A Sith Lord in the Star Wars universe. In the guise of his alter ego, Supreme Chancellor (later Emperor) Sheev Palpatine, Darth Sidious gained leadership of the Galactic Empire through treachery and manipulation.

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How open was Palpatine about his Sith identity within the Imperial military? [duplicate]

With reference to this scene in Return of the Jedi: Palpatine spoke freely and openly about working together with Vader to convert Luke to the dark side of the Force ...
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Was it Palpatine's plan to become crippled and burned? If so, why?

His injuries while fighting Windu were part of the plot to draw Anakin to the dark side. But was this detail planned from him? Did he plan to become burned? Or was this an unpleasant side effect he ...
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Why did Sidious apprentice Maul?

Assuming that Maul's attack on Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan was successful, what were Sidious's plans for Maul? I find it hard to believe that Maul could have acted like Tyranus, i.e. the figurehead of the ...
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Why does Palpatine's voice change when he reveals he is a Sith?

Why does Palpatine's voice change when he reveals he is a Sith? Does the prolonged use of the Dark Side during his fight with Windu cause his voice to change, like when his face is scarred?
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Do Vader and Sidious ever look into cheating death together? [duplicate]

In Episode III, Anakin accepts Palpatine as his master and turns to the darkside in a desperate attempt to save his wife from dying. We know by their eventual deaths that they never truly discover ...
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Why wasn't Palpatine brought to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant? [duplicate]

Similar to Why can't the Jedi detect Palpatine's Force sensitivity? but focused on the Legends version only. Plagueis discovered Palpatine only at the age of seventeen. It took some time ...
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How do we know that Darth Plagueis was Sidious' master?

I do not know much about the Expanded Universe. I've only seen the first six movies and played some Star Wars computer games, and to me the question arises you see in the title. Was Darth Plagueis ...
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Did Yoda suspect Palpatine before the Clone Wars?

In the beginning of Episode II, Padmé and Palpatine meet and have a little argument, and Palpatine seems to guess what Padmé is going to say: Padmé: Chancellor, if I may comment, I do not ...
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Was Luke aware the Emperor was a Sith Lord?

Similar to Did the Rebellion know that that the Emperor was the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, I'm asking the more specific question, was Luke aware that the Emperor was a Sith Lord? I don't recall it being ...
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Did the Rebellion know that the Emperor was the Sith Lord Darth Sidious?

While it seems pretty obvious from the Original Trilogy that the Imperial commanders and officers were well aware of Vader and Palpatine's Sith affiliations, I never saw much (if anything) to indicate ...
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How did Grand Moff Tarkin Feel About Darth Sidious?

I just watched the ending of Revenge of the Sith, and was curious specifically: How does Tarkin feel about Darth Sidious? My (long) thoughts and speculation about this: I always had the impression ...
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Did medical droids or Darth Sidious keep Vader from death?

After Anakin received mortal wounds on Mustafar, he was rescued, healed, and augmented into the incarnation of Darth Vader we all recognize. Earlier in Episode III, Palpatine mentioned that Darth ...
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Did Palpatine use the force to stop the ship in ROTS?

During the opening battle when they're trying to land the imperial cruiser, after they lose the back end of the ship Anakin remarks that they're really picking up speed. He then declares that they're ...
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Is Mace Windu the only one to ever defeat Darth Sidious in a lightsaber duel?

So assuming that Mace Windu truly did defeat Darth Sidious in a lightsaber duel, would that make him the only individual to have ever done so? Yoda brought Sidious to a draw but didn't defeat him.
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Why is Palpatine roughly equal to Yoda in power despite a large age difference?

In Episode III, Palpatine and Yoda have a duel, in which they use both their lightsabers and the Force. When this takes place, Palpatine is about 80 years old, when Yoda is almost 900. It is also ...
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Did Palpatine have an alternate plan had he not been elected chancellor?

Palpatine's plan to become emperor started when he ordered the Trade Federation to blockade Naboo etc., and he therefore started the Clone Wars. The extent of his plans, however, seem to rely on him ...
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Was Palpatine counting on Anakin to show up at the precise moment?

