42 Facts About Palpatine


Sheev Palpatine, known by his Sith name Darth Sidious, is a character in the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas.

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Since the release of Return of the Jedi, Palpatine has become a widely recognized symbol of evil in popular culture, and since the prequel films, one of sinister deception and the subversion of democracy.

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Palpatine uses the dark side to rejuvenate his body but is ultimately defeated and destroyed by Rey.

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Palpatine is the main antagonist in the Skywalker saga, appearing in all three film trilogies.

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Palpatine uses the crisis to get elected as the new Chancellor of the Republic.

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Palpatine feigns reluctance to accept this authority, promising to return it to the Senate once the crisis has ended.

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Palpatine'sfirst act is to allow a clone army's creation to counter the Separatist threat; this results in the first battle of the Clone Wars.

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Palpatine is rescued by Anakin and Obi-Wan, but not before the Jedi confront Dooku again.

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Palpatine tells Anakin the story of Darth Plagueis, a powerful Sith Lord who was able to create life and prevent death but was killed by his own apprentice.

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Palpatine engages Windu in a duel and attacks him with Force lightning; Windu deflects the lightning back into Palpatine's face, deforming it into the gray, wizened visage first seen in the original trilogy.

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Jedi Master Yoda confronts Palpatine and engages him in a lightsaber duel that ends in a stalemate.

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Palpatine then tells Vader that Padme was killed in the heat of Vader's anger, breaking what remains of Vader's spirit.

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Palpatine is last seen watching the original Death Star's construction, with Vader and Wilhuff Tarkin at his side.

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Palpatine, again played by McDiarmid, appears in the trilogy's final film, The Rise of Skywalker .

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Palpatine reveals himself as the mastermind behind the First Order and Ren's former master, Supreme Leader Snoke, whom he created to lure Ren to the dark side.

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Palpatine offers the fleet to Ren on the condition that he find and kill the galaxy's last remaining Jedi, Rey, who is revealed to be Palpatine's granddaughter.

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Meanwhile, Palpatine suggests that the Republic ally itself with the Hutts.

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In Star Wars Rebels, set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Palpatine is portrayed as the Emperor of the Galactic Empire.

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Palpatine sees this as an opportunity to seek out other remaining Jedi, ordering Vader to dispatch an Inquisitor to hunt down Ahsoka.

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Palpatine then reveals himself through the portal and attacks Ezra with Force lightning.

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Palpatine, having acknowledged the threat Ezra poses to the Empire, presents himself as a kindly old man and shows Ezra a vision of his dead parents through a doorway, promising that the youth will be with them if he enters it.

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Palpatine's hologram emerges from the rubble, flickering to show his true self, and commands his Royal Guards to kill Ezra, though Ezra manages to defeat them and escape.

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Palpatine appears in the first season of the 2021 animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch.

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Palpatine appears in the sixth episode of the 2022 series Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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Palpatine appears in Rae Carson's novelization of The Rise of Skywalker, which expands upon the film's story.

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Palpatine appears frequently in the comic book series Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith, written by Kieron Gillen and Charles Soule.

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The operation was part of the "Contingency", a plan devised by Emperor Palpatine to ensure that the Empire and its enemies would not outlive him should he perish.

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Palpatine agrees to send a strike force that includes Anakin Skywalker and suggests that Anakin be given "special command" of Obi-Wan's fighters.

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Grievous breaks through the Chancellor's window and attempts to kidnap him, leading to a long chase while Palpatine is protected by Jedi Shaak Ti, Roron Corobb and Foul Moudama.

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Palpatine made his first major appearance in Star Wars-related comic books in 1991 and 1992, with the Dark Empire series written by Tom Veitch and illustrated by Cam Kennedy.

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Palpatine tries to rebuild the Empire as the Rebel Alliance grows weak.

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Palpatine tries to possess the body of Anakin Solo, the infant son of Leia Organa and Han Solo, before the clone body dies, but is thwarted by Luke Skywalker.

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Palpatine is killed by a blaster shot fired by Han, but his spirit is captured by the mortally wounded Jedi Empatojayos Brand.

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Jeter—both set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi—show how Palpatine uses crime lords such as Prince Xizor and bounty hunters like Boba Fett to fight his enemies.

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John Ostrander's comic Star Wars Republic 78: Loyalties chronicles how, shortly after seizing power, Emperor Palpatine sends Darth Vader to assassinate Sagoro Autem, an Imperial captain who plans to defect from the Empire.

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The scion of an aristocratic family on Naboo, Palpatine first turns toward the dark side upon meeting the titular Sith lord.

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In Star Wars fiction, Palpatine is a cunning politician, a ruthless emperor, and an evil Sith Lord.

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Revenge of the Sith implies that Palpatine was the apprentice of Darth Plagueis, while later Expanded Universe materials say explicitly that he was.

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Palpatine was not given a first name in any canonical or "Star Wars Legends" sources until 2014, when the character's first name—Sheev—was revealed in the novel Tarkin, written by James Luceno.

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From Return of the Jedi onwards, Palpatine became the ultimate personification of evil in Star Wars, replacing Darth Vader as the central villain.

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The name would not be used in the film until the prequel trilogy, and the first mention of the name Palpatine came from the prologue of Alan Dean Foster's 1976 novelization of A New Hope, which detailed the Emperor's rise to power.

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In that film, the initial conception of Palpatine was superseded by his depiction as a dictatorial ruler adept in the dark side of the Force.

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