Questions tagged [darth-sidious]

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Why didn’t Palpatine just stop his own lightning?

On several occasions Palpatine’s extended use of Force lightning has bounced back on him. In each situation he has carried on firing lightning from his hands even when it was harming himself instead ...
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Why did Sidious announce his return?

We first hear of the Emperor's mysterious return from death in the opening crawl. Sidious has made a public transmission which has terrified the galaxy. Now I'm aware of the well-established ...
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Why didn't Palpatine do what he threatened to do?

At the end of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, Palpatine tells Rey... Rey decides... So then why didn't he possess her after all?
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Why would Palpatine seek the secret of immortality if the Sith could do this?

Spoiler Alert. Here's the relevant quote. In the movie, The Revenge of the Sith, Palpatine tells Anakin Skywalker that at least one Sith already knew the secret of immortality. Darth Plagueis the ...
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Who were Palpatine's assistants?

In the opening scene of Rise of Skywalker Palpatine is seen in a kind of workstation. Half a dozen or so strange furry creatures are working away on the machinery around him. Do we know anything ...
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How could this Star Wars character have survived their apparent death?

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker:
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Why does Darth Sidious fear Luke Skywalker?

Darth Sidious, if not the most powerful, was one of the most powerful Sith Lords of all time. He was also known as Sheev Palpatine, Chancellor of the Republic during the Clone Wars. While revealing ...
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What was Palpatine's original plan with the Naboo invasion?

Palpatine, in his secret persona of Darth Sidious, goaded the Trade Federation to invade Naboo, and then force Queen Amidala to legitimize the occupation. This is ostensibly to protest taxation of ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation given to the senior Imperial Navy Officers as to why Darth Vader serves Emperor Palpatine?

Answers can be from Canon or Legends. TL;DR: How do the senior Imperial Navy Officers with experience in the Clone Wars account for why a powerful force-using 'baddie' like Vader not only does not ...
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Why did Darth Sidious wear a cloak?

As we all know, Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine appeared throughout The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi sporting his signature hooded cloak. And a handsome devil he was too. I'm ...
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How many people died in wars caused by Darth Sidious?

How many people died in all of the wars caused by Darth Sidious? Let's count deaths from when Sheev Palpatine begins training as dark side user to when the rebellion establishes the New Republic ...
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Why does Darth Sidious need bodyguards?

Darth Sidious had red-robed bodyguards on his shuttle and in his throne room. Why would a Sith Lord need bodyguards? He is an evil space wizard who can read minds, choke the life out of somebody ...
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Did Sidious know that Tyranus fought Yoda?

I saw one of the answers that says; So that basically answers the question. But here is my question now, Is/Are there any evidence that Dooku/Tyranus told it to his master Sidious? Such as the ...
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How did Palpatine get the name “Sidious”?

Based on this question about Palpatine's first name being Sheev, I have a follow up question about Sidious being his Sith name. When he gave the Sith name to his apprentices Dooku and Anakin he ...
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Why did Chancellor Palpatine reveal to Obi-Wan that Count Dooku was a Sith Lord?

When Count Dooku enters the room in The Revenge of the Sith, Palpatine tries to dissuade his rescuers, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, by revealing Count Dooku's true allegiance. Chancellor ...
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To what extent can Emperor Palpatine actually see into the future?

In Star Wars, Episode VI, Luke surrenders to the Empire and is brought before the Emperor. The Emperor taunts Luke, telling him that he has specifically foreseen the doom of the Rebel Alliance. At one ...
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Did Palpatine gain any new Force powers as Emperor?

Palpatine ruled something like 23 years as emperor of the Galactic Empire. He has claimed he wants to "harness the full powers of the Dark Side". But did he actually learn anything useful that he didn'...
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Did Sidious have both Maul and Dooku as apprentices at one time?

