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Did Palpatine intentionally lose to Mace Windu?

In Episode III, Mace Windu, a user of Vaapad fighting style, fought and disarmed Palpatine. He was defeated until Anakin turned to the dark side and saved him. Did Palpatine foresee this? Did ...
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Why did Palpatine care about Anakin Skywalker in the Prequels given Palpatine's pretty good Force Vision?

Why did Palpatine care about Anakin (Vader), especially when considering his powerful "future Force visions"? Palpatine organizes the framework-setting Order 66 to kill the Jedi. It is Palpatine who ...
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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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Why Did Sidious Tell Vader Who Luke Was?

In the ret-con version of Episode V (The Empire Strikes Back), the scene between Darth Vader and Darth Sidious (at the time of the changes, still only known as the Emperor) was changed so Sidious ...
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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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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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Why did Palpatine pick 'Vader' as a name for Anakin?

When Anakin turned to the Dark Side Darth Sidious obviously saw fit to give him a new name: PALPATINE: Henceforth you shall be known as Darth...Vader. ANAKIN: Thank you, my master. I've seen the ...
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Why did the Emperor stop looking for Yoda?

At the end of Revenge of the Sith, the Emperor knows thats Yoda is alive. Why would he not make that the first priority of the Empire? Yoda would be the one Jedi of all the Jedi you would not want ...
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How did Darth Sidious manage to diminish all of the Jedi's ability to use the Force?

Windu: I think it is time we informed the Senate that our ability to use the Force has diminished. Yoda: Only the Dark Lords of the Sith know of our weakness. If informed, the Senate is, multiply, ...
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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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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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How did people know Emperor Palpatine's name before the release of Prequel Trilogy?

As far as I can remember (and I can't find anything on the internet to refute this), the name "Palpatine" is never used in the original Star Wars trilogy (he's just called "the Emperor"). Despite this,...
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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 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 ...
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Why didn't Palpatine publicly change his name once he became Emperor?

Anakin Skywalker was known as Darth Vader (this was already his Sith name) after the creation of the Galactic Empire. So why did Palpatine remain "Emperor Palpatine"? Why didn't he embrace his ...
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Were Palpatine or Vader ever congratulatory or nice to any of their subordinates?

In the movies, there is not a lot of gratitude thrown around, in fact, quite the opposite: Why would I want to get promoted in the Empire if that just meant I would ...
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Why was converting Luke to the dark side worth the Emperor's life?

The Emperor and Vader try to convert Luke to the dark side. The Emperor keeps taunting Luke and it seems like he wants Luke to kill him. How is that a good thing for the Emperor? I know of the Rule ...
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Did Darth Sidious cause Anakin's virgin birth? [duplicate]

Qui-Gon theorized that Anakin was conceived by midi-chlorians after Shmi told him there was no father. Senator Palpatine tells Anakin that his former master, Darth Plagueis, learned how to influence ...
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Would the Emperor have exploded if he were beheaded by Luke?

When the Emperor died, he made a big explosion. From the Return of the Jedi script [...] Darth Vader hurls the Emperor's body into the bottomless shaft. The Emperor's body spins helplessly into the ...
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Was the Emperor always a Sith Lord?

The Emperor was briefly mentioned in Star Wars: A New Hope. Was he at that point intended to be a Sith (or general Dark Side user, if the term "Sith" didn't exist then)? Or did that only emerge in The ...
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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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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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Why did Palpatine wait so long before giving Order 66?

Order 66 was used after about 3 years of fighting during the Clone Wars. The primary goal was to wipe out the Jedi. When it was given, the excuse was that there were signs of a Jedi rebellion ...
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What does Sidious mean?

The Sith name of the emperor is Darth Sidious. As English is not my native language, I wonder if the is any hidden meaning for the name Sidious.
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Why didn't the Emperor realize that torturing Luke to death in front of Vader might be a bad idea?

