palpatine created Anakin, seeing Rey is his granddaughter this is likely.


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Confederacy of Independent Systems
Leaders: Darth Sidious | Count Dooku
Separatist Council: Nute Gunray | Passel Argente | Po Nudo | Poggle the Lesser | Rune Haako | San Hill | Shu Mai | Tikkes | Wat Tambor | Daultay Dofine | Lott Dod
Military Leaders: Admiral Trench | General Grievous | General Kalani | Lok Durd | Mar Tuuk | Sun Face | Riff Tamson | TA-175 | TF-1726 | TJ 55 | TJ-912 | TV-94 | TV-948 | TX-20 | TX-21 | TZ-33 | Whorm Loathsom
Other Officials: 4A-7 | AD-W4 | Asajj Ventress | Bec Lawise | Darts D'nar | EV-A4-D | Faro Argyus | K2-B4 | Keeper Agruss | Miraj Scintel | Nix Card | Osi Sobeck | R3-S6 | Sanjay Rash | Slick | Voe Atell | Ziro the Hutt
Soldiers: Battle Droids | Droidekas | Genonosians | MagnaGuards | Super Battle Droids | Tactical Droids
Affiliates: Trade Federation | Techno Union | InterGalactic Banking Clan | Commerce Guild | Corporate Alliance

Galactic Empire
Leaders: Darth Sidious | Darth Vader
Inquisitorius: The Grand Inquisitor | Second Sister | Fifth Brother | Sixth Brother | Seventh Sister | Eight Brother | Ninth Sister | Tenth Brother
Imperial Officers: Arihnda Pryce | Cassio Tagge | Conan Antonio Motti | Cumberlayne Aresko | Admiral Piett | Garrick Versio | Grand Moff Tarkin | Kassius Konstantine | Kendal Ozzel | General Veers | Moff Jerjerrod | Myles Grint | Thrawn
Other Officials and Operatives: Alexsandr Kallus | Commander Cody | Gar Saxon | Gideon Hask | Iden Versio | Maketh Tua | Mas Amedda | Naare | Orson Krennic | Tiber Saxon
Soldiers: Emperor's Royal Guard | Stormtroopers (501st Legion, Purge Troopers & Death Troopers)
Affiliates: Imperial Navy | COMPNOR

First Order
Benefactor: Darth Sidious
Leaders: Supreme Leader Snoke | Kylo Ren
Imperial Officers: General Hux | General Pryde | Captain Candady | Captain Phasma | Datoo | Kaplan | Chesille Sabrond | Elrik Vonreg | Commander Pyre
Knights of Ren: Ren | Kylo Ren
Other Officials and Operatives: Agent Tierny | Agent Terex | BB-9E | Carise Sindian | FN-2199 | Bala-Tik | Tasu Leech | Razoo Quin-Fee
Soldiers: Stormtroopers | Praetorian Guards | Sith Troopers
Affiliates: Sith Eternal | Guavian Death Gang

Death Watch
Leaders: Pre Vizsla | Bo-Katan Kryze | Tor Vizsla

Leaders: Mother Talzin
Members: Asajj Ventress | Old Daka

Shadow Collective
Leaders: Darth Maul | Savage Opress | Gar Saxon
Death Watch: Bo-Katan Kryze | Pre Vizsla
Black Sun: Ziton Moj | Ziro the Hutt
Hutt Cartel: Jabba the Hutt
Crimson Dawn: Dryden Vos | Tobias Beckett
Other Officials and Operatives: Almec | Rook Kast

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Barriss Offee | Darth Bane | Darth Plagueis | Pong Krell | Taron Malicos | Ochi | The Son

Hutt Clan
Jabba the Hutt | Ziro the Hutt

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