We know that Dooku paid the Pyke syndicate to kill Sifo-Dyas sometime during the chancellorship of Finis Valorum. We know that because Valorum personally sent Sifo-Dyas to negotiate with the Pykes. ...
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Was Ian McDiarmid’s face modified when playing Sidious in the prequels?

This is a follow-up to: Was it a spoiler that Palpatine was Darth Sidious? In the prequel trilogy, Sidious is supposed to be disfigured by the dark side, even before the fight with Mace Windu, while ...
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Is Palpatine's identity a spoiler?

The Episode IV-VI movies never mention the Emperor's name. In Episodes I-III, we can guess that Darth Sidious will be the emperor, but what about Chancellor Palpatine? If the audience didn't know that ...
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What was Chancellor Palpatine watching in the theater?

What was Chancellor Palpatine watching at the theater in this scene from Revenge of the Sith? Opera? Athletic competition? Academic conference? Performance art? ...
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Did Palpatine actually weaken the Dark Side by creating the Empire? [closed]

The Dark Side is the part of the Force fueled by emotions and passion. It is described as destructive, toppling existing laws, societal structure and hierarchy in order to strengthen its practitioner ...
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Why didn't Grievous recognize Palpatine?

In Revenge of the Sith, in both the novelization and the actual movie, it is heavily implied that General Grievous did not know that the seemingly helpless victim of abduction, Chancellor Palpatine, ...
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Where was the Chancellor's guard when the Jedi Masters confronted him?

As can be seen in the following clip from the Revenge of the Sith, a group of Jedi Masters led by Mace Windu, waltz right into Chancellor Palpatine's office completely unchallenged. Then they ...
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What is thy bidding, my master? [closed]

In the original Star Wars trilogy we can see from episode IV to VI the respect shown by Darth Vader to his Emperor, Darth Sidious even when the latter was not present. However, I find a specific ...
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Why did Separatist Council believe Sidious till the end?

  Sidious made a lot of promises, first to Trade Federation and Nute Gunray ("I will make it legal", "Not for a Sith"), latter to CIS as a whole. Yet, all of his promises for quick victory ...
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Did Palpatine have the ability to time travel?

In Rebels final episode, "Family Reunion - and Farewell", we could see that: Was this just an illusion with Sith sorcery to break Ezra, or did Palpatine have the ability to time travel? I suppose he ...
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Why didn't the Emperor and Vader learn from the encounter with Ahsoka?

In Rebels Season 4 Episode 13 Vader is about to kill Ahsoka But later both the Emperor and Vader are confident that Kenobi died on Death Star 1, although Why didn't they learn from this ...
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Did Palpatine use the Force to convince Anakin to kill Count Dooku?

When Anakin defeats Dooku in their light saber duel in Revenge of the Sith, it seems like Anakin is not really convinced that killing Dooku is the right thing to do. If left unprompted it appears ...
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Did Darth Sidious ever intend for Darth Vader to kill him and take his place?

Throughout the first six Star Wars Skywalker Family Saga Films, viewers understanding of the Dark Side primarily relied on the philosophical beliefs of Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious, a Sith Lord who ...
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Is Snoke a part of Operation: Cinder?

Apart from the new expanded universe canon in Star Wars, followers of additional tie-in content are learning new things about the final days of Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine, including that he was ...
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Was it possible to get an audience with Emperor Palpatine?

Most Kings/Emperors in real life or fantasy have/had a throne room and part of the reason for the existence of said room is to meet with other dignitaries, officials, royals etc., but also to grant ...
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Did Anakin try to look for Darth Plagueis' apprentice?

In Revenge of the Sith, Anakin Skywalker witnessed visions of his wife, Padmé Amidala, dying in childbirth. In order to lure him to the Dark Side of the Force, Chancellor Palpatine told Anakin a ...
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Why did Darth Sidious start the Clone Wars instead of just attacking the Republic with Droids directly?