In Revenge of the Sith, how could Palpatine be sure that Anakin would show up at the right moment? Did he have a plan to save himself in case Anakin didn't show up? He had let Windu disarm him, so how ...
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Does Sidious consider himself separate from Palpatine?

In the sense that Vader considers himself a different person from Anakin (one would say "different, yet the same" with emphasis on "different"), does Sidious feel the same about himself in regard to ...
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Is Sidious more powerful than Plagueis? [duplicate]

The Rule of Two dictates that when the Apprentice surpasses the Master in power, becoming the greater of the two Lords of the Sith, the Master has served his purpose. The Apprentice must challenge the ...
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Did Mas Amedda Know Palpatine was a Sith Lord?

We see Mas Amedda help orchestrate the conversation to persuade Jar Jar to vote emergency powers to Palpatine, indicating he was at least in league with Palpatine. However, this doesn't prove that ...
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Because of the Rule of Two, is/was Sidious the strongest Sith ever?

The Sith Rule of Two says: One to embody power, one to crave it. It's like a survival of the fittest. If the apprentice must kill the master to be the master, that usually means the apprentice is ...
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Why can't the Jedi detect Palpatine's Force sensitivity?

In Disney canon, the Sith use dark side energy emanating from the Sith shrine beneath the Jedi Temple to cloud the senses of the Jedi, allowing them to hide in plain sight. No particular Force power ...
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Why did Palpatine trust so many people with his plan for the Jedi?

In canon, the Kaminoans are aware the Sith are in charge of the GAR cloning program. They are aware of the request for inhibitor chips in every single clone, and what these chips will be programmed to ...
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How long has Supreme Leader Snoke been around? [duplicate]

SL Snoke looks like he has been around for a while, I am wondering where he was when the Empire ruled the Galaxy? Did Darth Sidious and Darth Vader not sense his presence in the force?
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Why Didn't Palpatine just Clone Anakin? [duplicate]

After Palpatine became Chancellor, why not hedge his bets by getting DNA from Anakin and secretly cloning an army of super-Force-sensitive warriors pre-programmed to serve only him? A Sith master must ...
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Is there any evidence that Palpatine cared about - or liked - Vader?

I know that Palpatine recruited Anakin solely because he knew how powerful Anakin could become. I also know he was extremely disappointed when Vader's stupidity led him to pick a fight with Obi-Wan ...
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Was Sidious already making the Death Star by the end of Episode III?

I ask this because at the end of the movie, you see Luke on Tatooine, Leia with Bail Organa, and then a decent portion of the Death Star already done as Palpatine & Vader look on. So it seems the ...
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Did the Emperor foresee Vader's injuries?

Palpatine certainly claims to foresee a lot. He obviously worked on Anakin and Vader for a long time. It is ever made clear, in the films or Legends, that he foresaw or even planned for Darth Vader ...
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What was Palpatine doing during the events of Episode IV?

So, in preparation for The Force Awakens, I'm watching Episodes IV-VI (for the first time that I'm really old enough to get the story). I've just finished Episode IV tonight, and was wondering - The ...
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Did Sidious really kill Plagueis in his sleep?

Palpatine was talking to Anakin about Darth Plagueis in Revenge of the Sith: Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew. Then his apprentice killed him in his sleep. The whole ...
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Did Palpatine or anyone in the Galactic Empire know about Dromund Kaas and the Sith Empire?

The question is pretty straightforward. But to expand on that, did anybody in the Galactic Empire know of those regions and if so, did anything of significance happen there?
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How much is Palpatine's rule of the Empire influenced by the future invasion of the Yuuzhan Vong?

In Legends, it is known that Palpatine is aware of the Yuuzhan Vong's presence in the galaxy since before the Clone Wars. A pro-Imperial in-universe book published in 55 ABY is quoted as saying: I ...
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If Darth Vader discovered Luke was his son from the Emperor in the 2004 retconned version of “The Empire Strikes Back”, then how did the Emperor know?

The basics. This question is based on an answer I posted on the “Movies and TV” Stack Exchange which asked about how Darth Vader discovered Luke Skywalker was his son and how the logic/rationale over ...
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When and how does the Emperor learn that Luke is Vader's son?

