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Why did Darth Sidious start the Clone Wars instead of just attacking the Republic with Droids directly?

Conquering Coruscant (in Episode 1) wouldn't have been the decapitating move you think it is. The planet has excellent planetary defences and should be all but impregnable to the sort of attack you'...
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Did Palpatine know Anakin would tell Mace Windu who he really was?

It's unclear, since in the novelisation we only have the scene from Anakin's perspective; however, it's likely that in this, as in most things, Palpatine was playing what TV Tropes calls a Xanatos ...
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Is Palpatine's identity a spoiler?

Palpatine's name was first given in the prologue to Alan Dean Foster's novelization of Star Wars (it was credited to Lucas, but he didn't write it), which came out in November 1976, six months before ...
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Why did Palpatine pick 'Vader' as a name for Anakin?

Per the Matthew Stover novelization, the name "Vader" was plucked from the Force itself (emphasis mine): Darth Sidious laid a pale hand on Anakin's brow. "Then it is done. You are now ...
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Did Vader ever learn that Sidious controlled both sides in the Clone Wars?

Vader must have known either before or immediately after he killed the Separatist leaders on Mustafar. Nute Gunray welcomes him as "Lord Vader" when he arrives in the Mustafar control room: ...
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What was Chancellor Palpatine watching in the theater?

The (fully canon) factbooks Star Wars in 100 Scenes and Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know identify it as a graceful aquatic ballet performed by a Mon Calamari troupe at the swanky ...
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Were Palpatine or Vader ever congratulatory or nice to any of their subordinates?

Vader COMMANDER: He was armed only with this. VADER: Good work, Commander. Leave us. Conduct your search and bring his companions to me. Return of the Jedi Emperor VADER: The Death Star will be ...
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Did Vader ever learn that Sidious controlled both sides in the Clone Wars?

Vader knew that Palpatine is not only A Sith Lord but THE Sith Lord. The one they'd spent years looking for. The one they knew was behind the Separatist movement. In fact, he says as much to Mace ...
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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?

While Star Wars revolves around The Force and its users, not everything is about the Force and its users. If my department is having problems with schedule and word is spread that we are going to be ...
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How much did the Trade Federation know about their 'lord' at time of blockade?

The Trade Federation knows Sidious is a Sith Lord. For example: Nute: This is getting out of hand...now there are two of them. Rune: We should not have made this bargain. What will happen when ...
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Why didn't Palpatine do what he threatened to do?

The way I understood it was a question of intent. The journey to the Dark Side is through emotions, specifically fear and hate. Anakin transforms himself into Darth Vader by choosing to attack others. ...
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How was Palpatine able to rise through the Senate so quickly to become chancellor?

Palpatine convinced Queen Amidala to call for a vote of no confidence in the existing Supreme Chancellor, Finis Valorum, due to the Republic's inability to act quickly against the Trade Federation. ...
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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?

In the current canon, many of the Imperial Senior officers have confusion where Vader fits into the hierarchy. After many blunders that occur due to them not recognizing him, and to a few ...
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To what extent can Emperor Palpatine actually see into the future?

What the Emperor tells Luke is actually: Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design. The difference may seem irrelevant (especially since the Emperor does tell Vader, ...
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Why does Darth Sidious fear Luke Skywalker?

Vader tells Luke in Empire Strikes Back VADER: Luke. You can destroy the Emperor. He has foreseen this. It is your destiny. Join me, and together we can rule the ...
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Did Sidious not believe that Anakin would destroy the Sith and bring balance to the Force?

The prophecy of the Chosen One is a Jedi prophecy. As a Sith, Sidious has no reason to believe that it would come true in a way that favored the Jedi. He would regard it as no more than wishful ...
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Did Sidious really kill Plagueis in his sleep?

Disney near-canon: Pablo Hidalgo (LucasFilm's and then Disney's canon expert, high level employee and creative mind) conclusively confirmed the fact on his Twitter account. The only caveat is that - ...
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Why did Palpatine trust so many people with his plan for the Jedi?

Order 66 was never planned by anyone other than Palpatine. There were 150 contingency orders, including one to arrest/kill the Supreme Chancellor. I would assume that their inhibitor chip would ...
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Why would Windu say the Senate would decide the fate of Palpatine?

Quite simply, Mace believes in the rule of law. He does not think that the Jedi should unilaterally act against the Chancellor. We can see this trait in a few of his other defining moments. When ...
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Did Darth Sidious ever intend for Darth Vader to kill him and take his place?

Sidious taught Vader that Vader would be expected to attempt to kill him according to the Sith Rule of Two: Soon after destroying the Jedi, the Emperor had told Vader that he would one day be ...
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Is Palpatine's identity a spoiler?

Not only was it not an actual secret, but more importantly, knowing this information arguably leads to better appreciation of the story than not knowing it. If the first time that someone realizes ...
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Why did Darth Sidious start the Clone Wars instead of just attacking the Republic with Droids directly?

The attack on Naboo was to demonstrate that the Republic couldn't maintain the peace and protect its members, which would encourage dissension and conflict. Palpatine didn't want to win a battle right ...
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Why didn't Darth Sidious detect Yoda inside the Galactic Senate building before Yoda walked into his office?

There's a lot in play here Sidious thought Yoda was dead (he literally says "Master Yoda, you survived" in reaction to seeing him). Order 66 had seen to the death of most of the Jedi since ...
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Does Sidious consider himself separate from Palpatine?

This is explicitly answered in the official novelisation for Revenge of the Sith. In short, Sidious considers Palpatine to be his disguise (to the world outside) and Sidious to be his real self. ...
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How did Grand Moff Tarkin Feel About Darth Sidious?

Tarkin respected both Darth Vader and Darth Sidious. He didn't know for sure that they were Sith Lords, but he suspected it. He agreed with their political goals and willingly served Sidious. Tarkin's ...
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Why did Sidious apprentice Maul?

Darth Maul was the best fit... at the time. Sith Lords didn't always take apprentices that they expected to last over the long haul. They were simply a tool to help them achieve their goals and were ...
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Did Palpatine know Anakin would tell Mace Windu who he really was?

Not for certain Palpatine knew it was one of Anakin's options, but he didn't know which course of action Anakin would take in the end. From the movie transcript: PALPATINE: Are you going to kill me? ...
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Why didn't Palpatine do what he threatened to do?

She...
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What was Chancellor Palpatine watching in the theater?

The Mon Calamari Aquatic Ballet, performing Squid Lake, according to the Star Wars Wiki, which cites Star Wars: Galactic Atlas and Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 13: Burning Seas, Part I as its ...
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Did Palpatine have an alternate plan had he not been elected chancellor?

I'm not aware of a specific statement that Sidious had a backup plan, but he had multiple routes to transform the Republic into the Empire with himself as Emperor. For example, it was Sidious' ...
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