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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 ...


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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. He ...


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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 ...


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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 only way. See also here If Palpatine had foreseen his destruction at the hands of ...


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Cloning, probably Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? Darth Plagueis was a dark lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise, that he could influence the midichlorians to create...life. He had such such a knowledge of the dark side, he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying. The implication is that Palpatine used Sith ...


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This is addressed in a slightly tongue-in-cheek footnote in the new (canon) junior novelisation for Return of the Jedi. In short, the guards are basically window-dressing, for the most part, but the Emperor does like having them around to run errands and because they inspire awe in his visitors. “Guards, leave us,” calls the Emperor, and his silent, red ...


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I don't think there is any evidence that all the Sith knew the power of transfering their spirit. First, I don't recall Palpatine saying that every previous Sith Lord had transferred their spirit to their apprentice. What he said was: PALPATINE: Kill me, and my spirit will pass to you. All the Sith live in me. You will be Empress. We will be one. ...


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At least in the case of his duel with Mace Windu, he seems to offer an explanation: Don't let him kill me. I can't hold it any longer. The implication seems to be that if not for his lightning attack, Windu would kill him. The lightning is preventing Windu from killing him, as Windu is stuck trying to block it with his lightsaber. Even though the ...


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Palpatine wanted the galaxy back under his thumb. Remember, this is the man who built not one, but two Death Stars and presumably had something to do with Starkiller Base, before As to His strategy would undoubtedly have been more effective if nobody knew he was alive apart from Ren (and perhaps a few trusted First Order generals). Not really. Let's say ...


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He was lying. Palpatine always wanted Ben and Rey to come to face him together. He tells Ben that he wants Rey dead to throw him off the real plan of bringing her to him. We know he was lying about wanting her dead because he says as much when they finally meet face to face. He does allow Rey to try and attack him, but this is more than likely posturing to ...


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If Amidala had been captured or killed, Palpatine would have been in a position to play the role of distraught native of Naboo whose homeworld had been illegally seized while the Chancellor did nothing to prevent it. Odds are, in fact, that as Sidious he would have arranged to make sure something terrible did happen to Amidala if she'd been captured so he ...


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Here are the facts. What drives Anakin to the dark side is his feelings about family, his mother and his wife, but also about his nonexistent father. The Jedi Council came to the conclusion that the Sith still existed after Darth Maul revealed himself. They assumed that meant that there was another Sith out there because as Yoda says "Always two there ...


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His name was chosen by his mentor Darth Plageuis, presumably because of his insidious nature. Plagueis planted his hands on his hips and laughed without mirth. “And of what possible use do you think a person of your nature would be to the Jedi Order? You’re heartless, ambitious, arrogant, insidious, and without shame or empathy. More, you’re a murderer.” ...


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Palpatine tried to appear surprised and helpless, Jedi probably already knew Jedi were 99% (if not full 100% ) certain that Dooku is a Sith Lord. Not just his lightsaber and use of Dark Side, but they found out in The Clone Wars, S6:E10 that he is a man called Tyranus that ordered Clone Army. There is also a comic with Quinlan Vos, where he hears the name ...


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Sidious was well aware of how he killed his own master, Plagueis: in his sleep. Sidious needed to sleep, too, and during that time he was relatively vulnerable. Sidious intended to live forever so he could not give Vader (or anyone else) any opportunity to kill him. Hence, the Royal Guard acted as an insurance policy to help make sure Sidious could not be ...


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Palpatine has always used fear to rule the galaxy. That was the whole point with the Death Star. Planets obey the Emporer or they get destroyed. If people heard that the most dangerous man in the galaxy was coming back for revenge then Palpatine hoped they would be too scared to disobey him. This backfired, of course. But, it is part of his character.


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Why would the Sith (and Palpatine in particular) care about learning immortality if they can simply transfer their spirits into new hosts moments after death? This is probably a false premise. If it were so simple, then: Palpatine would not have needed to wait ~30 years to resurface after being killed in Return of the Jedi. Palpatine wouldn't have needed ...


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Palpatine's robe, aside from being traditional Sith garb as has been pointed out already, was, I think, designed to make him appear like a simple old man to pretty much anyone who wasn't familiar with the truth of his power. I recall the Star Wars Visual Dictionary stating that Palpatine used his cane because he only pretended to be old and feeble, not ...


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"Billions" The Separatist Supreme Commander is an abomination of nature, a fusion of flesh and droid-and his droid parts have more compassion than what remains of his alien flesh. This half-living creature is a slaughterer of billions. Whole planets have burned at his command. He is the evil genius of the Confederacy. The architect of their ...


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PART ONE OF TWO: FEAR OF VADER VS FEAR OF THE EMPEROR To reasonably brave warriors like imperial officers, the Emperor might possibly be a lot more frightening than Darth Vader. It seems to me that if the Emperor wants to punish someone, it doesn't matter if the first person the Emperor sends for the job is force-using Darth Vader, or a high ranking ...


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This was addressed in Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary and it is simply to hide his face. Whether that is because he was disfigured or to hide his identity is left unclear. On the same page it goes on to say: Palpatine affected the simple clothing of a simple man, but drew his powers of persuasion and control from the blackest depths of the dark side of ...


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Here my 'long shot in the Dark Side' answer: Palpatine's assistants are similar to the unidentified Dowutin Sith in the tomb on Moraband that housed the Sword of Khashyun. In The Rise of Skywalker they are shown in humanoid embodiments wrapped in bandages and assist or serve like the former medical droids in Palpatine Surgical reconstruction Center in The ...


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It seems to be a characteristic thing for Dark Lords of the Sith to wear such cloaks. When Darth Maul meets with Darth Sidious on Coruscant, they both wear hooded cloaks, even though there is no one else present there from whom they might be hiding their identities. The are alone on a balcony at night, and yet they both remained cowled. Sidious is wearing ...


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The release of The Rise of Skywalker answers the question on the relationship between Palpatine and Snoke. Palpatine He also So, it seems that


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In that moment Ray had more than just herself, but also which may have provided a defense against whatever Palpatine expected to happen next.


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I like to believe that Palpatine's force lightning scene in ROTS was just a ruse to lure Anakin and that the 'scarred' Palpatine or Darth Sidious is his actual true form which he managed to hide from the Jedi for a very long time. I'm not sure if its canonical but it does make the Sith Lord darker and more evil! He even convinces the entire Senate that the ...


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