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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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Why did Mace Windu and the Jedi Council refuse to raise Anakin to the rank of Master?

Why can't Anakin be a Master? Anakin's appointment was political, not spiritual. Historically the Jedi elected their own leaders by consulting the will of the Force and by mutual consent. Anakin, on ...
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What is the name of the move that Obi-wan uses to remove Anakin's limbs?

The severing of several limbs at once is referred to in the Star Wars: The Jedi Path - A Manual for Students of the Force as Mou Kei, a variant of Cho mai (the severing of an arm) and Cho mok (the ...
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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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Why did Darth Vader need extra equipment (lenses) to clear his vision?

It's not clear if Vader actually needed the lenses on his helmet to see properly. Given that he had to cover his burned flesh anyway, the helmet lenses offered other benefits, such as viewing ...
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Why were Luke and Leia split up and given to two different families?

This is addressed in the film's official novelisation. Obi-Wan suggests that they be split up as allowing the discovery of both (at the same time) would be an intolerable error on their part. “We ...
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Is Palpatine's execution of Order 66 legally justified?

No... but it almost is. If we are to take some Legends material into account, Order 66 was buried in a set of Contingency Orders for the Grand Army of the Republic that outlined protocol for a series ...
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Why does General Grievous say “Ah yes, the negotiator?”

Because that's his nickname out in the galaxy. Obi-Wan's diplomatic skills, specifically his reputation for preventing and stopping battles without using a single weapon, earn him the appellation &...
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Why did Darth Sidious have Darth Vader kill the trade federation?

Two things. Who was killed? The scum Vader killed on Mustafar were not just the Trade Federation - they were the military and economic leaders of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, the ...
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Why were Luke and Leia split up and given to two different families?

In-movie logic: Darth Vader will be looking for twins, not single children, and splitting the pair makes it more likely that one would remain free in case Darth found the other. What is less logical ...
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How did the Republic have enough clones for... anything?

Yes, there is an explanation if you read a few pages on the starwars.wiki. The Grand Army of the Republic(GAR) was the main fighting force at the beginning of the clone wars, it was comprised entirely ...
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Did Count Dooku know about Order 66?

Yes. In the The Clone Wars episode "The Unknown", a clone trooper's control chip malfunctions and prematurely triggers Order 66, leading him to shoot a Jedi. When news reaches Dooku, he realises what'...
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Why didn't anyone in the Galactic Senate raise a motion against the formation of the Empire?

This is addressed in the official novelisation. In short, the vote was a done deal and the "2000" were already being systematically rounded up. Bail was in favour of raising a vote against the Empire ...
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Why did Anakin turn to the Dark Side?

Because Sidious manipulated him From Revenge of the Sith: ANAKIN: What have I done? ANAKIN sits. PALPATINE: You are fulfilling your destiny, Anakin. Become my apprentice. Learn to ...
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What is Obi-Wan referring to when he says "five thousand"?

There's a little bit of extra dialogue in the script that would suggest that he's reading off their temperature (in degrees?) OBI-WAN: Careful . . . we're heating up-twelve thousand . . . thirteen ...
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Why were Anakin and Obi-Wan the only Jedi who were assigned to rescue the Chancellor?

There's a few plot points here to consider First, the Jedi DID send more to try and save Palpatine. Note that the Tartakovsky cartoons are no longer official canon, but the events they depict are (...
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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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What happened to Count Dooku's lightsaber?

Anakin left Dooku's lightsaber beside his corpse in General Grievous' quarters in the spire aboard the Invisible Hand. This part of the ship was destroyed during their catastrophic landing (you can ...
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Why did Mace Windu and the Jedi Council refuse to raise Anakin to the rank of Master?

Watch the video again and you'll see why. Jedi believe in emotionless serenity; they don't let their emotions cloud their judgment. Anakin was a powerful Jedi but he was still far too passionate and ...
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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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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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Was Mace Windu technically committing treason or not?

The novelisation has a very slightly different version of the conversation with Windu and Palpatine. It would appear that their stated reason for arresting him was flawed, hence their arrest procedure ...
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Why did Anakin turn to the Dark Side?

Palpatine was a master manipulator, of people, governments, and the Force; indeed, the plot of Eposides I-III are essentially Palpatine manipulating everyone and everything - both sides of every war - ...
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Did Anakin try to look for Darth Plagueis' apprentice?

The novelization indicates that Anakin actually isn't terribly interested in searching for Plagueis' apprentice directly; his priority is finding the quickest route to saving Padmé, which in this case ...
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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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How did Sidious retrieve his lightsaber after losing it in his battle with Mace Windu, before his battle with Yoda?

He didn't. Sidious actually had at least two identical or near-identical lightsabers, which he kept concealed in his office on Coruscant during the Clone Wars era. One in particular, the example he ...
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How did the clones know it was Palpatine?

The film's official novelisation indicates that the frequency was reserved for Palpatine. “Yes, sir.” A silent buzzing vibration came from a compartment concealed within his armor. Cody frowned. “Go ...
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Was Mace Windu technically committing treason or not?

I can provide an answer for the Legends continuity. Windu and his fellow Jedi were authorized by Yoda (per the Revenge of the Sith novelization) to carry out the arrest of the Supreme Chancellor. ...
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Why didn't the Jedi Council send a team of Jedi to go after General Grievous?

Mace Windu wanted to convince the Chancellor (and his lackeys) that they didn't have that many Jedi at their disposal, that their Temple was largely unguarded and that they were reluctant to send a ...
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Why does General Grievous say “Ah yes, the negotiator?”

The "Negotiations" are a euphemism for fighting. The theme of "Negotiations" with relevance to Anakin and Obi-Wan appears in both The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. At ...
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