In Episode IV, everyone seems to believe that Vader is the only one left who can use the Force.

Tarkin: The Jedi are extinct. Their fire has gone out of the universe. You, my friend, are all that's left of their religion.

Of course, they thought the Jedi were all killed, but what about the Emperor?

I realize that he is not even mentioned in Episode IV, so did nobody know that he was a Sith? Or is it just the fact that he was not intended to be brought up in the movie at that point?

  • he never announce nor showed the public that he could use the force, so only the remaining jedi, and a few others knew. afaik.
    – Himarm
    Dec 4, 2014 at 14:43
  • @phantom42 - Based on the linked question, that admits that a few close people would know about his Sith identity, in case of Admiral Tarkin, being a high rank, one of Palpatine's favorite man, shouldn't he know?
    – LcSalazar
    Dec 4, 2014 at 14:57
  • Grand Moff Tarkin. And Jedi != Sith. Vader used to be a Jedi so in that sense he's "all that's left", but he's a Sith now.
    – Null
    Dec 4, 2014 at 15:04
  • Tarkin is a high ranking politician, but I don't remember anything G-canon that puts him as being within Papaltine's "inner circle", so to speak. FWIW: I don't know that BBlake's answer to the other question is necessarily correct, but this subject has come up already.
    – phantom42
    Dec 4, 2014 at 15:09
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    Palpatine might especially want to conceal his Force powers from his close associates, unless there was some reason why they really had to know. Being able to sense lies and read their emotions (without them knowing he could) would be extremely useful, for instance if they were concealing bad news or plotting against him. Dec 4, 2014 at 15:12


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