Rewatching Episode 1 the Republic seems pretty helpless against the invasion of the separatists and crippled by their own bureaucracy. I don't see how Republican forces would have dealt with a full-...
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What would have happened if Mace Windu hadn't tried to kill Palpatine? [closed]

If instead of trying to kill Palpatine now uncovered as Darth Sidious in the Chancellors office he listens to Anakin about taking Sidious to the Senate to stand trial. What would most likely have ...
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Did Sidious ever engineer an army of dark side spies?

In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, S2E3 Children of the Force, Sidious plans to kidnap Force sensitive children to create an army of dark side spies: The natural talent these children possess is too ...
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Which position is a higher authority a Chancellor or a Senator?

In Revenge of the Sith, when Mace Windu, Kit Fisto, Agen Kolar and Saesee Tin arrest Palpatine in his office. The script is as follows: Mace Windu: In the name of the Galactic Senate of the ...
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Was Tyranus just a placeholder for Anakin?

During the events of The Phantom Menace, Count Dooku was influenced by Palpatine. At that time he knew that his former padawan had died. He became disillusioned at the Jedi Order. Then, he was ...
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Was Darth Sidious already scarred and deformed to begin with?

The Jedi attempt on his life left him "scarred and deformed". However, has he always been this way since becoming a Sith Lord and being physically twisted by the dark side, such that the normal-...
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Did Mace Windu succumb to the dark side?

Form VII is considered to be a very dangerous yet powerful form. Known primarily as Juyo, it feeds on one's own emotions to guide its blades. As such, it is strongly associated with the dark side and ...
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Would Palpatine be unable, even if he wanted to, to use the light side of the Force?

If we take a look at Palpatine, we can clearly see that he is a sociopath, which means that he is unable to have empathy. The light side of the Force is powered by positive emotions such as compassion....
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Did Luke Skywalker know the name “Darth Sidious”? [duplicate]

In the movies, Luke Skywalker only knows the name "The Emperor". He never even mentions "Darth Sidious" or "Emperor Palpatine". Surely Luke Skywalker knows that the Emperor is Darth Vader's master. ...
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Did Palpatine draw power from Hatred or Suffering?

Throughout the movies and the limited number of comic books I've read, I never got the impression that Palpatine drew power from hatred. He didn't seem to "hate" the Jedi or the Republic, he simply ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation for Darth Sidious's voice?

Senator Palpatine has a fairly normal voice, but Darth Sidious has a deep raspy voice, even before his disfiguration by his own force lightning. Is there an in-universe explanation for this? (Canon ...
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When Palpatine intervenes in a lightsaber fight, why does the one he wants to win win, but prior they always seem to lose?

I noticed something weird when recently viewing the entire saga films. It seems every time a Jedi faces a Sith by themselves they usually seem to lose, specifically Dooku vs. Anakin and Luke vs. Vader....
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Why didn't Palpatine wait until after he learned the secret of cheating death before killing his master?

This question on whether Darth Sidious knew the secret of cheating death inspired me to ask. The consensus on that question is that Darth Sidious did not know how to cheat death, and that his master's ...
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Did Darth Sidious Mind Trick Jar-Jar Into Giving Him Emergency Powers?

In Attack Of The Clones did Darth Sidious use some form of mind trick on Jar Jar? Here, you can see the scene play out and then Jar Jar sort of looks like he had the ...
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Was Darth Sidious's “Force Scream” the reason the other masters died so quickly? [duplicate]

So the title says it all really, was the only reason Darth Sidious killed the other masters so quickly down to the fact he used a "Force Scream" did it disrupt or disorientate the other masters apart ...
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Why does Sidious always want a new apprentice?

Inspired by these questions Why did Palpatine order Anakin to kill Count Dooku when Anakin was not yet turned to the Dark Side? and If the Emperor and Vader agree to recruit Luke, doesn't that ...
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Did Palpatine know Anakin would tell Mace Windu who he really was?

Anakin attacking Mace is his final act, I think, in turning to the Dark Side. Did Palpatine know what Anakin would do? Was he betting on Anakin telling Mace, Mace coming to arrest him, goading Mace ...