I know he's supposed to be an evil super-genius, but the Emperor seems to lack common sense here. He sensed that Vader's feelings about Luke weren't clear pretty early on, and while he was using ...
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Where is the Emperor in New Hope?

During the entire runtime of Episode IV: A New Hope, even though he is mentioned a few times, the Emperor is never actually shown on screen. And even when he is mentioned it's more of a passing ...
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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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Does Emperor Palpatine have a first name?

Has the first name of Emperor Palpatine been mentioned in any Star Wars work?
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Why does Palpatine refer to Luke's father as Anakin?

During The Empire Strikes Back, Palpatine refers to the father of Luke as Anakin. Darth Vader: What is thy bidding, my master? Emperor: There is a great disturbance in the Force. Darth Vader: I have ...
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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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If Palpatine had foreseen his destruction at the hands of Luke, why risk trying to turn him?

This tells us that the Emperor was overconfident in the Dark Side in regards to Vader turning against him. However, at one point Vader tells Luke that he can destroy the Emperor and that he (the ...
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How much did the Trade Federation know about their 'lord' at time of blockade?

Once it became clear who Palpatine/Sidious was, I got to questioning just how much the Trade Federation knew about the mysterious hooded figure who was ordering them around. At one point we have the ...
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If the Emperor and Vader agree to recruit Luke, doesn't that violate the Rule of Two?

I understand the Rule of Two, there's always a master and an apprentice. But if that's true, then there should be exactly two Sith at any given time. In The Empire Strikes Back, Vader and the Emperor ...
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Why wasn't the young Palpatine (Darth Sidious) identified as a potential Jedi at birth?

As per Wookieepedia To hinder transgression, those who showed an aptitude for the Force were taken directly from birth (or soon afterward) to train in the Jedi Temple headquarters on Coruscant or ...
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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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How did Palpatine create Vader's suit in such short notice?

In the movie, it is shown that the operation and suit-up of Vader begins shortly after Palpatine finds him. I was reading an article explaining Vader's armor and it shows that a lot of thought has ...
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Why did the Emperor fail to foresee his own death?

The Emperor was a very powerful Force user when it came to foreseeing the future. He had foreseen that Anakin would be defeated by Kenobi. He had foreseen that Luke would came to Vader by himself. And,...
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Did Sidious not believe that Anakin would destroy the Sith and bring balance to the Force?

On the assumption that Sidious knew of the prophecy and that Anakin was the Chosen One, did he not believe it would be his destiny? Perhaps he thought that turning Anakin to the Dark Side and giving ...
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Is Darth Vader really afraid of the Emperor?

In Episode VI, during their conversation before meeting the Emperor, Luke asks Vader to give up on the Emperor and join him instead, at which Vader replies: "You don't know the power of the Dark Side, ...
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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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How could this Star Wars character have survived their apparent death?

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker:
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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 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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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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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 ...
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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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Did Darth Sidious send Vader to Mustafar as an indirect way of protecting his own "Sith Master" status and power?

Sidious told Vader to go to Mustafar to end the Seperatist movement, but did he know that Obi-Wan would show up and defeat Vader based on his "vision" of future events? Was this Sidious' way of ...
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How did the Emperor punish Darth Vader?

When the first Death Star was destroyed, the Emperor punished Darth Vader by removing his arm (according to the novel "Heir to the Empire"). This was originally said to explain Vader's mechanical arm, ...
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Did anyone on Coruscant see/film the duel between Mace Windu and Chancellor Palpatine?

When Mace Windu battled Chancellor Palpatine in the chancellor's office, they shattered the window in the office. Anybody in a nearby building could see into the ...
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Why did Palpatine order Anakin to kill Count Dooku when Anakin was not yet turned to the Dark Side?

This follows from this question: Does the Rule of Two Serve any Actual Purpose? , Darth Bane came up with the “Rule of Two” to ensure the survival of the Sith. The answer to that question says: ...
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