We have a question asking When and how does Vader learn that Luke is his son?, but the Emperor knows too, as he says in The Empire Strikes Back: We have a new enemy, the young rebel who destroyed ...
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Did Palpatine have contingency plans for the death of the Sith Order?

In new canon novels, it is shown that Palpatine has contingency plans in the event of his own premature death at the hands of his enemies. In the case of the Rebel Alliance it comes in the form of ...
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How did Palpatine react to Obi-Wan's death?

When Darth Vader defeated and killed Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan simply disappeared into thin air, from Vader's point of view (we know Obi-Wan trained in exile to live on after death as a Force ghost, but the ...
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Why Can't Palpatine and Maul use the Force to stop themselves from falling?

Palpatine tossed around Senate "pods" with no problem, Yoda picked up X-wings and such, and there are many other examples of pretty impressive levitation feats. So why couldn't Sidious/Palpatine stop ...
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Could an amputated Emperor still shoot lightning? [duplicate]

If the Emperor's hands were amputated, would he still be able to shoot lightning? What about if his arms were completely removed? Note: I am looking for a canon-based answer.
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Did Vader ever learn that Sidious controlled both sides in the Clone Wars?

Considering that Dooku, Grievous, and Nute Gunray are dead at the end of Revenge of the Sith, would there have been any way for Anakin to learn that Palpatine controlled both sides?
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How was Palpatine able to rise through the Senate so quickly to become chancellor?

Palpatine went from being a senator from a relatively obscure planet to chancellor of the entire senate in a very short period of time. At most one year passed for the entirety of this rise to power. ...
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Palpatine's Insider - Knowledge About Anakin Spying

Before his speech regarding Darth Plagueis, Sheev Palpatine and Anakin Skywalker have a conversation regarding the Jedi "overthrowing" the Republic and betraying Palpatine. How does he know this? It ...
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Did Sidious know the secret of cheating death? [duplicate]

In Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Chancellor Palpatine tells Anakin the tale of Darth Plagueis the Wise. He told Anakin that if he joined the dark side he could save the people he loved from death by ...
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Did Palpatine have long term plans for the future of the Sith Order?

After the victory of the Jedi and the near destruction of the Sith, Darth Bane took charge, implemented the Rule of Two, and basically directed how the Sith Order should go about preparing to achieve ...
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Is there evidence for the Emperor's opinion on Vader's casual killing of the Imperial brass?

Obviously, Emperor Palpatine isn't likely to send Darth Vader on sensitivity training for his casual killing of several Imperial military leaders, and he is deeply feared himself (see Moff Jerjerrod's ...
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How many apprentices did the Emperor have?

Pretty straight forward question: How many total apprentices did the Emperor have? Bonus if which apprentices overlapped and broke the Rule of 2 is listed. I can think of Darth Maul Count Dooku ...
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Was Palpatine an effective ruler?

If you look at real life, being evil doesn't mean you can't rule a country well. Look at Hitler's Germany. When he came to power, the Weimar Republic was in meltdown with an already-runaway economy ...
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How did Palpatine know of Anakin's vision?

Palpatine tempted Anakin with ways to save loved ones from death, but for that to be effective he must first know of Anakin's vision. How did he learn of it? I have doubts on whether Anakin had told ...
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Why was Vader's identity as Anakin kept a secret?

If Palpatine believed being known in public by his birth name rather than his Sith title is more beneficial, then why don't the same misgivings apply to Anakin being publicly known as Darth Vader? ...
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Why did Palpatine and Vader go to the Death Star?

In Return of the Jedi, why did Lord Vader and the Emperor go to the Death Star? It seemed that Luke would seek out Vader wherever he was. Luke told Yoda he would confront Vader. Luke told Leia he ...
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Who are the two guys in the Emperor's Court on the Death Star II

At the 1:04:38 mark of Star Wars VI: "Return of The Jedi" Darth Vader and the Emperor just finished a conversation. The Emperor sends Darth Vader off. He then turns and walks over to two guys, who bow ...