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Out-of-universe, this is a pot of message situation - Lucas wanted to connect the Sith to statements that President Bush had made that Lucas presumably regarded as insufficiently nuanced. It's a real clunker of a line, given that it's truly the Jedi who view the world in Manichean "Light side / Dark side" terms. But that's hardly the only clunker in the ...


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I'd say yes, he was a Sith - just not a very good one. I think you're spot on about getting snared in a bad situation, and - as I've written about Vader elsewhere on SE, I think that's generally how evil works, by requiring you to trade your soul because you're not willing to pay the price to hold onto it. I think a couple of things are at play with the ...


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Darth Vectivus From Legacy of the Force: Betrayal: Jacen Solo: "Never heard of him." Lumiya: "That's because he did no evil. He didn't attempt to conquer the galaxy, try to wipe out the population of a star system, or start an all-out war with the Jedi. He just existed, learned. Died of old age, surrounded by family and friends." Wookieepedia has ...


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The Rule of Two doesn't mean there can't be only one - this has frequently happened, usually because the Master has killed an Apprentice (or he has died in some other fashion) or when the Apprentice has become the Master. In Palpatine's opinion, killing Dooku in cold blood was an important step in turning Anakin to the dark side. He lost an Apprentice, ...


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Too many people seem to take the Rule of Two far too literally. Wookieepedia explains the rule: The Rule of Two states that there would be only two Sith at one time, a Master and an Apprentice, guaranteeing that when the Apprentice becomes powerful enough in the ways of the Dark Side to take the title of Master, only then would they be worthy of the ...


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As with most of my answers on here, I'm going to lean fairly heavily on Legends, as the philosophy of the Sith isn't built out very well in the new canon. According to the Sith Code, the ultimate goal of the Sith isn't power or domination, but freedom. Peace is a lie, there is only passion Through Passion I gain strength Through Strength I gain ...


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Jedi: Mace Windu: ...you must realize there aren't enough Jedi to protect the Republic. We are keepers of the peace, not soldiers. -- Episode II Sith: It's difficult to find conclusive proof that the plural of "Sith" is "Sith" because (a) there are so few Sith and (b) the plural is usually given as "Sith Lords". These are the best I can find in the ...


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There is a recently published book, Star Wars: Darth Plagueis, that supposedly answer this question. From the Anakin Skywalker Wookieepedia article In addition, although Darth Plagueis did attempt to influence the midichlorians to create the ultimate Sith weapon alongside Darth Sidious, the experiment was ultimately a failure, and the midichlorians, ...


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The Emperor never intended to die: I'm looking forward to completing your training. In time you will call me Master. 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 ...


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I'm not versed with the Star Wars canon outside of the movies, so I'll answer using that as a basis. Firstly, the Sith had the power to conceal themselves from the Jedi. No one knew about Darth Sidious and he was constantly hanging round with Jedi. Also, the Sith knew that they were more vulnerable than the Jedi (as you said there were only ever 2). This ...


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As far as I know, this has never been adequately explained beyond "rule of drama." However, there are a couple of factors that make this a little more plausible than it at first appears: Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. The images in the question doesn't have a scale on it, but I found another ...


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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 ...


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As far as we know, Maul is Darth Maul's pre-Sith name. He was born a Nightbrother and has brothers with similarly evil-sounding names: Savage Opress and Feral. Maul's last name may be considered "Opress" since that's the last name of his brother Savage; on the other hand Maul's mother, Talzin, doesn't seem to have a last name. Not all Sith change their ...


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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 ...


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The Emperor as a father figure argument holds, but I think you might forget this conversation from Episode V: Darth Vader: There is no escape! Don't make me destroy you. Luke, you do not yet realize your importance. You've only begun to discover your power. Join me, and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive ...


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That scene was actually there to express how Obi-wan was a hypocrite. When Palpatine had told Yoda that his arrogance had blinded him, this was true, and was the reason why Yoda afterward had been struck by a concentrated blast of Force Lightning. This shows how the Jedi and Sith in some ways had become very similar, without the Jedi Masters taking notice....


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Jedi Knights have been using that title since before the creation of the Old Republic 25,000 years BBY. The title presumably reflects their role in the galaxy as protectors & guardians. To understand where the "Lord" title comes in, we have to look back at the history of what we call the Sith, and how that title became part of their structure: At least ...


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Within the Star Wars canon, there are remarkably few members of Yoda's species that we can point at. Of the five that have appeared in any officially licensed media (Minch, Oteg, Vandar, Yaddle and Yoda), all have been active members of the Jedi order. This obviously doesn't preclude that a member of his species might turn to the Dark Side of the Force but ...


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You can always go with Sidious' hologram. It's canon. You could also use Maul's hologram. That would be even funnier since the red and blue Sith would be the same person.


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Wikia - Star Wars: Sith - Behind the scenes: An issue of Star-Lord, published by Marvel Comics in 1973, featured a villain, Rruothk'ar, who was described as a "Sith-Lord". As far as SW canon: BlueHarvest.net Scoops! - Star Wars: A New Hope script: Star Wars: A New Hope script STAR WARS - Episode IV. A NEW HOPE From the JOURNAL OF THE WHILLS ...


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If I had to pick one word to describe the Jedi in Episodes I-III, it would be complacent. They do not notice Sidious' plot as it develops under their very noses. In Episode II, Mace Windu confidently announces that turning to evil is not in Count Dooku's character. In Episode III, Yoda completely fails to give Anakin any useful advice, even when he is in ...


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There was an unbroken line of Sith Masters from Darth Bane until Darth Sidious under Bane's Rule of Two, so none of these Sith Masters trained themselves (this direct transfer of knowledge was one of the primary advantages of the Rule of Two, the other being a lack of infighting). However, there are several potential candidates from before this line (and ...


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The best info available suggests that he was 45 when he died. To determine this, we need to use a few sources. Note that some of these are no longer considered fully canon. According to this post by Leland Chee, Anakin was born in 41.9 BBY. Based on various cast interviews, we know that Anakin was aged 9 in Episode I (and that this film takes place in 32 ...


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Three primary reasons: First: Until the events of The Phantom Menace, everyone assumes the Sith don't even exist anymore. It's not until Attack of the Clones that everyone is finally convinced. QUI-GON : ...my only conclusion can be that it was a Sith Lord. MACE WINDU : A Sith Lord?!? KI-ADI : Impossible! The Sith have been extinct for a ...


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The differences are mostly thematic -- until they aren't. You're right that there isn't much of a difference between Sith and Jedi... ...Except the Jedi aren't trying to destroy planets, don't slaughter anyone who disagrees with them, don't have a history of devouring all life off a planet, and don't weaken the very fabric of the Force. From the uninformed ...


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Jedi Master and Sith Lord are formal titles which are generally used by both sexes. In current canon there are no female Sith Lords (Asajj Ventress was affiliated with the Sith as an apprentice of Darth Tyranus, but was never given a title like Sith Lord or a feminine equivalent). There were many female Jedi Masters, and they were called Jedi Masters rather ...


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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 ...


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In Legends, Darth Ruin is blue. Picture from Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side Picture from Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force And of course, Anakin was a Sith, and when he became a Force-ghost, he was blue.


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