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're suggesting. It's not until later in the war when the Trade Federation joins forces with all the other malcontents on the Outer Rim that they're powerful ...
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 Gambit - a plan where any outcome is to the player's benefit.
After revealing himself to Anakin, if Anakin exposed him to the Jedi the Jedi would certainly come ...
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 the May 25, 1977 release of the actual film.
So Palpatine being the Emperor was literally known before the public ever saw a Star Wars movie. It was, in fact, ...
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:
Welcome, Lord Vader. We've been expecting you.
Gunray would only know to use Vader's Sith name and would only be expecting him if he had been dealing with Sidious.
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 one with the Order of the Dark Lords of the Sith. From this day forward, the truth of you, my apprentice, now and forevermore, will be Darth ..."
A pause; ...
COMMANDER: He was armed only with this.
Good work, Commander. Leave us. Conduct your search and bring his companions to me.
Return of the Jedi
VADER: The Death Star will be completed on schedule.
EMPEROR: You have done well, Lord Vader. And now I sense you wish to continue your search for young Skywalker.
Return of the Jedi
His name was mentioned in :
Alan Dean Foster's A New Hope novelization in 1976:
Aided and abetted by restless, power-hungry individuals within the government, and the massive organs of commerce, the ambitious Senator Palpatine caused himself to be elected President of the Republic. He promised to reunite the disaffected among the people and to restore the ...
I think the answer to this changes depending on when you ask it.
If you're asking the question in the prequel trilogy Sidious wants Anakin to be his apprentice because he's on track to become one of the most powerful Jedi ever. If he can corrupt him and seduce him then he would have that power serving the dark side. Sure, it's a risk but if he can ...
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 Galaxies Opera House.
Anakin meets Palpatine at the Galaxies Opera House, where Mon Calamari
dancers perform a ballet called "Squid Lake"
The name '...
The Emperor never intended to die:
I'm looking forward to completing your training. In time you will call
He taunts Luke in order to get Luke to give in to his anger and turn to the dark side:
Good. I can feel your anger. I am defenseless. Take your weapon!
Strike me down with all your hatred, and your journey towards the dark
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 Windu before deciding to betray the Jedi Order.
Anakin Skywalker: He won't give up his power. I just learned the terrible truth. I think Chancellor Palpatine is a ...
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 the Jedi
become aware of these Sith Lords?
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace script
They also know he has influence over the Senate, as implied ...
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 visited by the CEO, my managers are going to get very nervous, despite the fact our CEO isn't a Force user, nor a Sith.
If the commander of a Nazi installation ...
I've looked through the recent canon novels Tarkin and Lords of the Sith, which should provide us with a view of the Empire as seen by high-ranking Imperials who might know something about the Imperial economy and the state of various Imperial systems.
The Emperor himself thinks life for ordinary citizens isn't great, but not much different than the Republic:...
It is never made clear how Luke's ability to destroy the Emperor has been foreseen (if in fact Vader did not simply make this up in order to persuade Luke to join the dark side). It is, however, clear that the Emperor needs Luke.
Vader has long ago been rendered an inferior pupil to the Emperor - he is growing old, his body has been replaced with ...
As Wookieepedia's article on Palpatine notes, the original conception of the Emperor was that he was not a Force-user (and thus not a Sith) and that he was weak-willed and controlled by the Imperial bureaucracy. This version of the Emperor was included in the Episode IV novelization. DVK's answer to another question quotes the novelization depicting the ...
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.
PALPATINE: If I may say so, Your Majesty, the Chancellor has little real
power...he is mired down by baseless accusations of corruption. A
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, earlier in the movie, "Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.") However, combined with other statements that the Emperor makes, what he says to Luke strongly ...
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.
He slaughters the Sand People that he considers responsible for the death of his mother.
He decapitates an unarmed Count Dooku who had already surrendered.
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 assassination attempts, the Emperor had to address the officer corp to tell them where he fits in, saying that Vader is the Emperor's Voice, and a command from Vader is a ...
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 galaxy as father
and son. Come with me. It is the
See also here
If Palpatine had foreseen his destruction at the hands of ...
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 activate at the moment any of these orders were given, in order to ensure full obedience. Therefore it wasn't "known" that any of these orders would need to be ...
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 thinking on the part of the Jedi. Sidious would have even less reason to believe the prophecy of the Chosen One would come true after Order 66 -- with most of the ...
The Emperor was originally intended to be a clever bureaucrat and politician by the name of Cos Dashit, later changed to Cos Palpatine, who became President/ Chancellor (the exact title was never made clear in the original drafts), proclaimed himself Emperor - perfectly legally - then left the day-to-day running of his Empire to his advisors, who were to be ...
Luke gives us the answer when he tells the Emperor:
Your overconfidence is your weakness.
The Emperor was overconfident that the Rebel fleet would fail and that he could turn Luke to the dark side. The Emperor was also overconfident in his hold over Vader.
The Emperor's confidence in his hold over Vader wasn't wholly unreasonable, though. First of all, ...
According to the novelisation, the surgery on Anakin/Vader took "many days" rather than the few minutes we see in the film;
In the newly renamed Emperor Palpatine Surgical Reconstruction Center
on Coruscant, a hypersophisticated prototype Ubrikkian DD-13 surgical
droid moved away from the project that it and an enhanced FX-6 medical
droid had spent ...
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 - at least in early 2016 - his twitter account had an explicit note that the twitter feed is NOT to be considered a canonical source.
Pablo Hidalgo on Twitter ...
UPDATE on the origin
As per James Luceno's interview on "Star Wars With Friends #21" Podcast:
The name came directly from George Lucas
It was invented a long time ago, for a never-happened years ago live TV series "Underworld"
In early version of the novel, Plagueis discovers it but doesn't use it to stoke Palpatine's ego.
In Tarkin, the fact that someone ...
I would say it this way. From the standpoint of Ep. I-III, Palpatine sees Anakin as a potentially powerful adversary. If Anakin is fully trained and "indoctrinated" in the Jedi way, he will, as all the other Jedi, be used to defend the galaxy and the Republic from the kind of evil that Palpatine embodies.
But, by planting seeds of doubt and temptation in ...